Susan Riemer

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

Holiday keeps fire department busy

On the July 4 holiday last week, Vashon celebrated as is tradition with an impressive community fireworks display over Quartermaster Harbor. The holiday is often… Continue reading

New members appointed to ferry advisory committee

King Councilmember Joe McDermott has appointed two new members to the Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee, islanders Justin Hirsch and Eric Beckman. The committees exist in… Continue reading

Dine out to benefit food bank

The Vashon-Maury Community Food Bank and three island restaurants are partnering in a new program, called Dine Out Against Hunger. The participating restaurants are The… Continue reading

American Hero Quilts continues to draw recognition for its work

Fourteen years after islander Sue Nebeker and a group of island volunteers created 100 quilts at a quilt-a-thon for soldiers wounded in Iraq, Nebeker’s American… Continue reading

Vashon teacher salaries will rise 10 percent this fall

Vashon public school teachers will see their salaries increase an average of 10 percent in the next school year, after union members approved a one-year… Continue reading

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District democrats, local alliance endorse two for senate seat

Earlier this month, the 34th District Democrats endorsed two of the 11 candidates running for the state Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Sharon Nelson,… Continue reading

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                                Crews work north of Center last Friday.

Highway paving project is underway — expect delays on the road, and possibly the ferries

For months, islanders have been hearing about the big paving project set for this summer and had their first experience with it last week, when… Continue reading

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                                Crews work north of Center last Friday.

Zombiez sold to island family, menu is not expected to change

After six years in business, Zombiez has changed hands. As of last week, the new owners are Matt and Jennifer Harvey of Vashon. The sale… Continue reading

Fire department cancels ‘Your Call’ program, sees worsening fire protection rating

Fire district officials recently announced two changes that may affect some islanders financially. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) has discontinued its membership program, Your… Continue reading

Effort underway to connect licensed caregivers with those who need services

In recent weeks, an effort has taken root on the island to find families and individuals who may qualify for caregiving services paid for by… Continue reading

Vashon High School class of 2018 graduates

Vashon’s class of 2018 graduated in the gym last Saturday evening, with a spillover crowd watching the ceremony via a live feed in the theater.… Continue reading

Ferry chief outlines challenges

With increased summer travel in the state underway, the head of Washington State Ferries recently spoke about the triangle route and some challenges and possibilities… Continue reading

Downtown self-storage business is sold to Everett-based firm

The activity in Vashon’s commercial sector continued last month with the sale of Island Security Self Storage. Islander George Hill, of Point Robinson Properties LLC,… Continue reading

Sheepdog trials and fans undeterred by rain

The ninth annual Vashon Sheepdog Classic met under sometimes stormy skies and hard rain last weekend, but that did not stop organizer Maggi McClure from… Continue reading

Take a book and leave a book at new PTSA book boxes

To encourage reading this summer and throughout the school year, the Vashon Island Community PTSA recently placed four free book exchange boxes around the island.… Continue reading

DOVE Project to relocate to new office in town this month

The DOVE Project, the island’s domestic violence agency, is moving into a new home in town this month. For the last several weeks, DOVE staff… Continue reading

Neighborcare clinic loses another provider

Katie Konrad, a nurse practitioner at Neighborcare Health, has resigned. Her last day will be in July, according to Mary Schilder, Neighborcare’s director of marketing… Continue reading

Transforming Age announces leadership change at care center

Vashon Community Care, now managed by Transforming Age, announced a change in facility leadership last week. Jose Brita, the administrator who began in February, is… Continue reading