A-Town Fall 2017

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Fall 2017 City of Anacortes 6th and Q www.cityofanacortes.org 360-293-1900

ANACORTES BRIEFINGS Mayor Laurie Gere.............................2 City Council Member........................3 Fiber Optic Network..........................4 Partnering for Progress.....................5 New City Employee ...........................6 Dog Tags..............................................6 Open Streets........................................7 Our Town............................................7 Emergency Preparedness..............8-9 Lodging Tax......................................10 Aktion Club......................................11 Senior Center Joins City..................12 Comprehensive Plan........................13 City Council Members....................14 Solid Waste Schedule.......................14

PARKS AND RECREATION Handy Numbers...............................15 Quarterly Menu................................15 Recreation Programs................. 16-19

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS Anacortes Library......................20-23 Anacortes Museum....................24-25 Friends of the Forest..................26-27 WWU................................................ 28 Fidalgo DanceWorks........................29 Class Act........................................... 30 Friends of Skagit Beaches................31 Class Act............................................32 Friends of Skagit Beaches................33 Anacortes Soo Bahk Do................. 34 Gleaners.............................................35 Transition Fidalgo............................35 WA Park............................................36 Madrona Grove Sculptures.............37 Fun - Fabulous Forever Young.......38 Senior Activity Center.....................39 98221 Artist’s Tour.......................... 40 Community Partnership.................41 Heart Lake........................................ 42 FriendShop Volunteers................... 43 Thank You.................................. 44-45 Energy Fair....................................... 46


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Phase 1 – Construct fiber optic lines to the City’s utility pump stations and reservoirs The City water and wastewater utilities have over 30 pump stations and reservoirs spread around town. In Phase 1 the City will construct fiber optic lines to most of these stations, and then attach monitoring equipment for each pump station to the fiber. This technology ensures greater reliability and better communication with our telemetry systems. This is imperative for managing our pump stations and reservoirs. Once this phase is complete there will be a skeleton network where fiber reaches all corners of the City, but it will not pass along all streets or buildings. All City facilities will be part of the initial installation. This rough picture is an example of the system – the blue dots represent water pump stations connected via Anacortes fiber. Please

note, this is not the actual design, just an example to illustrate the point. A lot of attention has been brought to the fact that the City will run fiber through water utility pipes. As of now, this “inside-the-pipe” method is only planned for the fiber line from the water treatment plant on the Skagit River (see purple line on the diagram) to the Whistle Lake Reservoir. Here in town the fiber cables will run alongside existing utilities. In neighborhoods where the utilities are aboveground, the fiber cable will simply be added as another line along the utility poles. In neighborhoods such as Skyline, the City will need to do some trenching to install fiber conduit in the ground alongside existing underground utilities.

This first phase of the project has already begun. The route has been designed, the materials have been ordered, and a contractor has been selected. The City expects to start running fiber out to pump stations and reservoirs as soon as September 2017. Just a quick note, each fiber line consists of many individual fibers bundled into a single cable. Additional capacity in the fiber, beyond what the utilities will be using for telemetry systems, can be harnessed to build a broadband network providing high speed Internet! Here is an example picture:

Phase 2 – High Speed Internet Trial Once the first phase of construction is complete fiber optic lines will pass approximately 500 homes and 150 businesses in town. The City will contact those homeowners and businesses in early 2018 with an offer to connect and try out Anacortes fiber!

Mt. Vernon

Phase 3 – Fiber and High Speed Internet throughout the City

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Assuming the trial phase is successful and enough demand is generated for the network to be financially self-sustaining, the City will look to expand the network. The City will have the initial fiber runs in place to all corners of town, so expansion simply involves branching fibers off the main lines and feeding those branches down individual streets. There is not a good sense for Phase 3 timelines right now. The City plans to kickoff a survey in the coming months which will tell us the neighborhoods where interest is highest…naturally the City will look to build-out those neighborhoods first.

i r ng For e n t r a P “In union there is strength” – Aesop Recently, Anacortes Public Works Department (APWD) and the City have experienced great success with projects through partnerships. By working in union with other agencies, municipal facilities, private contractors and businesses we’ve been able to lower the cost of projects, complete more work, and create working relationships for future projects.

One example is the Heart Lake Road cape seal project. This was initially slated to be a Public Works project until there were conversations with Skagit County, who is scheduled to be working in the area. After it became clear that both agencies were interested in working together and the specifics of how it could all come together were worked out, it became a partnered project between the City of Anacortes, Skagit County and a private contractor. Because of Skagit County’s robust work schedule for cape seal projects, the City had to be ready for them on their timeline. To meet this deadline, the City worked with a private contractor to complete partial prep work – filling in holes in the road and leveling - while City crews fixed the shoulders of the road. This is the first time the City has created a partnership of this nature, because there hasn’t been a budget in place to allow for it,

and there wasn’t an opportunity to reach out to Skagit County. Thanks to the opportunity, the City will be saving upwards of $100,000 by not contracting the entire project out to a private company. The project should be completed by mid-August of this year. This is a celebrated partnership because it lays the framework for many cape seal projects in the future. There are rural roads that would benefit greatly from applications like this every year. A successful partnership could make that a reality. Another productive partnership has been between the City of Anacortes and Tesoro Refinery. This partnership was a result of the projected usage of R & Q Avenues to haul large components between Dakota Creek Shipyard and the refinery. Over the next few years, as Tesoro expands their production facilities, they will be hauling components hundreds of feet long and equally as tall between the two facilities. This hauling requires power lines to be raised and street lights to be taken down, as well as traffic signals disengaged and taken down all along R & Q Avenues. In the past, this was done overnight by a private contractor services hired by Tesoro in order to cause minimal disruption to residents. Now, with a large number of these occasions on the horizons, it made sense to form a partnership between the City and Tesoro to manage the elements needed to make the transport a success. Tesoro has already removed power lines along R & Q Avenues and replaced them underground, as well as raising 50% of street light fixtures. The last step is replacing

the traffic signals with new ones that will be on a swiveling arm, allowing them to be easily removed when large components travel this corridor. The City is managing this part of the project and will be reimbursed by Tesoro for the cost. Again, this work has been, and will continue to be done at night, minimizing the disruption to Anacortes residents. Thanks to this partnership, the undergrounding of the power lines provides a fiber conduit for future use at no expense to the City, and there will be less future disruption as the Tesoro expansion happens. Yet another partnership, currently in the works, is between the City of Anacortes and the Port of Skagit. The genesis of this union is to help the Port bring a publicly owned fiber optic network from Anacortes to Concrete. Our current plans to institute a fiber optic network could potentially expand outward to help this project. There have been several meetings with the Port to explore ways to allow shared usage of the extra fibers we will have in the system to help them expand. Both agencies are considering ways we can partner to make this project a success. Development of an inter-local agreement could start soon, but the project as a whole has no clear start date. Great things are happening as a result of partnerships around our region, and we have our progressive leadership of our City Council to thank. Questions, comments or applause for our new partnership? Contact us as coa. publicworks@cityofanacortes.org or 360.293.1919

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Fidalgo Ukulele Network • FUN’s all-levels Uke Jam is every other Thursday at the Anacortes Senior Activity Center, 1:10-2:40. • FUN Monday afternoon jams continue at Causland Park through Labor Day, 3:30-5; in the fall, Monday jams continue at Anacortes Library or Kennelly Keys. • Newkulele class, a 20-week free series, will begin early November at (donations accepted to ASAC!) • Info at fidalgoukulele.com or email Linda at zuke.uke@gmail.com

Free Summer Concert Series at the Heart of Anacortes Sponsored by the Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts and the City of Anacortes

• Aug 19th - 5-8pm The Walrus REFA Benefit and Silent AuctionCelebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love • Aug 26th - 6-8pm Hot Damn Scandal American Gypsy Blues • Sept 2nd - 6-8pm Stacey Jones Band Best of the Blues

Kids Fun at San Jaun Lanes

Learn to Bowl or Join a Youth League Call 360-293-5185 for more information or to reserve a spot.

Want to get your group or activity publicized? Send us information on your group - gathering activity and we may be able to include it in this section at no charge. You can call Gary Robinson at 360.293.1918 for more information or e-mail him at gary@cityofanacortes.org.

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by Richard Curtis Fire Chief

Governments: Federal, State, Local, and Tribal entities across the country utilize a framework for developing plans and activities to make communities more resilient to disasters. While this is commonly used by governments the same key principles should be used every citizen. A chief indicator of a community’s resilience is how prepared are the residents! If the residents are in general prepared to take care of themselves and their family, then the impact on first response resources will be reduced. Conversely, if the residents are not prepared, then the limited government resources will be greatly impacted. Here is what YOU can do to help our community to be more self-sufficient using the same framework.


activities that prevent, reduce the chance, or reduce the damaging effects of an emergency. Homeowners who buy flood and fire insurance are basic protections to mitigate potential damage. The City has issued several permits to upgrade homes and businesses for earthquake retrofit efforts. Homeowners should consider installing emergency backup power supplies to ensure heating, refrigeration, and cooking is available during disasters. Simple things to prevent damage or injury to occupants include securing bookshelves, hot water heaters, and televisions from falling. Removal of vulnerable or decaying trees near homes should also be considered.


ensure your family members have sufficient food and water for at least three days-preferably 7 days. Family members should determine out-of-state-emergency contacts so family members can ensure each other is safe when local phone


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systems fail. Everyone should have medical supplies and prescriptions immediately available in your home and each vehicle. If you have pets—making preparations to have plenty of food and water for them too. The Department of Homeland Security has an excellent web page of resources and checklists, for citizens to become better prepared. A recent study showed that only 19% of Americans considered themselves prepared for disasters. Please visit Ready.gov. and take action to improve your preparation profile.


strike a region and/or community impacting people in multiple ways. The typical worst case scenario for our region is an earthquake of a significant magnitude. Communication systems will be disrupted, Utilities such as power, water, and natural gas will be damaged and causing flooding, the releasing of flammable gases causing fires. Buildings without updated earthquake protection will slip off its foundation, or

collapse. Citizens and visitors could be fatally or seriously injured or stranded for very long times.

RESPONSE: Police, FireMedics, Public Works personnel will respond to the most critical needs when they become aware of the issues. Because there are limited first response resources, emergencies will not be taken care of without the aid of citizens. This is the critical point: CITIZENS MUST ALSO BE THE RESPONDERS! This means during the preparation phase, citizens should at least obtain training in basic first aid, CPR, emergency preparedness practices. Contact the Skagit County EMS for information on upcoming classes. https://www. skagitcounty.net/Departments/ EmergencyMedicalServices/ PUBLICtraining.htm One good way to help is to become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member. This course is offered locally and provides a solid foundation

for citizens to assist their family, neighbors, and community during a disaster. More details on upcoming classes can be found at: https://www. skagitcounty.net/Departments/ EmergencyManagement/cert.htm If you have a desire to become a volunteer firefighter/ emergency medical responder with the Anacortes Fire Department, we are looking for members to join forces in this challenging and rewarding path toward serving our community. More information about our program can be found at http://www.cityofanacortes. org/volunteer_program.php#. WWfo4FG1uCg The Anacortes Police Department has a robust group of Citizen Patrol Members who are also available to assist during disasters. For information on joining the Anacortes Citizens Patrol, go to http://www. cityofanacortes.org/auxiliary_ patrol.php#.WWfsSFG1uCg You could also join our Anacortes HAM radio group, and become a certified HAM radio operator. HAM radio operators are dedicated citizens who can communicate and coordinate important events for our first responders. Go to https://skagithamradio. wordpress.com/ for additional information including phone and email contacts.

RECOVERY is the phase

that starts after the immediate threat to human life has subsided. The immediate goal of the recovery phase is to bring the affected area back to normalcy as quickly as possible. For citizens, these activities might include getting back to work, recovering from injuries or illness, restoring lost utilities, and repairing damages to our homes or businesses. It is extremely difficult to clear out the clutter of our everyday demands on our time, and to dedicate time to engage in these four basic steps: Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery, but it is incumbent on individuals to pull together and incrementally get ready for future disasters!

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Prescription Medications and glasses Infant formula and diapers Pet food and extra water for your pet Importand family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container Cash or traveler’s checks and change Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information from www.ready.gov Sleeping bag or warm blandet for each person. Consider additional bedding if you live in a cold-weather climate. Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes. Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper Fire Extinguisher Matches in a water tight container Feminine supplies Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels Paper and pencil Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children

First Aid Kit Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries Cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger Whistle to signal for help Dust mask to help filter contaminated air and plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation Wrench or pliars to turn off utilities Local maps Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)

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Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

Using tourists’ hotel tax dollars to help generate more tourist dollars is the winning premise behind Tourist Promotion Grants, a City of Anacortes program overseen by its Lodging Tax Advisory Committee. Grants are available to government entities and organizations to help market their tourism-related events and programs, and to help support the operations of nonprofit tourismrelated facilities. Tourism Promotion Grant applications for 2018 are being accepted now. Completed applications are due to the City Planning, Community & Economic Development Department by Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. Applications are available online at http://www. cityofanacortes.org/LodgeTax.php -- but if you have questions or need an application mailed to you, you can contact Joann Stewart at (360) 293-1907. The Lodging Tax Advisory Committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations to present to City Council by November. Seventeen projects were awarded $291,000 in Tourism Promotion Grants for 2017. The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce received the majority – $148,500 for the International Ferry & Anacortes Marketing Program and $59,600


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for the Visitor Information Center. Other awards: $20,000 for Anacortes Arts Festival projects; $15,000 to the Port of Anacortes for concert programs; $10,000 each for City Fireworks and Anacortes Vintage Market; $7,000 to the Anacortes Farmers Market; $5,000 to the Anacortes Arts Commission’s Artist’s Studio Tour; $4,450 to the Anacortes Museum Foundation for Tourism Marketing/W.T. Preston Cards and Brochures; $4,200 for Heart of Anacortes restrooms; and grants between $750 and $2,400 for Skagit Valley Tulip Festival brochures, Anacortes Rotary’s Shipwreck Day, the Waterfront Festival Car Show, Anacortes Home & Boat Tour, and Fidalgo Island Quilters’ Quilt Walk. City Council Member Matt Miller was appointed to chair the Lodging Tax Advisory Committee last year. He serves with Mark Lione, Russ Olivier, Erik Schorr, Andy Stewart, Nancy Dalton and Karla Locke. By law, at least two members must be from businesses that collect the City’s hotel/motel tax, and at least two must be involved in activities that could be funded by the tax’s revenue. Miller said that the committee is operating with a fresh mandate. “The City Council adopted a new Tourism Promotion Strategic Plan

in November 2016 (Res. 1973) to be better aligned with state requirements and to strengthen the ability to measure and report the number of tourists brought in by the funds that are collected by the hoteliers,” he said. The ultimate goal of the Tourism Promotion program is to increase hotel occupancy – extending length and frequency of visits, promoting more off-season visitors and attracting more businesses to Anacortes to generate additional overnight stays. The program partners with other Anacortes organizations to provide visitor attractions, programs and sustainable events, as well as to promote the area’s existing attractions (i.e. the waterfront), and to improve the City’s overall image and stimulate positive customer awareness. “It is extremely valuable to understand the significant commerce tourists bring to our local economy. Hoteliers know this very well as they are the one who collect this tax. If you look at the 2017 recipients you can see the organizations approved for LTAC funds make up a significant piece of why people like to visit Anacortes, in addition to our natural waterfront charm (and ferry access),” Miller said.


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here’s much more to the Anacortes Aktion Club than the cheerful faces you see when you are dropping off an old TV or computer for recycling. A community service group for adults with disabilities, the Aktion Club offers opportunities for members to serve the community, to develop leadership skills, and to demonstrate the dignity and value of citizens who happen to live with disabilities. “It makes me feel really good to be part of a group that gives back to the community,” said Laurie Mueller, who has served as the club’s president, vice president and treasurer. The Aktion Club’s key project is recycling TVs, computers, monitors, laptops, tablet computers, E-readers (like Kindles) and portable DVD players as part of the State of Washington’s E-Cycle Program. You can drop off these items – free of charge – from 9 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of each month at the Port of Anacortes’s Web Lockers (Seafarers Way and Q Ave). If your TV is too large to carry, volunteers will even come pick it up (for a donation). Call Eric Johnson at (360) 840-5415 and he will have a volunteer contact you. The state reimburses the club for collecting those old electronics, and the club members put their proceeds right back into the community. The club’s many beneficiaries include the new Splash Park, the Tommy Thompson Trail, local food banks, A Simple Gesture, the Anacortes Family Shelter, the AHS Band, Summit

Assistance Dogs, and the Anacortes Community Theater. All this while keeping tons of electronics out of landfills! Aktion Club also enthusiastically supports Meals on Wheels through its active participation in the March for Meals Bowling Bash at San Juan Lanes. “This is the premier event of the Meals on Wheels annual fundraising campaign. Aktion Club has come in first place for money raised every year for the past five years, raising approximately $50,000 for the program,” said Anacortes Senior Activity Center Director Sally Hill. The Anacortes Aktion Club is sponsored by Anacortes Sunrisers and Noon Kiwanis clubs – the “k” in Aktion stands for Kiwanis. Eric Johnson, an Anacortes City Councilman and a past president of Noon Kiwanis, was a founding member of the club in 2008. He said it is a joy to see them at work. “The club members are delighted to be doing something for the community, and they really appreciate the opportunity to be recognized for what they do,” he said. There are about 33 members, aged 18 and older. Mueller, who has Down Syndrome, said the group is fun – offering camaraderie and holiday parties. “I’ve never been part of a program like this. All my friends are involved. It’s a great group. They didn’t have programs like this when I was a kid,” she said. The Aktion Club welcomes new members. Meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on second and fourth Thursdays (except June/July/August) at the Anacortes Christian Church, 1211 M Ave. (downstairs at the N Avenue entrance). For more information about the club and the E-Cycle program, or to find out how to dispose of other electronics, visit www.anacortesaktion.org. Fall 2017

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Anacortes Senior Activity Center Joins the City Oversight Changes from County to City The City of Anacortes is pleased to announce that the City and Skagit County are in the final stages of establishing a new interlocal agreement that will transfer management of the Anacortes Senior Activity Center to the City of Anacortes. It is anticipated that this will take effect on September 4. Since 1973, the county and the city have partnered to make the Center available to the Anacortes community. While there are no anticipated changes to programs or staffing in the foreseeable future, this transfer to local oversight will help the Center meet the growing needs of retirees and elders in the Anacortes community. Skagit County will continue to offer financial support to the Center and will also retain management of the Nutrition program, which includes both the Meals on Wheels program and the service of nutritious hot meals at the Center daily. And, as it has done for many years, the Center will continue to rely on the help of many wonderful volunteers and of its strong nonprofit partner the Anacortes Senior Activity Center (ASAC) Foundation. Under the management of the City of Anacortes, the Center will continue to pursue its mission: Helping Seniors Thrive!

Raising the Bar through Accreditation The Anacortes Senior Activity Center is currently the only senior center in the State of Washington accredited with the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a mark of great success that the Anacortes community can be proud of. The NCOA seeks to advance the quality


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of senor centers nationwide and the standards that it sets help guide the Center as it works to improve its operation today and to position itself for greater success in the future. The Anacortes Senior Activity Center was first accredited in 2013, and the time for renewal is coming soon … in the spring of 2018. Through the accreditation process, the Center is making great strides forward in building leadership and developing successful programs to help seniors in this community thrive. This second accreditation will raise the bar for success even higher, and the Anacortes community will reap the benefits of this effort.

New State of the Art AV System Thanks to a generous anonymous $45,000 donation, the ASAC Foundation will soon be installing a new AV system in the Great Room. This system from Dimensional Communications will include a drop-down screen, ceiling mounted projector and laptop connection with internet access. This substantial donation by a generous community member will enhance many programs offered at the Center for years to come.

Fun, Fabulous & Forever Young Saturday, October 28, at 5:30 p.m. The Anacortes Senior Center Foundation invites you to its 1st annual fundraising gala at the Depot Arts Center. The evening will feature dining, entertainment and an “Unconventional Runway” show featuring clothing made almost entirely from office supplies. Tickets can be purchased at Watermark Book Co. or the Anacortes Senior Activity Center for $50. All proceeds will benefit the Center.

Cottage Housing What is cottage housing?

Proposed Concepts

A group of small single family homes clustered around a shared yard.

Development with no alley access

Development with alley access

• Allow in all residential districts • Allow in clusters of 4-12 units around common open space • Limit cottages to 1½ stories and no more than 1,200sf floor area • Since cottages are so small, suggest allowing two cottages for each standard house for the purpose of density calculations. • Add detailed design standards for cottage orientation, open space, and parking location/ design


Garage EY ALL

Are they allowed now?


The term is not currently referenced in the code. A cluster of homes could be built around an open space, but there would not be economic incentive to build small cottage-like homes under current provisions.

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Minimum separation between units


Pedestrian access





Private yard or garden space


ANACORTES Development Regulations Update

Public Meeting March 16, 2017

Small Lot Single Family & Duplex Design Standards The plan’s goals & policies allow for small lot single family and duplexes in some zones, provided design provisions are included to emphasize a pedestrian-oriented design and the inclusion of usable open space. Policies also support measures that maintain residential neighborhood scale and character.


Comprehensive Plan Policy Guidance

At least 10% of the lot area must be usable open space, with no dimension less than 15’

Suggested New Standards

Good example of small lot home with covered entry, mix of materials, and minimal garage presence adding to sense of character


• Provide a covered entry facing the street. • Garage fronts shall be placed at least 5’ behind the face of the house or front porch. • Garage fronts shall occupy no more than 50% of ground floor building frontage • Where alleys are present, garages/vehicle access shall be placed off of the alley • Driveways – for lots less than 50’ wide, limit driveway widths to a single lane (12’ max) • Provide a minimum amount of usable open space on all single family lots and for duplexes: = to at least 10% of lot area = no dimension less than 15’ = may not be located in front yard • Create a maximum floor area ratio to better ensure that homes are proportional to lot sizes. = 0.50 in the R-1 & R-2 zones and 0.65 in the R-3 zone • Require a minimum amount of façade transparency to promote more “eyes on the street” for safety and to create a welcoming streetscape. = at least 10% of facade must be windows

If there is an alleyway behind the lot, garages must be accessed from the alley

Covered entry facing the street For lots less than 50’ wide, maximum driveway width is 12’ Require a minimum area of windows on the street side

Poor example of small lot homes with minimal landscaping and dominant garage facades creating an unfriendly pedestrian environment

Garages occupy no more than half of the ground floor street frontage Garages set back at least 5’ further than the front of the home

Provide a Minimum Amount of Usable Open Space

Consider floor area ratio (FAR) limits for single family homes to better ensure neighborhood compatibility Consider transparency requirements for the front of homes to promote more “eyes on the street” for safety and to create a welcoming streetscape

Examples of integrating usable open space on small lots

Example of usable open space at least 15’ wide

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No usable open space

Public Meeting March 16, 2017

Central Waterfront Preliminary Concepts

The new code will require development on the Central Waterfront to conform to a specific set of design standards and guidelines based on the following Comprehensive Plan policies and incorporate the concepts shown below. Permitted uses: • Hotels, restaurants, small scale retail, office, and other pedestrian and/or waterfront oriented uses • Residential uses are allowed on upper floors and in single purpose buildings on up to 1/3 of site provided they meet access, site and building design standards Block sizes, building height and massing: • Size blocks to integrate east-west auto + pedestrian access at maximum 450’ intervals (consistent with city block sizes)

Require the extension of the waterfront esplanade.

Provide a concentrated network of internal access roads. Above is a good example that accommodates vehicular and pedestrian access.

• Allow up to four story buildings by right • Allow mixed-use buildings up to six-stories in very limited circumstances provided they meet bonus provisions/options: - On or off-site affordable housing. - An increase in public open space. - Integration of other public/waterfront amenity features. • Building width and orientation; - Buildings up to four floors may be up to 200’ in width, provided massing and articulation is included to add visual interest and reduce the perceived scale of the building - Buildings taller than four floors are limited to 150’ in north-south width to limit view impacts Policy LU-8.4. Adopt form-based design standards for the central Fidalgo Bay waterfront that promote coordinated development that enhances Anacortes’s unique marine character. • Provide for pedestrian-friendly building frontages. • Encourage building layout, orientation, modulation, and articulation to reduce the perceived scale of large buildings, add visual interest, and establish a distinct design character for the district. • Provide for building heights up to four stories with the ability to go to six stories via incentives for public amenities, desired mix of uses, and/or integration of special design features. • Encourage the integration of public space and amenities associated with non-residential uses. • Include design provisions that seek to minimize potential negative conflicts between different uses. • Locate and design off-street parking to minimize negative visual impacts to pedestrian areas and uses.

ANACORTES Development Regulations Update

Legend Esplanade Storefront Marine Mixed Trail

In addition to a network of internal access roads, the site should include a number of pedestrian corridors to connect inland areas to the waterfront. The adjacent buildings show how residential buildings could be integrated into the site.


Internal Pedestrian Esplanade Access


High Visibility Street Corners

Site subject to optional community design framework master plan approval

High Visibility Street Corners Trail

NOTE: Dashed lines indicate planned streets or trails No line No requirement NOTE: Dashed lines indicate planned (locations are conceptual)

streets or trails (locations are conceptual)

Bellingham’s Hotel Bellwether and the Squalicum Harbor Development are a good model (mix of uses, layout, and site/building design) for how this area could be developed.

Public Meeting May 25, 2017 Source: Esri, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Earthstar Geographics, CNES/Airbus DS, USDA, USGS, AEX, Getmapping, Aerogrid, IGN, IGP, swisstopo, and the GIS User Community

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Ward 2
Term Ends: 12/31/2019
 2201 30th Street
 Anacortes, WA 98221
 360-391-9771 brada@cityofanacortes.org

Eric N. Johnson

Ward 3
Term Ends: 12/31/2019
 2017 Piper Circle
 Anacortes, WA 98221

Erica Pickett

Position 7 Term Ends: 12/31/2017 1112 18th Street Anacortes, WA 98221 360-293-6264 ericap@cityofanacortes.org

Bruce McDougall

Position 5 Term Ends: 12/31/2017 4404 Orchard Avenue Anacortes, WA 98221 360-551-5554 brucem@cityofanacortes.org

Liz Lovelett

Position 6 Term Ends: 12/31/2017 PO Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-8707 lovelettl@cityofanacortes.org

Matt Miller

Position 4 Term Ends: 12/31/2017 818 Haddon Road Anacortes, WA 98221 360-588-9070 mattm@cityofanacortes.

Ryan Walters

Ward 1 Term Ends: 12/31/2019 P.O. Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 360-610-7770 ryanw@cityofanacortes.org

Upcoming Solid Waste Holiday Schedule LABOR DAY

Monday, September 4, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Friday, November 10, 2017

Collect Friday and Monday on Monday, November 13, 2017


Thursday, November 23, 2017 **If your collection day is Thursday be sure to put your garbage out a day EARLY!**

Friday, November 24, 2017

Collect Friday and Monday on Monday, November 27, 2017


Observed Monday, December 25, 2017

Collect Monday and Tuesday on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 Please have your garbage totes out for pick up by 7:00 a.m. Extra garbage must be placed in city pre-paid bags. Waste Management will follow our schedule for recycling and yard waste pickup.

RESIDENTIAL FALL CLEAN UP Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Get your household cleaning done and bring your residential garbage and yard waste to our Operations Facility – no charge! WHO: Customers who live within city limits. Verification of residence will be required. Please be ready to show two (2) forms of ID, example: a driver’s license and current copy of a utility bill. WHERE: City of Anacortes Operations Facility, D Avenue and 37th St. NEW DATE & TIME: Saturday, September 9th 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. **Note that we do close our gate at 12:00 p.m. and the line of traffic can sometimes be very long. Please arrive early to ensure you get through the gate before closing.** WHAT: accepted items are household garbage, furniture, and yard waste. Sorry – no propane tanks, tires, large vehicle parts, hazardous waste, construction and demolition waste which includes large lumber, roofing or concrete can be accepted. **Appliances such as refrigerators and freezers will be accepted for a fee of $36.28 each and billed to your city account. All other appliances: washers/dryers, hot water tanks, and dish washers are a fee of $12.96 each which is ½ price of our normal special haul rate. ** Loads are restricted to one “pick-up load” per customer and may be regulated at the discretion of city staff. Please load your vehicles so that you can unload yard waste first, and garbage second. Also please be aware if towing a trailer, that city employees are not allowed to back your vehicle up to the unload area. You must be able to back your trailer. Thank you! For information please call the Operations office at 360-293-1921.


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HANDY NUMBERS City Hall........................................... 293-1900 *Emergencies................................... Dial 911 Facilities.......................................... 299-1961 Finance............................................ 299-1962 Fire Department........................ *293-1925 Human Resources......................... 299-1941 Library............................................. 293-1910 Legal................................................ 293-1912 Maintenance & Operations........ 293-1921 Mayor’s Office................................ 299-1950 Museum.......................................... 293-1915 Municipal Court............................. 293-1913 Parks and Recreation................... 293-1918 Permit Center........................... 293-1901 Planning Department................. 293-1907 Police Department.................... *293-4684 Public Works................................... 293-1919 Wastewater Tx Plant.................... 299-0953 Water Treatment Plant................ 428-1598

COMMUNITY RESOURCES American Red Cross........................293-2911 Anacortes American.......................293-3122 Anacortes School District...............293-1200 Anacortes Senior Center................293-7473 Boys & Girls Club.............................588-9045 Chamber of Commerce..................293-7911 293-3832 Driver’s Licensing Office.................588-0508 Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center.......293-0673 Island Hospital.................................299-1300 Passport Applications.....................293-1910 Port of Anacortes............................293-3134 SKAT Transit......................................757-4433 US Post Office...................................299-6689 Vehicle/Vessel Licensing Office.....293-5533 WA State Ferries..................... 800-843-3779

The Menu is published three times per year. There will be a Spring / Summer edition published in late April each year, a Fall edition published in late August and a Winter / Spring edition published in early December. Alternately the menu is available on our website at www.cityofanacortes.org.

Registration Procedures Some classes require a minimum number of participants registered to be held. Such classes are canceled if the minimums are not met. Therefore, if you signup for a class, please plan on participating. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the parks and recreation staff as soon as possible before the first day of the class. The Parks and Recreation Department will start taking online registration for most programs on Monday, August 21st. Please be aware that in order to register for classes, payment will be required up front. Registration will also take place by going to the parks and recreation page: www.cityofanacortes.org. Participants can still register over the phone. This can be done by giving a debit/credit card number. Or, if participants

would rather register in person, that can be done at the parks and recreation office (City Hall, 6th and Q) where cash, check, and debit/credit cards will be accepted.

Insurance APRD does not have medical insurance coverage for program participants and is not responsible for injuries that may occur as a result of participation in City sponsored recreational activities.

Please Note The City of Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department does not discriminate against any person on the basis of gender in the operation, conduct, or administration of community athletic programs or sports facilities. Any citizen who feels she or he has been the victim of discriminatory treatment in violation of this policy should report this concern to the Parks and Recreation Director, Gary Robinson, at 293-1918.

Accessibility If reasonable accommodation due to a disability is needed, please contact Mac Jackson (299-1961) at least 48 hours prior to meeting or event date.

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Mt. Erie Road & Trail Run This run is unique. Mt. Erie has one of the best viewpoints for miles. The annual event tests the endurance and stamina of anyone willing to take the challenge. Runners will jog up to the summit of Mt. Erie, with an elevation gain of 1,213 ft. The last 1.5 miles gains 884 ft. Participants have the option of running the paved road route, 3.6 miles, or the trail route, 2.5 miles. All participants are required to check-in and get pre-race instructions between 9:00-9:30 a.m. at Mt. Erie Elementary (41st & “M” Avenue) in Anacortes. Awards and refreshments will be given out at the school after the race (approx. 11:30 a.m.) Runners must either jog or have transportation back to the school. Trophies will be awarded to the first man and woman to cross the finish line from the road and trail runs. Prizes will be awarded to the first place finishers in each of the following men’s and women’s age divisions: 14 & under, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 & older. To register or to view a map of the course route and past years results visit the parks and recreation page on our website at www.cityofanacortes.org or if you need more information please email: dustins@cityofanacortes.org or call 293-1918. Fee: $20 w/shirt, $10 w/out shirt Participants must pre-register in order to guarantee they receive their shirt by event day Pre-registrations due by Friday, September 29. Important pre-race instructions will be given at Mt. Erie Elementary School at 9:45 a.m. A prize raffle for all participants after the run!

Saturday, October 21 10:00 a.m.

(Check-in begins @ 9:00 a.m.)

Outdoor Movie Night Gather your family and head to Storvik Park for our Annual Outdoor Movie. Bring your low rise chairs, blankets, snacks and sit back and enjoy the movie.The Movie this year: Moana

LOC: Storvik Park INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: FEE: FREE AGES Open

DAY Thurs

DATE 8/24

TIME Dusk (8P)

Tango Tuesdays Argentine Tango Continued … continuously improve on your basic skills while expanding your tango vocabulary with new skills and enhancing your partner connection. This class will draw you closer into the unique world of tango. Optional: Attend a free 30 min. practice following the class from 7:00pm to 7:30pm. This is a time to meet, mingle and practice your dance. You don’t even need to bring your own partner.

LOC: The Depot (611 R Ave) INST: Pamela Good MIN/MAX: 5/30 FEE: Single $50/$80 per couple AGES 18+

DAY Tues

DATE Session 1: 10/3-11/7 Session 2: 11/21-12/26

TIME 6-7P 6-7P

2017 Girls Youth Basketball League **Registration deadline is Friday, October 6th** Basketball season is just around the corner. We are now taking registrations for our recreational girls basketball league. This noncompetitive and instructional league is offered to girls who are in grades 1st - 6th and who want to learn new and improve existing skills. Good sportsmanship and equal participation are emphasized in this program. To maximize fun and skill development, rules will be modified for 1st - 4th grade divisions. Practices are typically held during the weekdays and most games will be played on Saturdays starting in November. Practices and games for the 5th/6th grade teams may be established based on how many girls sign up in this age group. They may play in the SWISH League if there are enough girls for one team. Teams are formed by the Parks and Recreation staff. Volunteer coaches are needed. Registrations are currently being accepted on the Parks and Recreation page: www.cityofanacortes.org. A team shirt is included with the registration fee.

INST: PARKS & REC DEPARTMENT FEE: $38 DIVISIONS A 5-6th Grades B 3-4th Grades C 1-2nd Grades

DATE Nov-mid Dec Nov-mid Dec Nov-mid Dec

Boys Youth Basketball League Registration for boys in grades 1st-6th will be available online at the aforementioned website in November. The boys season is facilitated in the same manner as the girls league however the league runs from January through March of 2018.


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Messy Me Messy Me is a perfect class for you and your child to get Messy! Come each week to do different art projects that will include, but not limited to stamping, painting, gluing, shaving cream sculpting and many more messy projects. At the end of the class we will have circle time, sings songs and get your kids moving. The best part is that we do all the cleaning up! Space is limited, so sign up early! LOC: Sunrise Room INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 10/20 FEE: $25 AGES 1-3yr


VOLLEYBALL DATE 9/6-9/27 10/18-11/8

TIME 10:30-11:15A 10:30-11:15A

Pee Wee Soccer Learn the FUNdamentals in our popular Pee Wee Soccer program. The Pee Wee Sports program is designed to give kids a basic introduction to the sport of their choice in a safe and fun atmosphere. In this class kids will learn basic aspects of soccer; dribbling, scoring, passing and kicking through fun drills and games. In order to keep our participant numbers manageable, kids will not be allowed to register for both U6 league and the Pee Wee Soccer program. Participants will receive a t-shirt. LOC: MDD Turf Field INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 25/60 FEE: $25 AGES 4-6yr


DATE 9/13-10/4

TIME 4:30-5:15P

Parent and Tot Soccer Get a “kick” out of this program! This is a great opportunity to get out on the field with your toddler. We will go through basic soccer drills, burn off some energy and most importantly have loads of fun. Parent/ Guardian participation is REQUIRED and needed to assist the child through the different activities and drills. All participants will receive a t-shirt. LOC: Volunteer Park Fieldhouse INST: Nicole Johnston MIN/MAX: 7/25 FEE: $25 AGES 18mo-3yr

DAY Tues


DATE 9/12-10/3 10/17-11/17

TIME 10-10:30A 10-10:30A

18+ Fidalgo Elementary Gym Wednesdays & Fridays (7:00-10:00pm)

PICKLE BALL 18+ Mt. Erie Elementary Gym Sundays (10:00am-12:00pm) Tuesdays & Thursdays (7:00-9:00pm)

SOCCER 18+ Rice Field at AHS Mondays & Thursdays (7:00-9:00pm) **time and location might be adjusted per AHS fall athletic schedule

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Jazz Drumming Lessons This class is for drummers (beginners and up) who want to improve their drumming style by learning the fundamentals of jazz rhythms and patterns. It does not matter if you are a rock/funk/metal drummer, learning jazz and studying the styles of great jazz drummers will make you a better player. Braydn Krueger drummed for the Lonely Forest and many other local bands. He has been teaching drums for 12 years. Drums and sticks will be provided for each lesson. The class is open to youths and adults and is made possible through the Anacortes Public Library’s Manieri Jazz and Swing Endowment. Space is limited to one person per session, these are individual lessons, so register early. LOC: Anacortes Senior Activity Center INST: Braydn Krueger MIN/MAX: 1/1 FEE: $99 AGES 8+


DATE 10/20-11/10

TIME 4-4:45P 5-5:30P 5:30-6:15P 6:15-7P

Thank You

to Kids R Best Fest Participants! Anacortes Parks and Recreation would like to “thank” the following organizations/businesses for their continued support of our annual Kids-R-Best Festival. You’ve made it possible for us to provide this event for the past 28 years!

AHS Key Club • American Red Cross • Anacortes Community Energy Anacortes Fire Department • Anacortes Lacrosse Club • Anacortes Library Anacortes Police Dept. • Anacortes Sanitation Dept. • Anacortes Soo Bahk Do • Boys & Girls Club of Anacortes Family Life AG • Fidalgo Animal Medical Center • Fidalgo Island Rotary • Fidalgo Pool & Fitness Center Fiddlehead Montessori • First Robotics Team 3238 • Girl Scouts • Island Hospital Merk Cancer Care Center Jennings Chiropractic • Juice Plus • Kiwanis Club, Noon • Kiwanis, Sunrisers Linda Earwood • Museum of Northwest Art • Samish Head Start & ELC • Shell Puget Sound Refinery Skagit Bank • Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services • Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group Skagit Valley USBC • Soroptimist International of Anacortes • Through the Garden Gate Preschool Trinity Anglican Church • Whidbey Coffee • Wolf Hollow Wildlife Center

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The Mission of the Anacortes Public Library is to Empower a Lifetime of Discovery Sheri Miklaski Director (360) 293-1910

The Vision of the Anacortes Public Library is to Enrich the Present and Inspire the Future



SECOND SUNDAY JAZZ Performances take place Sept. 10 (Heart of Anacortes), Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Visit the jazz website http://jazzatthelibrary.com for details.

SKAGIT READS PRESENTS “HIDDEN FIGURES” IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER Skagit Reads, the county-wide-one-book project, will feature the title “Hidden Figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race,” by Margot Lee Shetterly. Additional copies will be available beginning in September, both for check out and “Read and Release”-honor system borrowing. Look for copies around town, and spark up a conversation about women in science and space exploration.

ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON 3RD SUNDAYS AND TUESDAYS Enjoy soft background music played on our beautiful baby grand piano, or other instrumental music, every third Sunday of the month from 2:00 - 2:30 p.m., and every third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Experienced musicians interested in playing for the library may inquire at the Circulation Desk. BOOK CLUB Mondays at 7 p.m. Sept. 25, “Salt,” by Mark Kurlansky Oct. 23, “The Oregon Trail,” by Buck Rinke Nov. 27, “Astoria: John Jacob Astor & Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire,” by Peter Stark




MARITIME SPEAKER SERIES Saturdays at 4 p.m. Oct. 21, No program due to meeting room renovations. Nov. 18, “Icebergs, Puffins & Whales: Kayaking the Atlantic.” Adventurer & photographer Geneva Langworthy explores the coast Atlantic Canada through culture, history & slides. Dec. 16, “The Race to Alaska-R2AK: Third Time Around.” Jake Beattie presents an entertaining look at the inception and execution of this nowfamous race. MOVIES - Fridays at 7 p.m. Sept. 8, “Loving” Sept. 15, “Moana” Sept. 22, “La La Land” Oct. 6, “The Good Lie”

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All Ages Event with Presentation and Q&A


A NIGHT WITH AN ASTRONAUT AT BRODNIAK, Thursday, October 12 at 7 p.m. Don’t miss this live presentation and Q&A with former NASA Astronaut Wendy B. Lawrence, brought to you by the participating libraries of Skagit Reads. The program is free and open to all ages. Special thanks to Skagit Reads and the Anacortes School District for helping to make this one of our most exciting NASA@ My Library events to date. Look for more NASA and STEM programs in the coming year as Anacortes Public Library continues to participate in this exciting nationwide program. Learn more at www.AstronautWendyLawrence.com #WeBelieveInAstronauts


NOVEMBER Nov. 1, “The Good Game: on the Moral Value of Sports.” Philosophy instructor Mike VanQuickenborne will explore the philosophical implications of sports. Socrates Café and Humanities Washington sponsor this program. Nov. 8, “Arts for All.” Anacortes Arts Commission will present a program. Nov. 15, “Life on the Equator: Our Two Years in Ecuador.” Join Joella Solus & Tony Kubena for a photographic travelogue with accompanying serio-comic narration (their words) of the culturally and ecologically diverse country.

Comic Night!

At the Anacortes Public Library

SEPTEMBER Sept. 6, “Dragonflies and Damselflies of Anacortes – Including the Happy-face Dragonfly.” Join “Dragonfly Whisperer” Jim Walker for a sumptuous visual tour of our area’s dragonfly population. Sept. 13, “Arts for All.” Anacortes Arts Commission members will present a program, continuing the series started in the spring. Sept. 20, “Bhutan-Land of the Peaceful Dragon.” Travel with Joan Cross who taught Physical Therapy for a semester, and explored the Himalayan country of Bhutan. Sept. 27, “At Home in Anacortes” Anacortes Museum Curator of Collections, Elaine Walker, will give a presentation on local architecture, the subject of the Museum’s current exhibit.

OCTOBER Oct. 4, “Arts for All.” Anacortes Arts Commission will present a program. The Meeting Room will be closed for the remainder of October for renovations.


All ages



November 16, 5-8 PM



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ACME Creative Lil’ Tugs Children’s Boutique Anacortes Arts Festival

Nov. 29, “Dancing Waters.” Sailor & photographer Lance Ekhart’s new show highlights the beauty of our local waters, in a video set to flute music.

DECEMBER Dec. 6, “Choosing a New Camera.” Join photographer Tony Locke for this seasonal presentation that will be a guide to determining what kind of camera to put on your gift list. Dec. 13, “Camino de Santiago in the New Millennium.” Join Bonnie Bowers on her adventure of trekking the Camino the French Way, from Saint Jean Pier de Port.

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(younger with adult supervision). This program is free and registration is not required. October 1st to November 26th from 1 - 4 p.m.

The following programs are free and registration is not required, except where noted. For more information, call the Children’s Library at (360) 293-1910, ext. 3982, or visit our website at http://library.cityofanacortes.org

TWEENS & TEENS Check the library website for information on programs for Tweens and Teens!

PRESCHOOL STORYTIME Join Ria in the Children’s Library for Preschool Story time on Mondays. This weekly program is designed for children 3-5 and their caregivers. Ria offers a mix of stories and activities. This program is free and registration is not required. October 2nd to November 27th at 10:30 a.m. TIME FOR TOTS Join Leslie for Time For Tots in the Library Community Meeting Room. This program is designed for children birth to 36 months of age and their caregivers. Time For Tots promotes early learning through the use of play, movement, music, rhymes, and stories, all delivered in an enriching atmosphere. No registration necessary for this free program.

Wednesdays, September 27th to November 29th at 10:30 a.m. & Fridays, September 29th to November 17th at 10:30 a.m. TALES FOR TAILS This popular program is made possible by Dogs on Call and is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month, in the Children’s Library. Children read to a dog in the comfort of the Children’s Library. Upcoming dates are October 14, November 11, and December 9. LEGOS IN THE LIBRARY Ria offers Legos in the Children’s Activity Room on Sunday afternoons. Children create masterpieces with materials that we furnish! All materials are supplied—please do not bring anything from home. This program is open to children 5 to 12

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LIBRARY INFORMATION FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY Friends of the Library and its FriendShop bookstore raise additional funds to support the Anacortes Public Library. Meetings are held on the second Thursdays at 2:00pm in the library’s Community Meeting Room September through June. Membership is $10. FriendShop bookstore hours are Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday 1 – 4 p.m. For additional information, please stop by the FriendShop or check out their webpage. LIBRARY FOUNDATION The Library Foundation offers many ways to support your library – general donations accepted. Or bricks may be inscribed and installed in our walkway, or a wall tile may be engraved and placed in our lobby. For a long-term gift, consider a donation to the Legacy Endowment Fund or contact the Foundation about making a charitable bequest. The Library Foundation administers the Manieri Jazz and Maritime Endowments, and the Jeane Thomson Read‘n’Grow Memorial. For more information, visit the Foundation webpage. LIBRARY CARDS Signing up for a library card is easy! Bring in your photo ID and something with your local physical address on it (no PO Boxes, please). If you live outside of the city limits, a non-resident library card can be purchased at the front desk for $25 for three months, or $100 per year, per family. LIBRARY WEBSITE Be sure to check out the Library’s web page at http:// library.cityofanacortes.org for access to popular magazines and newspapers, free downloadable audio books, eBooks, and many other resources. The library catalog can be accessed from home and items can be renewed by logging in to your account.

LIBRARY HOURS Monday - 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday – 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. TECH TUESDAY Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. September - May except where noted PASSPORT BOOK & PASSPORT CARD APPLICATIONS

Passport service is by appointment only. Appointments can be made on the library’s website at http://library.cityofanacortes.org or call the library at (360) 293-1910 x 21.

SERVICE HOURS: Tuesday, noon – 6 p.m. Wednesday, noon – 6 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Service is unavailable when the library is closed. Visit www.travel.state.gov for the latest passport information. CLOSURES Labor Day closed Sept. 2 - 4, Veterans Day closed Nov. 10, Thanksgiving closed Nov. 23 - 25, Christmas closed Dec. 24 – 25.

Main Desk 293-1910, Children’s Library 293-1910 ext. 8070 or 1974, Fax 293-1929.


Join us for a round of mini golf to support the Anacortes Public Library! This unique and fun-filled fundraiser will be an event to remember! Costumes encouraged. Saturday Adult Event September 30th, 2017 7:00 to 10:00 pm

Sunday Family Event October 1st, 2017 12:00 to 3:00 pm

For more exciting details contact: Mary (360) 420-9274 Sharon (360) 630-9922

marketwithmary@gmail.com sharonswan1111@gmail.com

An Anacortes Public Library Foundation Fundraiser

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Anacortes Architectural History featured in Museum Exhibit

Steve rebuilt it (in a slightly abbreviated form) in the Carnegie Gallery. There is also an original fireplace mantle from the 1890 Childs house.

Do you love the character of Anacortes? Much of this character is the result of a rich and diverse stock of historic homes. “At Home in Anacortes,” an exhibit on the history of residential architecture in Anacortes, explores this heritage in the Anacortes Museum’s Carnegie Gallery.

Many exhibit visitors returned to the museum for a jam-packed house history workshop presented by the Anacortes Historic Preservation Board. For those who missed the event, museum staff can help them get started researching their homes. Go to the AHPB website (within the City of Anacortes’ site) to find checklists, resources and forms, or call the museum at 293-1915 to schedule a research appointment. Photos of many historic houses also may be viewed on the Anacortes Museum’s searchable online database.

More than 125 houses are depicted in the exhibit panels, and many enthusiastic visitors have already come in to find their homes – or their grandparents’ homes. Museum Director Steve Oakley and Curator of Collections Elaine Walker created panels that not only look at the types of homes in Anacortes, but also place the styles within the context of the town’s history. The most striking feature of the exhibit is an original front door and porch, complete with columns. The entryway was salvaged from the house at 819 4th St. just prior to its demolition this spring.

Meanwhile, be sure to drop by the museum at 1305 8th St. to see the exhibit. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays.

Vintage Radios on Display at Museum Two museum volunteers assembled the best of the classic radios from their collections to fill the “Anacortes Presents” display case as a cool accompaniment to the new architectural exhibit, “At Home in Anacortes.” Al Bofenkamp has been volunteering as the Wednesday docent at the museum for the past year. He teamed up with his good friend, Jeff Weldon, Vice President of the Anacortes Museum Foundation, to create an exhibit with radios each of them have cleaned up and refurbished. “As a kid, your grandparents had


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multi-band radios; that’s when I first noticed old radios,” said Al. He became interested in restoring in 2010. He’s selftaught, with no electronics background, although he did have help early on from a neighbor who was an electrical engineer. Al likes to find old radios that would end up in the landfill, and give them an extended life. Al and Jeff lived near each other in California before moving to Anacortes. “We commuted to work together,” Jeff said. He bought a 1929 Grigsby-Grunow radio in 1986, and Al introduced him to a restoration shop. Over time, Jeff learned how to test and replace parts himself. Anacortes Museum Director Steve Oakley said he loves the way these collections highlight home technology and complement the architecture exhibit. He asked Al to deejay with old 78 RPM records on his 1946 Philco Radio/Phono Model 46-1203 during the “At Home in Anacortes” opening in May.

Anacortes Museum Wins Second Skagit Community Foundation Grant We were excited to receive news that the Skagit Community Foundation awarded a second grant, this one for $6,500, to the Anacortes Museum

partnerships with the newspaper. Volunteer Clara Hill prepared the applications for both successful Skagit Community Foundation grants. Museum Aide Lea DeVere worked closely with Clara in development of the grant, and Lea has been responsible for initiating and shepherding this important project.

Allstate Grant supports Negative Preservation Project

Foundation to continue the work of digitizing and making searchable the Anacortes American. Issues, from the newspaper’s first publication in 1890 through 1922, are now being processed by the Washington State Library. This latest grant will allow for the processing of issues up through the 1960s. The State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, is working to preserve and provide free public access to culturally historic newspapers of Washington State for nonprofit educational purposes via the internet or successive technologies. The key-word searchable digital copies meet standards used by the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America project. You can check out that format by going to chroniclingamerica.loc.gov and searching “Northwest Enterprise” – another early Anacortes newspaper.

The Anacortes Museum (through the Anacortes Museum Foundation) has received another $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant. This grant is earmarked for preservation of negatives and photos in our Anacortes American Collection. This is in addition to a $1,000 grant that the Allstate Foundation granted to us in 2016. We were eligible for the grants because Allstate Agent Tamara Willis volunteers at the Anacortes Museum. Tamara is a positive force for change in our community. So far, she has entered more than 144 CDs of Anacortes American news photos into our system. CDs deteriorate over time, so this task

Someday this vast collection will be entered into the museum’s Past Perfect 5 database – and thus searchable online – but for now this is a huge step forward. This grant also supports the work of our “positively wonderful negative ladies,” five volunteers from the Senior Center, who have have worked a year and a half to place nearly 25 years of newspaper negatives into archival sleeves. The negatives are sorted by date and stored in archival binder boxes, where they are protected from light. We still have a few more years of negatives to go, plus special sections and photos, and quite a large number of prints. Funding from the grant will be a tremendous help in paying for the archival supplies needed for this project.

Visit the W.T. Preston and Maritime Heritage Center The Maritime Heritage Center and W.T. Preston are open summer hours through August – Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Mondays. The facilities are also open Saturdays and Sundays in September and October. Admission to the W.T. Preston is free for Anacortes Museum Foundation members and $3-5 for non-members. There is no charge to drop in to the Heritage Center to learn about the sternwheeler, local vessels such as the codfish schooner Wawona and Bijaboji, the dugout canoe Betty Lowman rowed solo to Alaska in 1937.

In addition to the new Skagit Foundation grant, funding for the second phase of the Anacortes American project will come from approximately $1,500 remaining of an initial $5,000 supplement from the State Library’s Liberty and Services Technology Act, which helped fund the first phase. Newspapers from 1923 and later are copyrighted, and we are grateful to Skagit Publishing, the copyright owner, for permission to digitize the issues – another in a series of valuable

is essential to the preservation of the images. The photos are now in a system maintained by the City IT department, and are searchable on museum computers.

A group from Anacortes Lutheran Church came to the museum and were treated to a delightful impromptu organ concert by Mrs. Adrienne Eide. Curators gave her permission to exercise a beautiful c. 1890s Packard organ that once was in the Noah Nelson house (now demolished).

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Celebrating 30 years in service to the Anacortes Community Forest Lands! The Friends of the Forest is a not for profit, citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands through education, outreach, and stewardship. We have been serving the needs of the forest and Fidalgo Island residents since 1987. Our education program includes K-12 guided school field trips, Adult/Senior hikes, All ages hikes, Extra gentle hikes, fitness hikes, Forest Discovery Day Camp, Ethnobotany and Nature Writing field seminars, a quarterly newsletter, and our two comprehensive school district programs; Growing Wild- native plants for all 3rd graders, and Middle School Watershed Discovery for all students in 7th grade. Our community hikes are free and no registration is required. Please join us this fall as we continue to explore and learn more about the ACFL together. For more information about our group or these hikes please contact Denise Crowe or Jean Andrich at 293-3725. You may also visit our website www.friendsoftheacfl.org or email us at info@friendsoftheacfl.org . Please understand that our hikes are for people only, we ask that you leave your pets at home. Hope to see you in the woods!

ALL AGES HIKES Great for families and folks of all ages, these are hearty hikes led by our naturalist, Denise Crowe.

Big Beaver Pond Walkabout • Saturday, September 30th • 10 am until noon • Begin the autumn season with a wonderful hike in beaver pond territory. There is sure to be ample evidence of their latest projects in the forest, and that lovely fall surge of wildlife activity and plant beauty. Meet at the 37th and A Ave kiosk entrance to the ACFL.

Sugarloaf Mountain • Saturday, October 14th • 10 am until noon • Experience the golden glow of Sugarloaf Mountain in October. We will hike from the dark woods at the base to the stunning summit view, enjoying every stretch in between. Meet at the trailhead on Ray Auld Drive at the bottom of Mount Erie just off of Heart Lake Road.

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Night Animals of the Forest Heart Lake • Saturday, October 28th • 10am until about noon • Come to the woods for a natural spook time that will help transition us all to the nocturnal season. Our annual Halloween exploration is fun for everyone! Costumes and flashlights are welcome. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

Whistle Lake • Saturday, November 18th • 10am until noon • Late Fall in the woods is a time of hushed beauty. Prepare yourself for the holiday season with a deep forest immersion. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road.

SENIOR/ADULT HIKES For any adult with a desire to learn more about our community forest through an easy hike in fine company, with Denise.

Northwest Heart • Friday, September 8th 10am until noon • We will explore a maze of trails in the Ace of Hearts Creek terrain. There will be some gentle hills on this just over 1 mile hike. Meet at the Heart Lake parking lot.

Big Beaver Pond Loop • Friday, October 13th • 10am until noon • This gentle, just over one mile hike will lead us past three distinct wetlands and through two watersheds. You will come to know the qualities of a marsh, swamp, bog, and fen. We will explore the role of our resident beaver families in creating and sustaining this rich habitat within the ACFL. Enjoy this excellent birding opportunity. Meet at the end of 32nd St west off of D Ave.

Heart Lake Old Growth • Friday, November 10th • 10am until noon • We have the best remaining stand of Puget Sound lowland old growth forest right here on Fidalgo Island in the heart of our community forest. Come along and experience the big old trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Whistle Lake • Friday, December 8th • 10am until noon • The hush of Whistle near winter solstice couldn’t be farther from the madding crowd of summer. Enjoy our deep water jewel of the forest during the season of recharge, and feel the stored sunlight energy emanating from the green. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot at the end of Whistle Lake Road.

EXTRA GENTLE HIKES (New Offering!) Each of these outings is a mile or less on gentle trails and will last about an hour.

Sugarloaf Mountain Old Growth • Wednesday, October 18th~5pm until 6pm • Tucked in to the bottom of Sugarloaf lies a sweet trail through ancient trees. Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive.

Whistle Lake Madrona Point • Wednesday, November 15th ~9am until 10am • We will walk in to the Lake on a wide gravel road and enjoy the view! Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot.

FAST PACED FITNESS HIKEFor the very fit only! For people that want to move fast through the forest, and already know that they can! These offerings are led by Jean and some of our board members who love to get out in the woods and really cover some ground. Check our website for our next date.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The Friends of the Forest Annual Benefit Event will be held at the Port of Anacortes Warehouse on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 from 5:00 to 11:00 pm. This is a fun filled evening with live music, dinner, silent and short live auction. Our fundraising party provides the primary support for our Forest Education and Stewardship Programs. Check online at www.friendsoftheacfl.org for updates.

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Shannon Point Marine Center Educating leaders in science, education, policy, and stewardship through experiential learning integrated with innovative marine and environmental scientific research.

COMING FALL 2017 Early Release Enrichment Grades 1-5 TUESDAY-FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3-6 noon-4 p.m. Salish Sealife Experience: Treat the kids to an experience of hands-on science and art activities at Island View Elementary and Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC). During this program students will explore the wonders of Salish Sea underwater life.

Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) – Anacortes Grades 1-6 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20 • 7-9:45 p.m. Enjoy a well-deserved date night while your kids have a fun-filled evening at the Shannon Point Marine Center. Activities will include hands-on science exploration in the SPMC library and lab, and a movie at the end of the night.

wwu.edu/youth 1900 Shannon Point Road, Anacortes, WA • (360) 293-2188 • SPMC@wwu.edu Active Minds Changing Lives


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Registration Now Open

Ballet • Jazz • Modern • Tap • Hip Hop Young Children’s Dance • Parent/Toddler Movement Tumbling • Dance For Parkinson’s • Adult Open Dance Excellence in Dance, Education and Performance for All 901 Third Street, Anacortes, Washington 98221 • 360.299.8447 • dance@fidalgodanceworks.org fidalgodanceworks.org • a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school of dance

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SAVE THE DATE Presented by the Anacortes Arts Commission, a preview of the October 21st/ 22nd, 98221 Artist’s Studio Tour will be available during First Friday Art Walk, October 6th, from 6-9 p.m. at the Depot Arts Center, where you will also be able to pick up your map for this FREE, Self-Guided Tour. The 98221 Studio Tour is a juried show, ensuring high quality artwork. All artists participating must reside within the 98221 zip code or operate their studio within the same area. The free tour will run Oct. 21/22 from 10am to 5pm both days. There will be 30+ studios and gallery locations open, but in a concentrated geographic area, so enjoying the entire tour during the weekend will not be a traveling challenge. 40+ artists will be showing a diverse array of individual art, including fiber, metal, glass, ceramics, photography, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, letterpress, digital, and mixed media. Artists with decades of experience and creativity will be featured along-side several talented and exciting emerging artists. “These lovely artisans will not only open up their studio spaces, but will also generously share insights into how they work, demonstrate how they create, and show the tools, supplies and processes they employ” explained Lisa Rhoades, chairperson of the tour and member of the Anacortes Arts Commission. “There are so many unique mediums represented during the tour this year, there is sure to be something of interest for everyone,” said co-chair Terry MacDonald, also Anacortes Arts Commission member. “And if you fall in love with a piece and feel certain it has a special spot in your home, the art will be available for purchase.

Denise Ford

The measure of any piece of art is gauged by the initial reaction of the viewer. My goal is to merge the heart with the art. Communication between me and the clay is a quiet process. Years of anatomical and kinetic studies allow my hand and eye to move intuitively, allowing for a deeper, spiritual intellect to serve the sculpture before me. This gift of sculpting that was given to me is honored and appreciated each time I hold a piece of clay in my hand. — Denise Ford My greatest inspirations come from the richness of other cultures and the women of the world. The clothing they wear, the adornment of their cloth, the importance of clothing to mark the rituals of their lives and identify them as individuals, and the lives they lead all inspire me as I attempt to communicate who I am and my beliefs and values through my work. The phrase “you cannot go forward without honoring and understanding the past” has a direct influence on the clothing I create.” — Anita Luvera Mayer I’ve enjoyed art my entire life. From creating a pencil montage of Elton John album covers when I was a teenager to free hand painting a map of the United States on an elementary school playground large enough for at least one student to stand in each state. But it wasn’t until I moved to Anacortes, WA that the artistic “spark” really inspired me to take up the brush to paint the multitude of spectacular scenic views we are blessed with every day in the Pacific Northwest.

Denise Ford

Anita Luvera Mayer

Acrylics are my current pallet of choice and I’m grateful to the many local artists and friends who have inspired and taught me so much. I continue to refine my style and approach to create pieces that I hope spark a beautiful memory for people who enjoy their experiences in the Pacific Northwest. — Bob Hogan

Anita Luvera Mayer


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Bob Hogan

Bob Hogan

Anacortes Senior College Fall Term begins Tuesday, October 10, and continues through Thursday, November 16. Classes meet at Anacortes Middle School, 2200 M Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221 For detailed course information or to register on-line visit: www.seniorcollege.org For further information, call 360-503-1255, email info@seniorcollege.org


Classes meet 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Evening Classes meet 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are 6 weeks in length unless otherwise noted. A 6-week class is $30. A 3-week class is $20.


Medical Developments of the 20th Century: Jim Strong, M.S., leads the class through the scientific revolutions, plus improvements in training doctors that resulted in modern medical treatments. Industries of Anacortes: This popular series, facilitated by Tom Kuhn, features speakers from Sierra Pacific, Anacortes Fire Dept., Trident Seafood, Tesoro, Island Hospital and artist Jennifer Bowman. Napoleon Bonaparte and his Era (3 weeks: 10/31, 11/7, 11/14): Bill Dietrich, renowned historical novelist, brings the drama of Napoleon’s colorful history to life, exploring his military and political exploits and his romantic escapades. Anacortes History (3 weeks: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24): Historian Bret Lunsford sketches an overview of Fidalgo Island’s evolution, including development of fishing and commercial interests, leisure and cultural opportunities. Critical & Creative Thinking: Joanne Rodasta Wilshin. M.A., reveals the connection between critical and creative thinking to enable smarter thinking, deeper understanding, expand creativity and build students’ confidence.


Personality Types (3 weeks: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16): Why do some people drive you crazy? Terri Bawden, M.Ed., teaches this interactive class to explore personality types and give insights on enriching your relationships. Dragonflies: Their Fascinating Lives (3 weeks: 10/12, 10/19, 10/26): Known as “The Dragonfly Whisperer,” scientist-author Jim Walker presents a lively course exploring these fascinating creatures. Learn more: http://thedragonflywhisperer.blogspot.com. Cooking with Stuarto: Chef Stuarto Glasser’s classes are filled with ideas and inspired cooking methods to benefit his students. Learn more: Visit Chefstuarto’s Foodamania on Facebook. Dances of Political Economy: Michael Newbrough, Ph.D., examines U.S. government, various economic systems & policies. He will emphasize special interest groups interactions with politicians and bureaucrats. Investing in Stocks & Bonds (3 weeks: 11/2, 11/9, 11/16): Stock broker Bill Short explores the characteristics of different kinds of investments. He will also cover how to develop an investment portfolio and estate planning.


Criminal Justice: Police Captain Lou D’Amelio explains local and state law, police procedures, courts and the correctional system. He also will talk about his new role as police chief for the Swinomish Tribe. Mushrooms (3 weeks: 10/12, 10/19, 10/26): Gary A. Laursen, Ph.D., designed this class for seniors interested in identifying, collecting and preparing mushrooms for multiple purposes. He also will delve into photography.

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at Anacortes Community Theatre


To register go to www.acttheatre.com/classact or call 360-395-8107


Ages: Preschool: 3 – 5 years Cost: $50 Dates: Fridays Sept 8th – Oct 20th Time: 11 am - Noon (no class 9/22) Pirates, monsters, jungle animals, superheroes, royalty…so many creative characters to imagine and perform! In this class designed just for 3 - 5 year olds, your young actor will create a character, learn a line and act out a new story. Along the way, through a variety of creative and dramatic games, students will learn theatre etiquette, develop their imagination, improve their selfconfidence, and provide social interaction within an organized class setting.


Ages: Kindergarten – 2nd grade Cost: $75 Dates: Fridays Sept 15th – Nov 3rd Time: 4 – 5:15 pm (no class 9/22 or 10/27) Perf: Last 30 min. of class 11/3 It’s time for... Monster Mania! It’s the monsters’ favorite game show and each Monster Team gets to tell their best monster story. The class instructor will work with each student to help them express a unique monster character. Students will then be a part of a narrated performance complete with costumes and makeup. This play will be performed on ACT’s Annex Stage on the last day of class. Each day of class, students will also have the chance to play fun theatre games that will help develop their acting skills and their ability to work with others.


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Ages: 3rd – 5th grade Cost: $125 Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays Sept 12th – Oct 19th Time: 4 – 5:30 pm Perf: Oct 20th and 21st at 7 pm

When Quinn gets a new video game console it seemed like the best present ever. That is until Quinn ends up stuck inside the video games! Quinn must help some familiar video game characters and get through a maze of puzzles before someone shuts the console down and it becomes … Game Over. The class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public on October 20th and 21st at 7 pm.

THE HEIST GAME Ages: 9th – 12th grade Cost: $125 Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays Sept 18th – Oct 25th Time: 2:45 – 4:45 pm Perf: Oct 27th and 28th at 7 pm

When the richest business tycoon in the country needs a stolen item retrieved, he could hire a team of professionals to get it back. But, wouldn’t it be more fun to make it a challenge to prove which team is the best? A multitude of quirky characters try to work together to be the first to retrieve what’s been stolen and prove they are the ARE WE THERE YET? best at The Heist Game. This class starts with Ages: 6th – 8th grade the experience Cost: $125 of auditioning Dates: Mondays & Wednesdays and continues Oct 30th – Dec 6th with the creation Time: 2:45 – 4:45 pm of a character, Perf: Dec 8th and 9th at 7 pm memorization of Whose idea was it to take the whole family lines and a full on a road trip for this year’s vacation? No one performance can remember, but they do know that Dad with costumes wants to stop at every crazy tourist site, Mom and makeup. All wants to win a photo contest, Great Aunt students will receive a major role in this show Mitzy wants to find Elvis and the kids are that is performed for the public on October hoping to survive. Wait, how did Great Aunt 27th and 28th at 7 pm. Mitzy get in the car? The class starts with the experience of auditioning and continues with the creation of a character, memorization of lines and a full performance with costumes and makeup. All students will receive a major role in this show that is performed for the public on December 8th and 9th at 7 pm.

PROTECTING SKAGIT MARINE RESOURCES Education • Citizen Science • Stewardship

Friends is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. For more information visit www.skagitbeaches.org and sign up for our newsletter. Check the calendar page for event details. Like us on FACEBOOK at https://www.facebook.com/trailtalesfidalgobay/. PROTECTING SKAGIT MARINE RESOURCES Lectures are free and open to all ages. Northwest Educational Service District 189 Building, 1601 R Ave, Anacortes

Education * Citizen Science * Stewardship



FIDALGO SHORELINE ACADEMY is sponsored by Friends of Skagit Beaches and designed to inspire you to care for and protect our local marine and shoreline environments. Your day of learning will include a keynote address and three presentations or interpretive walks you choose from a variety of topics.

Free clock hours available for teachers. THE EFFECTS OF WORLD WIDE DECLINE IN BIODIVERSITY

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - DR. PHOEBE BARNARD, PACIFIC BIODIVERSITY INSTITUTE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & WORLD-RENOWNED CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST. After spending most of her career in South Africa, Dr. Barnard and her husband recently moved to our area. She brings impressive credentials as a highly motivated climate change ecologist, conservation biologist, sustainability strategist, and environmental planner. Join us in welcoming her to Skagit County. Choose your additional three sessions from topics such as:  Invasive Green Crabs – An update on their presence in Puget Sound  Harmful Algae Blooms – How they impact our health and ecosystems  Rockfish - Can we save them?  Samish Tribal Stewardship Programs  Pollinators – Critical to our food supply  The changing shorelines of Fidalgo Bay  Bats – Threats to our native species  Any many other choices

Online and mail-in registration, $30.00 for the day, will open in September. Sign up for the Friends e-newsletter at our website to receive news about this event and other Friends activities. For more information visit http://skagitbeaches.org or contact us at friends@skagitbeaches.org.

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A Martial Art for Life! Ages 4 and Up.


Cost savings available 5:45 – 6:45A


Adults & Teens

7:00 - 8:00A


Adults & Teens

3:30 - 4:00P


Tigers (4-6 years)

4:00 - 5:10P


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

5:15 - 6:25P


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

6:30 - 7:30P


Private Lessons by Appointment

6:30 - 8:30P


Midnight Blue and Red Belts

9:00 - 10:00A


Midnight Blue and Red Belts

10:00 - 11:00A


Children (7+) /Families/Adults

$71 monthly for 2 or more classes per week; $55 monthly for Crouching Tigers. Free monthly tuition for members covered by Silver&Fit® Family and Military discounts available. Private lessons - $30

Wu Style Tai Chi — More Classes!

$10/class - FREE for SBD and Silver&Fit® Members

10:00 - 11:00A: Mon/Wed

6:30 - 7:30P: Most Thursdays

• Adaptations for age or physical challenges. • Additional Tai Chi and Self Defense classes offered by appointment and/or private lessons - call to schedule.

for Senior members!

Anacortes Soo Bahk Do is now a Silver&Fit® participating fitness center! As a member of Silver&Fit® you can receive Soo Bahk Do Monthly tuition and Tai Chi classes with no charge to you. If your health plan offers Silver&Fit® and you would like more information about Soo Bahk Do, please contact us at: 2117 O Avenur, Anacortes, WA 98221, or call 360-299-2905. You may also visit Silver&Fit® at www.SilverandFit.com.

Beginning in August 2017: Iyengar Yoga

Instructor Laifong Ng has over 15 years of proctice and training in Bali; Pune, India; and Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco. 10 week class for $140 Tuesday at 9-10:30 am level 1 Tuesday at 1:30-3 pm (Gentle yoga) For more information contact Laifong at ngyoga82@gmail.com or 360-202-2323

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Fidalgo Island and Guemes Gleaners


It is that time of year when fruit is ready to be harvested. Most trees will supply much more fruit that one family can use. This is one of the reasons we started the FIGG program. Last year we gave fruit that was gleaned from individuals homes to the food banks, churches, senior center, family shelters, the gleaners and we picked fruit for the owners of the trees. Only the ripe fruit is picked; so a tree can be gleaned multiple times. Each glean usually takes about one hour and we will return in one to two weeks to glean a tree again if it is still producing. What we found, in our gleaning last year, was many of the trees were gleaned 3-5 times before all the fruit was picked and shared. While we are gleaning we also pick up any fruit that is on the ground. We have a couple

of farmers who appreciate receiving fruit that is not perfect and maybe a little over ripe. Later in the season, when apples are in abundance, we hold weekly cider pressings as well. Gleaning is a family affair so come and join us. If you would like help picking fruit from your tree or would like to be part of the gleaning team, please send an email to fidalgoislandgleaners@gmail.com and we will get back to you right away.

Up Coming Free Monthly Presentation at our Seventh Generation Suppers 5:45 for supper, 7:00 for presentation at the Senior Activity Center Fix-it Days August 26 and September 30 Anacortes Farmer’s Market, 9:00-2:00 Bring those items that need mending or fixing: reuse before you recycle! Donations support Deception Pass Park.

Grants and Scholarships

We award thousands of dollars to schools, businesses, students and others who share our values. Read about it on our website!

August 29: A Path to Pricing Carbon in Washington State, with Sameer Ranade September 26: The Role of Plankton in Climate Change, with Jude Apple Visit TransitionFidalgo.org for more info. Fall 2017

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Washington Park P

arks and Recreation has evolved over the centuries as a cultural need to preserve natural beauty, access that beauty and celebrate that beauty. Anacortes’ history of parks and recreation is a wonderful collection of effort, stories and vision that exceeds the hopes and expectations of most every community around these parts. Our strength, like the natural world we have worked so hard to protect and enhance, is in our diversity. From the Women’s Auxiliary selling lemon pies to fund the acquisition of Sunset Beach, to the Friends of the Forest banding together to stop the logging of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands; the City of Anacortes’ roster of parks and recreation partners is very long, both in membership and reach.

Over the first few weeks of summer 2017 here at Washington Park, our visitors have ranged from church groups to European tourists, Canadian day trippers to families camping here for the 26th year in a row. These folks keep coming and coming and coming, and they are astonished. “How can this beautiful place be a city park?” “You can really camp here year ‘round?” “We can park for free and spend the day hiking?” “Do you know how blessed you are to have this place?” Their appreciation runs deep and

inspires us as staff to do the best we can to help them and all that will follow enjoy the sweeping beauty of Washington Park. Of course, we will get this done with the help of the Anacortes Police Department, the Kiwanians, the Rotarians, the Soroptimists, the Eagle Scouts, the anonymous volunteers, Public Works, Anacortes Fire Department, Museum staff, and on and on and on. It is hard for me to walk very far in any direction in this community without crossing the path of a citizen or co-worker who is not an important part of the healthy stewardship of Washington Park; walkers who spot invasive ivy, boaters who find a damaged float, campers being vigilant about fire safety, beach goers conserving the tide pools. It all adds up to being grateful for the parks and recreation gifts that have been bestowed upon us by those that have come before. More and more the discussion of being in the moment seems to rise. This is not a new concept, or one that is particularly unique. It is however, very powerful. Through our many actions in the immediate experience of our daily lives, we create a past, present and future that is full of wonder and hope. By infusing our local culture with our compassion for one another, our volunteerism for the beauty around us, and our pursuit of the common good that should be readily accessible for all, we have created a mighty legacy of parks and recreation that adds elements of mental, physical and spiritual health to our lives and those fortunate enough to come visit. As I have the good fortune to see so much joy and gratitude here at Washington Park, I want to be sure and pass it along to the core of who we are; this community we call Anacortes. Thank you for such a wonderful life, and countless fantastic moments. By Bob Vaux, Park Manager


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The Anacortes Arts Commission with the financial support of Windermere Real Estate has established a loaned sculpture exhibit in and around the Madrona Grove at the Depot. The exhibit is called the Madrona Grove Sculpture Exhibition by Windermere Real Estate. The sculptures are on display at the Depot Arts and Community Center, 611 R Avenue through December of 2017. At the end of the exhibit one of the sculptures will be purchased through a donation from the Anacortes Arts Festival. There are a number of factors that will go in to that purchase decision but one piece of that decision will be which sculpture is deemed most popular by the public. The way we are determining the most popular will be through a Survey Money survey. 1











11 Please go to the following link and cast your vote:

https://www.surveymonkey. com/r/5HP9PZK

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Anacortes Senior Activity Center Foundation Presents

An Unconventional Runway Show with Clothing made primarily of Office Supplies

Jilian G Salon Hair & Makeup Suzanne Rothmeyer Photography

Sat. Oct. 28th at 5:30pm at The Depot Admission $50 includes Dinner and Music

Tickets availble at Watermark Book Company or the Anacortes Senior Activity Center Thank You to our Sponsors: Roe Family Facilities • Milestone Retirement Communities • Island Hospital Anacortes Financial Associates • Gere a Deli • John L. Scott Real Estate • Bert Clay Realtor • Windermere Real Estate

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All proceeds bennifit the Anacortes Senior Activity Center

Helping SeniorsThrive Thrive Helping Seniors 170122nd 22nd Street, Street, Anacortes, 98221 293-7473  www.skagitcounty.net/SeniorCenters 1701 Anacortes,Washington Washington 98221 (360) (360) 293-7473  www.skagitcounty.net/SeniorCenters

Creativity Creativity

Technology Technology

There’s More! There’s More!

Watercolor and Watercolor andAcrylics Acrylics Weaving and Knitting Weaving and Knitting Mosaic Art Mosaic Art Art Appreciation Art Appreciation Woodcarving Woodcarving Basket Weaving Basket Weaving Creative Circle Creative CulturedCircle Purls Cultured Purls Artists Northwest Color Me Calm Artists Northwest Color Me Calm

FREE Computer Clinic FREE Computer Clinic Beginning Computer Classes Beginning Computer Classes FREE Wi-Fi FREE Wi-Fi Closed Circuit TV Closed Circuit TV (Visual impairment aid) impairment aid) Skype(Visual Connection Skype Connection Assisted Listening Devices Assisted Listening (Call a day ahead) Devices Hearing Loop forahead) (Call a day T-Coil Devices Hearing Loop for

Intergenerational Activities Intergenerational Activities Community Resources for Seniors Community Resources for Seniors Creative Writing Classes Creative Writing Classes Book Discussion Group Book Discussion Group Special Holiday Celebrations Special Holiday Celebrations Haircuts and Other Services Haircuts and Other Services Library and Book Sales Library and Book Sales Newsletter Available Online Newsletter Available Online And much more ...



Flyswatter Volleyball Exercise Silver Foxes Exercise Flyswatter Volleyball Strength and Balance Silver Foxes Exercise T’ai Chi Chih Strength and Balance Gentle Yoga T’ai Chi Chih Seated Wellness

Ukulele Classes Music and Weekly Jams Ukulele Classes Singing for the Health of It and Weekly Jams Lunch Time Entertainment Singing for theand Health of It Special Concerts Lunch Time Entertainment Performances

Special Concerts and Performances Cards & Games

Hot Meals Hot lunches are served Monday-Friday from a.m. are to12:30 p.m. Hot11:30 lunches served Monday-Friday No reservation necessary. from 11:30 a.m. to12:30 p.m. Suggested donation for 60 and No reservation necessary. over is $3.50-$5.50. NonSuggested donation for 60 and seniors are welcome for $6 over is $3.50-$5.50. NonMeals on Wheels: To sign up for seniors are welcome for $6 hot meals for homebound Mealscall on (360) Wheels: To sign up for Seniors, 419-3420.

Footcare Clinic Health & Presentations Wellness Wellness Day Blood Pressure Footcare ClinicChecks Dental Hygiene Clinic Wellness Day Presentations Chair Massage Blood Pressure Checks Cooking Classes Clinic Dental Hygiene

Pinochle Cards & Games Bridge Cribbage Pinochle Mah Jongg Bridge Scrabble Cribbage Mexican Train Dominos Mah Jongg

Join the more than 130 volunteers Volunteer presently working at theOpportunities Center. For more information, contact Join the more than 130 the volunteers Center Coordinator at 293-7473. presently working at the Center.

Gentle Yoga Seated Wellness Health & Wellness

Chair Massage Cooking Classes

T-Coil Devices

Scrabble Mexican Train Dominos

And much more ...

Hot Meals

hot meals for homebound Seniors, call (360) 419-3420. Volunteer Opportunities

For more information, contact the Center Coordinator at 293-7473.

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Double the fun at this year’s

98221 Artist’s Studio Tour October 21-22

New last year, the 2017 Anacortes Artist’s Studio Tour will be twice as large this year - featuring the artwork of over 40 artists at 30+ venues within the 98221 Zip Code. This major fall art event for Anacortes is scheduled for October 21-22, with studios and all 3 downtown galleries open from 10 am to 5 pm both days. Maps for the free self-guided tour around Fidalgo Island will be available at all participating studios, local galleries, the Depot Art Center and the Croatian Cultural Center. “We are thrilled by this year’s response,” said Lisa Rhoades, the member of the Anacortes Arts Commission who chairs the event. “And we know local art supporters, as well as art lovers throughout the region and from Canada, will appreciate the added energy and diversity of this year’s tour.” “The welcome mat will be out for everyone interested in a behind the scenes experience with our local artists,” Lisa said. The community of artists is strong and growing in Anacortes, Lisa pointed out. “It’s exciting to discover all that’s happening here, from a bronze sculpture studio to a letterpress shop to many glass, ceramic and fiber artists. Painters and photographers will offer a wide array of examples — from very well-known local artists to emerging artists who make Fidalgo Island their home. Watch for additional information about the participating artists and venues as they are finalized.”




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For further information, contact Lisa or her co-chair, Anacortes Arts Commission member Terry MacDonald, at studiotour98221@ yahoo.com. Information will also be available at the Anacortes Arts Commission website - anacortesartscommission.com.


The Anacortes Police Department’s Auxiliary Patrol is a group of 60 volunteers that act as extra eyes, ears and feet for the Anacortes Police Department. A group of residents hoping to prevent neighborhood crime in Anacortes founded the Auxiliary Patrol in 1992. Since its inception, the Auxiliary Patrol has faithfully offered the community thousands of property checks to residents who leave their homes vacant while out of town. Additionally, the patrol engages in dozens of annual community events in Anacortes each year. Historically, the Auxiliary Patrol inherits old patrol cars near the end of their useful life and utilizes them to patrol for several more years. Patrol cars have a rough life—hours and hours of stopand-go driving with small doses of high speed driving and hard braking. Officers get in and out of the vehicle multiple times a day, so the seats, doors, levers,

and buttons are often worn and cracked. This is not your father’s pampered Oldsmobile. Equipment challenge number two: the patrol bike. During the warm months of summer, the Anacortes Community Forest Lands are bustling with activity. School Resource Officer Dotzauer takes to the rugged trails on an aging bike with worn out suspension, sometimes for hours at a time to patrol trails unreachable by car. Enter stage right, the Tesoro Foundation. Since 2016, the Tesoro Foundation has funded two brand new Ford Escape SUV’s for the Auxiliary Patrol. Additionally, Officer Dotzauer now rides a new Trek mountain bike, also funded by a foundation grant, on patrol in the forest lands. Matt Gill, Tesoro External Affairs Senior Manager said this about the partnership: “The Tesoro Foundation was delighted to be able to partner with the

Anacortes Citizens Auxiliary Patrol by providing them with the funding necessary to acquire the vehicles necessary to accomplish their mission. Over a quarter of our employees and many of our contractors live in Anacortes and they all appreciate the time and commitment these volunteers dedicate to improving the quality of life for everyone in the area. These two vehicles and the new bike for the APD’s School Resource Officer are a win-win investment for Tesoro and the Anacortes Police Department. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with the City and finding other investments that will provide benefits to the greater community”. Auxiliary Patrol, Tesoro Foundation, and the Anacortes Police Department: an ongoing partnership working towards a common goal of public safety and improving the well-being of our community.

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FriendShop Volunteers FriendShop volunteer Brian Tibbetts described how he got hooked on the bookstore when he started finding first editions there – some of them signed. Now a volunteer, he still makes thrilling finds: A first edition of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Arthur Conan Doyle recently brought in about $200 for the library. Tibbetts said it was a good deal for the buyer at about half the retail value. “If you love books and love discovering an outstanding bargain, put this bookstore on your mustsee list,” said store manager Beverly Reed, who is also a volunteer. Run by Friends of the Library, the FriendShop is well-located in the library’s lobby. The store’s inventory consists of quality used books, most priced from 50 cents to $2, and gently used CDs and DVDs. The all-volunteer staff works the sales desk, sorts donations and displays the books. All proceeds go to the Anacortes Public Library. During 2016, the Friends donated more than $33,000 for new books, and another $3,000plus for children’s programs and supplies. About 75 percent of these funds were from FriendShop sales, Reed said. During Tibbetts’ shift, a woman came into the store to donate two bags of good books. He said this support is what makes the store work. Reed asked that people keep the store in mind when parting with books.

“Books for all ages are needed, including children’s,” she said. Direct donations, which are also tax deductible, are also welcome. Friends of the Library has been active in Anacortes since 1969. Ten of the store’s 37 volunteers have worked there a decade or longer: Reed, Jo Bailey, Mary Dowden, Ann Dursch, Barbara Lea, Nancy Murphy, Norma Priebe, Betty Rockwell, Mindy Sorensen, and Tom Wynn. Before the new library was built, the store was just a couple of shelves in a cellar. All the volunteers want to support the library, but they have personal reasons for working at the store as well. Reed wanted to own a bookstore, but also needed time to travel. Tibbetts loves books, but ran out of space. Volunteering at the FriendShop provided the perfect solution for both of them. “I just enjoy working here. I get to play with books without taking them home,” he said. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, 1-4 p.m. weekends, with some evening hours extended to 6 p.m. during the summer. Browsers are always welcome. Please call Reed at 293-4149 for more information or to volunteer, or visit anacortesfriendshop.weebly.com.

The Anacortes Community Task Force meets quarterly to address community wellness and the ill effects of drugs, alcohol, poverty, and homelessness; however, every day we work on these issues. The Mayor and city staff, school district staff, Island Hospital staff, police chief and school resource officer, Skagit County public health representatives, and many other community organizations concerned with building a strong community strategize to improve the overall wellness of our community. https://www.facebook.com/ AnacortesCommunityTaskForce/ Please view (and like!) our new facebook page for current information on upcoming programs and interesting articles. We are also are sporting a new logo. The Task Force recently participated in the Back to School Fair and provided cinch sacks to participants. Thank you to Island Hospital for their generous donation that made the giveaways possible. Should you have any questions about the Community Task Force, please contact Emily Schuh, Administrative Services Director at emilys@cityofanacortes.org or (360) 299-1941. Fall 2017

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Thank You!! The Anacortes Parks Foundation and the City of Anacortes would like to thank the following individuals and businesses

The Anacortes Parks and the City of Anacortes like to thank theDisplay!! following individuals for yourFoundation generous donations towards the 2017 John would Curtis Memorial Fireworks and businesses for their generous dontions towards the 2017 John Curtis Memorial Fireworks Display Bud & Betty Adams John Alexander Alice Bohnker Insurance Services, LLC Sharon & Steve Allen Anonymous Pat Ansted Amy Arisco Sharylee Barnes Martin & Nelea Barney Helen Baumgartner Dean & Paula Becker Tom Beeler Norman Beets David Grant Best David & Dorothy Bjornson Ray & Carolyn Bloom Brian & Kelli Boardman John W. Bolte, Jr. Terry & Wendy Brazas Marianito & Lourdes Briones Bill & Jane Brodie Verla Brown Dick & Jeanne Burke Douglas Burton Rick & Lori Cartmell Laurie, Jim & Jacob Carver Robert & Suzi Childers John & Charlotte Christy Cliff & Amy Cisco Classic Style Company Alice Clifford Richard L.& Susan Cook Blynn & Wilma Cooper Les & Sharon Cooper Oren & Carol Cotton Ken & Patty Crews Donna Davidson Rick & Diane Davidson Ken & Sally DeFehr Polly & John Derr Ray & Sandy Desy Patricia Dever Michael & LuAnn Doherty Daniel & Florence Doudna Rebecca Moe Dunford & Brian Moe Rob & Sarah Eastman Thomas Edmunds Susan J. Ellingson James & Cheryl English Bill & Vicki Evans Jon & Sonia Evans Rob & Karen Evans Thomas & Willy Evans Gustav Moore & Anna Fahey

Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Co. Fidalgo Bay RV Resort Cliff & Jo Finkbohner Brad & Annabelle Fox Brett & Eva Fox Robert & Kathi Franklin Dr. & Mrs. Rudy Gahler Glenn & Jean Garner Gere-a-Deli Greg & Connie Gibbons Dick & Barbara Gilmore Russell & Terrie Gindhart Joseph & Grace Glasgow Liz Graham Richard Greer & Dorothy Sheehan Richard Grill & Annette Tamre Wendy Gulick Susan & Walter Guterbock Molly Hartley Diane Hartzell Neal Harvey Gordon & Chris Hay Scott & Annie Hayes Greg Haynes Lonny & Bunny Heiner Linda & Vince Henley Jinny Henning Mary Ann Henson Michael & Carol Herbert Alex & Bridget Hernandez Warren & Leann Holland Horizon Audio & Video Nancy Hoxie Cindy & Jon Hubner Beverly & Kevin Hunt John & Linda Hunt Marie & Don Ibsen Island Import Garage Mark Jacoby John & Louise James Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Jaskiewicz Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. Mark Jenkins Jan & Soren Jensen Branko Jurkovich David Kawashima William Kenny Scott & Paula Kidder Mary Kiel Gail & Glenn King Margot & Robert Knorr Janet Knowles Eugene Kovach Leslie Krous Betty & Von Kuehn

Steve Latham Law office of Douglas N. Owens Werner Lehner Lighthouse Park, LLC Jean Little Lovelett Family Lovric's Sea-Craft Inc. Kristine Lytton Sonja Maricich Anacortes Marina John & Kari Mathis Linda Meador Tammy Melvin Wayne & Mairivonne Melvin Laurel Miller Stephen & Betty Miller W. M. Mohundro Sue & Greg Monaghan Pat & Betty Mooney Moonlighting Antiques Skip & Carolyn Moore Victoria Morell Daniel Morris-Young Orville & Carol Morrow Don & Cindy Morton Robert & Maureen Mullen Bryan & Kristine Murray Richard & Linda Nelson Quoc Ngo Bill & Anne Noble North Sound Mini Storage North Sound Oral & Facial Surgery P.S. Joan Oborne Margaret A. Oehlman Dennis & Linda Oeth Dr. Dave & Syd Olausen Joan P. Olson Dan Palmer Connie & Cessi Pangrazi Papa Murphy's Pizza Don & Rosa Parker John & Kathy Parker Gordon & Anita Parkhill Pearl Buttons, Inc. Ed Peerens Bill & Iris Perkins Fred & Denise Phillips Pioneer Trails RV Resort Bob & Molly Pitre Carol & Neal Pyke Greg & Lisa Raab Larry & Brenda Ramsdell Reisner Distributor Inc. Jim Richardson

Jerome & Mary Robbins Bill & Sharon Robertson Ray Robinson Valerie, Gary & Pete Robinson Rockfish Grill/Anacortes Brewery/H2O Jean Rogers Kirk & Donna Ruddell Ronald Rudolph Michael & Connie Russell Samish Indian Nation Emily & Eric Schuh Scott Milo Gallery Seaside Autobody Colleen & Donald Slack Barbara Smart Smarter than your Dog! David & Kay Smith Martin Sonntag Mary & Michael Stark Chuck & Candice Reid Stavig Ms. Arlene Stavig Strauss Jewelers Bob & Kathy Strickert Wayne & Joyce Suter Mary & Robert Terry Serenity Thomas Marcia & Gerry Thompson Tides of Anacortes Patricia Tillman Chuck Tollefson In Memory of Cary Tolman Bruce & Sue Trzcinski Laura & Doug Tuttle Mary Vallentyne Edmund Marmol & Kathryn Van Alstyne Paul & Rene Vance George & Laura Jane Viverette Rosemary & Marvin Walter Len & Stephanie Warden Ron & Sharyan Watts Gary Weber Jon Riedel & Sarah Welch Welch Brothers Construction Charles Wenker Brian & Linda Wetcher Margaret Whatley Steve & Linda Wilhoit Karla Williams Donn & Doreen Wilson David & Joanne Witiak Ernie & Paula Wood Bill & Jennifer Woyskii Susan Bolles

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