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June 21, 2015

 “Oh-No, another red light”, I said to myself, as I pushed hard on the brake pedal, trying to stop my 38 Pontiac for the light. The mercury in the back seat slopped yet another time and rolled out the rusty holes in the floorboards to grease the street between East Marginal Way and the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

 “Oh-No, another red light”, I said to myself, as I pushed hard on the brake pedal, trying to stop my 38 Pontiac for the light. The mercury in the back seat slopped yet another time and rolled out the rusty holes in the floorboards to grease the street between East Marginal Way and the Fauntleroy ferry dock.

It was the best summer job I had ever had at the tender age of 17, working under a navy contract, all was hush-shush in 1957.
 

June 21, 2015

To help plan your Tour, here is a preview of the amazing gardens and Garden Art Market, a schedule of gardening seminars, and sneak peek of artists in the gardens. Tickets—$25, valid both days—are available at VAA, Heron’s Nest and VashonAlliedArts.org.

To help plan your Tour, here is a preview of the amazing gardens and Garden Art Market, a schedule of gardening seminars, and sneak peek of artists in the gardens. Tickets—$25, valid both days—are available at VAA, Heron’s Nest and VashonAlliedArts.org.

Edna & James Dam

June 21, 2015

Opening night is always exciting. But this summer, opening night holds special meaning for island youth. Maijah Sanson-Frey summarized it like this, “There are shows where the audience is saying, “Oh, what a cute play!” With a show like Carrie, it’s more of an art piece and more of a moving piece. People will say, “Wow...you did a really great job of sharing those messages.”

Opening night is always exciting. But this summer, opening night holds special meaning for island youth. Maijah Sanson-Frey summarized it like this, “There are shows where the audience is saying, “Oh, what a cute play!” With a show like Carrie, it’s more of an art piece and more of a moving piece. People will say, “Wow...you did a really great job of sharing those messages.”

June 10, 2015

The second season of Picnics in the Park, the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank’s newest program, designed to provide free lunch and activities to Vashon’s kids and teens, starts on Monday, June 22, and will run, five days a week, through August 28.

The second season of Picnics in the Park, the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank’s newest program, designed to provide free lunch and activities to Vashon’s kids and teens, starts on Monday, June 22, and will run, five days a week, through August 28.  

June 10, 2015

Sellen Construction began earthwork following the demolition of the existing structures on the site. Materials were recycled or properly disposed, and the ground cleared of stumps and brambles. Old underground tanks were decommissioned and removed. Testing showed that there were no toxic materials in the soil.

Sellen Construction began earthwork following the demolition of the existing structures on the site. Materials were recycled or properly disposed, and the ground cleared of stumps and brambles. Old underground tanks were decommissioned and removed. Testing showed that there were no toxic materials in the soil. Mass excavation has begun along the east side of the site for the new building’s orchestra pit, mechanical plenum and stage. The north water detention vault is under way, with basement slabs and footings taking shape as concrete is placed throughout the month.

June 9, 2015

When I was a boy of 10 or 12, my family had 5 acres at Cove and we loved every square foot of it.  There was a story for every part of it.  One day I nearly drowned my brother Mike on purpose; or at least he thought so.

When I was a boy of 10 or 12, my family had 5 acres at Cove and we loved every square foot of it.  There was a story for every part of it.  One day I nearly drowned my brother Mike on purpose; or at least he thought so.

June 9, 2015

Voice of Vashon will launch a new email service this week, dedicated to keeping people informed, comfortable and safe. It’s a major new addition to the Voice of Vashon Island Emergency Alert Service and it was created with support from partners VashonBePrepared and Vashon Island Fire and Rescue.

Voice of Vashon will launch a new email service this week, dedicated to keeping people informed, comfortable and safe. It’s a major new addition to the Voice of Vashon Island Emergency Alert Service and it was created with support from partners VashonBePrepared and Vashon Island Fire and Rescue.

The new service pools emergency information into a single source of email notices on power outages, storms, ferry disruptions and even worse emergencies that we hope our Island community never faces.

May 27, 2015

Under the Sea is this year’s theme for the eighth annual Father-Daughter Dance. On Saturday, June 6, girls and their partners celebrate at the Vashon Golf & Swim Club. The dance is limited to 120 participants, and an early sell-out is expected again.

Under the Sea is this year’s theme for the eighth annual Father-Daughter Dance. On Saturday, June 6, girls and their partners celebrate at the Vashon Golf & Swim Club. The dance is limited to 120 participants, and an early sell-out is expected again.

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

May 27, 2015

Vashon Audubon Society presents Dr. John Marzluff screening two short films and discussing his new book Welcome to Subirdia.  The event is free and open to the public.

Vashon Audubon Society presents Dr. John Marzluff screening two short films and discussing his new book Welcome to Subirdia.  The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. John Marzluff is Professor of Wildlife Science at the University of Washington whose decades of research on ravens and crows have produced numerous award-wining books, hundreds of scientific papers and has been the focus of 2 film documentaries on PBS.

May 19, 2015

In October, I found out I had been hired as the Family Support Specialist for our new ECEAP preschool.  ECEAP stands for Early Childhood Assistance Program and is funded by the State of Washington and Vashon School District.  It is a FREE preschool for 3, 4, and 5 year old eligible children.  An affordable (free) preschool had long been a dream of many on Vashon.

In October, I found out I had been hired as the Family Support Specialist for our new ECEAP preschool.  ECEAP stands for Early Childhood Assistance Program and is funded by the State of Washington and Vashon School District.  It is a FREE preschool for 3, 4, and 5 year old eligible children.  An affordable (free) preschool had long been a dream of many on Vashon.

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.