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Businessman brings new life to floral shop

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Nov 26, 2014 at 4:12PM

The floor sanders buzz. Workers install a roll-up door to the sidewalk, and dust litters the windowsills. Bricks are exposed.

State works to rid local beaches of old, toxic creosote pilings

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

A century ago, Paradise Cove was a bustling place, the site of a resort with 17 cabins, a post office and docks used by the Mosquito Fleet.

Arts center construction delayed until spring

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 1:08PM

Vashon Allied Arts will delay construction of its new performing arts center after recently learning that building costs will be higher than anticipated.

Holiday gingerbread houses bring out the dark side

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 6:00AM

I don’t have a good feeling about these gingerbread houses.

Reimbursement rates are the real problem

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

Although I applaud the work of the Vashon Maury Health Collaborative (“Group seeks innovative solution to local health care challenges,” Nov. 19), the real concern facing delivery of medical care on Vashon is low and inadequate reimbursement from insurance and Medicare

Fee increases could mean less local food offered

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

Recently, government programs are being expected to pay for themselves. Ferries should be supported by users, buses by riders, parks by visitors. “Self-supporting” programs don’t cost taxpayers money, and that’s good, right?

No bus cuts, but region-wide transportation is slipping | Editorial

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

It’s welcome news that King County was able to avoid further cuts to Metro, saving Vashon some modest cuts to its already limited bus service. But our entire region still faces a transportation problem that will only worsen as lawmakers continue to put off finding new funding for buses, roads and ferries.

In times of grief and loss, comfort can be found in community and faith

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

As an island community, we have had more than our share of death. We’ve witnessed in the past few years the suicides, as well as the accidental deaths, of many of our precious young people, and these deaths have exposed our frailty and our grief. Yet these deaths do not reveal our finiteness, but have revealed our infiniteness, our eternity.

Two island medical clinics bring on new health care providers

  • Nov 26, 2014 at 6:00AM

At a time when many islanders are expressing concerns about health care on Vashon, two clinics have hired new health care providers, helping to alleviate staffing needs at both clinics.

Island groups will offer free Thanksgiving dinners this week

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 12:45PM

The island will host three free Thanksgiving dinners for anyone in the community who would like to gather with others to share the holiday. The first of the dinners will be Wednesday evening and the other two on Thanksgiving day

Holiday toy drive kicks off with new sponsor

  • Nov 25, 2014 at 9:00AM

For years, Vashon’s Kiwanis club held a toy drive each Christmas, but with the local chapter closed, John L. Scott is sponsoring this year’s drive.

New county budget eliminates need for cuts to Metro bus service

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 12:04PM

Last week the King County Council voted unanimously to approve the county’s first biennial (two-year) budget, a $9 billion plan that includes funding to maintain existing bus service for the next two years

Popular island band returns for holiday weekend

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 12:01PM

They’re back. Publish The Quest, a popular band with deep Vashon roots, will return to play at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike.

Classic play and ballet come to the silver screen

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 11:57AM

Vashon Theatre’s screen will light up in the next week with both a classic American play, “Of Mice and Men,” and a Russian ballet, “The Legend of Love.”

Contest’s top comedians to perform on Vashon

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 11:38AM

The Seattle International Comedy Competition will make a stop at the Vashon Theatre tonight, Nov. 26, on its way to the final round.

Save the date: holiday events

  • Nov 24, 2014 at 11:37AM

The Holiday Art Studio Tour will again be held over two weekends — Dec. 6 and 7 and 13 and 14 — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

International children's film festival comes to Vashon

  • Nov 18, 2014 at 7:49PM

Stories and images from around the globe in the form of eight international live action and animated short films will light up Vashon Theatre’s silver screen from noon to 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

Musician creates music inspired by hidden histories

  • Nov 18, 2014 at 7:41PM

Vashon Allied Arts and the Friends of Mukai have joined forces to bring “Panama Hotel Jazz” by the Steve Griggs Ensemble to the island at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron. The event is the first performance in VAA’s Jazz Series.

Islanders say stormy weather means time to get set for winter

  • Nov 19, 2014 at 7:00AM

Last Friday as temperatures dipped toward freezing, Spring Beach residents donned their coats and headed to one neighbor’s home. On the agenda for the evening was to discuss what they would do should the wintery weather take a turn for the worse.

Proposed county fee hikes raise concern at the farmers market

  • Nov 19, 2014 at 7:00AM

In a move that has come as a shock to many, King County has proposed significant increases in its fees for farmers markets and some of their vendors.

King County considers water taxis’ unsustainable future

  • Nov 19, 2014 at 6:00AM

As King County takes measures to reduce the cost of running its two water taxis, officials say they will still have to raise taxes to sustain the service past 2016.

Japanese family farm reflects a troubled time in our history

  • Nov 18, 2014 at 7:23PM

The Matsuda Farm at Center, just behind the K2 facility, along with the Otsuka Farm just north of Vashon town, were the last large-scale commercial strawberry farms on Vashon.

Art based on geology reminds us the earth is warming

  • Nov 18, 2014 at 7:17PM

Julie Speidel’s erratics are haunting 3-D images of massive stones once supported and transported here by ice (“Local sculptor draws on geology as her works dot the country,” Nov. 12). Those objects and her metallic visions of them are now resting on warm ground that is becoming warmer.

Group sees that our health care hangs in the balance

  • Nov 19, 2014 at 7:00AM

Health care on Vashon has always been tricky, as it is in any small town. Basic care has been easy to find, but islanders have found themselves going to Seattle or Tacoma to see specialists, for urgent care or even for something as simple as an ultrasound

Historic deal with China paves the way for a global fight against climate change

  • Nov 19, 2014 at 7:00AM

By now many people know about the historic agreement last week between the United States and China to lower greenhouse gas emissions. This agreement is a positive step forward and will hopefully pave the way for a global fight against climate change.

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