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   Central Whidbey Cooperative Preschool teacher Tami Aparicio (fifth from left, back row) hangs out with her lil’ buddies. (Photo courtesy Mandi Murdy)

Won’t someone think about the children?

Central Whidbey Cooperative Preschool, a beloved local institution for more than 40 years, has helped generations of children grow, and its work continues.

CWCP, which is a non-profit, is getting ready for its biggest fundraiser of the year, the “Wine, Bids & Co-op Kids” event Mar. 24.

The event, an evening of appetizers, music and a silent auction, will run from 6-8 PM and is intended for those 21 and older.

The funds raised go to lower the cost of tuition for enrolled families, replenish the CWCP scholarship fund and purchase school supplies.

There are numerous ways for the public to help, from buying tickets (just $10 a pop), bidding on items, and through donations, either monetary or with items which can be auctioned off during the evening.

No item is too big or too small, and could include just about anything — homemade, hand-crafted, a service, gift certificates, gift baskets, etc.

All donations are 100% tax deductible, and individuals and organizations will be acknowledged at the event, on Facebook and through a public message to the families which use CWCP.

Plus, if you donate an item for the auction, you nab two tickets to the event for free.

To purchase tickets or make donations, contact Mandi Murdy at 360-632-2069, Tami Aparicio at 360-632-5071 or email cwcpfundraising@gmail.com.

And to get a feel for everything the co-op preschool accomplishes, pop over to:


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Landen Miller (GoFundMe photo)

A fundraiser has been started to help Landen Miller’s family.

The 33-year-old Coupeville High School grad, a father of five, died Monday after a rollover car crash on South Ebey Road.

Miller worked in the ER at the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, and could often be spotted at Central Whidbey Little League games involving his children.

During his time at CHS, he played tennis and baseball for the Wolves before graduating with the Class of 2002.

“Great kid, hard working, always a smile, very quiet demeanor but impactful with his play,” is how former Wolf baseball coach Willie Smith describes Landen.

To help Miller’s wife, Alicia, and their children, and read much more about Landen’s impact on the local community, jump over to:


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Your pertinent details.

Get your ghost-fleeing shoes ready now.

The parents of the Coupeville High School Class of 2018 will host the Catching Casper 5K Fun Run/Walk Oct. 28.

The event, set for the track oval at the town elementary school, kicks off at 10 AM, and will also include Trunk or Treat, in which a vehicle will be stuffed with candy to be given away.

Cost is $20 per runner or $60 for a family of four, and costumes are encouraged.

You can register online at https://www.active.com/coupeville-wa/running/distance-running-races/catching-casper-2017-35307585?int= or on the day of the event.

For more info, make use of the handy poster sitting above these words.

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Your pocket change can push me over the goal line. (David Stern photo)

I’m never getting that indoor/outdoor swimming pool with the waterfall in the middle.

That’s just reality.

Maybe if I was writing about food like my sister, or if I could churn out best sellers like Stephen King.

But, when I chose to focus on small town sports, I kind of knew the closest I was ever coming to a waterfall was rigging a garden hose over the back door.

So be it.

But while I’m not here for the money, I do need some pocket change to pay my (very pared-down) bills.

I’m managed to stay out of the dish pits for two-plus years now (my fingers say a silent prayer of thanks each night), and I’d like to keep it that way.

This past weekend, from Friday night to early Sunday evening, I was able to cover CHS football and girls soccer games in person and churn out 10 articles, something I couldn’t have done if I was juggling a “real world” job with Coupeville Sports.

Right there, waiting for you to marinate in while you ate breakfast Saturday, was an in-depth and first-hand account of the Wolves epic gridiron shellacking of old-school rival La Conner.

After that, the articles kept coming, from a cancer fundraiser to a feature on a Wolf cheerleader with Downs Syndrome to a look at Coleby Fleming’s aerial adventures in Norway.

Plus cross country, volleyball and soccer results (mere moments after play finished), fresh football stats, league standings for all CHS varsity teams and much, much more.

I’m not going to be modest here.

I am your fastest, most in-depth (some might say obsessively so) news source on Whidbey Island, and I give it to you without a pay wall.

Want to support me? Great. Want to read for free? Great.

As this new school year kicks into gear, I’m going to make one fundraiser plea.

I’m not a TV evangelist. I won’t be back asking for more each week.

Plus, I mean, I don’t have enough hair anymore to slick it back, Joel Osteen-style, anyway.

One request, and then we all move on with our lives.

And it’s this — if you like what I do, if you appreciate what I do, if you want to help make sure what I do continues, think about showing that support.

Your donations, whether they are one-time or repeating, are the life blood of Coupeville Sports.

Whether it’s loose pocket change or enough to build that swimming pool (I can dream…), you make all of this possible.

If you’re so inclined, there’s a donation button at the top of the blog.

If you don’t like PayPal, my mailing address is 165 N. Sherman, Coupeville, WA 98239, or you can slip something into my pocket at a game (though maybe not your discarded candy wrappers).

OK, that’s it.

I appreciate your support more than you know, and this is the last time this school year you’ll hear me asking for donations.

After this, I’ll be too busy writing real stories.

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   Bennett Boyles (center), hanging out with his basketball buddies. (Konni Smith photo)

The smile. Always the smile.

Whether he was on the basketball court, wearing a Coupeville uniform as he swished buckets, or in the darkest moments of his battle with cancer, Bennett Boyles never stopped smiling.

And while his physical body lost its battle earlier this year, Bennett’s legacy continues to build.

His community — his family, friends and fans, and anyone who met Bennett was a fan — continues to come together to celebrate his life and help others who are facing the same battle he did.

September is both Childhood Cancer Awareness month and also would have been Bennett’s 13th birthday.

To mark the moment, his mom, Lucienne Rivera, has launched a fundraiser, with a goal of raising $1,300 for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

“It’s a beautiful, gifted, and compassionate organization we are SO blessed to have close by,” she said.

To learn more and keep Bennett’s spirit alive while helping others, pop over to:


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