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Last update: February 28, 2017

Seaweeds

The Samish Island website is owned and operated by the Samish Island Community Center (SICC), a 501C3 non-profit organization, located in Skagit County, Washington, USA.

March Shore Lines

The Shore Lines newsletter is published online today. Thanks to Linda Larson for this month's issue. 2/28/17

European Green Crab - one of the "worst invaders"

A potentially destructive invader of Washington salt marshes and estuaries is the European Green Crab.


Identify by these characteristics:

• 5 spines (or marginal teeth) to the outside of each eye.
• Up to 4” across the carapace (or back shell)

If you suspect you have found one along the beach or in your crab pot this summer, email photos and detailed location information to crabteam@uw.edu. Leave the crab where you found it. More info ... 2/5/17

February Shore Lines

The February Samish Shore Lines newsletter is published online today, thanks to Charlene Day for this month's issue. 2/1/17

Samish Island Open House

The Open House at the SICC on Sunday, January 29, was very successful. Between 50-60 people were there and information was exchanged on all sorts of topics. One participant said this:

"Participating in the Open House at the Community Center on January 29th was an amazing experience.  It was exciting to see the large number of Samish Islanders to turned out to learn more about and support our community.  The warmth of the interaction between newcomers and lifers was palpable, making it clear that we are all ready to unselfishly help others should the need arise.  It was also exciting to see the range of talents and interests in SI organizations, from studying and protecting our precious natural environment to cooperating to make our Island a safer and more beautiful."  

Here is the report from the Ann Reid and Nurith St Pierre, summarizing the various topics under discussion. 2/6/17

January Shore Lines

Read and print the January Shore Lines here, and also print the dues card and survey. Bring your dues and survey form to the potluck on January 15, or mail it to P.O. Box 268, Bow, 98232, by the directory deadline of January 31 please. 1/4/17

Herons, Alice Bay


©Therese Ogle, 12-2016

December Shore Lines

The Samish Shore Lines newsletter is posted here today. Happy winter holidays! 12/1/16

E-Groups on Samish Island - you can join any

There are currently 355 members of the Samish Info group, and 238 members of the Samish Neighbors Group. If you would like to join any of the e-groups on the island, visit the Samish Island E-Groups page for a description of the group, and how they differ from each other, plus how to join. There is also a new e-group that is more "facebook-like" (includes advertising), called Samish Next Door. Contact Julie Judy if you would like an invitation to this group.

There are also several e-groups on the island for dues-paying members (garden club, community garden).

It is a good way to be in touch with your neighbors and friends on the island.

The Samish Farms Water Association

SFWA has a new website as of July 2016. Any alerts, upcoming events, or pertinent informaiton will be posted on this website. You can also contact the association by email, sfwa01@gmail.com. There is a rate increase of 10% on the July bill, due to PUD increases (8%), and upgrading Mercer and Wallen road to state requirements (2%). Water rate for existing customers is now $3.69 per 100 cf. The price of a new share is now $12,137.00, due to PUD system development cost increase. 8/8/16

Little Free Library

There are over 30,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world. We have one here on Samish Island, located at 11044 Blue Heron Rd, thanks to Jenn. Take a book, leave a book - enjoy reading every day. 8/17/15

Ships and Tankers

You can find out which tankers are in our bays on this interesting real-time site, called Live Ships Map. Many have Cherry Point as their destination.

Fire Fighters Wanted

Samish Island Fire is currently recruiting firefighters. District 5 is the largest geographic fire district in Skagit County encompassing Allen, Edison, and Samish stations and we periodically train and respond together. No experience necessary. However, the county requires members be over 18, have a valid driver’s license, and pass a background check.

Successful applicants will be expected to attend Skagit County Fire Academy and/or EMT training within the first two years of service. Interested parties should be willing to climb ladders, haul hose, drive apparatus, operate power equipment and respond to medical emergencies at all hours of the day or night. There are no assigned shifts. If you are on the island, you are on call. It’s hard work and the pay stinks, but it is a great way to serve your community and make life-long friends.

Prospective volunteers can contact Assistant Chief, Tom Miller at (360) 424-2221 or attend a weekly meeting at the Samish fire hall any Monday at 7:00PM.

Hall Rentals

Have a gathering planned that's too much for the size of your home? Consider using the community center for your event. Islanders' or members' rate: $50 for 5-hr or less, $75 one-day rental. Everyone loves the hall: it's open, spacious, has lots of tables and serving utensils. It doesn't have tv or wireless distractions. Real interactions and conversation happen. Call to reserve your event day, 766-8202. You can also rent the video projector or sound system if needed (additional fee). Non-islanders rate: $100 per day. More info.. 1/7/14

Past Shore Lines

All Shore Lines newsletter are online since 2003. Back issues from that date forward are available on the Shore Lines Page.

Email Groups

If you'd like to receive important/emergent information that informs all islanders, join the Samish Info e-group (2-3 emails a month). For those who like a little more neighborly sharing (10+ emails a month), join both Samish Info and Samish Neighbors e-groups.

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