April, 2016

Good day!

Shaw spring gardens and maintenance projects are in the works. Willie W. organized our first effort to sweep away the winter mayhem on the grounds of our library and community building. Another opportunity to help is set for Monday, April 11 at 9 a.m. As always, we will put in one hour at the library and one hour at the community building with a little coffee and treats following. Round up your favorite tarp, trimmers and gloves and come on down.


A recycling program funding request was mailed recently.  Thank you to those who have already contributed. Your financial support of the bins that are so heavily utilized and beneficial is greatly appreciated. Don’t forget to empty your plastic bags into the bins. It can be a pain when they are almost full but it helps to get more in.

Fourth of July

Organization of the Shaw 4th of July celebration is underway. Our current plan is to utilize Saturday, July 2, for a BBQ and our bi-annual auction/raffle. The afternoon of Sunday, July 3, will bring on the parade followed by the softball games, hot dogs and ice cream at the park. Please give me a call if there is a part of the weekend that you would enjoy helping with. It’s time to start thinking about raffle and auction items. Yowza!


Shaw Island Cemetery Association held its annual meeting this month. We have some new volunteers. Angel and Neil Bryant along with Carl and Andy Schmidt are joining the board. Officers are: Angel Bryant, president; Brud Joslin, vice-president; Andy Schmidt, treasurer; and Liz Stedman, recording secretary. Shaun Hansen, Jay Dudek, Dittie Weinel, Neil Bryant and Carl Schmidt round out the board. William Williams and I have retired from this one for awhile. The annual Bay View Cemetery cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m.

For Your Gardens

Shaw Island gardeners have several opportunities to acquire trees, starts, seeds and more from other islanders. Here is information about the ones that I am aware of, but if I missed some, please send me your information. 

Old Copper Farm

Come pick plants and get a jump start on your spring garden. Ellen, Nick, Angus and cat Boomer open the greenhouse for sales every Saturday in April and June, or by appointment. Currently available: lettuce broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard, kale, cabbage and more. Warm weather crops such as tomatoes, peppers, basil, cucumbers and squash will be ready in early May. We’re located on Ben Nevis Loop, near NMT. Call 468-3898 or email oldcopperfarm@gmail.com.  

The Gatehouse

Have you noticed the Gatehouse along Squaw Bay Road? Cherie Christensen has created something beautiful. From her blog, The Gatehouse: In celebration of the gardens and native botanicals of Shaw Island, please see photos, cultural and historical notes for seeds gathered from a cross-section of local gardens and wild places, at the shed along Squaw Bay Road. Stop by.  She has a wonderful note about the Calypso bulbosa or fairy slippers that we enjoy so much at this time of year. Go to www.shawislandgatehouse.blogspot.com.

Flying Heart Garden

Interested in trees, shrubs or roses for your landscaping? Jon Shannon is our local tree enthusiast. He has a large variety of trees and shrubs. His 2016 list includes Manchurian apricot, Japanese stewartia, quaking aspen, Columbia hawthorn, salmonberry, mock orange, snowball viburnum and red leaf rose.  For the whole list, email Jon at jon.r.shannon@gmail.com

Natural Plant Soluntions

Andrew Borner’s business on Shaw is Natural Plant Solutions LLC, providing soil testing/interpretation, compost tea production/application, custom nutrient blends, and inoculated biochar, all made of natural and organic materials. NPS has high quality worm castings, Perfect Blend compost, and aged dairy manure for your garden in stock and ready for delivery year round. Andrew also takes special orders for natural fertilizers, micronutrients, pest control products, and gardening supplies. Check out the Website, www.naturalplantsolutions.com, or call 298-0353.


Monday, April 11, 9 a.m. Gardening fun at the library and community building.

Tuesday, April 19, 5-7 p.m. Hear the candidates make their pitch for why they deserve your vote for a seat on the OPALCO board of trustees (community building).

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. Volunteer for the annual Bay View Cemetery cleanup.

Saturday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. Come and enjoy Shaw School’s Readers’ Theatre Storytelling, presenting Gumball, the Koala and the Legend of the Ice Folk. It’s all about saving our national parks. 


Carolyn Brantigan

President, Shaw Islanders Inc.