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Rotary Youth Exchange

To the Editor:

The local Petersburg Rotary Club participates in the Rotary International Youth Exchange program: annually we send out one student, and accept one student from a foreign country. July is one of the most significant months for changes:

Fernanda Soto, from Mexico, was in our community this past year and she has just returned home.

River Quitslund has returned from Thailand, where he spent the last school year.

Manon Paul is preparing to leave for Austria in early August, where she will spend a year. Petersburg is sponsoring this young woman from Juneau since our local candidate was unable to continue after being selected.

Petersburg will be welcoming Sven Heinrichs from Germany in August.

Various forms of community support are critical for success in this program and, as usual, Petersburg is extremely generous and helpful. The Rotary Club particularly appreciates those families who really made a huge contribution by hosting Fernanda in their homes this past year – Bridget Wittstock, and Pete and Kris Erickson. Our school district could not be more helpful and supportive of both the incoming students and the outgoing students.

We also wish to thank the entire community for supporting the Rotary Club in our various fund-raising activities such as the spring rose sale, May 17 salmon bake and July 4 duck race. Portions of funds from all of these events help our club with the expenses of our exchange program.

We'll begin the selection process for our next Outbound student for 2014 in late September. Keep this remarkable experience in mind if you know of a highschool freshman or sophomore whom you think would be interested.

If you have any questions about the Rotary Youth Exchange program, or wish to know more about hosting a student in your home, please contact us: Shari Otness (772-3458) or David Berg (518-1199)

Shari Otness

Remembering Oliver Hofstad

To the Editor:

Petersburg has been blessed with some of the most successful and productive long line fishermen ever to fish the waters of the North Pacific and one of the best was Oliver Hofstad. Whether he was operating either the small “Genedor” or “Sarah Marie”, right after he got out of the U.S. Navy in World War II, or his later, larger boat named the “Angelette”, after his wife Angie, he was consistent in bringing in full loads of halibut. I worked at the old Petersburg Cold Storage during Oliver's most productive years and when we learned the “Angelette” was due we knew he would be arriving in port with 58,000 pounds aboard, guaranteed. “Ole” was a quiet and modest gentleman but as skillful as they came when finding and filling a boat with halibut and black cod. Oliver Hoftstad was as responsible as anyone in putting Petersburg on the map as a major halibut port.

Don Nelson


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