Upcoming Ferry Public Forum
The Board of Skagit County Commissioners, along with representatives from Public Works and Glosten Navel Architects, will join Guemes community members on January 26 at 2 PM at the Community Hall for a discussion about the following agenda items:
- Ferry replacement project update
- Draft fare revenue target report
- 2019 haul-out – Feb. 24 through Mar. 18
Please check out the latest Ferry Newsletter for news on the Guemes Ferry and what's happening with new electric ferries along the Pacific coast, Canada, and around the world.
Order Deadline: January 27
Return of the Light
Are you one of those people whose mood reflects the grey, dreary skies? Then you should now be feeling a little brighter each day. At the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2018, the sun reached its southernmost point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere and began its trek northward in the sky. At that point, our days began to get longer. The daylight marches gradually toward the Vernal (Spring) Equinox on March 20 when day and night are nearly equal. On June 21, the Summer Solstice, we will celebrate the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. At the Autumnal Equinox on September 23, our days and nights are equal lengths and we begin the cycle again.
Also, this year Daylight Saving Time returns March 10 when, essentially, we move an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening, helping to brighten our days even further.
Welcome Your New GICCA Board
The Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) Board recently held their December organizational meeting to designate board positions. In November Carol Deach and Libby Boucher were elected to fill the two board vacancies. Rob Schroder, Loalynda Bird, and Barb Ohms were reelected. Chris Skinner and Liz Hartley have another year remaining on their terms.
Meet your new 2019 GICCA Board:
President - Barb Ohms
Vice President - Chris Skinner
Secretary - Libby Boucher
Treasurer - Liz Hartley
Trustees - Rob Schroder, Carol Deach, and Loalynda Bird
There is no public meeting in December. Please join us at our next meeting on January 17 at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Hall.
The Board thanks you for your support this past year and wishes you a safe and happy New Year!
GICCA Community Outreach
The Guemes Island Community Center Association (GICCA) thanks you for your generous donations over the years. Your donations help sustain our building and grounds and ensure that we can continue to offer programs, events, and services that enrich and connect our island community.
We’d also like to remind that you should have received a letter in the mail just before the holidays that requests your continued support (view here). We hope you'll read this letter, take pride in our community, and be motivated to give generously. Your donation can be made using the stamped, self-addressed donor envelope you received in the mail. Or, if you prefer, you can click here and use your PayPal account or a credit card on our secure website. Thank you in advance for your community-minded support. We simply can't do it without you!
Last Call For Directory Updates
Deadline extended to mid-January
Islanders can easily add and update their online directory listings (both residential and business). A limited number of printed directories will be made available for purchase in the library. Timing and cost details will be published on myguemes.org once all updates are complete and copies are made. Your online updates will ensure that the directory continues to be a valuable asset to the community. We can't do it without you!
To add your listing(s), select either Residential Signup or Business Signup from the “Guemes Directory” option in the menu bar at the top of this page. To edit existing listings, select “Link Request” to receive a private link that enables your edits.
GICCA and the entire Guemes community thank you!
2019 Ferry Haul Out - Plan Ahead
The Guemes Island Ferry is scheduled to be out of service February 24 through March 18, 2019.
Planning ahead is the key to preserving your sanity during the upcoming ferry haul out.
During the ferry shut down, passenger-only service will be provided by Arrow Launch Service. In addition, Skagit Transit will provide shuttle service on Guemes Island starting February 24. The ferry is tentatively scheduled to return to service on March 19, 2019.
Be sure to stock up on heavy or bulky items before the outage. Necessities like pet food, cat litter, birdseed, canned food, toilet paper, and paper towels can be inconvenient to transport in a wheelbarrow aboard a passenger-only vessel, especially in the rain. If you have livestock, including chickens, stock up now on feed and supplies.
Our postal and parcel carriers work especially hard to provide uninterrupted service during an outage. Do them a favor and order those large, heavy items for delivery before February 24. If you know you will be ordering furniture, tires, large appliances, mattresses, barbeques, etc. that require freight delivery, plan accordingly.
If you need to receive deliveries of oxygen or other medical equipment, make sure you have supplies stockpiled. Some durable medical equipment, like wheelchairs, walkers, toilet chairs, toilet risers, and crutches, are available through Guemes Connects. Call Lorraine Francis at 360-293-8364 for more information. These items are available to islanders at any time, not just during ferry outages.
Despite the inconvenience of not having a car ferry for a few weeks, many people enjoy the opportunity to reconnect with friends as we crowd together on the deck or in the salon of the passenger-only vessel. If you’re heading to town to shop, ask your neighbors if you can pick up items for them also.
Lend a hand to that FedEx carrier trying to juggle three wheelbarrows full of packages. Keep your sense of humor. As the saying goes, “we’re all in the same boat”…literally.
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