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Harvest Fest Races Coupeville Green Coupeville Page 6 2017

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Zumba & Hula by AteEarn Flo Tickets and a Chance SW Syrian Refugee to WIN MORE!Project Knights of Columbus Langley $2,000 CASH PRIZE, PLUSUnited 3 $100Methodist PRIZES! Church Oak Harbor Langley Each $20 Purchase= 1 Red Ticket! Page 6Drawing to be held Sunday, December 24th at 1:00 pm at the Island County Page 9 Museum. Historical Must be present to win • Must be 18 years or older • Must love Coupeville For more information please visit online at:


Holiday Happenings SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2017 • 9AM-2PM

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So much happening in Langley

Joy! Near and Far!

Holiday songs from England, France, Germany, Italy, Wales and the United States Whidbey Community Chorus Friday, December 8 at 7pm Sunday, December 10 at 4pm

The Lighting of Langley

Saturday, November 25, at 4 p.m. Langley Park, 2nd St & Anthes Ave SANTA is coming! And, Mrs. Claus too!

Children may bring their letters to Santa. Mrs. Claus will convey them directly to the big man. There will be lots of caroling, and cookies & hot chocolate will be available. The magic of the big tree coming to life will be the finale of the event. Our big tree was generously donated by Venture Out Nursery of Langley.

Small Business Saturday Saturday, November 25

Downtown Langley shops are eager to serve the community’s gift giving needs for the holiday season. Find unique items, some made locally, at your favorite stores. Shopping locally builds our community and, what could be nicer than shopping in a relaxed local environment, where everyone knows your name?

First United Methodist Church 1050 SE Ireland St. Oak Harbor Admission is free, but donations gratefully accepted.




Shop for the person who has everything-donate in their name! Sunday, December 3, 10:30 till Noon in the Fellowship Hall Supports local and global nonprofits


301 Anthes • Langley • 360-221-4233 www.langleyumc • • Rev. Mary Boyd

Art & Gift Show December 1, 2 & 3, 2017 Coupeville Rec Hall 901 NW Alexander St

Artists’ Reception Saturday, Dec. 2, 6-8pm with wine & light fare

Show hours: Friday 10am to 6pm Saturday 10am to 8pm Sunday 10am to 5pm Visit us at and follow us on facebook

A Very Merry $1000 Giveaway Starts Saturday, November 25

Shop in Langley and receive one white ticket for every $20 spent in participating shops, between November 25 and December 15. Drawing for the $1000 grand prize and the 5 runner up prizes will be held November 16 at Boy and Dog Park at 1:30 p.m. Our sponsors for this event are: Heritage Bank, Whidbey Telecom, Nancy Rowan of Windermere, and Fair Trade Outfitters.

Sponsored by the Whidbey Island Democratic Club

HOLIDAY PARTY! Friday, December 15, 6-9PM ELKS LODGE • 155 NE Ernst Street • Oak Harbor Join friends and neighbors for dinner, dancing, and live music. Menu will feature “South of the Border Cuisine”.

Entertainment includes vocalist Valetta Faye, the Just-N-Time band, and singer-songwriter Steve DeHaven. Trish Rose (USAF Major General, retired) will talk on “Diversity & Inclusion”. Tickets are $40 at the door, or RSVP and buy on line for a discount.

The Holly Jolly Parade

Saturday, December 2, 1-2 p.m. Downtown Langley Everyone is welcome to walk, march or dance in the Langley Parade and this year’s list of participants is shaping up to be the most exciting ever. We’ll have a Santa (or two, or three), bands, singers, dancers, horses, dogs…no chickens yet, but they are welcome too! There’s still time to sign up TODAY:

For details, visit or call 360-678-6788

Country Christmas at the Fair Come shop our holiday boutique of unique, hand crafted gifts, collectibles & art from local vendors! Fri, Nov 24, 2-7pm • Sat & Sun, Nov. 25-26, Dec 2-3, 10am-3pm Promotional Offers: $1 Gift Friday • Raffle • Free Gift with $50 Purchase (while supplies last)

Serving Breakfast & Lunch while kids can enjoy making a holiday gift in our craft corner Follow us on Facebook: /

Island County Fairgrounds Coffman Building 219 Camano Avenue Langley, WA 98260 360-221-4677



Last Thursday, while everyone else was eating turkey and spiral ham, I had Aunt Marie's always reliable steak and potatoes with green bean casserole. I was at work, so time was of the sodium. You may know my Aunt Marie. She is one of the Callender's. Being cold natured, she lives in frozen food sections. While not homeless, Aunt Marie is not adverse to being adopted for short periods before doing her disappearing act. Once you warm up to her, she's not bad. If I don't get a cold turkey sandwich by press time, I guess I'll just go cold turkey until next Thanksgiving. If you are reading this next week, don't fret. I don't want to get spoiled. I'm a middle child. According to Dr. Seuss, or Dr. Spock, or Dr. Phil, we middle kids are the neglected generation. I want to keep it that way. It really helps at the family reunions. I am never asked to pick up the check. Hecho en Mexico While we Northwest Whidbey Island USA planetarians are surrounded by water, we are also book-ended by water. In nearby Canada, those folks can turn water into beer. Really tasty beer. In south of the border neighboring Mexico, those folks can turn water into soda pop. Really tasty soda pop. Recently, I thanked Pay-Less Tom for stocking Jarritos Lime in the all cane sugar, hecho en Mexico, aisle.

Another factoid that makes me proud—90% of Americans live within ten miles of a WalMart. Not me. Who needs to be in the top one percent? Finally, I'm in the top ten. Heroes Any person who has been on the south end of Whidbey for more than a week has surely heard the G word—Gabelein. When I moved to Langley in the early 80s', I was blessed to be introduced to the G word by two of the best and greatest G's, Eva Mae and Raymond. Soon thereafter I met Janie and Gary G and their three G's, Amy, John, and Gwendy. Next thing you know I was learning how to chase cows with Johnny G, Dick G, and Jim G. It was easy learning from Johnny G and Dora G (The Original G G) why I was never a logger or a farmer or a fixer of anything manufactured in the U.S. of A. At least I could mow.


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I learned even more about logging and storytelling from Albert G at the Paul Bunyan Buster Logging Show at the Island County Fair.

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I learned more unprintable humor from Ray, Jr, another classic G Man. From Ray, Jr., I learned how to tell a great story about Ronnie Brown or Mark Myres.

Production Manager......................................................TJ Pierzchala

In fact, I have learned more from the G family in the last thirty-four years than I did in any one week of vacation Bible school. From Myron G, I learned about the county roads; from Duane G, I leaned about clearing and drain fields; from Larry G, Commander of the Royal Air Force, I learned about the Queen of England and the ships at Penn Cove.

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Then there is Verlane G.


Let us not forget Fanta Grape, hecho en Mexico, un producto de The Coca-Cola Company. As we say in Freeland, envase exclusivo para refresco.

Last week, I learned how baby elephants suck their trunks when anxious, like nervous babies suck their thumbs. Nothing was said by Judy Woodruff about whether or not elephants have thumbs.

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While I am no longer still waiting for trick or treaters, I have not given up on a homemade cold turkey sandwich, with two slices of white bread, no holding of the mayo, with a thick white glazing on both slices.



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Can I get an OMG?

I like Ike Remember Ike? President Eisenhower was the first President I ever saw in person. Ike was the co-star of the annual summer parade in Denver, when Mamie and Ike would make their annual trek to see Mamie's mom, aka the First Mother-in-Law. Someday, I will parade, or hike n' bike, through the Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel and Mt. Tralease on Interstate 70, which passes through the Continental Divide. That tunnel is the longest (1.7 miles) and the highest (above 11,000 feet) vehicular tunnel in the United States. Of course, I may have to march faster than a jarhead on a troop and stomp to get through the tunnel without being a hood ornament. Remember hoods? I tried to be a hood, but I never could get enough Brylcreem or Dixie Peach Pomade on my flat top to even approach the look of tough. No matter how hard I tried, I either looked like a little Ricky Nelson or a teen punk Buster Keaton. Now I am old enough to not look like dad Ozzie, but I may be approaching the Ozzie stage of walking around talking to myself. As long as I'm not looking for Thorny. Learned on PBS Even though I was a political science major with a minor in beer drinking, I find my favorite part of the PBS News Hour, other than Brooks and Shields Friday nights about

From Verlane, I learned the history of South Whidbey, plot by plot, family by family, drink by drink. Verlane, born at the family home on Kramer Road to parents Liljen and Lawrence Gabelein, was such a cut up in his life that one day, many years ago, he and Randy Bradley marched in to Matt Nichols' office at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland. Why? So Verlane could cut Matt's desk in half, with a chainsaw. What are friends for? Next time you drive by the intersection of Bayview and Howard, on your way to Joe's Wood Fire or Neil's Clover Patch or Whidbey Tire and Auto or the Goose or Sebo's, give a shout out or a horn honk for Verlane. Apparently, Verlane had previously negotiated his prime burial spot at that junction so he could keep watch over his car wash, less than a hundred yards away. For the rest of my life, anytime I see a red or blue or multi-colored spotted welder's cap, I'll smile, in honor of Verlane – the only man I have ever known who was man enough to wear polka dotted head gear anywhere and everywhere he went. As we say driving down Bayview Road, “There ain't no better line than a Gabelein.” And, yes, Marilyn and Emily and Elise and grandson Konnor, not only are there dogs in Heaven, now, thanks to Grandpa, there are polka dots, too. To read past columns of On Track in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at




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O Milo G – Verlane Albert Milo Gabelein, born September 3, 1942. One of a kind, Verlane. Unmistakable, unmatchable, and unbelievably believable. Believable, and believe the bull.



It may be the closest you will ever get to the taste of Grapette, my fave drink in the 50s' while riding bikes in central Ohio suburbs. For me, Grapette was international, shipped all the way from Camden, Arkansas. I always thought I had a little bit of an accent after drinking a bottle of Grapette.











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Bits & Pieces City Council and LTAC Committee, but beyond that, we are thankful to all of our community for your support and generosity. With love and gratitude, Cynthia Mason, President, Board of Directors Oak Harbor Music Festival


Letters to the Editor Editor, At this time of gratitude, and on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Oak Harbor Music Festival, I would like to express our sincere thanks to our City Council, the LTAC Committee, and to all the members of our Whidbey community who have made the Festival a sensational event with benefits that extend across our island and far beyond its shores. The Council recently approved and awarded the Festival a $29,000 grant from local hospitality tax revenues, to be allocated to marketing and operations. A portion of the grant will help the Festival bring you, once again, the best musical entertainment we can find. But most of these dollars will go straight toward spreading the word far and wide about three days of love, joy, and free music in the streets of our amazing community. A huge thanks is due the work of the LTAC Committee, recognizing their role is not easy, and Council for their decision to approve the suggested grant dollars. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg, both in financial support and human power, that makes our Festival what it is. Event sponsors, small business support and individual donations from all over North Whidbey provide the funds we need to hire the bulk of the bands, set up the stages, and ensure the safety of our guests. It’s their generosity that creates the financial engine to make the Festival strong and robust but continue to move the proceeds into scholarships awarding them to Island County high school seniors furthering education in music. The Festival relies on many hundreds of our community’s generous volunteers, giving thousands of hours of their personal time because this is a great thing for our town. There are no salaries on our staff. Our founders, our directors, and every single event volunteer, setting up, taking down, serving beer, selling merchandise, helping our food and craft vendors, crewing the stages and green rooms, staffing the parking lots and campground… every single one of them is vital to the event’s success and not a single one asks anything but a smile and a thank you in return. We are lucky to live here, with such a host of giving people, aren’t we? And the people come. They come from all over the Northwest and beyond, they shun the high price and massive hassles of Bumershoot. They come to Oak Harbor, and while they’re here they not only enjoy the music, they spend their dollars here on lodging, meals, and retail goods and services. Just a few years ago, a walk along Pioneer on Labor Day looked like a trip through a ghost town movie set. People actually left our gorgeous island to go elsewhere for the long weekend. Now, thanks to the hard work and grass-roots generosity of our community, take that walk and hear top-notch entertainment, taste an unbelievable variety of foods and beverages, laugh, sing, dance, smile, and share the good vibes with tens of thousands of neighbors and new friends from far and wide. We are the Board of Directors, but this is your festival, Oak Harbor. You’ve made it that way, and we are humbled by your trust in us to keep it going strong. Many thanks again to the

Imagine for a moment that you are a child in need and you wake up on Christmas morning with very little to celebrate. Some of the kids in our community are hoping to have just a little something… ANYTHING at all…for Christmas. Although it’s not about the presents, it’s the time when we create some of our most precious memories with family and friends. We have no idea what these families may be going through. For at least one day these children will have the comfort of knowing that someone they never even met thought about them. How does it feel to not have enough money to pay for rent, food or keep the utilities on for one more day? It’s difficult to imagine not having the basics on a daily basis, let alone during the holidays. These are every day thoughts for many in our community, which is why “Whidbey’s Hope for Christmas” (“WHFC”) is happy to be continuing our Christmas program supporting families on Whidbey Island and providing special Christmas memories for local children in our community. We send the name, gender and child’s wishlist to local community & business members who want to sponsor a child or family. Gifts are purchased, wrapped and labeled, collected by volunteers and then distributed to the children at a Christmas party hosted at the Church of Christ. We have been truly blessed that the Oak Harbor Church of Christ has opened their home to us for the past 9 years. We truly value living in such a giving and supportive community and are thankful for any help we receive each year. If you or your business would like to participate, simply email If you would prefer to make a cash donation instead of or in addition to participating as a sponsor, checks for any amount are welcome and appreciated. Please make checks payable to: “Whidbey’s Hope for Christmas” Or “WHFC” P.O. Box 1462, Oak Harbor, WA 98277 Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding our Christmas Program. Thank-you for your continued support! With Sincere Appreciation, Rose Freitas & Cheri English “Whidbey’s Hope for Christmas” Family Christmas Program

The Giving Tree Lights up South Whidbey Island as a Holiday Fundraiser for Local Charities In its fourteenth year, The Giving Tree will be decorated with handcrafted ornaments made by the staff and volunteers of non-profit organizations located on Whidbey Island. The Giving Tree will be on display from December 1-31 at two locations: The Bayview Cash Store, located at 5603 Bayview Road, and Island Athletic Club (IAC), located at 5522 Freeland Avenue in Freeland. The Giving Tree is sponsored by Goosefoot, a non-profit organization that brings neighbors together to build a sense of place and community, to preserve rural traditions, to enhance local commerce and to help create a healthy, sustainable future for South Whidbey Island. Local groups representing all of Whidbey Island, and working on issues ranging from family support services to resources for animals, food assistance to end-of-life care, are represented on the Giving Tree each year. A suggested minimum donation is set by each organization and all proceeds from the purchase of ornaments go back to the organization. Information on each charity is available to take away.

After choosing their ornaments, Cash Store visitors may take them to either of four shops—Side Market, Salon Bella, Bloom’s Taste for Wine, or the Taproom—for purchase. At IAC, the front desk will be handling ornament purchases. Please bring cash or checks as credit/debit cards won’t work for these sales. Prices range from $5 to $25 per ornament. The ornaments make wonderful gifts, stocking stuffers, and are perfect items for clients, employees, or gift exchanges events. This year’s participating non-profits include Giraffe Heroes Project, Oasis for Animals, Whidbey Island Nourishes, Kids First, Equestrian Crossings, South Whidbey Tilth, Readiness to Learn Foundation, WhidbeyHealth Foundation, South Whidbey Children’s Center, and WAIF. Please call (360) 321-4246 for further information. The Giving Tree will be on display through December 31 in the Bayview Cash Store and at Island Athletic Club. The Cash Store is located at 5603 Bayview Road, right off of Highway 525, on the corner of Bayview Road and Marshview Avenue. Island Athletic Club is located at 5522 Freeland Avenue in Freeland [Submitted by Sami Postma, Goosefoot]

12 Days of Whidbey: A Chance to Make a Difference Something new and exciting is happening this holiday season that Whidbey Island has never seen before. Welcome to, “The 12 Days of Whidbey.” What are the “12 Days of Whidbey?” They are 12 Days in December when you have a chance to do something for everyone. It’s a raffle where each $5 ticket enters you in 12 separate drawings, one each day, December 1-12. It’s the chance to win great prizes that make fantastic holiday gifts. Each day has a separate theme: Art Escape, Caffeinated Whidbey, Beautify for Winter, Wandering on Whidbey, Chocolate Covered Island, Brewing up a Good Time, A Night at Home or on the Town, Garden Dreaming, Sports Whidbey Style, Tech Support Whidbey Style, Travel, and Dogs and Kids. Prizes are valued between $200 and $1,150 and include amazing travel, dinners, assorted food and drinks, games, extraordinary coffee and chocolate, artistic opportunities, winter pampering, and unimaginable treats and toys for a dog. Want tickets to Disneyland? The Seattle symphony? Multiple dinners out with your sweetheart? Every one of these prize days contains multiple items, any one of which could be yours. $5 is 12 chances to win, $20 means 48 chances, $100 means 240 chances…is that too good to be true? No, it’s real and even better, each raffle ticket purchased supports seniors and adults with disabilities, their families and caregivers with essential resources provided by Island Senior Resources: Meals on Wheels, Aging & Disability Resources, Time Together Adult Day Services, Medical Transportation and Volunteer Services, and more. Tickets are available until December 11, 4:00pm at: Island Senior Resources, 14594 SR 525, Langley, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm (just south of Bayview Road) Senior Thrift, 5518 Woodard Ave, Freeland, Monday through Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00pm. (Just north of downtown Freeland) Other purchase locations around Whidbey will be announced at and on Facebook at For more information, call (360) 321-1600 ext. 0. [Submitted by Robin Bush, Island Senior Resources] LOCALLY OPERATED.

During Holidays, Be Extra Vigilant About Protecting Financial Data

To help achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you should save and invest regularly. But that’s only part of the picture. You also need to protect your financial assets in various ways. One such method is guarding your personal information – especially any information that could be linked to your financial accounts. It’s obviously important to be vigilant at any time, but you need to be even more on your toes during the holiday season, when fraudsters are particularly active. So, to help keep your important data under wraps during the holidays, consider these suggestions: Extend your protection to all mobile devices. Identity thieves can now compromise your mobile devices by installing spyware that steals usernames, passwords and credit card information. Fortunately, you can fight back. By doing a little research online, you can find the best mobile security software for your needs. Use multiple passwords. Online security specialists recommend that you use different passwords for each new online shopping site you visit during the holiday season. Although this might seem like a hassle, it can be helpful, because even if identity thieves were to grab one of your new passwords, they still couldn’t use it for other sites you may visit. And you can even find a free online program that can help you keep track of all your passwords. Be suspicious of “huge savings.” It happens every holiday season – identity thieves develop fake sites with attractive graphics and stunningly low prices on a variety of items, especially digital devices. If you fall for these pitches, you won’t get any merchandise, but you might get a handful of headaches once the bad guys have your credit card number and other personal information. To prevent this, be wary of any deal that sounds too good to be true, and do some digging on the websites that offer these mega-savings. Watch for fake shipping notices. During the holidays, when you may do a lot of online shopping, you will probably receive some legitimate shipping notices. But the bad guys have gotten pretty good at generating fake notices designed to resemble those from UPS, FedEx and even the U.S. Postal Service. If you were to click on the link provided by one of these bogus notices, you could either take on some malware or get taken to a “phishing” website created by the shipping notice forgers. Your best defense: Only shop with legitimate merchants and only use the tracking numbers given to you in the email you received immediately after making your purchases. Keep your Social Security number to yourself. As a general rule, don’t give out your Social Security number online — to anyone. No legitimate retailer needs this number. Finally, be aware that not all attempts at stealing your personal information will come online. When you’re out shopping at old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar stores, consider bringing just one credit card with you — and protect that card from prying eyes. By following these precautions, you should be able to greatly reduce the risk of being victimized by identity thieves and other miscreants. And the more comfortable you are in doing your holiday shopping, the more you can enjoy the season. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Jeffery C. Pleet, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial Advisor 630 SE Midway Blvd. Oak Harbor, WA 98277 (360) 679-2558 Member SIPC

Christmas Activities at Coupeville United Methodist Church December will be filled with Christmas activities at Coupeville United Methodist Church. On Saturday, December 2, the United Methodist Women will hold their annual Christ-

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NOVEMBER 30 - DECEMBER 6, 2017 LOCALL LOCALL Y OWNED. Y OWNED. mas Bazaar and Lunch from 9:30am to 2:00pm. Homemade chicken casserole, cranberry jello salad, a roll and a piece of pie will be available for purchase from 11:00am to 1:00pm. On Sunday, December 17, the public is invited to a special Christmas worship celebration featuring the Chancel Choir. “Sing Noel!” combines old and new carols and includes a selection of songs and readings. The service includes a number of solos, and the music is accompanied by organ, strings, percussion and handbells. It includes an arrangement of “The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came” for women, and “March of the Kings” for men’s voices. An additional highlight will be “Rejoice, O Virgin” sung in Russian, from “All-Night Vigil” by Rachmaninoff. Since Christmas Eve falls on Sunday this year, there will be three services on December 24 starting with the traditional worship service at 11:00am. At 5:00pm the “Come to the Manger” service focuses on families with children. The popular Candlelight Service will start at 7:00pm, with seasonal music by the organist, choir, and familiar carols sung by the congregation. The service concludes in candlelight with the singing of “Silent Night.” The church’s own handbell ensemble will provide music for the First Sunday of Christmas service, at 11:00am on December 31. The joyful ringing will include special arrangement of “Joy to the World,” and also “Ding Dong Merrily On High” with guest flutist, Karen deGraff. All activities take place in the historic church at the corner of North Main and 6th Street. For information, see the church website at www. [Submitted by Robin Hertlein]

“Peter and the Wolf” - A Saratoga Orchestra Free Family Holiday Concert Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island presents a family friendly musical event in Oak Harbor, Coupeville and Langley during the month of

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December featuring an Instrument Petting Zoo (IPZ) and performance of the timeless classic, “Peter and the Wolf.” Dates and times of the free event are as follows: December 9 at Langley - Island Church of Whidbey, 1:00pm IPZ and 2:00pm concert December 16 at Coupeville High School Commons, 10:00am IPZ and 11:00am concert December 16 at Oak Harbor - First Reformed Church, 2:00pm IPZ and 3:00pm concert Beginning one hour prior to each concert, Saratoga Orchestra musicians will demonstrate musical instruments and a number of instruments will be available for a “hands-on” experience for both the young and young-atheart. Music Director Anna Edwards will then lead the orchestra in a performance of “Peter and the Wolf”, narrated by Peter M. Morton. Composed by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936, each character in the story of “Peter and the Wolf” is represented by various musical instruments. Music from Disney’s “Frozen” and a sing-along of favorite and festive Christmas carols will also be on the program. More information at or (360) 929-3045. [Submitted by Larry Heidel, Executive Director, Saratoga Orchestra]

Suva’s 3rd Annual Holiday Shindig Join the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation for its 3rd Annual Holiday Shindig, benefitting Whidbey Island’s historic Schooner Suva, on Tuesday, December 12 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Coupeville Rec Hall! This funfilled evening will feature music by local island favorites, Russell Clepper and Sarah Primrose, also known as the Muse & Eye. This acoustic country/folk duo will perform a selection of original songs, which Russell tenderly refers to as a combination of “flatland folk, buffalo bluegrass and vague country.” Enjoy toetapping music, nosh on nautical nibbles, such as Penn Cove Mussels, sip beer and wine,



and complete your holiday shopping all in one place by bidding on fabulous gifts and oneof-a-kind baskets donated by generous local merchants! Only $10 per person. Mark your calendar and don’t miss this festive holiday event! For more information, please visit www. [Submitted by Missy Villapudua, CMHF, Board Member]

2018 Miss Oak Harbor Pageant Information Meeting

hope is that participants will gain confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment that will enable them to serve as role models for the youth of their community. More information can be found at, by emailing pageantwyse@gmail. com, or by speaking with any of the Pageant Wyse Board of Directors: Jes Walker-Wyse, River Powers, Mollie Brodt, and Cheryl Grehan. [Submitted by Cheryl Grehan]

Pageant Wyse will soon be accepting applications for the 2018 Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant to be held on March 10, 2018. An informational meeting will be held on Monday, December 11 at 6:00pm at the Oak Harbor High School Library. Any Oak Harbor freshman-senior girl who would like more information about competing for college scholarships totaling over $8000 is encouraged to attend. Meet the Pageant Wyse Board of Directors and past Miss Oak Harbor royalty, and have all your questions about the pageant answered. Applications for the 2018 pageant are available at Peoples Bank, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce,, and by emailing They will be accepted December 13 through January 5 at Peoples Bank, personally by any board member, or by email to pageantwyse@gmail. com. The 2018 pageant is limited to the first 25 applicants who submit completed applications. In 2017, the Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant awarded over $14,000 in scholarships and awards. The pageant is presented by Pageant Wyse, whose mission is to provide scholarships for young women interested in the advancement of their education through the spirit of a competition that embodies the four points of the crown: scholarship, service, success, and style. This unique six-week program focuses on personal and professional growth through the development of leadership, communication, and marketability. The

Open Registration Going On Now At Skagit Valley College Open Registration is going on now for Winter Quarter at Skagit Valley College. Classes begin January 3. Trending programs include: Arts Basic Education for Adults Basic Law Enforcement Reserve Academy Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation Composites Engineering STEM Sustainable Agriculture Also, Business direct transfer (at Whidbey Island Campus) Or, if you would like to earn your bachelor’s degree, complete your first two years at SVC and then transfer to a four-year university. Study close to home and save money, compared to tuition at a four-year school. For more information about SVC courses and programs: Mount Vernon Campus, (360) 416-7697 or toll free: 1 844-2SKAGIT Whidbey Island Campus, (360) 675-6656 South Whidbey Center, (360) 341-2324 San Juan Center, (360) 378-3220 Marine Technology Center, (360) 766-6282 [Submitted by Arden Ainley, Chief Public Information Officer , SVC]



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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.

30th Anniversary of Island Transit Service Friday, December 1, 10:00am Harbor Station, 760 SE Bayshore Dr, Oak Harbor Island Transit is celebrating 30 years of fare free service with a ceremony at Harbor Station. They will also be hosting a Birthday on the Bus Party from 2:00-6:00pm on the Route 1 buses on Whidbey and the East Camano and Stanwood routes. There will be live music, comedy and fun onboard plus hundreds of dollars in prizes donated from local businesses which are all accessible by Island Transit! Call (360) 678-9536 for details.

Talent Show & Dessert Auction Friday, December 1, 6:30pm Oak Harbor Christian School Gym 675 E. Whidbey Ave. Cost: $7 person or $20 family Presented by North Whidbey Christian High School & Middle School. Join the staff and students for an unforgettable evening of fun for the whole family. Bring your friends, bid on delicious desserts, and laugh your way through the drama club’s one-of-a-kind improvised version of Goldilocks & The Three Bears. For more information, contact Erika Heins at (425) 876-2246.

“LIVE” Comedy Night #3 Friday, December 1, 8:00pm-10:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit

Teddy Bear & Character Breakfast Saturday, December 2, 9:00am & 10:30am Oak Harbor Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St. Two seating times available. Tickets can be purchased at Alaska USA Mortgage Company, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, or online at $5 for 10 years and younger. $15 for 11 years and older. Bring a new stuffed animal to donate to a child in a crisis situation.

Annual St. Mary Christmas Bazaar Saturday, December 2, 9:00am-2:00pm St. Mary Church, 207 N. Main St., Coupeville Featuring handed-crafted gifts, unique treasures, and the ever-popular bake sale! Free coffee! Coincides with the Greening of Coupeville.

Youth Christmas Vendor Fair Saturday, December 2, 9:00am-4:00pm Oak Harbor Lutheran Church Crafts, commercial vendors, baked goods, silent auctions, raffles, and Santa too! Proceeds from booth rental benefit youth church activities. The church is located at 1253 NW 2nd Ave.

Christmas Bazaar and Lunch Saturday, December 2, 9:30am-2:00pm Coupeville United Methodist Church Home-made items include crafts, wreaths, and baked goods. Hot lunch featuring chicken casserole, cranberry jello salad, a roll and a piece of pie will be available for purchase from 11:00am to 1:00pm. The church is located at 608 N Main St. For more information, call (360) 67-4256.

Jingle Trail 5k Run/Walk Saturday, December 2, 10:00am Camp Casey, Coupeville Run, walk or stroll the five-kilometer route through the unique and scenic trails of Camp

Casey and Fort Casey State Park. Sweeping ocean vistas, evergreen and salal canopies, crisp winter air, and very likely an eagle or deer sighting. At the end of your adventure, enjoy some light refreshments. All ages are welcome to participate and costumes are encouraged. On site registration begins at 9:00am. Entry forms available at

Children’s Workshop & Holiday Faire Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-2:00pm Whidbey Island Waldorf School, Clinton Free Admission Join Whidbey Island Waldorf School for a funfilled Family Day that includes children’s craftmaking, a holiday craft shop, Pocket Wizard, Puppet Play, music, a holiday café, and more! Holiday fun for the whole family. All are welcome! WIWS is located at 6335 Old Pietila Road.

Country Christmas at the Fair Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-3:00pm Sunday, December 3, 10:00am-3:00pm Island County Fairgrounds, Langley Come shop for unique, handcrafted gifts, collectibles and art from local vendors. Promotional offers include a raffle and a free gift with $50 purchase (while supplies last). Breakfast and lunch are available while kids can enjoy a holiday gift in the craft corner. Located in the Coffman Building at 219 Camano Ave. For more information, call (360) 221-4677.

Wildcat Holiday Winter Bazaar Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-4:00pm Oak Harbor High School Fieldhouse An Oak Harbor Athletic Department Fundraiser. Vendor space still available, for more information email or call (360) 279-5850.

Holiday Market on Pioneer Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-7:00pm Sunday, December 3, 10:00am-5:00pm 749 SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor Arts, crafts, food, and Santa! Check the Oak Harbor Main Street Facebook for dates and times.

Clinton Winter Market Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-7:30pm Sunday, December 3, 10:00am-2:00pm Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave. Bring the entire family for the Clinton Winter Market featuring local vendors and artists with lots of variety. Bring the kids for pictures with Santa. From 6:00pm-7:30pm on Saturday enjoy carolers, hot chocolate, the tree lighting, snacks and more. Brought to you by the Clinton Chamber of Commerce.

SWS Performing Arts Boosters Wreath Sales Saturday, December 2, 10:30am-3:30pm Behind Blue Sound Music, Langley The South Whidbey Schools Performing Arts Boosters will be selling wreaths behind Blue Sound Music to benefit high school band students. Enjoy the music of students, who will be performing some holiday tunes during the sale. Supporters can customize their wreath at the “decorations bar”, while sipping hot beverages and munching on home baked treats! If you can’t make the event, you can still purchase a beautiful noble fir wreath for $25. Just contact swsperformingartsboosters@ and one will be set aside for you. All proceeds go to benefit the students of the high school band program.

The Holly Jolly Parade

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Home for the Holidays Saturday, December 2, 4:00pm-8:00pm Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor Vote for your favorite toy soldier, visit the holiday market, enjoy tasty treats, strolling carolers and musicians, Santa on a pirate ship around 5:00pm, and a tree lighting to follow.

The Greening of Coupeville Christmas Parade Saturday, December 2, 4.30pm Downtown Coupeville Parade Route: Parade starts at 1st and North Main and continues down N. Main to Front Street onto NW Alexander across Coveland to NE Alexander. Be sure to welcome Santa to town, and the many decorated community floats decorated with holiday lights, walkers, and more.

Holidays in the Vineyard Saturday, December 2, 5:30pm Dancing Fish Vineyards, Freeland You are invited to help “Re-Kindle the Flame” on South Whidbey with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County. Tickets $100 per person. Call (360) 279-0644 or visit LOCALLY OPERATED. the campfire! Discover Pass required for park entrance. For more information, call (360) 678-1186.

The Carols of Christmas with Island Consort Sunday, December 10, 7:00pm Langley United Methodist Church Suggested Donation: $20 adults/$5 youth, at the door Island Consort--Whidbey’s resident chamber and early music ensemble--celebrates the season with this concert of early music featuring works by Boismortier, Bach, Handel, Hassler, Weelkes and more. From bagpipes to Renaissance motets, from trio sonatas to a carol sing-along--Island Consort celebrates in musical style! For more information, visit www. or call (360) 320-2362.

Suva’s 3rd Annual Holiday Shindig Tuesday, December 12, 6:00pm-9:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. Tickets: $10 per person This fun-filled evening, benefitting Whidbey Island’s historic Schooner Suva, will feature music by local island favorites, Russell Clepper and Sarah Primrose, also known as the Muse & Eye. Enjoy toe-tapping music, nosh on nautical nibbles, such as Penn Cove Mussels, sip beer and wine, and complete your holiday shopping all in one place by bidding on fabulous gifts and one-of-a-kind baskets donated by generous local merchants! For more information, visit

Star Party Friday, December 15, begins at dark Fort Nugent Park, Oak Harbor

Father & son playing their own songs and rock blues. No cover. For more information, call (360) 682-5747 or visit

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 ICAS_, or visit www.icas-wa. org.

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Feliz Navidad Holiday Party

Live Music: Ike and the Old Man Saturday, December 2, 6:00pm-9:00pm Penn Cove Taproom, Coupeville

Sunday, December 3, 10:00am South Whidbey Community Park, Langley A 5K fun run/walk presented by Saratoga Dental & Orthodontics and South Whidbey PTSA. Chase an elf and get a prize! Costumes are encouraged. Hot chocolate and snacks available. Register online at https://swhsptsa. or day of event at 9:00am.

Ribbon Cutting and Tree Dedication Ceremony Wednesday, December 6, 2:00pm Smith Park, Oak Harbor Please join the City of Oak Harbor as they cut the ribbon on the new Smith Park sign and the three-paneled kiosk, and dedicate oak trees in honor of community members. For more information, call (360) 279-4752.

Whidbey Community Chorus Holiday Concerts Friday, December 8, 7:00pm Sunday, December 10, 4:00pm First United Methodist Church, Oak Harbor “Joy! Near and Far!” under the direction of Darren McCoy, will include the seasonal favorites “Winter Wonderland,” “God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Along with guest artist Amanda Judd, the choir will be exploring the joyful music of Wales, Spain, France, and more. Oak Harbor High School’s Harbor Singers will also perform on Friday. Admission is free, but donations are very gratefully accepted. For more information, call (360)-678-4148 or visit

Light Up Your Holidays

Saturday, December 2, 1:00pm-2:00pm Downtown Langley

Saturday, December 9, 11:00am-4:00pm Admiralty Head Lighthouse, Coupeville

Everyone is welcome to walk in the Langley Parade and this year’s list of participants is shaping up to be the most exciting ever. The route will be from the marshaling area at the bus barn (6th and Cascade at noon), up

The event includes a variety of local young musicians performing inside the lighthouse. You will also have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa, create unique children’s crafts, and listen to stories shared around

Friday, December 15, 6:00pm-9:00pm Elks Lodge, 155 NE Ernst St., Oak Harbor Tickets: $40 Join friends and neighbors for dinner, dancing, and live music. This year’s theme is Feliz Navidad, complete with great “South of the Border Cuisine”. Entertainment includes vocalist Valetta Faye, the Just-N-Time band, and singersongwriter Steve DeHaven. Trish Rose (USAF Major General, retired) will talk on “Diversity & Inclusion”. RSVP and buy on line for a discount. For details, visit or call (360) 678-6788. Sponsored by the Whidbey Island Democratic Club.

WICO Holiday Concert Friday, December 15, 7:00pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland Sunday, December 17, 3:00pm St. Augustine’s-in-the Woods, Freeland Whidbey Island Community Orchestra, Cynthia Morrow, Conductor, celebrate the sounds of Christmas with holiday favorites; Karl Olsen, Baritone Soloist and special choral performance of Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols”. A reception with orchestra & refreshments will follow. Admission is free, although donations are accepted and greatly appreciated. For more information, visit www. or email cnewman@

Upcoming Sno-Isle Library Events See schedule below Cost: Free Friends of the Freeland Library Used Book Sale Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-2:00pm Freeland Library Large selection of great books for all ages at bargain prices. Proceeds support the Friends of the Freeland Library. WHAT'S GOING ON

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Fishing poles and reels vary greatly in price and quality. Whether we spend $40 or $400 on our rod and reel combo, they will need some level of cleaning and oiling to get years of reliable use. During the winter months, when the winds have stripped the trees of their leaves or it’s raining hard enough to drown a frog, this is the time to get your rods and reels inside and give them a good cleaning and a tune-up. This is especially important if you used your reels to fish in saltwater during the summer. You might think, “I didn’t drop my gear in the water,” but it’s the fishing line. Your line was in the saltwater with every cast and with each retrieve, the monofilament or braided line carried the saltwater back to the fishing pole guides (eyes) and to the reel. If this repeated gathering of saltwater is allowed to dry and stay on the reel spool for long periods of time, it will corrode the aluminum- or chrome-covered brass and take its toll on the casting performance and smooth release of line. It could also damage the gears inside the reel. If you can’t find the time to partially disassemble and care for your gear, here is a quick, helpful procedure that can hold you over until you have time: First, get in the habit of rinsing your rod and reel as soon as possible with fresh water. Be sure to lightly shake, tip, and roll the reel around and let any trapped water escape. Next, there is a product found at most stores that carry marine or boating supplies called “Saltaway” or “salt terminator.” This corrosion fighter is a soap-based cleaner intended to be used during the flushing of boat engines to neutralize salt and help keep water passages clear, but it works well on small jobs too. Do your own research on these products. I have used both brands and found they work well to fight saltwater corrosion and build-up. Take some of the corrosion fighter (use it full strength or a 50/50 water dilution), put it in a spray bottle and give the spooled fishing line on the reel and line guides (eyes) on the rod a light to medium coating. Allow it to soak down into the spool of line; this will help neutralize any residual salt on the stacked line. This quick rinse and soap spray will give your gear a fighting chance against corrosion.

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One area that is often overlooked but easy to correct is the reel seat and reel foot connection. The foot of the reel is tightly wedged into the front and back arbor holds of the reel seat. This is a perfect hiding place for salt and corrosion buildup. Simply loosen the twist ring, allowing the reel to be removed from the rod, clean the reel foot and reel seat area thoroughly with warm, soapy water, apply a little 3-in1-type oil to the foot and then reattach the reel. Fishing rods can take some abuse or get “boat rash” by the end of summer. The most vulnerable to damage are the guides (eyes). Modern materials are tough but not indestructible. Over time, an eye will become loose or will move side to side

on the rod. If the eye is too loose it may require the eye to be re-wrapped and glued. This can cost between $25 and $50, depending on the size and style of eye to be repaired. However, if movement is minimal, we can help secure it back into position ourselves. First, clean the area of dirt and debris. Use a Q-tip with rubbing alcohol to clean any residual oils. Re-position the guide as close to its original position as possible. After mixing a small amount of two-part epoxy glue (five minute epoxy), use a toothpick to push some glue down the shaft of the guide until you fill in the small void. Hold the guide in position until the epoxy has time to set. This can get your rod through a few more seasons. Wooden or cork rod handles were the standard for many years, now there are foam and rubber composites that make good handles to hold onto. Each material has its strengths and weaknesses. I prefer cork handles; they just feel good in my hand while fishing. The cork generally holds up very well to the year 'round fishing I do. Occasionally, a rough edge on a rod holder or the boat's gunnels will take a small bite out of your cork handle; when this happens, try to repair it sooner rather than later. If you continue irritating the damaged area the cork will keep chipping away, making the repair much harder. You will need to clean the damaged area first. I use a little soap and water along with a fingernail brush to gently scrub the area to be repaired. Be sure to let it dry completely. To fill small gouges and cracks in the handle, find some cork similar in color and texture (real cork used in wine bottles works well). Take the repair cork you’ve found and rub it on 80 grit sand paper until you have a nice little pile of cork dust. Next, use a good quality wood glue (brown colored glue is available if needed) and gently mix it with the cork dust until it’s a paste-like consistency. Then, using a popsicle stick, spread and press the cork filler paste into the dry damaged area. Be sure to apply enough cork paste so it is slightly higher than the original handle. Once the filler has dried, start gently sanding the filler until it blends with the rest of the handle (use caution when sanding the filler, it will be harder than the surrounding cork so concentrate on just sanding the filler until it is very close to the final blending). To refill small factory cracks and crevices, a ready-to-use wood filler works well. Time and usage will take its toll on the tools we fish with, but keeping up with repairs and cleaning will help ensure that we get our money’s worth in the end. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Keep watching the WDFW emergency rules section on the web site; I’ve got my fingers crossed that they will re-open winter blackmouth soon. Stay warm and start checking your rods and reels.

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WICA creates holiday magic with “Peter and the Starcatcher”

Tyler Raymond Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts “Peter and the Starcatcher,” opening Friday at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley, tells the story of how Peter Pan and Captain Hook became Peter Pan and Captain Hook.

By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is pulling out all the stops to present an unforgettable holiday experience with its production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” opening Friday and playing through Saturday, Dec. 16 in Langley. The Rick Elice play is based on the Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson novel, “Peter and the Starcatchers,” and tells the story of Peter Pan before he was Peter Pan.

Scott. “Those who don’t know the story will see a madcap romp of a play with a tender story about growing up hidden inside it.” “Yes, fans will definitely find things to love about this production, especially the back story of how Peter became who he is,” said Kevin Holden, who plays the character Slank. “Non-fans will enjoy the story on its own because it’s a fun adventure.”

“This is not Peter Pan, this is about 30 years before the story we all know,” said director Deana Duncan. “You will meet Hook as a younger man, a ruthless pirate named Black Stache, and you will see how he became Hook. You will meet Wendy’s mother, Molly (the Starcatcher), who is the Mrs. Darling of the famous play and novel. And you will meet Peter as a young, poor orphan in London and how he ended up in a faraway island he named Neverland after the boat that took him there.”

“At Peter and the Starcatcher’s core is the heartbeat of the Peter Pan story,” Duncan said. “There is a melancholy here within the silliness of the story. It’s a great deal of fun, an inventive and lovely adventure.”

Those familiar with the story of Peter Pan know it is about the boy who never grew up. Marshall Link, who plays Peter, loves his character’s attitude of never taking things too seriously, and loves the creativity of “Peter and the Starcatcher.”

The production features a cast of 14, ranging in age from 13 to 65 with, as Hinkley noted, many of them playing multiple roles, plus a creative team. While not a musical per se, the music, under the direction of Robert Marsani and Dana Linn, does play a key role in moving the story along.

“I love how much creativity and imagination this show invokes,” he said. “The world of Neverland is magical and absolutely anything can happen at any moment, which is incredibly empowering and fun.” One need not be familiar with the classic story to enjoy this production. And whether you are a “Peter Pan” fan or not, there is plenty to love about this prequel. “Fans of Peter Pan will see a fascinating and funny prequel to the classic story: how boy became Peter, how Captain Hook got his appendage, etc.,” said Jill Johnson, who plays Captain

“It’s not at all your conventional Peter Pan story,” said James Hinkley, who plays several characters in this production. “Often very funny and irreverent, it’s told in something akin to a vaudeville/burlesque show with a handful of actors playing over a hundred characters.”

“The song I think everyone will remember after seeing it is Mermaid Out of Me, where our entire cast is transformed into mermaids after accidently swimming in 'Starstuff,'” said Duncan. “It’s not to be missed.” As with most stage productions, the true magic lies in the story and its characters, but this one features some wonderful technical wizardry that adds even more to the magic.

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Tyler Raymond Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Marshall Link plays the title role in “Peter and the Starcatcher,” while Ethan Berkley plays Black Stache in the production at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. The production opens Friday and runs through Dec. 16.

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Island Transit to give riders a gift as it marks 30 years By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly

structure of some kind and we’re still looking at it. We can go in either course, it just depends on the direction of the board, which is in the process of evaluating.”

Island Transit is celebrating three decades of service to Whidbey and Camano Islands Friday and has a gift to share with riders: The return of Saturday service beginning early next year.

Island Transit was in the process of recovering from severe budget issues when Nortier was hired. The former commanding officer of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island said he has enjoyed the challenges that have come with the job.

An official 30th anniversary/recognition ceremony will be held at Harbor Station on Bayshore Drive in Oak Harbor at 10 a.m. and the birthday celebration will continue throughout the afternoon with entertainment, music and prizes on some of the buses.

“There are a great number of folks here who have a lot of experience and talent, so I have learned from them,” he said. “It’s something new for me to learn. One thing I enjoy is team-building and it has been fun to do that with this.”

But it is the return of Saturday service that is sure to garner a lot of attention. “We just passed the budget for 2018 and were able to restore some services and that restoration is expected to include Saturday service,” said Mike Nortier, Island Transit executive director. “There is not an official start date, but we have hired operators who are going through training, which is about a three-month process.” Nortier estimates Saturday routes could be back on the schedule sometime near the end of January. The restoration is part of the improvement in the overall financial health of the organization. “The agency is in a great position today,” said Nortier, who has been at the helm for about 18 months. “The improving economy and lower fuel prices, those two things have allowed us to restore financial stability and to be able to plan for the future. “We’ve heard the requests loud and clear, so we’re happy to be able to include that Sat-

Nortier said he is impressed with the foresight and determination it took to form Island Transit 30 years ago, especially considering the smaller population of Whidbey and Camano Islands in the 1980s. The agency has been able to meet the growing demands and today serves 600,000 riders a year. Planning for the future remains key. Photo Courtesy of Island Transit Island Transit will mark 30 years of service with a celebration Friday in Oak Harbor and on some of its buses, but the real gift to riders could be the return of Saturday service.

urday service,” he continued. “I’m sure we’ll have to make adjustments and do some fine tuning, but then we’ll look at what comes next. We’re always looking for opportunities to better serve the community.” Nortier said he is pleased the agency has

been able to maintain a balanced budget, but additional services could come at a price. “To be fair, we do have the requirement every year to consider our fare policy as part of the budget process,” he said. “We’ve talked about whether there should be a fare

“There are a lot of benefits looking at the future of Island County,” said Nortier. “We know what our principal transportation arteries are and when you look at long term plans, there are no significant improvements coming to them. “If we continue to see more folks coming to our communities, public transit has a role to play in helping to manage the congestion on our roads and to help with the environment as well,” he continued.

TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING Oak Harbor Royalty gives back By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly It is the culmination of a year of hard work. Members of the Miss Oak Harbor 2017 royal court gathered at the Pregnancy Care Clinic in Oak Harbor Nov. 15 to present a check for $500 to its executive director, Sara Burris. The Pregnancy Care Clinic was chosen as the service project by members of the royal court, who was crowned last March. Each year Miss Oak Harbor royalty pick an organization in the community for which they would like to raise money. This year’s project was suggested by Teen 1st Princess Autumn Coker. “We wanted to reach out to a group of women in our community and give back to them,” Coker said. “This gift is huge,” Burris told the young women. “We are all donor-based. We get no federal funding, so this is huge for a nonprofit like ours. A donation like this can do so many things for a clinic like ours.” Members of the Miss Oak Harbor royal court held several different fundraisers since being crowned. One of the biggest is the Miss Pioneer Way Pageant, which is held on July 4th. The pageant is run by Miss Oak Harbor royalty and all proceeds from the entrance fees benefit the court’s chosen service project.

Photo Courtesy of Jes Walker-Wyse Members of the Miss Oak Harbor royal court present gather round Pregnancy Care Clinic executive director Sara Burris, after they presented the nonprofit organization with a check for $500. Pictured from left are Autumn Coker, Teen 1st Princess; Gracie Hiteshew, Teen 2nd Princess; Sara Burris; Aly McLeod, Teen Miss Oak Harbor; and Baelee Whitinger, Miss Oak Harbor.

seeking to end their pregnancies, it does offer post-abortion counseling services.

“It’s very rewarding,” said Baelee Whitinger. “All the work we did paid off.”

The Miss Oak Harbor pageant is a scholarship program for young women wishing to further their education. The goal of the pageant is to inspire personal and professional growth among its contestants through leadership development and community volunteerism while improving confidence and self-esteem.

According to Burris, the Pregnancy Care Clinic offers free pregnancy testing, ultra sounds and parenting classes. Clients are able to “earn” items like cribs and mattresses, car seats and Baby Bucks that can be used to purchase clothing and other items the center has on hand. The center also offers Bible studies and while it does not make referrals to those

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Presenting the check made it all worthwhile, said the reigning Miss Oak Harbor.

Hydros for Heroes pays it forward By Kathy Reed Whidbey Weekly The Oak Harbor Rotary is more than $33,000 richer, thanks to the second annual Hydros for Heroes hydroplane race event held in Oak Harbor in August. Craig McKenzie, team leader for The Craig McKenzie Team of Keller Williams Whidbey Realty, presenter of Hydros for Heroes, handed over a check for $33,632 to Rotary president Steve Powers on Nov. 17 during the organization’s regular meeting at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club. The money will be used to support the Rotary Club’s college scholarship and food for kids backpack programs. “We are greatly appreciative of Hydros for Heroes and their commitment to step up to help the youth in our community,” said Powers. “We have great expectations that year three will be even better,” McKenzie said. Kathy Reed/Whidbey Weekly

This year’s donation to the Oak Harbor Rotary was nearly $10,000 more than last year’s donation from Hydros for Heroes.

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MERRY, BRIGHT AND A LITTLE BIT LIGHT(ER) FARE Oh ‘tis the season! Of snowflakes and glitter and glimmer and chill. Of pinecones featuring prominently as decorative items on tables and in arrangements everywhere. It’s the season of scents: trees, cinnamon and freshly baked something or other. It is the season where we come together and enjoy our friends and family, where we enjoy getting together and telling stories, reminiscing and partaking in traditions of every kind. And wouldn’t you know, it is the season for more than a few tasty morsels to take center stage. I see so many friends bring out enormous recipe books, and I can tell which recipes are the favorites by how lovingly dog-eared those pages are. This is a time when we can showcase our skills. I don’t know about you, but I derive pleasure from baking a couple of favorite recipes (shortbread cookies and banana bread) and taking them over to my loved ones' houses. If you’re anything like me however, the holidays sometimes mean I indulge in a little too much of something yummy and then spend a few weeks wishing I hadn’t, or saying “I should have made something a little healthier.” So this time around, I would like to suggest a few things that can be prepared during the merry season to promote healthier eating habits without losing any of the deliciousness.

Now, many people love eggnog. What’s not to love after all? It’s thick, creamy, and sweet – utter delectability. That it is incredibly scrumptious isn’t being debated, but the fact it’s calorie count as well as the sugar content sit on the higher end of the spectrum, now that’s where perhaps we could swap out this traditional goody with something no less tasty. Chocolate lovers rejoice, because let’s face it, chocolate anything is a bonus. This season, why not trade in your eggnog for some hot chocolate? By opting for dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa) you’re not only doing your taste buds a favor, you’re also providing your body with antioxidant-rich compounds. You could take your own hot chocolate in any direction you choose when it comes to making healthier substitutions. Perhaps you might try coconut milk instead of whole cow’s milk. Maybe you’ll decide to include some ground cinnamon to your mix for some of the purported anti-inflammatory properties it holds. Instead of sugar to add some sweetness to your warm cup of delight, you could try maple syrup, honey or even some stevia. Get your imagination going and try out some recipes! But what about the mashed potatoes, the gravy, the pies, the creamy soups, the dips? All of it! So tasty! How to capture a flavor and satisfaction tantamount to the original, yet put a lighter/healthier spin on it? By a) going through healthy eating guides/cook books/websites and

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Instead of those thick, dense soups which call for a pint or two of cream, why not try chunky, more wholesome versions? Go a little rustic, you know? But if you find yourself wanting the smoother texture, no lumps and bumps, instead of the cream you could always use a blender to give the smoothness a lot of us so enjoy. And how about opting for skim milk and setting aside the cream? The creaminess can be found through other, just as enjoyable means for sure! As for the dips? No need for all the pomp and ceremony with the cheeses, milks, creams and fluffs. A simple hummus is every bit as tasty as a cheese dip, and more versatile in my opinion, because it goes with a wider variety of food items. And what about the pies? We can’t leave out pie for a large “do” or get-together! If it’s good old pumpkin or sweet potato pie you just cannot do without, I hear you. Let’s use coconut (again) cream, and use some coconut sugar instead of the packed light brown cane sugar. Perhaps we’ll even add a little less sugar overall with a sweet potato pie because the potatoes themselves are naturally sweet. Maybe your pie crust will use almond flour instead of wheat flour, with a little oil and water – honey or maple syrup if you have to have that saccharinity. There are always ways to prepare some favorite foods – even the fiendishly unhealthy, yet oh-so-tasty ones – where you aren’t skimping on flavor or experience. This season could, in fact, be one where you expand your taste bud horizons. I use this term often and I stand by it when getting creative and putting your research skills to the test. Many a sleuth dwell amongst us and I believe it to be a wonderful trait when it comes to food research. Yes, this season set your sights on something a little out of the ordinary, meals a little different from what you might usually make. Why not? A new favorite could be found in the midst of all the kitchen creativity. It was out of want of dinners with a different edge to them I discovered a recipe for Christmas slaw, actually. This is a great dish for vegetarians, vegans and anyone who enjoys

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as you probably think. It might even be as simple as admitting to yourself that it’s time to make some changes. Events on the 30th offer clues.


ARIES (March 21-April 19) When it comes to styles of approach this week, brash and direct definitely takes a back seat to charming and debonair. Polish is your key. Be charming, be smooth, and whomever or whatever you hope to win is much more likely to become yours. Don’t fear that you can’t muster what it takes. If all else fails, someone more adept than you may intercede on your behalf on the 30th. Just smile and follow their lead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) Understandable if you feel alone and out on a limb this week, but don’t let it daunt you. You have staying power on your side. Before long, the impossible standards by which you currently measure yourself will yield to something much more realistic. Until then, it’s enough to dig your heels in and hold firm. You can do no better than to take the days one at a time. Help on the 30th works from behind the scene. GEMINI (May 21-June 21) This could be the week you get to the bottom of some annoying relationship issues. Changes in your mutually held long-term goals are one likely result. In your search for answers, your best ally may be the plans that didn’t work out. Those will be the trigger that gets you moving. Whatever it takes, you’ll be glad when you and the other person finally face reality together. The 30th sets the stage for you to begin. CANCER (June 22-July 22) You’ll be living life on the fly for much of the week. Fast and furious will be barely fast enough, so do your best to keep up. The ability to think on your feet is an obvious advantage. If you don’t have the knack for it, consider yourself to be getting some valuable training. Consider, too, that the slower corners of your reality are getting a wake-up call. Time to get them up and moving. The 30th helps you to see how. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) Patience is not your strong point this week. This especially applies to obstacles that stand between you and your ideas of happiness. Whatever form happiness takes for you, you’re not in a mood for substitutes. That’s fine, but it means your work is cut out for you. Hopefully your sleeves are already rolled up. Do what you must on the 30th and don’t begrudge yourself anything you need for success. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) You can probably think of a dozen things you’d rather be doing this week, plus as many reasons why you’re not doing them. But those surface issues are not really what’s holding you back. Dig deeper, and you’ll find the real reason. It’s not as complicated and fearsome

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Determination and strength of will are admirable traits, but be wary of carrying a good thing too far. In your current state of mind, cementing yourself in place with an irrevocable decision is a real danger. Later, when you may see things differently, admitting to yourself and others that you were wrong will be harder than changing direction now. Don’t hesitate to ask another’s opinion on the 30th. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) You’re on a harmonious wavelength with some unlikely allies this week. In fact, you and they have an uncanny way of mirroring each others behaviors. Are you feeling a tad more carefree, light-hearted and free than is usual for you? Can you think of a normally spontaneous someone whose current behavior has become inexplicably slow and deliberate? That person is your ally. Get with them--the 30th works--and compare notes. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You’re seeking ultimate solutions in some area of your life, a quest for the how, when and why of something. Don’t give up. The answers you seek are now at hand. Life is looking up for you as a result. Your options are numerous and increasing, making you a bit erratic, perhaps, as you try to decide which is worth your time to pursue. Be light on your feet on the 30th as all comes into focus. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) It’s time to take stock of the lessons some recent difficulties have taught you. When you’ve done that and learned what you needed to learn from them, it will be time to say goodbye to those problems and move on. This can be a good time, and highly interesting for what it reveals. Small things loom large on the 30th because of the role they play in this regard. Home is the first place to look for clues. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb 18) Improved home relations and better health are the main benefits of some key understandings now coming your way. Be aware that these may not be individually earthshaking. To see their significance, you may need to gather the clues and do some assembly. If you’re willing to put in the work, you stand to make great progress in the areas mentioned. The clues are all around. Be especially mindful on the 30th. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) Circumstance lately has forced you to dive deep and look at the underside of your life. This can be quite unsettling in what it reveals. No matter what you found, your life foundations are bound to have shifted as a result. It’s a bit early for you to decide in a detailed way what lies next for you. You’re still in a phase of sorting and integrating. The 30th puts you in a better position to smooth out the process.

Chicken Little looks at what is and fears the sky is falling. Wesley Hallock, as a professional astrologer looks at what is and sees what could be. Read Wesley’s monthly forecast with links to Facebook and Twitter, at To read past columns of Chicken Little and the Astrologer in the Whidbey Weekly, see our Digital Library at www.whidbeyweekly. com.


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ACROSS THE POND by Miss Windsor

we’re obviously getting on rather swimmingly! Moving on gracefully, “So, what the devil have you been up to since our last culinary rendezvous?” I hear you utter. Well darlings, as there are new and exciting changes afoot for Miss Windsor, I’ve been running around like a ‘blue-arsed fly’! One is the first episode of my ‘new-look,’ chucklesome YouTube series – Miss Windsor’s Delectables – guaranteed to ignite warm and nostalgic memories of Christmas past, but, will reveal more once furnished with your undivided attention. Darlings, thankfully the majority of folk are ‘all eyes and ears,’ bar a small number of insubordinate individuals who appear keen to cause embarrassment to their contemporaries. Miss Windsor insists that you stop ‘fannying’ about - turn off the TV, put down that wine glass, refrain from stroking your immensely comforting ‘pussy-cat,’ and withdraw immediately from any other unmentionable activity! Whatever your desire, you may return to it later – much obliged.

Hello, darlings! Well I say, just a flicker of a candle and we’re together again, and, on such a joyous occasion as today! Oh, how wonderful to be greeted with ‘whoops’ of delight, followed by the rhythmic sequence of fireworks, fused with the explosive ‘pop’ of champagne corks, and accompanied by the harmonious ‘slurp’ of bubbly from an elegant crystal vessel. Yes, darlings, it is indeed our first anniversary, and

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Right, now you’re all present, please cast one’s mind back to last December when Mrs. Beeton – the English culinary marvel of yesteryear, kindly counselled Miss Windsor to recreate her rich and moist Christmas Pudding from 1906. Indeed, you may recall it was an extremely satisfying, yet cock-a-hoop – Oh, I say! operation that resulted in not only one, but two Christmas Puddings. You’ll be surprised to discover that instead


of devouring these culinary triumphs during the previous festive season, instead they were safely stowed away and spoon fed dark Lamb’s Navy Rum all year round. You see, Miss Windsor had a vision for these beauties – and marked them to be showcased in her new YouTube series of Miss Windsor’s Delectables – how exciting! Darlings, one can imagine you’re bursting at the seams with anticipation as you yearn for Miss Windsor to grace your screens with her merry presence. Well, the countdown has begun – tick tock, tick tock – and very soon you’ll tune in to Miss Windsor’s Delectables, and be glued to your screen, perched ‘on the edge of your seat’, as you watch Miss Windsor “Bringing food history alive, and theatre to your table!” In the meantime whilst patiently waiting for our thrilling, festive, on-screen meet-up, please do acquaint yourselves with Miss Windsor’s new-look, and indulge your pallet with a ‘rousing’ taste of extraordinary things to come! One suggests: SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel and be one of the first to view my promotional video. Followed by an enlightening visit to please sign up to my newsletter, and I, well Miss Windsor, will keep you updated about her latest culinary escapades, including her new episode of Miss Windsor’s Delectables. Darlings, I’m ready to part company now. I’ve had a wonderful time and will continue to celebrate our anniversary in style! My drinks

trolley is calling me, so I’m off to imbibe a glass or two of champers or, maybe a drop of Lamb’s Navy Rum. Cheerio for now, Miss Windsor X

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PETER continued from page 9 “There is an amazing tech show here; the light design is stunning and we are working on some of the most sophisticated lighting we’ve ever done,” Duncan said. “We’ve rented a star drop and an LED show curtain, we’ve contracted with engineers to create LED-driven glowing amulets and we are working to create an LED flying Tinkerbell that should make people gasp.”

Cast and crew say “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a perfect holiday activity for the whole family. “It’s a great way for the whole family to enjoy an activity that is fun,” said Holden. “It has the heart-warming theme of 'family' at it’s core.” “This show is definitely great for any viewer,” said Link. “It’s hilarious, entertaining, and a touching story everyone can connect to. We were given the world of Peter Pan to work with, but it’s really a story that supports itself very well without the context of other Peter Pan stories.” “It allows us to offer something unexpected to the busy holiday offerings already in the community,” said Duncan. “We are going to feature some before-the-show art projects for the younger crowd, show-themed drinks in the bar for all ages and I hope the community will add this to their holiday plans. It promises to be very special.” “This is a show for the whole family,” said Johnson. “It has been so much fun to work with this wildly creative cast, to watch them create one over-the-top comic moment after another.” “Peter and the Starcatcher” opens Friday and runs through Dec. 16. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sunday. The piano bar opens one hour before each performance. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and military, $17 for youth and matinees are $17. For information, go to “I guarantee you’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

“I hope people will connect to what it’s like to be a kid, and to remember how incredible having a limitless imagination can be,” Link said.

“I hope the audience, while they laugh at all the schtick and the one-liners and the comedy, will recognize the very same poignant story that has made Peter Pan a classic for generations,” said Johnson. “The magic is still there.”

“Peter and the Starcatcher is a fun, funny, charming and wildly entertaining production filled with imagination, humor, creativity and a profound heart-warming message,” said Holden. “And it has pirates!”

This is a production not to be missed, according to Hinkley.

Tyler Raymond Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Sommer Harris plays the role of Molly Aster in the WICA production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” which also features some innovative lighting and technical work.

Tyler Raymond Photo Courtesy of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts Ethan Berkley is Black Stache in the WICA production of “Peter and the Starcatcher,” opening Friday in Langley.

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By Carey Ross A Bad Moms Christmas: Just because this movie is now seasonally appropriate, doesn't make it good.  (R • 1 hr. 57 min.)

Roman J. Israel, Esq.: "Nightcrawler," director Dan Gilroy coaxed a more insidiously creepy performance out of Jake Gyllenhaal than I thought possible. Although less successful this time, he still makes the most of a game-for-anything Denzel Washington as an idealistic lawyer who gets his world shook.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 57 min.)

Coco: As a creative filmmaking force, Pixar is unmatched. The unstoppable animation juggernaut rolls out another instant classic, this time centering its story on budding musician Miguel, who takes a stunning journey of sight and sound in the Land of the Dead in order to unlock the secrets of his family history. Bring a hanky–this one packs an emotional punch.  (PG • 1 hr. 45 min.) Daddy’s Home 2: The unlikely comedy team of Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell are back to bring you seasonal cheer and they’re bringing Mel Gibson with them. Remember when Gibson was the most problematic man in Hollywood? Boy, that really seems like a simpler time.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 38 min.) Justice League: Go for Gal Gadot. Stay for Jason Momoa. Take or leave Ben Affleck.  (PG-13 • 1 hr. 50 min.)


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Charismatic Prayer and Praise group. Everyone welcome. For more information, call Bill at (360) 222-4080 or email

Museo will feature original works, large and small, created by gallery artists and perfectly priced for holiday gift giving.

Fact or Fiction: Navigating Fake News Monday, December 4, 4:00pm-5:00pm Coupeville Library

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

Business Pros: The Four Secrets to Growing Your Business Saturday, December 2, 10:30am-12:00pm Coupeville Library

Learning to decipher fact from fiction is a key skill that everyone should have, especially as social media rises as a primary news source for consumers. In this class, we’ll talk about the history of fake news, show you how to critically evaluate information, and provide resources and best practices for identifying fake news and misinformation in your daily lives. Baby and Toddler Stay and Play Tuesdays, December 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:00am-11:00am Freeland Library Under their parent’s supervision, babies and toddlers can socialize and play with the library’s educational toys. This informal, drop-in playtime is for children ages 0-4 years old with their parent or caregiver. LEGO in the Library Tuesday, December 5, 4:00pm-5:30pm Coupeville Library Build your best with LEGO® in this open session for creating by yourself or with a building buddy. For ages 5 and up. Wednesday Night with the Stars: “Love Actually” Wednesday, December 6, 5:30pm-7:45pm Coupeville Library Join us for popcorn and a movie! This month we are showing the holiday-themed romantic comedy, “Love Actually.” Rated R. Music Together at the Library Thursday, December 7, 11:15am-12:00pm Coupeville Library Join us for a special Music Together class for children ages 0-5 and their favorite grownups! We’ll sing, dance, play instruments and feel the music in our whole bodies. Enjoy 45 minutes of musical play, but take home a lifetime of good musical practices. Class size is limited to 12 children. Please register each child separately. WIHHA Presents: Breema Thursday, December 7, 4:00pm-6:00pm Freeland Library Join Diana Deering to learn tension-relieving stretches, rhythmic movements and nurturing touch to deepen body mind connection. Breema exercises help your mind to be clearer, your feelings to be calmer and more supportive, and your body to be more relaxed and flexible. Everyone is welcome. For more information on WIHHA visit

Religious Services Festival of Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 3, 4:00pm St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley The choir of St. Hubert Church will present a meditative service of readings, hymns, and anthems proclaiming the coming of Christ. A reception with refreshments and a display of crèches follows in the parish hall. The program is free to the public. A donation of an item of nonperishable food for the Good Cheer Food Bank is welcomed. The church is located at 804 Third St.

Advent Taize Service Tuesday, December 5, 7:00pm St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Oak Harbor All are invited. Advent, which begins Sunday, Dec. 3, is the season of prayerful anticipation and preparation for the birth of Christ. Taize is a candlelit service that includes prayer, music, singing, Scripture readings and periods of silent meditation. This Advent Taize service will focus on psalms, readings and music that foretell of Christ’s coming into the world. For more information, visit www.ststephensofoakharbor. org or call the church office at

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Healing Rooms Every Thursday, 6:30pm-8:30pm 5200 Honeymoon Bay Road, Freeland The Healing Rooms are open to anyone desiring personal prayer for physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. There is a team of Christians from several local churches that are dedicated to praying for healing the sick in our community. All ministry is private, confidential, and free. Teams are available to pray for individuals who drop by on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Ann at (425) 263-2704, email, or visit the International Association of Healing Rooms at

Fine Art in the Season of Light Holiday Reception: Friday, December 2, 5:00pm-7:00pm Show continues through December Rob Schouten Gallery, Langley This holiday season enjoy finding the perfect gifts created by over thirty of your favorite local and regional artists. The Holiday Reception runs in conjunction with Langley’s ‘First Saturday Art Walk” when Langley’s galleries and shops are open until 7:00pm. We’ll have wonderful live music by Duo Nouveau. Many of our gallery artists will be in attendance and light refreshments will be served.

ArtWalk at The Whidbey Art Gallery Saturday, December 2, 5:00pm-7:00pm The Whidbey Art Gallery, Langley

Sundays, 9:00am & 11:00am Calvary Chapel, 3821 French Road, Clinton

Please join our festivities including music and refreshments at 220 2nd St. Shawn Connolly is our featured artist for the month and Mike Burroughs as our guest artist for December. Mike is a master sketch artist and works in watercolor, oil and acrylic.

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Featured Artist: Rainy Lindell

Unitarian Universalist Sunday Service

Meet the Artist: Monday, December 11, 10:00am-5:00pm Penn Cove Gallery, Coupeville

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

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

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

First Church of Christ, Scientist Worship, 10:00am Sunday School to age 20, 10:00am Wednesday Testimony Meeting, 7:30pm Christian Science Reading Room Tuesday & Friday, 11:00am-3:00pm Wednesday 5:30pm-7:00pm The church and Reading Room are located at 721 SW 20th Court at Scenic Heights Street, Oak Harbor. Call (360) 675-0621 or visit Services and Sunday School are also held at 10:30am on South Whidbey at 15910 Highway 525, just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road; testimony meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm.

Galleries & Art Shows Whidbey Allied Artists Art & Gift Show Friday, December 1, 10:00am-6:00pm Saturday, December 2, 10:00am-8:00pm Sunday, December 3, 10:00am-5:00pm Coupeville Rec Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. More than twenty artists will show and sell a wide variety of traditional and non-traditional art. WAA is a collaborative group of artists from Whidbey Island who maintain a floating gallery of art, hosting several shows annually. An artists’ reception will be held Saturday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm with wine and light fare. For more information, visit or email

Artist Rainy Lindell will be at Penn Cove Gallery with her collection of Pacific Northwest bird paintings. Rainy uses oil paints, the medium of the old masters, because of its glowing, rich, warm dark colors as well as its vibrant, bright lights. Rainy draws inspiration not only from wild life but from the skies, waters and mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

Meetings & Organizations Greenbank Garden Club Thursday, December 7, 9:30am Greenbank Progressive Club The doors open at 9:30am for a social hour followed by a brief meeting starting at 10:00am. We will be doing a Christmas Craft (Evergreen Kissing Ball) instead of a speaker this meeting. The Greenbank Progressive Club is located on the corner of Bakken and Firehouse Roads. LOCALLY OPERATED. Al-Anon group can help. Call Laurie at (360) 675-4430 for meeting information.

Alcoholics Anonymous Every Day, 12:00pm & 8:00pm 432 2nd Street, Langley For more information, call (360) 221-2070

Bingo Every Monday, 7:00pm Elks Lodge, Oak Harbor Open to the public. For more information, call (360) 675-7111.

Debtors Anonymous Every Sunday, 6:00pm WGH Board Room, Coupeville If you are having problems with money and debt and think that you may be a compulsive debtor, the program of Debtors Anonymous can help you. No situation is hopeless. Find the solution that leads to solvency and serenity. Debtors Anonymous is a 12-step program based upon the 12-steps first developed and used by Alcoholics Anonymous. Call (515) 451-3749 for directions to location or for more information.

Divorce Care and DC4kids Every Sunday, 5:00pm Living Word Church, Oak Harbor A support group for people dealing with separation and divorce. For more information, call Larry at (360) 969-0552 or Lisa - DC4kids at (360) 672-4239. Living Word Church is located at 490 NW Crosby Ave.

Dugualla Bay Bridge Club Every Thursday, 11:30am Social Bridge Game. Bring your own brown bag lunch. RSVP required. Call (360) 720-2727 or email

Duplicate Bridge Club Every Tuesday, 10:30am Sierra Country Club Clubhouse, Coupeville
 The club is ACBL sanctioned and we encourage anyone interested to come with or without a partner. For more information, contact one of the directors: Mardi Dennis at (360) 675-5044, Sue Thomas at (360) 678-7047, or Peter Wolff at (360) 678-3019.

Eating Addiction Support Group Every Thursday, 11:30am Private residence, Langley

PBY Monthly Luncheon

Meeting based on Becky Jackson’s book “Dieting, A Dry Drunk.” Meeting time subject to change based on groups needs. For more information and meeting address:, or contact Christina (360) 730-1886;

Thursday, December 7, 11:00am CPO Club, 1080 Ault Field Rd, Oak Harbor

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“Day of Infamy - Witnesses” - The PBY Memorial Foundation will be joining with the Association of Naval Aviators for a no host luncheon. There will be various speakers lending voices to written eyewitness accounts of the attack on Pearl Harbor, HI on that day in 1941. The floor will also be opened for audience participation in relating these stories. The public is invited to this free event. Call (360) 240-9500 for directions and more information.

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2018 Miss Oak Harbor Pageant Information Meeting Monday, December 11, 6:00pm-8:30pm Oak Harbor High School Library Pageant Wyse will soon be accepting applications for the 2018 Miss Oak Harbor Scholarship Pageant to be held on Mar. 10, 2018. Any Oak Harbor freshman-senior girl who would like more information about competing for college scholarships totaling over $8000 is encouraged to attend. Meet the Pageant Wyse Board of Directors and past Miss Oak Harbor royalty, and have all your questions about the pageant answered. For more information, visit or email pageantwyse@

Al-Anon Every Wednesday, 9:30am-10:30am 432 2nd St., Langley If a friend or relative has a problem with alcohol, you can find solutions for yourself at Alanon.

Al-Anon Group Oak Harbor Are you troubled by someone’s drinking?

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DUI/Underage Drinking Prevention Panel Saturday, December 9, 12:45pm Trinity Lutheran Church, Freeland No pre-registration required, no late admittance allowed. Open to all and required by local driving schools for driver’s education students and parents. For more information, call (360) 672-8219 or visit

NRA Home Firearms Safety Class Saturday, December 16, 9:00am-5:00pm NWSA Range, Oak Harbor Cost: $25, includes a book This class is designed to present the basic knowledge and skills and explain the attitude necessary for the safe handling and storing of guns in the home. The course will also familiarize participants with safe gun handling procedures and guidelines for storing pistols, rifles, and shotguns in the home. This is a NONfiring course; the emphasis is on safe handling, not marksmanship. For questions or to register, call NRA instructor John Hellmann at (360) 675-8397 or email NWSA.Training@gmail. com. Additional information can be found at

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Seriously, we do not make this stuff up! THURSDAY, OCT. 12 8:21 am, SR 20 Reporting party advising male in bathroom is “freaking out” and pounding on the walls. 4:17 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Party reporting female screaming at cars at location. FRIDAY, OCT. 13 6:57 pm, SE Glencoe St. Reporting party advising they found a dead bird inside their mailbox. SATURDAY, OCT. 14 6:11 am, SW Erie St. Caller advising subjects inside the store are sleeping and they would like them to be asked to leave. 12:42 pm, SW Dyer St. Reporting party advising they are having problems with a phone they purchased from subjects online. 3:12 pm, NE Harvest Dr. Caller advising they have received a lot of nude photos from a hacked account. SUNDAY, OCT. 15 11:27 pm, SW Quince St. Reporting party advising subject they do not know laying on their porch, moaning. MONDAY, OCT. 16 8:48 am, SE 2nd Ct. Reporting party advising female he reported earlier is now climbing through the window of a residence. MONDAY, OCT. 17 1:10 pm, NE Goldie St. Party advising an intoxicated male without a shirt is wandering in and out of traffic. TUESDAY, OCT. 18 3:53 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Reporting party advising an intoxicated subject is stumbling and giving motorists the finger. 5:49 pm, SE Bayshore Dr. Caller advising subject making threats for not being allowed on an out-of-service bus.

9:21 am, N Oak Harbor St. Reporting party advising neighbor is leaving cars on with no one in them and the fumes are coming into residence. 2:12 pm, NE 3rd St. Party returning call, advising officer was working on something in reference to her past and Native American male she was involved with 20 years ago. 7:41 pm, Main St./Payless Foods Reporting party advising customer in location is growling at other customers and checkers, walking back and forth down aisles. 8:18 pm, Country Club Dr. Caller advising ongoing issue with neighbor across from location; knocked on door and was swearing at reporting party because grandson was dropped off by subject with a loud muffler. 8:30 pm, SR 525 Party reporting male in plot is drinking and threatening people; walked to reporting party's truck and was being belligerent. 10:06 pm, Wharf St. Reporting party advising two males at location are smoking weed and running around up and down the dock in wheelbarrows; reporting party is on a boat. TUESDAY, OCT. 24 8:02 am, SE Bayshore Dr. Caller reporting male in female bathroom at location. 8:35 am, Newman Rd. Party reporting aggressive goats with horns on her property; ongoing issue. 9:16 am, Tarragon Ave. Caller reporting neighbor drives by location revving diesel engine of black Dodge truck with black canopy. Caller is upset about noise truck creates; occurs every morning; requesting extra patrols.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19 9:01 am, SW Lansdale St. Advising cat is stuck in tree.

1:27 pm, Zurich Ct. Reporting party is requesting call referencing receiving “cyber attack.” Advising she is being physically harmed by cyber attack from her neighbor.

9:24 am, SW Erie St. Caller advising a male subject exposed himself and was urinating.

1:51 pm, N. Oak Harbor St. Caller advising vehicle's windshield was hit with a hammer.

6:18 pm, NE Midway Blvd. Caller reporting they picked up an elderly male on side of the road and male then “jumped” out of her vehicle.

2:39 pm, SR 525 Reporting party states he paid money to travel on ferry but his truck wouldn't start and he missed the boat. Party wants a refund and ferry service is refusing. Party is upset; call transferred to state.

MONDAY, OCT. 23 5:17 am, SR 20 Reporting party advising someone crashed truck into a fence; now advising a subject tried to steal his truck and crashed it into the fence. 8:39 am. Polnell Shores Dr. Party reporting they found femur that had tumbled down the bluff yesterday just south of Polnell Shores Dr.; have forwarded photo to state physical anthropologist and confirmed as human. 8:53 am, Newman Rd. Caller advising ongoing problem with two male goats loose in the neighborhood. States they cause damage to her property, advising they are on her property now.

3:24 pm, Thunder Ln. Caller states received a call from Texas claiming to be from Windows, saying “I will come to where you are, f*** your mother and your sister and rape your children.” Reporting party hung up on caller. 3:27 pm, SE 8th Ave. Reporting party advising unknown animal with claws trapped in the laundry room. 7:12 pm, NE Lauren St. Female reporting she was grabbed and put into a scrappy hotel; doesn't know where she is, states she is in a room. Report provided by OHPD & Island County Sheriff’s Dept.



Life Tributes MARIE HAZEL AKINS July 21, 1927 – October 18, 2017 On October 18, 2017, Marie Hazel Akins left 90 plus years of memories behind for her family and friends to cherish. She was born July 21, 1927 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada to Winnifred and Lorin Jones Irving, eventually emigrating to the U.S. at the age of 14. Most of her early years were spent in the State of Washington, primarily the Seattle area, where she met her husband of 52 years, Valencia Franklin Akins. Marie and “Frank” as he was known to family and friends, lived the typical military life in motion, moving from the West Coast to the East, and back again, where they spent most of Frank's military career stationed at NAS Whidbey. Marie has a lifetime of volunteerism to her credit including Stewardship in St. Mary’s in the Valley (Ramona, CA), St. Stephens (Oak Harbor), and St. Bedes (Pt. Orchard) Episcopal Churches, Cub Scouts, Brownies, and Girl Scouts. She served two terms as President of the Oak Harbor Emblem Club and acquired many honors and awards for her dedication to the Club, particularly for Fundraising Chairmanships and volunteer efforts. The ledger of her life also includes several years with the Navy Exchange, Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, completing her working career as a Sporting Goods Procurement Specialist. She formed many friendships through the Elks Travel Club, Elks Lodge, and Emblem Club Fellowship during her 56 years of military and civilian Life in Oak Harbor and her last 3 years in Gig Harbor. Family and gardening were her passions. On March 1, 1999, Frank passed before her. Together, they created their legacy of faith, charity, and love of family through four children, Valerie (Daniel) Herriges of The Dalles, OR, Bonnie (Neil) O’Malley of Gig Harbor, WA, Terry (Benita) Akins of Shelton, WA, Jeffrey (Cindy) Akins of Centralia, WA, 12 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Marie was pre-deceased by her parents and her only sibling, Ronald Jones Irving, of Gresham, OR, but is survived by his only remaining child, Debbie (Irving) Pierce, of Fairview, OR, whom she thought of as her own. All are welcome to join the family in celebrating Marie’s life Saturday, December 9, 2017 with religious services at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 555 SE Regatta Dr, Oak Harbor, at 10:00 AM, followed by the Emblem Club Graveside Service at Maple Leaf Cemetery, 1961 Cemetery Rd, and a Luncheon at St. Stephen's. The family suggests memorials in Marie’s name to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

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VICTORIA JANE HEMNER On November 17, 2017, Victoria Jane Hemner passed peacefully into the loving arms of her Heavenly Father. Vicki was born January 27, 1948 in Eau Claire, WI to Fred and Charlotte Anderson, who preceded her in death. Vicki graduated in 1966 from North High in Eau Claire. She attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and studied both computer science and nursing. Vicki’s career included driving school bus for the Eau Claire Area School District for more than 10 years. She then joined the IRS and worked in both the Eau Claire and Seattle offices for 22 years before retiring. Vicki met the love of her life, Eugene (Gene) Hemner in 1963 and they married January 16, 1971. During their 46 years together, they lived in Eleva WI, Eau Claire WI, Everett WA and settled in Oak Harbor WA. Vicki was a voracious reader. Although allergic to cats, she volunteered at the Noah Animal Shelter. Her passion for card making resulted in the design and creation of mini works of arts enjoyed by family and friends. This included making the wedding invitation for her niece Leigha. Vicki will be deeply missed by her card making circle of friends at the Collage Card shop in Oak Harbor. Survivors include her husband Gene, brother Fred (Renae) Anderson of Stillwater, MN, nieces Karah Anderson of Fargo, ND, Leigha (Matt) Barta of Andover, MN, Brother-in-law Rodney (Dawn) Hemner of Bloomington, IL, and longtime friends Frank and Cheryl Akey (over 50 years) of Chippewa Falls, WI and Carroll and John Winkler (25 years) of Ferndale, WA, along with other close and muchloved family and friends. A gathering of friends and family was held Monday, November 27 at Wallin Funeral Home in Oak Harbor. Cremation rites have been accorded and internment will be at Sunnyside Cemetery, Coupeville, WA. Enjoying the beauty of the setting sun was one of Vicki’s favorite pastimes and they will be a lasting reminder of a very special lady who graced our lives with her kindness and extraordinary generosity. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice and paying forward a kindness would honor Vicki’s memory. Friends and family are encouraged to share memories and condolences at

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Mosaics - Art - Gifts Jewelry - Teas Filled with fanciful art & gifts made by local & regional artisans In Historic Downtown Oak Harbor 830 SE Pioneer Way - 360-682-2468 HOURS: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm