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Less than two months ago the United Nations declared a famine in parts of East Africa. It was widely covered by the national media for several days but has since received very little attention. Now the UN has even greater warnings about the scope of this terrible situation.

Tens of thousands of refugees have died and more than half a million children are on the brink of starvation. UN officials have stated that the famine continues to spread, warning that 750,000 people could perish in the next few months unless humanitarian aid increases.

After a near-disappearance of Purple Martins (Progne subis) from the Northwest, the large dark swallows are experiencing a significant and steady increase in nesting pairs over the last two decades. This rise is due to volunteers who place nest boxes and gourds on pilings along the Columbia River, through Puget Sound, and into British Columbia.

On Friday August 19, 9 climbers set off to summit Mt Rainier. They have been training and fundraising for 6 months to a year for the Climb for Clean Water. The Climb is a Rotary project spearheaded by Sam Collins, past president of the Vashon Island Rotary and former Executive Director of Vashon Youth and Family Services. The fundraiser raised about $25,000 for clean water for 13 Guatemalan villages where the Vashon Island Rotary has been working to improve public health.

Regarding statements made in the article "Consider Consideration" by Karen Pruett, it should be noted that there is a difference between what Ms. Pruett claims to be the law and what the actual laws are regarding bicycles and riders and their rights to be on state roads. While she references RCW 46.61, she either didn't read the whole thing, or perhaps rewrote it in her mind so that it fit her driving style, which appears to involve a large bubble encompassing her space- a much larger but nevertheless mortally threatened bubble than those surrounding other human beings transiting the planet without the aid of an automobile.

Some of the winners an participants in the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness first Salmon Derby held Saturday August 27th showing off their fish. Shown, left to right: Dan Houston, Richard McIntosh Sr., Richard McIntosh Jr., Dave Kuhns, Hawkins Ehret, Gene Kuhns Jr., Gene (Geno) Kuhns III. The first and second place winners, Richard McIntosh Sr, and Richard McIntosh Jr., donated their winnings back to the IFCH to help with their mission of assisting Islanders to find and keep housing. The IFCH will continue this derby every year and are hoping to become part of a larger, regional series of such derby’s that offer large prizes and attract participants from all over the Puget Sound. The event was organized by Gene Kuhns and Dan Houston.

We all want to feel welcome and to think of ourselves as being welcoming. But how do we do it? Welcome Vashon is putting that question front and center. "Welcome Vashon is about how to build a community that responds to the urgent desire in all of us to feel like we belong", says Bruce Anderson, organization and community development consultant for Community Activators.

A dog spotted movement along the fence line and stared for a moment then laid his head back down. He was old and stiff and cold and lost.
His red brown coat was long and rough, he had white legs and paws and a big white collar of fur, his ears flopped down at the tips.
The dog had been with the ranch for years, moving sheep from ranch to range and helping his people with all the care involved with livestock.

This is a question that has been brought up by a few new people on Vashon.
Thought I would answer it here!
Wolftown is a USDA Fed/state wildlife rehabilitation and education sanctuary.
Which mean we take in orphaned or injured wildlife and help them and then return them to the wild. As close as we can to where they came from.

Just last month the Washington State Fairies were elected Official Unofficial Honorary Mayors of Vashon by a landslide (Yes, they did run unopposed, but a landslide is a landslide). Their campaign aimed to raise funds for our financially strapped public schools. And on Wednesday September 7th our Mayors (Mayorettes, if you will) will deliver a check to the Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation.

Dear neighbor,

We are writing in hope that you will be able to help contribute to the Back-to-School Drive. We know times are tough all over, and wish we didn’t have to ask yet again for our amazingly generous neighbors to help us out. But alas, we are asking for you to once again help us in giving Vashon kids a wonderful start to their school year this year.

It’s definitely happening. On Sunday, Aug. 21, we’re having a potluck for all RPCVs living on the island and their significant others from noon to about 5 p.m. (drop in or stay for the whole time). Meal at 1:30 pm and we’ll provide paper plates, plastic forks, cups and name tags... you bring something to eat, bring your own beverage, and interesting stories. It should be a blast.

If you live at the South End of Vashon, you may have heard the wolves of Wolftown.

They are mourning the death of the oldest wolf at Wolftown.

Our Big Black male Wah ShoShe (Courageous in Osage.)

Wah was rescued in 1998 from Idaho. Where he was confiscated by the Sheriffs dept. as he was owned illegally.


At length and at last the waiting is over. After a tension-filled two days and an additional day to tally and collate the results, voting returns are in for the 2011 Vashon Maury Island Garden Club Flower Fair. No longer will we have to suffer the agony of not knowing.

Time: The future…a (warm) day in late June.

Place: The newly completed arts campus encompasses the area from the parking lot south of the Blue Heron building to the north, ending at the corner of Cemetery Road and Vashon Highway SW.  The campus features a new building which houses an art gallery, an acoustically wonderful space for chorale, opera, chamber music, jazz, rock and roll, dance and theatrical performances, as well as a dressing room, greenroom and loading dock, all of which double as classrooms, prop and costume areas, a kitchen and administrative offices. 

I was ecstatic to hear through a friend that a writer’s day camp for young adults will be underway in early August.  What’s compelling about this day camp is that Mel Michaels, the project’s mastermind, has also started a local publishing company, aptly named, Frog Holler Press.   Frog Holler Press will be publishing an anthology twice year with the creative work produced by local Vashon young adults.    

I don’t remember a festival, at least in the last 33 years, where it rained all weekend. Despite the damp and drizzle, music played, the parade marched on, and families stashed yet another year of Festival memories in their minds.

The fast-paced, high stakes and hazardous world of gardening is rarely more so than on Vashon Island, and the Vashon Maury Island Garden Club Annual Flower Fair provides the general Island population with their best opportunity to see the hard-won "fruits" of Garden Club member's efforts.


Delicious food! Marinated grilled salmon grilled cooked garlic bread, green salad, beans, cole slaw, hot dogs, ice tea, lemonade, ice cream.  Music by Loose Change - Activities for Kids - Family & Friends 

The Vashon Maury Island Heritage Museum is planning an exhibit for October 2011 titled ‘Home of Record: Vashon and the Viet Nam War’. A key feature of this exhibit is a special recognition in memory of  the twelve Vashon-Maury veteranswhose names are on the Vashon Vietnam Veterans Memorial.  We would like to contact any family members of these men

“Outstanding teachers are the lifeblood of a great school, and we have an amazing group of educators joining our veteran faculty for the coming year.” – James Cardo, THS Head of School

Given the deep practical interest Island residents have in the Washington State ferry system (WSF) for obvious reasons, it would probably not come as any great shock to learn, somewhere in the sediments and mists of time-gone-by, that some Vashon-Maury Island residents actually participated, at least in some small way, in the creation of the Washington State ferry system.

I just spent 2008 – 2010 in Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps. Coming home I still have a strong spirit to keep on helping. Inspired by my volunteer experience with Habitat in Madagascar and Costa Rica I am excited to lead this trip to build in Malawi. So please come join me, Maridee Bonadea and Habitat for Humanity in exploring Malawi upfront and personal.

The Vashon Healthcare Committee was created to serve all Islanders as a voice for healthcare issues in the community. We will strive to create a strong collaboration between all Island healthcare providers, enable better accessibility and funding of needed healthcare services for Islanders without insurance or in need of financial support

The Seattle Childens’ Hospital, Vashon Guild would like to thank the community, local businesses and vendors for their particpation and contributions over the last several years for our holiday fundraiser -- THE HOLLY DAZE BAZAAR,