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Former South Whidbey High School football coach Mark Hodson.

A Whidbey Island gridiron legend and his family are in need.

Mark Hodson, a South Whidbey High School social studies teacher, led the Falcon football program to great success through two tours of duty.

Sunday, he and his family returned from a day at the lake to find their Freeland home a complete loss after a fire.

The Hodson home on Spinnaker Drive was fully involved when firefighters from multiple departments arrived on scene.

South Whidbey Fire/EMS reported neighbors “were actively using garden hoses to help as much as possible.”

Firefighters from South and Central Whidbey stations used interior and exterior extinguishment tactics to keep the fire from spreading to nearby houses, but the Hodson home was a complete loss.

With the family gone, no one was injured and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Friends of the Hodson’s have set up a GoFundMe to help the family of six, which has been left with little more than the clothes on their backs.

To help out, pop over to:


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Local golfers are keeping the memory of Bennett Boyles (center) alive, while raising money for WhidbeyHealth. (Konni Smith photo)

Registration is open for the 4th annual Bennett Boyles Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tourney, which honors the memory of a young Coupeville athlete who fought valiantly against brain cancer, is staged by the Penn Cove Brewing Company, with proceeds benefiting WhidbeyHealth.

This year’s event, which will be staged using social distancing guidelines as the world deals with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, is set for Saturday, Sept. 19.

Play begins at 1 PM at the Whidbey Golf Club in Oak Harbor.

The format calls for a four-person shotgun style of play, and you can register as a pre-made team or as a single player.

For more info, or to register, become a sponsor, or donate, pop over to:



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The Circumnavigate Whidbey fundraiser is still going on in the age of coronavirus, but everyone will stay further apart than in this pic from last year. (Photo courtesy James Steller)

Through rain, wind, or COVID-19, they go on.

“Circumnavigate Whidbey,” a fundraiser for Coupeville students, is still a go in the age of coronavirus, but this year’s event will operate with an emphasis on social distancing.

This is the fourth go-round for the event, which has previously raised $60,000+ for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

The money pulled in goes to support “teacher grants for educational enrichment, college scholarships, and financial resources for students in need to equally access activities and learning opportunities.”

With the payoff being such a positive one, the participants wanted to make sure and keep the event going, said organizer James Steller.

“2020 has been a year like no other – but we are bound and determined to do all we can for our community.”

The event will go off Sept. 5, with parents and supporters teaming up to pull off a 160-mile circumnavigation of Whidbey Island, each volunteer doing a separate section by running, riding a bike, or taking to the waters.

Steller will be joined (at a proper distance) by Andrew Wyman in Central Whidbey, while Pat O’Hara will be busy on the North end of the Island, and Neil Rixe will be getting after things down South.

Korianne Emerson and Alysha Best will be out on the water.

While they have a solid group, Steller and Co. are always on the outlook for more to join the effort.

If you’re athletic and interested, drop him an email at jsteller@hotmail.com.

The goal for this year is to raise at least $20,000, and there’s already a donor who has pledged to match every dollar donated to the campaign.

There’s also a sweet lil’ side prize being offered.

For every $100 you donate, you will get an entry into a raffle for a two-night stay for two people at the Ocean Bluff Farm guesthouse in Coupeville.

The winner will be announced at the conclusion of the event.

For much more info on what the foundation does, the circumnavigation event, and how to donate, pop over to:


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Nevin (left) and Taylor Daniels.

A two-vehicle T-bone crash Monday right outside of Freeland claimed the life of a member of the South Whidbey High School Class of 2021.

Taylor Daniels, who played for the Falcon soccer team, was airlifted to Harborview, where he passed away.

Older brother Nevin Daniels was transported to Providence, where he is recovering. A pregnant passenger was taken to Whidbey Health for a precautionary evaluation.

The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 525 and Bush Point Road just after 5 PM.

Friends of the Daniels family have set up a GoFundMe to aid them.

“We know we can’t take this unimaginable pain away, but we can help take some of the financial burden away,” wrote organizer Holly Sharp-Hezel.

“This is a time when family and friends make the difference. Let’s come together and show these wonderful people how much we love them, how much we care and support them.

“Funeral costs should not be on their mind right now, especially when they have another son to take care of during his recovery.”



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SarahRose Bernhardt, Coupeville legend. (All photos property SarahRose Bernhardt)

One of Coupeville’s best and brightest is in need of help.

SarahRose Bernhardt, a top scholar, actress, and cheerleader during her days as a Wolf, graduated from CHS in 2004, then from the University of Washington in 2008.

The daughter of Jug and Lisa Bernhardt, she returned to her home Tuesday to find it on fire.

While the Bellevue Fire Department arrived on scene quickly, SarahRose and boyfriend David Tschetter lost almost everything in the blaze.

One bright spot was that the couple’s beloved dog, Baker, was with SarahRose at the time, and came away unhurt.

Bernhardt’s house after Tuesday’s fire.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough,” Bernhardt said in a note on Facebook.

“I am beyond grateful that no one was home. David, Baker, and I are all safe and figuring out next steps.

“Our possessions may be gone, but our memories of this beautiful house will always remain.”

During her CHS days, Bernhardt did just about everything.

She was a member of the Hi Q Academic Quiz Bowl team, served as a school board representative, participated in the Learning Partner program, and was a group leader for Honor Society.

Bernhardt was also a tutor, an active volunteer in the community, and a team leader for the Wolf cheer squad.

In recent years, Bernhardt has embraced her love of dance, bringing joy and inspiration to countless people through her work with Barre3 Bellevue and Daybreaker Seattle.

As she and her family try to regroup, friends have set up a GoFundMe to help SarahRose, David, and Baker, which you can find here:


Can you say no to helping Baker? I think not.

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