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)

August 27, 2015 Community Happenings


Class Offered

The Savvy Caregiver, an eight-hour educational workshop for family caregivers who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, will be held 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and 9 at Brave Heart Volunteers, in the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.  A light dinner will be served.

Amber Smith, M.D., educational specialist for Alzheimer’s Resources of Alaska, will facilitate the workshop. 

Savvy Caregiver was developed by the University of Minnesota to provide family caregivers the best possible dementia-specific care education. It provides thorough knowledge and information about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, skills for person centered caregiving, and discusses possible decision points and emotions families may face.

The workshop is appropriate for family members guiding care from a distance and families providing direct care in Sitka. 

Reservations are required for the free workshop. Contact Krisanne Rice at Brave Heart Volunteers, 747-4600, or Amber Smith, 907-586-6044, for additional details.


Sitka Fellows

Program Listed

Sitka Fellows Ellie Schmidt and Nate Barnett will present their summer projects – Schmidt’s experimental film based on footage above and below the waters of Sitka and Barnett’s chamber choral cantata ‘‘The Good Day’’ – at 1 p.m. on Saturday at St. Peter’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

The performance is free and open to the public.



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