Teru Lundsten is a writer and personal historian who lives on Fidalgo Island. Check out her website at TeruLundsten.com.

Library Centennial: Something to celebrate

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Cynthia Harrison, Director of the Anacortes Public Library, has several predecessors, dating back 100 years to Luella Howard. That’s worth celebrating, and will be for the entire month of March.

Back in 1890, a free reading room opened at 2nd Street and Q Avenue, but by 1908 the Anacortes citizenry wanted a full-fledged library. Proponents of the idea requested assistance from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The venerable institution back east pledged that if the City of Anacortes raised at least $1,000 and furnished a site and books, they would donate $10 for every dollar raised.

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The Brown Lantern: A Schweaty beacon

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“I’m really proud of this old girl,” says David Yoder, proprietor of the Brown Lantern in downtown Anacortes. “She’s been part of this community for a long time – she’s a survivor.”

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Jo Anderson: It requires doing

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Anacortes artist Jo Anderson gazes out her downtown studio window across her “Tar Paper Park,” as she calls the adjacent roof. She’s in her own world.

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Caveman Al: Figuring it out

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Caveman Al lives and works in a small apartment, or “cave,” in the back of a building on Commercial Avenue in downtown Anacortes. It doesn’t need to be large, because everything he creates is miniscule.

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John Swapp: More go than show

2010-1027_john_swapp.jpg“We need real-world knowledge of economics,” says John Swapp, Republican candidate for the state legislature. “I’m your man,” he says.

John was “library born” in Anacortes in 1955, in the hospital that used to be where the library now stands. He is a third generation native of this area. One branch of ancestors arrived here in 1896, the other in 1910.

He is running against incumbent Jeff Morris for position 2, 40th Legislative District.

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