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Paul Messner is back for annual Santa Claus photos, but with a health-conscious twist. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Feeling festive, in pre-Covid times. (Photo courtesy Barbi Ford)

Santa waits for you.

The Coupeville High School Class of 2021 is hosting a fundraiser, featuring socially-distanced photos with Old Saint Nick.

The event is set for Saturday, December 12 from 10-2 at Bell’s Farm (892 W. Beach Road), and cost is $10 for three digital photos which will be emailed to you.

Patrons are asked to park in the grass area behind the farm’s honesty stand.

You can pay with cash or check (made out to CHS Parents), delivered in an envelope with your name, phone number, and email address written on the front.

Since we’re living in the Age of Coronavirus, extra care will be taken to assure Santa, portrayed by Coupeville gridiron legend Paul Messner, is properly socially-distanced.

While he won’t be sitting with people in the photo as in years past, he will be clearly visible.

“In order to keep Santa safe this year we had to get a little creative,” Wolf mom Deb Smith said. “It’s a way to carry on a Christmas tradition while ensuring safety.”

Participants are asked to wear a mask until they have been seated for their picture, and if you’ve brought your pet for the photo, they need to be leashed.

“We want to keep everyone safe, and get you in and out quickly,” Smith said.

“Take some time to visit the Bells Farm honesty stand and grab some goodies for your holiday table or gifts for family and friends,” she added.

“We’re very fortunate to have their wonderful family help make this possible this year!”


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Senior Class of 2021: Santa Photos on the Farm (signupgenius.com)

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Concession stand workers man the grill at a CHS football game in pre-COVID days. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Prepare your taste buds.

With no football games or volleyball matches right now, the Coupeville High School Class of 2021 is unable to raise money from concession stand sales.

So, the parents and students have found a different way to get meat into the mouths of Wolf fans, while generating money for the graduation night party fund.

The Class of 2021 is hosting a BBQ at Mickey Clark Field Saturday, Nov. 21 – with all the hot dogs and hamburgers you can buy.

They’ll be selling Wolf Pack Meals at the concession stand, which sits at the entrance to the field on S. Main, and the event runs from 12-4.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, everyone is required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

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Jacquelynn McCarthy

Something for you, something for her.

Coupeville’s Seaside Spa and Salon is hosting a virtual auction Nov. 1-3 to help raise funds for employee Jacquelynn McCarthy.

The spa, which just celebrated its 14th anniversary, is owned by Aaron Wiley.

McCarthy, an esthetician, is locked in a battle with Carney Complex and is headed towards her third open heart surgery.

It’s an extremely rare disease, with only several hundred documented cases worldwide since 1985, in which tumors repeatedly grow on a person’s heart.

The auction, which begins this coming Sunday, will allow people to bid on items and services from a ton of businesses such as Ciao and Pickles Deli.

The money raised will go to help Jacqui during her recovery.

After the surgery, she will need to take substantial time off of work and will continue to undergo extensive testing in Seattle, which entails frequent trips off-Island.

With no family in the area to help, this gives all of Whidbey an opportunity to step up and act as a second family for the outgoing, extremely well-liked Jacqui.


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Jacquelynn McCarthy

I don’t know Jacquelynn McCarthy personally.

But I do know two things.

One, she’s fighting an extremely hard battle, and seems to be doing it with great gumption and steely resolve.

And two, from what Wolf moms Aaron Wiley and Sarah Leavell say, Jacqui is an extremely lovely human being, someone greatly-prized by her friends and co-workers at Coupeville’s Seaside Spa and Salon.

Since Aaron and Sarah are straight shooters, and are actively involved in trying to help raise money for Jacqui’s health battle, it’s not hard to jump on their bandwagon.

Jacqui, who works at the salon as an esthetician (and yes, I had to look up the meaning of the word…) is locked in a battle with Carney Complex.

It’s an extremely rare disease, with only several hundred documented cases worldwide since 1985, in which tumors repeatedly grow on a person’s heart.

In short, what it means is that Jacqui, at the tender age of 36, has already undergone two open heart surgeries and is facing a third one.

Wiley is spearheading a fundraiser for Jacqui, with the hope of helping her with living expenses while she recovers from surgery, as well as getting her a car for the trips back and forth to UW Medical.

Jacqui will need to take substantial time off of work and is without family nearby to help,” Wiley said. “She needs support.

“Anything you can contribute to help take some pressure off; I know she would be grateful and pay forward when she can.”


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Lincoln Kelley is ready for a socially-distanced half marathon. (Photo courtesy Shawna Kelley)

They made it work, and it paid off.

Despite not being allowed to hold an in-person event, thanks to the ongoing pandemic, the parents behind the annual Race the Reserve fundraiser still brought their race home.

Switching to a virtual format, organizers were able to raise $9,500 after expenses.

That money will go towards a safe, alcohol and drug free graduation party for the Coupeville High School Class of 2021 next spring.

Race the Reserve, which normally happens in August, brings runners to Ebey’s Prairie, where they can choose between competing in a 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon.

While runners competed on their own this time, they were still gifted a race bib, T-shirt, medal, and swag bag as in years past.

In addition to the $9,500, Race the Reserve also raised money for a scholarship.

The details and dollar amount of that award will be announced later this month, said race organizer Deb Smith.

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