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"Langley Chamber of Commerce reports that a writer from New York came to Whidbey to write an article on Deception Pass State Park. Odyssey Magazine, which is sent to all Chevron credit card holders commissioned the article. While here the writer spent some time in Central and South Whidbey. He was impressed with the island (who wouldn't be?) and the article should come out sometime this winter.Soroptimist International of Oak Harbor has found a new location for its annual Christmas Village. This exciting annual gift to the community is moving to Oak Harbor School District's Memorial Field. Members are busy setting up the village which includes a Santa house, a gingerbread house and a petting zoo. Christmas Village continues through Dec. 23. Weekend hours are from 2-8 p.m.; weekdays from 4-8 p.m.News from Edmonds tells of the marriage of Ruth McClurg to William Robert Rapp in Sequim the day after Thanksgiving. The bride was the widow of REv. Nolan McClurb, pastor of Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church. They lived in Oak Harbor from 1966 to 1971. The bride-groom is a long time Ballard businessman. They will live in Edmonds where the bride has made her home for many years.Help House distributed 565 holiday food baskets at Christmas last year and expect to deliver as many or more this year. And donations are always welcome and always needed. Non-perishable items needed include canned vegetables, pie fillings, soups, spaghetti and fruits.Youth Mercy Ministry at First Reformed Church is planning a December trip to Seattle to feed street people. Non-perishable foods, blankets and coats may be brought to the church.Gail and Chuck Jaeger observed their 39th anniversary recently and also celebrated being named best Christmas tree farm by the Chamber of Commerce.Linda Chatfield won first place in the preliminary division horse trials at Galway Downs in Temecula, Calif., in early November. Linda was riding her thoroughbred, Spanktimonious. Also attending was Lindsay Smith who won fourth place on Holy Gallant in the young riders division. The horse trials were sponsored by Ford Motor Company.Cindy Lee Taylor and Lisa Hilardis, both of Bellingham, paid a visit to Oak Harbor and North Whidbey Dec. 2, visiting with their grandmother, Dorothy Neil, at Fair Haven and at the new home at Sunset Beach.Win and Donna Stites, newcomers to Whidbey Island from Yakima, left their work on their home south of Coupeville to spend the Thanksgiving holiday at the home of their son Jeff and his wife Diane in Kirkland.At Island County's 4-H night Nov. 11, 2000, Washington state 4-H award for Volunteer Excellence was awarded to Marge Bentley for her years of dedication to the Island County 4-H program and single handedly developing a 4-H spinning project for the state of Washington. A beautiful plaque was accepted by her husband Bill Bentley in her memory.Penn Cove Gallery, 9 Front Street, in Coupeville is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Joan Brosnahan writes that everyone is welcome to come in for hot cider and to browse works of original art by local artists. New artists may pick up applications at the gallery. Tammy McCarthy, an Oak Harbor resident since 1972, has realized a life long dream of releasing a solo CD and it's available in the area! On the CD, she sings all the parts, plays all the music and composed and co-wrote the songs.The talented local singer writes that she went to junior high and high school in Oak Harbor and, as a singel mother, raised my son her sent him through the same schools that she attended.McCarthy attends First Reformed Church, and ministers in other churches in Washington state. Her father was well known as Tiny Tucker who owned and operated Tucker Painting Company. Her mother was known for her cooking and her detailed sewing. McCarthy and her two sisters released a cassette in 1993 called Our Thank You Notes. Since they were children, they had performed as a trio.Local radio station KWDB, the Voice of Oak Harbor has played her CD during their regular programming as well as on Sundays. Currently the CD is at His Place Book Store, Chocolates For Breakfast, Lamppost Book Store in Anacortes, Bible Book Store in Mount Vernon and Family Christian Book Store in Everett.If you would like a copy of the CD, contact McCarthy at 240-1050 and leave a message or go to the ministry website at www.iamproject.org. Skagit River's Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Rockport opened for the season Dec. 16. The eagle count on the river is high this year. The center is open Sundays in December from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It's closed Christmas Day but open New Year's Day. There are several eagle spotting sites along the river with its snowy mountain background. Be sure to dress warmly.Habitat for Humanity of Island County recently dedicated a new home for Kathy Patnaude. Judy Lynn and a group of other artists will be displaying handcrafts in Freeland this month. The group calls themselved Whidbey's Wacky Women. They've created dolls, clothing, computer wrist rests and heart warmers, journals, cards, candles, glass, scents, and all manner of treasures.Whidbey's Wacky Women include: Judy Lynn, Trevor Arnold, Norma Roberts, Linde Lea DeVere, Linda Shafer, Ann Wilson, Mary Jane Donohoe, Sandy Dubpernell, Cheryl Harasti, Sheila Johnson, and Sandy Phillips.They're open Monday through Saturday from 10 - 4 at 1640 Main Street, Freeland. For Call them at (360) 331-0724. Judy Lynn's number is 678-4606.Whidbey Island Writers are sponsoring Celebrate Writing Contest and it begins Jan. 8, 2001 (Hard to believe it's 2001). The contest is open to all island writers ages 18 and up. Applications are at local libraries. You will need to submit manuscripts between Jan. 8 and Jan 26. Manuscripts may be dropped off at local libraries. HAS BEEN USED BUT COULD BE CONDENSEDIn Oak Harbor and Central Whidbey last week were Gail Evans and Michael Hutch. who are writing a history of Ebey's Prairie and the National Historical Reserve. The National Parks Service has contracted them to write a history of Ebey's Prairie and the National Historical Reserve.Evans and Hutch were in the area starting research. Thus far they've visited Island County Historical Museum and the Whidbey News-Times archives gathering basic information. They are asking for community assistance in their most pressing need: dated photos of the three structures. Of particular interest is how the buildings' exteriors have changed over time. After looking in the museum archives and spending a day in University of Washington's special collections, they know the Ferry House's barn collapsed a few years ago and that the Ebey home at one time had five dormer windows facing the water. Unfortunately, the pictures aren't dated so no one knows when or why the building was changed. To get the first phase of research going, they need information by the end of the month.If you have information and/or dated photographs of any of these structures, please let them know. Evans relates that even pictures with an approximate decade would be of great assistance. Evans and Hatch are back in Oregon now but plan on more local trips; contact them at: (503) 873-5854; e-mail histmaps@open.org or by mail 427 Grant Street, Silverton OR 97381. "

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