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Starting a Tater Farm

Starting a Tater Farm

Caption: When in doubt, plant potatoes! Hank picked up some seed! Not quite sure where to start. There has been so much happening. But first off, I hope YOU are well and safely tucked at home. Our son Rylan and his sidekick Delta dog arrived on Tuesday night and I am...

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Community Emergency Response Fund Distributions

Community Emergency Response Fund Distributions

For Immediate Release Mar 26, 2020 Contact: Hilary Canty, Hilary@oicf.us Orcas Island Community Foundation This community is showing up! So far 101 friends and neighbors have donated $192,000 to the Community Emergency Response Fund (CERF). REMARKABLE! Thank you, Team...

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Digging deep

Digging deep

Photo Caption: Hank and I are hatching up a plan! We are all going to have to dig deep for this one. We are also an amazing and creative community. I am doing my first ever Facebook Live at 10 am this morning (wish me luck and sign in to the OICF FB page to watch) and...

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Looking for the Silver Lining

Looking for the Silver Lining

As we are all adjusting to this new reality, I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who has invested in this community.  Because of you, as we enter unchartered territory, we have strong systems in place to keep essential services flowing come what may....

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Community Emergency Response Fund

Community Emergency Response Fund

For immediate release 3-13-2020 Hilary Canty, Orcas Island Community Foundation hilary@oicf.us The Orcas Island Community Foundation has launched the Community Emergency Response Fund, with a $10,000 seed donation from the Foundation (thanks to Bob Henigson's OICF...

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Finding the Good in Every Situation

Finding the Good in Every Situation

One of the lovely things about living in a small community is that, often, when things go bad, someone steps up to save the day. Such was the case this past week at Children’s House.  Someone broke into the building last week. The staff noticed first thing in the...

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(Almost) Spring!

(Almost) Spring!

There is a great deal of discussion about the coronavirus. Read what the San Juan County team recommends here. I appreciate the thoughtful and reasoned approach. While I hope that the virus will miss us, it would be wise to be prepared in case it does not. I figure...

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Feeling the Love

Feeling the Love

This Valentine's Day we are feeling the love from the Lundeen Family. Bob Lundeen was a remarkable community leader and a founding member of the Orcas Island Community Foundation Board. Betty was equally engaged in a variety of efforts such as the Senior Center and...

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Keep your rain boots handy!

Keep your rain boots handy!

It has been mighty wet. This photo is of the gangway that normally connects to the shoreline at Cascade Lake. It would be a swim to get there now. Yikes! There is promise of a few days of “less” rain before the next front arrives. If you have not yet hiked up to see...

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A song in the air

A song in the air

Marilyn Anderson’s spirit was alive and roaming on Orcas this month when her legacy gifts were sent to 19 local nonprofits of her selection. The Orcas Island Community Foundation was deeply honored to be included. The OICF Board is working on a plan for the funds that...

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