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In this time of war, amidst all the political debate and news reports, there is a sometimes-forgotten but heavily affected group: children.
On a recent sunny Saturday in Friday Harbor, I was a guest on a public sail aboard the historic wooden sailboat, the Adventuress, now in its 95th year.
Pebble Beach has nothing on Lopez.
Lopez graduate Melissa Ahneman is attending Central Washington University and was on the honor roll for the first two quarters of 2008, and for the spring quarter 2008 she made the Dean’s List.
Worship Services in the Islands
The Whale Museum’s lecture series continues with a talk by Jason Wood at the museum at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6. Dr. Wood will be presenting “Musings of a Maritime Instructor: Beam Reach Research in the Spring of Aught-Eight,” which will summarize the latest research projects completed by Beam Reach students.
A large crowd turned out for Lopez Island Historical Society’s “Big Event” on Saturday, July 26, netting the non-profit just over $30,000 for its programs.
The Lopez Children’s Center will be celebrating its 5th year of providing early childhood education and care to the children of Lopez Island.
Orcas Island High School class of 1988 celebrated its 20th class reunion on Saturday, July 26 on Orcas Island.
The Veterans Administration has started once-a-month clinics at the Inter Island Medical Center on San Juan Island on the last Saturday of each month. The clinics are the result of longstanding efforts by San Juan County Council Member Kevin Ranker, working with “first gentleman” Mike Gregoire, State Washington Veterans Affairs Director, John Lee, and the Veterans Administration.
From August 4 through the end of September utility work will take place on Fisherman Bay Road on Lopez Island, from Military Road at the north end to Hummel Lake Road at the south end. During this phase of construction, OPALCO and CenturyTel will be relocating and installing utility lines underground. Some of the work will require trenching across the road, so motorists should expect delays, occasionally as long as 30 minutes.
Lopez Senior Center presents beginning and advanced Tai Chi at Woodmen Hall every Wednesday. Both levels meet at 9 a.m. for a combined class. For more information, call Jerry at 468-4709.
As an avid sports fan, it wasn’t too surprising that former Lopez student Bryce Jardine would look into a job with the Mariners. And since he was hired as the Mariner Moose, he’s been loving every minute.
Karen Rogers interviews Ted Leche about his time in the Navy and later as a priest.
What if there was a way for everyone to speak a language of understanding and foster more loving, open relationships? John Cunningham is offering a workshop to help foster compassionate communication.
The Lopez Island Pool project has gained momentum, and the dream of a community pool is getting closer everyday.
The second annual Lopez Island Golf Club tournament, auction, and dinner on June 29 was a huge success. The auction brought in thousands of dollars – a 50 percent increase over last year. The event had 68 golfers and fed over 100 people. The evening’s great cooks, led by Ed Gutkowski and Ole Snoer, prepared a tasty seafood dinner.
A summer Lopez Island blood drive for the Puget Sound Blood Center will be held at Lopez Community Church on Tuesday, July 29, from noon to 6:00 p.m. The blood drive is sponsored by the Lopez Island Lion’s Club, and in keeping with the summer theme, blood donors at this drive will have the opportunity to enjoy free gourmet ice cream provided by Lopez Island Creamery.
In advance of the August 19 primary election, the League of Women Voters of the San Juans has scheduled a public forum for candidates to meet the voters.
The July 4th parade isn’t the only place to see cool tractors. Every other year since 2004, the Cascade Two-Cylinder Club has sponsored an Antique Two-Cylinder John Deere Tractor Tour of Lopez Island. On Saturday, July 19, starting around 10:30 a.m., a long line of tractors from off-island plus a slew of local beauties can be seen caravanning through our roads.
Voting is both a right and a duty of citizenship. Be sure you can cast your vote by registering as a voter in advance of the August 19 primary election.
Have you ever wondered about salmon restoration in your watershed? What’s going on, who’s doing the work, where the projects are located, and how you can get involved or coordinate with these efforts?
Orcas Island resident and photojournalist Damien Stark will swim a 19.5-mile route from the Anacortes ferry terminal to Orcas Island and then Orcas Island to San Juan Island over the weekend of July 26 and 27 to raise awareness and funds for the Breast Cancer Treatment Support Mission Project.
It was another fun-filled fourth on Lopez with high attendance at the Lions’ Club Fun Run (308 participants) and Friends of the Lopez Library book sale, plenty of unique floats, and an outstanding fireworks show. See below for run results and award winners.
The next San Juan Islands Conservation District meeting will be on July 8 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Lopez Library meeting room. For more information and directions see www.sanjuanislandscd.org or call the Conservation District at 378-6621
If you are a writer in San Juan County, the San Juan County Fair needs YOU!
“Poetry gives you another way of seeing the world,” says Lopez writer John Sangster.
Four years and 8,000-plus hours on the job later, three of Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) Apprentice Linemen – Kai Burleson from Lopez; Roger Sandwith from San Juan Island; and Dan Watters on Orcas (all native islanders) – are “topping out,” which is lineman lingo for completing the apprentice program and reaching the 100 percent mark on the union wage scale as Journeymen Linemen.
We are born wired to learn. By age three, our brains have one trillion synapses — more than we’ll have in adulthood. By age six, our brains are 95 percent the size of mom’s and dad’s. We’ll spend 13 years in school preparing for college or the workplace. But it’s our first five years of life — those years before we ever set foot in a classroom — that have the most impact on our ability to learn, control our behavior and build relationships. By age five, we have the building blocks for success, or we have a tough road to hoe.
The Anacortes/San Juan Islands ferry routes will have extra 4th of July…
A list of community happenings on Lopez Island.
Island Stage Left, the islands’ only professional theatre company, celebrates its 10th anniversary of “Shakespeare Under the Stars” by mounting Shakespeare’s glorious swansong “The Tempest.”
They’re rubber, yellow, fit in the palm on your hand, and have been helping a local non-profit raise funds for its programs. The Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC) has been busy selling sponsorships for its Amazing Rubber Duck Race, enticing folks with the lure of an “edge of your seat” racing competition on Saturday, July 12, starting at 2:15 p.m. (right after the farmers’ market).
Many years ago, Jim Scripps celebrated the Fourth of July by shooting off fireworks from a “rock” just off Charles Island.
Visitors to Lopez Island will get a break this Fourth of July,…
Two vessels operated by WSDOT Ferries Division were diverted from service on…
Have you seen “Lilly”? She is a tall, thin yellow lab. She may be limping on her hind leg. Please call Adam or Brandie at 468-4417. The family desperately wants her home.
Island Hospital invites the public to the dedication celebration for its completed renovation and expansion project from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 1. The event will be held adjacent to the reopened hospital main entrance at 1211 24th St.