EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

September 29, 2015 Community Happenings

Pet Blessing Set

At Annual Event

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church invites the community to a special St. Francis Day “Blessing of the Pets” service 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the church.

All are invited to take their beloved pets to the outdoor service for a special blessing. For more information, contact the church by phone at 747-3977 or by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Library Closure

Kettleson Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 18, and Monday, Oct. 19, in observance of Alaska Day.

It will reopen for regular operation hours on Tuesday, Oct. 20. For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Babies and Books

Open House Listed

Sitka Babies and Books will host a Trick or Read free open house program 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Kettleson Library.

Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a special scavenger hunt around the library with free board books, games, literacy activities and crafts.

The program is for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Registration is preferred. Everybody is welcome. For more information call the library at 747-8708.


ASAEC President

To Visit Sitka

Alaska State Association of Emblem Clubs President Ken Van Valkenburgh of Homer will visit Sitka Emblem Club 142 from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Elks Lodge in preparation for the state workshop this weekend.

Members are being encouraged to attend the casual gathering and to take a finger food.


Winners Told in

National Park

Photo Contest

Three local judges evaluated 19 photographs submitted by seven amateur photographers for the 2015 National Public Lands Day photo contest and picked winners in three separate categories last week.

Congratulations are being extended to the 2015 National Public Lands Day photo contest winners.

–Doug Widdowson for (untitled), first-place winner of the Russian or Native Culture category.

–Tom Jacobsen for ‘‘SNHP Walking Bridge,’’ first-place winner of the Nature category.

–Tom Jacobsen for ‘‘SNHP Beach at Sunrise,’’ first-place winner of the Beach category.

–Christine Meaney for ‘‘Hidden Totem,’’ received 86 likes on Facebook to receive the People’s Choice award.

Judges determined the winners based on originality, technical excellence, composition, artistic merit and overall impact.

In the coming year, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday. It is encouraging everyone to ‘‘Find Your Park’’ and to learn, remember or share why the park is special.

Photo submissions will remain on display in the photo exhibit at the park visitor center until Oct. 18.


Visiting Scholar

At Park Tonight

Visiting Scholar in the Park Daria Safronova-Simeonoff, archivist of St. Herman Seminary, will present “Native Literacy” 7 p.m. tonight in the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center.

‘‘The highly relevant and fascinating discourse will cover hundreds of years of Native literacy and explore the legacy of Russian Orthodox Parochial Education (1882-present),’’ the park said. 

The program is open to the public.


Hike and Haiku

Event Saturday

The Island Institute will lead a morning hike and haiku writing adventure 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 304 Baranof Street.

The haikus will be incorporated into their newest publication, “A Million Haikus from Sitkans.” The free event is kid friendly.


Woman’s Club

Meets Oct. 3

Sitka Woman’s Club will meet noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at the club’s building, 300 Harbor Drive. Those planning to attend are asked to call 738-1934.



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