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Exemplary employee: New Leaf worker is recognized for going above and beyond

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 5:00AM

Jessica Zook got a shock before the start of her shift last week when Michele McKenna dropped in the break room and handed her a certificate and a sleek glass trophy recognizing her for her dependability and dedication to her work.

Looking Back

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 4:00AM

Here's what was happening in the news this week 100, 75, 50 and 25 years ago.

Oak Harbor 4th of July event source of local pride | Letter

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 3:00AM

Oak Harbor is an all-American city with plenty to boast about. The pride! The pride that gave you goosebumps when you walked the Walk of Honor for the first time. The smile that comes across your face as you pass the jets on State Highway 20. The pride when you take guests to the PBY Museum.

Trump promises to be the ‘debt’ president | Letter

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 3:00AM

When Donald Trump claims that he knows better than anyone else how to handle debt, believe him when he says as president he would make a deal not to pay it in full. And be aware that you are one of the people he would not hesitate to cheat.

Relay For Life is making a difference — and you can too | In Our Opinion

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 3:00AM

Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It touches the lives of nearly every single one of us.

Films fete National Parks 100th

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 3:00AM

To celebrate the National Park Service Centennial, Friends of Ebey’s will screen six film shorts made during “Ebey’s Reserve’s FilmSlam” in May. The unique films all feature Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

Church Notes

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 2:00AM

Here's what's happening at Whidbey Island churches and places of worship.

Art & About

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 3:00AM

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

Riding as therapy: Studies focus on horseback riding for multiple sclerosis patients

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 4:00AM

Swedish Medical Center patients suffering from multiple sclerosis began a therapeutic horseback riding program in Greenbank last week. The first day went smoothly, and the initial results were powerful.

Stone among Coupeville's best ever

  • Jun 10, 2016 at 5:00AM

Makana Stone’s impact on the Coupeville High School athletic program will echo beyond her four years as a Wolf.

Oak Harbor, Coupeville spring athletes receive all-league honors

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 8:00AM

The Western Conference and Olympic League recently announced their all-conference teams for the spring of 2016.

Findley breaks 8 OHHS records | Softball

  • Jun 7, 2016 at 10:38AM

While senior Alexa Findley will disappear from Oak Harbor High School when she graduates next week, her name will be stamped on the softball record board that adorns the walls of the athletic complex for years to come.

Graduating seniors reflect on favorite high school pastimes, focus on future | Top 10

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Jun 7, 2016 at 9:22AM

Oak Harbor High School’s Class of 2016 is gearing up for graduation Monday, June 13. The class recognizes its top 10 seniors for their academic achievements. Here are the class’ top students:

State Supreme Court to hear lawsuit filed by Island County prosecutor

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Jun 6, 2016 at 9:31AM

The state Supreme Court accepted on direct review the Island County prosecutor’s lawsuit regarding the county commissioners’ use of outside attorneys. Direct review means that the case will jump past the appeals court and go straight to the high court. Island County Prosecutor Greg Banks said it’s rare for that to happen.

Raccoons, bunnies, emu galore | Island Scanner

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 5:00AM updated Jun 6, 2016 at 9:30AM

At 2:16 a.m., a caller on Pioneer Way reported that a man called a cab but doesn’t remember where he lives. At 9:55 a.m., an injured bunny was reported on Columbia Drive. At 6:19 a.m., a woman on Northeast Avenue reported that “there are too many cars out here.” The caller was slurring her words. At 2:16 a.m., a caller on Pioneer Way reported that a man called a cab but doesn’t remember where he lives. At 9:55 a.m., an injured bunny was reported on Columbia Drive. At 6:19 a.m., a woman on Northeast Avenue reported that “there are too many cars out here.” The caller was slurring her words. At 5:56 p.m., a driver reported that a man was “flipping signs about Jesus” on the corner of the highway and Barrington Drive. The caller said it was distracting.

Berry pickers on Whidbey in short supply until school’s out

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Jun 6, 2016 at 9:25AM

Jerry Bell spotted a clearing in the gray sky and guessed it wouldn’t be long before his body started warming up. The chill from the nearby Strait of Juan de Fuca was still in the morning air, keeping Bell and the strawberries he watches over from overheating.

Chum Run returns for 19th year

  • Jun 6, 2016 at 8:53AM

The 19th Annual Chum Run 5K begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 18, at the South Whidbey Community Park.

Select team seeks sponsors | Soccer

  • Jun 6, 2016 at 8:47AM

The North Whidbey Soccer Club’s Deception FC ’07 boys select team is seeking sponsors for the upcoming season.

Haradas pass business torch to next generation

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 1:00AM

Steve and Kathy Harada have sold Harada Physical Therapy to their son and daughter-in-law, Erick and Caitlin Harada. Steve and Kathy opened in 2003 as a small, family-owned physical therapy practice specializing in outpatient orthopedics ranging from infants to seniors.

OHHS seniors to graduate June 13

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 4:00AM

Graduation for Oak Harbor High School seniors is around the corner and the public can attend events surrounding the celebration. Graduation is set for 6 p.m., Monday, June 13 at the high school’s stadium. Gates open at 4:45 p.m.

Oak Harbor students get creative with city construction site

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 5:00AM

A dozen Oak Harbor teenagers met at the sewer treatment construction site with paint, a ladder and super-sized box of Goldfish crackers. As heavy equipment wheezed and pounded nearby, they painted.

Costs rise for Ryan’s House

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 3:00AM

Ryan’s House for Youth began moving into its new digs in the former Countryside Inn south of Coupeville on Tuesday.

Website shows location of registered offenders | Letter

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 5:00AM

With summer right around the corner, your children are looking forward to spending time playing with their friends or at the local community pool or playground.

Pre-, post-coverage of WaterFest appreciated | Letter

  • Jun 4, 2016 at 5:00AM

On behalf of the Penn Cove Water Festival Association, we want to say a hearty thanks to you for the support which you provided in The Whidbey Examiner and Whidbey News-Times to publicize our festival.

Relay For Life event is personal for Oak Harbor woman

  • Jun 1, 2016 at 6:00AM updated Jun 3, 2016 at 9:15AM

It was already shaping up to be a challenging year for Heather Buenaventura. Over the summer, she had accepted the role as co-chair of Relay For Life of Whidbey Island with good friend Wendy Charboneau after nine years in a support role. Buenaventure figured it was time to see what it would be like to take on the responsibility of organizing Oak Harbor’s annual fundraising event that benefits the American Cancer Society.

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