Bridge event

Published July 31, 2010 / by Steve Berentson

For three minutes Saturday (okay, maybe a BIT longer), Highway 20 at Deception Pass was closed in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the twin spans. Vintage cars were part of a procession to the south side of the bridges. Presiding over a ribbon cutting were alums of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), a Depression era program that drew hundreds of unemployed young Americans to the Northwest at the time of bridge construction. Among them was John Tursi, now a resident of Anacortes. John met a “local girl,” settled here and retired from a career at a March’s Point refinery. This photo, looking toward Fidalgo Island, was taken by my son-in-law, Brian Tyhuis, Whidbey born and bred. Thanks again, Brian! More later in “Activities” section.

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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