Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Graduation party seeking support from the community

The Parents for a Safe Graduation Committee is once again sponsoring a safe graduation party for the seniors of 2002.

This year's party will be held at Dzantik'I Heeni Middle School following graduation exercises. As has been the rule in the past, once admitted, graduates and their guests will not be granted readmission if they choose to leave. The committee is planning to provide many incentives for them to stay.

The party will start at 9 p.m. and end at 3 a.m. Community members and parents will be chaperoning and cleaning up after the event.

For many years, the Juneau community has generously contributed to this annual event. The cost of hosting the event is substantial, so the committee is soliciting Juneau's business community to help, as well as asking the parents of graduating seniors to contribute $35. Stores throughout the Juneau area have coffee cans available for donations, and all other donations can be mailed to Paul Dick, Treasurer, 2906 Blueberry Hills Rd., Juneau 99801.

The Graduation Committee also sponsors the baccalaureate, which is a farewell inspirational message addressed to the graduating seniors. There will be a variety of speakers from various faiths in the Juneau community. The high school choir will provide music, and there will be student speakers from the graduating class.

Baccalaureate will be held in the high school auditorium Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m., and friends and family of the graduating seniors are invited. A reception will be held in the commons after the service. Seniors are asked to bring a plate of cookies or fruit and wear their cap and gown.

For more information about the Safe Graduation Party or baccalaureate, call Marla Johnson at 780-9955 evenings.

Alaska students and educator to be sent to Watershed Summit

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Michele Brown announced on April 22 a contest for Alaska high school students and teachers to attend a national Youth Watershed Summit this October. Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (a program of the National Wildlife Federation), Alaska Green Star and the Anchorage Waterways Council joined DEC for the announcement.

Alaska will send four students and one teacher to the symposium. Transportation, food and lodging will be provided by America's Clean Water Foundation, which is hosting the symposium with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and the federal government. Approximately 200 students and 50 teachers from across the nation will attend a series of educational sessions on watershed protection, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 6 through 10, 2002 at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md. The Alaska team will work together on a watershed project to present at the symposium.

"Fifty-two of the 58 polluted waterbodies in Alaska are polluted by run-off or erosion," said Commissioner Brown. "Communities and individuals have to be informed and involved in watershed planning so they can make the right choices to protect our streams, lakes and rivers. There's no better way to jump-start community involvement in watershed protection than be engaging students and educators."

The student contest calls for an essay of 350 to 500 words on sharing information from the watershed symposium with their communities. Teachers may apply or be nominated by their schools, students or community members. The contest is open to any Alaska high school teacher and any Alaska student who will be in 9- 12 grade in the fall.

Applications are due by June 1, 2002. Students and teachers may apply as a team or individually. ADEC may create a team from students in separate communities. Semi-finalists will be selected by a judging committee of one educator, one Alaska Youth for Environmental Action high school senior, two Department of Environmental Conservation employees and one U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employee. Commissioner Brown will select the winners.

For more information, please contact Charles Fedullo at (907) 269-3784 or

Naval reunion set

The USS Sperry (AS-12) Association, a group of veterans who were assigned duty on the USS Sperry, is trying to locate shipmates who served on the ship during the period between 1942 to 1982.

A U.S. Navy reunion for crewmembers of the USS Sperry (AS-12) submarine tender between 1942 and 1982 is scheduled from Oct. 10 to 12, 2002, at the Victorian Condo/Hotel in Galveston, Texas.

Please contact Arnold Ross at 2916 Colonial Dr., Dickinson, TX 77539-4439, (281) 534-2459 or with information.

Skateboarding contest set at park

Supersondog and the Parks and Recreation Pipeline Skate Park present "The third annual Kat and Matt Skateboarding and Roller-blading Competition" on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. The Movable Feast is moving its burger cart out to the Skate Park for this special event. Motivational Revue and Animatronic Stage Show will be set up and ready to play at 5 p.m. for all people who enjoy good music. For more information contact Zach Gordon Youth Center at 586-2635.

Tlingit and Haida council holds officer elections

Newly-elected officers of the Tlingit and Haida Indians of the City and Borough of Juneau took their oath of office following elections on May 9.

Robert Loescher was elected chairman and president; Alfred McKinley was elected vice president; Doloresa Cadiente is now secretary; Dorothy Webster is treasurer; and Ella Bennett, Mike Corpuz and William Martin were elected members-at-large. August Martin was elected as the representative to the SEARHC board.

The 49-member council represents more than 5,000 Tlingit and Haida people located in the Juneau area.

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