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- Dec 2, 2008 at 2:13PM
After 18 years of providing medical care for the children of San Juan County, pediatrician Jeanne Olmsted has announced that she will no longer maintain a practice based on Orcas Island after Dec. 31.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:08PM
We can all be proud of the support Friday Harbor and San Juan Island gives to the local Soroptimist club. Recently, 10 Friday Harbor Soroptimists attended a weekend Soroptimist International District Conference in Olympia to learn more about their organization, noteworthy causes and solutions. During the conference, awards were issued and Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor came in second place out of 44 Pacific Northwest clubs in "Recognition of Outstanding Service Work"!
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:17PM
The San Juan Island School District is proud to announce that Beth Spaulding has met the rigorous National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She is the first to earn such certification in the district.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:51PM
My children and grandchildren join me in thanking you for the wonderful coverage of Carl's career in National Park Service. Many people who are new to the island were not aware of his legacy.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 12:56PM
The San Juan County Elections Office accepted an application Dec. 1 for a manual recount in the County Council District 4 race. The request was submitted by Mindy Kayl, who lost to Richard Fralick in that race. In the final count of the 1,921 ballots cast, Fralick received 947 votes, Kayl received 827 votes, and there were 12 write-in votes and 136 undervotes, Elections Supervisor Doris Schaller reported.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:34PM
The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA and Friends of the Library present a new children's book entitled, “Ecology from A to Z,” written and illustrated by islander Jacob Angel. Celebrate "I Love to Read Month" with Angel at the San Juan Island Library as he reads and signs copies of this book — his first — on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:13PM
We have much to be thankful for, especially in this community. The Community Thanksgiving Dinner is a way of expressing that gratitude with more than 100 volunteers working together in a manner that any fine dining restaurant would be proud of. These energetic volunteers prepared and served a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to more than 300 diners on Thanksgiving Day.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 1:02PM
Congratulations to Julie Capron and Michelle Waldron of Friday Harbor. I just read the article about Capron of Softwear and Waldron of Daisy Bloom assisting in the capture of two teen-age shoplifters from Bellingham and all I can say is it made my day seeing our locals working with San Juan County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Customs, and WSF to catch these two common thieves.
- Dec 2, 2008 at 10:20AM
Jean McLeod, who during her 20 years in Friday Harbor enjoyed sailing, gardening and doll making, has died. She passed away suddenly Nov. 17 in Atlanta, Ga. due to lung failure. She and her husband, John, were building a home in Hayesville, N.C., where they moved to be closer to family.
- Dec 1, 2008 at 1:48PM
Maybe the person who took the little statue from its crib was motivated more by a spirit in need than by a mean spirit. Maybe, just maybe — Lori Narum of Second Act wants to believe — the person who took the little statue from its crib really needed Jesus.
- Dec 1, 2008 at 1:33PM
When Julie Capron of Softwear and Michelle Waldron of Daisy Bloom suspected two teen-age girls of stealing clothing from their stores, they decided to do something about it. Right then and there. They looked for the girls. And they found them on the ferry — wearing $800 worth of clothing belonging to four stores.
- Nov 28, 2008 at 2:55PM
Monday at noon, the Friday Harbor Town Council will have a special meeting in Town Hall. The topic: A public hearing on the 2009 budget.
- Nov 28, 2008 at 7:00AM updated at 9:14AM
Temperatures near 40 and threat of rain Thursday didn’t deter more than 150 islanders and visitors from participating in the fourth annual “Turkey Trot,” a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk which started at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites.
- Nov 28, 2008 at 7:48AM
Today is officially the first day of the holiday shopping season, a day when turkey dinner-induced drowsiness is replaced by the rush that comes from crowds, decorations, goodies and finding good shopping deals.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Nov 27, 2008 at 6:14PM
Following is a message from Lynn Danaher that the Chamber of Commerce wanted to share in light of recent discussions about "What can we do NOW to help our local economy."
- Nov 27, 2008 at 6:08PM
Temperatures near 40 and threat of rain today didn’t deter more than 150 islanders and visitors from participating in the fourth annual “Turkey Trot,” a 5K (3.1 mile) run and walk which started at the Best Western Friday Harbor Suites.
- Nov 27, 2008 at 7:55AM
Happy Thanksgiving Day, San Juan Island. The holiday season begins today with some potentially positive signs: Ferries from Anacortes to Friday Harbor have been packed for two days and some businesses are hopeful that the first day of holiday shopping season -- Friday -- could bolster the local economy and reverse two months of lagging sales.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 5:11PM
The San Juan Initiative will present recommendations to improve the protection of more than 400 miles of shoreline in San Juan County to the County Council on Dec. 9.
- Nov 24, 2008 at 1:45PM
What do you do when you are a creative retailer, wife and mother with two children? You work around the clock, you hire clerks for the times when the children need you and pay babysitters when you are at the store. That might work when sales are brisk during tourist season, but might be marginal at other times. Michelle Waldron and Megan Van Hamerssfeld have solved that dilemma by combining their two shops — Daisy Bloom and Creme Brulee — into one at 165 Spring St.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 2:10PM
Let’s take a good look at what we can get locally before buying gifts elsewhere. Maybe we should have a “Blue Heron” poster and badges made, like in the 1930s, to show we believe that prosperity, as well as charity, starts at home.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 2:05PM
In February, the Look Good ... Feel Better program will have its first workshop in Friday Harbor. If you or a friend are receiving treatment for cancer and would like to be a part of this transforming program, call Friday Harbor volunteer Geri Chutuk, 378-5872. She'll be back on-island after Jan. 15 and invites anyone interested in the program to contact her then.
- Nov 26, 2008 at 11:00AM updated at 1:54PM
As early as September, the first snow falls on the Inupiat village of Shishmaref — on a disappearing sand spit on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska — and on desolate St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Lee Brooks of Arctic Raven Gallery plans his travel to that region after the first snow, a time when artists start carving, to search for the Northwest Native art treasures featured in the annual show, aptly titled “First Snow.”
- Nov 26, 2008 at 1:42PM
More than $120,000 has been awarded to 150 graduating seniors in the last 30 years. Students have used scholarships to further their education in Commercial Art, Graphics, Film, Fashion Design, Jewelry, Photography, Metal Work, Industrial Arts, Textiles, Sculpture, History, Culinary Arts and Education.
- Nov 25, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Nov 26, 2008 at 10:10AM
There are so many gift items available here on island and for a fair price. Shopping is fun here where shop owners know you and many offer treats and discounts. There's caroling, beautiful windows decorated with the Christmas theme and a feeling of a supportive community spirit only found in small towns. This year especially, when so many are challenged financially, is a time to be grateful for our families and our community.
- Nov 25, 2008 at 3:09PM
Jermaine Reaves always wanted to be a superhero, according to his friend of three years, Aaron D'Errico, who has created an animated superhero picture of Reaves.
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