Maria Matson

Mystery boat washes ashore on Sandy Point beach

An unmanned boat was discovered washed ashore on Sandy Point beach in Langley last week, requiring the Coast Guard to investigate. “Wednesday morning on my… Continue reading

 

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                                Sarah Bergquist of Waste Wise holds a pile of cords that have been recently donated at the Coupeville WSU Waste Wise location, totaling 140 pounds.

Recycling help available for Christmas lights, power cords

Waste not, want not. The WSU Waste Wise of Island County wants to help people make wise “waste” choices this holiday season by getting rid… Continue reading

 

Plunge into 2019

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the 2019 Polar Bear Dive in Freeland for an icy-cold jaunt in the water. It will… Continue reading

 

Donating to food bank will spread good cheer

For many, this time of the year is a time to make good memories, eat plenty of food and exchange gifts by a cozy fireplace.… Continue reading

Need ideas for book lovers?

Librarians offer gift suggestions for all ages, interests

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                                South Whidbey veteran Jill Johnson holds her miniature poodle, Sophie.

Veteran wants everyone to know, women served too

Despite misconceptions, women served in Vietnam, alongside men. They mattered, and they worked just as hard. That’s what Whidbey veteran Jill Johnson wants people to… Continue reading

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                                South Whidbey veteran Jill Johnson holds her miniature poodle, Sophie.

The (little) railroad Jack built

This year’s display may turn out to be Tingstad’s last

Fort gets spooky for Halloween

Haunted Fort event will be a scary good time

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                                The Shifty Sailors play at the Tall Ship Festival in Riga, Latvia in 2003 aboard the German sailing vessel Seute Deern. Pictured are Jim Amis, Mike Thelen, Wylie Vracin, Karl Olsen, Clarke Harvey, Vern Olsen (accordion), Ray Loe, Bruce Bardwell, Denny Armstrong (guitar), Jack Moeller and Peter Lawl.

Shifty Sailors celebrating 25th anniversary

The maritime-themed musical group Shifty Sailors will celebrate their 25th anniversary with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall.… Continue reading

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                                The Shifty Sailors play at the Tall Ship Festival in Riga, Latvia in 2003 aboard the German sailing vessel Seute Deern. Pictured are Jim Amis, Mike Thelen, Wylie Vracin, Karl Olsen, Clarke Harvey, Vern Olsen (accordion), Ray Loe, Bruce Bardwell, Denny Armstrong (guitar), Jack Moeller and Peter Lawl.

Bird droppings removed from Greenbank Farm pond

Stinky, slimy goose and duck poop has accumulated over the years at the bottom of the small pond at Greenbank Farm. It’s sat there for… Continue reading

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                                <em>Whidbey Island resident Dick Evans will be signing and selling copies of his book, Fazkils, at the Clinton Community Hall.</em><em></em>

Hollywood actor, author reflects on his life, career in new book

Richard “Dick” Evans is an actor, writer and director with a long list of titles under his belt, and he can talk for hours about… Continue reading

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                                <em>Whidbey Island resident Dick Evans will be signing and selling copies of his book, Fazkils, at the Clinton Community Hall.</em><em></em>

SICBA holds home tour

Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association will hold its 12th annual SICBA Home Tour Sept. 14-16. This year’s Home Tour features 13 homes by eight local builders… Continue reading

Walking Festival offers exercise, Whidbey scenery

There will be a three-day Whidbey Walking Festival Sept. 7-9 with five routes starting at Camp Casey in Coupeville. “The purpose of our club is… Continue reading

Clinton woman Edythe Swanson to turn 100

Eat your vegetables. Don’t drink a lot. Don’t party a lot. And just live your life. Those are the secrets to Edythe Swanson’s long life.… Continue reading

WAIF Wag ‘n’ Walk festival will be fun and games

It’s a day for the dogs — and their owners too. The Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation is hosting their annual Wag ‘n’ Walk festival 10… Continue reading

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                                John White of Freeland works to paint the “Big Guns” at Fort Casey. It was a good day to paint, with the sunshine and fresh air, he said. The work is being done by volunteers in preparation of the 50th anniversary of the “Big Guns” arrival, which will be held on Aug. 11.

Fort Casey gets ready for anniversary

Celebration in recognition of ‘big guns’ arrival 50 years ago

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                                John White of Freeland works to paint the “Big Guns” at Fort Casey. It was a good day to paint, with the sunshine and fresh air, he said. The work is being done by volunteers in preparation of the 50th anniversary of the “Big Guns” arrival, which will be held on Aug. 11.

Orca event set for Wednesday

A spotlight is once again being placed on Lolita, also known as “Tokitae,” as well as the other orcas rounded up and captured in Penn… Continue reading

Veggies come to life at fair

Spiderman, Spiderman, does whatever a spider can. And Spiderman can teach kids how to make spiders out of vegetables and toothpicks. During the 2018 Whidbey… Continue reading

Bus driver wins statewide Above Beyond Award

Washington State Transit Insurance Pool and Island Transit have announced that bus operator Jim Caveness of Greenbank is a recipient of the statewide “Above &… Continue reading

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Coffee stand opens in Deception Pass Park

Standing in the drizzly rain in open-toed sandals, the foggy beach behind him and the smell of coffee in the air, it’s exactly the type… Continue reading

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