Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In the May 25, 2011 issue...

Photo by Kathy Elston

La Conner Elementary School Girls’ Running club is now in its second year and sponsored by the PTSA this year.

What? No more Sea Scouts?
La Conner’s Sea Scout program is in crisis.
The Skipper who has spent every Monday, weekend and vacation for the past 15 years teaching teenagers to sail, “and loving every minute of it,” she says, is ready to retire.
The Scouts' 80-year-old ship Rejoice, a 56-foot knockabout staysail schooner requires at least a four-person crew, constant maintenance and a skipper with strong sailing skills and the temperament to handle a boatload of teenagers.
Unless such a person steps up, La Conner could lose its Sea Scouts.

 Ancient songs come to life
in new voices 
Writer Mary Evitt has the story about the Swinomish children who are learning their ancestral songs and dances as they prepare to welcome some 20,000 visitors for the Canoe Journey in July. Some 50 children will represent the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community during the week-long Paddle to Swinomish which will start July 25 when at least 100 family canoes are expected to land there.
  Photo by Scott McDade
 Hole in the Wall Gang
Meet some of the talent behind La Conner's literary magazine, Hole in the Wall, during an evening of prose and poetry at the La Conner School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31. High school teacher and writer Scott McDade has the details in today's paper.

An essential link in education
Writer Anna Ferdinand is back in the paper with a story about MoNA Links, the education program connecting area schools with the Museum of Northwest Art in La Conner. A noted gallery recently held an artist's reception to feature an exhibit by ... Edison Elementary 6th graders.  It's in today's paper.

 Decades of public service
Photo by Marci Plank
La Conner Town Councilman Don Wright was honored on Tuesday for his 38 years of service on the La Conner Volunteer Fire Department. Wright is retiring from active duty on the fire department, but he’s still serving his community as a member of the Town Council. Mayor Ramon Hayes read a proclamation which drew applause at Tuesday’s council meeting.

And this  – 
A guy who tried to beat the motorcycle speed record set by Burt Munro at the Bonneville in 1967 is ripping into columnist Mel Damski in today’s letters section.  See an old  TV news story about the letter writer here

From the Police Blotter: 
11:31 a.m.: Theft – A garden gnome was apparently abducted from a yard on South 3rd Street in La Conner. The missing gnome was last seen wearing a tall red hat and holding a shovel. If he is seen in the area, please contact the Sheriff’s Department so he can get a ride home.

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