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Deliah Kay Nash entered the world at Bartlett Hospital in Juneau at 4:18 a.m. on Nov. 1 to CaSandra Smith and Adrian Nash. Deliah weighed eight pounds and two ounces, and measured 20.5 inches. She joins four-year-old sister Mijah. Grandmother Nancy Nash arrived in Juneau just in time for the delivery of her third grandchild. Grandparents include Nancy's husband Dwight Nash and Sally Garton of Haines.

More than 75 friends gathered in Juneau to celebrate former resident Harriet Botelho’s 100th birthday on Nov. 11, including Joan Snyder of Haines. Harriet was a social worker in Haines through the 1970s. Joan visited with Harriet’s son, former Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho, and his sisters Cathy Botelho of Juneau and Julie Botelho of Florida. Harriet continues to live in her own home in Juneau, which includes 28 steps that she climbs at least twice daily.

The Chilkat Valley News says goodbye to John Stang this week and hello to reporter John Glionna of Nevada, who is joining the CVN staff through the end of the year. Glionna reported for the Los Angeles Times for 26 years. He lives Las Vegas, Nev., where he works as a freelance writer and as a journalism instructor at the UNLV.

Friends can write to Betty Ewing DeWitt, who is recovering after knee surgery in Anchorage. Until December, cards can be sent to Betty DeWitt, c/o Hehnlin, 201 Fawn Court, Anchorage, AK 99515.

Sara and Luke Vosz welcomed their first child, daughter Emmeline Rosemary Vosz, who was born 1:15 a.m. Nov. 9 at Bartlett Hospital in Juneau. Emmeline weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, and measured 18.25 inches. They returned from Juneau on Monday. Haines School third-grade teacher Kristin White is organizing meals delivered through Sara will return as kindergarten teacher in January.

Haines School Superintendent Tony Habra celebrated his 50th birthday Nov. 10 with a surprise party at Haines Brewing Co. Keeping it a secret and getting the word out presented some challenges for his wife Kim. Friends and staff stopped by to help celebrate.

Bob and Carol Duis donated the use of their trailer to Wayne and Cherrie Price so they could take a 28-foot dugout canoe to Anchorage for presentations on healthy lifestyles.Their first stop was at Wendler Middle School where Wayne’s sisters April Price, Joanne Price and Nadine Price work. Brothers Russell  and Chris Price greeted Wayne and Cherrie for two presentations at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson that included the Anchorage Boy Scouts. The canoes were carved in Haines.

If you’ve been wondering what the barge is doing out in the Lynn Canal, harbormaster Shawn Bell says the barge and tugboat Taku Wind are fixing and replacing a marker at Indian Rock that fell down last year.

Donna Catotti’s painting of Bozhi Sebens, titled “Dream Studies,” has been juried into the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club’s 120th Open Exhibition at the National Arts Club in Manhattan. The show runs Nov. 29 to Dec. 17, with a reception to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American Wing Travel and Research Fund on Dec. 9.  Donna will travel to New York City for the reception. She will meet up for Broadway shows and museums with sister Claire Warren of Miami and artist friend Cindy Dill, also from Florida, who was in Haines last summer for the Incamminati portrait workshop. Natalie Italiano has been announced as the Studio Incamminati instructor for next summer’s portrait workshop, July 10-14. Sign-ups will begin soon. 

A 10-week motorcycle trip by Rob and Ardy Miller covered more than 7,000 miles. They started north with seven other motorcyclists to see Alaska from Haines to Fairbanks to Glennallen before driving to Canada. They ran into another Haines Miller couple, Rob Miller and Jody Miller, at Fast Eddie's in Tok. The trip continued down the Cassiar Highway, east to the Jasper area and then on to Nelson, B.C., Spokane, Wash. and Oregon.

Vince and Jansy Hansen spent Veterans’ Day with daughter Ann Klausner.  Ann and husband Andrew Klausner have relocated to Juneau after leaving the U.S. Air Force. They're now civilian employees of the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Former residents Cathy Donadio and Phil Shallcross are safe following several earthquakes in New Zealand. They live on the north island and didn’t suffer from the severe quake and aftershocks that have hit the south island. However, they have been seeing stronger than normal ocean currents. Cathy has found the “I’m Safe” notification on Facebook useful, as they have many friends who live in the area of the earthquake. The New Zealand Herald reported that damage to homes from the 7.5-magnitude quake on Nov. 7 prompted the New Zealand Parliament to open its its building as a shelter for displaced residents.

Tyrell Horton, John Newton, Brian Clay, Michael Ganey, Margie Ballew, Ryan Cook and Jax Funkhouser represented Haines' Harbor Bar at a poker tournament in Las Vegas, Nev. last week. Their outstanding poker skills qualified them to play against 70 other teams. The team placed second.

Kyle Gray and Janine Allen have returned from a two-week trip to Iceland. They listened to acts including Santigold, FM Belfast and Of Monsters and Menmany at the Iceland Music Festival in Reykjavik. They said the highlight was seeing Bjork. A week traveling on the Ring Road included a stop in the town of Stykkisholmer to see an art installation called The Library of Water, featuring 24 glass columns containing water collected from Iceland's glaciers. Driving south, they enjoyed black sand beaches and unique rock formations of basalt columns. The also visited Akureyri, known as the Capital of North Iceland. The city has been heated geothermally since the 1970s.

Krista Kielsmeier traveled to Poland last month to visit the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Her interest in sites of tragedy started with a 2009 trip to Hiroshima, Japan. A room at Auschwitz full of human hair shaved off prisoners made the biggest impact on the tour, she said. Her three days in Poland followed a week in Ireland with Northwestern University classmate Joseph Duggan Lyons and a stop at Joseph’s home in Spain that included watching a U.S. Presidential debate live at 3 a.m. Krista studied abroad in Ireland as a college junior.

While at the swim meet in Petersburg last week, Haines Dolphins caught up with Alex Moore who moved to Petersburg last year with his parents Josh and Victoria Moore. Alex is doing great in school and enjoying his new community. Victoria has joined the Ragnarök Rollers, a women’s roller derby team in Petersburg. Leslie Ross, Sally Chapell and Rio Ross-Hirsch found roller derby very exciting and are seeking interest in a Haines team. Call Leslie at 314-0543. With enough interest, a local clinic may be held to learn the basics.

Friends in Haines who miss Barb Oudekerk are glad to hear she’s settling into life in Juneau. They can send her a card or letter at Barbara Oudekerk, P.O. Box 33234, Juneau, Alaska 99803

According to the Alaska Earthquake Center in Fairbanks, a magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck 63 miles west of Klukwan at about 5:25 a.m. Wednesday. Some Haines residents said they were awakened by the shaking nearly 81 miles from the epicenter.


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