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Economics as it has come to be studied has got to be one of the most stultifying subjects known to man.  Within the first three equations, my mind starts to wander and the soft murmurs of slumber begin to crowd out my consciousness.

The Vashon-Marry Island Heritage Museum is pleased to announce two events celebrating world-famous author Betty MacDonald’s 110th Birthday. Best remembered for her internationally bestselling book The Egg and I and for the beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s classics, MacDonald and her family lived on Vashon from 1942 to 1955.

Vashon Island School District & Barking Rooster Productions present renowned Irish Musician and Folklorist, Mick Moloney, at the Vashon High School Theater on Saturday March 25th at 7pm. Moloney will be joined by Celtic fiddler, Athena Tergis, for a one-of-a-kind evening to celebrate Irish culture with musicians who have performed together in the forefront of traditional Irish music for the past 15 years.

According to the US Census Bureau, there were 778 veterans living on Vashon Island as of 2015 and the number of Gulf War era veterans had doubled since 2010. “We are seeing a larger number of young veterans on the island and at the same time are seeing the veterans we have known for years experiencing various hardships.”

The Vashon High School Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dan Baker, will present its annual spring concert on Tuesday, March 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Vashon High School Theater.   The ensemble will perform pieces prepared for a band competition that it will be participating in next week.

“What are cutthroat?” Cappy Berard asked.  They called him Cappy because he was so big at birth, that the nurses called him Captain.  Cappy was a cousin from West Seattle and didn’t know that peaches grew on trees.  He only knew they came from the store.  “You can’t go cut throating if you don’t know what a cutthroat is,” Cousin Jim told him.

Enter VoV’s First Annual Singing Contest! Here’s how:
Clear your calendar for April 1, 2017 – No kidding! Record yourself singing your two (2) favorite cover tunes. Save them in MP3 format. Send those MP3 files by email to voicesubmissions@voiceofvashon.org.

A couple of months into the so-called Trump presidency, there is talk of Trump being mentally ill. I don’t know for sure if he is, but he sure seems to be a carrier.

For the weeks until Easter, which will be Sunday, April 12 this  year, good Christians will be following a medieval pope’s command that everybody abstain from eating animal foods and stick to fish. “Fish” to me includes all seafoods. For the sake of variety, the French made  the escargot (snail) an honorary fish.

Come celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and our beautiful friend Karla Hill at The Red Bike! Enjoy music, food and AWESOME friends as we dance, celebrate and remember…

Vashon Island Chorale in partnership with Vashon Center for the Arts presents its Fourth “Occasional” Trivia Night on Friday, March 17 with proceeds benefiting the Chorale’s orchestra fund. The event begins at 7 pm in the lobby of Vashon Center for the Arts and is open to the public.   A light snack will be provided and beverages, including wine and Cliff’s “St. Paddy’s Day Green” Beer will be available for purchase. Additional food items will be for sale.

We’re celebrating 10 years of mentoring 2100+ people of all ages to feel deeply connected with themselves, each other, and nature. And we’re raising important funds to ensure that more youth, adults, and families continue to experience a vital connection with the Earth - one that brings balance to their lives, and helps them to live and lead with joy, vitality, peace, and clarity of mind and heart.

Since the national elections, it looks like Democrats, such as they are, will be primarily in reactive mode as they really have little control over what happens at the national level.  There is the historical surge of resistance from the grassroots, which is very encouraging, but the question is how long will we be able to keep it up?

I will admit it- I am addicted to the Trump Watch, in whatever form that might take. The reason for this obsession is fairly simple- we are looking for the end to the madness. The madness is of course that the president- previously noted here as mostly unworthy of naming and thusly designated as 45*- is actually the president, and the sooner he is un-presidented the better.

You can pretty much rely on salads to be low in carbohydrates unless like, my sister diabetic sister Gail used to, you think a fruit salad is not complete without a handful of mini-marshmallows. Note that marshmallows and other candies contain lots of sugar, the ingredient that the Glycemic Index puts at the top of their list of baddies, with its carbohydrate rated 100 percent. In other words, that’s all it contains. Eat sugar and any pains you’ve been having  feel  worse.

So. I asked the cashier at Taco Time to throw away my old Taco Time cup from the last time I was in Seattle, and that’s where the trouble started.

Dennis Stilgar, of the San Poil tribe, was let out of jail for a short visit with his family before returning.  I don’t know what he was in for, but he was making a good time of it on the outside, racing his horse up and down the creek bareback, skidding the horse to a stop.

St. John Vianney Catholic Church is presenting a Lenten concert of sacred music, March 4, 2017 at 7:00PM, at the church: “Tenebrae: Prayer in Song”.  
The Season of Lent is an important period in the yearly calendar of the Church, a time of spiritual renewal through prayer, fasting and good works set amid the first green buds and yellow daffodils of early spring.

Seven months ago, a few like-minded islanders sat around a picnic table on a sunny afternoon and discussed the possibility of having a “death fest” on Vashon.  That small group grew into a determined, passionate team who transformed the vision into reality.

Like a fluorescent-lit snack-aisle oasis in some desolate interstate road stop, brimming with Skittles and limited-edition Sno Balls, Tacocat’s Easter-egg-hued pop-punk-pop is bubblegum-sticky with hooks, bound to brighten up the most drab stretch of bummer backroad.

In girding our community loins for the tumultuous times ahead, we need to be looking toward maximizing our ability to subsist locally and regionally.  In addition to broadening our skills and strengthening our community bonds, we will need to optimize and cultivate our resources.  For some time now, we have been carefully managing our water supply.

Harbor School’s annual fundraising event - VOYAGERS AUCTION - will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island. It is our school’s largest fundraising event of the year and one you won’t want to miss! Voyagers Auction brings over 200 guests together for an evening of that celebrates our community and raises important funds for our students and programs.

If our turbulent culture is beginning to seed discontent even with Vashon’s smilings, look upon the Senior Center as a community antidote. At the Senior Center you will find senior citizens helping each other with a fellowship seasoned by ample amounts of coping skills.

There’s an issue right here at home. It affects all of us. There is a recommendation for our community plan update to allow “density bonus” zoning in the town of Vashon that far exceeds our water availability. It represents a big and unsustainable change in density from what is currently allowed in the town of Vashon.