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Souring song prompts piano’s removal in Langley

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Aug 29, 2016 at 9:28AM

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.

Montgomery wins again: Skagit County judge nixes summary judgment bid for second time, case heads to trial

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Aug 28, 2016 at 11:10AM

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.

Freeland business finds success in crafting wheels for the wobbly

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 4:00PM updated Aug 27, 2016 at 11:12AM

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Homola is right for state Senate seat

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

Editor, For me, dark money conjures up images of scruffy desperadoes switching briefcases on a park bench in some country with a funny name like Karokistan. The money is for some nefarious act like blowing up a train station, but we never know who bought the dynamite. Locally, we can forgo the park bench because it’s perfectly legal to use unlimited funds from mysterious groups and corporate entities to influence elections without disclosing the donors.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | If horse droppings offend, stay home

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 4:00PM

Editor, Doggies and horses and humans, oh my. I read the article regarding horse manure on trails at South Whidbey Community Park citing the distress of the poor souls who have to walk around it on their daily recreational outings. Horse manure, unlike dog, cat, bird manure or rat poop does not contain pathogens or any toxic or dangerous substances. Since horses are herbivores, their manure does not have the offensive smell that dog poop does.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Rules for Whidbey riders are a predecessor to urbanization

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 6:00PM

Editor, Banning horses from county parks because some individuals are offended by their poop would be a significant economic loss to Whidbey Island. If horseback riders don’t have anywhere to ride, they will not choose to remain here on the island. They will opt to live in another community where they are welcomed and have access to trails. Currently the horse owners on Whidbey support two major feed stores, three large animal veterinarians, several farriers and numerous horse boarding facilities.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Whidbey trail users shouldn't bite the hand that feeds them

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 4:00PM

Editor, As a lifelong equestrian, I was very disheartened after reading the letter to the editor regarding horse poop on local trails. I don’t ride my horse at Community Park, but definitely enjoy the trails at Putney Woods. Upon moving to the island nearly eight years ago, I was thrilled to find a local venue for trail riding.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Horse poop rules at South Whidbey parks a knee-jerk reaction

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, I was not surprised to see the article in The Record about a horse poop “pileup.” The very title of the article implies we are overrun by it. When was the last tine you saw horseback riders on the side of the road? Or in the park? Or on a trail?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Nothing bad about horse manure on Whidbey

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 6:00PM

Editor, Oh my gosh, really? Horse manure is natural and a healthy fertilizer composed of grains, grasses and water. There is nothing harmful about it. It is very good for the trees and fauna. This seems especially petty to me. I find that many dog walkers do have poop bags and many may use them, others don’t and yet others will use them and then set them on stumps, the ground along the trails, in parking lots or toss them in the woods.

Langley photographer captures strong women around the world

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 12:00PM

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.

Couple marries by beloved rock | MATRIMONY

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 10:00AM

David Ernst and Laura Lance were recently married at “Hamburger Rock” on South Whidbey. The ceremony took place July 22, and was conducted by Ernst’s father, Eldon Ernst of Langley. The couple was surrounded by family and friends and at a spot of special significance.

Nevaeh Aviana Bryant | NEW ARRIVAL

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 6:00PM

Nevaeh Aviana Bryant was born on Aug. 3 to parents David and Brittani Bryant of Greenbank. She weighed 8 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.

Truth manifest | RELIGION NOTES

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 8:00AM

The Christian Science Society will hold service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at 15910 Highway 525, just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road.

Whidbey Quakers | RELIGION NOTES

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 10:00AM

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.

Origin of beliefs | RELIGION NOTES

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

Unity of Whidbey will hold service Sunday, Aug. 28, at the church, 5671 Crawford Road.

Ante raised in Goosefoot, garden program fundraising campaign

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 8:00AM

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.

U-15 soccer team places second in Bigfoot Tournament

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

South Whidbey’s U-15 soccer team finished second in the Silver Division at the Snohomish Bigfoot Tournament that was held from Aug. 19-22 at Stocker Fields.

Fish and Wildlife Department announces free fishing through Tuesday

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 6:00AM

The county’s email wasn’t the only server shut down this week, and anglers statewide may have a free day because of it.

Island County's email server crashes Monday; comes back online Friday

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 6:00PM

Many Island County staff members learned just how important good-old-fashioned email technology still is to their jobs this week.

Orca Network to hold rally for Lolita’s release next week

  • Aug 26, 2016 at 4:00PM

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.

Port of South Whidbey makes counteroffer for marina parking lot

  • Aug 27, 2016 at 12:00PM

Taxpayers may end up paying more than top dollar for a small parking lot in Langley.

DUI prevention warrior JoAnn Hellmann to retire

  • Aug 24, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Aug 26, 2016 at 8:24AM

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.

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