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General News · 13th March 2018
Dear Cortes Community,

On Jan 31st, Bernie Anderson (Noba’s Dad) lost his cabin home to a fire. Noba and Pete arrived home to find the cabin on fire, the roof already engulfed in flames. Bernie was safe but his home and possessions were gone in a few hours.

The cabin was finally completed in the late fall with finishing details including window trim, covered porch and ramp, lovely deck and new wood stove. As you can imagine, with no insurance, the fire was a huge loss for Bernie, Noba and Pete. Bernie also lost his hand crafted sailboat and all of his photos, journals and personal treasures.

Bernie moved into one year old Zyla’s bedroom, in Noba and Pete’s home, the day of the fire. They shuffled things in their home to accommodate him. Now a month later, they are beginning to talk about the best way to move forward. Wanting to keep him on their land and on island in his senior years, they are figuring out what to build for him and how to manifest it.

There is a ’Go Fund Me’ page to help support them financially, linked here. Any amount is appreciated!

They are also accepting donations of labour or materials for the building process. Please email me if you are interested in this, and I will be in touch when the building commences or with a materials list.

This awesome island family needs our support in recovering from this financial loss. This long-standing Cortes tradition of helping those who’ve experienced a loss is one of the many things that makes our island so special!

Thank you for your generosity!