Song Nash, 41, died of stomach cancer in Seattle on May 20. A funeral will be held 3 p.m. Monday, May 29 at St. Luke Catholic Church in Shoreline. Wife Amy Nash is encouraging “Easter best” dress, whites, and bright colors, over traditional black for her husband’s service. There will be a local memorial in about a month, with Amy and the couple’s three children attending, she said. A full obituary will be published next week.
Jim Foster and Sarah Roarke were married Sunday, May 21, at the Roarke Retreat at 18.3 Mile Haines Highway. Meredith Pochardt officiated at the ceremony, which included vows written by the couple. Erling Walli of Homer and Jess Crow of Haines were witnesses. Finn Crowe was ring-brearer. Amy Kane made the three-tiered strawberry and vanilla wedding cake, with cream cheese frosting, and Brent Crowe manned the barbecue. Amelia Nash and Jess Crowe provided decoration and flowers. Other guests included Jeremy and Ashleigh Reed, Cosmo Fudge, Jake Bell and Macky Cassidy. Jeremy played guitar during the ceremony, Cosmo provided the sound system and Macky took photos. The evening included dancing and games of disc golf, hula hoop and corn hole. The newlyweds plan to travel east in July to see family in New York, Maine and Connecticut. Sarah and Jim met three years ago while working aboard the state ferries.
Cynde Adams and Bart Henderson recently spent over three weeks in Namibia, Africa, touring and visiting Bart’s friend Pasquale Scaturro, an internationally known expedition leader and scientist. In addition to zebras, giraffes, and rhinos, they saw oryx, the large, long-horned antelopes of the area. They toured the Namib dessert and adjoining Skeleton Coast, an unforgiving patch of oceanfront littered with shipwrecks. On their final day, they saw a Western barred spitting cobra, reared up in the road. “It was one of the best trips of my life. We saw new species every day,” Cynde said. They stayed at “Solitaire,” a tiny outpost located between Windhoek and the desert.
About 50 golfers and visitors from Juneau made the trip to the annual USA Alumni and Friends Haines Golf Tournament played Saturday at Valley of the Eagles Golf Links. Team Quinn of Juneau won by a scorecard playoff after tying at 64 with Team Scofield of Haines. Jenny Lynn Smith of Haines had the women’s longest drive; Mike Wise of Juneau won the honor for the men. Kim Custer came closest to the pin on Hole 2. The event raises money for Juneau-area charities. Niall Hackett, head pro for the Haines course, said he hopes for a big turnout at the Junior Clinic to be offered 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 26-27 and May 29. Golfers of all ages are invited. Cost is $75.
Most of the six summer interns are on board at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. They include Erin Mihlbachler, of Monument, Colo. She graduated in communications and global environmental sustainability from Colorado State University. Jake Garner is a junior at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., majoring in conservation biology and anthropology. He hails from Santa Barbara, Calif. Mary Kate Cullen of Manhattan, Ill., is a sophomore at Iowa State University majoring in animal ecology. Jennifer Sleeman is a senior in wildlife biology and rehabilitation at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. Her hometown is Coopersburg, Pa. Jacob Shurba is a junior at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in wildlife ecology. He’s from Lombard, Ill. Soon to arrive is Bailey Higa, a senior in fish and wildlife conservation biology at the University of California-Davis. Interns will divide their time between helping in the museum and learning raptor husbandry and bird basics.
Sofia Lago is the summer intern at the Hammer Museum. Sofia grew up in Puerto Rico and in Queens, N.Y. In 2016, she graduated from Stockton University in Galloway, N.J., with a history degree and emphasis on folklore and piratical history. She most recently worked at South Street Seaport Museum in Manhattan.
Fourteen girls completed the Girls on the Run 5K on May 13, finishing through a pink and green balloon arch at Dalton City. They also raised $278 each for SEARHC and the police department through a bake sale at which they stocked up on homemade treats and ran them to businesses around town to sell them. SEARHC plans to use the funds to stock one of their exam rooms with child-friendly activities. The police department, following the girls’ suggestion, will purchase ice cream coupons to be distributed by officers on patrol when they witness a child being safe by wearing their bike helmet and using crosswalks.
Brandon Haxton is back in town. He’s baking at the Rusty Compass. He’s a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas. He recently caught up with old school friends, including Charlie Moody, who is in town for about a week. Charlie recently graduated from USC with a degree in film production and sound design.
Bill McRoberts has been named recipient of the Legacy Award from the Bull Riding Hall of Fame. McRoberts recently was in Fort Worth, Texas, for the inductee ceremony of the three-year-old group. A former rodeo rider who performed in the United States and abroad, McRoberts serves on the Hall of Fame’s board of directors and helps raise money with his photography and videography. He also hosts “Military Monday,” connecting military veterans with rodeo during the annual National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nev.
Randi Povey spent nearly a month in Europe for a “retirement-birthday party.” She visited London, parts of England, Ireland and Paris with sister Terry Povey, daughter-in-law Lori Miller and granddaughter McKenzie Miller. Stonehenge and Ireland’s Cliffs of Moher were highlights, she said, as was the Irish countryside. She spent her 65th birthday at Disneyland Paris, which she said isn’t as big as California’s Disneyland but offers variations on Disney rides and attractions. A 3-D Ratatouille ride featured “people running around, cooking stuff and dropping it on you,” evening fireworks included a show projected on Disney’s signature castle.