... for making Seacoast relay race a success
Thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and participants who combined to make the 14th Annual Seacoast Relay race a great success. The race was held on a day when the weather gods were smiling and this fact did not go unnoticed by the athletes, who had also participated in last year's downpour event. In any case, the race directors would like to specifically thank our sponsors, Juneau Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, Family Practice Physicians, and the Nugget Alaskan Outfitter for their generous contributions. A welcome sight at each checkpoint for finishing runners were the donuts and bagels provided compliments of Breeze In. Race volunteers who made the event appear seamless to the participants included Tracy Sisterman, Susan Krogstad, Lyle Krueger, Carlos Cadiente, Melanie White, Kathy Hide, Sandi Wood, Susan Crandell, Katy Petzel, Layne Brant, Ken Hoff and Rod Dell 'Andrea. The race is always a logistical challenge but with great cooperation from the Alaska State Parks staff who secured the Eagle Beach shelter for the day, and the other vendors who delivered Porta-Potty facilities and a large grill, major obstacles were eliminated. The race directors also thank Juneau Empire reporter Andrew Krueger for providing great race day coverage including photos, results and a short story that were promptly printed in Sunday's paper. As next year's 15th Seacoast relay looms a distant image, the current race directors will move on and allow other SERR members to step up and improve an already fun and successful event.
... for help with Celebration
Gunalcheesh Ho Ho.
Thank-you Sealaska Corporation, Sealaska Heritage Foundation and all the volunteers that made Celebration 2004 in Juneau so successful.
A special thank-you to the Yees Ku' Oo dance group-Juneau for allowing me and my family to dance with you. Special thank-you to Ms. Marge Byrd, Shx' at" Kwaan dancers-Wrangell for the kind words for Ms. Ester Shea and allowing my family to dance with your group. A real special thank-you to my brothers Kenny and Jimmy, and tribal brother Joe Reeves and his family for their hospitality and opening up their homes for us.
Words cannot describe the energy at Celebration 2004. Meeting old friends and meeting new friends.
Gunalcheesh Ho Ho,
Don Hoff Jr.
Aan Ka dax Tseen
Gaanax adi Clan
Yei l hit
Taan ta Kwaan
... Early Scholars Program
We recently attended the Early Scholars Program awards dinner at the Goldbelt Hotel which recognized the program's eight graduating seniors. The Early Scholars Program, led by Frank Coenraad, Guidance Counselor/Early Scholars Advisor, is committed to helping college-bound Alaska Native and Native American high school students broaden their scholastic goals by participating in activities that foster academic excellence and a positive cultural identity.
In stark contrast to the notion that Native parental involvement in the schools is lacking, the Cedar room was packed full with very proud parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts and siblings of the students honored. Our niece and goddaughter, Asia Cadiente-Nelson. She was the first student called upon to receive a plaque and a gift.
Thank you to Rhonda Hickok, Program Director for Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaska Schools (PITAS), who attested to Asia's journalistic talent saying that a paper she read by Asia when she was only in the eighth grade, brought tears to her eyes. Now, Asia (who as a pre-schooler introduced us to the "Land Before Time" characters, Little Foot, Cera, Petrie, Duckee, and Spike) is preparing to begin UAS studies, as a PITAS scholarship recipient, to become a teacher and counselor.
Our congratulations to the graduating seniors of the Early Scholars Program and the Class of 2004. And special wishes to Asia, who we've watched grow from the bouncing baby girl in a Johnny jumper on the flying bridge of the F/V Aleut Princess to a beautiful and talented young journalist and up-and-coming teacher.
Clarence and Andrea Cadiente-Laiti
... for help and support with Summer Reading Program
The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries would like to thank the following businesses for their generous support of the public libraries' Summer Reading Program. Each time children 1-18 years-of-age borrow items from the public library, they are eligible to enter a drawing for prizes from one of the local businesses supporting literacy and libraries.
Thank you: Alaska Travel Adventure, Amazing Book Store, Alaskan Fudge Co., Bear's Lair, Capital Records, Domino's Pizza, Foggy Mountain Shop, Glacier Gardens Goldbelt, Gross-Alaska Theatre, Hearthside Books, Imagination Station, Juneau Trolley Car Co., McDonalds, Northstar trekking, Nugget Outfitter, Rainy Day Books, Temsco Helicopters, Timberwolf and Udder Culture
Also, the following persons have given time and effort in making Summer Reading a success: Jeff Brown & his "We Like Kids" program at KTOO, Barb Neal, LouAnn Gagne, Susi Gregg Fowler, and Jean Rogers and Libby Riddles. Thank You!
Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries: Bridget Smith, Donna Denton, Diane Sly, Jerry Kress, Mary Claire Harris, Nancy Cooperider, Nancy Ferrell, Jane Stokes
...for a great job by our libraries' staff
It is so exciting to see my five year old eager to visit the Juneau downtown library. The library has been part of her life for so long now, and it is thanks to the wonderful librarians who have opened up her world with books and so much more.
Recently the staff kicked off the summer reading program "Discover New Trails ... Read!" with a fun-filled party that included not only interesting projects for children of all ages, but also live performances of favorite tales. Gabriella can't wait to fill her summer reading game card so she can pick out a new book. And her eyes popped when one librarian took the time to show her how to find a whole shelf full of beautifully illustrated books on her current passion ... bugs.
We are so lucky to have this jewel of a public library where our children can discover new worlds and old friends in a gorgeous setting and where the library staff puts so much effort into making the magic of literature accessible to our youngest citizens. The incentive for us to read to our child and for her to surround herself with books increases with each year.
Thanks to you all, the City of Juneau, and to all the volunteers and businesses that support our vibrant libraries.
And to those of you who haven't had a chance to visit, stop by the library today. Its one of the greatest treasures of this town.