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To help people overcome personal smoking triggers like stress, the state offers free coaching and a supply of nicotine patches or gum (more than $145 in value) through the quit line. “We know the tough economy is hitting people hard,” said Secretary of Health Mary Selecky. “It’s another good reason for those who smoke to try quitting. It will improve their health and they’ll save money at the same time. Our quit line is free, and callers receive at least a two-week supply of nicotine patches or gum at no charge.”
Jacob William Wright was born to Orcas Island parents Amanda Murray Wright and Buddy Wright on Jan. 5, 2009 at Island Hospital in Anacortes -- the first baby to be born to San Juan County parents in 2009.
“Phoenix Island” is one of those books I can’t decide whether to love or hate. The cover art implies a bodice ripper, and sex and violence both run an undercurrent through the book, yet neither erupt with the force that their foreshadowing imply. The writing verges on potboiler, but the survival story it tells is certainly relevant, and of widespread current interest. It sold a million copies in its day.
A look back at the year, by the staff of The Journal and SanJuanJournal.com
It’s still ‘the word’; Friday Harbor High School’s drama group presents ‘Grease’ at San Juan Community Theatre
Rock into the new year with the hit Broadway show, “Grease,” performed by the Friday Harbor High School Drama Group, Jan. 8-11 at the San Juan Community Theatre. This smash-hit musical — the eighth longest-running Broadway show — is the second high school musical ever performed by the drama group.
I love my Broadway — but oh, you C.A.T.S.! Coming back from a two-week sojourn with family in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley and The Big Apple for Thanksgiving, we wondered if we might feel like Little Appleseeds. Occasionally, we’ve heard comments that we go overboard comparing our local theater talent to the greats of the Great White Way.
Susan Eichrodt, program manager for the state’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, said food banks across the state are serving more people than ever before. Friday Harbor Food Bank is experiencing the surge; the number of people needing food assistance has steadily increased since June, when the food bank expanded to Saturdays.
On a cold, snowy afternoon just days before Christmas, Santa Claus paid a special visit to the newsroom at The Journal of the San Juan Islands. He wanted to remind islanders that despite the wintry weather conditions, he plans to stroll the streets of downtown Friday Harbor on Christmas Eve.
Thursday is Christmas Day. Churches on San Juan Island have special events and services planned
Due to an unexpected health emergency, the Christmas Eve performance of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" will be cancelled.
It's Christmas Eve. Santa Claus is on his way. And you can track him, thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command.
Town and county public works employees spent much of the night plowing roads, but nature didn’t let up. “It kind of got ahead of us,” town Public Works Director Mike Wilks said. “Our guys were up all night last night. They’re tired and we’re a little short-handed.”
General presents Roy Matsumoto with special medallion in recognition of his service to the United States
How do you spend snow days on San Juan Island? Perhaps sledding on a hilly street in the neighborhood. Or honing your snowboarding skills at Lafarge Community Park (aka the former gravel pit). Or building the perfect snowman. Or staying in where it's warm and baking the perfect pie.
And then there were two. Ten of Friday Harbor Middle School's best and brightest geography students took center stage Wednesday with the school's annual Geo Bee title up for grabs.
The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting takes place in Friday Harbor today, 7 p.m., on the corner of Spring and Second streets. The event is open to the public. Kathleen Wilson and Pat Gislason will sing a song that Wilson wrote in memory of her late brother, Frank Wilson, the long-time San Juan EMS chief. Joyce Jones will speak. The names of local children of all ages who have passed away will be read.
NBC veteran Ted Soares develops his umpteenth big show to raise money for San Juan Community Theatre
The Festival of Trees, one of the biggest entertainment events of the holiday season, is this week. If you attend on Preview Night, you’ll find it’s likely the best night of entertainment for the price: $5.
Crime writer Ann Rule, whose 30 books include “No Regrets,” about the Ruth Neslund murder case, will sign copies of her latest book at Boardwalk Bookstore Dec. 15, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Rule's newest book, “Mortal Danger,” has been published by Pocket Books. Her updated version of “The Stranger Beside Me,” will be published by Pocket Books in January
Friday Harbor will be alive with the bright, bold colors of Mexico during back-to-back celebrations this week. On Thursday, the streets of Friday Harbor will be the setting for the Dance of the Elders. Now in its fourth year, the procession will feature folk dancers from the local Mexican-American community, adorned in traditional Mexican dress, leading a procession through town.
The Friday Harbor Elementary School PTA and Friends of the Library present a new children's book entitled, “Ecology from A to Z,” written and illustrated by islander Jacob Angel. Celebrate "I Love to Read Month" with Angel at the San Juan Island Library as he reads and signs copies of this book — his first — on Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Today is officially the first day of the holiday shopping season, a day when turkey dinner-induced drowsiness is replaced by the rush that comes from crowds, decorations, goodies and finding good shopping deals.
As early as September, the first snow falls on the Inupiat village of Shishmaref — on a disappearing sand spit on the Seward Peninsula of Alaska — and on desolate St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Lee Brooks of Arctic Raven Gallery plans his travel to that region after the first snow, a time when artists start carving, to search for the Northwest Native art treasures featured in the annual show, aptly titled “First Snow.”
I’ve been reading Robert Fulghum’s “True Love,” a book of true love stories. Surprisingly, many of them are the stories of people who are in love with people they don’t know. I am one of those people this week. I am in love with Thor Hanson, the author of “The Impenetrable Forest: My Gorilla Years in Uganda.”
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” opens Friday, 7 p.m., in the San Juan Community Theatre. Tickets are $14 for adults and $8 for student reserved, with $5 student RUSH available at the door.
Dare to redeem Scrooge’s soul from greed and betrayal on Christmas Eve? Join Jacob Marley on his quest to save Ebenezer Scrooge from eternal damnation in Island Stage Left’s presentation of “Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol” Thursday through Dec. 24, in the Roche Harbor Pavilion.
The band walks onto the stage and the crowd erupts in cheers and applause. As the music begins, groupies up on the mezzanine clap and stomp. The first song leaves the musicians and the audience with pumped-up blood pressure and a bit of sweat. This is not a rock concert at the Paramount. This is the Battlefield Band at San Juan Community Theatre — Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Rusty Pollock, administrator of Islands Convalescent Center, died in Island Hospital Nov. 7, about a week after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. He was 58. A memorial service is scheduled Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m., in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. The service is open to the public. A reception will follow at the church.
She was a hard-working service dog who guided Darlene through airports, big cities and small towns, and national parks too numerous to mention. She went everywhere, scrunched up in automobile footwells, marching in Fourth of July and Memorial Day parades, padding through snow and across slick pavement. In all their years together, she never steered Darlene the wrong way.
Tuesday's general election was a memorable experience for many middle-school students, most of them four to six years from voting age. A mock election, which mimics the national election, was held Tuesday at Friday Harbor Middle School. Throughout the school day, students took the opportunity to vote for a presidential candidate, as well as candidates for local and state offices.
A handsome visitor from the big city sends a young girl’s heart and soul into high gear. Seattle Opera’s Young Artist Program shares that timeless story of Tchaikovsky’s popular opera on the San Juan Community Theatre’s Whittier stage, Friday, at 7:30 p.m.
“Plastics in Our Oceans,” a lecture by Capt. Charles Moore, is scheduled Monday, 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs’ Commons.
The Ottomatics perform in an Early Halloween Party on Friday, 6-9 p.m., at Bella Luna.
Every once in a while, I see someone shaking their heads in disapproval when they see the weird costumes on the kids at the Homecoming Parade and game. “We didn’t do that sort of thing when I went to school,” they grumble. They probably think they didn’t, but it’s only because their memory bank doesn’t go back that far.
San Juan County Republicans gathered at E.J. Thorndike’s big red barn for a country hoedown Oct. 11. Included with a mix of politics, music and dancing, the group took time to congratulate Bianca Tobon, San Juan County’s most recent U.S. citizen.
Dora Ukra is going to jail Oct. 30. The accuser: Not known. The crime: She's got a big heart. Ukra, who with her husband owns and operates Post San Juan, must raise $1,600 "bail" for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by month-end.
Doug and Lori Guard, long-time residents of the island, proudly announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Guard, to Cody Anderson of Murrieta, Calif. The young couple met at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Murrieta, Calif. They became engaged June 5, 2008.
Friday Harbor becomes a time machine with presentations, walking tours and the historical museum’s auction
Jim Crook, whose family homesteaded the former British Royal Marine Camp at Garrison Bay after the U.S.-British boundary dispute was settled in 1872, embodied the island way of life. Items from the San Juan Historical Museum’s Jim Crook Collection have been digitized and are now available for the first time online as part of a cooperative project between the San Juan Island Library, the museum and the Washington State Library Rural Heritage Initiative.
Lack of physical activity is believed to be a leading cause in rising rates of obesity, diabetes and other health problems among children. Driving students to school by private vehicle contributes to traffic congestion and air pollution. The local Safe Routes to School program believes it has an answer. Today, Friday Harbor Elementary School students and parents participated in the Walking School Bus and walked to school.
Some things in this life can be disappointing. The market. The weather. Your aching back. Forget it. If you go to a performance of a play directed by Andrew McLaglen, written by Neil Simon and performed by our local thespians at our beautiful theater, you can be sure you won’t have a gloomy thought.
Every one of our 61 vets in the Legion and any other local vets or widows or widowers of WWII service men or women, will be guests for a catered dinner at the Legion Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008.