Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19
Given the evolving status of this outbreak, it's important that you stay informed. The following links provide the latest updates and helpful information:
- Public Health information direct from Skagit County Public Health experts as well as links to other trusted sources of information
- A Message From Guemes CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) - Help With Essential Activities During Coronavirus
- Resources for Guemes Islanders - If you know of additional resources that might be helpful, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guemes Island Ferry Service Alerts, 3/22/20
- Guemes Island Ferry COVID-19 FAQ, 3/24/20
Neighborly Wisdom For Stressful Times
In stressful times, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the complications of life. We might feel sad, frustrated, irritated, at odds with the world, or just a general “funk.” Sometimes a different perspective, even for a short while, is helpful. A number of islanders have shared some “neighborly wisdom” that you might find to be insightful, inspiring, humorous - or, at least, a brief distraction.
Making the Most of the Quiet
Photo credit: The New York Times
The entire globe seems to have come to a halt. We can make the most of this quiet time by allowing ourselves to pause, observe, listen, and
At this moment, when the normal "hustle and bustle" has quieted, we have an opportunity to pay closer attention to the rich avian wildlife around us. Bird watching, even from our window, can be a calming activity during a stressful time. The Salish Sea School has created an At Home Birding activity to help build a connection to the natural world —and what better time to do that than now!
GIHS News, Notes, and Hopes
Luminary by Chris Skinner, photo by Tom Deach
Soleil says ...
'and the sun will come out tomorrow'
Now that we are all cozied up awaiting new news concerning the COVID-19 virus, I thought I would take the opportunity to update you on the Guemes Island Historical Society's status. As you have surmised, the GIHS is on what is, hopefully, a brief hiatus of our activities. Meetings, presentations, and activities have been postponed.
We will be resuming these programs when it becomes safe to do so. We encourage our community to be safe by utilizing social distancing and following protocols as directed by our health care professionals.
That being said, there is a way to support the GIHS in general, along with future generations of historians to come. No, we’re not asking for money.
To the doctors, nurses, paramedics, pharmacy and other medical workers, police officers, home-care workers, grocery store personnel, delivery people. transit workers, airline workers, and anyone who serves the public and cannot stay home...
Thank you for your bravery, dedication, and sacrifice.
You are truly heroes!
Slideshow: GICCA Stage Progress
We look forward to further progress at the stage as the weather continues to improve. Click here to enlarge slideshow & read prior updates.
WA Legislature Approves Funding For Guemes Water Study
On the last day of its recent session, the Washington Legislature approved a request from the Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC) for $80,000 to fund a US Geological Survey (USGS) study of Guemes Island aquifer recharge areas.
Seeking 9th to 12th Grade Students
The Salish Sea School is launching its first marine conversation program, Guardians of the Sea, for rising 9th to 12th grade students. This program is a four day, daily boat-based program out of Skyline Marina. Sessions are available throughout the summer. A limited number of scholarships are available.
The Salish Sea School in Anacortes is an outdoor marine conservation school that helps create leaders in marine conservation by providing innovative college prep and purpose-driven leadership experience. The Guardians of the Sea program equips students to become leaders to help restore the oceans through:
- increased ocean connection and knowledge through hands-on learning
- student involvement in citizen science projects for local scientists and organizations (microplastic sampling on the water, tufted puffin survey, forage fish survey and dissection, and more)
- creation of a take-home action plan to stay involved
- leadership development through recognizing innate gifts
- mindfulness practices for every day stress-reduction
There are a limited number of student scholarships available for any interested students to apply for a seat in the program! Scholarship applications are available here and must be submitted by April 1, 2020.
Contact Amy Eberling, Executive Director, 703-477-7432 for more information or go to thesalishseaschool.org.
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During times of crises we must think beyond our own interests to the interests of others — our families, our communities and the world. It's important to take a long-term view, keeping in mind the broader impact of our own day-to-day decisions.
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How does it work?
- Click on the AmazonSmile box (right) which brings you to the AmazonSmile GICCA page
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- Then, just shop as you normally would!
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