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Oak Harbor resident earns PLU $30,000 scholarship

CAITLIN DENNEN, a student at Oak Harbor High School, has been named a Pacific Lutheran University President’s Scholar and awarded a $30,000 per year President’s… Continue reading

Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.

Winged creatures take flight during snow

A Penn Cove photographer was graced by the presence of several species of birds.

Debbie Jackson photo of European starlings at home in Penn Cove.
Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Shaving locks to support one of Whidbey’s best

Annie Cash’s friends shaved their heads in a show of support.

Jason McFadyen, left, organized about a dozen friends to shave their heads in support of Annie Cash as she goes through breast cancer treatment. Cash was voted top real estate agent, business person and community leader in the Whidbey News-Times’ Best of Whidbey 2020 contest. Photos by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

‘Having our Say’ brings history to life through two sisters’ memories

Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production can be viewed online Feb. 26-27.

Germaine Kornegay, left, and Allenda Jenkins star in Whidbey Playhouse’s virtual production of ‘Having our Say: The Delany sisters’ first 100 years’ available to view online on Feb. 26-27. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided

Oak Harbor woman now known worldwide for saying ‘I love you’

After the News-Times interveiwed her, April DiDonna’s story has gone around the world.

After her story went viral, April DiDonna was honored as a HOWL’s Hero by an organization that writes children’s books about organ donation. Photo provided
Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Dog training campus being built on North Whidbey

Facility will train mobility service dogs for people who need them

Summit Assistance Dogs breeds and trains dogs to become mobility service dogs. Each litter is named with a specific letter — the most recent litter includes Nelson, Nugget, Neela and Nali. Three of the puppies are seen here with founder Sue Meinzinger. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
The woman inside the unicorn suit says she dons the outfit just to bring people a smile. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times

Big pink unicorn follows in chicken’s footsteps

Whidbey Island is home to all sorts of characters - including inflatable ones.

The woman inside the unicorn suit says she dons the outfit just to bring people a smile. Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Capt. Robert Miles, retired U.S. Navy, served in active duty for more than two decades before teaching Oak Harbor High School students leadership, confidence and practical skills through Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Here he is pictured throughout his career. Photo courtesy Jason Lamont

Oak Harbor NJROTC alums come together to honor mentor

Capt. Robert Miles had a lasting impact on his NJROTC students at Oak Harbor High School.

Capt. Robert Miles, retired U.S. Navy, served in active duty for more than two decades before teaching Oak Harbor High School students leadership, confidence and practical skills through Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps. Here he is pictured throughout his career. Photo courtesy Jason Lamont
Elizabeth Johnson and rescue dog Wilbur

Island a haven for practitioners of holistic treatments

Some holistic healers on Whidbey have seen a dramatic increase in demand this past year.

Elizabeth Johnson and rescue dog Wilbur
John and Rebecca Roberts have been trail angels for the Pacific Northwest Trail since 2012.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Wandering the rugged Pacific Northwest Trail

The trail snakes down the island on its often-confounding route from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.

John and Rebecca Roberts have been trail angels for the Pacific Northwest Trail since 2012.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Sherman, Phyllis

Rockin’ a Hard Place: A beautiful remembrance to heal a forgettable time

Each of us has that wonderful remembrance to treasure.

Sherman, Phyllis
South Whidbey Homeless Coalition donation by Rotary

South Whidbey Rotary clubs donate to Homeless Coalition

Last Friday, the two Rotary Clubs on South Whidbey presented Executive Director Jonathan Kline of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition with checks totaling over $2,000, plus… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2021
South Whidbey Homeless Coalition donation by Rotary
South Whidbey Homeless Coalition donation by Rotary

South Whidbey Rotary clubs donate to Homeless Coalition

Last Friday, the two Rotary Clubs on South Whidbey presented Executive Director Jonathan Kline of the Whidbey Homeless Coalition with checks totaling over $2,000, plus… Continue reading

  • Jan 19, 2021
South Whidbey Homeless Coalition donation by Rotary

Annual Whidbey Gardening Workshop grows online this year

The island-wide gardening event is back this year after it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Whidbey writer’s hospice book released in paperback

Oak Harbor author Karen J. Clayton’s book, “Demystifying Hospice: Inside the Stories of Patients and Caregivers,” is now available in paperback. Clayton’s book was published… Continue reading

  • Jan 15, 2021
Reading to dog

Therapy dogs go online

Reading with Rover pairs pooches with young readers

Reading to dog
Lead actress Shannyn Sossamon talks with filmmakers Andrew Morehouse, left, and Nate Bell while filming “The Hour After Westerly” at the Fort Casey Inn. Photo by Wes Anthony/Firehouse Creative

Film featuring Whidbey free to view temporarily

“The Hour After Westerly” is free to view online until Jan. 17.

Lead actress Shannyn Sossamon talks with filmmakers Andrew Morehouse, left, and Nate Bell while filming “The Hour After Westerly” at the Fort Casey Inn. Photo by Wes Anthony/Firehouse Creative
Mead maker Jeremy Kyncl pours a tasting glass of Hawthorn Tulsi Mead, a blend of hawthorn berry and holy basil, in the new Whidbey tasting room of Hierophant Meadery. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record

From bluff to bluff: Meadery off to sweet start

Hierophant Meadery in Freeland features local honey in its sweet brews.

Mead maker Jeremy Kyncl pours a tasting glass of Hawthorn Tulsi Mead, a blend of hawthorn berry and holy basil, in the new Whidbey tasting room of Hierophant Meadery. Photo by Kira Erickson/South Whidbey Record
Susie Van

WI Drive helping to get the elderly, disabled where they need to go

A Langley woman gives rides to people in need in her new van named “Cookie.”

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A Hero for All Time: Research reveals a decorated former Fort Casey soldier

Coupeville woman writes book about local WWI soldier who gained Col. George S. Patton’s admiration.

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