Topic: Around Here

Emily wins Soroptimist honor….

Written on April 7, 2009 at 7:05 am, by

One of the nicest & most hard-working people on the island is Emily Hallock – she does a great job with her kids, working at the Medical Center, and is gonna be an awesome nurse when she graduates from her nursing program in 2012. She’s been recognized for her efforts – here’s more, from Kristine  Continue Reading

Island nature sensitivity program receives UNESCO approval….

Written on April 7, 2009 at 7:00 am, by

You’ve seen Mike Cohen playing at Farmers’ Market and around the island, marching in uniform in the Fourth of July parade, and singing just about everywhere. He’s been running Project Nature Connect since 1959, and now has spread the reach of the program from here to Costa Rica to Hawaii… and it’s still growing. Here’s  Continue Reading

Wildwood Manor ranks #8….nationally!

Written on April 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm, by

Now THAT rocks… I was looking over the listings on TripAdvisor and found that the island’s Wildwood Manor was ranked number 8 on their list of the Ten Best Inns/B&Bs. Not on the island. Not in Washington. In the whole freakin’ country! Since Trip Advisor bases its rankings on the cool things people say who  Continue Reading

A good place to pop the question….

Written on April 5, 2009 at 10:12 pm, by

  If you’re a movie nut, you probably know that Anna Faris stars in the upcoming film, Observe and Report, which opens this coming weekend… what you may not know is that she’s from Edmonds. What you may not know is that she was asked to get married by Chris Pratt of NBC’s sitcom Parks and  Continue Reading


Written on April 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm, by

It was nice to see all the spurge all along the side of the hill below the McMillin Suite at Roche Harbor in the sun, yesterday. If spring is sprung, is spurge splurged, or what?


Written on April 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm, by

It was nice to see all the spurge all along the side of the hill below the McMillin Suite at Roche Harbor in the sun, yesterday. If spring is sprung, is spurge splurged, or what?

Proof that it is spring….

Written on April 5, 2009 at 8:36 pm, by

When I ran into LeeAnne Grosjacques (and FHHS senior daughter Christine) yesterday at Roche Harbor, she immediately said, “It’s nice out! Where’s your tank top and flip flops?” She was right, of course, but I had left mine at home, so I asked if I could take a picture of her toes, with sandals. What  Continue Reading

Nearly two…

Written on April 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm, by

  It was great to run into Jenni Bordhi and her boy Charlie at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday… can you believe he’s nearly two? ooo

Carrie & Juan got married…

Written on April 3, 2009 at 7:59 am, by

You know the song: Give yourself to love, if love is what you’re after Open up your hearts to the tears & laughter…. Give yourself to love…give yourself to love. That’s what happened when Juan (you know him from the front desk at the Medical Center) and Carrie (she manages the tele-psychiatry project there) got  Continue Reading

Corinne’s heading for Tennessee….

Written on April 2, 2009 at 9:58 pm, by

You’ve heard her here….now Corinne Stevens is heading for Tennessee to continue her vocal education. Here’s more, from her note: I’ll be attending the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s graduate apprenticeship program with Knoxville Opera.  I’m very excited to have the opportunity to perform in both UT Knoxville’s Opera Theater productions as well as Knoxville Opera’s  Continue Reading

Snow day, kinda….

Written on April 2, 2009 at 9:44 pm, by

Jim & Kathy Cole had a great picture of Wednesday’s snow dusting (or slushing) on their family blog…click here to see it!

More stable than the ones in New York….

Written on April 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm, by

When I visited with Bob Coleman from Islanders Bank the other day, I asked him if they were more stable than the folks around the country who have been having so much trouble. He offered me this rather reassuring assessment which addresses banks in the state…check it out.

Nice turnout for John’s opening….

Written on April 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm, by

John Sinclair said some 150 folks dropped his opening of his gallery last weekend – here’s a little portfolio of pictures from the day, in case you missed it. Check it out!

Stores & restaurants in town: Something old, something new….

Written on April 1, 2009 at 7:15 pm, by

The more things change, the more they stay the same… A couple of new places opened in town, and a couple moved. The Blue Water Bar & Grill (above) opened its doors on Monday this week. Located in the spot where the Front Street Café was located for a couple of decades, and spreading into  Continue Reading

Like willpower, only easier….

Written on April 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm, by

Here’s a deal my good friend Rebecca has put together that I’ll bet you’ll like: Rebecca Barnard of Friday Harbor will speak at the San Juan Island Library on April 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Rebecca is the inventor of LimbaSlim, a new weight release system based on the science of olfactory memory, and  Continue Reading

Update on Jacque Grone….

Written on April 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm, by

Carol Ford reports: I just got off the phone with Jacque and she sounds wonderful!  She is actually on her way home and is thrilled about that.  She’s feeling a bit sore and is looking forward to sleeping in her own bed but, otherwise, she said she’s doing really well. She’s got another small  surgery  Continue Reading

Sports update….

Written on April 1, 2009 at 2:42 pm, by

Wednesday night, the soccer boys nearly jumped Cascade Christian, losing 4-2 as a second half surge fell just short, with goals by Pablo Lopez and Cameron Byington closing the gap. The FHHS boys continued their winning ways Tuesday night, thumping Lynden Christian in baseball 13-2 behind senior Richie Ochoa & junior Roy Taylor’s pitching and  Continue Reading

Checkin’ in with Alex and Charles….

Written on March 31, 2009 at 6:26 pm, by

It’s always good to hear from Alex and Charles… his latest blog posting is a thoughtful look at balancing the needs and values of how you provide cell phone coverage, and where the towers go. Click here to read it! Meanwhile, Alex checks in with busy schedule and reports on her cats Smudge and Moses…one  Continue Reading

Past glory revisited….

Written on March 31, 2009 at 6:00 pm, by

Last weekend I ran into FHHS senior Josh Lehr and FHHS grad (and UW soph) Keller McNairy… you’ll remember they were the doubles team from here that won third in state in tennis two years ago. Keller hopes to see Josh progress through the tourney this year as he represents the Wolverines in singles in  Continue Reading

Go green & get sustainable…

Written on March 31, 2009 at 5:59 pm, by

Robin Jacobson tells me this is gonna be great: Sustainable San Juans: A Three-Day Stewardship Event April 17-19 Registration is now open for a new countywide event called Sustainable San Juans:  Greening Your Home, Business and Food. The central event is a stewardship fair and workshop on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00  Continue Reading

The cakes are back!

Written on March 31, 2009 at 5:45 pm, by

When Felicity Milne closed her great bakery Felicitations back in June 2003, a great dark cloud gathered over the island, as hundreds suddenly went cold turkey without her daily wonderful bakery goods. Dark days indeed. Well, now she’s back! Sweet treats from Felicitations are back!  You can place your order for Chocolate Easter-basket cakes and  Continue Reading

Happy birthday, Ryan!

Written on March 31, 2009 at 5:18 pm, by

Proud mom Debbie Dickenson says her boy Ryan Burke turns 30 this weekend – happy birthday, Captain Ryan! After graduating from FHHS in ’97, he’s done a number of things, and now runs Open Water Adventures, based at Roche Harbor.