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The annual Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade was a big hit Friday. Bananaman

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
The annual Friday Harbor Elementary School Halloween Parade was a big hit Friday. Bananaman
Island Stage Left's 'Rabbit Hole' opened at Roche Harbor Pavilion Thursday

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
Island Stage Left's 'Rabbit Hole' opened at Roche Harbor Pavilion Thursday
The Play-Rite Boys ride again! What could be scarier? Hear new and creepy songs Halloween Eve

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
The Play-Rite Boys ride again! What could be scarier? Hear new and creepy songs Halloween Eve
Kyle Stickle and Tiffany Lau ... married Oct. 23 at Wente Vineyards in Livermore

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
Kyle Stickle and Tiffany Lau ... married Oct. 23 at Wente Vineyards in Livermore
Local babies were decked out in their Halloween finest for the Family Resource Center's Halloween party

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
Local babies were decked out in their Halloween finest for the Family Resource Center's Halloween party
Carol Thompson and Carol Capps show some of the items to be included in the Soroptimists' Great Island Giveaway and Social

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
Carol Thompson and Carol Capps show some of the items to be included in the Soroptimists' Great Island Giveaway and Social
Kitty Sorgen of Friday Harbor is teaching Kenyan women to quilt. She hopes the skill will lead to development of an industry.

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
Kitty Sorgen of Friday Harbor is teaching Kenyan women to quilt. She hopes the skill will lead to development of an industry.
Ryder Martin Hulse ... born Oct. 3

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
Ryder Martin Hulse ... born Oct. 3
Friday Harbor will be decked out in its spooky finest for two days of Halloween activities.

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
Friday Harbor will be decked out in its spooky finest for two days of Halloween activities.
The Battlefield Band returns to Friday Harbor with a new album. They perform Friday in San Juan Community Theatre.

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 www.sjctheatre.org. The box office is open today through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Battlefield Band returns to Friday Harbor with a new album. They perform Friday in San Juan Community Theatre.
Jenny Knapp and Robert Corl perform  the lead roles in ‘Carmen

‘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
Jenny Knapp and Robert Corl perform  the lead roles in ‘Carmen
Top photo: Sonia Helen Mattoon and her parents

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
Top photo: Sonia Helen Mattoon and her parents
Marjorie Webb

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
Marjorie Webb
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‘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.

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Games

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
Games
Larry Edlen

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
Larry Edlen
LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends perform Saturday

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
LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends perform Saturday
William Troy Nash ... died in an automobile accident on Sept. 25.

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
William Troy Nash ... died in an automobile accident on Sept. 25.
Mary Keith ... retired town employee

‘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
Mary Keith ... retired town employee
Swing Fever ... performs tonight at San Juan Community Theatre.

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
Swing Fever ... performs tonight at San Juan Community Theatre.
About 37 contributors shared items for the digital archives project sponsored by the town

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
About 37 contributors shared items for the digital archives project sponsored by the town
James Longley ... Oscar nominee has been named a MacArthur Fellow. He will use his $500

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
James Longley ... Oscar nominee has been named a MacArthur Fellow. He will use his $500
Wilma G. Bailey ... Sept. 18

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
Wilma G. Bailey ... Sept. 18
Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter

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
Patricia Josephine (McHugh) Branstetter
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‘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
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Nourdine Jensen

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
Nourdine Jensen
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Bounty of school supplies collected in Islanders Bank’s first back-to-school drive

It's a stockpile that won't last forever. But for now, there are pens and pencils aplenty at the headquarters of the San Juan Island School District — calculators, glue sticks, backpacks and three-ring binders too — thanks to the first-ever Gear Up for Our Schools campaign sponsored by Islanders Bank.

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Janelle Harstead and Travis Berwald ... will marry Oct. 24 at Tazer Valley Farms in Stanwood.

Janelle Harstead and Travis Berwald | Engagements

Janelle Harstead and Travis Berwald of Friday Harbor will marry Oct. 24 at Tazer Valley Farms in Stanwood.

  • Sep 15th, 2009
Janelle Harstead and Travis Berwald ... will marry Oct. 24 at Tazer Valley Farms in Stanwood.
Elizabeth Erin Pratt and Jon Dylan Crosby ... married Sept. 4 at St. Francis Church.

Elizabeth Erin Pratt and Jon Dylan Crosby | Weddings

Therese and Dennis Pratt of Friday Harbor are pleased to announce the Sept. 4 marriage of their daughter, Elizabeth Erin, to Jon Dylan Crosby, son of Teri Johnson and Lloyd Crosby of Missoula, Mont.

  • Sep 14th, 2009
Elizabeth Erin Pratt and Jon Dylan Crosby ... married Sept. 4 at St. Francis Church.
Sheryl Tribolet and James Bryner ... married Aug. 29 on a private beach on the north shore of Kauai.

Sheryl Tribolet and James Bryner | Weddings

Sheryl Tribolet and James Bryner of Friday Harbor married Aug. 29 on a private beach on the north shore of Kauai. In attendance were the bride's sons, Corwin and Julian Perren; the groom's father, Bill Bryner; the groom's sister, Martha, and her partner, Peter; and the groom's niece, Juelianna Freeuaf.

  • Sep 14th, 2009
Sheryl Tribolet and James Bryner ... married Aug. 29 on a private beach on the north shore of Kauai.
Phil Tate and Robin Meyer ... married Aug. 29 at Griffin Bay

Robin Meyer and Phil Tate | Weddings

On Aug. 29, 2009, as a soft breeze played with streaming, colored pennants flying from a flotilla of magical boats (many long-time family favorites restored for the festivities), loved ones gathered on the shores of Griffin Bay to witness the exchange of marriage vows between Robin F. Meyer and Philip A. Tate.

  • Sep 14th, 2009
Phil Tate and Robin Meyer ... married Aug. 29 at Griffin Bay
Katie Colleen Buganski and Chad Matthew Eiland ... married July 11 in Colorado Springs

Katie Colleen Buganski, Chad Eiland | Weddings

Katie Colleen Buganski and Chad Matthew Eiland were married on Saturday, July 11, 2009 in Colorado Springs, Colo. A wedding celebration for Katie and Chad was held on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009 in Friday Harbor, Wash. The island celebration was attended by more than 100 family members and friends.

  • Sep 14th, 2009
Katie Colleen Buganski and Chad Matthew Eiland ... married July 11 in Colorado Springs
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Hoisingtons celebrate 69th wedding anniversary; San Juan couple married on Sept. 14, 1940 in New Jersey

David B. and Elizabeth S. Hoisington of Davison Head celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary on Monday. The Hoisingtons, known as “Honey” and “Granddad,” have lived on San Juan Island for 29 years.

  • Sep 10th, 2009
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Luma Libelle Smith and her parents

Luma Libelle Smith | Births

Luma Libelle Smith was born on Aug. 17 at the birth center on Whidbey Island. Her parents are Alexis Reifenstuhl and Ryan Smith of Friday Harbor. Her grandparents are Gail and Rocky Reifenstuhl of Fairbanks, Alaska, and Margie and Allan Smith of Friday Harbor.

  • Sep 9th, 2009
Luma Libelle Smith and her parents

Jazz meets gospel music in two concerts at St. David’s Episcopal Church

Jazz meets gospel music in two concerts at St. David’s Episcopal Church Sundays, Sept. 13 and 20 at 4 p.m. in Friday Harbor. The arrangements are part of a continuing effort by veteran jazz saxophonist Rich Barker to create jazz arrangements for traditional sacred music.

  • Sep 8th, 2009
Internationally acclaimed artist James Hubbell shares his vision on San Juan Island this week.

Internationally acclaimed artist and builder James Hubbell shares his vision on San Juan Island

The San Juan Islands Museum of Art and Sculpture Park, IMA, is sponsoring a series of events with James Hubbell, internationally acclaimed organic builder, painter, stained glass artist and visionary for world understanding. Hubbell and his wife, Anne, will be involving islanders in a series of public discussions and presentations throughout the Labor Day weekend.

  • Sep 4th, 2009
Internationally acclaimed artist James Hubbell shares his vision on San Juan Island this week.
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Art as a weapon of survival; learn more about Borucan indigenous art at Friday Harbor exhibit

Traveling deep into the back country of Costa Rica we arrive at Palmar Norte, our stop for lunch. As our driver speaks no English, I ask him in my shaky Spanish if he wants to continue driving my friends Katie and Roberto and I further into the mountains to the Boruca indigenous village. I tell him, if so, he must do his tarea and find out how to get there. He asks around and we are off.

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Members of the King family pose in their farm finest

Come on ‘Back to the Farm’; highlights include a barn dance, contests, live music, dinner, and other good ol’ fashioned fun

This is the kind of event the grandparents might have gone to when they were kids and cows were as common as cars are now. The San Juan Historical Museum’s first annual Back to the Farm barn dance and fund-raiser is Sept. 19, 3:30-8:30 p.m., on the museum grounds. The museum’s heritage buildings will be open for tours. Dinner begins at 4:30 p.m.: pork barbecued by Jason Black, beans, cole slaw, rolls, watermelon, berry cobbler for dessert, and lemonade.

  • Sep 2nd, 2009
Members of the King family pose in their farm finest
The award-winning film “The Cove” will show Thursday

Award-winning documentary about dolphin slaughter will be shown Thursday as Orca Relief fund-raiser

The award-winning film “The Cove” will show Thursday, 7 p.m., in the Palace Theatre as a fund-raiser for Orca Relief Citizens’ Alliance. The film’s director, Louie Psihoyos, will attend the showing. Psihoyos is also the executive director of the Oceanic Preservation Society.

  • Aug 26th, 2009
The award-winning film “The Cove” will show Thursday
Concours d’Elegance is a fund-raiser for several island non-profits

Lots of ways to have fun and raise money at Concours d’ Elegance

More than half of the entries in this year’s Concours d’ Elegance are British automobiles, among them an Aston Martin Vanguard. But you’ll also see antique autos, special-interest cars, and an all-electric Tesla sports car at the event. Concours d’Elegance is a fund-raiser for the Family Resource Center, the San Juan Island Public Schools Foundation and the Rotary International Polio Eradication Project. More than 85 cars are expected to be on exhibit.

  • Aug 26th, 2009
Concours d’Elegance is a fund-raiser for several island non-profits