South Whidbey says goodbye to Chief Palmer

— Created April 6, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Sherrye Wyatt/For South Whidbey Fire/EMS South Whidbey Fire/EMS has bid farewell to Chief H.L. “Rusty” Palmer, who retired last week following a 46-year career devoted to serving the community – the last 12 years on south Whidbey. When Palmer was young, his parents taught him that a life of service is the most rewarding […]

South Whidbey Rotary funds community grants

— Created April 6, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The Rotary Club of South Whidbey is serious about pitching in to make a difference in its community. The group recently awarded five grants to nonprofit organizations it felt most needed support in their missions to assist members of the community. These financial awards were based on what South Whidbey Rotary has […]

“The Taming” provides a different take on politics

— Created March 30, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed A political comedy that’s not really political. That’s one way to describe the Whidbey Playhouse production of “The Taming, A Political Comedy,” by Laura Gunderson. The play opens Friday in Oak Harbor, with performances running through April 16. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2:30 p.m. Sundays, with […]

County commissioners approve sales tax increase

— Created March 30, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed In a unanimous vote, Island County Commissioners last week approved a one-tenth of one percent increase in the county’s sales tax. The tax, which will take effect July 1, will bump the sales tax from 8.7 percent to 8.8 percent across the county, with the exception of the city of Oak Harbor, […]

Deception Pass State Park ushers in a new season of fun

— Created March 23, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed For the first time in its 100 -year history, Deception Pass State Park is hosting a competitive 5K race, a family fun 5K and a 10K scavenger hunt Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. While the “Swing the Gates” event is technically new this year, the idea for the race is not, it […]

WhidbeyHealth down, but not out

— Created March 23, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed WhidbeyHealth is not going bankrupt. That is according to officials from the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District. While the financial picture does look grim at the moment, efforts to heal the budget are offering some measure of hope. According to WhidbeyHealth Marketing Manager, Conor O’Brien, officials have been able to extend the […]

Green is good – Oak Harbor’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade is back!

— Created March 16, 2022 by Melanie Hammons

By Melanie Hammons Oak Harbor’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will be turning the downtown green with an in-oerson event once more. The parade begins promptly at 4 p.m. Thursday along Pioneer Way. The pandemic shut down 2020’s parade, as it did most other cultural events and gatherings; 2021’s event was drive-by only. But there […]

Langley Arts Fund paves the way to enjoyment for all

— Created March 16, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed The Langley Arts Fund and the city of Langley will dedicate a new walkway at 1:30 p.m. today in Whale Bell Park, making it easy for people with limited mobility to not only view a gray whale statue installed during the pandemic, but to also see the great beasts themselves as they […]

Saratoga Orchestra celebrates musical storytelling

— Created March 9, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed From the Beatles to Tchaikovsky, Saratoga Orchestra of Whidbey Island will celebrate the musical stories of some of the world’s best composers in its upcoming concert “A Novel idea, Listening to Music through Storytelling,” with special guest Marta Zekan. Performances will take place at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 19 at First Reformed […]

Oak Harbor school board selects superintendent

— Created March 9, 2022 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Michelle Kuss-Cybula has been selected as the next superintendent of Oak Harbor Public Schools. Following interviews with the three final candidates for the position last week, the district’s school board made its decision Friday. Negotiations with the board on a final contract will now get underway and Kuss-Cybula is expected to begin […]