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Put Cancer In The Dust! Come join us and see for yourself what Relay For Life is all about!

CANCER Relay Rally: April 10, 7-8pm Oak Harbor Elks Lodge

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When my family moved from Whidbey Island to Arizona, it was a complete change in everything I knew. The contrast of a heatblasted landscape opposed to a temperate rainforest was not lost on me, even as a child. The moment I stepped out of the car, I began counting the days until I returned home to Washington State. One thing western Washington has in abundance that Arizona didn’t have is water. In Arizona, surface water was primarily used for agriculture. Creeks were dry throughout the year, except irrigation ditches. Needless to say, the water was polluted and was not safe for human contact by the time it reached Yuma. This experience gave me a deep appreciation for the clean rivers of Washington State. The awareness of the contrast between Arizona’s and Washington’s water quality is one of the reasons I began working in environmental protection. Whidbey Island is a unique place. All activities on the island have the potential to impact the waters of Puget Sound. Water quality and temperature have huge effects on salmon and forage fish populations. With a few changes in our own daily lives, we can greatly reduce those inputs of pollution and protect our surrounding waters, which we all share. Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants, and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland or coastal water. Unlike the gray water from our home water fixtures, like our faucets, toilets, showers, clothes and dish washers that is dispensed into septic tanks or community sewer systems where it is then treated, anything that enters a stormwater sewer system is discharged untreated and uncleaned into the waters that we use for swimming and fishing. Dirt, oil, and debris that collect in parking lots and paved areas can be washed into the storm sewer system and eventually enter Puget Sound. Often, pollution in Island County watersheds does not come from one significant source, but rather from many smaller sources. Some potential sources of pollution include discharges from poorly functioning septic systems, runoff from land treated with fertilizers and weed control substances, runoff from properties with improperly stored or applied manure, stormwater runoff resulting from rooftops, paved streets and parking lots that pick up an array of compounds – some harmful to aquatic plants and animals – along its way, as well as pet waste and natural decay of vegetation, like leaves from trees.

cially if you have a stream or creek flowing through your property or nearby. The thick shrubbery and trees also filter any contaminants or excess nutrients that might find their way into the water. For a list of native plant resources, consider checking out the Whidbey Island Conservation District’s Backyards & Habitat page at www.whidbeycd.org/backyards-habitat/ With planting season around the corner, consider properly storing your fertilizers and gardening chemicals (i.e. pesticides) where they won’t get into surface water. Increased nutrient (carbon dioxide, phosphorus, and nitrogen) input changes temperature and can lead to dangerous algal blooms that can cause massive die off of fish populations. Fertilizer mixed into stormwater and irrigation runoff from gardens, grass and golf courses eventually flows down the watershed into Puget Sound. Consider avoiding the use of pesticides and fertilizers during the rainy season (October – April). Checking with the forecast and planning to fertilize when there is a 24-hour break in rain can prevent harmful nutrients washing into Puget Sound. For more information about planting season, your garden or farm, and sustainable practices, I recommend you talk with the great folks at the Whidbey Island Conservation District and visit their website: www.whidbeycd.org. Consider regularly inspecting your onsite septic system to ensure it is functioning as designed. We live on a relatively rural island, which means that a large percentage of our population utilizes onsite septic systems. Like your car, a septic system requires regular inspection to ensure it is operating properly. Small problems with the system can cause larger, more expensive problems over time. Finding these small problems early not only protects public health and the natural environment, it protects your pocketbook! Keep up with your maintenance – protect your investment so it does not cause a problem and potentially “drain your wallet.” If you have any questions about your onsite septic system, please contact Island County Public Health to learn about your particular parcel: www.islandcountywa.gov/Health/EH/Pages/ Home.aspx. We are the stewards of the land and of the oceans. We can’t stop everything that goes out into the Puget Sound, but each one of us can take steps to prevent water quality impairment and work together to keep Puget Sound healthy.

Water temperature is critical for supporting the health of salmon species and forage fish. Keeping water temperature low ensures fish eggs’ survival and also prevents the conditions for algal blooms. There are several tips property owners can do that will help to keep water temperatures cool and reduce the potential impacts of stormwater runoff from their properties. A great way to reduce water temperature and help with the filtering of stormwater is to plant woody hedges and trees to shade the water as it goes down the way, espe-

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ON TRACK with Jim Freeman

Was it just me or did you also feel like you were hit with a blast of adrenalin when daylight savings time kicked in? Maybe it is just being able to see the sun for an extra hour every day, but it sure is great.

During my too many years in southern California, after awhile, I just assumed the sun would be there everyday. No big deal. Just another sunshine day. As the San Diego radio weatherman said daily as I drove toward the darkness of our law school’s classrooms, “Night and early morning low clouds from the coast inland to the valleys, clearing by noon.” I don’t recall ever attending an overcast beach volleyball tournament. Our daily extra hour of sun the last few days has reminded me that out of the darkness comes the light, and out of the dark-at-four-inthe-afternoon stuff comes a big bright smile. In honor of springtime smiles, here are a few of my fave reminders collected over the years and under the table: For it is often life’s smallest pleasures and gentlest joys that make the biggest and most lasting differences. Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. ~Sir James M. Barrie Today is unique! It has never occurred before and it will never be repeated. At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally. Forever. But the hours between now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities. ~Charles Swindoll The truly happy people are those who have a source of happiness too deep to be seriously disturbed by ordinary troubles. ~Marian K. Rich Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure; where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness. ~Augustine

setting the liver, stomach, and other internal organs into a quick, jelly-like vibration, which gives a pleasant sensation and exercise, almost equal to that of horseback riding.”

Senor Wences, 103; Professor Irwin Corey,102; George Burns, 100; Bob Hope, 100; Phyllis Diller, 95; Henny Youngman, 91; Jerry Lewis, 91; Victor Borge, 91; Stan Freberg, 88; Charlie Chaplin, 88; Groucho Marx, 87; and Jack Paar, 86. Still going strong are Mort Sahl, 91; Bob Newhart, 90, and Jackie Mason, 88. Seeing Jackie Mason perform about 30 years ago is a memory I rerun often. Mason’s one-liners still work anywhere, for anybody. I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something. It’s no longer a question of staying healthy. It’s a question of finding a sickness you like. Did you ever hear of a kid playing accountant – even if they wanted to be one?

Even though I have never read the classic by Norman Cousins, I remember his title, Laughter is the Best Medicine.

What have we to expect? Anything. What have we to hope for? Everything. What have we to fear? Nothing. ~Edward B. Pusey

No arguments from me.

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. ~Grenville Kleiser Spring unlocks the flowers to paint the laughing soil. ~Bishop Heber The happiness of life is made up of little things – a smile, a hug, a moment of shared laughter. ~Unknown If we are cheerful and contented, all nature smiles...the flowers are more fragrant, the birds sing more sweetly, and the sun, moon, and stars all appear more beautiful, and seem to rejoice with us. ~Orison Swett Marden Faith goes up the stairs that love has made and looks out the windows which hope has opened. ~Charles H. Spurgeon I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful. ~Bob Hope In his 1899 booklet, Cheerfulness as a Life Power, Orison Swett Marden (1848 -1924), a pioneer of the positive thinking movement and founder of Success magazine in 1897, writes: “The power of laughter was given us to serve a wise purpose in our economy. It is Nature’s device for exercising the internal organs and giving us pleasure at the same time. Laughter begins in the lungs and diaphragm,

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Eighty percent of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.

There is no better exercise for the heart than reaching down and lifting someone up. ~Unknown

You are valuable just because you exist. Not because of what you do or what you have done, but simply because you are. ~Max Lucado

Kathie deloris Townsend

“During digestion, the movements of the stomach are similar to churning. Every time you take a full breath, or when you cachinnate (laugh loudly) well, the diaphragm descends and gives the stomach an extra squeeze and shakes it.

So, I Bing’ed the question, asking which no longer living comedians had lived the longest. Bing had no easy answer, so I checked with the authentic authorities at Internet Movie Data Base (www.imdb.com). Long live laughter.

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Marden continues, not knowing he has been unnecessarily interrupted by a fan of old western movies.

According to Dr. Green, a physician quoted by Marden, “There is not one remotest corner or little inlet of the minute blood-vessels of the human body that does not feel some wavelet from the convulsions occasioned by a good hearty laugh.”



Saluda, South Carolina August 13, 1951

No wonder Hoppy laughed all the time. Hoppy was happy. He was vibrating.

Frequent laughing sets the stomach to dancing, hurrying up the digestive process. The heart beats faster, and sends the blood bounding through the body.”

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Surely laughter has been the single greatest factor in keeping me out of the prison of absurdity. Back to my George Carlin records. To close our discussion is a classic anecdote that appears in Mr. Marden’s essay about cheerfulness, referenced earlier. “Nothing can be more delightful than an anecdote of Joseph H. Choate, of New York, the Minister at the Court of St. James. Upon being asked, at a dinner party, who he would prefer to be if he could not be himself, he hesitated a moment, apparently running over in his mind the great ones on earth, when his eyes rested on Mrs. Choate at the other end of the table, who was watching him with great interest in her face, and suddenly replied, ‘If I could not be myself, I should like to be Mrs. Choate’s second husband.’”


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Play ball By the time this paragraph arrives on page three, there will have been a baseball game or two played in Tokyo between our growing pain Mariners and the dugout plumbing problem’ed Oakland A’s. Did the players get to the ball park on a team bus or a team bullet train? We’ll find out. Mariner voice Rick Rizz will know. Anyone who can remember what his Mom put in his Nellie Fox lunch pail that far back surely knows what happened yesterday, in or out of jet lag. Or was Rick’s lunch pail a Luis Aparacio? To read past columns of On Track in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www. whidbeyweekly.com.


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Bits & Pieces tions will go to fund the Skagit Valley College Cardinal Craft Brew Academy Scholarship through the SVC Foundation. Registration is limited, so sign up today at www.eventbrite. com/e/beer-run-skagit-beer-week-part-of-the2019-wa-brewery-running-series-registration-56308344775

39th Annual SICBA Home and Garden Show

The Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association (SICBA), will host the 39th Annual SICBA Home & Garden Show at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon, March 22-24. The show is comprised of a total of 130 indoor and outdoor vendors and displays that relate to just about everything a homeowner might want for any project they might consider. New to the show this year are a variety of make and take classes being offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can learn calligraphy, create succulent gardens or paint a canvas or wood pallet design. For the second year, you can taste local cider, wine, beer and spirits Saturday from 3:00 to 7:00pm while you enjoy live music, food trucks and browse vendors. Ciscoe is back again at noon Sunday to answer all of your gardening questions. Additionally, there are three unique playhouses that were created, custom-built, and donated to the charity of their choice by SICBA members. Attendees of the show and the general public have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets from the charities and win one of the playhouses. Kids can also sign up to participate in the Lego® Build Contest Sunday. The contest is for kids ages 5-12. For more information about the annual Home & Garden Show, please visit www.SICBAHomeShow.com. SICBA is a trade association of builders and associates involved in all phases of the home building industry. Chartered in 1979, SICBA represents some 500 construction-related businesses throughout Skagit and Island Counties. [Submitted by Lianna Neyens, SICBA Marketing and Events Coordinator]

Skagit Valley College Cardinal Craft Brewing Joins 5K-ish Fun Run and Skagit Farm to Pint FEST

SVC Cardinal Craft Brewing will join the second Annual Skagit Farm to Pint FEST Saturday, March 30 from 2:00 to 6:00pm (1:006:00pm VIP) at the Heritage Flight Museum, located at the Port of Skagit. Skagit Farm to Pint FEST is a gathering of 13 Skagit breweries paired with Skagit restaurants and farmers, showcasing local ingredients. Jacob Navarro, The Sky Colony and Whiskey Fever, will be rockin’ the stage! All proceeds go to support the nonprofit Farm Business Incubator and Training Program: Viva Farms. Skagit breweries will be pairing a beer (featuring Skagit Valley grain) and a bite (featuring local ingredients) and offering additional tastings of their choice – expect the most creative and compelling beers the Valley has to offer. Attendees will receive a commemorative glass, 13 new, rare, and classic beers expertly paired with a bite, and additional samples of the breweries second beer offering. Tickets are limited and available online (no door tickets), www. eventbrite.com/e/skagit-farm-to-pint-fest2019-presented-by-the-port-of-skagit-tickets-55526809181 . [Submitted by Arden Ainley, Chief Public Information Officer, SVC]

10th District Reps. Smith and Paul to Host Town Hall Meetings Tenth District residents are invited to attend two town hall meetings being hosted by Reps. Dave Paul and Norma Smith Saturday in Coupeville and Stanwood. At the town halls, the two lawmakers will provide a brief update about the 2019 session and answer questions from attendees. Details are as follows: Saturday, March 23, 10:00-11:30am WhidbeyHealth Medical Center 101 N Main St., Coupeville Saturday, March 23, 2:00-3:30pm Stanwood High School 7400 272nd St. NW, Stanwood Constituents seeking more information may contact the legislators’ offices: Rep. Norma Smith Email: Norma.Smith@leg.wa.gov Phone: 360-786-7884 Rep. Dave Paul Email: Dave.Paul@leg.wa.gov Phone: 360-786-7914 [Submitted by Nick Jacob, Public Information Officer, Washington State House Republican Communications]

Bach’s Flute Sonatas

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Professor at the Conservatory of Music in Lubeck, Germany and formerly organist at the St. Marien Kirche to which Bach walked for three days to hear Dietrich Buxtehude, Hans-Jürgen Schnoor has performed the Goldberg Variations 120 times, perhaps more than any other living harpsichordist. Flutist Jeffrey Cohan is artistic director of the Salish Sea Early Music Festival, and has worked with Hans-Jürgen Schnoor for more than three decades. Please see www.salishseafestival.org/whidbey for additional information. Admission is by suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25 (a free will offering), those 18 and under are free. [Submitted by Jeffrey Cohan]

Langley Whale Center Hosts Author Monika Wieland Shields Meet San Juan Island author Monika Wieland Shields, author of the new book “Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern Residents.” Monika will be at the Langley Whale Center, 105 Anthes Ave., Langley, Saturday, March 30 from 11:00am until 3:00pm to sign books and answer questions. The southern resident killer whales are icons of the Pacific Northwest, a beloved population of orcas considered the most-watched whales in the world. Despite decades of research and focused conservation efforts, they are on the brink of extinction. From the capture era and the beginning of killer whale research to the whale-watching boom and endangered listing, the whole story of the southern residents is told here. “The southern resident orcas are the world’s best studied, most humanly abused population of orcas, and it is through their sacrifices that we have learned much about them, about the living world, and about ourselves. They deserve a new era of love as payback from us. This wondrous and important book explains why, and how we will accomplish that task,” said Carl Safina, author of Beyond Words; What Animals Think and Feel Monika Wieland Shields is the co-founder and president of the nonprofit Orca Behavior Institute, which conducts non-invasive behavioral and acoustic research on the orcas of the Salish Sea. She has been studying, photographing, and sharing stories about the southern resident killer whales since 2000. She lives on San Juan Island, Wash. [Submitted by Wendy Sines, Langley Whale Center]

Earth & Ocean Month 2019 Officially celebrated April 22 each year, Earth Day is observed on Whidbey Island during the whole month of April. Collectively known as Whidbey Earth and Ocean Month, activities appeal to a wide range of interests, ages, and backgrounds. The theme of 2019 is “Teaming for Climate Action Today!” Activities include all-day festivals, lectures, art shows, work parties, field trips, and more. Participating organizations include Goosefoot, the Greening Congregations Collaborative, Island Transit, Orca Network, Pacific Rim Institute, Sno-Isle Libraries, South Whidbey Tilth, Whidbey Institute, Whidbey Watershed Stewards, and more.

Skagit Valley College Cardinal Craft Brewing (www.skagit.edu/craftbrew) invites you to join them Saturday for a 5K-ish Fun Run around the trails and breweries at Port of Skagit. This run kicks off the second annual Skagit Beer Week (www.skagitbeerweek.com). The three-mile course, which starts and finishes at SVC’s Cardinal Craft Brewing Academy, weaves through the Port of Skagit trails and will take you by Skagit Valley Malting, Garden Path Fermentation, Chuckanut Brewery, and Flyers Restaurant & Brewhouse. Run, walk, jog (at whatever pace you like) and collect four beer tokens at the finish line. Redeem your tokens at any, or all, of the breweries. All participants get to enjoy a craft brew and take home a collector’s swag item from the Brewery Running Series, goodies and giveaways from event partners and sponsors, plus a chance to win door prizes. Registration also earns you an invitation to enjoy the day’s entertainment, local vendors, and fun with the sponsors.

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Bringing it all together in one location, an Earth Day Kick-off Event will start things off Tuesday, April 2 from 5:30 to 7:30pm at the South Whidbey High School Commons. The event includes over a dozen information and resource tables, kids activities, the Taming Bigfoot Carbon Footprint Challenge, and keynote speaker Peter Morton. The kick-off is free and open to everyone. Flutist Jeffrey Cohan and harpsichordist Hans-Jürgen Schnoor will perform the sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach in Bach’s Flute Sonatas Saturday, 7:00pm at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Church, 5217

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Put Together a Professional Team to Help You Reach Your Goals

As you work toward achieving your goals in life, you will need to make moves that contain financial, tax and legal elements, so you may want to get some help – from more than one source. Specifically, you might want to put together a team comprised of your financial advisor, your CPA or other tax professional, and your attorney. Together, this team can help you with many types of financial/tax/legal connections. For starters, you may decide, possibly upon the recommendation of your financial advisor, to sell some investments and use the proceeds to buy others that may now be more appropriate for your needs. If you sell some investments you’ve held for a year or less and realize a capital gain on the sale, the gain generally will be considered short-term and be taxed at your ordinary income tax rate. But if you've held the investments for more than a year before selling, your gain will likely be considered long-term and taxed at the lower, long-term capital gains rate, which can be 0%, 15% or 20%, or a combination of those rates. On the other hand, if you sell an investment and realize a capital loss, you may be able to apply the loss to offset gains realized by selling other, more profitable investments and also potentially offset some of your ordinary income. So, as you can see, the questions potentially raised by investment sales – "Should I sell?" "If so, when?" "If I take some losses, how much will they benefit me at tax time?" – may also be of importance to your tax advisor, who will need to account for sales in your overall tax picture. As such, it’s a good idea for your tax and financial advisors to communicate about any investment sales you make. Your tax and financial advisors also may want to be in touch on other issues, such as your contributions to a retirement plan. For example, if you are self-employed or own a small business, and you contribute to a SEP-IRA – which is funded with pre-tax dollars, so the more you contribute, the lower your taxable income – your financial advisor can report to your tax advisor (with your permission) how much you’ve contributed at given points in a year, and your tax advisor can then let you know how much more you might need to add to move into a lower tax bracket, or at least avoid being bumped up to a higher one. Your financial advisor will be the one to recommend the investments you use to fund your SEP-IRA. Your financial advisor can also help you choose the investment or insurance vehicles that can fund an estate-planning arrangement, such as an irrevocable living trust. But to establish that trust in the first place, and to make sure it conforms to all applicable laws, you will want to work with an attorney experienced in planning estates. Your tax professional may also need to be brought in. Again, communication between your various advisors is essential. These are but a few of the instances in which your financial, tax and legal professionals should talk to each other. So, do what you can to open these lines of communication – because you’ll be one who ultimately benefits from this teamwork. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation.

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Financial Advisor 630 SE Midway Blvd. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 (360) 679-2558 jeffery.pleet@edwardjones.com

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www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OWNED features artwork made exclusively from recycled and re-purposed materials from local artists. On view now through April 28. For more information, call Marian Myszkowski at 360-321-4232. Art Show: Science, Art and History of the Salish Sea in the Front Room Gallery in Bayview features works related to the Salish Sea and its environs by local artists. On view now through April 26. For more information, contact Frankie Peticlerc at 360-321-4145. Welcome the Whales Festival in downtown Langley Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 features a parade, children’s activities, music, a beach cleanup, and whale watching. Meet at the Langley Methodist Church Saturday at 11:00am and Sunday at 10:00am to join the fun. For more information, visit www. orcanetwork.org or call 360-331-3543. Additionally, Island Transit will offer a guided tour leaving from the Oak Harbor Walmart stop at 10:15am and heading to the festival with plenty of information and stories. For more information, call 360-678-7771. Why All the Excitement About Electric Vehicles? Tony Billera, advanced transportation consultant, will provide information and considerations about current electric vehicles now available, ownership cost/benefit, residential EVSE equipment and charging networks, evolving transportation electrification, upcoming vehicles, and Q&A Saturday, April 20, 4:30pm at the Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave, Clinton. Prairie Days Festival April 27-28 at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship in Coupeville, features guided tours, a native plant sale, and more at 180 Parker Road, Coupeville. For more information, call 360-678-5586. Movies, work parties, and additional lectures and gatherings will take place throughout Whidbey during the month of April. [Submitted by Sami Postma, Goosefoot]

Next to Normal A Feel-Everything Rock Musical Winner of three Tony® Awards, including Best Musical Score, and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal, is an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, April 5 – 20. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. With an energetic pop/rock score, Next to Normal, book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, is an emotional powerhouse that will take you into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy, and heart. This show is suitable for mature audiences. “Next to Normal is the best kind of emotional storytelling. It’s funny, heartbreakingly tender and stunningly beautiful. Come ready to “feel everything,” but above all, just come. This is one of the strongest cast, band, and creative teams WICA has ever assembled. This is a show and an experience you won’t want to miss,” said director Deana Duncan. Next to Normal is directed by Deana Duncan, musical direction by Sheila Weidendorf, and features cast members Melanie Lowey, Ken Stephens, Ada Faith-Feyma, Josh Pulley, Gabe Harshman, and Alexander Matthews. A stellar live band of local musicians including Scott Small (drums), Troy Chapman (guitar), Gerry Reed (bass), Brian Kenney (violin), James Hinkley (cello), and Weidendorf on piano. Set Design and Lighting by David Mackie who works at the Village Theatre. “This play is pertinent to anyone who has ever loved anyone who has struggled with mental illness, to anyone who has ever had to reach deep within to face their own demons or transcend their own limits–or to anyone who is human!”said Weidendorf.

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Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, $17 for youth, and $15 for matinee. Show times are Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm. Piano Bar opens one hour before each performance. Thursday, April 4 is a Pay-WhatYou-Will at 7:30pm. Tickets available at the WICA Box Office by calling 360-221-8268 or online at https://tickets.wicaonline.org [Submitted by Fritha Strand, Marketing Director, WICA]

Langley Street Dance Call for Artists Langley Main Street Releases Request for Proposals for Entertainment The Langley Main Street Association (LMSA) is accepting submissions from bands/artists to provide entertainment for the annual Langley Street Dance to be held July 13. The Street Dance will be conducted on Second Street in front of the old Langley Firehouse from the hours of 7:00-10:00pm. The time will be divided between two groups of entertainers. Each entertainment group will receive $1,000 for their performances. Applications including links to recent work must be submitted by March 29 for consideration. For complete RFP guidelines, go to www.LangleyMainStreet.org Event Information: The Langley Street Dance is held annually on Second Street in Langley, in front of the old Langley Firehouse from 7:0010:00pm in mid-July. About LMSA: The Langley Main Street Association is a non-profit organization that focuses on economic revitalization and historic preservation in Langley. For more information, contact Michaleen McGarry at mainstreet@whidbey.com [Submitted by Michaleen McGarry, Langley Main Street Association]



Langley Street Dance Call for Artists Langley Main Street Releases Request for Proposals for Artwork The Langley Main Street Association (LMSA) is accepting submissions from artists to prepare artwork to advertise the Langley Street Dance to be held Saturday, July 13. The artwork will be used for posters and T-shirts. The artist or artists selected will receive a $250 stipend to cover their costs. Artists may submit up to two works for consideration. The work must be submitted by March 29 for consideration. Selected artwork must be original work completed by the submitting artist/ collaborative artists. Preference will be given to South Whidbey artists. For complete RFP guidelines, go to www.LangleyMainStreet.org Event Information: The Langley Street Dance is held annually on Second Street in Langley, in front of the old Langley Firehouse from 7:0010:00pm in mid-July. About LMSA: The Langley Main Street Association is a non-profit organization that focuses on economic revitalization and historic preservation in Langley. For more information, contact Michaleen McGarry at mainstreet@whidbey.com [Submitted by Michaleen McGarry, Langley Main Street Association]

VFW Auxiliary Announces KickOff of Annual Patriotic Art Scholarship Contest VFW Auxiliary Whitehead-Muzzall Post 7392 is excited to announce the kick-off of the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest. Local students in grades 9-12 have the opportunity to compete for $29,500 in national scholarships. Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to District competition (if applicable) with District winners advancBITS & PIECES

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Lions Club Blood Drive Thursday, March 21, 11:00am-5:00pm Coupeville United Methodist Church, 608 N Main St. Sponsored by the Coupeville Lions Club. One pint of blood can save three lives and together we have helped save hundreds of lives in our community hospitals throughout Western Washington. To donate, just drop in or you may schedule an appointment: DonorSched@ Bloodworksnw.org or call 1-800-398-7888. For more information, call Sue Hartin at 503-789-3595.

Island Herb Vendor Day Thursday, March 21, 2:00-5:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Northwest Cannabis Solutions 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.

Live Music: Original Jim Thursday, March 21, 6:00pm Flyers Restaurant & Brewery, Oak Harbor Forged from the vocal jazz and a cappella scenes, and honed on pop, rock, folk, country and blues, Jim sets up a solid foundation for his tunes with creative arrangements, tasty improvisation, a little keyboard, strong vocals, rhythmic guitars and a fresh approach to percussion. No cover. For more information, call 360-675-5858.

Groovin’ on the Rock Friday, March 22, 7:00pm Sunday, March 24, 3:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland Whidbey Island Orchestra, Cynthia Morrow, Music Director, and Gabriela Garza, Asst. Conductor, presents “Groovin’ on the Rock Concert” with classical renditions of Rock & Roll icons. Featuring The Empyrean Quartet performing rock classics in strings arranged by James Hinkley. Come dressed in your favorite rock concert costume! Admission is free. Reception to follow.

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The King is Back – Elvis Saturday, March 23, 6:00pm Oak Harbor Senior Center, 51 SE Jerome St. This fun-filled evening will include music by Elvis impersonator, Shane Cobane, dinner, and photos with the King! Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner; limited seating is available, must pre-purchase tickets. Doors open at 5:30pm. For more information, call 360-279-4580.

Live Music: The 3 of Us Saturday, March 23, 7:00-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Great Jazz, Latin Jazz and other favorites live on stage. No cover. For more information, call 360-682-5747 or visit www.penncovebrewing. com

Local Artist Series: Wind & Rain Hoedown, Hoopla and Gala Extravaganza!

Join Sound Water Stewards of Island County on their annual gray whale watching fundraising cruise aboard the “Glacier Spirit.” The $75 per adult fee gives you a two and a half hour cruise, appetizers, beverages and on-board naturalists. To reserve space, sign-up on-line at http://soundwaterstewards. org/events/whales/ or email events@ soundwaterstewards.org or call 360-6784401.

Word on the street is that a Wind & Rain gig is a helluva lot of fun! For the Local Artist Series, Wind & Rain is throwing a “hoedown” dance party in which attendees are also participants in the show. “Dress down” by dressing up in casual or “Ol’ Timey” country attire (encouraged, but not required!). Think early PNW lumber, farming or mining towns for inspiration! Best dressed prizes will be awarded! Piano Bar opens one hour prior to the event. For tickets or more information, call 360-221-8268 or visit www.wicaonline.org

Music, Movement and Dementia Thursday, March 21, 10:00-11:30am Freeland Library

Island Herb Vendor Day Thursday, March 28, 2:00-5:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Kouchlock 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.

Whidbey Island Roller Girls vs DYDD Trampires Saturday, March 30, 6:00pm Oak Harbor Intermediate School, 150 SW 6th Ave

The Grammy Award-nominated Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date.

Live Music: Ike & The Old Man

Sam Reider is an American accordionist, pianist, composer, and singer-songwriter. He’s been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR and collaborated with pop stars, jazz and folk musicians around the world. For tickets or more information, call 360-416-7727 or visit McIntyreHall.org

Live Music: Original Jim

Molly Egan, a feisty, salty-tongued activist nun in her early 70s and District Court Judge Henry Pulaski, a conservative jurist in his 60s, develop a grudging respect for each other and eventually, the two begin to hear each other out on

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Saturday, March 23, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley Tickets: Adults $22, Youth $15

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Sea will be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm and will include fun children’s activities, marine equipment demos, information booths, fire and rescue demos, paddle boards, boats, full size whale skeleton, FREE hot dogs and chili and more! For more information about Jamboree by the Sea, email tedmiok@yahoo. com. For more information about the Swap Meet or to RSVP, call Mark Casteel at 360-2401546.

Saturday, March 30, 7:00-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville A father and son duo playing amazing music from the 60s to present. No cover. For more information, call 360-682-5747 or visit www. penncovebrewing.com Sunday, March 31, 4:00pm Bloom’s Winery Tasting Room, Freeland Forged from the vocal jazz and a cappella scenes, and honed on pop, rock, folk, country and blues, Jim sets up a solid foundation for his tunes with creative arrangements, tasty improvisation, a little keyboard, strong vocals, rhythmic guitars and a fresh approach to percussion. No cover. For more information, call 360-321-0515.

Jamboree by the Sea and Marine Swap Meet Saturday, April 6, 8:00am-4:00pm Catalina Park, Oak Harbor Marina, 1401 SE Catalina Dr. Hosted by the Deception Pass Sail & Power Squadron, the annual free Jamboree by the

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Why do people living with dementia respond positively to music, movement, and rhythmic sound like poetry and prayer? Join Kathleen Landel and find out. Learn how brain changes with dementia effect some parts of the brain, yet leave skill in other parts of the brain. You’ll take away ideas and resources you can use to gain cooperation, and bring joy, to someone living with dementia. Kathleen Landel, The Caregiver Coach, is a dementia care educator and trainer and has been a family caregiver for ten years. Women in History Thursday, March 21, 3:00-4:00pm Oak Harbor Library Celebrate Women’s History Month. Remembering and recounting tales of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, and commitments inspires today’s generations and opens the way to the future. Whidbey Reads Presents South Whidbey at Home Book Group Thursday, March 21, 3:00pm Freeland Library Join us for a great book discussion of Matthew Sullivan “Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore,” our 2019 Whidbey Reads Book. Everyone is welcome! Rock Your World Rock Painting For Teens & Tweens Friday, March 22, 2:00-4:00pm Coupeville Library Drop in, chat with friends while you paint your heart out with materials we provide. For ages 8 and up. Whidbey Reads Presents Made By Hand Altered Books Saturday, March 23, 10:00am-12:00pm Freeland Library Discover your creativity! Make art with old books. Bring your imagination, and we’ll supply the rest. Local artist Liesel Lund will share her favorite mixed media techniques for altering books, along with examples from her own books. Return home inspired for hours of creating. No art experience needed. All materials provided. Feral Vision: Journey to the Last Frontier Saturday, March 23, 6:30-8:30pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave. Join local professional photographer Holly Davison on an incredible photographic journey to Alaska. From planning, to on-location

www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OPERATED shooting, to finding impactful compositions on the fly, Holly will help you maximize your time while balancing the needs of those non-photographers in your traveling party. LEGO® in the Library Sunday, March 24, 2:00-3:30pm Coupeville Library Build your best with LEGO® in this open session for creating by yourself or with a building buddy. For ages 5 and up. Albatross - A Documentary Film by Chris Jordan Thursday, March 28, 2:00-3:45pm Freeland Library Recommended for ages 12 and up. “Albatross” is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on Earth, albatross chicks lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic. Returning to the island over several years, Chris Jordan and his filming team witnessed these magnificent creatures as a multi-layered metaphor for our times. The public is invited to meet Chris at one of two free lectures in May: in Langley May 3 at 7:00pm, and in Coupeville May 4 at 7:00pm.

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 Sunday, March 24: Pastor Darrell Wenzek: Christ and His Church-Not only what He has done, but what He continues to do. Services are followed by a light lunch.

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

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

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

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.

Meetings & Organizations Volunteer Informational Meeting Thursday, March 21, 9:30-11:30am Fort Casey State Park Office, Coupeville Do you enjoy talking to people about history? Do you know someone who does? Fort Casey State Park illuminates central Whidbey Island’s costal defense for visitors near and far and is are looking for volunteer tour commanders to join the dedicated volunteer battalion at Fort Casey. This meeting is free to attend. For more information, contact Jackie French, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission at 360-678-1186 or 360-544-2457. WHAT'S GOING ON

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WhidbeyHealth CEO to retire Geri Forbes, CEO of WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and Clinics, has announced her plans to retire as of July 1. In a release from WhidbeyHealth, Forbes said she plans to spend more time with family and friends as she transitions to the next phase of her life. However, she said she can’t leave without thanking her co-workers, whom she credits with providing Whidbey Island with the excellent rural health system it is today. “Of the many organizations in which I’ve collaborated, I am the most proud of the contribution to our community I’ve seen provided by this team, who treats you as if you were family and always maintains quality of care as a top priority,” Forbes said. “I have spent over 40 years working to support the health of others and now I look forward to having time to work on my own wellness and well-being.” During her time at WhidbeyHealth, a new 39-bed, state-of-the-art, inpatient care wing and enhanced surgical admit and discharge unit was completed. Optimization of the electronic health record system and a modernization of the hospital café were also completed. “WhidbeyHealth is more than a small, local rural hospital. We provide top-tier healthcare services within our continuum of hospital and clinic services,” Forbes said. “Our dedicated and expertly-staffed WhidbeyHealth Family Birthplace is here for you at the start of life, and our deeply caring and compassionate Hospice and Palliative Care Program will support you at the end of your life’s journey.” According to the release, WhidbeyHealth (then Whidbey General) had lost money for several consecutive years when Forbes began in 2015. A rebranding initiative was completed to help patients better identify all WhidbeyHealth locations and services with a new shared name and logo. A positive fiscal turnaround was attained until 2018, when changes in pharmacy chemotherapy-drug preparation standards changed. This required the hospital to outsource chemotherapy drugs or shut down the cancer services program, until new equipment and air-exchange requirements were met. With the approval of the Hospital Board of Commissioners, it was agreed to continue the cancer care program in the best interest of patients. An anticipated loss was underestimated, however, as construction of the new pharmacy took twice as long to complete.

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Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Orchestra The Empyrean Quartet plays a feature role in two “Groovin’ on the Rock” concerts this weekend by Whidbey Island Orchestra. Pictured from left are Dustin Scharwat, Jasmin Graner, Owen Boram and Avrey Scharwat. Performances will be held Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland.

Whidbey Island Orchestra is feeling groovy By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Prepare to get your groove on with Whidbey Island Orchestra. The group is offering two performances of its “Groovin’ on the Rock” concert featuring the Empyrean Quartet this weekend – at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freeland. Admission is free but donations are happily accepted. Costumes are also encouraged, so break out the bell bottoms and the fringed leather vests if you have them! Conductor Cynthia Morrow said the performances will be a trip down memory lane for many and a great introduction to classic rock for others. “The theme of our up-coming Whidbey Island Orchestra concert is “Classic Rock,” which features some of the music that played an important role in defining life in the mid-1960’s through the 1970’s,” she said. “It will be nostalgic for many of us and educational in a very fun way for those who were too young to have experienced this remarkable time in our history.” This era, often known for free love, the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement (to name a few), was accompanied by a soundtrack featuring some of the greatest rock and roll music ever written. The symphonic link between rock bands and traditional orchestras has always existed, according to Morrow, making these compositions a natural choice for Whidbey Island Orchestra to play. “The Beatles, The Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Journey, and The Doors all started out as basic rock and roll bands, but soon they added orchestral instruments to their recordings,” she said. “The sound of rock bands blended with symphonic instruments was often used in film as well, and eventually we had classic rock operas such as “Pinball Wizard” and “Quadrophenia” by Peter Townsend of The Who being performed by classical symphony orchestras all over the world.

Photo Courtesy of WhidbeyHealth Geri Forbes, CEO of WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and Clinics, will retire July 1. Forbes has been with the facility since 2015.

“The Beatles’ wonderful use of strings, woodwinds, horns, and percussion throughout their career inspired other bands to do the same,” Morrow continued. “We have been able to find great instrumental arrangements of the aforementioned bands that give the

flavor of the genre but also work beautifully for a large orchestra such as ours.” Since WIO is an orchestra with players of all ages, the music was more familiar to some members than to others and challenging to play for everyone. “This is not easy music for classical instrumentalists to learn, because the rhythms are tricky, not something to which they’re normally exposed unless they’re recording for film or ‘sweetening’ rock albums in Hollywood or Nashville or New York,” Morrow said. “I wanted our orchestra to experience finding a groove, learning new riffs, and reading complex rhythmic patterns. It’s a ‘feel thang’ that takes time, practice, and familiarity. I think the orchestra is sounding fabulous, frankly, and I’m proud of how quickly everyone has been able to put on their rock ‘n’ roll hats while keeping up their symphonic chops.” Part of the beauty of WIO’s all-ages approach is that instrumentalists of all levels actively participate. Morrow points to members like cellist James Hinkley, who wrote three arrangements for string quartet for this concert, and drummer Steve Buff, an active mentor to young percussionists in the group, who has led them through some of the more difficult portions of the musical selections. A change in musical styles gives many members the opportunity to play to their strengths. “Whidbey Island has some incredible musicians living and working among us, so by varying the types of music we perform, we can utilize a large range of talents within our orchestra,” Morrow said. The songs to be performed are classic rock favorites, although some concessions have been made to adapt the pieces to an orchestra. Take guitars, for instance. The instrument is not part of a traditional “orchestra,” so guitar parts will be played by other instruments. And, while rock bands are known for playing extended versions of each song, the WIO version will feature more songs and shorter arrangements.

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8:23 pm, SR 20 Advising possible body in road, southbound lane; reporting party is refusing to get out of vehicle to check and see; may be an animal, believes is a body. TUESDAY, JAN. 29 3:43 pm, SR 20 Caller advising employee who was fired just came in, went into office, took files and paperwork for all employees and left out front door. WEDNESDAY, JAN. 30 3:09 am, SW Terry Rd. Caller advising just heard someone screaming “I’m dying.” Heard two minutes ago, hasn’t heard anything since being on the phone. 1:06 pm, E Fakkema Rd. Reporting party is with Meals on Wheels; went to deliver a meal 30 minutes ago, no answer at door and blood spatter on door, appeared to be dry. 1:15 pm, Cornet Bay Rd. Caller advising was called names in bathroom earlier; parties separated, unknown who person was, requesting call. 1:24 pm, W Fakkema Rd. Advising loose cow. Caller thinks it belongs to newer module home on Fakkema. Vehicle 48 advising of the same, ICOM working on reaching homeowner. 1:48 pm, NE Midway Blvd. Caller advising he just bought a hamburger from McDonalds and it was raw. 4:12 pm, Ault Field Rd. Reporting party advising turn signals are not giving people enough time to get through. THURSDAY, JAN. 31 3:43 pm, Layton Rd. Caller concerned bank is going to come take his truck; bank pulled money out but they are saying he did not make payment. Party called from S10, no plate available. Will be at home address for contact. FRIDAY, FEB. 1 1:12 pm, East Harbor Rd. Reporting party advising issue with house next door building a two-story structure; confronted them and things escalated. 1:23 pm, SR 20 Party requesting call referencing persons para-sailing on Crockett Lake; party believes no one is supposed to be doing this as it is a preserve. 6:21 pm, 1st St. Caller advising male driver in silver Ford F150 has backed into reporting party’s vehicle multiple times; appears to be intoxicated, driver sitting in vehicle, just removed the keys from the truck. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.

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NETTING AND RELEASING OUR CATCH The netting, handling, and releasing of fish applies to almost all species that swim in fresh and saltwater around the world, but most of the talking points in this column will be focused on the fish we island anglers will primarily encounter while fishing in our surrounding waters. Speaking of the word “encounter,” it is the term the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) uses to describe a fish that has been hooked and brought to the boat or beach, whether the fish was kept - if of legal size - or released. At this point, the WDFW considers it an “encounter.” With the low numbers of returning salmon and the local bottom-fish under protection, the efforts we make to release uninjured fish will help speed recovery. After we have caught the fish, then what do we do? Basically it comes down to what we plan to do with it - keep the fish for dinner, no problem, bleed them and get them on ice quickly to preserve the flesh. If the plan is to release the fish, do your best to release the fish uninjured and avoid injury to yourself in the process. Protecting the Fish: Play the fish as quickly as possible without losing him; a long battle can build up toxins in a fish’s body which could lead to death. Fish have a natural protective coating of slime on their bodies; try to land the fish in a way that wipes as little of this slime off as possible. Pre-wetting your hand can help with this. If you can release the fish without bringing it aboard is even better, the WDFW sometimes hands out a “de-hooker;” it’s a simple half-inch round wooden dowel 22-inches long with a teacup hook screwed into one end. Use the de-hooker’s teacup hook to grab the shank of the hook in the fish’s mouth and pull it free; almost no handling of the fish is required once you get the hang of it. Hold fish correctly for pictures; holding a bass by its lower jaw and lifting on it until the body is parallel to the ground can break the jaw or stretch the muscles of the fish’s mouth to the point it can no longer feed. Use both hands to support the fish until pictures are taken, then return the fish gently back into the water, don’t just throw them back hard against the water. Protecting Your Hands: You definitely DO NOT want to lip-grab a lingcod - they have a mouth full of needle-sharp teeth. Slipping your hand carefully between the lingcod’s cheek-plate and first gill is the only way I’ve found to handle a ling by the head. Catfish have sharp ice pick-like pectoral fins that leave a nasty stinging sensation if they poke you; I hold a catfish around these fins as if I were holding a split-finger baseball. Dogfish sharks do not have the teeth of a Great White, but they can leave a nasty bite if given a chance; I try to avoid the head all-together.

Using Nets: A net is one of the most common ways to land fish, especially in fresh water. Nets come in many sizes and shapes, generally to match the waters you are fishing. When my son and I fish the rivers, we like a net where the top of the hoop is flat; it works well in shallow water. The capture width is wider, making it easier to scoop the fish off the bottom, if necessary. Most nets are made of rough nylon, but there are nets made completely of rubber or are rubber coated. A soft, supple nylon is used to make knotless nets; many rivers like the Skagit require us to use a knotless net with steelhead. Nets are another option for a quick fish release; once netted, you have the option to keep the fish and the net in the water and remove the hook at this point, never removing the fish from the water. Nets can be your best friend, or a pain in the rear. Hooks get easily tangled in the net, especially treble hooks, and nets can spook fish. My friend always painted the bright, shiny silver or gold hoops of his nets black. Treat your nylon nets like you would a spool of fishing line - keep them out of the sun during storage and always check for frays and broken sections. Don’t let that keeper fish escape because of a damaged net.

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Gaffs: Gaffs are generally brought out for big fish like Halibut and big Lingcod around here and they generally mean business; injury to fish is going to happen. Treat them with respect and keep them sharp! Lip Grips: Lip grips have been around for awhile, but new designs have made them a little more user-friendly They allow an angler to grab a fish and hold it securely, but remember, they pinch on the soft areas of the fish’s mouth, so keep this in mind. The lip grip with a built-in scale is the way to go lift, weigh, and release. I’ve been told that lip grips are not allowed in some tournaments, so be sure to check the rules first. Gloves: Gloves are cheaper than most other fish-landing devices; they assist in grabbing the fish and help protect your hands at the same time. Make sure your gloves fit snug; I’ve found loose gloves can be more trouble than they’re worth. Latex gloves are used by many fishermen; they keep salmon egg dye from staining your hands, plus keep human scent off of the bait you are using and they don’t hinder the natural dexterity of our fingers much. As hard as we try, there will be times when our efforts to save a fish fall short and it simply doesn’t make it. If the law and regulations allow, by all means take the fish home and make a tasty fish dinner for your family and if not, think of it this way “Nature will not let it go to waste.” Spring is in the air; get re-acquainted with the state regulations, check the WDFW website for any emergency closures for the area you plan to fish, and GOOD LUCK out there!

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File Photo Courtesy of Joe Kunzler, Avgeek Joe Productions The Navy will bring an additional 36 EA-18G Growlers to NAS Whidbey Island, following last week’s record of decision by the Secretary of the Navy. The decision also means the number of field carrier landing practices conducted at Outlying Landing Field Coupeville will quadruple.

Navy to proceed with Growler expansion By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Naval Air Station Whidbey Island will get 36 additional aircraft and Outlying Landing Field Coupeville will see a four-fold increase in training flights following the Navy’s final decision on the future of EA-18G Growler operations on Whidbey Island. In a press release issued last week, the Navy announced it will implement Preferred Alternative 2A, details of which were announced last summer, before the final Environment Impact Statement was released. The decision means an additional 36 Growlers will be stationed at NAS Whidbey, along with accompanying personnel and their families; facilities at Ault Field will be constructed and renovated; operations at both Ault Field and Outlying Landing Field in Coupeville will increase; and it greatly changes the distribution of field carrier landing practices, with 20-percent to be conducted at Ault Field and 80-percent at OLF. There are no changes in operations for other aircraft, such as the P-8A Poseidon. “In selecting this action alternative, the Navy carefully considered a number of factors, including the strategic and operational importance of augmenting our nation’s electronic attack capabilities, ensuring quality of pilot training, and balancing the impacts of the proposed action on the human and natural environment,” the press release read. “The preferred alternative places the majority of FCLP operations at OLF Coupeville because OLF Coupeville provides more realistic training for our aviators. OLF Coupeville has been continuously used for FCLP since the late 1960s. OLF Coupeville’s pattern best replicates the aircraft carrier landing pattern, building and reinforcing the correct habits and muscle memory for pilots.” “Now that we have concluded the National Environmental Policy Act process, we can move forward with the implementation of building capacity in a critical component of military operations,” said NASWI Commanding Officer, Capt. Matt Arny. “Electronic warfare has been increasing in importance for over five decades in military operations, protecting our forces and those of partners and allies. This action will provide a more capable force, so the decision is also an inflection point. It is our intent to remain as active members of the community and continue to nurture and strengthen our relationships through cooperative and respectful dialogue.”

According to the Navy, the chosen alternative impacts the fewest people overall while increasing overall flight operations by 33-percent between the two airfields. The increase in FCLPs at OLF has been and will likely continue to be the subject of much protest on Central Whidbey, with the community group Sound Defense Alliance - a coalition of organizations and individuals from around the region - poised to take legal action against the Navy, claiming in a press release the decision is asking too much of area residents. “We are not only disappointed, we are outraged,” stated SDA chair Maryon Attwood. “We will not be collateral damage to this expansion directed from Washington D.C. We are committed to continuing to work with our elected officials and people across the state and nation to get the Navy to listen and to achieve a better and sustainable outcome.” According to the SDA press release, the increased operations will cause the deterioration of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve, will reduce the area’s amount of affordable housing, will increase over-crowding in Oak Harbor Schools, cause classroom disruptions in both Oak Harbor and Coupeville and will degrade the experience of visitors to state and local parks across the region. The release also predicted increased operations will have a 67-percent “probability of nightly sleep disturbance” near OLF, cause nine “outdoor speech interference” events per hour, expose 1,794 non-Navy individuals to permanent hearing loss and will likely mean the imposition of Accident Potential Zones which would impact more than 500 acres of residential and commercial properties. SDA said it will continue its efforts to reduce not only the jet noise but the number of jets, flights and location of training across the region and has several meetings planned over the next month, none of them on Whidbey Island. A list of locations is available at sounddefensealliance.org. Meanwhile, groups in support of the Navy and its decision have refuted the opposition’s claims. “The Navy made sure they complied with every possible regulation,” said Oak Harbor Navy League spokesperson Steve Bristow. “The Navy sought significant input as part of the National Environmental Policy Act. Everything the activists said has either been false or had already been examined.

“The Navy extended the timeline of the EIS, which impacted operations,” continued Bristow. “Opponents claimed increased operations would cause health-related issues; that’s simply not true. Whidbey is part of one of the healthiest counties in the state. We have one of the best economies. We have the number one state park, with tourism/traffic up 25-percent at Deception Pass in 2018 over 2016. Despite a tireless letter-writing and media campaign to paint this area as toxic because of the Navy, it’s just not true.” Navy officials say they plan to continue to look for ways to lessen the potential impact of increased aircraft and operations, particularly those on Central Whidbey. “OLF Coupeville has provided a superior training environment for operations for 75 years and for FCLP for over 50 years,” said Capt. Arny. “We remain aware that some people in the community perceive our operations negatively or are more directly impacted by them. We will continue to do what we can to mitigate those impacts, such as avoiding training on Friday nights and weekends and during school testing periods, unless it becomes operationally necessary. “Additionally, the Navy continues to pursue research to make tactical jet aircraft more quiet, without sacrificing performance, through engineering solutions, but it will take time,” Arny continued. Work to implement provisions of the EIS will begin immediately. “The increase in the number of Growlers and the distribution of additional aircraft and personnel to each squadron will start immediately and be phased in over the next few years,” said Arny. “Though the Growler community will see an increase in personnel, that will be offset by coincidental reductions in other commands at NASWI, so the total number of NASWI military personnel is projected to remain stable at around 8,500 over the next few years.” The final EIS document and the release on the Secretary of the Navy’s decision, as well as all other documents related to the EIS can be found online at www.whidbeyeis.com.

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“Instead, we are playing a number of well-known selections from each band, showcasing some of that group’s hits,” explained Morrow. “We have our concertmaster, Brian Kenney, doing a tasty violin solo on “Desperado,” something that wasn’t on the original recording but adds a unique flavor to the piece. Our string section is taking on three separate Beatles’ tunes, giving them a lush flavor and adding more complex harmonies that add depth to what was, in the original recordings, a simple melody with a few guitar chords. I think the audience will appreciate how this adds to the beauty of the songs without sacrificing anything of the original.”

“I think the audience will be jumping up in their seats. In fact, I’ll be surprised if we don’t have some audience members dancing in the aisles, which would be fine with us,” she said. “That’s the spirit of classic rock we hope to convey. This is the kind of music that makes you want to get up and dance!”

While there will be no vocalists, the aforementioned Empyrean Quartet will play a featured role in the concert. The small group is made up of four senior youth string players in WIO – Avrey and Dustin Scharwat on violin, Owen Boram on viola and Jasmin Graner on cello. The quartet first got together to play at a WIO summer picnic and now plays together regularly. Members will soon perform a recital at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.

So pull out those platform heels and ease on down the road to Freeland and catch this “Groovin’ on the Rock” concert. You can find more information on WIO and its performances online at www.widbeyorchestras.org.

Morrow said two selections by Peter Townsend, under the direction of assistant conductor Gabriela Garza, “Pinball Wizard” and “The Rock” from “Quadrophenia,” should take toe-tapping to the next level.

For those who really want to groove, there will be a costume contest at each performance, with prizes for best youth (under 18) costume and the best adult costume. There will also be a reception for the audience at intermission.

“This kind of music is dear to my heart, as well as being great fun. I’ve enjoyed bringing it to the attention of younger generations of musicians as well as giving those of us who lived with these memorable songs a taste of our youth,” said Morrow. “We hope everyone will bring their best rock, flower child, psychedelic self and enjoy this trip to the 60s and 70s with a spirit of fun and perhaps nostalgia.”

“I am very proud that this difficult decision was made in order to provide continuity of care to those in great need at an overwhelming time in their lives,” Forbes said. “The Hospital Board and our dedicated professionals recognized how important it is to keep this care close to home.” Ron Wallin, president of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District Board of Commissioners, said the next step for WhidbeyHealth will be to update the Health System Strategic Plan and develop a master plan for the facility, based on clinical and demographic data. “As a system that covers a 55-mile area with 15 outpatient locations, three of which provide Island County Emergency Medical Services, we need a better understanding of the future state of Island County,” said Wallin. “We want to thank Geri for her dedication and hard work in getting us this far. She is greatly appreciated, and we wish her all the best as she takes her own next steps.”

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Let’s Dish! with Kae Harris

TAKE A QUICK DIP INTO THIS! It’s fascinating how many days within any given month are dedicated to food. Sometimes, whole months have lent themselves to the observation of a certain element of the food world. For example, March is national flour month. It is also national peanut month, national sauce month and national noodle month, to name but a few of the many aspects of food for which the month of March is dedicated. It’s likewise interesting that within the month, individual days are each a possible avenue for observation of something delicious. March 21 is crunchy taco day, March 22 national water day, March 23 is national chips and dip day and so on. So, you see, there is never a shortage of reasons to celebrate anything in the food world! I thought I would concentrate on the chips and dip day of this month because, well, who doesn’t like this combo? And with spring sweeping in some warmer weather, it makes the perfect outdoors snack, picnic take-along or snackable side at a get-together. Not to mention the countless kinds of dips that can be made and the very many types of chips we can use to scoop up said dips. Everyone has their favorite, of course – favorite chip, favorite dip – and the beauty of this is there are endless combinations from which to choose! Maybe you have a few favorites; I know I do! Nothing is as ‘warm-weather-friendly’ as chips and salsa. This refreshing mixture of tomatoes, chilis and spices, as simple as it sounds, creates such a flavor fairground in your mouth it’s difficult to decide which ingredient makes salsa so tasty! With its origins traced back to the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas, serving the same or similar mix on turkey, fish or lobster, it’s believed the Spaniards soon encountered it’s palatability and so it moved across the world. I found in my research some people suggest Europeans first grew tomatoes in their gardens because

they were aesthetically appealing, rather than for their gastronomic effects. I’m not sure how accurate this information is, but perhaps there’s a kernel of truth in it. An interesting fact about salsa is it wasn’t even ‘a thing’ until after the advent of bottled hot sauces, so even though salsa itself had been on the food scene for a while, it wasn’t until about 1916 that La Victoria Foods partnered with Charles Erath’s Louisiana Pepper, Hot Creole Sauce, giving birth to a precursor for salsa. It would be too thin by today’s standards to be called ‘salsa,’ but it paved the way for the salsa we are accustomed to now to make its debut on the food scene. Salsa, like everything else to do with food, has the ability to morph its flavor as per the predilections of the person making it. I read a very interesting perspective about how to make the purported ‘best’ salsa which said the secret to its tastiness lies not in the use of all fresh ingredients, as I had assumed before reading further. It is thought by some that salsa can lack depth and potency in its flavor if only fresh ingredients are used and it tastes a little too ‘store-bought’ using only canned ingredients. The solution? A combination of both. So, you’re using fresh tomatoes, jalapenos, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, cumin, sugar and salt but are also including a large can of crushed tomatoes and a can of diced green chilis (heat can be as per your taste buds’ preference; mild, medium or hot). Pureeing these and serving with fresh tortilla chips (my favorites are the multigrain ones), has to be one of the most satisfying snacks around! And what’s even better about salsa is you don’t just have to serve it with chips. You can use it as a topping or a mix-in as well. I like to add a tablespoon of salsa to my scrambled eggs sometimes to kick things up a notch and give my breakfast a little southwestern flare. It pairs really well with chicken breast and Spanish rice; it makes a pretty refreshing accompaniment to fish and even gives hummus a little something-something. On top of all of this, it’s relatively healthy.

And there are endless ways to enjoy salsa, thankfully. In fact, one way I often enjoy salsa (besides served with tortilla chips), is in a salad. It also makes a fabulous topping for a burger, especially if smokey peppers were used to prep the dip itself. Since its commercialized inception, salsa has branched out and taken on many different flavors. Mango chile salsa, pineapple salsa, black bean salsa, peach and habanero salsa – all but a very few of the combinations you’re likely to see in a store or restaurant. The inclusion of fruit in salsa (this statement is a little silly, given it’s primary ingredient, tomatoes, is a fruit, but I digress) gives the dip a whole new outlook and takes your taste buds to new and fanciful realms. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you haven’t tried a salsa that includes fruit, you really should! Dear Readers, with the weather being somewhat kind to us now, perhaps we should celebrate it. Let’s get in the kitchen and get to work making our very own salsa! Make it however you want and eat it with whatever you want! I’m including a recipe for a peach version, and if you try it,let me know how you like it! Please send any and all comments, questions and certainly recipes you might like to share to letsdish.whidbeyweekly@gmail.com and we’ll do exactly that and dish! Peach Salsa 3 to 4 medium peaches, peeled, and quartered 2 large tomatoes, deseeded and quartered 1/2 cup fresh cilantro 1/2 to 2/3 cup diced sweet onion 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar 2 cans diced green chiles (heat is your choice) 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon cumin 3/4 cup canned black beans, rinsed (optional) Place peaches, tomatoes, onion, cilantro and garlic into a food processor or blender and pulse until the peaches are roughly chopped. Add chiles, vinegar, lime juice, pepper and cumin and pulse until only just mixed. Pour into a bowl, add the black beans (optional), stir to incorporate and refrigerate, covered, until chilled. Serve with tortilla chips (or however you like) and enjoy! http://thornhillcapital.info/north-america/theorigin-of-salsa www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/fresh-peachsalsa/ To read past columns of Let’s Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly.com.

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Equestrian Crossings Volunteer Training Saturday, March 23, 1:00-4:00pm 21306 SR 20, Coupeville Saturday, April 6, 1:00-4:00pm 2893 Canter Lane, Greenbank Do you love horses? Are you looking for an organization with which to volunteer? Equestrian Crossings is a nonprofit organization on Whidbey Island which provides educational, recreational and therapeutic horsemanship activities for those age 7 to 77. This is a perfect opportunity for middle or high school students in need of community service credits or for retirees looking for volunteer projects. No prior experiences with horses is required. For additional information, call 360-220-1573 or email info@equestriancrossings.org.

PBY Naval Air Museum Wednesday, March 27, 11:30am CPO Club, 1080 Ault Field Rd., Oak Harbor Monthly no-host luncheon. The featured speaker will be Capt. Butch Bailey, USN (Ret.) who will be discussing his experiences in the Navy, especially those related to his duties as a Carrier Air Group Commander during the first Gulf War. This will include the planning and preparation for the attack on Iraqi forces in Kuwait. The public is invited to this event, call 360-240-9500 for directions and more information. For a list of continuous Meetings and Organizations, visit www.whidbeyweekly.com

Classes, Seminars and Workshops Boat Handling Course Begins Thursday, March 21, 6:00-8:00pm First United Methodist Church, Oak Harbor Piloting course with hands-on practice. Course is $75 for squadron members plus $6 for plotter and $11 for dividers if needed. Non-members additional $50. This is 10 classes, 2-hour sessions. Make reservations, contact Pat Waters at frenchsailor@comcast.net.

AARP Smart Driver Safety Class Tuesday, March 26, 9:00am-5:00pm Island Hospital, Anacortes Take the AARP Smart Drive course and you may save money on your car insurance. Refresh your driving skills and know the new rules of the road. Learn research-based driving strategies to help you stay safe behind the wheel. Discover proven driving methods to help keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. $15 for AARP members, $20 for non-members. For more information, call Maddie Rose at 360-632-1752.

Life Skills Workshops: Preventing Falls for Seniors Tuesday, March 26, 1:00-2:30pm Concordia Lutheran Church, 590 Oak Harbor St. Falls are the number one cause of injury, disability and death for those over 65. Learn strategies to help seniors maintain independence and quality of life. Pre-register online at concordiaoakharbor.org

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MARCH 21 - MARCH 27, 2019



on the 22nd, you have the presence to look around yourself and wonder, “what, pray tell, did I do to wind up here,” rejoice. You are the luckiest of the lucky.


ARIES (March 21-April 19) Social dictates are the most likely pace setter in your week. Depending on your circle, this means you may need to slow down a bit and chill out with the crowd. You may still attain pleasing achievements, but in order to make it fun, you will need to pay more attention to the journey and less to speed of travel. Delays on the 22nd may tempt you to abandon your goal in favor of one more exciting. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You will be out and about frequently this week, mostly by choice. When you are on the move and not by choice, it’s because the normal routine was upset by circumstances beyond your control. In those moments, the annoyance factor may rate high, even briefly off the scale. The worst thing you can do at such times is to push the drama button. There’s no undoing the damage that would cause on the 22nd. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) If you want to distinguish yourself from the pack, this is your week to do it. When the pack is trending toward pessimism, you as the lone optimist would stand out. The catch is that you have to BE an optimist. Fakery doesn’t carry far. But if you can see the deeper meanings, the silver lining within the dark cloud, the stage is set for you. Be on the lookout for the positives that others miss on 22nd, your day to shine. CANCER (June 22-July 22) The spiritual side of life beckons this week, in ways you may not recognize. There is no place different you must be. The spiritual path is all around you. It is about your inner response to outer events. Things happen, you react, and other things happen in return. You are learning emotional control, and every attempt is one more step on the spiritual path. Should the 22nd afford time to reflect, ponder that. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) The power to achieve this week is the kind of power that looks effortless. This power may not even look like power to those who think power is ruthless and forceful. This is the power of gentleness, the power of unity and kindly persuasion, and It’s yours if you want it. To claim it, simply regard the needs of others as being equal to your own. The 22nd gives abundant opportunity to co-create in this way with all whom you meet. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Hard-learned lessons are the ones longest remembered, making them the most valuable. If by chance that idea applies to something in your week, count yourself as lucky. The most unlucky of people are the ones who seem unable to learn from anything. And if,

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The fun side of life is where one finds it, and wherever that happens to be this week, that is where folks will find you. In fact, you probably won’t have to go looking for the good times. The good times are looking for you. Where outcomes are uncertain, never fear. The good and the desirable will ultimately side with you. Exceptions to the rule are always possible, but are easily ironed out on the 22nd. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Possible this week is the frequent urge to step in and do for others what they are not doing for themselves. You may call this helping, but others may call it meddling. To prevent your inserting your help where it is not wanted, stop and consider. In the minds of many, the right to fail on their own is more desirable than being pushed toward success. Make sure your helpful urges on the 22nd are received as such. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Just being yourself sounds easy enough, but at times this week, being yourself may cause you problems. Your instinctive preference for speaking truth and justice falls harshly on ears not ready to hear it. Say and do what you must say and do, but do not expect to be universally well-received. You are truth’s Johnny Appleseed. The seeds of truth you plant on the 22nd may need time before bearing fruit. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Do not fear the principle that says you must spend money to make money. Your expenditures this week have a way of generating returns, even those directed toward what you might normally classify as unjustifiable luxuries. Niceties become necessities, you might say. For the moment at least, you’re in the business of making the finer things your business. The 22nd highlights this theme. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) What is rightfully yours this week may not come with ease. What’s right is right, but only if you insist. This theme of having to stand up for what should be plays out at every level. What it means to you is that you are the captain of your ship. You get what you ask from life, little more and nothing less. If you can fully own your situation, the bad as well as the good, you are right where you want to be on the 22nd. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Your tendency this week is to swing between extremes. On one side, you cling to the past like your favorite old sweater. On the other side, those cravings of yours, the hunger for escape to something new and unusual. And so the days go, yo-yoing from one conflicting desire to the other. Which side is serving you best? The answer may be neither. Satisfaction may lie somewhere in the middle on the 22nd.


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14 MARCH 21 - MARCH 27, 2019


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And to quote from a letter Susan wrote in 2007: “In this time of great uncertainty, I take heart from the following articles of faith: Beauty is everywhere, love abounds, every moment of life is a miracle, and…we are all in this together.”

Life Tributes Larry L. Rocho Larry L. Rocho, of Coupeville, passed away Thursday, March 7 at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, Wash. He was born in Marshall, Mich., Jan. 17, 1939, to parents Burel Rocho and Zenoba Dixie (Poston) Rocho. He is survived his wife, Andrea (Medina) Rocho; daughter, Kim Rocho; granddaughter, Stephanie Rocho; sister, Burelean Densmore; uncle, Joe Jenny, and many of his cousins with which he had good memories growing up. Larry also leaves his most loving “daughters,” Lilly Ann and Daisey Mae (four-legged). He was preceded in death by his two sons, Matthew Rocho, and Ward Hunter Rocho; daughter, Nicky Ann Rocho; grandson, Matt Rocho, and his parents, Burel and Dixie. Larry went to high school in Marshall and college at Ferris State University in Michigan. He also attended Washington State University. He was a loving father and the best husband Andrea could have asked for. He worked as a liaison engineer at Boeing in Everett. He was also involved in coffee importing. Larry loved to fly, hunt, dance and socialize. His most recent love was to fish for salmon at the “pump house.” He cherished all his pets. He was such an amazing person, always positive, energetic, full of life, and wanting to enjoy more of this beautiful life with his wife. He loved to engage in good conversations. He traveled to Costa Rica and Mexico, as well as many other places abroad. He used to get up early in the morning, grab a cup of coffee, and sit on his swing to enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean, and mountains. He will be greatly missed.

Memorials may be sent to Friends of Ebeys, or the Whidbey Camano Land Trust. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.

Inger Margrethe Christiansen Wittmann

A graveside service was held at Sunnyside Cemetery, March 17. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.

Susan E. Johnson Susan, born April 3, 1940, died peacefully, Monday morning, March 11, 2019, at the age of 78. She is grieved by her partner of 34 years to whom she was beloved, her family to whom she was dear, her friends to whom she was a treasure, and colleagues who respected and admired her. She was the author of books. She loved reading and all sorts of music and sports. She was smart, very, very curious, and a creative thinker. She had a fabulous sense of humor, and seemed to know laughter is perhaps the greatest remedy for suffering. She lived with a grateful heart, full of integrity. She knew how to work. She was thoughtful and loyal. She could surprise you. She was a careful and astute observer. And she was kind. We are missing her deeply; we will miss her always. Nothing Gold Can Stay Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay. ~ Robert Frost

Inger Margrethe Christiansen Wittmann died in her home in Coupeville, Wash., March 17, 2019. Her journey – long and difficult at times – has ended, but it encompassed life-changing experiences and deeply rooted relationships. It began Jan. 1, 1944 in Aarhus, Denmark, when she has born the third and last child of Christian and Petra Christiansen. She joined sister, Else, and brother, lb, both of whom have predeceased her. After obtaining an Associates degree in bookkeeping, 18 year old Grethe (as she was known in her homeland), left Denmark headed for Sausalito, San Francisco to become a nanny. She traveled across the world alone, speaking minimal English, but it was only the first of many situations which would require remarkable bravery. There she met a German named Ed Wittmann. The 19 year old bride moved to Alaska with her new husband to start yet another life. Her Alaska chapter included the birth of her two beloved daughters, Erika and Heidi, building several homes, acquiring multiple rental properties and working as a bookkeeper. 22 years later, the novelty of Alaska had waned and she and her husband moved to Oak Harbor. After 24 years of marriage, she and Ed divorced, and Inger became a single mother of two pre-teen girls. Inger enrolled in a simple Basic First Aid class, and it changed her life forever. She was drawn to helping others and she became a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician. One of the first female firefighters in the department, she fought for her place and gave it her all. She was so dedicated she was named Firefighter of the Year in her first year of service, and Emergency Medical Services Provider of the Year in her second year of service. She ultimately

served the public through Island County Fire District #2 for 18 years, gathering many accolades, but more importantly instilling in others the importance of community and garnering life-long friendships in the process. It was during this experience that Inger experienced her heart’s deepest bearings, and centered even her career around service to others. Her work as an EMT on Whidbey General Hospital’s ambulance service, as well as her duties as a phlebotomist in their lab, kept patient care at the highest priority in her working life. Because she spoke four languages, the hospital also called upon her to act as interpreter. Her personal life, however, centered around her daughters, believing their success in life depended upon education. Eldest daughter, Erika (now of Grant’s Pass, Ore.), obtained a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, and Heidi (of Whidbey Island), became a Naturopathic Physician. She exposed her daughters to international travel and their European roots and ensured they were close to their Danish family, heritage and cultural ways (and food). In 2006, her birth roots called to Inger; she sold her home and car, crated up her furniture and moved back to Denmark. A very brave move for a 62 year old single woman! We tearfully said our goodbyes and bravely wished her well; However, things had changed a great deal there. She realized her true roots were on Whidbey Island, so she reversed the process and came home to her thankful friends and family. Even Whidbey General Hospital welcomed her back to the phlebotomy lab. She built another home, bought another BMW and settled back into her familiar life before her retirement in 2016. Over the last few years, her path has been encumbered by health conditions, which gradually sapped her physical strength but not her spirit, wisdom or insight. Sometimes we make the journey, but always the journey makes us. Those of us who know and love Inger would probably share these adjectives in describing her: Unique, strong, stubborn, fiercely independent, loathe to ask for assistance, capable, generous, dependable, kind, pragmatic, emphatic, passionate defender of what she believed in, and always a role model for righteousness and kindness. She held steadfastly to her integrity and never regretted doing the right thing. She was a woman of her word. She once said she belonged to two countries and yet belonged to no one. She belonged to all of us who loved her and will be deeply missed. Per her wishes, there will be no funeral services. If you wish to honor Inger’s memory, please donate to your local fire department or emergency medical service.

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ing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of $29,500 in national awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded a $15,000 scholarship. National first- through eighth-place winners are featured in VFW Auxiliary Magazine and on the VFW Auxiliary website. All state winning entries will be held and displayed and judged at the VFW Auxiliary National Convention which will take place July 20-24 in Orlando, Fla. The VFW Auxiliary started the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth. Approximately 3,500 students participate each year and in addition to $29,500 in national scholarships, local and state VFW Auxiliaries throughout the nation award more than $130,000 in Patriotic Art scholarships every year. Student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary Whitehead-Muzzall Post 7392 or any local post by March 31. The contest is open to all students grades 9-12 including non-military and homeschooled. Interested students, parents, and teachers may download an application or contact Teresa Coe at 206-817-3533 or simplytree@hotmail.com for more information. To download an application and see the 2018 winners, visit https://vfwauxiliary.org/scholarships [Submitted by Teresa Coe]

Goosefoot Community Fund Invites Applicants for 2019 Community Grants Cycle Goosefoot is pleased to announce its 2019 grant cycle, with funding available for organizations that serve South Whidbey and have 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 status. Goosefoot funds projects that are in alignment with its mission: To bring neighbors together to nurture a sense of place and community, preserve rural character, and enhance local commerce. “Goosefoot is pleased to be entering our third year of a formalized community grant process,” states Sandra Whiting, Goosefoot’s executive director. “We are fortunate to have so many non-profits working on behalf of the South Whidbey community, making our lives here richer and more fulfilling in many different ways.” The grant program is made possible by profits generated from the Goose Community Grocer, owned by Goosefoot, also a non-profit organization. “Thanks for shopping the Goose” is a refrain heard often from Goosefoot’s staff and board members. Last year, Goosefoot distributed close to $100,000 to 16 organizations through its community grant program. The first step for interested organizations is to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), a one-page letter describing the project for which money is being requested.

The LOI is due Monday, April 8. Applicants may apply for grants up to $15,000. Projects best fitting Goosefoot’s priorities will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due May 20. Full details are available online at Goosefoot’s website: www.goosefoot.org [Submitted by Marian A. Myszkowski, Director of Programs, Goosefoot Community Fund]

Local Business News Ten Women Around the World Celebrate International Women’s Day by Donating all Profits of Collaborative Book Beverly Adamo, CEO of Wild and Wise women, brought together 10 women from around the world – including Whidbey Island – to share their inspiring and empowering stories in a collaborative book, Wild and Wise Women Around the World: Ten Inspiring Women Share Their Feminine Fire. Women from as far afield as the UK, France, Canada and across the USA have all agreed the profits from the book will be donated to support women in India. The profits from the book will be donated to create new opportunities for the women to participate in free trade, find their voice, and step outside their traditional roles in a male-dominated society in India. Royalties from the online launch March 28 will be used to empower artisans to hone their skills and further their own education, and at the same time gives artisans’ children

the opportunity to go to school and create a brighter future. One of the authors featured in the book is Holly Chadwick, who talks about overcoming the stigma of mental illness and living a creative life. Holly had rigorous music studies and though she didn’t become a concert pianist, she has directed movies. Filmmaker, copywriter, marketing expert, Holly resides on Whidbey Island in the same house she grew up in, with her husband and two golden retrievers. She enjoys kayaking, boating, playing piano, extreme sledding and off-roading adventures. The online launch of the book is March 28, in celebration of International Women’s Day in the month of March. Together, these 10 women are showcasing their own stories of overcoming trauma and stepping into their feminine fire to succeed against all the odds. To receive the special launch prize and the opportunity to claim some of the beautiful artisan fair-trade gifts when you are one of the first to order the book on Amazon March 28, please register yourself as “going” to the online launch here: www.facebook.com/ events/246369006251147/?ti=icl To find out more about the authors of the book, please see the live interviews featured on the Facebook page here: www.facebook. com/groups/wildandwisewomen/ Beverly Adamo and any of the authors are available for interview by contacting Kristin at hello@wildandwisewomen.com

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7.49 acres for sale. Lovely western view of Puget Sound. Water supplied by a four party well. Power, phone and cable are available. Located just north of Ledgewood. This parcel would be an ideal mini-farm. Owner willing to carry a contract. Price $179,000. Call 360-320-0525 for more information. (2)

GARAGE/ESTATE SALES Estate Sale: Saturday and Sunday, March 23-24, 9am-4pm, 794 Gem Court, Oak Harbor. Entire house of contemporary furniture, lots of kitchen and home items (0) GARAGE SALE – Rain or shine: Friday, April 5, 9am4pm and Saturday, April 6, 9am-1pm, 611 Indian Hill Rd. (near Parker), Coupeville. Collectors clean house. Variety of stuff from collectibles to housewares to books. Cookies baked by the grandkids (2)

ANNOUNCEMENTS Pregnant? Need baby clothes? We have them and the price is right–FREE. Pregnancy Care Clinic, open most Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 4pm. Call 360-221-2909 or stop by 6th and Cascade in Langley. Be the difference in a child’s life and become a foster parent today! Service Alternatives is looking for caring, loving, and supportive families to support foster children. 425923-0451 or mostermick@ servalt-cfs.com The Whidbey Island community is encouraged to try out the paddling sport of dragon boating with the Stayin’ Alive team. Our team’s mission is to promote the physical, social, and emotional benefits of dragon boating. It has been shown to be especially beneficial to cancer survivors. Practice with us for up to 3 times for free. Life-jackets and paddles provided. Saturdays at the Oak Harbor Marina, 8:45am. Contact njlish@ gmail.com. More info at our Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/NorthPugetSoundDragonBoatClub?ref=hl

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Imagine Oak Harbor’s first Food Forest, Saturdays 11am3pm, at 526 Bayshore Drive. Each week, we have volunteer opportunities available to help care for our community garden, share organic gardening tips, and learn

Permaculture principles. All ages and skill levels welcome. Schedule can change due to adverse weather conditions. If you have any questions, please contact us at: imagineapermacultureworld.gmail.com Mother Mentors needs volunteers! Oak Harbor families with young children need your help! Volunteer just a couple of hours a week to make a difference in someone’s life! To volunteer or get more info, email wamothermentors@ gmail.com or call 360-3211484. Looking for board members to join the dynamic board of Island Senior Resources and serve the needs of Island County Seniors. Of particular interest are representatives from North Whidbey. For more information please contact: reception@islandseniorservices.org

WORK WANTED Home care nurse seeking private duty work near Oak Harbor or surrounding close towns, available for personal care and supervision in addition to transportation to appointments, medication administration, errands, meals and light housekeeping, resume and references available upon request. Please text me at 360-302-0965 and I will call back (1)



ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE: We are looking for a dynamic Account Executive. Applicant has to be able to work autonomously and be self-motivated; must possess exceptional customer service and organizational skills; marketing or advertising background desired. If you want to join an expanding organization and have a strong work ethic, we want to talk to you. Email your cover letter and resume to operations@whidbeyweekly.com 1131 SE Ely Street • Oak Harbor 360-682-2341 www.whidbeyweekly.com

Drivers wanted for Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle. CDL/P2 Preferred, Training available for those without. Full Time, Part Time and weekend openings available. Details at www. seatacshuttle.com or call 360679-4003 (0) Seasonal Cashier Positions – Ace Freeland: As a valued cashier, you will be expected to provide outstanding customer service at all times, process sales quickly, accurately, and efficiently, and become knowledgeable with all aspects of cash register operations. Must be able to stand all day, work nights and weekends, have a professional appearance and lift 25 lbs. Previous retail/ cashiering experience is a plus. Working Saturdays and Sundays are required. Wages and benefits are based on qualifications and will be reviewed during the interview. Qualified candidates, stop by with your resume (with references) and a cover letter, and fill out our application at: Freeland Ace Hardware, 1609 E. Main St, Freeland, WA 98249 (2) Part-time Sales Associate: WAIF Oak Harbor Thrift Store. Duties will include cashiering, organizing, pricing and merchandising of donated items for resale. Customer service/ retail experience helpful as well as being able to successfully handle multiple tasks. Position requires a current driver’s license, the flexibility to work weekend hours and

Fulltime Paint Dept. Sales Associate: Retail-minded person wanted for the Freeland Ace paint department. If you have paint and stain product knowledge, love hardware, and crave the retail career experience then we’d love to hear from you. Working Saturdays and Sundays are required. Must be able to lift 40-50lbs. Wages and benefits are based on qualifications and will be reviewed during the interview. 36+ hours per week, qualifies for full time benefits: Medical/401k/Discounts/Bonuses/ No Cheating! Vacation, after passing the probationary period. Qualified candidates, stop by with your resume (with references) and a cover letter, and fill out our application at: Freeland Ace Hardware, 1609 E. Main St, Freeland, WA 98249 (0) How’d you do? Puzzle 1 (Easy, difficulty rating 0.42) 8 2 3 7 1 9 5 4 6 6 5 7 8 4 3 1 9 2

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the ability to lift up to 50 lbs. If you love animals and retail, we want you to apply! Please send a brief cover letter and resume to WAIF, Attn: Becky King, 465 NE Midway Blvd, Oak Harbor, WA 98277. Applications can also be received via email at waifohts@ waifanimals.org. No drop-ins or phone calls please. Job will remain open until filled. (2)

offer; Catcher’s glove by Akadema,33-inch, used for two seasons, fair condition. REDUCED $30 or best offer; Louisville Slugger 916 bat, 32-inch, 29 oz., 2-5/8” barrel, BBCOR certified. REDUCED $45 or best offer; Marucci Cat 8 bat, 33-inch, 30 oz., 2-5/8” barrel, BBCOR certified. REDUCED $150 or best offer. We can send photos of these items. 360-678-1167 CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES Camping items: Brookstone Men’s shoes: “Reaction,” by waterproof floating lantern, for Kenneth Cole. Men’s black camping, patio, poolside, or leather dress shoes, like new, emergencies, new, $5 or best size 8.5. REDUCED $20 or best offer; Old (but clean) Thermos offer. We can send photos. 1-gallon jug, $5; Versatile 360-678-1167 backpack, the two parts can be used separately, or (for HOME FURNISHINGS more serious backpacking) Walnut occasional table, with together, $15 obo. We have beveled glass top, $30 or best photos. Call or text 360-320offer. We can send photos. 0525. Call or text 360-320-0525. Sports items: Bag Boy golf cart, $10 obo; Men’s wet suits, MISCELLANEOUS size L, $10 per item; Neoprene Quadra Fire Wood Burning gloves and hats, size L, $5 Stove, Excellent Condition, each. We have photos. Call or Includes 3 – 3’ section of text 360-320-0525. pipe and ceiling mount, $750. LOST/FOUND Need to pick up in Greenbank. cdaberko@yahoo.com, 330LOST: AT&T flip phone. Friday, 697-9211 (1) Feb. 15 on South Whidbey in Wind chimes, 21”, $10. We the vicinity of Ken’s Korner can send photos. Call or text and Clinton Food Mart, library, 360-320-0525 post office. If found, please call 360-341-5645 (0)


Get ready for baseball 2019! New Balance baseball cleats, size 10.5, well-used for one season, good condition. REDUCED $15 or best

ANIMALS/SUPPLIES Round bales of grass feeder hay, barn stored. 360-3211624 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 (465 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 Art, Antiques & Collectibles. Cash paid for quality items. Call or text 360-661-7298 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 rswitzer55@netzero.net 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 970823-0002


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