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October 27th, 2009
City, tribe seek trestle repair donations
>In a joint statement issued Monday, October 26, the City of Anacortes and Samish Indian Nation stated in regard to the fire-damaged Tommy Thompson Trail trestle: “We sincerely appreciate the outpouring of support that has been received from our community. Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to express your feelings of loss and your willingness to help in our efforts to rebuild. We will be accepting donations to help us achieve this goal through Anacortes Parks Foundation, PO Box 1902, Anacortes, WA 98221. A contribution made to the Anacortes Parks Foundation is tax deductible through their 501.C.3 status. For additional information you may contact Anacortes Parks Department at 360-293-1918.” Investigation into the suspicious trestle fire continues. An April 2010 date has been suggested as the possible timeframe for a repaired, re-opened trestle.
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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