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Happy December

Happy December

I am writing today from sunny Tucson where Hank and I are taking a much needed holiday, visiting family, hiking the desert, and basking in the sun.  As I relax, OICF remains very busy. The 2021 GiveOrcas Holiday campaign is off to a great start, with one proposal...

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Bridging the Divide

Bridging the Divide

Photo courtesy of Molly Roberts There is something sacred about how this community has responded to the recent torrential rains which brought significant road damage and flooding.  When folks woke up on Monday, they realized the road just past Doe Bay Resort had...

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What a week!

What a week!

Waldron  I had the good fortune to go on a tour of the Helsell property with Pete Helsell himself this week.  The property borders Turtlehead and has a commanding view of Waldron and beyond.  Ruth Brown, of Four Winds fame, gave the land to Pete’s grandmother and it...

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Big Blue

Big Blue

Pete Moe explaining the mechanisms of Big Blue I attended the grand opening of Big Blue, the new glass crusher behind the Exchange.  I have to say, it was a lovely event.  So fun to be outside surrounded by our community—chatting, laughing, sipping cider and...

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Spooky Times

Spooky Times

Giant Killer Worm Emerges on Crescent Beach Orcas celebrates Halloween with pizazz.  Island Market hosts a decoration contest between their departments, witches swarm Eastsound on paddle boards, and families parade through town trick-or-treating at every store.  It is...

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Long Live the Kings

Long Live the Kings

I had the great pleasure of having very dear, old friends visiting this week.  After almost two years of isolating, time together felt especially wonderful.  It also gave me the opportunity to take them on a deep dive into island life.  Hiking Moran and Turtleback,...

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Shelter

Shelter

Finding shelter in on the Village Green As the weather took a turn towards winter this week, my thoughts are with those on the island that lack sufficient shelter. In this community while some homeowners here have multiple homes, there are other folks without a roof....

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Leafing a Legacy

Leafing a Legacy

My apologies for the bad pun. And my thanks to Robin Kucklick.  Robin is a professional gardener who has worked on Orcas for decades.  About 25 years ago, he helped the County select and plant trees throughout Eastsound.  He chose varieties that had a great fall color...

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October

October

Island Market goes full on pumpkin for the season! The weather this week surely helped us all put summer to bed and face fall head on and bundled up.  Unfortunately, we are still in the midst of Covid and needing to socially distance and keep our masks on. (See the...

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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall!

Beach Haven. What a beautiful start to the season.  I recently ran across the Columbus Survey results for 2019.  This data is collected from Community Foundations of all sizes across the country.  They look at distribution rates, number of transactions and amount of...

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