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Donations sought for Randy Bradley:

A special account has been set up at Whidbey Island Bank for donations to the medical care of Randy Bradley.

Bradley, a longtime Whidbey Island resident and musician, had a massive stroke and has been hospitalized. Organizers of the fundraiser said there will be expenses for rehab and other costs. People wishing to make donations should direct their gifts to the Randy Bradley Medical Fund at any Whidbey Island Bank in Clinton, Freeland or Langley.

PAB to look at fair overlay zone:

Langley’s Planning Advisory Board has a full agenda tonight.

The board will pick two members and forward the names to Mayor Paul Samuelson to name a new chairman or chairwoman.

The board will also tackle the fairgrounds overlay zone. The zoning change would allow more activity on the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley.

Fair officials have long said an expanded use of the property is necessary for the financial survival of the beloved county fair.

The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at Langley City Hall.

School board meets tonight:

The South Whidbey school board will discuss a variety of issues tonight as the school year draws to a close.

District Superintendent Fred McCarthy will discuss enrollment figures and the findings of the facilities committee.

The board will also discuss the middle school’s planned adventure trip to the Washington coast, review a proposal by Chris Harshman and Jess Foley to attend a band director workshop and hear a report on food service in the district.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. tonight in the commons at South Whidbey Intermediate School.

Meeting to cover veterans’ issues:

An interactive meeting for veterans, their families and friends will be held later this week in Langley.

The meeting will tackle such heavyweight issues as post-traumatic stress disorder and life after serving in a war. It is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 30, at the First Methodist Church in Langley.

Organizers said thousands of troops will be returning home from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom within the next year; more than 22,000 men and women who are physically and emotionally wounded. The meeting will address what it takes to return into regular life.

The meeting is organized by Chuck McIntyre. Kathy Deane of Sistermonk will accompany him with song.

Walkway projects get start in Langley:

Street and sidewalk projects are taking shape in Langley. The Camano Avenue walkway project is finally underway after rebidding issues and delays arose due to high construction costs.

Sullivan Contracting will be performing the contract work to build new walkways along the north and east sides of Camano Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Manchester Way in the area of the Langley Middle School through Aug. 15.

Farm bureau explains programs:

The board of directors for the Island County Farm Bureau will meet tonight in Oak Harbor.

Mike Fournier, director of marketing for the Washington Farm Bureau, will explain the Retro/Safety and other programs available to farm bureau members. The meeting is 7 p.m. at the Heller Road Fire Station.

For more information, call 360-293-5980.

SVC campus honors winners:

The Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island Campus presented 22 departmental awards and 38 scholarships totaling $35,900 at its annual honors reception earlier this month.

This year’s South Whidbey Center Carol Huber Award went to Alexis Pong.

Named after a former center director, the Huber Award is presented each year to one South Whidbey Center graduating student who, in the opinion of the South Whidbey instructors, exhibits outstanding accomplishments in their academic and personal life.

Pong, a mother of two young sons, is a native of South Whidbey. She received her high school diploma through Skagit Valley College in June of 2007, and she will receive her Associate of Arts, University College Transfer Degree from SVC this June.

She is a top student, and also received a president’s medal for maintaining a high GPA. She has been accepted to the University of Washington, where she plans to get a degree in psychology and go on to study medicine.

Early registration starts at SVC:

Early registration for returning students has started at Skagit Valley College for summer and fall quarter classes and workshops.

Summer quarter begins Monday, June 23 and fall quarter begins Monday, Sept. 22 at all SVC locations.

Registration for new advised students begins Wednesday, May 28. Open enrollment begins Wednesday, June 4.

Interested students can apply and register online at, in person, or by contacting their nearest campus or center.

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