Geddes Returns to School!

 — by Madie Murray – If you have ever enjoyed a meal at the Inn at Ship Bay, then you have experienced food at its finest. Farm to Cafeteria is proud to announce that Geddes Martin, chef extraordinaire at Inn of Ship Bay, returns to school for the second time … Continue reading

Local Construction Experts Tour School’s Bond Project


— by Paula Treneer — Members of the Orcas Island School Board and other community members instrumental in achieving the goal of school bond approval (“A Way Forward”) convened at the Orcas Island School District campus on October 2nd for a brief tour of the ongoing construction site. The $11.9 … Continue reading

Funhouse Commons Offers College Prep Presentation

Monday, September 29, 6:30 p.m., Funhouse Commons  — from Kimberley Ihlenfeldt, Program Director, Funhouse Commons – On Monday, September 29, as part of its annual College Counseling program, The Funhouse Commons will be hosting an event for parents with prospective college students at the Orcas High School Commons. The event … Continue reading

F2C Program Visited by Cascade Culinary Students

 — by Madie Murray, Farm to Cafeteria Committee – We had the honor of being visited by nine students from the Cascade Culinary Institute located in Bend, Oregon recently. The group was led by Chef Julian Darwin who put together the journey that also included visits to The Willows on … Continue reading

Open Houses Set for 2015 Leadership Program

Leadership San Juans continues -- next applications due Oct. 31

Wednesday, October 8, 5:30-7 p.m. on Orcas Island: Heartwood House – from Leadership San Juan Islands – The chance for San Juan County residents to learn more about their community and themselves returns, as Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) prepares for its eleventh year. Applications for the county-wide program are … Continue reading

Celebrate National 4-H Week by Joining or Volunteering


– from D. N. Kinsey for Orcas 4-H — More than 6 million young people across the United States will be celebrating National 4-H Week, which takes place annually during the first full week of October. San Juan County 4-H leverages National 4-H Week to celebrate the great things that … Continue reading

Guitar-Making Class Raising Funds for Special Router

 — from Corey Wiscomb, Orcas High School teacher – Last scholastic year, with the help of Orcas Island Education Foundation (OIEF), the Orcas High School introduced a new course in STEM Guitar Building.  The hands-on course gained an instant popularity with students as an approach that immediately applies the taught … Continue reading

PTSA Hosts Back-to-School BBQ and Roller Skating

— from Cathy Faulkner, for Orcas Parent-Teacher-Student Association (PTSA)– Orcas PTSA’s annual Back to School Barbecue is Friday, Sept. 26 from 5-7 p.m., and is also the kickoff of the Friday Night Roller Skating Season. Meet our special guest, OISD Superintendent Eric Webb. The free barbecue will be near the … Continue reading

Pink Kittens Have Red Socks for Halloween Costumes

– by Lin McNulty – Yes, “Pink Kittens Have Red Socks for Halloween Costumes” is the key to leadership. Well, okay, so it’s an acronym for the qualities of a good leader: Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Selflessness, Forgiveness, Humility, Commitment. This last summer, in mid-July, five Orcas High School students, along … Continue reading

Leave No Trace Comes to San Juan Islands Sept 23-28

— from Barbara Marrett for San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau — Special Education Events September 25-29 in the San Juan Islands with the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to Help Preserve and Protect Natural Resources for Generations to Come Leave No Trace Selected Washington’s San Juan Islands as One of … Continue reading

State Superintendent Randy Dorn on the Supreme Court’s McCleary Order

— from the Office of Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction — [On] September 11, the Supreme Court released its most recent order pertaining to McCleary v. Washington, the 2012 decision which held that the state isn’t adequately funding basic education. Below is a statement from State Superintendent Randy Dorn … Continue reading