County commissioners hire former colleague as consultant

— Created May 5, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Island County Commissioners have hired former Commissioner Helen Price Johnson as a consultant to help define – and refine – the role of the county’s Administrative Services Director. The position was created last year and was filled for a time by Michelle Meyer, who left the job March 4. The position carries […]

South Whidbey Scouts turn Earth Day into workdays

— Created May 5, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed It may seem like just another community cleanup project, but this past Earth Day brought out one very hard-working group of Boy Scouts. The members of Troop 57 came together to help clean up a vacant lot in Langley, but the one-day project quickly turned into a two-day cleanup marathon. “I invited […]

Relay for Life, reimagined

— Created May 5, 2021 by Alec Brown

By Alec Brown Relay for Life may have been cancelled once again this year, but there are several events taking its place, including walks, several meetings and a movie night at the Blue Fox Drive-In. Relay for Life is an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in which  teams of participants raise money for […]

GiveBig event helps dozens of local nonprofits

— Created April 28, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed For anyone wondering how they can discover or lend a financial hand to Island County nonprofit organizations, it’s not too late to consider GiveBig Washington. This online fundraising event, which kicked off April 20 and culminates with a two-day GiveBig event May 4 and 5, is one option for those looking to […]

Development of new Oak Harbor park complex moves forward

— Created April 28, 2021 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller             Oak Harbor now has another multi-use park in its future. In a city council meeting held April 20, council members voted unanimously to rezone two parcels of land comprising 75 acres from Planned Industrial Park (PIP) to Public Facilities (PF). The land was also designated as a city park by […]

Coupeville museum exhibit celebrates 30th anniversary of Meerkerk Gardens

— Created April 28, 2021 by Alec Brown

By Alec Brown             To celebrate 30 years of being a public nonprofit, Meerkerk Gardens has partnered with the Island County Historical Museum in Coupeville to put on a special display outlining the garden’s fascinating history. Anyone can view the exhibit during the museum’s operating hours, which are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to […]

Oak Harbor Chamber combines new tastes with old traditions this weekend

— Created April 21, 2021 by Alec Brown

By Alec Brown               Holland Happening won’t be happening this year—but the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce is making sure islanders have something to celebrate. The Klompen Canal Race and Food Truck Turnout will be this weekend from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days. The Klompen Canal Race will take place at 2 p.m. […]

Oak Harbor school superintendent looks forward to future in Snoqualmie Valley

— Created April 21, 2021 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller After eight years as superintendent for Oak Harbor Public Schools and 14 years in the community, Lance Gibbon has announced he will be leaving the district to pursue other opportunities. Gibbon said he is grateful for his time with Oak Harbor Public Schools and looks forward to following the district’s growth […]

Whidbey welcomes the whales – virtually

— Created April 14, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed It is an 18-year tradition that will not be stopped by a worldwide pandemic. The Orca Network’s annual Welcome the Whales celebration will go virtual Friday and Saturday and will include several different events sure to appeal to Whidbey Islanders and whale lovers alike. There two main online events: An art night […]

Coupeville nominated for Best U.S. Small Town award

— Created April 14, 2021 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller Coupeville’s charm has landed the town a nomination for the TravelAwaits’ “Best of Travel Awards” in the Best U.S. Small Town category.  TravelAwaits is dedicated to providing travel advice, ideas and unique inspiration for the 50+ traveler. This year’s “Best of Travel Awards” will highlight a number of categories, and Coupeville […]

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