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To the Editor


How Was Prom?

To the Editor:

“How was Prom?” This was the primary question asked of me in the days following the Prom (held Saturday night, May 5, 2012).

The vast majority of Petersburg High School students and guests rose to the published expectations of the occasion and enjoyed an evening of fun and appropriate dance.

Did some individuals need reminding? Yes.

Were they respectful when reminded of the expectations? Absolutely.

A big thank you and congratulations to our great PHS students for their help in making this a successful Prom. A special note of recognition and congratulations are extended to Prom King Joe Zarlengo and Prom Queen Carolyn Kvernvik.

The Prom room decorations were outstanding. The refreshments, table decorations, music, and style of dress were all classy and wonderful. Raising the level of decency for PHS dances is a commitment shared by parents, community members, staff, and many, many students. Thank you to parents and guardians who support the efforts of the school to ensure the safety, social and emotional welfare of students.

Finally, a special note of thanks goes to Mr. Trautman, Mrs. Evens, Ms. Day, Mr. Engell, Mrs. Etcher, Mrs. McIntosh, and Mr. Dormer and all the outstanding parents who attended Prom. They devote their time to supporting student activities, like Prom, because they want students to have a safe and enjoyable experience.

The 2012 Prom, sponsored by the Junior class, established the new standard for PHS dances. Parents and staff members are confident that our great students will continue to raise the bar to new heights of excellence during future dances.

Dr. Robert Thomason


Weigh in with your vote on Borough

To the Editor:

Ms. O’Rear claiming to be a ‘private citizen’ while speaking as a proponent of the Petersburg Borough would be like President Obama speaking as a ‘private citizen’ advocating his health care reform program.  If she wants to be taken seriously as a ‘private citizen’ on this matter, she should resign her position with the city government and spend her own time and money as those of us who oppose the borough must do.

I would also take her ‘private citizen’ borough cheerleading more seriously if she would present a leave slip showing she was not working as a city employee when she appeared last fall on KFSK as a borough proponent and issued a statement that she was not being paid by the city when she was acting as the ‘lead clerical staff’ preparing the borough petition.

It would be very interesting to see how much of the city taxpayers’ money has been spent on employee time, lawyers, flyers, materials, meetings, consultants, and travel.  I suspect that if you add it all up, it would be way more than a quarter million dollars.  The true winners in this process are the lawyers, consultants, and politicians.

I fully expect the Local Boundary Commission will approve the borough petition on June First and the question of the borough will go to a vote.  The vote will most probably be conducted by mail within 4 months following the June First finding.  No matter how you feel on the issue, please make the effort to insure your voice will be heard.  This is a critical issue in the future of the Petersburg area and whatever the outcome, it should accurately reflect the majority view.  The only way to insure this is for every eligible voter to weigh in with his or her vote.

I will vote ‘No’ on the borough and I believe most who take the time to educate themselves on the issues will also vote ‘No’.  I am encouraged by the number of daffodils and ‘No Borough’ signs that have been blossoming this spring.

George Cole

Keene Channel

School Stikine River trip

To the Editor:

Each year Wrangell’s Evergreen Elementary 4th grade class invites Stedman Elementary’s 4th graders to join them for a day of learning and adventure up the Stikine River.  This year, with sunshine above and excitement within, thirty-nine 4th graders and five adults boarded buses and headed out to Banana Point.  We were met there by the Stikine River Jet Boat Association.  We climbed on board their boats and skimmed across the delta of the mighty Stikine River.

Once on the river, we stopped at six learning stations.  The downriver stations were at the mouth of Hooligan Slough.  Here the students learned about native culture through storytelling and fished for hooligan.  The mid-river stations were on Cottonwood Island, where at one time thousands of miners bound for the Klondike camped, waiting for the ice to break up before continuing upriver.  At these stations, students studied survival techniques and took part in a wildlife scavenger hunt.  It was here that students ate lunch and played a game with the Wrangell class.  The upriver station was on Limb Island.  Students studied salmon habitat and species as well as bird species.  We were blessed with sunshine for the entire day and students were smiling from ear to ear.  Phrases like “best day ever”, “most awesome field trip”, “favorite day of 4th grade”, and “an amazing experience” could be heard throughout the day.  We arrived back at school at 5:00 p.m., completely worn out and thrilled from the day’s experience.

As teachers, we were amazed by many things.  The kindness of Evergreen Elementary, the responsibility and polite behavior of our students, and the marvelous learning opportunities were just a few of the things that caught our attention.  There is something else, though, that must be acknowledged, and that is our incredibly generous and supportive community.  As you can imagine, a trip of this magnitude is quite expensive.  Due to the immense generosity of our community, the cost to each student was cut in half. 

Christine Wallace, Dan Sullivan, and Dave Owens


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