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ON TRACK with Jim Freeman

No wonder he needed twelve Stella’s. Five may get you ten, but six Stella’s will really only get you five.

According to the news, Punxatawney Phil, the weather groundhog, did not see his shadow last groundhog day.

Most meaningful moment – the Trackie goes to the Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight, for as heart felt a singing of the National Anthem as I have ever heard. I even stood up even though I was wearing a women’s robe with men’s slippers.

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Most amusing moment – the 2019 winner for making me laugh out loud was the Planters peanuts commercial featuring an out-of-control, peanut-shaped vehicle flying through the air before landing safely in front of actor Charlie Sheen who remarks, “Some people think I’m nuts.”

It was too cold to go outside. Phil says winter is over. For me, it just started. My propane tank was so white with snow, I had to sweep the gauge to see my percentage. My percentage was about the same as it is when I tip, 20%. Time to propane up. Super Bowl low-lites In anticipation of this weekend’s Grammy Awards Sunday, honoring recording excellence in music and the spoken word, I offer this year’s Trackies for last Sunday’s Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta. Judging, like all judging, was purely judgmental. The winners of this year’s Trackies for outstanding achievement in various categories include, but are not limited to, several recipients who have yet to be notified. Best educational commercial – to Audi for their ad which showed a guy envisioning his arrival in Heaven while choking on a cashew. Norman Greenbaum’s classic song “Spirit in the Sky” was the perfect accompaniment. Most emotional commercial – the Budweiser spot with the dalmatian on top of the Clydesdale-drawn beer wagon, with the dog’s ears flapping in the breeze to the innocent tones of a young Bob Dylan singing “Blowin’ in the Wind” brought a tear or two to my eye, and I don’t even drink or have a dog. Maybe it was the score of the game. Best non-PC one-liner – the Trackie goes to my sister-in-law, Giti, who noted when the game was tied 3-3 going into the fourth quarter that the Patriots and the Rams were playing like they knew the winner would have to go to the White House to be honored. Needless to say, Giti no doubt giddied-up during the State of the Union address. Most poetic moment – congrats to class act announcer Jim Nantz for receiving this year’s Trackie for his poetic punctuation after a third down pass by Rams QB Jared Goff resulting in a first down: “He was able to deliver the goods to Woods.” Best not-so-subtle one-liner – the Trackie goes to Tony Romo who, after hearing Tom Brady yell “Reagan, Reagan, Reagan” before handing the football off to the running back, said, “Obviously, ‘Reagan’ means a run to the right.” Worst #GagMeToo moment – this first time category for a Trackie goes to Maroon 5’s Adam Levine for taking off his shirt at the end of his half-time show fire violation. Not that I have anything against tattoos, but do I really want to see CALIFORNIA tattooed on a guy’s chest while I am eating Russell Stover’s chocolate covered cherry cordials? Kudos to Adam for having large enough biceps to showcase the outlying boundaries of several continents. At its widest part, my dominant bicep is large enough to tattoo the thinnest section of Central Whidbey above the elbow. I don’t want to tattoo my elbow. Too bony. Of course, I guess I could do a tattooed tribute to Island asphalt on my elbow, but like building over a wetlands, no one would ever see it with my long sleeved shirts. Most mammarable commercial – I am surely glad the kids were out of the room when Sarah Jessica Parker came on the TV to promote Stella Artois. Who was looking at her glass? Coincidentally, the day before I saw a guy walking out of Rite-Aid with a twelve pack of Stella Artois. He remarked to me that he was sacrificing quantity for quality. “Yep, these Stella bottles are only 11.2 ounces, not 12.”

Favorite scene in a commercial – even though I prefer Coke, the Trackie goes to Pepsi for using their logo as a record label for the vinyl single loading in the juke box. Pepsi out sold Coke two to one in our fraternity’s pop machine. Falstaff outsold Budweiser three to one in our room, but only in the summer time when we weren’t supposed to be there. Most metaphysical message – congrats to Timber Tech Decking for their ad advising Super Bowl viewers to not be put in a box. If you are reading this column online at www. whidbeyweekly.com, here is the link for that commercial, www.youtube.com/watch?v= tjPNJQFBRR4 Most heard word – congratulations to Atlanta for a superb job of hosting and boasting. I love Atlanta. My sister lives there. I eat red eye gravy there, at the Silver Skillet. I go to the Coke museum there and always ask if cocaine was really in Coke. The only word I understood in the entire halftime show was the word Atlanta when Adam Levine yelled it.

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Langley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall 301 Anthes Ave • Langley Presenters will include: Robby Stern, President, PSARA Education Fund Kippi Waters, Founding Director, Peninsula Homecare Cooperative Karen Richter, Membership Vice President, PSARA Sponsored by Whidbey Island Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA)

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Apparently, my hearing aids do not adjust for southern accents. It is hard to squint with your ears. Most confusing moment – the Trackie goes to the two sisters who sang an incredibly styled version of “America the Beautiful.” At first I thought they were singing a Christmas carol, but it was just me trying to hum “Let it Snow” along with them.

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Best part of last two minutes of game – our final Trackie goes to the estate of Dean Martin for allowing T-Mobile to use Dino’s “That’s Amore” as the music bed for their ad featuring a dad and daughter texting about eggplant Parmesan. Best Super Bowl snack – since I was the only one here watching the game, and the only one judging for this year’s Trackies, I am unable to award myself this award since I am the recipient. Knowing it is better to give than receive, I am doing a Marlon Brando and not accepting the award. Yet, if I were to accept the best Super Bowl snack award it would be for my wood stove topped sauce pan filled with what we used to know as Franco-American spaghetti (now Campbell’s) crammed with a plethora of Hebrew National hot dogs. As it says on the can, “the perfect blend of rich, sweet tomato sauce, delicate pasta and mild cheese, that’s been warming kitchens and making smiles for generations.” There is something about the blend of the enzyme-modified cheddar cheese with the enzyme-modified butter that just sends me. But, to where? To read past columns of On Track in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

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Most shocking statement – a second Trackie to Jim Nantz for acknowledging Mercedes-Benz Stadium had fan friendly concessions. “A hot dog and a soda for under five bucks.” The last time I went to a Seahawks game it cost eight bucks for a 16 ounce beer in a 12 ounce cup. They finally got caught. Best smile – defensive co-coordinator Wade Phillips is our Trackie winner for his two amazing smiles when the Rams defense succeeded holding the Patriots on third downs.

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Bits & Pieces OHHS NJROTC Host Final Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference

The Oak Harbor High School NJROTC will be hosting the final Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference, Olympic Division meet Saturday, Feb. 16.

Letters to the Editor Editor, The legislators in Olympia are on a rampage right now, loading up the docket with all the stupid, unenforceable, mostly unconstitutional, and ineffective bills they can invent over “gun control,” or, more to the point, laying groundwork for eliminating guns altogether. At my last count, there are five bills in the House, seven in the Senate. There is one bright spot on the horizon, Sen. Phil Fortunado (R-Auburn) has introduced a bill to require any legislator wanting to create a gun bill to take a course on guns from a qualified instructor. It seems only fair if they are going to write laws, they should have to take the same training they require for potential or existing gun owners. If it is fair for gun owners, it should be fair for lawmakers. As far as I am concerned, the legislature is far more dangerous than any gun, especially when ignorance, stupidity, or ideology (no handicaps in politics) is in play. Rick Kiser Oak Harbor, Wash.

Navy Awards Hangar Contract at NAS Whidbey Island Last week, the Navy awarded a design-build contract in the amount of $41,429,522 to RQ Construction LLC, of Carlsbad, Calif., for a maintenance hangar and supporting facilities at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field. Construction will not commence until the Navy approves the final design (anticipated no sooner than summer 2019). Regarding the planned increased EA-18G Growler operations at Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island, the Navy terminated consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) on 30 Nov 2018. The Navy did so only after extensive discussions with the Washington State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and other consulting parties failed to reach agreement on mitigation to offset indirect impacts of increased flight operations on the landscape of Ebey’s Reserve. The Navy’s termination initiated a 45-day period during which the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is required to conduct a review of the NHPA consultation record, solicit comments from stakeholders and the public, and provide ACHP comments to the Navy on the proposed action. The partial government shutdown resulted in the closure of the ACHP and interrupted the ACHP’s 45-day review, delaying completion of the NHPA process. In order to avoid impacts that would have an unacceptable effect on the Navy’s ability to accomplish the vital Electronic Attack mission worldwide, the Navy awarded a design-build contract for a maintenance hangar and supporting facilities at NAS Whidbey Island’s Ault Field and authorized the contractor to begin the design of the project. Construction will not commence until the Navy approves the final design (anticipated no sooner than summer 2019). In the event the contractor’s design work is completed before the Navy completes NHPA consultation and issues a Record of Decision, the Navy has the authority under the terms of the contract to suspend work or terminate the contract. [Submitted by Mike Welding, NAS Whidbey Island]

The meet will be held at Oak Harbor High School beginning at 9:00am, will continue throughout the day and will conclude with an awards ceremony at 4:00pm. The cadets compete against six other schools in their division in Color Guard, Unarmed Drill, Armed Drill, Physical Strength, Academics, and Marksmanship. Cadets from Arlington, Burlington, Marysville, Everett, Snohomish, and Port Angeles will come and show off their skills in all the above events. These cadets represent the Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy JROTC programs. This meet will determine which schools will move on to the regional meet to be held in Oregon City March 16. Only the top three schools in their respective events are invited to attend the regional meet. This is a free event and will be held in numerous places on the campus of OHHS. There will be maps available for the public and cadets to escort if needed. Come out to watch and support these young adults show off their abilities. If you have questions, contact Chief Bill Thiel at wthiel@ohsd.net [Submitted by Chief Bill Thiel, OHHS NJROTC]

Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus Presents the Winter Art History Lecture Series: “If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It” Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus presents the Winter Art History Lecture Series: “If It’s Not Baroque, Don’t Fix It.” Come to hear the engaging stories of the artists and art of the Italian Baroque period, as told by Sharon Hall, SVC instructor, art historian, artist, and curator. The free presentations will take place in Oak Hall room 306: Feb. 20, 6:00-7:20pm – Artemisia Gentileschi March 13, 6:00-7:20pm – Gian Lorenzo Bernini [Submitted by Arden Ainley, Chief Public Information Officer, SVC]

Exhibition of B&W Photography Collection at Pacific NorthWest Art School The Pacific NorthWest Art School is pleased to exhibit in its gallery the brilliant black and white photographs in its collection, with specific works being for sale. This exhibition showcases work by well-known, distinguished photographers including Michael Kenna, Ruth Bernhard, Huntington Witherill, Bruce Barnbaum, Judy Dater, Don Kirby, Jay Dusard, Martha Casanave and others. This collection of photographs was acquired from the Pacific NorthWest Art School’s many years of excellent photography workshop instructors who have taught or donated to the school. In addition to the collection of prints, the exhibition also features many beautiful photo books from the Pacific NorthWest Art School’s library collection. Plan a visit and be inspired! In conjunction with the exhibition, the Pacific NorthWest Art School is hosting a special presentation by Brooks Jensen, editor of LensWork, an award-winning, bimonthly, anthology-style periodical which focuses on photography and the creative process, on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Tickets are $10.

Land Trust Welcomes Three New Board Members The Whidbey Camano Land Trust recently welcomed three new members to its board of directors. Janet Hall of Freeland and Jay Adams and Michael McGarry of Coupeville joined the board in January. Hall is well known locally for her work in environmental education. She worked as an interpretive specialist for Washington State Parks before retiring in 2018. Prior to that, she spent nearly 20 years as an environmental educator and volunteer coordinator for WSU Waste Wise Island County. She continues to teach birding classes for Whidbey Audubon. Adams also is passionate about birding and has a background as an educator. A New England native, he spent most of his working years teaching history and managing historical sites in Massachusetts and Maine. He moved to Whidbey Island in 2015. McGarry is a retired clinical psychologist who moved to the Ebey’s Landing area of Whidbey in 2016. An avid beach walker, he was drawn to the area’s natural beauty and shorelines after growing up near the beach in Florida. “We are thrilled to have these three incredible additions to our board,” said Debora Valis, Land Trust board president. “They each love Whidbey and Camano islands and understand how important it is to protect the natural lands that make these islands so special. They bring great ideas and energy and have a lot to share.” The Whidbey Camano Land Trust is a nonprofit nature conservation organization that actively involves the community in protecting, restoring, and appreciating the important natural habitats and resource lands that support the diversity of life on our islands and in the waters of Puget Sound. For more information, visit www.wclt.org, email info@wclt.org, or call 360-222-3310. [Submitted by Ron Newberry, Communications Manager, WCLT]

Oak Harbor Music Festival Announces New Board Member The Oak Harbor Music Festival recently announced that Wendy Shingleton was elected to fill a vacancy on its board of directors. Shingleton, who is in the last of her five years serving the community on the North Whidbey Pool, Park, and Recreation District’s board of commissioners, has lived on Whidbey Island for 10 years with her husband, Jason Sakash. “I am thrilled to be a part of an event that brings so much joy to our community,” said Shingleton. “The Oak Harbor Music Festival is my favorite local event and I’m excited to contribute to its continued success.” Shingleton will take over fundraising duties from current President Cynthia Mason, who steps into the role of event visibility and promotion. “Wendy comes highly recommended and we can’t wait to work with her,” said Mason. “She received the unanimous support of the board as she’ll be a wonderful addition to the team with her love of community, volunteer history, and great work ethic.”

The Pacific NorthWest Art School Gallery is located 15 NW Birch Street, Coupeville. For more information, call 360-678-3396 or visit pacificnorthwestartschool.org

Oak Harbor Music Festival’s mission is to inspire our community with the power of music. The festival fills Oak Harbor’s Pioneer Way with three days of free music every Labor Day weekend. And as a 501(c)(3) organization, the event has provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to graduating seniors from all three of Whidbey’s high schools for the past six years. www.oakharborfestival.com

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Financial Gifts for Valentines… of All Ages

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This year, consider going beyond the flowers and chocolates and think about providing financial-related gifts to your loved ones of all generations. Here are some gift possibilities to consider:

For your spouse or partner – Your income – both today and in the future – may be essential to the ability of your spouse or partner to maintain his or her lifestyle and even to enjoy a comfortable retirement. Consequently, you need to protect that income and be prepared to replace it. So, why not use Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to review your disability and life insurance? Of course, you don’t have to evaluate your insurance needs and add new coverage all in one day, but the sooner you act, the more you can relax in the knowledge that you’ve helped give your spouse or partner a more secure future.

For your children or grandchildren – If you want your children or grandchildren to go to college, or to receive some type of technical education that can help them launch a good career, you may want to provide some type of financial assistance. And one education-funding vehicle you might want to consider is a 529 college savings plan, which offers tax advantages and high contribution limits. Plus, it gives you, as owner, considerable flexibility – you can always change beneficiaries if the child or grandchild you had in mind decides not to go to college or a technical school. (Be aware, though, that a 529 plan can have financial aid implications, so, at some point, you will want to discuss this issue with a financial aid counselor.) Another financial “gift” you could give to your children is a bit more indirect, but possibly just as valuable, as a 529 plan – and that’s the gift of preserving your own financial independence throughout your life. If you were to someday need some type of long-term care, such as an extended nursing home stay or regular visits from a home health aide, you could find the costs extremely high. Medicare typically pays few of these costs, so you will likely need to come up with the funds on your own. You can go a long way toward protecting yourself from these expenses – and avoid having to burden your grown children – by purchasing long-term care insurance or some type of life insurance with a long-term care provision.

For your parents – One of the best gifts you can give to elderly parents is to help make sure their estate plans are in order. This is never an easy topic to bring up, but it’s essential that you know what responsibilities you might have, such as assuming power of attorney, to ensure that your parents’ plans are carried out, and their interests protected, in the way they’d want. Toward this end, you will need to communicate regularly with your parents – and if they haven’t drawn up estate plans yet, you could arrange for them to meet with the legal, tax and financial professionals necessary to help create these plans. Just as the definition of “love” is broad enough to include all the people most important to you, so is the range of financial gifts you can give your loved ones. Start thinking about these gifts on Valentine’s Day – and beyond. Edward Jones is a licensed insurance producer in all states and Washington, D.C., through Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P. and in California, New Mexico and Massachusetts through Edward Jones Insurance Agency of California, L.L.C.; Edward Jones Insurance Agency of New Mexico, L.L.C.; and Edward Jones Insurance Agency of Massachusetts, L.L.C. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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was active in the teachers’ union, passionately advocating for both teachers and students. Cindy and Ed were together for 40 beautiful years. He was a wonderful father who loved his children dearly. Ed loved to cook! Mealtime was the center of his day and he loved sharing healthy food with his family. Cindy and Ed raised Carrie and Andy with lots of love, stories, songs and imaginative play. He was the best “theater dad” ever; he was forever supportive of his children’s artistic pursuits. Ed always enjoyed a walk at Ft. Ebey or a swim at Goss Lake with his family.

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Ed was an avid reader, especially of Scandinavian crime novels and collections of short stories. Music was also a big part of Ed’s life. Ed loved listening to LPs on his stereo speakers purchased in 1975. He was always open to Carrie and Andy’s music, though he really just wanted to listen to Leonard Cohen, the Beatles, and James Taylor. He loved singing and would share a song with anyone, even his ambulance driver! He was one of the first members of the Shifty Sailors and toured Europe with the group multiple times. He sang with the classical choral group Sing!chronicity and in multiple choirs on Whidbey. Ed gave us all the gift of loving kindness. The last thing he said to his family was “All you need is love.” This is truly how he lived his life, with the belief love forgives, strengthens, and heals. Ed will be deeply missed by his beloved wife, Cindy Van Dyk, and his children, Carrie Ann and Andrew Charles Walker, his mother, Lois Walker, his sisters, Ann Edwards of Akron, Ohio and Carolyn Moss of Eugene, Ore. He is dearly loved by his nieces and nephews, Cindy’s large family, and numerous friends and colleagues.

EDWIN CHARLES WALKER Edwin Charles Walker, beloved husband, father, brother and friend to many, passed into the other realm Sunday, Jan. 20, after 22 months of bravely fighting pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old. Ed was a calm, accepting spirit who forgave easily and shared love through music, food, gentle words and kind smiles.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Ed Walker Memorial Scholarship (for local high school seniors) in care of the Coupeville Lions Club. P.O. Box 473 Coupeville, WA 98239

Edwin was born in Tallahassee, Fla. Oct. 18, 1949 to Lois (Inklebarger) and Charles Hart Walker. He grew up alongside sisters Ann and Carolyn in a family who loved people, celebrated music and education, and was active in their Baptist church. He lived in Tallahassee until age 12, when his family moved to Miami, trading the cypress swamps for the sunny warm beaches of southern Florida. He graduated from Miami Edison High School where he was Student Council President and was awarded the prestigious Julian Daniel Award for leadership and academic excellence.

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The following year, he was a Rotary Exchange Student in the Netherlands. He lived with local families, became fluent in Dutch, and had his perspective of life radically shifted. After returning home, he graduated from Miami Dade Community College and then attended the University of Florida. During this time, the war in Vietnam was raging, and with a low draft number, Ed chose to join the U.S. Coast Guard. Ed was a cook in the Coast Guard for five years. He enjoyed cooking for the officers on Coast Guard vessels based out of Florida and Washington. In Florida, they pursued and apprehended a boat smuggling marijuana in trash bags. While the confiscated bags sat on the ship’s deck, Ed and a few shipmates smuggled some weed down to their bunks to try it out. Ed was also on the maiden voyage of the Polar Star icebreaker. After an honorable discharge, he was working at the University of Washington Bookstore when he met the love of his life, the fabulous Cindy Van Dyk, who was also working at the bookstore. They moved to Albuquerque and Ed finished a degree in elementary education at the University of New Mexico. He then completed a Masters degree in deaf education at Lewis and Clark College in Portland. Ed quickly became fluent in sign language. He taught at the Oregon School for the Deaf and continued working with deaf children at La Conner Elementary School. In 1990, Cindy and Ed moved to Coupeville and built a wonderful life here. Ed loved the Coupeville community. He volunteered with the Coupeville Lions Club for many years, helping with many projects including the Lions Swim Program, but he was most proud to serve as the chair of the scholarship committee. He also loved his work; Ed taught remedial math and reading in the Oak Harbor School District for 23 years. He

Please join us for a celebration of life potluck, Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Nordic Hall, 63 Jacobs Rd, Coupeville. We will gather at 4 p.m. and have a Remembrance at 5 p.m. with food, drink, music and merriment to follow.

Walter Henry Kleffel, LCDR, USN (Ret), longtime Oak Harbor and Bellingham resident, passed away at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center Saturday, Jan. 26, following a brief illness. Mr. Kleffel was born Aug. 28, 1932, in Covina, Calif., to George and Elsbeth (Van Dame) Kleffel. He graduated from Covina High School in 1950, and in 1954, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology from the University of Southern California. Following his college graduation, he was commissioned with the United States Navy. Walt served his country honorably as an A-6 pilot during the Vietnam Conflict, retiring June 28, 1974, having risen to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He then was employed by Whatcom Security for 30 years. He enjoyed woodcarving, photography and drawing as hobbies. Walt married Suzanne Paul in 1954, and the couple had four children through that relationship. His second marriage was to Mary Rettig in 1976. She preceded him in death in 2013. Walt is survived by three daughters, Kathy Mouw (Glenn) of Oak Harbor, Carol Ilyankoff (Marc) of Coupeville and Paula Bailly of Lake Stevens; one son, David Kleffel (Loreene) of Oak Harbor; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives. Walt was a resident of Summer Hill Senior Living in Oak Harbor for two and one-half years and left behind many friends. The family wishes to thank both the staffs of Summer Hill and WhidbeyHealth for their excellent care. A private family service with military honors will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery at a later date. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.

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

Hearts and Hammers Spaghetti Dinner and Volunteer Drive Kickoff Friday, February 8, 4:30-7:30pm Langley United Methodist Church, 3rd and Anthes A fun, social evening with a chance to gather, meet new neighbors and enjoy a delicious dinner for a stellar cause. All-you-can-eat only $5!

“A Streetcar Named Desire” Fridays, February 8, 15, 22, 7:30pm Saturdays, February 9, 16, 23, 7:30pm Sundays, February 10, 17, 24, 2:30pm Thursdays, February 14, 21, 7:30pm Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor Widely regarded as Tennessee Williams’ greatest piece of theater, this iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is an exquisite study of the unraveling of Blanche DuBois, a fading southern belle, born to a once-wealthy family of Mississippi planters. Recommended for mature audiences. Call the box office at 360-679-2237 or email at office@whidbey playhouse.com.

“Shakespeare’s Other Women” Fridays, February 8, 15, 22, 7:30pm Saturdays, February 9, 16, 23, 7:30pm Sundays, February 10, 17, 2:00pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley WICA welcomes the Island Shakespeare Festival to its 2018-2019 Theatre Series with a return of Scott Kaiser’s Shakespeare’s Other Women. Providing audiences with new perspectives of their favorite Shakespeare femmes – and introducing a few never before seen figures – Island Shakespeare Festival will remount it’s sold out 2018 production.

Red Wine & Chocolates! Saturdays, February 9 & 16, 11:00am-4:00pm Sundays, February 10 & 17, 11:00am-4:00pm Enjoy fine wines and spirits made on Whidbey, along with decadent chocolate treats and a souvenir glass to keep! Venues include Comforts Winery & Vineyard, Spoiled Dog Winery, Whidbey Island Distillery, Blooms Winery & 5511 Bistro, Mutiny Bay Distillery and Holmes Harbor Cellars. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, available at the venues listed or online at www.brownpaper tickets.com/event/4026237

Not Your Grandma’s Bingo Chinese New Year 2019 Saturday, February 9, 7:00pm Bayview Hall, 5642 Bayview Rd, Langley Tickets $16 A unique, fun event combining bingo, drag queens, and a variety show. All to help keep local seniors safe, fed, and independent. This is an age 21 and over event. Food and Drinks available for purchase. Contact Senior Resources at 360-321-1600 for more information.

Scouts BSA Girls Troop Informational Meeting Wednesday, February 13, 7:00pm American Legion Post #129, 690 SE Barrington Dr, Oak Harbor Any girls ages 11-17 interested in joining a Scouts BSA Girls Troop are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn about the opportunities Boy Scouts of America can offer them. Scouts BSA is a character-building program that fosters ethical decision-making skills while engaging in fun outdoor activities with friends and adult leaders. It emphasizes

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

Thursday, February 14, 5:30pm Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome Street

Varadi on the importance of local food systems and seed saving. In partnership with WSU Extension Master Gardeners, The Organic Farm School, South Whidbey Tilth and Slow Food Whidbey Island, seed swaps are events where gardeners meet to exchange seeds and are great ways to learn about local seeds and build community around seed sharing. Designed for gardening newbies and master gardeners alike, this swap will provide people an opportunity to get seeds from other local growers and share seeds from their own local harvest. Even if you have nothing to swap, come and get a few seeds; you will then have them to grow and share next year!

Limited seating available must pre-purchase tickets, which are $15 per person and includes dinner. Doors open at 5:00pm. For more information, call 360-279-4580.

​​ Clinton Library Book Group - “Bear and the Nightingale” Wednesday, February 13, 10:00-11:00am Clinton Library

Meet the Author: Sandra Pollard

Everyone is invited to join our book discussion about “Bear and the Nightingale” by Katherine Arden. Books are available to check out a month prior to the discussion at the Clinton Library.

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

Reading with Rover Dogs Wednesday, February 13, 5:00pm Langley Library

Whidbey Quakers

Wednesday, February 27, 5:00pm Freeland Library

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

shared leadership experiences, citizenship, fun, adventure, fitness, and respect. For more information, contact Blake Jones, 360-310-8522, blake.jones@scouting.org or TJ Pierzchala, 360-632-5173, commissionertj@gmail.com.

Be My Valentine Dance Wednesday, February 13, 7:30pm CPO Club, 1080 W Ault Field Rd, Oak Harbor Tickets: $10 per person Featuring music from the SeaNotes Big Band.

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Saturday, February 16, 1:00-5:00pm Langley Whale Center Whidbey author Sandra Pollard will introduce her new book, “a Puget Sound Orca in Captivity - the Fight to Bring Lolita Home.” The book chronicles the extraordinary effort to bring Lolita/Tokatae home to her native waters. Orca Network has called for Tokitae’s release for 20 ears and now the indigenous Lummi Nation, People of the Sea, have joined the fight. The Langley Whale Center is located at 105 Anthes Ave. in Langley and is a project of the Orca Network. Email info@orcanetwork.org for more.

Open Skate Fridays Every Friday, 6:00-8:00pm Roller Barn, 98 NE Barron Dr, Oak Harbor Proceeds support Boys & Girls Club. $5 per skater and $3 for general admission. Last Friday of the month, skate with the Whidbey Island Roller Girls! Sorry, checks not accepted, credit card fees apply. For more information, call 360-240-9273.

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events See schedule below Cost: Free Friday Fun with SAM (Sensory, Art, and Music) Fridays, February 8, 15, 22, 10:00am Freeland Library Join us as we explore stories through the lens of art, sensory activities and music. For toddlers and preschoolers. Each week will include stories along with activities that emphasize that week’s focus. Caregiver required. Painting Roses with Carla Walsh Saturday, February 9, 11:00am-12:00pm Clinton Library Join artist Carla Walsh to learn how to paint watercolor roses in this fun, free class. All materials are supplied. Carla is a local artist and art teacher who provides easy tips for beginning painters.

Read aloud to a loving canine listener. The Reading with Rover program helps kids strengthen reading skills and improve reading confidence. For school-age children with a caregiver. Reading to a dog helps children in many ways. Dogs help to create a safe, non-judgmental, experience, which studies show reduces anxiety, anger, and depression. while increasing self-confidence and self-esteem create a sense of pride and motivation to read independently. Kids LOVE reading to our dogs! Whidbey Reads Presents: Lit for Fun Book Group Thursday, February 14, 9:00-11:00am Freeland Library Join us for a discussion of Matthew Sullivan’s’ “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore,” the 2019 Whidbey Reads book selection. For adults. Meet the author April 19 at Langley United Methodist Church!

Religious Services South Whidbey Community Church Sundays, 9:00-9:45am Adult Bible Study 10:00-11:00am Worship Deer Lagoon Grange, 5142 Bayview Rd, Langley Pastor Darrell Wenzek continues his series on Ephesians with the message, “Your Inheritance: God has great things in store for those who love Him!” Service is followed by a light lunch.

Prayer Group

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

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

Unity of Whidbey Sundays, 10:00am 5671 Crawford Road, Langley

Sundays, 4:00-5:00pm Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Freeland

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 The church and Reading Room are located at 721 SW 20th Court at Scenic Heights Street, Oak Harbor. Call 360-675-0621 or visit christianscience.com Services and Sunday School are also held at 10:30am on South Whidbey at 15910 Highway 525, just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road; testimony meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.

Galleries & Art Shows Art Celebration Friday, February 8, 5:00-7:00pm Garry Oak Gallery, Oak Harbor Celebrate new member artists Gray Giordan, photographer, Roxallanne Medly, ceramics artist, and Lisa Albrecht and Rich Turpin, wood artists, as well as longtime member and watercolor artist Pennie Rees at an art celebration. Rees is introducing her new series of vintage cars set within Whidbey Island landscapes. All are invited to see the new work, meet the artists and have some light refreshments.

Every Tuesday, 4:00-5:30pm St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley

Artists of South Whidbey Demonstration

Make Your Own Valentines Saturday, February 9, 12:00-3:00pm Clinton Library

Charismatic Prayer and Praise group. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Bill at 360-222-4080 or email Sobico@comcast.net.

Tuesday, February 12, 1:00pm Trinity Lutheran Community Building, Freeland

All ages are welcome to stop by to create handcrafted cards for those they love in time for Valentine’s Day. Supplies will be provided.

Filipino Christian Fellowship

Valentine Crafternoon Saturday, February 9, 2:00-3:30pm Coupeville Library Drop in and make a Valentine card or craft to share with the people you love. For children ages 4 and up with a caregiver. Whidbey Island Community Seed Swap Saturday, February 9, 2:00-5:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave. Bring seeds, plants, cuttings and garden knowhow to swap and share. Learn from Aaron

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

Healing Rooms Every Thursday, 6:30-8:30pm 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.

Our demonstrator for February will be Kris Wiltse, a practicing professional artist and illustrator. Wiltse has been creating art for the publishing and packaging markets for more than 30 years. She will be talking and demonstrating tools and techniques for block printing: reduction, multi-block, registration, cutting tools and inks used. Visit www.kriswiltse.com for examples of block prints and artwork.

Meetings & Organizations Whidbey Weavers Guild Thursday, February 7, 10:00am-2:00pm Nordic Lodge, 63 Jacobs Road, Coupeville The 1:00pm program will feature Carol James WHAT'S GOING ON

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Playhouse mounts powerful production with “Streetcar” By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Long considered one of American playwright Tennessee Williams’ best works, Whidbey Playhouse brings the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “A Streetcar Named Desire” to the stage starting Friday and running through Sunday, Feb. 24. This production, under the direction of Ingrid Schwalbe, is at once powerful, intense, honest, gripping and even humorous. With an intricate set and a very talented cast of actors, Schwalbe has woven everything together into an unforgettable show. “I am a huge Tennessee Williams fan,” said Schwalbe, chatting with Whidbey Weekly in the Playhouse’s lobby before the “press night” rehearsal. “I love his writing style – it’s human and yet melodious. “In thinking about what I wanted to direct, “A Streetcar Named Desire” came to mind, provided we could cast the right people,” she continued. “It started with a vision – the cast, the set. To see the cast come together and to see my vision of the set being built from scratch; add in a professional costumer and lighting designer, it all came together. When you have people who see what you see, it’s really wonderful.” For those who may be unfamiliar with the story, it centers on Blanche Dubois, a Southern belle who has lost the family estate in Mississippi and comes to stay with her sister, Stella, and Stella’s husband, Stanley Kowalski, in their two-room

New Orleans apartment. From the start, Blanche wrinkles her nose at Stella’s home and takes an almost instant dislike to Stanley. The feeling is mutual, as far as Stanley is concerned, and so begins a downward spiral, as Stanley becomes more and more abusive to both Blanche and Stella and Blanche’s mental health begins to deteriorate. It is not a feel-good story, by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a story of the human condition and its subject matter is as relevant and important today as it was when Williams wrote it in 1947. “Tennessee Williams was able to tap into the social consciousness of the time,” said Schwalbe. “This was his way of bringing something no one wanted to acknowledge or talk about to light. [His character], Stella, speaks for the #metoo movement of today.” For Fernando Duran, who plays Stanley Kowalski, preparing for this play has been a challenge – how does one imbue a character like Stanley with any kind of redeeming qualities? “What appealed to me about this role is that it is different than any character I’ve ever played,” he said. “Stanley is a very aggressive man. While he does have a gentle side to him, which you see a hint of, all his methods of coping have been challenged and you see him snap. “It’s easy to hate Stanley,” Duran continued, explaining he wrote 10 pages to Schwalbe on how to humanize his charac-

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Tension mounts between Stanley Kowalski (Fernando Duran) and his sister-in-law, Blanch Dubois (Bridget Sievers), in the Whidbey Playhouse production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The show opens Friday and runs through Feb. 24.

ter. “I like that he’s a dedicated husband. I like that he does have the ability to possess a good nature, but you only see that briefly. And I admire his passion; I wish Tennessee Williams would have written a little more of that into Stanley.” “Stanley has to be someone Stella believes is worth staying for,” said Schwalbe. “It’s that age-old dilemma for Stella – ‘I love him; it’s not right what he did, but I love him.’ It’s easy to look at it from the outside and tell someone to just leave, but when you’re in the midst of the heartbreak, it’s really tough.” Perhaps it is seeing those human dilemmas and imperfections played out on stage that makes this production so striking. As in life, all of Tennessee Williams’ characters are flawed in some way. Stella doesn’t want to believe Blanche and she tolerates Stanley’s abuse; Blanche wants to be loved as a means of escaping her reality, but can’t wrap her mind around the concept of telling the truth; Stanley tries to tolerate Blanche’s presence at first, but his suspicions surrounding her truthfulness and his aggressive behavior completely consume him. “I feel Blanche is a very realistic character, or I’ve at least tried to portray her as such,” said Bridget Sievers. “She’s mentally ill and has developed such poor coping mechanisms that hurt both her and the people around her, which is quite relatable, whether you identify with Blanche or the people around her.” “It’s always difficult to bring honesty and life to a character,” said Nate Edmiston, who plays Blanche’s love interest, Harold “Mitch” Mitchell. “Mitch isn’t comprehending Stanley’s behavior and is passing it off as being drunk. He truly can’t see how anyone wouldn’t like Blanche and falls completely for her.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Audiences watch as the rift grows between Stanley (Fernando Duran) and his sister-in-law Blanche (Bridget Sievers), while Stanley’s wife Stella (Sabrina Loomis) deals with his growing aggressiveness towards both women in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” playing Friday through Feb. 24 at Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor.

“We would all hope Mitch would act very differently today, but he probably wouldn’t,” Edmiston continued. “He doesn’t

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Thrills and hills: Annual mountain bike events support local trail maintenance By Kacie Jo Voeller Whidbey Weekly Get ready to take to the trails with two days of mountain bike riding at Fort Ebey State Park for the annual Mussels in the Kettles event and the Cookin’ in the Kettles race, to held on March 2 and 3, respectively. The events, which draw approximately 500 off-island and local riders over the course of the weekend, will benefit two local groups, the Whidbey Island Bicycle Club (WIBC) and Island County Trail Council (ICTC), which work to maintain trails in the area. Matt Plush, who serves as the president of WIBC and co-founded the group along with Brian Wood, said the two events offer different experiences for participants.

Mussels in the Kettles is a non-competitive event geared for riders of all experience levels and features different courses for each skill level, he said. The funds from entry fees go to support WIBC. Currently, entry fees for the event are $30 for an individual and $45 for a family of four, but will go up for day-of registration. There is also an option to have registration fees for the race serve as membership fees for the year for WIBC, Plush said.

Mussels in the Kettles starts at Coupeville High School, where participants can pick up their bib number and enjoy coffee and other refreshments, thanks to a number of sponsors in the community, prior to making their way to the course and starting by 10 a.m.

“The theory behind Mussels in the Kettles is it is basically the funding for the bike club for things like insurance, trail work, rides, and we have also given money to teams to do things like the Ski to Sea race, or put on cyclocross events,” he said.

“Ham Radio Club helps on Saturday with communication and helping keep people safe, and Central Whidbey Island Fire is there, too,” he said.

“We have really great sponsors for the event,” Plush shared. Various groups in the community help to make the event possible, Plush said.

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Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Bicycle Club Fort Ebey State Park offers miles of trails throughout its 651-acres for bikers to enjoy.

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Island Angler With the short days of winter upon us and the unpredictable winds this time of year, fishing the Puget Sound can seem almost off limits to a boat smaller than 26-feet. But for us fish fanatics with a 12-foot aluminum boat or inflatable raft just begging to be taken fishing, there is some fun - and often overlooked fishing opportunities - where fast-approaching evening darkness and light winds still let us wet a line. Our nearby lakes can be a blessing this time of year; many of them have hold-over Rainbow Trout still foraging for a tasty night crawler or flashy lure to bite down on. You may have crossed paths with fishermen who say stocked fish are not very spunky and are pretty dull when it comes to the tug on the line. Planted fish, in the beginning, can be a little short on horsepower; however, any fish that managed to avoid getting caught during the late summer and fall months are now hard fighters. Their flesh is stronger, more colorful, and generally better tasting, mainly due to their lake diet and colder waters. Most of the fish will be between 12- and 15-inches in length and their colors will be bright and shiny. Since the winter water is colder, the fish will be moving a little slower but will still be traveling the lake looking for food. Be patient and cover all areas of the lake if possible to locate them. The strategy I start with on a lake, if I have never fished it before, is to look for any activity like jumpers, or fish just breaking the surface of the water. If there are no obvious indicators, I simply pick any starting point on the lake and place my boat about two boat lengths away from the shoreline and start slowly trolling the entire perimeter of the lake. By watching my depth/fishfinder, it gives me a real-time look at the bottom and hopefully an echo return on a school of fish. I continue trolling until I find biting fish and then stay with the biting fish and re-visit the hot spot until I hook more trout or the bite is off. When enough time is spent fishing the same lake you will find many times the fish will be caught in the same general areas. Here’s a quick look at the methods along with lures and baits I use to land a mess of fresh trout: TROLLING: This is my favorite way to fish for trout - with a 12-foot aluminum boat, a fully charged Deep Cycle marine battery and my electric trolling motor, I can cover a lot of water in search of snappy trout. I always carry a set of oars for Armstrong back-up power. My lure of choice is a size F-4 flatfish in yellow with a speckling of red and black spots. With light test line (4- to 6-pound) and slow troll speeds, it can be trolled without any added weight and

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it will wobble and stay just below the surface. With heavier test line, I thread a small egg sinker onto my mainline and then tie a small barrel swivel on the end of the mainline; this keeps the sinker from sliding down the leader material to the lure. This small change to my terminal gear lets me troll faster and gets the flatfish down into deeper water. CASTING: Casting is a productive way to search for hungry trout, plus it keeps me more active with the rod and reel. From the boat, I can cast 360-degrees searching the water for actively feeding fish and fishing different depths is easy. It’s all relative to lure retrieval speed. Size 2 or 3 chartreuse Bluefox spinners, small chrome Kastmaster’s, and chrome or brass wobbling spoons are my main lures of choice, casting is easily done from shore as well. In recent years, I have been fishing with more braided line. It is strong, light weight and I can cast a mile with the stuff and since there is no stretch, you get a much cleaner feel of the lure’s movement. Fishing with braided line does take some getting used to, but it might be something you want to try. ANCHORED: This is the way to go, especially when fishing with very young anglers. I motor or row to a fishy spot and drop anchor, or two – if the wind is blowing, one on the bow and one on the stern. If I’m fishing with worms or salmon eggs, I rig up with a “Loescher Loop” at the end of my mainline and attach an old school #4 snelled hook to the “Loescher Loop.” Then attach a small- to medium-size bobber or float to the mainline about 18-inches above the baited hook. Gently toss the float and bait out away from the boat and wait for the float to disappear. Be sure to move the float up or down the mainline so the baited hook is suspended above any grass or lake foliage. If I’m fishing with floating baits like marshmallows or PowerBait, I use a slip-rig, consisting of a small egg sinker on the mainline followed by a small barrel swivel, then 15-inches of leader material with a single egg hook attached to the leader’s end. I use just enough Powerbait to conceal the hook - normally about the size of a green pea. I leave just a little slack in my line so when a fish picks up the bait he can take off with the bait without feeling any sudden resistance from the egg weight and possibly spit the hook. The techniques I briefly described are just a few of the many ways to catch trout. They have always worked for me, so give them a try sometime. Be sure to brush up on the state regulations before heading out to fish, and don’t forget to check the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife website for any emergency rule changes affecting the area you want to fish. GOOD LUCK FISHING!

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26 10:37 am, Evening Glory Ct. Requesting phone call referencing setting up civil standby at location; community has blocked off easement, reporting party requesting civil standby to pull barricades that have been set up out of the way. Party has documentation showing plot. 11:41 am, Evening Glory Ct. Advising neighbor disagrees with board’s decision to put barricades up; neighbor has tractor. 12:44 pm, Hill Valley Dr. Reporting party advising found skull, leg bone while on the beach; has not touched or moved the items. 3:27 pm, Hastie Lake Rd. Advising loose pigs in road. THURSDAY, DEC. 27 6:40 am, Roy Rd. Reporting party heard human screaming from woods; sounded femalish; “Ahhhhhhhhh;” heard it five times. 11:11 am, E Sleeper Rd. Caller advising found arrow in backyard with blood on it; not sure if someone was hunting in area; has taken the arrow inside for pickup. 11:58 am, NW Grace St. Advising saw male picking things up and hiding behind bushes; reporting party advising it was suspicious. 12:11 pm, Pirate Lane Caller advising chickens making noise starting at 3 am; reporting party has spoken to owner of chickens a few times. 12:56 pm, Mobius Loop Party in police department lobby requesting to talk to female officer in private; stating daughter’s cats were abducted, they are therapy cats. 1:34 pm, Golf Course Rd. Mini van just crashed into another vehicle; male driver exited, went into bushes. Male driver is walking around. 2:35 pm, Golf Course Rd. Reporting party lives near Rocky Point and wants to know why there are people running around in camouflage; is concerned. 7:43 pm, Boe Rd. Advising ten minutes ago, female went over to her grandmother’s house at location, they started fighting. Reporting party told them to quiet down, grandmother called reporting party a racial slur and said she would “knife” reporting party up and down if she kept saying anything to her. FRIDAY, DEC. 28 10:19 am, Scenic Ave. Caller advising Sunday went to customer’s location to take pictures of work caller has done; when caller approached house, customer let dogs out and they attacked caller; has bruises and bite marks. 11:52 am, Pirate Ln. Advising made complaint yesterday about chicken noise early in the morning; wants to know if animal control contacted them. 1:32 pm, Gainsburough Rd. Caller advising sold washer/dryer to neighbor, just moved into caller’s old residence, now refusing to pay.

2:47 pm, SR 525 Reporting male walking in middle of road; looks like possibly on drugs. 7:45 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Reporting party advising male defecating in shelter next to main building. SATURDAY, DEC. 29 1:31 pm, NE Ernst St. Caller states wife was sexually harassed in April at Lions Club meeting at Elks club. 6:17 pm, SE Fisher Ct. Reporting party advising “Grandma is crazy.” SUNDAY, DEC. 30 12 pm, Coachman Ln. Reporting party just drove by Fakkema, advising vehicle fully engulfed; no one around. Reporting party laid on his horn and no one responded. 5:48 pm, Hughtaylor Ln. Female on line stating needs ambulance, now states did not mean to call state’s police, needing Mexico; disconnected. MONDAY, DEC. 31 1:51 am, Boe Rd. Skagit advising female left Skagit Valley Hospital 20 minutes ago in unknown vehicle; had IV in arm and left against medical advice; Requesting welfare check. 1:58 am, SE 8th Ave. Caller requesting drive by, advising her window is open and is hearing people walk by multiple times. 9:21 am, Cedar Hollow Ln. Requesting call, advising vehicle came to top of his driveway last night at 1 am; advising had blue flashing light on dash; caller requesting whether law enforcement has any information about vehicle and why it was there, if law enforcement-related. 10 am, Discovery Pl. Caller reporting internet attack by stalker in February, 2018; caller states found out when she Googled her name; states she is in the process of obtaining no contact order and her attorney requested she report incident. 10:43 am, SR 20 Requesting call referencing skull found in woods near Deception Pass State Park. 11:24 am, Heller Rd. Agitated male advising a bunch of cars and people doing “stupid stuff” at house; when asked further, caller said just get someone up here and disconnected. 11:37 am, Heller Rd. Party requesting call referencing son refusing to come home from out of state; also, wife took child out of state; advising if law enforcement calls from blocked number, party will not answer. 1:35 pm, SE Pioneer Way Party in lobby to report lost firearm in bathroom of location. 8:33 pm, Devries Rd. Reporting party advising owl smacked into his car; owl is sitting in lap at fire station on Silver Lake Rd. Requesting contact. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.

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Time To Treat Your Valentine!

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Red Wine & Chocolates!

Two Weekends ~ February 9-10 & 16-17, 2019 Venues: Comforts of Whidbey • Spoiled Dog Winery & Vineyard Whidbey Island Distillery • Blooms Winery & 5511 Bistro Mutiny Bay Distillery • Holmes Harbor Cellars

Enjoy fine wines & spirits made on Whidbey, along with decadent chocolate treats & a souvenir glass to keep! Tickets available at Vendors listed or online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event4026237

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BIKE continued from page 7 For those looking for a more competitive option, the Cookin’ in the Kettles racing event is part of the BuDu Racing Series (buduracing.com) featuring a Cat 1, Cat 2, and Cat 3 race, with the first race starting at 10 a.m. There will also be a Bratwurst Feed sponsored by Securité Luxury Gun Club at the event, with the proceeds benefiting the mission of the WIBC and ICTC, Plush said. “This money goes straight back into the trails,” he said. “It’s used for things like tools and fuel.” Plush, who also serves as a board member for the ICTC, said last year the WIBC and ICTC were able to purchase tools including a battery-operated hedger, a Trail Boss rake and handle, a hand saw and fuel. The groups spend hundreds of hours getting the trails ready for the events and repairing and restoring the trails once the events have been held, he shared. “The trails should look better by June after the event than they were in September before the event,” Plush said. The two rides fall on the same weekend as the Penn Cove Musselfest. Mussels in the Kettles is closely connected to the festival and registration includes a token for a free adult beverage for those over 21 at Musselfest’s waterfront beer garden or an ice cream sandwich from Whidbey Island Ice Cream, as well as the chance to win prizes at the festival. Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Students and members of the drama club at Oak Harbor High School will present the Jon Jory adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” opening Thursday at the Student Union Building. Performances will be at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9 and 14-16.

OHHS drama club presents “Pride and Prejudice” By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Members of the Oak Harbor High School Drama Club will present six performances of the Jane Austen classic “Pride and Prejudice,” adapted by Jon Jory, beginning Thursday at 7 p.m. The story centers around the Bennet family and its five daughters. None of the daughters may inherit their father’s estate, so Mr. and Mrs. Bennet must arrange for at least one of their daughters to marry well. At the center is daughter Elizabeth, who learns the hard way that judging too quickly can prove to be a mistake. The play also examines whether it is better to marry for love than to simply make a good match. Under the direction of OHHS instructor and drama club advisor, Micki Gibson, and Eric George, this production features a large cast, all of whom had lessons in what it was like to “date” in the Regency era.

“Eric and I scheduled one of our rehearsals as a “Regency Era boot camp” day,” explained Gibson. “I would say for the kids the most difficult thing was learning how to walk, talk, and act as if they lived in Regency England,” said George. “They all rose to the challenge and Micki and I are so proud of them.” Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9 and 14-16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under. They may be purchased at the door (cash or check) and reservations can be made by emailing ohhsdramaclubreservations@gmail.com with your name, the number of tickets needed, and the performance date desired. “If you are a fan of Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice” and talented kids, then this is one show you will not want to miss,” said George. “Plus, it makes a great date night!”

“It (Mussels in the Kettles) is a poker ride, so there are four card stations where you pick up four cards on the ride, and you can win a prize at Musselfest,” he shared. Plush said prizes will be awarded by 2 p.m. at the WIBC booth at Musselfest headquarters, located in the south lot of the Coupeville Recreation Hall, and recipients must be present to win. The WIBC, which was formed in 2010 with the mission of supporting and promoting cycling on Whidbey Island, offers a number of opportunities for bikers in the communities, with local rides for road bikers and mountain bikers throughout the week, along with discounts for certain area races, Plush said. The WIBC also offers community members a way to give back by spending time keeping the trails accessible and in good shape for all to use. “It is my therapy,” Plush said. “It is something to do, and it keeps me busy. The main thing is, I can go work on trails during the week, and on the weekend, when I go ride with other people, the trails are clear and how we want them to be.” For more information on the the upcoming events and membership in the WIBC, visit whidbeyislandbicycleclub.org. Membership is $20 for an individual and $25 for a family.

STREETCAR continued from page 7 know what a healthy relationship is, let alone how to make one work. In today’s world, he wouldn’t tolerate the physical violence, but outside of that, he would be the same.” “I hope that after people come to our production, they will be more mindful of what they say about and to others as well as how they treat each other,” said Sabrina Loomis, who plays Stella. “Blanche, Stella and Stanley all show different sides of one story. There is always a different viewpoint. “In the end, Stella decides not to believe Blanche’s facts about Stanley and brushes them off as fictional, for attention,” Loomis continued. “Even though she is broken up about it, she still sends Blanche away. That part I feel is relevant. There are so many people who tell their realities, but their realities are brushed off by many as just as a dark fantasy for attention.” Don’t fear all the drama, however. There are plenty of lighter moments worked into the play; once again, Williams’ art is able to imitate life, as even in the midst of anger, we can find humor. In addition, Schwalbe has put her own spin on the show. The set is elaborate and there are more than 100 different props. To help keep audiences engaged during some of the longer set changes, Schwalbe brought in Oak Harbor vocalist Valetta Faye to perform music from the period, which adds another enjoyable layer to the production. For all the play’s intensity, cast members say working together has been fun.

“I’ve really enjoyed working with the cast,” said Duran. “I’m working with some people who are familiar and some who are new. I think the best part for me is getting to know those who are new and making them feel welcome.” “This cast is a perfect mix of actors,” Schwalbe said. “With Bridget [Sievers] and Fernando [Duran], you have professionals with an incredible amount of experience. With Sabrina [Loomis], you have someone who is playing her first primary role and she brings such a sense of innocence to it.” “It transcends time. The play has always been far edgier than the movie,” said Edmiston. “The story is just so rich and you need to see it on stage for it to become alive. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is much more than a thrown dish and a man yelling STELL-LLAHHHHH!” Because the storyline deals with domestic violence, the Playhouse, cast and crew of “A Streetcar Named Desire” will host a talk-back session with CADA, Citizens Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse, immediately following the Sunday, Feb. 17 matinee performance. Representatives from CADA will lead the discussion about the effects, both physical and psychological, of violence against women, families and society. “I hope people take away that there’s a need for honest conversations about mental illness and sexism,” said Sievers. “If these things that happened in the 40s continue to happen today, something is clearly wrong.”

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Stella (Sabrina Loomis) and her upstairs neighbor Eunice (Lisa Judd) discuss how to deal with Blanche’s (Bridget Sievers) state of mind in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” opening Friday at Oak Harbor’s Whidbey Playhouse.

Performances of “A Streetcar Named Desire” begin Friday and will run Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. through Feb. 24. Tickets and information can be found online at www.whidbeyplayhouse.com. Anyone needing more information or assistance from CADA can visit www.cadacanhelp.org. “If you want to see a story of the human experience with humor, drama, with incredible acting, that is visually beautiful and entertaining, this is the show to come and see,” Schwalbe said.

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By Carey Ross A Dog’s Way Home: A lost dog makes a 400-mile journey to find its owners, spreading joy wherever it roams because that’s what dogs do. They can’t help themselves. Fact: I will make it roughly five minutes into this movie before I begin crying and I won’t stop until the end credits roll. ★★★ (PG • 2 hrs. 17 min.) Aquaman: If you happen to see a lot more ladies than is the norm for a comic-book movie lining up to buy tickets, it’s because we are thirsty and Jason Momoa as Aquaman is a tall drink of water. ★★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 23 min.)

Mary Poppins to life rather than remaking the practically perfect in every way original, director Rob Marshall introduces us to three new Banks children and a next-generation magical nanny, played by Emily Blunt (with Lin-Manuel Miranda as her Dick Van Dyke). If the movie itself is as good as the casting, you won’t need a spoonful of sugar for this medicine to go down. ★★★★ (PG • 2 hrs. 10 min.)

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Miss Bala: Gina Rodriguez heads to Tijuana with her best friend, only to find herself in the middle of a cartel war. When her friend is kidnapped, she kicks ass and comes to her rescue–no superhero powers required. ★★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 44 min.)

Escape Room: As soon as escape rooms were invented, it became inevitable that someone would stage a horror movie in one. It’s not even that original an idea considering that half of horror flicks deal in some way with people being trapped somewhere they can’t escape. Try harder, Hollywood. ★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 40 min.) Glass: M. Night Shyamalan reunites several characters from his previous films--Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy--because it’s not enough for him to destroy his own career with spectacularly disappointing movies, he wants to take everyone else down with him. ★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 50 min.) The Kid Who Would Be King: Normally, I’d be tempted to poke fun at this modern-day kid-friendly recounting of the boy who finds the Sword in the Stone, aka Excalibur, and assumes his destiny. However this movie stars Patrick Stewart as Merlin and I think Stewart as a kindly wizard is just what the world needs right now. ★★★★★ (PG • 2 hrs.)

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A SPUD ABOVE THE REST Apparently, February is the month of the potato lover. It doesn’t matter what way, shape or form the food, as long as it’s made of potatoes and you’re partial to it, February is your month. So many things are made from potatoes nowadays; of course, potato chips is the first thing to pop into my mind. Perhaps for some it’s French fries, for others, mashed potatoes. Whatever form your potato-based yummy takes on, celebrate it this month! A potato is commonly thought to be a root because it grows in the ground. They are, however, tubers, which are starchy, rather large stems that grow off short branches known as stolons. This tuber has only grown in popularity since it’s introduction to the world from it’s native South America some 400 or so years ago. There are now around 200 different varieties of potato in the United States alone, categorized under seven different headings: russet, red, white, yellow, blue/purple, fingerling and petite. Each potato varies slightly in terms of its nutrient amount and content but generally speaking, they are all quite similar. Perhaps the texture and the size are what differs most. I have a favorite, personally. Well, two. I happen to favor red and yellow potatoes. I find them to have more bite and they hold their shape, which in my book means I can make the perfect potato salad without them turning into mash. Everyone is different though, so what one person might think is delicious, another won’t. I know a fair few people who favor russet above any other potato and why not? After all, they’re the perfect medium for mashed potatoes and, if making your own French fries, they tend to fry up crispy and golden with very little trouble at all. They’re actually quite versatile when I think of it, because while they make a great golden fry, they also bake up exceptionally well to be paired with toppings such as sour cream, chives, bacon, and cheese. That, in and of itself can be a meal – just add some protein and you have yourself a hearty, simple

dish that’s not only easy to make with endless topping options, it’s tasty too. The red ones are often described as subtly sweet and this could be due to their medium-range sugar content. They tend to be waxy, moist and smooth in texture and I find these characteristics ideal for good old-fashioned potato salad. Given they stay firm during the cooking process, they are also prime candidates for roasting and even stews. A rustic beef stew wouldn’t be as filling and satisfying without the chunks of potato and no potato serves the purpose better than a red one in a beef stew. Of course, you could always turn red potatoes into garlic and herb roasted sides, which is a wonderful accompaniment to roast chicken, gravy and a side of sautéed green beans. Healthy, hearty and oh so very delicious, especially on a chilly PNW evening. Potatoes can be incorporated into just about anything, turned into so many kinds of dishes; it’s really amazing, actually. Whether featuring in addition to another ingredient or playing the staring role themselves, potatoes have a way of endearing themselves to our taste buds. Think of shepherd’s pie, how perfectly the mashed potato topping complements the rich and tender ground beef beneath it. The two work in harmony to create an extraordinary meal. Scalloped potatoes, on the other hand, are front and center. This casserole consists of alternating layers of thinly sliced potato with cheese, milk or cream, garlic and bread crumbs which is then baked until all the cream and cheese is soft and melted and the potato cooked to tender perfection. Of course, this dish has many variations and you can work out what other items you might like to add to the casserole. That’s the beauty of cooking with not just potatoes, but any food really. You can put your own spin on it, get creative and make a dish your own. The great thing about the spud is it needn’t be relegated to lunchtime salads or dinnertime stews. It can be grated and pressed together with an egg, a little flour, some salt to taste and turned into a hash brown. What American breakfast fry up is complete without a

hash brown? Best of all, hash browns can be made into any size and then still turned into a casserole! It’s almost like potato inception - a potato dish within a potato dish. As we can see, the potato is a very versatile, malleable thing indeed. It shouldn’t surprise you then, to know it can in fact make some delectable desserts. I came across a recipe just the other day for something called an Idaho potato cake. Much like the vinegar pie I wrote about a little while back, I figured, surely potatoes cannot make a dessert taste good? Is it not a savory ingredient? But that’s the beauty of food. It can be anything you make it. So, this potato cake calls for the incorporation of mashed potatoes into the batter itself, rendering the cake dense and moist and just marvelous. It can be iced with a drizzle of your favorite icing – orange glaze for example – or spread with a layer of preserves and served with a cup of hot tea. It seems the banal potato is not so boring after all! Dear readers, why don’t we all celebrate the humble tatie this month? Let’s make at least one potato dish and acknowledge their rightful place in our lives! I’m including the recipe for the Idaho Potato Cake and if you try it, let me know how you like it! Please do send all comments, questions and of course any recipes you might like to share to letsdish. whidbeyweekly@gmail.com and we’ll do exactly that – Dish! Idaho Potato Cake 1 cup softened butter 2 cups sugar 1 cup cold mashed potatoes 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups all-purpose flour ¼ cup baking cocoa 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 cup milk 1 cup chopped nuts ½ teaspoon cinnamon (optional) In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the mashed potatoes and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cocoa (and cinnamon). Add this to the potato mixture alternately with the milk. Beat well after each addition. Stir in the chopped nuts. Pour into greased baking pan (13 x 9 inch). Bake at 350°F for 40 to 45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool, slice and serve with whipped cream, preserves or your favorite glaze or icing and enjoy! www.diynetwork.com/how-to/outdoors/gardening/is-a-potato-a-vegetable www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/idaho-potato-cake/ To read past columns of Let’s Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

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American Association of University Women (AAUW) Saturday, February 9, 9:30am First United Methodist Church, Oak Harbor Island County Superior Court Judge Vicki Churchill will speak about the Superior Court system in Washington state and Island County. Please contact Candi Rohr at candirohr@ yahoo.com or Else Harris at elree64@gmail. com for further information. National AAUW is over a $30 reduction in dues to prospective members who sign up at our February meeting.

Whidbey Island Roller Girls Orientation Sunday, February 10, 6:00pm Roller Barn, 98 NE Barron Dr, Oak Harbor This is the first step to boot camp! Boot camp begins Feb. 19 and will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00-7:00pm, and Sundays from 5:00-7:00pm. This is a 12-week program. Visit WIRG.org to register.

W.I.G.S. (Whidbey Island Genealogical Searchers) Tuesday, February 12, 1:00pm Fire Station #25, 2720 Heller Road Jessicca Aws will speak about genealogical resources available at Sno-Isle Libraries and show old photos from the Washington State Archives. All are welcome to attend. For more information about W.I.G.S. go to www. whidbeygensearchers.org.

Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS) Tuesday, February 12, 6:30-8:30pm Fire Station 25, 2720 Heller Road, Oak Harbor Anyone interested in astronomy is invited to attend. There will be short presentations on current topics in astronomy and a good time is guaranteed for all! For more information about ICAS or club events, contact Bob Scott at ICAS_President@outlook.com or visit www. icas-wa.org. For a list of continuous Meetings and Organizations, visit www.whidbeyweekly.com

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This course introduces students to the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary for owning and using a pistol safely. The pistol handling and shooting portion is completed at the NWSA range, located at 886 Gun Club Road, off Oak Harbor Road, where students will learn about safe gun handling, pistol shooting fundamentals, and pistol shooting activities. The Basics of Pistol Course will also help prepare the student for participation in other NRA courses. Students can register online at nrainstructors.org For questions or to register call NRA instructor John Hellmann at 360-675-8397 or email NWSA.Training@gmail.com. Additional information can be found at www.northwhidbey sportsmen.org.

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CHICKEN LITTLE & THE ASTROLOGER By Wesley Hallock

ARIES (March 21-April 19) Whizzing through life doing pirouettes is more or less normal for you. This week packs even more vigor than usual into all that you do. Some of your fancy footwork is going to turn heads. Turn on a dime, nine cents change; that sort of thing.. The freedom to act unfettered is obviously essential. If you lack that freedom, you’ll create it. Imagination is your tool of choice on the 10th, and circumstance your ally. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) It is a great week for gathering some possibly-juicy details about people who intrigue you and topics that attract you. If curiosity isn’t pinging your radar now, a certain eventto-be in the near future just may. A development you can’t explain is likely to capture your full attention. When it does, follow where your curiosity leads. Chances are good that you’ll end the 10th better informed than you began it. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Untested wisdom may be gold, this week, or only hearsay. You learn which by filtering it through the lens of your own first-hand experience. People and circumstance are converging to allow you to do just that In short, you are about to become your own guru. We’re speaking of an ah-hah moment, a knowing you can get only by living it. The promise of the 10th is that if you are ready, the teaching will appear. CANCER (June 22-July 22) A strong and willful drive to achieve is certain to energize you at a critical juncture this week. When that moment comes, trust the fears that could otherwise hold you back to vanish like snowflakes under a hot sun. Until then, put aside all worries that you’re not up to your task. When the chips are down, you may surprise yourself with what you can do. A game-changing event from out of the blue could assist you on the 10th. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You may feel as if side-lined this week, watching others do the things you want to do. Cheer up. The limitations now binding you are soon to pass. Until they do, you are not really out of the game in the way you fear. Even in your position of disadvantage, the promise of a lateral play landing the ball back in your hands is very real. Remain steadfast and alert on the 10th, a day when rote and discipline are your friends. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Extra effort on your part is required to keep life on an even keel this week. The good news is that quick response times accompany all that you do. Even minimal actions on your part can deliver maximum results. You will do more than the minimum, of course; it’s just

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your happiness quotient ticks upward this week in proportion to the financial input of a partner whose past contributions have been, at best, somewhat erratic.Overreactions from that person in response to your say in the matter are quite possible. Let the steam blow off. If it gets you where you’re going in the end, it’s better than no response at all. Patience on the 10th is a plus in matters pertaining to money. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Your way of handling the problem this week should meet with little resistance. Not that everyone will agree with your approach. Far from it. But a speedy dispatch means the matter is over and done before anyone can protest. While others are blinking and wondering what just happened, you will already be seeking bigger fish to fry. Be gracious with those of lesser ability on the 10th, unless you just enjoy burning bridges. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Your insistence on being right could prove costly this week. You may well have the facts behind you, but can you justify the time and effort you will expend in proving yourself? Is there more at stake here than ego satisfaction? Your answers will help you decide what course to pursue. A partner figures prominently in the decision. Be prepared to present your reasoning to them in full detail on the 10th. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Feelings of being invincible are normal and reasonable in light of some of your recent successes. Certainly you are entitled, for those victories came at expense of much hard work. Odds are good this week that the numbers will again fall in your favor. Should they not, don’t take it as a sign that your flush run is over. You will have the things you want. The 10th is important, but not the final word. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) The inevitable outcome of holding a steady course is arrival at one’s destination. No matter what you are working toward, such an arrival is within the scope of your week. Where your hand has wavered along the way, luck may now step in to fill the gap. What at first glance appears to work against you, may turn quickly in your favor. Do not judge too soon on the 10th, and be open to quick turns of fate. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) A favor from someone in position to be of help could be exactly the boost you seek. Keep an open mind and do not succumb to fear and doubt. However dismal be your prospects now, they could change radically in the span of five minutes. The difference is very likely someone older and wiser in terms of special knowledge. Set appearances aside on the 10th and do not presume you know all there is to know.

CLUES ACROSS 1. Iranian village

51. Extinct flightless bird of New Zealand 52. Unique garments

21. Koran chapters 23. In support of

54. True firs

25. One who crunches numbers

56. One who’s not on time

26. A type of school

60. Angry speech

27. Pops

14. Spoken in Cameroon

61. Young children

29. Tears

15. Students’ rights document (abbr.)

62. About aviation 63. This (Spanish)

30. Not influenced by drugs

16. Skin lesion

64. Earns a perfect score

32. Forms a boundary

17. Went over the airwaves

65. People of Ghana

18. Nestle malt drink

66. Founding member of The Grateful Dead

34. Touch quickly and gently

6. Duct 9. Holds potatoes 13. Plant of the goosefoot family

19. Rockets’ point guard 21. Developed the polio vaccine 22. Businessmen 23. Animals have it 24. Atomic number 58 25. Cycles/second 28. Japanese classical theater

35. Stray 37. A period between solar and lunar eclipses

67. Of she 68. Genus of lichens

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40. Third-party access

1. Variety of pear

42. A very large body of water

2. Curved symmetrical structure

43. Infections 47. It might be due to nerves

3. A demon in some cultures 4. Cricket frogs

49. Hall of Fame ballplayer Rod

5. Atomic #45

50. Belittle

6. Abnormal bone joint

52. Type of sword

7. Cain and __

53. Makes very wet

8. Unhappy 9. Dogooder

55. One-time Peruvian money

10. Most babies need _ __ when they eat

56. A shoe typically has one

44. Tide

11. Abdominal pain suffered by babies

57. Not nice

45. Fathers

12. Monetary unit

46. Decay

14. Tendency to suffer from a particular condition

29. Slow nocturnal primate 31. Used in a play 33. One that breaks apart 36. Yellow-fever mosquitos 38. Bag-like structure in a plant 39. Simple wooden shoe 41. Leeches

48. Returned material authorization (abbr.) 49. The Golden State (abbr.)

58. Sea eagle 59. Civil Rights figure Parks 61. Humbug 65. A precious metal (abbr.)

17. Genus of flowering plants 20. It comes up some days

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