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By now most everyone on the island is aware of the horrific event which resulted in the loss of a young man just beginning to move from childhood to young adult. I find it very endearing that our town sees fit to do whatever it takes to surround our friends in need.

Harbor School will hold a Fall Open House on Wednesday, October 17 at 7 PM for prospective students and their families.

Harbor School, a non-profit, independent school serving Grades 4 through 8, invites local families to attend our Fall Open House and learn more about the school and its offerings.

"Oh, sure" says the Rodeo Director, "no problem. You can shoot from the bucking gates. Hell, you can go ahead and shoot from the arena if you want, as long as you know how to stay out of the way."

We live in a very special and unique community with an amazingly diverse population. But have you ever been curious about the island itself…it’s geology, ecology and history. Or the culture, the social science and demographics that give insight into the past, present and future of our island and its population.

I must confess that I viewed the Vashon-Maury Island Garden Club largely as a passel of peculiar, singly-focused (mostly) women who meet occasionally to obsess about plants and wear silly hats. In my own defense I was not entirely wrong

The Vashon-Maury Island Garden Club, notorious for its no-holds-barred celebratory blasts, is planning yet another unruly bash to celebrate the Club’s 60th Anniversary and concordant exhibit at the History Museum.

Harbor School has invited a number of off-island high schools, as well as Vashon High School, to meet with prospective families on our campus the evening of Tuesday, October 2, from 6 - 8 PM.

Another exciting Salmon Derby and another thrilling race to the bottom of Puget Sound for the elusive prize salmon has come and gone.

Camp Sealth on Vashon Island, run by Camp Fire USA, is looking for community partners to sponsor the continuation of its horse program. Miller-Blue, Camp Sealth’s horse outfitter for the last 25 years, is going out of business at the end of this summer. The proprietor will be selling his entire herd. As his valuable longtime customers, Camp Fire has the option to purchase horses and all their tack at an extremely favorable price if we can secure donations and pledges now. Camp Fire shares the outfitter’s hope that these horses will be able to continue in high quality youth programs that serve kids who truly care about them.

Amanda Knox’s friend, Raffaele Sollecito, is writing about his experience in Perugia, Italy, when he and Amanda were falsely accused of murdering her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in 2007. The two spent nearly four years in prison until they were exonerated at the appeal level in 2010. The next level, the Italian Supreme Court in Rome, will rule on the case in late March 2013 and their duty is to assure that the appeal judges, Hellmann and Zanetti, followed the letter of the law and to listen to rebuttal arguments from the prosecution.

The annual Flower Faire Aug 3-4 was a great success. You could smell the wonderful scent of lilies before you got to the Library door. Vashon Garden Club members brought in hundreds of specimens from their gardens. Islanders participated in judging the event and the following winners are by category. Thanks to all who participated.

Tom Wallace gently taps the back of Bella’s leg, asking permission to lift her hoof so that he can remove her worn shoe and replace it with a new one. Rebecca, Tom’s wife, cradles Bella’s head and speaks reassuringly to her, keeping her calm and making her feel safe in an uncomfortable moment. Bella is one of four horses in the Wallace stable, now her herd, and she calls out to two who romp in the pasture without her.

After several visioning meetings this summer, Church of Great Rain is now on retreat to consider the future of the show. Unlike the past 4 years, there will not be a season premiere this September. This will provide our cast and crew the space needed for personal renewal and to work out logistical issues.

Get on your track shoes, grab the dog leash, and head to Burton Acres/Jensen Point on Saturday morning, September 8th for the Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) Dog & People Walk. Don’t own a dog but want to stroll that Burton Loop with dignity and a suitable furry companion? Here’s the answer: NEW at the annual VIPP fund raiser is "Rent Your Rover." Borrow a part-time pooch for the morning! VIPP

Were it not for the presence of Vashon’s worst fisherman, last year’s Vashon Island Salmon Derby would’ve been an even greater success.

Do you find yourself glued to the program, Antique’s Road Show, guessing the value of a grandmother’s butter dish made from green glass, or a great uncle’s collection of civil war paraphernalia? Then listen up, Islanders; Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Associates proudly brings you Treasures in Your Attic. It’s our very own fundraising version of Antique’s Road Show sponsored by TrueValue and chaired by museum board member, Patty Custer.

The first of its kind Sheepdog Classic Afghan Project was set in motion October of 2011 at the close of the United States Border Collie Handler’s Association dog trials here on Vashon Island.

"As caregivers on Vashon, we’re neighbors and friends, an automatic community." Chris Jovanovich smiled as she looked at the dozen independent caregivers who gathered together on a sunny Saturday morning.

Attention! Vashon’s most unique festival is back again. Islewilde starts this Friday, August 3rd with an introductory meeting and campfire party at 7pm at the Meadow on Old Mill Road. Free public workshops begin the next day (Saturday, August 4th) and continue through August 16th. Islewilde’s 20th Free Community Performance Celebration will be held Friday August 17th and Saturday August 18th.

If you’re interested in ‘putting up’ a supply of delicious and low-cost foods for the coming winter - pickled beans, vegetable soup or strawberry jam from the bounty of your own garden - take your questions to the Food Preservation Fair, Saturday August 11, 10am - 3pm, just north of the Farmers’ Market at the Village Green.

The life of a National Rodeo Correspondent is one of desperate privations: gas station food, cheap motels, loneliness and long hours in the saddle. I wanted my mind to soar, but sometimes it just makes my butt sore. The Rodeo, always just ahead, is worth it, though, and it is always a surprise.

The BARC (Burton Adventure Recreation Center) Stewardship Council is pleased to receive funds and 501c3 status from the recently dissolved Vashon Youth Council. After several meetings, the remaining Directors of the Youth Council determined the goals of BARC aligned most closely with their own in their desire to work with and serve youth on the island.

On your marks, get set, salmon bake! One of Vashon’s longest-running summer traditions continues — the 52nd Annual Salmon Bake of St. John Vianney Church will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, on the church grounds. All Islanders are invited to attend.

For those who have participated before, this is the week you’ve been waiting for all summer! (But note the new location!) It has become a tradition. Along with their dynamic leaders, youth from Maple Valley Presbyterian Church come to Vashon to teach Vacation Bible School, and in the evenings they like to meet with their Vashon counterparts. They bring their guitars and sound system, zany games (some requiring shaving cream!) and lots of heart filled laughter.