WHIDBEY RECIPES: Quitting is tough, believe me

Well, what a surprise it was to read in one of those “other” papers that Barack Obama is a smoker.

VIDEO: “The Good Doctor” rehearsal at WICA

Actors in "The Good Doctor" prepare for opening night in Langley.

VIDEO: Extreme low tides on Whidbey Island

Puget Sound experienced some of the lowest tides since the early 1900s this past week, with near-record minus tides. Extreme low tides are also expected over the Fourth of July weekend.

  • Jun 25, 2008

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Recipes for dad to remind him of mom

I’ve been thinking a lot during the past few days about gifts I’d like to give my Dad for Father’s Day. Most of all, however, I wish I could give my Dad the one thing I know would make him happier than anything else, the one thing that could bring back that gleam in his eye and make him forget that he’s old and feeble now. I wish I had the power to give him back my Mom, Joetta, the love of his life for more than 70 years.

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Belly fat sticks out as issue for health agencies near and far

Belly fat; if you have it, you could be in for anything from diabetes to dementia to dysfunction. You know the dysfunction I’m talking about, the dreaded ED all those TV ads go on and on about. Belly fat is the current hot health mania, and not just in this country.

VIDEO: South Whidbey High School Class of 2008 graduates

More than 120 Falcons left the nest on Saturday as South Whidbey High School held its 2008 commencement ceremony.

WHIDBEY RECIPES: (Geo)Duck Hunt – Tips on digging and cooking

After the Father’s Day column about digging geoducks with my Dad, I had several e-mails asking for more information about both digging and cooking ’ducks, as well as a few conversations with acquaintances also curious about ’duck digging.

ISLAND BIRDING: Windowsill deaths caused by ‘battering robin syndrome’

While gardening outside our sunroom last week, I discovered two gorgeously plumed male black-headed grosbeaks dead below a window. They lay side-by-side, heads pointed toward the window.

  • May 31, 2008

Chalk Art Festival will bring color to Langley’s streets

The streets of Langley will be doused in rainbow colors once again as chalk artists of all ages hit the bricks later this month.

  • May 7, 2008

ALL ABOARD: All the news that’s fit to deliver

My oft interrupted career in the newspaper business began on the flat slopes of Northwest Boulevard, on a dark, cold morning in Columbus, Ohio.

  • May 7, 2008

Jammin’ for a good body

Islanders are discovering the highs of dancing with a little attitude — and subsequently becoming heart healthier and more buff to boot.


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  • Apr 9, 2008

Harvest celebration goes to the dogs

The crisp autumn air is ripe for freshly pressed cider and a brisk walk with the dog under a leafy canopy of color. Thank goodness, then, that Apple Day and the third annual Mutt Strut comes to Bayview Corner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

  • Oct 24, 2007

Sixty years on memory lane

Langley High School class of 1947 meets for 60th reunion It was 60 years ago that the 20 members of the Langley High School class of 1947 graduated and left their teenaged youth behind for the wider world. But Whidbey Island seems to have a magnetic pull and of the nine remaining class members, almost all of them still live on the island.

  • Aug 29, 2007

HOMETOWN HERO: Betty believes life isn’t about her

Hometown Hero Betty Lehman has always held the belief that life isn’t about her. And for Lehman this belief has made all the difference in the way she views life. “Betty has been a trustworthy volunteer, a faithful church member, a community-minded woman who will go to any length to make a difference,” says Pastor Jim Lindus of Trinity Lutheran Church.

  • Aug 25, 2007

To pipe, to Put, to Jig and Drum

Fancy a Scottish fling? Or perhaps you’d prefer the Australian Ladies. No worries, both can be found from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Aug. 11 at the Whidbey Island Highland Games at Greenbank Farm.

  • Aug 8, 2007

3, 2, 1 Here comes the Rocket man

On the first day of model rocket class every year, Leonard Good writes on the blackboard: “I am the famous Leonard.” Good is famous, indeed, as the man responsible for helping kids to launch hundreds of homemade rockets for seven years.

  • Jul 28, 2007

Historic club holds sale

It’s high summer and time for the Price is Right Sale at the Baby Island Saratoga Club. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, friends and neighbors will gather to enjoy the 32nd annual open-air marketplace of arts and crafts, plants, second-hand treasures and eatable goodies. Located on Saratoga Road just south of the Amble Road intersection, the sale draws residents and summer folks from all over South Whidbey every year.

  • Jul 17, 2007