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MLK Day volunteers at work.

News from Orcas Senior Center

Meeting of the Minds Meeting of the Minds continues in February with…

  • Feb 9th, 2021
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MLK Day volunteers at work.
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. San Juan Island, Washington.
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PeaceHealth reaches out to patients eligible for the COVID vaccine

Submitted by PeaceHealth. Although the state of Washington recently expanded COVID-19 vaccine…

  • Feb 7th, 2021
PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center. San Juan Island, Washington.
Clients: Mahlum Architects, Howard S. Wright, contractor, Hargis Engineers.
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Aloysia and Jackie.

Hearts of Gold Gala, live stream concert from the music room at Rosario Resort

Plus special recipes and post-concert reception

  • Feb 6th, 2021
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Aloysia and Jackie.

Share you ideas with Future Visions Orcas

Future Visions Orcas is calling on islanders of all backgrounds near and…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Latinx-focused peer-to-peer mentoring at The Funhouse: Strengthening Community

This fall, Funhouse Commons partnered with Equity Institute, an organization whose mission…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Patos Island Lighthouse, Sept. 2017.

New book focus on history of Patos Island Lighthouse

Submitted by Arcadia Publishing. Since 1893, a light has been shining from…

  • Feb 5th, 2021
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Patos Island Lighthouse, Sept. 2017.
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The Shaw Store in the 1930s, before the upstairs was converted into an apartment. Photograph used with permission from the Shaw Island Historical Society.

A little store with a big heart

By Heather Spaulding Sounder contributor The Shaw Store has stood sentinel next…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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The Shaw Store in the 1930s, before the upstairs was converted into an apartment. Photograph used with permission from the Shaw Island Historical Society.
Artist rendering by Paul Kearsley. (Contributed photo)

Growing community: Preserving farmland plus co-housing equals agrivillage

Submitted by Susan Atkinson. Agriculture is big business in Washington, generating over…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Right: The Orcas Island Fire and Rescue family recently welcomed two new hires, Lieutenant LaRen Gevaart-Rossie and Captain Kasey Jo Weigley.

Orcas Fire introduces two new hires

Submitted by Orcas Island Fire and Rescue. The Orcas Island Fire and…

  • Feb 3rd, 2021
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Right: The Orcas Island Fire and Rescue family recently welcomed two new hires, Lieutenant LaRen Gevaart-Rossie and Captain Kasey Jo Weigley.
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Students and Mrs. Johnston preparing for the day.

Orcas School debuts in-person learning

by Eric Webb Superintendent, Orcas Island School District It is with great…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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Students and Mrs. Johnston preparing for the day.
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Free online classes at Island Hospital

Island Hospital is hosting the following classes. Learn about Medicare Learn more…

  • Feb 2nd, 2021
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Meet the winner of the 2021 Baby Derby: Vance Davis-Oliveira

Inness Davis and Raphael Oliveira welcomed their second son, Vance Davis-Oliveira, on…

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Seniors Have Talent.

Seniors Have Talent to stream

Seniors Have Talent is on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. This…

  • Jan 29th, 2021
Seniors Have Talent.
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‘In Search of the Great Song’ trilogy next in Director Series

Submitted by Friday Harbor Film Festival. The Friday Harbor Film Festival is…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
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Letter to the editor

Finding support in community through shared dialogue.

Things have been in turmoil and many of us here on Orcas…

  • Jan 28th, 2021
Letter to the editor
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Shaw Store front.

Effort to save the Shaw Store gains momentum

Submitted by the Save the Shaw Store Board of Directors Dear friends…

  • Jan 26th, 2021
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Shaw Store front.
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Above: Alex Frix is San Juan County’s newest public defender.

Meet San Juan County’s new public defender: Alex Frix

By Heather Spaulding Sounder contributor The bedrock of the United States legal…

  • Jan 26th, 2021
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Above: Alex Frix is San Juan County’s newest public defender.
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Orcas Island Library returns to curbside pickup services starting Jan. 22

Submitted by Phil Heikkinen Orcas Island Library Director As some of you…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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Leadership San Juan Islands holds virtual community seminars

Submitted by Leadership San Juan Islands. Leadership San Juan Islands is pleased…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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Kristy Bredin.

Kristy Bredin takes over herb business

Many folks in the San Juan Islands have fond memories of encounters…

  • Jan 25th, 2021
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Kristy Bredin.
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Help Chart the Path of Orcas Center

Submitted by Orcas Center Orcas Center is navigating new ground due to…

  • Jan 24th, 2021
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Orcas Senior Center

Orcas Senior Center: Meeting the Pandemic’s Challenges

Submitted by the Orcas Senior Center. Since 1976, the Orcas Senior Center…

  • Jan 19th, 2021
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Early camping reservations for residents

Submitted by San Juan County Parks & Fair. San Juan County Parks…

  • Jan 18th, 2021
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El programa para familias Encaminándolos hacia Buenas Decisiones fue un éxito

En tiempos donde muchos están buscando maneras de apoyar a los jóvenes…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Lucy Troxel with trophy.

Orcas Island students awarded State Suzuki Trophies

Three Orcas Island students have been awarded level 1 trophies from the…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Lucy Troxel with trophy.
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Registration open for 2021 virtual workshop: ‘Species in the Spotlight’

Submitted by The Whale Museum. The Whale Museum is holding a virtual…

  • Jan 15th, 2021
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Island Hospital offers Mental Health Webinar

Submitted by Island Hospital Join Dr. Hammer, a psychiatrist at Island Hospital…

  • Jan 13th, 2021
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Makerspaces and ‘Closing the Loop’

Submitted by the Economic Development Council of San Juan County. Islanders interested…

  • Jan 13th, 2021
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Island Hospital offers Doc Talk on Healthy Sleep Habits

Submitted by Island Hospital Join Dr. Reyna, Medical Director of the Island…

  • Jan 12th, 2021
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Guiding Good Choices workshop

At a time when many are looking for ways to support youth…

  • Jan 11th, 2021
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How to Grow Great Veggies – free webinars

Submitted by WSU Master Gardener Program. Please join the San Juan County…

  • Jan 11th, 2021
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Island Hospital Foundation hosts COVID-19 vaccine executive community briefing

Submitted by Island Hospital. The Island Hospital Foundation and Island Hospital are…

  • Jan 11th, 2021
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‘The Bowmakers’ – a film

Submitted by Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival. Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival…

  • Jan 10th, 2021
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Chris Graham

Part-time Orcas resident helps Covid victims in NYC

By David Turnoy Here is a story that will make you feel…

  • Jan 10th, 2021
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Chris Graham
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San Juan County 4-H offers We Connect Global Citizenship Project

Submitted by WSU Extension. San Juan County 4-H, Jefferson County 4-H, Kitsap…

  • Jan 10th, 2021
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Breakwater.

Orcas Island artist Marc Aronson in state wide art competition

Submitted by Marc Aronson. Pacific Northwest artist Marc Aronson, Olga, Washington, has…

  • Jan 9th, 2021
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Breakwater.
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Orcas Senior Center news

Submitted by Orcas Senior Center. Meeting of the Minds – “Forage Fishes…

  • Jan 9th, 2021
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Thor Hanson.

Bees & Seeds-Common Wonders of the Garden

Submitted by the Orcas Island Garden Club. On Wednesday, Jan. 20, at…

  • Jan 8th, 2021
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Thor Hanson.
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Madrona Club ‘Robin DiGeorgio’ grant goes to OIEF/AOK

Submitted by Janet Brownell. It is with great pleasure that the Orcas…

  • Jan 7th, 2021
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Grace Hargrave

4-H kids all grown up: Grace Hargrave, Rhys Thompson

The Thompson siblings of Orcas Island — Hailey, Grace, Rhys and Anwyn…

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