Whidbey Weekly, July 18, 2019

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Make a Difference By Diane Hennessey

Wetland Technical Lead, Washington State Department of Ecology


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What I love about the Puget Sound and its island communities like Whidbey Island is when the days get longer and warmer, everyone is outside playing and recreating along shorelines and in natural areas. My favorite thing to do on Whidbey Island is to visit natural areas, parks, and shorelines that contain wetlands. Whenever I travel to Whidbey Island, I get very excited about the various wetland systems I might get to study or visit. The island has an amazingly diverse landscape of both freshwater and saltwater wetlands systems and there may even be one in your backyard. Wetland Types Whidbey Island contains over 300 wetlands of various types. A 2006 study of 103 of these wetlands showed wetlands scattered across the island (www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/Documents/Health-of-IC-Wetlands.pdf). Wetland systems on Whidbey Island are unique in that very few are associated with streams or floodplains due to the lack of freshwater streams. Freshwater wetlands on the island include ponds (both man-made and natural) with submerged or floating vegetation, seasonally wet meadows, forested wetlands, wetlands associated with small streams, bogs, and seep (or slope) wetlands which feed freshwater to coastal areas or streams. Saltwater wetlands on the island include coastal lagoons behind barrier beaches, and estuary wetlands within deltas and other embayments. For more information about wetland types visit www.islandcountywa. gov/Planning/Documents/WetlandTypes.pdf. Wetland Identification So how can you tell if an area is a wetland, particularly if you do not see ponded water? Three elements help identify the presence of wetlands: Hydrology: a wetland may be ponded all year or just seasonally wet. Water does not have to pond, but can be near the water’s surface for 2-3 weeks during the spring season. Vegetation: Wetlands contain plants that can handle getting their roots wet and low oxygen levels. Soil: Wetland soils are poorly-drained and develop characteristics that result from the presence of water and absence of oxygen. These soils are darker than non-wetland soil and typically have yellow or rust-colored spots. Benefits of Wetlands Wetlands provide important functions which benefit humans and the surrounding landscape. These functions include water retention for flood prevention, water purification, habitat and water sources for wildlife and fish, shoreline protection from wave and storm erosion, and beautification of the rural character of the islands. Nearly all animals use wetlands and their adjacent uplands for nesting, breeding, feeding, water source, and/or cover. Even small wetlands can provide these important functions. When wetlands become degraded due to filling, adjacent development, discharge of stormwater pollutants, and invasion on non-native plants, their functions are diminished. How Wetlands Are Protected Due to their importance, wetlands are protected at the local, state, and federal levels. Island County’s Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) protects wetlands in a few key ways - the CAO applies regulatory buffers and development standards which limit the encroachment of development within wetlands and buffers. Applicable buffers vary depending upon the quality and character of the wetland with the intent of facilitating appropriate development

while protecting wetlands and buffers. Wetlands are rated in four categories from highest quality (Category I) to lowest quality (Category IV) and applicable buffers are applied. Avoidance and conservation of wetlands is first required for any potential development proposal. Where new or expanded development is permitted to occur within wetlands or buffers, wetland mitigation projects may be required to replace the loss of the wetland or buffer. In addition to the application of regulatory buffers, Island County’s CAO contains specific standards for wetland mitigation. These standards address activities such adequacy and type of wetland mitigation (e.g., wetland creation, enhancement, or rehabilitation), planting, maintenance, and monitoring to determine success of the site. State and federal wetland regulations may also apply and are coordinated with the local regulatory requirements. What You Can Do to Help Conserve Wetlands Landowners have an important role to play in protecting and conserving wetlands. The following are a few tips for conserving wetlands and buffers: • If you are a property owner, identify whether wetlands are present on your property or nearby and identify the type and category of your wetland. Knowing your wetland category (I, II, III, or IV) will help you comply with the applicable buffers, setbacks, and land use standards. Contact Island County or a qualified environmental professional to determine your wetland category and buffer. For more information visit www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/ Documents/WetlandIDGuideFINAL.pdf • Avoid and conserve wetlands and buffers. • If impacts to wetlands and buffers are unavoidable, work with Island County, and if needed, state and federal agencies to determine appropriate mitigation or restoration. For more information about wetland mitigation, visit ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Wetlands/Mitigation. • Plant appropriate native vegetation to improve existing wetland and buffers or mitigation sites. Observe which native plants grow naturally within nearby wetlands and consider planting the same species. To get you started, learn more about native plants from the Whidbey Island Conservation District’s Native Plant page at www.whidbeycd.org/native-plants. html. • Noxious weed removal is encouraged, but necessitates replanting with appropriate native species. Critical areas review for noxious weed removal and replanting projects requires a no-fee permit. Please contact the Island County Planning Department before starting your noxious weed removal project within Critical Areas. For a list of Island County Planning Department contacts, visit www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/Pages/contactus.aspx. To learn more about noxious weeds, visit the Island County Noxious Weed Control Board at www.islandcountywa. gov/Health/DNR/Noxious-Weed/Pages/Home. aspx • If you are unsure about any proposed developments near wetlands and shorelines, please contact the Island County Planning Department with your questions. To learn more about Island County’s Critical Areas regulations and resources available to property owners, please visit www.islandcountywa.gov/Planning/ Pages/criticalareas.aspx. For land use questions, please contact the Island County Planning and Community Development Department at 360678-7339 or Washington State Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program at 425-649-7000.

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ON TRACK with Jim Freeman

You know you are getting older when you have to hang your hearing aid batteries right by your desk. Of course, one still has to remember where one has hung them. I try to remember the lesson of Clint Eastwood’s 1968 pasta western.

Hang ‘em High!

While many argue about climate change, I experienced my own version, traveling from our mild 70 degree temperatures to triple digit perspiration. There are real-life differences between 100 degrees and 113 degrees. Noticeable incremental differences. The climate change from Whidbey to Wherever is a reminder for me that coming home after any adventurous journey creates a very special feeling of appreciation. Thank goodness we do not need air conditioners here.....yet. Step outside. Take a deep breath. Repeat as needed.

I was unable to spend money on stuff I did not need but might have purchased because of the alleged savings.

Climb it change In my opinion, and who else’s matters, wisdom cannot be achieved without age.

In my case, it is helpful for me to consider that my inability to spend more money on Prime day created secondary savings.

During my years of climbing the ladder of age, I have learned and re-learned.

Kind of like secondary smoke but without the cough.

I have failed.

AAA Yesterday, I learned the importance of having a cell phone.

Growing up, and who wants to do that, my favorite books and television shows were all about adventure.

Years ago, I decided a cell phone was a pain in my pocket. Not only was it a temptation to text while stopped at a traffic signal, I was getting very good at driving with one eye on the road and one eye on my right thumb.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

I have succeeded. Each time, my wisdom belt widened as I climbed.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Adventures of Superman. Life was an adventure. Every day at school, an adventure. Every bike trip to the drug store for a cherry Coke, an adventure. Every trip with Mom to the library, an adventure.

When one has four lanes to cross while frustrated drivers are escaping the stop and go congestion from Federal Way to Seattle on a Sunday, rosary beads are essential, even for a retired Presbyterian.

Life is an adventure, filled with big ones and small ones.

This childhood fear returned as I tried to slither across the lanes with three tires and a rim shot.

When was your last adventure? As I climb this ladder of age, I have to remind myself that life is more than just moments.

Many years ago, while interviewing famed local artist and icon Ken Hassrick, I asked Ken about his life before, now reduced to roaming the hallways of the Careage assisted living facility, bound by his electric wheelchair. After listening to Ken’s ear opening stories of his in excess of eight decades life, I felt comfortable enough to ask Ken a real question.

After arriving in the “safe zone,” the far right section of I-5 that feels like a bridge because of the height above the trees below, I realized I had stopped the truck too close to the white line. My left side truck mirror was almost in the path of the approaching congested traffic escapees.

“Ken, what in the hell are you doing in here?”

There was no safe way to open my driver’s side door without risking loss of some degree, whether it be a side mirror, a door, or a limb.

Wisdom from the guy who once tried and succeeded in his electric wheelchair to zoom to the Tyee from the Careage to play pool with his buddy and fellow artist Frank Rose.

Reluctant, party of one, your truck is ready to abandon. A few days earlier, before my trip to Battleground, Wash. to attend the memorial service for my law school roomie and closest friend of the last four plus decades, I had decided to get another cell phone, just in case. Stranded on the side of the road, that cell phone was my lifeline to AAA, the tow in the know folks. Thankful to have a glowing rectangular device once again, I called AAA explaining I was reluctant to remove the blown right rear tire without their professional aid. AAA’s call center advised me their tow truck team would arrive within 60 minutes. Twelve minutes later, AAA driver George and his assistant pulled up behind my truck for the rescue attempt. Within minutes, they had removed the spare tire from beneath my truck. They also knew where the tire tools were behind my seat. Why ask me? Seconds later, another AAA truck showed up to block the not-so-slow lane so I could exit the side of the highway safely. Lessons learned: 1. Keep your cell phone charged. 2. Get to know your truck before attempting a mainland journey. 3. Add AAA to your Christmas card list. AAA–the real A-Team!

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Given the volume level on the truck radio, I felt fortunate to hear the pop. Had I not, the vibration of the truck was enough of an alert to cause me to seek the safety of the emergency space along the right side of the highway.

This exercise reminded me of my first time trying to cross a wake while learning how to water ski at Lake Norfolk in Arkansas.



Heat wave Last week’s travels reminded me we Whidbeyites live in the most glorious climate on the planet.

Prime cut Not being a member of the elite club Amazon Prime, I was unable to take advantage of this week’s sales.

Yesterday, while readying to enjoy the access to the northbound express lane off Interstate 5 by the old Rainier brewery, my hearing aided ears were alerted by a loud pop.

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“It’s the adventure, Jim, the adventure.” Never will this moment be forgotten. A moment of fraternal inspiration. A moment of learning. A moment of wisdom.

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Playing pool from a wheelchair. Talk about eyeing a shot. Wisdom comes in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Thanks to Ken and many others for the reminder to enjoy each and every moment of each and every adventure, no matter where the ladder of age takes you on the road to wisdom. The Adventures of Annie Oakley. The Adventures of Lassie. The Adventures of Marco Polo. The Adventures of Pinocchio. The Adventures of Robin Hood. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. The Adventures of Tugboat Annie. The Adventures of Sinbad. The Adventures of The Black Stallion. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. The Adventures of Jim Bowie. The Adventures of Kit Carson. The Adventures of Ellery Queen. The Adventures of Fu Manchu, just to name a few. All of the above would agree that each of us has many more adventures yet to enjoy.

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Bits & Pieces and to see the results of the repairs and improvements to the Hall. The clubhouse and sale is located one block west of the Greenbank Store on the corner of Bakken Road and Firehouse Road. We look forward to showing our donors, neighbors and friends the results and sharing some refreshments while you shop.

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For more information or to make sale item donations, please call 360-678-4813. Jan Martin Greenbank Progressive Club

Whidbey Island Triathlon Celebrates 23rd Year, Seeks 100+ Volunteers

Attorney General’s Lawsuit Against the Navy Is a Political Spectacle - Not a Just Cause The mission of The Greater Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is to serve and promote the business interests of greater Whidbey Island. We cannot imagine a more worthy cause than supporting the mission of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, the largest employer within three counties. NAS Whidbey Island provides over 9,000 military and civilian jobs with a total economic activity generated in this area equaling nearly $1.04 billion. Jets truly do equal jobs. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, and all opinions should be respected. However, all Whidbey Island residents, like COER, “choose” to call Whidbey Island their home. Businesses are outraged that a small group of self-interested, divisive activists are promoting their limited special interests over the greater national good. Attorney General Robert Ferguson’s decision to file suit against the Department of the Navy under the pretext of “protecting the rights” of a small group of activists appears to be nothing more than “political grandstanding” and a runup to his own political aspirations. This lawsuit is ill advised and fails to even consider the critical carrier landing practice needs of our men and women who fly the aircraft that protect our freedom. When you sue the Federal Government, you are suing the American taxpayer. What a waste of taxpayer money. Particularly when the persons lobbying for this action are focused more on their property values than the safety of the flight crews who have been using this area for training for over 60 years. The Oak Harbor Chamber would like the United States Navy and everyone who serves and have served this country through NAS Whidbey to know the business community stands beside you, supporting your efforts for the best possible training available. The lawsuit Attorney General Ferguson filed against the Department of the Navy is completely out of touch with the real issues presented by this discussion and does not represent the sentiment of a vast majority of the residents of Whidbey Island and surrounding areas. We can’t imagine a more worthy cause than supporting the “Sound of Freedom.” Conversely, using the office of the Attorney General to promote political ambition and the objectives of a small, but very vocal, special interest group is inexcusable. Christine Cribb, Executive Director Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce

Editor, The Greenbank Progressive Club is back home in our clubhouse and invite you to see the results. Many, many thanks, to the Greenbank Community, all neighbors, friends, and family for their donations and help with restoring the historic Greenbank Progressive Clubhouse. The clubhouse is now open for use and you are invited to visit the clubhouse Saturday, July 27 from 9:00am to 2:00pm, when we will hold a yard and bake sale with the proceeds benefiting our maintenance fund. The hall has recently received extensive repairs after a tree fell over and through the roof in the big windstorm last fall. The yard sale will be a great opportunity for you to save money

To that end, WhidbeyHealth has invited certified Washington State SAIL coordinator, Rae Hicks, to teach the class every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 to 11:30am at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated senior falls are the number one preventable cause of injury, disability and death of those over 65 years old and exercise is the best way to decrease senior falls. There is no cost to take this class, thanks to funds provided by the WhidbeyHealth Foundation. The class meets at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center in its Old Conference Room A, on the lower level of the original hospital across from the Human Resources Office. Use the Birch Street entrance and park near the café. Enter through the café doors. For more information visit www.whidbeyhealth.org/classes. [Submitted by Patricia Duff, WhidbeyHealth]

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South Whidbey Parks and Recreation proudly announces the 23rd annual Whidbey Island Triathlon set for Saturday, July 27. This popular race is sold out and is now looking to the community to provide the necessary support to put on a great race. South Whidbey Parks and Recreation (SWPR) is seeking volunteers in all areas, from trail marshals to clean-up crew. Over the course of two days, SWPR needs to fill over 100 volunteer positions. Approximately 315 athletes will be looking to volunteers for encouragement, assistance and support. Volunteers are the heart of this event, and it couldn’t be done without them. Join SWPR for a fun and rewarding experience. Please encourage your friends, family or club to volunteer with you. The spectacular course that sets the stage for the annual Whidbey Island Triathlon endurance event starts off with a lovely swim in Goss Lake, followed by a bike ride along our scenic island roads with views of Saratoga Passage and the North Cascades. This popular annual physical challenge culminates with a run through serene forest trails at Community Park. The Whidbey Triathlon, staged in the heart of breathtaking Whidbey Island, attracts all ages and abilities and is open to individual participants as well as team competitions. It is very popular in the Northwest as a first-time challenge for novice and rookie triathletes, while still challenging for competitive athletes. The Whidbey Triathlon benefits South Whidbey Parks and Recreation programs. For more information about volunteering, email programs@whidbey.com, call 360-2216788 or go straight online to sign up for a volunteer spot: 1) Visit https://signup.com/go/iBSHbTX 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like. 3) Sign up! It’s easy. For information about the triathlon and registration, visit: www.whidbeytriathlon.com. [Submitted by Carrie Monforte, SWPR]

WhidbeyHealth Begins Ongoing ‘SAIL’ Class for Senior Falls Prevention You know what they say: “Move it or lose it.” That’s the idea behind an exercise program for senior falls prevention, too. Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is a strength, balance and fitness program for adults aged 65 and older. Performing exercises to improve strength, balance and fitness is the single most important activity adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling. The entire curriculum of activities in the SAIL program can help improve strength and balance, if done regularly.

Special Screening of “Dammed to Extinction” Featuring Q&A session with author and filmmaker Steven Hawley Orca Network and the Langley Whale Center are pleased to announce a special screening of Dammed to Extinction Saturday at the Clyde Theater in Langley, Wash. Please join author and filmmaker Steven Hawley and Orca Network’s Howard Garrett from 2:00 to 4:00pm for what will certainly be an informative, educational, and entertaining afternoon. This eye-opening documentary explores the burning controversy over how to restore the dammed Snake River, potentially the most productive salmon spawning watershed left in the world, and how we can help Southern Resident orcas find food and survive. Four obsolete dams choke off access to thousands of miles of wilderness rivers and streams. Removing these unnecessary dams will save money, salmon and orcas. More Dammed To Extinction screenings at this link: www.orcanetwork.org/Main/index.php? categories_file=SnakeRiverDamRemoval Doors open at 1:30pm. For more information, go to www.OrcaNetwork.org, or contact Orca Network at info@orcanetwork.org or 866-ORCANET. [Submitted by Susan Berta, Orca Network]

Cricket & Snail Perform at UUCWI Cricket & Snail is a violin-accordion duo living in Prague that performs an eclectic mix of classical, early 20th-century popular and folk musical styles that transport listeners to such exotic places as a French café, an opera scene, a Celtic dance or a Jewish wedding. While Czech violinist Lucie Carlson and American accordionist James Carlson are both classically trained musicians and composers, they formed their duo because they wanted to make music that was freer from the boundaries of the concert hall. Whether playing on stage, in a café or on the streets of Prague, they always impress their listeners with the expressiveness of their playing, their original compositions and the surprising beauty of sound their instruments make when combined. Saturday, July 27 at 7:00pm, the public is invited to come hear Cricket & Snail perform at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI), 20103 SR 525. Enjoy something out of the ordinary, music that is evocative, heartfelt and fun. They perform extensively throughout the Czech Republic and in the U.S. during the summer. For more information, follow Cricket & Snail on Facebook: www.facebook. com/pages/Cricket-Snail-a-violin-accordion-duo/109153292442029 [Submitted by Cynthia Morrow]

www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OPERATED Truth and Consequences: #MeToo and the New Sexual Landscape Pepper Schwartz Leads Discussions at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Sociologist Pepper Schwartz takes the stage at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Saturday, July 27 at 7:30pm. Schwartz addresses the question: have things truly changed? I​n October 2017, actress Alyssa Milano posted on Twitter, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.” That came on the heels of stories by The New York Times and New Yorker about allegations of sexual assault by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Twenty-four hours after her tweet, Milano had 500,000 replies. They ignited the #MeToo movement in the United States – a phenomenon that would soon reverberate around the planet in surprising, sometimes profound, often disappointing ways. Tickets can be purchased at wicaonline.org. About Pepper Schwartz Pepper Schwartz is a professor of sociology at the University of Washington. She is the past president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexualities, past president of the Pacific Sociology Association and she was the Relationship, Sexuality and Love Ambassador for AARP for more than a decade. She was given an award by the American Sociological Association for public understanding of sociology. She is now on the board of the University of Minnesota program on human sexuality, where a permanent professorship has been instated in her name. She is the author and co-author of 25 academic and popular books, including two that were on the New York Times Best Sellers list: The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and 10 Talks Parents Should Have with Children About Sex and Character. Her most recent books are 50 Great Myths of Human Sexuality and Snap Strategies for Couples: 40 Fast Fixes for Everyday Relationship Pitfalls. She is also the author of more than 50 journal articles and lectures widely, both to academic and general audiences. Dr. Schwartz is currently focused on (broadly): the study of intimate relationships, the family, sexuality, and gender. The Humanities Series Since 1996, Whidbey Island Center for the Arts has presented events with leading figures in the world of art, film, literature, music, politics, and theatre. There have been countless lectures and onstage conversations – and a few surprise performances – offering diverse perspectives about the forces that impact our culture. “Our Humanities Series is a program designed to continue the tradition of sharing big ideas and to introduce our community to the influencers and thought leaders shaping our society.”– Verna Everitt, WICA Executive Director All seats $25. For more information, visit wicaonline.org [Submitted by Jeanne Juneau, WICA Marketing Director]

Local Business News South Whidbey SmartOffice Offers Residents, Small Businesses and Start-Ups Affordable Office Space New business provides co-working spaces, private day offices and dedicated suites that are professional, attractive and affordable Dedicated to bringing affordable workspaces to the area, South Whidbey SmartOffice is thrilled to open its doors Wednesday, July 24 for an open house celebration. The event will take place at its location at 1660 Layton Road in Freeland. Guests are encouraged to check out the space from 10:00am until 7:00pm, and join the team for a wine and cheese reception beginning at 5:00pm. South Whidbey SmartOffice offers open co-working space, private day offices, and dedicated suites for rent that are professional, attractive and affordable. The spaces are perfect for small businesses, freelancers, digital nomads, sales reps, telecommuters and anyone seeking a great space to work or meet with clients on Whidbey. Access to post office boxes, complimentary coffee, and blazing

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www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OWNED gigabit speed internet are offered to clients. “We’re excited to be a part of the community,” says founder Rhon White. “We saw a real need for this type of business in the area and decided to make it happen. SmartOffice is perfect for anyone seeking a business mailing address, professional presence, a space to work and meet clients, or who simply need a productive location to get their work done on Whidbey Island.” Located directly across the Freeland Public Library, the space features 500 square feet of open shared coworking space, nine private offices, a drafting table, conference room, 14 on-site parking stalls and much more. Plans begin as low as $199 a month and include access to parking, the shared break room and internet. About South Whidbey SmartOffice South Whidbey SmartOffice is a locally-owned provider of co-working space, private day offices and dedicated suites perfect for

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small businesses, startups, freelancers, digital nomads, telecommuters and more. The mission of the organization is to build affordable, professional workspaces that support a productive workday – for trades, small businesses, freelancers and everyone else needing more space to get the job done. For more information, visit www.smartofficenw.com.

Garry Oak Gallery Offers Third Thursday in Downtown Oak Harbor Garry Oak Gallery will be open late for “Third Thursday in Downtown Oak Harbor,” from 4:00 to 7:00pm Thursday. Enjoy refreshments while browsing new works inspired by Summertime Fun on Whidbey Island from the gallery’s artists. Other Oak Harbor merchants will also be open late. Garry Oak Gallery is located at 830 SE Pioneer Way and offers a selection of inspired local art by over 20 artists, all Whidbey Island residents. For more information, call 360-240-0222.

SUPER SATURDAY SALE! 15-70% OFF EVERYTHING IN STORE! This Saturday, July 20 of Island County www.islandcountyhabitat.org

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www.whidbeyweekly.com LOCALLY OPERATED Unity of Whidbey Sundays, 10:00am 5671 Crawford Road, Langley If you’re one of the “spiritual but not religious” people who questions your childhood faith or is looking for something more, Unity of Whidbey may feel like a homecoming. Visit their website: unityofwhidbey.org

Whidbey Quakers 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.

Community Health Fair Friday, July 19, 1:00-3:00pm Regency on Whidbey, Oak Harbor Free to public! Regency on Whidbey is located at 1040 SW Kimball Dr. Learn more at regencywhidbey.com or call 360-279-0933.

Island Herb Vendor Day Friday, July 19, 3:00-6:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Rogue Raven will be on site with product displays and information. Must be 21 or older. Island Herb is located at 5565 Vanbarr Pl, Unit F. For more information, call 360-331-0140 or visit whidbeyislandherb. com. Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming. Keep out of the reach of children.

All You Can Eat Breakfast Saturday, July 20, 8:00am-12:00pm Whidbey Masonic Lodge, 804 N. Main, Coupeville Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, orange juice & tea or coffee. $8/ Adults, $4/Children 4-12, under 4 free.

Oak Harbor Football & Cheer League Agility Camp Saturday, July 20, 9:00am Ft Nugent Park, Oak Harbor $25 per camp Camp fee includes lunch and a T-shirt. Register at the camp. For more information, email ohfclwildcats@gmail.com or visit www.ohfcl. org. To register for the 2019 Oak Harbor Football and Cheer season, visit www.ohfcl. org. Final day to register is Aug 1.

Guided Beach Walk Saturday, July 20, 11:00am-12:00pm Fort Casey State Park, Coupeville Come on a short walk to learn the basics about our ever-changing beaches at Fort Casey. Wear your walking shoes and a jacket. This will be an easy one hour, one mile walk with some uneven paths, stepping over driftwood, and a steep incline at the end. Discover Pass is required. For more information, email education@ soundwaterstewards.org

American Roots Music Series Saturday, July 20, 7:00-8:00pm Deception Pass State Park, West Beach Amphitheater Inspired by the joyous and free-wheeling energy of New Orleans street bands, the Unexpected Brass Band plays good-time, funky music. Their repertoire includes traditional songs, jazz and music from around the world. Audiences are invited to celebrate and dance with the band. The concert is free to attend, though a Discover Pass or Day Pass is required for parking. Bench seating is available, but feel free to bring your own folding chair. Blankets and bug spray are highly recommended. Please contact DeceptionPass.Interpreter@parks. wa.gov or 360-675-3767 with any questions.

ground and is designed for both beginning and young bike riders. At the end of the ride, participants receive a slice of pie generously donated by event sponsor Whidbey Pies. Registration is open until noon Friday. There is no registration the day of the event. Helmets are required for all riders. Child riders under the age of 6 will not be allowed. To register, go to www.wclt.org/bikeride.

Grand Opening Event - South Whidbey SmartOffice Wednesday, July 24, 10:00am-7:00pm 1660 Layton Rd, Freeland Co-working space comes to Freeland. Dedicated to bringing affordable workspaces to the area, South Whidbey SmartOffice is thrilled to open its doors for an open house celebration. Guests are encouraged to check out the space and join the team for a wine and cheese reception beginning at 5:00pm.

Street Dance: Ruzivo and Ka 1 Wednesday, July 24, 6:00-8:00pm Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Rd, Langley Ruzivo and Ka 1 join together for a compelling and danceable world music sound with contemporary and traditionally influenced Afro-pop dance music. Paul Mataruse, Dana Moffett, Jocelyn Moon, Zack Moon, Rose Orskog and Hannah Weatherford will be joined by several visiting Zimbabwean guest musicians. Rain or shine! Dances move inside Bayview Hall if necessary. Free admission and family friendly. Food and beverages are available for purchase.

Island Herb Vendor Day Thursday, July 25, 2:00-6:00pm Island Herb, Freeland Representatives from Honu 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.

Jerry Lubinski Memorial Car Show Saturday, July 27, 11:00am-3:00pm Ryan’s House for Youth, Coupeville Hot dogs will be served and classic cars will be on site. A self-guided tour of local barns is included. Raffle, door prizes, and a prize for best car. $25 per car, all proceeds benefit Ryan’s House for Youth. Register at ryanshouseforyouth.org

Bluesberry Festival Saturday, July 27, 12:00-8:30pm Mutiny Bay Blues Blueberry Farm, Freeland Featuring Leroy Bell and his only friends, The Stacy Jones Band, Breaks and Swells, Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band, The Hot Club of Troy. $40 for adults, kids under 12 are free. A fundraising event for South Whidbey Commons. Brownpapertickets.com/ event/4256417

made into movies. Read or listen to “First Man,” then join us for the movie and a lively talk. Enjoy candy and popcorn and meet with fellow book lovers. Brandon Henry, who you may have seen at The Clyde Theater, will lead the discussion. Friends of Clinton Library Book Sale Saturday, July 20, 10:00am-3:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S Central Ave. Come shop thousands of books for sale at bargain prices. Additional fiction and nonfiction every month. Proceeds support the Clinton Library. Whidbey Writers By the Sea Monday, July 22, 10:00am-12:00pm Freeland Library Writers by the Sea is a group of dedicated writers (fiction, non-fiction, poetry, blog) who come together to polish skills, share past and present work, and have fun discussing all things literary. Explore Summer: Alka-Seltzer Rockets Tuesday, July 23, 12:30pm Freeland Library

Explore science fiction worlds created by writers and illustrators and weave your own intergalactic adventure tale! For children ages 6 and up and their caregivers.

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, July 21 - The Natural Man: How are people described before salvation. God does some great things to remedy the problem. Services are followed by a light lunch and loving fellowship.

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

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

Concordia Lutheran Church

Teaching Through God’s Word

The Sea Notes play Big Band Music from the 40s and 50s that all ages can dance to.

Award-winning Cool Water, Brooke Pennock and Wendy McDowell, bring their unique harmony driven folk rock Americana style. Hailing from the Seattle area, this twosome have 10 full-length CD recordings to their name and they are back by popular demand. No cover. For more information, call 360-6825747 or visit www.penncovebrewing.com

Sea, Trees, & Pie Bike Ride

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events

A non-competitive event for riders of all skill levels. Participants may choose from three scenic routes consisting of 5-, 10-, or 20-mile loops. The 5-mile loop is over fairly level

Books2Movies Group Friday, July 19, 2:00-4:30pm Freeland Library This group will focus on books that were

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

The featured speaker at the monthly no-host luncheon will be Jack Holder, who will share his exploits as an aircrew member of PBY Catalinas and PB4Y Liberators during WWII. The public is invited to this event, call 360-2409500 for directions and more information.

For more information, visit www.concordiaoak harbor.org or call 360-675-2548.

See schedule below Cost: Free

Worship, 10:00am Sunday School to age 20, 10:00am Wednesday Testimony Meeting, 2:30pm Christian Science Reading Room Tuesday & Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm

Explore Summer: Intergalactic Adventures Wednesday, July 24, 2:00pm Coupeville Library

Saturday, July 27, 7:00-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville

Sunday, July 21, 10:00am-1:00pm Three Routes Near Crockett Lake, Coupeville

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Meetings & Organizations

Live Music: Cool Water

Saturday, July 20, 7:30-10:00pm Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St, Oak Harbor Admission: $10

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

Learn the history and science of rocketry and apply what you learn by building and testing your own Alka-Seltzer rockets with the Museum of Flight. Best for grades K-2. Space is limited; please register.

Sunday service, 9:30am Bible Study & Sunday School, 10:45am 590 N. Oak Harbor Street

Sea Notes Big Band Music

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

Sundays, 9:00 & 11:00am Calvary Chapel, 3821 French Road, Clinton For more information, visit ccwhidbey.com.

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

PBY Naval Air Museum Wednesday, July 24, 11:30am CPO Club, 1080 Ault Field Rd, Oak Harbor

Whidbey Island Real Estate Investors Wednesday, July 24, 6:00-8:00pm Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St. The Whidbey Island Real Estate Investors group will gather to have one-on-one discussions, get any help on current investing strategy, and share ideas. Two special presentations will also be provided: 1) Overview of affordable housing issues and initiatives on Whidbey plus how investors can get involved, and 2) Explanation of Opportunity Zones and how real estate investors can benefit in Oak Harbor. We have a mix of both new and experienced investors; open to all. www.meetup.com/WhidbeyIsland-Real-Estate-Investors-WIREI For a list of continuous Meetings and Organizations, visit www.whidbeyweekly.com

Classes, Seminars and Workshops DUI/Underage Drinking Prevention Panel Saturday, July 20, 12:45pm Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room No pre-registration required. No late admittance allowed. Open to all and required by local driving schools for Driver’s Education students and parents. For more information, visit idipic.org.

Getting Ready for Medicare Workshop Saturday, July 27, 10:00am-12:00pm Coupeville Library, 788 NW Alexander St. Turning 65? New to Medicare? If you have questions about Medicare and the plans available to Whidbey Island residents, let us help you understand your Medicare benefits, costs and options. This free workshop is sponsored by the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) a program of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner and Senior Services of Island County. For more information, visit www.insurance.wa.gov/shiba or call 360-321-1600.

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Whidbey Island Fair brings fresh fare and flair By Kacie Jo Voeller Whidbey Weekly

we only hired one,” she said. “We are making it really cool and giving the local entertainment a venue.”

“When was the last time you had lobster?” This is the question posed by John Norris, longtime Whidbey Island resident and owner of On the Rock Lobster. Norris says it is a question people often have to think about for a few moments before answering. Norris plans to change that with his Maine-style lobster rolls, which will be served this weekend at the Whidbey Island Fair in Langley.

The fair is not limited to musical performances this year. A number of entertainers will roam the fairgrounds, including fairytale characters who aim to bring a little bit of magic to the fair, said April Miller, owner of When You Wish Events. Miller said some of the familiar faces will include Cinderella, Spider Hero and more, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the event.

The fair kicks off today, with the festivities running through Sunday. Visitors can expect everything from exhibits, a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, and even visits from fairytale characters who will be roaming the grounds.

“Our princesses and Mary Poppins can often be found on the carousel, but Spidey is a little trickier to catch as he can be found swinging into action all over the fair,” she shared. “He loves joining little heroes on the big slide though, if you ask!”

Norris has worked various jobs at the fair for about 10 years and has been attending the event for even longer, he shared. This will be his first time having a booth of his own, though.

This will be the second year fair attendees can catch a glimpse of many beloved characters.

“I have five kids who were raised on the island, so I have been going to the fair for forever,” he said. “This is the first time that I have ever sold anything at the fair.” The dish comes with four ounces of a cold lobster salad served on a specialty hot buttered roll for $16, Norris said. The stand will also be serving mac and cheese topped with lobster and açai bowls. “We are bringing something new to the fair this year from the East Coast and we think it will go big,” he said. “It is just a different take and a different flavor altogether.” Norris will be selling lobster rolls alongside his family, he said. “I have got all of my kids, my wife, everybody is all pitching in,” he said. “We are all at the fair, it is a big family run thing.” Norris said he has had multiple businesses on the island over the years, from owning a thrift store to selling vintage trailers. The fair will be an opportunity to launch his new venture while also helping to draw more visitors to the fair, he said. “It is pretty big, everybody is talking about it,” he said. “Channel 13 is going to be coming to interview on Thursday. That is going to be creating buzz all over Seattle.”

Photo Courtesy of David Edward Welton When You Wish Events makes it possible for Whidbey Island fair attendees to share a magical moment with their favorite heroes. This year’s fun begins Thursday and runs through Sunday in Langley.

Norris has also entered some of his artwork at the fair and encourages other community members to get involved, not just as visitors to the fair, but to bring something to share, he said. “We need more people to bring exhibits for the fair, because that guy who is coming from Monroe or Puyallup or that kid without those exhibits (they bring), there is no fair,” he said. Carol Coble, who serves as the fair’s manager, hopes to draw a crowd of 20,000 people to the fair this year. The last two years have seen growth in attendance, from 16,000 people in 2017 to 18,000 in 2018.

“We jumped at the magical opportunity and just love working with Carol and her incredible staff,” Miller said. “They are so passionate about what they do and it is so evident in every little special detail they put into making the fair the enchanting experience that it is!” This year, When You Wish Events will bring a new experience for fairgoers, Miller shared. Guests will have the opportunity to dance and sing with the characters on the Center Stage Thursday and Friday, she said. “This is brand new this year and our royalty is very excited to share this new enchanting experience with fairgoers,” she said. “I highly encourage everyone to visit this very special fair! There truly is something for everyone and each day is full of unforgettable summer magic.” For more information and to learn more about the Fair Association, please visit www.whidbeyislandfair.com.

“The fair is going to be amazing,” she shared. “There is so much to do. It is not like going to the Evergreen Fair or to Puyallup - this is a small-town fair. It is very community oriented, there are a lot of animals, we have a petting zoo. We have clowns all over the place and a lot of roving entertainment.” The fair is made possible by a number of volunteers who come to help with the event, according to Coble. “When it is fair time, everybody shows up,” she said. “I think that is a really cool piece that just shows what kind of a community we are in. We have very few paid staff here.”

Photo Courtesy of David Edward Welton Those who visit the annual Whidbey Island Fair, which starts today and runs through Sunday, have the best chance of sighting a fairytale princess at the carousel.

This year, the event will feature three stages and will be bringing in a wide variety of local entertainers, from Hair Nation to Wild Man Cooley, Coble said. “We have hired over 20 local bands - and it used to be that

Photo Courtesy of John Norris John Norris said he aims to bring a new, distinct flavor to the Whidbey Island Fair this year with his Maine-style lobster rolls, just one of many food options that will be available.

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Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! THURSDAY, JUNE 6 6:26 pm, SR 20 Caller advising waited 30 minutes to get through construction; stating should put detours out. Information only. States would be safer for detours. 8:58 pm, SR 20 Reporting party advising male and female who have a baby with them and the adult is screaming his brains out. 10:27 pm, SE City Beach St. Caller advising they hear a whaling [sic] sound and it’s getting louder. FRIDAY, JUNE 7 3:16 pm, Driftwood Dr. Advising male in silver hatchback drove down street and made a lewd comment. 4:27 pm, Ocean View Dr. Party requesting call referencing missing baby chick; hasn’t seen since last night. 4:40 pm, N Main St. Caller advising he needs transport from WhidbeyHealth Medical Center back home; doesn’t have any funds and requesting transportation. Also advising hospital won’t let him stay overnight.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11 11:14 am, S Main St. 9-1-1 call received, reporting party advising it was an accidental dial, then proceeded to ask call-taker to check to see if an officer had shined a light into her window at location in middle of the night last night. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 12:55 pm, Lunberg St. Reporting party advising she is receiving trash mail in mailbox; advising she has a limit she can throw away, requesting call. 1:27 pm, S Main St. Caller advising trying to post a legal notice and South Whidbey Record clerk inside location is refusing to open door, requesting law enforcement to intervene. States legal notice is in reference to his property on Cultus Bay Rd. 7:02 pm, Tara Dr. Reporting party’s wife is refusing to let him take meds he wants to take; female is in kitchen with reporting party.

4:46 pm, SR 20 Advising vehicle pulled off to side of road, subjects trying to gather money, crossing both lanes of SR 20.

THURSDAY, JUNE 13 4:55 pm, Chadwick Ct. Caller states five minutes ago, granddaughter was walking home and female driving by told granddaughter to go kill herself; states female driver resides in area; granddaughter knows female’s son.

SATURDAY, JUNE 8 5:42 am, Smugglers Cove Rd. Audible alarm, called on site, female said “Do you know what time it is?” and then disconnected. No further call out.

6:20 pm, NW 12th Lp. Reporting party advising believes found a bomb in ashtray; described as a plastic bottle with dark fluid inside with pink masking tape over the top.

5:08 pm, Lancaster Rd. Reporting party states neighbor just came into residence, was playing with reporting party’s toys; seems “all over the place” and may be under the influence. Female has now left, possibly went back to her own residence near location.

FRIDAY, JUNE 14 8:18 am, Overview Dr. Reporting party and her dog were attacked by a deer in area of location at 6:30 this morning; deer was aggressive and stomped on reporting party’s foot. Advising was charged by the same deer yesterday, is a large buck with horns.

7:53 pm, Ander Park Rd. Reporting party advising male riding motorcycle is yelling at her, advising motorcycle has no plates; reporting party was threatened by male, held up middle finger to her. SUNDAY, JUNE 9 1:34 am, N Main St. Reporting party advising is at hospital in Coupeville on Whidbey Island and was trying to visit someone, then “the lights went out and everyone disappeared.” Male is slurring words. 2:14 pm, West Beach Rd. Advising someone has been hacking tree down in reporting party’s yard, states it seems it is getting shorter and shorter over time. Reporting party doesn’t know who has been doing it. 5:39 pm, Carl Ave. Party requesting contact referencing ongoing problem with neighbors coming onto his property cutting bushes and leaving debris in his yard; last occurrence was this morning. MONDAY, JUNE 10 11:01 am, Maxwelton Rd. Caller states three or four subjects in black car drove by caller and passenger flipped off caller while going a high rate of speed; subjects in car were male.


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3:12 pm, Cultus Bay Rd. Reporting party advising large brown cow is running down the middle of the road. 7:31 pm, Meadowood Ln. Caller advising last night was outside by his vehicle and heard male at address say “kill him, kill him.” 8:06 pm, NE Perkins St. Reporting party advising three dogs just chased her; reporting party is out of breath, is in her house, unknown where dogs are, no injury; ongoing issue. SATURDAY, JUNE 15 4 pm, SR 525 Reporting party states an Island Disposal truck is losing garbage; reporting party tried to signal driver to let driver know; vehicles are pulled over and arguing now. 7:29 pm, Cultus Bay Rd. Advising heard large explosion in area, closer to Windfall; states one driveway south of location, subjects lit off an actual cannon. 8:27 pm, SR 525 Advising white Chrysler convertible on Bayview heading towards 525 was driving erratically and throwing things out of vehicle at reporting party’s vehicle. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.


Life Tributes NATASHA DIANE REEDY DIVYAK Natasha Reedy Divyak passed away at the age of 38 at Swedish Cherry Hill, Seattle, Wash. She was surrounded by loved ones. Natasha was born in Kodiak, Alaska and moved to Washington soon after, spending her entire childhood in Oak Harbor. Natasha left behind her loving husband of two years, Chris Divyak, father and mother Mike and Liz Reedy, sister Candice Reedy-Lee (Dylan), nephew Quentin, and niece Lynden. She also left behind two grandmothers, Bev Reedy and Donna Rhoades, along with a number of uncles, aunts, and cousins. Natasha started school at Oak Harbor Christian School and graduated from Oak Harbor High School in 2000. She received her teaching degree at Western Washington College in 2005 and her masters at the University of Arizona in Deaf Education and ASL in 2008. Growing up in Oak Harbor she enjoyed sailing and as an adult her love for sailing never changed; she owned her own sail boat. She loved to travel to California on family trips, which gave her the travel bug. She traveled as far as Turks and Caicos. She also enjoyed resort cabins to get away from living in the city. She had an eye for finer things in life. She loved to decorate and garden. Peonies were one of her favorite flowers. Cats were a big part of her life. She had two wonderful cats. When Natasha was a child she had a deaf friend, which made her want to learn American Sign Language. She used her degree to teach many children how to sign and speak to others who are hearing impaired. Natasha taught deaf education and ASL though out her teaching career at Edmonds-Woodway High School and Mountlake Terrace High School. The family would like to thank Swedish Cherry Hill Hospital for the wonderful care and also their friends and family for their prayers and support. Natasha will be missed by her family and is now in the loving hands of our Lord. A Graveside Service will be held at noon Friday at Maple Leaf Cemetery. To leave a message on Natasha’s online guestbook please visit www.wallinfuneralhome.com

WILLIAM PETER “PETE” MORGAN William Peter “Pete” Morgan, age 73, died at home June 26, 2019 after a short, savage battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife of 46 years, Geri Morgan; his daughter, Angie Morgan Strassburg; son, Robert A. Young; and his brother, Michael Morgan. Pete was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Marcel T. and Lillian (Wood) Morgan Feb. 6, 1946; soon thereafter, the family moved to Oak Bay, Victoria British Columbia. During Pete’s youth, he had several jobs to help support his mother and sibling, due to his parents’ divorce. He washed baking pans at the local bakery in the wee hours and then delivered newspapers. Pete and his brother, Michael, were very well-known for their escapades throughout Oak Bay. Pete graduated from William Nottingham High School in Syracuse, New York in 1964. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy, which took him to many ports including: Great Lakes, Pensacola, Memphis, Lemoore, Alameda, Ft. Bliss and Whidbey Island. He became a U.S. citizen in order to obtain a Secret Clearance in 1979. Pete was an overachiever and was highly praised by all his commands throughout his military career. He retired as a Senior Chief from VA-165 in Aug. 1988. Upon Pete’s return from cruise with VAQ 131 in Aug. 1973, he met the love of his life, Geri, making her his bride June 15, 1975. Pete was thrilled to be “Dad” to Geri’s three children: Angela (5), Rob (4) and Brian (2). Pete was a natural father; the children needed him, just as much as he needed them. When Brian passed away at the age of 3, it was Pete who held the family together. He made the decision to volunteer for back-to-back sea duty so the family never had to leave Whidbey and could have a stable life. In 1980, he started Morgan Backhoe Service, which eventually became Pete Morgan Construction. Pete excelled in many aspects of construction: septic installation and design, building homes, clearing land and anything he could do with hydraulics and tools. He successfully worked his business for 25 years, taking pride in keeping employees working year round. In winter, when septic business was slow, he would build houses. Pete, “the MacGyver,” was a man of many talents. He read and comprehended every word he read even “acing” tests after reading the subject just once. He could converse with anyone, anytime, on any subject. His knowledge of American and world history was astounding. He could take apart and reassemble an airplane...the same with any machine including trucks, cars, backhoes, dump trucks, loaders and even a garbage truck. Pete loved hanging out in his shop where he had all the comforts of home, including a big screen TV and cable so he could watch FOX news - a gift from Geri. He loved it when pals would stop by and talk about “man stuff.” Pete loved to fly and enjoyed ownership of three different airplanes. He also loved to fish - salt or fresh water. In 1998, he purchased an unfinished cabin on Lake Roosevelt in Eastern Washington. Pete and Geri spent many long weekends building and completing the cabin for several years. “Gone Fishin’” was one of Pete’s favorite replies! He was a great host for all his family and friends. He was well-known for his famous spaghetti, chili, BBQ ribs and steaks. His bar was always fully stocked with Crown Royal for the men and Lemon Drop Martinis for the ladies. Many will recognize his favorite sayings: “Hugs are mandatory and kissing is optional” - also, to his family and close friends - “I love you big much!” Pete is well-known in Oak Harbor for always being there to offer help. No matter the situation, he knew how to “make it work” and always knew the “connections” to make it work! He was called “Pete, the MacGyver,” by many. During the last months of Pete’s life, he was surrounded by his family and dear friends. The family will forever be grateful for all the love and support received during this difficult time. A special “Thank You” to WhidbeyHealth Hospice and to Dr. Jerry Sanders for their loving compassion and care. Next time you listen to Jimmy Buffett, remember Pete, a man who is going to be missed forever by all who knew him. Pete - we love you big much! Pete was preceded in death by his parents, Marcel and Lillian Morgan, and by his son, Brian. He is survived by his loving wife, Geri Morgan; his daughter, Angie Morgan Strassburg (Gary); his son, Rob A. Young; his five grandchildren: Joshua R. Venter, Brian Peter Leets (Mara), Amanda R. Leets, Samantha A. Leets and Adam Reeves; his great-grandson, Bradley James Venture; his devoted brother, Michael T. Morgan (Kirsti Palmer) of Fairbanks, Alaska; his dear friend, “Pops” Don King and his many cousins throughout Canada. A Celebration of Pete’s life will be held at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club Saturday at 11 a.m., with Military Honors provided by the NAS Whidbey Honor Guard. Inurnment at Maple Leaf Cemetery will be private. Memorials are suggested to WhidbeyHealth Hospice or to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Family and Friends are encouraged to share memories and condolences at www.whidbeymemorial.com.

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Community weighs potential cost of state’s lawsuit against Navy By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

However, statistics from NASWI seem to directly contradict that claim and show bald eagles, at least, are seemingly unaffected by an increase in air traffic. The base conducts an average of 5,442 monthly operations at Ault Field, 4,680 of those being Growler operations. According to data from NAS Whidbey Island, the bald eagle population between Ault Field and Seaplane Base has more than doubled in recent years, despite an increase in the number of flights.

Washington’s Attorney General is pandering to special interest groups for the sake of politics. That’s how one elected official is characterizing the lawsuit Bob Ferguson filed in federal court last week against the U.S. Navy over expanded EA-18G Growler operations on Whidbey Island. Island County Commissioner Jill Johnson said the AG’s lawsuit is illogical and could cause harm to the county’s economic health. “It’s irresponsible,” Johnson told Whidbey Weekly. “We’re putting the brakes on our economy. What developer is going to want to invest when there is a threat to the future of [Naval Air Station Whidbey Island], our main economic driver?” In fiscal year 2017, NAS Whidbey contributed $1.04 billion to the economy, $548 million in total payroll, $488 million total industry output and $35 million in state and local taxes. In addition to thousands of active duty personnel, the base employs 2,100 full time government civilian employees and contractors. Oak Harbor Mayor Bob Severns said NASWI’s impact to the city’s economy is staggering and he is disappointed Ferguson chose to go this route. “I’m disappointed in our State Attorney General and/or his office for filing a complaint,” Severns said. While the Attorney General’s office did not respond to questions from Whidbey Weekly, Ferguson said in a press release the Navy did not adequately analyze the impact of increased Growler flights on human health, or environmental and historic impacts. “The Navy has an important job and it’s critical that their pilots and crews have the opportunity to train,” Ferguson said. “That does not relieve the federal government of its obligation to follow the law and avoid unnecessary harm to our health and natural resources.”

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, center, has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Navy over increased Growler flights at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. At his news conference last week, he was flanked by members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, Sound Defense Alliance and other opposition and staff members.

The arguments asserted in the lawsuit mirror concerns of opposition groups like the Sound Defense Alliance and Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, members of which stood with Ferguson as he announced his office’s lawsuit. COER announced at the same time it has filed another suit against the Navy. “Across the state our elected officials are listening,” said Maryon Atwood in a statement issued by Sound Defense Alliance. “We have been working to raise the voices of the people across northwest Washington who have been most impacted by the punishing noise from the massive expansion of the Growler jet program.” “SDA will continue to focus on working with our elected leaders to advance legislative opportunities to reverse this decision, while applauding the efforts of the Attorney General and other parties who choose this path,” said Rhea Miller, Chair of the SDA Board, Lopez Island. The new lawsuit filed by the Attorney General alleges the increased number of take-offs and landings at Outlying Landing Field south of Coupeville occur near important habitats for birds, including bald eagles. The lawsuit alleges “over time, these birds would be exposed to millions of loud Growler flights, affecting their ability to feed and breed.”

“There are eight active Eagle nests on Seaplane Base and two on Ault Field,” said Mike Welding, NASWI public affairs officer. “There is another nest in close proximity to the base but off Navy property. The overall number of nests has increased since 2012. Those nests represent seven breeding pairs. That is up from three in 2012.” “Attorney General Ferguson mentioned no new ground during his press conference and in court papers,” said Oak Harbor Navy League spokesman Steve Bristow. “All of the NEPA, NHPA, endangered species, noise modeling, health impacts, and other areas were covered thoroughly by the Navy, plus independent agencies, during their extended six-year EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) process. In fact, the Attorney General’s effort seems to specifically cover much of the failed efforts by the activists during the last several years.” “It is appropriate for the AG to make sure the EIS process is followed properly to protect local communities,” said Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson. “His office did a lot of research before filing this lawsuit, and I appreciate his diligence. The Attorney General’s lawsuit says that the methods used by the Navy in the EIS were not adequate to accurately predict the noise impacts generated by the expansion of Growler flights. I agree that having access to accurate noise data will be the best path for us to identify appropriate mitigation measures required by the EIS process.” Island County Commissioner Janet St. Clair, in whose district the Navy base falls, said the lawsuit could be a good thing.

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Blues and berries, a perfect summertime combo By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Combine the idyllic setting of the Mutiny Bay Blues organic blueberry farm in Freeland with some of the best blues bands from Whidbey Island and around the region and you’ve got yourself the perfect recipe for fun: the second annual Bluesberry Festival, to be held from noon to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27. This second annual festival will feature five bands, three food carts, access to the Mutiny Bay Blues farm stand and a beer and wine garden. Sponsored by Mutiny Bay Blues and the Port of South Whidbey, the event is a fundraiser for South Whidbey Commons. Tickets are $40 for adults with children 12 and under free. Parking is included in the ticket price and access to the festival is from Bush Point Road only. Greg Coe, one of the event’s organizers, has a professional background in concert and event planning. He said the location beckoned to him from the beginning. “Every time I would drive by and look at the farm I thought ‘What a great place to have

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a concert,’” he said. “We were trying to come up with a fundraising idea for South Whidbey Commons and this seemed like a great idea.” Blues music at a blueberry farm at the height of blueberry season. Sure sounds like a cool idea. “Whidbey Island has a tremendous creative community of talented people,” said Coe. “We’re hoping to complement all the other wonderful things that take place on the island and add something a little different.” The gate opens at 11:30 a.m. July 27 and the first band, Whidbey’s own Hot Club of Troy, will kick things off at noon. Next up is another local favorite, Janie Cribbs and the T.Rust Band, playing original roots, blues and soul starting at 1:45 p.m. Seattle band Breaks and Swells performs at 3:15 p.m., followed by the Stacy Jones Band at 5 p.m. LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will close the festival starting at 7 p.m. Bell has performed often on Whidbey Island and has co-written songs recorded by the likes of Teddy Pendergrass and Sir Elton John.

Photo Courtesy of Greg Coe LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends will be making a return appearance at the second annual Bluesberry Festival, to be held Saturday, July 27 at Mutiny Bay Blues farm in Freeland. The event is a fundraiser for South Whidbey Commons in Langley.

Besides an afternoon and evening of great music, those attending will be able to take in the beauty of their surroundings on Mutiny Bay Blues farm. The family-run, organic farm has 25,000 bushes on its 20 acres. Berry varieties include Liberty, Duke and Draper, among others. Its farm stand, which is typically open from mid-July through August (and sometimes even into September, depending upon weather), features berries, gluten-free granola, preserves, honey, dried fruit, blueberry tea, and other merchandise. The whole festival benefits South Whidbey Commons, a nonprofit organization which board member Wendy Cordova describes as an intentional, multi-generational gathering place where people can grow, learn and be part of a community. The Commons features the popular Coffeehouse Bookstore and the Common Room, which community groups can use for meetings and gatherings. It also provides workplace training for high school students. “They can learn job skills, develop customer service skills,” Cordova said. “It’s a four-tier training program where students start out learning basic kitchen skills and food safety, all the way up to how to run an entire café.” Students can earn a half credit for 90 hours of training, or a full credit for 180 hours of training.

“The number of students varies from year to year, but we’ve probably had thousands of trainees over the years,” said Cordova. The Commons has also just hired a new executive chef and a head cook, which Cordova feels will strengthen the program even more. And once again, the Commons will be providing concessions for the Island Shakespeare Festival, now underway. An event like the Bluesberry Festival, which Cordova is helping Coe to plan, helps further the mission of the South Whidbey Commons by bringing the community together. “We learned a lot last year and we’re really excited about it this year,” she said. “Our goal this year is to have 700-800 people attend,” said Coe. Tickets for the festival are available at South Whidbey Commons, Mutiny Bay Blues farm, Mutiny Bay Distillery or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Volunteers for the event are still needed. Anyone interested in lending a hand can email bluesberryfestival@gmail.com for information and to sign up. “We’re combining everything we love in one place – a lot of fun, great music, great setting – it’s the best of all things,” said Coe.

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Avengers: Endgame: The box office juggernaut that is the Avengers’ swan song blew past “Titanic” to become the second-highest-grossing film of all time and has “Avatar” firmly in its sights. Somewhere James Cameron is crying into his piles of money. ★★★★★ (PG-13 • 3 hrs. 1 min.) Crawl: First this movie hits you with a hurricane. Then it traps you in a slowly flooding attic. Then it attacks you with giant alligators. If someone in this movie doesn’t make one of the alligators swallow an alarm clock, that will be an opportunity missed. Five stars for giant alligators. ★★★★★ (R • 1 hr. 27 min.) The Lion King: I didn’t like this movie the first time around, so do your worst, Disney. Everything the light touches is your kingdom, after all. ★★★ (R • 1 hr. 48 min.) Men In Black: International: Because there is nothing new under the Hollywood sun, I am unsurprised to see this reboot of the MIB franchise, but since it stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson (aka Thor and Valkyrie) and was directed by F. Gary Gray (“Straight Outta Compton”, I’m not mad at it. It’s not like the first three MIB films were cinematic masterpieces. ★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs.)

Spider-Man: Far From Home: Spider-Man goes abroad to save the world and get the girl in this first post-Avengers movie in our new post-original-Avengers reality. If Tom Holland is the future of the franchise, I’m here for every web-slinging minute of it. ★★★★★ (PG-13 • 2 hrs. 9 min.) Stuber: This is the Lyft of Uber movies. Hollywood has seen a million sharks and it has jumped them all. ★★★★ (R • 1 hr. 45 min.) Toy Story 4: I don’t know how the fourth installment of a franchise can maintain this level of excellence, but such is the genius of Pixar. Credit should also go to Tom Hanks as the ever-reliable Woody, but this time the show belongs to Forky, aka Tony Hale. One or both of them will no doubt make you cry. It’s Pixar, after all. ★★★★★ (G • 1 hr. 30 min. Yesterday: Dude wakes up in a world in which the Beatles have never existed but he somehow knows about them and all their songs, which he then passes off as his own, only to achieve his ultimate rock star dream of opening for Ed Sheeran. Aim sky-high, Beatles guy. ★★★ (PG-13 • 1 hr. 52 min.) For Anacortes theater showings, please see www.fandango.com. For Blue Fox and Oak Harbor Cinemas showings see ads on this page.


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HOW POPULAR IS YOUR PROTEIN? Every now and then I like to take you on an adventure. Where food is concerned, this could be anywhere and mean anything. The topographical landscape of food is vast and diverse because what is considered a delicacy or even commonplace in one part of the world may evoke a visceral and undesirable reaction in others. This is what makes the food arena so interesting and exciting. It’s the many ways in which we celebrate events using food, how we first came to eat certain items that’s always fascinating and the fact so many food traditions have been handed down through the years and will continue to be handed down, which keep dishes moving through the ages. What is considered either a delicacy or commonplace in one area, mightn’t be considered such in others. You see, there are things we balk at the thought of eating, but what these things are varies from place to place. When I was little, grasshopper season rolled around every year at a certain time. So what? Well, grasshoppers are in fact a staple source of protein in the diet in several regions of our world. They add texture and crunch to dishes when they’re included in them and when eaten by themselves after being fried in oil, make a nice crispy snack. In Malawi, they were dubbed ‘Malawi Prawns,’ in Oaxaca they’re called ‘Los Chapulines’ and in Bangkok, they apparently make a fine addition to pad Thai. With their flavor something akin to sunflower seeds, but a little blander, sprinkling them with spices will enhance their flavor for sure. Tasting supposedly marvelous when eaten along with dishes, they also have a pretty decent protein content. In fact, scientists have been looking towards grasshoppers as the ‘future of food,’ due to their high rate of reproduction, being size-efficient and full of protein. Our little blue dot affords us the ability to be resourceful and from culture to culture it’s sprung into dishes of all kinds. But the grasshopper isn’t the only critter consumed around the world. Think of something that doesn’t jump; it can’t. It’s small and kind of chubby and apparently delicious. Called beondegi on the Korean street food scene and


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silkworm pupae otherwise, this dish combines flavors like none other! I’ve heard it’s flavor can be described as nutty, a little acidic, with a slight fishy hint and with a crunchy outer shell and juicy insides, the silkworm pupae is commonly served steamed or boiled with added salt and spices before being sold to hungry street cart patrons. I’ve also heard of it being candied, though I have a much more difficult time imagining that flavor than I do if it’s prepared in a savory fashion. Popularized as a wartime food for its high nutrient content (think protein, again) they were easily available when other sources of protein may have been harder to come by. It’s also interesting to note silkworm pupae are sold in cans, too and can even be purchased on websites like Amazon.com. Not quite something we see here in the U.S., but definitely an intriguing little thing to pique the gustatory interests of the adventurous. Now, one of the strangest things I’ve come across in my food travels, and I didn’t even have to wait until I was an adult or travel far and off-the-beaten-path for, is chicken feet. I don’t know why I have always found this to be quite unusual, even though it’s relatively common where I’m from and in the U.S. They are made of bone, skin and tendons and good sources of calcium, protein and other trace minerals, but I can’t help wondering why they’re so appealing. Everyone has a preference when it comes to, well, anything, but particularly when it comes to food. This isn’t a preference for me and yet several members of my family LOVE it. I could never really figure out how you eat chicken feet because they don’t have any muscle on them, so you basically gnaw on them until you’re done, I guess. That’s the way I always saw it done. In any event, I must point out the health benefits of this food, even if I myself, can’t reap them. So, while I’m on the topic of chicken feet, I figured I would bring up something that kind of looks like chicken feet, with a few more appendages - spider. Yep. I know there are many, many people who would rather leave home and run 10 miles when coming across an arachnid in their abode let alone eat one, but yes, spiders are a gastronomic delight in several regions


around the world. They’re eaten a little like a crab, though first they’re typically deep fried and seasoned. There are parts that are avoided for the simple fact they don’t taste good and house digestive organs, but besides that, they’re apparently a little like a mix of chicken and cod, as far as the flavor goes. That’s not too bad. Get past the legs and I think it would actually be tasty! You’re probably wondering why I wrote about creepy crawlies as sources of food and it’s because I really wanted to highlight the extremely diverse array of food predilections around the world. It demonstrates just how something we consider a food to shy away from in one place, can be a popular snack or dish in another. Often, these foods and dishes came about out of necessity and as the ever resourceful, incredibly inventive, creative creatures humans are, we took it to the next level and made it part of our global cultures. Don’t worry dear readers, I’m not including a recipe for boiled silkworm nor am I suggesting you catch and fry any spiders you find around your house. In fact, DON’T do this. I am, however, encouraging you to read up on the many things food is on our little blue planet! I’m including a recipe as usual and it’s a simple summer skewer using shrimp – a.k.a. the sea cockroach – and it is delicious! If you try it, let me know how you like it! Please send any and all comments, questions and certainly recipes you might like to share to letsdish.whidbeyweekly@ gmail.com and we’ll do just that and Dish! Cajun Shrimp Skewers ½ cup butter 3 to 4 cloves of garlic, minced ¼ teaspoon garlic powder ¼ teaspoon paprika 1 tablespoon Cajun spice mix juice from half a lemon 20 to 25 large uncooked shrimp, deveined and peeled 10 – 12 wooden skewers Soak the skewers in water for 30 minutes and preheat grill to 400°F. Combine butter, garlic, garlic powder, paprika, Cajun spice mix and lemon juice in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Save half of the marinade and set aside. Skewer 4 or 5 shrimp on each skewer and don’t leave space between them. Set the skewers in a cookie sheet and brush with marinade on both sides. Place the skewers on the grill and cook with the lid on for about 2 or 3 minutes per side or until cooked through and no longer translucent. Brush the cooked shrimp with other half of reserved marinade and serve with your favorite summer sides and enjoy! www.spoonuniversity.com/lifestyle/the-25-weirdest-animals-people-eat-around-the-world/ www.atlasobscura.com/foods/beondegi-silkworm-pupae-korea To read past columns of Let’s Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www. whidbeyweekly.com.

NAVY continued from page 10 “I believe this can be a positive step to reconvene dialogue between the Navy and local stakeholders,” she said. “I do not see this effort as a threat, as I strongly believe that we can work together to address concerns of our community members while supporting the importance of training for our military personnel.” Commissioner Johnson disagrees. “Those of us who were here during BRAC (Base Realignment and Closure) all have a clear understanding of what’s at stake,” she said. “We’ve built businesses on the growth of the Navy. I think if the north end of the island took ALL the flights, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.” “This will take years to litigate,” said Bristow. “During this time, all of Whidbey Island will be subjected to sustained media characterization which is at odds with our outstanding community, Navy families and service members, plus business climate. It will also be at odds with the many thousands of the ‘silent majority’ which are not part of any activism.” And that is where this “silent majority” of supporters is being asked to step in and make some noise. The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all supporters of the Navy and its flight operations on Whidbey Island to add their names to a list being compiled by Whidbey Weekly to be presented to the Attorney General. “The Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to serve and promote the business interests of Whidbey Island,” said Christine Cribb, executive director. “We can’t imagine a more worthy cause than supporting the “Sound of Freedom.” NAS Whidbey is the largest employer in three counties and provides our troops the absolute best training available.” Those interested may send an email to publisher@whidbeyweekly.com to be included on that list. “We would like the Attorney General to know there’s another voice out there,” said Whidbey Weekly Publisher Eric Marshall. “He’s only heard from one side; we think it’s important he hears from the other.” The Navy released its Final Environmental Impact Statement in Sept. 2018, after extending the process. A record of decision to increase the number of Growlers stationed at NASWI by 36 and to increase Field Carrier Landing Practice operations at Outlying Landing Field Coupeville was announced in March.


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ARIES (March 21-April 19) Trying harder is not necessarily the way to go this week. A bulldozer response to roadblocks, trying to push your way through by sheer force of will, might get you where you’re going, but at what cost? Patience and finesse may well serve better in the long run, getting you to the same place with much less fuss and bother. In short, you might consider working smarter, not harder. The 21st offers both options. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Improved financial status is not out of the question this week, but the path to success is likely to involve much trial and error. The winds of fate could prove particularly fickle where you’re banking on the help of others. The main hazard to avoid is expert advice that doesn’t pan out. The blame game won’t get you to your goal, so stay solution oriented on the 21st and remember that things worth having seldom come easily. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) The joys of procrastination are probably something you could easily embrace this week, but not for long. Just when you get comfy putting off until tomorrow what you should be doing today, people and circumstance are almost certain to rouse you back into action. If it’s fear of the unknown that keeps you from moving forward, take heart. The bad things of dread rarely live up to expectation. The 21st proves it. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You will need to stand firm and do what you know to be right this week, even when that’s not easy. The pressure comes from certain people who argue against your views and would have you act another way. Being a people pleaser will inevitably haunt you in the end, if it makes you abandon your principles. In case of conflicts on the 21st, your inner sense of what’s right is always your best guide. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) The time is right for a pullback to rest and rejuvenate, in whatever way feels right to you. Vacation is the popular word for this, but that does not mean you can’t be actively engaged in doing whatever energizes you. Anything that breaks up your routine in a way that will make you stronger when normalcy returns is what you should be doing this week. Private social affairs afford special advantages on the 21st. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) This is the perfect week to loosen up on that emotional discipline binge you’ve quite likely been on for far too long. The time is right to give yourself a break, show your soft side, and let the world know you aren’t really the over-starched collar you pretend to be. The alternative is to continue to fight and

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Even a small step in a direction you’ve not tried before is enough to align you with forces going ways you might like this week. Nothing is guaranteed, but the old adage that says, “nothing ventured, nothing gained,” applies to you. Anticipate false starts, and realize that even promising actions may appear to be duds, until later, when they blossom and bear fruit. Open-mindedness on the 21st is not the same as being gullible. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Pessimistic viewpoints have a way of growing into self-fulfilling prophecies this week, but only if you let them. Nothing you’re told should prevent you from moving forward. It’s important to keep your spirits up by realizing that what you see is not the full picture. Solutions from out of the blue can more easily solve your dilemma if you don’t let appearances get you down. Random events on the 21st are only that. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Abundance takes many forms this week, and can come to you from many directions. Whatever the nature of your lack, ask whether its absence in your life is real, or if it may be that you’re simply looking for that thing in the wrong way, in the wrong place. Relax and widen your view to include different people and a new approach. Opportunity on the 21st may be as simple as a sincere willingness to see. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) Keep your metaphorical grease gun handy this week, and don’t worry about when and where to use it. The squeaky wheel in your future will leave no doubts. Pay attention to the dynamics of your human interactions, both in business and in personal relationships. One or both are likely to exhibit signs of needing your direct attention. Inexperience is a contributing factor to erratic results on the 21st. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) You can afford to be patient and bide your time this week, secure in the knowledge that the payoff for your recent hard work is near. It’s only a matter of letting certain necessary processes already begun churn forward to their expected conclusion. This does not mean you take your eyes off the ball. Just keep your cool and don’t take any wild swings. The 21st unfolds gracefully in your favor if you let it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) The little self indulgences that make life worth living may sing siren songs in your ear this week. Regardless of the nature of their temptation, and regardless of whether you resist their call or succumb, you may always wonder about the path not chosen. If cost is the deciding factor, remember that money is something that can be replaced. Missed opportunities, perhaps not so much. Options are a luxury on the 21st. © 2019, Wesley Hallock, All Rights Reserved

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

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Imagine Oak Harbor’s first Food Forest, Saturdays 11am-

3pm, at 526 Bayshore Drive. Each week, we have volunteer opportunities available to help care for our community garden, share organic gardening tips, and learn Permaculture principles. All ages and skill levels welcome. Schedule can change due to adverse weather conditions. If you have any questions, please contact us at: imagineapermacultureworld.gmail.com Mother Mentors needs volunteers! Oak Harbor families with young children need your help! Volunteer just a couple of hours a week to make a difference in someone’s life! To volunteer or get more info, email wamothermentors@ gmail.com or call 360-3211484. Looking for board members to join the dynamic board of Island Senior Resources and serve the needs of Island County Seniors. Of particular interest are representatives from North Whidbey. For more information please contact: reception@islandseniorservices.org

Foster Homes Needed! Family Tails Dog Rescue needs foster homes! We can't save dogs from high kill shelters without homes for them to stay at while they wait to find their forever home. 1 week to 3 months, a fun and rewarding way to be involved with rescue and also have a dog without the full time commitment. We pay for everything, you just provide the love and the home. Please call 360-969-2014 for more info or for an application.

$45 OBO; White button pearl earrings 8mm, $29 OBO; Pale blue Baroque pearl earrings 9-10mm, $39 OBO. Call 360331-1063 (1)

ELECTRONICS Visio 43” TV, 4K, model M43-C2, $150. 360-678-8449 (0)

TICKETS/GETAWAYS SEAHAWKS vs. Denver Broncos tickets, August 8, 7 pm. 2 tickets, $75 each, 300-level, 40-yd line. 360-914-0075 (1)

HOME FURNISHINGS Oak Entertainment unit, $100. 360-341-6473 (0)


Paint Pal speed painting system, $50; Royal portable manual typewriter, $75; Record albums, make Offer; Akai stereo cassette player, $100; Bose speakers (2), $50; Kneading Fingers massager, $40; Delta table saw, $100. 360-341-6473 (0) Looking for Xmas, Bday, Father’s Day, or just Gifts in general? These are LOCAL made crafts, I have about 50-60 of these available. They are $16 ea, plus shipping if you want them mailed. CASH preferred. Dimensions are: 5-6”W X 17”L. Contact me at ljohn60@gmail.com.

RECREATION 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

Patio table with glass top, umbrella and 4 chairs, $75. 360-341-6473 (0) Japanese Maple trees. These are young trees, still small enough to plant easily. Take your pick from several different kinds, including Coral Bark Maples. $20 each. Coupeville 360-678-4848 (1) How’d you do? Puzzle 1 (Hard, difficulty rating 0.60) Natural Barnyard Topsoil: 3 5 4 7 6 2 9 8 CLOTHING/ACCESSORIES Good for flower beds, gar8 9 1 3 4 5 2 6 dens, etc. Unscreened, 10 yard Women’s Sneakers: Black Fila 6 7 2 8 9 1 4 5 load, $225 delivered. South with turquoise & lime accents, 5 1 6 9 8 4 7 3 Whidbey, 360-321-1624 size 8-1/2; Gray Saucony with 7 2 3 1 5 6 8 9 silver, lime & aqua accents, MISCELLANEOUS 4 8 9 2 7 3 5 1 size 9; White Saucony with Over 50 LP (vinyl) albums for 9 4 5 6 1 7 3 2 silver and pink accents, size 9. sale, various artists, pristine All in really good shape. $10/ 2 6 8 4 3 9 1 7 condition, $3 each. Call 360pair. Call 360- 331-1063 (1) 1 3 7 5 2 8 6 4 331-1063 (1)


Wide silver cuff bracelet with a 1-1/4” square blue green dichroic glass and wire wrapped beads, $49 OBO; Multi-stone (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,

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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.

ANIMALS/SUPPLIES Excellent grass hay, good for horses, $7 per bale. 20 bale minimum. 360-321-1624 Round bales of grass feeder hay, barn stored. 360-3211624 If you or someone you know needs help in feeding pet(s), WAIF Pet Food Banks may be able to help. Pet Food Banks are located at WAIF thrift stores in Oak Harbor (465 NE Midway Blvd) and Freeland

(1660 Roberta Ave) and are generously stocked by donations from the community. If you need assistance, please stop by.

WANTED Honda, $500. Could be a fixer. 360-333-5520 (1) 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

PERSONALS Amanda – So good to see you, Sunshine. Love you so much. Sorry my brain took an extra minute to work. Love, Mom (3)

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By Kae Harris There’s nothing better than being part of a family and at Thrive Community Fitness Center, you become just that – family. A health and fitness center which itself is family-owned and operated for the last seven years, Thrive is as local as it gets. Owners of not one, but two Thrive locations, Mike and Celese Stevens are two of the most passionate, enthusiastic, community-oriented individuals our region has the privilege of boasting. Mike retired from the Marine Corps after 24 years of selfless service while Celese served nine years before leaving to start their family. Mike and Celese know what it means to put your heart into something you believe in, especially in a place you call home. Thrive community fitness is like no other, as it provides services unparalleled in the industry. A premier kids room experience is a highly prized, most valuable service Thrive makes sure it offers to its valued members. So, when your workout session comes a-calling, you don’t have to worry about finding someone to watch the kids, bring them along and rest assured the kids room will keep them safe, occupied and entertained while you focus on being the healthiest you that you can be! If this means a group fitness session, then even better! What’s more, Thrive provides a group fitness schedule second to none, packed with sessions for you to choose from, all in an environment to motivate, encourage and push you to achieve your goals – Fitness is fun at Thrive, after all! If you’re not one for a group session, that’s totally fine and Thrive has you covered. Their highly educated, expertly trained professional personal trainers are there to help you succeed each step of the way. In fact, if it’s a combination of group and personal training you’re looking for, then the ‘Eat the Frog’ training program is just what you need! An amalgam of group fitness and directed personal training based off of target heart rate to achieve your goals, Eat the Frog really makes this an individualized experience that’s fun and engaging as well. It’s a win – win, really! Whether you’re looking for a class with lots of other people or something which allows you to get your workout in on your own time, Thrive offers it all. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night your schedule allows you to get your workout in, Thrive is open 24/7; which is good news for the countless service members and first responders in the area, not to mention the employees who work tirelessly at the casino, refineries and hospitals. Blowing off steam at a fitness center has never been easier. Voted Best of Whidbey nine years in a row really justifies their localness, and their work and sponsorship within the communities of Whidbey Island demonstrates their dedication to the residents of this beautiful area. For more information about their amazing membership packages, classes and other exciting services call 360-675 2600, visit their website at www.thrivecf.com or check it out for yourself at 32650 Hwy 20, Bldg D, Oak Harbor and see just how much you’ll Thrive here!

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