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❉ contents Pg. 6 Ahoy! Home Sweet Home Again Pg. 8-10 Essentials Brighten up your Spring Cleaning & Home Decor Pg. 12-14 Q&A Builder is Fueled by a Heart of Gold & Love of Family

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Pg. 15-16 Get Basic Simple Tasks to Improve Your Home’s Selling Points Pg. 17 & 20 Wake Up Get Your Landscape or Garden Ready for Planting Pg. 18 & 19 Calendar Oak Harbor Defrosts with the Warmth of Fun Festivals and Activities Pg. 22 Farm to Table Invite Whidbey’s Farmers to Dinner this Season

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Some of my most cherished childhood memories were spent at my Grandma Gladys’ home in Sumner. To me, it was, and always will be, the perfect place. She and my Grandfather Maurice built the small farm house themselves, as well as the other fixtures of the just-over an acre property. I would Cynthia Woolbright, play in the small barn that by the time I saw it OH Magazine Editor housed the car and acted as a catch-all for family belongings. What was once a chicken coop, or so I hear, later turned into a storage shed for large tools like lawn mowers and rototillers. The yard was priceless. Over the years Grandma oversaw the nurturing of a beautiful flower garden filled with dahlias, gladiolas, every kind of rose imaginable, sweet peas, daffodils, tulips, bachelor buttons and every flower between. Sharing soil was the vegetables my family came to help raise every year. I can still remember hiding out in the corn, digging for potatoes, carrying in mammoth zuchinni and asking as to what exactly were rhubarb and rutabaga. The point to all the reminiscing is that my grandmother cherished her home, and it showed. She kept up repairs the best she could and always kept the yard in pristine order. The day we had to sell the house was surely a sad one that I dwell on atleast a few times a year, but it was also an easy task because of the care taken to maintain the house and property over the years. They say that today is a buyers market, but put in the right amount of work and your house can be an easy sell, even when unexpected, you’ll be ready.

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OH Magazine: The Essentials of 98277, is a bi-monthly community lifestyle magazine produced at the Whidbey News-Times office and published as a product of Sound Publishing, Inc. It is distributed to all Whidbey News-Times subscribers in the 98277 and 98239 area, and is available at select sites in and around Oak Harbor. For additional copies, visit the Whidbey News-Times office at 800 SE Barrington Dr., Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

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Hal Ramaley Memorial Park Thanks to the Oak Harbor Garden Club, this community park located on Bayshore Drive has become a must see when it comes to seasonal gardens.

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providing homes for families — he and his wife, Joan, are encircled by love of family in all they do. When interview time came for this edition’s Q&A, Steve was out of town, but thanks to the modern miracle known as the internet, OH Magazine editor Cynthia Woolbright was able to sit him down for a few moments of his busy time. OH: Hi. So, we’ve never met before, but I hear about your projects all the time. What are

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to someone purchasing their first home and seeing their excitement. My high school sweetheart (Joan Olsen) and I got married right after we graduated and we were able to purchase our first home. It is much more difficult for young adults now. OH: Probably along same line, but how did you get into construction and why stick with it? SW: Doesn’t every kid love to build things? I get to build the most important thing in world to people, their homes. OH: What is your goal each time you begin a project? SW: To make each project unique and have its own look and feel. OH: What’s the most important factor people should consider when selecting a building contractor, whether for a renovation, remodel or new construction? SW: Building a home can be a long stressful project. Trusting your builder and knowing he is honest is the most important thing. Contractors are always getting a bad wrap because of a few dishonest ones. Most established contractors have earned a reputation of being honest and trustworthy. OH: Biggest consumer mistake? SW: Building or buying more home than they can comfortably afford. OH: Did you build your home? If not (or so) what would you change? SW: Of course, 25 years ago. As I get older one level would be nice, but I still live there and love it! OH: If you could move into one of your projects today, which one would it be and why? SW: Summer Wind Condominiums. One level, no maintenance and affordable. OH: What do you see as the most important topic today when looking at the Whidbey housing scene? OH: How does Oak Harbor fall into/reflect what’s going on regarding housing all over the island? SW: It is no secret the housing industry is a mess because of the mortgage crisis. I truly believe that there has never been a better time to buy a house. Prices have dropped considerably and it looks like the government is about to give home buyers a larger tax credit for purchasing a home. Oak Harbor is a great place to live, that will never change. OH: Where you see the future of housing construction going? SW: I see the future of housing getting back to basics. I think people will spend money on energy efficiency and more environmentally friendly products. OH: Any people in the industry you look up to? SW: There are several local people in this business who have done a lot for the community, and are building quality homes. I feel a “partnership� to many of them. OH: Which weighs more, design or function? Why? SW: Both are important, but if I had to pick one I’d say function. I built a home once that the appraiser called functionally obsolescent, I didn’t like that. OH: “Construction guy� words of wisdom from the job site? SW: Be safe, be clean and be friendly OH: There’s a few Waldrons here in town, right? SW: My Mom and Dad, Brother and Sister, Son and Daughter, five Grandchildren and Nieces and Nephews. See Q&A, page 14

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ABOVE: Even on “downtime” you’ll find Steve Waldron working to coordinate his construction company’s projects. AT RIGHT: Fishing in Alaska is a past time for the Waldron family. Continued from page 13

OH: Who was the pioneering Waldron and when did they come to Oak Harbor ? SW: My dad, John, moved the family here in 1969. He was the Manager of Washington

Federal Savings and Loan. OH: If you were half way across the country in an elevator and a stranger asked you about Oak Harbor, what’s the hometown pitch you’d give them? SW: That it is a great community, its beautiful and it doesn’t rain as much as people say. And we are proud of our military influence. OH: Best bet for a quintessential Oak Harbor day? SW: My wife and I on a crystal clear day in August with no wind on the first tee of one of our golf courses OH: What are some of the businesses here in town represented by the family name? SW: My wife spent over 20 years at Whidbey Island Bank. My brother, Vint and his wife Charisse own Seabolts, which is a great place to eat and buy seafood. Most likely, people in our community have heard Charisse sing at high school althletic events, weddings or even funerals. I have been a commercial fisherman in Bristol Bay Alaska for over 30 years. My son now has his own boat. So does Vint and his son. Four boats four Waldron’s, a lot of male bonding. OH: Any funny mix ups with who runs what?

SW: My brother says people are always asking him questions about their house. I get asked how the restaurant business is going. Some people even think we look a lot alike, but I’m older and have less hair! OH: Could you ever shuffle jobs and have it work? SW: Yes, I have great people working with me. They make it easy to shuffle... they are the reasons I can spend my summers fishing in Alaska. OH: Think you’ll ever build “the perfect house”? SW: Yes, I already have. 350 of them.

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Unlocking what makes your house stand out in the market isn’t as hard as you think

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success what’s considered a clean house might not necessarily be what sells,” said Hal Hovey, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate. Your home’s impression starts before anyone steps foot on your property. Even if home is a shining jewel, if there’s not “curb appeal” and they can’t see past your overgrown yard and dingy sidewalks, they won’t consider anything your home offers. “Neatness goes a long way,” Hovey said. “From the moment people drive up, if there’s garbage out, cars parked out front, anything excessive, it automatically takes away from what should be the focus — the home.” Sometimes buyers won’t even get out of their own home when shopping.

“We’re seeing more and more that people are doing their home shopping on the internet,” Hovey said. “And if the pictures there don’t interest them they won’t bother scheduling a viewing.” Fix any squeeky gates and doors (interior and exterior). Don’t forget the fence. If you have a painted fence, give it a new coat. If your fence has changed colors with the seasons, consider pressure washing or staining. “A lot of people don’t think about how important it is, but a front door also says a lot about a house,” Hovey said. Your home should appeal to the senses. “The smell is one of the first things to hit people and a bad smell can make them run

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for the door,� Hovey said. Fresh paint on the walls will not only appeal to their eye, but help achieve that “new home� smell. Clean the carpets or polish, wax or varnish the floors to improve appearance and remove pet and tobacco odors. Take yourself out of the house. Put away all the family photos and consider painting over the personal monogramming on the kid’s wall. Home buyers want to imagine they live there — not you. Keep it simple. Take away any extra furniture in a room. Put away those knick knacks no matter how prized. Capture your home’s image now. You never know when you could want to place your home on the market. It could be the dead of winter when another snow storm hits Whidbey. “Take pictures this spring so we can see how great your yard looks in its prime,� Hovey said. Repair leaky faucets, running toilets, loose doorknobs and make sure sinks drain easily. Clean the gutters and remove moss from the roof. Consider installing new fix-

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tures, inside and out. These small details may seem nitpicky to some, but they make a big statement about the overall condition of your home. “All this stuff adds up to the impression you give of how you take care of your house,� Hovey said. “The way the buyer sees it, if there are little things overlooked, what bigger problems could there be?� Bring in the light to highlight everything. “Even if your showing is in the middle of the day, every light in the house should be on so buyers can see how great your house is,� Hovey said. When considering a home improvement beyond the regular weekend warrior tasks, consult a Realtor as to the return on your investment of time and money. “People need to remember to keep their home in character with the neighborhood,� Schutte advises. “You also don’t want to build a kitchen that outprices your entire home.� A good investment for an older home? Make it more modern. Add energy efficiency with new fixtures, lightbulbs and appliances. Update windows and other insulation. Consider a new, efficient water heater.

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sunday

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Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week

Daylight Savings Time Begins. Check smoke alarm batteries.

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Astronomical Society meeting, 6:30 at First United Methodist Church.

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St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown Oak Harbor.

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OH book group discusses “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay� at 5:30 p.m.

Eeek! Friday the 13th

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Whidbey Follies March 21, sponsored by Whidbey Playhouse and Concerts on the Cove, visit www.concertsonthecove.com

Deadline to apply to be a BeachWatcher

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19 Chamber Members Spring Expo at Elks Lodge

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20 Education and Sharing Day

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21 Dive for Goldfish at Vanderzicht Pool at 4:30 p.m.

Planning on getting a new cell? Drop your old cell phones off at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. Your used cell phones will be recycled with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Senior Center.

March 2009 events â?‰ happenings â?‰ life â?‰ festivals â?‰ much-a-do

Senior Living Cottages Now Available.

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No Fooling Today. April Fools! Spring Break Begins for OHSD

International Children’s Book Day. Blood Drive at First United Methodist

Anime and Magna Club Meeting for Teens at OH Library.

Check the Whidbey News-Times for Easter Egg Hunts for the Kids

Come discuss Whidbey Reads selection “The Highest Tide� at 5:30 at OH library

April 3-26 “Night Watch� at Whidbey Playhouse

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Monday 7 p.m. Bedtime Stories at the OH Library

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6 National Egg Salad Week

Happy Easter

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Administrative Professionals Week

13 Offer to Help the Kids with Homework.

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10 National Wildlife Week

17 Holland Happening Dutch Dinner

22 National Dance Day

Send OH events to cwoolbright@ whidbeynewstimes.com

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best things you can do to decrease problems later in the year,� Counts said.

work the soil Having a successful harvest in your garden or a landscaped yard that flourishes is about more than just sticking seeds, plants or trees in the ground. That dirt needs nourishment. If you bring a sample of dirt to a local nursery the folks there can help decide the right balance of nutrients for your soil. “Nows a great time to put compost out so

the rain can work it in,� Counts said.

get the proper tools Investing in quality gardening tools and accessories can make all the difference. “People always go cheap on shovels but then they’re back buying another,� Counts said. Today, you can find not only sturdy, but also ergonomically designed garden tools on the market. “They may look a little funny but I have people swear by them,� she said.

In your gardening tool arsenal, Counts suggests keeping on hand at least one pair of gloves, a sturdy shovel, a good pair of pruners and a rake (dirt and/or leaf). “Now’s a great time to get all your tools sharpened,� Counts said. “That’s something that people often forget about, but it can really make a difference.� Other handy items include a bucket for weeding, a plant guide, and sun hat and suncreen for those sunny days later in the year.

Plants need upkeep “The first year of watering is the most important,� Counts said. “Even if you water it well at first, that soil isn’t going to keep its moisture forever.� Know what plants your time can handle. If you’ve got a constantly busy schedule, spending time tending your garden every day likely isn’t for you. “There are many low-maintenance plants out there that all look great year-round with little to no effort,� Counts said.

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“One of the best pieces of gardening advice I ever received was to not be afraid to learn from my mistakes — and to not be afraid to ask for help,� Counts said. In addition to the nurseries of the area, the Island County/WSU Master Gardeners offer plant workshops at the local farmers’ markets during season. The Master Gardeners will also host the Whidbey Gardening Workshop March 14. For information about the workshop and links to gardening resources, visit www.island.wsu.edu.

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Have you ever wondered what the hubub is about “going organic?” Heard the buzz about the Slow Food Movement? Wondered what the letters CSA stood for? It’s time you got in touch with Oak Harbor area farmers and learned a little about community agriculture. Flyers Restaurant and Brewery owner Jason Tritt will be among the first to tell you if you want the freshest food on your table — look no further than your neighbors. “There’s more agriculture on this island than people know,” Tritt said. From beef and pork to lettuce and tomatoes, a little bit of everything is grown on island “It makes it very fun and enjoyable for my chef to have all this great, fresh, local product,” Tritt said. “It’s important to support the local economy and there are a lot of family farmers that go unnoticed.” If you want to connect with a local farmer, the best way is to visit them during the upcoming market season. Also, look out for the leading farmer advertising method — roadside signs.

market season

Wondering when North Whidbey’s farmer’s markets debut? The Coupeville Farmers Market will open April 4 and run Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through mid-October. The Oak Harbor Public Market opens May 21, and runs Thursdays, 4-7 p.m., through September.

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