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Whidbey Reads 2020 book focuses on gender identity

Don’t fret if you’re not ready for Whidbey Reads 2020. All five Sno-Isle Libraries community libraries on Whidbey Island are, and so is featured author… Continue reading

  • Jan 24, 2020

 

Activists wrap kids in care

Combining the generosity and artistry of the South Whidbey community with a healthy dose of activism, Luanne Seymour found a way to comfort children being… Continue reading

 

Whidbey activists craft pouches to help orphaned baby wildlife in Australia

In some cases, social media really can serve as the great unifier. When Kaili Slate and Denice Bochantin saw the devastation wildfires had been causing… Continue reading

 

Orca poo, salmon restoration focus of whale workshop

As captivating as whales are to observe, there’s a lot of information to be gleaned from what they leave behind. But to find those valuable… Continue reading

Good Samaritans offer help to Whidbey drivers during winter storm

Gabe and Isaac Bozeman can’t legally vote, but they are able to drive in the snow. The brothers, who are 15 and 17 respectively, grew… Continue reading

Well, what do ya snow!

Monday’s winter storm might have produced little more than a light dusting, but it was plenty enough for Hillcrest Elementary School kindergartners to enjoy. And… Continue reading

Crunch time: Family’s granola business growing quickly

When her daughter was growing up, Marybeth Shirley wanted to make her a breakfast option that didn’t contain wheat. Switching to a grain-free diet had… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s Roller Girls gliding into 10th year

There’s a somewhat of a juxtaposition in the actions on the floor of the Oak Harbor Roller Barn Thursday night. Graceful rollerbladers glide, seemingly effortlessly… Continue reading

Off-island couple have first baby to be born on Whidbey in 2020

Whidbey Island’s first baby of the new year was born to parents from a different island. Leah Swearingen and her husband Christian Carter, both residents… Continue reading

A breath of fresh air

By Ron Newberry Special to the Whidbey News-Times Simon Frazer enjoys everything about spending time in nature. “I love the forest,” he said. “The ambience.… Continue reading

  • Jan 3, 2020

Ring in the New Year across Whidbey Island

With New Year’s Eve approaching, there are several different events and celebrations planned for just about everywhere on the island. In Oak Harbor, catch the… Continue reading

Motorcycle club rides for ‘something bigger than ourselves’

The chapter of Brothers-in-Arms Motorcycle Club might be known as the “Nasty North,” but its cause and members are anything but. Sure, the veterans, reservists… Continue reading

New preserve is born on Whidbey

By RON NEWBERRY Special to the News-Times As you step from the forested hillside onto the beach, you immediately become aware of how isolated it… Continue reading

  • Dec 24, 2019
Santa gives kindergartner Isaac Hamm a nice, cold orange last Wednesday during the big man’s visit to Hillcrest Elementary School.

Orange you glad it’s Christmas?

Santa’s elves have been sending up positive reports to the north pole about the good behavior boys and girls at Oak Harbor elementary schools. So… Continue reading

Santa gives kindergartner Isaac Hamm a nice, cold orange last Wednesday during the big man’s visit to Hillcrest Elementary School.
Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group
                                WhidbeyWaxWorks artisan and owner Prescilla Lowry crafts candles each year for the holiday season.

Whidbey candle artist keeps spirits bright during holiday

Heat, light, combustion. Such are the basic elements of a trendy holiday gift that shows no sign of waning any time soon. Candles — in… Continue reading

Photos by Patricia Guthrie/Whidbey News Group
                                WhidbeyWaxWorks artisan and owner Prescilla Lowry crafts candles each year for the holiday season.

With help from HGTV star, couple finds ‘lottery dream home’

Brian and Tuk Kutz were accustomed to watching the famous designer David Bromstad help families pick a new home on his HGTV show, but they… Continue reading

Coupeville Library staff digs in to solve photo mysteries

Let’s say you find a box of a few hundred old photos in folders called “Unidentified Men,” “Whidbey Babies and Children” and “Unidentified Infants.” You… Continue reading

  • Dec 13, 2019

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

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                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

Photo by Laura Guido/Whidbey News-Times
                                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.