Thanks go out to all Orcas Islanders who donated to the Skagit Habitat for Humanity's Store truck. During the three hours the truck was parked at Island Market on the 4th of April, donors came by to provide items that can be reused. The truck left filled. This visit was, once again, coordinated with Pete Moe, executive director of Orcas Recycling Services and The Exchange, and was a continuing and growing relationship between SHFH and ORS. If fact, Pete helped with the process at the truck, and got to meet donors and talk to them about the coming reopening of The Exchange. Donor comments dramatically emphasized how much islanders are eager for The Exchange to be back in business.
I find it surprising that two letters at the top of the Journal page refer readers to what was an anonymous "hit job" web site until one Koshi Holt, known for her local Tea Party demonstrations with Jenny Ledford recently admitted she put it up two weeks ago.
The evening began with the Argyle Street Jazz Band (thank you!) playing whilst attendees feasted on a magnificent tri-tip dinner prepared by "Billy Grewohl, the tri-tip guy" and his crew.
It's obviously good news that with the birth of J53 – the sixth orca calf to be born in the last 11 months — the Southern resident orca population has soared to 83. Way to go, whales!
Howard lived life to the fullest and up to the end itself.