Grace Hubbard helped birth a sister city


November 29, 2023

Old black and white photo of people from La Conner posing by waterfront.

LINKING HANDS ACROSS THE WATERS – In this 1984 town picture of La Conner residents, they have gathered on the west side of the Swinomish Channel dressed in their representative work clothes to share a view of themselves and their community with their unofficial Soviet sister town of O'lga, Kamchatka. – Photo courtesy of Joan Cross

Grace Hubbard's 100th birthday celebrated last week in the Weekly News reminded me of the sister cities project we worked on together in the early 1980s. Grace has an excellent memory, which helped to jog mine. So I'm adding to her story.

I had returned from Peace Corps in the Fiji Islands a decade previously and birthed my first baby. Ronald Reagan was president, which worried some of us as to the saber rattling with the Soviets. I went to a Peace Corps reunion that was electric with creative ideas, enthusiasm and engagement for common citizens to help shape a more peaceful world. One idea...

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