November 15, 2013 Community Happenings

BIHA to Meet
    Baranof Island Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet 5 p.m. Nov. 19 at 245 Katlian Street. The public is invited to attend.

    Chamber Plans
    Pirate Pub Crawl
    The first Sitka Chamber Pirate Pub Crawl will be held Saturday, Nov. 16.
    All are invited to ‘‘pull out yer best pirate clothin’ and get ready for some swashbuckling fun.’’
    The event is free.
    To win treasures, pick up a map at any participating pub – Westmark Sitka lounge, Pioneer Bar, Victoria’s Pour House, Ernie’s Old Time Saloon, Homeport Eatery and Bayview Pub – and have it stamped for a chance to win.
    The Pirate Pub Crawl will kick off at Baranof Island Brewing Company – the evening’s bonus stop – at 7 p.m. with a group pirate photo!
    A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Alaska Arts Southeast. Visit the website at or on Facebook at for more details.

    Pioneers Home
    Auxiliary Meets
    The Sitka Pioneers Home Auxiliary will hold its annual meeting following lunch Nov. 16 in the first floor dining room.
    Members are invited to dine with the residents prior to the meeting. The public may attend. Those interested in membership may contact Kathryn Snelling at 747-8825.

    To Meet Sunday
    Sitka Kaagwaantaan will meet 3 p.m.  Sunday for monthly song practice and planning for Celebration 2014 in Room 114 at Blatchley Middle School.
    Call Roby at 738-4004 for more information.

    Van Kirk Concert
    Set for Nov. 30
    The Greater Sitka Arts Council and Sitka Folk will present singer/songwriter Kray Van Kirk in concert at The Loft 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30.
    Space is limited and 45 tickets will be sold for $15 each, available at Old Harbor Books.
    A workshop is also scheduled. Call Ted at 747-5482 to reserve a space.

    Open Mic Set
    Sitka Folk and the Greater Sitka Arts Council will host a benefit Open Mic at the Larkspur Cafe Nov. 24.
    Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7. Those with questions may call Ted Howard at 747-5482.

    White E Shop
    Takes Donations
    The Sitka White Elephant will again be accepting clean, quality donations starting Nov. 16 with its noon-3 p.m. opening.
    The shop does not accept large TVs, large microwaves or other non-working electronics, or anything that holds a baby/infant, such as swings, high chairs, car seats, cribs, baby tubs and toilet training aids.

    Lutherans Plan
    Business Meet
    Members and friends of Sitka Lutheran Church are being encouraged to take part in its annual congregational meeting on Sunday, Nov. 17, to elect members of its leadership council, adopt a mission spending plan for 2014, and continue review of its mutual ministry of pastor and people.
    All are welcome to worship with Holy Communion at 10:30 a.m., followed by a potluck luncheon and the business meeting at noon. For more information, call the church office at 747-3338 or Elaine at 747-3469.

    Alzheimer’s is Topic
    Of Videoconference
    A two-part videoconference related to issues of Alzheimer’s will be offered at Kettleson Memorial Library Nov. 16.
    “When Does Forgetting Become a Disease” will be 2-3 p.m. Marilyn McKay with Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska will explain the difference between everyday forgetfulness, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and what a person can do about it.
    From 3:30-4:30 p.m., “Caring for Aging Parents” will cover caring for aging parents living with physical, cognitive or mental frailties. McKay will have a discussion on managing changing roles and responsibilities with practical knowledge and decision-making.
    Videoconferences are interactive, so audience members can pose questions for the presenter.

    Program to Focus
    On Food Storage
    The Sitka Food Hub project working group from the 2013 Sitka Health Summit has refined its focus based on a survey of group interests.
    The project will continue to focus on community food security through food education and a commercial kitchen facility. The working group said that a second sub-group will be devoted to increasing local capacity to develop a food storage system for emergency preparedness.
    Groups will meet individually to begin planning and re-convene in December to report back to one another and push the project forward. Ultimately the two projects will be combined as the project grows.
    The community kitchen group will meet 6:30 p.m. Nov. 19, and the food storage group will gather at noon on  Nov. 20, both at Centennial Hall. The two sub-groups were created to help tighten the focus of the main project and make it easier to improve Sitka’s food security.
    The shared-use community kitchen will be a place where families and individuals may take classes, rent space to preserve and can their own food, and small-scale local food producers can rent it to create their own value-added food products. The other group will focus on increasing food storage options, since local hunger groups need more storage in order to expand.
    Both groups will meet together at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Centennial Hall. To learn more about the Sitka Food Hub and to get onto the group’s email list, contact Marjorie Hennessy at 747-7509 (days) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    SCH Auxiliary
    Meets Nov. 19
    Sitka Community Hospital Auxiliary will meet noon Nov. 19 in the lower level classroom of the hospital. Lunch is available from the Basement Bistro.
    Hugh Hallgren, CEO, will be featured speaker. He will talk about the new and more inclusive services being done at the hospital. All are invited

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At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

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 pm Wednesday, May 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002


From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.