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August 16, 2014

Elissa Thau raises sheep on lush green grass in Roseburg, Oregon.  It’s a gentle business.    She and her husband, Mel, aim for a minimum of stress for both sheep and the dogs she calls her partners.

Elissa Thau raises sheep on lush green grass in Roseburg, Oregon.  It’s a gentle business.    She and her husband, Mel, aim for a minimum of stress for both sheep and the dogs she calls her partners.

She starts her dogs on voice commands but then moves to the whistle.  She likes the whistle because it carries further so she doesn’t have to  shout.  

August 16, 2014

King County and the Vashon Forest Stewards have organized a walking tour on Thursday, Aug. 21 of Island Center Forest, where the county recently completed a stewardship project to improve the overall health of the forest.

King County and the Vashon Forest Stewards have organized a walking tour on Thursday, Aug. 21 of Island Center Forest, where the county recently completed a stewardship project to improve the overall health of the forest.

The tour is set for 6-8 p.m., and will be led by Vashon resident and consulting forester on the project, Derek Churchill, along with King County forester Bill Loeber. The tour will start from the Cemetery Trailhead at 115th Avenue Southwest off Southwest Cemetery Road.

August 16, 2014

Chinook/Puyallup basket weaver Karen Reed will exhibit baskets, mats and other examples of her art at the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum on Friday, August 22, 1-4pm, and again on Saturday, August 23, 10am-noon and 1-3pm.

Chinook/Puyallup basket weaver Karen Reed will exhibit baskets, mats and other examples of her art at the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum on Friday, August 22, 1-4pm, and again on Saturday, August 23, 10am-noon and 1-3pm.  Her event is the latest in a series on Salish culture, art, archaeology, and history that explore themes of the museum’s current special exhibit, “Vashon Island’s Native People: Navigating Seas of Change.”

August 1, 2014

T Martino Yamamoto is a writer with nine books to her credit and is an accomplished artist but her self-description is head shepherd and chief cowgirl at Yam Lamb Sheep Company, an agricultural non-profit she runs with her husband, Pete Yamamoto on Vashon Island.

T Martino Yamamoto is a writer with nine books to her credit and is an accomplished artist but her self-description is head shepherd and chief cowgirl at Yam Lamb Sheep Company, an agricultural non-profit she runs with her husband, Pete Yamamoto on Vashon Island.

August 1, 2014

The 22nd annual IsleWilde celebration will be taking place from August 18th through 23rd on Old Mill Road.

The 22nd annual IsleWilde celebration will be taking place from August 18th through 23rd on Old Mill Road.

There will be free workshops for all from Monday through Friday, as we build lanterns, props and costumes for our community performances. The traditional lantern walk will begin on Friday the 22nd, at dusk. Performances and games will be going on all day on Saturday.

August 1, 2014

For the second year in a row a group of talented Vashon knitters are helping to raise funds for island youth by creating an afghan that celebrates the wool from sheep. 

For the second year in a row a group of talented Vashon knitters are helping to raise funds for island youth by creating an afghan that celebrates the wool from sheep.  The drawing for this community based art project will take place Sunday, August 24 at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic. Cascade Yarn’s Eco Duo, a soft blend of merino wool and alpaca, was donated to the project by the Vashon Pharmacy.  It’s been estimated that a total of 900 hours of volunteer labor. went into the creation of of this original piece.

July 30, 2014

There are about 2,000 people in the (United States Border Collie Handlers Association (USBCHA,) the top level herding association in the US and Canada.  Somewhat surprisingly, two thirds of the handlers are women.

There are about 2,000 people in the (United States Border Collie Handlers Association (USBCHA,) the top level herding association in the US and Canada.  Somewhat surprisingly, two thirds of the handlers are women.  While the majority are either involved in full time agriculture and ranching or farm as a second income, an increasing number have turned to competitive sheep dog trials because they love the sport.  One thing that all these herders have in common is that they love their dogs.

July 30, 2014

This Fall, as Vashonians scramble to start their work days, KVSH-FM 101.9 will broadcast the live “Morning Scramble” show.  Each morning a different host or host team will regale listeners with local music, ferry and traffic updates, Island weather and takes on Island life.

This Fall, as Vashonians scramble to start their work days, KVSH-FM 101.9 will broadcast the live “Morning Scramble” show. Each morning a different host or host team will regale listeners with local music, ferry and traffic updates, Island weather and takes on Island life. You’ll meet your neighbors, hear what’s up with the arts, and exchange views on Island issues with lots of opportunities to call in with your thoughts and opinions. The show will air Monday through Friday, 8am to 11am.

July 16, 2014

8 teams successfully challenged their members to win President’s Active Lifestyle Awards. This required ½ hour of exercise or more, 5 days each week and adding a healthy eating habit each week for 6 weeks out of 8.  The Methodist Team, United Method Walkers, won the prize for 11 members earning President’s Active Lifestyle Awards.

8 teams successfully challenged their members to win President’s Active Lifestyle Awards. This required ½ hour of exercise or more, 5 days each week and adding a healthy eating habit each week for 6 weeks out of 8.  The Methodist Team, United Method Walkers, won the prize for 11 members earning President’s Active Lifestyle Awards.

July 16, 2014

Many Islanders have inherited artifacts from pioneer ancestors. Others have found their arrowheads or scrapers while gardening or walking along the beach.

Many Islanders have inherited artifacts from pioneer ancestors. Others have found their arrowheads or scrapers while gardening or walking along the beach. It is no secret that our 21st century culture occupies land where a much older culture flourished for eons, until 160 years ago.  Experts will come to Vashon on Saturday, July 26, for an afternoon and evening of learning from these artifacts. Artifact identification will take place 1 to 4 pm inside the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum.

July 16, 2014

Follow the crowd to take part in an island tradition — the 54nd Annual Salmon Bake of St. John Vianney Church will be held from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, on the church grounds.

Follow the crowd to take part in an island tradition — the 54nd Annual Salmon Bake of St. John Vianney Church will be held from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, on the church grounds.

As always, the Salmon Bake is being held to raise money for the parish, but it is also a chance for Islanders, regardless of their affiliation with the church, to come together for an old-fashioned afternoon of fun, fellowship and tasty food.

July 6, 2014

Top sheepherding teams from across the country will be competing on Vashon a month than usual earlier this summer --August 22-25, Misty Isle Farms.

Top sheepherding teams from across the country will be competing on Vashon a month than usual earlier this summer --August 22-25, Misty Isle Farms. That means more day light hours for the dogs, sheep and spectators. This is the biggest event of its kind on the West Coast. And this year promises to be the best ever. Three days of top dogs and handlers competing for cash and prizes are scheduled.  A fourth day of competition has been added on Monday to allow younger dogs and less experienced handlers a chance at a modified course.

July 6, 2014

Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS) invites everyone to set a new world record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up in the waters off Quartermaster Harbor.

Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS) invites everyone to set a new world record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up in the waters off Quartermaster Harbor. The entire weekend includes a family-friendly music festival and expanded camping opportunities, waterfront activities, and a chance to get out and experience all that is great about Vashon and the beautiful northwest Washington environment.

July 6, 2014

Vashon Allied Arts offers several summer youth camps for arts and fun.

Vashon Allied Arts offers several summer youth camps for arts and fun.

July 6, 2014

Vashon’s own FM community radio station is on its way.  With a little more community support, Islanders will soon be able to listen to 101.9 KVSH-FM on car radios, at home or work, and learn about Island issues

Vashon’s own FM community radio station is on its way.  With a little more community support, Islanders will soon be able to listen to 101.9 KVSH-FM on car radios, at home or work, and learn about Island issues, enjoy local musicians, follow high school sports, as well as contribute unique voices to the community discourse.

July 2, 2014

Vashon enjoyed its third year of injury free fireworks usage last year, however there was a fire on July 4’th. Initially it was thought that a sky lantern had ignited the house

Vashon enjoyed its third year of injury free fireworks usage last year, however there was a fire on July 4’th. Initially it was thought that a sky lantern had ignited the house, however a long investigation revealed that the cause was a spark from yard work activities.

June 28, 2014

Each year, Harbor School students award commendations to six of their peers, each of whom represent a particular Cornerstone Value so strongly as to be an example for all of us.

Each year, Harbor School students award commendations to six of their peers, each of whom represent a particular Cornerstone Value so strongly as to be an example for all of us. The Cornerstone Values are a set of principles that provide guidance and lessons to all Harbor School students through their academic achievements and peer relationships. This year’s recipients are:

June 28, 2014

In a return to the model that served the school well in its early days, Harbor School has hired Adam Kratz as a new addition to the Lower School faculty. Adam will join current elementary teacher Erin Blaser as co-teachers for its 4th / 5th grade multi-age classroom.

In a return to the model that served the school well in its early days, Harbor School has hired Adam Kratz as a new addition to the Lower School faculty. Adam will join current elementary teacher Erin Blaser as co-teachers for its 4th / 5th grade multi-age classroom. For years the team-teaching model worked brilliantly and served generations of Harbor School students, so the school is excited to see two full-time teachers return to that classroom.

June 28, 2014

Imagine a day in July – the heat of summer just coming on for us here in the Northwest. You rise in the cool dusty morning and head up town, hours early for the parade. Finding a parking spot on the outskirts of town, so that you won’t get stuck later, you are just in time for the Pancake Breakfast.

Imagine a day in July – the heat of summer just coming on for us here in the Northwest. You rise in the cool dusty morning and head up town, hours early for the parade. Finding a parking spot on the outskirts of town, so that you won’t get stuck later, you are just in time for the Pancake Breakfast. An annual tradition steeped in Vashon culture, it starts off the beginning of a carbohydrate filled weekend and the festival!

June 28, 2014

Harbor School is pleased to present a new award honoring the exceptional achievements of our young alumni. The Young Alumni Award will recognize one Harbor School alumnus each year for his/her outstanding dedication in a career profession, charitable endeavor,

Harbor School is pleased to present a new award honoring the exceptional achievements of our young alumni. The Young Alumni Award will recognize one Harbor School alumnus each year for his/her outstanding dedication in a career profession, charitable endeavor, or global outreach effort.

June 18, 2014

Northwest Spay & Neuter Center is a high-quality, high-volume clinic offering spay and neuter services at affordable prices, including further-reduced and free programs for income-qualifying clients (as well as special programs for pit bulls and feral cats.)

Northwest Spay & Neuter Center is a high-quality, high-volume clinic offering spay and neuter services at affordable prices, including further-reduced and free programs for income-qualifying clients (as well as special programs for pit bulls and feral cats.) We now offer a free transport service in addition to our clinic drop-off, and we’re coming to Vashon Island on Monday, June 23! (Animals will be returned the morning of June 24.)

June 18, 2014

Harbor School was founded by a passionate educator at the request of motivated parents. Since those first days, our school has relied upon the wholehearted support of its parents, alumni, and other volunteers to become a sought after and successful independent school.

Harbor School was founded by a passionate educator at the request of motivated parents. Since those first days, our school has relied upon the wholehearted support of its parents, alumni, and other volunteers to become a sought after and successful independent school. Often, from that group of supporters, a person stands out for especially great efforts and dedication that benefit our students and our school.

June 7, 2014

Making our way down to the docks last year for our first day of the adult sailing class, my partner Marcie asked if I thought we would get wet and whether the boats had bathrooms.

Making our way down to the docks last year for our first day of the adult sailing class, my partner Marcie asked if I thought we would get wet and whether the boats had bathrooms.  I assured her the boats would not have bathrooms and we would not get wet.  Well, I was half right, which would be great if we were trying to hit a  baseball.  The very first thing we did after introductions was a caspsize drill/swim test!  We learned how to tell wind direction, tie some key knots, how to right the boats after a capsize, and how to sail at least as fast as the person next

June 7, 2014

In the first installment of this story, I described how I fell for my bank’s misrepresentation of a predatory mortgage when refinancing my island home of over a decade, and the exhausting first two years of trying to get that loan modified.

In the first installment of this story, I described how I fell for my bank’s misrepresentation of a predatory mortgage when refinancing my island home of over a decade, and the exhausting first two years of trying to get that loan modified.

Two Lawyers and a Letter