Ben Watanabe

Ben posted 2002 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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The new Dog House: Owners release renovation plans for historic tavern

A restoration of the Dog House Tavern and a reopening of the historic bar may soon be on the way in Langley.

  • May 24th, 2015 4:52pm

SLIDESHOW | Top doubles team Dubendorf, Gochanour, advance to bi-district round | FALCON GIRLS TENNIS

South Whidbey was able to qualify only two of its six girls tennis players to the 1A bi-district tournament, despite holding home-court advantage in the 1A District 1 tournament last week. South Whidbey's top doubles team, senior Isla Dubendorf and sophomore Bayley Gochanour, swept through their opponents and never lost a set to move on. King's top singles player Susan Su beat Falcon senior Carlie Newman in straight sets to advance.

  • May 20th, 2015 12:02am

Meier goals extend season to championship tournament | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

With a trip to the state 1A boys soccer championship on the line Saturday, South Whidbey senior Jeff Meier scored a penalty kick and an overtime goal to secure the Falcons’ spot.

  • May 19th, 2015 9:36pm

South Whidbey softball blasts island rival Coupeville in home finale | FALCON FASTPITCH

South Whidbey fastpitch won its final home game 11-3 against its island rival Coupeville on Friday.

  • May 19th, 2015 9:35pm

Efficient offense lifts South Whidbey to state tournament | FALCON BASEBALL

South Whidbey baseball collected 11 runs on 10 hits in a pair of elimination games in the 1A bi-district tournament Saturday to punch their ticket to the state championship.

  • May 19th, 2015 9:35pm

Wood turner opens flagship store, cafe, kids play space in Clinton

Janae Cameron is spinning off from her and husband Kelly Cameron’s successful woodturning company, Turnco Wood Goods, to open a new business: Make Whidbey. The shop opens May 22 and has everything an emerging shop owner could want, from a water view and high traffic visibility to ample parking.

  • May 21st, 2015 5:00pm

Old dynamite found in basement closes Cultus Bay Road

The discovery of old dynamite in the basement of a Clinton home Monday resulted in a temporary closure of a portion of Cultus Bay Road.

  • May 19th, 2015 11:19pm

Langley begins looking at long-range plans for sewer

Replacing old lines and enticing new hookups are the top priorities for Langley’s sewer system, according to a report from the city’s contracted engineering firm. Susan Boyd, vice president of engineering firm PACE, presented the initial report to the city council Monday that covered everything from a push to make the system work with gravity rather than grinder pumps to the environmental needs of a seaside town like Langley. About 60 percent of the city’s residences are connected to the sewer system. The rest are on septic systems, according to Langley Utilities Supervisor Randi Perry. That means 60 percent of the people are paying for 100 percent of the work that goes into maintaining and investing in a sewer: the pipes, the pump stations, the treatment facility, etc.

  • May 19th, 2015 9:23pm

Doubles duos face off for playoffs

Only one set was lost by South Whidbey girls tennis doubles teams in the first round of the 1A District 1 tournament Thursday.

  • May 15th, 2015 11:35pm

Offense finds form, team loses senior star

A few quick scores on Thursday night secured South Whidbey’s postseason survival in a 3-1 win over Seattle Academy.

  • May 15th, 2015 11:33pm

Langley eyes funicular, walkway for marina access fix

From April’s charrette, Langley’s mayor and planning chief are recommending the construction of a funicular and building a waterfront walkway that may require the taking of private property through eminent domain.

  • May 16th, 2015 7:40pm

Filing week yields new names for Langey city council, South Whidbey Parks, South Whidbey Fire/EMS, Whidbey General Hospital

Several newcomers stepped forward for open public offices on South Whidbey this week.

  • May 15th, 2015 11:19pm

SLIDESHOW | Zisette scores twice in 1A playoff win over Sultan | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

South Whidbey defeated Sultan 3-0 in a 1A District 1 boys soccer tournament match at Waterman's Field in Langley on May 6. Falcon senior Andy Zisette scored twice, and Lucas Leiberman booted in the first goal in the playoff win.

  • May 13th, 2015 4:21pm

Emerson joins Langley mayoral race, primary looms

Langley voters will decide a primary election for at least the mayor’s office this fall. Sharon Emerson, a vocal critic of the Langley funicular idea, jumped into the race Monday after being on the fence this past week. She joined a race that already had two challengers, Tim Callison and Thomas Gill, to be the next mayor of Langley on the first day of Island County’s election filing week, which ends May 15.

  • May 15th, 2015 2:54pm

Shootout keeps South Whidbey from automatic state berth | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

South Whidbey won all the numbers battles in the 1A District 1 championship match against King’s, save for the final 1-0 score, an upset victory for the Knights.

  • May 12th, 2015 9:46pm

South Whidbey survives 14-inning epic, drops one-run contest in playoffs | FALCON BASEBALL

The Falcons played three games’ worth of innings Saturday and left the 1A bi-district baseball tournament still in the fight after splitting two contests 9-6 and 1-0.

  • May 12th, 2015 9:46pm

Zisette scores twice to lift soccer squad in playoff

Andy Zisette scored two goals to power South Whidbey boys soccer past Sultan 3-0 in the 1A District 1 tournament Wednesday.

  • May 8th, 2015 11:40pm

Golf course opens up for armed forces

Much of the month of May will see a wave of golfers at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club on South Whidbey during its military appreciation weeks.

  • May 8th, 2015 11:30pm

Gill, Callison to vie for Langley mayor

The 2015 election races are starting to take shape days ahead of the official Island County filing week, May 11-15.

  • May 11th, 2015 5:03pm

State group recognizes Langley Main Street work, project with awards

The Langley Main Street Association continues to collect awards from downtown revitalization industry groups.

  • May 8th, 2015 11:23pm

Clutch hits, defense lands South Whidbey first sweep over King’s | FALCON BASEBALL

South Whidbey baseball got its first series sweep of the season with a 2-1 win against King’s on Friday in Shoreline.

  • May 5th, 2015 9:49pm

Zisette, da Rosa lead scoring torrent | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

South Whidbey solidly spoiled Sultan’s boys soccer senior night with a 14-0 drubbing that included a possible school record Friday.

  • May 5th, 2015 9:48pm

League-leading Cedarcrest smashes South Whidbey | FALCON FASTPITCH

With a bare-bones roster, South Whidbey softball fell 19-1 with a thud against the Cascade Conference-leading Cedarcrest squad Friday.

  • May 5th, 2015 9:48pm

Ethics commission in Langley takes shape with first members

The city’s long-sought but at times neglected ethics board is finally taking shape.

  • May 6th, 2015 7:32pm

Langley green lights first food truck

Langley will soon have its first permitted food truck, and the food abides.

  • May 8th, 2015 1:24pm

SLIDESHOW | Mighty Cedarcrest offense powers top team past South Whidbey | FALCON FASTPITCH

South Whidbey softball couldn't keep Cedarcrest, the Cascade Conference's first-place team, in check as the Red Wolves ran wild to a 19-1 win on May 1 in Langley.

  • May 5th, 2015 12:09am

Baseball veterans lead charge against King’s | FALCON BASEBALL

A brief and emotional pre-game ceremony Wednesday set the mood for South Whidbey baseball’s final home game of the season, a 5-1 win over King’s.

  • May 3rd, 2015 2:00am

SLIDESHOW | Steady play by seniors leads home finale win over King’s | FALCON BASEBALL

South Whidbey played steady on defense and offense in a 5-1 win over King's to shore up its place as the second seed from the 1A Cascade Conference in the District 1 tournament.

  • May 1st, 2015 10:39pm

South Whidbey man seeks kidney match, donors

Ben Brager doesn’t look sick, but he is. Even when he is not ill, he is still sick. Brager, 24, has two autoimmune disorders, and he will live forever with the threat of having colds that leave him bedridden for weeks, joint pain and occasional to regular dialysis.

  • May 5th, 2015 2:15pm

Golf carts the runaway favorite identified at Langley charrette

Adding golf carts to move people between the South Whidbey Harbor marina and Langley’s business district was the runaway people’s choice from a workshop meeting earlier this month.

  • May 4th, 2015 4:25pm

South Whidbey soccer seniors dazzle in final league home match | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

Facing a hapless Lakewood squad, the senior-laden South Whidbey boys soccer team put on a show with a seemingly effortless 8-0 win Wednesday night.

  • May 1st, 2015 10:38pm

South Whidbey boys soccer survives King’s, Cedarcrest

Six yellow cards were issued in a rough-and-tumble boys soccer match between Cascade Conference rivals South Whidbey and King’s on Friday.

  • Apr 30th, 2015 12:00am

Baseball steals win from Knights

South Whidbey baseball took the series opener 3-1 against King’s on Monday in Shoreline.

  • Apr 28th, 2015 10:37pm

Langley settles records lawsuit

Langley paid $1,000 and agreed to disclose documents to settle a lawsuit by a Clinton man earlier this month.

  • Apr 28th, 2015 9:27pm

Clinton Council ponders better days with roundabout, vision

Getting help from the state to better control traffic and from the county to craft a vision were the top priorities discussed by the Clinton Community Council during a monthly meeting Monday.

  • Apr 29th, 2015 4:22pm

SLIDESHOW | In possible conference title match, Archbishop Murphy rules | FALCON BOYS SOCCER

South Whidbey gave up two goals in two minutes after taking a 1-0 lead, fought to a tie in the second half but couldn't keep Archbishop Murphy out of the goal in a 3-2 Cascade Conference boys soccer match April 22 in Langley.

  • Apr 25th, 2015 12:06am

Baseball playoff berth clinched from South Whidbey

South Whidbey baseball is headed to the postseason after bouncing back from a loss in the first of a three-game series against Sultan this week. The Falcons won 5-3 on Wednesday and 2-0 Thursday to claim the series and punch their ticket to the 1A District 1 tournament.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 3:26pm

Murphy keeps its crown in likely title showdown with Falcons

The second meeting of the Cascade Conference’s top two boys soccer teams went much like the first: physical, tense, and a one-goal advantage for Archbishop Murphy over South Whidbey. Playing for a shot at winning the league title, South Whidbey scored first but didn’t score last as Archbishop Murphy likely secured its conference title 3-2 on Tuesday.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 3:25pm

Inslee floats transportation funding hopes on Tokitae

Speaking to a crowd of Whidbey Island dignitaries, Gov. Jay Inslee touted the benefits of his proposed $12.2 billion transportation package, including ferry funding aboard the Tokitae on Wednesday during a trip between Mukilteo and Clinton.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 3:29pm

Streets fill with eager whale welcomers in annual Langley parade | SLIDESHOW

Langley was awash in costumes, face paint, temporary tattoos and even one large cloth gray whale during its annual Welcome the Whales Parade on April 18.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 3:33pm

SLIDESHOW | Sun shines on South Whidbey girls golf against AMHS

South Whidbey outdueled Archbishop Murphy in a non-league girls golf meet at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club in Langley. The Falcons won 136-60.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 11:07pm

Muzzy home run powers rally over Eagles, but hits elude South Whidbey against Sultan | FALCON BASEBALL

Just about everything went right for the Falcon baseball team to pull out a 4-3 rally victory over the Cedar Park Christian Eagles on Friday.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 10:23pm

Depleted soccer squad shuts out Granite Falls

Missing a few starters, South Whidbey boys soccer managed to fill the roster gaps and defeat Granite Falls 3-0 on April 17.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 10:18pm

Girls golf bests AMHS in non-league meet

South Whidbey girls golf shined on a sun-kissed day at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club in a non-league match against Archbishop Murphy on Monday.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 10:19pm

Tons of fun but no whales at parade: Large crowd enjoys sunshine, community at annual event

Whales, orcas, jellyfish, salmon, a sea star and a ghost shrimp were all spotted strolling through Langley on Saturday during the annual Welcome the Whales Parade.

  • Apr 21st, 2015 9:33pm

Meier scores four goals in soccer rout

Falcon senior Jeff Meier led the boys soccer team with four goals in a 9-0 win over Cedar Park Christian on Wednesday.

  • Apr 17th, 2015 10:47pm

Nighttime bandits burglarize popular Langley rug shop

Music for the Eyes, an exotic jewelry, attire and rug shop in Langley, was burglarized this week.

  • Apr 17th, 2015 10:47pm

Baseball splits crucial Cedar Park doubleheader

Thanks to some timely two-out hits and solid starting pitching, South Whidbey baseball won the first game of a doubleheader against Cedar Park Christian on Wednesday.

  • Apr 17th, 2015 10:45pm

Strong win over Wildcats undone by loss to rivals

A bit of a rain delay Tuesday only prolonged a match that was quickly in the South Whidbey girls tennis team’s court.

  • Apr 17th, 2015 10:44pm

Langley marina access/bluff conveyance meeting draws crowds, but no fireworks

Langley got its first sweeping look at projects that could better connect its commercial and residential areas to its waterfront and marina at the long-awaited charrette Tuesday night. Despite all of the blustery gusto and tension leading up to a public meeting about marina access project options in Langley, the meeting itself was befittingly calm for the Village by the Sea.

  • Apr 17th, 2015 10:43pm