July 20th, 2007

Relay begins

A U.S. Marine Color Guard led the way Friday evening as the 2007 Relay for Life got under way in Anacortes. Hundreds of Relay participants including several dozen cancer survivors took part in an opening ceremony that started at 6 p.m. Shortly after that Lap One started with the Color Guard and cancer survivors leading the way. Laps will be taken over an 18-hour period on a temporary asphalt track built with donated labor and materials on “R” Avenue property owned by the Port of Anacortes. Relay Co-Chairman Brian Geer extended thanks to many individuals and organizations that contributed to this year’s fund-raising event. Mayor Dean Maxwell was also on hand, and was in fact “in jail” within the first hour, waiting for contribution of $100 before he could be “sprung.” See more photos in Activities section under “Fighting cancer.”

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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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