Thank you

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2004

... to Girl Scout Troop 6

Helping Hands would like to thank Girl Scout Troop No. 6 for its generous cookie contribution.

The troop consists of leaders Billie Jo Gehring, Chris Hoffman and Channcie Hogan. The members are Jackie Koerperich, Bobbie Jo Koerperich, Amanda Hoffman, Heather Hoffman, Leah Gonce, Chevelle Hogan and Amanda Empson.

The cookies will be handed out, in random bags, during Thanksgiving time.

Betty Kaplor


... for 'Don Pasquale'

Bravo! What a treat (was Juneau Opera To Go's) production of Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" at McPhetres Hall is.

I confess to being an opera lover and I'll attend any opera performance in this town. But this production is so accessible it should be fun for just about anyone.

Sung in English, the diction and enunciation of all the singers made it easy to follow the story line (not that it is all that complicated), the music is great, and the acting fun. Juneau is blessed with fine sopranos, among them Joyce Parry-Moore, who plays the lead role of Norina/Sofronia.

Parry-Moore's polished performance is what we have come to expect from this multitalented person. But what a surprise and delight was the quality of the voices and acting of the male singers who perform in this little gem of a comedy opera. Bass-baritone Philippe Damerval has a sonorous voice and is really funny and effective as the pompous Uncle Don Pasquale; melodic tenor Jay Querry, playing the nephew, reached some truly high notes; and Travis Vidic played the suave, scheming doctor perfectly. The quartets sung by the four principals were exceptionally enjoyable. The chorus, doubling as stage hands, performed admirably and was clearly having great fun.

Stage direction in the stark confines of McPhetres is always a challenge but Ryan Conarro pulled it off nicely, relying on the performers' acting ability and our imaginations to slide us into 1960s Rome. A trio of musicians back up the production. Particularly delightful were the lilting strains of the flute that lightly caressed the on-stage voices but were never obtrusive. The backbone of any opera production is its musical director and conductor: Todd Hunt continues to provide us with wonderful shows.

One side note: Isn't time for the Juneau community to invest in a small performing arts center to showcase productions such as this?

Roman Motyka


... from the Bennett family

The Bennett family (Alice, Joe Jr., Arlene, Jerry, Robert, Bertrand, Walter and Josephine) would like to thank all that helped make the party for Ronald John Sr., Peter John Sr. and Peter Guerrero a success on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004. Many made donations of food and gifts and gave time to help serve the food. Thank you to the individuals that did the cooking. To all the guests that came, we thank you very much. Our prayers are that the Lord will bless each one of you.

Bennett family


... to UAS Republican Club

We would like to thank the University of Alaska Southeast Republicans Club, and especially students Brian Westad and Heather Horton, for their trick-or-treat fund-raising drive to benefit the Glory Hole on Halloween night. We appreciated their efforts to inform Juneauites in advance via posters and public service announcements about their planned activities, and we were especially grateful that students displayed their UAS identification cards while knocking on doors and asking for spare change for the Glory Hole. Their combined efforts raised over $970, so thank you, participating UAS students, and thank you, Juneau, for your contributions. All funds raised will be used to help us provide Thanksgiving food boxes for those in need.

Jetta Whittaker

Executive director

The Glory Hole

... for the great weekend

On behalf of all of the women involved in this past weekend's hockey jamboree, I'd like to thank the local people who put their time and energy into organizing such a successful event. Everything was wonderful: the games, the instant camaraderie, the banquet, the band, the massage oil door prizes, etc. I spent all weekend grinning and enjoying the competitive, supportive level of play.

This short letter is an expression of gratitude for the referees, the score keepers, and the coaches, but we are all especially indebted to the magnanimous efforts of Carrie McMullen, Gen Moreau-Johnson, Michelle Kaelke, Michelle Drummond, Stephanie Yates, Julie Nielsen and Jodie Pessolano. I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as we all did. We are all looking forward to the second annual Juneau Jamboree next year!

Ali McKenna

Member of the Blue By You team

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