Garry Oak Society commemorates 170th anniversary of town’s namesake

— Created March 3, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons What do oxen and oaks have in common?  Both the animal and the tree symbolize strength and endurance.  And this year, that’s not all they share.  The year 2021 is the Year of the Ox on the Chinese zodiac calendar.  In 1851, Dr. Richard Lansdale named the town we know as Oak […]

Whidbey Playhouse lets Delany sisters have their say

— Created February 24, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Two extraordinary women share their reflections on life from their 100-year-old perspectives in the latest production streaming Friday and Saturday by the Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor. “Having Our Say,” a play by Emily Mann, based on the book by Sarah and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth, tells the story […]

A home full of history: Haller House project preserves the past

— Created February 24, 2021 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller After four months of suspension over the ground, the historic Haller House now rests on its newly poured concrete foundation. The Coupeville home, purchased by Historic Whidbey in October of 2018, is in the process of being restored in an effort to preserve the home for future visitors. Lynn Hyde, executive […]

Small Miracles: A huge help in troubled times

— Created February 24, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Unexpected medical expenses can be a difficult financial burden in the best of times; throw in a global pandemic and those unexpected costs could prove to be catastrophic for some. That’s where Small Miracles can help in a big way. Small Miracles Coupeville Medical Support Fund has been helping Whidbey Island residents […]

Appeals court upholds ruling stopping Oak Harbor affordable housing project

— Created February 24, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Division One of the State Court of Appeals has dealt another blow to a proposed affordable housing project in historic downtown Oak Harbor. In an unpublished opinion Feb. 8, the state court upheld the 2020 ruling in Island County Superior Court striking down the City of Oak Harbor’s approval allowing Pioneer Way […]

State moves to Phase 2, but vaccine woes continue

— Created February 17, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed All regions in Washington have now moved to Phase 2 of the state’s Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery plan. Gov. Jay Inslee announced last week five more regions would progress to Phase 2 beginning Sunday, citing an earlier-than-anticipated move to help small businesses and restaurants take advantage of Valentine’s Day. Only the […]

Penn Cove Brewing Company is coming to Freeland

— Created February 17, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Alec Brown Although COVID-19 stunted its plans, Penn Cove Brewing Co. is still opening a new location in Freeland sometime this spring. The new facility will be a renovation of the old barn on 5844 Freeland Avenue behind Island Athletic, and will feature a taproom, outdoor patio, yeast lab and a one barrel brewing […]

New farmers market to launch following closure of Oak Harbor Public Market

— Created February 17, 2021 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller After more than 20 years as a staple of the northern Whidbey Island community, the Oak Harbor Public Market will not reopen in 2021. However, a new group is launching another venture in Oak Harbor: The Whidbey Island Farmers Market. Sheila Case-Smith, president of the board for the Oak Harbor Public […]

“Share the Love” campaign supports Whidbey businesses

— Created February 10, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed What better way to show Whidbey Island’s small businesses some love than shopping local for Valentine’s Day? That’s the idea behind the “Share the Love” campaign being proffered by the Langley and Coupeville Chambers of Commerce. Get something special for your sweetie(s) and spread some love to small business owners who have […]

SPiN Café hopes kindness is a sign of the times

— Created February 10, 2021 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons We hear the terms “contagion” and “contagious” and quite naturally, those words cause our hearts to skip a beat or two these days.  But “contagious” can hold positive connotations, too. That’s precisely the driving force behind the “Kindness is Contagious” yard signs available now as an outreach for Oak Harbor’s SPiN (Serving […]