Mr. San Juan – it's Saturday night!

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm, by

Here’s the writeup from the PTA at the elementary school: The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA is putting the “fun” back in fundraising with a new twist on an old idea.  Six of our island’s finest fathers will compete for the title of Mr. San Juan Island.  The pageant is Saturday, April 25th in the  Continue Reading

Mr. San Juan – it’s Saturday night!

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 3:25 pm, by

Here’s the writeup from the PTA at the elementary school: The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA is putting the “fun” back in fundraising with a new twist on an old idea.  Six of our island’s finest fathers will compete for the title of Mr. San Juan Island.  The pageant is Saturday, April 25th in the  Continue Reading

Elegant Edibles….went great!

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 10:03 am, by

Remember the Elegant Edibles fundraiser a few weeks ago? Marta Specht tells me it went great, with the bake sale selling out in one & a half hours, and bringing in nearly $1800 for the Community Theatre. Way to go! -o o-

Why our food program is so good….

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 6:29 am, by

One of the reasons that Chef Tom French’s Experience Food Project has been so successful is that the food is…good. For people who don’t believe that “school lunch” and “good” should be used in the same sentence, the question pops up: Why skimp on school meals (or feed low-cost, high-crap lunches?) In Yes! magazine, Chef  Continue Reading

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Posted on April 23, 2009 at 5:58 am, by

It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.’ Sam Levenson

Test your airbags….

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 12:13 am, by

Most people get their oil changed, their tires inflated, their brakes checked…but how many of you have your airbags checked? Here’s why….

Soccer photos posted….

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 12:02 am, by

One of the talented students at Friday Harbor High is senior Lauren Paulsen, who has been shooting Sports Illustrated-level photos at soccer games – click here to see her portfolio (compiled by Cassie Ellis) from the Nooksack Valley game last week, which was arguably the boys’ best played game at home so far this year.  Continue Reading

Tough times ahead….how the school district is dealing with the cuts….

Posted on April 23, 2009 at 12:01 am, by

Looking over the cuts and shrinkage in our first-class school district is painful at so many levels, which includes the moving of the sixth grade from the middle school to the elementary school – here’s the view from Michael Soltman, our school district’s superintendent: Projected State Education Funding Requires $1,000,000 Budget Reduction for 2009-10 Reduction  Continue Reading

Folk ascends to a new level….higher!

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 2:13 pm, by

When I was singing last summer at Griffin Bay (the bookstore, not the saltwater one), I mentioned that folk music was having a serious revival on the planet, partly because folk music is way cooler than any other kinda music. I remember the serious look in people’s eyes as they nodded, “Yes, this is true.”  Continue Reading

Celebrate Earth Day!

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 7:25 am, by

When Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency didn’t exist, kids thought “recycling” was a new kind of bike, and the US energy policy was centered on finding more oil. Things have changed within what we are aware of, and much still remains to change. It’s about action…and I hope that  Continue Reading

'Open Boat' for the Catalyst…this weekend

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 6:16 am, by

Another little bit of history in an historical year – the Catalyst was built & launched in 1932 for use by the Friday Harbor Labs… in its present incarnation, Bill and Shannon Bailey of Pacific Catalyst II, Inc. operate her as a key part of the small boat excursions they operate between here, the Inside  Continue Reading

‘Open Boat’ for the Catalyst…this weekend

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 6:16 am, by

Another little bit of history in an historical year – the Catalyst was built & launched in 1932 for use by the Friday Harbor Labs… in its present incarnation, Bill and Shannon Bailey of Pacific Catalyst II, Inc. operate her as a key part of the small boat excursions they operate between here, the Inside  Continue Reading

Sports update…

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 4:38 am, by

The FHHS baseball guys 10-runned Concrete yesterday 11-0, while the softball girls won 14-9 over the Lions. Meanwhile, the soccer boys tied Calavero Mid-High 2-2 on two second half goals by Cameron Byington…they play their last home game this Saturday at 11:30am against Lynden Christian.

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Posted on April 22, 2009 at 2:19 am, by

By reading the scriptures I am so renewed that all nature seems renewed around me and with me. The sky seems to be a pure, a cooler blue, the trees a deeper green. The whole world is charged with the glory of God and I feel fire and music under my feet. Thomas Merton

Artist reception: Jane Buck

Posted on April 22, 2009 at 12:02 am, by

Ciely at Lavendera Day Spa asked me to invite you to Jane’s reception on Friday, from 6:30 – 8 p.m at 440 Spring Street Friday Harbor…you can call 378-3637 for more info!

Passing…

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 8:42 am, by

Have you ever know anyone who appeared in a Super Bowl commercial? Have you ever known a goose who did? Last Friday, Colleen from San Juan Safaris told me that her (and Bill’s) pet goose Pate died at the age of 20 (not sure what that is, in goose years.) She sent a short list  Continue Reading

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Posted on April 21, 2009 at 7:44 am, by

Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don’t. Pete Seeger

Farmers' Market moves outside…

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 7:42 am, by

You know, it was cozy & warm & friendly having the Market at the high school in the dining hall/commons there, but the weather’s good enough to get out now…market manager Rosa Blair tells me the outdoor markets for Saturdays (10am-1pm) begin this weekend and run till October. They’re also planning to get the Wednesday  Continue Reading

Farmers’ Market moves outside…

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 7:42 am, by

You know, it was cozy & warm & friendly having the Market at the high school in the dining hall/commons there, but the weather’s good enough to get out now…market manager Rosa Blair tells me the outdoor markets for Saturdays (10am-1pm) begin this weekend and run till October. They’re also planning to get the Wednesday  Continue Reading

Teri has more room now….

Posted on April 21, 2009 at 5:28 am, by

Teri Gentry moved her studio to the back part of that remodeled green house on Argyle Street (it’s the Carter House part of the Argyle Suites) – you can learn more about the skin care services she offers at her nice, wonderful new website at http://terigentryaesthetics.com/ (designed by the multi-talented Anne Francis). Here’s a bit  Continue Reading

Good island stewards noted…real heroes making life in the islands sustainable…

Posted on April 20, 2009 at 8:00 am, by

The second Sustainable San Juans day was held this past weekend, and by all accounts it went pretty well. Part of the event was the naming of winners of the eight Good Stewardship Awards to folks in the county who are making a difference in keeping the way we do things sustainable…real heroes making sure  Continue Reading

New restaurant in town….

Posted on April 20, 2009 at 12:06 am, by

  You probably noticed the sign change earlier this month – on the first of this month, Mari Lariviere took over the space where Bella Luna has been for ten and a half years (historians, take note: The San Juan Update in November 1998 noted that Bella Luna was the new incarnation of the old  Continue Reading