Gamblers Anonymous is starting a chapter on Orcas Island. The group meets Saturdays at 4 p.m. in the new Emmanuel Church Parish Hall in Eastsound.
Andrew I. Zoeller received his bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Whitman College at their Commencement Ceremony on May 18. Indy is the son of Melinda Milligan and Dave Zoeller of Eastsound and is a 2004 graduate of Orcas High School. He would like to thank the Kiwanis, Orcas Center, the Islands’ Sounder, the Lions Club, the Firefighter’s Association and a number of Orcas Whitman Alumni who helped make it possible for him to attend Whitman.
Gregory Griffith, a 2007 graduate of Orcas Island High School and a student at Eastern Washington Univeristy, has been awarded a Carper Foundation Scholarship for $6,700 for the 2008-2009 academic year. This scholarship is awarded to a student with a 2.80 or higher GPA from the Orcas Island Public School system.
Orcas Island’s Daniella Armstrong made the President’s list at Western Washington University for the Winter quarter. She continues studying Arabic and Spanish as well as geology and modern dance while working toward a degree in linguistics.
They are both called teachers, but their daily routines have been very different. Now, Mary Callahan and Linda Gillespie are both retiring from many years of service to the Orcas Island School District.
Jayne Davis, Regional Operations Manager/North for the Ferries Division of the State Department of Transportation (Washington State Ferries, or WSF) announced on June 13 that she will resign from her position effective July 3.
Washington State Ferries will offer free parking at the Anacortes terminal July 3-7. The Sealth will be in service which accommodates 50 less cars per sailing than usual, according to Deborah Hopkins, Executive Director of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau. She noted, “This came about thanks to our Ferry Advisory Committee.”
Scott and Therese Lancaster have purchased the Orcas Home Central ACE Hardware Store in Eastsound as of June 12, 2008.
Scott Lancaster comes to the Eastsound hardware store after nearly 15 years’ experience at Island Hardware and Supply.
On June 10, the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board issued a decision regarding two recent motions filed with them regarding the Eastsound Urban Growth Area (UGA) compliance matter – San Juan County’s motion for an extension of time filed with the Board on May 19, 2008 and a motion for a determination of invalidity filed with the Board on May 23, 2008.
The Lopez Island School District has a lot to be proud of. In this year’s senior class, 10 of the 26 graduates (about 40 percent) rank among the top 10 percent of 2008 graduates from Washington high schools.