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Posted: Friday, June 29, 2007

Thank you, DIPAC community volunteers

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Macaulay Salmon Hatchery (DIPAC) would like to thank the special volunteers who helped make its recent education and community events a great success. Our annual spring Seaweek program was held April 9-20 in conjunction with the Juneau School District. Over 580 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 2007 Seaweek field trip program so successful: Princess Tours for providing transportation for the school classes, Marcia Ballard, Karin Massey 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, Barbara Greening, Mark and Betty Johnson, Sara Larsen, Nick Massey, and Trevor Erdmann. Clay Good of Juneau-Douglas High School also recruited some very special student volunteers from his oceanography classes to assist with teaching: Kacy Carlson, Eva Ceder, Becca Freer, and Hilary Hemmon.

Our community open house for Juneau Appreciation Day, held May 12, drew about 600 people to check out the hatchery visitor center and enjoy food, the aquariums and our new touch tanks. Special thanks goes to our JDHS volunteers who helped with our family activities: Kassi Allred, Alex Ditcharo, Morgan Max, and Charise Nelson; and community volunteers Bobby Lafavour and Elly Cary.

Equally appreciated are our volunteer specimen collectors who helped bring life to our aquariums and touch tanks this spring: George Bonnett, Shana Crondahl, Trevor Erdmann, Brian Erickson, Clayton Fischer, Don Greenberg, Barbara Greening, Mark and Betty Johnson, Brian Krogstad, Liam and Scott Macaulay, David Martin, Nick Massey, Debbie Mattson, Josh Schrader, Fletcher Sewall, Ian Smith, Sherry Tamone, Paul Tomaro, Sue Walker and Adrian Wilson.

Rich Mattson and Emily Souza

Macaulay Salmon Hatchery


Thanks for helping JDHS Track and Field

The Juneau-Douglas High School Track and Field team recently completed the 2007 season, which saw the girls team place third in the state and the boys fifth. We brought home four state championship titles, two runners up and some great third-place performances as well. This was the result of a lot of hard work, including great efforts bymany of our community. The 86 members of our team would like to publicly thank some of those who have helped out this year:

Southeast Road Runners, for their patience and ongoing support of our program; city Parks and Recreation staff (Jonathan and Larry and their crews have worked very hard over the years to do an excellent job of maintaining and protecting the facility at Adair Kennedy Park); Brandon Cervantes, for his continued support, encouragement, mentoring and assistance to our athletes and program; Mike Bickmore, for helping with snow removal from the track and officiating at our home meets this year; Al Carlson and his daughters, Tina and Michelle, for assisting with shot and disc; Dan Hall, for his continued support over the years and help with purchasing and running our timing system; Robert Sowers, for his expertise and intimidation as a starter and meet official; Gerry Crossley, for his continued support over the years as one of our primary meet officials; Phil Paramore and the University of Alaska Southeast, for allowing us to use their amazing new facility this winter; Darla Orbistando, for being the best "runner" we've ever had and willingness to time; Tom and Anitra Waldo, for going above and beyond with housing and help with timing; Jim Grammel, for help with timing; Chris Francis, for help shoveling snow, assistance with the timing system and fantastic general support; Rob and his crew from SAGA, for help shoveling the track; Matt Knutson, for taking some great photos at our home meets; Bill Chalmers, for being our announcer at home meets over the years; Joe Powers, for continually volunteering to head up our timing crew at home meets; John and Nancy Krehlik, for hosting team gatherings, helping to chaperone dances, timing expertise and all around support of the team over the years; Paul and Diane De Sloover, for years of support; Patti and Fritz Moser, for their ongoing support, fundraising contributions and airline expertise; Ann and Lynn Bennett, for hosting this year's "Celebration" and years of support, both financial and otherwise; Kaelen Knutson-

Lombardo, for consultation with this new Web site; Tyler Rental, for donating equipment for our home meets. All Alaskan Airlines ticket agents, for their patience and guidance through many name changes and check ins; Bob Marsh, for his assistance at our home meets and help with the glacier 10K course this year; Glenn Frick, for his assistance at our home meets; Mary Ellefson, for her work with our distance runners, her advice and ongoing support; John and Jamie Bursell, for doing such a great job with the younger runners in town, as well as assisting at home meets; Gary Hayden, for years of support with the timing system and other areas as needed; Grahm Story, for helping out with dances and home meets; the Riverbend Staff, for your support and understanding of Coach May's "other job;" and last, but certainly not least the parents and families of our athletes, for all your support, especially when it came to transportation and housing.

Coaches Scott May, Janette Gagnon, Guy Thibodeau and Jim Kearns

Juneau-Douglas High School Track and Field


Thanks for supporting the Juneau Jumpers

On behalf of the Juneau Jumpers, I want to publicly thank all the businesses and community members for their support of our team this year. We are very proud of our hard-working team and very grateful for the support this community has given them.

First, we appreciate the following businesses for donating food and drink for the food booth at the Regional Jump Rope Competition held on March 24: Alaskan and Proud, Breeze Inn, Bullwinkles, Costco, Fred Meyer, Heritage Coffee, Safeway and Super Bear.

Second, we are grateful to the following businesses for their generous donations of prizes for the 2007 Juneau Jumpers fund raising raffle: Alaska Airlines, Taku Glacier Lodge, Wings Airways, Allen Marine Tours, Temsco Helicopters, and the White Pass and Yukon Railways. Thanks also to Bullwinkles Pizza for contributing printing costs of the raffle tickets. This year's lucky prizewinners are Pat Henry, Alan Gross, Mimi Mesdag, Jeff Bush and Gordon Bako.

Third, we thank all the Juneau community members who bought raffle tickets and who attended the end of year show on April 28. Proceeds from the raffle and show help pay team expenses and will enable team members to compete at National Championships in Orlando Florida in June and to attend a skills camp in Boise Idaho in July.

And finally, a huge thank you to the team coaches: Karen Ross, Dan Landen and Debbie Leamer, and assistant coaches Dave Carlile and Judy Neary. Each has contributed countless hours over the last year helping our children gain skills, dexterity, stamina, and self-confidence that will last their lifetimes.

Jan Rutherdale

President, Juneau Jumpers


Thanks for sponsoring, donating to TLC

The Learning Connection held its GED Graduation and Alaska Vocational Institute's Graduation and Award Ceremony on June 8 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Last year, 225 Southeast residents earned their GEDs and this ceremony honored their achievement along with 14 students who graduated from the Alaska Vocational Institute - a workforce development program.

The Learning Connection would like to thank Holland America, for its support as the events sponsor, and the following businesses, for donating to the Alaska Vocational Institute Scholarship Fund: First Bank, First National Bank Alaska, Coeur Alaska Kensington Gold Mine, Alaska Litho, Juneau Empire, Elgee Rehfeld Mertz CPAs, Southeast Alaska Animal Medical Center, Ketchikan Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer's Association, Vocational Training and Resource Center, Faulkner Banfield PC, Alaska Native Sisterhood, and the Filipino Community. We would also like to thank the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 2 for the use of the ANB Hall and Glacier Gardens, Martha's Flowers, and Miss Scarlet's Flowers for the beautiful flowers along with Tlingit and Haida Central Council for its support to our students.

Joan Pardes

Marketing director, SERRC Alaska's Educational Resource Center


Thanks for flying your flags on Flag Day

The Douglas Fourth of July Committee thanks all Douglas residents, organizations and businesses for flying our country's flag on Flag Day, June 14. A special thank you to residents who went further in decorating their buildings with flags and patriotic colored decorations. Please leave them up through the Fourth of July to help make a super holiday in Douglas.

The Douglas Volunteer Fire Fighters judged the properties. Walk or drive around to view owners' decorations at the following addresses and others. Let them know we appreciate their efforts.

Awards went to the following: Island Pub, first place best business; 910 Fourth Street, first place multi building; 803 Fourth and B streets, first place apartment; 1005 and 1007 Second Street, second place apartemnt; 900 First Street Apt. 11, third place apartemnt; 2167 Upper Lawson Creek Road, first place condo; 313 C St., first place house; 808 Fourth St., second Place house; and 1614 Beach St., third place house.

Susanne Williams

Secretary, Douglas Fourth of July Committee


Thanks, Southeast, for a memorable class trip

I would like to thank all the Southeast businesses and people who helped make this a memorable year in my classroom at Gastineau Elementary School. Recently, my class went on a one-day trip to Haines and Skagway, where we rode the train to Fraser - a first for many of my first- and second-graders.

The students worked most of the year raising funds to accomplish this journey, but we couldn't have done it without a little help from Southeast organizations. Following is a list of those who helped us raise money, donated scholarships, offered us discounts or just lent us a helping hand:

Thank you to White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, Chilkat Cruises and Tours, the Alaska Marine Highway System (specifically the crew of the Fairweather), Sealaska Corporation, Central Council Tlingit Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Friends of Gastineau School, Gas' N Go, Alaskan and Proud, Super Bear Supermarket, Safeway Food and Drug, Costco, Last Chance Mining Museum and Gary Gillette, Allen Klein's family and all the parents of Room 33. Thanks also to Mike Sica of the WP&IYR, who came in and talked to the class about our trip; and Ray Tsang, who designed a trip journal for the students.

I would also like to thank Gastineau Guiding Company, for helping us get to Gold Creek; and Renee Hughes of Last Chance Mining Museum, who taught us to gold pan and about the history of mining in Juneau.

Dirk Miller

Teacher, Gastineau Elementary School


Thanks for making our Senior Prom possible

The Juneau Pioneers' Home recently hosted its annual Senior Prom. The residents and staff were dressed to the nines and thoroughly enjoyed sharing an elegant evening together.

This wonderful event was made possible by many members of the Juneau community. Their donations of time, talent and presence added that extra special touch and are deeply appreciated by all of us here at the Juneau Pioneers' Home.

Our heartfelt thanks to Ron Maas and the Thunder Mountain Big Band, the women of ESA, who provided photography and a wide assortment of delicious cookies, Jenny Thomas, Sandy Demmert, Jo-Ann Fabrics and the entire decorating committee who worked so hard to transform our home into an enchanting atmosphere of silver and gold. Finally, a huge thanks to the anonymous donor of corsages and boutonnieres for each of our residents. They were beautiful and enjoyed by everyone.

All of your contributions made this a joyful and memorable evening for us all. You are what makes Juneau the extraordinary community that it is. Thank you.

Jill Sandleben and Kathy Fanning

Juneau Pioneers' Home


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