The Haines School music department wants to make you a pizza for Super Bowl Sunday. School music director Kristy Totten said they are prepared to make as many as 200 pizzas by Jan. 31. Prices for 14-inch pies include cheese for $13, Hawaiian for $16 and $18 for “meat lovers.” Pizzas will be delivered in town between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Jan. 31 or available for pickup between noon and 2 p.m. at the Haines School kitchen. Place your order on http://www.hbsd.net by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. The fundraiser will support Madeline Andriesen, Rachel Haas and Neil Little on their trip to the All Northwest Music Festival in Spokane, Wash.
Join Andrew Cardella for a 12-station cardio class at Body IQ in Fort Seward. The class, which meets at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, has options for beginners to advanced athletes. “We had nine or 10 people the first week, but there’s room for a few more,” Cardella said. Bring active wear and $8 to try it out before the last class on Feb. 11. With enough interest, said Cardella, the class could run again with a discount for the full five weeks.
The 16 members of the Haines A Cappella Women’s Choir performed a memorable rendition of the Star Spangled Banner on Saturday before the basketball game. “It’s a mildly R&B version,” said Nancy Nash, who arranged the piece. The arrangement was in a different time signature, she said, “but it wasn’t wild and crazy. It’s still recognizably the national anthem.” The choir meets at 6 p.m. Thursdays in the upstairs of the Sheldon Museum. New singers are welcome.
John and Elina Plucker are in town visiting John’s parents, Margaret and Bob Plucker, and his sister, Holly Davis. John plays French horn in the Norwegian Army Band north of Harstad, a small town north of the Arctic Circle. The mountains in Haines are higher and closer than those in Harstad, said Elina, but there’s less snow. The Pluckers enjoyed American specialties like cheddar cheese, bagels and smoked salmon, said John, who also played in the pep band and sang with Men of Note. They will sun themselves in Hawaii next week before returning to northern Norway.
Bill Hartmann retired last week from his job as a certified nursing assistant at Mount Grant General Hospital in Hawthorne, Nev., where he worked 10 years. The co-founder of the Chilkat Valley News said he’ll be staying busy with Wild Rose Press, his printing business in nearby Walker Lake. Wife Shelley Hartmann is executive director of the Mineral County Economic Development Authority, a nonprofit.
Per capita, Haines residents were second-most generous of 18 Alaska communities participating in the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign, according to Ivy Sponholz, spokesperson for the church. Residents gave an average of $5.09, topped only by Kake, where residents donated $7.11 per capita. Third-ranked Petersburg donated $5.06 per person, Sponholz said. “Haines is a very generous community. At the Salvation Army, we’re fortunate to see that generosity and share it with others.”
American Bald Eagle Foundation staffers Chloe Goodson, Samantha Wilson and Leia Mench will split the prize money after winning the Alaska Tourism Industry Association’s window-decorating contest, said Cheryl McRoberts, the foundation’s executive director. Wilson hand-drew all the decorations in the foundation’s “Walking in a Wild Wonderland” exhibit, McRoberts said. About 10 businesses and groups entered the contest, said Tammy Piper, tourism information coordinator for the Haines Borough. The contest started in October and was aimed at winter instead of Christmas in order for the displays to remain timely through the dark months, Piper said. “They want to keep the decorations up as long as possible to sparkle up the town.”
Karen Garcia met up with friends Molly Dischner and Elwood Brehmer at the Pioneer Bar Sunday to watch the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers NFC championship game. Molly and Elwood drove down from Anchorage to catch the ferry to Juneau, where Molly will be working as an Associated Press reporter during the legislative session. Elwood, a Packers fan who grew up in Wisconsin, works at the Alaska Journal of Commerce in Anchorage.
The Haines Ski and Hike Club raised $1,400 through its recent raffle. Kim Larson won a pair of wooden touring skis made by Fairweather SkiWorks of Haines. Other winners included Heiko Haehnsen of Haines Junction, Y.T, a dog-mushing tour with Jim Stanford; Sara Chapell, extendable ski poles; Jen Allen, cross-country ski rental for two, and Jane Pascoe, two-day snowboard rental. The club is waiting on snow to reschedule a ski and potluck fundraiser canceled in December, longtime member Dan Egolf said this week.
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