The Anacortes High School Key Club, the Kiwanis Sunrisers and the Kiwanis Noon Club will pick up Christmas trees for recycling within the city limits beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12.
A friendly competition among three Anacortes service clubs netted $5,313.57 for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign — with most of the funds coming from the Rotary Club of Anacortes.
Taking the Battle of the Bells to heart, the club held holiday events in front of The Market at Anacortes during the club’s bell-ringing time on Saturday, Dec. 15. Members brought in $3,630.17, reported Lt. Ryan Boyd of the Salvation Army.
Other clubs participating were the Anacortes Noon Kiwanis Club, which raised $753.11, and Fidalgo Island Rotary, which raised $930.29.
Six survivors of the attack on a U.S. Navy base in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941, were honored at an Anacortes Pearl Harbor Survivor Recognition Lunch at the Senior Activity Center on Dec. 6.
Cecil Calavan, Harold Shimer and James O. Stansell attended the luncheon along with Tom Lane, the son of survivor Glenn Harvey Lane, who died a few months ago and whose ashes were placed on the USS Arizona, a battleship sunk during the attack. Others honored were Harold Johnson and Anthony M. Nady, who were attending Pearl Harbor ceremonies in Hawaii and Arizona.
“We honored the survivors of Pearl Harbor as well as the men who have served in the military as a whole,” said Terry Kelly, coordinator of the luncheon. “Because of them we owe our independence and because of the thousands who died, we, in part, owe our lives. It was altogether good and proper that we should do this, and the response was overwhelming.”
The city of Anacortes solid waste division will not pick up garbage from customers on Christmas.
Residential customers who normally have their garbage and recycling picked up on Tuesdays are asked to hold it until Tuesday, Jan. 1 when crews will be working.
Customers are asked to have their two weeks of garbage and recycling out by 7 a.m.
Garbage should be placed in standard garbage cans or in plastic garbage bags tied off with a 4-inch handle. City pre-paid garbage bags are not required.
Goodwill recently opened a new donation site at 7645 Highway 20, right next to the Fidalgo Country Inn.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.
Accepted at the site are quality reusable clothing, household items and electronics including televisions, computer monitors, desktop computers and laptops.
More information is at http://seattlegoodwill.org/donate/sites/anacortes
Girl Scouts with Anacortes Troop 52101 were thrilled to see the overwhelming support from their community as they separated boxes of donated running shoes to be shipped off to Kenya during the Thanksgiving holiday.
After attending World Thinking Day, an event focused on global issues, the young girls set out on a mission to help people in Africa through the “Send Shoes to Africa” campaign sponsored by Shoe4Africa.org.
The campaign serves as a platform to bring awareness to hookworm, a disease that affects thousands in Africa due to inaccessibility of proper footwear. New and gently used running shoes are collected and distributed at sponsored running events by the Shoe4Africa organization while promoting health and fitness programs throughout West Africa.