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The holiday lives.

Adapting to the age of Coronavirus, the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association is hosting a modified Halloween event Saturday night.

Instead of the normal downtown costume parade, things are being changed up with participants staying inside their cars, with a sweet (or sour) candy payoff at the end.

Some pertinent details:

πŸŽƒ All volunteers will be masked.

πŸŽƒ Line-up starts at 4:15 PM. Parade begins at 5:00.

πŸŽƒ Cars will enter the parade from the Coupeville Municipal Lot behind the library.

To get there from Main Street, go west on 1st Street, north on Wilkes (right), then enter the grass lot at the end of Wilkes.

πŸŽƒ Participants must remain in their vehicle for the entirety of the parade.

If you wish to decorate your vehicle, which is highly recommended, it must be decorated BEFORE entering the staging area.

πŸŽƒ Tune your radio to 101.7 for event information and parade music.

πŸŽƒ Candy bags (packaged and handed out following COVID-19 safety protocols) will be given out at the end of the route.

πŸŽƒ All are welcome, but participants are asked to limit vehicle passengers to those living in the same household.


If you have any questions about the event, email:


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Sharpen your knives, it’s spooky season.

Coupeville merchants are sponsoring a virtual pumpkin carving/painting contest, and you can get all your pertinent info by looking at the picture above.

To submit your pumpkin-scented pics, pop over to:


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Escape the world and disappear inside a book. (Photos courtesy Rainy Simpson)

They’re making the world better, one book at a time.

Three Coupeville siblings have created a unique lending library which has quickly become the go-to place for local readers.

Called “Pages on Pennington,” since it’s located at 992 Pennington Loop, the little free library is the brainchild of the Simpson kids.

Laken (5th Grade), River (3rd), and Stone (Kindergarten) started off by running a farm stand during the summer of 2019.

The Simpson kids hard at work.

They sold their tasty treats by donation, and built up enough money in return that they decided to expand into the library biz.

Mark J. Orth, a talented woodworker and artist who hails from Langley, offered to build the enclosure for their books for free, as long as the Simpsons paid for the cost of materials.

Once built, the library was placed in front of their grandparents house, as it offered a prime spot to snag plenty of foot traffic.

While the masterminds behind the project are on the younger side, the library offers a mix of books for all ages.

An assortment of books fit for the season.

Children’s picture and board books, young adult, graphic novels, and both fiction and non fiction aimed at adults have found their way into the library.

There’s also a handy reading bench next to the library, and a Siamese cat named Heffner often shows up to hang out.

Later this month, the library is branching out, hosting a virtual costume party.

Join the fun.

In the end, the philosophy of the library is simple – take a book whenever you please, and leave one when you can.

And, either way, spread a little joy.

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Sylvia Arnold hugs husband Garrett after being gifted her grandfather’s 1949 Chevy truck, lovingly restored by local volunteers. (Photos courtesy Garrett Arnold and Jerry Helm)

Not quite road ready at this point…

Sylvia hugs Collin McGinness, who helped spearhead the project.

You would be hard-pressed to find someone in Coupeville who doesn’t like Sylvia Arnold.

She puts the friend in friendly, and has positively affected more people in our community than you can count.

Sylvia led the CHS cheer program for two decades-plus, and remains the only Wolf coach to win a team state title in any sport.

But her time on the sidelines, in the huddles, and bringing the pep 24/7/365, is most remembered for how inclusive she was.

There were years where Sylvia’s cheer squad had far more athletes than the football team did, and she welcomed girls (and boys) from all avenues of life.

There are a lot of cheerleader stereotypes, and she happily, merrily broke them all.

If you showed up and worked, you were one of her kids, and not just for that season, but for life.

Sylvia’s positivity, her love of others, and her genuine care for all she meets has colored every part of her life, from cheer to her work with her church, Living Hope on Whidbey.

Wanting to give something back, to show her a blessing for all she has done, a group of Whidbey residents, led by Collin McGinness and Darrell Jacobsen, started a seven-year project which paid off this week.

Putting together a team of workers, the duo shepherded the restoration of a 1949 Chevy truck which originally belonged to Sylvia’s Grandpa Engle.

In the words of those involved, it became “more than a renovation, it became a labor of love.

“A story that exemplifies the good in people, giving selflessly, to say “Thank you!” to someone who has given much of herself to bless others.”

“The open road is a’callin’.”

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The highway overpass in Coupeville. (Lori Taylor photo)

A former Coupeville High School student/athlete is organizing a Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest this Saturday, June 27.

The event, planned by former Wolf soccer ace Dawson d’Almeida, begins at 10 AM at Coupeville Elementary.

The school sits in the heart of Coupeville at 6 S. Main Street.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, masks are required for anyone who attends.

After meeting at the elementary school, marchers will discuss why they are there, then hold a silent vigil for eight minutes and 46 seconds in memory of George Floyd, a Black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis.

Following the vigil, marchers will walk through Coupeville.

Water and some signs will be provided, though marchers can also bring their own signs.

Event organizers ask marchers to reflect beforehand on why they intend to participate, and spend time learning about the best ways to peacefully protest and be a supporter of Black Lives Matter.


BLM resources:


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