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News Briefs Extreme pruning costs thousands

It will cost the company that owns the Kmart shopping center nearly $4,000 to replace mutilated maple trees.

Oak Harbor City Administrator Paul Schmidt said officials from Gamut360 agreed to replant four comparably-sized trees along Highway 20 to make up for the city-owned maples that were hacked in half by landscaping workers trying to make shopping center signs more visible.

The company will pay for the trees, at a cost of about $350 each, and pay the city to plant them, at a cost of $600 each.

The mutilated trees were planted 20 years ago as part of a highway beautification effort. A community group called the Heritage Way committee raised money for the effort.

Mentor hopes pinned on bowling

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Island County has more than 100 children awaiting mentors. And leaders hope an event next week will help raise awareness, and money, for those kids.

The annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake takes place Saturday, April 19, at Oak Bowl in Oak Harbor. Bowling times are at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a day of food, bowling and fun to thank volunteers who are involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors. By participating in mentoring, youth are more confident in school and get along better with their families. They are less likely to begin using illegal drugs and alcohol.

For more information about mentoring or the bowling event, call 279-0644.

Boozehound hits liquor store

The Coupeville Marshal’s Office is looking for information concerning a burglary April 9 of the town’s liquor store on North Main Street.

At approximately 5:19 a.m. officers responded to a burglar alarm. When Deputy Marshal Jim Covert arrived, he found the front door window glass had been broken. He, along with two Island County Sheriff’s deputies, assisted with a search of the business, according to information from the Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office.

Officers determined that the person used three rocks to break into the business. The owner arrived and determine several bottles of hard liquor had been stolen.

Town Marshal Dave Penrod said the incident is still under investigation. The suspect is believed to have been cut on the upper arm or hands.

Anyone with information about the burglary should call Penrod at 678-4461 or ICOM at 679-9567.

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