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May 25, 2016

There is a group of beach residents who neither live with unprotected soft bodies, nor grow tough shells like clams and crabs. This is the group of odd crabs known as the hermits, which have soft, curled, bare abdomens, but also have armored claws and heads.

There is a group of beach residents who neither live with unprotected soft bodies, nor grow tough shells like clams and crabs. This is the group of odd crabs known as the hermits, which have soft, curled, bare abdomens, but also have armored claws and heads.  Cindy Young relates that, “Since they have no carapace to protect them from predators like most other crabs do, the Hermit Crab larvae must find empty shells of dead snails to use.

May 24, 2016

The concept of family and what it means has been transformed in recent years, but most definitions still describe family as ‘a group of people who share common ancestors’ and ‘a group of people all living in one household,’ or ‘a group of things that are similar.’

The concept of family and what it means has been transformed in recent years, but most definitions still describe family as ‘a group of people who share common ancestors’ and ‘a group of people all living in one household,’ or ‘a group of things that are similar.’

May 24, 2016

Everyone is invited to attend the launch of Vashon Reads about Racism, Culture, and White Privilege, at the Vashon Bookshop, June 2nd, 6 pm.

Everyone is invited to attend the launch of Vashon Reads about Racism, Culture, and White Privilege, at the Vashon Bookshop, June 2nd, 6 pm.

Lois Watkins, author of What It Was Like, and Janie Starr, contributor to What Does It Mean To Be White In America?, will provide an interactive reading of their works. Watkins, black, and Starr, white, are both islanders who grew up in the southeast, living in completely different worlds. They have come to their activism from flip sides of the race coin.

May 11, 2016

Vashon Island historian Bruce Haulman’s new book, A Brief History of Vashon Island, was released this past week. Haulman indicates that this is the second of three books chronicling island history that he has been working on. The first, written with Jean Cammon Findlay, was the pictorial history Vashon-Maury Island in the Images of America series. The third book will tell the stories of the people who have made our island what it is.

Vashon Island historian Bruce Haulman’s new book, A Brief History of Vashon Island, was released this past week. Haulman indicates that this is the second of three books chronicling island history that he has been working on. The first, written with Jean Cammon Findlay, was the pictorial history Vashon-Maury Island in the Images of America series. The third book will tell the stories of the people who have made our island what it is.
   

May 11, 2016

Rooting for Bernie? Pushing for Hilary? In a remarkable show of unity, Bernie and Hilary have combined their campaigns to run for Unofficial Mayor(s) of Vashon! In a joint statement, they said, “As seniors ourselves, we know the importance of Vashon’s Senior Center to the health and well-being of Island seniors, and to the vitality of the entire community.”

Rooting for Bernie? Pushing for Hilary? In a remarkable show of unity, Bernie and Hilary have combined their campaigns to run for Unofficial Mayor(s) of Vashon! In a joint statement, they said, “As seniors ourselves, we know the importance of Vashon’s Senior Center to the health and well-being of Island seniors, and to the vitality of the entire community.”

May 11, 2016

Rebecca Wittman, owner and President of The President of Me, has thrown her hat into the ring for Honorary Mayor of Vashon, naming the Vashon Heritage Museum as her SuperPac, er non-profit cause.

Rebecca Wittman, owner and President of The President of Me, has thrown her hat into the ring for Honorary Mayor of Vashon, naming the Vashon Heritage Museum as her SuperPac, er non-profit cause.

May 11, 2016

The winners of this year’s Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s History Project Contest were celebrated at a party at the Heritage Museum last Friday evening in the same way that their championship endeavors celebrated the Island’s history.

The winners of this year’s Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s History Project Contest were celebrated at a party at the Heritage Museum last Friday evening in the same way that their championship endeavors celebrated the Island’s history.

May 11, 2016

Chuck Kimmel was halfway across the street, his white butcher’s apron flying from his hand. George and Earl McCormick were right behind him, all pell mell for the fire station just west of the Vashon State Bank, where US Bank is now.

Chuck Kimmel was halfway across the street, his white butcher’s apron flying from his hand. George and Earl McCormick were right behind him, all pell mell for the fire station just west of the Vashon State Bank, where US Bank is now. The fire siren on the wood awning of the Vashon Hardware Store went off and the whole town erupted.

April 27, 2016

 The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2016 Strawberry Festival Grand Parade Grand Marshal.

 The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2016 Strawberry Festival Grand Parade Grand Marshal.

Nominate someone special to be Grand Marshal, send us a letter or an email telling us the following things about your nominee:
How they have enhanced Island life.
In what ways have they given back to the community?
What is their involvement in community?
Let us know any service work they have done or are doing.
How long have they lived on Vashon?

AND MOST IMPORTANT

April 27, 2016

Tuesday, May 3rd is a day of inspiration for all.  It’s GiveBIG Day-- the one-day online event when donors can give to all their favorite non-profits at once and every donation is “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

Tuesday, May 3rd is a day of inspiration for all.  It’s GiveBIG Day-- the one-day online event when donors can give to all their favorite non-profits at once and every donation is “stretched” by The Seattle Foundation.

April 27, 2016

As venerable cherry trees bloom on the Mukai House and garden grounds, the landmark farm property, after years of dispute, has finally returned to community control. On April 4th, State Court of Appeals Judges Spearman, Appelwick and Leach issued a unanimous and definitive decision affirming King County Judge Monica Benton’s 2015 ruling granting Friends of Mukai full legal rights to the landmark Mukai House and Garden

As venerable cherry trees bloom on the Mukai House and garden grounds, the landmark farm property, after years of dispute, has finally returned to community control. On April 4th, State Court of Appeals Judges Spearman, Appelwick and Leach issued a unanimous and definitive decision affirming King County Judge Monica Benton’s 2015 ruling granting Friends of Mukai full legal rights to the landmark Mukai House and Garden.

April 27, 2016

With a flip of his unkempt white wool, and a sheepish grin, Noodle the Sheep announced his candidacy for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon. Noodle rose to prominence after his appearance on an episode of the HGTV show Island Life.  He is also known locally for his heroism, as seen in video footage posted on vyfs.org.

With a flip of his unkempt white wool, and a sheepish grin, Noodle the Sheep announced his candidacy for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon. Noodle rose to prominence after his appearance on an episode of the HGTV show Island Life.  He is also known locally for his heroism, as seen in video footage posted on vyfs.org.

April 27, 2016

Have you dreamed about being an elected official? Want to ride the coat tails of the national election? Here is your chance to become the Official Unofficial Mayor of Vashon Island AND support your favorite Island non-profit organization at the same time!

Have you dreamed about being an elected official? Want to ride the coat tails of the national election? Here is your chance to become the Official Unofficial Mayor of Vashon Island AND support your favorite Island non-profit organization at the same time!

April 27, 2016

Johnny had invented a test tube holder to measure the cream content of milk in Wisconsin near the start of the last century. He and his brother had owned a dairy and Uncle Johnny lived off the patent for the test tube holder for the rest of his life.

Johnny had invented a test tube holder to measure the cream content of milk in Wisconsin near the start of the last century. He and his brother had owned a dairy and Uncle Johnny lived off the patent for the test tube holder for the rest of his life. They had grown up on the Mattson’s farm south of Madison and their Mother only spoke Danish and “her mark” was an “x” because she couldn’t write her name. Her mark can be found on the plat map of the Mattson homestead at Portage.

April 13, 2016

When we think about flexibility in yoga, we tend to think about the physical aspects. Are our hips open enough so that we can we take our knee to the side in tree pose? Do we have enough flexibility in our hamstrings to touch our toes in a forward bend? This physical side of the benefits of yoga is magnificent, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the spiritual, mental and emotional benefits of flexibility that yoga has brought to my life.

When we think about flexibility in yoga, we tend to think about the physical aspects. Are our hips open enough so that we can we take our knee to the side in tree pose? Do we have enough flexibility in our hamstrings to touch our toes in a forward bend? This physical side of the benefits of yoga is magnificent, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the spiritual, mental and emotional benefits of flexibility that yoga has brought to my life. In flexibility, we can access the present moment with so much more ease – and bring so much more ease to everything.

April 13, 2016

We are delighted to announce that Heart of Vashon: telling our story is complete! We delivered all the project materials to the board of Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association last week. These materials are now in the permanent archives of VMIHA, offering a small peek into contemporary Island life as we roll into the 21st century.

We are delighted to announce that Heart of Vashon: telling our story is complete! We delivered all the project materials to the board of Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association last week. These materials are now in the permanent archives of VMIHA, offering a small peek into contemporary Island life as we roll into the 21st century.

April 13, 2016

New Book by International School Librarian Unflinchingly Opens Saudi Doors to YA Readers In New Action Thriller
Imposter  If you are an American teenager going to school in Saudi Arabia, and you disrespect the customs of your host country, the royal family, and a religion thousands of years old, your Teflon coating, the one you thought you had–compliments of your United States government–wears off quickly.

New Book by International School Librarian Unflinchingly Opens Saudi Doors to YA Readers In New Action Thriller
Imposter  If you are an American teenager going to school in Saudi Arabia, and you disrespect the customs of your host country, the royal family, and a religion thousands of years old, your Teflon coating, the one you thought you had–compliments of your United States government–wears off quickly.

April 11, 2016

Nine journalism students from Vashon High School will represent our island at the upcoming National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles, CA. These journalism students went through a competitive process at VHS, including meeting the minimum 3.5 GPA requirement in Journalism.

Nine journalism students from Vashon High School will represent our island at the upcoming National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) National High School Journalism Convention in Los Angeles, CA. These journalism students went through a competitive process at VHS, including meeting the minimum 3.5 GPA requirement in Journalism.

Students attending are: Sasha Elenko, Lilly Hennessey, Alden Hinden-Stevenson, Anne Kehl, Madi McCann, Sierra Richter, Hunter Stanley, and Julian White-Davis.

March 30, 2016

Metro has been working with Vashon Island stakeholders to explore ways transportation on the island can be improved to move more riders in more cost-effective ways. Now it’s time for the broader community to have a say on potential future transportation options.

Metro has been working with Vashon Island stakeholders to explore ways transportation on the island can be improved to move more riders in more cost-effective ways. Now it’s time for the broader community to have a say on potential future transportation options.

Metro is inviting Vashon residents to attend an upcoming open house to share their thoughts on a set of alternative transit concepts that have recently been developed based on a Vashon survey taken last fall.
The meeting will be held:

March 30, 2016

Harbor School and Carpe Diem Primary invite you to join our families, alumni, friends and supporters for our annual fundraising benefit VOYAGERS AUCTION on Saturday, April 2, 2016, beginning at 5 PM at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island.

Harbor School and Carpe Diem Primary invite you to join our families, alumni, friends and supporters for our annual fundraising benefit VOYAGERS AUCTION on Saturday, April 2, 2016, beginning at 5 PM at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island.

March 16, 2016

It seems we had more snow on Vashon back in the 1950’s, that it was deeper and meant more days home from school. We skated on Fisher pond when there was nobody to tell you where there were places of thin ice. Tripping on the brush was another trick of mine.

It seems we had more snow on Vashon back in the 1950’s, that it was deeper and meant more days home from school. We skated on Fisher pond when there was nobody to tell you where there were places of thin ice. Tripping on the brush was another trick of mine. The bonfire we had on the edge of the ice was 12 feet across and nine feet high. Only a few people had regular skates, most used clamp-ons, which didn’t work when I tried them on my rubber boots. They made me wobble.

March 13, 2016

One time, Mrs. Van House shook Rob K. so hard that she ripped his shirt.  “My dad is going to sue you,” Rob said.  Mrs. Van House was our 2nd grade teacher at Vashon Grade School and as mean as she could be.

One time, Mrs. Van House shook Rob K. so hard that she ripped his shirt.  “My dad is going to sue you,” Rob said.  Mrs. Van House was our 2nd grade teacher at Vashon Grade School and as mean as she could be.  We had been cutting up in class again and Rob had taken the brunt of it, the fall guy.  Rob’s dad wasn’t going to sue the teacher, even though his dad’s own method was to use the belt and Rob took plenty of that.

March 13, 2016

Vashon’s vistas are leafy green in its forests and meadows, and from its margins the horizons hold mountain peaks above vast glistening waters, but its most remarkable views may be secret spaces hidden in plain view along its 50 miles of shoreline.

forests and meadows, and from its margins the horizons hold mountain peaks above vast glistening waters, but its most remarkable views may be secret spaces hidden in plain view along its 50 miles of shoreline.  Have you strolled a Vashon beach and wondered about the kingdom of critters adorning every boulder and cobble?  Have you asked yourself “Is it good to eat?”  Or maybe, “Will it hurt me?”

March 2, 2016

Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society March Program.
Thursday, March 10th from 7 to 9 PM held at the Land Trust Building, 10014 Bank Road.  Event is free and open to the public. Presentation by Dan Streiffert on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society March Program.

Thursday, March 10th from 7 to 9 PM held at the Land Trust Building, 10014 Bank Road.  Event is free and open to the public.

Presentation by Dan Streiffert on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.

Renowned wildlife photographer Dan Streiffert has spent numerous seasons at Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge photographing its amazing variety and large numbers of migratory birds considered by many to be the best birding/photography location in the PNW.