Logan Michael Womack was born Aug. 9 to Nancy and Tyler Womack. Logan weighed 8 lbs., 7 ozs. and measured 20.25 inches. He joins brothers T.J., 5, and Brodie, 2. Logan’s grandparents are Beverly and Marvin Leak. Beverly was in Juneau for Logan’s arrival and Logan met his auntie Fran Leak in Haines when the family came up for a brief visit. The family is back in Juneau and doing well.
Winter Lee Cheney was born Aug. 19 to parents Kathryn Lee and Ted Cheney. Winter weighed 7 lbs., 5 ozs. and measured 19 inches. Kat and Ted both work at the Bamboo Room, where patrons marveled at Kat’s energy waitressing through the end of July. Ted’s parents, Lynn and Hugh Cheney, are visiting from Connecticut. Kat’s parents, Sara and Robert Lee, are here from California. 
Nellie Dale celebrated her 80th birthday in style. Son Layman Mize and his wife Robin traveled from Laclede, Idaho. Son Bo Mize and his wife Melanie came from Goodyear, Ariz. along with Melanie’s mom Billie Chandler, who lives in Tucson. Nellie’s daughter LeEtta “Sissy” Ricker and husband Dave traveled from Reading, Calif. Nellie’s friend Irene Morris and her husband Bill Overton came up from Juneau. They celebrated Aug. 11 with a barbecue at Nellie’s home. The following Saturday, however, when Nellie’s kids convinced her to head down to the American Legion, she was showered with a surprise party and sit-down dinner attended by friends from her 33 years in Haines. “I was flabbergasted,” said Nellie. Christy Fowler recounted stories from Nellie’s 20 years working at the Pioneer Bar, and performed a song celebrating Nellie’s silver-tongued spirit. Nellie is headed south later this month to visit with Bobbie Webb and her husband Glenn Pearce in Albany, Ore. , spend time with her daughter and catch up with old friends in Reading, Calif.
Holly Jo Martin and Joe Parnell were married Aug. 25. Holly Jo’s mother, Beulah Martin, aunt Dorene Williams and cousins Brenda Bible and Debra Orvin were en route to Haines from their summer RV “girls’ trip” in Alaska when Beulah called Holly Jo and planted the idea. Joe jumped on board, getting a last-minute marriage license and commissioner license for Dave Nanney, his first cousin once-removed. Friend Lemmie Spradlin had a wedding dress on hand that fit Holly Jo, who had otherwise planned to wear blue. The couple married in front of Deer Rock at the Chilkoot River. Holly Jo’s mother, aunt and cousins served as bridesmaids with Holly Jo’s friend and coworker Angie Goodwin. Sariah Kennedy, Klover Cinocco and Josephine Sheldon were flower girls. Joe’s parents, Annette and Tom Parnell, who live in Ohio, purchased flowers. Holly Jo’s father, Floyd Martin, wasn’t able to attend given the short notice but sent his blessing from Queen Creek, Ariz. The reception took place at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Course where friend Tamsen Cassidy performed a song she wrote for the couple. Joe read the tour guide spiel he recited during the 2006 bus tour where Holly Jo first met Joe and thought to herself, “I just want to stay on the bus and listen to this guy forever.” The couple will honeymoon in October with a visit to Joe’s parents in Ohio and a trip to Disneyworld. 
Former residents Rich and Barb Kaloostian announce the marriage of their son, Tim Kaloostian and Mary Parnell. They married Aug. 13. Mary is the daughter of Robert and Patricia Parnell of Augusta, Ga. The Kaloostians held the rehearsal dinner in their Syracuse, N.Y. home. Tim’s best friends Tyrell Horton and Dave Berry arrived in New York for festivities. Tim served as best man and Dave was first groomsman. College friends Nick Adamson and Chris Manning were also groomsmen. Mary’s sister Judith Parnell was maid of honor. Bridesmaids wore formal black dresses adorned with handmade burgundy shawls made by Barb. Rod’s daughter, Aliyah Kaloostian, was the flower girl. Tim’s sister Sandra Stewart gave the wedding reading. Rich served as the photographer. A formal reception was held at Holy Family Church featured nine different wedding cakes. The couple honeymooned at the Turning Stone Resort in upstate New York and resides in Syracuse.
Pastor Ron Horn reminds residents that Tuesday’s concert by the African Children’s Choir has been moved to the Chilkat Center at 7 p.m. It was previously scheduled for the Presbyterian Church.
Anna Mulyca is in Haines until Sunday to visit sister Nancy Loomis and former husband Tim Hannon. Anna lives in upstate New York. She moved from Haines 20 years ago and is looking forward to seeing old friends.
Sisters Diann Ahrens and Doris Bell flew down to Oregon to celebrate the 95th birthday of their mother, Helen Burrows. They were met in Portland by brother Roger Lapham, who flew in from Anchorage and served as the ladies’ driver to Seaside, Ore., where Helen lives in an extended care facility. They spent a week visiting with Helen, running errands for her and enjoying the misty Oregon weather. The following week, Helen’s granddaughters Monica Stout and LaZell Hammons, with LaZell’s 16-month-old daughter Leilyn Hammons, spent four days in Seaside. Leilyn provided hours of joyful entertainment to her great-grandmother and residents.
Lee and Margo Clayton were visited at their home this past week by two RCMP Major Case Detectives from Red Deer, Alberta. Margo’s first cousin, Staff Sergeant Rob Norum and his wife Carla enjoyed a full itinerary including a trip out to Eldred Rock Lighthouse aboard the Clayton’s boat, Saga, where they saw humpback whales, seals and eagles and cooked king crab fresh from the pot while anchored in Boat Harbor. They toured Skagway and drove out to see the bears at Chilkoot, learned about commercial fishing and ate lots of fresh fish. Rob said he could feel the Norwegian in him stirring. The Claytons also escorted the pair across the border to the Yukon where they visited Klukshu, Dalton Post and Million Dollar Falls. While in Dalton Post they met up with Marge Jackson, a Yukon Native Elder, who had turned 92 the day before. Marge was sorry she had forgotten her fish gaff, for the salmon were in the river. Lee showed Rob and Carla where his great-grandfather, also an RCMP, was once stationed. The detectives got a kick out of the Haines police blotter and took some copies home with them to share with coworkers. 
Carol Clifton is recovering from a fall that left her with a broken arm in two places. Carol was walking out to her car after delivering a sheet cake for Marilyn Gunn’s going-away party when she took the tumble. Gale Hay traveled with Carol to Juneau where her break was set. Carol is sorry to be out of the cake-making business for the next six weeks (she’s taking orders for October) but said her right arm is healthy and strong. She can still wield a paint brush. Carol’s art turned the head of Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell while he was visiting Haines and the Southeast Alaska State Fair in July. Carol’s oil painting of a late winter cannery scene took department champion at the fair. Parnell purchased the painting for his personal collection after catching up with Carol at the fair. Carol’s daughter, Kelly Clifton, served as Parnell’s scheduler in Anchorage when he was lieutenant governor.