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Hydroplane team

collects ‘Cell Phones for Soldiers’

Belfair’s Bud McKay and the “GEICO of Lakewood Presents West Sound Electric” hydroplane team started off the 2009 racing season by delivering 105 cell phones they collected in 2008 to Ron House, CEO of West Sound Electric in Bremerton, March 9.

West Sound Electric is an official drop-off location for unwanted cell phones for “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” The program collects used and outdated cell phones and recycles them to earn prepaid calling cards donated to deployed military members and their families.

West Sound Electric is one of 3,000 collection sites across the country for “Cell Phones for Soldiers.” The overall goal is to collect 50,000 each month nationwide. The nonprofit organization has raised nearly $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.

McKay’s racing team collects cell phones at races and displays throughout the year and will collect phones again during the 2009 season.

McKay plans to test the “GEICO of Lakewood Presents West Sound Electric” hydroplane April 14 at Lake Washington and then defend his win last year at Firebird Raceway April 25-26.

For more information about the “Cell Phones for Soldiers” program, visit For more information about the Namron Racing Team, visit

Victoria provides life coaching

Joanne Victoria, owner of New Directions in Silverdale and author of four books, will begin seeing life-coaching clients at Wunderful Health located at 18978 Eighth Ave. NE in Poulsbo on March 26. Appointments are required from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and 4-8 p.m. Thursdays.

Victoria is the author of four books including “Lighting Your Path — How to Create the Life You Want” and “Vision With a Capital V — Create the Business of Your Dreams.”

Victoria coaches in career; finances; friends and family; health; home; personal growth; relationships; and business.

For more information, contact Victoria at (360) 377-2995.

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