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July 19, 2015

 This July 18 and 19, during the Vashon Island Strawberry Festival, the M/V Lotus, a 92 foot, 1909  cruising houseboat will be docked at the Quartermaster Yacht Club.  This spectacular floating museum and B&B will be open to the public from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday during the festival.

Vashon, WA., This July 18 and 19, during the Vashon Island Strawberry Festival, the M/V Lotus, a 92 foot, 1909  cruising houseboat will be docked at the Quartermaster Yacht Club.  This spectacular floating museum and B&B will be open to the public from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday during the festival.  This event is sponsored through a coalition of the Quartermaster Yacht Club, Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association, Keepers of the Lighthouse, and JR Crawford Realtor with Windermere Vashon.  Visitors to Lotus can come by car and park at the Yacht Club o

July 19, 2015

The 5th Annual PASSPORT TO PAIN on Vashon Island: The toughest, most fun ride in the Puget Sound region. Is Saturday Sept. 12.

The 5th Annual PASSPORT TO PAIN on Vashon Island: The toughest, most fun ride in the Puget Sound region. Is Saturday Sept. 12.

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 5th Annual P2P will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015.

July 19, 2015

Sheriff Tex wasn’t a real sheriff as far as I know but he had a TV cartoon show every day and in the 50’s, us kids lived for it.  It was in the early days of television and Saturday cartoons were never missed.  Early in the morning, we would sit in front of the test screen with the picture of an Indian chief in the middle of a bunch of graphic calibrations which would shift as the engineers adjusted the picture for the upcoming cartoons.

Sheriff Tex wasn’t a real sheriff as far as I know but he had a TV cartoon show every day and in the 50’s, us kids lived for it.  It was in the early days of television and Saturday cartoons were never missed.  Early in the morning, we would sit in front of the test screen with the picture of an Indian chief in the middle of a bunch of graphic calibrations which would shift as the engineers adjusted the picture for the upcoming cartoons.  Once the cartoons started, it was the sound and motion that kept us glued to the set for hours.  We called it the TV room,

July 8, 2015

One of the contenders running for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon this summer, a revived Strawberry Festival tradition, is Joe Thieme, also known as Joe T, with a campaign slogan of “Vote for THE Old Goat!” – a subtle nod to his competitor Bandit, a pet goat.

One of the contenders running for Unofficial Mayor of Vashon this summer, a revived Strawberry Festival tradition, is Joe Thieme, also known as Joe T, with a campaign slogan of “Vote for THE Old Goat!” – a subtle nod to his competitor Bandit, a pet goat.

July 8, 2015

We have had  a second home on Vashon for almost 35 years and we access our property via Pillsbury Road, south of Burton. I became curious about the name, so I consulted the history books by Ronald Carey and O. S. Van Olinda, but found no reference to any Pillsbury family on Vashon Island.

We have had  a second home on Vashon for almost 35 years and we access our property via Pillsbury Road, south of Burton. I became curious about the name, so I consulted the history books by Ronald Carey and O. S. Van Olinda, but found no reference to any Pillsbury family on Vashon Island. I contacted Dr. Tom Minichillo the archaeologist and cultural coordinator for the King County Department of Transportation. Following are the contents of an e-mail I got from Tom:

July 8, 2015

The Strawberry Games, Straw Fest TEEN DANCE, plus an awesome surprise...
Open Space for Arts & Community jumps into Strawberry Festival fun! For the first time, we are working with Festival Organizers to expand Strawberry Festival activities beyond the traditional town core.

The Strawberry Games, Straw Fest TEEN DANCE, plus an awesome surprise...

Open Space for Arts & Community jumps into Strawberry Festival fun! For the first time, we are working with Festival Organizers to expand Strawberry Festival activities beyond the traditional town core.

July 8, 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.”

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.

July 8, 2015

VoV returns for the tenth year to the corner of Bank Road and Vashon Highway to announce the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade. New volunteer hosts Tim Everitt and CC Stone, formerly of the KVSH Friday Morning Scramble, will host the live broadcasts on KVSH 101.9FM, VoiceOfVashon.org,

VoV returns for the tenth year to the corner of Bank Road and Vashon Highway to announce the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade. New volunteer hosts Tim Everitt and CC Stone, formerly of the KVSH Friday Morning Scramble, will host the live broadcasts on KVSH 101.9FM, VoiceOfVashon.org, the KVSH App and on VoV TV Comcast Channel 21.  The Kids Parade starts at 10:30AM Saturday morning, followed by the Grand Parade at 11AM.

July 8, 2015

 In the early 50’s, every school morning was chaos getting ready to run for the 7:30 AM ferry.  Molly and I had just started school in Seattle, she to Holy Rosary and me to Seattle Prep.  My job was to start Dad’s 49 Oldsmobile Super 88 with the rocket V-8 engine to warm it up for the mad dash to the ferry.

In the early 50’s, every school morning was chaos getting ready to run for the 7:30 AM ferry.  Molly and I had just started school in Seattle, she to Holy Rosary and me to Seattle Prep.  My job was to start Dad’s 49 Oldsmobile Super 88 with the rocket V-8 engine to warm it up for the mad dash to the ferry.  We had 15 minutes for the run to the dock and Dad drove both sides of the road thru the S-curves at the top of the Heights hill.  He  could see thru the S-curves and wasn’t scaring us on purpose.  When questioned about his maneuver, he resp

July 8, 2015

I’ll be honest. Talking with youthful islanders about Carrie The Musical was remarkably easier than talking to adults. Begging the question, why? After three weeks of chatting people up, I’m beginning to craft an answer to that question.

I’ll be honest. Talking with youthful islanders about Carrie The Musical was remarkably easier than talking to adults. Begging the question, why? After three weeks of chatting people up, I’m beginning to craft an answer to that question.

June 24, 2015

The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum’s special exhibit on its indigenous people, the sxwoabc, which was displayed from June 2014 through mid-March 2015, has received three awards from state and national organizations.

The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museum’s special exhibit on its indigenous people, the sxwoabc, which was displayed from June 2014 through mid-March 2015, has received three awards from state and national organizations.  The exhibit, “Vashon Island’s Native People: Navigating Seas of Change,” told the story of a band of the Puyallup people who lived for many centuries in permanent cedar longhouses around the shores of Quartermaster Harbor.  Woven into the historical stories was biographical information about Lucy Slagham Gerand, who grew up in a longhouse

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