Fatal Fire on Echo Bay Claims Two Fox Island Residents
Fox Island resident Thomas Babson and 8 year old daughter perish
in early morning house fire.
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Its that time of
year again, when Santa visits the Island, perched atop the Fox
Island Fire Truck, at the Nichols Community Center.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
Troop 27 Eagle Candidate Builds Community Garden Expansion
Ian attaches the deer screen to a fence post, putting the
finishing touches on his Eagle Scout service project.
|Scouts from Fox Island's Troop 27, led by Eagle
Scout candidate Ian Nation, recently built a new deer fence
to expand the footprint of the
The expansion adds an additional 45'
x 70' plot to the popular garden, which provides gardening
space for Island residents who do not have sufficient space
in their own yards for gardening.
DNR Removing Fox Island Ferry Landing
The old Fox Island Ferry landing is in the last stages of
removal, at the corner of 9th & Fox Drive. Contractors working
for the Department of Natural Resources are removing the creosote
pilings that once made up the old ferry dock that brought cars to &
from Fox Island during the 1920's, 1930's, 1940's and 1950's before the
bridge was built in 1954.
In the photo at right, taken in 1999, you can see the pilings and
ramp that have been removed.
The DNR has embarked on a program to remove creosote pilings from
Puget Sound shorelines. The project should be completed by
Colin Rivera Makes Eagle!
Colin Rivera, Troop 27's
twelfth Eagle Scout, passed
his board of review on August 12, 2013. He is the first Scout in Troop 27 to
complete his Eagle Scout requirements in 2013.
His Eagle Scout project consisted of building raised bed
garden boxes for the Fox Island Community Garden.
On August 12, 2013, Colin
Gregory Rivera became the 12th Eagle Scout in Fox Island
Troop 27's short history. Only in its sixth year, the Troop
has produced twelve Eagles, averaging two a year. The
national average for Scouts to reach Eagle is only 5%,
however 23% of the 53 boys who have been members of Troop 27
over the past 6 years have reached Eagle so far, and they
aren't done yet. No less than eight more Life Scouts are
poised to reach Eagle over the coming 12 months.
Rivera joined Troop 27 in April, 2010, during the 100 year
anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America, and received the
centennial edition of the Arrow of Light award, Cub
Scouting's highest honor. Crossing a rope "Monkey Bridge" as
part of the rite of passage from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts,
he was among a group of new Scouts that swelled Troop 27's
membership, nearly doubling it in size. He went on to enjoy
campouts, hikes, building snow caves, going to summer camp
and other activities during his climb to Eagle. His trip to
the 2013 National Jamboree at "The Summit" in West Virginia
was the peak of his Scouting adventures, where he joined
40,000 other Scouts from all around the US and foreign
countries to celebrate the grand opening of the BSA's newest
high adventure base.
Scouting has had a positive effect on Rivera. In his own
words: "I have become more responsible. I used the skills I
learned in scouts in all areas of my life like caring for my
dog Eko, learning to meet deadlines in school and having to
take responsibility for my own learning".
For Rivera's Eagle Service project, he collaborated with
members of the Fox Island Community Garden, formerly known
as the "Fox Island Pea Patch", where he constructed six new
raised bed planter boxes. The Garden is used by Fox
Islanders with limited gardening space, to grow vegetables,
fruits and berries. He completed his project in the Spring
of 2013, just in time for the planting season. Claudia
Gustafson of the Gardening group, commented that the boxes
were warmly received by the gardeners, and produced a bumper
crop of produce in the summer months of 2013. Some of the
produce grown in the garden is donated to local food banks.
Fox Island Sandspit Update
The Sandspit is now open to the
Visitors are encouraged to respect the privacy of neighbors, carry
out dog droppings and trash, and park in designated areas.
Continued public use of the property is dependent upon good
stewardship by the public, so please keep this area open by doing
your part to keep the sandspit clean and safe.
Troop 27 Boy Scouts and
Venturers are currently
working on trail improvements, brush removal and cleanup of the property and
storage buildings. Several Eagle Scout projects have been
underway at the spit recently, adding picnic tables, park benches
a new staircase to the beach, and other improvements.
Scouts from Venture Crew 27 removed moss from the roof of the old
Demolay Clubhouse building recently.
About 50 people attended the PenMet Parks Board meeting on August 20th,
where they took feedback from the public regarding the
closure, and future plans for use of the property. Virtually
everyone present was supportive of keeping the spit open to the
public, except for one person.
PenMet Board member Todd Iversen
made a motion to spend money to install improved signage at the
property, to help make people aware of the private property on
either side of the spit, and the park hours & other restrictions.
Discussion took place about the main issue concerning the neighbors;
the lack of onsite parking.
PenMet is seeking some evidence of
previous parking on the upper lot at the spit property, that will
allow the use of onsite parking in the future. If you
have photos or any recollection of cars parking there, please
contact PenMet parks.
Fox Island Sandspit
Aerial Photo showing parcel boundaries
Park Host Duties &
PenMet Parks has issued an
FAQ document about the recent closure of the Fox Island
If you were unable to make the meeting on August 20th, you can reach the PenMet
Board members via email at these addresses, and send your feedback
about this issue:
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Rainier in the distance
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