Patricia Duff

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South Whidbey teen builds tiny transportable house

SUNLIGHT SHORES — Celina Dill is not your typical 16-year-old girl. Since October of last year, Dill has had her head deep into the design process of the very small house she is going to build for herself. On wheels.

  • Feb 12th, 2012 5:48pm

Two techno-savvy youths help out Whidbey Island Nourishes, design new posters

Two young, ambitious members of the 4-HD Video Club recently created new, eye-catching posters for Whidbey Island Nourishes.

  • Feb 13th, 2012 5:40pm

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts opens ensemble piece set in the deep South

Southern charm, over-the-top ‘80s style and plenty of comedy are the main tools used to tell one poignant tale of love and death.

  • Feb 8th, 2012 4:51pm

Couple scoop up the chance to keep a Whidbey business going

DOUBLE BLUFF — Down a country lane on a sunny, cold February morning near Useless Bay, a gorgeous gleaming ice cream machine is churning away. Florence Hecker has her plastic bouffant cap on and bounces from task to task in the small Whidbey Island Ice Cream plant she runs with her co-owner husband Ron Hecker. Her son-in-law, Chris Johnston, whom she calls a “jack-of-all-trades plant manager,” is busy filling bright, white cardboard pints out of a machine that oozes an impossibly thick stream of “Now This Is Chocolate.” The enticingly named ice cream is just one of 45 flavors the company produces using all natural ingredients, including the 18 percent butter fat cream it gets from Lochmead Farms in Junction City, Ore.

  • Feb 5th, 2012 3:49pm

‘Steampunk’ packs them in at MUSEO

It was the social event of the season at MUSEO’s opening of its “Steampunk” show Saturday. Artists, families, friends, neighbors and art lovers steamed up the standing-room only gallery on First Street in downtown Langley during its opening reception for 40 local artists.

  • Feb 1st, 2012 9:00pm

‘Best of Broadway’ performance at WCT will benefit Saratoga Chamber Orchestra

It’s a long way to the Great White Way, but somehow Whidbey Island has the uncanny magnetism to pull even Broadway talent to its stages.

  • Feb 2nd, 2012 4:37pm

Two bands, two unique flavors, share a musical evening in Langley

It’s like what happened when the chocolate bar fell in a jar of peanut butter. Douce Ambience is a string trio with a new musical flavor that’s as tasty as a peanut butter cup.

  • Jan 26th, 2012 2:16pm

Local designer signs books today in Langley

It all started at her kitchen table 22 years ago. Still, even after publishing her 14th book, “M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Precut Quilts,” this crafty Freeland businesswoman is humbled by the inspiration of family, friends, her beloved animals and the island that feeds her soul.

  • Jan 21st, 2012 6:09pm

Local fabric designer and quilting author signs books Saturday in Langley

It all started at her kitchen table 22 years ago. Still, even after publishing her 14th book, “M’Liss Rae Hawley’s Precut Quilts,” this crafty Freeland businesswoman is humbled by the inspiration of family, friends, her beloved animals and the island that feeds her soul.

  • Jan 20th, 2012 3:22am

Whidbey artists create website, social network for the island

FREELAND — Whidbey Island is home to hundreds of visual artists who do myriad forms of work. Recently two of those artists, Sue Taves and Jan Shannon, had an idea to create a place online for artists to communicate. Such a site would also act as a resource for non-artists to gain access to the Whidbey Island art world.

  • Jan 17th, 2012 11:52pm

Of clockworks, top hats, goggles and adventure: ‘Steampunk’ at MUSEO in Langley

It’s that time of year when MUSEO is compelled to lend a rebel yell to the quiet winter streets of South Whidbey.

  • Jan 18th, 2012 5:33pm

Never the less, tenderness: Outcast opens season with ‘Gertrude Stein and A Companion’

She had an exquisite eye for art. She wrote books that stirred up controversy. She was famously lesbian.

  • Jan 11th, 2012 4:00pm

A former minister and her journey toward love is the subject of new documentary to play in Langley

Here is a brave soul who decided to explore the very deepest parts of herself, and she does it all on camera.

  • Jan 12th, 2012 4:13pm

Tim Leonard sends out his thanks to responders, community

Tim Leonard is home from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering a serious neck injury during a tragic Christmas Day accident.

  • Jan 8th, 2012 7:00pm

Cultural exchange with Colombia wraps up with community performance

When shaking hands with a Spanish speaking person it is customary to use the proper greeting according to the time of day.

  • Jan 5th, 2012 8:55pm

Whidbey artist hones skills in old fashioned bookbindery

Move over Kindle, real books are not dead yet. And one island artist has the authentic skills, tools and costume to prove it.

  • Jan 4th, 2012 9:06pm

Lee Wexler: versatile artist, extraordinary man

A retrospective of Lee Wexler's work opens at Brackenwood Gallery in Langley Jan. 7.

  • Jan 2nd, 2012 9:03pm

Community reacts to death of Zippy Leonard; counseling sessions set up for classmates of beloved 9-year-old | UPDATE

South Whidbey is beset with immeasurable shock and sadness over the tragic Christmas Day death of a precious 9-year-old girl in a freak accident Sunday.

  • Dec 27th, 2011 5:43pm

South End Brownie troop gathers warm clothing for charities

Girl Scouts donate more than 200 coats. To have and to have not.

  • Dec 26th, 2011 6:08pm

Holiday delights add to the allure of Swiss bakery | NOTABLE

Artist Roosje Penfold starts her days the Swiss way.

  • Dec 23rd, 2011 4:17pm

Holiday delights add to the allure of Swiss bakery | NOTABLE

Artist Roosje Penfold starts her days the Swiss way.

  • Dec 22nd, 2011 5:44pm

Calyx, a Whidbey Island school to nurture the petals of flowering childhood

BAYVIEW — The forest was waiting. There was the evergreen fort to finish building.

  • Dec 21st, 2011 6:26pm

Spanish teacher uses technology to inspire pursuit of language

LANGLEY — She’ll bike and Skype for her love of teaching Spanish.

  • Dec 22nd, 2011 7:53pm

‘Big,’ fills stage with happy dancing and singing folks | IN REVIEW

After seeing “Big, the Musical” at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts on Friday night, it reminded me that having a laugh and hearing a song is good for the soul. Especially when it’s your neighbors who are singing and dancing together.

  • Dec 15th, 2011 5:00pm

South Whidbey graduate returns for special concert

Jazz, pop, opera. You name it, Alicia Gianni can sing it.

  • Dec 16th, 2011 3:21pm

Fiction writer on Whidbey wins WIWA’s Spirit grand prize | KUDOS

He heard the words “Bubble-Up” and the story had to be written.

  • Dec 13th, 2011 4:29pm

Deer Lagoon Grange Hall in Langley seeks support from community

She’s 107 years old and her bottom is bowing. It's not as if she's going to fall down...

  • Dec 13th, 2011 10:13pm

A holiday celebration of authors and community at the Commons

It’s a scrum of scribes meeting on common ground. Poets, essayists, non-fiction writers...

  • Dec 8th, 2011 1:23am

Giving Tree lights up the season for Whidbey Island charities

BAYVIEW — There’s nothing quite like sprucing up the spruce for the holidays.

  • Dec 5th, 2011 6:01pm

‘BIG, The Musical’: A song and dance tour de force at WICA in Langley

It’s a big cast, with a big set, big songs and an even bigger heart.

  • Nov 30th, 2011 10:00pm

Whidbey Island Dance Theatre presents ‘The Nutcracker’ dressed in all its holiday color and charm

Nineteen and counting. Whidbey Island Dance Theatre’s 19th season of “The Nutcracker” opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9 in the auditorium at South Whidbey High School.

  • Nov 29th, 2011 5:00pm

Benefit to be held Friday, Dec. 2 for South Whidbey firefighter

A bug is not always just a bug. Sometimes, “just a bug” turns into an absolute nightmare.

  • Nov 28th, 2011 10:18pm

Good Cheer Food Bank has busiest day in its history

Good Cheer Food Bank had its busiest day Monday when it served 115 households.

  • Nov 27th, 2011 5:22pm

Festival of Trees helps add a spark of light to children’s lives

Children, children, children and children. That’s who Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County cares about most.

  • Nov 22nd, 2011 6:00pm

‘Little Women, The Broadway Musical’ opens at Whidbey Children’s Theater in Langley

Run away! That’s what some directors want to do when faced with staging a musical version of a popular classic.

  • Nov 16th, 2011 10:00pm

Celebrate the voice, the artist, the man | SPOTLIGHT

David Ossman has one of those voices not soon forgotten.

  • Nov 18th, 2011 2:58pm

Comedian brings weapon of laughter to war zones

Running to a helicopter while being shot at is tricky.

  • Nov 17th, 2011 11:03pm

Whidbey’s Amy Walker takes the world by storm. Again.

Amy Walker’s first YouTube video, “21 Accents,” now has 6.9 million views.

  • Nov 14th, 2011 4:29pm

Community holds fundraiser for beloved Whidbey poet

Triumph, conquest, success, coup. These are the words of a winner. These are the fighting words of “Victory.”

  • Nov 12th, 2011 9:27pm

Nancy Nolan sings standards and hot Latin jazz at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

She grew up with a piano in the kitchen of her Capitol Hill home.

  • Nov 10th, 2011 4:44pm

Soulful sparrow: ‘The Songbird of Paris’ opens at the Island County Fairgrounds

She was a very small person with a very big voice and an even bigger heart. The word that followed her throughout her life and which colored the particular expression of her music was “love.”

  • Nov 9th, 2011 8:30pm

Chocolatier wins another medal | NOTABLE

George Brunjes was wearing his four Scovie medals and a red chef’s hat one morning at the Trinity Lutheran Church kitchen.

  • Nov 8th, 2011 3:31pm

Pop open a Soroptimist purse full of prizes and help a girl

Kathy Habel says she can’t walk through the food store anymore without getting a hug from a girl. Habel has been a member of the Soroptimist International of South Whidbey Island for 15 years. The girls who wrap their arms around her, she said, are grateful beneficiaries of the Island Girls Live Their Dreams Day Camp that was begun by the Soroptimists in 2006, and is now its own nonprofit entity.

  • Nov 7th, 2011 3:56pm

Langley student gets called to ‘Come on down!’

The price was right, but the prize was wrong. Shelby McDaniel, a 2009 graduate of South Whidbey High School, recently appeared on “The Price Is Right.”

  • Nov 5th, 2011 7:17pm

Freeland resident and one-time Dorothy of Oz hopeful dies | UPDATE

Naomi Jane Buzard, a beloved Freeland resident who once auditioned for the role of Dorothy in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” and ran in the same circles as legendary stars such as Clark Gable and Bob Hope, passed away Oct. 27.

  • Nov 5th, 2011 6:04pm

Greenbank resident revives 1960s folk music memories with guitar-player songbook

Forty-eight years ago, a group of upper Midwest teenagers got together on a summer’s day to play some folk music.

  • Nov 3rd, 2011 2:34pm

Freeland resident and one-time Dorothy of Oz hopeful passes away

Naomi Jane Buzard, a beloved Freeland resident who once auditioned for the role of Dorothy in the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz" and was friend to legendary stars such as Clark Gable and Bob Hope, passed away Oct. 27.

  • Nov 2nd, 2011 12:06am

Pastor and his family welcome a new life and mission in Langley

There’s a new pastor in town, but he wants to be just one of the guys. His name is Dwight Ford and the folks at Christian & Missionary Alliance church in Langley have welcomed him and his family to their new home.

  • Oct 29th, 2011 10:17pm

The hippies had a hunch: The Clyde Theatre in Langley shows documentary about back-to-landers

They carried the ideas of the ’60s forward and rejected a typical American lifestyle.

  • Oct 28th, 2011 12:56pm

Chamber music series begins season on Whidbey

Just call it luck when the best performers come from one’s own backyard.

  • Oct 24th, 2011 3:26pm