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Candy Lincoln and her husband, Scott Lincoln, also a Vietnam War veteran, recently handed down their business Lincoln Computers to their son and are now spending their retirement giving back to veterans and service members with hand-crafted gifts of gratitude.
The Readiness to Learn Foundation is working to ensure every child and teen on South Whidbey receives a gift this holiday season, regardless of their family's financial status. The foundation's annual Holiday House, a project to provide free gifts for kids and teens whose families are struggling, opened for business this week at the Hoffman Building at the Island County Fairgrounds in Langley.
Armstrong opened the Do Jahng at Ken’s Korner in August when he and his family relocated from California to Clinton at the end of his over 20-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps. Amstrong’s taekwondo is the only Do Jahng on South Whidbey and one of two on the island. “I’ve been teaching taekwondo for over 20 years,” he said. “And since South Whidbey doesn’t have a taekwondo school, it was just a great opportunity to open one up and bring it to our community.”
The word ballerina evokes a mental image of tutus, leotards, dancers’ limbs elongated in elegant poses and toes tapping precisely on pointe.
Board members and superintendents from each of Island County’s three school districts will convene for a dinner and meeting with state lawmakers today to discuss such topics as class sizes, state funding for public education and other issues.
On Monday, 6 July, 1942 13-year-old Anne Frank and her family were forced to leave their home and the outside world behind. On Dec. 11, Whidbey Children’s Theater will debut its second production of the season with “The Diary of Anne Frank,” the stage adaptation of the young woman’s famous diary.
Heavy snowfall this past Saturday meant an onslaught of calls for South Whidbey Fire/EMS and necessitated reduced bus routes and late starts for South Whidbey School District students through mid-week.
When Iliana Lopez met her husband, Graham Gori, it was love at first bite. Gori was working for the New York Times and Associated Press as a foreign correspondent in Mexico City when he bumped into Lopez, an art restorer. In Mexico, explained Lopez, it was unusual for a man to do the cooking; and Gori was especially adept at the craft.
South Whidbey School District’s board of directors will meet today to discuss the potential adoption or update of policies regarding transgender students, nondiscrimination, Disability History Month, notification of isolation or restraint of students with Individualized Education or Section 504 plans and several other topics as well.
South Whidbey sixth and seventh-grade students are learning firsthand about Puget Sound’s aquatic ecosystem through the Langley Middle School Oceanography Program. The program provides students with the opportunity to learn through field-based studies at South Whidbey Harbor marina in Langley and lab studies in the classroom.
American writer Jessamyn West once commented that writing is a solitary occupation, that one must be alone, “slightly savage,” and uninterrupted if he or she is to complete a work. During November, thousands of writers the world over turn the often-solitary art into a community event, striving to pen the rough draft of a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.
Brian Johnson, a first-time dad, recently welcomed not one new addition to his family, but three. The new father, who works full-time during the day as a mentor for at-risk youth, said that when he first saw Jessica Monaghan’s ultrasound, he wasn’t sure what he was looking at. Instead of one set of fingers, knees and toes, there were three.
Following long tradition, The Record visited South Whidbey Elementary School to gobble with students about Thanksgiving.
The Northwest Language Academy and Cultural Center is presenting the next installation in its Language of Food series: Yolka, a family-friendly celebration of Russian food, culture and holiday festivities on Saturday, Dec. 6. According to event coordinators, it is rumored that Ded Moroz and his companion may stop by for a visit.
Christmastime is a season chock-full of traditions, nostalgia and, for many families, a hearty helping of laughter.
On a crisp November morning, residents of South Whidbey are stepping out of bed, wolfing down their breakfast and heading to the office or classroom for another day of work; but for some, the day may begin a little differently due to another night spent without permanent housing. The majority of these individuals are adults, but several others are children and teens.
A panel of seven child and family support services personnel will speak at the South Whidbey Children’s Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19.
By 2 a.m., when the majority of South Whidbey residents remain nestled snugly in their beds, Langley baker Kelly Baugh is already hard at work. The Clinton resident and single mother of five said she had always dreamt of a place in which she could fulfill the age-old profession of village baker.
Julie Hadden has been appointed to the South Whidbey School District Board of Directors. At a special meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the South Whidbey Elementary School community room, the school board voted unanimously to elect Hadden as the new district 2 board member.
For Nola Allen, the natural beauty of Whidbey Island has afforded her an abundance of colorful inspiration, both as a professional pianist and watercolor artist.
For South Whidbey residents, a trip to the beach may seem a more feasible venture than a trip to the slopes of Stevens Pass, but South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District is trying to make a day on the mountain a little more accessible.
Clinton resident Dana Linn has entrusted her locks to hair stylists the world over, but none are as dear to her heart as Golene, a parodical Southern woman with a deep penchant for hair spray, leopard print and her 1960s-style beehive.
With his feet, Walter Dill once danced agilely across the bamboo floor of a dance studio with quick, precise movements; with his hands, decades later, he uses the same precision and agility — and the same bamboo flooring — to create architecturally bold home accessories.
Nevermore will South Whidbey residents want for a taste of Victorian era macabre.
Ánie McMahon-Grace, a Clinton resident, homeschool student and aspiring author, sat patiently at the front of the classroom at Coupeville Middle School Saturday afternoon, pen and notebook at the ready, awaiting author Deb Lund’s instructions on how to become “a fiction magician.”
In Mexico—as well as in many parts of the United States—the days from Nov. 1-2 are spent celebrating life and honoring the deceased during Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday which has developed through a pairing of Catholic and ancient Aztec traditions.
Unable to reach a decision themselves, South Whidbey School Board directors are now looking to the region’s top education official for help in selecting a new member.
Mary Green always listened to the words of her god; throughout her life she had meaningful conversations through prayer and found guidance within the gospels. But Green, a self-described “highly visual” person, said she lacked the “eyes to see.”
While most students headed home to relax after an early release from school Wednesday, about handful of kids gathered in the spacious MakerTron lab in Clinton to learn the basics of computer-aided design and 3-D printing techniques.
South Whidbey is conjuring up some delightfully frightful Halloween festivities. Langley in particular is aflutter with Halloween activity, from the wooden ravens standing guard around the city to the numerous spooky celebrations to come.
A stanza of rich and vital music ascends from the speakers, breaking the evening silence at Bayview Corner; four couples silently take to the studio floor, keeping time with one another’s precise steps and slight sways as if attuned to the notes as by one another’s energy.
For Clinton resident Lynae Slinden, the year 2000 was more than the beginning of a new millennium. It was the year she would celebrate her 50th birthday, the year she could finally and confidently say she survived breast cancer, and it was the beginning of a new and fearless adventure.
When Nicholas Zefferys stepped to the front of the room to formally introduce himself at a recent Rotary of South Whidbey meeting, his acquaintances were unprepared for the tremendous series of events their “quiet,” and “unassuming” fellow member would unfurl.
The Ecumenical Greening Congregations of South Whidbey are sponsoring a showing of the film, “Toxic Hot Seat,” which addresses the “ubiquitous presence” of chemical and flame retardants in furniture, carpets and the human body.
Judy Thorslund knows firsthand the importance of “empowerment through community.” President of the board of directors for the non-profit South Whidbey Homeless Coalition, Thorslund has spent decades working to help those without permanent housing and is no stranger to nights spent out in the cold — she was once homeless herself. With Whidbey Island’s homeless now estimated to number in the hundreds, it’s an issue Coalition members like her say is crying out for public attention. Some needs to be done, and the group is ready to lead the way.
Frank Parra, affectionately known by many South End residents as “Mr. Do-It,” proved he really can do it all by obtaining the title of Mr. South Whidbey 2014.
Ann Randolph, an award-winning, critically-acclaimed comedian, will be bringing her latest solo show, “Loveland,” to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 22.
South Whidbey High School students now have the opportunity to learn camera operation techniques with real-life application thanks to an independent study mentor program developed by WhidbeyTV.
On Tuesday, Sept. 30, Howard Zuvela and several fellow Newell relations and friends gathered to pay respects to their ancestors interred at Bayview Cemetery in Langley and to express gratitude for the recent installation of their great-great grandfather’s marble headstone — his grave had previously been unmarked. Among the family members were several residents of Skagit and Island County including Audrey Spencer Newell of Clinton and her sister Laurie Newell as well as fourth and fifth generations of Wickliffe Guy Newells.
The Highlands at Langley, a housing development, recently received first place in a regional competition for most energy efficient home. Langley Builders, manufacturer of The Highlands, specialize in Built Green homes which are designed to be energy efficient, comfortable and environmentally friendly.
When Allegra Rose first watched “The Ring” from her home in Texas, it wasn’t the sight of ghoulish Samara Morgan that inspired her to paint, but the distinct recollection of the scent of decay in the Pacific Northwest forest. Rose, an artist who uses the pseudonym Scruffy Jones, relocated from South Whidbey to Texas during her time in the military. Though she said it was never her intention to stay for an extended period of time, she elected to attend school there and eventually became drawn to the culture and folklore of the Lone Star State, remaining there for over a decade.
From his room in a hospice care facility, Joe Rantz related his tale — a story rife with the turmoil of abandonment and The Great Depression and a story glistening with the gold-medal victory of his 1936 Olympic rowing team’s win against aristocrats and the Nazi state.
The ninth annual Mr. South Whidbey pageant will contain all of the traditional elements such as Q&A and talent presentations, though as usual, contestants such as Gilbert may have their own surprises planned. The pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Freeland Hall. Tickets cost $25 and may be purchased at Moonraker Books in Langley or Paint Escape in Freeland.
Langley was abuzz with Dionysian energy during the 14th DjangoFest Northwest this past week. The festival, which took place Sept. 17-21, drew an estimated 3,000 people who relished in the musical artistry of Gypsy Jazz performers from around the world, including nightly shows, daily workshops and numerous impromptu jams throughout Langley.
South Whidbey High School music students will spread holiday cheer and encourage the spirit of giving with their annual plant sale next month.
Whidbey artists are sewing seeds of creativity in an art exhibition entitled “When Your Plow is a Paintbrush Two: Artists Interpret the Farm.”
From Friday, Sept. 19 to Sunday, Sept. 21, the M-Bar-C Ranch in Freeland will be holding its annual Barn Sale Fundraiser in partnership with the South Whidbey Lions Club. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the M-Bar-C Ranch programs such as the Day of Western Fun, South Whidbey Lions Club scholarships and hearing and sight programs and the Forgotten Children’s Fund. This year’s event will also include Barnyard Bingo at 9:30 a.m. Friday. Tickets for bingo cost $5 in advance.
When Nick Lehr proposed the idea of a two-band, two-day DjangoFest to Stacie Burgua in 2000, she thought he might be crazy.
The Pregnancy Care Clinic will host its annual 2-mile Walk for the Wee Ones at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 in downtown Langley. The walk is a fundraising event to benefit the clinic, which provides free and confidential services to expectant mothers and families including ultrasound scans, counseling, classes and pregnancy testing.
Good Cheer Food Bank will ring in the weekend with their annual Harvest Party and Music Fest.