Ron Newberry

Farmers working to relaunch ‘Whidbey Island Grown’ campaign

Farmers working to relaunch ‘Whidbey Island Grown’ campaign

At a time when innovative marketing ideas were taking root in surrounding areas to promote local agriculture, a group of farmers and residents from Whidbey… Continue reading

Farmers working to relaunch ‘Whidbey Island Grown’ campaign
Taci Belisle holds her 3-year-old son Ryder at a fundraising event, “We Believe in Ryder,” at The Loakal Public House in Oak Harbor Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The benefit was organized by Oak Harbor’s Brandy Ledesma, who plays Mrs. Claus at the Pacific Winds Farm during the holiday season. A silent auction, raffle and bingo took place to help support the Belisle family of Sedro Woolley and in particular 3-year-old Ryder Belisle, who suffers from a rare terminal disease Sanfilippo Syndrome, which is like an Alzheimer’s for children. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Sedro-Woolley family touched by Oak Harbor benefit

Acts of kindness can have a profound effect on people. Even more so when the acts come from complete strangers. Taci Belisle made a rare… Continue reading

Taci Belisle holds her 3-year-old son Ryder at a fundraising event, “We Believe in Ryder,” at The Loakal Public House in Oak Harbor Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. The benefit was organized by Oak Harbor’s Brandy Ledesma, who plays Mrs. Claus at the Pacific Winds Farm during the holiday season. A silent auction, raffle and bingo took place to help support the Belisle family of Sedro Woolley and in particular 3-year-old Ryder Belisle, who suffers from a rare terminal disease Sanfilippo Syndrome, which is like an Alzheimer’s for children. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
The Coupeville School Board gave Superintendent Jim Shank and excellent review and extended his contract another year during a school board meeting Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. File photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville school board extends superintendent’s contract

Superintendent Jim Shank received an “excellent” annual review by the Coupeville School Board, extending his contract with the school district for another year, said school… Continue reading

The Coupeville School Board gave Superintendent Jim Shank and excellent review and extended his contract another year during a school board meeting Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. File photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Nicholas Wasik and drama club students from Coupeville Elementary School rehearse for the musical ‘James and the Giant Peach” Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 in the school’s multi-purpose room. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville Elementary prepares to tackle ‘James and the Giant Peach Jr.’

Wendy Wasik couldn’t be more proud of her little earthworm. That’s the role her son Nicholas is playing in the Coupeville Elementary School production, “James… Continue reading

Nicholas Wasik and drama club students from Coupeville Elementary School rehearse for the musical ‘James and the Giant Peach” Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 in the school’s multi-purpose room. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Whidbey Playhouse actor Ron Wilhelm has been reunited with his missing Christmas bells. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Actor reunited with Christmas bells

It took some determination and a little extra digging for the case of the missing Christmas bells to be solved at the Whidbey Playhouse this… Continue reading

Whidbey Playhouse actor Ron Wilhelm has been reunited with his missing Christmas bells. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Sherrye Wyatt of Freeland has joined the board of directors with Washington Filmworks. Wyatt serves as the public relations and marketing manager at Whidbey Camano Islands Tourism and is the film liaison for Island County. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Island County film liaison picked for Washington Filmworks board

Board members with Washington Filmworks have already known about Island County and its potential for scenic backdrops. Since Sherrye Wyatt joined the board this month,… Continue reading

Sherrye Wyatt of Freeland has joined the board of directors with Washington Filmworks. Wyatt serves as the public relations and marketing manager at Whidbey Camano Islands Tourism and is the film liaison for Island County. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Kathleen Anderson has dedicated much of her life to education. She’s served 22 years on the Coupeville School Board and 15 on the Washington Board of Education. “I feel so strongly if you have good schools, you’ll have a strong community,” she said. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

‘Iowa farm girl’ devotes life to education

Onawa is a small rural town in western Iowa that has a history of thinking big. The town boasts the widest main street in the… Continue reading

Kathleen Anderson has dedicated much of her life to education. She’s served 22 years on the Coupeville School Board and 15 on the Washington Board of Education. “I feel so strongly if you have good schools, you’ll have a strong community,” she said. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Paul Decker sorts though some tangled wiring while standing in front of a pile of debris at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship outside Coupeville Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Decker, a woodworker, has volunteered his time at the institute to lead a salvaging project to reduce debris and repurpose wood and other materials he finds. Photo by Ron Newberry

Woodworker turns piles into possibilities

The voles that take up residence in the debris piles around the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship aren’t crazy about Robert Pelant’s latest project.… Continue reading

Paul Decker sorts though some tangled wiring while standing in front of a pile of debris at the Pacific Rim Institute for Environmental Stewardship outside Coupeville Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Decker, a woodworker, has volunteered his time at the institute to lead a salvaging project to reduce debris and repurpose wood and other materials he finds. Photo by Ron Newberry
Michelle Oakland, left, worship pastor at Life Church in Oak Harbor, and administrator Laura LeBeau are coordinating “Night to Shine,” a prom night catered to people 14 and older who have special needs. The event in Oak Harbor is Feb. 10. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Oak Harbor church prepares for one special prom night

Aside from being a worship pastor at Life Church in Oak Harbor, Michelle Oakland also is a mother of four with two of her kids… Continue reading

Michelle Oakland, left, worship pastor at Life Church in Oak Harbor, and administrator Laura LeBeau are coordinating “Night to Shine,” a prom night catered to people 14 and older who have special needs. The event in Oak Harbor is Feb. 10. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Utility workers work to restore power on Terry Road in Coupeville Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

Power outage untimely for Seahawks fans in Coupeville

Before the Seattle Seahawks’ season faded to black Saturday, several television sets around Coupeville beat them to it. Power was interrupted for about 45 minutes… Continue reading

Utility workers work to restore power on Terry Road in Coupeville Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.
Immanuel McLaurin, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, stands before one of his all-time favorite hangouts, the Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor. McLaurin, who volunteers at the club, was selected as the club’s Youth of the Year. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

High school senior makes lasting impact at Oak Harbor club

In Norrie Perreault’s years at the Boys &Girls Club of Oak Harbor, she’s heard her share of pouts and whimpers. But the sound she heard… Continue reading

Immanuel McLaurin, a senior at Oak Harbor High School, stands before one of his all-time favorite hangouts, the Boys & Girls Club of Oak Harbor. McLaurin, who volunteers at the club, was selected as the club’s Youth of the Year. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Deception Pass park manager cautions visitors to stay off icy lakes

Park rangers at Deception Pass State Park have posted “danger” signs, warning people to stay off the rapidly melting ice at Pass and Cranberry lakes.… Continue reading

Arlene House of Coupeville stands before her garage that she also uses as a classroom as a life coach and tutor. Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers has done multiple projects at her home, including replacing the garage door and roof. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville couple grateful for Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers

As Arlene and Allen House have advanced in years, keeping up with the maintenance around their Coupeville home has grown increasingly challenging. Both are in… Continue reading

Arlene House of Coupeville stands before her garage that she also uses as a classroom as a life coach and tutor. Central Whidbey Hearts & Hammers has done multiple projects at her home, including replacing the garage door and roof. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Melissa Riker, executive director of Oak Harbor Main Street Association, is glad to be reunited with the three wooden toy soldiers who went missing in late November. They were found on on a roadside last Saturday. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Toy soldiers get police ride home to Oak Harbor

Melissa Riker expected that her new job would take her to new and exciting places. A visit to the Oak Harbor Police Department to retrieve… Continue reading

Melissa Riker, executive director of Oak Harbor Main Street Association, is glad to be reunited with the three wooden toy soldiers who went missing in late November. They were found on on a roadside last Saturday. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor’s Ron Wilhelm, who played Santa in the Whidbey Playhouse holiday revue “Christmas at the Playhouse” last month, is missing two strings of bells he donated to the set. Santa would like the bells returned. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Playhouse Santa is looking for his Christmas bells

It would be quite un-Santa like to carry any hard feelings. Ron Wilhelm doesn’t. All he wants are his Christmas bells back. No questions asked.… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Ron Wilhelm, who played Santa in the Whidbey Playhouse holiday revue “Christmas at the Playhouse” last month, is missing two strings of bells he donated to the set. Santa would like the bells returned. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

Coupeville couple has its hands full with hummingbirds

Charles and Ruth Hammer have never seen anything like the feeding frenzy taking place on the back porch of their Coupeville home this winter. Hummingbirds… Continue reading

Fire victim ‘like family’

He hadn’t worked at Penn Cove Shellfish in a few years, but Phil Harris was still considered family at the company. And that family was… Continue reading

Phil Harris, a former longtime delivery driver for Penn Cove Shellfish, left a lasting impression on his former co-workers there. “He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet,” said Ian Jefferds, the company’s co-owner. Photo provided by Penn Cove Shellfish

Coupeville man killed in fire ‘one of nicest guys you could ever meet’

He hadn’t worked at Penn Cove Shellfish in a few years, but Phil Harris was still considered family at the company. And that family was… Continue reading

Phil Harris, a former longtime delivery driver for Penn Cove Shellfish, left a lasting impression on his former co-workers there. “He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet,” said Ian Jefferds, the company’s co-owner. Photo provided by Penn Cove Shellfish
Capt. Jerry Helm, center, with Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, walks away from a house where a man was found dead after a house fire in Coupeville Friday night. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

House fire claims the life of Coupeville man

A Coupeville man perished Friday night in the third house fire in less than 48 hours on North and Central Whidbey. Central Whidbey Fire &… Continue reading

Capt. Jerry Helm, center, with Central Whidbey Fire & Rescue, walks away from a house where a man was found dead after a house fire in Coupeville Friday night. Photo by Ron Newberry/Whidbey News-Times

House fire claims the life of Coupeville man

A Coupeville man perished Friday night in the third house fire in less than 48 hours on North and Central Whidbey. Central Whidbey Fire &… Continue reading