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- Mar 12, 2010 at 2:00PM updated at 4:12PM
It was the kiss seen round the world. A Life magazine photographer captured a Navy sailor kissing a woman on Times Square, a spontaneous celebratory response to the announcement that World War II had ended. American Legion Post 163 will remember that moment and honor World War II veterans with a special dinner and a contest to see who can best replicate that kiss.
- Mar 12, 2010 at 4:11PM
Carl Johnson passed away March 5 in Parker, Ariz. He was 80. He was born and raised in Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. He was the son of Julius and Edna Johnson, both early pioneers of San Juan. Carl attended Friday Harbor schools. His sister Marlene Crosby and his brother Edward Johnson still live on San Juan Island.
- Mar 12, 2010 at 1:11PM
Joyce Christine Morrill Gaylard, beloved mother and wife, went home to be with her Lord. Joyce "Tiss" was born to Calvin Clare Morrill and Betty Mae Blanchard-Tate on Nov. 11, 1948 in her maternal great-grandparents' home off of Sutton Road in Friday Harbor. She passed away March 6, 2010 after a long illness.
- Mar 12, 2010 at 10:22AM
Gordy and Lori Petersen, owners of Friday Harbor Center at Spring and First streets, have opened The Bean coffee shop. The Bean is the successor of The Naked Bean, and features an entirely remodeled interior.
- Mar 12, 2010 at 10:19AM
Pam Fry has joined the staff at Spa d Bune, 669 Mullis St., Friday Harbor. Fry practices High Touch Jin Shin Acupressure; she is available by appointment at 370-5027.
- Mar 11, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:20PM
Islanders are invited to a reception at the Roy Franklin passenger terminal at Friday Harbor Airport on March 27, 4-5 p.m. The occasion is the annual update of the San Juan Aviation Museum, which is honoring Bob Nichols as its featured pilot this year.
- Mar 9, 2010 at 9:00AM updated Mar 11, 2010 at 11:44AM
The San Juan Dragons lacrosse team's annual spaghetti dinner fund-raiser is March 11, 5-7:30 p.m., at the San Juan Island Grange Hall. "We promise good food for a great cause," the team said in an e-mail. "We will be having our famous dessert auction at 6:30."
- Mar 10, 2010 at 2:00PM updated Mar 11, 2010 at 10:46AM
The Port of Friday Harbor celebrates its 60th anniversary this spring and summer with tall ship visits, a fly-in, and a beach party. The celebration comes on the heels of the town's centennial.
- Mar 10, 2010 at 5:58PM
Kitty Sorgen and her daughter, Jill Urbach, were awarded the Ruby Award by Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor for their work founding a quilting project in Kenya. Sorgen and Urbach both traveled to Kenya to found a quilting project run under the non-profit Oasis Africa, which sponsors a school in the town of Mashaka.
County approves hike in minimum trash disposal fee, land ownership swap to ease solid waste's funding woes
- Mar 10, 2010 at 3:35PM
Nearly twice as much: That's how much it could cost to dispose of a single can of garbage at San Juan County's solid waste transfer stations. On Tuesday, the County Council approved steps to help remedy the funding woes of its solid waste operation. Included is an 87 percent increase in the price to dispose of a single can of garbage.
Boat owner says sinking caused by driftwood wedged between hull and dock; surveyor's inspection expected soon
- Mar 9, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 8:43PM
Richard Olin has a different theory on why his boat, the Eldorado, sank March 2 at the Friday Harbor Marina breakwater dock: A piece of driftwood wedged between his boat and the dock punctured his hull.
- Mar 9, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 4:24PM
She’s not the youngest skater on the ice. And she may not be the fastest. But when it comes to speedskating, Jan Zurcher knows a thing or two about what it takes to be the best. In fact, Google her name and you’ll find Olympic speedskater J.R. Celski, who brought home two bronze medals from the 2010 Winter Games, crediting Zurcher with helping to launch what appears to be a very promising career.
- Mar 9, 2010 at 3:05PM
Former county clerk Mary Jean Cahail was reelected president of the San Juan Historical Society, Tuesday at the society's annual meeting. National Park historian Mike Vouri was elected vice president; Mike Nash, treasurer; Ramona Jones, recording secretary; Kitty Roberts, corresponding secretary.
- Mar 9, 2010 at 1:36PM
Seventy-nine people were recognized as homeless in this year’s Count of Homeless Persons in San Juan County. Among the homeless, 29 were classified as unsheltered — living in tents, cars, boats (not equipped with facilities for living aboard) or staying in motels (with money from churches, etc.).
- Mar 9, 2010 at 12:50PM
Lavendera Day Spa presents "Island Visions," an exhibit of works by Beth Hetrick. In "Island Visions," Hetrick has captured the familiar, the nostalgic, the comforting vistas all islanders are familiar with. Her canvases draw the viewer in and cause some to exclaim, "Oh yeah, I've seen that truck!"
- Mar 9, 2010 at 11:00AM updated at 1:28PM
"I know every rock and bush here," said Jai Boreen, speaking of the 15 acres he and his family recently sold to the San Juan Community Home Trust. Boreen and his partner, Bequin, have lived on this land for over a decade and have, with their four sons, built a small paradise dubbed Missing Mountain Farm. This name refers to Bald Hill, which once loomed over the southern portion of the property. Boreen remembers it being "as steep as the gravel it was made of would allow."
- Feb 25, 2010 at 3:00PM updated Mar 9, 2010 at 10:41AM
Peace of Mind Pet Sitting has expanded into farm and house sitting. Peace of Mind is owned by Jaileen Panger, a professional pet sitter who is certified in pet first aid and CPR, and is soon to be accredited with Pet Sitters International. She is trained by American Humane to shelter animals in an emergency, and she is looking into getting certified in large animal rescue by the Washington State Animal Response Team.
- Mar 9, 2010 at 9:05AM
Friday Harbor’s Richie Ochoa tossed two perfect innings of relief to help lead WSU to a 6-3 victory over Bethune-Cookman University, Feb. 27 in Texas.
- Mar 9, 2010 at 8:58AM
It is a fact that the San Juan Islands bear a passing resemblance to the landscapes of Ireland. There is both a negative and a positive to this. On the one side, the Irish fiddle player is forced to go through the boredom and discomfort of a 12-hour plane ride to end up in a place that looks much the same as the place he or she just left. On the other hand, however, it means that San Juan Island is the perfect place to host a festival dedicated to the culture of Irish music.
- Mar 9, 2010 at 8:49AM
Prosecuting Attorney Randy Gaylord said parcel fees should be “taken off the table” as a potential source of revenue for the Public Works Department’s Solid Waste Division, a reverse of an earlier opinion by his office regarding the legality of such a fee. Unlike an excise tax, which Gaylord said can be used to generate solid waste revenue, there is no solid waste-related transaction on which such a parcel fee can be attached. Furthermore, he said, there’s no link between the impact a property owner has on the solid waste operation and the amount each would pay under that one-size-fits-all type of fee.
- Mar 8, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 6:03PM
Snow — sparse, and not enough to stick, but snow nonetheless — teased parts of San Juan Island Monday afternoon, as temperatures headed to below freezing.
- Mar 8, 2010 at 1:07PM
Gwen went quietly and peacefully in her sleep. She was 72. She was the first of two daughters born to Hazel and Howard Lawson of Friday Harbor.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 4:41PM
The first annual Spring Sprint Triathlon is scheduled April 17. Because it is early season, the first segment of the event, a 500-yard swim, will be held in the indoor pool at San Juan Island Fitness. This will be followed by a 12-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, both outside, rain or shine.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 3:52PM
Cameron Hull “Butch” Avery Jr., longtime island resident, passed away in Seattle on Feb. 8, 2010 due to complications from a stroke he suffered on Christmas Eve. He was 71.
- Mar 5, 2010 at 1:19PM
Margaret "Peg" Wilson, a long-time resident of Cape San Juan, died Feb. 24 in Oregon, where she had moved a few years ago to be closer to her daughter. She was 92.
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