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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014 | Vol. 90, No. 13 | www.SOUTHWHIDBEYRECORD.com | 75¢

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Jet noise dispute to land in Langley By BEN WATANABE South Whidbey Record Seeking support and hoping to educate South Whidbey residents on its cause, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve will visit Langley this week. The group, embroiled in a battle over jet noise and U.S. Navy operations at Outlying Field Coupeville, will speak and listen Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Langley United Methodist Church. According to COER member Michael Monson, the meeting was planned last month and at the request of resiSEE JET NOISE, A24

Freeland sewer Second Street work progresses, Commons struggles talks return Ben Watanabe / The Record

Workers clear dirt and grade the road near the post office and Langley City Hall on Second Street on Monday, Feb. 10.

By BEN WATANABE South Whidbey Record

Other than an hour without water at the library a couple of weeks ago, work digging up Second Street in Langley has gone well, city officials say. The massive redesign project began last month after years of planning and months of

public preparation. With a $2.2 million budget, the city plans to redo the street itself and, while it’s dug up, replace storm and water lines, slightly reduce parking, expand pedestrian areas, and create a plaza between Callahan’s Firehouse and South Whidbey Commons. Langley’s mayor reported that so far, work has exceeded expectations.

“They’re moving almost faster than we thought they would,” Mayor Fred McCarthy said. Parking along the street, between Cascade Avenue and Anthes Avenue, is greatly reduced. With fewer spots, especially near the library SEE SECOND STREET, A3

Veterans Resource Center to hold grand opening for expansion By JANIS REID South Whidbey Record

Janis Reid / The Record

A Veterans Administration representative walks a local veteran through the benefit application process.

The Veterans Resource Center’s grand re-opening Saturday will mark an expansion in resources for the Island’s military service community. The general public is invited to attend an open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb.

15, in their new location at American Legion Post 141 in Bayview, 14096 Highway 525. The Veterans Resource Center provides “a safe portal through which the returning combat veteran can build resiliency, increase access to and use internal and SEE VETERANS CENTER, A16

By JUSTIN BURNETT South Whidbey Record Freeland residents may soon be considering yet another proposal for sewers. Freeland Water and Sewer District officials are expected to hold a workshop at 5:50 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at its headquarters on Woodard Avenue. On the agenda is a review of existing water rates and discussion about a future sewer project in the downtown commercial core. Still in the early stages of SEE SEWERS, A24


South Whidbey Record, February 12, 2014