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"In August, Viv and Brig Kidd enjoyed a visit by Jim and Joan Young of Charleston, S.C. Joan is Viv's niece and they had not seen each other in 61 years. When they last got together, Joan was 10 years old. It was an unforgettable reunion and one they hope to repeat soon.Brig Kidd also hosted a luncheon for her birthday club that was organized in 1949 with nine neighbors in the Orchard Terrace Court area of South Seattle. More than 50 years later, seven members still survive and get together at least six times a year. Rebecca Achurra, Dominic Anania, Mekare Bowen, Alex Bowers, Chris Bowers, Jeff Boyer, Shannon Boyer, Shawna Boyes, Bethann Brackett, Marina Cables, Ryan Cables, Sarah Campbell, Hannah Campbell, Jessy Caselden, Jack Caselden, Kelsea Clay, Brandon Clute, Jenneka Dohner, Andy Dwersteg, Rhiannon Ellsworth all completed their reading goals during Coupeville Library's summer reading adventure.Newcomers to Whidbey Island are Kimberly and Drew Warren from Hawaii. Drew is in the Navy and the couple have four children, 20-month-old Nevin, and three-month-old triplet daughters Alexis, Paige and Taylor.Nora O'Connell-Balda, newly elected Oak Harbor city councilmember, visited her sister who had been hospitalized in San Diego, and while there heard that her husband John had been rushed to Swedish Hospital in Seattle with a heart attack.Rick Porritt who heads the local Association of Naval Aviation squadron, and his wife Susan, recently spent a week in the Washington, D.C., area visiting Susan's parents. From there they flew to Phoenix for Susan to attend a conference related to her work at Family Service Center. They report that the visit and conference were great, but the weather in Phoenix was hot.Former Superior Court Justice Dick Pitt and his wife Grace returned to their home in Chewelah to attend Dick's 55th high school reunion. In Native American, Chewelah, means land of little snakes, but Grace doesn't report seeing any during their visit.Murial Pickard has returned from a visit with her sister Eloise and her husband Carl Shyman in Silver Spring, Md. Eloise and Carl have joined the Whidbey gang in Palm Desert, Calif., for the past several winters. The Shymans' son Steve lives in Coupeville.Koetje Agency, Inc., celebrated the summer with a company picnic at City Beach Park the last weekend in August. With over 50 employees and staff in attendance, the picnic was a great success. The highlight of the day was a best-of-three volleyball tournament between Koetje Agency Insurance and Coldwell Banker Koetje Real Estate employees. Winners in the Harbor Pride photo competition, to identify the best and worst features of Oak Harbor, have been announced by one of the organizers, Patti Carter. The winners, who were chosen in a random drawing, were Mary Dale (first) and Nancy Hodges (runner up) in the 55 and over age category; Kim McWilliams (first) and Mindy Chew (runner-up) in the 25-54 age category; Geann Bush in the 15-24 age category; and Tylor Kaser in the under 15 age categoryLaurence and Doris Dykers attended the wedding of their grandson, Joel Lawrence Wardenaar to Lisa Dawn Hanson of Othello on Aug. 26. The evening wedding was held at the Pothole Golf Resort in East Othello. The bridegroom is the son of Ray and Doreen Wardenaar of Sunray Farms, Othello.Visitors from New Jersey in September were Russ and Lois Neil and Russ' brother Lee of Joyce. Russ is the son of the late Warren Neil who grew up in Oak Harbor on the Neil Ranch. They were guests at the home of Dorothy Neil and all enjoyed luncheon together.Five members of Coupeville Methodist Church will leave Sept. 30 for Volunteers in Mission Service at United Methodist Committee on Relief warehouse in Louisiana. The group includes Pastor Russ Meyer and Berry Meyer, Jim and Ann Colligan and Cherry Sigrist. They will join a team of 15 from the Pacific Northwest Conference for a week of service and will take them sewing kits, and school and health kits made by the local congregation.Anyone on Whidbey Island who graduated from Mount Vernon High School in the years 1927-50? There will be a reunion of the classes in Mount Vernon High School cafeteria on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, contact Elise Galbraith (360) 376-9104 or write 1810 E. Division St., Apt. 24, Mount Vernon 98273.Oak Harbor Lutheran Church now holds services on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m., this contemporary and informal time of worship is for all to gather. The community is invited.Tom and Betty Johnson, former Lutheran missionaries to Papua, New Guinea, will tell their experiences and show slides at the noon meeting of Agape Fellowship Sept. 26 at First Baptist Church. The couple served for 15 years under Mission Aviation Fellowship for the Lutheran Church, Tom as a pilot and Betty as a registered nurse. Tom's plane was used for transportation to the remote interior and Betty ran an out patient clinic for rural villagers. The meeting will be a potluck. Bring a friend.Visiting here from San Antonio at the home of Bill and Joyce Russell is Joyce's sister Jeanne Scharber. Jeanne comes out every year to visit and remembers vividly Christmas 1990 when the power went out, there was snow and cold and she vowed it would be her last Christmas on Whidbey. She is now used to North Whidbey weather but is leaving for home Sept. 26.Helen and Ken Bates of Oak Harbor returned recently from an Alaskan cruise aboard the Princess Dawn. The weather cooperated as they sailed into Glacier Bay and College Fjord, and the ice floes and many glaciers were awesome. The couple were so impressed they plan to repeat the cruise next year.Pioneer Cemetery Association, representing seven generations of Whidbey Island settlers, met Sept. 10 for a semi-annual reunion. A potluck picnic was enjoyed by about 40 members of the McCrohan, O'Leary, Nunan, Barrington and Morse families who came in the 1850s to make their homes on Whidbey. Paul Nichols is president of the group. Each year college scholarships are given to members of the families.Bill and Sharon Dodge recently returned from an Alaskan cruise aboard the MS Veendam. It was a fantastic vacation to celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary. Sharon's mom came from Maryland to take care of 6 and a half year old Tyler and two-year-old twins Caitlyn and Sarah.Recently Oak Harbor's Chamber of Commerce received a letter from The Netherlands:By Internet we found out of the name Ponsteen Drive in your town.We know that brothers of mine grand-grandfather ca. 1860? went to America.We are interested to know of there also still living Ponsteens in your area? (You can S.W.P. give our address here)Why is the drive called Ponsteen? Can you help us we are happy to hear something of you!We are also happy to hear something of the family of Ponsteen (We are living in the area were the American Ponsteen's left Holland)Thank you very much for your kindness.Yours trulyW. PonsteenHow about it Oak Harbor?The address is W. Ponsteen, Lage Weide 24, 8 og6vc Oldebroek, The Netherlands "

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