Alexis Trout and Royce Dombrock of Haines were married Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Haines. Church elder Dave Berry Jr. officiated. Bridesmaids included maid-of-honor Faith Tuohy and Alexandria Strong of Haines. Royce’s best man was Steve Girgus of Haines. Matt Poeschel of Somerset, Wis., was groomsman. Special friends of the bride in attendance included aunt Kathleen Hall of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Ella Allred Fish, husband David Fish and their two sons, from Oregon. Faith and Alexis’ brother Lee Trout hosted the reception, which featured a red velvet wedding cake with butter cream frosting made by Faith and mom Gerri Dearent. Alexis is the daughter of June Miller and David Trout Sr. of Haines. Royce’s parents are Kiym Dombrock of Haines and Dennis Dombrock of Somerset, Wis. Alexis closed her daycare business for a week after the wedding to spend time with family and friends. She said Tuohy was a great wedding planner. “It was wonderful. It really was. It couldn’t have been more perfect.”
About 25 youths showed up Monday at the Chilkat Center for the first day of the Lynn Canal Community Players’ Summer Youth Theater Conservatory. Guest director Michelle Reinhardt of Chino, Calif.,will be producing “The Magical Lamp of Aladdin” with help from assistant Tia Heywood. Cathy Pashigian and Jasmine Taylor are leading the conservatory’s play-making session for younger students. They’re searching the community for props including a crystal ball, large baskets, and pillows and diamonds, rubies and emeralds. If you can help out, contact Annette Smith at 766-2708 or Reinhardt at 909-641-5782. Performances are 7 p.m. July 19-20.
Don’t give career river guide Stan Boor grief for having bought a travel trailer. Stan figures he’s spent 4,000 nights in tents. That’s more than 10 years of snuggling up to terra firma. His 14-foot, pull-behind Trillium trailer features a bunk, a sink and shower. The trailer is in Utah, but Stan says he’s considering buying another for Alaska.
For the record, Steve Cunningham is not growing a beard. He’s not shaving his neck. There’s a difference. Shaving irritates his neck, Steve said. It was a condition he endured for years as a seaman aboard the state ferry system. Beards are prohibited among ferry crew, who must make a snug fit with emergency breathing masks.
Rick Jennings and Anne Schmidt of Cleveland, Ohio, this week finished a nearly three-week trip to Alaska, including 10 days in Haines visiting Anne’s high school friend, Eileen McIver. Their trip included seeing the Midnight Sun baseball game in Fairbanks and camping in Denali State Park. Rick proposed marriage to Anne in British Columbia during a stop on the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad. Anne accepted. In Haines, the couple kayaked, hiked and biked, and Rick helped Eileen clean the Assembly of God Church.
Rayma Whitney of Vero Beach, Fla., was in town for about 10 days visiting daughter Mandy Ramsey, son-in-law Scott Ramsey and granddaughter Lily. It was Rayma’s 11th visit here and her first Haines Fourth of July. Highlights included dinner at the home of Scott and Kim Sundberg.
Bill and Noemi Cohen of Hadera, Israel were in Haines this week, visiting daughter Ma’or, son-in-law Len Feldman and granddaughters Maya and Ella. Trip highlights included sailing in Lynn Canal with Ma’or and Len, local shopping and taking in sights in Whitehorse, Y.T., and the Klondike Highway. The newest addition to the family is Cookie, a puppy for Maya and Ella.
About 75 friends and board members of the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation enjoyed barbecue and complimentary golf at a summer celebration for the philanthropic group. Board member Ann Myren reported the foundation’s endowed fund balances are more than $324,000, and that nearly $47,000 has been distributed to local organizations in 43 grants. The foundation expects to have $11,024 available for grants to local organizations in 2013. It has set a goal of raising $60,000 this year in donations and matching grants. For the first time, the foundation will approach local businesses this year. Donations from businesses will be used to land a $10,000 matching grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.
Linnus Danner is back from 23 days of cycling around the Mediterranean island of Sardinia with daughter Dr. Robyn Barlow. They pedaled 820 kilometers and enjoyed local cuisine that included flat breads, Pecarino cheeses and Ichnusa, a Sardinian beer.
Borough fireman Al Badgley said he has 647 pounds of beef brisket ready for the 25th annual Fireman’s Barbecue, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the firehall. The picnic order includes 160 pounds of potato salad, eight roaster ovens of beans, and 57 loaves of garlic bread. More than 600 attended last year. The event is expected to raise up to $4,000 for scholarships for local students and firefighting equipment.
As Krista Kielsmeier was hiking down from the summit of Mount Ripinsky June 20, she received a cell phone call from old friend Deb Miller of Dysart, Iowa (population 1,300), Krista’s hometown. Deb was here with husband Ron on a two-month road trip around Alaska. At their first meeting in more than 10 years, Krista caught up on news about “the friendliest town for miles around.”