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The first Earth Day in 1970 was quite a historical phenomenon. Across the country, millions of people attended tens of thousands of community events, school and college teach-ins, all focused on putting the environment on the political map. More than a million people streamed into Central Park to attend their first ever eco-fair. And imagine this: Congress took the day off so that senators and representatives could get back to their home states and participate in that historical day’s events. American Heritage magazine called it “one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy.”
Community Events, April 2014
A single person has the power to change the future for us all. On Monday, that was Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson. The Oak Harbor Republican reconsidered her earlier position and, in a surprise move, agreed to approve a partnership between the county and the Whidbey Camano Land Trust to purchase beachfront property in Glendale. The county isn’t pitching any money into the deal, but will hold a recreation easement on the land.
Langley resident Grethe Cammermeyer was recently inducted into the Nursing Hall of Fame. By anyone’s standards, that is no small feat and Cammermeyer is no exception. Her life is a trail of courage and perseverance, and this honor is well deserved.