Thank you

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

... from the JDHS cross country team

The Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bear Cross Country team is coming off its most successful (placewise) season ever with a second straight boys state championship and a girls second-place finish. Showing that it helps to be smart to run fast, our boys also took home the team academic award at state for the highest GPA.

We would like to thank the Nugget Alaskan Outfitters, the Alaska Club and El Sombrero for their support this season. Other contributors to the cross country team this year were Dr. John Bursell, Loren Domke, Phil Moritz and Helen Phillips. The Southeast Road Runners were a big help at our Invitational Meet, donating equipment and expertise. Thanks to SERR for making a contribution each year to our travel and equipment fund, also. The Lyndon Ellefson Foundation of Vail, Colo., made a special donation of cash as well as awards to some of our dedicated and worthy runners. Thanks to Bob Marshall, Don Eagle, Scott May, Joe Powers, Kyle and Suzanne Hebert and others for their help at our home meet. Paul DeSloover again did a great job organizing the Treadwell Toilsome Twosome as a fundraiser for the team.

Parents Matt Knutson, Mike Schlecter, Nancy Krehlik, Rick Thibodeau, Greg Huebscher, and Jed Dinnan, along with Glenn Frick, donated vehicles and driving during road trips that were part of more than 6,000 total miles traveled by the team this year. We live in a great running community with a wonderful trail system. We only take our varsity runners to the last two championship meets, but all our runners bonded together and helped each other to personal bests and achievements. More than the championships or anything else, our kids will take the memories of all the fun (and challenging) trail runs with them as they will surely continue to lead active and successful lives. Thank you, Juneau, for providing the environment for this lifelong activity for our youth.

Coaches Guy Thibodeau and Merry Ellefson

... from Hospice and Home Care

In recognition of National Hospice Month, November 2004, Hospice and Home Care of Juneau, a program of Catholic Community Service, would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those individuals and businesses that helped to make our August fund-raiser, Retail Day, a great success. Your generous contributions will ensure ongoing enhancement of the traditional, quality and compassionate in-home services HHCJ has provided for 25 years.

In particular, we would like to thank Chris Burns of KINY for his interview on Capital Chat, and Susan Fitzgerald of KTOO for her Juneau Afternoon interview. Thanks are also extended to Capital City Weekly and the Juneau Empire for providing comprehensive event coverage.

Of course, Retail Day would have remained just an idea without the commitment from business owners who made their businesses either "participating" or "supporting" event contributors. So, we would like to send a great big thank-you out to the following:

Participating businesses: Alaskan Dames & Gents; Alaskan Serenity Massage Therapy; Annie Kaill's; Capital Records; Custom Cuts; El Sombrero; Foodland Super Drug; Friendly Planet Trading Company; Natural Nails; Rainbow Foods; Seventh Heaven; Southeast Waffle Company; and Susan's Hallmark

Supporting businesses: Alaskan & Proud; Alaskan Fudge Shop; Alaska General Store; Bullwinkle's Pizza; Celebrity Jewelers & Gifts; Decker Gallery; Foggy Mountain Shop; George's & Plum Gold; Hangar on the Wharf; Hearthside Books; Hummingbird Hollow Gifts; Invisible World; Landscape Alaska; Parts Plus-Valley Auto Parts; Ron's Apothecary; Sportsman Barber Shop; The Hot Bite; and Woolly Mammoth Gifts.

As usual, our eager Hospice volunteers came out in full force to make baked goods, offer computer help, put up flyers, mail newsletters and shop at participating and supporting businesses. These volunteers include: Debbie McBride, Debbie Sis, Linda Wynne, Carola Thompson, Delores Smith, Gail Trivette, Phyllis Trivette, Judy Smathers, Jean Langcaster, Barbara Pavitt, Marg Hedges, Don Cary, Betsie Farell, Kelley Harvey, Linda Harris and Mary Cook, to name a few. Hospice and Home Care of Juneau would also like to recognize Claire Richardson for her extensive volunteer public-relations support. Additionally, we are grateful for the assistance provided by all those volunteers who are not specifically identified.

A special thank-you goes to the community of Juneau from HHCJ for demonstrating support of our program by patronizing both participating and supporting businesses on Aug. 28. This positive response from the community was essential to the success of Retail Day.

Hospice and Home Care


... from Juneau Lyric Opera

A special thanks to all those that assisted on Oct. 16 and 17 with the Juneau Lyric Opera's Third Annual Musical High Tea Event.

We would like to thank those that contributed both their time and talents in our 1940s Musical High Tea: Randy Burton for designing our posters; our fabulous '40s hair and makeup by Heather Sincic of Hair Etc.; JDHS for lights; Todd Hunt for the program and performance lighting; Tom Melville as house manager; Capital Copy; Lena Simmons; Paula Spreter; Hearthside Books; and the Baranof for its superb food and hospitality.

Most of all, we would like to thank our pianist Sue Kazama; artistic director John d'Armand; and our singers Philippe Damerval, Cathy Pashigian, Hannah Hoshide, and Brett and Cheryl Crawford for a "Sentimental Journey" not soon to be forgotten. Looking forward to next year!

Melissa McCormick


... from the College/Career Fair

On Oct. 14, Juneau-Douglas High School hosted its 20th Annual College/Career Fair. It was a huge success. JDHS students were able to meet representatives from more than 100 institutions. A myriad of post-secondary opportunities and resources were represented - from prestigious universities such as Stanford; vocational and technical schools; union representatives for apprenticeship programs; small community colleges; financial resource agencies; employment resources; and the armed services.

There was something for everyone.

We would like to give special thanks to parent volunteers, especially Becky Dierking and Gail Coenraad; Mike Young and his students at Macs Cache; National Honor Society and Link Crew members; JDHS students, staff, parents and community; the Alaska Shirt Company for the wonderful door prizes; and Princess Tours.

Without the help of all these people, the College/Career Fair would not have been the success that it was.

Thank you!

Kristin Garot, NHS Advisor

Barb Conant, Career Center


Through a misreading of his own handwriting, the photographer who wrote the caption beneath a photo printed Nov. 10 that depicts Eaglecrest Ski Area's Muskeg ski run, mislabeled the run "Nutmeg."

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