Susan Knickerbocker

Susan posted 65 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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HOMETOWN HERO | Pam Kniseley, living with intention and purpose

Just as people choose to live on South Whidbey, what are the…

  • Aug 23rd, 2017 2:54pm

Diana Putney: Working to be an example of goodness | HOMETOWN HERO

All who have been touched by Diana Putney describe her as humble, sweet, caring and a model of a good person who creates hope in the human race. Angie Pratt says, “My daughter Mya had been in 4-H for six years and was ready to give up on performance, because of various circumstances.

  • Oct 18th, 2016 10:13pm

Ewell: Quaker dedicates his life to peacemaking | HOMETOWN HERO

Besides songs, poems, bumper stickers, protests, and posters, one way to define peacemaking is on a personal level. And so it is with Hometown Hero Tom Ewell, whose friends and colleagues often refer to him as a peacemaker.

  • Sep 2nd, 2016 11:18pm

Bishop: Caring is cool, South Whidbey senior says | HOMETOWN HERO

Once a year South Whidbey schools nominate one senior to be a hometown hero. This person is chosen by adults and students, is a person who inspires others, and makes the community and school a better place. This year it’s Macey Bishop. Caring isn’t always easy. Sometimes it comes with a price. The person who acts indifferent or apathetic towards others and life may think they’re avoiding being hurt, but the truth is, fear of showing vulnerable feelings of caring and acting detached is more painful in the end. It hurts oneself, others and the world is cheated out of the real you, says Macey Bishop, hometown hero.

  • Jun 7th, 2016 9:19pm

Andersen: Recognizing, moving past our fears | HOMETOWN HERO

What are your fears? We all have them. You know, the ones that hold you back from being your better self. Fear of failure, success, rejection, not having enough, being good enough or perhaps fear of being alone.

  • Apr 1st, 2016 11:30pm

Don ‘Hunter’ Allen: Sharing freely his labor’s fruits | HOMETOWN HERO

It does not matter who you are, what you do, what race, religion or non-religion, political party, or if you are rich or poor, Don Allen will cheerfully help you, and share with you.

  • Jan 23rd, 2016 4:00pm

Jerry Lloyd: A giver with the heart of a teacher | HOMETOWN HERO

Many of us are big picture people, some of us are better at seeing the small details. Hometown Hero Jerry Lloyd, however, sees the forest and the trees clearly at the same time. His motivation is what is best for the community as a whole, and then he narrows the needs of individuals all at once.

  • Nov 10th, 2015 10:36pm

Bob Alexander: Mr. A, still inspiring consistency

For those who know Bob Alexander, affectionately called “Mr. A,” he’s referred to as a steady-Eddie, a behind-the-scenes kind of guy whom one can always count on.

  • Apr 10th, 2015 10:51pm

Carol Barnes: Animal cop keeps sight of the mission | HOMETOWN HERO

How many times in life are we motivated only to become disillusioned? How many times do we feel led or called to do something, only to allow circumstances or others to derail us?

  • Feb 10th, 2015 10:36pm

Angela Vosburg: Service, hospitality, humor | HOMETOWN HERO

With a heart as big as her smile, Angela Vosburg has a way with people. Some describe her as the bright spot in a room, others know a dedicated community volunteer. Still more know her as a savvy and successful businesswoman. While the reports vary, there seems to be one thing everyone agrees on: Vosburg makes both an impression and a difference in people’s lives.

  • Nov 25th, 2014 5:59pm

Mary Fisher: Bloom where you are planted | HOMETOWN HERO

Mary Fisher says she’s learned to bloom wherever she is in life. When Fisher’s kids left home, she felt emptiness, and wanted to fill that hole. She looked close to home, and became aware of kids in need of nutritious food right here on South Whidbey.

  • Aug 13th, 2014 10:38pm

JEAN MATHENY: Helping others to feel at ease | HOMETOWN HERO

Ever feel like you’re fumbling for what to say when someone has had a loss, or feel so uncomfortable you avoid the person altogether? Jean Matheny went through this with others after losing her husband suddenly. But, she found a way to put people at ease. “After my husband passed away, I noticed people were treating me differently or avoiding me all together,” she said. “I knew they weren’t trying to shun me or anything, they just didn’t know what to say.” So she went to the places she was involved with, such as the teachers’ lounge, to try and put them at ease.

  • Jun 20th, 2014 10:43pm

HOMETOWN HERO | James Itaya: Answering the call to action

Actions, not mere words, are what defines the reputation and character of a person, according to James Itaya, a South Whidbey High School senior.

  • May 7th, 2014 5:12pm

What others say about Erik Jokinen | HOMETOWN HERO

“Erik has been instrumental in developing one of the most effective physical education programs in our state here on South Whidbey.

  • Mar 26th, 2014 6:37pm

Jokinen: Life is about choices, not circumstances | HOMETOWN HERO

Not all lessons in the classroom come from textbooks. Sometimes they come from special teachers, professionals such as South Whidbey’s Erik Jokinen.

  • Mar 26th, 2014 6:33pm

Judy Thorslund: Amends for a rocky past | HOMETOWN HERO

She came to South Whidbey in 1977, leaving a life behind her in Seattle that had been shattered by the death of a child, drug addiction and broken dreams. As Judy Thorslund says, “I spent the next 4 years here on South Whidbey finding the bottom of a bottle. Thankfully in 1982 I had a very powerful turn-around point in my life.”

  • Mar 1st, 2014 1:25am

What others say about Ula Lewis | HOMETOWN HERO

“Ula brings all of her gifts to the table here at Good Cheer Food Bank. Her tireless contribution goes well beyond any reasonable expectation of one human being. Her super couponing makes it possible for South Whidbey to feed its growing number of hungry families. We have begun a coupon club to support her efforts, but this has yet to decrease her full time hours of volunteer contributions.”

  • Jan 18th, 2014 12:24am

Lewis: Coupon master passes on saving skills | HOMETOWN HERO

Ula Lewis volunteers more than 60 hours per week to teach families and single people — young and senior — to save about 75 percent on their food and toiletries, says Andréa Wright, a Clinton mom of two young children.

  • Jan 18th, 2014 12:19am

What locals say about Fritz Hull | HOMETOWN HERO

What locals say about Fritz Hull, a South Whidbey Hometown Hero.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013 4:25pm

Fritz Hull: Changing Whidbey with hope, creative action | HOMETOWN HERO

What visions and dreams do you see for the future? Fritz Hull says, “Humans have the remarkable ability to see something that does not exist, as if it already does, and then to act to bring it into form. Anyone can be a visionary — as long as they hold hope and belief.”

  • Dec 3rd, 2013 4:23pm

About Anne Chambers | HOMETOWN HERO

Some biographical information on Anne Chambers, a South Whidbey Hometown Hero.

  • Sep 17th, 2013 9:29pm

Anne Chambers | HOMETOWN HERO

Part of everyone’s life is ‘letting go’ — letting go of relationships, dreams, titles, opinions, hurts or resentments.

  • Sep 17th, 2013 9:27pm

What others say about Jim Engstrom and Larry Corradini | HOMETOWN HEROES

Read what other people think of South Whidbey's Hometown Heroes Jim Enstrom and Larry Corradini.

  • Aug 23rd, 2013 10:57pm

Mo and Jo: Genuine MoJo straight from the heart | HOMETOWN HEROES

This is a story of two best friends, affectionately known as ‘Mo and Jo.’ They volunteer everywhere, Good Cheer, Calvary Church, Senior Center, Brookhaven, Community Thrift and for numerous South Whidbey neighbors.

  • Aug 9th, 2013 11:37pm

Lennox Bishop: ‘My job here on earth is to love people’ | HOMETOWN HERO

At the end of each school year, the South Whidbey Record’s “Hometown Hero” features a high school senior nominated by the schools.

  • Jun 9th, 2013 5:00pm

Q&A with Lennox Bishop | HOMETOWN HERO

A little background information on the South Whidbey Record's Hometown Hero, Lennox Bishop.

  • Jun 7th, 2013 7:40pm

What others say about Lennox Bishop | HOMETOWN HERO

People have lots of praise for the South Whidbey Record's Hometown Hero, Lennox Bishop.

  • Jun 7th, 2013 7:38pm

Eloisa Murphy: The true meaning of ‘live and let live’ | HOMETOWN HERO

What does it mean to live a belief in “live and let live?”

  • May 2nd, 2013 5:00pm

What others say about Hometown Hero Eloisa Murphy | HOMETOWN HERO

Here are a few extensive quotes from family, friends and fellow servants of Eloisa Murphy, Hometown Hero.

  • Apr 30th, 2013 9:56pm

Up close and personal with Paula Pugh | HOMETOWN HERO

A quick Q&A with this month's Hometown Hero, Paula Pugh.

  • Apr 12th, 2013 10:06pm

What they say about Paula | HOMETOWN HERO

Read what other people, friends, family and co-workers say about this month's Hometown Hero, Paula Pugh.

  • Apr 12th, 2013 10:08pm

Paula Pugh lives with an open heart | HOMETOWN HERO

Paula Pugh has a way of bringing meaning and joy into people’s lives, be it through music, entertaining, equestrianship or teaching others how to be a friend.

  • Apr 13th, 2013 11:49pm

Clinton’s ‘unofficial mayor’ brightens the day | HOMETOWN HERO

“It was one of those days, actually it had been a month of those days, where nothing was going right,” said Sandy Wright. “I promised my daughter I would take her to the library book sale, so I dragged myself there. A woman we didn’t know took special interest in us.

  • Jan 30th, 2013 8:00pm

What others say about Joan Nelson | HOMETOWN HERO

Friends, family and others have a lot to say about Hometown Hero Joan Nelson.

  • Jan 29th, 2013 10:19pm

What others say about Clyde Monma | HOMETOWN HERO

People around South Whidbey have a lot to say about Hometown Hero Clyde Monma.

  • Jan 5th, 2013 12:25am

What others say about Cynthia Jaffe | HOMETOWN HERO

A sampling of what some of Hometown Hero Cynthia Jaffe's friends and family think of her.

  • Dec 26th, 2012 9:43pm

Cynthia Jaffe: A forward-looking Hometown Hero | HOMETOWN HERO

There is strength in living forwards, not backwards.

  • Dec 26th, 2012 9:40pm

Do Good: For Nancy Waddell, it’s a lifestyle | HOMETOWN HERO

Do good, wherever you can, whenever you can, and to whomever you can. These are words that Nancy Waddell has set as words to aspire to.

  • Sep 20th, 2012 6:00pm

HOMETOWN HERO | No matter what, Sandy Gilbert stays optimistic while helping others

Sandy Gilbert has experienced more than her share of sorrows. And through it all, the popular South Whidbey teacher remains optimistic, helpful and giving for the sake of her family and community.

  • Sep 10th, 2012 6:50pm

Ammon Christensen: Youth masks his maturity | HOMETOWN HERO

Editor’s note: Each May, Hometown Heroes features a South Whidbey High School senior chosen by the schools. This year the honor goes to Ammon Christensen because of his volunteerism, mentoring and being a positive role model for peers and adults alike.

  • May 28th, 2012 6:20pm

Chris Harshman: Practicing the art of practice | HOMETOWN HERO

What are you practicing? Chris Harshman, a South Whidbey volunteer and a music and band teacher, says he’s deliberate as to what he practices in life.

  • Apr 3rd, 2012 12:35am

HOMETOWN HERO | Christina Parker: A life of litmus tests

When Christina Parker was asked why she volunteers, she says, “I love it. I am like a kid in a candy store; I want to do everything.” But getting to “yes” takes a bit of thought.

  • Feb 6th, 2012 5:32pm

Hometown Hero Susan Jones: A life led by inspiration

When Susan Jones was 8 years old she read Elisabeth Elliot’s book, “Through Gates of Splendor” about five young missionaries who went to South America in 1956 to spread God’s love to a violent remote tribe. The five men were killed.

  • Dec 2nd, 2011 6:38pm

Phil Ayers believes all deserve a sense of belonging | HOMETOWN HERO

He walked the streets of Seattle day after day after day looking for a job, any job. “I’ll never forget that feeling of not belonging,” says Phil Ayers.

  • Oct 12th, 2011 2:25pm

Jim Craft, Living in the world, but not of it | HOMETOWN HERO

What does it mean living in this world, but not of the world? Jim Craft believes living attached to the things and rewards of this world will never bring contentment.

  • Aug 29th, 2011 3:52pm

Hometown Hero Emily Martin: Caring for all creatures great and small

She’s taking a practice run in the pole vault — eyes straight ahead, pole raised, legs churning — then suddenly, she stops. She bends over, gingerly picking up a bug on the path and placing it out of harm’s way, then continues her vaulting. It’s a small example of Emily Martin’s reverence for all of life, say her grandparents, Stella and Chuck Martin.

  • Jun 1st, 2011 5:51pm

Dorothy ‘Dotty’ McDonald: Worry is a waste of her time

Dorothy “Dotty” McDonald, this month’s Hometown Hero, is a hard-working volunteer who doesn’t believe in worrying about anything.

  • May 2nd, 2011 6:01pm

HOMETOWN HEROES| DAVE AND LENNA ROSE: An inconvenient opportunity

What is our response when asked for our help or see a need at an inconvenient time? Dave and Lenna Rose do not look at life’s requests as inconvenient, says Sam Lungren, a friend of the family.

  • Feb 28th, 2011 6:45pm

Dr. Ric Prael has lived a life of service above himself | HOMETOWN HERO

“He’s an inspiration, as he truly exemplifies the Rotary motto ‘Service above Self,’” says Jenanne Murphy, a fellow Rotarian. “He has the vision to see, faith to believe and courage to act.”

  • Jan 18th, 2011 11:54pm

South Whidbey’s Byron and Dana Moffett, Humanitarians at home and abroad | Hometown Heroes

People who know Byron and Dana Moffett describe them as humanitarians, concerned with the welfare of all people, and the alleviation of suffering.

  • Dec 28th, 2010 8:13pm