On the morning of Saturday, June 13, a quiet gathering of a dozen people surrounded a new bench in the Burton woods. They gathered in memory of Samantha Burkart, who died there two years ago.
King County Council-member Joe McDermott recently attended an island ceremony where he recognized former Vashon Maury Community Food Bank Executive Director Yvonne Pitrof for her service.
With about three weeks left until the Strawberry Festival, two contenders are taking part in a festival tradition and running for unofficial mayor of Vashon.
Vashon High School’s class of 2015 graduated under sunny skies on Saturday at the high school stadium. The ceremony, in turns spirited, funny and solemn, featured several speeches. In an opening address, Principal Danny Rock said he has been impressed at how this year’s graduating class — 127 students in all — has handled both academic challenges as well as personal ones. “School is both preparation for life, and it is life itself,” he said.