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News-Times Whidbey WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012 | Vol. 113, No. 57 | | 75¢ LIVING: Festival celebrates loganberries. A13 Schools receive $1.8 million grant By NEWS-TIMES STAFF Rebecca Olson / Whidbey News-Times The myriad of sailboats competing in Race Week will be visible all week in Penn Cove. Popular viewpoints to watch the event include any high point in Oak Harbor as well as the Coupeville Wharf, which is visible in the background. Sailboat racers ready to rock in Oak Harbor By REBECCA OLSON Staff reporter See Race, A2 See grant, A2 Rebecca Olson / Whidbey News-Times Despite being eight and one-half months pregnant, Hilary Specht heads onto Penn Cove with “Grayling” on Monday of Race Week. FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS Est 1991 830 SE Pioneer Way Oak Harbor, WA 360-679-3700 Tues-Fri 11-5:30 Saturday 10-5 20 years at the same location YOUR LOCAL GOLD BUYER We Buy Gold, Silver, Coins, Diamonds, & Estate Jewelry FREE $20 Gas Card FREE $100 minimum with our purchase of your jewelry. FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS FREE GAS The excitement --- and some adrenaline-pumping music --- were blasting top-notch from the Oak Harbor marina Monday morning as sailors from around the world geared up for the first big contest of Race Week 2012. Sailors swarmed over the dock and their boats, making last minute adjustments before heading into the harbor for the start line. “Shoot the Moon” is a Race Week regular, having competed for the past 19 years. The Peterson 40 sailboat is so well known that it was featured on this year’s Race Week poster. Its Seattle crew has been competing in Race Week for 30 years. Owner Don Wills hoisted himself up the mast of the bright red boat to re-tape spreaders while the rest of the 10-person crew made preparations below. Wills’ daughter, Lauren Wills, said she always looks forward to the racing. “It’s just fun coming up here, it’s always been like a family vacation every year. It’s always fun to continue to see your friends you see every year,” Lauren Wills said. She has seen younger generations grow up each time she returns. “It makes it fun to come back every year.” Teresa Wills, Lauren Wills’ stepmother, even asked Don Wills to marry her during Race Week. Since then, she’s seen two grandchildren grow up coming to Race Week. Out on the water, it’s “really fun,” Lauren Wills said, smiling. “Sometimes there’s no wind and An education grant from the Department of Defense will finance intensive three-year training to improve math and literacy instruction at the secondary level in Oak Harbor schools. Oak Harbor School District was awarded a $1.89 million grant to increase college and career readiness in literacy and math. The grant will fund a plan to improve instruction in grades six to 12 using “proven researchbased techniques” that lead to “greater student engagement and higher expectations” in the classroom, according to a press release. This is the second consecutive year Oak Harbor has been awarded funding from the Department of Defense Education Activity for professional development. Last year’s $2.16 million grant focused on improving reading for preschool through fifth grade. Both grants are spread out over three years. The funds must be used according to the grant specifications and cannot be used to supplement ongoing expenses or replace any personnel or programs lost through the last three years of budget cuts. Work on the new project, titled “College and Career Ready through High Expectations and Engagement,” is already under way. The grant will pay for math, English, science, social studies and other teachers to return during the summer for intensive “academies,” with follow-up

Whidbey News-Times, July 18, 2012

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