by M.C. Kauffman
March 29, 2004
photo by Dick Kauffman
The First City Rotary's project at Totem Bight isn't yet completed and work will continue on the project week after next. The organization has been working on the Totem Bight project for several weekends. Working on the project Saturday were Bruce King the head foreman on the project, Bob St. Clair, Glen Thompson, David Owings, Jim Schumaker, Jack Shay, Susan Bethel, Scott Brandt-Erichsen, Billiye Sewell, Reggie Reinhardt, Mary Kowalczyk and Scott Westerlund.
The picnic shelter is not located in the Park, but outside the park near a parking area. Totem Bight is located eight miles north of the Alaska Ferry Terminal and displays fifteen Haida and Tlingit Totem Poles, plus a replica of a clan house. The totems in the park, carved from 1938 to 1941, are replicas of original totems. The park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Bethel said the project is the First City Rotary's Centennial Project and "we hope to have it completed before the summer."
Two projects have already been completed by the First City Rotary. One is a handicap accessible trail at Settlers Cove. Bethel said, "There was a set of stairs available to the beach but there was no access for someone using a wheelchair and it was a challenge for someone that had trouble using stairs." Ketchikan's Settlers Cove campground is located eighteen miles north of town at the end of the road. Wildlife can be viewed throughout the park and salmon leap out of the water, just out of arms reach, as they make their migration up the rocky confluence of Lunch Creek.
In describing the second project already completed Bethel said, "First City Rotary was instrumental in providing funding and one of our members provided labor to purchase and install a handicap accessible 'button' for Community Connections." She said this group recently moved into a new building that did not have the handicap door mechanism. Community Connections is a private, nonprofit organization that provides support to over 200 individuals in Ketchikan, Petersburg, Metlakatla and Prince of Wales Island. The populations served by the agency include children and adults with developmental disabilities, children with emotional disabilities, older Alaskans with Alzheimers and related disorders and adults with physical disabilities.
photos by Dick Kauffman
hard at work on the picnic shelter Saturday...