The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 25 and 15 years ago on Tuesday, April 21, 1992 and Saturday, April 20, 2002.
25 years ago
Editor: Jim Larsen
Gathering called to recollect
building before it’s destroyed
“Langley residents will gather to say goodbye to an old building this Thursday.
“Scheduled for demolition is the old Mike’s Place building on First Street, which has been vacant for several years. The structure has housed numerous businesses through the years but is now too deteriorated to save, according to architect Ross Chapin. Chapin designed a new building for the site for owners and Rob Adamson and Jan Swalwell.
“The old building most recently was home to Mike’s Place before it moved to the corner of First and Anthes.
“The building is scheduled for demolition the week of April 27.”
15 years ago
Editor: Matt Johnson
Runaway rooster roams park
“Do you know this rooster?
“Homeless, H/W/P (height, weight, proportional) rooster with missing tail feathers seeks companionship with mild mannered hen(s) with own house.
“If the rooster living in South Whidbey Community Park could place a personal ad, it might read something like that. The jaunt chanticleer arrived about a week ago and was discovered by South Whidbey Parks and Recreation coordinator Linda Kast.
“ ‘I was walking my dog when she ran over to a tree and started barking,’ Kast said. ‘I walked over to see what was going on and there was this rooster sitting about half-way up a fir tree.’ ”