Kate Daniel

Congregation bids Langley couple adios | CORRECTED

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.

Pawz, claws and feet turn out for Langley race

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 End students to showcase visual, performing artworks at festival

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.

Special needs student crowned South Whidbey prom queen

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.

South Whidbey students send off salmon

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.

High school band hosts evening of pop hits, big band dance

The South Whidbey High School band will host an evening of song and dance in a fundraising event to repair and replace instruments.

Fundamental living: Clinton residents work to establish sustainable, affordable community

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.

Sniffing out the competition: Dogs make the most of olfactory talents in K9 Nosework

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.

Ryan’s House opens Freeland office for better service, access

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.

Freeland resident works for peace in Burundi

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.

Teachers, students protest state funding issues on South Whidbey

South Whidbey School District educators protested the state’s lack of funding for public schools with a walk-out on Wednesday.

Orchestra unites community with music

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.

Clinton crash sends one to hospital

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.

Carving out a masterpiece: Landscape architect Masa Mizuno to visit Whidbey for one-day workshop

Most consider landscaping to be a chore, but for Masa Mizuno it is a work of art.

South End teachers plan protest walk-out

South Whidbey School District teachers will hold a walk-out next week in protest of the state’s lack of funding for public schools.

Longtime South Whidbey schools assistant to retire

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.

South Whidbey High School students tend to campus, eco-lessons on Earth Day

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.

Saying goodbye to Lulu; South Whidbey family considers dog part of the pack

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.