We ate a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner last week at the Oystercatcher restaurant in Coupeville. Chef-owners Joe Scott and Jamie Sastre, who are about to leave us for the wilds of Asheville, N.C., outdid themselves with everything from soup (creamy celery root blended with kale) to salad (local greens with apples, pickled figs and feta) to roast turkey (heritage breed grown in Ephrata with sage stuffing and local braised vegetables) to nuts (pecan tart with sour cream sorbet).
It makes good financial sense to get your home and vehicle ready for the winter. So doesn’t it make just as much sense to put some effort into winterizing your landscaping? After all, according to horticultural and lending experts – not your usual bedfellows – landscaping is one of the few home improvements that always increases both the curb appeal and the value of your property. Not only that, but that added value can grow as the landscaping grows and matures over time. Besides, if you’re reading this column, you either enjoy gardening or you enjoy the results of gardening. The last thing you want is to see your hard work during the other three seasons of the year come to nothing after an ugly winter catches you off guard.
I’m a horrible Christmas shopper. You will never catch me standing in line on Black Friday waiting for some crazy savings. In fact, I haven’t even started my shopping list.
I’d like to introduce you to some of the new faces at Town Hall: Bridget Smith is our new planner, and is also handling some of the work regarding building permits. Bridget has been on board since May 28. She has a bachelor’s degree in architecture, from University of Oregon, which will serve her well in working with the Historic Preservation Commission and our local residents processing building permits in Ebey’s Reserve.
As the holiday season approaches, people usually take a moment to stop, look around and appreciate the things for which they are thankful. Residents in Coupeville should have a lot of thankfulness. They get to live in a beautiful, charming community that does so much to support each other.
While results haven’t yet been certified, last week voters seemingly approved a $50 million bond for Whidbey General Hospital to upgrade and expand its facility.
‘Tis autumn on the Rock, and although it’s my favorite season I also consider it a bittersweet time of year.
Some people really love Christmas, I mean REALLY love Christmas. A friend of mine starts listening to Christmas music around Halloween, looks to start Christmas decorating in the beginning of November and usually has all of her trees up before Thanksgiving.
Last week we published a story in which incoming Port of Coupeville Executive Director Tim McDonald questioned candidate Richard Bowen’s ability to serve as a port commissioner.
Editor, My letter is partially in response to Pat Smith’s Oct. 17 letter “Noise discloser part of the OLF problem.” Watching OLF Coupeville flight ops from 525 feet away and subsequently reading the Island County government noise disclosure form, I agree. I even testified in front of the Island County Commissioners on Oct. 14 asking for a written reply in part to see about improving the noise disclosure.
In 2013 an estimated 232,000 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the United States.
It took about six months to decide whether or not to attend my 10-year high school reunion. Up until last week, I still wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to go. But nonetheless, I find myself packing this week to make the three- hour journey south to visit my alma mater.
Having spent most of my life in big cities, I didn’t use to care much where my food came from, except when the supermarket was out of something or the McDonald’s drive-through was backed up. Then I’d belly-ache about the terrible inconvenience. When I was 5, I asked my dad if hot dogs were made out of dogs. He said no, but he wouldn’t tell me what they were really made of. As an adult I have assiduously avoided asking that question.
The 100 Deadly Days of Summer that began Memorial Day Friday ended Labor Day. It is one of the most dangerous and deadliest times of the year on our nation’s roads. Sadly it seems Island County was not left unscathed.
Many “non-essential” government agencies and programs temporarily got the boot Tuesday after Congress refused to reach a budget agreement, forcing our country into a government shutdown. On Whidbey Island we lost service personnel at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, who are forced into furlough for an unknown amount of time and two employees were furloughed at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
There are many reasons we are lucky to live in this beautiful spot on the planet but one that sometimes goes unnoticed are the many hardworking, nonprofit groups that go about fulfilling their missions, quietly and with little fanfare. These groups provide a variety of services that we all benefit from at some time or another. Their missions are diverse and important. They protect our children, elderly, animals and environment. They support our schools, the arts and health care. They provide lifetime learning on a multitude of subjects, complete historic preservation and are responsible for the many unique events in our community. They feed our hungry, protect the abused, provide healthy and safe activities for our youth and keep our town beautiful. All of these nonprofits get their work done with volunteers, giving of their time and talents, to support the people and things that are important to them.
Long before any of us set foot here, our Rock was shared by at least four nations. Some Snohomish spent the summers on South Whidbey. Branches of the Skagits lived in the center and the north. And a Clallam band lived on the west end of Ebey’s Prairie. It was an un-United Nations. There was a lot of fussin’ and feudin’. But every once in a while a Big Chief would call all the Rock nations together for a potlatch, where they spent days drinking, eating and making merry in a cedar long house. As soon as it was over, they went back to fussin’ and feudin’ again.
If you come up with a specific need in this community, there’s probably already a nonprofit focused on that particular project. Whether it’s providing financial assistance with medical needs, feeding the hungry or making sure Coupeville’s streets flourish with flowers, people in Central Whidbey like to help where they can. This weekend, the Town of Coupeville will partner with Coupeville Farmer’s Market and Coupeville Library to provide information about many of those nonprofits in a single location.
Coupeville residents will see some road work in the next few weeks. We have been very fortunate in securing grants to pay the majority of the costs for the following projects:
Going to the ocean as a child was always a lot of fun. While my father flew kites, my brother and I would play in the sand, look for sea shells and test our limits on how far we went out in the surf. My mother would lay on a blanket, snoozing or reading a book. We went at least once a year, if not more. My dad bought his first kite when I was just an infant.