Thank you

Posted: Friday, September 23, 2005

.. for remembering the USS Juneau

Thank you for the excellent photographic coverage of the USS Juneau commemoration on the front page of the Juneau Empire. Seventeen former crew members of the second USS Juneau arrived by cruise ship last Wednesday and participated with family, friends and Juneau residents in a commemoration and memorial service for the crew and families assigned to the ships bearing the name Juneau. For many of the former USS Juneau crewmembers in attendance, the trip to Juneau was a first, and many said they felt that coming to the namesake place of their former ship was "like coming home."

The first USS Juneau was a light cruiser sunk in the Solomon Islands during World War II with a large loss of life, including the five Sullivan brothers. Additional vessels in the United States Navy have carried the Juneau name, including another cruiser that served in World War II and Korea, where it was engaged in the only surface battle of that conflict. The current USS Juneau is an amphibious warfare ship forward deployed in Japan.

The Navy League of the United States-Juneau Chapter, VFW Taku Post No. 5559, the Juneau Festival Association and the USS Juneau Association sponsored the commemoration ceremony. Participation and assistance in the commemoration was provided by of the U.S. Coast Guard, Naval Forces Alaska and Gastineau Guiding. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible.

Joe Geldhof, president of Juneau chapter,

Navy League of the United States

... for donating to reading program

The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries would like to thank the Juneau businesses for donating prizes for the Summer Reading Program. Kids from 1 to 18 years of age who borrowed books from the Juneau Public Libraries this summer were eligible to participate each week in a drawing for prizes. Six children were awarded prizes each week.

The following businesses generously donated prizes: Alaska General Store, Alaska Fudge Co., Amazing Book Store, Bear's Lair, Capital Records, Del Sol, El Sombrero, Foggy Mountain Shop, Fred Meyer, Galligaskins, Glacier Gardens, Gross Alaska Theatre, Hearthside Books, Imagination Station, McDonalds, Mount Roberts Tramway, North Star Trekking, Orca Enterprises, Peer Amid Beads, Rainy Day Books, TEMSCO and Timberwolf.

Thanks also goes to our wonderful volunteers who have helped to make the Summer Reading Program a success: Jeff Brown and Susan Fitzgerald at KTOO radio, Juneau Empire, Capital City Weekly, KINY, Nancy Ferrell, Lauren Hopson, Katie Stromme, Emily Cummins, Bethany Cummins, Cierrra Brite and Mildred Brite. Thanks to you all.

Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries Board

Bridget Smith, Jane Stokes, Mary Claire Harris, Nancy Ferrell, Nancy Cooperrider, Donna Denton, Gerry Kress, Diane Sly, and Barbara Berg

... for rescuing our general manager

On behalf of Goldbelt, Inc. and the Mount Roberts Tramway, we wish to extend our deepest appreciation to those that supported the rescue operation that occurred on Sept. 19, 2005.

Mount Roberts Tramway General Manager George Reifenstein suffered a fall while working on a ground water line. We credit the outstanding care he received during the rescue to many: the Juneau Mountain Rescue Team, Capital City Fire and Rescue, Bartlett Hospital, Paul Hamby, volunteers and many businesses that allowed volunteers to take time off from work.

Rescuers excelled under extraordinary circumstances and volunteers went above and beyond. We dedicate our gratitude for the care George received and his good condition to the community of Juneau.

Goldbelt Inc.,

Mount Roberts Tramway

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