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July 19, 2017

For one day only, the Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association brings The Virginia V back to her home shorelines.  The Virginia V is the last operational Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet steamer.  She was once part of the Mosquito Fleet that served Vashon’s 32 steamer docks from the 1880s to the 1930s.

For one day only, the Vashon Maury Island Heritage Association brings The Virginia V back to her home shorelines.  The Virginia V is the last operational Puget Sound Mosquito Fleet steamer.  She was once part of the Mosquito Fleet that served Vashon’s 32 steamer docks from the 1880s to the 1930s. This was a time when water transportation was easier than land transportation because thick forests blanketed the island made for difficult and slow over-land transportation.

July 17, 2017

David Church’s Mother heard crying coming from across the road.  It was 1940, and Mrs. Church was cleaning up after breakfast, having seen her five boys off to school.  They lived at Center, so the boys went to Burton.  She wiped her hands and walked outside where she saw Peter Erickson lying face down in his gravel driveway.  Peter was a Vashon berry farmer, older than dirt and had cut his hand badly. 

David Church’s Mother heard crying coming from across the road.  It was 1940, and Mrs. Church was cleaning up after breakfast, having seen her five boys off to school.  They lived at Center, so the boys went to Burton.  She wiped her hands and walked outside where she saw Peter Erickson lying face down in his gravel driveway.  Peter was a Vashon berry farmer, older than dirt and had cut his hand badly.  He   was crying from the pain and the frustration that he couldn’t get up.  Mrs.

July 17, 2017

Vashon Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce the sale of the building at 9822 SW Gorsuch Road, now known as the Playspace, to Brennan and Coco Banks. The Banks own Le Ouistiti French Immersion preschool, which currently operates out of the Land Trust building on Bank Road.

Vashon Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce the sale of the building at 9822 SW Gorsuch Road, now known as the Playspace, to Brennan and Coco Banks. The Banks own Le Ouistiti French Immersion preschool, which currently operates out of the Land Trust building on Bank Road. The building was sold for $530,000. The Playspace Program, which has operated out of the building since 2003, will continue to be located there, but will move to the lower level and change its name to the VYFS Family Place.

July 7, 2017

The Washington State Transportation Commission is beginning a series of four public meetings in local communities.

They are seeking comments on a proposal that increases fares for Washington State Ferries for 2017 and 2018.

The Washington State Transportation Commission is beginning a series of four public meetings in local communities.

They are seeking comments on a proposal that increases fares for Washington State Ferries for 2017 and 2018. 

The meeting time on Vashon Island: 6 – 8 p.m. Monday, July 17, Vashon Island High School Cafeteria, 9600 SW 204th St.

July 5, 2017

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. 

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.  In addition to being a VCC board member, Bettie has been part of the dinner club program at VCC for over eight years. She loves serving the residents.

July 5, 2017

 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!

 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!

Bill Burby was a beloved teacher and coach at Vashon Island High School and an inspiration to many. The race honors his dedication to Island youth sports and healthy life choices.

July 5, 2017

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.

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.

Construction at each pump station could take up to three months to complete, with the total project duration up to a year.

Work will take place Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and there will be no weekend or holiday work.

July 5, 2017

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.”

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.”  As US divisions widen, and political disbelief sets in this 4th of July season, the “Salish Sea Revival Tour” will be circumnavigating the bioregion, weaving what they call a “Web of Inter-dependence.”

July 3, 2017

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.

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.

June 29, 2017

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.

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.

Working on specific activities of the exhibit:  Carla (curator), Jessica DeWire (designer/installer), Royce Wall (computer), Bob Johnson (3-D mapping), Bruce Haulman (advisor).

June 29, 2017

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.

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. There is even Tuesday afternoon Zumba offered for free at 1:30 pm, and led by the encouragements of Sara Van Fleet.  Sara brightens the Center and gets an assortment of the encumbered and slumbering to set their bodies in motion.

June 29, 2017

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.

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 29, 2017

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.

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.

June 21, 2017

They have been living among us, quietly going about their business taking math exams and waiting in school lunch lines. But Vashonites made the call, and they have answered. Snapping on caps and donning lycra, these goggled crusaders have amassed from the four corners of this fair Island with a single purpose—to Cover Our Pool.

They have been living among us, quietly going about their business taking math exams and waiting in school lunch lines. But Vashonites made the call, and they have answered. Snapping on caps and donning lycra, these goggled crusaders have amassed from the four corners of this fair Island with a single purpose—to Cover Our Pool. Who are these superheroes who have come to save the day and bring year-round swimming to Vashon Pool? They are none other than Captain Chlorine and the Swim Squad.

June 21, 2017

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.

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.

June 21, 2017

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. 

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.  

This story is really an apology for the cruel things we did as kids.  We did stupid pranks without the wisdom of a grownup.  These stories are mostly true.

June 21, 2017

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.

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.

June 21, 2017

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the awarding of more than $860,000 in funding from Best Starts For Kids, for projects that will improve access to healthy foods, safe environments and health care on Vashon-Maury Island.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced the awarding of more than $860,000 in funding from Best Starts For Kids, for projects that will improve access to healthy foods, safe environments and health care on Vashon-Maury Island.

Vashon Youth & Family Services received a $100,000 grant from King County’s Best Starts for Kids (BSK) program to create healthier environments for Island children.  The remaining funding is part of an award to NeighborCare Health and Vashon Island School District to create a School-Based Health Center.

June 7, 2017

This is being written to put recent events into context and provide history regarding the Commons. The Park District continues to negotiate with the School District regarding the Commons agreement.

This is being written to put recent events into context and provide history regarding the Commons. The Park District continues to negotiate with the School District regarding the Commons agreement.

June 7, 2017

There’s no sense picking up a hazelnut that’s been left behind by the squirrels, because the shell will be empty.  This is the first lesson you learn selling hazelnuts.  The squirrels can tell by smell or something that there is nothing inside.

There’s no sense picking up a hazelnut that’s been left behind by the squirrels, because the shell will be empty.  This is the first lesson you learn selling hazelnuts.  The squirrels can tell by smell or something that there is nothing inside.  If you could beat them to the tree, you would have change in your pocket when you sold the nuts to the buyer.  The old guy who took our money was grizzled and mean looking.  He was so intimidating that we couldn’t ask.  The sack weight he gave you was never up for question.  Joe Kazinski had a big

June 7, 2017

Seeds4Success, a 501(c)3 organization was founded ten years ago to ensure children to adults impacted with disabilities are provided an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become independent, productive, employed and involved community members. 

Seeds4Success, a 501(c)3 organization was founded ten years ago to ensure children to adults impacted with disabilities are provided an opportunity to learn the skills necessary to become independent, productive, employed and involved community members.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census there are 12.4% or roughly 756 islanders aged 21 to 64 identified as having a disability or deficit.

June 7, 2017

For the past few months Vashon Nature Center scientists have been out in the field with Vashon High School sophomores​, researching important questions about our island’s’ wildlife and habitats. Students​ are just wrapping up their citizen science field research this month.

For the past few months Vashon Nature Center scientists have been out in the field with Vashon High School sophomores​, researching important questions about our island’s’ wildlife and habitats. Students​ are just wrapping up their citizen science field research this month. Through Vashon Nature Center’s Scientists in Schools programs, students​ participate in multi-year research studies ​that build on data from previous class years and ​investigate relevant local environmental issues. This year, students have worked with their ​teachers​, Dr. Melissa Kehl and Mr.

June 7, 2017

The Vashon Sheepdog Classic has been providing a chance for spectators to step back in time for seven years. On over 30 acres of breathtaking fields at majestic Misty Isle Farms

The Vashon Sheepdog Classic has been providing a chance for spectators to step back in time for seven years. On over 30 acres of breathtaking fields at majestic Misty Isle Farms, top sheepherding teams from across the country participate in the largest event of its kind on the West Coast. Last year the Vashon Sheepdog Classic attracted over 10,000 spectators over a three-day period. Even bigger crowds are expected this summer as this century old sport continues to gain in popularity – and special guest Temple Grandin attends on Sunday, June 11.

May 24, 2017

Vashon Wilderness Program will expand our programs with a new nature immersion program for 5-8 year olds. Coyote Kids is a new place-based, nature immersion program that will meet on the campus of Vashon’s Chautauqua Elementary on late start Thursdays when teachers are engaged in staff development.

Vashon Wilderness Program will expand our programs with a new nature immersion program for 5-8 year olds. Coyote Kids is a new place-based, nature immersion program that will meet on the campus of Vashon’s Chautauqua Elementary on late start Thursdays when teachers are engaged in staff development. As with all VWP programs, Coyote Kids will nourish children’s deep relationship between themselves, each other and the natural world.