Neighbors Digest

Posted: Friday, August 17, 2007

Moose, Elks lodges to host Pryor fundraiser

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JUNEAU - The Moose, Elks and Eagles lodges are sponsoring a fundraising dinner and auction for Ryle "Brandy" Pryor on Aug. 18 at the Juneau Moose Family Center, 8335 Old Dairy Road. All proceeds will be used to cover medical expenses.

Dinner will be held 6-8 p.m. Auction will be held at 7-9:30 p.m. Dinner will include barbecue chicken with fixings, hamburgers and hot dogs. Bring your favorite side dish to share. Donations and baked goods are needed.

Adults are $7.50. Kids are $5. Call Shirley McCoy at 790-2400 with questions or if you need items picked up.

Douglas committee seeks historic truth

JUNEAU - Mount Bradley Enterprises Corp. refurnished the old cannon and bell in front of the Douglas U.S. Post Office. Two cement pads have been constructed to serve as new bases. Leif Lie and Travis Larsen worked on the project.

The installation dates are unknown. The cannon was mounted on a frame on top of the bell. Val Poor moved them to the current post office when the Douglas Fire Station and library were constructed.

There are no markings on the iron bell. The cannon has BP & Co, 419 marked on top. The balls next to the cannon came from the Treadwell Mine and were used in ore crushing. There are several stories about the history of the cannon and bell.

The Douglas Fourth of July Committee is not sure which is correct. The bell is too large for a ship's bell. One rumor is there were two cannons that were found some time on Mayflower Island. The Treadwell miners used to fire them off. One cannon blew up. For safety, Ed Hildeband welded an ore ball in the remaining cannon in the 1950s.

Anyone with information or photographs about these artifacts, contact Pat Peterson, Douglas Fourth of July Committee president, at 364-3707 or

SEARHC health fair scheduled for Aug. 22

KAKE - The annual SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Kake Health Fair takes place from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kake Elementary School gym.

Kake residents attending the fair will be able to get free health risk appraisals that include biometric screenings for blood pressure, nonfasting blood sugar, HDL (healthy cholesterol) and total cholesterol levels. Also available will be health and safety information on topics such as healthy eating, injury prevention and behavioral health. There will be door prizes.

Some of the programs hosting booths at the health fair include WISEWOMAN, StrongWomen, behavioral health, teen health/women's health, Girl Scouts, tobacco prevention, alcohol/drug abuse treatment, injury prevention (with free smoke alarms and gun locks), Kids Don't Float, child safety, Organized Village of Kake environmental, nutrition and dental. There also will be a booth about alternate resources where residents can check their eligibility to programs such as Denali KidCare, Medicaid, Medicare and Veterans Affairs. (Bring proof of income for the past 30 days).

"Take time out for yourself. Come and spend an enjoyable afternoon with us while finding out more about taking care of yourself, your family and your environment. Coffee's on," SEARHC Kake Community Wellness Advocate Georgie Reese said.

For information, contact Georgie Reese at 785-3260 or by e-mail at

SEARHC offers classes on diabetes prevention

SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Lifestyle Balance Program will provide its fourth series of diabetes prevention classes starting in late August in both Sitka and Juneau.

The classes are open to adults of Alaska Native or American Indian heritage who have been diagnosed with prediabetes. Since the 2006 start of the program, 61 Native students in Sitka and Juneau have learned how to make permanent lifestyle changes that will help them prevent or delay their progression to Type 2 diabetes.

Prediabetes is a condition that places an individual at high risk for developing diabetes, and most people who have prediabetes don't know it. Some of the risk factors for prediabetes are: having a parent, brother or sister who has diabetes; being physically active less than 30 minutes three times a week; having high blood pressure; or being a woman who had diabetes during a pregnancy (gestational diabetes) or delivered a baby that weighed more than 9 pounds.

The SEARHC Lifestyle Balance Program offers fun, interactive weekly class sessions, where participants learn how to choose higher-fiber, lower-fat foods at the grocery store, how to put together a balanced meal, and how to make time for physical activity every day. They also get to taste-test healthy recipes, learn problem-solving skills, learn how to make healthier choices at a restaurant, and, most importantly, learn from others who have similar situations. The participants learn from each other and receive on-going support in their efforts to remain diabetes-free.

"Alaska Natives and American Indians have diabetes rates among the highest in the world," said SEARHC Diabetes Prevention Project Coordinator Susan Hoyt, who also said the Lifestyle Balance Program is one of 36 similar efforts around the country that is part of a competitive grant from the Indian Health Service and designed to reduce diabetes effects on Indian Country. "The lifestyle changes this evidence-based, culturally appropriate curriculum addresses have been shown to reduce a participant's risk of diabetes by more than 50 percent," Hoyt said.

The next series of classes is scheduled to begin the last week of August, and the 16-week schedule will allow students to complete the program prior to the holiday season. Daytime and evening class hours will be available, but the schedule will be flexible to make it more convenient for the participants. The Juneau class will be in the SEARHC Annex Building, 3200 Hospital Drive, second floor (down the hall from the American Red Cross of Alaska office), and the Sitka class will be in the SEARHC Diabetes Program office, 208-B Lake St. (next to GCI and Sitka Tribe of Alaska's Resources Protection Department).

The participation requirements for these Lifestyle Balance Program classes are to be at least 18 years old, be of Alaska Native or American Indian descent, be a resident of Juneau or Sitka, have a clinical diagnosis of prediabetes (which needs a recent physical and bloodwork), and a willingness to participate in regular group education sessions and individual counseling sessions. For more information and to register for the classes, contact Kathy Dennis in Juneau at 364-4453 or call Jeannette Chavez in Sitka at (907) 966-8916.

Mobile Mammogram van to visit Hoonah

HOONAH - Staff from the Mobile Mammogram van will be available to answer questions and make mammogram appointments 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m. Monday at the Hoonah School parking lot in Hoonah.

Call now to make your appointment. For more information, call the Hoonah Clinic, at (907) 945-3235, or to the SEARHC Women's Health Program, at (888) 388-8782.

WISEWOMAN and the Women's Health Grant can offer a clinical breast exam, screening mammogram and cardiovascular, or heart health screening for qualifying women.

Energy Career Camp to be held in Sitka

SITKA - An Energy Career Camp for high school students is being offered this summer through a partnership between Sitka Works and the University of Alaska Southeast in Sitka.

Youth ages 15-20 are invited to apply for Energy Career Camp 2007 - Intro to Welding, to be held Aug. 20-24 at the UAS Sitka campus.

This year's camp will focus on an introduction to welding, with 20 hours of hands on training. Campers will also learn about how to get into other exciting, high demand, highly paid careers in the energy industries, such as construction, oil and gas, mining and transportation. The camp will introduce students to the skills necessary to move into a lucrative career in welding as well as other high growth occupations.

Admission is free. The only requirement is students' commitment to fully participate in all the activities and expectations of the camp. Funds are available to help with transportation and lodging for students coming from outside of Sitka. The deadline to apply is July 20.

For more information, or to pick up an application, call JR Ancheta, at Sitka Works, (907) 966-3066 or visit

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