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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Decision to adopt one of life's highest callings

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 10:00AM

Editor, It is fitting that this season of Thanksgiving is also the season to give thanks to the adoptive parents and families who grace our communities. November is National Adoption Awareness Month. While all adoptions are significant, the particular focus for this month is the adoption of children from foster care.

EDITORIAL | Gratitude at The Record on Thanksgiving

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 8:00AM

Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of our blessings. In the South Whidbey Record newsroom, here’s some of the things the staff is grateful for: Publisher Keven R. Graves: I’m grateful my son Liam has a job and is figuring life out. I’m grateful that I live close to my parents and the rest of my family. I am thankful for those little Vitamin D capsules as we head into the long winter’s nights.

Holmes Harbor sewer commissioner voted to state board

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 2:00PM

Bob Miller, a commissioner of the Holmes Harbor Sewer District, was voted to the Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts board of directors in September.

South Whidbey High School receives academic honor

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 12:00PM

South Whidbey is among 14 Washington state high schools that made the national College Board’s 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll, according to a recent news release.

Langley ponders middle school's sign request

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 10:00AM

Langley Middle School is hoping the City of Langley will make an exception to its rule and allow an electric reader board on Camano Avenue.

Angela Vosburg: Service, hospitality, humor | HOMETOWN HERO

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 6:00PM

With a heart as big as her smile, Angela Vosburg has a way with people. Some describe her as the bright spot in a room, others know a dedicated community volunteer. Still more know her as a savvy and successful businesswoman. While the reports vary, there seems to be one thing everyone agrees on: Vosburg makes both an impression and a difference in people’s lives.

South Whidbey Special Olympics team builds bonds

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 4:00PM

Every Saturday for the past few months at a Freeland church’s gym, every pass sent and caught and every basket made and missed was celebrated.

Island Strings celebrates 40th anniversary, decades of making connections

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 8:00AM

Whidbey’s Island Strings celebrated its 40th anniversary at a concert Sunday, Nov. 9, at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

EDITORIAL | Island Transit board bungled interim chief selection

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Nov 24, 2014 at 2:17PM

The board of Island Transit needed to find someone above reproach, someone with an unblemished history, to lead the beleaguered agency forward, even if it’s only on an interim basis. Instead, the board went behind closed doors last week and chose a candidate for interim director who resigned from Community Transit in Snohomish County under the cloud of a bribery scandal 20 years ago. Kenneth Graska wasn’t indicted, but an audit report faulted his management style as autocratic and authoritarian.

One of Mobile Turkey Unit’s longest helpers moving on

  • Nov 21, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Nov 24, 2014 at 8:55AM

When this year’s Mobile Turkey Unit volunteers complete their goal of delivering about 500 Thanksgiving dinners on south and central Whidbey, it will also likely be the last time for one of its longest-serving volunteers: James Canby.

Freeland son returns home from cross-country trek

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Nov 24, 2014 at 8:19AM

Cameron Coupe spent the past five months walking from Seattle to New York. That’s nearly 2,800 miles.

Today's cartoon for Saturday, November 22, 2014

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 8:00AM

This toon from Bob Englehart of The Hartford Courant tackles President Obama's use of executive orders.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Firearms should be stored in gun safes

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 2:00PM

Editor, About one week ago I read a letter to the editor in The Record about gun ownership, specifically the responsibilities of securing those weapons properly.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Most homeless are not mentally ill

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 11:00AM

Editor, Thank you for highlighting National Hunger and Homeless Awareness week in the editorial on Nov. 19. I especially appreciate the request to discard stereotypes of homeless people.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Transit board a bureaucracy amok

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, Is it by chance the first day of April, as in April Fools Day? You would think so, what with those folks who call themselves commissioners of Island Transit selecting as interim director someone with Kenneth Graska’s background. There must be a way to reclaim control of a bureaucracy run amok. Any ideas?

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Join the coalition, help the homeless

  • Nov 21, 2014 at 6:00PM

Editor, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is Nov. 15-23. It will be recognized across America as communities everywhere work to address the crisis in their towns.

SOUTH WHIDBEY SHERIFF'S REPORT | Drive-by fruiting, machete on aisle 7, 'mom hit me'

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 4:00PM

The following are 9-1-1 calls to the Island County Sheriff’s Office, South Precinct.

Oak Harbor sailor to flip tire for veterans

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 6:00PM

The Navy man who attempted to break a Guinness world pullup record in July has a new challenge on the horizon.

Mukilteo ponders parking fees

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 4:00PM

Parking fees may come to the Mukilteo ferry area.

New Langley Chamber officers picked, plenty of holiday happenings ahead

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 2:00PM

New officers were selected for the Langley Chamber of Commerce on Nov. 13 during the group’s annual retreat held at South Whidbey Commons.

WEAN challenges county fish and wildlife regulations

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 12:00PM

Whidbey environmentalists have made good on their threat to file legal action against Island County after commissioners’ adoption of a “bare minimum” fish and wildlife ordinance.

Dog House, Langley land deal makes progress

  • Nov 21, 2014 at 6:00PM

Reopening of the Dog House Tavern in Langley took a step forward this week.

New coach hopes for boys hoops culture change

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 6:00PM

During every drill, new Falcon boys basketball head coach Michael Washington is close by, cheering, yelling, and clapping. Lots of clapping. It is all part of a grand, if at times exhausting, plan Washington has for the South Whidbey High School hoops program. He has something more than wins on his mind when he steps onto the court at South Whidbey High School.

RELIGION NOTES | Improving every aspect of life

  • Nov 22, 2014 at 2:00PM

The Christian Science Society will hold service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at 15910 Highway 525 just north of Bayview and across from Useless Bay Road.

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