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Sounds from Mayfest: an audio postcard

Jeane Osborne and Gladys Carter crochet at a booth in downtown Petersburg. Photo/Angela DenningThe Little Norway Festival also known as Mayfest drew visitors to downtown Petersburg for crafts, food, and good times.

New artwork brightens Petersburg’s elementary school

Artist Pia Reilly installs new paintings to the outside of the Rae C. Stedman Elementary with help from Rans McIntosh. Photo/Angela DenningLocal artist Pia Reilly created multiple paintings for the outside and inside of the Rae C. Stedman Elementary. It's funded through one percent for art from the school's recent remodel project.

Kupreanof home loses generator shed to Saturday fire

Dave Beebe waits with water from a nearby creek while Petersburg volunteers work to cool down the embers of a burnt generator shed Saturday (Photo courtesy of the PVFD)Fire destroyed a generator shed at a home on Kupreanof Saturday afternoon but did not spread to two nearby cabin buildings. The structure caught fire around one o’clock Saturday afternoon, sending black smoke into the sky with flames visible across the Wrangell Narrows in Petersburg. As locals and visitors enjoyed Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival and sunny weather, the blaze was reported to Petersburg emergency dispatchers by multiple callers. The fire was behind a home about halfway between the Kupreanof state dock and Sasby Island along the Kupreanof shoreline.

Petersburg’s Little Norway Festival runs through the weekend

mainstreetfestival1Petersburg’s week-long Little Norway Festival is ramping up with activities scheduled through Sunday afternoon.. Petersburg’s main street is closed down Friday and Saturday, May 20-21 during the day as vendors sell food and crafts. There’s also a full schedule of activities for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Mexican harpist to perform in Petersburg this weekend

Harpist Christina Cabrera is performing in Petersburg Friday and Saturday nights at the Lutheran Church. Photo/cristinacabreraharp.comCristina Cabrera will be performing two concerts this weekend Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. at the Lutheran Church. Weather-permitting, Cabrera will also play at the beer garden on Saturday and on a flatbed truck in the parade.

Petersburg hires new parks and rec director

Chandra ThornburgPetersburg has hired a new director for its Parks and Recreation department. Two out-of-town applicants for the job got a chance to tour local recreation facilities and meet the public Tuesday. An aquatics center supervisor who works in Lynnwood, Washington has been chosen for the post.

Norwegian ambassador in for Petersburg’s Little Norway festival

ambassadoraasNorway’s ambassador to the U.S. arrived in Petersburg Wednesday to enjoy the community’s Little Norway Festival. Kåre Aas is from Oslo, and began working for Norway’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. He has served as Norway’s ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as political director in the foreign affairs ministry before becoming the ambassador to the U.S. in 2013.

Haines puppeteer group to perform during Mayfest

A scene from the puppet show, "Travels in the Belly of a Whale." Photo courtesy of Geppetto's Junkyard Show.The puppet show features a Petersburg fishermen named Inar who goes out fishing and falls overboard. That's when the adventure really begins.

Petersburg kicks off Little Norway festival

Petersburg is celebrating the community's Little Norway festival this week with food, entertainment, dancing and other fun lasting right through Sunday. The annual event honors the signing of Norway’s Constitution and the strong heritage in Alaska’s Little Norway.

Busy paving, construction season underway in Petersburg

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Like the rest world, in Petersburg the warmer months mean construction season. That’s even more the case this year with numerous public paving, infrastructure and construction projects underway or on … more