Editorial: Make Your Support of ORS/The Exchange Known

Persuade Council to Add Funding for Site Road — by Margie Doyle — This is a call to action from those who support The Exchange and Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) in its mission to ““Build a zero-waste community through service, education and stewardship of Orcas Island’s waste and resource streams.” … Continue reading

Explore the Sacred Feminine at Labyrinth Workshop

Thursday, July 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Emmanuel Parish Hall Inside Labyrinth — from Emmanuel Episcopal Parish — For the feast day of Mary Magdalene, we will explore aspects of the sacred feminine as told through the mythology of her life. Weaving her story with the classic labyrinthine … Continue reading

Peace Island Medical Center Does First Arthroscopic Surgery

— from PeaceHealth, Peace Island Medical Center — Orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Krusniak, MD, on Monday [July 20] performed arthroscopic surgery to repair a patient’s rotator cuff, the first surgery of its kind performed at PeaceHealth Peace Island Medical Center in Friday Harbor. An anesthesiologist from PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center … 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

Building Climate Resilience in SJ County


Monday, July 20th, 6 to 8 p.m. at the San Juan Island Grange — from the San Juan Conservation District — You are Invited to join a facilitated discussion on building a climate resilient San Juan Islands community. The world is facing unprecedented change due to the impacts of climate … Continue reading

Health Department Unveils Water System Mapping Tool

Interactive Map of Water Systems now available online — from San Juan County Health and Community Services — San Juan County Health and Community Services and Information Services have teamed up to launch an interactive mapping tool, showing all public water systems in the County. The public can now use the … 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

Begin With Love: A Benefit for Chama Anderson

homing-pigeon soccer

 Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m. at Morningstar Farm at the Barn — from Suzanne Olson — Clint McCune will host an evening of music at Morningstar Farms on Orcas Island to benefit Chama Anderson, former Lady Vikings Soccer Coach, who was seriously injured in a vehicle accident last month. … 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

Guest Column: Public Hearing for Injunction to Stop Growlers


— from the Citizens of Ebeys Reserve — Representatives of citizen groups traveling from Whidbey Island and surrounding areas will be at the Federal Courthouse in Seattle to hold a 1 p.m. news conference on Wednesday, July 15, and attend a hearing on their Motion for an Preliminary Injunction to … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Make a Difference, Mentor a Youth


— by Heather Dew Oaksen — Many thanks to David Turnoy for his Guest Opinion: Make a Difference in a Child’s Life explaining the very real need for additional youth mentoring on Orcas; as the filmmaker of MINOR DIFFERENCES, the documentary he mentioned, which follows five former juvenile offenders from … 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

KindlingsFest 2015 – Joy: The Art of Living

— from Meredith Griffith — On July 21–24 Orcas Islanders are invited to attend KindlingsFest 2015, a celebration of art and ideas where they meet with the spiritual. The theme this year is “Joy: The Art of Living.” “C.S. Lewis writes that ‘The serious business of heaven is joy,’ ” … Continue reading