Island voters have apparently renewed the Vashon Park District’s levy by a narrow margin. Election results updated Monday showed the levy — which needs 60 percent approval to be renewed — was passing by just 19 votes. Park District Director Elaine Ott said that with most ballots counted, district staff were optimistic the levy would pass.
Last week, as the nation took note of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon on April 30, one island veteran made headlines in notable places.
In recent days, the north end of Vashon town has been buzzing with activity as construction for The Lodges on Vashon has begun.
Vashon Intuitive Arts (VIA) will mark five years on the island with an all-day celebration including a psychic fair and concert this Saturday.
Teen drinking and drug use on Vashon — once far above state averages — have declined, according to the latest Healthy Youth Survey.
Vashon-grown fruits and vegetables will be available to more islanders this year, thanks to a program intended to put local produce on the tables of those who might otherwise not be able to afford it.
It probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that when Sarah Day, nurse for the Vashon schools, began to plan the district’s recent Head Lice Expo, she asked Lance Morgan to appear in costume as a giant louse.
Harbor School has purchased Carpe Diem Primary School, resulting in the island’s only private K-8 school.
Vashon Island High School has again received a Washington Achievement Award and has been recognized as one of the top 5 percent of schools in the state for 2014.
It’s the time of year when the Vashon Schools Foundation has its annual pledge drive. It’s one of many worthy causes raising funds in the community this month. Also, as a parent of two Chautauqua students, I’m well aware that spring brings sports fees, gear purchases and summer camp registrations as everyone gets ready for end of school and warmer weather.
After sampling dirt from more than 600 island properties, state officials will visit Vashon next Wednesday to update the public on their project to test and clean yards contaminated by the historic Asarco smelter plume.
The Vashon Schools Foundation launched its annual spring fundraising drive this week with the goal of bringing in $247,000 for the island’s public schools.
Last week the grange hall was packed for a lecture by Dr. Ethan Russo. The standing-room-only crowd was silent as Russo, a neurologist, flipped through a PowerPoint presentation packed with charts, graphs and molecular diagrams, and easily rattled off scientific terms. Only the occasional mention of cannabis or picture of a leafy green plant revealed to the untrained listener that Russo’s lecture was all about marijuana.
As a massive oil rig came into view last Friday morning in Port Angeles, protesters were already on the shore. As dawn broke, they slipped kayaks into the water, preparing to greet the incoming rig with a small rally.
The local activists seeking to take possession of the Mukai Farm and Garden won in court earlier this month, when a judge ruled that they legally control the historic property.
It has been a year since Vashon’s rowers journeyed to Dexter Lake in the Cascade foothills southeast of Eugene, Oregon. In that time the regatta has expanded to become one of the premier rowing events on the West Coast spring schedule, and a couple of changes were apparent.
After tearing down the old McFeeds building last week, Vashon Allied Arts has begun construction of its new performing arts center, which is now expected to cost nearly $20 million.
Island Quilter’s last day in business will be this Saturday, and owner Anja Moritz says she intends to go out with a bang by throwing a farewell party for friends and customers that evening.
A slate of King County officials will visit Vashon next week to discuss current county work on the island during the annual Community Service Area (CSA) open house.
One year after the Vashon Community Care Foundation was created to raise funds for the island’s skilled nursing and assisted living facility, a new executive director is at the foundation’s helm, and a fundraising effort to raise at least $500,000 is under way.