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Port of South Whidbey eyes additional marina parking

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 8:00AM

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.

South Whidbey fire district hires three

  • Jun 24, 2016 at 6:00PM

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.

Legendary South Whidbey coach dies at 92

  • Jun 24, 2016 at 5:07PM

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.

Rainbow arch brings color, connection to Langley

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00AM

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.

Sculpture removed from WhidbeyHealth entrance

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00AM

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.

Summer camps offer fun for Whidbey kids

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 4:00PM

School is out, the sun is shining and summer is officially here. While the adults still have to work the same schedules, the little ones need to be sent to summer camp where they can be kids and learn from the South End’s many childhood educators. South Whidbey is home to a range of summer camps that are available throughout the season and offer something different from program to program.

South Whidbey School District to replace deteriorating scoreboards

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00PM

Time is up for South Whidbey High School’s three-decades-old scoreboards at the main athletic field and gymnasium.

South Whidbey High School alumna named to dean’s List

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 2:00PM

Claire Hofius of Clinton was named to the dean’s list of Macalester College in Minnesota for academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2015-2016 school year.

South Whidbey girl scouts earn bronze award

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 12:00PM

The South Whidbey fifth-grade Junior Girl Scout Troop 42183 earned a bronze award during a community service project with Kids First of Island County to help children entering foster care.

Armstrong’s Taekwondo in Clinton finds success at district championships

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 10:00AM

The success for students of Armstrong’s Taekwondo in Clinton continued at the district championships June 4 in Seattle. Armstrong’s Taekwondo claimed 11 individual district championship titles, while 32 students placed in the top three.

Childhood education assistance program taking enrollment across Whidbey Island

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 8:00AM

The Early Childhood Education Assistance Program, or ECEAP, is now enrolling for fall preschool.

Whidbey News Group accepting entries for new island cookbook

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00PM

Whidbey News Group is accepting entries now for a new Whidbey Island Community Cookbook.

South Whidbey grad earns AA from ORCA program

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00AM

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.

Seven-year-old rescued from tree in Clinton

  • Jun 24, 2016 at 5:00PM

A 7-year-old girl stuck 80 feet up in a tree in Clinton had to be rescued last week.

Langley city lights could be replaced with LEDs

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00PM

Too bright or just right? That’s the question Langley is hoping to answer concerning LEDs and their potential application in city streetlights.

Firm hired by Port of South Whidbey to plan repairs of Clinton Beach Dock

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 4:00PM

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.

SHERIFF'S REPORT | Controversy over a defecating dog, a girl stuck in a tree, and loose cows

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00AM

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.

RELIGION NOTES | Worship with Whidbey Quakers

  • Jun 25, 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. The group meets in silent worship together and worship may include spoken messages.

RELIGION NOTES | System of healing is still applicable

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 9:00AM

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.

RELIGION NOTES | Forgiveness, the need to be right

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 8:00AM

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.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | More needs to be done by Larsen on gun violence

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 4:00PM

Editor, This is an open letter to Congressman Rick Larsen, a Second Congressional District Democrat. In a blog post from Thursday, you wrote that, “The shooting in Orlando broke my heart…. The feeling was depressingly familiar. I felt it in 2008 after the shooting spree in Skagit County. I felt it in 2012 after the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Military pay not as bad as you might think

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, I would like to respond to Jim Thompson’s letter of June 11, decrying the unfairness of a $15 minimum wage to our military. Quite frankly, at first I was shocked to think that our service members put their lives on the line for only $18,000 a year compared to a fry cook making $31,000 a year at $15 per hour. So I decided to do a little math myself. Unlike the fry cook, a single E1 private in Oak Harbor receives a basic allowance for housing that starts at $891 per month, or $10,000 year.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Superintendent raise seems unjustifiable

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, We’re wondering how the South Whidbey School District can justify giving the superintendent another large salary increase while at the same time letting teachers go. We understand her job is important, but teachers have such an impact on young people. We’re especially sad to learn that Mr. Delmedico, the band teacher at Langley Middle School is one of those teachers being let go.

EDITORIAL | Sculpture no Picasso, but public should have been asked

  • Jun 25, 2016 at 6:00AM

Art is like beauty — its qualities are often in the eye of the beholder. That’s only true, of course, when there’s actually something to behold, and that’s no longer the case at WhidbeyHealth Medical Center, the Coupeville facility formerly known as Whidbey General Hospital. A rather unique-looking sculpture that decorated the hospital’s entrance for more than 45 years, and ironically one that was registered with the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Save Outdoor Sculpture program, was recently bulldozed.

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