May 11th, 2022

Protecting giant bowling pin

Efforts are under way to return the iconic San Juan Lanes bowling pin to Anacortes. Fletcher McLean of Dad’s Diner in downtown Anacortes moved fast when he discovered the bowling alley sign had been moved to Skagit Building Salvage in Mount Vernon. He purchased the sign and is now in negotiations with the City of Anacortes to see it mounted on the diner building at 906 Commercial Avenue. McLean, who once worked at the bowling alley, said of his plans: “We want to give back to this community” by mounting the sign prominently. The bowling alley was demolished last year, and the sign removed in late April of this year.

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About Photographer 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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