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With more than 800 U.S. flags flapping gently over the graves of military veterans, a sizable group of Oak Harbor residents gathered on a sunny Monday morning for a solemn Memorial Day ceremony at Maple Leaf Cemetery. “I was particularly glad to seen the number of families with kids so they’ll understand freedom is not free,” said Ben Bunnell, a Navy veteran and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7392.
There’s a colorful lining in this year’s unusually cold spring: many of Whidbey Island’s rhododendrons will be in full bloom Memorial Day weekend. Highway 20 on North Whidbey south of the Libby Road intersection is festooned with the pink blossoms of wild rhododendrons, and others both tame and wild can be seen further south, particularly in the Greenbank area.
“A Dawn Like Thunder” is a book that draws on the memories of Oak Harbor resident Harry Ferrier to depict the incredible courage of American aircrews during the early months of World War II in the Pacific, when the war’s outcome was very much in doubt.
News watchers know that on the far south end of our fair isle, several homes were almost demolished when water swept down a canyon and… Continue reading
The family of Matthew Hubner never had a grave to visit, but at least they had a memorial plaque attached to a bench at Deception Pass State Park.
Island County is headed back to the past in doubling the building permit fee for anyone who decides to build without a permit. That was the policy until 2004, when the county, following the state’s lead, adopted the International Building Code, said Andy Griffin, Island County’s building official. The new code does not include the provision to double permit fees for scofflaws.
In wrestling, a coach pins his hope on -- pins. Not enough pins was the problem Wednesday night when the Oak Harbor Wildcats hosted the Anacortes Eagles in a WESCO 4A battle. Oak Harbor won 6 of the 14 contested matches, but ended up far behind in the total score, 45-25, due mostly to pins, said coach Mike Crebbin.
Anyone can review what happened in 2008, so we’ll break with tradition and look back at what happened the following year, 2009.
Oak Harbor police are looking for a thief who grabbed a kettle filled with holiday donations from a Salvation Army site at Wal-Mart early Wednesday evening. Police Chief Rick Wallace said the volunteer bell-ringer manning the kettle was a Junior ROTC student. He left his kettle momentarily to go inside the store for a soft drink, and when he returned the kettle was gone.
Rain started falling steadily Friday morning in Oak Harbor but that's just a taste of things to come in the next few days.The Wal-Mart parking… Continue reading
Don't count Island County Commissioner Mac McDowell out quiet yet, and the same can be said for 10th District State Rep. Norma Smith.McDowell, and Oak… Continue reading
The defending Wesco North champions and winners of the 2006 State 4A football championship will be battling for a playoff spot Friday night at Lake Stevens. “We have to win this one — this one’s a must win,” said Oak Harbor Wildcats football coach Jay Turner.
The head of a statue of an African mother was ripped off Wednesday night in the latest in a series of vandalism incidents at a… Continue reading
Whether you like her politics or not, if you’re an islander you’ve got to like Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential candidate.
Watching the national scene today we can only shake our heads in wonderment when we have one presidential candidate who has never headed anything and another who could have retired with full Social Security benefits seven years ago.