EARTH DAY – Pacific High School freshman Hailey Kane plants a Tlingit potato in a garden next to the U.S. Forest Service District office building on Halibut Point Road, Friday. More than a dozen Sitkans, including several from Pacific High's gardening class, helped plant the heirloom potatoes as part of local Earth Day events. This was the third year for the program which is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Program organizer Michelle Putz said the low-maintenance potatoes originated in Mexico or South America and have been planted in Tlingit gardens for more than 200 years. Last year the garden yielded 90 pounds of spuds. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 9, 2013 Community Happenings

Service Changed
    For Bill Church
    Due to construction work at the ANB Harbor, the Mariners’ Memorial Wall will not be available for the services planned there for Bill Church.
    Services will now be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 18 at Totem Square.

    Emblem Club Set
    Christmas Party
    Sitka Emblem Club 142 will be having a Christmas party and meeting at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Elks Lodge.
    A gift exchange will be held for those who wish to participate. Call Glade Morales at 738-6030 for more information.                   
    Children’s Party
    At Elks Lodge
    The Elks children’s party will be held 1 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Elks Lodge.  Elk families are reminded to sign their children up. It is sponsored by Emblem and elf helpers are needed. Call Judi at 738-6326 for information.

Richard K. Lowry

    Airman Graduates
    Basic Training
    Air Force Airman Richard K. Lowry 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.
    Lowry is the son of Debra Quintin of Sitka and is a 2012 graduate of Sitka High School.

    White E Shop
    Group to Meet
    The White Elephant Shop monthly meeting will be held 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at  the Swan Lake Senior Center. Meetings are open to the public.

Letters to Santa

Dear Santa: I want a crayon maker, glow legos, candy, smell stickers, animal crossing for 3DS, stickers, a galexy tablet, and a spiky bracelet from the cellar. Ive been good this year. Please. From Angeline Bigley

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