Grace Swanson

Island dancers train with stars

Music flooded South Whidbey High School as Island Dance students twirled and leaped under the tutelage of two internationally renowned dance stars this past weekend. During the two-day workshop, Joy Spears and Barry Youngblood taught contemporary dance classes to 30 dancers ranging from ages 8 to 18. Spears was one of 10 top female dance competitors on the second season of the hit Fox television show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” and has performed with Lady Christina, Britney Spears, Will.i.am and many other entertainers.

 

Island Dance hits 30-year mark

“Mama, papa, mama, papa, mama, papa, stomp,” Island Dance owner and dance teacher Charlene Brown calls out enthusiastically to her adult tap class.

 

South Whidbey commemorates veterans at D-Day event

Around 100 people gathered at the Langley Middle School field on Friday morning to commemorate 11 Langley High School graduates who were killed in World War II and the Korean War.

 

Freeland accident leaves two cars damaged

A car accident in Freeland Friday morning left two cars damaged, but no one injured.

Teenage employment remains a struggle on South End

Everyone remembers his or her first job, but for teens on South Whidbey a job can be hard to find. Charlie McKissic, the Goose Community Grocer store manager, has noticed a change in the average employment age over his career in food retail. In the 1970s and ’80s, teenagers held a majority of the grocery jobs, from baggers to floor and courtesy clerks. This trend shifted in the last decade when the economy tanked and more adults began to fill these positions.

Bayview market commits to aiding community in need

The Bayview Farmers Market opens Saturday, April 26, and this year’s market includes changes that could increase access to fresh, local products.

Annual Langley Whale festival set for Saturday | Corrected

Twelve gray whales will receive a grand welcome from whale enthusiasts in Langley this weekend.

Langley comes together to beautify city

When a community works together, great and beautiful things can be accomplished.

Lost pooch found, hungry but alive in Clinton

It was in the afternoon of July 2 when Kay Werner got the call. Her dog was missing.

South Whidbey son finds haven, graduation at Insight School

John Goettle has a lot of similarities with other 19-year-old boys. He tinkers with technology and likes traveling. The Everett Community College student is intelligent and conversational, at times. That wasn’t always the case.

Meet, ‘Ollie,’ the little lamb that could

Vicky Brown, owner of the Little Brown Farm, gently splashes water on her little lamb’s body, washing the dirt away from his soft white wool. She carefully pulls “Ollie” from the bathtub and set him on a blue blanket.

Double Bluff farm hosts grand feast

In the middle of a field, overlooking dark blue Puget Sound, a long table stretches as far as the eye could see.

Clinton market bursts with colors, flavors

Vibrant colors and informational displays fill an otherwise empty parking lot.