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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Michael Jean Carpentier and Sidney S. Smith were married Sept. 27 in Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church. Pastor Archie Brooks of Transformation Church officiated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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. `
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.
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).
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.
Today, Feb. 25— Community Box Lunch Drive, noon to 12:30 p.m., Friday…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.