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Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.

Beatbox is a one-rooster welcoming committee

The friendly rooster resides on a North Whidbey farm.

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Charlie Kimmel feeds Silkie rooster Beatbox and some of his feathered friends.
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Tracy Dietz's Australian shepherd, Sirius, jumps in the pool after a tennis ball at her home north of Oak Harbor. She offers pool use, dog training and a play area at FluffyButt Dog Training operated out of her house.

Every day’s a puppy pool party at FluffyButt camp

Tracy Dietz opened FluffyButt Dog Training at her home just north of Oak Harbor earlier this month.

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Tracy Dietz's Australian shepherd, Sirius, jumps in the pool after a tennis ball at her home north of Oak Harbor. She offers pool use, dog training and a play area at FluffyButt Dog Training operated out of her house.
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Colfer closing chapter on career as library manager

Debby Colfer is retiring after 21 years as the manager of the Clinton Library.

Photo by Kira Erickson
Photo by Kira Erickson

Digging 4 Dinner Clamming classes planned

The Sound Water Stewards will teach a series of classes for amateur clammers at Double Bluff Beach.

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Teen, retriever make top 8 in kennel show

Madison Thompson was one of the youngest competitors in her division of 80 kids.

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Members of the North Puget Sound Dragon Boat Club launched their 40-foot-long dragon boat at Oak Harbor Marina for the season on Wednesday.

Dragon boats returning to water

After a year off the water, members of the local dragon boating team are looking for new members.

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Members of the North Puget Sound Dragon Boat Club launched their 40-foot-long dragon boat at Oak Harbor Marina for the season on Wednesday.
"In the Orchard"

Gallery’s June show to feature work of artist Doug Hansen

The theme for Whidbey Art Gallery’s June show is “Recycle: Vision Out-of-the-box.”

  • Jun 16, 2021
"In the Orchard"
Collin’s “Beach Patrol” (photo provided)

Collins July’s featured artist at gallery

Penn Cove Gallery is featuring the work of JANIS COLLINS during the month of July. Collins is currently exploring the Mandela style of art as… Continue reading

  • Jun 11, 2021
Collin’s “Beach Patrol” (photo provided)

Oak Harbor resident on Dean’s List for Marquette U

Oak Harbor resident CALLIE NUTTALL has been named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2021 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisc. Nuttall is… Continue reading

  • Jun 11, 2021
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Oak Harbor couple to celebrate 70th anniversary

The longtime Whidbey residents first met in 1950.

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Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Kathy Hawn has had a police scanner for most of her life. She’s gained a following on Facebook for posting what she hears called over the radio.

Woman listens to police scanner so you don’t have to

Kathy Hawn posts all 911 emergency dispatches she hears in her Facebook group, Alert Whidbey 2.0.

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Kathy Hawn has had a police scanner for most of her life. She’s gained a following on Facebook for posting what she hears called over the radio.
Widdison, Matthew

Coupeville grad starting residency

Coupeville High School graduate MATTHEW WIDDISON recently graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. He will now go to Idaho Falls, Idaho to… Continue reading

  • Jun 8, 2021
Widdison, Matthew
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New member Charles LaFond works on a pottery creation at Freeland Art Studios.

Cooperative studio in Freeland holding open house

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 5.

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New member Charles LaFond works on a pottery creation at Freeland Art Studios.

Pop-up fine fine art markets set for summer, fall

Participating artists must register at least six weeks in advance.

Drea Park and her team train for the upcoming Seventy48 race up Puget Sound. (Photo courtesy of Drea Park)

Island couple to compete in 70-mile race

Drea and Jason Park will canoe from Tacoma to Port Townsend starting Friday, June 4.

Drea Park and her team train for the upcoming Seventy48 race up Puget Sound. (Photo courtesy of Drea Park)
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Rockin’ a Hard Place: A tale about who we are: the life of Chief Charlie Snakelum

In late May, many of us on the Rock enjoy celebrating Whidbey’s long-gone Native American people and culture during the Penn Cove Water Festival, featuring… Continue reading

  • May 28, 2021
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Artist Mark Wacker hangs a fish ornament he created for the taproom barn.

Freeland Taproom opens doors at newest location

The new venture is a collaboration between Penn Cove Brewing Company and South Whidbey resident Randy Urquhart.

Artist Mark Wacker hangs a fish ornament he created for the taproom barn.
Photo courtesy Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative

Eat local this Memorial Day weekend

The Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative is encouraging people to eat locally this Memorial Day weekend.

Photo courtesy Whidbey Island Grown Cooperative

Whidbey Children’s Theatre set to hold in-person classes this summer

Registration opens 10 a.m. May 25 for summer programs at the Whidbey Children’s Theatre in Langley.

Photo courtesy Preston Howard
Scouts BSA Troop 4058 and Coupeville Cub Scout Pack 4058 collected over 1,000 items of food from the community to donate to the Gifts from the Heart Food Bank in Coupeville.

Scouts donate 1,000 items to food bank

A Coupeville food bank was the recipient of a sizable donation after 25 Scouts BSA members collected more than 1,000 food items. Members of Troop… Continue reading

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Scouts BSA Troop 4058 and Coupeville Cub Scout Pack 4058 collected over 1,000 items of food from the community to donate to the Gifts from the Heart Food Bank in Coupeville.