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Downtown Oak Harbor lights up for the holiday season

The rain let up just in time for Santa’s arrival. The Oak Harbor Main Street Association held its annual Home for the Holidays event Saturday… Continue reading

 

She makes a village

With a click of a button, Tammy Butler’s living room comes bursting to life. Inside the Oak Harbor home is another world that includes a… Continue reading

 

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                                Captain Whidbey Inn bartender Aaron Bloom mixes a specialty cocktail as part of the Christmas pop-up Miracle. As part of the inn’s holiday-themed events, community members are invited to help decorate the tree in the lobby, a revival of an old tradition.

Christmas spirit flows at historic inn

The Captain Whidbey Inn might be under relatively new ownership, but this time of year is all about bringing back longtime traditions. Operations Manager Carey… Continue reading

 

A wild card: South Whidbey resident ventures into tarot reading

Gerry Reed does not look like a stereotypical tarot card reader. A grandfather, the Langley resident sports a cheery red tie and blue-and-tortoiseshell glasses. But… Continue reading

Gallery presenting holiday show

During December, Artworks Gallery at Greenbank Farm is presenting a group show featuring all 15 of the gallery’s Whidbey Island Artists. Join the gallery’s artists… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2019

Hitchcocks celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

Martha “Marty” and Robert James Hitchcock recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. For the occasion, the couple was photographed with Martha Hitchcock wearing her wedding dress… Continue reading

  • Dec 3, 2019
Photographer Paul Lischeid captured this image of an osprey on Whidbey Island.

Ospreys are not your typical raptor, according to speaker

By RON NEWBERRY Special to the News-Times Michelle Landis has worked with raptors for 25 years and is well acquainted with many types. Ospreys stand… Continue reading

  • Nov 29, 2019
Photographer Paul Lischeid captured this image of an osprey on Whidbey Island.

Oak Harbor police are guests of honor at academy’s ‘friendsgiving’ feast

What “friendsgiving” is complete without green eggs and ham? Luckily, Timmy Aston, a student at Oak Harbor Public Schools’ exceptional academy, didn’t forget the key… Continue reading

Whidbey Clay Center throwing an open house

Anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to make a ceramic pot or bowl has a prime opportunity. Whidbey Clay Center will be hosting… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Anna Cosper
                                An example of one of Anna Cosper’s holiday cards.

Langley illustrator taking commissions for the holidays

Langley illustrator Anna Cosper likes to joke that she’s been drawing since birth. She believes in the handmade art of illustrated holiday cards. Her hand-drawn… Continue reading

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                                An example of one of Anna Cosper’s holiday cards.

Ryan’s House serves as ‘stepping stone’ for young formerly homeless woman

At age 21, Victoria Brown was preparing to leave a drug rehabilitation center with few belongings and nowhere to go. Brown had undergone treatment under… Continue reading

Coupeville gallery celebrates 25th anniversary

Nestled in the historic downtown waterfront of Coupeville, Penn Cove Gallery has been a hub for Whidbey Island artists since 1994. The cooperatively owned gallery… Continue reading

Paying tribute to vets

A number of groups paraded down Pioneer Way Monday in celebration of Veteran’s Day.… Continue reading

  • Nov 13, 2019

Museum-quality birthday celebration: In honor of Anderson’s 75 years, husband’s donation allows people to visit exhibits for free

Island County Historical Museum visitors this month will be able to tour the Coupeville museum’s exhibits free of charge thanks to Harry Anderson — or,… Continue reading

Island woman competes in Norwegian reality show

When Whidbey resident Jennifer Swenson travelled to Scandinavia to compete in a popular Norwegian reality show, she made one thing clear in the first episode… Continue reading

Bless the lucky stars

Heather Palbicki puts in the finishing touches on the trim at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Coupeville last week. She, her 17-year-old son Jacob Palbicki… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2019

Apple treats to fall for

The crisp air and fallen leaves mark the season for warm, comforting foods. Many residents have an abundance of apples in their yards and are… Continue reading

  • Nov 5, 2019
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                                From left, Daughters of Norway Kris Collins, Elizabeth Byszeski and Patricia Waterson prepare lefse.

Nordic Fest set for Nov. 9

For the 20th year, the Daughters of Norway will be celebrating all things Scandinavian on Saturday, Nov. 9. Well, maybe not lutefisk. The Nordic Fest… Continue reading

  • Nov 1, 2019
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                                From left, Daughters of Norway Kris Collins, Elizabeth Byszeski and Patricia Waterson prepare lefse.
Marta Berry, board president at HOPE foundation, shows off Dusty, right, and Ryan, who will potentially become part of the HOPE family with proceeds from the Big Barn Bash fundraiser on Nov. 9. Photo by Wendy Leigh / South Whidbey Record

Auction set for HOPE

HOPE is more than just an acronym at the Big Barn Bash next weekend at Holmes Harbor Rod & Gun Club in Freeland. As it’s… Continue reading

Marta Berry, board president at HOPE foundation, shows off Dusty, right, and Ryan, who will potentially become part of the HOPE family with proceeds from the Big Barn Bash fundraiser on Nov. 9. Photo by Wendy Leigh / South Whidbey Record
Kathy Stallman, co-owner of Mutiny Bay Distillers, gives visitors a tasting of the company’s hand-crafted small-batch whiskeys. Photo by Wendy Leigh / South Whidbey Record

Mutiny Bay Distillery takes part in spirited event

Ever since two pharmacists joined forces over a whiskey still at Mutiny Bay, it’s been a collision of chemistry and creativity on a daily basis.… Continue reading

Kathy Stallman, co-owner of Mutiny Bay Distillers, gives visitors a tasting of the company’s hand-crafted small-batch whiskeys. Photo by Wendy Leigh / South Whidbey Record