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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014 | Vol. 115, No. 23 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | 75¢

By JANIS REID Staff reporter

Navy leaders say they want to purchase additional EA-18G Growlers and increase the size of their electronic attack squadrons. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told federal lawmakers March 12 that he sees a “growing Growler need,” according to aviation industry website FlightGlobal. Twelve electronic warfare squadrons, comprising both Growlers and EA-6B Prowlers, are based at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Ted Brown, installations and environmental public affairs officer for U.S. Fleet Forces Command, said he is aware of the Navy’s budget priority with regard SEE GROWLER REQUEST, A16

Wilson-signed football raises $5K at auction By RON NEWBERRY

Photos by Janis Reid/Whidbey News-Times

Cancer patient Christine Eborda hugs choreographer Bernice Manglona after a flash mob organized by her sister Terri Guster gave a surprise performance at Alberton’s Saturday.

Flash mob aims to lift cancer patient’s spirits


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hristine Eborda walked out of Albertson’s grocery store to a big pink surprise Saturday afternoon. The Oak Harbor resident, who was diagnosed in November with stage VI cancer, was treated to a flash mob performance to Pharrell’s “Happy.” The dance was coordinated by her sister Terri Guster. The mob, comprised of more than 30 dancers, was

decked out in various shades of pink in support of breast cancer awareness. Guster said she decided to coordinate the dance “because there’s times when (Eborda) is feeling really down.” “We chose it because it’s a happy song … and I want my sister to be happy no matter what,” Guster said. Guster and Eborda attend dance fitness classes together at North End Fitness Center, which is where Guster got


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The trickle-down effect of the Seattle Seahawks winning the Super Bowl is being felt at the Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor. A bidder paid $5,000 to secure the football that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson signed and wrote a personal message for the “Bids for Kids Dinner & Auction” Saturday night at the Roller Barn in Oak Harbor. Oak Harbor-based concrete contractor LangCo Northwest made the winRussell Wilson ning bid, which was believed to be the largest for a single item in the fundraising event’s 15-year history, according to board member Duncant Chalfant. SEE FUNDRAISER, A16

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