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Like a thread in an intricately woven tapestry, Cynthia Jaffe has become entwined in the lives of over 1,200 families, mothers and children in her 25 years as a midwife.
JoAnn Hellmann is acutely aware of the devastation and emptiness that follow in the wake of a loved one’s death. Over 40 years later, she still vividly remembers the phone call she received in 1975. The voice on the other end of the receiver said younger sister Kathy was dead.
Ryan’s House for Youth will begin moving into its new digs in the former Countryside Inn south of Coupeville on Tuesday. But the work to fully convert the space into an inhabitable transitional living facility for homeless youth is far from finished.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Juliet Capulet said famously in Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. If the quote uttered by one of theater’s most beloved characters is to be believed, it stands to reason that a rhododendron, too, would be as lovely given any moniker. Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in September will award one lucky person the opportunity to name a rhody of their own.
Within the past year, about 60 people, at least one-third of whom are children, have called Langley’s House of Hope home. The house is the city’s first and only transitional housing facility for homeless individuals and families. It operates on the 90-day rehabilitation model, with an average stay of about 60 days.
Nearly 400 Whidbey residents between the ages of 12-24 reported experiencing homelessness within the past year, according to the results of a recent island-wide youth perception survey. The survey was one of two conducted by area service providers and school district liaisons in January, partnered with a community perception survey for those 25 and older. As of last Wednesday, 2,349 people responded, of which 378 indicated having been homeless at some point within the past 12 months.
Time is ticking away and Ryan’s House for Youth is not giving up hope in its effort to raise the final $200,000 towards the purchase price of the former Countryside Inn, south of Coupeville.
Like many of Whidbey’s first European settlers, Alex Magowan moved out west in search of opportunity.
Ryan’s House for Youth this week presented two bills to state lawmakers that could potentially make it easier for homeless kids and teens in Washington to receive care through host family programs.
Unaccompanied homeless youth on Whidbey may soon have access to the island’s first temporary housing facility specifically designed to meet their needs.
Advocates on Whidbey are working to give voice to the voiceless by creating a task force to better address the needs of unaccompanied homeless youth.
Ryan’s House for Youth is part of a homeless advocacy effort to draft legislation potentially making it easier for households to offer sanctuary to unaccompanied homeless youth.
A lifelong resident of South Africa, the Rev. Laurie Gaum is distinctly familiar with the injustice of apartheid and the unhealed, invisible wounds that lie in its wake.
Amidst a sea of tartan and the swell of bagpipes, thousands gathered Saturday for the 17th annual Whidbey Island Highland Games.
Greenbank Farm will transcend time during the island’s first Renaissance Festival Saturday, July 25. Unlike traditional Renaissance fairs, the event at Greenbank will incorporate concepts of the historical 16th and 17th century European Renaissance as well as the renaissance of the modern era. Renaissance at the Farm will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free; donations go to help the farm.
A ban on fireworks in Island County seems unlikely now after one commissioner changed his mind on the potentially explosive policy change.
For those preparing to pass life’s final threshold, a group of Whidbey women offer a musical gift of transcendence and healing.
When Kathryn Lynn Morgen peered into the upstairs landing of the main barn at Greenbank Farm Friday evening, her heart swelled. The musicians of PETE had yet to commence playing for the evening’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA)-pride themed community barn dance, but about a dozen children and their respective family members were already celebrating, crafting zines and “freak flags,” taking photos and sharing a collective spirit of laughter and love.
County codes may hinder a group of Clinton residents in their plan to establish an affordable, eco-friendly community.
When Jonathon Moses set to work repairing a dilapidated sailing boat in 1984, he had no inkling that he would soon be a crew member aboard a boat replicated from Viking lore, retracing the tumultuous path Norse explorer Leif Erikson had sailed centuries prior.
When Bill and Donna Humphreys stepped into the sanctuary of Langley United Methodist Church for the first time, they were welcomed by an unexpectedly familiar sight. The sole stained glass window was one which had previously been located in a chapel at the University of Washington, the Humphreys’ alma mater.
Nearly 150 two and four-legged racers of all ages assembled in Langley Monday morning for the annual Pawz by the Sea 5K Run/Walk. The event began at 9 a.m. at Second Street and wound through the town. The skies were overcast, but participants appeared to remain both dry and cheerful throughout the race.
South Whidbey School District will host its fifth annual showcase of visual and performance artwork next week. The Whidbey Festival of the Arts is student-centered, though a number of community sponsors and artists will also be present.
Like many high school seniors, Talia Petosa had long dreamed of attending her high school prom, a traditional adolescent threshold revered as a hallmark moment of soon-to-be graduates’ academic careers, and an evening of memories to reflect upon for years to come. As she donned her silky light pink and cream-colored gown, combed her hair and stepped into her shoes, Talia Petosa had no idea she would soon experience an extra special crowning moment.
Fifth graders at South Whidbey Elementary released salmon fry into Maxwelton Creek earlier this week. The release was the culmination of a year-long project sponsored by Whidbey Watershed Stewards and the South Whidbey Schools Foundation.
In his most recent endeavor, inventor and entertainer Larry Dobson, along with a group of like-minded community members, are working to establish an intentional, affordable, ecologically conscious community within Dobson’s 10-acre plot of land.
The South Whidbey High School band will host an evening of song and dance in a fundraising event to repair and replace instruments.
Sniffing out a clue is elementary for Watson, a four-year-old wire-haired dachshund. Watson and his human handler, Madeleine Pohl, are students in Georgia Edwards’ intermediate K9 Nosework class offered through the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District.
Young people on South Whidbey who lack permanent housing now have access to additional services from Ryan’s House for Youth thanks in part to a new, larger location.
Recent headlines from Burundi paint a portrait of turmoil as citizens protest President Pierre Nkurunziza’s announcement to extend his time in office. Amidst the building violence and strife, a group of Burundi peace workers are actively attempting to facilitate communication and understanding amongst their fellow citizens.
South Whidbey School District educators protested the state’s lack of funding for public schools with a walk-out on Wednesday.
The Whidbey Island Community Orchestra will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10 at Trinity Lutheran Church and at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15 at Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center. The orchestra is conducted by Tigran Arakelyan, a doctoral student at the University of Washington and recipient of the Armenian General Benevolent Union Performing Arts Fellowship. Arakelyan is also musical director for the Federal Way Youth Orchestra and the University of Washington Campus Philharmonia and assistant conductor for the Whatcom Symphony Orchestra.
A woman was sent to the hospital Tuesday after a rollover accident on Highway 525.
Life after death: Freeland monastery honors the deceased with the planting of trees, a symbol of life renewed
According to the tenets of Buddhism, out of death comes life. Tucked in the woods outside of Freeland lie Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery and Enso House, a hospice home for the dying.
Former South End resident joins fellow vets, survivors to commemorate 70th anniversary of Dachau liberation
As Frank Burns approached the gates of Dachau in the early morning hours of April 29, 1945, he had no idea what to expect. A soldier in the 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division during World War II, Burns’ unit had been sent on an overnight patrol with orders to take the camp if any Schutzstaffel (or S.S.) remained within its gates.
Most consider landscaping to be a chore, but for Masa Mizuno it is a work of art.
South Whidbey School District teachers will hold a walk-out next week in protest of the state’s lack of funding for public schools.
Students at South Whidbey High School made the most of their regularly scheduled half-day Wednesday with an Earth Day observance which included attending educational presentations and beautifying the school with freshly planted flowers and trees.
In her 20 years of employment at the South Whidbey School District, Freeland resident Donna Taylor has done far more than balance the budget. She’s watched kids grow up, graduate and start families of their own. She enjoys seeing the wedding and birth announcements for former students, most of whom knew her by name.
Lulu would do anything for her girls. Though she isn’t biologically related, or even of the same species, the 2-year-old boxer, with her soft white and penny-colored hair and big brown eyes, is an integral part of the Jones family. She’s one of the kids along with 5-year-old Gretta and 9-year old Grace, her loving pals and playmates, said owner and mom Mandy Jones.
For beachcombers at Scatchet Head, empty clam shells are a commonplace discovery. But Sunday morning, a young visitor discovered an unusual surprise when she curiously peered into a shell to find a host of hermit crab inhabitants.
South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District officials continued a discussion last week of a possible ballot measure that would fundamentally alter its constitution by transitioning to a “metropolitan” designation.
Whidbey Island Dance Theatre will present “Giselle” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at the South Whidbey High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets cost $15 if purchased in advance at brownpapertickets.com, or $18 at the door.
Mention of the word “nurdles” evoked plenty of giggles from South Whidbey elementary school students during a field trip to the marina in Langley Wednesday, yet they were quick to comprehend the danger that micro-plastics and other forms of pollution pose to marine wildlife and habitat.
For the island’s equine enthusiasts, participating in the Whidbey Western Games Association is about much more than competition.
As a clinical psychologist, Deborah Nedelman, Ph.D, often prescribed writing as a therapeutic exercise for her patients. From 9:30-5 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, Nedelman will join fellow author and retired healthcare professional Iris Graville in Northwest Institute of Literary Arts’ first Write to Heal In-depth Session.
Helping Hand of South Whidbey is inviting South End residents to enjoy a salmon feast while helping their neighbors in need.
The Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens will be overtaken with mythical beings large and small this weekend during Meerkerk Magic.
Families and vulnerable adults who lack safe, steady housing now have the opportunity to apply for residence in the South End’s first House of Hospitality.
Though Earth Day lasts only 24 hours, a number of South End residents are working year-round to conserve the island’s numerous natural treasures.