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Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2001

Toy drive deadline extended

JUNEAU - The Great Alaskan Toy Drive, a yearly holiday event organized by KINY and the Alaska Army National Guard, has extended the deadline for toy drop-offs to Friday morning.

"While Juneau's been generous every year, every year we get more requests," said KINY sales representative Michelle Shaw. The drive has reached 60 percent of its donation goal, she said.

An Army vehicle will be used to pick up the toys at local drop-off sites Friday morning. Collected toys will be distributed to local charities and organizations that will in turn give them to needy children in Juneau, Kake and Angoon.

Toys for children of all ages can be dropped off at many locations around town, including McDonald's, Heritage Coffee downtown and across from the Mendenhall Mall, A&P Market and the Nugget Alaskan Outfitter.

Alaskan to carry Olympic torch in D.C.

JUNEAU - Carol White, a former Juneau and Kodiak resident who is recovering from brain tumor surgery, will carry the torch Friday when the Olympic Torch Relay passes through Washington, D.C.

White, who is Sen. Ted Stevens' chief of staff, is expected to receive the torch about 11:15 a.m. Alaska time just southeast of the Capitol, near the Library of Congress. White had a malignant tumor the size of a golf ball removed from the right side of her brain in July.

In addition to her duties as Sen. Stevens' chief of staff, White works with Stevens on sports, Olympics and education issues. White was nominated to be a torchbearer by Milt Romney, the president of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee, because of her commitment to amateur sports and health education.

Romney recognized White's work with Stevens, educators and members of the sports community on the Physical Education for Progress Bill. The measure includes incentives for school districts to make regular physical education programs a required part of the school curriculum. The Senate renamed its bill for White, calling it the Carol M. White Physical Education Program.

"As she deals with the aftermath of her brain surgery, she's been an inspiration to all of us, with her toughness and her dedication, despite all she's been through," Stevens said in a press release.

White lived in Juneau and Kodiak when her husband, Coast Guard Capt. George White, was stationed in those towns. White is one of about 11,500 torchbearers nationally who will carry the torch on its 46-state, 13,500-mile journey around the country. The Olympic Torch Relay started Dec. 4 in Atlanta and the torch will reach Salt Lake City to open the 2002 Winter Olympics on Feb. 8.

The torch will make its inaugural appearance in Alaska on Jan. 24, when the relay will pass through Juneau. So far 32 torchbearers have been named to carry the torch when it is in Juneau, including six current Juneau residents and two recent former Juneau residents.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.

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