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Posted: Friday, September 28, 2007

Thank you for helping our 'S'more Salmon' bake, dessert auction

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The Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council would like to thank everyone who helped make our fifth annual "S'more Salmon" salmon bake and dessert auction on Sept. 15 a big success. We are grateful for all the wonderful support of Girl Scouting in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

Special thanks go to Alaska Travel Adventures, which has generously sponsored this event since its inception. The staff at ATA and the Gold Creek Salmon Bake were great to work with. We also really appreciate Mike Windred reprising his role as our lively dessert auctioneer.

Of course, we couldn't have had a dessert auction without the delectable and delicious creations of some of Juneau's finest chefs. Thank you to the restaurants and individuals who baked fantastic desserts for us: Capital City Fire/Rescue-Jerry Luckhaupt, the Hangar on the Wharf, Senator Kim and Marylou Elton, Debra Schorr, Iskandar Alexandar, Dave Brower, Andy and Bekah Peterson, Pat McLear, Mary Miller, Margaret Pugh, Mary Siroky, Janell Hafner, Chris Poag, Candy Brower, Carolyn Noe, Jim Sheufelt, Julia and Paul Erickson, Little Brownie Bakers, Becca Smith, Kiana Ford-Junior Girl Scout Troop #14, Judy McAllister, Camille Stephens, Safeway, and Gail Ford.

Thanks are also due to CEO Julia Erickson and to council office manager Teresa Newton for their work behind the scenes. Also to our dedicated Juneau board members - secretary Mary Siroky, Candy Brower, Margaret Pugh, Janell Hafner, Carolyn Noe and Jim Sheufelt - who planned and executed this fun-filled event. These special people, along with our many other volunteers, including our song leader Cara Wicks-Ortega, who are committed to ensuring that the Girl Scout program in Southeast Alaska continues to help girls develop the values, self-confidence, and leadership skills needed to make sound decisions about their lives and the issues affecting all of us.

Last but certainly not least, thanks to everyone who attended the event and generously supported our dessert auction fundraiser. You truly are making a difference in girls' lives.

For more information about Girl Scouts in Southeast Alaska, call the council office at (907) 586-1710 or (800) 478-8247.

Susan D. Cox

Board of directors chair, Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Council


Thanks for welcoming summer visitors to our community

The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau wishes to thank all those who generously gave of their time and energy to welcome visitors to our community this summer. A team of 160 volunteers donated more than 6,000 hours and assisted over 180,000 visitors from May to September at five information centers. The community's support of this program and Juneau's amazing volunteer force help make our town such a welcoming destination to visit.

We appreciate Glacier Gardens for hosting the annual mid-season potluck in August; and Holland America for an elegant End of Season event aboard the Amsterdam on Sept. 2. The service and hospitality were outstanding. Additionally, our gratitude extends to the city Port Office, airport manager's office, and city Parks and Recreation for their continued support of our volunteers.

Many thanks to the following JCVB members who participated in volunteer trainings, provided numerous familiarization opportunities, and generous door prizes:

Glacier Gardens, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Adventures in Alaska, St. Nicholas Church, Spruce Meadow RV Park, Gastineau Guiding, Alaska Sailing Charters, Alaska Fly 'n Fish Charters, Alaska Canopy Adventures, Creativation Events, Princess Tours, Mt. Roberts Tramway, Juneau's Best Tours, Cyndi's Cruise and Travel, Alaska Galore Tours, Harv and Marv's Outback Alaska, MGT, ERA Helicopters, Juneau Steamboat Co., Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Temsco Helicopters, Perseverance Theatre, Coastal Helicopters, Macaulay Salmon Hatchery, Hansom Boys Rickshaw, Above and Beyond Alaska, Wings Airways/Taku Lodge, Bear Creek Outfitters, NorthStar Trekking, Alaska Zipline Adventures, Adventure Bound, Shoefly, Inc., Taku Smokeries, Gold Mine Gifts, The Raven's Journey Gallery, Pioneer Jewelers, Glacier Smoothie Soaps, Invisible World, The Jade Shop, Alaska Knifeworks, Cha for the Finest, Ad Lib, Alaska Soap and Candle Company, Once in a Blue Moose, Juneau Artists Gallery, Juneau's Imagination Station, Juneau Flyfishing Goods, Heritage Coffee, Wm Spear Design, The Jewel Box, The Creating Place, Silverbow Inn Bakery and Catering, Fire and Ice, AK Shirt Company, Hearthside Books, Rie Munoz Gallery, Specs in the City, Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, The Amazing Bookstore, Allen Marine, McDonald's, Cycle Alaska, The Alaskan Brewery, Paradise Beach Tanning and Travel Salon and GCI.

The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud of Juneau's long tradition of hospitality - thank you all.

Eileen M. Begenyi

Director, Visitor Information Services

Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau

Thank you to the lady, police officer for helping in the highway

I would like to take this time to thank the lady and police officer for helping me when my tire blew out in the middle of traffic in the squirrelly road system by Wal-Mart.

My tire blew in a blind spot in the middle of traffic and these two people took the time and effort to help me out. The lady stayed with me until the police officer arrived. The police officer called a tow truck for me, and within minutes, one was there. At the same time, my husband just arrived to pick me up.

I just wanted to take this time to thank both the lady and police officer for staying with me and keeping me safe until help arrived.

Dara Ahrens


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