Harbor School is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members to our campus for the start of the 2016-17 school year and the launch of a new K-8 Spanish program. Please welcome Russell Ray as our new K-8 Spanish Teacher and Todd Wooster as our Middle School English Teacher.

I think that Bob Marley said it best way back in 1979:  “So much trouble in the world…”  Racism and war, poverty and famine, police brutality and injustice, religious intolerance and terrorism.  And we have so many of the same troubles in our world 37 years later.

Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP) has been detected at unsafe levels in Quartermaster Harbor shellfish on Vashon-Maury Island.  As a result, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has closed Quartermaster Harbor beaches to recreational shellfish harvest.
 

 The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) distributed details of the VFW sponsored Essay Contest to Vashon Schools, prior to September 1, to provide students in grades from 3rd through High School an opportunity to participate in the contests that provides recognition and cash awards.

I’ll always remember Mom’s cinnamon  apple sauce, darker than the rest and haunting in flavor on a cold Fall day.  Most everyone canned or preserved their food in some way.  It was during WWII, when we were using ration cards and sugar was hard to get.

Many people are changing their garden practices when they learn that some pesticides can be very harmful to their pets who spend so much time playing in their landscape.

We were Dad’s rear view mirror coming down Fauntleroy Avenue.  On our knees, in the back seat of our 1949 Oldsmobile Super 88, only the 98 had a bigger engine.  Our Olds had a “whirl-a- way” gear that was triggered by a hidden button under the gas pedal.  When Dad tromped it, to pass or run a yellow light, our heads would snap back from the power of “whirl-a-way.”

Coffee and Community – The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie is a new book featuring the photographs of island photographer Terry Donnelly along with stories from ten fellow islanders who frequent The Roasterie.

The Connect & Glow meditative exercises quickly bring participants to a deep connection with their inner source of vibrant well-being. The exercises are inspired by ancient Eastern wisdom and modern quantum physics, and grew out of experiments with visualizing the energetic stimulation of the limbic center of the brain in an effort to heal depression

Just four months ago, Voice of Vashon opened its Storefront Studio in uptown Vashon. Today, there are twenty-two new live shows on the air, each with its own unique reflection of life here on Vashon and hosted by Island residents.
 

“Can we make it to the big log”, I asked my brother Mike. He was four years younger. I was the better swimmer. Mike never liked the water and like myself, had barely made it through swimming lessons.

Jonathan Burgess and Tim Hulley will co-lead this Kirtan, along with talented and enthusiastic friends, including Scott Wurtz on tabla (Indian drums) and Solana Chavez on response vocals.

The other day as I drove up to the 4-way stop in the middle of our little town I saw a woman who made me think of Hilary, nicely coiffure, smartly dressed in that stylish way that women of Hilary’s age dress and I thought what if Hillary lived on my island,

I saw a lot of long faces at the landfill today.  It didn’t appear that people wanted to be where they were.  It was as if going to the landfill was something they would rather pay someone else to do.

In 1986 the American Craft Museum opened its doors directly across from the Museum of Modern Art on W. 53rd St. in New York. For many artists, this celebration of the functional and less rarefied arts and crafts came as a welcome change from often tired theories of overblown 80s art.

It would be nearly impossible to live in America today and not know that there is a woman running for the position of President. Indeed, with a campaign slogan that focuses your attention entirely upon her sex (I’m with HER), how could you miss it?

Want a great way to have a garage sale without inviting people to your own garage or to tap into the popular estate sale market on Vashon?  Or even to sell new items or other things like fresh produce or arts and crafts?  Booths are available for Vashon residents, non-profit organizations and other commercial vendor.  Judging from registrants so far, there will be a great variety interesting sale items for buyers.

Last year’s fireworks season was during a record breaking heat wave, the fire danger was extreme, but people used the most important piece of safety equipment – good judgement. Fireworks sales were down more than 50% and that was a good thing

Johnny Adams was not one of those 10-year-olds that was full of the gimme-gimme’s.  He was a typical Vashon boy who generally worked for what he got, picking strawberries for the Matsumotos, or mowing lawns down at Cove.

In June, VCA celebrates
 our 50th anniversary 
as one of Washington state’s oldest nonprofit arts organizations.
It’s hard to believe that in the last half century, VCA has grown from the old Lisabeula schoolhouse off Wax Orchard

We children whispered among ourselves in conspiratorial tones as soon as we got the first whiff of garlic, hoping against hope that Daddy was making a pot of spaghetti. We debated back and forth like Rabbinical scholars our interpretation of the sounds and aromas coming from the kitchen

Losing money on expiring unused ferry passes may become a thing of the past. Vashon Island will be the beneficiary of a test launch for a new mobile accessible website that could revolutionize the ferry transit system.  A local Bainbridge Island couple created a website to allow for a secondary market for WSDOT Wave2Go passenger and vehicle passes.

Partners in the ongoing Tacoma Smelter Plume contamination cleanup at Maury Island Natural Area host a community meeting on Monday, June 20 to discuss upcoming restoration work at the former Glacier gravel mine site.

The Enchanted Forest––the theme for the ninth annual Vashon Center for the Arts Father-Daughter Dance, taking place at the Vashon Golf & Swim Club on Saturday, June 11.