GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kenneth A. Norris Dies; Former Resident was 91

Former Sitkan Kenneth Allen Norris, of Gentry, Arkansas, died January 23, 2019, at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was 91.
He was born August 5, 1927, in Akron, Ohio, the son of Walter Allen and Matilda Norris.
During World War II, Kenneth served the country in the U.S. Army, and during the Korean conflict he was in the U.S. Air Force.
He married Lucille Walker 58 years ago, and in 1963 they came to Sitka, where he worked for Alaska Pulp Co. They moved to Arkansas in 1985.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, son Larry and daughter Deborah.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille of the home; son Gary Norris and wife Rachel of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, January 28, at the First Baptist Church in Gentry. Burial will follow at Bell Cemetery, Watts, Oklahoma.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., Sunday, January 27, at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. To sign the online guestbook, visit

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