Carrie & Juan got married…

Posted April 3, 2009 at 7:59 am by

Juan & Carrie coming down the aisle....

Juan & Carrie coming down the aisle....

You know the song:

Give your­self to love, if love is what you’re after
Open up your hearts to the tears & laughter.…
Give your­self to love…give your­self to love.

That’s what hap­pened when Juan (you know him from the front desk at the Med­ical Cen­ter) and Car­rie (she man­ages the tele-psy­chi­a­try project there) got mar­ried on Valen­tine’s Day — a few tears, a lot of smiles, and a beau­ti­ful day, cap­tured in this slide show by Rain­shad­ow Arts’ Mark Gardner:

Car­rie & Juan Get Married!

Corinne’s heading for Tennessee.…

Posted April 2, 2009 at 9:58 pm by

Corinne Stevens

Corinne Stevens

You’ve heard her here.…now Corinne Stevens is head­ing for Ten­nessee to con­tin­ue her vocal edu­ca­tion. Here’s more, from her note:

I’ll be attend­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee Knoxville’s grad­u­ate appren­tice­ship pro­gram with Knoxville Opera.  I’m very excit­ed to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to per­form in both UT Knoxville’s Opera The­ater pro­duc­tions as well as Knoxville Oper­a’s young artist pro­gram, all while earn­ing my mas­ter’s degree!

I’m sad­dened to leave the Pacif­ic North­west, which I’ve come to call home over the past few years.  It was the first place where I could tru­ly explore the art of opera on a region­al and pro­fes­sion­al lev­el, and I will miss the col­leagues and friends I made there.  But over and above the melan­choly of leav­ing my home­base is an excite­ment for the new chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties that I’m con­fi­dent Knoxville will offer.  From Skid­more Col­lege to Vien­na to Ari­zona to Wash­ing­ton to France and now to Knoxville, I feel that this next step will bring me that much clos­er to accom­plish­ing my dreams.

Corinne’s heading for Tennessee.…

Posted April 2, 2009 at 9:58 pm by

Corinne Stevens

Corinne Stevens

You’ve heard her here.…now Corinne Stevens is head­ing for Ten­nessee to con­tin­ue her vocal edu­ca­tion. Here’s more, from her note:

I’ll be attend­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee Knoxville’s grad­u­ate appren­tice­ship pro­gram with Knoxville Opera.  I’m very excit­ed to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to per­form in both UT Knoxville’s Opera The­ater pro­duc­tions as well as Knoxville Oper­a’s young artist pro­gram, all while earn­ing my mas­ter’s degree!

I’m sad­dened to leave the Pacif­ic North­west, which I’ve come to call home over the past few years.  It was the first place where I could tru­ly explore the art of opera on a region­al and pro­fes­sion­al lev­el, and I will miss the col­leagues and friends I made there.  But over and above the melan­choly of leav­ing my home­base is an excite­ment for the new chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties that I’m con­fi­dent Knoxville will offer.  From Skid­more Col­lege to Vien­na to Ari­zona to Wash­ing­ton to France and now to Knoxville, I feel that this next step will bring me that much clos­er to accom­plish­ing my dreams.

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Posted April 2, 2009 at 9:45 pm by

Some­one’s sit­ting in the shade today because some­one plant­ed a tree a long time ago.
War­ren Buffett

Snow day, kinda.…

Posted April 2, 2009 at 9:44 pm by

Jim & Kathy Cole had a great pic­ture of Wednes­day’s snow dust­ing (or slush­ing) on their fam­i­ly blog…click here to see it!

More stable than the ones in New York.…

Posted April 2, 2009 at 9:43 pm by

When I vis­it­ed with Bob Cole­man from Islanders Bank the oth­er day, I asked him if they were more sta­ble than the folks around the coun­try who have been hav­ing so much trou­ble. He offered me this rather reas­sur­ing assess­ment which address­es banks in the state…check it out.

Nice turnout for John’s opening.…

Posted April 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm by

John Sin­clair said some 150 folks dropped his open­ing of his gallery last week­end — here’s a lit­tle port­fo­lio of pic­tures from the day, in case you missed it. Check it out!

Nice turnout for John’s opening.…

Posted April 2, 2009 at 9:42 pm by

John Sin­clair said some 150 folks dropped his open­ing of his gallery last week­end — here’s a lit­tle port­fo­lio of pic­tures from the day, in case you missed it. Check it out!

Time to sign up for naturalist training.…

Posted April 2, 2009 at 3:21 pm by

Cindy from the Whale Muse­um says the week­end class­es begin on the 25th…here’s more:

Reg­is­tra­tion for the Spring Marine Nat­u­ral­ist Train­ing Pro­gram, pre­sent­ed by The Whale Muse­um, is avail­able now.  The pro­gram’s dates are April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 24.  The object of this pro­gram is to pro­vide a learn­ing expe­ri­ence that assists adult grad­u­ates in becom­ing qual­i­fied region­al­ly as pro­fes­sion­al or vol­un­teer naturalists.

The main focus of the train­ing is the ecol­o­gy, cur­rent sta­tus and con­ser­va­tion of South­ern Res­i­dent killer whales and oth­er local marine species as well as dis­cus­sions about the envi­ron­ments in which they live.

The course includes pre­sen­ta­tions on cetaceans, pin­nipeds, mustelids, inter­tidal inver­te­brates, seabirds, and a vari­ety of oth­er top­ics such as geol­o­gy and marine con­ser­va­tion.  Fac­ul­ty includes Whale Muse­um staff, pro­fes­sion­al nat­u­ral­ists, marine sci­en­tists, and envi­ron­men­tal edu­ca­tors active in the region.  Stu­dents will also par­tic­i­pate in a vari­ety of field trips relat­ing to the top­ics of study.  They will have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to assem­ble a Gray Whale skele­ton at The Whale Muse­um and to prac­tice their nat­u­ral­ist skills on board a tour boat.  Tuition is $375 (includes an orca
adop­tion and a Whale Muse­um mem­ber­ship).  There are no pre­req­ui­sites other
than high school diplo­ma and a sin­cere inter­est to learn.

To take part in this oppor­tu­ni­ty, please con­tact Cindy Hansen, Edu­ca­tion Cura­tor, by email at cindy@whalemuseum.org or by phone at 360–378-4710 ext.23.  Reg­is­tra­tion mate­r­i­al can be down­loaded from the Whale Muse­um web­site at www.whalemuseum.org

Virus shuts down computers all over the island, work continues.….

Posted April 1, 2009 at 8:53 pm by

Who needs a computer, anyway?

Who needs a computer, anyway?

That April Fool’s virus had almost no effect on the island — we are a hardy breed, and we slogged through & got our work­day in, anyway.

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Posted April 1, 2009 at 7:21 pm by

There are no great lim­its to growth because there are no lim­its of human intel­li­gence, imag­i­na­tion, and wonder.
Ronald Rea­gan

Stores & restaurants in town: Something old, something new.…

Posted April 1, 2009 at 7:15 pm by

The bar in Blue Water Bar & Grill opened Monday.

The bar in Blue Water Bar & Grill opened Monday.

The more things change, the more they stay the same… A cou­ple of new places opened in town, and a cou­ple moved.

The Blue Water Bar & Grill (above) opened its doors on Mon­day this week. Locat­ed in the spot where the Front Street Café was locat­ed for a cou­ple of decades, and spread­ing into the old Gourmet Galley/Boardwalk Book­store space, the Blue Water offers good appe­tiz­ers and burg­ers, as well as din­ner choic­es, along with a full ser­vice bar. Drop in & tell ’em hey!

Mean­while, Mi Piace Cof­fee­house (locat­ed at the top of the fer­ry lanes) has turned into the Churchill Cof­fee­house, under new ownership.

Mad­den at Steps has been closed for a cou­ple of months now, and says he’s on track to re-open in his new spot across from Down­rig­ger’s in mid-May. Not as dra­mat­i­cal­ly, Dan Ward says he’s mov­ing San Juan Tran­sit’s main office one door down, as the surf guy next door spreads into his old space.

If you get lost, just give me a call.

The view from the Blue Water Bar & Grill - you can see the ferry come in, the Place Bar & Grill and Discovery Sea Kayaks, and the marina.

The view from the Blue Water Bar & Grill - you can see the ferry come in, the Place Bar & Grill and Discovery Sea Kayaks, and the marina.

Stores & restaurants in town: Something old, something new.…

Posted April 1, 2009 at 7:15 pm by

The bar in Blue Water Bar & Grill opened Monday.

The bar in Blue Water Bar & Grill opened Monday.

The more things change, the more they stay the same… A cou­ple of new places opened in town, and a cou­ple moved.

The Blue Water Bar & Grill (above) opened its doors on Mon­day this week. Locat­ed in the spot where the Front Street Café was locat­ed for a cou­ple of decades, and spread­ing into the old Gourmet Galley/Boardwalk Book­store space, the Blue Water offers good appe­tiz­ers and burg­ers, as well as din­ner choic­es, along with a full ser­vice bar. Drop in & tell ’em hey!

Mean­while, Mi Piace Cof­fee­house (locat­ed at the top of the fer­ry lanes) has turned into the Churchill Cof­fee­house, under new ownership.

Mad­den at Steps has been closed for a cou­ple of months now, and says he’s on track to re-open in his new spot across from Down­rig­ger’s in mid-May. Not as dra­mat­i­cal­ly, Dan Ward says he’s mov­ing San Juan Tran­sit’s main office one door down, as the surf guy next door spreads into his old space.

If you get lost, just give me a call.

The view from the Blue Water Bar & Grill - you can see the ferry come in, the Place Bar & Grill and Discovery Sea Kayaks, and the marina.

The view from the Blue Water Bar & Grill - you can see the ferry come in, the Place Bar & Grill and Discovery Sea Kayaks, and the marina.

Like willpower, only easier.…

Posted April 1, 2009 at 4:03 pm by

Rebecca Barnard

Rebecca Barnard

Here’s a deal my good friend Rebec­ca has put togeth­er that I’ll bet you’ll like:

Rebec­ca Barnard of Fri­day Har­bor will speak at the San Juan Island Library on April 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. Rebec­ca is the inven­tor of Lim­baSlim, a new weight release sys­tem based on the sci­ence of olfac­to­ry mem­o­ry, and is the author of LOSE YOUR THIGHS (and your legs will fall off) — a slight­ly irrev­er­ent look at weight loss and female body image in Amer­i­ca today.

The approx­i­mate­ly 2‑hour work­shop will include read­ings from Rebec­ca­’s book and an option­al free hyp­not­ic med­i­ta­tion ses­sion in which you will learn to love your body and feed it right.

The premise of Lim­baSlim is that by retrain­ing the brain’s crav­ings, the body will auto­mat­i­cal­ly seek its ide­al weight. In the work­shop, Rebec­ca will teach you to release the shack­les attached by ridicu­lous Hol­ly­wood notions of size and shape.

You will also learn how this island woman invent­ed and mar­ket­ed a brand new con­cept in moti­va­tion­al tools based on the sci­ence of olfac­to­ry mem­o­ry. Lim­baSlim uti­lizes the pow­er of olfac­to­ry mem­o­ry to retrain the brain. By com­bin­ing a scent trig­ger with a gen­tle hyp­not­ic med­i­ta­tion, a new olfac­to­ry mem­o­ry is achieved that can be for­ev­er accessed by a sim­ple smell of the same fra­grance. (You can read more about it on LimbaSlim.com.)

Lim­baSlim is for real women, with real curves and real appetites.

As Rebec­ca says, “It’s like willpow­er, only easier.”

Response to the state budget for education.…

Posted April 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm by

Michael Soltman, superintendent of schools

Michael Soltman, superintendent of schools

Ear­li­er this week, the state House & Sen­ate released their bud­gets for the year. Both of them take incred­i­ble whacks into an already crip­pled edu­ca­tion budget.

Among oth­er things, one con­cern is essen­tial­ly set­ting aside reforms made by vot­ers ear­li­er this decade relat­ed to class size. Here’s the response to all this from San Juan Island Schools Super­in­ten­dent Michael Soltman:

Ear­ly Analy­sis of Leg­isla­tive Edu­ca­tion Bud­get Proposals

OSPI Facts about the K‑12 Finan­cial Crisis 
Over the past few days the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate and House have released their respec­tive bud­get pro­pos­als.  Pub­lic schools would fare bet­ter under the House bud­get, how­ev­er, both bud­get pro­pos­als rep­re­sent sig­nif­i­cant pro­gram cuts to the San Juan Island School Dis­trict and all oth­er school dis­tricts in the State.  An analy­sis by the gov­er­nor’s bud­get office indi­cates the House pro­pos­al would cut K‑12 fund­ing by $625 mil­lion, com­pared with an $877 mil­lion reduc­tion in the Sen­ate budget.

The most sig­nif­i­cant pro­posed cuts are tar­get­ed at fund­ing for reduced class size. I‑728 funds, approved by the vot­ers in 2000 for the pur­pos­es of reduc­ing class size, are reduced by 93% in the Sen­ate bud­get pro­pos­al and by 63% in the House pro­pos­al.  In addi­tion, the Sen­ate pro­pos­es elim­i­nat­ing the K‑4 class size enhance­ment.  In the San Juan Island Dis­trict, the pro­pos­als amount to rev­enue reduc­tions for class size in the range of $145,000 (House) to $455,000 (Sen­ate).  Both pro­pos­als do include using some Fed­er­al Stim­u­lus Funds to back­fill a por­tion of the pro­posed cuts in State fund­ing.  “Though the fund­ing pic­ture changes dai­ly, we are still pro­ject­ing and plan­ning for over­all pro­gram reduc­tions of approx­i­mate­ly $1.1 mil­lion over the next two years in our dis­trict,” Super­in­ten­dent Michael Solt­man said. “We have been plan­ning since last August to make nec­es­sary bud­get reduc­tions in ways that min­i­mize the impact on our instruc­tion­al pro­grams to ensure the qual­i­ty of our schools.” Con­tin­ue Reading

Update on Jacque Grone.…

Posted April 1, 2009 at 2:49 pm by

Car­ol Ford reports:

I just got off the phone with Jacque and she sounds won­der­ful!  She is actu­al­ly on her way home and is thrilled about that.  She’s feel­ing a bit sore and is look­ing for­ward to sleep­ing in her own bed but, oth­er­wise, she said she’s doing real­ly well.

She’s got anoth­er small  surgery ahead but for now she’ll just be rest­ing and recov­er­ing here.  It’s great news!  I’ll be gone for the next week but I know that Jacque and Dave have a lot of friends in town who would like to help out –maybe bring­ing some din­ners by would be a good thing to do (my idea, not Jacque’s).  Any­way, things seem to be going well and I fig­ured peo­ple would want to know.

Thanks! Car­ol