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Posted: Friday, April 07, 2006

Thank you for help in Daffodil Days fundraiser

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The Juneau Unit of the American Cancer Society sends our sincerest thanks to the people of Juneau, Skagway, Gustavus, Hoonah and Tenakee Springs for supporting this year's Daffodil Days event.

Once again, with the assistance of local businesses, the various communities as a whole, and the many volunteers and individual participants, this annual fundraiser was a huge success. This year, with the efforts of Juneau and our neighbors in Southeast Alaska, we raised nearly $30,000.

This project is our major fundraiser and takes a coordinated effort on the part of many people, of whom I wish to thank. Committee members consisting of Beth Belflower, Tina Maryott-Gordon and Donna Sheridan. The many volunteers who conducted the pre-sales, those who solicit and collect orders, those who sort, and those who delivered, especially on such a cold day. In addition to these special volunteers, we would like to thank Bauer and Gates for the use of the Goldbelt Lobby for staging and sales, Ron Flint and his staff at the Nugget Alaskan Outfitters and Curves who assist with distribution and sales, Alaska Marine Lines who donates transport of the flowers to Juneau, and Wings of Alaska and Skagway Air who whisk the flowers to our neighboring communities - all of whom provide these services free of charge.

This year, I would like to especially thank KINY and staff for their generous donation of their booth at the Rotary Boat Show in which we were able to sell daffodils and was able to sell them all. Also thank you for the public service announcements regarding the sale of daffodils.

Surely there is virtually no one whose life is not touched by cancer in some way, and we believe that fact contributes in no small way to this event. The daffodil symbolizes not only new life but new hope, is beautiful to both give and receive, and the proceeds raised from their sale are essential to the support of cancer programs.

I believe that the communities did an outstanding job in donating to this project as well as others. A big thank-you goes out to all who bought flowers and donated their time to this event.

Wanda Fleming

Chairwoman of Daffodil Days

American Cancer Society

Thanks for making new center such a success

Southeast Senior Services and the Bridge Adult Day Program thank the following individuals, businesses and agencies for making our new center such a success.

Thanks to all of the participants, family caregivers, and volunteers and staff, past and present, who have supported our program and services for the past 20 years.

Thank you to the project funders: Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority/Alaska Commission on Aging, Alaska Division of Senior and Disabilities Services, Rasmuson Foundation, John Williams at Juneau Real Estate, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, Rep. Beth Kerttula, state Sen. Kim Elton, Legislative Capital Appropriation, Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, through appropriation efforts of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, Peter Freer with the City and Borough of Juneau Community Development Block Grant, Department of Health and Social Services Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (program equipment).

Special thanks to: Catholic Community Services construction project manager Nancy Barto, Kelly Leegard, Barbie and Joe McClung, Barb Greening, friends and family of Irene Shima, George Davidson and Alaska Housing Finance Corp., for providing space at the Mountain/view complex for the past 20 years.

Thanks to the general contractors: Arete Construction, Jensen, Yorba, Lott Architects (James Bibb and Joann Lott), North Pacific Erectors and JRE Property Services (John Wierzelewski and Julie Burns).

Thank you to the sub-contractors: Chatham Electric, Simplex Grinnell, Van Pool Painting, Alaska Concrete, Haight and Associates, Haight Electrical, Floors Galore, Juneau Electric, Jack's Plumbing, Counter Fitters, Carson Dorn Environmental Engineering, Harri Plumbing & Heating, Alaska Hearth Products, Doaks Lock & Key, Ed's Edible Landscaping, Smith Bayliss, R&M Engineering, Don Able Building Supply and PN&D Engineering.

Thank you, Capital Cleats girls soccer team and the boys from St. Paul's Middle School class for your time and help at our grand opening.

Rosemary Hagevig

Catholic Community Services

Herring eggs! A sign that spring is truly here

Woke up Saturday to a bright warm morning. A knock on the door. "The Pacific Bell is at the City Dock giving away herring eggs!" the excited voice declares. It takes a second for that to sink in because the fishing vessel Pacific Bell is not even a Hoonah boat.

Garbage bag in hand, I dive into my boots and dash down to the dock where already a person can be seen bent forward from the weight of his bag of those precious eggs. Cars are backed up on the dock, you can hear happy chattering and laughter - what we have not heard much of this past winter.

Back at home, water heating on the stove while eggs are being packed away for other special occasions and sharing for those still in Juneau for Gold Medal, I think of the joy that the Sitka herring bring to us every year since the memory of time. It is the rhythm of Mother Nature's heartbeat that we rely on.

Wayne Alex is our hero. He opened his deck to Hoonah without expectation of any money. Another captain slipped him a check because of his awareness of the cost and work involved.

Fresh seal oil has been waiting for the herring eggs. We have friends and family that never let us down on this expectation. Participating in this cycle of life, herring eggs are being dispersed in many directions right now in the rhythm of Mother Nature's heartbeat.

Gunal'cheech, Sitka! Gunal'cheech Wayne Alex. Feel the warmth of the spiritual smiles.

The day is much brighter and spring is truly here.

Wanda J. Culp

Hoonah

Many thanks for help in catching alleged arsonist

At about 11:30 p.m. March 24, Capital City Fire and Rescue and the Juneau Police Department placed Bob Huber, 24, of Juneau, under arrest for the March 12 fire of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, a 21-foot Bayliner and a residence located at 315 Gold St.

Huber was charged with one count of arson in the first degree and one count of criminal mischief in the first degree, both are felony charges. Damages are estimated to be in excess of $2 million. Huber was taken into custody without incident and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center where he was held without bail.

Capital City Fire rescue would like to thank the community for their active involvement in this case, as well as the Juneau Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives for their assistance.

Richard Etheridge

Fire marshal

Capital City Fire and Rescue

Thank you to the Akiyama family from youth choir

Alaska Youth Choir would like to give a special thanks to the Akiyama family. They would also like to thank the following businesses for making this event possible: Super Bear Supermarket, Odom Corp., Costco Warehouse, Rainbow Foods, Heritage Coffee, Copy Express, Creativations, Safeway, Miss Scarletts, Karla and Steve Allwine, Rachel and Peter Jurasz, Laraine Derr's kitchen crew, and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Alaska Youth Choir would also like to thank the community and parents of the choristers for supporting the raffle. The winners were: Marti Nachoanak, who won two Alaska Airlines tickets; Steven Stanland, who won two Wings of Alaska tickets; Fred Fischer, who won a Rie Muñoz print; the Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE) shelter, which won a Thyues Shaub necklace set, as seen at Fox Fire; and Jessica Taylor, who won passes for the Alaska Gold Mine Tour.

For more information about Alaska Youth Choir, visit online at www.juneau.com/ayc/.

Mary Ann Swendsen

Alaska Youth Choir ad committee



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