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Last update: July 11, 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

Shore Lines Newsletter - July issue

The current issue this July begins a new era for the Shore Lines. We will not deliver to newspaper boxes this month for the first time . The Shore Lines will now be...

Community Garden

If you love fresh produce from the garden, you might like to join the community garden group on the island. For $25(individual) or $50(family) dues per season, you help water, weed and eat fresh and natural. We also deliver extra to the food bank when there is plenty. Read more about how to join the garden. 6/19/16

June Shore Lines

The June Shore Lines is online Tuesday, June 7 and will be delivered to your newspaper boxes for the last time on that day or Wednesday, June 8. The Shore Lines goes digital in July. Paper copies will only be available at the community hall and by special delivery request. If you can't open the pdf for any reason, try the image file (not quality,but readable). 6/20/16

Arts Festival, 2016

Date: Saturday - July 30, 2016 - 20th Annual!
Time: 10am-4pm
Location: Samish Island Community Center

General Info:
Ann Chadwick Reid  is this year’s Featured Artist.  Ann will have an outstanding display of her cutwork and other creative endeavours for sale.

Over 40 Artist Vendors  offering hand crafted clothing, pet quilts & linens; paintings; garden art; pottery; jewelry; woodworking; foods; glass; baskets; soaps; photography and more.  Do your gift shopping here and support local artists, plus 10% of all sales benefit the Samish Island Community Center!

The Corner Pub  will provide great food from their BBQ themed catering menu, along with chowder, salads, and cinnamon rolls.

The Beer Garden, featuring local beers and oyster shooters, will be outdoors near the live entertainment stage.

Entertainment Schedule: 
   10:00-12:00 - Island Talent - from Violin to Marimba
   12:00  -  2:00 - ‘Bellingham Rendezvous’ (high energy quartet sings tight harmonies accompanied by bass & piano)
   2:00  -  4:00 - ‘Chronic Jazz Quartet’ (Seattle jazz group, back by popular demand!)

“Kid’s” Crafts Table with shell painting, beading, and other hands-on fun for ALL kids!

LOCATION:  Samish Island Community Center - 11292 Blue Heron Road, Samish Island, WA

PARKING:  Follow signs to field parking at end of Blue Heron Rd. and ride the limo shuttle to the Arts Festival.  (NO DOGS PLEASE)

EMAIL:  SamishArtsFest@gmail.cominfo:

Rentals this month

Duplex rental: looking for a working person or couple, available July 1st or the 15th. 360-766-7406. Dave Reff. 6/5/16

An Eye for Herons

Here on Samish Island, Lance Ekhart is documenting one of the greatest concentrations of herons anywhere on Earth; with a total of 373 nests (Skagit Land Trust counts)... in this heronry, perhaps 1,000 birds. This article appears today in the Cascadia Weekly. Thanks to Molly Doran for this link. 5/25/16

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


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 the size of your home?. 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.