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Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Thanks for community support at Joel Grant's memorial

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The family of Joel Grant want to express their thanks to Maj. Joseph Huttenlocker, Pastor Bill Nelson, Grandmas Inc., Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 2, Tlingit and Haida, Salvation Army Church, Donelle Everson, Colleen Williams, Nancy Phillips, Jeannie Lee, Janet Dick, Myrna Foster, John Dick and many of Joel's friends, who had attended his funeral and memorial service. Thanks to those who provided donations, food and refreshments.

Larry Grant


Thanks to those who helped to make a hard time easier

Rene and David Walker and their family would like to thank everyone who helped with the fundraiser held in our honor. The support we have received has been overwhelming.

Thank you to everyone who attended the benefit, even if in spirit. Knowing you are there for us helps sustain us and carries us through. We'd especially like to thank the businesses and friends who donated over 100 items for the silent auction. Blessings to the fantastic staff and families of Gastineau School and Harborview School for all they have done to make the event a success. We also appreciate PEO Chapter D, for their help in making everything run so smoothly. Thank you to Holy Trinity Church, for the use of beautiful McPhetres Hall. We are especially grateful for Dawn and Roblin Davis, as well as Jan, Robert and Bob Van Slyke, for their unending support. We have been blessed by so many caring, contributing people of which there are too many to name. Please know you are all in our hearts.

Finally, thank you to everyone who has, every day, since I was diagnosed, held us up in some small or great way. Prayers, cards, dinners, walks in the sun, phone calls, e-mail, air miles, sick leave days - all of this and more have made this difficult journey easier.

Rene Pisel-Walker, David Walker and family

Thanks for making evening at the Apollo a success

The Black Awareness Association of Juneau would like to thank the following individuals and organizations for their faithful support of our "Amateur Night At The Apollo" celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 24.

Many thanks to Printing Trade Company; Rozwick Giles Music; Bartlett Regional Hospital, Fred Meyers, Costco; DJs White Chocolate and Mark Brown; Catholic Community Service; Claire's; Payless Shoes; The Broiler Steak and Seafood; Gross Alaska; Safeway; our performers, Sean McDermott, Brian Messing, Bob Reierson, Cassandra Cashe, Irisa Light, Alexis Solomon, Gerry Grant, Brad Kizer, Amber Scott, Breanna Brewer, Bethany Easaw, Michiana Hutcherson, Annastasia Roa, Daisy Winders, Cale Jacobsen, Quentin Scott, Voices of Praise and Jason Brown; and our emcees for the evening, Michael Patterson, Tonya King, Ernest Monts and Becky Bear.

Finally, thank you to our community, for your support of all of our events.

Bridget Easaw

Teen Family Center

Cancer survivor encourages others to get to the gym

This letter is for the Cancer Wellness Program that Juneau offers those who have been touched by cancer. After seeing a notice about this 8-week free program, I called and was part of a group which met every Sunday from Jan. 8 to Feb. 26. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2004, which resulted in a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction in 2005. My once energetic body, though now cancer free, was still battling the effects of six surgeries during that period.

Personal trainer Mychal Bossia was our trainer for the Sunday group, and I learned so much from him. He gave us low-impact exercises to begin with, to improve strength and also cardio exercises to improve our stamina. During the rest of the week we had free access to all the facilities. Each week we could see the improvement in our physical well being as he added more exercises and helped us improve the regime of the current ones. I can't tell you how great it was to have someone of his expertise and experience give to us the tools to bring us back into the cycle of normal living again. Can't thank you enough, Mychal. When I first walked up those two flights of stairs, I was winded and hanging on the railing, and now I can walk up and down unaided, with breath to spare.

To manager and owner, Debbie Stokes, what a caring way to give back to our community. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I know you continue to provide this program, without cost every two months or so. I urge anyone who is a cancer survivor, whether you're currently undergoing treatment or have already been through the battle, to call 586-6666 and get involved in the next groups that are starting soon. They are located at 1248 Glacier Ave., and you too will find that your outlook on life and what comes your way can be improved by the caring of the folks here.

See you at the gym.

Sandi Hicks

Cancer survivor

Former resident applauds the Black Awareness Association

Whether it comes by e-mail, snail-mail or telephone, I get frequent correspondence from Juneau. I enjoy and look forward to these expressions of love and friendship, because I still miss Juneau and its citizens very, very much.

I was extremely pleased to receive an article from the Juneau Empire that reported the 2006 activities of the Black Awareness Association. It warmed my heart to know that this organization, which started in 1990, is still active in the community.

From its concept, the organization always ended the celebration of Black History Month with a dinner and dance activity. Some events were extravaganzas, others were more subdued, but dinner and dance events did occur each year. The 2006 dinner and dance would make this the 15th year for the annual event, not the fourth, as indicated in the newspaper article. I still have memorabilia - programs, menus, contracts and pictures - that can provide historical data regarding the organization and its various activities in the past. It sounds as if the organization is well on the way to keeping this tradition alive.

Congratulations to the current Black Awareness Association membership, for sponsoring another successful event. I hope that the organization will continue to be active as an integral part of the Juneau community. Keep up the good work.

Rosalee T. Walker

Baltimore, Md.

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