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Ian Byington

I’ve been writing this & adding to it since 1997, and it has morphed into what you see now during that time – a collaborative effort between our community and me to tell the story of what makes an island tick, and to celebrate the cool things that happen.

Recent Posts by Ian

This is Our Town: Printonyx with Kris, Jeff & Jonathan

October 3, 2012 at 5:26 am

Tim Dus­trude con­tin­ues his series with pho­tos & sto­ries about peo­ple around the island – here’s more about the good folks at Print­onyx: Print­onyx is Fri­day Har­bor’s full ser­vice Print­ing, Copy­ing, Fax­ing, Design­ing, Sta­pling and gen­er­al Offic­ing place. Orig­i­nal­ly launched back around 1987 by Homer Smith, it was pur­chased in 1994 by Kris­tine Brown (at left  Con­tin­ue Reading

Parade! Chili cookoff! It’s the Great Island Grown Festival this weekend!

October 2, 2012 at 6:06 pm

It’s this week­end! Here’s more from Sandy Strehlou: Don’t Miss the Farm Parade and Chili Cook-Off Exot­ic hors­es, scare­crows, back­yard chick­ens, trac­tors, parade and party—it’s the annu­al Fall Farm Parade Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 6 at 2:30pm. Grand Mar­shall Al Sund­strom will lead the parade in mem­o­ry of long-time islander and farmer, Lynette Guard. The Sund­stroms and Guards  Con­tin­ue Reading

What’s up.…

October 2, 2012 at 7:15 am

Let’s check: • Sup­port your schools! The Phone-A-Thon is tonight & tomor­row — be nice when they call! ++++++++++ • Today at the Demo­c­ra­t­ic HQ (right behind the drug store, next to Mar­i­lyn’s Gar­den Cafe), the Dems con­tin­ue their series of chances for you to meet can­di­dates: Coun­ty Coun­cil mem­ber Howie Rosen­feld, Dis­trict 3, will take  Con­tin­ue Reading

Time to sing!

October 2, 2012 at 7:08 am

There are some pret­ty cool chances to get involved in singing — here’s more from Angel Michaels: San Juan Singers If you are inter­est­ed in singing with a com­mu­ni­ty cho­rus this sea­son, con­sid­er join­ing San Juan Singers, direct­ed by Angel Michaels on Wed. nights, 7–9pm in the Skag­it Val­ley Col­lege Com­mu­ni­ty room.  Mem­ber­ship is open  Con­tin­ue Reading

It’s flu season, nearly.…

October 2, 2012 at 7:07 am

The folks at the Coun­ty Health Depart­ment are gear­ing up for the fall.…here’s more from Susan Leff: Influen­za affects all ages Nobody can pre­dict when Influen­za will start, how severe it will be, or how long the Influen­za sea­son will last in a com­mu­ni­ty.   The only sure thing is that we will have Influen­za in our com­mu­ni­ty  Con­tin­ue Reading

Around the island.…

October 1, 2012 at 11:01 am

Let’s catch up with our island: • Hey, last week’s blood dri­ve at the Mullis Cen­ter col­lect­ed 103 units, which the Red Cross woman told me she was pret­ty sure was a record…way to go! +++++++++ • The sum­mer is over but Duck Soup Inn is still open for the month — here’s more from Anna Lisa:  Con­tin­ue Reading

Keeping up with Jeri.…

October 1, 2012 at 9:54 am

There’s an exhib­it over at Vil­lage at the Har­bour show­cas­ing one of the island’s lead­ing wom­en’s work — here’s more about Jeri, in a lit­tle write­up from the Vil­lage: Geral­dine (Halver­son) Law­son grew up on San Juan Island. The Halver­son fam­i­ly owned a dairy and as a young girl “Jeri” helped her father Gun­der deliv­er  Con­tin­ue Reading

This Is Our Town: Marc Franklin at Aeronautical Services

October 1, 2012 at 8:25 am

Tim Dus­trude con­tin­ues his series with pho­tos & sto­ries about peo­ple around the island – here’s more about Marc Franklin at Aero­nau­ti­cal Ser­vices: Marc Franklin is the new Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of Aero­nau­ti­cal Ser­vices, Inc. (well, “new” since Novem­ber of 2009). So if you have a prob­lem with your local UPS pack­age freight, he’s the guy… (Click here for the  Con­tin­ue Reading

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