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Collectors welcome classic car restoration shop

  • Jul 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:31PM

A new auto restoration business, Serious Auto Body, recently opened in Freeland. It’s the second auto body and collision repair business for owners Dee and Wiesje Baskerville. Serious Auto Body works on all makes or models for scratch, dent and general collision repair. The business also offers automotive cleaning and detailing services. A special focus of the new enterprise is full-body classic car restoration with high quality paint work.

Whidbey shop makes its products here

  • Jul 7, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:31PM

LANGLEY — Only a few businesses on South Whidbey are manufacturing products on the island. The majority provide services or retail. But among the few is the North Star Trading Company.

Color Box salon enjoys its new location

  • Jun 30, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:31PM

FREELAND — The Color Box is not a box anymore. The small hair salon that was located at Bayview Corner has moved into its new and bigger space in Freeland. Owner Shawn Nordin bought the building on Harbor Avenue last year and it has undergone major redesigns.

Renowned caterer moves to South End

  • Jun 23, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:31PM

Maggie Korvin is enthusiastic about life, her family, her friends, living on Whidbey and many other things. But she especially loves what she does for a living and for fun: creating marvelous cuisine and teaching others how to do it.

Fabric store is a source of island creativity

  • Jun 16, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:31PM

FREELAND — There is a craze that has swept the country and it’s keeping people in stitches. Sewing has become fashionable again and is no longer associated with fuddy-duddy old ladies or the tortuous home-ec classes of long ago.

Vino Amore has got the goods on wine

  • Jun 2, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:32PM

FREELAND

Volunteers needed for visitor center

  • May 12, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:32PM

Opening day of tourist kiosk is set for May 18 Just as the tourist season kicks into high gear, visitors can soon make a pit stop at the new visitor information center on Highway 525 and Langley Road. The opening date for the visitor information center is May 18.

Cozy’s revamped under new ownership

  • May 5, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:32PM

CLINTON — Cozy’s Roadhouse has undergone a major facelift in recent months. From the outside it still looks like the same old sports bar alongside Highway 525, but on the inside the new owners Stephanie and Troy Cook have been hard at work to turn it into a place for the whole family to play and eat.

Speakers to talk tourism in Clinton

  • Apr 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:32PM

Tourism is a major economic factor in Washington, especially on South Whidbey where bed-and-breakfasts and specialty shops try to survive on the visitors’ dime more than anywhere else in the area.

Stolen scrap metal feeling the heat

  • Aug 12, 2006 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 6:32PM

The selling and buying of stolen scrap metal in the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley is going under the microscope by municipalities and police, thanks to some behind the scenes work by retiring Langley City manager Cliff Gittens.

Hometown Hero: Good intentions followed by actions

  • Dec 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:34PM

What do you intend to do today? Not your itinerary; go to work, spend time with family. But your specific intentions: How will you affect the people in your home before you head out the door? How many people will you smile at today at work? How will you rejuvenate yourself before coming back home and how will you end your day?

Benevolent repercussions of a simple gift

  • Dec 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:35PM

“The Giving of Art — The Art of Giving” is an art sale organized by 11 Whidbey Island artists who wish to emphasize the ability to make a difference both locally and globally with the giving of art. The sale opens Friday, Dec. 14 and runs through Sunday, Dec. 16 in the Front Room gallery in the Bayview Cash Store. The artists are making one-of-a-kind pieces specifically for holiday gift giving while also raising funds for two carefully selected charities, Operation: Sack Lunch and Children’s House International. A percentage of all the artists’ proceeds will go to the organizations. Artists and artisans participating in the sale include Tohnia Alexander, handmade soaps in lovely Scott Alexander wooden boxes; Maryon Attwood, functional ceramics, sunflower-tiles and platters; Adriana Gallagher, comment-worthy felted wool scarves; Elizabeth Haughton, mixed-metal jewelry; Robbie Lobell, soda/wood-fired and award-winning pottery; Sarena Mann, figurative papier maché mobiles; Barbara Stout, Taoist inspired works on paper; Tree Top Bakers, delicious holiday baked-goods; Michel Tsouris, small encaustic paintings and “ridiculous chicken paintings” and Jane Winslow, visual photographic poems. Beverly Graham is a recording artist who started Operation: Sack Lunch to feed the working poor and homeless on the streets of Seattle. The program has served more than 1.3 million meals since 1989 and currently serves 18,000 meals each month in the Seattle area.

Living a life to help others is true class

  • Nov 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:35PM

You’re at a fancy celebration; black tie, evening gowns, crystal and white table linens. You notice a humble man dressed in a blue work shirt and pants walking in. His eyes dart around the large room looking for an available seat.

Festive fun for family and friends

  • Nov 21, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:35PM

“Come Home for the Holidays” is the theme for this year’s holiday festivities in Langley. And that means plenty of downtown jollification to get the whole family in a joyful spirit.

Festival celebrates all things Scandinavian

  • Nov 10, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:35PM

Salmon chowder, Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, lefse, heart waffles with strawberries and whipped cream and a Scandinavian dreamof baked treats. Sound good? They are all ready and waiting for hungry appetites at the eighth annual Nordic Fest.

Mr. South Whidbey is crowned once again

  • Nov 7, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:35PM

Another handsome bloke made his kingly walk down the royal runway with crown, scepter and big heart intact. Friends of Friends Medical Support Fund crowned the second Mr. South Whidbey recently, much to the delight of a sold-out crowd at Freeland Hall.

HOMETOWN HEROS

  • Oct 26, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:35PM

Round-the-clock big hearts

Harvest celebration goes to the dogs

  • Oct 24, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:35PM

The crisp autumn air is ripe for freshly pressed cider and a brisk walk with the dog under a leafy canopy of color. Thank goodness, then, that Apple Day and the third annual Mutt Strut comes to Bayview Corner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

Eat well, sleep long, dance

  • Oct 3, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:35PM

Seattle couple taps Whidbey Island for wellness retreat There’s a man and a woman who have come to the island just to show your body a good time. Sergey Podlazov’s and Lorina Shinsato’s “Dance to Wellness” retreats are designed to help you get back to the garden of a healthy body that you may have lost sight of in the present day culture of fast-eating and stressful living.

Sixty years on memory lane

  • Aug 29, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:36PM

Langley High School class of 1947 meets for 60th reunion It was 60 years ago that the 20 members of the Langley High School class of 1947 graduated and left their teenaged youth behind for the wider world. But Whidbey Island seems to have a magnetic pull and of the nine remaining class members, almost all of them still live on the island.

HOMETOWN HERO: Betty believes life isn’t about her

  • Aug 25, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:36PM

Hometown Hero Betty Lehman has always held the belief that life isn’t about her. And for Lehman this belief has made all the difference in the way she views life. “Betty has been a trustworthy volunteer, a faithful church member, a community-minded woman who will go to any length to make a difference,” says Pastor Jim Lindus of Trinity Lutheran Church.

To pipe, to Put, to Jig and Drum

  • Aug 8, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:36PM

Fancy a Scottish fling? Or perhaps you’d prefer the Australian Ladies. No worries, both can be found from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Whidbey Island Highland Games at Greenbank Farm.

3, 2, 1 Here comes the Rocket man

  • Jul 28, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:36PM

On the first day of model rocket class every year, Leonard Good writes on the blackboard: “I am the famous Leonard.” Good is famous, indeed, as the man responsible for helping kids to launch hundreds of homemade rockets for seven years.

Historic club holds sale

  • Jul 17, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:36PM

It’s high summer and time for the Price is Right Sale at the Baby Island Saratoga Club. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, friends and neighbors will gather to enjoy the 32nd annual open-air marketplace of arts and crafts, plants, second-hand treasures and eatable goodies. Located on Saratoga Road just south of the Amble Road intersection, the sale draws residents and summer folks from all over South Whidbey every year.

Rocketing sound and color for Independence Day

  • Jul 4, 2007 at 12:00AM updated Jun 25, 2008 at 8:36PM

The best pyrotechnicians have the power to elicit the most heartfelt “oohs” or “ahhs” from Fourth of July crowds all across our 231-year-old nation.

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