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Oak Harbor’s time-honored insurance and real estate go-to, Koetje Agency, is merge with Whitfield’s United Insurance Agencies, Inc., this month. The decision wasn’t easy, said Koetje Agency’s current owner Bruce Neil, Jr., son-in-law of Hank Koetje, founder of the locally famed insurance and real estate business that’s served the Oak Harbor community for 50 years.
Hundreds of motorcycles will rumble through Whidbey Island this weekend on their way to Anacortes for the Oyster Run, the largest motorcycle run in the Pacific Northwest.
Longtime stylist Phyllis Cook, owner of P S Hair Design, has hung up her apron and moved to Wyoming to be closer to her daughter, Autumn. The transition wasn’t be easy for the Coupeville native. And many of her clients are taking the news hard. Cook and her many clients formed strong bonds during the hair stylists’ 31-year career.
As of Friday morning there isn't a store in Coupeville where movie-goers can rent a video. Videoville, located on South Main Street, is selling its collection in preparation of closing at the end of the month.
Ultra-clean living has paid off for Daily Grind owner Tammie DeRosa in terms of customer and spousal satisfaction. Another perfect score after an inspection by the county health department sent two of her customers scurrying up to the Whidbey News-Times to announce the accomplishment.
No other burger tastes quite the same once the palate absorbs your hometown’s particular blend of beef and special sauce. For a while that was Kow Korner, the bygone island drive-in, where the burgers cost only a dollar before they closed. Filling that hamburger craving today has left people to pick between national chains such as McDonald’s or Burger King; until now.
A lost industry that was once a hallmark of Whidbey Island life is poised to make a return, albeit on a smaller scale. Freeland resident Vicky Brown is hoping to have her creamery operational by August. The dairy, known as The Little Brown Farm, will sell goat and sheep cheese.
Call it Wedding Island instead of Whidbey Island on Sunday, June 19. On that date “Our Wedding Day,” will be presented at Hummingbird Farm, with sponsorship by area businesses as well as the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce and the Island County Economic Development Council.
Whidbey Island hospitality is known near and far thanks to the volunteers who have staffed the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce information booth at Deception Pass for more than a decade.
All four Whidbey Island Windermere offices were closed Friday, June 19, for Community Service Day, as they do the third week in June every year. The Oak Harbor office helped build dreams while siding and landscaping a Habitat for Humanity house.
At the Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association monthly dinner meeting June 15, the association’s annual awards were presented. The SICBA 2008 Builder of the Year award was presented to Scott Yonkman of Yonkman Construction, Inc.
Island farmers will be introduced to the new Whidbey Island Grown Brand at the Whidbey Family Farms Forum III on Tuesday, June 30.
After 42-years selling furniture, Janice Fischer deserves a chance to sit on a couch and just relax for a while. Fischer recently sold her Bargain Center business located just outside the main gate of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station on Ault Field Road.
Scott and Miki Wotring are in for “Good Times.” The new Oak Harbor eatery is open for business and offering common fare in an uncommon way.
Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers is looking for volunteers for its first workday on Saturday, May 30. Volunteers are needed to help with home repairs, maintenance tasks, painting, gardening and trash collecting.
The National Associations of Home Builders recognized a Coupeville-based builder for his efforts constructing an energy-effecient home. Ted Clifton of Clifton of Clifton View Homes was awarded Concept Home of the Year. The 1,977-square-foot home’s tight insulation and other energy-effecient features allowed the homeowners to enjoy a total utility bill of just over $400 for the first full year of operation.
Lyn Bankowski, senior mortgage loan originator and assistant vice president at Alaska USA Mortgage Company in Oak Harbor, was recently recognized by the Washington Association of Realtors as their 2008 Affiliate of the Year.