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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.
A story of service

Every child has at one time or another begged to be told a story, from the moment of realization of what "a story" is.

In Ketchikan and surrounding areas, every child for the past half-century has been able to count on a story every Saturday morning because of The Story Lady.

What a gift Agnes Royer has given us - including those who grew up listening, their children and their grandchildren - by reading stories to children every Saturday morning ("even on Christmas," according to a proclamation in her honor) on KTKN radio.

She's also read stories to children in schools, at Scouts, during public events and at Head Start. In 62 years as a First City resident, Mrs. Royer has been the soul of generosity, including her service as Presbyterian Church organist for most of that time.

Ketchikan Gateway Borough Mayor Dave Kiffer lauds The Story Lady with a proclamation today, noting her "50 years of dedicated service to the families" of the borough.

After filling in for a couple of years, she became the Story Lady full time in August 1960, according to his honor's proclamation - which notes that "her tenure on local radio is one of the longest in the history of the state of Alaska."

We'd like to think we could come up with better words than Mayor Kiffer did to honor the Story Lady, but we can't. The last words of the proclamation "acknowledge that the community has been a better place to grow up because of her."

The Story Lady is averse to public attention, so we won't suggest anything more than a heartfelt "thank you" in her honor. But what a testament to the difference one person can make with what seems a simple service.

Thank you, Story Lady.