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Published September 12, 2019 / by Steve Berentson

A nod to our island neighbors in Oak Harbor, on beautiful Whidbey Island! Many ties in family’s history. This is the community where my parents first met after WWII. It is also my first place of employment in the newspaper business, and our first home in marriage. Now we have children and grandchildren who call Oak Harbor home.

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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