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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2007

Thanks for helping our garden tour, sale

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On behalf of the members of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and especially the organizers of this event, I wanted to convey our thanks for our Summer Solstice garden tour and plant sale.

It was a wonderful success, raising more than $2,500 to benefit the rebuilding process of Holy Trinity Church and McPhetres Hall.

Thanks in large part to David Lendrum and Margaret Tharp, of Landscape Alaska, and Bruce Abel, of Don Abel Building Supply, for their generous donations to our plant sale.

A big thank you to David Ottoson and Mary Alice McKeen, of Rainbow Foods, who provided a garden to tour, goodies for garden guests and food that was available for sale at the plant sale.

Very grateful thanks to our local media folks - the Juneau Empire, Capital City Weekly, Capital Copy, and KTOO, KRNN, KXLL and KINY radio stations for their generous public service efforts, especially "A Juneau Afternoon"with Jeff Brown on KTOO, "CapitalChat" on KINY, and Ed Schoenfeld and Betsy Longenbaugh, for creating and producing a wonderful public service announcement to promote the event. A very special thanks to Jim and Judy Hauck, Ted Heslin (gardener for Rainbow Foods) Bruce and Mary Jane Tenney, Shirley Campbell and Ginger Johnson, who welcomed guests to the gardens they so lovingly tend.

Finally, thank you to all who sold tickets, bought tickets, bought plants, made plant donations from your own gardens, provided volunteer help on the day of the event and joined us for our garden tour and plant sale to help rebuild Holy Trinity Church and McPhetres Hall.

Cathy Munoz


Thanks for contributing to The Nation reception

On behalf of Chapter 100 of Veterans for Peace, I would like to thank all of those wonderful neighbors who helped to make our July 30 reception for The Nation magazine cruisers such an invigorating and satisfying success.

The large numbers of Juneau residents who turned out in the damp Juneau evening, and who so actively participated in the event made us all proud. In particular, thanks are due to KJNO, KINY, KTOO, the Juneau Empire and others for their efforts to help get the word out. Also, Gary Waid's presentation of the Keet Song and welcome dance was just wonderful. Local speakers Rep. Andrea Doll, Assemblyman Bob Doll and John Pugh helped to set just the right tone for the guest speakers. And musicians Pat Henry and Riley Woodford were, as expected, just great.

Sincere thanks, also, to those who found the time to do the work getting Marine Park set up and ready to receive our guests. And thanks to Paula Sutton who paid for some of the advertising, Ben Van Alen who valiantly tried to supply a podium, and to John and Dolly Kremers who recorded the event for eventual playback on KTOO's "PeaceTalk."

Finally, and most particularly, we offer our thanks to The Nation staff and guests for their significant contributions. Katrina vanden Heuvel, Ralph Nader and Rocky Anderson's inspiring and motivational talks were deeply appreciated. Maybe we can do it again next year!

Phil Smith


Thanks for help with Camp D.A.M.P. dinner

For the last 15 years, the local contra dance community has sponsored a weekend-long "Dance and Music Party" at the Eagle River United Methodist Camp. It's a time full of family fun, dancing, music and workshops featuring guest artists and callers from all over the U.S. It's a smoke- and alcohol-free event that draws nearly 100 locals and out-of-towners. At the last minute this year, we found ourselves in desperate need of salmon for our opening dinner (our Sitka dancer/fisherman had a boating mishap!) and Pat Shea of Super Bear came to our rescue when we asked for help. Thanks to Super Bear's generous gift, the guests and dancers enjoyed our scheduled meal of barbecued salmon!

It's our custom to show the guest artists a good time by arranging complimentary tours/gifts from local vendors. We would like to publicly thank the following people/businesses for generously donating towards this event. George Reifenstein and the Mount Roberts Tramway; Four Seasons' Marine for whale watching tours; Mark Kelley Photography for books and calendars.

Thanks to the amazing energy, tireless commitment and year-round vision/planning of the local contra dance community. Without you, this weekend wouldn't happen. Thank you to John and Terry Laskey for providing sound; Doug Edgar and Odette Foster for too many things to mention; Suzanne Haight for organizing meals; Sally Donaldson and Terry Hoskinson for organizing an extra fundraising concert; Tom Paul for camp schedule; Jan Caulfield/Cecily Morris for registration; Frank and Ruth Ramsey; Joanne Erskine; Tom Melville; KTOO for media coverage; Eileen Hosey for being with us in spirit and all of the extra musicians, callers, meal captains, registrars, transportation and housing folks, etc. Thank you to the new camp managers, Lauri and Virgil Fredenberg, for your help with camp logistics. This is such a huge effort, it's difficult to thank everyone. You all help to make it happen. Thank you everyone. It's one of the things that makes Juneau a special place to live!

Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger

Camp D.A.M.P. Committee


Thanks for helping clean Montana Creek

A big thank you to the 23 volunteers we had out for the Montana Creek stream clean-up, held July 27. Volunteers from the local Latter-day Saints Church and from the Juneau chapter of Trout Unlimited hauled out 1.2 tons of trash from Montana Creek that night.

Some of the more interesting items we found on and around the creek were a tractor tire, five snow tires, an engine block and a sofa. Also found was a small collection of antique glass and tin household items which are now on display at the Juneau Watershed Partnership office.

Our hearty thanks go to Litter Free, for covering disposal costs; and to the city of Juneau Public Works department, for helping us dispose of the garbage. Our next clean-up event is going to be International Beach Clean-up day on Sept. 15. If you are interested in participating in this event, call us at 586-6853.

Thanks again to all of our volunteers for working so hard to keep Montana Creek clean.

Beverly Anderson

Juneau Watershed Partnership


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