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  • Dec 8, 2012 at 10:00AM

The 2013 issue of the popular Whidbey Island Almanac published by Whidbey Island's three community newspapers is in the works. The Almanac includes everything newcomers to the island need to know – and a lot of things old-timers didn't know or have forgotten.

Conservation easement protects Greenbank Farm

  • Dec 8, 2012 at 10:00AM

Years of work to add another layer of protection to Greenbank Farm came to fruition last week. The Board of Island County Commissioners approved a $335,000 conservation easement for the agriculture, recreational and environmentally sensitive land located at the publicly owned farm. The easement is funded by Conservation Futures Funds awarded by the commissioners in 2011.

Coupeville High School's Leo Club equals leadership, experience, opportunity

  • Dec 9, 2012 at 10:00AM

A new club at Coupeville High School has come in like a lion. Or perhaps Lion with a capital “L” would be more appropriate, since the Coupeville Lions Club is behind its creation. “This is the opportunity for students to engage in servicing the community, just like the Lions Club,” said John Kohlmann, Leo Club advisor and Coupeville Lion.

Garden club decks Coupeville doors with wreaths

  • Dec 9, 2012 at 10:00AM

Holding to tradition, members of the Coupeville Garden Club worked to keep the ho-ho-ho spirit alive and well in Coupeville last week. Gathering at the group’s greenhouse at the middle school Monday and Tuesday, members crafted nearly 20 festive wreaths for the decoration of two public facilities around town.

Wolves lose game, O'Keefe to University Prep

  • Dec 6, 2012 at 10:25AM

The Coupeville boys basketball team lost 57-25 at University Prep in Seattle Tuesday, Dec. 4, but the mark in the loss column wasn't the only setback. The Wolves' floor leader and strongest all-around player Gavin O'Keefe broke his foot and is out for the year, a heavy blow to a young team trying to build a winning identify.

Gingerbread contest entries on display now

  • Dec 10, 2012 at 9:28AM

This intricate Native American longhouse – complete with Native canoes fashioned from gingerbread dough and "salmon" drying on racks made of pretzel sticks – is one of about two dozen entries so far in this year's Gingerbread Challenge, sponsored by The Whidbey Examiner.

Ebey grant gives barn new protection

  • Dec 13, 2012 at 11:25AM

A community supported grant program is giving one of Central Whidbey’s most recognizable and historic structures a new lease on life. Workers recently began installing a new metal roof on the Smith Barn at Willowood Farm, which is located about one mile south of town in the heart of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve

Conard weds 10 same-sex couples Sun.

  • Dec 13, 2012 at 11:26AM

Ten gay couples became some of the first in Island County to take advantage of Washington’s new same-sex marriage laws Sunday when they tied the knot at a private ceremony in Langley. Officiated by Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard, the weddings were held at the home of one of the nation’s most famous gay couples: Grethe Cammermeyer and Diane Divelbess. They were one of the couples who wed.

Brett’s Breads is a real family affair

  • Dec 14, 2012 at 11:00AM

Aunt Thelma would be proud. Brett Rebischke-Smith has taken her old family recipe for bread and is hoping to turn it into some dough.

County treasurer’s office recognizes volunteers

  • Dec 15, 2012 at 11:00AM

A small host of volunteers was honored by Island County elected officials last week for their critical contributions at the treasurer’s office this fall. Island County Commissioner Helen Price Johnson presented each of the eight volunteers with certificates of appreciation during a special brunch thrown in their honor this past Thursday.

Thank you for giving relationship validity

  • Dec 14, 2012 at 11:00AM

And it feels good knowing that all the young gay men and women who come after us won’t have to share their love in the shadows or pretend to be something they’re not or tell lies about the person they love. They’ll be able to marry that person, just like anybody else can. Most of all, it feels complete. Somebody wonderful married me. Thank you, Washington voters. Thank you very much.

Letter: Petitioners need to stop with jet noise grumbling

  • Dec 13, 2012 at 11:33AM

Try as I may, I can no longer remain silent on the issue of the Naval Outlying Field Coupeville petition. Ken Pickard made one comment I concur with — "That is it. It's over." However, he was remiss in not adding it is the grumbling that should be over.

Letter: OLF petition sparks memories of Vietnam

  • Dec 13, 2012 at 11:34AM

Deja’ vu is the word I would use that best describes the action taken by the petitioners to end the naval flight operations at Outlying Field Coupeville. As a veteran of Vietnam, I experienced being ordered to remove my uniform before re-entering the continental United States after dark.

Late critical areas update prompts action

  • Dec 14, 2012 at 2:00PM

A state-required update to a section of Island County’s critical areas ordinances is seven years past due and a South Whidbey-based environmental watchdog group says that’s too long.

Late critical areas update prompts action

  • Dec 14, 2012 at 2:00PM

A state-required update to a section of Island County’s critical areas ordinances is seven years past due and a South Whidbey-based environmental watchdog group says that’s too long.

New organization assists farm animals in need

  • Dec 16, 2012 at 9:00AM

Carol Barnes clicked through picture after picture on her desktop looking for one she could share. Most are too disturbing to be shown, she said.

Lynn honored for work

  • Dec 17, 2012 at 11:00AM

Judy Lynn has spent countless hours listening. With more than 200 oral history interviews conducted on behalf of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve and the Island County Historical Society under her belt, this Coupeville resident knows a lot about local history.

Turnovers trouble Coupeville boys

  • Dec 13, 2012 at 11:42AM

Turnovers are a common theme so far this season for the Coupeville High School boys basketball team, and the mistakes undercut strong efforts in three recent losses. The Wolves lost 57-24 at University Prep in Seattle Tuesday, Dec. 4; 74-25 at La Conner Thursday, Dec. 6; and 69-39 at home to Cedarcrest Friday, Dec. 7.

Coupeville girls struggle with opponents’ presses

  • Dec 13, 2012 at 11:42AM

La Conner and Cedarcrest both effectively used full court presses to put away the visiting Coupeville High School girls basketball team last week. The Braves defeated the Wolves 53-27 Thursday, Dec. 6, and the Red Wolves won 62-24 Friday, Dec. 7, in the conference opener.

Roehl basketball tournament returns

  • Dec 13, 2012 at 12:20PM

The third annual Tom Roehl Round-ball Classic returns to Coupeville High School at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22.The all-island tournament raises money for the Tom Roehl Memorial Scholarship.Team registration is open at until Dec 21.

Waves wreak havoc on shoreline

  • Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00AM

Powerful winds and high tides destroyed property, forced the closure of several roads and disrupted service on the Port Townsend-to-Coupeville ferry route Monday. Waterfront residences in Bon Air on Central Whidbey suffered severe damage to bulkheads and, in several cases, resulted in the loss of up to 20 feet of property, residents reported.

School’s food meets tough standards

  • Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00AM

The Coupeville School District’s food service program has met rigorous new nutritional guidelines set forth by the federal government and qualifies for a small reimbursement for each meal served. Part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required schools to meet tougher nutrition standards for the 2012-2013 school year. Schools participating in the National School Lunch Program have had to offer more healthy options to help mitigate the trend toward childhood obesity.

Town planner gets jail time

  • Dec 21, 2012 at 8:00AM

Langley Mayor Larry Kwarsick will have to spend more than two weeks in jail and will likely resign from office after pleading guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge for falsifying a city record. Island County Superior Court Judge Vickie Churchill shocked many in the courtroom Monday by sentencing Kwarsick to 15 days in jail after both the prosecutor and defense recommended that he serve no jail time. In fact, several of Kwarsick’s supporters were noticeably outraged.

Original member welcomed back to Ebey’s trust

  • Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00AM

The Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve welcomed back one of its original members this month. Wilbur Bishop, a long-time Central Whidbey farmer who served on the very first Trust Board 24 years ago, was appointed by the Island County Commissioners last month to fill position 5.

Wolves return home for big win

  • Dec 20, 2012 at 8:00AM

Home is where the wins are. After playing its first five games on the road, the Coupeville High School girls basketball team finally played on its own floor and it was a happy homecoming, defeating rival South Whidbey 39-24 Friday, Dec. 14. Coach David King said, “It was good to be home and playing in front of our home crowd. The girls could feel the energy the fans brought.”

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