February 29th, 2020

State of the City 2013

This image is a “look-back” on two levels. It was seven years ago that Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell accepted an invitation from the Chamber of Commerce to deliver a “State of the City” message at a membership luncheon. Among slides in his presentation was a black and white photo from the archives of the Anacortes American, captioned: “Karen, Dean and Emma Maxwell arriving in Anacortes, June 1957.” The Maxwells were among families who relocated here from Sunburst, Montana when the Texaco Refinery opened on March’s Point. Maxwell served five terms as mayor, still calls Anacortes home.

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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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