June 25, 2008 · Updated 9:40 PM
"We don't yet know who our next president will be, which in itself may be a reason to give thanks. But there are many other reasons to be thankful each Thanksgiving, especially when you are fortunate enough to live on Whidbey Island. Here's a list of 42 things we know about that happened just in the last year.1. Voters continued to support our schools, through an M&O levy last spring and a couple of initiatives this fall.2. We have two farmers markets, double the number from past years.3. We've still got ferries and buses, despite the warnings before I-695 passed.4. Nobody murdered anybody on South Whidbey.5. Shirley's Kitchen is back.6. Islanders still march annually to commemorate World AIDS Day.7. Artists continue to stage outstanding musical and theatrical productions on the WICA and South Whidbey High School stages.8. We still have only one movie screen, which is enough for any community.9. Salmon are returning to Maxwelton and Glendale creeks.10. The high school has one of the best boys and girls soccer programs in the state.11. Nichols Brothers continues to produce fine boats with an outstanding crew.12. The Record never runs out of Hometown Hero candidates.13. South Whidbey AT&T Cable still doesn't offer MTV.14. Freeland and Clinton residents have taken over the planning of their own communities.15. We just spent another year without a major storm.16. Nothing happened on Y2K.17. We have half of a nice new ferry dock.18. Langley repaved some of its roads.19. Legislators headed off DNR plans to cut public timber on South Whidbey.20. Ten digit local calls aren't required - yet.21. Voters approved expansion of the poorly named South Whidbey Community Park, if that is indeed its name.22. Puget Sound Energy buried some power lines.23. Good Cheer continues to help the needy all year 'round.23. Clinton now has its own library.24. Plenty of new construction has kept our carpenters employed.25. The Cathlamet and Kittitas almost always make their scheduled runs.26. AmeriCorps continues to do outstanding work with South Whidbey's kids and the environment.27. South Whidbey people saved Greenbank's Sears House.28. New tsunami warning signs apparently helped prevent tsunamis.29. The schools' Youth in Arts program brightened up the spring.30. Gray and orca whales still visit our waters every year.31. Hearts & Hammers fixed up 32 homes this year.32. We're finally getting some more senior housing on South Whidbey.33. Whidbey General Hospital is getting better all the time, thanks to community support.34. Cougar and other wild cat reports keep Whidbey Islanders entertained.35. Freeland Hall is in better shape than it has been in years.36. Tests continue to show that South Whidbey kids are above average.37. Nesting ospreys have taken a liking to our cell towers and football light poles.38. Gas prices plummet whenever we drive off the island.39. Children have their own Day on South Whidbey, and hundreds participate.40. More and more high school students are becoming volunteer firefighters.41. We finally got our flu vaccine.42. Everyone lonely or in need has a free Thanksgiving dinner available at the American Legion Hall.And that's just a start. Throw in sunrises, sunsets, mountain views, the joy of children, and the company of all our talented friends and neighbors, and there are too many reasons to count why we should be thankful again this Thanksgiving. "