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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.

From Broadway to Whidbey: renowned instructor brings the moves

From New York City to Tokyo, Eugene Louis “Luigi” Faccuito’s jazz exercise technique has left a lasting mark on the dancing world — and at the end of the month, his chief prodigy will give South Whidbey the chance to learn his famed mentor’s authentic techniques. Manhattan-based jazz dance teacher Francis Roach is jetting over to South Whidbey from the Big Apple as part of his quest to teach dancers around the globe Faccuito’s techniques.

Runner with a cause: Langley man raising funds for clean water in South Sudan

Arne Bergstrom has been running to let off steam since 1980, but later this month there is a noble cause that’ll keep his legs chugging… and chugging… and chugging. Bergstrom, a Langley resident, will take his habitual running across the Washington-Oregon state line to partake in the 35th annual Hood to Coast relay, one of the longest and largest relays in the world. In all, 1,050 twelve-person teams will go at their pace over the course of 18 hours.

20 years of building cross cultural understanding on Whidbey

For Director Josette Hendrix and the people at the Northwest Language and Cultural Center, language is more than a useful tool to keep in a back pocket; it’s rather a window to a deeper understanding to the rest of the world. The center has believed in bringing language classes and cultural experiences to South Whidbey since its conception two decades ago, and it’s in that spirit that the center will celebrate its 20th birthday by throwing a multi-cultural night of music, food and activities.

Fine art in a fine garden: a unique sensory overload

Art lovers can’t always imagine what a piece might look like on their walls, but an exhibition hosted in an idyllic private residence will have aficionados envisioning the pieces in their own homes.

The American white pelican: species rare to Whidbey touches down at Deer Lagoon, Honeymoon Bay

A squadron of about 50 huge, white seabirds has been sighted flying over Whidbey. Observers, including serious birders, are scratching their heads. It’s the American white pelican that has put the birding community in a flutter. If you are familiar with their smaller cousin, the brown pelican, imagine an all-white bird with black feathers along the trailing edges of their wings and a large orange/yellow bill. White pelicans weigh in at around 20 pounds, twice the size of brown pelicans.

Baroque sounds of a bygone era heard in Freeland

While there are plenty of similar music festivals these days, it can be tough to find a festival with a unique musical lineup, but South Enders don’t have to look far to find one. Rare, centuries-old sounds can be heard this weekend as the Whidbey Island Music Festival tunes up for a second weekend at St. Augustine’s in-the-Woods at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening. The festival, running for the 11th year, teleports audiences back in time to the era of early chamber music.

A drop of Whidbey’s nautical history told

Little by little, performance by performance, Langley resident and storyteller Jill Johnson is restoring the island’s knowledge of its heritage. Johnson has traveled the state and parts of the country for the past 13 years performing “Little, But Oh My!”, the story of a fiery little woman named Berte Olson who was the face behind the first ferry line at Deception Pass from 1920-1930 before the bridge was constructed. Now the story is making a comeback where it all happened.

Family brings generations of jam expertise to South Whidbey

Families often come to specialize in certain crafts as traditions are handed down through generations, and for Jan Gross’ family that specialty is homemade jam. Gross and her daughter Becca Hyman are the faces behind 3 Generations Jam, a Greenbank-based mother-daughter team that operates out of a commercial kitchen that was once a laundromat. Gross will share her jam expertise at Slow Food Whidbey Island’s upcoming jam-making workshop on Tuesday, July 26.

Music takes to the forest to drive South Whidbey State Park usage

The old growth forests of South Whidbey State Park have always been a prime destination for hiking and trail running, but the park will have a different element over the weekend — live music. Nonprofit organization Friends of South Whidbey State Park has organized the first-ever Forest Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the park’s amphitheater in an initiative to increase the park’s usage. South Whidbey’s “conductor of fun” and go-to host Jim Freeman will emcee the festival, and five Whidbey-based groups will perform throughout the afternoon with performers covering a range of genres from jazz to maritime tunes to bluegrass.

South Whidbey “heroes” release debut album

To many, the members of Western Heroes are South Whidbey legends. For years their grooves have gotten people young and old out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

Coupeville counselor’s self therapy: acrylics

As a mental health counselor and grief specialist, Mark Lucero often helps people get through some of the most heart-wrenching experiences of their lives. He works with those who’ve lost a loved one, are facing a terminal illness or are coping with other major life events. Sometimes, the emotional investment Lucero puts into comforting others and guiding them through life changes can lead him on his own path to recharge himself.

Concerts in the Park back for summer nights

Nights are long, picnic blankets are fully stocked with finger food and music is flowing through Community Park. The Concerts in the Park series is back and in full swing.

Gear heads rev up for Bayview car show

In the driveway of his family’s Langley home, Janoah Spratt examines his 1965 candy apple red Ford Mustang as the sky reflects off the hood. The exterior looks spick and span, the interior is clean and all the parts are working perfectly. His baby looks good, he says, and that will need to be true as his mustang will go toe-to-toe with South Whidbey’s most sought after trucks, muscle cars and low riders. Spratt is preparing for the Cool Bayview Nights Car Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 10 at Bayview Corner.

Whidbey crabbers pinch themselves as season approaches

Hardware stores across the South End are fully stocked with the necessities: round and square pots, bait, buoys, bait boxes and lead line. And they are going fast. Crab season opens July 1 and runs through September 5. Hunting the succulent crustaceans is permitted throughout the season except for every Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Puget Sound is home to Dungeness and Red Rock crabs, both of which are free to catch and eat.

RELIGION NOTES | Worship with Whidbey Quakers

Whidbey Island Friends Meeting (also known as Quakers) holds its regular gathering for worship from 4 to 5 p.m. every Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist building, 20103 Highway 525. The group meets in silent worship together and worship may include spoken messages.

  • Jun 24th, 2016

RELIGION NOTES | System of healing is still applicable

On Sunday, June 26, the Christian Science service focuses on founder Mary Baker Eddy’s discovery “introduced … to designate the scientific system of divine healing” (Science and Health) and how that system, as taught by Jesus, is as applicable today as it was two centuries ago.

  • Jun 24th, 2016

RELIGION NOTES | Forgiveness, the need to be right

Unity of Whidbey will hold regular service at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 19 at the church in Langley, 5671 Crawford Road. The title of day’s talk is “Forgiveness and the need to be right.” Barbara Johns will explore, through her own personal stories and experiences, the power of the need to be right and how this “need” interferes with the ability to forgive and grow spiritually.

  • Jun 24th, 2016

Monastery celebrates 20 years of Zen on South Whidbey

With the reverberating metallic sound of the rin gong, or singing bowl, meditation at Tahoma One Drop Zen Monastery in Freeland has begun. For the next two hours, those in the meditation hall will sit still, exhale and refresh their minds. Tahoma has been a place for meditation and practicing Zen Buddhism for twenty years, a milestone the monastery will be celebrating as they look forward to many more.

Unplugged artists to show off South End acoustics

Linda Good hands children an instrument when they’re young.

Whidbey Cup Regatta: sailors enjoy more than a breeze

With winds swirling left and right on Lone Lake, sailors were doing their best to use their sails to harness the erratic gusts, in order to be the first boat in their class to cross the finish line. Despite the patchy wind, which usually separates competitors, the boats raced neck and neck to the finish line and produced some photo finishes. The race was the first ever Whidbey Cup Regatta held this past Saturday and Sunday afternoon by the South Whidbey Yacht Club. Nineteen boats in total raced for at least one day, with a few competitors dropping out on the second day for a variety of reasons. The tricky wind conditions made a day’s-worth of sailing more strenuous, and was a factor behind the smaller attendance on Sunday, Regatta Chairman Bill Brown said.

RELIGION NOTES | St. Hubert’s plans choir concert

St. Hubert Church will host an Ecumenical Choir Concert featuring the many church choirs of South Whidbey at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 18 at the church in Langley. Music will dance from wall to wall as dozens of voices join together to celebrate in song. Take time to rest and enjoy the beautiful, rich sound.

  • Jun 11th, 2016