Credit Blake Ward with finding Asher Jimenez’s lost mountain bike. Blake was throwing a Frisbee with his girlfriend on the lot in front of the Presbyterian Church. An errant throw sent him into a brushy ditch there where he found the bike, which appeared to have been stashed there, Blake said. He turned the bike in to the police the next day.

Omar Cordes, wife Olivia and their daughters Ellery and Octavia spent three weeks in Haines, including during the fair. Octavia served as an intern at the American Bald Eagle Foundation during their stay. She, Ellery and Olivia also earned their Alaska driver’s learning permits. Omar is the son of Marty and Allie Cordes. He lives in London and is a Haines schoolmate of Paul Nelson, Tony Tengs and Lee Heinmiller.

Rio Ross-Hirsh and dad Jon Hirsh recently spent three weeks in Italy and Slovenia, trekking the Dolomite Mountains on the Brenta circuit. They traveled “via ferrata,” hiking along cliff edges of 10,000-foot mountains strapped into a steel cable. Mom Leslie Ross said photos looked like being atop Cathedral Peaks. The trip included a visit to Venice. Rio is back in school as a sophomore at Flagstaff High School in Arizona.

Donna Lambert spent a week in July visiting daughter Grace Marie Lambert in Gardiner, Mont., where Grace works as a rafting guide for Wild West Rafting. Donna spent a day and a half on commercial raft trips, including with Grace as oarsman. Other trip highlights included seeing Old Faithful, taking in an outdoor concert, and soaking at Yellowstone Hot Springs.

Robert Louis Schnabel Jr. died Aug. 15 of COVID-19 in Corsicana, Texas. He was 48. Born in Haines, Schnabel was the son of Robert Schnabel Sr. and Angelin Lockhart. Robert completed high school and college in Texas and spent years working at a family sawmill in Indiana before returning to Texas and becoming a much-loved middle school science teacher. His interests included art, competitive BMX biking, weight training and tango classes. He was preceded in death by his mother, Angelin Charisse Lockart and by grandfather James Carlton Combs. Surviving family members in Haines include uncles Jim Combs and Jim Schnabel and second-cousins Debra and Roger Schnabel.

Josh Lloyd said the cloudy summer didn’t put a damper on his family’s use of a new outdoor pool they put up in their front yard on Small Tracts Road. The six children at the Lloyd’s house made use of it even on chilly days, he said. Impressive as “it wasn’t a real warm summer,” reports Haines meteorologist Jim Green.

Former Haines Borough Assembly member Steve Vick recently made a four-day visit to Haines along with friend Ellen Bohman-Mitchell. They stayed with Alain D’Epremesnil and visited with Tracy Mikowski at HARK, Steve’s old workplace. He also spent time with Kay Clements and Norm and Suzanne Smith. Steve and Ellen saw the bears at Chilkoot and hiked to Battery Point. He said the best part was walking Maple, his blind sled dog, on the beach at low tide. Steve lives in Fairbanks where he operates an internet development company and Noble Paws, a nonprofit that takes disabled youths mushing.

Glorianne Andersen spent more than a week in Haines and Juneau catching up with dad Louie Meacock, Piedad Road neighbors and Haines High School class of 1990 classmates and teachers, including David Buss, Terry and Bonnie Sharnbroich and Richard Buck. Highlights included breakfast at 33 Mile and lunch at the Fogcutter, she said. Glorianne lives in Omaha, Neb. and works as an education content manager for an embroidery company. Husband Chris Andersen is an analyst for U.S. Strategic Command. Louie, former director of public works in Haines, lives in Yakima, Wash. in winter.

Jane Maunus of Palm Cove, Fla. spent a month in Haines visiting daughter Susie McCartney, son-in-law Geoffrey Nelson and granddaughter Patience Nelson. Looking for bears and picking raspberries were highlights. She also helped Patience with her trombone lessons. Patience’s grandfather Albert McCartney played trombone in the U.S. Army marching band. Jane retired after a career as an English teacher in Philadelphia, including at an all-girls public school.

The helicopter pilot ferrying scientific equipment to the top of the Beach Road slide last week had a familiar face. It was Kelly Healy, son of former City of Haines administrator Tom Healy. Kelly attended Haines High School with the class of 2003 but transferred out when his dad took over the town’s manager job in Palmer. He is base manager for Temsco in Skagway.