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Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor Featuring Grand Marshal Nora O'Connell-Balda Immediately following the parade at the American Legion Hall Corned Beef & Cabbage dinners will be available for $9 per plate. Children welcome.

11th Annual St. Paddy’s Bash Saturday, March 17, 6-9pm Coupeville Rec Hall, Coupeville Featuring Shifty Sailors & Eclectic’ly Celtic

Liveliest Irish Celebration on Whidbey Island! Ticket Outlets: bayleaf, Far from Normal, and Salty Mug in Coupeville; Wind & Tide Bookstore in Oak Harbor; Cheese Shop at Greenbank Farm; Moonraker Books in Langley

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Stop by All Sports Bar and Grill, China City, Flyers, El Cazador, Louie-G’s, Oak Harbor Café, China Harbor, Rustica, Off the Hook, and the Oak Harbor Tavern to celebrate St. Patricks’ Day and enjoy some food and drink specials! More Local Events inside

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March 15-21, 2018

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Releases 2017 Annual Report By Department of Defense March 1, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS) released its 2017 annual report on matters relating to women serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. DACOWITS provides the Department of Defense with advice and recommendations on matters and policies relating to women in the Armed Forces. The committee provides these recommendations to the Secretary of Defense via a comprehensive annual report, based on information gathered throughout the year.

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The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives in Da Nang, Vietnam for a scheduled port visit. The Carl Vinson Strike Group is in the western Pacific as part of a regularly scheduled deployment.

US Aircraft Carrier Arrives in Vietnam for Historic Visit From Carl Vinson Strike Group Public Affairs USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrived in Da Nang, Vietnam, for a scheduled port call March 5, marking the first time a U.S. aircraft carrier has visited the country in more than 40 years. The aircraft carrier arrived with two escort ships, cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108). The Carl Vinson Strike Group is on a regularly scheduled deployment in the Indo-Pacific region. "The visit marks an enormously significant milestone in our bilateral relations and demonstrates U.S. support for a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam," said U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink. "Through hard work, mutual respect, and by continuing to address the past while we work toward a better future, we have gone from former enemies to close partners." Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet Adm. Scott Swift, echoed similar sentiments. "Our nations' relationship has reached new heights in the past few years, and USS Carl Vinson's port visit to Vietnam is a reflection of that," said Swift. "I am confident that engagements like this will further expand the comprehensive partnership between the United States and Vietnam." Top leaders from the United States and Vietnam discussed the possibility of an aircraft carrier visit last year as part of an effort to further defense relations.



"This is a historic day and we are honored to receive such a warm welcome here," said Rear Adm. John Fuller, the strike group commander. "Also, we'd like to thank Vietnam for the excellent logistical support that makes this visit possible. The United States and Vietnam are cooperating more closely than ever before." Sailors will participate in cultural and professional exchanges during community service projects, sports competitions, and receptions planned for the port call. Additionally, Navy musicians from the U.S. 7th Fleet Band will perform free concerts for the public. Carl Vinson is America's third Nimitz-class aircraft carrier with a crew of 5,000 Sailors who support and conduct air operations at sea. The strike group is comprised of a total of 6,000 Sailors, an aircraft carrier, an air wing, a cruiser and two destroyers. The carrier group's deployment marks the second time it is operating in the Indo-Pacific region under U.S. 3rd Fleet's command and control. U.S. 3rd Fleet's control of ships and aircraft across the Western Pacific and beyond the international dateline to India, enables U.S. 3rd and 7th Fleet to operate together across a broad spectrum of maritime missions in the region. For more information, visit, usnavy or For more news from USS Carl Vinson CVN 70, visit mil/local/CVN70/.

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For 2017, DACOWITS studied 13 topics. The committee gathered information from multiple sources including briefings and written responses from DOD, service-level military representatives and subject matter experts; data collected from focus groups and interactions with service members during installation visits; and peerreviewed literature. DACOWITS collected qualitative data during their visits to multiple installations representing the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. Based upon the data collected and analyzed, the committee submitted 17 recommendations to the Secretary of Defense on the following topics: accession and marketing, recruiting strategies, propensity to serve, mid-career retention, dual-military co-location policies, gender integration, key opportunities and assignments, gender integrated boxing, physiological gender differences, parent leave policies, childcare resources, family care plan policies, and the impacts of social media and sexual harassment online. The report is available online and includes detailed reasoning supporting each recommendation addressed by the committee. Established in 1951, DACOWITS is one of the oldest DOD federal advisory committees. The committee was created following the signing of the 1948 Women's Armed Services Integration Act. The law enabled women to serve as permanent, regular members of the Armed Forces in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. Over the years, DACOWITS has been instrumental to the DOD and has made significant contributions on topics including opening career fields, specialties, schooling and training to women; developing gender neutral occupational standards; improving to the health of deployed servicewomen; and increasing marketing, accessions and recruiting. Electronic copies of the committees annual reports and additional information about DACOWITS can be found at

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The March issue of Smithsonian has an article about whether or not trees talk to each other.

Of course they do. I hear branches moving and cracking, and leaves blowing and swirling, almost all year long, with or without my hearing aids. Plus, trees bark all the time. My question is whether or not trees talk to themselves. Like Dad used to do in the basement. I still talk to myself. In fact, while typing this, I am doing so. Now I am noticing, as I age, the more the arguments and dialogues wear me down when I talk to myself. Sometimes one of us is speaking in Latin. Cogito, ergo sum, eh? Thank you Saratoga Orchestra The talk in and around all the island communities last weekend was about the spectacular superbness of the Saratoga Orchestra's concerts in Langley and Oak Harbor. When one walks into the theater after getting a hug and a program from a Grammy award winning/Oscar nominated actor who played Carnegie Hall, how does one top that? Maybe only with the total talent team of the Saratoga Orchestra. Saturday and Sunday's tributes to the Great American Song Book and the history of American music from Tin Pan Alley to New Orleans to Chicago and other musical zip codes was stellar by any measurement scale. Another measure would be the word Wow! Thank you one and all. We are all for you! When is the last time? Just in case a question comes up about The Declaration of Independence, and I'm not talking divorce papers, my Cato Institute ( copy of said document and the Constitution of the United States of America is at the ready on my non-roll-top desk. When is the last time you read part or parcel of any of those pages of liberation? I must admit, I have not opened my little three by five, fifty eight page booklet in too long. A re-read just now of the Declaration made me want to go to the blackboard and diagram the eight-lined, first sentence. The second sentence is eighteen lines. We'll need more blackboards. The language, the wording, and the power of these expressed intentions still thrills. WHEN in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation. Just think. Today's signers of the Declaration would have saved a lot of Brit coin on parchment paper and cartography bills back then by just writing down two words–Irreconcilable differences.

The Donald Duck pulp taste was sour to me, but it could have been the toothpaste. Maybe Mr. Disney's marketing dwarfs figured, after test research, Donald Duck juice would not sell as well if it were named Goofy, Minnie, or Steamboat Willie. Sails up Whidbey Island heroes, The Shifty Sailors, will be sailing soon on their much anticipated 2018 Sno-Isle Libraries Tour. Don't miss the boat. The Shiftys, our favorite nautical funsters who never get naughty, will be singing at the four major Sno-Isle Libraries in conjunction with Whidbey Reads 2018 book selection Before the Wind by Jim Lynch. Library launches are as follows: Oak Harbor Library -Thursday, March 22, 3:00 pm Coupeville Library – Monday, March 26, 6:00 pm Freeland Library -Tuesday, March 27, 4:00 pm Langley Library -Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 pm Fake humor? My big brother sent me an e-mail with several alleged Thomas Cook Group Tour excerpts from disgruntled passenger letters. Usually, I try to verify the authenticity of such fiber optic transmissions, but, in this case, why bother? We can laugh. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food."

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"They should not allow topless sunbathing on the beach. It was very distracting for my husband who just wanted to relax." "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as white but it was more yellow.” "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to siesta in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things during 'siesta' time. This should be banned.” "No-one told us there would be fish in the water. The children were scared." "Although the brochure said there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers." "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England. It took the Americans only three hours to get home. This seems unfair.” "I compared the size of our one-bedroom suite to our friends' three-bedroom unit and ours was significantly smaller." "I was bitten by a mosquito. The brochure did not mention mosquitoes." "My fiance and I requested twin-beds when we booked, but instead we were placed in a room with a king bed. We now hold you all responsible and want to be re-reimbursed for the fact that I became pregnant. This would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked." "The hotel coffee shop did not offer Mint Cappuccino."                  

What's with the capitalizations?

"The X-rated videos playing on the Adult Channel, on my hotel TV, were all in Swedish. I couldn't understand what they were saying."  

Old breaking news OJ is in the news again. Is Anita Bryant next?


Minute Maid was a bit too spendy for our family, so we went with Donald Duck orange juice. While it never made me quack, I always felt a tiny bit goofy after drinking it.

"While in Poland, I went to a Catholic church to make a confession. The priest only spoke Polish. He couldn't understand my sins."  

No wonder I live in a caboose. I finally found my station in life. MARCH 15 - MARCH 21, 2018

Speaking of Florida, did you ever drink Minute Maid orange juice when Bing Crosby did their commercials? The Juice of Juices. This one on You Tube is kinda grainy, but, so was our TV back then. watch?v=a5BUaUzcUQ0.

Using a computer, the above historic sentence would probably never have gotten past Spellcheck. Which Station are we talking? Union, Penn, or Grand Central?


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How Spiritual Ideas Work In Us Find out how to feel God’s presence in tangible ways

Saturday, MARCH 17, 2018, 11:00 At First Church of Christ, Scientist 721 SW 20th Court, Oak Harbor, WA Co-sponsored by: South Whidbey Christian Science Society Free Admission and Parking. Child care available

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“God’s powerful loving ideas care for us every moment”

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Bits & Pieces hopefully keep as many unhappy bill-payers out of the office as possible?

Letters to the Editor Editor, I mailed a note for Bits & Pieces regarding the wastewater treatment plant article in the Feb. 15 through Feb. 21 issue of Whidbey Weekly. Picked up the March 1 through March 7 edition with an article from [Oak Harbor] Mayor Bob Severns. It states a $20 MILLION over estimate for 2016 and another $20 MILLION increase a few weeks ago - $40 MILLION OVER! There is still plenty of time for this amount to rise, since the project is expected to run through the end of the year. The Mayor is pursuing retention of a construction specialist to conduct a review. How much will the taxpayers pay to have someone tell the Mayor and city staff they are incompetent at their responsibilities? Is that review going to decrease anyone’s monthly bill? Of course not. In his article, he is already making excuses: complexity of the job (should have known that), superheated market, lack of communication and I could name a few more of my own. Oak Harbor is a community largely made of retired (fixed incomes) and military. We are not Seattle! We can effectively reduce our electric bill, heating bill, etc., by cutting back on our useage. This is not an option with our water bill, when the set fees are the majority of the bill. A single residential home will pay $142.47 per month, or $1,709.64 a year for meter charges, sewer and storm drain. This does NOT include charges for water consumption or your garbage. My water bill will far exceed my health insurance premiums! That’s absurd and ridiculous! The city quit including envelopes to save money, but I have a six-page, colored packet mailed to me by the city on “Reading Your Water Bill.” I guess if they thought we were so stupid they had to foolishly spend money so we could understand our monthly bill, they could get away with mismanaging/misrepresenting a project like the wastewater treatment plant. The Mayor and city staff have placed a very big hardship on Oak Harbor residents that will never cease. It will only get worse over the years, not better. Perhaps they might consider everyone paying an equal part – no discounts for schools, churches, nonprofits, residential complexes, etc. In fact, we should all be informed on what is charged for everything other than a single residential home. Maybe the charges for the meter/sewer/drain should be based on how much water is run through the sewers from each location. Why should a household of one pay the same set rate as a family? They definitely aren’t putting the same strain/usage on the equipment. In the past, you could only use the drop off payment box at City Hall after hours. Wonder why it’s available 24/7 now, even when the office is open? For citizens’ convenience, or to

Let’s all remember this SNAFU at election time. Police chiefs have had to resign for the poor performance of one officer – why should a mayor stay in office when he is directly responsible for placing financial hardships on the community and showing he is unsuitable to be in charge of a wastewater treatment plant? Had I only known that one person – yes, I hold the mayor responsible – could financially affect my quality of life with his lack of leadership, I would have stayed in the county, where I paid $200 a YEAR for water. Karen Golden, Oak Harbor

Practical Spiritual Solutions for Today’s Issues It can be easy to feel alone or unsupported in our efforts to overcome difficult circumstances. It would be helpful to know how to get through it all. Practitioner of Christian Science healing, Melanie Wahlberg, says, “When people contact me to pray for them, I reassure them that God loves us deeply, providing fresh ideas about our spiritual nature that wipe away fear and reveal inspired solutions. By turning to God for help, we open up to divine ideas to feel the presence of God in tangible ways, ways that change our lives and our health for the better.” Wahlberg will present her talk, “Never alone: How spiritual ideas work in us” Saturday, March 17 at 11:00am at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oak Harbor, 721 SW 20th Court at SW Scenic Heights Street. Her points come from studying Christ Jesus’ examples of healing in the Bible, as well as Mary Baker Eddy’s book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, which offers a practical explanation of spiritual healing today based on Christ Jesus. In addition, Wahlberg will discuss God as all Spirit, divine Love, infinite Mind, showing the connection between knowing God in this way, prayer, and reliable healing. She will also share examples from her professional healing practice of how this approach has transformed lives, including a mother and her infant daughter healed of physical and emotional issues. Melanie Wahlberg originally pursued a career as a college mathematics professor, achieving a doctorate in mathematics. However, she found that when students would come to her office for help with calculus, conversation frequently turned to spirituality – after solving the math problems. Eventually, Wahlberg shifted her career from mathematics professor to Christian Science practitioner. She is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and travels frequently from her home in southern California, speaking to audiences about Christian Science healing. [Text by Melanie Wahlberg, submitted by Joy Oldemeyer]

Spring Is Coming, Prepare Your Property by Attending Conservation District “Reining In Your Rural Resources” Workshop Series this March With spring just around the corner, as a Whidbey Island property owner you may be asking yourself – “Is my property prepared?” Did you know that one of Whidbey Island Conservation District’s (WICD) technical assistance services for landowners is conservation planning for the resources on your rural property?

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It’s free and completely voluntary, and whether you’re a newly arrived homesteader to Whidbey Island looking to explore livestock or crop options on your acreage, an established small or large farm operator, a backyard horse owner, or just curious to know more about the benefits of conservation planning for your acreage or farm, staff at WICD are here to help you. There are many questions that conservation planning can help you answer. For example: Are you curious to know how to improve chore efficiency and health for your livestock? Perhaps you have mud and manure on your land, but dream of greener pastures and need some assistance for how to go about it? Do you want to save money and have access to resources for stewarding your land now and in the future? These questions and more can be answered by going through the process of working with WICD staff to develop a conservation plan.

Whidbey Island Conservation District is offering an opportunity for Whidbey Island landowners to develop their own conservation plans with mentoring from experienced farm planners. The “Reining In Your Rural Resources” workshop series spans three Thursdays, starting March 22, and held on March 29 and April 5 as well, 6:00pm to 8:00pm. All workshops will be held at the South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District Office Room 11, 5675 Maxwelton Road in Langley. Workshops are free and open to the public, and Maxwelton Valley property owners are especially encouraged to attend. Come learn about the economic and natural resource benefits planning can bring to your property, while WICD staff Bruce Gordon, Ken Drecksel, and Matt Zupich share with you important tools and provide personalized guidance as you learn to develop your own conservation plan. RSVPs are required and space is limited to the first 25 sign-ups. For more information, and to register for the workshop series visit www.whidbeycd. org/conservation-planning-workshop/ or call (888) 678-4922. [Submitted by Kelsi Mottet, Marketing, Education & Outreach Coordinator, WICD]

Lummi Indian Nation of Washington State Calls for Release of Tokitae (“Lolita”) Killer whale held captive at Miami Seaquarium is among Native American tribe’s oldest and most revered relations On Tuesday, representatives from the Lummi Nation of Washington State joined Florida gubernatorial candidate and former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and other leaders to advocate for the release of the killer whale Tokitae (“Lolita”) from the Miami Seaquarium, following 48 years of confinement. The Lummi Indians are a self-governing Nation whose aboriginal territory includes an area in the San Juan Islands that will provide a sanctuary for Tokitae. In a January 17 letter to Andrew Hertz, President and General Manager of the Seaquarium, the Lummi Indians requested a meeting to discuss her repatriation. The letter notes the tribe’s team of experts has carefully reviewed her situation and is both concerned for her health and safety at Seaquarium and confident she can be safely returned, rehabilitated, and reunited with her pod. The letter notes a suitable sanctuary in the San Juan Islands has been identified and a comprehensive plan is in place for her transport and rehabilitation. “She was ruthlessly taken from her family that lives in our traditional territory,” said Jewell James of the Lummi Nation. “She is not an “ambassador.” She is a captive and must be reunited with her family. “It is our xa xalh xechnging [sacred obligation] to do this.” The killer whale, qw’e lh’ol’ mè chen in the Lummi language, is one of the Lummi’s eldest relations. The tribe has many songs, oral histories, and ancestral teachings about their spiritual connection, and their sacred obligation, to qw’e lh’ol’ mè chen. The press conference included the preview of LOCALLY OPERATED a trailer developed in advance of a full-length documentary that will tell the story of Tokitae and her spiritual connection to the tribe. The Lummi Nation also unveiled plans for its 9,000-mile, 30-day tour in 2018 of major cities, including Miami, to bring national and international attention to Tokitae. Levine and the Lummi leaders join a growing chorus of voices across the US that include elected officials, tribal leaders, marine biologists, whale sanctuary managers, the faithbased community and nongovernmental organizations, who are demanding her release and her reunion with her pod in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. [Submitted by Susan Berta, Orca Network]

Screening of Groundbreaking Movie “Never Give Up!” Never Give Up! Minoru Yasui and the Fight for Justice is an exciting new film about Pacific Northwest hero Minoru (Min) Yasui, who was born to Japanese immigrant parents in 1916 and raised in the farming community of Hood River, Oregon. Min Yasui was the first Japanese American attorney in Oregon, and during World War II he was the first to make a legal challenge to the incarceration of over 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry in U.S. concentration camps. His story indeed illustrates “the power of one!” President Obama awarded Mr. Yasui the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously, and last year the State of Oregon recognized his heroic patriotism by declaring his birthday, March 28, to be Minoru Yasui Day, in perpetuity. Never Give Up!, narrated by George Takei, is eerily relevant to our times, when Muslims and immigrants find themselves targeted by the current administration, and the Supreme Court has upheld indefinite detainment to be legal. Filmmaker Holly Yasui, Min’s daughter, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q & A. Come learn about Min Yasui’s fight for justice, and leave inspired by one man’s tireless spirit in defending the human and civil rights of Japanese Americans, and all people, during and after WWII. The screening will be held Saturday, March 24, 4:00pm at UUCWI, 20103 State Route 525, Freeland. Suggested donation: $10 - $15. Film web site: [Submitted by Pam Wessel-Estes]

Preliminary Navy Findings From Drinking Water Testing Near NAS Whidbey Island Area 6 The following information is provided as part of the Navy’s water testing program around the Area 6 landfill near Ault Field. As of March 2, 2018, the Navy has sampled 14 drinking water wells and 13 groundwater wells near the Area 6 Landfill. Preliminary results for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) samples have been received for nine drinking water wells and three groundwater wells. Samples collected from two drinking water wells are above the action level established for PFOS and/or PFOA. The Navy provided the two residences with bottled water within 24 hours of identifying the exceedances. No exceedances of the action level for PFOS and/or PFOA were identified for the groundwater wells. Preliminary results for 1,4-dioxane and vinyl chloride have been received for 13 drinking water wells and three groundwater wells. No exceedances of the action levels for 1,4-dioxane or vinyl chloride were identified for the drinking water wells and groundwater wells. There are still residents in the original sampling area who have not signed up to have the Navy test their drinking water. The Navy believes it is important to test as many wells in the identified sampling area in order to identify and address potential exposures in drinking water. The Navy notified people in the sampling areas by letter to arrange sampling and will make a concerted second effort to contact residents in this area who have not yet signed BITS & PIECES

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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 15, 22, & 29, 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 Living Open House Thursday, March 15, 5:00pm-7:00pm Summer Hill, 165 SW 6th Ave, Oak Harbor Showcasing its newly remodeled dining room and lobby. Enjoy entertainment by the Island Jazz Collective, wine tasting, appetizers and desserts, and displays by artist Marcie Johnson. Call (360) 679-1400 for more information.

Rural Recollections Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. The Island County Historical Society and the Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve presents Growing on the Prairie: Farming Stories and Families. This oral history event will feature memories and stories, shared by local farmers and local residents about the Reserve’s rural heritage. Admission is free. There will be a dessert potluck so bring your favorite goodies to share, beverages will be provided. For more information, visit https://

Fourth Annual Archives Open House Friday, March 16, 11:00am-6:00pm Island County Museum, Coupeville Come learn about the preservation of Island County history and why caring for and keeping our community’s memories is so important. Demonstrations and personal tours are offered. For more information, call (360) 678-3310 or email

Live Music: Steve DeHaven Friday, March 16, 6:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Fun, talented, creative and outgoing Steve DeHaven will get you up and dancing the night away. No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit

Star Party Friday, March 16, begins at 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_, or visit www.icas-wa. org.

Fiddler on the Roof, Jr Friday, March 16, 7:00pm Saturday, March 17, 7:00pm Sunday, March 18, 2:00pm Whidbey Children’s Theatre, Langley Tickets:$16 for adults, $8 for youth 18 and under 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. Tickets can be

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2018 Local Artists Series

McIntyre Hall Presents: Dervish

Weatherside Whiskey Band is a local alt-country and bluegrass ensemble featuring 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. Tickets available at (360) 221-8268 or online at

Friday, March 16, 7:30pm McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon Music from the West of Ireland with passionate vocals and dazzling instrumentals, Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 years. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music,” the band has played at festivals from Rock in Rio to Glastonbury, toured with the Irish President and struck up tunes on the Great Wall of China. For tickets or more information, call (360) 416-7727 or visit

Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser Saturday, March 17, 9:00am-11:00am Zorba’s Restaurant, 32955 SR 20, Oak Harbor Start your Saint Patrick’s Day celebration off with pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage for just $10. Proceeds benefit Relay For Life Whidbey Island Leadership Team.

Kritter Fun Day! Saturday, March 17, 10:00am-2:00pm Commercial Building, Island County Fairgrounds, Langley A free, family fun event for all ages featuring prizes, crafts and games! Learn about rabbit, guinea pig and cat care. Pet the cute critters! Watch agility demonstrations. Learn how to fit and show. Meet the breeds! Make some fun and simple rabbit, cat and guinea pig crafts. Sponsored by Kool Kritters Island County 4-H Club and WSU Extension.

St. Patrick’s Day Vendor Event Saturday, March 17, 11:00am-4:00pm VFW Post 7392, Oak Harbor Shop local small businesses for gifts made from the heart for the person you love. The VFW is located at 3037 Goldie Road.

Oak Harbor St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 17, 1:00pm Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor Featuring Grand Marshal Nora O’ConnellBalda. Organizations and individuals are welcome to enter. The parade is non-political and has no vendors. Please call Mike or Barb at (360) 679-8499 to receive an entry form. Immediately following the parade at the American Legion Hall Corned Beef & Cabbage dinners will be available, $9 a plate.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl Saturday, March 17, 2:00pm-6:00pm Various locations, Oak Harbor Stop by All Sports Bar and Grill, China City, Flyers, El Cazador, Louie G’s, Oak Harbor Café, China Harbor, Rustica, Off the Hook, and the Oak Harbor Tavern to celebrate St. Patricks’ Day and enjoy some food and drink specials!

Whidbey Island Roller Girls vs Storm City Roller Girls Saturday, March 17, 5:30pm Roller Barn, 98 NE Barron Dr, Oak Harbor Admission: Adults $10, Children 12 and under $5 Come watch the Whidbey Island Roller Girls take on the Storm City Roller Girls of Clark County! Doors open at 5:30pm, bout begins at 6:00pm.

Live Music: Ike & the Old Man Saturday, March 17, 6:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville A father and son duo playing an amazing music from the 60’s to present. No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit

Saturday, March 17, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center For the Arts, Langley

Raise the Roof at Historic Greenbank Farm Sunday, March 18, 12:30pm-3:00pm Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road LOCALLY OPERATED Whidbey Reads Presents - Meet Author Kaci Cronkhite Monday, March 19, 1:30pm-3:00pm Coupeville Library Meeting Room Kaci Cronkhite, author of “Finding PAX,” owner of the 1936 Danish spidgatter Pax and former director of Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, presents stories behind the stories. Discuss the Classics with Rita Drum Monday, March 19, 1:30pm Oak Harbor Library Please join us as we discuss Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility” in preparation for the Classic Novel that will be presented this summer at the Island Shakespeare Festival. We would so enjoy your input as we discuss this memorable work. For more information, contact Rita Bartell Drum at ritadrum777@ or (631) 707-5980. 3rd Tuesday Book Group: “A Gentleman in Moscow” Tuesday, March 20, 9:30am-11:00am Freeland Library Join us for a great book discussion of “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles. Everyone is welcome.

A public fundraiser to repair the iconic “Whidbey 1904” barn roof. Featuring local live jazz, lovely decor, home design vignettes, Greenbank Farm Merchants’ fine wines, cheese, pies, and fabulous local art available for purchase. A percentage of proceeds of designated items go directly to the roof fund. Suggested minimum donation $15. Hosted by Seaside & Sylvan Home.

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Join us for a discussion of Jane Gardam’s “Bilgewater” the joys and sorrows of adolescence as experienced by a young girl growing up in a boy’s boarding school. For adults.

See schedule below Cost: Free South Whidbey at Home Book Group: “All the Crooked Saints” Thursday, March 15, 2:00pm-3:15pm Freeland Library Join us for a great book discussion of Maggie Stiefvater’s “All the Crooked Saints.” You don’t need to be a member of South Whidbey at Home to attend - everyone is welcome! Women in History Thursday, March 15, 3:00pm-4:00pm Oak Harbor Library Members of the American Association of University Women on Whidbey Island portray three famous women. Remembering and recounting tales of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and accomplishments inspires today’s generations and opens the way to the future. Includes a brief meeting of the Friends of the Oak Harbor Library. All are welcome. Attendees are invited to join the Friends membership is just $5 per year. This event is suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be served. Shooting the Stars and the Northern Lights Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm-8:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave. Holly Davison, a local landscape photographer with a flair for capturing marvelous night sky scenes will share all she knows about chasing the Northern Lights on Whidbey Island. Bring your camera and your questions! Books2Movies: “The Zookeeper’s Wife” Friday, March 16, 2:00pm-4:30pm Freeland Library This group will focus on books that are also movies. Read/Listen to “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman and then join us for the movie and a lively talk. Friends of the Clinton Library Book Sale Saturday, March 17, 10:00am-3:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave. Thousands of books for sale at bargain prices. Additional fiction and nonfiction books every month. Proceeds support the Clinton Library. Painting Daffodils with Carla Walsh Saturday, March 17, 11:00am Clinton Library Join artist Carla Walsh to learn how to paint watercolor daffodils in this fun, free class. All materials are supplied. Parents, grandparents and caregivers are welcome to participate. Carla is a local artist and art teacher who provides easy tips for beginning painters.

Free tax return preparation and e-filing for taxpayers with low and moderate income. Call (360) 678-3000 to schedule an appointment. Lit for Fun Book Group: “Bilgewater” Thursday, March 22, 9:00am-11:00am Freeland Library

Whidbey Reads Presents: The Shifty Sailors Thursday, March 22, 3:00pm-4:00pm Oak Harbor Library Tuesday, March 27, 4:00pm-5:30pm Freeland Library Join us for a rollicking good time as Whidbey Island’s own shanty-singing Shifty Sailors share interesting facts about nautical history, and sing songs inspired by Jim Lynch’s “Before the Wind.”

Galleries & Art Shows Featured Artist: Bev McQuary Meet the Artist: Saturday, March 17, 10:00am-5:00pm Penn Cove Gallery, Coupeville Jewelry artist Bev McQuary will be “playing with fire”, or rather discussing her Italian bead-making process. Glass bead making involves melting colorful glass rods around a mandrel with a propane/oxygen torch and then embellishing them with more glass. The glass beads are then incorporated into unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces with silver or copper wire.

Meetings & Organizations Volunteer Tour Guides Needed Thursday, March 15, 9:30am-11:30am Fort Casey State Park Office, Coupeville Are you interested in history? Do you enjoy talking to people about history. Come for an informational meeting about the Fort Casey Volunteer Battalion tour guide program. For more information, call Janet Hall at (360) 678-1186.

Whidbey Island Sea Kayakers Thursday, March 15, 6:00pm Deer Lagoon Grange, 5242 Bayview Rd, Langley Pot Luck (bring food to share and your own dishes) followed by meeting and program of “Circumnavigating Whidbey by Kayak” presented by Sue Ellen White, John Goertzel, and Dale Christiansen. All are welcome!

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Photo courtesy of Nora O’Connell Balda Nora O’Connell Balda will be the grand marshal for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Oak Harbor.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly File Photo The 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor to go green Saturday By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

You don’t have to be Irish, you don’t even have to wear green – although it’s highly recommended - to enjoy Saturday’s 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown Oak Harbor at 1 p.m. This long-enduring parade, thought to be the largest in the state on St. Patrick’s Day, has withstood the test of time. Organizers from the Irish Wildlife Society say it’s a testament to its roots. “This was a grassroots thing started by people with Irish heritage,” said IWS president Mike Thelan. “As you see the parade go by, it’s just a great home town, easy-going atmosphere. There are no political ties, it’s just a happy time.” Thelan said he believes the parade has been able to maintain that grassroots feeling throughout its history because there aren’t too many cooks in the kitchen. A core group of about 18 people from the Irish Wildlife Society take on different aspects, such as contacting past entries, handling official things like obtaining the permits and publicizing the event. “The Chamber of Commerce and the Oak Harbor Main Street Association have also actively helped us with things like insurance and points of contact for applications,” he said.

The parade, which takes place rain or shine, typically draws about 50 entries. Green is the color of choice as are outlandish costumes and happy smiles. And it’s not too late to participate – applications will be available at the Chamber until Thursday. This year’s parade grand marshal is Nora O’Connell Balda.

“The parade has always been for kids and families,” Thelan said. “Nora has had immense involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County, the Boys and Girls Club; she seemed like the natural choice for this year’s grand marshal.” The parade begins at 1 p.m. and will work its way down SE Pioneer Way going the wrong way. “When you think about it, that sort of fits right in with our Irish traditions,” chuckled Thelan. The American Legion will be serving traditional Irish food immediately following the parade. The cost is $9 per person and there are a few non-Irish foods available as well for some of the more picky eaters. For those over 21, there is the regular St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl after the parade, from 2 to 6 p.m. But there is a new twist to the crawl this year, courtesy of Whidbey Weekly and Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle.

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“The crawl has always only included locations on or adjacent to Pioneer Way,” said Whidbey Weekly publisher Eric Marshall. “We were looking for ways to include other locations without encouraging people to drink and drive, so we decided to partner with Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle to get a bus.” VIP crawlers will meet at 1:45 p.m. in the old Loakal parking lot. From there they will visit the All Sports Bar and Grill, China City, Flyers, El Cazador, Louie G’s and Oak Harbor Lounge and Café. From there, crawlers are encouraged to finish the crawl by walking to China Harbor, Rustica, Off the Hook and the Oak Harbor Tavern. Participating pubs will be open to everyone who wants to take part in the pub crawl, but only VIPs will get the commemorative glass and receive free samples. There will be food

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Never Alone: How Spiritual Ideas Work In Us Saturday, March 17, 11:00am First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oak Harbor

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Guest speaker, Sooz Konopik, will speak about COLORS. Come hear this exciting 15 minute chat about why we should be more conscious of the colors we include in our photos, our homes and our daily walk. The theme for March is “Before & After” using photo processing. You may submit up to 3 photographs for discussion during the meeting to Whidbey Island Camera Club, a community club, is open to the public. If you have questions, please email

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Melanie Wahlberg, CS will discuss how to feel God’s presence in tangible ways. Co-sponsored by the South Whidbey Christian Science Society. Free admission and parking, childcare available. The church is located at 721 SW 20th Court. For more information, call (360) 969-1693 or email

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5:40 am, Cultus Bay Rd. Caller states location is approximately five acres and it sounds as though person in woods is yelling “help.” Caller states subject sounds like older male, not a child. 8:38 am, Elm Place Requesting contact referencing harassment from neighbor. States neighbor is surveilling her all night long and shining flashlights into her home. 9:15 am, N. Main St. Reporting party advising just had hip surgery and is in hospital; states had the “shit” beat out of him with a cable. 2:38 pm, Sun Vista Cir. Advising subject was in possession of reporting party's truck when he was arrested day before yesterday; reporting party was walking down Bayview Rd. when she saw her car drive past her 30 minutes ago. 3:33 pm, Stephen St. Party requesting call in reference to abandoned vehicle in reporting party's yard; has been there three or four years. Vehicle is light blue Mazda 626. 5:20 pm, SR 525 Reporting party stating went to store and two males in gray low rider were looking at reporting party; just stared and stared at reporting party. States it is associated with earlier call about a threat. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.

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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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“It’s sort of like an Irish Mardi Gras,” said Thelan. “It’s fun, it’s spontaneous.”

To sign up for the VIP Crawl, call (360) 682-2341, email advertise@whidbeyweekly. com or message Whidbey Weekly on our Facebook page. Space is limited to the first 24 people who register and pay for their spot. Photo ID will be required before boarding the bus. “Have a good time and do something different,” Marshall said. “People can sample all the locations and decide where they want to go back to and spend the remainder of the evening.” No matter how you end up spending St. Patrick’s Day, parade organizers encourage you to celebrate the fun.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly File Photo Green is the featured color of the day at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The 45th annual “wearin’ o’ the green” will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Oak Harbor.

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Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly A fundraiser to raise money to make needed repairs to the roof of Greenbank Farm’s historic 1904 barn will be held by Seaside and Sylvan, a new retail tenant at the farm, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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A new store located at Greenbank Farm is putting its grand opening to good use by hosting a “Let’s Raise the Roof” fundraiser for one of Whidbey Island’s most iconic structures – the farm’s historic 1904 barn. Seaside and Sylvan, a furniture and home décor store, is hosting a public, all ages event from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, which will feature live music, edible treats and beverages, design vignettes and much more. An invitation only event from 3:30 to 5 p.m. for those 21 and over will feature music, complimentary hors d’oeuvres and wine. Donations will be accepted and Greenbank Farm merchants will have designated items for purchase, the proceeds of which will be donated to help raise funds for much-needed repairs to the barn’s roof. Owners Mikel and Sam Peabody said as they were settling into their new shoppe, they learned of the needed repairs and how much it will cost the Port of Coupeville to make them. “We wanted to bring it to the public’s attention and I thought this would be a fun way to celebrate not just our shoppe opening, but Greenbank Farm in general,” said Mikel. “This barn is loved. I don’t think people realize how much work it needs.” It was just over a year ago the historic Smith Barn at Willowood Farm in Coupeville was destroyed by fire. (Willowood’s owners hope to break ground on a new barn this summer – check out details of the Smith family’s “Growing Forward” campaign on Willowood Farm’s Facebook page and website.) The Peabody’s effort to raise awareness and funds to help Greenbank’s barn is an example of how everyone can pitch in to help preserve and protect these pieces of Whidbey’s history.

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“I wish there was an event like this every month, and there probably should be somewhere on both Whidbey and Camano Islands,” said Sherrye Wyatt, public relations and marketing manager for Whidbey and Camano Tourism. “Once historic buildings are lost, they are lost forever. Greenbank Farm is a treasure, it is a mistake to let it fall into disarray when there are opportunities for funds and a groundswell of grassroots interest in its preservation.” The Peabodys, who settled on Whidbey five years ago, are like many of the island’s residents. They knew it was home the moment they saw it. Even their business’s name is a reflection of the island, Mikel said, “totally wrapped by the seaside and surrounded in sylvan.” Mikel, who was born and raised in Arkansas, grew up surrounded by interior and graphic design. She said being around artists all her life has given her an appreciation for he hand-crafted. One can’t deny Whidbey’s historic structures are a tribute to the craftsmen who built them. The parallel bodes well for their home boutique, said Wyatt.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Mikel Peabody and her husband, Sam, have just opened the home furnishing and décor store, Seaside and Sylvan, at Greenbank Farm. The couple is holding a grand opening Sunday that is also a fundraiser to raise money for repairs to the farm’s historic 1904 barn roof.

“I think this unique approach to a grand opening speaks well to their brand, and how they will fit within the historic Greenbank Farm properties,” she said. “It not only takes vision but a bit of chutzpah to open a new business at Greenbank Farm. “There is a group of pioneers who are thriving here. They recognize that this is a destination in itself,” continued Wyatt. “The more locals as well as visitors who recognize there is a little shopping, dining and recreational hub happening here, the more likely it is to flourish.” “If that barn’s not here, we’re not here,” said Mikel of the importance of maintaining the structure. With a diverse background in interior design, Mikel and her husband (who is a commercial flight instructor) have done a little bit of everything. They have flipped houses, designed spaces, developed plans and done lots of staging. The couple has two daughters, Grey, 12, and Jadey, 6. It has been their dream for a long time to open their own furniture store. Seaside and Sylvan is the first step on the way to their flagship store, offering “all things home, Whidbey style.” The attractive space is bold, featuring furniture pieces of all sizes, accent pieces, fabrics and textures galore. And color. Lots of it. “I am a lover of color,” said Mikel. “I’ve been doing this all my life. I’m hoping to be a good resource for Whidbey and I think we’ve picked out things that are applicable to many styles.” Complimentary, in-store consultations are part of Mikel’s customer service plan. She said she wants to take the fear and intimidation out of decorating and interior design. “It’s not ever as invasive or intimidating as people may think,” she said. “Let’s have a

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By Carey Ross A Wrinkle in Time: Even Oprah can’t save this movie. I know, I’m surprised too. ★★ (PG • 1 hr. 49 min.)

tors? Why?) is a selling point, but I don’t run in those circles. ★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 43 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)

I Can Only Imagine: I can only imagine how this true-life story behind the Christian megahit “I Can Only Imagine” was green-lit. I can only imagine how Trace Adkins, of all people, came to be cast in this thing. Actually, I can’t imagine any of it. But your imagination might be better than mine. ★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 50 min.)

Black Panther: This movie just blew by $1 billion in worldwide box office. Between this and "Wonder Woman" (the other top-grossing superhero origin story of all time), looks like the age-old Hollywood belief that it takes a white male to anchor a successful bigbudget blockbuster franchise is like so many other age-old beliefs: untrue and outdated. Get with the times, Tinseltown. Representation = $$$. ★★★★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 14 min.)

Love, Simon: A tender coming-of-age coming-out story which puts a gay (albeit closeted at the beginning of the film) teenager at the center of the story rather than relegating him to wisecracking sidekick. ★★★★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 49 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 right around the third time he died hard. ★ (R • 1 hr. 47 min.) Every Day: 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.) Game Night: A weekly couples game night goes awry when a murder mystery gets a little too real, and Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, and others must play sleuth to 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.) Gringo: This is a south-of-the-border comedic action caper directed by Nash Edgerton and starring brother Joel, David Oyelowo, Charlize Theron, Thandie Newton, and more in which everyone is out to get everyone else except poor good guy Harold (Oyelowo). ★★ (R • 1 hr. 50 min.) The Hurricane Heist: I guess in some circles, the phrase “From the director of 'The Fast and the Furious'” (those movies had direc-


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to allow us to taste the different notes swimming around the beverage.

Whether or not you enjoy a beer is something of a personal preference. There is little else more Irish than celebrating St. Paddy’s day with a cold beer. Now, while some people might despise the taste, there are others who just love it and whichever category you fall into, just know there is, in fact, a science behind the taste you either love or hate.

In fact, not only are the hops important, but your water source is, too. The mineral content of the water you start with can and does affect the growth rate of the yeast and in turn, how sugar is metabolized. Which brings me to my next point – fermentation. This is where a beer becomes alcoholic and is taken up a notch from flat to ‘full’ of bubbles, a.k.a. carbonated. The yeast utilizes glucose from the grains and hops and then converts the glucose into ethanol and carbon dioxide. And if this isn’t in-depth and scientific enough, just know different kinds of yeast used to brew beer are affected at different temperatures. Top-fermenting beers ferment at higher temperatures and bottom-fermenting ones ferment at lower temperatures.

The standard ingredients for any beer are malted grains, hops, water and yeast; this is all you really need to make a St. Paddy’s day favorite. But it is the way in which these four are combined, the amounts and the processing which gives rise to the many different flavors of beer. These ingredients are basically boiled for specific periods of time, after which the whole mixture is filtered and then moved along the line to be fermented. Your hops are what really makes a beer a beer. Their role is undeniably one of the most important because what they do is create the perfect environment for the bubbles in the beer to be trapped in the head. They create surface tension, lessening the bitter bite for which beer is renowned. And while they do bring something of themselves to the flavor of a beer, their role is primarily

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In addition to all of this, brewers closely watch variables such as aeration, mineral content, length of fermentation of yeast, temperature, and more, then play with them in order to produce the exact flavor and feel of the beer they are aiming for. Which is great news for the beer lovers among us, because it allows us the ability to pick and choose the ones we most enjoy. There is a rather large assortment of bever-


ages to choose from and this St. Patrick’s Day will undoubtedly see a lot of beer bought, each with its own flavor, feel and overall enjoyment rating for those who know their stuff. If you prefer something full-bodied, deep, fruity and spicy, an ale would be right up your alley. With an overall robustness to it and a light hop taste at the end, an ale is something that can reach and please a wide variety of palates. This top-fermented beer is primarily fruit flavored so if this isn’t your scene, then why not try a lager? A lager is a bottom-fermented beer and can range from pale to black and can encompass both sweet and bitter notes. They are crisper, especially with their tendency to have higher carbonation. But say neither of these would be your go-to beer; there’s always a stout. This beer might be more of an acquired taste due to its flavor coming largely from barley, and while it isn’t the sweetest beer on the market, it is one of the smoother varieties. A porter is, likewise, dark and ‘brooding,’ with a drier taste, this way it’s quite like a stout with some fruit tones to be found amidst the hops, malted flavors and aromas to boot. I suppose there is a slight difference between the two, but to be honest, I don’t know beer well enough to tell right off the bat. I’m quite certain there are some awesome connoisseurs who could! Though to be sure, we can’t leave a malt off the list. Dark, sweet, caramely, nutty – all flavors found permeating the very core of this beer, lending themselves beautifully to both light and full-bodied versions alike. Wouldn’t you know it, the kinds of beers are further divided into styles? Yes, there are very rigid guidelines determining which category and subcategory of style each beer falls into. There’s your amber ones, which are typically comprised of lagers or ales and have distinct malt aromas, and whispers of caramel lacing through the brew. Your blonde beers are very light in color, crisp, clear, with some sweetness to offset its dry taste, all mostly found in malt beers. How

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about cream style? A sweeter, milder style of the beverage, it is fabulous for those who are not quite as partial to a bitter taste. Browns have notes of chocolate and nuts with just a hint of fruit and are perfect for those looking for something fuller and fruitier. Red ales likewise have a suggestion of caramel interlacing a heavy hop flavor, so if this sounds like you, I say enjoy one this St. Patrick’s day! There are so many more styles of beer it would take more than this column to discuss them: strong, wheat, pilsner, pale, lime, honey, light, fruit, etc. A very long list indeed! And drinking beer isn’t the only way it can be ingested. Not at all. In fact, I came across a delicious beer bread recipe and it is so tasty I’m including it for you to try. Dear readers, I hope you enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, whatever they may be! If you have any comments, questions and most certainly recipes you would like to share, please send those to and let’s do just that and dish! Beer Bread ½ cup melted butter ¼ cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons baking powder 3 cups all-purpose flour, sifted 1 12 oz can of beer, room temperature Grease a loaf pan. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Mix the dry ingredients well. Add the butter and beer and mix until just combined. Turn out into greased loaf pan and bake for approximately 55 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from heat, allow to cool, serve with spreads of your choice and enjoy! To read past columns of Let's Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, a truism that is likely to be the driving factor behind your actions this week. Your options for greener pastures may appear limited, but fear not. Much is in the works that will soon change the picture. The right person or persons and the opportune avenue you seek are most likely to appear on the 17th. Be active socially on that day and be alert. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A fuller than usual social calendar is in the works this week. This should afford ample opportunity to round out your understanding of a number of possibly perplexing topics. Tapping into the information grapevine that is your social network is the quickest way to the heart of the matter. Flexibility on the 17th lets you have fun with it. Knowledge is power, but only when it is acted upon. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Your feelings regarding a number of sensitive matters are subject to numerous and frequent changes this week. Hard as it will be to firmly nail down your opinion, it will be even harder for you to justify your reasons for those changes of heart. This may draw accusations that you’re being contrary for the sake of contrariness, when that is not really the case. The 17th marks a peak in this easily discernible trait. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Learned opinions coming from a variety of sources are available to you this week. Some of those may delve deeper into certain matters than you had in mind. Your comfort level must be clearly voiced, or things will move rapidly to overload. Let variety be the spice of life on the 17th and you will move quickly to a point of realization in which all the possibly contradictory opinions fit smoothly together. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Weighty subjects easily become topics of popular discussion in your circle this week. In business situations, you might find your own views eclipsed by a wide variety of attention stealers, making it hard for you to maintain group focus and adhere to the planned agenda. Wide-ranging as people’s interests are likely to be, it’s unwise to expect discourse to be quick and simple. Plan your day accordingly on the 17th. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Set aside your desires for perfection this week, at least in regard to your working relationships with people in business settings. Your personal relationships may prove less unruly than business, but either may devolve from orderly discussion into wide-roaming inquiries and off-topic, esoteric

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) A consistent approach to this week’s affairs is a lot to expect of you. Your inconsistency may be dismaying to your boss or supervisor at work, but in other areas it can serve you well. Use it in areas such as negotiation, where flexibility is desirable as the means to an end. On the 17th it’s possible that you’ll glide through encounters with highly opinionated people who would leave others feeling unfairly leaned upon. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Situations may arise this week in which you feel at odds with the group. As the principled one, you’re excused if you feel exasperated by the too-easily swayed, who take no stand on matters you find important. Your efforts to educate may fall on deaf ears, but there is no harm in trying. Surface agreement is more easily gained than sincere changes of opinion, which take longer. Consider that on the 17th and you won’t be disappointed. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Your reaction time in most situations may be slower this week than at other times, but when you arrive at an opinion there’ll be no budging you off it. Slow and stubborn, or thoughtful and consistent–how to rate your behavior depends on one’s point of view. You’re likely to face people in both camps, but all that really matters is how you feel about yourself. Do your best to be honest on the 17th and you should sleep well. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Matters long troublesome to you stand to become less so this week, due in part, perhaps, to your growing ability to accept what is and move on. Situations beyond your control play an important role in the process, so little that happens is anything less than good. Every cloud has its silver lining, it is true. Support is likely from many and various directions, coming from some unlikely sources on the 17th. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Some of your fondest hopes and aspirations may come under fire this week, forcing a reexamination of your priorities. The things you truly want and desire must be weighed against the effort necessary to achieve them. Help and support from external sources makes the process easier and will be a major influence in deciding what you want badly enough to fight for it. Watch the 17th for developments. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) The feeling that you control your own destiny is likely very strong within you this week. This is not illusory, for the decisions you make and the actions you take at this time have a large role to play in deciding your future.Enhancing your power is the realization that it comes of your connection to forces larger than you. Much that happens on the 17th is directed toward helping you to grasp that fact. © 2018, Wesley Hallock, All Rights Reserved


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23. Lentil dish

1. Punctuation mark

52. Astronomical period

6. Married woman

54. A single unit

25. Energy-saving module

9. Nocturnal rodent

56. Presides over

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60. Spoiled tot

14. A way to disappoint

61. Hillsides

27. Hurries through

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17. Philippine island

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65. Ancient Greek war dance

19. A type of twin

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42. Make into leather without using tannin

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43. Defies

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32. Improves 34. Patriotic women

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4. Type of electricity

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5. Article

52. Leaves in water

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6. Mothers

39. The body’s main artery

7. Monetary unit

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9. Tan-colored horses

55. Famed American cartoonist

44. Alleges

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11. Cautious in spending money

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61. What to do at auction

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65. Incorrect letters

49. Who the Wolverines play for

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Life Tributes MHERLING IRWIN LUCE Sept 9, 1930 – March 7, 2018 Mherling Irwin "Irv" Luce, age 87, sailed away peacefully March 7, 2018 at Homeplace Memory Care in Oak Harbor, WA after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born September 9, 1930 in Star Junction, PA to Emerson Russell and Nelle Delores Luce. He was the eldest of four children raised in the nearby township of Perryopolis where he graduated from high school. After high school, he worked for two years in the Pittsburg area U.S. Steel mills until he and his buddy, Walt Cable, decided it was time for an adventure and joined the U.S. Navy. Four years in the military as an aircraft mechanic took him to Oakland, CA, Okinawa, Japan and Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. It was during his time in Oakland he first laid eyes on the slightly sunburned Dorothy "Dotty" G. Beavins of Lewellen, NE. After a whirlwind year of courtship, they were married March 8, 1954 in Anacortes, WA. Following discharge from the military, they remained in the Puget Sound area where he attended Skagit Valley Community College and was senior class president in 1958. During this time, their two daughters were born - Vickeri Jayne in 1955 and Tammara Jean in 1959. Irv continued his education at Western Washington State College where he completed a Bachelors of Education in 1960 and a Masters in Education in 1966. He was a member of the Phi Delta Kappa professional fraternity in education. He and Dotty moved to Oak Harbor in 1960 where his first professional job was at Clover Valley Elementary School as a 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade teacher. In 1969, Irv became an elementary school principal where his first assignment was Saratoga Heights School attended exclusively by 500 kindergartners. The Navy had donated the old Seaplane Base barracks building for school use. Surprisingly, Irv had lived in the same building during his Navy years! His next principal assignment, where he remained until his retirement in 1990, was back at Clover Valley where he was known for staff volleyball games, his artful ceramic pieces, and love of his students and staff. Summers and holidays with the family included boating trips on the “Soul Catcher” in the San Juan Islands and car trips across the country to spend time with parents and relatives. After retirement, he and Dotty continued their love of adventure by enjoying many trips to Europe, touring the United States in their 36-foot RV, wintering in Palm Springs and spending time with their grandchildren and many cherished friends. Irv was active in the Oak Harbor community for many years including being on the Planning Commission from 1977-1985, helping maintain tulip gardens with Hal Ramaley, and St. Patrick’s Day and Holland Happening parade entries. Additionally, he was the Oak Harbor Yacht Club Commodore in 1977 and often dressed as Santa in the annual Christmas boat parade in the harbor. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dotty and daughters Vickeri Barton (Doug) and Tammara Leighton (Brian). Also surviving are grandchildren Chandra Turner (Chris) and Stuart Barton; one great-grandchild Jack Turner whom he referred to as "the little man;" and his sister, Judy Pawlowski of Belle Vernon, PA. Irv will be remembered as a wonderful, hard working, fun husband, father and friend who loved to sing, dance, teach, boat and play with his children and grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, 2018 at Wallin Funeral Home with a reception to follow. A private interment of his ashes will be at Maple Leaf Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the staff at Homeplace Memory Care for their care of Irv over the past two years. The family suggests memorials to the Oak Harbor Education Association Scholarship Fund. Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home. To leave messages or condolences to the family, please visit Irv’s Book of Memories page on the funeral home website at www.wallinfuneralhome. com.

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ROOF continued from page 10 chat, find out what you want, what you love and let’s make it work within your budget. I’ll lead you in the right direction.” Mikel said she hopes to carry more and more items made by Whidbey Island artisans and craftspeople. Having been open just four weeks, the response has been very positive, even before Sunday’s grand opening celebration. “I’m flabbergasted,” she said. “We had anticipated this, but more like in the first few months, not the first few weeks. It tickles me and I hope it will be a good thing for Greenbank Farm. Going to a furniture store is a day trip, we hope we’ll give people a reason to come back to the farm or to come for a visit.” “It is a great time for locals to rediscover Greenbank Farm, and remember to share it with your guests,” said Wyatt. “It really is a great spot to stop when traveling up or down the island to stretch your legs or catch


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Local Business News Chris’ Bakery in Oak Harbor is excited to be celebrating its one-year anniversary Saturday, March 17 and wants everyone to share in the fun. The bakery will be offering complimentary cake slices and cookies during its regular business hours Saturday, from 7:00am to 2:00pm (or later, depending on demand following the St. Patrick’s Day Parade). There will also be raffles throughout the day.

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your breath, and let the kids and dogs burn off some steam. Then, you can pick up a unique gift, have a slice of pie or chunk of cheese, and wash it down with a splash of great coffee or wine. And for those who visit Sunday, it’s a great way to contribute to preserving Whidbey’s history. “One of the key things that differentiates Whidbey Island from other destinations is our historic and rural landscape, like farms and forests,” Wyatt pointed out. “If we lose our historic buildings and open spaces, we are not only less inviting as a place to visit, but as a place to live. We must be hyper-vigilant to retain what makes us so distinct and special.” The event is free, but a suggested donation of $15 is encouraged for the invitation-only event. Those interested in the later event can contact Seaside and Sylvan at (360) 2402485 or online at www.seasideandsylvan. com. For more information about how to donate to the roof repair fund for Greenbank’s historic barn, go to


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The bakery, located under Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway at 1191 SE Dock St., carries on a long family tradition. Patrick Christensen’s parents, Betty and Chris Christensen, owned and operated the original Chris’ Bakery for 50 years, first in Seattle then in Oak Harbor. The bakery closed when they retired 20 years ago, but the craving to continue the family business remained with Patrick, who brought Chris' Bakery back to Oak Harbor last year with his wife, Maribeth.

“Having old customers come in and share stories with us about the old bakery and all the different people we’ve met has been the best,” said Meghan Vasquez, Christensen’s daughter. “We have some pretty amazing customers.” Today Chris’ Bakery specializes in Danish pastries and other elegant pastries like Napoleons and eclairs and also offers fresh-baked breads. All items are made from scratch. The full-service bakery is happy to help with custom orders and decorated cakes for all occasions as well. Vasquez said they look forward to growing and expanding, getting more involved in the community and serving the Oak Harbor area for many years to come. Contact Chris’ Bakery at (360) 675-6500 or find them on Facebook or online at www.

Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle Announces Approval to Service Paine Field Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle announced last week that they have received from the state of Washington exclusive authority to provide shuttle service to and from Paine Field and Whidbey Island this fall when commercial flights commence out of Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington. “We are very pleased to have been approved to offer this service to the residents of Whidbey Island,” said James Johnson, General Manager of Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle. “Further details will be provided once the airlines have determined their flight schedules.” For inquiries please call (360) 679-4003. Founded in 2003 and based in Oak Harbor, Washington, Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle is a locally owned and operated airport shuttle and charter service serving all communities on Whidbey Island and greater Puget Sound.

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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 Marriage sale – joining two households. Trundle bed, stylish curved wooden frame with two mattresses, one slides under, great for the guest room or as twin beds for kids, $65; Blonde sofa set – sofa, matching chair and ottoman, comfortable, some minor cosmetic spots, $25; Hitachi Ultravision, 42-in tv on 20-in base, great picture and stereo sound, $45; 30’ x 40’ x 28” high sturdy utility table, steel legs, $15; Glider exercise unit, $10; Longhandled fishing net, 9’ - 6-½ foot handle, $15; electric drill, $5; Ears for running outboard out of water, $3 each; Shower aid grip handle, suction cup mounting, $3; Foot powered bicycle pump, $2; Post hole digger, $10; Weller welding gun, new, in box, $10; Folding chaise lounge, $5; Cloth 2 x 5 x 12 with 4 shelves & plastic cover – greenhouse for starting seeds, $15; Stinger 2½-gal wet/dry vac, $15; Old-fashioned woven picnic basket w/ hinged cover, $5; Delta bench band saw, model28-185, make offer; Free glider/walker exercise machine. Coupeville (360) 678-7591 (1) Over 50 LP (vinyl) albums for sale, various artists, pristine Puzzle 1 (Easy, difficulty rating 0.40)





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condition, $3 each. Call (360) 331-1063 (1) 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

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 I collect old 35 mm cameras and lenses, prefer German or Japanese. Oak Harbor, call (970) 823-0002 (1) Collectibles, Art & Antiques. Cash paid for quality items. Call or Text (360) 661-7298 (1)

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Whidbey Weekly, March 15, 2018  
Whidbey Weekly, March 15, 2018