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Meet the green thumbs of South Whidbey: Gary and Janie Gabelein

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 6:00PM

The Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast is more than the name entails. While the Clinton homestead is located on a large, rural lot that overlooks Useless Bay and offers quaint rooms as vacation rentals, a walk to the backyard shows a different side to homeowners Gary and Janie Gabelein.

Sewer public hearing draws little resistance from Langley residents

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 8:00AM

A public hearing Monday about Langley’s proposed sewer rate hikes saw little concern, and the city council is now poised to OK the increases at its next meeting.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Donald Trump promises to be the ‘debt’ president

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 2:00PM

Editor, “I love debt,” Donald Trump told CNBC. “I’m the king of debt. I love playing with it.” Guess how he plays with it? His companies have had four bankruptcies, the last of which cost his creditors $1 billion.

Bishop: Caring is cool, South Whidbey senior says | HOMETOWN HERO

  • Jun 7, 2016 at 4:00PM

Once a year South Whidbey schools nominate one senior to be a hometown hero. This person is chosen by adults and students, is a person who inspires others, and makes the community and school a better place. This year it’s Macey Bishop. Caring isn’t always easy. Sometimes it comes with a price. The person who acts indifferent or apathetic towards others and life may think they’re avoiding being hurt, but the truth is, fear of showing vulnerable feelings of caring and acting detached is more painful in the end. It hurts oneself, others and the world is cheated out of the real you, says Macey Bishop, hometown hero.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | South Whidbey is a one- of-a-kind community

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, Hearts and Hammers was founded in 1994 by Lynn Willeford and Richard Merrill. May 7 was our 23rd successful Hearts and Hammers workday, and our lively teams worked on 34 homes. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of the hardworking, cheerful, dedicated volunteers who make this day possible! I don’t know who benefits more, the homeowners, the volunteers (who all seem to complete the workday energized and elated), or the community.

June 9, 1966, June 11, 1991 and June 9, 2001 | HISTORY CORNER

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 12:00PM

The following are segments of stories taken from the front pages of the Whidbey Island Record 50, 25 and 15 years ago on Thursday, June 9, 1966, Tuesday, June 11, 1991 and Saturday, June 9, 2001.

SW high grad earns academic distinction | KUDOS

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 10:00AM

Emma Lungren, a 2015 graduate of South Whidbey High School, achieved academic distinction in her first year at Whitman College in Walla Walla. Academic distinction is awarded after the completion of each semester.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Island Beach Access is a group that helps all of us

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, Thank you for your May 25 article about Island Beach Access, “IBA seeks speedy end to beach wall dispute.” This group has done yeoman work not only on the Wonn Road access but also on a number of other areas around Whidbey Island to ensure that public access to the shoreline is indeed available to the public.

Lions Club awards two $500 scholarships to South Whidbey High School seniors | KUDOS

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 8:00AM

The South Whidbey Lions Club presented two South Whidbey High School seniors with scholarships at its bi-monthly meeting May 26 at the M Bar C Ranch.

EDITORIAL | Relay for Life raises awareness, funds for cancer research, aid

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 6:00AM

Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It touches all of us. That’s why events like Relay For Life of Whidbey Island are so important. This past weekend 20 teams raised more than $100,000 for the American Cancer Society.

County follows IBA with motion to end Wonn Road fight

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 6:00AM

A judge may make a decision this summer on the ownership of a small piece of beachfront property in Greenbank that’s been in litigation for three years.

Port of South Whidbey considers Clinton Beach Dock options

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 12:00PM updated Jun 7, 2016 at 6:51AM

Ongoing maintenance bills and questions about whether the Clinton Beach Dock is still an appropriate fit for the Port of South Whidbey has district commissioners scratching their heads about the facility’s long-term future. The dock, located alongside the ferry terminal, was damaged by winter storms and subsequently closed this spring. Port commissioners have bent their thoughts toward repairs, and began this week interviewing engineering firms to conduct the work. But this isn’t the first time rough weather has resulted in unexpected maintenance bills, and the ongoing expense and seeming lack of direct economic development benefit have fueled a new conversation among board members.

South Whidbey High School to graduate five valedictorians

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Jun 6, 2016 at 11:18AM

South Whidbey High School’s five valedictorians don’t consider themselves to be the smartest people in school. It was their work ethic, diligent classwork and the inner voices in their heads that told them, “Keep going” that separated them from the rest of the pack. Seniors Chandler Hagglund, Iona Rohan, Amara Garibyan, Jing Wu and Mallorie Mitchem are the 2016 valedictorians. The five had to triumph in everything from late-night study sessions to skipping social events with friends. The reward, in their eyes, is a sense of accomplishment and a polished demeanor they will carry into the next phases of their lives, namely college. Homework assignment after homework assignment, class after class, the five college-bound seniors maintained 4.0-grade-point averages over four years at South Whidbey High School.

State supreme court will hear Banks’ case

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 8:00AM updated Jun 6, 2016 at 10:27AM

The state Supreme Court accepted on direct review the Island County prosecutor’s lawsuit regarding the county commissioners’ use of outside attorneys. Direct review means that the case will jump past the appeals court and go straight to the high court. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said it’s rare for that to happen. The question the justices will settle is whether the commissioners have the right to hire private attorneys for legal work the county prosecutor says he is willing and able to do.

South Whidbey grad earns honors

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 10:00AM

Claire Martha Hofius, daughter of Betsy and Douglas Hofius of Clinton, earned several honors en route to graduating from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. May 14. Hofius, a graduate of South Whidbey High School, received a liberal arts degree in geography.

Student awarded South Whidbey Commons scholarship

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 6:00PM

Evan Suzuki was the recipient of the 2016 Marcia Monma South Whidbey Commons Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes and supports youth volunteers at the Commons Coffeehouse Bookstore who have demonstrated an “outstanding” commitment to community, service and education, according to a press release. The Commons’ training program includes barista skills, kitchen and food preparation skills and customer service skills. Suzuki said his experience was more than job-specific.

Healing horses: studies begin on horseback riding for multiple sclerosis patients on South Whidbey

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 4:23PM

Swedish Medical Center patients suffering from multiple sclerosis began a therapeutic horseback riding program in Greenbank on Thursday. The first day went smoothly, and the initial results were powerful. There were poignant moments for patient Maria Peccorini, whose multiple sclerosis has limited her mobility and caused a loss of feeling in her lower body. She was excited yet anxious about riding since one of her main conditions is multiple sclerosis fatigue. Yet the best moment was saved for last, as she felt a sensation in her hips that she hadn’t felt in some time. “I haven’t felt my hips in decades!” Peccorini said. “I have my hips back! When you haven’t felt your hips in decades and you suddenly do, it’s amazing. I can’t really describe it.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Thanks for making kids from China feel welcome

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 12:00PM

Editor, The Northwest Language and Cultural Center would like to thank everyone involved who contributed to making the children who travelled all the way from Tianjin China this past week to feel so welcome. We forged new friendships and set forth a lasting relationship for continual cultural understanding and learning.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Community shows its support for Eagles Club

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 10:00AM

Editor, The Eagles Club in Freeland says, “Thank You” to everyone who showed up for our annual Charity Plant Sale this past May. The support from the community was amazing. A special thanks to the businesses and individuals, from Whidbey’s southern tip to Coupeville, that donated items and/or services to be raffled off during the two-day event.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Crime story letter not meant to be offensive

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 8:00AM

Editor, After reading the scathing response and by name public-lashing from Jean Gervais, “Crime, courts stories have their place on page one,” that responded to my letter to the editor, “The Record should cut back on page one crime stories,” that suggested some of the many crime and court articles might be moved to a weekly section, I feel compelled to at least respond, clarify and even apologize if offense was taken.

VIEWPOINT | A successful Whidbey notification program depends on two things

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 2:00PM

With summer right around the corner your children are looking forward to spending time playing with their friends or at the local community pool or playground. It is crucial that you know where registered sex offenders reside, and talk with your children about how to stay safe. I invite you to view our website,, research important neighborhoods and register important addresses to receive e-mail notifications.

Marimba performances, classes keep feet moving

  • Jun 3, 2016 at 5:00PM

With the smacking of a mallet against the wooden bars, the party has begun. The sound emanating from the marimba vibrates through the body, causing the people in the room to shuffle with the beat.

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