Christopher “Kit” Bennett Rawson climbed his last hill on Aug. 7, 2017. He was born on June 7, 1950 in Philadelphia to Richard Rawson and Constance Kepke Rawson. He grew up in Riverside, Connecticut, sailing on Long Island Sound and swimming competitively. He attended Phillips Academy, Columbia University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Washington where he met his wife, Kathy Thornburgh. Kit and Kathy were married in 1980 at the UW Marine Laboratories in Friday Harbor where they lived on their wooden sail boat before becoming the first caretakers of the Nature Conservancy’s Yellow Island Preserve.
On Thursday evening Aug. 10, a guest in the Friday Harbor Marina was bitten on the arm by Popeye the seal. The guest was resting his arm on the edge of his boat and not feeding or interacting with the harbor seal. We do not know what led to the bite but prior to this event, the Port had been cooperating with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, local businesses, and the Marine Mammal Stranding Network to discourage the feeding of wildlife at the marina. It is our hope and intention that we make future incidents like this less likely by proactively engaging with our guests about the hazards posed by feeding wildlife at the marina.
A Parkinson’s support group meets from 4 to 5:30 p.m., every third Monday of the month, at the Mullis Community Center. The center is located at 589 Nast St. in Friday Harbor. Below are the remaining dates in 2017.