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Glitz and glamour came to Haines in the form of a magazine photo shoot earlier this fall for ferry terminal employees Fuzzy von Stauffenberg and Joanne Waterman, who appear as models in the October issue of Lands’ End Business Outfitters catalog. The Lands’ End photo crew traveled on the Malaspina around the upper Lynn Canal promoting their new Outrigger jacket, photographing ferry employees sporting the new threads. Waterman and von Stauffenberg – who called the whole experience “sort of embarrassing” – got the “full-on Hollywood” treatment, including hair and make-up, before the shoot at the terminal. Waterman is shown posing against a terminal railing, while von Stauffenberg is captured in action on the catwalk, tying up the ferry’s tag line.

Amelia Nash and Adam Richard are back from a two-week vacation which spanned three states. The two spent five days in Portland, Ore ., where they explored Powell’s Books, took in lots of films, and dined at Richard’s favorite French restaurant, Le Bouchon, which he used to frequent as a Cordon Bleu student. They also hung out with former Haines resident David Riser, but missed connecting with Nash’s childhood friend Reed Scott Schwalbach, who was in Seattle at the time with mother Stephanie Scott. From Portland, the duo flew to Chicago, where a severe lightning storm grounded their plane on the runway at O’Hare. There they spent three days visiting the Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, and Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria before taking the train to Danville, Ill ., Richard’s hometown. They stayed four days with Richard’s parents Bob and Kathy Richard and aunt and uncle, Mike and Sharon Wick, who were visiting from Drummond, Wis.

Members of the Haines tourism industry traveled to Sitka Oct. 8-10 for the Alaska Travel Industry Association Annual Convention and Trade Show. Tanya Carlson, Barbara Mulford, Robert Chadwell, Joe Ordonez, Jason Gaffney, Sean Gaffney, Eli Fierer, Bart Henderson, Lani Hotch and Thom Ely attended the convention, held at the Sheldon Jackson campus, and sat in on educational seminars and presentations about the state of Alaska’s tourism industry. The convention also featured a “community night,” during which attendees hopped on an Allen Marine boat for a tour along the waterfront before taking buses to the Sitka Sound Science Center and Alaska Raptor Center.

Tresham Gregg celebrated a “milestone” birthday Oct. 2 at his deceased mother Mimi Gregg’s house in Fort Seward. Gregg, who was too shy to disclose his age, said the costume party had a “wizards and sorcorers” theme. Gregg wore an outfit featuring a hand-embroidered long jacket and bright gold satin pants he bought in Pushkar, India, several years ago while traveling with Margarita Ramon. One of his favorite revelers was Sue Waterhouse, who dressed as a she-devil in a bright red satin gown, complete with high heels and pitchfork. Annette Smith at one point recited an incantation, prompting party-goers to chant for spirits to arrive. Gregg’s favorite spirit was Ted Gregg, played by party-goer Fred Shields. The party also included carrot cake courtesy of Audrey Smith, and an improvisational puppet show by Tresham, incorporating puppets Leigh Horner brought to the party.

KHNS intern Olive Delsol departed Haines Oct. 11 after a six-week stint at the radio station. Delsol said news director Margaret Friedenauer taught her how to distill interviews into the most critical nuggets of information, as well as how to keep her own opinions in check to create a balanced story. Delsol said aside from her coworkers, favorite faces she met along the way included Sarah Novell-Lane, Pattrick Price, Wayne Price, Lee Heinmiller and Judy Larsen, and her most memorable events included the beer and wine tasting at the Skagway Brewing Company, open mic at the Pioneer Bar and Culture Days at the library. Delsol is moving to Eugene and has applied to the University of Oregon.

Barb Blood, Fran Tuenge, Lucy Hirsch, and Blood’s sister-in-law Jenette Blood recently completed a week-long trip in Ireland. The four women left Sept. 23 and spent their first day of vacation in downtown Seattle, checking out the Dale Chihuly Garden and Glass Center, before flying through Chicago to Dublin. They spent six nights at the Adare Manor in Adare, Ireland, taking day trips to the Cliffs of Moher and the Connemara district, which Blood said reminded her of Alaska. The group visited pubs nightly, taking in live music and local food and drink; Blood even managed to choke down half a pint of Guinness, despite disliking beer. On the way home from the trip, Blood stopped in Sitka to visit daughter Jane Hall and grandchildren Natalie and Gracie Hall. Tuenge also detoured at trip’s end and stopped in Portland, Ore ., to visit son Jason Tuenge.

Marilyn Harrold, mother of Southeast Alaska State Fair director Jessica Edwards, moved to town Sept. 25 from Kansas City, Mo. Harrold is living in Fort Seward for now, but will soon move in with Edwards and husband Andy Hedden once the two finish renovating their home. Edwards and Harrold drove from Kansas City to Bellingham, Wash ., before hopping on a northbound Seattle flight. “She has her whole life packed into a four-by-six foot trailer,” Edwards said. Harrold is currently looking at churches and is interested in teaching Tai Chi locally, as she was recently certified in the Chinese martial art. Edwards said her mother moved here primarily to be involved in the life of granddaughter Sophia Hedden.

Tracy Mikowski found out Oct. 3 that she took the silver award for her book “Squirt the Otter” in the “Children’s Picture Book - Nonfiction - Pets and Animals” category at the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. The competition, which had over 1,200 entries in 41 categories, is held in Traverse City, Mich ., Mikowski’s hometown. The award ceremony will be held Nov. 9, and the book’s illustrator Pete Richard will accept the award. Babbling Book owner Tom Heywood said he sold out of the first batch of copies he ordered, and Mikowski reported sales are also doing well in northern Michigan and at the Wild Center in New York, where the real-life Squirt resides.

Sue Libenson thought Haines maybe wasn’t ready for the fashion advice of mother Harriette Libenson. Months ago Harriette sent Sue a short, black, fake leather jacket with an offset zipper that Sue tucked into the back of her closet. Friends Sara Chapell and Kim Sundberg purchased similar jackets, in jest, to wear during the Klondike road relay. To Sue’s surprise, a nearly identical jacket recently appeared in Harper’s Bazaar’s “Must Haves” section. Now Sue can be seen sporting her fashion-forward jacket around town, and she has informed Chapell and Sundberg they can also wear the style with the full confidence that it is totally chic.

A potlatch for deceased prominent Tlingit leader Anna Katzeek took place in Klukwan Sept. 29, with about 170 people coming together from Klukwan, Haines, Sitka, Juneau and Angoon for the traditional ceremony. Anna’s son David Katzeek led the ceremony, which acknowledges those who helped the family during the grieving process and allows all involved to release their grief and sorrow. The party was held at the Thunderbird House, and included memorial songs, sharing food Anna enjoyed, and telling humorous stories. It lasted over 12 hours, David said.

David Pahl received the Museums Alaska Volunteer of the Year Award for his work at the Hammer Museum. Angela Linn, president of the Museums Alaska Board of Directors, presented Pahl with the award during the conference held in Haines Sept. 25-28. Pahl, who puts countless hours in at the museum, said he was “in shock” when he got the award. “It covers the whole state. I thought there would be other, more deserving people out there.” The Hammer Museum board, consisting of Cindy Jones, Eric Kocher, Gene Kennedy, Joe Ordonez and Greg Rasmussen, nominated Pahl.