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A community solar energy project took a step forward Wednesday when the commissioners for the Port of Coupeville selected a one-acre piece of land at the Greenbank Farm for a community solar power project.
Whether you realize it or not, if you’re from Oak Harbor there is a good chance you know 21-year-old Matt Deal. If not by name, then by his signature moves and hard-to-forget spring-heeled shoes. After all, there just aren’t that many guys rocking out on one of the city’s busiest street corners waving a sign for $5 pizzas.
Now that summer has finally made it to Whidbey Island, it’s time for road construction to begin.
A retired minister who’s currently the co-owner of a small Coupeville hotel was picked to be the newest member of the Island County Planning Commission.
The total assessed value of Island County plummeted by 12.3 percent for the tax year 2011, county Assessor Dave Mattens announced Thursday.
Amidst the community garden, farmer training center and the loganberry bushes, a business is looking to add a tree seed farm on a large swath of land at the Greenbank Farm. A group of companies from Canada wants to lease land at the publicly owned farm to grow Douglas fir trees and eventually harvest their seeds.
The Oak Harbor City Council approved an increase in rates for the use of guest moorage slips and boat hoist at the council’s Tuesday evening in a 5-0 vote. Council members Danny Paggao and Beth Munns were absent from the meeting.
If you manage a group or organization and have been fumbling around with a large email list, WhidbeyNewsTimes.com’s new “Groups” feature may be a good alternative.
The newly formed Penn Cove Grange is hosting a series of of workshops to address a number of agricultural issues.
If funding becomes available, the Greenbank Farm would be the next public place on Whidbey Island to harness the power of the sun. Port of Coupeville and Greenbank Farm officials are looking for funding from Puget Sound Energy and local residents to get the money needed to build the project.
The DECA program at Oak Harbor High School joined thousands of champion hopefuls last week during an international conference in Kentucky.
Greenbank resident Peg Urstad wants to be counted but she never received a census form, presumably because she uses a post office box, not a home mail box. "There are a lot of us who have post office boxes," Urstad said of Greenbank-area residents. "I don't want anybody knocking on my door, but I want to be counted."
The WhidbeyNewsTimes.com calendar has been overhauled and beefed up with a lot of new features:
When the going gets tough, libraries get you going. Oak Harbor Library now has notebook computers for job seekers to borrow for extended in-library use. Free thumb drives are also available to job seekers who need to save their resume and other information. These are two of the free tools Sno-Isle Libraries offers to help customers get through challenging economic times.
The Skagit Valley College Foundation Board of Governors recently approved more than $308,000 in endowed scholarship funds to be awarded to Skagit Valley College students during the 2010-2011 school year. This endowed scholarship allocation is the largest scholarship distribution the SVC Foundation has ever provided in its 32-year history.
A community radio station in Coupeville reached a hallmark this week. Gwen Sam’s “Whidbey Chat” marked the first live broadcast from the radio station’s studio located on the Coupeville Wharf.
More Whidbey-produced beef is staying on the island. A new advertising campaign is under way to promote where residents can buy natural, pasture-raised beef that is produced on Whidbey Island. The Goose Community Grocer, which is located on Highway 525 in Bayview, startted selling beef produced under a new brand on Saturday, kicking off the campaign.
A public meeting will take place Wednesday, March 24, at 5:30 p.m., at the Monroe Landing Fire Station to gauge public sentiment about the possibility of the Port of Coupeville conducting a feasibility study to acquire the neighboring air field.
Bethany Ridge Farms of Oak Harbor was recognized by the American Angus Association recently in the association’s 2010 Pathfinder Report. Visit www.angus.org for more information.
Jack Ng got his start in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher. From there he buddied-up with the restaurant chefs and learned how to cook. Next, Ng took a job on a fishing boat in Alaska to cook for a crew of 120. The gig allowed him to save up some money. Afterward, Ng said he got his family together and started making his dream a reality.