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Fall Foliage Cruise Continued: Halifax, Nova Scotia

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  By Mary McClung We are now at our first Canadian port on the ”fall foliage cruise” I took from Boston to Quebec in October 2019.  Recent hurricane Dorian had hit Halifax, as evidenced by many downed trees.  Who knew that hurricanes extended this far north!  Halifax really deserves a 2-day visit but we are here for only one full day. The Acadian area north of Halifax is an interesting UNESCO World Heritage site. French settlers had prospered here but were kicked out by the fearful British based in Halifax (and many became the New Orleans "Cajuns" of today in the local dialect).  However, I chose a trip with four of my fellow ship mates on a private tour in the other direction because I wanted to learn about the history of the city and to visit the Peggy’s Cove lighthouse.  A number of tragedies have affected Halifax.  We passed by “The Narrows,” where in 1917 an explosion decimated the northern part of the city.  A French munitions ship loaded with explosives for WWI battlef

Causland Memorial Park

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Reprinted from Fidalgo Island Crossings In a previous post , I spoke of the Red Rock Quarry next to the new John Tursi Trail as a source of stone for Causland Memorial Park.  This is Causland Memorial Park in Anacortes, Washington. Originally, the park was built as a memorial to World War I veterans from Anacortes.  Later memorials were added for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.  The park is named for Harry Leon Causland, "one of the one hundred immortals D.S.C. 6795."  He received the Distinguished Service Cross for actions in France that resulted in his death.  Fourteen others from Fidalgo, Guemes, Decatur and Cypress Islands are also named in the memorial.  The park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places . On the day I visited, the flag was at half staff in recognition of the Orlando, Florida nightclub slayings. What makes Causland Park unique are the colored stone mosaics that decorate the bandstand and surrounding wall.  The source o

Creekside Village Newsletter - February, 2021

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The Speed Limit is 15 miles per hour throughout Creekside Village. We’ve seen both residents and delivery trucks exceed this speed limit, so please slow down! Also please ensure that all delivery trucks and other service providers use the H Avenue entrance, not D! Subscribe to receive news from our new website… www.creeksidenow.org !   It’s got the latest on COVID-19 news and vaccination sites!   For creative writers out there, go check out the recently approved Board guidelines for submitting articles about yourself…or a recent conversation with a neighbor, depending upon that neighbor’s approval, of course! Message from Our President Kathy Anderson : Greetings to all and welcome to 2021 . As we prepare for the new year and the annual meeting in February, I have a priority message : Complete your ballot and designate a PROXY . Whether the annual meeting is in-person or on-line, by law, the association may not make business decisions without a quorum, i.e., 50% of the membership in at

Directors Meeting Minutes - January, 2020

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DATE:  Thursday, January 21, 2021  PLACE:  Via Zoom  -  Residents were notified of the Board meeting and invited to join. BOARD MEMBERS:  Kathy Anderson, President                Marilyn Herst, Vice President               Peggy Noethlich, Secretary               Norm Culbert, Treasurer                Lee Worthy, Member-at-Large MINUTES:  Alice Dickey CALL TO ORDER:  President Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:30. QUORUM:  Alice Dickey confirmed all 5 Board members were present.   PRIOR MEETING MINUTES:  Peggy Noethlich made a motion to approve December Minutes with the approved budget attached.  Marilyn Herst seconded, all in favor, motion passed. CORRESPONDENCE:   Notice from Bank of the Pacific that a $50,000 CD was maturing on 12/30/20.  Norm has renewed it for 3 months. Discussion about items going into packet for Annual Meeting - any changes needed, additions, proxies, etc. FINANCIAL REPORT:  Norm Culbert said he was pleased with changes made to accounting d

A Trip to Boston and Bar Harbor

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  By Mary McClung For those of you wishing this dratted virus would go away so you could get out of the house and have some fun, travel vicariously here.  Let’s make this an entertaining part of our Creekside blog.  I’ll start off with the first couple of stops on Norwegian Line’s “Fall Foliage Cruise” I took from Boston in October, 2019, before the virus struck. Boston is a history-lovers dream.  I arrived a day early so I could immerse myself in all things historical.  I stayed at the Comfort Inn in Revere, across the river from Boston but close to the airport.  The hotel has free transport from the airport and into Boston, plus a hearty free hot breakfast.  Bright and early the next morning after breakfast, I took the MTA into Boston to join the not-to-be-missed 4-hour “Revolutionary Story” walking tour with 11 others, hosted by energetic young historian Mike.  We walked along  the Freedom Trail, which includes 16 key spots associated with America’s fight for independence.  To the r

Directors' Meeting Minutes - December, 2020

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DATE:  Thursday, December 17, 2020  PLACE:  Via Zoom  -  Residents were notified of the Board meeting and invited to join. BOARD MEMBERS:  Kathy Anderson, President                Marilyn Herst, Vice President               Peggy Noethlich, Secretary               Norm Culbert, Treasurer                Lee Worthy, Member-at-Large MINUTES:  Alice Dickey CALL TO ORDER:  President Anderson called the meeting to order at 8:40. QUORUM:  Alice Dickey confirmed all 5 Board members were present.   PRIOR MEETING MINUTES: Peggy Noethlich made a motion to approve November Minutes with the correction to RV Committee report changing $25/mo to $30/mo, Norm Culbert seconded, all in favor, motion passed. CORRESPONDENCE:   1.  Per Alice Dickey – none this month. Alice Dickey asked for decision regarding 10% holdback on Simply Yards payments.  Peggy Noethlich made a motion to release the holdback, Kathy Anderson seconded, all in favor, motion passed. GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS: 1.  After discus

Creekside Village Newsletter - December, 2020

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  Subscribe to receive news from our new website…creeksidenow.org!  It’s free and very interesting to “walk” through the site to get the latest very local news.  Thanks to Dave Wenning for the recent holiday pictures around Creekside! Save the Date!  Our Creekside Annual Meeting will be February 25, 2021.  The meeting packet will be mailed out about one month earlier so take the time to be informed before the meeting! Message from Our President Kathy Anderson: As we reach the end of 2020 and look forward to a much-improved 2021, please join me in thanking each other for kindness and support during a difficult time and wishing our friends and neighbors here at Creekside a happy and healthy new year. Staying in touch as a community has been the real challenge this year, and we expect this situation will continue to be a struggle through much of 2021. Some of us have been able to take advantage of new technology and learn new ways to get together. Others are not so fortunate, and that pre

Christmas at Creekside 2020

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  In preparing for this post, I wanted to begin with an image that tells the story of this unusual Christmas.  I decided to use an empty dining room table, because this year, there won't be any guests or family from outside the household.  But don't think of it as an image of sadness.  See it as an image of resilience and resolve.  Although few, if any, will ever see it, the table was given a fresh centerpiece, and the red candles were brought out from storage.  It might have been a dreary, colorless holiday, but that's not who we are.  We want all the color and brightness of the season possible, in spite of what has come our way. This past year, much of our lives has been moved outdoors or online.  So too, the people of Creekside have gotten together virtually, and moved their celebrations outside.  Our homes' exteriors have been decorated with lights and colors for all to enjoy.  And what a wonderful display it is.  If you haven't already, bundle up and take a str