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Carrying a tuba around every day can take a toll on the triceps. But what felt like a struggle a year ago seems a little less laborious these days for Jordan George. He’s gotten stronger, and so has his tuba playing. George, an eighth grader at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor, recently was selected to participate in the Washington Music Educators Association Junior All-State band Feb. 15 in Yakima.
Community Events, December 2013
The recent installation of cement blocks around Outlying Field Coupeville is drawing criticism from area residents who claim the Navy failed to consult with the community. More than 1,000 40-inch cement Jersey barriers were placed around the perimeter of the OLF, stamped with the words “government property, do not trespass.” Additional fencing will also be placed at the entryways. Plans to install the blocks to increase security at OLF Coupeville has been in the works for years, according to officials at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
A national pet-supply retailer is moving into Oak Harbor, but the owner of the city’s longtime, family-owned pet store isn’t worried about the competition. “For me, it doesn’t change a lot of things,” said Brian Knoll, owner of Island Pet Center. “We’re going to continue to take care of our customers like we always have. We’re going to continue to offer fair, competitive prices, like we always have.” Petco plans to open a store in a vacant building on State Highway 20 across from the Albertson’s supermarket, according to documents filed with the city of Oak Harbor. The building used to house a Blockbuster Video and a payday loan business.
Wayne Killebrew admits he’s a little embarrassed by the state of his neighborhood. Tucked away just north of Oak Harbor, the mobile home park once called Thunderbird is filled with 59 ancient, moss-covered, single- and double-wide trailers. Many are in various states of disrepair, with tarps and other makeshift patches covering holes in thin walls. Some yards are littered with junk.
A man wearing a black ski mask, camouflage jacket and pants stormed the Bayview Valero gas station Wednesday night and forced the store’s clerk to hand him $500. The clerk was not seriously injured by the armed robber, though the Island County Sheriff’s Office reported the suspect jabbed the victim with the barrel of the weapon, leaving an impression in her skin that matches the diameter of a shotgun barrel. “Endangering somebody’s life for anything doesn’t make any sense for anything,” said detective Ed Wallace.