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Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010 3:03 am | Updated: 1:09 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

The ad filmed by Prilosec OTC in Fairbanks during the winter is airing on national television now.

It includes shots of the Fairbanks Rollergirls at the Carlson Center, a curler at the Fairbanks Curling Club and Ice Alaska volunteers who have found heartburn relief with the medication.

Fairbanksans Jenny Ray, Carl Eady and JT Tourilla are in the ad that I have seen. Others filmed by the company here include Shane Cornelius, Jeff and Shelly Deckard, Ray and Peggy Midey, Joe Heitala, Adrian Pulido and Jenefer Anzalone.

Prilosec OTC is a brand name for Omeprazole, an anti-heartburn drug.

As a way of saying thanks to Fairbanks, the company has pledged to donate $10,000 to the United Way of the Tanana Valley, which won’t give anybody heartburn.

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SENATOR SPEAKS: Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be the speaker at the Monroe High School graduation on May 8 at 4 p.m. at Boileau Hall. There are 40 graduates this year.

Murkowski, a 1975 graduate of Monroe, was a senior class president, editor of the yearbook, a student government leader, a member of the drama club, the cross-country ski club, the pep club, a cheerleader and a good student.

To avoid the traditional conflict with the University of Alaska Fairbanks graduation ceremonies and Mother’s Day, Monroe moved its 2010 graduation to Saturday before Mother’s Day. That was before UAF set May 16 for its spring ritual.

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UAA GRAD: And speaking of speakers, Fairbanksan Katie Marquette will be the student commencement speaker at the University of Alaska Anchorage graduation ceremony Sunday at Sullivan Arena.

Marquette, a 2006 graduate of Lathrop High School, will receive a bachelor’s degree in sociology from UAA. During her childhood in Fairbanks, she was active as a ballet dancer, softball player and cross-country skier.

The daughter of Meg Nordale and Terry Marquette, she said she intends to speak about lessons she finds in a quote by William Hazlitt on her Facebook wall: “A strong passion for any object will ensure success, for the desire of the end will point out the means.”

Last October, Katie was one of 55 students selected by the National Science Foundation to attend a conference in Finland on settlement patterns in the Arctic.

A year ago, she received a policy research internship at the Institute of Social and Economic Research for a study on the availability of same-sex domestic partner benefits among private companies in Alaska.

This year she received grants to present her research at the Pacific

Sociological Association Undergraduate Poster Session in Oakland, Calif.

Katie has three brothers — Josh, Seth and Mike Marquette — and two step sisters — Bethani Schruf, who also is graduating from UAA this spring, and Stefani Schruf.

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BACHELOR BIDS: The business office of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital is raising funds for the American Heart Association with a Bid for Bachelors Saturday at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge.

Twenty eligible bachelors will take part in the festivities, which start at 6 p.m. The evening will include wine and beer tasting, appetizers and the bidding war. Call Sandi at 458-5535 for details and tickets.

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OUT FOR A WALK: The annual MS Walk is set for May 8, with registration at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Park, one hour before the walk begins.

The walk extends from Pioneer Park to Cushman Street and back on the bike path along the Chena River. It will be followed by a picnic with door prizes in the Square dance pavilion at Pioneer Park. About

150-200 people usually participate.

“It is important to remember, this is not a race, it is a walk and anyone can do it,” said Laura Graham, coordinator of the event for the past five years. “It’s a day of fun and coming together where every dollar raised helps change the lives of Alaskans with MS.”

Questions? Call her at 488-3387 or 347-7845.

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