Topic: People

2016 San Juan Island EMS Award Recipients

Written on March 4, 2017 at 8:52 am, by

San Juan Island EMS held their annual awards banquet January 28th. Pictured left to right the 2016 award recipients are as follows: Humberto Orozco – San Juan County Medical Program Director’s Award & Officer of the Year Margaret Longley – EMT of the Year Kati English – Rookie EMT of the Year Steve Alluise (not  Continue Reading

Merri Ann’s Lifestyle Video Series

Written on March 3, 2017 at 5:39 am, by

Here is another San Juan Island lifestyle video from Merri Ann Simonson.  This one offer tips about the various types of waterfront properties and the benefits and amenities of each type. 

Welcome to Web Street

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:46 pm, by

Another day and 2 more ribbon cutting ceremonies. To celebrate their move to Web Street, both Friday Harbor Pet Supplies and Meat Machine Cycles cut ribbons with the Chamber and the Town on Thursday, March 2nd. Their new location at 22 Web Street, is the building where San Juan Interiors was located before their move  Continue Reading

Why is Everyone Laughing?

Written on March 2, 2017 at 5:49 am, by

Proud mom Cynthia Burke shares some happy news from her daughter Hanna… Hanna Burke wrote, produced, directed and starred in her show based on Madeline Kahn’s life.  The one hour show is a mixture of stories & songs from Madeline’s life and career and Hanna has been performing the show in New York over the  Continue Reading

New Location for The Hemp Seed

Written on March 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm, by

Wednesday March 1st was the official opening and ribbon cutting for the new location of The Hemp Seed. It’s in the back of the arcade on Spring Street where the Chamber of Commerce used to be – behind the Spring Street Deli and General Store. Originally located in the Surina Business Park this hemp products  Continue Reading

Volunteer of the Month

Written on March 1, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Allison Larson is the Animal Shelter’s Volunteer of the Month for February. Allison and her mom, Jeanine, visit the animal shelter every Monday after school and Allison helps with a wide variety of jobs. Allison has helped weigh and medicate kittens, walked dogs, cleaned litter boxes and cat beds, socialized shy animals, done dishes, laundry  Continue Reading

Annabelle Accepted to Summer Intensive

Written on February 27, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Jeanne Peihl of Salish Sea Ballet shares this good news for one of her students… San Juan Island Ballet Student Accepted to Oregon Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive Anabelle Mountford, an 11 year old Friday Harbor resident, has been accepted to the Oregon Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive. Entrance to the program is competitive and by audition only. Oregon  Continue Reading

A Fond Farewell to Whitney Leschine

Written on February 22, 2017 at 5:40 am, by

Please join us for a Memorial for Whitney Leschine at the Friday Harbor LDS Church, 1013 Lampard Road. February 25th, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

Move into Mindfulness

Written on February 18, 2017 at 9:29 am, by

Hello Islanders! Some of you know my face or name, some of you know me personally. Those who are familiar with my journey to health from cancer often comment on the amazing life transformation that I’ve achieved.  You’ve heard the saying ‘It’s hell getting old.” Well, I don’t buy into that, and you don’t have  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

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

Printonyx: SJI Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on February 15, 2017 at 5:50 am, by

Former elementary music teacher and entrepreneur, Homer Smith, started Printonyx in 1987 as a specialty souvenir shop, printing on a product called ONYX with a copy machine. Printonyx expanded into a copy, print broker and computer repair center under its second owner Ralph Walter. When current owner Kristine Brown, purchased Printonyx in 1994, souvenirs had  Continue Reading

Another Children’s Book About the San Juan Islands

Written on February 14, 2017 at 12:32 pm, by

The Adventures of Hayley Cat, book 3, Hayley Cat Sails the San Juan Islands By Rhonda Banuelos, Illustrated by MaryAnn Holley Want to inspire children to find freindship and adventure? Curious Hayley Cat and his friends will show you how. In the latest release, Hayley Cat is off on another adventure to experience the famous San Juan  Continue Reading

Wiloma Hinds Harrell

Written on February 11, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Wiloma began her life in Crawford, Texas a small farming community west of Waco. She was the youngest child of William Shakelford and Tot “Lot” Hinds. She was named after her aunt Oma and her uncle Will Cooper who played a larger than life role in her development. She often described her humble beginnings by  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

Friday Harbor Chocolates

Written on February 8, 2017 at 3:55 pm, by

Another new business in town and another ribbon cutting ceremony. The Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Friday Harbor are happy to welcome Friday Harbor Chocolates to town on Spring Street where the barber used to be, next door to Pebble. Owners Mark Zipkin and Aylene Geringer (who you may remember as former owners  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

Pam Fry and Jin Shin Jyutsu

Written on February 8, 2017 at 5:44 am, by

Pam Fry enjoys being a detective. She always loved mysteries since she was very young. Her natural curiosity for solving problems and finding their cause and resolution has been a lifetime occupation. It led her into the nursing field 40 years ago and also to a Japanese healing therapy called Jin Shin Jyutsu. As a  Continue Reading

Firefighters Honored for Service in 2016

Written on January 24, 2017 at 5:54 am, by

Firefighter Mark Wagner and Lieutenant Erin Graham received San Juan Island Fire Department’s highest awards Saturday night when the department celebrated the 2016 contributions of its members. The firefighters and support members were honored for their dedicated service at the annual awards banquet, which was held at Downriggers Restaurant. The annual event is presented by the  Continue Reading

Women’s March Friday Harbor

Written on January 21, 2017 at 4:28 pm, by

There was a very large turnout for the Women’s March in Friday Harbor today. Men, women, children, babies and dogs marched in support of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. and hundreds of other similar marches across the country and around the world.  Estimates put the number of participants at 1,500 to 1,800 hundred. Pretty good for  Continue Reading