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Foundation clarifies recent funding history | Letter to the Editor

  • 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.

Medication provides benefits for adolescents | Letter to the Editor

  • 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

Two island groups win competitive county grants

  • 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.

Elusive Marshall strawberry belongs to Vashon’s history

  • 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.

Vashon firefighters called to help fight Leavenworth wildfire

  • 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

Franciscans are off on the wrong foot on Vashon

  • 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.

Bakery to host benefit for former employee

  • 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

VIGA member provides insight, experience and diversity | Letter to the Editor

  • 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.

Tunes fill the point for a bluegrass benefit

  • 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.

Blues veterans bring tunes to The Bike

  • Aug 27, 2013 at 5:59PM

OneNiteStand will bring its rockin’ blues back to The Bike at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The ABCs of Vashon’s sea life

  • 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.

Our language should reflect kindness and compassion | Letter to the editor

  • 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?

Islander in jail on sex crime charge

  • 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.

Chemical use may be best choice for the environment | Letter to the Editor

  • 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.

Labor dispute could leave students at the curb

  • 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.

Company agrees to continue negotiating with Vashon school bus drivers

  • 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.

Police return items taken in burglaries

  • 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.

Support workers when grocery shopping

  • 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

Franciscans open to feedback on local level

  • 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.”)

Vacation takes a turn for the worse at the airport

  • 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)

Local farmers support a variety of options

  • 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

School bus drivers' wage concerns seem valid | Editorial

  • 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.

Experienced teacher fills vice principal role at the elementary school

  • 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.

Park district owes thousands in back taxes after state audit

  • 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.

Flash opera takes over the market

  • 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.

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