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Next week’s kickoff event is being called “Spring Splash.” All we can say is, get ready to get drenched in fun. Besides the Port of Friday Harbor’s 60th anniversary celebration, highlights of the week include tall ship visits April 27-28, Leon Redbone in concert May 1 at the San Juan Community Theatre, and the Opening Day Boat Parade at the port May 2.
Jaileen Panger and Peace of Mind Pet Sitting are sponsoring the first annual Pet Poetry Contest. All poems must relate to pets. The pets may be living or deceased, or even imaginary pets, but the poems must be about a pet or pets. The contest began midnight April 1 and continues for the entire month; deadline is midnight April 30.
On April 3, Ming Zhang and Natalia Borges exchanged wedding vows in the presence of family and close friends. The ceremony was held in a penthouse suite atop the Westin Seattle. Ming is a Friday Harbor High School (2004) and Washington State University (2008) graduate. His bride, Naty, is also a 2008 graduate of Washington State University, where they met. The new couple will make their home in Seattle, where Ming is an agent for American Family Insurance.
Robert "Bob" Sheldon Dixon passed peacefully on April 12, 2010 at St. Joseph's Hospital after complications from a cardiac arrest. Bob was born in Seattle, Wash., on March 2, 1954. He graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1972. Bob moved to Friday Harbor in 1977. Bob was a skilled meat cutter for more than 30 years in Friday Harbor, employed by Verne Howard.
Ken "Dart" Malan, 78, retired Group Health physician, died from cancer on April 5, 2010 at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Wash. He was born Aug. 21, 1931 in Ogden, Utah, son of Kennett H. Malan and Maureen Peck. He spent some of his happiest days working with his beloved grandpa, Gideon H. Malan, on their mountain, and with his lifelong friends from Polk Elementary, fondly referred to as "the sons of Polk." He was on winning swimming and skiing teams at Ogden High School.
It was a windy and cold April 2, and 10-year-old Grace Shaw checked on the hummingbirds that visit the feeders lining the porch of her family's home on Bailer Hill Road. She saw what looked like a leaf stuck to one of the feeders; a closer look revealed it was a hummingbird, its feet stuck to the little ledge around the feeder. She carefully removed the bird from the feeder and called her mom. "I thought it was dead," Rose Shaw said, remembering that some of the bird's feathers were missing.
How do you read a book? Are you looking for beautiful prose or gripping action that makes you turn the pages? Do you crave characters that make you weep or a setting in a landscape or time far, far away? Or are you, like one of my favorite characters, Alice, looking for conversation? Do you like to peruse the pictures and perhaps the captions and maybe only then read the text if your interest is piqued? Sam Connery is the kind of writer that visually oriented readers will like.
Laurence “Larry” Bauer died Tuesday, April 6, at Swedish Hospital, Seattle, from complications related to a severe stroke. His children, Sara and Laura, and their mother, Ingrid, were with him when he died. His death was peaceful. He was 69.
The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA) is sounding the call to Washington, Oregon and British Columbia artists to enter IMA’s juried visual arts competition, “Green: On the Edge.” The upcoming summer exhibition asks artists to tackle the question, “What does ‘green’ mean to you?”
‘The Clean House’: The bounds of reality are dissolved in the latest offering from Island Stage Left
The bounds of reality are dissolved in the latest offering from theater company Island Stage Left. Within the solid reality of the venue, San Juan County Fairgrounds, Sarah Ruhl’s “The Clean House” is due to be performed in all its original playfulness. “She has enormous imagination,” director Helen Machin-Smith says of the playwrite. Ruhl, who was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize two years in a row, is stylistically drawn to allegory and magic-realism.
Doors open 5 p.m. Friday at Roche Harbor Pavilion for a spaghetti feed and auction to benefit Sophia Grace Krieg, a 6-month-old who is awaiting a heart transplant. Sophia is the grand-niece of Debbie Sandwith.
Gayle Ann Williams of Cape San Juan is the author of “Tsunami Blue,” a paranormal romance just released by Dorchester Publishing. New York Times bestselling author Stella Cameron (“Out of Body,” “Cypress Nights”) said “Tsunami Blue” is “an intriguing mile-a-minute adventurous tale of sexy survival in a paranormal world.” “Tsunami Blue” is Williams’ debut novel. It was chosen for publication after winning Dorchester’s Shomi Writing Contest.
A fresh breeze of sweet acoustic folk sounds flows into Friday Harbor when The Wailin’ Jennys grace San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage on Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Winners of Canada’s 2005 Juno Award for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, the group has been gathering a large following as it has embarked on North American and European tours (“quiet, warm, subtle, mellifluous, almost too good to be true,” noted British daily The Independent). In fact, they appeared in March on Garrison Keillor’s national radio program, “A Prairie Home Companion.”
Friday Harbor's Kasey Rasmussen will have one more shot at the state title. An eighth-grader at Friday Harbor Middle School, Kasey earned a third consecutive trip to the state Geographic Bee finals on the strength of a competitive written exam.
OK, it’s actually the 50th anniversary of the current Sidney ferry landing; WSF clarifies commemoration | Video
Maintaining the international sailing was a theme of the speeches given in Sidney. Sidney Mayor Larry Cross, Anacortes Mayor Dean Maxwell and state Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-San Juan Island, all spoke of the ongoing efforts to keep the route going. “As long as I’m in the Legislature, I will continue to fight as hard as I can to protect this run,” Ranker said.
It's as if that pile of pretty cupcakes had Shelby Dunn's name on them. The 5-year-old girl from Fremont, Calif. visited San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday with her family for Elegant Edibles, and wasn't in the theater lobby for five minutes before picking the Easter goodies in the annual benefit bake sale.
Cub Scouts from Den 3, Pack 90 in Friday Harbor visited The Journal of the San Juan Islands on March 23. Scouts talked to Graphic Artist Rebecca Cook read some ad copy, talked to Reporter Scott Rasmussen about news gathering, and met Editor Richard Walker and Reporter Jane K. Fox.
Spring is in the air, and with the days getting lighter and daffodils on the ground, it is time to think about Easter. There is a host of entertainment and worship options this April, including a twist on an old favorite: The Easter egg hunt.
Army Sgt. Tom Bauschke of Friday Harbor has received the Bronze Star for "Valorous and Meritorious actions while engaged in direct combat operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 1 May 2009."
SanJuanJournal.com stories about the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Anacortes-Sidney ferry route — make that the 50th anniversary of the Sidney ferry landing at its current location — spurred response from readers and, now, a history lesson from Elaine Walker of The Anacortes American. She is the American's news editor.
The Journal's annual April Fool's section, The Gerbil, is included in this week's edition. The Gerbil's top story: Public Works will take our trash to an island the county bought and renamed Someplace Else Island, to satisfy the demands of islanders that the new solid waste transfer station be built someplace else.
Grisha Krivchenia and Robin Lohrey will share the great works of beloved composers as they present "Keyboard Masterworks" on the San Juan Community Theatre Whittier stage April 2, 7:30 p.m.
No, it’s not an April Fools’ Day joke. Benjamin Franklin appears at San Juan Community Theatre on April 1, 7:30 p.m., thanks to Northwest history actor, educator and scholar G. Robin Smith.
San Juan Island’s fabulous Baker Boys are back — still baking and cooking, and sharing their talents at CATS’ Elegant Edibles bake sale at the San Juan Community Theatre on April 3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Baker Boys — volunteers from the community — return for the second year in a row, providing their own special homemade goodies for sale in this annual fund-raiser for the theater.
He entered the room pumping his fist, and fans cheered. Someone called out, "I'm your biggest fan." Admirers sought pre-performance autographs and photographs. When his performance — or presentation — neared its end after 90 minutes, fans called out, "No! No!," and he gave them 30 minutes more. A rock star? Yes — of the gardening world. This was Ciscoe Morris.
It was 1945 all over again: Howard Schonberger and Helen Sawyer best replicate famous Times Square kiss
For a moment, it was Times Square 1945 all over again. Veterans from each of the military branches and their significant others took to the American Legion stage Saturday to see who could best replicate that famous kiss captured by a Life magazine photographer when the end of World War II was announced. The winners: Army veteran Howard Schonberger and his bride, Helen Sawyer.
When we first talked in September of creating a safer place for our kindergartners during "pick-up" times, Sharon Minke, our son's Kindergarten teacher, asked if there might be a way to honor the memory of those parents who have passed away while their children have attended Friday Harbor Elementary School. One of her students recently experienced such a loss. She thought of another family that she went through this — the Benz family.
Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor thanks the 160 people that attended the 11th annual St. Patrick’s Extravaganza on March 13 at the San Juan Island Yacht Club. The gracious audience enjoyed live music from Opa, the wit and charm of auctioneer (and Soroptimist) Farhad Ghatan, food from Becki Day of Vinny’s Ristorante, and the efforts of all the Soroptimist volunteers.
With themes like “Trousers of Terror,” “PowerPants!” and “Cirque du Slaque,” Captain Smartypants brings cerebral humor and talented voices to the San Juan Community Theatre on Saturday, 7:30 p.m. The nine-man ensemble brings the “best of the best” to the Whittier stage as they celebrate a decade of their zany, yet thought-provoking live stage shows.
With some works of drama, the title is self explanatory: “The Cherry Orchard,” “The Dining Room,” “The Birthday Party.” Although such titles do not give away the plot, they do at least provide a clue to setting or context. Not so with the upcoming Friday Harbor Middle School performances.
Garbage rate hike is top news story, World War II pilot is top feature story, in this week’s Journal
An increase in garbage rates is the top news story, and a story about a local woman who was a World War II pilot is the top feature story, in this week's Journal of the San Juan Islands. The edition is available at newsstands late March 16, and will be in subscribers' mailboxes on March 17.
United Way of San Juan County announces that more than $152,600 was raised during its 2009 campaign. The money will help support 31 local programs providing essential services for individuals and families.
On Monday night, Friday Harbor Elementary School was filled with the sound of more than 300 drums, in an event sponsored by the San Juan Island Prevention Coalition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.