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May 24, 2017

Mr. Spaulding was a mean old man who didn’t like kids and us kids made him mean.  He wore a worn out old fedora and was our school bus driver on the Cove/Colvos run in 1949.   Hubert Spaulding lived down the worst road on Vashon, the Burma Road.  It was so steep and twisty that the school bus didn’t even go down there.  The kids who lived down Burma Road walked out.

Mr. Spaulding was a mean old man who didn’t like kids and us kids made him mean.  He wore a worn out old fedora and was our school bus driver on the Cove/Colvos run in 1949.   Hubert Spaulding lived down the worst road on Vashon, the Burma Road.  It was so steep and twisty that the school bus didn’t even go down there.  The kids who lived down Burma Road walked out.  That road was so treacherous that Mom ran our brand new Super 88 Oldsmobile over the edge.  None of the Cub Scouts she was driving home were hurt.  

May 24, 2017

At All Island Forum meetings we take the questions, What’s like it for you? What’s it like for me?, as purposeful leverage points to grow our capacity and health in community. In 2017, AIF has been convening almost monthly since the maelstrom hit us hard in pre-inauguration and continues as the resistance digs in for the long-haul.

At All Island Forum meetings we take the questions, What’s like it for you? What’s it like for me?, as purposeful leverage points to grow our capacity and health in community. In 2017, AIF has been convening almost monthly since the maelstrom hit us hard in pre-inauguration and continues as the resistance digs in for the long-haul.

May 10, 2017

“Celebrate Springer!” marks the 15th anniversary of the dramatic rescue in the waters off of Vashon Island of the orphaned orca Springer (A-73) and the heroic efforts by Washington and British Columbia teams working together to return her safely to her home 300 miles north in Johnstone Strait at the north end of Vancouver Island.

“Celebrate Springer!” marks the 15th anniversary of the dramatic rescue in the waters off of Vashon Island of the orphaned orca Springer (A-73) and the heroic efforts by Washington and British Columbia teams working together to return her safely to her home 300 miles north in Johnstone Strait at the north end of Vancouver Island.

Today, Springer is still healthy and in 2013 had her first calf, Spirit. They are most often seen on the north central British Columbia coast and occasionally return to Johnstone Strait in summer.

May 10, 2017

I could see “old crooked neck” sneaking thru the grass off to my left.  He was out in front of the dogs, running in a crouch with his head canted to one side, because he had a broken neck, which is why we called him “old crooked neck”

I could see “old crooked neck” sneaking thru the grass off to my left.  He was out in front of the dogs, running in a crouch with his head canted to one side, because he had a broken neck, which is why we called him “old crooked neck”.  Vashon hunters had been after this cock pheasant for years, but he was too wily to be shot.  It was the first and last time I was going to see “old crooked neck” alive.   

May 10, 2017

Across the world’s oceans and seas, small, silvery, schooling fish – known collectively as forage fish – are critically important as prey for birds, fish, and mammals and commercial catch. Pacific herring in particular are foundational species in many marine and estuarine ecosystems.

Across the world’s oceans and seas, small, silvery, schooling fish – known collectively as forage fish – are critically important as prey for birds, fish, and mammals and commercial catch. Pacific herring in particular are foundational species in many marine and estuarine ecosystems. Pacific herring play a critical role in the social-ecological system along the West Coast of North America, owing to their ecological, economic, and spiritual/cultural importance.

May 10, 2017

“Doing all the writing” was a lot of work, but “interviewing David Gruenewald and learning history was a lot of fun.”  This is the opinion of partners Neve DeVoght and Julianna Steffans whose entry, “Matsuda Farm History Project” took first place in the 2017 Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s “Vashon Story History Contest.” Winners were celebrated at an awards party at the Heritage Museum Friday evening, April 21.

“Doing all the writing” was a lot of work, but “interviewing David Gruenewald and learning history was a lot of fun.”  This is the opinion of partners Neve DeVoght and Julianna Steffans whose entry, “Matsuda Farm History Project” took first place in the 2017 Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association’s “Vashon Story History Contest.” Winners were celebrated at an awards party at the Heritage Museum Friday evening, April 21.
Eight 4th - 6th grade students from Chautauqua and Harbor Schools received prizes.

April 26, 2017

Team Silver Three, a group of 12, ages 18 to 24 serving with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), is working with Camp Fire USA, Central Puget Sound Council, and Camp Sealth from March 28, 2017 until May 15, 2017.
 

Team Silver Three, a group of 12, ages 18 to 24 serving with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), is working with Camp Fire USA, Central Puget Sound Council, and Camp Sealth from March 28, 2017 until May 15, 2017.

April 26, 2017

Burn Design Lab will hold an open house on Sunday, April 30th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at its headquarters in the Sheffield Building, 18850 103rd Ave SW, Vashon.
Visitors will see Burn’s cookstoves — designed for efficient, clean cooking in the developing world — in use, and can tour Burn Design Lab’s shop and testing facilities.

Burn Design Lab will hold an open house on Sunday, April 30th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at its headquarters in the Sheffield Building, 18850 103rd Ave SW, Vashon.
Visitors will see Burn’s cookstoves — designed for efficient, clean cooking in the developing world — in use, and can tour Burn Design Lab’s shop and testing facilities. Engineers and product designers will offer demonstrations and a chance for guests to test out some of the tools they use.  The open house is a family-friendly event for all ages, with snacks and drinks provided.

April 24, 2017

All the windows in our house were covered with black cloth to stop any light from coming through.  We lived in West Seattle before moving to Vashon in 1944.  Grandma Ada was a Mattson and they had been at Portage since 1892. 

All the windows in our house were covered with black cloth to stop any light from coming through.  We lived in West Seattle before moving to Vashon in 1944.  Grandma Ada was a Mattson and they had been at Portage since 1892.  
We were in a blackout to prevent enemy bombers from seeing us.  Dad was an air raid warden and wore an armband and a white helmet with a red, white and blue insignia.  His job was to go around to all the neighbors to insure that their black-out curtains were pulled and that he could see no light from their windows.  

April 12, 2017

In February 2016, Vashon voters rejected a $27 million bond to repair and upgrade facilities throughout the school district.  In response to that defeat, the school board drastically scaled back its proposal to include $9.9 million in the highest priority projects.

In February 2016, Vashon voters rejected a $27 million bond to repair and upgrade facilities throughout the school district.  In response to that defeat, the school board drastically scaled back its proposal to include $9.9 million in the highest priority projects.

To reduce the size of the bond proposal, the school board was guided by three related principles:
•Balance the goals of improving facilities for our students and staff and holding down taxes for our neighbors.

April 12, 2017

Yes, I am guilty of procrastinating. I feel very fortunate as a member of this community to have a fantastic school system. My family has found VISD to be supportive, caring and enriching. This is to my surprise...

Yes, I am guilty of procrastinating. I feel very fortunate as a member of this community to have a fantastic school system. My family has found VISD to be supportive, caring and enriching. This is to my surprise...

April 12, 2017

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors, is coming to Vashon Island.  Directed by Susan Hanson and produced by Drama Dock, the musical will run from July 27 - 30 at the Vashon Center for the Arts.

One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows, Little Shop Of Horrors, is coming to Vashon Island.  Directed by Susan Hanson and produced by Drama Dock, the musical will run from July 27 - 30 at the Vashon Center for the Arts.

Auditions for the show will take place at the McMurray Middle School’s band room from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, April 17; Wednesday, April 19; and Thursday, April 20.  If necessary, auditions will continue on Monday, April 24; Wednesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 27.

April 12, 2017

If you judge by the numbers, the most popular program at the Vashon Senior Center is bridge.
Bridge players show up at the Center’s red brick building in the town’s business district on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Wednesday mornings and afternoons,

If you judge by the numbers, the most popular program at the Vashon Senior Center is bridge.

April 6, 2017

The scoutmaster told us that there was going to be a special meeting on Saturday, to help the Kvisviks get in their hay.  Mr. Kvisvik wasn’t well and needed help.  It was about 1952 and I really can’t remember if there were Kvisvik boys in Troop 294 or not, it didn’t matter.

The scoutmaster told us that there was going to be a special meeting on Saturday, to help the Kvisviks get in their hay.  Mr. Kvisvik wasn’t well and needed help.  It was about 1952 and I really can’t remember if there were Kvisvik boys in Troop 294 or not, it didn’t matter.  When 25 of us hit the field, the hay was in the barn in just a matter of hours and that is how I remember the chicken house with two stories, not far from the hay barn.  What I learned later was that Kvisviks had the only two story chicken house in America.  

March 29, 2017

King County Parks is hosting a public dedication ceremony and volunteer work party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at Vashon Island’s newest community forest – Frog Holler Forest.

King County Parks is hosting a public dedication ceremony and volunteer work party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at Vashon Island’s newest community forest – Frog Holler Forest.

The 60-acre forest is part of a long term partnership effort with the Vashon Land Trust to protect more than 500 acres of forest on the south end of Vashon Island.

March 29, 2017

Here we go again: the school district want’s to spend 10 million on improvements.  We said no last time and now they’re back.  When did the no voters ever get a second chance?

Here we go again: the school district want’s to spend 10 million on improvements.  We said no last time and now they’re back.  When did the no voters ever get a second chance?

Building maintenance and upgrades should be part of an ongoing infrastructure budget.  This might be the case if the district didn’t spend all of their regular tax revenue on personnel and enrichment programs.

March 29, 2017

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will hold four town halls in April throughout Washington’s 7th District. The first will be a senior-focused event for residents of Horizon House in Seattle. The following three will take place on Vashon Island, Shoreline, and Burien, respectively.

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal will hold four town halls in April throughout Washington’s 7th District. The first will be a senior-focused event for residents of Horizon House in Seattle. The following three will take place on Vashon Island, Shoreline, and Burien, respectively.

March 29, 2017

Last year, Vashon voters smacked down a $27 million bond to upgrade facilities throughout the Vashon Island School District.
For too many islanders, it all just seemed like too much. So our school administrators and board listened, and are now back with another bond proposal, this time with a scaled-back $9.9 million ask. Here are some reasons why you should vote YES to this bond this time.

Last year, Vashon voters smacked down a $27 million bond to upgrade facilities throughout the Vashon Island School District.

For too many islanders, it all just seemed like too much. So our school administrators and board listened, and are now back with another bond proposal, this time with a scaled-back $9.9 million ask. Here are some reasons why you should vote YES to this bond this time.

March 15, 2017

The Vashon-Marry Island Heritage Museum is pleased to announce two events celebrating world-famous author Betty MacDonald’s 110th Birthday. Best remembered for her internationally bestselling book The Egg and I and for the beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s classics, MacDonald and her family lived on Vashon from 1942 to 1955.

The Vashon-Marry Island Heritage Museum is pleased to announce two events celebrating world-famous author Betty MacDonald’s 110th Birthday. Best remembered for her internationally bestselling book The Egg and I and for the beloved Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle children’s classics, MacDonald and her family lived on Vashon from 1942 to 1955.

March 15, 2017

“What are cutthroat?” Cappy Berard asked.  They called him Cappy because he was so big at birth, that the nurses called him Captain.  Cappy was a cousin from West Seattle and didn’t know that peaches grew on trees.  He only knew they came from the store.  “You can’t go cut throating if you don’t know what a cutthroat is,” Cousin Jim told him.

“What are cutthroat?” Cappy Berard asked.  They called him Cappy because he was so big at birth, that the nurses called him Captain.  Cappy was a cousin from West Seattle and didn’t know that peaches grew on trees.  He only knew they came from the store.  “You can’t go cut throating if you don’t know what a cutthroat is,” Cousin Jim told him.

March 15, 2017

According to the US Census Bureau, there were 778 veterans living on Vashon Island as of 2015 and the number of Gulf War era veterans had doubled since 2010. “We are seeing a larger number of young veterans on the island and at the same time are seeing the veterans we have known for years experiencing various hardships.”

According to the US Census Bureau, there were 778 veterans living on Vashon Island as of 2015 and the number of Gulf War era veterans had doubled since 2010. “We are seeing a larger number of young veterans on the island and at the same time are seeing the veterans we have known for years experiencing various hardships.” said Mike Mattingly, Commander Post 159 American Kegion“We are focused on addressing the needs of island veterans.  There is a growing desire to bring community vets together, identify available services and  to support each other.”

March 13, 2017

Dennis Stilgar, of the San Poil tribe, was let out of jail for a short visit with his family before returning.  I don’t know what he was in for, but he was making a good time of it on the outside, racing his horse up and down the creek bareback, skidding the horse to a stop.

Dennis Stilgar, of the San Poil tribe, was let out of jail for a short visit with his family before returning.  I don’t know what he was in for, but he was making a good time of it on the outside, racing his horse up and down the creek bareback, skidding the horse to a stop.  Unlike most riders, Dennis dismounted by throwing his right leg over the neck of the horse before jumping off.  We had known of each other for a long time, through his father Richard, who worked at the San Poil sawmill in Republic, a small town in eastern Washington.

March 13, 2017

We’re celebrating 10 years of mentoring 2100+ people of all ages to feel deeply connected with themselves, each other, and nature. And we’re raising important funds to ensure that more youth, adults, and families continue to experience a vital connection with the Earth - one that brings balance to their lives, and helps them to live and lead with joy, vitality, peace, and clarity of mind and heart.

We’re celebrating 10 years of mentoring 2100+ people of all ages to feel deeply connected with themselves, each other, and nature. And we’re raising important funds to ensure that more youth, adults, and families continue to experience a vital connection with the Earth - one that brings balance to their lives, and helps them to live and lead with joy, vitality, peace, and clarity of mind and heart.

Your WILD evening will be an absolutely sensational extravaganza – a feast for your body, mind, and soul!

March 1, 2017

Harbor School’s annual fundraising event - VOYAGERS AUCTION - will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island. It is our school’s largest fundraising event of the year and one you won’t want to miss! Voyagers Auction brings over 200 guests together for an evening of that celebrates our community and raises important funds for our students and programs.

Harbor School’s annual fundraising event - VOYAGERS AUCTION - will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Open Space for Arts & Community on Vashon Island. It is our school’s largest fundraising event of the year and one you won’t want to miss! Voyagers Auction brings over 200 guests together for an evening of that celebrates our community and raises important funds for our students and programs.