Last Thursday (2-5-15), staff of the Kettleson Memorial Library transformed the Stratton location into the Hogwarts castle, complete with floating candlesticks, owls, and of course, a competition for the House Cup. The publisher Bloomsbury Children's Books declared February 5th the first "Harry Potter Book Night," an annual event to celebrate the series.
This past Saturday (2-7-15), below freezing temperatures gave ice skaters a solid surface for gliding. Swan Lake turned into a weekend skating rink, as passerby with skates and sneakers alike stepped on to the ice. Photo by Mike Hicks.
This past weekend (Feb. 5, 2015 - Feb. 7, 2015 ), the sounds of brass instruments and scat vocals filled the hallways and concert venues of Sitka.
These students were among 30 presented with certificates on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at a ceremony at Blatchley Middle School. The students ranged from Lexie Kennedy in kindergarten to seniors at all three high schools.
Minuscule. Hydroponic. Spoonerism. These and over 100 other words of escalating difficulty were posed before participants at the Blatchley Middle School Spelling Bee.
Wednesday, January 7th was Christmas on the Julian calendar observed by Orthodox churches around the world. St. Michael's Orthodox Cathedral celebrated a "Christmas Vigil" and Holy Communion on Tuesday evening. Photos by Mike Hicks/KCAW.
A decorated tree alongside one of Sitka's trails...this one is in the muskeg along the recently renovated Cross Trail section between Indian River and the Gavan Trail. The holiday season continues through Russian Orthodox Christmas on Wednesday, January 7th.
To mark the longest night of the year, boats decorated with lights floated serenely through Sitka Harbor on Sunday (12-21-14).
On Thursday (11-27-14), families and friends flowed through ANB Hall for a community Thanksgiving meal.
Forest Service technician Gwen Baluss visited Sitka this month to band and measure juncos and other songbirds -- with some help from local students.