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Fox Island Eagle Scout Seriously Injured in Auto Accident

Click to donate to the Dallas Thornton Medical FundFox Island resident and Troop 27 Eagle Scout Dallas Thornton was the other driver in the fatal collision on Christmas Eve 2014, and thankfully he is alive today. His family appreciates everyone's concern and willingness to help.

Dallas sustained some significant injuries but he is awake, alert and healing slowly. According to the surgeon, his recovery will take around 6 months to attempt walking again, to 2 years for recovery.  He has a broken wrist and finger, fractured vertebrae, pelvis, tibia and extensive injuries to both his feet and ankles, which will require surgery in the near future. Until then he is recovering and rehabilitating in bed.

They are so thankful to still have Dallas with them today, and have received tremendous family, friend and neighborhood support, however medical bills and other costs are expected to reach in the thousands of dollars, so any donation you might be able to spare would be greatly appreciated by the family.  It may be up to 2 years before he is able to walk normally again.

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Eagle Scout Projects Enhance Fox Island Community Spaces

Eagle Scout Candidate Daniel Crone Completes Work on
New Potting Shed for Community Garden

Eagle Scout Candidate Daniel Crone of Fox Island's Troop 27 completed work today on a new potting shed for the Fox Island Community Garden, as his Eagle Service Project. The shed was donated by a fellow gardener, and Daniel & his crew of helpers reconstructed it on the garden site off 9th Avenue.

Mason Yonkers' Eagle service project consisted of extending the irrigation system for the Fox Island Community Garden this summer.

With the expansion of the garden by over 50% as a result of another Troop 27 Eagle project, the existing irrigation system was inadequate to serve the new garden plots.

Mason extended the existing water line, and added three new faucets, allowing for more sprinklers and hoses to run concurrently.

This summer has been a busy one for Fox Island's Troop 27 Boy Scouts!

Senior Patrol Leader Matthew W. recently completed his Eagle Project by adding a new trail connecting the Fox Island Sandspit to the upper parking lot.

This re-routes foot traffic from the parking lot out of the street on Island Blvd. through the woods, making for a safer and shorter route to the park gate area.

Ian C. took on another of three Eagle Projects this summer at the Fox Island Sandspit, enhancing and re-routing the trail from the Demolay clubhouse area to the beach.

The old trail followed a straight, downhill path, which became muddy and slippery in the winter.  The new trail has added switchbacks, making the slope more gentle and less slippery.

Jarrett S. completed the Sandspit trail expansion project by clearing out some overgrown beach area near the end of Ian's trail, and built two picnic tables for the Fox Island Sandspit.

The area was previously overrun by blackberries, and had taken over more than half of the lawn area near the Southwest corner of the park.

The new tables compliment the other two picnic tables built in 2012 by Spencer G., also of Troop 27.

The Troop 27 Scouts wrapped up the summer projects with a landscaping project at the Fox Island Post Office.

The grassy strip in front of the Post Office had become overgrown and unmanageable, so the Postmaster asked the Scouts if they could clear out the brush and weeds, and get some mulch in place to prevent them from growing back.

The project was completed in two weekends, with volunteers and parents from Troop 27.

 

Zog's at the Fox Island Deli Now Open!

Zog's on Fox Island

Zog's on Fox IslandFox Island Store owner Dwayne Herzog is building his 'last gift to Fox Island' Zog's on Fox Island, a much needed public gathering place, where residents can sip wine, have a beer, and a snack while listening to piped-in music, and enjoying the bubbling fountains and waterfalls in the newest addition to the Store & Deli complex.

Zog's on Fox Island

The facility features two stories of covered, family friendly restaurant/pub space, with two outdoor fire pit/fountains and a gazebo.  Herzog said he expects the facility to be completed around Memorial Day, with opportunities to rent it for private parties for wedding receptions, and other functions.

Zog's on Fox Island
Two 'Flaming Fountain' fire pits are the centerpiece of the new Fox Island Deli expansion.

Zog's on Fox Island
The second story features an open-air deck, overlooking the wine garden.


A gazebo will provide a space for musicians to entertain guests.

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 Ian Nation, recently built a new deer fence to expand the footprint of the Fox Island Community Garden.

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.

Fox Island Cub Scouts Recruiting New Members


Fox Island's Pack 27 Cub Scouts gathered at a recent Pack Meeting at the Nichols center. 
The Cubs celebrated their third year anniversary on November 28, 2014,
and are recruiting new members for the 2014 - 2015 School year.
Pack 27 is affiliated with Boy Scout Troop 27, also sponsored by FICRA.
Fox Island boys ages 7 - 10 years old are encouraged to join Pack 27,
Visit our Pack 27 website for more information.

Fox Island Sandspit Update

Fox Island Scouts clean up sandspit propertyThe Sandspit is now open to the public.  
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 Crew 27's 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.

Click for larger imagePenMet 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 & Responsibilities

PenMet Parks has issued an FAQ document about the recent closure of the Fox Island Sandspit.

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:
William Sehmel wsehmel@penmetparks.org  
Todd Iverson tiverson@penmetparks.org  
Scott Junge sjunge@penmetparks.org
Andrew Morrison amorrison@penmetparks.org  
Jon Ortgiesen jortgiesen@penmetparks.org

 

 

Fox Island, Washington, overlooking the Tanglewood Island lighthouse, and  Mt Rainier in the distance
Fox Island, Washington, overlooking the Tanglewood Island lighthouse, and Mt Rainier in the distance

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