Colleen Smidt

Library seeking input from teen patrons

Teenagers are being asked to help shape the future of the Coupeville Library this week. The library is hosting a “teen board” for local children ages 11-17 to voice opinions on how the library should develop and what they’d like to see offered in the future


Coupeville rally targets fossil fuels

More than a dozen people gathered Friday afternoon to raise awareness for Divestment Day.


Hospital names Forbes CEO

Whidbey General Hospital’s board of commissioners hired a new CEO Monday to replace Tom Tomasino this spring.


Red Dress Ball targets women’s heart health

For the fourth year, the three Soroptimist International groups on Whidbey Island are teaming up to help raise funds and awareness for women’s heart health.

Orchestra returns to Central Whidbey

For the first time in years, Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island is performing on Central Whidbey. All thanks to new music director and conductor Anna Edwards.

Hospital budget projects a $4.9 million shortfall

Whidbey General Hospital’s board of commissioners adopted their legal budget last week. This budget, approved Monday, Nov. 10, according to Chief Operations Officer Terry Litke, is the estimated amounts for budget increases in the 2015 calendar year, and the detailed budget is yet to be completed.

Sightings raise UFO alarm

In late August, Diane Stetner saw something in the sky that she couldn’t identify.

Coupeville pumpkin races ‘wildly successful’

Sunday’s Pumpkin Races were “wildly successful,” according to event organizer Vickie Chambers.

Early detection key in the fight against breast cancer, doctors say

One of the best ways to beat breast cancer is early detection. The American Cancer Society recommends getting mammograms at the age of 40 and getting regular ones done starting around the age of 50, but there’s a lot more to detection than that.

One lucky couple will win a Whidbey wedding

During spring, summer and fall, Whidbey Island is a popular choice for weddings. Sherrye Wyatt, with Whidbey and Camano Islands Tourism, says the island is known as a wedding destination.

Community rallies for son of Coupeville family

Tragedies happen every day, but no one ever thinks it will happen to them.

Hospital board approves $49 million budget

Whidbey General Hospital recently approved the 2014 Operating Budget during a regular board meeting.

Foundation gives first DAISY award

Whidbey General Hospital awarded it’s first DAISY Foundation award to a nurse last month.

Hospital land sale undecided

The sale of a Whidbey General Hospital property on South Whidbey remains undecided this week.

Careage residents perform puppet show

“Welcome to Charlotte’s Web,” said Rene Schlangen, the activities director at Careage of Whidbey.

Soroptimists announce awards

Soroptimist International of Coupeville gave out three awards to honor women helping others in their community. Awards were given to Coupeville High School seniors Breeanna Messner and Julia Felici in recognition of their local volunteer work.

Shifty Sailors to share sea shanties Saturday

“And all of the years, all the tears and the laughter, are there in the stories they tell,” the Shifty Sailors sang during practice last week. And there will be plenty of stories to tell as the group sings “Away to America” and many other nautical-themed and old-timey songs during the fifth annual Shanty Fest 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Hearts and Hammers is seeking sponsors

Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers is looking for sponsors to help make its annual workday more beneficial to the community.

Greenbank Post Office requires higher boxes

With the new addition of the standardized Long Life Vehicles, or LLVs, the Greenbank Post Office is requiring its customers raise their mailboxes by as much as a foot.

Canoe restoration nearing completion

After two years of hard work, a 170-year-old canoe that once belonged to Chief Snakelum is almost finished being restored.