Linda Pollard is the Animal Protection Society’s volunteer of the month

Posted May 14, 2022 at 6:32 pm by

APS-FH shares some kind words about their vol­un­teer of the month.

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Society—Friday Har­bor is pleased to announce Lin­da Pol­lard as its vol­un­teer of the month for May.

Lin­da came to vol­un­teer at the APS-FH Trea­sure Hounds store in Novem­ber 2021, soon after relo­cat­ing to Fri­day Har­bor. Trea­sure Hounds is APS-FH’s upscale-resale home decor and fur­ni­ture store. All items for sale in the store are donat­ed and the store is staffed by vol­un­teers. Trea­sure Hounds is sig­nif­i­cant to APS-FH as 100 per­cent of its sales sup­port near­ly 20 per­cent of the over­all oper­at­ing expens­es of APS-FH.

Lin­da learned about Trea­sure Hounds from her uncle, a long-time res­i­dent of San Juan Island and friend to APS-FH. After fur­nish­ing her new home in Fri­day Har­bor with many items from the store, Lin­da decid­ed to join the Trea­sure Hounds team of vol­un­teers, work­ing at the store each Fri­day as a cashier and pro­vid­ing cus­tomer service.

Quick­ly rec­og­niz­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty to add more val­ue, Lin­da offered to take on the role of Trea­sure Hounds’ vol­un­teer coor­di­na­tor, pro­vid­ing vol­un­teer ori­en­ta­tion and train­ing and coor­di­nat­ing the vol­un­teer sched­ule. Lin­da offers encour­age­ment and sup­port to vol­un­teers, mak­ing sure their expe­ri­ence is a pos­i­tive one. Since tak­ing on this role, Lin­da has helped to recruit and train five new vol­un­teers for the store. We thank Lin­da for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence for APS-FH, the ani­mals, and the vol­un­teer team at Trea­sure Hounds. We are so for­tu­nate to have her involvement.

If you are inter­est­ed in join­ing an excel­lent team of vol­un­teers work­ing togeth­er in a fun envi­ron­ment, vis­it our web­site and fill out a vol­un­teer application.

San Juan Island Garden Club celebrates 75 years

Posted May 14, 2022 at 4:23 pm by

The Gar­den Club sends along an update about their activ­i­ties and their 75-year anniversary.

The San Juan Island Gar­den Club was estab­lished in 1947 – 75 years ago – to pro­mote beau­ty and gar­den­ing inter­est in the islands.

Over the decades the Club has cared for the Eng­lish Gar­den at Eng­lish Camp, bought and installed the plants at the Cir­cle Gar­den, and fur­nished the land­scape plants at the island’s first med­ical cen­ter. Recent­ly they donat­ed 400 daf­fodils to the new ani­mal shel­ter. Every year since 1982 the Club has mon­e­tar­i­ly sup­port­ed the pur­chase and main­te­nance of the hang­ing bas­kets which fes­toon the Fri­day Har­bor down­town area dur­ing the summer.

The month­ly meet­ings are the first Tues­day of the month at 1 p.m. at the Mullis Cen­ter, Sep­tem­ber through Decem­ber and Feb­ru­ary through June. Cof­fee, tea and vis­it­ing time pre­cede the get-down-to-busi­ness meet­ing, fol­lowed by speak­ers on hor­ti­cul­tur­al top­ics. Zoom meet­ings have kept the mem­bers con­nect­ed dur­ing the past cou­ple of years. Con­tin­ue Reading

EDC offering free home care aide training

Posted May 14, 2022 at 12:13 pm by

The EDC shares an update about one of their career train­ing programs.

Those seek­ing to enter health care careers, obtain side income while help­ing their neigh­bors, or boost per­son­al care busi­ness are invit­ed to get free home care aide train­ing through a pro­gram offered by the Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil in part­ner­ship with Cor­ner­stone Health­care Train­ing. Stu­dents will receive free train­ing, finan­cial sup­port for costs of test­ing, and coun­sel­ing to fit home care aide cer­ti­fi­ca­tion into a plan for finan­cial success.

Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion can help peo­ple gain finan­cial sta­bil­i­ty. Work­ers wish­ing to enter oth­er health­care careers – such as nurs­ing or even man­age­ment posi­tions – can work as a home care aide to start up the career lad­der and earn income at the same time. Those work­ing part-time, sea­son­al­ly, or free­lance could gain income sta­bil­i­ty and flex­i­bil­i­ty. Those who are doing oth­er types of per­son­al care ser­vices already can earn more income by offer­ing new ser­vices or by fill­ing gaps between pri­vate clients.

To learn more, con­tact the EDC at or vis­it the EDC web­site. Appli­cants must be San Juan Coun­ty res­i­dents who are 18 years of age or older.

Island Jobs: On Sacred Ground is hiring a Volunteer Coordinator

Posted May 14, 2022 at 10:39 am by

On Sacred Ground is look­ing for a part-time, con­tract­ed Vol­un­teer Coor­di­na­tor for its island mar­ble but­ter­fly pro­grams. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

Notes from the Island — May 14

Posted May 14, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Fri­day Har­bor High School base­ball punched their tick­et to the state tour­na­ment in dra­mat­ic fash­ion on Fri­day after­noon. Gra­ham Lear­ing drove home the win­ning run on a two-strike, two-out sin­gle in the bot­tom of the sev­enth and final inning to score pinch run­ner Geof­frey Volk from sec­ond base and knock off Coupeville High School 3–2 at a neu­tral-site game in LaConner.
  • We all knew it, but the num­bers prove it — tourism com­plete­ly rebound­ed last year, with San Juan Coun­ty wel­com­ing 990,000 vis­i­tors in 2021 accord­ing to data com­piled by Tourism Eco­nom­ics. That’s a 33 per­cent increase over 2020 and iden­ti­cal to 2019. Those vis­i­tors are esti­mat­ed to have spent $267.3 mil­lion on lodg­ing, food, bev­er­age, recre­ation, retail pur­chas­es, and trans­porta­tion with­in the coun­ty last year.
  • Here’s today’s farm­ers mar­ket line­up.
  • The spring flea and craft mar­ket takes place today at the Fair­grounds from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Bak­ery San Juan will be closed the week after next — May 23 through May 30.
  • There’s a wom­en’s pick-up soc­cer game at Linde on Sun­day at 2 p.m. Begin­ners are welcome.
  • Tom­my Dale & the Dan­ger­fields are putting on a free street dance to ben­e­fit the fire relief fund on Sun­day from 2 to 4 p.m. at Brickworks.

Have some­thing to share with the Island? Whether the news is big or small, let us know!

Looking under the ferry landing

Posted May 13, 2022 at 10:36 pm by

Island Jobs: Town of Friday Harbor seeks refuse collection help

Posted May 13, 2022 at 8:40 pm by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor has an imme­di­ate open­ing for an entry-lev­el refuse col­lec­tion and sup­port posi­tion with ben­e­fits. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

EDC partners with Seafarers Worldwide Career Training to offer maritime career workshop in Anacortes

Posted May 13, 2022 at 8:23 pm by

The Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil sends along news about an upcom­ing mar­itime career train­ing opportunity.

In an effort to address the nation­wide demand for a skilled mar­itime work­force, Sea­far­ers World­wide Career Train­ing is part­ner­ing with the Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Alliance of Skag­it Coun­ty (EDASC) and the EDC of San Juan Coun­ty to offer a one-day mar­itime career work­shop on Sat­ur­day, June 4.

This work­shop is open to par­tic­i­pants age 18 or old­er who are inter­est­ed in explor­ing a career in the mar­itime indus­try. Par­tic­i­pants will learn about the career path­ways avail­able local­ly, the steps to obtain­ing the nec­es­sary cre­den­tials to begin a mar­itime career, as well as hands-on expe­ri­ence with basic sea skills such as tying knots, prac­tic­ing with sur­vival gear, and on-the-water activities.

Cur­rent­ly there is a high demand for skilled work­ers to join fer­ry crews, tug and barge, con­tain­er ships, and many more seago­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. The pur­pose of this pro­gram is to help fos­ter a thriv­ing mar­itime work­force and to encour­age local work­ers to pur­sue lucra­tive careers in the mar­itime indus­try. Wages in the mar­itime indus­try are often well above the state medi­an wage, and there are many path­ways for career advance­ment and upward mobility.

Par­tic­i­pants of the work­shop will also receive coach­ing assis­tance for their Ordi­nary Sea­man Mer­chant Mariner Cre­den­tial (MMC) appli­ca­tion. This process can be lengthy, com­plex, and is typ­i­cal­ly required to obtain a posi­tion aboard a ves­sel. The goal is to min­i­mize bar­ri­ers and offer sup­port to those begin­ning a new career or look­ing to advance their career on the water.

To reg­is­ter, please vis­it or con­tact for more infor­ma­tion. There is a $100 fee to reg­is­ter for this work­shop and lunch is pro­vid­ed. Space is lim­it­ed and like­ly to fill up quickly.