After a full day of surgeries — repairing patients’ mouths and faces, and removing softball-sized tumors — Dr. Ron Pinson had the evenings off. But before he settled into his simple room for the night, he would tour through the surgery wards, talk through an interpreter to patients from the previous days’ surgeries and to those waiting for surgery the following day.
Then he might enjoy the company of volunteers from around the world in the international lounge, or clean up with a two-minute shower. Pinson would have to keep it short because water was limited: He was on a ship off the western coast of Africa, and it was the middle of the dry season.
The city of Anacortes hosts a public works open house 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 31 at its wastewater treatment plant at 500 T Ave.
The community will have the opportunity to see firsthand the systems and equipment.
Students and community members can ride in street sweepers and garbage trucks and operate surveying equipment. The city’s camera truck crew will demonstrate its abilities to view underground pipes.
Volunteers are needed for the annual Bark in the Park festival at Storvik Park on Saturday, June 15.
The festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., is the largest dog event of the year on Fidalgo Island and is lots of fun for humans and dogs.
Volunteers are needed to help in a raffle tent. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Charlie Randall Pet Foundation.
For more information, call 293-3515.
Four performances by Anacortes musicians are scheduled during the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center.
Mike Beemer has joined the Skagit Valley College marine maintenance technology teaching faculty. He brings extensive teaching and industry experience to his new role.
For the last two and a half years, Beemer has taught marine technology for the Northwest Career and Technical Academy, a skills center for high school students. Prior to that, he taught math and marine technology at Anacortes High School for nine years.
The Chris Borgen Leadership Award has been created to honor Borgen upon his retirement as superintendent after 34 years of service to the Anacortes School District.
The award will be given annually to an Anacortes High School senior who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership skills. This awardee will have gone above and beyond in commitment to making Anacortes High School a better place for all students.