Topic: Around Here

Legislative Budgetary Impasse Impacts San Juan Island Public Schools

Written on June 19, 2015 at 5:42 am, by

The San Juan Island School Board met Wednesday night to review options as the impasse in Olympia continues to prevent critical planning for the start of the school year. “Smooth and timely program planning and budget adoptions are based on the assumption that the legislature will finish its work in the early spring. Because Olympia  Continue Reading

FANS Donates $5,000 to Island Rec

Written on June 18, 2015 at 5:56 am, by

From helping to ensure Music on the Lawn starts up each July to making it easy to pick up after dogs at Island Rec parks, the donors to Families and Neighbors Support Island Rec are keeping the programs thriving. On June 1, FANS provided Island Rec a check for $5,000—money that has been raised so  Continue Reading

The Grateful Dead

Written on June 18, 2015 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s a note from Robert Walters about an upcoming music festival on the island… Over the July 4th weekend, there will be live music and a local simulcast of the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary performance from Chicago.The core 4 remaining members of the band have adamantly stated this is the last time they will ever play together  Continue Reading

Amateur Radio Field Day

Written on June 18, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

  The San Juan County Amateur Radio Society will participate in the annual American Radio Relay League Field Day event on Saturday June 27th. The public is invited to observe the portable emergency response capabilities of SJC Amateur “HAM” operators communicating with other stations throughout the USA and Canada. Saturday June 27, 11:00 am at the Cattle Point Interpretive Center For  Continue Reading

Hike, Restore, and Explore Patos Island on July 24

Written on June 18, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

Take a trip out to beautiful Patos Island with Friends of the San Juans and the Bureau of Land Management on Friday, July 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patos is full of interesting geology, beautiful beaches, opportunities for native plant and wildlife viewing, along with a working lighthouse. Different activities will be offered,  Continue Reading

Bunko! A Soroptimist Fundraiser

Written on June 18, 2015 at 5:35 am, by

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor presents a Summer Solstice Bunko Party, Friday June 19 at 6:00 PM at the Grange. Bunko is a fast-paced and fun dice game that will keep you whirling through the room and meeting new friends. There will be great snacks, a no-host bar, and a silent auction.  Proceeds benefit our  Continue Reading

June EMT of the Month

Written on June 18, 2015 at 5:34 am, by

Ben Waldron, AA, NREMT was born and raised on San Juan Island, joining San Juan EMS in 2007. He received his Nationally Registered EMT Certificate while performing his duty as a Navy Diver.  After leaving the service, Ben moved back to the Island to raise his family with his wife Michelle. He is a second  Continue Reading

Dance Happy 2015

Written on June 17, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Join Bill & Rita Ament and more than 40 local island performers, children through adults for their 31st annual Dance Happy Extravaganza. Lots of tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, modern jazz, Zumba, creative, pre-ballet, belly dance, Mexican dancing, audience fun, singing, guest artists and lots entertainment. The traditional Dance Happy show is guaranteed to make  Continue Reading

Drive In at the Fairgrounds: Mrs. Doubtfire

Written on June 17, 2015 at 5:48 am, by

After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan Rated: PG-13 When: Friday June 19th at 9:50pm, Parking and Concessions open at 8:30pm. Admission: $5/person; $20/family of 5; ages 5 and under FREE. Please  Continue Reading

Town Seeks Lodging Tax Grant Proposals

Written on June 17, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Town seeks proposals for use of Lodging Tax grant funds to promote 2016 tourism The Town of Friday Harbor’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) is accepting applications for grants to fund tourism promotion. The promotions must be for events and activities specifically intended to draw visitors to the Town in 2016.   Preference will be given  Continue Reading

All Day Kindergarten at FHES?

Written on June 17, 2015 at 5:30 am, by

The staff at Friday Harbor Elementary School is very excited at the prospect of having all-day kindergarten available to San Juan Island children.   Though all-day kindergarten is still uncertain at this point, pending the current state legislative session, staff there wants you to know that if it happens, “We are ready!” What does this mean  Continue Reading

FROG Ferry Performance Survey Results

Written on June 16, 2015 at 2:22 pm, by

The Ferry Riders Opinion Group (FROG) conducted an Online Survey of Washington State Ferry riders in March and April of this year. Riders were asked to give feedback regarding their experience riding ferries during the Winter travel period (December 28, 2014 to March 21, 2015). There was a total of 2,474 interviews and data was weighted by  Continue Reading

Eight Islanders to be Honored for Environmental Stewardship

Written on June 16, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

Eight “Good Steward” awards will be presented at the Orcas Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 20 to islanders and local organizations in recognition of exceptional environmental stewardship. They will be presented at 2 p.m. by the Stewardship Network booths at the Village Green in Eastsound. Each recipient will receive a special “Finee” award—a glazed ceramic  Continue Reading

New Railroad on San Juan Island

Written on June 16, 2015 at 5:45 am, by

The residents of the Life Care Center on Spring Street in Friday Harbor are building a scale model garden railroad. The LC & Pacific RR, operating since August of last year, has approximately 200 feet of track, four engines, passenger and freight cars and the Red Ball Trolley. Under the guidance of Ron Garner and  Continue Reading

Friday Harbor Grand

Written on June 16, 2015 at 5:43 am, by

Friday Harbor has a new B&B. Almost a year in the making (or rather, “remodeling”), Farhad Ghatan has just opened the Friday Harbor Grand and he held a “grand” opening celebration on Sunday complete with musical performances in the parlor. It’s up there at 345 Blair Avenue, next door to the Tooth Ferry.  Check out his website  Continue Reading

Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands

Written on June 16, 2015 at 5:41 am, by

San Juan Island Grange #966 presents a summer evening program on Historic Barns of the San Juan Islands on Wednesday June 24, 2015 at the Grange Hall. The program begins at 7:00 pm, preceded by a potluck at 6:00 pm—all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Join 100 Friends of Old Island Barns architectural historian  Continue Reading

Chosen: Yvonne’s Story

Written on June 16, 2015 at 5:40 am, by

Editor’s note – This post covers material that is not your happy, good news type of stuff that you usually read on the Update. Yvonne’s story is very disturbing, but it illustrates why this upcoming community education event on June 24th at SJCT is so important. More on that at the end of the post… Yvonne’s Story My stepdad  Continue Reading

3rd Saturday Contra Dance

Written on June 16, 2015 at 5:39 am, by

Saturday, June 20 Grange Dance, SJI Grange Hall, 7:30-9:30pm. Seattle contra dance caller Sherry Nevins with Susan Burke on fiddle and Jay Finkelstein on guitar. No partners or experience needed. $10 donation. For more info, call 378-3836, or check out the Facebook page.

SJI Fire Rescue Helps Out

Written on June 15, 2015 at 1:35 pm, by

San Juan Island Fire Rescue has sent it’s brand new Brush 332 engine to assist the Getchell Fire Department’s Brush 68 and others to help suppress the wildlands fire raging near Brewster, Washington known as the Cold Springs Fire. The fire started the morning of June 13 and our firefighters and fire truck left to assist on  Continue Reading

Josephine “Jo” Lewis Feldbush

Written on June 15, 2015 at 1:34 pm, by

Jo gave the Lord a big “Howdy Do” on Sunday, June 7, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones at her home in Friday Harbor. She was born on December 8, 1932 in Toledo, Ohio; the eldest of four daughters born to Elwood and Pauline Lewis. Jo retired as the Office Manager at Deft, Inc. In  Continue Reading

$189,500 in College Scholarships

Written on June 15, 2015 at 5:59 am, by

San Juan Island Community Foundation Awards $189,500 in College Scholarships for 2015/2016 Sixteen graduating seniors from Friday Harbor High School’s Class of 2015 were awarded scholarships for the 2015/2016 academic year from three different funds held at the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The Inskeep Legacy Scholarship Fund was established by a generous donation made  Continue Reading

Salish Sea – Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Written on June 15, 2015 at 5:50 am, by

On Wednesday, June 24, beginning with a reception at 5:30 p.m., Joseph K. Gaydos will be featured at The Whale Museum for an “Author Talk.” Joe will also be available that evening to sign copies of his new book The Salish Sea – Jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Written by authors Joseph Gaydos and Audrey  Continue Reading