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The concept of family and what it means has been transformed in recent years, but most definitions still describe family as ‘a group of people who share common ancestors’ and ‘a group of people all living in one household,’ or ‘a group of things that are similar.’

Everyone is invited to attend the launch of Vashon Reads about Racism, Culture, and White Privilege, at the Vashon Bookshop, June 2nd, 6 pm.

Vashon Island historian Bruce Haulman’s new book, A Brief History of Vashon Island, was released this past week. Haulman indicates that this is the second of three books chronicling island history that he has been working on. The first, written with Jean Cammon Findlay, was the pictorial history Vashon-Maury Island in the Images of America series. The third book will tell the stories of the people who have made our island what it is.

Rooting for Bernie? Pushing for Hilary? In a remarkable show of unity, Bernie and Hilary have combined their campaigns to run for Unofficial Mayor(s) of Vashon! In a joint statement, they said, “As seniors ourselves, we know the importance of Vashon’s Senior Center to the health and well-being of Island seniors, and to the vitality of the entire community.”

The winners of this year’s Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s History Project Contest were celebrated at a party at the Heritage Museum last Friday evening in the same way that their championship endeavors celebrated the Island’s history.

Chuck Kimmel was halfway across the street, his white butcher’s apron flying from his hand. George and Earl McCormick were right behind him, all pell mell for the fire station just west of the Vashon State Bank, where US Bank is now.

Rebecca Wittman, owner and President of The President of Me, has thrown her hat into the ring for Honorary Mayor of Vashon, naming the Vashon Heritage Museum as her SuperPac, er non-profit cause.

Tuesday, May 3rd is a day of inspiration for all.  It’s GiveBIG Day-- the one-day online event when donors can give to all their favorite non-profits at once and every donation is “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

With a flip of his unkempt white wool, and a sheepish grin, Noodle the Sheep announced his candidacy for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon. Noodle rose to prominence after his appearance on an episode of the HGTV show Island Life.  He is also known locally for his heroism, as seen in video footage posted on

Johnny had invented a test tube holder to measure the cream content of milk in Wisconsin near the start of the last century. He and his brother had owned a dairy and Uncle Johnny lived off the patent for the test tube holder for the rest of his life.

As venerable cherry trees bloom on the Mukai House and garden grounds, the landmark farm property, after years of dispute, has finally returned to community control. On April 4th, State Court of Appeals Judges Spearman, Appelwick and Leach issued a unanimous and definitive decision affirming King County Judge Monica Benton’s 2015 ruling granting Friends of Mukai full legal rights to the landmark Mukai House and Garden

Have you dreamed about being an elected official? Want to ride the coat tails of the national election? Here is your chance to become the Official Unofficial Mayor of Vashon Island AND support your favorite Island non-profit organization at the same time!

 The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2016 Strawberry Festival Grand Parade Grand Marshal.

We are delighted to announce that Heart of Vashon: telling our story is complete! We delivered all the project materials to the board of Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association last week. These materials are now in the permanent archives of VMIHA, offering a small peek into contemporary Island life as we roll into the 21st century.

New Book by International School Librarian Unflinchingly Opens Saudi Doors to YA Readers In New Action Thriller
Imposter  If you are an American teenager going to school in Saudi Arabia, and you disrespect the customs of your host country, the royal family, and a religion thousands of years old, your Teflon coating, the one you thought you had–compliments of your United States government–wears off quickly.

When we think about flexibility in yoga, we tend to think about the physical aspects. Are our hips open enough so that we can we take our knee to the side in tree pose? Do we have enough flexibility in our hamstrings to touch our toes in a forward bend? This physical side of the benefits of yoga is magnificent, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the spiritual, mental and emotional benefits of flexibility that yoga has brought to my life.

Nine journalism students from Vashon High School will represent our island at the upcoming National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles, CA. These journalism students went through a competitive process at VHS, including meeting the minimum 3.5 GPA requirement in Journalism.

Metro has been working with Vashon Island stakeholders to explore ways transportation on the island can be improved to move more riders in more cost-effective ways. Now it’s time for the broader community to have a say on potential future transportation options.

Harbor School and Carpe Diem Primary invite you to join our families, alumni, friends and supporters for our annual fundraising benefit VOYAGERS AUCTION on Saturday, April 2, 2016, beginning at 5 PM at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island.

It seems we had more snow on Vashon back in the 1950’s, that it was deeper and meant more days home from school. We skated on Fisher pond when there was nobody to tell you where there were places of thin ice. Tripping on the brush was another trick of mine.

One time, Mrs. Van House shook Rob K. so hard that she ripped his shirt.  “My dad is going to sue you,” Rob said.  Mrs. Van House was our 2nd grade teacher at Vashon Grade School and as mean as she could be.

Vashon’s vistas are leafy green in its forests and meadows, and from its margins the horizons hold mountain peaks above vast glistening waters, but its most remarkable views may be secret spaces hidden in plain view along its 50 miles of shoreline.

Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society March Program.
Thursday, March 10th from 7 to 9 PM held at the Land Trust Building, 10014 Bank Road.  Event is free and open to the public. Presentation by Dan Streiffert on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma will read from his latest book at the Vashon Bookshop on Thursday, March 10, at 6pm.
Twelve years ago, the south Indian artist C. F. John invited Pruiksma to write a book with him on the topic of body and earth.