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April 20, 2015

Have you ever been enraptured by a good book? The hours slide away as the story unfolds, and you can’t help but continue to turn the pages. This past sentence summarizes a countless portion of my youth. I would read during family meals, at school, and even when I had friends over:

Have you ever been enraptured by a good book? The hours slide away as the story unfolds, and you can’t help but continue to turn the pages. This past sentence summarizes a countless portion of my youth. I would read during family meals, at school, and even when I had friends over: I was hooked. I would come home from a stressful schoolday (or even a good one) and almost immediately find my place on the couch with my book, my wonderful roundtrip ticket to Hogwarts, Middle Earth, or wherever else captured my fascination.

April 20, 2015

I view Vashon as something of an academic oasis.  In a broader State educational landscape suffering from the “drought” of program cuts and staff reductions that result in incrementally failing each year’s “crop” of children, the Vashon Public School district stands as a thriving exception.

I view Vashon as something of an academic oasis.  In a broader State educational landscape suffering from the “drought” of program cuts and staff reductions that result in incrementally failing each year’s “crop” of children, the Vashon Public School district stands as a thriving exception.  

April 20, 2015

Vashon Island’s community broadcasting operation has launched a membership program, looking to the future and the need for a steady and reliable source of funding to sustain all the services the organization provides.

Vashon Island’s community broadcasting operation has launched a membership program, looking to the future and the need for a steady and reliable source of funding to sustain all the services the organization provides. The new membership donation program makes it easy for Islanders to lend their support and help provide year round cash flow.

April 17, 2015

HEART OF VASHON: telling our story is a new community project that aims to weave a narrative celebrating the collective story of our community. All Islanders are invited to share personal stories – written or spoken – that illuminate the spirit of this place, stories that speak to our sense of identity and connection.

HEART OF VASHON: telling our story is a new community project that aims to weave a narrative celebrating the collective story of our community. All Islanders are invited to share personal stories – written or spoken – that illuminate the spirit of this place, stories that speak to our sense of identity and connection. Coordinated by Mary G.L. Shackelford and Shirley Ferris, the call is out now for your stories!

April 17, 2015

Six years ago when we last voted for the park levy, we had a vibrant Park District.  We had numerous summer camps, summer concerts in both Ober Park and the Village Green with weekly dancing at the Village Green.  Parents were able to register their children for sport activities and their own adult classes at the Ober Park office. 

Six years ago when we last voted for the park levy, we had a vibrant Park District.  We had numerous summer camps, summer concerts in both Ober Park and the Village Green with weekly dancing at the Village Green.  Parents were able to register their children for sport activities and their own adult classes at the Ober Park office.  We had a Kayak Center and we had just added the Senior Center to the Park District offerings.  Burton Acres Recreation Center (BARC) was staffed, supervising our youth at this skate park.

April 15, 2015

 I didn’t really drown. As I sank to the bottom, I could see the sky above and a trail of bubbles leading to the sun. I prayed the “Our Father” to myself and all went dark.  Sixty years later, all grown up, I was at a radio club picnic at Frankie Brown’s house.

 I didn’t really drown. As I sank to the bottom, I could see the sky above and a trail of bubbles leading to the sun. I prayed the “Our Father” to myself and all went dark.

Sixty years later, all grown up, I was at a radio club picnic at Frankie Brown’s house.

I asked Frankie if he remembered dragging the unconscious kid off the bottom of Mukai’s pond. He had been 17 years old at the time and 81 the day of the picnic. That was the first time I had talked to Frankie since the infamous day at the pond.

April 1, 2015

Friends of Mukai will celebrate Poetry Month by presenting an evening of verse at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust on Wednesday, April 15th, featuring Lawrence Matsuda and Lonney Kaneko.  Joseph Okimoto will host the program and introduce the poets at the free 7 p.m. event.

Friends of Mukai will celebrate Poetry Month by presenting an evening of verse at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust on Wednesday, April 15th, featuring Lawrence Matsuda and Lonney Kaneko.  Joseph Okimoto will host the program and introduce the poets at the free 7 p.m. event.

March 28, 2015

There is nothing more fragrant than the steam from an open pit of bean-hole-beans drifting thru camp. There were three gold colored cans in the pit and each weighed 30 pounds loaded. They were used to pack frozen strawberries in before the scouts got them.

There is nothing more fragrant than the steam from an open pit of bean-hole-beans drifting thru camp. There were three gold colored cans in the pit and each weighed 30 pounds loaded. They were used to pack frozen strawberries in before the scouts got them. It took two or three Boy Scouts with shovels to lift one of the cans of beans from the ashes in the 4 x 6 foot hole.  By sliding a shovel under the can, one could drag the beans out the end of the pit and it was hot work.

March 18, 2015

Washington State Ferries sails into its busy season with the spring schedule starting Sunday, March 22. Peak season surcharge fare increases go into effect May 1. Three-boat service on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route returns on Saturdays and Sundays, plus five minute sailing time adjustments during weekday a.m./p.m. commute hours.

Washington State Ferries sails into its busy season with the spring schedule starting Sunday, March 22. Peak season surcharge fare increases go into effect May 1.

Three-boat service on the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth route returns on Saturdays and Sundays, plus five minute sailing time adjustments during weekday a.m./p.m. commute hours.

Annual peak-season fare surcharges begin May 1 and remain in effect until Sept. 30. Surcharges apply to single-use vehicle and driver fares only. Customers using multi-ride tickets are exempt.

March 18, 2015

Vashon Allied Arts is pleased to announce its sixth season of informative talks to enhance your appreciation of the arts and humanities and provide the Vashon community with opportunities for lifelong learning.

Vashon Allied Arts is pleased to announce its sixth season of informative talks to enhance your appreciation of the arts and humanities and provide the Vashon community with opportunities for lifelong learning.

March 10, 2015

In our religion, we have an obligation to protect our brothers and sisters, the nations of salmon, and so it was a religious conviction, as well as a need for social and economic change. 

In our religion, we have an obligation to protect our brothers and sisters, the nations of salmon, and so it was a religious conviction, as well as a need for social and economic change.  
 – Ramona Bennett, recounting the story of the September, 1970, fishing camp Puyallup Tribal members set up beside the river, culminating in a police attack. ( Lynda Mapes, “Fish-camp Raid Etched in State History,” Seattle Times, Sept. 6, 2010)

March 4, 2015

SPOKE, a new business focused on body wellness and performance art, is set to liven up the downtown business scene. Spoke’s grand opening will be March 6th during First Friday Art Walk. Spoke Gallery is thrilled to be showing the work of Olivia Pendergast.

SPOKE, a new business focused on body wellness and performance art, is set to liven up the downtown business scene. Spoke’s grand opening will be March 6th during First Friday Art Walk. Spoke Gallery is thrilled to be showing the work of Olivia Pendergast. Spoke also is excited to have Acrobatic Conundrum who will be performing their new work at our grand opening. Do stop by and check it out!

March 4, 2015

View the designs at the Library! The design posters from last Saturday’s public meeting are hanging up in the Vashon Library’s Meeting Room for all to view. Stop by and take a look. The third poster shows two different design options and the UW Storefront studio welcomes feedback and preferences on these ideas.

View the designs at the Library! The design posters from last Saturday’s public meeting are hanging up in the Vashon Library’s Meeting Room for all to view. Stop by and take a look. The third poster shows two different design options and the UW Storefront studio welcomes feedback and preferences on these ideas. Feel free to use the paper clipped to the posters to provide your comments and ideas and leave them clipped to the big posters. Or, email your ideas to me. These posters will be at the library until March 7th.
 

February 22, 2015

Vashon’s favorite auction, the Labor of Love online auction to benefit Vashon Community Care will soon be open for bidding! The Labor of Love auction begins at noon on Wednesday, February 25, and runs for two weeks, concluding at noon on March 11.

Vashon’s favorite auction, the Labor of Love online auction to benefit Vashon Community Care will soon be open for bidding! The Labor of Love auction begins at noon on Wednesday, February 25, and runs for two weeks, concluding at noon on March 11. To participate in the auction or to donate an item or service, go to  www.LaborofLoveVashon.org. Above is one of the items included in the auction, a red fluted, fused glass vase, made by Kasia Anna Studio.

February 18, 2015

The Backbone Campaign celebrates 11 years of community engagement, artful activism and political theatre this month.

The Backbone Campaign celebrates 11 years of community engagement, artful activism and political theatre this month.
Renowned writer Chris Hedges recently gave a shout out to the work of Vashon’s own Backbone as one of a few key “Professional Revolutionist” organizations, the Backbone Campaign.  “And it is the rebel alone who can save us from corporate tyranny. I do not know if these rebels will succeed. But I do know that a world without them is hopeless,” he writes.

February 18, 2015

Now Islanders at their desks and in local Vashon businesses can count on a steady diet of music on KVSH-FM throughout each weekday. As always, the “Morning Scramble” kicks off the weekday from 8 to 11 am, with a different team of personalities each morning bringing their own unique musical sensibilities to the airwaves.

Now Islanders at their desks and in local Vashon businesses can count on a steady diet of music on KVSH-FM throughout each weekday.

As always, the “Morning Scramble” kicks off the weekday from 8 to 11 am, with a different team of personalities each morning bringing their own unique musical sensibilities to the airwaves.

From 11am to 3pm, Caitlin Little hosts the “Midday Island Mix,” playing only songs from artists who have lived, played, or recorded on Vashon Island.

February 18, 2015

Vashon Film Society rolls out the red carpet for its eighteenth annual Oscar Night at the Vashon Theatre on Sunday, February 22.

Vashon Film Society rolls out the red carpet for its eighteenth annual Oscar Night at the Vashon Theatre on Sunday, February 22.

The all-ages scholarship gala’s festivities start at 4 pm when a vintage limo pulls up to the red carpet at the front entrance of the movie theatre. An Academy Award nomination is not required to take a spin around the block and arrive in style on the red carpet -- limo rides are just $10 a carload and include a picture of your red carpet arrival taken by photographer John Sage.

February 18, 2015

The University of Washington (UW) College of Built Environments (CBE) Storefront Studio is returning to Vashon Island to develop designs that re-imagine the Vashon Farmers Market for the Vashon Island Growers Association (VIGA).

The University of Washington (UW) College of Built Environments (CBE) Storefront Studio is returning to Vashon Island to develop designs that re-imagine the Vashon Farmers Market for the Vashon Island Growers Association (VIGA). Under the direction of UW Storefront Studio Director Jim Nicholls, three graduate students –Jared Luther, Kirk Malanchuck, and Michael Riha – will be developing design ideas to revitalize and reconfigure the Vashon Farmers Market to better serve the community and the growth of the Farmers Market.

February 15, 2015

On Wednesday, January 21, five Harbor School students were honored by VFW Local Post #2826 as part of the 2014-15 VFW Youth Essay Contest. Harbor School had three 1st Place award winners for their grade and and two 3rd Place winners.

On Wednesday, January 21, five Harbor School students were honored by VFW Local Post #2826 as part of the 2014-15 VFW Youth Essay Contest. Harbor School had three 1st Place award winners for their grade and and two 3rd Place winners. Harbor School’s First Place winners for VFW Local Post #2826 are Julia Ellison (8th Grade), Ethan Davis (7th Grade), and Martin Ellison (6th Grade). Third Place honors were awarded to Evan Erickson (7th Grade) and Cleo Hudson (8th Grade).

February 15, 2015

Voice of Vashon has realized another long-held dream – succession. We are doing that in collaboration with faculty and students at Vashon High School to bring talented young people into the VoV fold.

Voice of Vashon has realized another long-held dream – succession. We are doing that in collaboration with faculty and students at Vashon High School to bring talented young people into the VoV fold.

February 14, 2015

Two teams of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members arrived to Vashon Island on January 15th. The teams, Blue Five and Gold Four, will be serving on the Island until March 20th. Blue Five, consisting of twelve young adults is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Vashon Island and will be working for five organizations of the Island: the Vashon Parks District, the Land Trust, Sunrise Ridge, the Fruit Club, and Camp Sealth. Gold Four, made up of nine young adults, will be working full time for Camp Sealth.

Two teams of AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members arrived to Vashon Island on January 15th. The teams, Blue Five and Gold Four, will be serving on the Island until March 20th. Blue Five, consisting of twelve young adults is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Vashon Island and will be working for five organizations of the Island: the Vashon Parks District, the Land Trust, Sunrise Ridge, the Fruit Club, and Camp Sealth. Gold Four, made up of nine young adults, will be working full time for Camp Sealth.

February 14, 2015

Hestia Retreat (hestiaretreat.org) is a Vashon group dedicated to the support of women’s emergence. We offer day retreats and monthly gatherings that allow women to learn about themselves and live more whole, fulfilling lives.

Hestia Retreat (hestiaretreat.org) is a Vashon group dedicated to the support of women’s emergence. We offer day retreats and monthly gatherings that allow women to learn about themselves and live more whole, fulfilling lives. And we are working to create a retreat center for women housed on our beautiful island. Here is our mission:

February 5, 2015

On January 5, long-time islander and  community volunteer Dave Rogers was up on his roof, straightening out a large tarp that he had recently put up to cover a leak.  Suddenly a gust of wind rushed under the tarp and pushed him off the roof.  He landed flat on his back on the stairs below.

On January 5, long-time islander and  community volunteer Dave Rogers was up on his roof, straightening out a large tarp that he had recently put up to cover a leak.  Suddenly a gust of wind rushed under the tarp and pushed him off the roof.  He landed flat on his back on the stairs below.  With no one around to help him, he managed to drag himself up the stairs and into the house to call 911.

February 5, 2015

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit will host a shape note singing school on Saturday, February 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. This event is free, and open to the whole Vashon Community.

The Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit will host a shape note singing school on Saturday, February 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. This event is free, and open to the whole Vashon Community.

Shape note singing will be taught by Karen Willard of Seattle. All voices are welcome. Books available for loan & for sale at event.