Ann Templeton Monin

Ann Templeton posted 33 stories to The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
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“Every 15 Minutes

Every 15 Minutes: Mock DUI crash April 22-23

The number of drinking and driving crashes is on the rise in San Juan County. According to San Juan County court records, 44 DUI cases were cases filed in 2004. That number climbed to 61 in 2007 and 94 in 2008. Nineteen DUI cases were filed in the first quarter of 2009. A program hopes to turn the tide by reinforcing images of the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

  • Apr 18th, 2009 2:22am
“Every 15 Minutes
Natalie Chevalier helps the Easter bunny hand out candy in front of the Hotel de Haro during Roche Harbor’s Easter  celebration in 2008. The bunny and his (or her?) pals will be back on the island dispensing holiday fun.

It’s Easter Week; lots of activities and services planned

A busy schedule of Easter activities and services is planned this week, capped by Easter egg hunts at Jackson Beach and Roche Harbor.

  • Apr 8th, 2009 6:18pm
Natalie Chevalier helps the Easter bunny hand out candy in front of the Hotel de Haro during Roche Harbor’s Easter  celebration in 2008. The bunny and his (or her?) pals will be back on the island dispensing holiday fun.

School district will hire interim superintendent until 2010

The San Juan Island School Board plans to hire an interim school superintendent for the 2009-10 school year. The decision was made Monday at a special school board meeting in the district office. A job description will be posted on the San Juan Island School District Web site. The deadline for applications and resumes is May 8.

  • Apr 7th, 2009 9:13pm

Superintendent finalists expected to be chosen April 2

The search for a new full-time superintendent for San Juan Island School District is in full swing. Search consultant John Fotheringham of Northwest Leadership Associates was hired to meet with faculty, staff, parents, students and other community members on March 19. The field of candidates will be narrowed from five to three at an executive board meeting on April 2. The candidates will be interviewed on April 11. The two finalists will spend all day at the district on April 13-14. The new superintendent will be chosen sometime this spring.

  • Mar 31st, 2009 5:47pm

Sports funding update is on school board agenda tonight

Island Rec may contract with the school district to fund the sports program: baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, golf, softball, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling. An update on funding the athletic program for 2009-10 will be provided at the San Juan Island School Board meeting tonight at 6 at Friday Harbor High School. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Mar 25th, 2009 8:23pm

Two firsts, one second for Schmidt in Edmonds meet | Track & Field

Although the team was down in numbers because of illness and scheduling conflicts, Coach Darrin Scheffer believes the Wolverines are off to a great start. “Our kids will gain valuable experience during this week that will allow them to see and experience a lot of track in a short time period," he said. "When the dust settles, we will have an opportunity to see which events best fit our talents and skills.”

  • Mar 25th, 2009 7:12pm
Fiddlers Liz and Yvonne Kane of Letterfrack

San Juan Island goes Irish; concert, sessions this week

The seven-day Friday Harbor Irish Music Camp got under way Monday in Friday Harbor with classes at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. The week includes seisuns — or music sessions — at Downriggers and The Place. The week is capped by a concert Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Mar 12th, 2009 6:30pm
Fiddlers Liz and Yvonne Kane of Letterfrack

Updated: Crumb rubber will be replaced this weekend

The Playground Underlayment Committee plans to replace the crumb rubber playground surface material at Friday Harbor Elementary School the weekends of March 6-8 and 13-14.

  • Mar 5th, 2009 3:22am
The cast of ‘Our Town’ includes

‘Our Town’ opens Thursday at San Juan Community Theatre

In celebration of Friday Harbor’s centennial, Thornton Wilder’s classic play “Our Town” will be performed on San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage Thursday to March 13. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. A total of 10 performances will be shown during the run. Tickets and times can be found at sjctheatre.org, or call the box office at 378-3211.

  • Feb 26th, 2009 11:30pm
The cast of ‘Our Town’ includes
A smoldering electric blanket burned a hole in this mattress

Close call for home; smoldering electric blanket burns hole in mattress

An electric blanket burned through a mattress in a bedroom at 817 Sunday Drive in Friday Harbor, Feb. 16. Renter Christine Dawson and her family were off-island at the time of the fire. A neighbor, Gary Hanson, heard the smoke alarm and called sheriff's dispatch. The call was received at 1:26 p.m.; Friday Harbor and San Juan Island District 3 firefighters went to the home.

  • Feb 23rd, 2009 8:10pm
A smoldering electric blanket burned a hole in this mattress
Margaret and Alex McRea ... They will soon celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. Alex says of marriage

Love & marriage: Margaret and Alex McRea talk about what it takes to make 66 years of wonderful memories

For Margaret and Alex McRea, true love is measured by memories over a span of time. Love for a spouse is something to be treasured and valued on a daily basis, they said. For more than five decades, they have shared their lives — something to admire in an age where many marriages dissolve during difficult times.

  • Feb 17th, 2009 7:17pm
Margaret and Alex McRea ... They will soon celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. Alex says of marriage

Update: School district meeting on restructuring postponed to March 4; shortfall may be less than $826,000

The San Juan Island School Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been rescheduled for March 4, 6 p.m. The School Board was scheduled to act upon financial planning recommendations at the Wednesday night meeting. However, the board will delay the meeting to honor faculty and staff requests for more time to understand the recommendations and the underlying financial projections.

  • Feb 4th, 2009 1:00am
A miniature chihuahua takes cautious leave of a carrier Monday at the Friday Harbor animal shelter. Several dogs rescued from overcrowded kennels in the Skagit Valley are recovering in Friday Harbor.

Puppy mill dogs brought to San Juan for assistance

The local Animal Protection Society is preparing to care for 12 dogs seized from two puppy mills in Skagit and Snohomish counties last week. All told, about 600 dogs were seized by authorities. About 80 percent of the dogs are pregnant and some 1,500 puppies are expected to be born in the next few weeks.

  • Jan 28th, 2009 12:49am
A miniature chihuahua takes cautious leave of a carrier Monday at the Friday Harbor animal shelter. Several dogs rescued from overcrowded kennels in the Skagit Valley are recovering in Friday Harbor.
‘Grease’ is only the second musical ever presented by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group. It features a cast of between 60 and 64 students. It opens Jan. 8 in the San Juan Community Theatre. Top row from left

It’s still ‘the word’; Friday Harbor High School’s drama group presents ‘Grease’ at San Juan Community Theatre

Rock into the new year with the hit Broadway show, “Grease,” performed by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group, Jan. 8-11 at the San Juan Community Theatre. This smash-hit musical — the eighth longest-running Broadway show — is the second high school musical ever performed by the drama group.

  • Jan 2nd, 2009 3:56pm
‘Grease’ is only the second musical ever presented by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group. It features a cast of between 60 and 64 students. It opens Jan. 8 in the San Juan Community Theatre. Top row from left
'Counting our blessings'

Friday Harbor Food Bank’s numbers double

Susan Eichrodt, program manager for the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, said food banks across the state are serving more people than ever before. Friday Harbor Food Bank is experiencing the surge; the number of people needing food assistance has steadily increased since June, when the food bank expanded to Saturdays.

  • Dec 26th, 2008 5:54pm
'Counting our blessings'
Lorie Narum of Second Act admires the teddy bear she received during Santa's early pass through the island. He's expected to visit downtown Friday Harbor today.

Santa expected to make early visit to downtown today

On a cold, snowy afternoon just days before Christmas, Santa Claus paid a special visit to the newsroom at The Journal of the San Juan Islands. He wanted to remind islanders that despite the wintry weather conditions, he plans to stroll the streets of downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.

  • Dec 24th, 2008 8:34pm
Lorie Narum of Second Act admires the teddy bear she received during Santa's early pass through the island. He's expected to visit downtown Friday Harbor today.
Spring Street International School students put the finishing touches on cookies and cards for the community. The students distributed the holiday cheer and sang carols in the community before going on holiday break.

Spring Street International School students spread holiday cheer

Spring Street International School students spent their last day before the holiday break baking, caroling and creating cards for the community. More than 40 handmade Christmas cards and 30 plates of cookies were given to area friends, neighbors and businesses Dec. 19. Students baked and decorated dozens of sugar cookies. Gingerbread men complete with suits and smiles were stacked onto plates ready for delivery.

  • Dec 24th, 2008 5:35pm
Spring Street International School students put the finishing touches on cookies and cards for the community. The students distributed the holiday cheer and sang carols in the community before going on holiday break.
High school sports programs could be cut from the 2009-10 budget to erase a projected $717

Public meeting tonight on school district’s projected $717,000 deficit

The San Juan Island School District may reduce staff and programs beginning as early as the 2009-10 school year because of a decline in enrollment and reduction in state funding. A special board meeting is scheduled today at 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School library. The meeting will address long-range planning options needed to address an anticipated $717,200 budget shortfall. The meeting is open to the public.

  • Dec 10th, 2008 7:21pm
High school sports programs could be cut from the 2009-10 budget to erase a projected $717

San Juan Island School District could cut sports, electives; meeting Dec. 10 on restructuring

The San Juan Island School District may reduce staff and programs beginning as early as the 2009-10 school year, because of a decline in enrollment and reduction in state funding. A special board meeting will be held on Dec. 10, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor High School library. The meeting will address long-range planning options needed to address an anticipated $717,2000 budget shortfall.

  • Dec 3rd, 2008 5:15pm
This handsome fellow is expecting you for dinner — twice

San Juan: Loosen your belt and join your neighbors at two community dinners

There’s no reason to be hungry, alone or miss out on some camaraderie with your neighbors this Thanksgiving season. Volunteers are preparing turkey with all the trimmings, sweet potatoes and pies for two community Thanksgiving dinners. The events are free and open to the public.

  • Nov 24th, 2008 3:27pm
This handsome fellow is expecting you for dinner — twice
Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24

Stage Left’s ‘Marley’ is a story of redemption, with a twist

Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24, in the Roche Harbor Pavilion.

  • Nov 19th, 2008 11:14pm
Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24

Meeting Nov. 20 on replacement of crumb rubber playground surface

A proposed committee will develop a plan to replace the crumb rubber underlayment at the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground. A public meeting is scheduled Nov. 20, 6 p.m. in the Friday Harbor Elementary School cafeteria. Organizers say community support will be essential, so an advisory board will be created to assist in the development of a plan to replace the crumb rubber.

  • Nov 15th, 2008 12:05am

Districts discuss benefits of consolidating services, districts

San Juan Island School Board Chairman Boyd Pratt discussed combining services with other districts. Collaboration of services to be considered include special education, technology and vocational programs.

  • Nov 14th, 2008 9:05pm

Enrollment climbs at two of three San Juan Island private schools

Enrollment is on the rise at two of the island’s three private schools. Spring Street International School added 13 students this fall. Stillpoint School’s enrollment increased by five. Paideia Classical School saw a six-student drop in enrollment this school year.

  • Nov 12th, 2008 1:11am
From left

Middle-school students get a chance to exercise their future right to vote

Tuesday's general election was a memorable experience for many middle-school students, most of them four to six years from voting age. A mock election, which mimics the national election, was held Tuesday at Friday Harbor Middle School. Throughout the school day, students took the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate, as well as candidates for local and state offices.

  • Nov 7th, 2008 12:27am
From left

School board reconsidering crumb rubber; meeting tonight at 5:30

San Juan Island School Board members are reconsidering the use of crumb rubber as an underlayment at the Friday Harbor Elementary School playground. A special school board meeting is scheduled for tonight, 5:30, in the high school library.

  • Nov 5th, 2008 11:23pm

Enrollment climbs at two of three San Juan Island private schools

Enrollment is on the rise at two of the island’s three private schools. Spring Street International School added 13 students this fall. Stillpoint School’s enrollment increased by five. Paideia Classical School saw a six student drop in enrollment this school year.

  • Nov 5th, 2008 11:13pm
Pat Speer ... retired art teacher dies in Nebraska

Pat Speer ‘was everyone’s favorite teacher’

Retired Friday Harbor High School art teacher Pat Speer died in her sleep Sunday evening in her brother's home in Plattsmouth, Neb. She was 62. Speer retired from teaching in June after a 35-year career in the San Juan Island School District, beginning in September 1973.

  • Oct 30th, 2008 5:54pm
Pat Speer ... retired art teacher dies in Nebraska
The Island Scene section in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands' has your guide to Halloween fun — as well as What's Happening

Be afraid, but have fun too; San Juan sets a spooky stage for Halloween

A cauldron of Halloween fun is brewing, with live music, a teen dance, games and, of course, trick-or-treating in local neighborhoods. The annual Halloween Parade featuring Friday Harbor Elementary School students will begin downtown at 1 p.m., as eager spectators await the arrival of children dressed in their Halloween finery.

  • Oct 29th, 2008 8:48pm
The Island Scene section in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands' has your guide to Halloween fun — as well as What's Happening
Enrollment history at San Juan Island School District since 2003-04.

It’s the FTEs that count; school enrollment is down only 10 students

Turns out, there are only 10 fewer students attending San Juan Island public schools right now, compared to the same time in 2007. There are 858 full-time-equivalent students (a kindergartner counts as .5 FTE, and some home school and private school students take only a class at a public school). In October 2007, there were 868 FTEs. An earlier version of this story compared the current FTE to last year's head count, which is higher because the head count includes part-time students and kindergartners. The district receives per-student funding from the state — currently $5,411.70 per student — based on its annual average FTE enrollment.

  • Oct 23rd, 2008 8:51pm
Enrollment history at San Juan Island School District since 2003-04.
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Junior Class wins Homecoming float contest

Roller skaters, prize fighters, an abominable snowman, and root-beer floats served up on a ’50s-style diner rolled down the streets of downtown Friday Harbor in the annual Homecoming parade Friday. Enthusiasm rang high among the crowds of students on a rainy afternoon as they proudly displayed their eagerness to dominate the Nooksack Valley Pioneers, the opposing team in the Homecoming football game.

  • Oct 22nd, 2008 10:04pm
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Economy weighs heavily on future and hopeful members of Congress, Legislature, County Council

The economy is weighing heavily on future and hopeful members of Congress, Legislature, County Council. About 70 islanders attended the candidates forum Oct. 11 at Friday Harbor Middle School, hosted by the League of Women Voters of the San Juans.

  • Oct 21st, 2008 11:07pm

It’s Homecoming! Parade begins at 4:45 p.m. Friday; homecoming football game Saturday at 3 p.m.

In the high school halls, Wolverine pride is running deep as students gear up for two days of Homecoming events — beginning Friday, with the ever popular parade of floats, and ending Saturday, with a traditional Homecoming dance. King and queen will be crowned during the pep rally at Turnbull Gym Friday afternoon. Wolverine spirit spreads into the evening at a local church, Friday Harbor Presbyterian, where high school students will gather for a tasty bowl of chili, card games and more.

  • Oct 17th, 2008 10:31pm