Coupeville deputies moving on

The 24-hour patrol services provided by the Coupeville Marshal’s Office may have come to an end – at least for awhile. Within a three-month period, the town will lose 75 percent of its deputy force. Two members of the town’s police force have already left, and one has given notice that he will leave in mid-October. Deputy James Covert’s last work day was on Aug. 24, while Deputy Adrian Kuschnereit departed on Sept. 1 and Deputy Chris Peabody will leave next month.

Commissioners tackle challenging county budget

Last week marked the conclusion of a series of meetings in which department heads and elected officials presented their proposed 2013 budgets to the board.

State to review county meetings

A state expert has reviewed Island County Commissioner Kelly Emerson’s allegations that the board has run afoul of open public meeting laws and believes further investigation is warranted.

Coupeville library celebrates half-century mark

The library will celebrate its 50th anniversary with the Sno-Isle Libraries rural district from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Coupeville Farmers Market in the field next to the library at 788 NW Alexander St.

Wolves’ loss full of missed opportunities

The Coupeville High School soccer team lost 2-0 to Oak Harbor in its season-opening match Thursday, Sept. 6, at Mickey Clark Field.

Fundraisers earn $25K for injured pastor

Garrett Arnold, the pastor of Living Hope Foursquare Church in Coupeville, suffered a spinal cord injury that will force him to use a wheelchair.

Clinton farm emphasizes local flavor

A sheep dairy in a bucolic setting near Clinton brings a new flavor of artisan cheese to Whidbey Island.

Registration open for Whidbey writers’ retreat

The retreat is titled “First Write the Book; It’s All in the Craft,” will take place from Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14.

Cedarcrest stops young Wolves in opener

The Coupeville High School volleyball team struggled in its season and conference opener at Cedarcrest in Duvall Thursday, Sept. 6, as the Red Wolves won 25-21, 25-11, 25-14.

Let’s hear it for Coupeville community spirit

For the third year in a row, the Coupeville Farmers Market played host to the Central Whidbey Nonprofit Fair, an event that showcases some of the many volunteer organizations that do so much for our community.

Greenbank Farm celebrates 15th birthday

It could have looked very different. Paved driveways could have led to single-family homes, with fences enclosing the whole water-view neighborhood. But instead, the commitment and dedication of community members and local nonprofit groups a decade and a half ago preserved the rolling, pastoral hills of Greenbank Farm for use by the public.

Blown glass and whimsical art on display at Schouten in Greenbank

Rob Schouten Gallery at Greenbank Farm presents an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 to showcase the paintings of Wendy Wees and the handblown glass of Robert Adamson and Janis Swalwell.

Two more chances for hunter safety classes in Coupeville

The Central Whidbey Sportsman's Association is offering two more chances to attend classes in its series of shooter training and safety education classes.

Grief groups welcome participants

Any adult coping with the death of a loved one within the last two years is welcome to participate in ongoing grief support groups on Whidbey Island.

Meeting addresses challenges of gluten intolerance

The Gluten Intolerance Group on Whidbey invites anyone interested to attend a presentation on the challenges of gluten intolerance at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Trinity Lutheran Church annex, 18341 Highway 525, Freeland.

Back Country Horsemen Raffle Ride and Chili Cook-Off

The Island County Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen will host its annual Russell Maugans Memorial Raffle Ride and Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Edgewood Farm, located at 2936 Keller Road in Langley. All riders and walkers are invited to participate in the 2- to 3-hour trail ride through beautiful Putney Woods and the chili cook-off, raffle and silent auction afterwards.

Coupeville Methodist sets fall schedule

The Coupeville United Methodist Church announces its fall schedule, which will start on Sunday, Sept. 9.

Coupeville Lions serve salmon, Northwest style

The Coupeville Lions will serve up tradition starting at noon on Sunday, Sept. 9 in Coupeville Town Park at the corner of N.W. Coveland and N.W. Colburn streets.

Coupeville Farmers Market hosts nonprofit fair on Saturday, Sept. 8

Local residents can learn more about the many nonprofit organizations at work in Central Whidbey at the Central Whidbey Nonprofit Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Coupeville Farmers Market.

Coupeville community portrait set for Sept. 8

Coupeville residents are encouraged to join in the 2012 Coupeville Community Portrait, which will be taken at 12:30 p.m. at the Coupeville Farmers Market on the Community Green at Eighth and Alexander streets, behind the Coupeville library.