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Posted: Friday, May 04, 2007

Thanks for support during my cancer battle

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I am delightfully happy to announce my arrival home. I have been here for about two weeks and I am enjoying every minute!

Since being diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in October 2006, I have gone through eight aggressive rounds of chemotherapy in Seattle. The next stage in my treatment will be to undergo maintenance chemotherapy for at least 18 months here in town. I am not so excited about undergoing chemo again, but if it keeps me cancer-free and healthy, I will do whatever it takes to be here in company of my family and our amazing community.

I have been blessed with the strength, support and caring of so many of you. Throughout my experience with cancer, I have seen first-hand how many selfless and caring people are in my life. For coming together, I would like to express my gratitude to the entire community. Countless of you have helped my family and me a great deal by donating time, money and encouragement. In addition, I am blessed to have received so many get-well notes, positive messages, and prayers.

My family and I thank you for all of your support and love. God bless.

Olivia Mendoza-Nelson


Thanks for finding my debit card on April 5

On April 5, I stopped at the Key Bank ATM just outside of my place of work at the Jordan Creek Center. At that time, I just needed to get a little cash for a quick lunch, since I knew that Thursday was going be an exceptionally busy day. With too many work-related thoughts on my mind, I forgot to collect my ATM cash card and receipt from the machine prior to walking off with my cash in hand. To make matters worse, I didn't realize what I had done until the following morning.

On the morning of April 6, I called Key Bank first thing on a remote chance that some person out there would have been good enough to turn my card in to the bank for safe keeping. But before I tell you the results, please allow me fill you in on the following:

I moved to Juneau from New York almost seven years ago. Although I will always love New York, I was at a point in my life where I was desperate to find a place on this planet where there was less crime, noise, congestion and pollution. I was truly hoping to find a community of people where neighbors looked out for each other and if you ever found yourself stuck on the side of the road; someone would be good enough to stop and offer you assistance.

With that being said, I am happy to say that I have been the recipient of numerous good gestures and deeds and met countless good people here in Juneau, but lately, I have been feeling the weight of the world again. How can anyone out there not, especially since that horrifying day of 9/11/2001, when all you hear about on the news these days is suicide bombings, death by tsunami, methamphetamine labs, street gang related crimes and murders just to name a few, and in reference to my "blunder of the week," identity theft.

I would like to thank the unidentified woman who found my debit card in that Key Bank ATM. By turning it in to the bank for safe keeping, she saved me from developing a massive headache and the arduous task of wading through an endless sea of paperwork. But most importantly, a stranger, a person that I don't even know, restored my faith in humanity at a time in my life where I was "almost" convinced that I was surrounded by more "opportunists" than "good people."

I am hopeful that she will identify herself at the Valley Branch Key Bank at the Jordan Creek Center so that I can express my sincere appreciation.

On a final note: Life is definitely worth living, just knowing that there are people still in this world standing tall with honesty and integrity. Thank you again who ever you are. I will not forget your kindness and thoughtfulness.

Thomas DiGiovanni

Auke Bay

Thanks for helping rescue Cliff LaRue

The family of Cliff LaRue, skipper of the Irish Spring, would like to send out our heartfelt appreciation to all involved in his rescue on April 10. We would especially like to thank the LeConte personnel for their keen eye in spotting the Irish Spring among the rocks and to the Coast Guard for their outstanding rescue by helicopter. We would also like to thank the doctor and her husband who were on board the LeConte on their honeymoon for their expert care in first assessing Cliff before he was airlifted to the hospital.

Cliff is still at Harbor View Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., recovering and would like to thank everyone for their prayers.

Vanessa White and the family of Cliff LaRue


Thanks for the Gold Medal basketball games

Thank you Juneau Lions Club for the wonderful Gold Medal Basketball games. I am a dedicated Juneau Gold Medal basketball fan and did not boo Metlakatla at the final game. Congratulations to Haines Merchants - they deserved the trophy they won.

The Juneau Lions Club work hard to present the games. What if the Lions Club gets fed up with the public and quit doing the games. Is that what you want? Let's continue to support the Lions Club and the Gold Medal basketball players and say thank you for a job well done.

Bernice Donnelly


Thanks for inviting us to an exhibition game

The players, parents and coaches of the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey team would like to express their gratitude to the Juneau Young Guns adult hockey team for inviting the JDHS players to play them in an exhibition game on April 24 at Treadwell Arena. The Young Guns paid for the ice time and donated the proceeds from the game to the Blue Line Club that is the booster club for the JDHS hockey team. Special thanks go to Jens Hinderlie for his temporal and financial contributions and to Chip Verrelli for helping to organize the game. Jens is one of the star players for the Fox Cities Ice Dogs of U.S. Amateur Hockey League. Wendy Hickok was the lead organizer for the Blue Line Club. We would also like to thank the Juneau Hockey Officials for donating their time to referee the game. Thanks also go to the Juneau hockey fans that came out to support the team and saw a very well played and highly entertaining display of Alaska's premier team sport.

Tom Rutecki

JDHS Assistant Hockey Coach


Thanks for supporting spring soccer tourney

The Juneau Soccer Club would like to give a special thanks to Food Services of America, Costco, Juneau Wholesale and A & P for their support of the 4th Annual Spring Fever Soccer Invitational held here in Juneau April 12-14. A total of eight high school soccer teams participated in the soccer showcase and enjoyed your support. In addition to JDHS teams, visiting teams included Central High, from Cheyenne, Wyo., Wheatridge High from Denver, Colony High from Palmer and South Anchorage High from Anchorage.

JSC would also like to thank Jonathan Mollick and all the other Parks & Recreation field maintenance employees who helped remove the 9,300 cubic yards of snow and ice from the field in time for the tournament. The annual high school soccer showcase would have been cancelled were it not for their efforts and we remain grateful.

Also a big thank you to Tim Cottongim and the small army of local officials needed to referee not only all of the high school games but 35 indoor youth soccer games being played that same weekend in area gyms during the 17th Annual Juneau-Whitehorse Exchange.

Jamie Waste

Juneau Soccer Club


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