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Obituary for an iconic 200-year-old Sycamore

A tree is gone. Chopped down. Reduced. Killed. 

And not just any tree.

I had looked forward to seeing it in the eponymously named Sycamore Gap when my friend Jerry and I scheduled a trip along northern England’s Hadrian’s Wall path in 2019. We had both seen the tree and the fragment of Hadrian’s Wall from which it sprouted in a popular 1980s film, as well as in guide books and travel brochures.

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Sept. 27: FRIDAY HARBOR WOLVERINE FOOTBALL Trivia, numbers, history, ramblings and stuff by Bruce Bennett

 Friday, 9/29 at 6:30 p.m. Coupeville (1-3) at Friday Harbor (2-1) 

* The Wolverines and Wolves go way back.  They first met in Friday Harbor’s initial season 50 years ago in 1973…CHS won 20-14 at their place.

* This season the Wolves lost their first three games - to Klahowya 28-25, South Whidbey 48-28 and Sultan 49-13. The Whidbey Island outfit got their first win Friday, a 48-6 pounding of La Conner.

Dr. Geyman: San Juan Island PHD's progress on long-term care facility remarkable

San Juan County shares in the huge national problem of the baby boomer generation having contributed to markedly increased numbers of elderly people, many of whom are vulnerable to health problems and/or homelessness. The 85-bed Friday Harbor Life Care Center, which closed in 2017, provided 24-7 health care as well as a place to land for islanders with short-term needs. With that closure, we had a complete absence of any such facility for long-term care of residents of San Juan County.

Monin Concedes - Vote for Geffen

After serving 14 years on the Friday Harbor Town Council, I am asking you to cast your ballot for my opponent. My decision to concede comes under a growing possibility that as your Fire District #3 Assistant Chief I may be named Interim Fire Chief beginning this November. This appointment, even if temporary, will require my full attention with all that faces it.

Please join me in my vote for Richard Geffen for Town Council Seat #2. Knowing our Fire District would soon be going through change, I met with Mr. Geffen this summer over a cold pint and had an open discussion about where his heart is, why he wants to hold office, and to share our personal perspectives on what is important to our Town.

FRIDAY HARBOR WOLVERINE FOOTBALL Trivia, numbers, history, ramblings and stuff by Bruce Bennett

Thursday, 9/14 at 5:00 p.m. Friday Harbor (1-1) at La Conner (0-1) 

* This is the first of four league games.

* Last week the Braves opened with a 28-12 loss at home to the 2A Evergreen Wolverines of Seattle.

* Last fall the Purple and Gold defeated the Braves 52-0 at home and 67-18 in Skagit County.

* A year ago La Conner was 0-4 in league play and 2-6 for the season.  

* Since the Northwest B League started football in 1973, La Conner is the only school to have played all 50 years as a league member.

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