Hudson Lee Narum was born 12:26 a.m. Jan. 5 at Juneau’s Family Health and Birth Center to parents Jake and Lena Narum. Hudson weighed 8 lbs., 12 oz., and measured 21 inches. The birth was attended by midwives Madi Grimes and Joelle Newport, and an “extremely supportive” dad, Lena said. Hudson’s was the first birth of the year at the center. “He was 10 days late and worth the wait,” she said. Hudson joins older brother, Jaxon, age 2.

Lynette Campbell retired at year’s end after 30 years with the State of Alaska. She worked eight years managing housing at University of Alaska-Southeast, and spent the rest at DOT, finishing as chief of aviation leasing for the Southeast region. She said she plans to knit. Husband George Campbell, a pilot, is delivering mail to remote villages around Bethel. He was proud to land 8,000 pounds of freight and mail in Toksook Bay on Christmas Eve, wearing a Santa hat.

Tony Tengs brought mom Helen to Haines for the holidays. They enjoyed a Christmas breakfast of “overnight French toast” cooked by Bob Fowler for family including Bob’s wife Christy Tengs Fowler, sons Marty and Chevy and Chevy’s fiancé Cat Sample.

Robyn Barlow and Bryan Shaw shared the holidays with Robyn’s mom Linnus Danner and friends. Bryan, who owns Cellar Door Cidery in Chico, Calif., recently won a gold medal in the U.S. Open Cider Competition for his Grasshopper Cider, in the hops cider category. Chico friends Charlie and Amy Dawson and their son Jimmy accompanied Robyn and Bryan. Highlights included attending Greg Bigsby’s New Year’s Eve bash and casino night.

The team of Doris Bell, Leigh Horner, Debra Schnabel, Robyn Barlow and Linnus Danner won the Haines Alumni Trivia competition Dec. 26 at the Pioneer Bar. Questions centered on Haines school history, with questions like, “Name the four Sele brothers.” The second-place team included Les Katzeek, Jay Katzeek, Socorro Tejeda, Tiana Taylor, Corrie Stickler, and Shelly Sloper.

For the third year, clients at the Haines Senior Center lunch program pitched in to make dinner for themselves with a Christmas Day potluck, when employees had the day off. Dawn Woodard hatched the idea and Chuck Mitman and Lea Harris helped by making a turkey. “Nobody should be by themselves on Christmas, unless they want to be, and even then, they should have some company,” said lunch regular Leanne Converse.

Haines Borough School District secretary Ashley Sage said the student council’s holiday drive collected 779 pounds of canned and non-perishable food for the town food bank, including 650 pounds donated by elementary school students.

Ellen Larson is back after spending a month in Lincoln, R.I., helping mom Ruth Black, 95, move into an assisted living center. Ruth was living at home when she took a fall. While in rehabilitation, she shared a room with an opera singer and decided she might enjoy more company.

With eight fewer days to raise money due to the late date of Thanksgiving, Salvation Army Lt. Kevin Woods wasn’t sure his bell-ringing brigades would be able to reach his goal of $15,000 in donations to red kettles around town. “We ended up meeting our goal and surpassing it,” Woods said. The church distributed 125 food bags with holiday meals and provided Christmas presents for children in 32 families.

Tom and Liz Heywood enjoyed a rare full house over the holiday, including daughter Tia, sons Sung and Kee and Kee’s wife Belle. The Heywood siblings enjoyed connecting with school friends, and Tia and Belle joined Torrey Larson for the annual Polar Bear Dip plunge into Lynn Canal on New Year’s Day. Belle, who grew up in tropical Thailand “had never done anything like that before,” Tom said.

Tickets for the 28th annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival go on sale Feb. 1. Tickets typically sell out in a few days. The festival is set for May 22-23, with Travis Kukull serving as guest chef at the event’s gourmet dinner. Call the Southeast Alaska State Fair for more information, 766-2476.