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Welcome to Anacortes! However you’ve arrived, whether on a scenic flight, ferry ride or pleasure boat cruise, or on a drive through beautiful Fidalgo Island, you’ve felt the change of pace and already experienced some of what’s wonderful about this special place. You’re invited to “Coast In and Hang Out” — as our chamber of commerce puts it — and discover even more, whether you’re here for a long weekend or looking to put down roots. Anacortes used to be known as the Gateway to the San Juans. Not anymore. Sure there’s a state ferry terminal here that can take you to the islands, but this historic city has long been a destination all its own. Our guide can help you discover, or rediscover, all the things that keep people coming back here. As a seaside community, Anacortes has long been tied to waters surrounding Fidalgo Island. We still work and play on the water, and you’ll find so much to do. The whale watching here is world class, and the kayaking, boating, sailing, fishing, crabbing and scuba diving opportunities here are hard to beat. Anacortes has a long history of preserving open space and boasts wonderful parks and preserves. The Anacortes Community Forest Lands are one of the city’s treasures: 2,800 acres forever preserved from development. A trail system stretches more than 50 miles for use by hikers and bicyclists. The arts are another ingredient that make this such a vibrant place.You’ll encounter wonderful murals and sculptures around town, and there are numerous galleries, concerts and community theater productions. We celebrate it all at the town’s biggest annual event, the three-day Anacortes Arts Festival that begins the first Friday in August. Strong schools are important to Anacortes residents. Levies pass regularly, the most recent this year with a whopping 76 percent yes vote. Test scores here are consistently above the state’s average. Our hospital enjoys strong support as well and recently completed a major expansion and renovation. Not many cities our size have such excellent health care facilities, and even fewer support a museum and library at the level Anacortes does. It adds up to a special place indeed. Welcome, and enjoy your stay whether it’s a day or lifetime.

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Table of contents History & Heritage............................................................... 6 Tribes, Museums

Anacortes Today..................................................................10 Maps....................................................................18-19, 21, 23 Anacortes, Guemes Island, South Fidalgo

Viewpoints............................................................................22 Recreation............................................................................24 Whales, Kayaking, Marinas, Golfing, Tennis, Pool, Farmers Market, Forest Lands, Parks

Arts........................................................................................30 Events.....................................................................................32 Weather................................................................................33 Advertiser Index.................................................................34 Kiwanis Waterfront Park

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HISTORY & HERITAGE Rich natural resources and navigable waterways attracted residents to the Anacortes area long before the first European explorers and settlers arrived. Native peoples have lived here for 10,000 years. Swinomish territory included parts of Whidbey and Fidalgo islands, and the tribe’s reservation was established on southeast Fidalgo in 1873. The Samish lived on Samish, Guemes and Fidalgo islands, but became scattered for a time after government errors prevented them from receiving a reservation or benefits. The tribe has offices, an RV park, a preschool, an art gallery and a higher profile in Anacortes since regaining 6

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federal recognition in 1996. The area’s Spanish names date back to explorers such as Carrasco and Narvaez, who started mapping the area in 1790 and 1791. Explorers were soon followed by trappers after the once-abundant sea otter and beaver. In the 1850s, settlers staked land claims at Fern Prairie, now March Point, and raised fruit, hops, cabbage, cauliflower seed and cattle. By 1873 the island had nine white women, and several settlers had Native wives. In 1876 Amos Bowman and his wife moved near Ship Harbor. In 1877 Bowman established a post office with the Spanish-sounding name Anacortes, derived from his wife’s maiden name — Annie Curtis. Bowman promoted Anacortes as a shipping center. In the boom year 1890, the population jumped from 200 to 2,000 based on speculation the town would become terminus of the transcontinental railroad. Land prices jumped from $50 an acre to as much as $3,000 for a corner lot. The first train arrived in Anacortes that August, but the bubble burst before the end of the year when Seattle became the terminus. Money was lost and hundreds of

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• In 1915, with 11 of the 41 salmon canneries in operation between Blaine and Olympia located in Anacortes, the city was proud to be the salmon-packing capital of Puget Sound. Today images of some of the early labels have turned downtown trash cans into street art. • Anacortes has almost one-half acre of parkland per household, one of the highest per capita parklands ratio of any city in America. • The Anacortes Museum was once a Carnegie Library, and the Depot Arts Center is inside the old Great Northern Railroad station. The trains stopped in 1956. • Thrift shops operated by Anacortes service clubs return more than $250,000 a year to the community. • Some estimate up to onefourth of Anacortes residents are descended from immigrants from another fishing village:Vela Luka, on the Island of Korcula, Croatia. The Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble has celebrated that heritage for more than 30 years. goskagit.com

people moved away, leaving behind a number of the beautiful buildings still standing today. Anacortes was incorporated in 1891. Its economy recovered as the salmon and codfish industries grew. By the early 1900s hundreds of people worked at a dozen fish-processing plants, and Anacortes advertised itself as salmon canning capitol of the world. Trident Seafoods, Sugiyo and SeaBear still process fish today. Lumber was a vital early industry. In 1911 Fidalgo Bay had 13 shingle and lumber mills. They thrived until resources began growing scarce in the 1950s. The last mill closed in 1992. Second-growth forests grew up in areas once slashed by clear cuts. As early as 1913, citizens began donating tracts of key forest locations such as today’s Washington Park to preserve them for future generations. Today, 1,450 acres — more than half the Anacortes Community Forest Lands — are permanently preserved and

managed through a Conservation Easement Program. A new era began in the mid-1950s when Shell and Texaco built refineries on March Point. Today the facilities, now operated by Tesoro and Shell, are a cornerstone of the regional economy. In 1961 Anacortes was selected by the National Civic League as an AllAmerica City. Fidalgo Island has long been inspirational to artists. In 1962, a few creative citizens founded the Anacortes Arts Festival, now one of the largest festivals in the Northwest. Also robust is the Anacortes Community Theatre, founded in 1963. The creative climate has drawn artists and galleries. In the late 1960s, marinas and pleasure boats began to replace mills and canneries, and tourism and boatbuilding industries grew. Developers built upscale developments, most notably in Skyline, attracting wellheeled retirees, and Anacortes evolved into the diverse city it is today.

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TRIBES SAMISH INDIAN NATION The Samish Indian Nation once stretched over a seven-county region of Northwest Washington. The tribe had more than 2,000 members in 1847, but raids from northern tribes and epidemics of Western diseases ravaged the population. The Samish’s status as a federally

recognized tribe was lost through a clerical error in 1969 when it was left off a Bureau of Indian Affairs list. It regained recognition in 1996 and since then has played a growing role in Anacortes. It operates the Samish Longhouse Preschool, the Samish Gallery of Native Arts, the Fidalgo Bay RV Resort and a beautiful administrative building with carved cedar posts. The Samish Canoe Family

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occasionally hosts large Coast Salish canoe journeys, greeting visiting paddlers with drums, prayers, songs and a feast. The Samish Indian Nation is governed by an elected Tribal Council and Chairman Tom Wooten, who oversee the tribe’s welfare and resources.

SWINOMISH TRIBE The Treaty of Point Elliott established the Swinomish Reservation as a permanent homeland for the Swinomish, Kikiallus, Samish and Lower Skagit tribes. The 8,155-acre reservation is located on a small peninsula of Fidalgo Island, across the Swinomish Channel from the town of La Conner. The Swinomish were primarily a fishing people, thanks to the abundance of salmon, and the fish were preserved and stored for winter consumption. The tribe is the principal employer on the reservation, and the services it provides include a fish-rearing and hatchery facility, the Swinomish Northern Lights Casino, a fish processing plant, a tribal water system, social services, the Swinomish Tribal Health Center, a Housing/Utility Authority and the Northwest Indian College/work training program. The tribe has 778 enrolled members. The governing body is the 11-member Swinomish Indian Senate. goskagit.com


WALKING TOURS Cap Sante Boat Haven esplanade — Behind the snagboat, this attractive waterfront walk offers a glimpse of Fidalgo Bay’s history in a series of interpretive displays. The Anacortes Mural Project — Downtown, it’s impossible to turn a corner without encountering a cast

of historic characters from the unique Anacortes Mural Project, a 25-year effort by artist Bill Mitchell, a colorful character in his own right. A list of murals is available at the Anacortes Visitors Center. Walking tour of historic downtown Anacortes — The Anacortes Historic

Preservation Board has charted a leisurely stroll past historic buildings and places that enhances appreciation of the sites. Brochures are available at the Visitors Center, City Hall and http://museum. cityofanacortes.org/AHPB/documents/ WalkTourBrochure.pdf.

MUSEUMS Anacortes Museum 1305 Eighth St. (360) 293-1915 www.cityofanacortes.org Once a Carnegie Library, the Anacortes Museum offers revolving and permanent displays about the colorful people of the past and how they worked and played. Open daily except Wednesdays; museum admission is free. A research library with more in-depth resources is open weekdays except Wednesdays. Appointments preferred.

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The W.T. Preston Snagboat and Heritage Center 713 R Ave. (360) 293-1916 www.cityofanacortes.org — The Preston is a historic sternwheeler and a retired U.S. Army Corps of Engineers vessel that once cleared debris from Puget Sound waterways. The Anacortes Museum restored the craft, now permanently displayed ashore. The snagboat and its adjacent heritage center, 703 R Ave., are open weekends in April, May, September and October; and daily except Wednesdays in June, July and August. Admission is $2-$3. goskagit.com

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Anacortes

TODAY

Anacortes is a highly livable waterfront city with solid infrastructure and a wide range of health and social services. Over the years, citizens and public servants have worked hard to create a community that supports industry and the family-wage jobs it brings, while also guarding the island’s peerless natural resources. The past decade has seen major upgrades to all the city’s schools and construction of a new hospital, library, park facilities, roads, trails, waterlines and a police station/municipal court. The quality of life has been a magnet, particularly for the well-educated retirees who form a large percentage of the population. But it has also attracted industry, from the refineries that have been here 50 years to the thriving shipbuilding industry that has grown more recently. 10

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DEMOGRAPHICS AND CITY FACTS

Population: 24,557 in 2000, an estimated 16,640 in 2008 Persons younger than 5: 5.5 percent Persons 18 and over: 76.6 percent Persons 65 and older: 20.8 percent High school graduates: 89.3 percent Bachelor’s degree or higher: 27.8 percent Owner-occupied housing: 68.8 percent Source: U.S. Census Bureau and the Washington State Office of Financial Management, Forecasting Division

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GOVERNMENT INFORMATION CITY OF ANACORTES

904 Sixth St. P.O. Box 547 Anacortes, WA 98221 Phone: (360) 299-1900 FAX: (360) 293-1938 www.cityofanacortes.org Anacortes has a strong mayor-city council system of government. The City Council meets in regular sessions on first and third Mondays, and in study sessions on second and fourth Mondays. The council sets policy, determines building codes and enacts ordinances. Mayor Dean Maxwell, now in his fifth term, is the city’s chief executive. He presides over council meetings and makes sure public policy is enforced. He also manages the city, doubling as city manager, and runs the city’s regional water utility.

PUBLIC SAFETY Anacortes Police Department

Anacortes Fire Department

1016 13th Street (360) 293-1925 Emergencies: 911 www.cityofanacortes.org The Fire Department office in the main station is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays. Emergency response is provided by two EMTs and 18 firefighter/ paramedics. A minimum of four firefighter/paramedics are on duty at any given time during a 24-hour period.

NEW RESIDENT MOVE-IN PHONE NUMBERS Garbage and sewer: City of Anacortes (360) 293-1921 Recycling: Rabanco (800) 942-5965 Natural gas: Cascade Natural Gas (888) 522-1130 Water: City of Anacortes

(360) 428-1598 Electricity: Puget Sound Energy (888) 225-5773 Voter registration: (360) 336-9305

Anacortes Chamber of Commerce 819 Commercial Ave. (360) 293-7911 www.anacortes.org

TRANSPORTATION SKAGIT TRANSIT

(360) 757-4433 (877) 584-7528 www.skagitransit.org Skagit Transit provides bus service (Route 410) in Anacortes Monday through Saturday, including stops at the Guemes Ferry Terminal and Washington State Ferries terminal. SKAT runs buses throughout Skagit County and offers connector service to Bellingham, Everett and Whidbey Island. The main transfer location for

ISLAND LIVING Each office is independently owned and operated

1218 24th Street (360) 293-4684 Emergencies: 911 www.cityofanacortes.org The department provides 24 hours a day, seven days a week patrol and emergency response service. The office is staffed 8 a.m. to 5. p.m. Monday through Friday. There are currently 25 commissioned police officers working and eight non-commissioned support staff. • Animal Control: Immediate problems (bites, loose dogs, lost pets etc) call 911. Ongoing problems (barking issues, nuisance animals) call 293-4684 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. • Auxiliary Patrol: Officer Emerson Nordmark at 293-4684; www. cityofanacortes.org (click on the Police then Citizens Auxiliary Patrol options). goskagit.com

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most Skagit Transit routes is at 105 E. Kincaid St. in downtown Mount Vernon. There is a park and ride lot east of Anacortes at March Point. Skagit Transit also offers DialA-Ride service for people whose disabilities and conditions prevent them from traveling on fixed routes.

information and reservations, call San Juan Airlines at (800) 874-4434. Other (360) 293-6356 services at the airport include fuel, www.skagitcounty.net hangars, tie downs, aircraft service, Skagit County provides ferry service flight instruction, maintenance and modification and rental car agencies. for passengers and vehicles from Anacortes across the Guemes Channel to Guemes Island. The dock is located INDUSTRY at Sixth Street and I Avenue. The Major industries include two large crossing takes five minutes. refineries on March Point, several boat building and repair businesses and two ANACORTES AIRPORT seafood processing plants. P.O. Box 297 Shell Puget Sound Refinery and the Anacortes 98221 Anacortes Tesoro Refinery employ (360) 299-1829 close to 800 people from maintenance workers to engineers. Both plants, The Port of Anacortes operates which were constructed and opened the airport on Airport Road on the in the 1950s, convert crude petroleum northwest corner of Fidalgo Island. into fuels. The airport hosts corporate and One of the largest boat building private aircraft and also offers space and repair businesses in Anacortes for tenant businesses. San Juan leases waterfront land at the Port of Airplanes operates several flights a day Anacortes’ marine terminal. Dakota to the San Juan Islands, Bellingham Creek Industries, established in 1975, and other destinations. Charters and employs more than 200 workers. The scenic flights also are available. For company specializes in construction and repair of steel and aluminum vessels up to 400 feet. Additional marine businesses in the city include Northern Marine Inc., San Juan Yachts, Cap Sante Marine, Granville Marine, Cortland Puget Sound Rope and Northwest Trawlers. The two major seafood processing businesses are Trident Seafoods and Sugiyo USA Inc. Together they employ about 300 workers. Trident opened in 1973 and is part of a corporation that harvests, processes and markets seafood. Sugiyo introduced surimibased seafood products to Americans. Surimi is fish paste that with snow crab meat and other ingredients is turned into imitation crab. GUEMES ISLAND FERRY

WASHINGTON STATE FERRIES

(888) 808-7977 www.wsdot.wa.gov Washington State Ferries provides passenger and car service from its Anacortes terminal to Orcas Island, Lopez Island, Shaw Island, Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, and Sidney, British Columbia, Canada. The terminal is located on Highway 20, a couple miles west of downtown Anacortes. Citizens of the United States and Canada need to have either a passport or an enhanced driver’s license to enter or depart the United States by sea.

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FOUNDED: 1926 MAJOR FACILITIES: The 950slip marina Cap Sante Boat Haven, Anacortes Airport, 30-acre marine terminal GOVERNANCE: Five commissioners, elected from five individual districts,

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who serve four-year terms, and an executive director. JOBS ON PROPERTY: 750 MAJOR TENANTS: Dakota Creek Shipyard, Puget Sound Rope, Skipper Cress yacht sales, Northwest Marine Technology, Micro Aerodynamics, Transpac Marinas, San Juan Airlines. INFORMATION: (360) 293-3134 www.portofanacortes.com

MEDIAN HOME PRICE Skagit County - $230,000 Anacortes - $300,000

(Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service, year-to-date December 2009)

MEDIA RADIO STATIONS

KWLE 1340, Anacortes. Adult contemporary music, local news and sports, 1340thewhale.com NEWSPAPERS

Skagit Valley Herald, daily, 1215 Anderson Road, Mount Vernon, (360) 424-3251, www.goskagit.com Anacortes American, weekly, 901 Sixth St., Anacortes, (360) 293-3122, www.goskagit.com TELEVISION/PUBLIC ACCESS

Channel 10, Anacortes. City’s government access channel broadcasting City Council and Port of Anacortes Commission meetings, public notices, community events and related programming.

Carnegie Library opened on Christmas day, 1910. The 1910 building served Anacortes readers and researchers more than 50 years, until the library moved into the old hospital building at Ninth Street and M Avenue in 1968. That facility served the community 35 years. In 1999 a group of citizens began working to replace the cramped old building. The community passed a bond in 2000 and the spacious new $6.9 million facility opened in January 2003. Since then, the community has lavished the facility with resources, such as artwork, a bequest from the Manieri family for a jazz collection and an anonymous gift for a maritime collection. Numerous volunteers also help with library tasks, raise money, put on programs and sell books in the FriendShop. • Friends of the Library: Meets second Thursdays in the library. Call Beverly Reed at (360) 293-4149. • Anacortes Public Library Foundation: call Cynthia Harrison at (360) 293-1910 ext. 23. www.anacortes.org.

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Three screens 415 O Ave., Anacortes (360) 293-7000 www.liveanacortes.com

SHOPPING/RETAIL

Most of Anacortes’ stores are along Commercial Avenue, from just past the ANACORTES LIBRARY roundabout at the entrance to town to 1220 10th St. near the Guemes Channel. (360) 293-1910 The arch at 10th Street welcomes www.cityofanacortes.org you to Historic Downtown Anacortes, which is filled with locally owned The Anacortes Library offers much shops, art galleries and restaurants. more than books — it is also a thriving Anacortes has a wide range of community center, a showcase for service and retail businesses, including art, a computer lab and a venue for two major grocery stores, several drug films, music, lectures and events. Now stores, two large hardware stores, a celebrating its centennial year, the lumberyard and a furniture store. Two library was a vital public institution auto dealerships are in the commercial even before the reading room of the area along Highway 20 at the eastern

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edge of town. The nearest shopping mall is Cascade Mall in Burlington, which is about a 30-minute drive.

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Anacortes Family Center

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2900 T Ave. (360) 293-2911 asjiredcross.org

Open since December, this emergency shelter provides nine temporary housing units for homeless families. During a stay limited to 90 The chapter has been chartered days, residents receive support from since 1918, offering disaster a case manager as they build the preparedness, health and safety classes skills they need to transition out of and services to the disadvantaged. homelessness. THE SALVATION ARMY

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Gentry House Adult Day Care

1208 Seventh St. (360) 293-4466

Assists people with food boxes from Gentry House, which opened in its food bank, rental assistance, energy December, offers a safe, nurturing assistance and gas for transport in a and fun place where people with medical emergency. Alzheimer’s disease and similar

• Noted Anacortes artist Alfred Currier created the artwork for the first set of new street banners that brighten Commercial Avenue from spring through fall. The Anacortes Chamber of Commerce, which funds the banner program, now uses student art — a suggestion from Currier himself. • The Anacortes Sister Cities Association maintains strong ties with four sister cities: Lomonosov, Russia; Kisakata, Japan; Sidney, B.C.; and Vela Luka, Croatia. Travel and cultural exchanges, often involving students, are common. www.anacortessistercities.com

Chandler’s Square Retirement Community is located within walking distance of the charming Anacortes downtown corridor. The magic of Chander’s Square is more than it’s location. The atmosphere of the community is relaxed, comfortable, cheerful, and energetic. Chandler’s Square truly offers an alternative environment from the standard retirement community.

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• The 2010 America’s Cup winner, BMW Oracle, was built in Anacortes by Core Builders. The 90-foot trimaran won the 33rd edition of sailing’s premier event by routing defending champion Alinghi of Switzerland in two races off the coast of Valencia, Spain. • The Port of Anacortes’ main warehouse at the marine terminal has come a long way from storing salmon coming from Alaska in its early days. Today the newly dubbed Transit Shed Event Center at the north end of Commercial Avenue is a go-to venue in town for weddings, dances, fundraising galas and even a Quinceañera, a coming-of-age ceremony given to girls on their 15th birthday. goskagit.com


conditions can stay for a few hours while their family members get a needed respite from the demands of caregiving.

HEALTH CARE ISLAND HOSPITAL

1211 24th St. (360) 299-1300 www.islandhospital.org Publicly owned Island Hospital takes pride in offering big-hospital services at its small acute-care facility. With 43 beds, it is the smallest hospital in Washington with Level III Trauma care accreditation. The hospital recently was honored as a national “100 Top Hospitals’’ for performance improvement by Evanston, Ill.-based Solucient, a national heath care information corporation. The hospital’s main entrance is at 1211 24th St. The Emergency Department’s entrance on 26th Street is best reached from Commercial Avenue. A certified ER physician and trained emergency nurses are on duty 24 hours a day. Also known as Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 2, Island Hospital serves western Skagit County, north Whidbey Island and the San Juan Islands. The main hospital campus and a family care clinic are in Anacortes, and a clinic is on Lopez Island. Medical staff includes more than 100 physicians and other providers. Since it was built in 1962, Island Hospital has grown with the community. A major renovation and expansion project was completed recently, largely funded by a $30.5 million voter-approved bond. The hospital’s spectrum of services includes inpatient and outpatient surgery, a Birth Center, home health care, acute and critical care, respiratory care, lab services, physical therapy and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. Diagnostic imaging includes MRI and CAT scanning, Dual Energy X-ray, DEXA scanning, goskagit.com

mammography and nuclear medicine. OTHER SERVICES:

• Island Health Resource Center, 1211 24th St., offers support and education such as free SHIBA insurance counseling, support groups, Lifeline personal response system, diabetes education, health classes and free/low-cost screenings. • The Cancer Care Center, 2511 M Ave., Suite G, is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the

American College of Surgeons. Physicians and nurses have specialized cancer care training and certification. The center offers chemotherapy, medication administration and blood product transfusion. • Island Hospital Sleep Wellness Center, 1110 22nd St., uses American Academy of Sleep Medicine standards to help patients get to sleep. • Prenatal Care Center, 2601 M Ave., provides maternity and infant care for low-income families.

Anacortes Public Library • Free internet access • Comfortable reading area • Inviting children’s library Open Monday 9am-8pm • Tues-Wed 11am-8pm Thur-Fri 11am-6pm • Sat 12-5pm & Sun 1-5pm

Featuring our Jazz & Swing The Maritime Collection http://library.cityofanacortes.org

1220 Tenth Street (located in Old Town Anacortes) • 360-293-1910 For Information Call: (360) 293-1915 or Check our Website: museum.cityofanacortes.org Anacortes Museum 1305 8th Street • Anacortes, WA Exploring the history of Fidalgo and Guemes Islands through: • Educational Programs • Exhibits • Research Library • Special Events

The Carnegie Gallery 8th Street & M Avenue Gallery Open Year-Round Mon. - Sat., 10-4 Sunday 1-4, Closed Wednesday SPECIAL EXHIBIT "1910 - Looking Back 100 Years"

The W.T. PrESToN & Snagboat Heritage Center 9th Street & R Avenue Open weekends: April - October Open Daily: June, July, August Closed Wednesday NEW EXHIBIT "The Wawona & the End of the Age Sail"

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• Island Hospital Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, 715 Seafarers Way, has 17 physical, occupational and speech-therapy professionals.

including exercise classes, group games like pool and bridge, art lessons, information sessions and wellness activities. It also serves lunch on weekdays. • Island Hospital Auxiliary: Meets Suggested donation for seniors 60 first Mondays September through June and older is $3-5; lunch charge for at the hospital everyone else is $6. (360) 588-8549 or (360) 299-9931; www.islandhospital.org EDUCATION (click on Auxiliary) ANACORTES SCHOOL DISTRICT • Island Hospital Foundation (360) 299-4201 islandhospital.org (search foundation)

SENIOR CENTER ANACORTES SENIOR ACTIVITY CENTER

1701 22nd St. (360) 293-7473 www.skagitseniors.org The center offers a variety of activities for the senior population,

2200 M Ave. (upstairs) (360) 293-1200 www.anacortes.k12.wa.us The Anacortes School District has an early childhood education center (for birth to preschool), three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. It offers an alternative program at Cap Sante High School, a community college partnership through Running Start and assistance for families who home school with the Anacortes Home Education Partnership.

The district is also home to the regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing program for kids from preschool through high school. The district’s enrollment is around 2,550 students and its budget is about $26 million. The district is overseen by an elected five-member board. Unlike many other districts that place students in schools based on where they live, the Anacortes School District has open enrollment. Families can request which school they want their child to attend. Test scores are consistently above the state’s average. The district was recently awarded a rating of 8 (on a scale of 1-10) by Great Schools, a nonprofit group working to improve K-12 education by inspiring parents to get involved. It rates schools based on state standardized test scores as compared to comparable districts throughout the state and against state average scores. Cap Sante High School is an

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alternative program offering different options for students in grades 912 who “have not found success in a traditional school setting,” the program’s brochure states. Running Start is a partnership between Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon and area high schools. It allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to take college level courses tuition free. Students get high school and college credit for completed classes. Anacortes Home Education Partnership is a K-12 school dedicated to the needs of home schooling families. The program offers classes in all major subject areas as well as oneon-one assistance and online learning opportunities. SCHOOLS

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• Fidalgo Elementary School 13590 Gibralter Road (360) 293-9545 • Island View Elementary School 2501 J Ave. (360) 293-3149 • Mount Erie Elementary School 1313 41st St. (360) 293-9541 • Anacortes Middle School 2202 M Ave. (360) 293-1230 • Anacortes High School 1600 20th St. (360) 293-2166 • Cap Sante High School (alternative, grades 9-12) 1600 20th St. (360) 293-2166 • Anacortes Home Education Partnership 15510 Rosario Beach Road (360) 299-8995

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NORTHWEST CAREER AND TECHNICAL ACADEMY

The Northwest Career and Technical Academy offers a satellite campus in Anacortes that focuses on marine skills technology. It is a partnership between Skagit Valley College and county high schools. Construction is scheduled to be complete in time for classes in September 2010. The center will be a place where students can gain marine skills, enter the work force and have living-wage jobs. The facility includes four primary labs with adjoining teacher offices and physical and visual connections to a central project area that links to a covered outside work area.

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www.wwu.edu The nearest four-year college, about 40 miles north in Bellingham . ANACORTES SENIOR COLLEGE

www.seniorcollege.info The Anacortes Senior College, which offers classes in fall, winter and spring terms to adults 50 years and older, works to provide enjoyable learning experiences and social networking for seniors. The two-hour classes meet for six weeks. Cost is $25 to join the college and $25 for each course.

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scenic five-minute ferry ride takes you away from Anacortes to Guemes Island, where the pace is even more relaxed. You can stay for an afternoon and enjoy a bike ride and a stop for lunch at Anderson’s General Store, which has a cafe with fine ales on tap and is also a good spot for local information. Or you can make a long weekend of it at Guemes Island Resort, one of the last of the old-time fishing resorts that used to dot Puget Sound. The island is relatively flat and only five miles long. Cyclists can pedal off on several loops that cross the island’s pastoral center on the way to scenic saltwater views. A 15-mile journey lets you see almost the whole island. In the winter, birding is popular. Bring binoculars The highest point on the island is Guemes Mountain. There’s a nice hike up to the top, and from the summit, about 700 feet, the views are stunning. The Save Guemes Mountain campaign recently raised $2.2 million to purchase and permanently protect the 70-acre top of the mountain. Guemes Island Resort is at the island’s north end. The crabbing nearby is excellent, and the resort offers crab pots, aluminum skiffs and sit-on-top kayaks for guests to use. Adjacent to the resort is Young County Park, a good launch site and picnic spot. Guemes Island today is a mix of full-time residents and folks with vacation homes and cabins. The population can swell to 800 or so in the summer. There are a few art galleries — and many artists. Linetime.org, operated by residents, provides information on the island (ferry, tides, etc.) and community issues.

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VIEWPOINTS CAP SANTE

Choosing the best viewpoint in Anacortes is not easy when the area boasts so many remarkable vistas. Cap Sante is certainly a contender, providing the most scenic overview of the city itself. To get there from downtown, take Fourth Street east to the top, turn right and follow the road up to the park. There, you will be treated to a look over the city and the San Juans to the west, refineries and bays to the south and a stunning view of Mount Baker to the east.

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There are scenic spots inside the park at Pass Lake, Rosario Beach and Bowman’s Bay. But the iconic photo spot is at the pullout on Highway 20, where visitors will find one of the bridge’s most scenic aspects.

MOUNT ERIE

Arguably the best viewpoint on the island is atop Mount Erie. To get there, take H Avenue south and continue as it turns into Heart Lake Road. Past the lake, turn left into the SUNSET BEACH park. A steep drive or long hike rises Those who prefer to keep their feet about 1,000 feet to a park donated to on the ground will like the view of the the city of Anacortes by the Anacortes San Juan Islands and ferry traffic from Noon Kiwanis Club. Several pullouts Sunset Beach in Washington Park. To near the top provide access to views in get there, take 12th Street and follow different directions, with a panoramic it west as its name changes to Oakes outlook that stretches from the North Avenue, then Sunset Avenue, until it ends in the park. The beach is down to Cascades to Mount Rainier and back around to the Olympics. Hikers can the right. Washington Park’s Loop Road also get views to the north. The best viewpoint is just beyond offers great views. The first section the access to the monumental cell offers views to the southwest, with a tower at the top. nice area with picnic tables at Green On a clear day, the crystal blue Point. At Fidalgo Head, there is a landmark madrona tree and beautiful Salish Sea studded with its gem-like green islands will startle your eyes and views of Skyline, Mount Erie and Burrows Island. feed your soul.

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Anacortes

Richard Mitlyng

RECREATION The pristine waters of Fidalgo Island delight sailers,

fishermen, kayakers and whale watchers, while the island’s parks and vast forest lands tempt hikers, bicylists, rock climbers and nature lovers. In many ways, it’s an outdoors paradise. The breathtaking scenery and varied wildlife of the San Juan Island draws thousands of visitors to the area each year for close encounters with nature, especially orcas. Three pods of Southern Resident orcas, the J, K and L pods, have a 150-square-mile home range centered in the San Juans. These sociable mammals often delight boaters with their company, especially in summer and fall. Two charter companies provide whale-watching

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excursions from Anacortes. Island Adventures has a ticket sales office and shop at 1801 Commercial Ave. Cruises depart from Cap Sante Boat Haven’s A Dock this year. Call 293-2428 or (800) 465-4604 or visit www.islandadventures.com. Mystic Sea Charters also operates from Cap Sante’s A Dock. Call (800) 308-9387 or visit www. mysticseacharters.com. Both outfits offer guaranteed sightings, meaning you can go out another day if your boat is one of the few that doesn’t spot an orca, gray, minke or humpback whale. And there is much more to see in the San Juans, including 80 wildlife preserves, rugged shorelines, historic sites, bald eagle nests, barking seals, chattering cormorants and, in early spring and late summer, golden-skinned stellar sea lions.

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Paddlers can enoy beautiful vistas and see wildlife from a different perspective while gliding quietly along a shoreline or exploring a secluded cove. Anacortes businesses offering kayak rentals, instruction and hourly and multi-day tours include the Sea Kayak Shop, www.seakayakshop.com, and Anacortes Kayak Tours, www. anacorteskayaktours.com. A major Northwest kayaking event is the Deception Pass Dash held each December. Close to 200 kayakers race from Bowman Bay in Deception Pass State Park through the pass as the tide changes from flowing into the inlet waters to ebbing back out to sea. More information can be found at www. outdooradventurecenter.com. The Hole in the Wall Paddling Club, www.holeinthewallpaddlingclub.org, is made up of local kayakers from the region who encourage safe kayaking.

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MARINAS

ANACORTES MARINA

2415 T Ave. (360) 293-4543 www.anacortesmarina.com Anacortes Marina offers annual

leases but no transient moorage. The pumpout station. marina has covered and open berths with power and water. Other amenities CAP SANTE BOAT HAVEN include restrooms with showers, 1019 Q Ave. laundromat, 60-ton lift, fuel dock and (360) 293-0694 (360) 661-5000 after 5 p.m. www.portofanacortes.com Kenneth Ellis, MD and Linda Brown, MD board certified ophthalmologists provide compassionate comprehensive eye care offering a wide range of services: • Routine exams • Specialized treatments for cataract, glaucoma, diabetes, and macular degeneration. • Advanced diagnostic equipment

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• Cataract surgery, laser surgery and eyelid surgery. • Full service optical shop offering the highest quality lenses and eyewear.

The marina owned and operated by the Port of Anacortes is located on the west side of Fidalgo Bay within walking distance to downtown. The marina provides permanent and transient moorage with close to 200 berths for guest moorage. Floats have power and water. Other accomodations include restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, fuel dock, pumpout stations, boat launch and free public Wi-Fi.

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been teaching basic techniques, tactics and strategies for this lifetime sport for eight years. For more information, contact the Anacortes Parks and Recreation Department at 293-1918.

GOLF SIMILK GOLF COURSE

12518 Christianson Road (360) 293-3444 This course sits between Fidalgo and Similk bays, giving golfers unique views, but also sometimes bringing light breezes into play. The 18-hole, par-72 public course plays as long as 6,200 yards. It is among the oldest golf courses in the county, having opened in 1929.

POOL

Fidalgo Pool and Fitness Center

1603 22nd St. 293-0673 www.fidalgopool.com

The 25-meter-by-25-yard pool has a water slide, 1-meter diving board and climbing wall. The average temperature is TENNIS 83 degrees. Anacortes Middle School The pool’s weekly schedule includes family/open swims, M Avenue and 22 Street lap swims, water aerobics, swim lessons, aqua arthritis Six courts and aquatic therapy sessions, water walks, preschool and Clearidge Park prenatal swims and pool rentals. Blakely Drive (Skyline) The center also includes an upstairs fitness center with Two courts Nautilus equipment, free weights, treadmills, Stairmasters Fidalgo Elementary School and exercise area for aerobics and other classes. 13590 Gibralter Road Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 Two courts a.m. to noon Saturday and noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday. The pool was constructed in the early 1970s. It is funded The Anacortes Tennis Club holds clinics throughout the by admission fees and property taxes paid to the Fidalgo year for beginning, novice and intermediate players. It has Parks and Recreation District.

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FARMERS MARKET

Anacortes’ Depot Arts Center is bustling each summer with folks stocking up on fresh vegetables, fruits and berries, artisan cheeses, fresh bakery goods and more at the Anacortes Farmers Market. Look for fresh fish, jam, honey, coffee, tea and fudge. Plants and fresh and dried flowers are also offered. Craft items include ceramics, photography, kitchen accessories, jewelry, garden art, knit-wear, soaps and lotions and hand-spun yarns and clothing. It is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays from mid-May through midOctober at the corner of Seventh Street and R Avenue — close to downtown and the Cap Sante Boat Haven. www.anacortesfarmersmarket.org.

FOREST LANDS

The Anacortes Community Forest Lands are one of the city’s treasures. The 2,800 acres forever preserved from development under the Conservation Easement Program include forest lands, wetlands, meadows, Mount Erie, Sugarloaf Mountain and Cranberry, Whistle and Heart lakes. The semi-natural trail system stretches more than 50 miles for use by hikers and bicyclists with some trails also open to horses and motorcycles. Maps are available at City Hall, the Anacortes Visitor’s Information Center and from local merchants. The Forest Lands are overseen by city staff and the nonprofit Friends of the Anacortes Community Forest Lands. The group provides outreach and education with adult field seminars to youth day camps, and stewardship with maintenance and habitat restoration. More information on the organization is at www.friendsoftheacfl.org.

PARKS

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• Washington Park, a 220-acre jewel on the far west end of Fidalgo Island on Sunset Avenue, has day use and overnight camping facilities for tents and RVs, a boat launch, picnic shelters, playground, showers and laundry facility. A 2.3-mile loop road around the park can be walked or driven. • Volunteer Park at 1915 13th St. is the city’s sports center with a fastpitch/ Little League field, two regulation baseball fields, a soccer field and basketball court. The park also includes a playground and walking paths. • Storvik Park at 1110 32nd St. is home to the community-built Our Town Our Park playground. The nearly 9-acre park also has a Little League field, two basketball courts, picnic tables and barbecues. • Causland Memorial Park, dedicated to Anacortes veterans, is at 710 N Ave. Built in the 1920s, the 2-acre park’s unique appeal comes from decorative rock and black and goskagit.com


white mosaic structures and walls. The park includes a bandstand, amphitheater, terraces and picnic tables. • The Ace of Hearts Rotary Park at 38th Street and H Avenue has a fenced off-leash dog area complete with watering station and wash-off hose. • The John and Doris Tursi Park, south of the Anacortes Airport on Pennsylvania Avenue, includes a pavilion made of raw cedar logs, enhanced wetland area, nature trail, picnic tables, playground and zip line. • The Ben Root Skate Park at 2313 R Ave. has a 7,500square-foot concrete skate area, lights, seating and nearby restrooms. Each summer, the park brings skateboarders from all over the region for the annual Skatefest. • Kiwanis Waterfront Park, 1708 Sixth St., is a 2-acre park overlooking the Guemes Channel. • Rotary Park, 701 T Ave., a 1.5acre park running along the shoreline of a Fidalgo Bay inlet north of the Cap Sante Boat Haven.

ORGANIZATIONS

• Friends of the Forest: Meets second Wednesdays in room 32 on the third floor of the Keystone Building on the corner of Seventh Street and Commercial Avenue. (360) 293-3725; www.friendsoftheacfl.org • Old Anacortes Rowing/Sailing Society: Meets Friday mornings at San Juan Lanes, 2821 Commercial Ave. www.oarss.org • Puget Sound Anglers Fidalgo Chapter: General meeting is third Tuesdays at Village Pizza, 807 Commercial Ave. www.psafidalgo.org goskagit.com

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ARTS

With numerous galleries, musical events, community theater productions, quilt activities, public art and ongoing art classes, it’s clear that Anacortes takes its arts seriously. And that’s without considering the town’s biggest annual event, the three-day Anacortes Arts Festival, which draws about 90,000 visitors each year. • Anacortes Arts Festival, Aug. 6-8, takes up Commercial Avenue from the waterfront to 10th Street. Highlights include 250 artisan booths, working artists, live music, food, entertainment, children’s activities and a juried fine art show. Pre-events include a gala dinner and the Art at the Port opening celebration. • What the Heck Fest, an indie music event that brings in dozens of talented and creative bands, starts a couple days before the July 17 Shipwreck Day flea market and concludes the day after. Performances, many of them free, are at several venues and pubs. • Brewgrass and Jazz Walk — five or six pubs and restaurants band together for these annual musical celebrations of jazz, blues and bluegrass. Brewgrass is 30

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typically in November. Watch for Jazz Walk in conjunction with a new wine festival. • Cap Sante Summer Concert Series — Enjoy free and family-friendly rock and blues concerts Friday nights, July 23 though Aug. 13, at Cap Sante Boat Haven. Ticketed events with name bands are also in the works for 2010, starting as soon as May. • Garden Art Fair, April 24 and 25 at the Depot Arts Center, offers inspiration and creative embellishments for indoor and outdoor gardens. It’s the Depot’s main annual fundraiser. • Quilt Show and Quilt Walk, showcases the stunning fabric art of the Fidalgo Island Quilters. Quilts are displayed throughout April at many shops and businesses participating in the walk, and more than 300 works will be featured at the 27th annual Quilt Show April 2 and 3 at Anacortes Middle School. • Anacortes Community Theatre, 918 M Ave., has delighted audiences for 45 years. The 2010 season includes “Who’s in Bed with the Butler?,” “Getting Away With goskagit.com


and Recreation at City Hall and anacortesartscommission.com. • First Friday Gallery Walks are 6-9 p.m. first Fridays at Scott Milo Gallery, Anne Martin McCool Gallery, Texture Gallery, Opulence Hair Salon and Day Spa, Anne Martin McCool Gallery, Insights Gallery, Adrift, Anchor Art Space and the Depot Arts Center.

ORGANIZATIONS

Murder,” “I Love a Piano!,” “Off the Map,” “The Full Monty” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Call 293-6829 or visit www.acttheatre.com. • Arts on the Avenue exhibit features 11 sculptures along southern

Commercial Ave. Maps are at each sculpture and at the Chamber of Commerce Visitors Center. • Arts in Anacortes, a guide to 300 pieces of publicly displayed art, is at the Visitors Center, Parks

Who’s in Bed with the Butler?

Getting Away with Murder

“I Love a Piano!”

Off the Map

Comedy (PG-13) February 5-27, 2010

Thriller (PG-15) April 2-24, 2010

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin (G) May 28-June 26, 2010

Dramatic Comedy (PG-13) July 30-Aug 21, 2010

The Full Monty

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• An-O-Chords chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society: Meets Thursdays at Island View Elementary School, 2601 J Ave. (360) 293-0396 • Fidalgo Island Quilters: Meets first and third Mondays at New Hope Community Church, 1319 35th St. www.fidalgoislandquilters.com • Fidalgo Youth Symphony: (360) 421-2527; www.fysmusic.org • Harmonaires: Meets Thursdays at the First Assembly of God Church, 29th Street and J Ave. (360) 293-2017 or (360) 293-6525.

Holiday (G) Nov 26-Dec 18, 2010

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EVENTS

Teenage skateboarders, art lovers and leather-clad bikers can all find at least one major Anacortes event that will tickle their fancy.

APRIL

• Spring Wine Festival, April 10 at the Port of Anacortes warehouse with tastes from dozens of wineries from around the state. Saturday evening enjoy the reds, whites and blues music walk.

MAY

• Anacortes Waterfront Festival, May 15 and 16 at Cap Sante Boat Haven, includes free boat rides, music, radio-controlled boats, kids activities, a marine swap meet, booths and food.

• SkateFest, June 19 at Ben Root Memorial Skate Park, includes music, competitions and demonstrations. • Bark in the Park dog festival, June 26 at Storvik Park, includes demonstrations, contests and booths.

JUNE

JULY

• Old-fashioned July 4 celebration, • St. MerryFest, June 18-20, has carnival rides, food, entertainment and town photo, patriotic parade and fireworks at St. Mary Catholic Church, picnic — complete with sack races and pie-eating contests. Fireworks display 4001 St. Mary’s Drive. over Fidalgo Bay. • Kids-R-Best Fest, July 10, is a free event with inflatable toys, games, food, entertainment and more at Storvik Park, between 29th and 32nd streets. • Shipwreck Day Flea Market, July 17, fills several blocks downtown with for the passionate cook booths filled with plunder. • What-the-Heck Fest, July 16`a kitchen store on the culinary edge´ 18, features a lot of exciting young bands from local labels at several local 714 Commercial Avenue, Anacortes venues. www.whattheheckfest.com. Open 7 Days a Week AUGUST www.epicureanacortes.com • 360.293.9025 • Anacortes Arts Festival, Aug. 6-8, is the city’s biggest annual event with art and activities for young and old. • Antique Engine and Machinery Day, Sept. 11, brings about 2,000 visitors to check out tractors, trucks, engines, saws and steam boats.

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SEPTEMBER

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Anacortes Weather

Anacortes and Fidalgo Island

have a well-deserved reputation for some of the finest weather in Western Washington. With a mere 26 inches of average rainfall, and mostly or partly sunny skies at least 230 days of the year, Anacortes is an ideal location for anyone looking for a home with a mild climate and unlimited recreational activities. Lying at the eastern edge of the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, Anacortes is sheltered from the heavier precipitation of some of its neighboring cities. Everett to the south, and Bellingham to the north, both get an average of 10 inches more rainfall than Anacortes. And just 15 miles east in Mount Vernon, the average rainfall is 32 inches a year. Spring on Fidalgo Island seems to last forever. It begins in February when the daffodils and tulips start pushing their way through the soil, and it doesn’t end until July. During those five months the weather can be very unpredictable. Warm and sunny one day with temperatures in the 70s, then pouring rain and wind the next.

Summers are dry and warm, and offer some of the best weather in the country for July through September. Summer temperatures are typically in the 70s, with very little humidity. Rainfall is minimal, with July and August averaging less than an inch. Winters are typically short and mild, with temperatures rarely dipping much below freezing. Average yearly snowfall in the city is just 5 inches. However, there are rare arctic breakouts that can send temperatures plummeting into single digits. The last time temperatures got that cold was in 1989. Even though Fidalgo Island is relatively small, it still has a number of micro climates. The west side of the island has beautiful sunsets, but can be cooler with more fog and wind than other areas. The southeast end of the island is the driest, with an inch or two less rainfall than the downtown area. The downtown corridor generally has the warmest temperatures. But no matter where you live on Fidalgo Island, you’ll be in one of the best climate zones of the Northwest. - Vince Streano

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3.55 2.47 2.29 1.81 1.55 1.36 .90 .99 1.47 2.64 3.83 3.82

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