South Whidbey lost a respected high school football leader this week with the passing of “Coach” Jim Leierer. Leierer, an influential man known for his wisdom, faith in God and corny jokes, died Wednesday at an adult care center in Seattle. He was 92.
In their ongoing effort to expand the marina in Langley, Port of South Whidbey commissioners took another small step toward realizing that vision recently when they agreed to consider spending $170,000 on a small parking lot on Wharf Street. At its regular meeting this month, the board voted unanimously after an executive session to approve a purchase and sales agreement with Wharf Street Holding Company, LLC. The deal is not yet finalized and is contingent on the results of additional investigation, but both parties hope to close by Aug. 15.
Making good on its promise to bolster back up volunteers with paid day staff, South Whidbey Fire/EMS has hired three new firefighters. The new additions will start July 11 Two of the hires, Bill Piepenbrink and Alex McMahon, were selected from the district’s existing volunteer ranks. The district also hired Travis Zimmerman, who lives in West Seattle and has been working as a full-time paramedic in Hanford. He will serve at South Whidbey in a lieutenant position.
The Organic Farm School has found a new home in the Maxwelton Valley, and it’s now accepting applications for enrollment.
Artist Milo White had a bet riding that his and Lin McJunkin’s archway would fit perfectly into its previously constructed bolts. He was right. The $5,000 artistic archway titled “Inferred” was installed Wednesday afternoon without a hitch. Using the help of a crane provided by Vic Hanson of Hanson’s Building Supply Inc. in Langley, three separate steel pieces were placed carefully by White, McJunkin and a friend.
An outdoor sculpture that’s greeted visitors to Whidbey General Hospital in Coupeville since 1970 was demolished several weeks ago. Officials discovered the sculpture was deteriorating after reviewing a landscaping plan for the front of the hospital, which just changed its name to WhidbeyHealth Medical Center earlier this month, said George Senerth, executive director of Facilities and Plant Engineering.
Time is up for South Whidbey High School’s three-decades-old scoreboards at the main athletic field and gymnasium.
The Early Childhood Education Assistance Program, or ECEAP, is now enrolling for fall preschool.
Whidbey News Group is accepting entries now for a new Whidbey Island Community Cookbook.
Madeline Remmen wasn’t like most of the other South Whidbey graduates to receive their diplomas June 11. Remmen also earned an associate of arts and sciences degree from Everett Community College, where she was enrolled in the college’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) the past two years.
A 7-year-old girl stuck 80 feet up in a tree in Clinton had to be rescued last week.
Too bright or just right? That’s the question Langley is hoping to answer concerning LEDs and their potential application in city streetlights.
Port of South Whidbey commissioners this month hired the engineering firm Moffatt & Nichol to evaluate and come up with repair plans for Clinton Beach Dock.
The following items are 9-1-1 calls to the Island County Sheriff’s Office, South Precinct. Thursday, June 16 10:35 a.m. — A caller on Maxwelton Road at South Whidbey High School reported missing money from the booster club. The caller was not ready to report it as a theft but would like to speak with police.
Langley Mayor Tim Callison will lobby the Island County Council of Governments for more than half a million dollars in Coupeville today.
The large evergreen tree at Boy and Dog Park may get the ax, a Langley official announced Monday.
Recreational crab season is set to kick off in less than two weeks. The season begins Friday, July 1, and runs through Sept. 5, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Whidbey Island is surrounded by two separate designated marine zones, area 9 which covers the west side and area 8-1 which includes eastern shores. Both will be fully open July 1.
The days of littering lit cigarettes without consequence are over in Washington. The Washington State Patrol recently announced it would hand out $1,025 fines to deter motorists from throwing lit tobacco products from their vehicles, according to a press release. The rule change is an effort to prevent careless actions that can quickly turn into major fires, the release said.
Skagit Valley College’s South Whidbey Center is slated to move once again according to school documents, though it won’t travel far. The college will relocate from its current location in the north wing of the high school to South Whidbey Academy’s Building C on Maxwelton Road. The move appears to be long-term, as the agreement between the college and South Whidbey School District becomes effective July 1 and expires June 30, 2021.
Langley’s gardens are as beautiful as those at University Village in Seattle, according to Langley Main Street, and the world needs to know it. The organization is looking at different ways to get that message out, one of which is to ditch its traditional brochure for the Langley Garden Walking Tour in favor of a video. Brochures are boring, said Main Street President Janet Ploof, while video is dynamic, engaging and can be more effectively delivered on far-reaching platforms such as the web and social media.