Susan Riemer

RV, cars, boat burn in weekend fire at Spring Beach

Vashon’s fire department responded to a fire in the Spring Beach neighborhood last Saturday morning. The blaze started in an unoccupied RV and then spread… Continue reading

Vashon Pool is busy, making changes this summer

This summer, with one of the warmest Julys on record, has been perfect for swimming, and the Vashon Pool has been a busy place, according… Continue reading

Strawberry Festival, an island tradition, continues

Vashon’s 109th Strawberry Festival came to a close last Sunday, after a weekend full of parades, music, art, food, and fun. The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber… Continue reading

Public meetings on supporting local healthcare coming soon

The Vashon-Maury Health Collaborative, which was active in trying to secure health care for the island after CHI Franciscan left, has reconvened and will hold… Continue reading

VIFR to buy new fire engine

Vashon’s fire department has begun the process of buying a new fire engine, following the failure of another engine last spring. The age of the… Continue reading

Preschool, outdoor camp opens for young islanders

All through the dark days of winter, the beginning of a new outdoor playschool took shape on Vashon with pictures posted on Facebook to prove… Continue reading

Island Quilter to reopen in town

Three years after closing in downtown Vashon, Island Quilter will open again next month in the former Windermere building. Owner Anja Moritz shared the news… Continue reading

Construction underway at island’s public schools

More than a year ago, islanders passed a nearly $10 million bond for capital improvements at the school district, and this summer much of the… Continue reading

Island rowers, coach, heading to world champs on U.S. National Team

This week, two rowers who grew up on Vashon and learned to row in Quartermaster Harbor will head off to the World Rowing U-23 Championships… Continue reading

Vashon Fresh enters second season, expands offerings

Vashon Fresh, an online marketplace for locally grown and produced foods, is in its second season, with new vendors and options for customers this year.… Continue reading

Burn ban is now in effect

The King County fire marshal has issued a fire safety burn ban in unincorporated areas of King County, including Vashon. It went into effect last… Continue reading

State Senate hopefuls to join island forum

Several of the candidates vying for Sharon Nelson’s senate seat will be on Vashon next Wednesday evening for a moderated discussion at Ober Park. The… Continue reading

Treasure Island returns to heart of town

Treasure Island, a store that sells new and used jewelry, household items and home furnishings, is moving to the former home of Essentials 4 in… Continue reading

Chamber names Rick Wallace this year’s grand marshal

Rick Wallace, a frequent volunteer for island organizations as diverse as VashonBe Prepared and the Vashon Opera, has been named grand marshal of the Strawberry Festival.… Continue reading

Strawberry Festival returns this weekend

Vashon’s largest party, the Strawberry Festival, will begin this Friday and last throughout the weekend, with standard favorites as well as new features. The festival,… Continue reading

Neighborcare’s school clinic surpasses first-year goals

Neighborcare’s school-based clinic completed a successful first year and remains open one day a week this summer for dental and medical appointment for island youth.… Continue reading

Weather disrupts traditional hydro race around the island

It was a beautiful Fourth of July morning as the sun came up glowing red over Portage. Inner Quartermaster Harbor was flat calm, perfect conditions… Continue reading

Editorial: Fourth of July: Could we consider quieter options for island celebrations?

The Fourth of July is fading from memory as we head into Vashon’s largest celebration, the Strawberry Festival. But before the holiday becomes too far… Continue reading

On the wing: Keeping up with island butterflies

Last Saturday, with its afternoon sunny skies and 70-degree temperatures, was a good day for counting butterflies. In fact, about 20 islanders spent a portion… Continue reading

Volunteers needed for Strawberry Festival

The Strawberry Festival starts next week, and volunteers are still needed to make the event run smoothly. The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce organizes the… Continue reading