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A WALK IN THE PARK – Jim Moormann walks through Sitka National Historical Park this morning, as he has every day for the past two and a half years. This Saturday is National Trails Day, an annual event which began in 1993 to honor the National Trail System. In normal years volunteers help with trail maintenance in parks across the country. This year there will be no organized cleanup in Sitka and, without tour ship visitors, Sitkans will have the park to themselves. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kathy Swanberg

Services have been scheduled for Kathy Lynn Swanberg, a Sitka resident since 1978.
Church services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the church Kathy attended, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 105 Shotgun Alley. A celebration of life will follow, at the Sitka High School commons.
 Kathy died of a suspected sudden cardiac arrest in her home in Sitka. She was 52.
She was born Feb. 6, 1960, in Cedar  City, Utah. After graduating in 1978 from Evergreen High School in Seattle Wash., she spent the summer in Pelican where she worked at the General Store. That fall she moved to Sitka where she went to work for  Harry Race. She met Eric Swanberg and got a job as a recreational assistant at the Sitka Pioneers Home before she settled down as a stay-at-home mom. As soon as all of her children were in school, she started as a secretary at Blatchley Middle School, and occasionally as a part-time cashier and accountant at AC Lakeside.
Kathy Swanberg was a wonderful, caring person, her family said. As a mother she was always ready to lend a helping hand to all of her family. She often volunteered her time to help others in need or offered support to the community.
She loved gardening, whether in her own garden or in the community one at Blatchley, and enjoyed walking out at Starrigavan with her family.
She was the hostess of many beautiful dinner parties, and recently started making scrapbooks for her children and birth family.
Kathy had a passion for life and a joyful spirit that all could feel while in her presence.
Kathy’s life is celebrated by her children: Cerisa of Carbondale, Colo.; Dylan of Sitka; Sheila, a student at UAF Fairbanks; and Alanna of Marco Island, Fla.
Also surviving are her father William H. Ady of Washington, and her siblings, Linda Ady of Pelican, Rodney Ady of Sitka, Gerald Ady of Washington, Curtis Ady of Utah, Susan Ady of Ellensburg, Wash., and Rory Ady of Kent, Wash..
Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, also survive. She was married to Eric Swanberg of Homer, Alaska, for 26 years.
Kathy’s mother, Ardella Ady, passed away in April 2006.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Swanberg Family Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo for memorial items, including a plaque at the Blatchley community garden.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-5-20)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 11

Total statewide – 524

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 48, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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

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Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020

NOTICE FROM THE PUBLISHERS

TO READERS AND ADVERTISERS

For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

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