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. The Fire Department has responded to several wildland fires, the latest this week in Eastsound. Let’s help them out by following the guidelines and being careful. This seems like just the right time to launch the CCC program focused on forest management and wildfire mitigation. Ever grateful to all who are making that possible and to all who are dedicated to keeping us safe, both then and now.

The County opened up a bit more this week, with a move to expand transient housing and campground capacity from 50% to 100% and the reopening of parks and playgrounds–welcome news for many. Hopefully, everyone will remain vigilant about masks and social distancing so that we can keep moving forward without an increase in COVID cases.

Next week will be the first week of Camp Orkila days for students. Hopefully, the smoke will have cleared some by then. I know so many families that are so excited about this opportunity. Thank you to all who have contributed so far. Know that your gift is making parents, teachers, and students very happy! If you have not yet contributed, you can do so here. Please be sure to note OISD/ALL in WA in the recognition field.

Finally, a reminder that one of the very best things we can do for the community right now is to support each other–shop local, check on your neighbors, try to lend a hand. These are stressful times for all and for many folks it is feeling overwhelming. A little kindness goes a long way.

Stay well,