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One sure way to know spring is really here and summer is just around the corner is when the first barn swallows start arriving and the seasonal trout lakes are back open and filled with hungry rainbow and cutthroat trout. The last Saturday of this month (April 28) is the official state opener of trout season. The seasonal lakes have been closed since October 31 of last year, but will soon awaken with a fresh plant of trout from the surrounding hatcheries. Most of these fish will weigh in at just under one pound, but a few line-busting 3- to 4-pounders could be among the smaller fish in the delivery truck. The trout have been planted into local area lakes as early as the first week of April, giving the fish some time to get acclimated to their new surroundings and feed on some of the indigenous bugs and crawlers before they get tempted by our lures and baits. These fish will be hungry, so if there was ever a time to take the kids out for a good fishing trip, this is it. Probably the most difficult thing you may encounter is finding elbow room at the water’s edge; opening day of trout season is anticipated by many anglers. Here is a quick list of nearby lakes that will be open on the 28th and have biting fish.

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HEART LAKE: This Lake is located near Anacortes, north of Campbell Lake. It is a small lake with a pretty good sized gravel parking lot and a concrete boat ramp. Bank fishing is good here if the milfoil and other mossy grasses have not grown too far out towards the center of the lake. There are foot paths almost all the way around the lake, so it is possible to find small, brush-free pockets to cast from. Boats without combustion engines are allowed - oars and electric motors only. Be prepared for this lake to be very busy the first two weeks of the season. LAKE ERIE: This little lake is also near Anacortes, just south of Heart Lake. Part of the east end of the lake, I believe, is private, but there is a gravel boat ramp on the south side of the lake and a boat is your best bet to discover this lake's hot spots. GOSS LAKE: Goss Lake is located near Freeland. This small lake very often gets a batch of Cutthroat trout along with the rainbows. Public waterfront is very limited here; most of the shoreline is privately owned. A small gravel boat ramp is located at the east end of the lake; a small aluminum boat or kayak will be the best way to get out to where the fish are. The boat ramp area is about the only shore fishing here. DEER LAKE: This seasonal lake is located on the south end of Whidbey Island, just west of Clinton. A gravel parking lot and boat ramp is located at the northeast end of the lake, and similar to Goss, the boat ramp offers the only limited shore fishing. (Deer Lake at one time allowed combustion engines.) The following list of local lakes are open all year, and could get a few hatchery fish in addition to the

ones slated for large numbers of planters, so don’t count these out if the other lakes are a bit crowded in the beginning. CAMPBELL LAKE: Campbell Lake is located on Fidalgo Island, on the left as you are leaving Whidbey Island headed towards Sharps Corner. (It has the Island in the middle of the lake.) Campbell is one of the lakes that allow combustion engines, so trolling spoons and other artificial lures work well. Once again, due to private ownership around the lake, shore fishing is limited to the public boat ramp area. CRANBERRY LAKE: This little lake is located inside Deception Pass State Park. There are no engines allowed here either, but when you see the size of it you will understand. Because of its proximity to the state park, this lake will get some planted fish. There is a public dock on the east end of the lake and a gravel boat ramp on the northwest corner. Public shoreline access to the lake is not restricted by homes as some of the others, but the lake tends to be very overgrown on the south side. The north side of this lake is paralleled by the west beach access road; there are well worn fishing pockets scattered along this side of the lake. Use extreme caution when fishing these areas, there can be a lot of traffic. PASS LAKE: Pass Lake is a catch and release, fly fishing only lake. This lake is not known for getting many planter fish this time of year, but if the hatcheries have an excess, I would not count Pass Lake out. We are pretty lucky on Whidbey Island; we have quite a few options for trout fishing throughout the year. Here is a quick list of baits and lures to catch a limit of these tasty fish. Be sure to read through the state regulations about catch limits and any fees for parking and boat launching. TROLLING/CASTING: • Size F-4 flatfish in chartreuse, yellow, perch, rainbow, and fire-red colors. • Chrome castmaster, black Roostertail spinners, Mepps spinners, Bluefox spinners, Dicknite spoons, and small Hotshot plugs. FISHING WITH BAIT: • Night crawlers, Red worms, Powerbait (chartreuse, pink, and yellow) Powerchow, small marshmallows, and small Berkley soft baits. This short list of lures and baits is what I use to fish. There are many lures and techniques that catch fish, but these will get you started. Lingcod, Halibut, and Shrimp seasons are just around the corner, so fishing options will break wide open soon, so get out the sun screen and ready the boat, it’s time to go fishing! Here is my email: tlfishmonger@gmail.com if you have any questions feel free to drop me a note. BE SAFE AND GOOD LUCK OUT THERE!!

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According to South Whidbey's Kenneth Gunther, this is the time of year we should consider dropping the S when using the term, The Great Northwest. The Great Northwet has a nice rain to it, don't ya think?

Golf nuts This week's pilfered Internet humor comes from an old e-mail I just found in a file folder. Our thanks to Andy Petrigac for sending the below springtime chuckles over three years ago. We are a bit slow with the mail here in Freelandia. • A recent study found that the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year, which means, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon. Kind of makes a golfer proud, almost feeling like a hybrid. • A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack. “Help me, dear,” she groans to her husband. The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt. His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. “I'm dying here and you're putting!” “Don't worry dear,” says the husband calmly, “they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you.” “Well, how long will it take for him to get here?” she asks feebly. “No time at all,” says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through.” • A gushy reporter told Phil Mickelson, “You are spectacular. Your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What is your secret?” Mickelson replied, “The holes are numbered.” • A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par 3, the priest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole, my son?” The young man says, “An eight iron, Father, how about you?” The priest says, “I'm going to hit a soft seven and pray.” The young man hits his eight iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his seven iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards. The young man says, “I don't know about you, Father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down.” • Police are called to an apartment to find a woman holding a bloody three iron standing over a lifeless man. The detective asks, “Ma'am, is that your husband?” “Yes,” says the woman. “Did you hit him with that golf club?” “Yes, yes, I did.” The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face. “How many times did you hit him.” “I don't know–put me down for a five.” • A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees. He found his ball and saw an opening between two trees he thought he could hit through. Taking out his three wood, he took a mighty swing. The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him. As he approached the gates of Heaven, St. Peter asked, “Are you a good golfer?” “The man replied, “Got here in two, didn't I?” • The bride was escorted down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bags and clubs at his side. She said, “What are your golf clubs doing here?” He looked her right in the eye and said, “This isn't going to take all day, is it?” Best Slogan During a recent road trip, I happened upon a proud member of Chi Alpha Kappa of Boze-

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MEETING TONIGHT! SENIORS GET YOUR SWING ON! WEʼRE LOOKING TO FORM A COMMUNITY SWING BAND! Are you a Whidbey Island senior who loves playing Big Band music? An extensive library of Basie, Ellington, Anthony, Miller, Kenton, Brown, and Q. Jones; Charts arranged by Niehaus, Nestico, Jones, Wolpe, J. Williams and others available.

The door is locked. Outstanding alert Last weekend's 19th annual Whidbey Jazz Fest at Oak Harbor High School and the 15th annual Whale Day in Langley were beyond superlative. Thanks to Whidbey Jazz Society and Orca Network for raising our community awareness and spirits once again. Piece uh Earlier this month, I was treated to an incredible night of family fun at Pizzeria Monzu in Las Vegas. Giggling grandmas enjoying the wandering wonderment of a granddaughter lost in giant balloons. Dada chasing, Mama capturing, me smiling at the possibilities. While the bill sat unnoticed on the tray in front of me, I noticed the small print below the big numbers. Under federal law it is currently illegal to have gratuities shared with the kitchen staff, a practice that had previously been an industry standard. In order to honor our non tipped employees who we feel provide an equal part in a positive service experience, we have implemented a 4% Kitchen Appreciation Charge. Please inform your server if you would like the charge removed or feel free to adjust your gratuity to meet your needs. Grandma Skype exceeded all percentages with her gratuity. Everyone was pleased. As good a pizza as this retired Presbyterian has ever consumed. I wanted to bring some back on the plane but the TSA guy said the dough looked too puffy. Fairly at Bat Presently, I am on page 154 of Ron Fairly's laughter-filled, in and out of the foul lines bio, Fairly at Bat, www.backstorypublishing.com. As good a storyteller as any broadcaster, Mr. Fairly is way beyond fair in sharing the ins-andouts of his baseball career. A baseball fan of Fairly's would expect nothing less. Fifty years of fun, from Duke Snider to Dave Niehaus. Want to read some fun? Only fifty pages to go, but I have to finish this first. AARP on Major Kudos to the AARP team that choreographed the unpreparedness of those in need of tax preparation. For the last several weeks, real volunteers from our community have taken on the tasks, no matter how confusing, in libraries and senior centers. First and foremost, they were enjoying themselves. Ever see a CPA smile? The day I was served with graciousness despite glowing ignorance from my forehead (had to take my hat off with a lady at the desk), I was also able to meet a Vet who grew up in Coos Bay. “Did you ever meet Steve Prefontaine?” I asked excitedly, having once and forever said in celluloid fashion, eleven scripted words, in a bar scene in the movie, Prefontaine, starring Jared Leto and our beloved R. Lee Ermey, semper fi, ooorah.

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Bits & Pieces The open houses will feature displays boards that explain the planning process and highlight key plan elements. Staff will be available to answer questions and attendees will be encouraged to provide input on issues to be addressed in the plan. Drop by anytime during the open house – there will not be a formal presentation.

Letters to the Editor Editor, Thank you South Whidbey for your caring generosity! Last year you rounded up your change on purchases at Freeland Ace to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network. We were proud to give Seattle Children’s Hospital a check for $7,737.87. Freeland Ace ranked third in total dollars collected by the Seattle Ace retailers group, which is an amazing testament to our beautiful community. Every dollar raised in our store stays at our local Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Seattle Retailers group ranked 8th in total dollars collected by ALL Ace retailer groups nationwide. The Ace Hardware Foundation raised over $11 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network in 2017, a new record. Since our partnership with CMN began in 1991 the Ace Foundation has contributed over $93 million to help local kids and families. Sincerely, Diane Ellingson Owner, Freeland Ace Hardware

Washington State Ferries Seeking Input on Long Range Plan Attend an open house or comment online through May 24 Ferry ridership is expected to surge 30 percent by 2040. Washington State Ferries (WSF) is developing a Long Range Plan to better understand and plan for the changing needs of the system through 2040. “The plan will serve as our blueprint for the next 20 years. It will outline service changes and recommend investments in vessels and terminals for resilient, efficient, and sustainable ferry service for years to come,” said Assistant Secretary Amy Scarton. WSF is hosting a series of open houses to share information about the Long Range Plan and gather input on community priorities. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet project staff, ask questions, and provide early input about issues to be addressed in the plan. An online open house will run from April 10 May 24. It includes the same information that will be shared at the in-person meetings and an online comment form. Open houses: Thursday, April 19, 5:00pm-7:00pm Cotton Building, 607 Water St., Port Townsend Tuesday, April 24, 6:00pm-8:00pm Vashon Island High School, 9600 SW 204th St., Vashon Island Wednesday, April 25, 5:30pm-7:30pm Kitsap Conference Center, 100 Washington Ave., Bremerton Thursday, April 26, 6:00pm-8:00pm John Sedgwick Jr. High, 8995 SE Sedgwick Road, Port Orchard Tuesday, May 1, 5:30pm-7:30pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 South Central Ave., Clinton Wednesday, May 2, 3:30pm-6:00pm Brickworks, 150 Nichols St., Friday Harbor Tuesday, May 8, 6:00pm-8:00pm Kingston Village Green Community Center, 26159 Dulay Road NE, Kingston Thursday, May 17, 6:00pm-8:00pm Fauntleroy Church, 9140 California Ave. SW, Seattle

Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 24.5 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. For breaking news and the latest information, follow WSF on Twitter (twitter.com/wsferries). [Submitted by Nicola Zanchi, WSDOT]

2nd Annual Island County Community Coalition (ICCC) Gathering The public is invited to the Coupeville High School on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00am to 3:30pm for the 2nd Annual Island County Community Coalition (ICCC) Gathering – A “Day of Connection and Advocacy for Local Grassroots Organizations” working on peace, justice, democracy and environmental protection. The ICCC is fortunate to be hosting worldrenowned journalists David Barsamian, www.alternativeradio.org, Dahr Jamail, www.dahrjamail.net and award-winning filmmakers Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young www.planetruths.org. Other local leaders and activists, including Marianne Edain of Whidbey Environmental Action Network, community organizer Derek Hoshiko, and Richard Abraham, who is researching the contamination of the central Whidbey aquifer, will bring a local perspective into the discussion. The event will include presentations, dialogue, a screening of Dworkin and Young’s new film “Plane Truths” and performing arts by Marta Mulholland and Barbara Dunn. There will also be display tables available for participating organizations and plenty of time for networking and dialogue. This promises to be a very informative and inspiring day for everyone wishing to protect our environment, democracy and quality of life in Island County and a great way to connect with fellow activists from all over our county on Earth Day weekend.

Pacific Rim Institute is located on 175 acres of glacial outwash prairie in Central Whidbey Island. Work on restoring the degraded land back to that dominated by native prairie has been going on for the past decade. Learn about recovery of the endangered golden paintbrush, which will be in bloom during the tour. The tour will be led by PRI’s CEO Dr. Robert K. Pelant or by Joseph Sheldon, a former Trustee and field biologist. Note: the PRI Prairie Days are taking place that weekend and there are several public tours scheduled. Dr. Pelant will do a special tour of the prairie and native plant propagation area for WNPS members. There may be other activities in which you wish to join. Directions: Pacific Rim Institute is located at 180 Parker Road, Coupeville. Look for the WA Native Plant Society sign near the office. Wear appropriate footwear for the weather; there are muddy areas. Rain gear if necessary. Sack lunch (picnic tables available) or plan to lunch in nearby Coupeville at one of several nice restaurants. Both plant walks are sponsored by the WA Native Plant Society and are free of charge. [Submitted by Sherry Zoars]

Requiem Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island will join forces with Whidbey Community Chorus and Oak Harbor High School choirs to present a set of programs on April 28, 7:00pm, at South Whidbey High School and April 29, 2:30pm, at Oak Harbor High School. Music Director, Dr. Anna Edwards, leads the orchestra and massed choir in a program featuring Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, Battle Hymn of the Republic, and Christopher Tin’s Baba Yetu. The choirs are under the leadership of Darren McCoy. 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 are 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 online tickets, please visit www.sowhidbey.com or (360) 929-3045. [Submitted by Larry Heidel, Executive Director, Saratoga Orchestra]

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Free Native Plant Walks Join Naturalist Educator Melissa Duffy and local historian Scott Hornung for a tour of some of Oak Harbor’s noteworthy oaks & plants found in Garry Oak Ecosystems. On Saturday, April 21, from 10:00am to noon, the pair will lead a group from the Post Office native plant demonstration garden to the oak grove at Smith Park. Along the way you will learn about local history and lore related to the Garry Oak trees.

A P-8A Poseidon aircraft attached to Patrol Squadron (VP) 4 takes off from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island to conduct a regularly scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. VP-4 is a maritime patrol and reconnaissance squadron assigned to Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 and this occasion marks both VP-4 and Wing 10's first P-8A deployment following VP-4's platform transition from the P-3C Orion to the P-8A Poseidon aircraft between Sept. 2016 to May 2017. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Juan S. Sua/Released)

Melissa and Scott are active members of the Garry Oak Society. The Society’s mission is stewardship of the oaks through outreach, education, and preservation. Read more about it at www.ohgarryoaksociety.org

The first wave of P-8A Poseidon aircraft from Patrol Squadron (VP) 4’s “Skinny Dragons” departed Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI) for Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan on April 2, commencing a scheduled deployment to the U.S. 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR).

Directions: Meet at the Oak Harbor Post Office, 1155 SE City Beach St, at 10:00am and walk the two blocks to Smith Park. Those who have mobility issues can meet at PO and then drive to Smith Park. Wear appropriate footwear for the weather, bring rain gear if necessary, water and a sack lunch (optional). If it is not too cold/windy/ rainy the walk will conclude with an optional picnic lunch at Smith Park, otherwise an indoor lunch/coffee at Whidbey Coffee.

This inaugural deployment marks the first time VP-4 will operate internationally with the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. VP-4 underwent a platform transition from the P-3C Orion along with a duty station change from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to NASWI between September 2016 and May 2017. During the transition, VP-4 Sailors executed over 3,000 flight hours, 20,000 simulator hours, and 55,000 hours of maintenance training.

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VP-4 was certified “safe for flight” in the P-8A on May 5, 2017 by Commander, Naval Air Forces. This culminating moment signified the end of the squadron’s intensive training on the

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April 22 is Earth Day. First observed in 1970, Earth Day has evolved into an international celebration, with nearly 200 countries holding events to support clean air, clean water and other measures to protect our planet. As an investor, what lessons can you learn from this special day? Consider the following: Avoid “toxic” investment moves. Earth Day events show us how we can help keep toxins out of our land, air and water. And if you want to keep your investment ecosystem healthy, you need to avoid making some toxic moves. For example, don’t chase after hot stocks based on tips you may have heard or read. By the time you learn about these stocks, they may already have cooled off – and they may not even be appropriate for your goals or risk tolerance. Another toxic investment move involves trying to “time” the market – that is, buying investments when they reach low points and selling them at their peaks. It’s a great theory, but almost impossible to turn into reality, because no one can really predict market highs and lows – and your timing efforts, which may involve selling investments that could still help you – may disrupt your long-term strategy. Reduce, reuse, recycle. “Reduce, reuse, recycle” is a motto of the environmental movement. Essentially, it’s encouraging people to add less stuff to their lives and use the things they already have. As an investor, you can benefit from the same advice. Rather than constantly buying and selling investments in hopes of boosting your returns, try to build a portfolio that makes sense for your situation, and stick with your holdings until your needs change. If you’re always trading, you’ll probably rack up fees and taxes, and you may well end up not even boosting your performance. It might not seem exciting to purchase investments and hang on to them for decades, but that’s the formula many successful investors follow, and have followed. Plant “seeds” of opportunity. Another Earth Day lesson deals with the value of planting gardens and trees. When you invest, you also need to look for ways to plant seeds of opportunity. Seek out investments that, like trees, can grow and prosper over time. All investments do carry risk, including the potential loss of principal, but you can help reduce your risk by owning a mix of other, relatively less volatile vehicles, such as corporate bonds and U.S. Treasury securities. (Keep in mind, though, that fixed-rate vehicles are subject to interest-rate risk, which means that if interest rates rise, the value of bonds issued at a lower rate may fall.) Match your money with your values. Earth Day also encourages us to be conscientious consumers. So, when you support local food growers, you are helping, in your own way, to reduce the carbon footprint caused in part by trucks delivering fruits and vegetables over long distances. Similarly, you might choose to include socially responsible investing in your overall strategy by avoiding investments in certain industries you find objectionable, or by seeking out companies that behave in a manner you believe benefits society. Earth Day is here, and then it’s gone – but by applying some of its key teachings to your investment activities, you may improve your own financial environment. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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APRIL 19 - APRIL 25, 2018 www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALL LOCALL Y OWNED Y OWNED new aircraft and officially established VP-4 as the first P-8A squadron on the West Coast. “I am very excited about the upcoming deployment to 7th Fleet as it is the culmination of over 18 months of dedicated effort from every Skinny Dragon,” said VP-4 Commanding Officer Cmdr. Bryan Hager. “VP-4 has concluded the first Fleet Response Training Plan in preparation for the West Coast’s inaugural P-8A deployment.” Hager said the training and preparation that VP-4 received will ensure the squadron’s safe and efficient operation in theater. “Our Sailors are eager for this deployment,” said VP-4 Command Master Chief Teresa Carroll-Gillis. “We have a very important mission both in the air and on the ground and I look forward to witnessing the success of our VP-4 Sailors as they earn qualifications while on deployment. I am certain we will do well and a big part of that is due to our supportive Skinny Dragon Families. We have a very robust Family Readiness Group and an outstanding Ombudsman team that has worked very hard to ensure our families are ready.” After a demanding home cycle, the Skinny Dragons look forward to putting their extensive training into practice in the 7th Fleet AOR. This first P-8A deployment begins a new and exciting chapter in VP-4’s illustrious history as an elite maritime squadron. [Submitted by Thomas Mills, Public Affairs Specialist, NAS Whidbey Island]

Local Business News Island Herb Pledges $20,000 to Two Local Nonprofits Local cannabis shop, Island Herb, announces $10,000 matching donations in support of Good Cheer and Whidbey Veteran Resource Center, two local nonprofits doing important work on Whidbey Island Island Herb, Whidbey Island’s destination cannabis store, is thrilled to help strengthen the community of Whidbey by donating to two incredibly worthy organizations Good

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Whidbey Weekly Cheer Food Bank and Thrift Stores and the Whidbey Veteran Resource Center (WVRC). Both of these organizations are doing great work, and Island Herb is proud to help. Lucas Jushinski, Island Herb’s owner, loves to give back to the community. He says, “Whidbey Island is special. If there’s a need, we meet it. Both Good Cheer and WVRC have been important in my own journey, and I want to make sure they can continue their missions for many years to come.” WVRC is an initiative that helps Whidbey Island veterans receive the support and resources they need in dealing with housing, medical, transportation, legal issues and the VA health care system. WVRC has big plans for the grant. It is putting it toward veterans’ offisland transportation needs, on-island mental health counseling, and its new home in the South Whidbey Community Center where it hosts three support groups each week. Dr. Fred McCarthy, former superintendent of South Whidbey Schools and Langley mayor, working with a team of leaders from the WVRC, can’t wait to start expanding and improving existing programs. He says, “We’re incredibly grateful for Lucas and Island Herb’s continuing generosity over the years, and we’re looking forward to putting this money to good use in the communities of Whidbey Island.” Good Cheer is a local organization that focuses on providing quality food to its clients, and quality merchandise at its thrift stores. Good Cheer plans to use the money raised to support its organic farming initiative, which helps provide fresh fruits and vegetables to the food bank. The grant also includes support for the Grow Whidbey Collaborative Garden Apprenticeship Program, which teaches students from the South Whidbey school district how to cultivate a career in organic farming and helps keep Good Cheer’s gardens looking ship shape. Carol Squire, Good Cheer’s Executive Director, is excited by the possibilities, stating, “Good Cheer strives to meet multiple needs in the

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Whidbey community, and it’s been wonderful to watch the organization’s efforts bear such amazing fruit. Lucas has been incredibly faithful in supporting our organization, and we’re excited to see where the future takes us.” Island Herb is a 21+ recreational cannabis retail shop and dispensary located on the south end of beautiful Whidbey Island in the town of Freeland. Island Herb is open seven days a week from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

Sears Hometown is Your Locally Owned Sears Store They don’t work for Sears. Jim Woessner and Carol Vinson are the owners and operators of the Oak Harbor Sears Hometown Store. Yes, “Sears” is on the sign, but the “Hometown” part doesn’t just make a difference; it makes it a whole different company. With a business model plan it makes them the independent owners of this new store concept. Five years ago, Sears Hometown separated

from Sears Holdings Corporation and became its own independent publicly traded company. Jim & Carol have an agreement with Sears Hometown Store that allows them to offer a wide range of high-quality national brands at competitive prices, and with the best warranties around; not to mention, incredible service and support for all their customers. Jim and Carol are very proud to bring Hometown back to their local Sears store. They have promised to bring good old fashion family owned and operated service back to their hometown with the new Hometown Store. All of your favorite brands...Craftsman... Kenmore... plus the Top 8 national brands selection, all available at 230 SE Pioneer Way. Please stop by, they would love to show off what their family has done to make your shopping experience memorable for all the right reasons. Jim and Carol are both proud to be born and raised in Oak Harbor and they look forward to serving your families with prompt and friendly service.

56th Annual “Trash & Treasure” Sale Saturday, April 21, 9am-2pm Browse through the thousands of items on sale, including plants, decorative items, tools, antiques, housewares, furnishings, toys, crafts, art, & much more! Lunch served in the Chapel Cafe. All profits go to local charities. St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods Episcopal Church • 5217 Honeymoon Bay Road • Freeland

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www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OPERATED Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events See schedule below Cost: Free Friends of the Clinton Library Book Sale Saturday, April 21, 10:00am-3:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6 ​ 411 S. Central Ave. Thousands of books for sale at bargain prices. Additional fiction and nonfiction books every month. Proceeds support the Clinton Library.

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.

Earth Day Concert: Nature Sings Friday, April 20, 7:00pm Langley United Methodist Music and poetry honoring our sacred Earth presented by the Langley United Methodist Church Choir. $15 donation supports the music program but everyone is welcome with a donation or not. Langley UMC is a greening, reconciling, and advocating congregation on the corner of Third and Anthes in Langley. For more information, visit www.langleyumc.org or find them on Facebook.

The Glass Menagerie Friday, April 20, 7:30pm Saturday, April 21, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley Tickets: adult $22, senior/military $18, youth $15 Few plays in the modern theatre have so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williams’ elegiac masterpiece, The Glass Menagerie. Piano Bar opens one hour before each performance. For tickets or more information, call (360) 221-8268 or visit www.wicaonline.org

Adrian Legg Friday, April 20, 7:30pm McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon Renowned and awarded for his unique amalgamation of acoustic and electric guitar and how he blends diverse musical styles and inspirations into a distinctive sound all his own, Legg has been hailed as “one of the wizards” of the guitar (Philadelphia Enquirer), “an adventurer” (Newsday) and “a genius” (Los Angeles Reader). For tickets or more information, call (360) 416-7727 ext. 2 or visit mcintyrehall.org

Annual Marine Swap Meet Saturday, April 21, 8:00am-3:00pm Oak Harbor Marina parking lot Hosted by the Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron. Sell your no longer used boat stuff or find something you can’t live without. For reservations and information, please contact Mark Casteel at (360) 240-1546 or George Smith at (360) 929-7651.

56th Annual Trash & Treasure Sale Saturday, April 21, 9:00am-2:00pm St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church Freeland Come find housewares, jewelry, art & artifacts, craft & office supplies, linens, toys & sporting goods, furnishings & small appliances, tools, garden items & plants, and more! Don’t miss the Treasure Shop with antiques, silver & crystal, fine arts & collectibles, and many wonderful surprises at astonishing prices. All profits go to local charities. The church is located at 5217 S Honeymoon Bay Rd.

Plant Sale Festival Saturday, April 21, 10:00am-2:00pm Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road Presented by the Greenbank Garden Club. Hundreds of locally grown plants to choose from. Perennials, shrubs, grasses, and much more. Vegetable starts, herbs, & fruit. New garden art for your landscape. Garden market, raffle and delicious home made fresh baked goods. Cash or check only.

The Whidbey Coop Tour Saturday, April 21, 10:00am-4:00pm Various locations, Whidbey Island The tour, hosted by the Rock’n Doodle 4-H Poultry Club, includes seven stops between Oak Harbor to Clinton. This self-guided tour will offer visitors a look into some of Whidbey’s

most clever coops and enclosures. Coop Tour tickets are $15 per car which admits all children and up to four adults. For information or to purchase your tickets online visit rockndoodle4hpoultryclub.org.

Celtic Harps, Rare Instruments & Wondrous Stories with Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter

Celebration at Cloudstone Sculpture Park

The show features two Celtic harps, the rare Swedish Nyckelharpa, Cittern and more. The audience will hear traditional instrumental music from Sweden and Ireland as well as original compositions. The touring duo will present an eclectic blend of music and tales from their adventures as modern day troubadours. Admission is $15. For information, call (360) 317-6747.

Saturday, April 21, 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday, April 22, 10:00am-4:00pm Cloudstone Sculpture Park, Freeland An awards ceremony and celebration will be held on Saturday at 1:00pm where George Drake, founder of Sculpture Northwest, will present certificates of recognition to Sue Taves and Hank Nelson. Cloudstone Sculpture Park is located at 5056 Cloudstone Lane.

Earth Day Fair Saturday, April 21, 12:00pm-4:00pm Bayview Hall, 5642 Baview Rd, Langley See electric cars, bikes, the bus booth, exhibits, classes, art and music. Hear keynote speaker, Randy Berthold, a NASA project manager, speak about the world wide efforts to track climate change. Dance with Wild Man Cooley. For details visit www.whidbeyearthday.org

Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 21, 1:00pm-2:00pm or 2:00pm-3:00pm Joseph Whidbey State Park, Oak Harbor Join WA State Parks, Sound Water Stewards, Whidbey Audubon, and Friends of Whidbey Parks the day before Earth Day to learn about Birds, Habitats, and the Incredible Journey of Water! There will be fun activities, hot cider, and cookies. What to bring: reusable mugs for cocoa and weather appropriate clothing. Discover Pass required. For more information, contact Janet Hall at janet.hall@parks.wa.gov or 360-678-1186.

Island Herb Vendor Day & 2nd Anniversary BBQ Celebration Saturday, April 21, 3:00pm-6:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Rogue Raven will be on site with product displays and information. Island Herb is located at 5565 Vanbarr Pl, Unit F. For more information, call (360) 331-0140 or visit whidbeyislandherb.com

Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve!

Monday, April 23, 7:00pm Unity of Whidbey, 5671 Crawford Rd., Langley

Island Jazz Collective Friday, April 27, 6:30pm-9:30pm Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St. Tickets: $15 Enjoy a night of music, dancing, appetizers and no host bar. Everyone 21+ welcome. Tickets available at the Oak Harbor Senior Center and at the door. For more information, call (360) 279-4580.

“Sonic Sea” Friday, April 27, 7:00pm UUCWI, 20103 SR 525, Freeland This award winning documentary describes the tragic consequences for marine life due to noise from seismic oil exploration, ship noise and the Navy’s active sonar and explosives testing programs. Discussion follows. All welcome. Co-sponsored by Whidbey Environmental Action Network, Coupeville Allies and NW Coast Protectors. No charge. Donations appreciated.

Coupeville Garden Club 50th Annual Plant Sale Saturday, April 28, 9:00am-4:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. The 50th anniversary plant sale will feature an increased selection of tomatoes (both hybrid and heirloom) specifically chosen for success in Puget Sound gardens and speciality geraniums. Tried and true annuals and perennials including peonies, dahlias, canna lilies, ferns, and succulents will be available for purchase and all plants have been grown organically. A variety of garden art (concrete leaves, stepping stones, and glass art) will be for sale as well as raffle prizes selected to please gardeners of all ages.

Sunday, April 22, 1:00pm McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon

Holland Happening “Walk of Honor Car Show”

Genevieve Goings and Constantine “DC” Abramson, the stars of Disney Junior’s “Choo Choo Soul,” are entering their 11th year of entertaining pre-schoolers and parents worldwide. For tickets or more information, call (360) 416-7727 ext. 2 or visit mcintyrehall.org

Saturday, April 28, 1:00pm-4:00pm SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor

Gray Whale Watching Fundraising Cruise Sunday, April 22, 3:00pm Mystic Sea, departing Langley Marina Join Sound Water Stewards of Island County on their annual gray whale watching fundraising cruise aboard the “Mystic Sea”. The $75 per person fee gives you a two and a half hour cruise, appetizers, beverages and on-board naturalists. To reserve space, signup on-line at http://soundwaterstewards.org/ events/whales/ or email events@soundwaterstewards.org or call (360) 331-1030. Come celebrate Earth Day with the whales!

Dinner Show at Frasers

Located between Midway and Pasek Streets, trophies will be presented for the top three finishers in People’s Choice voting. $20 per vehicle. Entry includes dash plaque. This third annual event is a fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Oak Harbor.

Requiem Saturday, April 28, 7:00pm South Whidbey High School, Langley

Painting Trees with Carla Walsh Saturday, April 21, 11:00am Clinton Library Celebrate Earth Day! Join artist Carla Walsh to learn how to paint watercolor trees 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. Meet the Author: Susan Jenson Sunday, April 22, 2:00pm-4:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave. Meet Susan Jensen, the author of three very different books - “Cold Snap,” “My Dad Smells Funny,” and “Island Solstice.” Susan will talk about each book. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. Flip Flop on the Appalachian Trail Monday, April 23, 3:00pm-4:30pm Freeland Library Have you always wanted to do something but never got around to it? Maribeth Crandell wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail since she was a kid. She waited almost four decades until the time was right. Maribeth will have copies of her book to sell.

Religious Services Global Partners Conference Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, see schedule below Family Bible Church, Oak Harbor The theme is “Jesus Christ Changes Lives.” Friday evening session is as follows: Potluck/BBQ at 5:30pm and program from 6:30pm-8:40pm with former FBC pastor, Jim Laxson, as speaker. Free childcare is available for infants through age 4 and free Children’s Program, ages 5-11. Saturday events include a Men’s Breakfast from 8:00am-10:00am- ($1) - with Missionary Speakers. A Women’s Luncheon will be held from 12:00pm-2:00pm ($3)- with Missionary Speakers. Free childcare and Children’s Program to age 11. Saturday evening program from 6:00pm-8:30pm ($2)-includes “Tasty Tapas” and Lattes. Meet our Global Partners and hear exciting stories from our speakers. Free childcare- Infants to age 4. Free Children’s Program ages 5-11. Sunday events are all 3 services: 8:30am 9:50am - and 11:20am. Guest Speaker is Henry Tan with CRU. Free childcare for Infants to age 4. Children’s S.S. at 9:50am and Children’s Church at 11:20am. For tickets and information call Family Bible Church at (360) 679-1585. The church is located at 2760 Heller Rd.

Meetings & Organizations Community Swing Band Informational Meeting Wednesday, April 18, 4:30pm & 7:30pm South Whidbey Community Center, Langley

Presented by the Saratoga Orchestra in collaboration with Whidbey Community Chorus & Oak Harbor High School Choirs. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior/military, and free for students under 18. Tickets and information at www.sowhidbey.com

Are you a Whidbey Island senior who loves playing Big Band music? An extensive library of Basie, Ellington, Anthony, Miller, Kenton, Brown, and Q. Jones; Charts arranged by Niehaus, Nestico, Jones, Wolpe, J. Williams and others available. If you are interested but cannot attend, call Dale Zeigler at (425) 269-9029. The South Whidbey Community Center is located at 723 Camano Ave.

Matthew Laslo’s Magic Now

South Whidbey Garden Club

Sunday, April 29, 2:30pm Oak Harbor High School

Sunday, April 22, 6:00pm Frasers Gourmet Hideaway, Oak Harbor

Saturday, April 28, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley Tickets: $18 adults, $15 for youth 12 & under

Benefiting the Oak Harbor Music Festival. An evening of great food and special guests, the Olson Brothers unplugged! Contact Cynthia at (360) 544-2343 or Cheryl at (360) 672-2251 for reservations. $80 per person. Frasers Gourmet Hideaway is located at 1191 SE Dock St #101.

Matthew Laslo is a 17-year-old award-winning magician who thrills audiences worldwide with both close-up and grand illusions. Magic Now is filled with humor, awe, wonder and lots of audience participation. For tickets or more information, call (360) 221-8268 or visit www. wicaonline.org

Friday, April 20, 9:00am-12:00pm St. Peter’s Church, Clinton April’s program: “The Garden Spaces of Langley: Then and Now.” Cathy Rooks, a landscape designer and owner of Inspired Gardens Designs was a major force in transforming the sidewalk garden spaces around Langley that make the city such a lovely place to WHAT'S GOING ON

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Brandman University Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Marathon Nearly 2,000 runners will line up to take part in the annual Whidbey Island Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K Kids Fun Run Sunday in and around Oak Harbor.

Whidbey Island Marathon on pace for good year By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly The annual Whidbey Island Marathon is on track for another good year, according to organizers. The event, which takes place Sunday along with a half marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K fun run for kids, is expected to draw just under 2,000 participants, many of them visitors to Whidbey who come for more than just to run. “I think this is a destination event, so the 60 percent of people that travel to the island to participate are here because they’ve heard or read good things about Whidbey Island along with the race,” said race director Jared Loranger with Fizz Events. “We try to appeal to runners who run, of course, but who are also looking for a scenic race, which is us.” No matter which event runners participate in, each route offers picturesque views to enjoy along the way, making all the races something special, according to Loranger, who calls it “the prettiest race in the northwest." “This race is the only one that closes Hwy 20 to run across Deception Pass Bridge, we offer views of the sound at every

turn and try to provide fun at the finish line with live music, food and a beer garden,” he said.

informing the city and residents of the event coming and more.”

Online registration for the race ends Thursday, but those who would like to participate can still sign up at the pre-race expo, which will be held at the Oak Harbor High School gymnasium from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. There will be no registrations the day of the race.

The Whidbey Island Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon and it is also part of the Salish Sea Road Race series. Sunday’s event is the first in the series, which also includes the Capital City, North Olympic and Bellingham Bay marathons, held on May 20, June 3 and Sept. 30, respectively.

Start time for the full marathon, which leaves from Pass Lake just north of Deception Pass Bridge, is 7 a.m. Sunday. All other races depart from Bayshore Drive in Oak Harbor. The half marathon begins at 8:30 a.m., the 5K and 10K both start at 9 a.m. and the 1K Kids Fun Run takes off at 10 a.m. All races end at Bayshore Drive. As one can imagine, putting together an event of this size with so many moving parts requires a bit of fancy footwork. “Most challenging, I think is juggling everything that goes into the race,” Loranger said. “There isn’t one thing that is tough but it is a combination of each smaller part, which makes the whole. It is tough when you’re working to recruit volunteers, while advertising and promoting to runners,

Minimum age to participate in the full Whidbey Island Marathon is 16, but there is no age limit for any of the other races. Complete details can be found online at runwhidbey.com and those interested can register online through Thursday. Loranger said he looks forward to seeing a lot of happy faces come Sunday. “The most fun is seeing the smiles on people’s faces when they cross the finish line,” he said. “No matter the distance they just finished, that was that person’s goal. Once completed, it is cool to see their excitement because of what they just accomplished.”

Affordable housing sparks debate in Oak Harbor

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

A community conversation about a potential affordable housing project in downtown Oak Harbor has ignited much discussion about the proposal. There was a standing-room only crowd at the meeting, held last Wednesday at the Oak Harbor Senior Center. The event, hosted by Mayor Bob Severns and Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson, featured a presentation by the Low Income Housing Institute of Seattle, the nonprofit developer of the project. Many were drawn to the presentation by the Oak Harbor Main Street Association, which has raised concerns over possible changes to the city’s zoning ordinance that would allow ground floor residences in commercial districts, saying such changes could have a huge impact on the historic downtown.

“Part of the goal tonight is to make sure everybody is working from the same set of facts,” Johnson told the crowd, drawing their attention to a two-page list of occupations and wages under which earners would qualify for affordable housing, such as bank tellers, medical transcriptionists, security guards, roofers and dental assistants, to name a few. “I really want to challenge us all to shift our paradigm from what we envision as affordable housing and who’s in it, to really understanding who these individuals are,” she said, suggesting at one point the term “workforce housing” might be more appropriate. “I would bet that every one of you has had somebody who’s worked one

of these jobs on this list over to your house for dinner at some point. You’re friends with them.”

By definition, affordable housing is that which is available to those whose income is 80-percent or less of the Area Median Income, which in Island County is $77,300. That means half of the county’s residents make more than that amount, half make less. In general, monthly housing costs should not exceed 30-percent of someone’s total monthly income. So in theory, a family or individual making $2,000 a month, $24,000 annually, should be paying $600 per month for rent and utilities to meet that standard. LIHI’s proposed project along SE Pioneer Way

“I know how much Oak Harbor as a community cares about veterans,” Amadon said. “People who have put their lives on the line, how could they fall into the circumstance of being without safe and decent housing? So it is our goal to include veterans in this development." Amadon said LIHI will partner with the Island County Opportunity Council to provide onsite services to those residents. There was much discussion about why this particular piece of property, located between Bayshore Drive and Pioneer Way, next to Hal Ramaley Memorial Park and across from the city’s ball fields, was chosen. It was actually one of 12 sites considered. Eight of those sites were short listed, and archaeological feasibility studies were done on three properties. LIHI tried to negotiate sales contracts on two other sites before choosing the Pioneer Way location. As part of the archaeological survey, 53 shovel tests were performed in February and there were no findings.

However, the zoning issue was something of a nonstarter, as LIHI’s Housing Development Director, Robin Amadon, explained planning is in such an early stage it is unknown if the project would need any sort of zoning changes or variances to proceed. Rather, the meeting became a debate over whether or not affordable housing is appropriate for the downtown business district. Before the LIHI presentation began, Commissioner Johnson urged people to keep an open mind over the definition of affordable housing.

and Bayshore Drive is a four-story building with 51 total units; one unit for an on-site manager, 25 units for households making at or below 50-percent of the AMI and the remaining 25 units for those at or below 30-percent of the AMI. Of those, 20 units would be designated for military veterans.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns welcomes the standing room only crowd last week for a community conversation about a proposed affordable housing project in downtown Oak Harbor.

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HOUSING continued from page 7 ments, nor other resources discovered in these shovel tests,” said Amadon.

Island 911

Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! THURSDAY, FEB. 8 8:07 am, Bailey Rd. Requesting call referencing male who keeps calling reporting party at all hours of the day and night. Sounds like he's been drinking. Told subject he has wrong number, but male won't stop calling. 8:12 am, SR 20 Reporting male mentally ill or on drugs/ alcohol on edge of road close to oncoming traffic, yelling at vehicles, stepping in and out of roadway. 9:41 am, Jewett Rd. Advising two loose dogs in area; caller has run them off four times; tried calling owner who said no one is home and told caller to shoot at his dogs with a BB gun. 10:02 am, SW Fort Nugent Ave. Caller advising ongoing problem with female in her 60s harassing caller. 12:53 pm, Fort Nugent Rd. Reporting brown cow on shoulder of road at intersection of Boon Rd. 4:19 pm, Marine View Dr. Caller advising two goats in his back yard. 11:01 pm, NE Barron Dr. Reporting party advising male followed him home, is banging on door now. Bald male with back pack. FRIDAY, FEB. 9 9:22 am, Wildcat Way Caller states staff member tried to attack caller through her car; occurred last week. 12:42 pm, Shawn Ave. Requesting phone call referencing vehicle he purchased a few months ago; is ready to sell vehicle but now has subject claiming vehicle is theirs and was stolen and didn't report it at the time; requesting assistance getting situation sorted out. 1:48 pm, Kimberly Way Caller states he was threatened via text; called an “escort agency” and they texted him saying “kill yourself before we find you; the hole is dug already.” 3:30 pm, Lawson Rd. Caller is receiving threatening text messages via Facebook from some woman caller does not know; states female said “hope your dog gets hit by a car” and several other messages.

5:00 pm, Juniper Beach Rd. Reporting party advising was working in yard and noticed cigarette butt in flower bed near window; says no one living at residence smokes. SATURDAY, FEB. 10 12:07 am, Maxwelton Rd. Reporting three horses in road; one lightcolored, one white spotted, unknown other; going toward Christian Academy. 9:19 am, SR 20 Caller was traveling southbound about a quarter mile north of Monroe Landing Rd. when something hit windshield; no other vehicles on road, no one seen. 10:23 am, Scatchet Head Rd. Female on the line advising male subject is refusing to leave; ate all her food. Now advising male is no longer there. 11:17 am, SR 20 Reporting about 30 Mini Coopers southbound from Ault Field Rd.; unsafe passing, lane travel; advising state. 4:28 pm, SR 20 Reporting party advising husband's cousin pulled up to the light, pulled gun on reporting party and is driving off now. 5:14 pm, SR 525 Party advising woman is standing at bus stop and screaming in phone; woman started screaming at reporting party, saying “I'm not part of your agenda.” Reporting party advising subject is in serious distress. 5:16 pm, Shuksan Dr. Caller reporting two subjects came to location, trying to convert reporting party back to being a Mormon. Subjects are now gone. 6:18 pm, SR 532 Reporting party advising crew handling road traffic at site of accident is requesting crew turn off their bright lights as they are impeding traffic; requesting law enforcement goes out and “does something about it.” 10:53 pm, Double View Dr. Advising older white Jeep, going up and down road; reporting party took picture of driver. Driver gave caller the finger. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.

Additionally, there are six underground storage tanks still located on the site from its former use as a gas station. Four of the six were decommissioned and filled with sand, but the fill pipes on the two smaller tanks have disintegrated over time and the tanks’ contents could not be checked. However, a Phase 2 environmental investigation in 1997 and another just conducted April 4, show no evidence of soil contamination. “The site has a lot of potential and a lot of constraints,” acknowledged Aaron Young, an architect with Northwest Studio, who is working on the building’s design. “The site goes from 11-feet to 29-feet, so we’re talking about an 18- to 19-foot rise across the entire property.” Because the lower portion of the property is part of the flood plain, initial plans call for the building to be elevated, a technique used in Oak Harbor’s construction history. “Our early thinking is, because we are 10- to 18-feet down from Pioneer Way, let’s lift the building a little bit so that we create more room for storm water management, more room for landscape, recreational uses for residents, pathways to connect with the community, and we begin to create an identity for the building that actually has a resonance with the history of Oak Harbor,” said Young. When completed, the residence portion of the building would be set back from Pioneer Way by about 50 feet. Young said he envisions public spaces, community facilities, potential retail, classrooms or offices against the street, with the bulk of residences behind. That may or may not lead the developers to request a zoning variance, which is what the Main Street Association was concerned about. However, OHMSA Board President Dan Evans said the discovery that LIHI will be receiving money from Island County along with grants from the state, changes things. “It is different now that we’ve gone to that meeting and learned this is not a completely privately funded project,” he said. “This project is funded by county money and state money, which means there’s a little bit more to the public perception to what it means to our community, to what the money is being used for.”

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Housing Development Director for the Low Income Housing Institute in Seattle, Robin Amadon, shares details of the nonprofit organization’s plans for a potential affordable housing project between Bayshore Drive and Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor at a community meeting last week.

“We have a reputation for having a positive impact for both residents and the neighborhood,” said Sharon Lee, executive director of LIHI, in response to follow up questions from Whidbey Weekly. “We take vacant and/or under-utilized land and create housing that is attractive and of benefit to the community.” “Many people making between minimum wage and double minimum wage, working in small businesses, restaurants, services and the hospitality industry have few places where they can afford the rent,” Lee continued. “Merchants located close to our housing like the fact our residents shop and patronize their businesses.” Heated discussion near the end of the meeting had Commissioner Johnson in tears at one point, telling the crowd this is a private project and she hopes people will come to understand and accept what LIHI is trying to do, which could prove to be of benefit to the historic downtown. “We’re afraid that we’re going to have more people downtown who don’t have a place to live,” she said. “But you know why they don’t have a place to live? Because they don’t have a place to live. You get that connection?

LIHI pegs the cost of the project at $13 million. Island County has agreed to reimburse LIHI more than $475,000.

“I know it’s scary, I think there’s a lot of questions to walk through,” she continued. “And I’m not 100-percent sure this is right. But I’m 97-percent sure that taking a chance on our own community, giving those who struggle an opportunity to live in a really special place, says more about us as a community than saying ‘we’re just going to hold onto this until some rich people come along and put condos there.’”

“LIHI has received commitments from Island County for $100,000 for the purchase of the Pioneer Way property, $110,000 for predevelopment expenses and $268,000 toward the further development and construction of the property,” said Catherine Reid, who oversees funding contracts for housing in Island County.

“There’s obviously two polar opposites right here,” said Matthew Williams, OHMSA executive director after the meeting. “How can we work together to find creative solutions instead of holding staunch on one side or the other? That’s what I would like to see - more conversations. With public input comes a variety of ideas.”

Those funds come from local document recording fees the County collects on recorded real property documents, Reid explained. The county sets aside $300,000 for the development of affordable housing. Anyone can apply for those funds as long as projects meet the priorities established by the Housing Advisory Board and the Commissioners.

“I just want us to be great. To design a community that works for all citizens,” said Johnson. “I want our hearts to show; I want us to aspire for more, so it hurts when I see fear get in front of who I know we are as people.”

“The additional funding commitment was made so that LIHI could have the necessary funding in place when applying for Low Income Housing Tax Credits,” said Reid. “LIHI continues to pursue other funding that may result in Island County reducing its contribution. These grants are reimbursement grants, so the costs must be incurred before any payments are made by the County.” Other discussion included questions about what such a development could do to property values in the area and whether LIHI had any research to indicate whether residents of affordable housing spend money in the communities in which they live. “It could stimulate more retail development because there are more consumers living in the area spending money,” said Amadon.

No applications have been filed on the affordable housing project as of yet. If it proceeds as planned, construction would begin in December and would take 14 months to complete. “If they’re following rules our elected officials have put in place, we have nothing to say,” said Evans. “If this project meets code requirements it will move forward; it’s not a city or county project that can be stopped by the public,” said Johnson. “But, there are things the community can influence and that is where their voice is significant and really valued.” “I think hard conversations are necessary, but we have to be solution-oriented to address an apparent problem,” Williams said. “Whenever we have disagreements, we have to find ways to find common ground to make it beneficial for Oak Harbor. How do we help Oak Harbor?”

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Coupeville students bring “savage” comedy to the stage By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Get ready to laugh a lot, cry a little and thoroughly enjoy Coupeville High School’s spring production of “The Curious Savage,” playing at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday only at the high school’s performing arts center. The play, written by John Patrick and first performed on stage in 1950, tells the story of Ethel Savage, an elderly woman whose recently deceased husband has left her $10 million. But Mrs. Savage’s three stepchildren, in an attempt to get the money for themselves, send her to an institution. Her newfound friends, however, help Mrs. Savage lead her stepchildren on a hilarious wild goose chase to find the money.

“'The Curious Savage' is a play I know pretty well; it was the first play I ever directed ten years ago at my first teaching job in Stevenson, Wash.,” said Stefanie Ask, CHS drama troupe advisor. “It was an incredibly popular play in the 50s, in the 'Arsenic and Old Lace' era, though it isn’t performed nearly as often today. It’s a story full of eccentric characters and some wild goose-chases. However, beyond the initial humor, it has some deeply meaningful moments, too.” There are 11 cast members in the show and the remainder of the drama troupe handles the rest of the production. “The theater students are responsible for every facet of a production. It isn’t just acting,” said Ask. “The cast and crew design the lights and sound, build and decorate the set, choose the costumes, design the poster, truly everything! They work collaboratively on one of the most authentic group endeavors there is.” Senior Dylan Hummel, who has enjoyed the stage in previous productions, decided to work on costumes this time around. He said people will find a deeper message in this play. “Not only is it about a scandal between two families over money,” he said. “It’s in my opinion about true friendship and what can happen in those relationships with friends and families.” “When you hear what the play is about you would think it is a comedy, and while it is very much comedy and pokes fun at characters like the siblings, it talks about very serious things,” said sophomore Helen Sinclair, who plays Samantha Savage. “Dealing with loss, humanity and compassion. The thing about theater is, it can take something comedic and still tell the audience and the actors about something that needs to be talked about.”

Photo Courtesy of Stefanie Ask, Coupeville High School Ethel Savage, played b Madison Rixe, institutionalized so her stepchildren can gain access to her inheritance, is bothered by Fairy May, played by Knight Arndt, in the Coupeville High School production of “The Curious Savage.” The play runs Thursday through Saturday only at Coupeville High School.

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Photo Courtesy of Stefanie Ask, Coupeville High School Members of the Coupeville High School drama troupe bring an eclectic mix of characters to the stage in their production of “The Curious Savage,” opening Thursday and running to Saturday only at the high school’s performing arts center.

“Personally, I love this play,” said Lily Zustiak, a freshman who plays the role of the eldest of the Savage children, Titania. “You will fall in love with so many characters and build a slight hatred for a few others. It will keep you guessing and make you laugh.”

Tickets for “The Curious Savage” are available at the door. Cost is $6 for adults and students without ASB, $4 for children. Senior citizens and students with ASB are free. Performances, which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday only, begin promptly at 7 p.m.

“This play shows that sometimes the 'insane' people are the most sane of us all,” said Tamika Nastali, a junior at CHS.

“Though this play is very comical and fun to watch; it is also very sweet and heartfelt,” said Knight Arndt, a freshman who plays the role of Fairy May. “Though many of the characters are strange, many of them are also sweet and caring. The play does a good job of making people laugh, whilst making the audience notice the large subtext of it.”

While the drama program has been around for a long time, Ask said a good turnout for this play is important, as it will ensure the program maintains its high quality. “Our entire program is funded through ticket sales and donations,” she said. “Many people don’t realize how much money goes into a theater production. We’ve got to pay for performance rights and set construction, and then we borrow and thrift store shop for all the odd props we may need for any given show. “Additionally, the theater program travels to the State Thespian Theater Festival each spring, which is costly,” continued Ask. “The more ticket sales and donations we can earn through delighting our community with a performance, the higher quality production we can put on in the future.”

“It’s got mystery, drama, comedy, romance, and so much more.” Zustiak said. “Most importantly, if you pay attention, you can catch so many little details that add so much to the story.” “Folks should come see this play for so many reasons, one being all the wonderful characters,” said Sinclair. “This play does a great job of reeling someone in and telling a great story.” “It’s a funny, sweet, endearing little story that carries an important message,” said Ask. “If you’ve never heard of it, you’re in for a treat.”

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County proceeds with plans for Oak Harbor treatment facility By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

but we’re putting people in jail if they have a mental health issue.”

Island County has purchased the property and has received funding from the state to build a Crisis, Respite and Detox Facility in Oak Harbor.

“Our jails are our biggest mental health provider for treatment in this country. That’s a crisis. That’s unacceptable,” said Julie Melville, a volunteer with the National Alliance for Mental Illness who expressed her support for the project. “These are our neighbors, our loved ones, and they deserve better than that. They deserve our compassion.”

A public open house was held Monday evening at the Oak Harbor Public Schools office. The proposed county-owned facility would be constructed on old N. Oak Harbor Road just south of NE 10th Ave. and the Harbor Ridge Apartments. “This will be an eight-bed, voluntary crisis stabilization and sub acute detox facility,” explained Jackie Henderson, director of Human Services for Island County. “Whether patients are there for a mental health issue or substance abuse issue, they will get some treatment, case management services. Before they leave the facility, there will be some discharge planning services so we can connect them to services once they leave.” This is a voluntary, adult treatment facility, Henderson said. She anticipates the average stay would be three to five days, although that can vary. Staff will include mental health professionals, chemical dependency professionals, case workers and social workers. Funding for the project includes $4 million from the state and $1 million from the North Sound Behavioral Health Organization, of which Island County is a part and of which Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson is the board chairman. Once the facility is built, funding is expected to be provided through Medicaid, private insurance, Medicare and the state. While the majority of those using the facility will be from Island County, as part of the regional, five-county system that also includes Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Snohomish counties, people from other counties could be referred to the Oak Harbor facility. “We go off the island for a lot of our services, so to say this facility can only be for Island County people is pretty shortsighted,” said Henderson. “Right now people from Island County go to Burlington, where there is a similar treatment facility or they go to Everett, where there’s several.” Henderson said this facility will serve a growing need in our community. “I think probably everyone sitting here in this room has somebody in their family, a close friend of somebody you know of that has experienced a mental health issue or substance abuse issue,” she said. “It covers all classes, all economic levels. It

Island County has purchased property along N. Oak Harbor Rd. on which to build a sub acute detox facility, a voluntary center for the treatment of mental health and chemical dependency issues.

touches everybody’s life, so to have a facility like this where often people can get stabilized and not end up in a hospital emergency department or end up in our jail, it can end up saving the community a lot of money and a lot of heartache.” “What we know is we’re losing people on the chemical dependency side, and we know for sure on the mental health side we don’t have a way to stabilize them,” said Johnson. “Our need is that quick stabilization piece, where you can do an assessment, try to get someone medicated and moved back into the community or hold them there until they can go on to a more permanent, stable facility,” she said. While the county looked at other communities on the island on which to build this facility, Johnson said the reality is Oak Harbor is the population center and has the ability to provide more of the services needed for this type of treatment. “A lot of our behavioral health care providers are located in Oak Harbor, our chemical dependency treatment providers are located in Oak Harbor, so really the better connection was closer to where the services are,” Johnson said. The county hopes the facility will be able to take at least some of the pressure of care off the hospital and the jail, both of which are over-burdened. “We’re putting people in jail because we have no other place to put them,” said Johnson. “We don’t put people in jail for cancer, we don’t put people in jail if they have broken arms,

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Another factor that could increase the burden on counties is the state’s desire to close Western State Hospital to all patients who are not forensic, in other words, who have not committed a crime. The state wants communities to provide local treatment. “This is coming at our communities like a freight train,” Johnson said. “I would feel irresponsible if I wasn’t working with our county team to prepare our communities for arrivals and treatment of people who we know are going to be left for our community to care for.” While some of the approximately 60 people in attendance expressed some concern over the location, security, etc., the majority were very supportive, some even suggesting an eight bed facility may not be big enough. There is room, said officials, to increase the size of the facility to 16 beds in the future should there be a need. “There’s no place to take these individuals,” said Island County Sheriff Marc Brown. “We want to get them someplace where there’s a roof over their heads. We’ve been taking them to Burlington, to Anacortes, to other places. This would be a place where at three in the morning we could take them.” “This population is growing much too rapidly in a state that is much too under resourced to deal with it and these conversations are going on in every community across the state,” said WhidbeyHealth CEO Geri Forbes. “This will not be the be-all and end-all to fix it, but it’s an important step.” County officials acknowledge there are still many details to work out, but said they will forge ahead with the project. As yet no formal applications have been filed, but if all goes according to plan, the facility should be completed in the fall of 2019.

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Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare: I guess when your company produces "Paranormal Activity" (budget: $15,000; box office revenue: $200 million-plus) and then you follow it up with a couple of Oscar nods (for "Whiplash" and "Get Out"), you get to tag your name onto your movie’s titles (even when it’s ill-advised to do so), like this one starring Lucy Hale about a game of Truth or Dare that has some horrific consequences. ★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 40 min.) Chappaquiddick: Remember when a little thing like driving a car off a bridge with a woman inside and saving yourself and leaving her there to drown was enough to derail presidential aspirations? Time travel back to a more innocent era with this dramatization of the 1969 political scandal heard round the world. ★★★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 41 min.) 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.)

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I Feel Pretty: Amy Schumer (insecure, wears Spanx) receives a head injury in a SoulCycle class, gains the self-confidence of a supermodel and begins to win at life. If this is the body-positivity message you’re looking for, and you’d like it to come from a white, blonde, conventionally pretty woman, I guess this is the movie for you. ★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 50 min.)

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Our state is a green state. Literally. A very plush, luscious, full bodied, foliage-filled state due to the climate. We are also a state which embraces all things green as far as cannabis goes and there are many ways in which this ‘leafy green’ can find its way into the things we readily make and eat.

Ever Heard of Anthocyanins? If you’ve some deep red, purple or blue leaves, they are likely going to contain flavonoid compounds called anthocyanins. This is what gives those beautiful, bright hues to foods like blackberries, strawberries, raspberries and eggplant, to name a few, and research suggests anthocyanins (antioxidants themselves) can protect against DNA damage among other ailments. Quite amazing!

Cooking with cannabis doesn’t mean preparing a batch of brownies and sitting back to wait for the effects to kick in. Not at all. Cooking with the plant can actually hold a host of health benefits and people who incorporate hemp and raw marijuana into their diets are able to do that. First of all, I want to stress the importance of always consulting a medical health professional or your primary care manager in order to help you navigate and manage your health, as they are the only ones equipped to do so. That being said, I wanted to talk about the powerful health punch this ‘green’ packs. Cannabis Leaves Have Great Vitamin and Mineral Content While the plant can allow for people to experience a high when consuming them, the leaves are also really good sources of calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, and iron. Vitamin K plays a key role in the clotting of blood, while vitamin C is a fabulous immune booster. As far as folate is concerned, this vitamin is crucial in the repair of DNA and iron and calcium necessary for adequate oxygenation of blood and good bone health, respectively. On top of all that goodness, wouldn’t you know it, cannabis leaves are ‘high’ in fiber. It’s Full of Antioxidants Antioxidants come up often in health articles and science news, and the benefits of these guys cannot be touted enough. These are powerful substances that can and do hinder, and sometimes prevent, the oxidation of other molecules in the body. They can aid in heart health and protect from the harmful effects of free radicals. Taking this into account, just know cannabis leaves contain a pretty decent dose of

The Fat of the Land Yes, consuming the leaves and bud can be beneficial to health but it isn’t the only way a person can derive the nutritious bits from the plant. Hemp seeds are another way. Raw, cold pressed hemp oil is brimming with essential fatty acids (EFAs) apparently. Critical components of brain health and development can be sourced in plant-based omega-3 fatty acids which, luckily, is found in hemp oil, along with omega-6 fatty acids. This oil is also found to be rich in linoleic acid, which is excellent when it comes to the maintenance of healthy skin and hair. No wonder so many cosmetic companies make use of hemp oil in their creams, lotions and potions. I could go on for a long time about the ways in which cannabis offers a boost to our health, but instead, I’m going to discuss a couple of the innumerable ways in which parts of this plant can be infused into food and enjoyed. Smoothies There are endless recipes out there for smoothies, and each one can be adapted, adjusted and refined to suit individual preference and predilection. Really this is one of the easiest things to make and there’s none of the ‘sittingaround-waiting-for-the-kitchen-timer-to-go-off’ anticipation. You whip up your smoothie, sip or spoon, and enjoy! When it comes to a smoothie, I’m always on the lookout for new and inventive ways to enjoy these. With summer around the corner, there’s no better time to prepare one – or more – than now. One of the best recipes I have ever tried

is a chocolate hemp seed smoothie. It’s thick, creamy, vegan, gluten-free, raw and refinedsugar free and while it sounds far too healthy to be yummy, I promise it isn’t taste-free! It uses 2 cups almond milk (you can use whichever milk you prefer however, and I also like mine with coconut milk), Medjool dates (about 4 – but you can use a couple more or a couple less), 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons hulled hemp seeds, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 frozen banana, peeled, and 4 or 5 ice cubes. Put all the ingredients into a high-speed blender and blitz until smooth. Pour into a drinking receptacle of your choosing and enjoy! If you're not in the mood for something as thick and chocolatey as a smoothie, then perhaps a little hemp milk will go a long way. It’s a refreshing alternative to a cold glass of milk on a warm spring or summer day. Take ½ cup of shelled hemp seeds, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 2 cups of drinking or spring water (I use the latter) and 2 or 3 teaspoons of coconut sugar. Pop all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender, blend on high for about a minute or two, pour into a drinking container, jar or jug, chill in the refrigerator and when it’s nice and cold, relish the nutty flavor of this beverage! To be sure though, hemp seeds aren’t the only way in which we use part of the plant as far as eating is concerned. You can likewise use the leaves in a smoothie recipe as well as in teas, cakes, muffins, brownies and the backbone of cooking with marijuana edibles – cannabutter. While I have not made any myself, I have heard from friends who have, this is the foundation from which many, if not most of your ‘cookingwith-cannabis’ delights will spring. I came across an amazing website recently https://weedseedshop.com/en/blog/make-cannabutter-recipe/ and it goes quite in depth into just how to get the most from your plant. It educates and explains so many things from the difference between ‘weed butter’ and ‘hash butter’ to how to utilize the leaves most effectively so they don’t go to waste. I encourage you to ask for more information at your local or favorite dispensary or do your own research when it comes to this topic, because there is so much to know. Dear readers, with April 20 around the corner and it being the unofficial day earmarked by many to celebrate cannabis all over the world, for those who observe it, I hope it’s a day filled with fun, friends and the benefits this plant offers! Please send any comments, questions and recipes to letsdish.whidbeyweekly@gmail. com and we can do just that – Dish! http://ohsheglows.com/2014/07/03/creamychocolate-hemp-smoothie-for-two/ https://herb.co/marijuana/news/eating-rawcannabis www.highsnobiety.com/2017/10/26/marijuanahealth-benefits-eating/ To read past columns of Let's Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www. whidbeyweekly.com.

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Conversation to End Homelessness Monday, April 23, 6:30pm-8:30pm Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St. What does it mean to be homeless on Whidbey Island? Join the community conversation to seen an end to homelessness. Presented by the Whidbey Homeless Coalition. For more information, call (360) 900-3077 or visit whidbeyhomeless.org For a list of continuous Meetings and Organizations, visit www.whidbeyweekly.com

Classes, Seminars and Workshops Admiralty Head Lighthouse Docent Training Thursday, April 19, 9:30am-3:30pm Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Coupeville Have fun, learn history, and join a fun group of volunteers. Gift Shop Docents share information about the lighthouse and sell gift shop items. Hose Docents answer questions relating to the lighthouse and talk to people from all over the world. For more information, call Sharon Young-Hale at (360) 678-1186.

Free Shoreline Stewardship Forum Saturday, April 21, 9:00am-12:30pm Pacific Rim Institute: 180 Parker Rd, Coupeville Do you or your community own an aging tidegate, community septic system, water system or shoreline armoring? Then this workshop is for you! The Island County Marine Resources Committee invites you to join them for an interactive discussion with County staff, state experts and communities that have been successful at finding solutions to aging infrastructure repairs/replacement. This is a free event, but an RSVP is required: https://www. surveymonkey.com/r/QMDY7ZN For more information, contact Anna Toledo, a.toledo@co.island.wa.us, (360) 678-2349 or visit www.islandcountymrc.org

Basic Pistol Shooting Course Saturday, April 21, 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday, April 22, 9:00am-5:00pm CWSA Range, 397 W Safari Lane, Coupeville Fee: $85 Presented by the Central Whidbey Sportsmen’s Association (CWSA). Firearms, safety gear, and ammunition are provided. Just come ready to learn and shoot. The course is a two day relaxed learning experience that allows students to take their time so they learn to be proficient with a revolver and semi-automatic pistol. Contact Mike McNeff at shamrockll@ yahoo.com or (480) 620-3727 for more information.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Your first duty is to yourself this week. You must be very clear with yourself regarding what you want to do and where you want to go. Only then are you able to relate harmoniously to the wants and needs of others. Letting others know that you are only getting your feet under you so that you can be fully attentive to them makes accusations of self-centeredness less likely. Be ready to be upfront about this on the 21st. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) People and circumstances work in favor of your business and professional activities this week. New beginnings are possible in other areas of life, as well. Now is the time to take stock of where you’re at in your personal life and lay a course of action to move ahead. Authority figures are likely to look favorably on your decisions. Money and material resources are the likely focus of these matters on the 21st. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) The distinctions between yourself and other people are apt to matter less than usual to you this week. Such increased tolerance of differences is part of personal growth and self-expansion. The more you allow yourself to be, the more latitude you can tolerate in others’ behavior. If you pause to reflect, you’ll see that these are the active dynamics in your life at present. Being aware of them is useful to you on the 21st. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Part of your present sensitivity to the wants and needs of others is due to a need to belong. This desire to relate to your friends and loved ones continues this week and overrides all else in your life. Accompanying it on the 21st may be a desire to hide those aspects of yourself that you’re not comfortable openly sharing with others. You have the choice of what to divulge and what to withhold. Let your conscience guide you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You’re likely to feel more protective and supportive of your friends than is usual this week. Healthy relations in all your social contacts is the expected result. Any problems are apt to be the result of miscommunication, rather than ill will. Your more intimate connections, the ones that you take for granted because you know the people so well, are the ones more likely to become troublesome. Take no one for granted on the 21st. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Your public status and professional standing are spotlighted this week. The less egotistical your approach to the public side of your life, the better things are likely to work out for you. On a purely personal level, health matters are your prime area of interest. Anything done to enhance your physical

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Good things come of your social relations this week. Money or other tangible enrichments are possible. Less tangible but equally enriching is the kind of information that could come of networking with the right people. News that you can use is all around, provided you’re sufficiently alert to catch it. Any or all of this could unfold in the course of events without any special effort on your part. Watch the 21st carefully. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You may be answering to someone else’s wishes or needs more than you would like this week. It’s not an easy time to get your way. Unexpected twists in some long-standing problems are likely. Whether these help or hinder you won’t be clear in the short term, so jumping to quick conclusions is unwise. Take the actions called for on the 21st and watch to see how matters unfold. Patience wins in the end. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) The way out of a constraining situation this week is not head-on, but indirectly through a personal relationship. Input from a confidant offers exactly the impetus you need. Where confusion or misunderstanding has been the obstacle, clarifying insights are possible that turn the situation around. The perspective you lack comes through sharing ideas and information. Use the 21st accordingly. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) A playful attitude is your key to success with everything that you touch this week. This is doubly true in matters of money and material resources. Circumstances are aligned to help you in this regard. Creative projects that engage your fun-loving side spill over to benefit you in practical ways. You have only to be yourself, exactly as you are, to make everything work. Lightheartedness wins on the 21st. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Your perspective is due for expansion this week, coming most likely via the surfacing of some under-appreciated aspect of yourself. This is a time for you to feel who you really are without concealing your feelings from others. You and they may discover that you are deeper and more complex than anyone thought. The ramifications of such a discovery are many and good. Follow your heart on the 21st. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Your authentic self is being injected into everything you say and do this week. Your ability to know things without knowing how you know may be confusing to those whose thinking depends on logical process. In your dealings with such people, you’ll save time by not leaping too quickly from thought to thought. The 21st may show you how much of your own thinking is conditioned by the events of the past. © 2018, Wesley Hallock, All Rights Reserved

Chicken Little looks at what is and fears the sky is falling. Wesley Hallock, as a professional astrologer, looks at what is and sees what could be. Read Wesley’s monthly forecast, with links to Facebook and Twitter, at www. chickenlittleandtheastrologer.com. To read past columns of Chicken Little and the Astrologer in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

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due north 27. Home to a world famous bay 34. Mollusk 35. Large nest of a bird of prey 36. Predict 37. Reconnaissance 38. Move in a particular direction 39. Cut with a tool 40. True firs 41. Heaven’s opposite 42. Employed 43. “Partridge Family” actress Susan CLUES DOWN 1. Induces vomiting 2. Gloss or sheen on wood furniture 3. Meteorological line 4. Help shoppers save money 5. Heart condition 6. What tweens become

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“Let’s face it; healthcare is a difficult industry with a shaky track record,” he added. “We are one of the few businesses in which our customers do not really want to be customers at all. They only seek help when things are not going well. If we can get ahead of chronic disease, move to an 'upstream' approach, then the services we provide can be viewed as 'value added' and our customers can enjoy the long-term benefits of health throughout their lifetimes.” These challenges, says Rochier, are exactly the same in urban settings as they are in small rural communities such as South Whidbey Island. “Finally, the greatest aspect of this situation is that my wife and I are finally realizing our dream of being full-time residents of the island,” he says. “We purchased property here in 1985 and have been spending weekends and vacations here for more than 30 years. Now we can live and work in the same location and, best of all, I have a very short drive to work. We are learning about all of the great places to hike, dine, shop and just be Whidbey Islanders. It feels like a very good long weekend.”

Dr. Rochier is taking new patients at WhidbeyHealth Primary Care Freeland, 5486 Harbor Avenue. Call 360-331-5060 for an appointment.

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“During my 30 years of medical practice, I have observed the doctor-patient relationship to evolve from a paternalistic relationship in which the doctor made decisions on the patient’s behalf to a partnership in which decisions are shared through the exchange of dialogue, patient preferences and clinical evidence,” Rochier says.

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