The older I get the more I gravitate to funny people. Funny movies. My children. When the three Klope kids get together they reminisce and tell me stories about things I never knew happened while they were growing up and living at home full time. Had I known I might have been slightly worried. But hearing about their tame shenanigans today brings on laughter. In fact, most of their banter among themselves makes me laugh, brings energy to our family gatherings, and fills our home with happy sound. It makes their leaving all the harder even though it’s appropriate that they are establishing themselves apart from their childhood home.
The idea entered Che Edoga’s head one night, as he turned to a television show about a group of heavyweight Romanians pulling a Boeing 747 aircraft. The next day at work, Edoga, a robotics and biology teacher at Oak Harbor High School, joked with history teacher Peter Esvelt about visions of pulling a fully-loaded semi.
Long-time Oak Harbor resident Dorothy S. Waite finally “walked the walk” at a Washington State University commencement ceremony in Pullman.
Even before her marriage to Bill Waite in 1972, her dream was to earn a college degree. But over the years, life somehow got in the way. She worked a full time job as office manager for Olson & Hartman pediatric dentistry for the past 23 years, during which time she also managed to raise and nurture two sons which was always her highest priority.
Students like Laura Harkins exemplify the most dedicated side of today’s youth.
This soon-to-be Coupeville eighth-grader won the first-ever gold medal awarded for the Junior Web site category at National History Day.
Oak Harbor’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July began with a parade down Pioneer Way at 11 a.m. Streets were jammed with local families and out-of-towners waving miniature American flags. Check out the video below and be sure to pick up the next edition of the Whidbey News-Times for more of the highlights.