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Whale Watching and LeConte Glacier Tours based out of Petersburg Alaska

Shop teacher glad he stayed in town


JESS FIELD / Petersburg Pilot

David Owens, left, listens to Bill Neumann talk about lathe safety in the PHS shop along with Sebastian Davis, right. Neumann stopped by the shop last month to discuss the lathe, a piece of equipment the high school purchased at the end of his tenure, and see all the improvements to his old classroom.

Bill Neumann spent 20 years teaching shop in Petersburg and smoke houses built by his students can still be seen around town. Neumann's oldest students might be reaching retirement age, but they still remember him, even if he doesn't always remember them.

"I'll go to the post office and some guy will come up and shake my hand and what I have to say is, 'The face is familiar but I can't put a name on it,'" he says. "But I love that, and I'm so thankful that I've stayed in Petersburg. So many teachers retire and then they're gone."

Neumann was born in 1936, and both his parents were teacher...

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