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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

Dining for Scholars – this week!

April 24, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Looking for a place to eat? Here’s where you get more bang for your eating-out dollar – helping graduating students from FHHS & SSIS & GBHS make their college dreams come a little closer…see ya there!

On the loose….with an update….

April 23, 2012 at 7:35 am

Update: Jamie found the horses! Here’s her report: Good news!  Horses were found this morning!!  They were happy to see us and trotted all the way home!! ++++++++++++++ Here’s the previous note: ++++++ Just got a note from Jaime Ellsworth…. Last night someone left our gate open by accident and my three mini horses escaped.    Continue Reading

At the Water’s Edge….

April 23, 2012 at 6:22 am

Karrie Cooper & The Stewardship Network of the San Juans are presenting this lecture series: We are bringing an 8-part lecture series concerning our shared shorelines to Lopez, Orcas and San Juan islands. Part 1: At the Water’s Edge Lecture Series The Invisible Shoreline: A Video Tour of the NearshoreEcosystem Join filmmaker John F. Williams  Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day….

April 22, 2012 at 12:58 am

Celebrate Your Island on Earth Day Sunday, April 22, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Brickworks Plaza, 150 Nichols Street, Friday Harbor On April 22, more than one billion people around the planet will “Mobilize the Earth” and participate in Earth Day 2012.  The Stewardship Network of the San Juans is excited to bring the community  Continue Reading

Around the island….

April 22, 2012 at 12:52 am

Let’s see what’s going on ’round here: • The report from Baltimore is that our Orca Bowl (from FHHS) team placed ninth in the country – wahoo! Way to go, you guys!!! We’re proud of you! +++++++ • Yep, it’s true – the FHHS softball team beat Lynden Christian 4-3, with Emily Guard scoring the  Continue Reading

Earth Day…your part matters & the job won’t get done without you…

April 21, 2012 at 6:36 am

If we’re going to get there, we need to make every day an Earth Day…and the task isn’t too big for us! It’s going to take us all doing a little bit to add up to the great work ahead….I like the way one of my favorite writers, Wendell Berry, puts it: The real work  Continue Reading

Notes around the island….

April 20, 2012 at 5:40 am

Did you know….? • Looks like our old schools superintendent Steve Enoch is a finalist for the Seattle School District’s supe job – he left here for the Mead School District in the early part of the decade (2001), and has lately been in California at the San Ramon School District for the past four  Continue Reading

“The Weight” with the Band, to start the day….

April 19, 2012 at 5:44 am

It was sad to hear that The Band’s drummer & singer Levon Helm passed away today – here’s a little remembrance of him from “The Last Waltz” back in the 1970’s:

“Every Fifteen Minutes” program touches students’ hearts….

April 19, 2012 at 12:52 am

Earlier this week, high school students on the island participated in a two-day event that brought home the pain & anguish that auto accidents caused by driving under the influence can bring to a community. Staged at the high school, the event included a simulated but realistic crash & emergency response, as well as court  Continue Reading

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