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The Faces of Relay Sarah Seelow Oak Harbor

Whidbey Earth & Ocean Month April 2019 Activities and events to connect with, respect, and protect our island home!

Festivals Lectures Gatherings Movies Art Shows and more!

How has cancer touched your life? Cancer has touched my life in many ways. After my mother was diagnosed with cancer, my grandmother and my aunt (both on my mother’s side) were also diagnosed a few years later. Not to mention the countless others who I know that have gone through the treatments or their family members. How did you become involved in Relay for Life? I became involved with Relay because it Photo Courtesy of Sarah Seelow was something my mom starting doing. Sarah Seelow will walk in honor of her mom, Gail, this year at Relay for She became a part of Relay before she Life. The two began participating nearly 20 years ago. was diagnosed her first time with breast cancer. We did Relay every year from that year on. I believe it’s been 18 years. And I will continue to do so. Why do you Relay? I Relay because it is a cause very close to my heart. How has your participation in Relay for Life impacted you? Relay for Life has impacted me because it has shown me how many people this disease affects in our community.

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What is your favorite part about being involved with Relay for Life? My favorite part of Relay for Life is the support everyone shows. In 2017, my mom’s femur broke a week or so before Relay. So, she was confined to her wheelchair. Mom NEVER missed Relay and that year wasn’t going to be the first. I got her to Relay to do the survivor lap and the support everyone showed her was amazing. Last year in 2018, her other femur broke shortly after Relay. But what I will remember most is, even though we were almost the last to finish the survivor lap, everyone was still there cheering her on. Why should others participate in Relay? I believe others should be a part of Relay because it’s not just your family this disease could affect. It could be your friends, colleagues, friends’ family members, people in your community. This disease doesn’t discriminate. This disease has somehow affected someone in your life, or someone in the life of someone you know.

It’s about being a community that takes up the fight!


Saturday, April 13, 11am-5pm & Sunday, April 14, 10am-5pm Langley, Whidbey Island, WA Part of Whidbey’s Earth and Ocean Month! Saturday, April 13

Sunday, April 14

11am - 1:00pm Costume Making at Langley Methodist Church

10:00am Langley Beach Clean Up Start at Whale Bell Park

1:30pm Whale & Critter Parade, followed by waterfront ceremony

3:00pm Gray Whale cruise with Orca Network on board the Glacier Spirit.

3:00pm Presentations at Langley United Methodist Church

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


Langley Whale Center Open Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm For more information, contact

Relay Rally: May 8, 7-8pm Oak Harbor Elks Lodge


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ON TRACK with Jim Freeman

Had I known how little hair I would have as an adult, were it possible, I would go on e-Bay to buy back all the hair my barbers swept up. Most likely, given all the long hair I once had that Dad and the Marines so disliked, there could be enough to throw a Hair Ball.

Fantasy question Imagine seeing the following question on a job application: Would you give your life to save the world if nobody knew you did it? Such an inquiry was a line uttered by the character named Robert in the film, Code of Honor. Robert is portrayed by Steven Seagal, so consider the source before you answer.

Whidbey Weekly These are not my punch lines, but community concerns which were sent to me in an e-mail. Questions like these: What disease did cured ham actually have? Why are you IN a movie, but you’re ON TV? Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground? And, one more from the sender who sent these: Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window? Thanks again to our mystery thought provoker.

The incredible photography of U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater (1909-1998) is on exhibit. Goldwater’s photos of the Grand Canyon, the Native peoples of Northern Arizona, family photos and personal items are displayed. Closed Mondays, the museum fluctuates its operating hours, so check the web site at or call 480-686-9539 before enjoying the Scottsdale traffic.

000-099: Computers, Information, & General Reference

Coming attractions Lots of fun stuff on the calendar. Two not to miss:

100-199: Philosophy & Psychology

Saturday in Langley: Welcome the Whales Festival and Parade at 1:30 p.m., followed by Waterfront Ceremony featuring Dana Lyons.

300-399: Social Sciences 400-499: Language 500-599: Science 600-699: Technology 700-799: Arts & Recreation 800-899: Literature 900-999: History and Geography Next week, if I remember, we’ll review the periodic chart of elements. I am thinking of running for county commissioner with the campaign pledge, “A bottle of krypton on every table.” Imagine if Dewey’s classifications were done today by the kind of 4th grader I was. 000: Holograms, Horoscopes, and Hormones 100: Metaphysics, Metatarsals, and Metamucil 200: Cattle ranches, Dude ranches, and Ranch dressing 300: Socialism, Social pressure, and Ice cream socials 400: Bilinguals, Bilaterals, and Binaries 500: 45’s, 33 1/3’s, 78’s, 8 tracks, and cassettes 600: Etch-A-Sketches, Mr. Potato Heads, and Slinkies 700: Rotary phones, Rototillers, and Rotary storytellers 800: Drive-in movies, Phone booths, and One Hour Foto 900: Postal codes, Zip-codes, and Coding for Computers Tax talk A plethora of tips of the conductor’s hat to the fine folks of the AARP tax aide team which has been serving locals for many years. My more than one trip for assistance the last couple of months gave me ample opportunity to observe and participate in the process. Our local dedicated folks included Kate, Carl, Keith, Barb, Kristy, Mark, Rob, Ed, and Mare. If I left you out, it was only because I could not see your name on your identification badge from across the room. By the way, next year I hope to wait for all of my 1099s before filing. Not that filing an amended return is bad, it is just really embarrassing when everyone in the room knows you were unaware of your own circumstances. Thoughts to provoke After talking to my nephew Dennis tonight, I was reminded again how people living on the east coast near our nation’s capital spend a lot of time trying to understand the Dance of Politics. When I lived in Hollywood, we often only talked about the Dance of Entertainment. Talking Hollywood made me feel like I was involved even if my agent had changed her number and failed to tell me. Here in Freeland, where discussions are as varied as the participants, I overhear people talking about whether one can cry under water or why a round pizza is delivered in a square box.

If you go, please sign my name on the guest book so I can confuse Coach Bob.

Saturday, May 4 in Coupeville: Penn Cove Water Festival featuring superlative music and dancing plus tribal canoe races all afternoon. Dance, dance, dance The musical guests for Bayview Corner’s always fun community dances have been announced for the summer. Get your calendars marked for Wednesdays outdoors between 6-8 p.m.



SAVE THE DATE Shred It Event Saturday, May 11, 2019 10am to 2pm • SaviBank 5575 Harbor Ave • Freeland **Parking Lot Behind Bank** We Look Forward to Shredding Your Documents!

Snowbird alert Knowing we do have Coach Bob Moliter as a loyal online Whidbey Weekly reader in Surprise, Ariz., I offer this heads up to any and all others who may be near the Scottsdale Museum of the West at 3830 N. Marshall Way in the next couple of months.

Dewey and the Decimals Once a year or so I like to review the Dewey Decimal Classifications. Feel free to place this portion of the column on your refrigerator, in your purse or wallet, or, if you want to look like a book worm, tattoo this info on your forehead, but backwards, so you can see the information in a mirror.

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Aug. 21: PETE – Whidbey’s ultimate garage band More details at Quote on “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” ~Mario Andretti, race car driver “Show me a man who is a good loser, and I’ll show you a man who is playing golf with his boss.” ~Jim Murray, sportswriter “Sometimes they write what I say and not what I mean.” ~Pedro Guerrero, former Los Angeles Dodgers’ ballplayer, on sportswriters “Most of my clichés aren’t original.” ~Former Seattle Seahawks head coach Chuck Knox “I quit school in the sixth grade because of pneumonia–not because I had it, but because I couldn’t spell it.” ~Rocky Graziano, boxing champ “The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.” ~Yogi Berra, no description needed Gift keeper My brother’s graduation gift to me in 1965 was the classic book “The Elements of Style” co-authored by E.B. White and William Strunk, Jr. I never really knew what the book was about because I could not seem to get past the name Strunk on the cover. 53 years later, I smile at the following excerpt regarding the benefits of brevity in print. “Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell.” I sure hope my editor doesn’t read this. To read past columns of On Track in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at

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Bits & Pieces or so – to avoid any late charges. To sign up for Auto-Pay or for tax payment reminders, visit our website:\ treasurer Wanda J. Grone Island County Treasurer

Audubon to Hear Stories from the Puget Sound Seabird Survey

When you mail your tax payment from your home or drop it off at the post office mailbox, it is routed to Seattle, where it is postmarked and processed the next day. It is then routed to Whidbey Island, where it is delivered to our PO Box in Coupeville the following day.

Braving the Pacific Northwest winter, over 200 dedicated citizen scientists each go to an assigned beach the first Saturday of the month from October to April to learn more about the overwintering seabird population throughout the Southern Salish Sea. They track where seabirds go when they overwinter in Puget Sound. They identify which seabird species hang out with one another. They track which birds are more likely to be seen more frequently than others. Since 2007, Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) surveys have been conducted at waterfront sites regularly. Volunteers diligently identify, count and collect data on seabirds in nearshore habitats to help learn more about seabird hotspots, both for birding and for conservation.

State statutes dictate that your postmark date determines your payment date, and that 1% interest per month begins accruing on the first day of the following month. This means if you put your payment in your mailbox April 30, it will be collected by your mail carrier, and routed to Seattle where it will be processed and postmarked May 1. When we receive your payment May 2 or later, your payment will be credited as of the postmark date and you will be short May interest. As of June 1, if it is still unpaid, an additional 3% penalty on the entire 2019 amount will accrue (again by statute). These charges cannot be waived.

Whidbey Audubon Society welcomes Jennifer Lang, Conservation Science Coordinator of Seattle Audubon to its April 11 general meeting at the Coupeville Recreation Hall to tell some interesting stories and to talk about birds that have been seen over the past 11 seasons of this citizen science program. The public is welcome to this free event. Doors open at 7:00pm for socializing and a brief meeting followed by the program at 7:30pm. The hall is located in Coupeville at 901 NW Alexander Street. This program was originally scheduled in February but canceled due to icy road conditions.

Please save yourself time, money, and frustration by mailing a few days early – say, April 25

Lang joined the Seattle Audubon team as the Conservation Science Coordinator in August

Letters to the Editor Editor, Taxpayers of Island County please take note. Property taxes are due April 30, 2019 – please mail early.

2017 after completing several seasons monitoring and surveying all kinds of birds, from fairywrens to puffins, for various organizations around the world. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Washington analyzing data from the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Watching and learning about birds have always been a passion of hers and she pursues them avidly whenever she can. [Submitted by Susan Prescott, Whidbey Audubon Publicity Chair]

Coupeville Project to Improve Community Green Parking Parking at and around the Coupeville Library may be at a premium for the next 60-90 days. The Town of Coupeville’s Community Green Improvement Project got underway April 1 and is right next to the library and library parking. According to town documents, the project consists of improvements to the existing public parking lot, including grading, paving, curbing, storm drainage, landscaping, lighting and associated utility work. In addition, a new public restroom will be built within the existing structure. LOCALLY OPERATED on the community green. Town officials say the Community Green project work could take 2-3 months. Franzen noted the Coupeville Farmers Market is now open Saturdays from 10:00am to 2:00pm through October. The Friends of the Coupeville Library Market Sales will resume on site, near the library at the Enzmann/Engel Book Nook. “The library is open on our normal schedule and please come and help support all of our local vendors and groups during this construction period,” Franzen said. [Submitted by Jim Hills, Communications & Marketing Manager, Sno-Isle Libraries]

The Organic Farm School Adapts Community Supported Agriculture 2.0 and Community Classes CSAs have been around since the 80s, operated by local farmers. CSAs create a closer and more visible relationship between those growing food and those eating it. Customers take a more active role in the process of growing their meals by “investing” in the season – pre-paying for a share of what happens in the field. This reciprocal relationship allows the community to assist with early season costs, like buying seeds and then in turn, the farmer provides an abundance from the field during the growing season.

“As one of the community planning partners, we are excited to see this happening and know the improvements will benefit all of us,” said Coupeville Library Manager Leslie Franzen. “During the course of construction, parking will be available behind the library on the upper half of the community green.”

This year, the Organic Farm School is rolling out a “Flex CSA” model. Flex CSA provides eaters with more choices than the traditional model – choices in the time and location of pick-up as well as choices in the kind and amount of produce. Just as you would shop at the farmers market, you can use your membership card on the vegetables you need and want. This model accommodates for changes in your schedule and appetite throughout the season, which will also cut down on food waste.

Franzen said the library customers and others looking for parking should enter just above the library’s south lot, similar to parking arrangements during the local festival and other events

Production manager, Raelani Kessler (born and raised on Whidbey Island), says “consider our CSA membership like a ‘gift card’ that you use until it’s spent - one that benefits the train-


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A $100 card provides up to $105 in value includes a special farm tour, first notice of chicken sales, seeds at the end of the season and a class with Chef Jess Dowdell using OFS organic produce.

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A $250 card provides up to $267.50 in value - includes a special farm tour, first notice of chicken sales, seeds at the end of the season and a class with Chef Jess Dowdell using OFS organic produce. A $500 card provides up to $550 in value includes all the above and an invitation to a twilight Field Walk with a beverage and appetizers. Use your membership card at the following places May 1-Oct. 26: Island Athletic Club - Wednesdays from 9:00am to noon and 4:00 to 7:00pm The Organic Farm School Farm Stand in Maxwelton Valley - Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00am to 5:00pm Redmond Market - Saturdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Another adaptation is the opening up of select classes to the local community. A good example is the short-course track on poultry, taught by local farmer, Kevin Dunham. You can join OFS students to learn how to prepare and care for broilers, as well as how to harvest them. Broiler Poultry 4 Courses, $120 Friday, April 19, 2:45-4:45pm Friday, June 14, 2:45-4:45pm Wednesday, July 10, 1:00-3:00pm Thursday, July 11, Harvesting All Day For more information, email judy@organicfarm [Submitted by Judy Feldman, Organic Farm School, Executive Director]

How much can you reduce your carbon footprint? Form a team, sign-up, and find out! You’ll have three months to “Tame Bigfoot.” First, calculate your carbon footprint, then take home a workbook to guide you through the process. Finally, jump in with both feet. For more information and help getting started, email with Bigfoot in the subject line. Or bring your computer or smartphone to WiFire in Freeland Thursday, April 18 from 10:00am to noon. The deadline to register is Earth Day, Monday, April 22 at 7:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist meeting house, 20103 State Route 525, 2 miles north of Freeland. [Submitted by Maribeth Crandell, Island Transit Mobility Specialist]

Deception Pass State Park – Pass Lake Dive Clean-up Earth Day weekend, Anacortes Diving and Supply, along with Fidalgo Fly Fishers, will be working together to clean up Pass Lake. The event happens April 20 from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Anacortes Diving has worked in the past to clean up a number of local lakes. Fidalgo Fly Fishers considers Pass Lake its ‘home water’ and has participated in several other projects on the lake. Past cleanup projects have resulted in some interesting finds – Stay tuned to see what gets discovered at Pass Lake!

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on APRIL 22 at 6:00pm, the Island County Planning Commission will meet in the Freeland Hall, 1515 Shoreview Dr., Freeland, to consider the following agenda items: Roll Call; Directors Report; and a Public Hearing to consider a Planning Commission recommendation to the Board of Island County Commissioners on an ordinance adopting Chapter 17.06 ICC (the Freeland Zoning Code), establishing new zoning districts and a growth phasing plan for the Freeland NMUGA, and adopting related amendments to the following: The Freeland Subarea Plan, The Island County Zoning Atlas, AND Chapters 11.01, 11.02, 15.03, 16.06, 16.10, 16.15, 16.17, 16.19, and 17.03 ICC. Documents will be posted at: www.island Address comments to: Planning Commission at PO Box 5000, Coupeville, WA 98239 or PlanningCommission@ [Submitted by Tara Dyer, Senior Office Specialist, Island County Planning Dept.]

Diablo Lake Overlook Closure for Vault Toilet Replacement Diablo Lake Overlook will close to all visitors and traffic May 20-22 while crews transport materials via helicopter to campsites along Ross Lake. There will be a partial closure at the overlook May 17-19, with visitor access and traffic limited in some areas of the overlook, while crews stage equipment. Crews will work to replace 18 vault toilets at 16 campsites along Ross Lake in June and July. Park staff replaced five toilets at campsites last summer in preparation for this year’s project. The new ADA accessible vault toilets

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will replace old, outdated toilets, be less odorous, and allow better access for maintenance. Temporary toilets will be available at campsites during the replacement project. Beginning the first week of June, work will be done by two crews at two separate campsites starting at the south end of Ross Lake, and will move north towards Hozomeen. Visitors on Ross Lake may experience noise associated with power tools and generators from 8:00am to 5:00pm at and around the campsites as well as additional boat activity on Ross Lake to support the work being done. The project is expected to be completed by July 31. There may be similar temporary closures and helicopter flights associated with the project to remove equipment in early to mid-September. [Submitted by Katy Hooper, North Cascades National Park Service Complex]

Local Business News Patrick Kennedy Joins Peoples Bank as Vice President and Commercial Banking Officer Peoples Bank welcomes Patrick Kennedy as a vice president and commercial banking officer. Based on Whidbey Island, Patrick serves customers throughout the Puget Sound region as a trusted financial advisor. He brings more than 30 years of experience in commercial lending serving businesses and family offices in diverse industries, including manufacturing, distribution, retail, wholesaling, and project finance. “I always strive to be a long-term, trusted advisor and consultant for all of my customers,” said Patrick. “I am committed to upholding Peoples Bank’s long tradition of providing full relationship banking and a level of service that exceeds customers’ expectations.” Patrick has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Kent State University and an Executive MBA from Northern Illinois University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in organizational leadership. Patrick moved to Seattle in 1998 and recently relocated his primary residence to Whidbey Island.

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

Island Herb Vendor Day Thursday, April 11, 2:00-5:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Smokey Point Productions 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 Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Keep out of the reach of children.

“She Loves Me” Thursdays, April 11, 18 & 25, 7:30pm Fridays, April 12, 19 & 26, 7:30pm Saturdays, April 13, 20 & 27, 7:30pm Sundays, April 14, 21 & 28, 2:30pm Whidbey Playhouse, Oak Harbor Set in Maraczek’s Parfumerie in 1930s Budapest, “She Loves Me” tells the story of co-workers George Nowack and Amalia Balash and their unknown exchange of love letters; the dashing Steven Kodaly and his love-sick sweetheart Ilona Ritter and the rest of the Maraczek’s staff. The ensuing romantic entanglements are pure musical-theater gold.

“Next to Normal” Fridays, April 12 & 19, 7:30pm Saturdays, April 13 & 20, 7:30pm Sunday, April 14, 2:00pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley This emotional powerhouse of a musical features a rock score that shatters through the facade of a suburban family impacted by mental illness. Winner of multiple Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this intense, emotional, yet ultimately hopeful musical makes a direct grab for the heart with a story that takes us inside the lives of a ‘typical American family’ that’s anything but typical.

Plant Sale Festival Saturday, April 13, 10:00am-2:00pm Greenbank Farm, 765 Wonn Road, Greenbank Hundreds of locally grown plants to choose from. Perennials, shrubs, grasses & much more. Vegetable starts, herbs, & fruit. Garden Market, raffle and bake sale with fresh homemade baked goods. Cash or checks only. Presented by Greenbank Garden Club.

Welcome the Whales Festival Saturday, April 13, 11:00am-5:00pm Sunday April 14, 10:00am-5:00pm Various locations, Langley On Saturday, meet at the Langley Methodist United Church from 11:00am to 1:00pm for costume making, face painting and educational booths, then gather at the U.S. Bank parking lot for our Whale and Critter Parade at 1:30pm. Meet back at the church for presentations at 3:00pm.

Art Talks with Rebecca Albiani

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events

Wednesday, April 17, 11:00am Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley

See schedule below Cost: Free

Hear about “William Morris: The Revolutionary” in the second part of this three part series. Tickets $15 per lecture. For tickets or more information, visit

Lit for Fun Book Group Thursday, April 11, 9:00-11:00am Freeland Library

Island Herb Vendor Day Thursday, April 18, 3:00-6:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Verdelux 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.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20, 11:00am-12:30pm Grace Community Church, Oak Harbor Co-hosted by Grace Community Church and North Whidbey Fire & Rescue. Bring your own Easter basket. There will be raffle prizes, fire truck tours and Easter crafts. Grace Community Church is located at 29470 SR 20.

Junior Ranger Day Saturday, April 20, 11:00am-2:00pm Fort Casey State Park, Coupeville Pick up your Ebey’s Landing Junior Ranger Activity Book then explore the Fort. Learn about the history, agriculture, animals and the partnerships of Ebey’s Reserve. Complete the book and receive your Junior Ranger badge. Junior Ranger activities are geared to children ages 7 to 14, but it’s fun for the whole family, plus it’s a fee free day at state parks. Please dress for the weather. For more information, visit or call 360-678-6084 or 360-678-1186.

Easter Egg Hunt & Garry Oak Education Saturday, April 20, 1:00-2:00pm Smith Park, Oak Harbor Children ages 1-9 will find lucky coins and win prizes. There will be Garry Oak Tree education and activities. Pick up coupons for participating downtown merchants. Presented by the Oak Harbor Main Street Association and the Garry Oak Society.

Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, April 20, 2:00-4:00pm Welcome Home Oak Harbor Join residents, staff and neighbors for an Easter Egg Hunt for ages 1-10, face painting, a scavenger hunt, photo booth, and petting zoo. All events are free and open to the public. Welcome Home Oak Harbor is located at 235 SW 6th Ave. For more information, call 360682-5998.

Live Music: SeaStar Saturday, April 20, 7:00-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville SeaStar is a Seattle-based original Celtic and folk music group created in 2007 by singersongwriter Fae Wiedenhoeft. No cover. For more information, call 360-682-5747 or visit

Sunday, meet at Whale Bell park at 10:00am and help protect gray whale habitat by participating in a Langley beach clean-up. In the afternoon from 3:00pm to 5:00pm take to the water to see the gray whales with Orca Network’s Gray Whale Fundraising Cruise onboard the Glacier Spirit whale watch boat. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance through

Legends of Rock Benefiting CADA

Live Music: Jim Smith

Sunday, April 21, 11:00am-1:00pm Rustica Café, Oak Harbor

Saturday, April 13, 7:00-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville No cover. For more information, call 360-6825747 or visit

Saturday, April 20, 7:00pm South Whidbey High School, Langley Tickets are $25 and are available at,, Winderemere in Oak Harbor, bayleaf in Coupeville, or Windermere in Freeland.

Live Music: Just In Time Jazz Duo

Nick’s amazing keyboard stylings and Judy’s mellow vocals give the great jazz standards new life.

Join us for a discussion of Fredrik Backman’s “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry,” a charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the NY Times bestseller “A Man Called Ove.” For adults Whibey Island Earthquakes: What to Expect, How to Prepare Thursday, April 11, 2:00-3:30pm Freeland Library Find out about local earthquakes in the updated version of this popular documentary. Presented by Robert Elphick and an American Red Cross representative. Produced by Whidbey Island’s 4-HD Video Editing Club for the local American Red Cross. A question and answer time follows the film. Everyone is welcome. 3rd Annual WhidbeyCon Saturday, April 13, 10:00am-4:00pm Oak Harbor Library Join this free geek-fest! All ages and fandoms will find something of interest like panels, workshops, vendor and artist alley, gaming room, scavenger hunt, and photo booth! Painting Trees with Carla Walsh Saturday, April 13, 11:00am-12:00pm Clinton Library Join artist Carla Walsh to learn how to paint watercolor trees in this fun, free class. All materials are supplied. Ideal for beginners, all ages welcome. Discuss the Classics with Rita Drum Monday, April 15, 1:30pm Oak Harbor Library Join us as we prepare for the upcoming Island Shakespeare Festival and consider the joy and enchantment of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” For more information, contact Rita Bartell Drum at or 631-707-5980. Simple Tricks To Reduce Everyday Stress Tuesday, April 16, 2:00-3:00pm Oak Harbor Library Many people experience daily stress. In fact, it’s so common that three out of four doctor visits are from stress-related ailments. Please join Janie Keilwitz RN, MN to learn easy techniques and acupressure points to help relieve stress, promote well-being and improve your sleep. Visit for additional information. Meet the Author - Sandra Pollard Tuesday, April 16, 2:00-3:30pm Freeland Library Meet the author of “Puget Sound Whales for Sale” and “A Puget Sound Orca in Captivity: The Fight to Bring Lolita Home.” This program focuses on the recently released, in-depth story of Lolita, the sole surviving orca from the Washington State capture era, and the 25-year-old campaign to bring her home. Everyone is welcome. Whidbey Reads Presents - The Art of Book Folding Wednesday, April 17, 1:00-2:30pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave. Come explore creative ways to turn old books into art! Learn a simple, beginner hedgehog pattern, then challenge yourself and move on to a more complicated heart pattern. For ages 8 and up. All materials provided. Hiking Close to Home: Trails of Whidbey, Fidalgo and Guemes Wednesday, April 17, 4:00pm Freeland Library You don’t have to travel to the Cascades or Olympics to enjoy a great hike. Maribeth Cran- LOCALLY OPERATED dell shares her favorite hikes in our neck of the woods.

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, April 14: Pastor Darrell Wenzek- The Word of God: Adequate for doctrine, reproof, correction and training. Service followed by a light lunch. Loving fellowship included.

Tenebrae - A Service of Shadows Wednesday, April 17, 7:00pm St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley Join the choir of St. Hubert Church and reflect on the Passion of Christ at this service of scriptures, solemn hymns, and the diminishing of light into deep darkness. Come, deepen your spiritual journey this Holy Week. The church is located at 804 Third St.

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

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

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

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

Galleries & Art Shows Featured Artist: Gaylen Whiteman Reception, Saturday, April 13, 2:00-5:00pm Artworks Gallery, Greenbank Farm The theme of her exhibit is “The Spring B’s Birds, Bees, Bunnies and Butterflies.” Gaylen, a Whidbey Island artist, captures the essence of her favorite backyard critters in watercolors that express the wonder and joy she finds in nature. Please join our artists for light treats and beverages.

“Faces and Places: the art of Sydnee Elloit Open House: Saturday, April 13, 2:00-5:00pm Show continues through May 3 Raven Rocks Gallery, Greenbank Farm Sydnee Elliot weaves bits and pieces of history and the emotional scraps of memories together with clear intention and artistic skill to create collage and mixed media of serendipitous appeal and beauty. Her collages of collectibles from across time, painted or layered with other objects and parts of books, are perfect conversation pieces. Among our personal favorites, Sydnee’s representational portraits of feminine faces are exquisitely drawn, as well as joyfully colorful. Come and enjoy some time with the work of this talented local artist, as well as the work of our other gallery artists.

Meetings & Organizations Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS) Tuesday, April 16, 6:00-8:00pm Hayes Hall, Room 137, SVC, Oak Harbor Anyone interested in astronomy is invited to attend. There will be short presentations on current topics in astronomy and a good time is guaranteed for all. For more information about ICAS or club events, contact Bob Scott at or visit www. WHAT'S GOING ON

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Ready, set, run: annual marathon, races return to Whidbey Island By Kacie Jo Voeller Whidbey Weekly Sunday, be prepared for a different kind of traffic on Deception Pass Bridge.

Loranger said despite the challenges of the race, the Whidbey event makes up for it with miles of picturesque scenery for runners.

It is not the usual vehicles bringing visitors to the pass in the spring – it is over 100 runners participating in the one road race with the claim to fame of participants running across Deception Pass Bridge. The annual Whidbey Island Marathon will start at 7 a.m., with half-marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1K fun run events to follow at various times throughout the morning.

“This race, it has hills - you can’t get away from them - but this is also one of the most beautiful races I have either managed or participated in or gotten to see,” he said. “There are only a handful of races that have views like we do. I mean, you have got the opportunity to see whales while you are running by, which is pretty cool.”

Jared Loranger, owner of the company which manages the race, Fizz Events, said running across the bridge helps set the race apart from other distance courses.

While the race offers plenty to runners, Loranger said the community and volunteers also play a large and important role in the event.

“The one thing obviously that you would see from year to year on the bibs and shirts and medals and everything is that it is the only race that actually closes down Deception Pass Bridge,” he said. “With this obviously being one of the bigger islands in the United States, it is cool to say we are the only race that gets to close down that bridge for people to run across it. That is the one thing that is so cool about the marathon, that it starts on the north side of Deception Pass and then you actually run on to the island.”

“One neat thing too is the whole Oak Harbor community gets around this race and they all support it,” he said. “This is one that I always get compliments on, that it is very well marked and staffed properly with the water stations. The volunteer support out there is just awesome and it is a compliment to the people who live on the island as well as the military. “The military gets behind this with their different commands,” Loranger continued. “We have got four different military groups at water stations, we have another one or two that will be volunteering at the finish line, so it is cool to see everybody come out and support the community.” One of the best parts of being involved in the races is watching first-time marathon runners complete their first race, according to Loranger. “My favorite part of a race is watching the person who just finished their first marathon that did not think they could do it,” he said. “Seeing those smiles of runners who have no idea who won the race or how long it has been since it started, but are there because that is their goal, to finish. They were not there to win, they were not there to beat anybody, their goal was to prove to themselves they could do it.” In order to help with parking and make the race experience the best possible, Loranger said shuttles will run from the starting lines to various locations on the island, including a number of hotels and a designated parking area near 7-11 and Burger King on Highway 20. He also noted Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor will be closed until 10 a.m. the morning of the races.

Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Marathon Archives Marathon runners have the chance to cross the iconic Deception Pass Bridge as part of the route in Sunday’s Whidbey Island Marathon.

“If people are coming from out of town, we try to make it as easy as possible so they don’t need to try to use their cars and they don’t need to try and find parking,” he said. “In fact, it is easier just to get on the shuttle and we will drop you off right at your start line versus the quarter mile, half mile walk you make by trying to find parking.”

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Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Marathon Archives Racers will take to the streets of Oak Harbor Sunday as they complete distances ranging from a 1K fun-run all the way up to the full Whidbey Island Marathon.

Loranger, a five-time marathon runner, advises athletes to be early to the race and plan ahead for the weather with clothes for all conditions, but most of all to take a moment to enjoy the experience. “Have fun,” he said. “You are doing it because you wanted to have fun!” After or before the race, those involved in the event can take advantage of some of the unique experiences Whidbey has to offer. In his experience, Loranger said Whidbey Island and the surrounding areas have a number of activities for visitors and locals alike to seek out while around the island. “Obviously, I like to stop at Deception Pass Bridge and check out the scenery,” he said. “But the one thing I do whenever I come up for meetings – I always drive around whenever I come up to make sure I get there on time – is I always try and take my time on the way back and if I do not have anything else to do for the rest of the day, I like to go down and take the ferry. I have driven the whole island at that point, and I like to take the ferry and see the views of everything else. You can see Everett, you can see Mount Baker and the other mountains, you can kind of see down toward Seattle – it is just cool to see all the different elements of the Pacific Northwest.”

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William Rogers Applegate

Life Tributes Alice Riech

August 28, 1937 – March 21, 2019


William Rogers Applegate died March 21, 2019, in Oak Harbor, Wash., at 81 years of age. Bill Applegate was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and raised in nearby Wyoming, Ohio, graduating from Wyoming High School in the Class of 1955. He graduated from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. with a double major in political science and pre-med in 1959, and returned to Cincinnati to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Upon his graduation in 1963, he served a medical internship at the University of Oregon Medical School Hospital in Portland, Ore. During this internship, Bill was drafted into the U.S. Navy. His first tour of duty was as General Medical Officer to a Marine Infantry Battalion in Vietnam. After being stationed at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Portland, he trained in Orthopaedic Surgery at Oakland Naval Hospital in California and in Hand Surgery at Grand Rapids, Mich. specializing in the care of amputees. While directing the Naval Prosthetic Rehabilitation Center in Oakland, Calif., he developed, and was granted a U.S. Patent for a new type of artificial foot which is still in use around the world.

Alice Riech passed away March 28, 2019, at the age of 83. She was born Jan. 22, 1936, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Charles Krukowski and Catherine (Sivik) Krukowski, the youngest of four. She graduated from New Utrecht High School and went to work as a secretary in New York City.

In 1971 while at Oakland Naval Hospital, he met Yseldah Hall, a Navy nurse on the amputee ward. They were married at the Oakland Naval Hospital in June of 1973. They completed tours of duty at the Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif., in Key West and Jacksonville, Fla., in San Diego, Calif., and at NAS Whidbey Island. In October 1989, Bill retired from the Navy and from the practice of medicine after 30 years of service. He lived on Whidbey Island for the remainder of his life.

In 1956, she became a flight attendant for United Airlines and began a life of travel and adventure. She married Alfred Riech in 1975, and together they continued to travel. They visited the far east, South America, and Europe many times. They even went to Africa three times, all while making the rounds of national parks and monuments of America.

Bill utilized his political science degree through active involvement in Island County government, serving on the Island County Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Advisory Committee, the Heritage Lands Task Force, the Conservation Futures Advisory Committee, and the Transportation Planning Advisory Committee. He was elected as an Island County Freeholder and as a Democratic Precinct Committee Officer. He also served as an advisor to the Northwest Air Pollution Authority and on the Board of the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust.

She worked as a dental assistant, secretary for the education center, secretary for Sysco Food Services, and then as a volunteer for the Oak Harbor Senior Center. In all of her jobs, she made lasting friendships. Alice is survived by her loving husband, Al; and by many nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at Wallin Funeral Home Thursday at 11am, following a private interment at Tahoma National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Alice’s name to the National Kidney Foundation (

Jack Newman Jr.

August 29, 1929 – March 30, 2019 Jack Newman Jr., son of Jack and Elma (Downing) Newman, was born in Seattle, Wash. Aug. 29, 1929. He passed away March 30, 2019 at his home in Oak Harbor, Wash. Jack spent the majority of his formative years in the greater northwest Washington area, having attended numerous schools. His father was in the logging and bridge construction business. Jack moved to California in 1946 and graduated from Sonoma High School after which he was employed as a teller for Bank of America. Jack joined the U.S. Navy in Sept. 1948. In Aug.1949, while attending the Navy Personnelman “A” School, he met a classmate, his future wife, Leona “Lee” Ross. They were married in Norfolk, Va. Feb. 4, 1950. Jack was a “tin can” sailor, having served on destroyers in the Atlantic. Upon completion of PN School, he was assigned to the Personnel Accounting Machine Installation, Naval Station, Norfolk, Va. Then on to the Pacific in 1952, where he served as a liaison with the Republic of Korea Navy Headquarters in Pusan, Korea; the 1503rd Air Transport Wing of the U.S. Air Force at Tokyo, Japan and Headquarters Support Activity, Yokosuka, Japan. He served with the Fleet Airborne Electronics Training Unit Pacific, NAS San Diego; Personnel Accounting Machine Installation, NAS San Diego; VAW-13, NAS Alameda; VP-46, NAS Moffet Field. The family arrived at Whidbey Island in July 1966 for his last career assignment, which was with COMFAIRWHIDBEY, NAS Whidbey, and after 22 years active duty, he retired July 1, 1970 as a Chief Personnelman. Jack’s priorities in life were family, church and the Knights of Columbus. He joined the Knights in Oak Harbor in October 1967 and served in all offices, including District Deputy and the Fourth Degree Master of Western Washington. He was a member of St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Oak Harbor. Jack is survived by his wife, Lee, of 69 years, seven children: Mick, Stephen, Pat, Gwen (Bill), Kathy, Monica (Harith) and Mary; as well as 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jack was preceded in death by his parents and three children, Jack III, Mark and Gregory. Viewing will be Thursday from 1-5 p.m. at Wallin Funeral Home, 1811 NE 16th Ave, Oak Harbor. A Rosary service will start promptly at 5 p.m. Funeral Mass for Jack will be celebrated Friday, 11 a.m. at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Oak Harbor. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Interment will be Wednesday, April 17, 12:30 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, Wash. Donations can be made in memory of Jack to the Knights of Columbus, John E. O’Brien Council #3361, PO Box 795, Oak Harbor, WA 98277.

Bill’s favorite activities were reading, birdwatching, and amateur geology. He sang with joy in the Whidbey Community Chorus, and his boisterous laugh was known throughout the community. A citizen scientist, he was active in the Whidbey Audubon Society, was a docent for the Nature Conservancy guiding tours on Ebey’s Bluff, and worked with the Falcon Research Group. A lifelong learner, he also took courses in mathematics, history, art, weather, and natural sciences at the local Skagit Valley Community College. Bill leaves his wife, Yseldah, and daughter, Becki, of Whidbey Island, as well as daughter, Kyla, of Mount Vernon. Both parents and one sister, Susan Ansell, preceded him in death. His youngest sister, Sally York, lives in Anna Maria, Fla. The family wishes to give a special thanks to the many who served and loved Bill so well at Regency Memory Care. He requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the Whidbey-Camano Land Trust, 765 Wonn Road #C201, Greenbank, WA 98235, or Friends of Ebey’s, PO Box 958, Coupeville, WA 98239, or hang up a bird feeder in his memory. A celebration of life will be held in Bill’s name Saturday, April 27, 3 p.m. at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor.

Barbara (Gabelein) Sires Barbara (Gabelein) Sires passed away Jan. 19, 2019, looking out at the view she had enjoyed for 48 years. Barbara and her husband, Joe, were separated for just 101 days before being reunited in Heaven.  Barbara was born in 1941 in Clinton, Wash., to Dora and Johnny Gabelein. Growing up, there were a lot of home-grown adventures, like taking her dolly to the doctor, riding horses, and picking blackberries. Her parents were hardworking farmers who taught her and her siblings, Dick and Cathy, about integrity and ingenuity. Barbara enjoyed working alongside multiple generations gardening, canning, and butchering. She loved traditions like pressing apples in the fall and Christmas baking. By day she was an amazing mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and wife. After the house was quiet, she got her second wind. Then she kept the books for Sires Construction and the family’s rentals, sewed square dance outfits, and knit baby sweaters. Barbara treasured nothing more than family and friends. Connections through the Class of ’59, Sewing Circle, and Whidbey Whirler’s kept her social calendar full. She was an integral part of celebrating life’s milestones.  She captured special moments with her camera and covered her walls with memories and quotes. “Gramma Sires” made time for simple pleasures–Old Maid, City Beach, a visit to see “the” eagle’s nest, going to the Island County Fair. Barbara and Joe had a welcoming, peaceful home. They also enjoyed camping. Barbara checked out every historical marker and gift shop. Her trailer was packed with anything you might need along the way. Barbara’s love, wisdom, and memories are tightly held in each of her children’s and grandchildren’s hearts.  Sandy (Keith) Sires-Kraha, Ron (Lori) Sires, and Pam (Todd) Brager would like to invite you to the Bayview Cemetery, Clinton, Wash., May 18 at 1 p.m. for a graveside service followed by a celebration of Barbara’s life. The family will be forever grateful to Barbara’s faithful friends who continued to surround her with love after her stroke eight years ago, her team of caregivers the last few months of her life, and WhidbeyHealth Hospice Care. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to “The Sires Construction Scholarship” at Heritage Bank or mail to Pam Brager, PO Box 72, Freeland, WA 98249. Family and friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at

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Whidbey Island Camera Club Tuesday, April 16, 6:00-8:00pm Oak Hall, Room 306, SVC, Oak Harbor The theme for April is STONE. You may submit up to three photographs for discussion during the meeting to Whidbey Island Camera Club, a community club, is open to the public. If you have questions, please email

South Whidbey Republican Women Thursday, April 18 We are hosting two detectives from the Island County Sheriff’s Office who will talk about Internet Security - information that we can use ourselves and share with our families. This is a luncheon meeting and light snacks will be served, no charge. For location and time, and to reserve your seat, please contact Mary Olson,

South Whidbey Garden Club Friday, April 19, 9:00am-12:00pm St. Peter’s Church, Clinton SWGC Grant recipients will be present to receive their grant check at 9:30am. The program at 10:45am is presented by Bill Bromley, a well known lecturer and expert on growing and propagating Peonies. Public is welcome. For a list of continuous Meetings and Organizations, visit

Classes, Seminars and Workshops NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course Friday, April 19, 6:00-9:00pm Saturday, April 20, 9:00am-5:00pm NWSA Range, 886 Gun Club Road, Oak Harbor Cost: $35

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

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Laughter Yoga Returns to Whidbey Saturday, April 20, 1:00-2:00pm Freeland Library Meeting Room A unique, playful experience combining easy and fun guided laughter exercises with yoga breathing. Not traditional yoga with mats or poses. All can participate moving, sitting, standing, or lying down and still achieve the scientifically proven health and happiness benefits of a guided laughter practice. Led by experienced Certified Laughter Yoga Leader/ Teacher. Library Laughter Yoga sessions are free. For more information, contact 949-4647843.

Saturday, April 20, 11:00am Rue & Primavera, Oak Harbor This is a free informational workshop. Rue & Primavera is located at 785 Bayshore Dr, Ste 102. For more information or to register, call 360-279-8323.

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Island 911

Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! FRIDAY, FEB. 15 8:56 am, Zimmerman Rd. Advising blue Toyota seen off roadway in ditch; caller states hard to see from road, obvious it has been there for some time. No tracks in area, windows all iced over. Caller passed on by, nothing further. 6:10 pm, SR 20 Reporting party advising hit something in road; reporting party pulled off. Another caller advising bale of hay in roadway. SATURDAY, FEB. 16 8:57 pm, North Bluff Rd. Requesting call referencing ships in water outside her house; keep lighting up her property. SUNDAY, FEB. 17 6:18 am, Deer Lake Rd. Reporting party advising something going on in his woods; hearing dogs barking and screaming; thinks friend is in trouble. 6:43 am, Yvonne Ave. Advising car ran into fence, unknown if occupied; not sure if associated to house across the street, heard of them driving after they have been drinking. 9:14 am, Sweetbriar Ln. Requesting call referencing neighbor’s dog killing her llama; dogs are there now, owner trying to catch them; one is a Boxer, unsure what the other is. 5:31 pm, Coltsfoot Ln. Caller says her uncle accidentally drank from her Pepsi bottle, which contained alcohol; uncle is not supposed to have alcohol. States has to blow in breathalyzer and is concerned it will throw reading off. MONDAY, FEB. 18 10:47 am, Woodsy Pl. Caller advising slash burn in area is really bothering wife; says a couple nights ago they had to go somewhere in the car to sleep; requesting call after check. 1:12 pm, N Main St. Requesting contact referencing vehicle stolen from location sometime today; subjects drove reporting party’s son to hospital, dropped him off and then left in vehicle. States they do not have permission to have vehicle. 5:04 pm, SR 525 Advising truck just turned onto Bayview Rd.; lost a propane tank at Crawford Rd. and almost hit another car; says tailgate is open so other stuff could come flying out. TUESDAY, FEB. 19 11:03 am, SR 525 Reporting party advising subject behind them got right up on reporting party’s bumper then passed reporting party aggressively at a high rate of speed. 1:16 pm, Riepma Ave. Advising female is outside fence line with her dogs off leash; states makes reporting party’s dogs bark and try to jump fence. WEDNESDAY, FEB. 20 6:52 am, NE Regatta Dr. Reporting party advising white male running in middle of road without a shirt on. 3:03 pm, SR 20 Reporting problem with ATM machine; cameras seemed out of place. Called from lobby but did not remain for contact.

4:45 pm, Classic Rd. Reporting party states he is bothered by people who are fiddling with their computers; people are his neighbors and the people of South Whidbey. States he is beat up and sick but not requesting aid.



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8 pm, NE Midway Blvd. Advising male came to location to get a cup of ice, tried to get change for fake $100 bill. 9:04 pm, NE Izett St. Caller advising 8-year-old child is kicking wall and refusing to go to bed. THURSDAY, FEB. 21 7:53 am, E North Camano Dr. Reporting party states wife caught on fire this morning, has burns now. 2:16 pm, Carl Ave. Advising neighbor was in middle of street yelling at her and trying to charge her van; was yelling “What’s your problem?” 2:46 pm, East Harbor Rd. Caller advising he is in Oak Harbor Police Department lobby, heard there is a report he is missing; advising he is fine. 3:12 pm, Paradise Pl. Advising tenants have blocked driveway to reporting party’s residence; shared driveway; tenant told him to get off the property. Occurred two hours ago. 4:29 pm, Fort Casey Rd. Reporting party states just came home from work and found pile of dirt on driveway; ongoing issue with nephew. 5:46 pm, SR 525 Advising large pig in yard. Reporting party does not know where it belongs, is following husband around. 8:58 pm, Useless Bay Ave. Caller advising she checked her bank account and noticed several thousand dollars missing. FRIDAY, FEB. 22 7:07 pm, SW Erie St. Reporting party advising male in restroom beating on floor and walls, screaming. 7:54 pm, SW 8th Ave. Caller advising heard a lot of smashing outside house, went outside and vehicle was smashed, driver who hit vehicle now walking away. 11:54 pm, SW Erie St. Advising male sleeping and possibly smoking in bathroom; has been asked to leave but he won’t. SATURDAY, FEB. 23 12:53 am, SR 20 Reporting party advising male standing in middle of SR 20, looks to be sleeping. 10:35 am, NE Ernst St. Reporting male subject in park trying to sell Kirby vacuums. 1:57 pm, SE O’Leary St. Reporting party states her landlord put a camera in laundry room without her knowledge. 3:20 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Party advising white male, 30 years, 6-feet, thin build, last seen wearing blue hoodie up, brown camouflage hunting jacket with two crabs in hand.






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Whidbey celebrates “Sounders” with Welcome the Whales Festival By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Whidbey Island is known for attracting visitors, perhaps none quite as unique – or as large – as the “Sounders,” as they are affectionately called. Certainly, no other visitors are welcomed by a full weekend of fun and frivolity celebrating their arrival, but this group of returning North Puget Sound Gray whales is the guest of honor every year at the Welcome the Whales festival, which will be held Saturday and Sunday in Langley.

Sponsored by the Orca Network and the Langley Chamber of Commerce, the event gets underway at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Langley United Methodist Church, where there will be hands-on educational displays, costume-making, face painting and children’s activities in preparation for the whale and critter parade downtown, which begins at 1:30 p.m. The parade starts at the US Bank parking lot at 2nd and Anthes and ends at “Whale Bell” park on First Street, where there will be a blessing for the whales, music and celebration on the beach, all while watching for gray whales in Saratoga Passage. This longstanding and popular tradition began 15 years ago, according to organizers. “We were wanting to bring more attention to the North Puget Sound Gray whales (or “Sounders”), and to celebrate the fact this small group of whales returns to our area each spring, so we decided we should do a Gray whale festival,” said Susan Berta, co-founder and Executive Director of Orca Network, who explained how the critter-themed parade came to be. “Gail Fleming had just finished up production of a play she wrote; one of the characters in the play was a large silk whale that was so beautiful they wanted it to have a purpose after the play, as well as other wonderful bear, eagle, and frog costumes,” Berta continued. “So the Welcome the Whales Parade and Festival was born, starting out small, growing slightly, with more activities added for Sunday to make it a weekend event.”

Photo Courtesy of Orca Network Critter costumes are all the rage at the annual Welcome the Whales Parade, to be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Langley.

This small, family-oriented festival, as Berta describes it, does capture the attention of many people from on and off the island. One

thing that continues to surprise people is the event is free and one never quite knows what Mother Nature will have in store. “I think most people are surprised the Whale Center and Welcome the Whales are free events,” Berta said. “Our costume-making workshop up at the church before the parade is a HUGE hit with kids and their parents. And often we are all surprised by what takes place each year - some years we’ve had snow, one year it was gale force winds and rain - but the parade still happened, people showed up and had a good time.” There is no registration necessary to join in the parade. No vehicles are allowed, with the exception of the Langley police car with the Orca whale on it, and critter-themed costumes are highly encouraged. “We like to focus on the theme of whales, critters, earth and sea, since this happens during Whidbey Earth and Ocean Month, and it is all connected,” Berta said. “We see more and more new costumes/critters showing up each year; we also have costumes we loan out to people for the parade if they don’t have one or don’t want to make one.” Education plays a huge role in the Welcome the Whales Festival. Following the parade, at 3 p.m. at the Methodist church, speaker John Calambokidis, of Cascadia Research, will talk about new developments with the Sounders over the last year and the Langley Whale Center always sees a spike in visitors during the festival. “The Whale Center greets around 1,000 visitors during the Festival weekend, where guests may learn more about gray whales and see and feel a juvenile gray whale skull

and baleen, as well as skulls and specimens from orca and other marine mammals,” said Wendy Sines, manager of the Whale Center, who said the number of visitors to the center has steadily increased, citing 23,000 last year alone. “Visitors to the center like the kids’ room and lending library and especially enjoy the ocean listening booth, where they may listen to underwater recordings of whales, marine life and manmade sounds,” Sines continued. “Free stickers and temporary tattoos are a hit, too.” The Whale Center, located at 105 Anthes, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other activities Sunday include a beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon and the Orca Network’s Gray Whale Fundraising Cruise will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Cost to participate in the cruise is $75 per person and includes the two-hour cruise with Orca Network staff and volunteers, appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks. Proceeds benefit Orca Network’s education and outreach programs. “For me, especially in these recent years of so much sad news about orcas and other whales, I love that this event is to CELEBRATE and be thankful for the gray whales who come to feed here,” Berta said. “We are really fortunate to have this small, unique group of gray whales come to our shores each spring. We should be very thankful for that, and take the time to celebrate their arrival, learn a little more about them, and gather with others to celebrate the whales together.” For more information about the Welcome the Whales Festival and the local whale populations, go to

New owner, additional service for Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle and Charter has added new service to Paine Field airport to complement its regular trips to SeaTac International Airport and state-wide charters. But that’s not the only new addition to the locally owned transportation charter company. As of Feb. 27, Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle has a new owner. Owners and founders Mike Lauver and John Solin, who started the company in 2003, said they felt after 16 years it was time for some new blood and a bit of relaxation. After a search for the right person, they turned the shuttle service over to D’Arcy Morgan. “We both wanted someone who we felt confident would continue the legacy of customer and community service, while maintaining the highest possible standards at the shuttle,” said Lauver. “We feel we have found that in D’Arcy. It was

a difficult decision to move on, as I have never had a more rewarding and well-received business.” While Solin and Lauver were looking for an exit strategy, Morgan was looking for a “gem” of a company to which he could add even more polish. “I wanted to find a company that served a local customer base, one that had a great core group of managers and employees and one that engaged well in community events and organizations,” said Morgan. “When I looked at Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle and Charter, it pinged on all three of those elements.” Morgan, who has relocated to Whidbey Island from the Seattle area, has a varied professional background, working in “everything from corporate and nonprofit, to working on

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Eric Marshall/Whidbey Weekly Dawn Nelson, from St. Louis, is the first person to take advantage of Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle and Charter’s new service to Paine Field. Nelson is pictured with shuttle driver Stan Steplewski, center, and new company owner D’Arcy Morgan. The shuttle service began making regular trips to Paine Field at the end of March.

Community conversation focuses on public health By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

said Higman. “You can stop at virtually any pharmacy now and get basic immunizations, so that has decreased the demand for them from public health.”

From the quality of the water we drink, to the preparation of the food we eat or order at restaurants, to emergency preparedness, to preventing and dealing with communicable diseases – Island County Public Health is the one common denominator among what may seem to be very disparate subjects. The department was the topic of a community conversation last week at the Oak Harbor Senior Center hosted by Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson. A small but engaged group of people turned out to learn more about the role Public Health plays in Island County residents’ daily lives. “When I started walking through everything the County does and thought of a department that touches every life, Public Health came to mind,” said Johnson. “This is our chance to have a dialogue, gain a greater understanding and take a peek behind the curtain, so to speak.” Public health, by definition, deals with the protection and improvement of community health through organized community effort, including preventive medicine and sanitary and social science. In other words, public health touches us all.

Zoonotic diseases, those passed to humans from animals or bugs, is also of frequent interest to residents, according to Higman. “We get a lot of calls about bats,” he said. “It might be hard to believe, but if someone is bit by a rabid bat and they don’t get treatment, they will die.” Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly A small group listens to Island County Public Health Director Keith Higman’s presentation regarding the department’s role in county residents’ health and safety during a community conversation held last week in Oak Harbor, hosted by County Commissioner Jill Johnson.

“We look at the overall population and do population-based assessments,” said Keith Higman, Island County Public Health director. “We look at about 140 different indicators to help us determine what areas we need to pay more attention to.” Higman gave a general overview of the programs which the public health department oversees. It is extensive and includes emergency preparedness; communicable diseases; maternal and child health; oral health; birth and death certificates; opiate outreach; syringe exchange; immunizations; nutrition

education; water quality; food inspections and permits; burn permits; land use permits; septic inspections and permits; zoonotic diseases; and many other areas. “The majority of our staff work in more than one area,” said Higman. “Water and its availability and quality are always of big interest to the public.”

“I was one of those people who had an interaction with a bat,” said audience member Marshall Goldberg. “It didn’t cost me anything for the county health folks to send it off and have it tested; turned out that bat was rabid and I had to have a series of seven shots.” Testing mosquitos to see if there is a risk from the West Nile Virus is also one of the many functions with which Island County Public Health is tasked.

As populations change, so changes public health. Immunizations are an example.

Audience members posed a number of questions regarding septic system inspections – 70-percent of the county’s residents are on

“We find we are doing less and less immunizations as the marketplace has moved,”

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By Carey Ross After: I thought this was a YA movie about a beautiful girl who falls for a bad boy, but instead it’s something called a “new adult fiction” movie about a beautiful girl who falls for a bad boy. I stand corrected. ★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs.)

Pet Sematary: True story: I can do a spot-on impersonation of back-from-the-dead baby Gage Creed from the original version of this movie, but don’t ask me to do it unless you enjoy having me appear to you in your nightmares. ★★★ (R • 1 hr. 41 min.)

The Best of Enemies: This is a true story starring excellent actors about how a prejudiced white man was able to overcome his racism and see a black person as a human– so, like “Green Book,” but instead of being directed by the guy who helmed “Dumb and Dumber,” it’s directed by the guy who produced “The Hunger Games.” Perfect. ★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 12 min.)

Shazam: DC Comics finally scores another win (“Wonder Woman” can’t do it all herself, after all) with this endearing, engaging story of lost boys and the superhero they conjure who possesses great powers but needs a little help when it comes to using them to save the world from evil. ★★★★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 10 min.)

Hellboy: Sure, Hellboy is a comic-book franchise and Hollywood can let no such franchise die without killing it about a thousand times over first, but there is no cinematic universe that exists in which I wish to see someone retool a thing Guillermo del Toro already handled and handled well. ★★★ (R • 2 hrs.)

Unplanned: This is an anti-abortion polemic to which I have to say: Get your movies off my body. After hearing it was somehow putting butts in movie seats, I went ahead and donated the cost of a movie ticket to Planned Parenthood. Feel free to do the same. Zero stars. No thank you. (R • 1 hr. 50 min.)

Little: This film about a stressed-out woman who gets a second chance at a carefree youth was pitched and produced by 14-yearold “Blackish” star Marsai Martin, who also stars, and if any critics poop on her movie, they are going to have to deal with me. Get it, Marsai, you tiny movie mogul. Get. It. ★★★★ (PG-13)

Us: Jordan Peele, sketch comedian and world’s most unlikely horror auteur, releases his second (the first being the Oscar-nominated “Get Out”) flawless, socially conscious, righteously frightening and scarily entertaining movie, and it’s currently breaking box-office records. ★★★★★ (R • 1 hr. 56 min.)

Mia and the White Lion: A critic summed up this saga about a girl and her imperiled white lion’s journey across the South African savanna as the “cat video to end all cat videos,” which is the surest way I know to get movie tickets to sell themselves. ★★★ (PG • 1 hr. 38 min.) Missing Link: In the realm of original ideas Hollywood would do well to traffic in comes this story about fur-covered, 630-pound Mr. Link, who undertakes a Victorian globe-trotting adventure with the help of a cast of memorable characters and a whole bunch of the stunning stop-motion animation that has become Laika Studios stock in trade. ★★★★ (PG • 1 hr. 35 min.)

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When it comes to cooking and eating eggs, no one does it in as big a way as people in a southern French town called Haux. Every Easter Monday the townspeople gather and a gigantic omelet consisting of 4,500 eggs is made. This feeds approximately 1,000 people. The pan the eggs are cooked in is about the size of an inflatable back yard swimming pool and I don’t mean the little wading ones! The British do something called Egg Jarping. This is where people take hardboiled eggs and bash them together to see whose is the hardest. The winner is the one whose egg doesn’t crack. The winner is also said to be bestowed with good luck for the following year! And we thought eggs were just delicious!

AN EGGSTRAORDINARY BRUNCH! Brunch: the funny, playful meshing of two words (breakfast and lunch) which leads to a smorgasbord of foods, all varying between their typical allocated spots into something completely different. The origins of this ‘mealtime’ is not certain. Then again, very little in food history is certain. Its first mention as it were, is thought to be in 1895 in an article featured in Hunter’s Weekly, by British writer Guy Beringer. The piece was titled “Brunch: A Plea” and was written in the hope it would inspire people to forgo the heavy and dense, after church meals on Sunday and instead opt for something lighter, for both the psyche and the stomach. It would seem Mr. Beringer felt a brunch allowed for lighter eating, having smaller increments, a whole range of fare. This, in turn, was a more lighthearted way of enjoying eating together as a family. I suppose he has a point. With brunch you aren’t weighed down and consigned to eating ‘the usual lunch or dinner foods.’ You have the freedom to choose between items normally served at lunch AND those which are typically served at breakfast. In this respect, it can feel unrestricted, changing the dynamic of the meal itself and perhaps your mood, too! In the 1930’s, with Hollywood stars making cross country trips and frequently stopping off in Chicago, the hotels there cornered the brunch market before restaurants (which were closed Sundays) could. They put out lavish spreads of all kinds of food for their guests. Eventually restaurants entered the race and caught up, as many people were looking for social channels at this time, and especially once World War II ended. During the war, many women who normally would have been homemakers became part of the workforce, leaving very little room for ‘them’ time, especially those who had families to care for. Brunch became a reprieve of sorts for some of these women, wherein the stress and toil of the week could be set aside for the morning and afternoon, and no meals needed to be prepared at home. Whatever the origins of brunch, it’s something wonderful which we still partake in today. Maybe some have made a habit of it every Sunday, while others choose to reserve special days such as

Mother’s Day and Easter for a brunch. Easter itself encompasses an entire season. The 40 days of Lent preceding Easter Sunday are representative of abstinence from worldly pleasures (normally a food or drink often indulged in), and is a time of reflection and penance. It’s symbolic to Christians of Jesus’ 40-day solitude in the wilderness where he resisted the Devil’s temptations. Mardi Gras, aka fat Tuesday, is a ‘send-off’ of foods in the most indulgent way possible, before Lent begins. Good Friday is emblematic of Jesus’ crucifixion and Holy Saturday stands as an observance of Jesus’ transition from the crucifixion to resurrection. This isn’t just a single day which is observed, but many, many days which are deeply rooted in faith. It draws those within the Christian religion inwards, and allows them to reflect on their spirituality even through food or its moderation thereof. There are actually a few different Easter traditions around the world, all varying between country or region. On the Greek island of Corfu, the day before Easter, the residents there will throw ceramic pots from their houses into the streets. Some people believe it follows the same thread of the old Venetian practice of throwing old and useless items out of their windows over New Year’s. Sort of an out with the old, in with the new. Many people say this is a similar concept, which is also said to represent the rejection of Judas. Whatever the reason, it’s truly a unique notion and a loud one at that! I have some Greek friends who say there is a procession which signifies Jesus’ resurrection Easter Sunday and the most common foods you will find are lamb on the spit, sweet wine, and red eggs. Why red eggs? It’s said the orthodox Greeks believe the egg to represent the empty tomb from which Jesus arose and they are stained red as a means to represent both victory and life. Apparently, Mesopotamian Christians would stain eggs red in remembrance of their faith and the blood of Christ which was spilled for mankind as per their early Christian teaching (which is still taught today). But customs featuring eggs don’t just exist in Greece. The egg is a symbol of life across a wealth of cultures, so of course it’s bound to present heavily at this very Holy time.

Since brunch is the intermingling of two supposedly separate types of foods, I was trying to think of a dish which encompasses both mealtimes and makes use of eggs. I’m sure you’ve already guessed I’m talking about quiche. This is one of my favorite ways to eat eggs and is incredibly popular at brunches all over the world. Therefore, I am sharing a superb recipe for this brunch delight and if you make it and like it, let me know! Please email any comments, information and most certainly recipes to me at letsdish@ As always I love to hear from you, so Let’s Dish! Broccoli Cheese Quiche 4 eggs, beaten 1 unbaked pie crust (9 inch) 1 Tablespoon melted butter 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon black pepper 1 ½ cups milk 1 teaspoon garlic, minced 1 onion very finely chopped 2 Tablespoons butter 1 ½ cups mozzarella cheese 2 cups chopped broccoli, fresh (though frozen can be used too) In pan over medium to low heat, slowly stir fry the onion, garlic, and broccoli with the 2 tablespoons of butter until the vegetables are tender. Place the unbaked pie crust into an oven-proof dish, spoon vegetables into the pie crust and sprinkle with cheese. Mix the eggs and milk together, add the salt and pepper, add the melted butter and pour this over the vegetables in the pie crust. Bake for 30 to 50 minutes at 375 degrees, or until the center is set (time depends on the oven). This recipe can be adapted to your taste buds, so get creative! Serve warm or cold and enjoy! To read past columns of Let’s Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.

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SHUTTLE continued from page 10 advanced science and technology projects for the federal government.” He knew at once this was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up. “The first time I met Mike and John, I loved this company,” Morgan said. “It’s a great organization that serves the island well. There’s such a great foundation of operations here already, now I’d like to bring in technology and enhancements to better serve our customer base.” Morgan said establishing the new service to and from Paine Field has been an interesting project. The company is currently offering three trips a day, based on demand and flight operations, and will re-evaluate the service in the future to see if that level continues to meet the demand. He said he would like to work on expanding other charter services here on Whidbey Island, too. “In terms of sales and marketing, we are really trying to get our name out there, especially with Paine Field but also with the expansion of our charter services, such as weddings and wine tours,” he said. Morgan is looking at other ways to improve his company’s service that will have a positive impact on the environment. Continuing a strategy started by Solin and Lauver, Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle has a fleet of 16 vans and buses that can serve up to 24 riders; 70-percent of those are propane-fueled vehicles, which are more economical and cleaner to operate. The company is also looking to start a summer internship program with the Whidbey branch of Skagit Valley College, but details have yet to be hammered out. And as always, anyone interested in driving for Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle is encouraged to apply. Employment and schedule information is available online at Meanwhile, Morgan said he is looking forward to the years ahead in his new business and his new home. “Whidbey is fantastic, it’s a little piece of heaven,” he enthused. “I’ve lived and worked a lot of places in the world. It’s just a beautiful area. What I love here so far is that the people are friendly and have a spirit of straightforwardness. I see a lot of opportunities to increase and enhance our services.”

HEALTH continued from page 10 septic systems – as well as questions relating to whether a lack of affordable housing is leading to an increase in the number of homeless encampments, another area which touches public health. “Public Health is one of the only tools we have when dealing with encampments,” said Johnson. “We can open the door through public safety.” Yet another area that comes under the department’s purview is solid waste management. “We don’t collect or process solid waste in Island County, but we regulate those that do,” Higman said. Even outdoor recreation is affected by public health – the department monitors public beaches, making sure the water quality is safe for humans to not only play in but to eat what comes from it, like shellfish. And you can add salmon to the number of things the department tracks.

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“We house the county’s salmon recovery efforts,” said Higman. “The water in and around the edges of Whidbey Island essentially provides a nursery for young salmon.” While the community conversation wasn’t a comprehensive look at all Island County Public Health handles on a day to day basis, it was a good introduction to an agency that impacts everyone. More information can be found on the county’s website, “This department is truly the gem of our county and the people who work there are passionate about what they do,” Johnson said.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) One of the highlights of your week may come as the sudden realization that you are stronger than that which has been holding you down. This euphoric moment when you sense yourself getting your feet under you and are about to rise is tied, directly or indirectly, to matters financial. It is a new lease on life, and more so to the degree that you put your full will and might behind it. The 12th brings contributing factors. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) A more aggressive approach to fulfilling your obligations is desirable this week. Any achievement on your part will quickly result in more of the same, with momentum building quickly. Your actions are the deciding factor, however, meaning that if you do nothing, nothing is likely to happen. Seize the inspiration to act when it strikes, for that is the key to your eventual success. Negatives on the 12th grow to be obstacles if ignored. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) A jubilant moment of discovery is likely this week on the subject of a cherished goal. Where you have groped in darkness, the sudden light of learning may come as a shock. Take all the time you need to integrate the knowledge, then prepare to act on it. Strike while the iron is hot, as the saying goes. Academic understanding alone won’t suffice. Home and business are the focus on the 12th. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Your opinions on a variety of subjects are likely to be in a state of flux this week. With your stance as changeable and variable as the weather, you make an easy target for manipulation. Knowing you are vulnerable is your best safeguard. More difficult to guard against is self-delusion. Be wary on the 12th of convincing yourself of things that are patently untrue. Question everything and assume nothing. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) You stand at a crossroad this week. Your choice of paths includes the optimistic but risky, and the less optimistic conservative. It matters little which of the two appeals most. What matters is only that you commit to one. The moment you commit, your focus sharpens, your effectiveness increases, and your chances of eventual success greatly increase. Search as widely as you must for answers on the 12th. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) The easy way around your problems this week may be to rely on others for the sense of direction you can’t find within yourself. Be wary of it. Long-lasting and satisfying solutions, the kind you really want and need, can be found only within yourself. It’s good, at times even necessary, to invite the input of

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Your great need this week is for a way to fully and accurately convey a sense of the beautiful ideal you hold within. Art and music do what words alone cannot, so you might consider them as a means of getting your message out. If you are artistic, this can be a productive period of great inspiration. Follow where your heart leads on the 12th and do not censor yourself. It’s a day to think outside the box. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) In all that you do this week, your style of doing probably inclines toward the lavish or expensive. Since you are also likely attached to having your way, objections to your style as being garish or wasteful could become a source of friction. Your ideas of the way things must be are fine as long as the show is yours to run. Problems arise when it’s not your show. Make sure you know your bounds on the 12th and stick to them. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) It’s easy to blame others if you’re feeling held back this week, but you are probably off target if you do. Other people are not your oppressors. They only reflect the true problem. Your problem, if there is one, is your own inhibitions. Whatever your circumstance, now is a prime time to explore your role in creating it. Just holding that in mind as a possibility is enough to attract answers on the 12th. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Nagging thoughts of things you should already have done but haven’t are likely this week. These should not be ignored. Putting them out of mind won’t make the nagging feeling go away. Better would be to set aside time to deal with the issue at hand. If lack of a ready solution is the reason the matter was back-burnered to begin with, solutions may now be forthcoming. A little effort goes a long way on the 12th. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Areas of your life that feel out of control would benefit from added structure this week. Prioritizing your day to deal with the problem areas first will make sure the issue gets addressed. Since your efforts today form the foundation of of tomorrow, they deserve nothing less than your full commitment. Seize the 12th accordingly and act with zeal. Half-hearted approaches create a half-hearted future. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) The truth is that going places you haven’t been and doing things you’ve never done is probably delivering mixed results. Where your expectations have been less than happily fulfilled, you may need to back up and reconsider your approach. Preconceived ideas of the way it should be are much of what’s holding you back. Your best bet on the 12th is to live in the present. Take things as they are and judge them later.

CLUES ACROSS 1. A way to wound 5. Hormone secreted by the pituitary gland (abbr.)8. Shows the world 11. Decided 13. Indigenous person of NE Thailand 14. Dough made from corn flour 15. Honors 16. Political commentator Coulter 17. Expresses pleasure 18. Heavy clubs 20. Defunct phone company 21. Algonquian language 22. Salts

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56. Request

26. Paddle

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59. BBQ dish

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60. No (Scottish)

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61. Jewish spiritual leader

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62. Tool used to harvest agave

35. Sun up in New York

63. Explosive

36. Where golfers begin 37. Soviet Socialist Republic

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2. Polite interruption sound

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3. Extremely small amount

42. Dueling sword 44. Houston hoopster

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31. Drummer Weinberg

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12. Midway between east and southeast

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45. Type of beer 47. Ancient kingdom near Dead Sea 49. A way to attack

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48. American state 51. Swiss river

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54. One point east of northeast

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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@ 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@ More info at our Facebook Page: Medical Marijuana patients unite; If you need assistance, advice, etc. please contact at 420patientnetworking@gmail. com. Local Whidbey Island help. If you or someone you know has been a victim of homicide, burglary, robbery, assault, identity theft, fraud, human trafficking, home invasion and other crimes not listed. Victim Support Services has advocates ready to help. Please call the 24-hr Crisis Line 888-3889221. Free service. Visit our web site at

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: 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@ 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:

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 (0)


maintaining and operations of office equipment, organize and maintain office files, assist in ordering/stocking company supplies, perform additional duties as assigned. Qualifications: Exceptional customer service skills, revious office management experience, proficiency in Microsoft Office Suites, self-motivated, great organizational skills, strong social media skills, keen attention to detail, excellent verbal and written communication skills, ability to maintain strict confidentiality, skilled in operating a variety of general office equipment and computers. Send resume to admin. (3) 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. or call 360679-4003 (3) Facilitator/Educator for the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County (IDIPIC). Part-time contracted position starting this spring for applicant in Coupeville or Oak Harbor. Appx. 15 hrs a month, $20 hr, mileage, no benefits. Must present two Saturday panels per month (one in Oak Harbor/one in Freeland), and one Thursday night panel per month (Oak Harbor). Longterm commitment desired. Job training provided. Email for job description, qualifications and requirements. EOE (3)

(moss agate, chalcedony etc.) stretch bracelet, $20 OBO; Chrysoprase pendant with interesting silver chain, $75 OBO; Beautiful sterling silver and sapphire earrings, $49 OBO; Interesting glass pin in shades of blue, $8; Oval amethyst ring set in sterling silver, $45 OBO; White button pearl earrings 8mm, $29 OBO; Pale blue Baroque pearl earrings 9-10mm, $39 OBO. Call 360331-1063 (1)
















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LAWN AND GARDEN Straw Hay: Good for bedding, erosion control, mulch, etc. $3 per bale, 20 bale minimum. 360-321-1624 Natural Barnyard Topsoil: Good for flower beds, gardens, etc. Unscreened, 10 yard load, $225 delivered. South Whidbey, 360-321-1624

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Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle is Over 50 LP (vinyl) albums for looking for an Office Adminsale, various artists, pristine istrator to oversee a busy condition, $3 each. Call 360front office for its Oak Harbor, 331-1063 (1) Wash. operations, who will Duck or chicken eggs, $4 doz. report directly to the GenAmy, 360-969-9266 (0)   eral Manager. This position Wind chimes, 21”, $10. We requires the candidate to be can send photos. Call or text fully computer proficient in 360-320-0525 Microsoft Office products and quick to learn other computer RECREATION programs. Excellent verbal and Get ready for baseball 2019! written communications skills New Balance baseball cleats, are essential and you should size 10.5, well-used for one be highly detailed oriented for season, good condition. CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES this position. Proof reading REDUCED $15 or best offer; and double checking will be Men’s shoes: “Reaction,” by Catcher’s glove by Akadema, a critical duty. Job duties will Kenneth Cole. Men’s black 33-inch, used for two seasons, include: Supervisory skills (Suleather dress shoes, like new, pervise office staff, coordinate size 8.5. REDUCED $20 or best fair condition. REDUCED $30 or best offer; Louisville office procedures, manage offer. We can send photos. Slugger 916 bat, 32-inch, 29 employee work schedules, or360-678-1167 oz., 2-5/8” barrel, BBCOR ganize company appointments certified. REDUCED $45 or JEWELRY and special events, provide best offer; Marucci Cat 8 bat, excellent customer service and Wide silver cuff bracelet with 33-inch, 30 oz., 2-5/8” barrel, respond to inquiries); General a 1-1/4” square blue green dioffice skills (answer and route chroic glass and wire wrapped BBCOR certified. REDUCED $150 or best offer. We can calls on a multi-line phone sys- beads, $49 OBO; Multi-stone tem, prepare correspondence No Cheating! and documents as directed, provide clerical/secretarial support to company owners and managers , maintain personnel records to meet federal and state inspection standards, maintain and update the training library, assist with How’d youdifficulty do? rating 0.48) Puzzle 1 (Medium,

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send photos of these items. 360-678-1167 Camping items: Brookstone waterproof floating lantern, for camping, patio, poolside, or emergencies, new, $5 or best offer; Old (but clean) Thermos 1-gallon jug, $5; Versatile backpack, the two parts can be used separately, or (for more serious backpacking) together, $15 obo. We have photos. Call or text 360-3200525. Sports items: Bag Boy golf cart, $10 obo; Men’s wet suits, size L, $10 per item; Neoprene gloves and hats, size L, $5 each. We have photos. Call or text 360-320-0525.

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ANIMALS/SUPPLIES Chain link dog run/kennel, 8’ x 5’, $120; Large vinyl

WANTED Art, Antiques & Collectibles. Cash paid for quality items. Call or text 360-661-7298 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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As spring breezes blow twigs, leaves and other debris into our gutters, it can seriously hinder the water flow. A backed-up gutter can cause an accumulation of water and a subsequent overflow around the foundation of the building. Over time this can lead to weakened footings and the development of cracks in foundation walls, which can be a very costly, but necessary fix. Don’t wait for this to happen! Prevention is key and is a simple matter of calling in Crystal Clean and their highly trained professionals to do what they do best and get your gutters going again!

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After your gutters are good to go, let’s tackle those windows and give them fresh, springtime gleam! Your viewing portals will be as crystal clear as they can be and with the invaluable services and expertise of the Crystal Clean staff, you’ll get all this and more! Using the ‘Pure Water System’ to guarantee their customers a radiant, spot-free finish on their windows each and every time, owner Jason ensures his customers get only the best of the best. That’s not all though; as safety is paramount for this owner, he protects everyone’s interests by using water fed poles that make use of the RODI system (Reverse Osmosis Deionization). This cleaning method stops contaminants from passing through the filters, giving your windows a spot free finish and a glint as glamorous as they come. It isn’t just the exterior of your home that will benefit from Crystal Clean’s services though, because on top of all the exterior cleaning Jason and his crew do, the interior gets a breath of fresh air as well, should you choose to take advantage of it! Eco-friendly soaps are used on interior windows, which of course are safe to use around people and pets alike! Safeguarding everyone’s best interests while dispensing second-to-none services is what Crystal Clean is all about!

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