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 By Judy Booth    Community    February 21, 2024 
An elderly man dances with his middle-aged adult daughter

Let's dance, shall we?

Salsa, waltz, swing, cha-cha – take your pick. The La Conner Retirement Inn was hopping on Valentine’s Day to ballroom dance. The most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day – is...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    February 21, 2024 

Come and hear journalist Tim Egan talk libraries, politics at Lincoln Theatre

Feisty National Book Award winner Timothy Egan writes about some of the most pressing issues of American life. He speaks at the Lincoln Theatre March 2 to raise funds for the new Mount Vernon...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    February 21, 2024 

Anacortes plans events center to replace Port's Transit Shed

The closure of the Transit Shed by the Port of Anacortes at the end of 2023 left this event-centered, artistic, music loving, car-show stopping town without a large-scale program venue. Anacortes City Councilmembers Ryan Walters, Christine...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    February 7, 2024

La Conner opens Rowing and Paddling Club races

Pink, yellow and white life vests bobbed through the gray waters of the Swinomish Channel as more than 100 people paddled kayaks, outrigger canoes, paddle boards and Hawaiian pontoon boats of equally...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    January 31, 2024
Image of Roseate spoonbill quilt.

6th Annual Birds of Fiber exhibit

A quick stroll – if climbing three flights of stairs is a stroll – to take in the newly opened "Birds of a Fiber" and then a treat by spending time viewing the other two exhibits at the Pacific...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    January 31, 2024

How beneficial are prescription drug programs?

A litany of opaque dealings by pharmacy benefit managers was emphasized in last week's article ("Small drugstores, high drug prices," Jan. 24 Weekly News). To recap, PBMs are middlemen who negotiate with insurance companies as well as drug...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    January 24, 2024

Small drugstores, high drug prices

La Conner Drug Store is not the first small-town, family-owned drug store to go out of business in recent years. Rite Aid, hopefully the new home of former employees from La Conner Drug and Island...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    January 24, 2024

66 birds/3 degrees lecture

Saturday's lecture at the Museum of Northwest Art capped off the three-month visual and sound exhibition, "Surge: Mapping Transition, Displacement and Agency in Times of Climate Change," with a...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    January 17, 2024

La Conner Drug closes Jan. 23

La Conner Drug Store, established in 1877, was recognized as the oldest continuous-running drug store in Washington State by the Washington Board of Pharmacy in 2014 – sometimes under different...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    December 6, 2023

'Seussical the Musical' an extravaganza

“Adults are obsolete children and the hell with them.” – Dr. Seuss “Seussical the Musical,” a whimsical, fantastical stage production based on the works of Dr. Seuss, is the most performed show in America. The local production at the...

 
 By y Judy Booth    A & E    November 8, 2023

Go off to see 'The Wizard of Oz'

BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO! The opening night performance of “The Wizard of Oz” filled the Lincoln Theatre to capacity and the evening ended with a standing ovation. Since 1939 audiences have loved L. Frank Baum’s story of young Dorothy, a Kansas...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    October 18, 2023
Brian Wilbur speaking at podium in library.

Blessing the La Conner Swinomish Library

Like loons calling across the water, like Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," the Swinomish Canoe Family hushed the crowd of 150 people as they sang and drummed a blessing prayer, the chorus meandering its...

 

Olga's April account of the war in Ukraine

Olga has continued to provide email updates. She lives in eastern Ukraine. In mid-April no fierce battles were around her. She told me the sirens were less often as Russia concentrated on other areas. “I feel kind of weird because we have regions...

 
 By Judy Booth    Community    April 12, 2023

Olga's firsthand account of the war in Ukraine, part 2

Olga is offering a glimpse into life in Ukraine since the Russian invasion in February 2022. The article last week left Olga at work in Ivano-Frankvisk in West Ukraine. She had just read on social media that Kiev was being bombed. Her dad and...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    April 5, 2023

My Name is Olga and I live in Ukraine

This article is taken from edited emails received from Olga in Ukraine to Jan Paul of Shelter Bay. Jan has known Olga for twenty years. For security reasons we are not using Olga’s or her family’s last name. Olga became friends with Steve and...

 

Three poets' performances at Poetry Festival

Listening to Javier Zamora sing one of his poems at Maple Hall to a Meringue beat during this month’s Skagit River Poetry Festival, you would be surprised to learn he had traveled more than 3,000 miles on foot, by bus and boat, across rivers,...

 
 By Judy Booth    A & E    October 12, 2022

Skagit River Poetry Festival's return offers delights

Early morning fog and mist lent a magical twist Thursday to streams of students hauling books from the old to the new La Conner Swinomish Library. The rumble of wheels along Morris Street from carts...

 

2014 dog death brought burglary felony conviction

Linda Clark presented an incomplete narrative of her advocating for and intervening “on behalf of two dogs in town” in 2014 in her guest column “Why I challenged the sale of Hedlin Field” in the Oct. 13 Weekly News. Skagit County Superior...

 

Fire burns more than pizza at Brewery

Fire broke out in the La Conner Brewery’s pizza oven around noon Saturday. Within minutes the La Conner Hook and Ladder Department were at the scene, entering the building from First Street and...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    June 27, 2018

Apology to WW II POW finally comes

“I took him to lunch and said, ‘call this lady,’” recalled Chamberlain’s daughter, Becky. “She said ‘we are going to Japan.’” The American Defenders of Bataan and Corrigedor, a memorial society, had contacted Becky with the...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    June 13, 2018

Japan visit part of POW reconciliation program for dad and daughter

“When I first heard about returning to Japan, I wanted to say two prayers. The first – to forgive the Japanese for the way the POWs were treated; the second – to pray for my friends who...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    May 23, 2018

10th Biennial Poetry Festival a hit

La Conner, flooded with poets and students from eight area school districts, hosted the 10th Biennial Skagit Valley Poetry Festival last weekend. The Poets Table Soiree kicked off the event Thursday...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    December 13, 2017

CERT training begins in January: Sign up now

Skagit County Community Emergency Response Team Training begins in January. How prepared are you for a major earthquake or a fire such as the one that ravaged Ventura, Sonoma and Napa Counties this year, with only minutes for many to escape their...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    October 11, 2017

March to refinery calls for oil free future

Two hundred people sang, prayed and rallied at March Point, marching for an “Oil Free Salish Sea” Saturday, Oct. 7, a cold, rainy day. “This is to open people’s hearts, eyes, and spirit...

 
 By Judy Booth    News    October 4, 2017

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms this weekend

This lush, alluvial plain we call home, the Skagit Valley, is the site of the 19th Festival of Family Farms this weekend. A dozen farms are participating. Cows, blueberries, shellfish, pumpkins,...

 

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