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Open up hearts and get out the hammers

  • Mar 29, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:10PM

Strength in numbers is the name of the game in a powerful one-day volunteer event. Now is the time to sign up for the Hearts and Hammers annual work day on May 6 and take part in one of the largest community endeavors on the South End. Raffle tickets can also be purchased to win a special house-themed quilt to benefit the program.

New tenants announced for Smilin' Dog space

  • Mar 27, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

The new tenants for the cafe space at the Bayview Cash Store will be Tamar and Gene Felton, the owners of the Star Store in Langley.

Girls basketball coach at South Whidbey High fired

  • Mar 27, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

Late Thursday afternoon, South Whidbey girls basketball coach John Pyrtek stopped by athletic director John Patton’s office to discuss the upcoming summer basketball schedule. When he left, he was out of a job.

South Whidbey’s offbeat cafe Smilin’ Dog is put to sleep

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

It was a typical morning at a South Whidbey institution. Every seat at the Smilin’ Dog is filled. People sip on their coffee. They chat, visit, trade the latest South End news and gossip.

Schools bans peace signs during protest

  • Mar 25, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

Peace signs — the ubiquitous symbol of the 1960s — have been banned at South Whidbey High School when used to protest the Iraq War.

Local landscaper acquires cutting-edge machine

  • Mar 24, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

Like a hunger-crazed monster, the machine chomps through the dense brush and trees along East Harbor Road in Freeland, leaving a fully cleared lot in its wake. Landscaper Bruce Bell sits inside the enclosed cabin of his ASV FAE Mulcher, driving it through the dense underbrush as it takes a deep bite out of the thick blackberries and small trees. The vegetation is ground up and turned back into the ground as bark and mulch.

County says yes to Freeland sewer plan

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

It was one small step forward for the Freeland sewer plan Monday when Island County commissioners unanimously approved the Freeland comprehensive sewer plan and engineering report plan.

Deadly dog disease found on South End

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

The first two cases of a deadly dog disease were reported in Island County last week. Two German shepherd dogs from the South End contracted leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that affects the blood, liver and kidneys. It can be fatal to dogs if they are not treated in the early stages of the disease.

Greenbank's Horse Whisperer

  • Mar 22, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

Kim Olmstead has a gift for dealing with horses. It is a talent that has run in the family for generation. “My father had a knack for working with difficult horses. I learned from my dad. When I was 10 he would let me help,” she said.

Families mourn loss of two teens

  • Mar 18, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

Kelly Frantz was hard to miss. The 16-year-old had bright red curly hair, an infectious laugh and a quick wit. She was outgoing and wasn’t afraid to say what was on her mind.

Mother’s missing ashes finally home after strange journey

  • Mar 18, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:09PM

For Artie Pierce a nightmare came to an end after nearly five years when a nondescript package arrived at his Langley home on Friday. The box carried precious cargo — the ashes of his mother, Cathleen Thomas.

Girl power on Langley’s First Street

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

Some things are just very unique to Langley. The LaRue ladies are just as much a fixture to the city as the boy and the dog sculpture. Virginia, Denise and Michele LaRue, mother and daughters, own adjacent shops on First Street in Langley and they have run those businesses successfully for more than 30 years.

Church gathering leaves questions

  • Mar 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

Parishioners of St. Hubert Catholic Church gathered Monday night to hear from the Archdiocese of Seattle why their former pastor Gerald Moffat was kicked out of the priesthood. Many, however, said they left angry and without answers.

Holmes Harbor shoreline closed to shellfish harvest

  • Mar 15, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

A southern stretch of the beach along Holmes Harbor has been closed to shellfish harvesting due to persistent high levels of fecal coliform.

The first Exchange: It’s all about water

  • Mar 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

Water. It’s everywhere: Dashing in rivulets on the journey down creeks and streams to end up in ponds, lakes and the sound — rushing in winter, languid by late summer — and, of course, it surrounds our island.

Two teens die in crash

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

The South Whidbey community was devastated Monday by the tragic death of two South End teens in a one-car crash on Langley’s western edge.

State Patrol identifies crash victims

  • Mar 14, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

The Washington State Patrol has identified the two teens killed in a tragic auto accident in Langley Monday afternoon.

Two teens die in crash

  • Mar 13, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

Two teenagers were killed in a single-car accident on Third Street just outside Langley late Monday afternoon.

Educated, working and suddenly hungry

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

Michele Heintz received a phone call that her nephews had been placed in foster care. Something had to be done. Suddenly, the woman who worked full-time with people with mental and physical disabilities became the mother of two boys with special needs. She had to give up her job and rearrange her universe.

Deputy may face criminal charges in 911 hang-up incident

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

A criminal case is pending against the Island County deputy who allegedly failed to respond to a 911-hang-up call last month in Freeland. Jay Wallace, a deputy sheriff and a candidate for Island County sheriff, has been under investigation for allegedly ignoring a 911 hang-up call from a woman being held prisoner in a home near Freeland Park last month. The woman escaped the morning after being held hostage and called police from a nearby park.

Marriage of artistry and business sense

  • Mar 11, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

In the heart of South Whidbey a small company is doing big business. It brings together the largest collection of artisan and designer functional art products available in North America.

Firefighter challenges Columbia Tower

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 6:08PM

It was an endurance test for a South Whidbey firefighter and a cancer survivor to climb 69 floors wearing 60 pounds of gear. On March 5, Jon Gabelein, volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician for Island county Fire District 3, tested his mettle along with more than 1,000 other firefighters in the 20th annual Columbia Tower Climb.

Duke LeBaron unseats district chairman

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

Everell "Duke" LeBaron has won a seat on the Whidbey Island Conservation District, beating current district chairman Leonard C. "Len" Engle of Coupeville by three votes.

Islanders wow judges with award-winning jazz performances

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

There is something happening on the jazz scene on South Whidbey. Move over Garfield High School — the perennial heavy hitter among high school jazz bands— and make room for some top notch jazz musicians from South Whidbey.

Commissioners delay decision

  • Mar 8, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:07PM

The Board of Island County Commissioners wants to compare apples to apples. In this case, it means comparing the Freeland Comprehensive Sewer Plan with the Main Street Sewer System. On Monday, commissioners delayed their decision until March 20 on which sewer plan will best serve Freeland for the next 20 years.

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