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- posted May 30, 2013 at 12:12 PM
This week I received a very special gift. While visiting my parents on Memorial Day, my mother gave me a pearl necklace that belonged to her mother. My Oma died in September at the age of 89. She was my last living grandparent.
- posted May 30, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Riding state ferries is likely to become a bit more expensive. In an attempt to meet revenue goals set by the state Legislature, officials from Washington State Ferries are proposing fare increases over the next two years. Officials are considering two rounds of fare increases. The first would be a 3 percent increase in vehicle fares and a 2 percent increase in passenger fares that would take effect Oct. 1, 2013. The second would be 2.5 percent increase in vehicle fares and a 2 percent increase in passenger fares that would take effect May 1, 2014.
- posted May 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Saturday my dad, Walter Nelson, participated in the annual Memorial Day Parade for the first time. He was so impressed with the appreciation and countless “thank you Walters” he received from the crowd as his car preceded through the parade. Dad looked at me with a tear in his eye said, “thank you for bringing me, I’ve never felt so appreciated.”
- posted May 30, 2013 at 11:57 AM
The Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office responded to the following calls:
- posted May 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM
Coupeville United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School presents “Everywhere Fun Fair” 9:30 to noon, August 5-9. Children ages 3 through fifth grade will meet neighbors from the Bible who helped and welcomed others, explore the life of our neighbors from all over the world, and discover how to be a good neighbor to people near and far.
- posted May 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Heni Barnes spent months throughout the school year researching a project that earned her some national attention. The Coupeville High School junior performed well enough at regional and state competitions to earn a spot at the National History Day competition that takes place next month in College Park, Md.
- posted May 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM
I attempted to show someone a very attractive plant recently and as soon as the word Salvia came out of my mouth, she said, “Oh, I know Salvia.” Then with a wave of her hand she moved on, as if to add, “If you’ve seen one Salvia, you’ve seen them all.” I suppose if you had a lot of time on your hands – and I do mean a lot – you could know everything there is to know about Salvia. For the rest of us, I reckon, there’s always something more to learn.
- posted May 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM
The current congregation of the Coupeville United Methodist Church celebrated the 160th anniversary of their founding with a special service held April 28 in the historic church on North Main Street. The church at Coupeville was the first church organized north of Olympia in what was then Washington Territory.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 10:45 AM
Coupeville High School’s class of 2013 wrapped up school Thursday with a senior assembly followed by a snappy parade down South and North Main streets. Students from Coupeville Elementary School took a break from classes to congratulate them as the seniors paraded down Main Street. The ceremony for this year’s senior class begins 6 p.m. Friday, June 7 at the Coupeville High School gymnasium. A reception will follow.
- posted Jun 4, 2013 at 11:54 AM
They took different paths to their athletic success, but the depth of the impression each left on Coupeville High School is equally as deep.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 2:52 PM— updated Jun 7, 2013 at 8:50 AM
Coupeville High School’s Class of 2013 features two valedictorians who are both graduating high school with a 4.0 grade point average. Since two students finished with the same grade point average, 11 students comprise the Top 10.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 1:45 PM
When fiscal times get tough, many of our government representatives choose to cut vital services such as fire and law enforcement. God forbid we should cut so-called social services or free bus services. Why not spread the financial support burden among all residents of Island County instead of always targeting homeowners through property taxes. All people in the county benefit from law and fire protection services, ergo all people should bear the costs of these vital services.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 3:01 PM
Thomas Lile will graduate from Coupeville High School on June 7 as co-valedictorian of the Class of 2013, and will accept diplomas for two associate’s degrees from Skagit Valley College on June 21. A Running Start student for the past two years, Lile has studied biology and physics engineering at SVC while also maintaining a 4.0 grade point average at Coupeville High School.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 3:02 PM
Seventeen-year-old Amanda d’Almeida will share the podium with fellow valedictorian Thomas Lile at Coupeville High School’s graduation June 7. D’Almeida has attended Coupeville schools since her family moved here when she was 12. She’s been a 4.0 student all the way through middle and high school. Though she looked at several schools, d’Almeida has chosen Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., a private liberal arts college that offers a top biology program.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 1:20 PM
Coupeville Town Council is continuing its exploration into what to do with the town’s marshal’s office. A workshop was held last week and council members revisited options for further review. There are three ways to look at staffing a police force, said Mayor Nancy Conard. It can be staffed based on how it’s always staffed, on a per capita basis or need basis.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 1:44 PM
Is it just me, or does anyone else get a little excited when they hear the word “audit?” Checking my email Monday morning, I was happy to find a notification from the Washington State Auditor’s Office saying a new audit report had been released. The report was from an audit recently completed on Town of Coupeville.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 1:22 PM
Officials from Washington State Ferries will hold a series of meetings on Whidbey Island throughout June. Those meetings will touch upon the implications of the 2013-2015 state budget, an update on new vessel construction, ferry performance measures and route specific issues. “I look forward to visiting the communities and hearing directly from our riders on the issues that affect their everyday travels,” David Moseley, WSDOT assistant secretary of the Ferries Division, said in a press release. “I always find this feedback valuable and it helps us when we consider making changes to the system.”
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM— updated Jun 10, 2013 at 9:29 AM
Town of Coupeville got a slap on the wrists by the Washington State Auditor for how it distributed bonuses in 2011 and 2012. In an audit report released March 29, the auditor’s office noted the town paid its employees extra compensation which is not allowable per Washington State Constitution.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 1:30 PM
One high school student’s senior project is going to help the Island County Museum. Senior Ben Carlson spent most of his senior year designing and building a wooden wagon that is one-fifth scale of one that was used by settlers in the 19th century when they made their journey west on the Oregon Trail. That wagon will be donated to the museum, which will be used for education and outreach efforts.
- posted Jun 6, 2013 at 1:23 PM
State Sen. Barbara Bailey, State Rep. Norma Smith and State Rep. Dave Hayes — all Republicans representing the 10th District — will provide a legislative update during a community forum scheduled for early June. The forum includes an update of the legislative session and special session that recently concluded.
- posted Jun 13, 2013 at 8:28 AM
It would be safe to say Dr. Jim Copenhaver is Coupeville’s Dr. Soccer.
- posted Jun 14, 2013 at 3:42 PM
Voters will decide this November whether to increase property taxes to fund a $50-million expansion of Whidbey General Hospital. Monday night, hospital commissioners voted to place the bond proposal on the general election ballot. The bond will pay for construction of a new wing at the hospital’s Coupeville campus.
- posted Jun 14, 2013 at 3:41 PM— updated Jun 14, 2013 at 4:11 PM
Nearly 70 students spent their last moments together Friday. Coupeville High School’s Class of 2013, many of whom have been together since grade school, graduated Friday night during a ceremony at the high school gymnasium. Following the festivities, the graduates will head in separate directions. Some will attend college, while others will enlist in the military or head into the workforce.
- posted Jun 14, 2013 at 3:49 PM
The Coupeville Town Marshal’s Office responded to the following calls:
- posted Jun 14, 2013 at 3:48 PM
A group of Whidbey General Hospital employees descended upon Monday’s hospital commissioner meeting to speak about the long hours they work, often days at a time with no days off or no vacation, and the less-than-average wages they earn.