Entries now being accepted for Friday Harbor Arts Commission’s second Poetry Garden contest

Posted August 20, 2022 at 11:01 am by

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The Fri­day Har­bor Arts Com­mis­sion shares news about the return of their poet­ry gar­den contest.

San Juan Coun­ty res­i­dents of all ages are encour­aged to enter the 2023 Poet­ry Gar­den con­test being held now through Oct. 31, spon­sored by the Town of Fri­day Har­bor and the Fri­day Har­bor Arts Com­mis­sion. Win­ning entries will be announced in Feb­ru­ary. Engrav­ings of the 30 win­ning poems will replace the orig­i­nal win­ners on dis­play since spring 2020 in poet­ry gar­dens through­out the town, and a book of the poems will be pub­lished for lim­it­ed distribution.

Entrants are required to reside with­in the coun­ty. Win­ners in adult and stu­dent divi­sions will be deter­mined by Clau­dia Cas­tro Luna, past Wash­ing­ton State Poet Lau­re­ate and Seat­tle Civic Poet. Fur­ther details may be found on the Town web­site or by email­ing the Fri­day Har­bor Arts Com­mis­sion.

Entries should be mailed to Poet­ry Gar­den Con­test c/o Town of Fri­day Har­bor, P.O. Box 219, Fri­day Har­bor, WA 98250 or deliv­ered to Town Hall at 60 Sec­ond St. There is no entry fee.

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor and its Fri­day Har­bor Arts Com­mis­sion are part­ner­ing with a com­mit­tee of local cit­i­zens for the sec­ond time to bring this con­test and poet­ry instal­la­tion to the com­mu­ni­ty. The Town and FHAC appre­ci­ate the con­tin­ued sup­port of poet­ry gar­den site own­ers San Juan Com­mu­ni­ty The­atre, Mullis Com­mu­ni­ty Senior Cen­ter, the Port of Fri­day Har­bor, and the U.S. Post Office. Copies of the book of 2020 Poet­ry Gar­den Con­test win­ners are avail­able at Town Hall.

Letter to the Editor: San Juan County voters prevail

Posted August 19, 2022 at 10:30 pm by

Last week, due to the unlaw­ful actions of our own Coun­ty Coun­cil, two San Juan Coun­ty cit­i­zens had to file in court to defend our demo­c­ra­t­ic right to vote after the Coun­ty Coun­cil blocked cer­tain amend­ments from even being on the ballot.

While our Coun­ty Coun­cil, Coun­ty Man­ag­er and Pros­e­cut­ing Attor­ney sug­gest­ed they had the right to inter­fere with our right to vote, Supe­ri­or Court Judge Chris­ton Skin­ner ruled this week that the San Juan Coun­ty Coun­cil vio­lat­ed the law and that the coun­ty must imme­di­ate­ly put the Char­ter Review Com­mis­sion Amend­ments on the ballot.

Days after the judge’s deci­sion, the Coun­ty Coun­cil released a state­ment sug­gest­ing that they had poor legal advice and were now doing the right thing. In fact, it was our incred­i­ble Coun­ty Audi­tor, Milene Hen­ley who – imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing the Judge’s deci­sion – began tak­ing the nec­es­sary actions to restore our right to vote. To be clear, it took a judge order­ing the Coun­cil to act for them to do so.

Fur­ther, the court deci­sion specif­i­cal­ly stat­ed that the Coun­ty Coun­cil actu­al­ly had no author­i­ty to make any deci­sion regard­ing for­ward­ing the Amend­ments to the Coun­ty Audi­tor in the first place.

The judge also found the Coun­ty Coun­cil was delib­er­ate­ly attempt­ing to lim­it cit­i­zens’ abil­i­ty to ques­tion their action due to the tim­ing of their actions as they made their deci­sion after the dead­line and sev­er­al months after they first received the amendments.

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Singers and instrumentalists sought for December concerts

Posted August 19, 2022 at 8:56 pm by

San Juan Singers share news about their search for per­form­ers for two win­ter concerts.

San Juan Singers are per­form­ing John Rutter’s “Mag­ni­fi­cat” for our con­certs on Decem­ber 10 and 11 this win­ter. This mul­ti-move­ment work is accom­pa­nied by cham­ber orches­tra — strings, wood­winds, horns, key­board, per­cus­sion — and the music is lyri­cal, with lots of inter­est­ing con­tem­po­rary har­mo­ny and rhythm. The text is in Eng­lish and Latin.

Rehearsals begin Wednes­day, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. at St. David’s Epis­co­pal Church sanc­tu­ary. No proof of vac­ci­na­tion required, but mask­ing will be manda­to­ry dur­ing rehearsals. Singers masks are avail­able thanks to the San Juan Island Choral Association.

If you are inter­est­ed in singing or play­ing this gor­geous and excit­ing music, con­tact direc­tor Angel Michaels at islandsongstudio@gmail.com. New singers will need to arrange for a voice check pri­or to the first rehearsal.

McKenna Clark is the Animal Protection Society’s volunteer of the month

Posted August 19, 2022 at 12:17 pm by

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

The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety — Fri­day Har­bor is pleased to announce McKen­na Clark as the APS-FH Vol­un­teer of the Month for August.

McKen­na has been vol­un­teer­ing with APS-FH since March of 2022. As a stu­dent at Fri­day Har­bor High School, we admire her for mak­ing the time out of her busy sched­ule to come and help the shel­ter ani­mals. McKen­na orig­i­nal­ly start­ed as a clean­ing vol­un­teer, help­ing fold moun­tains of laun­dry, wash­ing stacks of dish­es, and clean­ing trav­el crates. It wasn’t long before the APS staff real­ized how ver­sa­tile and capa­ble she was as a vol­un­teer, and she was pro­mot­ed to help­ing with var­i­ous dog enrich­ment activ­i­ties, such as tak­ing dogs on “snif­fari walks” around the shel­ter prop­er­ty, hide-and-seek treat walks, and cud­dling canines in the shel­ter Enrich­ment Room.

McKen­na is one of shel­ter dog Sable’s favorite vol­un­teers. Her eyes light up when McKen­na arrives at the shel­ter for her shift because she knows they will be play­ing her favorite game of “flirt pole” in the yard with like­ly a good cud­dle ses­sion to follow.

Vol­un­teers like McKen­na are invalu­able to the shel­ter pets and staff. She offers assis­tance with clean­ing chores and pam­pers the dogs. Thank you, McKen­na, for mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of shel­ter ani­mals. Your ded­i­ca­tion and hard work are deeply appreciated.

APS-FH has numer­ous vol­un­teer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. If you are inter­est­ed in help­ing, vis­it our web­site to learn more about our vol­un­teer pro­gram.

Island Jobs: Starr Excavation is hiring an Administrative Assistant

Posted August 19, 2022 at 10:06 am by

Starr Exca­va­tion & Sep­tic is look­ing for an Admin­is­tra­tive Assis­tant to assist with office duties and oth­er admin­is­tra­tive tasks. Learn more in the Island Jobs sec­tion of the San Juan Update.

Notes from the Island — Aug. 19

Posted August 19, 2022 at 9:30 am by

  • Cask and Schooner will be clos­ing its doors in just over two months — on Sat­ur­day, Oct. 15. Accord­ing to the restau­ran­t’s web­site, own­er Gary Gero needs to retire for health rea­sons. The busi­ness is for sale, and prospec­tive new own­ers can call 360–739-2053 for more information.
  • Here’s the lat­est infor­ma­tion on the recov­ery of the fish­ing ves­sel Aleut­ian Isle, which sank last Sat­ur­day off the west side of San Juan Island.
  • The San Juan Sum­mer Arts Fes­ti­val returns tonight from 4–10 p.m. at Brick­works, fea­tur­ing music from The High Coun­cil and The Shad­ow Bas­ket Band.
  • The San Juan Islands Sculp­ture Park’s free sum­mer art edu­ca­tion series con­tin­ues tomor­row from 1–3 p.m., where par­tic­i­pants will help cre­ate a cap­sized canoe float­ing in the sky.
  • Tom­my Dale & the Dan­ger­fields per­form tomor­row night at Everelse at 6 p.m.
  • Here are the week’s spe­cials at Mar­ket Place and Kings.

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