Presentation Will Compare German Weimar Republic to Current U.S. Events

Monday, March 27, 5:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Kathy Lunde — Does the late stage of the Weimar Republic in Germany hold lessons for the current moment of the American Republic? A presentation by Jens Krus, Professor Emeritus of German, Wellesley College will address this topic in an upcoming … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Canceled Republican Health Care Vote

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — Gov. Inslee issued the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan announced he was removing the Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration: “Today 600,000 Washingtonians beat Congress, and can rest easy knowing that Speaker Ryan and President Trump have failed in … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Many Thanks to OWL Supporters

— from Suzanne Olson, Sandi Burt, Berto Gandara, Serena Burman and RJ Myers — On behalf of the students, families, and teaching team that have just completed the 26-week Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education Program for 7-9th graders, we would like to thank the following businesses and individuals, without … Continue reading

Ranker: Republican Budget Balanced on Backs of Most Vulnerable San Juans will see property tax increase

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, lead Senate Democrat on budget negotiations, issued the following statement following passage of the Senate Republican’s operating budget proposal: “After a marathon 18 hours of debate in a 36-hour period, Republicans passed a budget today that falls short … Continue reading

Do the 1930s in Germany Hold Lessons for the American Republic Now? A Presentation by Professor Jens Kruse

Monday, March 27 at 5:30 pm at the Orcas Center — from the Orcas Island Library — “History does not repeat itself, but it does instruct.” So starts the recently released On Tyranny by eminent historian Timothy Snyder. In his presentation, Jens Kruse attempts to assess what instruction we can … Continue reading

Introduction to EFT Workshop: What’s This Thing Called Tapping?

Monday, March 27, 1 – 3 p.m., Orcas Senior Center — from Nancy Southern — Did you know that there is a revolutionary way you can relieve mental, emotional or even physical pain or suffering? You will learn a self-help process combining knowledge of ancient Chinese Acupuncture meridian points and modern psychology. Properly … Continue reading

Vision for Eastsound Will Be Presented to Public

Friday, March 31, 6 – 8 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Gretchen Krampf — The Vision for Eastsound has been released for Community input and feedback at On Friday, Mar. 31, a Community Meeting will be held at the Eastsound Fire Hall from 6-8 PM as an opportunity … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Thank You, United Way

— from Krista Bouchey, Funhouse Commons Executive Director — We would like to thank the United Way of San Juan County for generously supporting the Funhouse Commons’ out of school time programming and expanded learning opportunities for Orcas youth during 2017. In partnership with United Way, we are providing the … Continue reading

Senior Center Brunch Was Gustatory Delight Meals on Wheels fundraiser

— a review by Margot Shaw — Last Saturday, the Lundeen Room at the Senior Center was filled with the sounds of social chatter, multi-generational families discussing weighty and frivolous matters, and those voicing their appreciation for the fabulous brunch they were enjoying. I was partial to the Eggs Benedict … Continue reading

Senior Center Looking to Hire Communications, Fundraising Administrator

Application deadline, Thursday, April 6, 5 p.m. — from Arron Redford — The Orcas Senior Center is hiring a Communications and Fundraising Administrator to support our Island’s Seniors through: Website Management, Fundraising, Event Planning, Grant Writing and more. If you are tech-savvy, love working with people, and are a strong … Continue reading

Governors, Mayors Issue Joint Statement Regarding Clean Power Plan

 — from Tara Lee, Governor Inslee’s Office — Following is a joint statement from West Coast Governors and Mayors in anticipation of a possible Executive Order from President Trump, including a directive to withdraw and rewrite the Clean Power Plan, as well as weaken other standards that protect our air … Continue reading

Women’s Retreat at Emmanuel With Rev. Kate Kinney Sign up now

Saturday, March 25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Emmanuel Episcopal Church — from Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Office — Two strong women – Rev. Kate Kinney, former interim co-rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Parish, and 12th Century St. Hildegard of Bingen – will bring Orcas Island women together for a retreat at Emmanuel, … Continue reading