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Bernie, Hilary named unofficial mayors at festival

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

After more than two months of campaigning, the island team of Hilary Emmer and Bernie O'Malley are unofficial mayors of Vashon Island for the 2016-17 year.

Vashon’s fire department strengthens its water rescue capabilities

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

Thanks to a specialized paddle board purchased through a grant from Vashon Rotary, island firefighters say they can now respond to marine rescue situations more quickly and safely.

PHOTOS: Thousands enjoy lively Strawberry Festival

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

This year's Strawberry Festival combined successful traditions, such as the Saturday night street dance with The Portage Fill, with new Japanese heritage elements, including a float in the Grand Parade featuring children from the Tacoma Kabuki Academy, a community Bon Odori dance and a new kids' zone attraction — a zipline.

Longtime island farm up for sale

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

After 20 years of work to establish a successful, sustainable farm on Vashon, islanders Amy and Joseph Bogaard are selling Hogsback Farm and looking for a farmer to take over ownership.

Orca Eats: Festival serves as grand opening for food truck

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 1:30AM

One year after islander Emily Wigley originally planned to open her black-and-white food truck, the eatery on wheels finally served up salmon, cucumber-jalapeno popsicles, macaroni and cheese and decadent chocolate pudding to hungry festival-goers last weekend.

COMMENTARY: Killing more than weeds: Chemicals in herbicides pose threat to Puget Sound salmon

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:30AM

Salmon are one of the most popular wild creatures on Vashon Island. The annual spawning event draws spectators to Vashon's creeks every year, but the fish's numbers are lower than they were decades ago.

VYFS, former clinical director sued by agency’s previous intern

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:18AM

A former intern at Vashon Youth & Family Services is suing the agency and its previous clinical director, who served as the intern's supervisor and provided counseling to her and one of her children in his private practice.

‘Chicago’ comes to Vashon

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:17AM

Theater director Susan Hanson had just finished touching up the risers with black paint, laying out the glow tape on the floor boards and vacuuming under the enlarged picture frame for the set of "Chicago," the musical she's directing for Drama Dock, when she stopped to chat about the show that will open Thursday at Vashon Center for the Arts.

Island cookstove organization begins fundraising effort

  • Jul 20, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:18AM

A three-year partnership between a Vashon cookstove design organization and the University of Washington has paid off in the form of a new, wood-burning stove for use in developing countries. Creators say that it will save lives by significantly reducing emissions from indoor cooking smoke.

School board to hear turf options for VHS field, public is invited

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:00AM

Vashon's school board will bring in an expert to discuss the benefits and drawbacks of grass and artificial turf fields tomorrow, Thursday, and the public is urged to attend.

Trail decorations in fairy forest need to be natural to keep sound safe

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

To the misguided folk who insist on entertaining small children with tales of faerie folk in the woods, please keep the trail decorations natural. Glitter is micro-plastic. It is ingested by birds, small animals and eventually fish. (Yes, water really does flow downhill and carries the stuff to the sound.)

Where was the VHS marching band during Festival parade?

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

I was overwhelmed with emotion when I saw and heard two Seattle marching bands perform during the Strawberry Festival parade for the first time since I moved to the island in 2010. Kudos to the Chamber of Commerce for bringing them here. It brought back sweet memories of when my son performed with his high school marching band in parades for our community in Maryland.

COMMENTARY: It’s only $19.99! But wait, there’s more!

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

One of the truly remarkable things about our island is how nice people can be. I had the good fortune of meeting a couple who winters in lands far, far away and generously offered to let me house sit. So, for several months last winter, I could brag that my house didn't have axles. However, you can imagine my outrage when I found out they had turned off the cable television. Yes, a whole beautiful house at my disposal without cable. That meant I would have to watch broadcast television like they did on the Mayflower.

EDITORIAL: Island farmers, vendors deserve space to thrive

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

Nearly 60 vendors, including farmers, artisans and cooks, sell their wares at Vashon's weekly farmers market, according to the Vashon Island Grower's Association: far more than can fit under the small wooden shelter in the center of the Village Green.

Island’s Latin community should be recognized for participation in Festival

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

I just read a post on Facebook addressing Communidad Latina's participation in the Strawberry Festival and The Beachcomber's lack of coverage, and it really bothered me. We cannot on one hand talk about inclusivity of minorities on the island and then not cover their participation when they do. Let's make sure this doesn't happen again. The post also had a beautiful photo with it and comments.

Arts around town

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends

Islander, chamber in talks about bringing carnival back to Festival

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

An island woman and Vashon's chamber of commerce are in talks to bring a carnival to next year's Strawberry Festival after the woman's online fundraising petition circulated on social media.

Youth theater revives innovative Broadway rock musical

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

When "Spring Awakening" made its 2006 Broadway debut, the Tony Award-winning show defied expectations of what a musical could do with its raw and honest portrayal of youth. Vashon Youth Theatre (VYT) will bring the powerful coming-of-age story to the Vashon High School theater at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Election: Primary ballots due Tuesday

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 1:30AM

An open congressional seat for Washington's seventh district means islanders this election have to choose from nine candidates who they want to represent them, and the choice needs to be made by Tuesday.

Vashon Land Trust supporters turn out to celebrate conservation of Matsuda Farm

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:43AM

Fundraiser garnered more than $70,000 for future projects

Gap in medical services likely as talks continue

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 11:44AM

With slightly more than a week before the Franciscan clinic is set to close, talks are continuing with the health network that may begin running the health center at Sunrise Ridge, but no firm agreement is yet in place.

Art legacy: daughter of island artist exhibits her work

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jul 28, 2016 at 2:27PM

Lately, Jane Spakowsky has been dreaming of a little cabin in the woods. The self-taught, mixed-media artist, who now lives in Tacoma, grew up on Vashon and envisions a return to a simpler way of life.

Meals on Wheels faces budget cuts, high demand

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Jul 29, 2016 at 2:40PM

When islander David Mielke's independent grandmother was 103, he moved her to the island and set her up in her own apartment. Afflicted with arthritis in her hands, she could no longer cook, so Mielke called in Meals on Wheels, a program he called a "godsend" in the last months of his grandmother's life.

Public input sought on potential Village Green, community farmers market building designs

  • Jul 27, 2016 at 12:00AM updated Aug 2, 2016 at 9:56AM

Two designs for a new farmers market shelter at the Village Green will be on display at the market next month, and the committee behind the plans is urging the community to join the conversation.

Fire department extends deadline in chief search

  • Aug 3, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue commissioners decided last week to extend their deadline to mid-October in their search for a new chief.

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