Topic: Community

Participate in Prevention Survey

Written on December 16, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

Cynthia from SJI Prevention Coalition sends this request… Please take a moment (7 – 10 minutes) to complete the 2017 CPWI Community Survey. The December 30 deadline is approaching!  If you have completed the survey, Thank you! If you have circulated the survey, please do so again with a thank you and the ask… To date,  Continue Reading

Lights… Camera… Holidays!!

Written on December 15, 2017 at 5:26 pm, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all that have been instrumental in getting our quaint Town all lit up! The San Juan County Courthouse, the Town snowflakes, Village at the Harbour, Earth Box, the San Juan Brewing Co. and all the businesses are so cheery, festive and inviting! (click any  Continue Reading

New Energy for the New Year!

Written on December 15, 2017 at 5:57 am, by

Here is some information from F.O.L.K.S. on their December 2017 Donor Matching Program… As we gear up towards the Lime Kiln Lighthouse Centennial in 2019, F.O.L.K.S. board members have graciously offered to match $200.00 on everyone’s donations, up to $2,000.00 through Christmas! Please consider FOLKS for your end of year charitable contribution through this maximum  Continue Reading

Board of Health

Written on December 15, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

San Juan County Board of Health – Always Working for a Healthier and Safer San Juan County Many county residents may not be aware of a local Board that continually strives to improve the health of the community. The San Juan County Board of Health has responsibility over all matters pertaining to the preservation of  Continue Reading

Library District Board Position Available

Written on December 14, 2017 at 9:36 am, by

Position Available on the San Juan Island Library District Board The Board of Trustees is seeking candidates to fill a partial-term vacancy on the five-member library board.  The non-paid term of office is from date of appointment to December 31, 2019, and is eligible for reappointment to a five-year term.  Recommendation will be submitted by  Continue Reading

Chamber Awards and Ferry Workers Appreciation Day

Written on December 12, 2017 at 1:55 pm, by

The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce held their annual awards banquet on Monday evening at Brickworks. In addition to the usual awards given out to various island businesses there was also a proclamation given by Mayor Carrie Lacher to the ferry workers for their service to the community. After an especially difficult year with  Continue Reading

New Ambulance for EMS

Written on December 8, 2017 at 5:51 am, by

San Juan Island EMS has just brought home a 2017 gasoline ambulance. You may have seen her making her island rounds gaining new engine miles. This is a huge accomplishment and could not have happened if it were not for a generous donation from long time islander Dodi Gann. A matching gift from the San  Continue Reading

Severe Weather Shelter Update

Written on December 7, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Many volunteers and moving parts are very close to coming together so that it appears possible a Severe Weather Shelter in Friday Harbor may be close at hand. Three things must align in order to activate a shelter at the onset of severe weather: Cold, volunteers, and a site. During the regular meeting of shelter  Continue Reading

Insights from the Summit

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:43 am, by

This article written by Debbi Fincher, SJIPC Media The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition, (SJIPC) helps support youth leadership training opportunities for local teens, with an ask to give back to their community with their new skills. The Washington State Prevention Summit in Yakima draws over 400 youth. Rock Solid, a youth prevention club, was  Continue Reading

Successful Fundraiser at SJCT

Written on December 5, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

There was an outpouring of generosity this past Saturday at San Juan Community Theatre’s annual Holiday Festival fundraiser.  More than $108,000 was raised for the Theatre’s ongoing mission to provide entertainment, volunteer, and educational opportunities.  “We are truly fortunate to have so many people in our community who support the arts,” said SJCT Promotion Director  Continue Reading

Soroptimists Accepting Applications for Educational/Training Awards

Written on December 4, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The Soroptimists of Friday Harbor are currently accepting applications for their “Educational Opportunity” and “Fellowship” awards. Eligible women who are residents of San Juan County are encouraged to apply. The $2,000 Educational Opportunity Award is for a woman in financial need, who is enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate degree or vocational skills program. The  Continue Reading

Nana’s Holiday House

Written on November 30, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Jeanine, Laura & Debbie are excited about the 5th year of Nana’s Holiday House. The location this year is at 275 A Street, next to Market Chef. They will be opening Friday, December 1st through the 23rd of December. Hours are 3-5 after school and 11-5 on weekends. Nana’s Holiday house is a place for  Continue Reading

Flea & Craft Market

Written on November 30, 2017 at 5:38 am, by

Flea & Craft Market at the Fairgrounds this Saturday! The San Juan County Fairgrounds will host its annual Winter Flea and Craft Market this Saturday, December 2nd from 9am until 1pm. Over 35 booths with Holiday gifts, local crafts, vintage finds, and special bargains (it is a Flea Market after all) are sure to entice  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Mullis Center Offers a New Venue For Crafts

Written on November 29, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column written for the SJ Update by Peggy Sue McRae… On the Friday and Saturday before Thanksgiving the Mullis Center held its first ever Holiday Craft Fair. Tables of crafts and goodies lined the large dining room, well lit by the surrounding windows. I spoke with Debbie Haagensen, the center’s  Continue Reading

Home Trust Press Release

Written on November 27, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

The San Juan Community Home Trust held its 16th annual meeting on Thursday, November 16th at the Grange. 50+ people who attended enjoyed hearty dishes, and were updated with the Home Trust’s progress to provide permanently affordable housing by David Gow, Executive Director and Sarah Crosby, president. A special presentation was made by Mallory Hagel  Continue Reading

Library Says Thanks!

Written on November 25, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

Letter to the editor: Here is a big Thank You to the San Juan Island Community Foundation for their support for the Library’s English Language Learning program! Their generous support means that adult immigrants studying English have workbooks in which to write exercises. More important, the grant from the Foundation means that while they are  Continue Reading


Written on November 24, 2017 at 12:17 am, by

Thank you for another wonderful Community Thanksgiving Celebration! We want to give a special thank you to the 100+ volunteers who pitched in to make this wonderful Community Thanksgiving Dinner happen.  Sometimes there were a dozen people in the kitchen mashing potatoes, chopping salad, stirring gravy or washing pots.  Out in the dining room another  Continue Reading

Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale

Written on November 24, 2017 at 12:15 am, by

The Friends of the Library will be holding their annual holiday book sale on Saturday, December 2nd from 10-4 pm. This year the Friends will be selling books for all ages plus many more items that will be great gifts for your holiday shopping. We have wonderful themed silent auction baskets, jewelry, CD’s and DVD’s,  Continue Reading

Small Business Saturday

Written on November 22, 2017 at 8:57 am, by

Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher has proclaimed this Saturday, November 25th, as Small Business Saturday! Share with your friends and family and show some love by participating in the 8th annual Small Business Saturday, a day to support our local businesses that create jobs, boost our economy and preserve similar neighborhoods around the country. The  Continue Reading

New Shopping Spree Record!

Written on November 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm, by

Shahn McGuire did the Lion’s Club King’s Market Shopping Spree on Tuesday afternoon and broke the previous record for dollar value. In only four minutes Shahn was able to fill shopping carts with $1,076.95 worth of groceries. The previous record of roughly $880.00 was held by Rikki Swin who did the shopping spree in 2015.  Continue Reading

Introducing Friday Harbor Hive

Written on November 20, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Interested in a Coworking space in Friday Harbor? Friday Harbor Hive wants to hear from you! Please fill out this extremely short survey at Survey Monkey. Then join us for a Coworking networking evening on Thursday, Nov 30th 5-7pm at Mikes Cafe & Wine Bar. We want to share our ideas and hear yours while  Continue Reading

WPPA Honors Ahrenius

Written on November 19, 2017 at 7:52 am, by

The Washington Public Ports Association awarded Life Membership to Mike Ahrenius at their Annual Meeting in Seattle on November 17th.  The plaque reads: “In Recognition of an Outstanding Contribution to the Programs, Purposes and Objectives of the Washington Public Ports Association LIFE MEMBERSHIP is hereby presented to Mike Ahrenius in appreciation of his service to  Continue Reading