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A dramatic finish to Friday Harbor's Parade

Islanders and visitors lined both sides of Spring Street in Friday Harbor as they waited for the 4th of July parade to begin.  Here are the winning entries:

Theme Float: Pirates

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Hats, fancy dresses, and plenty of smiles at Roche Harbor Resort's Easter Egg Hunt

Roche Harbor Resort's gardens were picture perfect Easter Sunday as dozens of children waited for the signal to begin hunting for the silver and golden eggs. One of each were hidden in the three gardens ready to be exchanged for baskets and large stuffed animals. The other prize up for grabs was the jar containing 2,933 jelly beans and a $100 bill  to the person who was the closest to guessing the number. This year three people guessed 3,000 which was the closest to the actual number. While there was only one jar of jellybeans, Roche Harbor provided three $100 bills. One extra lucky family took home the red jar of jellybeans. 

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Sign up to participate in 2023 Friday Harbor 4th of July parade

The honorees for the Friday Harbor 4th of July Parade, the Grand Marshals, Honored Citizens and the Sam R Buck Community Award Winner were announced by San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce this week. 

Waiting for the 2022 parade to start.  Photos by Sharon Kivisto

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Friday Harbor Middle Schooler wins Rotary Spelling Bee; Paideia student takes second place

Thirty-five middle school students from Orcas and San Juan Islands took the stage Wednesday afternoon at Friday Harbor Presbyterian Church for the annual Rotary Club Spelling Bee. By the end of the third round, the field was reduced by half. Shark was the first word that eliminated a competitor. It was spelled correctly but the speller forgot to say the word before spelling it. This technical error played a part in five competitors leaving the stage. The words were significantly more difficult in each of the five rounds. 

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Friday Harbor HS seniors beat staff in Grad Night fundraiser

The 2023 Friday Harbor High School senior class faced off against teachers, administrators, and coaches in the traditional fundraiser basketball team Friday, March 10. The standing room only crowd in Turnbull gym was treated to a close game - tied after the first half and at the end of regular time. 

After two overtimes - first a five-second scoreless one followed by five-minute one - the seniors emerged victorious 47-46. 

Photos by Sharon Kivisto

Players on both teams rotated throughout the game, with players switched out every four minutes. 

Since this was a fundraiser for Grad Night, there were also other activities going on. The winning raffle ticket was drawn after the third quarter with an islander winning a bit over $400 cash. Bakery San Juan served up a taco dinner prior to the game. A silent auction of desserts also raised funds for the annual grad night.

The half-time show featured FHHS basketball players performing as cheerleaders. Dressed in cheer skirts and many sporting bows in their hair, they ended their routine with gymnastic moves. 


The big money-maker was the jail staffed by the Sheriff, several deputies, and border patrol officers. People paid for others to be "arrested and jailed". The incarcerated counted on friends to bail them out, though there were several jail breaks throughout the game. 




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SLIDESHOW: Friday Harbor boys soccer team buoyantly returns as state champions

The ride back to San Juan Island on the last ferry of the night is always more enjoyable after a win for Friday Harbor High School athletic teams. Saturday the boys soccer team revelled in one of the most buoyant homebound sailings in more than three decades. By dispatching Orcas Island High School 2-1 in the 2022 Class 1B/2B Boys State Soccer Final in Renton, the Wolverines brought home their school’s first state champion trophy since 1986.

The officials lead the Vikings and Wolverines on Renton Memorial Stadium's pitch for the Class 1B/2B Championship. Matt Pranger photo

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