October 2014

Dear Shaw Friends: 
It was another golden day on Shaw Island with things much greener now that we’ve had some rain. The deer are out in force, eating everything in sight before they go into hiding on Oct. 11. Nothing new there, but there are several changes and events coming to Shaw soon.

Oct. 1. This is the last day of regular Shaw General Store operation. It will close for a few days and reopen Oct. 10-12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a special sale before closing until May 2015. Be sure to warn your guests ahead of time.

Oct. 1. Mike Douglas will be running the post office through December. Starting next week, it will go to 4 hours a day 5 days a week, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday delivery as usual, but the window will not open for transactions. They may send a substitute so Mike can have a day off. The Postal Service has yet to figure out a way for people to get their packages such as medications that are too big to fit in their box with such limited hours. Mike said to please call him to check if it has come before you make a special trip.

Oct. 3. The Thank You party for Bill Engle, our retiring postmaster, starts at 4:30 p.m. at the Community Center. Please come and help us thank him for his many years of loyal service and a job well done. There will be light refreshments. Maybe some of you have a “Bill story” to share.

Oct. 3. The rocks are coming! SJC Public Works will be doing a chip seal project on some of Shaw Island’s roads this fall. They will be chipping up shrubs, trees and undergrowth that are in the way. Truck loads of arborist chips will be available for free on a first-signed up, first-delivered basis. These make one of the best weed-suppressant mulches that you can have. Call SJC Public Works (370-0500) to get your name on the list. Joy, who usually answers the phone, will take your name, phone number and the physical address of where you want them delivered. It would help if you could flag the spot.

Oct. 8. Be smart … get you flu shot. Don’t be sick this winter. Come to the Community Center 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Bring your insurance card or Medicare card.

Oct. 11. Homemade sauerkraut is the best! Shannon Klohr is teaching a vegetable fermenting class from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Community Center. It will be a hands-on workshop, but you can come and just watch, too. To register, go to naga.girl@gmail.com. See the separate email for what equipment to bring. A small donation to help cover the cost of the building rental is appreciated.

Oct. 12. The most talked about subject on Shaw Island? Ferry reservations. Ferry personnel will be at the Community Center from 1-7 p.m. to answer your questions and “What if’s?” You will also be able to register and open your reservation account. Bring a “strong password” with you. You can register online on your own now if you want. I have asked them twice if they would please make a presentation at 1:15 p.m. instead of only an “open house,” but have not heard back from them. Read what you want into that …

Oct. 12. It’s E-cycle time. At the same time as the ferry meeting I will have my truck at the Community Center if you have unwanted electronics that you want taken away. No home appliances but TVs, computers, printers, phones and that sort of thing are acceptable.

Nov. 8. We’re launching the new cookbook AND unearthing the 25-year-old time capsule. It’s an event not to be missed. We’ll have a potluck, a program and library merchandise and cookbook for sale. Find yourself on the timeline. The show starts at 5:30 p.m. but library merchandise will be for sale in the afternoon.

Nov. 22. The Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. is the annual Shaw Island fun and fundraising event with food and more food, gifts, greens, raffle, cookies and many vendors. If you would like a vendor table or know someone who might like to have one, please contact Diana or Dittie. Or if you have an item to donate for the raffle, contact us: Dittie at eweinel@ou.edu or Diana at dmwisen@fidalgo.net.

Now is the time to let me know if you have changes to your Shaw Island directory entry. We are not publishing a new directory, just updating changes of addresses, phone numbers, spelling mistakes, additions of new spouses, cell phones and email addresses. Everyone will be sent a sheet of paper with these updates as part of the annual letter in November. Please send changes to dmwisen@fidalgo.net.

ISLAND folks
Many thanks to Alex MacLeod for work done on the Shaw Field to prepare it for winter. Barney Mansfield is recovering but not as fast as he wants! Howard is coming home on Wednesday. Shaw Island’s the place to be.

+ The Shaw School solar project with the San Juan Conservation District was very informative. Solar panels should be installed at the school by February. The project includes an educational program. Anyone interested in this program can contact John Bogert for more information.
+ A sound-system training program was discussed. Alex is looking into purchasing a laptop for the building so that the use of the sound system for slide shows can be standardized.
+ Alex, Diana and Cy of the Playfield Committee have met with Dona Wuthnow of the SJC Parks Department to being renegotiations of our contract with the county. Alex’s proposal is being considered and we should hear back from the county soon. We are paid up on our current contractual obligations until Dec. 10, so we have some time for a resolution.
+ As soon as the county has finished chip sealing the roads, we will be able to move the recycle bins back to their original site. We have received enough donations to see us through this year’s recycling and more donations are coming in. Our next letter soliciting donations for recycling should be sent out next spring.
+ Heidi presented a draft of the revised building fee schedule policy. The Board will review this policy at the next meeting.
+ There is a sign-up sheet at the kiosk for volunteers to keep the Free Bench in an orderly fashion.
+ The next meeting will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 27.

Best wishes to you all, wherever you are. I know part of your heart is on Shaw Island.

Diana Wisen, President
Shaw Islanders, Inc.