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A Lopez man had an unusual – and illegal – idea of how to set a 42-foot grounded boat on fire. He threw a few flares inside and the boat burned to the ground. The individual responsible was given a ticket for the maximum fine of $500 for burning unauthorized materials, plus around $2,900 — the cost of fire suppression, which included three fire engines and about 16 fire personnel sent to put out the fire. “You can burn only natu-

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In early October, Lopez Fire responded to an illegal burning of a 42-foot grounded boat. ucts. Turner has issued one citation for illegal burning on Lopez this year. Last year at

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ral vegetation,� said San Juan County Deputy Fire Marshal Paul Turner. “Milled lumber — like the boat, asphalt and a whole other list of things are unauthorized materials.� Basically, if it doesn’t grow in the ground, it can’t be burned. It’s a rule that Turner strictly enforces. Since the boat fire, Turner has received several reports of illegal burnings on Lopez, and countywide Turner has responded to cases of residents burning without a permit and in some instances, setting fire to garbage, fiberglass items, and paper prod-

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THANK YOU PHYLLIS FOR 24 MEMORABLE YEARS OF BOOKS AND BORZOIS!!!

Community Celebration for Phyllis Potter Sunday, December 4; 2-5 pm Grace Episcopal Church Hall Refreshments Hosted by Lopez authors, Village merchants, and other ardent booklovers New owners took the helm of Islehaven Books this month. Come share your bookstore memories with Phyllis as she opens a new chapter on Lopez!

What and when you can burn Unless there is a burn ban, the fire marshal allows recreational fires of two feet in diameter during any time of the year. The open burning season

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this time, that number was zero. “That doesn’t mean it’s not happening,� Turner said. “This problem exists countywide and the fire marshal office will respond and citations will be given.� The maximum fine for burning without a permit is $250 on all three islands and the maximum fine for burning unapproved materials is $500. Both require a court appearance. Turner urges citizens to call 911 if they suspect an illegal burning. “If a fire doesn’t smell like a campfire, there’s junk in it,� Turner said about ways to identify what people are burning.

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Lopez Preschool Holiday Bazaar Saturday, November 26 10AM-3PM

Lopez High School Gym Over 70 vendors Bake Sale SANTA PHOTOS many great raffle prizes Proceeds Benefit the Lopez Preschool


Community Calendar WEDS, NOV 23

CLASSES: Free Yoga Wednesdays

with Ken Law, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.,

Lopez Center of Community and the Arts. Free vinyasa flow yoga class with music, all levels welcome.Visit www.lopezcenter. org, for more info.

CLASSES: Clay Class: Beginning

& Intermediate Throwing, 7 - 10 p.m., Clay at Rural Arts. Contact Josh Ratza 468-3178, for more info.

CLASSES: Fiction Writers, 6-9

p.m., library meeting room. For more info, call John Waugh 4683224. THURS, NOV 24

LIBRARY CLOSED: Library closed for Thanksgiving.

FRI, NOV 25

SALE: Lopez Island Book Sale, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lopez Center of Community and the Arts. Book Sale features used books, videos, and audio books. Shop at The Friends Corner Store offering book bags, sweatshirts,T-shirts,

hats, mugs and Christmas ornaments.

CEREMONY: Annual Holiday

Village Lighting Ceremony, 4:30-6 p.m., Lopez Village Park. Enjoy a bonfire, caroling, hot cocoa and treats while watching Lopez Village come to life with holiday lights.

EVENT: Three Rivers Traverse

Cemetery and Center Church. Pre-orders available at 468-3032. SAT, NOV 26

ART: Northwest Puppet Center presents: “Q’we-ti - Tales of the Makah Tribe� by Carter Family Marionettes, 11 a.m., Lopez Center.Tickets available at Blossom Organic Grocery, Islehaven Books and at the door.

Expedition Slide Show with Karen Holm and Rob Walker, 7 p.m.,

BUSINESS: Small Business

Lopez Center.

dedicated to support the local small businesses that create jobs, fuel the economy and invigorate communities across the country. For more info, visit www.smallbusinesssaturday.com.

CLASSES: Computer Training, 10-11a.m., library community meeting room. FRI - SAT, NOV 25 - DEC. 3

HOLIDAY: Wreath Sale at

Cemetery workshop, 10 a.m. - 2

p.m. Decorations, evergreens, swags and wreaths. Sales benefit the Lopez Island Union

Saturday, all day.The day is

SANTA: Santa Claus is coming

to town, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Lopez school.

FUNDRAISER: Jungle Bell Dinner and Fundraiser, 6 p.m., Lopez

News briefs “Lighting the Flame of Learning� Nov. 28 The Lopez Education Association, in partnership with the Lopez Public School Employees, and the Lopez School Board

and Administration invite you to join them in a nonpartisan “Day of Action� for Education. The Lopez “Day of Action� will be Nov. 28, which is the first day that the state legislature will be back in session to consider potentially drastic cuts to education.

Lopez Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings: Mondays - 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center Wednesdays - 4 p.m. Women’s meeting at the fellowship hall at Grace Episcopal Church Fridays - 7:30 p.m. at the Children’s Center Saturdays - noon at the Children’s Center Contact phone number 468-2809

Al-Anon: Fridays - 9:00 a.m. at the Grace Church Hall, Lopez Saturdays - 9:30 a.m. at the Children’s Center, Lopez. Contact phone number 468-2510.

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The event will also coincide with a statewide “Week of Action.� At 4 p.m. at the Lopez Community Center, those interested will walk through Lopez Village, then return to the center to start a letterwriting campaign. “The ‘Day of Action’ and letter-writing campaign are not to ask for more money. We are asking the state to fund basic education. Our students are our future,� LEA President Jeanna Carter said. “We have a responsibility to provide them with an education that meets the demands of being an educated citizen. The potential cuts could limit our ability to continue to provide the quality of basic education that the Lopez community has supported.� The need for a “Day of

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Action� stems from current and proposed state budget cuts to education that will negatively affect our students. This year’s collaboration between the Lopez Education Association, Lopez Public School Employee, Lopez School Board and Administration has enabled us to overcome current state budget cuts, to provide the best education possible for our students. Current state proposals will make it even more difficult to provide basic education locally and statewide. “This meaningful relationship is a role model for other districts,� Superintendent Bill Evans said. “We invite you to join us as we ask our local and state government to keep budget cuts away from education and our students� For more info, call 4683516.

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ART: Pre-School Holiday Bazaar,

Hearing, 9-4 p.m., library community meeting room.Video Conferenced three island meeting. Patty Miller, presenter. Contact: Ingrid Gabriel 370-7472 TUES, NOV 29

10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lopez School multipurpose room. Proceeds benefit Lopez Preschool. Do your holiday gift shopping from a bonanza of items made by local artisans and crafters. SUN, NOV 27

MEETING: SJC Council meeting. Citizen’s Access, 10-11:30 a.m.,

SPORTS: Pickup Basketball at Lopez School Gym, 8:30- 10 p.m.,

Island School. THURS, DEC 1

Lopez School Gym, 86 School Road. Ages 15 and up. MON, NOV 28

library community meeting room. WEDS, NOV 30

MEETING: Lopez Island School Board Meeting, 6 p.m., Lopez

MEETING: Village Planning - Sub area Plan, 4:15-5:30 p.m., library

DAY OF ACTION: Day of Action to

meeting room. FRI, DEC 2

Lopez Community Center.

MEETING: Critical Areas Ordinance, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.,

support Basic Education, 4-6 p.m.,

MEETING: SJC Legislative

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Basic Health on chopping block Basic Health is going on the chopping block in a special session of the state legislature convening Nov. 28. Yes, Basic Health has been threatened the last two years, yet this year the situation has become dire. The governor has ordered that there be $2 billion in budget cuts statewide -— and that they need to be drastic, like cutting out entire programs (not just nibbling around the edges as in recent years) in order to take care of the growing financial crisis. To make matters worse and more complicated, Basic Health is dealing with a huge lawsuit from those members who were dropped in March of this year and who claim lack of adequate notification from this agency regarding the reporting of their legal alien status to Basic Health. Although this probably is a well-founded and worthy lawsuit, if won by the plaintiffs, reentering or reinstating these people as members

will put Basic Health above the total number of members which its budget can currently support (it is already at maximum). So even if Basic Health is not dissolved by an act of the legislature by the end of this year, it could still collapse if the lawsuit is won by the plaintiffs. What can we do? The legislature says that it must hear from us, all of us, if we care about keeping Basic Health afloat. To be heard, we need to call the following numbers and state precisely what we desire to see happen ASAP - before Nov. 28. Senator Kevin Ranker (360)676-2160 Rep. Khristin Lytton (360) 676-2105 Rep. Jeff Morris - (360) 588-6227 or (360) 786-7970 As a significant part of the plea to keep Basic Health, we must remember to state that monetary adjustments be made for the following year in order to support the increased membership of Basic Health, if the lawsuit is won. Thank you for your time and attention given to this urgent and fundamental matter -— that of basic health care provision for citizens of this state. KHORSIAN BLANCRIDINGS Lopez Island


Spotlight on Seniors by Rita Larom

opez Islander, Gretchen Schwahn Gruenke, sought employment as soon as she received her social work degree. “I had no idea where I’d get a job,� she said. “Back then, most gals became teachers, nurses, or social workers.� She was hired to serve a large area with no gasoline allowance and minimal wage. “My dad was so upset,� she said. “ He said, ‘I sent you to school and that’s what you’re going to get paid?’� “I looked in the yellow pages for the Twin Cities, Minn., and applied at a juvenile center,� Gruenke said. “My College of St. Benedict faculty got a charge out of that — finding a job in the telephone book.� Gruenke described her hometown of Chippewa Falls, Wisc., as all Green Bay Packer fans and 90 percent Catholic. Despite her Danish and German background, “I’m most proud I’m a quarter Irish,� Gruenke said with her genial laugh. “Dad was in the car business and mother worked for a garment sewing company.� “I met Gordy at a college hang-out,� Gruenke said about her husband. “Just before I graduated. I attended a friend’s wedding. For overnight permission, I needed a written invitation from my friend’s mother and my parents’ okay. I was 21 years old. Gordy wanted to attend a program at my allgirls’ school when I returned, but the nuns wouldn’t let him. He had shorts on.� Gruenke worked while Gordon attended officers’ and flight training before he was assigned to Japan in 1964. “We traveled 13 days on the U.S.S. Roosevelt,� Gruenke said - blue eyes sparkling. “For someone from a small town, that was something. Mother made formals for me and a registered nurse cared for our babies. It was like a vacation.� Base housing was not available so the family lived in a settlement nearby. “I grew up there,� Gruenke said. “I experienced my first earthquake and my first

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typhoon by myself. It was scary. The guys had to evacuate the place and make sure the airplanes were safe. “I made good friends. When a typhoon was forecast and the guys left, we would get together with food and drink and play bridge. When needed, we used dresser drawers for baby beds. Our house was so uneven that water with goop could come squishing in the front door and exit the back door,� Gruenke laughed. “Our time in Japan was extended to five years because Gordy was flying supplies into Vietnam,� Gruenke said. They returned to

describing my job and if it were available, we always hire from within.’� “It was the early 70s, people were getting laid off and collecting unemployment,� Gruenke said. “I decided to see if the unemployment office needed help. Well, that was a blessing. They were giving tests that day, said I could take one, and I became a claims adjuster. When the boys were in junior high, I stayed home and took community college classes. That was fun. “We used to come to Lopez and our favorite place to moor was Hughes Bay,� Gruenke said. “One time we rode our bikes to town and talked with June Forester about available property. When we saw some that overlooked Hughes Bay — that was it. Instead of a vacation place, Gordy wanted to move here. I was not ready for that.� Five years later, the couple started building in 1990. “Gordy was stationed in Honolulu.

I knew nothing about construction but we had great people working. They’d call and I just said, ‘What do you think?’ We got along fine. I moved in a fifth wheel and told the builders to get the bathroom finished so I could take a bath. We moved in 1991. �My neighbor, Gale McCallum, introduced me to the Thrift Shop, Garden Club, Yacht Club, and Golf Club.� Gruenke said. “I met interesting people as a volunteer for Hospice and Home Support. I knew people’s faces so I decided to work at the library where I could learn their

names. I’m involved with St. Francis Church and love the ecumenical things we do like sharing churches. The great thing about my book club is reading books others have chosen.� “I love volunteering,� Gruenke stated. “The island wouldn’t function without volunteers. I hope I never have to leave. “ “I think you need to have a sense of humor and be able to laugh at yourself,� Gruenke concluded, “take every day as it comes, assume responsibility for your actions, trust in God, and be happy.�

PUBLIC NOTICE The San Juan, Orcas & Lopez Transfer Stations will be closed Friday, November 25th for Thanksgiving Sunday, December 25 for Christmas Sunday, January 1 for New Year’s Day

Minneapolis, Gordon Gruenke trained with Northwest Airlines and requested a move to Seattle. Shortly afterwards, the airline went on strike and Gordon joined the Air Force Reserves. “I went to the employment agency looking for a job� Gruenke said. “They suggested I talk to the banks. The president called me in and laughed when I explained about the job I wanted. She said, ‘I’m sorry, but you’re

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Lopez Preschool’s Holiday Bazaar Santa Claus is coming to town It’s that time of the years again... for the Lopez Cooperative Preschool’s Holiday Bazaar, held Saturday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. in the high school gym. The bazaar offers an opportunity to do a little early holiday shopping with more than 70 artisans and crafters, homemade baked goods, hot food The Holiday Bazaar is the and drink, and Lopez Preschool. Santa will attend for holiday photos. Thanks to the generous support of the community the preschool raffle has an amaz-

ing list of over 50 prizes, including a night stay at Roche Harbor Resort, four tickets to a Seattle Mariners game, many baked goods and lots of gift certificates to local businesses. The Holiday Bazaar is the primary fundraiser for the Preschool and all the proceeds go towards operating cost, tuition Contributed photo keeping low, and providing primary fundraiser for the scholarships for families in need. Vendors donate 15 percent of their profits to the preschool. The event is organized and run entirely by parents of currently enrolled preschoolers.

Back by popular demand, Santa Claus will be making two stops on Lopez Island this year for photos. The first visit will be at the Lopez Preschool Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 26, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the school library. Santa will return for more photos on the following Saturday, Dec. 3, 3 - 5 p.m. at Lopez Children’s Center in Lopez Village. Various photo sizes and packages will be available. Proceeds benefit the ongoing operations of Lopez Children’s Center.

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Back by popular demand, Santa Claus will be making two stops on Lopez Island this year for photos.

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National Small Business Day is on Nov. 26 and the Lopez Island Chamber encourages all islanders to support our local businesses to assure they stay in business, provide much needed jobs and help to sustain our local economy. Lopez Island will also sponsor the Lopez Village Lighting on November 25 at 4:30 pm with all the Village merchants, galleries and restaurants staying open at least until 6 p.m. with some shops staying open until 7 or 8 p.m. The chamber also wants to encourage people to support businesses outside Lopez Village such as Islands Marine Center and Islandale Southender Store.

“We are encouraging all islanders to support our local businesses to assure they stay in business, provide much needed jobs and help to sustain our local economy,� said Lia Noreen, Office Manager at the Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce. “We want to remind people that the sales tax in San Juan County is less than on the mainland and sales taxes gathered here stay here in the islands. Shopping online sends our dollars off island with no return to our islands.� Lopez Island Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Lopez Village Lighting event and also is responsible for decorating the Lopez Ferry Landing.

Worship Services in the Islands LOPEZ ISLAND CHRIST THE KING COMMUNITY CHURCH, Now meeting at 10:00 AM at the Lopez Elementary School in the multi-purpose room. Find us on the web: www. CTKonline.com/lopez or email lopez@CTKonline.com GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH, welcomes you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:30 am. Fisherman Bay Road at Sunset Lane. 468-3477. Everyone welcome! LOPEZ ISLAND COMMUNITY CHURCH, 91 Lopez Road. Sunday School: pre-school through adult 9:30 am; Worship at 10:30 am. Pastor Jeff Smith 468-3877. LUTHERAN CHURCH IN THE SAN JUANS, Sundays, 11 am at historic Center Church on Davis Bay Road. Also on Sundays at 9:15 am at St. David’s in Friday Harbor, and on 1st & 3rd Mondays at 10 am at Emmanuel Church in Eastsound. Pastor John Lindsay, 378-6310. All are welcome! QUAKER WORSHIP GROUP Meetings will be Sundays at 10 am at the home of Ron Metcalf, 6363 Fisherman Bay Road. Children’s program. Everyone welcome. Phone 468-2129. Email: lopezfriends@gmail.com

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Lobos win two matches at 1B State Volleyball Championships By Dawn Stanley Special to the Islands’ Weekly

The Lopez Island Volleyball team traveled to the Yakima Valley SunDome, Nov. 10 for the 1B State Volleyball Championships. They played their first match on Friday against the Wilbur-Creston Wildcats. They won three games out of four with scores of 25-13, 25-12, 20-25, and 25-13. This was the only Lopez team since 1996 to not lose a match at state in three games. This encouraged the Lady Lobos to enter into their next match with more fight and determination. It paid off as they went on to win later that day against the Three Rivers Christian Eagles 3-0 with scores of 25-21, 25-18, and 25-12, not

The Lobos were not willing to throw in the towel and fought until the bitter end taking the Knights to four games as well, but lost 25-23, 25-22, 16-25 and 25-19. Overall, the Lobos stayed focused as Coachs Chico and Isabelle pushed them to keep hitting fearlessly and refused to let the ball hit the ground. The sportsmanship awards went to Marne Cook, Brianne Swanson and Shelby Prewitt.

giving up a game and advancing to the next round. The most difficult thing about state championships is that there are 16 other teams that want and expect to win as well. Assistant Coach Isabelle Tetu says, the competition is much higher because of the difference in the mental toughness and competitive maturity of the teams. She and Coach Chico Chicovsky did whatever they could to create a fast paced, chaotic practice environment to get the girls used to the stressful competition. The next day the Lobos played The Sunnyside Christian Knights for a chance to go on to play for 7th or 8th place in the championships.

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Lobos won two matches at state championships. This was the only Lopez team since 1996 to not lose a match at state in three games.

Sometimes the best things on Lopez Island are free By Robert S. Harrison Special to the Islands’ Weekly

Last month the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts launched a program to offer free classes to the community every Wednesday morning. This past Wednesday the LCCA hosted the first full morning of classes. Terry Marshall taught Senior Tai Chi from 9-10 a.m. Afterwards Abigail Morgan Prout taught a Nia Dance class from 10-11 a.m. Nia is a dynamic cardiovascular workout that stimulates and integrates your mind, body and spirt. Prout explains the class as a blend of dance, martial arts and the healing arts. “If you want to feel good in your body, come to a Nia class,� Prout said. “It is a fun way to enjoy yourself and create community.� From 11-12 a.m., Ken Law taught an all ages yoga class. “I felt it was a really fun and enjoyable class, with students who were interested. Everyone gave me really positive feedback,� said Law who has taught yoga for the last ten years. “It made me excited to teach there again.� Law recently moved from the East Coast to San Juan Island. He describes the class as a gentle Hatha flow style yoga for all levels. “The yoga class was exceptionally good,� Ron Metcalf said at the end of class. Here is the schedule for the next month: 9-10 a.m., Senior Tai Chi, every Wednesday. 10-11 a.m., Nia Dance, for the next 3 Wednesdays. 11-12 a.m., All Ages

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Above left and below left, Abigail Morgan Prout’s Nia Dance class. Above right, Ken Law leads students in a gentle Hatha flow style yoga.

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Dunlop and Adams top vote-getters For Port Commissioner Position No. 1 and No. 2. On Nov. 14, the San Juan County Elections office counted 1,527 ballots with only 30 left to count — making Bruce Dunlop and Stephen Adams as the top voter-getters in the race for Port Commissioner Position No. 1 and No. 2. Dunlop is the apparent winner in the race for Port Commissioner Position No. 1 with 677 votes to opponent, Ed Kilduff’s 600 votes. Dunlop ran for Port Commissioner four years ago and was elected to help provide a well-run airport for Lopez. “After many years of first

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hand experience using airports around the county it was my turn to contribute to our community,� Dunlop said. During the past four years Dunlop has been working on two significant projects, the solid waste proposal and a major repaving of the airport taxiway and apron, which is a $2 million project that will take place this spring. He ran for re-election to see these projects to completion. “I have a diverse set of skills, all of which are needed by the port. I have the management skills of a successful businessman. I have sensitivity to the island’s environment as a Lopez farmer,� he said. “I have the experience of four years on the Port Commission. I’m leading port negotiations with the county to directly manage the transfer station and am dedicated to completing this transition successfully.�

The Lopez Community rity, these people give to our Center Association is proud community in extraordinary to announce that Lynn and ways.� Lynn and Marlys live Marlys Waller are the recipi- these values. A friend of theirs coments of the 2011 Dolly and Andy Holland Lopez Spirit mented that they volunteer, Award. The Spirit Award will they volunteer, and they volbe presented to Lynn and unteer some more. Whenever things need Marlys Dec. 10 at a potluck to be accomat the Lopez plished, you can Community The Spirit Award be certain Lynn C e n t e r . recognizes an and Marlys will Festivities start be there ready at 5 p.m. individual, or to help. Established couple or partners Lopez comin 2000, the munity memSpirit Award is every year, who bers are nomigiven in honor have “consistently nated each year of Dolly and the award. Andy Holland, improved the lives of for Here is one long time Lopez excerpt from residents who all Lopezians.� the Waller’s gave unselfishnomination, ly of their time, talents and money to better “Lynn has served as the the Lopez community. They LCCA Chair for many years. He was at the helm when are both deceased. It is in the spirit of these the idea of the building the two people that the award Center first gained real tracwas established. It recogniz- tion. It was during this time es an individual, or couple that the funds were raised or partners every year, who and the plans were drawn. have “consistently improved His involvement, leadership the lives of all Lopezians. skills, and enthusiasm were Unselfishly, reliably, lovingly, the driving forces behind with tolerance and integ-

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Bruce Dunlop and Stephen Adams as the top voter-getters in the race for Port Commissioner Position No. 1 and No. 2. It has been an even closer race for Adams, who will most likely be elected as Port Commissioner Position No. 2 as he has won 695 votes to opponent, Susan Berry’s 647. Adams is known on Lopez as a man of many roles. Over the last 30 years he has worked as a teacher, volunteer EMT/Fire Fighter and Chief Fire Officer, Fire Commissioner, Planning Commissioner and successful island business owner. He said he ran for this position to maintain the long standing success of the Lopez Airport and to work

on the implementation of the local solid waste plan. “We need to find sound funding solutions, support a robust recycling program, and establish a professional management system to run this program,� said Adams about the solid waste plan. When asked why Lopezians should vote for him he answered: “I have leadership experiences that will provide the best opportunity for success at implementing the solid waste plan. I will be a reasonable and objective voice serving the needs of our community.�

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During the 4th of July parade in the early 1990’s Lynn led the LCCA entry, literally dancing the entire route, radiating his broad grin with his arms outstretched‌ The Center may not have been built without his leadership skills and infectious determination.� In addition, Lynn has participated in the Annual Lopez swan count and has served on the Thrift Shop and Friends of the San Juans Boards. He has worked on the Morgantown and Innisfree low-income housing work parties and has been a mem-

has represented the Lopez Community as a member of the San Juan United Way Board. She worked at the Thrift Shop for years and has made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Tribal Canoe Celebration. You can always count on Marlys to contribute cookies and casseroles to any work party that is happening in the community. At the Lopez School, she Contributed photo served as a commitLynn and Marlys Waller are the recipients of the 2011 Dolly and Andy tee member of the playfields and recreHolland Lopez Spirit Award. ation sites. Marlys ber of the Lions Club for 10 years. Lynn has been on was the Lopez the Lopez School District Garden Club President and Accreditation Committee and served on many projects, In the Village numerous other school com- including the annual cemmittees. etery clean up. Next to Isabels He participated in the She has organized comeagle film production for the munity folk and line dances San Juan Preservation Trust. and singing programs at the Marlys has been Lynn’s Grange, Woodman Hall, and long time partner and con- the LCCA. fidant. For four years, she She supported the build-

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nis courts. Please come and join us in celebration of these two amazing members of our community.

Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton music Brandon Vance, of Seattle, and Mark Minkler, of Lopez, will be playing a concert of Scottish, Irish, and Cape Breton style music at Isle Be Jammin’, Thursday, Dec. 1, 7 p.m. Vance is known as a “stunningly hot� fiddler. He is a two time U.S. national Scottish fiddle champion and a recent graduate of the Cleveland

Institue of Music.Minkler’s versatility and sensitive accompaniment on guitar, piano and flute create a finely tuned musical experience. The duo will be playing music from their CD, “Beyond the Borders,� as well as new material from their upcoming recording project. Tickets are now on sale at Isle Be Jammin’for $10.

“Thank you for your support. Though I will not be Port Commissioner, I will be active with the Port in determining the future of our transfer station.� - Suzanne Berry

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Brandon Vance, left, and Mark Minkler, right, play at Isle Be Jammin’

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Islands' Weekly, November 22, 2011