Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Backcountry workshop has space available

The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center announces there is still space in the final Level I Backcountry Workshop of the season.

The course will offer three days of useful information and practical fieldwork for snowboarders, skiers, climbers and other winter travelers. The course begins the evening of March 1 and runs through March 4 in Juneau.

Advance registration is required. For more information, call 586-5699 or go to

Register for Little League this weekend

Register your child at the Nugget Mall for softball or baseball. Returning players need to register now. Players new to the league must provide birth certificates.

Regular registration continues on Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3 at the Nugget Mall.

Wheeler elected to Food Service board

Molly Wheeler, coordinator for the USDA Commodity Program, Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, was recently elected National State Agency Representative for the American School Food Service Association's executive board. She will be installed to the post at the national conference in Minneapolis, Minn., in July, and will serve a two-year term.

This is the first time in the history of the ASFSA that an Alaskan has been elected to this post. The ASFSA currently has 58,000 members.

Wheeler, a Juneau resident since 1973, has been employed with the state department of Education & Early Development since 1975. She also served as president of the American Commodity Distribution Association from April 1999 through March 2000.

Candidates sought to be Miss Teen Alaska

The search is on for Miss 2002 Alaska Teen. This year's winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship from Johnson & Wales University and will represent the state of Alaska in the Miss 2002 United States Teen Competition, July 5-13, 2002, in Orlando, Fla.

Miss 2002 United States Teen will receive $100,000 in scholarships, cash, prizes and a year of travel. In addition, she will represent the United States in the Miss Teen International Competition.

If you are between the ages of 13 and 19 as of July 31, 2002, you could represent Alaska at the national competition. All contestants will be judged in four areas of competition: Personal interview, swimwear, eveningwear and a fashion show presentation.

For more information or to receive an application, contact Miss Alaska Teen Competition, 6239 Edgewater Dr., Suite D-12, Orlando, Fla. 32810; call (407) 422-TEEN; or apply online at All applications must be received by March 1, 2002.

Union holding monthly membership meeting

The International Union of Operating Engineers - Local No. 302 will hold their monthly membership meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26 in the Operating Engineer's Meeting Hall at 214 N. Franklin St. All members are encouraged to attend. For details, call Terry R. Miller at 586-3850.

Poems sought for beer labels

Beer-related poems are needed by Borealis Brewery, 349 Ship Creek Avenue, Anchorage 99501.

The contest is a joint effort of the brewery and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. Deadline is March 15. Winners will be announced April 25. Entrants must be adults, because the prize is a growler of beer each month for a year and having their entries printed on beer labels. (A "growler"' is a small keg of beer equal to 1/8 barrel or about four gallons.)

S. J. Klein of the brewery said that poems are limited to 150 words, and will be printed on the labels of "slammers," 20-ounce bottles.

For details, call Karen Compton at the State Council, 907 227-2527, or S.J. Klein at the brewery, 907 278 5480.

United Way of SE Alaska changes Web address

The United Way of Southeast Alaska recently changed its Internet provider and thus has a new Web address. It is

Director Marsha Riley requests that all correspondents change their address books accordingly.

Military academy nominations

Alaska Congressman Don Young nominated two Southeast Alaska students to U.S. military academies. JDHS student Joshua A. Zwingelberg, son of Dale and Kim Zwingelberg, was nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Skagway High School student Clayton M. Harris, son of John and Marjorie Harris, was nominated to the U.S. Military Academy.

"I applaud these students for their patriotism and their desire to play an active role in our military," Young said. "I know these students will be great ambassadors for Alaska."

Appointments will be announced this spring.

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