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"Sustainability," as a buzzword, is exhibiting amazing staying power. Farmers, grocers, car manufacturers, and of course homebuilders are throwing it around like confetti. It's being used so ubiquitously that it seems everything today is sustainable. But of course we know it isn't. What is "sustainability," when we're...Read more
A "cottage," says the Oxford American Dictionary, is "a small, simple house, typically one near a lake or beach." The Highlands' new design, the Skylark Cottage, syncs almost perfectly with this definition. By American standards, its 1,344 square feet is small. In 2014, the...Read more
Here in the holiday season our thoughts turn naturally toward giving. And on Whidbey Island there's a special form of it that reflects the character of our island community. According to the database TaxExempt World, there are 673 registered nonprofit organizations in Island County. That's astonishing: one for every 124 residents of Whidbey and Camano Island. Some...Read more
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