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Posted: Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Thank you for Otnes memorial, condolences

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The Otnes family would like to send their sincere gratitude to everyone who attended the memorial service or sent cards or condolences and flowers for their son, Sean Matthew Otnes.

Thank you to Chapel by the Lake, where the memorial service and reception was held May 25. Thank you to the Rev. Steve Olmstead, who officiated; and the deacons, who gave so much of their time during the reception: Laurie Logsdon, Charlotte Heard, Chris Personette, Julie Morris, Debbie Anderson, Joyce Andrews, Judy Smathers, Linda Sylvester, Dottie Knuth and Melody Millard.

Thank you to Ruth Simpson, Jason Burke and Bruce Dinneford, for helping organize and decorate; and everyone who donated food, housed out-of-town guests and provided transportation.

Thank you to Eric McDowell, who sang; and a very special thank-you to Sean's friends, Josh Preston, John Pervin and Kelly Ecklund, for the beautiful slideshow of Sean that was shown during the reception.

Our family would like to honor Jane Dangeli and her family, for organizing the church service and memorial; for this we are thankful, from the bottom of our hearts.

We will forever remember the generosity, love and support of the people who knew Sean. To personally thank all the people who supported the Otnes family, the Otnes family hosted a traditional Stone Moving Feast on May 18 in Juneau.

Steve and Norene Otnes and family


Thanks for all who helped at Harborview Fun Run

Our school held it's 13th annual Harborview Fun Run on May 13. There are many folks who made it possible. This is a huge thank-you to all the staff members at Harborview who helped: Michele Ricci, Maralee Guiher, Debbie Tillinghast, Darlene Jacobsen, Marti Corcoran, Natalie Rothaus, teachers and staff. They all helped students get to the race, on the race course and playground after the run.

The Harborview Parent Teacher Association, lead by Marna McGonegal, did its usual excellent job serving hot dogs, carrots, pretzels and ice water in the covered play area. Several government agencies were critically important in making this event possible: The Department of Transportation highway maintenance, led by Earling Olson and permit by Fred Thorstenson; Juneau Parks & Recreation's Crandall Mark, for race setup and timing; and the Juneau Police Department, for their parade permit, and the officers on bikes and in cars. McDonald's also kindly donated cups, water containers and ice.

Water stations were ably manned by Zeena Siddeek, Rich Culver, Sue Baxter and others. Kathi Yanamura started walkers and racers.

Folks helping with medical stations were Judy Miles, Steve Iha, Michele Ricci and Dawn Pisel-Davis. Many parents also walked or ran along with their children and other, to encourage and support them.

Thanks to all of you, for sparking Harborview's spirit and maintaining our health.

Dave Haas, Harborview Elementary School Physical Education


Thanks to parents who helped at MRCS field day

Mendenhall River Community School finished another successful and fun field day, thanks to the parents that volunteered their time. The students always look forward to this end-of-year tradition and really have a great time. I'd like to thank the following: Pam Nelson, Jane Hill, Amy Kendall, Kami Frenette, Dora Vega, Richard Jovan, Kathy Zamudio, Kyle Brady and all the teachers and staff at the school who made those two days possible.

Carol Fujioka


Thank you for donations to Head Start program

Tlingit and Haida Glacier Valley Head Start staff, families and children would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the caring individuals, businesses, community organizations and government agencies of Juneau for supporting us with generous donations of time, effort and expertise throughout the 2005-2006 school year. These donations of time, in-kind donations, are a valued piece of Head Start - sharing an emphasis on the importance of community as well as supporting our program funds.

Thank you: Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Dental and Medical; Tlingit and Haida Central Council; Temporary Assistance to Native Families staff; Women Infant Children, teaching healthy eating; Juneau Public Health Center, medical services; Catholic Community Services, for the children's tennis shoes; Juneau School District speech therapist and mental health consultant; Blanket of Wellness, Kathleen Rhea; Juneau Youth Services, Craig Lyon and all their supportive staff; St. Vincent de Paul, support for housing; U.S. Forest Service and the Glacier Visitor Center; Orca Whale Watching, Carol Pitts and staff; Todd Communications, James Brawley; Glacier Valley Elementary School, the Montessori fourth- to sixth-grade classes, Recreational, Arts, Learning and Leisure for Youth, the Parent Committee and Site Council, especially Keela Kelly; Arming Women Against Rape and Endangerment, children safety; O.C.S., children and families safety; Association for the Education of Young Children - Southeast Alaska staff, for supporting our early childhood education; Juneau Public Library Youth Services, Carol Race, M.J. Grande, Amelia Jenkins and Sandra Stratman; Juneau City and Alaska State Museum; DIPAC/Ladd MacLauley Fish Hatchery; Alaska Foster Grandparent program, especially Mary Fritterer and Mabel Buker; NANA management services and Juneau Courier; and Aaron St. Clair and his assistant.

And an extended thank-you to our Head Start parents, grandparents, families and children, who have made this a successful year. To be a part of our Glacier Valley Community Head Start program is to Haandei I Jin, "give me your hand," and form a partnership of knowledge and learning.

Gunalche'eesh, "thank you," for all that you do.

Melissa Morgan, Tlingit and Haida Glacier Valley Head Start


Thank you for a quick response during labor

May 2 started off as almost any other Tuesday morning at our house. By 7:15 a.m., our two oldest children were off to school and my husband off to work. Leaving my 21-month-old son and I home alone to enjoy a quiet morning - or so I thought.

But at 8:12 a.m., sharp labor pains started, and by 8:16 a.m., I knew I had better get my husband home - and quickly. I called him at work and told them to send him home now. After calling a friend to come baby-sit my son, with no answer, I hung up. I then realized this baby wasn't going to wait - not for anyone. I quickly called 911. In the short time it took to give my name and address to the dispatcher and what the emergency was, the baby was already half way here. The dispatcher stayed calm and kept me calm, while I finished delivering my son, reassuring me that help was on the way. At 8:22 a.m., my son was born, healthy and without complications. My husband showed up a minute later, followed by the ambulance and crew. Although the hard part was over, the crew came in and evaluated both my newborn and myself. After everything was under control, they transferred us to the emergency room for follow-up care.

I heartfelt thank you goes out to the 911 dispatcher, the Emergency Medical Service crew and the staff in the emergency room, for their quick response and gentle help. Thank you.

The DenAdel Family


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