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Pg. 4 Ahoy! Welcome Back to School, Back to You Pg. 6 Essentials: Gear for the new school year Pg. 9 Catch ‘o’ the Day: See what’s got us hooked Pg. 11 Web exclusive: Seven pages of extra credit to put you ahead in life Pg. 18 Q&A: Get to know OHHS Athletic Dir. Nikki Luper Pg. 20 Get Fit: Make fitness routine in minutes this fall Pg. 22 Calendar: Autumn is looking fun filled Pg. 24 Drop Anchor: That’s what we call home Pg. 28 Web exclusive: Two pages of ways to achieve a great new look & hold onto the summer sun Pg. 31 Crow’s Nest: Hot dining ticket in town

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hen everyone else is heading back to school next week and just getting in the swing of things, Oak Harbor High School Athletic Director Nikki Luper will be in the thick of things. She’s already busy scheduling fall sports, has Wildcat Memorial Stadium on her mind and the future of OHHS athletics in her sights. When I met Luper for a photoshoot a few weeks back, she was everything and nothing like I expected. She’s an avid sportswoman, devoted family person, handy home renovator, speedy John Deere gator driver, completely congenial, and wildly passionate about her Wildcats. See our Q&A on page 12 to read why we’re starting a Nikki Luper fan club and why you should be a fan of hers too. 2

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welcome back: fall is fun for more than just the kids

I love the fall. Always have. I could be prejudice because I’m an autumn baby, but I’ve always loved this time of year. There’s just something that puts me at ease when the summer air turns crisp and harvest moons hang low in the sky. As much fun as summer breaks were Cynthia Woolbright growing up in Puyallup, the beginning of the OH Magazine Editor academic year always came with much anticipation. Preparing to head back to class was one of the few times I knew I could request to go shopping and know there’d be little argument as to the necessity. Sometimes I started the new year with a fresh new haircut and style — most likely the “Dorothy Hamill” look in those early grade-school years. Even searching for our mandated list of supplies was an indulgence. Years later I miss that transition. Shopping for jeans still reminds me of heading back to school. The year just seems to flow in a constant circle without that summer to fall changeover. I’m jealous of anyone who’s day is dictated by a school bell. This nostalgia is what inspired this edition of OH Magazine in which we’re encouraging everyone to grab hold of autumn and start anew. Claim some of fall as yours. The kids are heading back to school, why can’t you? Finish that degree you’ve been working on. Gain a certification to enter a new career field or advance in your current job. Have fun and play — giddy up and go, let your artistic side flow or explore Whidbey like you’ve never done before. Working up to the first day of school you’ve likely walked miles to shop for their new outfits. Fall sporting events and school meetings will soon be in full swing. You’ve helped them search out the latest trends and stocked their back packs for that first day of learning. Shouldn’t you make sure you’re looking sharp too? Learn how to make time for exercise amidst the taxi driving (See PE feature pg. 14), and feel better because of it. Get back to you. Take the time to sit and watch those big golden harvest moons rise. Fall is here. Enjoy it.


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Until next edition, Cynthia


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Publisher: Marcia Van Dyke Editor: Cynthia Woolbright Production: William Bolles & Connie Ross Art: Teresa Besaw & Susan Hanzelka Contributing writers: Bonnie Garland, Jill Johnson, Maggie Maxfield & Bernie Rietz Copy Editing: Nellie Williams Marketing: Robyn Bainbridge, Kory Dyer & Cindi Peters Special Thanks: City of Oak Harbor, Nikki Luper and gracious Oak Harbor merchants.

OH distribution OH Magazine: The Essentials of 98277, is a bimonthly community lifestyles 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 around Oak Harbor. For additional copies, visit the Whidbey News-Times office at 800 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA, 98277.

OH is all yours OH Magazine is always on the lookout for content ideas and talented freelance writers. To submit a suggestion for edition theme, Crow’s Nest coverage, Bearings & Beacons business, feature story or to be a freelance writer, contact editor Cynthia Woolbright at 675-6611, via email at cwoolbright@whidbeynews, or write 800 SE Barrington Drive, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

OH! there’s more ... OH Magazine content and web exclusives can be found in the lifestyles section of the Whidbey NewsTimes website The new Whidbey News-Times site is easier to navigate, is packed full of new features and links to more ways to enjoy your island. The web site offers businesses the most cost-effective way to reach consumers in Oak Harbor, the surrounding community and anyone interested in learning more about Whidbey. For information about advertising online, call the marketing department at 675-6611.

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his fall there will be sporting events to run off and cheer at, and the sidelines aren’t always warm. Plenty of meetings will need your attention and they all expect you to look sharp. Even casual dinners with family are a reason to look casually cool. No matter where you go this fall, keep these items handy and they’ll help keep you on the go.

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The Waterfront Trail

Take time to visit the Waterfront



• Accomplishments Recently the City, in partnership with the Department of Transportation, completed a link from the trail to the SR-20/Swantown intersection. The trail is envisioned continuing past this point, west along Ft. Nugent Avenue to West Beach.

• A new trailhead – a place to start or to stop The City has acquired land and construction funding for the Scenic Heights Trailhead. This unique site will provide both a beginning and a respite for trail users. Planned features include extensive landscaping, places for public art and interpretative sign. Construction is anticipated to be complete by the end of 2008.

• Community vital to making connection A key connection between Windjammer and Flintstone Parks has long been missing. The community is poised to complete this ‘missing link.’ Design is underway and a unique combination of community spirit, initiative and volunteerism, coupled with city forces, stands ready to complete this section of the trail.





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You don’t have to necessarily go back to class to gain an education this fall. It can be as simple as picking up a book and making time to read about something new or a fantastical storyline. Diane Sullivan, owner of Wind and Tide Bookshop on Pioneer Way shared a few of her recent favorites. • “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert New York Times best-seller about “one woman’s search for everything across Italy, India and Indonesia. “It’s always fun to read about other people’s journeys,” Sullivan said. • “Skippyjon Jones” by Judy Schachner Colorfully illustrated and written tale about a Siamese cat who decides one day he’s a Chihuahua. “This is a great book to curl up with and read to the kids,” Sullivan said.

• “Loving Frank” by Nancy Horan New York Times best-seller by Whidbey author about the love affair between Mamah Borthwick and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. “It’s wonderfully well-written. It surprised me with some new things about Frank Lloyd Wright I’d never heard before.”

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nlike tales of fishing, you don’t have to tell lies when it comes to talking about the “catch” found here in Oak Harbor. To prove this point, OH Magazine’s new feature “Catch of the Day” brings together a group of people to enjoy a fabulous lunch at a great Oak Harbor restaurant — this month Bay City Bistro — and share their favorite things they’ve purchased here in town. Gathering July 22 for a noon lunch were Nora O’Connell Balda, Linda Haddon, Erin Cook, Jill Johnson, Lisa Susan, along with OH’s own Marcia Van Dyke. From the moment Haddon entered the room, she was bursting at the seams with excitement to share her “catch.” After spending hundreds of dollars in vet bills for her cat’s aching tummy ... she found a miracle cure. “This is my catch,” she exclaimed, pulling an empty bag of Science Diet high fiber cat food from her purse. She purchases the kitty lifesaver food at Skagit Farmers Supply, along with Merrick

Brand “New Zealand Summer” natural dog food for her beloved whippet. “My favorite, favorite thing I’ve bought in Oak Harbor is my tempurpedic bed I bought at Whidbey Furniture,” Erin Cook said. “But I love these jeans too.” Lisa Susan is loving her new granite countertops installed by Floors Plus, but she was also mighty proud of a pair of dainty vintage gloves she found at Island Thrift. Everyone had to try on Jill Johnson’s sunglasses she bought at Casual House after she proclaimed they made her feel like a movie star. “They have a great shape and look great on everyone,” she said. “See? You look great.”

Nora O’Connell Balda brought blown glass tumblers from Due Vetro Studio (located off Goldie Road) .

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AT LEFT: Vintage knit gloves, found for $3.99 at Island Thrift by Lisa Susan. BELOW: The cat food Linda Haddon’s feline can’t live without.

AT LEFT: Cutest survival guide ever, “How to Live on an Island. AT RIGHT: “I love my jeans,” Erin Cook said of her “Worn” jeans she purchased at Casual House for around $100 (see right). “They feel wonderful and have a great fit with a bit of stretch.”

“They have a great shape & look great on everyone,” Jill Johnson said of her Hobo sunglasses.

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extra credit

Send the kids off to school & make your own learning experience

Splash into something new, get a new view By Bernie Rietz | OH Contributor


f the island is proving all too familiar, cruising under the water is a way to experience Whidbey in an eye-opening way. Whidbey Island Dive Center can help SCUBA hopefuls get into the water whatever the season. The center’s open water diver course is ideal for someone with no previous diving experience. It is offered at the beginning of every month and runs for three weeks. “We offer classes from just an intro to SCUBA diving all the way up to instructor/ trainer situations,” said Pat Beach, Dive Center owner and instructor. Practically no one is too young or too old to dive. Beach said his dive students range from teens to seniors. No matter what the age, those up for the challenge are in for a unique experience not soon to be forgotten.

Whidbey Island Dive Center owner Pat Beach has the underwater scoop. {e} exclusive, pg. 1

This photo by Freeland diver Jan Kocian shows the colorful anemones and rockfish found underwater, just off Whidbey’s shores.

Class fees cover books, instruction, and open water dives. Students are required to buy their own snorkel, mask, fins and boots, but all other equipment is included in course fees. “Because we’re in a Navy town we try to keep prices low,” Beach said. Being underwater can be an adrenaline rush — or for people like Beach, it can be the ultimate form of relaxation. Observing the area’s abundant sea life is a given and photographing it will make the dives last a lifetime. In addition to the first-hand underwater learning that goes along with SCUBA lessons, future divers should be prepared for homework, tests, and other book work — just like any other class. But when all of the classwork, pool dives, and open water dives are completed, a passing final grade earns students SCUBA diving certification and a pass to some amazing underwater sights. “It’s a hugely adventuresome feeling, like maybe you’re seeing something no ones ever seen before,” Beach said. “We’re all kind of

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treasure hunters in that way.” In addition to the area’s underwater sea creatures, if diving around Whidbey you might cross the occasional ship wreck too. Stop by the Dive Center or visit the shop’s site for more info about local dive spots, including hazards to watch out for when you get there. The site and the Dive Center are also links to finding dive partners, as no one should dive alone. The center is open year-round and offers classes monthly. So, when it comes to SCUBA diving in Oak Harbor, it’s never too late to dive into a new experience.

Class: SCUBA Instructor: Whidbey Island Dive Center, 1020 NE 7th Ave. #1, Oak Harbor (off Hwy 20 next to Taco Bell) Contacts: Call 360-675-1112 or email Web learning: Visit the Whidbey Island Dive Center site at www.whid for class schedule and rates, local dive site info, links to other divers, diving event announcements and more.

Giddy up & get riding By Maggie Maxfield | OH Contributor


ow many times have you wished you could head back to your childhood? Back to your days filled with dreams of growing up to be an astronaut, veterinarian or actor? While a quick occupational change may not be obtainable overnight, grasping hold of one childhood dream might. For residents of Oak Harbor, Wildwood Farm can take you back to summers spent at camp and dreams of owning your own pony. Wildwood is a beautiful 80-acre facility, family owned by Greg Lawsa and Heather Carter, and found off Crescent Harbor Road, located on the aptly named Happy Valley Road. Wildwood’s barn manager, Fonda Ligget, shared some information on this little known establishment, and what it does. Primarily a breeding farm — which means year-round you can be sure to see a cute little foal or two — Wildwood also conducts horseback riding lessons, including adult lessons. The farm offers small class sizes and is looking to grow its student roster. An added bonus for busy adults is the ability to start lessons any time and make them fit into your schedule.

The 80-acre farm offers a tranquil setting in addition to horseback riding instruction for all ages.

As Wildwood trainer and instructor Sara Cassat could tell you, riding horses can offer duel satisfaction since it is both an amazing way to return to being a kid and it’s an effective workout. “Coming to the farm is a really fun way to get out and exercise and have fun,” Barn manager Fonda Ligget said. Riding can help build muscles and stamina. It’s an exciting option for those who like an unconventional workout. “It’s a great workout, you use a lot of core muscles,” Ligget said. The health benefits of riding are numerous, not the least of which is peace of mind. Wildwood is an ideal setting for the perfect farm any child, or adult, could imagine. When not focusing down in lessons on their trot and gallop, students can ride the grounds and view the beautiful backdrop of a pond and bridge, a nest of two bald eagles, and acres of rolling hills, lovely pastures, and pretty horses. Wildwood farm makes it easy for any person to tell themselves, “go ahead, be a kid again.”

Wildwood Farm barn manager Fonda Ligget helps a young rider bridle a horse before a lesson.

Wildwood Farm not only teaches people how to ride horses, but also care for them. Riders can lease horses, have their own horse trained or buy tack and other riding equipment. Class: Horseback Riding Instructor: Wildwood Farm, 2326 N. Happy Valley Rd. (off Crescent Harbor Road) Contacts: Call 360-679-3474 or email Web learning: Visit the farm’s site at for class schedule and rates, facilities information, clinics and events, horse lease information and even horses for sale.

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Pick up those paints again By Bonnie Garland | OH Contributor


ave you searched the nooks and crannies of Oak Harbor for activities that suit you, but haven’t quite found your calling? If you’re an artistic type, the fulfillment you seek can be found in our city’s own Gail Harker Creative Studies Center. The center has offered courses adapted from the City and Guilds of London Institute for more than 11 years now. During that time, it has established a reputation for instructional excellence that helps to successfully fill nearly every class before they even commence. Courses in various focuses begin periodically throughout the year, and progress through many levels spread out over several months. “They start small,” said Harker, “and start to go bigger. We teach them how to design from the beginning.” A number of classes will be available in September, ranging from beginner levels to intermediate lessons. Some will be taught by famed installation artist Richard Box, respected as much for his art as his scientific teachings. This author of five best-selling books will present a free lecture Sept. 21. Also available in September are two class-

AT LEFT: Students Cathy Jo Hall and Joan Butterfield work with collography. ABOVE: Marie Plakos of Langley stitches together water-soluble fabric.

es taught by the center’s namesake, Gail Harker, who herself has been involved with creative studies for decades. The school offers opportunities for art and textile courses alike, enabling students to learn anything from drawing, to stitching, and even collage making. Students can easily warm up to the experienced teachers, and become comfortable with using equipment like embellishing machines and employing various mediums, including acrylic paints and felt. Despite the reputation of the prestigious school, Harker insists that her center is unusual because applicants have no need of qualifications or portfolio before starting. “Many [students] just want to have that experience of learning the elements of art,”

BELOW: “Pheasant,” a machine embroidery piece by Lisa Harkins, created during the City & Guilds of London Level 3 Design and Embroidery course. AT RIGHT: Laoni Davis of Eugene, Ore., shows Gail Harker the progress she’s made on her rust-themed book of felt.

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Harker said of the minimal requirements. So even if the last time you got crafty was back in kindergarten, there’s a spot for you at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center. Whidbey is known for its artists, after all, so why not decide to join their ranks? Class: Art & Creativity Instructor: Gail Harker Creative Studies Center, 569 Technical Drive. Contacts: Call 360-279-2105 or email Web learning: Visit www. for information about the center, its founder and instructors, class synopsis and schedule, and even a gallery of student work.

step onto the

stage By Cynthia Woolbright | OH Editor


f you were born with stars in your eyes, stepping onto the acting stage just might be what you need. Throughout the year, Whidbey Playhouse on Midway Boulevard offers workshops that allow fledgling thesbians, directors and producers hone their skills in acting, lighting, make up, set building and decoration, costuming, improv, singing, dance, and every aspect of running a stage show they want to learn. This fall, the Playhouse has a series of workshops beginning Sept. 20. Be sure to contact them ASAP if you want to take part in these immediate classes. But lolligaggers fret not, workshops are always happening on the Whidbey Playhouse campus where classes routinely occur at the WPH Star Studios. You don’t even have to sign up for a workshop to get a stage learning experience at the non-profit, volunteer-run Playhouse. Every day and every new show offers learning opportunities for anyone wanting to venture into stage production. You can choose to practice your design skills and material prowess helping the costume department. Think you can make the cut on Project Runway? Why not be the lead costumer for the next musical? Like networking and rallying the troops?

The cast of the Playhouse production of “12 Angry Men” flex their acting skills during a heated scene in this courtroom drama. The show was presented last fall and directed by Dottie Morgan.

Last season, the Playhouse joined countless drama classes and community theaters before them by staging the classic Thornton Wilder tale “Our Town.”

Producers are needed to keep the shows on budget, on time and fully staffed with actors and stage hands. Want to have a leading role in a show but don’t want to take the stage yourself? Why not be a director? Always dream of being drenched in spotlight and performing in front of the crowds? Then audition for a Playhouse show. No lengthy acting resume is needed. Beginner actors are welcome. That’s the beauty of community theater — everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate, whether a grade-schooler or retiree. Bring your skills and or enthusiasm to

the Playhouse and be welcomed by smiling faces. “Our mission is to provide quality theatrical experiences for people of all ages,” said Allenda Jenkins, Playhouse boardmember. Whidbey Workshops provide theatre education opportunities for both the on-stage crafts of the art and artistic elements backstage. “Sharpen your skills, rekindle the fire with in, stir up your creative juices or try something that you’ve never done before,” said Sue Riney, WPH boardmember. The Playhouse Website invites people to “Come play with us,” as you should. After all, as William Shakespeare says, “All the

Class: Stage Acting/Production 101 Instructor: Whidbey Playhouse, 730 SE Midway Blvd. Contacts: Call 360-679-2237 or email Web learning: Visit the Whidbey Playhouse site for show listings, casting calls, workshop information and how to volunteer your skills.

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back to&basics well beyond

Educational opportunity found on NAS Whidbey By Maggie Maxfield | OH Contributor


Class: General Studies Instructor: Chapman University, Columbia College, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University at NAS Whidbey. Contacts: Call Chapman University at 360-257-1277, Columbia College at 360-279-9030 or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at 360-279-0959.

on’t let the city of Oak Harbor’s size fool you — it is packed full of educational opportunity. Some of which can be found in what may seem like an off-limits location. Inside the gates of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station are branch campuses of three prestigious colleges — Chapman University, Columbia College and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While many residents may assume these course offerings are unavailable to them if they are not affiliated with the military, advisors want civilians to know they can access these courses too.

While the smaller branch campuses of these colleges, like the ones located at NAS Whidbey, do not share all of the same degrees offered by the main campuses, they still boast an impressive share. These three colleges open their doors to Oak Harbor residents with one catch. Availability is favored for military members and their spouses, and then offered to civilian residents. However, one advisor assured, “I have never had to turn anyone away.” With that assurance in mind, take advantage of the exceptional opportunity Oak Harbor affords its community — diverse education from all over America, located just inside the NAS Whidbey gates.

Say hello to Oak Harbor U By Maggie Maxfield | OH Contributor


eading back into a classroom can sometimes be a daunting task, especially for a person who has been away from the academic atmosphere for an extended period of time. This worry can be soothed, however by a visit to the Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island campus, found right here in Oak Harbor off Regatta Drive. Skagit Valley’s Whidbey campus offers a lot in the way of two-year associates transfer degrees, technical degrees and certification programs. Whether you’re ready to reenter the workforce or seeking to change career directions, Skagit is for you. The college even has courses to gently reacquaint you to the academic environment. They’re great if you want to freshen your English and math skills or earn your GED before moving onto other courses. {e} exclusive, pg. 5

The expansive Oak Hall is just one of the buildings on the growing Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island campus located on Pioneer Way.

If earning a degree isn’t your priority, the community college also offers many enrichment courses that people can use just to learn something that’s always intrigued them. Whether it’s the latest computer program or new yoga style, students of all ages can join in on the learning. The campus advisors encourage interested students to come learn about the various opportunities for scholarships, waivers and financial aid.

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Class: General Studies & Life Enrichment Instructor: Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island campus, 1900 SE Pioneer Way Contacts:Call 360-675-6656 for general information or 360-6795330 for registration. Web learning: Visit www.skagit. edu and click on the “Whidbey Island Campus” link for course descriptions, schedules, department contacts and more ways to link Oak Harbor’s own college campus.

Step out like those stars By Cynthia Woolbright | OH Editor Even couch potatoes can’t avoid America’s renewed love for dance as of late. Flip through the channels and you’ll see celebrities waltzing. There’s dance crews battling and young phenoms out to prove they not only think they can dance — they can make your jaw drop. Oak Harbor’s no stranger to the dance bug. A number of studios around town teach everyone from tots to seniors in the finer points of ballet, jazz and other traditional repertoire. But if you want to dance like the stars, the moves to master come by the name of foxtrot, waltz, samba, jive, swing, tango and even cha-cha-cha. “I think we’d forgotten about ballroom for a while,” said Kathleen Mack, an Oak Harbor ballroom dance student. “We used to think that it was only for our grandparents’ generation, but now everyone’s realizing how fun ballroom can be.”

This duo makes ballroom look easy as they waltz around the Oak Harbor Senior Center dance floor during a lesson earlier this spring.

Almost every Sunday the dance floor at the Oak Harbor Elks Club is a whirl of life as quarter turns are practiced and foot work is refined. Before stepping on to the hardwood, students lace up or buckle their dance shoes, all the while chatting up that week’s events. “Step, one, two, three! Turn, one, two, three! Great.” This cheerful chatter, happy dancing and colorful scene are all part of ballroom dance lessons offered by Dan Branscum, a dance enthusiast turned enthusiastic instructor. Branscum himself began dancing a little

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over two years ago. After a year of attending social dance lessons in Seattle, he looked into stepping up to ballroom. Mack said she likes the fact that ballroom dance is exercise that doesn’t seem like exercise. “I’m not the type to go to the gym and sweat on a treadmill,” she said. “But I love to dance.” Right now, Branscum said his dance students, on the average, are in their 40s or 50s. And each new season of Dancing with the Stars brings a new crop of eager “hoofers” looking to cha-cha like the pros. “I’d like to see more people of all ages come out and join in,” Branscum said. “Dance is really for everyone.” And you don’t need a partner to learn — just get out and dance. “It’s loads of fun,” Mack said. Class: Ballroom Dance Instructor: Dan’s Classic Balllroom, owned by Dan Branscum Contacts: Call 360-720-2727 or email Web learning: Visit Branscum’s site for schedule of classes at the Elks Lodge, Senior Center and Branscum’s Dugualla Bay studio. Also find useful links to ballroom education and dance venues in the area.

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the meet contributors Contributor Bernie Rietz has been an Oak Harbor resident for four years, brought to Oak Harbor’s windy shores by her Navy family. She’s a young aspiring journalist whose interest in writing and her community lead her to OH Magazine. For Bernie, getting to know members of the community and sharing their stories with the public is a great experience that she hopes to have many times over in the future. This edition she dove eagerly into covering SCUBA as a great way to take a new look at the island we all love. As a junior, Bernie was news editor for Oak Harbor High School’s newspaper, The Breeze, where many of her pieces were published during her year as a staff writer. This fall she will return to the OHHS halls as a Wildcat Senior. Maggie Maxfield is a Florida transplant who came to Oak Harbor

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with her first duty station assignment for the U.S. Navy. When she heard OH Magazine was looking for contributors she jumped on the opportunity. The 19-year-old is still fresh from her stint as editor-in-chief of her alma mater’s Central School Newspaper, during which time she helped grow the number and quality of issues by working with the local community newspaper. When Maggie’s not out getting the scoop for OH, she’s standing duty on base as a fully qualified Master At Arms in the Navy, which means we should remember to never make her mad. When she visited Wildwood Farm for her horseback riding story they were so impressed they gave her a part-time job. On top of all this, she wants to study nursing so she can one day work with Doctors Without Borders.

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Bonnie Garland’s first big venture into journalism. She came to the publication at the recommendation of Oak Harbor High School journalism advisor Mark Strohschein. Last school year, Bonnie was the features editor for the Oak Harbor High School paper, The Breeze. While a scheduling mishap brought her to the class, she soon found she loved being a part of the journalistic action. She was a prime candidate for editor-in-chief before she stepped down from contention, as a new job took away any free time she had. This edition, Bonnie visited the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center off Goldie Road to get the scoop on the institute that has been pairing art students with world-class instructors for years.

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Q & A

Athletic Director

Nikki Luper A year as a Wildcat under her belt, Luper’s eager to talk about sports, stadiums & settling down in her new hometown

{hot seat}


ressed in a pink shirt and flowy skirt, Oak Harbor High School Athletic Director Nikki Luper looked picture perfect summer — relaxed, comfortable and nearly carefree — the day she met up with OH Magazine contributor Jill Johnson. That isn’t to say that she’s been taking the summer easy. Goal oriented and focused, she’s been in a self-described “nesting mode” completely transforming her home with renovations. “My home is really my sanctuary and I like it to represent me,” she said. Her home’s new traditional styling is not unlike Nikki herself. “We all grew up around the family business so there’s a very strong work ethic,” she said. Her mother worked, so in the summer, the kids were given a daily list of chores to accomplish before she returned. “Everybody just did it,” Luper said. “Our thought was ‘let’s hurry up and get it done so we can play.’” Despite being the youngest of six kids growing up in Lewiston, Idaho, she was no princess (a label she is quick to pass off to her sister). But she does acknowledge using her baby-of-the-family status to give her an edge. “I was able to sit back and watch a lot of their mistakes and say, ‘note to self ... do not do that,’” she said. “So I had the joy of watching them all make mistakes and learning from them.” For anyone close to her, they’ll tell you, this childhood story is quintessential Nikki Luper.


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jill johnson, interview ❉ cynthia woolbright, photos

OH: Briefly share your career background. NL: My first teaching job was in Washougal. I was a physical education and health teacher. After Washougal I went to Sultan where I got my first administrative job. OH: What attracted you to Oak Harbor? NL: That it was a fulltime athletic director job. This has been a passion of mine for a long time. The other part was the location. I have always wanted to live near the ocean. Then when I researched the district and learned about the modernization of the high school and the construction of the new stadium I knew those things indicated a strong level of community support. That was important to me. I didn’t want to go somewhere the community didn’t support their schools. OH: So you are happy with your decision to move here? NL: Absolutely. The thing I so much appreciate is the level of community support for these kids. People support the programs, whether it’s music, athletics, drama, or ROTC … I think it’s just great. All of these opportunities for kids are what keep them involved with school and keep them involved with their community. OH: What’s the OHHS atmosphere like? NL: Incredible. The people I work with are a key reason. They are great. They are all professional but still like to have fun. They care about kids, and when it comes down to it, that’s why we are all in this business. We care about these kids and their success. OH: How long do you plan on staying in Oak Harbor? NL: Until I retire. I really like it here. OH: What are your duties as the Athletic Director? NL: My responsibilities are employees, coaching staff and then facilities. Making

sure they are all up and running and reserved, that we do what we need to do with them and that they are safe. I also represent the district at league meetings, facilitate the use of the stadium (that has been a huge piece), and manage the athletic budget. I also coordinate all the little details of postseason playoffs. OH: What are your goals for the OHHS Athletic Program? NL: Increase participation numbers. That’s number one. Continue to improve facilities, including our baseball, softball and tennis courts. Getting us through the high school remodel and the rebuilding that weight room. Right now I am really trying to focus on the direction we want that facility to go and the program we want to run in there. We need to give our kids that strength edge that we are missing right now in all of our sports. OH: Where do you stand on the roles of athletics vs. education? NL: They are student athletes. They are students first and they are athletes second. OH: Talk about Title IV, what are some of its impacts on athletics? NL: If we did not have Title IV, athletics for women would not be at the stage it’s at. Would I still like to see more opportunities for women post-high school and collegiate? Yes. But, I feel very fortunate in the fact that we have had women who had a vision for the importance of athletics and what they offer young women. OH: Which of our athletic programs is most underrated and deserving of a fan following? NL: Track and Field. But, I’m partial because that’s what I did. The other program that doesn’t get enough recognition is our swim program. It really has some very successful students that don’t get as much recognition, but part of that is the venue. It’s a

hard venue to fit a crowd. OH: You’re planning a dinner party and can invite five of the greatest athletes, coaches, announcers of all time, who’s on your list? NL: Mac Wilkins, Jackie Joiner-Kersey, Billy Jean King, I would invite my friend Bob Shacklett. He’s my former boss, and my throwing coaches from high school, Wade Hillman and Mary Jacobson. Oh wait, I want to change one of my answers. Take out Billy Jean King and put in Michael Jordan. I’ve read a lot of his stuff and he’s fascinating man. He’s someone who overcame some obstacles and never gave up. OH: Other than sports and your job, what are you passionate about? NL: I love decorating my home and doing things around my house to make it mine. OH: What is people’s biggest misconception about you? NL: Sometime I get very focused on the task, and I think that can come off as not being approachable. I get tunnel vision and I just want to fix whatever the problem is and move on and make sure that things are going well. It’s really important to me that things go really smoothly. So I hope people know they can just stop me. OH: Every athlete and coach has a favorite quote. What’s your favorite? NL: “If you think you can’t or can, you’re right.” You know, we forget that kids don’t always have a lot of confidence. That’s something I always want to give my athletes. And to get that, the one rule is that you can never say “I can’t.” OH! There’s more! Read an extended version of this story online in the lifestyles section of


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f the thought of exercise brings back bad memories of awkward adolescence and smelly gymnasiums — snap out of it. It’s time to schedule your own PE class and get fit for fall. There’s PTA meetings to run around to and kids’ schedules to keep up with, after all. Two trainers at Thrive Community Fitness — Tyson Van Dam and Sara Stearns — took a break from working out their clients to give OH Magazine a quick workout for those people who think they’re too busy to fit fitness into their busy fall schedules. Making time to exercise is as vital as breathing itself, the trainers say. “Why shouldn’t someone exercise,” Van Dam asks rhetorically. “Your health is a necessity.” The trainers said that people who

exercise regularly will improve their chances for better heart health, increased energy and productivity. “Thirty to 40 minutes is not a lot of time in the whole scheme of life,” Van Dam said. “You definitely see a difference with our 4:30 a.m. regulars. They’re the one’s awake and ready to go.” When you do exercise, make sure to incorporate regular weight training into the mix if you want to get the most out of your workouts. “A lot of people don’t lift weights because it’s intimidating to them,” Stearns said. “But you’ll actually increase your calorie burn more effectively with lifting than with cardio.” Finding the right balance in an exercise routine is key, even if you have

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get going To get back in the swing of things, try doing the following exercise circuit in 30 second intervals. Each circuit should take about 10 minutes. Keep a steady pace, but take your time to ensure proper form. Repeat circuit to create a quick routine that fits into the minutes you have available this fall.





the circuit 1. Jumping Jacks 2. Squats w/ arms above head 3. Lunges w/ arms out to the side 4. Calf raises (more next page)



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Call this a “start your day right”

Basic strech

Sara Stearns demonstrates a few stretches that will help get people ready for exercise or the day.

Fitness Fixes • Get an exercise ball. Stretch, do sit ups, push ups and other exercises while watching TV; use it at work to improve posture and core strength. • Park further away. When you head to the store and work, make the walk in longer (and avoid the traffic jam for the “prime spots”). • Take the stairs. Avoid riding the elevator or escalator. • Drink lots of water. Rule of thumb is that you should consumer half your body weight in ounces of water each day. • Wear good shoes. Broken down soles, even excessive oneday use, contribute to injuries such as shin splints. • Get adequate sleep. You’ll have more energy and burn calories more efficiently. • Eat right. Cars are picky about their fuel, shouldn’t you also? ❉ cynthia woolbright, story & photos

more circuit

5. Dips 6. Push Ups 7. Plank w/ alternating leg lifts 8. Side Plank (right side) 9. Side Plank (left side) 10. Plank hold 11. “Superman” back extensions












{continued from pg. 15} a body specific goal. “You can do crunches forever and it won’t give you a flat stomach if you’re not also doing cardio, lifting weights and eating right,” he said. “You have to work your whole body.” OH! There’s more! Read an extended version of this story online in the lifestyles section of

Editor’s Note: If it’s been a while since you exercised or if you have concerns over your physical mobility, it’s a good idea to check with a health care professional before beginning this or any other exercise program.

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Make tonight a fun family night.

Labor Day

Walk Oak Harbor’s waterfront trail!

7 Sept. 14, 1990: Ken Griffey and Ken Jr. first father-son duo to hit back-to-back


Boat Show noon to 4 p.m. at Oak Harbor Marina. NW Fire Open House 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Heller Road Station.


Sept. 15, 1997: Google was founded.



International Autumn Day of Peace begins

21 National Chimney Safety week


Business Women’s Day


Ask the kids how school is going & offer to help with homework.


Sept. 3,1995: Online auction site eBay is launched



OHPD Community Advisory Board, 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

Swap Ideas Day

Whidbey Camera Club, 6:30 p.m. SVC Oak Hall.


Sept. 16, 1887: The first softball game was played in Chicago, Ill.

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National Constitution Day


Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald was born Sept. 24, 1896, in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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AAUW Luncheon & Fashion show, RSVP 678-9224. OH Library Book Group, 5:30 p.m.


OH Chamber luncheon, 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Elk’s. Meet writer Phillip Jennings, 3 p.m., library.


Sept. 25, 1981: Sandra Day O’Connor becomes the first woman on the Supreme Court.




Star observation party at Fort Nugent Park OH Library Fall Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


• Military Appreciation Picnic, 1-6 p.m., Windjammer Park. • OH Library Fall Book Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Mustang Show 11-4, Pioneer Way. Fridays, 5-8 p.m. Driftwood Day Whidbey Cruzers sculpture contest, at Pizza Factory 11:30 to 2 p.m. on Ault Field Road at Windjammer Beach


International Talk Like a Pirate Day



America’s Day for Kids Art by Sandra Lund Olson


Sept. 26, 1898: 7th Annual Tour American de Whidbey composer “Fahrenheit 451,” George Gershwin 2 p.m., Library is born in Brooklyn, NY Whidbey Island Studio Tour



Sustainable Living seminar at 6 p.m. at Oak Harbor Library



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Child Health Day

Whidbey Camera Club, 6:30 p.m. SVC Oak Hall.

Columbus Day

International Magic Week

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Sustainable Living seminar at 6 p.m. at OH Library

Sept. 20, 1931: Mickey Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Okla.


Red Ribbon Week





National School Lunch Week


Filipino American History Month

Emergency Nurses Week

Financial Planning Week

21 William Henry Gates III was born Oct. 28, 1955 in Seattle.



Put down the sodium, it’s no salt week.



National Denim Day



OH Library Book Group at 5:30 p.m. discusses “Truth & Beauty” by Ann Patchett.

Make time to read a book.



Oct. 3-5, Whidbey Island Farm Tour, 9-4 each day


Oct. 11, 1884: Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was born in New York City.


National Boss Day

White Cane Safety Day National Grouch Day



National Chemistry Week

OH Chamber luncheon, 11:30 to 1 p.m. at the Elk’s.


Sept. 23, 1929: First North American transcontinental air service begins.


Anniversary of the Internet


23 Cook dinner together as a family & have everyone pick a dish to make.


OHHS Homecoming Football v. Arlington at 7 p.m.


United Nations Day

OHHS Homecoming Dance, 8 p.m. to midnight.


Make a Difference Day.



Halloween No Tricks, Safe Treats, 5 to 7 p.m. on Pioneer Way.


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Listing agent Lisa Churchill-Blinn of the John L. Scott Whidbey Island North Office is sad to see her friend have to leave the property but couldn’t be more proud to represent the East Bay Construction built home. “You don’t see a lot of houses like this on the market,” Churchill Blinn said. “The quality you get for your dollar is incomparable.” Some people could say that Churchill Blinn is prejudice, after all, her father George Churchill owns Eat Bay Construction. Others will say she simply knows the builder and his resume best.

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A neighbor walks his dog past the Ryan house along the Whidbey Links lakeside trail

“He’s been building houses since the ’70s,” Churchill Blinn said. “If people looked around they would begin to see how many houses East Bay Construction built.” The attention to detail in the Waterside Court home doesn’t go unnoticed in the Ryan family’s everyday lives. Janet Ryan spends mornings outside on the deck, reading and sipping coffee as she watches the wildlife on the lake in the near distance. In the further distance you can watch duffers as they putter around the Whidbey Golf and Country Club course. “It’s nice because they’re far enough away it doesn’t feel like they’re in your back yard,” Ryan said. With the purchase of the house, the new homeowner receives a lifetime membership to Whidbey Golf and Country Club. The generous three bedroom, two bath home has a gourmet kitchen with commercial grade appliances, granite counter tops and gorgeous cherry wood cabinets. Solid oak floors are throughout, except in the bathrooms where exquisite tile was used. Its single level makes it appealing to anyone with mobility issues, Ryan suggests. Being at the end of the cul de sac, there’s plenty of room for kids to ride bikes, skateboards and scooters. “And you can feel at peace knowing you’re in a gated community,” Ryan said. The whole house is wired for sound, wireless internet and a generator for when Whidbey winters get fierce. From the choice of appliances and cooling system to the energy star heat pump that keeps them going, Ryan said the house is extremely energy efficient for its size. The lawn virtually waters itself thanks to a sprinkler/fertilizer system and the landscaping at the edge of the yard actually belongs to the homeowners association, so no upkeep is required on your part. Solid, eight-foot doors and bedrooms located in the opposite wing of the house brings privacy to the master suite. On top of it all, every room of the house is afforded a beautiful view of the lake and course landscape in the distance. “They really planned OH! There’s more! Read it beautifully,” Ryan an extended version of this story said. “I love everything online in the lifestyles section of about this house — side and out — and will miss it all.”





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f you want to turn back the clock, grab some time for yourself, and put your best face forward this fall — schedule a facial. Amy Kelly, esthetician at Visions Hair Studio and Day Spa said clients come to her seeking relaxation and to target problem areas such as lines, acne and uneven skin pigmentation, among others. “Even one session can make a difference,” Kelly said. While there is a laundry list of different facials out there, with names that will send you drifting away, the basics of the facial hold true. It is a cosmetic treatment of the face, commonly involving steam, exfoliation, extraction, creams, lotions, masks, peels, and massage. When deciding what salon or spa to schedule your facial at, Kelly suggests looking at a number of factors. Consider the products that salon uses — Dermalogica and Physicians Choice are among the leaders and they’re offered by a number of shops here in town. Make sure that even if it’s a standard

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Amy Kelly, an esthetician at Visions Hair Studio and Day Spa, gives a client a facial treatment. Here she is gentling cleansing while steam opens up the pores during an “Essential Facial.”

facial package, the esthetician caters to the needs of your skin. “Even a treatment that is supposed to be good for everyone could do your skin more harm than good if it’s not right for your skin,” Kelly said. If you want to pamper more than just your face, you could decide to wrap yourself with rejuvenation. Kelly said body wraps can help a person with detoxification, inch loss,

water retention and firm the skin. While wraps aren’t a cure all, Kelly said when combined with proper diet and exercise, they can make a vast difference in your health and appearance. “Everyone who leaves this spa room tells us how wonderful and relaxing their time here was,” said Mesha Fain, a stylist at Visions. “It makes them feel like a whole new person.”

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oday, people use their head of hair as yet another form of self-expression. Thanks to the always advancing hair design field, your head of hair offers endless expression. “Even simply adding bangs can make someone look totally new,” said Carla Dozier, owner of Carla’s Shear Inspiration. “When someone is interested in getting a new look communication is key.” From the first call to the salon, make it clear that you are a new client or want a change in your current hair style. “That way the salon can schedule time for a thorough consultation and evaluation of which style would be best for them,” she said. When you sit down in the chair, and before that first snip, your stylist will consider factors such as facial structure, height, how much time you want to spend on your style, the color of your hair, how much hair you have and which way it grows. But Dozier — who has 40 years in the industry, with more than 30 years spent right here in Oak Harbor — suggests people be realistic when picking a desired cut. “The haircut you want may be the hottest trend but if your hair isn’t thick enough or doesn’t match what would work with that style, then that’s not the haircut for you,” she said. “It’s not going to look the way you want it.” To get the most out of your haircut, no matter what it is, your stylist should recommend stylist product to achieve your look. “It’s not going to look the way you want if you don’t have the proper tools,” Dozier said. And to get you even closer to your desired look, come prepared. “Pictures help a lot,” dozier said. “Someone can describe it all they want, but until you see that picture you might not know what they mean.”

Susan Baza, a stylist at Carla’s Chear Inspiration works to create a cropped cut for one of her clients.

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f you’re not ready to cut your locks, but long for a change, color could be your way to go. “Color can enhance a haircut, transform your look if you go drastically lighter or darker, or just make you happy with a fresh new look,” Gallery Salon & Day Spa owner Robin Dowling said. Dowling estimates 8 out of 10 women color their hair in one way or another. Which isn’t surprising when you consider all the different techniques that help achieve a variety of coloring effects: all over color, partial and full foiling, cap frosting, and even ballayage (hand painted highlights). It’s an always evolving field with continuous education for stylists. “People like to reinvent themselves,” Dowling said. The Gallery Salon stylists agree that Lindsey Vaughn, a stylist at The Gallery Salon & Day Spa performs a foil highlight on a customer. Gallery Salon owner Robin Dowling said haircoloring is an ever-changing field in the always advancing hair industry.

blonde highights are always popular, no matter what the season. They’re having more and more requests for vibrant reds. And hair coloring is not just for women anymore, as more men are choosing to add hue to their hair. Typical coloring costs range from $60 for an all-over color to $100 for full foil. Many salons offer specials with some of their newer stylists to help them build clientele, so be on the look out for those.. No matter how desperate you are to take your look to that new direction, the biggest coloring mistake someone could make is to do it themselves, Dowling said. “Box color is so unpredictable,” she said. “I never comes out the way it looks on the box. Leave the color to professionals.”

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Taste the Season Wine Tasting Dinner June 30 at Frasers Gourmet Hideaway

Crow’s Nest AT LEFT: Lyn Bankowski and Joanie Donnell smiled in anticipation of the courses yet to come.

This edition, the Crow’s Nest secured a golden ticket a seasonal wine tasting dinner at Frasers Gourmet Hideaway It’s a night of five courses of divine dining paired with five deliciously sippable wines. Guest vinter for the evening was Don Townshend, owner of Townshend Cellar, proudly producing “Distinctive Washington Wines.”


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ABOVE: Townsend Cellars owner, and namesake vinter Don Townshend talks with a table of diners. AT LEFT: Tea smoked duck breast on soba noodle cake, served with beet thinings, pickled radish and beet jus. The dish was paired with a 2001 Townshend Columbia Valley Merlot.

AT RIGHT: While the rest of the room was abuzz, one trio — Sarah Newell, Monique Franssen and Sigrid Vierthaler — proved to be a bubbly fun bunch.


BELOW: Birthday boy John McMahon was all smiles as he and friends celebrated his 65th.

ABOVE: Chef Scott Fraser and Dr. Chris Gaustad chat with a seated Dr Gary Berner.

840 SE Bayshore Dr., Ste. 101, Oak Harbor 360-675-1066 •

I would like to sincerely thank you for 10 wonderful years of support. I’m looking forward to serving you for many more!

AT RIGHT: Warm grilled Alaska King salmon served on a Yukon Gold and watercress salad with honey shallot mustard dressing. FAR RIGHT: Anne David, wife of NAS Whidbey base commanding officer Capt. Gerral David had lively conversation with friends, including Wendy Huerter.

September/October 2008


OH Magazine | Sept./Oct. 2008  
OH Magazine | Sept./Oct. 2008  

Community Lifestyles Magazine for Oak Harbor, WA, that features the essentials of fashion, life, insight, culture, style, fun, shopping and...