Retired surgeon to share tales of tsunami aid

Bill McDaniel spends time getting to know many patients aboard the USNS Mercy while it was stationed in Indonesia in 2005. McDaniel joined efforts to provide aid to those injured by the tsunami and earthquake in the area. - Photo provided
  • Jan 17, 2015 at 3:00AM updated Jan 19, 2015 at 9:28AM

When Bill McDaniel was writing his book, “Faces of the Tsunami,” it wasn’t easy.


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Summiting Mount Erie

The view from the top of Mount Erie on a clear sunny day is one of the best in the area. From the parking lot just south of Heart Lake, follow the road up about 1.7 miles to the summit, a trip that takes about ten minutes. According to my GPS watch, you’ll climb from...

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The Cat’s Meow

I have a confession. I…am…a…cat lover. There. I said it. No offense to dogs, which I also love (even a certain sweet, hyperactive Cairn terrier that would rather chase a ball for an hour than spend five minutes on my lap), but if I had to make the pet version of Sophie’s Choice, I’d be...

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Navigating the Trails at Joseph Whidbey State Park

Recently, I took two trips in as many days to Joseph Whidbey State Park, which, although not far from where I live, I hadn’t spent much time in the past. My husband warned: it’s wet. That turned out to be the understatement of the year. The first time, I parked in a large gravel parking...

Oak Harbor firefighter puts in 40 years of service and is still going strong

  • Jan 10, 2015 at 8:00AM updated Jan 13, 2015 at 9:21AM

The cadence of Rich Rodgers’ voice is sharp and to the point. He carries a no-nonsense tone yet is mindful of the audience before him. Teaching first aid is serious business to Rodgers, regardless if the group that sits around a table before him on a recent January evening happens to be an inquisitive Cub Scout troop of 8- and 9-year-olds from Oak Harbor.


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