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Giraffe Heroes: a Clinton woman’s quest to honor those who risk their necks for others

Despair. Disgust. Those were just a couple of the feelings Ann Medlock…

Cub Scout Pack 57 cleans Sills Road in Clinton

Cub Scout Pack 57 was busy at work on Nov. 12. Five…

Former reporter, Langley resident goes face-to-face with Washington insiders

When Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) executives and board members…

Schools Foundation awards $20,000 for 13 classroom grants

Eleven teachers in the South Whidbey School District were recently surprised with…

  • Nov 16th, 2016

Langley do-it-yourselfer juggles businesses, hobbies

While some take full advantage of their down time to kick their…

South Whidbey daughter to be wed | WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENT

A summer 2017 wedding in Chelan is being planned for Jenn Hansen…

  • Nov 12th, 2016

South Whidbey woman works to help refugees

A Freeland woman who describes herself as just a “regular” person is…

South Whidbey’s own karate master

In Bayview just south of Highway 525, an unassuming banner that reads…

A sustainable Thanksgiving; raising local, pastured turkeys on a Bayview farmstead

Just north of the Bayview Cash Store, a rafter of turkeys graze…

Knights of Columbus 11th Annual Potato Drive | KUDOS

The St. Hubert’s Knights of Columbus Council recently held a successful food…

November 12, 1991 and November 10, 2001 | HISTORY CORNER

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of…

South Whidbey daughter makes all-academic team | KUDOS

Nora Felt, a 2013 South Whidbey High School graduate and senior at…

HOMETOWN HERO | DIANA PUTNEYWorking to be an example of goodness

All who have been touched by Diana Putney describe her as humble, sweet, caring …

South Whidbey chefs, wineries join together Good Cheer benefit | KUDOS

Five local chefs and wineries came together on Oct. 13 to raise money for South Whidbey’s…

  • Nov 4th, 2016

Helping Haiti: volunteers staff clinics following hurricane

As Linda Jacobson peeks inside her travel suitcase, she sifts through bags filled with…

Drought research earns Whidbey conservation district regional distinction

The Whidbey Island Conservation District was recently recognized for its efforts in…

  • Nov 3rd, 2016

Prudence Alvah Sunshine Hahn | NEW ARRIVAL

Prudence Alvah Sunshine Hahn was born on Aug. 5 at the Greenbank…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016

South Whidbey youth running program pulls kids from living rooms

It’s 4 p.m. on a Thursday on the Community Parks Trails. Typically, runners are sucking wind …

Record recognized for ‘general excellence’ in state newspaper contest

The South Whidbey Record earned top marks at the Washington Newspaper Publishers…

South Whidbey resident named to paddlesports committee | NOTABLE

Sue Ellen White, a longtime Whidbey resident and sea kayaker, has been named to the …

  • Oct 29th, 2016

Halloween on South Whidbey: where to get spooky

South Whidbey loves to wear costumes in festivals throughout the year, so Halloween will surely be a sensory overload of ghouls, gremlins, witches and lighthearted fun. And after glancing at this year’s lineup, that will definitely be the case.

  • Oct 27th, 2016

Halloween on South Whidbey: where to get spooky

South Whidbey loves to wear costumes in festivals throughout the year, so Halloween will surely …

Freeland couple to celebrate 70th wedding anniversary | ANNIVERSARY

Dick and Janice Stallbaum of Freeland will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary next month.

  • Oct 26th, 2016

Plaque commemorates battle to preserve Saratoga Woods

Just like any good piece of history, it should be set in…

Helping Haiti: volunteers staff clinics following hurricane

As Linda Jacobson peeks inside her travel suitcase, she sifts through bags filled with travel-sized toothpaste bottles, tissues and other health care necessities.

Diana Putney: Working to be an example of goodness | HOMETOWN HERO

All who have been touched by Diana Putney describe her as humble, sweet, caring and a model of a good person who creates hope in the human race. Angie Pratt says, “My daughter Mya had been in 4-H for six years and was ready to give up on performance, because of various circumstances.

June 2016 graduates of Skagit Valley College | KUDOS

A host of South Whidbey residents graduated from Skagit Valley College in June 2016 …

  • Oct 15th, 2016

Langley sculpture dedicated to Paul Schell | KUDOS

A dedication ceremony of a sculpture in Paul Schell’s honor was held on Saturday at the Inn at …

  • Oct 15th, 2016

First-ever SPELLathon a community, financial success | KUDOS

The SPELLathon held at the Clinton Library on Oct. 1 was a community and financial success …

  • Oct 12th, 2016

Couple originally from South Whidbey marry in Clinton | WEDDING ANNOUCEMENT

Ryan Holtby and Asa Jones married on July 23 in Clinton.

  • Oct 12th, 2016

‘November’ brings election season chaos to WICA stage

Regardless of what side of the political spectrum on which you stand, it’s been an absurd year …

‘November’ brings election season chaos to WICA stage

Regardless of what side of the political spectrum on which you stand, it’s been an absurd year in politics. And Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) has tapped into the current state of American politics to bring its audience a timely play that ensures laughs, catharsis and possibly an uncomfortable moment or two: David Mamet’s “November.” The tongue-in-cheek play opened up this past Friday. Showtimes are scheduled for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until Oct. 22.

Arcade feels like home to South Whidbey bands

As the sound of guitar riffs and crashing symbols come and go, a seemingly out-of-place noise …

Sex-slave trade exhibit comes to South Whidbey

An art exhibit highlighting the impact of prostitution and the sex-slave trade is this weekend.

  • Oct 8th, 2016

SWHS grad accepted into Wash. St. University veterinarian program | KUDOS

Isla Dubendorf, a 2015 graduate of South Whidbey High School, was recently accepted…

  • Oct 8th, 2016

Work party builds trail in Trillium Community Forest | KUDOS

Six Whidbey Camano Land Trust volunteers participated in a trail-building work…

  • Oct 8th, 2016

Sex-slave trade exhibit comes to South Whidbey

An art exhibit highlighting the impact of prostitution and the sex-slave trade opens at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley today. Prostitution is said to be the oldest profession in the world, but the reality is that prostitution is the oldest ongoing abuse, according to a news release. "Unmade Bed" is an exhibit of visual art that tackles the heart response to the sex slave trade.

  • Oct 7th, 2016

‘South Whidbey Back Roads’ program looks to expand to rest of Island County

Community potluck series that focuses on origins of road names on South Whidbey is starting again

An excuse to fly: thrill, freedom, burgers

For many Whidbey Islanders, the trip to Port Townsend involves waiting in grueling lines and on the ferry, but for pilots it’s just another chance to grab a “$100 burger” in 15 minutes.

Mr. South Whidbey: overcoming stagefright for a cause

Alex Bonesteel decided a long time ago that there’s no sense in being afraid of embarrassing himself. It’s an inevitable part of life. What he can control, however, is when and how he’ll embarrass himself. That time is 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 during the 2016 Mr. South Whidbey Pageant at Freeland Hall.

Nostalgic wordsmiths prep for Spellathon in Clinton

Spelling is an important facet of life, not an important faucet of life. Just ask Greenbank resident Dot Read.

South Whidbey musicians feel spirit of Django Reinhardt

It’s that time of year again when an international collection of musicians takes over Langley, but it’s not only off-islanders who will be strumming their guitars on stage and in café corners. DjangoFest Northwest has brought members and fans of the gypsy jazz community from across the globe to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) for 16 years.

Whidbey Audubon to offer bird lovers close-up view during biennial event

A Bird in the Hand, a close up look at birds presented by the Whidbey Audubon Society every other year, is this weekend in Bayview. The event is noon until 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18 at Bayview Farm and Garden, 2780 Marshview Ave. Entry is free.

  • Sep 13th, 2016

Clinton homesteader pursues paleo dream one bag at a time

A close friend once asked Maxwelton resident Marybeth Dickerson a question. If you could follow any career path, what would you choose? Her answer was simple: to promote a paleo diet. So she built a commercial kitchen, started mass producing her children’s’ favorite grainless granola recipe, Primal Island paleo granola, and has never looked back.

Clinton farm reveals cheesy secrets

Tucked away in the Clinton woods north of Possession Point, a pasture overlooking Puget Sound is filled with Stan and Lynn Swanson’s happy sheep herd, whose milk makes Whidbey’s own artisan cheese. And the sheep’s milk cheese has caught the attention of foodie magazines and local chefs alike.

Ewell: Quaker dedicates his life to peacemaking | HOMETOWN HERO

Besides songs, poems, bumper stickers, protests, and posters, one way to define peacemaking is on a personal level. And so it is with Hometown Hero Tom Ewell, whose friends and colleagues often refer to him as a peacemaker.

Woodpalooza: a woodworker’s paradise

For Don Bundy and other woodworkers, artists don’t need a canvas when they can see shapes and forms in nature. A piece of driftwood could morph into a sculpture or a repurposed shelf, if in the right hands. There is much to do with wood, and a plethora of those possibilities will be exhibited this weekend at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA).

Langley photographer captures strong women around the world

Retirement was never the end of the road for Langley resident Marie Plakos. It was only the beginning of a new chapter. Plakos was always keen on photography. When she concluded her life as a school superintendent, she spent her free time honing her skills while traveling the globe. What started as a hobby became a full-time job of sorts, and now her photography career looks to be picking up steam after she booked an exhibition at a museum with a recognizable namesake.

  • Aug 26th, 2016

Whimsical and witty: meet Maxwelton Valley’s Bonnet Babes

The Bonnet Babes are more than an art collective — it’s an “alternative lifestyle,” the artists say. Whimsical, with skills in multiple forms of art and a tinge of humor, the Bonnet Babes are a Maxwelton Valley-based artistic duo who sell their homestead -inspired art out of an art stand at Maxwelton Road and Four Sisters Lane, and at Bayview Farmers Market. The duo is composed of Allegra Rose Brown and Julie Kuhfahl, and they walk their talk in terms of the group name and style of art.

Soup Box Derby: Fun and funky, a Langley tradition returns

For Clinton resident Peter Lawlor, life needs flair and a bit of showmanship. Anything less is boring.