Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2000

... for reading support

The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries and the Youth Services Staff would like to thank local businesses and individuals for their support of the Summer Reading Program at the public libraries. Two drawings for prizes were held weekly this summer for kids up to age 19 who borrowed items from the library. During the summer program, over 2,800 drawing entries were received at the library from kids who borrowed books. The following businesses generously donated prizes: Alaskan Fudge Co., Foggy Mountain Shop, Goldtown Nickelodeon, Gross-Alaska Theater, Juneau Trolley Car Co., Mount Roberts Tramway, Mountain Gears, Nugget Adventure Outfitter, Rainy Day Books, Temsco Helicopters and the Udder Culture.

Businesses also helped out by providing craft materials for storytimes. We would like to thank Fred Meyer, Rainsong Gallery, Valley Lumber, Valley Paint, Don Abels, Carrs Oak & Keg, and Good Humor Balloons.

During the summer, a Reader's Club for kids 7 and up was held weekly. We would like to thank special guests who made this a great program: Jolene Koby, Dave Ringle, Rick Trostel and his music students, and Nancy DeCherney.

A special thanks to all the Amazing Bookstore volunteers whose work provided funding for this program.!

From the Friends of the Libraries Board: Jim Fowler, Mary Claire Harris, Bridget Smith, Nancy Ferrell, Pearl Johnson, Donna Denton, Karl Hegg, Mary Jefferson and The Public Library Youth Services Staff: Carol Race, Rhonda Gardinier, Sandra Strandtmann, and Cindy Boesser.

... for helping with project

A big thank you to Ilse and "Pops" Davis for all their work getting the Senior Ceramic Room packed and ready for moving into storage last September and also to MaryJo Hobbs and Pat Crabtree for some final packing. Next, the moves into storage and recently back to the Juneau Senior Center could not have been accomplished without the help of Marianne Mills, Gastineau Human Services, Chris, Pat and his sister and all the unnamed, but greatly appreciated, others! Then a thank you to Mabel Bunker, Pat Slocum, the "3 Amigos" and Pat Crabtree for their help in getting ready to reopen. Pat Crabtree has continued in an active leadership role since the early days of the program.

Finally a big thank you to Diane Biggness of Sir Ram Ceramics and her husband Walt who stored many molds and a large kiln, and asssisted with setting the kilns up for our reopening. Dianne also made room for the seniors to continue their ceramic work at Sir Ram Ceramics during our year-long closure. Thanks to one and all (including those whose names may have been omitted).

The Juneau Senior Center Senior Ceramic Program is open to all seniors 60 years of age or older. If you have not had previous experience with this program, please come to the Juneau Senior Center on any Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for an introduction. For further information, please call the Juneau Senior Center at 586-6231 and leave a message for Betty or e-mail me at

Betty McDonough


Senior Ceramic Program

... for AARP help

Many groups help AARP help Juneau seniors and AARP would like to specially thank them all, particularly:

Thanks to the Juneau Senior Center, AHFC and Mountainview residents for letting Mt. Juneau AARP #865 (the local Chapter of national AARP) meet at the Senior Center;

Thanks to Northern Light Church and to the CBJ for letting AARP #865 meet at the church -- or at the Assembly Chambers -- while the Senior Center at 12th and Egan was being renovated, and to the Senior Nutrition Program for providing -- and to Bob Thibodeau and Alfreda Dore for transporting -- lunches; and

Special thanks to the management (Sandy Beeson), merchants, and customers of the Nugget Mall, for supporting AARP's annual Christmas present-wrapping project. Thanks, too, to Reliable Storage for storing wrapping materials, to Ron Flint and the Nugget Outfitters for special assistance, and to those who -- like Mike Wiley from Ben Franklin -- help AARP VP Val Washalevsky pick out the papers and organize the event. And particular thanks to all those individuals and organizations who volunteer to help wrap presents during this annual AARP project. See you all again this December!

Thank, too, to all the groups, candidates and individuals who speak at AARP meetings, and particular thanks to the Coast Guard Warrant Officers (and all who help them) for the annual holiday party they host for Juneau seniors. Thanks as well to Capital Transit, Care-a-Van and their caring drivers for their daily efforts to help seniors.

There isn't space here to thank everyone separately, so please understand that we thank you all, named or unnamed.

Joe Sonneman, president

Mt. Juneau Chapter #865, AARP

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