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A deeper look at ‘Oz’

The upcoming Italian Dinner and silent auction, Saturday, April 21, is a fundraiser for Lopez School Cafeteria. Read more on page 6.

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Artist Tour gets revamped

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Music from the past

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‘Grow-a-Row’ inspires future gardeners By Marne Cook Weekly Intern

Small, green leaves begin to push through the dark, rich soil, taking their first breathe of the open air. These plants may start out as seedling, but eventually they can grow large enough to produce food for others.

Genticorum ‘Music from Quebec’ Thurs. April 19th 7:30 PM Lopez Island Woodmen Hall $15, Kids 12 & Under FREE, 12-16 - $8 More info: 468-2753

The “Grow-a-Row” program was created for this reason, to help feed people who are in need. The new principal of the Lopez Island School, Lisa Shelby, has asked each elementar y homeroom class to do a community service project. Grow-a-Row is the service that Shreve’s class chose. Although the program was founded by Denise McIntosh, Growa-Row is currently being maintained by Dale Shreve and his homeroom class. “Our homeroom decided that helping the Grow-a-Row stand would tie in well with our school garden program in order to help the community,” Shreve said. “She was so gracious to let us take See grow, page 8


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VOLUME 35, NUMBER 16 • April 17, 2012

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Procession of the Species

Last April, Lopezians donned costumes and masks, carried giant puppets and proceeded through the streets of Lopez Village in a celebration of the natural world known as the Procession of the Species. On April 22, the Procession will return for a second year, check in starts at 4 p.m. at the Community Center’s Outdoor Pavilion, and the procession will begin at 4:30 p.m. A community potluck will follow the event. Read more on page 3.

Save the Date! Future of liquor sales? Lopez Lions Pancake Breakfast

April 29th at Lopez School

Lopez Farmers' Market Annual Meeting

Thursday, April 19th 2012, 7PM Lopez Island Golf Club Everybody Welcome.

ITALIAN FEAST AND SILENT AUCTION SATURDAY, APRIL 21 5:00-7:00 PM AT LOPEZ SCHOOL $10 per person / $5 elementary / 2 and under Free This is a fundraiser for the school kitchen to support a healthy, more sustainable food program. Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.

By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

The times, they are a-changin’ when it comes to liquor sales. But in the San Juans, maybe not so much. Because of the passage of Initiative 1183, Washington state is getting out of the liquor business, but many of the current stores, including liquor stores on Orcas and Lopez, plan to stay in

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business. Others, such as King’s Market and the Marketplace in Friday Harbor, as well as Island Market on Orcas, will be getting into the business of selling liquor for the first time and preparations are already under way. “We’re going to be ready on June 1,” said John McBride, general See liquor, page 4

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May 19 or 20 Mark Salman August 11 Michael Golden September 22 Jovino Santos-Neto SAVE THE DATE - May 18, 2012 GREAT PAIRINGS Back by popular demand, 5 local chefs create 5 delectable dishes to pair with Lopez Island Vineyard wines. Meet the chefs and award winning winemaker Brent Charnley. Reservations: $60/person before 4/30 $70 /person after 4/30; Tickets at Paper Scissors

Call Jane at Lopez Children’s Center 360-468-3896 Proceeds benefit Lopez Children’s Center

Community Calendar weds, april 18

event: Wizard of Oz by KLOI Radio, 7:30 - 10 p.m., Lopez

Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, Runs until April 22. thurs, april 19

music: Home On The Grange

Presents: Genticorum, 7:30

- 10:30 p.m., Woodmen Hall. For more in fo, visit

meeting: Annual Farmer’s

Market Membership Meeting, 7 p.m., Lopez Golf Course. Meeting is for old, new or potential members. Membership is 450, booth space is $50. For more info, call 468-2411.

meeting: OPALCO Board

of Directors, 8:15 p.m., the

Islander Resort at 2864 Fisherman Bay Road. sat, april 21 evenT: Spring Tea, 2 p.m.,

Letters Remove buffers from CAO I am very concerned about the draconian controls coming our way that will affect our lives in ways that are hard to imagine or believe. The Critical Areas Ordinance, or CAO, will affect homes, gardens, livestock, and pile such devas-

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tating costs on land owners that many families may have to leave the islands. In 1990 the State of Washington passed the Growth Management Act (GMA) of which, the CAOs are a part. However, only counties with a population exceeding 50,000 were mandated to fully plan under the GMA. At the time San Juan

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If you have borrowed durable medical equipment from Lopez Island Hospice and Home Support and are no longer using it, please return it to the office from 1-3pm Monday through Friday. We’re running particularly short on wheeled walkers, wheelchairs, and shower benches. If you have questions, please contact Lynne at 468-4446.

Grace Hall. All Lopez ladies are invited. RSVP acceptance to Grace Church office, 4683477, by April 16. sun, april 22

event: Procession of the Species Celebration, 4 - 7 p.m., Lopez

School - Multi Purpose Room. Contact Mikah Smith for more information at 4682201 ext. 2109, or by email at fri, april 27

music: Rat City Brass Band, 7:30-10 p.m. , Lopez

Center for Community and the Arts. For more info, visit tues, april 24

Center.For more info, visit sat, april 28

lecture: Invisible shoreline

outdoors: 9th Annual Tour de

video tour - at the Waters Edge Lecture Series, 7-9 p.m., Lopez

Center. For more info, visit thurs, april 26 EVENt: LCCA Garden Party, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. , Lopez Center for Community and the Arts.For more info,

meeting: Parent Meeting, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. , Lopez

Lopez, all day or non-timed event, Lopez. For more info, visit Registration fees (includes lunch), adult - $35, family (4) $100. Children under 12 - $25 (includes lunch). Dance: Contra Dance, 8 - 10 p.m., Lopez Community Center. Tickets at the door: Adult $8, Youth, $5. For more info, visit

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County had a population of only 10,000 people. The three county commissioners in all their great wisdom in 1990, made the decision to voluntarily opt in to the full authority of the GMA, and as a result, our CAOs are subject to potential appeal to the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB), and therefore, are subject to added leverage and intimidation from the State and special interest groups. Did the county test your well water, farm, pond or garden for contaminates? Why else would they go to such radical lengths of control on us

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and our properties? For, if the county is in good shape environmentally, then there is only one other reason to slam us with crushing restrictions. They want control over us all, and permit fees, at the expense of our property rights? They will take control over, ANY NATIVE VEGETATION, if it is in any of the buffer zones in the islands. Severe controls will come over water front properties, ponds, wet spots, or ditches. Buffers up to 260 feet will be placed around wet lands or ponds. Your wetland and its buffer will not be usable without hiring a so called expert to authorize an exception, which could cost tens of thousands of dollars. The county should be strongly encouraging farmers and gardeners, but they are going to radically hamper the growing of food in the islands. Let your voice be heard. REMOVE ALL BUFFERS, so that we can continue to

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sun, april 29

meeting: Talk by Madrona

Murphy and field trip, 1-2:30 p.m. , library. “Ancient gardens and sunken mountains.” For more info, mon.’s, may 7, 14, 21

workshop: 3-part Free Google

tool ‘Creating Your Own Website’ workshop, 5:30- 7:30 p.m. ,

library meeting room. This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to using this free Google tool for developing a web site for your business or personal use. Fee for class is $35 if paid by April 30th and $45 if paid after April 30. Preregistration required at Lopez Island Family Resource Center. For more info or call 468-4117. mon.’s, may 7, 14, 21

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Another week, another attack from Friends Clearly, the Friends’ feathers are quite ruffled about the wave of citizen opposition to the ill-conceived CAO revisions proposed by CDPD. Their complaints, first focused on nasty outside agitators, are now directed at grass-roots, local island groups (the Common Sense Alliance, the Orcas Eagle Forum, the Lopez Birds, and the San Juan Citizens Alliance for Property Rights) with widely varying missions, but one common concern: how to balance protection of our island environment with the rights and interests of their neighbors. None of these groups has claimed a right to do anything they want with their property. They simply want to see valid reasons articulated for any increase in the regulation of their property and in the costs of county See letters, page A6

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Brochures, Newsletters, Business Cards,’ 2:30- 4:30 p.m. , library

meeting room. In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to locate and customize for your business or personal use ready-made templates that use Microsoft Word 2010 as a desktop publishing program. Fee for class is $35 if paid by April 30th and $45 if paid after April 30th. Pre-registration required at Lopez Island Family Resource Center. For more info www. or call 468-4117. sat, may 5

meeting: Orcas Power & Light Cooperative 75th Annual Meeting, 9:45 - 11:15 a.m.,Washington State Ferries. Celebrating 75 Years of Energy Independence in San Juan County. Lopez member attendees register at landing at 8:40 a.m., ferry leaves 9:30 a.m. return to Lopez at 11:25 a.m.

Replace mooring buoys to restore eelgrass Approximately onethird of all the mooring buoys in the inland waters of Washington State are located in San Juan County and most are concentrated in bays that also support sensitive marine habitats such as eelgrass. Buoys that are properly sited and designed with modern methods provide a lower impact moorage alternative than docks or anchoring. However, a local study conducted in the late 1990s found that a majority of buoys in the county were harming eelgrass. Eelgrass is essential habitat for fish, crabs and other wildlife. Replacing outdated mooring buoys, such as large or multiple anchor block and heavy chain systems, or relocating buoys away from eelgrass growing zones, can protect sensitive habitat. Funds are available to help interested private buoy owners upgrade or relocate buoys that are currently impacting these plants. In 2011, Friends of the San Juans worked with two local buoy contractors and six private mooring buoy owners on Orcas and Lopez Islands to remove multiple unwanted buoys and floats from eelgrass and herring spawning areas. New, screw anchor moorage systems were installed just outside the eelgrass growing zones. Limited funding is still available for 2012. For more info, call 378-2319.

Guest Column

Was ‘The Wizard of Oz’ an election-year allegory? By Gary Alexander

Special to the Islands’ Weekly

In the April 3 edition of The Islands’ Weekly, Lorna Reese began her review of the Lopez Community Theater’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” by saying “it’s an allegory of political, economic and social events of the 1890s ...” How true. With my interest in economic history and my wife’s passion for quilt history, we both discovered some interesting parallels from the controversies of the election year of 1900. Bear in mind that L. Frank Baum’s highly-popular book was published on May 17, 1900 and it began selling well during the election season, pitting the Republican “gold bugs” against the Democratic fans of silver (or bi-metallic) money, led by William Jennings Bryan. As archaic as the gold standard may seem today, the war between gold and silver was a primary campaign issue of the 1890s, like healthcare is now. First, here’s the quilt connection, in a typical smallprint society-page item gleaned from The Nebraska State Journal, Lincoln, Neb., June 20, 1900, page 6: “The ladies of the quilt committee of the bimetallic league met yesterday at Mrs. Irvine’s and … many blocks were added to the quilt.” Bimetallism basically means equal status for gold and silver, usually in a fixed ratio. Silver fans favored a 16-to-1 ratio, i.e., $20.67 per ounce of gold versus $1.29 for silver. That was an artificially high ratio of silver

to gold, thereby promoting more silver mining and a higher value for the silver coins in a working man’s pocket versus the gold coins in a rich man’s pocket. (Today, the free-market ratio is more like 50 to 1.) Quilting ladies in a bimetallic league? They were fans of candidate Bryan, an attorney from Lincoln, Neb., famous for his 1896 rallying cry, that Republicans should not “crucify mankind on a cross of gold.” To show their colors (literally), Republicans wore “gold bug” lapel pins and quilters often showed their political leaning by sewing a piece of chrome orange (gold) or silver into an otherwise darker quilt. Now, here’s the part that interests me, as a student of economic history. In a 1964 scholarly article, “The Wizard of Oz: Parable on Populism,” Harry Littlefield wrote about various bimetallic allegories in the novel: “The Yellow Brick Road” represents the gold standard. It is the path to the Emerald City, where greenbacks are spun from gold. In the book, unlike the movie, Dorothy wears silver shoes. She and her crew are champions of silver: The farmer (scarecrow), the industrial union worker (tin man) and William Jennings Bryan, the blustering but twice-defeated cowardly lion. The tin man is rusty since he’s out of work. The Wizard is the goldbug Republican President, William McKinley, who spins paper money out of

America’s dwindling gold supplies. (The U.S. Treasury hemorrhaged gold throughout the 1890s.) The four witches of Oz are either good or bad. The wicked witches of the East and West, by this reckoning, are the wealthy railroad and oil barons of the West and the bloated banking interests of East. The good

witches of the North and South could have been the northern industrial workers and the poor southern farmers. Just in case you’re not convinced, consider the universal abbreviation for ounces, “OZ.” True or not, this theory could add to your enjoyment of this week’s Lopez production of “Wizard of Oz.”

Celebrate Earth Day with the Procession of the Species By Julie Summers Islands’ Weekly

Last April, Lopezians donned costumes and masks, carried giant puppets and proceeded through the streets of Lopez Village in a celebration of the natural world known as the Procession of the Species. On April 22, the Procession will return for a second year,

check in starts at 4 p.m. at the Community Center’s Outdoor Pavilion, and proceed at 4:30 p.m. A community potluck will follow the event. The Lopez event is patterned after the original Procession of the Species. Created in Olympia in 1995 as a joyous, spontaneous See Species, page 5

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manager of King’s and the Marketplace, locally owned by Valmark. McBride said aisles and shelves are being rearranged at both stores to accommodate the new inventory, and that the company is training workers and adding appropriate security measures for liquor sales. Meanwhile, state-owned stores, including the one in Friday Harbor, are being auctioned off. Privately-owned stores (“contract liquor stores” under state law) such as Trina Olson’s Eastsound Liquor & Wine, Russell’s Liquor Store at Orcas Landing and Lopez Liquor Store, can continue in business under the initiative’s “grandfather clause,” which allows contract stores to stay open regardless of size. The sale of liquor at what’s now the state-owned store in Friday Harbor remains possible: the store has attracted 12 bids on the internet auction site Public Surplus. The current high bid, by someone using the bidding name “Altruism,” is $2,650. Bids are expected to rise significantly between now and April 20, when the auction ends, according to Liquor Control Board spokesman Brian Smith. Many stores in metropolitan areas are attracting bids in the tens-of-thousands of dollars, and one bidder has placed a $500,000 bid for operating rights at all state-owned liquor stores. Under conditions placed on the auction by the Liquor Control Board, if one bidder makes an offer for all the stores that is larger than the combined total of bids for individual stores, that bidder will be awarded operating rights to all the stores as a group.

Under other auction terms, the purchaser of an “operating right” for a given store must negotiate a lease extension with the property owner -- but if lease negotiations fail, the holder of that operating right may open up shop at a different location up to one mile from the store and will not be bound by the initiative’s minimum size requirement. For example, an owner of liquor store operating rights in Friday Harbor who cannot agree on a lease with the property owner, whether by making the winning bid in the auction or purchasing the rights from the winning bidder, can obtain a spirits retail license within one mile of the present liquor store without regard to the size of the store. In Friday Harbor, King’s Market and Marketplace, both of which exceed the 10,000 square feet required by Initiative 1158, have applied for spirits retail licenses under the new law and intend to sell hard liquor in addition to beer and wine. Island Market in Eastsound also meets the minimum size requirement. It intends to get the spirits license and start selling booze on June 1, the first date for private sales permitted under the new law, a company official said. But Aaron Dye, owner of Lopez Village Market said that he has no intention to sell spirits in competition with Lopez Liquor Store even though his store meets the size requirement. “Unless the Lopez Liquor Store falters,” Dye said. Lopez Liquor Store, a contract store owned by Marc and Margie Zener, intends to stay in business. If it has the capital, that is. Contract stores must purchase current inventory from the state and then buy stock at wholesale market prices through distributors -- plus pay new taxes mandated by the I-1183. The cost-per-unit will increase, and so will consumer prices, which might put a profit squeeze on contract stores such as Lopez Liquor Store. In Friday Harbor, McBride said he would welcome competition from the state store by the bowling alley. “I think competition is good and I hope somebody goes in there,” he said, adding his comment applies also to competition from a future liquor store at Roche Harbor Grocery, which has also applied for a liquor retailer license.

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Artist Tour gets revamped By Cali Bagby

Christa Malay and Corwin Martin started the annual Lopez Artist Tour event in 1996. Over the years the tour, on Labor Day weekend, has grown from 15 studios and 20 artists in 2003 to 30 studio and 46 artists last year. This year, the tour is managed by the Lopez Artist Guild and Dennis Ryan has taken over as the coordinator for the tour. He has been researching other tours across the country, and he has found that visitors like the event because they can make a connection to the artist and learn about how their art is made. Artists say by talking to visitors it gives them ideas or reinforces their belief in their work. “Everyone is growing,” said Ryan about the tours. “It’s an opportunity for people who are not artists to see what that part of the community is up to and hear them. And the artist has to articulate what they are doing and interact with people … it’s pretty special.” Ryan, a former professor, who taught architecture at the University of Washington, also said he enjoys finding out the process that artists take in creating their work.

DVSAS column now online The second of four articles submitted by DVSAS for Sexual Assault Awareness Month is now online at The article provides a short overview of the “grooming tactics” used by sex offenders as presented by Dr. Michael Welner, a forensic psychiatrist. Grooming is the process by which an offender draws

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Another new addition to this year’s tour is the official tour website, Ryan said the best part of this online feature is that all the information will be there forever, and it helps place the tour in front of different eyes. Artists will register for the first time online and be able to feature a photo of their artwork and a link to their own website. The deadline for registration for the tour is May 5. Ryan hopes to have the brochure out by June. Other features on the website include the tour brochure, which can be downloaded and printed off, and a Google map, making it easy for visitors to see where each studio is located. There are also guidelines on the web for artists wanting to participate. Ryan wants to make sure artists know that they don’t have to be Lopez Artist Guild members. Any artist that lives on Lopez, full-time or part-time, is eligible to take part in the tour. Cost is $100 per artist. “I want to encourage artists to step up and become part of this event,” said Ryan. For more info, visit

a victim into a sexual relationship and maintains that relationship in secrecy. For a full discussion visit If you have a question or concern regarding a child contact DVSAS 24 hours/7 days at Lopez: 468-4567. Next week DVSAS will discuss tools you can use to keep the kids around you safe.

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Music Festival presents ‘1820: Flute, Viola and Guitar’ on instruments and music from around 1820 because the trend towards brighter, louder instruments that played more easily in all keys was accelerating. Instruments were not only improving, but changing, like many things at that time were changing due to the Industrial Revolution, which was in full swing by 1820. “The Notturno Opus 21” by Wenzeslaus Thomas Matiegka, which was thought for many years to have originated from Franz Schubert, will be performed along with selections Contributed photo by Francesco Molino, Antonio Guitarist Oleg Timofeyev and flutist Jeffrey Cohan will be performing in the upcoming show Diabelli and Joseph Küffner. called ‘1820: Flute, Viola and Guitar.’ “This chamber music from 1820 is full of contrast: very By Cali Bagby en intimacy and a sense of harmony. During the early 19th century, “And there is a very different tonal joyful and bright and rambunctious, numerous composers featured the aesthetic and blend; modern instru- tender and melancholy and touching, sounds of the flute, guitar and viola in ments are more brilliant and have cerebral at times and folksy and direct their chamber music. The Salish Sea sounds that stand apart from one at others,” Cohan said. Early Music Festival presents these another,” Cohan said. “Whereas the The suggested donation is $15 or $20, sounds of the past in “1820: Flute, old ones have richer, fuller sounds on 18 and under and students are free. For Viola and Guitar,” Saturday, April a softer dynamic level that more will- more info, call 468-3477 or visit www. 21, 7 p.m., Grace Church in Lopez ingly blend into, or perhaps you could Village. The concert features guitarist say contribute to, Oleg Timofeyev, flutist Jeffrey Cohan one another.” and violist Steve Creswell, all playing The musiperiod instruments. cians are focusCohan said these instruments height- ing this month


artistic extravaganza where community members celebrate their relationships with each other and with the natural world, it has been spreading to communities across the globe ever since. The Lopez Island Conservation Corps pioneered the Lopez Procession last year, and they’re at the helm once again, with support and input from dozens of community members and sponsorship from the Lopez Island Prevention Coalition. A number of classes, art workshops, and other events have been held in anticipation of the Procession, including a species-themed art day with the elementary school kids, a community art studio held at Lopez School over spring break, and a Procession-themed art exhibit at the Lopez Library

Last year’s event brought a strong turnout and positive feedback. LICC Program Leaders Amanda Wedow and Charlie Behnke say they’re excited to build on that strong foundation and further establish the Procession as a truly Lopezian tradition: “We’re grateful for the community’s support and are anxious to see what amazing creature creations come out this year.” For more coverage of Earth Day and the Procession of the Species, check out “Stone Soup Stories,” inserted into today’s edition of the Islands’ Weekly. Published by the Lopez Island Prevention Coalition, “Stone Soup Stories” celebrates volunteerism on Lopez. This edition honors Earth Day by featuring local individuals and organizations working to preserve our rock. For more info, visit or call 468-2951.


“All things loved are truly beautiful” You’re invited to video presentations on the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 and 7:30 pm at 265 Lopez Road, Ste. E. Contact John Bent at 468-3023 for futher information. Adi Da Samraj

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Since January 1, 2008 boaters 12 years and over in Washington State have been required to take or have taken a National Association of State Boating Law Administrator (NASBLA) and Washington State approved boating education course to operate any size boat with a motor over 15 horse power. As of January 1, 2012 this requirement applies to persons 40 years of age and younger. If you are in this age group you are required by law to attend an approved class to qualify for your Boater’s Education Card. Upon successful completion of this accredited course you will receive a certificate and application form to send to Washington State Parks along with a $10.00 application fee to receive your lifetime (non-expiring) Boater’s Education Card. “ADVENTURES IN BOATING WASHINGTON” is the NASBLA approved boating course being offered by the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Unit. The approved course covers the general aspects of boating, Washington State law and boating safety. Topics include recommended/ required boating equipment, navigation, boat operations, emergency preparedness, trip planning, the marine environment, personal watercraft, and much more.

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Next Class being held on: Saturday April 28, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. The Orcas Island Fire Station • 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound, WA The class is free and includes materials. Contact Deputy Herb Crowe at (360)378-4151 or by email to register. Class size is limited to 20 persons. The Islands’ Weekly • • April 17, 2012– Page 5

Lopez is forging a new path, when it comes to cafeteria food By Cali Bagby

If you walk into Lopez School during lunch, you may be surprised to smell fresh baked bread and teenagers loading plates with salad made with ingredients straight out of the garden. In the kitchen you’ll find Dana Cotten and Samantha Taylor preparing food that resembles the menus of posh restaurants popping up all across the U.S. And what are these ingredients the cafeteria and those dining establishments share? Fresh, local and organic food. But instead of men in suits and women in heels, there are

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are hosting a fundraiser of their own – an Italian Dinner and silent auction, Saturday, April 21. The dinner features spaghetti sauce straight from the school’s garden tomatoes, beef from the Jones Family Farm, bread made from Lopez Wheat and chocolate pumpkin cake. The auction will feature items like smoked salmon, massages, palm readings, gift certificates and more. The funds will go to the cafeteria for the next school year.



K- 12 school kids happily munching on dishes like kale salad. “The kids get excited about their food and what they eat, it really blows me away,” Taylor said. It all started eight years ago when kids at Lopez School decided they wanted local beef and started fundraising for fresh and organic food. Over the years, donations have funded local grains, vegetables and meat. But those funds are running out and now Cotten, kitchen manager and head cook at Lopez School, and Taylor, who shares the title of head cook,



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lutheran ChurCh in the san juans, Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Center Church on Davis Bay Road. Also in Friday Harbor at 9:15 a.m. in St. David’s and in Eastsound at 2:00 p.m. in Emmanual. Pastor Anne Hall, 468-3025. 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: st. FranCis CatholiC ChurCh Come worship with us at Center Church on Davis Bay Rd. We welcome you to join us for Mass at 10:30 am on Saturday. Call 3782910 for Mass times on San Juan and Orcas Islands.


want to see valid reasons articulated for any increase in the regulation of their property and in the costs of county government, including (1) the extensive additional staff that will be needed to implement the proposed regulations; (2) the enormous projected cost of litigation about the ill-conceived new rules; and (3) decreased revenues from wholesale loss of property values. The overwhelming majority of the residents of the county have been excellent stewards of their lands; witness recent accolades about our pristine paradise. The people of the county, and the community groups that the Friends are so intent on reviling, want to see some evidence supporting the existence of a problem and a rational relationship between any such problem and the complex, expensive cures proposed to solve them. The county has utterly failed to articulate problems with our existing CAO, we are told there is no science, and there is no data, but county staff with the help of the Friends and the Department of Ecology have drawn up numerous expensive plans to solve the problems. At the same time, county staff proudly acknowledge that they have performed no analysis of the economic impact of this complex new regulatory burden - no analysis whatsoever! Concerned citizens are told either not to worry or the county has no choice. Happily, the people of the county are beginning to realize that there is plenty to worry about, and that we do, indeed, have choices. Peg Manning Orcas Island

KLOI – recipient of United Way grant KLOI-LP, 102.9FM, Lopez Island’s community radio station is pleased to be the recipient of a United Way of the San Juans grant for 2012. The support of this organization will help offset our operating expenses so that we can continue to provide a voice for our local community. We thank all the contributors to United Way of the San Juans and look forward to serving their needs for news and entertainment. Kathy Booth Lopez Island


tional thoughts about what they liked best about their class project. Some enjoyed placing the plants in the “food bank” shed and even going out to the compost.

One of the students, Ty Greacen, was so excited about the class gardening project that he donated kale starts from his own garden at home.

Berry will join McIntosh in maintaining the Grow-a-Row program while the students are gone. Any excess produce will be taken to the Seniors Lunch program. “If anyone wishes to donate or pick produce, all they need do is come to the stand located in the south parking lot near the middle school,” Shreve said. All donations are welcomed and accepted with much thanks. Contributed photos/ Marne Cook

Dale Shreve’s homeroom class, shown below, and their garden ‘starts,’ shown above.


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“Our goal is to keep the program sustainable,” Cotten said. “And we don’t want the ‘pink slime’ the government offers.” “Pink slime” is a food additive that may be added to ground beef and beef-based processed meats as a filler. It consists of finely ground beef scraps and connective tissue that have been removed from the fat. Taylor said every year they have set goals like cutting out high-fructose sugar, not serving government beef, using butter instead of margarine and using healthier cooking oils. They also strive to use food free of genetically modified organisms. “And a lot of love goes into the

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food,” Cotten said. The Lopez School cafeteria offers two large carts for a salad bar, and their main courses are almost 100 percent homemade. They also offer vegetarian options. The cooks use vegetables from the school’s two greenhouses and garden beds, and preserve foods throughout the year. “For a lot of kids, this may be the only meal with good nutrition,” Taylor said. And it’s not just the kids that are learning healthy eating habits from the fresh food. When the program first switched to meals made from scratch, Taylor begged Cotten to keep the processed nacho cheese dip. Now she not only cooks homemade food for the students, but for her family as well. She has had to learn not only to cook fresh food, but to make it taste good. But she

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Rhea Miller, assistant director of the Lopez Community Land Trust, contributed to this article.

said it has been worth it, especially when she sees that kids prefer her homemade oatmeal to sugary cereals in the morning. “I love going to work, it’s my inspiration, it’s something I’ll do for the rest of my life,” Taylor said. School cafeterias around the country are moving toward organic food service. When Cotten recently attended a Fresh Food in School Summit in Olympia, put on by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, she discovered that Lopez School is a leader when it comes to fresh food. “This is our dream to make this happen,” Taylor said. “Community involvement helps us go forward, having good food and not ‘pink slime.’” The dinner is $10, $5 for elementary students and ages two and under are free.


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Kale isn’t the only thing the kids grow to donate to the Grow-a-Row program. Recently, using the seeds that were donated and available, a variety of squash, gourds and cucumbers seeds were planted and are now growing under lights. These plants are expected to be placed out in the stand in the next few weeks. Luckily, when school ends for these young gardeners, the program will still carry on. In the summer, two school gardeners Valerie Yukluk and Suzanne


over the project.” Shreve’s class put the sign back up on to the shed that holds all the produce and made a sandwich board to display at the roadside. There is also a poster in their classroom. Their hard work and project has been advertised in the school newsletter. With the donation of a selection of Baker Creek Seeds from the Master Gardeners on Lopez, Shreve’s class decided to grow “starts” in the classroom under the grow lights, and then place the starts in the Grow-a-Row shed, where others may pick them up. “As I understand it, the initial idea of the Grow-aRow program was for gardeners to grow an extra row to donate to a “food bank.” Her idea has enlarged to

donating seeds and even starts to encourage/help people start their own gardens,” explains Shreve. The “starts” make it easier for people to start up their own garden, since the seed has all ready sprouted and taken roots. This project has strengthened the enthusiasm of many students in Shreve’s homeroom. The openness to share about what they had accomplished and were achieving was apparent on their eager faces when they talked about it in a recent class. “Some of my favorite things to do are making signs and putting them out, planting the seeds, and helping with clean up,” said Lily Stovall, a student from Shreve’s homeroom class. She isn’t the only one excited about the work they do. Other students echoed Stovall’s words with addi-

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