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It was one of the best matches South Whidbey girl’s soccer team had played all season, yet the end result was a 3-0 loss to Cedarcrest on Sept. 28. What gives? The answers — there are several of them — lie in the details.
Don’t be surprised if the melodies of Pharrell William’s “Happy” start echoing through the streets of Langley. Langley was recently nominated as a finalist in Coastal Living magazine’s list of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns in 2017. The Village by the Sea, which overlooks Saratoga Passage, is the first town from Washington to be nominated for the annual list and is among 10 vying for the top spot.
In an effort to prevent drug and vagrant activity as well as vandalism at Seawall Park, the Langley City Council gave a preliminary OK to an ordinance that will close the park from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
If Langley is to remain true to its “Village by the Sea” moniker, improved accessibility to Seawall Park is of utmost importance. Though the Seawall Park Ad Hoc Committee was just getting its feet wet at its first meeting Tuesday, committee members know that much.
Based off a close 25-21 first-set victory over Cedarcrest on Monday night, it appeared South Whidbey’s volleyball team would have its work cut out for it.
Looking at a stack of 121 client files on her desk, Island County Housing Support Center Housing Navigator Malissa Taylor remembers a lot of stories, a lot of faces. Few, if any, of the memories are warming to the heart, but that’s the nature of her work.
Alex Bonesteel decided a long time ago that there’s no sense in being afraid of embarrassing himself. It’s an inevitable part of life. What he can control, however, is when and how he’ll embarrass himself. That time is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 during the 2016 Mr. South Whidbey Pageant at Freeland Hall.
Langley’s parks will remain hourless for the time being, the city council decided Monday. The parks’ hours of operation may also remain unchanged until 2017 if the council opts to take the advice of the Langley Parks and Open Space Commission, which recommended the council table the issue for half a year until further examination of increased patrol activity and cleanup efforts of heroin syringes found around Seawall Park are made.
Programs seem to be a more prized possession in the South Whidbey School District than its buildings following a community planning meeting Wednesday night in the commons of South Whidbey High School. Around 50 people attended the meeting and their input spoke strongly for consolidation of more of the district’s school facilities. The goal for the meeting was to discuss ways to reduce the district’s footprint while maintaining or enhancing its programs.
When South Whidbey football’s season began, coaches and players knew there would be some challenges ahead. Among the biggest was fielding a young, inexperienced and small Falcon squad following a 1-9 season in 2015. They didn’t know a giant would also be standing in their way. The Falcons (0-4 overall, 0-2 in the Cascade Conference) forfeited their game against Archbishop Murphy on Friday night due to a scarce roster and a competitive disadvantage, administrators said.
The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 25 and 15 years ago on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1991 and Saturday, Sept. 22, 2001.
Nearly three months after the 41st annual Choochokam Arts and Music Festival was cancelled, vendors are still complaining that booth fees have yet to be returned.
Before the Carl Westling Invitational began Saturday, South Whidbey freshman Flannery Friedman didn’t know if she belonged with the other varsity cross country runners. After placing 14th overall in the Division 2 race, earning a podium spot and setting a personal record, Friedman’s perception has changed.
Monday was just another day without The HUB for Langley Middle School students Madison Gabelein, Wyatt Ralph and Zach Murtha. Unfortunately, that day was mixed with some boredom. “There’s not much to do in Langley without The HUB,” Murtha, a 12-year-old, said.
For most of the first half of South Whidbey’s girls soccer match against Port Townsend, the Falcons were looking for an opening into the net.
Langley bicyclists were spinning their wheels in frustration over the city’s six-year transportation improvement plan last week.
Diane Nilan lives out of a van. She’s not homeless as the living arrangement is by choice, but she’s not exactly living in comfort either. She said it’s part of an effort to glean a small bit of insight into the lives of the homeless, whom she’s worked with over the past three decades as the founder of HEAR US, an Illinois-based non-profit organization that gives homeless a voice to share their stories through video interviews and books.
A city councilman has dropped his plans to wrestle the reins and rights of Choochokam, and instead decided to create an entirely new festival. Bruce Allen, a former member of the Choochokam Foundation, said plans to host a music and arts festival on the streets of Langley the weekend after the Fourth of July are in motion.
South Whidbey boys tennis junior Ryan Wenzek shed a former version of himself on Thursday afternoon.
Objections from an insomniac, a former mayoral candidate who enjoys late-night swims and others were enough to pause the Langley City Council on Tuesday from adopting new citywide hours for parks. The council opted not to make a decision on the proposal following a healthy discussion during the group’s regular city council meeting. The varying opinions expressed by the crowd, both for and against, warranted additional consideration, council members agreed. The time period in which the park will be closed is still unclear, with possibilities ranging from midnight to 6 a.m. or dusk to dawn.
A 50-foot-tall diseased and dying maple tree on Third Street that poses a risk to a nearby Langley household as well as pedestrians will be chopped down later this month.
South Whidbey’s football team arrived in Coupeville Saturday night in possession of the coveted “Bucket.” They left without it.
When Kale Reichersamer graduated from South Whidbey High School in 2014, his heart was set on becoming a college athlete. In what capacity, however, was a bit of a conundrum.
Come Sept. 6, the first day of school, Anthony Reeves will be ready to hit the books. That’s because the seventh-grade Coupeville Middle School student, who comes from a low-income family, will have all the school supplies he needs.
The four seniors on the South Whidbey boys cross country team — Cory Ackerman, Justin Gonzales, Collin Burns and Will Simms — had a simple theme this summer: Run. Run, and then run some more.
South Whidbey High School head coach Mandy Jones likes things loud on the volleyball court. In a similar fashion as the Seattle Seahawks’ volume gauge for crowd noise at CenturyLink Field, Jones records an “effort meter” every 20 minutes.
South Whidbey sophomore Wesley Crain prepares to hand off the ball to a running back at practice.
Despite placing fourth at last season’s Class 1A boys tennis state championships, South Whidbey sophomore Kody Newman is unsure whether he’ll have a ticket to this year’s big dance. Two talented players in the Emerald League — the private-school-heavy league the Falcons compete in — stand in his way.
If there’s one thing the South Whidbey girls soccer team has going for it this season, it is team cohesion. The Falcons are primed to hit the ground running when they take the field in a jamboree at Oak Harbor High School on Sept. 1.
Charlie Davies, case manager for South Whidbey Academy, won’t have an office for the 2016-17 school year. He doesn’t want one either. His “desk” will be wherever students are.
At times, the piano on the patio of Mike’s Place spurred beautiful harmonies and joyful moments. In the wrong hands, however, it played a different tune. What began in early July as a fun experiment for visitors and shoppers downtown became a headache for nearby businesses. Poor and untimely usage of the piano by children and adults led to its removal Friday morning. Langley Main Street Association Program Manager Lorinda Kay said kids were making more racket than music with the piano while adults would sometimes play past an 8 p.m. curfew. Nearby businesses that require quiet environments requested the Langley Chamber of Commerce prohibit public usage of the piano. While many who used it were proficient pianists, too many saw it as a toy rather than a musical instrument, Executive Director Michaleen McGarry said.
After a strong showing in 2014 and 2015, Goosefoot is raising the stakes with a bigger matching grant fundraising campaign for the South Whidbey School District Garden Program.
South Whidbey’s U-15 soccer team finished second in the Silver Division at the Snohomish Bigfoot Tournament that was held from Aug. 19-22 at Stocker Fields.
Standing at 5 feet, 6 inches, South Whidbey football senior Connor Antich is already pretty close to the ground. He’ll be even lower this season.
During a walk downtown with friends Monday afternoon, Scottsdale, Ariz. resident Charles Klar was quick to notice what had changed in Langley since his last visit years ago. Two of the city’s iconic restaurants — Dog House Tavern and Mike’s Place — are now closed and vacant. The hollow shells of the former restaurants reminded him of a “ghost town,” he observed.
While the need for the Soup Kitchen in Langley remains ever important, a lack of community donations has the volunteer-run lunch provider hurting. In addition to less food that can be purchased, organizers of the Soup Kitchen were unable to pay utility bills to The Island Church of Whidbey for the first time in its 14-year history, longtime Chef Dan Saul said.
It may be the last call for alcohol consumption in Langley’s public parks. The Langley City Council will discuss adopting a municipal code to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public parks at its next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Public drinking is prohibited under state law. Police Chief David Marks feels the city should follow suit.
Without a little bit of pain and some sore muscles, there is no gain. That was the theme at the Whidbey Throwdown on Saturday at Community Park. Nearly two dozen people battled it out for the top prize of the fitness competition which began at 9:30 a.m. The event combined five workouts that tested the athletes’ strength, mobility, balance and endurance. The workouts included carrying a 60- and 40-pound sandbag up a steep hill for 100 yards, carrying a 35- and 25-pound “slam ball” for 50 meters, over-the-wall burpees and overhead medicine ball throws.
A proposed off-leash dog park to be built near the Cedars neighborhood had property owners barking concerns at Monday night’s city council meeting. Though residents were not denying the need for a dog park, they felt the proposed location near the catch basin area may be too small or too remote. Councilwoman Dominique Emerson suggested the idea of building a fenced dog park area in the city at a meeting on July 18 in an effort to keep tourists with their dogs in town. Councilman Thomas Gill suggested the catch basin area at the Cedars as a possible location for the park, due to it having a large retention pond area with no water in it.
A South Whidbey woman is now looking up in the trees rather than down at the trail after a frightening encounter with an aggressive owl in Saratoga Woods.
Chris Beaven, a 41-year-old Freeland resident, will be in his “pain cave” when he competes in the Whidbey Throwdown on Saturday at Community Park on Maxwelton Road. It’s what he considers the zone between being uncomfortable and continuing to push through daunting physical challenges.
Plans to make Langley’s Second Street Dance one of the city’s premier events were set in motion Thursday morning at a Langley Arts Commission meeting. The dance, adopted by the commission, will be a regular tradition the weekend following the Fourth of July. It will also include a studious planning process by the event’s organizers.
There’s concern that Langley’s newest piece of public art — the Clyde Alley Archway that connects Third to Second Street — may be susceptible to horseplay and injury. Better signage to help thwart would-be climbers may be one of the solutions to the problem, members of Langley’s city council say.
The Island County Council of Governments green lighted Langley's request for economic development funds, though it is significantly less than what the city requested in June and will not include money for the arts. It is only the first major step in securing the funding, however, as final approval rests with the Island County commissioners; the council of governments acts in an advisory capacity, making recommendations to the board.
Nearly seven weeks after the 41st Choochokam Music & Arts Festival was cancelled, organizers remain confident the event will be back on its feet when it returns in 2017 at Community Park.
Nestled on the edge of the Malone Building at the Island County Fairgrounds is a piece of history dating back to The Great Depression. Blocks of fabric originally crafted by a group of Maxwelton women in 1936 were sewn together this year to create the “Friendship Quilt,” one of the many quilts that can be found in the demonstration area of the building over the course of the Whidbey Island Fair held Aug. 4-7.
The sign that reads “Temporary Emergency Closure” at the entrance of South Whidbey State Park’s beach access trail is one Greenbank resident Michael Seraphinoff has taken a disliking to. Storms in December 2015 and January 2016 damaged the midpoint of the trail while also wrecking a wooden stairway that leads down to the beach. The result: no beach access.
The British are coming to South Whidbey. To play soccer, that is.
One day without electricity will help keep the lights on in the future, Puget Sound Energy officials are hoping.
The small cut near Lane Seeley’s left eye was one small price to pay for winning the 20th annual Whidbey Triathlon on Saturday.