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It’s time to get some love from the community for your artistic nature.

Children ages 5-18 are encouraged to submit their work for the first Coupeville Youth Art Walk.

Submissions are due by Thursday, May 19 and can be brought to the Coupeville Library between 10 AM and 5:30 PM.

Artwork will be on display in downtown Coupeville May 27-30, with an artist reception May 29 at Meet Market.

Located at 7 Front Street in Coupeville, that establishment — which will offer handmade goods, creative supplies, and a community gathering spot — opens Memorial Day weekend.

Frida’s, A Beautiful Mess, Kapaws Iskreme, and Meet Market are providing raffle items, while the first 15 artists at the reception will receive a gift from the Pacific NorthWest Art School.


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Dorothy Keefe, always with a smile for all. (Photos #1, #3, #4, #5 courtesy Renae Mulholland)

She was true to her school, her town, and her family.


Dorothy Keefe, who passed away this weekend, was as big a Coupeville supporter as any you would find, and our paths crossed often as I wrote about sports.

Regardless of the situation, through good times and tough times, the matriarch of one of our most-successful families always had a smile on her face.


Whether she was watching her children recapture past glory — son Randy wowing the crowd by doing the splits at the 101st CHS basketball anniversary event — or glowing as her grandchildren continued to add to the family legend, Dorothy was a delight.

Keeping a loving eye on both her own offspring, such as son Randy, and her sons from other mothers like Bill Jarrell. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Into her 80’s, she still enjoyed getting together for coffee with classmates such as Roger Sherman, Albert Bowers, and George Libbey, and planned nearly all of her CHS Class of ’53 reunions.

Her smiling face, always there in the stands, has been a pleasant constant in the years since I started Coupeville Sports, and her impact will not be forgotten.

Dorothy Keefe was a Wolf, one of the best of them.


A pandemic couldn’t stop Dorothy from being in the stands to cheer on granddaughter Abby Mulholland.


From the family:

Dorothy Clark Keefe passed away November 20, 2021, at the age of 87.

She was born in Coupeville, Washington on October 1, 1934, to her parents, Tommy and Blanche Clark.

She graduated from Coupeville High School in 1953.

After graduation, she worked for West Coast Telephone Company as a telephone operator in Oak Harbor, Mount Vernon, and Everett.

Dorothy married Tommy Keefe on June 12, 1955, at the Coupeville Rec Hall, and two years later they built their forever home in Coupeville.

In the 60’s she was a telephone operator and worked in the business office at South Whidbey Telephone.

It was in the mid 60’s when she decided to follow her calling and become a nurse. She attended Skagit Valley College and graduated with an LPN nursing license.

Dorothy began her career at United General Hospital in Sedro-Woolley, then worked at Whidbey General Hospital from its beginning in 1970, until her retirement in 1992.

Most of those years were spent working in the delivery room and nursery with the newborns.

During retirement, she volunteered to work on the Coupeville Parks and Rec Commission, where she helped make improvements to the Rec Hall, obtained equipment for the Coupeville Town Park playground, and painted several town snowmen for Christmas.

Dorothy was the foundation of her family.

As a young adult, and throughout her life, she was the glue to bring her family and friends together for so many parties in her home, extending invites to the many relatives near and far.

She will be remembered for her love of babies, her help and love for family and friends, and her community.

She LOVED Coupeville.

Dorothy is survived by her four children: Rick O’Keefe of Skagit County, Randy O’Keefe of Freeland, Ryan O’Keefe of Coupeville, and Renae Mulholland (Robert “Moose” ) of Coupeville.

Reconnecting with the past with daughter Renae and son Ryan during renovations at Coupeville High School.

Also six grandchildren: Kramer (Morgan), Austin, Kendra (Nick), Courtney (Beni), Gavin (Lucy), and Abby.

Four great-grandchildren: Oliver, Annorah, Dallan, and Ryley; one brother, Pat Clark (Jan) of Langley; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Tom Keefe; her brother, Jim Clark; and her sister, Kathleen “Katy” Clark Faris.

Visitation will be held at Wallin-Stucky Funeral Home in Oak Harbor Monday, Nov. 29, from 5-7 PM.

A graveside service will be held at Sunnyside Cemetery Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 11 AM.

Immediately following the graveside, a reception will be held at the Coupeville Rec Hall.

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Ready to hit the basketball court? Now’s your time.

Coupeville students in K-5 can register to play for free in the Coupeville Youth Basketball Association season, which runs from January 10 to March 5.

Parents or guardians can register players online, or in person at an open house Nov. 20.

The association web site listed in the flier above is expected to go live this coming Monday, Nov. 15.

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With Covid-19 cases on the rise across the country, Whidbey Island’s primary hospital is returning to limiting visitors.

The changes at WhidbeyHealth in Coupeville go into effect Monday, August 23.

In a press release, officials said both the West Wind Cafe and the hospital gift shop will re-close to the public.

WhidbeyHealth facilities are closed to visitors, though patients may have one adult support person accompany them when the patient:

*Is a minor child.

*Has a cognitive handicap or an emergency situation impairing their cognition, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s, Autism, or stroke-like symptoms.

*Has a physical handicap for which their support person provides assistance.

*Has a developmental delay.

*Has a communication barrier such as deafness, or needing a language translator.

*Is receiving end-of-life care.

Mothers in labor may have one support person and one certified doula.

Support persons must be free of respiratory illness symptoms and must not have been exposed to COVID-19. Anyone who develops symptoms will be asked to leave the facility.

When patients are admitted to the hospital under these circumstances, the support person may stay overnight.

Support persons are to remain in the patient’s room, and avoid trips in and out of the hospital.

For questions, email myhospital@whidbeyhealth.org.

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With two wins Saturday, Coupeville’s SWISH basketball squad finished 8-2. (Photo courtesy Jon Roberts)

“It was a very successful season!”

The future of Coupeville High School boys basketball made a strong statement this season, rolling to an 8-2 record against off-Island competition.

The eight-man Wolf SWISH boys basketball team is a mix of guys who do the dirty work in the paint, and guys who pop shots from outside.

They are also, at least in the case of Landon Roberts (#3 in the photo above), rockin’ some serious ’80s mullets.

Whether it was the power of their flowing locks, or just their superior hardwood skill set, the Wolves closed the season Saturday with a bang.

Sweeping games from Mount Baker and Stanwood, Coupeville’s rising hoops stars put smiles on the faces of the brain trust — coaches Sean O’Neill, Craig Anderson, and Jon Roberts — with the latter delivering the quote which kicked off this tale.

How Saturday played out:


Game 1:

Coupeville’s heart overcame Mount Baker’s height advantage, with the Wolves running away for a 23-16 win.

With the game knotted at 9-9 at the half, the Wolves unleashed a blistering defense in the second half to pull away for the win.

Johnny Porter and Landon Roberts — hair flowing in the (indoor) wind — were wheeling and dealing, with Coupeville’s guards combining to dish out seven assists in the game, warming the heart of old-school hoops legend (and master statistician) Sandy Roberts.


Game 2:

Hunter Bronec had the hot hand as Coupeville bounced dangerous Stanwood 28-21 to put a cap on things.

The Bronec twin not named Hurlee showcased “mad foot skills acquired while watching Gonzaga’s Drew Timme,” leading the Wolves with a game-high 10 points.

Chase Anderson popped for eight in support, with Johnny Porter (4), Aiden O’Neill (3), Jack Porter (2), and Hurlee Bronec (1) also tallying points.

While they didn’t score, Camden Glover and Landon Roberts brought significant defensive heat during their on-court shifts.

Coupeville busted open a close game, turning a 13-12 halftime lead into a much-more comfortable final margin.

Its breakthrough came courtesy “a combination of good, quick passing, spacing and dumps into the posts, coupled with running floaters and heavy slashing to the hoop by the guards.”

Employing heavy back court defensive traps and pressure from O’Neill, Anderson, and Landon Roberts, the Wolves flustered Stanwood, then converted turnovers into easy scores.

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