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April 11, 2018

Ava Apple has decided to step down from the Executive Director position at Vashon Senior Center. She has relished working with seniors, her staff, volunteers and serving the community. Ava has accomplished a lot and is most proud of initiating the Neighbor to Neighbor program, BlueBird medical transportation, the lunch Care-a-Van and overseeing the Center’s building renovation.

 

Ava Apple has decided to step down from the Executive Director position at Vashon Senior Center. She has relished working with seniors, her staff, volunteers and serving the community. Ava has accomplished a lot and is most proud of initiating the Neighbor to Neighbor program, BlueBird medical transportation, the lunch Care-a-Van and overseeing the Center’s building renovation. Ava says, “I really want to spend more time helping people directly,” so she will continue to work for the Senior Center as Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N) coordinator.

April 11, 2018

“Joy and Heartache” Traces History of Japanese Americans on Vashon from 1900 to Present Day. the Vashon Heritage Museum will feature an exhibit that traces the evolution of the Japanese American presence on Vashon Island. The exhibit addresses the early immigration of Japanese to Vashon in the early 20th Century

“Joy and Heartache” Traces History of Japanese Americans on Vashon from 1900 to Present Day.

April 11, 2018

Vashon Maury island Audubon Society presents Vashon premier screening of the film Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest .  At Vashon Theatre, Tuesday April 17th at 6 PM.  Event is free and open to the public.  Families welcomed.

Vashon Maury island Audubon Society presents Vashon premier screening of the film Last Stand: The Vanishing Caribou Rainforest . 

At Vashon Theatre, Tuesday April 17th at 6 PM.  Event is free and open to the public.  Families welcomed.

March 30, 2018

You are invited to come, bringing stories and memories to share with the community. Finger food and desserts will be welcomed.  Saturday, May 12, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Sunrise Ridge, Vashon.

Saturday, May 12, 1:00 to 3:30 pm. Sunrise Ridge, Vashon.

You are invited to come, bringing stories and memories to share with the community. Finger food and desserts will be welcomed.  

March 28, 2018

Slo-mo-shun IV was out of control on the north end of the elliptical Gold Cup course on Lake Washington and coming right for us.  The hair on the back of my neck stood

Slo-mo-shun IV was out of control on the north end of the elliptical Gold Cup course on Lake Washington and coming right for us.  The hair on the back of my neck stood up.  Phil Perry and I were in his 12 foot runabout with a souped up Mercury engine, waiting for one of the unlimited’s to break down or catch on fire so we could tow the boat off the course and away from the other boats going 100 MPH or more.  We were volunteers who loved unlimited racing and carried an ax in case one of the boats crashed into the log boom and we had to cut loose boats that were moored th

March 13, 2018

For over 25 years, the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour (VIAST) has treated the Island to Studio Tour twice each year. Recently, to bring all the visual artists of Vashon under one roof whether Studio Tour participants or not, the Board of VIAST voted to change the name of the organization to Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA)

For over 25 years, the Vashon Island Art Studio Tour (VIAST) has treated the Island to Studio Tour twice each year. Recently, to bring all the visual artists of Vashon under one roof whether Studio Tour participants or not, the Board of VIAST voted to change the name of the organization to Vashon Island Visual Artists (VIVA) and expand not only its purpose but its artist support services and educational goals. Morgan Brig, VIVA President, noted “Change is hardly ever a tidy affair, but the visual artists of this island now have a need, a kinship even, in diving in. Perhaps VIVA!

March 13, 2018

In Fall 2017, the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank began asking our customers how we can better serve them. Our Director Robbie Rohr worked with Food Bank staff to host survey events such as focus groups, customer appreciation dinners, and more so we could collect your feedback.

In Fall 2017, the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank began asking our customers how we can better serve them. Our Director Robbie Rohr worked with Food Bank staff to host survey events such as focus groups, customer appreciation dinners, and more so we could collect your feedback. These efforts revealed the need for an additional evening distribution to accommodate customers who worked during the day, many of whom had been finding the single evening distribution on Wednesday nights overcrowded with long wait times.

March 13, 2018

Rise Up & Read was initiated one year ago by the Harbor School & Carpe Diem Race Equity Focus Group. It was created for children in kindergarten through 5th grade to inspire curiosity, social justice and race equity through cultural literacy and fun. Rise Up & Read book reading events are free to attend and open to the public – all are welcom

Rise Up & Read was initiated one year ago by the Harbor School & Carpe Diem Race Equity Focus Group. It was created for children in kindergarten through 5th grade to inspire curiosity, social justice and race equity through cultural literacy and fun. Rise Up & Read book reading events are free to attend and open to the public – all are welcome!

March 13, 2018

A supplemental transportation budget passed by the state Senate on Feb. 23 would make a large investment in Washington’s ferry system, particularly in the 34th District. The House’s supplemental transportation budget proposal also includes this funding.

A supplemental transportation budget passed by the state Senate on Feb. 23 would make a large investment in Washington’s ferry system, particularly in the 34th District. The House’s supplemental transportation budget proposal also includes this funding.

“Our ferries are a key part of life in the 34th district, and serve as many of our constituents’ connection to the rest of the Puget Sound region,” said Sen. Sharon Nelson, D-Maury Island. “It’s vital that this system works properly and efficiently.”

March 13, 2018

One of the roustabouts yelled at me from the other side of the ring where we were busy breaking down the merry-go-round, part of the Peach Festival.  “Betcha twenty-five cents that you can’t pick up the spindle,” Shorty shouted. One of the roustabouts yelled at me from the other side of the ring where we were busy breaking down the merry-go-round, part of the Peach Festival. 

One of the roustabouts yelled at me from the other side of the ring where we were busy breaking down the merry-go-round, part of the Peach Festival.  “Betcha twenty-five cents that you can’t pick up the spindle,” Shorty shouted.  The spindle was the 12 foot long steel shaft that the merry-go-round spun on.  The gear at the bottom of the shaft was three feet across and four inches thick, much too heavy to pick up, so I headed for the other end to prove or disprove the bet.  They told me that the shaft weighed 800 pounds which I doubted since I was able t

February 28, 2018

Become “The Voice (of Vashon)” at VoV’s second annual singing contest. To enter, perform one of your favorite covers at a live audition in the
VoV Storefront Studio Saturday,

Become “The Voice (of Vashon)” at VoV’s second annual singing contest. To enter, perform one of your favorite covers at a live audition in the
VoV Storefront Studio Saturday, March 10, 9AM to 3PM  or  Sunday, March 11, 9AM to 1PM.
 Sing a capella or bring an acoustic instrument as accompaniment. Categories are ages 14-18 and 19 & older.
Selected contestants in each category will perform before a live audience at Open Space for Arts & Community on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

February 28, 2018

Debra Paget, a movie star in the 1950’s, was my “first love,” a love that was returned by one printed note and a handful of pictures in various swim suit poses.  I had joined Debra’s fan club to fulfill my fantasies that she would one day return the love of this 8 year old Vashon Grade School student. 

Debra Paget, a movie star in the 1950’s, was my “first love,” a love that was returned by one printed note and a handful of pictures in various swim suit poses.  I had joined Debra’s fan club to fulfill my fantasies that she would one day return the love of this 8 year old Vashon Grade School student.  It never happened and after a couple of years, I moved Debra to the foggy confines of youthful memories and took up stamp collecting.

February 28, 2018

A solar rooftop for a grocery store in south Kitsap, energy improvements for a new addiction-treatment facility in Seattle, and a biodigester on Vashon Island are the latest projects to be financed through the Sustainable Energy Trust (SET).

A solar rooftop for a grocery store in south Kitsap, energy improvements for a new addiction-treatment facility in Seattle, and a biodigester on Vashon Island are the latest projects to be financed through the Sustainable Energy Trust (SET).

The three projects total $1.6 million in loans from the SET, a revolving loan fund of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission that finances energy-efficient and renewable-energy projects around the state.

February 14, 2018

There is nothing more fragrant than the steam from an open pit of bean-hole-beans drifting thru camp. There were three gold colored cans in the pit and each weighed 30 pounds loaded. They were used to pack frozen strawberries in before the scouts got them. It took two or three Boy Scouts with shovels to lift one of the cans of beans from the ashes in the 4 x 6 foot hole. By sliding a shovel under the can, one could drag the beans out the end of the pit and it was hot work.

There is nothing more fragrant than the steam from an open pit of bean-hole-beans drifting thru camp. There were three gold colored cans in the pit and each weighed 30 pounds loaded. They were used to pack frozen strawberries in before the scouts got them. It took two or three Boy Scouts with shovels to lift one of the cans of beans from the ashes in the 4 x 6 foot hole. By sliding a shovel under the can, one could drag the beans out the end of the pit and it was hot work. Bean-hole-beans took place every summer at Camp Thunderbird off Nicholson Creek.

February 14, 2018

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the V-Day Movement, a non-profit organization created by playwright Eve Ensler to stop violence against women and girls worldwide, Take A Stand Productions presents The Vagina Monologues March 20, 24 and 25 at The Vashon Theatre.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the V-Day Movement, a non-profit organization created by playwright Eve Ensler to stop violence against women and girls worldwide, Take A Stand Productions presents The Vagina Monologues March 20, 24 and 25 at The Vashon Theatre.

Tickets go on sale: February 1st

The Vagina Monologues is an episodic play written by Eve Ensler that addresses women’s resiliency, sensuality, and the social stigma surrounding women in relationship to their body image, bodily functions, sexuality and sexual pleasure.

February 14, 2018

Author and activist, Debby Irving, will offer a presentation on the subject of white privilege and the role it plays in perpetuating systemic racism. Through her personal story of waking up to her own whiteness and the wisdom she has gained from people of color, she provides a positive approach to healing and liberation.

Author and activist, Debby Irving, will offer a presentation on the subject of white privilege and the role it plays in perpetuating systemic racism. Through her personal story of waking up to her own whiteness and the wisdom she has gained from people of color, she provides a positive approach to healing and liberation. She works with other white people around the country to transform confusion into curiosity, and anxiety into action.

February 14, 2018

2018 marks the 76th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans.

 

2018 marks the 76th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which led to the incarceration of 120,000 innocent Japanese Americans.
 

February 1, 2018

“Mark 4 at 12 o’clock,” was Dad’s signal to get ready to shoot.  “Mark 4” meant that there were four ducks flying right toward us.  They were Mallards we were hunting, and they were coming right over head.  I looked up to shoot and the flock veered away and out of range.  They had seen my face.  Any shot over 150 feet was wasted as Mom’s 20 gauge wasn’t effective.
 

“Mark 4 at 12 o’clock,” was Dad’s signal to get ready to shoot.  “Mark 4” meant that there were four ducks flying right toward us.  They were Mallards we were hunting, and they were coming right over head.  I looked up to shoot and the flock veered away and out of range.  They had seen my face.  Any shot over 150 feet was wasted as Mom’s 20 gauge wasn’t effective.  “Keep your head down until the last second so they don’t see your face,” Dad advised.

February 1, 2018

If you live on Vashon, are concerned about your carbon footprint and wonder what you can do about it,  you’ll appreciate this article.  It describes our situation.

If you live on Vashon, are concerned about your carbon footprint and wonder what you can do about it,  you’ll appreciate this article.  It describes our situation.

January 17, 2018

One way to think about our thinking is that at every level, from sensory perception to the highest levels of abstraction, it involves an act of comparison to a point of reference.  At the level of sensory perception, an incoming stimulus is compared to the threshold of stimulation of a neuron. 

One way to think about our thinking is that at every level, from sensory perception to the highest levels of abstraction, it involves an act of comparison to a point of reference.  At the level of sensory perception, an incoming stimulus is compared to the threshold of stimulation of a neuron.  If the signal is not strong enough…if it’s not above the threshold…the neuron will not fire.  The signal will go no further.

January 3, 2018

Best known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Shacochis is novelist, essayist, journalist and educator

Best known for his sweeping international and political fiction narratives, including The Woman Who Lost Her Soul, winner of the Dayton Peace Prize and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Shacochis is novelist, essayist, journalist and educator. He started his career as a pioneering journalist and contributing editor for Outside Magazine and Harper’s. His latest book Kingdoms in the Air brings together the very best of his culture and travel essays in one collection that spans his global adventures from Kathmandu to Siberia.

January 3, 2018

Vashon Maury Island Audubon Society presents Maria Mudd Ruth and her two recent books on Thursday, January 11th at 7 pm.  Event is free and open to the public

Vashon Maury Island Audubon Society presents Maria Mudd Ruth and her two recent books on Thursday, January 11th at 7 pm.  Event is free and open to the public.

January 2, 2018

As a reminder from last time, what I’m addressing, to a large extent, in this column is epistemology…the theory of knowledge…the study of how we make sense of things.  I was first introduced to epistemology by reading Hermann Hesse’s 1946 Nobel Prize winning novel, The Glass Bead Game, as a junior in college.  However,

As a reminder from last time, what I’m addressing, to a large extent, in this column is epistemology…the theory of knowledge…the study of how we make sense of things.  I was first introduced to epistemology by reading Hermann Hesse’s 1946 Nobel Prize winning novel, The Glass Bead Game, as a junior in college.  However, I was not aware that that was what was happening at the time.  You see, The Glass Bead Game, is essentially an extended epistemological parable that does not identify itself as such.

January 2, 2018

Our Grandma Ollie always had us kids pour her beer down the side of the glass to keep the bubbles from escaping thus making less foam.  She gauged our success by the height of the head of beer in her glass.

Our Grandma Ollie always had us kids pour her beer down the side of the glass to keep the bubbles from escaping thus making less foam.  She gauged our success by the height of the head of beer in her glass.  She would know whether we had shaken the bottle up between the fridge and the counter and we never tried to fool her, or maybe just once.