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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.

It’s officially 7/01/12 and I wanted to be the first one to wish our darling Gypsy a "Happy 37th Birthday!" What a girl! In honor of her day it brings us great pleasure to announce that the movie, "The Pony Man," starring Miss Gypsy, will be showing at the Vashon Theater on 7/15/12 at 1:00 p.m.

This is a unique time for the Boy Scouts highest award, the Eagle Scout Award. The Eagle Scout Award was started in 1912, thus this is the 100th Year Anniversary. Kevin Britz and Steve Kicinski, along with many other adult leaders, work closely with potential Eagle Scout candidates of the Scout Troop 294.

It is an honor to name Lou Engels as the Strawberry Festival Grand Marshal for 2012. Lou has been an Islander since 1950 when his father opened Engels Towing and Repair in its current location in 1951. Lou took over the business in 1969 and has been hard at work servicing Island vehicles six days a week for the past 43 years, the second oldest continuous business on the Island.

A book launch for the poetry book, "The Weird World Rolls On" published by Vashon publisher Endicott and Hugh Books will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18th at Vashon Community Care. The public is invited to attend the book launch and reading.

Well on Vashon that is really "Unofficial" Mayor. But while my name is up there and it looks like I am running, I am really fundraising for two causes that I have been working on for the last year. My platform is to "help make HealthCare accessible to all Vashon residents".

Buildings really bug Deborah Reilly.

"They account for 40 percent of our energy use," says Reilly, the coordinator of Caulk the Rock, WISEnergy’s third annual Energy Fair. "Forty percent."


The certification testing has come to a successful close for our Kimberly Stove. I am happy to report that Kimberly excelled in every aspect, finishing the battery of tests in half the time, and proving herself an extremely safe stove in very small spaces. With no protection on the walls we can place Kimberly within 6 inches of a combustible wall. This allows it to be installed on a 22 x 26 inch floor pad, with 3" vent parts. Our E.P.A. Emissions of 3.2 grams per hour and a top output of 40,000 btu (cord wood) makes this the most powerful and clean burning small stove that Omni Labs has ever seen, and allows for heating of homes up to 1500 square feet. 

Share a summer afternoon with a friend, stroll through the fir forests, traverse winding garden paths and get free garden tips from experts. Tickets are available at many Island businesses and at VAA all weekend.

Nudibranchs (which is pronounced nudibranks) are the most amazing, complex and beautiful creatures of the sea.

I thought that I would draw a cartoon for this article, since nudibranchs are really hard to describe…but I thought that might not be such a great idea since the Loop is printed in black and white and I didn’t have a lot of confidence in being able to render a nudibranch without using color.

Each year, Harbor School students award commendations to six of their peers, each of whom represent a particular Cornerstone Value so strongly as to be an example for all of us. The Cornerstone Values are a set of principles that provide guidance and lessons to all Harbor School students through their academic achievements and peer relationships.

What better way to spend the afternoon of the Forth of July than on the beach with family and friends? Come enjoy one of the summer’s best low tides out at Point Robinson with the Vashon Beach Naturalists who will be there to teach folks of all ages about our shoreline neighbors. Before you go out on the beach check out the Festival area which will be set up by the lighthouse this year. As you come in you will learn some important things about how to take care of the animals and habitats that surround the point.