Articles from the June 7, 2023 edition

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 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2023

High school seniors will have outdoor graduation

A La Conner High School senior class that was separated and isolated for parts of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic will join together for the school's 129th annual commencement exercises...

 
 By Ken Stern    News    June 7, 2023

Little rain in May

Continued bad news on the moisture front for 2023. Yes, May was dry. There has not been significant rain since a half inch fell May 5. Four of the five rain days came May 1-6, 0.59 inches of 0.64 inches total rain. The May 5 storm was the only...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    News    June 7, 2023

State appeals court meets at Skagit Valley College

Generations of Skagit Valley College students have been tutored in acting at the Phil Tarro Theatre on the school’s Mount Vernon campus. But Thursday morning it was a real-life drama that played out on the main stage there. That is when SVC hosted...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2023

Madison Huscher reaches new heights as region's teacher of year

The La Conner Middle School Rock Climbing Club sponsor is also rock solid in the classroom. Madison Huscher, whose carefully crafted science lesson plans take students beyond the traditional...

 
 By Ken Stern    Opinion    June 7, 2023

Graduation hopes: theirs, ours

"Imagination is more important than knowledge." -Albert Einstein Thursday La Conner High School seniors graduate, 47 of them. Local merchants and institutions recognize them by sponsoring the seniors’ photographs on today's back page. Take a look a... Full story

 

Gun violence a poison

What poisons have been unleashed in America? In Jewish mythology, a dybbuk is a malicious, possessing spirit, believed to be a dislocated soul. Pandora opened her jar (dubbed a box in the 16th century) out of curiosity, thus releasing all manner of e...

 

The game of life when 65 years old

I’m officially old. It happened on a single day last week, Thursday, June 1. It was not a surprise. It had loomed on the near horizon for years. I’d dutifully prepared for it – watched innumerable how-to videos, talked with older friends...

 

The fish slide and the town council's decision

After reading in the Weekly News about the La Conner Town Council’s decision to destroy the fish slide in Conner Waterfront Park due to money issues and other things, I have some questions. As I’m involved, of course I have some thoughts. The...

 

Need God with country

No political party, no politician can heal the evident and destructive ills of our country. We, long ago, took God out of our schools, eliminated the Ten Commandments and crosses from public areas. Now in that void, evil has moved in. I have lived a...

 

Musings – on the editor's mind

Memorial Day was May 29th this year. That is John F. Kennedy's birthday. I know that because it is also my mother's birthday, Mary Madeline Nemunis Stern. My mother was born in 1920. She would have been 103. I believe my mother hated war. She never t... Full story

 

Fire departments train on controlled house burnings

La Conner Fire Department volunteer firefighters conducted a series of controlled house burn trainings along with Fire Districts 2, 13, 27 and Whatcom County fire marshals in the Pleasant Ridge neighborhood just outside of La Conner on May 22 and...

 

Skagit program serving special needs adults held Maple Hall fundraiser

It’s often said there’s no rest for the weary. For over three decades the Skagit Adult Day Program has been working to put that adage to rest. The organization’s mission is to provide a daytime program where adults with special needs can take...

 

Fundraising drive for scholarships

The La Conner Community Scholarship Foundation is undertaking a six-month fundraising drive that will provide scholarship aid to the high school’s graduates seeking support. The foundation’s goal is to raise $100,000 between June 1 and Nov. 30....

 

Skagit Valley Farmers Market

The Skagit Valley Farmers Market at The Vinery located at Christianson's Nursery is in full swing. Every Sunday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., everyone, including pets, are welcome to shop local produce, goods...

 

Town of La Conner citizen survey

Town of La Conner planning staff want to hear from you. Residents and businesses had yellow door hangers placed on their door knobs last week that requested responses to its community involvement survey, part of the process of the 10-year update to...

 

Elizabeth Grace Gordon "Betty"

Betty Grace Gordon 97, a longtime resident of the Skagit Valley, passed away with her loving family at her side on Monday, May 22, 2023 at her home. Family and friends are invited to Betty's... Full story

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2023

Alumni banquet honors La Conner Class of '23

The newest members of the oldest active high school alumni association in Washington state were welcomed into the fold Saturday night in La Conner. Members of the Class of 2023 were feted during the 1...

 
 By Bill Reynolds    School    June 7, 2023

A faster, higher Murdock won state hurdles titles

Tommy Murdock had a leg up on the competition throughout the high school track and field campaign this spring. And a big reason the La Conner High School junior was head and shoulders above all...

 
 By Kylee Fortygin    A & E    June 7, 2023

Guitar Festival brought luthiers to La Conner

La Conner is a cool place with its incredible dining, magic Skagit views and small town charm. It is no wonder a Guitar Festival has been added to the list of things to do. In mid-May, Maple Hall...

 

MoNA's 31st annual auction June 10

The Museum of Northwest Art’s annual auction, biggest fundraiser of the year, takes place at the First Street museum Saturday, June 10, but you can preview – and bid – on the over 300 works of art now, online. “Share the Magic of Northwest...

 

Sunday music in Gilkey Square

La Conner Live's Sunday concert series in Gilkey Square enters its third week June 11 with The HIP playing its unique choice of covers under the white canopies by the boardwalk. The summer schedule: June 18, Midlife Crisis; June 25, Mojo Cannon;...

 

'Birds and Bees' play at Whidbey

Need a laugh or want to laugh? Go see “The Birds and The Bees” at the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. Set on a Canadian farm, this comedy jumps right into sex, love, science, family and, of course, the artificial insemination of turkeys. There...

 

Adopt-A-Hydrant Fundraiser

Paint a fire hydrant and add beauty to the community while supporting Fire District 13. The fundraiser is June 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at John K. Bob Memorial Ball Park, 17400 Reservation Rd, La Conner....

 

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