November 29, 2013 Community Happenings

Toy Sale Set at
    White E Shop
    The children’s store at the White Elephant Shop will have all toys on sale for half price at its noon-3 p.m. Nov. 30 opening.

    SEARHC Gets
    SEARHC has once again earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in ambulatory care organizations.
    SEARHC underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in September. A team of experts evaluated for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management at Sitka, Juneau, Haines, and Klawock.
    “This accreditation validates the great work we’re doing and that our providers and entire staff are meeting the highest standard of excellence within the healthcare community, not only at Mt. Edgcumbe Hospital and Ethel Lund Medical Center, but at all of our clinics, including Behavioral Health. As we continue to pursue excellence in our patient care, the guidance that the Joint Commission surveyors provided has been and will continue to be extremely helpful in this journey,” said SEARHC CEO Charles Clement.

    Sales Tax Holidays
    Today, Saturday
    The city Assembly approved sales tax holidays for today and Saturday. Certain sales made on those days will be free from sales tax.
    The City and Borough of Sitka said that it will not affect any sale of fuel or any sale which is part of a continuing obligation of the buyer to pay the seller over time.
    Those with questions may contact Marjorie Parmelee, city sales tax clerk, at 747-1840
    Senior Hike Set
    The Senior Hiking Club will hike 9:15-11:30 a.m. Dec. 19, beginning at the Swan Lake Senior Center.
    Seniors at all hiking levels are welcome to join and hike at their own pace.
    The cost is $5. Transportation, trekking poles and yak traks are included. Senior Hiking Club will meet on Thursday mornings for the next several months. Contact Alli at SAIL with any questions at 747-6859.

    Former Sitkan
    Eva N. Jones
    Dies in Texas

    Eva Nannette Jones, a former Sitka resident, passed away Nov. 22 in Denver City, Texas. She was 84.
    A funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 27 at St. William Catholic Church of Denver City, with Father Heriberto Mercado officiating. Interment followed at Denver City Memorial Park.
    Eva was born May 28, 1929, in Glendale, Calif., to Walter and Mona Hooker. She married Glenn Jones in Montrose, Calif., on Feb. 14, 1946.
    She was a homemaker, and a member of the Catholic Church.
    Eva was preceded in death by four sisters.
`    She is survived by seven sons, John Jones of Bandera, Texas, Phil Jones of Salt Lake City, Utah, Peter Jones, Tom Jones and Chris Jones, all of Sitka, Matt Jones of Motley, Minn., and Pat Jones of Bend, Ore.; five daughters, Sidney Watson of Emmett, Idaho, Barbara Redinger of Falls City, Ore., Judy Kimmel of Puyallup, Wash., Sally Davies of Anchorage and Donna Ware of Denver City; 22 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

    ANB to Discuss
    Wayside Exhibit
    Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 will meet 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at the ANB Founders Hall to provide a venue to gather public comment from the community of Sitka and from ANB members regarding the Sitka National Historical Park Wayside Exhibit project.
    Comments that are shared at this meeting may be considered and implemented into the final position statement of the ANB that will be sent to the park’s superintendent and staff prior to their requested deadline of Dec. 6, said ANB Camp 1 President Tom Gamble.
    To volunteer, request information about joining the ANB or for general information about use of the ANB Founders Hall, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Popcorn on Sale
    By Cub Scouts
    Cub Scout Pack 26 will be selling Scout popcorn 3-4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Sea Mart.

    Giving Tree Up
    At Wells Fargo
    The Giving Tree is set up in the lobby of the Wells Fargo Bank. Sitkans are invited to help those in need by purchasing new gifts, and returning those unwrapped gifts to the decorated box in the Wells Fargo Bank lobby.
    The tree is decorated with gift tags.  Each tag designates the gender and age of the recipient. Gifts will benefit children and adults from the Sitka Pioneers Home, Sitka Community Hospital Long-Term Care, Sitka Youth Advocates, Head Start and Sitkans Against Family Violence.
    The Giving Tree is sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Call Lauren Allen with questions 747-6432.

    Unitarians Meet
    To Discuss Advent
    Rich McClear will lead a discussion on Advent at the Unitarian Fellowship meeting Dec. 1.
    Dec. 1 is the first Sunday in Advent, the beginning of the Christian Liturgical Year.
    ‘‘It is a season filled with parties and joy for people in the West, but it was not always that way,’’ McClear said. ‘‘During the first 1,000 years of the common era it was a period of fasting and penance. It still is in the Orthodox world. How did the change happen? Why do we party and not fast? There are some calls to turn back toward fasting and penance in reaction to the excesses of Black Friday and the whole holiday overload.’’
    Before and after the presentation a slide show of Advent markets will be shown. McClear took the pictures while he lived in Europe.’
    Fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:45 a.m. Children’s religious education is provided. Soup and bread follows the program at noon. The Fellowship Hall is located at 408 Marine Street, with parking behind off Spruce Street.

    Card of Thanks
    Thank you to everyone who helped with our 50th wedding anniversary. Aurora Cooper for making the beautiful cake. All who brought food. Helen Mercado for making a beautiful beaded gift. For my son, E.J. Williams, for the beautiful flowers. Karin and Mike Fitzsimmons, who traveled from Oregon. Alicia, Tony and Brianna for all the wonderful work they did. You made it a wonderful celebration. A big gunalcheesh to Noow Tlein Dancers for the performance.
Sarah and Earl Williams
    School Board Meets
    Sitka School Board will meet 6 p.m. Dec. 3 in the Sitka High School library. The public is invited to attend.

    Attic Treasures,
    Lunch on Tap
    Homemade lunch and baked goods, attic treasures and Fair Trade Fair items will be featured at the St. Peter’s Bazaar 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7 at the See House, behind the St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Lincoln Street.
    A door prize will be given at the end of each hour. Items will include throws and National Geographic books and mugs. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m., which will include clam chowder, regular or vegetarian chili, hot dogs, chili dogs and  beverages. Dessert will be apple pie.
    ‘‘The Christmas bazaar has taken place at the See House for many generations,’’ organizers said. ‘‘Folks attend to meet with friends, hear some Christmas music and visit with others who are fortunate enough to live here all year long. Everyone is 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.