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Across the state and in Island County, we are experiencing pressure from increased population. Planning for growth is a mandate to local jurisdictions by the state’s Growth Management Act.

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My grandmother came from Norway where almost every child starts to ski at an early age. She said the experience of going down the slope was exciting, the wind in your face, the graceful turns, the speed, the snow, the beautiful scenery. Wow, her eyes would sparkle as she spoke.

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St. Paul wrote to his friends in Thessalonica where he had visited on his first evangelical trip to the Gentiles. By the time he wrote this letter, his first, he had become an accomplished preacher.

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” — Proverbs 4:23.

Think about a best day in your life. Who made it a best day? What made it a best day? Where were you and who was with you? 

You may have seen it behind home base at a major league baseball game, a sign that someone is holding up that reads “John 3:16.” It’s the one of the most popular verses in the Bible but could also be one of the most misunderstood. 

When Jesus took Peter, James and John with him as he went up the mountain to pray, they grew drowsy and fell asleep. When they awoke, Jesus’ clothing was dazzling and he was talking with two giants of the Chosen People — Moses and Elijah. They were flabbergasted and, as usual, they did not u…

A water bearer in India had two large pots, each hung on each end of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, …

I recently read a story from CNN about a guy trying to decide where he should put a hole in his wall for a TV cable wire. He lowered a battery-powered alarm clock down an air vent with the alarm set to go off after 10 minutes. When the alarm sounded he would know that the location was a safe…

Mathew records the parable of the Good Sower. As St. Francis said, “Pray unceasingly, (with your actions), if necessary, use words.” From this text we may transfer a moral of the story, “Sow love unceasingly, using acts of kindness, if necessary, use words.”

“And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, ‘Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.’” — Mark 8:34.

On April 18, US President Donald Trump visited the Kenosha, Wisconsin headquarters of Snap-on to speak in front of an American flag made of the company’s tools and publicly sign an executive order titled “Hire American, Buy American.”

Looking back at history, Stanwood Cooperative Creamery received bids for hauling cream on the Camano route in April 1917.

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During August I spent two weeks in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area helping my daughter move. I feel like I have seen every stretch of freeway between Baltimore and College Park, Maryland, several times over!

I have always thought that Thomas Crapper invented the toilet, but he didn’t. John Harington invented the flushing toilet in 1596 and several others improved upon it. But Crapper owned a company whose insignia included his last name, and he also was the first to promote sanitary plumbing whe…

July is crabbing month in Warm Beach. I cannot remember a year when I haven’t gone crabbing with my mom and dad, and now my husband. It’s a ritual everyone in Warm Beach (and all the beaches on Port Susan and Saratoga Passage) share.

Whenever my parents heard a Benny Goodman or Andrews Sisters song, they would look at each other, with twinkles in their eyes only for each other, rise up together from their chairs, and start dancing.

There are four deaths that have shaken me, with seismic force, to the core. Four that brought tears at the moment I found out about the loss. Only four.

I hate to fly. The only reason I get on a plane is that flying is the fastest way to go from Point A to Point B.

Stress does strange things to me.  Honestly, I lose brain cells.