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Your wallet could help save lives.

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue is asking for the public’s help in purchasing a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System, which would be a boon for professionals who handle medical calls from Coupeville to Greenbank.

CWIFR launched a fundraiser Wednesday to try and meet the $18,580 goal.

Many calls are for patients in cardiac arrest, and the chest compression system would be “a crew member who will never get tired, deliver perfect compressions, and can’t get hurt.”

The automated CPR device maintains “uninterrupted chest compressions over long periods,” while “ensuring chest compressions remain consistent and effective, no matter how long the call lasts.”

One recent call required CWIFR crew to provide chest compressions for more than three hours.

Having this device aboard the ambulance would also allow crew members to travel more safely, remaining in safety restraints while transporting patients to the hospital.


To find out more and donate to a good cause, pop over to:

Fundraiser by Jerry Helm : CWIFR- LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System (gofundme.com)

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Jack McFadyen with his children, Jason and Aleshia. (All photos courtesy McFadyen family)

He was a decent man.

In a world where so many are not, I can think of no better way to describe Jack McFadyen.

The Navy brought him to Whidbey Island, along with wife Carmen, the spice to his sugar, and the couple spent decades helping make Coupeville a better place.

I arrived on The Rock in ’89 and first came to know of the duo during my early newspaper freelance days.

Later, in the fall of ’94, I walked into Videoville, and vowed to never leave my movie cocoon again.

Well, made it to 2006, which is a good run.

During those 12 years, my appreciation for the McFadyen family and the man who stood at the center of things, grew by leaps and bounds.

Pops with the grandkids a few years back.

Jack was a frequent visitor, with family and alone, sometimes to get movies, and sometimes just to hang out and class the joint up.

He was a rarity, a man who could softly needle you, then, with a huge smile, make the person he was talking to know he loved them.

And I mean that last part.

Some people are friendly, are easy-going, brighten the day of everyone they meet.

Jack went beyond that.

When he left the store, there would be a moment when you realized he really, truly loved others.

His family meant everything to him, but friend or stranger, Jack welcomed all with an embrace, whether physical or in words, which elevated all who were touched by it.

You had to be a pretty big ass for Jack to not like you.

Thankfully, as far as I know, I always stayed on his good side — even if he hated a movie I recommended — and, for that, I am grateful.

In the time between the days when he cheered his kids, Aleshia and Jason, as they wore the red and black of CHS, to my entrance into video store life, Jack was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer.

That meant he lost his larynx and used a “voice box” to speak.

It can’t have been easy, but Jack, every time I saw him, used that as a positive.

He thought it was hilarious to come up behind people at the video store counter, especially young children, and then speak with his “robot voice.”

The kids would have to be scraped off the ceiling, and then, after a great bout of chuckling, Jack would use the opportunity to tell the whippersnappers why they shouldn’t follow his path as a smoker.

His words, given with love, had a measurable impact.

The eyes of the children widened (and more than a few parents suddenly discovered someone in the store was chopping onions) and you knew this was a lesson few would forget.

Now, no one is perfect, and Jack was a deeply-committed Husky football fan, when we know Cougars rule, and the U-Dub drools.

But we’ll overlook that fact.

He was a kind and loving man, one concerned with the lives and well-being of all around him.

He served his country with great honor and distinction.

He was, and always will be, a treasured part of my Videoville memories.

Today, he joins the Coupeville Sports Hall o’ Fame, inducted as a Contributor, remembered for his enduring passion as a Wolf fan and supporter, and as an integral part of our community.

After this, when you wander past the Legends tab at the top of the blog, you’ll find him hanging out, along with son Jason and a whole lot of people who would agree with the final sentence of this story.

Love you, Jack.

Carmen and Jack.

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The holiday lives.

Adapting to the age of Coronavirus, the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is hosting a modified Halloween event Saturday night.

Instead of the normal downtown costume parade, things are being changed up with participants staying inside their cars, with a sweet (or sour) candy payoff at the end.

Some pertinent details:

πŸŽƒ All volunteers will be masked.

πŸŽƒ Line-up starts at 4:15 PM. Parade begins at 5:00.

πŸŽƒ Cars will enter the parade from the Coupeville Municipal Lot behind the library.

To get there from Main Street, go west on 1st Street, north on Wilkes (right), then enter the grass lot at the end of Wilkes.

πŸŽƒ Participants must remain in their vehicle for the entirety of the parade.

If you wish to decorate your vehicle, which is highly recommended, it must be decorated BEFORE entering the staging area.

πŸŽƒ Tune your radio to 101.7 for event information and parade music.

πŸŽƒ Candy bags (packaged and handed out following COVID-19 safety protocols) will be given out at the end of the route.

πŸŽƒ All are welcome, but participants are asked to limit vehicle passengers to those living in the same household.


If you have any questions about the event, email:


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Sharpen your knives, it’s spooky season.

Coupeville merchants are sponsoring a virtual pumpkin carving/painting contest, and you can get all your pertinent info by looking at the picture above.

To submit your pumpkin-scented pics, pop over to:


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Escape the world and disappear inside a book. (Photos courtesy Rainy Simpson)

They’re making the world better, one book at a time.

Three Coupeville siblings have created a unique lending library which has quickly become the go-to place for local readers.

Called “Pages on Pennington,” since it’s located at 992 Pennington Loop, the little free library is the brainchild of the Simpson kids.

Laken (5th Grade), River (3rd), and Stone (Kindergarten) started off by running a farm stand during the summer of 2019.

The Simpson kids hard at work.

They sold their tasty treats by donation, and built up enough money in return that they decided to expand into the library biz.

Mark J. Orth, a talented woodworker and artist who hails from Langley, offered to build the enclosure for their books for free, as long as the Simpsons paid for the cost of materials.

Once built, the library was placed in front of their grandparents house, as it offered a prime spot to snag plenty of foot traffic.

While the masterminds behind the project are on the younger side, the library offers a mix of books for all ages.

An assortment of books fit for the season.

Children’s picture and board books, young adult, graphic novels, and both fiction and non fiction aimed at adults have found their way into the library.

There’s also a handy reading bench next to the library, and a Siamese cat named Heffner often shows up to hang out.

Later this month, the library is branching out, hosting a virtual costume party.

Join the fun.

In the end, the philosophy of the library is simple – take a book whenever you please, and leave one when you can.

And, either way, spread a little joy.

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