Betty Freeman

Help Mother Mentors support South Whidbey families at tea

When you’re home alone with a new baby and maybe a toddler too, it helps to have support and a friendly helping hand. That’s what Mother Mentors do.

 

Bakery partnership is a WIN-win

At 11 p.m. when most people are asleep, Kelly Baugh is grinding fresh red wheat and starting a large batch of bread.

 

Surviving breast cancer: Clinton woman shares tale of fear, courage, and now hope

One June morning in 2004, April Webb of Clinton was dressing for work when she found a painful lump in her right breast.

 

It takes a village to feed hungry kids on Whidbey Island

Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN), a 7-year-old South Whidbey nonprofit organization that provides nutritious free food to hungry children and adults, has opened a new coinless food vending machine behind Clinton Community Hall.

Eggs and prizes await at annual Clinton Hunt

Thousands of candy-filled eggs and prizes await kids up to age 12 at the annual Clinton Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Dan Porter Park, next to the library.

Whidbey Island readers discover Olympic Peninsula life

Whidbey Reads, an all-Island program that encourages everyone to read the same book and experience events that support its themes, has chosen Bainbridge Island author Jonathan Evison’s portrait of the Olympic Peninsula, “West of Here” for their 2013 selection.

Voicing opposition: Standing for Peace is a noisy ritual

“Civilized people choose peace,” states the sign held by Barb Hutton. Hutton and about 20 other men and women regularly stand for peace for an hour on Saturday mornings at Bayview Corner. Unlike the Women in Black who stand in silence, this group is vocal and engages with the passing traffic.

Standing in black for what they believe

On a cold and windy March Friday, eight women gathered at 4 p.m. at Bayview Corner. All were dressed in black and bundled up against the chilly wind that whipped their hair and threatened to sweep away the white banner they held in gloved hands.

Encore performance: “Langley Life: 1890-1980” returns

History repeats itself when the popular presentation “Langley Life: 1890-1980” comes back to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts for an encore performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23.

All-island jazz concert showcases young musicians

Whidbey Island’s young musicians provide an evening of hot swinging jazz from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, March 8 at South Whidbey High School auditorium on Maxwelton Road in Langley.

It’s ‘No Rules Land’ at Langley’s Museo

“I’m young and I have a lot to learn, but for now, I’m going to be happy making art,” said John Sarkis, 25, who will have a one-man show of his 2-D and 3-D work at Langley’s Museo Gallery in March. Sarkis grew up in Langley, the youngest of three sons of Paul and Micky Sarkis, who own Village Pizzeria. He graduated from South Whidbey High School in 2006.

Freeland quilt shop invites all to make quilts for wounded warriors | NOTABLE

“Now that we’re blessed with the new shop, it’s time to do some good work,” said Sharley Lewis, owner of Island Fabric & Sewing Center in Freeland, which she opened with partner Kris Schricker in 2012.

Lambing season heralds spring on South Whidbey

Lambing season started in late January this year at Stan and Lynn Swanson’s Glendale Shepherd Farm. The Swansons raise a mixture of European East Friesian and Lacaune dairy sheep on their hilly acreage overlooking Saratoga Passage in Clinton.

At almost 101, Eileen Wilson wouldn’t change a thing | NOTABLE

On March 29, 1912, in Davenport, Iowa, Charles and Lucinda Van Arnam welcomed their only child, a daughter Eileen.

Whidbey artists blaze a trail of adventure

Every working artist juggles the need to create and to market those creations with more practical considerations such as shelter and food.

Playscape offers rainy day salvation for parents and kids

“We hope Playscape will be plumb full of moms and their children,” said Kristin Lasher, as she joined other Mother Mentors volunteers in preparing a new space for the popular Playscape program at the South Whidbey Primary School campus.

Island County fair buildings make Heritage Barn Registry

For nearly 75 years, the Pole Building at the Island County Fairgrounds has been the first building fairgoers encountered when they passed through the gates. Recently, the iconic Pole Building and 13 other rustic barns on the fairgrounds were named to the Washington State Heritage Barn Registry.

Habitat finds a happy home in Freeland

“People like helping Habitat for Humanity,” said Sandra Stipe, manager of the nonprofit organization’s retail store in Freeland.

Mother Mentors offer support and practical help

“I came to a time in my life when I knew I still had one thing I wanted to do — to reach out to mothers with young children,” said Kristin Lasher, founder of Mother Mentors.

Freeland quilter finds joy in design, creating

Whether she’s traveling, gardening, cooking or spending time with her grandchildren, Beth Whitman of Freeland is always thinking about quilting.