Everett fishing book has publisher

The folks working to document and honor the once mighty fishing fleet in Everett are making good progress.

Kay Zuanich stopped by last week to tell me that the Fishermen’s Tribute Committee has signed a contract with Arcadia Publishing to produce a book on the topic.

The book will mostly contain historical photos — about 240 of them — contributed by fishing families. Actually, people dug deeply into their scrapbooks and twice that many were contributed.

“What we don’t use will be scanned and archived,” Zuanich said, noting that information of the history of Everett’s fleet had been scarce in local museums and libraries. Both the book and the extra photos will be an important contribution to document what was once a major industry here.

Zuanich said she wanted to publicly thank all the contributors and to let people know that the group is not seeking any more photos.

It is still raising money for some kind of monument, historical display or both on the waterfront or elsewhere. It had planned another fundraising dinner for this year, then decided to postpone it until next year.

But you don’t have to wait until then to contribute to the effort. The group is selling hats for $25 and unframed prints of the painting by the late Bernie Webber called “The Last Set” for $200.

As Zuanich pointed out to me, “The Last Set” is also the last painting by Webber, who documented on canvas many Snohomish County scenes, donating much of his work for public display or for prints to sold for charitable causes such as this one.

Zuanich told me last week that when she approached Webber to be part of the tribute committee, his response was that he didn’t do meetings, “but I’ll give you a painting.”

People interested in a print, hat or just making a donation can call Zuanich at 425-353-5853.

The tribute committee has formed a nonprofit contribution fund through the Greater Everett Foundation so that the money — designed to be spent on a waterfront tribute — is handled appropriately and can be tax deductible.

Scam alert

The latest in the never-ending series of e-mail scams is one seeking help for California wildfire victims, the Internal Revenue Service said. The donations are sought in the name of the IRS and the U.S. government.

The idea is less about getting a donation than it is to have people give out personal and financial information, what’s called phishing, so that the senders can loot your credit cards or bank accounts.

The IRS said it does not send e-mails soliciting charitable donations and never asks people for the PIN numbers, passwords or other secret information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

The e-mail urges people to click on a link that opens a fake IRS Web site. That site includes a link to a donation form that requests the recipient’s personal and financial information.

The bottom line is you shouldn’t open any attachments and click on any links until you verify the e-mail is legitimate. And the IRS says this effort is definitely not legitimate.

As if you didn’t already know that the IRS isn’t about collecting money to help someone in need.

In addition to the fake forms, the IRS said it also believes that clicking on the link downloads software that can steal passwords and other account information found on the victim’s computer system.

It urges those who received the scam e-mail to help the IRS shut down the operation by forwarding it to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov, or by going online to www.irs.gov and clicking on “Help California Wildfire Victims,” using instructions found in “how to protect yourself from suspicious e-mails or phishing schemes” on the genuine IRS Web site.

Since the mail box was established last year, the IRS has received more than 30,000 e-mails from taxpayers reporting almost 600 separate phishing incidents.

Mike Benbow: 425-339-3459; benbow@heraldnet.com

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