UNLOADING – From left, Kent Barkhau, Linda Behnken and Terry Perensovich unload fish at the Seafood Producers Co-op dock from the F/V Woodstock recently. Behnken, executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, talked to the Sentinel about an ALFA program to distribute 49,000 pounds of salmon to villages affected by poor subsistence fish returns. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Albert E. Aaron, Artist, Teacher, Dies in Sitka

Albert E. Aaron

Albert E. Aaron

Albert E. Aaron, an artist and longtime Alaskan, died Jan. 10, 2017, in Sitka. He was 85.
He was born August 19, 1931, in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Barnie and Sarah (Sadie) Aaron. After graduating from Cass Tech High in Detroit, he went on to graduate from Bard College, attended graduate school at Indiana University as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, lived in an art colony in Israel and attended Yeshiva University as a Ford Foundation Teaching Fellow.
He taught at the prestigious Cranbrook Art Academy, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and while there helped organize the first contemporary art gallery in Detroit.
Later, working as a curator at the Albright Art Museum in Buffalo, he reorganized the education department. As Curator of Education at the Delgado Museum in New Orleans he developed a popular program attracting young people in the community while concurrently teaching classes at Tulane University.
A gifted artist, his work was shown in exhibits including in New York, Israel, Michigan and Louisiana.
Albert moved to Fairbanks in 1973 continuing to paint while he worked on the Alaska pipeline. In addition, he took an active part in encouraging responsible laws for the mentally ill.
Because of failing health, Albert spent his final years at the Pioneers Home in Sitka, moving here in 2008.
He is lovingly remembered by family and friends for his insightful, tolerant and helpful demeanor. He was predeceased by his wife, Jeanette, and brother Bob.
Albert is survived by his son Gawon, Anchorage, his sisters Gerry West and Judith Strohmaier, and numerous family members in the United States, Canada and Israel.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-18-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 6,658

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 30 (20 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 257.

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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20 YEARS AGO
September 2000

Photo caption: First-grader Megan Polasky happily holds a large turnip as she and other first-graders from Baranof Elementary School harvest some of the vegetables they planted last spring as kindergartners behind the Russian Bishop’s House. Park Service Ranger Harvey Brandt, center, watches over the gardening project.

50 YEARS AGO
September 1970

The Sentinel adds its congratulations to the following persons listed on the Woman’s Club community calender: Earl E. Smith, Wallis George, Frank Williams, Robert Blankenship, and Frank O. Williams Sr., whose birthdays are today, and Ed and Monte Littlefield, whose anniversary is today.

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