Neighbors Digest

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Free swim lesson

All SEARHC beneficiaries and staff are welcome to attend a free swim session at Augustus Brown Swimming Pool from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 3. The first 100 admitted will swim free. There will be a warm-water aquatics program and fun games for kids. An adult must accompany all children. The session is sponsored by SEARHC Health Promotion and funded by an Indian Health Service diabetes grant. For more information, call Grace at 364-4456.

JDHS Parent Group

The JDHS Parent Group will meet at noon, Jan. 8, in the upstairs library at JDHS. The topic will be the high school budget for next year. A district-wide shortfall of funding could result in major changes, including the loss of seven teachers, the start time of school or other cuts. Come be informed and give your feedback on the proposed solutions. Limited parking is available in the upper parking lot by the commons. Grab a friend and carpool to the meeting. Information items and questions should be sent to Karen Lawfer, or 364-3642, who will facilitate the January meeting. For ongoing information, join the JDHS Parents e-group by sending a blank e-mail to

Writer to visit Juneau

The author of "Alone Across the Arctic" and "Big Enough Anna," Pam Flowers, will be in Juneau in January. In her books, she tells a gripping story of her solo trip across the North American Arctic coast with her eight sled dogs. Her astounding 2,500-mile journey exposed her to countless dramatic perils, from intense blizzards and melting pack ice to a frightening encounter with a polar bear.

After participating in the Mendenhall Visitor Center Fireside Chat on Jan. 16, Flowers will present at the Douglas Public Library at 4 p.m. on Jan. 17. For this family program, Flowers will talk about training, feeding and caring for her dogs and herself. Some of the challenges include animal encounters, melting ice, finding your way in a storm, and Douggie's disappearance. For more information, call Carol at 586-0434.

Law firm addition

The oldest continuously practicing law firm in the state, Robertson, Monagle & Eastaugh, has announced a new addition to its staff. Thirty-one-year resident of Alaska Blaine D. Gilman has been engaged in civil litigation in Alaska for the past 17 years. He has experience with all levels of the Alaska judicial system, and he joins Robertson, Monagle & Eastaugh as counsel to the firm.

Gilman obtained his bachelor's in philosophy from Seattle University in 1983 and his juris doctor from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 1986. He was admitted to bar in 1986. Gilman specializes in civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury cases and insurance defense, real estate law, business law, public relations and lobbying.

Online naturalist training

The University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus is opening a new session of their Online Alaska Naturalist training, Jan. 19-Mar. 27. The program is designed to provide workers in the education and visitor industries with a web-based opportunity to learn accurate, interesting information about the natural history and resources of Alaska. Call 747-7762 or 1-800-478-6653 to register.

Lifeguard training course

Augustus G. Brown Pool and The American Red Cross are sponsoring Lifeguard Training courses, Feb. 10-28. A mandatory pre-course session will be held at 6:15 p.m. Jan. 28. Swimmers must be at least 15 years of age before the end of the course and able to pass a swim test prior to enrolling. Registration is $52.50, and materials and certification are $50.95. For more information, contact the swimming pool at 586-5325.

Senior Mobility Program

The nationwide program Senior Mobility Program makes power (electric) wheelchairs available to qualified senior citizens and permanently disabled people at no cost to the recipient.

Please call the Senior Mobility Program at 1-800-451-0971 if you qualify.

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