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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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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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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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They’re back on the bike.

After sitting out a year thanks to the pandemic, the WhidbeyHealth Foundation will once again host its annual Tour de Whidbey fundraiser.

The event is set for Saturday, August 21, and is expected to draw hundreds of riders from across the country.

Ride routes range from a 10-mile flat leg, complete with “ample snacks,” to a “Perimeter of Whidbey Endurance Route (P.O.W.E.R),” which covers 162 miles and 10,000 feet of total elevation.

It’s not a race, regardless of the route chosen, but a chance to “take in the breathtaking views from the “back roads,” or ocean vistas from the waters’ edge.”

Along with the 10-mile and 162-mile routes, there are also four other routes, covering 100, 68, 50, and 33-mile layouts.

Tour de Whidbey raises funds to help with the purchase of vital equipment for the WhidbeyHealth Medical Center and Clinics.

This could include things such as Halo sanitizing systems, sterilization equipment, personal protective equipment, and AED’s (automated external defibrillators).

Questions about Tour de Whidbey can be directed to Heather Tenore at tenorh@whidbeyhealth.org.


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With COVID-19 cases spiking in Washington state, WhidbeyHealth is adjusting its rules regarding visitors.

The new guidelines, issued Monday, are in effect at the Medical Center, Primary and Specialty Care Clinics, and Walk-In Clinics.

Routine visitation is being suspended at all locations in favor of the modified policy.

Temperature monitoring and COVID-19 symptom monitoring are required before entrance of any person (patient, visitor, support person, staff) at all locations.

Additional monitoring of travel history and exposure history is also in place prior to entry.

Patients will not be denied care if exhibiting signs and symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).

Visitors, support persons, and staff will not be granted entrance if they cannot meet the temperature monitoring requirements (less than or equal to 99.9◦F/37.6◦C), or if there is exposure history.

All patients, visitors, and support persons are required to be masked during any/all interactions with WhidbeyHealth staff.

Visitors/support persons to departments/areas of care are restricted as follows:


Emergency Department:

No visitors or support persons.


Medical/Surgical Inpatient Department:

No visitors. One support person. If a support person wishes to stay, they must remain in the hospital for the entire length of the patient’s care.


Intensive Care Unit: 

No visitors. One support person. If a support person wishes to stay, they must remain in the hospital for the entire length of the patient’s care.


WhidbeyHealth Family Birth Place:

No visitors. One support person. If a support person wishes to stay, they must remain in the hospital for the entire length of the patient’s care.


Surgical Services: 

No visitors and no support persons. Responsible adult support person should remain in their vehicle or return home during the procedure.



No visitors or support persons.


Rehab Services:

No visitors or support persons.


Respiratory Therapy:

No visitors or support persons.



No visitors or support persons.


Diagnostic Imaging:

No visitors or support persons.


Primary Care, Specialty Care, and Walk-In Clinics: 

No visitors or support persons.


West Wind Café (Medical Center):

Only employees will have access to the West Wind Café. Visitors and support persons may request a meal through the kitchen.


Gift Shop (Medical Center):

Patients, visitors and support persons will not have access.

Gift shop will offer “curbside pickup” through phone orders — (360) 678-7656, ext. 3901 — between 10-5, Monday-Friday.

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