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Posted: Friday, July 28, 2006

Thanks for medication management program

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During the month of June, senior citizens throughout Juneau and Douglas benefited from a special program, which took place at the Juneau and Douglas senior centers. The program was designed to assist them in properly managing their medications, both prescription and over-the-counter medicines.

There are a number of people I want to thank who made this program possible: The volunteer nurses who checked blood pressures, Marg Hedges and Marge Ling, and Hospice nurses, Mary Riley, Leslie Chandler and Kim Redifer; the pharmacists who provided individual consultations with seniors: Elizabeth Helm and Sheila Fullbright, from SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (and Pharmacy Director Teresa Bruce, for arranging their help), Scott Watts, from Ron's Apothecary, Ursula Iha, from Juneau Drug and James Wycoff; guest speakers, Bev Mueller, Merritt Andruss, Betty Buchan and Diabetes Educator for SEARHC, Colleen McNulty.

Thank you to the volunteers at the Douglas Senior Center, the volunteers and staff at the Juneau Senior Center, the Care-A-Van staff, who offered extra service, and Ellen Northup, Helen Idzik and Bev Mueller, for door prizes. I especially want to express my appreciation to Matt Felix and Bev Mueller of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence and to the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, for providing the funding for the meals, rides, medisets and extra staff time. Nearly 300 meals were provided, and those who attended the meal program were able to receive personal information about their medications, blood pressure checks and valuable information about the proper use of medications. It was truly a successful program.

Marianne Mills

Program director, Southeast Senior Services


Thanks for helping us on Fourth of July

The Gastineau Humane Society would like to acknowledge the supporters and volunteers who made our Juneau Parade march and Annual Super Dog Frisbee Contest a big success. First, thank you to Gerald Dorsher and the Juneau Fourth of July Parade Committee for organizing these events, and to the local radio stations for airing our public service announcements. The Gastineau Humane Society had sixteen animal-loving marchers in the parade this year. Girl Scout Troop #37 Leader Christine Wray organized and led scout-kitties Kat Wray, Laurel Stafford, Cedar Schick, Jamelyn Zeller, Kayli Lundstrom, Alora Pilgrim. Trista Hinshaw was inside the big furry cat costume and Jesse Wells sweltered in the dog outfit-he was the one drinking lots of water. Other "kittens" were Mackenzie DeRego, Gerald Austin, Emma Renshaw, Sarah Quigley, BJ Ford, and Corbin Austin. Our marchers not only walked a long way, they also carried signs promoting shelter adoptions and pet alterations, and collected donations for the Gastineau Humane Society. A big thank you to the parade spectators who donated "Nickels for Neuters." Your contributions to our dedicated Spay and Neuter Fund will help local pet owners with the cost of altering their cats and dogs. Fourteen dogs, including a pug puppy, competed in the Super Dog Frisbee Contest at Sandy Beach. It was great to see so many well-behaved dogs on the field. Mark and Heather Ridgway kept things moving as our Masters of Ceremonies. Thank you to Radio Shack for loaning us the bull horn/microphone. C.P. "Chris" McQuitty and Beth Kerttula scored the many acrobatic dogs. Jean Feakes helped to register contestants and Randy Bayliss assisted with logistics. Again, thanks to everyone (and apologies to anyone I've neglected to mention) for your support of the Gastineau Humane Society during the Fourth of July events.

The volunteers of the Gastineau Humane Society helped the shelter raise needed funds at the Penny Toss on June 30 and July 1. Thanks to Bea Findlay, Marketing Director at Nugget Mall, for inviting the Gastineau Humane Society to participate in the Festival of Fun. We want to thank volunteers Susan Sielbach and her daughter, Rachel Sielbach, who hosted our table Friday night. Volunteers Andy Crusta, Valerie Watson and Jean Hunt put in a long day on Saturday.

The community made this event a success, and we thank everyone who bought a ticket for the Penny Toss. Your support will go toward the cost of caring for the animals at the Gastineau Humane Society.

Roxanne Turner

Volunteer coordinator


Thanks to neighbors who helped with tea

We would like to thank you, our friends and neighbors, who helped make the Summer Solstice Tea, Garden Tours and Plant Sale a very successful fund-raiser for Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

We would like to give special recognition and grateful thanks to the following businesses and individuals who donated their time and resources toward our rebuilding effort: Landscape Alaska, Ad Lib Gallery, Rie Munoz Gallery, Tiskett Seslar, Silverbow Bakery, Juneau Master Gardeners, KTOO Radio, KINY Radio, Gaiptman Communications, The Juneau Empire, Capital City Weekly, Beth Melville, Carol Taplin, Mark Kirchhoff, Rosemary Hagevig and Kim and Bill Andrews.

Mary Jane Tenet and the members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church


Thanks for coming to our anniversary

We would like to thank our family, our many friends in the Juneau-Douglas area and those who came from afar to make our 60th wedding celebration so very special. Our home has been here in Juneau for these past 60 years. And we intend to continue to spend our remaining years here. Thanks again to all of you for being such good friends these many years. Our love and affection goes out to all of you.

Bob and Ril Thibodeau


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