Peter & Leasa are getting hitched.…

Posted March 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm by

Leasa and Peter have a May wedding planned...

Leasa and Peter have a May wedding planned...

Leasa Burch and Peter Wan­goe II will be get­ting mar­ried on Oahu in May of
2009. It will be a small cer­e­mo­ny with fam­i­ly and close friends. A San Juan
Island recep­tion will take place in August of 2009.

Tagged.….

Posted March 22, 2009 at 9:31 pm by

Time of the changing times: More plates from WA

Time of the changing times: More plates from WA

Back in 1995 or so, my boys & I used to play a game on Sat­ur­days dur­ing the sum­mer in which we would walk around town look­ing for out-of-state plates, and write them down on a lit­tle plate. One mem­o­rable day we saw license plates from 40 states & two provinces…there were a lot of peo­ple vis­it­ing from far­away back then.

These days the pro­jec­tion is that more our our vis­i­tors will come from “clos­er to home,” which fol­lows a trend seen since around ’99 or 2000 — more in-staters com­ing to see us. Check the tags around town & see what you see.…

Vols needed for the Children’s Festival…

Posted March 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm by

Jen­nifer Furber says they’re gonna need you to help:

The Children’s Fes­ti­val is com­ing! On Sat­ur­day, May 2 from 10 am to 2 pm, Island Rec will present the 19th annu­al fes­ti­val at the Coun­try Fair­grounds. The theme this year is “Under The Sea.”

The 2009 Children’s Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee is cur­rent­ly look­ing for vol­un­teers to help make this the best fes­ti­val yet. No spe­cial skills are need­ed; just a lit­tle time along with a fun atti­tude will help make this year’s event a true suc­cess. Please, come and lend a hand.

Please, stop by the Island Rec office at 580 Guard Street, call or email Sal­ly Kerr, Island Rec Direc­tor at 378‑4953 or play@islandrec.org . As always, the fes­ti­val is free for chil­dren of all ages. The fes­ti­val is made pos­si­ble year after year through gen­er­ous dona­tions and lov­ing sup­port from island busi­ness­es, vol­un­teers and orga­ni­za­tions.

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.

Vols needed for the Children’s Festival…

Posted March 22, 2009 at 9:19 pm by

Jen­nifer Furber says they’re gonna need you to help:

The Children’s Fes­ti­val is com­ing! On Sat­ur­day, May 2 from 10 am to 2 pm, Island Rec will present the 19th annu­al fes­ti­val at the Coun­try Fair­grounds. The theme this year is “Under The Sea.”

The 2009 Children’s Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee is cur­rent­ly look­ing for vol­un­teers to help make this the best fes­ti­val yet. No spe­cial skills are need­ed; just a lit­tle time along with a fun atti­tude will help make this year’s event a true suc­cess. Please, come and lend a hand.

Please, stop by the Island Rec office at 580 Guard Street, call or email Sal­ly Kerr, Island Rec Direc­tor at 378‑4953 or play@islandrec.org . As always, the fes­ti­val is free for chil­dren of all ages. The fes­ti­val is made pos­si­ble year after year through gen­er­ous dona­tions and lov­ing sup­port from island busi­ness­es, vol­un­teers and orga­ni­za­tions.

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.

Our friend needs help.…

Posted March 22, 2009 at 9:18 pm by

I just got this note from Car­ol Ford about what the Grones are deal­ing with.…look over it & see what you can do:

Hi Ian…
I just spoke to Dave Grone (his kids are recent FHHS grads, Ash­ley and Jason). His wife, Jacque, was flown off-island Fri­day with a brain aneurism and endured an 11 hour surgery at Har­borview Med­ical Cen­ter. Dave said it was one of the most inten­sive brain surg­eries there is.

Jacque works for the sher­if­f’s dept. and was for­mer­ly a long-time employ­ee of Dr. Gos­som at San Juan Health­Care. She is also an enthu­si­as­tic mem­ber of a local soft­ball team in the adult league. Jacque will be in ICU for at least two weeks and then an indef­i­nite amount of time in the reg­u­lar hos­pi­tal and even­tu­al­ly in phys­i­cal therapy.

Dave, of course, needs to be down there with Jacque but it is cost­ing him a lot of mon­ey to stay because the hos­pi­tal does not offer acco­mo­da­tions for fam­i­ly. Since there is not real­ly any­thing any­one can do for Dave or Jacque right now, I told him I would spread the word in case there may be some­one in town who has access to an apt. or some oth­er type of lodg­ing where Dave can stay as he helps his wife recover.

If you can help me get the word out, I would real­ly appre­ci­ate it. Right now Jacque’s fam­i­ly has a lot to deal with and find­ing a place for Dave to stay would be a huge load off his shoulders.

Thanks so much, Car­ol Ford

Photo time.…

Posted March 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm by

If you’re a pho­tog­ra­phy nut like me, I’m guess­ing you’ll like the dai­ly con­tri­bu­tions that Tim Dus­trude makes to his dai­ly pho­to blog at
http://timd-365-photos.blogspot.com/ (yes­ter­day was a good one of Mona the Camel, here on the island) and John Lack­ey at
http://www.sanjuanislanddailyphoto.com … check them out!

You’ll like them!

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 pets2homes@centurytel.net  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 chamber@sanjuanisland.org.