A good fit for 60 years | Oak Harbor optician still providing personal service to customers

Charlie Van Cleve, left, and her husband, Gary Van Cleve, relax in their Oak Harbor home with Maudie, their Bichon Frise. The Van Cleves ran Van Cleve’s Optical on Pioneer Way for 35 years before merging with Vision Plus, which has an eye center on Highway 20. - Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
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After serving four years in the Navy, Gary Van Cleve returned home to Yakima to figure out what he was going to do with the rest of his life.


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Late Night Shopping at is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at PENN COVE GALLERY. You are invited to “Shop Late” at freshly remodeled Penn Cove Gallery in Coupeville. Meet with many of the artists, enjoy wine and refreshments and browse the fine art presented by Penn Cove Gallery’s talented collection of local artists. 360-678-1176,

Holland Happening to honor former mayor as grand marshal

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Al Koetje donned a Dutch hat Tuesday, offering a preview of what’s in store for Holland Happening paradegoers Saturday.

University women honor female students

  • Apr 22, 2015 at 2:00AM updated Apr 23, 2015 at 9:06AM

Female students from across Whidbey Island were honored with scholarships and financial stipends April 14 by the American Association of University Women.


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