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

Cynthia Richardson: Breaking the mold

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Vocal feminists have done much to advance the position of women, but so have women like Anacortes architect and City Council member Cynthia Richardson. Her quiet, persistent action broke gender barriers to get her to where she is today.

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Mary AnnÂ’'s Kitchen: Exactly that

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On a side street in downtown Anacortes, there is a small yellow house with a green and white banner over its door that reads, “Mary Ann’s Kitchen.” That’s just what you’ll find inside – Mary Ann’s kitchen. The establishment is as unassuming as its owner, Mary Ann Tostenson.

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Andy Gladish: Forging a life

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“I’ve led a Bohemian lifestyle most of my life,” says metalsmith Andy Gladish. Once a vagabond, he now lives on Guemes Island. “This island is still pretty funky,” he’s happy to say. “You can see its hippie roots.”

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Adrift: Swell food

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“Swell food for salty dogs,” proclaims the awning above the entrance to Adrift, owned by Nicole Holbert. Inside, the Anacortes restaurant delivers on the promise, serving delicious locally grown food in a décor with a whimsical nautical theme.

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Jane Brazas: Always dancing

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Growing up in Anacortes, Jane Brazas was “always moving,” she says. She lets go of her walker and shimmies her shoulders. “I’ve liked to dance since I was little.” Her mother often asked her to dance for others, and Jane was never too shy to oblige.

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