EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Charlotte Winnie

Longtime Sitka resident Charlotte Jane Winnie died on May 10, 2014, losing her battle to cervical cancer at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. She was 56.
She was born March 2, 1958, in Baltimore, Md. She graduated from high school in Baltimore and later moved to Anacortes, Wash.
In 1986 Charlotte came to Sitka, where she worked at Sitka Sound Seafoods and Seafood Producers Co-op; as a dorm supervisor at Mt. Edgecumbe High School; and as a Technician II at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game – jobs she enjoyed.
Her smile was as contagious as her love for fishing out on the ocean. Other favorite activities were hiking and gardening.
Charlotte is survived by her daughter Leah Mann, of 111 Sheraton Drive, Rochester, NY 14616; and close friend Daniel Newman.
She also leaves behind dozens of friends and was an adopted mother to many.
Donations may be sent to the Wilmont Cancer Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center 601 Elmwood Ave., Box 704, Rochester, NY 14642

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