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Vashon summer concerts start June 19

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:33PM

Vashon Garden Tour happening June 21, 22

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:21PM

For the past 18 years, Island gardeners have opened their garden gates to allow the public to see the outdoor sanctuaries, private yards and garden beds that represent hours of hard work. Once again, this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, garden owners invite Islanders to visit and appreciate their labors of love.

Buy local, Vashon — and do it for the flavor

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 6:26PM

If you believe that buying locally is the same thing as shopping at Thriftway, then please read on.

Tour of Vashon High reveals sorry state of disrepair

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:24PM

It’s too early for The Beachcomber to weigh in on the merits of the three proposed renovations to the school district’s aging campus — different options that the district plans to take before voters over the next several months. It’s not too early, though, to take note of the sorry state of Vashon High School (VHS) and urge others to do so as well.

Vashon Pet Protectors give homes to lonely pets

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:27PM

I’ve always gravitated toward animals; as a kid I was the one who brought home skinny stray cats and flea-infested dogs. As an adult, I’ve rescued countless feral cats from the Central District of Seattle, where we used to live. When we moved our family to Vashon years ago, it was natural for me to volunteer for Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP).

Opportunities for Vashon teens could help prevent delinquency

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:30PM

Freshly graduated seniors have already heard their last high school bell and are steeling themselves for the next and often final phase of their education. Juniors, like myself, are anxiously awaiting their ascension to the apex of the high school pecking order next fall, all the while wondering how they managed to become the upperclassmen they looked up to just months ago. In light of this hallowed rite of passage, an examination of the oft-misunderstood role of youth seems relevant.

Making jam in June: It is a metaphor for living life

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:31PM

June, with graduations and weddings and the garden’s demand for attention, is the calendar’s metaphor for a homemade jar of jam. You take the barely ripe fruits of your labors, give them a grand push of formality, endure the heat of an impossible schedule and an expensive, dizzying list of to-do’s and cross your fingers the finished product achieves a “successful set.”

Parents of t-baller impressed with league | Vashon Letters to the Editor

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 6:37PM

Letters from Vashon-Maury residents on a host of issues.

Vashon residents should turn out for WSF's pricing meeting

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:20PM

On Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m., Washington State Ferries (WSF) will host a public meeting at McMurray Middle School to hear what Vashon residents have to say about proposed pricing and operational strategies. It is an opportunity for all of us to be heard on these subjects, and as many of us as possible should be there.

Dance!Vashon brings Pinocchio to island

  • Jun 20, 2008 at 3:22PM

Pinocchio promises to be a delightful showcase of talent A wide smile comes over my face this time of year as Dance!Vashon brings its Broadway-quality productions to my front door. As a kid growing up outside of New York City, spring always meant class trips to shows like “A Chorus Line,” “Pippin” and “The Wiz.”

Is it time to build a new Vashon High?

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:17PM

When Keith Putnam designed what is now the main building at Vashon High School some 35 years ago, he included in one of his mock-ups covered walkways connecting the school’s scattered buildings. “And the school board said, ‘Why should we have covered walks? Let them walk in the rain; it’s good for them,’” he recalled. Now, that architectural feature — a hodge-podge of buildings that makes the campus both wide open and, in the winter months, a source of colds and discomfort — is seen as one of its greatest liabilities. Educators say that kids sit in classrooms wet and cold in the winter months, and attendance falls. They say the fact the campus is “porous,” as some have put it, makes it far less secure in this post-Columbine era, where student safety has become paramount. They also say an ill-fated educational concept of the ’70s, when Putnam designed Building A, has resulted in a building that today is cramped and unworkable. When Putnam came up with the design — three large octagons connected to a central area — open classrooms were vogue; no walls separated the classrooms, and the building, though not quite big enough even then, could accommodate all the students, he said. But the open classroom concept did not last long; walls were soon built to give teachers the noise barriers they needed to teach effectively. And today, Building A — the main classroom building at the sprawling campus — is crowded, dark and difficult, teachers and administrators say. Earlier this month, the school board agreed to offer up to Islanders a couple of different architectural scenarios for a potential bond levy next February. One of them — the option preferred by many teachers and administrators — includes a new 40,000-square-foot structure that would replace Building A as the main classroom facility: a square, two-story building that would have big windows, adequate classroom space and only a couple of entrances.

Chautauqua music teacher prepares for retirement

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:19PM

The line of second-graders slithered its way out of Carolyn Candy’s classroom door one recent afternoon, dancing the snake dance conga-style. For the past several years, there’s been room to groove in room 115 — a classroom that boasts xylophones and drums rather than chairs and desks. That’s one of the reasons Candy — who’s retiring this year after six years as Chautauqua Elementary School’s music teacher and 27 years as a teacher there — is hailed by many as innovative, creative and gifted.

Vashon contractor blows whistle on Parks' Baldwin House work

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:26PM

The Vashon Park District failed to get a grading and clearing permit prior to some of its extensive work upgrading the historic Belle Baldwin House at Fern Cove, according to King County officials. Wendy Braicks, the park district’s executive director, said the lack of a permit was an oversight that the staff quickly addressed. Though called a grading and clearing permit, she noted, the park district’s work on the landscaping around the home has mostly focused on clearing invasive plants from the property.

Three Vashon High School seniors recognized with athletic awards

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:54AM

Three Vashon High School students, less than a week from graduation, were honored with awards for their outstanding athletic achievement in the last four years.

Burby Fun Run supports Vashon High students, athletes

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:29PM

The Bill Burby Inspirational Fun Run and Walk is a family affair. Burby was a beloved coach, teacher and mentor at Vashon High School who died suddenly of cardiac arrest in 1989. His legacy lives on in this community event. Proceeds from the event support Vashon High School (VHS) varsity athletics and the Vashon Community Scholarship Fund.

Vashon High track team honored | Vashon-Maury Sports Briefs

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:34PM

A quick look at what's going on in sports on Vashon and Maury islands.

School board to decide open/closed Vashon campus June 26 | Community Briefs

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:37PM

School board to meet tomorrow

Researcher to discuss world conflict June 27 | Vashon-Maury Meetings

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:38PM

Yaani Drucker has spent 25 years researching the underlying cause of conflict and injustice in the world and would like to share her findings and engage Islanders in a meaningful discussion on the problem and the solution in a weekend intensive called “Planetary Enlightenment and You.”

Historic steamboat Virginia V visits Vashon Aug. 17

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jul 28, 2010 at 10:40AM

Steamboats played an important role in Vashon and Maury islands’ history and development, and this summer brings opportunities to learn about this history firsthand. The steamer “Virginia V,” a national historic landmark constructed in 1922, will visit the Island on Aug. 17. The boat will pick up passengers at the northend ferry dock and cruise around the Island past waterfront landings where Islanders once waited for the daily boats that took them to Seattle or Tacoma.

Vashon-Maury Clubs & Organizations

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:41PM

A listing of various clubs and organizations on Vashon and Maury islands.

Vashon Susans get together | Photo

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:44PM


  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:57AM

Vashon Fire board to meet July 1 | Notes

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:54PM

The Vashon Island Fire & Rescue board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, in the Penny Farcy Memorial Training Center.

Drivers needed for Vashon Senior Services

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:57PM

Senior Services’ transportation program provides an essential service to local seniors by arranging transportation to medical appointments. The programs is in need of more volunteer drivers. Every week the program turns away 10 or 20 seniors who call, due to the shortage of drivers.

Vashon High School achievement awards recognize high performers

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:57AM

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