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Island Stage Left's 'Rabbit Hole' opens at Roche Harbor; continues through Nov. 29

  • Oct 30, 2009 at 10:51AM

Island Stage Left's "Rabbit Hole" opened at Roche Harbor Pavilion Thursday, and continues through Nov. 29. "Rabbit Hole" was written by David Lindsay-Abaire and first presented in 2005. Abaire received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.

Three-book deal for novelist/blogger Susan Wingate

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Oct 30, 2009 at 9:48AM

San Juan Island novelist and blogger Susan Wingate has signed a three-book contract with a publisher. San Juan Island novelist and blogger Susan Wingate has signed a three-book contract with a publisher. The publisher has not been disclosed. Wingate will write a three-book follow-up to her "Bobby's Diner," which was a finalist in the National Best Books 2009 Awards and the 2009 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. "Bobby's Diner" was published by Cambridge Books.

Play-Rite Boys perform Friday at Front St. Ale House

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 4:44PM

The Play-Rite Boys ride again! What could be scarier? Hear new and creepy songs Friday — Halloween Eve — 6-9 p.m., at the Front St. Ale House.

Wolverines fall to La Conner in regular-season finale | Volleyball

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:38PM

The Friday Harbor volleyball team staked out new territory with a landmark performance in its regular-season finale Tuesday at home against league-leading La Conner. Though the visiting Braves, undefeated in league play, at 11-0, claimed the best-of-five-game match with three consecutive wins, Game 2 was up for grabs up until the very end.

Post-season play begins today for the Friday Harbor soccer team | Soccer

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 1:00PM updated at 4:29PM

Post-season play begins today for the Friday Harbor soccer team. The Wolverines (13-4), who defeated La Conner Wednesday for the Northwest 1A/2B title, enter the District 1 playoffs as the Northwest region's top-seeded team. They can clinch a berth at the upcoming Tri-District playoffs with a victory in their first match at districts.

Kyle Stickle and Tiffany Lau | Weddings

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 3:50PM

Kyle Stickle, son of Rex and Susan Stickle of San Juan Island, and Tiffany Lau, daughter of Robert Ladner and Dorothy Lau of San Jose, Calif., were married on Oct. 23 at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Calif.

Voting is our opportunity to help create what we want in our town, our community, and our country

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 3:39PM

Voting is particularly meaningful to me this year because I am running for mayor. And of course, I would appreciate your vote because your vote for me is a vote for a positive and dynamic future for Friday Harbor. I see a challenging but bright future for our town. I am committed to collaboration, active listening, and creative workable solutions for our town. I bet you are, too.

Veterans: Our Unforgotten Heroes | Guest Column

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 10:00AM updated at 1:44PM

Now there are so many veterans, lost and found, that the whole world is again changed just as it had been altered in previous wars. The thing I know and the thing I want to tell you is this: I want us to give them love. I want us to give them respect. I want us to help them as much as we can. As much as they CAN let us. Because they are OUR HEROES. Now and forever, veterans from all wars.

Point/Counterpoint: Move farmers market to the county fairgrounds

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 1:44PM

Some compelling facts are that the fairgrounds is already owned by the county, meets the conditions for hotel/motel money and capital funding for both local and state, and has a historic building on the grounds that would be perfect for developing. If the proposed site for the Farmers Market is approved, the market will compete with the fair, parks, theater, and all the other entities needing and qualifying for those funds. Why keep cutting the pie at the peril of other established departments? Why not go for the larger view of sustainable communities and instead of purchasing additional sites needing more tax dollars and funding?

You must have been a beautiful pumpkin, 'cause baby look at you now

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 1:28PM

Island babies enjoyed the annual Halloween party at the Family Resource Center, Tuesday. "They were very cute and everyone had a good time," Family Resource Center director Joyce Sobel said. More Halloween activities are planned this week.

Island Giveaway and Social, a community recycling/swap meet, is Nov. 7 at Mullis Community Senior Center

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 1:18PM

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor's Great Island Giveaway and Social, a community recycling/swap meet, is Nov. 7 at Mullis Community Senior Center. Item drop-off and social is at 10 a.m. Event begins at 11 a.m. In these tough economic times, this event — the second annual — offers the opportunity to renew, refresh, recycle and exchange items and ideas in a social setting. Gather up five of your good, clean, functional items that you no longer need or want, and in exchange take home other things that you do need or want.

Point/Counterpoint: Supports permanent farmers market site on Nichols Street

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 11:07AM

From ancient times, markets have been in cities, towns and villages because they are a vibrant part of the landscape that connects farmers with their customers. To relegate the farmers’ market in this community to the fairgrounds like another entertainment, sideshow or traveling antique show will damage the relationship between the town, the country and our visitors.

Linoleum block print workshop Nov. 7

  • Oct 29, 2009 at 10:51AM

Learn the ancient art of print making. Island Rec is offering a linoleum block-print making workshop for teens and adults on Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday Harbor quilter brings hope to African village

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 5:42PM

This is not a story about just one woman; it is about an entire village. However, it takes one woman to tell the story, and that is exactly what Kitty Sorgen does. On a gray day in October, the 66-year-old Friday Harbor resident stands before the Lions Club to talk about Kenya, about quilting and hope.

New trail on Cattle Point Road the result of months of volunteer work

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 5:03PM

In a recent agriculture-themed lecture, Saltspring Island author/farmer Michael Ableman addressed the importance of pleasure as motivator. He noted that guilt is too often used to induce people to care for their environment. Instead, Ableman says, we should invoke pleasure: If reminded that a connection with the planet is satisfying, the public is presented with a greater incentive to behave in a proactive way. On Oct. 24, volunteers from the San Juan Island Trails Committee embodied this exhortation on the Frazer property. Greeted with Saturday’s clear skies and sunshine, the workers were able to enjoy the land and see the rewards of months of work.

Mitchell Hill, historic military road, could become part of national park when federal budget is approved

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 3:47PM

Mitchell Hill, a 312-acre chunk of land that includes trails and a pristine portion of road built beginning in 1853 by the Hudson's Bay Co., is expected to become part of San Juan Island National Historical Park once Congress approves the 2010 federal budget. The fiscal year began Oct. 1, but budget approval is being held up by the debate on health care reform. The 2009 budget wasn't approved until April.

County Council must make ferry matters among its highest priorities | Guest Column

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 11:00AM updated at 3:43PM

It is way past time for the council to make ferry matters among its highest priorities, to inform itself, and to advocate strongly and clearly on behalf of our interests. It could start by demanding that the lost Capron funds either be returned to the county or, at the very least, be credited toward lowering our interisland fares rather than used to make up for overall ferry financing.

Proposed fire engine purchase is not a financially prudent move | Guest Column

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 2:59PM

When I was on my way to Lopez the other morning, it was beautiful. A gorgeous clear blue sky, crisp autumn air, and calm, smooth water. But instead of relaxing and enjoying it, I was thinking on how I should answer Mayor Jones’ article in the paper without making him an enemy. There are only two people I hold in high regard and respect tremendously; they are my Grandfather and David Jones. So why bother running for mayor if it’s going to alienate my friends? Because there must be a choice.

For the second time this year, Friday Harbor Animal Shelter helps animals from outside area

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 12:11PM

Leslie Byron says was been a quiet summer for the Friday Harbor Animal Shelter. With a marmalade cat at her ankles and Halloween pumpkins at the door, the place does exude a certain peace.

'We can clean up (Friday Harbor's) stormwater' | Special report

  • Oct 27, 2009 at 12:00PM updated Oct 28, 2009 at 1:52PM

Brian Rader, San Juan County's pollution prevention specialist, will soon visit Friday Harbor businesses to talk about ways to clean up the water that flows into our harbor. In this special report, he writes about the problem and what we can do about it.

Fate of safe-and-sane fireworks in San Juan County is up to voters | November ballot measures

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:48AM

For the second time in three years, voters will decide the fate of countywide legislation. Approved by the San Juan County Council in June 2008, an ordinance that would make it illegal to use any and all types of so-called consumer fireworks — including those labeled “safe and sane,” such as fountains, snakes, pinwheels and sparklers — remains in limbo pending the outcome of the Nov. 3 general election. The referendum asks voters to accept or reject the ordinance.

American Legion will honor World War II veterans Nov. 7

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:48AM

On Nov. 7, all World War II veterans, spouses, widows and widowers will be honored by American Legion Post 163 as guests of the club. Past commander Karl Mueller, event chairman, said two tickets will be given to each honoree. A reading of the names of all WWII members who have passed away will be read during the evening program by Legion personnel.

Anacortes Ace owners in negotiation for Friday Harbor site

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 11:48AM

The building and land that’s home to Ace Hardware in Friday Harbor is back under local ownership. And a new tenant is expected to be announced by the end of the week: an extension of the Ace Hardware in Anacortes, owned by Randy Burgess and Pat Strand.

San Juan County Proposition 1 would save local programs | November ballot measures

  • Oct 28, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 11:48AM

Islanders have been generous in ponying up at the ballot box in the past to help pay for schools, recreation and the preservation of open space. But for county government? Well, that remains to be seen. On Tuesday, it will be voters who determine just how lean and mean local government will become as San Juan County sits at a financial crossroads and its appointed and elected officials prepare for either a bailout or bust, depending on the outcome of the general election.

San Juan County voters will decide whether to ban safe-and-sane fireworks | November ballot measures

  • Oct 15, 2009 at 10:00AM updated Oct 28, 2009 at 11:35AM

For the second time in three years, voters will decide the fate of countywide legislation. Approved by the San Juan County Council in June 2008, an ordinance that would make it illegal to use any and all types of so-called consumer fireworks — including those labeled "safe and sane," such as fountains, snakes, pinwheels and sparklers — remains in limbo pending the outcome of the Nov. 3 general election.

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