Betty Freeman

Betty posted 30 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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Help Mother Mentors support South Whidbey families at tea

When you’re home alone with a new baby and maybe a toddler too, it helps to have support and a friendly helping hand. That’s what Mother Mentors do.

  • May 1st, 2014 8:46pm

Bakery partnership is a WIN-win

At 11 p.m. when most people are asleep, Kelly Baugh is grinding fresh red wheat and starting a large batch of bread.

  • Feb 25th, 2014 11:15pm

Surviving breast cancer: Clinton woman shares tale of fear, courage, and now hope

One June morning in 2004, April Webb of Clinton was dressing for work when she found a painful lump in her right breast.

  • Oct 24th, 2013 4:30pm

It takes a village to feed hungry kids on Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN), a 7-year-old South Whidbey nonprofit organization that provides nutritious free food to hungry children and adults, has opened a new coinless food vending machine behind Clinton Community Hall.

  • May 28th, 2013 8:39pm

Eggs and prizes await at annual Clinton Hunt

Thousands of candy-filled eggs and prizes await kids up to age 12 at the annual Clinton Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Dan Porter Park, next to the library.

  • Mar 26th, 2013 10:51pm

Whidbey Island readers discover Olympic Peninsula life

Whidbey Reads, an all-Island program that encourages everyone to read the same book and experience events that support its themes, has chosen Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison’s portrait of the Olympic Peninsula, “West of Here” for their 2013 selection.

  • Mar 26th, 2013 10:45pm

Voicing opposition: Standing for Peace is a noisy ritual

“Civilized people choose peace,” states the sign held by Barb Hutton. Hutton and about 20 other men and women regularly stand for peace for an hour on Saturday mornings at Bayview Corner. Unlike the Women in Black who stand in silence, this group is vocal and engages with the passing traffic.

  • Mar 22nd, 2013 11:13pm

Standing in black for what they believe

On a cold and windy March Friday, eight women gathered at 4 p.m. at Bayview Corner. All were dressed in black and bundled up against the chilly wind that whipped their hair and threatened to sweep away the white banner they held in gloved hands.

  • Mar 22nd, 2013 11:12pm

Encore performance: “Langley Life: 1890-1980” returns

History repeats itself when the popular presentation “Langley Life: 1890-1980” comes back to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

  • Mar 22nd, 2013 7:00pm

All-island jazz concert showcases young musicians

Whidbey Island’s young musicians provide an evening of hot swinging jazz from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 8 at South Whidbey High School auditorium on Maxwelton Road in Langley.

  • Mar 6th, 2013 5:06pm

It’s ‘No Rules Land’ at Langley’s Museo

“I’m young and I have a lot to learn, but for now, I’m going to be happy making art,” said John Sarkis, 25, who will have a one-man show of his 2-D and 3-D work at Langley’s Museo Gallery in March. Sarkis grew up in Langley, the youngest of three sons of Paul and Micky Sarkis, who own Village Pizzeria. He graduated from South Whidbey High School in 2006.

  • Mar 3rd, 2013 8:54pm

Freeland quilt shop invites all to make quilts for wounded warriors | NOTABLE

“Now that we’re blessed with the new shop, it’s time to do some good work,” said Sharley Lewis, owner of Island Fabric & Sewing Center in Freeland, which she opened with partner Kris Schricker in 2012.

  • Feb 26th, 2013 10:58pm

Lambing season heralds spring on South Whidbey

Lambing season started in late January this year at Stan and Lynn Swanson’s Glendale Shepherd Farm. The Swansons raise a mixture of European East Friesian and Lacaune dairy sheep on their hilly acreage overlooking Saratoga Passage in Clinton.

  • Feb 19th, 2013 10:14pm

At almost 101, Eileen Wilson wouldn’t change a thing | NOTABLE

On March 29, 1912, in Davenport, Iowa, Charles and Lucinda Van Arnam welcomed their only child, a daughter Eileen.

  • Feb 10th, 2013 6:00pm

Whidbey artists blaze a trail of adventure

Every working artist juggles the need to create and to market those creations with more practical considerations such as shelter and food.

  • Feb 5th, 2013 11:36pm

Playscape offers rainy day salvation for parents and kids

“We hope Playscape will be plumb full of moms and their children,” said Kristin Lasher, as she joined other Mother Mentors volunteers in preparing a new space for the popular Playscape program at the South Whidbey Primary School campus.

  • Jan 22nd, 2013 10:17pm

Island County fair buildings make Heritage Barn Registry

For nearly 75 years, the Pole Building at the Island County Fairgrounds has been the first building fairgoers encountered when they passed through the gates. Recently, the iconic Pole Building and 13 other rustic barns on the fairgrounds were named to the Washington State Heritage Barn Registry.

  • Dec 26th, 2012 8:34pm

Habitat finds a happy home in Freeland

“People like helping Habitat for Humanity,” said Sandra Stipe, manager of the nonprofit organization’s retail store in Freeland.

  • Dec 11th, 2012 10:55pm

Mother Mentors offer support and practical help

“I came to a time in my life when I knew I still had one thing I wanted to do — to reach out to mothers with young children,” said Kristin Lasher, founder of Mother Mentors.

  • Nov 6th, 2012 10:08pm

Freeland quilter finds joy in design, creating

Whether she’s traveling, gardening, cooking or spending time with her grandchildren, Beth Whitman of Freeland is always thinking about quilting.

  • Nov 2nd, 2012 9:15pm

All that jazz: OutCast attracts Whidbey jazz musicians every Sunday

Chilly Sunday nights promise to heat up with sizzling jazz at the OutCast Theatre at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley through December.

  • Nov 2nd, 2012 8:46pm

Guild weaves Uncommon Threads together at Greenbank

“I just love walking into the Uncommon Threads event on the first day,” said weaver Linda LaMay of Clinton. Uncommon Threads is the Whidbey Weavers Guild’s annual event that will be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 2-3, at Greenbank Farm.

  • Oct 30th, 2012 9:15pm

Opening hearts: Photo exhibit teaches that love makes a family

Families come to be in a number of ways. “God’s love goes where it will go,” said Larry Fox, who was instrumental in coordinating support for the “Love Makes a Family” photo exhibit now on display through Nov. 4 at Langley United Methodist Church.

  • Oct 23rd, 2012 9:23pm

Experience art at the source on Whidbey Island Open Studio Tour

Artists offer a glimpse of their worlds, demonstrate and explain their creative processes, and sell their artwork during the 16th annual Whidbey Island Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6 and 7.

  • Oct 2nd, 2012 9:34pm

Clinton Community Council one step closer to reality

As the sun set on a sunny September Thursday, about 70 Clinton residents and business owners gathered at the Clinton Community Hall for a potluck dinner and a healthy serving of optimism about the future of their “town.” The Sept. 27 meeting channeled energy from a group of Clintonites who mobilized at a Future Search conference last January and are currently working cooperatively to boost and beautify Clinton.

  • Oct 4th, 2012 2:16am

Whidbey Island Nourishes volunteers battle youth hunger

When South Whidbey schools opened their doors this fall, 32 percent of the students qualified for free and reduced price lunches.

  • Sep 25th, 2012 9:49pm

Clinton farm raises the best in local flavor

Lynn Swanson is a longtime farmer who loves to grow, cook, preserve and enjoy good food.

  • Sep 18th, 2012 10:24pm

Harvest fun and learning at Whidbey Island farms

“Farming feeds my soul,” says Linda Bartlett, co-owner with Valerie Reuther of Rosehip Farm near Coupeville.

  • Sep 11th, 2012 9:07pm

‘Le Jazz Hot’ ignites DjangoFest Northwest 2012

Concerts and workshops by world-class musicians, and impromptu “djam” sessions all over town make for an exciting five days of “le jazz hot” as Gypsy jazz fans and musicians gather in Langley Sept. 19 through 23 for DjangoFest Northwest at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

  • Sep 7th, 2012 10:52pm

Langley stars as ‘The Edge of Nowhere’ in George’s new novel

The teen years are supposed to be spent finding one’s identity, but 14-year-old Hannah Armstrong has a new identity thrust upon her in the first chapter of Elizabeth George’s young adult novel “The Edge of Nowhere,” due out Sept. 4.

  • Sep 1st, 2012 6:00pm