King of downtown tree lights

Published March 3, 2018 / by Steve Berentson

Up early Saturday morning was Anacortes native Martin Monahan, who marks an incredible 25-year stint as the man behind installation of downtown tree lights. Martin said he gets mixed opinions from passersby: some appreciate the “holiday feel” the lights give, and others would like to see them light up town year-round.

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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