Dog needs to be trained? Look no further.…

Posted March 21, 2009 at 11:59 pm by

Toni Franklin stays in touch with what’s hap­pen­ing with dogs on the island.…here’s the latest:

Dog Train­ing Sem­i­nars in Fri­day Harbor!

Last spring the Fri­day Har­bor Ani­mal Shel­ter (APS) was invit­ed to make a pre­sen­ta­tion to Jim McNairy’s Civics class for a $1000 grant to meet the needs of the com­mu­ni­ty and our orga­ni­za­tion.  The funds were pro­vid­ed through the SJI Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion as a way for the class to study non-prof­its and their place in the com­mu­ni­ty. After lis­ten­ing to pre­sen­ta­tions from sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions, our need for obtain­ing train­ing for our dogs was cho­sen and the grant was award­ed to APS.

In order to ben­e­fit Fri­day Harbor’s large com­mu­ni­ty of dog lovers, we decid­ed to bring a series of train­ing sem­i­nars to the island taught by respect­ed region­al trainers.

The sem­i­nars include: “Reac­tive Dog Work­shop” — March 28th, “Dog Sense” – April 11th, and “The Fun and Mag­ic of Click­er Train­ing” – April 25th.

Each sem­i­nar will be 9am-4pm and held at Ani­mal Inn on Boyce Rd in Fri­day Har­bor. Because of the grant, the cost is just $65. If you attend with­out a canine com­pan­ion the cost is $40.  In addi­tion, each sem­i­nar will allow 3 par­tic­i­pants to apply for a reduced fee of $35 in exchange for agree­ing to become a shel­ter dog pal.  Call the shel­ter @ 378‑2158 or email  for more infor­ma­tion and a pack­et to sign up for the seminars.

See you there!

Adopt a tree well…now!

Posted March 21, 2009 at 11:49 pm by

This tree well could be yours....

This tree well could be yours.…

The Cham­ber’s Deb­bie Pig­man tells me this is part of what makes our Town so beautiful:

Cham­ber of Com­merce Adopt a Tree Well Pro­gram Con­tin­ues in 2009. 

The Cham­ber of Com­merce Down­town Forum, as part of its beau­ti­fi­ca­tion plan, ini­ti­at­ed a pro­gram in 2008 where busi­ness­es, orga­ni­za­tions or indi­vid­u­als could “adopt” the ground around the trees along the side­walks in Fri­day Har­bor by plant­i­ng flow­ers and car­ing for them.

Eight of the tree wells along Spring Street were adopt­ed and pro­vid­ed beau­ti­ful green, red, white and blue col­or until the first heavy frost.
The pro­gram will con­tin­ue in 2009 with the goal of hav­ing twice as many tree wells adopt­ed, espe­cial­ly since it is the Town’s Cen­ten­ni­al year.

Adopters will pur­chase the plants from the Cham­ber and will be respon­si­ble for plant­i­ng, water­ing, weed­ing and keep­ing the area clean of lit­ter.  If you adopt­ed in 2008 and would like to con­tin­ue car­ing for your area, or, if you would like to adopt for the first time, con­tact Deb­bie Pig­man at  378‑5240 or

Earth Hour is a week away.…

Posted March 21, 2009 at 11:44 pm by

Mayor David Jones reads the Earth Hour proclamation, assisted by Jeanne Hyde.

May­or David Jones reads the Earth Hour procla­ma­tion, assist­ed by Jeanne Hyde.

You heard that next Sat­ur­day is when the world­wide Earth Hour hap­pens, right? It’s local (the Town Coun­cil just affirmed it) and it’s glob­al — here’s more from Jeanne, shown with Fri­day Har­bor May­or David Jones:

Hi Ian,

At the Town Coun­cil meet­ing at noon Thurs­day, March 19th, the Town Coun­cil read a Procla­ma­tion in sup­port of Earth Hour, which is March 28, 2009.

Earth Hour is a world­wide event that takes place from 8:30 to 9:30 pm. at each per­son­’s local time, around the world on Sat­ur­day, March 28th.  It is a VOTE for the Earth — indi­vid­ual actions that are done col­lec­tive­ly can make a huge dif­fer­ence — it’s for us, the salmon, the whales, the eco-sys­tems, our kids and their kids too.

San Juan Coun­ty has already issued a Procla­ma­tion for Earth Hour and Seat­tle has signed up as well as Wash­ing­ton D.C., Chica­go, San Fran­cis­co, Los Ange­les, Atlanta, even Las Vegas and hun­dreds more towns and cities in the U.S. and across the world.

Local­ly, if peo­ple are going to the mid­dle school play on Sat. night the 28th they could turn off their lights at home before going.  Going to oth­er events, such as a par­ty?.… well, maybe the host/hostess will con­sid­er hav­ing the par­ty via can­dle­light, for that hour.  Some peo­ple will get togeth­er to make it fun for the kids — a night time trea­sure hunt, an hour of games by flash­light, or even an hour of talk­ing to one another!

for more com­plete infor­ma­tion please go to

With your wide audi­ence I am hop­ing you will spread the word about Earth Hour because so many peo­ple don’t know about it.  With both the Town and the Coun­ty sup­port­ing Earth Hour, the peo­ple of Fri­day Har­bor and San Juan Coun­ty need to oppor­tu­ni­ty to show their sup­port for the Town and the County!

Thanks, Ian!  Let me know if I need to send you a reminder to put on your site or what I can do (if any­thing) to help you ‘get peo­ple into the know’.

Thank you!
Jeanne Hyde


Posted March 20, 2009 at 11:29 pm by

When I woke up this morn­ing my girl­friend asked me, “Did you sleep good?” I said “No, I made a few mistakes.”
Steven Wright


Posted March 19, 2009 at 11:35 pm by

Banks have a new image. Now you have ‘a friend,’ your friend­ly banker. If the banks are so friend­ly, how come they chain down the pens?
Alan King 

Coming and going at the Community Theatre.…

Posted March 19, 2009 at 11:00 pm by

Steve's aboard now, and happy trails to Don...

Steve’s aboard now, and hap­py trails to Don…

Jan at the The­atre reports:

San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre Open House March 21: The San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre opens its doors to the pub­lic Sat­ur­day, March 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., as staff and friends say “good-bye” to one pro­duc­tion man­ag­er and “wel­come” to the next.

Don Mclaskey had over­seen the tech­ni­cal aspects of every event, orga­nized vol­un­teers, designed light­ing and sets and helped main­tain the facil­i­ties for some three years. He resigned ear­li­er in the year and, after 35 years on the island, will be mov­ing off-island this spring with his wife, Susan.

Steve Jud­son, a 40-year vet­er­an of the­ater pro­duc­tion (includ­ing 18 years with the San Diego Bal­let), joined SJCT in Jan­u­ary after mov­ing back to the island.  He’d lived in Fri­day Har­bor a few years ago and vol­un­teered at the The­atre for sev­er­al pro­duc­tions where staff and oth­er vol­un­teers were impressed with his exper­tise and orga­ni­za­tion. Con­tin­ue Reading

Sewer update.…

Posted March 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm by

Sew­er Project Update: Fidal­go Paving is com­ing to the island to do street restora­tion from March 23–27 for those streets torn up dur­ing the recent sew­er project in Fri­day Har­bor. Paving will begin in the Can­nery Land­ing area along Front Street and up East Street to First, then will con­tin­ue on First Street to West. 

It’s time for the poster contest.…

Posted March 19, 2009 at 9:39 pm by

From our friends at Island Rec:

Poster Con­test for 19th Annu­al Children’s Festival

It’s time THE LAST CHANCE for San Juan island kids to let their imag­i­na­tions run wet and wild with this year’s Children’s Festival’s Theme: UNDER THE SEA.

The 2009 Children’s Festival’s poster con­test lets San Juan Island chil­dren show off their aquat­ic artis­tic and cre­ative skill.

Offi­cial entry forms are avail­able NOW for artists of all ages ready to share their tal­ents in the San Juan Island 19th Annu­al Children’s Fes­ti­val. Win­ning entries will be used to pro­mote the Sat­ur­day, May 2nd fes­ti­val and its 2009 theme: UNDER THE SEA.

Prizes will be award­ed to the top three entries. The first prize is a Whale and Wildlife Tour for four aboard San Juan Island’s 46-foot West­ern Prince II. The sec­ond prize will be a gift cer­tifi­cate to Osito’s, and the third place poster will receive a gift cer­tifi­cate to the Toy Box.

Poster entry sheets are avail­able at Fri­day Har­bor Ele­men­tary School and Island Rec (580 Guard Street). Entries must be sub­mit­ted to either of those loca­tions by Thurs­day, March 26, 2009.
All art­work will become the prop­er­ty of Island Rec and will not be returned.

This year’s com­mit­tee is under­way with prepa­ra­tions for the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 2nd event.  Please, mark your cal­en­dars.  For more infor­ma­tion call Sal­ly at 378‑4953.