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Over the years, Marlace Hughes had thought about owning Ray’s Pharmacy. And after it unexpectedly became a reality seven years ago, it’s where her heart is.
Lisa Crowe spent well over a decade running a kitchen for hundreds of young campers. Now she is out from behind the stove and oversees a well-loved island tavern.
Orcas Island’s election forum heated up with questions pointed at the sheriff and state representative candidates last week.
It is a 20-year tradition that has been keeping islanders warm throughout the winter. Dawn Parnell and the Orcas Adventist Fellowship have been holding a community clothing bank for two decades. It is a chance for people of all ages to pick up much-needed items for free.
Ever wondered about the creatures living beneath the surface of the sea?
John Quincy Adams said if your “actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more,” then you are a leader.
It was a beautiful August day and Doug Maya had just finished playing soccer with his girlfriend’s daughter Jayna.
Every afternoon, a group of girls and boys meet for a snack in the school garden and walk over to the Funhouse Commons for games and help with homework.
With its deep appreciation for the arts, Orcas Island is the perfect place to celebrate cinema. “I am a big film fan,” said Jared Lovejoy, who is spearheading the first annual Orcas film festival. “I love art house theaters and we have two viable locations here: the Sea View Theatre and Orcas Center. So it got me thinking.”
When Cooper Rankin discovered Orcas Auto Tech, it was love at first sight. “I walked in and said, ‘I could live here!’” said the 10-year-old budding mechanic who first visited the shop with his mom Shelly a few years ago.
“She could ask me to fly to the moon tomorrow and I would do it,” said Mierau about her long-time best friend.
Webb is replacing superintendent Barbara Kline, who worked for the district for 24 years, first as middle and high school principal and then as superintendent. His first impression of the school is that it is supported by a strong faculty.
Every glass of wine you drink has a story. That is according to Michael Yeaman, who helps to run the Thurston Wolfe Winery in Prosser, Wash.
Live music, good food and summer sun is always more fun with friends and family. Soon you can gather with your fellow community members for a special barbecue on the Village Green.
To some, it’s known as a haunted house. For others, it’s called the “owl house” because of an inanimate bird perpetually perched in one of the highest windows. To owner Scott McKay, the home is a piece of family – and island – history. It’s been his summer home since the 1960s.
There are few things as delicate as a bat’s ear. Thin, dark brown skin is stretched over fragile cartilage. In certain light, they are nearly translucent. The inside ridges look like a washboard for a doll’s house.
The treasures of one very large family are going up on the auction block at a fundraiser this August.
The Good Lovelies feel like some of the luckiest women in the world. They travel the world and spend their days making music.
It’s a beloved community park that will be revamped in the coming years under new ownership.
Those passionate about the Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival say it just gets better and better. And this summer marks its 17th year.
For more than a decade, a group of women has met for a secret power gathering. Their goal? To make the world a better place for the next generation.
The museum is highlighting its “curiosities” of Orcas Island treasures in a new exhibit entitled “Flotsam and Jetsam – How on Earth did this get to Orcas?” It opens July 11 and runs through October 1.
The University of Washington rowing team won its fourth straight Intercollegiate Rowing Association championship on June 1.
When Lila Richardson started shopping for kids’ furniture, she was discouraged by the particle board and toxic finishes used on most products.
Every year, the Orcas High School senior class is given the opportunity to dispense $5,000 to island non-profits. The lucky recipients for 2014 are the SeaDoc Society and Friends of Moran. Each organization was awarded $2500.
For Katie Holley, an Orcas Island High School senior, spreading awareness about the effects of driving under the influence is a personal project.
"There was some miscommunication with the county and the Eastsound Planning Review Committee regarding county ideas. It's only conceptual at this point – nothing is set in stone," Thomas told the Sounder.
Do you love animals but don’t have the time or funds for a full-time pet? If so, fostering may be for you.
“Ted was the consummate small town newsman,” said Elyse Van den Bosch, former publisher of the Sounder. “He had his reporter's hat on 24/7 and really believed that the local newspaper could and should be a valuable community resource. He was a compassionate and sensitive person who cared as much about the smaller human interest stories as he did the more dramatic, hard news ones.”
The Sparks women owe their family to a gypsy fortune teller. In Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, Deborah Sparks had her fortune read in tea leaves. As a 28-year-old artist and actor working for PBS and hosting a home repair show on television, the last thing on her mind was raising a family.
He didn't just write about the news – he was invested in his story subjects. It's really the essence of small-town journalism: news coverage with heart and sensitivity.
When kayaking and camping are your hobbies, the San Juan Islands might be the perfect place to live.
For those who are willing to pay the connection fee, broadband is available in several core areas of San Juan County.
For those left behind after a suicide, the devastating emotions range from heartache to confusion to guilt. And questions. So many questions.
After more than a year of harassment from the community, two young women tell their story
Two Orcas students are devoting their senior projects to an island tradition.
Visitors from near and far descend on Orcas every March to share in their love of the Bard.
It was a time of poodle skirts, drive in burger joints, life in the suburbs and a new kind of music that would come to define an era.
The melodic sounds of two intertwined trumpets can be heard every day around 5 p.m. in the Olga area – much to the neighborhood’s delight.
Take Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 spy movie, add a dash of Monty Python and throw in some physical comedy – then you’ll have the production “The 39 Steps.”