December Show: Art from Around the World Intake Nov. 29; Reception Dec. 1

— from Pat Littlewood — The Orcas Center Visual Arts Committee is reaching out to all Orcas art collectors to participate in the upcoming unique show of “Art from Around the World”, featuring work of art assembled by local residents sharing some of their favorite pieces of indigenous art with … Continue reading

First Town Hall Meeting – Public Hospital District

— from Alison Shaw for the Coalition for Orcas Health Care — The Coalition for Orcas Health Care (COHC) wants to hear from as many folks in the community as possible. Toward that goal, it has planned four Town Hall-style meetings over the next few months to hold a community … Continue reading

Sneak Peek at the Exchange Goods accepted with reservations; Grand Opening Nov. 24

— by Margie Doyle — “Here we go!” Tim Blanchard and fellow ORS/The Exchange board members and staff welcomed major supporters and contributors to the raising of the New Exchange building at the Orcas Waste Transfer site. The new Exchange will officially open on Friday, Nov. 24, with celebrations taking … Continue reading

Passing the Torch: Sara Boyle, New Lead at Orcas Senior Center New survey, new challenge grant, new programs "We have a lot of potential"

(This is the second in a series of articles about new leadership at Orcas Island institutions) –by Margie Doyle, updated Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. — Sara Boyle brings new enthusiasm and direction as she joins the leadership team at the Senior Center as Executive Director of the Orcas Senior … Continue reading

Eastsound Vision Survey Closed; Full Results Due Soon

— from Paul Kamin for Eastsound Planning Review Committee — The online survey “closed” on Monday November 5. A committee of volunteers have been working on processing the results for public distribution. The Eastsound Planning and Review Committee and the Survey Team would like to thank those who invested … Continue reading

Kid-made Art and Wares Wanted Island children invited to sell their crafts

Saturday, November 25, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Salmonberry School — from Sharon Ho — It’s that time of year again. The 5th Children’s Christmas Market will be taking place the Saturday after Thanksgiving and kindly hosted by Salmonberry School. Located on Henry Road, the Children’s Market will be across … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: School Observes Veterans Day

— from Tom and Karen Ritter — A tribute to the military veterans of the United States of America was conducted on Thursday November 9th at Orcas Island Public School. This special event has been conducted for five years and each time it becomes more dramatic and “professional.” Early this … Continue reading

Odd Fellows Continue Thanksgiving Community Feast Tradition

Thursday, November 23, 4:30 p.m., Odd Fellows Hall — from Bill Gincig — Once again the Odd Fellows will be holding their traditional Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Thanksgiving Day, November 23, at 4:30 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall. Due to record-breaking attendance, we are partnering with the Episcopal Church to … Continue reading

New Exchange to Open November 24th, The Day After Thanksgiving New pricing, access and tax-deduction policies

— from Pete Moe, General Manager ORS/The Exchange — The new Exchange reuse facility on Orcas Island will re-open November 24th, ‘Black Friday’, at 10 a.m. This will kick-off a Grand-Opening Weekend, that will run through Sunday the 26th. Hot dogs and cider will be served at lunch, and The … Continue reading

Veterans Get Help Through Larsen’s Office Veterans, call direct line for assistance

— from U.S. Representative Rick Larsen — A better deal for our veterans starts with listening – and that is exactly what I had a chance to do last month. I held six Veterans Forums in San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties. These forums were opportunities for veterans … Continue reading

American Legion to Honor Veterans’ Day Saturday, Nov. 11 And the annual turkey dinner event will take place on Sunday

The American Legion will honor Veterans Day with a ceremony on Saturday, November 11 at 11 a.m. with refreshment to follow. The public is welcome at this observance in honor of those who serve for our country The next day, Sunday November 12, is the Legion’s  Annual Turkey “Shoot” with … Continue reading