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Whidbey Xtra! WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 2015 | Vol. 1, No. 15 | WWW.WHIDBEYNEWSTIMES.COM | FREE
Smooth sailing for Oak Harbor Hydroplane Races By JIM WALLER
It’s smooth sailing for the Oak Harbor Hydroplane Races Aug. 14-16. Hydroplanes return to Oak Harbor for the second consecutive summer after a lapse of nearly 40 years. Last summer’s race was a success and included only a few minor bumps, which can be expected when hosting an event for the first time, according to owner Michelle Curry. “This year has gone much smoother and I have been ahead of schedule, which is an amazing feeling,” Curry said. “With the first year under our belts, everyone in all areas has a better understanding of what is happening in terms of the actual races and the event portion. “It allows me to focus more on details and making sure that next level is as solid as the first as we continue to grow.” That growth should be ample this summer. Last year 42 boats competed; 60-70 are expected this year, Curry said. New this year will be five Grand Prix boats that will be
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Organizers for this year’s Oak Harbor Hydroplane Races anticipate 60-70 boats participating in the races this weekend. racing at Seafair. The Oak Harbor races will also include boats from the other end of the race-boat spectrum, the “J” hydros with drivers 9 to 14 years old. The spurt in participation was predicted by drivers who attended last year’s event.
Steve Whisman, a driver from Seattle, said, “I guarantee you there will be more boats next year once they hear about the course.” Covington’s Ed Kelson echoed that comment: “Once we brag about this town, others will come.”
Both said the crowd helped create a great atmosphere for racing. “The racers and crew love Oak Harbor,” Curry said. “(They like) how welcoming the town is, the incredible venue we have and that it is a big event with lots of specta-
tors waving to them from the shore. “Many have raved about it so much that we have unlimited hydroplane drivers coming up here just to enjoy the races. For me, that is a big compliment.” An estimated 12,000 spec-
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tators attended last year’s two-day event, Curry said. Most similar events attract 5,000, according to American Power Boat Association. Problems were few last summer, Curry said, and that “can be accredited to a great staff and the support of the city.” Changes this year will include a program that can be purchased at the information booth, a larger beer garden, grandstands on Pioneer Way and speakers “so everyone can hear the noise,” Curry said. After putting down a solid foundation last year, goals for the future are to add more boats, sponsors and spectators and fine tune to make everything “as perfect as it can be,” Curry said. In addition, she said, the hope is to add more and bigger boats and eventually host a national race. The early success of the Oak Harbor Hydroplane Race is because of the support of “so many people,” Curry said. More than 200 volunteers helped in 2014. “It truly is not possible without so many people coming together for a common goal,” Curry said.
Xtra!CALENDAR Wednesday Aug. 12
Mask Yourself, 2 p.m., Aug. 12, at the Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room. Break free from your “secret identity” and create a mask representing your inner superhero. Supplies provided. 360675-5115. Peter Pan, 3-3:45 p.m., Aug. 12, at the Coupeville Library. Free. Fly away with the Darling children of Neverland, where Peter battles a band of pirates and his arch nemesis, Captain Hook. Presented by the Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. Contact Leslie Bakker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 360-678-4911 for more information. Literature & Laughter Book Group: “The Absolutely True Diary
of a Part-time Indian,” 6:15 p.m., Aug. 12, at the Coupeville Library. Free. Join us for a discussion of this National Book Award winner by Sherman Alexie. All are welcome. Contact Leslie Franzen at email@example.com or 360-678-4911.
Meeting Room. Free. All are welcome. Climb on board the OHFD truck and learn fire safety. 360-6755115.
Create Your Unique Story, 2-4 p.m., Aug. 14, at Coupeville Library. There is a story inside you, one that is unique that no one else would tell. Is it a tragic romance? Are there dragons? Join us for writing prompts to quickly write your story.
The Whidbey AllIsland Community Band summer concert, 7 p.m., Aug. 6, at Windjammer City Beach Park. Free. Features a variety of music styles, including traditional military marches, classic pieces, popular tunes and some songs for dancing. Oak Harbor Fire Department visits the library, 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Oak Harbor Library
Friday Aug. 14
Patrol Squadron NW Reunion 2015, 3 p.m., Aug. 14 to 8 p.m., Aug. 16. The main event will be held Saturday at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. Cost is $60. Reunion of all former and current VP squadrons from the Northwest. Hosted by VP-69 alumniContact Daryl Phillippi at
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HYDROPLANE RACES: Aug. 14-16, in Oak Harbor. Volunteers are needed for security, information booth, cleanliness brigade, beer garden and road barricade. Visit www.oakharborhydros.com for details.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 503238-6020. https://vp69. wordpress.com/ Second Friday Nonfiction Book Group: “Salt — A World History,” 10:30 a.m., Aug. 14, at the Coupeville Library. Free. Join the discussion of this nonfiction title by Mark Kurlansky. Contact Leslie Franzen at email@example.com or 360-678-4911 for more information. Create Your Unique Story, 2 p.m., Aug. 14, at the Coupeville Library. Free. For teens. There is a story inside you, one that no one else would tell. Is it a tragic romance? Are there dragons? Historical figures that are actually interplanetary scouts bent on dominating Earth? Join us for writing prompts to quickly write your story. Contact Leslie Franzen at firstname.lastname@example.org or
360-678-4911 for more information. 1975 40th class reunion, 6 p.m., Aug. 14, at Elks; Aug. 15 at Lang’s; and Aug. 16 at City Beach. Contact Wanda or Debi at wanda1975johnson@gmail. com or 360-914-7702. Classes ‘73-’78 welcome. RSVP by July 31.
Saturday Aug. 15
All-you-can-eat Breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, Aug. 15, at the Coupeville Masonic Hall. Saturday morning breakfast Includes bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes and orange juice, coffee or tea. $7 for adults; $3 for children under 12. VA-52 Knightriders 2015 Reunion, 1 p.m., Aug. 15, at the Oak Harbor American Legion. VA-52
shipmates will get together to share sea tales. Contact Pete Rodgers at pete.rodgers.94@facebook. com, www.facebook.com/ events/900702186637714/ Choose Your Adventure Orienteering Event, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Aug. 15, at the Fort Ebey gun battery. Hike, race and hunt for checkpoints. This is a family-friendly event suitable for all skill and experience levels. Contact Sherri Brady at coc.land.permission@ gmail.com or 360-6728719 for more information. Oak Harbor Garden Tour and Tea, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aug. 15, Oak Harbor. $15 donation. Ticket includes self-guided tour of six gardens in the Oak Harbor area. Contact Janine Shelley at 360-7202377.
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WAIF’s Wag ‘n’ Walk, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Aug. 16, at Greenbank Farm. Free admission. Meet shelter dogs, play games, bid in a silent auction, play trivia, relax in the beer garden and choose two former shelter dogs as king and queen. Contact Merritt Atwood at atwoodjm@ whidbey.com
Aug. 18 Team Tsunami Dragon Boat Practice, 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays through October, at the Oak Harbor Marina. Join dragon boat team Tsunami, a diverse group of people who enjoy the sport of dragon boating, for a complimentary practice. Contact Lori
Rhodenbaugh at rhodenbaugh@sprintmail. com or 360-240-9105.
Crockett Lake Blackberry Bust, 9 a.m., Aug. 21, at the Crockett Lake East Preserve near Coupeville. Whidbey Camano Land Trust volunteers will pull lakeside blackberries before the ground becomes too wet. Snacks, drinks and tools will be provided. Bring work gloves and a friend.
The Whidbey AllIsland Community Band summer concert 7 p.m., Aug. 20 at Windjammer City Beach Park. Free. Features variety of styles.
BUSINESS & SERVICES DIRECTORY AUTO BODY REPAIR Central Collision 623 Industrial Ave, Oak Harbor 360-675-4949 AUTO PAINTING Central Collision 623 Industrial Ave, Oak Harbor 360-675-4949 AUTO RESTORATION Central Collision 623 Industrial Ave, Oak Harbor 360-675-4949 BOOKKEEPING SERVICES NW Bookkeeping Services LLC Cindi Zimmerman, Owner 31650 SR 20 Ste #3, Oak Harbor email@example.com www.nwbookkeepingservices.com 360-279-2010 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Coupeville Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Info 905 NW Alexander St, Coupeville firstname.lastname@example.org coupevillechamber.com 360-678-5434 CONTRACTORS Waldron Construction 31640 SR 20 #2, Oak Harbor www.waldronconstruction.com 360-679-1827
COUNTERTOPS Northwest Granite & Flooring 687 Mobius Loop email@example.com www.nwgraniteandflooring.com 360-675-4978 EQUIPMENT RENTAL Diamond Rentals 33650 SR 20, Oak Harbor firstname.lastname@example.org www.diamondrentals.org 360-279-0723 FLOORING Northwest Granite & Flooring 687 Mobius Loop email@example.com www.nwgraniteandflooring.com 360-675-4978 FURNITURE Hansens Furniture 916 West Division Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 firstname.lastname@example.org (360) 424-7188 INSURANCE Sue Blouin CIC, ACSR Koetje Leavitt Insurance 775 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor email@example.com www.leavitt.com/oak harbor 360-675-5916
INSURANCE-AUTO Cascade Insurance Agency LLC 404 S Main Street Coupeville, WA 98239 firstname.lastname@example.org cascadeinsuranceagency.com 360-682-2162 LANDSCAPING SERVICES Mailliard’s Landscaping Nursery 3068 N. Oak Harbor Rd, Oak Harbor www.mailliardsnursery.com 360-679-8544 Mary’s Weeding Service Coupeville, WA 98239 360-632-7088 REAL ESTATE AGENT Cheri English Broker, REALTOR®, SRES Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island Cheri@Ask4Cheri.com Agent4Life.net 360-320-9764 Elaine McDowell Managing Broker, REALTOR®, SRES Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island EMcDowell@windermere.com ElaineMcDowell.withwre.com 360-929-1500
Saturday Aug. 22
All-you-can-eat Breakfast, 8 a.m. to noon, Aug. 22, at the Coupeville Masonic Hall. Includes bacon, sausage, eggs and pancakes and orange juice, coffee or tea. $7 for adults; $3 for children under 12.
REAL ESTATE AGENT-CONT. Judith Zapanta-Borras Managing Broker, Windermere 32785 SR 20 Ste 4, Oak Harbor email@example.com www.judithzapanta.withwre.com 360-914-7759(c) 360-675-5953 (ofc) Julie Kinnaird, Broker, REALTOR®, SRES Windermere Real Estate/Whidbey Island JulieKinnaird@windermere.com JulieKinnaird.withwre.com 360-632-6619
Coupeville High School Reunion, 7 p.m. to midnight, Aug. 22, at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. Admission is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Save the date and RSVP online or contact committee members, Janet Engle Olson, Joyce Fruik, Phyllis Brett or Pam Young for form. Please reply by Aug. 7. Band, dancing, must be 21, BYOB. Invite your classmates and let’s have some fun! 360-678-5107
SEWING MACHINE & VACUUM REPAIR Island Sewing and Vacuum 31570 SR 20 Ste 101, Oak Harbor firstname.lastname@example.org www.islandsewandvac.com 360-679-2282
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