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Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
Christopher Baldwin, owner of Island Time Coffee Company, arranges a display in Payless Foods.

New business perks up South Whidbey shelves

Three new blends of coffee are available in stores.

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
Christopher Baldwin, owner of Island Time Coffee Company, arranges a display in Payless Foods.
Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.

Homecoming: Gray whales return to Whidbey waters

The gentle giants include a well-known gray that has been coming back each year for 30 years.

Photo by Bob VonDrachek
One photographer spotted a gray whale the morning of March 8 from the public parking lot at Hidden Beach in Greenbank.
Joe Hempel (right), and Kristin Galbreaith finish their 35-minute, one-mile swim from Seawall Park in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Scantily clad is the dress code for these cold rush swimmers

Immersed for 30 minutes in frigid water would kill most of us. It energizes these swimmers.

Joe Hempel (right), and Kristin Galbreaith finish their 35-minute, one-mile swim from Seawall Park in Langley. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
A Tyrannosaurus rex appears to eat a car at a home owned by Burt Mason and Mary Saltwick in Freeland on Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Jurassic yard: Freeland couple displays dinos

These creatures from long ago won’t chomp or chase you, and you’re welcome to visit.

A Tyrannosaurus rex appears to eat a car at a home owned by Burt Mason and Mary Saltwick in Freeland on Whidbey Island. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
In one of the tanks in his new store, fish follow business owner Jason Blair’s finger.

Finny business: ‘Fish nerd’ opening store in Greenbank

Jason Blair’s store will have a variety of aquarium fish and aquascapes.

Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
In one of the tanks in his new store, fish follow business owner Jason Blair’s finger.

Call for mural artists

Creative types have just a few more days to respond to a call for an artist or team of artists to be part of a… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2021

Some libraries open for limited in-building services

Sno-Isle Libraries is now offering limited in-building services at select community libraries. On Whidbey Island, the only library not opening is in Clinton. The libraries… Continue reading

Lions Garage sale adapts to pandemic; resumes donation pickups

The Coupeville Lions Club has resumed pick-ups of garage sale donations after a pandemic hiatus. Items being accepted are those that were sold during last… Continue reading

  • Feb 26, 2021

Oak Harbor resident earns PLU $30,000 scholarship

CAITLIN DENNEN, a student at Oak Harbor High School, has been named a Pacific Lutheran University President’s Scholar and awarded a $30,000 per year President’s… Continue reading

Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.

Winged creatures take flight during snow

A Penn Cove photographer was graced by the presence of several species of birds.

Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.
Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Shaving locks to support one of Whidbey’s best

Annie Cash’s friends shaved their heads in a show of support.

Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

‘Having our Say’ brings history to life through two sisters’ memories

Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production can be viewed online Feb. 26-27.

Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided

Oak Harbor woman now known worldwide for saying ‘I love you’

After the News-Times interveiwed her, April DiDonna’s story has gone around the world.

After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided
Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Dog training campus being built on North Whidbey

Facility will train mobility service dogs for people who need them

Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Lynn and Blake Willeford at the 2019 Hearts and Hammers spaghetti dinner. Lynn Willeford passed away last Sunday after a three-year right with brain cancer. She will be missed by many. Photo provided.

South Whidbey hero remembered

Lynn Willeford’s impact will be felt for years to come in the South Whidbey community.

Lynn and Blake Willeford at the 2019 Hearts and Hammers spaghetti dinner. Lynn Willeford passed away last Sunday after a three-year right with brain cancer. She will be missed by many. Photo provided.
Paulette and Greg Beck reflect on photos of their daughter, Piper Travis, who died in 2017. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

Trust named after daughter will support island charities

A couple has created a trust to benefit local charities in memory of their daughter, Piper Travis.

Paulette and Greg Beck reflect on photos of their daughter, Piper Travis, who died in 2017. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
Elizabeth Johnson and rescue dog Wilbur

Island a haven for practitioners of holistic treatments

Some holistic healers on Whidbey have seen a dramatic increase in demand this past year.

Elizabeth Johnson and rescue dog Wilbur
John and Rebecca Roberts have been trail angels for the Pacific Northwest Trail since 2012.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Wandering the rugged Pacific Northwest Trail

The trail snakes down the island on its often-confounding route from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

John and Rebecca Roberts have been trail angels for the Pacific Northwest Trail since 2012.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sherman, Phyllis

Rockin’ a Hard Place: A beautiful remembrance to heal a forgettable time

Each of us has that wonderful remembrance to treasure.

Sherman, Phyllis
South Whidbey Homeless Coalition donation by Rotary

South Whidbey Rotary clubs donate to Homeless Coalition

Last Friday, the two Rotary Clubs on South Whidbey presented Executive Director Jonathan Kline of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition with checks totaling over $2,000, plus… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2021
South Whidbey Homeless Coalition donation by Rotary