Lollipops will return to the Haines branch of First National Bank of Alaska soon, branch manager Allen Turner said this week. Free suckers disappeared at the bank about a month ago, due to an apparent mix-up in Anchorage. “No one knows why they stopped ordering them, but that’s been resolved,” Turner said. Bank workers said they give away about 10,000 lollipops here each year.
A baby girl was born to Merrick Bochart and Joey Jacobson. Yarona Blue Jacobson was born Sept. 18. She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 21 inches. Merrick’s mom, Adrian Revenaugh Bochart, attended the Juneau birth. The family is home in Haines where Yarona was introduced to grandparents Jeff Bochart, Jen Reid and Terry and Judy Jacobson, all of Haines.
The Richard Boyce Inflatable Suspenders Memorial Fund has extra flotation suspenders and life vests available at cost to community members. The group has 20 pairs of suspenders, available for $97 and 14 double-extra large and extra large vests for $111. Also, any commercial fishermen who have not received their suspenders or vests should contact Randa Szymanski at 766-2434. Individuals must own a commercial fishing permit to qualify for free flotation devices.
Michelle Webb is the new deputy clerk at the Haines Borough. Michelle previously worked for University of Alaska Anchorage as the administrative assistant and program coordinator for masters degree programs. Michelle has prior connections to Haines. She met her boyfriend, customs officer Nate Webb, at a Juneau meeting of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Both belong to the medieval reenactment group, which participates in feasts, dancing, combat and crafts from the Middle Ages.
Do you have a pile of baby clothes your darling has outgrown? Haines Parents as Teachers is sponsoring a swap of children’s clothing, toys and gear for ages up to five years. Parents are encouraged to bring lightly used items to the Haines Headstart Building Saturday, Sept. 29. The swap runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. All items will be free. Organizer Jenn Allen says individuals can “bring stuff and take stuff or just take stuff!” Call Jenn at 766-2152 for more information.
Haines Borough Public Library and the Chilkoot Indian Association sponsored a cultural exchange Sept. 11-12 that marked the culmination of the first year of work on the Chilkat Valley Storyboard grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services. Stories and information gathered at the exchange will be incorporated into the library’s multi-touch computer table, which will debut in fall 2013. As part of the exchange, 94-year-old Haines Junction elder Marge Jackson told stories of moose hunting and passed around traditional bannock bread. Klukshu residents Barb and Chuck Hume talked about how rivers, lakes and mountains in the Yukon were named. Juneau resident Helen Abbott cooked a traditional feast in the library that included seaweed and clams, Indian rice, soapberries, and her Hudson Bay tea. Inupiaq storyteller Ishmael Hope spoke in Tlingit for 15 minutes, drawing his audience in with his animated style. He proceeded to share stories for the gathered crowd. Lee Heinmiller talked about traditional seal hunting.