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Daydreaming about that indoor/outdoor swimming pool with waterfall I’ll never own. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

We’re closing in on some major milestones.

Today marks nine years and 11 months for Coupeville Sports, leaving me a month shy of the blog’s 10th birthday, which hits Aug. 15.

Two days later, CHS football begins practice, with the other fall Wolf teams taking the field Aug. 22.

Right now, this is the 9,359th story to appear on Coupeville Sports, and you can count the stories I haven’t personally written on one hand.

We’re also very close to hitting two million page views all-time and would have likely already reached that number if the pandemic hadn’t shut down all sports for more than a year.

When you write a sports blog, and there are no sports, you get creative, but readership also predictably goes down.

Though, with the return of sports, the numbers have shot back up – to the point where here in year #10, I’m currently on target to post my best numbers since the prime of the blog back in 2016.

As we head towards the big 1-0, let’s clear up a few things for those who may have joined us recently.

#1 — I am NOT employed by the Coupeville School District, and they have yet to give me a penny of financial support in a decade of being their unofficial PR agent.

If you have an issue with something I write, contact me, instead of wasting the time of school administrators. My email is davidsvien@hotmail.com.

#2 — I am NOT connected to John’s Photos, and do NOT make a penny off of his photos.

He’s been gracious enough to allow me to run his pics for the past 9+ years, but we are separate entities, and whatever money you spend on photos goes to the guy actually clicking the camera.

#3 — I may not be the only person in the state of Washington doing what I am with this blog, but it’s pretty dang close.

Find me someone else hyper-focusing on a small town and covering not just varsity, but JV, C-Team, and middle school teams on a game-by-game basis.

I’ll wait.

#4 — Coupeville Sports is free to read. Has been since Aug. 15, 2012 and will forever remain that way. No pay wall. Ever. End of story.

#5 — I understand and appreciate the pain of Oak Harbor and South Whidbey sports fans, who have been largely left high and dry with the Whidbey News-Times declining to fill its Sports Editor position after Jim Waller retired more than a year ago.

As a WNT alumni (1990-1994), it’s an embarrassment and dereliction of duty in pursuit of saving a few bucks.

That being said, I am NOT the person to ride to your rescue.

When the school athletic year is in full gear, I average 4-5 articles a day, every day, covering just Coupeville.

I can’t add two more towns and countless more teams to that.

Whidbey is too big (and gas too expensive in this economy!), my knowledge of Oak Harbor and South Whidbey sports is too limited, and my obsessive nature too likely to send me down a path to cracking up in pursuit of penning 15 stories a day.

You can start a blog literally for free, and I hope at some point someone in those towns steps up and seizes the bright, shining opportunity which exists.

But for me, I made my choice, and that’s covering sports at Coupeville schools and ballfields which sit a mile from my duplex.

#6 — Yes, Coupeville Sports is my only job.

I left the restaurant biz in 2015, and despite my many prayers, it doesn’t appear that video stores will ever return.

So, I write and write some more … and then go do some weed eating and mowing on the side as my 51-year-old back screams at me.

#7 — Yes, I will never, ever be getting my indoor/outdoor swimming pool with waterfall writing about small town sports. Sad but true.

#8 — Coupeville Sports survives because of the generosity of my readers.

You can read for free, but those who choose to financially back me, at whatever dollar amount, are the true MVPs.

Want to keep me typing away on a computer powered by three squirrels running on a mini treadmill at 2 AM? There are multiple ways.

 

Venmo: David-Svien

PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/DavidSvien?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US

Mail: 165 Sherman, Coupeville, WA 98239

In-person: Once games start back up, I can be found flattening my tush in the stands (or occasionally being fancy in the press box).

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Kathleen Anderson’s legacy will live on at her old stomping grounds.

The Coupeville School District is naming its board room in honor of the late school board president, a decision approved at Monday night’s meeting.

Anderson, who died in September 2021, “was a pillar in the local and state education system for over 40 years,” said Coupeville Superintendent Steve King.

She began her life in education as a teacher, before serving twice on the Coupeville School Board.

Anderson’s first run was from 1980-1989, then she returned to serve from 2004 until her passing.

She was also on the State Board of Education for 15 years, while becoming that board’s first female president.

“As a school district and state board member, Director Anderson was known as someone who always prioritized what was best for students,” King said.

He hailed Anderson’s expertise in capital projects and her advocacy for “educating the whole child through career and technical education, athletics and activities.”

Along with her time on various school boards, Anderson also served on state-level committees and was involved in collective bargaining which “improved working conditions for staff.”

Coupeville School Board Director Nancy Conard, who made the motion on Monday’s vote, was a student in Anderson’s first class as a teacher.

The school district plans to purchase a memorial plaque in Anderson’s honor and will hold a celebration at a later date.

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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:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRE8yYAGTxp-sK-UiOvPoQC1CAznUVRghXPxtIDROhin8qeg/viewform?fbclid=IwAR00Ky2obJbztvLRalI6jvvtIhx7BQOH19QoCMEEQds7tK9jqVMWsOhWFM8

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Dr. Suzanne Bond, former Coupeville Schools Superintendent. (Photos courtesy Simonson/Bond family)

Suzanne Bond was a strong leader with a big heart.

During the six years she spent as Superintendent of Coupeville Public Schools, the district blossomed.

Student scores in the Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests rose under her leadership, while a levy passed with a very-strong 72 percent favorable vote.

Dr. Bond was also a kind woman, one who always greeted me with a smile when she and her family came in to Videoville or Miriam’s Espresso.

The following remembrance is from her family:

 

On the morning of March 3, 2021, Suzanne S. Bond of Coupeville, Washington, died peacefully at home at the age of 70.

She was surrounded by her family.

Suzanne was a devoted mother, a loving wife, a leader by example, and a beloved friend.

Named Victoria Suzanne Bednorz by her parents, she always preferred to be called Suzanne.

Born to Twila Darlene Vice and Edwin Gilbert Bednorz, Suzanne arrived on August 9th, 1950, in Tacoma, Washington.

She had one older brother, Edwin Gene “Rusty” Bednorz.

Suzanne’s first husband was Howard Lee Simonson. They were married in 1971.

In 1987 the twins were born, Cavan and Zachary.

In 1994, Suzanne married her second husband, Dan Noel Bond.

She wrote about Dan saying, “He is my heart connection to the world; we have important work to do together.”

In so many ways, Suzanne was exceptional.

She came from modest beginnings. She believed strongly in the power of education and had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

She earned her B.A. and Masters of Education at Western Washington State College, then her Doctor of Education from Seattle University in 1982.

Suzanne began her teaching career as the business education instructor at Juanita High School and then rose to the Assistant Principal position.

She later became Principal of Mariner High School for a period of eight years before moving into the Mukilteo School District Office as Director of Staff Development and Special Projects.

In 1996 Suzanne accepted the School Superintendent position for Coupeville Schools.

In Coupeville, Suzanne made her deepest impact as Superintendent.

She helped instill character education and development within the school district.

She fostered engagement between the business community and the district.

Numerous businesses displayed the Coupeville School’s “Words to Live By,” which included: Respect, Caring, Responsibility, Contribution, Honesty, Integrity, Courage, Compassion, Cooperation, and Perseverance.

Suzanne retired in 2002 but returned to education shortly after as Associate Professor in the Educational Leadership program at Seattle Pacific University.

Suzanne lived a life of service through education.

With her heart for kids, contagious smile, and ready laughter, she made friends everywhere she went.

She was deeply spiritual and compassionate and raised her children to put others first.

Suzanne is survived by her husband Dan and children, Cavan and Zach.

 

The family is hosting an online Celebration of Life Sunday, March 28 at 1:00 PM PST.

To attend, pop over to the link below, where you can register.

Suzanne Bond Memorial Page | Lighten (lightenarrangements.com)

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Andreas Wurzrainer, seen here with daughter Tia and wife Lisa. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Barricade the parking lots! The foodies are coming!!

The Coupeville School District’s food service program, headed up by Andreas Wurzrainer, has been spotlighted on the US Department of Agriculture’s web site.

Cow Town is in there punching with school districts from Colorado, Georgia, West Virginia, and Oklahoma.

In their write-up, the USDA hails Coupeville for using “homemade, scratch cooked” food and stresses the success of its meal box setup.

To see the full story, pop over to:

COVID-19 School Meal Spotlights | USDA-FNS

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