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A semi-truck crashed into the Penn Cove Pottery building Sunday morning. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s a magnet for out-of-control vehicles.

For the second time in the last three months, Penn Cove Pottery was invaded by a runaway vehicle, with a semi-truck crashing into the building’s southwest corner Sunday morning.

The driver was pulled out of his truck by passerby, and firefighters responded quickly to put out the fire.

The crash follows on the heels of one in mid-April, when a truck slammed into a wooden building right next to the business, which sits on Penn Cove, at the bottom of a curve.

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Lunch is served at a local school district. Hint: it’s not South Whidbey.

Coupeville, setting the gold standard for Whidbey Island schools.

There’s no comparison.

Coupeville is kicking South Whidbey’s tushie on this one.

When it comes to the quality of the food being served in local schools, Cow Town, with its program run by noted chef Andreas Wurzrainer, is about a billion miles ahead of our next-door neighbor.

I have nephews in the South Whidbey school district, with one being especially vocal about the (low rent) food offerings.

It is a subject which comes up frequently, punctuated by long, Winston Churchill-style speeches which begin with, “I’m just sayin’!!” as he supervises me building ye olde burn pile.

Student-shot pics of feeding time at South Whidbey schools.

Meanwhile, up here in Coupeville, better vittles mean better brains, which is probably why our test scores are higher than yours.

Just sayin’.

Coupeville schools, we’re fancy like that.

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Oak Harbor’s Holland Happening parade brought out a variety of folks. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Oak Harbor was abuzz.

Holland Happening returned in all its glory Saturday, with a parade shutting down the middle part of town as princesses waved, candy was flung, and pooper scoopers kept a watchful eye on prancing horses.

John Fisken wandered through the middle of all the activity, and the photos above and below are courtesy him.

To see everything he shot, pop over to:



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Oak Harbor firefighters head into the heart of the blaze. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

It’s not all about sports.

Taking a break from athletics, photo whiz kid John Fisken wandered into a burning building to capture the Oak Harbor Fire Department at work.

The event was a training burn at SE Ely and Barrington, an operation which got rid of an eyesore of a house and gave firefighters valuable time in the middle of a blaze.

Fisken was fully geared up for the day, allowing him to get close to the action (within reason), as were city councilmen Bryan Stucky, Eric Marshall, and Shane Hoffmire.

To see everything Fisken shot, pop over to:



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You have a say in the direction taken by the Coupeville School District.

School Board members are currently working on a new strategic plan, which will remain in place for the next five years.

The plan’s goal is to “clearly define mission, goals, and vision for our district as we look ahead to the future.”

With that in mind, a public meeting will be held next Thursday, Apr. 21 at 5:30 PM in the Coupeville Middle/High School Performing Arts Center.

Input is being sought from Coupeville students, families, staff, and community members.

A Strategic Planning Committee is also being set up, and you can apply by popping over to:


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