Reed Scott-Schwalbach and Chris Celauro married July 19 at the Fort Seward tribal house. Reed’s mother and Haines mayor Stephanie Scott officiated. About 150 people attended, including more than 60 out-of-town guests. The groom’s parents are Rhoda and Jerry Celauro of Long Island, N.Y. Reed’s father is Bob Schwalbach. Bob’s wife is Jude Marfil. Nori Nash and Brian Pindel flew from Bolivia, and Fabiola Torres Méndez came from Tabasco, Mexico. The bride’s 91-year-old grandparents Harvey and Lois Schwalbach also attended. Reed used her great-grandmother’s ring. Family members included Joshua Scott and partner Yee Wong of New York City. Gregg Bigsby provided sockeye and halibut for the potluck reception. Heron Scott and Jim Studley grilled. The bride made a chocolate cake with Mendez, aunt North Bennington and Cynthia Scott. Amelia Nash, Nori Nash, Karynlyn Fisette and Jenny Tatone of Portland made vanilla cake. Entertainment included music by the God Particles and late-night karaoke led by Tyrell Horton and Amelia Nash. The newlyweds live in Portland, where she is a Spanish teacher and he is a marketing strategist. They’ll be in town through July.
Helen Streu, 81, died of lung cancer Monday morning at her Haines home. There will be a funeral mass 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by a potluck at 3 p.m. at the American Legion. The CVN will publish an obituary next week.
Former resident Rob Murray of Sitka was the pilot flying a float plane that has gained national attention. A video of the plane coming in for a landing July 10, just as a humpback whale began to surface, went viral. Rob avoided the whale when he noticed water shooting up from its blowhole. Four passengers were aboard. The landing took place near Angoon. It has been talked about on TV, including morning talk shows and CNN. Wife and former resident Cara Murray said some of the coverage is inaccurate, and the hype is “insane.” Rob made an emergency landing that saved two men’s lives a few years ago that received comparatively less coverage, Cara said. Rob flies for Harris Air in Sitka.
Friends and family members threw a 70th birthday and going-away party for Floy Manning Saturday at the Senior Center. The party included her signature potato salad and a computer slide show of Floy’s adventures. The 27-year resident is moving to her childhood home in Modesto, Calif. Besides family members, party-goers included former Lighthouse Restaurant owner Ramona Martin, for whom Floy worked as a cook for 13 years. Floy’s children in Haines include L.J. Stearns, Becky Hinkle, Wesley Stearns and Ronda Johnson. Floy is moving near her brother and sister, and into a house next door to the one she grew up in. She’s looking forward to having a garden and fruit trees there.
Chris Martin said she’s adjusting to her new hips. She had one replaced last November and the other, in May. “I’m bionic,” she said. Chris said she now matches brother Bill Thomas, who has two new knees.
Sisters Anna and Emily Chetney are gearing up for the fair after helping with last week’s production of “Puss in Boots” and participating in the Fourth of July parade. They’re here for the summer from Dana Point, Calif. with older sister Sara and mom Kim. Kim and husband Bill Chetney recently bought the Windy Point property on Mud Bay Road. Other family and friends who’ve visited include Bill Chetney, Jr., cousin Rob Selfe of Orinda, Calif. and Emily’s boyfriend Eddie Nuno of San Clemente, Calif. Bill is the cousin of John Svenson.
Former resident Ron Walker and Kellie Vanderwerp were married July 16 at Rainbow Glacier Camp. Pastor Wayne Cowart officiated. The wedding was scheduled to coincide with a family reunion in Haines. Ron’s daughter Jessica Summerall and husband Jack were here from Vero Beach, Fla. with daughter Jolie and son Jackson, visiting Jessica’s sister Shannon, husband Andrew Del Prete and sons Garrison, Caedmon and Porter. Kellie’s sons Bill and Tim also made the trip. Besides decorating for the wedding, the families enjoyed hikes around town. Ron’s working in the North Dakota oilfields and living in Tioga, N.D.
About 15 seniors piled into the Haines Senior Center van Friday and headed out to 38 Mile to visit the gardens of Mardell Gunn and Mark “Diz” Kistler. Senior Center director Cindy Jackson led the group. Mardell’s sister Lavon and husband Neil Lown, visiting from Minnesota, helped prepare lunch, which included salmon soup and garden vegetables. Before the group could receive their rhubarb cake with ice cream dessert, everyone had to answer the question, “When was a time you were surprised?”
KHNS news director Margaret Friedenauer took a week off to take her Milwaukee family on an Alaska adventure. Sister Andrea Hoeschen, brother-in-law Brad, and nephews Isaac and Max rafted the Blanchard and Tatshenshini rivers, kayaked Chilkoot Lake, summited Mount Ripinsky, hiked to Denver Glacier in Skagway and swam at Battery Point. Other highlights included a visit to the Sheldon Museum to see Margaret’s husband John Hagen’s photography exhibit, a ride on John’s fishing boat and a guided tour of Alaska Indian Arts by John Hagen Sr.  
Becky’s Place, a planned domestic abuse shelter, raised about $2,500 at its sale at the Haines Christian Center Saturday, said SEARHC domestic violence health educator Jackie Mazeikas. She and husband Stan Mazeikas started the organization. The Haines Woman’s Club cooked chili, hot dogs and cornbread. Stan handled the nachos and Carol Clifton made desserts. Sue Folletti donated many items. A raffle sponsored by the American Legion was won by Dot and Dave Shackford. The prize was a dinner for eight to be cooked by Tony Strong. Unsold items are being sold for a dollar an item at the Haines Christian Center throughout this week.
Tia Heywood is back in town. After completing freshman year at Brown University, she completed a month-long drawing and painting program on the coast of Spain. In addition to spending time in the studio, she got to explore the area and see cave paintings. While swimming at the beach, an octopus clung to her foot. Heywood also visited Turkey and Portugal with friends from her program.