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Leaders for the Port of Coupeville hope another layer of environmental protection for the Greenbank Farm will soon be complete. During a port commissioners’ meeting last week, Pat Powell, executive director for the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, outlined the work that has to be done on the conservation easement for it to be finished by the end of December.
Temporary tweaks in the sailing schedule will allow for late-evening trips on the ferry route across Admiralty Inlet on the weekends. Washington State Ferries have added one late-night sailing from Port Townsend and from Coupeville during the summer season. The Ferry Advisory Committee, which includes Ian Jefferds, Sarah Richards and Ralph Young, lobbied for the later sailings during the summer season.
The Island County Council of Governments has agreed to help fund a small portion of a proposed study that aims to improve broadband availability on Whidbey and Camano islands. During its monthly meeting in Coupeville May 23, the council agreed to sign a letter of support and pledged $5,000 for the study, which could begin as soon as July 1 and take up to a year to complete.
After nearly a year of negotiations, work to add more protection to a publicly owned farm may start to move forward. Leaders from the Port of Coupeville are approaching Island County with a list of development rights that could be surrendered when a conservation easement at the Greenbank Farm is worked out. This comes on the heels of a recent meeting port commissioners held to sort out issues that have stalled talks on the conservation easement.
The smells wafting through the air Thursday afternoons in Oak Harbor are tantalizing, an easy indicator that farmers market season is in full swing in Island County. This year marks the 18th year for the Oak Harbor Public Market, held from 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday from May through September.
Employees at the Oak Harbor Liquor Store turned up the music to commemorate their final day as a state-owned liquor store May 30. Initiative 1183 went into effect June 1, meaning retail stores like Walmart, Albertson’s, Costco, Saar’s Marketplace and more can now sell liquor and spirits.
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for the ninth annual BEACHCOMBERS BAZAAR. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 at Windjammer Park. For details, call Harry Turner at 679-3799 or the chamber at 675-3755.
Join SEN. MARY MARGARET HAUGEN (D-Camano Island), REP. BARB BAILEY (R-Oak Haror) and REP. NORMA SMITH (R-Clinton) on June 15, at the Best Western Harbor Plaza in Oak Harbor from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The SUNDAY MARKET at Greenbank Farm is now open for the summer. The market takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays and the farm is located at 765 Wonn Road.
OAK HARBOR LIQUOR on SW Barlow Street will close its doors Thursday, May 30 as part of a phased shutdown of all state-run liquor stores in preparation of the first day of private sales, June 1.
The MAY FLOWERS & TREASURES SIDEWALK SALE will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor. The event is presented by the Master Gardeners and Downtown Merchants Association.
The KINGFISHER BOOKSTORE in Coupeville will reopen for business Saturday after a three-month closure.
The Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for the 9th annual BEACHCOMBERS BAZAAR. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 16 at Windjammer Park. For details, call Harry Turner at 679-3799 or the chamber at 675-3755.
PENN COVE GALLERY has added the glass artwork of Dale W. Reiger to its representation of local talent. Reiger’s works are both primitive and elegant. The gallery is located at 9 Front Street in Coupeville. Call 678-1176.
ARC of Island & Skagit Counties of Burlington has joined the Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce. The group provides support and advocacy to children and adults with developmental disabilities.
The BRIDGE CAFE, offering food beverages and a range of retail products, will host a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 18. Near Deception Pass bridge, the cafe is located in the large log cabin just beyond the park’s North Whidbey entrance. For details, call 675-9438.
EBEY BOWL in Coupeville will host the Brothers Big Sisters of Island County’s annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. today, May 12. For details, call 279-0644.
A ribbon cutting for the opening of the Oak Harbor PUBLIC MARKET will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at 32630 Highway 20 next to the chamber of commerce. The market will remain open until 7 p.m. every Thursday.
A home built by Coupeville father and son team TED AND TED W. CLIFTON has earned the National Green Building Award for Concept and Research. Designed by Ted and built by Ted W., the home produces all of its own power needs while also providing enough to run an electric car. The award was one of five given out this year for new single-family homes.
Whidbey Island Style, a premier interior decorating and one-day redesign firm serving Whidbey, Anacortes, Port Townsend and the Skagit Valley, has opened in Coupeville.
CASUAL HOUSE in downtown Oak Harbor will celebrate its 49th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
In cooperation with city officials, WOODY’S car wash on Beeksma Drive in Oak Harbor has launched a new program for car washing fundraisers.
MATT HEINZ of Heinz Marketing will talk on how to Accelerate Sales without a Marketing Budget at the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Elks Lodge. RSVP: 675-3755.
A popular Whidbey Island biking event and major fundraiser won’t happen this year.
The SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT will be in Tri-Cities this April. The Bridging Partnerships Small Business Symposium will be held April 18-19. To register, call 509-735-1000. For details email InfoDOE@aetherquest.com.
The SCHMOOZE FAIR, a business-to-business trade show, will be held by Economic Development Association of Skagit County from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at the Van Zyverden Bulb Warehouse at the Port of Skagit in Burlington. Tickets are $20. For details call 360-336-6114.
Joe Vessey, chief financial officer for Whidbey General Hospital, is leaving after four years on the job. Hospital CEO Tom Tomasino made the announcement during the hospital board’s regular meeting Monday night. Tomasino acknowledged Vessey for the work he has done in keeping the hospital financially sound during a period of significant challenges.
The Port of Coupeville is planning to auction another unwanted boat that it recently acquired. Buyers are being sought for the Carpe Diem, a 37-foot Islander sailing vessel that had been anchored for years near Lovejoy Point but is now moored at the Coupeville Wharf.
Oak Harbor Marina officials are looking for public feedback about possible facility improvements over the next five years. An online survey has been developed to determine which projects the public believes are the most important. They range from improvements already planned, such as the replacement of old floats and future dredging efforts, to talked about renovations ranging from new power pedestals to a restroom remodel.
Hummingbird Farm Nursery and Gardens will host its GATHERING FOR GARDENING forum Tuesday, March 6, from 10 a.m. to noon.
It’s Your Turn toy store in downtown Oak Harbor held a GRAND OPENING Friday, which will continue today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wind & Tide Bookshop on Pioneer Way will host a BOOK SIGNING today for Sharon Nicholson, the author of “Their Place in History: An Anthology of WWII Autobiographies.”
Finding a job is a full-time job, according to T.J. Larrick, and those searching can use the helpful hints and leads found at Job Club. Larrick, employment specialist for the Department of Social and Health Services Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, meets with the unemployed, under-employed and those looking for a better job every Monday at 1 p.m. at the Oak Harbor Library for free.
Local tour groups are gearing up for the annual return of some popular visitors to Saratoga Passage. Gray whales are making their annual trip to the area in search of easy eats. They spend most of the spring feeding in the passage, which provides a chance for whale watchers to get a close look at the marine mammals.
Tax return FILING EXTENSIONS may be available to businesses affected by the recent winter storm. Extension requests can be made to the Department of Revenue by calling 1-800-647-7706.
A FINANCING YOUR BUSINESS workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Feb. 15, at WiFire in Freeland.
AAA will offer a DRIVER IMPROVEMENT course Thursday, Feb. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Regency in Oak Harbor.
Two workshops geared toward the BUILDING INDUSTRY will be put on by the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association and the North Puget Sound Association of realtors in February and March.
Coupeville NATURAL AND TEA & TREASURE will host a special Valentine event Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A TOUCH OF DUTCH in Coupeville will be expanding and adding German foods to its inventory this spring along with best selling International Chocolates from a variety of countries.