August 23, 2013 Community Happenings

Tickets on Sale
    For Brewfest
    Tickets are on sale for Second Annual Capital Brewfest: Drink Beer for Charity 1-5 p.m. Sept. 14 at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center.
    Seven craft breweries from around Alaska – including Baranof Island Brewing Company – have agreed to participate, along with three local distributors who will serve beers from around the world.
    Admission is $30 for this 21-and-older event. Designated drivers are $5 and will be provided a non-alcoholic drink. Tickets can be purchased online at
    Brewfest is hosted by the Rotary Club of Juneau, which has chosen SAGA as this year’s charity partner. SAGA is a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster opportunities for personal and professional growth through hands-on learning in Alaska.
    Visit for more details and updates.

    Sitka ‘State’ Fair
    Winners Posted
    Sitka “State” Fair category winners have been released by the Greater Sitka Arts Council for the Aug. 11 event held at Centennial Hall.
    Winners include the following, which may be an incomplete listing. Winners not listed are being asked to contact Jeff Budd by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    The Harry Race Living Local photography contest winners are: ages 1-10, Grace Harang, first place and Keagan Smith second; ages 11-17, Karlie Smith, first, Brady Harang, second, and Brady Harang, third; 18 and older, Stephanie Lambdin, first, Chantel Mulligan second, and Emjay Messing third.
    Jelly: ages 18 and older, Katie Dangel first place; Jean Frank, salmonberry jelly, second; and Jean Frank, spruce tip jelly, third.
    Jam: 18 and older, Ilona Mayo raspberry/red huckleberry, first; and Jean Frank, less-sugar blueberry, second.
    Spam Hors d’Oeuvres: 18 and older, Faith Lee first; Faith Lee, Spam Clouds, second; and Judi Lehmann  Spam-Beach Asparagus Quiche, third.
    Cupcakes: ages 11-17, Emma Falvey and Coral Papoi, Fishing Cupcakes, first, Emma Falvey and Coral Papoi, Xtra Tufs, second, and Emma Falvey and Coral Papoi, Campfire, third; 18 and older, Rachel Moreno, Mocha Cappuccino Cupcakes, first; and Lisa Killinger, Banana Bread Cupcakes, second.
    Crafts: 18 and older, Christi Henthorn, Wire-Wrapped Silverware, second, and Christi Henthorn, Swivel Jewelry, third.
    Smoked Fish: 18 and older, Ray Nielsen Jr., Smoked King Salmon, first, and Ray Nielsen Jr., Smoked Herring fillet, second.
    Pickling: 18 and older, Rock Peterson, Pickled Asparagus, first, and Rock Peterson, Glazed Carrots, second.
    Flower Arrangement: 18 and older: Judi Lehmann, 18-plus Wheel Nasturtium, first; Patty Stedman, Succulent Wreath, second; and Lisa Killinger,  Flower Arrangement, third.
    Scones: 18 and older: Judi Lehmann, Sitka Rose Scones, first; Judi Lehmann, Fireweed Scones, second; and Mary Alice Hamberg, Scones with Currants, third.
    Homegrown Vegetables: 18 and older: Keith Nyitray and Debby LeVeck ,Finn Island Farms, 17-pound Green cabbage, first; Jerry Fleming, New Zealand Spinach; Keith Nyitray and Debbie LeVeck, Finn Island Farms,  English cucumber, third.
    Hobbies: ages 1-10, Jason Olrich, Lego NXT, first. Ages 11-17, Tzadi Hauck, Butterfly Origami, first, and Tzadi Hauck, Mason Jar decoration, second. 18 and older: Nick McGraw  Pallet Furniture, first, and Marilyn Hauck, Crocheted Christmas Stocking and ornaments, second.
    Artisan Bread: 18 and older: Joshua Thomas, High Protein Whole Wheat Bread, first.
    Wild Card entries – where there was not a category: ages 11-17, Isaiah Calvin, Chocolate Lava Huckleberry Cake, first place. Ages 18 and older, Jean Frank, Fireweed Honey, first; and Andrew Thoms, Golden Sebright Banty Eggs, second.
    Pie-Eating Contest: Elias Anglin, first; Jaden Perry, second; and Kulani Vonscheerschmidt, third.
    Vegetable/Fruit Art: ages 1-10, Lilly Mayo, first, and Autumn Mayo, second.
St. Gregory’s Shrine Dedicated
    The Shrine at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church, located on the water side of the church, was dedicated Aug. 15. Father Jim Blaney performed the blessing, which was attended by numerous parishioners.
    The Knights of Columbus Council 13056 designed and completed the project with assistance of many parishioners.
    Construction renovation included a carving of the Madonna and Child on the back side of the shrine, by local carver/artist Wojtek Tosik.
    The other side displays the Crucifix of Christ facing the church.
    ‘‘Carvers were interviewed to complete the request and our carver came forth with enthusiasm and dedication,’’ said Joe Meador, grand knight. ‘‘The knights relayed our request to Mr. Tosik and requested he as an artist use his imagination and creativity to carve the Madonna and Child. We are not disappointed and very pleased with the result. Everyone including our cruise ships guest can enjoy this shrine and the fine art it displays.’’
    The shrine is located inside the garden area of the church on Lincoln street.
    ‘‘Special thanks to Margaret Swanson for the fine job of refurbishing and restoring; this was not just a Knights of Columbus project but also one that involved the entire church,’’ Meador said.
    St. Gregory’s Church invites all those viewing to look at both sides of the shrine.

    Dog Agility Set
    Dog agility is set 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24. The class serves as mental and physical exercise for dog and owner. It is structured for dogs ages 6 months and older.
    The fee is $100. Susan Royce and Karen Kluting will instruct.
    Dog obedience will be 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24. The class is for dogs ages 6 month and older and uses only positive training methods. The fee is $100.

    Harp Sing Set
    The Fourth Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing will be 3:30-5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Pioneers Home Chapel. Beginners and listeners are welcome. Call 738-2089 with questions.

    Story Time Set
    ‘‘The Black Rabbit’’ by Philippa Leathers will be one of the readings during the next Preschool Story Time at Kettleson Library 10:30 a.m. Aug. 29.
    The program includes readings, rhymes, songs and a craft project around a “Carrots and Bunnies” theme. Everybody is welcome.
    For more information call the library at 747-8708.

    Early Closure
    Kettleson Memorial Library will close at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, to prepare for that night’s teen program. Call 747-8708 with questions.

    Backpack Program
    For Back-to-School
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Sitka School District and Sitka Native Education Department are hosting a back-to-school backpack program 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Tribal Youth Center, 304 Baranof Street. The event is a backpack and supply give-away.
    Those unable to attend at that time may arrange another time to pick up items by calling Brian James or Heather Powell at 747-4968.

    Volunteer Needed
    Betty Eliason Child Care Center is in need of a volunteer dishwasher for  10 to 12 hours a week. Times are flexible. For more information, call Tammy, 747-5892.

    SHS Open House
    Set for Aug. 26
    Sitka High School will host its Welcome Back for Parents and Students event  5-7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26.
    All are invited to attend and meet the two new administrators: Vice Principal Johnnie Cotton and Activities Director Scott McAdams.
    ‘‘After you pick up a cookie, you may take your student’s schedule, walk around and meet the teachers,’’ the school said.

New Staff at Brave Heart Volunteers
    Brave Heart Volunteers is welcoming new staff members to its non-profit family.
    Julie Simpson will serve as its program coordinator. With a degree in public relations and English, Simpson will maintain and build upon the programs which provide education and support to individuals and families facing health challenges. She has worked in both the private and public sectors.
    “This is the first time I have worked for a non-profit, and I am overwhelmed by the support, passion and dedication this organization receives from its employees, volunteers and the community,” Simpson said.
    Simpson is married and has an 11-month-old baby girl. She also has two dogs she will only claim when they behave. She enjoys hiking, swimming, playing games, camping, knitting and attempts to cross-stitch.
    Shoshauna Schmidt, Neenah, Wis., is the new JVC intern and a recent graduate of Marquette University, where she studied social welfare and justice and journalism. She has a passion for social justice and human rights. Shoshauna likes adventure, avocados, waterskiing and safari animals.
    She said she is a proud and loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, and is excited for the year as a JVC Northwest volunteer.
    “I already love Sitka and the people here – who have been so welcoming,’’ she said. ‘‘I am excited to learn from the amazing staff at Brave Heart Volunteers, and to improve and gain many skills and talents by being a part of this team.”

    Sitka Trail Works
    Sets Campaign
    Sitka Trail Works volunteer board members are conducting a capital campaign to raise $12,000 as part of the match for federal funding for phase 5 of the Cross Trail multimodel pathway.
    The $990,000 project will provide connectors to Baranof Street and the Indian River neighborhood as well as a small trailhead off of Pherson.
    STW said that excess funds raised will be used toward operations. Donations can be made by check to Sitka Trail Works, 801 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, 99835, or by credit card on-line at The deadline is Aug. 31.

    Health Summit to
    Seek Nominations
    The steering committee for the 7th annual Sitka Health Summit is accepting nominations for awards that will be presented this year.
    Those who know someone they think would be an example of a healthy role model or wellness champion are invited to nominate them by Sept. 6.
    Nominations should be submitted via phone to Patrick Williams at 747-0349 or e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Each nomination should include a brief description of why the individual or group deserves this award and contact information for both nominator and nominee.
    For more information about the Sitka Health Summit, visit the new website at

    Yoga Offered to
    Active Men, Women
    Yoga Union will offer a new class this fall designed for active men and women of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels looking for an opportunity to cross-train with a physically vigorous yoga practice.
    Classes will work on building strength and increasing balance and flexibility while targeting release of the major muscle gorups. Modifications will be offered for those with limited flexibility.
    A free introductory workshop is planned 3-5 p.m. Sept. 8. Regular classes begin Sept. 8 and will continue 5-6:15 p.m .Sundays at the Yoga Union Studio, Kellog Hall, on the SJ Campus.
    Call Corrie at 752-0464 with questions. Yoga Union is a nonprofit organization.

    Head Start Open
    For Enrollment
    Tlingit and Haida Sitka Head Start is open for enrollment. Applications are available online at website by following the ‘‘family services’’ links.
    Call Martha at 738-1275 or the local TANF office on Lincoln Street at 747-3790.
    All eligibility is determined at the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Head Start office by the enrollment coordinator, Marti Corpuz, at 907-463-7128.
    Head Start classes are scheduled to begin on Monday, Sept. 23.

    National Park Seeking
    Photo Contest Entries

    Sitka National Historical Park will begin accepting entries for the National Public Lands Day amateur photo contest on Aug. 25.
    To enter, e-mail or submit any photos relating to the following categories:
    Native Heritage: This category is for any aspect of Southeast Alaska Native culture;
    Sitka NHP Wildlife: Alaskan wildlife in their natural habitat relevant to the park;
    Sitka NHP Scenery: Capture an image of Southeast Alaska’s beauty relevant to the park; and
    Small Perspectives: A category for children 13 years of age and younger.  Take a picture of your favorite place, or activity in Southeast Alaska.
    ‘‘Each visitor to Sitka National Historical Park, whether they’ve lived in Sitka all their lives or visited for just an afternoon, perceives the dynamic landscape and resources in a different way,’’ the park said. ‘‘The park’s color palette changes as the days progress from sunrise to sunset, and its personality alters in the rain, sun, and snow.’’
    The contest and the resulting photo exhibit, Perspectives: Sitka National Historical Park, will illustrate these changes in scenery, and the slightly different lens through which each visitor views and experiences the park.
    All entries must be submitted with an entry form no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, at the visitor center front desk, or e-mailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Contestants may enter up to three submissions in total.  The minimum photo size is 4-inches-by-6-inches. The maximum size is 11-inches-by-14-inches. Electronically submitted photographs are held to the same size limitations at a resolution no lower than 300 dpi.  Accepted file formats include jpeg, tiff, and png. 
    Contestants who e-mail their submissions must include in the body of their e-mail the following information: contestant name, location (city, state), category, title of work (or leave untitled), e-mail and/or mailing address (preferred contact), and daytime phone number. They must also attest that they own the image, and they agree to release the photo to the public domain. No photographs will be returned to contestants. The official entry form can be downloaded from the park’s main web page:
    Local or visiting photographers can enter to win as long as no more than 25 percent of the contestant’s income derives from the sale of their photographs.
    Local judges will evaluate submissions and determine category winners, taking into consideration originality, artistic composition, technical quality, and whether the photos showcase Sitka NHP resources. The People’s Choice Award will be awarded to the photo with the most likes on the Sitka NHP Facebook page.
    There will be three first place ribbons awarded for the adult categories, and a People’s Choice award for the most popular photo on the park’s Facebook account. Every entrant in the children’s category will receive a participation ribbon.
    Entries will be mounted by park staff and will remain on display throughout the duration of the Perspectives: Sitka National Historical Park exhibit in the Sitka NHP Visitor Center. Depending upon the number of entries and spatial restrictions, not all entries may be displayed.

    The Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum will host Alutiiq artist Patrick Lind at the museum Aug. 22, 24, 28, 29 and 31.
    Lind will be working in the galleries most mornings and some afternoons. He will be providing a free two-session, hands-on Aleut/Alutiiq miniature visor and spear-making workshop on Aug. 24 and Aug. 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. To register for the miniature visor and spear-making workshop, call 747-8981. Space is limited. Students should take small paint brushes for details, a notebook, a small tube of tan and black acrylic paint
    Lind was born and raised in a small fishing village located near Kodiak Island. He graduated from high school with honors and worked as a commercial fisherman before earning his living as an artist.
    “My life has led me to be a cultural freelance artist,’’ Lind said. ‘‘Being surrounded by the rugged coastal region inspires me as an artist to take pride in my culture. Intensive research and studies allowed me to recreate histories past, rendering captive moments on canvas and art paper. My skills cover a number of mediums – wood, ivory, baleen, soapstone, and acrylic paints.”
    The artist residency program is made possible with support from National Endowment for the Arts.
    Summer hours at the Sheldon Jackson Museum are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum is closed on holidays. Summer admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau is available for $15. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Please contact the museum for more information at 747-8981.

    ‘Meet Your Teacher’
    Set for Baranof
    Baranof Elementary School will host its ‘‘Meet Your Teacher’’ event on Aug. 27. Kindergartners meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and first-graders 1:30-2:30 p.m.
    If Baranof Street has not been paved  for the open house, parents will need to enter through the back door on the corner of Monastery Street and Sawmill Creek Road, the school said.
    Vehicles can be parked on Monastery Street, Oja Way, the city parking lot or on Sawmill Creek Road. Parents are asked not to park in the Elks Lodge, Market Center or Fairweather Prints parking lots.
    For this day only, parking is available in the Presbyterian Church or Nazarene Church parking lots, the school said.

    Yoga Offered
    Sarana Miller will teach a yoga workshop from Aug. 23 to 25. The cost is $160 for the entire weekend or individual sessions range from $35 to $45. Space is limited.
    To sign up or for more informaiton stop by the studio, call 738-2443, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Yoga Union is a nonprofit organizaiton.

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 2,414

Total statewide – 167,008

Total (cumulative) deaths – 953

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,311

Current Hospitalizations – 81

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 130 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 7

Cases in last 7 days – 130

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,467

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.