February 9th, 2011
All the islanders are excited that the Food Co-op is finally open in their new location. It’s a much larger, brighter, more airy space, with it’s own bathroom, a “kitchen” area with sinks and counter space large enough for volunteers to bag bulk foods, and even a separate room which can be utilized as office space – as soon as we get office equimpent.
The larger space will allow us to bring in all kinds of goods now. We still have locally-grown produce and locally-made products like granola, salsa, honey, and such, but now have expanded our offerings and will continue to search for high quality products to fill the shelves.
Located at 775 Mullis Street, Unit C, the Co-op is open to the public and visiting members of other co-ops during these hours:
The New Coop Location Has LOTS of Space and Shelves to Fill
Wednesday: 11-1 AND 5:30-7:30
February 2nd, 2011
Kenyan Villagers Send Thanks to Friday Harbor (photo courtesy of Island Guardian)
Island Guardian recently posted a nice photo and thank you letter that came to the town of Friday Harbor. The letter was from a village in Kenya, which had been suffering sickness and death from tainted water. Service clubs and residents of Friday Harbor raised over two-thirds of the $55,000 that was needed to build a new water system. The new system provided water to 3 public kiosks and 5 institutional locations, including 2 schools; orphans daycare; a medical clinic, and a women’s center. It just goes to prove, that even a small town like Friday Harbor can make a BIG difference in the world. Click here to read the whole story.
January 31st, 2011
Blast the Rocky music! The Friday Harbor food service program has scaled new heights! In 2008, Kitchen Director Liz Varvaro and Chef Andy Radzialowski and three colleagues took the helm of a floundering lunch program that was nearly $100,000 in the red; within a little over two years, they turned it around.
Liz Varvaro with Some of Her Student Chefs
With a little seed money and a 1-year grant, they developed agreements with local farmers, producers, and suppliers, to provide the raw ingredients they would need to cook nutritious, palate-pleasing lunches. Their goal was to make the program completely sustainable within the school district, using as much locally-grown foods as possible. The numbers clearly show they have landed on the path to success. As of December, the program is in the black. Read the rest of this entry »
January 27th, 2011
During the month of February, volunteers will bring their service dogs to the library to assist young readers.
Eliza and Lily, and Their Two-Legged Pack-Mates Carol & Jim Hooper Help a Young Reader Master the Art of Reading Aloud
A partnership between the San Juan Island Library and the Animal Protection Society of Friday Harbor, the program is modeled after several national programs that pair early readers with dogs. Kids of any age are often shy, and afraid to read out loud. In this program, school-aged children get to read aloud to the assistance dogs for 15-minute sessions, which helps the children build their reading confidence. “Reading aloud can be a terribly frightening experience for kids,” said Melina Lagios, Assistant Director, Youth Services. “The dogs have a way of putting the children at ease. They don’t laugh or snigger, they have a built-in patience.” This also introduces the kids to working dogs, and to how dogs help people in a variety of ways. Children also receive a free paperback book for participating in the program – and the dogs get rewarded with lots of attention, maybe a treat or two. Read the rest of this entry »
January 10th, 2011
J19 Sachi and Her Calf J41 (Photo courtesy of Orca Network)
Whale fans who live in the Sound area may be interested in the Ways of Whales seminar coming up this month. On Saturday, January 29, the Orca Network will sponsor a one-day workshop. You’ll learn who the Pacific Northwest residents are, what they eat, and what the threats are to their habitat and environment. For more information, or to register, contact Orca Network, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (360) 678-3451.
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Coupeville Middle School Performing Arts Center
501 S. Main St, Coupeville, Whidbey Island, WA
January 6th, 2011
San Juan Island Food Co-Op Old Location
Our tiny little San Juan Food Coop is growing up! Many visitors aren’t aware that we have a food coop on the island, with “reciprocal privileges” just like a yacht club. If you belong to a Food Co-op in your home area, you can use your card to shop at our little store while visiting on island. Read the rest of this entry »
January 3rd, 2011
Lolita, the missing L Pod whale, (aka Tokitae), is the only remaining survivor of the orcas captured from our Southern Resident community.
Lolita: Slave to Entertainment at the Miami Seaquarium for Over 30 Years
She has been living and performing at the Miami Seaquarium since 1970. Friday Harbor High School students Kayla Drummond, Mallory Dahlquist, and Shondala Scott have decided to dedicate their community service project to educating islanders about Lolita. Please join them at The Whale Museum Thursday, January 6th, 2011 at 6:30 pm for a presentation and a showing of the documentary ‘Lolita: Slave to Entertainment’. There is no charge for the program, but the students are asking for donations which will help support Orca Network’s Lolita campaign and The Whale Museum’s Education Department.
For more information please contact Cindy Hansen, Education Curator of The Whale Museum by email at email@example.com or by phone at 360-378-4710 ext.23.
December 30th, 2010
From the Keyboard of Stephanie Prima-Sarantopulos: The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed additional satellite tagging for our Southern Resident Killer Whales to obtain additional data on their winter habitat. Whale expert Kenneth Balcomb, from The Center for Whale Research in Friday Harbor, wrote an extensive letter protesting the proposed tagging, accompanied with vivid photos that corroborate his allegations that the method of attaching the satellite transmitters are much too invasive. Since there is no urgency to fill the data gap, Balcomb suggests alternatives to the methods currently proposed. Read the rest of this entry »
December 10th, 2010
Even non-fishermen got excited with the remarkable catch from last weekend’s inaugural Resurrection Derby. The fifty participating boats, with up to four anglers each, brought in an unbelievable total of 121 contenders to the scales, far surpassing all expectations, and the best catch that’s been seen in years. According to official scale monitor Brenda Wagner, of Friday Harbor Seafood, fish were flopping all over the docks! Popeye, the blind seal who’s been living outside the Friday Harbor Seafood dock for years, was practically going ballistic doing “the seal dance” as Brenda calls it, jiggling her flippers back and forth. Passersby couldn’t help but stop and join in the excitement.
Sponsored by the San Juan Chapter of the Puget Sound Anglers, the attractive $10,000 first-place prize and low entry free of $400 brought in anglers from quite a distance. Derby Chairman Kevin Klein (no, not that Kevin Klein) said this was not a rich man’s derby, it was a tournament for hard core anglers. On Thursday some “serious fishing boats showed up, filled with good fishermen.”
The shotgun start – actually it was a cannon shot off from the yacht club – was a big hit. I asked one of the Tucker House Inn guests “What’s with that start? Do you get to the fish quicker?” His response: “It’s a guy thing! It’s what we do!” Klein said, “Yeah, we’re like a bunch of six-year-old boys, with all the boats roaring off.” It’s all about fun.
But it also raises the awareness of selective fishing while promoting good sportsmanship and resource stewardship. After being weighed, the fish were inspected by a Department of Fish & Wildlife representative to make sure they were hatchery fish; all wild fish – those with an intact adipose fin – had to be released in the water, they couldn’t even be brought aboard the boats. In addition, all net proceeds from the derby, which was staffed by volunteers, goes directly toward salmon enhancement projects. The anglers liked the fact that the fish were cleaned, gilled, gutted, the whole shebang, making it easy for them to take home their prize catch.
Speaking of which, the largest fish, at 19.29 pounds, captured the first place prize; second place came in at 17.90 pounds, and third was a close 17.34 pounds. That’s a lot of good eatin’! There were also quite a few products donated by business, which were handed out at the awards ceremony by one of our local fishing characters, Ken Serbian, who is known around town as “The Cod Father,” except in December when he’s called “Salmon Claus.”
For those who wish they were there, Klein says Fox Sports NW was there filming and will air the result January.
August 25th, 2010
Last month a crew from Thurston High School in the South Redford School District in Michigan arrived on San Juan Island for an educational experience of a lifetime.
Student's Photo of a Whale Breaching
Media Studies Educator Kara Clayton shares her passion for Orcas and their struggle for survival with her students. For the past three years she has brought a contingent of budding broadcasters to Harrison House Suites and Tucker House Inn to learn about the whales and their connection with our precious ecosystem. Her ultimate goal is to have the students produce media messages which they can spread around the world to create an awareness of the Orcas and how human actions affect them.
Students Captured More Than Whales on the San Juan Visit
“We might not all live near the Salish Sea but we are all connected by our habits,” Kara remarks. “For example, if I dump something into the Rouge River which runs through the Detroit area, it may eventually impact a living creature in a body of water far away from Michigan.” The students will produce a minimum of eight public service announcements and news/informational videos.
Of course, just getting 13 students and four chaperones all the way from Detroit to San Juan Island was no inexpensive feat. This dedicated bunch of students sold cookies, held bowl-a-thon fundraisers, sponsored bottle and can drives, and video taped and edited events, all to raise the $25,000 price tag for the trip.
Student Photo of Harbor Seal
Though their trip is now captured on video and and they are back at home, their work on this project was not ended. There was still an editing retreat planned to pull the elements together. The results hopefully will be distributed on the internet, to San Juan Island’s Whale Museum, to Orcanetwork, and to anyone else who might be interested. For more information about the project, check out their website, http://southredford.net. During the school year they post their daily show on Facebook. You can also contact Kara at firstname.lastname@example.org, and can see more of their photos on Photobucket
Kara notes, “This was not a commercial effort. It was an effort driven by love and stewardship for our planet.” Brilliant!
The Tell-Tale Whale Tail Ends the Breach
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