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Governor eases initial agritourism COVID restrictions

— Created September 2, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Governor Jay Inslee’s COVID guidance relating to agritourism, released Aug. 20, drew such immediate backlash from agricultural groups and citizens, that updated, less restrictive guidance was released last Friday afternoon. Initial guidance would have restricted farms’ ability to conduct animal viewing; hay, wagon or train rides; children’s play equipment/games; and fire pits/bonfires. […]

Whidbey Island Marathon goes virtual for 2020

— Created September 2, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller             Those interested in running the Whidbey Island Marathon can participate in this year’s event from anywhere, as the marathon has gone virtual for 2020. Jared Loranger, owner of Fizz Events, said those who are not already registered can sign up for the virtual edition of the iconic race until Sep. […]

Local musicians band together to play music on the porch

— Created August 26, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., step outside and see if you can hear it – the soft strumming of a guitar, the pleasant plinking of piano keys, the brassy tones of a trombone or maybe the plucky rhythm of a stand up bass. Whatever the instrument or melody, keep an […]

Ryan’s House for Youth opens new Oak Harbor center

— Created August 26, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller Ryan’s House for Youth has served the Whidbey Island community for over a decade, with services including mentorship, meals and more for homeless or at-risk youth. With its housing campus and drop-in center now located in Coupeville, the organization is again expanding, recently opening a new drop-in center location in Oak […]

A virtual delight: Whidbey Island Music Festival 2020

— Created August 19, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed One might compare it to a beloved children’s book about perseverance: The Whidbey Island Music Festival is the little concert series that could, despite a worldwide pandemic and event cancellations too numerous to remember. The festival, now in its 15th year of celebrating the music of the past four centuries, kicks off […]

New nonprofit aims to provide top-notch nutrition to athletes

— Created August 19, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller It all started with sandwiches — enough to feed the entire football team after pre-season practice, when Colby Heefner got the idea to start the Whidbey AthlEATS Foundation. Heefner, Oak Harbor High School’s strength and conditioning coach, said he was inspired by the school’s football coach after being asked to make […]

Central Whidbey riding program provides unique helping hand

— Created August 19, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Melanie Hammons Height measurement for horses is usually expressed in precise units of hands, ranging anywhere from 8.5 to 17. It’s a practice dating back to ancient times. Equestrian Crossings, an all-inclusive horse riding program based in Freeland, takes this “hands-on” metaphor to a whole new level. Their uniquely tailored therapy programs seek to […]

Hydros for Heroes: Pandemic concerns take out last big event of summer

— Created August 12, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed Save the date! The 2020 Hydros for Heroes event set for September 11-13 in Oak Harbor, has been canceled. Organizers held out hope as long as possible, but finally had to come to a tough decision. “The racing business is all about safety, from every single angle,” said Hydros for Heroes Race […]

Back to School: Whidbey school districts settle on fall plans

— Created August 12, 2020 by Kathy Reed

By Kathy Reed There is one sure thing as it relates to children heading back to school next month – nothing is really sure. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted school schedules last spring, leaving educators scrambling to figure out how to provide suitable distance learning for all students. A few months later, school districts have learned […]

Island Senior Resources, Meals on Wheels continue to deliver

— Created August 12, 2020 by Kacie Jo Voeller

By Kacie Jo Voeller Island Senior Resources (ISR) has been serving seniors, adults with disabilities, their families, and caregivers in Island County since 1972. In the midst of COVID-19, the program has seen increased demands for its services, from Meals on Wheels to Aging and Disability Resources. The organization continues to meet rising needs and […]