Celeste Erickson

Disney classic at Whidbey Children’s Theater

The Disney classic begins Friday, April 18, and continues through Sunday, April 27


Freeland writer nominated for screenplay

At first glance Bob Nelson might seem like a regular islander, working on his lawn or enjoying the scenes at Ebey’s Prairie. But Nelson will step out of the shadows this year and into a tuxedo. Nelson wrote the screenplay “Nebraska” and it’s been nominated for five Golden Globe awards, including best picture and best screenwriter.


Langley resident works to inspire caregivers

Ivan Neaigus’ life as a caregiver is an unfinished canvas. Perhaps it will always be so. His wife, Sarah Letitia Wallace, died in 2012 after a 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease, but the Langley resident is not yet ready to set aside the role.


First Whidbey wedding tour highlights range of vendors

Buses full of newlyweds, mothers, and wedding and event enthusiasts toured the Coupeville area Saturday for the inaugural Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour. The occasion featured more than 45 vendors ranging from the islands premiere venues to catering services and wineries. Shuttle buses took the 200 ticket holders to five locations across Central Whidbey where vendors showed off their best work.

A mother’s love: Women know impact love has on childrens’ lives

When it comes to motherhood, Eileen Wilson and Alta Brodie of Freeland consider themselves grateful to have been blessed with loving children and families.

Crime solved: Langley’s mystery weekend comes to a close

Langley’s 30th annual mystery weekend came to a close Sunday, as residents and out-of-towners cracked the case of “The Deadly Deed.” More than 1,000 people joined fictional detective I.B. Fuzz to solve the murder during the 30th Langley Mystery Weekend sponsored by the Langley Chamber of Commerce. The complex story, by Loretta Martin, wove together 24 characters as suspects in the murder of fictional Italian citizen Carmelo Geaherdelli.

Out of this world: Clinton artist explores earth’s objects in art installations

When artist Richard Evans’ walks into his Clinton studio, he walks into an area full of objects that have taken on another life. Milk Dud boxes attached to the wheel of a tire, office chairs turned upside down and packing peanuts forming a pool around a figurine are all part of Evans’ work in art installations. In his upcoming exhibit, “Near-Earth Objects,” Evans is taking viewers out of this world and into one in which a fictional character is looking back at Earth through his art installations.

Freeland resident’s soft goat cheese lands top honors in national competition

In the world of cheese-making Freeland resident Pam Cassidy has staked her claim. Cassidy recently took home a first place award in the American Dairy Goat Association’s 2013 Cheese Competition. Cassidy made a soft cheese called “Pure Bliss Herbed Goat” that won in the “Flavored Soft Cheese Tub/Bulk” category of the amateur division. She has been working on the recipe since she first started cheese-making in 1998, perfecting it three years ago.

Lynn honored for work

Judy Lynn has spent countless hours listening. With more than 200 oral history interviews conducted on behalf of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Island County Historical Society under her belt, this Coupeville resident knows a lot about local history.

New organization assists farm animals in need

Carol Barnes clicked through picture after picture on her desktop looking for one she could share. Most are too disturbing to be shown, she said.

Greening of Coupeville a unique event

“We all know Coupeville is a very unique and special place and the Greening of Coupeville events make it even more so,” said Lynda Eccles, executive director of the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce. As in years past, a cheerful atmosphere will greet those who venture downtown for the two-day celebration that begins with a concert on Friday, Nov. 30 and wraps up with the annual Christmas parade and holiday tree lighting the evening of Saturday, Dec. 1.

Hospital defends against invasion of the “superbugs”

Whidbey General Hospital — and its patients — have been very lucky. So far deadly “superbugs” resistant to all antibiotics have not set-up shop in this facility and the hospital is committed to keeping it that way, said Shannon Wolfe, infection prevention specialist at WGH.

Orca tours draw off-island visitors

After six years of offering summer tours of Deception Pass by boat, Brett Ginther and Terica Taylor of Deception Pass Tours decided to offer a gray whale tour this spring. After getting positive feedback, they decided to add a weekly orca-watching excursion to their offerings. Passengers have been thrilled.

Connection to Coupeville spans generations

Three generations gathered in the living room of the old farmhouse on Ebey’s Prairie. Most had flown in from California to be there. One drove in from Seattle. All wanted to reconnect with their ancestral home. The smiling faces belonged to the descendants of Edward Jenne, who with his brother, Jacob, settled in Coupeville in 1876. And this fall, the family returned to those roots for a family reunion at the Engle Road farmhouse that Edward built in 1910.

Whidbey businesses compete for holiday shoppers

First red. Then white. Now green. For Whidbey Island communities trying to entice customers to their local businesses by offering prizes, the competition has grown stiffer this holiday season. People visiting local businesses now have a chance to snag tickets to win cash or prizes when they go shopping in Coupeville, Langley and Oak Harbor.

Town tackles stormwater

In the Coupeville area, oil from leaking cars, fertilizer from farms and flowerbeds, and other chemicals get flushed into Penn Cove - if left uncaptured and untreated. As water heads downhill it picks up contaminants along the way. And this impacts the health of aquatic wildlife.

Jill Hein: artist, advocate

JillHein collects wildlife. She does not mount their heads on her walls, or display their stuffed bodies in cases. Rather, she captures their images in photographs.

Mosquito Fleet restaurant changes ownership

“The sun sets on Chapter One of Mosquito Fleet Chili,” Rita Tomayko wrote this week on the Facebook page for her Front Street eatery. The family opened the Coupeville business four years ago, and recently sold the beloved chili place to Janjira Rattanasint and Aroon Saivaree, who own The Cove Thai Cuisine just up the hill on North Main Street. Rita and her husband Chris are headed to a new home near family in Florida.

Town plans budget hearing Tuesday

Winter is fast approaching and that means two things. The weather is getting colder and the Town of Coupeville is close to adopting its budget for next year. Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard said the proposed $4.9 million budget for 2013 is balanced and maintains staffing and services at their current levels.

Dead birds destined for D.C.

Driving along Boon Road, Matt Klope spots a large, dead bird on the side of the road. He pulls his truck over, steps out to take a closer look, then grabs his gloves and a plastic bag to scoop the barred owl up. Once tagged, he puts it in his truck. Back at his home south of Oak Harbor, Klope puts the carcass into a large freezer filled with dead birds, where the owl will remain frozen in time until he has a chance to pull it out and put his taxidermy skills to work.