Dare to dazzle with delightful dahlias | SOWIN’ ‘N’ THE TROWEL

If you’re looking for a flower that offers a lot of wiggle room in size, shape and color and that really stands out in mid to late summer, dahlias are a sure bet.

Community calendar

Events and activities coming up on Whidbey Island.

Playground hangout at Coupeville Elementary School

First graders Kayla Cooks, left, Allison Nastali and Ciandra Allen expend some energy on the playground at Coupeville Elementary School on the first day of school Tuesday.

South Whidbey new rival on Coupeville High School tennis team’s schedule

The rivalry between South Whidbey and Coupeville just got turned up a notch. For years the Wolves and Friday Harbor were the only 1A schools with tennis programs in District 1, and Coupeville has dominated the series recently. Tradition-rich South Whidbey, with a dip in enrollment, drops from 2A and joins them this year.

Coupeville Wolves show their talent on offense, defense lines

Football linemen rarely get the glory, but the petrol that runs the Coupeville High School football engine this fall will be the big boys up front.

It’s focus on the future, not lost volleyball talent for Coupeville High School

Coupeville High School volleyball coach refuses to let her girls play the "What if" game. Four players -- all likely starters this season-- will don different uniforms this fall. Over the past two years, three have transferred to other schools and a fourth chose to change sports.

New focus on offense and fitness for Coupeville High School soccer team

The Coupeville High School soccer team had trouble running up the score last fall, so this season first-year coach Dan d'Almeida is having the Wolves run.

How can Whidbey’s transportation system be improved? | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

This summer, the Washington State Transportation Commission launched the Voice of Washington State (VOWS), an innovative web-based public engagement program, which includes seven regional discussion forums and a survey panel.

Johnson is responsible, responsive | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

I am writing in support of Helen Price Johnson’s re-election this year. I came to know Helen over the years as a local business owner and active community volunteer. I observed that she demonstrated excellent leadership qualities in whatever role she served in church, school, community, or business. As our Island County commissioner, she has restructured county departments to increase effectiveness and efficiencies with fewer resources and has been a good steward of Island County water resources, parks, and trails.

Remodeling project makes room for lavender shop, kitchen in Coupeville

Fans of Lavender Wind Farm just off West Beach Road will soon have a new place to shop for the farm’s selection of lavender-infused goods.

Input sought for Coupeville Community Green projectInput sought for Coupeville Community Green project

A master plan has been developed for Coupeville’s Community Green, otherwise known as the grass field behind the library where the farmers market is held.

Coupeville Chamber of Commerce returns to its roots

The Central Whidbey Chamber of Commerce is no more. The group has officially changed its name to Coupeville Chamber of Commerce.

Fundraisers to help Arnold family

Local residents are coming together to help raise money for the family of Garrett Arnold, a local pastor who suffered a serious spinal injury last month that resulted in paralysis of his body below the waist.

Needy Whidbey students short on supplies

Remember the fresh-start feeling of shiny, stiff shoes and new supplies on the first day of school?

Back in the swing of things at Coupeville schools

First grader Lillyanna Tennis takes a break on the playground during her first day at class at Coupeville Elementary School.

Coupeville crafts emergency-response plan

The earth shakes. Walls buckle as the ground heaves and shudders. Buildings collapse, crushing the contents inside and trapping people in surroundings that were once familiar but are now jumbled and disorienting. Frantic, loved ones search for one another, hoping, praying, believing that everyone has escaped the rubble unscathed.

Recycling ready to hit the curb in Coupeville

Environmentally conscious folks in Coupeville will soon have a new way to recycle. The town is several weeks away from finalizing an agreement with Island Disposal for a curbside recycling program.

Whidbey Island Camera Club celebrates wildlife

Wildlife is the theme for the Whidbey Island Camera Club's meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Oak Hall, Room 306, Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island.

Womens firearm class offered in Coupeville

The Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association continues its education series by holding a firearms safety class for women on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m.

Plans shift for Freeland’s Trillium ownership

Island County officials and Whidbey Camano Land Trust staff say they will pursue a slightly different ownership strategy for the Trillium Community Forest, located just north of Freeland.