People and places
July 3, 2008 · Updated 1:01 PM
"Dorothy Neil's columns, People and Places and Top o' the Morn, will continue while she recuperates from a hip injury. She has completed physical therapy at Careage of Whidbey and is now convalescing at Fairhaven. If you have news for People and Places please call June Vigor or Susan Mador at the News-Times, 675-6611.-------------------------It was back in the 1950s that a group of nine young women got together at the First Reformed Church to form a singing group called the Nonettes that sang in church and where ever they were invited to sing. Barbara Osborn, who belonged to the Nonettes for three years while she was living here as a Navy wife, has remembered the fun the singers had together ever since. When she and her husband, Bob, moved back to Oak Harbor last year, she thought it would be nice to have a reunion and last month a dozen former Nonettes met at Osborn's West Beach home to remember when.They didn't sing, Osborn said, but they did enjoy their first full Nonette reunion. Marge DeVries, who organized the group, came from Mount Vernon, and Clara Mae Schiller traveled from Lynden. All the rest live in Oak Harbor, and most are still friends, said former Nonette Jo Ernst. It was just so fun to get together, Ernst said. It's pretty remarkable that all of the original group are still living. There was a lot of reminiscing. We got to be very close.Dennis Conzatti announced that he is this year's president of the Community Concert Association of Whidbey Island when he introduced the Rhythm Brothers at the first concert of the season Monday, Oct. 16. When outgoing Community Concerts president Shirley Viall told Conzatti that he was to be nominated for president, he said that he told her he really liked his job as concert master. The matter was dropped for a while, he recounted. Then Viall told him that if he would agree to be the next president, he could keep his job as concert master, too. Conzatti and his wife, Sue, are the owners of the Daily Grind where Community Concert season tickets are available. Oak Harbor is home to a number of top class professional musicians, among them flutist Kimberley Breilein. Breilein, who has an active performance schedule as a soloist and a member of different ensembles, was chosen from an audition tape to take part in a master class taught by Jacques Zoon, principal flutist of the Boston Symphony. Zoon, who will visit Seattle as the guest of the Seattle Flute Society, will take four students for a day of intensive study on Oct. 29. This isn't Breilein's first master class, but she says she's very much looking forward to it. Rosehip Farm and Garden reports last Saturday, Oct. 14, was a perfect sunny day for their apple pie contest to celebrate Coupeville's Harvest Fest. Twenty-six pies competed for prizes. Judges Glenda Merwine, Coupeville Elementary School principal, Coupeville mayor Nancy Conard, and Oystercatcher owner and chef Susan VanderBeek chose best all around pie, best looking pie, least traditional and best youth-made pie. The winners were: Gail Stultz, first place best all around pie; Gary Piazzon, second place best all around pie; Karen Erickson, first place best looking pie; Betty Reuble, second place best looking pie; Melissa Lamy, first place, least traditional pie; Peggy Burton, second place, least traditional pie; Sasha Leaman, first place, youth division; Evan Bailey and Peter Dwersteg, tie, second place, youth division.Pie tasting for all took place after judging, along with silly Garlic Races for all. RoseHip is now closed for the season. The gardens will reopen in April.Duane and Marilyn Van Der Werff are grandparents of a new baby girl, Julia Grace Zora, who was born to John and Jennifer Zora on Sept. 22 in Vancouver. Brothers Benjamin and Isaac and sister Abby welcomed the new baby into the family.Classmates from the Oak Harbor High School class of 1957 got together on Sept. 30 just for the fun of it. The group, led by class president Bud Wallgren, decided at their 40th anniversary in 1997 to hold more regular reunions because we really like each other, as one of them said. About 36 people, including spouses, attended the party at the Country Club. Out-of-towners included Denny and Lorna Andrews, Vernon and Jo Anne Eerkes Young, Roy and Polly Stanley and Les Ellis, all of the Seattle area. The next get-together will be a barbecue next summer. The group plans to have a party every two or three years. Katie and Joe Keifer just got home from their son Jim's wedding, Oct. 14. According to Katie, the wedding in Central Park was very peaceful and they never realized they were near the hustle and bustle of New York City. And the weather was very cooperative, it was 80 degrees. Bridesmaids carried bouquets of autumn flowers to match their dresses. All the men in the wedding party and the fathers looked sharp in their tuxedoes. Jim's lovely bride, Oksana Krynsky, came in with her parents Irina and Anatoly Krynsky of New York City. After their honeymoon in Greece the newlyweds will be at home in New York City. "