Dementia / Alzheimer’s Support Group to Meet

Wednesday, April 6, 12-1:30 p.m., Senior Center — from Didier Gincig — The Dementia/Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will meet at the Senior Center. This is open to whomever may be interested. Facilitated by Larry Hughes, Aging & Family Case Coordinator, caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with others who are currently caring … Continue reading

Letter to Editor | EDC Supports OPALCO/Rock Island Broadband Expansion Efforts

— from Victoria Compton, Economic Development Council — Over a half-century ago, the Carnegie Institute released a report on a contraption that was changing the way America received its information. This report suggested that the technology could reinvent the way that education was delivered to American children, that it could … Continue reading

Shakespeare Lives, Thanks to Orcas High Schoolers

– by Margie Doyle — The fanciful, fantastic tribute to Love in “A MidSummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare will highlight this week’s Shakespeare Festival, thanks to some 18 inspired high school students, and to adult actors, costumers, teachers, stage producers, musicians and others who have prepared a rich treat … Continue reading

Healing Arts Seeks Donations for Spirit of Service

— from Christopher Evans, Healing Arts Center President — In 2014, the Healing Arts Center launched an exciting pilot program called Spirit of Service (SOS). Thanks to a generous start-up grant by the Orcas Island Community Foundation, SOS makes available quality holistic healthcare to a demographic currently underserved due to their … Continue reading

Flotsam & Jetsam: Islands to Be Connected by Bridges

With this article, we are starting a semi-regular humor column, written by Orcas High School teacher Maurice Austin from recent events of local interest. Thanks for your humorously imaginative columns, Maurice! What’s next? — by Maurice Austin — While wandering downtown Anacortes recently, I found myself subject to an irresistible … Continue reading

EDC Offers FREE Workshop on Pricing Products, Services

Tuesday, April 5, 1-3 p.m., Orcas Island Library Advance registration required. — from Victoria Compton — The San Juan County Economic Development Council will present a FREE workshop on pricing of products & services for small business owners and entrepreneurs on Orcas Island, on Tuesday, April 5 from 1-3pm.  Advance registration is … Continue reading

Ranker: Budget Makes Some Strides Forward, But Not Enough

— from Rick Manugian — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, issued this statement today upon the Legislature’s passage of the 2016 Operating Budget. “You never get everything you want with a budget, but that’s the nature of compromise. While I’m disappointed we didn’t make bigger strides, particularly when it comes … Continue reading

Madden Surbaugh’s Successful School Lunch

— from Ashley Randall — The public school cafeteria was buzzing with the voices of 363 students and adults enjoying a savory lunch on Wednesday, March 16, when Celebrity Chef Madden Surbaugh of the Orcas Food Co-op helped prepare and serve alongside our cafeteria staff. When asked if they were … Continue reading

Letter to Editor: Join in the Auction to Help Purchase Mount Baker Farm

LAST TWO DAYS! — by Marian O’Brien, Executive Director, The Concerto Project — Dear Orcas Friends, Please join me in thanking the contributors to The Concerto Project’s Orcas Theme Auction. These generous and kind supporters recognized an opportunity to help launch the program at Mount Baker Farm with their sought … Continue reading

Inslee Prohibits Non-essential State-funded Travel to North Carolina 

— from Jaime Smith — Gov. Jay Inslee today issued a memo to state agencies prohibiting non-essential state-funded travel to North Carolina in light of that state’s legislation allowing discrimination against transgender men and women. “Our nation is rightfully moving toward increased acceptance and celebration of diversity. The discriminatory policies … Continue reading