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Septic Systems Info

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:09 am, by

Almost Everything You Want To Know About Septic Systems As Real Estate Agents, we are constantly learning and then sharing our knowledge with our clients. We must even expand our knowledge into some related industries that are not comfortable to discuss with a client, such as septic systems and their functions. The real estate industry  Continue Reading

Ferry at dock in Friday Harbor - Tim Dustrude photo

WSF Reservations Update

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:56 am, by

Here’s some updated information on the WSF Reservation System from Jim Corenman, of the Ferries Advisory Committee… WSF is on track to offer reservations for most of the San Juan Islands routes starting with the Winter 2015 schedule, starting December 28. The planning process started in late 2012 with the formation of a Reservations Partnership  Continue Reading

Entrance to the Peace Path from the parking lot, begins with a stroll through a fenced garden area - Click to enlarge - Tim Dustrude photo

Grand Opening of the Peace Path

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

The Grand Opening Ceremony of the Peace Path, PIMC’s new walking trail will be Saturday, June 7th at 1:00 pm outdoors at the Peace Island Medical Center. Hosted by Peace Island Volunteers, this ribbon cutting event will celebrate the former InterIsland Medical Guild who funded the trail, and all the community volunteers who built it.  Continue Reading

Way of the Whale by Linda Peters

Book Review – Way of the Whale

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s a book review with guest Update contributor Shannon Dean… Way of the Whale is a new book by author Linda Peters and it is written from the point of view of an orca. On the surface, it’s about an older “rogue” Orca in captivity who has only one night to share some wisdom with  Continue Reading

Meet Puma - this week's Pet of the Week - Contributed photo

Pet of the Week

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:34 am, by

This gorgeous girl, Puma, was brought to the shelter because her owner passed away. She’s a frisky 3-year old Torti , with personality plus! She gets along well with her shelter cat pals and is very friendly and personable with people. She’d make an excellent addition to just about any kind of family. Puma is  Continue Reading

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Chamber Concert on Saturday

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 5:32 am, by

Here’s a note from David Bentley over at St. David’s inviting you to the concert this Saturday… The Wenatchee Valley College Chamber Singers will perform at Saint David’s Episcopal Church this Saturday, May 31, at 2 pm. Admission is by donation, and all proceeds will benefit the music program at Friday Harbor Elementary School. The  Continue Reading

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Wendy’s Retirement Reception and Open House

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Town Treasurer Wendy Picinich is retiring and the Town is having an Open House and Reception in her honor. It’s on Friday, June 13th at the Town Hall, 60 Second Street, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited.

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The Flying Burgowski – Author Event at Griffin Bay Books

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

Griffin Bay Bookstore and the San Juan Island Library are excited to present Lopez Islander Gretchen K.Wing and her first novel, The Flying Burgowski on Saturday, May 31, 2:00—4:00 pm at Griffin Bay Bookstore. A former high school English and history teacher, Gretchen has written a passionate story of a young girl who needs empowerment  Continue Reading

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Skateboard Camps Coming Up

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

Island Rec is offering some exciting Skateboard Camps this summer. Coed Skateboard Camp runs from 10-12:00 on June 16-18 Skate Like A Girl Camp runs from 1-3:00 on June 16-18. These popular camps have an enthusiastic and talented group of instructors from around the world. Participants will learn skateboarding basics in a safe, fun and  Continue Reading

Ron Puetz cuts up some nice looking Rib Eye Steaks - Click to enlarge - Tim Dustrude photo

Ron’s Island Meats

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

Ron Puetz opened Ron’s Island Meats for retail sales about 2 weeks ago, out there on Madden Lane where Jim Scribner’s shop was. In fact, Ron bought the business from Jim last August, but has only now opened the retail side of things. He started off right with a nice big order of 65 steaks for  Continue Reading

Kids have fun at the park - Click to enlarge - Contributed photo

Playtime in the Park

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Free Playtime in the Park, for preschoolers is being offered by Island Rec every Monday in June. Island Rec staff will be on site providing a variety of fun and engaging games, art projects and more for parents and kids to enjoy together. This is a free activity for 3-6 year olds and their parents,  Continue Reading

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Last Community Dinner of the Year

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Its BBQ time! The last Community Dinner of the year is always the best! We will serve in the High School Courtyard behind the Middle School and High School. Tables and chairs will be set up but feel free to grab a blanket and have a picnic on the lawn too. It will be a busy  Continue Reading

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Attorney General Coming to FHES

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 5:23 am, by

Washington State Attorney General Robert Ferguson will visit Friday Harbor Elementary School’s sixth grade students on Tuesday May 27th from 2:00 – 2:45 pm. Teachers will lead students in a question and answer session about what Mr. Ferguson does as Attorney General and how the office of the Attorney General fits into our state government.  Continue Reading

Proud Veterans stand in honor of service - Minnie Knych photo

Memorial Day Ceremony

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 2:16 pm, by

The Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at 10:00 am on Monday, May 26th. It begins at Legion Post 163 when members of the Legion, Legion Auxiliary and Sons of Legion members form up to march down to Memorial Park at the foot of Spring Street. This will be followed by a short ceremony to  Continue Reading

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Island Rec Welcomes New Team Member

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 11:11 am, by

Island Rec is pleased to announce Lowell Jons as their new Recreation Specialist. Lowell will primarily be organizing Youth, Teen, and Family programs and events. For the last two years Lowell taught at Shaw Island School. Prior to that he has led a variety of youth and teen recreation programs and taught in the Port  Continue Reading

The Reverend Elizabeth Purdum will begin serving as the Pastor of The Lutheran Church in the San Juans - Contributed photo

Lutheran Church Welcomes New Pastor

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 10:38 am, by

Effective May 15 The Reverend Elizabeth Purdum will begin serving as the Pastor of The Lutheran Church in the San Juans. a unique multi-island congregation with a presence on Orcas, San Juan and Lopez Islands. Pastor Purdum, a native of Seattle, is returning to familiar territory after acquiring over twenty-five years of experience in the  Continue Reading

Ryan Bennett, Lynn Danaher and [[dog]], co-owners of Acanthus Suites - Tim Dustrude photo

Acanthus Vacation Rentals

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Have you seen all the sawdust flying around over there at Acanthus on Argyle Avenue? You know – the old Cahail house? Well it is being renovated and will soon be Acanthus Suites, Vacation Rentals. Mother and son team Lynn Danaher and Ryan Bennett are in the process of creating 5 different suites, named after  Continue Reading

Terry and Janie Ogle in their new gallery - Click to enlarge - Tim Dustrude photo

Ogle Fine Arts Studio

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 8:17 pm, by

Terry and Janie Ogle have opened an Art Gallery in town called Ogle Fine Arts Studio. It’s right there on First Street, across from the Rumor Mill, next door to the flower shop. (180 First St. to be exact). They opened in mid-March and they have Terry’s wood carvings, watercolor paintings and abstract acrylic paintings,  Continue Reading

Isabel Leonard as Dorabella in Cosi Fan Tutti - Click to enlarge -Marty-Sohl photo

Lots Going On at SJCT This Week!

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm, by

Too much going on to put it all right here, click the link below for more information. In brief, here’s what’s coming: Mozart’s Dark Comedy in The Met: Live in HD Series Mozart’s beloved opera about testing the ties of love, Cosí Fan Tutte, is presented in HD at San Juan Community Theatre on Sunday,  Continue Reading

Transient Orca cruises by - Captain Hobbes photo

Whales & Wildlife Update

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Here’s Captain Hobbes with another report for this week… Transient orcas are still being seen in our waters. Still no sign of the resident orcas, although they should show up any day now. Sea lions are fewer in numbers but are being seen at East Point and Whale Rocks. Minke whales have been spotted this  Continue Reading

SJI D.A.R. in Bellingham

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:40 am, by

The San Juan Island chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution traveled to Bellingham on Saturday for the dedication of a house built by Army Captain George Pickett in 1856. The recent renovation of The Pickett House on Peabody Hill was partly funded by a grant from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution,  Continue Reading


San Juan Island Blood Drive

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Donate blood and save a life! Walk-ins welcome. Donors with appointments have priority at registration. Photo ID required. Contact Curt Van Hyning for appointment 317-8399 Wednesday, June 4, 11:30 – 5:30 pm Mullis Community Senior Center.

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