Porter Song Lorentz was born to Nicole and David Lorentz at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Juneau on July 31. Porter weighed 6 pounds 2 ounces and was 18 inches long. David and big sister Isla were in the room for Porter’s birth. Porter’s is named after the late Song Nash who was a co-worker and friend of the families.

The Haines International Golf Tournament was held at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Links on August 3. “One of the main purposes of the tournament is to raise funds for the Haines Volunteer Fire Department and also for emergency medical responders needs,” said owner Stan Jones. A check for $800 was presented to Brian Clay and Wendell Harren. Thirty-two people participated, including one from England, 14 locals, two from Juneau, and 15 from Canada. Matt Gibson and Don King from Whitehorse won with a score of 73. Second was Whitehorse team Stu McKay and Mark Pike and third were locals Judy Ewald and Tommy Scovill. The winner of the Alaska Airlines round-trip ticket donated the travel back to the Ugly’s Cancer Golf Tournament next weekend.

The cannon firing last Thursday evening was a celebratory salute for the 75th birthday of Finley Edwards of Greenville, Mississippi. Finley and his wife Ruby have been coming to Haines every other summer since 1998. They are hosted by Annette Smith at Fort Seward Condos. This year Finley brought friend Bill Andrews also of Greenville, Mississippi for his first trip to Alaska. They took in the Southeast Fair, went fishing and sightseeing, and Bill swears he will return. About 30 people came out for the birthday lawn party and feasted on king crab, salmon and steak while Finley lit the fuse to fire off the cannon blast.

The Haines Adult Softball League, Team PBR, won their third championship since 2004 in the Haines Junction tournament last weekend. Team members included Sarah and Brian Elliott, home run derby winner Liz Segars, Fran Daly, Lynzee and Tyler Swinton, Libby Jacobson, Maya Oakley, Tom Ward III, Jesse McGraw, Daniel Stickler, Jeffrey and Daniel Klanott, Dylan Swinton and David Simmons. There were six teams with Haines being the only American team. Team PBR got a bye in the first round and won two games Saturday to make the championship, where they played the best Whitehorse team. “We got down 10-3 but didn’t get down mentally and came back to win 17-14,” said Brian Elliott. The team won $1,000 Canadian dollars and will use it toward next year’s tournament entry fees. All camped at Kathleen Lake and went swimming in between games and enjoyed the summer weather.

Joe Warde and Ted Mack, former co-workers of Dan Hotch at Salem Indian School in Oregon, were in town for a visit. The two enjoyed fishing and seeing the sights in Haines. While here they were adopted as eagles at Dan’s mother, Evelyn Hotch’s, one-year party. Dan also adopted friends Craig Wellman and Noah Williams but they weren’t able to attend the ceremony. Dan credits his friends with the same values that his mother raised him and said it was a fun day of celebration.

Melissa Ganey, Corrie Stickler and Lexie DeWitt traveled to Seattle for a whirlwind 48-hour celebration of Lindsey Dixon’s birthday. On the way down, the trio stopped in Sitka where Erica Loomis lent them her car to travel downtown and see the sites. They stopped at Totem Park and had a quick lunch before continuing on their way. While in Seattle they also met up with Lindsey’s sister Elizabeth Bartleme. While there they enjoyed a night out at the trendy restaurant Purple. They spent the next day shopping and admired all the Pike’s Place flowers before finishing up with a savory Thai meal at the Wild Ginger.

Bob and Sally Lix celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a reception after morning worship at the Haines Presbyterian Church on Aug. 4. Two beautiful decorated cakes were shared with friends. They displayed pictures of their wedding in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Craig and Sheri Loomis have corn stalks growing in their yard that are over six feet tall. The hot summer has led to the couple’s success in growing the sweet cobs. “We have six stalks with five to six ears on each one,” said Sheri excitedly.

Former residents Russell Bowman and Karen Meizner’s daughter Emily Bowman became engaged to Daniel Zientek Pogue in Sitka last weekend. The couple were on one of their favorite hikes when Daniel proposed to Emily.