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VHS students take their drums to Ghana

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

An alluring African beat is drawing four Vashon High School students across the world this summer on a 10-day drumming adventure.

VIGA pairs with parks to put on noon tunes on the Green

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Park District’s lunch-time concert series has paired with Vashon Island Growers’ Association (VIGA) this year to bring Island musicians to the Village Green.

Festival brings music to Agren

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

The first Annual Vashon Island Music Festival will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 26 and 27, at Agren Park.

Methodist congregation embraces a young new minister

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon United Methodist Church has welcomed a new minister, Rev. Darryn Hewson, marking the end of a two-year period when the church was led by interim pastor Jan Van Pelt.

Vashon residents are working to create a ‘culture of ecology’ at schools

  • Jul 22, 2008 at 10:25PM updated Jul 23, 2008 at 10:27AM

Vashon Island School District’s board is leading our community to a brighter and healthier future as we are forging a “culture of ecology” in our schools.

Strawberry Festival 2008 A celebration of scale that captures Vashon’s creative spirit

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

In the peaceful pause that comes to all Strawberry Festival volunteers the week after, it’s fun to reflect on the beauty of the event. I came across the following description that says it perfectly for me.

On bikes and community

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

I recently reported that my red bicycle was stolen while I was working late one night at The Beachcomber. It was a disappointing moment — to walk out of the office on a summer night, looking forward to a quick, brisk ride home, only to find my bike no longer in front of the paper’s storefront office.

Recalling long summer days and campouts on the beach

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

Editor’s note: This column ran a few years ago. Tressa asked that it run again in part because of the strong response it stirred when it first appeared in The Beachcomber.

With summer here, let’s drive extra safely and obey the signs

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

The busy summer season is upon our Island.

Vashon Island Beachcomber Letters to the Editor | July 23

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 4:00PM

Thunderstorms and Independence Day get the same response at my house. Both situations are pretty horrific if you’re a large animal like a horse or a mule. Whether the noise and light show are caused by nature or humans, we head out to a safe corner of our property and sing peaceful songs to our outdoor animals. In either case, someone (the mule, Shetland or Arab cross) gets a serious case of gas. Indeed, I have spent many a July 5th massaging a prostrate equine whose belly is so tight with gas I could play a drum solo on it.

Food, humor and The New Yorker cover

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM

My mom did not take my brother and me out for fancy meals growing up. Or, if she did, there was nothing memorable about it. My mom was in sales, and raising us alone meant long hours at work.The responsibility of dinner would fall on my brother and me. We became proficient at spinach lasagna and pasta with Le Seure baby peas.

VIFR board selects a new chief

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 12:15PM

t But candidate wants his family to visit Vashon first.

Back Bay Inn’s owners hope to hold on to a place they love

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 12:16PM

Signs outside Vashon Island Realty and the Bank Bay Inn advertise that the longtime Island inn is for sale, but owners Victoria Davies and John “Stormy” Storms hope that when the signs come down, they will still be the owners of the inn and their home next door.

HAPPENING

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 12:16PM

School board meeting

Lavender fields forever

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 12:16PM

Dockton’s history is a story worth telling — Vashon group now has funds to tell it

  • Jul 23, 2008 at 9:00AM updated Jul 24, 2008 at 9:09AM

Dockton once had the largest dry dock north of San Francisco, a booming shipbuilding industry and a thriving maritime economy. But to the casual eye, there’s not a trace of the town’s past. “There are no signs at all that indicate the heritage of Dockton,” said Anita Halstead, a founding member of the Dockton Historical Committee. “There’s not even a ‘welcome to Dockton’ sign — there’s only a Dockton Park sign.”

Vashon Island school board passes $15M budget

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 1:00AM updated at 1:59PM

After several weeks of tweaks, cuts and financial wizardry, the Vashon Island School District — closing a deficit that at one point reached a staggering $800,000 — put forward a $15 million spending plan that won unanimous approval by the five-member school board last week.

Vashon Islanders shocked by anti-Semitic graffiti in Havurat

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Aug 1, 2008 at 12:10PM

On Saturday morning, when members came to worship at the Havurat Ee Shalom, the Island synagogue, what they found was “tremendously shocking,” as one member put it.

County exec proposes Metro fare hike

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

King County Executive Ron Sims wants a 25-cent fare increase on Metro buses to help offset rising fuel costs and avoid having to cut any service.

VYFS to offer drug and alcohol counseling

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Youth & Family Ser-vices (VYFS), in an effort to fill what some say is a critical need on the Island, will begin offering drug and alcohol counseling to Islanders, including those on limited incomes.

Move to Chautauqua could save district much-needed funds

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

In an effort to save tens of thousands of dollars, the Vashon Island School District board of directors voted last week to relocate the district’s offices from their current location — in the J.T. Sheffield Building on 103rd Avenue S.W. behind Sawbones — into three empty classrooms on the first floor of Chautauqua Elementary School.

Divers discover safe on sea floor off the end of Tramp Harbor dock

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

On Saturday, July 26, four divers were delving into the waters just off Tramp Harbor dock, looking for marine life to share with Islanders above as part of the “Who lives under the end of the dock?”’ event.

Vashon seals the deal for new fire chief

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Hank Lipe, a veteran firefighter who currently serves as the chief of a department in Hampton, N.H., has decided to accept an offer extended last week to become Vashon’s new fire chief.

No injuries in Thursday’s fires

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Some Islanders expressed concern after hearing two series of sirens in the evening of Thursday, July 24, requiring much of Vashon Island Fire & Rescue’s firefighting force.

Vashon Islanders of all ages play on asphalt at Spokane Hoopfest

  • Jul 29, 2008 at 1:04PM

During the last week of June, 35 families from Vashon traveled to the biggest basketball tournament in the world, Spokane’s Hoopfest.

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