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Chamber carnival provides fun for all BY KIRK BOXLEITNER email@example.com
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Emma Huff, Clare Jira and Taylor Hackett were all screams for the Haywire ride at the ArlingtonSmokey Point Chamber of Commerce’s carnival on June 29.
Youngest pilot to fly around the world stops in Arlington
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Jack Wiegand, 21, stopped at Arlington Flight Services on June 28, one day before completing his record-setting flight around the world.
ARLINGTON — The Arlington Airport helped 21-year-old pilot Jack Wiegand make aviation history by serving as the penultimate stop on the nearly two-month trip that’s made him the youngest pilot ever to fly solo around the world. Among the members of the crowd who stood ready to greet Wiegand on the afternoon of Friday, June 28, at Arlington Flight Services was his uncle Mike, who lives just west of the Arlington Airport in Smokey Point. “My brother Dwight, his father, always encouraged him,” Mike
Wiegand said, as Jack interacted with a number of older pilots who now count him as a fellow “world-rounder.” “We’re all super-proud of him, of course, but what’s struck me, as he’s been interviewed by the press around the world, is how well he’s carried himself. He’s been a great ambassador for his cause, and he’s made solid decisions in doing what’s needed to be done to accomplish his goal. Lots of folks talk about doing things like this, but he actually got it done.” Not only was Mike Wiegand glad to be able to arrange for fuel at Jack’s planned stop at Adak Island, Alaska, SEE PILOT, PAGE 10
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ARLINGTON — The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce’s first partnership with Butler Amusements for the carnival that ran from June 27-30 went well enough that representatives of both groups agreed that the carnival would likely become an annual event for the area. “We had a very good weekend for a first-year event,” said Bob Merten, Butler Amusements’ on-site general manager for the carnival. “We never prejudge an event, because every event is a little bit different, but this one had passion behind it.” Merten credited the Chamber with promoting the carnival well enough to generate steady attendance throughout all four days, even in the midst of weather that was perhaps a bit too summery. “We had good weather for it,” Merten said. “There was a lot of heat, but I think people were just glad to get out of the cold and the rain for a while. We had several thousand people come through, so it was definitely a success.” Chamber Secretary Debbie Whitis stopped by the carnival on all four of its days, and concurred with Merten about its consistent influx of attendees and how the weather impacted their willingness to show up.