Topic: Community

Island Senior: Summer Yoga at the Mullis Center

Written on June 16, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… If you can breathe you can do yoga. So they say and I believe it. One of the most useful things I’ve learned in yoga class is the long, deep, yoga breath. To do it, you fill your lungs  Continue Reading

Letter To The Editor

Written on June 14, 2019 at 5:44 am, by

In light of Diane Ball’s retirement as principal from Friday Harbor Elementary, the Family Umbrella Group wanted to extend a thank you for her contributions to the Family Umbrella Group and this community. Diane was integral in extending our scholarship program to all qualified preschools on this island. Currently we offer scholarships to Children’s House  Continue Reading

Officer Talks Down Suicidal Teen

Written on June 13, 2019 at 7:51 am, by

Just heard this about our island’s own Kevin Holmes. Check it out here on Q13 News… Way to go Kevin!

Kiwanis 4th of July Pig War Picnic

Written on June 12, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

Save the Date! You’re not going to want to miss this year’s Pig War Picnic.  Live Music, Kids Games, Beer Garden and much much more.    If you were there last year, you joined hundreds of island families who brought their kids, friends, and relatives to our one-of-a-kind community picnic.  We are expecting an even  Continue Reading

Family Art Days

Written on June 11, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Time For Summer Fun And Exploring Salish Sea Life For families of all ages-join the fun. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art‘s (SJIMA) Summer Family Art Days begin Saturday June 29th, from noon to 4:00 pm, in the orchard adjacent to the museum at 540 Spring Street. Children and their family members are encouraged  Continue Reading

Learn About Becoming a Foster Parent

Written on June 6, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

San Juan County Needs More Foster Parents – Learn More About Becoming One! Foster care is the temporary placement of children – often due to child abuse or neglect – outside of their own homes and into approved relative care or licensed foster care homes. The goal of foster care is to provide for the  Continue Reading

Improved Water Service Coming to Hillcrest Neighborhood

Written on June 4, 2019 at 5:38 am, by

The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce that it is nearing completion of a project to replace an existing pressure tank system with a new pump station in the Town’s 327 water zone. The residents in the Hillcrest neighborhood and at the Peace Island Hospital should experience improved water pressure and less air  Continue Reading

Governor Inslee Meets with OPALCO to Talk Broadband, Clean Energy and Electric Ferries

Written on June 3, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

On Tuesday, May 28th, leadership from OPALCO and T-Mobile met with Governor Inslee to share the Rock Island Communications broadband success story in support of the Governor’s new statewide broadband office and initiatives. With its robust fiber and LTE foundation in place, OPALCO is excited to help move some of Governor Inslee’s key initiatives forward  Continue Reading

Washington Celebrates Family Reunification in June

Written on June 3, 2019 at 5:42 am, by

Washington has proclaimed June Family Reunification Month, to commemorate parents who have worked hard to successfully reunify their families after significant struggles. On June 4, 2019 at 9:00 a.m., the San Juan County Council will declare June Family Reunification Month in San Juan County. The Washington Legislature declared the family unit a fundamental resource of  Continue Reading

Public Hospital District News

Written on May 29, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

On May 22, 2019, the Board of San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 voted to give $15,000 for the feasibility study looking into long-term care in the county. This money will go to the 501(c)(3) Inter Island Healthcare Foundation, or IIHF, which is serving as the financial agent for the project. We understand  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on May 28, 2019 at 7:32 pm, by

In the mailbag today there is this letter to you from Evan G. Perrollaz, Administrator – The Village at the Harbour… Op-Ed Regarding Long-Term Care Fundraising Efforts It’s easy to forget how fragile life is. About a year ago, I got a call from a gentleman who was in a nursing home up in Bellingham  Continue Reading

Bert Chandler – D-Day Hero

Written on May 27, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

In the San Juan Update mailbag today, we have this very special note from Cheri Hancock… My father, Bert Chandler, is one of the last remaining American D-Day heroes. He was in the first wave of boats to hit Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. (Army, 1st Division AKA the “Big Red One”, 16th Regiment).  Continue Reading

Bellingham Bay Builders

Written on May 24, 2019 at 5:46 am, by

Chary Caren from the SJ Community Home Trust shares this story with you… On the morning of Saturday May 18th, 11 members of the Bellingham Bay Builders, a worker’s co-operative from Bellingham, arrived in Friday Harbor for their annual retreat, a yearly bonding experience, providing 1-1/2 days of work, donating their time, skills and expertise  Continue Reading

Treasure Hounds Needs You

Written on May 23, 2019 at 5:41 am, by

Treasure Hounds is looking for volunteers with retail and customer service experience. Shifts available are 3 hours and 6 hours. If you are interested, please contact Leslie Byron at (360) 317-4311 or (360) 298-9058

Disc Golf Community Project

Written on May 22, 2019 at 11:16 am, by

Soma Andrews and Jaden Jones are part of the community projects class at Friday Harbor High School. Their project is improving the course at the Roche Harbor Disc Golf Course by clearing fairways, filling potholes, and creating a brochure to advertise for the course. As part of the project, hey wrote the following short article  Continue Reading

New Measles Cases in Washington State

Written on May 22, 2019 at 11:15 am, by

Here’s a Civic Alert from the San Juan County News System… Washington State is experiencing a second measles outbreak within five months, with six new cases confirmed in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties since May 9. This is separate from the previous outbreak that happened earlier this year, which was largely contained to the Clark  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Supports Stand Up Men

Written on May 21, 2019 at 9:54 am, by

Friday Harbor Kiwanis presents a check for $500 in support of Stand Up Men’s recent fund-raising campaign. In accepting the award Larry Greene said “Stand Up Men appreciates Friday Harbor Kiwanis’ $500 contribution to support our campaign of raising $45,000 to fully fund SAFE San Juans’ Domestic Violence/Sexual Abuse Prevention and Healthy Relationships programs in  Continue Reading

County Tourism Survey

Written on May 20, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Tourism in the San Juans – A Survey of Residents and Businesses Tourism helps support the San Juan Islands’ economy, but it may also create some challenges. County, state, and federal agencies have been working together to manage visitors and their impacts. Recent studies reported visitors’ opinions toward tourism issues and possible solutions. Many people  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Pancake Breakfast Now Benefits Meals on Wheels and More

Written on May 16, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… With the popular community lunch program at the Mullis Center expanding from two to three days per week, now Monday, Wednesday and Friday, a few other changes have been made as well. Now, the Mullis Center’s monthly Pancake Breakfast  Continue Reading

Annual Grange Arts & Crafts Show

Written on May 16, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Calling all artists, crafters, growers, makers and keepers! Bring your creations to the Grange Hall to display in our Annual Arts & Crafts Show. Friday, June 7th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Professionals and people of all ages are welcome; think a smaller version of the County Fair. We also welcome the written word, and  Continue Reading

Kiwanis Club Donation

Written on May 13, 2019 at 5:51 am, by

The FH Kiwanis Club presented a check for $1,000 to the San Juan Island Family Resource Center at their May 2 meeting. In accepting the donation, Family Resource Center Director Jennifer Armstrong said “The Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center is so grateful for the ongoing support of the Kiwanis Club of Friday Harbor. Our  Continue Reading

Mitchell Point Community is Firewise

Written on May 13, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

Nancy Miller, Mitchell Point Firewise Representative shares this Firewise update with you… May 4, 2019 was Wildfire Community Preparedness Day and the Mitchell Point Firewise Community on San Juan Island received a $500.00 grant from the National Fire Protection Association and State Farm Insurance to help fund their “Chipper Day.” With the funding award and  Continue Reading