A cause to support

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

Recently I read this page and came to the conclusion that I'm a little exhausted with the controversies and volleys of opinion that make up this battlefield in print. With that being said, I found in the April 7 edition a cause that all of Juneau should possibly get behind. That would be the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church restoration.

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I grew up in a house at 325 Sixth St., which sits directly uphill and adjacent to St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church. I had family members that attended that church who also had their funeral services held there, and can remember many ringings of that church bell. For many years my uncle "Bingo" (Mike Avoian) attended St. Nicholas and rang that bell himself.

With all of this in mind and appreciating the importance of this as a Juneau historical landmark, and in consideration of this church, which still serves many people in our community, and the fact that they now find themselves in need, I am making a contribution to Friends of St. Nicholas Church for the needed roof maintenance and structural upgrade.

This little church is a treasure to our town, as may be witnessed each and every summer when many from afar come and visit it. Think of it, many of us on all sides of different issues coming together to recognize its value to all of us as residents of Juneau, thus making our town a better place. I urge you all to contribute what you might afford.

Again, checks should be made payable to the Friends of St. Nicholas Church and sent to 120 W. Ninth St, Juneau AK 99801.

Mike Notar


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