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January 31, 2011

WHIDBEY SUN & WIND’s Kelly Keilwitz joined Gwen today for an hour of “sustainable” information about sun, wind and hydro energy.  This interview will be available by podcast from the KWPA site in one week.

Repeats of this interview will re-air – Thursday – Feb 3 @ 9am and Friday – Feb 4 @ 4pm.  Re-airing will take place on 96.9fm around central Whidbey or streamed over the internet.

Founder Kelly Keilwitz is the managing member of Whidbey Sun & Wind, LLC. Kelly is a registered professional civil engineer with a background in geotechnical engineering. Kelly’s training in renewable energy began in 1999, through Solar Energy International. He has completed the following courses through SEI: Photovoltaic Design & Installation, Advanced PV, Wind Power, Microhydro Power, Solar Hot Water, Build Your Own Wind Generator, and Solar Home Design. Kelly is certified by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as a Certified Solar PV Installer.

Kelly and his family live next door to the Whidbey Sun & Wind office. His home is a model of sustainable remodeling and living techniques and renewable energy use. Kelly and his family enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, paddling & sailing and living in this beautiful, rural community as sustainably as is they can. Kelly is a member of the Mount Baker Ski Patrol, and the Island County Trails Council. “I consider myself very fortunate to live in a beautiful place, have a half-minute commute (if I pause to pet the dog and breathe in the setting), where I get to work with such a capable, committed, and fun group of people, providing solutions that make our customers happy and the planet a better place!”, says Kelly.

The interview will appear on the KWPA website podcast in 2 weeks from Jan 31, 2011

Vivian Rogers-Decker, Family and Student Support Advocate

Vivian Rogers Decker began volunteering for  Readiness To Learn in 2000.  In 2001,  she accepted the position of Family Support Specialist in which she provides individualized services to families and youth, in Central Whidbey.

As the Homeless Liaison, Vivian provides multiple supports to help homeless students stay in school.  Her ten years of experience, and professional leadership, ensures that even in the most challenging situations Vivian will be up to the task and capable of helping.  Vivian has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and a  minor in Criminal Justice. She lives with her husband Paul Decker, in the heart of Whidbey Island, and enjoys volunteering with numerous organizations and spending time with her two sons when they are home from college.

Gwen invited Vivian onto Whidbey Chat this morning so Vivian could explain to listeners just how much good is done for, and how much more is needed, for struggling families on Whidbey Island.

As much as the island represents paradise for so many – it is, after all, a modern world with modern problems.  Problems that Vivian Rogers-Decker deals with everyday.

Log onto Readiness to Learn Foundation to find out more about how you can offer good will to those who may be struggling with less than ideal resources in your community.

Give to Readiness to Learn – $ donations, in-kind donations, donations of professional services – contact Readiness to Learn to see how you can best serve those who may need your generosity and kindness.

THANK YOU VIVIAN – for all the work you do!  You are a role model to all of us!  Keep up the great work!

TO directly inquire as to how you can give to Readiness to Learn and the programs Vivian thinks are so important in her work – please log onto the Readiness to Learn website.

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Saturday – January 29, 2011


Saratoga Chamber Orchestra

FEBRUARY 14 & 15, 2011

Program to include: Karelia Suite, Op. 11 -Jean Sibelius

Pastoral Suite, Op. 19 – Lars-Erik Larsson

Aladdin Suite, Op. 34 (March) – Carl Nielsen and

Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor performed by Norwegian pianist, KNUT ERIK JENSEN

FEBRUARY 14, 7pm

FEBRUARY 15, 7pm

$20 Adult / $18 Senior-Military

Complimentary Admission to Students
18 and under
14 and under must be accompanied by paying Adult

Tickets for this concert available at these vendors:

Moonraker Books, Langley
Book Bay, Freeland
bayleaf, Coupeville & Oak Harbor
Click Music, Oak Harbor



Introducing the $50 Season Ticket
for use at our upcoming
February, April and May concerts.

A $10 SAVINGS OFF the Adult Admission Price!

Good for THREE ADMISSIONS in any combination. Use for EACH of the Three remaining concerts, or bring 2 friends and use at ONE concert…it’s your choice!


Pacific Rim Institute’s Director Robert Pelant came into the studio today to inform the KWPA listener’s about the history, purpose and goals of the institute.

So many folks Gwen has talked to, over time, have voiced curiosity about the property PRI is located on.  It was about time we heard from one of the long time educators and leaders at PRI, just what is happening on the old quail farm on Parker Road, off Rt. 525, on Whidbey Island.

A podcast of this interview will be on the KWPA podcast page the first of Feb. 2011. Until then click around the PRI website to find out more about the credited programs, volunteer and philanthropic opportunities offered there.

The Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship is a faith-based environmental nonprofit organization committed to facilitating a transformational environmental ethic in individuals and our culture.  Located on Whidbey Island in Washington’s Puget Sound, we have access to all the ecosystems of the northwest as well as specialists in all areas of ecology and can facilitate environmental education and stewardship at all levels.  Our work is an every day commitment to our community, the land, and to our God who “through Him all things were made”. John 1:3

Gwen hosted and interviewed Island County Beach Watcher outgoing president Jill Hein, brand new Program Coordinator, Barbara Bennett, and WSU Extension Director Tim Lawrence on her KWPA show Whidbey Chat, Monday, Jan 3, 2011.  Podcasting of this interview will be loaded onto the KWPA podcast page the first of Feb. 2011.

Island County Beach Watchers, an arm of the WSU Extension, is marking a mile stone with the hiring of Barbara as their new Program Director.  During the interview Barbara expressed excitement to be working for the well respected and productive organization, having an office in Admiralty Lighthouse, and to be living on beautiful Whidbey Island!

Of particular excitement, Barbara and Jill wanted the listening audience to know that Beach Watcher training begins in April (2011).  Visit the Beach Watchers website to find out more about taking their training and becoming a full fledged Island County Beach Watcher.  If you appreciate and enjoy our beaches, want to make a difference in their healthy care, Beach Watchers is for you.  Click the link below to find out more, or call one of the numbers listed to inquire about registering for the upcoming training.  Training is a requirement for Beach Watchers.

Beach Watcher Training information link.

1-360-679-7391 (from N Whidbey)
1-360-679-7391 (from Central Whidbey)
1-360-321-5111 x7391 (from South Whidbey)

Joining the interview was new Washington State University (WSU) Extension Director Tim Lawrence who, likewise was excited to share his commitment to the local environment and economy through his work with the extension.  As the umbrella for several important resources and organizations, including the Beach Watcher’s, Tim provided KWPA listeners with an impressive overview of the Extension’s breadth of work.  Running over 9 broad stroked focuses and producing countless educational publications, Tim has his work cut out for him. Below is a list of Extension offerings to ours and the surrounding communities.

In addition, Washington State University provides over 2,200 publications, numerous online educational opportunities, and other statewide educational programs and technical assistance from four Research and Extension Centers, 15 Academic Departments and six of WSU’s Academic Colleges.


All three of Gwen’s guest were excited to tell listeners about the 2011 Sound Waters event the Beach Watcher’s will be hosting on Saturday, February 5th, 2011, South Whidbey High School in Langley.

Dr. Rick Keil

Dr. Rick Keil will provide the keynote speech for the event.  Click on his photo to read more about his presentation.

Rick is director of the Aquatic Organic Geochemistry lab and a Professor of Chemical Oceanography in the University of Washington’s School of Oceanography. He is the UW’s Fleming Fellow for Ocean Education and is interested in the application of organic geochemistry to emerging environmental issues such as climate change, and pollutant distributions and sinks in marine systems (understanding the factors that control organic matter cycling in marine and freshwater systems). Rick likes to play blues ukulele and collects toy trains.

Below you will find pertinent information about this amazing and inexpensive event.  A perfect winter day of learning with your neighbors!

Gwen thought the Beach Watcher’s and WSU Extension, with such a staggering amount of offerings for our island community would be perfect guests for Whidbey Chat, and was pleased to bring Tim, Barbara and Jill together in the KWPA studio, to educate our listener’s about all of the ways they can assist our community and state in keeping our beaches clean and healthy, our 4-H clubs up and running, our Master Gardener programs operational and the countless other things Island County Beach Watchers and WSU Extension do through volunteer and philantrophic opportunities.

THANKS go out to all three of you for your commitment to your work and coming into KWPA on a cold morning, to share with our listening audience!


Visit the KWPA podcast page for other talk interviews, music, community events and general interest listening.


Washington State University Island County Extension connects the people of Island County to the research and knowledge bases of the state’s land grant research university providing solutions to local problems and stimulating local economies.  Our county-based educators work with partners in your communities to provide educational programs and leverage the broad resources of a major university to resolve issues and create a positive future for the residents of Island County.







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