Guemes Island Community Center Association

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Guemes Island, Skagit County, WA, USA

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Ferry Facts Update, Mar. 2

 Public Works/Ferry Committee Meeting 

The public is welcome to attend. Skagit County Public Works will meet with the Guemes Island Ferry Committee. These meetings focus on the ferry replacement project with the latest updates on design and funding. 

 

WhenFriday, March 2, 2018 – 2:00 PM

Where: Anacortes Public Library – 1220 10th St. Anacortes (in lobby meeting room)

New Ferry Survey

Guemes Ferry System Improvements Survey

The first survey helped us collect data about who uses the ferry, when and why; now, we want to do a deeper dive into those answers. We’re looking for more info about what reliability means to you, and how we could improve the sailing schedule and ticketing. - Skagit County Public Works

Click here to take the survey. Thank you.

Upcoming Luminary Classes

In 2017 Guemes Islanders, friends and family came together to learn the craft of creating lighted paper and reed luminary lanterns. The varied creations lit the south shore of Guemes Island for the 1st Earth Day Luminary Parade. The 2nd Annual Luminary Parade will be on Saturday, April 21, 2018. The parade will be preceded by this year's series of classes in March and April - taught, once again, by luminary artist and Guemes resident, Loalynda Bird. Loalynda will introduce new lantern designs and welcome newcomers to the craft. Earth Day festivities will also include a community supper with a fundraiser supporting the Guemes Ferry Trail Project.

 

Click here to learn more about the luminary classes and to register.

Warm Welcome To New Neighbors

Groundfloor Guemes would like to extend a warm welcome to new island neighbors on behalf of the entire community!  We're a community outreach group within the Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA). We strive to support environmental and economic sustainability within our community while supporting island non-profit groups and projects.

 

We have prepared a small tote (welcome bag) with information to help new islanders become acquainted with our community. If you're a new island resident, or you know someone who is, please CONTACT US to receive (or give) a welcoming tote (and a big smile).  

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Island News


Kelly’s Point Saved – Campaign Success! - The immense bluffs, coastal forest, and marine shoreline of Kelly’s Point have been conserved by Skagit Land Trust. Over 450 families, businesses, and organizations donated towards the $1,380,000 purchase that conserved the property on the southwest corner of Guemes Island. Other funds were provided by The Conservation Fund as a bridge loan while the Trust awaits a federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant award. The purchase of these 27 acres, with 3000 feet of marine shoreline, ensures that the land will remain forever undeveloped, maintaining its rich wildlife habitat and natural shoreline. Skagit Land Trust will manage the property as one of its conservation areas.   Read full press release
 

A HUGE THANK YOU TO SKAGIT LAND TRUST, THE AWESOME GUEMES ISLAND COMMUNITY, AND ALL THE OTHERS WHO HELPED SAVE THIS VERY SPECIAL PLACE!

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GIPAC Focuses on Groundwater Protection - The Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC) is an elected community group recognized by Skagit County as representing the island’s interests in the implementation of the Guemes Island Subarea Plan. Because protection of island groundwater resources is a primary concern of the subarea plan, GIPAC has committed to focusing on water issues as a top priority in its current work plan.  

GIPAC recently published a background paper reviewing the current status of Skagit County regulations and programs that affect the drilling of new wells on the island and the impact of wells on the island’s aquifer. In addition, the paper outlines strategies that GIPAC proposes to undertake to protect our aquifer. This summary is designed to provide an overview. The full paper is available here.
Meet Your Neighbor – Randy Schnabel - Randy Schnabel is the Northwest Regional Coordinator for National History Day (NHD). Randy taught history for 34 years at Shoreline schools before retiring with his wife, Barbara, to their home and garden on Guemes Island. His passion for history continues as he coordinates the NW Regional National History Day Contest coming to Anacortes Middle School on March 17.  

Just as with athletic and musical performances, NHD teams need an audience and a team of judges. Randy is looking for islanders willing to help judge. Click here for more information about NW Regional National History Day. For questions about judging, please contact Randy at randyschnabel@mac.com.
 

National History Day is a nationwide competition for 6th to 12th-grade students. Each year a new theme is chosen. Students use primary sources to research their topic that relates to the year’s theme. Individuals or teams then develop a presentation by gathering and evaluating facts. They choose one of five categories to present their argument: academic paper, documentary, performance, exhibit, or website. The learning process includes compiling an annotated bibliography and a paper that explains the process they used to research their topic. NHD not only promotes the study and appreciation of history but helps students learn to evaluate opinions and news sources. These are valuable skills needed in developing good, objective citizens in an age of “alternative facts” and “sound bite” news.  

Just as with athletic and musical performances, NHD teams need an audience and a team of judges. Randy is looking for islanders willing to help judge. Click here for more information about NW Regional National History Day. For questions about judging, please contact Randy at randyschnabel@mac.com. You also might come away having learned something about history.
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Meet Your Neighbor

Meet Your Neighbor – Randy Schnabel - Randy Schnabel is the Northwest Regional Coordinator for National History Day (NHD). Randy taught history for 34 years at Shoreline schools before retiring with his wife, Barbara, to their home and garden on Guemes Island. His passion for history continues as he coordinates the NW Regional National History Day Contest coming to Anacortes Middle School on March 17.  

Just as with athletic and musical performances, NHD teams need an audience and a team of judges. Randy is looking for islanders willing to help judge. Click here for more information about NW Regional National History Day. For questions about judging, please contact Randy at randyschnabel@mac.com.
 

National History Day is a nationwide competition for 6th to 12th-grade students. Each year a new theme is chosen. Students use primary sources to research their topic that relates to the year’s theme. Individuals or teams then develop a presentation by gathering and evaluating facts. They choose one of five categories to present their argument: academic paper, documentary, performance, exhibit, or website. The learning process includes compiling an annotated bibliography and a paper that explains the process they used to research their topic. NHD not only promotes the study and appreciation of history but helps students learn to evaluate opinions and news sources. These are valuable skills needed in developing good, objective citizens in an age of “alternative facts” and “sound bite” news.  

Just as with athletic and musical performances, NHD teams need an audience and a team of judges. Randy is looking for islanders willing to help judge. Click here for more information about NW Regional National History Day. For questions about judging, please contact Randy at randyschnabel@mac.com. You also might come away having learned something about history.
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Fun Factoid

Quite Interesting: All the batteries on Earth store just ten minutes of the world’s electricity needs.

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Amazon Smile

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of AmazonSmile purchases to their customers' chosen charitable organization. Guemes Island Community Center Association is registered on AmazonSmile. So, if you’re already shopping anyway, why not let Amazon make a small charitable contribution to GICCA - at no additional cost to you or GICCA!

How does it work?

  • Click on the AmazonSmile box (above) which brings you to the AmazonSmile GICCA landing page
      (you might want to bookmark that page to easily find it again).
  • Sign in to Amazon as usual.
  • Then, just shop as you normally would!

The entire shopping experience is the same and most products available on Amazon are also available at AmazonSmile.