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It’s was a BUSY 2011 – with TOO MANY EGGS in the carton!

Gwen was involved in so many projects from May of 2011 to January 2012 – she was unable to sit in the chair and do her own shows.

So after working with others, training new hosts, some heady business building projects, a couple trips here and there, she’s back in the chair & behind the board at KWPA Whidbey Air.

TUNE or STREAM in for her music show – Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday – from 4 to 7pm Pacific Standard Time

Music will be guided by listener feedback and Gwen’s own strangely assorted genre library.

Gwen’s TALK show Whidbey Chat – will be back on it’s regular time soon!  STAY TUNED.

Hello folks,

Gwen will be airing archived shows through Thanksgiving. Tune in at the regular times – Monday’s 11am, Thursday 9am, Friday’s 4pm and Saturday’s at 7pm’s – Pacific Standard Time – for past shows on archives.  And, please log onto KWPA radio’s website’s podcast page to listen to podcasts.

Thank you for your support of Whidbey’s community radio station – KWPA!

Whidbey Giving Circle

Gwen was joined this week by Larry Lowry and Jody Watts of the Whidbey Giving Circle

Listen to Jody and Larry share with Gwen just what the Giving Circle is, what they do, and how you can get involved with this powerfully generous group of island residents.  People who do good work and have a good time doing it.

Re-broadcast of interview can be heard on

Thursday – April 7th at 9am

Friday – April 8th at 4pm

and Saturday April 9th at 7pm.

Tune in to 96.9fm around the Penn Cove of Whidbey

OR

stream from anywhere you can connect to the internet at KWPA’s listen page.

The Whidbey Giving Circle is a community of Island County citizens who pool resources to support LGBTQ equality and young people on the island. Membership is open all who make a financial contribution of any size.  Annual gifts range from $15 to $5,000.  Every gift is powerful and earns the donor opportunities to vote on key Whidbey Giving Circle grants and scholarships.  Members are encouraged to help guide the annual grant and scholarship cycles by reviewing applications and working with a committee to determine annual awards.  Affiliated with Pride Foundation, the Whidbey Giving Circle began in 2007 and has since grown to nearly 70 members, providing approximately $20,000 of annual support to organizations, community leaders and students.

From September to January, the Whidbey Giving Circle hosts houseparties and educational sessions on the island to link community members and provide key opportunities to learn, socialize and make an annual membership commitment.  From February to June, both grants and scholarships are determined.  The group celebrates their investments and enjoys the sunshine together through an annual summer picnic.

Prior grantees include: Citizens Against Domestic & Sexual Abuse for their work to support LGBTQ youth across Whidbey Island and the Whidbey Children’s Theater for productions that address LGBT related issues and spur thoughtful conversation and learning within the community.  The Whidbey Giving Circle has provided 8 scholarships to student leaders.

Pride Foundation has invested over $20,000 in eleven organizations that serve Island counties LGBTQ community. Much of this funding comes from the Whidbey Giving Circle, a group of Island residents that come together every year to raise and distribute funds on Whidbey. In addition, numerous Pride Foundation scholars hail from this area.

Currently, grants to nonprofits (besides those made by the Whidbey Giving Circle) are made from Pride Foundation’s Cascadia cycle, which is administered in Seattle, WA. A key goal of Pride Foundation’s is to have an active Pride Regional Community established in this area, so all funding decisions are made at the local level. We have begun working towards this goal and will continue to update the community as we progress.

If you would like to learn more about getting involved with the Pride Foundation please send us an email or call us at 1-800-735-7287.

Available Grant: Whidbey Giving Circle
The Whidbey Giving Circle is accepting grant applications for organizations and programs on Whidbey Island that benefit LGBT youth or raise awareness.
Grant application must be postmarked by April 5, 2011. – Download the application
Unavailable Grant: Cascadia Grants – Grant application will be available in Summer 2011.
ON a special MAIL-IN only ballot set for May 17th – Whidbey General Hospital will be asking property owners of Whidbey Island to OK a 50million dollar bond to increase and improve the hospital’s health care services to the community.
The next scheduled public forums for this bond are as follows.
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

 

Joining Gwen on KWPA’s Whidbey Chat this week were Coupeville Lion’s President, Dennis Bullock and, member and “Zone Chairman” John Kohlmann, for an interview about the Coupeville Lions Club.

Anyone who has been to Coupeville has seen the big Lion’s emblem on Coupeville’s welcome sign at Hwy 525 and Main St.  But, do they know just how many lives and community projects they touched.  Dennis Bullock, sitting Coupeville Lions president and member John Kohlmann are just two of our island citizen’s who are members of just one of our 5 island Lions clubs.

With a membership of 112 – the Coupeville Lions is the larger of the 2 clubs in the central Whidbey area.  The other is Central Whidbey Lions with a smaller membership, but no less good work done.  Dennis and John say there are multiple clubs for multiple reasons – could be the meetings are on the wrong day for some one’s schedule so they choose to start another club to better fit theirs and others free hours.  None the less, it doesn’t matter, as these Lions said, all Lions Clubs are good Lions clubs.

The Coupeville Lions, in particular, hold the infamous Garage Sale people come from miles around to attend.  They also hold an annual Scholarship benefiting dinner and auction, where Gwen’s co-host on What’s Up Whidbey, Harry Anderson seems to always get the heritage turkey up for auction, and that’s just two of the big events Coupeville Lions maintain annually.

LISTEN to this interview for more!   AND contact the Coupeville Lions to inquire about their annual open house – if you’d like to find out about joining the club –  April 13th, 2011 at the Methodist Church in Coupeville.  YOU must make contact & have a Lion invite you to attend this event – per the limited number of seats available.

Contact information for the Coupeville Lions – PO Box 473, Coupeville, 98239 – 360-678-4105

coupevillelions@juno.com

Visit the Coupeville Lions website: www.coupevillelions.org

Coupeville Lions Calendar pdf.

Listen to this interview re-air on Thursday March 24th, 2011 at 9am & Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 4pm.  YOU can tune into 96.9fm around the Penn Cove area of Whidbey Island – OR listen through your computer at the KWPA listen page.

This interview will appear on the podcast page of KWPA in 30 days.

KWPA radio – Whidbey Island’s public and community radio station – is happy to provide Whidbey Island property owners with information on the special MAIL IN only ballot – set for MAY 17, 2011 – in which Whidbey General Hospital will be asking Whidbey property owners for a 50 million dollar bond for the hospital’s upgrade and expansion.

Listen to Harry Anderson’s March 7, 2011 – interview with hospital CEO Tom Tomasino and CFO Joe Vessey for more information about this special ballot measure – by clicking on the linked title below

Click here: KWPA WHIDBEY HOSPITAL BOND INTERVIEW

KWPA hopes this special interview will help Whidbey Island Property Owners understand more about this special election BOND.

Gwen would like to thank KWPA’s What’s Up Whidbey host – Harry Anderson for taking the time to host this special interview.

Thank you for listening to KWPA

WHIDBEY GENERAL HOSPITAL SEEKS FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM PROPERTY OWNERS

KWPA had Whidbey General Hospital CEO, Tom Tomasino and CFO, Joe Vessey in the studio on March 7th for an interview about the up coming – MAIL IN ONLY – special ballot for the 50 million dollar bond the hospital is seeking from the property owners of Whidbey.

The interview will re-air on KWPA on Thursday – March 11th at 4pm – from 96.9fm around Penn Cove and streamed from the KWPA “listen” page.

IN and effort to help the citizen’s of Whidbey get as much information as possible about this bond, KWPA will be airing this interview with Tom Tomasino and Joe Vessey repeatedly over the weeks leading up to the May 17th vote.  Gwen will inform you of the days and times – on Monday – March 14th.

Below – you can find times and locations of upcoming public forums pertaining to educating the public about the hospital’s need, and newspaper articles related to the bond.

KWPA would like to thank Whidbey General Hospital, Tom Tomasino, Joe Vessey and Trish Rose for making this interview possible.

GWEN – would like to thank Harry Anderson for taking the chair as host for this interview.

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WHIDBEY HOSPITAL SPECIAL ELECTION BOND PUBLIC FORUMS

  • Tuesday, March 22 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 12:30 pm, Bayview Senior Center
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

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Feb 16, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Approves 50 Million Bond – By Sue Ellen White

http://whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5371

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Feb. 2, 2011 – Whidbey News Times – Lower values increase Whidbey General Hospital bond rate – By NATHAN WHALEN

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/115044444.html

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Jan. 26, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Bond Needed for Whidbey General ExpansionBy Toni Grove

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5237

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Dec. 18, 2010 Whidbey News Times Editorial: Sell hospital bond with enthusiasm

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/opinion/112084729.html

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DEC 15, 2010 – Whidbey News Times – Whidbey General Hospital gets closer to its $50-million bond proposalBy JUSTIN BURNETT

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/111937594.html

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May 12, 2010 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Board Considers 50 Million Bond MeasureBy Justin Burnett

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=3896

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May 11, 2101 – Commissioners consider Whidbey General Hospital bond – Whidbey News TimesBy JENNY MANNING

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/93455149.html

 

Whidbey General Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino and his CFO Joe Vessey joined Harry Anderson and Gwen in the KWPA studio for an interview about the upcoming 50 Bond Whidbey General is seeking from voters.

The special ballot (MAIL IN ONLY) will take place on May 17, and looks to be very important to the future of health care on Whidbey Island, so says CEO Tomasino and those who are in favor of the bond.  The bond will add pennies to your property tax – but none the less some voters are asking a lot of questions.

Harry Anderson took the roll of host for this interview, which aired lived today at 11am.  The interview will rebroadcast on 96.9 FM around Penn Cove or streamed over your computer from the KWPA website – on Thursday – March 10 at 9am and Friday March 11 at 4pm.  After that the interview will appear on the KWPA schedule weekly and be available as a podcast on the KWPA site.  KWPA hopes this interview will help the property owners of Whidbey Island be sufficiently informed prior to the special election on May 17th

Several community meetings have been planned in the coming weeks to help inform citizens of the bond.  WGH’s strategic plan calls for replacing the hospital’s 40 year old inpatient wing. YOU can hear hospital CEO, Mr. Tom Tomasino, talk about the hospital district’s near and long term goals to continue to provide quality healthcare on Whidbey Island

  • Tuesday, March 22 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 12:30 pm, Bayview Senior Center
  • Thursday, March 24 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 6:00 pm, Coupeville Library
  • Monday, March 28 – OPEN COMMUNITY MEETING, 1:30 pm, Oak Harbor Senior Center

In an effort to provide KWPA listeners with as much information as possible about this bond we have loaded up links to several of the newspaper articles that have been published explaining the bond to property owners.

Feb 16, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Approves 50 Million Bond – By Sue Ellen White

http://whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5371

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Feb. 2, 2011 – Whidbey News Times – Lower values increase Whidbey General Hospital bond rate – By NATHAN WHALEN

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/115044444.html

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Jan. 26, 2011 – Whidbey Examiner – Bond Needed for Whidbey General ExpansionBy Toni Grove

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp?SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=5237

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Dec. 18, 2010 Whidbey News Times Editorial: Sell hospital bond with enthusiasm

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/opinion/112084729.html

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DEC 15, 2010 – Whidbey News Times – Whidbey General Hospital gets closer to its $50-million bond proposalBy JUSTIN BURNETT

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/111937594.html

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May 12, 2010 – Whidbey Examiner – Hospital Board Considers 50 Million Bond MeasureBy Justin Burnett

http://www.whidbeyexaminer.com/main.asp SectionID=1&SubSectionID=1&ArticleID=3896

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May 11, 2101 – Commissioners consider Whidbey General Hospital bond – Whidbey News TimesBy JENNY MANNING

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/whidbey/wnt/news/93455149.html

 

Look out old timer eateries in Coupeville, for the second year running, a brand new business WON the MUSSEL CHOWDER CONTEST!

Ebey Bowl, located at 1203 W Terry Road in Coupeville, made the best chowder and has raised the bar for the 2012 Penn Cove Mussel Fest.  Last year the 2010 mussel chowder winner was Mosquito Fleet on Front St. in Coupeville.

Matt and Heidi Iverson and Mimi and Scott Johnson, owners of Ebey Bowl – will surely be fielding tons of congratulatory phone calls, emails and visitors today – giving them no time to rest after a whirl wind Mussel Fest weekend.

When asked, by Gwen, at the Mussel Mingle, Friday night, what he had planned for his chowder entry, Matt Iverson said he had no idea what he was doing – but he was confident it would be delicious and he was not worried”.  Looks like his confidence paid off!

Congratulations to the STAFF of EBEY BOWL!

YOU GOT MUSSEL!

Ebey Bowl
1203 W. Terry Road
(360) 678-2255
info@ebeybowl.com

2011 MUSSEL FESTIVAL EVENTS

The Penn Cove MusselFest Headquarters is located at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.
Tickets for Saturday and Sunday festival activities must be purchased there.

Parking is available next to the Coupeville Library off of NW Alexander Street and at the Island County Buildings on Main Street (a 3 block walk to downtown and the Rec Hall)

Friday, March 4, 5:30pm-8:30pm
Saturday, March 5, 10:30am-9pm
Sunday, March 6, 10:30am-5pm

Click on the 2011 Penn Cove Mussel Festival poster to go to their official site.

ENJOY – WHIDBEY, HISTORIC COUPEVILLE and YUMMY PENN COVE MUSSELS!

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