People and Places
July 3, 2008 · Updated 12:39 PM
"Recent visitors in Oak Harbor were Mae Olsen, Civilian Conservation Corps museum interpreter at Bowman's Bay on Fidalgo Island, just north of Deception Pass Bridge, and the new interpreter, Joshu Lancaster. Lancaster is no newcomer to Whidbey and Fidalgo islands. He came with his parents when his father was a chief in the Navy and he attended school here. His park duties will give him time to attend Skagit Valley College. Lancaster will assum the duties of the late Vic Olsen, who with his wife, Mae, served the Bowman's Bay area for many years.Whidbey and Fidalgo's Deception Pass State Park was created by work of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression when millions were out of work. By 1933, hundreds of CCC camps had been built and more than 250,000 young men began work on projects in forests and parks. Vic Olsen was one of the local group. Mae Olsen told how four years ago whe talked with the Department of Transportation about building steps on each side of Deception Pass Bridge to a walkway under the bridge to alleviate traffic. And today the project is being implemented.Project Linus of Island-Skagit Counties gave a blanket to Jason Camacho, whose twin brother disappeared at Deception Pass recently. Blankets were also given to his two cousins. Project Linus has a quilting day coming up July 22 at Calico Creations in Mount Vernon. Helen Mosbrooker is coordinator of the project.David Lura, pastor at Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church, will begin hs 14th year of ministry here along with observing his 20th anniversary of serving churches in the Pacific Northwest Conference. Lura is only one of half a dozen current full time clergy to serve in the same church for 13 years or more, out of about 250 clergy.Helen Mosbrooker spent a weekend in a Women in the Wilderness program in Wenatchee National Forest. While there she took up archery, learned how to shoot a 270 deer rifle, and how to operate a chain saw. Other pursuits were wildflower identification and Dutch oven cooking to round off a weekend of fun.Spending a month on North Whidbey at Cornet Bay with Jack and Kathy Stiltz is their daugther Stacy Bradford and grandsons Nicholas, 9, and 8-year-old triplets Jeffrey, Christopher and Mitchell clam digging, camping, and living it up before returning to their Arizona home.The 10th annual Christmas in July food drive for Help House, sponsored by Soroptimists International of Oak Harbor will be Saturday, July 29. Local grocery stores will hand out flyers asking people to pick up items for the annual event. Help House will also be open that day for those who wish to drop off items. Cannded foods, peanut butter, boxed foods, and other non-perishable foods are needed. Remember the day: July 29.Betty Hubbard writes: Laura Fisher Kaiser is featured in this month's issue of Ladies Home Journal. Laura has had several books published and attended Clover Valley and Oak Harbor elementary schools during her father's several tours at Whidbey. She is a graduate of the University of Texas and is the daughter of Cmdr. and Mrs. George Fisher of Anacortes. Her brother, Robert, was recently featured in the paper as he has won a couple of writing awards. Laura and her husband, Michael, her brother Robert and his wife, Rebecca, and their 9 month old son, Grant, are all visiting the proud grandparents. After retiring, George and Loretta built a lovely new house on Fidalgo Island. Betty says it's great to see local kids, well trained in the Oak Harbor educational system, make good nationally. Tom and Loraine Clark of Oak Harbor recently enjoyed being crowned royalty at Carmel Village Retirement in Fountain Valley, Calif., near Santa Ana. On Valentine's Day, they were crowned to reign as king and queen of the retirement set for one year. The Clarks have been married 21 years. For the past three years, retired seniors have hosted a semi-formal senior prom for residents, their families, and the community. Special guests this year were Fountain Valley mayor Guy Carrozzo and his wife of 45 years and several council members. The evening included wine, hors d'oeuvres, and dancing. Executive Chef Gilbert Martinez presented poached salmon, scallops and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Lighted topiaries and a swan ice sculpture decorate the tables.Visitors recently at the Glenn Lane home on Monkey Hill included their daugther Christine Jarvic whom they hadn't seen in several years, plus Christine's two daughters and a friend. The visitors drove from Walden, Colo.The Lanes, Glenn and Beverly, made a cross-country trip to Adams, Minn., for a Lane family reunion. They then went to Winona, Minn., Beverly's home town to visit family, and also visited cousins in Rochester and Austin. The Lanes are glad to be back home on Whidbey Island according to Beverly.Roberta and Al Hagar of Coupeville who spend retirement time in Palm Desert, took a group of friends to Israel this month, seeing ruins and sights of that ancient country.Don and Susan Boyer attended a Navy League convention in Philadelphia recently. Boyer has been very active in the Navy League, serving as president of the local chapter.The Rev. Dick Addison of Oak Harbor returned home from Africa this month after serving in five places, among them Zambia and Uganda. In September he plans to return to Victoria Falls and other areas teaching pastors and lay leaders of Christian churches. He has also been invited as coordinator for an Arizona ministry.Helen Chatfield-Weeks took time out from her many community activities to attend a dance recital by British Dance Studios where her 12-year-old grandson Lauren Chatfield performed. Helen's sister Alicia Krumb has been visiting her from Chicago this month.David and Jean Engle Brown have moved back to Coupeville after many years in Colorado. Joan is a member of a pioneer Whidbey Island family, and is already a docent at Island County Historical Museum.Peter and Liga Jesserds have moved from Coupeville to a home on West Beach after a trip to Alabama and Georgia to visit family and friends.Those of Oak Harbor who remember the unforgettable Kathryn Johnson, dance instructor and former member of the Ziegfield Follies, will be interested to know that Durene Angell, who worked for Casual House for seven years and became acquainted with her community, is working on a display of pictures and news articles on Johnson. She has a wall of relics and has just completed a montage of newspaper pictures. Kathryn Johnson retired to Oak Harbor, and opened a dance studio in the historic Byrne house just north of Smith Park. She continued to dance for community events.Looking forward to spending weekends and vacations on Whidbey Island's Sunset Beach are Denny and Lorna Andrews and family which includes grandchildren in Seattle. Lorna was recently promoted by Northwest Hospital as director of medical services. Denny's hobby is collecting historic war souvenir and artifacts - a hobby which began when he was an Air Force captain.Ken and Alice Jensen have a reason to be delighted with their grandson Brett, son of the Don Jensens, who was a Cascade High School delegate to Boys' State this year and elected governor when the group met at Ellensburg. Brett, who will be a senior in high school next year, is also student body president, and has been class president each year since the seventh grade.Seventh, eighth, and ninth graders and friends of Oak Harbor Lutheran Church are looking forward to a volleyball, water balloon, weiner roast July 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the home of the Glavicks, 2086 Pinewood Way, for a lot of fun. RSVP by July 12; call 279-1369.Concerts on the Cove in July at Coupeville's Town Park include Vela Luka, a Croatian group on July 16; Dillinger's Clambake, boogie woogie grooving and Big Band swing sounds on July 23; and on July 30, the An-O-Chords, with great music of the old times.On Aug. 6, Dina Blade, a cabaret singer of songs of the 40s and 60s accompanied by a pianist and Big Band veteran Barrie Vye; on Aug. 27, Shifty Sailors will be at their best along with the Skagit Community Concert Band.Fred and Mary Benninghoff report that the family of Colleen Herrick are rejoicing over her recovery from a head injury received in May. She was airlifted to Harborview and at this time is doing great!Returning to Whidbey Island for a visit from Redmond, Capt. (ret.) Dave and Marian Merrill came for their 60th wedding anniversary of the Mike Calahans. Both visited the Coupeville Methodist Church's Strawberry Social and the Coupeville Lions rummage sale. The Merrills were both active in the Coupeville Methodist Church and the Lions Club when they lived here.Senior Services' annual summer picnic will be Thursday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at M Bar C Ranch just north of Freeland. A popular band, Rising Tide, will paly and there will be great food, wagon rides, cowboys and horses. A drawing for cash prizes: $500 for first prize with additional $300, $200 and $200 prizes. The raffle is a major fundraiser for Senior Services.Barney and Joyce Beeksma are home from a two and a half week trip to Europe which took them to Holland and East Germay, the two countries of their ancestors. In Holland they visited Amsterdam and took a canal cruise, and went to Friesland, where Barney's family originated. The couple's daughters Julie Dale and Joanie Donnell accompanied them. They saw the new house where the name Nienhuis originated, a house that has been standing since the days of Napoleon. They also visited the small village where Barney's father Egbert Beeksma was born.In East Germay where Joyce's mother's people lived, they attended St. George Church where Martin Luther preached in 1521. In Bavaria, Austria, they visited the chapel where the wedding scene for the Sound of Music was played, and enjoyed the age-old castles and villages in their itinerary. They arrived in Hollad in time to see acres of tulips in bloom.Call out the Marines! Registrations for DEFY, a free Drug Education for Youth program sponsored by Whidbey Island Naval Air Station are now being taken. This program is open to all area youth ages 9-12. The two phase program gives kids the tools they need to stay away from drugs, gangs, and alcohol. Phase I runs daily Aug. 14-24 and uses classroom instruction and activities to promote team-building and self-confidence. Phase II is conducted monthly during the school year. To register a child or volunteer to be a mentor/tutor, call Major Mike Graves, 257-3262. Applications are available at Family Service Center or MATSG Bldg. 108.Registrations are also being accepted for Whidbey Island Challenge Series, soapbox derby. For children with physical or developmental disabilities who are elementary or middle school aged and weigh under 120 pounds. Series held in Oak Harbor, Saturday, July 15. Check in at 9 a.m., Puget Sound Energy. Races from 10 a.m. to noon. Races start at Island Thrift and end at Puget Sound Energy, both on SE Barrington Drive. Sponsored by Call Kit Maret, 675-9045 or Chris Braun, 257-2178.It's 52 and raining in the springtime,It's 52 and raining in the fall;For whatever be the reason,No changes in the season,52 and raining says it all! Whidbey gem: Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than going to McDonald's makes you a hamburger.Never argue with a fool. Someone might come by who couldn't tell the difference ... coffee chat item."