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Tapestry: Bob and Helen Hall left memorable legacy
Annie (Hall) Hornor remembered the smell of fresh morning coffee and the subdued voices of her father and his friends as they talked in the Hall kitchen on Tagura Road many years ago. “They were young men with wonderful dreams,” Hornor wrote in a tribute for a community potluck honoring her parents, the late Bob and Helen Hall. Hornor couldn’t be in Kodiak for the event because of a recent cardiac procedure. Her t...
Jul 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: OCA chancellor returns to island
He could have been any grubby-looking fisherman, this man in ragged jeans, faded suede jacket and neoprene boots, emerging from the coffee shop across from the boat harbor. But John Jillions has a title that doesn’t seem to fit his appearance. He’s known as “Father John” by the Orthodox faithful or Chancellor, a title given to a top administrator in the Orthodox Church in America. He wears his cross, so that when ...
Jul 19, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Ardingers in business 50 years
When man and wife reach the 50-year mark, the kids invite family and friends to a big party to honor them. When the married couple stays in business that long, it’s a community celebration Ben and Hazel Ardinger, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on June 23, 2007, are inviting the community to the 50th anniversary of their business at an open house Saturday at Ardinger’s Fine Furnishings, 1710 Mill B...
Jul 12, 2013 | 1 1 comments | 65 65 recommendations | email to a friend
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Departing pastors leave the island with heaps of wisdom
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a two-part series about the changing faces at Kodiak’s churches. The first part of this series was published June 21. Read it online at www.kodiakdailymirror.com. ALAN AND LINDA ROSS — They learned to listen. While Interact missionaries, Alan and Linda Ross, left Kodiak for Kenai, an area that is known for its breathtaking scenery, they will miss the beauty of Kodiak Island. Ar...
Jul 05, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 96 96 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Sven Haakanson, Jr. goes to Seattle with Island values
Expected to carry on the fishing tradition that was so important in his Alutiiq/Scandinavian heritage, Sven Haakanson Jr., was nicknamed Fisherman. Instead, he became an anthropologist. Today Dr. Sven Haakanson Jr. has made a name for himself. He holds a doctorate from Harvard and, as executive director of the Alutiiq Museum, has led the way to make it one of the finest museums in the country. Haakanson is leaving...
Jun 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 88 88 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Last Farewells
I am not good at saying goodbye. Ask my wife, who began dating me over 40 years ago. I love ‘hello’. I enjoy spending time with people I know. I even enjoy meeting new people. But I hate goodbye. There is such finality to it. In the famous scene in Romeo & Juliet, Juliet says, “Good night! Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I should say goodnight till it be morrow.” I understood the sorrow part, but th...
Jun 28, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 145 145 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: The changing faces at Kodiak’s churches
Nearly half of Kodiak’s pastors have left or are leaving the island this summer for other fields of service. They share a mutual love for Kodiak Island where the people and natural elements have provided material for many a sermon. FATHER JOE CLASSEN — His own mascot bear Father Joe Classen, who came to Kodiak in 2011 to serve St. Mary’s Catholic parish, will take a leave of absence in a remote area to “think, pra...
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Preparing to go and looking back
Every story must come to an end. Next Friday, my wife and I will reach the end of our Kodiak story — at least in the first person. When I was in the Marine Corps, every time we were involved in an operation of any length, there were always the dreaded after-action reports. While these did not generally follow this specific format, there were primarily four questions that must be answered. The first question was, “...
Jun 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 141 141 recommendations | email to a friend
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Tapestry: Norton was processing ‘laureate’ of the fishing industry
The salmon are in and the fishermen are out. When returning salmon are caught by hard-working gillnetters and seiners, cannery crews are hard at work as well. Even though their jobs don’t seem as robust and invigorating as the fish catchers’, the cannery workers nevertheless live an unpredictable summer as they fall lock step with the rhythm of the fleet. What would the industry do without them? Hats off to the ca...
Jun 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 114 114 recommendations | email to a friend
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Another Day in Paradise: Lines in the sand
I know our weather has been beautiful. You might even go so far as to call it amazing. But in spite of our record heat wave of however many days we actually reached 70 degrees, there are some lines I just won’t cross. One of those lines is swimming out on our wonderful beach. As I watched many people wade out into the water, I couldn’t help but shiver. It doesn’t matter that our air temperature achieved a balmy 70...
Jun 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 159 159 recommendations | email to a friend
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