Home | Ketchikan | Alaska | Sports | Waterfront | Business | Education | Religion | Scene
Classifieds | Place a class ad | PDF Edition | Calendar | Discussions | Moderated Chat | Home Delivery| How to cancel

As an island community in an island region, Ketchikan knows the importance of air and sea transportation.

May 19 will be a remarkable day in Ketchikan. Seven cruise ships are expected to bring 13,226 passengers to the First City, beginning at 6 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m. That's more than 2,000 above the highest cruise passenger day a year ago.

Margaret Mae Bolton, 83, died April 15, 2017, in Ketchikan.
Courtney Marie Marshall, 36, died April 11, 2017, in Seattle.
Marcario Rado, 58, died April 10, 2017, in Ketchikan.
Ralph Lloyd Grooms, 91, died April 13, 2017, in Ketchikan.
It takes an island

... to make a Fourth of July. Every little bit of it that we appreciate about one of our favorite holidays is someone else’s brainchild, project, assignment, or joy.

The parade? The Greater Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce spends countless hours organizing it, of course, but all the participants do yeoman’s work, too. This year, two grand marshals (and great friends to Ketchikan) celebrated with us, Kayhi graduates both. Which reminds us — those class reunions don’t organize themselves. Every class has its movers and shakers to welcome those who’ve left town home, and to join long-separated classmates once again. Dinners, picnics, parties and the parade: Rain or shine, those floats will roll. Candy will be thrown (and received) joyously. New generations now have been thrilled at the sight of the huge American flag signaling the beginning of the festivities.

Like food? Someone bakes those pies and slaves over all the food sold at the booths where we play games as well as eat, again with help from volunteers. Students aren’t the only ones raising funds, but they certainly do more than their share. Everyone tries to find an activity or edible to entice that last charitable dollar out of our well-exercised wallets.

And that reminds us: All of our neighbors’ efforts and energy would be for naught if we didn’t come out to enjoy the day. Everyone is an important piece of the community puzzle that is a Fourth of July celebration. Without any of us to enjoy the goings-on, all of those people who provide them would just be going through the motions.

Thanks are due to everyone who worked so to make another Ketchikan Fourth of July memory for all of us — and to everyone who enjoyed the fruits of their labor. Another fine Independence Day is in the books. Aaaaah.