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September 27, 2016

“Push Mike, push harder or we’re not going to make it.” My little brother and I were pushing Mom’s 1941 Chev up the gravel road beside our peach orchard to get it away from the house before we could start it, so Mom and Dad couldn’t hear the engine.

“Push Mike, push harder or we’re not going to make it.” My little brother and I were pushing Mom’s 1941 Chev up the gravel road beside our peach orchard to get it away from the house before we could start it, so Mom and Dad couldn’t hear the engine.

We started the engine and headed for Wax Orchards, the longest straight stretch on Vashon and empty of cars at 3:00 AM.

September 27, 2016

It was Monday. I was trying to drive through town. There were tourists everywhere and for crying out loud most of the shops were closed. Nonetheless, the tourists were clogging up the intersection.

It was Monday. I was trying to drive through town. There were tourists everywhere and for crying out loud most of the shops were closed. Nonetheless, the tourists were clogging up the intersection.  It used to be just Saturday but now it has expanded to every day during  the  spring, summer and early fall - gridlock or should I say “tourist inertia”.

September 27, 2016

King County Parks will open Island Center Forest to deer hunting for a fifth-annual limited season, Oct. 15-31, when no other access will be permitted on 200 acres of forestland.

King County Parks will open Island Center Forest to deer hunting for a fifth-annual limited season, Oct. 15-31, when no other access will be permitted on 200 acres of forestland.

The hunting season coincides with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s designated hunting season in which all firearms can be used, except rifles. The two-week-long season replaces the state’s established four-month-long hunting season in Island Center Forest, which is popular for hiking, walking and other recreational uses.

September 14, 2016

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.

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.
 

September 14, 2016

“The light is green, I can see my toes and all the bones”. Sister Molly was looking down into a four-foot box, called an X-Ray Shoe Fitter and could see the bones of her toes wiggle in the eerie green light.

“The light is green, I can see my toes and all the bones”. Sister Molly was looking down into a four-foot box, called an X-Ray Shoe Fitter and could see the bones of her toes wiggle in the eerie green light.

We didn’t get off the island much as many of our classmates in the 1940’s would tell you. Helen Puz lived to be a hundred and hadn’t left the island until she was 18 years old to go to Tacoma to have her high school pictures taken, so the trip to Nordstrom’s for new shoes was a big occasion.

September 14, 2016

 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.

 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.

Russell Ray and our new K-8 Spanish Program

September 14, 2016

Today, the population is angry at politicians. Neither of the likely candidates for President is widely trusted, in some cases even by their supporters. In one respect, the Vashon Park District got a jump on the rest of the country. A little over two years ago, Islanders were very angry with the Park District, defeating an incumbent commissioner and narrowly re-electing another.

Today, the population is angry at politicians. Neither of the likely candidates for President is widely trusted, in some cases even by their supporters. In one respect, the Vashon Park District got a jump on the rest of the country. A little over two years ago, Islanders were very angry with the Park District, defeating an incumbent commissioner and narrowly re-electing another. Voters elected me at that time to an open seat. There were those who thought I was crazy to run. The upside to this controversy has been a surge in citizen participation. Board meetings were packed for a while.

August 31, 2016

 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.

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.  The Washington State VFW sponsored Youth Essay Program include the 3rd through 5th Grades; the National Patriot’s Pen Program includes 6th through 8th Grades and the National Voice of Democracy includes 9th through 12th Grades.

August 17, 2016

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.

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.

August 3, 2016

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.

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.  This collection of 62 black and white photographs and 10 essays offers a look into the rich connection of community that is unique and emblematic to the island.

August 3, 2016

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.”

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.”

July 20, 2016

“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.

“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.

July 20, 2016

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.
 

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.  It’s a showcase for the incredible depth of creative talent on this island. If you miss the live versions of any show, you can stream it at your convenience through the free KVSH mobile web app. Thus, KVSH is on its way to becoming one of the most compelling and eclectic community FM stations in the country.

July 6, 2016

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.

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.

July 6, 2016

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.

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.
 

June 22, 2016

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

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, people were showing a lot of restraint and it paid off with Vashon having an extremely low incident rate – no injuries and one small fire that was possibly caused by fireworks.

June 22, 2016

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.

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.   

June 22, 2016

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.

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. Crafts were finally getting their due in the art world, constructed and clothed without pretense as opposed to the Naked Emperors I saw in many galleries. That grandiose art was so pervasive from 1980-1988 I almost thought Hans Christian Anderson had NY Art in mind when he wrote that amazing story.

June 19, 2016

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

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 Road, where a handful of volunteers offered art and ballet classes, to a freshly built, state-of-the-art theater with seating to accommodate more than 300 people.

June 19, 2016

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

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. It would be an understatement to say that my father’s spaghetti was known far and wide, and even today is among the best I have tasted ever. His sudden decision to make a pot of spaghetti was a rare treat, one he didn’t give often.

June 19, 2016

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.

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.  There was the wizened old Norwegian lady on the west side of the Church camp who had Johnny cut her grass every two weeks whether it was needed  or not.  He didn’t like walking by the Baptist Assembly because he was Catholic.

June 8, 2016

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.

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.

In keeping with tradition, dress will be semi-formal—dresses for daughters and coats and ties for dads. Desserts and drinks are provided, along with a complimentary photo, frame and rose for daughters.

Music selections will be handpicked by an expert committee of island daughters. John Sage graciously returns to provide the photography.

June 8, 2016

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.

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.

Set for 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Vashon Public Library, the meeting will include current information about stewardship and soil remediation activities planned for the site, which was contaminated for several decades by material from a metal smelter in Pierce County.

June 8, 2016

Listen in the Kitchen returns to Vashon Bookshop on June 3rd from 7-8:30 p.m. for the First Friday Gallery Walk, a monthly celebration of arts and culture that brings out locals and tourists alike to enjoy new works by island artists and musicians.

Listen in the Kitchen returns to Vashon Bookshop on June 3rd from 7-8:30 p.m. for the First Friday Gallery Walk, a monthly celebration of arts and culture that brings out locals and tourists alike to enjoy new works by island artists and musicians.

Back by popular demand, Listen in the Kitchen is known for their particular brand of tight harmonies, rowdy humor, and tales of questionable behavior that enliven the traditions of bluegrass, gospel, shape note, folk, and old- time music.