Life

Californian Highland dancer Megan Ashworth bounds into the air during the 2006 dance competition of the Whidbey Island Highland Games. Dance teams from across the state descend on Whidbey Island for the Highland Games every year to show-off the intricate foot and hand-work that is required in Scottish dancing.

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
Californian Highland dancer Megan Ashworth bounds into the air during the 2006 dance competition of the Whidbey Island Highland Games. Dance teams from across the state descend on Whidbey Island for the Highland Games every year to show-off the intricate foot and hand-work that is required in Scottish dancing.
Rocket man Leonard Good shows Sacha Burdsal

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
Rocket man Leonard Good shows Sacha Burdsal
The cinnamon bun bakers at a past Price is Right Sale are from left Lila Bacon

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
The cinnamon bun bakers at a past Price is Right Sale are from left Lila Bacon
Jonathan Sage volunteers for the MOC Fireworks

Rocketing sound and color for Independence Day

The best pyrotechnicians have the power to elicit the most heartfelt “oohs” or “ahhs” from Fourth of July crowds all across our 231-year-old nation.

  • Jul 4, 2007
Jonathan Sage volunteers for the MOC Fireworks
Bill O'Brien

Follow your mission, pardner

If your intentions are noble, your purpose honorable, then you have paved your way to your mission. The M-Bar-C Ranch in Freeland has a clear mission statement, beginning with “helping kids.” The Forgotten Children Foundation purchased M-Bar-C in 2003, and Bill O’Brien took over the helm.

  • Jun 30, 2007
Bill O'Brien
Paul Samuelson is among the 10 Relay For Life prisoners waiting for their release.

South Whidbey’s Most Wanted

They are your neighbors, your friends. They look like they couldn’t hurt a fly, but behind the innocent facades of the small-town business owner, politician, real estate agent and, yes, even a former judge, hide some serious criminal minds.

  • Jun 20, 2007
Paul Samuelson is among the 10 Relay For Life prisoners waiting for their release.
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South Whidbey Tilth celebrates 25 years today

Let them eat organic cake. The chime that rings in the 25th birthday of South Whidbey Tilth this morning at 10 a.m. will signify sustenance, and you can bet their cake will taste good.

  • Jun 16, 2007
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Quinn Ianniciello sits next to the garden project that he helped put together in the courtyard at South Whidbey High School.

HOMETOWN HERO: A life without direction is a life without passion

Quinn Ianniciello has filled his life with helping others, often stepping in when others have stepped out. And this month’s Hometown Hero sees no reason to stop now.

  • May 26, 2007
Quinn Ianniciello sits next to the garden project that he helped put together in the courtyard at South Whidbey High School.
Oriana Simmons-Otness and Kristi O'Donnell take time out to smell the fragrant blooms of "Mary's Favorite

Interlude for mothers, ‘Mother’s Day Concert on the Lawn’ at Meerkerk

There is a weather god and his name is “Huey.” According to Australian Maori culture, Huey will protect your plans for Mother’s Day. At least, that’s what the hardworking caretakers of Greenbank’s Meerkerk Gardens have said, as Huey has given them countless Mom’s Days of perfect weather.

  • May 9, 2007
Oriana Simmons-Otness and Kristi O'Donnell take time out to smell the fragrant blooms of "Mary's Favorite

A life guided by the heart

Hometown Hero Jeanne Lepisto got a glimpse of greatness early in life, and it has guided her heart and spirit ever since. “Our family spent a lot of time with my cousin Ronnie, a wonderfully loving boy with Down syndrome. He was always a bringer of love and life and laughter.

  • Apr 28, 2007
Hometown Hero Margaret Scehovic

HOMETOWN HERO: Her focus is helping others succeed

Margaret Scehovic says she was awed seeing her mother be the hands and feet for her father, stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease. “My dad lived for 10 years with the debilitating disease, and yet was able to retain his position at work for most of that time because of one reason — my mother,” Scehovic recalls.

  • Mar 30, 2007
Hometown Hero Margaret Scehovic
Therapy for creative healing

Therapy for creative healing

Walking into creative art therapist Lisa Fladager’s Langley home studio is like entering a sanctuary with toys. There are two low tables on either side of two cozy, overstuffed chairs where she welcomes clients.

  • Mar 14, 2007
Therapy for creative healing
Wilma O’Nan is known for her mastery in the garden as well as her unbridled compassion for others.

HOMETOWN HERO: Finding a purpose in suffering

Wilma O’Nan lay in a mainland hospital bed propped up by pillows unable to move due to a stroke, yet her heart and mind’s real essence breathes vibrancy into her immobile body. When she was told by friend Linda Good of Island Strings that O’Nan was to be featured as a Hometown Hero, O’Nan was in her Brookhaven Langley apartment, feeling just fine on her way out the door to volunteer at the Methodist Church.

  • Feb 24, 2007
Wilma O’Nan is known for her mastery in the garden as well as her unbridled compassion for others.
Hometown Heroes Karl Olsen and Deb Lund with their children Kaj

HOMETOWN HERO: Artists of Love

The greatest calling is to love one another, believe Karl Olsen and Deb Lund. Their goal in life is to treat all with love. This talented couple has all the earthly talents of being respected teachers, admired publishers and recognized musicians and writers. Lund has published several children’s books; Olsen has cut CDs. Yet for those who know this couple, what stands out most is their conviction to love others.

  • Jan 27, 2007
Hometown Heroes Karl Olsen and Deb Lund with their children Kaj
Adrianna Royal nuzzles her alpaca Gemini whom she boards at Greenbank Farm. Royal recently opened Spin A Yarn

Young animal lovers realize their entrepreneurial spirit

Like many young girls, Rohanna and Terra Wildon love horses. Just like fellow islander Adrianna Royal loves alpacas. But what makes these girls different is their “bull-by-the-horns” attitude of starting a business to pay for their passions.

  • Jan 17, 2007
Adrianna Royal nuzzles her alpaca Gemini whom she boards at Greenbank Farm. Royal recently opened Spin A Yarn

Workshop explores the wonders and fragility of our resident whales

Are you someone who is thrilled by the prospect of seeing whales and wants to know more about the amazing finned friends that frequent the waters near our shorelines? Then the Ways of the Whales Workshop is for you.

  • Jan 6, 2007