GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Events Lined Up for Sitka’s Fourth of July

By Sentinel Staff

Fireworks, a decoration contest, food booths and a Freedom Fest are in the works for Sitka’s Independence Day celebration.

The Sitka Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses and residents to “Share Your Spark” for the 4th of July by decorating storefronts and homes in red, white and blue. Prizes will be awarded for Best Business decoration, Best Non-Profit, Best House, and Best Condo/Apartment.

Photos can be seen at the Chamber Facebook page at Facebook.com/SitkaChamber.

Groups also can choose to clean up a stretch of road or local beach, the Chamber suggested, and individuals or families could plant a tree or help neighbors.

The Chamber is encouraging social distancing practices throughout the celebration.

‘‘We encourage all groups to follow the CDC’s and State of Alaska’s guidelines to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community,’’ the Chamber said. ‘‘View the latest mandates and alerts for Alaska at https://covid19.alaska.gov/. When planning a mass gathering, this site is a great resource: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html.’’

Scheduled activities include:

Wednesday, July 1

–11 a.m.-8 p.m. Filipino food vendors in the back lot of Sizzling Chow Cuisine. Contact 747-5673.

Thursday, July 2

–11 a.m.-8 p.m., Filipino food vendors in the back lot of Sizzling Chow Cuisine

–11 a.m.-8 p.m. Food booth at the Elks Lodge, 747-3511.

Friday, July 3

–11 a.m.-8 p.m. Filipino food vendors in the back lot of Sizzling Chow Cuisine, 747-5673

–11 a.m.-8 p.m. Food booth at the Elks Lodge

–7 p.m. Sitka Freedom Fest at Totem Square, planned by a group of Sitkans. The event is “For the people, by the people. A time to recover the sacred honor of Memorial Day and Independence Day as grateful Americans,’’ said Randal Hames, one of the organizers. It will include a military tribute and patriotic sing-along, he said.

–11:30 p.m. Fireworks display over the Sitka Channel by Hames Corp and other donors. Contact Hames Corp. at 747-3209

Saturday, July 4

–9 a.m. Garage and bake sale, American Legion Hall, by American Legion Auxiliary

–11 a.m. Halibut fish and chips, American Legion Hall

–11 a.m.-8 p.m. Filipino food vendors in the back lot of Sizzling Chow Cuisine

–11 a.m.-8 p.m. Food booth at the Elks Lodge

–Noon Barbecue benefit for Fortress of the Bear, AC Lakeside Grocery parking lot

–1 p.m. Old Car Parade starting from Whale Park. Contact Jeff Budd at 738-9417. Parade times are:

–1:15 p.m. turning left on Jeff Davis Street; 1:16 turning right on Lincoln Street; 1:19 turning right on Lake Street; 1:23 turning left on Peterson; 1:24 turning right on Edgecumbe; 1:28 driving down Charteris; 1:38 driving out to Starrigavan; 1:48 return to Sitka Long Term Care at the Old Sitka Hospital; 1:53 drive down Katlian Street; and 1:57 p.m. left on Lincoln Street past the traffic light, to Centennial Hall parking.

–4 p.m. 36th Annual Rotary Club  Duck Race at Granite Creek. Call (818) 207-2993.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 

 

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March 23, 2020

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