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In an area that many believe is in its economic death-throes, one new business is on the verge of celebrating its one year anniversary. Meet MAKE Whidbey Market, a small-town shop nestled between Cozy’s Roadhouse and Cadée Distillery in the heart of downtown Clinton. According to owner Janae Cameron, the business didn’t just survive the tricky first year, it’s growing. In fact, she’s reporting increased sales for the past two months as a result of adding a wider variety of products to their storefront. And she’s not an isolated success story. Sixteen new businesses have come to town in the past 18 months, and another — a noodle bar — is slated to open this summer. So if Clinton is supposed to be dead, what gives?
June is Orca Awareness Month, and the Orca Network is planning to celebrate with a concert. The organization has invited singer/songwriter Dana Lyons, who has just returned from an East Coast tour, to perform in Langley. The concert is at 5:30 p.m. Saturday June 4 at the Langley Whale Center, 115 Anthes Avenue. Cost is a suggested donation of $10; all proceeds benefit the Langley Whale Center.
Supporters of Joseph Whidbey State Park upset with the idea of private development in their park can breath a sigh of relief. Joseph Whidbey is no longer under consideration for recreational business activities (RBA). At least, for now. The scenic waterfront park in Oak Harbor didn’t make the final cut of state parks being considered for the proposal, a controversial idea Washington State Parks is exploring that would allow private investors to help develop visitor amenities in an effort to provide additional revenue for a cash-strapped state parks system.
The 2016 Salish Sea Early Music Festival will hold its last performance this season at 7 p.m., June 6, at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods Episcopal Church at 5217 Honeymoon Bay Road in Freeland.
Making good on plans to trim staff, the South Whidbey School District announced it has reduced 6.5 teaching and administration positions. The cuts will go into effect at the end of the school year.