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Plans, predictions and prayers from South Whidbey residents

“I’d like to see a spirit of peace and cooperation, people getting along with each other and the return of civility and generosity. I’m tired of people butting heads.”

Mary Lidral, Clinton

“I’m hoping to sell my house. It’s an election year, too, so you never know what could happen.”

Carrie Allen, Clinton

“I hope that it turns out well. There were a lot of bad things in ‘11.”

Bobbi Rankin, Clinton

“I’m looking forward to things being better financially for a lot of people around here. I myself have lived on the island for 40 years and the last few years were really, really rough. I’ve been painting on the island for over 20 years. Painters just starve to death along with all the other construction guys during the winter. Right now I’m working for Good Cheer and I’ve never been happier. I found a wonderful fit and I just hope that everybody else can find the kind of fit I have for me. That would be my wish for the new year.”

Curtis Price, Good Cheer employee

“I hope that as things get challenging, whether it be with family tragedies, tragedies that happen within our own collegial families or whether it be challenges that are created by pretty significant budget cuts within the state and federal government, that people stay the course as far as what’s important. And that’s making a really vibrant, safe learning community for people.”

Scott Mauk, South Whidbey High School assistant principal

“For Good Cheer, it’s going to be a good year. We are so pleased with our remodel. Now we’re going to see if our predictions are going to work. Our food bank numbers are climbing, and we hope they level out and don’t climb any higher, but if they do we’re prepared.”

Kathy McLaughlin, Good Cheer executive director

“I feel like last year was a tough year for just about everybody. I’m hoping that we finally reached a wall there. Everybody’s attitude has been ‘This year’s got to be better.’”

“It’s been tough for years here. 2012, here we go.”

Damien Cortez, Clinton

“The Seahawks win the Super Bowl next year.”

Rick Gauger, Manager of Freeland Skagit Farmers Supply Country Store

“I just want the economy to get better. And hopefully some snow so I can go snowmobiling.”

Tracy Schnobrich, Greenbank

“The future will be filled with lots of organic bread and lots of sandwiches.”

Kim Bailey, Pickle’s Deli manager

“My prediction for 2012 is that we’re going to start to see a more solid foundation for businesses. I think things will solidify and we’ll see things pick up slowly. I’m guardedly optimistic.”

Bruce Didier, owner Anchor Books and Coffee

“The new paradigm is a feminine one. People are just becoming more intuitive. There will be a shift to a period of cooperation and collaboration. Greed is over. All that gimme gimme stuff was our undoing. This will be the year of caring.”

Peggy Juve, co-owner Eddy’s

“We will have a summer this year, I hope so, unlike last year. I hope for happiness, wealth and lots of love, ‘cuz love is all you need.”

Tyler Small, Freeland

“Well, I just lost a loved one; my grandmother who raised me. I’m gonna graduate from college in April and I was hoping she would make it ’til then, but I know she’ll be looking down on me. I just hope it’ll be better than the last year like everybody else. Also, it would not be a good year if my wife Lisa wasn’t in my life.”

Billy Toon, college student, Dairy Queen employee

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