Aundrea Lang “Andy” Moore, 48, died May 29 in a car accident in Texas. Andy worked at the Halsingland Hotel and Fogcutter Bar in the early 2000s. After leaving Haines, she earned a degree in nursing and worked as a registered nurse. Friends here remember her as warm and enthusiastic. A memorial service was set for Tuesday, June 6 at Baptist Medical Center’s Musselman Chapel in San Antonio. Cards may be sent to her family care of McDonald Funeral Home, 20 W. Second Ave., Hohenwald, Tenn., 38462.
Parents Tom and Liz Heywood and brothers Kee and Sung Heywood were on hand to see Tia Heywood pass through Brown University’s storied Van Wickle Gates during graduation May 28 in Providence, R.I. Tia earned bachelor’s degrees in visual art and ethnic studies. Tom, owner of Babbling Book, was among parents who had an opportunity to speak at the diploma ceremony for the ethnic studies programs. “I was asked to be commencement speaker at Brown University is what I like to say,” Tom joked this week. Students – not celebrities – are the university’s featured speakers at graduation. Robert DeNiro, Oprah Winfrey and Broadway star Daveed Diggs were among guests and honorees at the Ivy League university ceremony. Ellen Larson, who was in Rhode Island visiting family, also attended.
Haley Stout was in Haines this week, visiting friends and getting ready for fall semester as a student teacher in first grade at Haines School. A senior at University of Alaska-Anchorage, studying early childhood education, Haley is the granddaughter of Roc and Diann Ahrens of Haines and daughter of Jeff and Monica Stout of Wasilla. Haley came with Jordyn Garrettson, a friend from Wasilla.
Nancy Hotch recently traveled to Darby, Mont., where granddaughter Casey Smith was valedictorian at Darby High School graduation. Casey spent her first seven years in Haines and is the daughter of Jim and Tanya Smith. She’s working at Mountain Market and plans to attend business school in the fall in Missoula. James is a carpenter in Darby and Tanya does home health care.
Dave Palmer came through town last week on a motorcycle tour to Dawson, Y.T., with friends Gordie Miller and Mike Sharp. Besides visiting friends, Dave was making a side trip to Juneau for the wedding of daughter Katherine. The trio was en route to participate in the Dust 2 Dawson motorcycle gathering. They estimated their trip, that started in Washington state, would put 5,000 miles on their machines. Palmer is a former Juneau city manager and Chilkat Lake homeowner.
Haines won’t be seeing Diane Arnold’s giant parade creations during the Southeast Alaska State Fair this year. Diane, sister of Mark Sizemore, retired after 25 years as a special education teacher for Santa Barbara County, Calif. She and husband D.J. recently bought a bookstore in Santa Barbara, Mesa Books. Stop by if you’re in the neighborhood. Diane is the lady in the white smock at the fair’s Kids’ Stage.
Chandler Kemp placed 9th of 40,000 runners in the 2017 Bay to Breakers Run on May 21. The 7.46-mile run from San Francisco Bay to tidewater is billed as the oldest consecutively run foot race in the world. Chandler completed the course in 39 minutes. The race was won by Philemon Cheboi of Kenya in 34:48. Chandler has run the race twice previously, with a personal best time of 38:35. He trains with the city’s Strava Track Club. Chandler and dad Chris Kemp rode as a team in last week’s Gran Fondo, a long-distance bike ride in Tagish, Y.T. Chip and Heather Lende also rode as individual participants.
Christian Lende is back in Southeast after nearly two years touring Pacific locales, including Bali, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Australia. Most recently he was living and working in Margaret River, West Australia. He’ll be working on a seine boat this summer.
Eileen and Kerry McIver drove down the highway last week from Healy, where Kerry teaches math and coaches track and Eileen was managing an inn. Kerry is off to Cleveland to visit parents Beth and Tom McIver. Eileen will be here for summer, working at the CVN.
Mandy Ramsey, Christy Fowler, JoAnn Ross, and Maggie Stern attended last weekend’s 8th annual Northwords Writers Symposium in Skagway. This year’s faculty included acclaimed travel writer Paul Theroux, as well as Alaskan authors Sherry Simpson, Terrence Cole and John Straley and hometown authors Dan Henry and Nori Nash. Nash writes under the pen name Lenora Bell. Linda Buckley and legislator Sam Kito also attended.