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May 5, 2015

Why I love it here: Sylvia Dickerson

My husband and I were of like mind about relocating from La Crescenta (Los Angeles) to somewhere else on the West Coast.

In 2004 we started south of San Diego and worked our way up the coast. In 2006, we stopped overnight in Aberdeen. We saw a historic house that still had its original charm; the area had a temperate climate that appealed to both of us; and the great natural beauty of the peninsula provided an unbeatable combination. While exploring the area, we met a gentleman who said he loved living on the Olympic Peninsula because every day is different climatically. How right he was! No boredom on that score.

Aaron Lavinsky | The Daily World Sylvia Dickerson is pictured in near a mural painted by Hoquiam Artist Jenny Fisher in 1988 at the Aberdeen Transit Center. Dickerson is currently working on a mural restoration project and helped Fisher restore the mural at the Transit Center.

Aaron Lavinsky | The Daily World
Sylvia Dickerson is pictured in near a mural painted by Hoquiam Artist Jenny Fisher in 1988 at the Aberdeen Transit Center. Dickerson is currently working on a mural restoration project and helped Fisher restore the mural at the Transit Center.

In addition, we are surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. The lushness of the greenery and close accessibility of the beaches and mountains give us a variety of activities all year long. We amazed many when we said we liked the rain, but it is easy to like rain when you come from a region where water is scarce and the natural palette is brown. We are mystified that everyone does not realize this is one of the most beautiful regions of the world.

Relocating to a city where you know no one can be very intimidating; however, we have found a welcoming and friendly community. The sense of community, during both good and bad times, is remarkable. We have a wide circle of new friends and many opportunities to contribute to and feel part of the community.

One of my great passions is the study of architecture and Aberdeen is like a dream come true. Preservation consultants found Aberdeen has the largest inventory of intact historic residences in the state of Washington and, as a member of our Historic Preservation Commission, I hope to further the appreciation and conservation of this historic asset. I am also a proponent of our large and varied artist community and do volunteer work to enhance our public art to help restore the luster of our downtown.

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