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Carol Iverson of Salem, Ore., was in town last week, visiting brother Don Hartmann and catching up with friends. Former schoolmates she visited included Chris Martin, Norm Smith, Elaine Pigott, Sharon Svenson and Joyce Thomas. A retired teacher, Carol graduated from Haines High School in 1967 with 10 other seniors. Her visit here was a side trip from one to Juneau to see daughter Rachelle Goldenberg adopted into the Kaagwaantan clan there. She found the totem pole raising at the Wellness Center poignant as the clans represented on it matched those of her daughter and that of former husband Willard Pavao.

Longtime Porcupine gold miner Donald Petersen, 82, died Monday, May 1 at his home at 33.5 Mile Haines Highway. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

Joanne Waterman’s co-workers at the ferry terminal toasted her with a retirement breakfast Saturday, her final day of work. Waterman put in 15 years at the terminal, including three years as assistant manager. An innkeeper and former KHNS staffer, Joanne said she isn’t certain on her next career but she’ll continue her woodworking hobby. Recent creations include tables and nightstands.

Omar Cordes invited cousins Debra and Sandra Schnabel and Jan Farmer and long-time friend and classmate Tony Tengs to spend nine days at his home on the island of Bali in Indonesia. They climbed the active volcano Mount Batur at night to see the sunrise, watched shows at a bird sanctuary, and enjoyed a meal at restaurant near Ubud with tour guide and writer Tom Lang. For Debra’s birthday, Omar’s wife Olivia Harper put together a great Balian feast with traditional dancing and live gamelan music. Tony made a stop in California to visit Dave, Kazumi and Shion Svenson before returning to Alaska.

Tia Heywood’s senior art exhibit “Feels Like Home” is up at Brown University through May 9. Tia found ways to create an interactive experience for viewers. It’s meant to be touched. Blueberries become woolen, glaciers wooden, and rain plastic. “I’ve learned to construct home for myself out of the materials I have on hand,” Tia said. Watch for her six-week spotlight at the Sheldon Museum later this year. Tia was also recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa, an honor society for liberal arts and sciences.

Marian Allen and Mike Morris from the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association in Sitka have been working with students in grades 6-12 to provide marine safety training. John Hagen, Matt Davis, Darwin Feakes and Natalie Benassi have been taking an online class through the University of Alaska to be AMSEA instructors. They were able to complete their course with the students. High school students focused on commercial fishing safety and participated in cold-water safety drills in the boat harbor.

Student musicians raised $674 for state travel through their recent car wash. Music teacher Jason Muccino and students Alyx Habra, Jack Habra, Becca Wheeler, Megan Whitermore, Nathan Haas, Rachel Haas, Joseph Rossman, Terran Blais, Brant Alten-Huber and Dylan Chapell did the scrubbing. The department is also raising funds through pizza sales. Order forms are available through students or at the school, or by contacting Muccino at 766-6745 or Deadline to order is May 16; delivery date will be May 20.

Friends of Mosquito Lake School will host an Upper Valley Market this Sunday, May 7, from 2-4 p.m. at the school and community center on Mosquito Lake Road. Vendors will offer plant starts, vintage clothing, free books, homemade jams and syrups, honey and chocolates in advance of the following week’s Mother’s Day holiday. Freshly made Guatemalan tacos and beverages will also be for sale. Call Dawn Drotos 767-5765 to reserve a table.

The Haines High School staff celebrated the achievements of 13 students at the school’s annual High Honors Dinner last week. Dylan Chapell, Mori Hays, Seth Waldo, Madeline Andriesen, Kiana Donat, Morgan Cloke, Alyx Habra, Aurora Alten-Huber, Marirose Evenden, Molly Ekstrom, Tailer Olssen, Tulsi Zahnow and Raine Winge maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.7 for three consecutive quarters to attend the dinner prepared by teacher Lilly Boron and principal Rene Martin. The event was a mystery dinner with an Alice in Wonderland theme.

Teacher Patty Brown was in Washington, D.C. for the March for Science. She attended with brother Dan Brown and nephew Phil Brown. The march started with kick-off events, including a comedy night Brown attended, put on by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Speakers included Bill Nye “the science guy” and music from Jon Batiste and Thomas Dolby.


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