A Little News

 I am a little out of touch thanks to trips to Florida and then Anchorage and the arrival of our son and his friend from Mt. Baker this week (for the summer) and the tiny worry about when  I'll head to Juneau to care for grand daughter Caroline while daughter Sarah delivers the baby (she is due May 19, but has commenced the waiting game near the hospital. Luckily her sister lives in the capital, so Sarah and Caroline are kind of "home" while they wait.) This much I do know: The hawks are flying low all along the beaches, marshes, and meadows; Morning Muscles is back Tues.&Thurs. at 6am in the Chilkat Center, since Marnie, our tireless leader, is home from Australia;  women from 16-70 are enjoying Zumba at all kinds of times, across from the acupuncture office on Main Street; the regional high school track meet is this weekend in Juneau; there are baby chicks arriving daily at the post office (I have 15 in my mud room right now),  and the annual Chilkat River Walk from Klukwan to town is this Saturday. A bus will leave the high school and bring town walkers out to the village at 7:15, and if  22 miles is too far for you, another bus leaves to take walkers or runners to 10-mile at 9:30. (I think Chip and I will pedal.) Also, Saturday at 1:00pm is the first golf tournament of the season, and there's a belated Earth Day celebration at the school beginning at 10 am. Next Wednesday there's a town hall meeting at 6:00pm in the assembly chambers on the borough comprehensive plan. Here's a caution: my neighbor said we have a brown bear in the area, and there are black and brown bears rambling around town and along the highway and at Chilkoot, so be sure to lock trash containers and turn the electric fence on around those coops. The hooligan run continues to feed sea lions, seals, birds, and Pearl, who likes to root around in the tidelines and swallow the rotting fish whole then puke them up on the rug. Snow flurries were predicted for last night, luckily I didn't see any at our house on the sunny side of town, but there are still stubborn patches of snow (even in these low exposed places) that little Caroline and her pals made the most of before she ferried down to rainy Juneau.

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