first_imgCAN YOU help solve a ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ mystery?John Smith from Tennessee, recently visited Glenties in search of his Great Grandfather, William Gallagher.William was a son of Peter Gallagher and Margaret Roarty from Glenties. William like many others immigrated to the US in the early 1880’s as a young man in his twenties. Following some research by Adrian Gallagher of the Gallagher Clan, John and his wife were encouraged to travel from the US to Glenties. In this the year of the Gathering he hoped to identify his family line and visit the homestead.In Glenties John met and spoke with a number of very welcoming and knowledgeable members of the many Gallagher families in the area but unfortunately his search was unsuccessful.At present John is back in Tennessee where he is encouraging the extended Smith family to return to Donegal for the ‘Gallagher Clan Global Gathering’ 6th – 15th September to continue to trace their roots back to their great grandfather, William Gallagher.As for now the ‘search continues’…… Can you help? Email us on FAMILY SEARCH: SO WHO DO YOU THINK JOHN IS? was last modified: August 19th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FAMILY SEARCH: SO WHO DO YOU THINK JOHN IS?Gallagher ClanGlentieslast_img read more

Sunshine affects Ketchikans tourism industry

first_imgKetchikan’s summer tourism season is well underway. Record low rainfall in May and warmer-than-usual temperatures had a lot OF tourists smiling. But in a place known for rain, is sunshine bad for business?Chuck Slagle walks the dock where a few of his charter fishing boats are coming in from a morning on the water. “How was your trip?” “Great, thanks for asking.”Tourists eat at the Fish House on June 23, 2015.One customer noticed Slagle had changed out of the shorts he was wearing earlier in the day. He changed into pants to go fishing. He said a sunny day doesn’t always make for the best fishing, but it does make for a better experience.“Sunshine makes a big difference in our business.With what we do, people going fishing. They not only have a better time when it’s not pouring down rain, they’ll also look out the cruise ship windows and fishing is more appealing to them when it’s not pouring down rain.”Slagle also owns the Fish House, a seafood restaurant just above his fleet of charter fishing boats. He said weather affects sales at the restaurant, too. Generally, people aren’t willing to wait in line in the rain.On a recent sunny day, the line was trailing onto the pavement.  Blake Runkel and his family from Houston were happily waiting in line for their crab lunch. “Yeah I was surprised this is a beautiful day. We lucked out. Short sleeve shirts in Alaska, that’s pretty amazing.”The Fish House in Ketchikan.His mother, Pat, booked the trip after hearing rave reviews from friends, and she was strategic about booking it this week after some reading. “It said that was the best time to come. If you could plan your trip They said May to September,  but they said the best time would be from June 15 to July 15.Weather wise I think it was basically.”She heard a lot about the rain in Southeast and packed accordingly, but was happy to keep the ponchos aboard the Ruby Princess.The sunshine isn’t an economic boon for everyone though.“I’ll tell you one thing our business does increase if it’s raining.”Karl Biggerstaff at Tongass Trading says retail sales can go up about 25 percent on a rainy day, when people are more inclined to stay indoors. Even on a sunny day though, people still shop. Tongass General Manager Chris Parks says the best weather for business is changing weather, a mix of sun and rain.Parks adds that while weather has a noticeable effect on sales in the short term, the industry is influenced more by the overall economy in the long term.last_img read more