This house is on the corner of Spruce St. and Hemlock Court

Christmas Lights

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 11:31 pm, by

One of the best things about the holidays is looking at peoples’ houses and businesses all lit up for the season. Here are a couple of nicely done homes over in the Evergreen neighborhood. (Click on the pictures to see large versions)


Posted on December 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm, by

It was good to catch up with Mayor Carrie Lacher and County Council member Howie Rosenfeld at the Chamber of Commerce's Christmas meeting earlier this week.

Island faces, ’round town….

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 12:59 am, by

Let’s check in & see what folks are doing….here are some of the smiling folks we have around: +++++ +++++ +++++ +++++ +++++ +++++ ++++++


This weekend: The San Juan Singers!

Posted on December 14, 2012 at 12:26 am, by

It’s this weekend! Here’s more from the Community Theatre’s Jan Bollwinkel-Smith: Community Chorus Takes a Celtic Twist San Juan Singers’ holiday concert may just put a twinkle in your eye and a lilt in your laughter!  The community chorus celebrates the winter season with a Celtic flair at San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, December  Continue Reading


Who has filed so far….

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 9:42 am, by

The primary for the County Council in February has a three day signing-up period (yesterday, today & tomorrow till 4:30pm), and here’s who has signed up so far: San Juan: Lovel Pratt & Bob Jarman Orcas: Greg Ayers, Lisa Byers, and Rick Hughes Lopez: Brian McClerren & Jamie Stephens If you want to check through  Continue Reading

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In action: Thursday

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 9:04 am, by

You saw that sunrise this morning, right? The one with all the colors….lots of blues & yellows, out our window in Friday Harbor…. • I know how you are – you’re the kind of person who gets up in the middle of the night to see the meteor showers. If it’s not too cloudy this  Continue Reading

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Morning song: Jackson Browne, running on empty these days…..

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 12:19 am, by

This is a rare acoustic set with two songs, in which Jackson sings “These Days” and “Running on Empty”….check it out:


What’s up around town….

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 8:25 am, by

Let’s take a look around our little town…. • You know that when a performer is doing a mike check before singing, they check to see how loud it is by saying “1-2-1-2-1-2….” That’s kinda like the date, today: 12/12/12. • This weekend, it’s a good time to get your skates – here’s more from  Continue Reading

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Morning poem….from Shel Silverstein, with Donovan chiming in

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 3:05 am, by

I taught junior high for years in one phase of my life, and one of the things the kids & I did was memorize poems…both they & I liked it that some of the poems were so short that we COULD remember them, and so we found ourselves repeating them when we needed them. It is a  Continue Reading

Theater needs a man!

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm, by

This just in: SJCT Needs a Man! San Juan Community Theatre is seeking a man (25-60) for a major role in the play Souvenir.   The role requires expert piano skills and involves a substantial portion of the lines in this hilarious and poignant portrait of Florence Foster Jenkins.  (Jenkins was the inept coloratura heiress whose legendary  Continue Reading


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

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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”.

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