Marrowstone Island Citizens of the Year, from left, Nicole and Wayne Chimenti, are shown with former Citizen of the Year Mike Zimmerman.

Marrowstone Island Citizens of the Year, from left, Nicole and Wayne Chimenti, are shown with former Citizen of the Year Mike Zimmerman.

Marrowstone Island Citizens of the Year dinner set Wednesday

NORDLAND — Nicole and Wayne Chimenti will be honored as the Marrowstone Island Citizens of the Year at a potluck dinner Wednesday.

A 5:30 p.m. social hour will kick off the ceremony at the Nordland Garden Club Hall at 320 Garden Club Road.

The dinner will be at 6 p.m., with an opportunity for attendees to share stories about the Chimentis.

The Chimentis were cited for their contributions to maritime education, such as building and sailing boats, as well as hosting community events in a dome they constructed for the purpose of community-building.

Nicole is known for her generosity as a gardener in sharing knowledge, seeds, starts for new gardens and produce from her garden.

Wayne was noted as a major facilitator of boat-related educational opportunities for youth and adults in Jefferson County.

The two traditional sail makers said they fell in love with Marrowstone Island the first time they saw it. Wayne grew up in Connecticut and Nicole is from Belgium.

Those interested in attending are requested to call Rita Kepner, Mike Zimmerman or Paula Lalish at 360-385-5971, 360-774-1295 and 360-385-4265, respectively.

Event organizers ask that registrants include the amount and names of guests, and the dish attendees would like to bring to the potluck.

The annual honor is bestowed to an island resident or couple who have made significant and lasting contributions to the island and/or Jefferson County, according to a news release.

Coffee, tea and punch will be served.

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