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Duly Noted


May 13, 2010

Austin Welch and Rachel Frazier were married March 27 at LaSelva Beach, Calif. Austin’s mom, Fuzzy Von Stauffenberg, stayed with her sister Patricia Ruth in Capitola and also spent time with her daughter Ashley Martin and family. Austin’s dad Tim and his stepmother Carolyn Welch live in LaSelva Beach. The intimate beach wedding was followed by a spirited reception for about 150 people. Austin recently completed paramedic and fireman training and Rachel works as a respiratory therapist at a local hospital. Haines friends attending the wedding included Jeremy Andrews, Robyn Barlow and Keri Edwards.


Alberto Montaudon and Sara Poisson enjoyed a three-week visit with Alberto’s dad, Alberto Montaudon, his sister Nuria Montaudon and Nuria’s four- year-old daughter, Mariana. Alberto, Sr. lives in Tampico, Mexico. Nuria and Mariana live in the town of Comala in the state of Colima. Mariana was delighted to play in the last remnants of snow and even found enough to build her first snowman. The family also went skiing at Chilkoot Lake, explored the low tide at Viking Cove with Jeanne Kitayama’s class and experienced the returning hooligan. Mariana loved all of the kids’ activities in Haines including the school playground, worm composting at the library and attending the ukulele concert. She celebrated the Mexican tradition of “Children’s Day” with new friends Arik and Isaac Miller on April 30 and spied brown bear and moose along the Haines Highway.


Marnie Hartman arrived in England for a physical therapy conference two days before the ash plume from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano shut down European air space. Marnie met her sister Mariah Hartman, who lives in Brighton, in London for a frenetic tour of the city before heading off to Nottingham for the neurodynamics and neuromatrix conference. Following the three-day conference Marnie met her sister in Brighton to join 8,000 runners in the Brighton Marathon. Despite jetlag, Marnie completed the marathon in good spirits. With airports closed indefinitely, Marnie and Mariah traveled together by packed train and ferry to Dublin, Ireland where Marnie was enrolled in intensive physical therapy master classes. The sisters spent a few extra days in Dublin touring nearby towns and sampling local Guinness stout. Airports opened up in time for Marnie’s flight back.


Heather Lende will read from her recently published book, “Take Good Care of the Garden and the Dogs,” at the library’s inaugural Authors’ Night 7: 30 p.m.. Friday. Tickets are $10 and include a dessert tasting, local music and book signing. Decadent dessert offerings will include truffles from Shannon McPhetres, Diana Edwards’ cheesecake and Barb Blood’s peanut butter chocolate torte.


The youth of the Haines Presbyterian Church presented Hunter Badgley with a check for $601 to benefit the upcoming African mission trip. The money was raised from the children’s offerings taken over a year. Given mostly in coins, the collected donation weighed in at 7.5 pounds.


The Alaska Pioneers inducted Janet Sloan O’Malley into Igloo 18 during their Sunday meeting. Janet came to Alaska in 1951 at the age of three with her parents Pat and Fred Sloan. Haines was their first Alaska stop after their drive up the Alcan Highway and on their way to Juneau. Janet remembers her summer visits with Fran and Johnny Fox over the years. Janet lives in Juneau and spent the last week visiting with her mom in Haines.


Debby and Odis Ganey spent last week in Haines to celebrate their granddaughter Taylor Ganey’s sixth birthday. Odis and son Michael Ganey stayed up late assembling a trampoline in the yard to surprise Taylor on her birthday. They joined Taylor for lunch at school every day and had fun playing at Tlingit Park and eating ice cream in the sunshine with Taylor and her sister Ashlyn.


The American Legion Auxiliary sponsored its annual poppy poster contest for grades one through six. Teri Winge spoke to the classes in April about the significance of the Flanders poppy, a symbol of remembrance of veterans. Local veterans and Legion members judged posters designed by each class. First place winners were Claire Waldo, Skylar Smith and Austin Davis. Second place winners were Keva Shull, Natalie Humphrey-Kauffman and Olivia Wing. Third place winners were Dylan Chapell, Emma Glada and Faith Lockhart.


Shannon Williams wrote to tell Haines friends about her sister Tabitha C. Williams’ graduation from University of Alaska-Anchorage. Tabitha graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Her areas of special emphasis include international relations and political behavior. She is looking forward to gaining experience with the Alaska State Legislature next session while studying for her LSATs and working through the application process for law school.