Topic: Around Here

Islanders step up…

Written on March 24, 2009 at 2:01 am, by

An update on the Grones’ situation (see below) from Carol Ford: Hi Ian – Thanks so much! Because we spread the word, Dave got a place to stay. It turns out Sandy Ridge (Jesse Woodruff’s mom) and her husband, Joe, have an apt. in Queen Anne that he can stay in through April. They just  Continue Reading

Have you done the survey yet?

Written on March 24, 2009 at 2:00 am, by

Help us out here…there’s a chance we can get a Skills Training Center here, but we need you to fill out this survey (below)….local companies, as well as teachers & community members, can help the process along by taking the survey now. As I understand it, the more answers we get, the better the chances  Continue Reading

San Juan Canvas changes owners

Written on March 23, 2009 at 3:30 am, by

Patrick & Andra (above, right) are the kind of folks we need here on San Juan Island – involved, caring, great parents, and always smiling. Patrick first bought the Bon Accord in Friday Harbor when they moved here, and three years ago, he and Andra bought The Sail Loft (San Juan Canvas) down at the  Continue Reading

FHHS sports update….

Written on March 22, 2009 at 9:56 pm, by

Over the weekend, the Wolverine baseball team munched Darrington (Friday) and Shoreline Christian (Saturday), while the softball girls had a 2 out of 3 split with Darrington and Meridian. The soccer boys played their third game in five days, dropping their re-match with Coupeville (that’s Cam Byington in the air Saturday; photo by Lauren Paulsen  Continue Reading

Peter & Leasa are getting hitched….

Written on March 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm, by

Leasa Burch and Peter Wangoe II will be getting married on Oahu in May of 2009. It will be a small ceremony with family and close friends. A San Juan Island reception will take place in August of 2009.

Peter & Leasa are getting hitched….

Written on March 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm, by

Leasa Burch and Peter Wangoe II will be getting married on Oahu in May of 2009. It will be a small ceremony with family and close friends. A San Juan Island reception will take place in August of 2009.


Written on March 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm, by

Back in 1995 or so, my boys & I used to play a game on Saturdays during the summer in which we would walk around town looking for out-of-state plates, and write them down on a little plate. One memorable day we saw license plates from 40 states & two provinces…there were a lot of  Continue Reading

Vols needed for the Children’s Festival…

Written on March 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm, by

Jennifer Furber says they’re gonna need you to help: The Children’s Festival is coming! On Saturday, May 2 from 10 am to 2 pm, Island Rec will present the 19th annual festival at the Country Fairgrounds. The theme this year is “Under The Sea.” The 2009 Children’s Festival Committee is currently looking for volunteers to  Continue Reading

Our friend needs help….

Written on March 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm, by

I just got this note from Carol Ford about what the Grones are dealing with….look over it & see what you can do: Hi Ian… I just spoke to Dave Grone (his kids are recent FHHS grads, Ashley and Jason). His wife, Jacque, was flown off-island Friday with a brain aneurism and endured an 11 hour surgery  Continue Reading

Photo time….

Written on March 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm, by

If you’re a photography nut like me, I’m guessing you’ll like the daily contributions that Tim Dustrude makes to his daily photo blog at (yesterday was a good one of Mona the Camel, here on the island) and John Lackey at … check them out! You’ll like them!

Dog needs to be trained? Look no further….

Written on March 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm, by

Toni Franklin stays in touch with what’s happening with dogs on the island….here’s the latest: Dog Training Seminars in Friday Harbor! Last spring the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter (APS) was invited to make a presentation to Jim McNairy’s Civics class for a $1000 grant to meet the needs of the community and our organization.  The  Continue Reading

Adopt a tree well…now!

Written on March 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm, by

The Chamber’s Debbie Pigman tells me this is part of what makes our Town so beautiful: Chamber of Commerce Adopt a Tree Well Program Continues in 2009. The Chamber of Commerce Downtown Forum, as part of its beautification plan, initiated a program in 2008 where businesses, organizations or individuals could “adopt” the ground around the  Continue Reading

Earth Hour is a week away….

Written on March 21, 2009 at 11:44 pm, by

You heard that next Saturday is when the worldwide Earth Hour happens, right? It’s local (the Town Council just affirmed it) and it’s global – here’s more from Jeanne, shown with Friday Harbor Mayor David Jones: Hi Ian, At the Town Council meeting at noon Thursday, March 19th, the Town Council read a Proclamation in  Continue Reading

Coming and going at the Community Theatre….

Written on March 19, 2009 at 11:00 pm, by

Jan at the Theatre reports: San Juan Community Theatre Open House March 21: The San Juan Community Theatre opens its doors to the public Saturday, March 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., as staff and friends say “good-bye” to one production manager and “welcome” to the next. Don Mclaskey had overseen the technical aspects of  Continue Reading

Sewer update….

Written on March 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm, by

Sewer Project Update: Fidalgo Paving is coming to the island to do street restoration from March 23-27 for those streets torn up during the recent sewer project in Friday Harbor. Paving will begin in the Cannery Landing area along Front Street and up East Street to First, then will continue on First Street to West.

It’s time for the poster contest….

Written on March 19, 2009 at 9:39 pm, by

From our friends at Island Rec: Poster Contest for 19th Annual Children’s Festival It’s time THE LAST CHANCE for San Juan island kids to let their imaginations run wet and wild with this year’s Children’s Festival’s Theme: UNDER THE SEA. The 2009 Children’s Festival’s poster contest lets San Juan Island children show off their aquatic  Continue Reading

Former island administrator becomes superintendent in Oregon….

Written on March 19, 2009 at 9:31 pm, by

Remember in the mid-1990s when Jeff Davis was here? Looks like he just moved to the Oregon coast. Here’s more, from the Florence, OR, newspaper: After reviewing 22 applications for the superintendent position, the Siuslaw School District announced last week that Jeff Davis of Orting, Wash., will take over the reins beginning July 1. Davis,  Continue Reading

Dinner at The Place….always a good deal….

Written on March 19, 2009 at 9:03 pm, by

Drop by The Place Bar & Grill and check out their special that’s running from today till April 7th…2 for $22! Here’s more ( See you there!

Hospital Board approves contract for new medical center

Written on March 18, 2009 at 2:39 pm, by

Last night, the Hospital Board approved the proposed contract with PeaceHealth, which will set in motion getting a new, updated medical center – a new hospital is scheduled to open in 2012. Here’s more from Alan Roochvarg, for the Hospital District: Contract Approved for New Integrated Medical Center for San Juan County Hospital District Friday  Continue Reading

Jesse’s in town….

Written on March 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm, by

Jan from the Community Theatre reports: If you liked TOM RUSH when he performed here last October, you’ll like Jesse! Just ask our own island music enthusiast, Kirk Fuhrmeister—guitarist and owner of Isle Be Jammin’ on Argyle Street. Kirk plays some of Jesse’s songs when he performs and is very excited to see Jesse live  Continue Reading

FHHS softball mows down Wolves 13-3

Written on March 18, 2009 at 8:42 am, by

Last night at Coupeville, the Friday Harbor Wolverines beat the Wolves 13-3 in their season opener. Led by pitcher Kerri Goff, last year’s league champs showed power at the plate and strong defense. Head coach Kevin Carlton said he was “thrilled” by the girls’ strong start, and said the team is looking forward to their  Continue Reading

Catching our green friends…..

Written on March 18, 2009 at 7:56 am, by

Cathy Cole told me they tried: This weekend, Liam constructed a Leprechaun Trap for his 2nd grade class. He and his classmates put the traps out yesterday in hopes that they would catch themselves some lucky leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day. In the past, the only evidence in Ms. Evan’s classroom were little leprechaun footprints  Continue Reading