Drug Take-Back Day – October 22

pillsLocal law enforcement and the Drug Enforcement Administration are teaming up once again for a prescription drug take back event.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, law enforcement agencies on Whidbey Island will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of expired, unused and unwanted medication.

People can take their drugs to the Oak Harbor Police Department on Barrington Drive, the Coupeville Marshal’s Office on Northeast Seventh Street and the Island County Sheriff’s Office precinct office at 5521 East Harbor Road in Freeland.

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4 Reasons to Meet Us At the Fair

CBTaraFairColdwell Banker Tara Properties is celebrating over 30 years at the Island County/Whidbey Island Fair. We’ve had a booth in the Turner Building EVERY YEAR! We chat with folks about the community, real estate, kids, weather–anything that comes up. Of course, we’re happy to help Buyers find new homes and Sellers make plans to sell their properties. This year we’re giving away Four $50 Gift Certificates to Island businesses–Glass Alley Cafe, Ace Hardware, Bayview Farm and Garden, and The Clyde Theater. Stop by and enter to win–there’s no obligation, and our agents would love to meet you and chat.

Erl Bangston

Erl Bangston

Erl Bangston, our founder and friend,  passed away peacefully last Friday at his home in Red Oak, Iowa, with his wife Cynthia and Jade, their beloved cat, at his side.

From our president, Rick Chapman, “Erl will be deeply missed here, leaving behind only those fond memories we have of him.  I know that Erl would tell us do not grieve his death but rather celebrate his life.  And that is just the way Erl was – always enjoying life to the fullest.  His positive outlook and frame of mind were infectious and he could make a mean pot of soup to boot.  He was a great mentor to many of us, always had a smile for everyone and was highly regarded by anyone who ever had the opportunity to meet him.  This is truly a great loss to our Company and to our community as a whole.  Nevertheless, always remember Erl with a smile on your face because that is the way he would want it!”

Congratulations…..to us!

Erl Bangston, our founder

This month marks the 39th anniversary of the beginning of Coldwell Banker Tara Properties. Erl Bangston started Tara Properties way back in 1975 and we’ve been a successful real estate company on Whidbey Island ever since. Our experienced and knowledgeable agents have helped thousands of folks buy their dream homes and gotten them top dollar when they decided to sell. Through our Community Fund, we’ve helped non-profits, people in need, and provided scholarships for high school students on their way to college. Tara Properties became Coldwell Banker Tara Properties in 1995. By associating with this global company, we extended our reach to aid those buyers coming from afar and sellers relocating to a distant town.

We’re ready to start our next 39 years on Whidbey Island.

Island County Offices to Open on Friday

Island County commissioners have decided to re-open the county offices on Friday. The County has been closed on Fridays since 2009 due to cutbacks. This extended week will begin sometime in June. You can read the full article in the Whidbey News-Times.

Drug Take Back Program

Island County’s Sheriff’s office is once again hosting a free Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 am to 2 pm. They will collecting any unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs – no questions asked. This is a far better way to dispose of your prescription drugs than in your sewer or septic tank or throwing in the trash.

There are 3 stations in our community you can come to: Island County Sheriff’s Office in Freeland at 5521 E. Harbor Road, Coupeville Marshal’s Office at 4 N.E. Seventh St., and Oak Harbor Police Department at 860 S.E. Barrington Drive.

Whidbey This Weekend

Lots going on on Whidbey Island this weekend…

The Annual Whidbey Farm Tour, a FREE, self-guided tour of 14 different farms on Whidbey. There will be veggies, fruits, llamas, alpacas, chickens, goats, yarn, liqueur, flowers, honey, blueberries, herbs, teas, beef, and much more. The tour will be Saturday and Sunday (9/21 & 9/22) from 10am to 4pm. Click on the link, download the map and go visit. Note: Some of the farms are only open one day, so read the descriptions carefully.

Tour de WhidbeyThe Tour de Whidbey, happening on Saturday, 9/21, is an an annual bicycling event with 6 routes to choose from, measuring from 30 to 100 miles long. They even have a fairly flat family-friendly 10-mile run. Some are very challenging with varied terrain. All of them take in the beautiful scenery that is Whidbey Island. Coldwell Banker Tara Properties will be maintaining one of the Hospitality Break Stations, offering refreshments and encouragement to riders along the way.

Just north of Whidbey, Anacortes will host the 2013 Oyster Run – the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest. This free event will take place on Sunday (9/22), but riders will be arriving throughout the weekend. If you plan on attending, they recommend you get there early–“the place will be packed”.

Computer Recycling

Scott Lincoln

On Wednesday, September 11, Lincoln Computers in Clinton will be hosting a free Computer Recycling event. Bring your desktops or laptops. They will remove or destroy the hard drive and then recycle the rest. A great way to keep these materials out of our landfills. Thanks, Scott.

Residential Sales

Here’s a graph of Residential Sales (275) on South Whidbey Island from July 2012 through June 2013. Information from NWMLS.

Welcome Tim Smith

Another new face in our Oak Harbor office lately is Tim Smith. You can reach Tim at 360-639-8138 or email him at tim@cbwhidbey.com. We’re happy to have him at Coldwell Banker Tara Properties.