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Thanks to the support of Bilbo’s Mexican Restaurant, Chasanoff’s first and second grade families are working to send their children to the Seattle Aquarium and actually spend the night there. Two of the aquarium’s teachers will be on hand to educate students about the wonders they will experience.
Bogie’s Café and Pub has opened for breakfast, lunch, and snacks at the Orcas Island Country Golf Club. Clubhouse manager Nikki Freeman is in charge of this new venture, which is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with Happy Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays.
The fact is, the Orcas Island School District has pulled itself out of the budget hole it was in last year – it finished the 2006-’07 school year with a zero balance, and is projected to keep its $150,000 or three percent fund reserve at the end of this school year. However, the fact also is, a juggernaut composed of underfunded cost-of-living increases and district increases to state teacher salaries and health benefits coupled with declining enrollment is headed straight for the District, in the amount of $667,000.
San Juan Nature Institute’s Orcas Spring Lecture Series will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Orcas Senior Center. The schedule is as follows:
Farm management practices that have produced positive environmental and financial results at Sweet Grass Beef Farm on Lopez Island will be spotlighted on Monday, April 28, as owners Scott Meyers and Brigit Waring give a tour of their farm.
The Land Bank is sponsoring a Writing Contest for 10th- through 12th-grade students in San Juan County. The topics are: Preserving what’s important in a changing world, and; Imagine the Islands without land conservation. “We are looking for the best essays about the idea of conservation and its significance to the writer.” It is not necessary for the essay to feature a Land Bank Preserve. Entries can be fiction, nonfiction, drama or poetry.
Moran state Park is working with KWIAHT ecologist Russel Barsh and botanist Madrona Murphy to offer a series of workshops and lectures about rare native plants in Moran State Park. The overall goal for this partnership is to find and map out rare native plants in Moran State Park so that the Park can knowledgably manage the land in the future, said Linda Sheridan, Moran’s Interpretive Specialist.
Spring is in the the air and new growth is all around at the Lopez Island Public Library.
“The Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce’s 2008 Visitor Guide and Business Directory has arrived on-island and the reviews are glowing!” said Lance Evans, Chamber Executive Director.
Currently in San Juan County the immunization rates are well below the state average of 71 percent and National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 19 to 26, is a reminder to parents, health professionals, and the public that children deserve a healthy start to life by immunizing them against 14 vaccine preventable diseases. Infants are particularly vulnerable to infectious diseases; that is why it is so important to discuss with your health care provider the risks and benefits of vaccinating so each individual can make an informed decision.
Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) will elect two directors at its annual meeting on Saturday, May 17, on the ferry. The opportunity to elect the board of directors is a unique feature of the cooperative member-owned electric utilities.
Beginning Sunday, April 20, WSDOT Ferries Division downsized the San Juan Islands route for a week to complete an annual U.S. Coast Guard required inspection on the 144-car Elwha. The 90-car Sealth will operate on the route while the Elwha goes to WSDOT’s Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility for its annual inspection.
On April 15, the San Juan County Council voted four-to-one to direct the Marine Resource Committee (MRC) to discontinue its effort to have the County designated an Aquatic Reserve.
Forget about the spread sheets. The true value of any public administrator may be an ability to read between the lines.
April 26 meeting connects global warming and 2008 elections.
The lecture series Crossroads: Ideas for a New Century will continue on Saturday, April 19 with a presentation by part-time Orcas Islanders John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, co-founders of the Gottman Institute, who will discuss “Building and Restoring Intimate Relationships: A Research-Based Approach.”
Friends of Moran State Park will celebrate Earth Day 2008 with the Moran State Park Clean-Up Day on Saturday, April 19.
Early last December, eighteen women and men began a journey to earn Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certificates from the State of Washington. Seven dropped out. Eleven stayed the course. The Orcas Island Fire Department now has ten new EMTs, and Shaw has one.
As part of its third annual “Get Off The Rock” College Counseling event, The Funhouse will bring Sarah Callendar, a Seattle-based college essay consultant, to the island to conduct a two-day college essay workshop for high school juniors. On Saturday, April 19 from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Sarah will provide instruction and inspiration to help students write essays that allow their voice, personality and unique attributes to shine. On Sunday, April 20, between 10 a.m.and 1 p.m., students are encouraged to bring an outline or rough draft of an essay and review the draft with Sarah in small group sessions.
The 2008 Tour de Lopez sold out a month before its event date.
Council to consider ban on ‘consumer’ fireworks tSparklers and snakes – like Roman candles – would be outlawed
What would the Fourth of July be without a few sparklers or a firecracker or two to celebrate with?
Orcas’ Favorite (Bi)Son opens researchers’ eyes tArcheologists line up early to hear latest theories
The discovery of ancient bison bones in an Orcas Island peat bog a few years ago is changing researchers’ ideas about the arrival of humans in the New World, and the extent of the ice-age glaciers. The bones lend credence to the idea that the Pacific Coast offered a food-rich ecosystem for ice age hunters some 14,000 years ago – much earlier than the prevailing scientific theory pegs the arrival of humans to the New World.
Orcas Island Prevention Partnership (OIPP), “working together to support a safe and healthy community,” sponsored a Town Hall meeting on teenage drinking on March 31 at the Senior Center. The meeting, called a “Community Conversation,” was held in response to the Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Prevent and Reduce Underage Drinking.”
Earth month filled with environmental activities tMany island organizations host earth-friendly meetings
If every day is Earth Day, how about a month of Earth Day activities to learn about and care for the health of our environment?
The Orcas Island Recreation Program is offering a field trip to the Coffelt Farm, Saturday, April 5 at 10 a.m. Children and parents will walk the farm to get a feel for the land and what it produces. The focus of this visit will be on the sheep barn where newborn lambs and ewes spend a couple of days after birth. Lambing is a busy time of year at Coffelt’s; children will see how to care for newborn lambs, dock tails, weigh, put in ear tags. Ruby the sheep dog is a working shepherd and the kids will learn how she helps with the sheep. Children will look at products made with wool from the farm, handle some raw wool, and talk about why it is warm and water-resistant. If there is time and interest, the kids can try carding some wool, and have a spinning demonstration. Open to 15 children who register in advance. To RSVP, call the Orcas Island Recreation at 376-5339.
The Orcas Island Lions Club has donated an Aladdin Classic Video Magnifier to the Orcas Island Library. The magnifier is designed to be used by people who have visual impairments which make it difficult or impossible for them to read ordinary printed materials.
WSDOT Ferries Division announced on March 27 the Todd Pacific Shipyards was the apparent low bidder for a contract to construct a new 50-car vessel based on the Steilacoom II design. The formal bid opening was held earlier that day. Todd submitted the only bid with a proposed bid price of $25,985,125. The WSDOT engineer’s estimate is $16.8 million. WSDOT will conduct a bid evaluation over the next few days before announcing an award recommendation.
The Lopez Fire and EMS Department, which is staffed almost entirely by a hardworking crew of volunteers, is in need of firefighters.
Sept. 26, 1934 – March 15, 2008
Darvill’s Bookstore is pleased to announce the start of its own bookclub. Pam Evans, bookclub moderator, says that the club is open to all. It will meet the second Tuesday evening of each month at 7 p.m. at the store. Book selection will alternate between fiction and non-fiction, and suggestions are encouraged. The selection for the April 8 meeting is “The Invisible Wall,” a biography written by Harry Bernstein about growing up in a divided community during World War I.
The Orcas Island Lion’s club is beginning the sale of tickets on April 4 at Island Market for of one of the island’s favorite fundraisers. The “Super Shopping Spree” winner races for up to $1,000.00 of Island Market groceries in this hilarious and raucous challenge which takes place on Sunday, April 13. Included is $100 of meat donated by Island Market. Groceries may not include alcohol or spices. The winning ticket is drawn on Saturday afternoon, April 12 and the winner will be notified at that time. Buy your raffle tickets from any Lion’s Club member or at Island Market on Fridays, Saturday and Sunday afternoons beginning April 4 and at the Health Van on North Beach Road on Monday and Tuesday, April 7 and 8. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Proceeds from the raffle ticket sales support the local Health Screening van, an annual Orcas Island event, as well as local sight and hearing projects. For questions or to purchase tickets contact Pam Harney, event chairperson at 376-6222.
Orcas Christian students in first through fifth grades recently attended the Seattle Children’s Theatre production, “100 Dresses,” based on the 1944 book by Eleanor Estes.
On Tuesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. Dr. Peter Olesiuk of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada will discuss the five species of seals and sea lions that frequent the region’s marine waters. Olesiuk, a Research Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, is Head of Seal and Sea Lion Research Programs in Pacific Region. He works out of the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, B.C. His lecture is part of the Orcas Island Marine Science Lecture Series.