Sarah Low

Sarah posted 171 stories to Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber.
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Junior crew holds its edge through windy scrimmage

What Saturday lacked in rain it made up for in bluster, as…

  • Mar 28th, 2017 12:27pm

Islander combines philanthropy with psychology in money-giving project

By SARAH LOW Reporter What would you do if a stranger handed…

  • Mar 21st, 2017 11:30am

Rowing club brings home 13 medals from Green Lake regatta

If it’s a rainy Saturday in March and there are as many…

  • Mar 21st, 2017 11:56am

Island veterans’ group working to connect with growing number of younger vets

This Saturday, members of the Vashon Veterans’ Association will host an open…

  • Mar 21st, 2017 11:58am

Off the Rock and under the radar March 8 – 15

The Beachcomber offers this weekly collection of stories from everywhere but Washington…

  • Mar 16th, 2017 11:24am

For junior rowers, spring season begins with strong scrimmage

The Vashon Island Rowing Club’s junior crew kicked off its 2017 spring…

  • Mar 14th, 2017 10:41am

Off the Rock and under the radar March 1 – 8

The Beachcomber offers this weekly collection of stories from everywhere but Washington…

  • Mar 9th, 2017 11:54am

Off the Rock and under the radar Feb. 22 – March 1

The Beachcomber offers this weekly collection of stories from everywhere but Washington…

  • Mar 8th, 2017 11:41am

Off the Rock and under the radar Feb. 8 – 15

The Beachcomber offers this weekly collection of stories from everywhere but Washington…

  • Feb 15th, 2017 2:22pm

Islanders organize multi-day program to get people talking about death

Tired of talking about politics? Tired of trying to avoid talking about…

  • Feb 14th, 2017 11:38am

Off the Rock and under the radar Feb. 1 – Feb. 8

The Beachcomber offers this weekly collection of stories from everywhere but Washington…

  • Feb 8th, 2017 2:32pm

Off the Rock and under the radar Jan. 25 – Feb. 1

Well, that was quite a week, wasn’t it? The Beachcomber offers this…

  • Feb 1st, 2017 2:35pm

Volunteers count 77 Vashon homeless during revamped county-wide effort

For three, chilly pre-dawn hours last Friday morning, local volunteers combed the…

  • Jan 31st, 2017 11:43am

Off the Rock and under the radar Jan. 18 – 25

The news we’re reading this week that hasn’t made the big headlines:…

  • Jan 27th, 2017 9:45am

Off the Rock and under the radar Jan. 11 – 18

The Beachcomber’s weekly offering of noteworthy, non-Vashon news stories from around the…

  • Jan 18th, 2017 2:28pm

Off the Rock and under the radar

Welcome to The Beachcomber’s new weekly offering of noteworthy, non-Vashon news stories…

  • Jan 11th, 2017 12:06pm

Medical cannabis in Washington: Answers to some common questions

Medical cannabis has been legal in Washington since 1998, but the passage…

  • Jan 11th, 2017 8:42am

Senior center trip to cannabis shop focused on reducing fear, stigma

By SARAH LOW Staff Writer The Vashon Senior Center offers programming that…

  • Dec 27th, 2016 11:22am

Take an island senior to lunch

Vashon resident, author and host of the monthly Continuing Conversations discussion series,…

  • Dec 20th, 2016 11:50am

COMMENTARY: Canada’s Kinder Morgan Pipeline plan could destroy the Salish Sea, lead to the extinction of the Southern Resident Killer Whales.

Ah, Justin Trudeau, what have you done? The political love affair many…

  • Dec 13th, 2016 11:18am

Islander hopes song will unite community

Islander and singer-songwriter Ike Harmon (aka Harmon Arroyo) has written a song…

  • Dec 13th, 2016 12:24pm

Community group partners with VARSA to host gun safety forum

Community group partners with VARSA to host gun safety forum

  • Nov 9th, 2016 10:22am

VYFS revives services with Boeing grant

Vashon Youth & Family Services is re-establishing its family education and early learning support services on the island with a $25,000 grant from Boeing, and the hiring of a two-person team to run the early childhood program.

  • Nov 1st, 2016 10:30pm

VYFS revives services with Boeing grant

Vashon Youth & Family Services is re-establishing its family education and early learning support

  • Nov 1st, 2016 1:46pm

Quartermaster Yacht Club develops free workshop series for island boaters

The Quartermaster Yacht Club will give the first in a series of free workshops it has developed on topics of interest to members of Vashon's boating community next Wednesday, Oct. 26. Created both to reach out and give back to islanders who spend time on the water, the "Tech Talks" are appropriate for novice through expert boaters, and will cover everything from anchoring techniques to water rescues and lifesaving; digital navigation software to marine radio use and more.

  • Oct 19th, 2016 8:30am

Open Space open houses will reveal renovation plans to public

It has been eight years, nearly to the day, since the Open Space for Arts & Community hosted its inaugural event on election night in 2008 and this weekend, the "philanthropic initiative" brainchild of Janet McAlpin and David Godsey will host an open house to showcase the first major renovation plans for the island's space-of-all-trades.

  • Oct 19th, 2016 8:30am

Island Center Forest will close for final two weeks of pilot project

Once again this Saturday, about 200 acres of Island Center Forest will close to everyone but permitted deer hunters for the last two weeks of October.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 8:30am

Applications are now being accepted for King County CSA grants

King County is currently accepting applications for its 2017 Community Engagement Grant program which awards funds for community-focused projects or events in unincorporated Community Service Areas. A total of $60,000 is available to be distributed in amounts up to — but not exceeding — $5,000 for each grantee.

  • Oct 12th, 2016 8:30am

Whales are returning to the sound

While the Salish Sea and the inland waters of Puget Sound are home to a vast array of aquatic species, nothing identifies the Pacific Northwest quite like its resident orcas. But if the last few years are any indication, the beloved Southern Residents will be sharing these waters once again with whales that were on the verge of extinction 50 years ago.

  • Sep 22nd, 2016 4:13pm

Event bars islanders from forest, should be rethought

It is once again time for the pilot hunting program at Island Center Forest (ICF) to commence and I believe it is time to rethink this. This forest is a valuable island resource used by a wide variety of enthusiasts and is closed for two weeks every year to all but hunters — most of whom come from off island.

  • Sep 23rd, 2016 6:26pm

Land Trust is working on loop trail at Shinglemill as part of its `Five Trails in Five Years’ campaign

Some Vashon social media followers were recently treated to the news, complete with pictures, that the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust had built a loop at Shinglemill Trail. With respect to that, the Land Trust has both good news and bad news for island loop-trail fans: The good news is that there is, in fact, a loop being built at Shinglemill. The bad news is that it is not yet finished and isn't expected to be ready for public use until sometime in October.

  • Sep 14th, 2016 8:30am

Suicide prevention organization will premiere short film about islander

This Saturday, in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day, the University of Washington's Forefront organization will premiere its short film "Thunderstorm in my Brain" about the death by suicide of 14-year-old islander Palmer Burk, to be followed by a suicide awareness and prevention training at the Vashon Theatre.

  • Sep 7th, 2016 5:33pm

Island wrestlers host camp, travel in preparation for season

If you've been going through sports withdrawal since the Olympics ended, don't despair: Vashon wrestlers have had a busy summer — from hosting an Olympian camp on the island to Duals invites, Nationals and even a wedding, the team's plate has been full.

  • Aug 31st, 2016 8:33am

VHS alumna volunteers in Louisiana as extreme flooding continues

As rain continues to fall in southeastern Louisiana and the national media's interest in this country's worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy remains fleeting, one former islander offers a first-hand account of the devastation and her involvement in the area's relief efforts.

  • Aug 24th, 2016 3:15pm

Former junior rowers, now at different colleges, compete in regatta together

A Sooner, a Lady Volunteer and a Hurricane walk into a regatta … and unlike any joke that you might be tempted to make, this scenario saw three poised and focused young women skillfully representing the Vashon Island Rowing Club recently on an international stage.

  • Aug 10th, 2016 8:30am

The Olympics: An alternative distraction to the internet’s cat videos

I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted. As the media, both social and what passes for news these days, bombard us endlessly with both the worst of humanity and latest attention-grabbing but not-worth-your-energy political tidbits, it's getting harder and harder not to turn to internet cat videos or daydream of becoming Grizzly Adams just to stay sane.

  • Aug 10th, 2016 8:30am

New head of Harbor School keeps focus on kids

Mark McGough, an educator and school administrator with three decades of experience across four continents, has landed on Vashon ready to take the reigns as the new head of school for Harbor School and Carpe Diem Primary.

  • Jul 13th, 2016 8:30am

Nature center’s fifth BioBlitz event will be last one for a while

For the fifth and, this year, final time for a while, Vashon Nature Center staff, scientists and volunteers will spend the better part of 24 hours this weekend cataloging as many of the island's wildlife and plant species as possible within a specific island ecosystem during BioBlitz 2016.

  • Jun 22nd, 2016 8:30am

Vashon Pirates baseball team ends championship season with members named to All Tournament and Senior Regional All State teams, coach retires on a high note

The accolades keep coming for the Vashon Pirate baseball team. Shortly after the state championship final, six Vashon High School players made the 13-member All Tournament team, and two more came in as alternates.

  • Jun 8th, 2016 8:31am

VHS Pirates heading to state final-four

On Saturday, May 21, on a soggy field in Castle Rock, Washington, the Vashon High School Pirate baseball team made school history, clinching a final four berth to the semi-final round of the state championships.

  • May 25th, 2016 8:31am