OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Charles B.P. Sellar

Charles B.P. Sellar died of natural causes on the evening of Dec.  21, 2013, in Sitka.  He was 85 years old.
Charlie was born in Piedmont, W.Va.. on Sept. 13, 1928.  He moved to Leesburg, Fla., shortly after and lived in Florida most of his life.
In November 2012 he moved to Sitka to live with his daughter, Carin Adickes, and her family. 
Charlie attended The Citadel for one year before entering the U.S. Naval Academy in July 1946.  He graduated in June 1950.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps and deployed to Korea for a year before resigning his commission in January 1954 as a Captain.  He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1957.
He practiced law in Leesburg for 43 years, specializing in real estate, trust and estate law until his retirement in January 2000. 
Charlie was very active in a variety of civic and professional organizations.  He was a longtime member of Rotary, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Leesburg for more than 70 years.
Charlie loved reading, history, and travel – trekking in Nepal, and touring New Zealand, Australia, and all over Europe, the U.S.  and Canada.  He visited Sitka 16 times before moving to live here in 2012. He thought Sitka a wonderful place to be. 
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 31 years Carolyn in 1985.  He is survived by his daughters, Carin (Bill) Adickes of Sitka and Carol (Chris) Hagon of Leesburg; and six grandchildren, Ryan and Tim Adickes, and four others in Florida.
A memorial service will be held in Florida on Feb. 15 at the First Presbyterian Church of Leesburg.  Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Harbor in Sitka or to the Leesburg Humane Society at 41250 Emeralda Island Road, Leesburg, FL, 34788.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

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 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

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



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March 23, 2020



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