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Dance theater brings Nutcracker to the drive-in, living rooms

A popular wintertime performance will be offered virtually this year.

 

Cory Fakkema has brought the family farm near Oak Harbor into the modern age, using more ecologically sound practices that are considered better for the land and livestock. Photo by Ron Newberry

Regenerative agriculture: A new, healthier way to farm

A Whidbey farm is relying on more ecologically sound practices.

 

Rockin’ a Hard Place: Making the most of the short end of the drumstick

So here we are, having given thanks for all our blessings on Thanksgiving 2020. But wasn’t the main thing we’re thankful for simply that 2020… Continue reading

 

Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Whidbey’s Georgia Gerber creates iconic shapes in bronze

She turns abstract forms into some of the region’s most beloved public art, including the Pike Place Market pig.

Georgia Gerber with her whale statue on display along First Street on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020 in Langley, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Sabine Wilms spent the beginning months of the pandemic taking care of two goats, Lady Yang Xiaomei and Marisol. She used Chinese medicine to help heal the goats. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times.

Home for the kids: Whidbey woman takes in two goats deemed lost cause

A South Whidbey woman nursed two goats back to health with the help of Chinese medicine.

Sabine Wilms spent the beginning months of the pandemic taking care of two goats, Lady Yang Xiaomei and Marisol. She used Chinese medicine to help heal the goats. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times.
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Santa Claus set to make rounds on Central Whidbey

Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue will resume their traditional Santa Mobile tours soon.

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Kau Kau Corner to give away free meals on Thanksgiving

It’s the business owner’s way of saying ‘mahalo’ for the support this year.

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South Whidbey farmer has small plants for future

Full Cycle Farm will be giving away 100 saplings — free of charge — starting on Black Friday.

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Navy woman arranging letters to send to seniors increasingly isolated by pandemic

While visiting a fundraiser at HomePlace at Oak Harbor Memory Care, Mackenzie Ball learned that some seniors had not received visitors since February. She said… Continue reading

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Artist Louie Rochon demonstrates the process of how he paints at his Clinton studio on Thursday. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times

South Whidbey artist is painting the blues away

All proceeds from a raffle for a local artist Louie Rochon’s painting will benefit a food bank.

Artist Louie Rochon demonstrates the process of how he paints at his Clinton studio on Thursday. Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News-Times
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Two Whidbey residents receive Episcopal awards

Two Whidbey residents recently received awards from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, recognizing their services to their parishes. Molly Felder-Grimm, a parish administrator at St.… Continue reading

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Jonathan process, as seen on Holiday Baking Championship, Season 7.

Oak Harbor grad hopes to bake his way to the top on TV

Jonathan Peregrino will compete on the new season of Holiday Baking Championship airing Nov. 2.

Jonathan process, as seen on Holiday Baking Championship, Season 7.
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Fundraisers to help Coupeville woman with a rare disorder

A woman with a rare genetic disorder is seeking support from the community. After eight months of visits to the doctor’s office, Coupeville resident Jacquelynn… Continue reading

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Brewery works with local farm on seasonal stout

It’s pumpkin pie in a glass.

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‘Spooky Museum’ promises frights for a good cause

Proceeds from ticket sales to the Spooky Museum will go toward the Save the Roller Barn effort.

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Restaurant owner aims to make her children proud

Yolanda Rodarte just wanted to make her daughter proud, so she opened a restaurant. Rodarte knew she wanted to own her own restaurant, and her… Continue reading

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Busy street now recognized as ‘Avenue of Oaks’

Southeast 8th Avenue has been renamed to draw attention to Oak Harbor’s namesake trees.

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The Hubble’s 30th anniversary image “Cosmic Reef” shows a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, 163,000 light-years away. The image is nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef” because the nebulas resemble an undersea world. NASA photo.

Whidbey talk features man who’s seen the dawn of the galaxies

Astronomer Bob Williams will discuss Hubble Space Telescope in this year’s Sundberg Lecture

The Hubble’s 30th anniversary image “Cosmic Reef” shows a vast star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, 163,000 light-years away. The image is nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef” because the nebulas resemble an undersea world. NASA photo.
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WICA screening movies until live theater can resume

The movies will run Friday-Sunday nights and began Oct. 9 at the popular South Whidbey venue.

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Alaura and Kennedy Williams at Sherman Pioneer Farm.

Yes, there will be Halloween

Halloween is going to be different this year. Here’s a list of COVID-safe events.

Alaura and Kennedy Williams at Sherman Pioneer Farm.