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Brandon Graham

They’re turning their pain into positivity.

Friends and family of Brandon Graham want to help others in emotional need, doing everything they can to offer an alternative to suicide.

Graham, a 2007 Coupeville High School grad who died last summer, had a huge impact on those around him.

Fellow CHS grads Debbie Vescovi and Michelle Armstrong launched a foundation in his honor, which will “offer support for Coupeville and Oak Harbor schools, with a focus on mental health awareness, suicide prevention, and anti-bullying efforts.”

Money raised will be used to provide resources for students and training for teachers and parents, with an emphasis on bringing together local law enforcement, chaplains, and motivational speakers.

The foundation now has an active website, and is holding a luau fundraiser this Saturday, Aug. 6.

The dinner, which will feature a silent auction, is at the Nordic Lodge in Coupeville (63 Jacobs Rd.), with things starting at 4 PM.

Tickets, which are $30 for single admission, or $50 for a couple, can be obtained at Polished Studio in Oak Harbor (861 SE Pioneer Way), by emailing thebrandongrahamfoundation@gmail.com, or on the foundation’s website.

The plan is to make the dinner a yearly fundraiser.

If they can help other families avoid the pain of a loved one’s suicide, foundation organizers will have reached their goal.

“Mental health wellness needs to be a number one priority for our children,” they said.

“We, as a community, can provide our youth with tools to be able to work through the problems they have, and know that the community has their back.”


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Drop a toy in the truck and help local kids in need. (Photo courtesy Dom Anania)

One of Coupeville’s best is going the extra mile for others this Christmas.

Dom Anania, who owns and operates Anania Trucking & Excavating, will have one of his company trucks in Oak Harbor Thursday for a toy drive.

The action goes down starting at 3 PM in the big, open parking lot across from DK Market, where Louie G’s used to be.

Anania is hoping to fill the truck with toys for all ages, which will be donated to Whidbey Island Angels for dispersal to those in need.

Wrapping paper and tape donations would also be great.

Anania attended school in Coupeville K-12, graduating with the CHS Class of 2012, and has gone on to build a successful business by working his butt off.

Just a good dude all around, and, if you can help him help others, so much the better.

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Venessa Matros

She made a real difference.

In every meeting, every action, every carefully thought-out word.

Venessa Matros, a Coupeville High School alumni who came back around to serve eight years on the school board, cares deeply about her community.

That has always shone through brightly, never more so than Monday, as she chaired her final meeting.

The election is certified Tuesday, and Nancy Conard and Morgan White will join the board, replacing Matros and Kathleen Anderson, who both opted not to run for re-election.

That meant Monday’s virtual meeting was the final one for the former Wolf student turned school leader, and she went out in style.

Matros made an eloquent defense for students being allowed freedom to leave campus at lunchtime.

She also battled through emotion as she described what her town, her school district, and her service to both, has meant for her.

It has always been personal for Matros, as she has worked tirelessly for her own daughters, and for the children of other Coupeville parents.

Our school district is better off for her efforts, for her dedication and unflagging spirit, and her commitment.

That came through in farewell comments from fellow board members Sherry Phay, Christine Sears, and Glenda Merwine, as well as Superintendent Steve King.

While Covid has sent board meetings online, preventing Matros from getting the full, public farewell she deserves, I hope she exits knowing how much her community appreciates her.

Thank you, Venessa, for all you gave, from all of us.

You made a difference. You made us proud.

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Wintery weather conditions will prevent Kylie Van Velkinburgh and Co. from playing basketball Tuesday. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Mother Nature strikes again.

The 2019-2020 Coupeville High School basketball season continues to be jumbled by weather-related incidents.

After twice being tripped up by wind storms, this time around it’s snow bedeviling the Wolves.

CHS was slated to send its girls squads to Granite Falls Tuesday, while the boys teams were set to welcome Cedar Park Christian to town.

With both of those rival schools closing due to the wintery weather, however, gyms everywhere will remain silent.

The games, which are North Sound Conference rumbles, will be rescheduled and the hope is to do it fast.

The girls games at Granite Falls have been bumped to Thursday.

If weather improves, the Wolf boys will play at home Wednesday.

Those games would be set for 5 PM (JV and C-Team) and 6:45 (varsity).

In a twist, the Wolf C-Team would actually play Sultan in the middle school gym, and not CPC, as that game was already on the schedule for Wednesday.

The C-Team could then possibly pick up the Cedar Park game at a later date, said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith.

Of course, continued snow and ice could make this all moot.

Friday, all five CHS hoops teams are scheduled to travel to Langley to face South Whidbey.

Temperatures are projected to be in the 40’s Island-wide by then.

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Breeanna Messner, back in her prairie days. (Shelli Trumbull photo)

It’s a 2-for-1 deal.

Kick in some moola to support a great cause and you can help out a prairie legend and greatly benefit homeless women in California.

Coupeville High School grad Breeanna Messner, a four-sport (volleyball, cheer, basketball, softball) star in her Wolf days, is currently living in San Diego as she prepares to apply to medical school.

In between her college days, and her next college days, Messner, one of the most talented, kindest people on the face of planet Earth, is busy working to help others.

She’s currently working on a project to create and distribute free, reusable feminine hygiene products to homeless women in the San Diego area.

The plan is to produce 150 pads, giving three apiece to 50 women.

Messner, who is doing the work herself, has launched a GoFundMe to raise the money needed to buy flannel material, towels, snap buttons, thread, Ziploc bags, and sewing necessities.

She’s raised just over half of her $1,000 goal and we, her many die-hard fans in Wolf Nation, can help her get over the top.

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