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Sarah Lord treats Ember the cat at Best Friends Veterinary Center March 30, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Best Friends)

Cat finds home with vet who saved her

After treating a feline house fire victim, a veterinarian kept the cat as her own.

Sarah Lord treats Ember the cat at Best Friends Veterinary Center March 30, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Best Friends)

Scouts BSA 4058G seeking girls to join Coupeville troop

Scouts BSA Troop 4058G is inviting girls age 11 and older to join the pack. Troop members camp, hike, kayak, backpack, bike and more while… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2021
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Rockin’ a Hard Place: A tale about who we are: the life of Chief Charlie Snakelum

In late May, many of us on the Rock enjoy celebrating Whidbey’s long-gone Native American people and culture during the Penn Cove Water Festival, featuring… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2021
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Photo courtesy Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative

Eat local this Memorial Day weekend

The Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative is encouraging people to eat locally this Memorial Day weekend.

Photo courtesy Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative

Whidbey Children’s Theatre set to hold in-person classes this summer

Registration opens 10 a.m. May 25 for summer programs at the Whidbey Children’s Theatre in Langley.

Photo courtesy Preston Howard
Scouts BSA Troop 4058 and Coupeville Cub Scout Pack 4058 collected over 1,000 items of food from the community to donate to the Gifts from the Heart Food Bank in Coupeville.

Scouts donate 1,000 items to food bank

A Coupeville food bank was the recipient of a sizable donation after 25 Scouts BSA members collected more than 1,000 food items. Members of Troop… Continue reading

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Scouts BSA Troop 4058 and Coupeville Cub Scout Pack 4058 collected over 1,000 items of food from the community to donate to the Gifts from the Heart Food Bank in Coupeville.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Chopped garlic and parsley and salt and spot shrimp in 2020.

Shrimping season opens in waters off Whidbey

All shrimp species are open to harvest on Wednesday, May 19 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Marina Areas 8-1 and 8-2, which covers the eastern shores of Whidbey Island from Deception Pass to Possession Point.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Chopped garlic and parsley and salt and spot shrimp in 2020.

Birth Announcement: Arielle Taylor

Arielle Taylor, a girl, 7 lbs. 12 oz. and 20 inches, was born 5:43 p.m. Jan. 5, 2021 to Philip and Brandi Taylor at Mount… Continue reading

  • May 18, 2021

South Whidbey Lions announce scholarship winners

South Whidbey Lions announced the recipients of this years scholarships. South Whidbey High School seniors Lily Farnham and Olivia Vargas will each receive $1,000 scholarships… Continue reading

  • May 14, 2021
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Brittany Darby helps raise a wall at Habitat for Humanity of Island County’s two townhomes on Southeast 10th Avenue in Oak Harbor during the Women Build event Saturday.

Women Build: Lending some muscle to Habitat for Humanity

Forty women and some men volunteered for Habitat’s Women Build 2021 event this past weekend.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Brittany Darby helps raise a wall at Habitat for Humanity of Island County’s two townhomes on Southeast 10th Avenue in Oak Harbor during the Women Build event Saturday.
Members of the public and Whidbey Island Rocks are encouraged to paint and hide stones with Garry oak designs or other local flora and fauna this week in preparation for a hunt Saturday. Photo by Jane Geddes

Island rock hunt celebrates Oak Harbor ‘Year of the Oak’

Whidbey Island Rocks is encouraging people to paint stones with Garry oaks before a hunt Saturday.

Members of the public and Whidbey Island Rocks are encouraged to paint and hide stones with Garry oak designs or other local flora and fauna this week in preparation for a hunt Saturday. Photo by Jane Geddes
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Langley scene abuzz with new coffee shop

A pair of millennials have opened the newest business in downtown Langley.

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Representatives from local organizations that received checks this year.

Eagles Aerie distributes checks to local nonprofits

The Eagles Aerie canceled its 2020 and 2021 plant sales because of the pandemic, but nonetheless raised $8,000 this year to distribute to 12 local… Continue reading

  • Apr 30, 2021
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Representatives from local organizations that received checks this year.
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The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron, also known as America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass, hosts jamborees and other social events, along with boater safety and education classes.

Whidbey boaters promote safety, education

The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron hosts education and safety classes, and social events.

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The Deception Pass Sail and Power Squadron, also known as America’s Boating Club of Deception Pass, hosts jamborees and other social events, along with boater safety and education classes.
Michael Nichols, owner of Whidbey Green Goods, stands in his hoop house, also known as “The Hovel.” Customers visit the Clinton farm to pick up their own produce and plant starts. (Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group)

One-man Whidbey Island farm gears up for spring

The pandemic has brought a longtime farmer out of retirement.

Michael Nichols, owner of Whidbey Green Goods, stands in his hoop house, also known as “The Hovel.” Customers visit the Clinton farm to pick up their own produce and plant starts. (Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group)
Joe Gunn holding a freshly backed rhubarb pie. (Photo by Harry Anderson)

How a pie on the Rock became a brand and legend

Whidbey Pies is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Joe Gunn holding a freshly backed rhubarb pie. (Photo by Harry Anderson)
Frances Schultz, holding a picture of her younger self, recently turned 100 years old. Her daughter, Connie Van Dyke, right, said her mother’s photo looks like one of actress Barbara Stanwyck. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

At 100, Oak Harbor woman reflects on busy life

Frances Schultz turned 100 years old on March 30.

Frances Schultz, holding a picture of her younger self, recently turned 100 years old. Her daughter, Connie Van Dyke, right, said her mother’s photo looks like one of actress Barbara Stanwyck. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
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After Coupeville resident Geri Nelson saw these two Great Horned owlets and their mother, she posted to social media to see if there was any local photography interest. Cara Hefflinger came to the tree, camera in hand.

Coupeville owl family makes an appearance in photographer’s lens

O ne woman’s discovery of a brood of owlets in Coupeville caught the eyes of many admirers on social media, including one South End photographer.

Photo by Cara Hefflinger
After Coupeville resident Geri Nelson saw these two Great Horned owlets and their mother, she posted to social media to see if there was any local photography interest. Cara Hefflinger came to the tree, camera in hand.
Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
Third grader Laszlo McDowell gets up close and personal with a gray whale skull.

Students learn about being ‘whale-wise’

South Whidbey Elementary School students got a taste of what it would be like to live as gray whales.

Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
Third grader Laszlo McDowell gets up close and personal with a gray whale skull.
The Oystercatcher’s owner and chef, Tyler Hansen, prepares a dozen 3 Sisters beef bolognese lasagnas to go on the shelves at 3 Sisters Market. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Chef liaises with other business owners

A Coupeville chef has expanded his partnership with local business owners to help his restaurant survive during the coronavirus pandemic. From the Oystercatcher’s dining room,… Continue reading

The Oystercatcher’s owner and chef, Tyler Hansen, prepares a dozen 3 Sisters beef bolognese lasagnas to go on the shelves at 3 Sisters Market. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times