Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, May 11, 2007

Viking Ship made of plastic bottles

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JUNEAU - The Sons of Norway, in cooperation with Turning the Tides, needs 5,000 plastic bottles for a viking ship they will make for the Fourth of July parade.

Bottles need to be turned in with their caps by June 1 to 1991 Hughes Way. The Sons of Norway are appealing to churches, government agencies, cruise ships, the University of Alaska Southeast, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and all other organizations.

Dr. Marcus Eriksen, of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation, will be in Juneau from June 3 to 7 to help the Sons of Norway build this ship, as he has lots of experience building boats with plastic bottles. Eriksen has people in California making rope of plastic bags that he plans to bring with him. In addition to plastic bottles, the Sons of Norway need old fishing nets and duct tape. For more information, call David Moe at 789-2857.

Breast cancer Chilkat River Walk draws 160

HAINES - About 160 walkers showed up Saturday for the inaugural Chilkat River Walk on Saturday, a 22.5-mile walk from Klukwan to Haines designed to promote awareness about breast cancer and breast health.

The walkers could walk in teams, with the course broken down into eight shorter legs ranging from 1.1 to 5.3 miles. About 30 walkers chose to walk the entire distance. The walkers raised about $2,000, which was split so some money could support local resident Margaret Andrews and some could go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. The walk went from the Klukwan Long House to the Haines ANS/ANB Hall. A free picnic followed the event.

The Chilkat River Walk also kicked off the Eagles vs. Ravens Challenge, a wellness campaign that runs from May 5 to Aug. 5. Registration for the Eagles vs. Ravens Challenge took place at the Chilkat River Walk and pedometers were available so people could start recording their steps.

To find out more about the Chilkat River Walk or the Eagles vs. Ravens Challenge, contact Betsy Van Burgh of the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Program at (907) 766-6366 or Pam Sloper of the SEARHC WISEWOMAN and Breast and Cervical Health Programs at (907) 766-6367. This event was sponsored by RE/MAX of Haines/Skagway, Alaska Power and Telephone, the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Program and the SEARHC Breast and Cervical Health Program.

Garden clubs prepare for annual plant sale

JUNEAU - The Juneau Community Garden Association, 4-H clubs, Juneau Garden Club, Alaska Primrose Society and Southeast Master Gardeners will host a joint Super Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 12, in the Safeway parking lot.

The Juneau Community Garden Association is in charge of the plant sale this year.

For more information, contact Sandy Williams at 364-2243 or

Local mail carriers collect for food drive

JUNEAU - Local mail carriers are conducting a mail food drive for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank on Saturday, May 12, in Juneau. Non-perishable food donations should be in or hung on mailboxes prior to mail delivery on that day.

There will also be food drop-off points at every post office, at Alaska USA Federal Credit Unions and at local grocery stores: Alaskan and Proud, Fred Meyer, SuperBear and Safeway.

For more information, call Mark at the post office at 586-7744.

SEABIA to award $500 scholarship

JUNEAU - The Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association will award $500 scholarships per academic school year up to four years.

The scholarships are open to anyone pursuing further education, a two- or four-year institution, in a building-related curriculum or to the dependent of someone who is employed in the building industry in Southeast Alaska.

Application deadline is May 14. For more information, contact SEABIA office at 463-5774, or visit

Juneau History Grant applications available

JUNEAU -Applications for the Juneau History Grant are now available at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and on their Web site at Students, teachers, organizations and history enthusiasts are encouraged to apply for up to $1,000 to assist them in the completion of a project that will document, preserve or improve access to the history of the Juneau-Douglas area.

Completed applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the City Museum by 4 p.m. on May 14. For more information, call 586-3572.

The Alaska State Museum has also announced that applications are available to Alaska Museums, historical societies and related organizations for the state's Grant-in-Aid program. The mail-in deadline is June 1.

Museum grants are awarded on a competitive basis to assist eligible museums and museum-related organizations to improve their services. The museum assistance grants promote professional museum standards and practices in the state.

Application forms are available from the Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St., Juneau, AK, 99801, online at or by calling (888) 913-6873.

Volunteers needed for playground construction

JUNEAU - Project Playground is seeking volunteers and tools to build the playground at Twin Lakes May 15-19 and May 22-26.

For more information, visit and look at the playground design. Click on the "volunteer form" button to sign up for at least one four-hour shift to help build the playground at Twin Lakes.

No experience is required. There are tasks for everyone 10 years old and above. Ten- to 13-year-olds must have a parent working along side them. Childcare is available close to Twin Lakes for your younger children.

If you have tools you would lend, please visit and click on the words "How to Donate Tools." We will return all tools in the same condition or better. For more information, call Chris King at 789-5247.

USDA funds millions for grant program

JUNEAU - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has made $19.3 million available to fund grants that assist agricultural producers, producer cooperatives and producer owned groups. The Rural Business-Cooperative Service will accept applications for fiscal year 2007 through May 16.

The purpose of the grant is to assist agricultural producers (including fishermen and foresters) to plan and establish or expand businesses that take a base commodity and add value to the product through processing or marketing. This includes production of renewable energy from agricultural, fishery or forest resources. The grants are for business planning or feasibility studies or working capital. Applicants can apply under either category but not both. All projects funded under the grant must provide information that can be both viable and sustainable.

Business planning or feasibility grants are for a maximum of $100,000. Working capital grants are for a maximum of $300,000. There is no minimum for either grant category. Nonfederal matching funds are required for this grant program. Further information on this grant program is available online at

Paper applications must be filed with the Washington, D.C. office. Online applications are accepted through

For additional information on this grant check the USDA Rural Development Web site or contact USDA Rural Development at 800 West Evergreen, Suite 201, Palmer, AK, 99645-6539, or (907) 761-7722.

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