Around the island.…

Posted August 23, 2012 at 5:33 am by

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 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 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 by Rae Schouweiler (thanks, Rae!)

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