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Coal terminal raises concern Local waters could be used to ship millions of pounds of coal By Phillip Holder Special to the Islands’ Weekly

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is holding a Public Hearing on February 13th at 7:00pm at the LCCA to present to the public a plan for operations, financial projections and a tax funding request for the Lopez Solid Waste Facility. There will be time for public testimony and a question and answer session. All Lopez residents are encouraged to attend. Check the Port of Lopez website for more information www.portoflopez.com

passages (nearly three per day) transporting tens of millions of tons of Wyoming coal to China. SSA Marine/Carrix (owned 49 percent by Goldman Sachs), Peabody Coal, and BNSF railroad want to move 48 millions tons of coal annually, from Wyoming’s Powder River Basin strip mines on publicly owned lands, to a 350 acre coal terminal to be built northwest of Bellingham. Carried by up to 18 uncovered trains a day, each up to 1.6 miles long, the coal would be piled at Cherry Point. To prevent spontaneous combustion, the coal will have to be turned over regularly with huge front-end loaders — creating significant dust.

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A coal train passes along the Bellingham waterfront between a popular hotel/spa and the Taylor Street Dock. From the coal terminal, the coal will be loaded on Capesize — too big for Panama Canal passage — and Panamax ships, and

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transported through the Salish Sea for burning by power plants in Asia. The ships would return empty of cargo, each carrying up to 17 million gallons of Asian ballast water, to be released before coal reloading at Cherry Point. Proponents tout that jobs will be created at Cherry Point, and say that the proposal will help the trade balance between the U.S. and China. But some on the islands and the mainland wonder whether the overall costs of this scheme actually exceed the benefits, and point to several potential impacts on communities, businesses, and the Salish Sea ecosystem. “In the San Juan islands, 95 percent of the herring that is available to be eaten comes from the shallows around Cherry Point,� said Russell Barsh, director of Kwiaht, the Lopez-based Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea. “Cherry Point is the last remaining spawning area that hasn’t been severely impacted by people, and a coal terminal there would have a huge negative impact. Herring is the basis for marine life in the central Salish sea, and we don’t have enough as it is to support seals, dolphins, salmon, and sea birds.� Barsh also raises concerns about increased shipping traffic, “There’s too many close SEE COAL, PAGE 8


Community Calendar TUES, FEB 7

FORUM: Coal Hard Truth Forum, 6 -9 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. CLASSES: Nia Class, 10 -11 a.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. WEDS, FEB 8

CLASSES: Creating with Movement and Voice Monthly Meeting, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, call 4682203. THURS, FEB 9

MEETINGS: Port of Lopez

Monthly Meeting, 7 - 9 p.m.,

Grace Church Parrish Hall. For more info, contact www.portoflopez.com.

MEETINGS: Community Drop-in

Opportunity, 5-6:30 p.m., library meeting room, for anyone who wants to learn more about the Lopez School Bond on the ballot due Feb. 14. Superintendent Bill Evans, Finance Director Joan Hartjes Love, and School Board Directors will answer questions.

MEETINGS: Camp Nor’wester movie and open house, 7 - 9 p.m., Lopez Middle School Commons. For more info, call Camp Office at 360-468-2225 or email norwester@rockisland.com.

MEETINGS: “Got dirt? - Soil

Development,� 10 a.m., Woodmen Hall. “Got Dirt� is the topic for the Lopez Island Garden Club meeting. Ian Lange, professor of geology at the University of Montana, will be the featured speaker. Coffee and

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Under the council’s proposed Critical Area Ordinance, applicants will be required to navigate a complex set of rules and restrictions to get the County’s approval for the use of their land. Applicants will have to prove they will not “impact� the environment with the

goodies at 9:30 a.m.

MEETINGS: Sheila Tallmon,

The Director Of Camp Nor’wester, will be at the Lopez Island Middle School Commons to show the 2011 summer video and answer questions about the program, refreshments at 7 p.m., movie starts at 7:15 p.m. RSVP to 468-2225 or norwester@rockisland. com. Past Directors Paul Henriksen and Christa Campbell will also be in attendance. FRI, FEB 10 ART: “Art from the Heart,� 5 - 7 p.m., Chimera Gallery.The show runs Feb.10 through March 9 Gallery Hours:ThursdaySaturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am – 3pm. Lopez Village Plaza, next to Cafe La Boheme and Holly B’s Bakery. (360) 468-3265. www.ChimeraGallery.com. SAT, FEB 11 OUTDOORS: Intro to Birding, 10 a..m. - 1 p.m., library.This 6-week course in $75. Space is limited. Learn the fundamentals of ornithology and how to create the first impression of a bird’s iden-

“development� they propose on their land and implement expensive “mitigation� of the theoretical impacts. In the draft ordinance being written by the county’s planning staff the rules are vague, with the “Director� being given the final authority to decide on the approval or denial of a citizen’s permit application. Under the proposed ordinance, the unelected Director becomes the most powerful and authoritative person in the permitting process. Let’s hope the county has a director with the

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tity. Call 376-4795 to register. Feb. 11- March 17.

MOVIE: Free Saturday Movie, 24 p.m., library.

MUSIC: Benefit Concert for LIRFC with Lang Langford,

7- 9 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

GARAGE SALE: Huge garage

sale to benefit Mexico orphanage,10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Lopez Community Church.

MEETING: Parent Meeting and Coffee Hour,9 a.m. - 12 p.m.,

Grace Church Fellowship Hall. Call Mikah Smith for more info at 468-2201 ext 2109 or email msmith@ lopez.k12.wa.us. MON, FEB 13

MEETING: LCCA Board Meeting,

5 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, free.

MEETING: Public Hearing on Lopez Transfer Station, 7 p.m.,

Lopez Center for Community and the Arts. TUES, FEB. 14 MEETING: Enchanted Quilters Monthly Meeting, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Woodmen Hall,

wisdom of Solomon-not likely based on recent experience. When it comes to balancing the CAO with the other normal planning goals such as housing, the economy, transportation, or the property rights of citizens, only the natural environment is of importance to the majority of the council. Nothing else matters. There has never been a serious attempt to see how the CAO proposals would play out against the other requirements of the GMA. As citizens, we should be asking our elected officials to balance and consider all of the interests of the islands residents; not just the narrow agendas of a small group of environmentalists. JOSEPH RYAN Roche Harbor

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CAO: unintended may matter most As I read the 51 pages of the Community Development and Planning staff report and proposed CAO ordinance general regulations the other night I broke out in a cold sweat trying to wrap my mind around the complexity of these regulations and restrictions. I am no slouch when it comes to critical analysis and unraveling complex issues, but I have trouble finding the time to keep up with these proposed regulations, much less predicting the impact they will have on our community. San Juan County already has extensive development regulations to protect critical areas and my greatest fear if these additional restrictions are enacted is the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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p.m., library. Bring your best chocolate dessert, and vote for your favorite. Suggested donation $5, one vote per donation. Children free with a parent. Must be a Friends of the Library member to be eligible for prizes, memberships available at the door. Proceeds support library programs. TUES, FEB 21 READING: Literary Salon, 7 p.m., library.

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monthly meeting featuring artist and quilt maker Penny Torkington. She brings her story and a fabulous trunk show. WEDS, FEB. 15 FORUM: Public forum on the Wetlands Section of the Critical Areas Ordinance, 1:15- 3:15 p.m. Grace Church. For more info, call 378 2319. Sponsored by the Friends of the San Juans. SAT, FEB 18 DANCE: Contra Dance, 7:30 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

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READING: Storytime, 11 a.m.

- 12 p.m., Helen Anderson Children’s Room at the library. THURS, FEB 23

CLASSES: Digital Photos Management 101, 6- 8 p.m.,

library. Learn to download and organize photos, create albums, email photos, order prints with Lou Pray using Picasa, a free web-based program. Bring a digital camera & PC or Mac laptop. (Some available – please ask in advance). Meets 2 consecutive Thursdays. $15. Fee Preregistration req’d. Call 468-4117 or visit www.lifrc.org. SUN, FEB 26

READING: Author/ Poet Reading,

7 - 9 p.m., library. Join author Elizabeth Austen reading from her new book, Every Dress a Decision, and poet Dorothy Trogden reading from her debut collection,Tall Woman Looking. This event is co-sponsored by: Friends of Lopez Island Library TUES, FEB 28

MOVIE: SJC Council Meeting, Video Conference, 9 a.m. - 12

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For example, our county has done a fine job of supporting and encouraging the development of local farms so that we all have access to fresh, safe foods grown in a sustainable manner that preserves the integrity of our land. I know something about this because my husband and I own and operate a small farm on San Juan Island. Yet, if these onerous regulations are adopted by our County Council, farmers may not be able to clear dead trees and debris so that crops can be planted. Orchards may not be allowed. Local farmers may not be able to stay in business. I doubt that is the intent, but that could be the outcome. The Voluntary Stewardship program is a nod toward addressing the particular issue of agricultural land, but if you read the background documents they are vague, undefined and strike me as an additional layer of oversight at a cost to taxpayers (us) and farmers. In any case, farm land is just one example of what could go wrong with these good intentions. I don’t think the County Council has considered or can predict the impact these added restrictions will have on the viability of our community. So beware the Law of Unintended Consequences, and if you think these changes won’t affect you because you don’t have a waterfront home‌ think again. Pay attention to what is being proposed and let your voice be heard. Call or write your County Councilperson today. PEG GERLOCK San Juan Island


Local youth recognized at national conference By Julie Summers Special to the Islands’ Weekly

Members of the Lopez Island Prevention Coalition and the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition are in Washington, D.C. this week for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Leadership Forum. For the 22nd year, CADCA is bringing together nearly 3,000 people for the nation’s largest training for substance abuse prevention and treatment professionals. Forum attendees will have the opportunity to choose from over 100 training courses that will provide skills and strategies for preventing substance use and addressing related problems. They will also hear from keynote

speakers, including Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and will have the chance to meet senators and members of Congress during CADCA’s Capitol Hill Day. The San Juan County delegates include LIPC and SJIPC Executive Coordinators Georgeana Cook and Cynthia Stark-Wickman, as well as two 2011 Lopez graduates, Teddy McCullough and Alex Cook. These four have been chosen as presenters and will offer a workshop on mentoring for success and sustainability. McCullough was recently announced as this year’s winner of CADCA’s Outstanding Youth Leader Award and will be recognized in a ceremony during the forum.

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New owners of The Bay Cafe By Kristin Shea Special to the Islands’ Weekly Kristin and Tim Shea are the new owners of The Bay Cafe

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Lopez Island community. Upon our first visit to “The Bayâ€? we knew it was a special place and the perfect setting to fulfill a longtime dream of owning our own restaurant. With a combined 35 years in the hospitality industry, we are so excited to deliver quality northwest cuisine along with exceptional, personalized service. Before signing on as the new owner of The Bay, Tim spent the last 11 years as a server, manager and maĂŽtre d’ at Bis on Main in Bellevue, Wash. under the direction of owner and mentor, Joe Vilardi. The regulars at Bis became and continue to be an extension of our family and we hope to introduce them to the island very soon. Prior to his tenure at Bis, Tim worked for Schwartz Brothers Restaurants, as a busser, line cook, head chef and finally, a general manager. I started my career as a hostess for Schwartz Brothers Restaurants and eventually went on to work for MTM Hotels as a director of events for The Woodmark Hotel, Hotel 1000 and The Sorrento Hotel, specializing in weddings and social occasions. I currently work for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a cause close to my heart. As northwest natives, we love the outdoors – sailing, hiking with our dog, taking scenic drives and eating great food. We look forward to getting to know everyone

and having the opportunity to serve you soon. Winter hours for the restaurant will be Wednesday through Sunday, opening at 5

p.m. for dinner. We hope to open seven days a week during the summer for dinner, lunch and weekend brunch.

He is a student at American University. In January, he began an internship with the ONDCP. Alex Cook received the Outstanding Youth Leader Award last year. “Each year, only one recipient is chosen out of nominees across the country, so it’s remarkable that two youth from our tiny island have won the award back-to-back,� said Georgeana Cook. “The forum will be a great opportunity to honor Teddy’s achievements, to network with other coalitions, and to gain knowledge and skills that we can bring back to Lopez and implement in our community.� CADCA is a national membership organization representing over 5,000 coalitions and affiliates working to make communities safe, healthy, and drug-free. CADCA’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions by providing technical assistance

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Teddy McCullough is this year’s winner of CADCA’s Outstanding Youth Leader Award. and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, conferences, and special events. To learn more about CADCA and the National Leadership Forum, visit www.cadca.org.

Upcoming parent meeting at Grace Church The Lopez Island Family Resource Center and the Prevention Coalition continue to co-sponsor Parent Meetings on the island, with the next meeting scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11. Shahn McGuire, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from San Juan Island, will come to Lopez to discuss the issues

of building self-esteem in children and practicing self-care for parents and guardians. The meeting will start 9 a.m. at the Grace Church Fellowship Hall. Coffee, tea, and some morning snacks will be provided. If you need childcare please let the LIFRC know in advance. Contact Mikah Smith for more info at

468-2201 ext 2109, or by email msmith@lopez.k12. wa.us, or at the LIFRC at 468-4117.

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Kristin and Tim Shea, the new owners of the Bay Cafe.

Worship Services in the Islands LOPEZ ISLAND CHRIST THE KING COMMUNITY CHURCH, Now meeting at 10:00 AM at the Lopez Elementary School in the multi-purpose room. Find us on the web: www. CTKonline.com/lopez or email lopez@CTKonline.com GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, welcomes you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:30 am. Fisherman Bay Road at Sunset Lane. 468-3477. Everyone welcome! LOPEZ ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH, 91 Lopez Road. Sunday School: pre-school through adult 9:30 am; Worship at 10:30 am. Pastor Jeff Smith 468-3877. LUTHERAN CHURCH IN THE SAN JUANS, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Center Church on Davis Bay Road. Also in Friday Harbor at 9:15 a.m. in St. David’s and in Eastsound at 2:00 p.m. in Emmanual. Pastor Anne Hall, 378-6310. QUAKER WORSHIP GROUP Meetings will be Sundays at 10 am at the home of Ron Metcalf, 6363 Fisherman Bay Road. Children’s program. Everyone welcome. Phone 468-2129. Email: lopezfriends@gmail.com ST. FRANCIS CATHOLIC CHURCH Come worship with us at Center Church on Davis Bay Rd. We welcome you to join us for Mass at 10:45 am on Saturday. Call 3782910 for Mass times on San Juan and Orcas Islands. 5Ă°Ă­*ÝôÊÜÏÝ8Ă­Ă­ĂłĂ´Ä rÿÿÿĂąĂťĂ´ĂŠĂśĂŹĂťĂżĂ­Ă­ĂłĂ´Ä Íáþr February 7, 2012 – Page 3


Stories of love... from a few different angles

Giving the gift of song

the show are Susie and Nick Teague on vocals, Jeff Nichols on drums, John Polstra on bass, Doug Kram on guitar, John Seibold on harmonica and Todd Goldsmith running the sound system. Langford will sing and play his four guitars, which are each tuned for a specific genre of music from blues to Hawaiian slack-key guitar. He calls the instruments his “trucks� because “they work and they work hard.� The benefit show is coming at a time when many islanders are in need of energy and heating assistance, Froning said. LIFRC already has families on a waiting list to receive such assistance during these colder months. Langford said he probably wouldn’t do a show simply for himself, but singing as a way to help others gives the show more meaning. “Performing is completing the circle,� said Langford. “You as the performer is like giving a gift, but it doesn’t become a real gift until someone receives it and their reaction is like a gift back to me. And then donating the funds to LIFRC really completes the circle.�

One musician’s love of song and community By Cali Bagby

Lane Langford knew he wanted to play guitar after listening to the Everly Brothers play “By Bye Love� when he was a boy. When his father bought him a guitar he would play at a nearby house that was under construction. At night when the workers left, he crept up the stairway to strum chords and listen to the sounds reverberate throughout the half-built rooms.

“The sound of the guitar and the harmonizing just got me,� Langford said. It was love at first sound. Now he’s playing within the walls of the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts, Saturday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., for a benefit concert called “Warmth In The Depth Of Winter.� All net proceeds will benefit Lopez Island Family Resource Center, which offers programs and services

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to support, enrich, educate, and empower the Lopez community. “We’re delighted that Lane would take initiative to do this work for our organization,� said Stephanie Froning, LIFRC office support. “It’s so cool and thoughtful.� But it wasn’t easy. Langford first had to convince himself that he could take on such a big project. As an artist, he said he prepares for the worst and does have the occasional dream of walking up on stage only to stare out into empty chairs, but he said his fears of no one showing up in such a tightknit community as Lopez Island is slim. And once he started choosing the song list he realized he just had to do the show. He describes the show’s music as eclectic — featur-

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the tunes are influenced by the 60s and early 70s, and his time in Hawaii. “One song is different than the next,� Langford said. “And there will be some cover songs, but those are a surprise.� Other islanders featured in

Love through acts of kindness celebrate Singles Awareness Day, eating chocolates and heart-shaped candies, watching sappy movies, and cynically declaring disdain for the commercial exploitation of this holiday. But hopefully people on

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New girl tells her love story By Emily Matthews Special to the Islands’ Weekly

Do you remember what a drag it was back in grade school days of yore when everyone would exchange valentines and you wouldn’t get one, or at least maybe not the one you were secretly hoping for? Well, valentines come in all shapes and sizes and forms. And this is mine. To you. My name is Emily. I’m that relatively new person to Lopez you might have seen around town. The one who teaches Italian and has partially purple hair, both of which tend to separate me from the herd. Everyone I encounter asks me where I’m from, and how did I come to Lopez. I’ve largely avoided answering those questions, not really knowing how to explain the details entirely truthfully without sounding like a total wack-job. Lopez has taught me that choosing to “fly one’s freak flag is actually a red badge of courage. As is any good valentine, if you stop to think about it. So: You’ve been asking? Okay; I’m finally answering: I encountered a man and his dog one day, a couple of years ago, at some rocks overlooking the Atlantic Ocean not far from my house in New England. He was an older photographer, just returned from the Himalayas. I was still a younger woman then, despite being recently returned from two arduous years in the Balkans, which left me manifestly third-world traumatized. More or less mute, in fact as hard as that is to believe, for those of you who know me now. The photographer was the first person I’d spoken to in quite some time, for his having asked all the right

questions and none of the usual ones. We commenced an amorous relationship, falling in love — to varying degrees — with one another. I was studying Italian cinema, literature and language at a university in Boston those days, going to his home not far from school after class. There was only one way I knew to get from Kenmore, where I lived, to Union Squares, where he lived: down an avenue taking me past a specific progression of side streets bearing oldfashioned black-on-white street signs which read in succession “Emily,� “Lopez,� “Pacific,� and “Valentine.� There was even a “Decatur�—apparently also a part of your history having to do with Lopez Sound, making the series of signs that much more difficult to ultimately dismiss. Aside from my very own first name being at the lead, the continuum of street signs didn’t seem immediately significant to me until, shortly thereafter, the photographer explained he was leaving town for a longer than usual time—during my October birthday, in fact— to go visit good friends in the Pacific Northwest. He hoped I’d understand. Upon returning, he showed me his most wondrous pho-

tographs of a magical green place with trees that glowed red in the sunset: your madrona. He’d been on the island of Lopez. Driving down that avenue to the photographer’s home to find and reconnect with him again after such a lengthy absence—this time—those black and white street signs practically leapt off their poles at me That was back then, and this is now, of course. I used to tell myself that one day, I would find me, Emily, on Lopez, in the Pacific, with my valentine, the photographer. — Read the conclusion of Emily’s love story in the Feb. 14 edition of the Weekly.

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Valentine’s Day debate can look beyond it and realize the importance of showing love year-round — not just to family and friends, but to individuals, to your community, and to the earth. This week Feb. 13-19 is Random Acts of Kindness Week. Join people across the country in celebrating it by trying out some of these ideas — or come up with your own. Show kindness to just one person Leave extra money when you pay for your coffee and tell the barista to use it to pay for the next customer. Buy a ferry pass for the person in line behind you. Pay the disposal fee for the person behind you at the dump. Send a thank you card – even if it’s long overdue. Offer a night of free babysitting to a family you know. Invite a neighbor over for coffee or a meal. Purchase an extra ticket for an event – a basketball game, a concert, a play – and let the ticket sellers give it away to someone in line after you. Show kindness to your community Donate to Lopez Fresh (at

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Valentine’s Day at the Galley Italian is the Food of Romance Starters such as Antipasti, Oysters Mignonette, Baked Oysters Provençale,‌ (more, plus regular menu) Entrees such as Lamb Pizzaola, Cappelini Pomodoro, Mussels Marinara, Clam Linguini al Pesto, Shrimp Scampi, Calamari Picatta, Ribeye Steak Palermo, Pasta Vongole, Oysters Provençale, Pasta Puttanesca, Special Pizzas, Plus Portobello Mushroom Satchels, Crab Stuffed Salmon and Beef Wellington‌ (more, plus regular menu) Wine Specials Desserts such as Chocolate Fondue, Tiramisu, and Chocolate Molten Cakes, ‌(and more) Your Reservation Is Appreciated

the LIFRC) or to the food bank (at Grace Church). Donate a bag of pet food to the Animal Protection Society. Donate used books in good condition to the library. Show kindness to the earth Go for a walk along a street or the beach and pick up trash. (You can get litter bags at the dump, fill them up, and dispose of them for free.) If you haven’t already, invest in a reusable water

bottle and reusable containers for lunch or leftovers. Participate in a work day with the Conservation Corps. Keep the kindness going year-round by challenging yourself to practice a random act of kindness once a month. Or add more kindness to your daily, weekly, or monthly schedule by volunteering at a local nonprofit. — Julie Summers is an intern for the Lopez Island Prevention Coalition.

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College in Nashville, Tenn., and Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Ala. Fay and Gene married in 1953, lived their early years in Baton Rouge, La., and then moved to Westport, Conn., in 1964, where they lived until they retired to the Pacific Northwest in 1992. During those 28 years in Connecticut, they raised their family; Gene worked as an executive for Exxon Mobil; and Fay passionately volunteered her energy and love to many community service organizations, most of which involved caring for children and adults with intellectual/ developmental disabilities. A shining example is STAR, Inc. — Lighting the Way, of Norwalk, Conn. After moving to Mercer Island and Lopez Island, Fay

redirected her compassion and energy into Alcoholics Anonymous -— particularly in helping women, and especially newcomers to meetings, to overcome the ravages of alcohol addiction. She was an active member of the Eastside AA Intergroup and the Alano Club of Bellevue. Two days before her death, she spoke at her favorite Saturday women’s group meeting — all who attended were blessed. Fay’s ashes were buried in a private, family inurnment ceremony, next to her two precious children in their family plot at EvergreenWashelli Cemetery in Seattle. Her epitaph reads: “She treasured what was common and what was priceless equally. She wrestled hard with the

angels and she made of her life something particular and real. We will miss how she looked into our deepest parts, no matter how dark, no matter how lonely, and called them precious...� A Memorial Service to celebrate Fay’s wonderful life will be held at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Fay W. McBrayer memorials may be made to “The Fay W. McBrayer Memorial Scholarship Fund� more info, go to the followat STAR, Inc. – Lighting the ing website — www.starincClick Way, a leading not-for-profit lightingtheway.org/ on “donate� and check “The organization serving the Fay W. McBrayer Memorial intellectually/developmentally disabled of all ages. They Scholarship Fund�. Donations are located at: 182 Wolfpit to this scholarship fund will Ave., Norwalk, CT 06851. For be matched, one for one.

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sector) is driven by exports of consumers goods to countries around the world, including the US. So in a way, consumption in the U.S. is partially responsible for the demand for coal extraction and export. It’s certainly crucial to consider the impacts of the coal train but also important to connect the issue to a more personal level.� Lopez residents can hear details and ask questions at the “Ships, Spills and SeaLevel Rise — Coal Hard Truth� forum, moderated by Matt Krogh, North Sound Baykeeper with RESources for Sustainable Communities on Tuesday, Feb.7, 6 - 8 p.m., Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.

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will include preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement under state and federal laws to address the impacts of the project. The initial step in preparing an EIS is called “scoping.� During the scoping phase, members of the public can raise issues they believe need to be studied. The scoping period has not yet been announced but is expected sometime this spring. “The whole situation is very interesting to me. Enduring impacts from natural resource exports to other countries is perhaps an unfamiliar phenomenon for the U.S., but it is very commonplace in developing countries,� said Chom Greacon, a member of the Islands Energy Coalition and an international energy consultant. “A difference here is that much of China’s hunger for coal (75 percent of energy demand is from the industrial

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passes and close misses,� he said. “With so many of these huge ships navigating our waters, it’s only a matter of time before there’s a major accident, and the consequences to sea life would be extremely high.� Other potential problems include: -loss of tourism, customers, business revenues, and jobs, and damage to the islands’ quality of life -delays of ferry and private marine transportation; safety

hazards to small fishing, commuter, recreational, and tour boats - spillage of coal, oil and/or fuel from vessel mishaps - traffic delays at “at-grade� rail crossings on mainland traffic routes connecting to marine transportation to the islands - substantial taxpayer revenues required to mitigate these impacts. SSA Marine is required by federal and state law and Whatcom County regulations to obtain several permits from federal, state, and local government agencies. The permitting process

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‘A Broken Consort’ features rare instruments “A Broken Consort,� the second of five 2012 Salish Sea Early Music Festival performances on the San Juans is 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 11 on Lopez at Grace Church. The show is a rare explora-

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tion of renaissance chamber music on period instruments featuring Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance tenor and bass transverse flutes, Shula Kleinerman on the off-theshoulder renaissance violin and John Lenti on renaissance lute. The musicians hope to recast the songs of love and passion from the years between 1500 and 1650 with

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