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Last update: May 9, 2016


The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), a 501C3 non-profit organization, located in Skagit County, Washington, USA Shore Lines - April issue

Samish Shore Lines

The May Shore Lines newsletter is published online today. Thanks to Linda Larson for this edition! 5/9/16

Next Door - Samish Island

There is a new way to communicate with the neighborhood of Samish Island available, called Next Door. It is a modern version of our email group Samish Neighbors, that we began back in 2003. It is web-based and very easy to use. Several of us have joined to see how it might work. If you'd like to try it, visit this site and sign up: Try it and see if you like it. 5/7/16

New tote bag

crab toteThe Garden Club has new tote bags. You can see it at the Garden Club meeting on Tuesday at the Samish Island Community Center, or contact Denny Organ for more information. 4/23/2016


Shore Lines News - April

The current issue of The Shores Lines Newsletter is online today. Happy spring. 4/11/16

All-Island Garage Sale, June 11

It is not too early to be cleaning out the closets and garage to find your hidden treasures you want to sell at the annual Samish Island garage sale. The sale will be Saturday, June 11th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you want to participate, send your $10 to SICC at P.O. Box 268, Bow, WA 98232. Be sure to indicate on your check that it is for the garage sale. Please include a short list of items you have for sale and the street address for your sale. We will do the advertising and place a balloon on your mail box the morning of the sale so your sale can be located easily. This has become a very fun event and has moved lots of good stuff around the island. Come join the fun! 4/11/16

CPR/AED/First Aid Training

A Training is scheduled for Islanders (and non-islanders) on May 21, 2016. Read more....

Hall Spruce-Up

Wednesday, March 23 is the day to re-organize the hall, and do some tidy up. We have new shelving, so will need to re-organize the back room, clean out the kitchen cupboards, and other moving things around. Not too much cleaning, just making the hall more user-friendly for ourselves and our renters. Come join the fun, at 10:00 am. Bring gloves, or other items that might help with moving, tidying, organizing. 3/22/16

How did you survive the blackouts?

Reading by candlelight and oil lamps, a little wine?

photo: Therese Ogle, 3.13.2016




Eating noodle soup by oil lamps and battery candles entertained by the battery-operated mp3 player?

photo: Eileen Andersen, 3.10.2016


Boiling water for tea and soup on the woodstove?

photo: Eileen Andersen, 3.10.2016


Or maybe you had a generator? In any case, what a windy adventure it was, with highest wind gusts on the island measured at 75 mph! 3/14/16

photo by Denny Organ, 3.13.2016




March Shore Lines

The March Shore Lines is online today, and paper copies delivered to your newspaper box by Wednesday this week. 3/7/16

Samish Island Road work

The slide area along Samish Island Road is being investigated and studied by Skagit County. They have been gathering needed data and information, and taking soil samples this week.

The slide area has been approaching the roadbed for some time, making drivers somewhat nervous. Shane Oden, head of the project, says they will analyze all of the data, and work will likely begin next summer. 12/17/15

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.

Samish Island Passages, 2015

Jim Caudill, 1939-2015; Dan Squires, 1946-2015; Betty Chowka, 1915-2015; Rita Mersereau, 1919-2015; Glada Lea Hinds, 1934-2015; John Hopley, 1930-2015; Bobbie Day, 1922-2015; Angelamaria/Gio Ross, 1917- 2015 (island family resident); Tim Rosenhan, 1947-2015;

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.

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 Shore Lines 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.