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Posted: Friday, March 10, 2006

Thanks for helping band play Carnegie

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A resounding thank you to the businesses and many individuals involved in the Hot Spaghetti Cool Jazz fundraiser Feb. 9, to benefit the Juneau-Douglas High School Festival Band's upcoming trip to Carnegie Hall.

Thank you, Super Bear, for generously donating an abundance of freshly baked garlic bread. Thank you, Pepsi Company and Odom Corporation, for generously donating case loads of beverages. The multitude of beautiful desserts that so many parents and community members made for our auction was a sight to behold. Thank you, bakers, for creating your masterpieces. Thank you, Steve Rothchild, for expertly auctioning off all the decadence. And, thanks to everyone who dug deep into their pockets and paid top dollar for a taste of sweet heaven.

The Juneau-Douglas Jazz band was in top form having just returned from the Sitka Jazz Festival. Their music was outstanding, and we are grateful that they shared their evening with us to help raise funds for the Festival Band's trip. We also give our heartfelt thanks to Floyd Dryden's band teacher, Rebecca Ricker, and the Floyd Dryden Jazz Band, for sharing their evening and their music with us. We look forward to welcoming many talented Floyd Dryden musicians into the high school's band department next year!

Lastly, we extend a special thank you to Ginny Palmer and Renee Hughes, who spent the evening helping our kitchen crew cook and serve guests. Not having children of their own in the band, these women exemplify what it is that we all love about this community. Sending 51 students to Carnegie Hall indeed takes the efforts of an entire town. Thank you, everyone for helping make the Hot Spaghetti Cool Jazz fundraiser a great success.

Suzanne Malter

Juneau-Douglas High School Band Booster Board

Thanks for helping the food bank help others

On behalf of the board of directors and all the agencies that utilize the Southeast Alaska Food Bank, I would like to offer my gratitude to the many businesses, organizations, school groups and individuals who have been such strong supporters of the food bank and its mission over the past year.

We would like to offer ongoing thanks to Costco, Fred Meyers, Safeway/Carrs and Super Bear, for furnishing perishable food items on a consistent basis and allowing their facilities to be used for fundraising events and donation boxes. We thank the Nugget Mall, Rainbow Foods, SEARHC and other businesses, who offer ongoing donation boxes and fundraisers; AML, for their support; United Way, for sponsoring the Day of Caring, which included representatives of the Juneau Montessori School, Bartlett Regional Hospital employees, and John Pugh and the groups of students and volunteers from University of Alaska Southeast; TAKU 105, for sponsoring their Sharing is Caring campaign at the Alaskan & Proud market; and a huge thank-you to all the school groups, churches and service organizations, who have been so very generous.

Our volunteers are awesome! Special thanks go to Mark Miller and Jan Van Slyke, for volunteering as needed during the week; and Judy Brown, Nancy Bauman, Nancy Van Bushirk and the rest of the Saturday crew for their participation in the weekly Saturday community giveaway. It is very difficult to thank each and every volunteer, but please do know that each of you is greatly appreciated.

Last, but not least, the Food Bank is truly blessed to have the support of the entire community, both in food and in monetary donations, which allows the bank to serve the community and those who are in need. Without each of you, this would not be possible, and we are greatly appreciative.

Darren Adams

Southeast Alaska Food Bank

From Ketchikan, Juneau does something right

I had the privilege of housing four girls from the Crimson Bears Basketball Team this past weekend in Ketchikan. Hannah Buck, Nicole Fenumiai, Jordan Harvey and Kristen Pratt are positive representation of themselves, their team, their families and your community. I cannot state it better than these girls are all-around nice young ladies.

Way to go, Juneau. You are doing something right.

Ingrid Jones


Thanks for the fire apparatus assistance

I would like to thank Gov. Murkowski for his kind letter on Feb. 7, 2006, concerning our acquisition of two new fire apparatus. We are quite pleased with them and are working to have them in service soon.

I would like to express our thanks to the Alaska Marine Highway that was instrumental in bringing the engines to Juneau. General Manager Captain Falvey, Operations Manager Mr. Beedle, Senior Port Captain Martin and Commercial Cargo Agent Ms. Fairbanks all worked with us to ship the engines from Bellingham to Juneau. The Alaska Marine Highway municipal fire apparatus assistance program made the transportation of the engines affordable and that assistance is greatly appreciated. The AMHS staff were very pleasant to work with and went out of their way to assist us.

We are proud to provide fire and emergency medical services to the citizens of Juneau, as well as to the Alaska state legislators and visitors of our community. The assistance of the state agencies, legislators, your office and the Juneau Assembly are critical in allowing us to fulfill our tasks. Working together, Capital City Fire and Rescue will be ready to answer the call.

Eric Mohrmann

Fire chief

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