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Make a Difference By Seth Luginbill

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hands dirty and digging out plants (mechanical control), all have a part to play in adaptively achieving success.

Winter is a fascinating time here on Whidbey Island. The cool, wet winds whip through the prairie and just as suddenly, we experience the bright sun beaming down and reminding us spring and the warmth it brings has not forgotten about us. It also serves as a reminder that with these slowly lengthening days and increases in warmth, germinating plants return and our green landscape becomes an even more vibrant picture to take in.

Set yourself up to succeed by dividing large noxious weed infestations into sections. Limit the size of the area you work on to something manageable and then target a new area. Small wins go a long way.

While most of this greenery is pleasant and welcoming, some of the plants we are starting to see are not. Noxious weeds have been a part of our cohabitation with the landscape for some time now and likely will be for some time to come. The damaging effects they have on plant and animal communities cannot be understated. A few bites of poison hemlock can kill a full grown cow; the sap from giant hogweed can react with the skin, causing severe blistering; and the establishment of common cordgrass in our estuaries and salt marshes is degrading important habitat for many of our marine industries. However, before delving any further into the plentiful negatives of having noxious weeds present in the landscape, the questions must be asked: What are noxious weeds? What principles can landowners utilize to effectively manage them? What can you do to participate in this action to protect our islands precious natural resources? “Noxious weeds” are undesirable, non-native plants that have economic, ecological, or aesthetic implications. They are often highly destructive and extremely competitive with native flora, making them very difficult to control. At this stage, it is also important to note there is a difference between “noxious” and what are commonly referred to as “invasive” weeds. The term “noxious” refers to species that are regulated or monitored as prescribed by state law. They are broken up into a series of three classes and represent the worst offenders to our ecosystems in Washington State. While we will focus on noxious weeds here, the principles by which we manage them can easily be applied to any invasive plant community. By utilizing principles of Integrated Vegetative Management (IVM), the control board has come up with seven considerations to factor into your weed control. First, determine your land-use goals. Is the land to be used for wildlife habitat, feeding pollinators, forage production, recreational land maintenance, or for attractive home landscaping? Decide how much of each weed is acceptable on your site, but be sure to control those noxious weeds as necessary by law. Noxious weeds are broken up into three categories: Class A weeds require eradication; Class B weeds require control (seed suppression and isolation) as the appropriate prescription; and for Class C weeds there is no legal restriction for landowners, but control and eradication are strongly encouraged. Knowing which categories your infestations fall into can help in knowing where to place your priorities. Design your management plan to create sites for the species you want and to help prevent weeds from invading. Remember, a whole spectrum of tools and techniques are available when it comes to weed management. Control measures ranging from grazers and insects (biological control), to herbicide use (chemical control), to simply getting your

Monitor your progress periodically to see if noxious weeds are decreasing, new weeds are appearing, and desired plants are establishing. Taking pictures can help gauge progress, and comparing before-and-after pictures is rewarding! Adjust your control methods as needed, or get more help from your county weed board if you don’t think you are making enough progress. Our program currently offers consultations for landowners on their infestations; we have a weed wrench rental program in place, and assistance for those landowners who might have physical or financial limitations in performing required control work. Finally, as our friends at the Whidbey Island Conservation District have done well to point out in recent “Make a Difference” articles, it is critical to revegetate bare ground with desired plant species before weeds get a chance to grow back. Have a plan in place before you begin your noxious weed control. Through all this one might ask, “How might I make an impact?” First and foremost, noxious weed control is a community effort that takes a collective response from both public and private entities. Weeds don’t adhere to human boundaries imparted on the landscape and to think this is one person’s problem is to not respect the incredible adaptability of these weedy plants. I’m proud to relay evidence this respect is alive and well here on Whidbey Island and can be seen in the communities’ response to this crisis. This past year saw Island County residences and organizations dispose of a colossal 75 tons of noxious weed material at solid waste facilities. Even the little projects and eradications add up to a significant amount of success. Second, noxious weeds are highly adaptive and using a dynamic approach in their control is the best way to achieve success in suppressing these unwanted species. Using IVM tools give us as land managers the upper hand as well as the flexibility to fit weed management into a context we are comfortable with from a financial and philosophical viewpoint. Incorporating biological, cultural, mechanical, and chemical control techniques allows us to adaptively address a host of situations and invasive plant occurrences. Third, and finally, as you wrap up your list of cozy winter-time reads might I encourage you to add a few items to your list. You can start by checking out the Island County Noxious Weed Control Board's webpage at our new home at Island County DNR (https://www. islandcountywa.gov/Health/DNR/NoxiousWeed/Pages/Home.aspx) for material relating to noxious weed law, technical advice for control work, and opportunities to participate in noxious weed control throughout Whidbey Island. You may also contact us with any of your questions at s.luginbill@co.island.wa.us or (360)678-7992. My sincerest hope is this article gives you a small sense of the task at hand, but more importantly it leaves you with a sense of ownership and desire to play a part in keeping these island invaders out of our forests, fields, and shorelines. I wish you all happy weeding!

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If you were wondering, a cowpoke was reaching for his gun when digging for his cannon.

The day is here. The air is clear. The boys of summer are springing forth.

Bob tailing it and filling it with meat meant “to cut the small talk and get to the point.” How fun would it be to say this during a county commissioner's meeting?

Is there a better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with the sport you love the most?

If one had a “leaky mouth,” he didn't need to go to the emergency room, but he did need to stop talking too much. Maybe I should start a support group. The Leaky Mouth Club. Kinda like The Mickey Mouse Club, but without Jimmy and Roy. Bring on Annette and Darlene to be scribes.

Pitchers and catchers have reported. At press time, we do not yet know what their report was, but I bet it smelled of wet, roasted, salted peanuts. Hi-yo binge For some reason, unknown to me, for the last several days I have been bingeing. I think that is how to spell the gerund form of binge. Were I binging, would I not be searching on Bing or listening to Crosby? My binge of late has been re-watching the first two seasons of The Lone Ranger, from 1949 and 1950. No words can express the impact the Lone Ranger has had on my life, and still does. My first 45 RPM record was the story of the Lone Ranger. That classic vinyl plus the colored cover sleeve is still in the same 45 RPM record case Mom got me at G.C. Murphy's at the Lane Shopping Center in Upper Arlington, Ohio, down the street from Triangle Gardens, Dad's fave place to go on Saturday to see his buddy Pete Moss. You can breathe now if you are reading aloud. While my police record (unfortunately for me, I was cited in 1965 for drinking malt and/or brewed beverages as a minor) would probably keep me from ever being a Texas Ranger, I have always admired, respected, and felt guided by the moral fiber of the Lone Ranger. Plus, I never liked anyone named Butch Cavendish. Many of the old west expressions used in these episodes have caused me to Bing during my binge. What do some of these words and expressions actually mean, and where did they come from? What was a cowboy doing when he “dug for his cannon?” What was happening when one was to “bobtail it and fill it with meat?” What were the dangers of “leaky mouths?” One night in 1974, after a successful half day and half night celebration of completing my first year of law school after Professor Burby's Real Property final, I learned what hoosegow meant, right after I was thrown in one. Fortunately, I was in San Diego, where English is a second language. According to Our Living Language, “Hoosegow is an old slang synonym for jail with a flavor of the American West: They threw him in the hoosegow for being drunk and disorderly. The term was born in the lively mixture of Spanish and English spoken in the western part of the United States–it comes from the Spanish juzgado, “court of justice, tribunal.” In many varieties of Spanish, the ending -ado is usually pronounced as -ao in everyday speech, with no d at all or only a very lightly articulated one. The spelling hoosegow thus is a pretty good representation of the American Spanish pronunciation of the word juzgado as it might sound to the ears of an Englishspeaking American, even though hoosegow looks nothing like the actual written form juzgado. The first known occurrence of the word hoosegow dates from 1909, and the word was especially associated with army slang in its early history. Spanish juzgado, “court of justice,” comes from the verb juzgar, “to judge,” and juzgar itself comes from the Latin verb iūdicāre. On the way from Latin to Old French, iūdicāre became the Old French verb juger, “to judge,” which was borrowed into Middle English as jugen. Jugen eventually developed into the Modern English verb judge. Hoosegow and judge are thus distant linguistic cousins.” You will not be tested on this.



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Don't you know it is tough for that family at Christmas time. Weekend Fun After auctioneering at last weekend's joyfilled fundraisers for Ryan's House for Youth and Whidbey Island Nourishes, I am not certain how much more fun I will be able to handle, but handle, I shall.

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This Saturday, thanks to Liz Sherman telling veteran auctioneer and Whidbey hero husband Dale how to spend his, I will be trying to fill one of his shoes at the annual Coupeville Lions Club Scholarship Auction and Dinner from 5pm until 8:30pm at the Elks Lodge in Oak Harbor.

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Remember, desserts spelled backwards is stressed, so whenever you feel stressed, go directly to a dessert auction or your local bakery.


For tickets, and info as to whether the tickets still exist, call 360-678-4105. Hope to see you there. Since I will be in Oak Harbor, I plan on wearing a tie. Big city stuff for this boy. Gotta look nice. This early thrift store look I have in Freeland won't fly up north.

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Bits & Pieces Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915. The name Kiwanis, “Nuck Kee-wanis” was coined from an American Indian language of the Detroit area and means “we trade.” It is one of the few organizations that offers membership to almost all ages, from elementary school to adulthood.

Shell Fishing Closure Due to a recent city sewage spill, shell fish harvesting in Crescent Harbor from Seaplane Base is closed until February 25. For more information, please contact Mike Bianchi at (360) 257-4024. [Submitted by Michael Welding, NAS Whidbey Island]

What Are The Vagina Monologues? The New York Times called The Vagina Monologues, “probably the most important piece of political theater of the last decade.” The play dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement in women’s experiences. V–Day grew out of the play which exploded onto the scene in 1998, breaking taboos about women’s sexuality and shattering silence around violence done to women and girls. Readings are by local women braving the stage in order to bring Eve Ensler’s words to the community. Ensler has donated her script for community performances every February for 20 years. This year’s performance, held Sunday, February 25 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, is brought to you by producers Elisa Stone, Cynthia Trowbridge and producer emeritus Beverly Rose, under the exciting direction of Ann Johnson.

Currently, the Oak Harbor Club sponsors K-Kids at Crescent Harbor Elementary, Builders Clubs at both Oak Harbor Intermediate and North Whidbey Middle School and KEY Club at Oak Harbor High School. Membership in these four youth organizations is over 200. When asked why he joined Kiwanis, Erik Mann, Oak Harbor School Board member and North Whidbey Middle School Kiwanis Advisor to Builders Club, stated “I was looking for a way to get involved in our community. Kiwanis offered a club where value was placed on volunteerism rather than simply donating money. I am proud to be a part of the Club’s many activities geared towards supporting Oak Harbor’s school children.” In addition to its work with sponsored youth, the Club hosts the annual Sunset Dinner Cruise and the Beachcombers Bazaar. And, again with our youth in mind, the club awards scholarships to graduating seniors, presents Achieving by Believing Certificates to elementary school students, annually provides 3rd graders with their own dictionaries, and, with the help of Santa, delivers oranges to students before winter break. Linda Dady, the current president of the club sums up her feelings about the club in these words, “So as the community of Oak Harbor has ‘been there’ for me, our Kiwanis Club does the same for many. Through scholarships, service projects with and for our sponsored youth, and experiencing the SMILES that we bring, Kiwanis was the right service organization for me to join.”

All seats are $20 and tickets are available at www.wicaonline.org or by calling (360) 221-8268. All proceeds benefit Citizens Against Domestic Abuse (CADA).

The club meets every Wednesday at 7:00am at Rustica on Pioneer Way. If you have a passion for serving the youth in our community, come join the organization. The Kiwanis Club of Oak Harbor looks forward to 50 more years of service.

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Happy 50th Birthday Kiwanis Club of Oak Harbor

Wastewater Treatment Plant Update – New Cost Estimate

In February 1968, Don Wallin, the first president of the Kiwanis Club of Oak Harbor, rapped his gavel and called his all male club to order. The club provided members the opportunity to network with community business leaders, but soon changed its focus to service - specifically service to children. Over the past 50 years, the club has welcomed women into its membership, expanded its community service, and never lost the international goal of supporting the children of the world.

Mayor “Bob” Severns was recently informed by City staff the estimated cost for the completion of the Oak Harbor Wastewater Treatment Plant has increased from the $122 million dollar cost estimate provided to the Mayor and council in September of 2016, to over $140 million dollars. The Mayor and members of the City Council were surprised by this report and the significant increase from the cost estimate provided in 2016. City staff have reassured the Mayor that the projected utility rates charged to Oak Harbor rate payers



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totaling approximately $102.00 per month for the 2019 calendar year will not change, despite this increase. However, the Mayor has serious concerns about both the substantial increases in projected costs from earlier estimates as well as the lack of communication about these increased cost estimates that should have been provided to both the Mayor and City Council from persons responsible for monitoring this project. Mayor Severns will be conducting an “intense review” of the city departments responsible for monitoring the cost of this project, including the city administrator, city engineer, and public works. In addition, the Mayor has initiated an independent audit and review of the Wastewater Treatment Plant costs and the manner in which those costs have been monitored and reported. The audit will be conducted by a private firm with expertise in the area of public works contracts and will serve as a means to fulfill what Mayor Severns refers to as his desire to “trust but verify” the information he is receiving about the increasing costs of this project. Mayor Severns is extremely concerned about the significant increases in the estimated costs of this project from its inception to the present time. At the same time, the Mayor acknowledges that municipal building contracts of this nature are complicated, subject to contingencies, allowances, and market variations that are built into the contract. Regardless, the public deserves and needs answers to questions about why the costs have increased beyond earlier estimates and, perhaps more importantly, why these projections were not communicated to the Mayor and council when the information became available, in case action could have been taken much earlier to address the obvious concerns that all Oak Harbor citizens will have. [Submitted by City of Oak Harbor]

Opportunity to Apply - 2018 Island County Conservation Futures Funds The Island County Conservation Futures Program is accepting applications from eligible organizations for a share of the 2018 annual allocation of the Conservation Futures Fund (CFF) for both Acquisition projects and Maintenance and Operations projects (M&O). CFF M&O project funds may only be used for properties already purchased with Conservation Futures Funds. The organizations that are eligible to receive Conservation Futures Funds (CFF) include Island County government, cities, towns, special purpose districts, non-profit nature conservancy organizations (as defined in RCW 84.34.250), and non-profit historic preservation organizations (as defined in RCW 64.04.130). Application information is available from Island County General Service Administration (GSA)

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Since 1992, Island County Conservation Futures Funds have been used to help protect over 3200 acres in the county through either purchasing the property or purchasing a conservation easement. These funds are often leveraged with state or federal funds to increase their impact locally. Recent projects have included: • Expanding and purchasing the Barnum Point Park on Camano Island • Developing a trail plan and beginning construction on the Walking Ebeys Trail Corridor • Acquisition of conservation easement at the Whidbey Institute in the Maxwellton area • A conservation easement on the Penn Cove Farm south of Oak Harbor To be considered in the 2018 funding cycle, acquisition projects must be returned to the GSA office no later than 4:30pm, Friday, March 16, 2018. Completed applications for M&O projects must be returned to the GSA office no later than 4:30pm, Wednesday, February 28, 2018. For further information, please contact Don Mason, Program Coordinator at (360) 679-7378 or (360) 321-5111 ext. 7378 from South Whidbey or (360) 629-4522 ext. 7378 from Camano Island. [Submitted by Don Mason, Island County General Services Administration]

Mussels in the Kettles Fort Ebey, a jewel within a jewel on beautiful Whidbey Island “The Kettles,” as they are commonly called, are a geographical feature left over from the Ice Age. Soft soil removed in large amounts left behind sharp valleys in rapid succession, shaping all of Whidbey Island in the process. The microcosm of the Kettles is a perfect place to ride, run, or hike with a landscape that can be challenging but infinitely rewarding. Whidbey Island’s unique location in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains translates to dryer trails nearly year round. Fairytale valleys, ocean bluff viewpoints and secret gardens of rhododendrons make this is an experience not to be missed. This trail network connects to neighborhoods, scenic outlooks and is unlike anything you’ll find elsewhere. Centrally located between Oak Harbor and Coupeville this park is well loved and maintained by state park officials and locals alike. The WIBC kicks off the year by doubling down on excitement. Mussels in the Kettles, held March 3 from 10:00am to 1:00pm, is an organized romp through some of the best common trails the park has to offer with three trail options to suit everyone from beginning to expert riders. It also effectively acts as a warm up for the following day’s Cook’n in the Kettles race. Event organizers Budu Racing LLC, in operation since 2005 has grown

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over the years from just four events to eight; Cook’n in the Kettles is the fifth stop in this year’s series. A breathtaking mix of technical, flow and fun, every racer will find themselves challenged during this event. The close calls, the speed and the lung searing climbs leave one and all sweaty and empty, yet deeply satisfied. This is the kind of type two fun that lasts long after the finish.

The work must be submitted by March 30, 2018 for consideration. Selected artwork must be original work completed by the submitting artist/collaborative artists. Preference will be given to South Whidbey artists.

Un-able to make it to either the Mussels or Cook’n in the Kettles rides? Don’t worry! There are plenty more reasons to visit, in the spring and beyond. Rhododendrons bloom from March to June/July; the whites, pinks and reds of their petals bursting like fireworks amidst the lush greens and browns of the kettles. WIBC’s Rhodie ride allows riders to take advantage of the amazing sights and the best places to witness this natural beauty. With active members on the trails several days a week, as well as organized events on Thursdays and Sundays, these trails are an important part of the local community. Throughout the year the WIBC offers group rides geared toward bringing the people of Whidbey Island together to ride and celebrate. From Veterans Day to Halloween, Fort Ebey and the WIBC have you covered. For more information, visit www.musselsinthekettles.net or www.whidbeyislandbicycleclub.org

About LMSA: The Langley Main Street Association is a non-profit organization that focuses on economic revitalization and historic preservation in Langley, WA.

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Langley Street Dance Call for Artists Langley Main Street Releases Request for Proposals for Artwork The Langley Main Street Association (LMSA) is accepting submissions from artists to prepare artwork to advertise the Langley Street Dance to be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018. The artwork will be used for posters and t-shirts. The artist or artists selected will receive a $250 stipend to cover their costs. Artists may submit up to two works for consideration.

Event Information: The Langley Street Dance is held annually on Second Street in Langley, WA in front of the old Langley Firehouse from 7:00pm to 10:00pm in mid-July.

For complete RFP guidelines, go to www.LangleyMainStreet.org [Submitted by Michaleen McGarry, Langley Main Street Association]

Call for Proposals: All Programming WICA 2018-2019 Season Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) announces an open call for programming ideas for the 2018-2019 Season. Is there something you’ve always wanted to see on the WICA stage? Theatre, dance, music, literature, visual arts, and education—WICA would like to hear your ideas!



Mail your proposal(s) by May 1, 2018 to: Deana Duncan, WICA, P.O. Box 52, Langley, WA 98260, or deliver to 565 Camano Avenue, Tuesday-Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. For more information about events at WICA, please visit www.wicaonline.org. [Submitted by Fritha Strand, WICA]

Oak Harbor High School Shipmates-of-the-Month Oak Harbor High School’s 9th grade transition program is called the Island Program. Each island is comprised of an English teacher, a math teacher and a science teacher. They share a total of 90 students who rotate together in classes of thirty for three periods each day. The vision of the Island Program is to have all 9th grade students ready for 10th grade and on track to a 4-year graduation. A student recognition program, called the Shipmates-of-the-Month, recognizes one student per month based on demonstrable gains in the areas of academic or behavioral growth, community contribution(s), and/or acts of altruism. The following students earned the recognition for January:

In preparing your proposal(s), complete the “WICA Proposal Form” available at www.wicaonline.org in its entirety and attach all pertinent information that may assist the Season Selection Committee in making a decision. If you would like materials returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The mission of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is to inspire, nourish, and enhance the artistic, social, and economic well-being of the community. WICA accomplishes this by promoting, developing, and presenting a diverse offering of high quality-theatre, music, dance, literature, and visual arts in an outstanding venue, and by creating educational and participation opportunities.

Battleship Island - Anna Kae Goette: “Battleship Island would like to recognize Anna-Kae Goette as Shipmate-of-the- Month. Anna-Kae is always prepared when she arrives in class. Her passion for learning shines with her probing questions which lift her classmates to a higher level of analysis. Anna-Kae will succeed in all her endeavors because of her dedication to what is important to her.”

Castle Island - Brenna Richard: “Castle Island has selected Brenna Richard for Shipmate-of-the-Month. Brenna is a hardworking and detail-oriented young lady. She is motivated to learn and grasps concepts easily. Brenna is kind and willing to help others in class. She is respectful of everyone around her. We are lucky to have Brenna as a part of Castle Island and we could not ask for a better shipmate!”

Skull Island - Sabrina Ponce Dominguez: “Sabrina is a thoughtful student who truly takes pride in producing quality work. She is actively engaged regardless of the lesson or subject; whenever it is her turn to contribute to a class discussion or assignment, she is thoughtful and deliberate with her answer. Sabrina is kind to all students and a responsible leader whenever there is group work to be completed. Her quiet and calm demeanor is truly appreciated and respected by her teachers as well as her peers.” [Submitted by Jennifer DePrey, OHHS]

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What’s Going On All entries are listed chronologically, unless there are multiple entries for the same venue or are connected to a specific organization (such as Sno-Isle Libraries) in which case all entries for that venue or organization are listed collectively in chronological order under one heading.

AARP Tax Aid Thursdays, February 15 & 22, 1:00pm-7:00pm Island Senior Resources Center, 14594 WA-525, Langley Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low and moderate income. Supported by AARP Foundation. Call (360) 678-3000 to schedule an appointment. https:// senior-resources.org

Island Herb Vendor Day Thursday, February 15, 3:00pm-6:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Craft Elixirs will be on site with product displays and information. Island Herb is located at 5565 Vanbarr Pl, Unit F. For more information, call (360) 331-0140 or visit whidbeyislandherb.com

“The Producers” a Musical Thursdays, February 15 & 22, 7:30pm Fridays, February 16 & 23, 7:30pm Saturdays, February 17 & 24, 7:30pm Sundays, February 18 & 25, 2:30pm Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor All Seats $20 A hilarious story about a down-on-his luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant who come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, only plans go awry as the show is a smash hit! At the core of this insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become close friends. Tickets are available online at www.whidbeyplayhouse.com, or by phone at (360) 679 -2237 or stop by the Playhouse office at 730 SE Midway Blvd. Guidance suggested.

2nd Annual Love Me Tender Dance Friday, February 16, 6:00pm-9:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Cost: $10 per person (21 an older please) Join the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation and Whidbey Island’s wildly popular rural swing band, Wild Man Cooley, for the 2nd Annual Love Me Tender Valentines Dance. Enjoy delicious chocolates and desserts, wine and beer is also available. Win a sail on Suva! This fun event supports Whidbey Island’s favorite historic Schooner, the Schooner Suva. For more information, visit www.schoonersuva.org

Star Party Friday, February 16, 6:30pm Fort Nugent Park, Oak Harbor Explore the night sky and view distant galaxies, planets and nebulas at this free public Star Party hosted by the Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS). No telescope is needed and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Be sure and dress warmly and note that the event will be canceled if the weather is cloudy. For more information, contact Bob Scott at ICAS_ President@outlook.com, or visit www.icas-wa. org.

Sherlock Holmes and the American Problem Fridays, February 16 & 23, 7:30pm Saturdays, February 17 & 24, 7:30pm Sunday, February 18, 2:00pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley Adult $22 / Senior $18 / Youth $15 / Military $18 / Matinee $15 The American Wild West and Victorian England collide in this original adventure tale. The year is 1887, the occasion is Queen Victoria’s Jubilee, and the coincidences are suspiciously piling up. Seattle actor/director R. Hamilton Wright brings his Seattle Rep 2015

hit just in time for the Langley murder mystery weekend. For tickets or more information, visit www.wicaonline.org or call (360) 221-8262.

Comedy Night #5 Friday, February 16, 8:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit www.penncovebrewing.com

Relay for Life Flapjack Fundraiser Saturday, February 17, 9:00am-11:00am Zorba’s Restaurant, Oak Harbor Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause! $10 for adults, $7 for children. Proceeds benefit the IDEX Health & Science Relay for Life team. Zorba’s is located at 32955 SR 20.

Red Wine & Chocolate Tour Saturday, February 17, 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday, February 18, 11:00am-5:00pm Venues include: Blooms Winery Tasting Room, Comforts Winery & Vineyard, Holes Harbor Cellars, Spoiled Dog Winery and Whidbey Island Distillery. Enjoy fine wines & spirits made on Whidbey, along with decadent chocolate treats & a souvenir glass to keep. Tickets available at the venues listed or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3157029

Nordiska Folkdancers of Seattle Saturday, February 17, 12:00pm Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, Coupeville $10 donation requested Nordiska Folkdancers of Seattle is a performance ensemble presenting traditional dances and music of Scandinavia – Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Iceland. Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge is located at 63 Jacobs Rd.

Coupeville Lions Scholarship Auction & Dinner Saturday, February 17, 5:00pm-8:30pm Oak Harbor Elks Lodge Tickets: $40 A fast paced evening of live and silent auctions, cheese platters and wine choices by bayleaf, full family style dinner by the Elks, homemade dessert auction and more. Auction proceeds fund scholarships for this year’s qualified Coupeville High School senior applicants seeking higher education. For tickets and more information, call (360) 678-4105.

Live Music: Mussel Flats Saturday, February 17, 7:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Mussel Flats is a classic rock/blues band living and playing music on Whidbey Island. No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit www.penncovebrewing.com

The Round Whidbey Island 3 Wednesday, February 21, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley All Seats $15 Enjoy this unique evening of collaborative arts-music, poetry, and painting. The Round Whidbey Island was born out of collaboration with Seattle’s Fremont Abbey, a multi-artist event showcasing musicians/songwriters, slam poets, and a live painter on the stage simultaneously. For tickets or more information, visit www.wicaonline.org or call (360) 221-8262.

Fort Ebey Kettles Trail Run Saturday, February 24, 9:00am-4:00pm Fort Ebey State Park, Coupeville Come run a 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and Marathon at Fort Ebey State Park! Post-race snacks, drinks, awards, and raffles to follow. For more information, contact Eric Bone at (206) 291-8250 or go to http://nwtrailruns.com/events/fort-ebey-kettles-trail-run/. The event also loves and needs volunteers! Contact Gretchen Walla at (206) 550-4699 or email wallagretchen@gmail.com for volunteer details.

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events See schedule below Cost: Free Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop Thursdays, February 15 & 22, 1:00pm-3:30pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room This workshop offers tools support and information for those with on-going pain to help manage their pain and live better. Classes are free. Preregistration is required. Please contact Debbie Metz (360) 321-1621 to register.

Tuesday, February 20, 6:30pm-8:00pm Oak Hall, Room 306, SVC, Oak Harbor The theme for February is “Rust.” You may submit up to 3 photographs for discussion during the meeting to absolutescience@ hotmail.com. Whidbey Island Camera Club, a community club, is open to the public. For more information, email tina31543@comcast. net

Sound Water Stewards Wednesday, February 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm Freeland Library Sound Water Stewards are trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound and Salish Sea environment through education, community outreach, stewardship and citizen science. Applications are now being accepted for the upcoming 2018 class. The application deadline is February 28, 2018. For more information, and the application, visit http://soundwaterstewards.org/training.

Island County Master Gardener Foundation General Meeting Thursday, February 22, 6:00pm-8:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 905 Alexander St. Come and meet Seth Lugenbill, Island County’s Noxious Weed Control Coordinator. Early spring is the best time to learn to recognize and get ready to control troublesome weeds. Invasive, exotic weeds are also a serious problem in our precious native habitats and farmlands. Seth will be teaching us to identify invasive weeds and the best methods for controlling them. Snacks and social time begins at 6:00pm, followed by a brief, informative business meeting and cool raffle for door prizes.The continuing education program with Seth begins around 7:00pm. Island County Master Gardener Programs are FREE, and open to the public. For more information, contact Martha Hollis at (360) 240-5527.

The inaugural meeting of the Whidbey Wranglers, an all Jeep vehicle organization. For more information, email spillerr@comcast.net

Seed Swap! Saturday, February 17, 2:00pm-5:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room

PBY Museums’s Fourth Annual Community Luncheon

Bring seeds, plants, cuttings and garden knowhow to swap and share in our first community Seed Swap!

Meetings & Organizations Oak Harbor City Council Special Meeting Thursday, February 15, 1:00pm-3:00pm City Hall Council Chambers 865 SE Barrington Dr., Oak Harbor 1. Call to Order 2. Discussion on Puget Sound Energy Overhead Lines 3. Update discussion regarding Wrights Crossing Development 4. Executive Session - RCW 42.30.110(1)(c) – Real Estate Acquisition 5. Adjournment

“Hear with your Feet, Drink with your Nose” is a youth oriented experience about the elephant’s unusual skills. Donald J Miller, photographer, will share his experiences during conservation work with the desert elephants of Namibia, Africa. Free event, but pre-registration suggested by email to wendylsines@ gmail.com.

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Thousands of books for sale at bargain prices. Additional fiction and nonfiction books every month. Proceeds support the Clinton Library.


Wednesday, February 21, 3:00pm Langley Whale Center, 105 Anthes Ave, Langley

find out how Friends support the library and how you can help. Presentation about the April 24 library levy by Sno-Isle Libraries Director, Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory. Everyone is welcome.

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“Hear with your Feet, Drink with your Nose”


Friends of the Clinton Library Book Sale Saturday, February 17, 10:00am-3:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave

Baroque Flute Trios

Trios for three flutes and harpsichord, as well as duos and harpsichord solos by Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, James Oswald, Georg Philipp Telemann, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier and others will be included in the program. Admission is by suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), and those 18 & under are free. Please see www.salishseafestival.org/whidbey or call (360) 331-4887 for additional information.


South Whidbey Garden Club Friday, February 16, 9:00am-11:45am St. Peter’s Church, Clinton February’s program: “Gardens Around the World.” Hilary Turner, a member of the Greenbank Garden Club and a very knowledgeable gardener, will guide us on a tour of gardens she has visited around the world. You may have visited her Ledgewood neighborhood garden during a past Whidbey Island Garden Tour. Refreshments provided. The public is welcome.

Friends of the Freeland Library Annual Meeting Tuesday, February 20, 1:00pm-3:00pm Freeland Library The Freeland Friends of the Library hold an in-person meeting just once a year! Join us to

Saturday, February 24, 5:00pm El Cazador, Oak Harbor

Wednesday, February 28, 11:30am Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. The luncheon is the museum’s annual report to you, the stakeholders, on the museum’s progress over the last year. Buffet lunch is $15 (pay at the door) and R.S.V.P. for meal count by February 23 is requested. Please call (360) 240-9500 to reserve your seat.

Whidbey Island Weaver’s Guild Thursday, March 1, 10:00am-2:00pm Pacific Rim Institute, Coupeville Business meeting and show & tell from 10:00am-12:00pm. Program begins at 1:00pm featuring Windwalker Taibi, Raven Rocks Extemporaneous Tapestry: Weaving techniques for approaching free form art. Bring a brown bag lunch and your own beverage cup. For more information, visit www.whidbeyweaversguild.org

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Friday, March 2, 5:00pm-7:00pm Private Residence, Oak Harbor The American Association of University Women (AAUW) Whidbey Island Branch would like to invite all women with a degree from an accredited institution (2-year, 4-year, RN, etc.) to join them for wine and appetizers, by reservation only, at the home of Barb Bland. Get to know the officers and board members, and we will share our mission statement (to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research) and how we fulfill that mission on Whidbey Island WHAT'S GOING ON

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Gardening workshop breaks registration record

2018 FREE Master Gardener Education Series Master Gardener Educational Gardens, Stansberry Cottage, Greenbank Farm

“Pruning and Preparing Your Rose Garden” 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25

“Spring and Summer Planting for Abundance!” 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25

“Aging Gracefully in the Garden” 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29

“Show and Tell in our Rose Garden” 1 p.m. Sunday, June 24

Photo Courtesy of Island County Master Gardener Foundation The Whidbey Gardening Workshop might be full, but there are many opportunities to learn about gardening on Whidbey Island, such as visiting the rose garden at the Master Gardener Demonstration Garden at Greenbank Farm, which is open year-round and features ten different gardening areas.

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly For the first time in its 30-year history, the Whidbey Gardening Workshop has had to close registration nearly three weeks ahead of schedule. Those hoping to attend the March 3 event, put on by the Island County Master Gardener Foundation, can now only add their names to a waiting list and hope for a cancellation to gain access to the workshop, which offers more than 50 classes on a variety of subjects pertaining to gardening in our region. “We have had an overwhelming registration response, just absolutely astounding,” said C-J Nielsen, workshop chairman. “We closed much earlier than planned, but it just reaffirms why we do this; there is a demand and a need for it. It’s very exciting.” Although it is too late to register for the workshop, which is being held at Oak Harbor High School, those interested in putting their names on the waiting list to attend can do so through Feb. 25 by emailing IslandCoMG@gmail.com, and putting “waiting list” in the subject line. There will be no walk-in registrations available this year. Limited seating is also available for a private meet and greet with the workshop’s keynote speaker to be held Friday, March 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Rustica in downtown Oak Harbor. Cost for this new event is $25 and those interested

may send inquiries to the email listed above. This year’s keynote speaker is internationally renowned plant explorer Dan Hinkley. You must be pre-registered to attend this event. The popularity of the Whidbey Gardening Workshop speaks volumes for not only the team of volunteers that puts it together every year, but also for the master gardener program, run through Washington State University’s Island County Extension. “Our whole purpose is education; providing information and best practices in our community,” said Nielsen. “The Master Gardener Program grows a little each year, and because we have those newer gardeners every year, we get new ideas. It’s really great and it helps keep the workshop fresh.” Island County master gardeners do much more throughout the year than put on a workshop. There are regular plant clinics and classes aimed at education and problem-solving, a hotline to call for advice and even a demonstration garden at Greenbank Farm that is open to the public year-round. “When you’re a master gardener there are a lot of choices on how you can serve the community,” said Nielsen. “It just demonstrates how dedicated we are.” “The Master Gardener Program is one of Whidbey Island’s hidden gems,” said Paul McKenna, who coordinates the Master Gardener Mentorship Program. “It’s not just a place to learn about gardening, it’s a place to make new friends


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and develop new skills. It’s also a chance to get involved and give back to your community.” According to McKenna, about 15 to 20 students take part in the 11-week master gardener class each year. The course includes Saturday classes taught by WSU Extension agents, experienced master gardeners and other experts. WSU Extension also provides an online component. “The classes provide a very good introduction to gardening with instruction on botany, plant identification, soil science and management, composting, plant pathology and diagnosis, trees, home orchards, vegetable gardening, weed management and vertebrate pest management,” described McKenna. “Upon successful completion of the class, students then complete 60 volunteer hours before becoming certified Master Gardeners.” The demonstration garden at Greenbank Farm is a prime example of how master gardeners can share a wealth of knowledge with gardeners of all skill levels and interests. “It’s wonderful to be involved in the community of master gardeners and to work side-by-side with my fellow gardeners on something that brings so much pleasure - and knowledge - to the public,” said Ilze Zigurs, president of the Island County Master Gardner Foundation.

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It’s a “Whale of a Tail” in Langley Feb. 24-2 By Betty Freeman

For 34 years, Langley has been the scene of a “murder” in late February. Amateur sleuths from far and wide come to the Village by the Sea to help figure out the latest whodunit. A troupe of seasoned actors takes over the town for two days as the mystery, penned by Loretta Martin, unfolds. Martin has been writing the mysteries for the past 19 years. She collects ideas all year for her murder mystery, usually including details of current events. Her story is always full of puns, word play and absurd takeoffs of real people in the news. “It’s thrilling to see the characters I invent come to life,” said Martin. “It’s the highlight of my year.” The 2018 mystery “A Whale of a Tail,” deals with a very cold case of murder and a very fresh body as well. It promises to be a whale of a mystery to solve this time. During the recent remodel of one of the oldest buildings in the historic town, a skeleton was unearthed. The skeleton looked to be very old, with remnants of clothing from the turn of the 20th century clinging to the bones, and a bone ivory carving of a whale hanging from a gold chain around its neck. But this was no normal archeological find. Right in the middle of the rib bones was a whale harpoon. Longtime Langley residents were sure these were the remains of Captain Ahab Mariner, who mysteriously disappeared in 1908. He was a much-hated hunter of the native Puget Sound Orcas, which he sold for meat to a Chinese exporter on Vancouver Island. The grisly discovery was considered ancient history until three months later, when the body of another man was discovered at Whale Bell Park on First Street. At first people thought the two incidents were unrelated, but the discovery of an identical bone ivory necklace under the shirt of the dead stranger seemed to tie the two cases together. The dead man has since been identified as Merlin Mariner by his fiancé, Goldie Digger, played by Anita Reber. It was only after his death that Goldie learned he was still married to his first wife, Rainy Gray, played by Annie Horton. Horton loves acting in Mystery Weekend. “It’s total improv, and total immersion for two days,” said Horton. The 2018 cast of characters learned who they are this time in January. Some play recurring roles, but most have a new persona to adopt each year. John Ball, who has participated in every Mystery Weekend since it began in 1984, plays retired fisherman Ashford Gris, a descendant of Ahab Mariner. He’s having a tough time financially, made worse by the fact he’s caretaking his grandson, Stone, while his son and wife travel. “I’ve had so many good roles over the years,” said Ball. “I’ve even been the murderer four times. When the weekend’s over, I have a hard time giving up my character.”

Photo by Kramer O’Keefe Whale Warriors Bill Luga, Red Finn, Ashford Gris, Stone Gris, Ashley Gris, Pearl Gray, Dolph Finn and Amber Gris pose by the scene of the murder of Merlin Mariner in Langley at Whale Bell Park.

This year, his “grandson” Stone Gris is played by Ball’s sidekick Shayne Thomas, an 11-yearold veteran of several Mystery Weekends. “It’s fun. I just like doing it,” said Thomas. Trevor Arnold, who plays the recurring role of psychic Clara Buoyant, has been a player in Mystery Weekend for 8 years. She likes being a recurring character because it suits her to set up shop in one place and let people come to her. “I’m having a lot of fun with Clara. She has so many spirit guides telling her what to do. I know things nobody else does,” she said mysteriously. Lilly Van Gerbig, owner of Fair Trade Outfitters in Langley, is playing Lilly Landtree this

Here's how Mystery Weekend works Sleuths come to Langley and line up outside the Visitor and Information Center (mystery Weekend Headquarters) which will be open February 24-25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There they buy a clue map for $10 ($8 for seniors, youth and military) and are given a copy of The Langley Gazette with details of the murder. From there, detectives fan out all over town, visiting the crime scene, picking up clues from participating merchants and interacting with the suspects, who will be in costume and whose photographs will be displayed at The Big Gig on the corner of Second and Anthes. Your solution must be entered on the official contest entry form and returned to Mystery Weekend headquarters by 4 p.m. Sunday. Correct solutions will be placed in a drawing for grand prizes, provided by local innkeepers and merchants. Incorrect solutions are still eligible for other prizes. The prize drawing will take place after the solution is announced at Whidbey Children’s Theater auditorium (formerly Langley Middle School) at 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 25. If winners are not present, they will be notified after the finale. The solution will be posted on the Chamber’s website, www.visitlangley.com, after the reveal. Advance ticket and apparel purchases can be made online at www.visitlangley.com/store. Purchases can be picked up at Will Call at Mystery Headquarters starting Saturday, February 24.

year. Like her real-life counterpart, Landtree is a Langley shop owner and also the organizer of a Harpoon Burning ceremony on the beach to rid Langley of the negative energy Ahab Mariner’s whale killing may have left over the town. Van Gerbig’s first year as a character was 2017. “I had an amazing time getting to know the other characters, and as a shop owner, I also enjoyed the people coming into the shop, clamoring for clues,” said Van Gerbig. Ben Parks loves Mystery Weekend so much he travels to Langley every year from Texas to participate. “We love the Pacific Northwest and the fun and craziness of Mystery Weekend,” said Parks. Parks has been a character in the mystery since 2006. One year, when he was playing one-eyed optometrist Dr. Winston Payne, he was tagged as the murderer. This year, his character, Red Herring, is negotiating offshore oil-drilling leases along the Langley shoreline with the help of the soon-to-be deceased Merlin Mariner. Red Herring also has an ulterior motive - capturing, killing and stuffing a small Orca for his trophy room, a goal sure to raise the ire of the whale enthusiasts in town. Fred O’Neal plays recurring character C.Z. Cash, one of the members of the 49ers Club. “We’re always open to the main chance,” said O’Neal of the 49ers. This year, the 49ers' numbers dwindled when property they jointly owned was sold. Some of the 49ers left town with their proceeds, but the others gave their money to the late Merlin Mariner to invest. “We trusted him and he lost it all, said Cash. “It’s galling to be taken to the cleaners by a guy who then gets killed.” O’Neal’s granddaughter Ilana O’Neal, 12, plays Ashley Gris, and she’s convinced two of her friends from Everett to join her in the cast this year.

Another 49er, Steve Sloan, plays Al Betseroff. He’s easily recognized by his distinctive playing card vest, which he made himself some years ago. Another of his trademarks is the souvenir “beer” bottles he makes with a new label every year. “There’s a real family feeling among the actors,” said Sloan. “As a recurring character, I provide continuity for people playing the mystery.” “Mystery Weekend is just a creativity riot!” enthused J. Scott Williams, who travels from Bellingham every year to join the cast. He got hooked when he happened upon Mystery Weekend during a stay at the Inn at Langley in 2000. “The town was full of way overdressed people and I asked ‘What is going on?’” said Williams. The next year, Williams began participating as an amateur sleuth, and invented his own character, Captain Clewless. (Many sleuths come in costume, adding to the confusion.) After a few years of playing Clewless, cast members invited him to join them as a regular actor. In 2014 he was “arrested” as the murderer in “The Deadly Deed.” “Loretta sets the table, and we create the buffet,” said Williams. “Mystery Weekend allows adults to appear legitimately foolish and everyone contributes to the story she writes. I smile perpetually when I think of the funny situations Loretta invents.” Each year, Saranell DeChambeau reprises her character, I. B. Fuzz, the world’s shortest retired Texas Ranger. DeChambeau, who has been playing I.B. Fuzz for 20 years, invariably solves the crime and announces her findings to the audience at the big reveal on Sunday of Mystery Weekend. She needs a step stool to see over the podium, but her deductions are razor sharp. “I look forward to it every year,” said DeChambeau.

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Drama club shines light on history with “Radium Girls” By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

ally happened makes it more intense,” said 17-year-old Kenyon Sirak, who plays attorney Raymond Berry. “You can research [Berry’s] story and who he was; you have to be creative while still trying to play the character realistically.”

There are three chances left to see the Oak Harbor High School Drama Club’s production of “Radium Girls,” playing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the high school. “Radium Girls,” by D. W. Gregory, is a dramatization of actual events surrounding the young women who painted watch dials with radium-infused paint, so the dials would glow in the dark. In the early 1900s, radium was touted as a “miracle” cure, used in everything from cancer treatments to healthboosting tonic water. In the case of the women who worked with the treated paint, they were instructed by supervisors to lick the ends of their brushes periodically to keep the points sharp. But as evidence of the health risks of radium was exposed, those in power at the factories refused to take action, withholding information about the health risks from employees. As women became sick and many died from their exposure to radium, their illnesses and subsequent deaths were attributed to other causes, including syphilis. The production shares the story of Grace Fryer, the first of the five “Radium Girls” who banded together to fight for some measure of justice against their boss, Arthur Roeder, and the U.S. Radium Corporation. Their battle helped establish legal precedents and regulations for safety standards for America’s workers. The play has not only provided an enjoyable extra-curricular activity for students, it has proved to be a good history lesson, too.

The play is produced in black box, with minimal props, adding to the drama of the story. Drama club members serve as cast and crew and all grade levels are represented on stage and off. While several club members have a great deal of experience through the Would Be Players at the Whidbey Playhouse, many others have no previous experience at all, much like most community theaters. The joy is in the experience.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Grace Fryer (Cienna Brenner) finds solace in painting near the grave of a friend as she, too, nears the end of her life due to radium poisoning. Grace’s fight for a settlement against U.S. Radium Corporation is the subject of “Radium Girls,” a production of the Oak Harbor High School Drama Club.

“A lot of the characters are based on real people, so we have encouraged them to do their own research,” said Eric George, who is volunteering as co-director for the production. “I’m seeing a lot of growth, there’s been a kind of 'light bulb' moment, which is a big thing,” said drama club advisor and teacher Micki Gibson. “We actually brought in our chemistry teacher to talk to the cast about radium. I don’t know if they would have connected with a lesson like this without being involved in this play.”

Cast members agree. “Knowing Grace was a real person made this more challenging, because I wanted to portray her accurately, so I did research her,” said Cienna Brenner, 15, one of two students who plays the role of Grace Fryer. (The cast is split into two teams which alternate performances.) “She was so brave and kind,” Brenner continued. “She wants justice not just for herself. She fought throughout her sickness and it was really inspiring.” “Playing Grace was a journey,” said Johanna Schmidt, 17, who also plays the role of Fryer. “I think she really found herself through this ordeal; she found her voice and she stuck up for herself.”

“This is my first play,” said Marianne Campos, 16. “I’ve really enjoyed the way the cast has become like a family.” “Everyone is so welcoming. You get to be whoever you want to be,” said Emma Hanson, 17, who has been involved in drama club for two years and serves as student co-director as well as playing the role of Roeder’s daughter, Harriet. “This is an amazing show.” If anyone is thinking this is “just a high school production, we don’t need to see it,” they would be missing out on a compelling story well worth the time. These young thespians do a good job with serious subject matter. Shows start at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at Oak Harbor High School. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children under 12. Reserve tickets by emailing ohhsdramaclubreservations@gmail.com.

“This experience has shown me that women have always been fighters,” said Miranda Abunimeh, who plays Katherine Schaub, another of the “Radium Girls.” “They made things better for workers and it has made me think of how valuable their actions were to set such a precedent.” Andrew Van Auken, 15, plays the role of Arthur Roeder, the president of U.S. Radium Corporation.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Katherine Schaub (Miranda Abunimeh), left, talks with Grace Fryer (Cienna Brenner) about taking their fight with U.S. Radium Corporation to court in “Radium Girls,” playing Thursday through Saturday at Oak Harbor High School.

“I think he wants to help people and he regrets he couldn’t do more,” he said of his character. “But he also wanted to protect the company and it took litigation to bring that out.” “This is a neat story and the fact that it actu-

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Arthur Roeder (Andrew Van Auken with Colby Fay in background), who kept information about the dangers of radium from his employees, ponders what to do regarding litigation against U.S. Radium Corporation in the Oak Harbor High School Drama Club’s production of “Radium Girls.”

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Photo Courtesy of Island County Master Gardener Foundation Island County Master Gardeners sponsor three different clinics on Whidbey Island throughout the spring and summer where residents can ask all sorts of plant and gardening questions.

Photo Courtesy of Island County Master Gardener Foundation A new Master Gardener training class will begin in April for anyone interested. Here, master gardener trainees learn propagation techniques on a field trip to the Discovery Gardens in Skagit Valley.

McKenna said this year’s master gardener class will begin in mid-April. Applications are being accepted until March 17 at WSU Extension. For additional information, contact Loren Imes, WSU Extension at 360-678-2343.

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The 15:17 to Paris: In 2015, lifelong friends Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone successfully thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train, searched the train for weapons and attackers, and then treated the injured. They’re real-life heroes–and now they are playing themselves in a movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Who cares that it isn’t any good? ★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 34 min.) Black Panther: The Marvel Cinematic Universe pretty much kicks ass all over the place, never more so than with this long-time-coming installment starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o and directed by "Creed" and "Fruitvale Station's" Ryan Coogler. Move over, Captain America. Black Panther has arrived. ★★★★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 14 min.) Coco: As a creative filmmaking force, Pixar is unmatched. The unstoppable animation juggernaut rolls out another instant classic, this time centering its story on budding musician Miguel, who takes a stunning journey of sight and sound in the Land of the Dead. ★★★★★ (PG • 1 hr. 45 min.) Den of Thieves: This bank-heist movie starring Gerard Butler and 50 Cent is two hours and 20 minutes long, which begs so many questions. How much exposition can this plot possibly need? Can Butler even handle that many lines? Was this movie made to be watched on airplanes where people have a surplus of time and are really bored? ★★ (R • 2 hrs. 20 min.) Early Man: From Aardman Animations’ Nick Park–the man who gave us Wallace and Gromit–comes this exceedingly charming caveman adventure with characters voiced by Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, and more. It features a giant maneating mallard, so definitely worth seeing. ★★★★ (PG • 1 hr. 29 min.) Hostiles: I love a good Western, though they can be hard to come by. This one–starring Christian Bale, Wes Studi, and Rosamund Pike, and directed by "Crazy Heart’s" Scott Cooper–is, by all accounts, a pretty good Western. ★★★★ (R • 2 hrs. 15 min.)

needed a dramatic recounting of the weirderthan-life saga of disgraced former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding starring Margot Robbie, but now that it exists, I realize what we’ve been missing. ★★★★★ (R • 1 hr. 59 min.) Maze Runner: The Death Cure: This was the film that almost didn’t happen when its star, Dylan O’Brien, was seriously injured in an on-set accident. After a long, arduous recovery, he returned to finish out the actionpacked YA film franchise that gave him his film career–and then almost took it away. An inspiring story. Shame the movie itself isn’t as good. ★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 22 min.)

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SPICE UP YOUR LIFE! The warmer weather is almost here. It’s just on the horizon, poking its head up, waiting impatiently to breathe spring air all over the land. As you all know, spring weather means everything abounds, foliage and greenery flourish and we can get outdoors for longer periods without conceding a chilly defeat the same way we might when winter is in full swing. When spring rolls around, I like to take a look at growing my garden again. Winter sees I am remiss with tending to any sort of garden – at least that’s how I have been the last year. This last chilly season I made use of a fair amount of spices in many of my dishes, probably more so than previous years, and it got me wondering whether I could grow my own spice garden. I already keep a small herb garden, so would one filled with spices be much different? The two are often used in conjunction with one another in many dishes and it's best to start by clearing up the difference between them. Herbs are considered to be the stems and young leaves of herbaceous plants, whereas spices tend to be the plant parts which are dried. Both can have a spicy bite, but they aren’t the same. Think of cloves, for instance. These are a spice and are very young flower buds. Cinnamon is the bark which comes from the cinnamon tree.


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we’re on the topic, I’ll give you some basics about the how-to of a rudimentary, indoor spice garden. One of the best spices we could possibly grow is ginger. Hailing originally from South China, this perennial plant, Zingiber officionale, spread its roots far and wide, and how fortunate for humankind generally. This rhizome is used not only in very spicy, curried, savory dishes, but has been used for many, many, many years in candies and even as a digestive aid in herbal teas and such. In fact, ginger tea is sometimes used to help settle a feeling of nausea. If you happen to have a piece of ginger rhizome, with at least one “eye” on it, you can attempt to propagate it. Fill a large tub with potting mix – a well-draining kind. Place a few pieces of ginger on the surface of this soil mix, cover with approximately an inch of sand and pat this down. By keeping this tub in a well-lit area, ensuring it’s watered when the sand is dry to the touch, and “feeding” with an all-purpose fertilizer, the hard-work is seemingly minimal when it comes to growing this spicy little guy. You should be able to cultivate your own ginger root for pickling, candying, or general use, and if you can, why not try it?

Great – I just need to grow a cinnamon tree to harvest my own. Not likely, so I’ll have to settle for smaller scale spices more suited to the climate here in the Pacific Northwest. Is THAT likely though? Because when we look at exactly where most spices proliferate naturally, these regions seem to be tropical and sub-tropical climates. This could be a problem for the likes of our weather here, unless of course, we make use of the warmer interiors of our very own homes!

Ginger isn’t the only spice you can try to grow indoors. You could always start some Allium sativum bulbs in the comfort of your own home and it’s safe to say garlic is a very welcome addition to countless dishes. Plant the bottom of your clove in rich, well-draining soil. When the leaves of the garlic plant start to wilt, you’ll know it’s time to harvest your bulbs. Once they leave the confines of their earthy home, lay them out to dry until their exterior ‘shell’ feels somewhat like paper (like you would find them in the store). After all the growing, harvesting and drying is done, what CAN’T we do with garlic?

While it may be a tedious process, we can actually attempt to cultivate a spice garden indoors. Bear in mind I am not a master gardener, but there is no shortage of them on Whidbey Island, so you could always ask someone with a particularly green thumb, should you have any questions regarding your gardening. While

But what about a lesser-used spice like fennel? If you grew it, would you use it? It packs a powerful punch in the mouth and perhaps it’s less frequently used for that very reason. It could be an acquired taste, and because of its likeness in flavor to licorice, I’ve not met too many people who enjoy it. It’s a finicky plant and doesn’t


do very well with too much movement (i.e. transplanting), so whatever pots you will use to grow the full plant in, just cultivate your seeds in there. Use a well-draining potting mix and press a couple of seeds about 2-inches deep. In order to harvest the seeds, wait until the plant flowers and cover the plant with a brown paper bag. Cut off the stem and dry this in a cool, dry area. The fact is, the leaves as well as the bulb can be used in culinary creations, but the seeds seem to have a more concentrated flavor. Remember though, you MUST always do your research before attempting to grow and harvest items for personal use. This is just a very basic idea of the things you CAN grow, even in the wet and wily weather of the Pacific Northwest. If you need more information, I encourage you to ask your local nursery or any experienced gardener; like I said before, there is no shortage of them here. Dear Readers, with the warmer weather arriving in due time, I’ll try to get ahead of it and include a recipe that’s as refreshing as the gingery spice which helps make it as tasty as it is. I hope the last legs of winter are good ones for you and you take full advantage of the weather – as far as cooking is concerned – before spring arrives! If you have any comments, questions or recipes you would like to share please send those to letsdish.whidbeyweekly@gmail.com and we can do just that and Dish! Ginger Chicken Meatballs 1 lb. ground chicken 1 garlic clove, grated 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger 1 tablespoon soy sauce 4 or 5 scallions, finely sliced, plus extra for garnish 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 cups chicken broth, divided ½ bunch chopped, fresh Chinese broccoli ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes Salt and pepper to taste Using a spoon or your hands, mix together garlic, ginger, chicken, soy sauce, scallions and a ½ cup of chicken broth in a medium bowl. Scoop out in tablespoon size amounts and form 1-inch (diameter) balls. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and cook, turning every now and then, until golden brown all over and cooked through. Remove from heat. Combine broccoli and red pepper flakes in the same skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium/ high heat until broccoli is crisp/tender. Add meatballs and remaining broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until broccoli is tender. Serve with scallions to garnish and enjoy! www.bonappetite.com/recipe/ginger-chickenmeatballs-chinese-broccoli www.naturallivingideas.com/10-spices-you’ll-beamazed-you-can-grow-at-home To read past columns of Let's Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www. whidbeyweekly.com.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) You are under the scrutiny of your peers this week, making it important that you conduct yourself in a way that is at all times praiseworthy. Virtue is as virtue does, meaning your actions will speak louder than your words. Do the best that you can, and do it in a way that benefits the maximum number of people, and your problems should be minimal. The 16th is not a day to surrender your judgment to those less informed than you. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Your humanitarian instincts are likely to be triggered into action this week by events that strike you as unjust. Some of these injustices may appear to be committed by people you thought to be your allies. Appearances can be deceiving, so be sure that you hear both sides of the story before making accusations. Rushing to judgment without all the facts poses a great hazard to happiness on the 16th. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Show courage by taking a stance and holding to it if you hope to prevail against the forces at odds with you this week. Criticisms from a variety of sources may try to undermine you. Your determination is the armor whose protection will see you through. Put substance behind your stance on the 16th by making sure that you look at all the story angles, not just the ones you find agreeable. It’s easy to overlook essentials. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Don’t be shy about calling out scandalous behavior as unacceptable this week. Rejecting what is not in accord with your values may not win you friends, but the ones you lose, you are better off without. Ignore the divisive attitudes adopted by others. Your strength lies in your ability to disagree without becoming demeaning. If you can do that on the 16th, the day will go infinitely smoother. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Alternative viewpoints will be a hard sell in the circles you are likely to find yourself in this week. Extremes may become the norm in some very upside down situations, meaning that your appeals for normalcy fall on deaf ears. Trust that it’s not you who is crazy, no matter how greatly you are outnumbered. Agree to disagree on the 16th and you’ll be way ahead of the game. It’s a day in which the wise will question everything. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Take time to study your obstacles for an entry point before rushing into battle against them this week. Timing is everything, and the same tactic that fails one day may succeed at another, better chosen time. Every regimen has its weak point, and only careful

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Become more vocal in your desire for success if you hope to make a splash this week. Counter-culture creative projects of the sort you probably find attractive will take lots of selling on your part. The less visionary are going to need a lot of reassurance before they come on board in ways meaningful to your cause. Don’t be surprised if some who profess enthusiasm on the 16th lose their courage down the road. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The dragon slayer in you is no doubt eager to ride to the rescue this week. A variety of social ills, real and imagined, are apt to trigger you into wanting to right the wrongs. Before you go galloping away on rescue missions, take the time to be sure you have your facts right. The likelihood is strong that all is not so cut and dried as it appears. Self-deception is a real threat to undermine an otherwise tranquil day on the 16th. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You have what it takes to get to the bottom of some perplexing puzzles this week. This means that your views are especially valuable in situations where logic has fled and emotional chaos becomes the rule. Interject your opinions as you see fit and don’t worry about outcomes. Whether others take your advice is not your concern. It’s enough on the 16th just to make your views known. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) There is value in the collective opinion this week. This does not mean you should automatically side with the crowd in your decision making. It means that you are more likely to make sound decisions and arrive at useful conclusions by first hearing all sides of the story. Over-controlling the situation is a mistake to be avoided on the 16th. Moderation is the best course when others go to extremes. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Extremes of obstinance and criticism are par for the course this week as lack of understanding drives people to say the craziest things. You don’t have to be understood to be right. Trust in your position and go with what you know. More often than not, you will be proven right. Adversity is your friend, if you channel the energy into further refinements of your position. The 16th offers useful insights. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Long-held illusions and misunderstandings that may have cost you are coming to light at present, making this a progressive week for you. You can lay to rest much that will free you to enjoy a brighter and happier future. Trust the process and don’t dwell too long over the little details. It’s the big picture emerging that most concerns you. Accept at face value what comes on the 16th and analyze it for accuracy later. © 2018, Wesley Hallock, All Rights Reserved


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Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! TUESDAY, DEC. 19 12:16 am, SR 20 Reporting party advising trying to lock up porta-potty and someone is inside, not coming out; unknown who is inside. 8:48 am, Wells Rd. Requesting call referencing ongoing report of dog chasing deer through yard. 2:53 pm, N Oak Harbor St. Party reporting someone took holiday decorations down and threw them at side of the building. Took garbage bag they left outside and dumped it in parking lot. 4:07 pm, Waterford Pl. Requesting call. Advising people were on property and put fence on caller's property. Unknown who it was; occurred the 17th or 18th. 4:56 pm, S East Camano Dr. Party reporting activities going on and feeling fearful; feels cars followed her home from post office, hears noises like someone cutting metal, maybe trying to get into reporting party's property. 7:36 pm, SR 20 Caller reporting pizza taken to wrong address. Male signed credit card slip anyway, need to process it as fraud. 8:23 pm, N Main St. Reporting party advising patient sleeping in wheelchair in lobby. States subject was discharged for smoking pot in bathroom. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20 12:15 am, Loerland Ln. Reporting party advising mom's friend came to return money; while using bathroom, friend stole items. 3:52 am, N Oak Harbor St. Caller advising let friend borrow car at 1:20 pm yesterday, not returning car. Stopped returning phone calls after 5:30 pm last night. Caller was waiting at a mutual friend's house for her to return it there, but she never showed. 6:36 am, S Main St. Reporting party advising strange male in building, “claims he owns the place;” subject is drinking, getting alcohol off the bar and drinking it.

side to lock chicken coop and eagle was inside. Mangled a few chickens. Caller got it out of coop but it cannot fly. THURSDAY, DEC. 21 10:00 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Reporting party advising subjects who used her vehicle jammed the locks. 10:26 pm, NE Goldie St. Party wants to turn herself in for stealing. 2:40 pm, Boon Rd. & SR 20 Reporting two goats alongside of road. 8:16 pm, West Beach Rd. Caller states subject back at caller's house threatening caller through TV. States put device on someone's head and it goes through; subject has done this before. FRIDAY, DEC. 22 1:38 pm, W. Welcher Rd. Requesting call referencing possible violation of uncontrolled substance act on items in house; found paper clip with possible drugs “burnt on to it.” 7:06 pm, Poplar Ln. Party states deputies were at reporting party's home Dec. 20, 2017 and one of them left their flashlight/lantern at house. 9:26 pm, Useless Bay Ave. Caller advising received threatening phone call from brother's phone; was not her brother, but subject threatened to torture and kill brother. Caller's brother is currently in the Coast Guard in South Africa; just found out he was safe and brother also called her himself. SATURDAY, DEC. 23 4:50 am, SR 525 Caller advising loose white and brown horse on side of road, grazing on northbound shoulder; party knows of property at top of hill going from Freeland that has livestock, but it is unknown if horse is theirs or not. 8:09 am, Commodore Ln. Caller reporting two horses grazing, unknown who they belong to, on shoulder of road; another caller advising horses are heading south on West Camano.

9:10 am, NE 21st Ct. Reporting party advising son is missing and used all the minutes on their phone.

11:30 am, Swantown Rd. Caller advising toilet was dumped on Swantown Rd. a few days ago; it is now broken up and there is porcelain all over road; vehicles having to go around.

12:42 pm, NE 7th St. Party requesting call in reference to law about giving “CBD” oil to teenager; party calling on behalf of parents.

11:59 am, SR 20 Caller reporting male subject on sidewalk throwing items into road on SR 20; advising subject is screaming at passing cars.

2:49 pm, Halsey Dr. Caller reporting two children, ages 3 and 4 years, outside unattended playing with hammer and nails; caller can still see children with hammer in hand.

12:54 pm, SR 20 Reporting transient male sleeping in reporting party's business. Woke subject up three times, telling subject he couldn't sleep there. Advising subject has been there for three hours and is still there.

2:59 pm, Crosby Rd. Reporting party advising she found bike at location and wants to know if it's stolen before she donates it; is upset with call-taker about asking for date of birth, said it was irrelevant. 3:32 pm, S Beeksma Dr. Reporting man screaming in bathroom. 9:22 pm, Berry Blvd. Caller advising injured bald eagle in caller's back yard. Caller's son went out-


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2:30 pm, SR 20 Caller reporting phone fell off top of vehicle when leaving; went back to get it and it's gone; believes someone took it. 3:01 pm, Dike Rd. Reporting party advising dead bird on road, not blocking; states there is a hunter on side of road with “bird dog,” unknown if bird has been shot. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.


Life Tributes KATHRYN GILBERT TENNIS Kathryn Gilbert Tennis passed away peacefully the evening of Wednesday, December 13, 2017. She was 96 years old. Born Kathryn Valera Gilbert July 23, 1921 to Guy and Katy Gilbert in Avon, WA, she grew up and went to school in Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon. Kathryn graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1939. She attended Western Washington College of Education until the beginning of WWII, when she married Clarence E. Tennis and began a marriage that lasted more than 50 years. The couple settled in Oak Harbor where they raised four children, Clarence "Skip" Tennis (Barbara), Mary Wynn, Mike Tennis (Jeanne), and Danae Glover (Don). Kathryn was a stay-at-home mom, very involved in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts as a leader and trainer. Many girls who grew up in Oak Harbor have fond memories of “Mrs. Tennis” as their Girl Scout leader. Kathryn worked after her kids were grown for several years at Oak Harbor Florist, creating beauty with flowers. She was a gardener, a lover of birds and wildlife, of nature and of her family. She is survived by her son Mike of Arlington, WA, and her daughter Danae of Bow, WA. She leaves behind 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Kathryn was predeceased by her mother and father, her husband Clarence, her son Skip, daughter Mary, granddaughter Lisa and grandson Matthew. Private interment was held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor followed by a celebration of Kathryn’s life and open house at the old family home, now the residence of her grandson, Alan Wynn. A very special thank you to her great-grand daughter Emily Wynn, for managing Grandma’s care at home, making it possible for her to stay there as long as possible. And also thanks to the staff at Where the Heart Is, and especially to Skagit Hospice for creating and carrying out a plan for the end of life without pain or fear.

OLGA (CIS, GG) BRANIFF Sunrise, August 26, 1930 – Sunset, February 4, 2018

Olga “Cis” Braniff passed away in Olympia, WA Sunday, February 4, 2018. She was 87 years of age. Cis was born in New York City August 26, 1930 and was the youngest daughter of Olga and Martin Kovat. She grew up living in various areas of the Big Apple saying, later in life, she got the best years out of the city. She took great pride in her birthplace and referred to New Yorkers as “movers and shakers.” In 1947 Cis met the love of her life, fellow New Yorker Eddie Braniff. Theirs was a romance for the ages and in 1950 they married. Together, they raised 9 children and lived in various areas of the country including California, Colorado, Florida and the Pacific NW. As she frequently recollected, when referring to raising her family, “those were my days in the sun.” Sadly, in 1978, her wonderful Eddie passed away. With 4 children still at home, she continued working the family business and went on to open a gift shop in Zillah, WA. Cis always stayed busy and enjoyed owning her own business. She even obtained her real estate and bartender’s license along the way because, “well, you just never know when you might need it.” Time eventually brought her to Western WA where she worked at NAS Whidbey, the Everett Convention Center and Chamber of Commerce. Always up for a travel adventure, she loved get-away road trips and took a solo trip through 10 countries in Europe making new friends along the way with her contagious smile and warmth. To Cis, strangers were friends she had yet to meet. Described as a ray of sunshine, a beautiful soul, loving and sweet, she leaves behind an ocean of memories we will forever hold close to our hearts. As her children grew up and had children of their own, her name evolved into GG – “Gorgeous Granny.” Just like her children, the grandchildren were the lights of her life. She never lost her sense of childlike wonder and imagination. GG fell in love with Whidbey Island and settled there. Gifted with a beautiful voice and artistic talent she enjoyed singing in the church choir, sketching and painting. She also started a social group for fellow New Yorkers. GG is survived by her children Edward Braniff, Therese Hawkins, Kevin Braniff (Patricia), Christopher Braniff (Lori), Timothy Braniff (Kari), Brigid Buchanan, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her beloved Eddie, her children, Alison Burnes, Martin Braniff, Joseph Braniff, granddaughter Elizabeth Braniff, her parents and sister Connie. GG’s faith was at the foundation of who she was. It sustained her through good times and bad and she never wavered in her beliefs. Through her strength, she instilled independence and perseverance in her children. And now, she is surrounded by her cherished loved ones in eternal peace. A viewing will be held Saturday morning, February 17, 2018, between 8-8:45 am at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor. A funeral Mass will follow at 10:00 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Oak Harbor with Rev. Paul Pluth JCL as celebrant. A reception will follow in the church hall. Burial will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery in Coupeville, following the reception.

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Family Tails Dog Rescue needs foster homes! We can't save dogs from high kill shelters without homes for them to stay at while they wait to find their forever home. 1 week to 3 months, a fun and rewarding way to be involved with rescue and also have a dog without the full time commitment. We pay for everything, you just provide the love and the home. Please call 360-969-2014 for more info or for an application.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS JEEPERS! Let’s start a new club! The inaugural meeting of the Whidbey Wranglers, an all Jeep vehicle organization, will be at the Oak Harbor El Cazador restaurant Saturday, February 24 at 5pm. Feel free to contact me at spillerr@ comcast.net for any questions or just show up! Pregnant? Need baby clothes? We have them and the price is right–FREE. Pregnancy Care Clinic, open most Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 4pm. Call (360) 221-2909 or stop by 6th and Cascade in Langley. Be the difference in a child's life and become a foster parent today! Service Alternatives is looking for caring, loving, and supportive families to support foster children. (425) 923-0451 or mostermick@ servalt-cfs.com The Whidbey Island community is encouraged to try out the paddling sport of dragon boating with the Stayin' Alive team. Our team's mission is to promote the physical, social, and emotional benefits of dragon boating. It has been shown to be especially beneficial to cancer survivors. Practice with us for up to 3 times for free. Life-jackets and paddles provided. Saturdays at the Oak Harbor Marina, 8:45am. Contact njlish@ gmail.com. More info at our Facebook Page: https://www. facebook.com/NorthPugetSou ndDragonBoatClub?ref=hl Medical Marijuana patients unite; If you need assistance, advice, etc. please contact at 420patientnetworking@gmail. com. Local Whidbey Island help. If you or someone you know has been a victim of Homicide, Burglary, Robbery, Assault, Identity Theft, Fraud, Human Trafficking, Home Invasion and other crimes not listed. Victim Support Services has Advocates ready to help. Please

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Looking for Board Members to join the dynamic Board of Island Senior Resources and serve the needs of Island County Seniors. Of particular interest are representatives from North Whidbey. For more information please contact: reception@islandseniorservices.org

JOB MARKET FAMILY RESOURCES COORDINATOR: Toddler Learning Center is currently seeking part to full time Family Resources Coordinator to be a member of an early intervention team for families with children birth to three years of age with developmental delays. Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in human service, psychology, sociology, nursing or related field. Experience may substitute for degree. Reliable car and a valid driver’s license is required. Email toddlerlc@tlcwhidbey. org for full job description and application. Priority screening will begin on or after February 22, 2018 by 4pm. (1) STOVE SALES POSITION: Retail-minded person wanted for the Freeland Ace stove and fireplace sales position. Must have inventory experience with large and small units, some construction background and a strong sales record. Prior knowledge of gas, pellet, and wood stoves and inserts is a plus. Must be able to work independently and coordinate with contractors and installers as needed. Must be able to lift 40-lbs. Full time with benefits. Must have reliable transportation as this position requires some local site

We Manage Your Home As If It Were Our Own. 360-675-9596 • www.whidbeyres.com 285 NE Midway Blvd • Suite #2 • Oak Harbor visits. Wages and benefits are based on qualifications and will be reviewed during the interview. 36+ hours a week qualifies for full time benefits: Medical/401k/Discounts/Bonuses/Vacation, after passing a 90 day probationary period. Qualified candidates, please complete our online prescreen at www.acehardwarejobs. com before bringing in your resume (with references) and a cover letter that explains your qualifications and goals and what we can do to support them. (2) ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: We are looking for a dynamic Account Executive. Applicant has to be able to work autonomously and be self-motivated; must possess exceptional customer service and organizational skills; marketing or advertising background desired. If you want to join a successful, growing organization and have a strong work ethic, we want to talk to you. Email your cover letter and resume to info@ whidbeyweekly.com DRIVERS: Drivers wanted for Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle. CDL/ P2 Preferred, Training available for those without. Full Time, Part Time and weekend openings available. Details at www. seatacshuttle.com or call (360) 679-4003

JEWELRY Wide silver cuff bracelet with a 1-1/4" square blue green dichroic glass and wire wrapped beads, $49 OBO; Multi-stone (moss agate, chalcedony etc.) stretch bracelet, $20 OBO; Chrysoprase pendant with interesting silver chain, $75 OBO; Beautiful sterling silver and sapphire earrings, $49 OBO; Glass tube bead (blue/ purple tones) bracelet, $25 OBO; Interesting glass pin in

shades of blue, $5. Call (360) 331-1063 (2) Oval amethyst ring set in sterling silver, $45 OBO; White button pearl earrings 8mm, $29 OBO; Pale blue Baroque pearl earrings 9-10mm, $39 OBO. Call (360) 331-1063 (2)

LAWN AND GARDEN 25 aluminum silver deck post caps, $3 each; 200 feet new 8” heavy waterline, $4 a foot, obo. Can be used for waterline or drain line. (360) 321-1624 Natural Barnyard Topsoil: Good for gardens, flower beds, etc. Unscreened, 10 yard loads, $225 delivered. South Whidbey (360) 321-1624

ANIMALS/SUPPLIES If you or someone you know needs help in feeding pet(s), WAIF Pet Food Banks may be able to help. Pet Food Banks are located at WAIF thrift stores in Oak Harbor (50 NE Midway Blvd) and Freeland (1660 Roberta Ave) and are generously stocked by donations from the community. If you need assistance, please stop by.

WANTED Collectibles, Art & Antiques. Cash paid for quality items. Call or Text (360 661-7298 (1)

Looking to borrow or hire pickup to take wood as donation to Ryan's House on Hwy 20 near Coupeville opposite the Waste Recycle Center. Several blown down trees now converted to firewood at my home less than 1 mile away would serve as heat to this non profit center providing shelter for teens. If someone would loan me a pickup or assist in hauling the wood to Ryan's House in concert with my loading/unloading, I will be more than happy to pay for gasoline. Call (360) 229-0797, ask for Mikel (0)

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MISCELLANEOUS Belize 2-person hot tub, 110 V (NOT 220), excellent shape but needs a new pump. Includes extras like ozone generator, spa pillows, and chemicals. Bought new in 2010 for over $3000, sell for $750. (360) 678-3350 (1) Over 50 LP (vinyl) albums for sale, various artists, pristine condition, $3 each. Call (360) 331-1063 (2) Looking for Xmas, Bday, Father's Day, or just Gifts in general? These are LOCAL made crafts, I have about 50-60 of these available. They are $16.00/ea, plus shipping if you want them mailed. CASH preferred. Dimensions are: 5-6"W X 17”L. Contact me at ljohn60@gmail.com. Puzzle 1 (Easy, difficulty rating 0.43)

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