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Bits & Pieces Letters to the Editor To the Citizens of the City of Oak Harbor: You elected me to serve as your mayor in 2016 and I take that responsibility very seriously. In that regard, you also entrusted me and your city council to oversee the largest construction project the City of Oak Harbor has ever undertaken. As part of that role, it is my job to make sure the right people are in place to supervise the various components of this project and that it is completed on time and constructed in a fiscally responsible manner. Oak Harbor’s Clean Water Facility is now 70% complete and is scheduled to be finished in December of 2018, with the park construction continuing into spring. About two weeks ago, I was advised that the total project cost estimate for the finished plant is now nearly $142 million. This latest estimate is $18 - $20 million dollars higher than the final cost projection the city council and I were provided in September of 2016. Like you, I have a lot of questions about that number, how it got that high, and why neither I nor members of our city council learned about it several months ago. And I want to know if there will be any more surprises before the end of the year. This is a complex project with an equally complex contract. It is not a fixed price contract like many smaller construction projects tend to be. And we have gone through a “superheated market” for the building and construction trades – a factor that affects construction costs in a contract like the one we have with our general contractor. Nevertheless, I want to know what happened and why it appears that the costs of our treatment plant are three to four times what a similar plant cost just eight years ago. I am pursuing the retention of a well-regarded construction specialist to conduct an intensive “Construction Review” of the Clean Water Facility from its inception to the present. I have requested a thorough but prompt review and report, and believe that is achievable. Once those findings are placed on my desk, I expect to learn whether these substantial increases, over original estimates, are due to unavoidable increases in construction costs or something more serious. Like many of you, I was very surprised to learn about the last two substantial increases in the estimated costs of the Clean Water Facility – over $20 million from prior estimates in the fall of 2016; and another $20 million dollar increase just three weeks ago. I don’t like surprises and certainly not of this magnitude.

in this city. I will communicate to you with full transparency. I will ask the hard questions of city staff and myself, and provide you the answers you deserve.

ter Ball. This fun dance has become a favorite local tradition, with 300+ coming for a special night out together. This year’s dance will have a “Masquerade Ball” theme.

If you would like to sign up for my monthly Clean Water Facility report to the community, please email demery@oakharbor.org. Working together we solved the debilitating strife and miscommunication that plagued our police department before I took office, and I am confident that we can do the same with this very important project that will affect us all for many years to come.

All ages are welcome, though the dance is most frequented by girls ages 3 to 15. The event is not limited to just “dads”; other role models are welcome, a lot of grandfathers, brothers, uncles and neighbors have been towed along for the fun over the years.

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NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board Interested community members are invited to attend the next NAS Whidbey Island Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) meeting Thursday, March 1, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the NAS Whidbey Island Chiefs’ Club Ballroom, located at 1080 West Ault Field Road, Oak Harbor. Several topics will be discussed; including, the State Petroleum Cleanup Program, Military Munitions Response Program, and the CERCLA Program (including work at the Area 6 landfill and drinking water PFAS investigation). The RAB is a key element of the NAS Whidbey Island environmental program. As an advisory board the RAB is designated to act as a forum for open discussion and exchange of information regarding environmental cleanup and restoration projects at NAS Whidbey Island between the Navy, representatives of government agencies, and local community members. Community members interested in learning more about the restoration program or the RAB are encouraged to attend the March 1 meeting. For more information, call Mike Welding at (360) 257-2286, or email at michael.welding@navy.mil. [Submitted by Michael Welding, Public Affairs Officer, NAS Whidbey Island]

Classic Jazz Concert Come cool your heels with a classical evening of jazz featuring the music of Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Hoagie Carmichael & more. Friday, March 2, at 7:00pm, the community is invited to Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland for a Classic Jazz Concert by the Whidbey Island Community Orchestra followed by a reception with the orchestra & refreshments. Featuring instrumental performances by Beverly Heising, Steve Tarr, Talia Marcus, & Andre Feriante with Dr. Cynthia Morrow, Conductor. The evening will be highlighted by a vocal performance from Whidbey’s own beloved Nancy Nolan. Admission is free, although donations are accepted and greatly appreciated.

South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District (SWPRD) is in need of a few more volunteers to make this the best possible event for these girls. They need decorators (Cozy’s is donating pizza for the decorating crew!), door greeters, refreshment service & prep, clean-up crew, and more. Additionally, SWPRD is seeking donations for door prizes and refreshments. Call Carrie if you want to help: (360) 221-6788 or email programs@whidbey.com. New location this year! The event has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, outgrowing the high school and Bayview Hall, so SWPRD is trying out the Fairgrounds Pole Building. Space is still limited and tickets should be purchased in advance. Tickets are $30 per couple if purchased by March 1, $35 at the door if space is available, and $15 for each additional daughter. Needs-based scholarships are available, but should be requested early. The all-inclusive price includes a masquerade mask for each daughter (only for those who register in advance), light refreshments, a raffle ticket, commemorative digital photo (downloadable after the event), and more surprises. This year’s awesome prizes include an extra fancy masquerade mask, a Sprinklz gift card, a $50 gift certificate from Whidbey Island Kayak Co., and more! The event is Saturday, March 3, from 7:00pm to 8:30pm. For details, contact South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District at (360) 221-6788 or programs@whidbey.com. Tickets can be purchased in advance (by March 1) at www. swparks.org. [Submitted by Carrie Monforte, SWPRD]

2018 Local Artists Series Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) is proud to present this year’s Local Artist Series featuring Whidbey Island performing and visual artists throughout the month of March.

[Submitted by Christy Newman, WIO Board Member]

Daddy & Daughter Masquerade Ball The Secrets and Friends kick off the series on March 3 at 7:30pm. Singers, songwriters, and musicians David Licastro, Alicia Elliott, Russell Sparkman, and special guest David Malony bring their Americana performances to the WICA stage for solo, duo, trio and full-band pieces, featuring standards and originals from blues and alternative.

Communication is essential in all relationships and I am very disappointed in the lack of communication between myself and city staff that has occurred in regard to the “cost creep” that has taken place on this project. I intend to examine and evaluate both the persons and the departments involved in this project.

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for dads to take their daughters out for an evening of fun and dancing at the 16th annual Daddy-Daugh

LOCALLY OPERATED Songs for Challenging Times performs on March 23 at 7:30pm. Struggling with the issues of our times? Join us in using the arts as a way forward through reflection, inspiration, humor, and community! Barbara Dunn, Marta Mulholland, and Dana Lyons bring their talents to the WICA Stage with original music, covers, dance/movement, and spoken word. An inspiration in these challenging times! Soul Songs from the Heart and Bones of the World finishes off the series on March 24 at 7:30pm. Join local artist Julie Glover and worldrenowned singer/songwriter Gina Sala on a magical journey into the music of many different ethnic traditions, and how they express joy, sorrow, celebration and mystery. Come prepared to be embraced by, and to participate in, a rich field of sound. Tickets available at the WICA Box Office: (360) 221-8268 or online at https://tickets.wicaonline.org Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ Local Artist Series was established to create opportunities for local artists to perform at WICA. All facility rental fees are underwritten by WICA and the Anniversary Concert. In addition, the chosen artists keep the ticket proceeds for their event. The application deadline for the 2019 Local Artist series is May 1, 2018. If you are interested in participating in this series, please contact WICA at (360) 221-8262 or visit www.WICAonline.org. [Submitted by Fritha Strand, WICA]

Native Plants Are for the Birds

A Rufous Hummingbird on red-flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum), a plant native to the Northwest. Edain will offer cuttings of this plant. Photo: iStock, www.audubon.org

Marianne Edain of Frosty Hollow Restoration Services discusses native plant communities that nurture and form a symbiotic relationship with birds on Whidbey Island. The presentation is at the monthly meeting of the Whidbey Audubon Society on Thursday, March 8 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at 20103 Highway 525, north of Freeland. Edain, co-owner of Frosty Hollow, has been a practicing restorationist for 35 years. “The biggest part of restoration is recognizing the problem to be solved. This often takes some serious investigation,” she explains. Frosty Hollow has presented many workshops for agency staff and others about how to plan a restoration. It has supplied seed of more than 250 Pacific Northwest species to restoration projects as far away as Northern California. The hedgerow at Hedgebrook Farm was designed to provide wildlife food and habitat. Some of the plants include red flowering currant, Indian plum, beaked hazelnut, blue elderberries and tall Oregon grape. Martha and Steve Ellis will present slides to illustrate plants with birds attracted to them. Martha is a member of the Washington Native Plant Society.

For more information, email cnewman@whidbey.com

The City of Oak Harbor is committed to creating a vibrant community by delivering quality services, enhancing the quality of life, and fostering economic opportunities.

But make no mistake. The buck stops with me and you have my word that I will take all necessary steps to obtain answers to the questions that we all have. And I remain accountable to each and every one of you who live

Not much of a dancer? No matter, John Travolta’s dancing skills are not required when the D.J. plays “YMCA”. Really, it’s simply an evening to put on your best duds, get goofy on the dance floor, have a nice photo taken together, and visit with other dads and daughters.


Weatherside Whiskey Band takes the stage on March 17 at 7:30pm. This local alt-country and bluegrass ensemble features Tanner McInerney, Amy McInerney, Jakob Singer, and Jacob Yackshaw. Don’t miss this “whiskey-swilling roadhouse outfit” renowned for its down home sounds with three-part harmonies, acoustic guitar, mandolin, drums, and upright bass.

The public is welcome to this free event and encouraged to bring pruners as there will be cuttings available to take home and root. Doors open at 7:00pm for refreshments followed by a short business meeting at 7:15pm. The program begins at 7:30pm. Remember to check the website by 4:00pm on the day of the program in case there is a change or cancellation due to weather or illness, www.whidbeyaudubon.org. [Submitted by Susan Prescott, Whidbey Audubon Publicity Chair]

Oak Harbor Rotary Opens Grant Applications for Community Service Grants Program The Rotary Club of Oak Harbor is pleased to announce a Call for Grant Applications for its 6th annual Community Service Grants Program. BITS & PIECES

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Please excuse me for smiling while writing this column. Last weekend began the Season of Auditory Enhancements, or SAE time. Baseball on the radio.

While the annual argument is made by my buddy Gene from Ben Creek, West Virginia that spring training does not matter, the sound of baseball always matters, even if the games do not count. Whoever invented white noise must have liked baseball. People are always talking during baseball games. People are comfortable. People are friendly. People are gabbing. Some people are so pleased with their verbal sharing experiences in the baseball stands they do not even know there is a game going on. On the radio, such unidentifiable banter sounds ever so glorious. Plus, we baseball fans don't have to stand up the entire game like football fans. We baseball fans only have to stand up if someone in our row is going for a beer or a burger or a baño.

The title of the book, Why bother? The only down side to this method—the arrival of a surprise guest. It is at this time I must do a single envelopment of all exposed uncleaned zones by using gray and black tarps normally used to cover wood. To avoid humiliation and eventual gossip in the streets, the slight fib one must use is your roof leaks. One must be tarp ready here on Mold Island. Missouri billboards My favorite Woody Harrelson line in his latest film, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (close your eyes and skip to next paragraph if you do not want to know), occurs just a few minutes into the story. In his rant to Oscar nominee and grieving mother Frances McDormand, Sheriff Woody goes off: “You think I care about dentists?...I don't care about dentists...Nobody cares about dentists.” Which reminds me to call my almost-niece Maddie at Montana State to remind her that her father, The Kite-Boarding Dentist of Hood River, born in Missouri, should not see this movie.

Like watching golf, or hockey, or the Olympics with the TV sound muted. Who said men cannot multi-task?

I can almost see and hear the promo now.

Play ball!

The Horizontally Healed. The Lowdown on the Laydown. Lateral Bite-Wings vs Drones.

Kitchen mess Last Sunday's Daily Herald featured Jennifer Bardsley's “I Brake for Moms” column wherein she suggested “five easy steps” to cleaning the kitchen. Her enjoyable sharing of this exploration in hygiene is based on the book, “Zone Cleaning for Kids: The Fun Way to Clean the House,” by Jennie von Eggers and Marillee Flanagan. The only thing fun about cleaning is being done. In our college fraternity, after hell week, we had field day. In the Marines, we policed the area, secured our quarters, and cleaned the you know what out of the communal areas. Mowing the yard is one thing, but cleaning your room, your kitchen, or your house is quite another. I have great respect for the Pledge of Allegiance, but our Mom's allegiance to Pledge was a challenge. Everywhere we went in the house it smelled of lemon. All the tables and chairs and bookcases smelled of lemon. The only safe place to go was the bathroom. There, everything smelled of Colgate. We brushed a lot just to get away from the Lemon Pledge. Mix the Lemon Pledge with the secondary fumes of Pine Sol, and we're playing outside. So, if you have a stuffed nose and lots of time on a rainy day, here are the five suggestions, thanks to Jennifer Bardsley, for cleaning your kitchen from one end of the counter to another. 1. Put all the dishes in the sink. (Cool, mine are already there.) 2. Put all the food away. (Done, already in the freezer.) 3. Put all the trash away. (Handled, in the shed with the mice.) 4. Wash the dishes. (Whoops, got all of them in the sink. No room to wash. Maybe later.) 5. Wipe the counters. (Easy, they are in the caboose, not the kitchen.) There you have it. An easy way to start and finish cleaning the kitchen before the TV commercials are over. Zone cleaning is not unlike staying within one's own zip code. The older we get, the less we need to go anywhere, and the less we need to clean. What about zone cleaning for the person living alone? That book can be written right now by any solo flyer.

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Such disrespect of dentists might affect the air over the chair of those horizontally healed. What a news hook it could be to do a feature on the positive side of dentistry, thereby combating the possible backlash of anti-dental sentiments which could surface now that the movie Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is out on DVD, available for rental from red boxes, and by Amazoning, You-Tubing, and Netflixing.

Baseball on the radio is one of the best sports for me because I can do something else while listening.


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Quick, someone get me the number for Jesse Jones. After all, Jesse James was from Missouri. That gives us the much needed tie-in to the film and the marketing campaign for a special election to replace the Governor of Missouri with a licensed dentist.

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Show me the money, in the Show-me-State. Beet salad Since our Mom was not allowed by her Mama to be in the kitchen while growing up in Mississippi, Mom celebrated two days a year—her birthday, June 3, also that of Jefferson Davis as the banks were closed, and September 10, 1953, celebrating the date the first Swanson dinner was sold.

Uniquely Put

So, in honor of Mom who always served FrancoAmerican spaghetti with sliced beets removed from our basement's bomb shelter, I offer the following recipe for something I will never eat, Beet Salad.

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As we used to say in the Oil City Senior High lunch hall, “You can beet your life on it.” 3 medium beets, raw 1 ½ tablespoons of lemon juice 1 tablespoon of cider vinegar 1 tablespoon apple juice concentrate 1 teaspoon stone-ground mustard ½ teaspoon thyme (fresh or dried) Salt and pepper to taste Mom could easily tell when we tossed her red beets into the trash. The red beet juice would always show its exit from the plate really well. She never said anything. Mom knew better. She had more fun making us think we had fooled her. We always sopped up our remaining FrancoAmerican spaghetti juice with Wonder Bread, so only the red juice of the tossed beets was left as evidence. Caution—If you do use the above recipe, make sure you use lemon juice and not Lemon Pledge. Even just ½ tablespoon can affect the salad. Of course, your breath will be shiny. To read past columns of On Track in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www. whidbeyweekly.com.

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The Friday-noon Rotary initiated its Community Service Grants in 2013 to promote the quality of life in the Oak Harbor and North Whidbey Island Community and is focused on supporting organizations that act on the needs of people in need. In the prior 5 years, the Club has awarded more than $25,000 and over 20 Grants. Recent recipients include: Whidbey Homeless Coalition, SPIN Café, Impaired Driving Impact Panel, Garage of Blessings, Boys & Girls Club and Habitat for Humanity. Emailed grant applications are due by March 6 and details can be found on the Club’s website - http://ohrotary.org/SitePage/communityservice-grants. The Club anticipates awarding grants in the range of $1,000 to $500. The Oak Harbor Rotary has a longstanding reputation for its history of leadership in community service. In the past, the Club has spearheaded the drive to build the HS football stadium, donated the swimming Lagoon at Windjammer Park and has awarded over $250,000 in college scholarships to graduating seniors at OHHS. More recently, the Club has initiated the Elementary School Backpack Program which helps to insure that kids have nutritious snacks for the weekends when school lunch programs are not available and frequently volunteers to serve meals at the SPIN Café and performs night-host duties at the Haven Shelter. The Club has also stepped forward as the principal supporter of the annual Craig McKenzie Team Hydros for Heroes boat racing event.

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American Classics & Jazz with Whidbey’s Saratoga Orchestra Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island presents American Classics & Jazz, a set of programs on March 10, 7:00pm at South Whidbey High School and March 11, 2:30pm at Oak Harbor High School. Music Director, Anna Edwards, leads the orchestra in a program highlighting some of America’s favorite composers of the 20th century. From Tin Pan Alley to Birdland to Carnegie Hall, composers Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Duke Ellington will be celebrated for their contribution to our popular musical culture. A specially created Whidbey Jazz Orchestra, with South Whidbey High School alumnae Katyrose Jordan on alto sax and vocals, Angelique Poteat on clarinet, and Keegan Harshman on jazz bass, as well as John Wylie from NAS Whidbey and former member of the Navy’s 7th Fleet Band on tenor sax and Julian Garvue, an award-winning New York Citybased jazz musician on piano, will highlight the shows. The Whidbey High School All-Stars with students from Oak Harbor, Coupeville and South Whidbey Jazz Ensembles also join the program. Katyrose Jordan fronts the Whidbey Jazz Orchestra on vocals from the Great American Songbook as arranged by Nelson Riddle and on saxophone performing Charlie Parker’s arrangements with strings. Angelique Poteat pays homage to Artie Shaw and special guest conductors will be leading Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa.

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Bob Stilger will lead this workshop. Bob spent 5 years working with people and communities in Japan after the March 11, 2011 triple disasters of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear explosions. In 2017 he published AfterNow: When We Cannot See the Future, Where Do We Begin? It is a rich tapestry of stories from the people of Japan about how they are finding where forward is and stepping towards it, Bob’s own story of showing up in disaster, and the tools and processes he used and taught.

Land Trust Adds Two New Board Members

What about here in the beautiful Northwest? How can we support each other, throughout the region, to learn about what’s possible now and to take that learning into action? What might it look like for our region to become one that’s built true resilience? What we learn in disaster is that it is all about the social fabric of community that helps people bounce back. What we learn is disasters crack open the old normal and that space is worked in best if the ground has been prepared before disaster strikes. • What else can be done before disasters to prepare for the challenges and opportunities that will arise?

[Submitted by Larry Heidel, Saratoga Orchestra]

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45th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Questions? Contact Marnie Jackson at: info@ whidbeyinstitute.org

The Irish Wildlife Society’s 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is scheduled for Saturday, March 17, beginning at 1:00pm on Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. This year’s Grand Marshall will be Nora O’Connell-Balda.

[Submitted by Marnie Jackson, The Whidbey Institute]

Whidbey Children’s Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. opening on Friday, March 9 and running weekends through Sunday, March 18. The second mainstage production of WCT’s ELEMENTAL season is a musical theatre classic directed by WCT Alum Sommer Harris and musical directed by Andrea Frey Rieneckert, who previously worked on the record-breaking Mary Poppins last August. This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world. Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion. Performances run at 7:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with 2:00pm Sunday matinees. Sunday, March 11 continues the tradition of WCT’s Family Day Matinee when all tickets are priced at $8. Tickets for Fiddler on the Roof, Jr. are $16 for adults, and $8 for youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at www.wctmagic. org or at the box office up to one hour before curtain on show days. Patrons are encouraged to arrive to the theatre at least fifteen minutes before curtain. There is no late seating. [Submitted by Kathryn Lynn Morgen, Whidbey Children’s Theatre]

If you would like to be in the parade, entry applications for this non-Political parade may be obtained through: OH Chamber of Commerce office: c/o Vickie Graham (events@oakharborchamber.com) Main Street Association office: c/o Matthew Williams (edmainstreet@gmail.com) Mike Thelen: (360) 679-8499, thelenmike. assoc@gmail.com [Submitted by Michael Thelen]

AfterNow: Preparing for the Possible

The workshop will also draw heavily on your experience. There’s no template here. No one size fits all. There is knowledge and experience to share. We have stepped into a new normal and we need each other to figure out how to proceed.

VFW Auxiliary to Host Free Family Freedom Festival Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary 7392 will host its first ever Family Freedom Festival on March 24 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at VFW Post 7392 located at 3037 Goldie Road, Oak Harbor. This family-friendly event will feature kids’ and teens’ open mic and more! Free festival to celebrate the freedoms we enjoy and will include activities and entertainment for all ages. Attend this event and learn about VFW Auxiliary and what they can do for you: • Discover contests & educational scholarships the Auxiliary offers and support and learn how to apply. • Meet members of the newly formed youth group and speak with them about some of the volunteer work they’ve done in our community such as parade banner carriers, Easter, Buddy Poppy distribution, and more. Learn how your child can join this patriotic group.

How might we respond to fires, earthquakes, and other disasters in a way that makes us and our communities more resilient and able to cope with the rising tide of challenges?

• Talk with hospital volunteers and hear why they love to volunteer and bring smiles to the faces of hospitalized veterans in our community and how you can join them.

Join The Whidbey Institute for a deep dive into Preparing for the Possible, a 3-day program, held Thursday, March 22 through Saturday, March 24 at The Whidbey Institute in Clinton.

• Visit with local representatives and register to vote.

The fires, the fires, they bring it all home. British Columbia, Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon inundated with smoke and fire for most of the summer and then the devastating fires of northern, then southern, California. We don’t need to be fixated on 2017’s cascade of disasters. We don’t need to say it is predictive. But we must notice it. Not only the fires, but the devastating hurricanes in Houston, Florida and Puerto Rico and deadly earthquakes in Mexico. Mass murders in Las Vegas, New York, Texas and California. Opioid addic-

Sally King of Greenbank and Cathy Darracott of Freeland joined the board in January.

• Are you in places where unexpected tragedy has occurred?

Whidbey Children’s Theatre Presents Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

Come and enjoy a real family outing while “wearin’ the Green” !

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust recently welcomed two new members to its board of directors.

• Do you help people or communities figure out how to be more healthy and resilient?

[Submitted by George Saul]

Photos courtesy WCT: Storyteller Jill Johnson leads a workshop delving into traditions and background story with the cast of Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.

[Submitted by Teresa Coe, VFW Auxiliary 7392]

• Is your work with communities to help them prepare for disasters?

• How can disaster be a new beginning to co-create the lives and communities we want?

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is traditionally the first parade of each year and is a fun family event. Following the parade, there will be a corn-beef and cabbage meal at the American Legion. Cost of the meal is $9 per plate.


tion crisis made visible as well as the longstanding sexual predator behaviors of some men.

General Admission tickets are $25 Adult and $20 Senior/Military. Students under 18 admitted free (under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult). Tickets available at Blue Sound Music and Moonraker Books in Langley, bayleaf in Coupeville, and Click Music in Oak Harbor. Cash/check/CC accepted at the door. For information and on-line tickets, please visit sowhidbey.com or call (360) 929-3045.

Anyone may make contributions to the Oak Harbor Rotary Club. Checks may be made payable to the Oak Harbor Rotary Foundation, Oak Harbor Rotary Club, PO Box 442, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Rotary is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and your contribution may be tax deductible.


• Meet the Post Service Officer who can assist with claims, military to civilian transition, and more. • Learn how you can take steps to change mental health in America. Learn the Five Signs of emotional suffering, obtain information about the Veterans Crisis Line, and the VFW National Home for Children’s Military & Veteran Family Helpline. • Sign up to become a member of VFW or VFW Auxiliary. Active duty and dependents are eligible today (think Iraq, Afghanistan, hazard duty pay, expeditionary). Auxiliary starts at age sixteen.

King recently retired from the King County Department of Natural Resources, where her work focused on conservation planning, restoration, acquisition and management. She also worked with rural property owners to develop forest stewardship and farm plans. After visiting Whidbey Island for decades to enjoy its natural beauty, King bought a home in Greenbank in 2009. Darracott is a former Certified Public Accountant and retired business owner. An outdoor enthusiast, she first learned about the Land Trust during the “Save the Trillium Forest” campaign and got involved in fundraising for the project. Trillium Community Forest is one of the Land Trust’s most celebrated success stories. In 2010, during the height of the recession, $4 million was raised from more than 1,500 donors in only seven months to protect the largest contiguous forest in private ownership on Whidbey Island. The effort protected 654 acres of forest, eliminating the possibility of development atop a ridge north of Freeland. “That was such a great piece of property,” Darracott said. “I thought if we could save that, that would be awesome.” The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that actively involves the community in protecting, restoring, and appreciating the important natural habitats and resource lands that support the diversity of life on our islands and in the waters of Puget Sound. For more information, visit www.wclt.org, email info@wclt.org, or call (360) 222-3310. [Submitted by Ron Newberry, Communications Manager, WCLT]

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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, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 1:00pm-7:00pm Island Senior Resources Center, 14594 WA-525, Langley

PSE Energy Fair Tuesday, March 6, 10:00am-2:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Learn more about renewable energy, solar panels, ductless heat pumps, HVAC systems, energy efficient custom homes, insulated concrete form building, lighting kits, rebates and incentives, and contractor referrals. Visit featured vendors including Valley Supply Co, Whidbey Sun & Wind, Cascade Custom Homes, Island Ductless Heat Pumps, TechniArt, Clifton View Homes, Marshall’s Mechanical, and PSE. Free to all! For more information, call (360) 678-4461.

2nd Friday Nonfiction Book Group Friday, March 9, 10:30am-12:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room Enjoy reading nonfiction? Bring a friend and join the discussion of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in an American City” by Matthew Desmond. Adult Mental Health First Aid Monday, March 12, 8:00am-5:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room

www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OPERATED First Church of Christ, Scientist Worship, 10:00am Sunday School to age 20, 10:00am Wednesday Testimony Meeting, 2:30pm Christian Science Reading Room Tuesday & Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm Wednesday 3:30pm-5:30pm The church and Reading Room are located at 721 SW 20th Court at Scenic Heights Street, Oak Harbor. Call (360) 675-0621 or visit christianscience.com Services and Sunday School are also held at 10:30am on South Whidbey at 15910 Highway 525, just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road; testimony meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.

Galleries & Art Shows Featured Artists: Skip Smith & Anne Hirondelle Artists’ Reception: Saturday, March 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm Exhibit continues through April 1 Museo Gallery, Langley

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Classic Jazz Friday, March 2, 7:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland Presented by the Whidbey Island Community Orchestra and featuring works by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Hoagie Carmichael, and more. Admission is free, donations welcomed. A reception will follow.

VINTERJazz Friday, March 2, 7:00pm Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, Coupeville Admission: $10 A live Spring Jazz concert by the Oak Harbor High School Jazz Band.

Live Music: PLAID (the duo) Friday, March 2, 7:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit www.penncovebrewing.com

“The Producers” a Musical Friday, March 2, 7:30pm Saturdays, March 3, 7:30pm Sunday, March 4, 7:30pm 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.

Live Music: Ronnie Nix Saturday, March 3, 6:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Ronnie Nix has performed in numerous locations including Japan and Italy thanks to the Navy. Growing up in Alabama, he was influenced by many different genres of music. His acoustic rendition of mostly top 40 hits and rock from the 90s is phenomenal. No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit www.penncovebrewing.com

2018 Local Artists Series Saturday, March 3, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center For the Arts, Langley The Secrets and Friends kick off the series. Singers, songwriters, and musicians David Licastro, Alicia Elliott, Russell Sparkman, and special guest David Malony bring their Americana performances to the WICA stage for solo, duo, trio and full-band pieces, featuring standards and originals from blues and alternative. Tickets available at (360) 221-8268 or online at www.tickets.wicaonline.org

See schedule below Cost: Free WIHHA- Practical Feng Shui Thursday, March 1, 4:00pm-6:00pm Freeland Library In this hands-on interactive workshop, certified feng shui consultant, Lianna Gilman shows you how to transform a room into a more comfortable and productive space. Everyone is welcome. For more information about WIHHA visit www.wihha.org Friends of the Freeland Library Used Book Sale Saturday, March 3, 10:00am-2:00pm Freeland Library Large selection of great books for all ages at bargain prices. Proceeds support the Friends of the Freeland Library. MusselFest Book Sale Saturday, March 3, 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, March 4, 10:00am-4:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room Mussel up and join us for the first book sale of the season-gently used donations of fiction, non-fiction, children’s and more. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Coupeville Library. Tips for Vegetable Gardening on Whidbey Tuesday, March 6, 1:00pm-3:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room Join Anza Muenchow, WSU Extension to discover what vegetables grow best on our island, along with successful time-saving gardening techniques, succession sowing plans and tips. LEGO® In The Library Tuesday, March 6, 4:00pm-5:30pm Coupeville Library Build your best with LEGO® in this open session for creating by yourself or with a building buddy. We’ll also build with ZoobMobile Car Designer this month. For ages 5 and up. AARP Tax Aide Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21 & 28, 10:00am-4:30pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low and moderate income. Call (360) 678-3000 to schedule an appointment. Wednesday Night with the Stars: “Dunkirk” Wednesday, March 7, 5:30pm-7:30pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room Join us for popcorn and a movie! This month we are showing “Dunkirk.” Rated PG-13. Lit for Fun Book Group: “Citizens of London” Thursday, March 8, 9:00am-11:00am Freeland Library Join us for a discussion of Lynne Olson’s “Citizens of London” the behind-the-scenes story of how the United States forged its wartime alliance with Britain. For adults.

Every Tuesday, 4:00pm-5:30pm St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley Charismatic Prayer and Praise group. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Bill at (360) 222-4080 or email Sobico@comcast.net.

Filipino Christian Fellowship Sundays, 2:00pm Meets at Church on the Rock, 1780 SE 4th Ave., Oak Harbor. www.ohcfellowship.com

Healing Rooms Every Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm 5200 Honeymoon Bay Road, Freeland The Healing Rooms are open to anyone desiring personal prayer for physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. There is a team of Christians from several local churches that are dedicated to praying for healing the sick in our community. All ministry is private, confidential, and free. Teams are available to pray for individuals who drop by on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Ann at (425) 263-2704, email healingwhidbey.com, or visit the International Association of Healing Rooms at healingrooms.com.

Concordia Lutheran Church Sunday service, 9:30am Bible Study & Sunday School, 10:45am 590 N. Oak Harbor Street For more information, visit www.concordia oakharbor.org or call (360) 675-2548.

Teaching Through God’s Word Sundays, 9:00am & 11:00am Calvary Chapel, 3821 French Road, Clinton For more information, visit ccwhidbey.com.

Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service Sundays, 10:00am Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Freeland All are welcome. Values-based children’s religious exploration classes and childcare will be provided. Visit www.uucwi.org for more information. The Unitarian Universalist Congregation building is located at 20103 Highway 525, two miles north of Freeland.

Unity of Whidbey Sundays, 10:00am 5671 Crawford Road, Langley If you’re one of the “spiritual but not religious” people who questions your childhood faith or is looking for something more, Unity of Whidbey may feel like a homecoming. Visit our website: unityofwhidbey.org

Whidbey Quakers Sundays, 4:00pm-5:00pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Freeland Whidbey Islands Friends Meeting (also known as Quakers) meet in silent worship and community, with occasional spoken messages, every Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist building. For more information, contact Tom Ewell at tewell@whidbey.com or go to www.whidbeyquakers.org.

Intaglio prints by Anne Belov, Buffy Cribbs, Bruce Morrow, Rob Schouten Artist’s Reception: Saturday, March 3, 5:00pm-7:00pm Exhibit continues through April 2 Rob Schouten Gallery, Langley The art of intaglio print making has been practiced since the mid-15th century. Over the years artists keep coming back to this versatile medium to explore its rich possibilities. So it is with four of Whidbey Island’s finest painters: Anne Belov, Buffy Cribbs, Bruce Morrow and Rob Schouten. The exhibition includes mono prints, aquatint etchings, black & white and hand colored etchings. The reception is held in conjunction with Langley’s First Saturday Art Walk. Many of the gallery artists will be in attendance and light refreshments will be served.

Brothers With Brushes Opening Reception: Sunday, March 4, 11:00am-12:30pm Exhibit continues through April UUCWI Gallery, Freeland The painting works of local artists and twin brothers Daniel and Mike Burroughs will be shown. While each artist has honed a unique talent, they both share a love for plein air painting that captures Puget Sound with vibrant, colorful style. You are invited to meet the artists at the opening reception. UUCWI is located at 20103 SR 525. The gallery is located in the building’s entrance foyer.

Meetings & Organizations Greenbank Garden Club Thursday, March 1, 9:30am Greenbank Progressive Club, Greenbank Doors open at 9:30am for a social time. Meeting starts promptly at 10:00am followed by guest speaker Cori Carlton (AKA Professor Slime) Master Gardener Coordinator Thurston County. Guests and new members welcome. The Greenbank Progressive Club is located at the corner of Bakken and Firehouse Roads.

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.whidbeyweavers guild.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.) WHAT'S GOING ON

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Coupeville to flex its mussels this weekend By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly As far festivals go, Coupeville’s Penn Cove Musselfest, to be held Saturday and Sunday, has it all – fun, entertainment for all ages and incredible food starring the world famous bold, briney and blue, Penn Cove Mussels. At least 8,000 people are expected to participate in this longtime food event over the course of the weekend. And even after 32 years, this event, put on by the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association, manages to stay fresh and new. “This event was intended to bring people to the downtown area to participate in the chowder eating event, and promote their favorite,” said Vickie Chambers, CHWA director. “Over the course of 32 years it has grown to what it is today.” The event now includes 16 local restaurants offering tastes and participating in the annual Best Chowder competition, celebrity chefs from as far away as California putting on cooking demonstrations, boat tours of the Penn Cove Mussels farm, children’s activities, live music, beer and wine gardens and much more.

“We are so proud that most all the restaurants in Coupeville participate every year,” said Chambers. “We have 15 restaurants in town and 14 are participating in the chowder tasting. Plus, we are excited to have Spin Cafe partnering with the Culinary program from Skagit Valley this year.” The tasting tickets are the key component in Musselfest. Tickets are $10 each and there are four different tasting tickets offered each day. Each ticket features four different participating restaurants. (Details on each of the tickets is available online at thepenncovemusselsfestival.com.) Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Musselfest Headquarters in the Coupeville Rec Hall and typically sell out by noon. Sunday tasting tickets are available at the Rec Hall starting at 10 a.m. but are also available to purchase online for the first time, along with a new “Heart of Coupeville” ticket. “The 'Heart of Coupeville' will offer seven samples from seven shops,” Chambers explained. “It’s your chance to sample the merchandise for sale at some of Coupeville’s best shops. You can still buy the four tasting tickets, plus the sample ticket.” Photo Courtesy of Brussels Bistro There will be mussel-cooking demonstrations from five celebrity chefs at this year’s Musselfest in Coupeville, including some international flair by Brussels Bistro from Laguna Beach, Calif.

The “Heart of Coupeville” ticket is also $10, but those interested can purchase the four Sunday tasting tickets and the Heart of Coupeville ticket for $45 for all five. The Heart of Coupeville ticket is offered Sunday only and is a way of allowing some of Coupeville’s shops to participate on a level similar to that of the town’s restaurants. “It’s like a 'taste of Coupeville' but the tastes might be special items unique to their shop,” Chambers said. “We have seven unique merchants participating this year and all are excited to share the unique qualities of their stores with our Musselfest guests.” “Musselfest is a wonderful way to welcome people to Whidbey Island,”said Brenda Marti, who co-owns Sunshine Drip Coffee Lounge with Gordon Koetje. The restaurant is heading into its second year participating in Musselfest.

Photo Courtesy of the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association There will be mussels everywhere this weekend, including the popular mussel-eating competition, as the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association brings the 32nd annual Musselfest to town Saturday and Sunday.

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Pedal through the Kettles this weekend By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

Those interested in giving other muscles a workout this weekend have ample opportunity to do so with the eighth annual Mussels in the Kettles ride Saturday or the Cookin’ in the Kettles mountain bike race Sunday. Mussels in the Kettles, put on by the Whidbey Island Bicycle Club, is a non-competitive ride through the Kettles trail system and Fort Ebey State Park, offering three different courses, which opens the way for riders of all levels. “The easy route can be ridden on a cruiser bike; it’s not super technical,” said ride organizer Matt Plush. “Anything other than the easy route, you need a mountain bike, though.” There are three courses to choose from – easy, moderate and expert. Cost to participate as a single rider is $30, but a family of four (two adults and two children under 18) can ride for $45. The event is also a poker ride, so participants will collect cards at stations along the route, then get their final card at the WIBC tent by Musselfest Headquarters at the Coupeville Rec Hall. “We’ll be passing out cookies and cards along the route,” said Plush. “People win prizes if they get a good poker hand. Plus we have a cool pair of socks for everyone. People

over 21 will also get a token for a free beer at Musselfest.”

When Mussels in the Kettles began in 2010, Plush said they had 16 people registered and more than 60 showed up. He knew they were onto something. Now the event averages close to 300 riders every year, most of them from off-island. “About 80-percent are coming from offisland. We get a lot of riders from Canada, Oregon, Idaho,” Plush said. “We usually get a big group from the Bellevue/Kirkland area, we get a group from Bellingham and a big group comes over from the Silverdale area.” Plush said because the ride is non-competitive and offers different routes, it’s a great family activity and people have the opportunity to get off their bikes, walk around a bit or stop and take pictures. Plus, it’s a great way to explore the Kettles trail system. “I was doing all this work out here, telling people how cool it was,” said Plush. “This has definitely made it a destination. We see a lot of people riding out here year ‘round now.” Preregistration for Mussels in the Kettles is available online at www.whidbeyislandbicycle club.org or people can register the day of the event beginning at 9 a.m. The ride begins at Coupeville High School, 501 S. Main St. Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Bicycle Club Mussels in the Kettles, a non-competitive bike ride through the Kettles trail system, offers three different courses to appeal to riders of all levels. The ride takes place Saturday in Coupeville.

Organizers say all riders should be on the course no later than 10 a.m. and should be finished by 2 p.m. so the course can be flipped for the Cookin’ in the Kettles race, which will be held Sunday. The race is put on by BuDu Racing with help from WIBC and is part of the West Side Mountain Bike Series. A link to more information and to register for the race is available through the WIBC website listed above. Plush encourages people who are interested in participating to check out videos from past events to get a feel for what Mussels in the Kettles is all about. “It’s just a fun event. You can ride it as fast as you want, but regroup with friends,” he said. “And it’s a controlled environment; it’s nice having a set course so you’re not worried about getting lost.” Proceeds from Mussels in the Kettles are used by WIBC to help maintain the trails throughout the year. Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Bicycle Club Mountain biking enthusiasts of all ages can take part in Mussels in the Kettles Saturday in Coupeville, a non-competitive ride through the Kettles trail system and Fort Ebey State Park.

“I guess my favorite part is putting on a good event for people and having people enjoy it,” Plush said. “I love these trails, and I love to show them off.”

MUSSELS continued from page 7 The stars of the weekend are no doubt the Penn Cove mussels. This year there will be five celebrity chefs offering free cooking demonstrations throughout the day and the diversity of what they will prepare is sure to be a foodie’s delight.

Nicolas Servais and Thomas Crijns, co-owners of Brussels Bistro in Laguna Beach, Calif., will be giving demonstrations at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. They are also first-time Musselfest participants.

and Main, just north of Cooks Corner Park. The Waterfront Beer Garden, located just behind the Rec Hall at Coveland and Grace Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“When I do a cooking class we try to do something a little different,” said Oak Harbor chef Scott Fraser, of Fraser’s Gourmet Hideway. Fraser’s demonstration will be featured at 2 p.m. each day.

“As owner of a Belgian restaurant, mussels is our product, our image, our best seller,” Servais told Whidbey Weekly via email. “We are really famous for mussels and the 'moules frites' is maybe the most popular dish in Belgium! For those reasons we couldn’t miss a festival/event around mussels in order to be able to prepare the mussels the Belgian way for all guests.”

Children’s activities will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day at the Whidbey Island Masonic Lodge, 804 N. Main St., and free kids fishing from the wharf will be offered from noon to 2 p.m. each day.

“Saturday, we will be doing a pickled Penn Cove mussel watermelon salad martini with fennel, cucumber and peppers,” he said. “Sunday, it will be a Spanish paella-style Penn Cove mussel with chorizo.” Seattle’s Athenian Seafood Restaurant will be participating in Musselfest for the first time this year, with executive chef Ricardo Jimenez appearing each day at 11 a.m. “We have always wanted to be involved and finally have time to do so,” said Ediie Clark of the Athenian. Clark said the restaurant has been using Penn Cove mussels in its dishes for 30 years. “Chef will be preparing a mussel dish with chipotle butter cream and salsa fresca,” Clark said.

Servais noted Penn Cove mussels are the only ones used at their restaurant and plan to offer demonstrations with a Belgian flair. “We’ll be cooking the mussels with different flavors like we exactly do in Belgium,” he said. “We’ll prepare mussels with yellow curry, garlic and cream and maybe Provencale (tomato, pastis, basil…) and we’ll serve them in our mussel pots!” As always, the Penn Cove Shellfish festival tent will be serving up steaming bowls of chowder and live music from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. This year the tent will be located at Coveland

If you’re still feeling hungry, $5 will buy you a seat at the table in the mussel-eating contest at 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. And boat tours of the mussel farm will be offered starting at 10:30 a.m. for a cost of $10 per person. Complete details on all the activities and tickets are available online at thepenncovemusselsfestival.com. “It’s the kick off event for the season,” said Chambers. “Whidbey Island is a destination locale for so many and adding a very successful event in March is another reason to come to the Island. And its fun! It’s a most tasty event celebrating mussels, chowder and other delicious food.” “This event just gets better and better,” said Marti. “And who doesn’t love to find something fun to do on the weekend?”

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By Carey Ross 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 it isn’t any good? ★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 34 min.) Annihilation: Fresh off "Ex Machina" and with major studio backing, Alex Garland is back, this time with a sci-fi thriller about a mysterious and malevolent “Area X” and those who explore it, including Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and my movie-star boyfriend, Oscar Isaac. ★★★★ (2 hrs. • R) 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.) Death Wish: The father of torture porn, Eli Roth, re-imagines the 1974 NYC mean streets classic, this time with Bruce Willis dealing out vigilante justice instead of Charles Bronson. I could say something about how the world might not need a movie that glorifies gun violence and taking matters into one’s own hands right now, but I’m pretty sure we stopped taking Willis too seriously around the third time he died hard. ★★ (R • 1 hr. 47 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.) Every Day: This is one of those YA movies about destiny and love against the odds that teaches teenagers to have impossible and potentially harmful ideas about what constitutes romance and relationships. ★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 35 min.) Fifty Shades Freed: Only true masochists need apply. ★ (R • 1 hr. 41 min.)

rescue a kidnapped Kyle Chandler. A comedy that should be terrible, but because of the gifts of Bateman and McAdams, it works. ★★★★ (R • 1 hr. 33 min.) The Greatest Showman: I can think of few people more equipped to portray P.T. Barnum, i.e. the “showman” in question, than Hugh Jackman, who is a bit like a charismatic human circus himself. ★★ (PG • 1 hr. 45 min.)

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: How can anyone ever replace the inimitable Robin Williams in this now-franchise about a mystical board game that comes to life? The answer: One person cannot. However, four people– Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan–can make a decent go of it. ★★★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 52 min.)


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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.) Peter Rabbit: A rabbit reboot in which Peter is hip now, if hip and being voiced by James Corden are things that can coexist. I’m confused. Critics are confused. Leave Peter alone, Hollywood. ★★ (PG • 1 hr. 33 min.)




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Red Sparrow: Probably the only good thing about Russians being the bad guys again is Hollywood can capitalize by making Russian spy movies again. Here Jennifer Lawrence returns to her action roots–this time with a decidedly more seductive edge–as a newly trained Russian operative with a mission to complete and scores to settle. (R • 2 hrs. 20 min.) Samson: I need to speak to the person who green-lit this Biblical tale and signed off on casting Billy Zane, Rutger Hauer, and Lindsay Wagner. I have so many questions. ★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 50 min.) Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Don’t worry everyone: Writer/director Rian Johnson totally didn’t blow it! Star Wars still rules, everyone else continues to drool. ★★★★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 32 min.)

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WHAT’S IN A CHOWDER? When I mention the word chowder, what immediately springs to mind? A thick, delicious stew comprised of a host of ingredients, among which is nestled some clams? Maybe you think of chunky chicken and corn soup in a dense, ivory, saucy pool of tastiness. Whatever you think of when it comes to chowder is something personal no doubt, but where did this dish originate? The word itself is derived from the Latin word calderia, meaning “a place for warming things.” The meaning eventually evolved to translate as “cooking pot,” and also gave us the English word cauldron, or in French, Chaudiere. It is believed chowder is named after the receptacle it was cooked in, rather than what comprised it, and is thought to have been born among the fishing villages along the French coast. Apparently, whenever a ship or boat returned from its oceanic voyages, a large cauldron sat in wait for each fisherman’s takings, and it would be cooked into a grand stew which would be served to the entire community as a welcome home celebration. So a chaudiere was a pot used by fishermen and those who lived in coastal towns, to cook their stews and when settlers migrated across to Canada, and afterwards, New England, it set the cogs in motion for a host of different communities on the East Coast of the United States to develop a revered favorite chowder recipe. This could look vastly different from one place to the next, the food stuffs comprising each unique chowder as varied as the people who make them. In fact, fish stews were the precursor to clam stews (or chowder), and were so incredibly popular even local publications as early as the mid-1700s made mention of them in recipe form. If anyone thought chowder was a stew made like many others – just casting ingredients into a pot and allowing them to mix and mingle at will – you wouldn’t be quite spot on there. Well, not initially at any rate, because the very first fish chowders were prepared utilizing a method called layering, with one layer


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comprised of a single thickness of each of the chowder’s ingredients. So layering is basically the technique of laying one thickness of a single ingredient on top of another and cooking to yummy perfection. But why? Well, often salt pork was used and in a bid to not let the pork burn, it was laid on top of a layer of onions. There are probably other reasons, but this reason featured prominently in my research. Also, chowder can be derived entirely of vegetables alone – which is great because it expands the potential for culinary creativity exponentially. With all this in mind, what is chowder? Can it be defined as any one thing? Of course not. It’s sort of like gazpacho, which I spoke about not long ago, in that it has transformed over time and across different cultures to become something distinctive to each locale. Some areas consider chowder to be a briny, broth-based soup, whereas others insist it is a thick and viscous liquid which offsets the flavor of the chunky sea fare that helps make the dish what it is. Manhattan clam chowder is an example of the dish that makes good use of a clear broth along with tomatoes, while a New England clam chowder serves up clams in a milk or creambased liquid, which is traditionally thickened using oyster crackers as opposed to flour. So very different is each region when it comes to the communal palates of the community that, of course like all other cuisines in a local area, the chowders take on their own personality that totally befits the people. Delaware Clam Chowder is made with cubed salt pork, New Jersey Clam Chowder with bacon and clams, and Rhode Island’s version contains potatoes, quahogs and bacon as well, among other things, all steeped in a fine, clear broth. I imagine after a long day out on the water, a warm and filling meal would likely be something freshly caught (or clammed), and served with whatever libation was decided upon that night. And what of the star ingredient, the one which is so famously featured in the recipe’s moniker? Clams - would a chowder be the same without


the clams? Again, depending on where you’re from, the answer to the question could very well be yes. So hotly debated was the perfect clam chowder, it would seem, that in 1939 a law was passed making it illegal to add tomatoes to clam chowder. This essentially meant the Manhattan form of the recipe was thus banned from being made (or at least called chowder) in the state of Maine. Did you know there are around 15,000 species of clam, over 150 of which are edible? Clams are actually one of the most sustainable resources as far as seafood in the United States goes. Just remember, regardless of what kind of chowder you prefer, when using clams in a recipe, if any of them don’t open during cooking, they should not be eaten! Dear Readers, chowder is diverse, colorful, fun, distinctive in its own right and even a bone of contention at times! Personally I think the more options that fall under the clam chowder umbrella, the better for all of us who have the benefit of making and eating all of them! Because I have an affinity for vegetables, and because it is rather interesting to know chowder can be made up of just vegetables, I thought I would include a recipe for a vegetable chowder. It’s one I have made in the past. It’s thick, cheesy, and oh so very delicious. I hope you like it as much as I do! If you get a chance to head to the Penn Cove Musselfest, I encourage you to try any and all chowders you come across! Please email any and all comments, questions and most definitely recipes you would like to share to letsdish.whidbeyweekly@gmail.com and we’ll do just that and Dish! Vegetable Chowder ¼ cup butter ½ cup diced onion ½ cup diced red bell pepper 1 cup chopped celery 1 cup diced carrots 1 cup chopped cauliflower 1 cup fresh broccoli, chopped 3 cups water 3 chicken bouillon cubes ½ cup all-purpose flour 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese Salt and pepper to taste

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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 as well as at the state and national levels. For more information about membership, please contact Barb Bland (barble@comcast.net) by February 23. She will make your reservation and give you directions.

Republican Women of North Whidbey Thursday, March 8, 11:30am Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. Cost: $10 per person Guest Speaker will be Rick Felici, Candidate for Island County Sheriff. Join us for a tasty lunch while Mr. Felici shares his vision for the Island County Sheriff’s Department. Contact: Rita Bartell Drum at (631) 707-5980 or Ritaddrum777@gmail.com

AAUW Women In History Program Saturday, March 10, 10:00am Coupeville United Methodist Church Members of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Whidbey Island Branch will perform their annual Women in History program. Coffee and refreshments at 9:30am; program at 10:00am. Prospective members welcome. Contact Faye Lovvorn (flovvorn@comcast.net) or Elree Harris (elree64@gmail.com) for further information. The church is located at 608 N. Main St.

The program will begin about 11:00am and will be given by Robin Pokorski, National Garden Club Leadership Development Chairman. She will speak on how to help increase membership or stay motivated and to participate. You’ll learn a lot and have a good time learning it. She has presented this Forum to garden clubs all over the country as well as outside the garden club world to other non-profit organizations. All are welcome to attend. The church is located at 1050 SW Ireland St.

W.I.G.S. (Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers) Tuesday, March 13, 1:00pm Heller Road, Fire Station #25, Oak Harbor “Finding your Ancestors and other Information on Censuses” will be presented by John Richter and Dave Flomerfelt, members of W.I.G.S. All are welcome to attend. WHAT'S GOING ON

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Sauté the pepper and onions in butter in a large pot or soup kettle until tender. Add remaining vegetables, water, chicken bouillon, salt and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes covered until vegetables are tender. In a small bowl whisk flour and milk until smooth. Stir into the soup pot, bring to a boil and cook for two minutes. Just before serving, stir in the cheese until it’s nicely melted and enjoy!

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) You can’t help but draw the attention of those who want to help you in your endeavors this week. Your energy and enthusiasm are enough reason for others to want to align with you. But beyond that, it’s a sincere desire to aid you in righting the wrongs of the world that motivates those who gravitate toward you. Consider that fact on the 2nd before moving too quickly to do things in your own style and pace. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Secrecy coming from others plays a large role in your week. Some who really want and need your input and participation in their affairs will not come right out and tell you so. To complicate the picture even more, those same people are likely to play it coy, resisting your first advance in their direction. You’ll need to be very open and aware to subtle cues on the 2nd if you are to read the situation correctly. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Shallow answers to meaningful questions are seldom satisfactory and will be particularly unsatisfying to your needs this week. You’re being drawn to seek the deeper and more enlightening insights. Your quest for solutions may lead you to encounters with unlikely people who nevertheless are able to deliver what you seek. Take nothing at face value on the 2nd and be open to radical departures from your routine. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You can accomplish much in a short time this week. Your touch is magically tinged with a figurative lightning that allows you to do more with less. In terms of effort, the task is done almost before it’s begun. In this happy state, you may find that circumstance is delivering others to you in their moment of greatest need. Just do what you are naturally drawn to do and trust that it’s right. The 2nd is a day to watch. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) It’s hard to separate your own wants and needs from those of others this week. You are likely to find yourself keeping company with someone who perfectly mirrors your ingrained attitudes about life back at you. Before you criticize them for their actions, look to see what their deeds are telling you about you. The answers may be surprising. Official sources on the 2nd deliver something of unexpected value. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) This week you are effective at a very deep level when it comes to solving problems. The solutions that come to you are apt to be wacky, but are just avant garde enough to work This means it’s a good time to tackle those obstacles that fear of failure has made you put off, starting with the task you dread most.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your current goal-oriented approach to life gets a boost from an unexpected quarter this week. The things you stand to learn from someone in the entertainment business provide key pieces to your puzzle. This will probably come through a TV screen, but never rule out the possibility of a face-to-face encounter. Though the impact is long-lasting, your moment of opportunity will be fleeting. Watch the 2nd carefully. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) The intensity of your approach to life this week will catch some off guard. Many will be put off by it, while others will be attracted to it. The latter will provide you with valuable support in moments when an ally can mean the difference between success and failure. You may need to put in a public appearance in order for the right person to find you. For that reason, the 2nd is no day to be a wallflower. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) It’s the seemingly little things you do that have the most impact this week. Casual contact with friends or siblings may well be the vehicle of delivery for lofty insights that change your perspective in the bigger picture. Spontaneity is key here, so go with the flow and don’t hesitate to change up your daily routine. The less you try to guide the situation on the 2nd, the happier you are likely to be with the outcome.


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CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The spotlight is on your finances this week. This is an excellent time for taking steps to improve your circumstance, beginning with a close examination of income and outlay. Contracts and agreements are at the center of your scope and renegotiations may be in order. Support for such is more readily available now than might be the case later. Use events on the 2nd to guide your hand and define your steps.

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Relationships of all kinds rank front and center in your life this week. Business dealings go smoother as a result, and personal relations stand to benefit as well. Finances are implicated, but don’t limit your thinking to that alone. All facets of how you connect with others are subject to review. This a good time, and you stand to end the week better than when you started. Let the 2nd show you how to proceed.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Where there’s a will, there's a way, as the old saying goes. This week may help you to recognize that way when it appears. When it does, be ready to work it to your advantage. It will take effort, and the infallible formula calls for strategic thinking combined with action. The good news is that the returns are likely to be high. Remember on the 2nd that when it comes to thinking, two heads are better than one.

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Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! FRIDAY, DEC. 29 9:19 am, SW Kimball Dr. Reporting party advising people keep ringing doorbell.

MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018 1:03 am, Jeffrey Ln. Party advising someone setting off dynamite in area for last 30 minutes.

1:50 pm, Gerdes Rd. Advising found human bones in dig site; reporting party recalled, requesting call.

8:50 am, Terrace Pl. Reporting party advising heard a noise last night and this morning found a box with liquid inside, “douche” is written on box; toilet paper thrown around yard.

2:50 pm, SR 525 Caller states man is on her property cutting down bushes and refusing to leave, claiming it is his; unknown who subject is. 6:33 pm, Wilkinson Rd. Reporting ongoing issue with same dog getting loose and coming to her house; owner showed up and accused her of stealing his dog; male has since left. SATURDAY, DEC. 30 7:16 am, Lehman Dr. Caller reporting stop sign is crooked at Patrician Ann and S East Camano; needing it straightened out. 7:36 pm, SW Scenic Heights St. Reporting party advising ten young kids came up to her car and she took off. 11:56 pm, SW Judson Dr. Caller advising is at location and “has a bad feeling.” 1:53 pm, NW Madrona Way Advising neighbor was upstairs in attic; shares duplex with neighbor. States she was in attic stomping around. SUNDAY, DEC. 31 12:08 am, NE Barron Dr. Party advising chicken is in stairwell. 9:02 am, SE Ely St. Reporting party advising neighbor's dog killed chicken. States he doesn't know address but friend is going to allow them to bury chicken in their yard. 9:57 am, Lactrup Spur Ln. Caller advising she is supposed to watch cat for neighbors who are out of state; cat was supposed to be left outside for caller to care for, but party believes cat may be locked inside. Caller has garage door opener, but never discussed entering home with home owners; concerned about going into home to search for cat. 12:12 pm, Rocky Mountain High Rd. Caller reporting vehicle is smashing into mail boxes; turning left going toward Camano Hill Rd. 1:22 pm, SR 20 Caller reporting subject laying on the ground in intersection. 5:27 pm, Donahey Rd. Reporting party's son and family left auto gate open for plumber; five minutes ago a strange woman walked into the house freaking out, talking about ghosts in the woods. Has scratch on her face. 5:53 pm, SE 6th Ave. Party advising friend left a large tin of popcorn at house and thought officers may want it to snack on. 8:01 pm, Porter St. Caller advising think someone is firing gun in area, possibly south of location. Caller heard five shots, thinks they are killing animals. Caller could not elaborate why; recalling, heard four more shots in last 30 seconds.


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11:45 am, South Camano Dr. Reporting party is house-sitting at location; wondering if it is legal to kill coyotes and trap them by luring them with sounds; states yesterday they heard a noise like an animal being tortured but it was a male subject. 12:55 pm, Torrence Ln. Caller advising two German shepherds trespassing on caller's property, instigating fights with caller's dog. Ongoing problem. 1:23 pm, NE Regatta Dr. Reporting party advising transient outside with his pants down; wearing bright orange jacket. Only saw rear of subject. 2:14 pm, SR 525 Party advising person tried to run him off the road and now in ferry line together; advising has been physical, touched reporting party on his shoulder. 3:15 pm, Woodland Cir. Reporting party advising two males came to location, saying “Ding dong, hello?” 3:41 pm, SR 20 Caller advising man hole cover is off in northbound lane; caused caller to crash his motorcycle. Caller was thrown into air, oil in roadway.


Life Tributes Miriam P. Menard Miriam Patricia Menard, an active member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, died peacefully at home February 14, 2018. She was born March 17, 1930, a fitting day for the Irish lass she was. She was raised in Massachusetts, but traveled extensively after she married the love of her life Jerry, a Navy man, who preceded her in death in 2015. Miriam is survived by children David and Deborah Menard, Stephen Menard, Susie and Jay Timm, Mary Ann and Randy Duhrkopf, Chris and Lizzy Menard, Peter and Lou Ann Menard, by grandchildren Ben Menard, Matt and Aaron Henry, Jesse, Luke, and Meng Juan Timm, Joshua, Katherine, and Megan Duhrkopf, Maggie and Will Menard, Ryan and Madeline Menard, and by great-grandchildren Jack and Cooper Henry, Traiden and Brystal Neilson and Presley Henry. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 3, 2018, 10 am, at St. Augustine Catholic Church with Rev. Paul Pluth, J.C.L. presiding. A private Rite of Committal will take place at Maple Leaf Cemetery. The Menard family suggests donations be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital, St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, or the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation. Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, WA. Please visit Miriam’s page in the Book of Memories online at www.wallinfuneralhome.com to share memories and leave condolences.

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Relay for Life Wednesday, March 14, 5:30pm Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. The Event Leadership Meeting will be held from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Team Relay Rally is from 7:00pm-8:00pm. For more information, email relaywhidbey@gmail.com For more Meetings and Organizations, visit www.whidbeyweekly.com

6:51 pm, Youngwood Rd. Reporting party advising hit by car. Followed car after it hit him; States he has road blocked off.

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7:23 pm, SE Barrington Dr. Caller advising female freaked out after someone called her “ma'am.”

Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Club Dances Groups, Privates, Wedding Prep (360) 720-2727 - dcb601@comcast.net

TUESDAY, JAN. 2 7:04 am, Halsey Dr. Reporting party states her vehicle rolled down driveway, over embankment and into someone's yard. Vehicle was unoccupied and didn't hit anything or anyone. 9:40 am, Zylstra Rd. Reporting party advising received small package from China through U.S. Postal Service; advising it looks like “specimen container.” Not expecting package. 10:08 am, NE Ernst St. Reporting chicken hanging around area. 11:27 am, SE 8th Ave. Reporting party advising subject emailing nude photos. 2:56 pm, NE 7th Ave. Caller advising neighbor's dog feces is affecting her coworker's back yard. 5:20 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Party requesting a welfare check for a female on the bathroom floor naked. 10:07 pm, SE Barrington Dr. Caller states found lots of nude photos online of girls from the area. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.


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Tame Your Sugar Habit Friday, March 2, 10:00am-12:00pm Bayview School, 5811 Bayview Rd, Langley Free In this free workshop Dr. Jane, Health Coach, weight loss and energy expert, will present 3 Keys to Overcome Sugar Cravings. For more information, call (360) 331-1726 or visit www.drjanehealthcoach.com

Getting Ready for Medicare Saturday, March 3, 10:00am-12:00pm Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St Turning 65? Did you miss your initial enrollment period for Medicare Part A and B? Now is the time to investigate your options. Join the State-wide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) for a free “Welcome to Medicare” class. We’ll cover: Medicare Parts A and B; Medicare Supplements; Medicare Advantage Plans; Part D Prescription Plans; Enrollment Deadlines; Low-income Assistance. For more information, call (360) 279-4580.

Sacred Stories & Rites of Passage Saturday, March 10, 10:00am-11:30am South Whidbey Commons, Langley Throughout history, sacred stories and rites of passage from world religions, cultures and

traditions have served humanity, especially youth, in various and profound ways. Join Whidbey Island Waldorf School as they examine the role of sacred stories in the world; past, present and future, and how these can serve as rites of passage, leading and guiding children on their authentic path. In order to know how many chairs to set out please RSVP with Karina at enrollment@wiws.org. Dropins welcome! This special free morning Adult Education talk is facilitated by WIWS Grades 5 & 6 teacher Angela Lindstrom.

Seed Selection and Germination Class Sunday, March 11, 12:00pm-2:00pm South Whidbey Tilth, 2812 Thompson Rd, Langley Cost: $8 Tilth members, $15 non-members Farmer and educator Anza Muenchow presents tips for successfully starting seeds for your vegetable garden. Learn which varieties work best in our region, when to start inside or sow outside, how to avoid damping-off and the process for hardening-off seedlings before transplanting outdoors. You can take seedlings home ($5 per tray). For information and to register, contact Tilth Education at education@ southwhidbeytilth.org.

Bond Investing Amidst Interest Rate Uncertainty Tuesday, March 20, 5:30pm-6-30pm Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St. Free Bonds are a critical part of a fully diversified portfolio. Join us for this free educational seminar to help you better understand how your portfolio may be affected when interest rates rise or fall. By understanding the mechanics around how bond prices are affected by changes in interest rates, you can learn how to prepare your portfolio for an uncertain market environment. Dinner included! Please RSVP at (360) 678-6580.

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Baby Island Saratoga Club (BISC), Langley, WA is available for receptions, meetings, and parties. Newly renovated kitchen and wheelchair accessible bathroom. Extensive off street parking. Reasonable rates. Call (206) 775-9370 (0)

Burglary, Robbery, Assault, Identity Theft, Fraud, Human Trafficking, Home Invasion and other crimes not listed. Victim Support Services has Advocates ready to help. Please call the 24-hr Crisis Line (888) 388-9221. Free Service. Visit our web site at http://victimsupportservices.org




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,

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 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 posiPuzzle 1 (Medium, difficulty rating 0.57)

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tion requires some local site 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. (0) 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 No Cheating!

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 (0) Oval amethyst ring set in sterling silver, $45 OBO; White button pearl earrings 8mm, $29 OBO; Pale blue Baroque


25 YEARS EXPERIENCE Customized Services Housesit • Daytime Visits Walks • Special Needs Plant Care • Security Maria Kelly 360-331-2147 bonwhiteowl2@yahoo.com pearl earrings 9-10mm, $39 OBO. Call (360) 331-1063 (0)

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

MISCELLANEOUS Over 50 LP (vinyl) albums for sale, various artists, pristine condition, $3 each. Call (360) 331-1063 (0) 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.

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 (0)


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