Thank you

Posted: Friday, December 03, 2004

... to concerned citizens

The election last month in which Juneau decided to go forward with a second high school was the end of a long journey and the beginning of another. The Vote Yes for Two High Schools group wanted to thank all those who gave so generously of their time, money, or of both. The successful result of the election could not have been achieved without the support of many in the community including Andi Story, Andrea Peterson, Brenda Taylor, Brian Goettler, Charlene Steinman, Cyril Wanamaker, Jeff and Kristin Hock, Joan Gianotti, Lisa Worl, Lynnette Hihle, Peggy Cowan, Patrick Cuddihy, Randy Coleman, Phyllis Carlson, Sam and Gayle Trivette, Sara Raster, Scott May, Max Mertz, Sheryl Wittig, Bill Peters, Mary Hakala, Lynn White, Debbie Tempel, Marc Wheeler, Laury Scandling, Matt Knutson, Nancy Spear, Geri McLeod, Jim and Mary Becker, Julie Morris, Laura Gilbert, Rep. Bruce Weyhrauch, Daris West, Rep. Beth Kerttula, Sean O'Brien, Sen. Kim Elton, and Jeff Bush.

Now comes the really hard part, which is to come up with a high school design and a curriculum that is the best for our students. I urge everyone who is concerned about this to become involved in the upcoming planning process. Work on the design is expected to start on Jan. 24 and the completion of the design is targeted for April 22. For a schedule of public meetings on the new design visit the school district Web site or call the school district at 463-1700.

Michael F. Ford, Co-chair

Vote Yes for Two High Schools

... for helping children in the Russian Far East

The Operation Christmas Child Volunteer Committee wants to say thank you to the people of Haines, Hoonah, Juneau, Ketchikan, Skagway, Sitka and Wrangell who took part his year. More than 2,839 shoeboxes filled with love and surprises are on their way to the Russia Far East. Southeast Alaska has shared the joy of Christmas with children who are our neighbors across the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean.

Here are the businesses who made the rest of this project possible: Lynden Transport/AML and World Wide Movers donated shipping for all the boxes from Southeast Alaska; McDonald's donated hundreds of Happy Meal toys to help fill holes in shoeboxes; Hudson's Shoes, Payless Shoes, Footlocker and Fred Meyer's donated empty shoe boxes; Ben Franklin, Claire's, Copy Works, El Sombrero, The Fudge Co., JoAnn's, Northern Echoes, Nugget Outfitters, Scentiments, Susan's Hallmark and Udder Culture provided a place where people could pick up pamphlets. Many Juneau churches took part displaying posters and handing out pamphlets for the project.

Special thanks to Juneau's media who helped us spread the word about Operation Christmas Child this year. A special thanks to Chris Burns who had us on Capitol Chat; Shelly Kincaid of KTKU; Susan Fitzgerald of KTOO; Jeff Brown from KTOO's "We Like Kids," and who also did a spot for Alaska "Zoom." The Juneau Empire ran a story at the beginning of the event that was very helpful.

Chapel by the Lake donated space and volunteers for the collection center. They had a dedicated team to pack the shoeboxes into containers and organize them for shipping.

Thanks to all of you who will bring the spirit of Christmas alive to more than 2,839 children in the Russia Far East. May your own holidays be filled with peace and joy.

Operation Christmas Child Committee: Ann Bricker, Mary Carson, Justine Emerson, Debra Gerrish, Kristin Hock, Kristi Kantola, Barbara Knapp, Anne Simila and Karen Zemlicka.

... for buying tickets

The Juneau Family Birth Center would like to thank the Capital City Quilters, and everyone who purchased a raffle ticket, for their help in successfully raising $8,000 in a benefit quilt raffle. The Juneau Family Birth Center is pleased to announce Jim Kistler, of Arizona, as the proud winner of this beautifully handcrafted quilt displaying a range of Alaskan wildlife.

Proceeds from this raffle will contribute to the construction of a new Community Family Center at Salmon Creek Falls in Juneau.

With the new center, families in Southeast Alaska will be provided with a campus of health, social service and educational services in one location. In addition to a range of health care services - family healthcare with a physician, counseling with certified therapists, and complete prenatal, birth, and postpartum care with certified direct-entry midwives - social service programs will be in place to provide healthy pregnancy and parenting education, doula support for pregnant and newly parenting families, on-site child care for those utilizing services, a gathering and activity space; including events such as storytelling, prenatal exercise, yoga, other stress-reducing exercise, and family-focused events; a lending library with information on pregnancy, birth, parenting, breastfeeding, and all aspects of health and healthy lifestyles; and individualized home-visiting support.

Brittany Kasselder

... for helping GHS

The Women's Continuing Care group at Gastineau Human Services would like to acknowledge the following businesses and persons for their donations. The Prospector Hotel, Freaking Pizza, Fred Meyer, Janet Forbes, James Flake and Nurullah Reynolds. Your help assisted us with having a very successful craft show at the Nugget Mall. As facilitator for this group, I would also like to recognize the women who dedicated their time and energy into this endeavor.

Merci to all of you.

Marianna Bethel CDC1

Outpatient Counselor

... for attending party

Thank you to the wonderful people who attended the Deisheetaan Party for Joseph Bennett, Sr., Thomas Bennett, Sr., Eric Chilton, Sharon (Chilton) Zinn, Doris (Chilton) Sage, Elaine (Chilton) Sullivan, and Janice (Chilton) Wren) in Juneau on Nov. 13. Your presence made the party a success. A special thank you to the cooks, servers, all the helpers, and to those who donated food. Gunalcheesh.

Ronald John, Jr.

Deisheetaan Clan Leader

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