The community of Anacortes received news late last month that school district superintendent Chris Borgen will retire at the end of this school year. Borgen has contributed in significant ways to this community over the course of a career that included stints in the classroom, principal’s chair (Fidalgo School) and administration. He also coached boys basketball, as evidenced by this photograph I took at Williams Gym in 1981. In this highly visible role Borgen coached his AHS boys basketball teams to league and district championships in 1981. They went to the state playoffs twice, with Northwest League stats over the two-year span at 57 wins and 28 losses. A few of the players during the early years of the Borgen Era were Dave Ebersole, Greg Lowell, Rich Awes, Frank Garza, Adrian Franulovich, Rob Hoxie, Jonn Lunsford and Nick Mavar. Borgen, also pictured here at Dr. Bud Strom’s recent 90th birthday celebration, has definitely made a mark on many lives, and will be missed when he shifts gears into retirement.
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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