Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2005

... to rescue groups

I'm not sure our citizens realize just how fortunate we are to have such outstanding volunteer rescue organizations in our community, but they proved themselves once again this week. Juneau Mountain Rescue, S.E.A.D.O.G.S., Capitol City Fire/EMS, Juneau Ski Patrol, Avalanche Response, Dive Response, Rope Rescue Response, Swift Water Response and Civil Air Patrol personnel all volunteer to serve this community. These volunteer citizens are true professionals in every aspect of the word, and although they don't do it for the recognition, we owe them our gratitude and thanks.

Michael Patterson

... to sewer dept.

I would like to say a huge thank you to the city sewer department; Tony, Tom, Mark, Billy and the other co-workers. They work so very hard and do a wonderful job.

While the street department was putting in the new drainage culverts, they left our drive way, which is uphill, with a huge mud puddle at the meeting of our drive way and the street. I called the street department and told them my concerns a couple of weeks ago. Nothing was done. With these heavy rains, it left a big puddle.

While talking with Tom at the sewer department about my concern, he so very kindly fixed our drive way. It only took a couple of minutes, and it works beautiful. Thank you Tom. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful team at the sewer department in Juneau. Thank you again for all your hard work. You all are very much appreciated.

Barb Daugherty

... for helping Trail Mix have a successful dinner and auction

Trail Mix had another successful dinner and auction on Sept. 9, thanks to the support of many local businesses and individuals. We would like to thank George Reifenstein and the staff at the Mt. Roberts Tramway for their support and providing a wonderful location to hold this event. We would also like to thank the Fiery Gypsies (Steve Tada, John Staub, and Dale Wygant) for providing music; and Senator Kim Elton serving as the auctioneer for the live auction.

Thanks also to Chris Burns at KINY radio, TAKU 105, KTOO, Juneau Empire, Capital Chevrolet, Foggy Mountain, Hearthside Books and the Nugget Outfitter for their help in publicizing this event.

There are many local businesses and individuals that contributed to the success of this year's event. Thank you for your support: Above and Beyond Alaska; Ad Lib; AJ Mine/Gastineau Mill Enterprises; Alaska Boat and Kayak; Alaska Discovery; Alaska Fly N' Fish Charters; AIH; Alaska Nepal; Alaska Seafood Company; Alaska State Parks; Alaska Travel Adventures; Alaskan Brewing Company; Alaskan Fudge Company; Alaskan Hotel; Annie Mae Lodge; Art Sutch Photography; Bearcreek Outfitters; Best Western; Mayor Botelho; Bullwinkle's Pizza; Capital Embroidery; City Center Chiropractic; Coastal Helicopters; Curve's for Women; Domino's Pizza; Eaglecrest; El Sombrero; ERA Helicopters; Foggy Mountain Shop; Odette Foster; Four Seasons Marine; Galligaskin's; Bob Garrison; Gastineau Guiding; Jim Geraghty; Gina's Country Crafts; Glacier Cycles; Gould's Alaska View B&B; Hangar on the Wharf; Hearthside Books; Hot Bite; Myra Howe; Willette Janes; Jerry's Meats and Seafoods; Jewel Box; JRC/The Alaska Club; Juneau Symphony; Mary Lou King; Mendenhall Golf; NorthStar Trekking; Nugget Alaskan Outfitter; Orca Enterprises; Perseverance Theatre; Picture This Photo Mats; Poseidon; Princess Tours; Radio Shack; Rainbow Foods; Raven's Journey; Rie Munoz Gallery; Safeway; SAGA; Betty Seguin; Silverbow; Skeins Fine Yarns; Joe Sonneman; Richard Stokes; Temsco Helicopters; Shellfish Market; Pearson's Pond; Pioneer Jewelers; and Alaskan Barber Shoppe.

Thanks also to Trail Mix board and staff for their support and the following volunteers that helped to make the evening a success: Myra Howe, Duane Callahan, Tim Mealiff, Nikki Mealiff, Sondra Romano, Leah Estep, Sarah McKinney and Amanda Neyenhouse.

We would like to especially thank everyone that attended this year's fundraising event. Your contributions and support are invaluable to Trail Mix's mission "to be the steward of a safe and enjoyable trails system by bringing people and resources together for trail improvements and activities."

Angie Abel, volunteer coordinator

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... for giving your financial support to Team Alaska

This past summer I was fortunate enough to once again travel with Team Alaska to NCAA college basketball tournaments in Oregon, Washington, Tennessee and California. We played 29 games at five tournaments in four weeks.

This great experience would not have been possible if not for the financial support of the following individuals and businesses: AK Striping and Painting; BC Leasing; Kirby Day III; Dillon & Findley, P.C.; Karen Emberton; Family Practice Physicians; Fast Break Club; Faulkner Banfield, Law Firm; Sarah J. Felix; Foodland Superdrug; Greens Creek Mining; Hoop Time Basketball; Jensen Yorba Lott; Juneau Elks Club; Juneau Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation; Gary Moeller, DDS; Murray & Associates; Napa Auto Parts; North Pacific Steel; Richard Pratt; R&M Engineering; Rebounders Club; Mark Riederer, DDS; Rim Camp/Rena Balzer; Rug N Rack Taxidermy; and Shootathon sponsors.

Thank you all so much.

Talisa Rhea

... for your support

Thank you to the people of Southeast Alaska, and in a very special and specific way to the Catholic community of the diocese of Juneau. I just want to say thanks to all of you as I leave active full-time ministry to enter into the vocation of marriage. I am such a blessed man because of our time together. For over 13 years in Southeast Alaska I have been privileged to have ministered to children from Yakutat to Metlakatla. I've experienced the joy of baptizing kids of kids I've known since they were kids in bible camp at the shrine of St. Therese.

Over the years I've been blessed to speak words of inspiration at graduation ceremonies, preside at weddings of couples I've known since they were in grade school and mourned with you as we laid to rest your family members. Because of our time together my life is richer, my faith is stronger and my love for you profound. And it is in this spirit of profound love for you that I simply want to share my joy with you as I now prepare to get married.

I am so happy and at peace with this decision to get married, and even more happy to share with you this good news. Although my decision to get married will take me from you as your minister, nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. God is love and His love for us is higher than the mountains that surround us and deeper than the ocean that encompasses us. No means of measure can define God's limitless love for us. No farseeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of God's endless supply of grace and mercy. Thus it is with love that I will always carry you, the people of southeast in my heart as I step into the future. None of us knows what the future holds but we know who holds the future, that one is God.

May God always hold you in the palm of his hand and bless you and your beautiful families with kindness. So I end by saying to you arriverderci, which is Italian for "until we meet again." Respectfully yours in Christ.

Michael G. Schwarte (aka Fr. Mikey Mike)

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