Gov. Parnell, Lt. Gov. Treadwell Treated to Kodiak’s Food, Culture



Gov. Sean Parnell, center, first lady Sandy Parnell, in blue, and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell (foreground) join a frenetic session of Russian Dancing at Sunday’s event honoring the administration’s electoral victory. Jacob Resneck/KMXT photo

Jacob Resneck/KMXT

The governor made a stop in Kodiak Sunday for a community reception that featured music, dance and food from civic and educational organizations as well as the seafood industry. Governor Sean Parnell, his wife Sandy and Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell were received as guests at the Kodiak Harbor Convention Center. KMXT’s Jacob Resneck was there.

— parnell visit pkg 4:27 “There was very … (singing) I’m Jacob Resneck.”

There was very little politics, partisanship or even much mention of policy at a reception that allowed the governor and his top lieutenant to thank Kodiak for helping elect the two Republicans last November. The gala opened with music from Kodiak High School’s state champion jazz band and St. Innocent’s Academy choir.

— amb – Kodiak high school jazz band

— amb – st innocent’s choir

In his remarks to the 250 people gathered in the harbor convention center, Governor Parnell spoke of the need to put partisanship aside and work for the welfare of all Alaskans.

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Lt Governor Treadwell was sworn in this month for his first term. He said there were many initiatives in Kodiak that the governor’s administration is taking an interest in.

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But after the two men finished their remarks and were presented with gifts from local school children, the music resumed and people filed into the banquet room to feast on seafood donated by industry groups. Sizzling scallops and entire appendages from king crab on ice as well as never ending trays of shrimp loompia were devoured by the hungry crowd.

— amb – sizzling scallops

Meanwhile the visiting dignataries watched performances by the Kodiak Russian Balalaika Players and Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers.

— amb – balalaika players

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Kodiak residents had a chance to bend the ear of the governor and his entourage. Asked what sorts of things he was hearing from constituents, Parnell barely had a chance to answer before being pulled onto the dance floor by a troupe of Russian folk dancers.

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amb – russian dancing

I’m Jacob Resneck


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