Cole Johnson was born to Crystalyn-Gunsi Lemieux and Basil Johnson at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. Cole weighed 7 lbs.3 oz. and measured 19 inches. On Facebook, Crystalyn thanked God, family and the birth team for the delivery. She said Cole looks like his daddy.
Kora Lynn Podsiki was born to parents Alixanne Goodman and Forest Podsiki at Sitka Mount Edgecumbe Hospital at 10:51 a.m. on Dec. 10. She weighed 9 lbs.1 oz. and measured 20.5 inches. Grandmom Carol Goodman made a visit to see Kora Lynn. Forest says he expects upcoming visits from grandmom Teri Bastable and aunt Kaitlin Combs.
Recent Haines High School graduates came to the aid of the school pep band during last weekend’s hoops scrimmages against Juneau. Mark Davis and Hannah and Haley Boron played horns and Lydia Andriesen performed on her clarinet. Al Giddings and Nate White filled out the drum section.
Alice Morden says husband Harold Morden was grateful to hear from well-wishers during his recent hospitalization for an arm infection. Due to crowding from COVID-19 patients, Harold waited 38 hours in the emergency room for an available bed at Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The infection spread from a small cut. Former Haines teachers, Harold and Alice live in Ballintoy, about 60 miles north of Belfast on the nation’s northern coast.
Christy Long is back in Haines and living in the cabin she was in 22 years ago when she left for Juneau. Christy is the new administrator at Haines Assisted Living. She says she’s thrilled to return. Her partner is Chad Soiseth, a retired federal fisheries biologist. Son Jaden is a freshman at the University of Montana-Missoula, where his roommate is Brennan Palmieri. Christy recently worked at the Juneau Pioneers Home.
“Ripinsky Re-Set” is the name of a new group for crafters that meets 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month at the Haines Senior Center. Organizer Becky Nash said the group expands on the Ripinsky Rippers, the local quilting group. All crafts are welcome and children are invited to participate. To avoid meeting on New Year’s Day, the group will meet next on Saturday, Jan. 8.
Dwight and Nancy Nash recently visited Rachel Scollon in Seattle. Rachel lives in the Queen Anne neighborhood, convenient to downtown and attractions at the Seattle Center. Trip highlights included Rachel’s home-cooked meals and taking in a performance of the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall that included a Ravel piano concerto. Rachel’s mom Suzie Scollon lives in nearby Freeland, Wash., on Whidbey Island.
The Southeast Alaska State Fair is seeking proposals from artists for the poster art for the 53rd fair. The fair theme will be “Salmon Enchanted Evening.” The deadline for submissions is Jan. 1 and the art will be used on fair promotional material. For more information, email [email protected] or go to the fair’s website, The fair phone is 766-2476.
An heirloom wedding ring belonging to Giselle Miller has been lost in or around the high school art room. The ring has a platinum band with a vintage diamond setting. If you find the ring, turn it in to the police station or phone 907-209-3327.
The ice-encrusted, steel-hulled sailboat cruising into Haines this week belongs to Chad and Carolyn Carvey, a couple making a world cruise and who are anchored mostly in Petersburg these days. The Carveys are spending two weeks here for the holidays. Alaska-style, they arrived with two deer strapped to the deck. Carolyn is a cousin of John Svenson.
The Haines High School Christmas tree sale to benefit the school’s junior class has moved to Mountain Market. The trees are tagged with sizes and prices. Pay the cashier in the store.