Kate Daniel

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Music Series concludes season with “Pasture-ized”

New musical comedy is “all original and all Whidbey."

  • Apr 1st, 2015 8:00pm

Whidbey Island Waldorf student cultivates improved water quality

Eighth-grader Connor McDanniel has crafted an end-of-year project to help mitigate the effects of storm water runoff in Maxwelton Creek.

  • Mar 31st, 2015 10:18pm

Jell-o and leeks anyone? Edible Book Festival offers a taste of words

In describing Anthony Burgess’s 1962 dystopian novella “A Clockwork Orange,” the word “ultra-violence” is far more likely to pop up than adjectives such as “sweet” or “delectable.”

  • Mar 27th, 2015 10:29pm

Kindergarten information night geared to help parents prepare

South Whidbey Elementary will host a new kind of kindergarten information night this year.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 10:17pm

Welcome the whales: As grays and orcas make their way through Puget Sound, sighting opportunities are plentiful

South Whidbey residents will have plenty of opportunities to spy a whale in the coming months as the grays and orcas make their may through the sound.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 10:11pm

Freeland blueberry farm expects 20,000 pounds from 2015 harvest

Driving through Freeland on Highway 525, it’s likely you’ve seen the cart and banner advertising Mutiny Bay Blues blueberry farm. The farm itself is as unassuming as its marketing strategy, with a large old barn and acres upon acres of blueberry bushes situated on a property just off of Mutiny Bay Road. But by summertime, the farm will become a bustling hive of activity, expected to produce about 20,000 pounds of berries to be distributed to grocers and farm stands from Clinton to Oak Harbor.

  • Mar 26th, 2015 3:10pm

School district relocates South Whidbey raptors’ platform

A new nesting space is awaiting the resident osprey of Waterman’s Field at South Whidbey High School.

  • Mar 21st, 2015 12:00am

Ho?geldiniz: NWLA celebrates Turkish culture

Language of Food aims to connect individuals through cross-cultural community gatherings featuring food, conversation, cultural presentations, music and dance. This month’s event will feature Turkey, a country which Fred Lundahl describes as, “a modern, social media-conscious population overlaying one of the most ancient civilizations in the world.”

  • Mar 20th, 2015 10:35pm

Clinton woman to open Everett’s first Recovery Cafe

Clinton resident Wendy Grove is the executive director of the Everett Recovery Cafe, a refuge for people who have suffered from homelessness, addiction, mental health challenges or trauma.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 6:00pm

Original Jim brings ‘beatbox soul’ to WICA

Like the melodies he once bestowed upon throngs of Euro-Disney tourists and numerous Pacific Northwest bar-goers, Jim Castaneda’s drum beats are created with his voice. On Saturday, March 21, Castaneda will be bringing his act to the main stage in the latest installment of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ Local Artist Series, “Original Jim Live, Beatbox Soul.”

  • Mar 18th, 2015 2:00am

Freeland dojo Tiger Martial Arts still kicking after 10 years

Wendi Barker, owner of Tiger Martial Arts in Freeland, began her first karate class in Boston at age 30, after her son RJ was born with spina bifida.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 11:25pm

Langley High School alumni reunite to reminisce

For the group of 15 men seated around the lunch table at Holmes Harbor Rod and Gun Club, the conversation quickly shoots from discussion of one’s upcoming vacation to recollections of another’s family antics and yet another’s deceased loved one. The men are all alumni of the former Langley High School. The eldest members of the group graduated in 1944 while the youngest graduated from high school in 1955.

  • Mar 13th, 2015 10:57pm

Sarungano raises funds for Zimbabwean children

In Shona, one of 16 official Zimbabwean languages, the word Sarungano means storyteller. The women of Sarungano are known throughout South Whidbey for sharing the story of traditional Zimbabwean music through their rich rhythms and joyous melodies, most of which are performed on mbiras.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 3:20pm

Trinity hires first female pastor

Elizabeth Felt was called to the ministry at an early age, but being female, she didn’t see pastorship as a viable career option. On March 1, Felt’s dream was realized when she was installed as the first female pastor of Freeland’s Trinity Lutheran Church.

  • Mar 12th, 2015 7:20pm

Underwater robotics program at South Whidbey Academy seeks funding

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, a dozen or so brightly clad South Whidbey Academy middle schoolers buzzed about on one side of Timmie Sinclair’s “bat cave” chattering, problem-solving, labeling and affixing. On the opposite end of the classroom, a group of nine high schoolers clad in black Robotics Anonymous T-shirts concentrated a similar, though somewhat more complex, project.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 11:22pm

Expert gives Whidbey beekeepers something to buzz about

Whidbey honeybee enthusiasts gathered Wednesday evening to hear a presentation from experts Dan and Judy Harvey. The Harveys are working to create a "survivor bee" in response to the recent rapid decline in honeybee populations worldwide.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 11:21pm

WICA hosts WOW! Stories conference

Diana Lindsay holds a strong conviction that within each Whidbey woman lies a story waiting to be told.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015 11:26pm

Dads, daughters get ready to boogie at district ball

Kevin Lungren and his daughter, Emma, have been attending South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s Dad and Daughter Ball “since Emma could walk.”

  • Mar 3rd, 2015 10:54pm

South End Hip-Hop dancers Smash Brothaz to perform at WICA

Graham and Zane Vanderwood may not have danced themselves out of the womb, but the two brothers do appear to have been born to moonwalk, pop and glide.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 12:23am

Amy Walker returns to the Clyde with one-woman variety show

Former Clinton resident Amy Walker made her debut as an actor playing the part of baby Jesus in a church production well before she learned to walk.

  • Feb 24th, 2015 11:40pm

South Whidbey fourth graders’ education enhanced with Chromebooks

On a recent Thursday morning, fourth grade students in Rachel Kizer's class at South Whidbey Elementary started their day with a math lesson. But rather than the hurried sound of pencils scratching on paper, the classroom was filled with the tapping of keys.

  • Feb 24th, 2015 11:40pm

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: Whidbey Children’s Theater debuts classic tale of whimsey

A group of children will embark on a fantastical early 20th century adventure to the land of Vulgaria aboard a spirited former race-car by the name of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

  • Feb 21st, 2015 2:00pm

South End schools join stand for federal rule change

The South Whidbey School District Board of Directors is continuing its pursuit of an amendment to the No Child Left Behind Act, also known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

  • Feb 20th, 2015 11:22pm

‘Other Moves’ to showcase Island Dance students’ talent

Niki Greene, age 14, is brimming with excitement as she talks about her upcoming performance with the Island Dance Performing Team.

  • Feb 17th, 2015 6:00pm

South Whidbey Academy students studying for a greener future | CORRECTED

A group of students at South Whidbey Academy may not be able to save the world, but they are striving to save the land, and the communities that rely upon it.

  • Feb 28th, 2015 12:08am

Seattle Women’s Chorus sings for domestic violence prevention

The Seattle Women’s Chorus will sing odes to women of the silver screen in a fundraising event for individuals in crisis.

  • Feb 12th, 2015 12:00am

Property values still on the rise in Island County, experts say

Island County home prices for 2014 were at their highest since 2007, with a median value for single family homes at $264,950.

  • Feb 11th, 2015 5:14pm

Freeland author pens memoir of a caretaking husband

When Allan Ament’s wife Deloris Tarzan Ament suffered a debilitating stroke in 2005, the routine and concept of normality that he had become familiar with were gone.

  • Feb 6th, 2015 11:29pm

Award-winning documentarian to show works at The Clyde

Award-winning filmmaker Ruth Gregory’s professional storytelling career began at the age of 15, when the astute South Whidbey Falcon walked into the office of the Island Independent and asked for a job. Gregory sought more than a chance to demonstrate and refine her writing chops; she sought the opportunity to share the stories of her community.

  • Feb 5th, 2015 7:50pm

Island Christian Academy students explore electives passions

This past week at Island Christian Academy, a group of 14 students learned the basics of how to catch a crook.

  • Feb 3rd, 2015 10:43pm

South Whidbey hikers express symbiotic relationship with nature

Whether the skies are clear and bright with sunshine or grey and pouring rain, Barbara Powell and her dog and hiking partner, Echo, take to the trails for their twice-daily walk. Powell is one of several South Whidbey residents who regularly treks the island’s numerous parks, beaches and trail systems.

  • Jan 30th, 2015 11:40pm

Sound Waters conference to discuss ‘all things Puget Sound’

Whidbey Island’s ecosystem is one of its most unique and delicate features. Oceanic and land-based flora and fauna intertwine in a complex chain, each link reliant upon the others to maintain the wellbeing of the whole.

  • Jan 28th, 2015 8:00pm

Fiber arts program weaves new skills into students

Sheep may not be masters of arithmetic, and goats may not be adept business strategists. But students at South Whidbey Academy are learning lessons in these and a variety of other subjects through study of these animals, and their fibers.

  • Jan 28th, 2015 12:19am

Northwest Language Academy rings in the new year with Zen

Members of the Northwest Language Academy and Cultural Center are inviting South Whidbey residents to ring in the new year with reflection and rejuvenation. The center is hosting its fourth annual Zen New Year’s Celebration, a collaboration with the Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery in Freeland, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Langley academy.

  • Jan 23rd, 2015 11:58pm

South Whidbey Parks puts freeze on 2015 skiing program

A lack of snow and registrants alike prompted the South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District to cancel this year’s SnowRider Ski Bus program.

  • Jan 23rd, 2015 11:52pm

South Whidbey residents honor King by giving back

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, about 20 South Whidbey residents gathered at the Good Cheer Garden for a day of service Monday morning. One of Dr. King’s famous quotes reads, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ ” Each year, Americans across the country take time on their day off from school or work to serve the betterment of their communities. This year, President Barack Obama also issued an address urging Americans “to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King.”

  • Jan 20th, 2015 10:28pm

Homelessness remains a problem on South End

All Jennifer Cambra wanted for Christmas was a home for her family, enough gas to drive her ailing mother to the doctor and a sense of security for her 10-year-old twins.

  • Jan 21st, 2015 6:15pm

Scholarly LARPers hold first battle

Queen Kristina Madrid and King Bryce Auburn assembled their warriors, readied their weapons and prepared to charge into battle. Cries of friendly provocation and excitement rang out as a group of nine South Whidbey High School students rushed towards one another from opposite sides of the field at Castle Park, swords raised, axes — and one comically large fake lobster claw — wielded.

  • Jan 20th, 2015 10:11pm

Clinton glass artist’s work to be featured on national TV

Glassworker Dennis Meszaros is buzzing with enthusiasm over one of his latest projects. The Clinton resident recently assisted with the build of a honeycomb-shaped treehouse in Woodinville, Wash., as a part of Animal Planet’s TV series “Treehouse Masters.”

  • Jan 18th, 2015 2:00am

Never stop moving: Langley dance teacher honors her mentor’s legacy

When Langley choreographer and dance teacher Daunne Bacon Zinger herniated two of the discs of her spine, doctors told her she would likely never dance again. But Bacon Zinger heeded the words of her idol, jazz dance icon Luigi Faccuito; she never stopped moving.

  • Jan 14th, 2015 6:00pm

South Whidbey trio takes farm-to-table movement on the road

Lacey Thompson and Clinton residents Chris Vulk and Brittany Keylon share a dream to own a business which will provide accessible, versatile whole food to South Whidbey. They hope to provide convenient, delicious meals to residents stepping off the ferry or attending an arts festival or farmers market.

  • Jan 9th, 2015 11:29pm

Feathered friends: South Whidbey birders take stock of avian population

The Christmas count is the longest running citizen science survey in the world and provides important data on avian population trends.

  • Jan 6th, 2015 10:38pm

Washington’s poet laureate comes to WICA

Elizabeth Austen jokes that her mid-life crisis came a little early. Nearly 20 years ago, the Shakespearean trained actor and former thespian put down her stage makeup and picked up a pen, trading her acting and dance theater career for the life of a poet.

  • Jan 4th, 2015 2:00am

Santa water skis on Deer Lake

South Whidbey received an unconventional visit from Saint Nick this Christmas. Jordyn Kelley, a 7th grader and Langley resident, donned a Santa costume and took to the waters of Deer Lake on her water skis.

  • Jan 2nd, 2015 11:19pm

South Whidbey woman shares story of homelessness

As patrons of the Island Church of Whidbey soup kitchen finished their meals, lively piano music mingled with the scents and sounds of lunchtime as one amicable young woman nimbly tickled the ivory keys. Like many of the soup kitchen visitors, she is without a home.

  • Jan 5th, 2015 6:36pm

South End teachers find support in online education

Laura Spear felt she needed to make a change. Spear, a social worker living in Enterprise, Ore., had spent the last several years visiting the homes of families in crisis, delivering curriculum to parents, many of whom had had their children removed from the home by Child Protective Services. “I found that the children I was working with were not ready for kindergarten,” Spear recalled, expressing that she felt somewhat helpless as she was only able to spend about one hour a week with the kids.

  • Dec 30th, 2014 7:03pm

Groups work to relocate osprey nest from South Whidbey football field

A couple of ospreys will be returning from their southern migration to a brand new nest location come springtime.

  • Dec 28th, 2014 5:20pm

Langley couple helps doctor revive a community

The Mayans call him a saint. The doctor, Sergio Castro, has spent the past 51 years tending to the peoples’ medical, educational and basic needs.

  • Dec 29th, 2014 6:26pm

South Whidbey kids chat about Christmas

The Record spoke with first graders at South Whidbey Elementary about Santa, the North Pole and Christmas morning rituals.

  • Dec 23rd, 2014 9:48pm

Warming center for homeless to open in Langley

South Whidbey’s homeless may have access to the area’s first warming center come January.

  • Dec 20th, 2014 1:43am