The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 25 and 15 years ago on Thursday, July 6, 1967 and Tuesday, July 14, 1992.
50 years ago
Editor: Dan Stebbins
“Maxwelton was the scene of a fabulous Fourth of July celebration that began at 11 a.m. with a parade and concluded at 10 p.m. with a championship softball game.
“The biggest fun following the parade was the races. The sprint for boys five and under was won by Bruce Miller with Randy Dressen second. Carolyn Puckett was the fast girl of the same age. Mary Kestler followed a close third right behind Terry Maupin.
“Kim Thorsen followed by Jody Smith and Mary Barrows were the shiftiest females, 6-7 years old. Steve Miller and Regan Mackie were the fleetest boys.
Unlimited events featured the emergence of the men who still thought they were kids — but they weren’t as a teenager won — Rocky Demewolf.”
25 years ago
Editor: Jim Larsen
Cost $200,000 max for city hall remodel
“Langley Mayor Vicki Lash has announced that construction work could start as early as Aug. 3 to convert the Masonic Lodge on Second Street into city hall.
“Bid specifications will soon be available to contractors. Architect for the conversion, Michael Boyd of Langley, said approval of the shoreline permit is the deciding factor on when work can start on the new city hall.
“Boyd estimates that the refit of the 1948 structure will cost at the most $200,000 ‘if we can find a lot of surprises.’ About one-third of the total will be for an outside elevator to make the second floor meeting room fully accessible for the disabled.”