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Lillian and Amanda Stanwood

A nasty three-car accident Thursday has left a Coupeville family in need.

Amanda Stanwood, and her daughter Lillian, were hit in a head-on collision on Highway 20 in the vicinity of Dugualla Bay after another driver crossed the centerline.

Their car was pinned against the guardrail after the accident, and Amanda was one of three people involved transported to the hospital.

Seaside Spa and Salon owner Aaron Wiley, who is a family friend, posted this earlier today:


If you’re from Coupeville and a soccer family, chances are you know the Stanwood’s.

They personally mean a lot to me (Aaron) because they have been like family to my daughter and I since Emma was in diapers.

Their home has been her home away from home whenever she needed it, and our daughters will most certainly be lifelong friends. It’s just that kind of a bond.

Mandi & Lily were in that horrible wreck on North Whidbey this last Thursday. Hit head-on by an uninsured motorist who they think fell asleep at the wheel.

This family is the NICEST family I’ve ever met. They would give anyone the shirt off their backs and every last dime they had if someone was in need.

Mandi’s husband volunteers as a soccer coach and Mandi spends her time taking care of their household and helping all of her friends out when any of us are in a pinch with childcare.

They pour as much as they can into soccer for their daughter because it’s her outlet and is one of the things that has kept this sweet child sane through a terrible couple of years.

They travel off-Island multiple times a week for soccer camps and tournaments.

Now they are without a vehicle and not a lot of hope after this horrific car wreck that they miraculously walked away from … beaten up, cut up, bruised and shaken, but alive ❤️.

The paramedics were astounded they weren’t hurt any more than they were.

Please help them if you can. They need to purchase a car.

Thankfully they have been lent a vehicle to use temporarily from a friend until they can buy their own.

They need the stress taken off.

They may need help with medical bills because it’s unknown right now what their health insurance will cover.

Their car insurance was minimal and they don’t know what, if anything, it will cover to help them replace their car.

These are wonderful people and could really use some community support right now.


To help, pop over to:

Fundraiser by Melissa Talcott : Help the Stanwoods Recover from an Accident (gofundme.com)

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Lucy Sandahl heads for the finish line in 2019. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Race the Reserve is returning to being a live event.

With the pandemic receding, the annual fundraiser for Coupeville High School’s graduating class is set for Saturday, Oct. 9, with runners back on the prairie in person.

Last year, with many Covid restrictions in place, the event was held as a virtual competition.

This time around, the 10th edition of Race the Reserve will feature a 5K, a 10K, and a half marathon.

You can register up to the day of the event, but if you want to guarantee you’ll nab a t-shirt in your size, Sept. 25 is the cut-off.

Races begin and end at Coupeville Elementary, with runners traversing both Ebey’s Prairie and Crockett Prairie within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Along the way, weather permitting, you may see Mount Baker, Mount Rainier, ferries running between Coupeville and Port Townsend, and your fair share of (generally non-bitey) wildlife.

Proceeds from Race the Reserve go to fund a “safe and sober graduation night celebration for the Coupeville High School Class of 2022.”


For more info, and to register, pop over to:

Race the Reserve

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Lacy McCraw-Shirron (Jackie Saia photo)

McCraw-Shirron with her parents on Senior Night. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Coupeville High School Class of 2021 moms have created a meal train to help the family affected by a fatal car accident earlier this week.

Joey Glendenning, 44, mother of Wolf softball player Lacy McCraw-Shirron, passed away Wednesday from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Highway 20 near Winterhawk Lane.

The meal train is being spearheaded by Michelle Cernick.

“It’s time for the community to come together and do what we do best, which is help each other out when we need it the most,” she said. “Right now Lacy could use some love and support from her senior class.

“Please do what you can to help her family. They don’t have any allergies and will eat anything that you bring them. They are not picky, just grateful for anything right now.”

For more info, and to join the meal train, pop over to:

CHS 2021 Senior Class: Meal Train for Lacy McCraw-Shirron (signupgenius.com)

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Mallory Kortuem (in red jacket) celebrates her CHS soccer Senior Night with mom Heather, dad Alex, and big sis Miranda. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

The news is encouraging.

Alex Kortuem, father of three Coupeville grads, and a longtime general contractor on Whidbey Island, continues to show progress as he recovers from a hemorrhagic stroke.

The 45-year-old Wolf dad, a frequent presence at events featuring children KeeganMiranda, and Mallory, suffered a substantial brain bleed in late January.

After emergency brain surgery, he spent five days on a ventilator, and 10 days total in an ICU.

While he has no feeling on the left side of his body, Kortuem has responded well to inpatient rehab, said sister Hilary Lott.

Alex has been learning a lot in therapies,” she said. “He is working on learning to get dressed and showering; with no movement yet in his left arm he is still needing a lot of assist with this.

“He can now move from sitting in his bed to a wheelchair with a therapist guarding him only. This is great progress, as he started with two-person assist and was not able to sit on his own.

“He also can stand with help and is moving his left leg forward on his own. Alex is making gains daily and the therapy team is so impressed with his work ethic.

“Not a surprise for all that know him.”

In the most recent update on his GoFundMe page, wife Heather Kortuem expressed the family’s joy in finding out Alex should be able to return home in less than a week.

“We are in countdown mode!,” she said.

“This weekend, several members of Alex’s climbing family will be helping the kids and I prepare the house for a safe homecoming; including building a ramp, mounting some grab bars, and moving furniture to accommodate his latest set of wheels.

“I have no words to express what your support has done for our peace of mind. Just knowing we have a safety net is priceless and has let Alex focus all his energy on rehab.”


To aid the Kortuem family, pop over to:

Fundraiser for Heather Kortuem by Hilary Lott : Alex Kortuem’s Stroke Recovery (gofundme.com)

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The flamingos are on their way.

The last fundraiser for the Coupeville High School Class of 2021 hits March 1-12, with an extreme likelihood of the pink birds showing up all around town.

For more info, take a gander at the photo above.

All proceeds go towards a safe, drug and alcohol-free graduation night party this spring.

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