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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor Memorial Day to be held in person this year

Veterans will be honored during a Memorial Day service May 31 at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Oak Harbor.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Community steps up to replace stolen tools

School officials expressed thanks to those who donated.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Someone stole $1,000 worth of tools from the program earlier this month.
Seniors Anthony Pierzchala, right, and Charlie Dubois working with junior Eric Lindsey, back left, work on projects during teacher Chris Whiteman’s advanced engineering class. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
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.
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.

Filing to open for long list of local positions

Candidates must file for the election May 17-21.

Shannon Hamilton, front, and Wendi Hilborn own Whidbey Farm and Market on Monroe Landing Road outside of Oak Harbor. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

New market opens across from drive-in

Whidbey Farm and Market has close to 100 local products.

Shannon Hamilton, front, and Wendi Hilborn own Whidbey Farm and Market on Monroe Landing Road outside of Oak Harbor. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Special vaccine clinics planned in Langley, Oak Harbor

A couple of special vaccination clinics are planned for this week. Island County Public Health will host a pop-up vaccine clinic during the first day… Continue reading

Photo by Shawn O’Connor

Wildcats finish season with program best

The Oak Harbor High School sailing team will take a month off before starting their summer season.

Photo by Shawn O’Connor

Clinic set to address vaccine inequity

The clinic will be held 9-11 a.m., May 6 at Island Drug in Oak Harbor.

Worker will begin wrapping the Deception Pass bridge this month as they try to complete the project by the end of the year. The parking lot on Whidbey Island next to the bridge will be closed until March. WSDOT photo

Deception Pass bridge parking lot closed until March

The closure is supposed to ease access for construction crews as they work on the bridge.

Worker will begin wrapping the Deception Pass bridge this month as they try to complete the project by the end of the year. The parking lot on Whidbey Island next to the bridge will be closed until March. WSDOT photo
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
After a delay caused by the pandemic, developer Scott Thompson said construction of new homes may begin soon on the hillside across from Safeway. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

More housing on horizon as projects move forward

A downtown Oak Harbor business will also be getting a big makeover.

After a delay caused by the pandemic, developer Scott Thompson said construction of new homes may begin soon on the hillside across from Safeway. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Head Chef Zachary Harris transports a pan of freshly baked buns in Prima Bistro’s kitchen. The Langley restaurant, like many other businesses on Whidbey, is looking for more staff as the spring season ramps up. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group

Whidbey’s leisure, hospitality sector seeing worker shortage

There are as many as 30 businesses looking for help in Langley alone.

Head Chef Zachary Harris transports a pan of freshly baked buns in Prima Bistro’s kitchen. The Langley restaurant, like many other businesses on Whidbey, is looking for more staff as the spring season ramps up. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group

Council mulls affordable housing strategies

Oak Harbor City Council members are considering ideas in the Housing Action Plan.

Members of the Oak Harbor High School Sailing team are, from left to right: Top row, coach Shawn O’Connor, Liam Chapman (‘22), Ryan Metz (‘22), Ben Servatius (‘22), Thomas Buys (‘22), Andrew Buys (‘21). Bottom row, Emelia Boilek (‘22), Anna Servatius (‘24), Allison Bailey (‘23), Shelby Lang (‘23). Photo by Denise Buys

Wildcat sailors 6th in championships

The Wildcats will continue their season with a North Sound fleet race scrimmage next Saturday.

Members of the Oak Harbor High School Sailing team are, from left to right: Top row, coach Shawn O’Connor, Liam Chapman (‘22), Ryan Metz (‘22), Ben Servatius (‘22), Thomas Buys (‘22), Andrew Buys (‘21). Bottom row, Emelia Boilek (‘22), Anna Servatius (‘24), Allison Bailey (‘23), Shelby Lang (‘23). Photo by Denise Buys
The bridge across the lagoon at Windjammer Park is undergoing a joint restoration project between the city and the two Rotary clubs in Oak Harbor. The city said it will be closed until June. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Windjammer Park bridge closed for renovation

Two Rotary clubs have partnered with the city to renovate the bridge.

The bridge across the lagoon at Windjammer Park is undergoing a joint restoration project between the city and the two Rotary clubs in Oak Harbor. The city said it will be closed until June. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The Wildcat sailors competed against the Ballard Beavers Saturday. Although the Oak Harbor team suffered their only loss of the season against Ballard, the team is headed to Olympia next weekend to compete for a chance to advance to the National Championships. Photo by Shawn O’Connor.

Wildcat sailors compete in Olympia next weekend

The team is looking for a chance to compete for the National Championships.

The Wildcat sailors competed against the Ballard Beavers Saturday. Although the Oak Harbor team suffered their only loss of the season against Ballard, the team is headed to Olympia next weekend to compete for a chance to advance to the National Championships. Photo by Shawn O’Connor.

Man sentenced for sexual assaulting woman last May

The 44-year-old Oak Harbor man was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Clinton artist Pat McVay cut into a massive section of the 330-year-old Garry oak tree that used to stand in front of the Oak Harbor post office. He will turn it into an acorn sculpture. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Giant acorn to emerge from felled post office tree

Oak Harbor will soon have a new sculpture made from Garry oak wood.

Clinton artist Pat McVay cut into a massive section of the 330-year-old Garry oak tree that used to stand in front of the Oak Harbor post office. He will turn it into an acorn sculpture. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Weekend food trucks offering a taste of normalcy

The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce Food Truck Turnout event is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this weekend.

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