Around the island.…

Posted November 20, 2012 at 12:16 am by

Skagit Valley College/San Juan Center Director & Road Scholar Director Randy Martin congratulates San Juan Transit's Dan Ward for a great Road Scholar season - Dan provides transport for nearly 900 program participants from March to November, hosted by Skagit here on the island. Great job, guys! (Dan's on the ferry on the way to México for he winter....)

There’s a lot going on.…let’s check it out:

• Today is the San Juan Island Lions Club’s Annu­al Shop­ping Spree, where­in a lucky win­ner has four min­utes to run around Kings Mar­ket gath­er­ing as much as pos­si­ble in a gro­cery cart. Kin­da like the Run­ning of the Bulls, but eas­i­er on the spectators.…the action is at 1:30 Tues­day. This year’s win­ner is Twoie Ridge­way, with con­so­la­tion prize turkeys going to Burk Gos­som, Blue Mid­dle­ton, and the Food Bank.

See you there!


• Hey, you knew the island’s sol­id waste facil­i­ties are closed on Thanks­giv­ing, but did you know they’re closed Fri­day, too? Save it for Sat­ur­day, when they’re open.…


Nancy Young welcomes home daughter Jenny MacDonald a couple of weekends ago when she came home for the weekend from the University of Victoria....great to see the kids back on the island!


• It’s sad to hear from Pat­sy Scrib­n­er about Bil­l’s pass­ing — here’s more:

William J. Pier­son passed away at his home in Wylie, Texas on Novem­ber 9,2012. Bill was the for­mer Chief Finan­cial Offi­cer of Islanders Bank and a Fri­day Har­bor res­i­dent for more than 20 years. He is sur­vived by three sons, William Pier­son, Jr., Bri­an Pier­son and Jmaes Pier­son. He is also sur­vived by his two grand­chil­dren, Kaylee & William, all res­i­dents of Texas.


• My friend Car­o­line says we’re in the news:

Hel­lo, Ian!

If you peruse Mark Bittman’s NYT links blog you’ll see that he includ­ed San Juan Coun­ty’s rejec­tion of GMOs! Per­haps his blog is of inter­est to your readers?

Hap­py Autumn!


Ciely is happy to welcome quilter Penelope Torkington, whose work is on display at the Lavendera Massage Center till December 31st....drop by & see her contemporary textile art today!


The soccer guys have had a great season....

• It’s cool to hear from Sam Paul-Bar­rette how the fall sea­son went — here’s more (thanks, Sam!):

Hi Ian, Want­ed to share with you that our Boys U19 (Under-19) soc­cer team recent­ly fin­ished a great season.

We had a record of 5–1‑3 (5 wins, 1 draw, 3 loss­es), and tied for third place out of 10 in a league most­ly includ­ing teams loaded with seniors as well as col­lege fresh­man. Our team was one of the league’s youngest, with ten sopho­mores, four juniors and only one senior. Lots to look for­ward to for the spring var­si­ty sea­son, which begins March 9 against the defend­ing state cham­pi­ons, Over­lake. Thanks for your support!

Thanks, Sam “P.B”



• The good folks at the Port are sad to see  Bob go.…here’s more from Deanna:

That's Port Director Marilyn O’Connor, Harbormaster Tami Hayes, Port Commissioners Mike Ahrenius & Barbara Marrett, with Bob Freeauf & Port Commissioner Greg Hertel - congrats, Bob!

The Fri­day Har­bor Port Com­mis­sion hon­ored Bob Freeauf at their meet­ing on Novem­ber 14th. After 28 years tak­ing care of the docks, build­ings and grounds of the Port of Fri­day Har­bor, Bob is hang­ing up the clip­board, turn­ing in the walkie-talkie, putting down the ham­mer and call­ing it a day.

Bob began work­ing at the Port in 1984 when the mari­na was half its cur­rent size. In his ear­ly years on the job he saw the con­struc­tion of the new break­wa­ter, addi­tions to the office and restrooms, park­ing lot and park expan­sions. Lat­er the Port added Jack­son’s Beach and the Spring Street Land­ing Mari­na to Bob’s list of things to wor­ry about.

Over the years he has saved ener­gy, got­ten rid of garbage, safe­guard­ed stormwa­ter, helped cus­tomers, improved safe­ty, rebuilt restrooms, and kept the pil­ing healthy and the floats floating.

With a smile on his face and a whis­tle on his lips, Bob has been a long-time pres­ence on the water­front. He will still be here on the island, play­ing his accor­dian, and plan­ning his own main­te­nance projects in between trav­els with fam­i­ly and friends. Fair­winds, Bob!


Drop by!

• Ash­ley Paull at IPT reminds me there are a cou­ple of days left:

Hi Ian!

It’s get­ting close to that time of the year again. I just want­ed to announce that Islanders Phys­i­cal Ther­a­py is hav­ing their sec­ond annu­al Thanks­giv­ing food dri­ve this year. We wel­come the com­mu­ni­ty to drop by with any items they wish to donate. Thank you!


Get yours!

• You can pick­up your Thanks­giv­ing pie tomor­row — here’s the word from Bar­bara Lord & the PTA:

We have been busy mak­ing pies for the the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day! Come pick­up pump­kin and pecan pies & help sup­port your school and kids..Pumpkin Pies are $15.00 and Pecan Pies are $20 at the ele­men­tary school! See you there!


• It’s been 28 years! Steve Porten & Shann West­on cel­e­brat­ed their anniver­sary this week!


And now, a gallery of rainbows!

It was mid-afternoon yesterday down at the marina when Kerry Andrews caught this double rainbow - be sure & click on this picture to see a larger version! (Thanks, Kerry!)

Another angle, of the rainbow over the entrance to Friday Harbor - photo by Jack Woolsey (click to see full size! Thanks, Jack!)

I was in town, near Islanders Insurance, when the clouds parted.....

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