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"Oak Harbor High School classes of 1962 through 1965 held a reunion with three days of celebration and renewing old acquaintances. On Saturday night of the reunion, 300 attended a get-together at the Elks Lodge, a dinner at the country club, and on Sunday a walk through the old high school they remembered so well. Pictures of all the students graduating in 1960 were furnished and on display by Bruce Biddle, committee member.Every class was well represented, and plans are now going forward to repeat the reunion in five years. Among teachers present were Mert Waller, Clint West, Sid Parker, Hap Goetz, and Ev Muzzall.Mason Lee Payeur was born June 25, to Leslie and Chris Payeur, at U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, N.C. He was welcomed home by his big sister Augusta. His grandparents are Ray and Flo Payeur of Oak Harbor. Mason’s father Chris is a 1989 graduate of Oak Harbor High School and is a first lieutenant in the Army flying UH-60 helicopters, the Blackhawks.Of interest to all North Whidbey residents will be a community workshop organized by Harbor Pride, called “A Blueprint for Change,” set for Thursday, Sept. 14 from 6 to 10 p.m. The event is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects with an invitation to the community to come and help define the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in our community.On Friday, Sept. 15, the workshop findings will be presented at a community kickoff, and on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., recommendations from the studies will be presented by the Design Assistance Team. Following the presentation will be a wrap-up barbecue from 5 to 9 p.m. For more information call Terry LeDesky, 675-3936; Patty Carter, 679-5519; Susan Conzatti, 675-8884; or Bob Morrison, 679-5551.For the first time, Oak Harbor went on show to Seattle and all of Western Washington when the Chamber of Commerce entered its float in Seattle’s Seafair parade. And Oak Harbor won the Queen’s Award! As a result, Oak Harbor has been invited to other festivals in other parts of Washington and has invited other communities to join Oak Harbor’s festivals. The float committee is busy readying the local float for fall festivals in Leavenworth and Issaquah.Oak Harbor Crisis Nursery hopes to open in the fall under a newly chosen name, Harbor Haven Childcare. The nursery will be in space donated by the Church of the Nazarene. A list of community members interested in working with children in the new crisis nursery volunteers is being developed. The next step is a contest to design a logo for the nursery. Send entries to Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, PO Box 94, Freeland 98249.A letter received from Ruth McClurg of Edmonds, wife of a former minister at Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church, tells how she celebrated her 80th birthday with all four of her children and their families present. She is still involved with the church’s music and volunteer work. She says she finds herself acting in the same old role, can’t escape. Ruth McClurg worked at the Whidbey News-Times when Wallie Funk was publisher.Janice Wilson will be missed at the Whidbey News-Times’ front office as she takes over a new job in Coupeville working in the treasurer’s office under Maxine Sauter. She will be missed by other employees as well as customers who will miss her bright smile and friendly interest.Oak Harbor Christian School pre-school principal Sally Christensen is retiring this year and Joan Boon, teacher at the pre-school for 11 years, will take her place. Pre-school instructors for the coming year include Juli Leete, Debra Nolte, Sabrina Alexander, Roni Ferguson and Gail Vogel. The Christian School begins classes Tuesday, Sept. 5, with a 9 a.m. opening ceremony in the gymnasium. Parents and friends are invited to meet the school staff.Bobby Naas visited his hometown, Oak Harbor, for 10 days at the home of his mother, Dorothy Naas. He is a consulting petroleum engineer in Plano, Texas. He grew up in Oak Harbor and graduated from Oak Harbor High School.Children in grades one through five are invited to come to Oak Harbor Methodist Church’s Centennial Hall Sept. 21 to check out the new children’s choir. Call Laurie Hansen, 679-9113.Hugh and Lee Brainard enjoyed a visit from their son Terry who biked from his home in Bellingham to Oak Harbor and attended the high school reunion party at the Elks Club.Marge Ronhaar, her daughter Donna, and Mavis “Chic” Schulle attended the Garlic Festival in Arlington and enjoyed a day of gastronomic aroma specialties.Never argue with a fool. Someone might come by who couldn’t tell the difference ... coffee chat item.The Linus Project, a very special community group of volunteers, has delivered 19 blankets this month, to Friendship House, a homeless shelter in Mount Vernon, the Department of Energy Management in Skagit County, Island County Red Cross, and Oak Harbor Pregnancy Center. With each blanket that goes to a traumatized or seriously ill child, goes a poem:My heart was thinking of youMy hands knew what to do,This blanket grew out of the loveI want to share with you.I hope it will keep you warm,And befriend you late at night;I hope you’ll come to love it,And be comforted by its sight.Let this blanket wrap you in friendshipAnd cover you in love,Because this blanket was thinking of youLong before it was even done!Helen Mosbrooker is volunteer coordinator for Project Linus.Jack and Darlene Kerr were hosts again this August to their high school classmates of 1958. Jack’s from Sedro-Woolley and Darlene’s from Mount Vernon. The first weekend six trailers and 40 people congregated at the Kerr home in L & M Acres, east of Crescent Harbor to celebrate the Sedro-Woolley class; the men played golf and the women attended an arts and crafts fair. About 30 were present the next weekend from the Mount Vernon class. Weather was good, and the groups enjoyed potluck out-of-doors most of the time, and inside the Kerr’s big garage when the weather turned chilly. One motorhome came from California. The classes look forward each year to the reunion on Whidbey Island. "

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