City of Sitka to host public meetings to discuss improvements on Lincoln Street

The City and Borough of Sitka Public Works Department will host two public meetings — at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, at the Sitka Public Library — to discuss the Lincoln Street Improvements project. Participants will be able to review the plans and hear about the fall and spring construction schedule.

The project includes the replacement of lining of deteriorated storm drainpipes, grinding and overlay of existing pavement, upgrading of ADA (American Disability Act) ramps, replacement of limited sidewalk and installation of red concrete crosswalks. The public is encouraged to attend to see the proposed improvements and provide public input.

For more information, contact Public Works at 747-1806.

• Lincoln Street Improvements meeting handout

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SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, July 19

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Cross Trail trailhead.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Clare Kelly at 747-6859 or email her at ckelly@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for July 2018

Sitka Sound Science Center lists guided tidepool walks for July

Join a Sitka Sound Science Center interpreter for a morning of intertidal exploration during four guided tidepool walks in July (there also will be some in August, but the schedule hasn’t been announced). The July walks are at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13; at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 16; at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17; and at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 30. The times vary because of the tides.

We will meet at the science center for a brief overview of the intertidal zone and what we can expect to see on the beach, as well as a beach etiquette talk. After that, we will head out to the beach adjacent to the Science Center for our beach walk.

The cost is $10, and includes all day admission to the aquarium and salmon hatchery. For more information, contact SSSC aquarium outreach manager Sandy McClung at 747-8878, Ext. 16, or smcclung@sitkascience.org.

SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, July 5

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 5. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Green Lake Road trailhead.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Clare Kelly at 747-6859 or email her at ckelly@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for July 2018

Sitka to host a ‘Families Belong Together Not In Cages’ march on June 30

Donald Trump and his administration are cruelly separating children from their families. But we won’t allow it to continue. On June 30, we’re rallying in Washington, D.C., and in over 600 communities around the country to tell Donald Trump and his administration to stop separating kids from their parents.

Join us at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, at the Crescent Harbor Shelter to send a message that Families Belong Together. The marches around the country are coordinated by MoveOn, in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Domestic Workers Alliance, and the Leadership Council.

The event will feature short presentations by local speakers and a march through downtown Sitka (on sidewalks).

https://act.moveon.org/event/families-belong-together_attend1/20214

Sitka Cancer Survivors Society to host celebration walk June 24 at Path of Hope park

A sculpture by Stephen Lawrie on the Path of Hope trail in Sitka.

The Sitka Cancer Survivors Society is planning a celebration event from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, in honor of June being National Cancer Survivor Month.

The society invites all those interested in joining them in walking through the “Path of Hope” park, celebrating with cancer survivors, their families and friends.

Come meet the board members to find out what we are all about, how we got started, and what we do to help support all those dealing with cancer. Refreshments will be served by the Sitka Emblem Club  No. 142. Come and enjoy the beautiful park, and celebrate with fellow cancer survivors and their families.

The Path of Hope Inspirational Park is located on Moller Drive, behind Sitka Community Hospital and behind the running track at Moller Field.

The Sitka Cancer Survivors Society provides support for Sitka residents undergoing cancer treatment, and survivors of cancer. Any questions, please contact Carolyn Fredrickson at 623-7028.

• 2013 SCSS Path of Hope Brochure

 

Juneau intersection project, Sitka Sea Walk incorporate Tlingít formline into design

As part of the recent City and Borough of Juneau Downtown Street Improvements Project, the intersection of Front Street and Seward Street now incorporates Tlingít formline into its design.

Rico Worl, who designed it, explains his inspiration in a post on the city’s website:

“The design originated while spending a Saturday afternoon at the intersection. Throughout the day there was nonstop foot traffic. I think it may be one of the most well walked local crossroads. There was nonstop people walking through, people stopping and visiting, singing, yelling; it was a very lively corner for locals.

“The lines flow through the intersection in various directions representing the concept of water flowing, giving the feeling of currents. The fish stamps [that are embedded in the concrete sidewalk] (color will be added later) represent the community members traveling through town. The aerial view photo shows the formline-esque lines. It draws from the elements of formline, which explore the ideas of proportion and flowing weights of lines.

“The salmon medallion [in the northwest corner] is done by Crystal Worl. The lettering around it is done by Christy Namee Eriksen. The metal cutting was done by Adam Dimmitt. The design speaks to the concept of Latseen, the strength of mind, body, and spirit. The core cultural value medallions are a collection of art pieces that speak to the depth of relationship between Tlingít people and the landscape.”

The website gave thanks to Rico, Crystal, Christy and Adam for the amazing work. Also, thanks to CBC Construction, Inc., Southeast Earthmovers, Compass Construction and DOWL for construction and design. An aerial photo of the intersection was taken by Josh McGraw.

The Sitka Sea Walk incorporated Tlingít formline into its design after consultation with Tlingít carver Tommy Jospeh.

Note, this isn’t the first time Tlingít formline has been part of a street or sidewalk design in Southeast Alaska. When the City and Borough of Sitka built the Sitka Sea Walk in 2013, they asked Tlingít carver Tommy Joseph to help incorporate some formline designs into the project.

Incorporating cultural designs into a project can help give tribal and other groups pride and buy-in to a new construction project. But they should only be done after consulting with the tribe or other group to prevent cultural appropriation.