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Beware the flamingos

Coupeville residents can donate to avoid a pink yard flock

 

Rich Murphy uses an old barn as a warehouse for a line of backpacks called Aarn that are designed in New Zealand and sold worldwide. Murphy and his wife, Genie, are the new North American distributers for the backpacks that emphasis balance and reducing strain while hiking. (Photo by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)
                                Rich Murphy shows tandem packs that can attach to backpacks and be worn in front to help with balance. (Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group)
                                The backpacking equipment company called Aarn began when New Zealander founders Aarn Tate and Devi Benson began designing outdoor products to be more “body-comfortable.” The material is extremely tough but light and durable. The store’s balance bags run around $70 to $150 and the full backpacks $200 to $400.

Couple brings New Zealand packs to Whidbey Island

Distributors leap from buying outdoor gear to selling it

 

(Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Women in History presentation on fossil hunter, paleontologist

“Have you ever heard of the tongue-twister, ‘She sells seashells by the seashore?” “I’m told that’s about me,’” fossil hunter and paleontologist Mary Anning told… Continue reading

 

Musselfest madness

Town of Coupeville celebrates the blue and briny mollusk

Mardi Gras party March 5 in Bayview

Goosefoot is hosting its fifth annual Mardi Gras Party, 6–8:30 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, March 5 at Bayview Hall. Goosefoot’s free, family-friendly event will have… Continue reading

Friday’s Astronomical Society ‘star party’ a chance to view Jupiter

Fate is “written in the stars,” lovers are “starry-eyed” and people sometimes thank their “lucky stars.” The twinkling lights in the night sky have captivated… Continue reading

Plan for a wheel good time

Bicycle rides Musselfest weekend are fundraisers for Whidbey Island Bicycle Club

Over the moon: Musselfest launches events season

This year, she’s over the moon. The Penn Cove Musselfest mermaid, that is. Each year, the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association features a new variation of… Continue reading

(Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)
                                Rebekah Reisen, 6 months old, plays with other children at Baby Storytime. “I like that it’s not just reading, I like that she can interact with other little babies. She just loves it,” said Rebekah’s mother, Elizabeth Reisen, of Oak Harbor. (Photos by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Librarians: Story times offer young minds social, physical benefits

Each week, babies “wiggle and giggle” their way though a morning story time at the Oak Harbor Library as part of Sno-Isle Library’s Ready Readers:… Continue reading

(Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)
                                Rebekah Reisen, 6 months old, plays with other children at Baby Storytime. “I like that it’s not just reading, I like that she can interact with other little babies. She just loves it,” said Rebekah’s mother, Elizabeth Reisen, of Oak Harbor. (Photos by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)

Café pupaccino

Katy’s a popular pooch at Oak Harbor Starbucks

Lions aim for $30k at annual auction

Last year, their club raised over $30,000 for Coupeville high school seniors — and the Coupeville Lions plan to do it again — or top… Continue reading

Annie Jr. allowing students to shine

Note: Due to the recent snowy weather, the Coupeville Elementary Drama Club will be moving the performance of Annie Jr. to Friday, Feb. 15 at… Continue reading

Annual Chocolate Walk makes for a sweet visit to historic Coupeville

It’s time to get cozy with a hot cup of cocoa, bundle up against the brisk winter weather and spend a few hours on a… Continue reading

Big Red Event for Ryan’s House

Homeless youth organization celebrating 10th anniversary

Orchestra performing array of string music Saturday and Sunday

Whidbey’s Saratoga Orchestra will present a set of programs called “Simply Strings” 2:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at Island Church of Whidbey in Langley and 2:30… Continue reading

Lutefisk will be served up at sold-out Nordic Lodge dinner

It’s slimy, gooey and shakes like Jello — fishy, white jello. But the gooey lutefisk tastes good, according to Nordic Lodge president Brian Petersen. “All… Continue reading

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News-Times)

Local musicians gathering weekly for acoustic jam

Well, it goes like this: The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift, the baffled king composing “Hallelujah …” The melodious lyrics… Continue reading

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News-Times)

Port of Coupeville selects new wharf manager

There’s a new face at the Coupeville Wharf. Port of Coupeville officials recently selected Danielle Vracin as the new wharf manager. “I’m very excited, very… Continue reading

Robots, Legos and coding help make learning fun

Coupeville Elementary is getting students ready for the future with a new STEM program, being offered for the first time this year. The idea blossomed… Continue reading

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                                Sarah Bergquist of Waste Wise holds a pile of cords that have been recently donated at the Coupeville WSU Waste Wise location, totaling 140 pounds.

Recycling help available for Christmas lights, power cords

Waste not, want not. The WSU Waste Wise of Island County wants to help people make wise “waste” choices this holiday season by getting rid… Continue reading

<strong>Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News Group.</strong>
                                Sarah Bergquist of Waste Wise holds a pile of cords that have been recently donated at the Coupeville WSU Waste Wise location, totaling 140 pounds.