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News-Times Whidbey ISLAND LIVING Taking stock of lakes opener A11 WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014 | Vol. 124, No. 33 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢ Union files grievance over tree cutting By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter The secrecy behind the City of Oak Harbor’s decision to cut down the landmark Garry oak tree at the post office resulted in a grievance. The grievance was filed by a union representing Oak Harbor Public Works employees. Teamsters’ Local No. 231 filed a grievance with Public Works Director Cathy Rosen on April 2. Rosen responded last week with a denial of the grievance, but union officials said they are planning to appeal. Photo by Justin Burnett/Whidbey News Group Firefighters with Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue work to extinguish a blaze that destroyed a mobile home on Race Road Sunday night. The doublewide was vacant and undergoing renovations while the owners were out of state. Blaze destroys mobile home ‘The loud explosion kind of got people’s attention’ By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter Nobody was injured when a mobile home on Race Road burned to the ground Sunday night. Chief Ed Hartin with Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue said the doublewide was vacant and was undergoing renovations. The owners were in Arizona. Neighbors of the doublewide were alerted to the fire by the sound of a tire on a nearby utility trailer bursting from the heat. “The loud explosion kind of got people’s attention,” Hartin said. He said about 20 people reported the fire at about 9:15 p.m. The house was fully involved in flames and had collapsed before firefighters arrived. The fire pushed into the crawlspace below, so SEE BLAZE, A14 Staff reporter In years to come, who knows what might become of the wooden shoes that were once a sig- nature of Oak Harbor’s Holland Happening. To move the inventory, Kathy Reed is open to suggestions. When Oak Harbor’s Dutch YOUR FULL SERVICE FINE JEWELRY STORE. PUT SOME BLING IN YOUR SPRING! celebration gets underway this weekend in historic downtown for the 45th time, a familiar sight will take on an unusual appearance. Homeowners express early concerns about dog facility By JANIS REID Staff reporter Klompen, customarily known as wooden clogs from the Netherlands, are being sold as planters. Some residents on North Whidbey were surprised and dismayed to find out Summit Assistance Dogs is considering building a new training facility in their rural neighborhood. Residents near Henni Road received a letter notifying them of an April 16 community meeting about the proposal, but some said they received those letters after the meeting was held. “We received this letter after the pub- SEE HAPPENING, A13 SEE STORY, A14 Oak Harbor celebrates its Dutch roots this weekend By RON NEWBERRY SEE GRIEVANCE, A14 COME IN AND ASK FOR GLORIA! We Buy Gold, Silver, Coins, Diamonds & Estate Jewelry 360-679-3700 830 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor, WA Tues-Fri 11-5:30, Sat 10-5

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