The Screenshot Seen Around the World

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 3:44 pm by

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Islander Deb Treise has a friend in England named Tracey whose birthday is today. For a fun way to wish her a happy birthday, Deb made a banner to hold in front of the Roche Harbor Webcam and told Tracey to watch for it at the right time. Above is a screenshot from 11:00 AM when Debbie held up the banner. Here’s more in her words:

Hi Tim,

I’m going to try to send a birthday greeting to a galfriend in England on the 26th at 11:00 am from the Roche Harbor cam video. I thought maybe you might come up with some kinda story about reaching out to our neighbors, no matter how far away using this modern technology that I still can’t even grasp myself.

Tracey lives in Durham, England; near Newcastle upon Tyne. She’s on her family sheep farm (3rd generation) which she runs with her guy, Ed. They have Dobbins, 600+ sheep, a dog named Poppy, two boys Michael stationed in Afghanistan & Adam. I’ve gotten to know her through a game site, we talk almost everyday. Anyway, it’s her birthday this Wednesday & as much as we’d like to meet each other, I thought that this would be a fun thing to do, using Roche Harbor’s web cam, I hope to wish her a happy birthday. Weather permitting… wish me luck.

Deb Treise.

Preparing to Thrill

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 5:57 am by

This was the scene last year at Brickworks as Zombies overtook the plaza - Contributed photo

This was the scene last year at Brickworks as Zombies overtook the plaza – Contributed photo

Zombies Around the World Unite to Thrill the World!

Thrill The World Is An Annual Worldwide Simultaneous Dance of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” For World Records and Charity. A Global Tribute To Michael Jackson.

The Thrill The World Friday Harbor event is set for Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 2:30 – 3:15, at Brickworks being joined around the world with nearly 130 events in 16 different countries and counting.

Thrill the World Friday Harbor is raising money for their charity The Friday Harbor Family Resource Center!

San Juan County Candidates Forum

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 5:41 am by

This is from the League of Women Voters’ candidate forum on October 6th at The Grange. In case you missed it, here’s your chance to watch it at your leisure.

It opens with Kevin Ranker and Daniel Miller, then at about the 46 minute mark it goes to Mark Henneman (Rick Larson was unable to attend so Diane Martindale read a prepared statement for him). And finally at about the 57 minute mark, Bob Jarman, Bill Watson, Rick Hughes and Michael Durland are introduced.

Thanks to Tom Munsey for videotaping and posting this video.

Joining a Neighborhood

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 5:40 am by

Next in the series of San Juan Island Lifestyle tips, here is Merri Ann Simonson with her video on moving to the island and joining a neighborhood.

Water, Water Everywhere…

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 5:40 am by

Water, Water Everywhere… Enough For Us To Drink?

lwv-logoIs there enough fresh water in the San Juan Islands to support future growth? How can we preserve water resources? What is the potential for catchment and desalination?

These questions are among those to be explored at a public meeting of the League of Women Voters of the San Juans at noon Monday, November 14 at the Friday Harbor Library.

Speaker Paul Kamin, Chair of the San Juan County Water Resource Management Committee, will present updated information about the current water situation, patterns of usage and specific actions citizens and government can take to safeguard our water future. A question and answer period will follow his talk.

The League has a long history of studying issues of community concern and advocating for solutions. The public is invited to attend and actively participate in this program.

Join now and be a Friend!

Posted on October 26, 2016 at 5:37 am by

library-logoFrom a Night at Hogwarts to Victorian corsets, armchair travel to Cat in the Hat, the Friends of the San Juan Island Library make it all possible.

As a Friend of the San Juan Island Library, you will become an integral part of our Library family—helping us continue to provide outstanding programs and resources for adults and children alike.

Your involvement can take many forms:

  • Simply through the Membership fee
  • Volunteering at book sales or the Treasure Cove
  • Attending Friends meetings
  • Becoming a Friend of the Library Board Member

Also– if you sign-up or renew your membership between October 16th and December 10th 2016 you will earn a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate for Griffin Bay Bookstore and an FOL bag!

You can learn more about becoming a Friend by visiting the Library website at

So, why not sign-up/renew to become a Friend and support your library today!

Astronaut & Actor Pete Freeland to Attend FHFF

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 5:51 am by


fhff-logoAstronaut, rocket scientist and actor, Pete Freeland, will be attending the fourth annual Friday Harbor Film Festival, which will be held November 4-5-6!

Freeland grew-up in Aumsville, Oregon and graduated from Cascade High School. He then studied aerospace engineering at the University of Southern California before beginning his military career in the U.S. Air Force. After years of military service and engineering work, Pete focused his attention on professional acting.

Film Festival attendees will have the opportunity to participate in Q&A sessions with Freeland after screenings of The Last Man on the Moon, a film directed by Mark Craig, which will be held on Friday, November 4 at 1 pm at Friday Harbor House and on Saturday, November 5 at 4 pm at the Gubelman Theatre.

The film tells the story of Apollo astronaut Eugene Cernan’s part in mankind’s greatest adventure. When Cernan stepped off the moon in 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust. Now, 40 years later, he is sharing the deeply personal story of his epic adventure to the spectacular and hazardous environment of space and the moon. But there was a heavy price to pay for the fame and privilege that followed. As his wife famously remarked, “If you think going to the moon is hard, try staying at home.”

Throughout the weekend of November 4-5-6, the Friday Harbor Film Festival will feature quality documentaries and docu-dramas that highlight compelling stories about humanitarian efforts, environmental issues, social concerns and daring explorations.  Each film will be followed by lively discussion with the filmmaker or a local expert.  For additional information on this year’s featured films and special events, visit the Festival’s website,  And for information on how to get to San Juan Island or where to stay, go to

Kendra Pew Named as a “Commended Student”

Posted on October 25, 2016 at 5:45 am by

FHHS Student Kendra Pew named as a “Commended Student” in the National Merit Scholarship Program

Kendra-Pew - Contributed photo

Kendra-Pew – Contributed photo

Fred Woods, Principal of Friday Harbor High School, announced today that Kendra Pew has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success. These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.” – Spokesperson for NMSC

“Kendra is an excellent student who is well deserving of this recognition.” – Fred Woods, Friday Harbor High School Principal


Work Party on Cady Mountain Preserve

Written on October 25, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Tanja from the Land Bank shares this invitation with you… Hello Oakies! I hope you all have been enjoying the work party respite and are ready for some Fall Planting Fun atop Cady Mountain! Under the guidance of Land Steward, Eliza Habegger, The Salish Seeds Project had a fruitful season and has many native species  Continue Reading


Meet the Artist at Cynthia’s

Written on October 25, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Cynthia Burke writes a note to let you know of new things happening at the Bistro… Cynthia’s, a neighborhood Bistro located at 65 Nichols Street is pleased to announce our first “Meet the Artist” evening this Friday, October 28th from 5:00 to 7:00. Since Cynthia’s opened in May of 2015, we have been hosting various island  Continue Reading


Changes To Opalco Election Process Approved

Written on October 25, 2016 at 5:34 am, by

No more voting on the ferry; Districts remain unchanged Full membership to vote if changes to districts or board make-up proposed After hearing from the membership at OPALCO open house events, the Board approved a number of the changes to the election process that were proposed by a volunteer Member Review Committee. Beginning in 2017,  Continue Reading


Letters for the November Election

Written on October 24, 2016 at 11:20 pm, by

You can see letters from individuals at the links below. As more letters come in, this list will be updated so be sure to check back. For Bob Jarman: Dale Heisinger Suzanne Franklin Becky Sundstrom Shanks Rex Stickle Michelle Loftus For Bill Watson: Nick Bordner Val and Leslie Veirs David Turnoy Jean Shreve April Ford  Continue Reading


Take a Dog, Take a Jog

Written on October 24, 2016 at 3:41 pm, by

A fun, casual, Take a Dog, Take a Jog event will happen on Sunday and Monday, October 30th and 31st, 2:30-4:30pm, along Weber Road starting at the parking lot of Skagit Valley College San Juan Center. Local high school student, Angela Hoke, developed, and is hosting this event in collaboration with The Animal Protection Society  Continue Reading


A Little Night Music

Written on October 24, 2016 at 3:19 pm, by

Spring Street International School Presents: A Little Night Music with Pianist Grisha Krivchenia A concert featuring seasonal works for piano, including Beethoven’s haunting “Moonlight” sonata. Saturday, October 29, 7pm Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church 425 Spring Street Donations gratefully accepted in support of arts programming at Spring Street International School

"First Responders":  Fire Chief Brad Creasy, County Councilman Bob Jarman, Sheriff Ron Krebbs, EMS Chief Jerry Martin, and FH Grange Program Chairman - Contributed photo

SJC Council Declares First Responders Appreciation Day

Written on October 24, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

On October 20, Friday Harbor Grange #225 hosted a reception in honor of First Responders at the Mullis Center. All Sheriff Department, Fire Department and Emergency Services personnel were invited to attend. County Councilman Bob Jarman read a proclamation declaring October 20 as First Responders Appreciation Day: Whereas, San Juan County’s first responders include law  Continue Reading


October is Bat Appreciation Month!

Written on October 24, 2016 at 5:49 am, by

This is from Wolf Hollow’s “Hollow Happenings” With Halloween just around the corner, our minds may be on ghosts and haunted houses full of bats hanging in dark attics. What better time of year to celebrate Bat Appreciation Month? These often misunderstood flying mammals are much more helpful than many people realize. Bats are responsible  Continue Reading

Lotus Blossom is this week's Pet of the Week

Pet of the Week

Written on October 24, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

I know. I’m stunning. I hear it all the time. It grows tiresome… My name is Lotus Blossom, but my friends here at the animal shelter call me, “Cactus” because, if you must know, I can be a little prickly at times. Think of me as the Mae West of the cat world. I’m just  Continue Reading

Washington State ferry Evergreen State passes in front of Mount Baker and Shaw Island on May 4, 2011, while entering Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands - Aaron Shepard photo

Remembering the M/V Evergreen State

Written on October 23, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Local photographer Aaron Shepard has quite a few beautiful photos of the decommissioned Washington State Ferry M/V Evergreen State on his blog. See them all at this link.


Remember to Vote!

Written on October 23, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

As almost everyone knows, there’s an important election coming up in November. The League of Women Voters of the San Juans would like to urge you to become the best informed voter you can be. Ballots are in the mail, and you should have already received your Voters’ Pamphlet. You can also go to the  Continue Reading


Celebrating World Polio Day – October 24

Written on October 23, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

On 24 October, Rotary will mark World Polio Day to help raise awareness and the funding we need to reach full eradication. Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion to ending polio since 1985, including $70,000 contributed by Rotary Club of San Juan Island since their formation in 2003. Since Rotary and its partners launched  Continue Reading

Heather Clark (MERT) Lt. Ken Clark , FF1/WF2/FBOT -  S.Harley photo

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on October 23, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of SJI Fire/Rescue shares this month’s volunteer spotlight… Heather and Ken are one of several couples who are active in San Juan Island Island Fire & Rescue. Heather is a member of San Jan Island Fire & Rescue’s Major Emergency Response Team (MERT) and Ken is a Lieutenant firefighter, a  Continue Reading


Wailin’ and Walkin’ This Weekend

Written on October 22, 2016 at 11:13 am, by

Need A Mountain by Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer Local singer/songwriters, Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer, wrote “Need a Mountain” for the Campaign for Mount Grant Preserve because, as they stated, “it’s near to our hearts and home that has inspired us deeply. It would mean the world to us if you considered donating (any  Continue Reading

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