BEE a Prepper* at County Fair Food Preservation Booth Yes, I do can

— from Kathleen Commins — Okay, so you don’t think the world is about to end. But, what about earthquakes, severe storms, long term electrical outages, ferry disruptions, economic collapse, coronal mass ejections, and zombie apocalypse!? Food preservation has long been a way to survive the emergencies that arise unexpectedly. … Continue reading

Orcasong Farm to Celebrate Interdependence What does our 4th of July "Independence" actually mean?

Tuesday, July 4, 3 – 10 p.m., Orcasong Farm – 280 Dolphin Bay Rd. — from Ben Browner for Orcasong Farm — We’ve had fireworks for decades upon decades. We’ve had beer, brats, celebration, and parades along with it. We’ve had communal time, family time, and even some sad alone … Continue reading

Mayoral Candidates Trade Barbs and Brews

— by Susan Anderson for Children’s House — Eastsound Mayoral hopefuls (four dogs and a plain cat) are pulling out all the stops, using chicanery to gain traction in the election. Campaign promises are passé; these animals are offering buttons, beads and bags to voters who slip money into envelopes … Continue reading

The Life, the Library, the Legend How Orcas Island Public Library came to be

— by Emma Heikkinen — REPRINTED FROM JULY 19, 2016 Let’s start in 1949, glossing over the bit where the Madrona Club hosted a small library in their clubhouse in 1909. Sally Ployart had books. Hundreds of brand new books. She didn’t know what to do with them — a … Continue reading

Guest Column: The Graduation Tradition Continues Islanders welcome graduating seniors with full hearts, scholarships and laughter

— by Kathi Ciskowski — Cheering crowds, 28 elated graduates, music, officials, awards (both monetary and academic), caps and gowns, adoring teachers, and a surprise visit from the recently departed Orcas Island renegade bear, all were present at the Graduation Ceremony for the Orcas Island High School class of 2017 … Continue reading

Library Closure Extended Library to be closed until Friday, June 23

— from Martin Arnold — We need more time! The addition to the Library is taking longer than expected to complete. The Library will be closed until Friday, June 23. The Library is expected to open its normal time – 10 a.m. – on Friday. Thanks for your continued patience. … Continue reading

A Brand New Chapter Opens at the Library Friday, June 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.

— by Margie Doyle — Late notice: Library will be closed for collection moving and painting until Friday June 23. Friday is the long-awaited day for the opening of the expanded Orcas Island Public Library. the completion of the project is a triumph of planning, design, participation and execution befitting … Continue reading

Community Parade Will Celebrate Island Creatures All 48 Odd Fellows to serve as Grand Marshals

— from Lance Evans for Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce — “A Celebration of Island Creatures” is the theme for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Community Parade, scheduled for Saturday, Jul. 1 in Eastsound. “The Chamber Board wanted to have a little fun with this year’s theme and we hope … Continue reading

Welcome Summer at Solstice Parade & Celebration 2017 Theme: "Island Rhythms"

Saturday, June 24, Noon — from Laura Gibbons — Orcas Islanders and friends from near and far are invited to the 19th Annual Summer Solstice Parade on Saturday Jun. 24 at noon in Eastsound. The theme this year is “Island Rhythms.” The always colorful, whimsical procession will once again glide, … Continue reading