Kathryn Pinion is the town’s newest centenarian; worked for the clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives

Kathryn Pinion, a resident of Village at the Harbour in Friday Harbor, celebrated her 100th birthday Feb. 23. She is believed to be the island's only centenarian. Dave Champlin, another Village resident, will share the honors Sept. 12 when he celebrates his 100th birthday.

  • Feb 25th, 2010

Major award for Ed Strum; ‘Connoisseurs’ wins Pickering Award

A play written by Ed Strum of Cape San Juan has been awarded the 2010 Robert J. Pickering Award for Playwriting Excellence. Strum’s comedy, “The Connoisseurs,” will premiere March 4 in the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Mich. The historic opera house and theater opened Sept. 21, 1882.

  • Feb 25th, 2010

Lutherans move from St. Francis Catholic Church to St. David’s Episcopal Church

Members of the Lutheran Church in the San Juans processed on Feb. 14 from St. Francis Catholic Church a few blocks to St. David's Episcopal Church, which will be their new worship home. The Rev. Raymond Heffernan and members of St. Francis Church wished them farewell as the Lutherans processed to St. David's, where they were welcomed by the Rev. Doug Simonsen and members of St. David's.

  • Feb 23rd, 2010

Desi Whalen wins fourth in state oratorical contest

Desi Whalen won fourth place and $500 at the Washington State American Legion Oratorical Contest. Desi, the daughter of Carol Whalen and Ron Whalen, both of Friday Harbor, is a junior at Friday Harbor High School.

  • Feb 19th, 2010

Frances Josephine (Mickey) Cahail | Passages

Frances Josephine (Mickey) Cahail passed away Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in the Islands Convalescent Center at the age of 100. She was born October 21, 1909, south of Friday Harbor near Madden’s Corner to Julius Oscar Bergman and Mary Ellen (Madden) Bergman. She was the third of five children.

  • Feb 19th, 2010

Soroptimists celebrate Friday Harbor Centennial with more than 100 members

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor are celebrating Friday Harbor's Centennial with more than 100 members. San Juan Island’s club was founded in 1996 by a group of women who shared the vision of a service organization focusing on the needs of women and children. Forty-four islanders signed the charter, of which 13 are still active members of the club: Lenore Bayuk, Carrie Brooks, Judy Cornell, Lynn Danaher, Phyllis Davis, Debbie Dickinson, Pat Hansen, Nancy Hanson, Carol Jackson, Mitzi Johnson, Judie Ross, Annette Schaffer and Vicky Thalacker.

  • Feb 16th, 2010

Memorial services Feb. 20, Feb. 23 for Fred Bourland | Passages

Fredrick William Bourland Sr., a Friday Harbor resident and former general manager for Valmark, went home to be with his Lord and Savior following complications from radiation treatment for lung cancer. He was 73. His life was a testimony of commitment to God, his wife, family and friends.

  • Feb 16th, 2010

Valentine’s Day on San Juan Island: Elvis, a rose, and you

The King made early Valentine's Day visits Friday as part of a fund-raiser for Spring Street International School.

  • Feb 12th, 2010

Auditions for ‘My Fair Lady’ Feb. 15 and 16

Director Susan Williams is holding auditions for one of the most beloved musicals of all times Feb. 15 and 16 at 6:30 p.m. The auditions for "My Fair Lady" (book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, music by Frederick Loewe), will be held in the San Juan Community Theatre’s PARC Building, 70 Saltspring Drive.

  • Feb 11th, 2010

Final weekend of centennial stories in Islands Playwrights Festival

The third and final weekend of the 2010 Islands Playwrights Festival features two short plays and a monologue focusing on San Juan Island people, places and memories.

  • Feb 11th, 2010

Behind the scenes at the Knowledge Bowl: A major donation by King’s Market, and surprises on stage

William King was not totally sure how he came to be dressed as an American Indian, but he had some idea. "You changed the costume idea and didn't tell us until the last minute," he said to Elle Guard. Guard, adorned in more elaborate dress and makeup than King, was unapologetic. "We," she said, indicating herself and friend Hannah Snow, "are better at dressing up."

  • Feb 11th, 2010

Kyle Wilson and Melanie Johnson | Engagements

Gene and Kelle Wilson are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Kyle, to Melanie Johnson, daughter of Dave and Kathy Johnson of Erie, Colo.

  • Feb 11th, 2010

Mahius Concord and Kristina Collins | Engagements

Mahius Concord proposed to his long-time girlfriend Kristina Collins at the Space Needle during the New Year's party. They both attended Friday Harbor High School. Mahius, son of Eric and Laura Concord, graduated in 2003, and currently works as a computer technician. Kristina, daughter of Liz and Dan Collins, graduated in 2004. She then graduated from New York Institute of Photography in 2006. Kristina currently works as a freelance photographer.

  • Feb 10th, 2010

Two big finishes for Friday Harbor at Orca Bowl; A team wins first, B team wins fourth

Teams from Friday Harbor placed first and fourth in the Washington State Ocean Sciences Bowl, or Orca Bowl, Saturday in Seattle. Friday Harbor High School's Stewart Bell, Audrey Olshefsky, Nick Roberts, Matthew Skeels and Hannah Snow won first place. Friday Harbor's B team of Nicki LeBaron, Graham Ellis, Elle Guard and Gavin Guard placed fourth. The students were coached by Max Maliska, a graduate student at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs; and Nick Frazee, a teacher at Friday Harbor High School.

  • Feb 9th, 2010

Dr. Frederick Ellis, conservationist, dies in his Shaw Island home at 93

Dr. Frederick Ellis, a founding member of the San Juan Preservation Trust, died in his Shaw Island home Feb. 5. He was 93. No funeral arrangements had been set by press time Monday. Visit this week for updated information.

  • Feb 9th, 2010

What does ‘floccinaucinihilipilification’ mean? Ask third-graders Joseph Kaden and Claire Rathburn

Friday Harbor Elementary School third-graders Joseph Kaden and Claire Rathburn correctly identified the meaning of the word — get ready for this — "floccinaucinihilipilification" in the local Grange's dictionary contest. They each received a $20 gift certificate from Serendipity Book Store, and a 100 Grand candy bar from Pomona Grange member Pat Ball. Claire is a student in Darlene Clark's class. Joseph is a student in Tessa DeGavre's class.

  • Feb 8th, 2010

Jason Wheeler Sears and Shaena Ann Berg | Engagements

Bud and Jan Sears of Friday Harbor announce the engagement of their son, Jason Wheeler Sears, to Shaena Ann Berg. She is the daughter of Tim and Ann Berg of Yakima, Wash.

  • Feb 6th, 2010

Jacob Seiler and Pamella Correia Sanches | Engagements

Jacob Seiler’s parents are proud to announce his engagement to Pamella Correia Sanches of Brazil. Jacob has been traveling and working in Brazil for the past nine months. His parents are John Stamey and Lenore Bayuk; Kim Seiler-Bell and Scott Bell of Friday Harbor. He is brother to Cady Seiler, Audrey Espinoza, Paul Espinosa, and Emily Bayuk-Johnson. Pamella’s parents are Italo Enso Sanches Lloris and Suzeti Correia Sanches Lloris of Mato Grosso State, Brazil. She has one sister, Paola.

  • Feb 5th, 2010

How do you spell ‘victory’? Dalton Ayres wins annual spelling bee

Dalton Ayres, a seventh-grader at Friday Harbor Middle School, won the 2010 Friday Harbor Community Spelling Bee Feb. 2 at the San Juan Community Theater.

  • Feb 4th, 2010

Mike and Julia Vouri, San Juan Historical Museum team up to author book on San Juan Island

A new book about San Juan Island is being authored by Mike and Julia Vouri and the San Juan Historical Society and Museum. The book, titled "San Juan Island," will be published this summer by Arcadia Publishing Co. as part of its Images of America series. Other Arcadia books of local interest: "Orcas Island," "The Pig War," "Friday Harbor," and "Roche Harbor." (A book on Lopez Island is forthcoming.)

  • Feb 4th, 2010

‘Avatar’: Special effects are amazing, but story is cliched | Movie Review

The movie incorporates new CGI technologies that will change the exotic environment and bodies of the indigenous into incredible photorealistic 3D imagery. So incredible and accurate looking in fact that the movie and ideas have taken over 10 years to formulate. Though the technological level of the movie is quite amazing, the storytelling portion was somewhat cliché, the story line resembling quite a few others.

  • Feb 3rd, 2010

‘Up in the Air’: What he thought he wanted isn’t what he truly wanted at all | Movie Review

Near the end of the film, Mr. Bingham begins to “feel.” He feels sorrow, love, and heartbreak, things he isn’t used to feeling. In the end, he accomplishes his goal, and he realizes that, in getting what he wanted, it isn’t what he truly wanted at all.

  • Feb 3rd, 2010

Memorial service Feb. 13 for Susan Elizabeth Hull Meredith

Susan left this world peacefully and unafraid on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day in her beloved San Juan Islands. She was in the presence of family and friends, and the wonderful caregivers at Islands Convalescent Center made her last hours as comfortable as can be desired.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Celebration of Life for Richard Lawson Feb. 6 at West Valley Road ranch

Richard Lee Lawson was born Sept. 30, 1943 in Friday Harbor, Wash., to Gilbert and Geraldine Lawson. He lost his fight with cancer on Jan. 26, 2010 at The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. Richard left behind his mother, Jeri Lawson; son, Richard Jr. (wife, Tricia), son, Tommy (wife, Leah); stepson, Chris (wife, Sherry), and their sons, Chaz, Parker and Gabe; four grandchildren, Jordan, Ashley, Brandy Lee, and Dylan; brother, Victor Lawson; sister, Ruthie Paull; nieces, Cathy VanZanten and Ashley Paull; nephews, Rob Lawson, Adam Paull; and countless other relatives and friends.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Kurt Daniel Johnson | Passages

Kurt Daniel Johnson was born and raised in the community of Ballard in Seattle, Wash. His love for the outdoors began with time spent at the family cabin on Lake Whatcom, at Camp Orkila, Cub Scouting and family camping trips. He climbed Mount Rainier and hiked all over the Cascades and the Olympic Mountains.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Memorial service Feb. 6 for Charles Buck

Radio broadcast pioneer Charles Lewis “Chuck” Buck of Friday Harbor passed away on Jan. 14, 2010 in Oregon. He was 93. Born in Aberdeen, Wash., he moved to Alaska as a young boy to fish with his parents in the mid-1920s. He subsequently spent most of his life in Alaska until retiring to Friday Harbor in the early 1970s. Chuck graduated from Cordova High School in 1935. He joined the U.S. Army in 1940 and served for 13 years with the Alaska Communication Service in Alaska and Seattle.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Shirley S. Potter | Passages

Shirley S. Potter passed away peacefully at home Jan. 31. Shirley was born in Two Rivers, Wis., in 1920. She graduated from Oshkosh Teachers College in 1942. She married Robert M. Potter in 1952. She taught in Wisconsin and Alaska until her retirement in 1974.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Celebration of Life potluck Feb. 6 for Marsha Rachlin

Marsha Lois Rachlin, “MaPooh,” mother, grandmother and friend, lost her short battle with cancer on Dec. 8, 2009 at age 72, leaving behind her daughters Karen Ruby and Maya Sanchez and granddaughters Rachel and Nicole Ruby.

  • Feb 2nd, 2010

Conservationist, outdoorsman Wolf Bauer honored by state Legislature

Wolf Bauer, who launched his engineering career in 1936 with Roche Harbor Lime & Cement Co. and later became a noted conservationist and outdoorsman, will be honored by the state Legislature on his 98th birthday. Bauer, who lives in Anacortes but has a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters on San Juan Island, is the subject of a resolution approved by the state House of Representatives. Bauer's birthday is Feb. 24. House Speaker Pro Tem Jeff Morris and Rep. Dave Quall will present the resolution to Bauer on Feb. 26.

  • Jan 29th, 2010

‘The Lord decided to give me a second chance’: A missionary’s story of faith

“Take one day at a time and never underestimate the power of God,” Leota Birdsong said. “I thank the hospital and ICC staff for saving my life. My faith is really strong and I'm thankful the Lord decided to give me a second chance."

  • Jan 29th, 2010

San Juan photographer Chad Lyons wins Hawaii magazine photo contest

Photographer Chad Lyons of Friday Harbor won a photo contest sponsored by Hawaii magazine. His photo is featured in the February issue of the magazine. Lyons won first place in the Kauai category; three other photos made it into the top 40. There were more than 2,500 entries. You can see his photos on

  • Jan 28th, 2010

McLeish is studying computer security at Fort Gordon; one of only eight warrant officers selected for program

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Carrie A. McLeish (Joslin), a 1989 graduate of Friday Harbor High School, is studying computer security at Fort Gordon, Ga. The school is a nine-month program. She was one of only eight selected from 50 of the Army’s top warrant officers to participate in this course.

  • Jan 28th, 2010

100 years of stories: A special centennial Playwrights Festival opens Jan. 28

Unique glimpses into San Juan Island’s history, people and culture come alive in San Juan Community Theatre’s intimate Gubelman Theatre during the 2010 Islands Playwrights Festival, Jan. 28-31 and Feb. 5-7 and 11-14.

  • Jan 28th, 2010

Helen Loggie exhibit opens Jan. 29 at Islands Museum of Art

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art & Sculpture Park (IMA), at 28 First St. in Friday Harbor, will open “A Retrospective of Helen Loggie, 1917-1952,” Jan. 29, 5-8 p.m. Helen Loggie, a nationally recognized artist, lived most of her life in Bellingham and on Orcas Island. This exhibition links San Juan Island and Orcas Island in a unique manner, for The Lambiel Museum on Orcas is loaning part of its Helen Loggie Collection of more than 100 pieces, the largest private collection in existence, to IMA for an exhibit that will run through March 7.

  • Jan 28th, 2010

Susan Meredith | Passages

Susan Meredith, an early island kayaker, historical reenactor and frequent participant in the Fourth of July Parade, died Jan. 26. She was 91. "Susan Meredith of San Juan Island passed away peacefully on the evening of Jan. 26, 2010," Ron Garner e-mailed on behalf of the family. "She has loved the San Juan Islands for most of her life and has been a resident and enjoyed living in the island community for 30 years. She was 91. An obituary will follow when available."

  • Jan 27th, 2010

Canada’s acoustic artist of the year performs at SJCT Feb. 3

Ask San Juan Island native and musician Ryan Browne about Salt Spring Island’s Harry Manx and he’ll tell you Manx is one of the “great talents to come out of the islands.” A successful touring performer (he just won “Acoustic Artist of the Year” from Canada’s Maple Blues Awards for the third consecutive year), Manx brings his unique mix of “east meets west” to the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Jan 28th, 2010

Matthew William Percich | Births

Brett and Sandra Percich are happy to announce the birth of their son, Matthew William Percich, on Dec. 18, 2009. Matthew was born at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, Calif., at 2:33 a.m. and weighed 8 pounds 9 ounces and was 22 inches long. Matthew and his parents live in Chula Vista, Calif.

  • Jan 27th, 2010

‘All Things within All Things’ safely delivered, installed and dedicated in Norfolk Zoo

Matthew Gray Palmer's sculpture "All Things within All Things" was safely delivered, installed and dedicated in Norfolk, Va., last weekend. "Heartfelt thanks to all in our island community for your outpouring of support and interest in the project," the artist and his wife, Danielle Dean Palmer, said in an e-mail.

  • Jan 27th, 2010

Desi Whalen will represent American Legion Post 163 in the state American Legion Oratorical Contest

Desi Whalen has been selected to represent American Legion Post 163 in the finals of the Washington State American Legion Oratorical Contest. Desi, the daughter of Carol Whalen and Ron Whalen of Friday Harbor is a junior at Friday Harbor High School.

  • Jan 26th, 2010

Jill Picinich, Martin Whitfield | Engagements

Wendy and Dave Picinich are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jill, to Martin Whitfield. Jill is a 2001 Friday Harbor High School graduate and is employed by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Martin, the son of Mattie and Bobby White, and David and Robin Whitfield, is employed by the Clark County School District.

  • Jan 25th, 2010