Walk MS Sitka on May 13 will raise money for multiple sclerosis research and awareness

Sitka will host its third Walk MS event at 10 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.) on Saturday, May 13, at Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. This is the 27th anniversary of Walk MS, a national series of walks to raise money for programs and services, research, treatment and awareness of multiple sclerosis.

Walk MS Sitka will feature a 1.5-mile walk along the new coastal multi-use path from Sawmill Cove Industrial Park to Whale Park. Transportation will be available to take people back to the walk’s start line, or people can walk back to Sawmill Cove Industrial Park.

From left, Dillon Peavey, 9, Jaden Costelo 9, and Jaira Costelo, 8, lead the first Walk MS Sitka event Saturday morning, May 30, 2015. About 100 people participated in the walk from the Gary Paxton Industrial Park to Whale Park. Although donations were accepted, organizers Patricia Atkinson and Colleen Dahlquist said the event was held to raise awareness of the chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

From left, Dillon Peavey, 9, Jaden Costelo 9, and Jaira Costelo, 8, lead the first Walk MS Sitka event Saturday morning, May 30, 2015. About 100 people participated in the walk from the Gary Paxton Industrial Park to Whale Park. Although donations were accepted, organizers Patricia Atkinson and Colleen Dahlquist said the event was held to raise awareness of the chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

“People participating in the Walk MS Sitka 2017 are showing their love and support for people who are affected by multiple sclerosis,” Walk MS Sitka local coordinator Patricia Atkinson said. “People can sign up ahead of time on the Walk MS Sitka homepage, or at the walk. Donations are welcome, and stay in the Pacific Northwest to support research, education, and individuals.”

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system. MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness, and more. These problems may come and go or persist and worsen over time. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it.

To register online, go to http://www.walkms.org, find the Sitka AK page (zip code 99835), and register as a team or an individual (please make sure you put Sitka in the team title when you register). People also can register onsite at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. If you can’t make the actual walk, you still can go online and pledge your financial support. All money raised in Alaska stays in Alaska.

“Rain or shine, show your support for people living with MS and join us!” Atkinson said.

For more information, contact Patricia Atkinson in Sitka at (907) 317-0619 or contact National MS Society Community Engagement Manager Cassey Bradley-Leonardis at (907) 331-0179 or cassey.bradleyleonardis@nmss.org. You also can like the Walk MS Sitka page on Facebook to get updates.

• Multiple Sclerosis 101 (facts about MS)

Greater Sitka Arts Council and Sitka Folk to host annual Fall Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 25

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fall-art-mini-posterThe Greater Sitka Arts Council and Sitka Folk will host its annual Fall Art Walk from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at several businesses in downtown Sitka.

The free art walk will give people a chance to see new art work, visit with your neighbors, and maybe get an early gift idea for the holidays.

Here are highlights from some of the participating businesses:

  • THE LARKSPUR CAFÉ, 2 LINCOLN ST. — Artists TBA
  • WILLIAM STORTZ GALLERY AT CITY HALL, 100 LINCOLN ST. — Tlingít language revitalization photo exhibit by Pundit Productions
  • FOR ME & MY HOUSE / KNITTING WITH CLASS, 102 LINCOLN ST. — Ellen has all things unique for your home. Laura provides beautiful natural fibers and knitted garments.
  • ISLAND ARTISTS GALLERY, 205 B. LINCOLN ST. — Artists TBA
  • OLD HARBOR BOOKS, 201 LINCOLN ST. — Original oil paintings depicting scenes of Sitka by James Poulson
  • ABBY’S REFLECTION APPAREL & QUILTWORKS, 231 LINCOLN ST. — DJ and Morgan Robidou of Sea Dreams Designs
  • FISHERMEN’S EYE GALLERY, 239 LINCOLN ST. — Charcoal drawings by Heather Bauscher, wood-turned bowls by Zach LaPerriere, music by Debby LeVeck & friends
  • ARTIST COVE GALLERY, 241 LINCOLN ST. — Copper jewelry by Tlingít artist Jennifer Olney-Miller, art and music by Mark Sixbey, sculpted wire jewelry by Linda Wilson
  • SITKA ROSE GALLERY, 419 LINCOLN ST. — Artists TBA
  • THE LOFT, 408 OJA WAY, SUITE A — An exhibition of new works on paper by Sarah Lawrie

After the Fall Art Walk, join us forAn Evening With The Artists, from 8-10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, at The Loft (408 Oja Way, Suite A, upstairs). This event features an exhibition of new works on paper by Sarah Lawrie and original songs from Denise DenHerder and Ted Howard. The admission fee for this event is $10 and tickets are available at Old Harbor Books or at the door. Only 45 tickets will be sold

For more information, contact thinkartthinksitka@gmail.com.

History walk on Oct. 15 honors 50th anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act

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poster-whitmore-open-houseHelp celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act by taking part in an informal self-guided history walk around Sitka on Saturday, Oct. 15. Participants will receive a special commemorative lapel pin honoring the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Meet from 1-4 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Whitmore Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus (it’s the newly renovated building to the right of Allen Hall as you look at the campus from Lincoln Street) to get a copy of a map showing all of the National Historic Landmarks in Sitka, along with several other historic properties. By the way, did you know Sitka has as many National Historic Landmarks in town as there are in the entire state of Nevada (eight of Alaska’s 49 National Historic Landmarks are in Sitka)?

There also will be an open house and reception from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 15 at Whitmore Hall with coffee and cookies, information about the preservation work, and historic photos, blueprints, and possibly artifacts.

poster-james-talkIn addition, from 7-8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Del Shirley Room (upstairs in Allen Hall), James Poulson will give a presentation on “World of Magic and Miracles – the Architecture of Ludlow and Peabody.” Ludlow and Peabody was the nationally prominent firm that designed the Sheldon Jackson School campus in 1911. Learn about these men and their circle, and how these unusual buildings were once on the cutting edge of American arts and culture.

For more information about these events, go to the Historic Preservation Sitka website at https://historicpreservationsitka.wordpress.com/.

Walk MS Sitka on May 21 will raise money for multiple sclerosis research and awareness

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Sitka will host its second Walk MS event at 9:30 a.m. (registration at 9 a.m.) on Saturday, May 21, at Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. This is the 26th anniversary of Walk MS, a national series of walks to raise money for programs and services, research, treatment and awareness of multiple sclerosis.

Walk MS Sitka will feature a 1.5-mile walk along the new coastal multi-use path from Sawmill Cove Industrial Park to Whale Park. Transportation will be available to take people back to the walk’s start line, or people can walk back to Sawmill Cove Industrial Park.

From left, Dillon Peavey, 9, Jaden Costelo 9, and Jaira Costelo, 8, lead the first Walk MS Sitka event Saturday morning, May 30, 2015. About 100 people participated in the walk from the Gary Paxton Industrial Park to Whale Park. Although donations were accepted, organizers Patricia Atkinson and Colleen Dahlquist said the event was held to raise awareness of the chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

From left, Dillon Peavey, 9, Jaden Costelo 9, and Jaira Costelo, 8, lead the first Walk MS Sitka event Saturday morning, May 30, 2015. About 100 people participated in the walk from the Gary Paxton Industrial Park to Whale Park. Although donations were accepted, organizers Patricia Atkinson and Colleen Dahlquist said the event was held to raise awareness of the chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

“People participating in the Walk MS Sitka 2016 are showing their love and support for people who are affected by multiple sclerosis,” Walk MS Sitka local coordinator Patricia Atkinson said. “People can sign up ahead of time on the Walk MS Sitka homepage, or at the walk. Donations are welcome, and stay in the Pacific Northwest to support research, education, and individuals.”

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the central nervous system. MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness, and more. These problems may come and go or persist and worsen over time. Most people are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, although individuals as young as 2 and as old as 75 have developed it.

To register online, go to http://www.walkms.org, find the Sitka AK page (zip code 99835), and register as a team or an individual (please make sure you put Sitka in the team title when you register). People also can register onsite at the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park. If you can’t make the actual walk, you still can go online and pledge your financial support. All money raised in Alaska stays in Alaska.

“Rain or shine, show your support for people living with MS and join us!” Atkinson said.

For more information, contact Patricia Atkinson in Sitka at (907) 317-0619 or contact National MS Society Community Engagement Manager Cassey Bradley-Leonardis at (907) 331-0179 or cassey.bradleyleonardis@nmss.org. You also can like the Walk MS Sitka page on Facebook to get updates.

• Multiple Sclerosis 101 (facts about MS)

 

Sitka Sea Walk starting to take shape, but project not finished yet

Sarah and Eric Jordan check out the boats in Crescent Harbor while taking a hike on the Sitka Sea Walk on Tuesday, Sept. 10, (Photo by Charles Bingham)

Sarah and Eric Jordan check out the boats in Crescent Harbor while taking a hike on the Sitka Sea Walk on Tuesday, Sept. 10, (Photo by Charles Bingham)

SEA WALK WORK – CBC Construction’s Frank Kimball moves rocks near the Sitka Sound Science Center the morning of April 13,. Work has begun on the $1.22 million sea walk project including the stretch of sidewalk near the center that had dead-ended at the Crescent Harbor breakwater. The CBC bid for the scenic walk was so far below the estimated cost that five optional additional improvements were added to the project. The project will widen the sidewalk along Crescent Harbor, connect it to a new walkway in front of the Sitka Sound Science Center and add a walkway along the beach to Sitka National Historical Park. The add ons include using Alaska yellow cedar instead of treated lumber for the boardwalk; a walkway spur atop the eastern breakwater of Crescent Harbor; installing site lighting; improving Crescent Park drainage, and adding a trail from the basketball court to the entrance of the SJ Campus. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

SEA WALK WORK – CBC Construction’s Frank Kimball moves rocks near the Sitka Sound Science Center the morning of April 13,. Work has begun on the $1.22 million sea walk project including the stretch of sidewalk near the center that had dead-ended at the Crescent Harbor breakwater. The CBC bid for the scenic walk was so far below the estimated cost that five optional additional improvements were added to the project. The project will widen the sidewalk along Crescent Harbor, connect it to a new walkway in front of the Sitka Sound Science Center and add a walkway along the beach to Sitka National Historical Park. The add ons include using Alaska yellow cedar instead of treated lumber for the boardwalk; a walkway spur atop the eastern breakwater of Crescent Harbor; installing site lighting; improving Crescent Park drainage, and adding a trail from the basketball court to the entrance of the SJ Campus. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Sections of the new Sitka Sea Walk are nearing completion, even though there is still much work to be done before the new coastal walking path from Harrigan Centennial Hall to the Sitka National Historical Park is finished.

The section of the Sitka Sea Walk that connects to the Crescent Harbor parking lot and Harrigan Centennial Hall is mostly done, and people already are using this section. There also is a completed section in front of the Sitka Sound Science Center.

However, construction crews still are excavating the part of the Sitka Sea Walk that drops from the road down to the beach near Sitka National Historical Park.  The section by the basketball and tennis courts also isn’t ready for foot traffic.

The Sitka Assembly awarded the contract to CBC Construction in March, and city officials were able to add five add-ons to the project because the winning bid was so low. The project is funded by cruise tax money and construction is expected to continue into the summer. Click here for more information about the project.

Construction work starts on the Sitka Sea Walk

SEA WALK WORK – CBC Construction’s Frank Kimball moves rocks near the Sitka Sound Science Center this morning. Work has begun on the $1.22 million sea walk project including the stretch of sidewalk near the center that had dead-ended at the Crescent Harbor breakwater. The CBC bid for the scenic walk was so far below the estimated cost that five optional additional improvements were added to the project. The project will widen the sidewalk along Crescent Harbor, connect it to a new walkway in front of the Sitka Sound Science Center and add a walkway along the beach to Sitka National Historical Park. The add ons include using Alaska yellow cedar instead of treated lumber for the boardwalk; a walkway spur atop the eastern breakwater of Crescent Harbor; installing site lighting; improving Crescent Park drainage, and adding a trail from the basketball court to the entrance of the SJ Campus. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

SEA WALK WORK – CBC Construction’s Frank Kimball moves rocks near the Sitka Sound Science Center this morning. Work has begun on the $1.22 million sea walk project including the stretch of sidewalk near the center that had dead-ended at the Crescent Harbor breakwater. The CBC bid for the scenic walk was so far below the estimated cost that five optional additional improvements were added to the project. The project will widen the sidewalk along Crescent Harbor, connect it to a new walkway in front of the Sitka Sound Science Center and add a walkway along the beach to Sitka National Historical Park. The add ons include using Alaska yellow cedar instead of treated lumber for the boardwalk; a walkway spur atop the eastern breakwater of Crescent Harbor; installing site lighting; improving Crescent Park drainage, and adding a trail from the basketball court to the entrance of the Sheldon Jackson Campus. (Daily Sitka Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

The Friday, April 12, 2013, edition of the Daily Sitka Sentinel features a photo by James Poulson of the start of construction on the new Sitka Sea Walk.

The photo shows an earthmover from CBC Construction starting to move rocks near the Sitka Sound Science Center, which is one of the highlighted stops along the new pathway that will run from Crescent Harbor downtown to the Sitka National Historical Park. The Sitka Assembly awarded the contract to CBC Construction in March, and city officials were able to add five add-ons to the project because the winning bid was so low. The project is funded by cruise tax money and construction is expected to continue into the summer. Click here for more information about the project.