The support for green power strong in Anacortes, Puget Sound Energy has invited the city to participate in its Take Charge Green Power Challenge.
The challenge aims to enroll residents and businesses in PSE’s Green Power Program, in which residents pay slightly more for their kilowatt hours — $0.0125 or a little more than a penny — to help support renewable energy.
“We enthusiastically welcome the city of Anacortes as a Green Power ‘Challenge City’ in 2013,” PSE said in a March 6 letter to the city. “And feel that your city is a strong fit for the challenge because of your community’s demonstrated interest in issues related to solar energy and sustainability.”
Almost 35,000 PSE customers, about 3.4 percent, participate in the green power program. In Anacortes, the participation rate is 5.5 percent of customers — 465 participants.
The second annual Fidalgo Shoreline Academy promises a day filled with lectures and interpretive walks by local and regional experts.
The “One Day University for Everyone” is 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Fidalgo Bay RV Resort. The cost to attend is $25 or $35 with a box lunch. Registration closes April 25.
The academy is based on a similar one, “Sound Waters,” put on by the Island County Beach Watchers, said Pattie Hutchins who is co-chairing the Fidalgo Bay event with Pat Steffani. That fundraiser has been going on for about 15 years and is up to 60 speakers and 500 attendees.
Fidalgo Island residents John Tursi and Rick Machin were among recipients of awards given out by the Skagit Land Trust last month.
Tursi was presented with the Blue Heron Award, which recognizes a board member, staffer or volunteer who has shown an extraordinary dedication to the lands of Skagit County.
Machin was presented with the Outstanding Stewardship Volunteer Award in recognition of his dedication as a volunteer and stewardship committee member to the conservation lands of Skagit Land Trust and to natural areas throughout the county.
The Anacortes Arts Festival Board of Directors has announced $33,500 in 2013 grants.
Twelve students and four chaperones who will be traveling to Nikaho City in 2014 with the Anacortes Sister Cities Association invite you to join them on a bus trip to Seattle 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27 for the annual Cherry Blossom Festival at Seattle Center.
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