Life

Boeing’s bygone days of marvel invoked through music

Langley concert features two orchestras and one really big piano

 

Spring into action

The snow has melted, the sun is out and noses are sniffling as they inhale the newly spawned allergens floating in the air. March 20… Continue reading

  • Mar 19, 2019

 

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

 

Enchanted ecosystem

Wind-damaged tree offers Crescent Harbor Elementary School students an environmental lesson

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

A bicycle for Michaela

Oak Harbor High School robotics team puts skills to work for little girl

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey to revel in all things Irish this weekend

Shamrocks, shenanigans, corned beef, colcannon and more

New service aims to deliver convenience

Crystal Aguilar is here to serve Whidbey — literally. She and her team of Whidbey Waiter drivers will show up at any home or office… Continue reading

New principal: Impactful teachers at elementary level are the ‘foundation’

When talking to Olympic View Ele-mentary School’s newly selected principal, her care and concern for students is evident as she talks about some of her… Continue reading

Oak Harbor woman collects personal items for women in need

Gravity impacts everyone, but for women it can present its unique challenges. Oak Harbor resident Kate Mistler is offering support. The bra as we know… Continue reading

Musselfest madness

Town of Coupeville celebrates the blue and briny mollusk

Playhouse presenting ‘She Loves Me’ in April

Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor will present “She Loves Me” April 5-28. The show is based on the book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry… Continue reading

  • Mar 1, 2019

Oak Harbor pianist has the keys to success

Alex Amick isn’t content to stay in his comfort zone. The Oak Harbor High School senior spent much of his life pushing himself, personally and… 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

(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)

Orca expert’s love for the whales goes back decades

Howard Garrett, co-founder of the Orca Network, is slated to give a free talk Feb. 23 in Everett.

Writer includes Whidbey trails in his latest book

Feeling cooped up after a week of snow but don’t know where to stretch your legs? Forget a long drive to some scenic but hard-to… Continue reading

Educating through art, naturally

Health challenges don’t damper couple’s passion to inspire others

Whidbey winter blast scrapbook

A look at Whidbey Island’s winter blast.… Continue reading

  • Feb 15, 2019

ROCKIN’ A HARD PLACE: SPIN Café will finally get its spin

O ak Harbor’s SPIN Café is about to get the spin cycle it was always supposed to have. And wash and rinse. And also a… Continue reading