Susan Riemer

High school sailing regatta expected to draw crowd to Quartermaster Harbor this weekend

Quartermaster Harbor is expected to draw more than 150 sailors this weekend, when the Northwest Interscholastic Sailing Association holds a regatta with approximately 40 high… Continue reading

Building that holds Family Place, preschool back on the market

Less than a year after islanders Coco and Brennan Banks bought the Gorsuch Road building that housed the Vashon Youth & Family Services Play Space,… Continue reading

The Iditarod: Islander helped launch ‘Last Great Race on Earth’

Last Saturday in Anchorage, Alaska, nearly 70 mushers and their dog teams set off on a 1,000 mile race to Nome, all competing in the… Continue reading

Islanders’ ideas wanted for creation of possible Vashon ‘makerspace’

Makerspaces — centers for working on projects and sharing ideas, equipment and knowledge — have increased dramatically in the last decade, and this weekend, islanders… Continue reading

Legislature expands tax exemption program

The Washington State Legislature has recently voted to expand the state property tax exemption program, which primarily serves seniors with low incomes. At the King… Continue reading

New care center administrators end long-standing business relationship with Vashon Pharmacy

Vashon Community Care is now fully affiliated with Transforming Age, and among the changes the new agency has made is to end its business relationship… Continue reading

Ferries, VCC, may receive state funds

The State Senate passed its supplemental capital and transportation budgets last Friday, proposing that funds be allocated for the state ferry system and Vashon Community… Continue reading

Community van program grows, offers solutions to some transit challenges

By SUSAN RIEMER Editor Five months after launching on the island, King County’s Community Van program is growing, with nearly 30 volunteer drivers recruited and… Continue reading

Have something that needs repair? Head to the Fix-it Cafe

Islanders who want to have something repaired — from a bicycle to a vacuum cleaner — may wish to head to the Eagles on Saturday… Continue reading

New art space, Gather Vashon, opens in town

The island’s latest art space, called Gather Vashon, opened on Valentine’s Day in the former home of the Heron’s Nest. The owners, who previously managed… Continue reading

With Puget Sound booming, panel will discuss island’s fate

As people continue to flock to the Northwest and people in communities far from Seattle cope with the resulting changes, islanders will address the subject… Continue reading

VIFR increases personnel, adds firefighting staff, volunteers

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has reached a new agreement with the local firefighters’ union that ensures a minimum of three career firefighters will be… Continue reading

EDITORIAL: Take part in the “big things” islanders have organized

In the commentary on the right, the author Rob Briggs quotes a former professor saying, “Vashon is full of interesting people doing big things.” This… Continue reading

On mortality: Workshop will offer insight into end-of-life care

Last year, hundreds of islanders attended a four-day event focused on death and dying. Next week, the same team of people who created that opportunity… Continue reading

County awards grant money for sports-related projects

King County recently awarded $3.6 million in sports-related grants to local government agencies and nonprofits, including more than $500,000 for Vashon. The grants, announced late… Continue reading

New leader settles in at island’s largest water purveyor, Water District 19

The island’s largest water purveyor has had a change in leadership, and now islander Jim McRae is at the helm of Water District 19. McRae… Continue reading

State capital budget allocates funds for Vashon-Maury projects

After a long delay, the Washington State Legislature passed a capital budget late last month, providing $4 billion to projects statewide and allocating more than… Continue reading

Swingin’ in the Stacks: Play mini golf to support the Vashon Library

On Saturday, if islanders find themselves longing for the pastimes of summer, they can head to the Vashon Library, not for a good book to… Continue reading

New ferry report: Economists analyze data, suggest change

A new study about ferry service from Fauntleroy shows that the loading procedures instituted last summer moved slightly fewer cars than in the same time… Continue reading

History of Japanese Americans offers lessons for current times

Next week, the Friends of Mukai will host Tom Ikeda, the executive director of Seattle’s Densho, an organization dedicated to preserving, educating and sharing the… Continue reading