Do I smell a pig roast?

It takes about 16 hours to roast a pig on a spit but with hundreds of guests coming, local chef SCOTT FRASER plans to cut that time by using special pig boxes.

“The boxes are called Cuban la caja china,” Fraser said. “Cooking time is just four-and-a-half hours and a total of three pigs will be cooked in three separate boxes on Sunday, Aug. 10.”

Speaking for Oak Harbor’s Fidalgo Avenue merchants, Fraser said this will be their first block party and free pig roast from 1 to 7 p.m. “We want everyone to take a look at our neighborhood and have a heck of a good time.”

The pig roast will be ready at 3 p.m. and will be available until 6 p.m. Fidalgo Avenue will be closed between Dock and Hathaway Streets to set up a beer garden for grown ups, pie-eating contest for kids, sack races, water balloon toss, basketball contest and a football toss sponsored by Les Schwab.

MAYOR JIM SLOWIK will be a good sport and sit in the dunk tank, followed by other city and county officials, namely, JIM PALMER, RICK ALMBERG, BOB SEVERNS and Island County Assessor DAVE MATTENS.

There will be live music by Funk and Mason; Bruce Guy Project, a five-piece band; and the Chris Eager Band playing old time music.

Fidalgo Avenue merchants have donated over 50 items to be raffled. “Nearby stores have raffle tickets on sale for $5 each,” Fraser said, and you can buy them that day.

Guests who wish to do so may drop a donation for the food and fun into one of the “pig barrels.” All proceeds will go to Help House and the American Red Cross Whidbey Chapter.

The shindig marks the second anniversary of the opening of Frasers Gourmet Hideaway. “The restaurant is doing very well,” Fraser concluded. “This is our way of saying ‘thanks’!”

Don’t pollute,

take the shuttle

They didn’t go into business to help clean the air, get cars off the freeway and end congestion in the ferry systems, but Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle has accomplished just that since opening for business five years ago.

MIKE LAUVER and JOHN SOLIN have gone from two vans and six employees to a fleet of three vans, seven buses with 30 employees.

Lauver began by saying, “It’s a strange situation. The downturn in the economy is making airline travel super expensive, but SeaTac’s flight/passenger numbers are up from last month,” Lauver said, adding they are seeing more passengers than ever.

With gas prices going up, it makes no sense to drive. He figured at 20 miles to a gallon of fuel, with each gallon weighing six pounds, multiplied by about 24 passengers on their bus one way, they are keeping 86 gallons out of the air for each one-way trip.

“We essentially eliminate over 500 pounds of hydrocarbons,” Lauver continued.

Whidbey SeaTac Shuttle is my preferred way to get to SeaTac and back, and it’s great to tell people about our hometown business which is doing the environment a favor.

Call 679-4003 as soon as you decide to travel so they can get you there with enough time for check-in and security inspections.

Work gains respect

A case study written by DR. ALLISON ARIAIL, PT, DPT, CLT, will be published in a future issue of Physical Therapy Journal.

Her study, titled “Use of transabdominal ultrasound imaging in retraining the pelvic floor muscles of a postpartum woman,” is based on an actual patient she treated in the fall of 2005 at United General Hospital.

Ariail began the Internal Review Board process in summer 2006 while working on her doctoral thesis at Boston University. She subsequently completed the manuscript last summer while pregnant and while her husband, Navy LIEUTENANT BRANDON THOMPSON was deployed.

Ariail earned her first degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Florida in 1999 and went on to earn a Doctor of Physical Therapy in January 2007 from Boston University, where she now is a teacher assistant.  

Ariail said, “Ultrasound gives us the opportunity to see internal structures without using invasive techniques. The manuscript has been a lot of hard work, but the best thing is that now we can help more women and not have to invade their personal space.”

The couple has since welcomed a son and Ariail continues to work at United General Hospital in Sedro Woolley.

Can you believe it? Four years have passed since the first column. We must be having fun. Let’s meet here again next week. Call me at 675-6611 or email

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