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For years, Dan Powell has had a sign on his computer in the San Juan County Assessor’s office that reads: “You have a yearning for perfection” and he has applied that ambition to creating maps that are infinitely more accurate than the paper maps that were being phased out when he joined the office in 1996. Now, after 12 years of service, he is leaving the County’s employ to join a local real estate firm.
On Tuesday June 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Washington Liquor Control Board and Orcas Island Prevention Partnership will be offering the annual summer training on alcohol and tobacco laws at the Orcas Island Fire Hall Conference Room. The training reviews the Washington state laws regarding the sale of alcohol and tobacco to minors and places a special emphasis on checking IDs accurately, refusing sales to intoxicated customers, and promoting increased comfort in knowing when to ask for identification. This training does not qualify the restaurant and bar staff for their Mandatory Alcohol Servers Training (MAST) but does increase employee and business skills in accurately reading identification and refusing sales as needed.
On March 17 of this year, long time Orcas Island resident and Orcas FireFighterBruce Brackett had a major heart attack on the operating table at St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham.
With an enthusiasm for sharing her love of nutritious and tasty food, Cynthia Dahlinger-Koby moved from her previous role as school cafeteria cook, to her current role as Director of Food Services for the Orcas Island School District. Finding menus that appeal to student tastes and yet incorporate healthful ingredients is an ongoing interest for her.
OPALCO Co-op members elect new Directors; record attendance for the 71st annual meeting on the ferry
Corrected Story: The 71st Annual Meeting of the members of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) took place Saturday, May 17th on the ferry. A record-breaking 435 people attended the meeting, which included a local lunch by The Galley of Lopez Island. Six members who sent in their absentee ballots were drawn for $50 credits on their next OPALCO bills. The six lucky winners were: Stanley & Gretchen Liebenberg, Sonja Zarek, Edith Blomberg, George Spees, Mark Lewis, Mark Fleming.
The annual Bite of Orcas fundraiser on Saturday, May 24 helps take a bite out of the Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center budget. “’The Bite’ is our only major fundraising event on Orcas Island,” says Julie Knight, executive director of the Wolf Hollow Board. “Not only do we raise money, but we get the message out about protecting habitat and native species on Orcas Island.”
Spring has sprung! Children and their pets are practicing their best smiles and parade waves for the 18th annual Pet Parade through Eastsound sponsored by Kaleidoscope on Saturday, May 24.
From the Orcas Island Prevention Partnership:
Stacy Lutz, Licensed Accupuncturist will hold a walk-in
Large wood-and-steel sculptures by Islander Todd Spalti will dominate an exhibition of his current work to be presented at Orcas Center Gallery throughout June. A reception for the artist will be held Friday, May 30, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Orcas Center still seeks submissions for original monologues that explore our love or disdain of pets. The theme for the 2008 Monologue Night, which is Friday, June 13, is: “Pets: Why We Live With Them, Why We Don’t.”
The presenter, James Warren, will be brought to the Islands by the San Juan PTA, which asked Lopez and Orcas if there would be interest in conducting their own assemblies with Warren. “This is a great opportunity to have access to a high quality performer and focused presenter,” said Barb Skotte, Orcas Island PTSA President.
Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Friday Harbor has been serving the wild animal rehabilitation needs of all of the San Juan Islands and seven northwest Washington counties for 25 years. Its major function is to care for animals hurt or impacted from human-related causes. “We’ve treated more than 12,000 animals and 220 native species since we were founded,” said Julie Knight, executive director of the Wolf Hollow Board.
Leadership San Juan Islands announces graduation for Class IV from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday May 30 at Skagit Valley College in Friday Harbor. Graduates David Bentley, Carrie Burke, Georgeana Cook, Anna Maria deFreitas, Grisha Krivchenia, Christine Miller, Gail Leschine-Seitz, Kyle Loring, Paul King, Tracie Red Elk, Anji Ringzin and Amy Windrope will present their proposed service projects and receive certificates of completion.
Lopez Island School District officials have announced the list of colleges and universities to which the class of 2008 graduates has been accepted. The Seniors graduate on June 7 in a traditional Saturday afternoon ceremony. This year’s graduates have been accepted to an alphabet soup of colleges around the country.
Special to the Sounder
The next time you are at Buck Park watching (or playing) a game on one of the sports fields, running or walking the vitality/nature trail, enjoying the skateboard park, the playground, basketball or tennis courts, you can thank the maintenance department of the Orcas Island School District for keeping them safe and clean.
On the afternoon of May 14, a single-occupant vehicle went off Enchanted Forest Road and over an embankment, rolling over twice before landing on its roof.
In preparation for the busy Memorial Day weekend, WSDOT Ferries Division is rolling out the second phase of its new pilot reservations program for the Port Townsend/Keystone route. On Monday, May 19, customers will be able to use advance reservations to receive priority boarding on the ferry. They will also be able to make both advance and same-day reservations by phone and at the Port Townsend and Keystone terminals starting Monday.
Islanders are reminded that, as graduation approaches, contributions to a scholarship in honor of Gitte Sofaer should be made soon.
On Sunday, May 4 the Orcas Island Yacht Club held its annual Opening Day Yacht Parade honoring Commodore Katie Thomas to the theme of “Pirates of Orcas Island.”
On May 17, the County’s Lead Entity for Salmon Recovery presented a day highlighting the protection and recovery efforts of the habitats critical to salmon survival. The Lead Entity produced the event, which included a Kids’ Camp, displays by the San Juan Nature Institute, People for Puget Sound and Friends of the San Juans among others, and luncheon and field trips, was funded by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and federal and state salmon recovery money. Walking and boat tours of the estuary rounded out the day. About 45 people attended the event were some of the groups that displayed at the event in the Deer Harbor Community Clubhouse.
Farm Education And Sustainability for Teens (FEAST), will kick off at 1 p.m. on May 24 in the garden heart of Eastsound, the old Senior Center lots between Prune Alley and North Beach Road.
Turns out the idea of using the Land Bank as leverage proved too hot to handle.
In further service to their mission, “providing safe, affordable, high quality, consistent childcare and preschool while supporting Orcas Island working families,” Kaleidoscope Childcare Center has announced plans to add fulltime infant and toddler care to its program.
Farm-to-Cafeteria is putting together a community dinner, called “Harvest Meal at School,” that will happen for the first time on March 16 at the Orcas Island School Open House.
While the Mother’s Day we celebrate is a fairly recent development, in 16th-century England a celebration called “Mothering Sunday” was inaugurated — a Sunday set aside for visiting your mother. The eldest son or daughter would bring a “mothering cake,” which would be shared by the entire family. Family reunions were the order of the day, with sons and daughters assuming all household duties and preparing a special dinner in honor of their mother.
Open House throughout public school Friday, May 16 Open House throughout public school Friday, May 16
Everyone is invited to join our talented public school students this Friday, May 16, as they show off their classrooms and some of the projects they’ve been working on throughout the school year. Student artwork, live music in the Elementary School, lantern making in the courtyard, and arts and crafts in the classrooms will be occurring. There will also be a slide show on the Cascade Creek watershed study as it enters Buck Bay. And be sure to check out the high school senior projects, including Bocce Ball lessons and Creative Writing Podcasts. Classrooms will be open to visit and school events will be occurring between 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
On April 24, The Funhouse and Camp Orkila hosted the second annual “Eighth Grade to Orkila” day. During school hours, the boys in the class, assisted by Jeff Ludwig, former Funhouse employee, and Forrest Gropp, current Funhouse teen employee, and Pete Moe, Funhouse Director, worked with Orkila counselors negotiating the high ropes course and team-building through exercises.
While boating seasons come and go, what’s remembered is the pure joy of a day on the water. “Whether it’s in a canoe or a 100-foot yacht isn’t as important as the whole experience of surrounding yourself with the natural beauty of the environment,” said Chris Wilke, director of the Clean Marina Washington Program.
Effective May 12, 2008, the Community Development and Planning Department, as directed by the Ordinance 49-2007, will begin implementing the collection of estimated Plan Review Fees at the time of Building Permit applications.
All children entering kindergarten (five years old before Sept.1st, 2008) are encouraged to attend school screening on May 14 and 15 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Orcas Island school library.
The San Juan County Elections Office recently released the following announcement:
Six Orcas Christian High School students, along with teachers Ron Claus and BruceGregg passed their final SCUBA exam on Sunday, April 27, 2008. They completed four dives in chilly Puget Sound and learned how to take care of themselves and each other underwater. Thane Sweet, Colton Guilford, Brittany Wachter, Jeff Blankenship, Andrew Smith and Stephen Baker now are all certified divers and can SCUBA dive anywhere in the world.
For the 14th consecutive year, the University of Washington School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine has reviewed Orcas Family Health Center (OFHC) physician David Shinstrom’s credentials and reappointed him as Clinical Instructor.
The San Juan County Land Bank is inviting public comment on its Draft Habitat Conservation Plan: 2008-2014. The plan identifies core conservation areas important for maintaining rare terrestrial species and ecological communities in the San Juans. The Land Bank intends to use the plan to help focus its efforts to conserve these ecological resources. Preservation of areas with ecological value is just one element of the Land Bank’s mission and this is the only element discussed in the Draft Plan.