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"Help Parks plan trailsThe South Whidbey Parks & Recreation District needs the community's help to plan trails.On Wednesday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. the district will hold the first of a series of planning meetings prior to construction a trail system on the newly purchased 40 acres at Community Park.The public is invited to give input, help with the planning and help with construction, said Jerry Cole, parks director. The meeting will be held in the parks office at 5495 Maxwelton Road. To volunteer of get your name on the list for future meetings call 221-5484.Fish poured at PossessionThousands of young coho salmon on Monday were poured into the pondat Possession Point Bait Co. under the watchful eyes of members of the Whidbey Island Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.The state Department of Fish & Wildlife brought the marked fish, which will be reared in the pond until they're of suitable size to release into Puget Sound. Anglers member Russ Ramsey estimated their number at 24,000.The project typically results in the return of several thousand feisty coho to the Possession area where anglers on shore and in boats enjoy some outstanding fishing.Ropes course training offeredThe Island County Ropes Challenge Program is recruiting people to participate in the winter facilitator training session in Coupeville.The program is an alcohol and substance abuse prevention effort, promoting teamwork, communication and group problem-solving through adventure education. Sponsors include Island County Health, Parks, and WSU Extension.Training will be held over eight days from Feb. 29 to March 12. Trainees can apprentice and become certified to lead courses for the program. For an application or more information call Ben Gilmore, coordinator, at 321-5111.Play volleyball Wednesday nightAll interested players age 16 and older are encouraged to attend open gym volleyball each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. at the South Whidbey High School gym.All levels are play are welcome. A one dollar donation per visit is requested. For more information call South Whidbey Parks, 221-5484."

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