Topic: People

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

Women’s Fund Member Interview Q & A

Written on September 24, 2016 at 5:38 am, by

Why are you a member of the Women’s Fund? “I like the idea of collectively funding local charities that interest me. It’s easy to belong, there are no meetings, and no expectations outside of a $100 membership fee. Every member, regardless of whether she gives $100 or $1000 gets a vote; one woman, one vote.  Continue Reading

FallAbundance

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

Williamson Elected Chairman of CBW

Written on September 22, 2016 at 9:33 am, by

Brad Williamson, President and CEO of Islanders Bank was elected Chairman of the Board of the Community Bankers of Washington (CBW) during the group’s annual meeting held September 16th in Vancouver WA. Mr. Williamson is President and CEO of Islanders Bank and also serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the San Juan Community Theater and  Continue Reading

The Mullis Center: San Juan Island Seniors Tradition of Volunteering

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:51 am, by

Some of you may remember when island seniors used to gather at the old Grey Top Inn at the fairgrounds. With an active base of volunteer labor and local fundraising efforts, island seniors refurbished the old Home Economics building into what for a number of years provided a home for senior services and senior activities.  Continue Reading

And if You Happen to be on Orcas…

Written on September 19, 2016 at 5:43 am, by

You’re Invited to a very special reading and signing event at Darvill’s on Orcas Island on September 22nd at 6:00pm. Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Association Award Nominee Staff Favorite at Darvill’s , Powell’s & University Bookstores Please join William Stewart Sparrow and Inland Waters Press for a fun filled evening of storytelling and laughs at Darvill’s! This gripping memoir became an instant  Continue Reading

CT Recycling Meeting

Written on September 14, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

In the SJ Update mailbag today, here’s an invitation from Frank Penwell… For those who have showed an interest or concern regarding CT recycling, there is an open meeting scheduled, and anyone can attend. I want to thank all of you for your interest in Community Treasures / CT Recycling. A lot of you have  Continue Reading

Praying Mantis

Written on September 13, 2016 at 5:53 am, by

Local photographer John Miller shares this image he captured this weekend… Tim – My wife, Victoria, called excitedly to me to come the garden and bring my camera. What a surprise to to see the following insect. John PS – for those who are interested: Nikon Df, 105mm manual focus macro, spot meter, f5.6, handheld  Continue Reading

Maria Elisa da Silva Costa

Written on September 12, 2016 at 5:35 am, by

Maria Elisa da Silva Costa was born on May 24, 1937. She died suddenly on July 24, 2016 while visiting her daughter in Brazil. A memorial service will be held at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Friday Harbor on Wednesday, September 14, at 4 pm. Maria grew up in a distinguished Brazilian family (her grandfather,  Continue Reading

Skagit Valley College

New Faculty Members at San Juan Center

Written on September 11, 2016 at 9:40 am, by

Fall Quarter at the San Juan Center of Skagit Valley College begins Monday, September 19th. The San Juan Center is pleased to welcome new faculty member, Jill McCabe Johnson. Jill will be teaching English Composition and writing courses. She is the author of two poetry collections, Diary of the One Swelling Sea, winner of a  Continue Reading

Donations for the children in the Landfill Harmonic

Written on September 9, 2016 at 5:52 am, by

Here’s a note from Larry Soll about a donation site set up regarding the Summer Film from last week… Fellow Film Buffs, Thanks to Bob Stavers, we now have a website that is collecting donations to the children in the Landfill Harmonic Orchestra. For those of you wishing to contribute to this cause, please visit this  Continue Reading

In Remembrance of 9/11

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

Sheila Harley, Public Information Officer of SJI Fire/Rescue shares this announcment… Lest We Forget, the combined Emergency Services, elected officials, and veterans of San Juan Island will hold a short service in memory of all those who responded to the call that went out in New York City , Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania on the  Continue Reading

Memorial Service

Written on September 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm, by

Just heard there will be a memorial service for Sid Clark. It will be held Saturday, September 10th at 10:30 AM at the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, 425 Spring Street.

Nancy DeVaux Retiring

Written on September 3, 2016 at 9:15 am, by

Nancy DeVaux announces her retirement from the San Juan Community Home Trust After 11 years of service as the Executive Director of the San Juan Community Home Trust, Nancy DeVaux has announced that she will retire on June 1, 2017. During her time with the Home Trust, Nancy led the organization through the new construction  Continue Reading

Nicole Harling Cancer Fund

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Just heard that Nikkie Harling is fighting cancer. She’s a 43 year old single mother of 2. You can donate to help them out financially through an account set up for her at Islander’s Bank or through this online GoFundMe Account.

Merri Ann’s SJI Lifestyle Tips

Written on September 1, 2016 at 5:40 am, by

Here’s another video in Merri Ann Simonson’s series of San Juan Islands Lifestyle Tips…

8.8k Run Results

Written on August 28, 2016 at 5:39 am, by

Island Rec has posted complete 8.8k Run results if you want to see them – They are at www.islandrec.org/events Also, in the photo above is 14-year-old overall winner Chauncey Cox (Right, with 2 medals), and 11-year-old Sam Cox, who took second in his age group.

Meet Your Volunteer Firefighter

Written on August 23, 2016 at 5:42 am, by

Joan Byrne was a member of the first combined Town and District Structural Firefighter recruit class held in 2001. She was an active firefighter for ten years until she developed arthritis in her hands and felt that she was a safety hazard to her fellow fighters. So, she came out of the “hot zone” and  Continue Reading