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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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Art & Entertainment

Island Stage Left 's "Twelfth Night" Thursday-Sunday at Roche twelfth-nightIt's time for Island Stage Left's summer tradition "Shakespeare Under the Stars". This year's production is the romantic comedy "Twelfth Night" Written just after "Hamlet", "Twelfth Night" reveals a more mature Shakespeare, writing about miracles of reconciliation, of second chances and of redemption. It is paired with his trademark laugh-out-loud comedy plus a…

Obituaries

Lester Capell Gunther December 3, 1925 -July 14, 2014 Friday, 18 July 2014 les-guntherBeloved patriarch, dear friend, irascible coot, Lester Gunther perished Monday at his home on False Bay.   Born Dec. 3rd, 1925 in Paris, France, Les moved at the age of six to Montclair, New Jersey. Dressed by his mother in Little-Lord-Fauntleroy attire, he quickly learned his first English sentence, “Me ‘Merican boy!” in a vain…

Community Events

July 26 Know Your Island Walk: Briggs Trail Thursday, 24 July 2014 At the next Know Your Island Walk, join Mike Buettell, Roche Harbor resident, world class hiker and volunteer trail builder, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday July 26 to hike the Briggs Lake Trail in the Roche Harbor Highlands. The trail is open again after work on the lake and the dam, and we will learn about this. Meet and park at the intersection of West Valley and Roche…

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Service breaks down when phone line cut A contractor accidentally cut a phone line on San Juan Island Wednesday afternoon and knocked out 911 service for Orcas and Lopez Islands. Internet and some regular phone service was also affected. Local CenturyLink crews began working on repairing the damage while awaiting the arrival of mainland crews. The Orcas Fire Department used its Meet Your Neighbor…

Letters to the Editor

Doesn't want burned building replaced Wednesday, 18 June 2014 Editor, A mock up representing new building lines has been built recently. The port owned waterfront location used to be occupied by a restaurant and some small businesses until it burned. I saw it burning. It was a sad day. It was of great loss. The mess has been cleaned up and disposed of. The financial matters seem to be mostly settled. The space is open. The…

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Opinion

WHY MARINE RESERVES? What are marine reserves, and why do we care about them on San Juan Island? The terminology for various forms of ‘protected’ areas in the ocean is vastly confusing: Marine Stewardship Area, Preserve, Protected Area, Sanctuary, Conservation Area, Voluntary Reserve… all these are set up to protect some resources by limiting allowed human activities – but the…

Horoscopes

Astrologer Triana Elan is Back, New Look! triana After a hiatus, our astrologer Triana Elan has come back with both barrels, launching a new website that will give her readers much more information both astrologically and astronomically. Since Triana is both an astrologer and astronomer, she felt it was time to bridge the gap between the two disciplines in a manner that is both entertaining and informative. The…

Health

Talks break down between PeaceHealth and two hospitals PeaceHealth's potential partnership with Cascade Valley Hospital and Clinics and Skagit Regional Health has apparently ended after the two organizations asked for release from the exclusivity agreement with Peace Health. In a July 21, 2014 memo PeaceHealth Chief Executive Officer and Chief Mission Officer Northwest Network Nancy Steiger wrote: "Skagit and Cascade…
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

STORIES & BRAGGING RIGHTS Saturday, 26 July 2014 Avatar_DavidBentley Whether we’ve lived here a couple of years or 80 years, we’ve all seen changes on the island. I can point out three buildings where the post office has been and three others that have been medical centers or clinics. I’m sure others can point out more. Businesses are always coming and going in both good times and bad. Sometimes I play a game with friends…
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