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ON TRACK with Jim Freeman

Happy Thanksgiving

Given our publication date this week is Thanksgiving Day, we here at the Whidbey Weekly thank you kindly for taking time to pick up and read the only locally owned and operated free weekly in our under appreciated zip codes.

For me, I continue to be humbled there are many of you who enjoy some of these sentences that cannot be read aloud for fear of loss of sufficient breath. My sister tried to diagram one of my paragraph sentences once and before she finished, she had retired. So, thanks to all of you extremely underpaid and under appreciated readers, full or part-time, for giving me someone to talk to. I don’t always have a microphone. In honor of you, our reader, please enjoy the following ice breakers and conversation starters should you be around the Thanksgiving dinner table with people you do not know very well. Someone has to be talked about on the way home. These metaphors, like my columns, are random, but all from Dr. Mardy Grothe’s 2008 must have reference classic, i never metaphor I didn’t like. With the ease offered in using my orange sticky notes, already in place to locate my first choices, I thank Dr. Grothe for his categorical designations, used with as much permission as I used to get when I did not tell my parents where I was really going. life-altering metaphors Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather. ~Washington Irving the human condition Prejudice is the psoriasis of the human condition: it’s unsightly and it never completely vanishes, but with a little care we can keep it under control. ~Rick Bayan Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. ~Winston Churchill It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~John Steinbeck definitive metaphors Anger is a wind that blows out the lamp of the mind. ~Robert G. Ingersoll A bagel is a doughnut with the sin removed. ~George Rosenbaum relationships Men are like pay phones. Some of them take your money. Most of them don’t work, and when you find one that does, someone else is on it. ~Catherine Franco A single man has not nearly the value he would have in a state of union. He is an incomplete animal. He resembles the odd half of a pair of scissors. ~Benjamin Franklin love Love’s tongue is in the eyes. ~Phineas Fletcher

Whidbey Weekly more than chairman, at most, of the entertainment committee. ~Ashley Montague I personally am inclined to approach housework the way government treats dissent: ignore it until it revolts. ~Barbara Kingsolver sex Men read maps better because only a male mind could conceive of an inch equaling a hundred miles. ~Roseanne Barr stage & screen You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a fruit fly, and still have enough for three caraway seeds and a producer’s heart. ~Fred Allen For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros. ~Ethel Barrymore Some young Hollywood starlets remind me of my grandmother’s old farmhouse—all painted up nice on the front side, a big swing on the backside, and nothing whatsoever in the attic. ~Bette Davis politics Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. ~Ronald Reagan



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I never thought home runs were all that exciting. I still think the triple is the most exciting thing in baseball. To me, a triple is like a guy taking the ball on his one-yard line and running ninety-nine yards for a touchdown. ~Henry “Hank” Aaron

Statistics are used by baseball fans in much the same way that a drunk leans against a street lamp; it’s there more for support than enlightenment. ~Vin Scully


the literary life Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers. ~Isaac Asimov

I’m like a big old hen. I can’t cluck too long about the egg I’ve just laid because I’ve got five more inside me pushing to get out. ~Louis L’Amour Writing books is the closest men ever come to childbearing. ~Norman Mailer wit & humor Our lives are like soap operas. We can go for months and not tune into them; then six months later we look in and the same stuff is going on. ~Jane Wagner Humor is just another defense against the universe. ~Mel Brooks

Parents teach in the toughest school in the world—The School for Making People. You are the board of education, the principal, the classroom teacher, and the janitor. ~Virginia Satir

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The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. ~Mark Twain

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Bits & Pieces a team and get to play at least two quarters of every game. Mandatory Skills Assessments are Dec. 8. The season begins in January. Fee is $85.

Letters to the Editor Editor I Remember When . . . I remember when, as a young boy during the Second World War, I looked up in the sky from our home in North Seattle and watched Navy float planes called PBY’s flying overhead. What a beautiful sight! I remember when, in the late 40’s, I rode with my family to Mukilteo to catch our cousin’s fishing boat, which took us to their home on Whidbey Island. We would spend the day or weekend enjoying the peace and tranquility there. I remember when, at 17-½, I joined the Army as my brother Vic had done the year before. We did this to honor our father’s wishes as he, a Norwegian immigrant, was too young for the First World War, and too old for the Second. Lucky for us, it was an eight-year period with no major conflicts since President Eisenhower, a retired Five Star General, knew the perils of war and the devastating effect it had on the many American families who lost loved ones. I remember when, in 1971, my young wife Martha and I became islanders. We lived for 35 years in Greenbank and raised two children in a setting known to very few people in this world. I remember when, in 1981, I began teaching at Olympic View Elementary, Oak Harbor. Teaching in a school where 80-percent of the students were Navy dependents, my classroom was in a portable, and when the Prowler jets flew overhead, I had to stop teaching. In 15 years of teaching in Oak Harbor I made many Navy friends. Many chose Whidbey over Nevada and Florida because it was a great place for their children . . . less noise; a slower pace; great schools, and much less traffic - the same reasons Martha and I chose to live here. I remember when, in the 50s and 60s, the President, Senate and House of Representatives were responsible for setting the Defense Budget. The Pentagon would have to justify its request for funds. Nothing would happen until our elected officials agreed. Why isn’t this still happening today? I remember when, early on, discussing the expansion of Growler operations became a we/they situation, instantly creating a split between Coupeville and Oak Harbor. I was so disappointed! I want to remember when, as in past years, we worked together to persuade those in higher places to find a solution which would be a win/win for ALL of us. Vern Olsen Coupeville, Wash.

Youth Basketball League Begins Sign-ups are now being taken for the 20182019 Youth Basketball League with South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District. Local kids have great opportunities to play in a basketball league this winter. Boys and girls in grades 1-6 can turn out for the local Parks and Rec basketball league. The league is a fun way to learn and enjoy this awesome game; it offers a great first experience or a chance to refine your skills. SWPR provides a chance to play in a positive learning environment. All participants will be placed on

Boys in grades 7-8 have the opportunity to be part of a more competitive traveling team, joining Skagit County’s S.W.I.S.H. league. Teams are grouped by grade and may play in a combined grade team. Practices are on South Whidbey, but games take place in Skagit County. The fee for travel teams is $190. Girls had the opportunity to play on a travel team in the fall. Registration deadline is Dec. 2. Need-based scholarships are available, please apply by Nov. 29. Volunteers are needed to coach or help assist in the operation of the league and should apply by Nov. 26. Coaches are the vital link to ensuring SWPR provides a high quality, successful program. Team sponsors are also needed - local businesses who support youth athletics and can help defray the cost of the league. For information, visit or contact South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District at 360-221-6788 or Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a part of a team. Sign up now! [Submitted by Carrie Monforte, Recreation Supervisor, SWPRD]

Classic Holiday Production Celebrates 26 years Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker When the curtain rose for the very first performance of The Nutcracker on South Whidbey, it was in December of 1991 at the old Langley Middle School auditorium. What started as a casual conversation in the parking lot one evening months previously by dance studio owner Charlene Brown and faculty member Jan Burrow, took shape and had made it to the stage for one weekend of performances. It was just the second act, one backdrop, a handful of props, and approximately 55 cast members. Fast-forward to the 26th year of Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s The Nutcracker, and you’ll find three different backdrops, with a brand new one making its debut this year! As well as transforming set pieces, scores of props and costumes, nearly one hundred cast members will participate in the annual production at South Whidbey High School’s Performing Arts Center. (Note: The Nutcracker has been performed every winter since ‘91, with the exception of two years when the company performed The Snow Queen.) So what brings founder and Artistic Director, Charlene Brown, back year after year? “I love putting on shows,” says Brown. “Giving dancers onstage dance experience and sharing this wonderful art form with our island community is priceless.” What helps keep the magic alive for Brown, who has been at the helm for all 26 productions? “I try to approach each show as a new canvas, with a carryover of my favorite moments of past shows,” she says. “That makes it always exciting to see what happens next.” WIDT’s version of The Nutcracker loosely follows the traditional storyline set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score: Clara receives a wooden nutcracker from her Godfather Drosselmeyer as a Christmas present, which comes to life and defends her from the evil Rat Queen and her army. They travel through the land of snow, and then Whidbey’s version takes on its own twist – they move on to the enchanted forest (instead of the more traditional ‘land of sweets’) where they meet all sorts of entertaining characters: mermaids in their underwater world; a majestic Faerie Queen and Forest King who rule over all sorts of creatures including feisty firebirds, tumbling elves, graceful flowers; and goofy Madam Bumble. Clara soon

falls in love with her new friends and doesn’t want to return home. “It’s hard to pick my favorite part,” says Assistant Artistic Director Brittany Falso. “It’s all made from a true place of passion and love for this art form.” A deep sense of community is what has supported this production for 26 years. “It’s why we do this show, and why we bring it back year after year,” explains Falso. “Tradition is a way to bring people together to create connections and community. We want to celebrate the joy of this season and the way it brings people together, and seeing our Nutcracker is one of the ways to do exactly that.” WIDT’s production strives to raise the bar each year with phenomenal dancing, choreography and production quality, so audiences can watch a high quality show without having to leave the island. “Our show is the perfect mix of classical dance and joyful entertainment” adds Katelyn Lodell, a new Assistant Artistic Director this year. “You don’t have to be a ballet expert to love our production. The whole audience gets to let loose, have fun, and get immersed in a beautifully told story.” “We do this production for you,” says Falso. “It’s a gift to the audience - we want to tell you a magical story and make your holiday season special.”

Performances are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays Dec. 7-16 at South Whidbey High School. Show times are Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00pm, Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:00pm, and there is no evening show Dec. 8. Opening night is Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:00pm. Online tickets are all $10, or $15 at the door. No discounts. The final performance matinée is Sunday, Dec. 16 at 2:00pm. Online tickets are all $20, or $25 at the door. No discounts. All other shows (Dec. 8, 9, 14, and 15), online tickets are $15 with a10% discount for seniors, youth (under 18) and military. At the door, tickets are $20, with no discounts. Order online to get the best seats at the best price. Tickets can be purchased online directly at, or visiting widtonline. org, emailing, or by calling the WIDT Box Office at 360-341-2221. The nonprofit is also inviting patrons to “send a child” to The Nutcracker by donating money for families in financial hardship. More information can be found at Whidbey Island Dance Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation which seeks to be a significant cultural resource for the Whidbey Island community and its visitors, while providing dancers the opportunity for artistic growth and achievement by adhering to the highest standards of technique, choreography and production. [Submitted by Mark Thrapp, WIDT Office Manager]

Congratulations 2018 Rotary Poker Tournament Winners LOCALLY OPERATED back to the players. There was also the ability to purchase more chips as the tournament continued. In addition, there was a first-place poker championship bracelet donated by Gerald’s Jewelry in Oak Harbor. This bracelet was custom made to emulate the bracelet given to champions in the World Series of Poker, held every year. Made of silver and diamonds, this bracelet’s retail value was approximately $1,000. The tournament was managed by local card room manager Mike Reedy, who created the format for the tournament. Starting at 6:00pm, a beginner table was provided to give instruction to those unfamiliar with the game. At 7:00pm, the main tournament started with betting rounds increasing every 15 minutes. The tournament concluded around 11:30pm. 28 players participated, spreading out between three different tables. The players were knocked out over the course of those few hours and it came down to a one-on-one competition between local players Eli Cuaresma and Jamey Trigg. After 10 minutes of back and forth play, Eli took second and walked away with $513, while Jamey took first to win $855 and the coveted bracelet. Over the course of the night, $2,000 was raised for charity. All the players enjoyed themselves and a request was made to hold the tournament on an annual basis. [Submitted by Abbie Martin, Rotary Club of North Whidbey Island Sunrise]

Bob Sebo Returns to Whidbey Island for Opening of the Robert and June Sebo Health Education Center

WhidbeyHealth Foundation Executive Director Helen Taylor joins major donor Bob Sebo in cutting the ceremonial ribbon at the Robert and June Sebo Health Education Center at WhidbeyHealth

Former longtime Whidbey Island Sebo’s Do-it-Center owner, Robert “Bob” Sebo, was welcomed heartily to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center’s open house event Nov. 10. Sebo traveled from his home in Reno, Nev. to cut a ceremonial ribbon for the newly finished Robert and June Sebo Health Education Center. He was accompanied by his children, Rob Sebo and Val Sem. “The thing I hope for most with this new wing and Health Education Center is that our community will embrace this hospital as truly their own, knowing it was meant for them,” Sebo said before cutting the ribbon. Helen Taylor, executive director of the WhidbeyHealth Foundation, had a few things to say about this generous donor before introducing him to the crowd of about 100 guests. “More than 10 years ago, Bob and June gifted this community with the first digital mammography machine on Whidbey Island,” Taylor said. “Who knows how many cancer journeys were made shorter, easier and more successful with access to this technology? These class and conference rooms will be a vital resource for patients, caregivers, community members and staff to gather and learn, and to share that wealth of knowledge with all of Whidbey Island.” Foundation Board President, Bonnie Abney, also showed her deep gratitude to the Sebos. “The Health Education Center is very much a part of our Foundation’s mission to fund and advocate for keeping this community healthy. We can’t say thank you enough!”

Rotarian Bryan Stucky (middle) with poker winners Jamey Trigg (Left) and Eli Cuaresma (right)

Nov. 9, 2018, the Rotary Club of North Whidbey Island Sunrise held its first ever charity poker tournament at the Oak Harbor VFW. Participants were asked to donate $100 with half going to the Rotary club and half going

The Health Education Center will be available to the public after Jan. 1, 2019. When a meeting room is not in use by WhidbeyHealth staff, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis to healthcare related entities in the community from 4:00pm to 7:00pm Monday through Friday. Meeting rooms may be reserved by calling Administration staff at 360-678-7656 ext. 4001. [Submitted by Patricia Duff, WhidbeyHealth] BITS & PIECES

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Children’s Workshop & Holiday Faire: Whidbey Island Waldorf School invites families to a fun-filled day of holiday fun including crafting, puppets, music, and food Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school. Admission is free, activities, gifts & food for purchase. Dec. 1 Holiday Bazaars for Youth: Shop these events and support fundraisers for youth activities: SWEPTA Holiday Handmade Market, featuring only handmade goods, at the South Whidbey Community Center, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m; OHHS’s Athletic Booster Club Bazaar, at the high school, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 20th Annual Teddy Bear Breakfast: Bring the family for a breakfast buffet, holiday activities and fun at the Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, Dec. 1. Choose from two seatings, 9 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Please bring a stuffed animal for donation to a child in crisis. Tickets are $5 for youth 10 years and younger, $15 for ages 11 years and older. This event is a fundraiser for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Island County. Tickets at bbbsislandcounty. org. The Nativity, Live!: Oak Harbor Christian School presents a Live Nativity Friday, Dec. 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This free event invites you to greet friendly nativity animals, hear carolers and Christmas stories, take part in creative activities and enjoy refreshments. Holiday Music and Instrument Petting Zoo: Take a musical break from the holiday chaos. When you arrive one hour before Saratoga Orchestra’s holiday concert, you’ll be able view the orchestra instruments up-close. Holiday music will be played, culminating in a Christmas sing-a-long. Three shows: Dec. 8, 2 p.m. concert at Langley’s Island Church of Whidbey and Dec. 15, 11 a.m. concert at the Coupeville High School Commons and a 3 p.m. concert at First Reformed Church in Oak Harbor. Admission is free. Santa Social, with Ice Cream: Whidbey Children’s Theater hosts its 3rd Annual Winter Solstice Ice Cream Social with Santa Thursday, Dec.13, 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Get your glossy, 8” x 10” holiday photograph taken with Santa by Joe Menth of






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Annual Talent Show and Dessert Auction: North Whidbey Christian High School and Middle School presents its Annual Talent Show and Dessert Auction featuring the Drama Club’s production of “The Ant and the Elephant” and “Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Goose Chase.” Friday, Nov. 30, 6:30 p.m. at Oak Harbor Christian School. $9 per person or $25 per family, at the door.


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Family Guide Coloring Contest for Kids: The Clinton Chamber of Commerce invites kids ages 10 years and younger to enter its Holiday Coloring Contest. Return your completed picture to a participating Clinton business by 3 p.m. Nov. 29 for a chance to win. Prizes are: 1st place-$30, 2nd place-$20, and 3rd place$10. Winners will be announced during the Clinton Tree Lighting Ceremony Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 pm. Pick up the contest picture at Cozy’s Roadhouse, Make Whidbey and Island Nosh or download it at


Fine Balance Imaging Studios for just $15. Pets, children and families are invited to the Whidbey Children’s Theater in Langley, for this photo opportunity. Free crafts, coloring, and games will keep little ones busy until the elves call your number. While you wait for Santa’s ear, enjoy a warm beverage, and a generous scoop of delicious Sprinklz Ice Cream. Half of all the proceeds from ice cream sales go directly to WCT programming.

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Bowman Bay Holiday: This fundraiser for the Deception Pass Park Foundation, will be located inside Deception Pass State Park, Saturday, Dec. 15. Festivities will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. There is a $5 suggested admission donation per car for the event’s activities. Enjoy hot chocolate, delicious baked goods, see the park’s cabins lit up, get your picture with Santa, drop off a donation for Toys for Tots, hear carolers, write holiday letters to service men and women, and feel warmed by the fire. Wear warm clothes, rain boots, and bring a flashlight! Parking is FREE with a Discover Pass, or $10 for a day pass. A FREE Winter Wonderland Experience – with Real Snow: The Children’s Museum of Skagit County is creating an unforgettable, free experience for families at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Dec. 7-9. There will be indoor and outdoor activities for children, teens, and adults. Real snow from Mt. Baker will be trucked in each day for kids to play in and you can meet some real reindeer. Enjoy carnival games, “Meet and Greets” with favorite movie characters, bounce houses, mini-golf, and creative activities. The Nutcracker, On Whidbey: Oak Harbor’s Ballet Conservatory will perform this holiday favorite at Oak Harbor High School, Dec. 15-16, In Langley, Whidbey Island Dance Theater presents the holiday ballet, Dec. 7-16, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever & Jingle Bell Jukebox: Presented by the Whidbey Playhouse, this musical adaptation of the funny and touching holiday classic runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 16. Remember the Herdmans, their crashing of Sunday school and demand to be a part of the community’s Christmas pageant? Whether you’re familiar with the story or not, you’re in for a treat. Witness a fictional but relatable adventure as a town presents the Christmas story with some unexpected characters. See the Lights of Christmas in Stanwood: Over one million lights in dazzling displays, cheerful carolers, petting zoo, shopping and creative activities make The Lights of Christmas a family favorite for the holidays. The festival is open Nov. 29 through Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9, 13-16, 19-23, 26-29; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dinner or dessert show reservations and overnight accommodations are also available. Where’s the holiday fun – and, what will you do during the winter holiday break? Check out Whidbey Island Macaroni Kid’s calendar for events and activities: WhidbeyIsland.

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done shopping, start sipping. Ticket holders receive a gift bag, tastings from wineries, distilleries and breweries on Whidbey Island and samplings from local restaurants, bakeries, and chocolatiers while enjoying live music and drawings for some great prizes. For more information, call 360-678-5434.

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Thursday, November 22, 11:00am-4:00pm Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. Join this community Thanksgiving dinner. Need delivery or want to volunteer? Call 360-2401477. Donations are appreciated. All are welcome!

21st Annual Community Thanksgiving Potluck Thursday, November 22, 12:00pm-2:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Coupeville Thanksgiving provides the turkey, ham, gravy and friendship and you bring a dish to share and your own silverware. All you need do is show up, the rest is a gift to the wonderful Coupeville community. Donations accepted to offset the cost of supplies.

Country Christmas at the Fair Friday, November 23, 12:00pm-7:00pm Saturday, November 24, 10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, November 25, 10:00am-5:00pm Island County Fairgrounds, Langley Come shop for unique, handcrafted gifts, collectibles and art from local vendors. Enjoy some refreshments, holiday music and kids’ crafts. Located in the Coffman Building at 819 Camano Ave. For more information, call 360-221-4677.

Island Herb Vendor Day Friday, November 23, 2:00pm-5:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Phat Panda will be on site with product displays and information. Must be 21 or older. Island Herb is located at 5565 Vanbarr Pl, Unit F. For more information, call 360-331-0140 or visit whidbeyislandherb. com. Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Keep out of the reach of children.

Eagles Holiday Bazaar Saturday, November 24, 10:00am-3:00pm Eagles Aerie #3418, Freeland Find yummy and unique items for holiday giving! Arts, crafts, baked goods, raffles and specialty items. Something for everyone! Call 360-321-5636 for more information. Eagles Aerie #3418 is located at 16691 SR 525.

Model Railroad Open House Saturday, November 24, 10:00am-4:00pm Sunday, November 25, 10:00am-4:00pm 508 Broadway, Coupeville One of the best layouts in Washington. See the latest additions and watch trains run. Handicap accessible. Please bring an item for the food bank. For more information, call 360-678-5120.

Lighting of Langley Saturday, November 24, 4:00pm Langley Park, Second & Anthes Langley kicks off the season with its annual tree lighting ceremony. This well attended local event includes caroling, a jazz band, and a visit from Santa. Enjoy a hot cider or hot cocoa while you await the winter fairy, who will light the tree with the help of the children. Stores stay open later this day.

Sip ‘N Shop On The Cove Saturday, November 24, 4:00pm-7:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Tickets are $20 and available from Coupeville Chamber or online at From 11:00am to close, you can spend the day shopping and exploring historic Coupeville for your one-of-a-kind holiday gifts and when you are

Saturday, November 24, 7:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Chuck Dingée has been playing guitar and singing professionally for more than 40 years. His extensive repertoire of classic rock, folkrock, and other tunes is quite diverse. No cover. For more information, call 360-6825747 or visit

Country Christmas at the Fair Friday, November 30, 12:00pm-7:00pm Saturday, December 1, 10:00am-3:00pm Sunday, December 2, 10:00am-3:00pm Island County Fairgrounds, Langley Come shop for unique, handcrafted gifts, collectibles and art from local vendors. Enjoy some refreshments, holiday music and kids’ crafts. Located in the Coffman Building at 819 Camano Ave. For more information, call 360-221-4677.

Island Herb Vendor Day Friday, November 30, 2:00pm-5:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Rogue Raven will be on site with product displays and information. Must be 21 or older. Island Herb is located at 5565 Vanbarr Pl, Unit F. For more information, call 360-331-0140 or visit whidbeyislandherb. com. Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Keep out of the reach of children.

9th Annual Talent Show & Dessert Auction Friday, November 30, 6:30pm Oak Harbor Christian School Gym North Whidbey Christian High School presents its 9th annual Talent Show & Dessert Auction, featuring the drama class’ presentations of “Sherlock Holmes and the Christmas Goose Chase” and “The Ant and the Elephant.” Join the staff and students of NWCHS for an unforgettable evening of fun for the whole family. Bid on delicious desserts and enjoy uplifting and hilarious entertainment while supporting the school. Pre-sale tickets are $7 per person or $20 per family. Tickets at the door are $9 per person or $25 per family. Call 425-8762246 for information and questions.

“Treaty Talks: A Journey up the Columbia for People and Salmon” Friday, November 30, 6:30pm UUCWI, 20103 SR 525, Freeland In 2013, an epic 1,200 mile journey from Astoria, Ore. to the headwaters of the Columbia river in Canada was undertaken in five canoes carved by Native American students. The canoes represent the five species of salmon that had returned annually to the upper Columbia but no longer do because of the Grand Coulee Dam. Like the dams elsewhere, this impoverished the many tribes along the river. Many sacred sites were flooded. This is the story of salmon, culture, treaty rights and ecosystems. Following the film, there will be a presentation about the plight of the southern resident orca and the campaign to remove the Snake River dams. This event honors salmon, orca and is in recognition of November as Native American Awareness Month. There is no charge. Donations appreciated. Sponsored by UUCWI Social Environmental Justice Committee.

Live Music: Mussel Flats Friday, November 30, 7:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Mussel Flats is a classic rock/blues band living LOCALLY OPERATED Holidays in the Vineyard Saturday, December 1, 5:30pm Dancing Fish Vineyards, Freeland You are invited to a fun filled evening with heavy hors d’oeuvres, sweet treats, and wine to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County and Soroptimist International of South Whidbey. Tickets $100 per person. Call 360-279-0644 or visit www.bbbsislandcounty. org

and playing music on Whidbey Island. No cover. For more information, call 360-6825747 or visit

Live Music: Tom Mullin

Teddy Bear & Character Breakfast

Playing acoustic favorites of the Woodstock generation. No cover. For more information, call 360-682-5747 or visit

Saturday, December 1, 9:00am & 10:30am Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. Two seating times available. Tickets can be purchased at Alaska USA Mortgage Company, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, or online at bbbsisland $5 for 10 years and younger. $15 for 11 years and older. Bring a new stuffed animal to donate to a child in a crisis situation.

Christmas for Kids Saturday, December 1, 9:00am-3:30pm Concordia Lutheran Church, Oak Harbor Children ages 3-10 are invited to make projects, sing songs, play games, celebrate Christmas, make and eat snacks. Pre-registration is required by Nov. 28. Children attending must be at least 3 years old and potty trained. For more information and to register visit

Christmas Bazaar and Lunch Saturday, December 1, 9:30am-2:00pm Coupeville United Methodist Church Homemade items include crafts, wreaths, and baked goods. Hot lunch featuring a piece of pie will be available for purchase from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The church is located at 608 N Main St. For more information, call 360-67-4256 or visit

Jingle Trail 5k Run/Walk Saturday, December 1, 10:00am Camp Casey, Coupeville Run, walk or stroll the five-kilometer route through the unique and scenic trails of Camp Casey and Fort Casey State Park. Sweeping ocean vistas, evergreen and salal canopies, crisp winter air, and very likely an eagle or deer sighting. At the end of your adventure, enjoy some light refreshments. All ages are welcome to participate and costumes are encouraged. On site registration begins at 9:00am. Entry forms available at

Holiday Faire Saturday, December 1, 10:00am-1:00pm Whidbey Island Waldorf School, Clinton Free Admission Join Whidbey Island Waldorf School for a fun-filled Family Day that includes children’s craft-making, a holiday craft shoppe, Pocket Wizard, Puppet Play, music, a holiday café, and more! Holiday fun for the whole family. Cash and checks accepted. WIWS is located at 6335 Old Pietila Road.

Wildcat Holiday Bazaar Saturday, December 1, 10:00am-4:00pm Oak Harbor High School, #1 Wildcat Way An Oak Harbor Athletic Department Fundraiser. For more information, email jwichers@ or call 360-279-5850.

The Greening of Coupeville Christmas Parade Saturday, December 1, 4.00pm Downtown Coupeville Parade Route: Parade starts at 1st and North Main and continues down N Main to Front Street onto NW Alexander across Coveland to NE Alexander. Be sure to welcome Santa to town, and the many decorated community floats decorated with holiday lights, walkers, and more.

Home for the Holidays Saturday, December 1, 4:00pm-7:00pm Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor Vote for your favorite toy soldier, visit the holiday market, enjoy tasty treats, strolling carolers and musicians, Santa on a fire truck around 5:00pm, and a tree lighting to follow.

Saturday, December 1, 7:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville

11th Annual Elf Chase Sunday, December 2, 10:00am South Whidbey Community Park, Langley A 5K fun walk/run presented by Saratoga Dental & Orthodontics and South Whidbey PTSA. Chase an elf and get a prize! Costumes are encouraged. Hot chocolate and snacks available. Register online at https://swhsptsa. or day of event at 9:00am.

Festival of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 2, 7:00pm St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley The public is invited to join a meditative service of readings, hymns, and anthems proclaiming the coming of Christ. This is a free program. Donations of nonperishable food items for the Good Cheer Food Bank are appreciated. The church is located at 804 Third St.

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events See schedule below Cost: Free Made by Hand Rock Wraps Saturday, November 24, 10:00am-12:00pm Freeland Library Create a special, unusual Whidbey gift you can make in a few hours. Come and learn the basic techniques of “wrapping” a rock with natural materials with weaver Jan Smith. Please preregister. Write Now: Five Keys to Creating Compelling Characters Wednesday, November 28, 2:00pm-4:30pm Freeland Library Creating characters readers love or love to hate is the goal of every writer, but how do you do it? Join Roberta Trahan and find out! Using a five-focus profiling tool you will develop in class, learn how to build characters that are not only compelling, but also complex enough to carry your story. Bring a brief bio of 1-2 main characters from your current work in progress to workshop in class, or start the process from scratch. Please register.

Religious Services South Whidbey Community Church Sundays, 9:00am-9:45am Adult Bible Study 10:00am-11:00amWorship Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Rd, Langley Sunday, November 25: Pastor Darrell Wenzek “Solomon’s Big Mistake” A light lunch will follow the service. Join us for great fellowship.

First Church of Christ, Scientist Thursday, November 22, 10:00am 721 SW 20th Court, Oak Harbor Hymns, Scriptural reading, prayer, Presidential Proclamation, testimonies of gratitude, public invited to this one-hour service. No collection. Call 360-675-0621 or visit christianscience. com

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

Filipino Christian Fellowship Sundays, 2:00pm Meets at Church on the Rock, 1780 SE 4th Ave., Oak Harbor. WHAT'S GOING ON

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What shopping small really buys By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

local you are helping to provide a stronger economy in your community and in turn, your local businesses will hire local workers.”

The holiday shopping season is here. It seems to arrive earlier every year – and before we’ve even finished gobbling up the turkey and stuffing, big box retailers across the country and online are trying to gobble up our shopping dollars.

Plus, said Morascini, small businesses are able to offer unique items large retailers are just not able to stock.

But in recent years there’s been a nationwide push to support Small Business Saturday. So, what does shopping small really buy? Quite a lot, according to our local Chambers of Commerce and small business owners.

“Large retailers must stock their shelves with the most homogenous, safest products - often the “beige” of things - while small retailers have the luxury of “falling in love” and presenting innovative, interesting and unique products to the shopper,” she said. “Their passion for that product comes with the purchase, giving meaning and value to the item.”

“When you support small business, you are supporting your community,” said Lynda Eccles, executive director of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce. “In Coupeville, our small businesses play a vital role in our unique community. They keep our tax dollars local, help stimulate economic growth by providing employment opportunities, they sell unique products and they give you that personalized service.”  Small businesses make up 99.5-percent of Washington’s total businesses, according to the National Foundation of Independent Business. While the federal government’s definition of small business varies widely depending on the industry, small and micro businesses provide what online and national retailers lack. “While many consumers turn to the internet for the “chore” shopping, they look locally when they “cherish” shop,” said Inge Morascini, executive director of the Langley Chamber of Commerce. “Local small retailers fill the need for “unique and special” because they are part of the community and know the zeitgeist at a granular level. “People aren’t looking for more stuff,” she continued. “They are looking for an experience and a relationship, which local stores provide with carefully curated assortments and a neighborly business acumen.” One of the big benefits of shopping local small and micro businesses is that community connection. Whidbey’s small business owners are our friends, our neighbors, even our family. “On South Whidbey, almost all our businesses are small businesses, so shopping small perpetuates our local economy,” said Stephanie Cook, president of the Clinton Chamber of Commerce. “Most people run small businesses to help their community grow, to encourage more community spirit.”

Photo Courtesy of Wish by the Sea Lindsay Sorensen and Rachel Jeppesen are the owners of Wish by the Sea in Langley, one of many small businesses on Whidbey Island that features items produced by Whidbey Island artisans and craftsmen.

“Local retailers are involved in the local community and have a vested interest in making the local economy hum,” said Morascini. “Their children likely attend the same schools as their customers, they eat in the same restaurants, shop in the local grocery store and share the same concerns as their neighbors. The money spent locally by shoppers stays local and provides benefits to all.” “They are supporting every bit of the community,” said Cook. “Small business owners are putting 100-percent back into the local economy. They’re helping our schools, they’re helping our roads, everything around us. Everything they do perpetuates a better community.”

Business owners say it’s hard work, but for most of them, it’s a labor of love. “I retired in 2006 and now I’m working seven days a week,” laughed Gray, whose shop includes her mosaics, painted furniture and jewelry, plus teas, vintage items and works by local painters and potters as well as offering classes. “What appealed to me about owning my own business was that when you’re doing art, at a certain point you need to sell it. It just seemed like the natural thing to do.” “Some days we wake up and wonder why we’re doing this, because it’s difficult to compete with the large online retailers,” said Jeppesen. “But when we help that customer who gets so excited about finding a one-of-a-kind crow made

The benefits of those connections go deep. Lindsay Sorensen and Rachel Jeppesen are sisters who have owned Wish by the Sea in Langley since last year. They sell locally made, repurposed and upcycled items made by 20 different artisans on the island. They say when people purchase items from their shop, it creates ripples that impact many. “Just being able see the impact we’re making on so many different families’ lives, even if it’s just in a small way, is huge,” Sorensen said. “This is something they’re making; maybe they haven’t had an outlet to show it to people before. We love that we are able to give them an income. Being able help 20 different makers, I think it makes a huge impact on these artists.” “It is very important to us to make conscious decisions to have the goods we sell tell a story about who we are,” said Jeppesen. “By sourcing and selling goods and recycled art from small makers on the Island and surrounding areas, we have been blown away by all the creative talent that comes our way.” “With art, shopping small gives vendors an avenue to share what they do,” agreed Charlotte Gray, owner of Whimsies in Oak Harbor. “Because people are getting something that’s made here, by people who love art, they love the experience. You’re supporting creativity in a shop like this. It encourages an incredibly important part of being human, being able to create.” It is Whidbey’s small businesses that help maintain the very thing that makes this place special, according to Morascini. “Whidbey Island has several diverse microcosms, but what they all have in common is that people here are industrious and self-starting,” she said. “Artists, writers, craftspeople and those involved in agriculture all produce “product,” and the local retailers provide an arena for this large pool of entrepreneurs to bring it to the public. This cycle supports and amplifies the talent on Whidbey Island. The relationship between maker, retailer and customer is symbiotic, allowing everyone to benefit and continue to live the lives we cherish.”

Photo Courtesy of Wish by the Sea When people shop small businesses on Whidbey Island, they support not only business owners, but also the local artisans and makers whose products can be found only on local store shelves.

“There are so many talented makers here and we are grateful we have a space and opportunity to showcase their talents,” said Jeppsesen. “We feel the relationship has been reciprocal - they have a venue to showcase their products in our store and the ripple effect is felt when people come back for more products or inspiration and contact the artist directly.”

And when just one small business benefits, so do others, said Eccles. “If a small business is offering a unique product, word will spread, which in turn draws attention to the town itself,” she said. “That keeps tax dollars in our community. By shopping

Photo Courtesy of Whimsies Whidbey Island’s small businesses offer a wide variety of unique items to choose from, many of them made by local artisans. That’s great incentive to shop small not only on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the year

from upcycled metal parts, or inspiring a customer to look at something that’s been sitting on their shelf for years differently, inspiring people to look at something old and create a new spin on it - that is what drives us.” Chamber leaders and business owners alike encourage everyone to shop Whidbey’s small and micro businesses every day, not just Small Business Saturday. “If you care about your community, support it by shopping local; the money you spend goes back into your community,” said Eccles. “It’s a great way to get to know the business owners and support local business and your community at the same time.”   “An ever-changing and well thought out assortment, paired with a chance to stop by and have a good chat with your neighbor, is motivation to shop locally all year round,” Morascini said. “Go into those stores you’ve never been into before,” Sorensen said. “We’re all part of the same community. When you are supporting small business, you are supporting local families.” “There is always something unique you can find in local shops you can’t find anywhere else,” said Jeppesen. “We love telling people about our favorite restaurants and which shops to go check out when they’re visiting and sharing the love of the beautiful island we live on.”

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Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31 4:20 am, West Beach Rd. Reporting party advising has not seen subject since yesterday. States they were burning brush in front yard yesterday and heard explosion; not seeing any fire now. Reporting party did not call yesterday because she has FBI equipment in her? 9:48 am, Wahl Rd. Reporting longhorn sheep in neighbor’s yard. Concerned they belong to someone; doesn’t know where they belong. 2:21 pm, Barr Rd. Advising six or seven rams walking on Barr Road heading toward Wahl Road; almost at intersection. Reporting party states they’re off to side of road but are not crossing street.

2:52 pm, SW Scenic Heights St. Reporting party advising back bumper for pickup has been stolen. FRIDAY, NOV. 9 3:35 am, NE Midway Blvd. Caller states male walking in middle of road on Midway towards highway. 12:00 pm, SW Olive St. Dog in custody for being in traffic. SATURDAY, NOV. 10 9:31 am, SE 8th Ave. Reporting party stating neighbor is careless with cigarettes; caught futon on porch on fire last night. 11:15 am, SW 6th Ave. Caller advising last night received letter in her door that was creepy.

3:57 pm, Hastie Lake Rd. Caller advising four horses on property, may belong to neighbors; cell connection dropped.

SUNDAY, NOV. 11 12:12 pm, SE Midway Blvd. Reporting party states large mattress and box spring was dumped in their yard.

4:05 pm, Monticello Way Advising rooster attacking reporting party’s coop; rooster is trying to kill chickens. Reporting party going to get bat.

MONDAY, NOV. 12 6:17 pm, SW Erie St. Caller states female in bathroom for 15 minutes, is talking to self and using fowl [sic] language. Will not leave when asked.

5:15 pm, Hastie Lake Rd. Reporting four horses in yard, belong to neighbor. 6:45 pm, Bayview Rd. Reporting party states “there’s no way that my wife gave subject named our Christmas décor;” requesting call. 9:12 pm, Wintergreen Dr. Caller states male was looking into peoples’ windows in Timberline neighborhood; male was wearing all camouflage. MONDAY, NOV. 5 1:20 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Reporting deer in water at location. Standing in the water. TUESDAY, NOV. 6 6:38 am, SR 20 Advising male in parking lot urinating on car and yelling. 1:50 pm, NE Midway Blvd. Client was contacted by large bearded male who tricked him into giving him money. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 12:39 pm, SR 20 Reporting party requesting call on behalf of client who had vehicle towed from location after a heart attack back in June. 6:54 pm, NE O’Leary St. Caller stating a female is walking around in dress with blanket covering her head; states she keeps going into bushes like she’s hiding from somebody. 8:05 pm, NE Izett St. Advising man came up to reporting party’s door and exposed himself. Left two minutes ago. 10:25 pm, Arnold Rd. Advising is being followed by truck. Truck is honking, flashing lights and tailgating; getting in front of reporting party and slamming on brakes. Followed her to her home, so reporting party kept driving. THURSDAY, NOV. 8 6:50 am, SE Pioneer Way White female defecating on sidewalk outside of bar. Wearing red flannel jacket.

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7:37 pm, SE 8th Ave. Reporting party advising older female is urinating on porch. TUESDAY, NOV. 13 8:55 am, SE Bayshore Dr. Reporting male subject laying in grass, not moving for mowers. 11:58 am, SW 6th Ave. Caller states has been at location for six years and persons keep taking checks from him and taking his laundry. 2:03 pm, NE 9th Ave. Advising are having issues with raccoons. 5:06 pm, SR 20 Advising male and female went into bathroom 20 minutes ago and will not respond to employee’s knock on door. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14 9:06 am, SW 6th Ave. Caller advising he and his friend just had “mutual combat” and his buddy lost. The “buddy” threatened to call cops and left. 10:15 am, NW Paragon Pl. Requesting call. Advising someone is hacking into her third-party apps on her phone, and wants to know who it is. 2:18 pm, SW Downfield Way Advising man followed him to his home because he didn’t have a turn signal. 6:36 pm, SR 20 Caller advising male subject is acting strange and yelling at no one. 9:11 pm, SW 24th Ave. Reporting party advising Dodge Ram in parking lot of apartment complex is pointing at another truck and asking questions. THURSDAY, NOV. 15 8:31 am, SE Barrington Dr. Party advising he was honked at about not stopping behind a school bus. 4:22 pm, SR 20 Caller advising vehicle was stolen without her permission within the last hour. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.


Life Tributes Donald Reay, MD Dr. Donald Reay passed away at his home in Oak Harbor, Wash. Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. He was 81 years of age. Don was born May 14, 1937 in Rock Springs, Wyo. to Thomas and Mary Storey Reay. In his youth, his family moved to Price, Utah, where he attended local schools but finished high school in Cañon City, Colo. at The Abbey School, run by Benedictine monks. Following graduation, he attended the University of Notre Dame, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. He entered medical school at the University of Utah and graduated in 1963. He completed his internship at the University of Utah hospital followed by a residency in pathology. After his residency, he completed a fellowship in forensic pathology sponsored by the Cleveland Clinic. In 1968, he entered active military service with the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C. He was a staff member at the AFIP until 1970, when he was then assigned to the Royal Air Force Institute of Pathology and Tropical Medicine in Buckinghamshire, England. In 1972, he returned to the U.S., at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, and was the director of laboratories at the USAF Academy hospital. He left the service in 1973 with the rank of Lt. Colonel. After separating from the service, he came to Seattle and took the position of Deputy Medical Examiner for King County, Wash. In 1975, he became Chief Medical Examiner and was in this position until his retirement in June of 1999. While Medical Examiner, he also was a regular faculty member of the University of Washington, Department of Pathology, where he pursued his investigative interests in asphyxia and deaths in custody. He authored and co-authored some fifty publications relating to forensic pathology and death investigation. While Medical Examiner, he established a forensic pathology fellowship training program for pathologists affiliated with the University of Washington, and gave lectures and national seminars in forensic pathology. He was on the editorial board of two forensic journals. He separated from the University of Washington as Emeritus Professor at the time of his retirement from King County. He also earned a Masters degree in Public Administration at Seattle University in 1978. While in King County, Dr. Reay participated in a variety of regional and national organizations. In 1984, he was appointed to the Washington State Forensic Investigation Council by Governor Booth Gardner and chaired the council until his retirement. He was past president of the Washington State Pathology Association, past president of the National Association of Medical Examiners and an active member of the American Academy of Forensic Science, the College of American Pathologists, Washington State Medical Society, King County Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Locally, he was past president of the Seattle First Hill Lions Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus in Oak Harbor. Dr. Reay was actively involved in the U.S. Army Reserves during most of his medical career in Seattle. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve 50th General Hospital at Fort Lawton, where he was in charge of the hospital laboratory. In 1989, he became commander of the 6250th USAR Hospital in Tacoma. In 1990, his unit was activated for Desert Storm, and he was on active duty for four months supporting Madigan Army Medical Center. After completing this assignment, he was briefly commander of the 50th USAR General Hospital during its deactivation. He retired from the military in 1995 with the Legion of Merit citation. Dr. Reay had a variety of interests, including fishing and books. Throughout his life, he was interested in literature and philosophy, and in how things work. Following his retirement, he took classes in topics ranging from marine technology to New Testament history and interpretation. He is survived by his wife of 55+ years, Judith Reay (né Pexton), an accomplished musician and artist; sons Brendon, Sean, and Laurence; daughter Elise, and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please extend your generosity in Don’s memory to St. Augustine Catholic Church, 185 N Oak Harbor Street, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 or your local food bank. A funeral mass was celebrated Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at St Augustine Catholic Church, Oak Harbor. A reception followed in the parish hall. Arrangements were entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor. To leave messages or condolences for the Reay family, please visit Don’s Book of Memories at

Allen D. Bowden Allen D. Bowden was born April 20, 1929 in Elwood, Utah, one of eight children of Leslie Leroy and Delores Bowden. He was raised in Brigham City, Utah and graduated from high school in Ogden, Utah where he was on the wrestling and track teams. To this day, he has trophies at Ogden High School for fastest running times in track. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1946, at age 17. He was married to Ginne Bowden in Long Beach, Calif. April 10, 1954. They were later sealed, along with their children, for time and all eternity in the LDS Hawaiian Temple Aug. 3, 1971. During his naval career, he served in the Korean War. He was awarded with an all-Navy award as Service Man of the Year in 1959. He was a criminal investigator and a recruiter for the Navy. He served two separate tours, totaling 20 months, during the Vietnam conflict. He attained the rank of Master Chief and retired from the U.S. Navy in 1973 after 27 years of service to his country. During his naval career, he was stationed in San Diego, Calif.; New London, Conn.; Coronado, Calif.; Port Hueneme, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif.; Provo, Utah; Davisville, R.I.; Midway Island; Whidbey Island, Wash.; and aboard the carriers, USS Cambria and USS Winston. Following retirement, he served five years as a bishop for the LDS Church in Oak Harbor 1st Ward, and along with his wife Ginnie, served as a Seattle Temple worker for 15 years, as well as a volunteer for the Island County Sheriffs Citizen Patrol for 13 years. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Ginnie Bowden, sons Dave and Doug Bowden, and daughter Debbie Wilson. Allen and Ginnie have 12 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, Dan Bowden.

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Maylor Point Restoration Project Completed A restoration project to repair one of Whidbey Island’s local beaches was recently completed. Maylor Point is an important shoreline in Puget Sound that helps build beaches and supports the marine food web, all the way up to the orcas. But shoreline armor has blocked this natural process for decades, until now. A restoration project, done in collaboration with the Northwest Straits Foundation, Island County Marine Resources Committee and the U.S. Navy has been completed, resulting in 1,500 feet of shoreline restored to a natural beach in our community.   A Neptune Marine construction crew pulled out approximately 2,200 tons of imported boulders, tires and concrete pillows to deconstruct the old, failed beach armor project at Maylor Point. The natural beach will improve habitat for forage fish eggs, which are a food source for salmon and bigger fish, seals, birds and whales.  The citizens and technical committees of the Island County Local Integrating Organization, Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery and Island County Marine Resources Committee worked together to get the project funded by the EPA National Estuary Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Puget Sound Acquisition and Restoration program. Island County Department of Natural Resources manager, Lori Clark, said they are excited to have collaborated with local, state and federal partners to restore this critical beach habitat and take one more step toward recovering Puget Sound. If you’re interested in learning about the Island County Marine Resources Committee’s work to protect and restore the marine resources of Island County through monitoring and restoration, or to join the committee, please visit To learn about engaging on local restoration work to protect and preserve Island County waters and habitats, more information about the DNR’s programs and committees, visit   The Northwest Straits Foundation and Island County are also partnering on a local incentive program to assist shoreline homeowners in protecting their properties while also protecting Puget Sound through armor removal, soft shore protection, and maintaining natural beaches. Qualified homeowners can receive a free site visit with a technical expert to assess the property’s erosion potential and opportunities for managing and protecting the property while also preserving the habitat it supports. For more information, visit https:// [Submitted by Lori Clark, Island County Department of Natural Resources Manager]

Conservation Award Winners Recognized on Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day

Award winners (from left to right): Tom Fournier, Elicia Fritsch (Whidbey Island Grown), Judi Moore (GBBC), Judee Lea, Colton Diffie, Brenda Dewey (Sierra Country Club Firewise Committee), Bob Monroig (GBBC), Sharon Dunn (GBBC), Lynne Scapple and Diane McClaine (Sierra Country Club Firewise Committee). Photo by Kelsi Mottet of Whidbey Island Conservation District

“Collaboration for Conservation” was the theme at the Whidbey Island Conservation District (WICD) Open House and Awards Ceremony, held Saturday, Nov. 10. The event – which featured keynote speaker Linda Rhodes and showcased resources from organizations including Orca Network, the Island County Marine Resources Committee, and the WSU Extension Shore Stewards, Master Gardeners, and Waste Wise Programs – was the culmination of three thematic events on Whidbey that took place as part of Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day, a regional effort led by 10 local Conservation Districts. With increasing awareness of the plight of the critically endangered Southern Resident Killer Whale, Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day was designed to increase active engagement in

conservation actions that benefit the marine environment. On Whidbey, WICD’s native plant workshop was a big hit. Afterwards, nearly 30 volunteers came together to plant over 50 native plants in two educational rain gardens that will improve water quality, an activity led in partnership between WICD staff and the WSU Extension Master Gardener Program. Puget Sound Orca Recovery Day shed light on the primary causes of orca whale decline – malnutrition due to salmon scarcity and increasing water pollution – but also focused on inspiring hope and action for what we can do on land to help our marine neighbors at sea. To learn more, visit www.BetterGround. org. There is no better testament to the positive impact of collective conservation actions than the stories of this year’s 2018 Collaboration for Conservation award winners. Each year, WICD recognizes members of the Whidbey Island community who have exhibited outstanding leadership in natural resource conservation. Farmers, forest landowners, home owners associations, non-profit and for-profit partners, schools, and governmental partners remain on the list of previous year’s awardees. The impetus behind recognizing these conservation leaders is to showcase the amazing things happening right now in our island community, which helps improve both the function of our natural landscapes and working lands, and also enhances the quality of life for Whidbey residents. Congratulations to this year’s conservation award winners: ·Restoration Collaborator Award – Greenbank Beach & Boat Club (GBBC) ·Forestry Collaborator Awards – Curt Gordon, Steve O’Sullivan, Jeff Alling and Vicky Padgett ·Farm Link Collaborator Awards – Judee Lea, Colton Diffie ·Outreach & Education Collaborator Award – Sierra Country Club Firewise Committee ·Local Marketing Collaborator Award – Whidbey Island Grown Steering Committee ·Outstanding Supervisor Award – Tom Fournier [Submitted by Kelsi Mottet, Whidbey Island Conservation District]

Adapted by Book-It Repertory Theatre’s co-artistic directors Jane Jones and Myra Platt from John Irving’s novel, “A Prayer for Owen Meany,” directed by Whidbey local Phil Jordan, and musical direction by Myra Platt. WICA is thrilled to be working with Book-It to bring their script to its stage. Poignant, hilarious, rambunctious, Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre’s holiday hit transforms great literature into great theatre. John Irving’s quirky and memorable boy, Owen Meany, returns to wreak havoc on the annual Christ Church Christmas pageant. “Somehow the author manages to make the story about a tiny boy with a wrecked voice not only hilarious, but deeply moving. The hilarious part is undeniable as a child’s Christmas pageant in small-town New Hampshire goes spectacularly wrong. Donkeys, shepherds, cows, and a pudgy angel all contribute to the laughs as the Christ Child tries to keep the pageant from running off the rails. But Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, the stage adaptation of the novel, also allows us to remember the loved ones who have gone before us and shaped who we are.” — Phil Jordan After Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant, in Zech Hall, Nov. 30 - Dec. 15, 2018, Fridays and Saturdays from 9:30pm to 10:30pm, is The Santaland Dairies, by humorist David Sedaris, adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, directed by Phil Jordan, and starring David Gignac. Think you’re stressed out during the holidays? Try being one of Santa’s helpers. Turns continued on page

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

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

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

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

Unity of Whidbey Sundays, 10:00am 5671 Crawford Road, Langley If you’re one of the “spiritual but not religious” people who questions your childhood faith or is looking for something more, Unity of Whidbey may feel like a homecoming. Visit our website: Sundays, 4:00pm-5:00pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Freeland

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Whidbey Islands Friends Meeting (also known as Quakers) meet in silent worship and community, with occasional spoken messages, every Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist building. For more information, contact Tom Ewell at or go to www.

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

Meetings & Organizations Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA or ACOA) Meeting Every Wednesday, 7:00pm-8:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church annex, Freeland A meeting dedicated to dealing with the problem and solution for recovering from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. For more information, contact Clay at (360) 989-4248 or Dooleydolly@ Or visit

Al-Anon Every Wednesday, 9:30am-10:30am 432 2nd St., Langley If a friend or relative has a problem with alcohol, you can find solutions for yourself at Alanon.

Al-Anon Group Oak Harbor Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Al-Anon group can help. Call Laurie at (360) 675-4430 for meeting information.

Alcoholics Anonymous Every Day, 12:00pm& 8:00pm 432 2nd Street, Langley For more information, call (360) 221-2070

Bingo Every Monday, 7:00pm Elks Lodge, Oak Harbor Open to the public. For more information, call (360) 675-7111.

Coupeville Chess Club Second and Fourth Fridays, 6:45pm-9:00pm Coupeville Library All skill levels welcomed. Please bring a board if possible. Spread the word and come down for some leisurely play. For information, call (631) 357-1941.

Debtors Anonymous Every Sunday, 6:00pm WGH Board Room, Coupeville If you are having problems with money and debt and think that you may be a compulsive debtor, the program of Debtors Anonymous can help you. No situation is hopeless. Find the solution that leads to solvency and serenity. Debtors Anonymous is a 12-step program based upon the 12-steps first developed and used by Alcoholics Anonymous. Call (515) 451-3749 for directions to location or for more information.

Divorce Care and DC4kids Every Sunday, 5:00pm Living Word Church, Oak Harbor A support group for people dealing with separation and divorce. For more information, call Larry at (360) 969-0552 or Lisa - DC4kids at (360) 672-4239. Living Word Church is located at 490 NW Crosby Ave.

Duplicate Bridge Club Every Tuesday, 10:30am Sierra Country Club Clubhouse, Coupeville
 The club is ACBL sanctioned and we encourage anyone interested to come with or without a partner. For more information, contact one of the directors: Mardi Dennis at (360) 675-5044, Sue Thomas at (360) 678-7047, or Peter Wolff at (360) 678-3019.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Whidbey Island Fourth Thursday, 7:00pm-8:30pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland NAMI is the largest grassroots organization dedicated to making life better for people with a mental illness and their friends and loved ones. The group is nonreligious but meets at Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 State Route 525. It isn’t necessary to preregister. Please contact Kathy Chiles, (206) 218-6449 or k.chiles22@live. com for more information.

NAR-ANON Every Tuesday, 7:00pm-8:00pm St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Clinton NAR-ANON family groups are world-wide for those affected by someone else’s addiction. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church is located at 6309 Wilson Place.

North Whidbey Coupon Club Every Friday, 10:00am-11:30am Christian Reformed Church, Oak Harbor Cost: Free All are welcome. Coupon-clipping, money-saving conversation and new friends. Our motto is “Eat Better, For Less”. Kids welcome. Money-saving classes are available. Find us on Facebook :”Whidbey Coupon Club” and via email: The church is located at 1411 Wieldraayer Rd. For further information, please call (360) 675-2338.

Parkinson’s Support Group First Friday, 1:00pm Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 Jerome St. First Tuesday, 10:00am Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 SR 525, Freeland No one need struggle with Parkinson’s alone. Gain new friends, get the facts. Call 360-6759894. WHAT'S GOING ON

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Let’s Dish! with Kae Harris

FIVE HUNDRED YEARS OF FOOD I always wonder why we eat what we eat, and where it came from? I mean, of course we eat what we grew up with and that in and of itself comes from within the confines of a particular culture (quite often) and/or tradition. Like everything though, cultures are somewhat fluid in that, over time, they evolve and incorporate other aspects of life throughout the ages. They are defined by external factors – what’s available in a geographical region – and practices which might have to adapt to things, even harsh factors like migration, war and famine. Given that food moves with time, bends and acclimates to it, I thought I would talk about food in and around the 1500s, since we recently celebrated the 500th issue of Whidbey Weekly! Food and the way it’s prepared and served is determined by multiple influences. Trade routes established 500 years ago were the entryway to many a gustatory adventure! Spices and herbs native to one region became a novelty, something truly exotic, in another. Often, spices and herbs were reserved for those who could pony up the cash for them, thus items like sugar, for example, were consigned to the top echelons of society. In fact, I read once the availability of sugar and ginger (from India) via trade routes, gave rise to gingerbread and we truly indulge

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in this marriage of sugar and spice during the holiday season. Were it not for trade routes, we wouldn’t know about tea from China, which has a history as far back as 2732 BC. It is believed (according to folklore), Emperor Shen Nung discovered leaves from a tree had blown into his pot of boiling water. His curiosity and interest were piqued by the pleasant aroma, so he sipped on it. He was most pleased with the warm sensation of the brew as he drank it down and the rest is history. Its popularity only grew from there, moving on from purely medicinal purposes to being imbibed merely for the pleasure and refreshment of it. As tea plantations grew across the country, tea merchants in China became wealthy, all thanks to the demand for this curious little leaf. It was an imported luxury in the 1600s and as such, only the rich were privy to its refreshing taste. Serving and drinking tea with elegance became a symbol of high status and signified ‘excellent breeding’ and qualities such as ‘superior intellect,’ or so it was believed at the time. Thankfully, today we drink tea just because it tastes good (to those of us who think it tastes good) and it tells nothing of our genetic inheritance nor our intellect. I happen to prefer my tea hot, with milk or cream and a little sugar in it. Some people prefer no milk, others prefer no sugar and many, many people don’t like hot tea at all and would rather relegate this beverage to a


pitcher filled with ice, a squeeze of lemon juice and perhaps a simple syrup to boot on a hot summer day. Whatever the case, the transformation of our society and tea’s role in it has obviously changed over the last 500 or so years. Food and drink are fluid, you see, in more ways than one! In fact, were it not for trade, we wouldn’t know about coffee from East Africa. I mentioned previously how it was a goatherd observing his goats and their actions after eating berries off a bush (coffee beans, essentially) that made him curious as to its effects, so he tried them. It was then a monk observed this goat herder and his reaction to ingesting these berries, that sparked the beginning of a movement which has thus far culminated in a multi-billion-dollar industry and is a lifeline of sorts (for me at any rate when my get-up-and-go gets up and goes without me!) in societies across the world.

seem to quite wrap my mind around the taste and emotional response it elicits in me. It’s like a kick in the mouth with it’s ‘zing’ flavor, and not in a bad way, either! It heightens the experience of eating whatever the ginger was added to. Whether a stir fry, curry, stew or dessert, ginger just has a little something extra about it that makes it as exotic as it always seemed from the outset. Dear Readers, in celebration of our 500th issue, I thought it most fitting to include a recipe I’ve used a few times before, for an item which dates back that far and one which can be made for the upcoming season. If you do try it, let me know how you like it! Please send any and all comments, questions and definitely recipes you’d like to share (from any era!) to letsdish. and we’ll do just that – Dish!

Again, without trade routes, we would know nothing of one of the most delightful morsels in existence – chocolate. Hailing from Central America, a food item so wondrous it is believed to have been used for ceremonial purposes in drink form by the ancient Olmecs, chocolate has been brought to light all over the globe. Not only was it used in ceremonies, but in finalizing transactions, too. Isn’t that wonderful? I mean, we still indulge in this practice today at restaurants – some of them include a mint chocolate after you pay your bill, just without the pomp and grandeur of a ceremonial closing. I can’t say many people are quite so excited by that part. Similar concept? Perhaps. As a matter of fact, chocolate was so revered by all, even the Spanish who arrived in Central America, it was kept a secret from the rest of Europe, shipping it back on the sly. When it did eventually catch on in Europe, chocolateries were opened, but due to chocolate being a luxurious commodity, these ‘chocolate houses’ were open only to men as places of political discussion and gambling. Again, chocolate’s spread across the world was due to trading, travel and migration.

Gingerbread ½ cup butter ½ cup white sugar 1 egg 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda 1 cup molasses 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground ½ teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground ginger Pinch of salt 1 cup hot water

Which brings me back around to something I mentioned at the start. Gingerbread. With ginger still an ‘exotic’ spice in my book, I can’t

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Grease a 9-inch square pan and preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream the sugar and butter until smooth. Add in the egg and molasses and mix well. In a separate bowl, sift together the spices, flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into the molasses mixture and mix well. Stir in hot water and mix. Pour into greased dish. Bake 1 hour or until skewer/knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from heat, allow to cool, serve and enjoy!

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may be one result. Misidentification could be another, since mad genius is sometimes what is called for. For that reason, do not judge strangers you meet on the 22nd too harshly.


ARIES (March 21-April 19) Observers will quickly realize that you are not out to win a popularity contest this week. Where their beliefs clash with yours, as is likely to happen, you are correct in your unwillingness to back down or give in for the sake of compromise. Stick to your guns on the 22nd, and the critics will come eventually to the bargaining table. You will get your way, but be wary of driving too hard a bargain. Resentments will linger if you cut too deeply. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You need not be out in front this week to see your agenda advanced. If your position is sound and well-founded, you will find it attracting the right kind of supporter, someone who will push it for you. Play your cards right on the 22nd and you just may find yourself leading quite effectively from behind. When that happens as a result of dealing honestly and above-board, you know for certain that you are on the right track. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) You don’t have to spill all the juicy details about the difficulty you are in, and in fact, it may serve you better if you don’t. Giving out unnecessary information will work against you in the end. Use common sense to draw the line between relevant facts and crippling trivia that can only harm your cause. The best thing you can know on the 22nd is when to speak up and when to remain silent. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your needs and wants will be met this week, but only after some initial patience on your part. Distress over not getting what you want, when you want it, is needless. No matter how it hopeless the situation may appear on the 22nd, you are actually in good position for a strong finish to the week. Key players may be slow to arrive, but the energy they’ll inject into your life when they appear is worth the wait. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Some of those whom you attract this week are feeling much less jovial than they appear. If you are very discerning, you may distinguish the genuinely carefree from those who are suffering with a smile. It’s the latter who find you most attractive. You need not solve their problems to be of service. Let your honest warmth flow out and know that it’s enough. If more is indicated on the 22nd, you will know that, too. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The right people are slated to appear this week to make life’s journey easier. The hows and whys of the way you stand in need matters not. All will unfold in the proper way, at the proper time. Impromptu celebrations

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The appearance of effortless ease is going to accompany you through every task you undertake this week, maybe surprising even you. Being at the right place, at the right time, allows everything to unfold naturally, and it is this unconscious punctuality that propels you on the 22nd and beyond. Business and money matters benefit in particular. All can happen in ways different from what you imagine. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Success is probable in the early rounds of what could be an exceptionally good week for you. This means that if you don’t start out with a confident attitude, you should acquire one quickly from unfolding circumstance. It’s hard to remain a pessimist when the breaks are going consistently in your favor! While you can’t control the process on the 22nd, a proper measure of humility may enhance it. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Much of your activity this week will probably take place “under the radar,” meaning knowledge of what you do won’t be easily available to the general observer. This unknowingness may extend even to yourself. Take care that you do not accidently undermine your own cause. In the same vein, it’s also possible that someone you are unaware of plays a major role in events on the 22nd. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) A key word for the week might be wrap-up. Notice that a sense of finality exists within much of what takes place. Some situations, both good and not so good, may produce the bittersweet realization that you’ll not be passing this way again. The sense of accomplishment surrounding this time may be keen. If your standards have been overly-high, the discontents can be just as keen. The 22nd runs the gamut.


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21. Cereal plants

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52. Register formally (Brit.)

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56. Depository library

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AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) It’s not your imagination that life as you are presently living it is somehow much more vivid. Sharper emotional extremes are only part of what you may experience this week. You may be quicker to criticize, faster in your rush to change what you can, more resistant to what you can’t. The least that can be said is that you feel more alive. That’s a good thing on any day, but perhaps more so on the 22nd.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Whatever your path in life, a feeling of greater ease and comfort is likely this week. If you have unintentionally wandered from your path, present day events are calculated to bring you to a sense of greater clarity about where it lies. Whether you are content where you are, or excited to be embarking on a new leg of your journey, the effect is the same. Opportunity to share the excitement is probable on the 22nd.

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24. Empire State 25. Be in debt 28. Italian monk’s title 29. Asian plants 31. Everyone has one 33. One who can’t sleep 36. “Glengarry, Glen Ross” playwright 39. Cavalry sword 41. A must-have

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1. Insect drawn to flame

43. Belgian city

2. A Spanish river

47. An electrically charged atom

3. Reduce (Brit. sp.)

49. A way to entertain

4. Wish well 5. Robots are an example

50. Regenerate

6. Young women

52. Highly flammable liquid

7. The tip 8. Young women’s association 9. One who is suspicious 10. A child’s apron

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12. Fightin’ Irish football coach

46. A type of pen

14. People from Taiwan

48. Snout

17. Harry Belafonte’s daughter

49. One of the six noble gases

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By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly You can hear the whistles blowing and the steam engines chugging as you step into Jack Tingstad’s impressive model train layout, located in the basement of his Coupeville home. The layout, which spans more than 250square feet, will be on display this weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and all it will cost to see it is a donation of non-perishable food for the Gifts from the Heart food bank. Tingstad has been hosting this open house for more than 15 years. He added the food drive about five years ago and has been able to donate thousands of pounds of food to the organization. That’s a measurable benefit of sharing his passion for model railroading, but there’s an even bigger motivation behind holding the annual event for Tingstad inspiring new generations of model railroaders. “I have been doing this since I was in high school,” said the former Coupeville Elementary School teacher. “I retired in 1995 and decided I wanted to get back into it.” Tingstad has thrown himself into his hobby with enthusiasm. He had the basic structure and rudimentary scenery together in about five years. Since then he has kept adding to the scenery, making structural and electrical improvments along the way. The layout is based on the terrain around Leadville, Colo., which was first settled in 1859 after gold was discovered in California Gulch. He said the history of the Leadville area provided “an opportunity for moving the trains in a meaningful way” and the countryside appealed to him. “You know how they will classify folks as a spring, summer, fall or winter? Well, I’m

a fall,” Tingstad said with a chuckle. “The colors appeal to me. I’m drawn to the warmth of the colors, it just feels right.” The replica is set in the period from about 1900 to the 1920s, although Tingstad said he is not a big stickler about the era, like some model railroaders, who might focus an entire design on a specific date in history – even a specific time - and who can tell observers the name of every person in the scene. Tingstad is, however, a stickler about other details. “All the different areas of the layout are actual names of places around Leadville,” he said, pointing out the Glenwood Springs train station. “That’s a replica of the existing Glenwood Springs station. I had a friend of mine take some photos for me and I built it based on those.” The layout, built in HO scale, is literally filled with hundreds of unique and tiny details. Visitors can find interesting and humorous things like Mortimer Stiphs Caskets and Headstones or the Miracle Chair Company, whose motto reads “If it’s a good chair, it’s a miracle.” For fun, every year Tingstad provides visitors with a list of different things to find within the display, such as an escaped tiger, a man bathing in a tub, Santa waiting for a train or miners working a sluice box. While the overall structure has been complete for several years, Tingstad said he adds new details to the scene every year. He has devoted thousands of hours to it, learning new skills as he has gone along. “Every part has been thought out and developed,” he said. “There are 21 pieces that can be lifted out to get access to the tracks and wiring underneath. There’s been a lot of engineering.”

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Incredible detail and realistic terrain combine to make Jack Tingstad’s model railroad display one of the best in the state.

Though he has no formal art training, Tingstad has hand painted all the backgrounds, the landscape and all the buildings. His background as a teacher has led him to construct a model that shows the process he uses, from start to finish. He said his favorite part of the display is the mine, for which he has won awards at regional competitions. “I drew up the plans based on research and built it like a real mine,” he said. “It’s a real feeling of accomplishment. Just like when you build anything, it’s definitely an achievement.” The “new” mine is adjacent to the “old mine,” which Tingstad said was actually more challenging to create. “It’s more complicated to build a dilapidated structure,” he said. “It’s harder to make something look tumbled down. But I like a challenge.” Within the last year-and-a-half, Tingstad has completed another challenge – he finished all the necessary requirements and is now a certified Master Model Railroader. The whole process, which requires certifications in seven different aspects of the hobby, took him 10 years to complete. He is one of only about 600 model railroaders to achieve that status. The annual open house has also opened the door to new friendships over the years. People have literally come from all over the world to see his operation, which is considered one of the best in the state. He’s met several other like-minded hobbyists since he started having his open house, some of whom will run the trains during the event so Tingstad is free to answer questions. Tingstad said he had no idea his high school hobby would take him on such an adventure.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly All the locations in Jack Tingstad’s model railroad display are based on actual places around Leadsville, Colo., like this replica of the Glenwood Springs train station.

“I’ve been able to travel all over the world and I’ve taken a lot of train trips,” he said. “I’ve ridden the Orient Express, the Glacier

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Master Model Railroader Jack Tingstad will open his model train layout to the public for his annual open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this weekend in Coupeville. Those interested should bring a donation of non-perishable food for the Gifts from the Heart food bank.

Express and the Chunnel between Paris and London. “I’ve always enjoyed it, but I didn’t know it would become quite as involved,” Tingstad continued. “It’s given me the chance to meet a lot of nice people and see a lot of beautiful places.” Tingstad encourages people of all ages to explore model railroading, even if they might not have the space for a layout like his. “You can start by buying a kit and building a structure,” he said. “Then save it until you have a layout.” To see more photos of Tingstad’s model railroad layout before your visit, go to Whidbey Weekly’s Facebook page and check out the photo album.

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The prized bird has many folks up early ensuring it comes out of the oven with a perfect golden brown skin and juicy meat. Cooking the perfect bird is a source of great pride and can even lead to stark competition in some families. In my family, Thanksgiving was referred to as “the feast.” I remember the excitement as I lined up with my cousins, cafeteria tray in hand, waiting to fill it with nothing but carbs and gravy. Yep, my family was so serious about “the feast,” someone purchased giant cafeteria trays with built in dividers for all of us. To give a little back-story, my mom is from a family of six and holidays were a magical time, always spent at her dad’s house. Every family unit showed up with dishes to contribute to the meal, but eventually it became a competition to determine who was the best chef. One year, my grandpa’s dining table had three turkeys, three hams, an entire table of desserts, and one uncle was in the front yard with a turkey fryer. There was so much food, coming to grandpa’s house every day for leftovers was also a family tradition. As you can imagine, this jolly, overeating, exciting holiday was my favorite, and still is. In honor of this wonderful holiday, I have reached out to Kim Gruetter of Salty Acres Farm in Penn Cove to learn about her heritage turkeys. This year, she raised five turkeys for the first time and one will be the centerpiece of her table come Thanksgiving day (or night, as it is dark by 5 p.m. this time of year). Salty Acres Farm is a one-acre multi-generational farm run by Kim, her husband, their daughter and son-in-law, and two-year-old grandson. Kim and her husband farmed in Oregon before relocating to Whidbey Island a few years ago. Now, the family hand-processes sea salt from the bay, grows its own oysters and mussels, produces dahlias to sell at the Farmers Market, raises chickens for meat and eggs, raises pigs, and is venturing into turkeys. When compared to raising chickens, Kim says the experience of turkeys is completely different. She purchased the five turkeys as baby chicks and was astonished by how much personality the birds exhibited as they matured.

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Christmas Activities at Coupeville United Methodist Church December will be filled with Christmas activities at Coupeville United Methodist Church. Saturday, Dec. 1, the United Methodist Women will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar and Lunch from 9:30am to 2:00pm. In addition to a large variety of hand-made items for sale, a lunch of homemade chicken casserole, cranberry jello salad, and a piece of pie will be available for purchase from 11:00am-1:00pm. Advent Sundays start Dec. 2, at the regular 11:00am Worship Service. December 9, the church’s own Handbell Ensemble will provide music to accompany the service. Sunday, Dec. 16, the public is invited to a special Christmas music celebration, featuring the choir, entitled “Carols Old, Carols New From Madrigal to Modern.” The 30-Voice Sanctuary Choir will be accompanied by Brian Haight on violin, duo-pianists, Beth Haight and Cheryl Waide, and the Handbell Ensemble. Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, the “Come to the Manger” service at 5:00pm focuses on families with children. The popular Candlelight Service will start at 7:00pm, with seasonal music by the organist, choir, and familiar carols sung by the congregation. The service concludes in candlelight with the singing of “Silent Night.” All activities take place in the historic church at the corner of North Main and 6th Street. For information see the church website at www. [Submitted by Robin Hertlein]

Local Business News Sears Hometown Store Oak Harbor – 50 Years and Still Going Strong In the wake of Sears announcing its bankruptcy and its full line store closures, the Sears Hometown Store is filling the gap and ensuring residents still have access to the Sears merchandise they need. Sears customers can use their Sears Credit Card and redeem Shop Your Way Rewards (SYWR) points, earned at Sears, at any Sears Hometown Store. In addition, most products sold on can be purchased at Sears Hometown Stores using the “Store 2 Home” function at in-store kiosks, and most items from will ship for free. “We want to assure our customers we’re here to stay, and we’re going to continue providing the Oak Harbor and surrounding communities with the same great products, exceptional customer service and wonderful store experience they have come to expect from us,” said both Carol Vinson and Jim Woessner, owners of Sears Hometown Store in Oak Harbor. The local retailer, which provides customers with access to a full suite of merchandise and services, is the only place in town where customers can find an incredible selection of the top appliance brands such as Kenmore, Maytag, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, Frigidaire, plus a large assortment of lawn and garden equipment, Craftsman tools, fitness equipment, mattresses and more. “Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores are thriving, and our store is no exception,” Vinson added. “We look forward to being a valued community partner in Oak Harbor for many more years to come. We have been a staple here in Oak Harbor for the past 50 years, providing each customer with great customer service.” The Sears Hometown Store team in Oak Harbor provides customers with professional

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The Side Door Barbershop is seeking experienced barbers for booth rental opportunities in a new location. For more information, call Sue Johnson at 360-672-8622

offer; Stained glass terrarium, with matching cover, plus wood stand. 26-1/2” tall x 101/2” diameter of cover x 14” diameter of base. $50 or best offer. We can send photos. Call or text 360-320-0525. Quilted wall hangings, purchased at the Houston International Quilting Conference. In excellent condition, ready to hang on your wall! Quail (20” x 11”), Duck (22” diameter), $10 each or best offer. We can send photos. Call or text 360320-0525. Fireplace tool sets: brush, shovel, and poker, in a sturdy stand. One set is 30” tall, the other set is 21” tall, $15 ea. obo; Sturdy, brown leather log tote by Eddie Bauer, never used. $10 obo. We can send photos. Call or text 360-3200525. “Happy Holidays” painted sign, 21-1/2” x 16-1/2”, $5 obo. We can send photos. Call or text 360-320-0525.

MISCELLANEOUS Wind chimes: prices range from $10 for 11”, $15 for 21”. We can send photos. Call or text 360-320-0525 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: No Cheating!

5-6”W X 17”L. Contact me at

RECREATION Scotty Cameron Futura RH 5W Putter. This putter is in “as new” condition. RH 35”, with stock grip, steel shaft, and head cover. $345 or best offer. We can send photos. Call or text 360-320-0525. 12 volt boat winch, $25 obo; Small anchor, weighs only about 3 pounds, but has a design that will keep your small boat on the beach where you left it. $5 obo. We can send photos. Call or text 360320-0525. Camping items: 2 single air mattresses, “as new” condition, $10 each or best offer; Brookstone waterproof floating lantern, for camping, patio, poolside, or emergencies, new, $15 or best offer; Old (but clean) Thermos 1-gallon jug, $5; Vintage Coleman stove, with protective denim cover, $15 or best offer; Versatile backpack, the two parts can be used separately, or (for more serious backpacking) together, $15 obo. We have photos. Call or text 360-3200525. Sports items: Bag Boy golf cart, $15 obo; Golf umbrella, $5; Men’s wet suits, size L, $10 per item; Neoprene gloves and hats, size L, $5 each; Water skis: Terry Competition slalom ski, with carrying bag, $30 obo; O’Brien Competition

The Side Door Barbershop slalom ski, Kevlar/Boron, $30 obo; Wiley wood water skis, $25 obo. We have photos. Call or text 360-320-0525.

ANIMALS/SUPPLIES Excellent Grass Hay, good for horses, $7 per bale, 20 bale minimum. 360-321-1624 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 Looking to buy an older Campervan that has been

maintained, not a Class B Motorhome. If you have one or know of where one is please contact or 632-2179 (0) Art, Antiques & Collectibles. Cash paid for quality items. Call or text 360-661-7298 (1) DRUMMER: Need experienced, solid rock drummer with great meter. Practice weekly in Oak Harbor in fully equipped rehearsal/recording studio. Mostly rock, blues and acoustic originals plus some covers. Plan to play concerts/ festivals and work on CD. Rich at or 360-675-5470 before 9 pm. Was your Dad or Gramps in Japan or Germany? I collect old 35 mm cameras and lenses. Oak Harbor, call (970) 823-0002



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Please try to limit your classified to 30 words or less, (amounts and phone numbers are counted as words) we will help edit if necessary. We charge $10/week for Vehicles, Boats, Motorcycles, RVs, Real Estate Rental/Sales, Business Classifieds and any items selling $1,000 and above. We do charge $25 to include a photo. The FREE classified space is not for business use. No classified is accepted without phone number. We reserve the right to not publish classifieds that are in bad taste or of questionable content. All free classifieds will be published twice consecutively. If you would like your ad to be published more often, you must resubmit it. Deadline for all submissions is one week prior to issue date.

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Business Spotlight Cozy Up for the Holidays with Island Herb Merchandise

Happy Thanksgiving!

Make sure your home is Crystal Clean for the holidays!



360-675-3005 - Anywhere on Whidbey FREE ESTIMATES • LICENSED & INSURED

Charles “C’Bo”

$12 Thursdays Every 2nd & 4th Thursday $15 Active Duty & Veterans Every Day (w/ID, C’Bo only) Open Monday-Saturday MON, TUE & THUR 10AM-6PM WED, FRI & SAT By Appt 1131 SE Ely St • Oak Harbor


Winter is in the air. November is tiptoeing out the door and December is waiting just around the corner. Are you ready to think about holiday shopping yet? Fortunately, with so many amazing local vendors to choose from, gift-giving on Whidbey is as easy as stepping into one of your favorite small-town shops. We’ve got carefully curated stores that offer everything from keepsakes to antiques to fashionable island wear. That’s right, move over ordinary holiday gifts; there’s a new level of coziness in town. Island Herb Merchandise now offers an exciting line of clothing and bags. Need a stocking stuffer? There are totes and patches to choose from. Want to wow your cannabis-friendly buds with some excellent gear for island adventures? Island Herb Merchandise has the softest t-shirts and sweatshirts around. They’re stylish, durable, and subtle, so you can give them as gifts with even your most 420-disapproving relatives looking on.

Annual Membership Fee of $59 (plus tax) auto-billed 45 days after sign up.

360-675-2600 32650 Highway 20 Building D, Oak Harbor, WA

HARADA PHYSICAL THERAPY Your Hometown Therapists

• Sports Rehab • Post-Op Treatment • MVA/L&I Claims • Injury Screening • Pre/Postpartum Rehab • BikeFit • LSVT Certified • Neurological and Vestibular Rehabilitation

Valerie, Island Herb Merchandise’s brand ambassador, loves the gear. “We’re very happy with how the merchandise looks and feels. We wanted to make sure the quality was high to help us capture the essence of both the Pacific Northwest and our fair island.” This holiday season, shop local and give the gift of the spirit of Whidbey with Island Herb Merchandise’s comfortable and stylish options. They’re made with care and designed with an eye toward all of your island adventure or relaxation needs. Island Herb Merchandise’s fantastic offerings are available for purchase at Freeland Liquor, conveniently located at 5565 Van Barr Pl #2. Keep on the lookout for more Island Herb Merchandise sales locations coming soon.

Oak Harbor


210 SE Pioneer Way #2 101 S Main Street 360-679-8600 360-678-2770 Your Hometown Therapists



Theresa Knoll, PT, MPT


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