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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2003

MDA marks May as ALS Awareness Month

The Muscular Dystrophy Association will mark May as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) awarness month. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, destroys the nerve cells controlling muscles in healthy adults, ultimately causing complete paralysis while leaving mental function in tact. Survival typically is two to five years after diagnosis, and no cure exists. For more information on ALS, visit or call the Alaska chapter of ALS at (907) 276-2131.

MDA also is accepting applications from people willing to volunteer as counselors at the MDA summer camp to be held Aug. 2 to 8 at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak.

Counselors act as companions to campers ages 6 to 21 affected by neuromuscular diseases. Counselors assist campers with activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, dressing and enjoying activities such as dances, arts and crafts, swimming and Harley side car rides. Those selected as counselors must be at least 16 and able to lift a child.

The camp is free of charge to families served by MDA. For more information or to volunteer, call the local MDA office in Anchorage at (907) 276-2131 or (800) 478-5683. Information about MDA research advances, programs and other services is available online at

Sitka Institite offers tobacco prevention, video camp

The Alaska Tobacco-Free Institute will offer a one-week camp focusing on video production, tobacco prevention and student leadership this summer.

The camp will be held June 1 to 6 at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka. The cost is $1,500 per participant and includes transportation and housing. Full scholarships and college credits also are available.

While attending the camp, students and their adult partners will work in groups of three or four people to produce public service announcements and interviews. Local talent will be cast in the products. The institute will culminate in a two-hour "live" cable broadcast featuring the completed student productions. A few participants may choose to extend their video production program by "checking out" the production equipment for use in their community.

Applications for the camp are available by mail, fax or e-mail. Applications are due Thursday. All applications received after Thursday will be placed on a waiting list. Anyone intersted in participating in the institute and learning about tobacoo prevention and video production should secure a partner and contact Dr. Dan Etulain at the Alaska Tobacco-Free Instutite by mail at 520 Lake Street, Sitka, AK 99835, by phone at (907) 747-8200 or by e-mail at

The Alaska Tobacco-Free Institute is sponsored by the State of Alaska Tobacco Prevention and Control Program, the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance and North Star Television network.

Peterson Bay Lodge to host chamber mixer

Peterson Bay Lodge and Oyster Camp will host its grand opening and the May Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer Saturday. The lodge, nestled in a waterfront setting across the bay, will co-host the mixer with Homer Alaska Referral Agency. The evening will include a boat tour, fresh oysters, live music, door prizes and a special ale by Homer Brewing Co. All attendees must R.S.V.P. To sign up or for more information, call Peterson Bay Lodge at (907) 235-7156 or the chamber at (907) 235-7740.

Homer Community Schools announces events

Homer Community Schools still is accepting registrations for the CPR-first aid course to be offered Saturday. For more information or to sign up, call (907) 235-6090.

Volunteers also are needed for the Hershey's Track and Field competition, which is open to youth ages 5 to 12. Registration for the meet begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at Homer High School. The meet will begin a 2 p.m. Preregistration is recommended. To sign up or volunteer, call (907) 235-6090.

USS Sperry plans military reunion

A group of veterans is seeking shipmates who served aboard the USS SPerry (AS-12) submarine tender between 1942 and 1982 for a reunion to be held Oct. 2 to 4 at the Holiday Inn in Marquette, Mich.

For more information, contact Wayne Roy by main at 21 W. Johnson Lake Road, Gwinn, MI 49841, by phone at (906) 346-3455 or by e-mail at or contact George Gallas by mail at 116 S. Higby St., Jackson, MI 79203, by phone at (517) 784-7810 or by e-mail at

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