Grange aims to preserve farming

Small-scale growing featured at former pheasant farm Penn Cove Grange will be hosting the Small Agriculture Producer Caucus on Saturday, Nov. 5 at noon, at 180 Parker Road just south of Coupeville, the old pheasant farm.

  • Oct 27, 2011

South Whidbey port may help Oak Harbor land boat builder

Freeland’s Nichols Brothers Boat Builders is finding plenty of friends this year as yet another public agency is expressing interest in helping the private boatbuilder expand its operations to Oak Harbor. At the Oak Harbor City Council’s regular Tuesday meeting last week, Port of South Whidbey Commissioner Geoff Tapert proposed a radical new idea in which the port would become the primary lessee of the Seaplane Base property sought by Nichols Brothers.

Whidbey General workers upset as jobs outsourced | Corrected

Ten employees at Whidbey General Hospital are being outsourced this fall in a move that’s estimated to save $1.5 million over five years. The hospital’s transcriptionists were surprised when they thought they were attending their monthly department meeting Aug. 30 and instead were greeted by a team of top hospital officials. They were told that a national medical transcription company, Wedmedx, was taking over transcription for the hospital.

Fashion succeeds in drawing folks downtown

It may have lacked some of the glamour and sparkle of international fashion shows in New York, London and Paris, but the catwalk on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor Friday had a panache all its own. On a carpet lined with lilies, models spent the evening strutting the latest fashions offered by downtown merchants before a healthy crowd and to the tune of live music. And to top it off, it all happened under a beautiful Whidbey Island summer sky.

Solar arrays celebrated at Greenbank Farm

A new day is dawning on the Greenbank Farm. Thanks to the help of investors including interested individuals, the Port of Coupeville and Puget Sound Energy, a solar energy project is up and running at the publicly owned farm. Dozens of people ventured to the farm Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of the first part of the project.

Coupeville coffee haunt returns to life

A popular caffeine lovers’ hangout in Coupeville is open for business again. Coupeville Coffee and Bistro opened early last week occupying the former South Main Street home of Miriam’s Espresso.

Blustery weather helps trim Whidbey Marathon profits

The numbers are in and while the 2011 Whidbey Island Marathon in Oak Harbor saw a rise in participation, revenue is down from last year. The 10th annual weekend event, which is composed of 5K, full and half-marathon races, was held this past April on courses that stretched from Cornet Bay to the Monroe Landing area just south of Oak Harbor.

Oak Harbor noise problem centers on parking lot

Fed up Bayshore Drive residents won a small victory last week when the Oak Harbor City Council agreed to look at a rule that would force a nightclub owner to hire off-duty police officers. No formal vote was taken and it’s unclear how the requirement would work or whether it’s even feasible as several council members and the city police chief voiced concerns about the legality of the proposed rule.

Obtain the green seal of environmental approval

Angelo’s Caffe owner Kathy Collantes admits she may have permanently scared off a few costumers after strongly urging them to use ceramic mugs rather than paper cups while dining in house. But Collantes said she’s OK with the loss as long as her message about waste reduction got across.

  • Jun 14, 2011

Missing spring delays produce on Whidbey Island

Who would have thought February would last for four months? The cool, dreary, rainy weather that dominates the winter month continued into March, April and May. Those soggy conditions have drenched many Whidbey farm fields, delaying the growing season and when local farmers have crops to sell at local markets.

Success prompts move for Oak Harbor law firm

Friends, family, and more than a few Oak Harbor dignitaries recently helped welcome one the city’s most prominent law firms into their new location on Barrington Drive. The law offices of Skinner and Saar, previously located on SE Pioneer Way, moved into their new office across from City Hall earlier this year. A grand opening and ribbon cutting in April was held and was so well attended that it was standing room only.

Oak Harbor produces three national champs

A three-word email message from DECA teacher Eric Peterson sent from Orlando, Fla. Monday morning brought a sense of pride to Oak Harbor administrators and students alike. “They just won!” was all he needed to write. Oak Harbor High School students Mike Washington, Ben Muyres and Mike Shevchuk were named the 2011 National Champions in the DECA Virtual Business Sports event. The Oak Harbor team beat 16 other competitors from across the United States in a bracket-style tournament.

  • May 6, 2011

Whidbey Island’s last video store saved in cliffhanger

Blockbuster in Oak Harbor, the last video rental store in town, is one of about 600 stores across the country that will not close in the wake of the chain’s acquisition by a major satellite TV provider. Earlier this month, Dish Network Corp was announced as the highest bidder in a bankruptcy court auction to acquire the former king of the home-video business and “substantially all” of its assets for about $228 million.

Increasing social security benefits

“Keeping the Social Security Promise” will be the topic of Executive Director John R Burbank’s speech on Sunday, May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Hayes Hall conference room at the Whidbey Island Campus of Skagit Valley College in Oak Harbor.

  • Apr 26, 2011

‘Far From Normal’ fills hole in Front Street

If a shopper laughs, then Cindy Van Dyk accomplished her goal. She owns Coupeville’s newest business, “Far From Normal,” which offers an eclectic array of toys, lunch boxes, collectibles and fair trade items that are sure to brighten the day of any visitor that stops by.

No state handout for port’s Greenbank Farm dream

Money to pay for a bottling and packaging facility at the Greenbank Farm won’t materialize in 2011.

Ferry bills clear Senate

Two bills aimed at reducing ferry operating costs, generating revenue to build new vessels and improve performance cleared the state Senate Monday.

  • Apr 16, 2011

Garden Island turns 21 in teaching business

A small school located near downtown Coupeville has provided the educational foundation for hundreds of children over more than two decades.

E-Cycle collects 1 million pounds of electronics in county

One million pounds of old televisions, computers and monitors have now been collected in Island County under a program called E-Cycle Washington, started in January 2009.

  • Apr 12, 2011

Find a Boeing job in Oak Harbor

Finding a job with Boeing will be easier for islanders who attend a special aerospace workshop at Oak Harbor WorkSource next week. “It comes at a good time with Boeing averaging 100 new hires a week, plus getting the tanker contract,” said Rick Van Cise of WorkSource communications.