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Get your fingers dirty for a good cause.

Coupeville’s Farm to School program is holding a work party this Saturday, July 10, from 11-2, and you — yes, you — are invited to participate.

The event will teach volunteers “a bit about how to build habitat gardens,” with snacks sweetening the deal.

Things go down at Coupeville Elementary, located at 6 South Main Street, across from Harada Physical Therapy, which occupies the former Videoville building.

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Weep salty tears of regret — but just don’t light them on fire.

A little later than last year, but it’s here.

The Island County Sheriff’s Department has issued a burn ban, which goes into effect Wednesday, June 30.

So, you’ve got five days left to pay tribute to the one true fire god, Beavis, before you have to shut it down.

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“Let’s dance!” (Photo property Paramount Pictures)

They’re going Footloose in Cow Town.

No word yet if Kevin Bacon will make an appearance, but Coupeville High School parents are planning their own, non-school Prom for two weeks after graduation.

It goes down Saturday, June 26th at 8 PM at Mile Post 19 Farm (18997 SR 20).

There will be a DJ, food, and bonfire, with a King, Queen, and court announced.

CHS has not held any dances during the 2020-2021 school year because of the ongoing pandemic.

The press release from senior moms:

Prom has not been cancelled for our JR’s and Seniors!

An event will be hosted on June 26th (Non school related.)

Our kids deserve this. But the community will need to volunteer and get involved.

Destination is in place and DJ already reserved. We will need to come together to make this great for our children.

Please message Stephanie Grimm Streitler (360-622-6059) if you want to join us in making this happen.

Also please no negative comments as our hearts are in it for the right reason. ❤️

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There’s a time for teaching, and a time for eating. This is the time for eating. (Photo courtesy Christi Messner)

It was more than a well-polished apple.

Community members came together this week and pooled financial resources to show appreciation to local teachers and support staff.

Led by Coupeville Elementary teacher Christi Messner, the effort produced a lunchtime repast to commemorate Teacher Appreciation Week.

But it wasn’t only teachers who benefited, as bus barn employees, custodians, maintenance, open den, food services, and district office workers joined them in chowin’ down.

Sunshine Drip provided the goods, with everyone getting sandwiches, cookies, chips, salad, and a variety of drinks.

Response was strongly positive.

“This is what small town USA is all about!,” said Pamela Davison-Schroeder. “I’ve lived all over this country, I’m proud to call Coupeville home. What an amazing group of beautiful people.”

Messner’s big sister, CHS/CMS Attendance Secretary Barbi Ford, agreed with the sentiment.

“Everyone at CMHS were very appreciative of all the effort that went into this event,” she said. “It was a big hit!

“Thank you Chris, for all you do to support everyone in our school!”

Messner actually raised enough money, she plans to buy gift certificates for local businesses, then hold a drawing to reward some lucky teachers.

And, it’s not too late to get in on the teacher love as our educators continue to provide a lifeline to students during the Age of Coronavirus.

To donate towards the gift certificates, use the allofus@whidbey.net account on PayPal or the Christi Messner account on Venmo.

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The kitchen at Currents Bistro endured heavy damage in an early-morning fire. (Beth Kuchynka photo)

An after-hours fire heavily damaged the kitchen at Currents Bistro early Saturday morning.

The restaurant, housed in the building where Christopher’s on Whidbey operated for many years, is located at 103 NW Coveland, sitting between The Bayleaf and Coupeville Auto Repair.

Central Whidbey Island Fire and Rescue, the Oak Harbor Fire Department, and North Whidbey Fire and Rescue responded to the commercial fire, and damage was contained largely to the inside of the building.

Currents Bistro owners released the following statement on Facebook:


I am sad to report there was a large fire at Currents Bistro last night.

The kitchen was destroyed.

We will be closed for repairs for an extended period of time.

We will keep you updated through Facebook and the web site.

We will reopen as soon as it is possible.


Tim Grove was part of the final group of customers to dine at the restaurant Friday night, and offered support to the workers and owners.

“Me, (wife) Mindy, and Ben and Kimberly Robinett were the last guests to leave after enjoying an amazing dinner and being treated like royalty by our waitress, Michelle Blouin,” Grove said. “My heart goes out to the owner’s and staff.”

Kimberly Robinett agreed with the sentiments.

“So sad for Currents. Hope we can get them back and running. Such a great gem to our community.”


Firefighters work to contain the fire, not allowing it to spread to other businesses on Coveland. (Bryan Hamilton photos)

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