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Lopez citizen scientists invite you to join them December 28 at Lopez Center for Salmon-ation, a celebration and re-cap of their first year of research on south end salmon nurseries. Activities include a slideshow, microscope demonstrations and food. Children are welcome.
As the holidays and cold weather approaches people spend more time indoors visiting with family, friends, and in crowded places, like airports. Their exposure to germs increases. Some germs are viruses that cause a mild illness and are challenging to the immune system like the sniffles or the common cold. Other germs like the influenza virus can lead to severe illness, and even hospitalization and death. There are 226,000 hospitalizations for influenza related illness each year in the US. Children have the same rates for hospitalization as seniors for influenza illness. Last year there were 86 pediatric influenza related deaths in the US, of which half were in the 5 to 18 year olds group. A hospitalization for islanders means a difficult off island trip, the trauma of a strange place, and parents needing to miss work (or a paycheck), or not being able to stay with other siblings left at home. Last year there were two pediatric deaths in Seattle, a previously healthy second grader and an infant. Influenza is a serious illness; people of any age can get it.
The John Trotto Sportsmanship winners for 2008 are Lynden Christian from the north district, and Lopez Island from the south district.
The Lopez Booster Club wants to bring Lopezians back to the school and back to the games.
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count with the San Juan Islands Audubon Society is only 10 days away. Participating in this event is a great way to kick off the holidays.
What better time than winter to gather with your friends and dance the night away?
Seasonal choral music brings a universal richness to the holiday season, serving as a link to the past, a celebration of the present and as a bridge and hope into the future.
Faced with declining enrollment and early predictions of significant statewide reductions in education funding, the Lopez School District has determined that the position of superintendent should be reduced to half-time, as a cost saving measure, beginning with the 2009-10 school year.
With its evergreens, douglas firs, lush vegetation, and eagle, hawk, and owl sightings, the Odlin South property on the north end of Lopez has been untouched for the last 18 years. But the fate of the land is up in the air, as its owner, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), may soon be selling it.
Everyone needs to know about the positive impact United Way’s (UW) efforts have on Lopez youth and their families. During the 2007-2008 school year, United Way, through a collaboration with the San Juan County 4-H program, helped to expand the Rishi Environmental Learning Center Garden at the Lopez Elementary School by providing seeds, gardening and classroom supplies, and a new irrigation system.
The Puget Sound Blood Center, sponsored by the Lopez Island Lions Club, is holding a blood drive on Lopez Island on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The drive will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the Community Church in the Village.
The Lopez Island Family Resource Center (LIFRC), which provides support services for students and their families in the islands, has seen a recent influx of requests for food, help with heating bills, and more.
When you enter Principal Roland MacNichol’s office, black and white photos of such greats as Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes and Ghandi hang on his walls. Inspirational words from the Dalai Lama are tacked up next to photos of the MacNichols’ family ranch in Idaho.
The annual Lopez Union Cemetery Wreath Sale is going on Nov. 28 to Dec. 6 at the cemetery workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily (closed Sunday). Wreaths, swag, evergreens and decorations benefit the Lopez Island Union Cemetery and Center Church. Pre-orders available at 468-3032.
After 18 years of providing medical care for the children of San Juan County, Dr. Jeanne Olmsted, pediatrician, has announced that she will no longer maintain a practice on Orcas Island after December 31, 2008.
The Holiday Village Lighting Ceremony is a perfect way to usher in the season: listen to carolers, snack on baked goodies, and sip cider around bonfires.
At its regular meeting for November the Lopez Island School District Board of Directors approved a contract for a new high school boys basketball coach for the 2008-09 season. Veteran coach MR Buffum was hired to lead the Lopez Lobo hoopsters. The season began Nov. 17, with the first home game scheduled for December 5.
The San Juan Island Library is seeking volunteers to help in its Reading Buddies program. An orientation session for new and returning volunteers is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the San Juan Island Library to give prospective volunteers information about the program.
It’s that time again of year again – time for the Lopez Cooperative Preschool’s Holiday Bazaar.
The 14th Annual Orcas Montessori Wreath Sale is now underway and taking orders for the 2008 Holiday Season.
Wondering what holiday gift to buy for your dog? The County Auditor’s office began selling 2009 San Juan County tags on Nov. 17.
Throughout the 50 years that Rip and Julie Van Camp have been married, their core values have always encompassed three things: family, travel, and helping others.
Rip and Julie Van Camp are winners of this year’s Dolly and Andy Holland Lopez Spirit Award.
The story of a community is not easily told, but that is exactly what has been done in Lorrie Harrison’s new book, “Lopez Island Library: Sixty Years of Memories.”
Over Thanksgiving weekend, music lovers on Orcas, Lopez, and Shaw will have the opportunity to delight in the sights and sounds of the “Harvest Home” concert series.
First, let me apologize to the editor of the Islands’ Weekly who, day in and day out, strives to produce a respectable newspaper. However, as long as they continue to publish writers like me and articles like this, there is no chance. Which brings us to our topic: diarrhea. The definition of diarrhea is “An abnormally frequent or liquid fecal discharge.” Well, gee, that really doesn’t sound all that bad, does it? Yet diarrhea can be uncontrolled, messy, painful, embarrassing, debilitating, and dangerous if it goes on too long. I can also be a sign of something very bad.
One challenge to an all-island diet is finding locally grown grains. With this challenge in mind, 30 islanders, many with experience growing and harvesting grains here, met in Friday Harbor in late September for a WSU Extension workshop titled “Growing Grains.”
Roland MacNichol, the K-12 Principal at Lopez School, has announced his retirement at the end of the 2008-09 school year.
The slide show by Matt Nelson, Djuna Mascall, and Mathew Wendell about their kayak trip around the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska has been rescheduled. Originally set for Nov. 8, it conflicted with a memorial service for Lopez resident Cam DeVore. It is now scheduled for Friday, Nov. 14 at the Dojo on Flicker Lane off School Road. Mascall will teach a Yoga for Kayakers class from 5-6:30 p.m. ($10 for the class) followed by a slide show presentation at 7 p.m. Admission to the slide show is free, although donations are suggested.
Lopez Island School District was recently informed that all three of their high school fall 2008 athletic teams have been awarded prestigious recognition by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) for their academic achievements.