December 4, 2013 Community Happenings

‘Count the Lights’
    Contest to Begin
    The Second Annual Count the Lights and Light Up Downtown contest will run Dec. 7-Jan. 7.
    Residents can guess how many lights are on the town’s Christmas tree, which will be lighted 5 p.m. Dec. 6 in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral.
    Ballot boxes are in downtown stores.

    Christmas Tree
    Lighting Dec. 6
    The public is invited to an old-fashioned lighting of the Christmas tree in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral 5 p.m. Dec. 6.
    The ceremony will include caroling and is a kick-off event for the ‘‘Count the Lights’’ contest.

    Harp Sing Set
    The Second Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing is set 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8  at the Pioneers Home Chapel.
    Beginners and listeners are welcome. Christmas songs from the distant past will be sung. Call 738-2089 for more information.

    SEARHC Team:
    Reflective Tape
    A Good Idea
    SEARHC’s Injury Prevention Team reminds everyone to take precautions this time of year by adding reflective tape to clothing or buying clothes with built-in reflectives to help children “Be Safe, Be Seen.”
    Wearing reflective gear allows children to be seen from 500 feet away in the dark, especially while waiting for the bus or riding their bikes.
    Reflective tape is inexpensive and easy to apply and remove from clothing, SEARHC said. It should be placed  on all sides of the child’s jacket — the front, back, both sides and along both arms. It can also be applied to backpacks, book bags and bike frames.
    Free reflective tape may be requested from the SEARHC Injury Prevention Team by contacting Lesa Way at 966-8804 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    For more information, visit the ‘‘injury prevention’’ section of the SEARHC website,

    Volunteers Sought
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sitka is seeking volunteers to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
    The program matches volunteers with youths who could benefit from a positive adult role model. Volunteers meet with their little sister or brother to share activities and develop a friendship. For more information on the enrollment process and program guidelines contact Barb Morse at 747-3500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Office Hours Set
    Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins will hold office hours Dec. 10 in Sitka. He will be at the Backdoor 9-11 a.m. and Highliner Coffee 1-3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

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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.