Dedications at HMS Park, Rockport, WA

    I hope that as many of the Harris, Porter, and Clark families and friends as possible can get to this dedication on such a short notice. Although the focus will be on Howard Miller and his contributions to the park, it is well worth the time to stop at the Tom Porter Cabin, canoe, and ferry and read the plaques that Jim worked with the USFS in developing. See you there.

Howard Miller Steelhead Park Dedication


SKAGIT COUNTY – The Skagit County Parks Department and the U.S. Forest Service have partnered in creating an informational visitor kiosk at Howard Miller Steelhead Park. The kiosk will be dedicated on September 23, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. just east of the Boat Launch at the park. The kiosk honors Howard Miller, a lifelong resident of Skagit County who was committed to public service and enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. Howard Miller served four consecutive terms as county commissioner. During his tenure, Howard was instrumental in the purchase of the first 39 acres of the park’s land. The park has since expanded to greater than 100 acres. The dedication also honors other park proponents, including the Porter, Kerr, and Harris families.


One of the three panels on the new kiosk will serve as a way to commemorate the future friends of Howard Miller Steelhead Park. Each year, a friend of the park will be honored based on his or her dedication and commitment to the betterment of the scenic river and/or park. There are also signs describing the history of the ferry, cabin, and canoe. The Howard Miller family provided photos and stories that assisted in the development of his commemorative panel. The late Jim Harris, local historian and former interpreter for the National Park Service, provided the background and photos for the three historical panels. We are grateful to all who contributed to these great additions to one of our counties’ premier parks.

The public is invited to join the Skagit County Parks Department and the U.S. Forest Service in the dedication of the kiosk to help in honoring the important people who help maintain the park.


After the ribbon cutting at the kiosk, visitors will be taken to the new camping cabin recently constructed at the park. This is the first of four cabins the Parks Departments hopes to erect in the next two years. The cabins will allow people to visit the park and stay in relative comfort without the need of towing a heavy trailer.

For more information, contact Skagit County Parks and Recreation Director Brian Adams at or at (360) 336-9415.



Brian Adams, Director

Skagit County Parks, Recreation, and Fair

315 South Third Street

Mount Vernon, WA

(360) 336-9414


Sarabande (Seville, Spain, 2000)

Exciting news: “Sarabande” will be published in CLOVER, Vol. 2 (Bellingham, WA: Independent Writers Studio) on Sept. 25. 

        During the past several years, I wrote a poem about Seville, Spain, one word at a time. I called it Sarabande for a street dance I first saw there. Last winter, I entered it in the open competition for Phrasings 5, the 2011 Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater and Bellingham Repertory Dance Company collaboration of writers and dancers, not expecting it to be considered.

I was overwhelmed when I was asked to read it at the April 1 performance.


        Following is the roster of poets and choreographers and the works chosen to be to read or choreographed at the performances:

Poems to be read:


Bug Music by Joe Mackey of Bellingham

Collection by Jim Milstead of Bellingham

Just Sail by Heather Bennett of Everett

Sarabande by Richard Lee “Dick” Harris of Bellingham

Snail Buddha by Jim Bertolino of Bellingham

3 Visions/Vancouver Island by Rick Hermann of Bellingham

Watching my grandson by Cathy Ross of Seattle

Woman in a Red Dress by Bethany Reid of Edmonds


Choreography Category:


Housekeeper by Shannon Laws who lives in Bellingham and choreographed by Vanessa Daines

Reunion and back again by Scott Stodola who lives in Bellingham and choreographed by Diane WIlliams

Beachcombing by Katelyn Hales who lives in Brooklyn, NY and choreographed by Ella Mahler

World Cup by Susan M. Schultz who lives in Hawaii and choreographed by Erika Olson choreographer

From Wire Fetters by Katelyn Hales, who lives in Brooklyn, NY and choreographed by Angela Kiser

The Visitors by Cathy Ross who lives in Seattle, WA and choreographed by Sarah Schermer

Taproot by Carla Shafer who lives in Bellingham and choreographed by Fiona Evans




The sun rises in Seville,

echoes Lorca’s daybreak,

dances in orange parterres,


glints Faith’s smile

into barrio shadows,

the sultan’s chair,


and filigreed portico.

Little bees collect

honey on bitter orange


petals, drizzle

golden dew on

Andalusían tortes,


and bittersweet preserves

on breakfast toast

of Oxford dons.


I look away and rest

my eyes on gold,

ochre, and snowy white.


Carmen pirouettes

from the “telly.”

Her sensuous notes

infuse me with


“Love is a bird,”

bitter oranges are sweet

when the tune is played

upon a blue guitar.

                   Seville, Spain

To learn about the times, dates, and location of Phrase 5 performances and where to buy tickets, go to Bellingham Repertory Dance Company,