Kate Daniel

Greenbank Birth Center celebrates 25 years of existence

Like a thread in an intricately woven tapestry, Cynthia Jaffe has become entwined in the lives of over 1,200 families, mothers and children in her 25 years as a midwife.


DUI prevention warrior JoAnn Hellmann to retire

JoAnn Hellmann is acutely aware of the devastation and emptiness that follow in the wake of a loved one’s death. Over 40 years later, she still vividly remembers the phone call she received in 1975. The voice on the other end of the receiver said younger sister Kathy was dead.


Ryan’s House to settle into new Coupeville digs next week

Ryan’s House for Youth will begin moving into its new digs in the former Countryside Inn south of Coupeville on Tuesday. But the work to fully convert the space into an inhabitable transitional living facility for homeless youth is far from finished.


Contest winner gets to name a flower at Meerkerk Gardens

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” Juliet Capulet said famously in Shakespeare’s beloved tragedy. If the quote uttered by one of theater’s most beloved characters is to be believed, it stands to reason that a rhododendron, too, would be as lovely given any moniker. Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens in September will award one lucky person the opportunity to name a rhody of their own.

South Whidbey Homeless Coalition looks to raise cash for mentoring program

Within the past year, about 60 people, at least one-third of whom are children, have called Langley’s House of Hope home. The house is the city’s first and only transitional housing facility for homeless individuals and families. It operates on the 90-day rehabilitation model, with an average stay of about 60 days.

Forum focuses on need for homeless services on Whidbey

Nearly 400 Whidbey residents between the ages of 12-24 reported experiencing homelessness within the past year, according to the results of a recent island-wide youth perception survey. The survey was one of two conducted by area service providers and school district liaisons in January, partnered with a community perception survey for those 25 and older. As of last Wednesday, 2,349 people responded, of which 378 indicated having been homeless at some point within the past 12 months.

Date pushed back for Whidbey Island homeless youth shelter fundraiser

Time is ticking away and Ryan’s House for Youth is not giving up hope in its effort to raise the final $200,000 towards the purchase price of the former Countryside Inn, south of Coupeville.

Point-in-Time counts Whidbey Island homeless

Like many of Whidbey’s first European settlers, Alex Magowan moved out west in search of opportunity.

Ryan’s House for Youth seeks to bolster numbers with move to Coupeville

Unaccompanied homeless youth on Whidbey may soon have access to the island’s first temporary housing facility specifically designed to meet their needs.

Legislative bills aim to help place homeless teenagers

Ryan’s House for Youth this week presented two bills to state lawmakers that could potentially make it easier for homeless kids and teens in Washington to receive care through host family programs.

Homeless youth nonprofit working to change state laws

Ryan’s House for Youth is part of a homeless advocacy effort to draft legislation potentially making it easier for households to offer sanctuary to unaccompanied homeless youth.

Several groups, agencies team up to help at-risk kids

Advocates on Whidbey are working to give voice to the voiceless by creating a task force to better address the needs of unaccompanied homeless youth.

South African pastor fights for inclusivity, will speak at island churches

A lifelong resident of South Africa, the Rev. Laurie Gaum is distinctly familiar with the injustice of apartheid and the unhealed, invisible wounds that lie in its wake.

Secretary of Defense makes surprise appearance at Highland Games

Amidst a sea of tartan and the swell of bagpipes, thousands gathered Saturday for the 17th annual Whidbey Island Highland Games.

Greenbank Farm welcomes island’s first Renaissance fair

Greenbank Farm will transcend time during the island’s first Renaissance Festival Saturday, July 25. Unlike traditional Renaissance fairs, the event at Greenbank will incorporate concepts of the historical 16th and 17th century European Renaissance as well as the renaissance of the modern era. Renaissance at the Farm will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free; donations go to help the farm.

Island County fireworks ban a bust with recalling of Commissioner Hannold’s ‘core values’

A ban on fireworks in Island County seems unlikely now after one commissioner changed his mind on the potentially explosive policy change.

Sweet songs for dying days

For those preparing to pass life’s final threshold, a group of Whidbey women offer a musical gift of transcendence and healing.

Langley Pride parade fundraiser starts on festive footing

When Kathryn Lynn Morgen peered into the upstairs landing of the main barn at Greenbank Farm Friday evening, her heart swelled. The musicians of PETE had yet to commence playing for the evening’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA)-pride themed community barn dance, but about a dozen children and their respective family members were already celebrating, crafting zines and “freak flags,” taking photos and sharing a collective spirit of laughter and love.

Development rules may dash Clinton builder’s dream

County codes may hinder a group of Clinton residents in their plan to establish an affordable, eco-friendly community.

Langley adventurer, professor to relay Atlantic crossing on Viking replica

When Jonathon Moses set to work repairing a dilapidated sailing boat in 1984, he had no inkling that he would soon be a crew member aboard a boat replicated from Viking lore, retracing the tumultuous path Norse explorer Leif Erikson had sailed centuries prior.