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Wetland party set for Saturday

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 2:00PM

A Freeland Wetlands Preserve opening and appreciation ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 21, behind Petosa Corner. Friends of Freeland is deeding the forested 46-acre trail and wetlands to the Whidbey Watershed Stewards, a non-profit organization with a mission to promote near-shore and watershed health by linking water, land and people through education, outreach and restoration.

WAIF gala raises over $92,000

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 10:00AM

Over 130 people attended Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation’s 11th annual Spring Fling Gala Auction and Gourmet Dinner last month, raising over $92,000. In a recent news release, organization Executive Director Charles Vreeland said he was wholly moved by the generosity of the community.

Candidate’s blackface parody comes under fire

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 8:00AM

The head of the Island County Democrats is denouncing a candidate for a state representative seat who put on “blackface” to impersonate President Obama in an internet video. Oak Harbor resident David Sponheim, 54, is one of three candidates running against state Rep. Dave Hayes, R-Camano Island.

Langley ponders historic demolition rules

  • Jun 20, 2014 at 4:00PM

Sparked by the possibility of losing the Dog House Tavern on First Street, Langley took its first crack at hammering out the details of rules concerning the destruction of historic buildings this week. The city’s Planning Advisory Board discussed what the scope and goal of the regulations should be for an hour at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday. The body’s task was ironing out the specifics of a six-month moratorium on the demolition of buildings on the National Historic Register, which was issued as an emergency ordinance in May. It targeted the Dog House Tavern and its o

South Whidbey Little league to host baseball district tourney

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 3:00PM

South Whidbey Little League will host the 9-to-10-year-old softball, and 11-to-12-year-old baseball district tournaments over the next two weeks. To make this a special event for the kids, league officials are asking for volunteers to help with scorekeeping, announcing, pitch counting and concession sales.

South Whidbey bike loop to encourage fitness, tourism

  • Jun 21, 2014 at 6:00AM

Island County is wrapping up plans for a South Whidbey bike route that will circle through scenic areas between Clinton to Bayview Corner to Langley and back again. “The idea is that people on the mainland can bring their bikes over on the ferry and see South Whidbey,” Transportation Planner Doug Cox said. “It will be one of those things we think will go a long way.”

JEAN MATHENY: Helping others to feel at ease | HOMETOWN HERO

  • Jun 20, 2014 at 11:00PM

Ever feel like you’re fumbling for what to say when someone has had a loss, or feel so uncomfortable you avoid the person altogether? Jean Matheny went through this with others after losing her husband suddenly. But, she found a way to put people at ease. “After my husband passed away, I noticed people were treating me differently or avoiding me all together,” she said. “I knew they weren’t trying to shun me or anything, they just didn’t know what to say.” So she went to the places she was involved with, such as the teachers’ lounge, to try and put them at ease.


  • Jun 21, 2014 at 8:00AM

I’m getting reports of Nature Channel quality sightings of great blue herons at Greenbank farm. The farm’s executive director, Judy Feldman, recently emailed me, “Wow, the heron rookery just came alive! About 30 birds rose up like a plume of prehistoric smoke.” Later she reported seeing 50 of the herons. A heron colony thrives to the west of Highway 525 and the birds fly over the farm to stalk the beaches of Saratoga Passage for food. May and June are the most active months when eggs are hatching and young are being fed.

Nighttime blaze claims Goss Lake barn

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 4:00PM updated Jun 19, 2014 at 8:26AM

A fire destroyed a two-story, 3,300-square-foot barn near Goss Lake early Tuesday morning.

Tokitae ferry service entry delayed

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 3:21PM

The MV Tokitaes entry into service will be delayed at least one week, ferry officials said Monday.

Tilth gets ready to get dirty at weed workshop

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 4:00PM

Some non-native plants cause problems, but there are ways to manage them. South Whidbey Tilth will hold a workshop on the topic from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 21, on the organization’s land on Thompson Road and Highway 525.

SOUTH WHIDBEY SHERIFF'S REPORT | Ransacked mail, a man with a stick and a frog-egg hunter

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00AM

The following items are 9-1-1 reports to the Island County Sheriff’s Office, south precinct. Wednesday, June 4 8:38 a.m. — A caller reported Cottonwood Lane is a county road and someone felled trees within the last 48 hours to block access to the property and has posted no trespassing signs. 11:27 a.m. — A caller on Goodell Road reported community mailboxes were broken into. 4:11 p.m. — A caller on Adams Road advised his mail has been stolen. He is missing a check and believes it was stolen yesterday. The mailbox was also full of different people’s mail.

MAYOR'S BEAT | Second Street shindig planned; city extends open invite

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 4:00PM

By FRED MCCARTHY Langley mayor From 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, we are going to have a party on the new plaza in the center of Langley and everyone is invited. The Langley Main Street Association and the Langley Chamber of Commerce have partnered with the City of Langley to host this event. Main Street arranged for veterans from the Whidbey Veterans Resource Center to prepare a summer barbecue for everyone. It will be a time of ribbon cutting, enjoying local food, drink, music, and celebrating moving our economy and city into a future filled with hope and promise.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | More to topic than gun writer wrote

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 4:00PM

Editor, This is letter is about Mr. Freeman’s gun-inspired anger. Yes, the U.S. “has become even more awash with guns,” especially since the present administration took office, but homicide rates have declined even as the total supply of guns has increased. Notwithstanding Mr. Freeman’s paranoia about guns, mass shootings contribute a relatively small fraction of gun deaths — and result in massive news coverage. Northeastern criminology professor James Alan Fox: “… there has been no increase in mass shootings and certainly no epidemic.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | WICA criticism was unnecessary

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00PM

Editor, Regarding Elliott Menashe’s letter published in the June 14 edition of The Record: I wholeheartedly agree with Elliott that the current WICA [Whidbey Island Center for the Arts] production, “Our Town,” is an excellent rendering of Wilder’s classic and timeless treatment of life and death. Kudos to Mr. Rarick and the entire cast and crew for an excellent show. But wait, that’s just not unusual for WICA productions. Elliott, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but to say that “standards are lax” for WICA productions is ridiculous.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Real estate market isn’t as bad as fire chief made out

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 12:00PM

Editor, I read the article about South Whidbey Fire/EMS selling some unused land. I have no comment on the price or pending sale of that property, as the fire district is dealing with a very competent real estate agent who is giving competent advice. However, the last couple paragraphs of the newspaper article stated that Chief Rusty Palmer and the commissioners think that it could take “several more decades” for that land to be worth what the district paid for it in 2001.

Junior varsity girls Falcon soccer coach needed

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM

South Whidbey High School’s girls soccer program needs a junior varsity/assistant head coach. After two years of Ben Rusch leading the program with the aid of Jane Gerlach, she decided to step away from the team. Those interested in the position can contact South Whidbey High School Athletic Director Kelly Kirk at 360-221-6808, ext. 5408.

Boys basketball head coach leaves for Oak Harbor High School

  • Jun 17, 2014 at 6:00PM

South Whidbey boys basketball coach Scott Collins recently resigned after one year leading the Falcons. In his second stint with South Whidbey, Collins’ squad finished 4-10 in Cascade Conference games and 6-17 overall. Collins previously coached for two years before resigning in 2009 because of the commute from his home in Burlington to his teaching job at Oak Harbor High School, then coaching at South Whidbey.

EDITORIAL | Possession Point boat ramp project a worthy objective

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 8:00AM

The boat launch at Possession Point Waterfront Park may soon get an overhaul. The Port of South Whidbey is in the process of planning substantial renovations, and the commissioners are right to pursue this long overdue project. The proposal recently came under fire from neighbors concerned about potential noise impacts, and their objections should be thoughtfully considered, but not at the expense of the interests of the public and the environment.

New coach, new system take shape at spring practice

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM

Chris Tormey looked right at home on Waterman’s Field during a recent football practice, months ahead of the August start for the fall sport. The first-year Falcon head coach, a former Division I college assistant and head coach, took over the reins in May from Mark Hodson and Andy Davis after more than a decade of their leadership. They stepped down in favor of spending time with their families. Both coaches have children at the high school.

State Farm donates to IDIPIC

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 8:00AM

State Farm representatives on Whidbey donated $5,000 to the Impaired Driving Impact Panel of Island County to continue DUI and underage drinking prevention.

South Whidbey man answers access angling need

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 2:00PM

People in the world of getting paralyzed veterans active are excited about a Freeland man’s quest to help them cast a line. Mike Mayes, the fishing guru at Freeland Ace Hardware, has worked for the past several years on a pontoon that can support a couple of power wheel chairs to get disabled veterans on the water. “If you’ve ever been on a boat with one of these kids who’s never been on one before … the look on their face, it almost makes you cry,” Mayes said.

June 18 | 50 years ago

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 10:00AM

The following are segments of stories in the June 18, 1964, edition of the South Whidbey Record, then titled the Whidbey Island Record.

Langley city council supports temporary demolition ban

  • Jun 18, 2014 at 6:00AM

Nary a hand was raised in favor of the Dog House Tavern’s owners’ rights to tear down the century-old building at the Langley City Council hearing Monday. Hardly any opinions were entered into the record at the mandatory public hearing about the city’s emergency ordinance. Last month, in response to Dog House owners Charlie and Janice Kleiner’s inquiry about the process to take down the First Street building, Langley’s planning director and mayor supported a six-month demolition moratorium. The temporary ban specifically targeted the Dog House Tavern as one of the only buildings qualified as being on the National Register of Historic Places and located within the downtown area.

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