The Spirit of “A Christmas Carol:” Jim Bredouw Musical Director "Money doesn’t bring joy nearly as much as kindness and being with loved ones."

“A Christmas Carol” plays Dec. 13-17 at Orcas Center — by Margie Doyle — “A Christmas Carol,” with Scrooge and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come, captivated Jim Bredouw as a nine-year-old. He’s probably seen every film version of it; his reincarnation of it, … Continue reading

Mr. Music: Ken Speck Now a Hall-of-famer

— from Karen Key Speck — On Friday, November 3, 2017, Orcas islander Ken Speck received the Indiana Broadcasters Association / Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame Award. Orcas Island Bandleader, Philanthropist, Star Trekkie, Percussionist and Realtor Ken was chosen for induction into the Indiana Hall of … Continue reading

Sheriff’s Report | August 30 – September 5, 2017

— from San Juan County Sheriff’s Office — August 30, 2017 17-006029 Parking Problem 11:08:58 08/30/17 A Deputy responded to a report of an abandoned vehicle. Vehicle was later impounded as abandoned. 17-006031 Unwanted Person 11:52:11 08/30/17 A Deputy responded to a Lopez Island business for an unwanted person complaint. … Continue reading

Ken Speck Recognized as Indiana Broadcast Pioneer

— from the Indiana Broadcasters Association — Orcas Island Bandleader, Philanthropist, Star Trekkie, Percussionist and Realtor Ken Speck has been chosen for induction into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame this November, along with three other “Hoosier broadcasting legends.” On July 31 the Indiana Broadcasters Association … Continue reading

Remembering Robyn Lowe Scholarship set up for Protector of Indian Island

— by Russel Barsh, Director, KWIAHT nonprofit conservation laboratory — All of you that have volunteered to help take care of Indian Island, and most of you that maintain an interest in stewardship of Indian Island, have spent some time there with Robyn Lowe. She was one of our “sea … Continue reading

Come to Susan Osborn’s Christmas Concert 26th year of historic holiday event in Victorian Valley

— from Susan Osborn — Once again we will be gathering in the Victorian Valley Chapel on Orcas Island to celebrate Christmas and the Season in song, December 22, 23, and 24 at 7:30 p.m.and also on the 24th at 4p.m. We added this early concert so off island folks … Continue reading

Person of Interest | Melinda Milligan, Midwife

— by Lin McNulty — “Bittersweet” is how Melinda Milligan characterizes her upcoming retirement as a midwife after nearly 40 years of attending more than 1,000 births. “I probably should have counted,” she says now. She grew up in California’s San Fernando Valley and obtained a degree that brought her to West Seattle … Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Re-name the “Old Gym” Honor Coach Bob Curtis

— from Betty Jean Rodenberger, prepared for the Aug. 15-16 OISD Phase III Community Discussion — Sixty years ago, on March 13, 1956, the voters of Orcas Island School District (OISD) approved a bond to build a new physical education auditorium building to replace the aging gymnasium at the school … Continue reading

Person of Interest | Weekly Podcast Hosted by Bruce Harvie For the love of the music

— by Lin McNulty — Do you wish you had been there that night in 1996 when Donovan played Orcas Center? That was the night he introduced his new album, Sutras, to a happy, sell-out, sing-along crowd. Oh, you were on island, but couldn’t get tickets? Oh, man. Too bad. How … Continue reading

Marianne Lewis Jumps in as Orcas Choral Society Director

— from Lynn Baker — Summer’s here, with barbeques, the farmers’ market, kids leaping into Cascade Lake. And, as the Orcas Choral Society interim director, Marianne Lewis is listening to Christmas music. “I hope to put together a mix of cheery, beautiful holiday and winter pieces for our December concert,” Lewis … Continue reading