CHECKING IT OUT – Fia Turczynewycz, a visitor from Ohio, walks her dog,  Mani, past the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center this morning. Tlingit master carver Tommy Joseph’s newly completed yellow cedar Waas’go pole, pictured in the background, was moved out of the park’s carving shed Thursday to make room for Joseph’s latest project – carving a Tlingit canoe with the aid of an apprentice. Joseph’s Waas’go pole is the third version of the Haida pole in the past century – a reproduction of a reproduction made in the 1930s by George Benson, which is placed inside the visitor center. Rangers are working on approval for a location along the park’s trail system for the new pole. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Irene Williams

    Irene Mason Williams, a former Sitka resident, died Dec. 25, 2011, in St. Louis, Mo. She was 91.
    She was born July 9, 1920, in Shaw, Miss., the third child of John and Drucilla Mason.
    The family moved to St. Louis when she was young. She graduated from Sumner High School there in 1940, and attended Lincoln University, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. Afterward she received a degree in speech therapy at St. Louis University.
    In St. Louis, she was a mentor with the Young Women Christian Association, in which she used her talent as a speech therapist to help children with speech difficulties.
    Ms. Williams was politically active, and worked as one of the original members of the St. Louis Chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality. She, along with others, started the integration process of blacks into public accommodations in St. Louis.
    She lived in Sitka, with her sister, Clothilde Bahovec, for 40 years. The two were involved in many community activities, and she organized a Shakespearean festival here. She was a longtime member of United Methodist Church of Sitka, and the Unity Christ Church in St. Louis.
    As an explorer and adventurer at heart, she moved and lived in many places. She worked for the St. Louis County public schools as a speech therapist. Later she moved to Alberta, Canada, and then to Denver, Colo. In Sitka she continued and later retired as a speech therapist.
    Ms. Williams was preceded in death by her mother and father, John and Drucilla Mason; her brother, John Mason; and her sister, Clothilde Bahovec.
    Survivors include her nephews, John Mason (Amanda) and Leon Mason; nieces Drucilla Wilson and Irene Mason; cousins Dr. William Gibson, Dr. William Woods, Dr. Jerry Anne Woods, and Mrs. Milgret Woods; and many other relatives and friends.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 9-17-21)

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 10:47 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 875

Total statewide – 96,002

Total (cumulative) deaths – 454

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,207

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 14 new COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 187.73 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 5

Cases in last 7 days – 16

Cumulative Sitka cases – 946

Positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 9/10/21 – 1,090

Deceased (cumulative) – 3

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Friday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 6,132 (83.03%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,991 (81.12%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 89.85 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at: https://cityofsitka.org

 

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20 YEARS AGO
September 2001

Alaska Pacific Bank has opened an account for donations to be directed to the families of the World Trade Center attack of Sept. 11. The account has been opened with a $2,000 contribution from the bank and an anonymous donor.

50 YEARS AGO
September 1971

At the Sitka Historical Society’s meeting Sunday, Mrs. Esther Billman of Sheldon Jackson College presented a “surprise package” of recent donations to the Sheldon Jackson Museum by Mr. Hugh Brady, youngest son of former Territorial Gov. John Brady.

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