I live and write on Lingít Aaní, and gratefully acknowledge the past, present and future caretakers of this beautiful place, the Jilkaat Kwaan and Jilkoot Kwaan.

First, they are counting the last votes in the Thomas, Kreiss-Tomkins election this morning. I’ll let you know what happens. Also– today the ferry arrives at 11:30(there’s one tomorrow too),  school is out at 2,  the bank is serving pumpkin pie, tonight at 7 the Presbyterians host a community Thanksgiving church service, tomorrow at 8:30 is a  special, all invited to give it a whirl yoga session at the school followed by the Turkey Trot at 9:45.  Community dinners begin at noon at the Port Chilkoot Bible Church and the Assembly of God. HAL has their dinner at noon if you want to stop in and say hello to old friends. Friday there are great sales all over town. I know the holiday isn’t about shopping, and that we usually kind of like the quiet here, but our merchants support us in so many ways– from the Arts Council and 4th of July mud volleyball, to the Booster club and Library– can you think of one organization, event, fundraiser, raffle– which hasn’t relied on local businesses to help? This is how you can thank them, and do something you need to anyway– buy a few gifts for the people you love. Also, it’s a great way to visit with everyone who will be out and about.  Friday at 4 there’s an open skate at the Raven Rink, with a bonfire and music. Saturday from 3-5 is the Library Holiday Open House.  The pool is only closing for the day Thursday, so if the weather continues to be so windy and cold,  or if we get that heavy snow they say we might, a Friday swim to work off that pie and stuffing is always an option.