Gather Up Your Garbage for First Halloween Clean-Up


— from Danielle Wheeler for Orcas Recycling Services (ORS) — Have you noticed? There’s quite a bit of trash out there folks… ORS has decided to put on the first ever post-summer “Halloween Clean-Up” on Saturday October 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m! Volunteers are encouraged to meet ORS … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Please Vote Yes on I-732 to Address Climate Change Let's make polluters pay and WA taxes less regressive


— from Chris and Chom Graecen — Firstly we would like to thank fellow islanders for gathering signatures and signing in support of the grassroots climate change initiative that is now successfully on the ballot as I-732. Please now join us in voting “YES.” I-732 will reduce Washington State’s greenhouse … Continue reading

Kaleidoscope Invests in Outdoor Play


— by Margie Doyle — When Kaleidoscope Childcare Center was discredited for its play area, Director Amber Paulsen addressed the situation and turned it into an investment opportunity for Kaleidoscope kids and their families. Kaleidoscope’s playground ranked low in the “Early Achievers” score which came out April 2015, Paulsen explained, … Continue reading

Lahari Launching Orcas Door to Door, an Assistive Transportation Service Director Dennis King to speak at next Sunrise Volunteers Meeting

Friday, Oct. 21 at 7 a.m. at the Skillet Restaurant — from Chris White for Lions Sunrise Volunteers — Not being able to drive oneself to essential medical appointments, shopping or social events due to the effects of aging, medical procedures or a disability has shown to be detrimental to … Continue reading

Oil Spill in BC Waters “Tribe’s Worst Nightmare” Salish Sea faces damage by potential 60,000 gallon diesel oil spill from tug

Tribal harvest, economy threatened — from Mark Hume for The Globe and Mail — Members of the Heiltsuk Nation are hoping cleanup crews can protect clam beaches and salmon streams after a tug pushing a massive fuel barge ran aground [on October 13] near Bella Bella in the heart of … Continue reading

Farm to Cafeteria participates in “Taste Washington Day” Local farms provide daily sustenance at school


— by Ashley Randall — On October 5th, the WSDA Farm to School and the Washington School Nutrition Association partnered to sponsor “Taste Washington Day,” an annual celebration of Washington grown foods served in school meals. The Orcas Island School District was one of forty districts signed up to participate … Continue reading

Observing Yom Kippur — and a Poem Atone for past grievances and vow to do better

— from various sources — “Yom Kippur, known as the Day of Atonement, began this year at sundown Tuesday, Oct. 11,  and conclude shortly after sundown the following day, Oct. 12.  For many, it means 25 hours of contemplation on the year just gone and the one to come. “As … Continue reading

Cancer Survivorship Group Meeting Cancer Support Group To Meet Thursday

— by Sue Lewis — The Cancer Survivorship Group will meet this Thursday, Oct.13, at 5 pm, in the Fireside Room of the Orcas Island Community Church. This support group meets monthly where you’ll have a chance to share your experiences, problems, and feelings with others who are currently going … Continue reading

LWV Forum on Orcas Brings Candidates to the Public Part One: County Council Candidates


— by Janet Brownell — The San Juan Island’s League of Women Voters Orcas Island Forum was well attended on October 4th at the Orcas Island Fire Hall. Steve Bowman served as moderator, and reminded the crowd of the LWV’s mission: “The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization, that encourages … Continue reading

Orcas Public School’s Farm to Cafeteria Program in September

— by Ashley Randall — During our first week back to Farm to Classroom (K-5th), we tasted and painted with beets! We gathered around a large bed of beets, and examined the vegetable’s leaves and colorful stalks. Upon harvesting the root vegetable, we identified the three varieties and examined the … Continue reading

Eastsound Water’s Member Engagement Process Group to Present Recommendations Concerns of rate increases prompts three nights of meetings

— by Margie Doyle — Paul Kamin, General Manager of the Eastsound Water Users Association (EWUA) spoke recently of the process involved whereby 20 EWUA members came to some recommendations, which they will present before the board at the Oct. 18 board meeting. The participants spent the better part of … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | An Easy Solution for the Orcas Medical Foundation


— from Ken Speck — Last week it was announced that Island Hospital would no longer be providing management services for the Orcas Medical Center practice and Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF). It was also reported that OMF is having discussions with the UW Neighborhood Clinics to take over management of … Continue reading

“Local” is Theme of Farm Parade in Friday Harbor


Saturday, October 1, 2:30 p.m., Friday Harbor — from Roger Ellison — The San Juan Island Grange is pleased to announce the 2016 Friday Harbor Fall Farm Parade on Saturday October 1. Now in its sixth year, the parade will once again depart the fairgrounds onto Argyle at 2:30, travel … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Space Needle Climb for Joe’s Legacy


— from Elaine Goodrich — In honor of Joe Goodrich, Elaine Goodrich and Cassie Hayes have created a team called “Joe’s Legacy” to raise donations for cancer research in the the Base 2 Space Climb. The climb is on October 2nd. It is 832 steps to the top of the … Continue reading