Aging ambulance needs more than a quick fix

Most of the cars on Shaw Island are newer than our 1991 ambulance. While the oldest cars can be held together with baling wire and a tolerance for the imperfect, the Shaw Island Aid Unit is asking islanders to donate to a fund for a new ambulance. Shaw Island Fire and Aid has a small district operating budget which virtually prohibits the purchase of new vehicles without assistance. The cost of a new ambulance is … Read More »

Costumes, lights, and action

Who knew that there were 26 actors and actresses on Shaw Island? We do, now that we’ve discovered a new form of entertainment. The Shaw Island Community Reader’s Theatre performed ‘Shaw on Shaw’ on May 21 at the Community Center.Reader’s Theatre has been traced back to Greece about 2,500 years ago (Greek is the world’s oldest recorded living language). It has been reborn a number of times, including medieval times and group readings in the … Read More »

Batwoman Will Return To Shaw Next Spring

Bats can hear an insect walking. They eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour, live as long as 40 years and are the only mammal to truly fly. And one bat species may have a bachelor pad in the San Juan Islands. Rochelle Kelly, a University of Washington doctoral candidate, is studying bats on Shaw and several other islands in the San Juans to add to the limited information on their foraging habits, reliance … Read More »

Norma Elizabeth Griffing, 1922-2015

Norma Elizabeth “Jerry” (Johns) Griffing, 93, of Shaw Island, Washington, went to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of Monday, December 21, 2015. Jerry passed away peacefully in her sleep, lovingly attended by her devoted husband, Philip, and her children.Jerry was born in Tacoma, Washington, on March 9, 1922 to Miles and Ruth (Norman) Johns, the eldest of their three children. Jerry grew up in Seattle, Washington and attended Coe Elementary School … Read More »

Come Support Shaw Scholars

Dear Islanders. You are invited to a homemade dinner by Chloe Mason and Andy Schmidt, desserts made by Shaw Islanders and an auction to raise money for the scholarship fund. Scholarship Dinner/Auction 5 p.m. July 25, 2015 at the Community Building. Dinner music will be by Calvin Smith. The menu is Lasagna ala Chloe, Balsamic Green Beans, Fresh Garden Salad, Homemade Bread Sticks plus a Wine Dessert Auction by Table. The suggested donation is $15. … Read More »

Remembering Howard Sanburg

A celebration of a person’s life is an opportunity to share stories as well as tears, to convey how one person affected your life, to let other people in on the back-story of a loved one through words and photographs.Howard Sanburg died on December 26th, 2014. The celebration of his life was on March 8th, 2015. Daughter Jan Sanburg and former islander Marlyn Hoffman offered their insight into Howard at the event. For those who … Read More »

Starting a Fire for a Good Cause

The thick dark smoke billowed above the burning wood-frame house provided an ominous backdrop to flames and a positive experience for Shaw Island firefighters. The small house was on the former Hoffman property, now owned by Eben and Sally Frankenberg. “They contacted me last summer about the possibility of burning down the house,” said Fire Chief Jon Shannon. “For the owners, burning the house down to ash saved them a lot of money and effort … Read More »

Shaw Talent Show

Eight acts, 12 Shaw Island performers plus music from JP & the OK Rhythm Boys filled the Community Building with sound on Jan. 31 during the annual Talent Show. Music teacher Anita Orne, a member of the band, was the MC.Guitar-playing Adrienna Clifton led off the local talent singing “Feeling Good” by Muse; Sophia Swanson and Sintayehu Shannon demonstrated their ukulele-picking abilities and singing. Diane Clifton recited the 23 helping verbs to daughter Kendra’s saw-playing. … Read More »

Shaw Islanders are not singing in the rain

Jon Shannon’s curiosity led our Official Shaw Island Amateur Meteorologist to some eye-opening rainfall statistics. If Jon is raising an eyebrow over the stats, it’s time for islanders to pay attention, too. His statistical journey started in the garden.“As a gardener I am constantly digging holes in my yard. I always take note of the degree of soil saturation and how deep the soil is wet. A few days before Halloween last year I was … Read More »

Lusting after Great Books (Part 2)

Dozens of islanders enjoyed “Book Lust” author Nancy Pearl last month at the Community Building, sponsored by the Sandy Walker Fund of the Shaw Library. In addition to her book recommendations, Nancy also talked about her background, growing up as a voracious reader because her home wasn’t a safe place, and finding shelter and solace in her local library after school and on weekends. “I’d bike to the library at 9 and bike home at … Read More »