Maria Matson

New centenarian enjoys a big birthday bash

Arta Sandstrom has lived through a century. “My whole life has been so wonderful,” she said. Her birthday was Wednesday, May 8, and her family,… Continue reading

 

Hearts and Hammers has annual work day

It was a big weekend for Whidbey Island Hearts & Hammers chapters, which held their annual work day on Saturday, May 4. Central and South… Continue reading

 

Penn Cove Water Festival held under sunny skies

The crowd cheered, children waved, supporters beat drums and the canoe racers paddled as fast as they could during Saturday’s 28th annual Penn Cove Water… Continue reading

 

David Day to serve as Port’s commissioner

The Port of Coupeville commissioners announced Monday during a special meeting that former port executive director David Day will serve as interim commissioner until Nov.… Continue reading

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington wave to the crowd at the Holland Happening parade, now in its 50th year.

Oak Harbor’s Dutch treat

Holland Happening celebrates 50 years

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington wave to the crowd at the Holland Happening parade, now in its 50th year.

Penn Cove Water Festival next weekend

Coupeville celebration of culture, community and canoes is 28 years strong

Upcoming garden events on Whidbey Island offer variety

Whidbey Island has a variety of garden clubs and garden-related events for plant lovers, the flower-appreciative and gardeners of all experience levels. Here are some… Continue reading

Holland Happening 50th celebration starts Thursday

Parade, carnival and food will fill the weekend

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group)

Garden Club’s 51st annual sale Saturday

Greenery, gardens and geraniums galore. The Coupeville Garden Club is holding its 51st annual plant sale 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at… Continue reading

(Photo by Maria Matson/ Whidbey News Group)

Growing a new program at Greenbank Farm

Veterans become farmers in Boots to Roots

Easter events on Whidbey

Wednesday, April 17 • Office of Tenebrae, 7 p.m., April 17, St. Hubert Catholic Church, Langley. The choir of St. Hubert Catholic Church will present… Continue reading

Port seeking money, community support to fix wharf

As part of its long-term vision to fix and stabilize the Coupeville Wharf, the Port of Coupeville is seeking nearly $1 million from Island County’s… Continue reading

North Whidbey Fire board hears grievances from district firefighters

North Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighters, staff and members of the public aired grievances and reiterated complaints to the three-person board of commissioners at a… Continue reading

Family brings flowers to Greenbank Farm

Greenbank Farm, currently known for its retail stores, pies and dog park, is getting back to its roots with some good, old-fashioned traditional farming. The… Continue reading

Whidbey Has Talent show allows students to shine

Whidbey Has Talent and isn’t afraid to show it. For a third year, Oak Harbor’s Whidbey Playhouse organized the talent competition that features students from… Continue reading

Hazel Williams

Whidbey woman celebrates 103rd birthday

It was no April fools joke. Hazel Williams turned 103 years old on April 1 this year. “She can’t believe how old she is,” Williams’… Continue reading

Hazel Williams

Trees are dying but don’t panic, experts say

The trees are dying but please don’t panic. That’s the message WSU Extension Forester Kevin Zobrist is working to spread to concerned Whidbey Island residents.… Continue reading

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

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.
(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

(Photo by Maria Matson/Whidbey News-Times)