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New history of island, what makes it unique

  • May 4, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 3:15PM

What makes Vashon unique? The answer to that short but loaded question is teased out in the engaging narrative of Bruce Haluman's new book, "A Brief History of Vashon Island."

Warm weather ushers in May Day swim

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Dozens of islanders beat the heat on Sunday and helped the Vashon Park District break in the pool by participating in the May Day Splash Down.

K2 clean up effort will address ground water pollution

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

More than six months after a report revealed contaminants in the groundwater under the former K2 site, the company's environmental consulting service has agreed to determine the scope of the pollution.

New administrator settles in at care center

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Some two and a half years after its former administrator left the organization, the care center hired a new leader, who has been settling in since March.

Islander begins effort to bring therapy robots to autistic youth, schools

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

An island father to a daughter with autistic tendencies is hoping to help others in the same situation by bringing therapy robots to Vashon.

EDITORIAL: Schools, community need to talk about drunk driving

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Every year around prom and graduation, students from hundreds of high schools throughout the country participate in dramatic crash reenactments and assemblies that address the issue of drunk and distracted driving.

Critically acclaimed indie film has local ties

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

It's the rare extended family that escapes the toxic reach of addiction. Who doesn't have at least one 'black sheep' who sucks up all the oxygen at family gatherings, inciting hushed whispers and wary glances?

May’s First Friday Gallery Cruise

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Island photographer Lori Kay will show her latest artistic photo images at Café Luna.

Opera opens on new stage

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon Opera and members of the Vashon Island Chorale will perform a joint concert, "Pagliacci Palooza," on the new stage at Vashon Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15.

Burlesque is back at Open Space

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

The naughty, humorous and sophisticated Burlesco Notturno returns to Open Space for Arts & Community for an evening of world-class burlesque inspired by pop culture in the new show "Burlesco Notturno POP" at 8 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Ayurveda: Ancient healing unpacked in new book

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Ancient Ayurveda cleansing practices are explained in what is billed as an accessible and comprehensive guide called "The Mindbody Cleanse: A 14-Day Detox and Rejuvenation Program From Ancient Ayurveda," by islander Ronly Blau and Adrian Nowland. Blau will read from the recently released book at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at Vashon Bookshop.

Around town: Upcoming arts events

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Island youth musician Whitney Silkett will open for the Seattle band The Jefferson Rose Band at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike. Skillett plays guitar, ukulele and piano and has opened for Seattle groups in "Sharing the Stage." Vahson Events sponsors youth openers. Jefferson Rose Band has rocked full houses in Seattle's biggest venues and energized dancing crowds at Northwest festivals since 2011. Listeners who enjoyed the band's first album, Seismic, will appreciate new singer Alex Kitchen who sings in Spanish and English, adding another layer to the complex and dance-worthy rhythms. Her powerful, heartfelt vocals draw from R&B, jazz and Latin music. The free show is open to all ages until 11 p.m., then 21 and older only.

VHS baseball Pirates cap an outstanding season with three wins, perfect record in league play

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Pirates baseball team capped a record-setting season, winning three close games last week to take the Nisqually League title with a perfect 12-0 record in league play.

VHS Soccer is going to playoffs

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon High School's boys' soccer team played two games this week and came out victorious.

Rough April weather subsides at spectacular Brentwood Regatta

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

After a month of competition in blustery spring conditions, Vashon's junior rowers traveled to Canada for the 46th Annual Brentwood Regatta. Its weather atoned for everything with three days of sparkling conditions on the shore of Vancouver Island at Brentwood College — a private high school located 30 miles north of Victoria.

Track and field: Late-season meets bring records

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

The VHS track and field team has enjoyed mild weather, focused workouts and the fruits of their hard labor as they measure their success with a multitude of personal records (PRs) set in competition over the past two weeks.

Girls’ tennis 8-5 going into last week of play

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon girls' tennis entered the last week of May with a 7-4 record and two difficult matches scheduled.

Scar Wars: The Farce Awakens

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

It was a slow night at my usual watering hole when a sharp-eyed bartender noticed a new scar on a patron's arm. This begat a fearsome tale of its acquisition and that begat a fearsome game of how-I-got-my-scar. Whiskey Neat pulled up his shirt to reveal a doozy across his stomach. House Red hiked up a leg to show a burn on her calf (motorcycle muffler). As the various stories of pain and valor began to run out, the group looked to Draft Beer, a guy not known for keeping his mouth shut.

VISD lawsuit is not disappointing, but frustrating

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

It is quite amazing to us that Vashon Island School District Superintendant Michael Soltman is "disappointed" that he and the Vashon school district are being sued for sexual harassment and bullying that he and his staff have been aware of since at least 2013. In the following years, there has been no response to the serious concerns that the parents had about their students. Even a complaint recently filed with an attorney to the school district made no difference.

VISD lawsuit: District, teachers are innocent until proven guilty

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

I was dismayed and extremely concerned when I recently learned of the lawsuit alleging that the administrators at our middle and high schools were negligent in their responsibilities to insure students are safe and unharassed while at school. I was a teacher at McMurray for 23 years and I can attest to the amount of time and effort put forward by Mr. Allison and the faculty at the school to educate our students about bullying. Since Mr. Allison's arrival there have been almost weekly homeroom lessons that address what bullying is and how to report it to adults as well as how to help those being bullied or harassed. Students hear the same message during assemblies that include groups hired from off island to amplify the message that bullying is wrong, unacceptable and has consequences.

School lawsuit’s accusations are blown out of proportion

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Dear Beachcomber,

Three drunk-driving deaths in year’s time cause concern

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

When a young woman was killed in a crash on the north end last December, she was the third islander to die on Vashon in slightly more than a year while driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Vashon’s unofficial mayor race heats up, five running for title

  • May 4, 2016 at 1:30AM

Four island humans and a sheep have announced their run for Vashon's unofficial mayor, carrying on a long-standing annual tradition that uses the election as a platform to raise funds for nonprofits.

Election: More than 70 percent of voters approve school levy

  • Apr 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated May 3, 2016 at 11:11AM

The Vashon school district's technology and facilities levy passed with more than 70 percent of island voters in favor of the measure, according to King County Elections preliminary results.

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