Community Journalism “Characters”

Published May 28, 2009 / by Steve Berentson

Pictured are Frank Garred, former publisher of the Port Townsend Leader; Kasia Pierzga, publisher of the Whidbey Examiner; Funk; Scott Wilson, publisher of the Leader; Fred Obee, Editor of the Leader

It was a sentimental journey this week when I joined this group of community journalism “characters” in beautiful downtown Coupeville. Instigator of the gathering was Wallie Funk, ex-newspaper publisher and one-time employer of several in attendance.

Later, while our friends waited for a temporarily disabled ferry at Keystone, Wallie and I connected with Mary Obee as well. It was a great afternoon among friends, without the pressures of ringing telephones and looming deadlines.

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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