Neighbors Briefs

Posted: Friday, December 06, 2002

Santa sailings set

Santa Claus is planning visits to 10 Southeast Alaska communities this month, trading his sleigh for the state ferry.

In what has become a 13-year tradition, children will have an opportunity to talk with Santa at special appearances on board ships, at ferry terminals and in communities Dec. 8 to 22, according to the Alaska Marine Highway System.

Visits include:

• Skagway, Dec. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at the ferry terminal.

• Haines, Dec. 8 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. at the ferry terminal.

• Hoonah, Dec. 15 from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the ferry terminal.

• Tenakee Springs, Dec. 15 from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. on board the LeConte.

• Kake, Dec. 16 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. on board the LeConte.

• Angoon, Dec. 17 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Headstart Center and shortly after noon until 1:15 p.m. at the elementary school.

• Pelican, Dec. 20 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on board the LeConte.

• Petersburg, Dec. 21 from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. at the ferry terminal.

• Wrangell, Dec. 21 from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. on board the Taku.

• Metlakatla, Dec. 22 from 4:40 to 6:30 p.m. local time on board the Aurora.

Safety during the holidays

State Fire Marshal Gary Powell and the Alaska Division of Fire Prevention are urging everyone to use extreme caution when using candles particularly during the holiday season. One quarter of all candle related fires occur during the holiday season. According to the U.S. Fire Administration each year candles are responsible for approximately 9,400 residential fires, more than 90 fatalities and 950 civilian injuries.

The direct property loss from candle related fires are estimated at $120.5 million. Candle sales are estimated at $2.3 billion annually by the National Candle Association.

• Burn candles inside a 1-foot circle of safety, free of anything that can ignite.

• Extinguish candles after use or whenever you leave the room.

• Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

• Use a sturdy metal, glass, or ceramic candleholder.

• Don't place lit candles in windows where blinds and curtains can ignite.

• Keep candles and all open flames away from flammable liquids.

• Don't allow children or teens to have candles in their bedrooms.

• During power outages use flashlights not candles.

• Never use a candle for light when checking pilot lights or fueling equipment.

As always, test your smoke detectors during the holiday season. For further information contact your local fire department.

Instruments needed

Belle Mickelson, founder of the Bearfoot Bluegrass Band is teaching a bluegrass club at Floyd Dryden Middle School. They are in need of guitars, mandolins, banjos, acoustic/stand up bass and fiddles.

Please consider donating an instrument to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council as a tax deductible donation and help keep the music alive in the schools. Call 586-ARTS for more information.

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