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Jim Meredith - Contributed photo

Jim Meredith Passes

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 10:42 am, by

Mike Vouri of the National Park Service shares this sad news… One of San Juan Island National Historical Park’s most long-term and beloved volunteers, Jim Meredith, died on Sunday, December 7 in Friday Harbor. Jim Meredith, a World War II veteran (he served in southern France following the landings there), was a constant in San  Continue Reading


Big Night Out at SJCT

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 5:55 am, by

It was a very successful and FUN fundraiser Saturday night at the San Juan Community Theatre. Everyone was there, dressed to the nines, having fun, visiting with friends and neighbors, eating delicious hors d’ourvres & dinners, and helping raise money for the theatre. Click here to see photos…

Minnie Knych awarded the Blue Star Banner to Mel Vynne - Contributed photo

Blue Star Banner Awarded

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 5:46 am, by

Mel Vynne, mother of LTJG Fletcher Vynne, a 2003 FHHS graduate is the latest recipient of the Blue Star Banner awarded by the American Legion Auxiliary. The custom of the Blue Star Banner began in WWI as a symbol that a family has a loved one in military service during time of war. The banner  Continue Reading


Lime Kiln Holiday Celebration

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

Here’s a note from F.O.L.K.S. about next Saturday’s events… I’d like to personally invite you to Lime Kiln Point State Park’s annual Holiday Celebration from 1:00 – 4:00 next Saturday, December 13th. Santa will be there and we will have guided tours of the lighthouse and light keeper’s house (YES, Ted has the train up  Continue Reading

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Tree Lighting Ceremony

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 5:00 am, by

The lights on the elm trees in Memorial Park at the bottom of Spring Street lit up for the 2014 holiday season on Friday night.

The new IMA Building opened on Friday, December 5th - Tim Dustrude photo

Big Turnout for IMA Opening

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm, by

Lots of people attended the grand opening of Island Museum of Art’s new building with their opening show “Unveiling”. It was standing room only for a good part of the evening with people enjoying each other’s company while surrounded by beautiful works of art – paintings, sculpture, carvings and pottery. Click on the slideshow to  Continue Reading

Thatcher Bay on Blakely Island after removal of pilings - Contributed photo

Toxic Creosote Pilings Removed on Blakely Island

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 6:01 am, by

Twenty-eight creosote pilings were recently removed from the waters of Thatcher Bay on Blakely Island to improve water quality for fish and other marine organisms. While creosote treated wood was commonly used in marine structures of the past, it is now known that creosote contains more than 50 carcinogens to humans and is also toxic  Continue Reading


Lime Kiln Holiday Hours

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

The Interpretive Center/Gift Shop at Lime Kiln Point State Park will be open during the holidays on the Following Schedule: Saturdays Dec. 6, Dec. 13 & Dec. 20 – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Also, December 13th from 1:00 – 4:00 is the Park’s Annual Holiday Open House at the Lighthouse & Lightkeeper’s house. Friends  Continue Reading


Fresh Food Christmas Boxes

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:42 am, by

The Deacons at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church are once again preparing to hand out their fresh-food Christmas boxes! These boxes are offered to any island family in need (whether your family is one person or more!), and include fresh fruits and vegetables, stuffing, and either a ham or turkey. To get on the list, simply  Continue Reading


Tree Pick-up Saturday at Paideia

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 5:41 pm, by

This note just came in from Paideia school… Hi Tim, Would you mind posting a message to remind anyone who ordered a Christmas tree from Paideia school to pick up their tree this Saturday between 9:00am and 1:00pm. They can call Paideia to arrange delivery if needed. Delivery fees are by donation. There will also  Continue Reading

Richard Hieronymus in his home on SJ Island - Tim Dustrude photo

Recording on the Other Side of the World

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 5:54 am, by

Local composer/music arranger Richard Hieronymus recently participated in a recording session held at the Smecky Studios in Prague, Czech Republic, and the cool thing is – he did it all from his home right here on the island! It all began years ago when he arranged the string section on a young guitarist’s record album  Continue Reading

December 2012 at Memorial Park - Tim Dustrude photo

A Night to Shine in Friday Harbor

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

It starts at 4:30 pm on Friday, December 5th at the bottom of Spring Street, with Angel Michaels leading her clan of dedicated santa-capped Island Chordsmen barbershop singers as they belt out a cappella holiday tunes. Island Rec sets up its ornament-making table outside Gourmet’s Galley and Kiwanis serve hot chocolate and cider. As the  Continue Reading

The new IMA Building opened on Friday, December 5th - Tim Dustrude photo

Finally Ready for Her Close Up

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 5:41 am, by

Friday at the top of Spring Street, from 5 to 8 pm, San Juan Islands Museum of Art (IMA) opens in its long-awaited debut. The first show is Unveiling: The Best of the IMA Artists’ Registry, featuring more than 50 San Juan County artists. The opening reception – and admission to all IMA exhibitions –  Continue Reading


Holiday Open House

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 5:35 am, by

The San Juan Preservation Trust warmly welcomes you to our holiday open house on Friday, December 12th from 3 – 5 pm. Stop by our office for hot cider, delicious treats and good cheer! All community members are welcome. We’re located at the Argyle Suites in the historic Churchill House at 468 Argyle Ave, Suite  Continue Reading

High Speed Internet Via Satellite… A Sound Alternative

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 5:30 am, by

Here’s a letter about satellite internet sent over by Ray Jackson… I need not tell your readers how disappointing and inadequate our present high speed internet service is here in San Juan County. At present, cable internet is the only system in place which allows for up to 50megs of download speed, but unfortunately, the  Continue Reading

Seasons Greetings from Kwan Lamah and the Littles - SJI Historical Society photo

Seasons Greetings from Kwan Lamah and the Littles

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s this month’s story from the SJI Historical Society… It’s the holiday season and time for festive greeting cards. Sending them is often done digitally now but thankfully, the tradition of sending them via postal mail has insured there are printed cards in local history archives. Here is one sent from Kwan Lamah and the  Continue Reading

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At the Rumor Mill Friday

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

Are you in the mood for some New/Old/Alt/Country music? I hear there’s a band coming on Friday that will fill that need for you. Carolyn Mark and Her New Friends… There’s no roots-country chanteuse as engaging as Carolyn Mark, whose banter is capable of making even the sourest person at a show crack a smile.  Continue Reading


EDC Business Café

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s some information from Victoria Compton over at the Economic Development Council… Business entrepreneurs are invited to a San Juan County Economic Development Council (EDC) Business Café on Thursday, December 11th, from 9 until 10:30 a.m. at the Orcas Island Public Library. The EDC Business Cafés were created as a way to ensure that our  Continue Reading


Friday Harbor Arts Commission

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 5:37 am, by

Town accepting applications for appointment to the new Friday Harbor Arts Commission Mayor Carrie Lacher is appointing a seven-member volunteer commission of San Juan Island residents to advise the Town Council on the cultivation, selection, acquisition and placement of public art. The commissioners are to represent the interests of the Town, the community and local  Continue Reading


Island Rec Community Letter

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 6:02 pm, by

Island Rec’s Revenue Reversal San Juan Island Park and Recreation District, locally known as Island Rec, was established in 1984 to provide parks and recreation for San Juan Islanders. Island Rec’s primary funding is limited to a six year levy. Every six years Island Rec must seek a new levy to continue to operate. In  Continue Reading

The San Juan Singers - Contributed photo

San Juan Singers Present “The Heart of Christmas”

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 5:51 am, by

Your favorite community chorus with special guest, Sound Vibrations! This women’s a cappella ensemble will feature some of their jazz settings of Christmas tunes. We also will be sharing the Whittier Stage with a 14 piece orchestra of talented island musicians, to fill your heart with the holiday spirit. Come join us for our energetic,  Continue Reading

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Anniversary Holiday Party at The Studio

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 5:50 am, by

I just heard from Jennifer over at The Studio – They’ve been in business a year now and they are having a Holiday Party to celebrate. Check out her note below and click on the poster for more info… Hi there, I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend! The Studio has been open a  Continue Reading

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