Thank you

Posted: Friday, December 02, 2005

... for success of community tree lighting in Douglas

Thank you to Chatham Electric for the boom truck for stringing the tree; the Alaska Department of Transportation and the City and Borough Public Works, Street Division for the barricade; also thanks to all Douglas Fourth of July Committee members and the Douglas Fire Fighters and friends who worked to make our annual community event a success.

During the mild evening with light snow, about 200 people attended the event. The Douglas Community Methodist Church furnished their tree and power source. The Methodist Men furnished punch and refreshments. Girl Scout Troupe 9, led by Billie Jo White Pipe Band played music. Reverend Imelda Ramos gave the invocation. Douglas Fourth of July president, Pat Peterson, gave the welcome. Mayor Bruce Botelho turned the tree lights on. Pack 10 Cub Scouts and Girl Scout Troops 24 and 36 sang carols. Juneau Tuba Ensemble played holiday music, and the audience joined in singing. Our thank you to all participants and great music.

Thank you to Greg Smith and Treadwell Arena staff for decorations, music and managing Skate with Santa.

Thank you to Steve Foster and his merry elves for skating with the children. The turn out for children under 12 free sponsored by the Douglas Fourth of July Committee was outstanding.

The Douglas Fourth of July committee wishes you a merry Christmas and happy new year.

Susanne Williams

Tree and Santa Project

... for the holiday dinner boxes

The patrons of The Glory Hole want everyone to know how much they appreciated all the community's efforts to provide a happy Thanksgiving to those in need. Thanks to the generosity of individuals too numerous to list here (several of whom who wished to remain anonymous but you know who you are) and groups, including the U.S. Forest Service, Channel Construction and Chapel by the Lake, The Glory Hole distributed over 140 Thanksgiving dinner boxes so that people could enjoy a simple dinner at home with family and friends. Thanks, too, to the SAGA crew for helping with the box assembly.

The Salvation Army's dinner at the Hangar at the Wharf, the Grandmas' dinner at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, and Jovany's were wonderful meals for those who didn't want to or couldn't cook. The Glory Hole served turkey sandwiches later in the evening; thanks to all the people who volunteered to assemble sandwiches and to Girl Scouts and Harborview School students for delicious pies.

We will be offering the same turkey-dinner-in-a-box program for Christmas, and hope that this community's wonderfully generous spirit will continue through the holiday season.

Jetta Whittaker

The Glory Hole

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