Leaders at Whidbey General Hospital are gathering information to possibly run a new bond that would pay for renovating and expanding the hospital’s Coupeville campus. Hospital commissioner Ron Wallin proposed during Monday’s hospital board meeting that hospital administration re-evaluate a bond that taxpayers would have to approve to finance the project.
The Penn Cove Water Festival welcomes Native American canoe clubs to race on Saturday, May 18, for the 22nd annual celebration at the Coupeville Wharf. Held in downtown Coupeville, the festival allows guests to relive history while honoring ancestors and those who first hosted the festival in the 1930s. The event was an annual affair until it was cancelled during World War II and then resumed 21 years ago.
The members of the Coupeville Garden Club are still wondering who took time to clean a statue at Cook Corner Park located on North Main Street near the town’s historic downtown. Whoever cleaned the statue did a great job. Garden club members want to thank the good samaritan.
It looks like Jim Patton can’t get enough of the Port of Coupeville. Around the time he finishes his tenure as the executive director of the small port district, he will find out if voters want him to serve on its board of commissioners.
Kathy Baxter wasn’t necessarily looking for a major construction project when she decided to buy a home on Central Whidbey last summer. Although she did have an idea in mind of what she wanted, she said she didn’t think she would find it. Two weeks later and her dream home popped up and was within her price range.
A fire of unknown origin claimed a mobile home on North Whidbey this morning. The blaze is believed to have started sometime after midnight in a single-wide trailer at the back of an undeveloped lot on Van Dam Road. Firefighters worked to extinguish the flames for at least an hour, but the building was completely destroyed.
One-hundred-year-old Leone Argent has lived on her property near Coupeville since she was 7. A group of volunteers visited the former school teacher Saturday to make sure her home stays in good shape so Argent can continue to live there. They were a handful of the more than 100 volunteers participating in the Central Whidbey Hearts and Hammers workday Saturday.
The pastoral landscape of Whidbey Island was the scene Wednesday of something that hadn’t been seen for years. Rather than the tractors that dot the landscape of rural Whidbey Island, one man was using two fairly large horses to do some similar work.
One of the kiosks bookending the entrance to the Coupeville Wharf received a much-needed upgrade thanks to the efforts of staff at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. The kiosk, which is located at the corner of Front Street and Alexander Street in Coupeville’s historic downtown, received three new panels that highlight various aspects of the reserve.
Editor, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about people who you, as readers, rarely see or even come in contact with. But they are every bit as important to the production of this newspaper as anyone. Those are your newspaper delivery people. Often, they are a blur in the night. Delivering your paper while you sleep. Delivering in all kinds of weather and the occasional deer crossing the road.
Three gun enthusiasts are forming a group on Central Whidbey Island to provide a supportive, encouraging environment for women interested in learning every aspect of shooting. The Well Armed Woman Whidbey Island Chapter is looking for members. The group is holding its first meeting and shoots 2-4 p.m., on Mothers Day, Sunday, May 12 at the Central Whidbey Sportsman’s Association located at 973 Safari Lane near Outlying Field.
An eight-member budget committee formed to examine the upcoming budget for the Coupeville School District. They will hold a public meeting at the end of the month to discuss the pending budget. School officials don’t have a dollar amount yet for next year’s budget. They are waiting for information from the state Legislature. They aren’t expecting many changes from the previous year’s budget.
People interested in serving in elected office have to file their candidacy next week with the Island County Auditor’s Office in order to get on the ballot. Local offices will highlight the November general election in 2013. The Coupeville Town Council, the Coupeville School Board, Port of Coupeville, Whidbey General Hospital and the all of the junior taxing districts will have seats up for election this year. Many of those entities have more than one seat up for election.
Whidbey Island Post Offices will be sponsoring its “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday, May 11. Residents are encouraged to leave donations of non-perishable food in their mailboxes by 8 a.m. Saturday. Mail carriers will pick up the donation and return it to your local food bank. P.O. box customers can drop their donations in collection bins placed at their local post office.
Nearly a year after a voter approved ballot initiative allowed liquor to be sold in large retail stores, the former state-owned and contract liquor stores on Whidbey are struggling. The liquor store in Oak Harbor closed in late 2012 while contract liquor stores in Coupeville and Freeland saw sales plummet by more than half since privatization went into affect.
The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville will provide some legal cover Wednesday for the Greenbank Farm Management Group. The elected board of commissioners will extend the lease the port has with the private organization for the commercial properties at the publicly owned farm until June 3, 2015.
In the latest chapter of a squabble that has lasted for several months, a Greenbank resident is asking that commissioners for the Port of Coupeville repay legal costs associated with an incident that took place in February.
Members of the Coupeville Lions Club are gathering at Prairie Center-Red Apple, Whidbey Island Bank and the Coupeville Ferry dock to raise funds as part of the annual Lions White Cane Days May 1-5.
Coupeville Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at the Coupeville United Methodist Church, 608 N. Main St.
Volunteers for the Coupeville Lions Club are busy accepting donations needed for their annual Garage Sale that takes place in late June at Coupeville Elementary School at the corner of South Main Street and State Highway 20.