Neighbors Digest

Staff Reports

Posted: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Salvation Army Congress in Juneau

Juneau hosts the Salvation Army Congress, March 10-13 at the Tlingit and Haida Building. The public is invited to the congress meeting each night and a bazaar on March 12. Friday night's meeting will be held at ANB Hall.

Delegates will be from Southeast Alaska, Anchorage, Kenai, Washington and Canada. Commissioner Phillip Swyers is the featured guest.

The bazaar is from 1 to 3 p.m., March 12. Enjoy gospel music, Salvation Army band and singing and handcrafted items from artists throughout the Southeast. For more information call 586-2136.

AWARE to honor Juneau women

AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies) will hold its ninth annual Women of Distinction Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 12, at Centennial Hall.

The 2005 honorees are Joy Lyon, Kimberly L. Metcalfe, Jeri Museth and Laura Stats.

Festivities will begin at Centennial Hall with a reception at 5:30 p.m. There will be a no-host bar and silent auction, with music provided by the Rob Cohen Trio. A catered dinner will follow at 7 p.m. Rep. Beth Kerttula will present the awards to the honorees.

The public is invited to attend and can reserve tickets by calling 586-6623. The cost is $50 per person, or $600 to reserve a table for 10.

Funds raised from the dinner and silent auction support services to those affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse in Juneau and the nine Southeast communities of Elfin Cove, Gustavus, Haines, Hoonah, Klukwan, Pelican, Skagway, Tenakee Springs and Yakutat.

Coin drive benefit

Danaya Caldwell, a fourth-grade student at Mendenhall River Community School, is having a coin drive to benefit the Gastineau Humane Society. The coin drive is part of her personal growth project assignment for Ms. O'Daniels' class.

She will collect coins through March and give the money to the humane society when the assignment is due in April. To make a donation, call 723-7969 or 586-3058.

Brigida Olmsted honored at poetry convention

Brigida Olmsted, a sophomore at Juneau-Douglas High School, received a trophy for "Outstanding Achievement in Poetry" and a commemorative medallion at the International Society of Poets Spring Convention and Symposium, held Feb. 25-27 in Orlando, Fla.

Olmsted was one of about 30 young poets at the convention. She recited her poem, "One World Into Two," which she wrote while she was in eighth grade. The poem won an Editor's Choice Award from the society last year.

The poem is as follows:

At one point in time / we were all / one birth seed.

At one point in time / we were all / friends in life.

At one point in time / we were all / happy with each other.

At one point in time / we were all / so very happy.

Then / one bomb / one gun / one world / one officer / one demand / one word / War.

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