Jeremy King Honored for Work at Lavender Hollow and Longhouse

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— from Judy Whiting for OPAL — Jeremy King, who manages both the Orcas Longhouse and Lavender Hollow apartments, was recognized as 2015 manager of the year at the annual Washington Affordable Housing Management Convention, April 28-29 in Tacoma. Commended for his professionalism, pro-activeness and attention to residents and ongoing … Continue reading

Board of Health Asked to Agree ‘Growler’ Noise Causes Irreparable Injury

— from the Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve, Whidbey Island — Proof of noise-inflicted injuries were presented to the Island County Board of Health, Keith Higman, Brad Thomas, M.D., Executive Secretary and members at their meeting on May 19th in the form of declarations from medical experts, a local practicing physician, … Continue reading

Soil — the Solution for Climate Change?

Workshops on Lopez and San Juan Islands May 30-31 — from the San Juans Conservation District — Grow soil, regenerate the land and be a part of a solution for climate change! You have an incredible opportunity to join Peter Donovan to learn the basics of soil carbon science and … Continue reading

Obamacare in WA State: Communication Complications Trump the Law

 — by Eric Scigliano for Crosscut.com — When politicians, pundits and other know-it-alls tussle over whether to renovate, repeal or preserve Obamacare, they talk about Medicare expansion, the enrollment mandate and the ban on excluding pre-existing conditions. No one complains about one key provision: that insurers pay fully, with no … Continue reading

K-4 Students Present “The Music Class” Concert

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— from Kristen Wilson for Music Advocacy Group (MAG) — More than 150 Orcas music students will take us back to our early music studies when they present “The Music Class” on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Orcas Public School’s Old Gym. The school’s youngest students have … Continue reading

Aging as a Spiritual Journey: Challenges, Blessings, and Possibilities

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Saturday, May 23, 1 to 5 p.m., Emmanuel Parish Hall — from The Rev. Berto Gándara-Perea, Rector — Some try to resist aging, seeing it only as a time of physical diminishment, social isolation and limitation. There is, however, a different, more life-giving paradigm for aging which focuses on gratitude, reflection, creativity, deepening … Continue reading

Citizens Ask Island County to Halt “Irreparable Injury”

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— from Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — Island County Commissioners faced a room full of concerned and sometimes tearful Whidbey Island residents requesting specific actions be taken in response to documented proofs of on-going health harms caused by Navy’s Low-Flying “Growler” Attack Jets. Proof of noise inflicted injuries were presented … Continue reading

What A Weekend in the School Garden!

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–by Colleen Stewart, School Garden Keeper — Thank you Americorps Volunteers! On a sunny Saturday, a team of six NCCC Americorps volunteers from around the country worked in our school garden assembling pallet platforms for mural painting, fixing gates with spring closures, securing the compost and worm bin doors with … Continue reading

Team Orcas Wins the Sailing Port Townsend Open

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— from Michele Wiley for Sail Orcas — OHS’s young team has a very strong finish to the spring season. Nine members of the Orcas High School Sailing Team (all Junior Sailing alumni) competed at the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Port Townsend Open Regatta on Saturday May 9th. This was … Continue reading

Medical Foundation Annual Meeting Focuses on Aging and Alzheimer’s

— from Madie Murray — The community is invited on Tuesday, May 12 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eastsound Fire Hall, to learn of the Medical Foundation’s accomplishments during the past year and hear Dr. Thomas Montine, Director of the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Pacific … Continue reading

Let’s Keep Our Bees!

Saturday, May 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. at  Emmanuel Episcopal Farming and Gardening with Native Pollinators will be the subject of a free presentation by Eric Lee-Mader at the Episcopal Church. Eric will be discussing habitat restoration for bees, farming and gardening practices, economics of insect pollination and more. Please … Continue reading

Free Tooth Extraction Clinic

Thursday, May 14, Dr. Triplett’s Office — from Michael Triplett, DDS — Dr. Triplett’s dental office at 445 Madrona Street in Eastsound is reserving Thursday, May 14, for free tooth extractions for our Orcas and Shaw residents in need. Services are limited to both routine and surgical extractions (including wisdom teeth). … Continue reading