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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.
Grief and loss can be powerful emotion and often detrimental to one’s life journey. It’s also a fundamental part of what it means to be human, said Mark Lucero, a grief specialist and founder of Pathways Counseling in Coupeville.
South Whidbey Tsunami U12 boys soccer team finished first in the bronze division at the Crossfire Select Cup 2016, held July 22-24 at 60 Acres Park in Redmond.
The South Whidbey School Board approved a $20.1 million budget for the 2016-17 school year after a brief public hearing Wednesday night.
“Coach” Jim Leierer’s memory, wisdom and corny jokes lived on at a recent remembrance ceremony.
When the Whidbey Triathlon celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, Langley resident Peter Oakley can happily say he’s been around since the first event in 1997. Oakley said the quality of the event, including everything from the organizers to the volunteers, has kept him coming back to the triathlon annually.
For more than a couple dozen South Whidbey girls this past week at Langley Middle School, it was time to dream big. That, and having fun along the way. At a free, three-day “Start Dreaming” camp sponsored by Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island, girls going into the sixth, seventh and eighth grades participated in a plethora of activities ranging from career planning to fitness activities. The focus, organizers said, revolved around empowering the young women.
South Whidbey’s Pony League club team has come a long way in just two years.
Despite a slew of complaints by residents following what they claimed to be a loud display of fireworks on July 4, Langley fireworks policy will remain unrevised. The decision is not final, however, as discussions on the topic will continue moving forward, said Mayor Tim Callison.
While one journey has just ended for South Whidbey High School’s graduating seniors, another is just beginning for a select few.
It’s a little bit of money that could go a long way in addressing mental health problems for South Whidbey students, an Island County official said.
A Stanwood man was taken to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center Sunday afternoon with a non-life-threatening head injury after his single-engine, single propeller RV7 plane crashed at Whidbey Air Park.
“Coach” Jim Leierer’s legacy may be cemented in more ways than just in the hearts of those who knew him. The South Whidbey School District board of directors discussed renaming South Whidbey High School’s stadium after the longtime football coach at a workshop meeting Wednesday night.
Even at a young age, South Whidbey’s 9/10 Little League All-Stars team knows how to lose with dignity.
Young people on South Whidbey have ample outside time in store for them. Two non-profit organizations and a South Whidbey arts school teamed up and were recently awarded a No Child Left Inside grant by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Department.
There may have been one boom too many in Langley on July 4. A call for a ban on personal fireworks within Langley’s city limits at Tuesday night’s council meeting may lead to a change in city code. Two Langley residents, Andi Schoenman and Sharen Heath, complained of excessive noise from fireworks on the Fourth of July, likening the volume and intensity to that of a war zone. A petition to ban the fireworks has also reached 132 supporters as of Friday morning on change.org.
A ban on assault weapons, global warming and funding for education were hot topics in the state senate race at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Held Thursday at Unitarian Universalist Church in Freeland, the event also included a question-and-answer period with Port of South Whidbey officials concerning the district’s proposal to become the new owners of the fairgrounds in Langley and assess a property tax increase to support the aging facility.
One of Langley’s two LED test bulbs installed over a week ago on Third Street and Park Avenue may be too bright for the city and potentially dangerous for its inhabitants.
While the sky was painted gray, spectators and parade participants dressed in red, white and blue filled the scene below during the 101st year of the Maxwelton Parade this weekend.
South Whidbey School District’s chief leader has been recognized as one of the top public school administrators in the state.
After four years of embracing South Whidbey baseball’s motto of team-first, it’s finally time for Ricky Muzzy to stand alone. Muzzy, a pitcher and shortstop, was named the Cascade Conference’s player of the year by the league’s coaches to cap off a four-year varsity career. He batted .538, hit three home runs and 18 RBI, and stole 20 bases this season. Named to the first-team all-league team the last two seasons, Muzzy will play for Lower Columbia College next year where he hopes to eventually move on to a Division I program. Muzzy finished in the top four in last season’s most valuable player voting.
South Whidbey lost a respected high school football leader this week with the passing of “Coach” Jim Leierer. Leierer, an influential man known for his wisdom, faith in God and corny jokes, died Wednesday at an adult care center in Seattle. He was 92.
Artist Milo White had a bet riding that his and Lin McJunkin’s archway would fit perfectly into its previously constructed bolts. He was right. The $5,000 artistic archway titled “Inferred” was installed Wednesday afternoon without a hitch. Using the help of a crane provided by Vic Hanson of Hanson’s Building Supply Inc. in Langley, three separate steel pieces were placed carefully by White, McJunkin and a friend.
Time is up for South Whidbey High School’s three-decades-old scoreboards at the main athletic field and gymnasium.
Langley Mayor Tim Callison will lobby the Island County Council of Governments for more than half a million dollars in Coupeville today.
It was work ethic that separated Langley Middle School’s track and field team from the rest of the pack.
Piece by piece, segment by segment, Anna Scipione’s home is coming to life. Seven modular home components, each 14x40 feet, will eventually comprise Scipione’s 3,000 square-foot, $1 million home on East Harbor Road. The modules were recently set on a foundation by Seattle-based Method Homes, Acc-U-Set of Washougal and Freeland’s Jade Craftsman Builders.
After 26 years in the South Whidbey School District, school is finally out for Sue Terhar. She’s going to focus on the little things, such as tending to her yard or traveling to Alaska to see her grandchildren, and is counting down the days until her Aug. 31 retirement.
Before Langley can improve its standing as an arts-centric town, the public’s support needs to be reaffirmed.
A nighttime fire that destroyed a barn in Clinton last week has been officially deemed suspicious, the Island County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Monday.
Neither South Whidbey wrestler Chase Barthlett nor boys golfer Anton Klein have been to Australia. This summer, that will change. The pair will represent Washington in their respective sports during international tournaments in late-June, early July.
Finding a balance between sand shrimpers and whale watchers will be the million dollar question moving forward for the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
As the new kid in school two and a half years ago, Elshadai Hailu could have blended in without a peep. Instead, she did the opposite. Last Saturday, Hailu graduated from South Whidbey High School alongside 119 other seniors. It capped off the two and a half years Hailu spent actively involved in government, clubs and after-school activities, after moving to South Whidbey from Ethiopia in 2014. Arguably her biggest contribution was serving as South Whidbey School District’s student representative for a year, which she said was a means of getting to know and becoming involved with the community.
While one journey is over for 120 students of South Whidbey High School, another is just beginning.
It’s a day that almost all high school students covet and dream of. On Thursday afternoon, the unmistakable feeling of accomplishment was evident on the faces of South Whidbey Academy graduates. At a commencement ceremony in the school’s gym/cafeteria, eight students received their diplomas. Some, such as Nicole Loff, will move off the island to pursue their academic careers. Others, like Destiny Sutton, will stay close to home until moving forward to the next phase of their lives.
For a lucky few, it was the performance they’d been waiting for all season. For most of the other South Whidbey track and field athletes competing at the class 1A state championships May 26-28 in Cheney, it was the end of what has otherwise been a successful year.
A public hearing Monday about Langley’s proposed sewer rate hikes saw little concern, and the city council is now poised to OK the increases at its next meeting.
South Whidbey High School’s five valedictorians don’t consider themselves to be the smartest people in school. It was their work ethic, diligent classwork and the inner voices in their heads that told them, “Keep going” that separated them from the rest of the pack. Seniors Chandler Hagglund, Iona Rohan, Amara Garibyan, Jing Wu and Mallorie Mitchem are the 2016 valedictorians. The five had to triumph in everything from late-night study sessions to skipping social events with friends. The reward, in their eyes, is a sense of accomplishment and a polished demeanor they will carry into the next phases of their lives, namely college. Homework assignment after homework assignment, class after class, the five college-bound seniors maintained 4.0-grade-point averages over four years at South Whidbey High School.
Kody Newman jumped with excitement when he heard the news.
Barely a week after administrators cut 6.5 positions in the South Whidbey School District, the school board gave the district’s top two officials a 6.8 percent raise.
Though their sacrifices occurred on foreign lands far away from home and their families, South Whidbey residents held those lost close to their hearts Monday morning.
The odds were already stacked against Don “Juan” Wentworth before he joined the U.S. Army in August 1946. At 16 years old, he forged military documents to enlist. He was 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 113 pounds — roughly 10 pounds less than the minimum — and was eager to abandon a rocky life at home in the Olympia area. Thanks to a sympathetic sergeant, official documents recorded him as being 125 pounds. Wentworth, who turns 86 on June 2 and lives in Freeland, went on to serve in the military for over 30 years in active and reserve roles. He’ll be among the many veterans who will participate in Monday’s Memorial Day service at Bayview Cemetery, beginning at 11 a.m.
South Whidbey sophomore girls golfer Kolby Heggenes had the best round of her life this week.
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.
Some questions will have easy, factual answers. Others will take several months to answer.
It was the kind of shot South Whidbey junior boys golfer Ian Saunsaucie hoped for all season. And it earned him a berth to the class 1A state championships.
At this point, South Whidbey track and field’s goal is simple: advance as many athletes through each round of postseason competition as possible. The Falcons will have plenty of opportunities to do just that this week at the bi-district meet May 19 and 21 at King’s High School in Seattle.
A vision to make Langley a destination for art lovers took a step toward reality this week.