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North Whidbey Help House has already received 200 requests for Thanksgiving meal baskets this year.

With pandemic leading to Thanksgiving cancellations, those in need have options

Thanksgiving dinners may be canceled for many this year because of the pandemic, but there is help available for people in need. One of the… Continue reading

 

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Navy aircrewman Mackenzie Ball is writing and collecting letters to send to residents at HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care like Dottie Luce, many of whom have not had visitors for months.

Navy woman arranging letters to send to seniors increasingly isolated by pandemic

While visiting a fundraiser at HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care, Mackenzie Ball learned that some seniors had not received visitors since February. She said… Continue reading

 

Oak Harbor council schedules in-person budget meeting

Long-term capital projects, property tax increase among considerations

 

Work on Deception Pass Bridge suspended for winter

A new contractor may take over the project in the spring, says WSDOT.

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Cmdr. Clayton Engebretsen served in the Navy during World War II, flying critical supplies all over the world. He now lives in Freeland.

World War II vet will be featured in Navy League’s virtual Veterans Day event

A World War II from Freeland reflects on memories from his time in service.

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Cmdr. Clayton Engebretsen served in the Navy during World War II, flying critical supplies all over the world. He now lives in Freeland.

City council surveys staff morale

Oak Harbor City Council is concerned about morale, transparency and other issues among staff.

OH Navy League broadcasting virtual Veterans Day program

Viewers can watch the porgram on Nov. 11 begining at 11 a.m. on local social media and channel 10.

City of Oak Harbor moves forward with zoning change

The city is trying to change the zoning of its 75-acre property so it can become a park.

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Cleaning up: Island thrift stores packed with donated treasures

Whidbey’s thrift stores have seen an influx of donations during the pandemic.

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Oak Harbor Public Schools Transportation Director Francis Bagarella helped the school district secure a grant to cover the cost of its new all-electric bus. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Plugged in: Oak Harbor school district adds electric bus to its fleet

Whidbey’s only electric school bus will be driving the streets of Oak Harbor soon.

Oak Harbor Public Schools Transportation Director Francis Bagarella helped the school district secure a grant to cover the cost of its new all-electric bus. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
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Oak Harbor graduate Jonathan Peregrino will be on the new season of Holiday Baking Championship premiering Nov. 2.

Oak Harbor grad hopes to bake his way to the top on TV

Jonathan Peregrino will compete on the new season of Holiday Baking Championship airing Nov. 2.

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Oak Harbor graduate Jonathan Peregrino will be on the new season of Holiday Baking Championship premiering Nov. 2.

Oak Harbor spends $15,000 to gauge public opinion

The media monitoring software will hopefully help the city make decisions, staff said.

Larsen, Hazelo spar during forum

The two candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives challenged each other on issues.

Townhomes planned on Southwest Third Avenue in Oak Harbor

There are plans for 20 new townhomes on two acres of land in Oak Harbor.

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‘Spooky Museum’ promises frights for a good cause

Proceeds from ticket sales to the Spooky Museum will go toward the Save the Roller Barn effort.

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City raises utility rates despite public outcry

The average Oak Harbor family’s utility bill be nearly $200 per month next year.

Emergency repairs follow water line break near Flintstone Park

Water is scheduled to be shut off to three businesses on Monday in Oak Harbor.

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New stabilization center aims for January opening

Island County’s new facility will help people with mental health and substance use issues.

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Restaurant owner aims to make her children proud

Yolanda Rodarte just wanted to make her daughter proud, so she opened a restaurant. Rodarte knew she wanted to own her own restaurant, and her… Continue reading

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Alaura and Kennedy Williams at Sherman Pioneer Farm.

Yes, there will be Halloween

Halloween is going to be different this year. Here’s a list of COVID-safe events.

Alaura and Kennedy Williams at Sherman Pioneer Farm.