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Enter your pet photos in The Journal/ photo contest. The winning images will be posted online and published in The Journal's "Our Wonderful Pets" feature page in May.

  • Apr 15th, 2009

Friday Harbor at 100: Book captures a century in the life of a community | Review

“Friday Harbor” by Mike and Julia Vouri and the San Juan Historical Society tells a unique and richly detailed story about this historic seaside village, which is celebrating its centennial this year. And it’s an entertaining read.

  • Apr 15th, 2009

A night with the Big O: Rock pioneer Kent Morrill brings Roy Orbison back to life in benefit concert for graduating seniors

Before there was Hendrix, Heart or Nirvana, there were The Fabulous Wailers. So perhaps it's a gift that you can catch Wailers front man Kent Morrill in the intimate San Juan Community Theater for $25, in his acclaimed tribute to Roy Orbison.

  • Apr 15th, 2009

Taos Kai Addison | Births

Franchesca Hanna of Friday Harbor and Arcata, Calif., and Joseph Addison of Arcata, Calif., are happy to announce the birth of their son, Taos Kai Addison.

  • Apr 9th, 2009

Freckles, 1995-2009 | Tribute

He was kind of the "town dawg" and folks are already telling me how much they miss him. I miss him terribly, of course, and already am experiencing some "ghosting" going on around the house. (Wasn't that something brown and white I saw coming out of the bedroom?)

  • Apr 8th, 2009

Relay for Life profile: Brian and Rachel Goodremont

My wife, Rachel, and I walk in memory of my mother Lynda, and all those who have lost loved ones to cancer. We also walk for the survivors who are fighting. We walk in hope that people will not suffer from cancer in the future.

  • Apr 8th, 2009

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.

A new era in journalism, starting right here

Everywhere this old dinosaur goes these days, he’s confronted with condolences about the death of the newspaper business, the “fact” that the Internet is taking over, that you have to know texting and tweeting and Blackberry lingo to keep up with modern times. Well, as I did when radio was going to be our downfall, and then television, I feel sure, as my mother used to say, “This too shall pass” (TTSP to you tweetybirds). Why, just last Saturday night, I had a great example.

San Juan Singers present ‘Our Town. Our Music. Our Lives’

San Juan Island’s community chorus sings its way through the century on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 5 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre. Led by Angel Michaels, the San Juan Singers share music that dates back to 1900 and all the way through 2001, representing a variety of aspects of life.

  • Apr 3rd, 2009

A farm boy remembers the Great Depression

Our current recession, with 10 million people unemployed, has brought back childhood memories to me of the Great Depression during the 1930s. I was a kid in grade school in Friday Harbor during this time. The national unemployment rate hovered around 23 percent for several years. It fell off for a while, but by 1938 the rate was back up again.

  • Apr 2nd, 2009

Lots of hot desserts (but, sorry, no Michelle Pfeiffer) at this Baker Boys performance

The men are taking over the kitchen (well, sort of) for the Community Arts Theatre Society’s annual gourmet bake sale this year. Elegant Edibles is April 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the San Juan Community Theatre. The event gets an added ingredient this year: The Baker Boys.

  • Mar 31st, 2009

Celebration of life March 28 for Meagan Egger Warren | Passages

A celebration of Meagan Egger Warren's life will be held at the home of her sister, Kelly Shipley, on March 28, 2 p.m., at 23581 Monument Place N.W., Poulsbo.

  • Mar 31st, 2009

Charlotte Guard wins Soroptimists’ community service award

Soroptimist President Debbie Staehlin introduced Joyce Sobel, who chaired the Soroptimist Club selection committee (which also comprised Nancy DeVaux and Lenore Bayuk), March 18. Sobel presented a certificate, flowers and a check for $750 to Charlotte Guard. The Friday Harbor High School senior was selected winner of the annual community service award, which is named for the president of the first Soroptimist Club in 1921, Violet Richardson.

Porter Jacob Nixon | Births

Porter Jacob Nixon was born on March 16, 2009, at 2:33 p.m. at Island Hospital in Anacortes to happy parents Sarah McCutcheon and Barret Nixon. Porter (P.J.) weighed in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 19 1/2 inches long. He joins his older siblings, Jordyn and Anthony, at home on San Juan Island.

  • Mar 25th, 2009

Friday Harbor Middle School Players present a tongue-in-cheek look at storybook classics

Friday Harbor Middle School presents a different take on storybook classics in “Mother Goose is Eaten by Werewolves,” Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the San Juan Community Theatre. This tongue-in-cheek comedy will make you laugh — and perhaps make you a little nervous, as a mysterious wolf wanders the theater during the performance.

  • Mar 25th, 2009

Michael Jean Carpentier and Sidney S. Smith | Weddings & Engagements

Michael Jean Carpentier and Sidney S. Smith were married Sept. 27 in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Pastor Archie Brooks of Transformation Church officiated.

  • Mar 25th, 2009

San Juan Singers present ‘Our Town. Our Music. Our Lives’

San Juan Island’s community chorus sings its way through the century on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. and April 5 at 5 p.m. at the San Juan Community Theatre. Led by Angel Michaels, the San Juan Singers share music that dates back to 1900 and all the way through 2001, representing a variety of aspects of life.

  • Mar 25th, 2009

Walk with owner on a downtown street became fight for survival for local dog

Under county law, dog owners are required to have their pets on a leash or otherwise under control. A dog that bites another animal or a person can be labeled a “dangerous dog” by the Sheriff’s Department; subsequent bites can lead to an order that the dog be euthanized. In this letter, first published as part of a special report in the March 11 Journal, Valerie Tibbett shares her story about what happened when three dogs got loose while she was walking her pets in Friday Harbor.

  • Mar 17th, 2009

Mary Lou Anaya and Mark Sternitzke | Weddings

Mary Lou Anaya and Mark Sternitzke of San Juan Island married Feb. 2, 2009 in Mount Vernon, Wash. The couple first met during the construction of the bride’s house and were later reacquainted by mutual friends from the Friday Harbor Sailing Club.

  • Mar 16th, 2009

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.

St. Patrick’s Day dinner, auction Saturday at Yacht Club

The 13th annual Soroptimist St. Patrick’s Dinner and Auction is Saturday in the San Juan Island Yacht Club. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. with a silent auction and raffles. The live auction of various products and services begins at 7:30 p.m.

  • Mar 12th, 2009

Friday Harbor student advances to state Geography Bee for second consecutive year

Kasey Rasmussen, 12, of Friday Harbor has qualified for the state Geography Bee in Tacoma for the second consecutive year. Kasey, a seventh-grader at Friday Harbor Middle School, is a daughter of Kris and Scott Rasmussen. She won her first Friday Harbor geography bee as a sixth-grader and lost in a preliminary round of the state bee.

  • Mar 12th, 2009

Beth Hudson: ‘I thank the good people of San Juan Island and elsewhere for their prayers’

Beth Hudson is on the island and recovering from injuries sustained in a Dec. 21 crash on Portland Fair Road. She submitted this letter to the editor ...

  • Mar 10th, 2009

Spring forward one hour Sunday for Daylight Saving Time

It's time to spring forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. Set your clock ahead one hour Sunday morning (or Saturday evening before you go to bed). Daylight Saving Time means you get one hour less of sleep Sunday morning. But if you're looking for some consolation, it also means sunset is one hour later.

  • Mar 6th, 2009

‘Your Town’: Centennial production of Wilder’s classic play is good theater | Review

If you don’t make it to the San Juan Community Theatre Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights at 7:30, or Sunday at 2, you will miss a meaningful experience that no islander should miss. It’s not just the fact that it’s one of the crowning events of the Friday Harbor Centennial Celebration, nor that a cast of 24 of our talented friends and neighbors have put in long hard hours of rehearsal these recent months to bring it off. `

Passages | Tom Holmes of Friday Harbor, former college and pro football lineman

Tom Holmes of Friday Harbor died Friday in Islands Convalescent Center. The former college and pro football lineman succumbed after a two-year struggle against Lou Gehrig's Disease. His age could not be immediately confirmed. He was 35 when he was the subject of a front page story in the Sept. 12, 2007 Journal.

  • Mar 2nd, 2009

Once an employer, now looking for employment

At its peak, J. Wayne Pullman's Publishing Corporation of America, Inc. had 66 employees and published business, industrial and manufacturers directories in California. He founded the company at age 27 and guided it through the economic ups and downs of the 1960s, '70s, '80s, '90s and '00s. For seven years, he produced the San Juan County Fair Premium Book. But Pullman said his company — which paid salaries with advertising revenue generated from the directories it produced — couldn't survive the economic downturn of this decade. In 2006, he and his wife, Ann, lost their Four Seasons Farm to foreclosure. Today, Pullman is looking for work (378-3714).

  • Feb 27th, 2009

‘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, or call the box office at 378-3211.

What’s Happening! |’s Community Calendar

Today, Feb. 25— Community Box Lunch Drive, noon to 12:30 p.m., Friday…

  • Feb 26th, 2009

What will NOT be found under the King Farmhouse? | Contest

What will NOT be found under the 1894 King Farmhouse? Fill in the blank and if you have the winning answer, you will win a year's membership in the San Juan Historical Society and a brand new set of historic postcards published in time for Friday Harbor's centennial by Arcadia Publishing Co.

  • Feb 18th, 2009

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.

100 years from now, future residents will talk about this party

Undoubtedly, the grandchildren and great-grandchildren of today’s Friday Harbor residents will talk about this day in 2109. Ferry whistles blasted. Sirens sounded. A cannon was fired. And the town partied like it was 1909 again.

  • Feb 10th, 2009

Centenarian gives an early start to town’s centennial celebration

Mayor David Jones joined residents and staff at Islands Convalescent Center Feb. 6 to celebrate the Town of Friday Harbor's 100th Birthday by cutting the town's first birthday cake and reading the Town of Friday Harbor's Proclamation. Two of the eldest residents at ICC, sisters Mickey Cahail, 99, and May Boyce, 102, were visited by Jones in their room which they share, and received cake, ice cream and a greeting.

  • Feb 9th, 2009

There’s a lot to love about Friday Harbor

Students at local public and private schools were invited by The Journal to write about their hometown, in commemoration of Friday Harbor's centennial. We received a lot of great entries. A panel of judges picked these as the top entries.

  • Feb 5th, 2009

The Write Stuff: Playwrights Festival showcases works of five island writers

Expect an evening of cheers, laughter, smiles and tears at the 16th annual Playwrights Festival Friday through Sunday and Feb. 12-15 at the San Juan Community Theatre. A variety of cast members, directors and playwrights will again produce a colorful mix of comedy and drama by local playwrights.

  • Feb 5th, 2009

Three parties, one big day for Friday Harbor’s centennial

Friday Harbor is pulling out all the stops for its 100th birthday Feb. 9. The town’s centennial will be celebrated at three venues that day, with free exhibits, a time capsule, birthday cakes, daylong refreshments, live music and dancing, a speech by Mayor David Jones, and the judging of the beard-growing contest, capped by a community dinner at the San Juan Island Yacht Club.

  • Feb 3rd, 2009

Nothin’ to do in January? You gotta be kidding! | Ferry Home Companion

When I first came to the islands, I lived across the road from Ross and B.J. Miner and next door to Jim and Bea Hitch. These two fine couples guided us as to the ways of the island. "There's nothin' to do in here in January," said Ross, "except freeze." I thought of that last weekend, after all the holidays including Epiphany, when Helen and I spent a quiet January Saturday that ran us ragged.

The importance, and empathy, of being Ernest | Review

The production of five wonderful examples of Ernest Pugh's playwright talents at the San Juan Community Theatre was a well-deserved tribute, Jan. 16-17. It takes a keen eye and sharp ear to have such talent. And, of course, an equally talented cast and crew to bring the playwright's drama to powerful life.

‘Music From Home’ one-man show Jan. 31 at San Juan Community Theatre

“Listen to the stories that people tell you,” Roadside Theater’s Ron Short says. “In them, you will find the truths that people want most revealed about their lives.” Short brings his stories from the Appalachians to Friday Harbor on Jan. 31 when he and Kentucky’s Roadside Theater present "Music from Home" on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage.

  • Jan 22nd, 2009

Island photographers win some time with a noted juror, reviewer

Six photographers from the San Juan Islands won a personal portfolio review with Jeanne Falk Adams, CEO of The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park and daughter-in-law of the late environmentalist and photographer.

  • Jan 22nd, 2009