For the past 16 years, JoAnn Hellmann has fought on the front lines of a never-ending and tragic war, the war against drunk driving. As a co-founder, former director and panel facilitator of the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County (or IDIPIC), she’s one of our community’s greatest unsung heroes.
South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District commissioners discussed a rather smelly issue this week — horse poop, lots of it. Good on them, we say. Horse manure on public trail systems isn’t a sexy or popular topic and will almost certainly become the butt of a few bad jokes.
I’ve got a new neighbor, and I admit I don’t like him. He’s loud, rude and spends way to much time looking in my bedroom window. Squirrels — they think they own the world. This one seems convinced he owns the tree just a few feet from where I sleep.
As the economy improves, and with approval by the Island County Commissioners of up to $837,000 in federal funding for a non-motorized trail in Freeland, it’s time to move forward in earnest on a proposed trail from Deception Pass Bridge to the Clinton ferry. The seed for such a project dates back to at least 2006.
Well, here I am again. Back at my desk penning my first column in weeks. For those who didn’t know, and it appears that’s limited to a very few, I’ve been away on vacation. For two full weeks, the family and I cruised British Columbia getting sunburned, swimming in Desolation Sound, enjoying phenomenal sailing and spending way too much money, though much of it was on basics such as food.