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Spread Thin

Spread Thin

Waiting in line for baked goods at Brown Bear As we start returning to ‘normal’, it is apparent that it is not the same normal we were in 2 years ago.  As with the rest of the Country, Orcas is experiencing a labor shortage.  Ours is intensified by a workforce housing...

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Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!

The Hansen Family raises the flag at the Doe Bay Independence Celebration The island is bustling with visitors and delivery trucks, all preparing for a very busy weekend. Tonight, the Orcas Island Winery is hosting a concert to benefit the Hive.  The Hive was launched...

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Art, Gardens & Homes

Art, Gardens & Homes

Stephanie Iverson paints the town! You may have noticed a new mural coming to life on the side of the Wausau Building next to Ace Hardware.  This is the work of local artist Stephanie Iverson.  She is hoping to complete the water scene by the end of summer.  Swing on...

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On to SUMMER!

On to SUMMER!

OISD Students thank Orkila for their outdoor education opportunities   Today marks the end of the school year for the Orcas Island School District.  What a year it has been.  Thank you to all the teachers, staff, administrators, parents and students who had to...

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Graduation Weekend!

Graduation Weekend!

It is graduation weekend at the Orcas Island School District.  Events are mostly virtual due to ongoing Covid precautions and start with the Celebration of Success at 10 this morning. This is a great opportunity to learn about the graduates and the many organizations...

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Getting it Done!

Getting it Done!

Thank you to everyone who has helped get this community vaccinated. San Juan County Health, Ray’s Pharmacy, Orcas Island Family Health, Orcas Center and the many volunteers who have pitched in over the past four months. According to the most recent data, San Juan...

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Lundeen’s Legacy Continues

Lundeen’s Legacy Continues

Yellow Island in full bloom Bob and Betty Lundeen loved Orcas and worked to build a strong community.  They were especially engaged in ensuring medical access, excellent public education, support for the aging population and a robust library, as both were lifelong...

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Sliding into Spring!

Sliding into Spring!

Zack Leck and Assistant smoothing out any rough spots on the new slide The Playground on the Village Green is ALMOST open!  This week, the slide was put in place and they are just awaiting a final inspection from the County.  This project has been years in the making...

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What a Week!

What a Week!

We were astounded when on Tuesday, just eight days into the GveOrcas 2021 Campaign, we reached FULL FUNDING.  All 24 proposals!  Thanks to the 255 donors who contributed $231,031 to make this possible.  It was a little hard not to move forward with Unique Donor Day,...

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Welcome, Ed

Welcome, Ed

I am delighted to announce that Ed Andrews has joined the staff at the Community Foundation. He will be heading up our communications efforts and helping with general administration. Ed has served on the OICF Board for the past several years so his knowledge of and...

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