Sometimes the gold threads in the often silvery-gray backdrop of Juneau really shine out, and remind us that there is no end to what we as a community can accomplish if we work together toward a common purpose.
For example, as an accompaniment to the city-wide cleanup day on May 2, Alaska Electric Light & Power Co., the state Department of Transportation and the city worked together to hoist masses of illegally dumped items - refrigerators, driers, tires, furniture - up the hill to the pullouts along Thane Road, in order to haul it away.
The Boy Scout Troop 11, led by Keith Pahlke - to which a Thane Road youth belongs - did intense work in Saturday's hot (for Juneau) sun, cleaning up a huge volume of smaller pieces of trash off the hillsides there.
The Thane Neighborhood Association regularly picks up the residential end of Thane Road, but the stretch between the Ore House and town usually feels too daunting to deal with. However, this year the synergy of so much positive action by so many entities shifted that burden, and we were able to help attack the mess.
Thane extends a deep, heartfelt thank you to all those who helped.
This kind of working together bodes well for the ideas generated during the city's recent excellent planning forum on how to make Juneau a better city and capital.
Larri Irene Spengler
President, Thane Neighborhood Association