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Hometown Hero Vicki Robin: What life’s really about

What’s the purpose of your life? Why are you here? Sometimes finding one’s purpose is the realization of what it is not. For Vicki Robin,… Continue reading

 

Hometown Hero: Lewis Pope

Once every year a South Whidbey senior is chosen by the South Whidbey School District to be featured in the hometown hero series. This year… Continue reading

 

WAIF volunteer has heart for more than animals

You’re coming out of the market, groceries in your arms. You notice a person in tattered clothes sitting hunched over on a curb, holding something… Continue reading

 

Bill Cochran: Giving back to the people

What’s important to you? For hometown hero Bill Cochran, moving to South Whidbey answered this question for him. He said he realized his fondest memories… Continue reading

HOMETOWN HERO | Pam Kniseley, living with intention and purpose

Just as people choose to live on South Whidbey, what are the other daily choices they make that are intentional? Pam Kniseley says she defines… Continue reading

Diana Putney: Working to be an example of goodness | HOMETOWN HERO

All who have been touched by Diana Putney describe her as humble, sweet, caring and a model of a good person who creates hope in the human race. Angie Pratt says, “My daughter Mya had been in 4-H for six years and was ready to give up on performance, because of various circumstances.

Ewell: Quaker dedicates his life to peacemaking | HOMETOWN HERO

Besides songs, poems, bumper stickers, protests, and posters, one way to define peacemaking is on a personal level. And so it is with Hometown Hero Tom Ewell, whose friends and colleagues often refer to him as a peacemaker.

Bishop: Caring is cool, South Whidbey senior says | HOMETOWN HERO

Once a year South Whidbey schools nominate one senior to be a hometown hero. This person is chosen by adults and students, is a person who inspires others, and makes the community and school a better place. This year it’s Macey Bishop. Caring isn’t always easy. Sometimes it comes with a price. The person who acts indifferent or apathetic towards others and life may think they’re avoiding being hurt, but the truth is, fear of showing vulnerable feelings of caring and acting detached is more painful in the end. It hurts oneself, others and the world is cheated out of the real you, says Macey Bishop, hometown hero.

Andersen: Recognizing, moving past our fears | HOMETOWN HERO

What are your fears? We all have them. You know, the ones that hold you back from being your better self. Fear of failure, success, rejection, not having enough, being good enough or perhaps fear of being alone.

Don ‘Hunter’ Allen: Sharing freely his labor’s fruits | HOMETOWN HERO

It does not matter who you are, what you do, what race, religion or non-religion, political party, or if you are rich or poor, Don Allen will cheerfully help you, and share with you.

Jerry Lloyd: A giver with the heart of a teacher | HOMETOWN HERO

Many of us are big picture people, some of us are better at seeing the small details. Hometown Hero Jerry Lloyd, however, sees the forest and the trees clearly at the same time. His motivation is what is best for the community as a whole, and then he narrows the needs of individuals all at once.

Bob Alexander: Mr. A, still inspiring consistency

For those who know Bob Alexander, affectionately called “Mr. A,” he’s referred to as a steady-Eddie, a behind-the-scenes kind of guy whom one can always count on.

Carol Barnes: Animal cop keeps sight of the mission | HOMETOWN HERO

How many times in life are we motivated only to become disillusioned? How many times do we feel led or called to do something, only to allow circumstances or others to derail us?

Angela Vosburg: Service, hospitality, humor | HOMETOWN HERO

With a heart as big as her smile, Angela Vosburg has a way with people. Some describe her as the bright spot in a room, others know a dedicated community volunteer. Still more know her as a savvy and successful businesswoman. While the reports vary, there seems to be one thing everyone agrees on: Vosburg makes both an impression and a difference in people’s lives.

Mary Fisher: Bloom where you are planted | HOMETOWN HERO

Mary Fisher says she’s learned to bloom wherever she is in life. When Fisher’s kids left home, she felt emptiness, and wanted to fill that hole. She looked close to home, and became aware of kids in need of nutritious food right here on South Whidbey.

JEAN MATHENY: Helping others to feel at ease | HOMETOWN HERO

Ever feel like you’re fumbling for what to say when someone has had a loss, or feel so uncomfortable you avoid the person altogether? Jean Matheny went through this with others after losing her husband suddenly. But, she found a way to put people at ease. “After my husband passed away, I noticed people were treating me differently or avoiding me all together,” she said. “I knew they weren’t trying to shun me or anything, they just didn’t know what to say.” So she went to the places she was involved with, such as the teachers’ lounge, to try and put them at ease.

HOMETOWN HERO | James Itaya: Answering the call to action

Actions, not mere words, are what defines the reputation and character of a person, according to James Itaya, a South Whidbey High School senior.

What others say about Erik Jokinen | HOMETOWN HERO

“Erik has been instrumental in developing one of the most effective physical education programs in our state here on South Whidbey.

Jokinen: Life is about choices, not circumstances | HOMETOWN HERO

Not all lessons in the classroom come from textbooks. Sometimes they come from special teachers, professionals such as South Whidbey’s Erik Jokinen.

Judy Thorslund: Amends for a rocky past | HOMETOWN HERO

She came to South Whidbey in 1977, leaving a life behind her in Seattle that had been shattered by the death of a child, drug addiction and broken dreams. As Judy Thorslund says, “I spent the next 4 years here on South Whidbey finding the bottom of a bottle. Thankfully in 1982 I had a very powerful turn-around point in my life.”