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Jewelery workshop set for April 10

Nature lovers will have a chance to create their very own jewelry from their favorite plants this spring. South Whidbey Parks and Recreation will hold… Continue reading

Trio of fire masters takes on outdoor cooking

Like all new businesses, it began as a spark of an idea. As their Langley restaurant business was winding down, chef and blacksmith Jon-Paul “JP”… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
                                The Cove chef and co-owner Damien Cortez sifts through a new shipment of mussels from Penn Cove Shellfish.

Musselfest to kick off with Friday Mingle

Whidbey’s biggest party celebrating all things mussel is back and bigger than ever before for its 34th year. Rain or shine, the fun will happen… Continue reading

Photo by Kira Erickson/Whidbey News Group
                                The Cove chef and co-owner Damien Cortez sifts through a new shipment of mussels from Penn Cove Shellfish.

Putting a Leap Year Day ring on it

You’ll be lucky, you’ll be cursed. Your crops will wilt, your sheep will nod off — permanently. And your local whale pod may be awash… Continue reading

Garden show blooms with bucks for Whidbey artisans

Bob Bowling hopes to earn half of his annual income in the next five days. Likewise, Linda Lee Nicol. Both Whidbey residents are among the… Continue reading

Future is crystal clear for young business owner

A young Freeland entrepreneur is defying stereotypes about a younger generation that it is lazy or entitled. Oliver was only a teenager in 2016 when… Continue reading

Oak Harbor’s ‘go-to guy’ retiring after 44 years

During the last snow storm, the man behind the wheel of a truck sanding Oak Harbor streets was one of the top officials at the… Continue reading

New owner aims to realize restaurant’s potential

When Jennifer Hua became the new owner of the Hong Kong Gardens restaurant back in September, she knew she had a long road ahead of… Continue reading

Give nature a hand on Saturdays this spring

By Ron Newberry Special to the News-Times Springtime kicks off the season to get outdoors and give nature a helping hand at some really cool… Continue reading

  • Feb 21, 2020

Record number seeking roles in Shakespeare Festival

Three plays, 46 performances and 147 days until opening night.And 218 actors vying for 20 positions. Such are the early season statistics for the Island… Continue reading

Whidbey couple wins $50,000 in state lottery

So many things could have gone differently the day Betsy and Amir Shirazi won the lottery. Coming back home on the evening of Jan. 19,… Continue reading

Exhibits, parade mark 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage

Before the 19th Amendment was finally ratified in 1920, women across America struggled for decades in a multitude of ways — publicly and privately, quietly… Continue reading

Coupeville teacher takes a novel approach to Holocaust lesson planning

Coupeville eighth grader Jones Walther recognizes that it’s easy to remove oneself from a tragedy as immense and seemingly distant as the Holocaust. But she… Continue reading

South Whidbey fisherman takes up a new type of tackle

South Whidbey resident John Norris is hunting for treasure. But he isn’t digging holes or looking for an “x” on a map. The fisherman spends… Continue reading

M*A*S*H hit takes to Playhouse stage

It may have been more than 60 years since the Korean War ended, but the story of one of its fictional mobile army surgical hospital… Continue reading

Chocolate Walk to feature storytelling competition

In addition to the rich flavor derived from the delectable cocoa bean, this year’s Coupeville Chocolate Walk will also feature a sweet treat for the… Continue reading

Playtown opens for city’s littlest residents

Last Thursday afternoon, Ethan Boswell busily hammered away, wearing a fluorescent orange construction vest. Nearby, Nathanial Mildener methodically filled his shopping cart. The boys are… Continue reading

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