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Tour Sunnyside Cemetery on Labor Day

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 12:14PM

Central Whidbey Island historian and pioneer descendant, Roger Sherman, will lead a guided tour of the historic Sunnyside Pioneer Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

Community Calendar

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 12:14PM

Events, classes and entertainment throughout Whidbey Island.

Shifty sailors sing shanties

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 12:14PM

World-renowned sea shanty singer Tom Lewis will be performing with the Shifty Sailors at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7 in the Coupeville High School Performing Arts Center.

Coupeville pastor prepares for life in wheelchair

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 1:40PM

Well-known Coupeville church leader Garrett Arnold is preparing for life in a wheelchair after his spinal cord was severely damaged when he fell down a steep, 25-foot embankment in Ledgewood.

Tails are wagging on Whidbey

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:13PM

Michelle Rose and Donna Dunn of the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation show off two young dogs available for adoption through the WAIF animal shelter during the canine-themed Wag ‘n’ Walk event Saturday at Greenbank Farm.

Recycling ready to hit the curb in Coupeville

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:15PM

Environmentally conscious folks in Coupeville will soon have a new way to recycle. The town is several weeks away from finalizing an agreement with Island Disposal for a curbside recycling program.

Credit card machines to dispense park passes on Whidbey

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:16PM

Buying a pass to visit state parks is getting easier. As part of a trial program, Washington State Parks introduced credit card machines for the sale of Discover Passes in the parking lots of 10 state parks, including three locations on Whidbey Island.

Coupeville street views to be added to Google Maps

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:19PM

Sometime in the next few weeks, Coupeville will join the growing list of tourist destinations that are viewable online through the Google Maps Street View Partner Program. A Google crew will come to the historic waterfront town and film the streets from a specially outfitted car or trike.

Coupeville historical cemetery tour brings history to life

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:22PM

Everyone at Sunnyside Cemetery is buried facing the sunrise – all but Frank Pratt, whose grave faces the stunning scenery of Ebey’s Prairie, Admiralty Inlet and the Olympics. “Pratt was unique,” said local historian Roger Sherman, who will lead a tour of the historic cemetery at 11 a.m. on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, as a fundraiser for the Island County Historical Museum.

Thanks for making the fair a success | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:39PM

As the dust from the first-ever Whidbey Island Area Fair settles in the arena, the vendor tents vanish and the barns empty, thanks are due to the many, many folks who made our 88th fair a success.

Price Johnson takes work seriously | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:43PM

I am a former Island County clerk, now retired. As a past elected official, I am personally familiar with the activities and functions of the board of county commissioners. In my previous capacity as county clerk, some of my responsibilities involved working directly with the board during annual budget preparation, strategic planning for my department, and other routine work sessions. During my final term, I had the privilege of working with Commissioner Helen Price Johnson.

Re-elect Commissioner Angie Homola | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 2:46PM

Angie Homola deserves a second term as commissioner for District 2. Her keen interest as a citizen activist led her to challenge Mac McDowell, a four-term commissioner. Despite all the advantages of his incumbency and a plurality of Republican voters in the county, she defeated him.

Coupeville crafts emergency-response plan

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:13PM

The earth shakes. Walls buckle as the ground heaves and shudders. Buildings collapse, crushing the contents inside and trapping people in surroundings that were once familiar but are now jumbled and disorienting. Frantic, loved ones search for one another, hoping, praying, believing that everyone has escaped the rubble unscathed.

Shark beached at Admirals Cove draws researchers’ interest

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:19PM

The gleaming eye of the dead animal washed up on the beach caught the attention of the marine mammal stranding volunteer. The vivid, aqua-green circle was unlike like the eye of a harbor porpoise, seal, whale or any other marine mammal. Coupeville resident Sandy Dubpernell – a volunteer with the Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network – realized the creature was a shark.

Special homes needed for special-needs pets on Whidbey

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:23PM

Discovered wandering, hungry and disoriented, a 10-year-old Labrador-sized white Australian shepherd mix was picked up last fall as a stray by the Whidbey Animals’ Improvement Foundation (WAIF).

Lantern house installed at Coupeville's Admiralty Head Lighthouse

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:29PM

South Whidbey High School student Scotty Campbell puts out sparks as Archie Nichols, of Nichols Brothers Boat Builders in Freeland, drills holes inside the new lantern house for Admiralty Head Lighthouse in preparation for installation Aug. 23. Students and teachers from all three Whidbey high schools built the lantern house over the past two years with help from Archie Nichols and other volunteers.

Community calendar

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:33PM

Events and activities coming up on Whidbey Island.

Be a superhero - give blood

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:42PM

The Oak Harbor Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 at First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St., Oak Harbor. The Puget Sound Blood Center is in critical need of O positive and O negative, but every blood type is helpful.

Maylor’s Point Trail closed in Oak Harbor

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:43PM

The Navy has announced Maylor’s Point Trail in Oak Harbor has been temporarily closed. The trail, which runs through the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island Seaplane Base along the north beach of Maylor’s Point in Oak Harbor and connects with the city’s waterfront trail, was closed Monday and will remain closed until December.

Plans shift for Freeland's Trillium ownership

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:44PM

Island County officials and Whidbey Camano Land Trust staff say they will pursue a slightly different ownership strategy for the Trillium Community Forest, located just north of Freeland.

Womens firearm class offered in Coupeville

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:45PM

The Central Whidbey Sportsmen's Association continues its education series by holding a firearms safety class for women on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m.

Whidbey Island Camera Club celebrates wildlife

  • Aug 31, 2012 at 3:48PM

Wildlife is the theme for the Whidbey Island Camera Club's meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at Oak Hall, Room 306, Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island.

Back in the swing of things at Coupeville schools

  • Sep 6, 2012 at 4:22PM

First grader Lillyanna Tennis takes a break on the playground during her first day at class at Coupeville Elementary School.

Needy Whidbey students short on supplies

  • Sep 6, 2012 at 4:27PM

Remember the fresh-start feeling of shiny, stiff shoes and new supplies on the first day of school?

Fundraisers to help Arnold family

  • Sep 6, 2012 at 4:28PM

Local residents are coming together to help raise money for the family of Garrett Arnold, a local pastor who suffered a serious spinal injury last month that resulted in paralysis of his body below the waist.

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