Colorful, musical parade entertains crowds in Friday Harbor - SLIDESHOW

Friday Harbor's 4th of July parade was emceed by Alan Budwill, STAR 101.5 morning show host, and started with a flyby of Island Air Ambulance planes. Seventy-three entries traveled slowly down Spring Street which was lined by crowds of visitors and residents. Video of American Legion Post 163 Firing Squad at bottom of page. 

San Juan Island Chamber of Commerce organized the parade and awarded eight cash prizes.


UK actor filming documentary in San Juan Islands

Martin Clunes, star of Doc Martin, is filming a documentary in the islands. He and his film crew were at the Friday Harbor 4th of July parade. 

Doris Shaller and Martin Clunes in front of The Little Store in Friday Harbor. 

Film crew (center back) at the 2018 Friday Harbor 4th of July Parade.  


55 graduate in the 106th FHHS commencement

Fifty-five students graduated from Friday Harbor High School Saturday, June 0, 2018. With a C.S. Lewis quote on the backdrop - "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind" - the class participated in the traditional graduation traditions. 

ASB President Hallie Hargrove welcomed everyone. Emma Carpenteria took everyone through the class history detailing when each student joined the Class of 2018. Class Salutatorian Laurel Robertson gave a speech entitled "How Far We've Come", valedictorian Zach Fincher's speech was called "Island Life."

The community showed its outstanding support of education as it took about an hour for dozens of scholarships to be presented. Friday Harbor High School Principal Fred Woods and counselor Gordy Waite handed out a series of scholarships before representatives from local businesses and non-profits took the stage and awarded more.

The slideshow drew the usual cheers as photos of each student as a child and young adult were shown on the large screen accompanied by a lively and poignant soundtrack. 

Photos by Sharon Kivisto

Then it was time for the diplomas. Woods, Superintendent Dr. Danna Diaz, and School Board member Sarah Werling-Sandwith handed out the diplomas and shook the graduates hands. Woods' daughter Kiana was one of the graduates. 

A very short video of the graduates throwing their mortarboards is posted at the bottom of this article. 


A few twists at Roche Harbor Annual Easter Egg Hunt - SLIDESHOW and VIDEO

Finding the gold egg in the age 7 to 11 area at Roche Harbor's Annual Easter Egg Hunt proved extra difficult on Sunday, April 1, 2018. The two youngest age groups found the gold and silver eggs in their gardens and were waiting to be awarded their prizes but the older kids were still scrambling. Even a hint that the egg was hidden in a specific corner of the pavilion's patio didn't help. 

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