When I unlock the door to the Grange hall and show it to potential renters, I always describe it as either the island’s second living room or like the mess hall at summer camp where you drank bug juice. Either way, for the last 10 years, it has been an honor to be a Grange member, rental agent and one of the stewards of this cherished island institution.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food security means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle. Conversely, food insecurity is “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.”
Human nature these days seems to come with a predisposition to focus on the negative aspects of life. Every day, people talk about how negative the news is and how much they hate to hear about wars, saddness and crime, yet not much is done in our personal lives to counteract that negativity.
Autumn is the time when trees lose their leaves and everything seems to turn to beautiful shades of orange, gold and vibrant red, but for those of us living up in the north, autumn is the time when days get short.
Recently while cleaning off my desk, I came across an email from Vashon High School principal Danny Rock that I had printed out last spring.
Island voters had some excellent candidate choices in last week’s election, and the fire, park and school districts will soon seat several new members.
Maybe, “Austin is back due to mild interest” is closer to the truth.
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.