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Whidbey Playhouse to present the classic comedy, “Pirates of Penzance”

Ron Wohl could get used to performing at the Whidbey Playhouse. Wohl, an Anacortes resident known around Skagit County for his theatrical flair, is making his Whidbey Playhouse debut in the popular comic operetta, “Pirates of Penzance,” which opens Friday night.

Orca pod makes Christmas Day visit to Penn Cove

Coupeville residents got a Christmas Day surprise when a pod of orcas swam into Penn Cove and stayed awhile last Thursday.

Plumber turned chef cooks up new success with hot dog eatery

The handshake is the first indication that this is no ordinary hot dog vendor. Dean Parmenter’s hands have a rough feel, the byproduct of 37 years as a plumber. But the physical demands of plumbing caused Parmenter to rethink his future and reinvent himself.

Whidbey birders count down to important event

In a small pond across the highway from Crockett Lake, Jill Hein spots a long string of diving ducks that scoot along the water in a straight line.

2.7 million visited Deception Pass Park in 2014

The magic of Deception Pass State Park was on display on a sunny late afternoon last week and was rubbing off on 4-year-old Haylee Fortinberry.

Kake return to Ebey’s Landing after 157 years

Michael Ferri, a museum volunteer and local history buff, picked up the phone, listened to the voice of a young woman and couldn’t believe his ears. She told him she was a member of a Native American Indian tribe in Southeast Alaska known as the Kake and she wanted to bring some of the tribe’s elders on a visit to Coupeville, a place that held historic significance to her people.

Great Scot! Highland Games take over Greenbank

Whenever Grayson Akins returns to campus at Western Washington University and talks about her summer athletic endeavors back home on Whidbey Island, she’s often met with a blank stare. New friends are dumbfounded, yet curious, to learn more about tossing logs, stones and hay that are part of the athletic segment of the Whidbey Highland Games.

‘Bounce Mania’ takes over in Loganberry Festival’s absence

One of the first things Bo Chernikoff thought of when he heard about the cancellation of the Loganberry Festival this year was the children.

Whidbey Coffee master Dan Ollis | Brewing success for 25 years

His iPad is a constant whirl of activity. Dan Ollis keeps the device handy for communication on the fly. As president of a buzzing coffee company with 122 employees, he’s often on the go, making the front seat of his black Chevy Tahoe his mobile office.

Big halibut caught near Anacortes

This wasn’t the sort of fishing Brian Punch grew up around back home in Louisiana. Yet a tip he got from his dad when he was a boy resonated with him while he and two friends were fishing for halibut earlier this month near Anacortes. Punch’s friend, Aaron Manisi, asked him what he ought to do with some trout that stayed in his freezer too long.

Camano shooter wins land trust’s 2015 calendar contest

A shadowy image of Mount Baker at sunrise was the winning photo in the first Whidbey Camano Land Trust Calendar Photo Contest.

Let the fishing begin

It’s always the big fish that spike the most interest.

Whidbey Camano Land Trust launches photo contest

When Janelle Castro interviewed for the outreach manager position at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust last spring, she shared an idea that she thought would be a natural fit for Island County.

Cornet Bay fuel cleanup underway

Alan Hall can’t complain about where he works these days. When he steps out of his portable office, he can stare out at scenic Cornet Bay and sometimes even catch a glimpse of a hovering bald eagle.

Toys for Tots prepares for holiday season

For Re McClung, watching toys pile up in her garage is a joy to see.

Tall tale of big bull elk in North Whidbey proves true

For months, Sasha Castaneda told a tale that only seemed to raise eyebrows.

Coupeville man to lend a hand in the Philippines after typhoon

Eric Tremblay isn’t sure what to expect when he touches down in the Philippines today.

Clinton movie maker puts Coupeville film on hold

An independent feature film planned to be shot on Whidbey Island this fall is on hold after the movie was unable to secure a marquee Hollywood actor.

South Whidbey son, director gets OK to film Coupeville Wharf

Joseph Itaya didn’t tiptoe around the subject.