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Where others saw an area in decline, Karin Bolstad saw a dream and an opportunity. The 42-year-old Langley woman (whose name is pronounced car-in) and lifelong artist opened Blueschool Arts in Clinton, just off the highway and a block away from the commercial area in October 2014. The bright blue building is part studio, part classroom, part event center.
Allowing wineries to become rural event centers has become a heated discussion among commissioners and South Whidbey residents alike. Business owners have said the existing regulations are too restrictive and “problematic” while residents have complained that the events destroy the rural atmosphere of their neighborhoods. The Island County commissioners could not agree last week on how to approach these regulations for wineries and rural event centers, but agreed that the issue needed to be addressed at some point.
A tense game was blown wide open in the fifth inning, when Cedarcrest took a one-run lead and held on to beat South Whidbey 3-2 Tuesday.
The Island County commissioners don’t always agree on how to approach the comprehensive plan update due next year, but all believe it needs as much public participation as possible.
South Whidbey Fire/EMS honored volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and their families at its annual awards dinner on March 14 at Useless Bay Golf and Country Club. Sean McDougald was presented with six awards. Among the accolades were firefighter of the year, EMT of the year, most inspirational, marine rescue responder of the year, the paramedic choice award, and Station #36 (Bayview) firefighter of the year.