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- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 5:54 PM
Anyone who has lived on Vashon Island for any length of time knows that the island used to be home to many commercial strawberry fields. In the early 1920s, Japanese farmers grew a type of berry called Marshall strawberries. Most notably, B.D. Mukai had a prospering farm of 60 acres on Vashon that sold Marshall strawberries.
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM
Four islanders responded to a call for help fighting a large wildfire near Leavenworth, Wash., last week after it tripled in size overnight
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM
As the news of the “affiliation” between Highline Medical Center (which operated the Vashon Health Center) and the Franciscan Health System hit Vashon, islanders organized two community meetings, one outcome of which was the formation of a clinic advisory committee. This effort, led by May Gerstle, proceeded with the encouragement of and in close consultation with Mark Benedum, CEO of Highline.
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Bob’s Bakery owner Paul Beytebiere plans to open the doors to his business this Sunday and dedicate all the proceeds from the day’s sales to his former employee, Renee Mroczek, who is battling cance
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 12:26 PM
The author of last week’s letter to the editor (“Produce stand raises questions,” Aug. 21) raised important questions about the Vashon Island Growers Association (VIGA), our farmers market and its place in our community. How best to advance local agriculture is fundamental to the purpose of VIGA and a big, ongoing conversation within our organization.
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 5:50 PM— updated Aug 28, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Despite drizzly weather Sunday, about 60 people made their way to Point Robinson to hear the island band Riverbend play a benefit concert for Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS). The band played old-time bluegrass and folk music under a backdrop of the Point Robinson Lighthouse, and the event netted the nonprofit roughly $550, said Kathleen Johnson, executive director of VYFS.
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM— updated Aug 27, 2013 at 6:03 PM
OneNiteStand will bring its rockin’ blues back to The Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 5:57 PM
Island educator Barbara Gustafson will read from her recently published book, “Vashon ABCs: An Exploration of Shore Life,” this week.
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 12:08 PM
A Vashon man has been charged with a sex crime after reportedly propositioning two girls riding their bikes in town.
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM
This letter is in response to the article about the rising number of suicides on Vashon and in King County (“County, island react to spike in youth suicides,” Aug. 17). My precious 14-year-old son, Palmerston Burk, died by suicide in October of 2012. Did you notice I said “died by” rather than “committed” suicide?
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM
To comment further on herbicide use at the Maury Island Marine Park, it’s quite unsettling to see the extent of invasive plant infestations on Vashon-Maury Islands.
- posted Aug 27, 2013 at 12:00 PM
A dispute over wages for Vashon’s school bus drivers could lead to a strike if the group is unable come to an agreement with First Student, the company that provides Vashon’s bus service.
- posted Aug 31, 2013 at 5:44 PM
A dispute over wages for Vashon’s school bus drivers will not lead to a strike any time soon, said Jason Powell, the business agent for the drivers' union. Powell said First Student, the company that provides Vashon's school bus service, agreed to continue negotiating with the Teamsters Local Union No. 763 after the bus drivers handed out pamplets last week in Vashon town reading “Labor dispute could impact student transportation.” The groups are scheduled to continue negotiations in late September.
- posted Sep 3, 2013 at 2:14 PM
After a string of residential burglaries on Vashon, about 10 islanders reclaimed their stolen items at a recent open house run by the King County Sheriff’s Office.
- posted Sep 3, 2013 at 2:37 PM
Recently I learned of the plight of the farmworkers in Burlington, Wash., who pick the berries for Sakuma Brothers Berry Farms, also supplier for Driscoll Berries. These berries are sold at Thriftway on Vasho
- posted Sep 3, 2013 at 2:36 PM
Since I was at the Franciscan Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) meeting, I would like to augment some of the very cogent comments made by Kate Hunter in her editorial in the last issue (“Franciscans are off on the wrong foot on Vashon.”)
- posted Sep 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM
The brisk days of fall are upon us, signaling the end of summer, and with it the end of joyful vacation moments, including things like trying to get from the airline check-in counter to your actual boarding gate. Those of you who fly often may have grown immune to this type of frustration and can skip ahead to the next article about the bickering at the last meeting of the (pick one: fire department, school district, park district)
- posted Sep 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM
I have wanted to write an editorial about the Vashon Farmers Market for a long time. With the latest flurry of letters, the time is now. Many people feel allegiance to us at the Farmers Market, or to Bernie at East West Produce, as two recent letters reflect, and I would like to challenge that tendency
- posted Sep 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM
When we heard last week that school bus drivers were handing out fliers outside Thriftway, we thought at first that they must have been holding some sort of fundraiser. We were surprised to learn that this normally quiet group of islanders was upset over its contract negotiations.
- posted Sep 4, 2013 at 10:34 AM
Chautauqua Elementary School’s new vice principal, with 23 years of experience in the education field and multiple credentials, says she is pleased to be on Vashon and is looking forward to the school year.
- posted Sep 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM— updated Sep 4, 2013 at 11:12 AM
The Vashon Park District, faced with financial difficulties and accusations of mismanagement in recent years, must now pay nearly $25,000 to the state in unpaid sales tax and interest.
- posted Sep 4, 2013 at 10:31 AM
Island agriculture and arts culture collided last Saturday, when a bustling morning scene at the Farmers Market was suddenly interrupted by the strains of a German operetta. The opera flash mob was orchestrated by Vashon Opera, which is gearing up to kick off its fifth season with a production of Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” on Sept. 20 and 22 at the Vashon High School theater.
- posted Sep 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM
When a couple from Indiana recently saw Vashon’s bike in the tree featured on a television program, the pair — travelers and history buffs with a special affinity for the 1950s — decided they’d see it next time they were in Seattle.
- posted Sep 4, 2013 at 10:56 AM
A crowd-pleasing band will return to Vashon at 9 p.m. Friday, when Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band plays a show at Red Bicycle Bistro.
- posted Sep 5, 2013 at 8:28 AM— updated Sep 6, 2013 at 4:28 PM
The Gallery Cruise will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at art spots all over town