Closing career in style

Published April 19, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

Island Hospital Surgical Services RN Ronnie Metcalfe closed out a 51-year career in style Friday afternoon, suiting up for a “hot load” helicopter adventure after her last day of work. “Hot load” means rotors spinning. Contributing to Metcalfe’s bucket list dream was Dane Armstrong of Friday Harbor Helicopters. The event featured an enthusiastic audience, red carpet and bouquet! Metcalfe served in the Island Hospital staff for the past 20 years.

About Steve Berentson
A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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