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“I can still see him sitting on our couch even though it was over 30 years ago,” says Don Dils, this month’s 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.”
Barb Strom has an appreciation for all of life, humans, animals and nature, and is a champion good neighbor to all. So much so that Harry Jestor, one of Strom’s neighbors, says, “In the tough real estate market today, if I were considering selling my home, I might want to include the statement: ‘You would live just down the street from Barb Strom.’”
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.
Hometown Hero Laura Price volunteers in this community, not only lending her expertise, but making a lasting effect on others by treating everyone with honey instead of vinegar.
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.
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.
“Erik has been instrumental in developing one of the most effective physical education programs in our state here on South Whidbey.
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.
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.
People around South Whidbey have a lot to say about Hometown Hero Clyde Monma.
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.
A sampling of what some of Hometown Hero Cynthia Jaffe's friends and family think of her.
People have lots of praise for the South Whidbey Record's Hometown Hero, Lennox Bishop.
Dorothy “Dotty” McDonald, this month’s Hometown Hero, is a hard-working volunteer who doesn’t believe in worrying about anything.
The suffering in this world can make a heart heavy. Zora Lungren feels deeply about all the sorrow in the world, but she found the best way to deal with her feelings is to turn them into service — she has a “heart of action.”
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.
What if people were more curious? Would it open our minds more, to be less judgmental, less fearful and less disappointed perhaps?Victoria Santos says she’s… Continue reading
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.
Actions, not mere words, are what defines the reputation and character of a person, according to James Itaya, a South Whidbey High School senior.