HEEDING THE CALL – Sarah Jordan holds up one of the colorful fabric face masks she is making at home today. City, health care and emergency response leaders in Sitka issued a “call to action” today, asking residents to sew face masks to donate to SEARHC, to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
(Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 4, 2015 Community Happenings

Easter Group

Meets Dec. 11

The Easter Group will meet noon-1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at St. Peter’s See House.

The agenda for the meeting is preparation for the Project Homeless Connect event to be held in January. The Easter Group works with other service providers in Sitka to end extreme poverty and empower people.

For more information, contact Julia Smith at 738-6336, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 Marine Corps 

Birthday on Tap

The Marine Corps League, Robert B. Johnstone Detachment of Sitka, invites active and inactive Marines to the 240th birthday celebration of the United States Marine Corps 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at the Sitka Elks Lodge.

Marines, former Marines, spouses and their guests are invited. A $25 steak dinner and the regular menu will be available.

Attendees can take photographs of their travel experiences to share with fellow leathernecks.

More information is available – and transportation can be made available with at least on day’s notice – by calling Bernie Gurule at 966-3202 or Nels Lawson at 747-6903.


Sitka Resident


Hally Rogers Coulter is recovering from a stroke she incurred while having surgery on her head.

Her family asks for continued prayers for her recovery and anyone wanting to contribute towards her medical expenses can do so at an account set up for her at Alps Credit Union account number 18055.

Those wanting further information in regards to Hally can call Georgia Rogers or Deanna Rogers Bennett at 738-4560.



New Arrivals

Baby Boy Littlefield

Dan Littlefield and Hope Merritt announce the birth of their son, Jet John Littlefield, AT 2:30 a.m. Oct. 10, 2015.

At birth, he weighed 7 pounds and 14 ounces. He joins a brother, Brenon Littlefield.

Jet is the grandson of Nancy and Kelly Merritt of Olympia, Wash., and Roby and the late John Littlefield of Sitka; and great-grandson of Patricia Merritt of Olympia and Mary Eubank of Sitka.

The family is especially pleased that he was born on his grandfather John’s birthday.


YAS Board Meets;

Members Sought

Youth Advocates of Sitka board of directors will meet 5:15-7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at 805 Lincoln Street.

Meetings are open to the public. The board is accepting letters of interest for a new member. Those wanting to join a team of professionals working together to support the mental health of Alaska’s youths and their families, or would like to learn more, can contact Annette at 747-2910.


SSF Fundraiser

Tickets Sold Out

The Sitka Seafood Festival fundraiser at Dove Island set for Friday, Nov. 6, has been sold out.

‘‘We would like to thank Dove Island and the the community of Sitka for your continued support and will keep you all updated on our next fundraiser and upcoming events,’’ the SSF said.


WWII Veterans

Among Honorees

At Parade, Dinner

World War II veterans will be honored at a dinner 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi. Prior to the dinner, at 4 p.m., all veterans, elders and STA base roll citizens will be celebrated in the Alaska Native Heritage Month Parade, which will begin at 4 p.m. at the Crescent Harbor parking lot, and proceed to the Community House.

Sitkans are invited to march in – or support – the parade, and to the free-of-charge honoring dinner, which will be catered by Sitka Emblem Club and served by Mt. Edgecumbe High School students.

For information on joining the parade, contact Gerry Hope at Sitka Tribe of Alaska, 747-5910.

The keynote dinner speaker will be Commander Mark Vislay, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka. Others include Verdie Bowman, Alaska Veterans Affairs; Mayor Mim McConnell; and STA chairman Michael Baines. Also present will be Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, Sen. Bert Stedman, city Administrator Mark Gorman and representatives from SEARHC, ANB and ANS. The Naa Kahidi Dancers will perform.



Story Time Set

Old Harbor Books will host a free story time for kids 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 201 Lincoln Street. For more information call 747-8808.


Salsa Classes

Set at Hames

Salsa classes will be taught by Brendan Jones at the Hames Center in November.

He will break down salsa dance moves and teach beginners 6:45-7:45 p.m. Mondays Nov. 9-30. Intermediate dancers will meet 6:45-7:45 p.m. Fridays Nov. 6-27.

 The cost is $20 for members and $52 for non-members.

Sign up at hamescenter.org or 747-5080.


Sale Continues

At White E Shop

The half-price sale will continue at the White Elephant Shop noon-3 p.m. Thursday.

The sale will be storewide in the main store and children’s shop. The sale excludes the boutique and bags of rags but includes the front window.


World AIDS Day

Observed Nov. 22

In observance of World AIDS Day, a program will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at the Loft, 408 Oja Way, Suite A.

Attendees will learn about the work of the Global Fund through a short documentary and firsthand photos and stories of the life-saving work of the Global Fund in Laos by Nancy Knapp.

Spring rolls and Thai soup will be available. Limited space is available so those planning to attend can RSVP to Michele at 752-0472


T’ai Chi Chih

Practice Listed

T’ai Chi Chih Practice by the Sea will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. Participants should meet in parking lot of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 611 Lincoln Street, or in the See House behind the church if raining.



Class on Nov. 20

A beginner’s wine-making class is being offered 7-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, taught by Perry Edwards and Michelle Putz.

The class focuses on using locally-grown fruits. 

‘‘Have you got bags of frozen fruit in the freezer but need space for deer? It’s time to make room in the freezer by learning to make wine at home,’’ Putz said. 

Participants must be 21 and older.  The class is free and is sponsored by the Sitka Global Warming Group. Space is limited so early signups are encouraged. Pre-register by calling Michelle at 747-2708. 


Gathering Nov. 20

To Honor Elders

A heritage celebration and community gathering to honor elders is planned 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska – prior to 1991 known as Sitka Community Association – invites all to help celebrate elders and the STA base roll citizens, those who were here at the time of the founding of Sitka Community Association.

The program includes dinner and entertainment.

All of our elders will be recognized, and special guests at the event will be Tribal Citizens of the Year Charles Daniels, Herman Davis Sr., Herbert Didrickson, Alfred Gordon, Maria Guthrie, Pauline Hammock, Frederick Hope, Percy Hope, Glen Howard Sr., Elizabeth Howard, Evelyn Johnson, Harold Kitka, Ethel Makinen, Mary I. Miller, Edith Mork, Loretta Ness, James Nielsen Sr., Willis F. Osbakken, Josephine Patterson, Marta Ryman, Louie Simpson, Gilbert Truitt, Lawrence Widmark Sr., Nicholas Williams, and Ethel Willis.

For information, contact Sitka Tribe of Alaska at 747-3207.


Benefit Dinner

Listed Nov. 7

A benefit dinner to help Kara Kesanooksisk with her medical expenses will be held 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Sitka Moose Lodge.

Dinner will be $20 a plate and will include chicken adobo, pancit, roast pork, steamed rice and egg roll. Free delivery is available by calling 747-4655.

Events held at the Moose Lodge are for members and invited guests.







Positive Parenting

Seminar Nov. 17

A free Triple P, Positive Parenting Seminar for parents of children ages 0-12 will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Keet Gooshi Heen multipurpose room.

Parents will learn ways to reduce stress in the family, become a more confident and competent parent, take home specific assertive discipline strategies, and connect with other parents in the community. A free dinner and free childcare are available. 

The event is hosted by the Sitka School District.

For more information, visit www.triplep-parenting.net, or contact Lisa Hodges 966-4229, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , at Center for Community. 








Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 3-31-20)

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 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

The list includes the total cases (and what portions are travel and non-travel-related or still being investigated):

 Total - 133 (40, 93)

 Anchorage area – 65 (24, 41)

 Homer – 2 (1, 1)

 Kenai – 1 (1, 0)

 Seward – 1 (1, 0)

 Soldotna – 2 (1, 1)

 Sterling – 2 (0, 2)

 Fairbanks area – 35 (7, 28)

 Palmer – 3 (2, 1)

 Juneau – 9 (1, 8)

 Ketchikan – 13 (2, 11)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is nine, and the cumulative number of deaths is three.



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March 23, 2020



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