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Sheltering in the fall

Sheltering in the fall

Each year, the Opportunity Council does a point in time count of unsheltered community members. The most recent survey put our Orcas homeless population at 52. This number includes folks living in vehicles, tents, sheds, and those who may be couch surfing.  It...

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Hopeful

Hopeful

To plant a tree is to plant hope. This week a few trees were planted in the Village Green at the site of the new play area.  These were donated by OICF in honor of our 25th anniversary and in the spirit of hope and enthusiasm about the next 25!  We are looking forward...

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Onward

Onward

A foggy smoky sunrise in Olga. Photo by Coleen O'Brien As we head into Fall, San Juan County is leading the State in a couple of ways. We have one of the lowest per capita coronavirus infection rates. Good news. We also have the highest year-over-year job loss. Not so...

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Smoke!

Smoke!

It is a bit eerie that the smoke from the wildfires moved in overnight, on the 19th anniversary of 9-11, setting a somber tone. Locally, all outdoor burning (including charcoal bbq’s and campfires) is banned and the health department is recommending staying indoors....

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Welcome home!

Welcome home!

There is plenty to celebrate this week as the first 10 households moved into April’s Grove. The plan is to have all 45 units filled by the end of November. Thank you to OPAL and all those who supported this effort. It could not have come at a better time. It feels...

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School goes online and outside

School goes online and outside

Labor Day is just around the corner, marking the traditional start of a new school year.  The Orcas Island School District is ready to launch, but this year will be like no other.  After months of preparing a plan for in-person classes, the district received the...

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Rested and ready

Rested and ready

Happy Friday! I returned after a restful and rejuvenating break. Hank and I enjoyed a week sailing around the San Juan’s and then a few days in Pt Townsend. Home now, trying to figure out what to do with all these cukes and zukes! Send recipes.... OICF received great...

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