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Envisioning Skagit in the year 2060 by Nick Damski Mayor Ramon Hayes is nearing the end of his tenure as Chairman of an important long term planning committee that has also brought short term gains to La Conner as well as other local jurisdictions. The Skagit Council of Government (SCOG), chaired by La Conner’s Mayor Hayes, held its monthly board meeting November 21st at the Port of Skagit to discuss recommendations for Envision Skagit 2060, a long-term planning process that examines a broad swath of opportunities and challenges facing residents of the County over the next 50 years. At next month’s meeting, the 17-member board comprised of 15 jurisdictions as well as County Commissioners will vote on proposals from the Citizen’s Committee discussed last week. The proposals seek to identify large parcels of industrial land countywide that could be used to draw large corporations to Skagit. According to the Mayor, “these companies need support from businesses locally” which should in turn encourage the use of smaller industrial parcels in local jurisdictions. This, many on the Board believe, will serve to raise regional tax revenues as well as spur employment for county residents and bolster small businesses. The Board will also vote on whether to establish SCOG as the official governing body for Envision Skagit and whether to keep the citizen’s committee under the umbrella of the Council. The December meeting will be the Mayor’s last as Chairman. He has served in that capacity since his nomination in January of 2010. At the time, the Council was facing the loss of ITS Executive Director and was plagued by financial problems. While a typical chairmanship lasts only a year, Mayor Hayes has stayed on, he says, to usher the organization through the selection of a new Director and a

clean- up of the financial mess, a process that took two and a half years. Kevin Murphy, a transportation planner from Lake Forest Park in Seattle, is now in place as the Executive Director, having been chosen from a pool of nearly 40 applicants. The financial issues have come under control as of the latest audit, the first clean audit in over a decade. Mayor Hayes will now pass the torch, with a new Chairman to be voted on in the January meeting. While La Conner is one of the smaller jurisdictions on a Council that represents larger population centers like Burlington, Anacortes, and Mt. Vernon, the town has benefited from SCOG’s lobbying in Olympia on critical local issues including the dredging of the channel, the building of the boardwalk and the road work on Maple Avenue. Hayes points out that “the competition [for funds] can be VIEW FROM A BRIDGE – A beautiful rainbow as seen recently from the Rainbow Bridge while Mt. Baker was hiding in the clouds. – Photo by Kirsten Morse fierce and [the jurisdictions] all take turns winning and losing,” with the designation of such funds coming via Council approval after a technical advisory committee reviews and grades the project. The work of SCOG has not been without controversy. Some members of the Council have advocated for its dismantling, opposing many proposals along the way. Concerns that secret meetings were taking place in violation of the Open Public Meetings Act led to the issuance of a Management Letter by state auditors cautioning SCOG over one such alleged meeting. Some critics feel the Council and its work on the Envision Skagit project will advance Agenda 21, a United Nations action plan that addresses sustainable development, and, detractors say, threatens property rights. The December board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19th at 2:00PM at the Port of Skagit County and is open to the public. SANTA GETTING READY FOR HIS BIG JOURNEY – Santa stops to visit with La Conner siblings Maeve (age 4), Nora (age 3) and Ian

A family Christmas show for charity By Mary Evitt It’s a showcase of local talents Sunday, Dec. 9, for the Christmas in La Conner variety show. This community benefit begins 2 p.m. in Maple Hall. Admission is by donation, which will help La Conner Sunrise Food Bank feed hungry people in 2013. La Conner Institute of Performing Arts (LIOPA) sponsors this annual event. “Our second La Conner Christmas Concert will focus on the joy of the season,” said Richard Tomkinson, LIOPA chairman. “We in LIOPA are privileged to produce this event for all the La Conner families — of whatever age.” All of the members of La Conner’s First Family will perform: Ramon Hayes will play a piano medley of Christmas music to welcome visitors. The Shelter Bay Chorus will sing holiday favorites, including one with Victoria Hayes. Then Victoria’s mother, Heidi Hayes, accompanies her on the piano when she sings solo. Lynne Reinhardt directs the chorus, but the audience will have an opportunity to hear her voice soar when she takes center stage for a solo. Arthur Solomon’s rich voice will lead the audience back in time to “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” the classic tale by Dylan Thomas. Lynette McCormack will sing solos, and Jan O’Leary will play piano solos. The La Conner High School choir is going to serenade the crowd with four seasonal hits. Then the audience will be invited to join in a rousing round

of Christmas favorites. Scott McDade will direct the singing, while Brian Fraser directs the La Conner Middle School band as it plays the accompaniment. While everyone attending the show will surely have a good time, the intent is fundraising. The food bank serves about 200 locals each week. In addition to people visiting the food bank on Monday afternoons, food is delivered to the home-bound and separately to impoverished families with children to feed. “As we continue to grow and expand our services, we have certainly appreciated the outpouring of support from local businesses and community members,” said Arin Magill, food bank director.

McCormick (age 8) at Christianson’s Nursery during a reindeer break before the long trip to the North Pole to load up with toys for Christmas. – Photo by Don Coyote

Holiday Happenings Kevin Paul’s Call of the Wild—Swinomish Carver Kevin Paul will be displaying his newest work at Mark’s on Pine Gallery at 619 S. 2nd Street, Mount Vernon Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. One night only! Final Friday Art Walk—Galleries will be open late this Friday, Nov. 30. Washington Sips—Singer Michael Gonzalez will be performing his eclectic mix of jazz, Latin, roots, and blues Friday night at 9 p.m. Duffy and Friends will be performing a combination of jazz, rock and folk on Saturday night at Washington Sips at 7:30 p.m. Alive, Dead – 28 artists’ interpretations of Alive and Dead at Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle featuring La Conner artists Eve McCauley, Dave Cassera and Michael Wirth. Runs through Dec. 14. Santa Stuff—Ninth Annual “A Vintage Holiday” Santa Breakfast, Saturday, Dec. 1, 8:30 to 11 a.m. at Maple Hall. Bring your children and grandchildren for breakfast and a photo with Santa plus a free gift ($6 for adults, $3 for kids). Light up the town Christmas Tree. Caroling, cocoa, cookies and Santa at 5 p.m. at Gilkey Square. Santa will arrive in an antique fire truck, and together the town will light up the community Christmas tree! Photos with Santa and the Grinch available for purchase. Saturday, December 1, 5 p.m.

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To encourage La Conner residents to support local businesses, our first Cash Mob event will take place this Friday evening, Nov. 30. The crowd will assemble at Washington Sips at 5 p.m. and head over to The Next Chapter bookstore at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is asked to buy something at the bookstore. The group will then head to the La Conner Station House at 7 p.m. to plan for the next Cash Mob event. For more information on the national Cash Mob phenomenon, go to www.

A COLORFUL MESS – A clean-up began this week at the Moore-Clark property at the end of Caledonia Street. The rubbish pile is expected to be carted away over the next two weeks. — Photo by Maximus



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and Laurie (Salvador PatiĂąo); grandchildren Elena Shephard (Kyle,) Miranda Zamora (RaĂşl), Bianca, Chris, Nik and Emily; and great-grandchildren Miranda, Paula, Nathaniel, Patricio, Ewan and Lucia; many other family and friends, all of whom love and miss her dearly. Memorials can be sent to Project Amelia at the Museum of Flight in Seattle: www.museumofflight. org/electra.


By Mickey Bambrick We love showing our Norwegian guests around our part of America, but we’ve learned to never take them on a ferry. A ferry ride is like asking them to participate in a traffic jam, as they consider them a major annoyance. When Norwegians

• LETTERS • JEANETTE R. WITZKOWSKI 1921 - 2012 Jeanette R. Witzkowski, nee Rogowski, 91, born in Chicago on April 23, 1921, passed peacefully into the arms of angels on November 14, 2012, surrounded by loved ones. Jeanette’s passion was aviation, and she became a pilot as well as one of the nation’s first female air traffic controllers. She was also an avid crafter.  After her children were grown, she worked at Proviso East High School in Maywood, IL for many years.  After retirement she volunteered for Naper Settlement and Edward Hospital in IL and the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in Washington. She enjoyed traveling to Europe, Mexico, Scandinavia, Australia and the Caribbean. She was preceded in death by husband Anthony and survived by brother Chester Rogowski; daughters Valerie Gleeson (Jim), Joanne (formerly Kalec),

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injured in an automobile accident in January of this year. Also there to accept a check was Kira Haller from Seattle Children’s Hospital. The check to Children’s was designated to help with cancer research and given in memory of Emma Hedbom, a La Conner student, who died of colon cancer. Joy Neal, For La Conner Kiwanis

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By Terry Nelson Since people seem to understand sports analogies, and because I am a fan, I’d like to put the discussion on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision into that context. Imagine a Super Bowl in which one of the opponents has made a deal with the referees to make calls solely in their favor. Like the last call in a recent Seahawks game, this should result in universal apoplexy because it is NOT FAIR! I submit to you that the Supreme Court has created this situation in our politics with the Citizens United decision by reaffirming the concept of corporate personhood. That concept bestows rights of persons to one form of business ownership, a business owned by persons who already have rights. By redefining the word “corporation,� the Supreme Court has given those owners their rights twice. This is like giving one team eight downs to make 10 yards, while the other has four. This is NOT FAIR! This injustice is at the heart of the rationale of corporate personhood. The concept of equal treatment under the law is fundamental to our democracy, yet the Supreme Court has bestowed rights intended for people upon an abstraction. And in doing so, the court has enabled the people who own that abstraction to have rights superior to those of regular people. Proof of this notion is evident in the fact that a proposed ordinance that would not recognize corporate personhood in our local elections is not being allowed on the La Conner Town Council agenda for discussion in a public forum. The rationale for that decision is that it is against federal law to deny corporations those rights. Therefore, it is the case that a nebulous legal entity — some corporation — has rights superior to those of actual citizens of La Conner. Why should a form of ownership trump the rights of actual people? This is not equal treatment under the law. Wall Street is on the verge of imposing some serious negative impacts on our way of life in Skagit County, yet in the end, we will not be allowed a voice in the final decision because of the legal precedents created by the phony rationale of corporate personhood. Let me offer one more sports related analogy: imagine two speakers at midfield at a Super Bowl, trying to make a point. One has a microphone, the other does not. It’s obvious that both are free to speak, yet only one will be heard. This is the end result of Citizens United in our politics, and the only option we have to end this unfairness is to stand up for the principles the council affirmed recently when it passed a resolution objecting to corporate personhood. Now it must reinforce that earlier action by passing an actual ordinance, which has the effect of law. I seriously doubt that the veterans we recognized this month made their sacrifices so that corporations, not people, can control our destiny. Please help our effort to reverse this injustice by signing our petition and supporting our cause. Contact me at nelson. for further information.

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Helping kids The La Conner Kiwanis were busy giving out money at their November 21 meeting. The proceeds from a recent spaghetti feed were divided between two causes. Kory Duran and his mother, Sheryl, accepted a check to help cover Kory’s medical bills. Kory, a recent graduate of La Conner High School, was severely

talk about road trips, they don’t mention how many hours it will be, they just disdainfully talk about how many ferries it involves. Strangely, they also hate ferry dock workers. These employees have developed a god-like self-image, as they know they control the placement of the cars. Norwegians are disgusted by any sense of superiority, as it goes against the very fiber of their socialist thinking. A song written a few years ago mocked the arrogance of the ferry workers. It was a huge hit, and Norwegians howled every time they heard it. I find all this so ironic, since the ferry system itself, with very few employees, is far superior to any I’ve been on in America. Most run every 20 minutes, so there is no such thing as a “threeferry wait.� They also provide free public toilets, a rare thing in Norway. The ferries are timed so if a driver goes the speed limit, they will make every ferry along their route, which eliminates the need for speeding. Smart. I was impressed by the Norwegian ferry system early on, when one year we were at a party across the fjord. We stayed a bit too long, and the late ferry only ran once an hour. My husband’s cousin, who was driving, realized we wouldn’t make the 11 o’clock ferry, and he didn’t want to sit at the dock for an hour with small children in the car. His wife called the ferry, explained our predicament, and then asked if they would hold it. They run an extremely tight ship, so I was surprised when the captain said they would do it for 2 minutes, and 2 minutes only. Those 2 minutes were all we needed. That would so never happen in America. Most ferries have small cafes, and when that shuts down, they leave out food and coffee with an honor box to pay for what’s been taken. It’s shocking that this actually works, but for the most part, Norwegians are very honest and honorable people. They’d have to be, or the ferry system itself would shut down. There are no tollbooths to drive through. The ferry workers just wander around aimlessly among the cars and passengers, collecting the fares willy-nilly. For a system that otherwise runs so efficiently, I don’t understand how they missed that one. I’m sure if a person wanted to avoid being found, they could easily get free passage. And if they did, it might just help deflate the ego of those ferry workers.

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LIBRARY NOTES Joy Neal, Director I hope you all made it through that awful rainstorm we had last week. The library had some water back up and flood down into our bathroom, but luckily there was no damage to the books. Water in libraries can be very, very bad. Of course, getting the tennis ball out of our downspout has made a world of difference! We have some new books that just came in. You might enjoy one of these. Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan: Cambridge student Serena Frome’s beauty and intelligence make her the ideal recruit for MI5. The year is 1972. The Cold War is far from over. England’s legendary intelligence agency is determined to manipulate the cultural conversation by funding writers whose politics align with those of the government. The operation is code named “Sweet Tooth.” Serena, a compulsive reader of novels, is the perfect candidate to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer named Tom Haley. At first, she loves his stories. Then she begins to love the man. How long can —3— she conceal her undercover life? To answer that question, Serena must abandon the first rule of espionage: trust no one. The Lawgiver by Herman Wouk: For more than 50 years, author Herman Wouk has dreamed of writing a novel about the life of Moses. Finally, at age 97, he has found an ingeniously witty way to tell the tale in The Lawgiver, a romantic and suspenseful epistolary novel about a group of people trying to make a movie about Moses in the present day. The Marseille Caper by Peter Mayle: The immensely wealthy Francis Reboul — the victim of Sam’s last heist but someone

who knows talent when he sees it — asks our hero to take a job in Marseille; it’s impossible for Sam and Elena to resist the possibility of further excitement say nothing of the pleasures of the region. Soon the two are enjoying the coastal sunshine and the delectable food and wine for which Marseille is known. Yet as competition over Marseille’s valuable waterfront grows more hotly disputed, Sam, representing Reboul, finds himself in the middle of an intrigue-ridden and dangerous real-estate grab, with thuggish gangsters on one side and shark-like developers on the other.

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Israel signed a peace treaty last week with Hamas, which is labeled a terrorist organization by most of the major democracies of the world. It ends a brief but deadly conflict that saw over 160 Palestinians and six Israels killed in one week. The treaty is win-lose for Israel. They pummeled Gaza with their superior firepower and were able to assassinate the top Hamas military commander with a rocket strike on his vehicle. For now, Hamas has agreed to stop shooting its Iranian-supplied rockets across the border towards Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Hamas won for losing. By engaging with Israel, even though The Kiwanis Club of La Conner getting thoroughly trounced, has announced its Students of the Hamas has made its bones and is now considered a major player Month for November. in the region. Fatah, the more moderate Palestinian party, has become mostly irrelevant to a population that glorifies death as martyrdom. Hamas has vowed to stop the rocket attacks, and Israel, with a strong nudge from Barack Obama via Hillary Clinton, agreed to stop targeting Hamas military leaders. Hamas, at least for now, did not get what it really wanted, which was the relaxation of Gaza’s borders, but I suspect the Hamas leaders were anxious to know they could eat their lunch at home without worrying about a GENERAL CAYOU rocket blowing them to kingdom High School Student of the come. It’s one thing to send your Month for November is General boys to blow themselves up for Cayou, the son of Fred and Lori the cause, another thing entirely Ann Cayou of La Conner. to make the ultimate sacrifice He is a senior at La Conner yourself. High School, where he has been To say the peace is tenuous is active in football, basketball, and a tremendous understatement. golf and is also in Leadership While many people in the Class. General is active in the West heralded the rise of community, helping the La democracy during the Arab Conner Kiwanis with their Spring, what came with it was annual Food & Toy Drive the empowerment of religious and participating at various fundamentalists and even greater Swinomish activities such as the intransigence towards Israel’s —3— right to exist. war canoe race. After graduation, Egypt, spurred on by a huge General would like to pursue a influx of cash from the United career in marine mechanics. States, signed a peace treaty with Israel that hampered Hamas under President Mubarek, but Egypt is now run by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, who is going to have a very difficult tight rope walk to satisfy his brethren while also hanging on to necessary U.S. aid. To his credit, President Morsi was a key player in getting this truce enacted, and his counterpart in Tel Aviv, Benjamin Netanyahu, facing an upcoming parliamentary election, scored points with an increasingly nervous Israeli populace before giving up very little in the negotiation. BRIANNA PORTER Just days later, President Morsi Middle School Student of declared himself absolute ruler of the Month for November is Brianna Porter, the daughter of Decisions poll Brian Media/Latino and Laura Porter of La of She Latinos on the Conner. is anconducted eighth-grader of the election that at La eve Conner Middle found School, 61 percent of Latinos supwhere she has been active in Obamacare schoolported soccer, leaving choir, Earth Club, in place. percent Friendship Club, Sixty-six and the science believed government should fair. ensure access to health insurShe also has participated ance, perhaps because In32 in several school plays. • On Dec. 13, 1621, under percent of nonelderly community, Brianna Latinos has the care of Robert Cushman, The Amnesty the lack health about the first American furs to be participated in insurance, the annual twice the national average. Fantasy exported from the continent Swinomish Canoe Journey. These are facts that never The networks had barely intrude upon Wall Street leave for England aboard the called the election for Presi- Journal editorials scolding Fortune. During the crossing, dent Barack Obama before Republicans for suppos- the Fortune was captured GOP elites rushed to embrace edly turning their backs on by the French, and its valuan amnesty for illegal immi- budding new recruits. In the able cargo of furs was taken. Cushman was detained on grants. Journal’s telling, if it weren’t Getting killed by almost for Republican intransigence the Ile d’Dieu before being 3-1 among Latino voters on immigration, Latino vot- returned to England. • On Dec. 14, 1799, George understandably concentrates ers would be eagerly joining the mind, but it’s no reason the fight for lower marginal Washington, the first U.S. to lose it. The post-election “Se Español” taxHabla rates and the block-grant- president, dies at age 67. Two days earlier, he rode Republican reaction has been ing of Medicaid. built on equal parts panic, Republican donors with a out into a freezing sleet to wishful thinking and ethnic disproportionate influence in survey business affairs on pandering. the party would be perfectly his estate. He returned home It’s one thing to argue that happy to jettison the cause of late for a dinner engagement amnesty is the right policy immigration enforcement. and refused to take the time on the merits. It’s another They are fine with a flood to change out of his wet to depict it as the magic of low-skilled immigrants clothes. The next day, Washkey to unlocking the Latino competing with low-skilled ington developed a severe vote. John McCain nearly American workers. And why respiratory infection and immolated himself within shouldn’t they be? These died the following day. His the Republican Party with immigrants don’t suppress last words were “’Tis well.” his support for amnesty and their wages; they care for their • On Dec. 16, 1811, the did all of four points better children and clean their pools. greatest series of earthamong Latino voters in 2008 Whenever it is pointed out quakes in U.S. history begins than Mitt Romney did in that illegal immigration tends in the Mississippi River Val2012, according to exit polls. to harm low-skill workers ley near New Madrid, Mo., What is the common thread already here, the comeback when a quake of an estiuniting McCain, the advocate is the scurrilous canard that mated 8.6 magnitude slams of “comprehensive” immi- there are “some jobs that the region. The earthquake gration reform, and Romney, no Americans will do.” But raised and lowered parts of the advocate of “self-deporta- most hotel maids, construc- the Mississippi Valley by as tion”? 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Egypt, and now the protestors are right back in Tahrir Square, so we shouldn’t expect to see stability, even within the Arab world. What has become clear to me, and I write this with a very heavy heart, is that there will never be peace in the Middle East. Not as long as a tiny country with nuclear weapons and U.S. support continues to be surrounded by hostile neighbors who will fight to the death to drive them into the Red Sea. I have always been a huge supporter of the right of the Jewish people to return to their ancestral homeland after over a thousand years of wandering from place to place without ever finding comfort and acceptance. From slavery in Egypt to slaughter during the Crusades to near annihilation in Nazi Germany, the Jews finally decided enough was enough, and they might as well reclaim Jerusalem, where King Solomon’s temple had been destroyed more than 2,000 years before. With a United Nations mandate, Israel was formed out of Palestine in 1948, and there hasn’t been a moment’s peace since. The Palestinians had moved in and understandably didn’t think they should have to abandon a place which was also the home of their most holy sites. Generation after generation of Jewish and Palestinian children have grown up in a war zone, so hatred has grown exponentially. How would you feel about the people who were strapping bombs to their children and sending them across the border to blow themselves up at your local café? How would you feel about the people who evicted you from your homeland and built a wall that was keeping you away from the only place you could make a living? I have a fantasy that the Jewish people went instead to Belize and are now living in their happy homeland on the Caribbean. They have a wonderful symbiotic relationship with their Catholic neighbors in Mexico and Guatemala. We go there on vacations and love to visit the recreation of the original temple. After all, what binds the Jewish people together is their religion and their culture, and that shouldn’t be tied to the place where the original temple lay in ruins. I don’t want to make light of all of the lives that have been lost in the battle of the Jewish people to create a peaceful life back where they started. I just can’t stop thinking about how many more lives will be lost on either side of the wall in a war that has no end.

• On Dec. 10, 1915, the one-millionth Ford car rolls off the assembly line at the River Rouge plant in Detroit. Between 1908 and 1927, Ford sold more than 15 million Model Ts in all; they initially cost $850 (about $20,000 in today’s dollars). • On Dec. 11, 1946, the United Nations votes to establish the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to provide relief and support to children. Only two countries have failed to ratify the treaty — Somalia and the United States. • On Dec. 15, 1973, Sandy Hawley becomes the first jockey to win 500 races in a single year. Hawley achieved his historic win aboard Charlie Jr., in the third race at Maryland’s Laurel Park race track. • On Dec. 12, 1989, hotel magnate Leona Helmsley receives a four-year prison sentence, 750 hours of community service and a $7.1 million tax fraud fine in New York. Helmsley became the object of loathing and disgust when she quipped that “only the little people pay taxes.” © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.



LCHS soccer players score post-season recognition

By Bill Reynolds La Conner High soccer players not only scored goals in match action, but achieved them off the field as well. Lady Braves’ senior midfielder Ashlyn Reinstra, who shared Northwest 1A/2B Co-Player of the Year honors with Mount Vernon Christian’s Natalie Sakuma, is one of 12 La Conner High soccer standouts to receive All-League recognition in recent polling of rival coaches. Nine of those La Conner selections were members of the Lady Braves’ League title team that advanced to the Bi-District finals opposite Crosspoint Academy. Reinstra was joined on the AllLeague first unit by La Conner teammates Kelsie Crawford and Tessa Bruland. Crawford is a senior forward, while Bruland, a junior, served this fall as La Conner’s goalkeeper. The Lady Braves’ trio was also named this week to the AllSkagit County squad. “This is only the second time ever that we’ve had three players make that team,” La Conner High head girls’ soccer coach Amy Freeto said Monday. DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR T-WOLVES – La Conner’s Sean Hulbert and Wil James combine on a stop during Friday’s State semifinal Nor were they alone in earning grid action between the Braves and Morton-White Pass at the Tacoma Dome. That’s La Conner’s Dahlton Zavala (15) eyeing the play. LCHS pushed the favored Timberwolves to the limit before dropping a hard-fought 12-0 decision. – Photo by Lauren Reynolds post-season accolades. La Conner juniors Kirstyn Bell, a forward, and Kaitlyn Cultee, a midfielder, were All-

Braves denied first-ever berth to State grid finals By Bill Reynolds They say the best defense is a good offense. Unless you’re the MortonWhite Pass Timberwolves, that is. In that case, the best defense is, well, having a great defense. Which is exactly what the physical and relentless T-Wolves unleashed Friday in their 12-0 State semifinal shutout win over La Conner High at the Tacoma Dome. Morton-White Pass held La Conner to under 200 yards total offense and forced several key turnovers to eliminate the Braves from post-season for a second straight year. La Conner (11-2), riding an eight-game winning streak, was

thus denied in its bid to earn the school’s first-ever State grid finals appearance, after having delivered successive playoff wins over Wahkiakum and Raymond. “Although we came up short,” LCHS head coach Johnny Lee said afterward, “I hope the guys will come to appreciate that we have a third place trophy in the case, and they earned every bit of that trophy. “I hope,” stressed Lee, “that the efforts of this year’s seniors will be a tradition for years to come, and making a run in the State playoffs will now become an expectation and not an exception.” One of those seniors, linebacker Levi Paul, definitely made his presence felt in the

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Braves’ penultimate game. Paul intercepted two Rylon Kolb passes and recorded a tackle for loss in his Braves’ swan song. But it wasn’t quite enough as Kolb, though pressured the entire afternoon, managed to complete touchdown passes21 of to 31April and 21 ARIES (March yards to Gianni Bertucci andto Ben 19) Start preparing now Powell, respectively. make sure you get the credit The due two Kolb TDthat passes were you’re for all effort the difference in what played you put in to get that projectout as a defensive battle between off the ground. A new chaltwo clubs that entered the game lenge emerges averaging moreafter thanthe4015th. points TAURUS (April 20 to May per contest. 20)La You’reConner limited still charging fullthe steam ahead on the job explosive T-Wolves and — their and that’s attack to fine. Butjust take133 time multi-set total toyards shareinthea joy of preparing briskly-paced first for halfthe of upcoming what was holidays a strangely called game, officials often with folks youwith love. huddling longer than the GEMINI (May 21teams. to The sequence which drew the June 20) A former detractor most irejoining among La Conner fans resists your ranks tookyet. place right thetime break, just Give himafter or her the more Braves,about trailingwhat just 6towhen learn 0, forced a Morton-White Pass you’re doing. Meanwhile, punt and were ready to take over devote more time to friends at the LCHS 37. andLa family. Conner, however, was CANCER 21 to pushed back 15(June yards following a July 22) Be careful not to berefs lengthy confab, in which the goaded into a tiff by someone ruled the Braves’ Jimmy Brooks who might be looking for after a had tried to advance the ball fight. callingRemain for a faircool you make exit. Be assured Theyour La Conner sideline didn’t see others it that way. that will rally to your From the Braves’ perspective, support. Brooks was merely trying to LEO (July 23 to August avoid contactonwhen no whistles 22) Kudos getting the were blown after his fair catch well-deserved Lion’s share signal. of the rewards for a job wellTheNow La Conner done. you canprotest take afell on deaf ears, and three snaps breather from your workalater — on a third-and-nine play day duties and spend time — Morton-White Pass defensive with family. backyour Tyler Barnett intercepted VIRGO a pass and(August returned 23 it totothe September Braves’ 30. 22) You enjoy a quick spurt renewed That led to of Kolb’s hookup energy in time toPowell, meet a in the just end zone with that deadline. vitalupcoming insurance score for theA TWolves. potentially romantic situawhen La Conner tionEspecially looms. How it develops

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quarterback Sean Hulbert, following a 23-yard strike to Jamall James, was later able to march the Braves deep into Morton-White Pass territory. James would get La Conner inside the Timberwolves 10 on a reverse, but only for a brief ning twice Aas clipping fast to finish moment. penalty called on by thethe play forced your work 15th. Thenthe Braves the Morton-White go aheadback andtohave fun. Pass 28, and the(October threat fizzled. SCORPIO 23 As did the game. to November 21) You might But to not work Lee’s on admiration prefer currentfor his club. tasks on your own. But be “This,” he insisted,useful “is a open to a potentially season I’ll always remember as a suggestion from someone coach. It was so fun to join these who admires and wants guys on suchyou a great journey. toI’m help. so proud of this team, and SAGITTARIUS (Novemin particular, the upperclassmen, ber 22 to December 21) for the leadership, dedication, Avoid rushing full gallop and effort they put into this into that volunteer project program.”

Game at a Glance

without knowing what’s expected of you. Take things a step at a time as you begin to find your way. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) Good LA CONNER      0    0    0    0   --   0 news: You should begin MORTONto feel more comfortable WHITE PASS    0    6    6    0   --  12 expressing your emotions. (M-WP)--Gianni Bertucci 31-yard This will go a long way in pass fromyou Rylonwith Kolb; that Kick blocked. helping per2:25 (2). sonal situation. (M-WP)--Ben Powell 21-yard pass AQUARIUS (January 20 from Rylon Kolb; Run failed. 6:44 to February 18) An old friend (3). confusing signals. Best gives LA CONNER STATassume LEADERS advice: Don’t that RUSHING things will necessarily work Sean Hulbert                   13/65-YDS themselves out. Ask quesDahlton Zavala                10/49-YDS tions and demand straight Jimmy Brooks                     6/8-YDS answers. Jamall James                      1/0-YDS PISCES (February 19 to PASSING March 20) A new relationSeanneeds Hulbert                9-23-70-YDS ship time to develop. RECEIVING Be careful not to let your Jamall James                    2/38-YDS emotions flood your natural Hudson Zavala                  4/19-YDS sense of caution. Meanwhile, Jimmyout Brooks                   3/13-YDS check that new job offer. RUSHING                           BORN THIS WEEK:122 Your sense of right and  70 PASSING                             wrong sometimes causes192 TOTAL                                you to come into conflict with others. But you invariably come out ahead. • SCHOOL LUNCHES •

League second team choices along with senior defenders Ellen Benetti, Sammie Mesman, and Lydia Lenning. Lady Braves’ sophomore midfielder Isis Gamble was an All-League honorable mention pick. The La Conner boys’ soccer team is also well represented on the All-NW1A/2B honor roll. Joe Lee, Tanner Cyr, and Dylan Sicklesteel each received All-League salutes for their fine seasons, Braves’ head coach Steve DeLeon said this week. Lee, who scored six goals in La Conner’s 14-1 regular season rout of Lopez, was a first team All-League selection as a midfielder. Cyr, a defender, and Sicklesteel, a forward, were tabbed for the All-League second squad. Cyr and Sicklesteel each scored two goals in La Conner’s doubledigit victory over the Lobos, among the Braves’ highlights on the 2012 campaign. In another LCHS fall sports note: *Lady Braves’ League volleyball Co-Player of the Year Kelley McClung was selected this week to the All-Skagit County net team. McClung, a junior, led a La Conner club that qualified for its 11th consecutive State Tournament, in assists. She was also among the Lady Braves’ top servers. 

By Samantha Weaver • It was British biologist and author Richard Dawkins who made the following sage observation: “When two opposite points of view are expressed with equal intensity, the truth does not necessarily lie exactly halfway between them. It is possible for one side to be simply wrong.” • If you’re like 20 percent of American women, you think your feet are too big. • Did you ever wonder why we say, “I smell a rat” when we sense that something is amiss? The phrase dates back to a time before effective means of pest control, when it was not uncommon for a home to be infested by rodents. If a rat died inside a wall, the residents wouldn’t be aware of it until the smell of the decaying body became noticeable. • If you’d like to have a festive New Year’s Eve but don’t want to deal with the crowds in New York City for the iconic ball drop, consider heading to Mount Olive, N.C. Every year the

town hosts a celebration in which a 3-foot lighted pickle is dropped into a barrel at midnight. • Ancient Romans believed that a sneeze was the body’s way of expelling evil spirits that caused disease. Thus, if one tried to suppress a sneeze, it was regarded as an invitation to illness and death. • The 14-foot model of the Starship Enterprise that was used during shooting of the original “Star Trek” series is now displayed in the Smithsonian. • If you are over the age of 40, you’ve lived longer than the average gorilla. • The first woman to appear on the cover of Business Week magazine, in 1954, was Brownie Wise, the originator of the Tupperware Party. *** Thought for the Day: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” — Lewis Carroll © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Aqiimuk’s Kitchen

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By Patricia Aqiimuk Paul, Esq. When I bake Danish squash, also called acorn squash, my husband reminds me to add the cinnamon. This year, most likely due to lack of rain, the squash were not the size that we normally see, but I was patient and waited until the perfect ones arrived at the local farm stands.

There are approximately 275 Indian land areas in the United States administered as Indian reservations.

Ingredients 1 Danish squash 3 Tablespoons butter or margarine 4 Tablespoons brown sugar cinnamon Preparation Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wash the outside of the squash. Cut in half and remove the seeds. Place open side up on a greased baking sheet. Fill each side with butter/margarine and brown sugar. Generously sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake one hour until you can pierce the meat of the squash easily with a fork. Generally, half a squash feeds one adult.

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Baked Danish Squash


La Conner High hoop teams begin courting success

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semifinal round. Novak, the ultimate multitasker, is again also guiding the La Conner High girls’ varsity team. The Lady Braves are coming off a fine which saw and still17-8 year, retains its origithem finish second in the league nal bright colors. Any idea race and gain a Regional tourney of how much this might be berth. worth? — Steve, Brighton,





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HOLDING COURT – Spencer Novak drives the lane during a Braves’ scrimmage Monday night. Cameron Sherman, Hudson Zavala, Sean Hulbert, and Tyler Howlett were also in on the action. La Conner High hoop teams began gearing up in earnest this week with the fall sports docket now cleared.  – Photo by Karla Reynolds

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Dear to My Heart

By Roberta Nelson

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By Bill Reynolds The La Conner High boys’ basketball team once again has a tough act to follow. Last year’s edition of the Braves forged a superb 22-4 mark, including an impressive road victory at 3A Sedro-Woolley and earned yet another trip to the State Tournament in Spokane. Only the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” in which La Conner players apparently failed to properly “exit the arena” to remove and swap out a bloodied jersey — resulting in a technical foul and loss of the ball to eventual tourney winner Colfax — seemed to derail one of the best Braves’ squads in school history. Two members of that team — seniors Landy James and Mike Wilbur, who graduated last June — have since been inducted into La Conner’s exclusive Wall of Honor. Key contributors Bobby Poulton and Jared Fohn have also graduated from the 2012 team, forcing Braves’ head coach Scott Novak to assemble a somewhat new cast for the upcoming campaign. While preseason workouts began in earnest this week, Novak held extended auditions during the spring and summer seasons. He liked much of what he saw. La Conner scrimmaged against a variety of foes — teams from big and small schools alike, both at home and on the road — as the Braves began laying the foundation for this season. Much of the scoring load previously shouldered by James and Wilbur fell to veteran returnees and outside shooting threats Spencer Novak, Hudson Zavala, and Skylar Krueger. Jamall James emerged as an effective slasher in the paint and force on the offensive glass. Cameron Sherman developed as a versatile post-up player and should benefit from the return of power forward Tyler Howlett, who missed the last half of the ‘12 season with a severe ankle injury. The front line also welcomes back junior Sean Hulbert, who assumed a starting role down the stretch a year ago and will be counted upon for interior scoring and defense plus strong board work. Dylan Watkins, Alec Azure, and Taylor Swanson were likewise among those who cal scooper armthe — spring the autoimpressed during and

Despite losing backcourt aces Priscilla Ponce-Venegas and Nikki Finley — along with steady Emily Anderson — to graduation, optimism has been the prevailing theme during Lady Braves’ practices. The reason is depth. La Conner returns point guard Kelley McClung, perimeter shooters Katie McKnight, Katie Novak, and Siomi Bobb, seasoned pivot players Aubrey Stewart, Alyssa McCormick, and Anna Cook, and rangy wings Emma Christianson and Lauren Reynolds to the fold. The Lady Braves are also expecting big things from senior post Taysha James, who was sidelined all of last year with a knee injury. “This,” coach Novak stressed last summer, “is a hard-working and competitive group. We’re definitely blessed with aboveaverage speed and depth in numbers, especially with players who can play multiple positions.” They, too, are set to take center stage tonight against Lakewood.





It was 1989, and my friend Jean Sickler of Shelter Bay and I were at the Farmhouse Inn just outside of La Conner to hear one of the state Port Commissioners talk about a great legal achievement they were about to put through the Legislature. He wanted to talk about a bill proposed by State Senator Lowell Peterson of SedroWoolley which would exempt 4th class cities from receiving their allotment of funds from the port tax. Only La Conner and Ruston, near Tacoma, would be affected. La Conner needed these funds for upkeep on the waterfront. My brother, Milo Moore, secured these funds for La Conner when he was mayor, so it just so happened that I knew something about this subject. The Port Commissioner said his piece and left. After his departure, I told Jean what that was all about and asked her if she could think of any way we could foul up the local port’s plan to stop Lowell Peterson. Jean worked for KBRC in Mount Vernon and wrote news items for them. She said she would put this on the evening news broadcast — which she did. I can’t remember his name, but the same commissioner called KBRC, called Milo, called me and who knows else, wanting us to quit making this a news item. We continued to carry on and told the rest of the La Conner Women in Business the real story. One of these women knew somebody at KOMO and would call on them for support in this effort to thwart the local port’s plan to exclude La Conner. My brother Milo thought we should go to Olympia prior to the next meeting of the Senate to attempt to get the State Port head man to see reason. Milo was past 80 then, and he wanted me to drive him to Olympia to discuss this with senators he knew. Early one morning, we started out, getting as far as Federal

Way and my brother’s favorite restaurant, The Poodle Dog — we had to stop there for breakfast. Then it was “on the road again” for Olympia. We visited Senator Rasmussen from Tacoma. Milo thought he would be an ally, since Ruston was in his district, and he said he was willing to do whatever he could to help. Milo visited some other old friends, and then we headed to see Lowell Peterson. While in the elevator, who should appear but the head of the state Port Commission. He seemed most upset. After a few harsh words, his parting shot was, “You are not going to get away with this, Milo!” Lowell Peterson wasn’t available, so we headed back to La Conner to activate Plan B. The La Conner Women in Business were ready to go. They only needed to get the go-ahead from La Conner Mayor Mary Margaret O’Leary Lam, who was waiting to get an exact date for the preliminary hearing. A date was set; the ladies were about to make signs to appear with them in Olympia and alert KOMO This is when the satisfying moment occurred. The state Port Advocate — the one who told Milo he wasn’t going to get away with securing funds for La Conner and Ruston — called Mary and said he was “coming down with the flu” and would be unable to attend the preliminary hearing. Some of us did attend the hearing, and Mayor Mary, dressed to kill in a yellow two-piece suit with a white ruffled blouse, gave an impressive talk, and nobody showed up to oppose her. La Conner kept its funding, and I consider this a very sweet and satisfying event. This was a lesson on how politics really works: it’s not what politicians say, it only matters what they do. This is the first in an occasional series of columns about the history of La Conner by lifelong resident Roberta Nelson.

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Historical Museum has openings for lots of Dawkins who made the fol- le is droppedTuesday into a barrel atDec 11 Conner Regional Library. volunteers, including school tour docents and lowing midnight. 5 to 8sage p.m. –observation: Holiday Art Walk: E. 12:30 to 2 p.m.–School Changes: people to help with clerical work, maintaining Stanwood, “When twodowntown. opposite Caroling, points music, • Ancient Romans LC Schools Superintendant Dr. Tim the collections, maintaining the buildings and More info: ofmunchies. view areFree. expressed withGretchen, believed that a sneeze was Bruce explains the recommendations for helping with special events. Call 466-3365 to 360-629-3710. equal intensity, the truth the body’s way of expelsome big changes in a slide presentation. find out how you can help. does not necessarilyDec lie 1 ling evil spirits Senior that caused La Conner Center. BENCH PLAQUES: The beautiful Saturday bandstand benches in Pioneer Park are the exactly between disease. Thus, if one tried 10 a.m.halfway to 12 p.m.–All Ages Hike: Wednesday Dec 12 perfect setting to honor a family or loved them. It Whistle is possible one lot for to suppress a sneeze, it was Meet at Lake for parking a 7 p.m. – Scenic Treasures of SW: one. For a $500 donation to the Save Our side to hike be simply wrong.” regarded as an invitation to focuses on hearty of the area. No pets, please. Photographer Lance Ekhart Fund, each large split-log bench • If you’re likeCrowe 20 percent illnesslesser-known and death. areas of the Southwest. Bandstand More info: Denise or Jean Andrich can be dedicated with an attractive four-byofat 293-3725 American women, you • The 14-foot modelLibrary, of or Free. Anacortes 1220 10th eight-inch plaque. Call Bud Moore, 466-4583. think feet are too big.& Cookies: the Starship that x21.    BUY A BENCH: The Town of La 11 your a.m. to 5 p.m.–Crafts St. MoreEnterprise info: 360-293-1910 • Did youcrafts everandwonder was used during shooting Conner has waterfront locations perfect for Make holiday decorate cookies Thursday Dec 13 commemorative benches made of powderwhy weCounty say, Historical “I smellMuseum. a of at Skagit 501the original “Star Trek” to 8 p.m.– Collecting rat” we sense that& children series is 6now displayed in Christmas: coated cast iron and designed to last for S. 4thwhen St. $4 adults, $3 seniors Presentation on vintage Christmas generations that the Parks Commission wants something amiss? The More the Smithsonian. 6-12 (under is 6 free), $8 families. decorations phrase dates back to a time • If you are overby theSkagit age ofReliques of The to install. For a donation of $2,100, the town info: 466-3365. Questers. At Skagit County Historical can buy a bench and have a plaque installed before effective means of 40, you’ve lived longer than th Sunday Dec 2 Museum, 501 S. 4 St. $4 adults, $3 on it honoring any person or occasion of the pest control, when it was the average gorilla. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Wreath sale: The seniors & children 6-12 (under 6 free), donor’s choosing. Call the town at 466-3125. not uncommon for a home • The first woman to FIREFIGHTERS NEEDED: The La Conner Bay View Civic Association’s annual More 466-3365. to be infested by rodents. appear$8 onfamilies. the cover ofinfo: BusiVolunteer Fire Department is recruiting wreath and swag sale is at the Bay View healthy men and women 18 years and older If a rat died inside a wall, ness Week magazine, in Friday Dec 14 Civic Hall, 12615 C Street, Bay View. the residents wouldn’t be 1954, was Brownie 10:30 a.m. – Wise, Story Time: For all to help save lives and property in La Conner. Proceeds help support the upkeep of the preschoolof the agesTupper(babies, too!). Sing, The town’s firefighters are professionals who aware the originator hall. of it until the smell of move, listen to books, dance, interact receive many hours of training and respond to the decaying body became ware Party. emergencies day and night. To be considered Monday Dec 3 with your child, and pop bubbles! At La for a position as a volunteer firefighter, pick up noticeable. *** 2 to 3 p.m. – Food Bank: La Conner Conner Regional Library. • If you’d like to have a an application packet at Town Hall. Applicants SunriseNew Food Year’s Bank is located Thought for the Day: “If festive Eve butbehind the must pass a background check, driving record nd Methodist on S. 2 Street the don’t know  where you check and a physical, all paid for by the town. don’t wantChurch to deal with the onyou hill. All are welcome: those are going,LAany road willQUILT get & TEXTILE Firefighters meet 7 p.m. each Wednesday at crowds in New York Citywho need CONNER groceries and thoseball with drop, food to share. you there.” — Lewis CarrollMen:  Innovation the Fire Station on Chilberg Road just east of for the iconic MUSEUM: “Material & the Art of Quiltmaking” showcases the consider heading to Mount Tuesday Dec 4 innovations design, technique, Olive, N.C. the Radio: © 2012many King Features Synd.,inInc. 12:30 to 2Every p.m. –year Old-Time Take part in 1940s radio program. Read and materials which a formidable group SUPERIOR COURT OF from episodes of “Inner Sanctum” & of 16 male quilters have brought to the WASHINGTON FOR art of quiltmaking. Pieces on display from “The Maltese Falcon.” La Conner Senior SKAGIT COUNTY Holland, Japan, and the U.S. “Best of the Center. In the Matter of the Estate Festival” is an exhibit of the outstanding of Wednesday Dec 5 quilts that were judged to be the best of ROBERT R. HART, 7 p.m. –  Which Digital Camera? the 2012 Quilt Festival. Both exhibits run Deceased. Tony Locke helps you decide on the from October 11 to December 20.The No. 12 4 00387 4 camera that is right for you. Free. museum is located in the historic Gaches PROBATE NOTICE Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St. More Mansion at 703 S. 2nd St. For more info: TO CREDITORS info: 360-293-1910 x21. or 466-4288. (RCW 11.40.030) AT MoNA: In celebration of 50 years of Friday Dec 7 The personal representative named studio glass, “Pilchuck: IDEAS” features 10 a.m. to 12–Senior/Adult Hike: below has been appointed as personal Enjoy an easy hike in the Whistle work from the famous glass school’s representative of this estate. Any person permanent collection rarely seen off the Lake area. Meet at the Whistle Lake having claim against the decedent parking lot. More info: Denise Crowe school’s campus. These pieces from must, before the time the claim would the early days of the revolution in studio or Jean Andrich at 293-3725 or info@ glass were created by some of the most be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim 10:30 a.m. – Story Time: For all important artists working in the medium. in the manner as provided in RCW preschool ages (babies, too!). Sing, “CIRCULAR” from the Permanent 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing move, listen to books, dance, interact Collection considers the meaning and to the personal representative or the with your child, and pop bubbles! At La influence of the circular form. Both personal representative’s attorney at exhibits continue through Jan. 1, 2013. Conner Regional Library. The Museum of Northwest Art is located the address stated below, a copy of Saturday Dec 8 at 121 S. First Street. For more info: the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Story Time with or 466-4446. probate proceedings were commenced. Mrs. Claus & decorate cookies at Skagit —21— The claim must be presented within County Historical Museum, 501 S. 4th the later of: (1) Thirty days after the St. $4 adults, $3 seniors & children 6CALLING ALL CRAFTERS: The La personal representative served or 12 (under 6 free), $8 families. More info: Conner Kiwanis is hosting a Holiday Bazaar mailed the notice to the creditor as 466-3365. and vendors who sell hand-crafted items 6 p.m. – Lighted Boat Parade: are needed. The Holiday Bazaar will be held provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); Bundle up, come on down to the from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at La Conner Middle or (2) four months after the date of Swinomish Yacht Club and watch the School Saturday, December 1. Proceeds will first publication of the notice. If the glittering boats cruise by on the channel. help fund Kiwanis activities that support the claim is not presented within this time Bigger than ever! children of La Conner. Stop by the La Conner frame, the claim is forever barred, Library for a booth application or contact Joy except as otherwise provided in RCW Sunday Dec 9 Neal at or 466-3352 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. 1 to 3 p.m. – Christmas Music: (daytime). This bar is effective as to claims Get in the spirit with local pianist Ruth BOOSTER PAVERS: Show your Brave against both the decedent’s probate Ann Burley and wander through Skagit Pride with the La Conner High School Booster and non-probate assets. Christmas Circa 1869 gallery at Skagit Club’s paver project. A quad in front of the Date of first publication: November th County Historical Museum, 501 S. 4 school is covered in tiles to memorialize 28, 2012. St. $4 adults, $3 seniors & children 6- alumni, families, special occasions and MARJORIE E. HART 12 (under 6 free), $8 families. More info: businesses. Tiles are $75 for two lines with up to 20 characters each and additional lines Personal Representative 466-3365. can be purchased. Order forms are available SKAGIT LAW GROUP, PLLC 2 to 3 p.m. – Sunday Jazz: The Paul at the La Conner Weekly News office or By: BRIAN E. CLARK, Sorensen Trio plays jazz & swing. Free. call Nancy Anderson at 466-4068 or Kelly WSBA #9019 th Anacortes Library, 1220 10 St. More McKnight at 466-3482. Attorneys for Personal Representative info: 360-293-1910.  x21.     HELP THE HUNGRY: Hunger is becoming P. O. Box 336/227 Freeway Drive, 3 p.m. – Poets’ Circle: The Ish River an everyday state of emergency.  You can Suite B Poets’ Circle presents a winter afternoon help. Your community food bank needs board Mount Vernon, WA 98273 members, organizers, program coordinators, of readings featuring poets Jane Alynn, Published in La Conner Weekly J.I. 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town. For information call 466-3125. RECYCLE ELECTRONICS: Help the La Conner Kiwanis earn cash by recycling empty inkjet cartridges, used cell phones, laptops, PDAs and Palm Pilots, iPods, digital cameras, video games and video game systems. Dropoffs are located at the Shelter Bay Office, Key Bank, Washington Federal Savings, La Conner Drug Store, Swinomish Tribal Administration Office and La Conner Potlatch. The program benefits local youth. Put your listing in the Community Calendar: Please email your event notice to Deadline is NOON FRIDAY for inclusion in the following Wednesday’s paper. There is no charge to list events that are free and open to everyone and events sponsored by non-profit organizations.


NOTICE OF MEETING CANCELLATION Notice is hereby given that the Town of La Conner Planning Commission meetings scheduled for December 4th and December 18th have been cancelled. Published in La Conner Weekly News, November 28, 2012.


SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON FOR THE COUNTY OF SKAGIT In the Matter of the Estate of MANFERD A. OLDS and DOROTHY OLDS, Deceased. Case No. 12-4-00382-3 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: 11/16/12 DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: 11/21/12 MICHAEL A. OLDS 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, November 21, 28 and December 5, 2012.

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2:59 a.m.: Park(ed) intoxication – Tribal officers located a female driver parked in Pioneer Park. She had been reported as driving under the influence near Caledonia and S. Fourth streets in La Conner. The driver was transported to her residence. 11:45 p.m.: Dance hall assault – Caller reported they had been assaulted during a dance at the Wednesday Nov. 21 5:09 a.m.: In a roundabout Norway Hall in Conway earlier way – A concerned citizen in the evening. The report was reported a disabled vehicle in not available at press time. the middle of the roundabout Sunday Nov. 25 in La Conner. The caller said 12:15 a.m.: Hall fight the driver was possibly drunk – Deputies received a call for a because a bottle fell from the fight at the Sons of Norway Hall vehicle as the occupants were in Conway. Report was not ready attempting to push the vehicle at press time. out of the roadway. The vehicle 8:33 a.m.: Alarming – The and subjects were gone when alarm at the Conway Post deputies arrived a couple minutes Office was sounding off with no after the call was received. apparent cause. Musicians wanted 11:57 a.m.: Door jam – An 3:28 p.m.: Neighborhood The Weaver Skagit Community By Samantha apparent break-in went wrong, or watch – Caller reported they Band, conducted by Vince good, depending on which side of saw two people enter a boat at Fejeran, is always looking for the door you are on. Apparently the marina, and the caller knew • It was British biolo- people town hosts a celebration in interested in joining the TELEVISION: What someone tried to kick in the the owner of the boat but did gist1. and author Richard which a 3-foot lighted pickband. Thedid band rehearses each 1. Where the Marshall famous politician didthe Alex door on a recreational cabin at not recognize the couple. The Dawkins who made fol- Tucker le is dropped into a barrel at Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. band get its name? 1. Is the book of Micah in P. Keaton idolize on the a business near the Port of La caller asked officers to contact lowing sage observation: at2. midnight. Name the High groupSchool origi- band 1. Where is Tim Wake- the Old or New Testament or Anacortes show “Family Ties”? Conner, on thecausing list of approximately most neither?the couple to make sure they “When two opposite points nally • known Ancient Romansgofield as Theinformation, D-Men. room. For more 2. MUSIC: Which 1970s $100 in damages. It appeared2. theWhat had perfectly permissionsquare to be aboard the career victories by a Boston was their popu-was ofsong view are expressed with What thatmost a sneeze tobelieved www.Skagitcommunityband. featured the line, “Jersubject was unable to gain “new” entry craft. Red Sox pitcher? lar song? city is described as contactway VinceofFejeran equal intensity, the truth org the orbody’s expel-at to the building and nothing was emiah was a bullfrog”? 2. In 2012, Toronto and Monday Nov. 26 3. Which group had a hit having walls made of Jasper? Look does not necessarily lie ling evil spirits that caused missing from the cabin. 3. LITERATURE: What Cleveland played the lonwith “Take a Chance on Jerusalem, Jericho, Paphos, 9:59 a.m.: Fresh paint – La for their next concert in La Conner literary figure had a loyal exactly halfway between disease. Thus, if one tried 1:50 p.m.: Break – Conner’s Rainbow Bridge has gest Opening Day game in inGibeon and when? on Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. atit Maple companion named Sancho them. It is possible for one Me,” to suppress a sneeze, was history Someone broke Which into the Boys (16 innings). 4. WhatCINEMA was the title of 3. From Samuel, what been1 beautifully painted from Hall. PARADISO Panza? side to be simply wrong.” regarded as an invitation to and Girls Club over the Veteran’s teams played in the previthe first album by Bob MarPhilistine soldier was angles slain by many many different “Music That Inspired, Touched 4. GEOGRAPHY: What is • If you’re like 20 percent leyillness andWailers death.outside Daylongest weekend, and stole an Xbox ously game? the by a boy? Joab, Abishai, different artists. But when the capital of Iowa? and•and Moved You From the Silver oftheAmerican women, you Jamaica? The 14-foot model of 3.and games. Who is the only player Dan, Goliath Public Works found graffiti spray 5. ANIMAL KINGDOM: Screen.” think feet are too big. theName Starship to have eight 5. the song that hasthat in NFL history which on “Mount” did supports, it Friday Nov. 23 4. Onpainted the bridge Whatyour are omnivores? Santa isEnterprise coming! seasons of at least 290 rush•6.Did you ever wonder was used during shooting this lyric: “I done told you final dis12:29 p.m.: Assault – AJesus 30- deliver was farhis from beautiful. In fact, LANGUAGE: How Back by popular demand,ing attempts and 50reported recep- shecourse? youoriginal son of a gun, I’m why say, “Ithesmell of the Trek”for year-old female was it Zion, was Olives, reportedCaras malicious manywe letters are in Greek a once, Santa will be “Star available best that’s everdisplayed been.” mel,ofPisgah rat” when we sense that the series is now in tions? alphabet? assaulted in the 21000 block mischief to the Sheriff’s photos and wishes this Saturday, 4. Name the first men’s 5. In Department. what book is the Answers something is amiss? The December the Smithsonian. 7. ANATOMY: How many Second Street in Conway. The 1 at Maple Hall forbasketball coach to be phrase, “Could eat a horse” 1. •From a are keyover ring. They pairs ofdates ribs back does atohuman report was not available at press phrase a time the If9thyou the age of named annual Santa Breakfast both an ACC and a found? None, Acts, Ruth, rehearsal space inthan body normally have? before effective means of rented 40, you’ve lived longer from 8:30-11 a.m. Cost is $6Big East Coach of the Year. Ephesians S.C., andfree were 8. control, HISTORY: In which pest when it was Spartanburg, the average gorilla. adults, $3 children; gift and 6. What friend of Jesus given a key marked with the toby 5. Beginning in 1917 with year did the U.S. space shuthosted not uncommon for a home a picture • The with firstSanta, woman the Seattle Metropolitans, was buried in a cave? Sisera, name of the previous tenant, tle first fly into orbit? Conner Rotary. to 9.beFOOD: infested by rodents. La appear on the cover Busi- how many times has a U.S.- Joshua, Lazarus, Arioch piano tuner byofthe What kind of a blind less than 1) $5,000. Then Santa will arrive at Gilkey team won the Stanley Iffood a rat died inside a wall, ness Week magazine, in based Farm funding available ANSWERS: Old; 2) name of Marshall Tucker. is mortadella? Application deadline for Square to light the community Cup? Jerusalem; 3) Goliath; 4) the11.residents wouldn’t be 1954, was Brownie Wise, The USDA’s Environmental 2. The Fifth Estate. Their GAMES: What is the this funding is December 21. tree help from all the “elves” 6.Quality Who was the last Amer-Program Olives; 5) None; 6) Lazarus Incentives aware of itdevice until the thewith originator of the Tupper“Ding-Dong! The movable usedsmell in theof 1967 Producers interested in applying that show up. Arriving on an ican male runner before Seasonal High Tunnel Initiative, the decaying body became ware Party. Witch Is Dead” was so Comments? More Trivia? game Ouija to spell out mesfor the Organic Initiative funding Leonel Manzano (silver antique fire truck, Santa will greet USDA’s Natural Resources popular it was recorded and Visit sages? noticeable. should contact their Washington medal) in 2012 to medal all of the children and adults, *** Conservation Service announced © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. • If you’d like to have a released around the world in Answers in the Olympic 1500 meter with hot chocolate provided they have funding available State field office, located different languages. Thought for the Day: “If race? festive New Nixon Year’s Eve but five 1. Richard by La Conner Retirement Inn, 3. in 1978. The you for Washington producers who through the web site at: http:// youABBA, don’tcookies know where 2. “Joy World,” don’t wanttotothedeal with by the decorated 7. how many the provided by title ofany theroad song will was get areIn interested in of extending the Three Dog areConner going, crowds in Night New York City original 16 Ryder Cups (1981La High School culinarypast “Billy Boy.” In the U.S., growing season for high-value app?state=WA. Don Quixote you there.” — Lewis Carroll for3. the iconic ball drop, the 2012) has the team trailing class, music record sold provided even moreby La crops New marina supervisor in an environmentally 4. Des Moines after the first day of golf consider heading to Mount than Conner High School choir and the group’s “Dancing The Port of Skagit hired a new safe manner, can apply for the 5. Animals that eat meat gone on to with the Olive, N.C. Every year the Queen.” © 2012Band King and Features Synd., band. choir willInc.startplay supervisor for the La Conner financial assistance through and vegetables at 3:30 Rebel,” p.m., and everyone isevent? 4. “Soul in 1970. marina. Chris Carlile took the December 21. 6. 24 Answers invited come down to enjoy 5. “Theto Devil Went Down Use of the high tunnels provides helm beginning November 26. 7. 12 1. Third to Georgia,” by the Charlie the evening. farmers with with186 a victoconservation- She brings with her an extensive 8. 1981 ries, behind Cy Young anda steady background in marina operations Daniels Band in 1979. The For more details, visit www. 9. Italian sausage friendly way to create Clemens (192 each). Devil, looking for another or callRoger 10. A planchette income by helping to extend and marine law. “Salt water runs 2. Cleveland and Detroit soul to steal, challenges a 466-4778. © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. their growing season into the in my veins,” Carlile said. “I’m (1960) and Washington and young fiddle player to a fall and winter months. This also ecstatic to be part of the team Philadelphia (1926) each competition with the prize provides consumers with locally- here at the marina.” played 15 innings. being a gold fiddle. Carlile was with the Port grown crops 3. LaDainian year-round. Tomlinson © 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. The with Seasonal High Tunnel of Bellingham for 22 years, (2001-08, San Diego). producers in where she served as the office 4.Initiative Leonardassists Hamilton addressing resource concerns by supervisor at Squalicum Harbor (Big East: 1995, ‘99; ACC: providing 2009, ‘12). technical and financial from 1984 to 1994. She most improving plant recently worked on contracts 5.assistance Forty-five in times. and soil quality, and 6. Jim Ryun won the sil-reducing and grants for the Skagit County pesticide transport, Public Works department. Her vernutrient medal inand 1968. improving air quality education includes courses in 7.while Eight times. grants and contract administration reduced transportation © through 2012 King Features Synd., Inc. inputs, and reducing energy use from the American Public by providing consumers with a Works Association, the Washington Finance Officers local source of fresh produce. Producers interested in applying Association, the Washington for the High Tunnel Initiative Department of Transportation funding can contact their and the Emergency Management — Washington State field office, Institute. Carlile also attended located through the web site at: Peninsula College and Western Washington University. locator/app?state=WA. —21— A Christmas Cameo

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Organic Farm funding available

USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service has funding available for the Organic Initiative in Washington State. Organic farmers and producers wanting to transition over to organic will have the opportunity to apply for financial assistance to implement conservation practices that are consistent with organic production. Eligible producers include those certified through USDA’s national organic program, those transitioning to certified organic production, and those who meet organic standards but are exempt from certification because their gross annual organic sales are

Jill Boudreau, mayor of Mount Vernon, will be making her stage debut in META’s production of “A Christmas Carol” on November 30 and December 2 beginning at 7 p.m. both nights. This local musical is an adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” It is directed by Christopher Tuohy, written by Teresa Vaughn and Brian Young, with music and songs by Jo Jeffery and orchestration by Sharyn Peterson. The show is packed with Skagit Valley talent, with a cast combining seasoned actors with complete newcomers to the stage. McIntyre Hall in Mount Vernon will host the productions both nights. Tickets are available in person at the box office, online at, or by calling 360-416-7727 ext. 2. META (Multicultural Educational Theatre Arts) is a local nonprofit now in its 15th season and winner of Skagit Publishing’s People’s Choice Awards for Best Performing Arts Group for the fifth straight year.

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7:59 p.m.: Broken window – A local business owner reported a broken window at his business on Morris Street. Officers said this is an ongoing problem and there is a possible suspect. 8:35 p.m.: Substitute driver — A licensed driver was called to drive a vehicle from the site of a traffic stop on La Conner Whitney Road, after the driver was cited by officers.

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time(?), he loves to go fishing. His wife Kimberly works at the cancer care at Skagit Valley Hospital, and Barry and Kim have three sons and one daughter. Pioneer Market works closely with the Sunrise Food Bank and have a donation box for nonperishable food items in the front of the store. Want to know how you can help the less fortunate this year? Purchase a gift certificate from Pioneer Market and donate it to the Sunrise Food Bank — help give a family a meal for the holidays. Did you know that Pioneer Market offers home delivery to local residents? If your purchase is over $50, there is no charge; under $50, there is a $5 fee. Pioneer Market does catering for groups small and large, any time of day. Looking for hardware? Pioneer Market now has a selection. Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. and Sun. 416 Morris Street, 360-466-0188.

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Giftware, Tableware, Furniture, Knick Knacks, Jewelry, Books, Linens, Babies & Beyond, Casual & Dressing Clothing, and accessories. Sweet, saucy, silly, sophisticated, sparkly, simple, beautiful, cute & clever, traditional & non-traditional decorations await your discovery!

McLEAN ROAD CHRISTMAS TREE FARM - west Mount Vernon. All varieties. Help provided or ready cut. Farm animals, bring your camera. Corner of McLean and Penn Roads. Call 424-3829. 4tc11/21 MORRIS STREET ANTIQUES - First ever sale! In December, 25% off all owner/selected dealer merchandise. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 503 Morris St. 1tp11/28

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By Marci Plank Barry Whipple has been the manager of Pioneer Market for a year and a half now. Talk about six degrees of separation — when Barry started to put out feelers that he was looking for something new, someone who knew his mother and someone who knew his wife heard that he was available, and that started a chain of events that led Barry to La Conner’s Pioneer Market, and customers are lucky to have him. Barry has been in the grocery industry for over 20 years, having been a manager for the past 10 years. It was quite an adjustment coming to Pioneer Market, where the total square footage is 1,100, compared to the 7,300-squarefoot facility he came from. Barry coaches Little League in Sedro-Woolley, he also coaches youth soccer, and in Barry’s free

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Unique gift ideas from your home town!

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Museum of Northwest Art Open: Sun/Mon 12-5 Tues-Sat 10-5

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