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Posted: Friday, March 09, 2007

Thanks for contributing to hockey culture

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Thanks for the nice article about Culture Club Hockey last Friday. After the kind of wobbly start one would expect for such an effort Culture Club Hockey has turned into an effective, not to mention really fun way to make sure our kids get to see if they might like the game and its unusual demands on body and character.

One thing I might note. Your writer gives give me far too much credit in "creating" the program. As we used to say in the venture capital business: Ideas are a dime a dozen. It is execution of good ideas that counts, and at Culture Club it is a heart warming and widespread group of Juneau people that has made Culture Club the success that it is. People who are the backbone of the effort are like Suzanne

Hebert, Peter Ord, Liam Carnahan, Charlie Davidson and others who turn out faithfully to help Coach McKenna get these rascals, delivered to the rink, suited up and on the ice on time for practice; and help keep the equipment organized, clean and repaired; give individual coaching, a pat on the back for real achievement or maybe a snack after practice. Dave McKenna's generous donation of time and coaching skill is of course key. Behind the actual rink activity there are many people who have been tireless in the never very pleasant job of raising money to pay for expensive ice time and equipment. Without Annie Calkins and Kate Tesar doing the heavy lifting in this regard we would be nowhere.

It has been a real pleasure to see the "hockey culture" taking hold in Juneau in the past few years. Culture Club is a great example of course, and it is also truly wonderful to see little kids I was playing roller hockey with on the tennis courts just a few years ago now out playing exciting rock 'em, sock 'em Juneau high school hockey at Treadwell. But there is much to do. Where is our girls program for instance? Where are our outdoor and neighborhood winter rinks? Suzanne Hebert is working on the former and Marc Scholton on the latter, but they need help; so, if they come around with a tin cup, give them some encouragement - and money.

Bill Spear


Thanks for making our beer tasting a success

The Juneau Lighthouse Association would like to thank each and every participant, business and organization who made our "Beer Tasting and BBQ Five Finger Lighthouse Fundraiser" a success on the evening of Feb. 2. To Sonny and the crew at the Red Dog Saloon, we couldn't have done it without you - great BBQ. A special thanks to Case Harris for his help with graphics for the tickets and posters. To Specialty Imports, K & L Distributors, Alaska Distributors and Alaskan Brewing Co.; your beers were fantastic, and thank you for your continued support.

Many businesses in town contributed to our silent auction specialty baskets. They include: Alaska General Store, Goods Hardware, AIH, Valley Lumber, Napa Auto Parts, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, Jeannie's Spa and Skincare, Allen Marine, and Alaskan Outdoor Wearhouse and Embroidery. We know these vendors are often inundated with donation requests, but yet they continue to support their local community. We would be remiss in not mentioning the designers and builders of the specialty baskets, Renee Gayhart and Michele Lyons-Brown, thank you so much.

Pete Carran along with everyone at KINY, you make us sound good and KTOO's Jeff Brown, always a pleasure.

As many of you know, the Juneau Lighthouse Association is dedicated to the restoration, continued maintenance and public access to Five Finger Lighthouse. We hope to continue to garner support for our cause by hosting fun events such as the beer tasting and barbecue. We encourage anyone who would like to know more about our group to contact us at And, we can never say thank you too many times.

Jennifer Klein, Edward McIntosh, James Barrett and Dan White

The Juneau Lighthouse Association Board

Thank you for keeping us in your thoughts

The passing of Maybelle, loving wife, mother, best friend, sister, cousin, aunt, great aunt and niece, was devastating and very emotional for our entire family.

The loving and joyous memories of her will sustain us in the days to come, and we will find healing in God's tender embrace and in knowing others remembered and cared.

We sincerely thank all of you who offered an expression of sympathy whether it was kind words, a meal, a card, a phone call, a visit, an offer of help, gifts or keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. God bless you and our prayers are with you too.

"Love all whom you hold dear, Precious is the time you share, Do not wait for tomorrow, For tomorrow may not be."

Lewie Sr., Luis Jr., Marylene, Maria and Michaela Silva

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