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Good Things Happen in Ketchikan
By Charles Edwardson


March 03, 2010

WHAT does lumpia and the Cape Fox Dancers have in common? Nothing but the KAYHI girls' basketball team. So often I write this publication to complain or find fault in our elected officials. Today I want to change the tone.

I was never so proud to be a part of this community as last week, the girls' basketball team had a fund raiser as we usually do, due to the lack of funds in the activities fund (I complained about that before). I was in charge with a few other parents of cooking the lumpia in KAYHI's world class kitchen and hundreds of people came out to support the Lady Kings -- not to mention how can you go wrong with Filipino food cooked by Mrs Reno, and friends.

What impressed me about the Reno supporting cast (family) is they put their heart and soul into this fund raiser dinner, and as the evening wore on we were running out of food. Belinda Reno got on the phone and sent out a "lumpia alert" and she left the kitchen in a rush. We stood around and wondered (now what) with Reno gone. Our fears were short lived , we found out she had called for help and she got it . We had pancit , fried rice, lumpia to feed the masses. She needed help and members of the community stepped up. We ran a little short on chicken adobol but overall Mrs Reno and her family, friends and the parents in the kitchen that night pulled together and had a fantastic dinner.

A few nights later my family attended a dinner at the City of Saxman Community Hall. It was a dinner that was honoring Saxman's own Crystal Blair, one of the most decorated girls' high school basketball players ever to come out of Southeast Alaska. Although the dinner was in Crystal Blair's honor - "well deserved" - the entire girls' basketball team was recognized and honored by the Cape Fox Dancers , and another huge dinner was available to the whole community of Ketchikan. The girls' basketball team was invited on stage with one of the premiere dance groups in all of Alaska and invited to wear the dancers regalia (button robes with family crests on the back).

My oldest daughters grew up in the Haida descendants dance group so Alexis Edwardson also a very accomplished player, ranked with the best guards in the state, knew the significance of her fellow players asked to wear family crests to join the Cape Fox Dancers on stage. This type of honor is usually held within a family and that is my point today, both events brought many in this community together to support the girls' basketball team. All the girls in both events were treated like family in a sense. Events like that needs to be recognized. There are good things that happen on a regular basis here in Ketchikan.

Charles Edwardson
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Loves ketchikan,inspight of all the negatives there are still more positives, derbys coming also"

Received March 28, 2009 - Published March 01, 2010


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