Life

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

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.