San Juan County fair reveals 2022 poster design, asks for your help

Posted April 11, 2022 at 9:36 am by

The Coun­ty Fair shares the design for this year’s pro­mo­tion­al poster, along with a request for help.

It is offi­cial — the San Juan Coun­ty Fair is back, in per­son, August 17–20 at the San Juan Coun­ty Fair­grounds. This year’s theme is “Two Lit­tle Ducks; Quack, Quack!” This theme is instant­ly rec­og­niz­able to any major bin­go play­er and cap­tures the agri­cul­tur­al her­itage of a fair event.

This year’s poster art was cre­at­ed by Ros­alie Howarth of San Juan Island. Rosalie’s inspired design com­bined bin­go, agri­cul­ture and the Fair, cap­tur­ing the essence of this year’s theme.

The San Juan Coun­ty Fair has been held vir­tu­al­ly over the past two years, mak­ing this year full of unique chal­lenges to get back up and run­ning. Staff are work­ing hard to brush off the cob­webs and are remind­ed that the Fair takes a vil­lage to be suc­cess­ful, and it is a cel­e­bra­tion of our County’s tal­ents and unique qual­i­ties. It is a stage and cel­e­bra­tion of the best of who we are.

There is no bet­ter time to get involved! Please check out the Fair’s web­site to apply to be a ven­dor or per­form­ing artist, and to explore fundrais­ing and vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties. If you have ques­tions, email

Notes from the Island — April 11

Posted April 11, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • The North­west Work­force Coun­cil Career Cen­ter in Fri­day Har­bor is offer­ing free assis­tance to any work­ers dis­placed by last week’s fire who need help find­ing a new job or who are ready to start a new career. Call 360–378-4662 to learn more.
  • This first-per­son account of last Thurs­day’s events reminds us how for­tu­nate we are to have such ded­i­cat­ed teams of first respon­ders here in the Islands and in our neigh­bor­ing communities.
  • Major road con­struc­tion on the two blocks of First Street north of Spring starts tomor­row. It’s expect­ed to last through the end of May.
  • The spring fer­ry sched­ule start­ed yesterday.
  • There’s a rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mo­ny today at the Vil­lage at the Har­bor at 1:30 p.m. The San Juan Update recent­ly wrote about what the Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal Dis­tric­t’s acqui­si­tion of the facil­i­ty means for its res­i­dents and employ­ees.
  • Cask & Schooner is back to its nor­mal hours fol­low­ing a fire-relat­ed closure.
  • McMillin’s is open sev­en days a week again.
  • Island Rec is host­ing a flash­light egg hunt for stu­dents in grades six through 12 at Jack­son Beach this Fri­day from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. There’ll be a bon­fire, too. Bring a flash­light and a bag for col­lect­ing eggs.

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Posted April 9, 2022 at 7:40 pm by

Casey Woods is the Animal Protection Society’s volunteer of the month

Posted April 9, 2022 at 2:44 pm by

Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety – Fri­day Har­bor shares some kind words about their vol­un­teer of the month.

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety — Fri­day Har­bor is pleased to announce Casey Woods as the APS-FH Vol­un­teer of the Month for April 2022.

Casey has been a reg­u­lar and ded­i­cat­ed vol­un­teer for APS-FH since August of 2021. Casey comes to the shel­ter to walk and social­ize shel­ter dogs each week. Because of her con­sis­tent pres­ence, the dogs have devel­oped a rela­tion­ship with Casey and get very excit­ed when they see her arrive, antic­i­pat­ing their turn to get out on the local trails in the fresh spring air with Casey. Recent­ly, Casey has also tak­en on the role of a vol­un­teer fos­ter par­ent to one of our longer-term canine res­i­dents, Dakota.

Fos­ter care for shel­ter ani­mals gives them an oppor­tu­ni­ty to relax from the stress­ful shel­ter envi­ron­ment. The ani­mals learn what liv­ing in a home is like and the shel­ter learns more about the kind of home that will work best for the ani­mal, both of which can increase their chances of suc­cess in adop­tive homes.

Thanks so much, Casey, for going out of your way to help the shel­ter ani­mals that need it most. You are deeply appre­ci­at­ed, and we are glad to have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to rec­og­nize you.

San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour returns in June

Posted April 9, 2022 at 11:24 am by

The 30th annu­al San Juan Island Artists’ Stu­dio Tour is sched­uled to take place this year on Sat­ur­day, June 4 and Sun­day, June 5. Accord­ing to the group orga­niz­ing this year’s tour:

With 19 stu­dios and 46 artists, there are fab­u­lous sculp­tors, pot­ters, painters, jew­el­ers, and wood­work­ers to meet. Explore art, cloth­ing, weav­ings, glass, and mixed media, all to view and pur­chase direct­ly from pro­fes­sion­al artists. Each year this mutu­al­ly sup­port­ive group offers you a chance to expe­ri­ence pri­vate stu­dios, watch art being made, and see the won­der­ful gar­den set­tings and wide vis­tas that are unique to San Juan Island.

The tour is free and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Artist pre­views and a tour map are avail­able on the Stu­dio Tour web­site. You can sign up for a raf­fle at each stu­dio dur­ing the tour for a chance to win local fine art.

Town approves six-unit single-family home development near the elementary school

Posted April 9, 2022 at 8:45 am by

Fol­low­ing a review by the Town of Fri­day Har­bor Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and the adop­tion of a res­o­lu­tion by the Town Coun­cil, devel­op­ment can now pro­ceed on a group of six sin­gle-fam­i­ly homes.

Locat­ed on a 1.08-acre par­cel at the cor­ner of Grover Street and Hamil­ton Ranch Road, across from the ele­men­tary school ball fields, the six homes would rep­re­sent a notable sup­ply increase of for-sale sin­gle-fam­i­ly hous­ing in Fri­day Har­bor should cur­rent mar­ket con­di­tions con­tin­ue. There are just two sin­gle-fam­i­ly homes on the mar­ket with­in town lim­its right now.

The project is tak­ing a low-den­si­ty approach to the usage of the par­cel. It sits in a mul­ti­fam­i­ly res­i­den­tial zone that requires at least five units per acre, but allows for a max­i­mum den­si­ty of 15 units. The prop­er­ty locat­ed to direct­ly the north of the new six-home devel­op­ment, which is owned by the same lim­it­ed lia­bil­i­ty cor­po­ra­tion, is list­ed as a “pro­posed future 14-unit apart­ment com­plex” on the site plan sub­mit­ted by the developer.

The timetable for devel­op­ment of the new homes is not yet known.

Notes from the Island — April 9

Posted April 9, 2022 at 6:00 am by

  • Four farms are sched­uled to take part in today’s Farm­ers Mar­ket: Thorn­bush Farm and Talk­ing Horse Ranch and Tiger­cel­lo Farm from San Juan Island, plus Sun­ny­field Farm from Lopez Island. Between them they’ll be offer­ing apples, chai, eggs, fresh and aged goat cheese, chives, leeks, and pas­ture-raised beef and lamb.
  • Anoth­er game, anoth­er win for Fri­day Har­bor base­ball. They steam­rolled LaCon­ner 13–0 on the road yes­ter­day after­noon, bring­ing their record to 8–1 over­all and 5–0 in con­fer­ence. The Wolver­ines have outscored their oppo­nents 43–0 in their last three games.
  • Fri­day Har­bor fast­pitch has put togeth­er a two-game win­ning streak, thanks to an 18–9 road win at LaCon­ner yes­ter­day. They’re 4–3 over­all and 3–1 in conference.
  • Turn Point Mosa­ic IPA is back on draft at the Brewery.
  • Through the end of the day today, San Juan Island Sea Salt will be donat­ing 100 per­cent of all prof­its from online sales to the EDC in sup­port of busi­ness­es affect­ed by Thurs­day’s fire.
  • Alche­my Art Cen­ter and Island Rec are host­ing a screen print­ing par­ty on Earth Day, which is Sat­ur­day, April 23. You can sign up now through Island Rec.
  • Tide Pool Kids will have extend­ed hours next week for spring break — 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mon­day through Friday.

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Through stained glass

Posted April 8, 2022 at 10:09 pm by