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LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Freeland Highway 525 road signs are dangerous

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

Editor, While I was driving south out of Freeland recently, I noticed someone had put up a string of signs on the side of the highway right where the speed changes from 45 to 55 mph. What I read on them astounded me. The signs, and whoever put them up, are encouraging people to drive 10 mph under the speed limit. While I understand that people want drivers to slow down a bit, this is just ridiculous. Telling drivers to go 45 in a 55 zone is just as dangerous as telling drivers to go 65 in a 55 zone. Instead of driving with the flow of traffic, you have now become the cause of a bottleneck.

EDITOR'S COLUMN | South End July 4 events were awesome

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 4:00PM

The United States turned 238 this past Friday and, man, does South Whidbey know how to celebrate. We’re like countless other communities across the country in that we hold events on the Fourth of July, a day marking the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Also known as Independence Day, it’s a chance to reflect on the birth of our country, to break away from our daily lives and really think about where we came from and what it means to be an American.

Central Whidbey tops North Whidbey in first game of series

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 4:00PM

Continuing its undefeated season, the Central Whidbey Little League Junior (13/14-year-olds) softball team won the first of a best-of-three series 14-2 over North Whidbey in five innings in the District 11 tournament at Coupeville High School on Monday, July 7.

Softball sluggers hammer way into All-Stars state

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 4:00PM

Whidbey Island will be represented at the 9/10-year-old softball Little League All-Stars state tournament this weekend in Asotin, Wash.

OutCast Productions to open absurdist comedy

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00PM

Get ready for a wicked ride at OutCast Productions with Christopher Durang’s absurdist comedy “Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them.” The show opens Friday, July 11 at the Black Box Theater at the fairgrounds in Langley.

Sweet surprise to learn butter is better for health | WHIDBEY RECIPES

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 4:00PM

I love it when something I’m not supposed to be eating turns out to be good for me after all, and it has happened, over the years, several times.

Guillemot surveys are important reminders | WHIDBEY BIRDING

  • Jul 8, 2014 at 6:00PM

Summer time and the living is easy, well at least for us humans. It’s the most demanding month for our avian friends. Eggs have hatched, babies are begging for food and their predators are looking for their own dinner.

Island County plans speed study to address resident concerns

  • Jul 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

Speed limits on roads throughout the county will be examined in a study this fall in response to petitions filed by residents.

Celebrate America, still wowing crowds after 20 years

  • Jul 4, 2014 at 9:00AM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 12:23PM

The 20th annual Celebrate America, South Whidbey’s day-before-Independence-Day fireworks display, went out with a bang Thursday. Twenty minutes of booms, sparkles and bombs-a-bursting lit up the cloudy sky over Holmes Harbor and entertained hundreds at Freeland Park. The seven-hour party, all put on by South Whidbey Assembly of God with donations from dozens of people and businesses, saw scores wander through for food, bounce houses, face painting, music and, of course, fireworks.

Freeland sewers may top $9 million

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 12:23PM

The price tag for sewers in Freeland’s commercial core could hit $9.4 million, and monthly bills for customers may be the highest on Whidbey Island, according to preliminary cost estimates.

Scriver | NEW ARRIVAL

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:27AM

Jerrold Scriver III and Meggan Hagen of Clinton welcomed home their new baby girl last month.

Kinzebach | NEW ARRIVAL

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:27AM

Brandi Avance of Coupeville is the mother of a new baby boy.

Clinton university students bring home the grades at two Washington colleges

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:26AM

A host of college students from South Whidbey made honor roll at their schools this spring.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | New reporter wrote a great Garden Tour story

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 12:00PM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:25AM

Kudos to you and your new reporter, Kate Daniel, for the wonderful article on the Whidbey Island Garden Tour. We are sure it helped make this year’s tour a resounding success with the highest attendance since 2008.

Whidbey authors pen title for land trust

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:25AM

Whidbey residents Elizabeth Guss, Janice O'Mahony and Mary Richardson co-authored "Whidbey Island: Reflections on People and the Land." Proceeds from book sales will be donated to the Whidbey Camano Land Trust.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Soup Kitchen in Langley is town’s best kept secret

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:23AM

Question for you: where do you go to find a healthful, delicious, affordable lunch served Tuesday and Thursday from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in Langley? I have a suggestion and it’s The Soup Kitchen at the Island Church of Whidbey, located on the corner of Sixth Street and Cascade Avenue.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Group’s creditability continually weakened

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 2:00PM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:15AM

I see the president of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve is really trying to make a name for himself and his group of “concerned citizens.”

Whidbey son graduates USMC officer school

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 10:00AM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:13AM

Chandler Thompson, 23, graduated June 25 from The Basic School, an officer training command, in Quantico, Virginia.

South Whidbey grad gets engaged

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:12AM

Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Bakeman of Freeland are happy to announce the engagement of their daughter, Mary Frances Bakeman, to Matthew Tullis, son of Michael and Sheri Tullis of Redmond.

Helping hands come together to make light work at Clinton’s Hammons Preserve

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:11AM

A group of energetic Whidbey Camano Land Trust volunteers convened at the Hammons Preserve in Clinton last Friday to care for conifer trees that were planted this spring as part of a forest restoration project.

Publisher's Column | Keep telling us what you want in the SWR

  • Jul 5, 2014 at 6:00AM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 10:11AM

Not only are we adding new online-only subscribers, we’re seeing growth in our print subscriptions as well.

Whidbey authors, environmentalists pen title for land trust

  • Jul 4, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Jul 7, 2014 at 9:49AM

When Elizabeth Guss first arrived on Whidbey Island, she felt that she was home. Her affinity with the island never waned and Guss, along with friends Janice O’Mahony and Mary Richardson, has worked to preserve its natural treasures. Most recently the trio joined creative forces to pen a new book entitled “Whidbey Island: Reflections on People and the Land.”

Planning board hones in on Langley's historic building demolition rules

  • Jul 4, 2014 at 6:00PM

As the city’s draft standards exist now, buildings that are at least 50 years old would qualify as historic structures. But the exceptions and the steps a building owner would have to go through need refining, according to the four board members at the meeting.

Voter forums held on Central Whidbey

  • Jul 4, 2014 at 4:00PM

The League of Women Voters of Whidbey Island will hold a primary election forum on Central Whidbey next week.

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