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“I am a colorful character of Anacortes,” declares Mae-Louise Dopps, and many would agree. Her numerous colorful and flamboyant hats support the claim.
Robert Hyde, a member of the Anacortes Dockers Toastmasters club, has achieved the highest award possible in Toastmasters International, the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM).
Dr. Wirt Anderson Hines, a dermatologist who lives in Anacortes, almost lost everything that matters to him. What was the menace that threatened him? Mental illness.
Sylvia Cooper’s green thumb tends three gardens: her own, the Anacortes Community Garden near her home (which she also manages), and one at the Anacortes Wastewater Treatment Plant, where she works.
“I want to promote health and alleviate pain,” says Dawn Asuncion, owner of Restore Balance Massage Therapy in Anacortes. “I like educating people one-on-one, and helping them.
Contrary to popular local opinion, the Skagit Valley does not resemble the Netherlands, says Bela Berghuys, owner of the Islands Inn and the Petite Wine Bar in Anacortes.
Le Crema Cakes brings a taste of Italy to downtown Anacortes, and owner Erin Yount ensures that every detail is authentic.
Frida’s, which opened in July in downtown Anacortes, offers both gourmet Mexican food and, by osmosis, art history lessons. The restaurant pays homage to the art of Frida Kahlo, say Martin Arias (left) and Alejandro Muñoz.
Anthony Young moved to Anacortes 2 years ago from the South, where he had lived all his life. Now he wonders, “What took me so long to get here?”
Peter Belknap is easy to spot at The Market, the grocery store located at 16th & Commercial in Anacortes, where he is known as “Chef Peter.” A tall man already, he is heightened by his toque.
Savvy Gals of A-Town, a relatively new women’s business networking group in Anacortes, has a young fresh face, not unlike its co-founder, Kelli Lang.
Life has been a long, arduous journey for Markéta Vorel, but she finally feels at home in Anacortes. “I’m not sure why,” she says. “I come from a landlocked country.”
When Gere-A-Deli opened almost 30 years ago in downtown Anacortes, “It wasn’t about wanting to open a restaurant,” says owner Laurie Gere. “It was about wanting to live in Anacortes.”
Are Daryl and Ethan Wainman bowlers? “We are now!” says Ethan. He and his father purchased San Juan Lanes on upper Commercial Avenue last September, and renamed the restaurant part of the business.
Neli Espe’s office in downtown Anacortes isn’t a typical law office, lined with legal tomes. Computers have eliminated that necessity. But appearances can be deceiving – Neli is very knowledgeable about what she does.
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.
Im really proud of this old girl, says David Yoder, proprietor of the Brown Lantern in downtown Anacortes. Shes been part of this community for a long time shes a survivor.
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.
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.
“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
He is running against incumbent Jeff Morris for position 2, 40th Legislative District.
Running for his 8th term in the state legislature, Democratic Representative Jeff Morris is a self-described wonk. That, he believes, is just one of the reasons he should be re-elected.
The word “wonk” first appeared in our vocabulary in 1918, and its definition has evolved since then. Now it refers to someone who is an expert in their field, who studies issues thoroughly, and knows the technical details of implementing a political policy.
A product of her upbringing, Kristine Lytton worked hard as a child on a farm, and she still works hard. Her latest effort is running for the state legislature as a Democrat.
Kris was born in 1960 in Litchfield, Illinois, the second of JoElla and
Jim Alderson’s 3 children. Jim worked for the Illinois highway
department, and JoElla worked as a bookkeeper for a farm supply
Blue collar workers are the least represented group of people in Olympia, says Mike Newman, Republican candidate for state representative. He wants to change that, and feels he is qualified to do so because, he says, Ive been a blue collar worker for most of my life.
Born in 1953 in Raymond, Washington, Mike is the eldest of Neena and Don Newmans three children. When Mike was two years old, the family moved to Tacoma, where Don was hired by Pacific Northwest Bell (now Qwest).
“Greek cuisine is supposed to be the healthiest cuisine in the world,” says Anna Chondroyannos, who owns the Greek Islands restaurant with her husband Emmanuel, known as Manolis.
“I always wanted to own a bookstore,” says Patti Pattee, owner of Watermark Book Company. Now Watermark is an integral part of downtown Anacortes, and she hopes that it always will be.