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Sun shines on WharfFest

Much of the action on Whidbey Island this sunny weekend is in Coupeville where WharfFest is taking place.

Vintage steamships and other antique vessels are on display in Penn Cove as part of WharfFest, which takes place June 28 and 29 in historic downtown Coupeville.

The festival is a way to celebrate Coupeville’s seafaring history. The Coupeville Wharf, which was built in 1905, is the longest continually-active wharf in the state.

In addition to the steamships, there is a vintage tugboat, an antique fire boat, and the Colin Archer, a vintage sailboat coming out of Oak Harbor.

WharfFest takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. There are a host of other activities festival goers will enjoy with special museum attractions, hay rides, children’s activities, food, and an art show in the Recreation Hall.

Fire instruction money advances

A multi-million dollar addition to Whidbey’s Navy base has made it part way through the budgeting process.

U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen said Thursday he has secured $6.18 million in a House funding bill for a new academic fire instructional facility at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. The military construction appropriations bill for fiscal year 2009, including the funding for NAS Whidbey, passed the Appropriations Committee this week and must pass the House and the Senate before it can be signed into law.

“A new, permanent facility will help servicemen and women at NAS Whidbey train to fight fires on aircraft and be ready for any contingency,” said Larsen in a news release.

The $6.18 million Larsen helped secure would be used to replace the current, temporary facilities with a new, permanent 4,600-square-foot academic fire instructional facility. Any crew member who deploys from NAS Whidbey must be trained to put out fires on aircraft.

Get your

cherries today

Lions Club members are known to be naturally sweet, as is the product they are busy selling this weekend.

Oak Harbor Lions Club members are selling Bing and Rainier cherries from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, until sold out, at the yellow trailer in the Rite Aid parking lot on Highway 20.

The cherry sale started yesterday and the Lions expect a busy weekend. Weather so far this year has been the pits, but the warm, summer temperatures predicted for today and tomorrow are sure to coax the island’s cherry lovers out of their houses.

All proceeds support community projects including eyeglasses and hearing aids for the needy, Camp Horizon, Special Olympics, Help House and many others.

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