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Stuurmans purchase makes way for street

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 11:51AM

The Town of Coupeville is one step closer to building a new street to connect Broadway and North Main. A timeline has not yet been established for the transportation project, and Coupeville Mayor Nancy Conard said it could take 20-30 years for the Fourth Street extension to be completed. From downtown Coupeville, Madrona Way to Coveland Street currently provides the most direct connection between Broadway and Main streets. A secondary corridor meanders through residential neighborhoods.

Ballot count requires attention to detail

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 11:00AM updated Nov 7, 2012 at 10:49AM

When Greenbank resident Anne Hallam called the Island County Elections Office with a problem with her ballot, she was shocked by the instructions they gave her. Hallam had voted, sealed the ballot inside the two envelopes, and signed her name. She then realized she had signed the envelope with her husband’s name typed on it.

Lions stage performance – behind the scenes

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 11:56AM

The circular saw whines as Bill Jones pushes a panel of wood through its blade, neatly cutting it in half. Jones is among about a dozen members of the Central Whidbey Lions Club who have been building a set for an upcoming performance at the Whidbey Playhouse, a community theater in Oak Harbor. The volunteers have put in almost 400 hours on the project, which will be revealed to the public when the theater’s late-November production of “FrUiTCaKeS” hits the stage.

Mother Mentors offer support – and practical help

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 11:58AM

“I came to a time in my life when I knew I still had one thing I wanted to do – to reach out to mothers with young children,” said Kristin Lasher, founder of Mother Mentors. “I had a rough time myself when I had young children, so my heart goes out to them,” she said. “I know how alone a mom can feel.”

Greenbank group happy with review

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:00PM

Speaking on behalf of the Greenbank Farm Management Group, I’d like to respond to the article about the Port Of Coupeville’s review panel and concerns about our finances (“Accountant resigns from Greenbank Farm post,” Oct. 25). The letter from Georgia Gardner that is discussed in the article alludes to accounting and tax reporting deficiencies only in the most general and undefined way. For an organization that strives to be effective and transparent, we find this extremely frustrating in that we have no specifics to respond to.

We must work together to make Greenbank Farm sustainable

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:01PM

In response to the recent article The Whidbey Examiner about the financial concerns at the Greenbank Farm (“Accountant resigns from Greenbank Farm post,” Oct. 25), I would hope that specific details will be forthcoming, so that if errors were made, things could be quickly remedied. It is unfortunate that in a contentious political climate, issues become devisive, distorting the larger picture.

Haugen has been too effective to lose now

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:02PM

Many years ago I ran for the state Legislature from our district and managed, despite being endorsed by two governors and a U.S. Senator, to come in third. Second place went to a Republican from Oak Harbor that Governors Evans and Spellman classified as a “troglodyte.” (Trogs in history were barbarians who lived underground.)

Thank you, Greenbank, for your support

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:03PM

When I arrived in Greenbank as postmaster three and a half years ago, I had zero postmaster experience. My boss gave me an opportunity and took a chance that I would land on my feet with this appointment. I believe I have, and in large part it was due to a very patient and incredibly supportive community.

Everyone should vote for Jill Johnson

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:04PM

We are voting for Jill Johnson to be one of Island County’s commissioners. In the short time we have known and worked with Jill, we have concluded she has the necessary skills and qualities we feel the position needs.

Homola cares about all, not just some

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:05PM

I got to meet Angie Homola last night and I could see why her opponent has attempted to keep Angie from speaking at certain community forums. Think of a 10,000-piece puzzle with pieces scattered miles apart, some on very hard-to-reach shelves. Angie is so bright, she can keep track of what’s on every single piece, knows where to find it and knows how each piece fits together. Even if the picture on the box has been trampled, she holds the vision of what it can be.

County needs Johnson’s leadership

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:06PM

My vote for Island County Commissioner, District 2, is for Jill Johnson. I have known Jill for over 25 years on the Island and worked with her professionally, personally and served on public committees with her for the City of Oak Harbor. In every aspect of her performance, it was one of proven integrity, motivation and tenacity.

Basketball fundraiser to help injured pastor

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:07PM

A fundraiser for an injured Coupeville pastor and his family will pit police against firefighters in a battle for supremacy on the basketball court. “We’re bringing the big guns to the game,” laughed Island County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Garden. “I think it’s going to be an all-out war, but I think the cops will come out on top!” Jerry Helm, a Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue firefighter and one of the event organizers, said the rivalry between the two groups is all in fun.

Wolves ousted at volleyball tourney

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:15PM

Coupeville lost more than a pair of matches at the district volleyball tournament at Lynden Christian Saturday. In addition to losing to Nooksack Valley 3-1 (17-25, 23-25, 25-22, 22-25) and Friday Harbor 3-0 (17-25, 23-25, 23-25), Coupeville lost head coach Toni Crebbin, who announced she is stepping down as leader of the program.

LC clips Wolves in soccer

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:15PM

Looking for some relief from a tough regular season, the Coupeville High School soccer team didn’t find any in the district tournament, losing 6-0 at Lynden Christian Wednesday, Oct. 24. While Lynden Christian (10-6) dominated the first half, going up 2-0, Coupeville (1-16) came out energized in the second and appeared it might get back into the match, controlling the ball the first 10 minutes.

Community Calendar

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:20PM

The following are some events happening on Whidbey. Here is your chance to learn a new skill, meet new people or just have fun!

Winter gardening for wildlife

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:26PM

I think it’s safe to say things are back to normal in Western Washington. The rain gutters are making that old familiar burbling noise and dodging mud puddles is once again a normal part of navigating the byways. I could almost swear I heard a collective sigh rise up from a million slug and snail burrows when the first fat raindrops fell. But maybe it was just the wind revving up for a typical October blast.

Neighbors in conflict and a curious woman in a hoodie

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 12:30PM

Recent calls to the Coupeville Marshal’s Office: Monday, Oct. 22 8:15 a.m., a deceased deer was blocking the northbound lane in the 18000 block of SR 20. 12:36 p.m., ongoing problem with neighbor on N Main.

Halloween in Coupeville

  • Nov 1, 2012 at 1:02PM

Halloween happenings around Coupeville were full of fun and fright!

Search under way for new schools chief

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

The Coupeville School Board has appointed a search committee to find the district’s next superintendent. Under the district’s usual practice, the committee members will sign a confidentiality agreement. The committee will identify what the school system wants in its next chief and what qualifications and characteristics that individual should possess.

Truffle teams head to the woods

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Since moving to Whidbey Island 30 years ago, Maureen Murphy has been plucking chanterelles from the woods of South Whidbey. As a nature lover, horticulturalist and botanist, Murphy loves the experience of heading outdoors on a hunt for edible mushrooms. “To get out into the forest is a really beautiful experience,” Murphy said. “The smells, the fragrances are really potent after the first fall rain.”

Island Transit officials looking forward to new digs

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

One thing is for sure when Island Transit’s new headquarters is complete, officials want to help knock the current, cramped building down. Island Transit Executive Director Martha Rose said she wants to make the first swing of the wrecking ball that will help demolish the agency’s longtime home that isn’t large enough to deal with the agency’s expanding fleet. The current building was constructed in the 1970s and isn’t large enough to meet the agency’s growing needs.

Repairs help preserve Camp Casey history

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

For the overnight facility at Camp Casey Conference Center southwest of Coupeville, the future is looking bright. “We are very excited,” said Darrell Jacobsen, site manager for the conference center and Fort Casey Inn. The center recently began extensive renovations. For the past 56 years, Seattle Pacific University has cared for this piece of history, but this stewardship has not always been easy.

Thanks for a successful holistic health fair

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Whidbey Island’s first Holistic Health Fair was a big success! More than 50 people attended this free event, with members of the public getting to consult with and sample mini-treatments from a dozen practitioners. With a wide variety from massage, reiki, reflexology and health assessments to Theta healing, animal communication, Therapeutic Touch, aromatherapy and more, there was something for everyone.

Thank you to all of my banking customers

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

I want to send a big “Thank You” to my customers at Wells Fargo Bank in Coupeville. I have enjoyed working with you and wish I could tell each one of you personally just that!

Lawyers provide free legal aid to those in need

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

She wanted to end the marriage. Her husband had become abusive – and she had three young children to protect. But hiring a lawyer would cost too much, and representing herself in court would have been almost impossible. English is not her native language, and the legal documents and court procedures seemed incomprehensible.

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