Sally Thomsen knows her island geography, wins first periodic contest

Sally Thomsen of Friday Harbor in the winner of the first periodic GeoBee. She was the third person to correctly identify the scene in this photograph as a portion of Spruce Street in Friday Harbor. As the winner, she is invited to stop by The Journal office on Monday morning for coffee and one — maybe two — of columnist Howard Schonberger's fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.

  • Nov 18th, 2009

‘Merry Firebird’ takes flight; children’s play Nov. 20, 21 at SJCT

Tifni Twitchell Lynch is a storyteller. Never mind the first incarnation as an actor in her native Los Angeles. When Lynch tells a story, the listener is absorbed into her narrative landscape. At this moment, that landscape is one of endangered animals, golden apples and the elusive firebird. When these elements of nature and myth move from imagination to the context of San Juan Community Theatre, they form the brightly colored set of Lynch’s adaptation “The Merry Firebird.” Due to open on Nov. 20, the play is Lynch’s unique take on the pan-cultural stories concerning the mythic bird.

  • Nov 18th, 2009

Community Thanksgiving dinners Nov. 22, Nov. 26 in Friday Harbor

The annual No-Cost Turkey Dinner is Nov. 22, 2:30 p.m., in the Friday Harbor High School cafeteria. The dinner is free and open to the public. To volunteer or for more information, call Dan Miller Sr., 378-2046. The annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is Nov. 26, noon to 4 p.m., in the San Juan Island Grange. This dinner is free and open to the public. There will be camaraderie, food, games, and televised football.

  • Nov 18th, 2009

Where was this photo taken? Be the third person with the correct answer and you win

Be the third person to correctly identify where this photograph was taken and you'll be the winner of the GeoBee, a periodic online contest. E-mail your answer to The winner will be allowed to stop by The Journal office on Monday morning for coffee and one — maybe two — of columnist Howard Schonberger's fresh homemade chocolate chip cookies.

  • Nov 18th, 2009

Amanda Cartmill Cruz | Passages

Amanda Cartmill Cruz passed into her heavenly father’s hands unexpectedly on Nov. 12 at her home. She was 33. Born at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Bremerton, Wash., on Sept. 7, 1976, she is the only daughter of Edward and Catherine Cartmill, now residents of La Conner, Wash.

  • Nov 16th, 2009

Islanders donate 210 coats to the local One Warm Coat project

The Town of Friday Harbor and the San Juan Island Family Resource Center asked. And the community responded, donating 210 coats for the One Warm Coat community service project. An elated Roxanna Zalmanek, town permit technician, e-mailed a Certificate of Appreciation to the community and asked that it be published.

  • Nov 14th, 2009

Enjoy turkey dinner and learn how to help women in Africa | Weekend Events

A turkey dinner to benefit the Meshaka Quilt Project is scheduled Nov. 14, 5-7 p.m., in the Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. Learn more about the local project to help women in Meshaka, Kenya, become self-sufficient through quilting. Tickets: Adults $10, children 12 and younger $5, families $25.

  • Nov 13th, 2009

Friday Harbor’s 100th birthday: A celebration islanders will always remember

When islanders look back on 2009, they will remember Friday Harbor's 100th birthday and all the resulting events: The community celebration on Feb. 9, a history book published by Arcadia Publishing Co., the largest Fourth of July parade in memory, the shattering of the last local glass ceiling with the election of a woman to the mayoralty for the first time.

  • Nov 12th, 2009

Q&A: Carl Verheyen, Supertramp guitarist

In the case of Carl Verheyen, the label “guitar virtuoso” fits like a glove. But there’s no one-man show in store when Verheyen, proclaimed one of the Top 10 guitarists in the world by Guitar magazine, takes center stage Nov. 14 at the San Juan Community Theatre. This time, the L.A.-based guitarist, who’s making his fifth appearance at SJCT, is bringing his band along and the show promises to be a musical tour de force.

Parents share their adoption experiences Nov. 15 at San Juan Island Library

Adoptive parents are the first to mention the paperwork. And then the time spent waiting. And then the time spent worrying, while waiting. But parents like Sandy Strehlou caution against forgetting that behind this logistical rollercoaster is, after all, a child. It is this humanized perspective that November’s Adoption Month hopes to provide. On the 15th, from 6-8 p.m., the San Juan Island Library will host a Q&A time with several adoptive parents, social workers and adoption representatives.

  • Nov 10th, 2009

Commemorative page honors the mayors of Friday Harbor

A commemorative page in Wednesday's Journal of the San Juan Islands honors the mayors of Friday Harbor — from Gene Gould (1909-10) to Carrie Lacher (2010-). The keepsake page was developed to commemorate the election of the first woman mayor of Friday Harbor, which is celebrating its centennial this year.

  • Nov 10th, 2009

‘He was an amazing person with a heart of gold’: A daughter’s tribute to her father

Nov. 7, 2009 will mark the one-year anniversary of the passing of my father, Rusty Pollock. Each day that passes becomes harder to comprehend that he is no longer here with us. It is hard not seeing him each day and give him big hugs when he walks through the door. My father was not only an amazing dad and husband, but also an amazing person with a heart of gold. He loved life and loved living it to the fullest each day.

  • Nov 6th, 2009

Island Stage Left’s production of ‘Rabbit Hole’ is compelling | Review

What a wonderful job Director Helen Machin-Smith has done with Island Stage Left presentations through the years. "Rabbit Hole," the winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize and five Tony awards, now being performed to perfection by a cast of five actors -- three of them professional -- is solid proof of that accolade.

Three seals rehabilitated at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center released into Griffin Bay | Video Report

Three seals rehabilitated at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center were released into Griffin Bay Oct. 22. All three seals had been taken malnourished to Wolf Hollow earlier this year. One seal had been found on Jackson Beach, another on a pocket beach below Downriggers restaurant, and the other on Lummi Island.

  • Nov 4th, 2009

Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade is a big hit | Slideshow

The annual Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade was a big hit Friday. Bananaman, fairies, a jumping hot dog, princesses, Supergirl, transformers, and the usual cast of spooky characters paraded from the school down Argyle Avenue to Spring Street to the applause of throngs of parade watchers. The skies were clear and the temperatures were pleasant — ideal parade weather. The Journal's Jane K. Fox and Scott Rasmussen produced this slideshow of the parade.

  • Nov 2nd, 2009

Island Stage Left’s ‘Rabbit Hole’ opens at Roche Harbor; continues through Nov. 29

Island Stage Left's "Rabbit Hole" opened at Roche Harbor Pavilion Thursday, and continues through Nov. 29. "Rabbit Hole" was written by David Lindsay-Abaire and first presented in 2005. Abaire received the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.

  • Oct 30th, 2009

Play-Rite Boys perform Friday at Front St. Ale House

The Play-Rite Boys ride again! What could be scarier? Hear new and creepy songs Friday — Halloween Eve — 6-9 p.m., at the Front St. Ale House.

  • Oct 29th, 2009

Kyle Stickle and Tiffany Lau | Weddings

Kyle Stickle, son of Rex and Susan Stickle of San Juan Island, and Tiffany Lau, daughter of Robert Ladner and Dorothy Lau of San Jose, Calif., were married on Oct. 23 at Wente Vineyards in Livermore, Calif.

  • Oct 29th, 2009

You must have been a beautiful pumpkin, ’cause baby look at you now

Island babies enjoyed the annual Halloween party at the Family Resource Center, Tuesday. "They were very cute and everyone had a good time," Family Resource Center director Joyce Sobel said. More Halloween activities are planned this week.

  • Oct 29th, 2009

Island Giveaway and Social, a community recycling/swap meet, is Nov. 7 at Mullis Community Senior Center

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor's Great Island Giveaway and Social, a community recycling/swap meet, is Nov. 7 at Mullis Community Senior Center. Item drop-off and social is at 10 a.m. Event begins at 11 a.m. In these tough economic times, this event — the second annual — offers the opportunity to renew, refresh, recycle and exchange items and ideas in a social setting. Gather up five of your good, clean, functional items that you no longer need or want, and in exchange take home other things that you do need or want.

  • Oct 29th, 2009

Friday Harbor quilter brings hope to African village

This is not a story about just one woman; it is about an entire village. However, it takes one woman to tell the story, and that is exactly what Kitty Sorgen does. On a gray day in October, the 66-year-old Friday Harbor resident stands before the Lions Club to talk about Kenya, about quilting and hope.

  • Oct 29th, 2009

Ryder Martin Hulse | Births

Marty and Tara Hulse announce the birth of their son, Ryder Martin, on Oct. 3, 2009. Ryder Martin was born in Island Hospital in Anacortes. He weighed 5 pounds 7 ounces and was 18.25 inches in length.

  • Oct 28th, 2009

Film, parade, and other spooky fun in store on island for Halloween

For those in search of Halloween fun, Friday Harbor has a trick-or-treat-astic array of activities planned. Kicking off a weekend of costume creativity is Friday Harbor Elementary School. The students’ annual costume parade is Friday, 1 p.m., on Spring Street.

  • Oct 28th, 2009

The Batties are back: San Juan’s favorite Celtic band returns to the island with a new album

Bazoukis. Bagpipes. Fiddles and whistles. Add them up and it can mean only one thing. That’s right, the internationally-acclaimed Battlefield Band is on its way to San Juan Island. The band will take center stage on Friday at the San Juan Community Theatre for the 13th time — yes, you heard that right, the 13th time. Friday’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the theater box office or online at The box office is open today through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

‘Carmen’: Opera Pacifica brings a rare opportunity, and a beautiful story, to SJCT

Since Georges Bizet’s "Carmen" premiered in 1875, the comic opera and its music ("Les Toreadors," "Habanera") have become immortalized on stage and in film. Hard to infuse something unique into such a classic, particularly after so many film adaptations (the 1983 film directed by Carlos Saura was nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar, and Beyonce Knowles starred in an MTV “hip hopera” version in 2001). And yet, Opera Pacifica's "Carmen" — Oct. 24 and 25 at the San Juan Community Theatre — will have its own unique flair.

  • Oct 16th, 2009

Woman born on ferry 30 years ago has a special guest at wedding

The Evergreen State pulled up to the ferry landing as Dave Jorgensen and Sonia Mattoon exchanged wedding vows on the Orcas Hotel lawn Aug. 15. It was an extra special moment for the bride, who might have considered the ferry more wedding guest than seagoing vessel. She was born on the ferry 30 years ago.

  • Oct 14th, 2009

Marjorie H. Webb | Passages

Marjorie was employed as a secretary in Portland for 25 years, before her retirement in 1983. Robert H. Webb and Marjorie were united in marriage in 1943. Marjorie was a beloved wife, loving sister, favorite aunt, dear neighbor, and cherished friend. She was an exceptional lady, special in her own unique way to each person. She had grace, effortless beauty, and simple elegance – always carrying herself with dignity.

  • Oct 13th, 2009

‘The Odd Couple’: Another big hit for director McLaglen in presentation of classic comedy

Thanks to director Andrew V. McLaglen, a marvelous array of local talent and the great theater our community has generously established, we now have a boffo performance of a play by the most successful playwright in American theatrical history, Neil Simon. I kid you not: Our local performance of “The Odd Couple” excels the show I saw on the stage when it won all those Tonys, the great movie starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau, the long-running TV comedy series, and, of course, the ABC cartoon series. Theater, anywhere, anytime, doesn’t get any better than this.

Fun-filled Safety Fair Saturday at Mullis Street fire station

Games, a coloring contest, a rescue demonstration, food and lots of fun are on the agenda at the Safety Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 10 at the Mullis Street fire station. Participating agencies include the Friday Harbor Fire Department, the San Juan Island Fire Department, San Juan Emergency Medical Services, the Sheriff’s Office, the fire marshal, the Red Cross, Firewise, OPALCO, San Juan County Health Department and the San Juan Ham Radio Operators.

  • Oct 8th, 2009

Larry Edlen | Passages

Larry Edlen, founder of Island Glass and Glazing on San Juan Island, died peacefully in Redmond, Wash., on Sept. 29. He was 83. Lawrence Monroe Edlen was born in Sabula, Iowa on May 23, 1926. He enlisted in the Navy at the age of 16 and served from 1942-46. He met his wife Pat at a dance while stationed in Seattle. After the war, Larry and Pat settled in Seattle and Larry made his living first as a glazier and later as an electrician. They bought vacation property on Cady Mountain in 1971 and built a cabin there. They moved to the island full-time in 1981 and Larry opened Island Glass and Glazing.

  • Oct 6th, 2009

LeRoy Bell: Singer-songwriter is optimistic about change

LeRoy Bell's song, "Dream of Peace," on the album "Two Sides to Every Story," imagines "a future where all of us live in a world of peace." The desire for peace in Bell's lyrics isn't a vague notion, but rooted in the protectiveness of a father and the realities of hate and conflict that exist in the world. LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends perform Saturday, 7:30 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre.

  • Sep 30th, 2009

William Troy Nash | Passages

William Troy Nash of Vancouver, Waah., died in an automobile accident on Sept. 25, 2009. Troy was born July 24, 1987 in Mount Vernon, Wash., and lived his early life in Friday Harbor. His family moved to Vancouver, Wash., where Troy attended his later school years and earned his GED diploma. His earlier years were involved in sports and motorcycle racing, and he remained a sports enthusiast.

  • Sep 29th, 2009

‘There was an absolute sweetness to her soul’: Mary Keith memorial service Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Memorial service for Mary Keith is Tuesday, 6 p.m. at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Keith died Saturday, 2 p.m. after a long illness. She was 64. She is survived by her son, David.

  • Sep 29th, 2009

California’s Swing Fever gets the island temperature rising tonight at SJCT

"In the Mood" for swing? California’s Swing Fever will likely get the island temperature rising and lots of feet moving at the San Juan Community Theatre tonight at 7:30.

  • Sep 25th, 2009

History at your fingertips: A unique collection of images and stories about San Juan Island is now available online

What was in the attic, under the porch, or hanging on a nail? Treasures that tell the history of San Juan Island. You can see them in a digital archive tour at the San Juan Island Library on Friday, 6:30 p.m., in a free event open to the public. Library Director Laura Tretter and Museum Director Kevin Loftus will be your guides.

  • Sep 24th, 2009

Filmmaker James Longley of Friday Harbor awarded $500K fellowship by MacArthur Foundation

Filmmaker James Longley of Friday Harbor ("Iraq in Fragments") has been awarded a $500,000 fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

  • Sep 22nd, 2009

In Memoriam: Wilma G. Bailey | Passages

Our mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Wilma, left her battered body in order to enter a place of peace and health. She had a mercifully brief struggle with cancer and conceded only 30 hours short of celebrating her 90th birthday.

  • Sep 19th, 2009

Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter | Passages

Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter died at home in Friday Harbor on Sept. 8, 2009, surrounded by the love of her four children. She was 88.

  • Sep 18th, 2009

‘Cinderella:’ Puget Sound Opera Company brings classic French romance to Friday Harbor

Puget Sound Concert Opera’s upcoming performance of Jules Massenet’s “Cendrillon” has all the elements of a compelling event. It will be performed concert-style in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. The opera is the classic fairy tale of “Cinderella” set by Massenet, the French Romantic composer. It will be performed in its entirety by a cast and chorus of 29 singers accompanied on the piano by Dr. John Burkhardt.

  • Sep 17th, 2009

At 95, retirement is not one of Nourdine Jensen’s birthday plans

In his 95 years, Nourdine Jensen has left his imprint in the maritime industry and in community affairs. And, by virtue of his longevity, he’s a living encyclopedia of island history who brings an educated perspective to discussion of local issues. Jensen celebrates his 95th birthday today in a private party at the San Juan Island Grange Hall. Undoubtedly, he will have put in a full day at the office before going to the party.

  • Sep 17th, 2009