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Author shares ‘One More Sunrise’

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Jack McPherson never intended to write a book, it just sort of happened. The longtime Coupeville resident recently self-published “One More Sunrise,” the story of two young military men with nothing in common but the bond they developed as prisoners of war in Vietnam. The book is fiction, although McPherson did draw on his experiences in Vietnam during his time in the Navy.

Veterans Day events island wide

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

A variety of activities are planned for those who wish to observe Veterans Day:

Potluck celebrates Reserve

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

The Trust Board of Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve will host the fifth annual Ebey’s Forever Community Potluck from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 at the historic Crockett Barn, 1056 Crockett Farm Road, just off Fort Casey Road, Coupeville.

Red Ticket could be worth $1,000

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

The Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association again offers its popular Red Ticket Drawing to reward those who shop in the historic district of Coupeville during the holiday season. For every $20 spent at any of the 26 participating businesses through Saturday, Dec. 22, shoppers receive a red ticket.

Memorial bench honors town’s ‘hot dog lady’

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

The wooden bench is tucked beside the Island County Historical Museum with a view overlooking Front Street and Penn Cove. It is the perfect spot for two friends, Vickie Chambers and Chuck Poust, to stop and reflect on the life of Charlotte Christensen, Coupeville’s beloved “hot dog lady.”

Thank you, first responders!

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Coupeville Elementary School leadership students recently presented a banner of appreciation to the Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue in honor of National Fire Prevention Week.

Coupeville rallies hard, but comes up short at end

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Spectators at the Coupeville/Chimacum football game at Port Townsend Saturday, Nov. 3, were treated to a track meet as the Cowboys won a wild one, 56-39. The game featured a handful of big-yardage plays, many courtesy of the Wolves’ Jake Tumblin. The junior wingback piled up 407 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns. The game also featured a Coupeville rally that included three touchdowns in less than three minutes in the final period.

Community Calendar

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

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

Community rallies to support injured pastor

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Life can change in an instant. That’s about how long it took to turn life upside down for Coupeville Pastor Garrett Arnold and his family. One moment he was trimming a hedge, the next he was dangling from the side of a 35-foot embankment in Ledgewood — having either slipped and fallen or the ground beneath him having given way — he’s still not sure which.

County conducting appraisals

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Appraisers with the Island County Assessor’s Office will soon be knocking on Coupeville doors for property inspections. County employees will be out until March 2013 assessing the quality and condition of homes and buildings.

Chicken barn preserved thanks to grant support

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 11:00AM

Bill and Janis (Barrett) Skubi stand with beaming faces next to the wooden structure. They completed restoration work on their wood-shingled brooder house with the help of a matching grant from the Ebey’s Forever Fund, and they said they couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. “We’re really pleased,” Bill Skubi said. “We really feel supported by the community.”

Thankful for protection NAS Whidbey provides

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 1:00PM

I want to take a moment as we near Veterans Day and sincerely thank our action heroes at the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. Especially this year with the cruel progressive agitation aimed directly at action heroes whose idea of public service is not pontification, but protection for all of us from terror and for our Constitutional way of life.

Island Transit needs a fire lane done right

  • Nov 8, 2012 at 2:00PM

Lighting is already an issue with the construction at Island Transit and I anticipate full involvement by Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve staff and the general public living around the transit facility in determining the level of acceptable light pollution from this large project. We need to know their lighting plan now, because their construction lighting is already polluting the night for up to a mile in all directions.

Flashing speed signs aid in safety

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:07AM

When Lee James, a longtime resident of Coupeville, hears a loud bang, he knows right away what it is: a car accident has occurred on Highway 20 just north of Coupeville. A recent speed-limit sign upgrade near his home might help reduce these costly – and sometimes fatal – traffic encounters.

Two people charged in Ebey Bowl burglary

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:08AM

Two Oak Harbor residents have been charged in the Memorial Day burglary of Ebey Bowl in Coupeville. Prosecutors charged 34-year-old Jason M. Bowen in Island County Superior Court Oct. 18 with burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. He pleaded not guilty Oct. 18. Jasmine Seaward, 23, was charged Oct. 19 with burglary in the second degree and theft in the second degree. Her bail was set at $10,000 Nov. 5.

Local mussels star in research on pollution

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:09AM

On a recent sunny day, a group of volunteers were bundled up to insulate against the brisk winds that whipped across Penn Cove. The graduates of the 2012 class of Washington State University Island County Extension Beach Watchers dipped their gloved hands into bowls of cold water and pulled mollusk after mollusk out to take measurements. The mussels like it cool.

New ferry names released Tuesday

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:11AM

Washington State Transportation Commission announced Tuesday the names of two 144-car ferries currently under construction. Tokitae should begin carrying passengers in early 2014, and Samish may set sail in early 2015.

Spirited senior inspired by good teachers

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:12AM

Coupeville High School senior Danny Savalza is known for his upbeat school spirit, whether he’s playing on the Wolves football team or wearing his “Shaman Savalza” regalia to lead cheers at other school sports events. “I invented this character, ‘Shaman Savalza,’ as a goofy way to get people involved in cheering for our teams,” Savalza said. “I bought a red turtleneck nightgown at a thrift store and made myself a lampshade hat.”

Charlotte’s Bench touched our hearts

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:24AM

Most of our heart and soul still resides in Coupeville – and will forever. How profoundly grateful we are for the dedication of Charlotte's Bench. Only Charlotte could anchor her family and embrace a whole town as she did. Thank you all for giving the embrace back.

ACLU, not Navy, gets credit for public access

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:25AM

I’m a little puzzled by Josef A. Kunzler’s letter, “Thankful for protection NAS Whidbey provides.” (The Whidbey Examiner, Nov. 8) He credits the Navy with his ability to get public records. Actually, it was a statewide initiative by a majority of the voters that passed the state Public Disclosure Act. And if you have trouble with recalcitrant politicians providing those records, I seriously doubt that the Navy will help.

Check with your library for a good time

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:29AM

My gratitude to the Friends of the Coupeville Library. I attended the fabulous fabric cranes event. It was very educational and a very friendly atmosphere.

Thank you for passing the fire/EMS levy

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:34AM

On behalf of South Whidbey Fire and EMS, thank you to our community for supporting the levy lid lift for our volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians. We worked hard to educate the community about the levy lid lift over the past year — but we also received an education along the way. We learned that we need to communicate with you on a regular basis —not just when we have a special need like the ballot question.

Beach access a big issue on Shoreline Master Plan

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:36AM

The first of two scheduled public hearings concerning a long-range shoreline planning document update for Island County was held in Coupeville last week, but how public beach access will be addressed remains unclear. It’s been one of the most talked about issues since drafting the shoreline master program update began in 2010 — a process required by the state every eight years — and it continued to be a point of disagreement for the public during Monday’s meeting with the Island County Commissioners.

Drug safety improved at WGH

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:37AM

Whidbey General Hospital pharmacy technician Cherie Post types in her password and swipes her finger across the reader. For the rest of her shift, the electronic device will accept Post’s fingerprint as a way to access the medications contained within the clear rectangular cabinet and she will not have to re-enter her passcode. This new system lets Post dispense the medications her patients need quickly — and accurately.

Community to gather for Thankgiving Day feast

  • Nov 16, 2012 at 8:39AM

Friends, neighbors, families and visitors are welcome to join the 14th annual Community Thanksgiving potluck Thursday, Nov. 22 at the Coupeville Recreation Hall at the corner of Alexander and Coveland streets. A traditional spread will be served buffet-style from noon to 2:30 p.m. or until the food runs out.

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