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July 16, 2014

Many Islanders have inherited artifacts from pioneer ancestors. Others have found their arrowheads or scrapers while gardening or walking along the beach.

Many Islanders have inherited artifacts from pioneer ancestors. Others have found their arrowheads or scrapers while gardening or walking along the beach. It is no secret that our 21st century culture occupies land where a much older culture flourished for eons, until 160 years ago.  Experts will come to Vashon on Saturday, July 26, for an afternoon and evening of learning from these artifacts. Artifact identification will take place 1 to 4 pm inside the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum.

July 16, 2014

Follow the crowd to take part in an island tradition — the 54nd Annual Salmon Bake of St. John Vianney Church will be held from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, on the church grounds.

Follow the crowd to take part in an island tradition — the 54nd Annual Salmon Bake of St. John Vianney Church will be held from 1:15 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, on the church grounds.

As always, the Salmon Bake is being held to raise money for the parish, but it is also a chance for Islanders, regardless of their affiliation with the church, to come together for an old-fashioned afternoon of fun, fellowship and tasty food.

July 6, 2014

Top sheepherding teams from across the country will be competing on Vashon a month than usual earlier this summer --August 22-25, Misty Isle Farms.

Top sheepherding teams from across the country will be competing on Vashon a month than usual earlier this summer --August 22-25, Misty Isle Farms. That means more day light hours for the dogs, sheep and spectators. This is the biggest event of its kind on the West Coast. And this year promises to be the best ever. Three days of top dogs and handlers competing for cash and prizes are scheduled.  A fourth day of competition has been added on Monday to allow younger dogs and less experienced handlers a chance at a modified course.

July 6, 2014

Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS) invites everyone to set a new world record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up in the waters off Quartermaster Harbor.

Vashon Youth and Family Services (VYFS) invites everyone to set a new world record for the most kayaks and canoes rafted up in the waters off Quartermaster Harbor. The entire weekend includes a family-friendly music festival and expanded camping opportunities, waterfront activities, and a chance to get out and experience all that is great about Vashon and the beautiful northwest Washington environment.

July 6, 2014

Vashon Allied Arts offers several summer youth camps for arts and fun.

Vashon Allied Arts offers several summer youth camps for arts and fun.

July 6, 2014

Vashon’s own FM community radio station is on its way.  With a little more community support, Islanders will soon be able to listen to 101.9 KVSH-FM on car radios, at home or work, and learn about Island issues

Vashon’s own FM community radio station is on its way.  With a little more community support, Islanders will soon be able to listen to 101.9 KVSH-FM on car radios, at home or work, and learn about Island issues, enjoy local musicians, follow high school sports, as well as contribute unique voices to the community discourse.

July 2, 2014

Vashon enjoyed its third year of injury free fireworks usage last year, however there was a fire on July 4’th. Initially it was thought that a sky lantern had ignited the house

Vashon enjoyed its third year of injury free fireworks usage last year, however there was a fire on July 4’th. Initially it was thought that a sky lantern had ignited the house, however a long investigation revealed that the cause was a spark from yard work activities.

June 28, 2014

Each year, Harbor School students award commendations to six of their peers, each of whom represent a particular Cornerstone Value so strongly as to be an example for all of us.

Each year, Harbor School students award commendations to six of their peers, each of whom represent a particular Cornerstone Value so strongly as to be an example for all of us. The Cornerstone Values are a set of principles that provide guidance and lessons to all Harbor School students through their academic achievements and peer relationships. This year’s recipients are:

June 28, 2014

In a return to the model that served the school well in its early days, Harbor School has hired Adam Kratz as a new addition to the Lower School faculty. Adam will join current elementary teacher Erin Blaser as co-teachers for its 4th / 5th grade multi-age classroom.

In a return to the model that served the school well in its early days, Harbor School has hired Adam Kratz as a new addition to the Lower School faculty. Adam will join current elementary teacher Erin Blaser as co-teachers for its 4th / 5th grade multi-age classroom. For years the team-teaching model worked brilliantly and served generations of Harbor School students, so the school is excited to see two full-time teachers return to that classroom.

June 28, 2014

Imagine a day in July – the heat of summer just coming on for us here in the Northwest. You rise in the cool dusty morning and head up town, hours early for the parade. Finding a parking spot on the outskirts of town, so that you won’t get stuck later, you are just in time for the Pancake Breakfast.

Imagine a day in July – the heat of summer just coming on for us here in the Northwest. You rise in the cool dusty morning and head up town, hours early for the parade. Finding a parking spot on the outskirts of town, so that you won’t get stuck later, you are just in time for the Pancake Breakfast. An annual tradition steeped in Vashon culture, it starts off the beginning of a carbohydrate filled weekend and the festival!

June 28, 2014

Harbor School is pleased to present a new award honoring the exceptional achievements of our young alumni. The Young Alumni Award will recognize one Harbor School alumnus each year for his/her outstanding dedication in a career profession, charitable endeavor,

Harbor School is pleased to present a new award honoring the exceptional achievements of our young alumni. The Young Alumni Award will recognize one Harbor School alumnus each year for his/her outstanding dedication in a career profession, charitable endeavor, or global outreach effort.

June 18, 2014

Northwest Spay & Neuter Center is a high-quality, high-volume clinic offering spay and neuter services at affordable prices, including further-reduced and free programs for income-qualifying clients (as well as special programs for pit bulls and feral cats.)

Northwest Spay & Neuter Center is a high-quality, high-volume clinic offering spay and neuter services at affordable prices, including further-reduced and free programs for income-qualifying clients (as well as special programs for pit bulls and feral cats.) We now offer a free transport service in addition to our clinic drop-off, and we’re coming to Vashon Island on Monday, June 23! (Animals will be returned the morning of June 24.)

June 18, 2014

Harbor School was founded by a passionate educator at the request of motivated parents. Since those first days, our school has relied upon the wholehearted support of its parents, alumni, and other volunteers to become a sought after and successful independent school.

Harbor School was founded by a passionate educator at the request of motivated parents. Since those first days, our school has relied upon the wholehearted support of its parents, alumni, and other volunteers to become a sought after and successful independent school. Often, from that group of supporters, a person stands out for especially great efforts and dedication that benefit our students and our school.

June 7, 2014

Making our way down to the docks last year for our first day of the adult sailing class, my partner Marcie asked if I thought we would get wet and whether the boats had bathrooms.

Making our way down to the docks last year for our first day of the adult sailing class, my partner Marcie asked if I thought we would get wet and whether the boats had bathrooms.  I assured her the boats would not have bathrooms and we would not get wet.  Well, I was half right, which would be great if we were trying to hit a  baseball.  The very first thing we did after introductions was a caspsize drill/swim test!  We learned how to tell wind direction, tie some key knots, how to right the boats after a capsize, and how to sail at least as fast as the person next

June 7, 2014

In the first installment of this story, I described how I fell for my bank’s misrepresentation of a predatory mortgage when refinancing my island home of over a decade, and the exhausting first two years of trying to get that loan modified.

In the first installment of this story, I described how I fell for my bank’s misrepresentation of a predatory mortgage when refinancing my island home of over a decade, and the exhausting first two years of trying to get that loan modified.

Two Lawyers and a Letter

June 7, 2014

Creators of The Census Project, Alice Larson and Bruce Haulman, will talk about their census research project and what they are learning about Japanese residents of Vashon Island on Wednesday, June 18th at 7 p.m. at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust Building.

Creators of The Census Project, Alice Larson and Bruce Haulman, will talk about their census research project and what they are learning about Japanese residents of Vashon Island on Wednesday, June 18th at 7 p.m. at the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust Building.  They will describe how they located the information that makes it possible to discover more about the Japanese populations here and what is revealed about these residents from their first appearance in the 1900 Vashon census through today.

June 7, 2014

Structural engineer Art Rack, along with Voice of Vashon’s Rick Wallace, climbed the 80’ District 19 water tank to survey logistics for installing the KVSH FM antenna.

Structural engineer Art Rack, along with Voice of Vashon’s Rick Wallace, climbed the 80’ District 19 water tank to survey logistics for installing the KVSH FM antenna.

Art is shown at the top of the ladder and in the inset view from the top with Open Space in the background. Rick is half way up the tank ladder using a special climber’s safety harness.

This climb by Art and Rick dramatically represents the extraordinary efforts by many volunteers and VoV is now over half way to its fundraising goal to put KVSH on the air.

June 7, 2014

The ninth annual Low Tide Celebration will bring beachwatchers, information booths, food and fun to Point Robinson on Saturday, June 14, from 10 to 3.  As the water recedes to an exceptionally low -3.3 feet, the Vashon Beach Naturalists, Puget Sound Corps folks, and other knowledgeable volunteers will help everyone celebrate the diversity and remarkable adaptations of the many species of plants and animals

The ninth annual Low Tide Celebration will bring beachwatchers, information booths, food and fun to Point Robinson on Saturday, June 14, from 10 to 3.  As the water recedes to an exceptionally low -3.3 feet, the Vashon Beach Naturalists, Puget Sound Corps folks, and other knowledgeable volunteers will help everyone celebrate the diversity and remarkable adaptations of the many species of plants and animals who form the communities of life along the shoreline.

June 6, 2014

This year, the Low Tide Celebration is focusing on children, both on the beach and off. So bring the whole family to Point Robinson on Saturday June 14th between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.

This year, the Low Tide Celebration is focusing on children, both on the beach and off. So bring the whole family to Point Robinson on Saturday June 14th between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm.  A group of paddlers organized by Snohomish leader Mike Evans will arrive in a traditional canoe, the Blue Heron, after pulling from Des Moines. All those ashore will enjoy joining with Shane Jewel and the Free Range Folk Choir in singing a traditional song of welcome.

June 4, 2014

As of this writing, I have recently emerged from a 4 1/2 year battle with the banks. That’s right, folks:  after 53 months tangled in the web of a mortgage from hell, I finally ended up with the mortgage I thought I had in the first place

As of this writing, I have recently emerged from a 4 1/2 year battle with the banks. That’s right, folks:  after 53 months tangled in the web of a mortgage from hell, I finally ended up with the mortgage I thought I had in the first place – one that’s neither illegal, predatory, nor unscrupulous.

June 4, 2014

This year, our Island Low Tide Celebration will be on Sunday, 23 June 2013, and of course, it will be at our most popular and most used park, Point Robinson.  The tide this year will be at 3.4 feet below datum, one of the lowest of the entire year.

This year, our Island Low Tide Celebration will be on Sunday, 23 June 2013, and of course, it will be at our most popular and most used park, Point Robinson.  The tide this year will be at 3.4 feet below datum, one of the lowest of the entire year.
 

June 4, 2014

On Friday evening, June 6, the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum will open a new exhibit illustrating the culture of Vashon’s native people, the sxwobabc*, whose permanent villages thrived for thousands of years along the Quartermaster Harbor shoreline.

On Friday evening, June 6, the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum will open a new exhibit illustrating the culture of Vashon’s native people, the sxwobabc*, whose permanent villages thrived for thousands of years along the Quartermaster Harbor shoreline.  “Vashon Island’s Native People: Navigating Seas of Change,” will summarize some of the many events that combined to destabilize their culture in the mid-19th century.

June 4, 2014

The SLC (Supported Learning Center) classroom at VHS will be hosting a plant sale in the greenhouse on the VHS campus on Friday June 6th from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  The plants were started and grown by SLC students working with mentors under the guidance and help of staff. 

The SLC (Supported Learning Center) classroom at VHS will be hosting a plant sale in the greenhouse on the VHS campus on Friday June 6th from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  The plants were started and grown by SLC students working with mentors under the guidance and help of staff.  All proceeds go to benefit the life skills/community/vocational program for students with disabilities.

May 21, 2014

Just a couple weeks into its campaign, Voice of Vashon has already hit the halfway mark for fundraising to build Vashon’s own community FM radio station.
 

Just a couple weeks into its campaign, Voice of Vashon has already hit the halfway mark for fundraising to build Vashon’s own community FM radio station. Donations and pledges have now reached $25,000 on the way to full funding of $50,000 for the project.