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Newspaper brings home awards By Sandy Stokes La Conner Weekly News staff and contributors brought the newspaper a total of nine awards, including four first place wins, in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest. The awards were presented Friday at the association’s annual convention, which was held in Yakima this year. La Conner News co-publisher Cindy Vest garnered two first place awards for her design and use of color on two special Christmas season advertising pages that were published in December. Photographers Don Coyote, Kirsten Morse, Sue Phillips and Ben Davidson were honored with a first place award for their work that appeared on a centerfold spread on Paddle to Swinomish, the 2012 Canoe Journey last July. Kirsten Morse also took another first place on her own, with a winter sunset scene of a boat on Swinomish Channel. A close-up of a bee on purple blooms earned praise from the judges and another photo award, third place, for photographer Don Coyote. Writer Adrian Sharpe took second place in the Best News Story category for her piece, “The otter destruction of South First Street,” detailing costly aquatic varmint damage last year.

Amylynn Richards earned a second place in News of the Weird category for her story, “Guerilla knitting gang exposed,” about knitters who decorate town fixtures with little sweaters and other yarn ornaments. “Nuggets from Norway” columnist Mickey Bambrick will learn that she scored a second place in the Best General Interest Column category when she gets home from Norway. And Cindy Vest augmented her two first place wins with a third place for a small black and white ad she designed using clip art. The New York Press Association judged this year’s contest. A total of 73 community newspapers from throughout the state competed in the contest with 2,229 entries in advertising, special sections, news, photography and web design categories. Awards were divided into groups based on newspaper circulation ranging from the smallest at 2,500 subscribers and under to more than 12,000. La Conner News is grouped with the state’s smallest newspapers, but circulation groups were combined for several of the awards, which pitted La Conner’s newspaper against much larger publications. One of Cindy Vest’s first place awards was in a combined group with papers three times our size.

BIG BAD SQUASH – This pumpkin, weighing 1,281 pounds brought its grower, Joel Holland of Sumner, the $2,000 grand prize in Saturday’s giant pumpkin contest held at Christianson’s Nursery. According to Kris Moe at the nursery, Holland is the current state record holder for giant pumpkins; his 2009 monster weighed 1,505 pounds. He planted the seed for this year’s pumpkin in April, and by the time he harvested it, the vine alone took up 800 square feet. – Photo by Don Coyote

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WINNER – This photo by Kirsten Morse was taken in January on the Swinomish Channel and was awarded a First Place on Friday in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association Better Newspaper Contest. – Photo by Kirsten Morse

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This is the second in a series focusing on education in the Swinomish and La Conner communities. Today’s story explores the way Native Americans’ opinions of school were tragically and indelibly shaped by the experiences of the grandparents and great-grandparents of today’s students. By Anna Ferdinand In the late 1800s, after the United States government’s policy toward Native Americans had evolved from annihilating them to assimilating them, the practice was to exterminate any vestige of their old ways. When Indian reservations were established, many cultural practices were actually outlawed, and children were put into boarding schools, where they were forced to forget their heritage. Today, educators are working to heal the scars that were passed down through generations. “Some of our great-greatgrandparents would go hide out in the woods in small cabins down by the channel, and they would practice our singing and dancing,” Aurelia Washington told La Conner High School students at an assembly last week. Washington, who is the cultural director for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, spoke to La Conner High School students on

Native American Day last week. The goal is to raise the identity of the tribe to both native and nonnative students as an integral part of education in La Conner. General Cayou, a junior at La Conner High, told his school mates about hunting, fishing and gathering with his father. Their quests for traditional foods take them up into the Cascade Mountains hunting for bear, deer and elk and fishing in the Skagit River and in the Salish Sea. “When it’s berry season, my dad goes out and picks like seven gallons of berries. It’s ridiculous,” Cayou said. “It takes a lot going out fishing and hunting; there’s a lot of preparation we do. Me and my cousin Willy, we’re learning how to do all that so we can take over. When my dad steps down, we step up.” The 2011 Canoe Journey, which was hosted by Swinomish, played a major role in generating pride in the youth and interest and awareness on the part of nonnative students. During a session of oral storytelling, necklace making and dancing, La Conner music teacher Shegay Vanderpool said she has seen a major shift in students’ attitudes towards the Swinomish traditions. “I’ve seen lots more participation from all of the kids since the Canoe Journey,” said Vanderpool. Second-graders were dancing

the Spirit of the Eagle as Washington sang and drummed in Vanderpool’s class. “I think because they saw it so often, and they worked and practiced so hard and were so excited about it, that it’s kind of caught on,” she said. “I really see that.” In contrast, Swinomish students of earlier generations speak of having no sense of cultural identity and feeling uncomfortable at schools while growing up. “We never had our cultural identity,” says Washington. “It wasn’t until we started getting ready for the Canoe Journey that Swinomish pride was reinstilled. We’ve seen complete changes with the kids; their whole attitudes and desire to do well changed, and to me, it was that pride of knowing who they were.” The school district aims to bring this sense of identity deeper into the fabric of the schools by including instruction in native culture and language as well as an understanding of the past. “One of the primary things you have to look at was the boarding schools and access to education at its root level,” says La Conner Superintendent Tim Bruce. Generations of sending Native American children away to boarding schools “created a lot of mistrust and a lot of feelings that ‘this isn’t for me.’ We’re just into the generation where we

Sunday, with displays of fabric Two annual festivals take and around La Conner. The 2012 Quilt Festival starts art and quilts at Maple Hall, the place this weekend, promising lots to look at and things to do in on Friday and runs through Garden Club and the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum in the historic Gaches Mansion. Admission to all three venues is $10. Also, in conjunction with the Quilt Festival, there will be an art show each day at the Gail Harker Center for Creative Art on Chilberg Road. Quilt Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. (Continued on Page 6) Family fun, food and lots of activities for kids will be featured at more than a dozen farms and orchards in the county during the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms, which starts Saturday. Here in La Conner, kids can enjoy pony rides and make race cars out of vegetables at the Hedlin Family Farm near the roundabout. Just east of town on Best Road, tour spectacular gardens and sample some cider making at La Conner Flats. Other farms on display include Taylor Shellfish Farm in Bow, where there will be oyster shucking and crab races; Gordon Skagit Farm with a corn maze and haunted room; and Schuh GREEN GIANT GIFT – Kelly McKnight and La Conner Elementary Farms with hayrides and barrel School Principal Lori Knudson accepted a $2,500 award for train rides and much more. school supplies from Green Giant Fresh and General Mills’ Box All farms are open 10 Tops For Education program on Tuesday. McKnight won the a.m. to 4 p.m. For directions award for the school when she entered a Green Giant Fresh to each farm and complete promotion at the 2011 National Produce Marketing Convention held in Atlanta last year. She designated La Conner Elementary information, go online to www. CULTURAL REVIVAL – JoJo Peters of Swinomish Indian Tribal Community shared knowledge in as the beneficiary of $2,500 worth of box tops. – Photo by Karla Reynolds

Native American culture with students at La Conner Elementary School. – Photo by Anna Ferdinand



BILLIE VASILIKI MCKEE 1922-2012 Billie Vasiliki Demopoulos McKee passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends and family in La Conner, Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 25, after 90 years as an active member of her community in Anacortes. She was born on February 26, 1922 to Efthimios “Mike� and Eleni “Ellen� Demopoulos at home in the McCracken apartments at 4th and “O� Avenue in Anacortes, with a pair of healthy lungs, according to one neighbor.   She attended the original Whitney Grade School and graduated from Anacortes High School in 1940.  Billie became better acquainted with Don

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all of the Greek “I Love You’s, Good Night’s, etc.�   She served on the Skagit County Historical Society Board, the Anacortes Library Board, worked with the Anacortes Museum Board and with husband, Don and others in rejuvenating the old Anacortes Yacht Club, as well as helping establish the new Fidalgo Yacht Club.   Billie and Don enjoyed their many travel adventures and boating activities but spent most of their travel time on Maui when not at home in their beloved Anacortes.   She had hens for fresh brown eggs, planters for tomatoes — spaghetti sauce with homegrown oregano — and buckets for butter clams and Dungeness crab.  These ingredients were all used in her Greek recipes, which she enjoyed preparing and sharing.   Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Efthimios and Eleni Demopoulus; her brother, Chris; and her daughter, Elaine on September 10, 1999.   She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Don; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Pam McKee, Greg and Jennifer McKee, and Brian and Kydie McKee, 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brother, Themo Demopoulus; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and many friends.   The family would like to express their deep gratitude to the staff at La Conner Retirement Inn and to Hospice of the Northwest.  A memorial service was held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 2, at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1300-9th Street, in Anacortes, with a reception to follow in the fellowship hall. Billie will be interred with her family at Grand View Cemetery in Anacortes.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Northwest, 819 South 13th Street, Mount Vernon, WA 98274 or to the Anacortes Soroptimist Club, 1107 – 3rd Street, Anacortes, WA  98221.  Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes and the San Juan Islands.  To share memories of Billie, please sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel. com.

McKee, a friend of her brother, Chris, that same year.   With her high school graduation accomplished, she entered the University of Washington in the fall of 1940, leaving friend Don to finish his senior year in Anacortes in 1941.   Absence did make the hearts grow fonder, and the two married on October 18, 1942, the first couple married in the new Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption in Seattle.  Don was inducted into the Army in 1943.  The McKee’s first son, Tom, was born in January 1945, while his father was overseas in the European theater.  Billie introduced the two in January 1946 when Don returned from Europe.   Billie and Don, together, made it back to the U of W, where he received his degree in architecture, passed the state licensing exam, and they opened their office with Don, the architect, and Billie, the office manager.   At home, the expanded family had grown and now included Greg, Brian, and Elaine, and they were now living on the Guemes Channel side of Cap Sante.  Billie was ever busier in her roles as mother, grandmother, housewife, and business manager (she inherited many of her father’s business genes).   She was very proud of her Greek parentage, visiting Greece seven times, and took special pleasure in introducing her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to the little Greek baby songs and the rhymes she had been saving for those bright little minds.  She grew along with the children and did the Brownies, Girl Scouts, cookies for the school classes, and, of course,

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Dr. JAMES ALEXANDER WILSON 1928-2012 Shelter Bay resident Dr. James Alexander Wilson died days before his 86th birthday on Friday, September 28. Dr. Jim was born in Tacoma on October 6, 1928 to Dr. Arthur N. and Dagmar Wilson.  Their family moved to LaTouche and later to the Kennicott Copper Mine, both in Alaska.  They eventually settled in Ketchikan, Alaska.   Dr. Jim graduated from Ketchikan High School then started college at Willamette University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi

fraternity.  He attended the University of Oregon Medical School, graduating in 1952.  He was married the next day to Betty May Jackman.   He interned in Evanston Hospital, Illinois and later joined the Strategic Air Command at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, South Dakota as a flight surgeon.   In June 1956, he began his surgical residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Portland, Oregon.  The family moved to Ketchikan, Alaska in 1959, where he joined his father’s medical practice.  Dr. Jim and Betty raised three daughters in Ketchikan. While living there, he was involved in many local groups and activities.  He retired from his surgical practice after 30 years in 1990.  Dr. Jim and Betty moved to Shelter Bay in 1991.  In his retirement years, Dr. Jim took art lessons and enjoyed working in his art studio painting pictures.  Dr. Jim loved hunting, fishing, boating, painting and his family.  He was a member of Art League North and the Methodist Church.  He was an Eagle Scout.  Dr. Jim is survived by his wife, Betty; his brother, Dr. Arthur


PATRICIA THOMAS 1926-2012 Patricia J. Thomas, who had strong ties to La Conner, died at the age of 86 in Mount Vernon on Wednesday, September 26. She was born to Thomas and Esther Clarke in Seattle on May 30, 1926. She attended Interlake Elemen-tary School, Fairview Grade School, John Marshall Junior High School, where she was Girls Club president, and she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1943. After high school, she attended Peterson Business College and the University of Washington. Pat held various jobs over the years, most notably the Carnation Company for 29 years in Mount Vernon, Hill and Hill Realty, and she retired from Skagit County Juvenile Probation. On Oct. 5, 1946, Pat married C.E. “Bud� Thomas in Mount Vernon. They celebrated 52 years together before he died in 1997. She was a charter member and officer of Mount Vernon Elks Emblem Club, and member of the Anacortes Eagles.

She had been a volunteer with the Red Cross and Skagit Valley Hospital since 1997. Pat was involved with the Wire-Haired Fox Terriers rescue group. Her dog Eddy was her sixth rescue dog. She established “CHADSRAGSâ€? and crocheted dog clothes that were shipped all over the United States and parts of Europe. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, where she served as vestry secretary, Alter Guild leader, and was a member of the Martha Guild. In 1997 she began traveling and ventured throughout the United States and Europe including three trips to Ireland. Pat was preceded in death by her husband Bud, her parents Tom and Esther, infant son Patrick Allen and her brother Mike Clarke. She is survived by her dear friend Russell Jensen and Lisa; granddaughters, Elizabeth and Katherine Jensen; niece Patti Clarke and her fiancĂŠ Steve; Terri Pacquin and her husband Bill; nephew Michael Levin Clarke and his fiancĂŠ Malu; her dearest friend Roberta Bjorling; and sister-in-law Dorothy Ireland and her husband Keith; niece Patty Hopke and nephews, Thomas, Charles and Robert Cudmore.

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However, he claimed he was one of Roosevelt’s original Rough Riders to the very end of his life. Just before he died, I gave him a ride back to the farm from the rest home, where he lay resting. As we passed a historic marker along the road, I said to him, “Grandpa, there’s where the early settlers in South Dakota traded a gallon of homemade ice cream to the Indians in exchange for a little kidnapped white girl.”   “Where’d you ever hear a crazy story like that?” he responded.  I didn’t tell him that he had told me the same story as fact many years earlier.  Well, maybe Grandpa really wasn’t one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and didn’t attend the Bull Moose convention after all.  But, then again, I’m not too sure about anything the presidential candidates say, either.

By Jim Smith Both presidential candidates, Romney and Obama, are promising to make me “middle class,” even though I don’t want to be middle class. In fact, I’ve struggled all my adult life to not settle into the middle class discomfort zone because I reject middle-class stress along with the burden of middle-class debt! My grandfather, Waldo Bascom, never made it into the middle class.  Nope, looking for some kind of opportunity in the 1880s, Grandpa rode his horse out of Dodge City, Kansas and never looked back. He prospected for gold in the Yukon Territory but didn’t find any. Lingering in Washington By Mickey Bambrick State on his return to the Midwest, 1. MOVIES: Who played We sought permission this year he illegally logged a government the male lead in the movie for our son to temporarily attend claim north of Seattle. Then he musical “Grease”? junior high in Norway. 2. GEOGRAPHY: Luzon deposited all the money in an We spoke directly to the Everett bank before fleeing to is the main island of which principal to explain that Kaleb South Dakota, one step ahead of nation? is otherwise homeschooled but the law, while looking for a fresh 3. HISTORY: When was wanted to be back with his old start. the Sherman Antitrust Act classmates for the few months approved? There was no “” 4. TELEVISION: Which we were there. or History Channel or Internet 1980s comedy show feaNot ever having met Kaleb when I was a kid, so I learned all tured a character named before, the principal said he had this family history by listening “Reverend Jim”? enough “trouble makers,” and to my grandfather’s stories — 5. FAMOUS QUOTAhe “didn’t need to import any that may be why I have a rather TIONS: What 20th-century problems from America.” distorted sense of history.  American writer and monk I know my grandpa wouldn’t He gave Kaleb a three-day said, “Every moment and trial period, looked him right have settled for the promise of every event of every man’s in the eye, and said if there was a double-door refrigerator, walllife on earth plants someany funny business from him he to-wall carpeting or a flat-screen thing in his soul”? would “kick (his) ass right out of TV. 6. MUSIC: What was the He finally found what he school.” nationality of composer wanted on a little Dakota farm, He had been talking Norwegian Franz Liszt? the whole time, then switched where he could harness a team of 7. U.S. STATES: Which over to English for that last little horses each morning and plow all state’s nickname is “The warning, just to be sure Kaleb day under a hot Midwestern sun. North Star State”? He never even imagined middleunderstood. 8. THEATER: Which play —3— Later, when I retold that class nonsense as he tried to fill featured the song “Food, story to friends, everyone was an inside straight at the poker Glorious Food”? shocked. The idea is that school table. 9. MONEY: What is the Once I asked my uncle why he is supposed to be fun, and to use basic currency of Albania? such scare tactics didn’t seem to didn’t stay on Grandpa’s farm, 10. U.S. PRESIDENTS: go over too well with people we which is still back there, and he Which president once said told me, “If you had ever farmed know. that the United States “never One friend said, “You need to with your grandpa, you’d know had to put up a wall to keep write that to the newspaper.” I why.”  our people in”? I understood what my uncle didn’t fully understand what she Answers meant until I asked around and was saying:  Grandpa was a great 1. John Travolta man, but he worked you to death found out about a column on the 2. Philippines back page of every newspaper and didn’t pay you much for it. 3. 1890 Getting back to politics, called, “Åpen linje,” which 4. “Taxi” Grandpa Bascom attended the Bull means Open Line. 5. Thomas Merton Moose Convention in Chicago in This is how the Norwegians 6. Hungarian 1912, which nominated “Roughrant and rave about things they 7. Minnesota Rider” Theodore Roose-velt for don’t like. It’s kind of like our 8. “Oliver!” president.  “Letters to the Editor,” but it’s 9. The lek When his candidate didn’t got a broader scope and it’s not win the election, Grandpa 10. John F. Kennedy edited, since it’s totally “free retired from political activism.  © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. speech.” The subject matters brought up may continue for months, with others writing their opinions about the issues. Several different approaches Enjoy a complimentary were suggested to this encounter with the principal but all felt he must be “exposed” for his NELL THORN behavior through this newspaper RESTAURANT & PUB column. Their reaction to it reminded 205 Washington St. me of tattling on a sibling when (360) 466-4261 I was a kid. Some thought his name should be used; others felt it best to keep him anonymous. Some suggested we write up the event as a rant, and others felt we should put it in the form of a question, wondering if this is the way our children should be spoken to at school. I thought the reaction to what he said was far more interesting than the words he used to make his point. This “Open Line” column is yet another way the Norwegian culture keeps people conforming to the norm. For surely, if a person knows that any inappropriate or outlandish behavior could be written up and printed in the newspaper, it would make one think twice about what they do. 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Wednesday Oct 3

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Boat Workshop: Learn pollution prevention tips for boat repair businesses & boat owners. Free. At the Port of Skagit building, 539 N. Third St., La Conner. To register, contact Lee First (360) 733-8307 or

Friday Oct 5

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Quilt Festival: The 2012 Quilt Festival features an exhibition of juried and judged quilts at Maple Hall, La Conner Civic Garden Club and at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum. Admission is $10 for all venues. Workshops held through Sunday are extra. 10:30 a.m. – Story Time: Story time for babies and pre-schoolers features songs, dance, bubbles and other activities for tots and their parents at La Conner Regional Library. 1 to 4 p.m. – Adult Fitness Hike: Enjoy 9-mile hike in the Whistle and Heart Lake corridors. Bring water & a snack and meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. Free. For more info, call 2933725 or 7 p.m. – Free Film: “Get Low” stars Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek. Anacortes Public Library, 1220 Tenth St. 293-1910.   Saturday Oct 6 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Farm tours: Explore Skagit Valley’s agricultural bounty during the Festival of Family Farms. More than a dozen farms will be open for tours and most offer activities for the whole family. Right here in La Conner. Stop in at Hedlin’s Farm and La Conner Flats. For a map and more info go to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Quilt Festival: See fiber art and award-winning quilts at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, Maple Hall and at the La Conner Civic

Sunday Oct 7

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Farm tours: Day two of the Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms. Find food and family fun at producers of everything from alpacas to eggplant. A short drive from La Conner, find Gordon’s pumpkins, RoozenGaarde tulips, Schuh Farms and South Form Farms. For a map and more info go to 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Quilt Festival. Final day of the world famous La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum’s 2012 Quilt Festival.

Monday Oct 8

2 to 3 p.m. – Food Bank: La Conner Sunrise Food Bank is a “Hunger Free Zone” behind the United Methodist Church on 2nd Street on the hill. Everyone is welcome; people who need groceries and people with food to share are encouraged to stop by.

Tuesday Oct 9

12:30 to 2 p.m. – Pancake Info: Learn how to get great results from a simple Swedish pancake recipe. Free. See how to turn them easily. Free samples! La Conner Senior Center at Maple Hall.

Wednesday Oct 10

9 to 11 a.m. – Computer Classes: Learn computer basics exploring the very basic use of the mouse, navigating files, and how to copy and paste. Class

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The Poet’s Place The Natures of Autumn By Terry Busch It seems that the reds and yellows are brighter and more intense this year but I recall that I say that every year Perhaps it’s in the nature of Autumn to shock us with such a garish display a last hurrah before the unmasking As I sit looking out of my window a vantage point on the curl of blue smoke from the chimney across the street I muse that it is in the nature of Autumn for us to be nostalgic like an aging cider of memories of all past Falls As if it were a nation we came from where life was slower and sweeter and the colors muted like faded photos

Thursday Oct 11

6 to 8 p.m. – Historic Research: This Skagit Topics Series Presentation “Search Global, Focus Local” provides tips and techniques for historic research with Skagit County Historical Museum’s Executive Director Clark McAbee. admission: adults: $4; seniors: $3; Museum members: Free. For info call 466-3365 or visit museum

Friday Oct 12

10:30 a.m. – Story Time: Story time for babies and pre-schoolers features songs, dance, bubbles and other activities for tots and their parents at La Conner Regional Library. 7 p.m. – “Roman Holiday”: Free film starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Anacortes Public Library, 1220 Tenth Street. 293-1910. 10 a.m. to noon–Senior/Adult Hike: Experience Heart Lake old growth! Meet at the base of Mount Erie on Ray Auld Drive. For more info: 293-3725 or www.

Sunday Oct 14

11 a.m. – Blessing of Animals: Public is welcome to bring their wellbehaved pets for blessing by Rev. George Lockwood at La Conner Methodist Church. Service will include hymns, scripture & prayers with sermon by certified lay speaker Cynthia Lockwood.

Anne Schreivogel, and Carol Merrick. Features paintings, glass, sculpture, carving, and jewelry. Follow the green signs to 19311 Landing Rd., off Dodge Valley Road. Gallery open Fri. - Sun., 10 - 5 through Nov. 4. See www. rivergallerywa for more info. 2012 QUILT FESTIVAL runs October 5-7 and features an exhibition of juried and judged quilts and fiber art in Maple Hall and La Conner Civic Garden Club. $10 donation includes entrance to all venues for all three days. At the museum: Japanese Quilt Exhibit with two fabric art shows through Oct. 7: “At Play – Asobi” features quilts using vintage kimono materials and “Ainu Embroidery: Work of Yoshimi Kato.” The La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum is located in the historic Gaches Mansion at 703 S. 2nd St. For more info: or 466-4288. AT MoNA: In celebration of 50 years of Studio Glass, “Pilchuck: IDEAS” features works from the famous glass school’s permanent collection rarely seen off the school’s campus. These pieces from the early days of the revolution in studio glass were created by some of the most important artists working in the medium. “CIRCULAR” from the Permanent Collection considers the meaning and influence of the circular form. Both exhibits continue through Jan. 1, 2013. The Museum of Northwest Art is located at 121 S. First Street. For more info: or 466-4446. 


HOSPICE TRAINING: Hospice of the Northwest is recruiting volunteers for its October training session. It can take two weeks for people to complete background checks, health screenings and interviews. Contact Julie Pryor Barr for an interview: Monday Oct 15 or 360-814-5588. 2 to 3 p.m. – Food Bank: La Conner CALLING ALL CRAFTERS: The La Sunrise Food Bank is a “Hunger Free Conner Kiwanis is hosting a Holiday Zone” behind the United Methodist Bazaar and vendors of hand-crafted Church on 2nd Street on the hill. items are needed. The Holiday Bazaar Everyone is welcome; people who need will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at groceries and people with food to share La Conner Middle School, Saturday, are encouraged to stop by. December 1. Proceeds will help fund 6:30 p.m. – Feed Your Immunity: Kiwanis activities that support the Samantha Weaver With Karl Mincin. Co-op By Room 310. children of La Conner. Stop by the La Free, at Skagit Valley Food Co-op. 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Your chocolateClass chipsize cookies was White House experience. is limited to six the food government bank needs some said and to yield 45 servings. • The oldest people pre-registration is required. community very specialinpeople: members, When thelibrary cookbook’s 1997 to building the board country Stop by the or call 466-3352 organizers, program coordinators, edition actually predates the nation: sign up. was published, the teachers, drivers, workers – including same recipe was said to The Palace of the Goverstrong and flexible people – and writers yield 36 servings. nors in Santa Fe,toN.M., wasbank’s and photographers tell the food RIVER GALLERY:name “JustofEnough” • The original the built in 1610. story. If you would like to volunteer, small show with 32Austraarea artists please call Gil Gillmor at 360-420-0558. cityworks of Melbourne, *** inlia,greenhouse-turned-gallery. Artists was Batmania. 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County Historical Museum has openings THURSDAY, OCT. 11 for lots of volunteers including, school Bean and Cheese Burritos, tour docents and people to help with Fresh Salsa, Tortilla Chips, Or- clerical work, maintaining the collections, maintaining the buildings and helping anges, Milk, Juice. with special events. Call 466-3365 to find out how you can help. ASSIST ARTISTS: The Museum of Northwest Art needs volunteers to for Tuesday, October 11 assist art instructors during Family Chili-stuffed Baked Potato Art Days, one Saturday each month. Broccoli Normandy Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Volunteers participate in the workshops at the La Conner Senior Center at and gain admission to the museum at no charge. Call 466-4446, ext. 106, or email Maple Hall. Donation is $3 to $5



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The first 2012 presidential debate is tonight, and at this point, the election is Barack Obama’s to lose. It’s not easy for a black man to get elected President of the United States, especially one who has a strange name. He got a huge break in his first campaign, when John McCain chose Sarah Palin instead of Joe Lieberman to be his running mate. Palin energized the soccer moms and excited the Tea Party, but her goshes and gee whizes didn’t play well with the Independent white males, who are the swing vote that can decide a close election. Now Obama has been given another gift: a totally inept opponent by the name of Mitt Romney. Let’s just say that if I had a mitt like this one in Little League, I never would have caught a ball. Romney is such a week candidate that the election has become a choice between those who support Obama and those who don’t. Five years ago, I thought Romney was a good guy, and there wouldn’t be much of a difference if he or Obama became President. He had been a moderate governor of a moderate state, who implemented an outstanding health care system. Unfortunately for Romney, he had to do a hard right turn to survive a brutal Republican primary fight. He was even called a “vulture capitalist” by Governor Rick Perry of Texas. Romney responded with an etch-a-sketch approach — the term is courtesy of his campaign manager, who said on CNN that Romney would use an etch-asketch to erase the statements he made in the primary and move to the center for the general election. Right now it’s looking like the Tea Party is the best thing that has happened to the Democratic Party in a long time. The “Tea Baggers” held a lot of sway in the Republican primaries. Their “small government pull yourself up by your bootstraps” philosophy resonates well in key Republican primary states. It means that it will be very hard for a moderate to get through this primary process. Many Tea Party candidates did not fare very well in the last election cycle, and the Tea Party message doesn’t resonate well in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, states that Romney would need to win the electoral vote. It’s almost impossible to imagine a path to the White House that doesn’t include Ohio — it’s never happened — and it means that the moderate Republican candidates that Ohioans might support will have to overcome a brutal primary fight. Romney made a Faustian pact and basically said whatever he had to say to get the nomination. He seems so much like a tone deaf, clueless elitist that it makes me wonder if he was actually pretending to be more of a populist when he ran for Governor of Massachusetts. Who is the real Romney? He was already sinking after a lackluster Republican convention, and his candidacy took a nosedive when his “47 percent” recording went viral. Talk about chutzpah — here’s a multi-millionaire who has sheltered much money offshore and paid a 14 percent tax rate at best, complaining about people

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don’t unwittingly reveal work-related information to the wrong person. Best to say nothing until you get official clearance to open up. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) With things settling down at work or at home, you can now take on a new challenge without fear of distraction. Be open to helpful suggestions from colleagues. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your creativity can help resolve an emotional situation that might otherwise get out of hand. Continue to be your usual caring, sensitive self. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) You could impress a lot of influential people with the way you untangle a few knotty problems. Meanwhile, a colleague is set to share some welcome news. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Aspects favor recharging your social life and meeting new people. It’s also a good time to renew friendships that might be stagnating due to neglect on both sides. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) Congratulations. Your talent for working out a highly technical problem earns you well-deserved praise. The weekend could bring news about a friend or relative. BORN THIS WEEK: Your sense of justice makes you a strong advocate for the rights of people and animals alike.

continues October 17. These two classes are designed for people with little or no computer experience. Class size is limited to six people and pre-registration is required. Stop by the library or call 466-3352 to sign up. 6:30 p.m. – Energy Efficiency: Discussion includes deep energy reduction in the home and small business. Free. Skagit Valley Food Co-op Room 309. For info:

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) You might feel compelled to get involved on the “right side” of a seemingly unfair fight. But appearances can be deceptive. Get the facts before going forth into the fray. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Bullying others into agreeing with your position could cause resentment. Instead, persuade them to join you by making your case on a logical point-bypoint basis. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Resist pushing for a workplace decision you might feel is long overdue. Your impatience could backfire. Meanwhile, focus on that still-unsettled personal situation. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Your aspects favor doing something different. You might decide to redecorate your home, or take a trip somewhere you’ve never been, or even change your hairstyle. LEO (July 23 to August 22) You might want to take a break from your busy schedule to restore your energy levels. Use this lesshectic time to also reassess your plans and make needed changes. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) What you like to think of as determination might be seen by others as nothing more than stubbornness. Try to be more flexible if you hope to get things resolved. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Watch that you

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not paying taxes. Romney grew up with many advantages — his father was a multi-millionaire Governor who sent his son to elite schools, yet he talks as if he is a self-made man who is the embodiment of the American Dream. Actually, that would be Obama, who rose up from a very modest, single-mom household to attend Harvard Law School and become the first African-American President of the United States against great odds. The free market looks a lot better when you are born on third base with a ton of money to leverage. Small government is a lot more appealing when you are not as reliant on government programs and you’re trying to hang on to what you have. Obama’s accomplishment is even more extraordinary because there is a covertly racist fringe that will never accept a black man as president. This is why he is the first president who has continually been accused of being a non-American. Also, there are still many Americans who stubbornly insist that Obama is a Muslim, even as they excoriated him for belonging to a Christian Church with what they called a radical anti-white cleric. Of course, there are many Americans who don’t like the fact that Romney is a Mormon, so there are going to be a lot of haters sitting out this election. Usually, an incumbent running with the kind of economic numbers we are currently experiencing would be an underdog. It’s pretty shocking that Romney was the best the Republicans could come up with, especially with very impressive future candidates like Chris Christie and Jon Huntsman lurking about. Huntsman impressed me when, responding to a question about the Nordquist no tax pledge, said that the only pledge he would ever make is to never make a pledge — he was expecting that people would choose him for his discernment. The Republican field was so crowded with flawed and mediocre candidates — does the name Herman Cain ring a bell? — that Huntsman gained no traction, and he and Christie, perhaps wisely, decided to live to fight another day. Christie also is very aware that there hasn’t been a fat president since William Howard Taft, and he is probably going to have to slim down for a run in 2016. His pro-life stance and his heft will make it hard for him to win over the women’s vote. Many conservative analysts realize that this new paradigm of win-a-primary, lose-an-election must change or the Democrats will have a lock on the White House door. Right now, I’m having trouble imaging a scenario in which that will happen — will the Tea Party become a Third Party? That might help the Republicans come up with a more centrist candidate who would have a better chance of appealing to independent voters in a general election. Perhaps Romney will surprise everyone in the debates, but for now, it will take a monumental collapse by usually unflappable Obama in the final month of the election, and the Democrats’ biggest fear is that overconfidence will keep supporters away from the polls.

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FRIDAY NIGHT THREE-PEAT – La Conner wideout Jamall James races to the end zone with one of his three touchdown receptions Friday night against Tacoma Baptist. James and his Braves’ teammates posted a convincing 56-8 triumph over the two-time defending league champs. –  Photo by Lauren Reynolds

Physical Braves put big hurt on Tacoma Baptist By Bill Reynolds The La Conner High football team has returned to form just in time for Homecoming. The Braves rebounded from a tough shutout loss to grid power Friday Harbor by routing two-time defending league champion Tacoma Baptist 568 Friday night before a large and appreciative home crowd at Whittaker Field. With the lopsided win, La Conner improved to 4-1 going into this Friday’s big Homecoming clash with Seattle Lutheran. La Conner entered the week well positioned to make a league title run. “It was a statement win for us,” Braves’ head coach Johnny Lee said after his club had manhandled TB in such convincing fashion. “They were the league champs from the last two seasons. I couldn’t be more proud of our kids and this program.” The numbers certainly back him up. La Conner topped the 500yard mark in total offense, while limiting the usually potent Crusaders to under 50 yards on the ground. Braves’ quarterback Sean Hulbert led a balanced La Conner attack, accounting for more than 300 yards in all-purpose yardage. Hulbert completed nine of 18 passes for 204 yards and four touchdowns, and rushed nine times for another 104 yards. La Conner running back Dahlton Zavala added 175 yards on 14 attempts, including a pair of TD runs. The Braves overcame a slow start that saw them cling to a mere 7-0 lead, courtesy of a 61yard Hulbert scoring strike to wideout Jamall James, going into the second period. “I was really impressed with how we responded to some adversity early in the game,” noted Lee. “We came out and played a bit sloppy and were our own worst enemy for the first few possessions. “But,” he stressed, “we regrouped and responded. That shows me this team knows how to compete.” The Braves built a 21-8 edge at intermission when Zavala found paydirt from 11 yards out, and Jimmy Brooks, who ran effectively between the tackles, cashed in on a three-yard touchdown plunge. Few knew it at the time, but the game was already over. The Braves posted five straight touchdowns in the second half to seal the verdict. Lee credited La Conner assistant coach Brad Sokol with developing the defensive schemes that kept Tacoma Baptist off the scoreboard in the second half. “The play of our defense was outstanding,” said Lee. “Coach Sokol did a great job planning for the Crusaders. We physically took it to their all-league quarterback early on, and it seemed to soften him up starting in the second

quarter and throughout the rest of the game.” La Conner, meanwhile, showed an ability to score from anywhere on the field after the break. Zavala busted a TD run from midfield, while Hulbert hooked up on a touchdown pass to James from nearly the same spot. James finished with four grabs for 166 yards, three of which resulted in scores. His 25-yard TD reception gave La Conner a comfortable 35-8 lead in the third frame. Hudson Zavala, likewise, joined the Braves’ aerial circus. He caught a 17-yard scoring toss from Hulbert that put La Conner on top 42-8 entering the final stanza. Trey Johnson capped the Braves’ onslaught with a 15-yard touchdown dash. “Our offense really hit on all cylinders after our sluggish start,” Lee said. “The big thing is we were able to control the line of scrimmage, and our guys worked for extra yards. Then we made the big plays when they presented themselves.” He’s hopeful for similar opportunities as the rest of what is shaping up as a storybook season unfolds down the stretch. “It’ll be interesting,” said Lee, “to see how the guys respond to having a target on our backs.” Lee, for one, is leaving nothing to chance. He’s taking things a week at a time — starting with Seattle Lutheran. “Our players have worked hard to earn what they have,” he said, “but we still need to take it one game at a time as we move forward.” Moving forward begins Oct. 5 with a 7 p.m. kickoff against the Saints.

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TACOMA BAPTIST 0    8     0    0 –  8   LA CONNER  7  14   21  14 – 56 LA CONNER SCORING Jamall James 61-yard pass from Sean Hulbert. Dahlton Zavala 11-yard run. Jimmy Brooks three-yard run. Dahlton Zavala 50-yard run. Jamall James 25-yard pass from Sean Hulbert. Hudson Zavala 17-yard pass from Sean Hulbert. Jamall James 50-yard pass from Sean Hulbert. Trey Johnson 15-yard run. LA CONNER STAT LEADERS RUSHING: Dahlton Zavala  14/175-YDS, 2 TDs Sean Hulbert                  9/104-YDs Jimmy Brooks          9/53-YDs, 1 TD Seth Schuh                     2/34-YDs Trey Johnson                  1/15-YDs PASSING: Sean Hulbert   9-18-204-YDs, 4 TDs RECEIVING: Jamall James       4/166-YDs, 3 TDs Hudson Zavala          1/17-YDs, 1TD Jimmy Brooks               3/16-YDs Dahlton Zavala               1/5-YDs RUSHING                      381 PASSING                      204 TOTAL                           585

By Bill Reynolds Even as the injuries mounted, La Conner High girls’ soccer coach Amy Freeto kept a healthy outlook. Her prescription for success never wavered. It was a matter of finding a way to win, which the Lady Braves and their makeshift lineup managed to do twice in league action last week. La Conner defeated Orcas 62 and bested Concrete 7-1 to remain unbeaten in conference play. “We won those games soundly,” an elated Freeto said Monday. “Our team is working well together.” And it’s a team whose players have had to fill different roles due to a rash of injuries, the most recent being a broken leg suffered by center midfielder Taylor Edwards. “We’re still hoping for some recovering players to return to us,” said Freeto, whose charges traveled late Tuesday to Mount Vernon Christian. A win over Mount Vernon, in La Conner’s lone match this week, would keep the Lady Braves safely atop league standings. That lofty status was made possible by the twin wins over Orcas and Concrete. Kelsey Crawford scored two goals, while Ashlyn Reinstra, Isis Gamble, Amanda Hanstad, and Kirstyn Bell each found the net once in La Conner’s romp past the Lady Vikings. Reinstra and Bell had one assist apiece to help ignite the Lady Braves’ attack. La Conner followed a similar script in its lopsided victory

against Concrete. Crawford broke free for four goals — one better than a hat trick — while the La Conner defense blanketed Lady Lion forwards and strikers throughout the afternoon. Reinstra, Celene Zemp, and Kaitlyn Cultee also scored for the winners. Reinstra passed off for a teamhigh four assists. Tessa Bruland also assisted on a La Conner goal. It was Bruland’s work in the net that was most impressive last week, especially in a hard-fought 1-0 loss at 2A Sedro-Woolley. “That was a real respectable loss,” Freeto said of her club’s narrow setback to the Lady Cubs. “They had really quick forwards. We’ve seen speed like that, just not with such powerful shots on our goal. “Our defense did well,” stressed Freeto, “as did Tessa, in combating their offensive surge.” Crawford was enlisted in the second half to play defense, utilizing her speed and tenacity to offset Sedro-Woolley’s offensive depth. “Kelsey had crept back to help on defense out of her pure competitive nature,” said Freeto. “So at halftime we made an official switch to bring her back on the defensive end. She and Tessa kept us in the match.” With only the Tuesday match at Mount Vernon Christian slated, Freeto and the Lady Braves were looking to literally put their feet up after surviving last week’s heavy schedule. “It should definitely be an easier week for us,” Freeto said.

HEADS-UP PLAY – La Conner senior Dylan Sicklesteel, number 16, uses his head to advance the ball during last week’s home soccer action against Shoreline Christian. Despite Sicklesteel’s heads-up play, the Braves came up on the short end of a 2-1 score. – Photo by Lauren Reynolds

Brave booters come up short against long odds By Bill Reynolds It was a long week for the La Conner High boys’ soccer team, which came up on the short end of three hard-fought matches. The Braves fell 2-1 at home to Shoreline Christian, despite a goal from 25 yards out by Spencer Finley that sparked a near comeback in the waning moments. La Conner also suffered a 2-0 loss at Orcas, then fell 52 Friday to Grace Academy in another road match to close out the week. Orcas scored both its goals in the first 20 minutes of action, then blanked the Braves the rest of the way. “It’s hard to travel all the way to the islands and come back with a loss,” veteran La Conner coach Steve DeLeon said afterward. The Braves started strong at Grace Academy, taking a 10 lead when Joe Lee fed Sam Dixon for a goal. But Grace Academy stormed back to trip up the visitors by a three-goal margin. After playing three tough matches in four days — two away from home — the Braves were to enjoy more favorable scheduling this week.

La Conner was slated to host Orcas in a rematch Tuesday afternoon, followed by a Friday visit by Providence Classical Christian. The Friday pairing with Providence is set to get under way at 3:30 p.m.

OVER THE TOP – La Conner sophomore Katie Novak delivers a spike during league net action last week at Landy James Gym. Novak repeated the scene often Saturday in Longview, where she recorded 25 kills during tourney play at the Mark Morris Invitational tourney. The Lady Braves resumed their league schedule Tuesday night at Mount Vernon Christian. –  Photo by Lauren Reynolds

Lady Brave netters continue to go the extra mile By Bill Reynolds The La Conner High volleyball team has come a long way in six short weeks. And not just in terms of mileage logged on the road. La Conner, which traveled Saturday to Longview for the highly competitive Mark Morris Invitational tourney, is showing signs it could be going places when post-season rolls around. This after a week in which the Lady Braves swept league matches with Orcas and Concrete, then more than held their own at Mark Morris. “I’m so proud of our players and how much they’ve grown and learned over the past six weeks,” La Conner head coach Suzanne Marble said Monday. The Lady Braves defeated Yelm and River Ridge in Longview and dropped close matches to Centralia, Sequim, Mountain View, and Black Hills. “It was a solid, long day of play,” said Marble. “We played two weeks worth of matches in one day.” The matchup with Black Hills, in particular, was a grinder. It featured extended points and repeated back-and-forth volleys. Black Hills eventually won the best two-of-three format by a 2522, 25-18 margin. “It was a great day for us to play some very competitive, tough schools,” Marble said. “I was pleased with how much we learned and how we battled hard.” Kelley McClung paced the Lady Braves with 61 assists over the course of La Conner’s sixmatch tourney appearance. She also recorded 10 kills and 23 digs. Marble praised McClung’s ability to make an impact both at the net and on the back line. “Kelley was such a consistent force for us throughout the day,” stressed Marble. “She has grown so much this year and is continuing to improve and make our team better daily.” Carly Anderson anchored the La Conner defense at Longview, leading the Lady Braves with 71 digs. Her work at the service stripe was likewise superb, highlighted by eight aces. Taysha James continued her strong play on the front line with 19 kills and four blocks.

Aubrey Stewart once again was a factor across the board, finishing with 27 kills and nine blocks, while also enjoying a perfect day at the service line. Stewart was flawless on 36 service attempts, four of which resulted in aces. Katie Novak completed a double-double at Longview, accounting for 25 kills and 10 aces. Freshman Olivia Hedlund, meanwhile, stepped up to serve five aces and assist on 10 scores, often in pressure situations. La Conner prepped for the long trip to Longview by improving its overall season slate to 4-3 with twin league triumphs over Orcas and Concrete. The Lady Braves cruised past Orcas in straight-sets, winning twice by double digits. McClung triggered an offense that scored from multiple angles. She had four kills and led La Conner with 27 assists in the 2514, 25-16, 25-13 victory. “She did a nice job of running the offense and mixing it up,” Marble said of McClung afterward. James was dominant at the net against Orcas with 15 kills. “She had a huge match for us,” said Marble. “Taysha did a nice job of being consistent and strong for us from start to finish.” Novak (9) and Stewart (6) combined for 15 kills as the hosts controlled net play the entire match. Anderson sparked the Lady Braves defensively with 18 digs. It was much the same story when La Conner bested Concrete 25-8, 25-10, 25-9. “We played a solid match from start to finish,” said Marble. “We had the opportunity to try some new things and try some players in new positions. I was pleased with our performance.” Marble will be looking for similar performances this week as the Lady Braves resume their league schedule. La Conner traveled late Tuesday to Mount Vernon Christian. The Lady Braves host archrival Darrington tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 4, as part of Breast Cancer Awareness/Fan Appreciation Night. Fans are encouraged to wear pink for the Oct. 4 JV and varsity matches, which get underway at 5 p.m.

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the importance of fire escape planning and practice. In 2010, U.S. fire departments responded to 369,500 home structure fires. These fires caused 13,350 civilian injuries, 2,640 civilian deaths, and $6.9 billion in direct damage. One home structure fire was reported every 85 seconds in 2010. Fire is unpredictable and moves faster than most people realize. Having a tried and true escape plan with two ways out is essential to ensuring your family’s safety, should fire break out in your home. Skagit County Fire District #13 recommends the following tips for planning your family’s escape: • Make a map of your home. Mark a door and a window that LA CONNER TOWN can be used to get out of every room. COUNCIL AGENDA • Choose a meeting place Tues., Oct. 9 - 7 p.m. outside in front of your home. Upper Maple Center This is where everyone can meet 1. Opening Ceremonies once they’ve escaped. Draw a 2. Reports picture of your outside meeting 3. Unfinished Business place on your escape plan. 4. New Business • Write the emergency telea. 2013 Hotel Motel Funding phone number for the fire Cindy Verge, LTAC department on your escape plan b. Presentation - Overview of • Have a grown-up sound the Water System. Fred Bucksmoke alarm and practice your enmeyer - City of Anacortes escapeDDS plan with everyone living Kenneth Killpack c. Ordinance - 2012 Budget in yourDDS home. Russell Borneman Amendment Don’t get your • Keep your escape plan on the Unless your dentist practices d.mercury Contract - Fire Mountain & “silver” the safe mercury removal refrigerator and remind grownLa fillings Conner. Installation of protocols recommended the your family practice ups tobyhave Solar Panels Academy of Oralthe Medicine removed! planand twice a year or whenever 5. Community Comments Toxicology. anyone in 6. Miscellaneous find a safe mercury free your home celebrates a at Mayor/Council Roundtable dentistbirthday. www.IAOMT.orgPlease today! remember to “Have 7. Executive Session Ways Out!” of each and There may anA,executive 1218 29th St., be Suite Anacortes • (360)Two 293-8451 every room. session immediately preceding The writer is the Fire Chief of or following the meeting as Skagit County Fire District 13 allowed by RCW 42.30.110 and as announced by the presiding officer.


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Students . . . can start getting past that,” Bruce said. In 1866 Catholic nuns in Tulalip started a school which would become the first contract boarding school with the federal government in the United States. In 1879, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School was established in Pennsylvania and was the first of many off-reservation boarding schools. Children were taken from their families and tribes and forced to abandon their native cultures and languages. By the late 1920s, the government changed its official culture-destroying policy, but Native American children were still routinely sent away to boarding schools well into the 1970s. Recently La Conner teaching staff attended a training session at Swinomish that featured a documentary film with accounts of people who had been students in boarding schools. Beatings for speaking in their native language, having their hair cut off, being separated from their families, sexual abuse and sometimes even death are described in the first-hand accounts of former boarding school students. The reverberations of self-hate the experience engendered had a profound effect on those students and the generations that followed them. Washington’s grandfather, Chester Cayou, Sr., was taken to a boarding school in Canada. She discovered her grandfather’s story in 2008, when retrieving his birth certificate in Canada. There was a settlement from the Canadian government for students of that school. Washington learned horrific stories of boarding school life, including an incident in which a boy was hung in the school gym as an example to deter bad behavior. “I was in tears, I had never even fathomed…,” said Washington. Chester Cayou “was this gentle, gentle man, who never raised his voice. That was just his character and his spirit. His motto was what we used for the Canoe Journey; ‘Loving, caring and sharing together.’” According to Washington, her grandfather was rescued from the school by his older brother in a canoe and brought to Swinomish, where he was adopted by the tribe. During the time of the boarding schools, “You had this clash of worlds,” explains Theresa Trebon, archivist for the Swinomish tribe. “Instead of learning to subsist and create baskets, all of a sudden, they had this non-native-based education. Kids were heavily punished if they spoke their native language of Lushootseed. They lost their Indian names and were baptized with the names of saints. Everything changes.” Swinomish Chariman, Brian Cladoosby explained at a speaking event last month the effect the boarding schools had on his own family.


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“My grandparents were boarding school kids,” he said. “Boarding school experience was unspeakable; the physical abuse, the mental abuse, the sexual abuse, even kids dying at these schools. If you had to experience that type of education, it wouldn’t be a top priority for you to push that on your kids.” Cladoosby says the dropout rate for his parents’ generation was probably more than 90 percent. Today the high school dropout rate for Native Americans hovers around 20 percent in La Conner. It’s been a slow climb back up for the traditional ways of the tribe, says former tribal senator, Ray Williams. Williams grew up with an impoverished sense of his own culture, which he didn’t discover until studying Indian law at the University of New Mexico. He was invited to a Navajo ceremony and was moved by the connection these tribal members had to their spiritual culture, based on a deep connection to the land. “I met up with the Navajos and the Hopi people who lived in the old way, and I said, oh my God, this was what was haunting me all these years.” The Swinomish longhouse culture came back with the building of the tribe’s longhouse in the 1990s. Williams says the longhouse brought a major increase in the activity around spiritual and cultural teachings. “The educational institution for us was the longhouse,” Williams said. “That was our university, our way of teaching.” The next essential step is bringing back the language, says Williams. “What we realized was that the Lushootseed language was essential to our future,” he said. Washington says they are working on a plan to bring teachers to teach tribal members who will then teach the native language to the kids. There are only two people still living who are fluent Lushootseed speakers. “All along this coast the language has been in jeopardy of being lost,” Washington said. “It’s going to be a lot of work, but it will be worth it in the end, and the kids want to learn how to speak and identify themselves in their own language. If we can incorporate it in the schools in a couple of years, that would be ultimate.” Tim Bruce says he hopes to eventually see the language taught at the schools. For now, the impact on the cultural identity of this generation’s students has been gratifying in terms of levels


IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY MARK THOMSON & JENNY THOMSON, h/w Plaintiffs vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS & DEVISEES OF ELSIE McCLOSKEY GACHES, Deceased; AND ALL PERSONS UNKNOWN CLAIMING ANY INTEREST IN THE SUBJECT REAL PROPERTY Defendants No. 12-2-01716-9 SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TO: THE HEIRS & DEVISEES OF ELSIE McCLOSKEY GACHES; AND ALL PERSONS UNKNOWN CLAIMING ANY INTEREST IN THE SUBJECT REAL PROPERTY: You are hereby summoned to appear within sixty days after the date of the first publication of this summons, to wit, within sixty days after the 12th day of September, 2012, and defend the above entitled action in the above entitled court, and answer the complaint of the plaintiff, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for plaintiff at his office below stated; and in case of your failure so to do, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demand of the complaint, which has been filed with the clerk of said court. The object of this action is to quiet title to certain real property, located in Skagit County, Washington, and described as follows: The West 35 feet of the Southwest 1/4 of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 27, Township 34 North, Range 3 East, W.M. EXCEPT the as-built and/or established right-of-way for Bradshaw Road along the West line thereof; AND EXCEPT the as-built and/or established right-of-way for Calhoun Road along the South line thereof. DATED: September 4th, 2012. CRAIG SJOSTROM #21149 Attorney for Plaintiff 1204 Cleveland Ave. Mount Vernon, WA 98273 (360) 848-0339 Published in La Conner Weekly News, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3, 10 and 17, 2012.

of participation, both with sports and academics. “We’ve had a lot more students willing to share a piece of their culture,” says Bruce, who sees the sense of identity built from Canoe Journey as a stepping stone to move forward. “I think with this renewed pride that’s come out of the Canoe Journey and everything the tribe and the school is working on,” he said, “I think this will probably be one of our largest graduating classes with one of the largest percentages of Native American students.” Next week: Washington State history curriculum – teaching the sovereignty curriculum.


SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR THE COUNTY OF SKAGIT In the Matter of the Estate of ARNIE GARBORG, Deceased. Case No. 12-4-00324-6 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.020, 11.40.030 The Personal Representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim, and filing the original of the claim with the Clerk of the Court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(3); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice or within four months after the date of filing a copy of this notice with the Clerk of the Court, whichever is later. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and RCW 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the probate assets and nonprobate assets of the decedent. DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS WITH CLERK OF THE COURT: October 1, 2012 DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: October 3, 2012 Janice L. Johnson Personal Representative Attorney for Personal Representative: FELICIA VALUE WSBA No. 27635 PO Box 578 La Conner, WA 98257 (360) 466-2088 Published in La Conner Weekly News, October 3, 10 and 17, 2012.


IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR KING COUNTY STATE OF WASHINGTON Estate of APRIL ARCHER, Deceased. NO. 12-4-05045-4 SEA NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time such claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in he manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in section RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication: October 3, 2012. Personal Representative: Dale Archer Attorneys for Personal Representative: Roger Hawkes, WSBA #5173 of HAWKES LAW FIRM, P.S. Address for Mailing/Service: 19929 Ballinger Way, N.E., Suite 200 Shoreline, WA 98155 Tel: 206-367-5000/ Fax: 206-367-4005 King County Superior Court 12-4-05045-4 SEA Published in La Conner Weekly News, October 3, 10 and 17, 2012.


SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of JAMES M. SPRINGER, Deceased. No. 12 4 00312 2 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below, a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditors as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication September 26, 2012. SHARON K. SPRINGER Personal Representative SKAGIT LAW GROUP, PLLC By: BRIAN E. CLARK, WSBA #9019 Attorneys for Personal Representative P.O. Box 336/ 227 Freeway Drive, Suite B Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Published in La Conner Weekly News, September 26, October 3 and 10, 2012.


SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of PHILLIP L. REED, Deceased. No. 11-4-00409-1 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below, a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication: September 26, 2012. SUSAN G. REED Personal Representative SKAGIT LAW GROUP, PLLC By: KATE SZUREK, WSBA #26723 Attorneys for Personal Representative P.O. Box 336/227 Freeway Drive, Suite B Mount Vernon, WA 98273 Published in La Conner Weekly News, September 26, October 3 and 10, 2012.


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The annual maintenance haulout of the Guemes Island car ferry is slated to begin Sunday, Oct. 7, and the main ferry will be in dry-dock until Wednesday, Oct. 24. The last car ferry run will be Oct. 7 at 5:45. Passengeronly service will be provided for the remaining three runs of the night. A passenger-only service will be available during the haul-out. Non-peak fares will be charged for passengers. The passengeronly vessel can accommodate 49 foot passengers and can transport both bicycles and small motorbikes. For people who want to park their vehicles in Anacortes while the ferry is in dry-dock, a shuttle provided by Skagit Transit will transport people to and from the ferry dock. More information can be found at www.skagitcounty. net/ferry and at www.linetime. org.

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International awards

The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival received three awards at the 57th annual convention of the International Festival and Events Association held in Denver, Colorado on Sept. 21. The 2012 Tulip Festival poster won gold in the “best commemorative poster based on overall budget� in its peer group. A festival 8�x10� tile featuring poster artwork also won gold in the “best new merchandise.�

A melon-colored t-shirt also clinched a silver. The 30th annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival will be held April 1-30, 2013.

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License fees increase

The state Department of Licensing increased some driver and licensing fees this week. Driver licenses are now $45, an increase from $25, and ID cards increased to $45 from $20, while driver instruction permits are now $25. The 2012 State Legislature passed the fee increases to help continue funding for the operation and maintenance of roads, streets, bridges, ferries, and other services of the state’s transportation system. For other increased license fees, contact the local Department of Licensing office.

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Aqiimuk’s The Plant Lady Kitchen By Patricia Aqiimuk Paul, Esq. We anxiously await the arrival of our local fresh corn, and we are very partial to the yellow corn. I used to relegate the duties of husking the corn to my children, Joseph and Katherine, when they were young. It’s always great to get your children involved in the kitchen, and in our household, it’s been mostly cooking or baking. Plus, it’s fun to collect corn holders; our long-time favorites are in the shapes of cows and pigs.

Corn on the Cob

Ingredients Corn on the cob, two per person Water Butter or margarine Salt Preparation Remove husks and silk, snap off any stem. Place in large pot, add fresh water until the corn floats, with 2 to 3 inches of water below the ears. Turn on high and bring to a boil, push them down once or twice, so they roll over. When the water boils, the corn is done. Keep it in the hot water until ready to serve. Serve with butter or margarine and salt.

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his property. 9:55 a.m.: Smoking – Deputies received a call from a citizen requesting information concerning smoking regulations at the skateboard park in La Conner. 9:59 a.m.: Runaway – A grandmother reported her 16year-old granddaughter as a runaway in La Conner. The missing girl was found a few hours later at another relative’s residence. 10:52 a.m.: Public Pot – Five intoxicated men hanging out in the 700 block of Morris Street in La Conner, were reported for smoking marijuana. 1:42 p.m.: Neighborhood watch – Deputies were asked to drive along Whatcom Street in La Conner, after a homeowner reported a group of intoxicated men hanging around the front of her home. She was concerned they would see her leave and her property could be in jeopardy. 4:02 p.m.: Parking issues – Someone reported that several juveniles were parking their cars on the grass at the skateboard park in La Conner. 5:57 p.m.: Bullying- A tenant on Rainier Street in La Conner reported that he was being threatened and harassed by his landlord.

Tuesday Sept 25

9:10 a.m.: Bone-afide – A piece of a bone, found at Pioneer Park, was turned in to the Sheriff’s office. A pathologist from King County examined the bone fragment and determined it was a partial animal vertebra and not human. 1:54 p.m.: Parking dispute – Deputies responded to a disturbance call in the 900 block of Maple Avenue in La Conner. Tenants were arguing over a parking space. 3:03 p.m.: Lame bird – Deputies contacted a volunteer rescue organization about an injured seagull that was seen hopping around the dock in the 700 block of First Street in La Conner. The bird apparently flew the coop before the rescue organization arrived. 4:00 p.m.: Found treasure – A silver-colored ring with turquoise stones was found at 1st and Morris streets in La Conner. 8:11 p.m.: Astray skateboarder – A skateboarder was reported to have been skating around La Conner school grounds, instead of in the skateboard park.

Thursday Sept 27

4:39 p.m.: Takes a pounding – Deputies responded to the Morris Street Gas Station in La Conner after receiving a call about a man sitting in his vehicle “pounding� beer. The man had walked away before the deputies arrived. The abandoned vehicle was towed because it was sitting on private property.

Saturday Sept 29

6:10 p.m.: Can toss: Someone reported that three juveniles were tossing beer cans out the window while driving through La Conner.

Sunday Sept 30

Friday Sept 28

7:17 p.m.: Speeders: There was a report of two vehicles going over 80 miles per hour on Fir Island Road near the Rexville. 8:38 p.m.: Assault: A 42year-old woman was arrested for assault after striking a 44-yearold co-resident and a juvenile at their home in La Conner. The assailant was booked into Skagit County Jail.

12:41 a.m.: Whereabouts – A Mount Vernon police officer asked deputies to help locate someone who lives in La Conner. 5:03 a.m.: Suspicious vehicle – A suspicious vehicle was reported to deputies when a home owner on Moore Road in Conway noticed it was parked on


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By Sue Phillips There is a nip in the air these days and a definite chill at night. Plants are gathering their resources and getting ready for the fall season. Leaves are changing color, and the harvest is at hand. Last month’s autumnal equinox marked the time that day and night hours were equal in length. From now on, the days will be getting shorter. It’s time to get the jackets and sweaters out and say goodbye to summer. Quaking Aspen, Populus tremuloides, says goodbye every time the wind blows. The leaves wave in the breezes as if they are bidding a fond farewell to the summer season and saying a sweet welcome to the arrival of fall. Quaking Aspen, Populus tremuloides, is a deciduous tree in the Salicaceae Family, the Willow Family. It is native to the cooler areas of North America and holds the distinction of being the most widely distributed tree of North America. They can be found growing from Alaska to Newfoundland to Mexico. They are widely cultivated and in the landscape are very attractive because the white bark and autumn color are an aesthetically pleasing contrast to dark conifers. This tree is one of several species referred to by the common name Aspen. It is commonly called Quaking Aspen, Trembling Aspen, American Aspen, Mountain or Golden Aspen, Trembling Poplar and White Poplar. Quaking Aspen is a fastgrowing, relatively short-lived deciduous tree attaining heights of 40’ to 50’ with a 20’ to 30’ spread. It is pyramidal and narrow when young with long trunks and matures with a fuller, more rounded crown. The bark is very distinctive. It is smooth and waxy in appearance. The color is greenish grey to white, with black scars where branches previously grew. As the trees mature, the bark becomes furrowed at the base and turns grey to blackish. The bark does not peel and lacks the horizontal lines, called lenticels, typically found on birch species. This lack of lenticels makes it easy to tell the difference between aspen trees and birch trees. The leaves of Quaking Aspen are simple, alternate, and heartshaped to nearly circular, with abruptly pointed tips and irregularly round-toothed edges. They are 1 to 3 inches long, deep green and shiny above and paler green below, turning bright yellow to occasionally orange in autumn. The brilliant autumn yellow is famous throughout the land. The wonderful round leaves fluttering in the slightest breeze do so because of the flexible flattened leaf stems called

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petioles. That’s why it’s called Quaking Aspen. Early French Canadian trappers had a different story for the fluttering leave, however. They believed that this tree supplied the wood for the “True Cross,â€? and since that time it never ceased trembling. The flowers of Quaking Aspen are 1- to 3-inch hanging male and female catkins on separate trees. This is referred to as dioecious. The fruit is a two-valved, light green to brown capsule. The seeds are light, pear-shaped units with tufted long, silky seed hairs for efficient wind dispersal. Indifferent to soil conditions and over its range, Quaking Aspen can be found in moist, loamy sands, and shallow, rocky soils, as well as areas with concentrations of heavy clay. It is widespread at low to subalpine elevations and is most common in the northern part of our region. Quaking Aspen occurs on a wide variety of sites, ranging from forest to grasslands. It loves sunshine but is equally tolerant of shade. It is, however, unable to tolerate saturated soils for prolonged periods of time. Native Americans used rotten aspen wood as diaper material and as a lining for baby cradles. Sometimes they also made dugout canoes from the wood or used it to make tent poles and drying racks. There are records of early settlers extracting a quinine-like drug from the intensely bittertasting inner bark and using this potion to treat their various maladies. Quaking Aspen is also important to wildlife. Beavers feed on the bark and shoots and cut down trees to construct dams and lodges. Many bird species nest in cavities of old or dead aspen. Wood products made from aspen include pulp, flake board, lumber, studs, veneer, plywood, matches, chopsticks, and various novelty items. Aspen makes particularly good sauna benches and playground structures because the wood does not splinter. Named in 1803, the Latin tremula refers to European Aspen and the Greek oides means resemblance. Thus Populus tremuloides means similar to Populus tremula, the European Aspen. The common name, Quaking Aspen, of course, comes from the fact that the leaves tremble when the wind blows. I join Populus tremuloides, Quaking Aspen, and tremble as the fall season approaches. I raise my hand and say good-bye to summer and hello to autumn‌

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