Chasing Phantom Dollars
Who wouldn’t like to save a couple thousand bucks a year? Who doesn’t like to breathe clean air? Learn more by joining Guemes Island’s Cool Climate Team sponsored by GIET. This is the third time Skagit Co., Padilla Bay’s Research Reserve, & the NW Clean Air Agency has encouraged Skagit citizens to cut carbon. Saving money, & helping to clean the air are great by- products. The Team will meet weekly in March for mutual inspiration & support. The Project provides solid help, such as, the loan of a Kill a Watt meter, so team members can measure the cost of power consumed by appliances. Research shows the annual fuel savings of driving can be as high as $2000, dependent on the vehicle. Whether you’re conservative or progressive, old or young, there’s something in this program for you. Maybe Ben Franklin knew something when he suggested that A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned. The Guemes Team will be facilitated by Connie Snell & son, Dan. To join call Connie at 708-3589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Dan at 530-356-1319 or email@example.com. We can have fun while shedding carbon.
From The Archives
"From midnight of December 28th, to nine o'clock the next morning, hurricane-force winds caused unprecedented damage to about two-thirds of the island. Wind velocities exceeding 100 mph were recorded near here." - Winter 1990
"Numerous island buildings were hit by falling trees, including the Sweigert residence, which was nearly sliced in half by a fir tree and another islander's studio which was totalled by five large firs."
"It's all still there," he said, "all of it. Just as it was when I was young. "
"Who will forget the man so terrified by trees falling on his tiny cabin that he went off into the dark forest to lie protected under trees already down? How about the folks who had a tree limb, completely trimmed of branches, sprout from the middle of their ceiling like some Post Modern work of art? Or the way the islanders rose to the occasion with candles and kerosene lamps, with soup pots bubbling on wood stoves, and everywhere chainsaws creating a music that turned Guemes into a throaty symphony?