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Duly Noted


September 14, 2017

Ted Hart and Meghan Elliott were married Friday, Sept. 8 at the Chilkat State Park picnic shelter. Kevin Thompson, who introduced Ted and Meghan, served as officiant. Ted’s brother, James Hart, and Meghan’s stepbrother, Joseph Cataldi of Houston, Texas were witnesses. Meghan’s family guests included mother Joan Elliott and stepfather John Cataldi, of Houston; Ted’s family included mother Harriet Brouillette, father Glen Hart and stepmother Dee Dee Hart, and grandmother Mary Lou Hart. Ted’s aunt, Judy Davis of Kake made the wedding cake decorated with carved, cedar roses. She also crafted a cedar lei for Ted and a cedar flower crown for Meghan. Judy and Harriet presented the couple with the wedding rings of Ted’s grandparents Charles and Harriet Brouillette. Other guests included Ted’s cousins, Natalie Brown and Emily Shakely of Juneau. A reception followed at the decorated Klondike Saloon, including music by the Fishpickers. The Cataldis’ house was spared from recent flooding by Hurricane Harvey but the approach of Hurricane Irma kept Meghan’s sister, Amanda Heyde, of Daytona, Fla., from making the trip.

Helen Alten, Kelly Hastings, Elena Saunders and Donna Catotti enjoyed a one-day window of sunshine during the first Haines observance of the Oil Painters of America’s “Great American Paint Out,” Sunday, Sept. 3 at the Chilkat State Park picnic pavilion. Painters captured scenery from the spot, including Rainbow Glacier. More than a dozen communities nationwide participated in the paint-out, from Boothbay, Maine to San Diego, Calif. Oil Painters of America chipped in with some free paint and canvases.

About 100 residents attended the annual Patriot’s Day dinner at the America Legion Hall Monday to commemorate lives lost during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, said Gary Jacobson, treasurer of the Sons of the American Legion. Mayor Jan Hill gave a tribute to first responders.

Teresa and Larry Hura recently hosted a 60th wedding anniversary celebration for Ron and Jean Smith. Guests included Shannon and Sam McPhetres, Jacque and Ron Horn, Lauren and Lyle Huff, Doris Ward, Joan Snyder, Jill Atlas, Hugh Rietze and Norm Smith. The Huras this week were hosting a visit from Teresa’s cousin Lisa and husband John Howgate of Puyallup, Wash. There were planning a flightseeing tour of Glacier Bay, a visit to Steve Kroschel’s wildlife park and a trip to the Hura cabin at Chilkat Lake.

Residents are invited to help themselves to apples from the Haines Sheldon Museum’s apple tree. “They’re dropping continually right now and they make great apple sauce, apple butter and dried apples,” said museum director Helen Alten. About 100 Haines students as well as young library patrons escorteed by children’s librarian Holly Davis have made trips to the tree this fall. Students learned about different flavors and varieties of apples. Jackie St. Clair and Aly Zeiger led the sessions.

Randy and Mira Ericksen evacuated their home in Corbett, Ore. for four days last week as the 33,000-acre Eagle Creek fire approached their neighborhood 22 miles east of Portland. They’re back home, as winds have shifted. Ash from the fire fell in downtown Portland and as far away as the Oregon Coast.

Marnie Rasmussen is going to work as a registered dietitian at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in October. Marnie recently completed a one-year internship through University of Alaska-Anchorage. Brother Gus Rasmussen works aboard state ferries as an oiler, mom Marianne Rasmussen reports.

Four teams registered from Haines ran in the annual Klondike International Road Relay starting Friday in Skagway. They included the all-women’s team Mountain Mommas Gone Bad led by Alissa Henry; Jenn Walsh’s squad Porch Pards, competing in the open division; Rainbow Glacial Fairies in the mixed division led by Anna Marie Vaughan and Twelve Hour Holds, a corporate team under the leadership of Beth Bolander. Full results were not available this week.

Joan Snyder’s niece and her husband finished up a Haines visit this week. Travis and Rachell Kukull foraged for mushrooms during their visit, Joan said. “It was an especially good crop of mushrooms this year,” she said. Travis is a former chef at the Halsingland Hotel.

NEA-Alaska president Tim Parker visited schools in Haines and Klukwan this week, part of a statewide tour to “meet members, listen to stories and share his vision for public education.” The 13,000-member union represents about 8,000 teachers statewide.

If you’re famous in your family for how you prepare salmon, you can see how you stack up against the Chilkat Valley’s top cooks at the 2nd Annual Chilkat Chef salmon cook-off. The team cooking competition will be held at Harriett Hall on Oct. 7. Call Lizzy Jurgeleit at 766-2295 to sign up your team.

The Chilkat Valley Preschool is seeking a new logo. Send your design, as a PDF file, to The submission deadline is Sept. 30 and the winning design wins $100.


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