Around the island….

They rock & they roll….The Tease put on a great show at The Rumor Mill earlier this month (that’s bassist Steve Cutting, guitarist Tim Dustrude, and Thomas Sandström (on chair & guitar) cutting loose, with singer Tim Lance in the background & Conrad (on drums, not pictured but definitely there)….the guys also put on a great show at the Fair last week.

Hope you’re getting outside  – quick, before the summer’s over….here are some of the folks you’ll see around the island:


• Margaret Barker says there’s still room:

St. David’s Day School has limited openings for our Fall 20012-2013 Early Learning and Kindergarten Enrichment programs for ages 3-5.  Classes meet Monday-Thursday from 8:15-11:00 and 11:15-3:00.

St. David’s is an early childhhod facility that provides opportunities for preschool children to explore,reason, create, problem solve and communicate with a curriculum that naturally engages the developing mind.

For information call Margaret Barker, 298-4161 or email sddayschool (at) Applications available at


Avery Adams is featured along with Ed Wilson at this week’s Friday Harbor Art Market….photo by Ted Strutz.

• The Art Market continues for two more weeks – here’s more from coordinator Debbie Pigman:

Thursday, August 23. Friday Harbor Art Market, 5-8pm. Brickworks Plaza.
The art market, showcasing the work of about 20 artists, welcomes Good Earth Farm with their fresh, local produce, as well as two new artists, selling sea glass jewelry and mixed media items.

Music will be by Ed Wilson (5-6:30pm) and Avery Adams (6:30-8pm) and massage will be provided by Lavendera Day Spa. Contact Debbie Pigman 360 378-0951.


• Drop by Isle Be Jammin’ on Spring Street – Kirk is starting up the fall lessons for guitar, ukelele and more this week!


US Senator Maria Cantwell took a moment to pose with a young friend at the Democratic Party’s booth last Friday at theSan Juan County Fair…photo by Alison Longley (thanks, Alison!)


• Islanders help with the Cle Elum fire in Central Washington – here’s more from Chief Steve Marler:

On the afternoon of Tuesday, August 14, two fire engines left San Juan Island to assist nearly 1,000 firefighters from around the State of Washington to battle a wildland fire near Cle Elum.

When they left San Juan Island, the “Taylor Bridge” fire was rapidly growing, threatening multiple homes and power lines, and was completely uncontained.  Since their arrival, Lieutenant Tad Lean and Firefighters Michael Henderson, Matthew Dobbs and Joseph Foriska have been working the night shift, helping to keep the fire from jumping containment lines and looking for spot fires.  As of Monday morning, the fire has grown to more than 23,000 acres but is now nearly 50% contained.

San Juan Island Fire Rescue participated in the Statewide Fire Mobilization System, coordinated by the State Fire Marshal.  The system reimburses participating agencies for their costs.  The firefighters that participate gain valuable experience that they can bring back with them and share with all of the island’s firefighters.

San Juan Island Fire Rescue serves all of San Juan Island – including the Town of Friday Harbor – as well as Brown and Pearl Islands.  Through a contract with the State Department of Natural Resources, the fire department also provides wildland fire suppression for all of San Juan County’s non-ferry served islands.

Predominantly staffed by volunteers, the agency operates eight fire stations, numerous fire engines and other vehicles as well as the region’s only fire boat.  In 2011, the fire department responded to 285 calls for service.

Residents of Brown, Pearl and San Juan Islands are encouraged to contact the fire department if they are interested in becoming a firefighter.  The next recruit academy begins on September 5th with an evening orientation meeting at the Mullis Street fire station.


Musical group Sabu rehearses music from the Malinke tribe of Guinea at Jackson Beach on San Juan Island in Washington state on August 14, 2012. Photo by Aaron Shepard.


Gretchen Allison’s Duck Soup Inn is featured the “Just 5 More Minutes” blog…great writeup! Photo courtesy of “Just 5 More Minutes.”

• There are beautiful photos (hey, you gotta see this!) and a wonderful writeup for Duck Soup Inn, one of the island’s treasures here. Just great.


• This may seem a bit random, but I just read a great article about how the Finnish school system may offer some lessons in how to educate kids better….take a look & see what you think. It’s good to check out people who are doing it right….


• The parks are looking great, and there is still work to do – here’s more from the National Park Service’s Shaun Hubbard:

I would like to extend a thank you to the San Juan Islands Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society for getting the word out, and to Mike Vouri and Jerald Weaver of the National Park Service for an informative walk and talk at American Camp on Sunday August 12. We learned about the geological and cultural history of the prairie, how nature and humans have altered the landscape, and about the Park’s Prairie Stewardship Plan.

There are only 3% of native prairies remaining in the Puget Sound region, and we are fortunate to have the largest in the County, right here in our own National Historic Park (both at American and English Camps). The health of the prairie is threatened, however, and that is why the Park is embarking on a restoration/stewardship plan.

Now our Park needs to hear from us – what we envision the future of the prairies to be and what are some ways to get there. Comment forms are available at the Park’s booth at the Saturday Farmer’s Market or the Park’s office at 650 Mullis Street. You may also submit comments online at or by email at Please send in your comments by September 4. Thank you.


• Jan at Wolf Hollow tells me they could use a handyman volunteer for a couple of hours….can you give a hand?


• Let’s check what’s on tap at Lavendera Massage this week:

Heart to Heart
Thursday, August 23.  7-9pm

Frustrated with miscommunications?

Needing to feel heard, seen and understood?

Compassionate Communication teaches tools to connect empathically and authentically with ourselves and others.  These tools enhance all relationships for individuals, couples, families, organizations and ultimately communities, engendering compassion between people.  This introductory workshop introduces a study of Marshall B. Rosenberg’s NVC, used in over 65 countries bringing people together in peace and harmony.

Presenter, Nancy Soans, has been training the public for over 30 years in a variety of areas, working with children, individuals, couples and organizations.  See


This is from a month ago, but what a great picture of a rainbow, as seen from the Elwha…photo by Rae Schouweiler (thanks, Rae!)

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