OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

October 9, 2015 Community Happenings

Alaska Day Barn

Dance Oct. 17

A community barn dance is set 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Hames Center. Alaska Day attire is welcome but not required. Clean shoes are requested.

Donations at the door will benefit the Alaska Day Festival.

All are invited to participate in mixers, circles and contra dances, or simply listen to the live music of Sitka’s Fishing for cats band. Beginners and seasoned dancers of all ages are invited.

Dances are taught and called. No partner is needed and no dancing experience is necessary. The first hour of the dance will be geared to beginners and young dancers. For more information call 747-3412.





By Southeast Alaska

Independent Living

and United Cerebral Palsy

October is Disability Employment and Awareness Month and information is being offered to Sitkans.

Ten Commandments of Etiquette for Communicating with People with Disabilities

–When talking with a person with a disability, speak directly to that person rather than through a companion or sign language interpreter.

–When introduced to a person with a disability, it is appropriate to offer to shake hands. People with limited hand use or who wear an artificial limb can usually shake hands. (Shaking hands with the left hand is an acceptable greeting.)

–When meeting a person who is visually impaired, always identify yourself and others who may be with you. When conversing in a group, remember to identify the person to whom you are speaking.

–If you offer assistance, wait until the offer is accepted. Then listen to or ask for instructions.

–Treat adults as adults. Address people who have disabilities by their first names only when extending the same familiarity to all others. (Never patronize people who use wheelchairs by patting them on the head or shoulder.)

–Leaning on or hanging on to a person’s wheelchair is similar to leaning on hanging on to a person and is generally considered annoying. The chair is part of the personal body space of the person who uses it.

–Listen attentively when you’re talking with a person who has difficulty speaking. Be patient and wait for the person to finish, rather than correcting or speaking for the person. If necessary, ask short questions that require short answers, a nod or shake of the head. Never pretend to understand if you are having difficulty doing so. Instead, repeat what you have understood and allow the person to respond. The response will clue you in and guide your understanding.

–When speaking with a person who uses a wheelchair or a person who uses crutches, place yourself at eye level in front of the person to facilitate the conversation.

–To get the attention of a person who is deaf, tap the person on the shoulder or wave your hand. Look directly at the person and speak clearly, slowly, and expressively to determine if the person can read your lips. Not all people who are deaf can read lips. For those who do lip read, be sensitive to their needs by placing yourself so that you face the light source and keep hands, cigarettes and food away from your mouth when speaking.

–Relax. Don’t be embarrassed if you happen to use accepted, common expressions such as “See you later,” or “Did you hear about that?” that seems to relate to a person’s disability. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re unsure of what to do.


Annual Book Sale

Set at Kettleson

Kettleson Memorial Library is hosting its annual Alaska Day book sale 5-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16.

Call or text Kari at 752-7323 to sign up to volunteer that night, or on Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Fish Pie Sale

On Alaska Day

The annual St. Michael’s Cathedral fish pie sale will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 18 at the ANB Founders Hall.

Salad and fish pie will be for sale at the fundraiser. Call Cheryl at 747-6737 or Mari at (907) 690-2110 with questions.


PEAK Program

Set to Register

Limited space is available for students ages 5-12 to join the after-school enrichment PEAK Program.

The program is open after school to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bus transportation is provided daily.

It is open for inservice days, conference days, winter break, spring break and may holidays. Drop-ins are accepted.

Call Karla Horner Raffaele by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 747-6224.


Giving Games

Event on Tap

Sitka’s first-ever Giving Game will be 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Yaw Chapel on the SJ Campus. 

‘‘This is your chance to learn more about the rapidly-growing effective altruism movement and to start thinking in novel ways about just how far your money and your time can go in helping others,’’ organizers said. 

Organizers said that it costs the most effective charities in the world about $5,000 to save a life.

‘‘But the vast majority of charitable donations do not go towards the most effective charities,’’ organizers said. ‘‘And the vast majority of people in developed countries don’t think about their wealth in terms of the lives that it could save.’’

After reviewing a selection of charities, participants will choose as a group how to donate a sponsor-provided pool of money. Discussion is planned, and baked goods will be provided.

All ages are welcome. Contact Will Hunt at 206-930-3896 for more information.


White E Shop

Set to Meet

The White Elephant Shop monthly meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at the Swan Lake Senior Center.

Meetings are open to the public.


Invasive Species

Workshop in Juneau

Registration is open for the Alaska Invasive Species Workshop Oct. 27-29 in Juneau.

The annual workshop will highlight invasive species management and science in Southeast Alaska and emerging issues statewide. It will be at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall, 320 West Willoughby Ave.

The early registration deadline is Oct. 16. Registration and workshop information is at The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is coordinating the workshop with many agency and private co-sponsors. For more information, contact Gino Graziano at 907-786-6315 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Card of Thanks

The family of Pauline Bergdoll wishes to express their heartfelt thank you to everyone for the love and support shown to our Mother/Grandmother and to us during her lengthy illness and recent passing. The visits, flowers, food, messages of sympathy and words of comfort, and attendance at Mom’s funeral meant so much to us.  

Our grateful thanks to the wonderful SEARHC and Sitka Community Hospital medical care staffs; all of you went beyond the call of duty to help Mom following her accident and during her illness. Special thanks to Pastor Jon Paden of the Church of Christ and Sitka Lutheran Church for the very special service and reception. Thank you also to all who participated in her service. Thank you to Trudy at Prewitt’s Funeral Home; you were most kind and helpful.  Though we cannot thank each of you individually, please be assured your expressions of kindness have provided us with great strength and comfort and will always be remembered.

Our Mother was a devoted and loving Mom to us and was a wonderful Grandmother to her grandchildren. She also was a friend to many. Mom will be missed forever, but we know that she will live in the hearts of all who shared their grief with us during this difficult time.

Linda Bergdoll-Schmidt

Barry Bergdoll

Sherry (Kluting) Clifton

Don Kluting

Brenda (Bergdoll) Dewey

Brian Schmidt

Jenny (Schmidt) DeWitt


Schoology Website

Address Given

The Sitka School District grade and assignment access for parents and guardians was incorrectly listed in a letter that was recently mailed.

The correct website address is

The link can also be found on the Sitka School District website at

Parents who are not the primary contact may also be added to the access listing by contacting school offices.

The school district said that children in one family attending Sitka schools should have one login using the information parents provided on registration forms. Parents who received more than one mailing can follow instructions on ‘‘how to link students to your account’’ provided within Schoology’s Help Center.

Those needing further information can contact Ann Dagnillo ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with both the incorrect information and the correct information. 


City League BB

Set to Register

Registrations are being taken for City League basketball. Teams must register by Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Community School office.

The season begins Oct. 19. Game times are 7:45-9 p.m. at the Blatchley Gym. Teams can sign up to practice  Oct. 12-15.

Contact Andrew Friske for details at 738-3141 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registrations are open at Community Schools.


Youth Soccer

For Ages 4-10

The Sitka Community Schools soccer program is focused on youth soccer development in children ages 4-10. 

The goal is to provide age appropriate instruction in the fundamentals of soccer, while developing individual skills and team tactics. While learning dribbling and other foot skills, players develop improved coordination, balance and agility. Each session will include a variety of skill building, fun games and team competitions.

Events are held Saturdays at Blatchley Middle School gym: 9-10 a.m. for ages 4-5; 10-11 a.m. for ages 6-7; 11 a.m.-noon for ages 8-10.

The fee is $50. Call Community Schools at 747-8670 or visit for more information.






Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

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 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

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



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March 23, 2020



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