Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010

The last drawing for summer book reviews written by kids at the Juneau Public Libraries took place on Aug. 16. 839 book reviews were received in this 10-week program and 75 gift certificates and prizes were awarded.

Elizebeth Penn, 8, won a gift certificate from Heritage Coffee Company for reading "Bailey Goes Camping" by Kevin Henkes.

Kumud Sehdev, 10, won a gift certificate from the Alaskan Fudge Company for reading "Saturday Sancocho" by Leyla Torres. "I learned how people used to do bartering in the old days and if you make an effort to do something, you always succeed," Sehdev said.

Nakenna Kotlarov, 6, won a gift certificate from Heritage Coffee Company for reading "The King's Equal by Katherine Patterson." "I liked the illustrations, and the fancy dress - great story!" Kotlarov said.

Shay Purvis, 7, won a gift certificate to Vicky's Joke Shop for reading "I'm Not Scared" by Jonathan Allen. Purvis liked the book "because he was brave and because he is a night creature."

Melissa Maxwell, 4, won a gift certificate to the Friends of the Libraries Amazing Bookstore for reading "Daisy the Fire Cow" by Viki Woodworth. "I like when she slides down the pole," Maxwell said.

Cutty Smith, 6, won a gift certificate to Peer Amid Beads for reading "The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane" by Joanna Cole. "I learned that a tornado can pick up a house," Smith said.

Levi Traxler, 4, won a gift certificate to the Amazing Bookstore for reading "Can I Bring My Pterodactyls to School Ms. Johnson?" by Lois Grambling. "I like Pterodactyls," Traxler said.


Theodore "Chip" Thoma of Juneau has been awarded the Celia Hunter Award for Outstanding Volunteer Contributions from the Alaska Conservation Foundation. For more than 25 years, the ACF has recognized exceptional conservation work and accomplishments through its annual achievement awards program. This distinguished group of individuals is recognized for their extraordinary contributions to Alaska conservation, ranging from writing poetry to inspiring young minds to protecting Alaska's park system and water quality.

Thoma arrived in Alaska by ferry in 1971, and so began his environmental advocacy career. His volunteerism ranges from informing state officials and tourists about poor pipeline design during the Alaska pipeline build phase to working closely with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC) on wilderness protection in the Tongass. Over the years he has campaigned for numerous Democratic candidates, including Tony Knowles in 1990, 1994 and 1998, and served as editor of the SE Sun & Salmon Wrapper newspaper. When he wasn't volunteering, Thoma worked as a Teamster driver and union steward for the pipeline, and later joined the Department of Labor. Other advocacy involving the Forest Service included the purchase of 100 acres in Windham Bay, south of Juneau, and a 60' cruiser called "Grizzly Bear!" While out on the high seas, he realized that cruise ship disposal practices needed to be reformed. In 1999, he joined the Department of Environmental Conservation cruise ship panel to reform waste disposal practices while ensuring cruise ships have appropriate treatment systems. He assisted with passing a 2006 citizen's initiative requiring cruise ships to meet Alaska Water Quality standards in all discharges. Nine governors and 350 legislators later, Thoma is now entering his 40th year of environmental advocacy at the Alaska Legislature, as president of Responsible Cruising in Alaska.


Toyota master technician/Honda Silver technician/ASE master technician Ragan Burns is now working at Glacier Muffler and Mechanical, located on Industrial Boulevard.

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