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Last update: August 17, 2015


The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), located in Skagit County, Washington, USASave the date - Samish Island Arts Festival

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

August Shore Lines online today.

Thanks to Nancy for this month's Shore Lines. We have a new Notary Public on the island, and other great things happening. 8/10/15

Did you know you can pay your SFWF water bill on island?

Save a stamp and drop your Samish Farms water share payment in the locking mailbox on Halloran Road, just west of the tennis court.... 7/27/15

Arts Festival Today - Come and enjoy from 10-4pm

Lunch menu provided by The Corner Pub. 7/25/15

July Shore Lines

The monthly newsletter of Samish Island is available online today, and will be in newspaper boxes by Wednesday. 7/6/15

A Tribute to Ron Carstens

Samish Island history owes a lot to Ron Carstens, and SCANP - the organization he formed in the 1970's. Without his leadership and Skagitonians Concerned About Nuclear Plants, Point Williams would now have a nuclear power plant instead of beautiful woods and homes. Samish Islanders will always be grateful. 7/6/15

Samish Island Arts Festival - Saturday, July 25.

Check out the promotional poster, then save the date for this year's festivities. 7/5/15

Fourth of July Parade

Please come early, park on Halloran Road and walk down to minimize congestion and maximize safety. Watch for e-mails on Samish Neighbors (join the group) for updated parade information. 6/29/15

Safety Tips - July 4 fireworks

Here are some tips to protect kids (and maybe some adults) from injury this summer.

Samish Island "All-Island" Yard Sale, 2015

This coming Saturday, June 27, 8am-3pm, is the all-island yard sale. Here is a map of the locations. Paper maps will also be available at the Samish Island sign, when you arrive on the island. 6/25/15

June Shore Lines

The June Shore Lines is published today, thanks Nancy Liggett for the beautiful job. 6/9/15

Save the Date: Saturday, July 25, Samish Island Arts Festival

The Samish Island Arts festival features Todd Horton as Festival Artist in 2015. Come and support our many talented artists in the local area.

Enjoy the summer event from 10 am to 4pm. 5/29/15


Click image to view or download poster.


Shore Lines

The May Shore Lines is online today, in newspaper boxes by Wednesday. 4/7/15

Samish Island author, Ted Rempel's book

Our local author, and humorous contributor to Samish Neighbors e-group, has published a brief history of his family during the period of the Russian Revolution. Read a review... Books are available from the author. 3/10/15

The March Shore Lines is online

The newest news for Samish Island has been posted today. Enjoy the late winter, lighter evenings, and spring flowers. Past issues can be accessed on the Shore Lines page. Thanks to both Charlene Day and Nancy Liggett for their work on all our newsletters. 3/8/15

Save the Date

The Samish Island Arts Festival 2015, will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 10-4 pm. Put us on your calendar now.3/8/15

Composting Handouts

Callie Martin gave an informative talk on composting at the recent Edgewater garden club meeting. If you missed a handout or would like to share it with others, you can find those handouts here. 3/7/15

Five Stops to Make on Beautiful Chuckanut Drive

A KOMO news article extols the virtues of our beautiful neighborhood. 3/6/15

Want to work on trails?

The Skagit, Whatcom, Island Trail Maintenance Organization, SWITMO needs volunteers. Enjoy working in the woods or other beautiful areas of northwestern Washington.

Read more.... (pdf)

Padilla Bay Newsletter

What's happening this Spring 2015, at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.2/19/15

February Shore Lines

The February Shore Lines is posted today, and in your newspaper boxes soon. It's not too late to pay your $10 dues to be in the directory. 2/10/15

Dead Raptors

According to Bud Anderson, of the Falcon Research Group, there is a avian flu virus (H5 N8 strain), that is attacking wild birds in our area. Bud asks that if we find dead raptors (hawks, eagles, falcons, harriers), to report them to the WA state Department of Wildlife 800-606-8768. A dead raptor is rare, but important.

Also, the Falcon Research Group can use our help monitoring wild raptor nests this spring and summer. If you know of any Bald Eagle and/or Red-tailed Hawk nests and are willing to check them for occupancy this spring, please contact him at 2/11/15

Snowy Owl spotted on Samish Island

Kamriel Welty took these shots of a Snowy Owl on Samish Island on a bright Sunday morning.


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Community Garden

The community garden was the recipient of a generous donation of quality interior and exterior paint, from Karl's Paints. The paint is now on the new community garden shed. Many thanks to Dale Ragan, paint expert at Karl's, and the many community members who helped on all the projects related to the garden.

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. 8/31/14

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. 8/9/14

Samish Island Passages, 2015

Jim Caudill, 1939-2015; Dan Squires, 1946-2015; Betty Chowka, 1915-2015; Rita Mersereau, 1919-2015; John Hopley, 1930-2015;

Samish Island Passages, 2014

Sue Ellen Heflin, 1955-2014; Jim Kunzmann, 1948-2014; Dick Nevitt, 1938-2014; Rick Moore, 1952-2014; Frank Donato, 1917-2014; Betty Donato, 1922-2014; Lupe Dailey, 1924-2014 (island family resident); Maury Diane Sharp, 1950-2014. Gladys Hinds, 6/27/14

Hall Rentals

Have a gathering planned that might be too much for your home (preparation, serving, cleanup, etc?). Think about 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 things. It doesn't have tv or wireless distractions. Real interactions and conversation can happen here. Call to reserve your event day, 766-8202. You can rent the video projector or sound system if needed (additional fee). 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 Publications page.

Email Groups

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 the Samish Neighbors e-groups.