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December 6, 2017

I put a coffee can over Matilda’s head so she wouldn’t peck me and reached under her warm body for the eggs.  There were quite a few, as Matilda had been hiding her eggs in the woodshed.    I could hear her pecking the inside of the coffee can as I cleaned her nest of eggs, bound for the breakfast table and other good things

I put a coffee can over Matilda’s head so she wouldn’t peck me and reached under her warm body for the eggs.  There were quite a few, as Matilda had been hiding her eggs in the woodshed.    I could hear her pecking the inside of the coffee can as I cleaned her nest of eggs, bound for the breakfast table and other good things.  It was Matilda’s time for sitting on her eggs, which is called setting, but Dad told us not to let her do it.  After three days of liberating her eggs and watching her sit on the empty nest all day long, I sprayed her wi

December 6, 2017

The Cascadia Protocol is a model for self-directed, eco-logically structured learning, and deep local Nature connection, in the context of a natural, bioregional mode of human social self-organization.

The Cascadia Protocol is a model for self-directed, eco-logically structured learning, and deep local Nature connection, in the context of a natural, bioregional mode of human social self-organization.  

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November 21, 2017

While most of us spend this weekend with our feet on the couch and our brains on tryptophan, artists of the Waterworks Studio Collective will perform their annual feat of holiday magic. Each year the cooperative transforms the studio of Christine and Darsie Beck into a Gallery-Not-To-Be-Missed! on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour.

While most of us spend this weekend with our feet on the couch and our brains on tryptophan, artists of the Waterworks Studio Collective will perform their annual feat of holiday magic. Each year the cooperative transforms the studio of Christine and Darsie Beck into a Gallery-Not-To-Be-Missed! on the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour.

November 19, 2017

Diane Emerson and I have been researching and educating the public on pesticides and safe alternatives to them for three years.  Some of the most toxic pesticides are some of the ones used on fruit trees, including those with the following active ingredients: Captan, Carbaryl, Malathion, and the class of insecticides known as Neonicotinoids.

Diane Emerson and I have been researching and educating the public on pesticides and safe alternatives to them for three years.  Some of the most toxic pesticides are some of the ones used on fruit trees, including those with the following active ingredients: Captan, Carbaryl, Malathion, and the class of insecticides known as Neonicotinoids.   The science has shown that many of these ingredients are unsafe for us, many are harmful to bees, salmon, pets, and more.  To learn how safe the products are that you use on your fruit trees, check out the web site Grow Smart Grow

November 19, 2017

I read somewhere that the tide rolls in like a giant tornado on its side, carrying tons of food for fish and clams and other good things to eat.  That’s why seagulls and salmon hang around the tide line and the fishermen are right behind.

I read somewhere that the tide rolls in like a giant tornado on its side, carrying tons of food for fish and clams and other good things to eat.  That’s why seagulls and salmon hang around the tide line and the fishermen are right behind.  Nearing high tide, it slows to a stop and leaves a line of drift on the beach for us to comb for treasures of any kind, though there were certain things in the drift that we were not allowed to bring home such as medicine bottles that still had stuff in them, or other medical things.

November 19, 2017

I am writing to say farewell to a fantastic community and an agency that will always claim a piece of my heart. As you reported two weeks ago, I have resigned as Executive Director at Vashon Youth and Family Services.

I am writing to say farewell to a fantastic community and an agency that will always claim a piece of my heart. As you reported two weeks ago, I have resigned as Executive Director at Vashon Youth and Family Services. I have been fortunate enough to find a new opportunity that aligns with the needs of my family and will continue to allow me to use my talents to create a meaningful career.

November 19, 2017

The Cascadia Protocol is the latest evolution of my education project, The Natural Philosopher ~ A Curriculum for Ecological Intelligence.  This project is entirely a child of the extraordinary community that is Vashon Island

The Cascadia Protocol is the latest evolution of my education project, The Natural Philosopher ~ A Curriculum for Ecological Intelligence.  This project is entirely a child of the extraordinary community that is Vashon Island, WA, Cascadia.  Many of you on Vashon are familiar with this endeavor as it has evolved over the years.  I want to thank Steve Allen for providing me the space to think this further through here in the public space in which it was born.

November 8, 2017

VIPP hopes you will  “Throw Us a Bone” and support our Online Auction presented by Windermere.  Vashon Island Pet Protectors is pleased to announce a new venture following the necessary cancellation of the 2017 Fur Ball: an Online Auction full of the wonderful items usually featured at our annual event. Online Auction: November 10th through December 3rd. Auction link: https://vipp.ggo.mobi/

VIPP hopes you will  “Throw Us a Bone” and support our Online Auction presented by Windermere.  Vashon Island Pet Protectors is pleased to announce a new venture following the necessary cancellation of the 2017 Fur Ball: an Online Auction full of the wonderful items usually featured at our annual event. Online Auction: November 10th through December 3rd. Auction link: https://vipp.ggo.mobi/

October 25, 2017

If you got close to Uncle Johnny, he would grab your shirt tail and blow his nose on it.  He really didn’t blow his nose, just pretended he did and made the noise with his mouth.  Great Uncle Johnny, who was 79 years old and our Grandmother’s Brother, could stand on his head for thirty-minutes.  His face would turn beet red.

If you got close to Uncle Johnny, he would grab your shirt tail and blow his nose on it.  He really didn’t blow his nose, just pretended he did and made the noise with his mouth.  Great Uncle Johnny, who was 79 years old and our Grandmother’s Brother, could stand on his head for thirty-minutes.  His face would turn beet red.  He walked to Ellisport and then to the golf course every day.  He would sit on his deck, built from beach combed lumber and eat carrot, potato and cucumber peelings from Aunt Mattie’s red ringed wash pan.  “Hey,&rdq

October 25, 2017

Introducing the new Vashon Community Van, a partnership pilot project between King County Metro and the Vashon Chamber of Commerce. Share the ride with friends and neighbors to popular Island destinations. Riders pay a Metro fare of $2.50 and volunteer drivers ride for free!

Introducing the new Vashon Community Van, a partnership pilot project between King County Metro and the Vashon Chamber of Commerce. Share the ride with friends and neighbors to popular Island destinations. Riders pay a Metro fare of $2.50 and volunteer drivers ride for free!

October 25, 2017

The fire levy is a no vote. This levy is way too expensive. If you notice they never mention how much money is actually leaving everyone’s pockets. They are asking for an 87% increase in 2018 and then by 2023 that grows to 2-1/2 times what they are receiving today. Today they get $2.4 million in property tax money. In 6 years that will grow to $6 million with the 6% increase each year. They are not mentioning this either.

The fire levy is a no vote. This levy is way too expensive. If you notice they never mention how much money is actually leaving everyone’s pockets. They are asking for an 87% increase in 2018 and then by 2023 that grows to 2-1/2 times what they are receiving today. Today they get $2.4 million in property tax money. In 6 years that will grow to $6 million with the 6% increase each year. They are not mentioning this either.

October 25, 2017

The November 7th ballot arrived in the mail a week ago. If you haven’t voted yet, I hope you will consider this article and vote now. Why? Because your vote is about your own physical safety

The November 7th ballot arrived in the mail a week ago. If you haven’t voted yet, I hope you will consider this article and vote now. Why? Because your vote is about your own physical safety.

Proposition 1 on the ballot asks us to vote to restore the property tax levy set in 1990 that supports Vashon Island Fire and Rescue (VIFR). That rate was $1.50 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation. Since then, that rate has declined to 93 cents today, the lowest of ALL of the 24 fire districts in King County. Next year it will drop again, to 82 cents.

October 11, 2017

Harbor School will hold an Open House on Saturday, October 21 from 12-2 PM for prospective students and their families. Harbor School is the only independent school on Vashon Island serving Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Harbor School will hold an Open House on Saturday, October 21 from 12-2 PM for prospective students and their families. Harbor School is the only independent school on Vashon Island serving Kindergarten through 8th grade.

October 11, 2017

Costumes encouraged at our “Spooktacular” Halloween Party Bingo. Outrageously attired Aunt Betty will caterwaul to the rest of the party goers at the Senior Center on Saturday, October 21st. 

Costumes encouraged at our “Spooktacular” Halloween Party Bingo. Outrageously attired Aunt Betty will caterwaul to the rest of the party goers at the Senior Center on Saturday, October 21st.  

$20 (Center members $15) includes 10 Bingo games with a chance to win $25 per game. Snacks will be available for purchase as well as beer, wine and appropriately themed Jell-O shots. Purchase tickets at the Senior Center on Bank Road M, T, W and F between 9 am and 3 pm.  

October 10, 2017

How do our daily choices reflect our deepest values?  This question underlies an interactive workshop “Intentional Living: A Way of Life” led by Tom Cashman, a well-known retreat leader, spiritual director, and teacher of Celtic spirituality. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.

How do our daily choices reflect our deepest values?  This question underlies an interactive workshop “Intentional Living: A Way of Life” led by Tom Cashman, a well-known retreat leader, spiritual director, and teacher of Celtic spirituality. The workshop will be held on Saturday, October 14, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.

September 27, 2017

On August 30th, a front-page article in The Beachcomber reminded our community that the Neighborcare School Based Health Center (SBHC) is now operating at our island schools. This article made it clear that you, as a parent, are encouraged to promptly sign and return legal consent forms which allow your child to be treated at the SBHC.

On August 30th, a front-page article in The Beachcomber reminded our community that the Neighborcare School Based Health Center (SBHC) is now operating at our island schools. This article made it clear that you, as a parent, are encouraged to promptly sign and return legal consent forms which allow your child to be treated at the SBHC.

September 27, 2017

Maintaining its commitment to continuing a dialogue with the community, King County Parks wants to hear from the public on a proposal to continue a limited deer-hunting season annually at Island Center Forest on Vashon Island.

Maintaining its commitment to continuing a dialogue with the community, King County Parks wants to hear from the public on a proposal to continue a limited deer-hunting season annually at Island Center Forest on Vashon Island.
King County has set a public meeting for Sept. 19 on Vashon Island; an online civic engagement forum; and a two-week public comment period all to help Parks managers determine if limited deer-hunting seasons should continue as they have since 2011 at Island Center Forest.

September 27, 2017

There are exciting new programs for parents and young children at the Vashon Youth & Family Services Family Place this fall! The new schedule includes several innovative parenting classes, a book group, and expanded hours to better meet the needs of working families.

There are exciting new programs for parents and young children at the Vashon Youth & Family Services Family Place this fall! The new schedule includes several innovative parenting classes, a book group, and expanded hours to better meet the needs of working families.

September 27, 2017

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is pleased to announce Comunidad, VYFS’ new bilingual, bi-cultural case management service. Case management offers assistance to individuals and families seeking to overcome challenges that impact their ability to meet their own goals.

Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) is pleased to announce Comunidad, VYFS’ new bilingual, bi-cultural case management service. Case management offers assistance to individuals and families seeking to overcome challenges that impact their ability to meet their own goals. The program will focus on accessing basic needs, including employment skills, financial support, food, shelter, and other resources available on and off Island. This program will be staffed by two case managers, one of whom is bilingual, English/Spanish.

September 13, 2017

Re-Entry: Life After Incarceration, will take place, Sunday, September 24th, 4- 6 pm, at the Land Trust Building, Bank Road, Vashon. Doors open at 3:45. Admission by donation, $10-$20/person suggested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Re-Entry: Life After Incarceration, will take place, Sunday, September 24th, 4- 6 pm, at the Land Trust Building, Bank Road, Vashon. Doors open at 3:45. Admission by donation, $10-$20/person suggested. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

August 30, 2017

Thanks to community, Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) raised more than $150,000 toward scholarships for arts participants of all ages last year. Let’s do it again Vashon! VCA’s much-anticipated annual Art Auction and Gala, Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23,

Thanks to community, Vashon Center for the Arts (VCA) raised more than $150,000 toward scholarships for arts participants of all ages last year. Let’s do it again Vashon! VCA’s much-anticipated annual Art Auction and Gala, Friday and Saturday, September 22 and 23, showcases works created by Island artists, tasty treats made by talented chefs and bakers and the generosity of local businesses, all in support of Vashon’s growing arts and culture milieu.

August 30, 2017

Due to construction delays, the Open Space venue will not be available by November 4 as originally scheduled, and the 2017 Fur Ball must be cancelled. The VIPP Board has considered various other venues on island, but there is no other space that would accommodate both the crowd and all the logistics accompanying the Fur Ball event.

Due to construction delays, the Open Space venue will not be available by November 4 as originally scheduled, and the 2017 Fur Ball must be cancelled. The VIPP Board has considered various other venues on island, but there is no other space that would accommodate both the crowd and all the logistics accompanying the Fur Ball event.

August 30, 2017

My great grandmother, Noni Minaglia, arrived in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800’s and settled in Black Diamond.  They were promised farms in this growing corner of the new country but found only coal mining jobs.

My great grandmother, Noni Minaglia, arrived in the Pacific Northwest in the late 1800’s and settled in Black Diamond.  They were promised farms in this growing corner of the new country but found only coal mining jobs.

Noni stood just under five feet tall, but kept order in her 100-room coal miner boarding house through persuasion, guile, empathy and primarily cooking.  As a child, even I knew her ravioli was second to none, and a boarder who got out of line was denied her fantastic meals!

August 30, 2017

Situated on beautiful Vashon Island, PASSPORT TO PAIN (or P2P) is an extraordinary cycling challenge that offers 3 levels of vertical climb -- the 80-mile Idiot ride with a climb of 10,000 vertical feet, the 50-mile Weasel ride (6,500 vertical ft.)

Situated on beautiful Vashon Island, PASSPORT TO PAIN (or P2P) is an extraordinary cycling challenge that offers 3 levels of vertical climb -- the 80-mile Idiot ride with a climb of 10,000 vertical feet, the 50-mile Weasel ride (6,500 vertical ft.), or the 30-mile Weenie ride (3,400 vertical ft.). The 7th Annual P2P will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2017.