Former UW and NFL football star Jake Locker served as keynote speaker at the annual Skagit County Community Prayer Breakfast in May 2018. Locker, now retired from football and raising a family in Whatcom County, spoke of leadership in a presentation featuring humor, scripture and even a flip chart. “Fear,” he said, “leads to despair. Courage leads to hope.” Among those in the McIntyre Hall audience were many Anacortes residents including event organizer Bob Hyde.
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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