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Around the island….

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 7:17 am, by

Let’s take a look around our island….. • You may notice that there was no pet of the week this week….that’s because I asked Jan at the Animal Shelter if they had any armadillos or raccoons, and they’re looking for some. mostly to diversify. I’ll get back to you how this unfolds. That would be  Continue Reading

Photo by Norris Palmer

Lighted Boat Parade

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 6:30 am, by

YOU are invited by the Friday Harbor Sailing Club to participate with your boat in the 21st Annual Lighted Boat Parade on Saturday, Dec. 15th in conjunction with the 52nd Annual Santa Ship. ALL sailors and power boaters in San Juan County are welcome to participate.  This wonderful tradition provides a beautiful nautical event during the  Continue Reading


Community Dinner

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 6:15 am, by

Here’s a note from Liz Varvaro up at the school… Greetings Community Dinner Guests! I still can’t believe this is our 5th year gathering for monthly meals. Wednesday, December 12th at 5:30 we meet again for a Southern Style dinner! Chef Andy’s crew and the Baking Class are preparing: Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Mashed Potatoes  Continue Reading

Tom Doenges, Kate Schuman and Special Guest Bernie Nelson at the Rumor Mill Wednesday

Bluebird Style at the Rumor Mill

Posted on December 10, 2012 at 6:03 am, by

Tom Doenges sends this invitation to everyone: I am now preparing for a songwriter show Wednesday, December 12 at the Rumor Mill. A long time buddy of mine, Bernie from Nashville is coming out to do the show with me and Kate Schuman. We are doing the show Nashville Bluebird style. For those whom have  Continue Reading

Best Window Display - Lavendera Massage

And the winners are…

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 10:41 am, by

I just heard from Rebecca Parks over at the Chamber that winners have been chosen for this year’s Holiday Lights decorating contest. And here they are: Best Overall: EarthBox Best Window Display: Lavendera Best Exterior: Stillpoint School Best Interior: The American Legion Best First-time Entry: Supplies Plus (formerly The Office Center) And Rebecca had this  Continue Reading


Coal Ship Crashes Through Dock

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 9:47 am, by

Friday Dec. 7 at 1:00 AM the ocean freighter “Cape Apricot” from Panama ran through and destroyed a coal conveyor system at Westshore Terminals in Vancouver, BC. It destroyed part of the largest of the port’s two berth and spilled an undetermined amount of coal into Georgia Strait.

Town sure looked nice Saturday night all done up for the holidays

Holiday Lights

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 3:00 am, by

CAO passes…

Posted on December 9, 2012 at 12:28 am, by

County PIO Stan Matthews reports that the Critical Areas Ordinance passed this past week after a long deliberative process – here’s more: Council Approves Final CAO Updates At a special meeting December 3, the San Juan County Council completed the often contentious process of updating of the County’s Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). The update is required by  Continue Reading


A new movie in town….

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm, by

The film below is a bit over five minutes, but shows a mature cinematic storytelling touch, I think….Isabel, Sam & Matthew pull together a good team in this short film adaptation of Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher , which they turned in as an English project at Friday Harbor High School. Song: Wonderwall by Oasis.  Continue Reading

Holiday Lights at Memorial Park

Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm, by

The tree lighting ceremony drew a pretty good crowd Friday night. Got down there just in time to hear the final song sung by the Elementary School Choir and snap this photo as the ferry came in. Good times!

Letter of Thanks

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm, by

Lenore Bayuk sends along this letter: Letter to Editor December 7, 2012 As Commissioners for San Juan County Public Hospital District #1, we want to express our greatest appreciation to all the former staff of the Inter Island Medical Center.  You all have worked hard to provide healthcare to our community over many years and  Continue Reading


Sixth Wolverine Recognized

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm, by

Clayton Banry to Receive “Sixth Wolverine Award” Between the Friday Harbor High School’s girls and boys basketball games against Bear Creek High School on Saturday, Clayton Banry will receive the first ever “Sixth Wolverine Award”.

Over at Dream Lake....John Miller calls this "Christmas Reflections." (Click to see a larger version!)

Reflections of the season….

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 12:38 pm, by

It’s always good to stay in touch with what John Miller creates with his photos…here’s a new one he just offered to share. Thanks, John!


Around the island, around the sound….

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 12:05 am, by

Lots going on around town & the island….changes upon changes. Let’s see what’s up: • The Tree Lighting & Caroling is tonight – here’s more from the Chamber of Commerce’s Rebecca Parks: The first Friday of December every year, islanders gather for warmth, good cheer, caroling and watching the big tree down at Memorial Park  Continue Reading


This is Our Town: Ted Buganski & 3-C Carpet Cleaning

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 7:54 pm, by

Tim Dustrude continues his series with photos & stories about people around the island – here’s more about Ted Buganski and his carpet cleaning business: You’ve probably seen his van with the red “Ted’s 3-C Carpet Cleaning” on the sides. Ted bought the company in 1981 and says, “I’ve been loving every minute of it.  Continue Reading

Henley: “A new era of equality for all couples to legally marry in the Evergreen state”

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 7:20 am, by

San Juan County joins the rest of the state in legalizing same-sex marriages on December sixth…so how does that work? Here’s more from County Auditor Milene Henley: History will be made on December 6, 2012, when same-sex couples can legally apply for a marriage license in Washington.  The approval by voters of Referendum 74 will  Continue Reading

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This is Our Town: Cynthia’s of Course – with Cynthia Burke

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 7:07 am, by

Tim Dustrude continues his series with photos & stories about people around the island – here’s more about catering maven Cynthia Burke: Cynthia Burke is the owner of Cynthia’s Of Course, a catering and personal chef service here in Friday Harbor. She has been in the food and hospitality business for over 35 years, including  Continue Reading

Passing: Samuel Alexander Carter

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 1:08 am, by

Samuel Alexander Carter: 1982 — 2012 Samuel Alexander Carter of Friday Harbor died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, of an accidental drowning, sometime after 12:30 a.m. He was 30 years old. Born March 5, 1982, in Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada, Sam is the son of Thomas R. Carter and Nina A. White. Sam attended 1st-12th  Continue Reading

Mona needs a warmer home for the Winter

Quiet, Loveable Camel Seeks Winter Home

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 8:28 pm, by

I just heard that Mona the Camel may be leaving our island if she can’t find a warmer place for her feet. Her owner Steve King says her feet get cold in the Winter at her current location on Roche Harbor Road (lots of wet runoff on that property) and it’s not good for her  Continue Reading

On stage: Bill Robison

A funny thing….happening Friday night!

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm, by

It’s something you can bring the kids to….and it’s this weekend. Here’s more from Jan Bollwinkel-Smith at the Community Theatre: Outlandish Funnyman Joins Comedy Tour The Curious Comedy Tour returns to the San Juan Community Theatre on December 7 with a new twist: comedian Bill Robison. The Tour wowed families last year when juggler Matt  Continue Reading

San Juan Island Schools named STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Lighthouse

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:15 am, by

Science. Technology. Engineering. Mathematics. The school district’s kids just got a boost from the state in these areas – here’s more from the school district’s Maude Cumming: The San Juan Island School District has been named one of five STEM Lighthouse Districts by the State of Washington via a state-wide competition. The Lighthouse designation acknowledges  Continue Reading

Tabatha Keane gets set to add 2 points

Wolverines Basketball

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 6:08 am, by

Mike Martin checks in with some post-game wrap-ups for the Wolverine Boys and the Lady Wolverines from last Saturday’s games at South Whidbey. First, the Ladies… 

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