It was 1952, or thereabouts and Bob Gregg and I weren’t very far from Ridge Road and down on the beach. The sound of the ram pump in the woods above us echoed down the creek. The creek-driven ram pumped water 200 feet up the hill,a tablespoon at a time, day and night, to a thousand gallon tank on a 20 foot tower providing a gravity feed to the families living on the ridge.
Learning to march was tough, responding to all those marching commands and not stumbling over our own feet. Drilling like an army was part of scouting. Boy Scouts had to work together so the whole line reversed direction when Uncle Bruce gave the command, “about face.”
It may not feel like it, but winter will soon be upon Vashon-Maury Islands. The October windstorm was just a rehearsal for tougher weather ahead. And, that means power outages, ferry disruptions, road closures and more. For years, Islanders have counted on VoV’s 1650AM Emergency Alert Service
“In twenty-six years, I’ve never had a cartoon turned down,” says Ed Frohning. “Sometimes I get tired and say I’ll quit, but then people tell me how much they love the cartoons, and how they follow me, and I keep going.”
Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is pleased to announce the hiring of a team of managers to lead its early childhood program, Family Education and Support Services (FESS). Barbara Garrett and Christine Wood joined VYFS as co-leaders of the FESS program in early October, taking over from the previous Manager, Catherina Willard.
Mary Sage, a long time Islander, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015. Mary needs a bone marrow transplant, which is not fully covered by insurance. Thanks to the support of local businesses and the hard work and generosity of community members, friends of Mary raised enough money to pay for the transplant.
This fall on Vashon, Luke Currier, a Permaculture designer and educator from Duluth, MN will be leading a workshop on permaculture. This workshop will be helpful to people at any level of permaculture knowledge, from beginners to well-read certified designers, the theme of this workshop will revolve specifically around fruit-tree production and will be hosted by The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery south of Dockton.
Our great-grandparents came from Denmark in 1892 and moved from Wisconsin to Portage in 1906 where Nels Mattson bought 300 acres that extended from the Portage store to the towers at KIRO and down to Luana beach. Over the years this property has shrunk to a couple of lots and a house on the beach.
Coyote Mentoring: Raising Nature-Smart Kids in a Modern World, A 3-Part Workshop Series for parents, educators, and caregivers who care who deeply about the health of the children in their lives and the restorative power of nature in building healthy communities.
Vashon Partners in Education (lovingly known as P.I.E), will kick off its fall fundraising campaign in October. Teachers across the school district are busy dreaming about how they can make our children’s learning experience rich and exciting. And thanks to P.I.E. they can dream big!
Quartermaster Yacht Club is developing a series of recreational boating “Tech Talks” available to the Vashon-Maury Island community. The 2016 / 2017 Tech Talk Series, ten meetings scheduled from October through June, are offered free to community members who either have or would like to gain boating skills and experience.
The Vashon Island School District Board of Directors and I would like to invite you to a very important discussion about the future of the Vashon Island High School (VHS) track and field. The forum will be held in the VHS Theatre on Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
“Push Mike, push harder or we’re not going to make it.” My little brother and I were pushing Mom’s 1941 Chev up the gravel road beside our peach orchard to get it away from the house before we could start it, so Mom and Dad couldn’t hear the engine.
Cider has deep roots in American history. In colonial times, hard cider was by far the most popular alcoholic beverage, far more than whiskey, wine, or beer. Apple orchards were planted throughout the states, not for eating but for making cider. Many small farms grew cider apples and produced cider, sometimes supplementing farm worker wages with the fermented product.
“The light is green, I can see my toes and all the bones”. Sister Molly was looking down into a four-foot box, called an X-Ray Shoe Fitter and could see the bones of her toes wiggle in the eerie green light.
Harbor School is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members to our campus for the start of the 2016-17 school year and the launch of a new K-8 Spanish program. Please welcome Russell Ray as our new K-8 Spanish Teacher and Todd Wooster as our Middle School English Teacher.
Today, the population is angry at politicians. Neither of the likely candidates for President is widely trusted, in some cases even by their supporters. In one respect, the Vashon Park District got a jump on the rest of the country. A little over two years ago, Islanders were very angry with the Park District, defeating an incumbent commissioner and narrowly re-electing another.
I think that Bob Marley said it best way back in 1979: “So much trouble in the world…” Racism and war, poverty and famine, police brutality and injustice, religious intolerance and terrorism. And we have so many of the same troubles in our world 37 years later.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) distributed details of the VFW sponsored Essay Contest to Vashon Schools, prior to September 1, to provide students in grades from 3rd through High School an opportunity to participate in the contests that provides recognition and cash awards.