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December 25, 2003

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Christmas Eve
The Saxman Tribal House was brightly lit and presented a peaceful scene on Wednesday evening during the Christmas Eve Service...
photo by Carl Thompson

Ketchikan: City's Christmas Lights Winners Announced - On behalf of the sponsors of the Christmas lighting contest, Ed Zastrow announced the winners of the Christmas home lighting decorations on Wednesday. The home Christmas lights within the city were judged on Tuesday by judges who traveled

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the streets of Ketchikan. Winners will be awarded kilowatt hours which will be credited to their utility bills.

Zastrow said the Christmas lighting decorations outside the city limits were not judged on Tuesday and those winners will be announced at a later date.

Christmas Light Decoration Winners Within the City

Grand Prize - Tie:

  • Dan & Cathie Smith - 1220 East Fifth Street
  • Diane Guzman & Ken Holmes - 1219 East Fifth Street

Most Colorful:

  • Ray & Nita Naval - 3221 Lincoln Court
  • Ron Wendt - 3855 Evergreen
  • Dean & Jackie Dodson - 3422 Hawkins
  • Honorable Mention - Mike Hagg - 632 Water

Most Religious:

  • Clarence Price - 902 Jackson
  • Richard & Sharon Monrean - 1307 Fairy Chasm
  • Jason Wright & Freddie Boyce - 3403 Baranof

Outstanding Lighted Streets:

  • Lincoln Street
  • Chatham Street
  • Tower Road

Most Original - Tie:

  • James & Dorene Jackson - 3319 Dale
  • John & Linda Gilson - 3857 Fairview

The Christmas Lights contest is sponsored by AARP of Ketchikan, the Ketchikan Senior Center, Pioneers of Alaska and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1547. - Story page - click here...
Thursday - December 25, 2003 - 12:30 am

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Ketchikan's Holiday Lights
A Photo Feature
by Carl Thompson

photosFestive holiday lights are on display throughout the Ketchikan community. These colorful gifts of lights are provided by families for the enjoyment of all. Carl Thompson has traveled the community during the month to capture these creative amd colorful light displays to share with the Sitnews readers.

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Holiday Feature Stories

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The Legend of the Poinsettia

A charming story is told of Pepita, a poor Mexican girl who had no gift to present the Christ Child at Christmas Eve Services. As Pepita walked slowly to the chapel with her cousin Pedro, her heart was filled with sadness rather than joy.

"I am sure, Pepita, that even the most humble gift, if given in love, will be acceptable in His eyes," said Pedro consolingly.

Not knowing what else to do, Pepita knelt by the roadside and gathered a handful of common weeds, fashioning them into a small bouquet. Looking at the scraggly bunch of weeds, she felt more saddened and embarrassed than ever by the humbleness of her offering. She fought back a tear as she entered the small village chapel. - Read more...
Wednesday - December 24, 2003 - 1:00 pm

All Christmas Trees are Beautiful
by Mike Harpold

I picked out the tree alone this year, Elaine was at work and our daughters too involved in teen things. I placed it in its stand in the corner of our living room, enjoying the fresh pine scent that filled the warm room. The branches sprang open as I cut away the twine that had held them in a tightly wound cocoon, and I stepped back and admired this beautiful tree that had been grown and shaped just for us to enjoy this Christmas season, and to live in our Christmas memories for the rest of our lives. - Read more...
Monday - December 22, 2003



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