Whidbey embraces old Texan holiday, ethnic diversity

The children dashed through the sun-kissed grass, laughing and shouting. A ball flew through the air and a little boy leaped to catch it. Others raced around the playground, their faces alight with the happiest of grins. But for the parents who watched, the best part was that the playing kids didn’t even think about the various ethnic backgrounds of their friends. This microcosm of a perfect world happened at the Juneteenth celebration on June 14 at Windjammer Park. Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of African Americans from slavery.

  • Jul 3, 2008

VIDEO: Testing mass transit, Coupeville to Seattle

This week, two Whidbey News-Times reporters tried the commute from Coupeville to Seattle by way of the Island Transit Bus, Mukilteo ferry and the new Mukilteo train. Check out the video below to see what the trip is like and how it could save you money and time. Also, read the June 25 edition of the Whidbey News-Times for more in-depth coverage, including problems we noticed with the connection times.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Oak Harbor seniors rake in more than $4M in scholarships

The Oak Harbor High School Class of 2008 earned various honors and more than $4 million worth of scholarships awarded by community organizations, universities and the military.

  • Jul 3, 2008

40 years of magic making for Greenbank Artists

The Greenbank Artists is an informal group of artists who get together every Tuesday to create art. They meet at the fire station on Race Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Currently, there are approximately 20 members.

  • Jul 3, 2008

Walk on — grant sought to keep Whidbey kids safe on journeys to school

Grandpa might reminisce about walking to school on frostbitten feet clad only in Saran Wrap as he battled whiteouts and ice storms, daily occurrences in the “olden days,” that swept through the Pacific Northwest. The younger generation, however, will decades from now weave tales of far more dangerous conditions. And they will speak without hyperbole. Harrowing tales of near misses - or near hits - with SUVs as big as doublewides will hold the grandkids rapt. And the road rage ... oh, the road rage.

  • May 31, 2008

The boy said, ‘To the forest!’

Sounds of ceremonial music filled the sparse cabin that summer evening. It was to be our home for two days and nights and we were invited, by way of British Broadcasting Company and our old portable radio, to be guests at the wedding of Prince Charles of England and Lady Diana Spencer.

  • May 28, 2008

The master’s touch

Coupeville Elementary School students recently learned about kite making from an instructor from Japan who showed them the ancient craft’s finer points.

Students are ‘superior’ musicians Students are ‘superior’ musicians

While the sounds of Holland Happening oompah bands drifted through Oak Harbor last week, a group of Oak Harbor High School musicians was playing the sweet sounds of success.

  • May 7, 2008

Faithful Living: Let faith lead you into battle

Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded.--Anita Roddick“I’m bored and writing this paper isn’t my idea of fun!” a student announced the… Continue reading

  • Oct 27, 2007

Life on Whidbey: If it poops, you must scoop

“Your honor, you cannot convict Bruno, an innocent dog, for the failures of his master, a man who wanted the dog to impress his friends… Continue reading

  • Sep 26, 2007

Faithful Living: God’s faith is as close as the attic

“Well, they did as we asked; some of the clutter in their bedrooms is gone,” my husband commented this week as we surveyed two piles… Continue reading

  • Sep 22, 2007

Life on Whidbey: Natural light gives plein air luminous quality

A canvas glowed golden from across the rustic Crockett Barn, but before I could study it more closely, my eyes beheld dozens of other paintings,… Continue reading

  • Sep 19, 2007

Faithful Living: Work to douse the fire, not fan the flames

My childhood family called them “East Winds,” and they began blowing in earnest off the California desert and over to our coastal city each September.… Continue reading

  • Sep 15, 2007

Life on Whidbey: PA returns to the place she grew up

I had high expectations after my neighbor told me about how well she was treated by Physicians’ Assistant KRISTINE YOUNG and I was not disappointed.… Continue reading

  • Sep 12, 2007

Faithful Living: Taking the vacation of a lifetime

I’ve been thinking about that old Zen conundrum: What’s the sound of one hand clapping? My personal opinion — nothing. If you don’t have two… Continue reading

  • Sep 8, 2007