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

Phoebe Gwen Sandwith Bowers | Births

On Christmas Day at 6:37 a.m., Amy Sandwith and Robert Bowers were blessed with the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Phoebe Gwen. She weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces and was 19 inches long.

  • Jan 25th, 2010

‘Song & Dance’ on San Juan: Jenny Knapp returns to the island for winter performing arts festival

A San Juan Island winter is not cold in the area of culture. Between Christmas festivals and theater productions, the public is not deprived of variation. Local choreographer Linda Downs is convinced the best is yet to come. Indeed, the line-up that Downs, director of Dance Workshop II, has produced for this year’s Winter Song and Dance Festival (Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 24, 2 p.m.) offers exceptionally high standards of performing art.

  • Jan 22nd, 2010

Jones brought heart to his job; retiring after public career dating to 1960s

Pinpoint when Warren F. Jones’ devotion to public service was born. Perhaps 1960, when he became a charter member of the San Juan Lions Club. Perhaps 1967, when he became a Friday Harbor Town Council member. But it might have been earlier than that.

  • Jan 21st, 2010

Ann Elizabeth Mahoney Pullman | Passages

Ann Pullman had lived in Friday Harbor, Wash., for 20 years with her husband, Wayne, and son Michael and daughter Michelle (Shelley). Ann was born to Geraldine and John Mahoney, and was later joined by her brother, John M. Mahoney. She earned a B.S. in English from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., where she also taught English. Ann then earned her pre-med degree from Seattle University. She was working as a respiratory therapist in Orange County, Calif., when she met her husband, J. Wayne Pullman. Ann and Wayne married July 4, 1974, in Los Angeles, Calif. She owned and operated a dessert catering business in Beverly Hills, Calif., for eight years, and a gourmet food shop and deli in Ojai, Calif., before moving to Friday Harbor in 1989.

  • Jan 21st, 2010

Parker Timothy Aylward | Births

Sean and Melissa Aylward (both 2002 Friday Harbor High School graduatess) are happy to announce the birth of their son Parker Timothy Aylward, born Jan. 9, 2010 at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett. Parker weighed 8 pounds 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

  • Jan 19th, 2010

Green pastures: Equine expert Cynthia Elliott opens an ‘elder horse-stal’ for San Juans’ horses

Cynthia Elliott is pleased with her husband’s joke. “He calls it my “elder-horse-stal,” she smiles. Sitting in her living room, tucked up upon the sofa, Elliott exudes the cheerful determination of someone in the process of changing dreams to reality. “I’ve wanted to do this since I was a kid ... I didn’t have a horse, but I would help out with my friends’ horses. I would feed and care for them.”

  • Jan 19th, 2010

Advocate for wounded warriors became a wounded warrior; Bauschke will climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for injured soldiers

Tom Bauschke of San Juan Island was an Army veteran and local house painter when he became active in the Wounded Warrior Project. In 2005 and 2006, he hiked the 96-mile Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier to raise pledges for the WWP, which assists wounded men and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. He never suspected that in three years he would become a wounded warrior too.

  • Jan 18th, 2010

Swing Jan. 16 with Pearl Django at SJCT

For 15 years, Pearl Django has been sharing the groove of their Hot Club style across the divides of musical tastes. And for the sixth time in those 15 years, they bring that eclectic musical recipe to the San Juan Community Theater.

  • Jan 17th, 2010