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 JULY 22, 2017 -  DO THE BURBY!
The Bill Burby Inspirational 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk celebrates 37 years!  The race/walk is a family affair and a Strawberry Festival tradition.  Costumes are encouraged!  It’s a FUN run!

As systemic greed, prejudice, and disconnection runs amuck, a non-profit troupe of musicians, presenters & activists are touring the Pacific Northwest in early July to “cultivate relationship, create safe space for expression, and help expand our communion with the natural world.”

Cherrywood Station is Gus and Camille Reeves. The duo met in Portland, OR, and, after singing gospel tunes together a cappella the first night they met, they never stopped collaborating.

To improve sewer system reliability, King County will begin a project on Monday, July 10, to upgrade four aging pump stations that serve Bunker Trail on north Vashon Island.

Vashon Community Care is thrilled two-term board member Bettie Edwards is running for Vashon’s Unofficial  Mayor.  Our residents are involved in every aspect of Bettie’s campaign - from baking cookies for the Saturday Market on July 8th and 15th,  to making the donation jars you’ll see at IGA, Pandora’s, Ace Hardware and other businesses. 

June 29th was the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul in the western Christian church calendar. Some of you are slapping your foreheads and saying, “Oh no, I forgot.” If you are part of the Eastern Orthodox Church, in which case you are on the Julian calendar, you will observe this feast day next week, so you’re good.

Do you ever walk into a room and not remember why you went there? Open your refrigerator and find only that you can’t remember what you meant to get from it? Struggle to introduce a newcomer to someone you’ve known for years and suddenly come up blank on your old friend’s name?  Or be introduced to someone and within five minutes forget that person’s name?

Mike said, “It sounds like babies crying.”  We were walking home from Cove on a cold Fall night, having been on a snipe hunt  where you take some guy or girl out in the woods and down to the bottom of the canyon and hand them a gunny sack and stick.  A snipe is a furry little creature with wings like a bird, though it cannot fly and only comes out at night.

It was about eight years ago that we formed Transition Vashon, and about six years ago that I started writing this column as a means of getting transition ideas out into the community.  Our goal was to orient our community towards transitioning away from fossil fuels and putting together an energy descent plan.

A sewer utility crew with King County’s Wastewater Treatment Division responded late Thursday morning to a possible overflow at the Beulah Park Treatment Facility on Vashon Island.

The Georgetown Orbits boast a heavy regimen of traditional Ska and soulful Reggae. They have gained international attention as one of the few bands to pay tribute to the sounds of Jamaican Ska, a style which has gained notable popularity in Seattle since the band’s conception in late 2004.

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.

I will admit it- I was trying to be clever with the title, switching lie for lay and thus making a phrase that is used to signify a perusal or survey of the condition or state of affairs of some situation, into the implied description of the latest verbal or written emissions from the current occupant of the oval office, and who we have previously identified solely as 45*.

Vashon Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce they have received $40,000 in funding from three sources. Two of the grants will support initial development of two new areas of service.

The Vashon Senior Center is an attraction to volunteers offering a fine assortment of opportunities to interact with islanders richly endowed by experience. Smiling abounds as people focus on group activities such as knitting, singing, playing various games and offering opinions on the state of Vashon and on lesser districts such as world affairs.

As you drive, or bike, or walk, on the roads of the island, you will come across furniture, flower pots, appliances, remodeling leftovers, and other miscellany left at the side of the road, usually with a sign that says, “Free.”

Hurried day, too-full days, or lazy days call for ideas for quick, satisfying meals. Yet we want to give our families, and ourselves, healthy foods. Here are some ideas that work for us.

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies recently honored King County’s Vashon Treatment Plant for its sixth consecutive year of perfect compliance with effluent discharge limits under the federal Clean Water Act and the state’s Water Pollution Control Law.

The Ellisport History Project committee, chaired by Carla Okigwe, has been researching and planning for Ellisport The Hidden History exhibit since 2013. Members are Ellisport residentsMary Bergman,  Steven  Bergman, Marie (Toodie) Blichfeldt, Lynn Carrigan, Bob Estes, Bill Garvin, Bruce Haulman, Ron Irvine, Terry Rice, Linda Stemer.

A historic structure on Vashon Island that tells the story of an entrepreneurial immigrant family -- as well as the devastating effects of relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II -- will be saved.

Bob Jonas, local Vashon author, will be reading from his latest young adult novel, Death Brew at the Vashon Bookstore, June 14, at 6 p.m. Death Brew is a sequel to his last international thriller, Imposter. After reading to a packed audience at this same venue last year, Jonas anticipates another large turnout, filled with readers anxious to hear what has become of Imposter’s main character and his family.

Backbone Campaign brings the new documentary “Tickling Giants” to Vashon Theatre, Tuesday, June 27 at 6 pm. Dubbed “The Egyptian Jon Stewart,” heart surgeon turned comedian Bassem Youssef creates – in the midst of the Egyptian Arab Spring - a satirical program poking fun of politics, religion and media.

The sticky burning marshmallows were dripping fire as they melted on Brother Mike’s stick, they had been above the coals too long.  He started chasing me around the fire with his flaming marshmallows and I ran until the fire burned through his stick and the end fell off. 

Most of us remember, however vaguely, being taught in grade school that our government has an ingenious system of checks and balances between the three branches of government that insures that no branch wields excessive power.  I, at least, don’t remember going over the US Constitution line by line, and, in fact, would have been bored to death if we had.