Editorial: Make Your Support of ORS/The Exchange Known

Persuade Council to Add Funding for Site Road —Update, Monday, Aug. 3: The County Council meets on this matter on Tuesday, Aug. 4 at 9:15 a.m. at 350 Court St #1, in Friday Harbor, directly west of the County courthouse. Thanks to Ellen Edwardson — by Margie Doyle — This … Continue reading

Sail Orcas Honors Ray Jarecki in Regatta

jarecki orcas sail feature

— from Sail Orcas — Sail Orcas hosted the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association Ray Jarecki Youth Regatta July 25 and 26 at Orcas Island Yacht Club (OIYC). from www.facebook/sailorcas — The Ray Jarecki Youth Regatta had an excellent turn out and the weather was fantastic for sailing. We had 8 … Continue reading

Connecting on Climate Educator Workshop

August 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. An Educators Workshop, “Connecting on Climate” will be held next week on San Juan Island. The two-day workshop is sponsored by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior and San Juan Island National Historic Park. The National Park Service Climate … Continue reading

Calendula Workshop A “Salvy” Success

The first workshop held in our Public School Garden was on July 23. Those who came made calendula salve from the garden’s own flowers, dried and steeped in oil for more than 3 weeks, and beeswax. They experimented with adding dock, fresh petals, lavender and blackberry. If you have a … Continue reading

Naturalists Program Starts on Anacortes/San Juan Islands Sailings

 —  from Lynne Griffith, Assistant Secretary WSDOT/Ferries Division —  Starting on Wednesday, July 22, our popular Ferry Naturalist Program resumes on select Anacortes/Friday Harbor sailings. This longstanding partnership between WSF, the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor and Orca Network educates visitors to San Juan Island about the Southern Resident killer whales … Continue reading

Youth Conservation Corps Restores Fish Habitat

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–by Katarina Schiller, Maya Heikinnen and Taylor Morrison with Trillium Swanson, Crew Leader — The Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps recently spent three days working on fish habitat restoration projects with Tina Whitman, Science Director for Friends of the San Juan. The first day we worked at West Beach Creek, … Continue reading

Volunteer to Help with Hearts and Hands

 — from Didier Gincig — Imagine yourself as an elder needing to get to town but being unable to drive. Imagine coming back from a hospital stay and being exhausted by preparing a meal and doing the dishes. Many of our elders face such challenges. Fortunately, volunteers from Hearts and … Continue reading

School Superintendent Explains Early Wednesday Dismissals

School to Dismiss Wednesdays at 2:05 for Teacher-to-Teacher Training — by Eric Webb, Superintendent of Orcas Island School District — So, what is a Professional Learning Community or PLC? One might describe it as an ongoing process in which educators work collaboratively in recurring cycles of collective inquiry and action … Continue reading

“Open Garden Gate Thursdays”

"Open Garden Gate Thursday" bounty

…in the School Garden, and more! — from Madie Murray for Farm to Classroom — Join kids and counselors from Camp Orkila and Kaleidoscope for “Open Garden Gate Thursdays” in the public school garden from 9:30 to 3:30 each Thursday until August 27 to harvest, weed, water and play. All … Continue reading

The School Garden Goes to Market

A sampling of what will be for sale from the school garden this Saturday

This Saturday, July 11th, the amazing bounty growing in our school garden will be available for the first time ever from 10a to 3p at the Farmer’s Market on the Village Green! Purchase will be in the way of donations to Farm to Cafeteria and all proceeds will go right … Continue reading