Community briefly

Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Applications for community work grants available

Individuals and organizations that benefit and enhance the health, education and welfare of individuals in Southeast Alaska communities can seek funding support from the Wythe Dornan and Brian Douglas Memorial Fund.

Applications will be accepted until Aug. 9. They will be evaluated based on: quality of program to be supported or attended, reasonableness of proposed budget, background and experience of applicant, support from other sources and appropriateness to the objectives of the Fund. Forms can be obtained by contacting Paul Douglas at 5050 Thane Road, Juneau, AK, or by calling (907)-453-3042. Completed forms must be mailed to the Juneau address.

Host families sought

It's a chance to make a student's dream come true.

German exchange students are looking for host families for a stay of five or 10 months. The students are part of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation's Academic Year in America organization. For more than 19 years, the organization has brought international students between the ages of 15 and 18 to the United States.

Students will arrive with full medical insurance, their own spending money, solid academic records and English skills. In addition to the hosting experience, families can earn up to $1,000 toward any number of travel abroad programs sponsored by AIFS.

For more information about hosting a German exchange student, please call Danielle Carpino at (800) 322-4678, ext. 5164, or e-mail Interested parties can also visit AYA online at www.academicyear.or g.

Plants on sale June 10

The pick of Alaska's gardening crop will be for sale on June 10.

From 9 a.m. to noon, members of the Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners Association will sell plants from their gardens in the Carrs parking lot. Proceeds from the sale will go toward the new Community Garden start up, scholarships and better gardening education.

The Master Gardeners have long given scholarships to seniors entering horticulture or other science related fields. This year, they presented three awards to Science Fair participants. The Master Gardeners strive to promote a wide dissemination of gardening information to Alaska citizens, while directing their activities toward charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes.

Call Sandy or Susanne Williams at 364-2243 for more information.

Natives discuss aboriginal people

Representatives of the Native Brotherhood of British Columbia, the Native Sisterhood of British Columbia, the Alaska Native Brotherhood Grand Camp and the Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand Camp met in Prince Rupert, B.C., May 27 and 28 to address numerous issues confronting aboriginal people in both the U.S. and Canada.

The 25 delegates agreed on five priority issues: the threat of escaping farmed Atlantic salmon displacing and diseasing Pacific wild stocks; the failure of the Alaska Legislature to protect subsistence fish and game harvesting; the threat of inadequate regulation of commercialized sports fishing to salmon as a renewable resource; the lawsuit of the Area 4-15 (Skeena River area) fishers to compel the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to manage salmon equitably and as a renewable resource; and finally, protection of the Canadian and Alaskan environments from threats such as the recently publicized cruise ship waste dumping in Alaskan inside waters.

The group will continue their planning with a meeting in Juneau on Oct. 30.

Mammal presentation June 10

Children curious about Juneau's mammals will have their questions answered on Saturday, June 10.

U.S. Forest Service Naturalist Rebecca Van Kerkvoorde will present ``Mammal Mania'' at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to noon. The program will consist of activities which investigate Juneau's different mammals. Children ages 7 to 12 are invited to attend; children under 7 are welcome with an adult. Participants should meet in the covered viewing area.

``Mammal Mania'' is part of a series of Kids Day Programs. The programs, which offer an opportunity to explore the environment at the Mendenhall Glacier, will run every Saturday through Aug. 26. Call Jessica Schalkowski or Karen Lechner at 789-6640 for more information.

Walk celebrates cancer survival

A Celebration of Life walk to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day is scheduled at 1:45 p.m. Sunday starting at Juneau-Douglas High School.

The walk to Marine Park will feature a reception aboard the Nieuw Amsterdam for cancer survivors, their family and friends, and health care providers. Participants must register by 9 p.m. today at either location of the Juneau Racquet Club or Hearthside Books.

Training for youth court offered

Free legal training for teens interested in participating in Juneau's new Youth Court program will be offered during two sessions this summer.

Youths 13 to 18 are eligible to serve in court, where first- or second-time offenders are allowed to appear before a jury of peers who have been trained by the program. The courses will be taught by local legal professionals, law enforcement officials and be facilitated by the Youth Court coordinator.

The first session is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. June 19-23. The second session is from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. July 10-14.

For more information call 463-1956.

75,000 pounds of food collected during drive

Postal carriers collected about 75,000 pounds of food from customers during a one-day food collection drive May 13.

The total was one of the highest in the history of the event, according to the U.S. Postal Service. Food is donated to mail carriers while on their routes.

The food was distributed to local food banks and other organizations.

Infantry reunion set

The 63rd Infantry Division Association's 52nd National Reunion is scheduled Aug. 15-19 at the Hilton Hotel at Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill, N.J.

For more information call Mrs. Barney Forrest at (610) 489-9523.

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