Graduation 2020: Local high schools plan safety-conscious ceremonies for seniors

— Created June 10, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kacie Jo Voeller             This Saturday, high schools across Whidbey Island will honor the class of 2020 with graduation ceremonies. However, this year’s events will look different from a traditional graduation, with schools implementing measures such as social distancing, masks and in some cases, drive-up ceremonies in keeping with guidelines based on preventing the […]

Protestors rally in support of Black Lives Matter

— Created June 10, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed “Stop the violence, stop the hate!” “Justice now!” “Black Lives Matter!” “I can’t breathe…” Many voices joined together in a chorus of unity Saturday in Oak Harbor. A peaceful protest led by the newly-formed Facebook group, Whidbey Against Brutality and Racial Injustice, brought approximately 300 people together at Beeksma Gateway Park to […]

Ready, Set, Hydros! Rotary fundraiser still on for September

— Created June 10, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons Clean air and water, fresh ocean breezes, lovely views of beach and bay – all these are front-and-center during late summer on Whidbey Island. The waterside setting makes a perfect showcase for Hydros for Heroes, the charity professional boat-racing competition in Oak Harbor, still set to be held Saturday and Sunday, Sept. […]

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 […]