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Women & music on the island…

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 7:06 am, by

Kirk at Mellowwoods Music has put together a music showcase for this week you’ll want to catch…and get your tickets for soon, since there are only 50 seats! Here’s the deal, from Kirk: Isle be Jammin’ Performer’s Showcase hosts “San Juan Island’s Best kept Secret: WOMEN & MUSIC. Thursday May 12th 7-9:30pm. Please come join  Continue Reading

Second candidate for FHES principal bows out…

Posted on May 10, 2011 at 7:01 am, by

Last week, the school district announced that there would be two candidates for the elementary school principal position on-island this week, who had been selected from the pool of applicants. Last night the second of the two withdrew from the process, after the first withdrew late last week. What’s next? Here’s a note from San  Continue Reading

Around the island, Monday edition…

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 10:55 am, by

Updates & what’s up: • If April showers bring Mayflowers, and Mayflowers bring pilgrims, what do May showers bring? • It’s always good to hear when our island-grown kids do awesome stuff – here’s the news from Pat & Joann about the great path Jon has ahead: Jon Mayo of Friday Harbor will be graduating  Continue Reading

Have you signed up? Renew the Land Bank!

Posted on May 9, 2011 at 12:47 am, by

To renew the Land Bank, there has to be a vote, and to have a vote, there have to be enough signatures to place the initiative on the ballot. Here’s the scoop about how you can help, from Pamela & Dave: A group of citizens from across San Juan County have formed an official Ballot  Continue Reading


Note from Greg Sawyer to the Community: Thank you!

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm, by

When I found out that Greg Sawyer was going to finally have a kidney transplant a couple of weeks ago, it seemed like the completion of a cycle that began a long time ago, and now has come to a place of incredible promise. He wanted to take a moment before his surgery Monday (the  Continue Reading

Checking in…

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 7:40 am, by

Let’s look around a bit: • Maude from the School District office says there’s a change: Joe Landerman has withdrawn as a candidate for the FHES principal position.  He cited personal reasons, in particular his doctorate work.  San Juan Island School District will continue with candidate Denise Wheeler’s visitation on Wednesday, May 11.  Please join  Continue Reading


The Wildflower Festival! This Saturday!

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 6:55 am, by

Bloom Week at American Camp wraps up on Saturday (tomorrow!) with the Wildflower Festival – Amanda Brast has put together a nice line up of music for the day – see you there! Here’s the scoop, from Amanda: San Juan Island National Historical Park will host Bloom Week, a weeklong celebration of spring, May 3-7  Continue Reading

Passing: Johanna ‘Josie’ Picinich

Posted on May 6, 2011 at 6:38 am, by

Just heard that Dave’s mom passed away, with services this weekend…our condolences to the family & friends. Here’s more: Johanna ‘Josie’ Picinich, 82, of Friday Harbor, Washington passed away on Monday, May 2, 2011. She was born on the island of Susak, Croatia on September 28, 1928 to Jack and Anna (Bussanich) Morin. Josie immigrated  Continue Reading


Around the island, again…

Posted on May 5, 2011 at 8:41 am, by

Hope you’re staying dry this morning, mostly…look around – what do you see? • Happy Cinco de Mayo! (What I mean by that is….¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo hoy!) Remember the Community Dinner at the high school tonight at 5:30pm! Bring the fam! • Seattle was ranked #1 as the US city most “walk-worthy” – now,  Continue Reading


Around the island….

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 10:51 am, by

Hope you get out in this sunny morning! Looking around: • The San Juan Communities Housing Solutions group has a Town Hall meeting planned for May 24th to discuss affordability and other issues. Here’s more. • If you haven’t heard Grisha play, you’ve missed out on a truly wonderful experience.. The Spring Street International School  Continue Reading


Can you take the reusable challenge?

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 9:40 am, by

What would it be like – 21 days without plastic water bottles, plastic grocery bags, or styrofoam containers (which are banned here, anyway)? The earth will be better for it: Olympic medalist Gretchen Bleiler wants you to take the challenge:


Wolverines beat Trojans 8-2, head for playoffs next week…

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 9:26 am, by

Not your usual game… Yesterday afternoon’s softball game was a little different, but won the girls a trip to the postseason anyway…FHHS had played Meridian Saturday and ten-runned ‘em (in high school ball, if you’re ahead of someone after four innings, the game’s over), but the Trojans successfully appealed with the league & won a  Continue Reading

Update on principal search….

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 6:10 am, by

San Juan Island Superintendent Rick Thompson says the search committee for an elementary school principal has narrowed the field to two, who will have extended visits to the island next week. Here’s his report: Here is an update on the FHES principal search. After screening 28 applications last week, the search committee interviewed 7 semi-finalists  Continue Reading


Did you see….?

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 7:37 am, by

Meanwhile, around the island…. • Looks like Jimmy Farrell‘s back on-island & working out at Roche Harbor again…everyone’s favorite Irishman went to Utah to work for the winter, and now he’s back. • Saw Howard Schonberger in the street Monday with his beard freshly shaved…see if you recognize him. • Looks like ace FHHS band  Continue Reading


Morning Song: Love is the Seventh Wave

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 2:51 am, by

I still remember in ’84 when my friend Gretchen Black introduced me to Sting & his new album then – this was my favorite song from that collection:


Howard’s Sell It Again is now in the old Windermere spot….

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 1:56 am, by

I dropped by to see Howard in his new spot (he was located over on Tucker Street before), and he’s got a lot of interesting things in there – check it out for yourself! Here’s more in a release from his friend Rebecca: It’s official…‘Howard’s Sell It Again’ (a fairly new business that has been  Continue Reading

Baseball and Bat

Heading to the postseason….

Posted on May 3, 2011 at 1:44 am, by

Let’s take a look & see how the FHHS spring teams are doing, as they head for the playoffs (thanks to FHHS athletic director & dean of students Rod Turnbull for the details!): • Softball: Due to a protest of a call made during the 3rd inning of our game with Meridian Saturday that was  Continue Reading


Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that. MLK

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm, by

I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. “Hate cannot drive out hate: only  Continue Reading

It’s this weekend!

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 10:43 am, by


Sunny Sunday skies open for Opening Day…

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 8:50 am, by

It happens every year – a celebration of the water around us, and the beauty we’re surrounded by, and we get our boats out & have a parade. This year’s Opening Day was staged in the marina with the nicest weather for an Opening Day in recent memory, with smiles & bright skies & a  Continue Reading


Rainy morning song…

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 8:19 am, by

Good to hear Karen’s voice again…


Remembering John…

Posted on May 2, 2011 at 6:57 am, by

He touched so many people…and now, Carla Higginson reports he’ll be remembered at the Courthouse in perpetuity… here’s more: The lasting memorial to the late Judge John O. Linde is now complete. Judge Linde, who served as San Juan County’s first Superior Court Judge from January 2008 until his untimely death in December 2009, was  Continue Reading

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