Neighbors Mailbox: Feb. 27, 2011

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011

Winter Camp was a blast

Earlier this month, kindergarten through eighth-grade students from the Juneau Community Charter School, along with13 special guest educators, six JCCS teachers and many parent volunteers, listened and learned from specialists, storytellers and each other at our biannual Winter Camp.

Our students had a wonderful opportunity to learn about Tlingit culture through food, storytelling and learning about our environment — discovering habitats, animal tracks and trying native games such as the two-foot high kick, finger pull and seal hop.

Alaska Natives Ishmael Hope and Lily Hudson worked with our teachers to design an exciting curriculum. Each spent time in our classrooms preparing students for their time at winter camp. Ishmael introduced Tlingit language through games, drumming and song. Lily explored traditional Tlingit food preservation techniques. Students tasted seal oil and started an experiment simulating Tlingit food preservation. At camp, elder Cyril George regaled the children with the story growing up Tlingit.

Thanks to the following organizations and individuals who made the JCCS winter camp successful; Alaska Native educators and Artists Lily Hudson and Ishmael Hope; Tlingit elder and storyteller Cyril George; Native Olympics coach Ricardo Worl; U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Steve Brockman; Discovery Southeast naturalist and author Richard Carstensen; Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game wildlife education specialist Kristen Romanoff; SEADOGS trainer Kirk Radach; Juneau Raptor Center educator Irene Morris; storyteller Brett Dillingham; and JCCS mentor Linda Torgerson.

Rhonda Jenkins-Gardinier

Co-chair, JCCS Academic

Policy Committee

A generous gift

We would like to thank the Juneau-Douglas High School Student Council for the generous amount donated to our JDHS Interact Club. With this gift, we are able to purchase more clothing and necessities for JDHS’s homeless students. The $340 from the Homecoming Spirit Change you donated to Interact enabled our club to help many students, raised awareness of hunger and homelessness in the Juneau community, and, we are sure, served as an inspiration to other organizations.

The Officers and Members of

JDHS Interact Club

Thanks for WorldQuest support

On behalf of the Juneau World Affairs Council, I am writing to publicly thank the many people and businesses that helped make the recently concluded WorldQuest 2011 here in Juneau such an incredible success.

I offer our appreciation to the following individuals and businesses that helped organize WorldQuest and donated time, energy, funds, and generous silent auction items: Above & Beyond Alaska, Alaska Powder Descents, Alaskan Brewing Co., Allen Marine, Mary Anderson, Kristen Bomengen, Carl Brodersen, Jeff Brown, Geron Bruce, Blockbuster Video, Sandy Burd, Cycle Alaska, Capital Inn B&B, Chez Sante, Molly Crenshaw, Douglas Cafe, Duane Callahan, Jim Clark, Jocelyn Clark, Lisa Davidson, Eaglecrest Ski Area, El Sombrero, Gallery of the North, Glacier Bay Sea Kayaks, Jeff Gnass, Good Hardware/True Value, Gourmet Alaska, Gross Alaska Theaters, Hangar on the Wharf, Hearthside Books, Nancy Hemenway, Home Depot, Ken Imamura, Island Pub, Sarah Isto, Jerry’s Meats & Seafoods, Loren and LaRae Jones, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Jesse Kiehl, Kenny’s Liquor, Linda Kruger, Gladi Kulp, Landscape Alaska, Tom Lane, Lisa Davidson Boutique, Dee Longenbaugh, Leslie Longenbaugh, Marie Marx, Doug Mertz, Mary Miller, Mount Roberts Tramway, MRV Architects, Elfrida Nord, Monica O’Keefe, Natalee Rothaus, Northstar Trekking, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Paradise Beach, Pavitt Health & Fitness, Pearson’s Pond B&B, Rainbow Foods, Rainy Retreat Books, Aja Razumny, The Rookery, Bob Schroeder, Hildegard Sellner, ShoeFly, Mary Anne Slemmons, Susan Sloss, Jerry Smetzer, Bridget Smith, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, Sondra Stanway, State Parks, Bob and Michele Storer, Dave Sturdevant, Super Bear, Taku Graphics, Taku Lodge/Wings of Alaska, Temsco, Carola Thompson, Paul Voelckers and Mary Pat Wyatt, Amy Volz, Wal-Mart, Waste Management, Margo Waring, Mary Watson, Western Auto, Zen and Zephyr.

I apologize if I have omitted anyone in the foregoing list. This was truly a community wide effort. In addition, I would like to recognize our annual sponsors: Alaska Airlines, the Silverbow Inn, McKinley Capital Management, the Skaggs Foundation and the University of Alaska Southeast.

Thank you again for a great WorldQuest. We’re already looking forward to WorldQuest 2012.

Bruce Botelho

President, Juneau World Affairs Council

Thanks for your help

Last Saturday afternoon, a routine walk around the track at the Dimond Park Field House turned into a two-hour adventure I’d just as soon not repeat. Some of you may remember that the snow was thick in the air and on the ground, and once I’d turned off Riverside Drive, I couldn’t see the edges of the road. Consequently, I drove too far off the road to be able to get back on — not just once going in, but again coming back out in a different place. Incidentally, I wasn’t the only one who drove into the ditch, but probably the only one who did it twice.

I’d like to thank all those who helped me: the family who gave me a ride to the field house, the man who pulled me out the first time, the two couples who stopped and tried to push me out the second time, to no avail, the man who was about to take his family home but spent 20 minutes attempting to pull me out (unsuccesfully) with a rope he borrowed from the field house, and, when I called AAA (who came very quickly and was very efficient), the woman who took me back to my car after AAA had pulled me out and then made sure I got back on the road. There were others who showed sympathy and encouragement. All of this confirms the idea that Juneau is full of great people. Thank you all.

Linda Miller


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