For many, worship in the Whidbey community continues online

— Created June 3, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller From drive-through food drives to online worship services, churches around Whidbey Island have adapted to continue their respective missions and bring services to the surrounding community. Although Phase II of Washington state’s Safe Start program allows for the return of in-person worship services at a 25 percent or 50 person capacity, […]

Free Masketeers help Whidbey cover up and do good

— Created June 3, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed There is a very dedicated group of volunteers on Whidbey Island who have made it their goal to provide medical-style face masks for every adult and child on the island who needs one. But this group of “free masketeers” – also known as the Whidbey DIYers – is trying to do even […]

State shifts to county-by-county reopening plan

— Created June 3, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for Washington state has officially expired and Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan to reopen Washington has now shifted to a county-by-county approach. “Thanks to Washingtonians pulling together, we can transition fully to our county-by-county approach to safely reopen,” Inslee said. “If we remain diligent and […]

We’re open: Phase II begins in Island County

— Created May 27, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Island County has moved to Phase II of Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phase “Safe Start” plan to reopen businesses – more than a week ahead of the potential June 1 date set for the state as a whole. Island County Public Health submitted its request for a variance to move to Phase II […]

A return to the arts: WICA prepares Summer Nights Series

— Created May 27, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller Prepare for music and performances under the stars with Whidbey Island Center for the Art’s (WICA’s) Summer Night Series. While guests may be six feet apart, local music and artistic performances are being planned to make a return to the (outdoor) stage this summer. Verna Everitt, executive director of WICA, said […]

Whidbey Playhouse board looks toward 2021

— Created May 27, 2020 by Kathy Reed

The performing arts community on Whidbey Island has been hit hard by COVID-19. The board of directors for Whidbey Playhouse in Oak Harbor was forced to cancel the rest of its 2019-2020 season due to the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. In a statement released Tuesday by the Playhouse board, members said they have been […]

More major events topple due to COVID-19

— Created May 20, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed When it comes to longstanding community events that define summer on Whidbey Island, it’s like the lyrics to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” just keep swirling around – “…and another one’s gone, and another one’s gone…” Over the past week or so, the following events have fallen victim to the COVID-19 […]

It’s still Memorial Day

— Created May 20, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy ReedVirus or no virus, Memorial Day 2020 will happen. It might look a little different, plans may have been re-worked, but Whidbey Island will still observe the holiday honoring those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to our country, and those who have also served or are still serving. The […]

Amid reopening, islanders explore new ways of doing business

— Created May 20, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller From restaurants to retailers, Whidbey Island businesses have made many changes in the wake of COVID-19. Adaptations have ranged from temporary closures to online ordering on the island and beyond. Now, the time has come for the state to begin reopening in four phases through the “Safe Start” program, as outlined […]

Phased reopening draws complaints, raises concerns

— Created May 15, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Just a week into the first part of Gov. Jay Inslee’s four-phased approach to reopening the state’s businesses, confusion and consternation seem to be in the driver’s seat. While a majority of people seem to support the plan to reopen the economy slowly and safely, there has been some confusion over how […]

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