There’s still time to donate to Toys for Tots

— Created December 9, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown Many things have been disrupted this holiday season, but it’s business as usual for Toys for Tots on Whidbey Island. Donations are being accepted through Dec. 20, and better yet, what’s donated on Whidbey, stays on Whidbey. Coordinating this effort on North Whidbey are retired Master Gunnery Sgt. Tom Bond, a member […]

Holiday Round Up! Islanders can enjoy several holiday events this season

— Created December 2, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Neither wind, nor rain, nor global pandemic can keep that intrepid elf Santa Claus from making his appointed rounds on Whidbey Island! Jolly ‘ol Saint Nicholas will be making several appearances in the coming days, but there is no shortage of events scheduled to mark the season. All these events are outdoors […]

Annual Festival Of Trees goes digital

— Created December 2, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County is putting on its 22nd annual Festival of Trees, but in an entirely different format this year. The traditional dinner and live auction of decorated trees and wreaths will move online and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The silent auction featuring local items is […]

State launches new smart phone app to help in COVID fight

— Created December 2, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the addition of a new tool to aid in the battle against COVID-19. At a press conference Monday, Inslee introduced WA Notify, an app that can tell users if they have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, while retaining complete privacy […]

Regency seeks morale boost for staff following COVID cases

— Created November 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Several residents at Regency on Whidbey’s Memory Care Unit in Oak Harbor have tested positive for COVID-19, prompting a request that members of the community pitch in to provide small items to send encouragement to staff members at the facility. The request came via an email from the Oak Harbor Chamber of […]

Creative holiday collaboration benefits Whidbey nonprofits

— Created November 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown Whidbey Community Foundation has once again joined with Whidbey sculptor Georgia Gerber and her husband, Randy Hudson, to raise money through art. WCF announced its fourth annual partnership at the beginning of the month. This year’s sculpture, entitled “Three French Hens,” joins sculptures from the previous three years and all are available […]

Miss Oak Harbor to reign once more in 2021

— Created November 25, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed After a three year hiatus, there will be a Miss Oak Harbor crowned again in 2021. Board president and Pageant Director River Powers has taken up the mantle of Miss Oak Harbor, bringing the scholarship pageant back for a new round of competition, albeit virtually in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

Island County provides support for pandemic, upcoming holidays

— Created November 25, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller             The holiday season of 2020 has coincided with a recent surge in COVID-19 cases, leading to calls for smaller or virtual holiday celebrations and staying close to home. Washington Governor Jay Inslee has called for mitigation measures to help curb the spread of the virus. Throughout the pandemic, Island County […]

‘Tis the season to keep it local

— Created November 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed We may have to stay close to home for the holidays this year, but there’s no reason we can’t take the time to appreciate what Island County has to offer and better yet, share it with those who can’t be with us. In the spirit of helping local businesses through the tough […]

“Otterly” Awesome! Land Trust hosts river otter presentation

— Created November 18, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons Now you see them, now you don’t. That just may be the most descriptive phrase you could apply to the North American River Otter, according to Dr. Heide Island, professor of Comparative Animal Behavior and Neuroscience at Pacific University.  Island will give a free informational presentation on the creatures via Zoom at […]