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Robin Cedillo, right, gets ready to step up and receive her diploma during the commencement ceremony for Coupeville High School’s Class of 2017 Friday night, June 9, 2017. Emily Rose is in the background. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Salute to Coupeville’s Class of 2017

Clay Reilly gave so many hugs after the graduation ceremony at Coupeville High School last Friday night that he was all hugged out. He found… Continue reading

 

Ed Hartin, fire chief with Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, will be hosting a tour of Station 53 on Race Road on three different dates this month. He wants to give Central Whidbey residents a visual of what proposed station renovations would look like. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Fire station tours to give public a glimpse of proposed renovation

Ed Hartin can talk for hours about the improvements that Central Whidbey Fire &Rescue is hoping voters will approve at Station 53 on Race Road.… Continue reading

 

Dawnelle Conlisk shares a snack and some laughs with her daughter Mary at the The Relay for Life of Whidbey Island event Friday, June 2, 2017, at North Whidbey Middle School in Oak Harbor. Conlisk has been dealing with cancer for 22 years. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville cancer survivor focuses on living life to fullest

She started her speech with an apology. Dawnelle Conlisk was sorry about her whispery voice. Six weeks earlier, Conlisk underwent surgery that she knew would… Continue reading

 

Robyn Myers, conference services manager at the Camp Casey Conference Center and Fort Casey Inn, has some fun while providing a tour of the iconic Colonel’s House Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The house and other attractions at the former Fort Casey will be open for the public to view during an open house from noon-4 p.m. Friday, June 16. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Camp Casey serving up tours of Colonel’s House

On a recent tour of the Colonel’s House, it wasn’t hard to guess one of the favorite resting spots of commanding officers who once presided… Continue reading

Robyn Myers, conference services manager at the Camp Casey Conference Center and Fort Casey Inn, has some fun while providing a tour of the iconic Colonel’s House Wednesday, June 7, 2017. The house and other attractions at the former Fort Casey will be open for the public to view during an open house from noon-4 p.m. Friday, June 16. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Images of the Coupeville High School Top 10 seniors from the Class of 2017. Photos by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Introducing Coupeville High School’s Top 10

Growing up together in a small, rural town, students at Coupeville High School develop a close bond that others don’t often experience in larger communities.… Continue reading

Images of the Coupeville High School Top 10 seniors from the Class of 2017. Photos by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Photos by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times                                Coupeville farmer Georgie Smith, left, speaks with Willowood harvest manager Alanah Lawrason last week while she rinsed off Mokum carrots in the farm’s newly constructed packing shed. Nearly three months after a fire destroyed a historic barn on her property, Smith has watched a steady recovery and is overwhelmed by generosity from the community.

Out of the ashes, Smith farm operating

On an early afternoon in late May, Alanah Lawrason stood in a newly constructed packing shed at Willowood Farm, spraying water on bunches of freshly… Continue reading

Photos by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times                                Coupeville farmer Georgie Smith, left, speaks with Willowood harvest manager Alanah Lawrason last week while she rinsed off Mokum carrots in the farm’s newly constructed packing shed. Nearly three months after a fire destroyed a historic barn on her property, Smith has watched a steady recovery and is overwhelmed by generosity from the community.
A parade of sail will bring tall ships through Admiralty Inlet June 13. A poster for the event shows a painting by maritime artist Gordon Miller of British Columbia titled “Chatham and Discovery in Juan de Fuca Strait, April 30, 1792.” Illustrated provided by Lynn Hyde/San Juan Island National Historical Park

Parade of tall ships to pass through Admiralty Inlet June 13

During a lifetime spent on Ebey’s Prairie, Roger Sherman can’t recall seeing any tall ships in Admiralty Inlet. He knows they pass through on occasion,… Continue reading

A parade of sail will bring tall ships through Admiralty Inlet June 13. A poster for the event shows a painting by maritime artist Gordon Miller of British Columbia titled “Chatham and Discovery in Juan de Fuca Strait, April 30, 1792.” Illustrated provided by Lynn Hyde/San Juan Island National Historical Park
A hit-and-run accident on South Main Street in Coupeville leaves Coupeville’s Greg Odle to contemplate what happened while emergency responders with WhidbeyHealth EMS and Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue tend to him as a school bus passes Thursday. Odle was uninjured. The driver who fled on foot was later found in a nearby field and arrested and booked into the Island County jail. Pictured in reflective vests are WhidbeyHealth EMS personnel Greg Behan, left, and Robert May, right. Next to Odle is firefighter/EMT Marvin Raavel. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Dog assists in catching man who flees from accident in Coupeville

A man fleeing on foot from a hit-and-run accident in Coupeville couldn’t escape the keen senses of an alert dog Thursday afternoon. Law enforcement officers… Continue reading

A hit-and-run accident on South Main Street in Coupeville leaves Coupeville’s Greg Odle to contemplate what happened while emergency responders with WhidbeyHealth EMS and Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue tend to him as a school bus passes Thursday. Odle was uninjured. The driver who fled on foot was later found in a nearby field and arrested and booked into the Island County jail. Pictured in reflective vests are WhidbeyHealth EMS personnel Greg Behan, left, and Robert May, right. Next to Odle is firefighter/EMT Marvin Raavel. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Jackson Young, 3, tries out the bubble machine while Mary Brock, center, and Wendy Hermandorfer try to stand clear of the bubbles at Karla Sharkey’s house in Oak Harbor Sunday. The group met for some final preparations for Relay for Life of Whidbey Island, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday. The bubbles will glow in the dark after Friday night’s luminary ceremony. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Whidbey Relay for Life raises cancer awareness, funds for 30 years

Jackson Young is preparing for his second Relay for Life on Whidbey Island. Since he’s only 3-and-a-half-years-old, he’s too young to understand what the event… Continue reading

Jackson Young, 3, tries out the bubble machine while Mary Brock, center, and Wendy Hermandorfer try to stand clear of the bubbles at Karla Sharkey’s house in Oak Harbor Sunday. The group met for some final preparations for Relay for Life of Whidbey Island, which starts at 6 p.m. Friday. The bubbles will glow in the dark after Friday night’s luminary ceremony. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Jim Short stands before a wood carving Friday, May 26, 2017, in his Coupeville shop. The carving will be part of a whale bell that is coming to the Coupeville Wharf. An unveiling celebration will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville will ring in the whales with new bell

The first ringing of the new Coupeville Whale Bell will take place Saturday at the Coupeville Wharf. If you attend the afternoon ceremony, you might… Continue reading

Jim Short stands before a wood carving Friday, May 26, 2017, in his Coupeville shop. The carving will be part of a whale bell that is coming to the Coupeville Wharf. An unveiling celebration will take place at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Mark Saia, right, chats with fellow captain Jonny Johnson before departing the Coupeville Wharf Wednesday. A night earlier, the 1925 schooner Suva broke free from her mooring during a nasty wind storm and ended up approaching the rocks across Penn Cove near Blowers Bluff. Saia got in an inflatable tender at the wharf and raced across the cove despite heavy gusts, high waves and increasing darkness to single-handedly rescue the boat. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Captain’s heroics saves Suva from rocks

After a harrowing ordeal Tuesday, Mark Saia arrived home around midnight and soaked in his hot tub, allowing his body to thaw and his mind… Continue reading

Mark Saia, right, chats with fellow captain Jonny Johnson before departing the Coupeville Wharf Wednesday. A night earlier, the 1925 schooner Suva broke free from her mooring during a nasty wind storm and ended up approaching the rocks across Penn Cove near Blowers Bluff. Saia got in an inflatable tender at the wharf and raced across the cove despite heavy gusts, high waves and increasing darkness to single-handedly rescue the boat. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Craig Holmquist uses an excavator Monday, May 22, 2017 to dig a hole for a new vault toilet that will be installed in June near the office of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve in Coupeville. Carl Sholin, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, monitors the dig. The Reserve will be busy with several projects this summer as it braces for an increasing number of visitors. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Ebey’s Reserve works to keep up with rising popularity

The proof is in the guest book. Visitors come to the Jacob Ebey House from points all over the United States. Some come from different… Continue reading

Craig Holmquist uses an excavator Monday, May 22, 2017 to dig a hole for a new vault toilet that will be installed in June near the office of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve in Coupeville. Carl Sholin, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, monitors the dig. The Reserve will be busy with several projects this summer as it braces for an increasing number of visitors. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Retirements leave Coupeville schools with big void to fill

Retirements leave Coupeville schools with big void to fill

Dave Ebersole started to count the years in his head then realized the math was starting to get tricky. He marveled at the accomplishments of… Continue reading

Retirements leave Coupeville schools with big void to fill
Anastasia Drake is tickled with her a new guinea pig, Sirius, at her Oak Harbor home Monday, May 22, 2017. Drake was distraught over the weekend after her longtime guinea pig Spice died. The Oak Harbor police brought her a new one to cheer her up. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.

This little piggy mends a heart in Oak Harbor

Sirius is still adjusting to life in his new home. Anastasia Drake calls her new guinea pig an “escape artist,” so she’s keeping a close… Continue reading

Anastasia Drake is tickled with her a new guinea pig, Sirius, at her Oak Harbor home Monday, May 22, 2017. Drake was distraught over the weekend after her longtime guinea pig Spice died. The Oak Harbor police brought her a new one to cheer her up. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.
Memorial Day parade route trimmed in Coupeville

Memorial Day parade route trimmed in Coupeville

Popularity of Coupeville’s Memorial Day parade has created big concerns for the little town. Organizers are making significant changes to the parade route this year,… Continue reading

Memorial Day parade route trimmed in Coupeville
Volunteer Delaney Geist sorts through donated items at the Garage of Blessings in Oak Harbor, Thursday, May 18, 2017. The nonprofit thrift store will be moving to its sixth location in June. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Garage of Blessings lands new location

In less than two weeks, Kristiina Miller will get the keys to the new home of the Garage of Blessings. Much has to be done… Continue reading

Volunteer Delaney Geist sorts through donated items at the Garage of Blessings in Oak Harbor, Thursday, May 18, 2017. The nonprofit thrift store will be moving to its sixth location in June. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor Farmers Market begins 24th season Thursday

Oak Harbor Farmers Market begins 24th season Thursday

Ominous skies in the distance didn’t stop Peg Tennant from visiting the site of the Oak Harbor Farmers Market Friday. She needed to take some… Continue reading

Oak Harbor Farmers Market begins 24th season Thursday
Taylor Kimball, enforcement officer with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, tries to loop a line around a dead gray whale Wednesday to keep it beached in a remote area in Bellingham Bay until a necropsy can be performed. Kimball and fellow officer Ralph Downes from Central Whidbey towed the whale from the middle of the bay — all part of a day’s work in their career field. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Whale of a tale: No day the same for Fish & Wildlife enforcement

There is no manual that outlines the proper way to tie a knot around a dead gray whale bigger than your boat. Sizing up the… Continue reading

Taylor Kimball, enforcement officer with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, tries to loop a line around a dead gray whale Wednesday to keep it beached in a remote area in Bellingham Bay until a necropsy can be performed. Kimball and fellow officer Ralph Downes from Central Whidbey towed the whale from the middle of the bay — all part of a day’s work in their career field. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Eugene Phelps, owner of Gene’s Art & Frame, in his Oak Harbor store Thursday, May 4, 2017 along with store manager Linnane Armstrong. Phelps has been in business for 50 years. The store is celebrating its 50th anniversary in June. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.

Gene’s Art & Frame celebrates 50 years in business

Gene Phelps remembers when Oak Harbor was a quiet little town where the only traffic jam was caused by Arnie Freund leading his cattle across… Continue reading

Eugene Phelps, owner of Gene’s Art & Frame, in his Oak Harbor store Thursday, May 4, 2017 along with store manager Linnane Armstrong. Phelps has been in business for 50 years. The store is celebrating its 50th anniversary in June. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times.
Jordan Schisel, left, determines the length of a cut during the Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers’ annual work day Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Coupeville. The volunteer nonprofit group participated in 18 different projects to help their Central Whidbey neighbors Saturday. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Sun shines on Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, a small group gathered at a home tucked in the woods just outside Coupeville and built a new all-weather deck.… Continue reading

Jordan Schisel, left, determines the length of a cut during the Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers’ annual work day Saturday, May 6, 2017 in Coupeville. The volunteer nonprofit group participated in 18 different projects to help their Central Whidbey neighbors Saturday. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times