Kate Daniel

Students wade into science with hands-on lessons

Mention of the word “nurdles” evoked plenty of giggles from South Whidbey elementary school students during a field trip to the marina in Langley Wednesday, yet they were quick to comprehend the danger that micro-plastics and other forms of pollution pose to marine wildlife and habitat.

Scholarly LARPers hold first battle

Queen Kristina Madrid and King Bryce Auburn assembled their warriors, readied their weapons and prepared to charge into battle. Cries of friendly provocation and excitement rang out as a group of nine South Whidbey High School students rushed towards one another from opposite sides of the field at Castle Park, swords raised, axes — and one comically large fake lobster claw — wielded.

Hadden selected for school board seat

Julie Hadden has been appointed to the South Whidbey School District Board of Directors. At a special meeting Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the South Whidbey Elementary School community room, the school board voted unanimously to elect Hadden as the new district 2 board member.

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.

Jell-o and leeks anyone? Edible Book Festival offers a taste of words

In describing Anthony Burgess’s 1962 dystopian novella “A Clockwork Orange,” the word “ultra-violence” is far more likely to pop up than adjectives such as “sweet” or “delectable.”

Clinton couple crafts pens, quilts as gifts of thanks

Candy Lincoln and her husband, Scott Lincoln, also a Vietnam War veteran, recently handed down their business Lincoln Computers to their son and are now spending their retirement giving back to veterans and service members with hand-crafted gifts of gratitude.

South Whidbey High School students tend to campus, eco-lessons on Earth Day

Students at South Whidbey High School made the most of their regularly scheduled half-day Wednesday with an Earth Day observance which included attending educational presentations and beautifying the school with freshly planted flowers and trees.

Award-winning documentarian to show works at The Clyde

Award-winning filmmaker Ruth Gregory’s professional storytelling career began at the age of 15, when the astute South Whidbey Falcon walked into the office of the Island Independent and asked for a job. Gregory sought more than a chance to demonstrate and refine her writing chops; she sought the opportunity to share the stories of her community.

South Whidbey schools’ technology spending may drop

The South Whidbey School District may spend a bit less than planned on technology supplies this year.

Carving out a masterpiece: Landscape architect Masa Mizuno to visit Whidbey for one-day workshop

Most consider landscaping to be a chore, but for Masa Mizuno it is a work of art.

Longtime South Whidbey schools assistant to retire

In her 20 years of employment at the South Whidbey School District, Freeland resident Donna Taylor has done far more than balance the budget. She’s watched kids grow up, graduate and start families of their own. She enjoys seeing the wedding and birth announcements for former students, most of whom knew her by name.

Celebrate America to light up Freeland

The 20th annual Celebrate America festival will light off in Freeland next week. Continuing a tradition of fun and entertainment, the Thursday, July 3 event takes place in Freeland Park on East Shoreview Drive.

Groups work to relocate osprey nest from South Whidbey football field

A couple of ospreys will be returning from their southern migration to a brand new nest location come springtime.

Panel of experts speaks on parenting, family services

A panel of seven child and family support services personnel will speak at the South Whidbey Children’s Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 19.

Comedienne Ann Randolph comes to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Ann Randolph, an award-winning, critically-acclaimed comedian, will be bringing her latest solo show, “Loveland,” to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts at 8 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 22.

Freeland resident proves himself worthy of knighthood

When Nicholas Zefferys stepped to the front of the room to formally introduce himself at a recent Rotary of South Whidbey meeting, his acquaintances were unprepared for the tremendous series of events their “quiet,” and “unassuming” fellow member would unfurl.

Civil rights activist, hero honored as grand marshal

Grethe Cammermeyer will be leading the Whidbey Island Area Fair parade as grand marshal during Military Appreciation Day Saturday.

Island County school officials to meet with state lawmakers

Board members and superintendents from each of Island County’s three school districts will convene for a dinner and meeting with state lawmakers today to discuss such topics as class sizes, state funding for public education and other issues.

Dads, daughters get ready to boogie at district ball

Kevin Lungren and his daughter, Emma, have been attending South Whidbey Parks and Recreation District’s Dad and Daughter Ball “since Emma could walk.”

Double, double toil and trouble: Shakespeare festival offers twice the drama

Zora Lungren performed in her first play, “Romeo and Juliet,” when she was a seventh grader attending Langley Middle School. Today, in a vintage theater tent propped in the field behind that same middle school, she is preparing to relate what is known in theater circles as “the unplayable scene.”