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More than a dozen seniors made a road trip to the 33 Mile Roadhouse restaurant for lunch Friday. Two vans and several cars transported the group on the sunny afternoon outing, Doris Ward said. The gang gathered on the restaurant’s porch, under the Alaska flag, for a photo. Ward said other outings are scheduled for days senior lunch is not served at the Senior Center.

Paulette Caron is in town, helping Haines High School Drama, Debate and Forensics students make puppets. Caron first came to Haines last year to work with Byrne Power’s Reckoning Motions Puppet Troupe. She lives in Paris, where she works on puppet shows with various groups. In Paris, she attended the Theatre Aux Mains Nues puppet school and took ballet, clown, and pantomime classes. She’ll leave Haines after Reckoning Motions’ performances of “Everypuppet” March 14 and 15.

The Marquardt family lost everything when their home burned to the ground Feb. 14. A fundraiser will be held 4 p.m. March 8 at the New Hope Fellowship Church on Mosquito Lake Road. Bring a dessert or other item to be auctioned off or just bid. An account for donations has been opened at the bank. Contact Sage Thomas, 767-5449, for more information.

Nearly 50 people attended the annual Haines Volunteer Fire Department Spouses’ Dinner Saturday at the American Legion, firefighter Al Badgley said. Dick Haas and Chip Strong made the dinner, which included shrimp cocktail, prime rib, and ham. In a presentation, volunteers were recognized for years of service.

Tammy and Stan Hotch and children Alex, Steven, Logan, and Tayla returned from their two-week vacation on Hawaii’s big island, where they spent most of their time around Hilo. The boys wore a GoPro camera while cliff-jumping in South Point. Logan jumped into a lava tube, which was terrifying for Tammy. Other highlights were surfing and swimming with turtles. The family also saw friends and former residents Mike Jones and parents Sonny and Pam Jones, who live in Fairbanks and Hilo.

Daymond Hoffman, Reilly Kosinski and Joe Parnell competed in Juneau’s annual Rainforest Classic Hockey Tournament last weekend. The Haines men played on Juneau’s Lynn Canal team, which won one of three games. Eliza Lende’s husband Justin Dorn of Juneau was also on the team. Between periods, Parnell skated around, playing his saxophone.

Lori and Dave Smith are back in town after spending three months in Nevada, California, Belize, and Guatemala. The couple visited Las Vegas, where Lori grew up, and spent time with grandchildren in Perris, Calif. and San Diego. Dave’s sister Deanna Smith of Fallbrook, Calif. accompanied the couple to Belize and Guatemala, celebrating her nursing school graduation. In Belize, they spent time in the jungle and paddled up an underground river in an inner tube, into a cave. They also went to San Pedro for a week. In Guatemala, they saw the Mayan ruins of Tikal.

Anchorage news station KTVA CBS 11 featured Haines last month in a five-minute story titled “Haines: A Pretty but Tough Place to Live.” The clip shows reporter Emily Carlson in Haines, interviewing Kris Reeves, Christy Tengs Fowler, Lee Heinmiller, David Olerud, and Fred Shields. Viewers are told they can “come and visit, but Haines residents don’t mind if (they) can’t stay.”

Nancy Schnabel and son Parker were in Washington D.C ., where Parker was interviewed for the Discovery Channel’s “The Dirt.” The Klondike-themed episode featured Parker and other “Gold Rush” stars, and aired in January. Nancy also visited the Newseum and the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, where she saw the Hope Diamond on display. They then traveled to Arizona and visited Nancy’s mother Darlene Bolick.

Carol Tuynman is the proud grandmother of Arthur Jennings Gargiulo, born in the early morning Feb. 11 at a hospital in Asheville, N.C. Parents are Tuynman’s daughter Emily and husband Michael. Tuynman is visiting the family in Asheville, where she has enjoyed “playing Granny Carol.” The infant has already gone on a shopping trip to Trader Joe’s and attended his first Capoeira Roda, a form of Brazilian martial arts, where Emily plays music and sings in Portuguese.

The Feb. 16 massive landslide on Mount La Perouse near Glacier Bay may be the world’s largest since 2010, reports NASA, which captured images before and after the slide. Haines air service pilot Drake Olson was featured in the Anchorage Daily News for spotting the landslide. To view Olson’s aerial images, go to