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Last update: November 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

View Samish River Water Levels

Check the USGS Samish River current conditions. 11/17/15

November Shorelines

The newest Samish Shore Lines newsletter will be in your newspaper box soon, and is online now. 11/11/15

Samish Island "Logo-Wear" custom orders

Just in time for holiday ordering...

Wreath and Swag Orders

It's time to pre-order your wreaths and swags for doors, mailboxes or tables. Garden Club creates these lovely, all-natural holiday decorations, donating all proceeds to Camp Kirby, the Samish Island Fire Department and Friendship House.

Wreaths are $20; Swags are $10 for double (mailbox or table) or single (for doors). Place your order on Tuesday, Oct 27 at Garden Club (10-noon), or by phoning Sandy Mersereau 766-6543, Jacqueline Stegner 766-6501, or Gail Hopley 766-6823 any time before December 1.

You can pick up your wreaths/swags at the community hall on Dec 3 or 4th. 10/22/15

October Shore Lines

Samish Shore Lines for October is published online today. Paper copies should be delivered to newspaper boxes by Wednesday or Thursday. 10/6/15

Save the Date:

The Island Holiday party will be held on Friday, December 18 at 6:30pm at the Community of Christ Church. Have some good Christmas music to share, an entertaining poem, and clever skit relating to the holiday? Be creative and join the fun. Edible goodies follow performance. Email Kitty to get on the schedule. kittybluhm at

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.