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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Thanks for 15 years of support for science

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The Juneau Science Fair Committee's Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2007. The longevity and success of this fair would not be possible without the broad support it receives from around the state, Southeast Alaska and the Juneau community. Students work on developing project ideas with instruction at the high school, then team with members to develop their projects. The organizers of the 2007 Southeast Alaska Regional Science Far would like to especially thank the following for their commitment and support in this year's fair: 105 mentors and mentoring institutions and companies, 115 official fair judges that donate their time and energy, 47 organizing committee members for many volunteer house, 39 special award judges, 22 award presenters, numerous other parent and student volunteers, all 153 participating students for their hard work and efforts and the parents of the students for their patience and support.

A special thank you to Juneau-Douglas High School science teachers Jon Smith and Ben Carney. This fair would not be what it is without your continual efforts and unending encouragement.

There are so many other individuals to thank, and if we do not list all those who assisted, we mean no slight or disrespect. Thanks first to all the student mentors who volunteered their time, effort, guidance and insights to the students. You are proof that this community is so supportive of education and our young people.

The Science Fair Committee thanks Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell, Superintendent Peggy Cowen and JDHS Principal Bernie Sorenson. We thank Assembly members Andrea Doll, Sanford, Bush, Wanamaker, Botelho, Dybdahl, Chambers, Anderson and Stone, and School Board members Becker, Carlson, Choate, O'Brien, Olmstead, Peters, Story and Waring for supporting education.

We appreciate the good work and articles by Eric Morrison, of the Empire, and Amanda Gragert, at Capital City Weekly. Thanks to Chancellor John Pugh at the University of Alaska Southeast for the awards presentation, professor Cathy Connor for her help, Mr. Rivera, Mr. Kerns and Jonathan Schaufler.

We thank the major sponsors of the Science Fair: Alaska Airlines, ConocoPhillips, BritishPetroleum, the Leighty Foundation, Chatham Electric and Murray and Associates.

Our thanks to our local sponsors: the Juneau School District, Alaskan and Proud market, McDonald's of Juneau, Alaska Space Grant, Peratrovich, Nottingham & Drange Inc., Alaska Pure Mountain Spring Water, R&M Engineering, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Rainbow Foods, Breeze In, Subway of Juneau, Costco, Super Bear, Fairweather Sales, Transparent Devices, Family Practice, University of Alaska Southeast, First National Bank, Vintage Fare Cafe, Food Services of America, Wells Fargo, Heritage Coffee, Wilson Engineering, Fred Meyer, Juneau Medical Clinic, Juneau Medical Association and Dr. John Raster.

Individuals we thank include Karla Hart, Ken Imamura, Mark Schwan, Rich Mattson, Walt Chapman, Mike Satre, Ron Plantz, Sam Smith, Mary Hakala, Steve Parker, David Lendrum, Eran Hood, Jonathan Winchester, Joel Curtis, Kristine Trott, Sherry Tamone, Cindi Lagoudakis, Chris Gianotti, Leonra Houtary, Nicole Hill, Cheri Schaufler, Jonathan Randall, Shaun Nesheim (who personally donated an award), Rick Heffern, Mary Willson, Kenwyn George, Matt Miller and Will Judy.

Finally, we thank the members of the public who came to the Science Fair out of curiosity and support for the young explorers and scientists. We are so grateful for this community's support.

Koren Bosworth

Assistant coordinator, Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair

Juneau

Thanks for contributing to our spring concert

The Juneau Symphony musicians and board extend their gratitude to the dedicated corps of volunteers and contributors who helped make our Glorious Spring concerts and travel raffle on April 21 and 22 a superb success.

Thank you, Kristina Paulick, Kathleen Wayne and members of the Juneau Symphony Chorus, for an outstanding performance. Your artistic talents did not go unnoticed.

We are indebted to concert sponsor the University of Alaska Southeast, chorus sponsor ConocoPhillips and soloist sponsor K3 public radio. We also thank Princess Tours, NorthWest CruiseShip Association, Alaska Airlines, Good River Bed and Breakfast, Wings of Alaska, North Star Trekking and Temsco Helicopters, for their generous prize donations to the 2007 travel raffle. Congratulations to Symphony supporters Lynn White, Peter Froehlich, Bette Cole, Susi and Jim Fowler and Bruce Garrison, for winning the prizes.

Additional thanks are due to Dianna Blair, for the delicious reception; house managers Larry White and Koren Bosworth; Rich Ritter, for coordinating the raffle; and all the Symphony supporters who opened their homes for our out-of-town muscians.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this concert such a success.

Elizabeth Agnew

Juneau

Thanks to the big hearts of Juneau, Southeast

A thank you to the big hearts of Juneau and Southeast Alaska comes from me in Portland, Oregon. When I came here for medical treatment for cancer last November I would have never thought in my worst nightmare I would still be here trying to get well. Were it not for the cards, letters, emails, prayers, and generous donations to help with the medical bills in Juneau, I am not sure I would have had the courage to continue this journey.

In naming people who rallied others to help, I am sure I will inadvertantly omit someone, and for that I apologize in advance. Many thanks to Alice and Jon Gates, Andy Peterson and family, Marsha Buck, Terry Lutz and family, Gail Ford and family, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Association of Alaska School Boards, the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, many of the faith based communities in Juneau, Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council Board of Directors, PFLAG and the Pride Chorus, Bishop Michael Keys and family, and those wishing to remain anonomyous.

My Portland support system, spearheaded by Sandra Major, Holly Redfern, Patty Springer, and Tom Lund have brought together a Circle of Friends to provide housing, transportation and strength to bear these difficult times.

I believe that God finds us in our darkest hours. That is evidenced in the cloud of angels surrounding me in Alaska and Oregon. All of you have done far more than I could have imagined and I could never repay the kindness.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart and bless you everyday.

Kathy Buss

Juneau

33rd annual Alaska Folk Festival thank

The Alaska Folk Fest board would like to thank the volunteers who made the 33rd Annual Alaska Folk Festival a success. The festival would not be possible with out all the people who helped with stage crew, sound, membership table, moving things, backdrop, artwork, services, and more.

Thank you Alaska Cannery and Smokehouse, Albert McDonnell, Aleria Jensen, Amy Randolph, Andy Peterson, Ardyne Womack, Art Morris, Barb Neal, Barbara Kelly-Page, Becky Allison, Beth Leibowitz, Bob Banghardt, Bob Laurie, Bonita Nelson, Brenda Wright, Bryan, Cadie Buckley, Carol Tocco, Cathy Anderegg, Cecily Morris, Chris Behnke, Christine Hess, City and Borough of Juneau, Clayton Hawkes, Collette Costa, Costa's Tin, Pan Alley Diner, Dale Hess, David Job, David Roy Parsons, Debby Johnson, Dennis Townsend, Dillon Bates, Downtown Herritage, Ellen Eberhardt, Ellen Ferguson, Emily Kane, Eric Bealer, Eric Chadwell, Erin Tilly, Gani Et Se, Genevieve Smith, Gladys Netro, Glen Merrill, Grace Elliot, Greg McLaughlin, Hangar on the Wharf, Heather Haugland, Helen and Ray Watkins, Henry Hopkins, Heritage Coffee, Hoop Time Boys Basketball Families, Iris Matthews, Jamie Brown, Jay Stange, Jeanie Henry, Jeff Brown, Jeff Jordan, Jennifer Hamilton, Jennifer Hogan, Jerry Adams, Jerry Hauf, Joanie Waller, Joe Arnold, John Church, John Couette, John Emmerling, John Laskey, Jonathon Smith, Joyce Levine, Judy Brenner, Juneau Convention and Visitor's Bureau, Juneau Visitors Association, Kate Herring, Kate Sangster, Katya Kirsch, Keegan Brown, Kim Hastings, Koren Bosworth, KRNN, KTOO, Lance Brown, Laura Sandage, Leslie Kupper, Linda Buckley, Linda E. Miller, Linda Frame, Lori Neufeld, Lorne Wright, Lucy Peckham, Luke Abbott, Lynette Ensor, Maine Observers, Maridon Boario, Marie Mattson, Mark Billingsley, Martha DeFreest, Martha Stey, Melanie Brown, Melanie Hall, Merloa Gaber, Michael Levine, Mike Oftedahl, Mike Sakarias, Monica O'Keefe, Nene Wolfe, New Members! Nicole A Tragis, Nicole Lantz, Nina Massey, Odette Foster, Pat Harris, Pat Henry, Paul Davis, Peter Anderegg, Phil Reeves, Rachel Bomalaski, Rachel Lord, Rainee Godwin, Renewing Members! Rick Miller, Riley Woodford, Rob Bosworth, Rob Seward, Robert Bowels, Rod Crist, Sally Donaldson and the Thursday Night Contra Dancers, Sam Skaggs, Sandra Stuart, Sarah Brooks, Scott Burton, Sean Tracey, Sergei Morosan, Shane Newitt, Shannon Straight, Shelley Owens, Shelly Saviers, Shona Strauser, Shoshanna Seligman, Silverbow Backroom and Bakery, Solan Jensen, Sonny Chandler, St. Ann's Parish, State Museum, Stella Brown, Steve Wolf, Susie Hallinan, Terri Campbell, Terri Comstock, Terry Hoskinson, The Alaskan Hotel and Bar, The Buckley Women, The Canvas, The Twisted Fish, Tom Paul, Trevor Campbell, Troy Sharp, Valerie Snyder, Vicki Allison, Warren Argo, Wendi Marriott and the entire staff of Centennial Hall, Wild Spice and the Zahaski Family.

We would also like to thank the anonymous folks whose names may not appear on the list. See you next year for the 34th Annual Alaskan Folk Fest, taking place from April 7-13.

Folk Festival Board

Juneau

Thanks for volunteering for the Girl Scouts

In celebration of Girl Scout Leader's Day and Volunteer Recognition Week, the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council would like to publicly acknowledge the terrific contributions of our adult Girl Scout volunteers. With the help of over 400 wonderful women and men, TAGSC is able to serve over 800 girls in 14 communities throughout Southeast Alaska. Their gifts of time, talent and creativity are what makes Girl Scouting happen.

Please join the TAGSC staff and Board of Directors in thanking the Girl Scout leaders and volunteers in your town. They are making a big difference in the lives of girls by helping provide a safe, fun and nurturing environment where new interests are discovered, skills are learned, friendships are formed, and self-esteem grows. These valued leaders are committed to helping girls develop into responsible, caring adults who give back to our community.

As we celebrate the historic 95th anniversary of Girl Scouting this year, TAGSC is extremely proud to have so many dedicated volunteers continuing the great traditions of Girl Scouting, and expanding the program, in Southeast Alaska. Please let them know how much their efforts as leaders, mentors, and advisors are appreciated.

For information on becoming a Girl Scout volunteer, please call the council office at 586-1710 or (800) 478-8247.

Susan D. Cox

Chair, Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council Board of Directors

Juneau

Thanks for taking part in Wheels Rolling

The organizers of the 2007 Wheels Rolling exercise at Juneau International Airport would like to thank all the people who took part and made the event a success. This was a "mass casualty exercise" designed to test the response to an aircraft accident at the Airport. It is required every three years to maintain Federal Aviation Administration airport certification. Juneau International Airport, Capitol City Fire Rescue, Juneau Police Department, Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau Douglas High School students, Boy Scouts of America Troop 6, American Red Cross, Capital Transit, Federal Aviation Administration, Alaska Airlines, Civil Air Patrol, Alaska Defense Forces, City of Whitehorse, City of Cordova, City of Ketchikan, as well as other individuals all participated or provided support to the exercise. If not for the many people who volunteered their time to play the part of accident victims, as well as those who operate the various emergency responder organizations in Juneau, this exercise could not have been staged. We hope that all participants found the experience both interesting and informative. Thank you.

Michael Patterson, CBJ Emergency Programs Manager

Dave Palmer, Juneau Airport Manager

Ben Mello, Juneau Airport Planner

Congratulations to Thomas on retirement

It is with mixed feelings that I say I am pleased to learn of the Tlingit and Haida President Edward Thomas has resigned his position after 23 dedicated years.

I am saddened for the loss of his expert, professional and dedicated management of the Central Council. But I am sure he has left it in good shape and I know in good hands, with Bill Martin, who will continue the high standard of service to the membership that Ed did.

I am happy that Ed and Kathy will have more quality time with their family and have the time to go out fishing and enjoy themselves. They deserve it.

I am glad that we will still have Ed's service on our behalf on the Sealaska Board of Directors.

As sad as I am to loose Ed's full time service at the Central Council, I know that he left it in the capable hands of Bill Martin and Ed deserves to enjoy many of the pleasures he has put on the back burner for more than 20 years as he served our needs.

Thank you, Ed, and enjoy.

Marlene Johnson

T&HCC member

Juneau



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