Michelle Beahm

From mud pies to pottery, 82-year-old Whidbey woman still making art

For Flo Simenson, there’s nothing worse than sitting still.

 

Retired surgeon to share tales of tsunami aid

When Bill McDaniel was writing his book, “Faces of the Tsunami,” it wasn’t easy.

 

Whidbey couple spends retirement sharing their music

Making and sharing music is what makes retirement fun for Charles and Rae Terpenning.

 

Pyrate Punx is helping traveling bands

For bands just starting out, a common obstacle is finding places to perform and places to sleep while touring.

Saratoga Orchestra plans Coupeville concert Jan. 18

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 “Anna, bless her heart, really wants us to be an island-wide orchestra that the whole island supports,” said Roxallanne Medley, concertmaster and a violin player in the orchestra.

Boaters asked to help in search for missing Bremerton crabber

Bremerton crabber Dean Harvey, a member of the S’klallam tribe, disappeared while checking his crab pots Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Oak Harbor’s Hillcrest Elementary gets green award

Hillcrest Elementary School in Oak Harbor is working toward becoming a green school, and it’s well on its way.

Oak Harbor afterschool program teaches video game coding

At Hillcrest Elementary, one after-school activity is keeping students excited and engaged.

North Whidbey Park and Recreation District finalizing contract with new swim coach

After a second special meeting to address concerns over background checks, the North Whidbey Park and Recreation District commissioners officially approved a proposed swim coach contract.

Whidbey counselors help at Marysville-Pilchuck

In the aftermath of the Marysville-Pilchuck shootings, the Whidbey Island community is reaching out to help where it can.

Oak Harbor Windermere helps give Help House a fresh look

Acrew from Oak Harbor Windermere Real Estate leapt to action this past week to lend a helping hand to North Whidbey Help House.

Hunt hands over Oak Harbor School Board reins

Well-known Oak Harbor resident Peter Hunt recently stepped down as president of the Oak Harbor School Board as he continues a battle with Parkinson’s disease Hunt is remaining on the board for now, but said he is scheduled to undergo brain surgery later this year. “At this time, I don’t think I can be as effective as president,” Hunt said.

Man injured from fall at Deception Pass

A man was transported to Island Hospital in Anacortes Wednesday night after falling off a cliff on Pass Island. The man, in his 40s, was jogging with his son, who is in his 20s, and tripped and fell off a cliff, according to Deception Pass Park Manager Jack Hartt. Hartt estimates that the cliff was about 10 feet high, but Mike Brown, deputy chief of North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, said it was probably closer to about 20 feet.

Midwives offer birthing options

For midwife Sarah Meyer, supporting women in the birthing process is a wonderful experience.

Whidbey General Hospital CEO will earn $279,000 plus bonus

Whidbey General Hospital’s new CEO will earn a base of $279,000 per year with a potential annual bonus of nearly $70,000, according to a contract to be finalized March 9.

Oak Harbor Tavern to hold Oso fundraiser

Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. A couple of Seattle-area comedians will be performing at a special event at Oak Harbor Tavern to raise money for an Oso landslide victim with local ties.

Oak Harbor schools launches new student safety tip line

Oak Harbor School District has launched a new student safety tip line for students, staff and parents who feel unsafe. The number, a hotline where callers can leave messages about any issue, is available for anyone who doesn’t feel comfortable with “normal avenues of communication,” according to Superintendent Lance Gibbon.

Deception Pass Park draws 2 million per year

Hetty Van Dijt, of Vancouver, British Columbia, has visited Deception Pass State Park since she was a child.

Highway 20 accident leaves car totaled, woman bruised

A driver suffered bruises after driving her car into a ditch Wednesday afternoon, apparently to avoid a collision.

Oak Harbor students perform for the holidays at Harbor Tower Village

HomeConnection was in the spirit of the holiday season Wednesday afternoon.