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Entries include: OHYC Pirate Ship & Buccaneers, Crab Queens, Whidbey Roller Girls, NJROTC, OHHS Marching Drum Band, OHHS Key Club, O.H. Soroptimist Kazoo Band & much, much more!

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Immediately following the parade at the American Legion Hall, Corned Beef & Cabbage dinners will be available for $9 per plate. Children welcome. Sponsored by the Irish Wildlife Society, Oak Harbor Chamber and Whidbey Weekly

St. Paddy’s Bash

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Creating a Vegetable Garden from Scratch Planting a vegetable garden can supply you and your family with an abundance of fresh, healthy vegetables throughout the season. Right now is the best time to think about developing your plan, from the ground up. In this series we will present a “by the numbers” approach to having a successful and rewarding garden, featuring timely tips from WSU Extension Island County Master Gardener, Dave Thomas. Last week we learned that the soil we have here on Whidbey is of poor quality for growing vegetables. We talked about pH levels, choosing a new garden location, how to improve the soil for planting and how to prep an area for a garden. First by covering with layers of two to five inches of organic matter, watered thoroughly and then covered with cardboard and black plastic, sealing the edges. Then we learned about leaving the area alone for 4 to 6 weeks while we created our garden goals and planting plan. This week we asked Dave to tell us what’s next… Q. While I am waiting for my garden area soil to improve, what are the important things to be considered?

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While you’re waiting for the microbes and fungi to do their thing, try this: Take a sample of the soil near or in the plot you have designated to be your new garden. Collect a trowel full of soil from the surface down a few inches if possible, if not don’t fret. Enough to fill a clear, narrow glass jar, minus the rocks, about half full. (olive jars are perfect for this.)  Fill the jar the rest of the way with water, shake well and allow to rest on a flat surface. You will note that within a few seconds the sand will settle out, followed by silt. (The division is often quite striking.) What remains in suspension is clay which will settle out in subsequent hours or days. A surprise to most Islanders is that, in all but a few cases, there is precious little clay in our soils. The Island is predominantly composed of a cemented aggregate of rocks, sand and silt. 

right now, but that presents a whole new series of problems. For the beginner, if you feel that you have to do something right now, you might consider digging a block outside of the prepared area (don’t add compost here) about three feet square and a foot deep. Carefully sift out all the rocks and get ready to plant a “block” of carrots. Patience — we will need a soil temperature of about 55 F. at 6” depth for good germination. We can hasten the warming of the soil and do some weed control now by raking the area smooth and covering it with black plastic. Then seal the edges and leave alone for two weeks.  When you lift the plastic you will notice that many weeds have sprouted. If it’s a sunny day, they will die in a matter of hours. Now the really cool trick. Lay down bathroom tissue in strips about a foot apart.On each strip place your carrot seeds about 2 inches apart. Then cover with sand, not soil full of weed seeds, recover with plastic for about five days and remove. If you’ve done it right the carrots should come up nearly weed free. Do not fertilize since soils too rich will result in branching roots. Deep infrequent watering would result in mighty fine carrots were it not for the Carrot rust fly. For early plantings, the solution is a floating row cover. For carrots planted in mid-July or later, Rust fly is not a problem. In any case, there’s nothing like a young, crisp, fresh carrot.  While you’re waiting for that, now is a good time to slip a few potatoes around the perimeter of your main garden, under the compost, but on the soil surface. (Reds are the best, less scab.) Just know that potatoes get knobby when watered unevenly so water regularly. After they have bloomed you can reach in and snag a few “marbles” for a delicious snack. Just boil with a little extra salt. Wow how good!  Q. Seeds are in stores now. What should I buy? Right now, NOTHING. If you can’t help yourself, store them in the vegetables keeper till planting time. Practice patience. Clean, oil and maintain your tools. I use an old wool sock full of sawdust soaked with waste engine oil. As for tools, it’s an individual’s choice, but I find that I use my tillers less and less often. Unless you’re a big time gardener I’d suggest just the basics. A hoe, rake and shovel should do. Good for your health and good for the environment. Next week we’ll make a plan. Enjoy planning your garden and the summer ahead. We all look forward to these warm days and being outside! For free advice on gardening and plant problems, Ask a Master Gardener, we are happy to help!

Why is this important? Clay is negatively charged and attracts many of the nutrients plants need - like Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium (N, P and K).   By adding the organic material, recommended last week, you help hold these nutrients like a sponge, in the root zone. Q. While I’m waiting for the soil to improve, can I try planting anything ? Experienced gardeners might be starting seeds inside their house or greenhouse

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ON TRACK with Jim Freeman

Apologies in advance. This column may come with speed bumps. As I type, I am tapping my feet.

No matter when you read this, it is 1951 here at the caboose. More specifically, it is Tuesday night, January 30, 1951, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California. If you were there, I am bowing. I am there, but still here, listening to this newly released CD. For the first time ever, all of that evening's fantabulous live recordings of Louis Armstrong and his classic All-Stars, with trombonist Jack Teagarden, clarinetist Barney Bigard, Earl (Fatha) Hines on piano, Arvell Shaw on bass, Cozy Cole on drums, and Velma Middleton on vocals, are available. I need more fingers to type so I can play drums on the desk. No wonder Mom always played dixieland and big band when we cleaned the house. Boy duster, boy vacuumer here. I was sucking it up way before the Marine Corps. To summarize, thank God for music and all of its collateral healing propensities. Other than the disco years, ever get mad at a vinyl record? Multiple choice In junior high and high school, I always liked multiple choice questions. Two of the four answers were absurd, so I had a fifty-fifty shot at being right. In law school, all four answers seemed right, but by the time I could figure out the best of the best, our blue books were being collected. I was still on the little red school house question. This weekend on Whidbey, multiple choice kicks in big time. Some daffodils are blooming, as is the entertainment calendar. What to do? All excellent answers. The best of the best is your call. At 7:30pm on Friday night, WICA hosts The Hot Club of Troy. Superbness plus with the winners of the Local Artist series. SWHS and UW grad Eric Vanderbilt-Matthews will join the Django fun at WICA with Troy Chapman, Kristi O'Donnell, and Keith Bowers. Eric's saxes, both tenor and alto, and clarinet, and piano, soar with improvisational delight. This show will be off the charts, in more ways than one. A 2010-2011 Whidbey Jazz Fest scholarship recipient, Eric's achievements are proof positive the over $85,000 raised by the Whidbey Jazz Fest during the last eighteen years are career codas. Or would that be allegros? The 18th Annual Whidbey Jazz Fest at SWHS also begins at 7:30pm this Friday night. The SWHS auditorium is a great place to enjoy the island's middle school and high school jazz bands. While there, thank and congratulate Leslie Ballestrasse, Mom of Joe Ballestrasse, a 2016 SWHS jazz scholarship winner. Check out Joe's accomplishments after his first semester. Joe is maintaining a 3.95 grade point average at Washington State University while playing in Jazz II band, Jazz I combo, and three other combos. Joe is a music ed and music performance major/double bassist. Mom Leslie still serves as a band para-educator for the South Whidbey Schools. Thanks Mom! Other events which have my interest include “Sonatas to Welcome Spring” with violinist Teo Benson, cellist Paula Nava Madrigal, and pianist Noia Allen presenting Prokofiev and Beethoven at the UUCWI beginning at 7:30pm, and the Pacific Northwest Art School's open house in Coupeville at 6pm. The 10th Annual St. Patrick's Day Bash featuring the Shifty Sailors and Eclectic'ly Celtic will raise spirits and then some at the Coupeville Rec Hall for three hours from 6pm-9pm. Bring on the corned beef and cabbage!



Whether it be gypsy jazz, big band jazz, classical music, Irish jigs, sea shanties, or artfilled festivities, our local stars will be shining this St. Patrick’s Day.

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The next day, don't forget garage sales, yard sales, estate sales, and all our terrific thrift stores and island merchants. Put some hop back in your S-H-O-P. Which reminds me While clearing out a metal file cabinet today, I found a piece of note paper sandwiched deep in a corner. It was a reminder to myself to include in a future column a one liner by daughter Crystal when she was just beginning middle school, some thirty years ago. While watching me take my temperature with an old style mercury thermometer, Crystal asked inquisitively, “So, how much does your mouth weigh?” I am still figuring out how to answer her. The eyes have it A Polish immigrant went to the DMV to apply for a driver's license. First, of course, he had to take an eye exam. The optician showed him a card with the letters: C Z W I X N O S T A C Z. "Can you read this?" the optician asked. "Read it?" the Polish guy replied, "I know the guy." Hacksaw Ridge Having seen enough blood and guts in my own life, I am not one to view any film filled with violent fodder. There is nothing funny about open wounds and closed hearts. So, when the Oscar nominated film Hacksaw Ridge was recently recommended to me as a great film about faith in God and country while being shot at in Okinawa, I was a bit reluctant. Even though I admittedly fast forwarded through the combat scenes, the major portion of the film, shot in Australia, was very pleasing to the eyes and ears. It may be the best love story I have seen since Love Story. Of course, while stationed at Camp Pendleton, I took a ten dollar computer matched blind date to that film at a theater in San Diego. Surely she and I were the only ones in the theater laughing at the hospital scene. Not having yet seen La La Land or Moonlight or any of the other best picture nominees, I have no way to justify my next question. Why didn't Hacksaw Ridge win best picture? The story of Desmond Doss should be taught in high school history classes just as we teach young adults about Sherman's march through Georgia or Martin Luther King's march in Selma. Ever hear of Desmond Doss, the conscientious objector from WWII who received the Congressional Medal of Honor? Me neither, not until I watched Hacksaw Ridge. If you rent the Blu-ray, watch the special feature regarding how the film was born. That special segment is a crash course in film making, showcasing the passion of those who create such wonders on the screen. Down with DNA After several weeks of waiting, my DNA results have been received. According to the My Heritage outfit in Houston, Texas, I am 91% British and Irish, 4.5% East European, 2.4% Italian, and 2.1% Balkan. These Texas DNA folks have you scrape your mouth instead of spitting into a plastic bag. I think my dinner prior to scraping my mouth influenced my DNA results. For dinner, I had eaten a can of Franco-American spaghetti with little German sausages, and a bottle of Serbo-Croatian Coke. After that, I watched The Quiet Man while eating Piccadilly chips. I may try spitting in a bag next time I check my DNA, but after eating a fresh bag of cashews. Watch tell me I'm nuts. To read past columns of On Track in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at

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Time Is Not A Factor In Your Life Saturday, March 18, 2017 At First Church of Christ, Scientist, Oak Harbor 721 SW 20th Court (just off SW Scenic Heights Street) Speaker, David Hohle, Healer and teacher of Christian Science Parking and free child care provided

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Bits & Pieces • Island Senior Resources is moving to a monthly insert in the Whidbey Weekly, and a twice-yearly newsletter, expanded email contact, social media and new web address: The quarterly Guide will no longer be published. • Adult day services will expand to Oak Harbor beginning April 5, in addition to the daily adult day program now offered at Island Senior Resource Center (Bayview).

Letters to the Editor Editor, We at Whidbey Island Community Orchestra owe you, Kathy Reed, and Whidbey Weekly a huge debt of gratitude! Not only were both of our concerts packed with happy and costumed families, but Whidbey TV was so intrigued that they came out and did a video and recording of our concert for their channel! So many people read and enjoyed the article, or found us in the Community Calendar, that members of the orchestra were stopped in the aisles of Payless and on the streets of Langley to chat about it. Thank you so much for helping us to reach people who had never attended a concert before. Oak Harbor is a very difficult audience to generate under the best of circumstances, but the house was full up there, a minor miracle, really. You have a gem in Kathy Reed. She was so easy to work with and very inclusive of our members. Her article was warm and informative. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Whidbey Weekly is a big part of all of our lives on this island, and we just want you to know how appreciated you are. Best wishes, Dr. Cynthia Morrow Conductor/Musical Director, Whidbey Island Community Orchestra

Senior Services Becomes Island Senior Resources Senior Services of Island County is acting to meet the essential needs of seniors to be safe, well-nourished, informed, and remain independent. Their new trade name, Island Senior Resources, demonstrates their support and understanding of the rapidly growing senior population. Limited funding for support of social programs from government sources and the unpredictable economic and social climate ahead are driving these key changes: In 2017 Island Senior Resources is focusing on essential programs and resources, not available elsewhere, that allow seniors to remain independent and make sustaining choices: Information & Assistance, Family Caregiver Support, Meals on Wheels, seven meal sites, Medical Transportation, Adult Day services, HUD subsidized housing, and SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefits Advisors). • Weekly Tuesday Lunch & Learn programs will begin at Island Senior Resource Center (Bayview) on April 4. Presenters will offer information on key topics affecting the lives of seniors, their caregivers, families, and friends. Lunch (optional) will be served from 11:30am to 12:30pm (suggested donation $5) followed by the free presentation from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. A calendar of presentations and menus will be available at:


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• Island Senior Resource Center (Bayview) has meeting rooms available for rent by community members. • As Island Senior Resources focuses on providing essential resources and information, the activity classes previously offered by Island Senior Resources are changing structure. Instructors may rent space in Island Senior Resource Center (Bayview), but will manage promotion and registration for their classes themselves. • Social opportunities such as Bingo, Bridge, Mah Jong, Quilting, and Dancing to the Fun Band will continue, as will local, regional and distant travel opportunities. • In 2017, in its commitment to excellence, Island Senior Resources will: - Act as prudent stewards of the precious financial and human resources it has to ensure the stable provision of core services in an uncertain funding environment. - Develop partnerships with private and public entities to ensure continued access to essential resources. - Provide gateways to resources in convenient locations in Oak Harbor, Coupeville, South Whidbey, and on Camano Island. Senior Services of Island County (DBA/tradename: Island Senior Resources) is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Operating since 1973, Island Senior Resources is the last remaining private nonprofit senior resource organization in northwestern Washington providing a ‘one stop shop’ and is vital to keeping Island County a sustainable environment for seniors. Island Senior Resources supports over 10,000 seniors, caregivers, families and friends annually with the information and resources they need to thrive while remaining safe, well-nourished, and independent. [Submitted by Skye Dunn, Senior Services of Island County]

Gray Whale Watching Season is Here! #49 “Patch” has returned to North Puget Sound

Gray whale #49 “Patch” fluke, March 2, Kayak Pt. Photo by Gary Lingenfelter

The small population of Gray whales known as the North Puget “Sounders” return each year to feast on ghost shrimp in the tidal flats primarily around Whidbey, Camano, and Hat/ Gedney Islands, and along Everett and Tulalip. The first Gray whales this year were reported to Orca Network’s Whale Sighting Network by Gary Lingenfelter, who observed them feeding on the intertidal flats off Tulalip at the mouth of Port Susan February 28 and March 2. This group of Gray whales return to Saratoga Passage and Possession Sound each spring for their annual three-month feeding foray

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in North Puget Sound. Cascadia Research of Olympia has been studying this population of Gray whales for decades. In greater Puget Sound, we see approximately 12 Grays per year, some have been seen every year since 1991. The whales are identified by the markings on the underside of their flukes, as well as by the patterns of barnacles, scars, and markings on their backs. Patch, or #49, was among the first identified by Cascadia in our local waters in 1991 and is a favorite of many local whale watchers, as he is easily identifiable by the large white patch on his right side, as well as white patches on the underside of his flukes. To learn more about Gray whales, visit Orca Network’s Gray Whale website page at: http:// and the Cascadia Research website at: http://www. This small group of Gray whales typically arrives to our region in early March and stays through the end of May, feeding on ghost shrimp and worms in the mudflats of Saratoga Passage along Camano and Whidbey Islands, and in Possession Sound. The annual spring visit of Gray whales provides an excellent opportunity to view whales from the shorelines of Island and Snohomish counties, or from the Mukilteo/Clinton ferries, much to the delight of residents and visitors alike. Orca Network’s Whale Sighting Network has followed the travels of these whales, as well as other whales in our region for decades, and since March 2014 their Langley Whale Center has provided a great venue to learn more about the whales. The Whale Center is located at 115 Anthes in Langley on south Whidbey Island, one block up from “Whale Bell Park,” where the Whale Bell is rung whenever someone spots a whale in the area. Orca Network provides a Whale Sighting Viewpoints Map to help watchers find the best locations for viewing whales from shore at the Langley Whale Center and on their website: index.php?categories_file=Viewpoints. To get the latest information on where the whales are, join and follow Orca Network’s Facebook page, where whale sightings are posted daily, along with news, events, and information about the whales of our region. The Langley Whale Center’s Facebook page also features displays and videos about Gray whales, Orcas and the many other marine mammals of the Salish Sea. Cascadia Research has designed a new exhibit at the Langley Whale Center describing the Gray whales in Puget Sound. Also on display are marine mammal skeletal and specimen displays collected and prepared by Orca Network’s Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network, to help visitors understand the anatomy and natural history of the marine mammals who share our island waters. Welcome the Whales Festival April 8-9, 2017 On Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, don’t miss the annual “Welcome the Whales Parade and Festival” in Langley to honor and celebrate the arrival of Gray whales to Whidbey Island. Welcome the Whales Festival is sponsored by Orca Network and the Langley Chamber of Commerce. For more information about Orca Network’s Whale Sighting Network or Welcome the Whales weekend, visit [Submitted by Susan Berta and Howard Garrett, Orca Network/Langley Whale Center]

Telemann Celebration: 250 Years Two internationally renowned German period instrument soloists return to Whidbey Island to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the lifetime of Georg Philipp Telemann, the 18th century’s most prolific composer, with flutist Jeffrey Cohan in Telemann Celebration: 250 Years on Thursday, March 16 at 7:00pm at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church, 5217 South Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland. Harpsichordist Bernward Lohr and violin- LOCALLY OPERATED. ist Anne Roehrig will be joined by baroque flutist and artistic director Jeffrey Cohan for a contrasting and colorful sampling of Telemann’s numerous solos, duos and trios for flute, violin and harpsichord. This third of six 2017 programs presented by the Salish Sea Early Music Festival on Whidbey Island celebrates Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), easily the most famous musician in Germany during his lifetime who garnered a salary about three times that of the younger Johann Sebastian Bach, born four years later. Telemann’s self-confident, effusive and humorous nature and extraordinarily productivity won him the universal respect of his contemporaries. Bernward Lohr directs Hanover’s Musica Alta Ripa, one of Germany’s most active period instrument ensembles. Anne Röhrig leads the Hannoversche Hofkapelle, one of Europe’s premier baroque orchestras. Both Lohr and Röhrig are professors at music conservatories in Hanover and also in Nuremburg, Germany. Their more than 30 recordings have garnered awards including the Diapason Dòr, the Cannes Classical Award, the German Recording Critics’ Prize, and several times the coveted Echo Klassik Award. Both were awarded the 2002 Music Award of Lower Saxony. Admission is by free will offering (suggested donation: $15, $20 or $25), 18 & under free. For more information, visit or call (360) 331-4887. [Submitted by Jeffrey Cohan]

18th Annual Whidbey Jazz Fest Now in its 18th year showcasing our talented middle and high school Whidbey Island jazz bands, the annual Whidbey Jazz Concert features students from Coupeville, Oak Harbor and South Whidbey. This annual fundraiser, sponsored by the Whidbey Island Jazz Society since 1990, has generated over $85,000 in college scholarships for Whidbey Island high school seniors who continue their musical education. The three recipients from 2016 included McKenzie Rice from Oak Harbor High, and Joseph Ballestrasse and Sanna Ann Bjork from SWHS. The Friday, March 17 showcase, to be held at the South Whidbey High School Auditorium from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, will feature, as always, some incredibly talented students. General admission tickets are available for $10 at Click Music and Whidbey Party Store in Oak Harbor, and Moonraker Books in Langley. For over 25 years, the Whidbey Island Jazz Society, a dedicated volunteer group led by Ginny and Jerry Jones of Oak Harbor, has played jazz for donations to provide these much appreciated and needed scholarship funds. For more information, call Jerry Jones at (360) 679-2066 or Jim Freeman at (360) 331-2617. [Submitted by Jim Freeman]

Public Invited to Comment on Proposed Mukilteo/Clinton Ferry Schedule Changes New summer schedule topic of March 21 open house With another busy summer ahead on the Mukilteo/Clinton route, Washington State Ferries is hosting an open house Tuesday, March 21, to share proposed schedule changes to help improve on-time performance on the route. Over 4 million passengers traveled on the Mukilteo/Clinton route last year. The current sailing schedule was designed for two 124-car Issaquah class ferries. Since the switch to the larger, 144-car Tokitae in 2014, ferries are consistently departing late and experiencing increased delays. “WSF is committed to improving on-time performance on this route,” said Senior Planning Manager Ray Deardorf. “We need to make schedule adjustments to improve reliability and provide predictability for our customers, especially when customers are making local transit connections.” The proposed schedule, which will start in June, adjusts afternoon sailing times to accommodate heavy vehicle traffic and allow more time for loading and unloading vehicles. WSF

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MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2017 LOCALL LOCALL Y OWNED. Y OWNED. is not proposing any service cuts; the new schedule includes the same number of daily sailings. WSF will monitor the new schedule in a six-month pilot project through fall 2017. Open house information: Tuesday, March 21, 5:30pm to 7:30pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave., Clinton This is a drop-in open house with no formal presentation. Project staff will be available to discuss the proposed schedule, take feedback and answer questions. Washington State Ferries, a division of the Washington State Department of Transportation, is the largest ferry system in the U.S. and safely and efficiently carries 24 million people a year through some of the most majestic scenery in the world. [Submitted by Nicola Ranchi, WSDOT]

“All About the Dance” with the Saratoga Orchestra and Whidbey Island Dance Theatre Whidbey’s Saratoga Orchestra and Whidbey Island Dance Theatre collaborate in “All About the Dance,” a set of programs March 25, 7:00pm at South Whidbey High School and March 26, 2:30pm at Oak Harbor High School. Music Director Anna Edwards will lead the musicians and dancers in music of Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann, Erik Satie, Mélanie Bonis, Jessie Montgomery and Arturo Márquez. Brittany Falso, WIDT’s co-Artistic Director, and Bojohn Diciple will be showcased as choreographers and guest dancers in these performances featuring dance styles from classical ballet to modern dance. A pre-concert chat will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance. Whidbey Island Dance Theatre, founded in 1993 under Artistic Director Charlene Brown, has been a significant cultural resource to the island and well known for the enormously popular holiday production of “The Nutcracker.” Saratoga Orchestra will pair with the ensemble of talented dancers in “Waltz



of the Flowers,” an excerpt from the ballet. In celebration of Women’s History Month, two works by women composers will be presented, “Suite en forme de valses” by Mélanie Bonis and Jessie Montgomery’s explosive “Starburst” written in 2012 for string orchestra. Bonis, a prolific 19th century composer of over 300 works, found the only way to have her compositions performed was by shortening her name to Mel. The program also includes the French parody, “La belle excentrique” by Satie and the highly infectious melodies and Latin rhythms of Marquez’ “Danzon No. 2”, made popular by the hit television series, “Mozart in the Jungle.”

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General Admission tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for seniors/military. Students under 18 admitted free, under 14 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at Moonraker Books in Langley, bayleaf in Coupeville, and Click Music in Oak Harbor. Cash/check/CC accepted at the door. For information and online tickets, please visit www. or call (360) 929-3045.

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The artist or artists selected will receive $250 stipend to cover their costs. Artists may submit up to two works for consideration. Artists or collaborations will be required to enter into a contract with the City of Langley, agreeing to abide by the terms and conditions included in the RFP. No additional and or contingency funds will be available for RFP applicants. This call to artists is open to all artists. The works will be used for posters and t-shirts and must be submitted by April 7, 2017.

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Island Transit Receives 2017 NW Clean Air Agency Silver Award

Oak Harbor achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. “Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.” Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

All are welcome at a Lenten Taize Service of prayer, music, silent meditation and Scripture and other readings that will be held Wednesday March 29 at 6:00pm at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 555 SE Regatta Drive in Oak Harbor. An indoor labyrinth will also be available for walking and meditating before the service, beginning at 5:00pm. Taize is a form of quiet worship and meditation developed at a Benedictine monastery in France during and after World War II. This special Lenten Taize service is one of several that are held at St. Stephen’s at different times during the church year. For more information, please call the church office at (360) 279-0715.

Island Transit and the Northwest Clean Air Agency are pleased to announce that Island Transit has received the Silver Award for 100% perfect compliance with air quality regulations for the second year in a row. It is the mission of the Northwest Clean Air Agency to preserve, protect, and enhance air quality for the benefit of current and future generations in Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties by fostering individual responsibility and assuring regulatory accountability. As one of only 25 agencies across the region, Island Transit is proud of their environmental stewardship and partnership with the Northwest Clean Air Agency. In addition to actions Island Transit takes every day, their riders help reduce impact on the environment. Come out and ride the Island Transit bus and help reduce congestion and emissions while you relax, read or nap on the way.

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Arbor Day Foundation Names Oak Harbor Tree City USA

Applications are now available for 2017 scholarships and non-profit donations from the Officers’ Spouses’ Club of Whidbey Island (OSCWI). The OSCWI annually awards all proceeds to military dependent scholarships for graduating seniors and spouses in addition to donations to local non-profit entities. Since 2006, the OSCWI has donated over $100,000 back to the local community. To download the application forms or for more information, please go to the club’s website at www.oscwi. com. The application deadline for all awards is March 31, 2017.

The Langley Arts Commission is accepting submissions from artists to prepare artwork to

Oak Harbor, WA was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor

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Lenten Taize Service

More information on the program is available at [Submitted by Nicole Tesch, City of Oak Harbor]

OSCWI Accepting Applications for Scholarships & Non-profit Donations

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MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2017

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

Lions Club Blood Drive Thursday, March 16, 9:00am-5:00pm First United Methodist Church, Oak Harbor Sponsored by the Oak Harbor Lions Club. Please register online at or 1-800-398-7888 for an appointment or as a walk-in. Please remember to bring your ID or Blood Donor card with you. The Lions will have treats and beverages for donors! The church is located at 1050 SE Ireland St.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Friday, March 17, 4:30pm Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor Featuring Grand Marshal Lance Gibbon. Entries include: OHYC Pirate Ship & Buccaneers, Crab Queens, Whidbey Roller Girls, NJROTC, OHHS Marching Drum Band, OHHS Key Club, O.H. Soroptimist Kazoo Band & much, much more! Immediately following the parade at the American Legion Hall Corned Beef & Cabbage dinners will be available for $9 per plate. Children welcome.

Tenth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash Friday, March 17, 6:00pm-9:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Tickets: $35 per person Come join the liveliest Irish celebration on the island. Featuring the Shifty Sailors and Eclectic’ly Celtic. Enjoy Irish songs, sing alongs and Jigs & Reels, 3 full hours of live music! Serving Corned Beef, Cabbage & Vegetarian Colcannon, beer, wine & non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are available at Wind & Tide Bookstore in Oak Harbor, bayleaf in Coupeville, Far from Normal and Salty Mug in Coupeville, The Cheese Shop at Greenbank Farm, and Moonraker Books in Langley.

Live Music: Cranberry Bog Bluegrass Band Friday, March 17, 6:00pm-9:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville The Cranberry Bog Bluegrass Band is known for toe-tappin’ fun and the plaintive sound of bluegrass, Americana music and a few surprises that will knock your socks off in three-part harmonies, duets & solos. No cover. For more information, call (360) 678-5747 or visit

Sonatas to Welcome Spring Friday, March 17, 7:30pm UUCWI, 20103 SR 525, Freeland The final concert of the 2016-2017 Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Whidbey Island (UUCWI) Concert Series features Teo Benson (violin), his wife, Paula (cello), and Nola Allen (piano). Teo, Paula and Nola will play some very exciting, beautiful music including Beethoven and Prokofiev. Tickets are $20/$5 for students and available at the door (if not already sold out) or in advance at Moonraker Books in Langley and Habitat for Humanity in Freeland, cash or checks only. For information or reservations, email

Hot Club of Troy Friday, March 17, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley Adults $15 | Seniors $12 | Youth $10 This local Django powerhouse featuring Troy Chapman, Keith Bowers, Kristi O’Donnell, and Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews brings the gypsy jazz era home with their acoustic style and strong historical context describing the people and significant dates of Django’s lifetime. For tickets or more information, visit or call (360) 221-8268.

McIntyre Hall Presents: Barrule Friday, March 17, 7:30pm McIntyre Hall, Mount Vernon The award winning trio, Barrule elevates the Isle of Man’s native music to a new level of performance and musicianship, performing Manx tunes and Gaelic songs seldom encountered in the wider world. Tickets and information for Barrule is available through the McIntyre Hall Box Office, (360) 416-7727 ext. 2 or online, McIntyre Hall is located on the Mount Vernon Campus of Skagit Valley College.

CWSA Falling Plate Rifle Match Saturday, March 18, 9:00am CWSA Range, 397 W Safari St., Coupeville Sponsored by the Central Whidbey Sportsman’s Association (CWSA). This match is for .22 rifles only; using optical or iron sights. It is recommended you bring 250-300 rounds of ammo. This match is open to anyone, you do not need to be a member of CWSA to participate. Complete information on the match is available at

Annual Spring Nursery Sale Saturday, March 18 , 9:00am-4:00pm Sunday, March 19, 9:00am-4:00pm Meerkerk Gardens, Greenbank Over 1000 gorgeous rhodies, azaleas, native plants, and companion plants to choose from to bring springtime into your garden. Great selection from 1 gallon size to mature plants.

LOCALLY OPERATED. expect to see Barrows Goldeneyes, Horned Grebes; and hopefully a Pigeon Guillemot taking an interest in the new colony. Maybe even a gray whale will be spotted. If there are not many birds, then the group will move to Lone Lake and look for woodpeckers and warblers. Bring binoculars and scopes if you have them. Meet at the dock to enjoy this early spring adventure with trip leader Govinda Rosling, (360) 481-6971or govinda@whidbey. com

Free admission to the gardens on sale days. For more information, please call (360) 678-1912 or visit

CWSA Speed Steel Match

Live Music: El Colonel and Mary De La Fuente

Sponsored by the Central Whidbey Sportsman’s Association (CWSA). This match is for .22 and centerfire pistols only; using optical or iron sights. It is recommended you bring 250-300 rounds of ammo. This match is open to anyone, you do not need to be a member of CWSA to participate. Complete information on the match is available at

Saturday, March 18, 7:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville Curran “el Colonel” Stromberg has been playing blues music of all shades at Festivals, Clubs, Showcase Theaters and private events for over 20 years. He has studied 50s and 60s R&B with the likes of Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Albert King and BB King. He and his band featuring Mary de la Fuente love to play the blues in it’s purest form and they never leave an audience hungry. No cover. For more information, call (360) 678-5747 or visit

Marley Erickson Saturday, March 18, 7:30pm Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, Langley All Seats $10 Known for her expressive musical style and technical virtuosity, Marley makes her WICA debut with works including Schubert, Bach, Paganini, Gershwin, and Pärt. Don’t miss this remarkable young artist in concert with pianist Mark Findlay. For tickets or more information, visit or call (360) 221-8268.

CWSA Falling Plate Pistol Match Sunday, March 19, 9:00am CWSA Range, 397 W Safari St., Coupeville Sponsored by the Central Whidbey Sportsman’s Association (CWSA). This match is for .22 pistols only; using optical or iron sights. It is recommended you bring 250-300 rounds of ammo. This match is open to anyone, you do not need to be a member of CWSA to participate. Complete information on the match is available at

Saturday, March 25, 9:00am CWSA Range, 397 W Safari St., Coupeville

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events See schedule below Cost: Free Women in History Thursday, March 16, 3:00pm Oak Harbor Library Sharing stories of our ancestors’ talents, sacrifices, honors and commitments always makes for a fascinating afternoon. Whidbey Island American Association of University Women (AAUW) will portray three famous women in their annual Women in History event. This event is suitable for all ages. Books2Movies Friday, March 17, 2:00pm-4:30pm Freeland Library Enjoy coffee/tea, candy and popcorn, and meet with fellow book lovers. Brandon Henry, who you may have seen at The Clyde Theater, will lead the discussion. This month’s selection is Nick Hornby’s “About a Boy.” Everyone is welcome. Friends of the Clinton Library Book Sale Saturday, March 18, 10:00am-3:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 S. Central Ave. Thousands of books for sale at bargain prices. Additional fiction and non-fiction books every month. Proceeds support the Clinton Library. FUNdamentals of Collage Monday, March 20, 1:30pm-3:30pm Coupeville Library

Star Party Friday, March 24, begins at dark Fort Nugent Park, Oak Harbor Explore the night sky and view distant galaxies, planets and nebulas at this free public Star Party hosted by the Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS). No telescope is needed and people of all ages are welcome to attend. Be sure and dress warmly and note that the event will be canceled if the weather is cloudy. For more information, contact Bob Scott at re.bob., or visit

Call on your creative side to design your own collages. Build a vocabulary of art tricks to gain artistic confidence. Fast paced and no pressure creating is what this all about. All supplies provided. Wendy Lee Lynds from Silver Spike Studio will inspire you to create!

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Join us for a book discussion of Jonas Karlsson’s “The Invoice,” a heartfelt exploration of the cost of life and love—and the importance of the little things—from the author of the international bestseller, The Room.

Saturday, March 25, 8:00am Langley Marina, 228 Wharf St.

3rd Tuesday Book Discussion Group Tuesday, March 21, 9:30am-11:00am Freeland Library

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MARCH 16 - MARCH 22, 2017

Get your Irish on at two St. Patrick’s Day events By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly There will be plenty of blarney and more than enough fun to go around Friday as Whidbey Island celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in style – the Irish Wildlife Society’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Oak Harbor and the Shifty Sailors’ St. Paddy’s Day Bash in Coupeville.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE The 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, thought to be the second largest Irish parade in the state, will begin at 4:30 p.m. Friday along Pioneer Way in downtown Oak Harbor. “There are two kinds of people who get involved in the parade that day – the Irish and those who wish they were Irish,” chuckled Mike Thelan, president of the Irish Wildlife Society. The parade is meant to be a celebration of heritage and fun and is aimed at people of all ages. “It’s a family parade,” Thelan said. “You will find it has virtually everything in it. The only thing you won’t find is probably elephants. We won’t have elephants.” This year’s parade will feature at least 50 entries, including hydroplanes, flag teams,

cement trucks, the Navy, musical entries and much more. “It’s been fun to see the variety of entries. It’s grown every year,” said Thelan. “We encourage everyone to decorate themselves up in greenery. There will be signs with family names in the parade, and if someone sees their family name on one of these signs, we hope it will encourage them to stop watching and join in the parade.” Because the parade is meant to celebrate the community, the choice for this year’s grand marshal fits with the overall theme of the parade - Oak Harbor School District Superintendent Lance Gibbon. Welsh by heritage, but Irish in spirit, Gibbon, who has been inducted as a member into the Irish Wildlife Society, said he is pleased to be part of the event, even though the invitation was unexpected. “As they explained that the reason was that the committee was so proud of our students and schools and all they have accomplished, it was humbling more than anything,” he said. “Our students, staff, parents and community deserve the real credit and it’s an honor to represent them.” Gibbon, who has been known to sport some spiffy holiday ensembles on occasion, said he does have a surprise planned for the parade, which should add to the overall festive spirit of the event. “I love events that bring all of our community groups together,” said Gibbon. “Parades are a great way to celebrate all our community has to offer and has done. Our schools and students are always involved, which makes it extra fun. “I’m really looking forward to having some of our bands, clubs and other student groups participating,” he continued. This parade also marks the first time in many years the event is being pulled together without one of its most tireless volunteers, Barb Berry Jacobs, who passed away late last year.

Photo courtesy of Oak Harbor School District Lance Gibbon, superintendent of the Oak Harbor School District, will be the grand marshal at Friday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Oak Harbor.

“The underlying theme of the parade this year is that it’s really dedicated to her,” said Thelan. “She was the lynch pin that held it all together, really. “She was always Miss Enthusiasm on every-

Photo courtesy of the Shifty Sailors The Shifty Sailors will host the 10th annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Coupeville Rec Hall.

thing,” Thelan continued. “She was high energy, running after details, making sure everything got covered.” Thelan said Jacobs was instrumental in bringing new members to the Irish Wildlife Society, but said she never craved the spotlight. “She never wanted any attention,” he said. “She was always the wingman – she wanted to make sure everything came together.” Immediately following the parade will be a dinner for $9 per person at the American Legion, featuring traditional Irish food. “[This event] really gives you an appreciation for what a special place Oak Harbor is and how much we have to offer,” said Gibbon.

ST. PADDY’S DAY BASH If you’re looking for more Irish-themed fun, the 10th annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Coupeville Rec Hall.

Photo courtesy of Irish Wildlife Society Oak Harbor will turn green with Irish pride Friday for the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Pioneer Way downtown.

The event is put on by Whidbey Island’s own Shifty Sailors and features songs by the Shiftys, jigs and reels by Eclectic’ly Celtic and fabulous Irish food and drink.

“I love a sing-along with people,” he continued. “It brings back a lot of good memories and people know all those old songs.”

“It’s an old fashioned sing-along,” said Shifty Sailor Vern Olson, who helped start the event. “We do all the Irish favorites and sets of Irish sea songs. All the jigs and reels are Irish. It’s just a great celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

People also love good food. When the Shifty Sailors began the Bash, they did all the cooking themselves. Today, they have someone else prepare the corned beef, but many of them still contribute their special culinary skills.

“The music is solid for three hours,” he continued. “And the food is incredible.”

“About the fifth year we noticed there were quite a few vegetarians, so I cooked up some Irish Colcannon,” Olson said. “It’s a traditional dish made with root vegetables – heavy on leeks – but it’s just delicious. I started making that. I started with a small pot and now I make a huge supply every year.”

Just 100 tickets are available for the Bash this year. Cost to attend is $35 and tickets can be purchased in advance at Wind and Tide book store in Oak Harbor; Salty Mug, bayleaf and Far From Normal in Coupeville; the cheese shop at Greenbank Farm; and at Moonraker Books in Langley. Olson suggests getting tickets early as the event has become so popular. “It’s not a case of worrying we’ll sell out,” he said. “We usually end up selling out early.” The festive atmosphere and good food bring people out to the St. Paddy’s Bash, but Olson said he also enjoys how it brings back memories. Photo courtesy of Irish Wildlife Society Oak Harbor will turn green with Irish pride Friday for the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Pioneer Way downtown.

“My dad was a vaudevillian,” said Olson. “He always liked to do sing-alongs and I used to go with him and I would play with him. We sang all over the place like that.

Olson said the group couldn’t imagine St. Patrick’s Day without their signature Bash. “This is really our gift to the island community,” he said. “We’re not out to make money. We had to raise the price basically because of meat prices.” Tickets are available until sold out. For his money, Olson said there isn’t a better celebration to be found. “I love sing-alongs,” he said. “And when all these guys sing together and everybody comes to sing, that’s what St. Paddy’s Day is all about.”

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Miss Oak Harbor 2017 is a crowning achievement By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

Oak Harbor has a new royal court. The student union building at Oak Harbor High School erupted in applause, whistles and cheers last Thursday evening as the winners of the Miss Oak Harbor 2017 Scholarship Pageant were announced. In an evening of competition that stretched to nearly four hours, 25 contestants in two divisions displayed their talents, poise and personalities before a panel of judges and a packed audience. At stake was more than $14,000 in scholarship awards. Nerves were evident as the top five contestants in the Teen Miss Oak Harbor and Miss Oak Harbor divisions were named. In the end, 17-year-old Oak Harbor High School junior Baelee Whitinger was named Miss Oak Harbor, the surprise registering on her face as her name was announced. “When the emcee called my name as Miss Oak Harbor, I couldn’t believe it!” Whitinger said. “I totally thought she 'Steve Harvey-ed' me. I didn’t even think I would make top five and to win was really a surprise and honor for me.” Whitinger is no stranger to being royalty, however. She competed in the pageant last year and won the title of Teen Miss Oak Harbor. She said she has enjoyed her past year of service and looks forward to what lies ahead as Miss Oak Harbor. “Participating in the Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant has broadened my horizons to different organizations that support this community with volunteer work and this drive to constantly be improving and inspiring young women,” she said. “I really, really love the passion the pageant board has for this program, and it truly is an inspiring and encouraging environment that

fosters self-confidence and a drive to be a strong woman in each contestant, including myself.”

Miss Oak Harbor’s royal court is rounded off by 1st Princess, Jacklyn Curtis, and 2nd Princess, Elizabeth Fitzgerald. Taking home the prestigious People’s Choice was Trinity Slowik. The Teen Miss Oak Harbor division, made up of freshmen and sophomores, has its own royal court. Aly McLeod, 14, was crowned Miss Teen Oak Harbor 2017. “When my name was announced for Teen Miss Oak Harbor I was so surprised. I felt so blessed with that title,” McLeod said. “I worked hard for six weeks, and now I get to serve my community on the court.” Autumn Coker was crowned Teen 1st Princess and Gracie Hiteshew was named Teen 2nd Princess. Both said they were thrilled to win, but enjoyed the overall experience of the pageant and forming bonds with other contestants.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Baelee Whitinger is crowned Miss Oak Harbor 2017 at the third annual scholarship pageant held last week at Oak Harbor High School.

“The thing I enjoyed the most about participating in the pageant was being able to get to know and spend time with all the other contestants,” said Hiteshew. “This was my first time participating because I’m a freshman and I can’t wait for the next three years to come!” “I definitely enjoyed the amazing people who I met most throughout the pageant,” Coker said. “We all bonded so much between our goofy backstage dancing and the long process of learning to walk in our heels. I had not participated in the pageant until this year, but I definitely plan on competing for my junior and senior years as well!” The enthusiasm the contestants have for the scholarship pageant reinforces what board members Jes Walker-Wyse, River Powers, Mollie Brodt and Shannon Lonborg had in mind for this competition from the beginning.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly People’s Choice award winner, Trinity Slowik, accepts her trophy from winners of the Miss Pioneer Way Pageant, as 2016 Miss Oak Harbor, Mara Powers, looks on.

“The word has been spread that this is not a beauty pageant but rather an amazing opportunity for high school girls of all types,” board members responded. “This, of course, was our desire when we first implemented the program—that anyone could win a position in royalty; you don’t have to be an amazing scholar or have an amazing talent or have the perfect body. You simply have to be open to embracing new challenges and work to do your best in each category. “We know that this model is successful, because every year we attract a remarkably diverse set of contestants with a wide array of talents and interests—from dancers to wrestlers and homeschooled students to Running Start students,” the board continued. The overall mission of the Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant is to provide scholarship opportunities for young women who plan to continue their education after high school. The competition is meant to be a positive experience for the contestants, with a focus on scholarship, service, success and style.

Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly Teen Miss Oak Harbor 2017, Aly McLeod, accepts her trophy from 2016’s Miss Oak Harbor 1st Princess, Resego Mooki.

“The pageant teaches important life skills, including interviewing and working in groups to accomplish tasks,” said board members. “To watch the girls grow in both group and personal confidence is fantastic. This pageant gives participants another stepping stone to reach their goals, dreams and passions.” “Participating really left me more confident and pushed me out of my comfort zone with the unique opportunities of a mock interview, learning a choreographed dance, and getting on stage in front of a packed audience,” said Coker. “I had never participated before, and I was honestly hesitant to do it this year because the stereotypical pageant never seemed that enticing, but I’m glad I did,” McLeod said. “Miss Oak Harbor taught me about time management, serving, and that relationship is the most important thing in our lives.” “Participating in the Miss Oak Harbor Pageant has gotten me a whole lot more involved in my community and it has opened me up to a wonderful experience; I could not be more thankful,” said Hiteshew. In just three years, the number of participants in Miss Oak Harbor has grown to its maximum

capacity of 25 and the dollar amount of scholarships given out has more than doubled. Community support has continued to grow as well. “We have had to overcome the misconception that the Miss Oak Harbor program is a beauty pageant. This is not a pageant based on outer beauty; rather, it is a program that focuses on what each individual brings from the inside. We now have abundant community support because we have proven that we offer a great program that provides unlimited possibilities for 25 high school girls each year,” board members said The Miss Pioneer Way Pageant was added to the Pageant Wyse program last year for younger girls in the area. Winners from that competition were on stage to pass out trophies and awards to this year’s Miss Oak Harbor competitors, who take the mentoring responsibilities that come with their titles very seriously. “I am looking forward to inspiring young girls to think about being a contestant when they come of age because this pageant is all about being a good person and I think that’s very important,” Hiteshew said. “As Miss Oak Harbor royalty, I look forward to mentoring other young women and girls throughout the year,” said Whitinger. “Whether it be through volunteer work or the Miss Pioneer Way pageant, I am so, so excited to just get going!” “I can’t wait to share the next year with my fellow royals and spread the positive energy of the pageant to the community,” agreed McLeod. And that, said board members is at the heart of the pageant’s growing success. “In addition to all that we award on pageant night, Oak Harbor sees our royalty out in the community throughout their reign volunteering at events like National Night Out, the Military Appreciation Picnic and Oak Harbor Music Festival,” they said. “The community embraces our program because we simply give everything back and then some.” A complete list of winners from this year’s Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant can be found online at More photos from Thursday’s competition can be found on Whidbey Weekly’s Facebook page.

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Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! THURSDAY, January 26 3:19am, Heggenes Rd. Neighbor's been coming to location and pounding on window. Ongoing. 9:06am, Utopia Ln. Chickens all over the place. 10:21am, SE City Beach St. Reporting party requesting welfare check on subject face down in the dugout. 11:17am, Riepma Ave. Loose peacocks are "dumping loads" on his porch. Has been happening for 3 years and caller can't take it anymore. 12:28pm, Langley Rd. Reporting theft of parrot Monday afternoon. Now blue and gold macaw. 1:17pm, North Bluff Rd. Requesting call to report scam. Believes FBI may need to get involved. 5:49pm, Riepma Ave. Requesting call. Says rabbit is on his property and needs to be dispatched. Wondering if he can do it himself.

FRIDAY, January 27 7:18am, SR 525 Reporting person woke up to strange man outside screaming while walking down road from her house. 9:05am, W Crescent Harbor Rd. Caller drove by location and saw injured goose. Worried it might try to cross road. 1:47pm, Maple Grove Rd. Advising male subject is going up and down road scaring small children. Is also going down driveways, checking houses. SATURDAY, January 28 10:54am, Fox Trot Way Fiberglass boat was let loose intentionally. Has now come ashore on Livingston Bay Beach. Owner won't respond to get boat taken care of. Been there for months. 11:22am, Langley Rd. Caller is property owner. Tenants abandoned house Tuesday. Caller went in Wednesday to check and found they left hamster and snake. Hamster only had half a bottle of water. Snake had no water.


12:31pm, Guemes Ave. Requesting call. Involved in accident somewhere on Cultus Bay Tuesday night (not reported). Law enforcement came to caller's house later. Is now requesting to know if law enforcement has her wallet as it was left in her vehicle at scene.

4:04pm, SR 20 "Pinto" horse loose next to bus stop at location. Not on road.

2:29pm, Blacktail Ln. Reporting subjects in area 15-20 minutes ago, driving white truck with chest freezer in back. Subjects approached caller and said they were selling meat. Subjects had lots of tatoos and shirt that said "Nobody beats our meat."

7:07pm, N Sapphire Dr. Caller advising he just talked to his intoxicated wife. She stated "I'm stuck in the car, I just woke up, I don't know where I am."

3:52pm, SR 20 Silver Toyota Highland station wagon has windows steamed up. Someone wrote "Help" in window, then wiped it off. Cannot see license plate. 4:35pm, SR 20 Large white pickup truck, unknown license, speeding. Tried to run caller off road (caller on bike). Out of caller's sight. Very upset, says her life was in danger. SUNDAY, January 29 9:45am, Witte Way Reporting 3 loose cows. Advising "huge" brown and white cows. MONDAY, January 30 8:31am, Hastie Lake Rd. Reporting couple of "crack heads" waving people over, flipping people off. Standing in middle of road. When caller slowed down, subjects said "what" in antagonistic way like they want to fight. 2:38pm, SW Kimball Dr Caller advising female refused to leave after being refused an apartment.

6:32pm, SE Pioneer Way Caller advising male subject is pushing shopping cart and screaming at passing cars, standing on Pioneer Way.

WEDNESDAY, February 1 9:11am, SE Ely St. Requesting call. Loaned vehicle to former coworker who now states vehicle is sold. 10:27am, Seaview Ave. Neighbor is building fence. Workers keep walking on her property when she has asked them not to. 11:44am, Whitney Dr. Advising subjects burning stinky garbage and generating ash in neighborhood. Recalled advising "the smoke is so thick he can't see outside. Wants to know if anyone is going to come out here." 3:43pm, East Harbor Rd. Requesting call. Has "hot lead" on parrot theft. THURSDAY, February 2 7:13pm, S East Camano Dr. Caller advising customer came in demanding refund for bread. When caller refused, she started yelling at caller that she's discriminating against her because she's a lesbian. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.

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COMVAQWINGPAC Conducts Change of Command Story by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex Van’tLeven Navy Public Affairs Support Element Det. Northwest Sailors, civilian personnel and family members gathered for a Commander, Electronic Attack Wing, U.S. Pacific Fleet, (COMVAQWINGPAC) change of command ceremony held at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island (NASWI), March 10.

couldn’t afford to replicate Ault field, with its robust and growing infrastructure, as a home to all of our growler squadrons, in the west coast maritime patrol and reconnaissance fleet, anywhere else in the continental United States,” said Shoemaker. “This is why we are forever grateful to have the support of our elected officials, local community, and organizations, such as, the Whidbey Island Navy league.”

Capt. Tabb B. Stringer assumed command of COMVAQWINGPAC from Capt. Scott T. Farr, who took command in Sept. 2015. Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Naval Air Forces (COMNAVAIRFOR), participated in the event as the guest speaker and overseeing officer.

Outgoing Capt. Farr thanked friends and family for supporting him throughout his tour at Whidbey Island. During his time as commanding officer two pilots were involved in an on deck incident on Dec. 16, 2016. He attributed their recovery to the professionalism of the attack wing.

“The change of command is one of the Navy’s oldest standing traditions. In a few moments Capt. Farr, and Capt. Stringer will read their orders, exchange salutes, and report to me that they’ve properly changed command of all electronic attack forces,” said Shoemaker. “With this one, seemingly simple act, ultimate authority will shift from one officer to the next, according to navy regulations, and in front of their assembled Sailors. This has been done countless times throughout Navy history. It goes without saying that privilege of command is an awesome responsibility.”

“You guys being here today is the best part of this tour,” said Farr. “It was made possible by the professionalism, heroics, and courage of the men and women who serve the electronic attack wing and team Whidbey.”

COMVAQWINGPAC is responsible for training, manning, equipping and supporting electronic attack warfare missions around the world. Shoemaker spoke of the strategic importance of NASWI and the role it plays in the Navy’s electronic war fighting capabilities. “The strategic value of this base is immeasurable. We

Change of Command at VAQ 138

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Montemarano/Released) Capt. Tabb Stringer, deputy commodore Electronic Attack Wing U.S. Pacific Fleet, delivers opening remarks during a change of command ceremony for the Yellow Jackets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ 138), on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Former Executive Officer Cmdr. Todd I. Ladwig fleeted up to relieve Cmdr. Charles E. Dale of his duties and take command of the squadron.

After the reading of official orders, Capt. Stringer, now fully in command, addressed the crew and the future of the air wing. Two guiding command principles were the foundation of his speech. “Number one, set the conditions for success. Number two, leave it better than you found it. When your faced with challenges, and you ask yourself, does it set us up for success both today and tomorrow, and does it make it better for those that come after me, those that succeed us. If the answer is yes to both of those questions, then you are aligned with what I want you to do, and what I’m asking you to do,” Capt. Stringer said in conclusion.

(U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Joseph Montemarano/Released) The Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard parades the colors during a change of command ceremony for the Yellow Jackets of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ 138).

Field Carrier Landing Practice Schedule at NAS Whidbey Island Complex for Week of March 12-18, 2017 Aircraft carrier-based flight training for aircraft stationed at NAS Whidbey Island is scheduled to occur at the Outlying Field (OLF) in Coupeville, Wash., from Wednesday, March 15 through Friday, March 17, 2017 and Ault Field from Monday, March 13 through Wednesday, March 15, 2017. People living in local communities should remain aware that the aforementioned operations are not the only operations out of NAS Whidbey Island, particularly at Ault Field, which is a 24-hour-a-day operational facility. There are many other training evolutions that people may hear. However the aircraft carrier flight training operations are types of operations that involve lower altitude flight training in close vicinity to the airfield. Both runways at Ault Field are now open. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules. COUPEVILLE CARRIER OPERATIONS Wednesday, March 15 – Early to Mid-Afternoon and Night Thursday, March 16 – Night Friday, March 17 – Late Morning to Early Afternoon AULT FIELD CARRIER OPERATIONS Wednesday, March 15 – Mid-Morning to Early Afternoon

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Ault Field will be used as a backup field for scheduled flights at OLF Coupeville if cancellations become necessary. The base will make every effort to let the community know if there are additions to published schedules for FCLPs and CCAs. The FCLP and CCA tempo are driven by the Fleet Replacement Squadron student training curriculum and pre-deployment carrier EA-18G Growler squadron flight qualifications. It can also fluctuate due to weather, maintenance and operational requirements. NAS Whidbey Island remains open continuously to support flight operations and training. FCLP and Carrier Controlled Approach schedules for OLF Coupeville and Ault Field will continue to be released weekly for community planning purposes. Comments, including noise complaints can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island’s comment line at (360) 2576665, or via e-mail: Comments regarding flight operations should note the time an event occurred, where exactly the event occurred and as much detail as possible about what was seen. We also ask that people leave their contact information for our tracking purposes. All other questions can be directed to NAS Whidbey Island Public Affairs Office at (360) 257-2286. The Navy’s OLF at Coupeville is a critical national security asset that provides essential training for Navy pilots based at NAS Whidbey Island to conduct safe and effective aircraft carrier flight operations around the world.

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By Carey Ross Beauty and the Beast: This is the movie that caused people to lose their shit over its openly gay character while they simultaneously glossed over the fact it is also a love story between a teenaged girl and the giant water buffalo who kidnaps her. Tale as old as time, indeed.  (PG • 2 hrs. 9 min.) Before I Fall: This story about a teen with a perfect life who is forced to relive the same day over and over again has been described as “Heathers" meets "Groundhog Day," a characterization that only serves to pique my interest.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 39 min.) The Belko Experiment: This is like "Saw," except it takes place among white-collar folks in an office building because no one taught these filmmakers that horror works best when it is relatable and its characters sympathetic. But for a movie that comes out this time of year, it could be much, much worse.  (R • 1 hr. 22 min.) Fifty Shades Darker: I’m sure this sequel to "Fifty Shades of Grey" is going to be just as good as the book it is adapted from, which is to say not good at all.  (R • 1 hr. 55 min.) Get Out: A socially conscious horror movie/ race-savvy satire written and directed by Jordan Peele is exactly the kind of thing Hollywood should do more of while they do less of just about everything else.  (R • 1 hr. 44 min.) The Great Wall: Critics agree this movie, in which paranormal beasts try to invade China via the Great Wall and Matt Damon comes along to save the people from their terrible fate, isn’t the act of horrifying whitewashing they feared it would be. Unfortunately, critics also agree this movie is generally terrible nonetheless.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 44 min.) Hidden Figures: Real talk: 2016 was a year in which it kinda sucked to be a woman and/ or a person of color. Start 2017 off right with a heady dose of girl power by seeing this inspiring true story of the three heretoforeunknown African-American women who helped put astronaut John Glenn into space.


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Let’s Dish! with Kae Harris

GREEN MEANS IT’S IRISH, RIGHT? St. Patrick’s Day is almost here and this world wide celebration of all things Irish, as well as celebrating the saint himself for his ministry of Christianity in the Emerald Isle, will be ramping up across the globe. St. Patrick is purported to have died March 17, 493 or there about. One of his more important and miraculous feats was having rid Ireland entirely of snakes, though many historians think this is a symbolic reference to the pagans who lived there at the time. Whatever the claim, the fact still remains that every year on March 17th we don our best shades of green and gear up to party (whatever that looks like to you) with the best of them! So what does a traditional St. Paddy’s day look like? I guess it depends upon what part of the world you live in, but no doubt it features a beer of some sort and at least one Irish dish. I know when I think of many of the little emblems and all of the food we associate with St. Patrick’s Day and indeed Ireland, I wonder if these are in fact things that are prevalent in the country itself? Wouldn’t you know it, leprechauns aren’t really all that jolly according to legend and corned beef and cabbage is more of an American-Irish take on ‘bacon and cabbage.’ Cattle in Ireland were long ago recognized for their strength in the fields and for the dairy products produced from the milk, rather than their meat for consumption. It was only when the cattle became too old or weak to work they were slaughtered for meat supposedly. So, where did this idea of corned beef and cabbage as a dish loved by every Irishman and woman? Well, after a large influx of Irish immigrants to the United States occurred between the 17 and 1800s, the Irish families brought with them (naturally) their traditional way of life gastronomically speaking. The only problem was bacon and cabbage, a mealtime staple in Ireland, had to evolve and adapt due to the price of pork being far more expensive in the U.S. than it was in the homeland. Beef was a much cheaper alternative, particularly the corned beef which was cured and cooked similarly to Irish pork, and was thus an acceptable substitute for bacon in some dishes.

Irish immigrants also frequented the delis of other ethnic groups in the communities where they lived and while potatoes of course were widely available, cabbage was found to be a cheaper alternative for cash strapped Irish families. Enter corned beef and cabbage – a quick, relatively easy one pot economical meal. It would definitely make a filling St. Paddy’s favorite if you yourself decide to replicate it. What about soda bread? Anyone up for making Irish soda bread? I have a few friends who might actually like to try it, and so I hope when they read this they accept the challenge (and of course, share with me the end result!). This is a ‘quick-bread’ and since baking soda (or bicarbonate of soda) was introduced to Ireland in the mid-1800s, it became the leavening agent instead of yeast in a basic bread recipe. A cross was sliced into the top of the bread rounds before baking in a bid to ward off evil, and being that traditionally it was made with soured milk, the final product was a dense, crusty-on-the-outside, bread with a bit of a tang to it. Sounds like my kind of bread! This is one recipe I will be trying within the next couple of weeks. And why not, what with St. Patrick’s Day almost at our door? But what other traditionally Irish goodies can we make and eat March 17 to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Perhaps if we make it all green it is somehow bestowed with an ‘Irishness’ that wouldn’t be there if the food or drink were any other color. Sugar cookies with green frosting and sprinkles? Sounds delightful. A tasty beverage concoction colored green in honor of the day? Depends on the concoction I guess, but this is where it gets fun! You could get creative in the kitchen and come up with your very own St. Paddy’s Day Punch. I remember a recipe I used to use many years ago at parties and get-togethers, and it was a punch that put all other punches to shame. Ginger ale, apple juice concentrate (from the frozen section) and a lemon-lime soda were the base of the punch. To this I always add a little fresh fruit – strawberries, frozen grapes (green of course, for the occasion), and even chopped pears, all stirred into the punch bowl, bobbing away waiting to be drank and enjoyed! You could always add some sherbet, just to give the drink a

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creamy kick. My kids enjoy it, although I do limit their intake just because it’s rather sugary! If you don’t want to make drinks and would prefer to just purchase your celebratory beverages from the store, that’s totally fine. There are many more dishes to be made which have become a bit of a tradition for St. Patrick’s Day. Whether they are traditionally Irish may be debatable. A shepherd’s pie might be a good idea. It’s quick and easy and feeds a lot of people in one sitting. Colcannon – mashed cabbage and potatoes could be a side feature at a party, served alongside some ham, and of course it wouldn’t be the same without the bread. Imagine all the spreads that could complement soda bread! Herbed cream cheese spread, garlic butter, vegetables with cottage cheese. Really the limit is only your imagination and your will to create! Dear Readers, I hope your St. Patrick’s Day is a fun one, and you are able to celebrate in due style – something Irish, and if not truly Irish, then at least something green! I am including a recipe for the Irish Soda Bread and if you make it before I do, please let me know what you thought of it. Send me any and all comments, questions, information and of course recipes because as always, I’d love to hear from you, so Lets Dish!

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Ready Readers: Baby & Me Storytime Tuesdays, March 21 & 28, 9:30am Freeland Library Wiggle and giggle with your baby through stories, happy songs, rhymes, and activities that inspire a love of reading. Playtime follows. For newborns through 18 months. Caregiver required. Ready Readers: Toddler Storytime Tuesdays, March 21 & 28, 10:30am Freeland Library Jump and bounce into a magical world of stories, music and movements that nurture the desire to read in toddlers. For ages 18 months to 3 years. Caregiver required. Salish Eden: Lower Skagit People on Penn Cove Wednesday, March 22, 1:00pm-2:30pm Freeland Library Explore pre-contact life of the Lower Skagit Indians on Penn Cove with Rick Castellano from the Island County Museum. Everyone is welcome.

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Lightly grease a large baking sheet. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and margarine. Stir in 1 cup buttermilk and the egg. Knead the dough lightly on a floured surface. Form the dough into a round and place on the baking sheet. Mix together in a small bowl, the melted butter with ¼ cup buttermilk and brush the dough round with this. Cut an ‘X’ shape into the top of the bread, and bake at 375° until a tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean. You can check for doneness after a half hour, and if you like, keep brushing the top of the bread with the butter/buttermilk mixture periodically while it bakes. Total baking time should be about 45 minutes. Remove from the heat, allow to cool, cut a slice and enjoy! To read past columns of Let's Dish in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.

March’s program: “Fern Frenzy”. Judith Jones, owner of Fancy Fronds Nursery and noted horticulture expert, will share her extensive knowledge of ferns and also some highlights from her recent trip to England. Refreshments provided and the public is welcome.

Rhythm Circle Sunday, March 19, 5:00pm-6:30pm Freeland Library Meeting Room Small group of amateur rhythm makers seek others to join our laid-back drum/percussion noise-making which meets once or twice a month, followed by an appetizer potluck. Feel free to drop in, even if you don’t have an instrument or have never touched a drum. We always have more instruments than people.

Island County Astronomical Society (ICAS) Monday, March 20, 6:30pm-8:30pm Oak Hall, Room 306, SVC, Oak Harbor Anyone interested in astronomy is invited to attend. There will be short presentations on current topics in astronomy and a good time is guaranteed for all! For more information about ICAS or club events, contact Bob Scott at, or visit www. WHAT'S GOING ON

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other way. The fact that you’ve done your homework comes to your aid in key moments. Watch the 21st for clues.


ARIES (March 21-April 19) The delightful feel of strength and self-reliance coursing in your veins should add spice to your week. This can translate into tangible gains around the 21st. The added push of a partner or close backer promises to benefit both of you, seemingly in support of the old adage, “Providence helps those who help themselves.” Your star is on the rise at present, putting you at your best after the spring equinox. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Troublesome matters you’ve been reluctant to face are likely to reach their tipping point this week. The ease with which they’re solved when you finally face them is likely to make you wonder why you were so invested in avoiding them. Health matters in particular deserve your special attention now. It’s possible that you’ve worn yourself out with overwork and would benefit from some rest and recuperation. Use the 21st to advantage. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) Fears that you’re inadequate to the task of helping another this week are off base. If your first attempt falls short, simply try again. A different tack may succeed fabulously where the first failed. Variety of approach is the key to your success, and going where your interests take you is the right course. The hidden bonus is that you will benefit yourself in the end, as well. Watch the 21st carefully. CANCER (June 22-July 22) Optimism will carry you far this week, but it’s not the only element needed to ensure success in your endeavors. For best results, temper your optimism with practicality. A bit of homespun wisdom of the grandmotherly sort is just the ticket for getting the most from your positive outlook. Equally important is action when and where action is needed. Don’t hesitate to step in when the situation warrants, especially on the 21st.  LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Great strides are possible this week in whatever direction you choose to make them. An invisible threshold, represented by the spring equinox, is about to be crossed, putting you in a potent position for achieving your aims. Problems that have eluded fixing, particularly those involving children, are much more likely to yield themselves to your hand after the 21st. Your best solutions are the ones arising from your warm and loyal heart. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) All of your planning and worrying over how to better conduct yourself professionally and financially pays off this week. Your airtight logic in certain key matters is your umbrella in both career and domestic relations, deflecting blame away from you in situations that could easily have gone the

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) The week is accompanied in some way by a sense of urgency. You’re likely to feel it as the overwhelming need to right a wrong or restore balance to someone or something that is badly out of balance. Marriage or business is one probable arena for your efforts. The partner may be the object of your efforts, or they may support your efforts, particularly on the 21st, by allying with you against a problem you hold in common. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’ve probably invested much time, energy and money in helping a family member, recently, most likely a brother or sister. This week someone else may need your help, possibly a friend in humiliating circumstances. Your knack for thinking logically and acting quickly, as well as your ability to keep what you know under your hat, makes you the one those in need will turn to first. The 21st offers clues. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) Preoccupation with your past, and especially a rehashing of decisions you made regarding marriage and children, is likely to fill your week. Before you become too self-critical, remember that hindsight is always 20/20. It’s not healthy to impose your present values on the very different person you were back then. Remember that every day brings new choices, and another chance to do better. The 21st makes the point. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) It’s possible that you are still digesting some recently acquired insights into choices you made long ago, probably having to do with family and siblings. While it’s too soon to say you are completely done with those issues, this week is more future oriented. Working with children and doing things that please the youthful and competitive part of you are both very much in order at present. Persistence in those and other matters pays on the 21st. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Ironing out your financial problems this week is easier than it may appear. Workable solutions are indirect and won’t happen in the way you might think. Put thoughts of money out of mind and pay more attention to issues dealing with your home and your mother. Getting yourself right with those two things will spin off into material benefits in ways you can’t foresee. Look to the 21st for clues. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Thoughts of who you are and where your life has taken you are natural this week. All are a necessary part of building anew atop the foundation your choices to date have made for you. Daunting as the future may feel, it can unfold with relative ease. The key is to acknowledge your fear, and then to own and embrace it with intent to move beyond it. Owning your fears robs them of power, particularly on the 21st. © 2017, Wesley Hallock, All Rights Reserved

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Eileen Marie Utess, age 70 of Coupeville, WA, passed away Thursday, February 23, 2017. She was born to the late George and Mary Derensiye December 14, 1946. Eileen grew up in New Jersey and loved to swim in Indian Lake. She was part of a competition swim team winning many medals in her high school years. After graduating high school, Eileen attended Dover Business School for two years. She then started her calling as a caregiver. During her career, she had the honor and privilege to care for patients who gave her the strength and courage to complete her journey as a Health Care Provider. Eileen then moved to Pennsylvania where she raised her family and spent many years until she moved to Whidbey Island in 2007. Eileen enjoyed horseback riding on Whidbey Island where she took lessons with her friends at Equestrian Crossings. Family and friends were Eileen’s love and joy. She will always be remembered by her selfless attitude and continual smile. Eileen is survived by her sisters, Joan Farrand and Mary Lou Satryano of Arizona. She also leaves behind a daughter, Jill, son, John, and 6 grandchildren, Trevor, Travis, John Jr., Jacob, Janessa and Julianna. A Catholic Mass was held in her honor Sunday February 26 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Coupeville, WA.

Ricky Ken Jenkins Ricky Ken Jenkins was born September 18, 1961, in Honolulu, HI to Harry and Sarah Jenkins. He passed away February 26, 2017. He attended McKinley High School in Hawaii and met his future wife, TammyLynn, in his youth. He joined the Navy after high school and began an illustrious 20-year career as an Avionics Technician, where he underwent extensive military training in many different fields. He served on the USS Nimitz, USS Constellation, UP-1, CA/ATTU, AIMD and served in Desert Storm. Ricky enjoyed fishing and crabbing, playing with his grandkids and searching for Pokemon with Pokemon Go. He played the ukulele and sang, searched for the elusive Big Foot and hunted for ghosts. He loved taking long walks with his wife and dogs and grilling the best meals for his family while cheering on his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is survived by his loving wife Tammy, his children, Ricky and his wife Keo, Nickylyn and her husband Terry, Kerriann, Cassandra and Michael David; his grandchildren Kalei, Keahi, Ava, Ares, Irene and Iolani; his brothers, Harry,

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Friends of the Freeland Library Meeting

Life Tributes Eileen Marie Utess

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Tuesday, March 21, 1:00pm-3:00pm Freeland Library, 5495 S Harbor Ave. Find out what the Friends of the Library do to support the library and how you can get involved. Everyone is welcome!

Whidbey Island Camera Club Tuesday, March 21, 6:30pm-8:00pm Oak Hall, Room 306, SVC, Oak Harbor

Steven, and Kelly; his sisters, Margaret and Jane; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Sarah Jenkins.

JUSTO MESA AQUINO Justo Mesa Aquino was born in Barrigada, Guam August 3,1933 and died peacefully in Oak Harbor, WA at Home Place Memory Care Facility March 5, 2017. Justo served his country in the US Army from October 6, 1951 to October 8, 1954, followed by a career in US Civil Service working in Guam, Oahu, HI, Midway Island and Adak, AK, ultimately retiring to Whidbey Island, WA where he contentedly raised chickens. Justo is survived by Gloria “Patti” Ruple, his loving and caring companion for 32 years, his children George Aquino and Karen, Justo Aquino and Linda, Claire Young and Greg, Ralph Aquino, Monica Sanchez and Roberto, Patricia Aquino-Longo and Joseph, and Paul Aquino and Karla, his 21 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Justo was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mae Eustaquio Aquino, his parents Ana Mesa and Juan Cruz Aquino, sister Silvilina, and brothers Artemio and Ignacio. Justo is survived by his sister Trinidad “Dot” and Antonio Lizama, Juan and Francesca (deceased) Aquino. Justo will be remembered as a gentle loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. Funeral Mass was held at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Oak Harbor, WA, March 15 at 10am. Reception immediately followed. Visitation was held at Wallin Funeral Home March 14 from 3-5 pm with Rosary recited at 3pm.

The theme for March is “Diagonal or Leading lines”. You may submit up to 3 photographs for discussion during the meeting to Whidbey Island Camera Club, a community club, is open to the public. If you have questions, please email For more Meetings and Organizations, visit

Classes, Seminars and Workshops Learn to Dance at Dan’s Classic Ballroom.Com! Ballroom, Latin, Swing, Club Dances Groups, Privates, Wedding Prep (360) 720-2727 -

Dugualla Bay Bridge Club.Com New Friends - Have Fun - Exercise Brain Social and Duplicate Bridge Classes for All Levels (360) 720-2727 -

NRA Personal Protection Outside The Home Class Saturday, March 18, 9:00am-5:00pm Sunday, March 19, 9:00am-5:00pm NWSA Range, Oak Harbor Cost: $50, includes a book This class builds on skills already gained in other shooting classes and shooting styles, which the student must be able to show documentation or competency. The class also gives a thorough legal brief on the provisions of law pertaining to the ownership and use of a firearm. Defensive shooting skills are emphasized in this class. This class includes shooting on the NWSA Pistol Range, located at 886 Gun Club Road, off Oak Harbor Road. For questions or to register, go to and search 98277 to bring up the class. Additional information can be found at

Low-Flow Irrigation Class

DUI/Underage Drinking Prevention Panel Saturday, March 18, 12:45pm Oak Harbor Library Meeting Room Open to all, no late admittance. Required by local driving schools for driver’s education students and parents. For more information, call (360) 672-8219 or visit

Choosing the Best Garden Seeds and Sowing Methods for Our Climate Sunday, March 19, 12:00pm South Whidbey Tilth Campus, Langley Local farmer and WSU Extension Island County SNAP Education Coordinator, Anza Muenchow, will provide seed selection information, germination requirements and have hands on materials to make this your best seed starting year ever. Trays and seeds are available for attenders to plant during the class. For a take home trays of seedlings, bring and additional $5 to $10. Cost is $15, $25 for couples and $8 for Tilth members. Preregistration is helpful. Please email South Whidbey Tilth Campus is located at 2812 Thompson Rd.

Life of a Bush Pilot Wednesday, March 22, 10:30am Regency on Whidbey, Oak Harbor Local bush pilot Roger Christensen will share some of his experiences in the Activity Room. Regency on Whidbey is located at 1040 SW Kimball Dr. For more information, contact Sandy Mulkey at (360) 279-0933 or smulkey@

Card Making Workshop Friday, March 24, 6:00pm-9:00pm Private Residence, Oak Harbor Have fun while making 6 handmade Spring cards. Cost is $18, which includes everything you need including envelopes. Come with a friend and reduce your cost to $15 each. No experience necessary. You can’t beat giving a special someone a handmade card that you made for only $3 or less! Space and kits are limited so call today to reserve your seat. Contact Nancy Cunningham, Creative Memories Independent Advisor, (808) 779-8280 or with any questions.

Saturday Scrapbooking Crop

Saturday, March 18, 9:00am-12:00pm Pacific Rim Institute, 180 Parker Rd, Coupeville

Saturday, March 25, 10:00am-5:00pm Private Residence, Oak Harbor

The role of irrigation in food crop production including the basics of soil water relationships and how that relates to irrigation management

Spend a day preserving your precious memories by getting some of your favorite photos into an album. All levels of scrapbookers welcome, from beginners to experienced. Cost is $10, which includes lunch, a special gift (or project), use of my cool tools, ideas, encouragement, inspiration, fun and help if you need it. Bring what you have or supplies are available for purchase. Space is limited so call today to reserve your seat. Contact Nancy Cunningham, Creative Memories Independent Advisor, (808) 779-8280 or

Join Troy Peters, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Extension Irrigation Specialist, for an informative workshop on the topic of low flow irrigation. This is a free event and is a great opportunity to gain new knowledge for the upcoming growing season as a home gardener, farmer, and landowner. For more information, visit

Rites of Committal will be held at MillerWoodlawn Memorial park, Bremerton, WA. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society or The National Cancer Institute. Please visit Justo’s page in the Book of Memories at to share memories and condolences. Arrangements are entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home & Cremation, LLC, Oak Harbor, WA.

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REAL ESTATE WANTED Seeking Small House: Wanting to purchase small 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath older rambler, cottage, or cabin on South Whidbey. One level, not in town, approximately .5 acres, a few stairs to entrance OK. No cement floor or in-floor heating. Cherish hardwood flooring, wood cabinets, electric baseboard heating, and metal roof. Please call (360) 730-3244 before you do any cleanup, repairs, flooring, painting, home improvements, etc. (1)

RENTAL WANTED Retired, stable, responsible couple seeking long term unfurnished 2 bed, 2 bath house rental in Coupeville. Water views, open concept, storage. Price not to exceed $1800/ month. (919) 812-0402 (1)

AUTO/PARTS FOR SALE Reliable 86 Olds Cutlass Sierra. 87,000 on completely rebuilt engine and transmission. Routine maintenance kept up, records/receipts available. $800 OBO (360) 678-6667 (1) Steel wheel set for passenger car. Fits tire size P185/75R14, $15. (360) 678-6667 (1)

ANNOUNCEMENTS 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. (425) 923-0451 or mostermick@ The Whidbey Island community is encouraged to try out the paddling sport of dragon boating with the Stayin' Alive team. Our team's mission is to promote the physical, social, and emotional benefits

of dragon boating. It has been shown to be especially beneficial to cancer survivors. Practice with us for up to 3 times for free. Life-jackets and paddles provided. Saturdays at the Oak Harbor Marina, 8:45am. Contact njlish@ More info at our Facebook Page: https://www. ndDragonBoatClub?ref=hl 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. Families & Friends of Violent Crime Victims has Advocates ready to help. Please call (800) 346-7555. 24hr Crisis Line. Free Service.

JOB MARKET Island Drug at Ken’s Corner is hiring for our gift department! We are looking for people who are friendly, mature and selfmotivated. Must be able to work evenings and Saturdays. Computer experience a plus. Must be able to pass a drug test. Apply at store (3) Evening Janitorial: Hiring IMMEDIATELY for part-time evening janitor, MondaySaturday, 11 hours per week, Clinton/Freeland. Start time flexible (after 6:30pm/earlier on Saturday); compensation, $12 per hour; Earn parttime income of $500+ per month; Must have valid DL, cell phone, pass background/ drug screening and E-Verify (USCIS). Please provide name and phone number. Resumes welcome. E-mail: (1) DRIVERS: Part-time, full-time, on-call & weekend driver positions available. Must have or be willing to obtain CDL Class B with P2 passenger endorse-

ment. If interested, please contact Brent at (360) 679-4003 or find an application online at employment.php

HEALTH/FITNESS Inspire Fitness CS2 CardioStrider, elliptical machine (not stationary bike) in like-new condition, with user manual. Color light gray and black (see similar model at www. For all fitness levels. Original cost $1,700, selling for $600 obo. You move, located in Clinton. (206) 919-4387 (1)

LESSONS Guitar lessons: Looking for guitar students who would like to learn how to play or upgrade their current playing skills. All genre taught, oneon-one instruction, beginners welcome. Call Scott, (360) 675-5470. Setup and consultation free with first session. Lessons last 1-hr each.

ELECTRONICS HP Photosmart C4400 Allin-One series printer. Ink and paper included. $55, Cash only. Seldom used needs a home. Very Good condition. (360) 579-5436 (1) Set of 6 DL speakers and DL blue ray player. All for $40. Call (360) 678-6667 (1)

HOME FURNISHINGS Oriental rugs, 3 sizes, 5 pieces total in the group. Bright colors. Pads for use on Hardwood floors included. Reasonable offers considered. Cash only. You haul. Robert (360) 5795436 (1) Turn of the century solid wood empire-style settee and matching chair with wood scrolled armrests. $500 for set; 1930s waterfall style

wood armoire with wood inlay detailing and glass door and drawer handles, $250. (360) 678-6667 (1)

LAWN AND GARDEN Tow behind thatcher and aerator for lawn tractors, $40 each or $75 for both. Call John (360) 222-3564 (1) Lawn mower bag for John Deere STX38 mower, $150. Call Jason, (425) 530-2873 (0) Straw Hay for Sale: Good for bedding, erosion control, mulch, etc. $3 per bale. 20 bale minimum. (360) 321-1624 Perma Mulch rubber edging, 9 strips, each 10’ long, $7 each roll. Call (360) 678-1167

Looking for Xmas, Bday, Father's Day, or just Gifts in general? These are LOCAL made crafts, I have about 50-60 of these available. They are $16.00/ea, plus shipping if you want them mailed. CASH preferred. Dimensions are: 5-6"W X 17”L. Contact me at

ANIMALS/SUPPLIES Excellent Grass Hay for Sale. Good for horses, $7 per bale, 20 bale minimum. (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 (50 NE Midway Blvd) and Freeland (1660 Roberta Ave) and are generously stocked by donations from the community. If you need assistance, please stop by.

FREE FREE Bowflex XTL model with leg extension attachment, an older model still in fine working condition. You move, located in Clinton. (206) 9194387 (1)

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MISCELLANEOUS 10-inch Delta table saw, 1-hp dual voltage repulsion induction motor, power twist belt, all cast iron, custom stand, $250. Leave message at (360) 222-3095 (1) MOVING: Won't fit in new home. Quality, comfy sofa, loveseat, 2 chairs, dining table seats 6 w/glass hutch and buffet, nice. Truly antique glass front bookcases handcrafted and signed, small appliances, Corningware, king size bedding, curtains, framed art, fireplace tools, much more. Oak Harbor, cell (919) 5925164 (0) Crab cage, solid steel, $50. (425) 530-2873 (0) Puzzle 1 (Medium, difficulty rating 0.51)
















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