Marie Rose and Cosmo Fudge were married at Chilkat Inlet Retreat on June 12. The ceremony was officiated by Rob Goldberg. Bee Queener was the maid of honor and Blaine Heaton, the best man. The couple’s dog Stubbs was the flower girl. The bride’s parents Susan and Mark Rose and her brothers Phil Rose and Tommy Rose along with the groom’s parents Robert and Sally Fudge were in attendance to celebrate the nuptials.

 Haines Dolphin swimmers Lucia Chapell and Garrison Del Prete are home from swimming in the Alaska Junior Olympics at Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Both swimmers competed in the 13-14 year old divisions but not against each other as categories are separated by male/female. Chapell finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke, fifth in the 200-yard backstroke, sixth in the 500-yard freestyle, seventh in the 100-yard butterfly, eleventh in the 200-yard individual medley and twenty first in the 200-yard backstroke. 

Del Prete finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and eighth in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle. 

Dolphins parents and board members attended and worked as USA Swimming officials at the meet. Shannon Del Prete was trained and certified as a stroke and turn judge and Rich Chapell began training as a referee.

 Nishan and Susan Weerasinghe and sons Jacob and Alex traveled to Arkansas to visit Nishan’s family. Jacob and Alex had a chance to spend time with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. The family spent time on the farm that Nishan’s brother and sister-in-law own. Alex was able to help plant the pumpkin patch and had one of the new baby cows named after him. “We had a great visit,” Nishan said.  

 The Chilkat Valley Community Foundation hosted a donor appreciation barbeque gathering at the Park Stage at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds on Friday, June 11. 

Donors enjoyed burgers grilled by Connie Staska and Thom Ely. Melissa Ganey, Erica Loomis and Betsy Lyons served food, which included buns made by Josie Allen. Tom Heywood entertained donors with his guitar while attendees visited with each other in a group setting at the outdoor event. Board members Chuck Mitman, Anna Jurgeleit, Liz Heywood, and Carolyn Ganner were in attendance and greeting donors in their roles as event organizers. Fran Tuenge decorated the tables with flowers she picked locally and arranged. 

Crystal Badgley was the emcee of the event and introduced speakers Heather Lende and Ann Myren along with Diane Kaplan, president and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation. Kaplan spent the day in Haines visiting with nonprofit leaders, Haines Long Term Recovery Group representatives and CVCF board members and said that she became acutely aware of the ongoing impacts of the December weather event in Haines. She announced her intention to donate $25,000 out of her discretionary fund at Rasmuson Foundation to the CVCF Emergency Response Fund so that the local foundation can continue to help the community by providing recovery assistance and support to those in need. 

Janine Allen on behalf of Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL), and Kay Clements for KHNS radio spoke as grant recipients for their non-profit organizations. Uriel Minor gave a heartfelt testimonial about his involvement with the youth work program, a collaboration between Takshanuk Watershed Council and SAIL. This event gathered more RSVPs from donors than any previous event CVCF has hosted. This suggests that the joyful givers of the community continue to appreciate the connection that CVCF facilitates amongst the people and organizations it serves. 

 Mayor Doug Olerud threw the first pitch Saturday at the first Little League game of the season. The games took place at the softball fields on Sawmill Road as the Little League field at the Southeast Alaska State Fairgrounds is being worked on. The games will continue to be held at the softball fields until work on the Little League field is completed. 

In the younger division, the Yankees beat the Red Sox. The Giants beat the Oakland Athletics in the older age division. 

The games will continue every Wednesday and Friday at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. through July, alternating which division starts first. There are two teams in each division, 8-11 years and 9-14 years. Food is available to purchase as the concession stand is open during games.