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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013 | Vol. 114, No. 39 | | 75¢

Paggao faces off against Iraq vet By JESSIE STENSLAND Staff reporter

Voters will choose in the upcoming election between the elder statesman on the Oak Harbor City Council and a former bomb disposal technician who would undoubtedly bring a new level of intensity to the elected body. Councilman Danny Paggao, the mayor pro tem, has served 20 years on the council and is seeking another four. He said his goal is to help make the city the “most livable” in the country. “We were named as one of the top 10 most livable cities,” he said. “I would like to see us at No. 1.” Michael Piccone served two back-to-back tours of Iraq. His Explosive Ordnance Detachment team defused roadside bombs and trained Iraqi solders; he was medically discharged due to a back injury. He is a stay-at-home dad for two young boys and wants to bring new ideas and renewed energy to the city. “It is time for new thinking and fresh ideas on the City Council,” he said.


Patricia ‘Annie’ Martin

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Breast cancer survivor

Photo by Sara Hansen/Whidbey News-Times

A beaming Patricia “Annie” Martin, above, finished the last of her treatments in December. Below left, the chemotherapy medicine reminded Martin of the blood of Christ. She said that gave her strength during her treatments.

Faith, friends and family crucial in defeating cancer

Paggao and Piccone have very different styles of leadership. Paggao is a consistently calm voice on the council and has never been involved in the bickering that occasionally reared up over the last 20 years. Paggao explains his position, but rarely expresses strong feelings about issues. One exception, however, is See Council, A12

County to hold hearing on pot

‘Look beyond the storm, and you can find the good’


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Photo provided by Todd Martin

fter a long Labor Day weekend in 2009, Patricia “Annie” Martin learned she had breast cancer. Shortly after the discovery on Oct. 6, 2009, she underwent a lumpectomy to remove the 4.7 centimeter tumor, along with the 13 lymph nodes. This was only the beginning on

her road to recovery. Martin said the fear of not knowing what the treatment entailed was scary, and she asked God to show her a sign that it was going to be OK. During her first chemotherapy appointment, when they brought out the red medicine, she said she saw it as a symbol for the blood of Christ. That, she said, gave her the strength she needed. See SURVIVOR, A13

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