Life

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

Annual Whidbey Gardening Workshop grows online this year

The island-wide gardening event is back this year after it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Whidbey writer’s hospice book released in paperback

Oak Harbor author Karen J. Clayton’s book, “Demystifying Hospice: Inside the Stories of Patients and Caregivers,” is now available in paperback. Clayton’s book was published… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2021
Reading to dog

Therapy dogs go online

Reading with Rover pairs pooches with young readers

Reading to dog
Mead maker Jeremy Kyncl pours a tasting glass of Hawthorn Tulsi Mead, a blend of hawthorn berry and holy basil, in the new Whidbey tasting room of Hierophant Meadery. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

From bluff to bluff: Meadery off to sweet start

Hierophant Meadery in Freeland features local honey in its sweet brews.

Mead maker Jeremy Kyncl pours a tasting glass of Hawthorn Tulsi Mead, a blend of hawthorn berry and holy basil, in the new Whidbey tasting room of Hierophant Meadery. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
Untreated
Lead actress Shannyn Sossamon talks with filmmakers Andy Morehouse, left, and Nate Bell while filming "The House After Westerly". Photo by Wes Anthony/Firehouse Creative

Film featuring Whidbey free to view temporarily

“The Hour After Westerly” is free to view online until Jan. 17.

Untreated
Lead actress Shannyn Sossamon talks with filmmakers Andy Morehouse, left, and Nate Bell while filming "The House After Westerly". Photo by Wes Anthony/Firehouse Creative
Currently identified as Sandy Point, this name has been given to many places on the shores of Washington State. The most historic one is on Whidbey Island, at the southwestern entrance to Saratoga Passage. It was the site of a centuries old permanent Snohomish Tribal Village and a major Potlatch Center. Its clam beds drew indigenous visitors as far away as the central coast and Snohomish River valley. Captain George Vancouver noted in his journals that Master Joseph Whidbey saw over 200 people at this site when his ship circumnavigated the Island in 1791. Photo provided.

Research project dives into South Whidbey history

A woman is asking for folks to help her with a research project exploring the years 1870-1940.

Currently identified as Sandy Point, this name has been given to many places on the shores of Washington State. The most historic one is on Whidbey Island, at the southwestern entrance to Saratoga Passage. It was the site of a centuries old permanent Snohomish Tribal Village and a major Potlatch Center. Its clam beds drew indigenous visitors as far away as the central coast and Snohomish River valley. Captain George Vancouver noted in his journals that Master Joseph Whidbey saw over 200 people at this site when his ship circumnavigated the Island in 1791. Photo provided.
Susie Van

WI Drive helping to get the elderly, disabled where they need to go

A Langley woman gives rides to people in need in her new van named “Cookie.”

Susie Van
I Love You

Wendy’s manager shares the love one drive-thru customer at a time

April DiDonna tells Oak Harbor Wendy’s customers she cares.

I Love You
Goodall arranges some food in the to-go window, where customers pick up their food from outside.

New cafe in town adapted to COVID world

Langley Kitchen has adapted to the times.

Goodall arranges some food in the to-go window, where customers pick up their food from outside.
Artist Wayne Kangas, left, and Langley Arts Fund member Don Wodjenski install the Village by the Sea’s newest public art feature, a weather vane. Photo provided

Flying fish tells the weather

The Langley Arts Fund raised money for a new piece of public art in Clyde Alley.

Artist Wayne Kangas, left, and Langley Arts Fund member Don Wodjenski install the Village by the Sea’s newest public art feature, a weather vane. Photo provided

Langley High School grad ordained as priest in New Zealand

Pixie Paris Rowe, a 1974 graduate of Langley High School and 1978 graduate of Seattle Pacific University, was ordained a priest on Nov. 21 in… Continue reading