Funhouse Commons Sponsors Tenth Annual College Counseling Event

— from Emilie Gincig — Funhouse Commons and Orcas Island High School are teaming up for the annual post-high school “Futures Fair” for Orcas Island students Monday, October 3 through Wednesday, October 5. The Funhouse is bringing expert college counseling consultants, Craig Lewis and Julie Manhan, for a full schedule of … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Lessons Learned from School’s Community Forum

— by Maggie Schuler — Thanks to all who came [to the school-sponsored Community Forum on Sept. 21], shared their beliefs and therefore furthered MY education. I came thinking I was adamantly opposed to building a track– mainly because I knew there are so many other, and to me, more … Continue reading

Calling All Gardeners to Annual Gardening Workshop Secrets of Wheat, Bees, Tomatoes and Deer to be revealed at day-long event


Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday Harbor Middle School, advance registration required — by the San Juan County Master Gardeners — Come join other garden enthusiasts at the 2016 Annual Gardening Workshop, Secrets of Gardening, at Friday Harbor Middle School, on Saturday, October 1, from 8:30 a.m. to … Continue reading

Commmunity Discusses School Bond Priorities


— by Margie Doyle — The school cafeteria buzzed with hive-like activity as OPAL Executive Director Lisa Byers moderated a community forum about proposals for a “Phase III Bond” for the Orcas Island School District (OISD). After OISD Superintendent Eric Webb Webb acknowledged Board members Janet Brownell and Greg White, … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Track Donation Brings Problems

— by Bea vonTobel — Updated Sept. 20: I would like to offer a couple revisions to my original letter. (Editor’s note: revisions are in italics) Sometime when you look a gift horse in the mouth you may need to say, “Thanks but no thanks.” The extreme generosity of a … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | Evaluate Elements of Proposed Bond on their Separate Merits Numbers of Students in the School Music Programs increasing


–from Miriam Ziegler– This letter is in response to Peg Manning’s comment following Martha Farish’s excellent “Guest Opinion: Broad Public Input Needed in School’s Bond Discussion,” published 9/19/16. I cannot address Peg’s question about construction costs of the track and the anticipated maintenance costs. What I do have is information … Continue reading

BBQ and Skate Party This Friday The whole community is welcome

Friday, September 16, 4:15 – 8 p.m., Orcas Elementary — from Diane E. Boerstler — The whole community is welcome at a Free BBQ (4:15  – 5 p.m.) and Skate Party( 6 – 8 p.m.) on Friday at Orcas Elementary School. All funds raised go to the Orcas Island Community PTSA to enhance … Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Include School Music Programs’ Success in Phase III Bond

— by Jim Shaffer-Bauck — It’s time to complete the second half of the school music building program. I vividly recall the valiant first effort of a string performance at a MAG concert years ago, and I marvel at the remarkable achievements since. Our school groups have performed extraordinarily well … Continue reading

Kids and Canoes: a Lummi – Odd Fellows Project


— from Peter Fisher — Kids and Canoes! Dear to the heart of many of us over the years has been to find a way to get Lummi and Orcas Island kids together on a regular basis to create friendships and learn from each other. In 2000, at a celebration … Continue reading

Orcas Sends a Troubadour for Our Times to the Big Apple Call to Action: See "The Climate Monologues" and Spread the Word


— a review of “The Climate Monologues” by Margie Doyle — Update: Repeat performance on Thursday, Sept. 15 at Random Howse — Sharon Abreu is an inspired listener. She listens to the stories of West Virginian coal mining families, NW activists, Tribal leaders, Mississippi teachers, a Colorado cowgirl and Orcas’ … Continue reading

Sun Comes Out to Kickoff Back to School Event Hot dogs, community volunteers, kids and a bouncy house make for a rousing start to the school year


–by Margie Doyle — The 2016-17 school year is off to an auspicious start, as evidenced at the Tuesday, Sept. 6 kickoff in the school courtyard in front of the Old Gym (maybe we should start calling it the Good Old Gym?) Rain clouds and grey skies were dispelled by … Continue reading

Special School Board Meeting OASIS and 6th grade math teachers needed

Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 10:15 a.m. at School District Offices The Orcas Island School District Board of Directors announced a Special Meeting to approve the Consent Agenda. Included on the Consent Agenda are approval of certificated personnel: ● Hire Elyn Andersson as a 1.0 annual FTE 1st/2nd Grade Teacher for … Continue reading