EDITOR'S COLUMN | Error in today’s Record, please

Gray skies and drizzly rain; that’s what I see outside my office window in Freeland. And on the eve of an eventful Memorial Day weekend.

I might actually sigh if it weren’t for the fact that The Record’s weather forecasters, the magical crystal balls we spend endless hours gazing into five days a week, have inaccurately predicted rain for the past two weekends in a row. On the heels of workweeks dominated by sunshine, those were hard reports to swallow. In fact, I actually found myself each time quietly grumbling about the content of the Saturday edition.

Yet, each weekend brought warm, bright summer weather, the kind that makes one want to risk it all with a May swim in Goss Lake. It’s still a bit too cold, by the way — trust me.

Now, for the third week running, my crystal ball has the brass to tell me the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is once again predicting rain. Saturday has a 30 percent chance of scattered showers, followed by a 50 percent chance of rain on Sunday and Monday.

Well, here’s to hoping for some consistency with the weather guys, for this weekend is chock-full of cool community events.

Saturday kicks things off with Senior Services of Island County’s parking lot sale, which begins at 9 a.m. at Senior Community Thrift, 5518 Woodard Ave., Freeland. An hour later, at 10 a.m. at South Whidbey Harbor, South Whidbey Fire/EMS will officially christen its new fireboat and reveal the vessel’s name.

Then on Sunday, Celebration of the Water begins at 11 a.m. at South Whidbey State Park. The educational and family-oriented event will include nature games, the chance to create water art, explore tide pools, learn about whales, and perhaps best of all, free barbecue. That’s right, free barbecue.

Finally, Monday offers a host of opportunities to remember and honor our fallen service members. On the South End, a service begins at 11 a.m. at Bayview Cemetery, located at the intersection of Bayview and Howard roads. A potluck will follow at the American Legion South Whidbey Post 141, 14096 Highway 525.

Another service will be held at the same time, 11 a.m. at the Clinton Cemetery, located next to St. Peter’s Lutheran church, 6309 Wilson Place.

So, with so many things to do this weekend, I’ll venture where perhaps no other newspaper editor would dare and publicly declare my hopes for an error — just one — in today’s edition of The Record.


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