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Join the Friends of the San Juan Update

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 12:02 am, by

If you’re already on Facebook, it’s easy…just click here and punch the “like” or “join” button or whatever it is. If you’re not on Facebook, I am NOT gonna try & talk you into it.

Sound health, and sound life…

Posted on October 16, 2010 at 7:38 am, by

It goes without saying that we live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. There, I said it. One of the underappreciated, and sometimes unnoticed, parts of this island: the sounds. And sometimes the absence of them. We don’t have much in the way of traffic noise or industrial noise or crowd  Continue Reading

Oktoberfest at the Rumor Mill on Saturday!

Posted on October 16, 2010 at 12:01 am, by

Oren & Peggy has something special tonight: Let’s Roll out the Barrel, it’s Oktoberfest time once again! Friday Harbor’s own Van Alen Blaskepelle Oktoberfest Band will make a command performance Saturday evening, Oct 16th, 6-9pm at the Rumor Mill on First Street. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Friday Harbor High School  Continue Reading


The amazing wildlife around here…humpbacks on the loose!

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:33 am, by

They’re big – can’t miss ‘em. And it’s pretty awesome when the humpbacks come to see us around the island. Here’s the report from Ivan at Western Prince a couple of days ago: This time of the year you never know what you’ll see. Two days ago there were 12 humpbacks between Race Rocks and  Continue Reading


Making fresh lavender sachets & fetish dolls…

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 9:05 am, by

I caught up with Francie Hansen today at the Village at the Harbour where she and Beth Spadafora were making fresh lavender sachets with resident seniors. Francie will be teaching a Fetish Doll Making workshop on Saturday, October 23rd at the Island Artist’s League’s new studio located at 774 Mullis St. (the big blue building  Continue Reading


Around the island….

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 8:40 am, by

Let’s see what’s going on around here…. • It’s today! Bob Stavers & Judy Chovan are traveling – they were in Boulder yesterday, as they cross Colorado -  and what better time to have a birthday! Happy Birthday, Judy! • It’s a new business on the island – Pat & Stella hope to get Zip  Continue Reading


Drop by Ernie’s Café!

Posted on October 15, 2010 at 7:56 am, by

Yesterday Josie & I went out to check out Ernie’s Café – have you been there lately? Christine and Patrick (you recognize them from the Market Chef and Bakery San Juan, and other places around town before that) just bought the little spot, and I hope you get a chance to go visit them soon!  Continue Reading


Holiday plans…in Victoria

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm, by

If you gotta go somewhere for the holidays, why not right next door? And…why not let Shannon & Bill Bailey take you with the Pacific Catalyst? I asked Shannon how it all works, and here’s the scoop: Friday Harbor to Victoria Trips aboard the MV Catalyst: December 3-5, December 10-12 and December 17-19, 2010 These  Continue Reading

Helping Nikki out….

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm, by

After Gary Bowman’s motorcycle accident a couple of years ago, I got to know his daughter Nikki because she did so much to help with his recovery…seemed like she was always there, making things better for her dad. Now she needs a helping hand…here’s a note from Rosalie & Scott Webster: More than likely, you  Continue Reading


Robot folks needed!

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 2:43 pm, by

Larry Wight tells me he & Nick are looking for folks to help with this competition, at Friday Harbor High: LOOKING FOR MENTORS TO HELP BUILD AN UNDERWATER, REMOTE CONTROLLED, ROBOT (ROV) WITH STUDENTS FHHS, in conjunction with Spring Street International School and Paideia School, is forming Middle School and High School robotics clubs to  Continue Reading

Training to begin for Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services…

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 12:56 pm, by

My friend Patty Brightman tells me this is a great opportunity for people who want to help to get the training they need. I’m telling you now so you have time to call & sign up ahead of time…here’s more: Would you let folks know that Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS), in commemoration  Continue Reading


Thursday’s news….

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 1:15 am, by

Let’s see what’s happening around the island: • Just heard from Dot that the last SJI Garden Club meeting was well attended AND they signed up some new members. Way to go! Here’s the next meeting on the schedule: Could you let your readers know of the San Juan Island Garden Club‘s November 2 meeting  Continue Reading



Posted on October 14, 2010 at 12:01 am, by

There’s gotta come a time when we knock off using stuff that comes in plastic bottles…the things are not good for us, for the beach, for the planet, for the oil supply, even for the water they hold. Listen to this little vid & you’ll get the idea. And I’ll say it again: We need  Continue Reading


Good stuff grows on the island….

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 10:07 am, by

You’ve seen the little garden across from the middle school/high school…it’s going great! The plot was started this spring by students from the school, led by Albert Strasser (FHHS ’09), who came back from his first year at the University of Colorado to get things started. It’s called the Slow Food Land & Sea Garden…and  Continue Reading


Morning has broken….

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 9:19 am, by

It was a great sunrise (through the fog) this morning…Kevin Holmes sent over this sunrise that he took from the red eye ferry the other day (thanks, Kevin!) And…here’s a song to go with it, with Cat Stevens:


Tuesday – bits of this and that….

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 10:33 am, by

Good morning! Hope you got enough sleep last night, and remembered all the good dreams…here’s what’s going on around the island: • Just heard that Patrick & Christine Minney bought Ernie’s Cafe at the airport (next to Aeronautical Services) and they take over this week! Drop by & say hey to them! • Anna Howden  Continue Reading


Walking the beach on a sunny day…

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 8:54 am, by

It’s not everyday you get to walk on the beach with a warm autumn breeze, like we’ve had in the past week. It’s not everyday you see a friend walking her horse on the beach, either. Jaime Ellsworth is helping train miniature horses like Pearl as service horses (like service dogs), and the cool part  Continue Reading

About the airport closing, to get finished….

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 8:19 am, by

This morning (Tuesday), Friday Harbor Airport manager David Ryan checked in about how the airport job is going: Nighttime temperatures kept the painting crew from getting much accomplished last night, so we have issued a NOTAM closing the runway again tonight Tuesday, October 12 from 8:00 pm local until 6:00 am local (hopefully the temps  Continue Reading

A song for the morning….

Posted on October 12, 2010 at 8:13 am, by

Hey, I know you’re needing a song to get the day going (or – if you already are dancing, to keep dancing)…here’s Pete with Let My Love Open The Door….


What’s up, pup…

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 2:16 am, by

Let’s see what people are doing… • Did you know it was this week? It’s the 21st annual Doggone Good Dinner! It is on the 13th at the Duck Soup Inn. It is, as always, a benefit for the Animal Shelter… the whole crew works for free/donates their time and the dinner is delish! Anna  Continue Reading


Fixing the books at the Library…

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 1:36 am, by

The other day I was visiting the Library, and Carrie at the front desk told me that folks were upstairs, repairing books. That sounded interesting, so I went up to see what was going on. There’s a little corner set aside for book repair, which can include all kinds of things, but seems to usually  Continue Reading

The election nears…

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 12:56 am, by

Well, Election Day comes up on November second this year, which means the mail-in ballots will soon be in the mail. This week on San Juan Island, there will be a couple of chances for you to hear the candidates for the County Council’s Second District on our island (that’s kind of the north part  Continue Reading

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