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Latest round of Granny’s grants awards $100,000

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The latest round of Granny's Attic grants have gone to eight Vashon nonprofits offering health-related programs and services to islanders across the age spectrum.

Victory: Local group gains ownership of Vashon’s historic Mukai property after years of court battles

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Cherry blossoms are symbols of the spring, a time of renewal and new beginnings. Just as the pink and white blossoms began to burst forth this year, a new beginning was in store for the island's historic Mukai property and the local group that has been fighting to take control of it.

Local author reads from new YA novel set abroad

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

As a storyteller and school librarian, islander Bob Jonas knows what kids like to read. As a writer of young adult fiction, he knows how to hook his audience — create a challenge for the youthful protagonist in a tough position and see how they do. In his latest novel, "Imposter," a 16-year-old American boy at an international school in Saudi Arabia masquerades as an online cleric, and the stunt causes serious fallout. Jonas will discuss "Imposter" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Vashon Bookshop.

Best-selling author reads from new nonfiction thriller

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Call it luck. Call it synchronicity or even fate, but the stars aligned on the day in 1953 when an elite fighter pilot flew a stolen Soviet MiG-15 jet out of North Korea and defected to the West. The story of his escape, North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung's subsequent rise to power and the United States' seldom-discussed role in the Korean War are the focus of best-selling author Blaine Harden's riveting historical thriller, "The Great Leader and The Fighter Pilot: A True Story About the Birth of Tyranny in North Korea." Harden will read and discuss his newly-released paperback at 6 p.m. Thursday at Vashon Bookshop.

Around Town

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

Band plays sweet soul at the Bike

Baseball Pirates move to 7-1, with season’s first loss to Cedar Park Christian and back-to-back wins against Charles Wright

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Pirates lost their first game of the season in an error-filled debacle against Cedar Park Christian on Monday, April 4, by a final score of 11-5, but rebounded with two solid wins over league rival Charles Wright on April 5 and 8. The team's season record now stands at seven wins and one loss.

Chamber seeking Strawberry Festival grand marshal, unofficial mayor submissions

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The weather is warming up, and coming with it are preparations for Vashon's summer festivities. The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Strawberry Festival's Grand Parade Grand Marshal and for unofficial mayor candidates.

A big congratulations to the Friends of Mukai

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

The American justice system is not known for being quick, and when the already complicated Mukai property ownership issue was extended by multiple appeals, the process became even longer, testing the patience of all involved.

COMMENTARY: There are many ways to stay pesticide free during season of ravenous slugs

  • Apr 13, 2016 at 1:30AM

In spring I'm reminded of Theodore Roethke's poem about slugs. He calls them "a fat, five-inch appendage /Creeping slowly over the wet grass/ Eating the heart out of my garden."

Mid-season strong for VHS Softball

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon High School girls' softball team had two successful wins in its recent outings.

COMMENTARY: Park district board working to create new identity, involve public

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Change is coming to the Vashon Park District. With a new board in place, we, the park board commissioners, are learning to work together in a collaborative, honest, respectful and productive way.

Girls’ tennis sees success going into Thursday match

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon girls' tennis team finished up a busy week prior to spring break. For the week of April 4, the team started out with a much-needed practice day on Monday. On Tuesday, it hosted Northwest Christian for a home match.

School’s maintenance program, staff not fixing dire issues

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

In Laura Wishik's letter to the editor she mentions that glass is falling out of the windows at McMurray Middle School and that very few needed repairs at the school were being considered in the next bond proposal. Repairs do not belong in a bond, they belong in a levy. Bonds come with interest payments, which basically double the cost of each repair when paid over 20 years.

Support the Democratic nominee, regardless of who it is

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

I support Hillary Clinton for president for a variety of reasons. Starting with her lifelong advocacy for women and children and culminating with her extensive public service in both national and international affairs, I believe she will move the democratic agenda forward. I have not seen a credible Sanders plan, given that Republicans still hold majorities in so many state legislatures, governor's mansions and Congress. I think the revolution needs to bubble up from the bottom lest it fizzle out like the Occupy movement appears to have. I have appreciated Sanders delineation of the issues facing us (and, yes, moving Clinton to the left), his grassroots politics, integrity and taking the high road — until the first week in April. He then took a very low road, claiming Clinton was unqualified to be president, in a supposed tit-for-tat attack. In fact, Clinton never took the offered bait and had not made the same statement about him.

Levy will help keep community great

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Dear islanders,

Renew school levy to keep outstanding school district

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

It is almost time for our favorite issue of The Beachcomber, the one where all the graduating seniors are highlighted for their high school achievements as well as future plans. Every year we are amazed at where our island students are headed to college and their plans for the future. Twenty-four years ago, we moved to Vashon without really knowing what a gift we were giving our own children with such an outstanding school district.

Fire chief calls for reconsideration of Medic One draft proposal

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon's fire chief has recommended that the current proposal to combine Vashon's paramedics with those of south King County be taken back to the drawing board.

Third phase of dock construction could cause delays, WSF warns

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

The third and final phase of the construction project to seismically upgrade Vashon's north-end dock will begin Monday, and ferry system officials say it could cause delays.

Local gallery has new website after old one is auctioned, taken over

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Visitors to VALISE Gallery's website last week may have been greeted with something quite different than expected, and gallery members are urging the public to use the gallery's new site: valisegallery.com.

Island premiere: Birthday surprise becomes popular play

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

In 2007, when former islander Benita Staadecker turned 60, the last present she expected was a play commissioned in her honor. After all, when Benita's husband Charlie asked her what she wanted, she said, "Surprise me." Surprise her he did with a play commissioned via Seattle's ACT Theatre. "Becky's New Car" will have its island premiere this weekend and next at Open Space for Arts & Community.

Music at the Red Bike

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Jealous Dogs, Seattle's only Pretenders tribute band, will play a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike. 

Senior center will unveil new, updated look Friday

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

After a $176,000 month-long remodel fully funded by a federal grant, Vashon's senior center is open and will hold a grand re-opening ceremony on Friday.

Guitar-violin duo to play this week

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

The band Liquid Gold, made up of violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist William Coulter, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday at Havuart Ee Shalom, with island Kat Eggleston playing the opening act.

VHS Baseball: Pirates lose a couple squeakers

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Vashon Pirate baseball team wrapped up a spring break road trip, losing two close games and emerging with a tie in extra innings. While still undefeated in Nisqually League play, the team's overall record sits at 7-3-1.

High winds put damper on Covered Bridge Regatta

  • Apr 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Canyons breathe. In the morning, they exhale dense, cold air downstream from their upper reaches. In the afternoon, they inhale the warmer air from lower elevations in an upriver flow. Dexter Lake, south of Eugene, sits in a canyon that was huffing and puffing this weekend much to the dismay of 30 rowing clubs from Oregon, Washington and Northern California that showed up for the Covered Bridge Regatta. This major annual regatta is the sort of Mason-Dixon Line for West Coast rowing — the only time when clubs from the Southwest race against their Northwest competition until teams meet at Youth Nationals at the end of the season.

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