The Port of Coupeville is one of those small governmental entities that most people probably don’t dwell on.
When I checked a map of the weather monitoring stations throughout the island via www.wunderground.com this New Year’s morning, I saw numbers ranging from below freezing to 46 degrees. We’ve been having results like this for quite a while. Remember the recent snow storm that missed Oak Harbor and Coupeville and dumped four inches on the south end?
The cold-blooded murder of 12 people at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is a reminder that freedom sometimes comes with a high price.
Few of us bother to sing the third verse of “Deck the Halls” at Christmastime, but it’s a sweet celebration of the new year’s approach: “Fast away the old year passes / Hail the new, ye lads and lasses / Sing we joyous all together / Heedless of the wind and weather!” So, ye Whidbey lads and lasses, herewith I sing carols about some fond year-end memories here on the Rock, heedless of our wind and weather.
A number of years ago, a few people with vision realized the need for a Boys & Girls Club in Coupeville. Spurred to action by Margie Parker and Sue Roundy, the pair realized that the Central Whidbey Youth Coalition’s Saturday night get-together in the gym proved the need.
If you work for the government, “the people” are ultimately your boss. It’s a cliche, to be sure. It’s ungrammatical and oversimplified.
Last week I got real excited. And it wasn’t because an ice-cream truck overturned in front of my house.
Americans throw away 25 percent more waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s than in any other season. It amounts to about 1 million extra tons per week. Think about those holiday parties, the paper plates and cups, plastic utensils, wrapping paper, Styrofoam stuffing, plastic packaging, ribbons, decorations, the food waste and the tree!
As the countdown to Christmas continues, remember there are many great stores in Central Whidbey to find that perfect holiday gift.
As a gardener, I’ll admit to harboring ill will toward some of the plants that crop up in the flower beds I’m tending. There is only so much shot weed you can pull without also wanting to pull out your own hair.
Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue will hold an open house 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Station 51 on Main Street in Coupeville in celebration of the 86th anniversary of the founding of the Coupeville Volunteer Fire Department.
You know what I enjoy most about holiday season on the Rock? Wherever I go, it’s as if the last 50 years never happened.
Members of the Coupeville Town Council didn’t exactly stand up to Oak Harbor Mayor Scott Dudley last week.
Some people put their gardens to bed in the fall and turn their minds to other pursuits till spring. Others may use their downtime in the dreary months to pour through seed catalogues and plot and plan next year’s garden.
In 20 years, Lyla and Phil Snover have not only created a lot of snowmen, but a lot of memories.
There’s a lot to be thankful for when you live in such a beautiful place as Whidbey Island. And there’s even more reason to be thankful when you live in such a unique community like Coupeville.
His teeth had no cavities, but they were heavily worn. He was about my height — some 5 feet 7 inches tall. He wasn’t petite, likely weighing around 160 pounds. Well before his death, he broke six of his ribs. Five of them never healed, but he kept going nevertheless.
I just spent 17 days crossing something amazing off my bucket list. In September, I cruised the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers on a luxury boat with 160 other bedazzled tourists through six countries, past countless castles, innumerable cathedrals and more cobblestones than there are stars in heaven.
Just because your hostas are starting to look about as attractive as cattle silage, don’t despair. Their roots will do just fine in our northern winters, and they’ll come back bigger and better than ever in the spring.
If you favor certain plants because of their fragrance, you’re not alone. There are billions and billions of little pollinators in the world who agree with you.