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Groups/Organizations

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor presented its annual awards at the Notable Women’s Luncheon March 6. The event celebrates the achievements of women in our community. The awards culminate a year of fund-raising by the largest service club on San Juan Island, and a well-vetted application process by its Best for Women committee.

The annual Luncheon is held in conjunction with International Women’s Day (IWD), March 8th. This holiday is celebrated globally and was officially designated by the U.N. in 1975. This year’s theme is, The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum. Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher spoke on the theme, specifically mentioning the help and encouragement she received on her path towards becoming mayor from several women in our community.

The signature program of Soroptimist International of the Americas is the Women’s Opportunity Award. Given to a women head-of-household who is furthering her education, this years' recipient is Catalina Kohring, from Lopez Island. Kohring spoke about her efforts to overcome challenges and finish college, and her goal of becoming a teacher. To assist her towards these efforts, she received a check for $5,000.

The Fellowship Award is awarded to a woman in graduate school. Cynthia Brast received $3,000 towards obtaining a graduate degree in Entomology. She is currently working through the University of Florida on a project with the WSU County Extension office on livestock and pest control.

The Violet Richardson Award (named after the founder of Soroptimist) is for a 14-to-17 year old girl who has performed outstanding community service. Sarah Clark received the award. She spoke about her experiences volunteering for multiple overseas missions, including in Uganda and Cameroon, where most recently she worked on building a medical clinic. Her hope is to become a doctor. Clark received $750.

The Ruby Award honors a woman in our community and who makes a difference by helping the lives of women and girls. Cheri Hancock was honored for her work establishing a local nonprofit organization, Minor Reinforcement, which provides support to teens in our community. Recognition of her efforts included a monetary award of $750.

The major fundraiser for these awards is Soroptimist’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner and Auction. Come join the fun! Tickets are at the Toy Box for $20. Help make next year’s awards and scholarships possible!

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Health

Measles Outbreak Update: April 22 Won't be considered over until at least May 20 No additional cases of measles have been reported or are under investigation in San Juan County since April 18, 2014 according to the county Health and Community Services Department. Over the past month there have been a total of six cases of measles among San Juan Island residents. All of the known cases are now beyond…

Community News

Master Gardener Plant Sale and Animal Shelter Bake Sale May 10 Thursday, 24 April 2014 Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale takes place the day before Mothers Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10 at the Mullis Center in Friday Harbor. Fill your garden with vegetable starts for tomatoes, peppers, squashes, cucumbers, brassicas, herbs. The starts for this large selection of varieties known to thrive in our climate were grown locally by master…

Letters to the Editor

OPALCO candidate spells out her position on broadband Wednesday, 23 April 2014 To the Editor: As controversy swirls regarding the upcoming OPALCO Board election, I want to make my position regarding OPALCO's role in broadband as clear as possible: • I strongly support OPALCO playing a significant role in bringing true broadband to OPALCO members and to the larger Islands community. • I strongly support the Co-op's taking the time…

Art & Entertainment

Registration Open for SJCT Summer Theatre Workshops San Juan Community Theatre is offering three weeks of workshops for youth this summer, including one week with teachers from Seattle Children’s Theatre. Those two instructors, Chris Dewar and Laura Knote, will visit Friday Harbor from July 7 to 11 to lead classes for students in grades 1-8. Classes range from “Fairy Tale Fantasy” and “Space Squad”…

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April 24

Directions: Beginning at the left and using the five clues, fill in the open spaces below with five overlapping words.

Total Squares: 26
Difficulty Level: 1 2 3 4 5

CLUES:

  1. “ HEAR FROM HIM ONLY ONCE IN A BLUE __?__”
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    INKLE | Thu, 24 Apr 2014

Opinion

Property taxes: Ponder This... Is there anything more joyous and hopeful than Spring? The weather is warming. New leaves are bursting from the trees. The early-season rhododendrons and daffodils splash color across our yards. My sailboat is nearly ready to go back in the water, carrying dreams of magical days on San Juan Channel. Our first-half County property tax payment is due. Huh? I try not to…

Obituaries

Hobie Alter (inventor of Hobie Cat) 1933-2014 Friday, 11 April 2014 hobie-alter Hobart “Hobie” Alter, who started out shaping surfboards, and ended up shaping a culture, passed away peacefully at his Palm Desert home on March 29 surrounded by his loving family. Born on October 31, 1933 in Ontario, California, he was 80 at the time of his passing. The recently published biography “Hobie: Master of Water, Wind…
Kitchen/Schwarzenbart Engagement kitchenAfter meeting at church, working together on the music team over the past year and climbing to the top of several major Cascade peaks, Aaron popped the question on July 19, 2013 after climbing to the top of 7,600 foot Crater Mountain in the North Cascades. Dave and Elaine Kitchen proudly announce the engagement of their daughter Abigail Beth Kitchen to Aaron John…

Recent Columns

Share your love of books and movies @ the library Wednesday, 23 April 2014 Avatar_SJILibrary The library is now offering a dedicated shelf for our patrons (that's you) and our volunteers to share books that have opened minds, brought forth laughter or tears, or that are considered favorites. For years, library staff have been sharing their favorite fiction and non-fiction books (audiobooks, too) and dvd’s with our patrons on dedicated shelves next to the…
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