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On May 16-18, twelve members of the Orcas Island Rowing Team traveled to Vancouver Lake in Vancouver, Wash. to compete against the best in the Northwest at the U.S. Rowing Junior Regional Championship Regatta. Out of that field of over 1,000 athletes, two from Orcas Island, Barrett North and Sam Parish, qualified to compete in the U.S. Rowing Youth National Championship Regatta by placing second in the Men’s Lightweight 2x (double) with a time of 7:24.34 over a 2,000-meter course (only 3.29 seconds behind first place).
The PTSA voted in the Board for the upcoming 08-09 year Tuesday night at the regular meeting. Barb Skotte will continue as President, with Anne Garfield continuing in the role of Vice-President. Marian O’Brien will continue in the dual role of Secretary/Treasurer, with Vicki Vandermay and Michelle Kostechko sharing the roles of Volunteer/Membership Coordinators. Pat Lohman will be the Program Coordinator, Lorena Stankevich will stay on as Immediate Past President and Susan Stolmeier will stay on as Elementary Teacher Representative.
Bruce Orchid has officially filed for the District 4 position on the San Juan County Council representing Orcas West. Orchid traveled to his old job site, the County Courthouse, (having served as San Juan County Commissioner from 1989-1992), to personally file on June 6. Orchid has lived in the Orcas West district the entire 33 years he has lived on Orcas Island.
Prosecutor Randall K. Gaylord announced that he would seek the position of San Juan County Superior Court Judge.
Jim Rohrssen, of Lopez Island, returned from a trip to Asia this spring with a new found love of Myanmar (Burma). The people have been living under the control of a military junta for nearly 20 years. “After the cyclone devastated much of the country on May 2-3, I felt compelled to do something,” said Rohrssen. On June 11, he will sponsor a dinner and benefit auction for the victims of the cyclone at the Galley Restaurant with seatings at 5:30 and 7 p.m. and on June 15 he will hold an afternoon potluck and band concert at the Lopez Center.
The Public School Montessori Program, one of Orcas’ most innovative educational institutions, is now actively enrolling for the 2008/09 school year. The Public School Montessori Program is a first through third grade Montessori classroom that operates within the Orcas Public Elementary School.
Who remembers what a typewriter is? Does anyone use one nowadays? The Orcas Island Community Band does and even believes it is a musical instrument. Joe Babcock will lead the Community Band in a special tribute to American Composer Leroy Anderson. This is the Centennial Celebration of Anderson’s life and musical career.
From the fate of the lowly sea cucumber to the disenfranchisement of the next generation from their natural heritage, the San Juan Initiative is hearing it all, but the local-state-federal partnership is in a unique position to translate listening into a sea change, both for the San Juan Islands and for the nation.
A Special Meeting of the San Juan County Public Hospital District #1 Board to provide ample opportunity for community feedback will be held on June 11, 2008.
It’s green and it’s going to help the garden grow but Lopez students won’t be eating the latest green item associated with their farm-to-school program. Lopez Island school officials have been notified that they have been awarded a grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores in the amount of $3,600 toward further development of their food gardens.
At the May 19 Annual Membership Orcas Island Prevention Partnership (OIPP) honored the work of Orcas Island community organizations for their contributions to a safe and healthy community free of substance abuse. It also began a new tradition of recognizing the work of a specific community organization and youth for their efforts in prevention as well as expressing special thanks to an individual each year.
There will be a search for Western Bluebirds in the greater San Juan Islands Saturday, June 7 from 7:30 to 10:30am. The center of the search is San Juan Island where eight pair of adult birds were translocated this spring.
On Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall, OASIS students who have completed diploma programs or Graduation Equivalent Diploma (GEDs) will be honored.
Mindy Kayl has formally announced her candidacy for the position of San Juan County Council, Orcas West (District 4).
William Dietrich is a Washington native, best selling author, and journalist currently writing for the Seattle Times Sunday magazine, “Pacific Northwest.” He has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his writing. He is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at Western Washington University in Bellingham.
Back by popular demand, James Lee Stanley will perform in concert at The Trading Company in Eastsound on Friday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.
The June meeting of the Orcas Island Garden Club will be held Wednesday, June 11, at 11 a.m., at the home of Jackie Abell, 118 Golf Estate Road, Eastsound.
A “Start of Summer Celebration” will be held throughout Eastsound Square on North Beach Road on June 7 from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m.
The community is invited to the graduation ceremonies of the Orcas Christian School. On June 9, the annual eighth grade graduation will be held in the school chapel beginning at 7 p.m.
A list of government agencies and non-profits awarded funds in 2008 to protect and restore salmon habitats.
Whether it’s sunny and charming in-town gardens, meadows with native plants with ponds and water features or shady waterfront settings with beautiful vistas, the annual Orcas Island Garden Club Tour on Saturday, June 7 has something for every gardening enthusiast.
Meetings on May 28 and June 11 re new county hospital
Monthly meeting for Orcas Village women
Perhaps you remember or have read about families gathering around the wireless in the evening to hear radio shows bringing music, laughter, and literature into peoples’ lives. Members of the home audience could close their eyes, and for a moment it would be as though they were there in the theater. Orcas Islanders will have the opportunity to be part of the live audience when Orcas Center and the local non-profit Artsmith bring “A River and Sound Review” to the Orcas Center on May 31, and later part of the home audience when the performance is made available by podcast.
Gerri Haynes will be speaking on “Iraq Today,” Sunday, June 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Orcas Senior Center.
It’s hard to deny that the antics of a California sea lion that showed up recently on San Juan Island are – let’s say – amusing.
The Lopez a cappella group, Lopez Sound, has invited some very special guests to perform on the island.
The Lopez Island Family Resource Center’s summer workshops just keep getting better.
Between piloting assignments for the Coast Guard, John Heath developed an interest in building computers. Heath has expanded that interest in computers and, since 2006, has been the Technology Coordinator for the Orcas Island School District. Heath is based in a small office in the Orcas Elementary School but also works with the high school and middle school to maintain and troubleshoot the 200 plus computers on the OISD campuses. School Superintendent Glenn Harris is the Technology Director and oversees the whole technology program.
May 8: A 20-year-old Orcas Island woman claims her car was broken into and stolen, and that her belongings removed, by someone who then later returned it to her Pea Patch Lane home using a set of newly-manufactured keys. The originals reportedly remain missing.
For her senior project Rebecca Mason of Shaw Island is collecting supplies to send to Iraqis caught up in the war. The project, entitled “Build Iraqi Hope,” is an operation, started by a U.S. soldier which Mason has continued, to send clothing, school supplies, baby formula and toys to Iraqi citizens in areas that have been blocked off by insurgents.
Orcas Montessori Pre-School will be hosting an open house for prospective families Saturday May 31 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last week’s oil spill drill at Ocean Shores helped federal, state, tribal and local governments, SeaRiver Maritime Inc., and private response contractors together to determine how best to respond to a major oil spill off the outer coast.
United Way of San Juan County has announced the receipt of a $5,000 grant from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund. The grant will be used for program support exclusively in San Juan County and will assist in funding programs which provide services to thousands of county residents. According to a Tulalip Tribes spokesperson, “The Tulalip Tribes would like to congratulate this organization for its continued dedication and support for such a worthy cause”.
Mary J. Getten of Orcas Island and Bob Emerson of Olympia would like to share the joy of their decision to join their lives together. They met late last year and quickly formed a deep loving connection. Mary and Bob share a love of animals and nature, and are excellent communicators (they talk a lot).