Topic: Around Here

SJI Community Foundation County Fair Match

Written on August 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm, by

The San Juan Island Community Foundation invites all Fairgoers to visit its Fair booth in the main hall this week to learn about and support eight special community projects. Every dollar raised during the four days of the Fair will be matched 50% by the Community Foundation. The eight community projects to be featured at  Continue Reading

Fair Sunset

Written on August 13, 2015 at 7:13 pm, by

Kevin Holmes caught this beautiful sunset image at the Fair on Wednesday evening. Thanks Kevin!

Temporary Airport Closures

Written on August 13, 2015 at 5:17 pm, by

Deanna Eltinge with the Port has this announcement to share with you… Hi Tim, Please let everyone know that the Friday Harbor Airport will be closed to allow for night work August 18th, 19th and 20th from 9pm – 6am each evening. This is required by the Port’s contractor to complete necessary electrical work. Also – On Wednesday  Continue Reading

Free Boy

Written on August 12, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

Award-winning Seattle-based author and historian Lorraine McConaghy will read from and discuss her ground-breaking young adult book about an escaped slave who won his freedom in Canada. Co-authored with Judith Bentley, Free Boy is the story of a 13-year-old slave who escaped from Washington Territory to freedom in Canada on the West’s Underground Railroad. When  Continue Reading

Who Is “Doc” Hancock?

Written on August 12, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

You may have seen me, William E. Hancock, MD, riding in a MASH Unit jeep in the 4th of July Parade. I am a candidate for San Juan County Hospital District Position #5. Cheri and I were married 47 years ago and have been Island residents for the past 17 years Following is my Candidate  Continue Reading

Expanded Recycling and Yard Waste Pickup

Written on August 12, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Town to offer twice-monthly recycling and yard waste pickup beginning in September The Town of Friday Harbor is increasing service to those residential customers who take advantage of curbside recycling and yard waste pickup. This service, which has been offered on a monthly basis, will be available two times each month beginning in September. Twice  Continue Reading

The Magnificent Landscape​

Written on August 11, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Here’s an invitation to you from Ruth at WaterWorks Gallery… The landscape and seascape of the Pacific Northwest as painted by Tim Schumm, a well respected Canadian landscape painter based in British Columbia. While honoring the​ vastness​ of scale, Tim’s portrayal of the​ ​Northwest landscape is intimate and human in scale. The viewpoints of the  Continue Reading

Mapping the San Juans Redux

Written on August 11, 2015 at 5:38 am, by

Join Boyd Pratt, Doug McCutchen, and Mike Vouri for a reprise and update of their evening of viewing 1890’s images of the San Juan Islands by the U.S. Coast Survey’s John Gilbert, contrasted with photographs taken from the same perspective today. Vouri will open the discussion with a look at the first survey of the  Continue Reading

Relay For Life Luminaria

Written on August 11, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

Sheila Martin is working with Relay For Life this year and is taking orders for Luminaria. She would like to get the message out that you can purchase a Luminaria Bag from her at SJluminarias [@] gmail [.] com. They are asking for a $5.00 donation and the choices are: Celebrate Fight Remember (in memory of someone you love)  Continue Reading

Not Too Late for Trashion Fashion

Written on August 10, 2015 at 3:50 pm, by

Re-posting this notice today (Monday, Aug 10th) to confirm that practice tonight is indeed at 6:00 pm. Apparently there was some confusion around town and folks were thinking it was 5:00 pm. Not so. It’s at 6:00. I just got off the phone with Francie and she also told me that this year’s show is  Continue Reading

Gather Up Those Old Crayons

Written on August 10, 2015 at 11:38 am, by

Here’s a note to you from Meg… My name is Meg Strehlou Meiland. I am 9 years old and a 4H member. This year my 4H Fair project is about recycling crayons and why it is important to recycle them instead of throwing them away. Crayons are made with petroleum based wax that eventually ends  Continue Reading

Jazz at the Labs

Written on August 10, 2015 at 5:58 am, by

Supporting the UW Friday Harbor Labs K-12 Science Outreach Program (FHLSOP) On Saturday night, August 22, 2015, Friday Harbor Laboratories will hold its 15th annual Jazz at the Labs. Join us for a fabulous dinner in the FHL historic Dining Hall and prepare yourself for an evening of amazing music provided by the San Juan  Continue Reading

A whole lot of limbing going on!

Written on August 10, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Here’s some news from the SJC Land Bank… A small, high school age crew (5 participants, 2 leaders) from the Student Conservation Association spent Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week working with Oak Team leaders, Shaun Hubbard and Thom Pence, and SJI Preserve Steward, Doug McCutchen, on our Cady Mountain Preserve. The crew, made up  Continue Reading

Fair Feud at the Fair!

Written on August 10, 2015 at 5:46 am, by

Take the Survey NOW to be part of the audience Poll for Fair Feud Did you know the Fair is creating its own version of Family Feud? Survey says… FAIR FEUD!! Friday Night, August 14th, at 6:00pm Please be a part of our first annual Fair Feud gameshow by participating in our survey to act  Continue Reading

Pet of the Week

Written on August 10, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Howdy, Friday Harbor! I’m Dixie and I’m what you might call a “southern belle”… I was rescued from a high-kill animal shelter in Texas and brought here to find my forever home. In Texas they have a saying for girls like me… They say I’m “Prettier than a Pie Supper”. Matter of fact, y’all should  Continue Reading

Praise for Cymbeline

Written on August 10, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

To the Editor: How fortunate we are to have Stage Left’s “Shakespeare Under the Stars” every summer here for the past 17 years! We saw this year’s production of Cymbeline last weekend, and again we were impressed by the professional quality of acting and production. In this condensed version, Shakespeare seems to have pulled out  Continue Reading

WSF Photo Contest

Written on August 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm, by

Here’s a note from WSF… Twitter photo contest starts MondayWith the busy summer season in full swing, we’re holding a ferries photo contest on Twitter. Simply follow @wsferries and tweet us your best photographs with the hashtag #WSFcontest from August 10 through August 17. The top five entries will win a behind-the-scenes tour of one  Continue Reading

Cymbeline at Wold Road Now

Written on August 8, 2015 at 10:06 am, by

Here’s the latest from Island Stage Left… Only 8 performances left – and that’s if we don’t get rained out Saturday! Wonderful feedback on this, one of Shakespeare’s rarely produced later plays – a fast-paced adventure with betrayal, love, forgiveness and reconciliation. Our favorite moment was when we had a 5 year old (at her first  Continue Reading

Letter from Alice Hurd

Written on August 8, 2015 at 9:56 am, by

To the Editor, Let’s talk about Mount Grant! For all the mailings, articles, buttons, hats, websites and talks, (don’t forget that fabulous float on the Fourth of July) there still seems to be some confusion about it. It is a new name for an old place; until recently it was known as “Lawson Ridge”. (Although  Continue Reading

Maddie Ovenell New Island Rec Director

Written on August 8, 2015 at 1:35 am, by

Island Rec’s Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Maddie Ovenell has been selected as the new Director for Island Rec. The hiring committee received many applications from across the country and after conducting interviews the first week of August, the board unanimously agreed that Ovenell was the right person for the job. Ovenell  Continue Reading

Jeri Lawson, 1924 – 2015

Written on August 7, 2015 at 11:19 am, by

Adah Geraldine (Jeri) Lawson passed away peacefully August 2, 2015 after a short stay at Whatcom Hospice House in Bellingham Washington. Jeri was born January 8, 1924, in Friday Harbor, Washington to Gunder and Adah Halvorsen. Jeri lived her entire life on San Juan Island and resided in just 2 homes. As a young girl  Continue Reading

3rd Time’s a Charm

Written on August 7, 2015 at 5:57 am, by

Local artist Pam Hoke shares her cancer journey online at and has recently posted a moving entry. Here are a few excerpts… Immense sighs of relief have arrived after long days of butterflies in my stomach: My third lumpectomy was a success! In addition, the oncotype test results came from the original invasive tumor  Continue Reading