Benito and Paigelyn McQuaid Ramirez were married by Dana Perreard June 4 at Chilkat Inlet Retreat. The two are high school sweethearts. About 100 guests attended, including about 30 family and friends from Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Kansas, California and Oregon. The wedding party included two of the bride’s childhood best friends, MaKenna Renfro and Tatum Anglin, her best friend from high school Brenda Paz Torres, college roommate Jazmin Ramirez and Valeria Alcaraz. Other guests were Benito’s childhood best friend Andy Barajas, Benito’s brother Ivan Ramirez Torres, and Paigelyn’s brother Addison McQuaid. Flower girls were Raina Rowley, Maisie Frost and Laila Dobbins. Paigelyn’s great aunt Susie Graham made the trip from Michigan. Paigelyn is the daughter of Cesre and Eddie McQuaid of Haines. Benito’s father is Benito Ramirez Lara of Salem, Ore. Benito’s mom, Theresa Torres, came to Haines for the wedding. Paigelyn is general manager of Aspen Hotel. Benito works at Southeast Roadbuilders. A winter honeymoon is planned.
Chuck Mitman reports the Haines Uglys grossed about $7,900 for the group’s Haines Cancer Fund during Sunday’s sixth fund-raiser dinner and dessert auction at the American Legion Hall. Organizers cooked 10-15 pork butts for the dinner that included pork shoulder, pulled-pork sandwiches, hot dogs, smoked bratwurst and salads. The fund helps pay travel and lodging for local cancer victims requiring out-of-town treatment. Applications to the fund are available at the clinic. A Valley of the Eagles golf tournament set for July 9-10 also will benefit the cancer fund.
Leigh and Greg Horner made a round-trip drive to Spearfish, S.D. to attend a service for Greg’s mom, Doris May Horner, who died April 11. Greg’s siblings Charlie Horner of Nebraska, D.D. Wallum of Iroquois, S.D. and Nancy Britton of Spearfish attended the service, held in the United Methodist church where Greg’s dad Chuck Horner served as pastor in the early 1960s. Greg and Leigh made their first acquaintance with Mosquito Lake’s Julie Korsmeyer and Bill Jurewitz when the two couples stopped at the same highway rest area near Prince George, B.C.
Bill Rostad, Brandon Wilks, and Chuck Mitman of the Haines American Legion Post and the fire department’s Al Giddings observed Flag Day on Tuesday by retiring about 80 small flags behind the public safety building. Burning is the prescribed method for disposing of old and tattered flags. Most of the flags came from alongside graves of veterans at the Jones Point Cemetery.
Tom Morphet recently visited Alex Swift in Wautoma, Wis. Alex works at Milk Specialties Global, a powder-milk plant involved in the making of protein drinks. Alex is staying this summer at a nearby church camp and can be reached at P.O. Box 1096, Wautoma, WI 54982. In Beloit, Tom visited Rose Ackley, mom of former resident Jamie Ackley. He attended a home game of the Milwaukee Brewers, had lunch with Mickey Jicha, a former co-worker at Real Chili, and touched base with college friend Chris Foran, arts editor of the Milwaukee Journal.
Joe Ordonez made a quick trip down to Washington state to celebrate daughter Stella Ordonez’s graduation from Mount Vernon High School. Joe also reunited with wife Yvonne, daughter Sapphire and his sister Rita while down South. Stella transitioned from Haines to a 400-student senior class and enjoyed the larger school experience. She graduated in the top 75 students of her class, receiving the Ken Thiessen/Shirley Hanson “The Skagit” Scholarship. Stella plans to attend Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon next fall. 
Marie Rose Fudge and Cosmo Fudge celebrated their first wedding anniversary on June 12. The couple met in 2016 and married five years later at the Chilkat Inlet Retreat. They celebrated by having dinner out with Marie’s parents, Mark and Susan Rose, who are visiting from Michigan. Harry and Genny Rietze celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary June 13. They have two children, Hugh and Charlotte Rietze. 
Sharon Svenson is hosting a mosaic class on June 18 and 19. The class will be held at Svenson’s art studio on 6.5 Mile Mud Bay Road. Call 907-766-2097 to sign up. 
Becky Nash will hold a barn quilt workshop on June 21 and 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The workshop will be held in the barn at the fairgrounds. Teams of two will complete a quilt block on a four-foot plywood square. The finished product will be hung on the playground side of the barn. All supplies will be provided. It’s sponsored by the Ripinsky Rippers quilt group. 
Beginning Friday June 17, call 723-7182 for summer fish net recycling appointments. All lines and hangings must be stripped. Cost is $25 per net. Collections are scheduled at Haines Friends of Recycling on September 2-3 and on 16-17.
Kyle Clayton and Ramie Carlson were married Saturday at Chilkat Inlet Retreat by Kyle’s dad, Rick Clayton. The wedding party included bridesmaids Tenaya Miramontes, Kayla Wisner, Fran Daly Van Wyhe, Tiffany Listberger, Deaan Fuller, and Lainy Clayton and groomsmen Kyle Hart, Troy Wingert, Orin Pierson, Brian Richards, Alex Van Wyhe and Ora Pryor. Lainy is Kyle’s sister; Pryor and Hart served with Kyle in the Army in Iraq. Flower girls were Piper Carlson and Thea Clayton. Ring-bearers included Wyatt Miramontes, and family dogs Little Brodie Carlson and Willow Carlson-Clayton. Parents of the newlyweds included Kyle’s mom Barb Wingert, Rick Clayton’s wife and Kyle’s stepmom Kimmy Clayton and Rich and Patti Carlson. Kyle’s family traveling from Indiana include sister Megan Havlick, brother Korey Neiman and nieces Thea and Mayla. Friends Pierson and Brian and Ola Richards visited from Petersburg.
Tom Morphet contributed to this column. Readers with news about family events, awards or other items of note can post them in the CVN by phoning 766-2688 or emailing [email protected].