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Oak Harbor Main Street hires executive director

As she sat on a bench on a gusty Friday morning in…

  • Sep 24th, 2016 by

New Oak Harbor communications officer now speaks family’s language

At last, Conor Laffey can attend a family function and no longer…

  • Sep 21st, 2016 by

Oak Harbor Public Schools’ communications officer follows family’s calling

At last, Conor Laffey can attend a family function and no longer get teased about being an outcast.

Audubon presents ‘A Bird in the Hand’

A Bird in the Hand, a close-up look at birds presented by the Whidbey Audubon Society every other year, is this weekend on South Whidbey.

  • Sep 17th, 2016

Babies born at island hospitals

WhidbeyHealth Medical Center LUKAS SA’RAYA WRIGHT, 7 pounds, 10 ounces, was born…

  • Sep 17th, 2016

Whidbey Audobon presents Bird in the Hand Sunday

A Bird in the Hand, a close-up look at birds presented by…

  • Sep 17th, 2016

Mermaid makes a splash, friends at Oak Harbor park

As Hannah Gluth basked in the sun along the water’s edge at an Oak Harbor park Wednesday, every move she made was followed by warm, adoring eyes.

Stand-up paddleboarders circumnavigate Whidbey Island

If there was one thing Matt Parker took away from a recent paddleboarding adventure around Whidbey Island, it was a healthy respect for the geography.

Lions, town hosting salmon bbq, concert starting noon Sunday

The Coupeville Lions Club and Town of Coupeville will once again partner to offer the annual Salmon BBQ and Town Concert starting noon on Sunday at Coupeville Town Park.

  • Sep 7th, 2016

Little Women with a twist: Playhouse musical in caring hands

“Little Women" will open the 2016-17 season at the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor.

Who’s that tiny couple? It’s the Barringtons, of course

As of Thursday, the statue known as “The Barringtons” was still missing a plaque, leaving most passersby to wonder about the identity of this historic couple.

Washington No. 10 state for senior health

Washington ranks No. 10 nationwide in terms of the health of the state’s senior population, according to the United Health Foundation.

Primitive thinking inspires clay artist: Oak Harbor’s Jerry Pike creates new ideas from ancient artifacts

Pike is always getting strange looks from the hundreds of creatures and masks he created — inspired by artifacts and sculptures of ancient and primitive cultures, particularly Northwest Coast and pre-Columbian civilizations. He will be opening up this world to the public this weekend as part of the annual Whidbey Working Artists Summer Open Studio Tour.

A cautionary tale: Woman warns of woods’ safety after owl attack

A South Whidbey woman is now looking up in the trees rather than down at the trail after a frightening encounter with an aggressive owl in Saratoga Woods.

Show stopper: Unusual pickup wins ‘Best of Show’ at North Whidbey Lions 31st Car Show

When Andy Ochoa learned that his restored 1952 Chevrolet COE pickup was going to be immortalized with a miniature diecast model by a major California toy car manufacturer last year, he knew his truck had arrived.

Art & About

Here's what's happening in the Whidbey arts scene.

  • Aug 16th, 2016

Art & About

Here's what's happening on the Whidbey arts scene.

  • Aug 12th, 2016

Coupeville writer healing with power of poetry

After a decades-long career in healthcare, including several years at Whidbey Internal Medicine, Lois Edstrom, a Coupeville poet, retired in 2004 to allocate more of her time to writing. Since then she has published numerous poems in anthologies and journals, as well as two chapbooks and a recently released full-length collection “Night Beyond Black.”

Bunyon Busters Log Show a Whidbey Fair favorite

Held annually in conjunction with the Whidbey Island Fair, the Bunyon Busters Log Show on Sunday afternoon is steeped in the logging traditions of the Pacific Northwest.

Season in the wake: Disappointed anglers fishing for new pastimes now that salmon season is closed in waters around Whidbey

For many salmon anglers who live on Whidbey Island, the months of August, September and even October are highly anticipated. They are the rewarding months when salmon are most abundant in the area and one or more species of salmon are typically allowed to be caught. But these next three months will be quieter than many anglers can ever remember experiencing.

State park manager shares tales and insight

When one of Washington’s most breathtaking state parks is part of your everyday life for 12 years, you tend to gain some unique insight.

Spotlight is on spruced up lighthouse

There’s a more polished look to the Admiralty Head Lighthouse these days.

Bayview senior center events and menu | Bridge

Events and menu listings for the month of August at the Bayview senior center.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

Coupeville HUB August events schedule | Bridge

Here's what's happening at the Coupeville HUB for Seniors in August.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

Sowing seeds for community gathering space | Bridge

Clinton has a new community gathering space, and it involves one of South Whidbey’s favorite hobbies: gardening.

Dealing with rising health care costs | Bridge

Many seniors are finding their medical expenses exceed what they anticipated when planning for retirement. Maximizing the value of available assets can be one of the ways to significantly ease a stressed budget.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

Factors in choosing a probiotic supplement | Bridge

Purchasing a probiotic supplement can be a waste of money, unless you know how to decipher the language printed on the label, say experts.

  • Aug 1st, 2016

Longtime arts advocate stays active in community | Bridge

As soon as Frank Rose stepped on Whidbey Island in 1985, he’s been all about the arts. A quick walk around Langley can show the fruits of his labor, too.

Crowd-pleasing emcee keeps on entertaining | Bridge

At age 69, Jim Freeman is just hitting his stride. The quirky and ever-enthusiastic South Whidbey resident and well-known master-of-ceremonies has been entertaining crowds for most of his life.

The right supplement regimen varies by person | Bridge

From vitamin A to zinc, there is a plethora of supplements available on the market. While some have been touted by researchers and medical professionals as healthful and beneficial, others may do little more than lighten your pocketbook.

Farm gears up for lavender festival

The pretty purple fields at Lavender Wind Farm off West Beach are a far cry from last year’s “bumper” crop.

New children’s novel sets story at Fort Casey

Evans’ book, “This is Not a Werewolf Story,” is a middle grade novel aimed at 9-to-12-year-old readers that is set at Fort Casey on Whidbey Island.

Sea tales: Whidbey maritime history is ingrained in Roger Sherman

For the sake of delivering a talk about maritime history last week, Roger Sherman left the comforts of his own home and addressed a small group on the porch of the Island County Museum.

New Langley arcade bringing back old school fun

With the flashing yellow-tinted lights and clinking and ringing of the pinball machines in The Machine SHOP, it’s easy to feel transported to a 1970s video arcade.

3 Sisters breaking mold as women in agriculture

The vast majority of the public have, at best, a distant relationship with the channels through which their food is produced. Roshel Donwen, Jennifer Jones and Jessica Muzzall are trying to change that, and they’re challenging what the agriculture industry looks like while doing so.

Art a sort of self-therapy for Coupeville counselor

Mark Lucero, 51, has played with art in various forms for most of his life, but he didn’t start showing his paintings professionally at galleries around Whidbey Island until 14 years ago.

Soroptimist celebrate graduates of ‘Dream It Be It’ program

Members of Soroptimist International of Coupeville held a recognition celebration for graduates who completed the fall 2015 and spring 2016 Dream It Be It: Career Support for Girls program.

  • Jul 13th, 2016

Playhouse becomes summer getaway: Youthful cast of ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ find theater fun pastime

Dusting oneself off and trying again is all part of the education theater students have been receiving under Stan Thomas, who started the Would Be Players youth drama program at the Oak Harbor playhouse five years ago.

Ninety-year-old vows to never stop dancing

The élan and grace with which Jean Owen makes her way across the dance floor belies her years, and the illness with which she’s embattled.

Coupeville Wharf display nears completion

Coupeville’s marine exhibit at the wharf gained a giant mural by local artist Kris Wiltse this weekend.

  • Jul 5th, 2016