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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2000

Aid society holds dinner, auction

The Alaska Orthodox Aid Society will be holding an endowment dinner from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm March 25 at the House of Wickersham.

A silent auction will be held, with food and refreshments provided by parishioners from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and various Juneau restaurants.

Music will be provided by several local musicians. The dinner is free of charge.

JCVB seeking summer volunteers

The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau is recruiting new volunteers for the summer visitor season.

Volunteers work at five visitor information centers located downtown and in the valley, or they may choose to greet visitors who arrive by ship. Volunteers receive an in-depth orientation, training and other benefits.

For more information contact Pam Johansen at the Davis Log Cabin at 586-2201.

Volunteer award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for the 19th annual First Lady's Volunteer Awards. The awards honor Alaskans who have volunteered to programs, events and services that make Alaska a better place to live.

Any individual or organization may nominate a person who engages in volunteer activities in the state. Nominees must 1) have lengthy service to community or state; 2) show extraordinary personal commitment; 3) participate in an innovative or creative volunteer program, event, or project; or 4) have significant impact on, or benefit to, community or state.

Twenty winners will be selected statewide. Nomination forms can be obtained by writing to the Anchorage Office of the Governor at 550 W. 7th Avenue, Suite 1700, Anchorage, AK 99501 or by calling (907) 269-7450. Forms can also be printed from the Internet at http://www.gov.state.ak.us/.

Applications must be postmarked by April 30.

Performance conference in Anchorage

The annual Performance Based Assessment Conference is scheduled from March 13-15 at the Anchorage Hilton. About 350 students and educators will attend the conference representing four Career and Technological Organizations from around the state, including BPA, DECA, FCLA, and Skills USA/VICA.

Students will participate in a variety of events designed to improve vocational and leadership skills.

Those interested in volunteering at the conference, who would like to donate supplies or prizes, or would like more information regarding these organizations can contact Colette Moring at (907) 278-3609 or e-mail at c_moring@hotmail.com.

Art show provides scholarship funds

Prints by more than 35 artists will be on sale at the P.E.O. Attic Art Show from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 9 at DIPAC. The event is free.

Local artists will also feature quilts, glass work, photography, pottery and some Alaska Native art. Older pieces will also be shown. Artists will donate 30 percent of the proceeds from sales to P.E.O. scholarship funds.

P.E.O., a philanthropic and educational organization, began sponsoring annual art exhibits in Juneau in 1953 to encourage interest in the arts and showcase Southeast Alaska talent. The P.E.O. sisterhood, one of the pioneer societies for women founded in 1869, is now an international organization focused on providing educational opportunities for women.

For more information, or to contribute art, call 789-7401.

DEC releases storage tank manual

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is publishing a manual for gas station owners to help keep their underground tanks from leaking.

The manual was created a year after a December 1998 deadline to upgrade or close all substandard underground tanks in Alaska. DEC saw a number of new or upgraded systems fail in 1998 and 1999 due to operational failure.

DEC is mailing the manual to every tank facility in the state that has to comply with underground tank rules. Copies are also available on the DEC Web page at www.state.ak.us/dec.

Alaska is currently the only state with a manual aimed solely at helping tank owners understand the day-to-day operational requirements. This summer the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to unveil a national version, created with help from DEC staff.



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