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Posted: Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Thanks for making trail walk/run a success

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Thanks to our sponsors and a small group of hard-working volunteers, Hospice & Home Care of Juneau's first annual Herbert Glacier Trail Run and Walk was very successful. We had wonderful support from the business community, and the event was well attended. Funds from sponsors as well as the participants will help us continue providing and strengthening the comprehensive services we offer.

A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors for financial contributions: Jensen Yorba Lott Inc.; Alaskan Brewing Co.; Baxter, Bruce & Sullivan P.C.; Debbie Sis, of RE/MAX; Elgee Rehfeld Mertz, LLC; JRC The Alaska Club; Pavitt Chiropractic and Fitness; Valley Lumber; AEL&P; Mendenhall Auto Center; Alaska Trollers' Association; Mike's Custom Screenprints; Hesson & Deakins; Nugget Alaskan Outfitter; Rainbow Foods; Valley Auto Parts; Radioshack; Alaska Budget Report; and also to SuperBear and The Breeze-In, for supplying refreshments for run participants.

A special thank you to Lori and Tony Yorba, our volunteer race directors. In addition, we couldn't have conducted this event as successfully without assistance from other volunteers: Bob Marshall, Deborah Craig, Nancy Thomas, Sharon Pusich-Gill, Sharon Buis, Dolly Kremers, John Kremers, Kris Loveid, Mary Pat Schilly, Jean Villanueva, Sue Ann Lindoff and Kevin Williams. I hope I didn't miss anybody.

Thanks to all the participants and to Southeast Roadrunners for co-sponsoring this race.

Debbie McBride

Hospice & Home Care of Juneau

Congratulations to Houston on retirement

Coach Houston was a great basketball coach. I had the honor to play for him in the 80s, when he was the assistant to Coach Hamey. What I learned from him on the basketball court, I still remember and use in my life today. I can still hear him saying, "If you are not on defense and you are not on offense, where are you?" On his team, the answer to that question was that it would not be long before you were sitting next to him on the bench. As a result, players played hard.

When he became the head coach and his teams took the floor for a game, I bet they always felt they were mentally and physically ready. I know I did when I played for him. His record and championships speak for themselves and are a result of his coaching talents. The only complaint I have is that he did not get me to the NBA; I guess he became a better coach later in life.

Congratulations, coach. I hope you have the same passion for retirement that you did in the gym.

Joe Thibodeau

Sunnyvale, Calif.

Thanks to Ramy Brooks for Iditarod finish

The Alaska Mental Health Trust and its partner boards wish to give our public acknowledgment and thanks to musher Ramy Brooks for his 2006 Iditarod finish. He showed courage, commitment and a profound respect for the mental well-being of his dogs during one of the most challenging of his 12 Iditarod races.

For the past year, Ramy has showed that same courage and commitment by serving as our "champion" and bravely speaking out on Trust issues: mental health, suicide prevention, alcoholism and addictions, Alzheimer's disease and developmental disabilities. We salute him for this work which has helped many Alaskans realize there is hope and that there are people in every community willing to help.

If Ramy's message has touched your life in some way, please let him know. E-mail him via

John Pugh

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority

Thanks for welcoming gardeners to Juneau

The Juneau Garden Club would like to thank the community for extending a warm welcome to the 32nd Alaska State Federation of Garden Club members from throughout the state, who attended the Southeast Alaska Gardening Conference and the ASFGC annual convention. A special thanks to the Master Gardeners, for their inspiring conference - always a class act; the Centennial Hall, for accommodating our last-minute needs at the trade fair; Deputy Mayor Wannamaker, for his official ASFGC welcome; the Prospector Hotel and McGuire's Restaurant, for providing gracious hospitality; The Plant People, for providing the blooms when ours were not yet bursting forth; and to Steve and Cindy Bohay at Glacier Gardens, for their charming hospitality and impromptu tour.

Terry Laskey

Juneau Garden Club

Thanks for making Earth Day special

Thanks to all of the incredible organizations and individuals who helped to make the Earth Day Celebration at the glacier a terrific community event. I have never been so proud to live in Juneau with so much talent and enthusiasm under one roof.

Thanks to Mayor Bruce Botelho for his encouragement to observe this important day community wide and to speakers Pete Griffin, Brendan Kelly, Jon Warrenchuck and Kevin Hood. Thanks to entertainers Tim Miles, the Heartstrings and Liz and Leif Saya. Thank you to all of the participating organizations who educated and inspired our visitors: SAGA, Juneau Raptor Center, SEACC, Turning the Tides, Mendenhall Watershed Project, Sierra Club, Alaska Biodiesel Alliance, Bill Leighty, Friends of Recycling, Carol Biggs, Lauren Hopsen, Wilderness Rangers, Waste Management, Litter Free, Juneau Audubon Society, NMFS, NOAA National Weather Service and the crew from NOAA ship Rainier. Thank you to volunteers Mareta Weed, Sterling Snyder and Dick Callahan, for holding the event together.

Lastly, thank you Juneau. We proved that we really can make a difference.

Irene Morris

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

Thanks for raising funds for lighthouses

The Alaska Lighthouse Association would like to thank the following for helping us to make our fundraiser a success: Lisa and Victoria at the Prospector Hotel, for allowing us to borrow your facility; Trish at the Prospector, for helping out with the wine tasting; Tracy and Gary from Alaska Distributors, John DeCherney from Specialty Imports and Shaun McCormick from K&L, for donating their time for the wine tasting; and Hearthside Books, for helping with ticket sales. A big thank you to Steve Allwine, for being our auctioneer.

Thank you also to all the local businesses that donated to our auction. We truly could not have done any of this without your generosity.

Chris Ullrich

Alaska Lighthouse Association

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