Emily Gilbert

Oak Harbor school board legislative priorities highlight mental health funding

School district leaders met with legislators to talk before the legislative session begins.

Teachers voice concerns over plan to reopen schools

The Oak Harbor School Board approved a modified plan for Pre-K through sixth grade classes.

The Whidbey Island Chicken meets young fan, Aria Smith, and her dad, Josiah, on Saturday morning in Oak Harbor. Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Winging it

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get you to crack a smile.

The Whidbey Island Chicken meets young fan, Aria Smith, and her dad, Josiah, on Saturday morning in Oak Harbor. Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Deb Suggs
Santa takes off early from Anderson Farm and Gardens in Langley.

Lighted holiday displays making island magical

There are plenty of light displays all over Whidbey this holiday season.

Photo by Deb Suggs
Santa takes off early from Anderson Farm and Gardens in Langley.
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Port opts for survey instead of levy | Corrected

Port leaders plan to ask the community how it wants two century-old buildings to be maintained.

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Artist chosen for Oak Harbor Garry oak project

A local wood artist has been selected to craft an acorn statue out of wood from a 330-year-old tree.

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Crescent Harbor Elementary is one of the five schools Oak Harbor Public Schools wants to replace with a bond that could be on the ballot in 2022. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Schools shuffled in new plan to replace buildings

Some schools would move to new locations in the school district’s plan for five replacements.

Crescent Harbor Elementary is one of the five schools Oak Harbor Public Schools wants to replace with a bond that could be on the ballot in 2022. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The selection of Whidbey-made wines at 3 Sisters Market in Coupeville offers plenty of gift ideas, according to the sisters’ mom, Shelly Muzzall. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The selection of Whidbey-made wines at 3 Sisters Market in Coupeville offers plenty of gift ideas, according to the sisters’ mom, Shelly Muzzall. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Big Brothers Big Sisters Festival of Trees goes online

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County’s biggest fundraiser is online this week.

Island school districts likely returning to remote learning

Increasing case numbers in the county have school officials considering a move to at-home learning.

Virtual meeting slated to discuss replacing 5 Oak Harbor schools

The Wednesday meeting is a time for the public to have a say in how the buildings will look.

Increasing call volume leads to shuffle in North End ambulance staffing

WhidbeyHealth will be operating an additional ambulance out of the five available in the North End.

South Whidbey Elementary students collecting food for Good Cheer

A donation barrel will be in the lobby of the K-4 school campus until Dec. 16.

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Despite 2020, Oak Harbor deli opens doors for business

An island-wide power outage and a pandemic couldn’t keep Zanini’s Deli from opening in Oak Harbor.

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Oak Harbor woman creates clean candles to sell during quarantine

A new mother wanted a candle she could use around her baby so she made her own.

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Santa Claus set to make rounds on Central Whidbey

Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue’s longstanding Christmastime tradition is coming back soon. The department’s Santa Mobile will begin neighborhood tours beginning Dec. 7. The… Continue reading

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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
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

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
North Whidbey Help House has already received 200 requests for Thanksgiving meal baskets this year.
Photo courtesy of HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care
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

Photo courtesy of HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care
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.

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.