It’s Not Rudolph in Your Attic

Rat sightings on Shaw have been a topic of conversation the last few months. We haven’t had a rat problem for many years, although the other islands have severe problems. It is thought they are swimming to Shaw since most have been found near the shoreline.   A program on controlling rat populations will be given by Karl Bishop at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the community building, sponsored by Shaw Islanders Inc. The presentation … Read More »

Early Days of the Shaw Aid team

By Phil Ekstrom   In the very early days (that is before Janice and I were on the scene to observe) retired nurse Charlotte Lameroux provided most of the medical care on Shaw Island. When there was an emergency, folks pitched in as they could to help and to send people away on the ferry when they needed definitive care. When my wife Janice, another nurse, moved to the island, Charlotte greeted her warmly and … Read More »

Vulture reality: not a comic book star

I could not find the dead body that several vultures seemed to be hunting, rocking back and forth less than 100 feet over my head. I did, however, think of comic books. In American comic books and film, several villains have been called Vulture, the enemy of Spider-Man; ominous, creepy, and associated with death. Vultures do get a bad rap (at least the Looney Tunes vulture might draw a smile) but there is the death … Read More »

Boat explosion, plane crash led to Shaw’s official aid team

Phil Ekstrom recalls the beginning of the Shaw Aid Team, which started with neighbors pitching in and sending away those that needed more care by outing them on a ferry.  In the very early days (that is before Janice and I were on the scene to observe) retired nurse Charlotte Lameroux provided most of the medical care on Shaw Island. When there was an emergency, folks pitched in as they could to help and to … Read More »

Recycling Update

What, us worry? While many San Juan, Lopez and Orcas recycling groups and businesses are scrambling for solutions to China banning a significant portion of recyclables exported from the United States, Shaw Islanders’ mixed recyclables will continue to be picked up by San Juan Sanitation. In July, China notified the World Trade Organization that it intended to dramatically reduce certain recyclables from the United States by the end of the year, in part because much of … Read More »

Weather, pruning, weeds, veggies, and slugs, oh my!

As we await spring weather many people are anxious to get planting. However, for annuals such as vegetables, it is better to wait for warmer soil. In the meantime there are many tasks that are calling to you in your landscape. Master Gardener Diane Wisen shares her knowledge about seven key topics: weather, pruning, weed management, slug control, lawn care, vegetables and flowers, and mulching. Weather Shaw Island may be in the “rain shadow” but … Read More »

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 … 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 … Read More »