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:
- NEWS ALERT (5/1) Read more: Governor Inslee extends Washington's stay-home order through May 31.
- 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, updated 5/1 - If you know of additional resources that might be helpful, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- May 2020 Ferry Newsletter - The Guemes Island ferry will remain on the non-peak sailing schedule through the summer.
- Guemes Island Ferry COVID-19 FAQ
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
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 ... we applaud you as well!
GIHS News, Notes, and Hopes
Luminary by Chris Skinner, photo by Tom Deach
Soleil says ...
'and the sun will come out tomorrow'
GIHS will be resuming our 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.
There is still a way to support the GIHS in general during this haitus, along with future generations of historians to come. No, we’re not asking for money.
Humble Family Legacy of Support
For several years the Second Century Vision Committee has been studying the future needs of the Guemes Island Community Center, Guemes CERT, the Guemes Library, and the Guemes Island Historical Society. Representatives from each of these organizations, as well as the Guemes Church, make up this committee.
The plan is to revitalize the Community Center’s capabilities, add much-needed parking, and provide areas both inside and out to display our island’s cultural history. The expansion plan will honor the past and embrace the future as it meets the changing needs of our community.
The Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) is pleased to announce that the first milestone on the road to expansion has been reached, thanks to a generous donation from Clive and Diane Humble.
Native Plants on Guemes Shorelines
Inspired by a bequest from island resident Roz Glasser and encouraged by the San Juan Preservation Trust and the Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC), a small group of volunteers has been planting native plants at the Peach Preserve.
The hope is to restore vegetation to an area that has been damaged and to inspire islanders to grow some of these species. Visitors have taken care to stay on the new paths, and there are plans to build a low split rail fence around the planted areas.
As you walk through the preserve, you may notice three new benches. They were constructed by Ian Woofenden, Sally Stapp, John Strathman and Rob Roy McGregor from a Douglas Fir cut on the property of Holly and Kevin Green to improve their solar access.
Come take a look! For more information or to get involved, please contact Patty Rose at email@example.com.
Bill Mitchell Documentary
The Anacortes Museum has released a new documentary covering the life and art of Bill Mitchell, the Anacortes native who died in 2019. It's been 36 years since the artist hung his first of more than 160 murals around Anacortes.
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How does it work?
- Click on the AmazonSmile box (right) which brings you to the AmazonSmile GICCA 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!
Click here to see how much you have made GICCA smile. Thank you!