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"Navy friendships span miles and years, often without personal visits, yet remain as true as they were yesterday. Ham and Carol Byng recently reunited after more than 30 years with Fran Powell, the mother of Candy Marriott. Candy's husband is Capt. Bill Marriott, who recently became commodore of Patrol Wing 10 at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.Candy was five years old the last time the Byngs saw her. Her father, the late Capt. Wendy Powell, was a classmate of Ham Byng's at United States Naval Academy, 1956. Both couples were stationed at postgraduate school in Monterey, Calif., in the early 1960s and were regular golfing partners. They were also part of the gallery at the Bing Crosby Tournaments.But their paths did not cross again until Fran Powell, who now lives in St. Augustine, Fla., came to visit her daughter and two grandchildren. The Powells were at NAS Whidbey in the 1960s when Oak Harbor was a small country town with no fast food places, chain stores or traffic.Of course, none of us have changed either. Except Candy's gotten taller, Carol Byng deadpanned.Capt. Byng was commanding officer of NAS Whidbey from 1979 to 1981 and later, NAVAIRES. The Byngs have lived in Coupeville since 1986.Oak Harbor cellist Marj McNae will play a solo part in the William Tell Overture in the Skagit Symphony's opening concert of the season on Oct. 21. Victor Veltkamp and McNae represent Oak Harbor in the orchestra, which performs in Mount Vernon at the Salem Lutheran Church and in Anacortes at Brodniak Hall.Chuck Dann though he was going to spend a quiet 87th birthday last week, but his assistants Debbie Cruz and Sandi Bustamante planned a party. His children provided a cake decorated with a picture of a mountain climber on it (which Chuck once was). Plenty of balloons and lots of his close friends arriving with snacks provided a memorable time for him and for all.Linda Chatfield took first place on her thoroughbred appaloosa Spanktimonious in the preliminary division at the Equestrian Institute's three day horse trials held Sept. 23-26 at Donnida Farms in Auburn. She is an instructor and assistant to Whidbey Island Pony Club.Jo and Laurin Zylstra's daughter Cathy Halvorson of Longview invited her parents to join her church's recent senior tour to Nashville, Tenn., and Branson, Mo. The Zylstra's 11-day trip to the country western center was a wonderful time filled with music and getting to know new friends.A visitor to Oak Harbor recently was Stafford Ames Morse, a Seattle historian, who came to research the members of the family of Capt. George Morse, an early-day sea captain who came to Oak Harbor in the early 1850s. The Morse Society numbers 650 members. In 1635 two brothers, William and Anthony, came to the U.S. from England, and Stafford Morse is busy filling in historical details of the big family. Stafford Ames Morse may be reached at 12522 Corliss Ave. N, Seattle 98133.Juanita Jones of Oak Harbor, her daughter Ellen Hanks and granddaughter Kathie Hanks-Zilman traveled to Great Lakes to see Lisa Bjork pass in review at her graduation from boot camp in September. Lisa enlisted in the Navy while she was in high school in Astoria, Ore., and in August left for eight weeks of boot camp.Juanita says it was a fantastic ceremony with the colors presented, marching, a band, a choir, and drill including rifle drill. She also said it was amazing what the Navy did with the kids in eight weeks - there wasn't a flub in marching, drill, the band or choir. Lisa played clarinet in the recruit band.The four generations had time to visit before Lisa left for school in Meridian, Miss. After school, she'll have some time before her first duty assignment. Juanita said Lisa will use that time to go home to Oregon for a few weeks. But she won't be off duty all of that time. Lisa will work with the local Navy recruiter. "

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