Topic: People

Mary Ann Ragsdale 1945 – 2016

Written on October 20, 2016 at 10:15 am, by

Mary Ann Ragsdale of San Juan Island, born November 1, 1945 in Quincy, Massachusetts, died October 18, 2016 at St Joseph’s hospital in Bellingham surrounded by her family. She was in no pain. Mary Ann lived her life like each day was the last. She loved all that came across her path. She married the  Continue Reading

New Propane Business

Written on October 18, 2016 at 5:54 am, by

Donny Galt of Ace Hardware and Jimmie Lawson of Jim’s Heating have partnered together to create a new business offering propane to the islands. Inter Island Propane and Mechanical will be the only locally owned propane business on the island. “With the recent buyout of VanderYacht Propane by AmeriGas (DBA San Juan Propane) we both  Continue Reading

Ron Vincellette 1937-2016

Written on October 15, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Ronald Lee Vincellette died of natural causes in the early morning of Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at his home in Friday Harbor, WA. He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Phyllis, known as “Sam” to friends, and his son Mark, daughter Kim, stepdaughter Lisa and extended family. Ron graduated with a BS  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!


Written on October 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm, by

Just heard some sad news from Marie DiCristina –  Ron Vincellette passed away at his Friday Harbor home Tuesday morning, October 11, 2016. Obituary and more information will follow soon.  Please respect family while they process arrangements.

Chamber Featured Member of the Month

Written on October 11, 2016 at 5:37 am, by

This month’s SJI Chamber of Commerce Featured Member of the Month is San Juan Wireless, Inc. San Juan Wireless began as San Juan Cellular in 1998.  At that time, they were located at the Technology Center and were exclusive AT&T and DirecTV dealers.  Since then, they have moved to the Guard Electric Building on Mullis Street and  Continue Reading

Frightmare at the Fairgrounds

Written on October 10, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

Alison Caruso is looking for volunteers to help put on this fun event… Transform a 10,000 square foot space into a haunted walk through in one weeks time… The actual event will be: Friday October 28th 5-10pm (note this will be for ages 10 & up as we will have people scaring people) $10 per  Continue Reading

Sherrie Willows

Written on October 9, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

Sherrie Willows, 75, of Manchester, Washington, passed away Sunday, July 31, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Malvern, Pennsylvania on February 4, 1941, she was the daughter of the late Shirley and Richard Stratton of Deland, Florida. Sherrie began her professional career as a Registered Nurse and worked in hospitals and clinics before  Continue Reading

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

Aging with Confidence

Written on October 7, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

Two San Juan Islanders Featured in Seattle-Based Magazine Congratulations to Mark Gardner and Stephanie Prima. Their work is featured in the Fall 2016 edition of 3rd Act Magazine™: Aging with Confidence. Stephanie’s article on her mother’s Italian bread legacy will have your mouth watering, and Mark’s photography brings the kitchen bread-making session to life –  Continue Reading

Leadership San Juan Islands Seeks Cohort XIII

Written on October 5, 2016 at 5:55 am, by

2017 marks the 13th year of the Leadership San Juan Islands (LSJI) program, a local leadership training course that helps introduce islanders to the interconnecting “systems” that make up daily life throughout the county. During the sessions, participants meet with current leaders and professionals, discuss and interact over local issues, visit key locations throughout the  Continue Reading

A Women’s Study Club Play or Halloween Fun?

Written on October 5, 2016 at 5:48 am, by

Shaun Hubbard shares October’s monthly column from the SJ Historical Society… This photograph is labeled simply “Bill Rosler and friend dressed in women’s clothing.” That much we know, and the rest could use a little more explanation. The photograph is undated. It is known that Bill Rosler (1878-1968) is the man on the left. It  Continue Reading

Business for Sale

Written on October 5, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Right of Way Driving School is for sale. Owner Sam Leigh says it’s time for the school to “take it to the next level”, and that’s not something she is able to do. Sam opened the business in 2011 and has been training young San Juan Island drivers ever since, and has even spent a  Continue Reading

Mary Earns CAPS Education Designation

Written on October 4, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Mary Haselow, Interior Designer and owner of Island Shades , is now one of the select group of professionals nationwide to earn the Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation, identifying her as a Certified Aging in Place Specialist with the skills and knowledge necessary to plan and design home modifications to meet the unique needs of the older population, disabled  Continue Reading

Letter from School Superintendent

Written on October 2, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Greetings Teachers, Staff, Parents, Students and Community Members The fall season is here. School has been in session for a month and we are realizing the district’s new mission: To promote excellence, engaging every student, every day, through superior instruction, high expectations and academic content that is both challenging and individually relevant. I would like  Continue Reading

Welcome Vic’s New Owners

Written on October 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm, by

As promised, here’s a bit more about the new owners at Vic’s Drive-In – Brian Carlson is a former island resident who worked at the courthouse from 2002 to 2007. He has 15 years of experience in the hospitality industry mostly as Resort Manager for a number of different companies. He and Theresa owned a  Continue Reading

Clay Therapy

Written on October 1, 2016 at 5:45 am, by

by Shannon Dean I signed up for a Clay Therapy session with local artist Lauren Jawer at her Belle Terre Ceramics Studio, and before it started I met with her to ask more about it so I could share it with you. I had seen her flyer in town and it seemed like a good  Continue Reading

Beautifying the Town

Written on September 30, 2016 at 9:42 am, by

Deborah Neff shares this note about volunteers doing good things last Saturday… Last Saturday a group of community volunteers participated in United Way San Juan County’s annual Day of Caring in Friday Harbor by helping to beautify the town. The work party pulled weeds at the Mullis Center and the Elementary School, planted trees by  Continue Reading

Seafood Competition Winner

Written on September 30, 2016 at 5:44 am, by

Vinny’s Ristorante has a Sous Chef named Gerren Allen who has a big deal coming up soon. He’s been all over the country in his career with many different food and cooking related achievements under his belt. He was a semi-finalist on Hell’s Kitchen in 2009 (and would have been on the nationally televised competition  Continue Reading

APSFH Volunteers of the Month

Written on September 30, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

The Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor is happy to announce that Jessica Palmer and Gail Mancarti are the Volunteers of The Month for September. Jessica and Gail are frequent visitors to the animal shelter, where they donate many hours of their time helping with laundry, cleaning, pet care and best of all – organization!  Continue Reading

Vic’s Restaurant Changing Owners

Written on September 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm, by

After 17 years of operating Vic’s Drive In Restaurant, owners Kevin Widmayer and Linda Jensen have sold the business. New owners Brian and Theresa Carlson will take over on October 1st. But you can get a chance to meet the new owners and say goodbye to the old owners on Friday September 30 – they  Continue Reading

Our Own SJI CC Thistle Slayers

Written on September 28, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

by Theresa Simendinger On two very hot days of July, Friday the 22nd and Tuesday the 26th, the San Juan Island Conservation Corps (SJICC) climbed up Young Hill to take down the thistle. The first crew of four kids with the CC of Middle School looked like the proverbial David against Goliath but as you  Continue Reading