Summit Assistance Dogs has been selected as one of five finalists for the Symetra Community Spirit Grant.
If the Anacortes-based nonprofit wins through the daily voting of its many supporters it will be awarded $15,000.
The funds will be used to purchase 15 new puppies in 2014 to be trained as service dogs for Summit’s many waiting clients, said Sue Meinzinger, founder and executive director.
Be a part of creating these life-changing partnerships just by casting a vote each day at www.facebook.com./Symetra/app_298144850323951.
Voting continues until 11:59 p.m. Friday.
For more information, go to www.summitdogs.org.
The Rev. Helen McPeak and the Rev. Heidi Fish began their work in August as co-missioners of the Komo Kulshan Cluster of churches — a partnership between Christ Episcopal Church and Celebration Lutheran in Anacortes, Saint James’ Episcopal Church of Sedro-Woolley, and Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and La Iglesia Episcopal de la Resurrección in Mount Vernon.
Another year’s work on the northwest corner of the Anacortes & Fidalgo Model Railroad layout has brought club members closer to completing a long-running “urban renewal” project.
The club, based in downtown Anacortes, will share its 2013 progress and plans for the future 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday when it opens the doors for its 18th annual open house in recognition of Model Railroad Month. Admission is free. The layout occupies the basement at 419 Q Ave. with entrance on the north side of the building.
When Matt Birkle’s mother picked him up from his three-week hospital stay after a horse bucked him to the ground, the first thing he wanted to do — and she obliged — was to go see his horse, Diesel.
He’d only had the 10-year-old Mustang for a couple months before the accident in August 2011 that shattered his leg and caused permanent damage he is still working through.
Diesel knew something was wrong. Birkle could tell by the horse’s reaction when he walked up to him with crutches. It’s hard to explain in words exactly what it was, but he felt something profound.
“It’s like when you’re petting him,” he said. “It’s a thousand-pound animal looking to you for leadership.”
It’s that connection with Diesel that puts Birkle in line with Chris Cox, a professional horseman who’s been working with horses throughout his life.
Birkle has been selected to appear in Cox’s Horsemanship Showdown, filming Nov. 10 through 21 at Cox’s Diamond Double C Ranch in Mineral Wells, Texas. For 10 days, 10 men and woman will compete for two four-year apprenticeships on the ranch.
The Red Door Thrift Shop, a ministry of Christ Episcopal Church, has volunteer opportunities in cashiering, donation receiving and sorting, and pricing.
Love teens? Love pizza? If so, the Anacortes Middle School would love to have your help on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays after school from 2-3:15 p.m. for a new homework coaching/help program. They need volunteers to help kids complete their school or homework.