April 17, 2014 Community Happenings

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Silver Saver Cards
    Now in Stores
    New Silver Saver Discount Cards are ready and can be purchased for  $15 at participating stores.
    This year’s advertisers include Aurora Business Supplies, Daily Sitka Sentinel, Fishermen’s Eye Gallery, Homeport Eatery, Old Harbor Books, Orion Sporting Goods, Robertson’s Gallery, Russell’s, Shelter Cove Publishing, Silver Basin, Spenard Builders Supply, The Cellar, Tongass Threads Consignment Store, True Value and Westmark Sitka.
    The Sitka Chamber’s discount card program has been providing Sitka residents with discounts in local stores for more than 15 years.
    ‘‘Not only do these cards increase awareness and traffic for participating businesses, but they also work to build shopping loyalty in Sitka,’’ the Chamber said.
    For more information contact the Sitka Chamber of Commerce at 747-8604 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Drill Conductor
    Workshop on Tap
    The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a fishing vessel drill conductor workshop 8 a.m.-7 p.m. April 29 at NSRAA.
    The workshop will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs; and emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts and abandon ship procedures.
    The workshop meets the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. It is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, with funding from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
    To register or get more information, contact AMSEA at 747-3287 or www.amsea.org.

    Testing Dates at
    Keet Gooshi Heen
    Students in second grade will be taking the Terra Nova Assessments on April 22-25.
    Parents who know their child will be absent during a testing day are asked to call the office at 747-8395.
    State Emblem
    Club Reps Here
    Alaska State Emblem Club President Penny Furnish and Marshall Dee Dee Shoultz will make an official visitation to Sitka Emblem Club April 22.
    A dinner in their honor at the Elks Lodge starts with 5 p.m. cocktails. Dinner will follow at 6 p.m. Western apparel will be the theme. All Emblem Club members are being urged to attend.

    Krispy Kreme
    Donuts for Sale
    The Sitka Skippers will be selling Krispy Kreme donuts on Saturday 8-9:45 a.m. at AC Lakeside and 8 a.m.-sold out at Sea Mart.
    Easter bread also will be for sale at both locations.

    Substitutes Sought
    In School District
    Persons wanting to substitute teach in the Sitka School District are being asked to complete applications at the superintendent’s office, 300 Kostrometinoff Street.
    The salary for a full-day substitute teacher who currently holds a valid Alaska teaching certificate is $115 and $85 for non-certified.
    Those with questions may call Laurie Seehafer at 966-1251.

Junior Ranger Event to be held at Sitka National Historical Park
    School-age children and their families are invited to Sitka National Historical Park’s visitor center for National Junior Ranger Day 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. April 19.
    The Junior Ranger Day will celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Students can participate in interactive ranger-led programs and complete activities in the new Junior Ranger Wilderness Explorer book.  Rangers will distribute the free books and help kids with the various mazes, word searches, and art projects. At the conclusion of the event, a free Junior Ranger Wilderness Explorer patch and certificate will be awarded to all participants. This is a family activity and all children must be supervised.
    In addition to the Junior Ranger Book activities, there will be several interactive programs offered throughout the morning. Light refreshments will be provided during the program.
    Schedule of events will include ranger-led programs 10:25-10:50 a.m. Families can choose from several. They will be repeated 11:15-11:40 a.m. Programs include: ‘‘Wildlife and Wilderness’’ – How the wildlife of Sitka National Historical Park and Baranof Island Wilderness relies on wild places to survive; ‘‘Leave no Trace: Take Only Pictures and Leave Only Footprints’’ – how visitors can ensure that wild places remain wild; and ‘‘Plants, Berries and Bark,’’ individuals discover how wilderness and wild places around Sitka provide abundant natural resources for a traditional subsistence lifestyle.
    Junior Ranger Badge presentation will be 12:05-12:15 p.m. After completing a few activities in their Junior Ranger Wilderness Explorer books, students are invited to participate in the Junior Ranger ceremony. Participants will take an oath with a ranger and receive a certificate and a patch. Children may also return their completed books at a later date to receive their patch and certificate.
    Seafood Festival
    Meeting Tonight
    A meeting on the Sitka Sound Festival will  be 6 p.m. tonight at Centennial Hall.
    Anyone interested in participating in the festival scheduled Aug. 1-2 is encouraged to attend. The group is seeking suggestions, comments or participation.  Contact Alicia at 928-607-4845 for information.

    Earth Day Brown
    Bag Lunch Slated
    The free Save Our Oceans: Lessons from 5 Successes in Marine Conservation Earth Day brown-bag lunch talk will be noon April 22 at the Sitka Sound Science Center.
    Guest speaker will be Alex Werth, scientist-in-residency fellow.

    Road Construction
    May Cause Delays
    Blatchley Middle School reminds parents that road construction will occur on or around April 28 on Halibut Point Road. in front of the school.
    ‘‘Please expect detours and delays during this time,’’ the school said.

    Brave Heart Sets
    Banquet April 23
    Brave Heart Volunteer’s Spring Up Into Action Volunteer Appreciation Banquet is set 5:30 p.m. April 23 at Centennial Hall.
    The public is invited to an evening of recognition, games, entertainment and a three-course meal from Ludvig’s Bistro. Call 747-4600 for reservations or for more information.

    Youth Eco-Challenge
    Set at National Park
    School-aged children and teammates will test their skills of compass navigation, bear safety and fire building during the youth eco-challenge race at the Sitka National Historical Park  April 26.
    Teams of four may sign up, or individuals can register separately and be placed on a team.
    Teams of multiple ages are recommended. Contact Mary at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to register.

    Final Budget
    Hearing on Tap
    The Sitka School Board will hold a final budget hearing and special meeting 7 p.m. April 21 in the district office board room.
    They will approve the FY15 budget. The public is invited to attend.

    Easter Bread
    Sale April 19
    St. Michael’s Easter bread sale will be 11 a.m. until sold out on April 19 in the church basement.

    ANS to Meet to
    Choose Delegates
    Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will meet 6:30 p.m. April 22 at the ANB Founders Hall. Included in the meeting will be the third of three nominations for Grand Camp delegates this fall in Petersburg.
    Following the nominations of delegates will be elected. All those interested in being delegates are to attend.
    March and April sisterhood birthdays will be celebrated at the meeting.   Those with questions may call Jean at 623-7355.