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- Aug 27, 2013 at 12:32PM
Thank you for your coverage of the Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation. The foundation is still a young organization. Since our founding in the fall of 2010, we have attempted to raise $500,000 each year. We have yet to meet that lofty but attainable goal.
- Aug 27, 2013 at 12:34PM
A comment recently made during a community discussion of methamphetamines must be addressed. It was stated that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are prescribed Ritalin (methylphenidate), “a close cousin to amphetamines: Statistically, this puts them at risk for amphetamine addiction.” That view is not supported by scientific research. As an addictions professional, I fear this will become the next Vashon “urban legend,” with parents discontinuing medications that are profoundly helpfu
- Aug 27, 2013 at 12:11PM
King County has awarded two grants totaling nearly $6,000 for projects to put a kiosk at the Farmers Market and to help renovate the kitchen at the senior center.
- Aug 27, 2013 at 5:54PM
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.
- Aug 27, 2013 at 12:13PM
Four islanders responded to a call for help fighting a large wildfire near Leavenworth, Wash., last week after it tripled in size overnight
- Aug 27, 2013 at 12:22PM
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.
- Aug 27, 2013 at 12:09PM
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
- Aug 27, 2013 at 1:00PM
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.
- Aug 27, 2013 at 5:00PM updated Aug 28, 2013 at 11:07AM
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.
- Aug 27, 2013 at 5:59PM
OneNiteStand will bring its rockin’ blues back to The Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
- Aug 28, 2013 at 4:00AM
Island educator Barbara Gustafson will read from her recently published book, “Vashon ABCs: An Exploration of Shore Life,” this week.
- Aug 28, 2013 at 5:00AM
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?
- Aug 28, 2013 at 5:00AM
A Vashon man has been charged with a sex crime after reportedly propositioning two girls riding their bikes in town.
- Aug 28, 2013 at 6:00AM
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.
- Aug 28, 2013 at 8:00AM
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.
- Aug 31, 2013 at 5:44PM
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.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 2:14PM
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.
- Sep 3, 2013 at 6:00PM
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
- Sep 3, 2013 at 7:00PM
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.”)
- Sep 4, 2013 at 10:47AM
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)
- Sep 4, 2013 at 10:45AM
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
- Sep 4, 2013 at 10:41AM
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.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 10:34AM
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.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 10:07AM
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.
- Sep 4, 2013 at 10:31AM
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.