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Horticulture caper is ripe for solving | Humor

  • Mar 21, 2013 at 7:00AM

I have lately been writing mystery novels, and so, naturally, I wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery of the great hydrangea heist at Kathy’s Corner a week or so back.

Passing the torch at DoVE | Editorial

  • Mar 21, 2013 at 7:00AM

At a recent social gathering a couple of Beachcomber staffers attended, someone mentioned Tavi Black, the former project manager at DoVE. “She rocked,” this islander, a board member for DoVE, said. “We’re really going to miss her.”

School district wrestles with new state mandate to evaluate teachers

  • Mar 21, 2013 at 7:00AM

The Vashon Island School District is grappling with how it will implement a new, more in-depth teacher evaluation system it is required to begin this year.

Dancers will roll, spin and fly in a new work

  • Mar 21, 2013 at 7:00AM

A diverse group of performers will convene on Vashon next week, coming from far and near to perform a distinctive form of improvised dance at Hanna Barn Studio.

Editor deserves thank you and appreciation | Letter to the Editor

  • Mar 21, 2013 at 8:00AM

I was saddened to hear that Leslie Brown is leaving The Beachcomber. Of course, I understand that the stress of long hours and an unrelenting schedule must be enormous. I have been amazed and grateful to see Leslie, camera in hand, spending yet another evening at a public meeting or event.

A Vashon Scout regroups after supplies for his project vanish

  • Mar 21, 2013 at 4:28PM

When Will Macdonald goes before a Boy Scouts’ review panel and is asked to name the biggest challenge he faced in completing his Eagle Scout project, he has no doubt how he’ll answer. It’ll be the time the materials for his project disappeared.

Junior rowers dominate at Eagle Harbor

  • Mar 26, 2013 at 1:24PM

On Sunday the Vashon Island Junior crew traveled to Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor for the third annual Tri-Island Regatta, which traditionally pits teams from three islands — Vashon, Bainbridge and Orcas — against each other. This year, Olympia’s team substituted for Orcas Island. Vashon rowers took first place in nine of the 15 races and added second-place finishes in four more on the 1,400-meter course.

Pirate baseball team wins in a nail-biter

  • Mar 26, 2013 at 1:29PM

After losing three and winning one of their first four games this season, the Pirate baseball team defeated Cascade Christian on their home turf on Friday.

Well-known percussionist and educator dies at 54

  • Mar 26, 2013 at 1:58PM

Geoff Johns, a local percussionist, performer, educator and world music scholar, died on Wednesday, March 20, of cancer. He was 54.

Track team places third against league opponents

  • Mar 27, 2013 at 7:00AM

Last Wednesday the Vashon track and field team outworked and outperformed several Nisqually League opponents as both the boys and girls teams took third out of five schools at a league meet in Kirkland.

An award-winning film shows the power of activism

  • Mar 27, 2013 at 7:00AM

An alliance of local groups and student organizations will present a screening of the acclaimed new documentary “How to Survive a Plague” at 7 p.m. Friday in the Vashon High School theater.

Entertainment blooms on Vashon | Arts & Entertainment Briefs

  • Mar 27, 2013 at 7:00AM

The Garth Reeves Band will play an all-ages, free show at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bicycle Bistro. Reeves has played professionally for more than 18 years, appearing in bands such as Dangermouse, Nubbin, Goodness and Blue Spark.

After nearly seven years, an editor bids farewell | Editorial

  • Mar 27, 2013 at 9:37AM

As I was leaving an event at the Open Space for Arts & Com-munity recently, a woman I didn’t know smiled at me and said, “Aren’t you our editor?” She then thanked me for my years of work.

Mukai board member drops suit against islanders

  • Mar 27, 2013 at 9:36AM

A Texas lawyer who sued three Vashon women, saying he was defamed by their high-profile efforts to dislodge him from the board that owns the historic Mukai Farmhouse, has asked a judge to dismiss his lawsuit.

Shellfish troubles signify a changing ocean

  • Mar 27, 2013 at 9:25AM

Decades ago, some scientists believed the oceans could absorb much of the carbon dioxide the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy was spewing into the atmosphere. The oceans, early studies suggested, would serve as a so-called carbon sink, drinking up that carbon and storing it for perpetuity.

Americana darlings are set to strum on Vashon

  • Mar 26, 2013 at 3:41PM

Two powerhouse players in Seattle’s vibrant music scene will play a local benefit for Vashon Youth & Family Services on Sunday.

Recycling event will raise funds for kids’ dental van

  • Mar 28, 2013 at 7:00AM

Vashon’s annual recycling event, which supports dental care for children, will be held this weekend.

Harbor School’s auction will help fund a new arts initiative, build arts classroom

  • Mar 28, 2013 at 7:00AM

The Harbor School, in an effort to incorporate more arts education into its curriculum, is rolling out a new arts initiative and raising funds for the ambitious project.

Authentic flamenco tour plans a stop on Vashon

  • Mar 28, 2013 at 2:00PM

Save the night of Monday, April 8, for the flair and drama of Spanish flamenco dance, when Ciudades Northwest Flamenco Tour has a stop at 7:30 p.m. at the Grange Hall located in the upper section of the north-end ferry parking lot.

Local arts shop to close

  • Apr 2, 2013 at 11:41AM

A small shop with a distinctly local flair will be the scene of a farewell party during this Friday evening’s Gallery Cruise.

High school football coach to step down

  • Apr 2, 2013 at 11:17AM

fter six years as head football coach at Vashon High School, Clay Eastly is stepping down. His announcement, made last week, ends another chapter of an association Eastly has had with island football that spans decades: first as a player in the early 1980’s, then as an assistant coach at VHS, a youth football coach, McMurray head coach and the past years heading up the program at VHS.

Alternative school administrator selected to be principal of VHS

  • Apr 2, 2013 at 11:15AM

The Vashon School District has chosen the current administrator of an alternative school in Edmonds to be the next principal of Vashon High School.

Baseball team finds victory on the road

  • Apr 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

In a busy week of games, the Pirates baseball team took their first home loss but followed with two wins on the road.

Pirates run and jump to wins on the track

  • Apr 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

he Pirate track and field team hosted a meet last Thursday, with the action taking place at Charles Wright Academy because Vashon’s track doesn’t meet the standards to host an official meet. The other participating schools were Bellevue Christian, Chimacum and Charles Wright.

Water district is moving quietly forward

  • Apr 3, 2013 at 7:00AM

Government at all levels is subject to widespread public criticism. At the risk of hearing from some of those critics, I want to pay tribute to Water District 19, a branch of local government that is performing its mission on budget. Thanks to some great effort by General Manager Jeff Lakin and the staff of the district, we’re seeing great progress where we saw imminent crises just a few short years ago.

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