Cool breeze and clanking halyards

Posted September 17, 2022 at 8:59 pm by

Animal Protection Society tours animal welfare organizations in Eastern Washington

Posted September 17, 2022 at 7:53 pm by

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The Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety of Fri­day Har­bor shares news about their recent expe­ri­ences in East­ern Wash­ing­ton, includ­ing the ways in which APS-FH can work to sup­port ani­mal wel­fare in the region.

On Sept. 6, Ani­mal Pro­tec­tion Soci­ety-Fri­day Har­bor Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Cristin Fel­so and Shel­ter Man­ag­er Beth Ander­son were invit­ed to join a team of ani­mal wel­fare cham­pi­ons on a pri­vate air­plane trip across the north-cen­tral region of Wash­ing­ton state, includ­ing the cities of Omak, Okanogan, Cash­mere, and Wenatchee. The goal of the trip was to vis­it with local ani­mal wel­fare lead­ers and tour facil­i­ties, as well as pick up two lit­ters of pup­pies to be trans­ferred to APS-FH and Orcas APS. The trip was orga­nized by San Juan Island res­i­dent Cindy Koch in a con­tin­ued effort to address gaps in ani­mal wel­fare ser­vices and iden­ti­fy poten­tial solu­tions to decrease over­pop­u­la­tion and the num­ber of unwant­ed pets in the region.

Mem­bers of the tour­ing team includ­ed Cindy Koch, Jill Ser­vais, island res­i­dent Mia Shep­ard, APS found­ing board mem­ber Yolan­da Mor­ris, and Pawsi­tive Alliance Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Jen­ny Fraley.

There are many fac­tors at play in the region that cre­ate a chal­leng­ing ani­mal wel­fare envi­ron­ment, includ­ing large, rur­al land areas that are geo­graph­i­cal­ly iso­lat­ed and a high rate of pover­ty that presents bar­ri­ers to acces­si­bil­i­ty and afford­abil­i­ty of pet-care ser­vices. There are also few avail­able resources to address the preva­lence of ani­mal over­pop­u­la­tion, such as con­sis­tent and low-cost spay and neuter ser­vices, acces­si­ble ani­mal shel­ters, and avail­abil­i­ty of oth­er shel­ter and res­cue part­ners to accept ani­mals from the region through trans­port and transfer.

Dur­ing the tour, the group vis­it­ed sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions strug­gling to do all they can do for an over­whelm­ing num­ber of home­less and aban­doned ani­mals in a severe­ly under-served and under-resourced region. Okanogan Region­al Humane, The Cat House, Okanogan Coun­ty Ani­mal Fos­ter Care Cat Shel­ter, City of Omak, and Okan­dogs are all orga­ni­za­tions doing their best to cov­er the needs of the ani­mals with­in their com­mu­ni­ty, but are either strug­gling or unable to keep up with the demand. The com­mon­al­i­ty between all of them was a lack of fund­ing, hous­ing space, and access to resources for the home­less or stray ani­mals in need.

Through this vis­it, it is clear that the entire region needs access to sus­tained, low-cost spay and neuter and vet­eri­nary ser­vices via clin­ic and mobile units, and efforts should be made to increase pub­lic aware­ness regard­ing the impor­tance of spay­ing and neu­ter­ing owned ani­mals. Final­ly, trans­port and relo­ca­tion pro­grams with shel­ters through­out the state are crit­i­cal to shel­ters in this area.

APS-FH is in the ear­ly learn­ing stage of iden­ti­fy­ing ways we can sup­port this region. We are work­ing with shel­ters and res­cues in the area to set trans­fer para­me­ters that will allow us to accept ani­mals more read­i­ly from the region. And our own shel­ter vet­eri­nar­i­an, Dr. Mer­riss Waters, will lead a team of vets and oth­er ani­mal med­ical per­son­nel dur­ing a high vol­ume spay and neuter, vac­ci­na­tion, and ID event tak­ing place at Okanogan Region­al Humane in Omak Oct. 21–23. At least 200 ani­mals will receive ser­vices through this col­lab­o­ra­tion put togeth­er by Okanogan Region­al Humane, Ani­mal Bal­ance, and Pawsi­tive Alliance of Bellevue.

In addi­tion to the insight APS-FH reps received on this jour­ney, they were also able to tie in a trans­fer of eight small, mixed-breed pup­pies from ARFS of Grant Coun­ty and Okan­dogs. All pups will soon be avail­able for adop­tion through APS-FH and Orcas APS. By adopt­ing a res­cue pet, you can make all the dif­fer­ence in the life of an unwant­ed ani­mal, while help­ing sup­port the many orga­ni­za­tions work­ing togeth­er to resolve ani­mal wel­fare relat­ed issues.

Island Senior: Longevity and a sense of purpose

Posted September 17, 2022 at 11:56 am by

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This past week, the world lost not only the longest serv­ing British monarch, but at 96 years old a woman who embod­ied longevi­ty itself. Queen Eliz­a­beth II had plen­ty of healthy habits. She start­ed her days with a pot of Earl Grey tea, a bowl of Spe­cial K cere­al, and a bag­pipe ser­e­nade. She rode hors­es, walked her dogs, and eschewed bread and pas­ta, avoid­ing starch. She also enjoyed veni­son burg­ers, choco­late, and gin martinis.

Blue Zone longevi­ty stud­ies focus on com­mu­ni­ties through­out the world with par­tic­u­lar­ly long-lived pop­u­la­tions. Cen­te­nar­i­ans liv­ing in “blue zones” areas — places where peo­ple were liv­ing longer lives with more vital­i­ty — have a strong sense of pur­pose through­out their lives. The Oki­nawans call it iki­gai and the Nicoy­ans call it plan de vida. For both, it trans­lates to why I wake up in the morn­ing.

Queen Elizabeth’s pur­pose was clear. Due to her uncle’s abdi­ca­tion fol­lowed by her father’s poor health, Elizabeth’s des­tiny was thrust upon her at a young age. On her 21st birth­day she made her com­mit­ment clear stat­ing, “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devot­ed to your ser­vice.” At the age of 25 she became Queen of the Unit­ed King­dom. She kept her promise to stead­fast­ly serve her peo­ple for the next 70 years.

One of the most impor­tant duties of the British monarch is ask­ing a new Prime Min­is­ter to form a gov­ern­ment. On Sept. 6 the Queen accept­ed the res­ig­na­tion of Boris John­son, her 14th Prime Min­is­ter, and asked her 15th Prime Min­is­ter, Liz Truss, to form a new gov­ern­ment. Two days lat­er the Queen passed away. She died with her boots on, you could say, ful­fill­ing the promise that she made in her youth.

Few of us live lives of such notable con­se­quence. Yet, our pur­pose can be as sim­ple as show­ing kind­ness to oth­ers. What is it that gets you up in the morning?

EDC hosts Economics Luncheon on Sept. 28

Posted September 17, 2022 at 10:33 am by

The San Juan Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Coun­cil shares news about an upcom­ing event.

Com­mu­ni­ty lead­ers and mem­bers are invit­ed to join the con­ver­sa­tion on Future Focus: San Juan Islands Resilience at the 13th Annu­al EDC Eco­nom­ics Lun­cheon, held at Brick­works in Fri­day Har­bor on Wednes­day, Sept. 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Fea­tur­ing not­ed speak­er Louis Har­ris from the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Com­merce, the event will include a deep dive into com­mu­ni­ty resilience ini­tia­tives and poli­cies, as well as a pan­el dis­cus­sion with experts from Con­gress­man Rick Larsen’s office and local elect­ed offi­cials. The con­ver­sa­tion will exam­ine efforts at the local, state, and fed­er­al lev­el to cre­ate a resilient future for our islands and region.

Lun­cheon tick­ets are $39. Vis­it the EDC web­site to order tick­ets or for more infor­ma­tion.

Late summer bloom

Posted September 16, 2022 at 10:16 pm by

English language classes return to the San Juan Island Library this fall

Posted September 16, 2022 at 12:41 pm by

The Library sends along news about its upcom­ing in-per­son Eng­lish classes.

The San Juan Island Library is excit­ed to announce the return to in-per­son Eng­lish lan­guage class­es for adults begin­ning Thurs­day, Sept. 22. Class­es are free of charge and will take place in the Library from 6–8 p.m. on Tues­days and Thurs­days until Dec. 15.

Stu­dents of all Eng­lish lan­guage lev­els are wel­come and will receive indi­vid­ual work­books and learn­ing mate­ri­als, fund­ed in part by the San Juan Island Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion. Thanks to a part­ner­ship with the Joyce L. Sobel Fam­i­ly Resource Cen­ter, a fam­i­ly enrich­ment pro­gram will be offered to stu­dents’ chil­dren four years of age and old­er. In addi­tion to a paid instruc­tor, vol­un­teer Eng­lish tutors will sup­port stu­dents’ suc­cess in class. Vol­un­teers receive free online train­ing pri­or to class­es through the San Juan Island Library.

To learn more about the Eng­lish Lan­guage Learn­ing Pro­gram, reg­is­ter for class­es, or apply as a vol­un­teer tutor, con­tact Wendy Wax­man Kern at the San Juan Island Library at or 360–378-2798.

Master Gardeners’ online gardening workshop starts Oct. 18

Posted September 16, 2022 at 10:16 am by

Linda Gilkeson, Ph.D.

The Mas­ter Gar­den­ers of San Juan Coun­ty share news about their upcom­ing speak­er series.

Join the Mas­ter Gar­den­ers of San Juan Coun­ty in wel­com­ing the very pop­u­lar Dr. Lin­da Gilke­son — also known as the Gar­den Doc­tor — as the keynote speak­er at our annu­al Gar­den­ing Work­shop Series this Octo­ber. Dr. Gilkeson’s talk, Resilient Gar­dens in a Chang­ing Cli­mate, will dis­cuss how greater resilien­cy in our gar­den­ing meth­ods can help min­i­mize the effects of local cli­mate change. Pacif­ic North­west gar­den­ers need to be pre­pared to han­dle cool­er, wet­ter springs; longer, dri­er sum­mers; unex­pect­ed win­ter cold snaps; and water shortages.

In addi­tion to her keynote address, Dr. Gilke­son will also speak in an after­noon ses­sion, Prepar­ing Our Gar­dens for Win­ter, which will talk about pro­tect­ing soil and pre­serv­ing ben­e­fi­cial insect habi­tat. It will also cov­er what to plant in the fall to increase next year’s food sup­ply for pollinators.

Dr. Gilke­son earned a Ph.D. in Ento­mol­o­gy from McGill Uni­ver­si­ty and worked for the Cana­di­an gov­ern­ment on var­i­ous pro­grams designed to reduce pes­ti­cide use. She is the author of Back­yard Boun­ty: The Com­plete Guide to Year-Round Organ­ic Gar­den­ing in the Pacif­ic North­west. She lives in British Colum­bia and writes a month­ly newslet­ter with gar­den­ing tips on her web­site.

The work­shops con­sist of two Zoom webi­na­rs at noon and 1:45 each Tues­day and Thurs­day from Oct. 18–27. Each ses­sion is an hour long with a ques­tion and answer peri­od at the end. Con­tin­ue Reading

Nichols Street reflections

Posted September 15, 2022 at 8:49 pm by