Ivy Jean Graham was born in Juneau on June 15 to Maria Pavlik and Fred Graham at 7:55 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 21 inches long. Ivy joins her big brother Michael Fisher Newman, who is excited about the family’s newest addition.
Bob Becker celebrated his 90th birthday at the Valley of the Eagles golf course last weekend. Bob and his wife Helen Becker moved to Haines in 1974 and started Haines TV, along with Bill Armour. “He felt honored for all the friends that joined him to celebrate and he especially enjoyed the tour of the golf course and crab at the party,” said Bob’s daughter Bonnie Johnson. The family is planning a family reunion next month to keep the celebration going.
Melissa and Michael Ganey surprised their children, Taylor, Ashlyn, Kaeden and Brinley with a trip to Seattle a few weeks ago. From there, the couple surprised their kids again with a trip to Los Angeles. They rented an RV for 11 days and drove the coast all the way back up to Seattle. The family visited Disneyland, Sea World, Legoland, glass beach, the redwoods, the Tillamook factory, Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach and many other places along the way. “The kids’ favorites included the amusement parks, Michael’s favorite was the redwoods and the coast, and mine was seeing the huge smiles on my kids’ faces as they took in all the new sights,” Melissa said.
Banners featuring work by local artists Lindsey Johnson and Tresham Gregg will soon be hung on light poles downtown and along Haines Highway near the cruise ship dock. “We wanted to bring something cheery and bring some color to the community downtown and we wanted to use local art,” said tourism director Carolann Wooton who helped organize the project. Twenty-four of the banners will include Lindsey’s prints of a salmon, crab, shrimp, rockfish and octopus. Six of Tresham’s banners will include designs of fish, eagles, and mountains. The 30 banners will be hung seasonally.
Leslie (Katzeek) Graham has moved back to Haines with her daughter Ava Graham. Leslie worked for Chilkoot Indian Association and took a sabbatical to finish her accounting degree at Spokane Community College.
Carlos and Sierra Jimenez along with their sons Hayden and Asher have returned from San Luis Obispo, California. The family first watched niece Liz Segars graduate from California Polytechnic State University, where they stayed near the campus at Sally Anderson’s parents’ house. The family biked, hiked, and enjoyed the state parks and beaches. To celebrate her birthday, Sierra and Hayden took surfing lessons and the family toured a small family-owned winery.
Scott Gala finished his first ultra-marathon last weekend, his first since running the Hardrock 100-mile race in Colorado 10 years ago. “The incredible part is he only trained for eight weeks, and finished in 6 hours and 21 minutes, which was second place for his age bracket. It was not quite his goal, but under the short timeframe I personally think it was amazing,” said his wife Stacey Gala.
The third “Coffee with a Cop” event was held last weekend. There were also get-togethers in April and May. “This is actually a national event put on once a year in October in an effort to allow police officers to interact with members of the community they serve,” said police officer Adam Patterson. “It’s a component of the community policing philosophy where we’re trying to build trust between the community and the police.”