City of Unalaska Department of Parks Culture and Recreation

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In the past couple of weeks, the City of Unalaska has oscillated between its high and medium coronavirus risk levels, shifting in and out of "hunker down" orders.

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For many kids in Unalaska,  PCR Operations Manager Nick Cron's festive performance of Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" has become a holiday staple. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, his performance went virtual to ensure that families and children on the island could still enjoy the melodic poem. 

Cron has been performing Dr. Seuss' poem to Unalaska students for around eight years. And while the event has made big waves on the island, it began with modest intentions. 

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Unalaska's International Longshore and Warehouse Union is hosting a haunted house this Saturday in celebration of Halloween. This is the second year the ILWU has hosted the event.

Jeffrey Garth, vice president of the ILWU Unit 223, and ILWU state officer southwest leader Bruce Barton led me through the dispatch center next to Safeway — giving me a sneak preview of Saturday's haunted house.

 

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On Friday, Unalaska's swim team held a closed-door swim meet with attendees permitted only by reservation. The team has been unable to host or participate in normal swim meets due to COVID-19 health regulations. But students, coaches, captains, and family members gathered—at safe distances—to cheer the team on for the first and possibly only time this season.

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In lieu of this year's city youth basketball league, the Unalaska Department of Parks, Culture, and Recreation will be holding a season-long skills competition in order to observe COVID-19 social distancing mandates. 

Because of the close-contact nature of basketball, PCR Sports and Recreation Coordinator Chris DiGiro said there will be no games this season. But he said he still wants to ensure that kids in the community don't lose an entire year of practice and will still have a chance to improve their fundamentals. 

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