September 5th, 2005

Disaster relief

Rather than opting for a lazy day in the Northwest sun, downtown business owner Anne Smith followed her heart to work on Labor Day. She opened the doors to her clothing store and let passersby know via sandwich board that all proceeds from sales would go to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Smith, owner of Upstage Boutique and Men’s Store on Commercial Avenue, noted she has family in Baton Rouge, which is about 70 miles from New Orleans. On Friday and Saturday Anne earmarked 10 percent of sales receipts for disaster relief. She said those receipts, plus Labor Day sales, totalled about $1,000, which will be sent to a church in Baton Rouge.

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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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