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To the Rescue

To the Rescue

Not the way you want to land. I have been a member of Orcas Fire and Rescue for 22 years, serving as a volunteer EMT.  It has been a very rewarding experience for the most part.  Being able to assist colleagues, neighbors, and friends during their times of crisis is a...

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Bird’s Eye View

Bird’s Eye View

Don Stillman came by to take a drone photo of our garden this week.  Fun to see the fruits of our labor from a new perspective! If you are over 70 ½ you may be eligible to take a qualified charitable distribution of up to $100,000 from your individual...

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Happy September

Happy September

Pedestrians and cars pass through Eastsound on Orcas Island. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) I just saw this article on the staffing shortage that local restaurants are experiencing.  The challenges extend to our nonprofit sector as well.  Currently, the Orcas...

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Flying High on Orcas

Flying High on Orcas

Acrobatic Conundrum Orcas Island Fire and Rescue will be holding an EMT Academy this fall.  It is a fairly intensive multi month program that can be completed locally.  There is a small book fee that is reimbursed upon completion of the course.  I took the class 22...

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All Smiles

All Smiles

Island Market steps up for our kids once again! OICF received a very generous anonymous donation for the Dental Van program this week.  We are deeply grateful for the support that will ensure all community members have access to dental care.  The next clinic is...

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All Masked Up & Ready to Keep Rolling

All Masked Up & Ready to Keep Rolling

The Canty's. All masked up. At the start of the pandemic, we were told to prepare for a marathon, not a sprint.  It feels like we are now in an Ironman triathlon, and I sure hope we have the stamina to make it through.  An indoor mask mandate for public spaces goes...

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Here we go again…

Here we go again…

Caring signs outside of the Food Co-op Just as we were all getting used to seeing each other’s smiles once again, it appears the masks are back in action.  The current Covid case load on Orcas is higher than it has ever been (see attached update from San Juan County)....

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Belonging

Belonging

The Canty Clan, aka Blob Ten days away, by a lake and surrounded by my family (affectionately known as the Blob) has me feeling rested and rejuvenated….and quite lucky. Lucky to have been born into a large family that has managed to maintain connection through the...

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Masking Up Again.  A Recommendation.

Masking Up Again. A Recommendation.

Effective July 30th, 2021, San Juan County Health Officer Dr. Frank James is recommending that all islanders and visitors mask up when entering an indoor public space whether you are vaccinated or not. It's already a requirement for unvaccinated people to continue...

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Ever Grateful

Ever Grateful

As the Orcas Center begins to reopen and get back to their normal scheduling, I want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. The Staff and Board of the Orcas Center demonstrated remarkable flexibility and a deep commitment to the health of this community this past year and...

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