People and Places

"Jack and Darlene Kerr were hosts again this August to their high school classmates of 1958. Jack is from Sedro-Woolley and Darlene is 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.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.Stokes Elijah Kenner was born July 6, 2000, in Sagami-Hara, Japan. His proud parents are Stokes and Vonda Kenner. The newest Kenner weighed 7 lbs. 6 oz., was 19.75 inches long.Sunday, Sept. 10, at First Reformed Church, Pastor Gene Poll will hold a combined service at 10 a.m. This will be the first official service for the new senior pastor. A potluck in Wezeman Hall will give the church the opportunity to welcome Pastor Poll and his wife Cherie into the First Reformed church family.Win and Donna Stites spent the weekend in Oak Harbor at the home of Adolphe Meische, to attend the August PBY Memorial Association meeting. The Stites have sold their Yakima home and hope to relocate on North Whidbey.The community is invited to a Breakfast for Education at the Oak Harbor Yacht Club on Sept. 27 from 7 to 9 a.m. The breakfast is hosted by Oak Harbor Education Foundation, a group dedicated to promoting quality education in Oak Harbor. The foundation's purpose is to provide a conduit for scholarship and educational grants, to provide a funding source for specific individual school needs, and to provid a conduit for special district-wide projects or donations and bequests to be used throughout the district. Proceeds will provide high school scholarships and fund special programs for Oak Harbor School District.The AGAPE Fold will meet at noon on Sept. 9 at First Baptist Church for a leilani luau potluck. All are invited. A fantastic musical program will be presented by special guests,a nd those attending will be welcomed with a lei, door prizes and surprises. For more information, call 279-9530.Ben Myers of Pensacola, Fla., Navy pilot and long time instructor of Navy pilots at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station is recovering from a plane crahs which dealt him an 11-stitch cut above one eye, plus other injuries. He was instructing an Army pilot in a Lake bi-plane when the accident happened on the shore of a river. Several boats came to their rescue and an ambulance was called. Myers said he is giving up seaplane instruction and celebrated his 73rd birthday on Aug. 30. He was a resident of North Whidbey for 10 years when his daughter Melody and her husband, Navy pilot Rob Weber, and children lived here.More than 60 decendants of Gottlieb and Margaret Lang gathered on the spacious wooded farm of Steve and Patti Lang to play, reminisce and enjoy the kinship of the third through sixth generations of Whidbey Island Langs. Oldest direct descendant was Marjorie Lang Flage, the youngest and only surviving child of the 12 children of Leonard and Minnie Lang. The youngest was four-month-old Rebekah Van Dyk, daughter of Bob and Dawn Van Dyk. The children rowed a boat on the pon, made giant bubbles, and ran and played and made happy memories.All enjoyed the potluck lunch and barbecued salmon made prepared by Larry and Steve Lang. "

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