November 15th, 2007

Community journalists

It was a combination power lunch and sentimental journey for me Thursday when I joined this group of community journalism “characters” at Flounder Bay Restaurant. Instigator of the gathering was Wallie Funk, ex-newspaper publisher and one-time employer of several in attendance. Pictured are Kasia Pierzga, publisher of the Whidbey Examiner; Dave Pinkham, publisher of the Stanwood-Camano News; Jack Darnton, publisher of the Anacortes American; Funk; Frank Garred, former publisher of the Port Townsend Leader; Fred Obee, General Manager of the Leader. I worked for Wallie in two stints, the more dramatic of which was 1976-1980 when I was fresh out of college at WSU. Amazingly, the community of Oak Harbor survived us all. Leader publisher Scott Wilson opted out on the gathering, choosing quality time with children in his capacity as father/coach. We’ll forward “minutes” of the meeting for his perusal.

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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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