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WhidbeyHealth consolidated its offices of Patient Financial Services over the weekend, transferring Oak Harbor billing staff into a newly-leased building in Coupeville. The move combines outpatient and inpatient care into one billing office at the former Linds Pharmacy, 40. N. Main Street, across from the hospital. Billing and collections services no longer exist at Oak Harbor’s Primary Care Cabot Drive Clinic.
There’s a new way to get high at Deception Pass State Park. High up, that is, where the eagle-eye view peeks in at people peering down from Deception Pass bridge. A new adventure sport called canopy tree climbing offered by the Seattle-based company AdventureTerra leads guided tours up towering trees using harnesses, ropes and a hand pulley system. “It’s a very new novelty and activity,” company founder and owner Leo Fischer said.
Cloudless skies and seldom seen sunshine made for a rare event Saturday in Coupeville — a water festival without rain. “I can’t think of a better day we’ve ever had in all the years of the festival,” said long-time volunteer Jim Freeman.