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LA CONNER WEEKLY NEWS VOL. 5 • NO. 33

LA CONNER, WASHINGTON

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2012

Town budget approved

By Adrian Sharpe La Conner Town Council adopted the town’s $5.1 million budget last week on a split vote 3-2. Council members Stewart Welch and Dan O’Donnell voted against the budget, stating that they needed to see a printout before approving. “What we’ve seen is all preliminary,” said Welch after the meeting. “In theory, I’m all on board, but I need to see the hard copy.” An agenda packet distributed to each council member before the meeting contained a copy of the projected budget. The council has had four special study sessions with town Finance Director Lorraine Taylor walking the council members through the budget. The fourth of those workshops was requested by Welch and the rest of the council members during their Nov. 13 meeting and was held one hour before last Tuesday’s regular session. Welch and council member John Leaver MERRY GRINCHNESS – Santa Claus and the Grinch reached a friendly accord on Saturday during the annual La Conner Tree were not in attendance. Lighting party. The Grinch has promised not to louse up anyone’s holiday, as long as Santa brings him presents. – Photo by Don Coyote

Cash mob strikes town By Nick Damski More than a dozen La Conner residents came together on Friday to boost the town’s small businesses in the local operation Cash Mob on Friday. Born of the Flash Mob cultural theme wherein groups of people arrive unannounced at a predetermined location to perform a choreographed routine in the hopes of inspiring an uplifting community experience, a Cash Mob focuses more on spending locally in an economy that encourages many to look for deals at big box stores and the like. According to cashmob.com, the movement’s home on the web, they seek to “storm the doors of a preselected momand-pop business that is often a cornerstone of a community and its history.” Mel Damski, Shelter Bay resident and a columnist in this newspaper, said he “heard about Cash Mobs listening to National Public Radio and thought it would work well in La Conner.” He brought the idea to Tom Culver, proprietor of the Pressgang art gallery and retail space on First Street, who says he took on the role of promotion “by creating buzz via social networking and word of mouth.” Organizers thought that Next Chapter bookstore would be the perfect venue to launch what they hope will become a town tradition, as bookstores are particularly vulnerable to online sales in the current market.

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Moreover, they felt the business carries many inexpensive options for a variety of tastes — the Cash Mob model recommends a budget of $20 per participant. Ordinarily, the event would be a surprise to the business chosen. But since many of the town’s shops close at 5 p.m., the La Conner Cash Mob organizers announce their plans in advance to make sure the targeted business stays open late enough to accommodate the festive customers. Last Friday the mobbers met at Washington Sips at 5 p.m. and then walked down to the Next Chapter.

Bookstore owner Lisa Nielsen said she was thrilled. The mob doubled her daily sales — a huge boost for a small business in this economy. Nielsen said being mobbed was “more than just a financial bump, it’s a morale booster” to have “a lot of our regulars and other business owners participating.” For participants, the event was also a fun get-together — after the bookstore shopping spree, the group reconvened at the Station House for more camaraderie. The enthusiastic response doesn’t surprise Marci Plank, executive director of the La

Conner Chamber of Commerce, who said she often sees locals frequenting La Conner’s small businesses. It seems the Cash Mobs are a natural fit for the town, offering an avenue for residents to express their natural inclination to support local store owners and have a good time doing it. That Mel Damski got the ball rolling “was fantastic,” Plank said. Now, “someone else will need to step up to make sure it’s fair and all the parties are happy...it’s great fun, a wonderful concept, and everyone I talk to wants to be next!”

In the 2013 budget approved by council members Leaver, Jacques Brunisholz, and Cindy Tracey, a new fire truck, a flood wall, a new lab for the waste water treatment plant, and repairs to the Benton Street stairs are some of the big expenditures included. The boardwalk, which is in its first phase of construction, is funded through grant money and accounts for $513,000 in the new budget. The town’s money-making compost operation will help to fund the proposed flood wall as well as other town operations next year. La Conner water rates will rise again to fund operating and capital costs, including a scheduled 2014 replacement of a portion of the large water main that serves the town. Also, the town, which purchases its water from Anacortes, was back billed by that city $40,000 for water it bought in 2009 through 2011. To pay off the debt, reserve funds are being used, and that money must be replenished.

Holiday Happenings

Cash Mob Friday: Meet at La Crema Coffee on Morris Street at 5 p.m. on Friday, walk to Vintage La Conner for mob shopping, and then reconvene at La Conner Brewing Co. Boat Parade Saturday: The Swinomish Yacht Club’s lighted boat parade will have the channel twinkling starting at about 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Santa on Sunday: The jolly big guy will slide down the chimney at La Crema Coffee between noon and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Free hot chocolate for kids with purchase of a photo with Santa! Historic Christmas Sunday: Listen to local pianist Ruth Ann Burley from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday as you wander through the Skagit Christmas Circa 1869 gallery at Skagit County Historical Museum.

THE MOB SQUAD – Around 15 local residents descended en masse on The Next Chapter bookstore during the first Cash Mob event held in La Conner. Another Cash Mob, targeting a different business, will form on Friday. – Photo by Don Coyote

Giving Tree at Key

Poet’s Circle Sunday: The Ish River Poets’ Circle presents a winter afternoon of readings at the La Conner Civic Garden Club building on 2nd Street on the hill in La Conner starting at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

Key stepped in and offered The La Conner Kiwanis Club’s Christmas Giving Tree is at Key its lobby space after Bank of Bank on Morris Street this year. America’s La Conner branch closed in October. The Kiwanis tree had been a holiday fixture at Bank of America for years. At Key, the tree will be Residents may notice oc- festooned with tags, each of casional toilet “burps,” minor which bears the age and gender of traffic delays and a little street a child and a number representing noise next week as a portion a family whose Christmas will be of La Conner’s sewer system bleak without a little help from undergoes a routine cleaning. anonymous Santas. Kevin Wynn, lead operator at Folks can pick an ornament off the town’s wastewater treatment the tree, buy a present, and bring plant, said the sewers under it to the bank, wrapped and with First Street between Maple Hall the original tag on it by Friday, and Morris Street, the block of Dec. 14. Second Street in front of Country The Kiwanis will take it from Inn and the entire length of there and will load up Santa’s Morris Street are scheduled for sleigh for the big delivery. cleaning starting Monday. Kiwanian Chuck Hedlund said Wynn said the cleaning crew there will be tags representing will try to schedule the work at about 100 children from some 40 times that will cause the least local families who are struggling disruption to local businesses. to provide Christmas presents He said the activity shouldn’t this year. cause any noticeable noise inside Key Bank is located near the buildings. But if a toilet or drain drug store on Morris Street and is starts gurgling, Wynn said to put open Monday through Thursday a towel over the fixture and then from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and SUPER TIDE – Water slopped over the banks in some spots along Swinomish Channel during high tide on Sunday morning. This step outside and let the cleaning until 5:30 p.m. on Friday. was the view at the waterfront end of Caledonia Street in La Conner, where sea water flooded the old Moore Clark building — crew know about it. something that has happened many times since the warehouse was built in 1898. – Photo by Kirsten Morse

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Mideast peace column

Thanks, Mel, for your thoughts on the Middle East. There’s not been much rest for the Jewish community since 200 BCE, when it was founded.  I thought the 1948 UN decision was very, very wrong as well. Surrounded by 100’s of millions who wish you were dead will never work. I wanted them to take over the Dominican Republic, surrounded by water and a long way from the Middle East. I was amazed by the recent announcement from the right wing party in Hungary! They want to photograph and fingerprint all the Jews in their country.  Gerald Johnson La Conner

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La Conner Kiwanis Apple Cup Challenge ended the day after Thanksgiving with the Apple Cup game. The Cougars won not only that game, but also garnered the most money for the annual scholarship. Huskies fans two years in a row have won the right to have the scholarship given to a La Conner senior planning to attend the UW. This year Cougar fans prevailed, and a student planning to attend WSU will receive the scholarship. A big heartfelt thank-you to our sponsors who were listed on the Apple Cup banner, and thank you to all the community members who bought raffle tickets and supported their team in this friendly competition. A special thank-you to La Conner Channel Lodge for donating a deluxe water view room for us to raffle off. Karen John was the lucky winner of the room. The Cougar flag will now have its turn flying on the La Conner High School flagpole.  LeAnn Bushey Chair of the Apple Cup Challenge

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Lady Braves cover all angles in non-league hoop debut By Bill Reynolds The La Conner High Lady Braves were on top of their game — inside and out — in an impressive season debut Tuesday at Landy James Gym. La Conner (1-0) routed Lakewood 64-29 as Anna Cook and Alyssa McCormick dominated play in the paint, while Katie McKnight ruled the perimeter.  McKnight hit eight of 13 shots from the floor, including a deep trey, en route to a team-high 19 points. McKnight looked in midseason form, deftly meshing jumpers from an array of angles. Cook (11) and McCormick (10) also finished in double digits for the Lady Braves, who shot nearly 50 percent from the field and were never seriously challenged. Cook was five of nine from the floor. McCormick sank four of her seven shots. Eight La Conner players reached the scoring column as the victors displayed crisp passing unusual for a season opener. Katie Novak (8), Kelley McClung (8), Taysha James (3), Lauren Reynolds (3), and Carly Anderson (2) joined a balanced Lady Braves’ point parade.

Aubrey Stewart (4) and Emma Christianson (2) combined to grab a half-dozen rebounds, with Stewart also forcing a pair of Lakewood turnovers.  “The depth of our roster is definitely an asset,” La Conner head coach Scott Novak said afterward. “It allowed us to play with a lot of intensity.” “For our first game,” he stressed, “this was a pretty good outing.” As evidence, he pointed out that 11 of La Conner’s 25 field goals came via assists. That meant the Lady Braves were patient running their half-court offense and were willing to make the extra pass to find open shooters. They also took advantage of Lakewood miscues to score in transition. McClung and Reynolds passed off for four buckets apiece, while Katie Novak, Christianson, and Anderson each recorded an assist. The play of James was especially encouraging, said coach Novak, given that she is returning after missing all last season — a year in which the Lady Braves were Regional qualifiers — with a serious knee injury.

James was solid defensively and on the glass, plus provided the Lady Braves another scoring option in the post. The rout of Lakewood served as a tune-up for a full slate of nonleague home dates this week. La Conner hosted Nooksack in late Tuesday action. The Lady Braves entertain Coupeville tomorrow night, Thursday, and Mount Baker on Friday.

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SKY PILOT – Braves’ guard Skylar Krueger finds just enough air space to deliver a short jumper in La Conner’s home opener Tuesday against Lakewood. Krueger scored five points as the hosts held on for a 77-73 win. – Photo by Melissa Reynolds

Lakewood fouls up in loss to Braves By Bill Reynolds The Lakewood Cougars were in a foul mood Tuesday night. And that was even before they dropped a hard-fought 77-73

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the La Conner football team’s deep post-season run, held off Lakewood with a strong showing at the foul stripe. La Conner guard Spencer Novak led the way with a gamehigh 28 points, including 17 of 21 free throw attempts. Novak was able to repeatedly drive the lane, draw contact, and make Lakewood pay by draining the ensuing charity tosses. As a team, La Conner was 29 of 39 from the foul line. Lakewood’s focus on Novak backfired in other ways as well. A superb passer, Novak was able to dish off to open teammates when Cougar defenders converged on him. That allowed Novak to deliver a team-best seven assists, the primary beneficiaries being frontliners Jonah Cook and Tyler Howlett and perimeter shooter Colby James. Howlett, coming back from a serious ankle injury a year ago, filled the stat sheet. He scored 17 points on sevenof-11 shooting from the floor, while burying three of four free throws. He also pulled down a dozen rebounds, recorded five steals, and assisted on two La Conner buckets. The 6’-8” Cook showed a nice shooting touch in the paint, missing just two of his eight shot attempts. He drained his only free KEY PLAYER – La Conner’s Alyssa McCormick scores two of her 10 points during the Lady Braves’ throw attempt and finished with 64-29 home romp over Lakewood. McCormick, strong in the key all night, also led the victors with 13 tallies.  eight rebounds. – Photo by Melissa Reynolds James, meanwhile, was superb from beyond the three-point arc. The sophomore sharpshooter $ meshed three of five treys for nine points. Skylar Krueger and Taylor Ebersole, a transfer from Coupeville, finished with five points each to round out a balanced La Conner attack. “I was proud of how we overcame some adversity Breakfast Saturdays and Sundays and pulled this game out,” La from 7 to 10:30 AM Conner High head coach Scott Novak said afterward. HOMEMADE CHOWDER “It was great to see how the guys who were available really & SOUPS DAILY stepped up,” he added. “We’re looking forward to building on this game.” The first opportunity to do so came late Tuesday, when La Conner entertained Nooksack. Full Bar The Braves resume nonleague home action tomorrow, Craft & Domestic Beers Thursday, opposite Coupeville, Pull Tabs 702 S. S. First First St. St. ••Waterfront Waterfront Dining 702 Dining and on Friday against Mount Baker.

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COMING UP

Wednesday Dec 5

7 p.m. – Which Digital Camera? Tony Locke helps you decide on the camera that is right for you. Free. Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St. More info: 360-293-1910 x21.     

Friday Dec 7

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.–Wreath Making: Through Dec. 24 at Christianson’s Nursery. Two machines available. Free. Greenery may be purchased or bring your own. Reservations required: 4663821 or www.christiansonsnursery.com. 10 a.m. to 12–Senior/Adult Hike: Enjoy an easy hike in the Whistle Lake area. Meet at the Whistle Lake parking lot. More info: Denise Crowe or Jean Andrich at 293-3725 or info@ friendsoftheacfl.org 10:30 a.m. – Story Time: For all preschool ages (babies, too!). Sing, move, listen to books, dance, interact with your child, and pop bubbles! At La Conner Regional Library. 5 p.m. – Cash Mob: Meet at La Crema Coffee on Morris Street and then swarm Vintage La Conner to do a little Christmas shopping and help the coffee shop and the thrift store keep the lights on. It’s lots of fun and helps our local economy.

Saturday Dec 8

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Story Time with Mrs. Claus & decorate cookies at Skagit County Historical Museum. 501 S. 4th St. $4 adults, $3 seniors & children 6-

Sunday Dec 9

2:30 p.m. – Santa Claus: The jolly big guy will be sliding down the chimney at La Crema Coffee on Morris Street in La Conner. Children receive a free hot chocolate with the purchase of a photo with Santa! 1 to 3 p.m. – Christmas Music: Get in the spirit with local pianist Ruth Ann Burley and wander through Skagit Christmas Circa 1869 gallery at Skagit County Historical Museum. 501 S. 4th St. $4 adults, $3 seniors & children 612 (under 6 free), $8 families. More info: 466-3365. 2 to 3 p.m. – Sunday Jazz: The Paul Sorensen Trio plays jazz & swing. Free. Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St. More info: 293-1910  x21.     3 p.m. – Poets’ Circle: The Ish River Poets’ Circle presents a winter afternoon of readings featuring poets Jane Alynn, J.I. Kleinberg, Bob Rose and Luther Allen at the La Conner Civic Garden Club building on 2nd Street on the hill in La Conner. Suggested donation: $5.

Monday Dec 10

2 to 3 p.m. – Food Bank: La Conner Sunrise Food Bank is located behind the Methodist Church on S. 2nd Street on the

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The Poet’s Place They will see him coming By Terry Busch They stand behind the long counter dressed like martial artists slicing raw fish into wafers then placing them on rice pedestals followed by a garnish of fish roe it is precise (an ancient ritual) He approaches slowly with the darting eyes of a badger goes right for the calamari and takes many of them Then he goes to his table dismantles them carefully scraping off the fish eggs and placing the squid in a pile on one side of his plate They watch him do this and are not pleased Later when he comes back for more He is told, “No more Ika for you!” He is from the Bronx and has faced bullies before He asks to speak with the manager They give in with no further commotion Next time they will see him coming

Tuesday Dec 11

12:30 to 2 p.m.–School Changes: LC Schools Superintendant Dr. Tim Bruce explains the recommendations for some big changes in a slide presentation. La Conner Senior Center. 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Aromatherapy: Create gifts of aroma sprays or therapy oils at Island Hospital, Anacortes. $25 class fee includes supplies; www. islandhospital.org/classes or call 2994204 to register.

Wednesday Dec 12

5 p.m. – Library Board: Regular meeting of the La Conner Regional Library Board at the library. 7 p.m. – Scenic Treasures of SW: Photographer Lance Ekhart focuses on lesser-known areas of the Southwest U.S. Free. Anacortes Library, 1220 10th St. More info: 293-1910 x21.    

Mansion at 703 S. 2nd St. For more info: www.laconnerquilts.com or 466-4288. AT MoNA: In celebration of 50 years of studio glass, “Pilchuck: IDEAS” features work 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: www.museumofnwart.org or 466-4446.

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Friday Dec 21

7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Donate! Give blood at the Puget Sound Blood Center Mobile Bus on Morris St. between 3rd and 4th (closed 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.). Call 1-800-398-7888 or go to psbc.org for info or to sign up. 10:30 a.m. – Story Time: For all preschool ages (babies, too!). Sing, move, listen to books, dance, interact with your child, and pop bubbles! At La Conner Regional Library.

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LA CONNER QUILT & TEXTILE MUSEUM: “Material Men:  Innovation & the Art of Quiltmaking” showcases the many innovations in design, technique, and materials which a formidable group of 16 male quilters have brought to the art of quiltmaking. Pieces on display from Holland, Japan, and the U.S. “Best of the Festival” is an exhibit of the outstanding quilts that were judged to be the best of the 2012 Quilt Festival. Both exhibits run from October 11 to December 20.The museum is located in the historic Gaches

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BOOSTER PAVERS: Show your Brave pride with the La Conner High School Booster Club’s paver project. A quad in front of the school is covered in tiles to memorialize alumni, families, special occasions and businesses. Thursday Dec 13 2 to 4 p.m. – Car Seat Clinic: Free. Tiles are $75 for two lines with up to 20 Get your child’s car seat checked for characters each and additional lines can safety and proper installation in parking be purchased. Order forms are available lot of Island Hospital, Anacortes. More at the La Conner Weekly News office or call Nancy Anderson at 466-4068 or info: 299-1309. 6 to 8 p.m.– Collecting Christmas: Kelly McKnight at 466-3482. HELP THE HUNGRY: Hunger Presentation on vintage Christmas decorations by Skagit Reliques of The is becoming an everyday state of Questers. At Skagit County Historical emergency.  You can help. Your Museum, 501 S. 4th St. $4 adults, $3 community food bank needs some seniors & children 6-12 (under 6 free), very special people: board members, organizers, program coordinators, $8 families. More info: 466-3365. teachers, drivers, workers – including Friday Dec 14 strong and flexible people – and writers 10:30 a.m. – Story Time: For all and photographers to tell our story. If you preschool ages (babies, too!). Sing, would like to volunteer, please call Gil move, listen to books, dance, interact Gillmor at 360-420-0558. with your child, and pop bubbles! At La SUNRISE FOOD BANK: To volunteer Conner Regional Library. call Gil Gillmor at 360-420-0558. Mail Saturday Dec 15 cash donations to La Conner Sunrise 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Christmas Food Bank, P.O. Box 922, La Conner, Samantha Weaver Bazaar: The SwinomishByChristmas WA 98257. The food bank is open only Bazaar will be held at the Swinomish between 2 and 3 p.m. on Mondays Spiritual Center St. Paul’s Catholic contestants behind the Methodist on S. 2nd • It was the atthird president was Church arrested Church, 1742 Pioneer Parkway Road. Street on the hill in La Conner. of4 the United States, Thom- for dealing drugs, but the p.m. – Family Sailing Voyage: HELP KIDS: The La Conner Boys as Jefferson, who year made stayed aloftto help Learn all about the 3-1/2 tropical remaining & Girls Clubtwo needs volunteers the following observation: Once the adventure of an Anacortes family on until youthMay. with homework and freezteach special winter finally over, and a“The 46-ft. man sloop.who Free.reads More nothinfo: 293- ing skills such aswas knitting, art techniques ing at or alllibrary.cityofanacortes.org is better educated the radio station 1910x21 chess. In order to createdecided the best match, required to complete than Sunday the man who tovolunteers declareare both of the men an Dec reads 16 application, participate in an interview nothing butp.m. newspapers.” 2 to 2:30 – Piano Recital: winners. background • Those who study such on and • Ashave thea end of thecheck. yearTo find Enjoy soft background music played out more, pleaseyou contact might Unit Director the library’ssay beautiful grand piano. approaches, things that baby a rainbow Noah Bannister at (360) 466-3672 or by Free. Library, 1220the Tenth consider can’tAnacortes be seen at midday; an old British traSt. More info: 293-1910 x21 or library. e-mail at cvaldez@bgcskagit.org. cityofanacortes.org ible only in the morning or

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The Zookeeper back in journalist mode as editor in chief at La Conner Weekly News. – Photo by Don Coyote

During my first foray as a journalist, as a sports reporter for my high school newspaper, I was given the classic example of what makes a good story: Dog Bites Man is pretty common, but Man Bites Dog, now that’s a story ... I went on to become sports editor of my high school and college newspapers, I had a brief stint as a copy editor for the “Boston Globe” and worked as a sportswriter and then general assignment reporter for “Newsday” in New York. I never achieved the ultimate newspaper job, editor in chief, until last week, when I gave Sandy Stokes a much-needed week off and ran the editorial side of the paper alongside Cindy Vest, who is co-publisher with Sandy and handles the production side of putting out the paper. Sandy doesn’t actually call herself Editor in Chief, just editor, so forgive me the indulgence. Editor in Chief has such a nice ring to it. Editor in Chief. Editor in Chief. It just rolls off the tongue. One of my duties was to assign stories, and that came very naturally. Roberta Nelson, our 90-year-old lifetime La Conner resident, has wonderful remembrances about her life and times here, and I had encouraged her to put them into an occasional column, and that she did. I actually felt honored to run Roberta’s first “Dear to My Heart” column, which Cindy laid out beautifully. Speaking of layout, we used to actually print out the stories and paste them up on a piece of cardboard the last time I was an editor. That has changed so much in the computer and digital age, and I found myself often getting lost in cyberspace as I tried to navigate through Sandy’s files and programs in her desktop computer. As editor in chief, I walked around town with my ears perked up and came up with some now and future stories just from picking up pieces of conversation. I stopped in to see Mayor Ramon Hayes at his jewelry store, and he told me about an important countywide meeting that became our lead story. At a coffee stop at La Crema, I overheard a local fisherman talking about the disappearing

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you feel that you can do it all. Best to pace yourself so you won’t run yourself down before the holidays. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your sense of humor helps get you through a stressful period. Some of your quick quips can take the edge off any remaining negativity being aimed at you. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Your artistic talents not only help you express yourself these days, but they also set up a line of communication between you and someone very special. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) It’s fine to appreciate the importance of “proper form” for doing things. But relax a bit in order to allow newcomers on the project to feel less intimidated by you. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Use your boundless reserve of optimism to persuade others to work with you to resolve a difficult workplace problem before it can ruin your holiday fun. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You brim over with self-confidence as you begin to tackle a new challenge. And, before you know it, you’re not alone: Others have taken the plunge with you. BORN THIS WEEK: You have a highly defined sense of commitment to others. You would make a fine social worker.

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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Make a start on that new workplace challenge. But get more information before you find yourself too deeply involved without knowing in which direction you should go. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) You might find things becoming tedious as your schedule slows down for the holidays. Use this time to get information about a possible post-New Year job change. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) The creative Twin finds outlets for her or his ideas in the early part of the week. The practical Twin takes it a step further and rallies support to turn the ideas into reality. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) It’s time to stop being intimidated by someone’s negative behavior. Start taking positive steps on your own to help strengthen your position down the line. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Look closely at that socalled golden opportunity. Best to be a cautious Cat who approaches things slowly, than one who pounces without knowing where you’ll land. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) Your apology can resolve that personal situation before it overshadows the holidays. You’ll feel better, even if you’re only partly to blame for what happened. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Avoid overtaxing yourself, even if your energy levels are high and

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kelp beds that will require some further investigation before it becomes an article. And at my first Town Council meeting, there were stories galore: La Conner owes Anacortes $40,000 — holy cow! The intersection at Morris and Maple is non-conforming, and everyone in town seems to have a story about a near miss, with confused tourists entering this strangely asymmetrical confluence of small-town traffic. The meeting was inspiring to me. The council members are putting in a lot of time for very little salary, and they are passionately wrestling with issues that will determine the future of our town. Mayor Hayes and Town Administrator John Doyle and his staff are strong calming influences, who are able to make sure that all of this is done in a legal and professional way. When the papers showed up from the printer early Wednesday morning, it was gratifying to see all of that hard work distilled into something that I have always admired and should never be taken for granted — a mirror on our local community told by vigorously protected and defended free speech. If that sounds pretentious. what did you expect from a now former editor in chief? As I packed up the mess I had made on Sandy’s desk, a woman came in with her small dog. She told me that she was a fan of my column and that made me smile. When I walked past her dog, the little bugger bit me on the ankle, and that made me mad. I wanted to bite him back. Now that would have made a story!

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NOTICE OF APPLICATION The Town of La Conner is processing a permit application for the following project that may be of interest to you. You are invited to comment on the proposal. Date: December 5, 2012 File Number: 12-42T Project Applicant: Michael Felt Project Description: The applicant is proposing to remove a large Douglas fir tree, 28” in diameter and approximately 75’ tall, on the south side of Kerstin’s Restaurant. The owner is concerned that trunk movement may compromise the structure, and falling limbs could be hazardous to customers sitting on the exposed deck under the canopy of the tree. Project Location: 505 S. First Street, La Conner, WA Date of Permit Application: November 21, 2012 Date of Determination of Completeness: November 22, 2012 Required Permits: The following local, state and federal permits/approvals are needed for the proposed project: • Tree Removal Permit - Town of La Conner Existing Environmental Documents: None required Consistency Overview: The purpose of this provision of the La Conner Municipal Code is to establish a means to protect all trees within the town rights-of-way and minimize the loss of existing significant trees due to development within the town boundaries, where feasible, and provide guidance on removal and replacement where necessary. A significant tree is defined as an evergreen or deciduous tree at least six inches in diameter at a point five feet above ground level. Preliminary determination of the development regulations that will be used for project mitigation: Town of La Conner LCMC §15.60 - Trees Public Hearing - Planning Commission • Date: December 18, 2012 • Time: 6:00 p.m. • Location: Upper Maple Center Comments: Comments on the above application must be submitted in writing to John Doyle, Planning Director, PO Box 400, La Conner, WA 98257, by 4:30 PM on December 17, 2012. Anyone submitting comments will automatically become a party of record and will be notified of any decision on the project. If you have any questions concerning this project, please contact John Doyle at (360) 466-3125. Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.

LA CONNER TOWN COUNCIL AGENDA

Tues., Dec. 11 - 6 p.m. Upper Maple Center 1. Opening Ceremonies 2. Reports 3. Unfinished Business a. Artspace Project - Status Report and Update b. Ordinance - Water Rates 4. New Business a. Fire Mountain Solar Contract Addendum 5. Community Comments 6. Miscellaneous Mayor/Council Roundtable 7. Executive Session There may be an executive session immediately preceding or following the meeting as allowed by RCW 42.30.110 and as announced by the presiding officer.

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ORDINANCE NO. 1091 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Council of the Town of La Conner, Washington, passed Ordinance No 1091 at its November 13, 2012 Town Council meeting. A summary of the Ordinance is as follows: An Ordinance amending the 2012 Budget. Complete copies of Ordinance 1091 are available at Town Hall, 204 Douglas Street, La Conner, WA. Dated this 5th day of December, 2012. Lorraine Taylor, Town Clerk Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.

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ORDINANCE NO. 1092 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Council of the Town of La Conner, Washington, passed Ordinance No 1092 at its November 13, 2012 Town Council meeting. A summary of the Ordinance is as follows: Amending Ordinance No. 1045 relating to utility taxes and fixing a rate of tax on the gross operating revenues of persons or entities operating a sewer compost utility. Complete copies of Ordinance 1092 are available at Town Hall, 204 Douglas Street, La Conner, WA. Dated this 5th day of December, 2012. Lorraine Taylor, Town Clerk Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.

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ORDINANCE NO. 1093 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Council of the Town of La Conner, Washington, passed Ordinance No 1093 at its November 13, 2012 Town Council meeting. A summary of the Ordinance is as follows: An ordinance adopting the 2013 budget. Complete copies of Ordinance 1093 are available at Town Hall, 204 Douglas Street, La Conner, WA. Dated this 5th day of December, 2012. Lorraine Taylor, Town Clerk Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.

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ORDINANCE NO. 1094 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Town Council of the Town of La Conner, Washington, passed Ordinance No 1094 at its November 13, 2012 Town Council meeting. A summary of the Ordinance is as follows: An Ordinance Restructuring and Standardizing Funds. Complete copies of Ordinance 1094 are available at Town Hall, 204 Douglas Street, La Conner, WA. Dated this 5th day of December, 2012. Lorraine Taylor, Town Clerk Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.

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NOTICE OF MEETING CANCELLATION Notice is hereby given that the Town of La Conner Park Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 12, 2012 is cancelled. Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.

NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE I NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee will on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the hour of 10:00 a.m., at the entrance/front steps of the Skagit County Courthouse located at 205 W. Kincaid Street, in the City of Mount Vernon, State of Washington, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real property, situated in the County of Skagit, State of Washington, to-wit: The East 12 feet of Lot 20, and all of Lots 21 and 22, Block 1, “CENTRAL ADDITION TO SEDRO, WASHINGTON, 1890,” as per plat recorded in Volume 1 of Plats, page 31, records of Skagit County, Washington. Situate in the City of Sedro-Woolley, County of Skagit, State of Washington, which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated January 16, 2007 and recorded January 17, 2007 under Auditor’s File No. 200701170106, records of Skagit County, Washington, which Deed of Trust is from Don Weiler and Sarah Weiler, husband and wife, as Grantors, to Land Title of Skagit County, as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of Steven K. Streitz, a married man as his separate estate, as Beneficiary. Skagit Law Group, PLLC, a Washington Professional Limited Liability Company, is now Trustee by reason of an Appointment of Successor Trustee recorded February 9, 2012 under Auditor’s File No. 201202090104, records of Skagit County, Washington. II No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: Balloon payment due January 16, 2012: $85,262.02 Late fee (unpaid December 16, 2011 installment): $72.50 Late fee (unpaid January 16, 2012 balloon): $8,672.21 Interest (as of September 4, 2012): $7,935.25 Total: $101,941.98 Failure to pay the obligation in full on demand. You are also in default for failure to pay the last half of 2011 and the first half of 2012 real property taxes. Other potential defaults do not involve payment to the Beneficiary. If applicable, each of these defaults must be cured. Listed below are categories of common defaults which do not involve payment of money to the Beneficiary. Opposite each such listed default is a brief description of the action/documentation necessary to cure the default. The list does not exhaust all possible other defaults. Any defaults identified by Beneficiary or Trustee that are not listed below must also be cured. Other Default: Action to Cure Default: TAXES/ASSESSMENTS Deliver to Successor Trustee written proof that all taxes and assessments against the property are paid current. FAILURE TO INSURE PROPERTY AGAINST HAZARD Deliver to Successor Trustee written proof that the property is insured against hazard as required by the Deed of Trust. LIENS Deliver to Successor Trustee written proof that all senior liens are paid current

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and that no other defaults exist. JUDGMENTS Deliver to Successor Trustee written proof that all senior judgments are paid current and that no other defaults exist. WASTE Cease and desist from committing waste, repair all damage to property and maintain property as required in Deed of Trust. UNAUTHORIZED SALE OF PROPERTY (DUE ON SALE) Revert title to permitted vestee. Costs and Fees: In addition to the amounts in arrears specified above, you are or may be obligated to pay the following estimated charges, costs, and fees: Trustee’s fee: $1,500.00 Title report: 678.87 Service/posting of foreclosure notices: 210.00 Long distance telephone charges 25.00 Recording fees: 168.00 Mailing costs: 125.00 Photocopies: 20.00 Subtotal: $2,726.87 Total Current Estimated Amount: $104,668.85 Additional Arrearages: Interest 9-5-12 – 12-3-12: $2,522.70 Additional Costs and Fees: Additional trustee’s or attorney’s fees: $--Publication costs: $1,000.00 Total Estimated Amount as of December 3, 2012: $108,191.55 IV The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: Principal balance of $85,262.02 as of November 16, 2011, together with interest as provided in the note or other instrument secured, and such other costs and fees as are due under the note or other instrument secured, and as are provided by statute. V The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. The sale will be without any warranty concerning the title to, or the condition of, the property, and also will be made without warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances on December 14, 2012. The default(s) referred to in paragraph III must be cured by December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale date) to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time on or before December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale date) the default(s) as set forth in paragraph III are cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any time after December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale date), and before the sale by the Borrower, Grantor, any Guarantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance paying the entire principal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees, and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust, and curing all other defaults. VI A written notice of default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following addresses: OCCUPANTS OF: 935 Alexander Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, Don A. Weiler, 24327 E. State Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, Don A. Weiler, 935 Alexander Street, SedroWoolley, WA 98284, Don A. Weiler, 1024 Cook Road, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, Sarah R. Weiler, 24327 E. State Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, Sarah R. Weiler, 1024 Cook Road, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284, Sarah R. Weiler, 935 Alexander Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284, by both first class and certified mail on July 27, 2012, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee, and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served on July 27, 2012 with said written notice of default or the written notice of default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the abovedescribed property. IX Anyone having any objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale. X THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE OF YOUR HOME. You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date on this notice to pursue mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR OR AN ATTORNEY LICENSED IN WASHINGTON NOW to access your situation and refer you to mediation if you are eligible and it may help you save your home. See

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below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Housing counselors and legal assistance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your rights and opportunities to keep your house, you may contact the following: The statewide foreclosure hotline for assistance and referral to housing counselors recommended by the Housing Finance Commission: Telephone: Toll-free: 1-877-894HOME (1-877-894-4663), Web site: http://www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/ homeownership/post_purchase_ counselors_foreclosure.htm The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Telephone: Toll-free: 1-800-569-4287, Web site: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/ hcc/fc/index.cfm?webListAction=se arch&searchstate=WA&filterSvc=d fc The statewide civil legal aid hotline for assistance and referrals to other housing counselors and attorneys: Telephone: Toll-free: 1-800-6064819, Web site: http://nwjustice. org/what-clear XI NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS The purchaser at the trustee’s sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the Deed of Trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the Deed of Trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenantoccupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 6l.24.060. XII NOTICE TO GUARANTORS If this Notice is being mailed or directed to any Guarantor, said Guarantor should be advised that: (1) the Guarantor may be liable for a deficiency judgment to the extent the sale price obtained at the trustee’s sale is less than the debt secured by the Deed of Trust; (2) the Guarantor has the same rights to reinstate the debt, cure the default, or repay the debt as is given to the Grantor in order to avoid the trustee’s sale; (3) the Guarantor will have no right to redeem the property after the trustee’s sale; (4) subject to such longer periods as are provided in the Washington Deed of Trust Act, Chapter 61.24 RCW, any action brought to enforce a guaranty must be commenced within one year after the trustee’s sale, or the last trustee’s sale under any deed of trust granted to secure the same debt; and (5) in any action for a deficiency, the Guarantor will have the right to establish the fair value of the property as of the date of the trustee’s sale, less prior liens and encumbrances, and to limit its liability for a deficiency to the difference between the debt and the greater of such fair value or the sale price paid at the trustee’s sale, plus interest and costs. The failure of the Beneficiary to provide any Guarantor the notice referred to in this section does not invalidate either the notices given to the borrower or the Grantor, or the trustee’s sale. XIII This is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. DATED this 4th day of September, 2012. SKAGIT LAW GROUP, PLLC, a Washington Professional Limited Liability Company, Successor Trustee, By /s/ Craig E. Cammock, WSBA #24185, Member, 227 Freeway Drive, Ste B/ P. O. Box 336, Mount Vernon, WA 98273, Telephone: (360) 336-1000. Published in La Conner Weekly News, November 14 and December 5, 2012.

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NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS The La Conner Co-op Preschool admits student of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. La Conner Co-op Preschool PO Box 1021 La Conner, WA 98257-1021 Attn: Margaret Kotal, Treasurer Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.

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Tues., Dec. 11 - 9 a.m. Civic Garden Club 622 S. Second St. 1. Convene Meeting 2. Attendance 3. Approval of Minutes 4. Public Comments 5. Announcements 6. Old Business a. Sidewalk poetry b. Art Maintenance Policy c. Donated Art Policy d. Sculpture purchase for the town’s permanent collection e. Action on donated sculpture (Tracy Powell Mermaid) 7. New Business a. La Conner public art audit.

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR SKAGIT COUNTY In the Matter of the Estate of ROBERT R. HART, Deceased. No. 12 4 00387 4 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 non-probate assets. Date of first publication: November 28, 2012. MARJORIE E. HART 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, November 28, December 5 and 12, 2012.

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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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NOTICE OF MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Dike District 9 and Drainage District 22 will meet on the second Monday of each month at 2 p.m. Meetings are held at 2 p.m. Meetings are held at the home of Alan Mesman, 12609 Dodge Valley Rd., Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.

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NOTICE OF MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Commissioners will meet on the second Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. Meetings are held at the home of Gail Thulen, 12852 Dodge Valley Rd., Mount Vernon, WA 98273. Published in La Conner Weekly News, December 5, 2012.


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LIBRARY DONATION – The Northwest Polo Club founders, Harry H. Hart, III, left, and Abel Luis Estraviz, third from left, with La Conner Library officials and volunteers Jean York, second from left, Richard Wisniewski, Joy Neal, B.J. Carol and Betty Roald. – Photo by Garry Cline

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By Abel Luis Estraviz La Conner Library Thrift Shop was the recipient of a large donation from the Northwest Polo Club. Among the donated goods from Northwest Polo Club were K2 skis, a snowboard, and a full weightlifting work bench. Harry Hart, III, who is a Skagit Valley native, is president of the Northwest Polo Club and made the drive from Seattle with the donated goods. The thrift store opened in the former hardware store at 520 Morris Street, and profits go toward the new library building planned for the site. “The strength of a community can be found in its library and educational system” Hart said. Hart and the polo club’s cofounder, Abel Luis Estraviz, plan to establish and construct a polo club and are considering La Conner as a location. Estraviz played in the Governor’s Cup held at the La Conner Polo Club grounds near town on George Dill’s farm. “It’s a charming town, with so much to offer visitors, from beautiful views, to lovely shops, and I, of course, have to mention the amazingly welcoming people,” said Hart. Anyone interested in getting involved with the La Conner Library can drop by the Library Thrift Store. The writer is Vice-President and Co-Founder of the Northwest Polo Club.

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said Scott Wyatt, chairman of the board of trustees for the Conservancy’s Washington chapter and managing partner at the NBBJ, a leading international architectural firm. “As part of the team, I am committed to giving the people of Washington tangible opportunities to participate as an advocate, volunteer or funder for important conservation efforts. I look forward to working together to build on the chapter’s legacy of benefiting nature and people,” Stevens said. The Washington Chapter of the Nature Conservancy is headquartered in Seattle, with conservation programs focused on Puget Sound, the Washington coast, Eastern Washington forests and Washington’s sagelands. Stevens replaces Karen Anderson, who resigned earlier this year to have more family time with her young children. He will oversee a staff of 73 and an annual budget of about $18 million.

Puget Sound Energy fined

State regulators have fined Puget Sound Energy (PSE) $430,000 for improperly charging residential disconnect-visit fees to electricity and natural gas customers. The investigation into Puget Sound Energy’s records showed customers being improperly charged for disconnect fees dating as far as 2009. PSE employees can only charge the fee if they are dispatched to the residence to disconnect electric or natural gas service, and once there, collect a payment to stop the disconnection. In the investigation, it was revealed that PSE was charging this fee when its employees left a 24-hour termination notice or attempted to collect a payment. The investigation also found PSE was making house calls solely for the purpose of attempting to collect a payment on delinquent amounts owed by customers. In addition to the penalty, the utility has now refunded the $13 improper disconnect-visit fees to more than 9,000 customers. Puget Sound Energy has agreed to cease these collection visits, and they are not allowed to pass any of the penalty costs to customers through rates. For affected PSE customers who could not be refunded, the utility agreed to contribute an amount equal to the refund to the PSE HELP, the company’s lowincome assistance fund.   The UTC is the state agency that regulates private, investorowned electric and natural gas utilities in Washington. It is the commission’s responsibility to ensure regulated companies provide safe and reliable service to customers at reasonable rates, while allowing them the opportunity to earn a fair profit.  A copy of the penalty complaint may be found at www.utc. wa.gov/111465.

A big thank-you to Bob and Ann Bideau of Shelter Bay for their generous donation of our beautiful Christmas tree displayed in Gilkey Square! Bob and Ann were part of the celebration Saturday night, looking on as the high school band played, under the direction of Brian Fraser, and as Santa arrived on La Conner’s antique fire truck with Fire Chief Dan Taylor and then later when the Grinch made a surprise visit! This is the second year in which a local resident has generously donated a tree from their property for the town to use as our centerpiece for December. Many people contributed to the festivities Saturday night including: Town of La Conner Public Works for picking up the tree and installing and decorating it; Brian Fraser and the high school band for all the holiday music; Georgia Johnson and her high school class for making all of the beautiful cookies; Lori Buher from the high school for dispersing cookies and cheer; Pauline Smith and her staff from La Conner Retirement Inn for the delicious peppermint hot chocolate to keep our hands and insides warm; La Conner Kiwanis for the tents; the businesses around Gilkey Square that allowed kids and adults to come in and get warm; and, of course, Santa Claus for lighting the tree with help from many of his “elves” and hearing all of their wishes. Oh, yes, the Grinch shook hands with Santa and caught the Christmas spirit!

Kudos to Nell Thorn

From Seattle Magazine’s “Best of 2012,” which named the best “Destination Dining Northwest Restaurant 2012 — Nell Thorn: “Let’s pretend for a moment that La Conner isn’t in one of the lushest landscapes within two hours of Seattle, that its historic main drag isn’t so charming it could almost make you cry, and that we all don’t secretly dream of retiring there someday. Even if the popular day-trip destination (see page 50) was a barren wasteland, its must-try eatery, Nell Thorn, would still be worth the journey. But the fact of the matter is, you just can’t separate this 12-year-old restaurant and pub from the land around it. A chalkboard in the entryway of the converted Craftsman home greets you with a list of the local Skagit Valley farms, whose organic produce, humanely raised meats and artisan cheeses are currently on the menu. Husband-and-wife owners Susan and Casey Schanen have been focused on organic,

local and sustainable since before all that was trendy. And much of what comes out of their kitchen — such as the wild salmon with buttermilk mashed russet and Yukon potatoes, beurre blanc and local hazelnuts — is made from scratch, as Susan says, ‘one plate of handmade food at a time.’”

Small shop Saturdays

Like many small towns across America, the heart and soul of La Conner is — in part — due to the wonderful merchant community we have. Not only do they work hard to find unique and interesting items that you’ll never find in a big-box store, but they continually give back in so many important ways. If good things come in small packages, and wonderful things come from small shops, we invite you to find both this holiday season in La Conner. Please shop local for your holiday and everyday gifts!

Season of Giving

For the fourth consecutive year, businesses throughout La Conner are participating in the Season of Giving campaign by donating 10 percent of their holiday sales on three consecutive Sundays to local non-profit organizations, including Hospice of Northwest Washington, Humane Society of Skagit County, and Boys and Girls Club of Skagit County. This Sunday, Dec. 9, the beneficiary is the Boys & Girls Club of Skagit County. Look for the poster at: Amylynn Richards Photography, Blackfish Gallery, Calico Cupboard, CleverKathy Embroidery, Cottons, Courtyard Gallery, Earthenworks, Edward Jones, Fabric D’eva, Fairy Godmother’s Unlimited, Ginger Grater, Go Outside, Hotel Planter, Katy’s Inn, La Conner Brewing Co., Channel Lodge, Country Inn, La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib House, Mary Davis Vintage Lighting, Morris Street Antiques, Nasty Jack’s, Native Springs, Nell Thorn, Olive Shoppe, Red Door Gifts, Seeds Bistro & Bar, Sempre Italiano, Skagit River Boutique & Traders, Skagit Valley Styles, Step Outside, The Stall, The Wild Iris, Vintage Thrift Shop, Wood Merchant and Wyman Park. Whew! Be sure to visit www. LaconnerChamber.com or call 466-4778 to find more details on upcoming events.

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Aqiimuk’s POLICE BLOTTER Kitchen Monday Nov. 26

By Patricia Aqiimuk Paul, Esq. You know how you buy the biggest bag of fresh cranberries when they are in season because they look so good, and cranberries go with everything in the holiday season? Well, if you have extra cranberries, here’s a treat for the taste buds!

Cranberry Cherry Pie

5:13 p.m.: Theft – Someone in the Pleasant Ridge area reported that a 25-horsepower Yamaha outboard motor was stolen off their boat sometime over the past week.

Tuesday Nov. 27

restroom on Morris Street in La Conner. Firefighters were able to get the guy out, and he was given a ride home.

Sunday Dec. 2

4:44 a.m.: Noisy kids – There was a complaint about loud juveniles at an apartment, 900 block Maple Ave. in La Conner. They quieted down when the deputy showed up. 8 :31 a.m. : False alarm – A business alarm went off at a business near the Conway Post Office. A deputy checked and found everything was OK.

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