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May 19, 2015

I was recently presented with a big problem at the Church wood lot. Steve, a fellow wood stacker, couldn’t find the water line to his house. His line is plastic and therefore undetectable. “Would water witching work to find the lost line”, I asked?

I was recently presented with a big problem at the Church wood lot. Steve, a fellow wood stacker, couldn’t find the water line to his house. His line is plastic and therefore undetectable. “Would water witching work to find the lost line”, I asked?

May 13, 2015

Five students, all 4th and 5th graders at Chautauqua Elementary, celebrated their winning entries in the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s second annual “History Project Contest” on Friday evening, May 8.

Five students, all 4th and 5th graders at Chautauqua Elementary, celebrated their winning entries in the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s second annual “History Project Contest” on Friday evening, May 8.

May 13, 2015

King County Parks wants the community’s help in determining the future of the public docks in Vashon-Maury Island’s Dockton and Tramp Harbor parks. These recreational amenities have been subject to deferred maintenance and are in need of improvement. In order to plan for the best use of limited public funds, King County Parks wants to understand how these docks are used.

King County Parks wants the community’s help in determining the future of the public docks in Vashon-Maury Island’s Dockton and Tramp Harbor parks.

These recreational amenities have been subject to deferred maintenance and are in need of improvement. In order to plan for the best use of limited public funds, King County Parks wants to understand how these docks are used.

King County Parks is presenting an online survey at:
http://vashonmaurydocks.questionpro.com

May 12, 2015

Three seats are up for grabs in the November election. Bill Ameling and Joe Wald have refused to say whether they are running again. Bill has been on the Park Board almost since its beginning--nearly 30 years now. Term limits, anyone? Scott Harvey had a short term because he was filling out the seat originally vacated by Michael DeBlasi. But to be on the ballot in November, all candidates MUST FILE WITH THE KING COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE BY MAY 15 (by 4:00 by email, or 4:30 at the KC Elections Office itself--where you can look to see who else is filing for each seat).

Three seats are up for grabs in the November election. Bill Ameling and Joe Wald have refused to say whether they are running again. Bill has been on the Park Board almost since its beginning--nearly 30 years now. Term limits, anyone? Scott Harvey had a short term because he was filling out the seat originally vacated by Michael DeBlasi. But to be on the ballot in November, all candidates MUST FILE WITH THE KING COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE BY MAY 15 (by 4:00 by email, or 4:30 at the KC Elections Office itself--where you can look to see who else is filing for each seat).

May 4, 2015

On a sunny day in April, the students exploring Raab’s Lagoon as part of a seastar survey for their high school biology class were so engaged that they forgot they were learning.

On a sunny day in April, the students exploring Raab’s Lagoon as part of a seastar survey for their high school biology class were so engaged that they forgot they were learning.

“I’m so glad we aren’t at school!” exclaimed one of them.

“Well, actually, this is part of school,” replied Bianca Perla, director of Vashon Nature Center, organizer of this citizen science effort.

“Ha! Oh, yeah!”

May 4, 2015

GiveBIG Day comes but once a year and it’s happening again Tuesday, May 5th. You know, this is the one-day online event when you can donate to your favorite non-profits and whatever you give will be “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

GiveBIG Day comes but once a year and it’s happening again Tuesday, May 5th. You know, this is the one-day online event when you can donate to your favorite non-profits and whatever you give will be “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

May 4, 2015

Writers are like chameleons. They tend to disappear into the multi-colored canvas of life unintentionally and generally without regret. As such, most islanders are unaware that the Vashon they know and love is considered to be, by the Seattle Writing Scene, “an island of writers.” Our goal, as members of the VWO, is to open your eyes to the literary menagerie that surrounds you.

Writers are like chameleons. They tend to disappear into the multi-colored canvas of life unintentionally and generally without regret. As such, most islanders are unaware that the Vashon they know and love is considered to be, by the Seattle Writing Scene, “an island of writers.” Our goal, as members of the VWO, is to open your eyes to the literary menagerie that surrounds you. As members of the thriving and growing writers’ community on Vashon Island, we can often be found at the Localvore Lit Booth at the Vashon Farmer’s Market.

April 29, 2015

Sometimes it starts with a simple story.  No joke.  A guy walks into the Senior Center... He asks about an inexpensive way into town for a doctor’s appointment because he’s on limited income and no longer drives.  He talks to Executive Director, Ava Apple, who tells him about the limited and sometimes inconvenient options currently available.

Sometimes it starts with a simple story.  No joke.  A guy walks into the Senior Center... He asks about an inexpensive way into town for a doctor’s appointment because he’s on limited income and no longer drives.  He talks to Executive Director, Ava Apple, who tells him about the limited and sometimes inconvenient options currently available.

But, she adds his name to her growing list of seniors who come in with the same question: How can The Center help them remain independent in their homes.  

April 24, 2015

We lived a half mile south of the Cove store on the Westside Highway and our Grandma Ollie lived at Cove where the post office occupied the basement of Mrs. Anderson’s house.  I didn’t remember her name, so we’ll just call her Mrs. Anderson, because a lot of the people at Cove were Swede or Norwegian, it having been a fishing village before there were any roads.

We lived a half mile south of the Cove store on the Westside Highway and our Grandma Ollie lived at Cove where the post office occupied the basement of Mrs. Anderson’s house.  I didn’t remember her name, so we’ll just call her Mrs. Anderson, because a lot of the people at Cove were Swede or Norwegian, it having been a fishing village before there were any roads.

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.