Topic: People

Studio JAMM Grand Opening: There’s a new studio in town

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

Please join us as Studio JAMM celebrates it’s Grand Opening this Saturday, October 5th, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Located at 15 Second Street N. in Friday Harbor. “J.A.M.M.” is to remind us “Just Add Music & Movement”.  The joyful JAMM concept was brought to life this summer by studio owner Cathi Nett. Cathi has  Continue Reading

Jack Picconi 1944 – 2019

Written on October 2, 2019 at 10:01 am, by

Jack Picconi, 75, passed away Sept. 1, 2019, at his home in Friday Harbor, WA. after a year-long battle with cancer. Born Jan 7, 1944 to Jane Antle and Joseph Picconi in Seattle, WA. Jack spent his youth in Fremont, where he was the third generation of his family to call the area home. His  Continue Reading

Food, Planet, Future: A Photographer’s Journey with Robert Dash

Written on September 30, 2019 at 8:29 am, by

With the daily news, climate change becomes more of a climate crisis. In his talk, Robert Dash offers observations on how one part of nature–our food–is connected to climate change. The San Juan Islands Museum of Art (SJIMA) program will be presented at the San Juan Island Grange #966 at 152 First Street N in  Continue Reading

Island Senior: “Grandma’s Garden” Remembering Belle Mullis

Written on September 30, 2019 at 8:13 am, by

Island Senior is a regular column on the San Juan Update written by Peggy Sue McRae… Recently my sister Betty unearthed a piece of applique needlework that I made in the 80s called “Grandma’s Garden”. It was my fanciful depiction of our grandmother Belle Mullis working in her garden. As kids growing up in the  Continue Reading

New Little Free Library at Roche

Written on September 27, 2019 at 9:04 am, by

A new Rotary Free Library is now open at Roche Harbor, located near the post office. It was designed and built by Rotarian Paul Mayer and has books gathered by Barb Fagan, Literacy chair.

Beach Habitat Enhancement Project Underway on Shaw

Written on September 26, 2019 at 10:15 am, by

During the recent daytime low tides, Friends of the San Juans and project contractor Zach Crosby of Shaw Island Excavation worked to remove large rock and concrete debris from a stretch of beach on Shaw Island. The project will improve spawning substrate in a year-round forage fish area and compliments similar projects completed in 2017  Continue Reading

Thank You!

Written on September 26, 2019 at 10:14 am, by

Here’s a letter of thanks from the Hospital District… Dear Joyce and Staff, The San Juan County Public Hospital District No. 1 (SJCPHD #1) wants to formally thank all of you for putting our community’s rehabilitation needs first for the many years you have operated Islanders Physical Therapy & Rehab.   San Juan County residents could  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on September 26, 2019 at 10:13 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning there is this letter to the community from Jim and Minnie Knych… Thank you to everyone who has volunteered for the Community Thanksgiving Dinner over the years.  And thank you to all you who have attended to take part in the good will and fellowship of our Community  Continue Reading

130 Years

Written on September 25, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

The Guard Family Celebrates 130 Years on San Juan Island Guard family members and friends, from the island and beyond, gathered on September 14 to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the family’s arrival on San Juan Island in 1889.  Paul and Elizabeth Guard’s descendants — from the 4th to the 8th generations — were represented. Thanks  Continue Reading

Letters

Written on September 25, 2019 at 5:45 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag this morning we find this letter from Amanda Azous… Dear Editor, Since April 2019 I have volunteered to open and close driving access to Mt Grant every Wednesday. My duties include opening the locked gates, traveling along Geraldine Way and driving to the top of Mt Grant. I inspect the  Continue Reading

Ancient Christian Studies

Written on September 24, 2019 at 5:47 am, by

The Friday Harbor Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomes everyone to an afternoon with Dr. C. Wilfred Griggs presentation on Ancient Christian Studies This Seminar is for all interested in learning what the Bible is, and how it came to exist. We will also discuss how the idea of added  Continue Reading

Food For Thought

Written on September 23, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Exhibition: September 27 to December 9, 2019, at the San Juan Island Museum of Art  FOOD FOR THOUGHT Micro Views of Sustenance: Threats and Prospects offers a micro perspective on how one part of nature–our food–is connected to climate change. Using photomontage to create a conversation between everyday foods and microscopic parts of themselves, Orcas  Continue Reading

Domain Design Architects

Written on September 23, 2019 at 5:48 am, by

There was a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new Friday Harbor business last Thursday – Members of the Chamber of Commerce met with Denise Garcia to welcome her new architecture business to the island. In her own words, here’s what her business is all about… At Domain Design Architects, our mission is to help clients  Continue Reading

New Owner for San Juan Healthcare

Written on September 21, 2019 at 2:15 pm, by

Story by Louise Dustrude… Dr. Burk Gossom has found “the right person for the position” in his words and will actually be retiring sometime after the first of the year. He and Will House, M.D., have “a gentleman’s agreement” for transfer of San Juan Healthcare and will be working out details of transfer of license,  Continue Reading

Class of ’69 Reunion

Written on September 20, 2019 at 7:56 am, by

San Juan Update reader Jan shares this fun announcement with you… The FHHS Class of ‘69 held their 50-year reunion at Mike & Beth Wilks’s home on Saturday the 14th. Out of our graduating class of 20, 13 attended. Twelve in the class started in kindergarten together.

Come Walk Bruce’s Path!

Written on September 20, 2019 at 7:49 am, by

Remembrance Event This is a gentle reminder from Francie Hansen for a remembrance event honoring her husband Bruce, who passed away on July 5. He would want everyone to: Honor your commitments; Pay your bills on time; Practice random acts of kindness*; and Remember what Thumper Rabbit’s mother said, “If you can’t say something nice,  Continue Reading

Marie Prabha Hart June 7, 1943 – Aug. 29, 2019

Written on September 19, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

A Great Life – Celebrating Dance, Music, and Yoga! On Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, Marie Prabha Hart of San Juan Island Passed away in Bellingham, Washington. Marie is survived by her son Ivan Reiff and his wife Jackie, grandson Brendan, and sister Evelyn Long. Born in Philadelphia in 1943, Marie took up ballet at an  Continue Reading

Letter from the Superintendent

Written on September 17, 2019 at 8:34 am, by

Dear Wonderful Community Members, What a wonderful start of the school year! The schools were immaculately clean, the teachers created warm and inviting learning environments, and all administrative staff worked hard to ensure that all was organized and moving smoothly. We are happy to be fully back in action, serving our treasured students and the  Continue Reading

Joe Gaydos to Receive Film Festival’s Local Hero Award

Written on September 16, 2019 at 5:49 am, by

Friday Harbor Film Festival is delighted to announce that Joe Gaydos will be the honored recipient of the 2019 Local Hero Award for his work as a Senior Wildlife Veterinarian and Science Director for the SeaDoc Society. The Local Hero Award is presented each year to a present or former resident of the San Juan  Continue Reading

APS-FH Volunteer of the Month

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

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor has announced Jeannetta Noland as the Volunteer of the Month for September, 2019. Jeannetta started volunteering at the animal shelter in 2016 and has been a loyal and regular volunteer.  Jeannetta can always be counted on to cuddle cats. The staff and board of directors of APS-FH extend  Continue Reading

Elizabeth Jean Bell  1968 – 2019

Written on September 16, 2019 at 5:43 am, by

Elizabeth Jean Bell, of Friday Harbor, Washington, unexpectedly passed away September 8, 2019 at the age of 51. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Ralph and Elizabeth Smith of Los Altos, California, and John and Jean Bell of Friday Harbor, Washington. Elizabeth is survived by her parents, Jack and Sherry Bell, her sister  Continue Reading

Carol Whalen Beats Meningitis. Thank You, Community!

Written on September 9, 2019 at 5:30 am, by

We hear some good news from Bristol & Desi Whalen… Hello everyone, This is the post our family has prayed we’d be able to write since Tuesday, July 9, 2019 — an unbelievable 62 days ago. Our beautiful Rockstar Mom BEAT MENINGITIS AND IS COMING HOME!!! We are bringing her unparalleled smile and gorgeous spirit  Continue Reading