Bob Jonas, local Vashon author, will be reading from his latest young adult novel, Death Brew at the Vashon Bookstore, June 14, at 6 p.m. Death Brew is a sequel to his last international thriller, Imposter. After reading to a packed audience at this same venue last year, Jonas anticipates another large turnout, filled with readers anxious to hear what has become of Imposter’s main character and his family.

The sticky burning marshmallows were dripping fire as they melted on Brother Mike’s stick, they had been above the coals too long.  He started chasing me around the fire with his flaming marshmallows and I ran until the fire burned through his stick and the end fell off. 

They have been living among us, quietly going about their business taking math exams and waiting in school lunch lines. But Vashonites made the call, and they have answered. Snapping on caps and donning lycra, these goggled crusaders have amassed from the four corners of this fair Island with a single purpose—to Cover Our Pool.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the awarding of more than $860,000 in funding from Best Starts For Kids, for projects that will improve access to healthy foods, safe environments and health care on Vashon-Maury Island.

The Vashon Sheepdog Classic has been providing a chance for spectators to step back in time for seven years. On over 30 acres of breathtaking fields at majestic Misty Isle Farms

For the past few months Vashon Nature Center scientists have been out in the field with Vashon High School sophomores​, researching important questions about our island’s’ wildlife and habitats. Students​ are just wrapping up their citizen science field research this month.

This is being written to put recent events into context and provide history regarding the Commons. The Park District continues to negotiate with the School District regarding the Commons agreement.

There’s no sense picking up a hazelnut that’s been left behind by the squirrels, because the shell will be empty.  This is the first lesson you learn selling hazelnuts.  The squirrels can tell by smell or something that there is nothing inside.

Seeds4Success, a 501(c)3 organization was founded ten years ago to ensure children to adults impacted with disabilities are provided an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become independent, productive, employed and involved community members. 

Vashon Wilderness Program will expand our programs with a new nature immersion program for 5-8 year olds. Coyote Kids is a new place-based, nature immersion program that will meet on the campus of Vashon’s Chautauqua Elementary on late start Thursdays when teachers are engaged in staff development.

Mr. Spaulding was a mean old man who didn’t like kids and us kids made him mean.  He wore a worn out old fedora and was our school bus driver on the Cove/Colvos run in 1949.   Hubert Spaulding lived down the worst road on Vashon, the Burma Road.  It was so steep and twisty that the school bus didn’t even go down there.  The kids who lived down Burma Road walked out.

At All Island Forum meetings we take the questions, What’s like it for you? What’s it like for me?, as purposeful leverage points to grow our capacity and health in community. In 2017, AIF has been convening almost monthly since the maelstrom hit us hard in pre-inauguration and continues as the resistance digs in for the long-haul.

“Celebrate Springer!” marks the 15th anniversary of the dramatic rescue in the waters off of Vashon Island of the orphaned orca Springer (A-73) and the heroic efforts by Washington and British Columbia teams working together to return her safely to her home 300 miles north in Johnstone Strait at the north end of Vancouver Island.

I could see “old crooked neck” sneaking thru the grass off to my left.  He was out in front of the dogs, running in a crouch with his head canted to one side, because he had a broken neck, which is why we called him “old crooked neck”

“Doing all the writing” was a lot of work, but “interviewing David Gruenewald and learning history was a lot of fun.”  This is the opinion of partners Neve DeVoght and Julianna Steffans whose entry, “Matsuda Farm History Project” took first place in the 2017 Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s “Vashon Story History Contest.” Winners were celebrated at an awards party at the Heritage Museum Friday evening, April 21.

Across the world’s oceans and seas, small, silvery, schooling fish – known collectively as forage fish – are critically important as prey for birds, fish, and mammals and commercial catch. Pacific herring in particular are foundational species in many marine and estuarine ecosystems.

Burn Design Lab will hold an open house on Sunday, April 30th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at its headquarters in the Sheffield Building, 18850 103rd Ave SW, Vashon.
Visitors will see Burn’s cookstoves — designed for efficient, clean cooking in the developing world — in use, and can tour Burn Design Lab’s shop and testing facilities.

Team Silver Three, a group of 12, ages 18 to 24 serving with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), is working with Camp Fire USA, Central Puget Sound Council, and Camp Sealth from March 28, 2017 until May 15, 2017.
 

All the windows in our house were covered with black cloth to stop any light from coming through.  We lived in West Seattle before moving to Vashon in 1944.  Grandma Ada was a Mattson and they had been at Portage since 1892. 

In February 2016, Vashon voters rejected a $27 million bond to repair and upgrade facilities throughout the school district.  In response to that defeat, the school board drastically scaled back its proposal to include $9.9 million in the highest priority projects.

Yes, I am guilty of procrastinating. I feel very fortunate as a member of this community to have a fantastic school system. My family has found VISD to be supportive, caring and enriching. This is to my surprise...

If you judge by the numbers, the most popular program at the Vashon Senior Center is bridge.
Bridge players show up at the Center’s red brick building in the town’s business district on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings and afternoons,

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors, is coming to Vashon Island.  Directed by Susan Hanson and produced by Drama Dock, the musical will run from July 27 - 30 at the Vashon Center for the Arts.

The scoutmaster told us that there was going to be a special meeting on Saturday, to help the Kvisviks get in their hay.  Mr. Kvisvik wasn’t well and needed help.  It was about 1952 and I really can’t remember if there were Kvisvik boys in Troop 294 or not, it didn’t matter.