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VOLUME 1, NO. 36 | 02 DECEMBER 2011

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Marine Corps League needs toys — for tots

VRC founders vow to continue

By K ATHY REED Whidbey Crosswind

Members of the Maj. Megan McClung Marine Corps League Detachment 1210 want every child on Whidbey Island to have a merry Christmas, and Toys for Tots is how they hope to do it. The group has begun its annual toy drive, which will provide a new toy to as many as 1,400 children in need on Whidbey Island this year. “Our goal is to get one really good

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THIS EDITION Veterans Resource Center founders Perry McClellan and Judith Gorman are still smiling, despite having to close the doors to the VRC’s Community Activity Center in Freeland. Information and referral services will continue. KATHY REED/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND

VRC to close community center Lack of funds forces Veterans Resource Center to scale back By K ATHY REED Whidbey Crosswind

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he Veterans Resource Center in Freeland is down, but not out. A lack of funding, a raise in rent and the property management’s desire for a three year lease has forced the VRC to close its community activity center on Main Street as of Wednesday. But the move

is not a death knell, said VRC cofounder Judith Gorman. “We’re sort of framing it as an opportunity for more people to get involved and by spring we’re hoping to have a big splash in the paper about how we’ve used this dormant period, in a sense, to sprout out really beautiful daffodils and crocuses,” Gorman said. “Our business office continues. It won’t be a drop-in location, though,” she continued. “We’ll be doing a lot of phone stuff and we’ll probably be meeting people in their homes or in the restaurant down the street. It’s the old fashioned model of meeting with people where you can in the community.” According to Gorman, sustained funding has been a big hurdle for the VRC to

overcome. The organization obtained its own 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit last year, something the board felt had prevented the VRC from winning several grants previously. But despite achieving independent nonprofit status, several potential grants fell through. “Veterans are not on most foundation lists as a category,” Gorman explained. “And I think there is still this belief out there that the government takes care of veterans. It’s not true. Even the government — the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration and the Oval Office — are now pleading for communities to step up to the plate and take care of local veterans.”

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Wizards reach midpoint of their deployment ....pg. 2 For Pets’ Sake: Holiday pet hazards ..................pg. 4 Catch up on holiday happenings ............pg. 5 Anacortes business to build Navy vessel ............pg. 9

VRC board members will concentrate on fundraising as the organization takes some time to regroup. KATHY REED/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND

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Wizards hit halfway point Lt. ROY WALKER VAQ-133 Public Affairs

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he Wizards of VAQ-133, along with all of Carrier Air Wing 9 (CVW-9) and the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), recently passed the official halfway point of their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation New Dawn (OND). The carrier has been out to sea for threeand-a-half months with the halfway point fittingly marked by a well deserved port call in Dubai, UAE after 47 days underway. The Wizards have been instrumental in the Air Wing’s support of both OEF and OND since the start of combat operations. To meet the high demand for Electronic Attack missions, the VAQ133 maintenance department continues to provide professional and superior execution, which has been noticed at all levels. “We’re doing good work out there, and we’re getting results,” said Lt. Cmdr. Kris “Pinto” Reid, who recently returned from temporary duty at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC). “There is a lot of interest in what the Prowler can provide in today’s changing battlefield.” In addition to the hard

work involved in keeping jets airborne, Wizard personnel have been working toward various qualifications, designations and advancements in their spare time. Since the start of deployment, the Wizards have awarded 42 Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist qualifications, three Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualifications, and 47 other awards for various acts of merit. When you work as hard as the Wizards do, there has to be some time allotted to recharge and decompress. Between port calls, activities onboard the Stennis have kept the sailors refreshed and engaged. One of the most highly attended events was the ship-sponsored swim call. Executed on a no-fly day, the ship shutdown its turbines and established a swimming area on one side of the carrier. Participants were then allowed to jump into the ocean from one of the elevators in the hangar bay, and enjoy some time relaxing in the relatively cool North Arabian Sea. Many members of VAQ133 took advantage of the opportunity, some for no other reason than to say they leapt from an aircraft

carrier into the ocean. Regardless of motive, all appearances indicate it was enjoyable for everyone involved. Another motivational event was the squadron’s scrub exercise, in which individuals nominated other members within the command to scrub the grease and grime off a section of the flight deck. Top nominees worked diligently on cleaning the center line while many sailors came out to watch their shipmates hard at work at their behest. As nice as ship-based activities can be, there is no substitute for a port call. Most recently, the ship pulled into Dubai, UAE for four days, allowing sailors a chance to enjoy another part of the world that most had not seen. Moral Welfare and Recreation provided many activities ranging from a trip to Ferrari World to a scuba diving expedition. For those who decided to get away from boat life for a while, the city had countless opportunities to engage in local customs, culture and cuisine. After a month and a half at sea, everyone appreciated the time off.

An EA-6B Prowler from the Wizards of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 sits on the flight deck while Sailors prepare for an arrested landing aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MC2 WALTER M. WAYMAN/RELEASED The past four months have been very busy for the Wizards and there is even more to look forward to on the horizon. With everyone refreshed following the port visit, all hands are excited to get back to sea and back into the fight. Expect continued excellence from the Wizards, who refuse to grow complacent during their time deployed and who have shown a persistent and unparalleled drive to succeed in combat.

VAQ-133 Chief Petty Officers enjoy a ‘swim qual’ in the Arabian Gulf, leaping from the USS John C. Stennis (CVN74). PHOTO COURTESY OF VAQ-133 PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Wizards change command By Lt. ROY WALKER VAQ-133 Public Affairs

Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 133 welcomed a new commander on Nov. 12. In a formal change of command ceremony, Cmdr. Christopher DeMay relieved Cmdr. Chris Bergen as commanding officer of the Wizards onboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). The Wizards held a private farewell in Wardroom 1 several days prior to properly recognize CDR Bergen’s contributions and pay tribute to his time in command. Cmdr. Bergen joined the squadron as the Executive Officer in May, 2009, Cmdr. Bergen and shortly thereafter deployed with the Wizards to Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on what would be their last expeditionary deployment. Following VAQ-133’s return, Bergen assumed command of the Wizards in August, 2010. He led the squadron through a complicated transition from expeditionary

to carrier-based operations, marking the first time since 1991 that VAQ-133 conducted embarked operations as part of a carrier air wing. While deployed on the Stennis, Cmdr. Bergen’s leadership was instrumental in the success VAQ-133 has had flying combat missions in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. There is anticipation for what the future holds with Cmdr. DeMay in charge. DeMay has earned the highest respect among the aircrew and the troops for his strong and consistent leadership style during his time as Executive Officer. Those traits will no doubt ensure the continued success of the Wizards as he takes the helm. Cmdr. DeMay At the same time, VAQ-133 also welcomed their new Executive Officer, Cmdr. Michael Bisbee, back into their ranks. Cmdr. Bisbee, who previously served as a Wizard department head, adds a wealth of experience and knowledge to the already strong arsenal of personnel that make up the Wizard team.

Culinary Specialist 3rd Class David Yuzon, from Oak Harbor, Wash., applies a dry rub to prime rib in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY MC3 DUGAN FLYNN/RELEASED


VRC | FROM PAGE 1

Government funding, said Gorman, is channeled through other state and local government agencies. In the current economy, even government-funded programs are feeling the pinch. Local organizations like the VRC must do its own fundraising. Overcoming the misconception that it receives governments funds because it services veterans has been harder to do than board members expected. Establishing a support base through pledges and ongoing contributions has been a challenge. “Even if everything is done free, by volunteers, there are still costs. In our case, it was rent,” said Gorman’s husband and VRC cofounder Perry McClellan. “Every organization that does anything has that basic problem of sustenance.” “We did get some money that was donated that allowed us to go this long, but what we weren’t able to do was to get the pledges to get ongoing income in our budget so that we could continue to make commitments — to lease, for example,” Gorman said. “How can we do a budget, how can we do a three-year lease when we don’t know what our income is, what our pledges are?” “We didn’t want to open a resale store or a restaurant or a bar or a bingo operation — all of them money-making things that support existing organizations,” McClellan added. “We didn’t have a large enough base to be able to do that and so we’re going to make do with less.” According to Gorman, the VRC operated on approximately $2,000 a month, sometimes more if there was special pro-

To help the VRC: Anyone interested in donating to the Veterans Resource Center can mail their contribution to P.O. Box 85, Freeland, WA 98249. For those interested in setting up a recurring automatic payment to the VRC, call them at 331-8081. For information about the VRC go to www.vetsresourcecenter.org.

“How can we do a budget, how can we do a three-year lease when we don’t know what our income is, what our pledges are?” – Judith Gorman

A Korean War veteran’s cap rests atop a stack of packed boxes at the Veterans Resource Center in Freeland last week. The VRC was forced to close its community activity center due to lack of funding. KATHY REED/WHIDBEY CROSSWIND

gramming. Most of that money went into maintaining the facility. When they were asked to sign a three-year lease, Gorman said board members decided to close the community center to focus on the heart of what the VRC does — information and referral and veterans advocacy. Establishing a solid base of support in order to add key personnel will be critical to the VRC’s future. “We need a volunteer coordinator, a director and someone to do all the administrative stuff. We really need those three paid positions to move this along at the level that it’s worthy of,” Gorman said. “This is a worthy cause to help carry the burden by the community for our vet-

erans.” Gorman said she wished they had been able to generate the pledges needed to keep the activity center’s doors open. The number of ongoing pledges needed to generate that support was surprisingly low. “If there were 200 people who paid $10 a month on a pledge basis to the VRC, or whatever the organization that helps veterans, that would be, in their consciousness, something they’re doing to help carry the burden,” she said. “People think it takes

so much money. It doesn’t take that much money,” said McClellan. “It takes a great deal of nurturing to get volunteers. “ But more than that, said McClellan, is the daily grind of running a nonprofit center: Creating an idea, bringing people in, telling them what to do, when to do it, helping them do it, cleaning up afterward and moving on to plan the next event. It’s a scenario that must be played out month after month if they are to succeed. “That’s what makes a community center work,

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for it to keep going until it starts to roll on its own,” he continued. “It takes a lot more to do that than what our small group could manage to do in a year’s time.” While the community center will be gone (unless a locale with enough space can be rented or is donated), board members are hoping to have a new office, and just an office, by March. Donations and pledges will continue to be accepted as the VRC works to build the base of support it needs to remain a viable service to

Whidbey Island veterans. Despite the move scale back, Gorman said the 18 months at its Freeland location have been a success. “We think we have succeeded, basically. We feel good about our programs,” she said. “We’re seeing a lot of Vietnam veterans stepping forward, even World War II veterans who have never sought claims for disability. We’re working with and partnering with charter service organizations like the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. So we feel like we’ve succeeded immensely.” “It’s not up to us anymore,” added McClellan. “This is bigger than us. It’s really something that’s going to have to be answered by that larger ‘we.’ Right now we’re just having to pull in. We can only do what we can do.”


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Green is the new What’s your red ... err, read favorite part of the Remember the old riddle - what’s black and white and read all over? The riddle was better orally than in writing, of course, but the answer was “the newspaper.” We’re all familiar with the struggles this industry has seen since the advent of the Internet. There are still diehard readers who love the feel of the paper between their fingers, leisurely turning pages as they work through their morning cup of coffee or after a day at work, but there is no denying the impact computers have had. Add to that mix our increasing environmental awareness that KATHY has some thumbing their noses REED at anything made of paper — even books — and you have the impetus to drive even the diehards to embrace the electronic age. But here’s where the Whidbey Crosswind has been ahead of the rest of its Sound Publishing brethren. All Sound papers now offer a “green edition” on their websites. They are complete electronic versions of the newspaper that can be viewed online on most devices. While this is new to most Sound Publishing papers, the Whidbey Crosswind has had this feature since our first edition back in April. Now, though, instead of having to scroll down to the bottom of the page to see our e-edition, you simply need to click on the “Green Edition” tab at the top of the page. These full electronic versions of the newspaper can be downloaded to most devices and readers can choose to print the full edition, single pages or single stories. (Those folks with iOS devices will need to click on the “Gallery” link below each edition’s thumbnail image to view the pages in a Flash-free viewer.) While I love gadgets, I’m still a little old fashioned, I guess. I still like the ability to hold a newspaper or book in my hands and feel the paper between my fingers. However, I understand why “green” is the new “black and white and read all over.”

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“The excitement of the season and the one time of year that people are free and willing to talk about Jesus Christ.”

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Pearl Harbor remembered Two events will pay tribute to survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The PBY Memorial Foundation will hold a special tribute to Pearl Harbor in conjunction with the Association of Naval Aviators at the CPO Club on Ault Field Road at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. A no host luncheon will be followed by a tribute to Pearl Harbor survivors. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 will hold a Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the NAS Whidbey Island Seaplane Base Marina. A reception will immediately follow at Simard Hall (Building 12).

Lighted boat parade Decorate your boat and join the annual Oak Harbor Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade Saturday evening. As in the past the Lighted Boat Parade will coincide with the “Greening of Coupeville” celebration. The parade will pass by the Coupeville Wharf at approximately 5:30 p.m. and return to Oak Harbor at approximately 6:30 p.m. In the event of poor weather the alternate date will be Sunday. All boat skippers must report to the skippers’ meeting at 3 p.m. in the lower level Clubhouse of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. Boats will leave the dock to form the parade line at 4:30 p.m. Skippers and crew from participating boats are invited to a potluck dinner in the clubhouse of Oak Harbor Yacht

Club. OHYC will be providing a meat dish. During dinner, trophies will be awarded for the best decorated power and sailboat. All boats are welcome regardless of yacht club affiliation. For information, contact Byron Skubi at kbskubi@whidbey.net or call him at 675-8696.

Elf Dash Saturday Kids have a chance to take part in a fun, fit way to usher in the holiday season. The Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Youth Center will present the Elf Dash Saturday morning for all eligible children ages 5 to 13. The event is free, and the first 100 participants also qualify for a T-shirt. Check-in starts at 8 a.m., and the start times are divided by distances and age groups: 8:30 a.m. for ages 9-13 (2 miles); 9 a.m. for ages 7-8 (1 mile); and 9:30 a.m. for ages 5-6 (1/2 mile). For the really younger set, there is a pre-K stroller division for ages 0-4. Each entrant must be accompanied by an adult walker or runner, and has the option of an 8:30, 9:00, or 9:30 a.m. start time. Call 257-3150 for more information.

Lions have Christmas trees The Oak Harbor Lions Club is holding its annual Christmas tree sale from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day until Dec. 23, or until they are sold out. The stand is located in the park next to the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, at 32630 Highway 20. Choose from Noble, Douglas, Grand, Fraiser and Nordman Fir trees, all cut fresh in Deming, Wash. Sizes range from four-feet to nine-feet in height.

Prices are the same as the last two years. All proceeds support community projects.

Holiday concert of carols and classics Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley will present a holiday concert, “I’ll be home for Christmas,” on Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. WICA invites all those interested to enjoy the finest of Whidbey Island’s vocal ensembles — the WICA Chamber Singers, WICA Conservatory Choir, and GLEE! Club — with seasonal favorites such as “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “We Need a Little Christmas,” “White Christmas,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Tickets cost $12 to $16 and are available by contacting the WICA ticket office by phone at 2218268 or (800) 638-7631. Go to www.WICAonline.com for additional information.

80s movie now a musical Mark your busy December event calendar for the not-to-be-missed “Big, the Musical” at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley from Dec. 2 through 17. Under the direction of Robert W. Prosch, the musical explores the world of a Whidbey Island kid, Josh, who wishes to be “big,” and suddenly has his wish granted when he wakes up as a full-grown man shortly before his 13th birthday. “Big, the Musical” is about every adult’s longing to return to the simpler days of childhood and every child’s desire to grow

up. On Sunday, at 1:15 p.m., those interested may attend a brown bag prologue. Admission to the prologue is by donation; tickets to the musical must be purchased separately. Tickets range in price from $12 to $16. For information, call WICA at 2218268, (800) 638-7631, or go to www.WICAonline.com WICA will also be accepting donations of new toys. They will be used to decorate the set and following the performance, will be delivered to Holiday House to benefit families struggling to provide their children holiday presents. New toys may be dropped off at WICA, 565 Camano Ave. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.

Coupeville Christmas bazaar The annual Coupeville United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Sixth and North Main streets. The bazaar is known for its hand-made Christmas wreaths, fresh baked goods, quilts and crafts made by the United Methodist Women. In the basement, the Attic Treasures area offers gently-used items for sale at bargain prices. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a main dish, salad, roll and a piece of home baked pie. For information contact the church office at 6784256.

NASWI Christmas tree lighting

There will be a Christmas tree lighting celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Convergence Zone on NAS Whidbey Island. Outside, Santa will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage to light up the NASWI Christmas tree. Complimentary hot cider and cocoa will be served inside after the tree lighting. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, carnival games, prizes and more, plus visits and photos with Santa. Call 257-2432 for information.

Annual Oak Harbor tree lighting The eighth annual holiday tree lighting celebration will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday on Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor. The tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m., just in time for Santa’s arrival. Caroling also begins at 6 p.m. There will be free horse drawn carriage rides along will tasty treats, hot cocoa and cider. The event is sponsored by downtown merchants and the city of Oak Harbor.

Give yourself the gift of play A workshop introducing SoulCollage will be held Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the art room of the Oak Harbor Senior Center on Jerome Street. There are no special tools or skills required to participate and all supplies and materials are provided. This class is intended for those age 18 and older who wish to explore their creativity through collagemaking.

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The Greening of Coupeville Get your holiday season rolling by attending the Greening of Coupeville Saturday, beginning with a Christmas parade at 4 p.m. on Main and Front Streets. There will be floats, themed characters and the best-known character of them all, Santa. The lighting of the Christmas tree will take place at 5 p.m. at Cook’s Corner Park on Main and Ninth streets. The annual Christmas art and antiques walk also begins at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., weather permitting, catch a glimpse of the Oak Harbor boat parade from the Coupeville Wharf. Call 678-5434 for information.

Coat donations sought Ninth-grade students in the Island Program at Oak Harbor High School are seeking donations of gently used winter coats. Students have received a grant from the Oak harbor Educational Foundation to assist with this coat drive. Donations of clean, new or gently used coats of any size appropriate for kindergarten through 12th-grade will be accepted through Monday. The coats will be donated to families and organizations throughout the community. Contact OHHS counselor Jeremy Day at 279-5785 for information.

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PETS | FROM PAGE 4 last product because I have known people to give it to their dogs to try (unsuccessfully) to minimize the effects

of flatulence. In dogs and cats Xylitol can produce reactions ranging in severity from hypoglycemia and seizures to liver failure and death. The mechanism of the condition is still not completely understood so at this time awareness and avoidance are your best defense. Commercially made pet treats are often bought as stocking stuffers for both cats and dogs. Be aware of the ingredients in the treats you buy and where they come from. Since 2007 there has been a problem with some chicken jerky treats manufactured in China that has resulted in a number of deaths in dogs due to kidney failure that developed within hours or days of the product being eaten. The Food and Drug Administration just re-issued that warning as well. Holiday plants, such as poinsettias and mistle-

toe, while not lethal, can produce gastrointestinal problems with vomiting and diarrhea if ingested. The preservative used in the water at the base of the Christmas tree stand can produce similar signs. Christmas tree light cords seem to be a magnet for puppies to chew on, which can result in severe burns to the mouth. On a similar note, cats are often attracted to tinsel and ribbon. This can lead to intestinal obstructions requiring surgery to correct. Dietary indiscretion during the holidays is the polite way of describing what dogs get into, from meal leftovers to garbage scavenging. Signs typically include vomiting and diarrhea, but may also to progress to more severe problems in some individuals such as pancreatitis. While it is tempting to share the abundance of food with our pets it is best to keep it to a minimum to avoid GI upset. Stress at this time of year affects pets as well. Our cats may actually be more affected by this than dogs. For all of your pets you can minimize stress by trying to stick to their regular feeding schedules and other

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Dr. Kiel is the U.S. Army veterinarian currently supporting NAS Whidbey Island and Naval Station Everett. His columns appear the first and third Friday of each month. Please send questions or comments to Dr. Kiel at joseph. kiel@navy.mil.

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House of Prayer Faith Tabernacle of Praise Monday Prayer Meeting - 6:00 P.M. Tuesday Night Bible Study- 6:30 P.M. Friday High Praise Service- 6:30 P.M. Sunday Celebration/Children’s Ministry – 9:30 A.M. Sunday Morning Worship Service – 11:00 A.M. Church Telephone Number (360)679-1003 Bishop Charles And Pastor Effie Boyles (360)929-3127

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Sunday Service - Noon Wednesday Bible Study 7pm Pastor Mark Dillon 404-661-4653 mdillon@oakharborupc.com Mailing Address: 41 NE Midway Blvd Suite 103 Oak Harbor, WA 98277

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Oak Harbor Lutheran Church

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Saturday Worship ................. 5:30 p.m. Sunday Worship ....8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School .........................9:15 a.m. Nursery Available Sunday Evening Prayer 6:30 PM at St. Mary Catholic Church in Coupeville

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3143-G North Goldie Rd Oak Harbor

Worship Service .........................Sunday 10:00am Adult Bible Study & Sunday School.....11:15am Evening Service ....................Wednesday 6:30pm Nursery Available

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Sunday Worship ........9:00 a.m. Sunday Bible Study 10:00 a.m. Sunday Evening ........5:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening .6:00 p.m.

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TOYS | FROM PAGE 1 quality toy for every child on the island,� said Re McClung, whose husband, Mike, is the Commandant of Detachment 1210. This is the second year the couple has coordinated the toy drive, although the Marine Corps League has long been part of the Toys for Tots effort. According to Re, they partner with five different agencies on the island with whom families have registered for assistance. The agencies provide the number of children in particular age groups so Re can target the shopping. “That’s how we know what it is we need to find,� Re said. “We secure the toys, and (the agencies) deliver them to the children.� Toys for Tots rules allow people to donate new, unwrapped toys into any collection box they see. While there are agencies on the south end of the island that take care of those boxes, the Marine Corps League has dozens of boxes in various locations all around Coupeville and Oak Harbor, even in Freeland. The toys collected are sorted by age groups and are used to match the requests from the agencies’ lists. Most often items donated fit the 6 to 10 age group, which is the easiest group to buy for, according to Re. Items for infants to age 4 and items for teens ages 12 to 14 are harder

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Members of the Maj. Megan McClung Marine Corps League Detachment 1210 will be collecting money for Toys for Tots from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 at the ferry dock in Clinton. This is the group’s major Toys for Tots fundraiser for the year.

– Re McClung to get. “We have that middle age group (from about 6 to 10) covered really well. That infant end and teenager end are more difficult for us,� Re said. “We like to have toys that are interactive for children that help develop motor skills.� All toys donated on Whidbey Island stay on the island. Items donated on the north end typically stay on the north end and vice versa. However, if there is a big need for baby items in Langley, for example, and there are a lot of baby things available in Oak Harbor, Re said organizers will shuffle things around a bit. Any money donated on Whidbey Island also stays here, Mike McClung said. The national Toys for Tots organization tracks donations and distributes those funds to each group so organizers can go shopping. Re said she starts the process in September. “With the money we’re given, I scour all the toy catalogs and research the best toys for Christmas and the favorite toys. Then

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Mike McClung, center, Commandant of the Maj. Megan McClung Marine Corps League Detachment 1210, stands with Tree of Hope recipients last year. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE MCCLUNG I come up with lists,� she said. “We’re only allowed to buy a toy up to $29.95, so I look at the toys in that price range and try to get them on sale.� That price limit only applies to Toys for Tots organizers, however. “I can’t buy anything over $30, but people can donate whatever they want,� said Mike. Last year, for example, Navy Federal Credit Union raised money and donated 18 new bicycles. “Obviously we have a need for more than 18 bikes on the island,� Re said, adding that donated sports equipment is also a big help. “If a person bought a bat, that’s a huge help for us.� And the need for toys keeps increasing as the number of children increases. “We’ve had about 150 to 200 more children each year, so the need is absolutely increasing,� Mike said. Coordinating all of this is a lot of work, obviously. But for Mike and Re, who lost their daughter, Maj. Megan McClung, in December of 2006, it helps

Norm Brocard, left, Mike McClung and Zander Collier collect donations at the Clinton ferry dock last year for Toys for Tots. PHOTO COURTESY OF MIKE MCCLUNG make a difficult time of the year for their family a little easier. “It’s a heart project for me, because I always wanted to do Toys for Tots. This is the time of year we lost our Megan, so to be out doing something for other people is a really good way to get through the holidays,� Re said. “It makes me ‘other focused’ for the holidays.� Financial contributions can be made to Toys for Tots throughout the year. Donations of new,

unwrapped toys will be taken through Monday, Dec. 19. “We’re grateful for any toys we get and we’ll make sure they get to the right place and in the right hands for Christmas,� Re said. And even in a tight economy, Re is confident they will collect what they need. “People on this island are so generous,� she said. “We couldn’t do this without them. We couldn’t make it happen without their help.�

The group will also have collection bins at several local holiday events, including the Oak Harbor High School Holiday Choir concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, the Oak Harbor High School Holiday Band concert at 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 and at the Northwest Navy Band Holiday concert at 3 p.m. on Dec. 17. To make a monetary donation to Toys for Tots, send a check payable to Toys for Tots and send it to: Toys For Tots – Whidbey, c/o MCL Detachment #1210, P.O. Box 977, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. If desired, note “For Whidbey Island� on the memo line. For other information, please call 320-3013.

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Collectors and Enthusiasts in Oak Harbor with $350,000 to Purchase Yours! By Ken McIntosh STAFF WRITER Got Coin? It might be just the time to cash in. This week, starting Tuesday and continuing through Saturday, the International Collectors Association in conjunction with the Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery will be purchasing all types of silver and gold coins direct from the public. All types are welcome and the event is free. Collectors will be on hand to identify and sort your coins. Then the quality or grade will be determined. The better the grade the more they are worth, according to collectors I talked to. With the silver and gold markets high, prices of older coins are too. Any coins minted before 1965 in the U.S. are 90% silver, except nickels and pennies. The coin’s worth is determined by the rarity and the grade. Old silver dollars are worth a great premium right now, even well worn heavily circulated ones are bringing good premiums. Franklin and Kennedy half dollars, Washington quarters, Mercury and Roosevelt dimes are all worth many times the face value. While older types like Seated Liberty, Standing Liberties, and Barber coins are worth even more. Gold coins are really worth a lot right now, according to Brian Eades of the International Collectors Association. “This country didn’t start minting coins until 1792” says Eades. He explained, “Before that, people would trade goods using gold dust and nuggets. Some

shop keepers would take more gold than needed to pay for items purchased. There was no uniform system of making change.” The government opened the first mints and began distributing the coins in 1792. By the beginning of the 19th century, coins and paper currency were wide spread and our monetary system was here to stay. In 1933 Roosevelt required all banking institutions to turn in all gold coins. Once all banks turned in this gold, the president raised the gold standard from $20.00 per ounce to $33.00 per ounce. This was his way of stimulating the economy during the great depression. However, gold coins were never redistributed after the recall. But not all gold coins were turned in. “Many folks during that time didn’t completely trust the government and chose to keep their gold” said Eades. These gold coins are sought after by collectors today and bring many times the face value. Any gold coins with the mint marks of CC, D or O will bring nice premiums. Collectors at the event will be glad to show you where to look. Other types of coins will also be purchased including foreign coins, Indian cents, two cent pieces, half dimes, three cent pieces and buffalo nickels to name a few. Collectors warn people against trying to clean their coins, as significant damage can be done and the coin’s value lessened.

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Anacortes shipbuilder to build Navy research vessel Dakota Creek Industries is awarded multimillion dollar contract By K ATHY REED Whidbey Crosswind

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akota Creek Industries, an Anacortes-based shipbuilder, has been awarded a $74.1 million contract to build the Navy’s new Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research Vessel. The announcement was made in midOctober and was immediately hailed as good news by U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen. “The announcement ... is good news for the community of Anacortes, and more importantly, it means jobs,� Larsen said in a statement. “The AGOR contract will ensure that there will be a shipyard of workers, providing living wage jobs for the boat builder, their suppliers and local businesses that depend on Dakota Creek Industries.� “We’re pretty excited about it,� said Mike Nelson, vice president of Dakota Creek Industries. “We’ve built larger boats, but these are fairly complicated because they’re for scientific purposes and hold a lot of equipment.�

This computer-generated rendition of the AGOR shows the basic design of the vessel to be built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes.

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While Dakota Creek has done subcontract work for the Navy and repairs on existing vessels before, this is the first Department of Defense contract the company has won completely on its own. The company was awarded one of two phase one contracts more than a year ago, which allowed two shipyards the opportunity to design the AGOR. “So it became a design competition between two yards,� Nelson said. “ At the end of that there was an evaluation process and our design and our yard was selected.� The vessel, when completed, will be 238-feet in length and will provide the ability for academic institutions and national laboratories to do a wide variety of ocean-based research. AGOR will be equipped with on-board labs and will include seafloor mapping systems, current profilers for mapping water currents, networked sensors for monitoring atmospheric and ocean conditions plus precise navigational tools for instruments under the ship. Construction is expected to begin within about six months. “I think construction time is going to be around two years, but it’s a three-year contract,� said Nelson. “Something we’re not used to with the Navy — and we think it will be a good thing — is you have a lot of time for pre-engineering. In the commercial world, you never have the luxury of time ... as soon as you sign the contract, they want you building the boat because they want it yesterday. But the Navy, I think it’s a lot better way to do it, where you do all your engineering up front and get it all worked out before you start.�

whole vessel and its structure, figuring out materials and thickness of the steel plates that will be needed for construction. “The steel is not something you go grab right off the shelf, either. It’s all built from scratch so you don’t just go Mike Nelson pick it out,� Nelson said. For the most part, all the steel used in building the vessel will be domestic, preferably from the Northwest region, Nelson said. “They have to have a good product, good service and back up and all that, but yeah, we buy as much as we can regionally — even in town as much as we can.�

Proper planning Nelson said they’ll start working with a three-dimensional computer model of the

Family company Dakota Creek Industries was started in 1975 by Nelson’s father, Dick, in Blaine, Wash. It moved to larger facilities in Anacortes in 1977. Like many children of business owners, Nelson, who grew up in Bellingham spent his summers during college working for the family business. “I went to school to be an industrial designer,� he said. “I didn’t expect to work here ... but I found I liked doing this better than anything else I was looking at. Boat building is a lot of fun.� There are currently about 250 employees, but according to Nelson, that has ranged from a low of 20 employees to a

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The Sea Jet Advanced Electric Ship Demonstrator is a Navy vessel Dakota Creek Industries worked on as a subcontractor a few years ago. U.S. NAVY PHOTO BY JOHN F. WILLIAMS/RELEASED

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FRI., DEC. 2 Seeing Stars: The Island County Astronomical Society is holding a free star party Friday beginning at dark at Fort Nugent Park in Oak Harbor, weather permitting. People of all ages are welcome and no telescope is needed. Contact Dan Pullen at 679-7664 or at icaspub@ juno.com or got to www. icas-wa.webs.com for details. NASWI Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration: There will be a Christmas tree lighting celebration

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from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Convergence Zone on NAS Whidbey Island. Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, carnival games, prizes and more, plus visits and photos with Santa. Call 257-2432 for information. “Big: The Musical� Premieres: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley will present “Big: The Musical� beginning Friday. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. each Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sundays through Dec. 17. Ticket prices range from $12 to $16. Call the WICA office for tickets at 2218268 or 800-638-7631. Annual Greening Concert: Concerts on the Cove presents its annual Greening Concert featuring Magical Strings Celtic Yuletide Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Camp Casey. Magical Strings centers around the Celtic harp and hammered dulcimer, augmented by violin, cello, pennywhistle, percussion and various

instruments from around the world. Tickets are $15 in advance or at the door. Go to www.concertsonthecove. org for more information. Festival of Trees: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County presents the 13th annual Festival of Trees on Friday, at 5:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge. South Whidbey’s festival will be Saturday at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. Enjoy auctions of beautifully decorated trees. Tickets cost $75 and include dinner and wine. Proceeds benefit the youth mentoring agency. View the trees before they go to their new owners on Dec. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge or Dec. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. For reservations call 279-0644 or email bbbs@whidbey.net. Click Music Acoustic Jam: Join your friends and neighbors for a free evening of playing music together each Friday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Click Music, 1130 NE Seventh Ave., in Oak Harbor. Players of all ages and levels are welcome. Call 675-5544. North Whidbey Coupon Club: Those interested in saving money on groceries and everyday items are welcome to attend the North Whidbey Coupon Club each Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce. The club is free and open to all couponers, new or experienced. For information email nwcouponclub@ comcast.net or call 675-2338.

SAT., DEC. 3 Teddy Bear Breakfast: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County will hold its Teddy Bear Breakfast Saturday at 9 and 10:30 a.m. Characters will serve pancakes and goodies. Tickets are $6 for under age 12 and $10 for 13 and older. Call 279-0644. The Greening of Coupeville: Get your holiday season rolling by attending the Greening of Coupeville

Saturday, beginning with a Christmas parade at 4 p.m. on Main and Front streets. There will be floats, themed characters and the bestknow character of them all, Santa. The lighting of the Christmas tree will take place at 5 p.m. at Cook’s Corner Park on Main and Ninth streets. The annual Christmas art and antiques walk also begins at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., weather permitting, catch a glimpse of the Oak Harbor boat parade from the Coupeville Wharf. Call 678-5434 for information. Christmas Craft Fair: There will be a Christmas craft fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Coupeville Rec hall. Call 678-3142 for information. Coupeville Christmas Bazaar: The annual Coupeville United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Sixth and North Main streets. The bazaar is known for its hand-made Christmas wreaths, fresh baked goods, quilts and crafts made by the United Methodist Women. In the basement, the Attic Treasures area offers gently used items for sale at bargain prices. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring a main dish, salad, roll and a piece of home baked pie. For information contact the church office at 678-4256. Lighted Boat Parade: Decorate your boat and join the annual Oak Harbor Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade Saturday evening. In case of poor weather the alternate date will be Sunday. All boat skippers must report to the skippers’ meeting at 3 p.m. in the lower level Clubhouse of the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. The parade will pass by the Coupeville pier at approximately 5:30 p.m. and return to Oak Harbor at approximately 6:30 p.m. Contact Byron Skubi at kbskubi@whidbey.net or 675-8696 for information. Dogs Love to Listen: Children with an adult can

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SUN., DEC. 4 “Messiah� Sing Along: Whidbey Island’s Saratoga Chamber Orchestra will present “Raise up Ye Voices and Sing,� a sing-along for Handel’s “Messiah� at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Go to www. saratogachamberorchestra. org for information.

MON., DEC. 5 VFW Hosts Monday Night Football: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Oak Harbor Post 7392 invites anyone interested to watch football on two large-screen televisions every Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be food and beverage specials during the game. Call 6754048 for information or go to vfwpost7392.org.’ Veterans of Foreign Wars: VFW Whitehead-Muzzall Post 7392, will hold its general membership meetingMonday at 7 p.m. at its post on Goldie Road in Oak Harbor. Call 6754048 for information. VFW Ladies Auxiliary: The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary holds its general membership meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the WhiteheadMuzzall Post on Goldie Road in Oak Harbor. Call 675-4048 for details.

TUES., DEC. 6 Pearl Harbor survivors saluted: The PBY Memorial Foundation will hold a special tribute to Pearl Harbor in conjunction with the Association of Naval Aviators at the CPO Club on Ault Field Road at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. No host luncheon will be followed by a tribute to the Pearl Harbor survivors and a recording of interviews with the local PH survivors. The next regular luncheon will be Jan. 24. Creative Kids Club: The North Whidbey Parks and

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FROM PREVIOUS PAGE Recreation District invites families to attend the Creative Kids Club beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Oak Harbor Senior Center on Jerome Street in Oak Harbor. Children (with parents/guardians) will create Christmas ornaments. Cost is $3 per person or $6.75 per family. All supplies are provided. Sign up by calling 969-6737. Whidbey Sounders Toastmasters Club: The Whidbey Sounders Toastmasters Club will meet Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at San Remo Mediterranean Grill in Oak Harbor. Participate in the time proven Toastmasters program (since 1924). Must be over 18. Go to www.whidbeysounders. org for information. VFW Hosts Open Microphone Night: Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392 on Goldie Road in Oak Harbor hosts an open microphone night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. each Tuesday. Bring musical instruments, acoustic or electric, flamenco or country, drums, stand up, karaoke or kazoos. Musicians and audience guests are welcome. Call Myron at 672-

5166 or the Post at 675-4048 or go to www.vfwpost7392. org for information. Navy Wives Club of America: Navy Wives Club of America, Whidbey Island #150, meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at Building 22 on Seaplane Base. To learn more about the organization or membership, go to www. navywivesclubofamerica. org or call toll-free at 1-866-511-NWCA(6922).

WED., DEC. 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony: Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 129 will hold a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the NAS Whidbey Island Seaplane Base Marina. A reception will immediately follow at Simard Hall (Bldg. 12). Dress for participants and military guests is service dress blues, and for civilians, appropriate attire.

THURS., DEC. 8 Holiday Open House: The Coupeville Library will have a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday. Stop by and enjoy goodies and a cup of cheer. Call 678-4911 for information.

FRI., DEC. 9 Whidbey Dance Theater’s “The Nutcracker�: Whidbey Island Dance Theater will present “The Nutcracker� beginning Friday, Dec. 9 and running through Dec. 18 at the South Whidbey High School performing Arts Center. Performances will be Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. For tickets and information, call 341-2221 or go to widtonline.org.

SAT., DEC. 10 See “The Nutcracker�: The Ballet Slipper will present “The Nutcracker� at Oak Harbor High School’s Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, and at 1 and 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 18 and younger. Tickets are available at Bayview Embroidery ’N Print, 890 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor. Christmas Home Tour: Celebrate magical holiday decorations at the third annual Oak Harbor Soroptimist Christmas Home Tour Saturday, Dec. 10,

from 4 to 8 p.m. The event features six homes on north Whidbey Island. Each home features a homemade cookie and recipe card. Tickets are $15 from the Casual House, Rusty Chandelier and Oak Harbor Hallmark or by calling Maria at 675-1872. North Whidbey Coupon Club: All couponers, new or experienced, are invited to attend open house-style meetings of the North Whidbey Coupon Club the second Saturday of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce on Highway 20. Guests are offered coupons, a menu planning/grocery shopping list, non-insert coupons and more. Call 675-2338 for information. Learn Tai Chi: In an introduction to classical Tai Chi and Qigong, study exercises for any age, especially those with chronic pain or illness. Learn how to improve balance, core strength and reduce stress on Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. in the Whidbey General Hospital conference rooms. Cost is $25. Registration required: call 678-7656 ext. 4005 or 321-7656 ext. 4005.

SUN., DEC. 11 Support youth art: The Pacific NorthWest Art School will hold its “Deck the Halls� fundraiser to support youth art and other programs on Dec. 11. Enjoy dinner, a dessert auction, silent and live auctions. The event is held at the Whidbey Golf and Country Club. Tickets cost $75 by calling 678-3396 or by visiting the school at 15 NW Birch St., Coupeville.

WED., DEC. 14 VFW offers Christmas lunch to seniors: VFW’s annual Seniors Christmas Luncheon hosted by Whitehead-Muzzall VFW Post and Ladies Auxiliary will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event, including Christmas festivities and lunch, is free to seniors. All are welcome at the Whitehead-Muzzall Post. 3037 N. Goldie Road, Oak Harbor. Contact 6754048 or vfwpost7392.org.

FRI., DEC. 16 “Town Mouse, Country Mouse�: Last Leaf Productions will present “Town Mouse, Country Mouse� at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at the Coupeville

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SUN., DEC. 18 VFW Serves Breakfast: The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Oak Harbor Post 7392, will serve breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 18. Enjoy pancakes, eggs, hash browns, breakfast meats and biscuits ’n gravy. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children. All are welcome to attend. Proceeds will benefit the local post, including veterans’ assistance and community service programs. The WhiteheadMuzzall Post is located at 3037 N. Goldie Road in Oak Harbor. Call 675-4048 for information or go to www.vfwpost7392.org.

FRI., DEC. 30 Just Before New Year’s Dance: Naval Air Station Whidbey Island’s Youth Center will hold a New Year’s celebration from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Youth Center. There will be a DJ playing top-40 hits, food, special activities and more. Open to youth in grades 6 to 12. Cost is $2 for members, $4 for guests. Call 257-3150 for information or go to www.navylifepnw.com.

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SHIP | FROM PAGE 9 high of 390. “We’ve been really lucky the last few years to have kept busy through the recession,” he said. “Traditionally we always used to be around 150 to 200 (employees) but we did a redevelopment in the last few years that allows us to have a little better workload because of our facility.” The AGOR will be hull number 58 for Dakota Creek. Over the years, they have built a variety of vessels, from private yachts and fishing boats to ferries and commercial offshore support vessels for oil fields in the Gulf of Mexico. Nelson estimates about 20 percent of their business is repair work. (At the time of our interview in early November, two Washington state ferries were there for repair.) “One of the things we’ve never really tried to do is specialize, because if you get too specialized that can always go away and then you’ve got nothing,” Nelson said. “So we’ve always tried to be very flexible and tried to be able to do just about anything. That keeps us afloat.”

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