If your beloved pooch has lost the ability to use its legs, fear not. There are animal wheelchairs on the market, and the company that pioneered the contraption operates out of the South End. And business is booming.
JoAnn Hellmann is acutely aware of the devastation and emptiness that follow in the wake of a loved one’s death. Over 40 years later, she still vividly remembers the phone call she received in 1975. The voice on the other end of the receiver said younger sister Kathy was dead.
At times, the piano on the patio of Mike’s Place spurred beautiful harmonies and joyful moments. In the wrong hands, however, it played a different tune. What began in early July as a fun experiment for visitors and shoppers downtown became a headache for nearby businesses. Poor and untimely usage of the piano by children and adults led to its removal Friday morning. Langley Main Street Association Program Manager Lorinda Kay said kids were making more racket than music with the piano while adults would sometimes play past an 8 p.m. curfew. Nearby businesses that require quiet environments requested the Langley Chamber of Commerce prohibit public usage of the piano. While many who used it were proficient pianists, too many saw it as a toy rather than a musical instrument, Executive Director Michaleen McGarry said.
After a strong showing in 2014 and 2015, Goosefoot is raising the stakes with a bigger matching grant fundraising campaign for the South Whidbey School District Garden Program.
A dispute over public beach access in Greenback will likely go to trial in October. Skagit County Superior Court Judge Laura Riquelme denied Island County’s motion for summary judgment in its lawsuit against Greenbank residents Bruce and Joanne Montgomery. County officials asked the judge to end the three years of litigation and find that a disputed beach property at the end of Wonn Road belongs to the public.
The county’s email wasn’t the only server shut down this week, and anglers statewide may have a free day because of it.
Many Island County staff members learned just how important good-old-fashioned email technology still is to their jobs this week.
Orca Network will hold a rally to retire Lolita, a female orca captured from Whidbey’s waters decades ago. The event is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3 at the intersection of Highway 20 and Main Street in Coupeville. Participants are urged to bring posters and banners; Orca Network will also have some available for use.
Taxpayers may end up paying more than top dollar for a small parking lot in Langley.
Rather than tension and revved engines, the races that took over Langley this past weekend were preceded by light-hearted trash talk and chuckles. The atmosphere was “totally Langley,” as much as the makeshift derby cars being raced.
During a walk downtown with friends Monday afternoon, Scottsdale, Ariz. resident Charles Klar was quick to notice what had changed in Langley since his last visit years ago. Two of the city’s iconic restaurants — Dog House Tavern and Mike’s Place — are now closed and vacant. The hollow shells of the former restaurants reminded him of a “ghost town,” he observed.
An up and coming magician, who will make his television debut this month on the CW Network’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” is bringing his act to the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) stage.
A 35-year-old Oak Harbor man facing a vehicular homicide charge is wanted on a $100,000 warrant after he failed to appear at a court hearing last week. The Island County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with information on Jeromy Ladwig’s whereabouts to call the ICOM dispatch center at 360-679-9567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nine new interpretive signs were installed at South Whidbey State Park this summer, illustrating both the property’s ecological importance and its history.
A public hearing on Langley’s proposed 2017-2022 six-year transportation improvement plan will be held at the city council’s regular monthly meeting on at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at City Hall.
Efforts to transform Seawall Park in downtown Langley into a sculpture park has additional support after the city council approved the forming of an ad hoc committee on Aug. 1. The committee will have somewhere between five or nine members, said City Planner Brigid Reynolds, and will consist of nearby property owners, Langley Arts Commission members, Parks and Open Space Commission members, city officials and other interested parties.
The South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District has powerful supporters in their arsenal for their proposed campground plans, and the district used that to their advantage during its presentation to score grant money from the capitol.
Child actors and aspiring film production staff are getting a taste of Whidbey’s version of Hollywood, and their work will appear on TV in the coming months. There aren’t many live-action children’s television programs these days, and the lack of such shows has prompted Whidbey Island and Puget Sound-based actors, actresses and film producers to create a new program for WhidbeyTV that provides child actors with a platform to shine in front of a television audience.
While the need for the Soup Kitchen in Langley remains ever important, a lack of community donations has the volunteer-run lunch provider hurting. In addition to less food that can be purchased, organizers of the Soup Kitchen were unable to pay utility bills to The Island Church of Whidbey for the first time in its 14-year history, longtime Chef Dan Saul said.
In the peaceful, groomed trails of Community Park, an unpleasant issue is beginning to pile up according to a couple of trail regulars: horse droppings. Complaints of horse poop littering on the trails in Community Park were discussed at the monthly South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District meeting on Wednesday evening. A regular trail walker and Clinton resident presented the odorous issue to the parks commissioners and district staff. He brought pictures to the meeting to back up his claims, and there were many photos proving his point.