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Some local initiatives that counter the economic and national dismals

Some local initiatives that counter the economic and national dismals:

Cobbling together state and private monies, citizens purchased the historic Brickworks for a year-round Farmers Market.

Tired of the Co-op cuddle in confined space, the San Juan Island Food Co-op expands and will open in January next to Bakery San Juan. More money will stay on island from value-added production; our community carbon footprint may be reduced.

Proceeds from the non-profit Thrift House and Consignment Treasures meet soaring local needs. For those not wanting more stuff, donate to the Family Resource Center (P.O. Box 1981, Friday Harbor 98250), the Food Bank (P.O. Box 1642) or DVSA (P.O. Box 3175).

Giving can open new connections. Explore town as children spend gift certificates. At Second Act, Keri might offer sound advice to style-tender teens not wanting to hear Mom. Soothe tangled efforts and frazzled fingers with straight samples at Island Wools. Introduce young ones to the concept of accumulating credit for future purchases with a rewards card at Griffin Bay Books.

Island Stage Left brings alive the writings of Dylan Thomas in “Christmas Memories” at Roche Harbor. Voluntary tax-deductible contributions in the gold bucket for “useful presents” keep theater accessible for all.

An annual subscription to Airlift Northwest for $79 will bring peace of mind. A $35 annual membership at the San Juan Co-op gives 24/7 access to organic foods and island-grown meats and produce. Be ready for a heavier basket as children glean products you never expected them to eat.

Feeling lazy? Island Bicycle will tune your bike. Then, ride to Mullis Commuity Senior Center on the first Sunday of the month for an unlimited pancake breakfast. Relax with a massage at Lavendera Day Spa, while children paint tiles at Surina Business Park with Chinmayo; donations will brighten Blair Street with a mural for Friday Harbor’s Centennial 1909-2009.

Gay Wilmerding
San Juan Island

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