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December 9, 2019

School Board Directors Beasley and Szurek recognized
At its monthly meeting Monday, the La Conner School District Directors congratulated their high school’s state volleyball championship and then recognized outgoing Directors Janie Beasley and Kate Szurek with a board resolution.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Past Washington writers remembered
Washington is a big and varied state, in every possible way, from sea level and Seattle to Mt. Rainer’s summit and Palouse grain fields. Writers have been explaining our region in words since explorers first arrived. Fifty of Washington’s best writers from the 1870s through the 1960s are summarized for your exploration in Peter Donahue’s “Salmon Eaters to Sagebrushers: Washington’s Lost Literary Legacy,” newly published by Washington State University Press.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

La Conner's Marble family a volleyball dynasty
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Thirteen years ago La Conner High head volleyball coach Suzanne Marble brought an undefeated team into the state 2B tournament and won the championship.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Longtime La Conner Library champion starts new life chapter
When Georgia Powers and her late husband, Ray, first moved to La Conner in the 1980s, one of the first things they did was search for the local library. What they found was more than a building. 
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Santa's schedule sighted: he is coming to town
News scoop: Santa’s advance schedule of early La Conner visits has been leaked to the Weekly News. Parents, are these on your calendar?
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

November: more cold, less rain
Not much rain but lots of cold temperatures last month. The 13 days of frost bookended November: Five of the first eight mornings saw lows below 32 degrees as did eight of the last ten days. The coldest temperatures were recorded Nov. 25-30. Nov 29-30 were the coldest mornings, at 24.2 and 21.6 degrees. Nov. 25 was the last day above 46.5 degrees and the high was 40.0 degrees on the 29th.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Town budget vote Dec. 10
The 2020 budget Town Council will pass at its Tuesday meeting is not much different from October’s preliminary budget. While a deficit budget, it will be balanced, as required by state law, by drawing down the fund balance by $1.07 million.
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Library's Tiny Trees Festival brings big crowd, more funds

They came to support the new La Conner Swinomish Library and they did not disappoint.

One-hundred-two people attended the 4th Festival of Tiny Trees last Saturday at the Swinomish Yacht Club. 

A silent auction featured 21 tabletop trees decked out to represent a range of themes: nature, the winter solstice, forest friends, owls, holiday baking, wine, spirits, coffee, fairyland, travel and even the “little library that could.” 
Alexa Robbins and her sister Tina Everitt’s “Christmas Under the Big Top” featuring a sumptuous circus theme of handmade decorations and tree skirt, a bucket of treats and wooden train set, won the People’s Choice Award, voted on by guests during the evening.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Open House for Georgia Powers Monday
GEORGIA’S ON MY MIND – Now it’s time to say good-bye to Georgia Powers at an Open House at the Civic Garden Club 2-4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Powers is a founding member, having helped start the group 35 years ago. She has also been a member and president of the Shelter Bay Community Board of Directors. Powers is moving to California, where she will be close to family.   – Photo by Ken Stern
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

New Christmas Festival readies for shoppers
La Conner residents: Prepare to share the shopping district and the holiday season with out of town visitors. The new business advocacy organization, OPAL (Organized Patrons Advancing La Conner) has created a “Tinsel and Mistletoe Christmas Festival” for the first two weeks of December and are planning that it will become an annual event.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Mike Compton in wrestling Hall of Fame
La Conner’s Mike Compton is in the hall of fame. After a lifetime of wrestling, starting before his winning a conference champion and being named Most Inspirational Wrestler at Western Washington State College in 1970, he has again been awarded: Nov. 2 Compton was elected to the 2019 Hall of Fame class of the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Association.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019

'The Barn Shows' book now out

MAKING HISTORY BY THE BOOK – The spirit of the old days live on at Lavone Newell-Reim and Dick Reim’s Skagit City Studio and Gardens. Hundreds came out, many bringing elaborate potluck dishes or bottles of wine. Many left with a copy, or copies, of Lavone’s (left) and photographer Cathy Stevens’ (right) new book, “The Barn Shows.” From 1986 to 2003 the annual art exhibit featuring the Skagit Valley’s best fine artists took place there. – Photo by Ken Stern

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

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