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Yesterday's News


March 27, 1915 – At an adjourned meeting of the council held Tuesday evening, Councilmen Johnson and Brennan reported on the matter of a road to Scow Bay, they having appeared before the legislative committee on appropriations in Juneau last week for the purpose of urging that this improvement be incorporated in a proposed measure to use a portion of the funds derived from the forest reserve for the building of roads in this division.

If it is found that this money may be used for road purposes, the committee assured Messrs. Johnson and Brennan that an equitable pro rata would be allowed for the Petersburg-Scow Bay project.

The petition for the road from citizens here and at Scow Bay was requested by the appropriation committee.

The council instructed the clerk to draw up such petition.

March 29, 1940 – At the Sons of Norway Hall the fathers and sons of the community gathered for the annual Father and Son Banquet sponsored by the Parent-Teacher Association.

After a dinner of baked ham, mashed potatoes, creamed carrots, and celery, pineapple salad, rolls and pie, a program was presented. The program was as follows: Invocation – Reverend Knudson; Community Singing – Accompanied by Alex Waite and Mr. Beck; Reading – Lawrence Molver; Instrumental Trio – John Halvorsen, Harold Sisson, Howard Heimdahl.

Reading – Adjutant Halvorsen; Impromptu Reading – Dr. J. B. Loftus; Vocal Selections – High School Octette.

Following the program two contests were held. The first was in the form of a questionnaire in which the sons and fathers took opposite sides. The sons proved the winners. The other contest was in the form of a request program with “proud fathers” as the target for the requested questions.

The program closed with the singing of Auld Lang Syne and America.

March 26, 1965 – Southeast Alaska's first speech and debate tournament will be held in Petersburg Friday and Saturday April 2 and 3 at the high school.

Students from seven schools will be participating in four events. In addition to debate, three other speech and drama contests will be conducted. Original orations are 10 minute speeches written by the speaker. Humorous and dramatic readings are cuttings from plays or novels, or may be original. Duet acting is a cutting from a play or novel which is performed by two students.

Plans call for two debates Friday evening in the auditorium.

Saturday more debates, original orations, and dramatic readings. Duets acting is on tap for Saturday afternoon as well as the final rounds of debate.

Members of the Toastmistress Club will serve as judges. Participating schools are Juneau-Douglas, Sitka, Sheldon Jackson, Mt. Edgecumbe, Ketchikan, Wrangell and Petersburg.

March 29, 1990 – Good fortune and good looks are helping to pave the way for one former Petersburg resident's college education.

Tami Eilenberger, 20, won a 1-year college scholarship when she was crowned Miss Juneau less than three weeks ago.

In addition to winning the scholarship, Eilenberger has the opportunity to compete in the Miss Alaska contest which is part of the Miss America competition.

Explaining the difference between the Miss America and the Miss U.S.A., Eilenberger said the Miss U.S.A. is a beauty pageant. Whereas the Miss America competition is a scholarship program based on talent.

“It's all academic,” she said. “You don't win cash prizes.”


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