Children and parents had a blast during the 26th annual Children's Festival put on by Islands Park and Recreation
Mike Vouri gave islanders a lesson last week about the sacrifices, equipment and techniques of the early surveyors of the Puget Sound.
The Town of Friday Harbor is pleased to announce William J. Weissinger as the winner of the Sunken Park poetry contest sponsored by the Friday Harbor Arts Commission. His poem "What You Don't Want To Do" was selected from 13 poems submitted by 10 San Juan Island poets who composed works inspired by the mural "Witness the Beauty" being installed in Sunken Park this week by Kirkland artist Jake Wagoner. Poet, teacher, and former Washington State poet laureate Elizabeth Austen adjudicated the competition. "The enthusiastic response to our request for poetry was inspiring, and the poem will add a wonderful dimension to our celebration of the Commission's first visual art installation," said Arts Commissioner Susan Williams. The poet will present his work at a public celebration of the mural scheduled for 2 pm Sunday, May 22 nd .
The Town of Friday Harbor invites the public to view the installation of a mural in Sunken Park beginning May 13. A celebration of the completed work will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22, and will include chamber music courtesy of Sue Collado, Sasha von Dassow, Hanneke Klein-Robbenhaar, and Traci Wilson, and a reading by the winner of the Friday Harbor Arts Commission (FHAC) Sunken Park poetry contest.
3-10-1952 – 5-3-2016
Jack Russell Yelverton passed away on May 5, 2016 at Friday Harbor, Washington, at the age of 86. Jack was known for his bonhomie, to his many friends and associates as a dependable confidante, advisor, mensche, and facilitator, and to his family as a caring and supportive role model. Jack was born in Douglas, Arizona, a small town on the Mexican border, on January 8, 1930. His grandparents were early pioneering settlers. Jack's paternal grandfather, William Gappa Yelverton, led a Confederate Army Calvary troop in the Civil War. His father, William Yelverton, was a veteran of WWI and worked as a locomotive engineer for Southern Pacific Railroad. His mother was Velma Edington Yelverton. Jack had a public school education in Douglas, graduating from high school in 1947. He matriculated to Arizona State College (now University) and graduated in 1950 with a degree in industrial engineering management, and became among the first to be drafted to serve in the Army in the Korean War. He served in a combat role with the Thirty Fifth Infantry, rising quickly through Platoon Sergeant to Platoon Leader, earning a Bronze Star. With several months of combat duty, he was selected to serve as a combat correspondent, reporting and writing news and a column for the Army's Stars and Stripes newspaper. Jack was discharged in mid-1952 and chose to go East to enroll at Columbia University in New York City as a candidate for a doctoral degree in economics, but found his focus at New York University where he completed an M.B.A. degree in 1955. Moving back West, he accepted a position with Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco. In 1958 he accepted a challenging position in a new industry that was to rewrite economic history. Jack took the job of manufacturing engineer with the pioneering Palo Alto company, Fairchild Semiconductor. Fairchild put the silicon in Silicon Valley, with a line of technically superior transistors. Jack was soon given Human Resource responsibility for the rapidly expanding workforce at Fairchild, ultimately becoming Director of Administration. In 1961 he left Fairchild and joined a group of scientists to found another pioneer in the burgeoning industry, Signetics Corporation. Signetics was the first firm formed specifically to manufacture semiconductor integrated circuits. Jack was its Chief Financial and Administrative Officer. In 1966 Jack left Signetics and partnered with William Wilkinson and Robert Sedwick, forming Wilkinson, Sedwick & Yelverton, a consulting organization specializing in organization development, use of behavioral sciences in management, and executive recruitment. The firm prospered and within a decade had grown to some sixty employees with offices across the United States and affiliates in several foreign nations. Jack was President and CEO of the company. Jack lived with his wife Marilyn McKelvy Yelverton for many years in Marin County, California before semi-retiring to the Monterey and Carmel area of California. Following Marilyn's death in 2004, Jack retired to Friday Harbor, Washington in 2006. In Friday Harbor he launched himself into several community activities, serving with great effect as a Director of the San Juan Community Theatre, the San Juan Island Yacht Club and the island's Museum of Art, where he also served as its President. Reflecting his diverse interests and talents, he also effectively served as a member of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, a member of the Economic Development Council, and Chairman of the Civil Service Board. Upon moving to Friday Harbor, he married Ann Walbert, a noted artist with widely admired skills as a painter and art teacher. He had met Ann while they both lived in Monterey/Carmel. She predeceased Jack in 2011. Jack's first daughter, Claire of Belmont, Massachusetts, predeceased him but he leaves two daughters, Carol of Waltham, Massachusetts, and Jerilyn of Tumon Bay, Guam, as well as seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Jack is survived by two sisters, Martha Vavra and Norma DeHay. Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Anacortes, WA and the San Juan Islands. To share memories of Jack, sign the online guest register at www.evanschapel.com.
San Juan Community Theatre's Theatre Arts for Kids program is holding auditions Saturdays, May 14 and June 4 for this August's Musical Theatre Camp: Disney's Aladdin Jr. For experienced students ages 7-16, the three-week camp features workshops with island theater professionals and culminates in two nights of performances in the Whittier Theatre.
Submitted by the San Juan Island Land Bank
Fellow San Juan Islander, you and I are bad people. Irresponsible. Uncaring about the environment, wicked even. We make bad decisions that hurt the world. We shouldn't have the right of free choice if we refuse to make the approved choice.
The San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Co-Grand Marshal's and Honored Citizens for the 2016 Independence Day Parade in Friday Harbor. In keeping with the theme "America the Beautiful…100 Years of National Parks!", the Grand Marshals will be Mike Vouri, representing the Parks Past and History, and newly appointed National Park Superintendent Elexis Fredy, representing the Park's future. The National Park Service (NPS) turns 100 years of age in 2016 and San Juan Island is excited to be able to honor these special individuals. The Chamber of Commerce is also proud to announce a special parade tribute, the 2016 "Citizens of Honor", who are chosen for their outstanding community contributions. This year's inaugural selections are Gerry and Sonnie King.
The Fish for Teeth taco team will be making fish tacos at the community theater on Friday, May 13 from 11a.m. - 2 p.m. A $7 suggested donation helps fund the Medical Teams International mobile dental van so our local dental professionals can provide dental assistance. For info, visit fishforteeth.com.
THRIVE Youth Group's pancake Breakfast and service auction will be this weekend May 14 from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Friday harbor Presbyterian Church. The group is hoping to fund their summer mission trip and camp through pancakes, bacon, eggs, and coffee. As well as services from the kids that will be auctioned off, including babysitting, yard work, and housecleaning. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children. Any questions can be answered by Contact: James O'Brien (503) 481-6237 or you can reach the Friday harbor Presbyterian Church at (360) 378-4544 (church).
Pat O'Day, Chairman, has announced a one year postponement of this annual fund raising event. O'Day says, "The Board must do some diligent re-planning of the tournament as the costs have risen to an extent leaving little money for the nonprofits, the sole reason for which the event is held."
The Journal will be were I start my journalism career after graduating from Ohio University. While in school, I earned a scholarship to do a three-month internship overseas in Jakarta Indonesia at the Jakarta Post. After my internship I moved to the Northwest from Ohio to enjoy the fresh air and start searching for work.
This Mother’s Day the Journal decided to profile a local mother who has not only raised her children on San Juan Island, but also has a special motherly connection with local children.
Every May the Town of Friday Harbor, the Islands’ historical museums, organizations and local businesses pull out the stops to celebrate local history. This year the month-long calendar of events kicks off with some great events you won’t want to miss!
Shoreline landowners of San Juan County communities are invited to attend a free workshop on shoreline erosion management from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at Orcas Fire and Rescue Meeting Room, 45 Lavender Ln., Eastsound. The workshop is free but registration is requested: call (360) 733-1725 or register online at www.surveymonkey.com/. The workshop is sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation and hosted by the San Juan County Marine Resources Committee. The format is a classroom-style presentation with time for questions, followed by a beach walk to see beach/bluff habitats and geologic processes. Topics include erosion management, alternatives to hard shoreline armoring, enhancing beach access and native vegetation for slope stability and habitat
The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Friday Harbor will hold a Special Commission Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Port's new meeting room, 271 Front Street, Friday Harbor, Washington. The purpose of the Special Commission Meeting will be for the Commission to conduct a Executive Session, Personnel – To evaluate the qualifications of applicants for public employment, pursuant to RCW 42.30.110 (g).
Friday Harbor Elementary School sixth-graders and Kwiaht hosted a Pollinator Celebration with honey tasting and a dedication of the research garden on Friday, April 29 from 9 to 11 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., the sixth-graders offered a dedication of the garden to supporting organizations Kwiaht and San Juan Public Schools Foundation. A thank-you was presented to Ranger Parsons from SJI National Historical Parks and Cattle Point Rock and Topsoil. Tthe sixth-graders gave informative tours of the research garden, highlighting their work with pollinators in collaboration with scientists, and featured a presentation in their classroom.
San Juan Island Fire and Rescue recently welcomed Ian Joujan to the team as one of its newest firefighters.