Kisa Bergstrand and Josh Schaub were married Thursday, August 23 at Tanani Point Beach. The reception was held at the home of Kisa’s parents Wendy and Roger Bergstrand on Young Road. Friends and family from Las Vegas made the trip up, including Josh’s parents Mary and Patrick Schaub and siblings Andrew, Jackson, and Julia Schaub. The couple was married by their good friend Ralph Nettles. Josh’s groomsmen included Dalton Terry, Jose Valverde, Kevin Hamilton and Kevin Hines. Kisa’s maid of honor was Melina Dennis, and bridesmaids included Julia Schaub and Yanet Hines of Las Vegas. They were joined by Kisa’s grandmother Dorothy Stecher and cousin Christy Tengs-Fowler, her husband Bob, and their sons Chevy and Marty, and great aunt Helen Tengs. “We had an out of this world six tier chocolate Cambria Goodwin cake. John Katzeek donated fresh salmon to have for dinner and our parents did all the cooking for the whole wedding. It was a beautiful time, and fun was had by all,” said Kisa.

Tourists aboard the whale-watching boat M/V Taz got the thrill of a lifetime when a humpback whale breached merely yards away from the boat near Pleasant Island, drenching everyone outside. Tristen Krause caught the whale jump on video. It has been viewed almost 300,000 times on YouTube and even caught the eye of NBC News Nightly news anchor Lester Holt, who shared the video on Twitter. The Taz is operated by Haines local Tod Sebens and crewed by Michaela Chambers.

School started for grades 1-12 last week at the Haines School. Excited elementary children were eager to get back to class. “My favorite part was art class,” said second grader Patience Nelson who has new second grade teacher, Tracy Getchell. “My favorite subject is reading. I am reading Huckleberry Finn right now,” said third grader Finn Crowe. Finn’s teacher is Kristin White.

Kari (Lampkins) Johnson (Haines High graduate ‘98) has moved back to Haines with her husband J.D. and children Payton (3) and Stanley (1). The family lived in Ellensberg, Washington for almost 20 years but decided to make the move to be closer to family. “Once my brother Jim Lampkins had his son Max, we knew we wanted to be closer to family and for the cousins to grow up together,” said Kari.

Crystal and Al Badgely have just returned from a trip to drop their daughter Serena off at graduate school. The trip started in Spokane, Washington where they visited their son Hunter, his wife Emily and their son Cedar. During that time Hunter received his counseling license from the state of Washington and he is now a counselor at Family Essentials. After the visit, they rented a minivan and trekked five hours to Hillsboro, Oregon where Serena will be starting an occupational therapy program. “We met Serena’s two housemates and Al made them a salmon dinner one night,” said Crystal. Crystal and Al stayed at the home of Shel and Jean Scarrott and visited with their son Steve, who lived in Haines until about 6 years ago.

The Starvin’ Marvin Garden fundraiser party saw great community turnout at its annual gathering last Friday. Highlights at the event included the first annual Local Food Dish Competition. Entries included Moose Meatballs from Genny Rietze and a Chanterelle and Onion Tart from Jess Crowe. Winner Patty Campbell took home a $20 gift certificate to Babbling Book for her Rhubarb Royal dish. Children and adults enjoyed bubble making, donated by Michael Marks, as well as rock painting, creating chia ‘people’ and roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. Live auction participants went home with airline tickets, massages and yoga passes. Band Extended Play kept the party lively with a selection of new and familiar tunes. “Starvin’ Marvin Garden provides gardening education for children in kindergarten through sixth grade and works directly with the sixth graders to compost all of the school cafeteria food waste,” said Takshanuk education coordinator Marie Boisvert.

Cambria Goodwin had a record-breaking egg- laying day at her duck farm earlier this month. Her 30 ducks produced 32 eggs in one day. Cambria’s duck eggs are on the menu at her local restaurants.

The annual Haines Mardi Gras was celebrated widely downtown last weekend. Don Henagan from Baton Rouge, Louisiana started the local event 25 years ago on a whim. He was staying at the Halsingland Hotel in 1994 and was only supposed to be in Haines one night but ended up staying 20 nights. From there, the annual party has progressed to local bars downtown. Don comes up every year and has been in Haines 32 times over 25 years. “I absolutely love Haines, love the people, love the beauty and think about Haines every single day when I am away. I get treated like a local and am very appreciative,” said Don.

Christine Sweet passed away last week in Anchorage. Cards may be sent to Larry Sweet Sr. at P.O. Box 1113, Haines, AK 99827.