Eagle plays a round with Camano golfers

Although Bob Monize thought he had seen it all, something amazing came into view.

Playing golf near his home on Camano Island, on the eighth hole at Camaloch Golf Course, his ball went behind a tree.

“As I drove to where I thought my ball was, I saw an American eagle and he had my ball,” Monize says. “I stopped about 50 feet from the eagle, got out of the golf cart and yelled at the eagle to let go of my ball.”

The eagle held its ground, giving Monize a “Don’t tread on me look.’ “

Monize crept closer, demanding the bird drop the ball, which it did, then it took a couple of hops.

The blasted bird then scurried back and grabbed the ball again.

The game soon bored the bird.

Tiring of the Monize ball, and Monize says he has a witness to this, the eagle flew to another golfer’s ball and scooped it up.

Monize took matters in hand, drove his cart toward the bird, and it dropped the second ball before flying off.

“There are four things no one does to me,” he says. “Take my women, take my booze, take my money or take my golf ball. Not necessarily in that order.”

In bad times, he says, something always comes along and makes us smile.

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NOAH Adoption and Spay and Neuter Clinic met its goal Saturday in Stanwood. It started at 10 a.m. and vowed to stay open until homes were found for 100 pets.

It happened at 8:20 p.m. Saturday, said VaNica Pridgeon, assistant adoptions manager. Some folks at NOAH are fans of a morning radio show called Fitz in the Morning on 100.7 The Wolf.

The 100th pet, a dog, was named for a producer on the radio show — Randy the Biscuit.

To see the fun, visit http://tinyurl.com/NOAH100.

“It was an amazing day and went pretty much flawlessly,” says Jacque Scappini, adoptions manager. “It is such a miracle that we were able to do that and, to my knowledge, it has never been done in this area before.”

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How many Dickenses, Hemingways, Capotes and Salingers slid across this old desk?

The Oak Harbor Library will close for one day Aug. 29 so a worn -out desk can be replaced.

“The old circulation desk, in place since 1993, has seen millions of transactions over its lifetime,” says Managing Librarian Mary Campbell. “Oak Harbor Library currently circulates almost 500,000 items annually.”

Friends of the Oak Harbor Library partnered with Sno-Isle Libraries to provide new furniture for the circulation area, which includes customer service, returns and express checkout.

The library at 1000 SE Regatta will reopen at 9 a.m. Aug. 30. Use the book-drop for all returns during the one-day closure, and requests will be held an additional 24 hours during the week of Aug. 29.

“The city of Oak Harbor owns the old desk, so they will remove it,” Campbell says. “Not sure how or if it will be used, but we will say a fond farewell.”

Kristi O’Harran: 425-339-3451; oharran@heraldnet.com.

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