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Posted: Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Thanks for donations to gardeners' conference

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Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners thank the following businesses and individuals for their generous donations for our recent conference: Alaskan Brewing Company, Alaska State Museum, Alaska Lighthouse Association, Galligaskins, Harold Heidersdorf, Heritage Coffee, Hummingbird Hollow, Mount Roberts Tram, Northlight Photography, Elfrida Nord, Office Plus, Rie Munoz Gallery, Scentiments, Superbear, Wendy Swedell, Chris Ullrich and Wings of Alaska.

Joan Kasson, chair

Southeast Alaska Master Gardeners Conference and Tradeshow

Thanks for making after-prom a safe option

The After Prom party, which was held in the wee hours of the morning on May 7 at the valley JRC The Alaska Club, was a great success. Heartfelt thanks to JRC The Alaska Club Maintenance Director Chuck Etheridge, for volunteering to oversee this party for the ninth straight year in a row. Many thanks also to JRC The Alaska Club, for sharing their wonderful facility and personnel with the kids of Juneau. The Cathy Johnson family (of Auke Bay) and the Bill Searls family (of Carpet Source) contributed the majority of funds needed to put on this event. Their generosity was overwhelming, and their support will long be remembered.

Many families provided additional resources, as well as their time chaperoning this party. Thank you, Leslie and Vince Wagner, Kate and Ted Quinn, Kathy and Dick Callahan, Nancy Lehnhart, Jan Carlile, Joy Lyon, Jane Ginter, Peggy and Alex Wertheimer, Carol Prentice, Christine and Kevin O' Sullivan, Leon Vance, Colleen Jones, Ann Gifford and Jim Grammel, Jerry Nankervis, Steve Nelson, Darla and Joe Buck, Janet and Paul Kennedy, Sue Albright, Justine Munch and Brad Thompson, Sue and Paul Hennon, Ursula Jones and Gaye Willis. Without the combined efforts of these folks, this party could not have happened. Heritage Coffee donated an urn of coffee to help keep our chaperones awake and on their feet. Thank you, Gretchen Garrett and Grady Saunders, for your broad commitment to this community.

An abundance of gifts was graciously donated by local businesses, for use as door prizes. Thank you, Domino's Pizza, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Hearthside Bookstore, Rainy Day Books, The Climbing Wall, Silverbow Bakery, Gross Alaska, McDonald's, Udder Culture, Juneau Bowling Center, The Hangar on the Wharf, Southeast Waffle Company, Seong's, El Sombrero, Perseverance Theater, Pel' Meni, The Breakwater Inn, Nugget Outfitters, Heritage Coffee, Alaskan Fudge Company and Capital Office Supply.

Lastly, thanks to the Juneau-Douglas High School Student Council and council advisors, Joe Powers and Mara Early, for ensuring that this party is a tradition, thus providing a safe and fun option for continued revelry in the hours following prom.

Thank you, everyone.

Suzanne Malter


Thanks for supporting the ice hockey season

Thank you to the hockey players, coaches, parents and program supporters: On behalf of the Juneau-Douglas Ice Association, we would like to thank the community for supporting youth hockey over the past season.

During the 2005-2006 season, JDIA saw an explosive growth in the number of players. In addition to an increase in participants (218 players), we had the inaugural season of the high school hockey team with sold-out games. Three teams (the Squirts, Peewees and Bantams) played in the Alaska state house league tournaments in Fairbanks and Anchorage, with two of the teams taking second place in their divisions.

Hockey is a wonderful and addictive sport, which can be played at all skill levels. We strive to teach the skaters life skills, such as integrity and teamwork, while improving mental and physical health and still have fun learning a sport which they can play for life. The only downside of our recent season is the realization that all of the skating user groups need more ice-time. This is a good problem to have.

We want to thank the city of Juneau youth activity fund and numerous private contributors, for financial support of the program. In addition, we would like to recognize the Juneau Adult Hockey Association and the Juneau Skating Club; all of these groups together have helped to grow the ice culture in Juneau.

If you would like to learn more about youth hockey in Juneau, check out our Web site

Finally, thank you again to the players and adults, who have volunteered tremendous amounts of time and effort to help this exciting sport thrive in Juneau.

Lance Miller and the JDIA board of directors


Thanks for contributing to the Pillars of America

The Glacier Valley Rotary Club would like to thank the community of Juneau for its overwhelming support of the 15th annual Pillars of America Freedom Series. This year's series featured speakers Alison Levine, SSG Rob Wright and Ron "Gus" Gustafson. All of them gave unforgettable stories of leadership, commitment and inspiration.

Thank you to the sponsors of the speakers: Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and University of Alaska Southeast Student Government, for presenting Alison Levine; GCI and Shattuck & Grummett, for sponsoring SSG Rob Wright; and Wells Fargo, NA and SERRC Alaska's Educational Resource Center for presenting Ron "Gus" Gustafson. Thank you to AEL&P; Alaska Marine Lines; Alaska Pacific Bank; Baxter, Bruce & Sullivan; Bullwinkles Pizza; Clif and Loretta Beadle; Coeur Alaska Inc.; Dr. Daniel and Kathy Holt of Holt Chiropractic Elgee Rehfeld Mertz CPAs; Juneau Empire; Juneau Gastineau Rotary Club; Mendenhall Auto Center; and Western Auto-Marine, for their donations to purchase tickets for the youth of Juneau to attend the Pillars of America Freedom Series.

We wish to thank the Juneau Empire, Capital City Weekly, GCI Cable TV, KTOO TV/Radio, KINY/KSUP Radio, KJNO/TAKU Radio, MAGIC/STAR Radio, and KATH TV, for their continued advertising support. Special thanks go to Jessica Ludwig of the Juneau Empire; the Empire composing room staff, for the print ads; Rik Pruitt of KATH TV, for the television spots; and Jim Morgan of KINY/KSUP, for the radio spots.

Thank you to the Goldbelt Hotel, for complimentary accommodations for our speakers; the Hangar on the Wharf, for preparing the lunches; Printing Trade Company, for all of our printed material; Alaska Laundry, for the table linens; Coastal Helicopters and Auke Bay Charters, for sightseeing trips; SAGA, for the setup and takedown help, the Rotary Interact Club, for seating assistance, Alaska Youth Choir and Juneau-Douglas High School Choir, for their musical performances; and to the teachers and administration of the Juneau School District.

Tish Griffin Satre and Jamie Letterman

Glacier Valley Rotary Club

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