All gone and all good

All gone and all good

As promised I shaved my hair to raise funds for cancer research during this past weekend’s Relay for Life in Kodiak.

Thanks to everyone who pitched in and special thanks go to those who donated to my Hair Shaving Event. Overall, Kodiak–which is always very generous with fund-raising events of any kind–raised about $50,000. My token contribution was less than $200. But, as those of us who support non-profits know, every penny counts and it all adds up.

Thanks to Cheryl Nugent at Chery’s Grooming for the shave,  and Pam Foreman at Island Byways for the photos.

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Maggie Will Shave Her Head for Cancer Research

Maggie Will Shave Her Head for Cancer Research

 

This weekend is the Kodiak Relay for Life and Maggie Wall is offering to shave her head to bald if she raises $250.

Make your donation by posting a note on the LegHead Facebook Page and Maggie will get with you to collect the donation.

Thanks.

PS…why not LIKE us while you’re there so you can keep up on all the new, fun and interesting posts we’re planning for our Facebook Page?

55 Years after Alaska Statehood Act

We're In Alaska Statehood passed by U.S. Senate

This  “We’re In” photo was taken on June 30, 1958 the day the U.S. Senate passed The Alaska Statehood Act.

The famous photo, above, was taken the next day after the paper was flown to Washington, D.C.

The Statehood Act didn’t go into effect immediately–Alaska actually became a state in January 1959.

 

A week of Statehood History

June 30 is anniversary of the passage

of the Alaska Statehood Act

TLHR June 24 Mon 49th Star Statehood Commission

            Sunday June 30 marks the anniversary of an important date here in Alaska. It’s the day in 1958 when the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska Statehood Act which authorized the Territory of Alaska to take its place among the other 48 states in the Union.

            If you’re a history buff, or would just like to look at some cool old photos, be sure to check out the Alaska Statehood Commission’s website.

            It was created several years ago to mark the 50 Anniversary of statehood, but is just a relevant today in that it’s always fun to read about how Alaska became a state and to glance at funky old photos and videos.

            Including this one about Alaska’s 49th Star…

A look at the men for whom Alaska’a Army bases were named

 

July 14 was Army Appreciation Day

 

Alaska has three major Army installations. Each named after military men who had interesting and inspiring stories.

 

TLHR June 18 Tues Army Appreciation Day Ft Rich Wainwright 1 of 2

TLHR June 19 Wed Army Appreciation Day Greely 2 of 2

 

Jonathan M. Wainwright.jpg, the man for whom Fort Wainwright in Alaska was named

Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright

By now we all know that Friday June 14th was Flag Day. But did you know that it was also Army Appreciation Day and marks the formation of the very first professional army in the United States—which if you think of it had to have actually formed before the United States was a country. Or how else were the colonists able to fight the British for freedom?

The Continental Army consisted of troops from all 13 colonies and on June 14, 1775, a year before the signing of the Declaration

of Independence, the Second Continental Congress formally established the Continental Army for purposes of common defense.

Here in Alaska, more than 230 years later, Governor Sean Parnell signed a declaration of his own establishing June 14 as Army Appreciation Day.

Alaska has three major Army installations: Fort Richardson which is now part of a combined base with the former Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage. Fort Greely is about 100 south of Fairbanks, and Fort Wainwright is in Fairbanks.

Fort Wainwright was named for the man who was responsible for

Man for whom Fort Richardson in Alaska was named

Wilds Preston Richardson

resisting the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in World War II.  Major General Mayhew Wainwright IV was senior field commander of Filipino and U.S. forces under General Douglas MacAuthur when Allied forces defended the entrance to Manila Bay on January 19, 1942.

               Fort Greely was named for Aldolphus Washington Greely, a Polar explorer whose ship ventured into areas near Greenland. Even though Greely’s explorations were on the other side of North America, there’s an interesting Alaska connection.

               The Revenue Cutter Bear—which is the Coast Guard says is probably its most famous ship—patrolled and was responsible for many famous rescues in Alaska. The rescue part was where the Bear and Greely connect.

               Despite having made many historical discoveries on his Greenland expedition, Greely had no arctic experience and when the ship’s supplie

s didn’t show up his crew had to be rescued by the Cutter Bear, which one assumes was on patrol in the Atlantic at the time.

Unfortunately, according to Wikipedia, by the time the Bear and two other ships arrived on June 22, 1884, to rescue the expedition, nineteen of Greely’s 25-man crew had perished from starvation, drowning, hypothermia, and, in one case, gunshot wounds from an execution ordered by Greely.

               And finally, Fort Richardson was named for Wilds Preston Richardson who was a notable explorer and geographer in Alaska in the early 1900s. He lead the Polar Bear Expedition as part of the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War as an effort to help the Czechoslovak Legions secure munitions and arms in Russian ports and to re-establish the Eastern Front.

The man for whom Fort Greely in Alaska was named.

Adolphus Washington Greely

 

Resources:

Governor Sean Parnell’s Declaration of Alaska Army Appreciation Day

Fort Greely

WikipediaBase Website

Fort Richardson (Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson)

Wikipedia

Fort Wainwright

WikipediaBase Website

The Army in Alaska

Kodiak’s Fort Greely