Cassandra Calderon

Oak Harbor bowling league for people with disabilities, difficulties gets rolling

Cue Peggy Callister, a retired recreational therapist, is the founder of the Handy Dandy Bowling League.

 

County, WEAN at odds over critical areas conservation regulations

For a second time, the Island County Commissioners are asking a hearings board to find its conservation regulations in compliance with the state Growth Management Act, or GMA.

 

Making a difference: Kids First helping foster children

The gift card program is the brainchild of the local nonprofit organization Kids First Island County. It was launched just a month ago.

 

Island County Health Board votes 3-2 to take no action regarding jet noise

In a resolution narrowly passed by the Island County Board of Health Wednesday, members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, who have been the primary proponent of jet noise complaints and the alleged health impacts produced by Navy flight operations on the island, were told that the board will not take action to “protect against the unknown, unquantifiable and unverifiable public health and safety claims” COER has raised.

Lemonade Day fostering young entrepreneurs

The Island County Economic Development Council has posed an important question to 25 young entrepreneurs across the island: when life gives you lemons, what’s a kid to do?

Health board will not take action on jet noise: Resolution passes on a 3-2 vote

In a resolution narrowly passed by the Island County Board of Health Wednesday, members of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, or COER, who have been the primary proponent of jet noise complaints and the alleged health impacts produced by Navy flight operations on the island, were told that the board will not take action to “protect against the unknown, unquantifiable and unverifiable public health and safety claims” COER has raised.

Oak Harbor High School grad making waves with successful international marketing co.

For Arianna O’Dell, marketing is very much professional problem-solving. And often telling others that she is best at solving problems, the 2008 Oak Harbor High School graduate is making a career, and waves, doing just that.

No s’more campfires: Burn ban levels heightened with arrival of hot weather

Washington State Parks, Island County and the National Weather Service issued warnings and burn bans covering Island County.

Little sunflowers: Painted rocks will help remember late mom

Brandy Ledesma plans to make Saturday, Aug. 20, a special day for her three young nieces. On the birthday of the girls’ late mother, Ledesma’s nieces will wake up that morning to more than 50 painted rocks adorned with sunflowers in their garden bed.

Little block party grows to more than 12,000

With the sweet smell of tangy barbecue and one of the biggest crowds yet in attendance on Sunday, the ninth annual PigFest was a success in more ways than one.

Freeland stretch funded for bridge-to-ferry trail

Freeland residents and visitors will soon have a new non-motorized trail to walk, rollerblade or ride their bicycles on.

Human Services looks to link with government funding

Island County Human Services once again hopes to connect local service agencies with government funding.

Providing ‘Homes for Heroes’ comes from the heart

Without the Homes for Heroes program and help of Crane Financial Group, Oak Harbor residents Rebecca and George Pina say they wouldn’t own a home today.

PSE holding energy blitz Aug. 9-10

Field staff from local utility provider Puget Sound Energy will canvas the Coupeville area next week, visiting about 600 homes in just two days to inform customers of PSE’s newly branded Home Energy Assessment Program.

Story about son leads to flood of ‘Wish’ donations

It wasn’t out of character for Meyer to announce a $3,000 donation to the Make-a-Wish Foundation at Pita Pit’s annual conference. It was Meyers’ moving announcement detailing the significance of the donation, however, that led her fellow franchisees to a spontaneous movement to raise $23,000 for Make-a-Wish.

Oak Harbor business baking with nursing moms in mind

Jenna King has always loved baking, but it wasn’t until she had her second child that King saw her passion as a vehicle to help breastfeeding moms.

Aug. 2 primary ballots rolling in slowly

At the county Auditor’s Office, Elections Supervisor Michele Reagan is seeing a slow trickle of ballots that is all too familiar. With just days until the August primary, only a small percentage of Island County’s roughly 52,000 registered voters have submitted their ballots.

COER the target of fowl speculation

Commissioner weighs in on erroneous assertions that the activist group wants to ban chickens

Association uniting small Whidbey businesses

Soap artisans, dog groomers, web designers and more — the Whidbey Island Small Business Association, or WISBA, is uniting locally owned ventures of all varieties to ensure the “little guy” has a shot against big league businesses.

Jail proposes nursing staff that won’t bust budget

With room for 58 inmates, the Island County Jail is small by most standards, but the responsibility to provide inmates with sufficient medical care is anything but. “We’re a small jail but we still have to define a minimal level of care,” Sheriff Mark Brown said. What that level of care should be was the focus for Brown and other county officials last week.