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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.
On May 17, the agency with what is arguably the most awkward name in State Government – the Lead Entity – will sponsor a Salmon Recovery/Lead Entity Day celebration at the Deer Harbor Community Club on Orcas Island. The celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. with live music, a kids’ camp, field trips, a few speeches, and lunch.
Houston Taylor, a Shaw Island resident who leads the Skagit Hospice team serving all of San Juan County, has been named a Real Hero by the Anacortes/San Juan Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross. He will be honored at the Real Heroes Breakfast on May 14 at the Northern Lights Casino in Anacortes.
It’s time to bring history to life with the Orcas Island Historical Museum and Crow Valley School Museum. Exhibits open May 23 at the Museum in Eastsound and on May 24 at the Crow Valley School.
“The Orcas Island Education Foundation is pleased to announce that this will be the first year a teacher or counselor of Orcas High students will receive a scholarship ‘for their outstanding contributions to student academic excellence and well-being’,” says OIEF president, Michelle Reed, “thanks to the generosity of Mary Anne and Chuck Owen.”
The third class of San Juan County/WSU Beach Watchers graduated April 24 after attending nearly 100 hours of classroom training and field experience in the San Juan County marine and watershed environment.
The following students from Orcas Island have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Washington for Winter Quarter: Barry Meyer Cousteau Jones, a senior; Natasha Alexa Warachowski, a senior; and Madeline Woods Bredouw, a junior.
The 71st Annual Meeting of the members of Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) is scheduled for Saturday, May 17 on the Anacortes ferry. All members and their families are invited and encouraged to attend. There are 900 electric co-ops in the nation, and OPALCO is famous for being the only co-op to have its annual meeting aboard a ferry. Co-op member participation is key: OPALCO must have a quorum of at least 100 members on the ferry to meet the requirements for its annual meeting.
The community’s weekly summer Farmers Market returns this Saturday, May 3 to Eastsound Village Green. “We’ll be back with our awesome farmers, food producers, flower growers, fine artisans and on-the-spot delicious, prepared food,” says Julie Miller, Farmers Market manager for the past seven years. “This year we’ll have the addition of six new vendors and Salmonberry School. We will showcase more local musicians this season and childrens’ story-telling hour will continue as a priority.”
Whatcom Community College announced the students appointed to the Dean’s List for Winter Quarter 2008, and Conrad V. Wrobel was on the list. Students are named to the Dean’s List for high scholastic achievement. Conrad is the son of Laura Wrobel.
The next Orcas Family Health Center free well-child checks. The latest are on the evenings of Tuesday May 6 and Tuesday May 20, from 5-6:30 p.m. The free clinics are made possible through a grant from the United Way Foundation.
The next meeting of the Orcas Island Camera Club is May 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Betty Lundeen Room of the Senior Center.
On Saturday, May 10, the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL) will hold its annual open house. This event offers an opportunity to meet scientists and students at the Labs and check out the research and teaching facilities.
Beginning on Saturday, May 3, the Orcas Public Library’s Saturday storytimes will be held from 11:30 am to noon on the Village Green during the Farmers Market season. In case of inclement weather, storytimes will be held at the Library.
The Orcas Center Theatre Productions staff is putting out a call for monologues about “Pets: Why we live with them and why we don’t.”
A talk and panel discussion of the current situation in the West Bank, Gaza and Israel, will be presented on Saturday, May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.
The first season of the lecture series Crossroads: Ideas for a New Century will conclude on Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. with a presentation by Barbara Grosz, who will discuss Computing Collaboratively: How Our Computers Ought to Work.
Stephan Michael Bosch of Eastsound recently graduated from South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia. He earned an Associate of Technical Arts degree in fire and emergency services technology.
At a special meeting of the Lopez Island School District Board of Directors on April 16 the Board approved the selling of $1.6 million worth of new money capital projects bonds, as approved by the voters in February. At the same time, and in the same process, the District also refinanced its remaining approximate $1.4 million debt from a 1997 bond. As a result, the overall tax rate was actually reduced from the low tax rate projected by the District in bond presentations leading up to the February elections. The results of that election drew the highest approval percentage in the state for school district bond proposals in that February’s elections. The new projected tax rate has been dropped to $.28 for the combined new and refinanced bonds.
On April 21, WSDOT Ferries Division Assistant Secretary David Moseley announced the resignation of his second in command, Traci Brewer-Rogstad. Ms. Brewer-Rogstad rose through the ranks at the ferry system and has served the past two years as Deputy Director and Chief of Staff. “Traci has been a real super-star at the ferry system during her tenure,” noted Moseley, “and she has helped me immensely during my first few months on the job. Traci is the kind of leader who sets a standard by which we all hold ourselves to, and she will be missed.”
“I see renewable energy as being an important part of the solution to many of the big problems we are faced with as a society,” said Eric Youngren. “I am into ‘solar empowerment.’ I think that everyone should try to reduce their ecological footprint by using energy and resources wisely.”
On Saturday, April 12, the Orcas Island Medical Guild voted to help the Orcas Island Fire Department by funding the purchase of a Stryker Stair Chair. The device allows EMTs to safely transport patients down stairs, steps and grades. “The department already has one of these devices; but as the recent months have demonstrated, when the department gets calls for aid, they often have two or more calls at the same time. Having the same device on both ambulances ensures that they will be available and makes training consistent,” said Max Jones, Public Information Specialist for the Orcas Island Fire Department
Nearly 30 years ago Louise Carnachan first came to Orcas Island to attend a University of Washington staff retreat at Deer Harbor. Now, with years of experience in business consultation and retreat planning, Carnachan is an island resident and businesswoman whose mission is to attract organizations such as the UW and large businesses to Orcas Island for retreats and seminars.
Joe Giuilano, the Border Patrol representative who has been the spokesperson for the recent Border Patrol operations at the Anacortes ferry terminal, will be speaking before the County Council at their meeting on Orcas Island on May 6. The meeting will be held at the Senior Center. Giuliano is expected to address the public at 1:45 p.m. before the council, and to answer questions after the council adjourns, if need be.
A Candidates Forum will be held on May 5 at the West Sound Community Club, timed to accommodate ferry travelers, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Democratic Party candidates for the 40th LD State Senate seat, from which Senator Harriet Spanel is resigning, will be presented.
(L to R) Barb Buman, Chris Guidotti, Gordon Buman.
With their annual visit to Waldron Island school for a regular board meeting beginning at 10 a.m., and the reconvening of the public session at 4:35 p.m., followed by a special board meeting at 7 p.m., the Orcas Island School District administration and board had a marathon day of school business to take care of on April 24.
On April 14, a group of community members, Friends of the Library board members and Library Trustees recommended to the Orcas Island Public Library Board that “the Board seriously examine expanding the current Library building.”
Through arrangements with Councilman Alan Lichter, a documentary film crew from Paris will spend the first week in May in the San Juans, shooting a film on climate change.
An Orcas Island man who snatched a bag containing $523 in donations while working for food in the kitchen of the American Legion in September was sentenced to 20 days in jail after pleading guilty to misdemeanor theft.
Earlier this month, the Lopez Community Land Trust (LCLT) received $100,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for its fourth affordable housing project, “Sustainable Community Homes,” currently under construction outside of Lopez Village. It will have 11 homes, two rental units, and an office/resource center.