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January 4, 2017

“Mom, Mom, the cats are climbing the Christmas tree,” yelled brother Mike.  Our two Siamese cats, Meeko and Chakree were chasing each other up the tree and when Meeko reached the top, the tree fell over with a crash.  Smoke was coming from the broken lights and broken ornaments were all over the floor.

“Mom, Mom, the cats are climbing the Christmas tree,” yelled brother Mike.  Our two Siamese cats, Meeko and Chakree were chasing each other up the tree and when Meeko reached the top, the tree fell over with a crash.  Smoke was coming from the broken lights and broken ornaments were all over the floor.  “Pull the plug on the lights,” Mom yelled from the kitchen.  What a mess.  The paper on one of the gifts ignited and Brother Mike threw his “wuzzy” blanket over the fire to put it out.  Mike’s “wuzzy” was wor

December 21, 2016

As my mind soars over things that happened a long time ago, I find myself using these thoughts to write a story that may be mostly true.  My strongest memory was the time Mom caught me carving my initials in the rail of the Ground Observer tower on Sunrise Ridge.  She told me that I was defacing government property and never to do that again.  Those were her words and it scared me. 

As my mind soars over things that happened a long time ago, I find myself using these thoughts to write a story that may be mostly true.  My strongest memory was the time Mom caught me carving my initials in the rail of the Ground Observer tower on Sunrise Ridge.  She told me that I was defacing government property and never to do that again.  Those were her words and it scared me.  

December 21, 2016

Riders who don’t want to pay cash to ride transit now have a new way to pay. King County Metro Transit is launching the Puget Sound region’s first-ever mobile ticket app – Transit GO Ticket – allowing riders to buy and redeem transit tickets on their mobile device without needing cash to ride.

Riders who don’t want to pay cash to ride transit now have a new way to pay. King County Metro Transit is launching the Puget Sound region’s first-ever mobile ticket app – Transit GO Ticket – allowing riders to buy and redeem transit tickets on their mobile device without needing cash to ride. Under a six to 12 month pilot project, tickets can be purchased for use on King County Metro buses, King County Water Taxi, Seattle Streetcar and Sound Transit’s Link light rail and Sounder trains.

December 21, 2016

Thirty years ago now, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” neared the top of the music charts.  “Peggy Sue Got Married” was on the big screen and “Family Ties” was still a TV hit.  The “Oprah Winfrey Show” had just aired for the first time, and Cindy Crawford was launching her modeling career.

Thirty years ago now, Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” neared the top of the music charts.  “Peggy Sue Got Married” was on the big screen and “Family Ties” was still a TV hit.  The “Oprah Winfrey Show” had just aired for the first time, and Cindy Crawford was launching her modeling career.  

December 21, 2016

Thanks to improved water quality, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has opened 180 acres of shellfish beds in Quartermaster Harbor at Vashon and Maury islands to commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting for the first time in more than 20 years.

Thanks to improved water quality, the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has opened 180 acres of shellfish beds in Quartermaster Harbor at Vashon and Maury islands to commercial and recreational shellfish harvesting for the first time in more than 20 years. The opening is considered a tremendous victory for homeowners, for the Puyallup Tribe, which has reserved treaty harvest rights in this area, and for everybody who wants a clean and healthy Puget Sound.

December 7, 2016

Each year during the first two weekends of December the Maury Island home and workspace of artists Christine and Darsie Beck is transformed into the hottest holiday happening on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour.

Each year during the first two weekends of December the Maury Island home and workspace of artists Christine and Darsie Beck is transformed into the hottest holiday happening on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour. This year 19 artists come together in the festive gallery setting with their collection of fine art and crafts in a wide array of media. Kick off your holidays at Waterworks, a one-stop-shop where you can make a sizeable dent in your shopping list while enjoying some holiday cheer with island neighbors.

December 7, 2016

You can go to another world without leaving Vashon. By spending a winter evening on the shoreline with a flashlight you will soon find a little-known yet vast community of living intertidal beings under and near the north end ferry dock.

You can go to another world without leaving Vashon. By spending a winter evening on the shoreline with a flashlight you will soon find a little-known yet vast community of living intertidal beings under and near the north end ferry dock.  The moon will be almost full, so if the clouds part we will have dim silver light from stars and moon to limn the other-worldly habitats consisting of pilings, watery eelgrass beds, boulders, and sand.

December 2, 2016

Why are Worker’s Rights important?
Today, in America, there is a strong effort to maintain the 40 hour work week. This is largely based in a desire to maintain health

Why are Worker’s Rights important?

December 2, 2016

It was 1952, or thereabouts and Bob Gregg and I weren’t very far from Ridge Road and down on the beach.  The sound of the ram pump in the woods above us echoed down the creek.  The creek-driven ram pumped water 200 feet up the hill,a tablespoon at a time, day and night, to a thousand gallon tank on a 20 foot tower providing a gravity feed to the families living on the ridge. 

It was 1952, or thereabouts and Bob Gregg and I weren’t very far from Ridge Road and down on the beach.  The sound of the ram pump in the woods above us echoed down the creek.  The creek-driven ram pumped water 200 feet up the hill,a tablespoon at a time, day and night, to a thousand gallon tank on a 20 foot tower providing a gravity feed to the families living on the ridge.  “Kerplunk” and five seconds later, “Kerplunk” as the ram pushed the water up the hill.
 

November 20, 2016

“In twenty-six years, I’ve never had a cartoon turned down,” says Ed Frohning. “Sometimes I get tired and say I’ll quit, but then people tell me how much they love the cartoons, and how they follow me, and I keep going.”

“In twenty-six years, I’ve never had a cartoon turned down,” says Ed Frohning. “Sometimes I get tired and say I’ll quit, but then people tell me how much they love the cartoons, and how they follow me, and I keep going.”

Ed Frohning grew up on Vashon. When he graduated from high school. He never took any art courses. He became a printer and later went to work for Starbucks, and commuted to Seattle five days a week for years.

November 20, 2016

Learning to march was tough, responding to all those marching commands and not stumbling over our own feet.  Drilling like an army was part of scouting.  Boy Scouts had to work together so the whole line reversed direction when Uncle Bruce gave the command, “about face.” 

Learning to march was tough, responding to all those marching commands and not stumbling over our own feet.  Drilling like an army was part of scouting.  Boy Scouts had to work together so the whole line reversed direction when Uncle Bruce gave the command, “about face.”   He really wasn’t our uncle, we just called him that.  His manner was not commanding, but when he gave an order, you were expected to follow through.  Uncle Bruce worked in the shipyard, re-furbishing ships that had come out of WWII.  He came home one day with a bunch of

November 20, 2016

A show opens. The show goes on. And the day comes when the show closes. After a run of eleven years, Molly Reed, the Executive Director of Vashon Center for the Arts has announced her plans to retire.

A show opens. The show goes on. And the day comes when the show closes. After a run of eleven years, Molly Reed, the Executive Director of Vashon Center for the Arts has announced her plans to retire.

November 20, 2016

It may not feel like it, but winter will soon be upon Vashon-Maury Islands.  The October windstorm was just a rehearsal for tougher weather ahead.  And, that means power outages, ferry disruptions, road closures and more. For years, Islanders have counted on VoV’s 1650AM Emergency Alert Service

It may not feel like it, but winter will soon be upon Vashon-Maury Islands.  The October windstorm was just a rehearsal for tougher weather ahead.  And, that means power outages, ferry disruptions, road closures and more. For years, Islanders have counted on VoV’s 1650AM Emergency Alert Service to provide information on weather events and their impact on daily life. In fact, VoV’s Emergency Alert Team members post over 150 safety and comfort alerts every year – a majority of them during the winter months.

November 9, 2016

How do we make sense of the times we’re living in?
Poet and experimental filmmaker James Broughton tried to give an answer to that eternal question with this poem, which he recommended to journalists.

How do we make sense of the times we’re living in?

Poet and experimental filmmaker James Broughton tried to give an answer to that eternal question with this poem, which he recommended to journalists.
What Matters

What matters
matters
but it doesn’t
Some of the time
everything
matters

Much of the time
nothing
matters

In the long run
both everything
and nothing
matter a lot

November 9, 2016

Mary Sage, a long time Islander, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015.  Mary needs a bone marrow transplant, which is not fully covered by insurance.  Thanks to the support of local  businesses and the hard work and generosity of community members, friends of Mary raised enough money to pay for the transplant.

Mary Sage, a long time Islander, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2015.  Mary needs a bone marrow transplant, which is not fully covered by insurance.  Thanks to the support of local  businesses and the hard work and generosity of community members, friends of Mary raised enough money to pay for the transplant. Special thanks goes to Lyn Solander of Vashon Massage, Candy Jennings of Glow, and Sarah St.

November 9, 2016

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is pleased to announce the hiring of a team of managers to lead its early childhood program, Family Education and Support Services (FESS).  Barbara Garrett and Christine Wood joined VYFS as co-leaders of the FESS program in early October, taking over from the previous Manager, Catherina Willard.

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is pleased to announce the hiring of a team of managers to lead its early childhood program, Family Education and Support Services (FESS).  Barbara Garrett and Christine Wood joined VYFS as co-leaders of the FESS program in early October, taking over from the previous Manager, Catherina Willard.

October 26, 2016

Our great-grandparents came from Denmark in 1892 and moved from Wisconsin to Portage in 1906 where Nels Mattson bought 300 acres that extended from the Portage store to the towers at KIRO and down to Luana beach.  Over the years this property has shrunk to a couple of lots and a house on the beach. 

Our great-grandparents came from Denmark in 1892 and moved from Wisconsin to Portage in 1906 where Nels Mattson bought 300 acres that extended from the Portage store to the towers at KIRO and down to Luana beach.  Over the years this property has shrunk to a couple of lots and a house on the beach.  

October 26, 2016

This fall on Vashon, Luke Currier, a Permaculture designer and educator from Duluth, MN will be leading a workshop on permaculture. This workshop will be helpful to people at any level of permaculture knowledge, from beginners to well-read certified designers, the theme of this workshop will revolve specifically around fruit-tree production and will be hosted by The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery south of Dockton.

This fall on Vashon, Luke Currier, a Permaculture designer and educator from Duluth, MN will be leading a workshop on permaculture. This workshop will be helpful to people at any level of permaculture knowledge, from beginners to well-read certified designers, the theme of this workshop will revolve specifically around fruit-tree production and will be hosted by The All-Merciful Saviour Monastery south of Dockton.

October 26, 2016

Calling all Vashon Island pet lovers to sip, dine and bid your way through an “out of this world” evening that will entertain and inspire.

Calling all Vashon Island pet lovers to sip, dine and bid your way through an “out of this world” evening that will entertain and inspire.

Blast off with sparkling wine followed by a spectacular silent auction, entertainment, live auction and dinner.
Our inter-stellar auctioneer Laura Michalek will be helping us soar to new fundraising heights during our live auction with her trusted co-pilot and Master of Ceremonies Geoff Fletcher.

October 26, 2016

Coyote Mentoring: Raising Nature-Smart Kids in a Modern World, A 3-Part Workshop Series for parents, educators, and caregivers who care who deeply about the health of the children in their lives and the restorative power of nature in building healthy communities.

Coyote Mentoring: Raising Nature-Smart Kids in a Modern World, A 3-Part Workshop Series for parents, educators, and caregivers who care who deeply about the health of the children in their lives and the restorative power of nature in building healthy communities. Learn powerful, heart-centered, time-tested tools for natural learning and growth. Meets October 20th, November 17th, December 15th, from 5:30-8:30pm at Vashon Island Cohousing.  $135 covers the cost of all three workshops in the series.

October 12, 2016

Vashon Partners in Education (lovingly known as P.I.E), will kick off its fall fundraising campaign in October.  Teachers across the school district are busy dreaming about how they can make our children’s learning experience rich and exciting.  And thanks to P.I.E. they can dream big!

Vashon Partners in Education (lovingly known as P.I.E), will kick off its fall fundraising campaign in October.  Teachers across the school district are busy dreaming about how they can make our children’s learning experience rich and exciting.  And thanks to P.I.E. they can dream big!

September 28, 2016

Quartermaster Yacht Club is developing a series of recreational boating “Tech Talks” available to the Vashon-Maury Island community.  The 2016 / 2017 Tech Talk Series, ten meetings scheduled from October through June, are offered free to community members who either have or would like to gain boating skills and experience.

Quartermaster Yacht Club is developing a series of recreational boating “Tech Talks” available to the Vashon-Maury Island community.  The 2016 / 2017 Tech Talk Series, ten meetings scheduled from October through June, are offered free to community members who either have or would like to gain boating skills and experience.

September 28, 2016

The Vashon Island School District Board of Directors and I would like to invite you to a very important discussion about the future of the Vashon Island High School (VHS) track and field. The forum will be held in the VHS Theatre on Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

The Vashon Island School District Board of Directors and I would like to invite you to a very important discussion about the future of the Vashon Island High School (VHS) track and field. The forum will be held in the VHS Theatre on Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 to 8:30pm. The forum will include a presentation followed by plenty of time for questions and discussion. We will provide a thorough analysis of the pros and cons of natural and synthetic turf fields, and options for running track surfaces. Mr. Dave Anderson, principal engineer, of D.A.

September 27, 2016

Cider has deep roots in American history. In colonial times, hard cider was by far the most popular alcoholic beverage, far more than whiskey, wine, or beer. Apple orchards were planted throughout the states, not for eating but for making cider. Many small farms grew cider apples and produced cider, sometimes supplementing farm worker wages with the fermented product.

Cider has deep roots in American history. In colonial times, hard cider was by far the most popular alcoholic beverage, far more than whiskey, wine, or beer. Apple orchards were planted throughout the states, not for eating but for making cider. Many small farms grew cider apples and produced cider, sometimes supplementing farm worker wages with the fermented product.