San Juan Island Update - serving San Juan Island, Friday Harbor, and Roche Harbor

July 11, 2008

Time to help a neighbor....
Joy Sevier from San Juan Cellular dropped by the office yesterday to tell me that she & Denny set up a deal at Islanders Bank yesterday for Gary Bowman, who was working with them till that motorcycle wreck a couple of weeks ago that left him in a coma (he's out now.) He's still in the hospital & has a long, long rehab ahead, they tell me....if you'd like to help out, the fund is called the Gary Bowman Medical Fund at the bank. Denny tells me they got $450 in the first hour - a lot of folks care about Gary! - so they're off to a good start. Help out if you can.

More help....
Cathy Cole tells me there's a little one who could use your help - here's more:

The Madrigal Family is putting on a Fund-Raiser Garage Sale this Saturday, July 12th from 8am to 1pm at their home 745 Park Street (next the Montessori School). The Funds raised will go to offset medical costs for Sadie’s frequent appointments and hospitalizations on the mainland. Please go to the garage sale on Saturday to support the Madrigal Family. You may pass this on to all you think would be interested.

Whales on the loose....
Jim Maya sent in a nice photo of Faith (L57) and says all three pods have been roaming around on the west side this summer.

Strawberries everywhere....
It's happening at St. David's this weekend - here's more from Nan -

Hi Ian - The curtain goes up for Saint David's Strawberry Shortcake Festival Act II on Sunday July 13th from noon to 3:00 p.m at Saint David's Church on the corner of Park and Marguerite Streets. Everyone is invited to join in the celebration! The fundraising event will feature homemade strawberry shortcake made with fresh Skagit Valley berries.

Plans for the afternoon include live music, games on the lawn for young and old, as well as tours of the new building. Local entertainers will provide music and the women's singing group, Sound Vibrations will be a part of the action.

Tickets are $10 each and children under 10 will enjoy shortcake for free. All proceeds from this fun filled afternoon will benefit the landscaping fund for the Celtic Circle Garden. This tranquil garden will be open and available for everyone in the community to enjoy.

Come and join in the music and games on the lawn, tour the renovated church, walk the labyrinth, eat delicious strawberry shortcake, and help buy trees and shrubs for the future garden. What a great way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon!

A way to get to the island AND to help out....
Most of us would look at the map to the right & say, yeah - that's the way the ferry goes to get here from Anacortes.

But it's more - on the 26th & 27th this month it's the path Orcas swimmer Damien Stark is gonna take to swim from Anacortes to Oracs to Friday Harbor to raise awareness for breast cancer. here to read more about what he's up to, and how you can help.

Baseball guys come in second....
Rob Cuomo and the boys has a great time - here's more:

Hi Ian,
The FH 10U All Stars played in a tournament this past weekend in Lynden. The boys won all three of their seeding games, finally losing in the championship game to take home the second place trophy. The absolutely glowing smiles that I saw this weekend will stay with me for a long time. Way to go PIRATES!!!

(Back row, L-R) Xander Crichton, Ashton Ormond, Joe Stewart, Jonathon Ogle, Peter Holt, Anthony Norene, Jake Bower. (Front row) Jesse Kolowitz, Cole Hickenbottom, Isaiah Hauck, Griffin Cuomo. Not pictured: Head Coach Rob Cuomo, Assistant Coach John Bower.

New show at waterworks...
Anne Belov's work (right) is featured from July 5 –'s more from Ruth:

The waterworks gallery july show opens with the luminous narrative paintings of Anne Belov. She recently traveled to Northern Italy, where she spent time in the villages and countryside.

These recent oil paintings capture the spirit and the light of this region whether it is a small fragment painting or a completed scene, the chiaroscuro work in her paintings is fabulous.

It is about the light.

What the visitors are doing....
Deborah from the Visitors' Bureau sent over the results of the spring surveys - here's what they found:

What's happening on the island!
click for more info:

Below are the results from the Spring Visitor Surveys. Thank you to those members who conducted the 146 surveys we received during April and May. Although these results are not scientifically accurate, here are the highlights:

52% came from Washington
14% from California
10% from Oregon
7% from Colorado
5% from B.C.

78% dined in restaurants
61% shopped
59% hiked
50% visited a National, State or County park
42% visited a gallery
42% went beachcombing
26% went shore-based whale watching
21% went to a farmers’ market or farm
19% visited a museum
18% went whale watching by commercial boat
16% went sea kayaking
16% went bicycling
14% visited a winery

Average age of person making travel plans was 44
Those making travel plans:
63% were female, 38% male
2.4 people per travel party
Average stay was 2.8 nights.

Island(s) visited: (some visited 2+ islands)
58% visited Orcas
56% visited San Juan
11% visited Lopez
9% visited Shaw

93% came by WSF
3% came by Kenmore Air
4% came by Victoria Clipper, San Juan Airlines or charter boat

Meeting Expectations:
46% said their visit “met their expectations”
54% said their visit “exceeded expectations”
0% said their visit “did not meet expectations”

Playground needs help!
Jan from the PTA called & said they're putting it together on Monday & Tuesday & need you:

Volunteers Needed to Help Install School Playground: It’s not a barn-raising…but a playground raising that will bring together members of the San Juan Island community on Monday and Tuesday, July 14 and 15.

Thanks to donors from throughout the community, the Friday Harbor Elementary School P.T.A. has successfully raised enough money to replace the school’s aging playground with a new and safer structure.  However, a successful installation requires a multitude of volunteer help.

 “We need at least 20 people each day to assist the two professional installers that are coming here from off island,” said 2007-2008 P.T.A. Co-president Kim Ott.  “We do have some skilled contractors who are switching their schedules to help us, but we will need more volunteers as well.”

Kim says all different kind of skill levels are welcome—a willingness to help in whatever way possible, for however many hours as possible would be great.

You may contact Kim for more information and to sign up to help in this community effort at 378-8735.

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth *and* fresher breath.
Dave Barry

July 10, 2008

Candy grabbers, at the parade....
The photo at right of Susan from the Library tossing candy to the crowd - it reminded me that where I was shooting pictures, some kids had put a huge
written in colorful chalk across the street, with the arrows pointing to where they were sitting. Click here to see what it looked like. (And they said, "Please." I like that.)

Buddies reconnecting....
Ran into brothers Brock (left, FHHS '07) and Keller NcNairy ('07) with friend Justin Browne ('08) at Roche over the weekend...always good to see our college dudes around the island.

Remember the Written Word!
Entriees are due by July 16th, Barbara Bevens tells me - here's more:

If you are a writer in San Juan County, we need YOU! The annual San Juan County Fair presents its annual Written Word contest. If you write Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Children’s Stories, Young Adult Fiction, or want to write about The San Juan County Fair – The Heart of the Islands, here is your chance!

Please see the on-line Fair Premium Book at for specific details on lots, categories and rules.

Questions? E-mail the Written Word at the address below. Please e-mail your entry as a Word document attachment to:

How the ferry to Canada works, sometimes....
I always like the way Alex Shapiro (right) explains things, about how things work around here.

Check out her writeup on her blog about making sense of the ferry's circuitrous route to get you to Sidney, B.C. (click here).

Speaking of great music....
Wasn't last night's Music on the Lawn cool? I heard from the official head counter that about 300 folks came during the

See ya there next week!

1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

July 9, 2008

Hey, thanks!
Just a quick note to thank the dozen or so of you who wrote to say you liked the portfolio of photos from the Fourth - those are fun to put together, because so many people are smiling back at you, one more time. Thanks for checking in - it's great to hear from you!

It's Music on the Lawn tonight - wahoo!
It kicks off tonight, from 6:30-8:30pm night with the Fun Band from Lopez Island performing, joined by Don Peake, Dustin Allen, and some other great musicians.

A better way to carry groceries...
That's Karen (she lives aboard in the marina) at King's getting groceries with her back-basket...I think it's the wave of the future, since there were no petrochemicals used to transport her & her chow to the marina, and she doesn't need plastic bags & paper bags, either...way to go!

If you're wondering what's the big deal about plastic bags from the grocery store, here's why it's time to quit (click here.) Some cities, including San Francisco and several in Canada, have already outlawed them.

Time to get your plays in, for the Playwrights' Festival....
Jan from the Community Theatre says you have about a month - here's more:

Playwrights: get ready to share your works in hopes of seeing them come to life at the San Juan Community Theatre! SJCT is gearing up for its annual Islands Playwrights Festival and is now taking submissions for plays to be presented in 2009 (scheduled for February 6-8 and 12-15, 2009 inside SJCT’s Gubelman Theatre).

All residents of San Juan County are invited to participate.  The festival categories have changed, and are as follows:  30-minute plays, 10-minute plays and 5-minute monologues.

The deadline for submission is Friday, August 15, 2008.  Plays can be sent to the Theatre at P.O. Box 1063 in Friday Harbor or dropped off at the Theatre business office.  Submission fees, which will be used to pay for professional judges, are $40 for each 30-minute play; $25 for each 10-minute play; and $15 for each monologue.  A check for the total fee must be included with four copies of each play/monologue.

A free information packet is available for pick-up at the Theatre box office.  If you have questions, please call Merritt Olsen at 378-3211, ext. 29.

Jessica and Nancy on the ferry....
Ran into Jessica Chaffee (right) on the ferry this weekend...she tells me she's going to marry her boyfriend Tim and that they're planning to deliver their first child in February. That's proud grandma-in-waiting Nancy Fusare with her - congrats to both of you!

Romania outlaws law that made you report good news, kinda....
The Romanians had passed a law saying that there had to be a quota of happy news mixed in with all the rest of the stuff ya see on the newscast - today, the country's highest court said it was unconstitutional, because it was telling people what to report.

The law had been the idea of two senators -- one from the governing National Liberal Party, the other from the far-right Great Romania party -- who bemoaned the "irreversible effect" of negative news "on the health and life of people."

The aim, they said, was to "improve the general climate and to offer to the public the chance to have balanced perceptions on daily life, mentally and emotionally."

Here's more.

Take your mom out on the Fourth!
It was cool to see Christain and Lea Andrade (they've run Olympic Lights B&B for over a couple of decades now) out at Roche Harbor with their moms on the Fourth of was easy to get them to smile for the picture.

Even the Canadians know....
The islands were named as a scenic byway earlier this year, as noted not only by us (we already knew), but in this paper in Nova Scotia, too.

Not really....
Remember earlier this week (here's the report), I told you that the US had been repossessed by the UK?

Turns out that wasn't true.

Sorry about any inconvenience this may have caused.

Latest song on YouTube....
Here's the latest song by me on YouTube - it's a song I wrote in 1991 called Flowers in the Sand which hopes for an end to the war....then and now. See what you think. (Filmed at Seattle Folklife back in May.)

A Splash of Summer Color Weekend!
The Summer Arts Fair 2008 on Court Street is next weekend (the 19th & 20th)...there will be approximately 50 Artists' Booths, a Kids' Creative Zone, a Sidewalk Art Contest, Music on the Courthouse lawn, a Pancake Breakfast, a Food Court and Farmers' Market!

Entertainment Schedule
10:00 am: Ed Wilson
11:00 am: David Bayley
12:00 noon: Ian Boulton
1:00 pm: Uncle Otto
2:00 pm: Teddy Deane
3:15 pm: Kuba Tana Marimba

SUNDAY July 20
10:00 am: Solar Siblings
11:00 am: Keith Busha & Friends
12:00 noon: Steve Dyer
1:00 pm: Ian Byington
2:00 pm: Ed Wilson
3:00 pm: Stone Soup Marimba

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms
with me. I said, "Well, what do you need?" -- Steven Wright

July 8, 2008

That's Gretchen from Duck Soup Inn making the biggest bubbles you ever did see at the parade last Friday....take a peek at our Fourth of July scrapbook & see whom you know in there!

The Fourth was fun.....
It's always cool to see the gathering of the clan on the Fourth each year here on the island. This year's crowd was aided by free parking in Anacortes for ferry riders, and that made for a mob for the three day weekend that seemed to stretch for four or five days.

The Chamber of Commerce sponsored the parade (and the fireworks!) which seemed to never end, the way good parades do. The prevailing theme was animals, so there were dogs, dogs, and more dogs to see.

After THAT show was over, they announced the parade winners:

Best Float - Duck Soup Inn
Best of Theme - San Juan Island EMS
Best Spirit - Island Rec
Judges Choice - Wolf Hollow
Best Off-Island - Bentzen's Scottish Pipe Band

The Pig War Picnic (put on by Kiwanis) got cooking right after that, with egg tossing and egg splattering, face painting (picture of painter Dana at right by Jane Buck) and other kid activities by Island Rec, the bucket brigade, all kinda music (including Anthemology, with Shay, Chris, Miles, and Avery, above), and enough food to feed the masses.

The sun, of course, waited till right around 11:30am to come out for most of the rest of the day, which kept things from getting too hot.

Out at Roche Harbor, the activities went on all day (there's a taste of the log rolling in the gallery), along with Dave Calhoun singing at the Madrona Grill, and a lot of happy sailors.

Let me know if you like the pictures, and thanks for a nice day. Can't imagine being anywhere else - can you?

Meanwhile, over on Orcas....
On our sister island, they have the parade on the fifth (that's cool - makes the weekend longer), and this year they had the governor over, along with First Gentleman Mike Gregoire.

Governor Chris is running for re-election, and also is honorary chair of John Linde's campaign for Superior Court Judge against County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, as well, so they checked in with each other.

Football season kicks in....
It's time to sign up - here's the word from Jamie:

Hi Ian,
Would you please put this on your web site?

It's time to register for TIGER FOOTBALL and CHEERLEADING. Registration can be done online, go to our web site or call Jamie Justiniano @ 378-7163. Practice begins July 28th with the first game at the end August.
Go Tigers!!!

Thanks alot,
Jamie Justiniano

Meanwhile, a year later....
Wow...Holden is a year old already! That's him (right) with proud mom Christine Martz at his birthday on Saturday.

This little webpage that Ron Dicristina sent is pretty cool - it will either bring back memories or serve as a history lesson - check it out!

New site!
Did you see the Chamber of Commerce's website? Check it out!

Anniversary....wahoo! More cookies!
Yep, you remember right - By Design begins its fifteenth year here on the island this month.

My grandmother taught me some things by her example. She was grateful for what she had and who she was. What she didn't have she felt someone else must have needed it more than she did. She never lost sight of the needs of others…….can we do less?
- from a friend in Tennessee

The Food Bank is now open on Saturdays!
Hey, I went by the FB last week & saw they started opening Saturdays from 2-5pm as well as the usual noon-2pm on Wednesdays...that's cool. It's tough when workin' folks can't get by to visit because they're at work - this should help...

Ian Byington sings
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Some of it is news, some of it is old news, and all are just things we wanted to mention, with most of it about the things that make living here great.

There will be more next week, if anything happens.

Ian Byington

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