Topic: Around Here


Written on March 26, 2009 at 9:58 am, by

You know the feeling of dread….you show up for the ferry and they stick the little overload number under your wiper. Yesterday when I came rolling in at 4:47pm for the 5:05pm ferry, I knew I was pushing it, and receiving number 15 kinda proved it. But, as luck would have it, they not only  Continue Reading

Where she is now….

Written on March 26, 2009 at 9:17 am, by

Have you been wondering what Joan Corliss Collyer has been up to lately? She’s in Bellingham – click here for a little article about our long time islander friend in the Bellingham Herald.

Earth Hour…it’s this Saturday at 8:30pm on San Juan Island….

Written on March 25, 2009 at 10:59 pm, by

The Town Council endorsed it. The County Council endorsed it. And I hope you join me in endorsing it. Here’s what the Washington Earth Hour has to say, and here’s what it’s all about. See you in the dark.

Another new islander….

Written on March 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm, by

Proud grandmother Connie Wargo sent me the news that daughter Kim’s delivery of her second girl went great – here’s more: Millie Laree Nibler, the daughter of Justin and Kim Nibler (left), was born on Wednesday, March 18, 2009 at Island Hospital in Anacortes. She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces, and was 21 inches long. Welcoming Millie  Continue Reading

Something’s cookin’…..

Written on March 24, 2009 at 7:30 pm, by

Jan from the Community Theatre wanted to let you know where the good chow comes from….here’s more: The Baker Boys Highlight Elegant Edibles April 11: The men are taking over the kitchen! (Well, sort of). The Community Arts Theatre Society (CATS) annual gourmet bake sale on April 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. gets  Continue Reading

Rain catchment… legal in the islands….

Written on March 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm, by

Weirdly, one of the best ideas for gathering water – catching the rain that falls on your buildings & storing it – is illegal in Utah and Colorado, a couple of perennially dry states. Although the islands are mentioned in this Wall Street Journal article, it’s because we do allow it (and some of us  Continue Reading

Clipper bags it for this summer….

Written on March 24, 2009 at 2:28 am, by

Deborah from the San Juan Islands Visitors’ Bureau tells me the Victoria Clipper isn’t dropping by the island this summer…’s more: I just received official word (thanks to an alert by member Harrison House/Tucker House), that the Victoria Clipper will not be running its usual seasonal service from Seattle to Friday Harbor this year, as  Continue Reading

Beach wood….

Written on March 24, 2009 at 2:14 am, by

This is from Michael Steighner’s blog….he was visiting here from Florida and caught this wonderful mix of color & wood & water. Be sure & look over his other photos, too!

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