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Posted: Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Thank you Capital City Fire and Rescue

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We would like to thank the Capital City Fire and Rescue for their response to the fire at our rental house May 18. The entire crew was very professional and well organized. Even after the flames were out, the crew worked for several hours to ensure no embers remained that could re-ignite. The foam used minimized water damage to the entire house. All of the firefighters were very sympathetic to our loss, and we really appreciate it.

We would also like to thank our neighbors and friends who offered assistance and comfort during such a terrible time. A special thank-you to neighbors Paul and Mary Comoli, who quickly brought over every container they could find, so the tenants could gather some of their belongings, and ran an extension cord from their house, to save the items in the refrigerator.

We would also like to thank the Red Cross, for being on-site so quickly with coffee and assisting the tenants in finding a place to stay for a few days.

We are extremely grateful that no one was injured and for everyone's kindness, which made a difficult time a little easier.

Gordon and Julie Olson


Thanks for helping with DIPAC's Seaweek

DIPAC hosted its annual spring Seaweek program April 10-21 in conjunction with the Juneau School District. Nearly 550 students and adults visited the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery Visitor Center to participate in these classes. DIPAC sincerely thanks the following folks for helping make our 2006 Seaweek field trip program so successful: Princess Tours, for providing transportation for the school classes; Marcia Ballard, Kathy Dietrick and John Wahl of the Juneau School District, for their coordination of the Seaweek program; and all the teachers, parents and friends, who provided guidance for the students during the field trips.

A special praise goes to our community volunteers, who shared their love of marine biology with our students: George Bonnett, David Deats, Debbie Douglass, Mark and Betty Johnson and Helena Zimmerman. Clay Good of Juneau-Douglas High School also recruited some very special student volunteers from his oceanography classes to assist with teaching: Sydney Akagi, Katie Boyer, Eva Ceder, Sierra Gadaire, Kari Glass, Alexis Grundman, Amanda Jones, Kaelin Knutson, Katie Laliberte, Zach Owens, Heather Purves, Sammy Roguska, Jenn Sanbei, Annica Scheerens and Mariah White.

Last but not least are our volunteer specimen collectors who helped bring life to our aquariums and touch tanks: Eva Ceder, Shawna Crondahl and Adrian Wilson; Mark and Betty Johnson; Liam and Scott Macaulay; Fletcher and Lori Sewall; and Sherry Tamone.

Rich Mattson and Emily Souza


Thanks for community support of our family

We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed to the recent fundraising event for our family, "The Healing Power of Music." It was indeed so very healing to witness all the effort that went into supporting us: lovely entertainment, generous auction items, delicious desserts, enthusiastic participants. To all those who sang, played, danced, clowned, story-told, baked, emceed, donated and attended, please know how much your energy and giving will continue to help our family through this challenging time. Also to those community members - particularly our community of faith at Holy Trinity Episcopal church - who have graciously prepared meals for us and helped with other household activities these many weeks, your active caring lifts us up daily and carries us along. Special, overwhelming thanks to the loving staff at Harborview Elementary, the Simonson Brothers (Roald and Bruce), Sarah Denhart and most especially to our adopted "little sister" Dawn Pisel Davis. We know we can never adequately express our appreciation, and so will endeavor to pass your kindness along to other families in the future. For now, please accept our love and gratitude.

Joyce, Patrick and Ariana Parry Moore


Thank you for help in passing House Bill 109

At the 11th hour on the last day of the session, May 9, House Bill 109 - relating to newborn hearing screening, tracking and intervention - passed the Legislature. It was scheduled to be signed Thursday by Gov. Murkowski.

March of Dimes is grateful HB 109 passed and credit goes to many. First, I wish to thank the many members of the legislature who helped to get this bill passed. Special credit goes to Representative Jay Ramras as the bill's sponsor, Sen. Fred Dyson for hearing the bill in Senate HES and speaking to the bill on the Senate floor, Sen. Lyda Green for hearing the bill in Senate Finance, and Senators Ellis and Guess for their testimony.

Others also deserve kudos for the passage of HB 109. The Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Steering Committee, health care professionals, affected families, March of Dimes volunteers, and other members of the public across Alaska spent untold hours contacting legislators and giving testimony in their advocacy efforts. Thanks also to the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services for their unfailing response to requests for information.

March of Dimes thanks all who contributed to this extraordinary effort and success to improve the health of babies. Babies born in Alaska in the future will be well-served by this important public health legislation.

Debbie Golden, March of Dimes


Thanks for contributing to volunteer picnic

The American Red Cross of Alaska, Southeast District, would like to thank Odom Inc., for their donation of soda and water to the volunteer appreciation picnic held May 20. A big thank-you to Rainbow Foods for taking care of our vegetarian volunteers and A&P, Safeway and Costco for looking out for the carnivorous side of our organization.

We would like to thank the Douglas Fire Department for the use of their very big barbecue grill and a special thank-you to Steve Iha, who cooked up the best food in Juneau. Once again, we applaud the backing of our community, those businesses and individuals who commit resources and time, who bring their own unique gifts and talents to our community in both good times and bad, we would not be able to do what we do without all of you.

One more thank-you to Reena Etheridge, for organizing and helping to make our barbecue such a big success; we would not have been able to do it without her hard work.

For more information, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities for this and other Red Cross relief efforts, please contact the Red Cross Southeast District Director Shad Engkilterra at 463-5713. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people.

Linda Wahl


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