t was a Vashon moment. Walking in lower Gold Beach, we spotted a mature bald eagle landing on a tree just ahead. As we drew closer, it seemed that this eagle had an awfully large head. At least there was a very large shock of white near the top of the tree.
In past years, spring was when the Vashon School District was in crisis. With insufficient funding from the state, layoff notices were issued to teachers, sending ripples of worry that beloved instructors and entire classes would be lost. Volunteers stepped in and created the Vashon School Foundation and raised hundreds of thousands each year to fill the school district’s large budget gap. One year, as part of the effort, a multi-age class at Chautauqua even held a bake sale to raise funds for their teacher’s position.
If I had a nickel for every time I saw a Vashon local avoid the uptown scene on a Saturday morning, I’d have the cash to personally buy and clean up the K2 site. I’m using hyperbole to get your attention, but you get the point.
A recent court ruling puts a group of islanders in charge of the historic Mukai farmhouse. Their long-sought legal victory is also a win for Vashon, a chance for us to take back this sadly neglected piece of local history.
Sometimes getting a newspaper out every week can be a hard-nosed business. Take for instance this article. It was supposed to hit the streets last week because of its time-sensitive subject matter, but it got bumped. I laid out a logical argument to my editor that included breath holding and foot stomping, but all it got me was a woozy head and a sore foot.
When Shirley Ferris was recovering from surgery last October, her neighbor Mary Shackelford often stopped by to check in on her.
In a matter of days, the Sally Fox will replace the Melissa Ann, and no doubt most islanders who sail across the sound for jobs in Seattle are pleased. Not only will the Sally Fox be shiny and new, it’ll also be considerably bigger. And that is no small matter: Routinely, people get left behind on the dock in Seattle because the Melissa Ann – outfitted for 172 – is full.
Someone asked me the other day, “Why parks?” The only answer I could think of was: How could you even ask that question?
Six years ago, when we last voted for the Vashon Park District levy, we had a vibrant park district. We had numerous summer camps, summer concerts in both Ober Park and the Village Green with weekly dancing at the Village Green. Parents were able to register their children for sport activities and their own adult classes at the Ober Park office.
Do you remember what kind of phones you owned in 1992? Or what computers you used in the office?
When it comes to disaster preparedness, Vashon is doing pretty well. Should a major storm, earthquake or other catastrophe strike the island, volunteers are ready to staff our local Emergency Operations Center and direct emergency efforts.
Vashon Island School District’s board is leading our community to a brighter and healthier future as we are forging a “culture of ecology” in our schools.