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It’s been half a century since a small group of friends from the St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church got together to spread some holiday “good cheer” to their less fortunate neighbors.
Good Cheer is kicking off its 50th birthday celebration with a party for the whole community. The fourth annual Good Cheer Harvest Party & Music Fest is from 2 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Good Cheer Bayview Campus. The theme of this year’s event is “celebration of the harvest.” The nonprofit organization is inviting the community to enjoy the gardens and celebrate the group’s 50 years of service to South Whidbey. Good Cheer was founded in 1962 and was the first service nonprofit on the South End.
It was a busy morning Tuesday at South Whidbey elementary school as the kids, including 80 kindergartners, swarmed the school.
After his failed bid for port commissioner last November, Ed Jenkins has been flooding Port of South Whidbey officials with unsolicited business advice, ranging from how to run the Langley Marina to suggestions on property purchases.
The property tax levy for the South Whidbey parks district is passing in early vote returns. After 48.9 percent of all Island County ballots counted, the measure is passing with 3,323 votes to 2,056 votes, or 61.8 percent to 38.2 percent.
“People For Yes on Whidbey PUD” released its preliminary study of what it could cost to form an island-wide public utility district during The Exchange community forum earlier this week in Clinton.
Campaign finance records show both sides of the hotly-debated ballot measure to form a Whidbey-based power company are being financed by off-island sources.
The power struggle on Whidbey Island is heading into the home stretch. But despite thousands of dollars spent to inform voters about the measure to create a Whidbey-based utility and numerous and debates, many people on Whidbey say they still haven’t heard enough to make up their minds on the PUD question.
Ten years ago, four Langley women planted the seed for what has become one of Langley’s most beautiful places — the ash garden at the Woodmen Cemetery.
It’s lots of work and little or no pay, but there is no shortage of people who want to be commissioner for Whidbey Island’s proposed public utility district.
A metallic Emerald City made of cake towered above three other iconic skylines in Food Network’s Big City Cake Challenge. John Auburn of JW Desserts in Clinton won $10,000 in the TV culinary square-off.
Whidbey’s John Auburn competed with the country’s best cake artists to build an American city skyline out of cake in just eight hours. Along with three other chefs, he squared off on the Food Network Challenge earlier this year. As the clock ticked on, Chicago, New York, Pittsburgh and Seattle arose from cake, sugar and chocolate in a studio in Centennial, Colo.
LANGLEY — The city of Langley is onboard with the Port of South Whidbey’s proposed tax increase to fix up the Langley marina.
The city of Langley is on board with the Port of South Whidbey's proposed tax increase to fix up the Langley marina.
Walt Blackford, Langley’s former city administrator, will be in charge of Puget Sound Energy’s new customer service office in Freeland.
The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board approved a record number of projects across the state to build parks and trails, and protect disappearing farmland and wildlife habitat. Among them are three Island County projects, for a total of $1.6 million, that are now eligible for funding if approved by the governor’s office.
In the fight for locally-controlled power on Whidbey Island, a key issue has been the availability of discounted Tier 1 power from the Bonneville Power Administration.
Langley resident Linda Fauth is a longtime animal advocate on Whidbey Island and was instrumental in getting Whidbey Animals Improvement Foundation’s spray-and-neuter clinic up and running in its early days.
Island County Commissioner Phil Bakke is promising he won’t raise taxes if voters keep him on the Island County board of commissioners this November.
Supporters have long been praising the success of other public utility districts in Washington as they try to convince Whidbey voters to get behind the ballot measure to establish a Whidbey-based utility this November. However, it appears that most of the successful examples have had upward of 60 years to become established and pass on lower rates to their customers.