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Natalie Chevalier helps the Easter bunny hand out candy in front of the Hotel de Haro during Roche Harbor’s Easter  celebration in 2008. The bunny and his (or her?) pals will be back on the island dispensing holiday fun.

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.

Natalie Chevalier helps the Easter bunny hand out candy in front of the Hotel de Haro during Roche Harbor’s Easter  celebration in 2008. The bunny and his (or her?) pals will be back on the island dispensing holiday fun.
The new bridge of the San Juan Island Yacht Club

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.

The new bridge of the San Juan Island Yacht Club
Director Angel Michaels and the San Juan Singers rehearse for their April 4-5 performance in the San Juan Community Theatre.

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
Director Angel Michaels and the San Juan Singers rehearse for their April 4-5 performance in the San Juan Community Theatre.
Andy Hansen

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
Andy Hansen
These guys want to make you dessert. The Baker Boys

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
These guys want to make you dessert. The Baker Boys
Meagan Egger Warren

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
Meagan Egger Warren
Friday Harbor High School senior Charlotte Guard

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.

Friday Harbor High School senior Charlotte Guard
Porter Jacob Nixon was born on March 16

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
Porter Jacob Nixon was born on March 16
Peter Strasser portrays King Shrimptoast in the play

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
Peter Strasser portrays King Shrimptoast in the play
Michael Jean Carpentier and Sidney S. Smith.

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
Michael Jean Carpentier and Sidney S. Smith.
Director Angel Michaels and the San Juan Singers rehearse for their April 4-5 performance in the San Juan Community Theatre.

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
Director Angel Michaels and the San Juan Singers rehearse for their April 4-5 performance in the San Juan Community Theatre.
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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
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Mary Lou Anaya and Mark Sternitzke ... married Feb. 2

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
Mary Lou Anaya and Mark Sternitzke ... married Feb. 2
Fiddlers Liz and Yvonne Kane of Letterfrack

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.

Fiddlers Liz and Yvonne Kane of Letterfrack
St. Patrick’s Day event chairwomen Becki Day and Debbi Staehlin invite you to wear your green — and bring your green — to the auction-dinner. You’ll raise money for scholarships and other local services.

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
St. Patrick’s Day event chairwomen Becki Day and Debbi Staehlin invite you to wear your green — and bring your green — to the auction-dinner. You’ll raise money for scholarships and other local services.
Kasey Rasmussen ... Friday Harbor Middle School student will compete in the state Geography Bee for the second consecutive year.

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
Kasey Rasmussen ... Friday Harbor Middle School student will compete in the state Geography Bee for the second consecutive year.
Beth Hudson is on the island and recovering from injuries sustained in a Dec. 21 crash on Portland Fair Road. This photo

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
Beth Hudson is on the island and recovering from injuries sustained in a Dec. 21 crash on Portland Fair Road. This photo
Ready to spring forward? Set your clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning.

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
Ready to spring forward? Set your clocks ahead one hour Sunday morning.
In the most poignant and memorable episode of ‘Our Town

‘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. `

In the most poignant and memorable episode of ‘Our Town
Tom Holmes

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
Tom Holmes
A sign of the economic times ... at one time

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
A sign of the economic times ... at one time
The cast of ‘Our Town’ includes

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

The cast of ‘Our Town’ includes

What’s Happening! | SanJuanJournal.com’s Community Calendar

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

  • Feb 26th, 2009
The 1894 King Farmhouse was lifted Tuesday by Nickel Bros. House Moving so that a new foundation and crawl space can be installed. This is the first step in the restoration of the San Juan Historical Museum's centerpiece building.

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
The 1894 King Farmhouse was lifted Tuesday by Nickel Bros. House Moving so that a new foundation and crawl space can be installed. This is the first step in the restoration of the San Juan Historical Museum's centerpiece building.
Margaret and Alex McRea ... They will soon celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. Alex says of marriage

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.

Margaret and Alex McRea ... They will soon celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary. Alex says of marriage
Friday Harbor's centennial celebration is the top story in this week's Journal

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
Friday Harbor's centennial celebration is the top story in this week's Journal
Mayor David Jones visits with May Boyce

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
Mayor David Jones visits with May Boyce
This 20-page commemorative section contains feature stories regarding the town's first 100 years

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
This 20-page commemorative section contains feature stories regarding the town's first 100 years
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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
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This 20-page commemorative section contains feature stories regarding the town's first 100 years

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
This 20-page commemorative section contains feature stories regarding the town's first 100 years
Howard Schonberger writes Ferry Home Companion and Making a Difference for The Journal of the San Juan Islands.

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.

Howard Schonberger writes Ferry Home Companion and Making a Difference for The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
Howard Schonberger writes Ferry Home Companion and Making a Difference for The Journal of the San Juan Islands.

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.

Howard Schonberger writes Ferry Home Companion and Making a Difference for The Journal of the San Juan Islands.
'Listen to the stories that people tell you. In them

‘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
'Listen to the stories that people tell you. In them
From top: ‘Surplus’ by Robert Demar of San Juan Island; ‘Buckhorn Beach’ by Peter Fisher of Orcas Island; ‘Emergency Medical Services’ by Robert Harrison of Lopez Island; ‘Cala lily’ by Summer Moon Scriver of Lopez Island; Untitled image by John Sinclair of San Juan Island; Untitled image by George Willis of Lopez Island.

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
From top: ‘Surplus’ by Robert Demar of San Juan Island; ‘Buckhorn Beach’ by Peter Fisher of Orcas Island; ‘Emergency Medical Services’ by Robert Harrison of Lopez Island; ‘Cala lily’ by Summer Moon Scriver of Lopez Island; Untitled image by John Sinclair of San Juan Island; Untitled image by George Willis of Lopez Island.
Friday Harbor High School's Class of 1925. See more historic class photos in Jeri's Mall.

Friday Harbor in Song: ‘Island Life’

In the last 100 years, our seaside village has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. SanJuanJournal.com brings the music to you in this "Friday Harbor in Song" series.

  • Jan 22nd, 2009
Friday Harbor High School's Class of 1925. See more historic class photos in Jeri's Mall.
Friday Harbor High School's Class of 1928. Do you have a relative in this picture? See other class pictures in Jeri's Mall on Spring Street.

Friday Harbor in Song: ‘Haro Strait’

The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. In the last 100 years, Friday Harbor has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. In this series, SanJuanJournal.com will feature Friday Harbor-related music.

  • Jan 20th, 2009
Friday Harbor High School's Class of 1928. Do you have a relative in this picture? See other class pictures in Jeri's Mall on Spring Street.
Friday Harbor High School's Class of 1928. Do you have a relative in this picture? See other class pictures in Jeri's Mall on Spring Street.

Three parties, one big day; town turns 100 on Feb. 9

Have any vintage clothing? Take out those duds and dust them off: 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.

  • Jan 17th, 2009
Friday Harbor High School's Class of 1928. Do you have a relative in this picture? See other class pictures in Jeri's Mall on Spring Street.
An early 1900s street scene

‘Friday Harbor in Song:’ Music about our town

The Town of Friday Harbor celebrates its centennial Feb. 9. In the last 100 years, Friday Harbor has inspired artists, authors, journalists, musicians and poets. In this series, SanJuanJournal.com will feature Friday Harbor-related music. The series begins with the Battlefield Band's "Leaving Friday Harbor."

  • Jan 15th, 2009
An early 1900s street scene
'Friday Harbor

Friday Harbor at 100: A new book captures 100 years in the life of a community

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a new book about Friday Harbor tells a unique and richly detailed story about this historic seaside village. And, according to all sources, it’s an entertaining read.

  • Jan 13th, 2009
'Friday Harbor
On an island

‘Our Town: A Century in the Making’ begins Jan. 18

What has shaped our community into what it is today? How different are we from those who called Friday Harbor home 100 years ago? How does our past influence our future? A series of events related to the town’s centennial addresses those questions and more.

  • Jan 13th, 2009
On an island