Ferry Haul-Out May 14 Through June 12
Reminder: GICCA does not hold public in-person or virtual Association meetings during the months of June, July & August.
Haul-out: To temporarily move a vessel from the water to a dry dock; typically to allow for inspections, preventative maintenance, and any necessary repairs.
How to Plan for the Ferry Haul-out
By Edith Walden
On May 14, when the M/V Guemes checks in at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland for maintenance and inspections required by the U.S. Coast Guard, it will have been more than two years since the last ferry haul-out. While longtime islanders are familiar with haul-out preparations and procedures, none of us have experienced a haul-out conducted during a worldwide pandemic. We may be joined this year by residents who have never experienced the haul-out joys and rituals of island living, and those of us with aging brains might benefit from some reminders. Here’s what you might need to know.
When Is It?
The last ferry run before the haul-out will be at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 14. The haul-out is scheduled for May 14, 8:00 a.m. through June 12. While the beginning date is certain, the end date can vary, depending on what maintenance and/or repair may be needed. Sometimes extra time is needed.
Due to the social distancing requirements for COVID-19, Skagit County requested a three-month extension from the Coast Guard so that islanders would be sailing on the open deck of the passenger-only vessel during warmer, drier weather. The lowest bidder could only accommodate dates that spanned Memorial Day.
The peak season schedule will begin early, on the first day of the haul-out, Friday, May 14; peak season fares begin on May 20.
For information about the haul-out, see https://www.publicinput.com/
To receive email alerts and updates about the ferry, sign up at https://skagitcounty.net/
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Fire Dept Haul-Out News
What you need to know from the Guemes Island Fire Department
The Fire Department wants to remind everyone that we will still be providing emergency services as normal and if you are experiencing a medical or fire emergency you should call 911 as always. That being said, we do want to encourage everyone to be diligent during this time. If you're feeling sick or believe you're having a medical emergency, don't wait to call for help.
We also want to remind everyone that we will not have the support of mutual aid vehicles from neighboring agencies. Therefore, we ask your diligence in helping us prevent any fire incident. The Guemes Island Fire Commissioners passed a unanimous resolution and we are partnering with the Skagit County Fire Marshal who has issued a Modified Burn Ban during the Ferry Haul out (May 14 - June 12).
Click here to read the full article, including information about emergency air evacuations and burn ban details.
Still Need a COVID Vaccination?
If you're still looking for a COVID vaccination Skagit County Public Health wants to help. The Health Department has provided on-island mobile clinics for homebound individuals or those who cannot easily travel. Undocumented residents can also receive vaccinations.
Please contact the Health Department's main line at 360-416-1500 to set up an appointment. Or you may contact Katherine Chapman, Communicable Disease Public Health Nurse, 360-399-0348, email@example.com.
Featured Artist: Lynn Prewitt
Meet Lynn Prewitt, the Guemes Island resident who transforms mixed media into beautiful pieces of art. This creative soul also goes beyond visual artwork by writing and putting her creative energies into improving our island paradise.
Thank You to Our Generous Donors!
Generosity runs deep in our community; we have come together over this past year to support each other in so many ways. The GICCA Board of Directors thanks you for your generous support.
Now that 2020 has come to a thankful end and we look forward to a better 2021, GICCA is making our annual fundraising appeal. Our appeal letter was mailed recently. If you wish to donate, you may choose to use the envelope included with the appeal letter; you may also donate online here.
Because the nation’s charitable organizations have been struggling during the pandemic, the IRS made temporary changes in the tax law last spring that will allow more people to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities even if you do not itemize on your tax return. Details are available from the IRS here.
GICCA is a qualified 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We appreciate your financial support as do the other non-profit organizations on Guemes. The Guemes Library, the Guemes Community Church, the Guemes Island Historical Society (GIHS), the Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC), and the Guemes Island Environmental Trust (GIET) are all 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
The Help You Want
The Resources You Need
Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19 Updates
Given the evolving status of this outbreak, it's important that you stay informed. The following links provide the latest updates and helpful information:
- Inslee Press Release (5/4) Gov Inslee announces a two-week pause on phases.
- Resources to help adults 65 & over
- Public Health information direct from Skagit County Public Health experts.
- Resources for Guemes Islanders — If you know of additional resources that might be helpful, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Guemes Island Ferry COVID-19 Updates
Paul Beaudet and David Wertheimer
David and Paul near the Dog Woods trailhead on West Shore Rd., Guemes Island
Paul Beaudet and David Wertheimer have been island residents since 1998 when they visited Guemes after reading Valerie Easton's article "The Secret Gardens of Guemes" in the Seattle Times. Paul and David purchased a home at Kelly's Point where they spent nearly every weekend since, commuting back to Seattle for work on weekdays. With David's retirement in 2019 and a shift to remote work during the pandemic, they now consider Guemes their permanent year-round home.
Porch Replacement Coming to the Hall
During the pandemic closure, your GICCA Board has been busy with essential business and maintenance projects at the Community Center Hall. COVID-19 restrictions prevented regular social activities but enabled maintenance projects that would normally impact Hall usage. After multiple bids, a failed grant request, and several design options, the GICCA Board has voted to proceed with replacement of the cracked concrete front porch and repair/revision of the sidewalk from the Hall to the Church.
The new graded ADA compliant walkway will eliminate the front steps, shorten the library steps, and allow for a handicap drop-off zone with a barrier-free entrance to the Hall. Please refer to the April 2021 GICCA Minutes here for more details.
Guemes Islander Adam Mimnaugh and Mimnaugh Excavation are generously donating a major portion of the labor and project cost. Work is scheduled to begin the 2nd week of June.
During the estimated two weeks of construction, access to the Library during their Monday hours of 2:00 to 4:00 will be through the north door of the Hall only. Please return books during operating hours only as the book return will not be accessible. WiFi can still be used from the north parking lot.
GICCA wishes to also thank architect Art Petersen for his design work and consultation.
Update: Ladies Virtual Social Time
What happened to the Ladies Social Time? Despite best efforts, technology glitches and outdoor commitments have convinced everyone that Fall will be a better time to resume this activity. We hope to connect with old friends and new ones via Zoom again in the Fall. Thank you to Julie Fry for her efforts to make this activity happen.
Art Initiative Update
Guemes Island Art (GIA) continues to evolve with new ideas and new content. Check out the expanded “Classes” page and the new “Community” page where folks can share ideas or announcements as well as a bit of history. Have you ever wondered about the leaf sculpture (play structure) at Schoolhouse Park? Learn more here. GIA is still on the lookout for additional artists on the island!
2021 Social Connections
Staying connected in safe ways with friends and family is more important now than ever. GICCA has suggestions for virtual activities with friends, educational talks and virtual learning, and limited scheduled outdoor activities. Check out the Social Connections tab at the top of this Home page.
Are you tired of being cooped up during the pandemic? Feeling depressed, lonely, or sluggish? Then consider a beautiful island walk! Guemes Walks is your new community walking program, part of GICCA’s Social Connections outreach.
Each regularly scheduled walk is offered mid-day between Mondays and Fridays over easy terrain, which usually covers only 1-2 miles. No reservations are required—just show up. Do check the calendar at myguemes.org just in case there's a weather cancellation. Also, remember to be safe—wear a mask and space yourself six feet apart. Well behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.
Mary Hale, who spearheads the walking program, says “I’m excited about Guemes Walks because I enjoy the idea of islanders staying connected through nature walks, and if anyone’s day during the pandemic can be brightened in this way, it’s all worth it to me.” So far, walking attendees have been averaging about four people and one dog per walk.
Guemes Walks depart from trailheads located at the new Dog Woods Trail (7690 West Shore Drive), Guemes Mountain, Peach Preserve, and Kelly’s Point (seasonal, tides permitting). Additionally, there is a meeting spot at Holiday Hideaway located at Channel View Drive and Samish Street. Most walks are led by GICCA volunteers, however you can always “create-your-own” walk using maps downloaded from GICCA’s Social Connections web page.
Guemes Walks is a safe means of connecting with friends old and new. Invite someone to walk with you or just go alone and enjoy the peace. You never know whom you might meet at the trailhead. Come join us!
GICCA Stage Project Progress
- Stage timeline – August 2009 to September 2020
- Stage references/history from GICCA minutes November 2011 through June 2020
Click here to view an enlarged slideshow and read more updates.
Installation of the shake shingles at the stage is complete. The stage is essentially done except for applying the finish which will need to wait for warmer weather. As the physical structure of the community stage nears completion, the focus has begun to shift to landscape preparation — grading, rocks, fill, and plantings.
The Special Use Permit application has been completed and submitted to the County. This permit is required by the County before any events can take place at the stage. The detailed application encompasses many factors and potentialities and includes a somewhat lengthy review and approval process as well as a hefty application fee.
Rackets & Paddles at the Park
The Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) has been working with Skagit County Parks and Recreation to enhance the recreational opportunities at Schoolhouse Park. The Parks Department has confirmed that the tennis court resurfacing is now scheduled during the month of July. The exact dates will be set depending on the weather. Restriping will include both tennis and pickleball court markings. Renovation of the play structure is planned for 2022.
Yes, pickleball has arrived on Guemes. If you play pickleball or want to learn, this is your chance. Players can communicate via the Facebook page Guemes Island Pickleball Players. Find a friend or a group to play with. Organizers hope to have a group play on Thursdays at 5:30 PM and Sundays at 9:00 AM but you can play or ‘dink’ whenever the court is available. Use the tennis net for basic hitting practice (it’s 2” inches higher than a pickleball net) or bring your own pickleball net and use the temporary lines. Bring your own paddles or there might be some to borrow. All levels welcome! Let's pickle!
Thanks to resident Gina Meyers for initiating this activity and having a temporary net. GICCA will work with pickleball players to help raise money for future rolling nets. We look forward to having permanent lines to allow for a more multi-use court.
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!
And to all of you who are not on the front lines and are heeding the advice of health experts to stay home, or wear a mask and physically distance if you must go out ... we applaud you as well!
Thank you for demonstrating respect for others and for doing the right thing.
Ways To Donate During the COVID Crisis
For those of us who are not faced with job loss, food shortages, overdue housing expenses, or home-schooling challenges, our passions turn toward helping others. Here are a few ways to help by donating:
- Guemes Island Community Pantry
- G.I.V.E. (Guemes Island Volunteer Exchange)
- COVID-19 Relief Fund for WA Undocumented
- Skagit Gleaners
- Blood Donation
COVID-Safe Ways to Volunteer
Volunteering is not only helpful to others it is rewarding for you and good for your mental health. GICCA has many suggestions for COVID-safe volunteering.
GICCA’s Virtual Lecture Series is seeking one or two volunteers to help coordinate and manage group presentations on Zoom.
We have several interesting speakers lined up, but we need a Zoom leader to help make these a positive experience for both speakers and attendees. If you are interested, please email email@example.com.
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A simple reality
We do many things to protect ourselves and others from unnecessary harm. We don’t drink and drive. We don’t run stoplights. We don’t smoke on airplanes or in other indoor public places. The same principle applies to masks. The latest CDC guidelines state that when worn correctly, wearing a mask protects OURSELVES AND OTHERS from germs that are released every time someone breathes, talks, laughs, coughs, or sneezes.
Wearing is caring.
It’s as simple as that.
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