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Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Thanks for help with tree and Santa projects

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Thank you to Chatham Electricand Russ Brown for the boom truck for stringing new LED lights on the tree. Thank you to the Alaska Department of Transportation and the Juneau Police Department, for the street closure permit of Third Street, between G and E streets. Thank you to the city Public Work Street Division for the barricades. Also, thanks to: Douglas 4th of July Committee, the Douglas Community United Methodist Church, Treadwell Arena, Parks and Recreation and friends who worked to make our annual community event a success.

A wet rainy night brought 150 people to the 1106 Third Street Church lawn. The Douglas Community Methodist Church furnished the tree and power source.

Douglas Methodist Men furnished coffee, cider, hot chocolate and cookies inside a tent.

Stroller White Pipe and Drum Band gave the crowd rousing music with their pipes and drums.

Reverend Imelda Ramos opened the event with an invocation.

Douglas 4th of July President, Pat Peterson gave the welcome.

Mayor Bruce Botelho turned on the 1200 lights and new star.

Girl Scout Troops 24 and 36 preformed The Night Before Christmas. Both Girl Scouts and Pack 10 Boy Scouts sang carols.

After group singing, the Stroller White Pipe and Drum Band played more carols. People enjoyed the lights, music and refreshments.

Greg Smith and Treadwell Arena staff decorated the arena. Santa skated with children and to holiday music. Douglas 4th of July Committee paid for children under 12 skating.

Thank you to Steve Baseden for hosting Skate with Santa.

The Douglas 4th of July Committee wishes you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Susanne Williams

Tree and Santa project

Juneau

Thanks for providing support over the years

On behalf of the staff at Southeast Senior Services and the special people we serve, I want to thank the wonderful people at Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority for all the support they have provided over the years to help make our services possible. Because of their generosity, we are able to offer elders nutrition and supportive services in Angoon, Craig, Hoonah, Hydaburg, Kake, Klawock and Yakutat.

In addition to housing opportunities they have made available to people in Southeast Alaska, THRHA has provided the facilities for many of the village senior centers. THRHA staff members have kept our senior centers open, safe and warm for over three decades. We appreciate our longstanding partnership and look forward to continuing our work together, supporting elders' health, safety and independent living in their traditional communities.

Marianne Mills

Program director, Southeast Senior Services

Juneau

Thanks for help with Thanksgiving dinner

Grandma's Inc. would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to everyone that helped us make it through another year of hosting our annual community Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 22 at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. This was actually our fourth Thanksgiving dinner.

Thank you to the following, whom we certainly could not have done without: Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 2, for use of the hall; Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, for monetary donation and logo items; Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Council, for monetary donation; Self-Governance Program, for logo items; Publications Office, for keepsake magnets; Andrea Ebona Michel, for pumpkin pies, rolls and butter and the beautiful gift; Jerry Ann Gray, for her continued support and monetary donation; Pepsi, Coca Cola, McDonald's and the Alaska Food Bank, for six turkeys; and Percy Douglas, for his delicious fry bread.

And thank you to the following members who stepped forward to help: Roberta Fawcett for coordinating this successful event; more than 200 people showed up. This is extremely hard work and Berta moved through it with ease. She also donated delicious foods and Native foods for our elders table and helped take care of any extra costs.

Thank you to Colleen Williams, William Brown, Robert Sharclane, Charles Fawcett Jr. and Laura Sheldon, for their donations and for always stepping forward and doing a tremendous job. Thank you to Mary Jane Cody and Robert Biltz, who came in and worked with us continually setting up and cleaning the hall; Tonya Fawcett, for assisting with cleaning; Robert Fawcett, Andrea Fawcett and Josie Winders; Trevor (don't know his last name), who carved more than 17 turkeys; Charla and Yvonne Bennett, for helping with cleaning; Kendra Sheldon and Dan Sharclane; Lynda Olsen, for the many things she took over, making it a little easier for us; Ray Quibic and Myrna Sharclane; Diane Carrier, for table covering; Myrna Brown, for table coverings, foods, gifts and helping take care of extra costs.

More than 20 turkeys were prepared. Thank you to everyone who donated turkeys, salads and desserts. There were plenty of delicious foods.

We want to thank President Martin for coming in and visiting us; it is always nice to see our leaders take interest, including Andy Ebona, ANB Camp 2 president, and Walter Johns, of ANB, for their continued support and for recognizing the dinner would serve many people in need.

Part of Grandma's Inc. is showing appreciation by having numerous door prizes as part of this occasion and again it was nice to see the amount of gifts that went out for babies, girls and boys, young people and adults. We also had areas set up for children's coloring and game tables; it makes this event more fun for the children if they have something to do.

Hopefully I did not leave out any names of people who donated or helped. If I did, I apologize and hope you can bring this to my attention. You are appreciated.

We are extremely thankful for the many blessings we have, especially our family and friends. Other things may change us but we start and end with family. Once again, we do appreciate everything. Many cool comments from our guests made our jobs more meaningful with their heartfelt thank yous.

Myrna Brown

Juneau

Thanks from theJuneau Soccer Club

The Juneau Soccer Club wishes to publicly thank all those volunteers who helped make our Nov. 3 Live Crab Sale and Louisiana Style Crab Feed fundraisers a great success. Particular thanks go to the three chief organizers: Peter Ord and crew of the F/V Williwaw, who caught and provided the crab; Margaret Tharp, who organized the volunteers and oversaw the hall decorations; and chef Gerry Donohoe, of Thyme Savour chef service who volunteered his time and talents to plan and cook a delicious meal for over 250.

Thanks also to David Lendrum and the staff of Landscape Alaska, Alaska Pure Mountain Spring Water and Pepsico for donation of drinks, the staff of Tlingit and Haida Hall, Bob Janes and Mary Norcross for the slide show, those who loaned DDR and Guitar Hero games, the members and supporters who contributed baked goods for the dessert auction and the many volunteers who helped throughout the day selling, cleaning and cooking crab, chopping veggies, monitoring the pots, setting up and decorating the hall, assisting chef Gerry in the kitchen, serving meals and cleaning up after the event.

Thanks to the members of the Juneau-Douglas High School boys and girls soccer teams for helping with setup, serving, waiting tables, being emcees and cleaning up throughout the evening and to high school coaches Gary Lehnhart and Colin Barton for mobilizing their players.

Finally, thanks to all Juneau residents who bought crab, attended the feed, and bid on desserts for supporting the Juneau Soccer Club's efforts to provide a quality, healthful and fun program for Juneau's youth.

Tom Paul

Chair, Juneau Soccer Club Board

Juneau

Thanks to Fred Meyer Foundation for grant

Glacier Valley School would like to thank the Fred Meyer Foundation for their generous grant of $2,860 to the school's breakfast club program. The breakfast club serves 50 to 80 neighborhood students every morning, providing them a breakfast they otherwise might not receive. Students begin the school day filled with cereal, toast, juice, milk, or other breakfast food and drink, allowing them the opportunity to focus on their studies. The Fred Meyer Foundation grant gets us off to a great start. Of course, the need for support is ongoing, and we always welcome donations and grants. The school's contact person is Kimberly Patterson, who may be reached at 463-1801.

The Fred Meyer Foundation and it's Advisory Committee Members were particularly impressed by the successful track record of the GV Breakfast Club, according to Philanthropy Coordinator Glynda Brockhoff. "We hope this community grant will help Glacier Valley continue the important work it is doing to enhance the welfare of their students. We are proud to be part of the Juneau community and are committed to helping where we can," she said.

The Fred Meyer Foundation assists nonprofit organizations dedicated to helping children and reducing hunger in communities served by 129 Fred Meyer stores in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Fred Meyer is a division of The Kroger Co., which is one of the nation's largest food retailers. The Fred Meyer Foundation has awarded grants totaling over $6.4 million since it began awarding grants in December 1998. For more information call 1-800-858-9202, ext. 5605

Ted Wilson

Principal, Glacier Valley Elementary School

Juneau

Thanks for help with kids' concert

I am a composer, educator and entertainer from New York City. I was invited to Juneau to perform two shows for the International Kids' Music Day held on Saturday, Nov. 10, and sponsored by Juneau Urgent and Family Care with the Juneau Hispanic Association.

I teach about 500 children every week at the International Preschools. I arrived in Juneau, without a guitar or a clue of what to expect from a Juneau audience. I wondered who would bother to show up for a sing-a-long of international songs.

With the help of KTOO radio, where I was able to promote the show, and notices in this paper, approximately 80 people showed up, half of them children who eagerly learned new songs in Swahili, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese and others, as well as English-language children's classics. The participation of the children and their enthusiastic parents made the sing-a-long a smashing success!

The concert was free and included balloons and door prizes. Yet the generous audience donated $100 to benefit Juneau's Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies shelter.

I want to thank the warm-hearted people of Juneau, Juneau Urgent and Family Care and the Juneau Hispanic Association for making me feel so welcome and for helping an important cause.

Douglas DaSilva

New York City



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