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The handshake is the first indication that this is no ordinary hot dog vendor. Dean Parmenter’s hands have a rough feel, the byproduct of 37 years as a plumber. But the physical demands of plumbing caused Parmenter to rethink his future and reinvent himself.
Kelly Cameron puts in 12-hour days in his woodworking shop, a cavernous space in Clinton off Cultus Bay Road. The long labor is worth it for the British Columbia native and co-owner of Turnco Wood Goods, which has seen rapid growth in the past 12 months operating on South Whidbey. He estimated that 70 percent of the business’ earnings come from the wood goods side of the business that also makes architectural pieces, such as parts for lamps or cabinets and even replicated wood columns and balusters for a clock tower in Heppner, Ore.
Children gather around Santa Claus at Langley Park during the Lighting of Langley ceremony Saturday, Nov. 29. Snow from the night before made the Langley Chamber of Commerce event an uncharacteristically winter wonderland in the Village by the Sea. The event kicked off the holiday shopping season in Langley, which includes a raffle for purchasing items in the city and a parade.
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.
Sheila White has joined Windermere Real Estate in Freeland as a new broker.
Jack Ng started in the restaurant business as a dishwasher. Today, he’s the owner of China City’s two Whidbey Island locations in Freeland and Oak Harbor, and opened an off-island location in Mill Creek in July.
The Poppybank Gallery, a gallery specializing exclusively in photographic art, is hosting a photography contest with the theme of “The Pacific Northwest.” Photographers are encouraged to submit their photos via the gallery’s Facebook page, where the contest link can be found. A direct link to the entry form is http://bit.ly/pnwpbg.
Longevity Home Care is a new home nursing company on South Whidbey Island. The company specializes in helping people stay at home, and offers a variety of services, from personal hygiene care, toileting and transfers to housekeeping, transportation, medication management, respite care and sitter services, according to a recent news release.
People in the world of getting paralyzed veterans active are excited about a Freeland man’s quest to help them cast a line. Mike Mayes, the fishing guru at Freeland Ace Hardware, has worked for the past several years on a pontoon that can support a couple of power wheel chairs to get disabled veterans on the water. “If you’ve ever been on a boat with one of these kids who’s never been on one before … the look on their face, it almost makes you cry,” Mayes said.
Two Whidbey Island residents will bring a bit of nightlife to the South End this week.
Imagine?it,?design it, build it | MakerTron Labs creates community classroom for science, technology, engineering
Located inside Ken’s Korner Mall is a space made to create — MakerTron Labs. It’s a community lab space for classes, research, and, above all, for making things. For Damien Cortez, executive director of the new space, “make” is a big and all-encompassing word.
The Bayview Farmers Market opens Saturday, April 26, and this year’s market includes changes that could increase access to fresh, local products.
Boomerang will soon be known as Whidbey Island Printing & Office Supply.
Employers are invited to reserve a table at the next Job Fair, sponsored by WorkSource Whidbey, from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Elks Lodge in Oak Harbor.
Trillium Home & Design, a gallery and home decor showroom, has opened in Langley.
EBT (food stamp) cards can now be used to buy food from five vendors at the Bayview Market. Glendale Shepherd, Pam’s Place Produce, Ebb Tide Produce, Skyroot Farms and Deep Harvest Farm have all been approved to accept EBT as well as debit and credit card. They are presently waiting to receive card swiping devices, which are expected to arrive by April 26, the day of the first market of the season.
Island Athletic Club announced its first-ever Spring Into Shape team weight-loss challenge. Open to teams of four to six participants, Spring Into Shape will run for six weeks from April 18 to May 30, rewarding the team with the highest percentage of weight loss with a $1,000 cash prize.
Whidbey Island Bank named Theresa Jenkins as Real Estate Loan Officer at the bank’s Freeland Branch on Whidbey Island.
At 11 p.m. when most people are asleep, Kelly Baugh is grinding fresh red wheat and starting a large batch of bread.
Island Strings began its 40th year of teaching this year and the number of lives touched in that time is nearly uncountable.