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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).
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.