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Posted: Friday, December 14, 2007

Thanks for rescuing, helping me after a grizzly bear attack

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A big bear hug back to Juneau. When I was lying half in the water, dazed and amazed that I had survived the grizzly bear attack, my thoughts focused on getting back to Juneau to see my wife Sara and my children Jack and Olivia.

Thanks to my fast acting hunting partners Gary, Drake and Kirt, for dressing my wounds and getting me warm quickly. A TEMSCO helicopter loaded up two professional emergency medical technicians and had me warm, dry and on the way to the hospital in one hour. Astonishing! I'm thankful I was able to receive all of my medical care in Juneau at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

I had complete faith in the trauma team that evaluated me: Aric Ludwig, emergency rescue physician; David Miller, general surgery; Paul Skan, anesthesiology; and Greg Dostal, plastic and reconstructive surgery. The reassuring faces of longtime Bartlett Regional Hospital staff Janice, Jim, Brooke, Judy, Brenda, Ryan, Lisa and Trish made my first visit to Bartlett Regional Hospital as a patient very comfortable.

My family has been touched by the overwhelming support of our friends and neighbors in the Juneau community. A special thanks to my good friend, the perfectionist, Greg Dostal. The pressure of repairing and restoring a friend and colleague must have been intense.

Amazingly, I was able to return to work as scheduled, and my hide is nearly healed. Although I joke about having scars to show the grandkids, I'm truly grateful and happy to be back at work and back in Juneau with my family.

John Raster


Thanks for contributing to our annual senior citizens holiday dinner

The Juneau Chief Petty Officers Association would like to thank the following for their contributions to the 34th annual senior citizen's holiday dinner held Dec. 9.

Thank you to AAA Moving and Storage, Alaska Native Brotherhood, Alaska Seafood, Alaskan Brewing Co., Baranof Hotel, BP Exploration, Brenda Swartz-Yeager, C.J. Enterprises, Care-A-Van Services, Children of all Nations Dancers, citizens of Juneau and Douglas, Coastal Helicopters, dentist Douglass S. Weaver, Driftwood Lodge Motel, Duck Creek Market, Families of Juneau CPOA, Filipino-American Association, GCI Cable, JDHS Jazz Band and Chamber Singers, KINY Radio, Knights of Columbus 11757, Martha's Flowers and Weddings, Mi Casa Restaurant, Mount Roberts Tramway and Goldbelt, Reliable Transfer Inc., Rie Muñoz Gallery, Scottish Rite Masons, Southeast Art Works, Southeast Alaska Building Industry Association, T&T Realty, Stroller White Highland Dancers, Taku Smokeries/Fisheries, the Juneau Empire, The Nugget Mall, the Nugget Alaskan Outfitter, CG Enlisted Association, Chief Warrant Officer Association, Girl Scout Troop 6, Juneau Coast Guard Military and Family Association and Boy Scout Troop 700.

Thank you all, and happy holidays.

Terry Vanderwerf

President, Juneau Chief Petty Officer Association


Thanks for supporting Operation Christmas Child this year

Thank you to the many individuals, churches and groups in Juneau that packed gift-filled shoe boxes to bring joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world.

Thank you to the following businesses: Alaska Marine Lines, which donated shipping costs within Southeast Alaska so shoe boxes could get to the Collection Center in Juneau. McDonald's, which donated toys; Hudson's Shoes, which donated hundreds of empty shoe boxes; and Hearthside Books, Hallmark and Imagination Station, for advertising.

Thank you too to the more-than 50 individuals who, in 90 minutes, packed the 2,279 shoe boxes from all of Southeast into cartons for shipping.

Juneauites packed 1,557 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. The Alaska contribution was 9,443. Last year more than 7.6 million boxes went to children in 95 countries.

This year Alaska's Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes are being processed in California and will be going to Guyana, Honduras, Panama, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Thank you Juneau for supporting Operation Christmas Child!

Justine Emerson

Coodinator, Southeast Alaska Operation Christmas Child


Thanks for donating store space for 'Pet Photos with Santa'

Capital Kennel Club of Juneau would like to thank Mendenhall Mall for donating store space, holiday decorating and a huge box of dog biscuits for our recent winter fund raiser, "Pet Photos with Santa 2007." Despite a couple of technology glitches on Saturday that slowed us down a bit, the event was a lot of fun and also a big success. We are looking forward to doing it again next year.

Pat Kalbaugh

Capital Kennel Club of Juneau


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