Local Briefs

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2001

What's open and closed on Labor Day

JUNEAU -- Schools, banks, post offices, UPS, Federal Express, the University of Alaska Southeast, museums and federal, state and city offices are closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

However, some financial institutions, such as Alaska Pacific Bank, will have online banking services and 24-hour telephone banking available as usual.

The Mendenhall Valley library is the only public library that will be open, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Most restaurants, grocery stores, the Nugget Mall and the Mendenhall Center will be open normal hours. Arrow Refuse/Capitol Disposal will be collecting trash as usual. The Juneau Empire will not publish Monday.

Cutter Sweetbrier decommissioned

KODIAK - After 55 years of service, the Coast Guard decommissioned the cutter Sweetbrier during a ceremony held in Cordova last week.

Past and present sailors, including an original member of the first crew to sail the vessel, attended the ceremony on board the buoy tender, which once called Juneau its home.

The Sweetbrier served in Cordova for the past 25 years, maintaining shore aids and floating aids to navigation from Seward to Yakutat. The ship also helped with search-and-rescue missions, maritime law enforcement and marine environmental protection.

During World War II, the Sweetbrier served in the South Pacific, withstanding heavy air attacks. It was assigned to Ketchikan in 1953 and Juneau in 1957, moving to Cordova in 1974.

The Coast Guard will turn the Sweetbrier over to the Republic of Ghana and replace it with the new, 225-foot buoy tender Cutter Sycamore next summer.

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