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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.

Rock Riders shine at King County Fair

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

t Three qualified to compete in state fair in September.

No change in PO boat fares

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

No change in PO boat fares


  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

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  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Chamber hosts party

Permaculture: making choices for a sustainable world

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

As the costs of petroleum increase, many people are contemplating the long-term sustainability of our way of life. Are you interested in learning how to create a sustainable world? Permaculture — a combination of the words “permanent” and “culture”— is an exploration of how humans can make choices that support their lives while respecting the rights of all beings to meet their needs to exist indefinitely on this planet. 


  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Versatile Biondo named ‘hub’ of Vashon's O

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 2:00PM

Karen Biondo, an Islander who has been active in the cultural, charitable and culinary life of Vashon, has been named as the chief administrator of O, Vashon’s Open Space for Arts & Community.

Arts briefs

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Unusual views

Blue Heron shows contrasting works

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

The Blue Heron Gallery will present the work of artists Joey Katzer and Jennifer McNeely in an exhibition opening from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1. The reception will feature live jazz music by horn player Richard Person, pianist Jim Hobson and bassist George Heidorn.

Music festival will open with Brazilian beat

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Allied Arts hosts its annual world music and dance festival at Camp Burton’s outdoor amphitheater Saturday, Aug. 9. Four groups will take the stage, beginning at 5 p.m.

Take time for tile clocks at The Little House

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Irene Otis will exhibit ceramic tiles and “timeless” clocks at The Little House, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1.

Ian McFeron brings his ‘earthy yet sophisticated’ sound to the Bike

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Ian McFeron will bring his band to the Island to play a show at the Red Bicycle Bistro at 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2.

Unusual media at 070

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Gallery 070 will present “Kenneth Adkins: New Work” with an opening from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

A rare hometown concert for O’Keefe at winery

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Danny O’Keefe, an acclaimed songwriter and singer who lives on the Island, will play a rare hometown concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at Vashon Winery.

Urban soul in Ober Park

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00AM

Keyboardist Darrius Willrich will play urban soul at a free, all-ages Ober Park concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 7.

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