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Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2001

Recycling helps Red Cross

JUNEAU -- Juneau residents who take aluminum cans to the Juneau Community Recycling Center in the next two months will be helping the American Red Cross and victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The center, which Waste Management operates for the city, will donate proceeds to the Red Cross through the end of the year, said City Public Works Director Ernie Mueller.

Mark "Red" Geil, who runs the center, came up with the idea after watching a television program that featured children in Washington, D.C., collecting cans for relief efforts.

"We generally do 700 pounds of cans a week. If people were aware it would go to the Red Cross, I would imagine it would double," he said.

The center can't accept aluminum foil or pie plates, just beer or soda cans, he added. The center also accepts tin cans, cardboard, newspapers, white paper and old phone books.

The recycling center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturdays only. It is at 5600 Tonsgard Court.

Ghosts needed insurance

JUNEAU -- The annual Ghost Walk sponsored by the Douglas Lions Club was canceled after 48 years because it could not get insurance coverage, said Ken Dean of the club.

"We had all the prizes and all we needed to do was go to Costco and buy apples," Dean said Wednesday. "But we were told at the last minute that we needed a certificate from the International Lions for insurance. So we made a group decision to cancel, due to circumstances beyond our control."

The Lions could use some new blood to organize future Halloween carnivals, Dean said. "I am the youngest guy there and I'm 55, doing it from my wheelchair. It's starting to wear everybody down."

Perseverance stages auction

JUNEAU -- Entertainment and an auction highlight "the Bish's Bash," Perseverance Theatre's annual fund-raiser commemorating the late Bishop Michael Kenny. The event will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Goldbelt Hotel.

Kenny served on the theater's board of directors for 11 years until his death in 1995. The annual auction supports the Bishop Kenny Memorial Fund, which was established in 1995 to assist artists at Perseverance.

Live and silent auctions will offer more than 100 donated items such as a three-day getaway to San Francisco, ski lessons and a complete Thanksgiving dinner.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

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