Don “Juan” Wentworth, a World War II veteran, will be one of many vets who will honor fallen servicemen and women at Monday morning’s Memorial Day ceremony at Bayview Cemetery. Several other activities are scheduled for the day of remembrance. - Justin Burnett / The Record

A life of service: Freeland veteran reflects on 30 years in Army

  • May 28, 2016 at 6:00AM updated May 29, 2016 at 9:57AM

The odds were already stacked against Don “Juan” Wentworth before he joined the U.S. Army in August 1946. At 16 years old, he forged military documents to enlist. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 113 pounds — roughly 10 pounds less than the minimum — and was eager to abandon a rocky life at home in the Olympia area. Thanks to a sympathetic sergeant, official documents recorded him as being 125 pounds. Wentworth, who turns 86 on June 2 and lives in Freeland, went on to serve in the military for over 30 years in active and reserve roles. He’ll be among the many veterans who will participate in Monday’s Memorial Day service at Bayview Cemetery, beginning at 11 a.m.

U.S. Bank honors Langley branch, staff

  • May 28, 2016 at 6:00PM

U.S. Bank’s Langley branch is one of the company’s best in the country, the publicly traded U.S. Bancorp announced this week. The branch was recently honored with the Top Tier Award, which ranks it among the top 1 percent of community branches nationwide. Additionally, Brandon Turner, branch manager; Michael Davidson, sales and service manager; and Signe Cvar, teller at the Langley branch are among the top performing employees nationwide awarded for their outstanding achievement and superior performance, according to a Wednesday news release.

Whidbey Girls Choir debuts June 10

  • May 28, 2016 at 6:00PM

With a flutter of his baton, Jerry Mader signals to his pupils that the time has come to belt it out.

Final Langley comprehensive plan workshop planned

  • May 28, 2016 at 6:00PM

The Langley City Council’s sixth and final workshop on the city’s draft comprehensive plan is from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 2 in the council chambers.

Falcons, Heggenes finish second at girls golf state

  • May 28, 2016 at 4:00PM

South Whidbey sophomore girls golfer Kolby Heggenes had the best round of her life this week.

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