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)

October 15, 2015 Community Happenings

‘I Married a Witch’

To Show at Library

‘‘I Married a Witch,’’ a 1942 Halloween-themed romantic comedy starring Veronica Lake, Fredric March and Susan Hayward, will be shown 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

The movie served as a predecessor for the television show ‘‘Bewitched.’’ Prior to the main feature, the library will also show some classic seasonal cartoons.

The event is free to the public. 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.


UAF Students

On Honor Rolls

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced students named to the dean’s and chancellor’s lists for the spring and summer semesters.

The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.

Students receiving a 3.9 grade-point average or higher are placed on the chancellor’s list, while those receiving a grade-point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the dean’s list.

Chancellor’s list students from Sitka are Ryan S. Adickes, Elliott R. Anderson, Bryan M. Babb, Christopher J. Clementand Chaya E. Pike.

Sitka students on the dean’s list are Editha A. Bagoyo, Cameron E. Mutchler and William G. Riley.


Tribal Council

Meets Oct. 21

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

The meeting is open to the public, and features a “tribal citizens to be heard” item for public comment. For information, contact Kathy Hope Erickson, 747-7352.


Holiday Dinners

Meeting Oct. 21

Plans are in the works for the upcoming annual community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners hosted by the Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 at the ANB Founders Hall.

A holiday dinners committee meeting will be held 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at the hall.

Anyone interested in helping out, volunteering or donating to the dinners is welcome to attend. All donations will be used toward the purchase of food for both dinners, and fundraising efforts will be concluded prior to Thanksgiving for both dinners this year.  

Anyone wishing to contribute can send a check made out to Community Holiday Dinners/ANB, mailed to Alaska Native Sisterhood, c/o K. Lucas, 224 Katlian, Sitka, AK 99835, and a tax deductible receipt will be returned to donors by mail.

The annual dinners have been a Sitka tradition for more than 40 years, bringing together the community to gather in thanks and celebration, where all are welcome. 

To volunteer at the Christmas Dinner call Kerry at 752-0654, or to volunteer at the Thanksgiving Dinner call Karen at 747-7803. 


Marijuana Topic of

LIO Teleconference

A hearing on Proposed Regulations Regarding Marijuana Licensing, Local Options, Retail Stores, Cultivation Facilities, Project Manufacturing Facilities, Testing Facilities, Operating Requirements, Definitions, Enforcement and General Provisions may be attended via teleconference.

In Sitka, the hearing will be 1:30-2 p.m. at the Sitka Legislative Information Office.

Individuals submitting oral public comment will be asked to identify themselves and any organization they represent, for the record. Each person has a three-minute time limit.

Written comment may be submitted to John Calder, Marijuana Control Board, 550 W. 7th Ave., Suite 1600, Anchorage, AK 99501, and at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 11.

Proposed regulations may be seen at www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/abc/

The Sitka LIO is located at 201 Katlian Street, Suite 103. Marie Murray may be reached at 747-6276.


UAS to Offer 

Dog Agility Class

The next dog agility class, for dogs 6 months or older, is scheduled 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 27 through Nov. 24 at UAS-Sitka Campus.

The course builds confidence in the dog, relationships between the dog and his owner, and is mental and physical exercise.

Susan Royce and Karen Royce use only positive training methods. Cost for each class is $100. Call 747-7700 for more details or register online at https://aceweb.uas.alaska.edu 



Clothesline Project

Set For Saturday

The Clothesline Project will be held at UAS-Sitka Campus 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to participate in the storytelling exercise.

Women – or their loved ones – who have been the victims of violence or abuse are provided shirts to decorate with words or images that tell their story, share their inspiration, show solidarity, or commemorate their losses and victories.

More than one-third of Alaskan Native women are beaten or raped in their lifetimes – about twice the rate of the nation as a whole, Sitkans Against Family Violence reports. 

UAS and SAFV will host the event. Shirts and art supplies will be provided, or people can take their own shirts to decorate. After being decorated, shirts then will be added to the Clothesline Project display in the lobby at UAS. The display will be moved to Kettleson Memorial Library for display during the remaining two weeks of October, which is Family Violence Awareness Month. 


SAFV Board Meets

The board of Sitkans Against Family Violence will meet 4:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at the shelter. The meeting is open to the public. For directions and more information, call 747-3370.


Unitarians Meet

Jennifer Carter will present a program on the history and practice of Taizé worship at Sunday’s Unitarian Fellowship meeting.

Taize is an ecumenical participatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song and silence.

Fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:45 a.m. Soup and bread follow the program at noon. The Fellowship Hall is located at 408 Marine Street, with parking behind off Spruce Street.



Seward House Museum Staff

To Give Alaska Day Programs

In observance of Alaska Day, Sitka National Historical Park will host two special programs on William Seward, who negotiated the United States’ purchase of Alaska claims from Russia.

Mitch Maniccia, a representative from Seward House Museum, in Albany, N.Y., will present the programs.

 He will give the backstory of what made Seward the representative of peaceful American expansion in the 19th century, as well as the tale of his successful procurement and exploration of the rich and expansive territory of Alaska.

‘‘Manifesting a Destiny: William Seward and the Alaska Purchase’’ will be presented 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 16, in the park visitor center.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon ‘‘Flip or Flop? William Seward and the Purchase of Alaska’’ will be presented in the visitor center.

The Seward House staff will present more about Seward and the purchase of Alaska. Interactive displays will give participants the opportunity to explore the Alaska purchase and decide if it really was a folly or not, the park said.

The family-friendly event is for all ages.


Beards, Bonnets

Winners Told

Claiming the prizes Tuesday night for their display at the Alaska Day Variety Show, Helen Cunningham was judged to have the “prettiest” bonnet, and Betty Conklin the “most time period appropriate” hat.

Brian O’Callaghan showed the “fullest” beard, Steve Warren the “wildest,” Kyle Shull the “most dapper,” and Ted Allio “best beard without a moustache.” The “thinnest” beard escaped identification.


Judges and prizes were provided by Sitka Elks Lodge 1662 and Sitka Emblem Club 142.

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