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Oak Harbor hires firm to hire city attorney
Nov 23 2012, 1:08 PM
It may cost the city of Oak Harbor as much as $25,000 to find a new city attorney.
During a meeting last Wednesday, the city council approved a motion authorizing the mayor to sign a professional service agreement with a headhunting firm, Seattle-area Prothman Company, to recruit a city attorney.
The contract is for $18,500 plus expenses, which city officials estimate will be a total cost in the range of $22,000 to $25,000.
Candidates vie for vacant North Whidbey swim coach position
Nov 23 2012, 1:16 PM
With the loss of the Aquajets swim coach, North Whidbey Park and Recreation officials are scrambling to find a replacement.
Longtime coach Neil Romney was terminated from his position at the John Vanderzicht Memorial Pool several weeks ago and pool leaders are wading through the pool of potential applicants.
Rehire Romney before he moves to new team | Letters
Nov 23 2012, 1:17 PM
North Whidbey Park and Recreation District’s new director, Bill Walker, has made a grievous error in the summary termination of Coach Neil Romney.
He has demonstrated in his short five-month reign that his Napoleanic management style has prioritized his ego over the interests of the community. A good director must be able to recognize the assets he/she has on hand and manage them responsibly for the benefit of the organization. In this case, he has clearly thrown out the baby with the bath water.
Walker is doing his job with integrity | Letters
Nov 23 2012, 1:19 PM
I find it very curious that there has been so much passionate “support” for the recently fired North Whidbey Aquatic Club Coach Neil Romney. The letters to the editor and the front page photo of teenagers waving signs reek of an intense political campaign that aims at swaying public opinion without addressing the actual issue.
Although the letters all comment on Romney’s coaching ability, as far as I can tell, no one has claimed that Neil Romney was not a good coach. Rather, by his own admission, he was fired for not doing what his employer asked. Reading between the lines, it seems that there may also have been some financial misconduct by Romney and/or his administrative assistant, Vikki Robinson.
Vote in favor of the Oak Harbor school levy | Letters
Nov 23 2012, 1:21 PM
Like many readers, I’m a veteran, a retired businessman and a resident in the Oak Harbor School District. I don’t like paying too much taxes and I have no children in the school district.
As we debate which local taxes we want to pay and which we don’t, we should apply the litmus test of whether or not we have first adequately paid for the three main community priorities.
Thanks for supporting school levy | Letters
Nov 23 2012, 1:20 PM
Thanks to the community for showing your support for Oak Harbor’s students at the “Rock the Levy” rally last Wednesday — it was awesome!
S.M.S. and Jacobs Road kept us all moving with fantastic music as we filled the sign-up sheets with volunteer commitments.
The wonder of Christmas allows God’s love to soothe | Faithful Living
Nov 23 2012, 1:22 PM
This week I placed a photo of my paternal gramma in my kitchen to use as my inspiration while heading into the Christmas season. She was simple and uneducated by today’s standards, but also strong and wise beyond measure. It is for these reasons she’s become a part of my sanctuary, better known as the Klope family kitchen. If I want to relax and think things through, I cook something and allow my memories of her to inspire me.
This weekend I will make homemade turkey soup in the large electric roasting pan I frequently use this time of year. I’ll carefully place the carcass on center stage in the pan, surround it with fresh water, roughly chopped parsley, chunks of onion and celery and carrots, and whole black pepper. I’ll cover the brew, turn up the heat, and leave it alone until the aromas tell me I can lift the cover and experience some bliss.
‘Fruitcakes’ at the Whidbey Playhouse offers holiday entertainment
Nov 23 2012, 1:26 PM
The inhabitants of the small town of McCord’s Ferry, Ga. may have been eating fruitcake for a little too long. Mix a poetry-reciting fisherman/ex-Harvard engineer with a Christmas tree-selling whirligig maker, two spinster sisters who divided their home precisely down the middle and a Christmas hog named Buster, and you have all the nuts necessary to make the hundreds of fruitcakes the town eats every Christmas.
When a teenaged runaway ends up in the town, he thinks the inhabitants are “nuttier than fruitcakes” in the Whidbey Playhouse production of “Fruitcakes,” running Nov. 30 through Dec. 22.
Book signing, presentation set at Coupeville Library
Nov 23 2012, 1:37 PM
A tale rich with adventure, dreams and exploration forms the history of Juan de Fuca’s Strait in a new book by a Canadian author who will speak in Coupeville. Barry Gough will present and sign his new book, “Juan de Fuca’s Strait: Voyages in the Waterway of Forgotten Dreams,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Coupeville Library.
“Any book signing like this that’s adding another historical resource to the library of local history is valuable,” said Rick Castellano, executive director of the Island County Historical Museum.
Proposed Island County gun rules rile residents
Nov 23 2012, 2:02 PM
Residents of rural communities in Island County may soon have a say in whether or not their neighbors can shoot guns in their backyards.
On Wednesday, the Island County Commissioners discussed a set of draft rules which propose a petition process for neighborhoods seeking to ban or allow the discharge of firearms in their area.
Although usually sparsely attended, the weekly staff session drew a standing room only crowd of hunters, representatives from local gun clubs and general Second Amendment advocates.