... for World AIDS Day
We would like to thank everyone who helped make Dec. 1, World AIDS Day, a memorable occasion. Thank you to the Juneau Pride chorus for its wonderful performance at the SOB; the Rev. Silides and Ann-Marie Ramsey of the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church for the use of McPhetres Hall. A thank you to Pamela Wiederspohn for the wonderful and tasty refreshments and Chris McQuitty and the Library Services Administration staff for help with the noon performances. And a big thank you for the many people who came out to acknowledge this very important day, you all showed a commitment to continue to fight to eradicate the deadly effects of this disease.
Shanti of SE Alaska
... to Bartlett Hospital
For the past five weeks I have had the pleasure of working with the staff of Juneau's Bartlett Regional Hospital, Mental Health Unit. In my capacity as a psychiatrist, I was fully involved with the daily care of patients. This situation enabled me to observe the expertise and dedication exhibited by the entire staff.
Their ability to deliver excellent mental health care, when faced with frequently difficult complex medical diagnoses, while also battling statewide budgetary constraints, should be applauded by all Southeast Alaskans.
The outstanding beauty of your state is certainly enhanced and reflected by these often unappreciated professionals. They deserve your thanks and continued support for a job truly well done.
Helmut G. Kramer, M.D., MSc.
Punta Gorda, Fla.
... for the 'Jungalbook'
The residents of Wildflower Court would like to thank Bethany Bereman and the drama students at Juneau-Douglas High School for visiting and sharing their production, "Jungalbook." They arrived in costume after their Saturday matinee. Our activity room is a fairly small area, but our limited space became their stage as they delivered an up close and personal performance. Their costumes were wonderful, the masks exquisite. The energy and enthusiasm of the actors was appreciated by all. We are always happy to see new faces, and the "Jungalbook" characters were a welcome change of scenery. Two thumbs up from the staff and residents of Wildflower Court.
Wildflower Court residents
... for the ice rink
It's the season to express gratitude to our very own Treadwell Ice Arena staff and the many adults who give their time, share their passion and skills of ice skating with many people of all ages and abilities through the Juneau Figure Skating Club and Juneau Hockey Leagues.
The ice arena staff has been terrific since its opening. Each time I go to the rink I experience friendly greetings that warm the cool air from the ice, a willingness to find inspiring music for the variety of different tastes, care of the facility and the ice and a generally festive atmosphere all help motivate my going to the rink as often as I can in a week.
There are so many Juneau adults and youth who volunteer their time to go back to the beginnings with all levels of skaters to teach figure skating and hockey skills.
To all of you, I thank you during this holiday season. There are many new to the sport and many who are returning to benefit all of whom benefit from being active, from learning and from being part of a community at the rink that I feel very proud of.
Just recently, I called my previous hometown twin rinks to get the schedule of public skating during my upcoming visit to Connecticut. At a set of full-size double rinks, there are no public skating hours. Both rinks are dedicated only to hockey leagues that pay major fees.
This information made me realize how truly fortunate we are in Juneau to have a rink (due to the work of a small group of dedicated people over a lengthy period of years), to have a parks and recreation department that is dedicated to the rink being used by all types of skaters and to the community as a whole and to the city for supporting recreational facilities that strengthen our community.
Thank you all,
... to 911
About two weeks ago I had to make a "medical emergency" 911 call from my home. Due to the trauma of the situation, in my "minds eye" it seemed that it was taking forever for help to arrive. In reality it only took about 12 minutes. This in itself was no small feat, considering the fact that I live out the road past 21 mile. Except for the pain and a feeling of my eminent mortality, I've little recollection of the events preceding my collapse on the floor. Things were more vivid to me once the EMTs got to me.
Juneau's "First Responders" (JPD and Fire/Rescue Teams) have an historical reputation for a high level of skill and professionalism in the execution of their often dangerous jobs, but that day I experienced first hand the level of their competence. Beyond all the tangibles, I perceived something more important to me as they stabilized my condition. Even though these individuals were strangers in my home they conveyed to me a genuine feeling of caring and the attitude that they were going to keep the worst from happening to me.
Of the all the people that helped that night I can only remember a few of their names: Brad, Norm, Paul and a new guy named Sam, but my wife and I would like to thank everyone who was involved ... from the JPD dispatcher, JPD patrolmen to the Fire/Rescue Team.
Rick and Rebecca Erickson
... for holiday lights
If you get a warm and fuzzy feeling seeing holiday lights, take a drive through the University of Alaska Southeast campus. Thanks to the creative mind of David Lendrum, the campus have been turned into a "Sea"-sons greeting. Take the kids, you will all enjoy it. Thanks Dave, for all the oohs and aahs coming from our car as we drove though and have a very Merry "Fish"-mas.
Juneau ... for making dinner a success
Grandma's Inc. is a new group made up of grandmothers and parents that is open to any willing individual, service provider and/or business partner. Our mission statement: "Grandma's Inc. is formed in the structure of the family circle. We will incorporate individual strengths to ensure that our families become aware of the resources around them that include culture, tradition, education and recreation, our community and business providers and the environment we live in." Our goals are based on training ourselves to become independent for the sake of our children and our grandchildren. We can make a positive difference in our community.
One of our first projects is assisting individuals in obtaining their GED. A schedule with Southeast Regional Resource Center was made meeting three times a week. Thank you to the Tribal Wellness Program for your assistance in purchasing much needed bus passes.
We are happy to report that the Thanksgiving dinner at the ANB Hall on Nov. 25 was a success. There were more than 40 families with many single individuals (about 140 total people attended). Tables were decorated with table cloths, flowers, and Grandma's Inc. mission statement/informative place mats. Throughout the hall at different tables there were X-Box games, TVs tuned to the football game, chess sets and cards, artwork for children, and other games including karaoke entertainment provided by Jason and Audrey Brown. Everyone had fun.
We were fortunate to be able to use the ANB hall. We truly appreciate ANB Camp 2 for their willingness to help. This was a "last-minute" gathering as we wanted to be able to spend the day together and none of us have a large enough home or space so once we secured the hall we offered an invite to any individual or family we came in contact with.
Volunteers were at the hall and in full force from 10 a.m. through 9 p.m. that day. Maureen came in and made her famous fresh bread. Roberta Fawcett cooked a tremendous variety of delicious foods and made salads galore. Diane Carrier offered use of her van. We ended up with more than 14 turkeys with stuffing (1 donated by Georgia Finau and Joe Kahklen), ham, deer meat, seaweed and eggs, smoked salmon, fresh breads and many other delicious foods.
We want to extend our appreciation to Coca Cola and Pepsi Bottling Company for donating cases of sodas. A special thank you to Norman Vonda; Dan Sharclane and his daughters, Darrein, Myrna and Toni; Felicia, Berta and Tonya Lynn Fawcett; Charles Fawcett Jr.; Jackie Johnson; William Brown; Percy Douglas; Robert Fawcett; Robert Sharclane and Larry Brown for all your help. How wonderful to be able to do this.
Last but not least, thank you to all the individuals who came with foods and games to share. Thanksgiving is truly a time to get together and share. In conclusion, here is our motto: "Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family."
For more information on Grandma's Inc., please call Maureen at 523-0796.