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La Conner Swansons:
Pioneer family of the Year
The 107th Annual Skagit County Pioneer Association Picnic is tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 4 at Pioneer Park.
Historian Dan Royal has the story on the event, which starts at 11:15 a.m. with a $12 salmon lunch, and the story behind this year's two honored families: The Swanson family of La Conner and the Lemley family of Sedro-Woolley.
Everyone in La Conner knows Austin Swanson, above, and his brother Kermit. The family plans to drive their old 1948 farm truck to the pioneer picnic on Thursday. Austin, who turns 100 this year, drives a newer truck around town these days.
On the subject of vintage transportation...
photo by Barrie Arnett
The four 1946 Globe Swift aircraft that flew in formation over Swinomish Channel on Sunday were celebrating the 90th birthday of veteran pilot Neil Johnson of Shelter Bay. Johnson's friend, Joe Holmes, has the story on today's paper.
Coyotes hunting in town
Pets have been disappearing in La Conner and coyotes have been seen in the town limits, making officials worry that the animals have been coming to town to feed.
At least four pet cats have been reported missing in the neighborhoods off Whatcom Street and on the hill in La Conner. Kitties have also vanished from neighborhoods north of Morris Street.
The town code enforcement officer is trying document to coyote sightings to start trapping efforts. Anyone who spots a coyote in town should contact Bill Stokes through Town Hall at 466-3125.
From the police blotter:
9:45 a.m.: Just Checking – A worried relative asked deputies to check on a 79-year-old La Conner man. The deputy looked in on the man. He was fine. His cell phone battery was dead, though.
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