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July 1st, 2021
City celebrates 125th anniversary: 2016
Town Crier Richard Riddell and Scout color guard
Mayor Laurie Gere salutes city anniversary
It was five years ago today that the City of Anacortes celebrated its 125th anniversary. A July 1 event was held at the Anacortes Depot plaza, with a program featuring music, speeches and Scout color guard. Town Crier Richard Riddell kicked off the program with a rousing “cry,” and Mayor Laurie Gere was among a handful of speakers who stepped to the podium.
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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