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Posted: Friday, March 24, 2006

Thanks for giving Team Alaska the extra edge

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On behalf of the Juneau snowshoers, we'd like to thank parents, friends and the larger community for your support of our participation in the Arctic Winter Games in Kenai.

The games are an amazing mix of competitions and culture from circumpolar contingents including Greenland, Sampi, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Yukon and Yamal, Russia. The week mixes sports such as Inuit and Dene games, soccer, skiing, volleyball, biatholon, curling, speed and figure skating, to name a few, giving young people the opportunity to eat, live, and play besides other teenagers from around the globe. The emphasis of the games since their inception nearly 40 years ago (thanks in part to former Gov. Wally Hickel) has been on sportsmanship and friendship; the Arctic Winter Games provide life-changing experiences and long-lasting friendships for many of the 2,000 participants.

The snowshoers are especially grateful to Eaglecrest Ski Area and the volunteers from the Juneau Nordic Ski Club. Much of our training was done on groomed trails provided by these groups. Eaglecrest is an especially important asset in years of little or late snow, as we can begin our training early. So thanks to you, community, for your support of this special recreational area. In turn, the snowshoers represented Juneau as outstanding athletes and ambassadors.

Snowshoeing is one of the few sports which includes a Juneau contingent, and we are hopeful that our youth will be included once again in the Yellowknife Games in 2008.

Merry Ellefson and Guy Thibodeau, coaches

Team Alaska Snowshoeing

Thanks for making St. Baldrick's a success

I want to thank everyone who participated in the St. Baldrick's celebration March 17 at the Hangar Ballroom. There were many ways that this community contributed. Some shaved their heads, many gave donations; some did both. Many people gave a lot of their personal time to organizing the event. Families, businesses and individuals came together for this great cause and did an amazing job to raise over $52,000 for childhood cancer research. And there are still checks coming in the mail.

It was an amazing evening, and it exceeded every expectation that those planning for it had. The night was filled with hope, excitement, generosity, special interactions and a true coming together of a beautiful community effort.

I am proud of Juneau. I am proud to be part of a town that always has a fundraiser and yet is always ready to give. Thank you for giving wings to wishes and prayers.

And thanks for the high-fives on the street when you see my bald head!

Naomi Hooley


Thanks for the HeART & Sole community support

The Parent Group, teachers and students of Glacier Valley Elementary School would like to thank the Juneau community for their support of our Art is Elementary program, a weekly arts-integrated drama and visual arts program offered to all of our Glacier Valley students, which culminated into last Saturday's HeART & Sole fundraiser for the arts.

In particular, a big thank you to all of our generous business and individual sponsors for their support of this new program. Thanks to $500 sponsors: Association of Alaska School Boards, Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, Full Circle Music, Glacier Valley Student Council, Juneau Brass and Winds, Ron Maas family, neighbors of Duran Court and Duran Street, neighbors of El Camino Street, Northland Audiology and Hearing Services, True North Federal Credit Union, USKH Architects, Wells Fargo Bank Alaska and Wellspring.

Thanks to $250 sponsors: AEL&P, Alaska Litho, Alaska Peace Officers Association, Beta Sigma, Phi XI-Delta, Filipino Community, Java Jazz, Jensen Yorba Lott Inc., MRV Architects, Prindle's Carpet Upholstery Cleaning Services, Simpson Tillinghast Sorenson & Longenbaugh P.C., and Lynn Williams.

Another thank you to those folks who helped make HeART & Sole a big success: Glacier Valley third, fourth, fifth and sixth graders and their classroom teachers; Shane Wirtz; Thunder Mountain Big Band; Rasmuson Foundation; Juneau School District; Juneau-Douglas High School drama department, ABG Bus Lines, Alaska Laundry and Dry Cleaners, Coca-Cola, Creativation Events and Rentals, KTOO, Northern Sales, Mary Pusich, Deb Tempel, Ryan Conarro, Heather Kahklen, Lori Seymour, Nancy Lehnhart, Heather Ridgway, district-wide Elementary Art program, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Stan Cass, Giselle Stone, Evan Thibodeau, Korry Keeker, Amanda Gragert, Glacier Valley Parent Group and the Glacier Valley staff and parents.

Lorrie Heagy


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