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Always looking for adventure

Next time you are waiting in a checkout line, observe the people in front of and behind you. One may look calm, another may appear comatose and another may bounce from foot to foot.

Some people just can’t wait to see what new adventure is around the corner.

Take MICHAEL BROSNAHAN, for example. The swim coach from Sand Point, Idaho, is an experienced sailor and done his fair share of sailing on Idaho’s Lake Pend Oreille.

He looks the part of an adventurer as well, with his shock of prematurely gray, windblown hair, faded khaki shorts and stretched out pullovers.

The former Oak Harbor High School graduate and graduate of the University of Idaho spent a few days visiting his mother recently. His classmates ROBBIE SEBO and MIKE FRANKLIN stopped by briefly to see their old friend.

Mike, wife WENDY and 5-year-old daughter BRIANA rested for a day or two and gathered the last of the supplies they would need for their odyssey.

You see, when they left Whidbey Island, they did not return to Idaho, but went instead on a sailing vacation through the San Juan Islands and British Columbian waters. They departed Coupeville on board their 36-foot Ericson C, which sleeps four or more.

Success comes in many forms. To Mike, it was being picked Zone Coach for the Inland Empire for four years.

We wish him well on his voyage and can’t wait to hear the stories on their return.

Build me a leader ...

The Oak Harbor High School Key Club won three awards which they collected at the recent Pacific Northwest Key Club Convention in Seattle.

The club received the Single Service Award in the Silver category for their project to collect canned food for Help House which resulted in over 8,000 donated food items.

Pianist DANICA HUMPHRIES took top honors in the instrumental category and received the Overall Talent Award. She will represent the Pacific Northwest District in Boston in July.

In addition to Humphries, other Key Club members attending from Oak Harbor were DAVID MARRIOTT, HENRY VASQUEZ, LAURYN WILSON, ASHLIE ROBINSON, ALEE LAMBERT, SARAH GORDON, ASHLEY SMITH, KRISTEN CERESOLA, KERY GEHLING, JON SIMPSON, NICK BRAZELTON, SARAH RALSTON, REBECCA RED, VICTOR VAUGHN, MICHELLE RIVES and MONCHELLE VITAL.

Chaperones were Key Club Faculty Advisors, PAT FELGER and LISA SMITH, and Kiwanis members, GARY and MARTHA WALLIN and HANK VASQUEZ.

MARTHA WALLIN was named Outstanding Kiwanis Advisor for the District. She has been Kiwanis Advisor for the Key Club for the past nine years.

Why Key Club? This Kiwanis-sponsored, student-lead organization gives young people a chance to serve others, builds character and develops leadership. It exists in over 5,000 high schools.

Bashful need not apply ...

I’ve become a fan of HGTV’s “Cash in the Attic,” a program that helps an ordinary family raise money to buy a gargantuan TV and sound system for their converted basement. How to get the cash they need? Let’s see what they’ve got!

A two-person team arrives at the family’s home in an empty van. Next, they throw open the china cabinet doors, look under rolls of rugs long ago ruined by an incontinent dog and put a stop to quibbling. This is no time to get sentimental. Items are auctioned and America waits to see if the family becomes unhinged at the outcome or happily accepts the check.

I’d love to attend the auction planned for Saturday, June 24, at the Historical Society Museum in Coupeville. This fund-raiser has “Celebration of Our Towns: A Place in History” as its theme. Remember, since the museum is a non-profit organization, they receive no support from the county, state or federal government. Monies raised at this event keep the doors of this wonderful museum open. And donations are tax deductible.

Have a glass of champagne at the museum as you place your bids in the silent auction. The variety runs from tickets to a Mariner’s game and house cleaning services.

After the reception, stroll down to the Harbor Store Cafe at the end of Coupeville’s historic wharf for a luscious meal prepared by Chef Joe Graham. This is where the live auction will be held that includes a week’s stay at a fabulous condo in Beavercreek, Colo., membership at Whidbey Golf & Country Club, tickets to plays, accommodations in Seattle and many more tempting choices.

Call the Society at (360) 678-3310 and reserve your tickets today.

And so I bid you farewell for another week with a promise not to scratch my nose or raise my hand.

What’s news with you? Please call me at (360) 675-6611 or email lifeonwhidbey@yahoo.com.

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