Topic: Letters

SJIFRC Says Thanks!

Written on April 10, 2017 at 5:19 am, by

Here at the San Juan Island Family Resource Center (SJIFRC), our mission is to assist people in our community to achieve their highest potential by providing access to essential resources and programs that promote health, well-being and stability.  We’re fortunate to have a warm, inviting building, gracious clients from all walks of life and an experienced,  Continue Reading

Round Towner

Written on April 4, 2017 at 5:24 am, by

Here’s a letter from Curt VanHyning in the mailbag today… Dear Editor, Can you imagine being unable to get to your medical appointments, pharmacy, grocery store or community events? Neither can we so in 2013 we formed the non-profit shuttle service RoundTowner to serve low-income seniors, elderly and disabled rural residents of our county. At  Continue Reading

Letter From Dr. Diaz

Written on March 6, 2017 at 5:46 am, by

School District Superintendent Dr. Danna Diaz shares this letter to the community… Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members: When I was searching for a way to begin writing this letter, I was wondering why is it still cold today. I wore my hat, gloves and used my space heater at work. I was  Continue Reading

Letter from Lake Kennedy McCulloch

Written on February 26, 2017 at 4:30 pm, by

This just in, from the SJ Update mailbag… Lake Kennedy McCulloch, CPAs PS sent emails to our individual tax return clients on Wednesday this week, notifying them that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach. We learned from the IRS that some of the 2016 tax returns we electronically filed were  Continue Reading

Letter from Michelle Loftus

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:25 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Michelle… SJPHD takes money from Charitable Fund to give to Planned Parenthood. San Juan Public Hospital District Commissioners have decided to amend the contract with Peace Health to remove money from the charitable fund used to help people in our community who can’t afford their  Continue Reading

Letter from Sandra Frinell

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:22 am, by

And Sandra has a comment as well… The hospital board should not give $50,000 to Planned Parenthood.  There are many more noble ways to help our community with those funds. Sandra Frinell

Vote for Adriena!

Written on February 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm, by

Here’s a letter from Maude at the School District… Please help support one of our High School students in her journey to get to college! Adriena Pew is currently one of ten finalists in the “Make College Happen Challenge” which will award a $15,000 scholarship to the winner. Click on the link below and vote  Continue Reading

Laurie Orton Responds to Rob Simpson

Written on February 17, 2017 at 11:59 am, by

Laurie Orton, Director of the San Juan Island Library responds to a letter from Rob Simpson… Dear Editor: I am writing in response to a recent letter by Rob Simpson concerning the cancellation of the Conscientious Projector series which has periodically been a sponsored program at the San Juan Island Library. His letter conveyed a  Continue Reading

Affordable Housing on the Rocks

Written on February 17, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Steve Ulvi, Community Home Trust Board Member… Sometimes the most complex and fretful issues troubling our bucolic islands need grounding in reality. The over-heated critical area protection issues were keenly distilled down to “you have to be more careful with an island”. In the societal  Continue Reading

Letter from Rob Simpson

Written on February 10, 2017 at 5:30 am, by

In the SJ Update Mailbag today we have this letter from Rob Simpson… A few days after our first screening of a new and challenging documentary series called DEEP SPACE, I was informed that “public reaction” was so negative that the formerly enthusiastic plan to screen the entire series over the coming months is immediately cancelled. Evidently, for some  Continue Reading

Miracle Swimming for Susan

Written on February 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this afternoon we find this letter from Amy Wynn… For a mighty long time Susan Williamson has been the go-to person for teaching children how to swim. She’s coached youth through their sailing float tests, gently nudged reluctant youngsters into loving the water, encouraged our swim team kids, and reached out to bring swimming  Continue Reading

Anonymous Says “Thanks”

Written on January 26, 2017 at 5:53 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have a thank you letter from someone who wishes to remain anonymous… An interesting thing happened to me when I was at the bank the yesterday. My transaction was interrupted in the middle of the process, so I decided leave and complete it after I did a few errands.  Continue Reading

Welcome Daniel Schwartz

Written on December 22, 2016 at 9:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag we have this announcement from Loren DeShon at Westwind… Westwind Aviation adds new San Juan resident to staff Westwind is pleased to announce that Daniel Schwartz has joined our staff. Dan and his wife Kathy recently moved to San Juan Island from the Seattle area where he was a flight  Continue Reading

Give to a Neighbor in Need

Written on December 13, 2016 at 5:47 am, by

Here’s a request from Aaron… A New Computer to Finish My Book Hello, My name is Aaron D’Errico. I’m a Stan Lee Foundation Artist, indie comic book writer, Ability Advocate and fan of Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee, working to live up to Stan’s encouraging words and altruistic actions after taking a writing workshop from  Continue Reading

Re-Live Thanksgiving Here

Written on December 9, 2016 at 9:17 am, by

Hello Community Thanksgiving volunteers! Thank you again for your hard work this year.   Professional photographer, Russell Illig, took some fantastic photos of the 18th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner.   If you want to reminisce with a slide show of this Thanksgiving Past, go to the Community Thanksgiving Dinner web page where a slide show is ready for you  Continue Reading

Sam’s Books

Written on December 2, 2016 at 5:46 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag this morning, Emily Geyman shares this with you… Sam R. Buck II, who recently passed away, lived almost all of his 89 years on San Juan Island and wrote a trilogy of books which give a unique perspective of life in the islands from the 1920s to today. The Bucks Stopped  Continue Reading

Great Veteran’s Day Ceremonies

Written on November 16, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today, it’s Ron Di Cristina with good things to say about Veteran’s Day Ceremonies at FHHS and FHES…  A sincere congratulatory note of appreciation is in order for “Jobs Well Done!” Friday Harbor High & Elementary School students, staff, parents and friends all participated in wonderful pre-Veteran’s Day Ceremonies last  Continue Reading

Haida Gwaii

Written on November 14, 2016 at 9:05 am, by

Here’s a note from Lynn Danaher over at the Friday Harbor Film Festival after their successful event last weekend… Free Special Screening Due to popular demand, we will be hosting a special screening of Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World at Mike’s Cafe and Wine Bar on Tuesday November 15th at 7:00pm. The  Continue Reading

Bill Watson Says Thanks…

Written on November 9, 2016 at 2:33 pm, by

From the SJ Update mailbag today… Dear Citizens, I want to thank all of the people who gave me encouragement and support during my campaign for San Juan County Council District 1. I consider myself fortunate to have had an opportunity to meet with and talk with so many fellow citizens of San Juan County  Continue Reading

From the Mailbag

Written on October 13, 2016 at 5:41 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag, Nancy Ballman writes… I would like to thank islanders bank and Alexandra Sherlock for setting up the table for the new barn at the fairgrounds. I am so happy with the pledges we got and thank everyone who pledged. Every penny counts!

Letter from Frank Penwell

Written on October 9, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

From the SJ Update mailbag… Dear Editor, Many of you know that I am passionate about recycling and the need for siting of Essential Public Facilities.  I can attest to the fact that over the last 4 years, Bob Jarman has been the only Council member to agree to meet with me on these two issues,  Continue Reading


Written on September 23, 2016 at 9:27 am, by

Vonnie Harold shares this letter about the fun time the garden club had at the plant sale at the aboretum in Seattle… Plant sale at the UW Botanic Gardens Although an Arboretum Society was started in Seattle in 1930, it really began in 1935, when the Park Board of the City of Seattle and the  Continue Reading