Last update: December 1, 2016
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December Shore Lines
The Samish Shore Lines newsletter is posted here today. Happy winter holidays! 12/1/16
Save the Date:
Saturday, Dec 3 - Edgewater Garden Club invites the entire community to a Holiday Open House from 10am-1pm. Island logo shirts, hats, bags, etc. will be available for purchase; instructions to build your own wreaths and swags available; and enjoy hot cider, cookies, and a chance to visit with your neighbors.
For more holiday spirit in the evening, you might want to attend the Messiah Sing-Along, sponsored by the Skagit Symphony Chorus, in Mount Vernon. (St Paul's Episcopal)
Friday, Dec 16 - Islander's Holiday Program, held at Community of Christ Church. Join the entertainment with music, skits, or singing with the choir. Non-performers can help with food, setup, cleanup. Contact Kitty Bluhm with your ideas, and how you can help.
December is Donation Time
Many organizations, such as our Samish Island Fire Department, and the Samish Island Community Garden, and your own favorite art and music non-profits in the Skagit Valley, can benefit from your end-of-the-year donations, which you can then deduct from your 2016 taxes. Consider making a gift to our local non-profits or 501c3 groups before December 31.
E-Groups on Samish Island - you can join any
There are currently 355 members of the Samish Info group, and 238 members of the Samish Neighbors Group. If you would like to join any of the e-groups on the island, visit the Samish Island E-Groups page for a description of the group, and how they differ from each other, plus how to join. There is also a new e-group that is more "facebook-like" (includes advertising), called Samish Next Door. Contact Julie Judy if you would like an invitation to this group.
There are also several e-groups on the island for dues-paying members (garden club, community garden).
It is a good way to be in touch with your neighbors and friends on the island.
Article about the Filbert Farm, from 1951
Thanks to Fonda Downs and her father Fred Smith for sharing this article, from the Seattle Times, Dec 16, '51.. 8/31/16
The Samish Farms Water Association
SFWA has a new website as of July 2016. Any alerts, upcoming events, or pertinent informaiton will be posted on this website. You can also contact the association by email, email@example.com. There is a rate increase of 10% on the July bill, due to PUD increases (8%), and upgrading Mercer and Wallen road to state requirements (2%). Water rate for existing customers is now $3.69 per 100 cf. The price of a new share is now $12,137.00, due to PUD system development cost increase. 8/8/16
Little Free Library
There are over 30,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world. We have one here on Samish Island, located at 11044 Blue Heron Rd, thanks to Jenn. Take a book, leave a book - enjoy reading every day. 8/17/15
Ships and Tankers
You can find out which tankers are in our bays on this interesting real-time site, called Live Ships Map. Many have Cherry Point as their destination.
Fire Fighters Wanted
Samish Island Fire is currently recruiting firefighters. District 5 is the largest geographic fire district in Skagit County encompassing Allen, Edison, and Samish stations and we periodically train and respond together. No experience necessary. However, the county requires members be over 18, have a valid driver’s license, and pass a background check.
Successful applicants will be expected to attend Skagit County Fire Academy and/or EMT training within the first two years of service. Interested parties should be willing to climb ladders, haul hose, drive apparatus, operate power equipment and respond to medical emergencies at all hours of the day or night. There are no assigned shifts. If you are on the island, you are on call. It’s hard work and the pay stinks, but it is a great way to serve your community and make life-long friends.
Prospective volunteers can contact Assistant Chief, Tom Miller at (360) 424-2221 or attend a weekly meeting at the Samish fire hall any Monday at 7:00PM.
Have a gathering planned that's too much for the size of your home? Consider using the community center for your event. Islanders' or members' rate: $50 for 5-hr or less, $75 one-day rental. Everyone loves the hall: it's open, spacious, has lots of tables and serving utensils. It doesn't have tv or wireless distractions. Real interactions and conversation happen. Call to reserve your event day, 766-8202. You can also rent the video projector or sound system if needed (additional fee). Non-islanders rate: $100 per day. More info.. 1/7/14
Past Shore Lines
All Shore Lines newsletter are online since 2003. Back issues from that date forward are available on the Shore Lines Page.
If you'd like to receive important/emergent information that informs all islanders, join the Samish Info e-group (2-3 emails a month). For those who like a little more neighborly sharing (10+ emails a month), join both Samish Info and Samish Neighbors e-groups.