Squadron returns to Whidbey

About 200 members of Electronic Attack Squadron 132 are scheduled to return to Whidbey Island Naval Air Station early this afternoon after a seven-month deployment in support of the U.S. war effort in Iraq.

All squadron members will return on a chartered commercial jet. The EA-6B Prowler warplanes they fly and maintain will remain overseas. The planes are used to jam radar and other electronic transmissions.

The squadron left for Iraq in March and operated from land bases instead of aircraft carriers. It supported more than 800 combat missions spanning more than 3,800 flight hours in a grueling operational pattern that often called for flights of up to seven hours.

Tip-A-Cop raised money for Olympics

As we mentioned in an earlier FYI, on Sept. 29, law enforcement workers volunteered at Red Robin restaurants to raise money for Special Olympics.

Statewide, more than $100,000 in tips came in to benefit the athletes.

Get a free pet microchip Sunday

Free microchipping identification is available Sunday for the first 200 dogs or cats belonging to Snohomish County residents.

The county-sponsored event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the Tulalip Housing Authority at Silver Village, 3107 Rueben Shelton Drive, Tulalip.

Cats must be in a carrier and dogs must be on a leash.

The microchip identifies the pet owner’s name and contact information to ensure that a lost animal is returned instead of taken to an animal shelter.

Genealogical Society to meet

Margaret Robe Summit plans to discuss “Overcoming Brick Walls: A Case Study” at a meeting of the Genealogical Society of South Whidbey Island at 1 p.m. Monday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 18341 Highway 525, Freeland.

Summit, of Everett, grew up hearing stories of her Oregon Trail ancestors during summer vacations in Oregon.


A bingo night fundraiser is not taking place tonight at Presidents Elementary School in Arlington. The event took place last week and raised more than $2,000. The wrong date was published in an FYI item on Page B1 Friday.

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