“Mom, Mom, the cats are climbing the Christmas tree,” yelled brother Mike.  Our two Siamese cats, Meeko and Chakree were chasing each other up the tree and when Meeko reached the top, the tree fell over with a crash.  Smoke was coming from the broken lights and broken ornaments were all over the floor.

Thirty years ago now, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” neared the top of the music charts.  “Peggy Sue Got Married” was on the big screen and “Family Ties” was still a TV hit.  The “Oprah Winfrey Show” had just aired for the first time, and Cindy Crawford was launching her modeling career.

Thanks to improved water quality, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has opened 180 acres of shellfish beds in Quartermaster Harbor at Vashon and Maury islands to commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting for the first time in more than 20 years.

As my mind soars over things that happened a long time ago, I find myself using these thoughts to write a story that may be mostly true.  My strongest memory was the time Mom caught me carving my initials in the rail of the Ground Observer tower on Sunrise Ridge.  She told me that I was defacing government property and never to do that again.  Those were her words and it scared me. 

Riders who don’t want to pay cash to ride transit now have a new way to pay. King County Metro Transit is launching the Puget Sound region’s first-ever mobile ticket app – Transit GO Ticket – allowing riders to buy and redeem transit tickets on their mobile device without needing cash to ride.

You can go to another world without leaving Vashon. By spending a winter evening on the shoreline with a flashlight you will soon find a little-known yet vast community of living intertidal beings under and near the north end ferry dock.

Each year during the first two weekends of December the Maury Island home and workspace of artists Christine and Darsie Beck is transformed into the hottest holiday happening on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour.

Three Vashon Energy employees were injured in a fire that destroyed the building where the business is located. The fire broke out around 12pm. Both propane delivery trucks were moved away from the building. Several small propane tanks were heard exploding behind the building

Why are Worker’s Rights important?
Today, in America, there is a strong effort to maintain the 40 hour work week. This is largely based in a desire to maintain health

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.”

A show opens. The show goes on. And the day comes when the show closes. After a run of eleven years, Molly Reed, the Executive Director of Vashon Center for the Arts has announced her plans to retire.

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.

How do we make sense of the times we’re living in?
Poet and experimental filmmaker James Broughton tried to give an answer to that eternal question with this poem, which he recommended to journalists.

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.

Calling all Vashon Island pet lovers to sip, dine and bid your way through an “out of this world” evening that will entertain and inspire.

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.