Island Senior: Planning For The End of Life

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 6:05 am by

Buddha at Sakya Kachod Choling Buddhist Center – Peggy Sue McRae photo

I was staying at Sakya Kachod Choling, the Buddhist Center on Mt Dallas, when I learned that my friend Ben’s cancer had spread into parts of his body that changed his situation from fighting for his life to acceptance of his death. A Buddhist Center is a good place to be at a time like that. It is a quiet beautiful place to contemplate impermanence.

Ben liked to brag toward the end of his life that he had seven women cooking for him. I was happy to be one of them. What he gave me was a valuable lesson. I was witness to a dignified and graceful death. I think of Ben when I contemplate how I would like to die.

It was a few years later that I again took some quiet time at the Buddhist Center to fill out my own Five Wishes, a legal document that 1) Names the person I want to make healthcare decisions for me when I can’t make them for myself. 2) The kind of medical treatment I want or don’t want. 3) How comfortable I want to be. 4) How I want people to treat me. 5) What I want my loved ones to know.

We postpone these tasks because they describe a day we hope will never come and yet it is reassuring to have my wishes in writing rather than one day only wishing I had done it. If you are ready to do yourself and your loved ones a favor by putting your wishes down on paper, the Mullis Center is sponsoring an Advanced Care Planning Workshop on Monday, February 25 from 1:00 pm to 2:30.

Find out the difference between a POLST (Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment), a directive, and a will. Learn what your legal rights are and the significance of a power of attorney. Explore end of life choices and learn about available services. The workshop is free. Call 360.378.2677 to register.

Time to Make Early Resident Camping Reservations

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 5:35 am by

Just a few of the campsites at San Juan County Park on the westside – SJ Update staff photo

Early resident camping reservations accepted until February 21st at 4:00 pm for San Juan County Parks.

San Juan County Parks & Fair is again offering advance camping reservations for people who reside in our county year-round!  Choose from San Juan County Park, San Juan County Fairgrounds (RVs only), Odlin County Park, and Shaw County Park for any dates in 2019.  

To request your reservation, please email for a 2019 Resident Reservation request form, or call 360-378-8420.  Resident reservations must be made directly through our admin office and are not available to book online. 

Requests will be accepted until Thursday, February 21st at 4:00pm.  You may reserve up to two sites per camping date per household.  Payment must be received with your completed application.  Parks Admin staff will do our best to promptly book reservations as they are received.  Reservation confirmations / receipts will be e-mailed to the email provided on your form via our reservation system. 

Happy camping in 2019!

Are You Considering Selling Your Property?

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 5:31 am by

Merri Ann Simonson – Contributed photo

Selling your property? Here’s advice from a pro…

Thinking about selling your property?  You may want to consider researching, collecting and completing the items detailed below.

This is not a check list for planting flowers on your porch and painting your front door, you can go to the internet for that information.  This list is to prepare sellers in San Juan County for marketing their property.   The issues below are for regulatory compliance, contract performance, will prove beneficial and are worth the effort in the marketing and transaction management of your property sale.

As your agent, I will assist with the process of gathering and helping you arrange for the various services.  That is what good agents do.

This list will not apply to all properties and it is not meant to be all encompassing.  The topics are in alphabetical order for your convenience.

Single Family Residence

“As Is” Sale: Washington is a due diligence state with the buyer able to process the suitability of the property with no risk to their deposit if their contract has contingencies. Some property owners believe by writing in “as is” on the contract that they are excused from making repairs and/or disclosing information about the property and buyer recourse. The statement indicates to the buyer that the seller has no intention of making repairs but the buyer may still obtain a home or other inspection reports as they deem necessary.  Disclosure and recourse are requirements and rights granted by law. Read More »

25th Year of Knowledge Bowl!

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 5:31 am by

We hear from Richard Meenan, San Juan Public Schools Foundation… Here’s a photo from the 11th & 12th grade team ten years ago…

The 11th-12th Grade Team in action in the 2009 Knowledge Bowl – photo by James Krall.

Are you ready for some knowledge?

The San Juan Public Schools Foundation will host the 2019 Knowledge Bowl at the San Juan Community Theatre Monday evening, March 4, from 6:30 to 8:30.  Doors open at 6:15.  Tickets are $5 (or whatever you can afford) at the door.

This is the 25th year of the Knowledge Bowl, and our silver anniversary promises to be a special evening!  Teams from Friday Harbor High and Middle Schools and Spring Street International School will take on the Soroptimists, Lions, Kiwanis, and Rotary Club in a battle for intellectual supremacy hosted by Brent Snow. The High School Jazz Band will be on hand, as well as fabulous raffle prizes, crazy costumes, a large check, and more!

It will be an evening of fun and laughter, so come join our celebration of 25 years of our island’s awesome brainpower!

Board of Health to Discuss Medical Air Transport

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 5:30 am by

On Wednesday, February 20, 2019, the San Juan County Board of Health will be discussing medical air transport, a critical Access to Care issue, at their regularly scheduled Board meeting.  The meeting will start at 11:30 am in the County Council Hearing Room.  The full Board of Health agenda can be viewed on the county website.

Please note this is a discussion item for the Board of Health, not a public hearing.  The Board can ask for input from the audience during the discussion.  However, input may be limited as the Board has a full agenda.

The San Juan County Board of Health has responsibility over all matters pertaining to the preservation of the life and health of the people of San Juan County.  The Board of Health is a seven-member board consisting of the three County Council members, one Town of Friday Harbor representative and three at-large members with knowledge of public health practices. 

County residents are encouraged to attend and provide input to the Board on health matters. The Board generally meets monthly on the third Wednesday starting around 11:30 am in the County Council Hearing Room. Please check the county website or contact Health & Community Services at (360) 378-4474 to learn about upcoming Board meetings.

Firefighter of the Month

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:30 am by

Firefighter Erik Gresseth and Assistant Fire Chief Noel Monin – Contributed photo

The San Juan Island Fire and Rescue Department is proud to announce the February 2019 Firefighter of the Month.

Rookie Firefighter Erik Gresseth was selected this month due to his unwavering commitment to his community. Erik has an outstanding record of responding to emergency calls and attendance at training drills.

Erik is someone who tries to stay in the background and his quiet leadership by example is a wonderful attribute he brings to San Juan Island Fire and Rescue.

The Fire Commissioners, Chief and the Department is grateful for all Erik does for both the department and our community. We congratulate Erick for his service and dedication.

Postponed or Cancelled Events

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:29 am by

Friday, Feb 15 – The Episcopal Church Women’s Brown Bag Luncheon scheduled at St. David’s Church for Friday, February 15, has been cancelled due to ice and slush on the parking lot. Join us next month, on March 8, for another Brown Bag Luncheon.
Friday, Feb 15 SCHOOLS ARE OPEN ON LATE START SCHEDULE, TWO HOURS DELAYED START: Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m. Buses may be slower due to road conditions. Please see the SNOW ROUTE SCHEDULES FOR LATE START on the website for pick up times and locations.
Friday’s Prevention Coalition meeting for tomorrow, February 15, is being canceled and will be rescheduled to Friday, March 8.  Same time 11:30 – 2:00, same venue of lunch at 11:30 with the formal meeting commencing at noon. 
Home Playoff Game: Our playoff game start time on Friday has been move up to 4:15. 
The Mullis Center: Cancelled Fun Friday(Friday Feb 8) is rescheduled for Friday, Feb 15
Board of Fire Commissioners meeting that was scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, at the Mullis Street Fire Station.
The San Juan Island Trails Committee: will NOT meet on Tuesday, February 12th due to weather. Our next meeting will be at noon at the SJI Library meeting room on Tuesday, March 12th.
The “Eat Healthy for Less $$” Seminar: We (Soroptimists) decided that we should postpone our seminar.  We will hold the program at the Grange on March 2.
The 1PC Electronic Recycle Event: Date changed from February 12 to February 19 due to expected weather. To be held in the open lot next to the Mullis  Fire Station from 10 am to 3 pm.

Friday School on Late Start Schedule

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:27 am by

Friday February 15, 2019 Schools are open on late start schedule, two hours delayed start: Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m. Buses may be slower due to road conditions. Please see the snow route schedules for late start for pick up times  and locations.

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:25 am, by

Merri Ann Simonson is back with another SJI Lifestyle video… San Juan Island Lifestyle video that shares with you a snow day – Island Style. <span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>

Mary Martha Circle Host Baked Potato Bar Fundraiser

Posted on February 15, 2019 at 5:20 am, by

Baked Potato Bar dinner, Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church. Potatoes and fixins (chili, cheese, onions, etc.) with pies and brownies for dessert. Cost is donation only. We are raising funds for our kitchen remodel. We already have $4,000+ in our fund and are hoping to raise  Continue Reading

What Birds Are These?

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm, by

We received this photo from Ruth Offen, “Just saw this gathering of I think commerants or loons all floating together. First thought it was herring ball, but not. Have you or anybody else seen this sight before?” Click on the photo to enlarge the image and if you know these birds and what they are doing please  Continue Reading

Alchemy Art Center: Collage Workshop with Thrinley DiMarco

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

Alchemy Art Center is hosting a two-day Collage Workshop with accomplished local artist Thrinley DiMarco, Saturday March 23rd and Sunday March 24th.  This class will explore the creative process through the medium of collage, and participants will learn new ways of seeing and connecting with the world! From Thrinley: “The mystery and magic of creativity is  Continue Reading

Schools Open With Late Start

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 5:29 am, by

Thursday, February 14: SCHOOLS ARE OPEN ON LATE START SCHEDULE, TWO HOURS DELAYED START: Schools will run on a late start schedule commencing at 10:15 a.m. Buses may be slower due to road conditions. Please see the SNOW ROUTE SCHEDULES FOR LATE START on the website for pick up times and locations.   

Career Center to Sponsor Job Fair

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 5:20 am, by

If you are fortunate enough to live in San Juan County and you are looking for a job, there are employers eager to talk to you. For those of you who are looking for a work, mark your calendars and dust off your resumes.  On Sunday, April 14 the Career Center will sponsor a JOB FAIR  Continue Reading

CPR Class at Mullis Center

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 11:28 am, by

   The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only CPR, adult CPR with breaths, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR, and mild and severe airway block for adults, children, and infants. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment.   Family & Friends CPR is  Continue Reading

Humming Bird in Snow

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:36 am, by

Thanks to Richard W. Wright for this great photo (Taken Feb 12, 2019)… 

No School Wednesday February 13

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:35 am, by

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:29 am, by

Don’t miss this winter screening of Friday Harbor Film Festival’s Best of the Fest! Showing Tuesday February 19, 7:00 pm at the Grange. “The film profiles the impact of Indigenous musicians in Canada and the United States on the development of rock music. Artists profiled include Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jesse Ed Davis, Stevie Salas, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson,Randy Castillo, Jimi Hendrix, Taboo and others.”  “The title of the film  Continue Reading

San Juan County Superior Court Implements Pilot Drug Court

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:22 am, by

In response to interest from the legal community, in the winter of 2018, San Juan County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Loring convened a working group to investigate a Therapeutic/Drug Court for San Juan County. After working together for many months, and with the help of Drug Court representatives in neighboring Island and Skagit Counties, San  Continue Reading

Island Rec – Adult Tennis: Beginner Skills and Drills

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:20 am, by

Island Rec is offering another session of Beginner Tennis Skills and Drills for Adults this March with Caroline Hansen. Classes are held Sundays; March 3-24. Adult lessons for ages 16 and up are from 2-3:30 pm indoors at the Fair Building. Register by February 21 for the early bird special rate of $74; $83 thereafter. For  Continue Reading

Art Cancer Support Group

Posted on February 13, 2019 at 5:15 am, by

Art Cancer Support Group “The first of many art extravaganzas”. No experience necessary… or huge talent… just interest. Humans with a heart, patients, caregivers, family members and friends Thursday February 21, 12:30 – 2:30 pm at Key Bank downstairs. All materials provided. Get ready fore a good time… We will paint the town red, white,  Continue Reading

View From Raven Ridge Rd

Posted on February 12, 2019 at 12:57 pm, by

Thanks to Lorraine Littlewood for this photo, a view from Raven Ridge Rd. up about 550′ looking SSW to Mt Grant… click on photo to enlarge image.