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Bennett Boyles’ family. (Photos courtesy Penn Cove Brewing Co.)

Tourney winners “The Whidbey Golf Boys.”

Local golfers and business owners combined recently to honor the memory of Bennett Boyles and raise $10,000+ in his name.

The fifth edition of a memorial tournament for a young Coupeville basketball star who bravely fought cancer will benefit both the WhidbeyHealth Foundation and the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

The tournament drew 87 players, with “The Whidbey Golf Boys” taking top honors.

That foursome consisted of Arik Dahlen, Mike Lacey, Dan Phillips, and Ryan Bryne.

The tourney was organized by Mitch and Marc Aparicio, with the support of their employees at the Penn Cove Brewing Company.


This year’s sponsors:

Blooms Winery & 5511 Bistro
Brown Lantern Ale House
The Captain Whidbey Inn
Cascade Lumber, Inc.
Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools
Farmstrong Brewing
Fort Casey Inn
Fraser’s Gourmet Hideaway
Front Street Grill
Greenbank Cidery
Hierophant Meadery
The Home Depot
Honeymoon Bay Coffee
Island Aesthetics & Dermatology
Kapaws Iskreme
Madrona Blossom
Misfit Island Cider Company
People’s Bank
Pilates Collective
Porter Whidbey Insurance, Inc.
Red’s Construction
Benito Rivera
Savi Bank
Seaside Spa & Salon
Spyhop Public House
Sunshine Drip
Ron Tellis
Mike Tenore
Steve Thompson
Swinomish Casino & Lodge
Train Wreck Bar & Grill
Tyee Restaurant & Motel
Walton Beverage
Whidbey Golf Club
WhidbeyHealth Foundation

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A great team playing for a great cause.

When the Coupeville High School volleyball squads return to action Tuesday, Oct. 5, the Wolves will be playing for more than just themselves.

Coupeville’s opponent will be Concrete, with JV set to tip at 5:00 PM, varsity at 6:30.

But the home games are also tagged as Dig Pink Night, with the Wolves and Lions raising funds to fight breast cancer.

All proceeds go to pay for mammography’s through WhidbeyHealth.

If you’re there in person, you’ll be able to participate in a raffle and win prizes.

But, if you can’t make it and want to still help, donations can be made by popping over here, and choosing “Mammography-Dig Pink” as the Fund Designation:



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They pedaled right to paydirt.

The 2021 edition of the Tour de Whidbey raised $71,000, which will be used for the purchase of equipment for the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and Clinics.

The event drew 500+ bicyclists — a 40% increase from previous years — and the money raised was almost double of the total from 2019.

Covid forced the Tour de Whidbey to be cancelled in 2020.

Event organizers offered up a wide range of rides, from a 10-mile family course, which attracted 65 riders, to the 162-mile “power ride.”

The most daunting of all the rides still managed to draw in 42 bicyclists, who “pushed themselves to the max.”

Money raised will be used to purchase equipment such as Halo sanitizing systems, sterilization equipment, personal protective equipment, and AEDs.

Current plans call for the Tour de Whidbey to return in 2022, with August 20 set for the event.


To see photos shot by Sean Callahan, discover more info, or make a donation, pop over to:


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A pack of runners pounds the pavement Sunday morning. (Photos courtesy James Steller)

Two wheels and a license to thrill.

They hit the road for a good cause.

A pack of local athletes ran and biked Sunday, raising money for the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools.

Known this year as the Coupeville Run, Ride, and Reunite Fundraiser, the event is in its fifth go-round.

Participants and contributors raised close to $16,000 this year, which will go to help local students.

“The community was amazing,” said event organizer James Steller. “And they turned out in force to make a memorable day in participation.

“This is the most beautiful town in the world,” he added. “Thank you all so much for the support and hope to see you next year!”

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Whidbey Island is rallying to support the family of a firefighter who passed away suddenly.

Tyler Rico, a lieutenant with North Whidbey Fire and Rescue, was a husband and father of six.

He had served with NWFR seven years, while also doing time as a firefighter with Central Whidbey Fire and Rescue.

Friends of the family have set up a meal train and GoFundMe account to help Rico’s wife and children.


The meal train:



The GoFundMe:


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