Nearly 25 percent of Vashon Island School District students qualify for free or reduced meals, and now a group of islanders is stepping in to make sure these students are fed on the weekends.
The Vashon Senior Center on Friday afternoon will be filled with the iconic voices of musical legends Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole as islanders sing along to classic musical tunes.
Weeks after its newest administrator resigned, Vashon Community Care has hired a new person to take his place.
Islander Anne Higuera's two sons ended a nearly two-week long canoe journey on Saturday after paddling 186 miles from Birch Bay to Olympia as part of this year's annual Native Canoe Journey.
The historic brick Vashon Landing building at the corner of Bank Road and Vashon Highway has been sold to a real estate agent and is being leased by three island partners with restaurant experience.
Mark Willmes, a chief mate who served on Vashon's north-end ferry route, died Saturday in a motorcycle accident in Kittitas County.
Fundraiser garnered more than $70,000 for future projects
After more than two months of campaigning, the island team of Hilary Emmer and Bernie O'Malley are unofficial mayors of Vashon Island for the 2016-17 year.
As part of Zero Waste Vashon's goal to reduce waste through the use of anaerobic digestion and compost, the organization will support a feasibility study at Strawberry Festival conducted by the company Impact Bioenergy to see how much food waste is generated.
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.
Barely one week after Vashon Watersports and King County Parks officials presented a plan to islanders that outlined the establishment of six primitive campsites at Maury Island Marine Park, the sites are open for reservations.
The annual fireworks show in Quartermaster Harbor on Monday night drew hundreds of spectators to the shores of Jensen Point and the beach at Portage. Click here for a slideshow of photos from the pyrotechnic display.
When islander Lauri Hennessey met John Ericksen in the early 2000s, he had just entered into what would become a 15-year battle with Alzheimer's Disease. The battle, along with a cancer diagnosis earlier this year, ultimately led to his death, but his wife and friends say it never took away his grace, kindness or love for music and children.
Vashon Community Care has recently hired James Buttitta, MD, as its new medical director and resident physician.
Just a couple weeks before Vashon's new unofficial mayor will be chosen, a sixth candidate has joined the race and is seeking votes and dona tions in support of the Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse.
My mobile phone buzzes and a cryptic message appears, thanks to Sound Action's podblast service: "orcas at dolphin pt headed south." I know to bundle up, grab my camera and head to Point Robinson, where I will be joined by dozens of other islanders anticipating a glimpse of Southern Resident Killer Whales or transients passing the point as they head south in their search for salmon or seals. If we are lucky, perhaps we will all be privileged to watch a spectacular display of them breeching and spy hopping.
A garden 42 years in the making will finally be open for public viewing this weekend, fulfilling the longtime dream of its creator.
For the first time, kombucha drinkers on Vashon will have an island vendor to purchase the fermented tea beverage from.
More than 100 dogs and handlers competed in the four-day Vashon Sheepdog Classic last weekend, but the event also served as a fundraiser for local nonprofits and resulted in almost $9,000 being raised for the island's Partners in Education (PIE) organization.
After months of community meetings and discussions with King County and the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, construction work on mountain bike trails through Dockton Forest has begun.