Topic: Health & Wellness

SJIFD Banquet and Awards

Written on January 25, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

The San Juan Island Fire Department celebrated another year of service at their annual banquet at Downriggers, Saturday, January 20. As part of the festivities, Chief Brad Creesy presented many members with awards and recognition for their dedication to the department.  Among the awards (left to right in picture): Assistant Chief Noel Monin for 20  Continue Reading

Overnight Tsunami Watch…And Wait

Written on January 24, 2018 at 5:53 am, by

This article was shared by Dave Holloran of the SJC Department of Emergency Management… If you are like me, you woke up in the early morning hours yesterday to a phone call, text or other notification of a potential tsunami stemming from the 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska. A flurry of activity  Continue Reading

Candidate Filing Week for Proposed Orcas Island Hospital District

Written on January 23, 2018 at 5:43 am, by

The San Juan County Council has approved, based on petitions submitted last summer, a proposition for the formation of a public hospital district on Orcas Island. The question of formation will go to the voters of Orcas Island in the April 24, 2018, election. Also on the ballot will be the election of five commissioners  Continue Reading

January EMT of the Month – Kyle Davies

Written on January 22, 2018 at 5:46 am, by

Kyle Davies began with San Juan Island EMS in Fall of 1999, first training as a volunteer EMT. In 2011, he left a full-time position with San Juan Island Fire and Rescue to expand his emergency service knowledge and skills in an opportunity with Seattle Medic One to train as a Paramedic. Since completion of  Continue Reading

Fish Tacos Are Back!

Written on January 19, 2018 at 9:01 am, by

Don’t forget – this is today! Fish for Teeth is pleased to announce we will be making fish tacos on Friday, January 19, at Friday Harbor Ace Hardware, starting at 11:00 a.m. Tacos will be available for a $7.00 donation. All proceeds go to fund the Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van, which comes to  Continue Reading

Healthy Desk Workshop

Written on January 19, 2018 at 5:47 am, by

EDC offers free Healthy Desk workshop Working an office job can be hard on healthy bodies; learn how business owners and employees can use “Healthy Desk” techniques to improve comfort – and even productivity – in an office setting.  Join the EDC to learn more about methods to help keep office workers more comfortable working  Continue Reading

Rock Solid in DC

Written on January 18, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Rock Solid Youth presents at National Leadership Forum in DC The San Juan Island Prevention Coalition is excited to share that Zach Fincher will be presenting at CADCA’s 28th National Leadership Forum, the nation’s premier and largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers, and SAMHSA’s 14th Prevention Day. Held Feb. 5-8,  Continue Reading

New Adult Fitness Programs

Written on January 17, 2018 at 5:48 am, by

Island Rec has 2 new programs this winter… Beginner Yoga Yoga is commonly recognized as a tool for stress relief, metabolic stimulation, mental clarity and joint mobility. Many recent medical studies have shown that practicing yoga also improves immune health and boosts brain function. Join us for a fun and rejuvenating morning practice! Two, 2-month session  Continue Reading

Flu Activity Increasing In Our Region

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Flu activity and hospital visits for flu-like symptoms are rapidly increasing in Washington. “While flu cases are on the rise in San Juan County, we are not currently seeing the levels reported in the state and region,” says Dr. Frank James, Health Officer for San Juan County. “However, we can reasonably expect our county to  Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s Association Recruiting Volunteers

Written on January 15, 2018 at 5:42 am, by

Make a difference in the life of a family caregiver! The Alzheimer’s Association is currently recruiting local volunteers to facilitate Family Caregiver Support Groups in San Juan County, including Orcas Island and Friday Harbor. Family Caregiver Support Groups provide a consistent and caring place for caregivers to learn, share, and gain emotional support from others  Continue Reading

Yi Renâ Qigong Class at SVC

Written on January 12, 2018 at 11:14 am, by

Islanders looking for an alternative approach to stress reduction and life-long vibrant health will be pleased to hear about the new class at Skagit Valley College (SVC) this Winter 2018 quarter. Randy Martin, SVC Director, is excited to bring in visiting qigong instructor, Jan Weedman, certified by the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine (IQ&IM)  Continue Reading

Island Women’s March

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:50 am, by

Fired Up! Ready to go! Island Women’s March invites all islands to participate in a sidewalk march on January 20th, 2018 in Friday Harbor. We will meet at the Friday Harbor Courthouse on 1st Street, next to the American Legion. Staging time will be at Noon and the march will start at 12:30. The Saturday  Continue Reading

Annual Homeless Count January 25

Written on January 11, 2018 at 5:40 am, by

San Juan County’s 2018 Point in Time Homeless Count will be conducted on Thursday, January 25. Count organizers and volunteers work with local family resource centers, food banks, emergency cold weather shelters, churches, healthcare providers, senior centers, libraries, the sheriff’s office, and many other community support service providers to conduct the count. The count, initiated  Continue Reading

Parkinson’s Detection Dogs (PADs) Update

Written on January 8, 2018 at 5:49 am, by

PADs for Parkinson’s of San Juan Island enjoyed a very successful 2017 and would like to acknowledge all who are making this ground-breaking program possible.  We extend our heartfelt thanks to our training volunteers and handlers for our 15 fabulous sniffer dogs; and to the many who provided financial support.  We extend our very deep gratitude  Continue Reading

Island Senior: Drink up! The Importance of Staying Hydrated

Written on December 30, 2017 at 4:37 pm, by

Island Senior is a regular column written by Peggy Sue McRae… “Water, pure water, pure water for me. The drink of the brave, and the wine of the free!” These words are inscribed on a fountain in the village of Beauly in the Scottish Highlands. This is the village my grandparents came from. My dad  Continue Reading

Shelter Opens Tonight

Written on December 19, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

The Severe Weather Shelter will open for the first time on Tuesday, December 19 at approximately 7:00 pm. There will be a volunteer orientation and set-up at 5:30. Anyone interested in learning more about the Shelter and its operation is invited to attend. We currently have volunteers to staff two days, and we are hopeful  Continue Reading

December EMT of the Month

Written on December 18, 2017 at 5:48 am, by

Congratulations to Matthew Wickey the December EMT of the month! Matthew is the newest member of San Juan EMS having just passed his National EMT testing. Along with his interest in medicine, Matt has worked as an outdoor educator and conservation biologist for the past 20 years in a multitude of programs and projects centered  Continue Reading

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

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

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

Master Gardeners Assist Town in Rain Garden Cleanup

Written on December 6, 2017 at 5:52 am, by

Town employees and volunteer WSU Master Gardeners recently completed Phase One of the rejuvenation of the Spring Street rain garden located at the northeast corner of Spring and First Streets. Phase One involved removing 25 five-gallon buckets of silt, removing and cleaning river rock, pulling weeds and unhealthy plants, and cleaning out the catch basin.  Continue Reading