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Although late, we’d be remiss if we failed to note the passing of Harry Merlo, who died on Oct. 24, 2016, at the age of 91.

It's unfortunate that a community needs a safe home.

Karla Isabelle Keele, 40, died Nov. 11, 2016, peacefully at home in Kent, Washington, after losing her battle with breast cancer. 
Denise Marie (Towner) Hall, 55, died Nov. 17, 2016, at Providence Hospital in Everett, Washington of hepatorenal syndrome (multiple organ failure).
Alfred Willard “Waddy” Natkong, 73, died Dec. 4, 2016, in Hydaburg.
Big sports weekend

Let's cheer for the kids.

Ketchikan's high school athletes will be bringing three different sports to the fields in Ketchikan this weekend, all for their and the community's enjoyment. Kayhi will be the host school for track and field events; the girls softball team will welcome Sitka, and boys soccer will have visitors from Juneau-Douglas.

Ketchikan High's girls soccer team will be in Juneau, while the boys baseball squad will visit Sitka.

Of course, younger kids are warming up for baseball and softball seasons, too. Not to mention all of the spring performances by musicians (Jerry Galley spring concert Thursday night) and dancers of all ages.

Without professional or college sports high school activities are the main events for sports fans in Ketchikan.

The attraction is the competition — that it's a contest and it's played by good sports. Ketchikan has a reputation for the latter, and, as fans know, the crowd shows up in anticipation of a good game or a good run and isn't often disappointed. But part of the fun is in the unknown before an activity starts. After that it's watching to see how Ketchikan's best does up against those of other communities.

In a rainforest, such as where Ketchikan is located, the weather adds to the pre-game wonder, wondering whether it will turn out to be a bright sunny day as the hopeful do or wondering how much raingear to wear. This weekend Ketchikan might see some mist, but the sun is expected to peek through, too, as temperatures begin to rise into the 50s.

But, even if it pours down rain, Ketchikan is used to that and will get out and cheer. It will be there for the kids and enjoy doing it.