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Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Whidbey’s Georgia Gerber creates iconic shapes in bronze

She turns abstract forms into some of the region’s most beloved public art, including the Pike Place Market pig.

Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sabine Wilms spent the beginning months of the pandemic taking care of two goats, Lady Yang Xiaomei and Marisol. She used Chinese medicine to help heal the goats. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times.

Home for the kids: Whidbey woman takes in two goats deemed lost cause

A South Whidbey woman nursed two goats back to health with the help of Chinese medicine.

Sabine Wilms spent the beginning months of the pandemic taking care of two goats, Lady Yang Xiaomei and Marisol. She used Chinese medicine to help heal the goats. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times.
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Santa Claus set to make rounds on Central Whidbey

Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue’s longstanding Christmastime tradition is coming back soon. The department’s Santa Mobile will begin neighborhood tours beginning Dec. 7. The… Continue reading

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Regenerative agriculture: A new, healthier way to farm

By Ron Newberry for the South Whidbey Record Cory Fakkema gets up early most mornings to herd his 100 prized Wagyu (also known as Kobe)… Continue reading

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South Whidbey farmer has small plants for future

Full Cycle Farm will be giving away 100 saplings — free of charge — starting on Black Friday.

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Photo courtesy of HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care
Navy aircrewman Mackenzie Ball is writing and collecting letters to send to residents at HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care like Dottie Luce, many of whom have not had visitors for months.

Navy woman arranging letters to send to seniors increasingly isolated by pandemic

While visiting a fundraiser at HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care, Mackenzie Ball learned that some seniors had not received visitors since February. She said… Continue reading

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Navy aircrewman Mackenzie Ball is writing and collecting letters to send to residents at HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care like Dottie Luce, many of whom have not had visitors for months.
Artist Louie Rochon demonstrates the process of how he paints at his Clinton studio on Thursday. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times

South Whidbey artist is painting the blues away

All proceeds from a raffle for a local artist Louie Rochon’s painting will benefit a food bank.

Artist Louie Rochon demonstrates the process of how he paints at his Clinton studio on Thursday. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
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Growler squadron, Whidbey business owner partner to light up hangar

The “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136 hung a large sign to mark the Growler squadron’s 50th anniversary.

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Cmdr. Clayton Engebretsen served in the Navy during World War II, flying critical supplies all over the world. He now lives in Freeland.

World War II vet will be featured in Navy League’s virtual Veterans Day event

A World War II from Freeland reflects on memories from his time in service.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Cmdr. Clayton Engebretsen served in the Navy during World War II, flying critical supplies all over the world. He now lives in Freeland.
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Two Whidbey residents receive Episcopal awards

Two Whidbey residents recently received awards from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, recognizing their services to their parishes. Molly Felder-Grimm, a parish administrator at St.… Continue reading

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Oak Harbor graduate Jonathan Peregrino will be on the new season of Holiday Baking Championship premiering Nov. 2.

Oak Harbor grad hopes to bake his way to the top on TV

Jonathan Peregrino will compete on the new season of Holiday Baking Championship airing Nov. 2.

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Oak Harbor graduate Jonathan Peregrino will be on the new season of Holiday Baking Championship premiering Nov. 2.
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Fundraisers to help Coupeville woman with a rare disorder

A woman with a rare genetic disorder is seeking support from the community. After eight months of visits to the doctor’s office, Coupeville resident Jacquelynn… Continue reading

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‘Spooky Museum’ promises frights for a good cause

Proceeds from ticket sales to the Spooky Museum will go toward the Save the Roller Barn effort.

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Restaurant owner aims to make her children proud

Yolanda Rodarte just wanted to make her daughter proud, so she opened a restaurant. Rodarte knew she wanted to own her own restaurant, and her… Continue reading

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Alaura and Kennedy Williams at Sherman Pioneer Farm.

Yes, there will be Halloween

Halloween is going to be different this year. Here’s a list of COVID-safe events.

Alaura and Kennedy Williams at Sherman Pioneer Farm.
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Brewery works with local farm on seasonal stout

It’s pumpkin pie in a glass.

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Busy street now recognized as ‘Avenue of Oaks’

Southeast 8th Avenue has been renamed to draw attention to Oak Harbor’s namesake trees.

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The Hubble’s 30th anniversary image “Cosmic Reef” shows a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, 163,000 light-years away. The image is nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef” because the nebulas resemble an undersea world. NASA photo.

Whidbey talk features man who’s seen the dawn of the galaxies

Astronomer Bob Williams will discuss Hubble Space Telescope in this year’s Sundberg Lecture

The Hubble’s 30th anniversary image “Cosmic Reef” shows a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, 163,000 light-years away. The image is nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef” because the nebulas resemble an undersea world. NASA photo.
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WICA screening movies until live theater can resume

The movies will run Friday-Sunday nights and began Oct. 9 at the popular South Whidbey venue.

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Jeanie McElwain opens the third edition of “Getting to the Water’s Edge” to popular South Whidbey beach Double Bluff. More than 50 volunteers made the current book possible. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Group’s book will lead you to the water’s edge

It may seem like getting to the water’s edge would be simple, given that Whidbey Island is surrounded by water, but there can be some… Continue reading

Jeanie McElwain opens the third edition of “Getting to the Water’s Edge” to popular South Whidbey beach Double Bluff. More than 50 volunteers made the current book possible. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times