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Education is not an exact science. Yet, there are some surefire winners out there and the Salmon in the Classroom program is one of them. The program, a partnership between the Whidbey Watershed Stewards, the South Whidbey School District and the Schools Foundation, tasked four fifth grade classes with raising 250 coho salmon, from egg to fry, over a four-month period in an aquarium at school. Students spent this past Friday morning releasing them into the Maxwelton watershed.
Community Events, April 2014
The right decision isn’t always clear. The road can be fogged with circumstance and variables that make things seem more complicated, or more simple, than they really are. That’s why the Langley City Council’s vote to reinstate a standing ethics board earlier this month was so important. City leaders such as the mayor, who oversees employees at City Hall, should not be tasked with vetting claims of improper or dishonest action against himself or his staff. That job is best left to a third-party group not involved in the daily affairs of Langley government.
The best thing about living in a small community is that everyone knows everyone. It’s also the worst thing about living in a small community, because when tragedy strikes it seems to touch us all. Many know Jan Quade, who lost her home of over 30 years to a fire on Tuesday. The lifelong South Whidbey resident left for Bible study and returned a few hours later to a house engulfed in flames.
The first Earth Day in 1970 was quite a historical phenomenon. Across the country, millions of people attended tens of thousands of community events, school and college teach-ins, all focused on putting the environment on the political map. More than a million people streamed into Central Park to attend their first ever eco-fair. And imagine this: Congress took the day off so that senators and representatives could get back to their home states and participate in that historical day’s events. American Heritage magazine called it “one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy.”