Maria Matson

Couple brings New Zealand backpack brand to Whidbey

Distributors leap from buying outdoor gear to selling it

‘Women in History’ program set for Saturday in Freeland

Gone, but not forgotten. These are the historical female figures that the American Association of University Women Whidbey Island Branch are celebrating with their annual… Continue reading

Mardi Gras celebration set for March 5 in Bayview

Get ready to “laissez les bons temps rouler” — let the good times roll — as the Mardi Gras holiday nears. Most people associate New… Continue reading

Do you see it? Found rock resembles image of George Washington

This rock, which she believes shows the image of President George Washington, was found on a beach by Kathy Crane two years ago. Crane said… Continue reading

Big Red Event for Ryan’s House

Homeless youth organization celebrating 10th anniversary with bash

Lutefisk on menu at Nordic dinner

It’s slimy, gooey and shakes like Jell-O — fishy, white Jell-O. But the gooey lutefisk tastes good, according to Nordic Lodge President Brian Petersen. “All… Continue reading

Orchestra performing array of string music Saturday and Sunday

Whidbey’s Saratoga Orchestra will present a set of programs called “Simply Strings” 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Island Church of Whidbey in Langley and 2:30… Continue reading

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

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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.

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