Skagit Among Washington’s Top 10 Healthiest Counties


Skagit County is the 9th healthiest county in Washington state, up from 13th healthiest in 2016.

A recently completed needs assessment and countywide action plan will help the county, medical providers and community organizations improve health outcomes for local residents.

As a result of the new community health rankings, and the Population Health Trust Community Assessment, the county intends to work with community partners to focus on child and maternal health in 2017, with the goal of improving health outcomes countywide.

Find more information about Skagit County’s Population Health Trust, visit

Anacortes Waterfront Festival June 3-4


The annual Anacortes Waterfront Festival will take place Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4, at Cap Sante Marina, located at 1019 Q Avenue.

This year’s event will include an open-air car show, food vendors, arts and craft booths, children’s activities, giant slides, water balls, dinners and dances, live music and entertainment, a wine and beer garden, and more.

The festival hours are Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional information about the Anacortes Waterfront Festival, click here.

Reverse Mortgage Checklist and Self-Evaluation

Home Reverse Mortgage money concept as gold house symbol

Photo credit and blog content from Dean Hayes, Bay Equity Home Loans

There are several important questions you need to ask yourself when considering a reverse mortgage.

The answers to these questions will help determine if a reverse mortgage is right for you, and how you should structure it. These questions also help prepare you for the time when you no longer need the reverse mortgage (you and your spouse pass away, you move out of the home, or you sell the home).

Click here to view Dean’s questions and the full article.

Watercraft Registration Expires June 30

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Content from Skagit County

If you own a boat or other watercraft, now’s the time to renew your registration in time for the Anacortes boating season!

All watercraft registration expires June 30, 2017. The Skagit County Auditor’s Office urges you not to wait to renew your registration as the lines may be long.

The vast majority of vessels registered in Washington have HIN numbers that comply with the new Coast Guard standards, but some vessels are required to have new HIN numbers assigned to meet the US Coast Guard standards.
The involved vessel owners have already been sent letters by DOL notifying them that they are required to get new HIN Numbers.

Standard watercraft renewal can be done in person and local licensing offices or online, at You can choose to have decals mailed to you or you can pick them up locally – even if you register online.

For a list of local licensing offices, or to sign up for an annual online renewal reminder, visit the Skagit County Auditor’s Office licensing page:

If you are seeking an Anacortes boat slip, a waterfront, water view or another property, contact us today! Team Groesbeck is available daily at (360) 941-3734 or at

Single-Level Living in Cedar Springs

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1806 Cedar Springs Lane (MLS # 1125548) in Anacortes’ Cedar Springs community is a duplex-style condominium built by Strandberg Construction that features single-level living!

1806 Cedar Springs

The home has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a one car attached garage, lovely curb appeal and expansive landscaped grounds that are set back from the street with plenty of green space and privacy.

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Finish details throughout the home include vaulted ceilings, skylight, granite counter tops, hardwood and tile flooring, French doors to covered patio and custom window treatments–all in move-in condition!

For more information on this Anacortes property, contact Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today! Team Groesbeck is available daily at 360-941-3734, at or visit our Old Town Anacortes office at 809 7th St.

50th Anniversary Home & Boat Tour


On Saturday, May 20, tour unique homes and boats throughout historic Anacortes between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The tour will feature five homes, including a tiny home from Seattle, as well as boats in the marina. The W.T. Preston snagboat and the Maritime Heritage Center will also be part of the tour.

Advance tickets are $20 and are available at the Visitor Information Center, 819 Commercial Ave., or online at Tickets will also be available at the Farmers Market when it is open on Saturdays.

On the day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the Croatian Cultural Center, 805 5th St., or at each venue.

The event is sponsored by the Dr. Samuel G. Brooks Guild of Anacortes, and all proceeds benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital uncompensated care.

Deer-Resistant Perennials for Your Home


If you are thinking of adding new plants to your home garden, be aware the certain plants tend to attract animals like deer, rabbits or even specific insects. If you are trying to deter deer from your Anacortes or Skagit County property, below is a list of 10 perennials that are deer resistant:

  • Bee Balm
  • Catmint
  • Perennial Salvia
  • Lavender
  • Russian Sage
  • Perennial Ornamental Grasses
  • Ligularia
  • Spike Speedwell
  • False Indigo
  • Blue Star

For additional information about these plants, click here.

How Hard is it to Get a Mortgage in 2017?


From our guest blogger Dean Hayes with Bay Equity Home Loans

How hard is it to get a mortgage in 2017?

Another way to ask this question is – what is the current mortgage credit availability?

Some people are thinking that it’s too easy to qualify for a mortgage today – that we’re headed for another housing bubble. And if your entire existence in the housing market has been after 2009 (i.e. you never owned a home or thought about owning a home prior to 2009), then it might look that way to you.

Click here to view the full article

Build Your Dream Home in Admirals Cove!


Located on Russell Dr. in Coupeville (MLS #1107107), this vacant land is located on a quiet tree-lined street in the desirable Admirals Cove community.

Fish for salmon off the private community beach or enjoy Admiral Cove beach club amenities, which include a clubhouse and swimming pool!

private beach

The level building lot had a satisfactory soil logs/perc test in 2006. Water hook-up is available and the property is located near the Coupeville/Port Townsend ferry terminal, Keystone public boat launch, Keystone underwater State Park, and Fort Casey State Park.

Call Jean Groesbeck & Assoc. LLC today for more information! Team Groesbeck can be reached daily at (360) 941-3734, at or visit our office at 809 7th St. in Old Town Anacortes.

Report Coyote Issues Throughout Anacortes


The Anacortes Police Department is recommending all domestic pets be kept indoors overnight or locked securely in a pen outdoors due to raccoon and coyote problems peaking.

Residents are asked to call local state Department of Fish and Wildlife agents for coyote issues at 360-902-2936.

Other licensed trappers in the area can be reached at: (360) 739-7101, (360) 854-7629 and (206) 323-5660.

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