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April 26th, 2020
Looking Back on ukelele master Richard Mitlyng
In April 2008 local educator Richard Mitlyng was honored with the Walter A. Brodniak Cultural Education Award. Richard, who passed away in 2016, contributed greatly to the local arts scene in numerous ways, not the least of which was his establishment of a ukulele program for Anacortes schoolchildren. Click for a tribute to Richard at the Anacortes Arts Festival Main Stage in August 2008.
Superintendent Chris Borgen presents award to Richard
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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