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The Oak Harbor Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St., Oak Harbor. The Puget Sound Blood Center is in critical need of O positive and O negative, but every blood type is helpful.
“Island life has its own music and imagery,” says Clinton resident Sheryl Clough, editor and publisher of a new poetry anthology, “Surrounded: Living With Islands.” “I really dig Whidbey Island,” Clough said with a smile. “You can hardly go a mile here without wanting to stop and write a poem.”
Events and activities coming up on Whidbey Island.
South Whidbey High School student Scotty Campbell puts out sparks as Archie Nichols, of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, drills holes inside the new lantern house for Admiralty Head Lighthouse in preparation for installation Aug. 23. Students and teachers from all three Whidbey high schools built the lantern house over the past two years with help from Archie Nichols and other volunteers.
Discovered wandering, hungry and disoriented, a 10-year-old Labrador-sized white Australian shepherd mix was picked up last fall as a stray by the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF).
Angie Homola deserves a second term as commissioner for District 2. Her keen interest as a citizen activist led her to challenge Mac McDowell, a four-term commissioner. Despite all the advantages of his incumbency and a plurality of Republican voters in the county, she defeated him.
I am a former Island County clerk, now retired. As a past elected official, I am personally familiar with the activities and functions of the board of county commissioners. In my previous capacity as county clerk, some of my responsibilities involved working directly with the board during annual budget preparation, strategic planning for my department, and other routine work sessions. During my final term, I had the privilege of working with Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.
As the dust from the first-ever Whidbey Island Area Fair settles in the arena, the vendor tents vanish and the barns empty, thanks are due to the many, many folks who made our 88th fair a success.
Everyone at Sunnyside Cemetery is buried facing the sunrise – all but Frank Pratt, whose grave faces the stunning scenery of Ebey’s Prairie, Admiralty Inlet and the Olympics. “Pratt was unique,” said local historian Roger Sherman, who will lead a tour of the historic cemetery at 11 a.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, as a fundraiser for the Island County Historical Museum.
Sometime in the next few weeks, Coupeville will join the growing list of tourist destinations that are viewable online through the Google Maps Street View Partner Program. A Google crew will come to the historic waterfront town and film the streets from a specially outfitted car or trike.
Buying a pass to visit state parks is getting easier. As part of a trial program, Washington State Parks introduced credit card machines for the sale of Discover Passes in the parking lots of 10 state parks, including three locations on Whidbey Island.
Michelle Rose and Donna Dunn of the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation show off two young dogs available for adoption through the WAIF animal shelter during the canine-themed Wag ‘n’ Walk event Saturday at Greenbank Farm.
Well-known Coupeville church leader Garrett Arnold is preparing for life in a wheelchair after his spinal cord was severely damaged when he fell down a steep, 25-foot embankment in Ledgewood.
The Navy has announced Maylor’s Point Trail in Oak Harbor has been temporarily closed. The trail, which runs through the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Seaplane Base along the north beach of Maylor’s Point in Oak Harbor and connects with the city’s waterfront trail, was closed Monday and will remain closed until December.
The gleaming eye of the dead animal washed up on the beach caught the attention of the marine mammal stranding volunteer. The vivid, aqua-green circle was unlike like the eye of a harbor porpoise, seal, whale or any other marine mammal. Coupeville resident Sandy Dubpernell – a volunteer with the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network – realized the creature was a shark.
As voters peruse their ballots for the Aug. 7 primary election, they’re presented with five candidates in the race for District 1 county commissioner, and four in the race in District 2..
Bits and pieces of the lives of people who lived on Whidbey Island before us are displayed in a colorful quilt show reflecting the homespun values of resourceful women at the Island County Historical Museum in Coupeville.
With university training in botanical medicine, I can’t help but harbor fondness for a lot of what my fellow gardeners dismiss as lowly weeds.
Curiosity flew through space and landed on Mars in the beginning of August. Now exploring the surface of the Red Planet, the remotely operated vehicle sends pictures of an unfamiliar and desolate landscape back to scientists eagerly awaiting each image on Earth.
The Veterans Resource Center of Whidbey Island has found a new home, enabling it to consolidate three existing facilities to one location.