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

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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

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— 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

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–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

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— 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

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— 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

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–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