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Winter prep preview | Coupeville cheer

  • Dec 8, 2013 at 10:00AM

"LEAD Strong" is the motto of this winter's Coupeville High School cheer squad, tying into the traditional family feeling the team has built over the years.

Streubel receives all-area honors

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 12:21PM

Coupeville High School senior football player Nick Streubel was named to the Everett Herald's All-area, first-team defensive squad.

Sewing to help, one quilt at a time

  • Dec 3, 2013 at 10:00AM

Throughout the year, a group of women spent their Monday mornings sewing for a good cause. The 16 or so members of the women of the Coupeville United Methodist Church have been sewing hats, scarves and quilts of all sizes. Those items will be sold during the holiday bazaar that takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Coupeville United Methodist Church located on North Main Street. Money raised from the bazaar will be donated to organizations that help people on the local, regional and international level.

Keeping plants warm, snuggly in the winter | Sowin ’n’ the Trowel

  • Dec 2, 2013 at 9:00AM

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.

New shelter great, what about outreach | Letter to the Editor

  • Nov 30, 2013 at 9:00AM

Thank you for the update on WAIF’s new shelter building. It was surprising that Mr. Rupp and the “leaders” you mentioned (not sure exactly who) did not include reference to their more important news, the hiring of a new executive director who hails from a well-regarded no-kill shelter in Kansas. Maybe WAIF will now be able to evolve from a “minimal kill” to a no-kill shelter as so many “leaders” connected to WAG are hoping.

Some are meant for Christmas shopping, not me | Some perspective

  • Nov 30, 2013 at 9:00AM

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.

Wifi zone goes live in downtown Coupeville

  • Dec 2, 2013 at 1:00PM

Visitors to downtown Coupeville can now access the Internet free of charge. A free wifi zone was created by the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association with financial partnership with Allstate Insurance and Town of Coupeville. The zone encompasses the downtown corridor from Coupeville Inn to Main Street and down onto the wharf. CWHA started the project earlier last year and has been working to find the best system for the project.

Coupeville Festival Association to award community grants Dec. 2

  • Dec 1, 2013 at 10:00AM

Thanks to a well-attended summer festival, tens of thousands of dollars will be awarded in the form of grants. The Coupeville Festival Association is awarding 15 grants totaling $30,000. Those grants will be awarded during an event scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 2 at the Whidbey General Hospital conference room.

Coupeville school foundation awards grants

  • Nov 30, 2013 at 12:00PM

Educators in the Coupeville School District got some help thanks to some timely community fundraising. The Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools awarded around $3,000 worth of mini-grants to teachers at the elementary, middle and high schools as well as the district’s special education program.

Coupeville's Jack Tingstad shares love of trains with public

  • Nov 28, 2013 at 10:00AM

Walking into the basement of Jack Tingstad’s house is like taking a trip back in time. Trains traverse the old railroads of Colorado, chugging their way through mining towns. “It’s a great hobby, especially in the Northwest during the winter,” Tingstad said. Tingstad will host his 13th model railroad open house from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at his home on 508 Broadway St in Coupeville. Tingstad has volunteered at the food bank for 10 years, and asks those coming to see his trains bring a donation for Gifts of the Heart food bank.

New shelter one step in WAIF’s goal for expanding service

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 10:00AM updated Nov 27, 2013 at 12:17PM

If fundraising goes as expected, stray animals caught on Whidbey Island could have a new home. Officials with the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation are raising money and constructing a new campus. Nearly $2 million has been raised and leaders are looking to collect another $1.8 million to pay for construction of a new 8,700-square-foot- building on 9.8 acres of land located across the street from the current shelter near Coupeville.

Fans can back Streubel for football honor

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 7:46AM

Local football fans can help Coupeville's Nick Streubel become the Everett Herald's Defensive Player of the Year by casting votes for the Wolf lineman.

Arnold ends 20-year cheer coaching career

  • Nov 29, 2013 at 11:00AM

It began by helping her youngest sister; it ended by helping hundreds more. Sylvia Arnold closed out her 20-year Coupeville High School cheer coaching career at the end of this football season.

Hundreds to gather for Coupeville's annual community Thanksgiving meal

  • Nov 26, 2013 at 10:00AM

Hundreds of people will share their Thanksgiving holiday together at the Coupeville Recreation Hall. Coupeville’s Community Potluck begins at noon Thanksgiving Day and continues until the food runs out.

New Town of Coupeville employees settle in | Town Talk

  • Nov 25, 2013 at 10:00AM

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.

Keeping futures fund should be no-brainer | Letters to the Editor

  • Nov 23, 2013 at 9:00AM

What do you love too much to lose? There is a proposal before the Island County Board of Commissioners to essentially gut the highly successful and popular Conservations Futures Fund. What has the fund done? It has helped preserve and create public beach access, forest parks, off-leash-dog areas, wildlife habitat of regional significance; miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails and helped preserve prime farmland. Double Bluff County Park, Ala Spit, Greenbank Farm, Davis Slough Heron Rookery, Trillium Forest and the 3 Sisters farm to mention just a few examples of what the fund has done for us.

There’s plenty to be thankful for living in this town | Some perspective

  • Nov 22, 2013 at 10:00AM

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.

Ebey Bowl back in action with new partnership

  • Nov 24, 2013 at 10:00AM

After taking a break, Ebey Bowl is back in action. The bowling alley was closed for about a month, and re-opened mid-October. On Sept. 22, Traci Wisdom received a phone call from Matt Iverson and Mimi Johnson, the siblings who own Ebey Bowl. They asked her if she wanted to become a partner. The siblings own an Allstate Insurance Company branch in Oak Harbor as well. Between the business in Oak Harbor and the bowling alley, they were not getting to spend as much time with their families, Wisdom said.

Port of Coupeville approves McDonald’s employment arrangement

  • Nov 23, 2013 at 10:00AM

The next month or so will be a time of transition for the Port of Coupeville. A new executive director will take the helm of the district in December and a new commissioner will start his term in January. The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville this month approved an employment arrangement for Tim McDonald, who will start his tenure as executive director Dec. 1.

Two Coupeville school levies head to voters in February

  • Nov 23, 2013 at 10:00AM

Central Whidbey voters will be asked to decide early next year whether to continue local funding for Coupeville schools. The Coupeville School Board last week approved sending two levies that will bring in millions of dollars to the district. Voters will consider the two replacement levies during a special election scheduled for Feb. 12, 2014.

Hearing set for Coupeville's 2014 budget

  • Nov 24, 2013 at 10:00AM

Coupeville Town Council will hold a public hearing next week to seek input on the draft $5.1 million 2014 budget. The document reflects a few changes to town finances including a 5 percent cost of living increase for town employees. Mayor Nancy Conard said employees haven’t seen a raise since 2009.

Coupeville mayor plans to propose one-way road

  • Nov 23, 2013 at 10:00AM

In an attempt to deal with bluff erosion, Town of Coupeville officials are looking at possibly turning part of Front Street into a one-way road as a way to deal with bluff erosion issues. Mayor Nancy Conard said she is waiting for additional reports from surveyors before bringing a recommendation to council. She said she anticipates that happening early next year.

Wedding show puts Whidbey Island’s vendors on the map

  • Nov 17, 2013 at 10:00AM

Buses full of newlyweds, mothers and wedding and event enthusiasts toured the Coupeville area Saturday for the inaugural Weddings on Whidbey and Events Tour.

Letter: Promise to be good financial stewards

  • Nov 15, 2013 at 4:15PM

Editor, Last week, the Whidbey General Hospital bond was approved with 61.53 percent of the vote. Support was widespread up and down the island—the bond received majority approval in 33 out of 37 precincts and in several precincts, it garnered more than 75 percent.

Voters smart to pass Whidbey General bond

  • Nov 15, 2013 at 4:14PM

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.

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