FIT FOR DUTY – Thirty-seven recruits graduating from the Alaska Department of Public Safety Training Academy's Law Enforcement Training Session 1802 take the oath of office this afternoon at the Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. The audience was told that during the rigorous 16-week session recruits lost a combined 200 pounds of body fat. The graduates will be taking law enforcement positions around the state from the North Slope Borough Police Department to statewide Alaska Wildlife Troopers to the Ketchikan Police Department. Speaker at the ceremony was DPS Deputy Commissioner William Comer, who graduated from the academy in 1985. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

September 11, 2013 Community Happenings

Running of Boots
    Event Sept. 28
    The annual Running of the Boots event is changing its venue. The event will be held this year “under the big top” tent next to St. Michael’s Cathedral on Lincoln Street 10 a.m. Sept. 28.
    The Sitka Local Foods Network will team up with the Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce, which will serve a complimentary lunch at noon.
    Funds generated from the Running of the Boots this year will be dedicated to the development of the Sitka Community Greenhouse. Volunteers are needed to register runners. Those who can help, are asked to call Kerry at 752-0654 or visit

    Arctic National
    Park Discussed
    A presentation on “Down the John River: 8 Days in the Gates of the Arctic National Park” will be 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
     Peter Gorman and Mary Therese Thompson, who spent eight days taking a field photography class offered by the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in partnership with the Gates of the Arctic National Park, will be the speakers.
    Highlights of the trip included the photography instruction, viewing early homesteads as well as the first ice road to Prudhoe Bay. The support logistics were superlative as were the two National Park Service volunteers.

    Walking Topic of
    Lunch and Learn
    ‘‘What Walking Does for You” will be the focus of a Lunch and Learn presentation noon-1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Dr. Don Lehmann will discuss health benefits of walking following by a presentation on Sitka trails by Sitka Trail Works board members. A pair of new walking poles will be given out as a door prize.

    Pledge Drive On
    For Raven Radio
    Raven Radio’s one-day fall drive is set Friday, Oct. 4. The pledge drive is to help the station reach its goals of 500 pledges and $55,000, with only one day of on-air fundraising.
    Pledges are being accepted now at or 747-5877.

    Cancer Support
    Group to Meet
    The Sitka Cancer Support Group will gather 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Brave Heart Volunteers in the Pioneers Home Manager’s House, behind the Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool on Seward Street.
    Those in cancer treatment and cancer survivors are invited to spend some time with others who understand what they are going through. The support group is sponsored by Sitka Cancer Survivors Society. Call or e-mail Mary Beth with questions. or for a ride to attend, at 623-0842, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Bake Sale Set
    For Bagpipers
    A bake sale to raise money for the Seattle Bagpipers is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Wells Fargo Bank lobby.

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