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Follow the twinkling lights

"The light brigade of North Whidbey has been hard at work — and the town and countryside are all a twinkle. In Oak Harbor, the town Christmas tree is aglow in Hal Ramaley Park on Bayshore Drive and Pioneer Way is draped with cedar garlands. A collection of large, pole-mounted snowflakes has gone up for the first time this year, also along Pioneer Way. Midway Boulevard has its lights and garlands, too.Christmas Village makes a splash of Christmas cheer in the parking lot of Alaska Federal Credit Union, off Highway 20.A cluster of homes at the corner of Highway 20 and Swantown Road is a sea of light as homeowners join in to make their neighborhood the brightest spot in town. Santa is in his sleigh with a retinue of brightly-lit reindeer at 1168 Tulip Lane, off Crosswoods Circle. The hillside behind Safeway is again decorated with a wide reach of lights centering on a tall cross — the view is best from the opposite hillside. Fuzzy Rodgers has created his traditional traffic-stopper with a yard jammed full of Christmas decorations at 961 S.E. Sixth Ave., and Tom and Corinne Reed have their porch filled with a Nativity Scene and other Christmas decorations at 1508 S.E, Eighth Ave. Follow O’Leary Street to Sumner and circle back to 11th Ave. for a collection of nicely lit streets, or take a turn through the winding streets off Shadow Glen — enter from Crosby Road, near the brightly lit Living Word Fellowship. And at 1401 Oak Harbor Street, the WalMarc mini storage house is all decked out with lights.Out in the countryside, North Whidbey’s brightest Christmas corner is the wonderland on Snowflake Road, off Fakkema Road, near the Taylor Road intersection, where the Story and Sem families spread a dazzling display of lights and Christmas scenes across their two adjoining lots. There’s also a bright stretch of lights at the corner of Crescent Harbor and Taylor Roads, on the way out.Farther out, Ben Bess’s extravaganza of lights is at 330 E. Sleeper Road. The yard at Joseph’s Antiques, at 28 Fakkema Road, is always beautifully decorated — drive in for the full effect. And there’s a beautiful display at the Hale’s home at 2330 Reservation Road. Coupeville’s Christmas tree is at Cook’s Corner. Front Street sparkles with white lights and greenery, and the Greenbank Farm is fully trimmed with lights and a tall tree.There’s more, much more, or course.If you know of a great display that should be added to the list of Christmas lights, just give us a call. Ask for June Vigor or Susan Mador, at 675-6611. "

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