GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

October 30, 2013 Community Happenings

STA Panel Meets
    The STA Health Committee will meet noon-1 p.m. Nov. 8 at the STA Social Services building, 429 Katlian Street.

    In CG Housing
    Trick-or-treating is being offered to the public in Coast Guard Housing  on Japonski Island 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Halloween Night.
    Housing will be closed to all vehicle traffic during this time and parents are being asked to park accordingly.
    ‘‘Thank you for your cooperation and happy Halloween from all of us in Coast Guard housing,’’ a press release from the Coast Guard said.

    SHS Grad Earns
    Academic Honors
    Sitka High graduate Berett Wilber has been awarded the Huntington Poetry Prize and the Class of 1963 Fellowship at Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.
    Endowed in memory of George Huntington, poet, novelist and professor of log, rhetoric and elocution at Carleton, the Huntington Poetry Prize recognizes distinguished work in poetry. The Class of 1963 fellowship was established on the occasion of their 25th reunion and provides opportunities for qualified students to pursue intellectual or creative interests.
    Wilber is the daughter of Charles Wilber and Melanie Kabler.

Lucas R. Stokes

    Graduates Basic
 Air National Guard Airman Lucas R. Stokes graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.
  The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
  Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
  Stokes is the son of Cleo Brylinsky of Sitka. He is a 2002 graduate of Sitka High School.

    ALFA to Host
    Visiting Biologist
    Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association will host a presentation/workshop with sponsored visiting scientist Derek Hamar, of the Australian Antarctic Division 3-5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the NSRAA building, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.
    Hamar is an Australian marine biologist who has been working with toothfish fishermen to develop whale deterrents.
    E-mail or call ALFA with questions at 747-3400.

Kelsey Lutz. (Photo provided)

    New Curator
Selected for
    Park Museum
    Sitka National Historical Park Superintendent Mary A. Miller has announced that Kelsey Lutz has been selected as the new museum curator.
    Prior to her selection, Kelsey worked for the National Park Service for three years as a project curator at the Pacific West Regional Office in Seattle, Wash.
    Lutz specializes in the curation of archaeological objects and has assisted with collections work at a variety of parks, partners, and national landmarks throughout the Pacific West Region.
    A native of Holden, Maine, Lutz holds a bachelor of arts degree in anthropology from Lawrence University, and a master of arts degree in museology from the University of Washington.
    Her undergraduate and graduate studies focused on how archaeology creates a dialogue between communities with potentially disparate interests.
    “I’m excited to get to know the interest groups within Sitka, and to develop a collaborative working relationship with all of them,” Lutz said. “I’m a firm believer that objects can be used to tell multiple stories, and I especially look forward to the challenge of using the park’s museum collection to convey the many voices of the diverse community in Sitka.”
    Lutz will be transitioning from acting park curator to park curator in November. She enjoys spending her free time outdoors, and said she is excited to be relocating to a place where hiking, camping and kayaking opportunities are just steps from home.

    Commercial Kitchen
    Operators Alerted   
    The Alaska Native Brotherhood was shipped a new commercial range and fryer, but they are three phase, which the hall is not wired for.
    Commercial kitchen operators in town wanting to upgrade may contact Kerry E. MacLane, member of ANB Camp 1, at 752-0654 for more information.

    Sale Continues
    At White E Shop
    The White Elephant Shop will continue its half-price sale in the main store and children’s store noon-3 p.m. Oct. 31. Boutique items and bags of rags are not on sale, the shop said.

    Hold Donations
    At White E Shop
    The White Elephant Shop is asking everyone to hold on to their donations until a later date.
    Volunteers are getting ready for the toy sale, to be held next week, and appreciate the cooperation of patrons.
    Both stores will be full of toys, so there won’t be room to put out merchandise.
    Non-Profits Sought
    For Annual Grants
    The Sitka White Elephant Shop is again asking other non-profit organizations to apply for annual funding.
    A non-profit grant application form, that must be used in order to qualify, can be picked up from the White Elephant Shop during store hours. Hours are 6-8 p.m. Mondays, and noon-3 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.
    Those needing a form may call Bernice at 747-8824. All grant application forms must be received by Nov. 30. Funds will be distributed following the annual meeting in February 2014.

SCDC to Meet
    Sitka Community Development Corporation board will meet 5-7 p.m. Nov. 6 at St. Peter’s See House, downstairs in the Undercroft.
    SCDC is a community supported non-profit working to establish permanently affordable housing in Sitka. Members of the public are being encouraged to attend. For more information call 747-2860.

    Film Society to
    Offer Two Films
    In November
    The Sitka Film Society will present two films in November.
    “Promises” is an Academy Award-nominated documentary that follows the filmmaker in his discussions with seven children from the West Bank, Jerusalem and Palestine. The children live 20 minutes apart, but are divided into separate worlds by physical, historical and emotional boundaries.
    The show is scheduled in honor of World Education Week.
    The film, co-sponsored by AFS and Rotary Exchange programs, plays 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Downtown Coliseum. Tickets are $8, $5 for students, at Old Harbor Books.
    The film society moves out the road for the second film, “Much Ado About Nothing,” a modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy. The film is directed by Joss Whedon (“Star Trek”), and features Nathan Fillion (“Castle”) among the cast.
    “No matter what movie or television show he is making, Whedon is a master of wit, of clever wordplay that doesn’t just entertain but crackles with knowing energy,” stated the Arizona Republic.
    The show is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Sawmill Creek Coliseum Theater. Tickets are $8 at Old Harbor Books.

Preschool Screening
Slated for Ages 3-5
Sitka Borough School District has scheduled Child Find screenings for students ages 3-5 Nov. 22 at Baranof Elementary School.
The program is provided without charge to families who live within Sitka Borough School District boundaries. The purpose of the program is: to identify students who are having difficulty in their development; and to provide special education services to them, when it is appropriate.
Parents may have concerns about their child’s development in the areas of hearing, vision, speech/language skills, motor skills, thinking skills and emotional or social skills.
A screening is a series of short tests and professional observations in various developmental areas. Students who are unable to pass one or more areas of the screening may have a developmental delay in those areas. The screening, however, is not enough to determine that a child is delayed; it is only designed to let us know if further investigation into a child’s developmental progress is necessary.
Screenings will be held at Baranof school at least once per quarter, and those dates will be publicized. An appointment is required. Additional appointments at other times or locations may be scheduled as needed.
For more information, or to schedule a screening appointment, parents should call the Baranof Elementary Preschool Services Program at 966-1308, or Mandy Evans, special education director, at 966-1253.

    Woman’s Club
    Meets Saturday
    Sitka Woman’s Club will meet 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2 at the Fly In Fish Inn, 485 Katlian Street. Lunch will be served until 12:45 p.m.
    The Woman’s Club, which was the Friendly Club from 1916 to 1951, is a community service organization.
    For more information, call Karen at 747-7803.

    Emma Farquhar
    Service Pending
    Services for Emma Ann Farquhar, a former Sitka resident, are pending in Sitka.
    Emma died Thursday in Anchorage at the age of 81.

    Listed Nov. 9
    University of Alaska Southeast and Brave Heart Volunteers will host the Fourth Annual Throw-a-Thon noon-2 p.m. Nov. 9 at the UAS-Sitka Campus.
    All are invited to make wheel-thrown or hand-built bowls, as well as decorate pre-fired bowls. Experienced potters are being sought to assist with the event. Call 747-4600 to volunteer or for more information. Attendes are reminded to dress appropriately to work with clay.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




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