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Tyler Dale, friend to all. (Photos courtesy Kathi Dale)

Tyler Dale was an original.

A kind, hard-working guy, he bopped to his own beat, while being one of those rare people who was well-liked by all.

During the three years we worked together at Christopher’s on Whidbey, he lit up the kitchen.

There was no job too big or too small for Tyler, and he thrived amid the heat and the splattering grease.

A slow Wednesday night or the middle of the never-ending storm that was the mussel festival, he was in his element.

Cooking, slicing ‘n dicing, or cleaning (he loved cleaning like no one I know), he always let loose with a steady stream of chatter and laughter which carried from one end of the cramped work space to the other.

Tyler passed too soon, but he will live on through his son, and the memories of all who crossed his path.

 

From his mom, Kathi Dale:

Tyler James Dale

September 30, 1990 – July 19, 2019

Born on September 30, 1990, growing up in Everett, Washington until the age of seven, when the family made the move to Whidbey Island.

He attended Coupeville Elementary School, where he was involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, loving the Pinewood Derby.

He loved working with Destination Imagination, to create and invent fun and amazing gadgets.

In middle school, Tyler was selected to participate in Day Star Academy with Mrs. (Liz) Sherman and Mrs. (Mendy) McLean-Stone, where his creativity was encouraged, working on “Tyler time.”

After a short time in Coupeville High School he then transferred to Bayview School.

Tyler was not a ‘book learner’ and learned best with hands-on experiences.

He then participated in job corp in Yachats, Oregon, where he received his General Education Degree (GED) in May, 2008.

Tyler began working at Christopher’s on Whidbey, as a dishwasher. Working his way up to prepping and a line cook.

This is where his creativity and love for cooking was advanced.

Being a “tinkerer” of many things. Beginning with models and bicycles.

One of his most favorite things was his Chevy S-10 trucks and blazers.

Tyler loved trucks, working on them, and sharing his knowledge with others.

Always making improvements and advances to make it go faster, having a custom look.

He enjoyed creating many things out of used items.

Tyler was gifted with an amazing analytical and problem-solving mind on how to make things work.

Tyler developed a love for the banjo and taught himself how to play. Something that brought that big silly smile to his face.

Two buddies hanging out.

After knowing each other since third grade and being close friends for many years, Tyler married Becca (Achurra) on May 18, 2013 in Moses Lake, Wa.

With the birth of their son, Craig James Ray Dale in December, 2016.

Tyler, wife Becca, and their son, Craig.

Tyler loved being a daddy to his son.

Teaching him “car things.”

Tyler, you are loved and missed.

Always a proud poppa.

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Go for a run tonight and get a new support group. (Photo courtesy David Ford)

Want to get out and run, but don’t want to go alone?

Head out to Coupeville every Wednesday and Saturday and join a new low-stress, high-benefit running club created by David Ford.

There’s no cost for the Coupeville Running Club, and you don’t have to be a record-busting pro to join.

The group will run (or walk) a 5K every Wednesday night at 6 PM (starting today, July 24), with a five-mile run at 7 AM Saturday mornings.

If you want to take part in tonight’s inaugural Wednesday run, everyone is meeting in the Coupeville Elementary School parking lot at 6 S. Main.

The run itself will go north on the Kettles, hook onto Sherman, then follow a set course back to the school, where things will be capped with two laps around the track.

A post-run beer at the Penn Cove Tap Room, where everyone talks about how they could win the Boston Marathon right now, today, is optional.

Runners are encouraged to show up a bit early for the first Wednesday run (Ford will be at the school at 5:30), so groups can be put together based on average running times.

Side note – no headphones (encouraging you to interact with your fellow runners) and no dogs.

For Ford, this is a chance to encourage others, as well as himself.

“This is my effort to bring a subset of our community together to spend some time enjoying each other’s company while pounding the pavement,” he said. “This group will also provide some accountability on my quest to lead a somewhat healthy lifestyle.

“What’s in it for you? Whatever you make of it!”

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Savina Wells (right) led the Coupeville SWISH girls basketball squad to a blowout win Saturday. (Photo courtesy Katy Wells)

Death and destruction.

That’s what the Coupeville 8th grade SWISH girls basketball team brings to the floor, as it proved once again Saturday afternoon.

Thrashing Mount Vernon Blade Chevrolet 30-3 while playing in Burlington, the Wolves improved their early-season record to a crisp 2-0.

Coupeville gets a chance to double that win total next Saturday, Nov. 17, when they face South Whidbey and Orcas Island in a doubleheader in Mount Vernon.

Playing in a rough-and-tumble affair Saturday, the Wolves jumped out to a 7-0 lead after one quarter, before coasting in to the halftime break up 15-1.

They didn’t give up a field goal until the third quarter, while seven of their 10 players made it into the scoring column.

Sixth-grade sensation Savina Wells torched the nets for nine points to pace Coupeville, while Brionna Blouin banked home six and Maddie Georges knocked down five.

Nezi Keiper tossed in four in her season debut, with Hayley Fiedler, Alita Blouin and Gwen Gustafson each adding a bucket to the cause.

Ryanne Knoblich, Carolyn Lhamon and Lauren Marrs didn’t have a chance to score, but each contributed on the defensive side of the ball.

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Coupeville soccer ace Lyla Stuurmans celebrates a tourney title with lil’ sis Scarlett. (Photo courtesy Scott Stuurmans)

In a family of sports legends whose triumphs could fill up a book, Lyla Stuurmans is busy writing her own successful chapter.

The fast-rising soccer star, who is headed into the sixth grade at Coupeville Middle School this fall, is tearing up the soccer pitch.

Her latest adventure came this weekend, when Stuurmans and her squad swept to a title in the U12 gold division at the Phillips Rimland 66 Challenge in Bellingham.

Northwest United FC, which is based out of Burlington, was on lock-down duty all weekend, surrendering just one goal across four games.

Stuurmans, who normally operates as a center back, more than answered by herself, rattling home three goals during the tourney.

The 11-year-old soccer whiz kid is the daughter of Scott and Sarah Stuurmans.

Dad was a standout basketball player at CHS back in the day, while mom is a Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame inductee.

Among Lyla’s many other sports-minded relatives is cousin Payton Aparicio, who was the CHS Female Athlete of the Year for 2017-2018.

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Coupeville teacher Wilbur Purdue

Our teachers here in Coupeville deserve what is owed them. End of story.

As districts around the state battle over money which the state of Washington clearly earmarked for TEACHER SALARIES, and not for schools to poach for paying other bills, the fight has come to the prairie.

There’s an extremely important school board meeting tonight, 6:30 PM, Monday, July 30.

It will be held in the conference room, A305, at Coupeville High School (501 S. Main).

As a lead-in to this meeting, here is a letter from Wilbur Purdue, one of our best teachers and a man who grew up here on the prairie and has chosen to stay here, guiding future generations.

“Fair and equitable salaries!”

These were the resounding words left in the audience’s minds at the packed school board meetings on June 25th and July 9th as community members spoke out in favor of directing state funding for educator salaries in the manner it was legislated.

The Coupeville School District and the Coupeville Education Association are currently in the middle of an unprecedented bargaining session. 

The State of Washington passed legislation providing billions of dollars to fully fund basic education, with close to one billion additional dollars specifically designated for increasing staff salaries.

It is up to individual districts and bargaining units to develop fair and equitable salary schedules that provide professional salaries for the teachers in that district.

Over the past 16 years that I have worked in the Coupeville School District I have had the privilege to take part in building a strong collaborative relationship where the District and the teachers’ union found creative ways to compensate teachers within the limited confines of the district’s budget. 

This year has turned bargaining on its head as the district hired an outside bargainer, and based on his advice, removed school board members from being on the bargaining team for the district.

It is hard to collaborate when the other team doesn’t show up.

For the first time since the 1980’s a new salary schedule is possible for the teachers in your school district.

For the first time, ever, the state has provided ample funding that meets Washington State Constitution’s definition of “making ample provision for the education of all students.”

In the last legislative session, the state legislature provided funding to raise teacher salaries to the level of professionals.

In Coupeville the district was provided with an additional 2.18 million dollars to apply towards staff salaries.

Why are schools in our region not directing those funds where the state has directed them to go?

To quote a recent letter in the Sub Times, “Why do teachers have to beg, bargain and hold signs for these funds?”

The answer is simple, outside interests have divided the bargaining groups into non-collaborative structures. 

They have brought in false claims of restrictions on funding, they have tried to divide the collaborative process, and they have declared a siege mentality of stringing out bargaining sessions as far as they can.

They are trying to lock this region into a devastatingly low salary increase that would put salaries so far behind neighboring districts that the ability to attract and retain talented staff would be nonexistent.

The last bargaining session was on July 2nd and we find ourselves in the exact same state as the first bargain sessions in mid-June.

Recent attendance at school board meetings has highlighted for the Board of Directors how important fair and equitable salaries are to parents and staff. and how not having the district present at the bargaining table was unacceptable.

Due to that community concern the School District has reconfigured their bargaining team, which I think will help this process move forward to develop a new salary schedule that will fairly compensate staff.

Instead of working solely with a hired bargainer with no ties to the school district and the business manager, we will now be able to bargain with a district team made up of the superintendent, a school board member, and the hired bargainer and business manager.

This is a major change in the district’s bargaining team and a big step forward in our collaborative process and I want to thank the Board of Directors and Superintendent for this change.

If you are interested in insuring that the additional funding for salaries does indeed go towards salaries, come make a difference by attending your local school board meeting on Monday, July 30th at 6:30 PM, where next year’s budget will be approved, which will have a direct impact on teacher salaries.

Arrive early if you wish to speak publicly.

Wilbur Purdue,

Coupeville Teacher and Coupeville Education Association Bargaining Team member

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