Topic: Letters

Kate Schuman in the Middle

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

Kate Schuman writes to share this good news of hers… Dear San Juan Update, I have some fun news to share. I entered my song “That’s Me in the Middle” in the West Valley Country Music Association’s Songwriter Contest and came in first! The WVCMA is in the Phoenix area, so I’m down here enjoying  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on June 21, 2017 at 5:47 am, by

Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students, and Community Members: On Saturday, June 10, I participated in the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2017. They were rising juniors when I started my position two years ago. The accomplishments of these talented young men and women are obvious and highlighted by the number of scholarships that were  Continue Reading

Thank you from PADs

Written on June 6, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

All of us involved in Parkinson’s Alert Dogs (PADs for Parkinson’s) are profoundly grateful for the recent grant from the San Juan Island Community Foundation. The funding was specifically from the San Juan Island Women’s Fund (a pooled Donor Advised Fund), several other Donor Advised Funds, and a private pass-through donation in support of our  Continue Reading

Paideia Says “Thanks”

Written on May 31, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Paideia Classical School’s Board of Directors, staff, students & families would like to thank the San Juan Island Community Foundation for their generous donation to our Scholarship Fund. Paideia is a private school in Friday Harbor offering an excellent classical education for Kindergarten through 8th Grade. These funds go directly towards tuition aid for families  Continue Reading

Name That Mouse

Written on May 29, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Ruth Offen of WaterWorks Gallery is wondering if you have any name ideas for this mouse… This week Randy Hudson, Georgia Gerber’s husband was on the island to install this giant mouse measuring 40 x 20 x 25. He’s quite the looker. I’m thinking she needs a name. Any ideas? Email your suggestions to

Improvements at Spring Street International School

Written on May 25, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Spring Street International School is pleased to explain the many activities recently visible on its grounds. These are all outward expressions of the success of the high-quality programs available to local and off-island families. The school has grown to 100 students, a cap set by its strategic plan to maintain its small, rural community atmosphere.  Continue Reading

Thank You, Chicago!

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

In the SJ Update mailbag we find this letter from Deb Langhans… The arts have always represented a beacon of provocative inspiration… This gift was instantly accessible in the razzle dazzle production of “Chicago” I beheld last night at SJCT.  From the opening notes & first display of grinding hips, to the final sexy dance  Continue Reading

Letter about the Horse Barn

Written on April 28, 2017 at 5:42 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today we have this letter from Nancy Ballmann… I am pleased to announce that the work will start on the barn again. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jennifer Allen at the fairgrounds. We will soon be looking for volunteers to help with this project again  Continue Reading

Class of 2034 Photo Op

Written on April 13, 2017 at 10:05 am, by

Katie writes to invite your babies to this photo shoot… Hello San Juan Update, I came across this article you ran in 2013 announcing the class photo for the class of 2030, and I was wondering if you would be willing to do the same for our upcoming class of 2034 photo (children born between  Continue Reading

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