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Writing jokes about our hometown takes a special touch | Humor

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 10:00AM

We’re getting older. When this happens, one wants to share one’s knowledge with the younger set to save them the mistaken exits and entrances we’ve experienced and to show them we’ve still got it, baby. For that reason, a group of us are sharing today some tips for writing humorous pieces about Vashon, whether for the stage, the microphone or for the pages of The Beachcomber. There are others on-island who could do this, but they aren’t as cute. So let’s begin.

Italian theater troupe brings new show to Open Space

  • Aug 1, 2014 at 10:09AM

The travelling Italian theatre troupe Teatro Minestrone will bring a new show, “Teatro Minestrone’s Around the World in 8 Stories,” to the Open Space for Arts & Community Outdoor Meadow at 2 p.m. Sunday.

VCC struggles with nurse shortage, seeks RNs

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 11:14AM

Vashon Community Care, facing a nurse shortage that administrators call concerning, has put out a call for local nurses to consider applying there.

Farmers Market to open Wednesday farm stand

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 11:13AM

Starting today, the Vashon Farmers Market will begin a trial run of a weekly farm stand at the Village Green.

Longtime consignment shop closes, another expands into its space

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 11:13AM

Wendy’s Weather’d Wear has closed its doors after 15 years selling clothing on consignment in Vashon town, and Luna Bella’s will expand into its former space.

Islander took a risk with beans and built a coffee empire

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 11:07AM

In his kitchen overlooking Quartermaster Harbor, Jim Stewart, the founder of Seattle’s Best Coffee, grinds coffee beans from his farm in Costa Rica. The kettle whistles. Stewart pours the steaming water over the grounds, using the drip-brew method to fill a narrow, well-worn thermos. There’s not an espresso machine or coffeemaker in sight. Stewart takes his coffee black, in a demitasse.

Travel and Leisure names Thai restaurant one of country’s best

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 11:15AM

Travel and Leisure magazine recently named May Kitchen + Bar to its list of the best Thai restaurants in the United States.

Shoreline permitting effort sees mixed response

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 11:01AM

In 2009, Rodney Hearne refaced his bulkhead at Sylvan Beach, something he said he and his family members have done many times since 1928, when his grandfather built their walk-in home.

'The Maury Island Incident' comes to Vashon Theater

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 2:42PM

Fresh off several international film festival premiers, filmmakers Scott Schaefer and Steve Edmiston will bring their award-winning independent short film “The Maury Island Incident” back to Vashon on Tuesday, Aug. 12. The film will be shown as a fundraiser for the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association

Ska and rock band will play next for Concerts in the Park

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 3:02PM

The free Concert in the Park series continues from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in Ober Park with the band The Cumbieros.

Quartermaster Harbor closed for shellfish harvesting

  • Aug 6, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Aug 8, 2014 at 2:25PM

Quartermaster Harbor has been closed for shellfish harvesting after unsafe levels of Diarrhetic Shellfish Poison (DSP) were detected there.

Islander keeps the art of herding alive

  • Aug 12, 2014 at 6:06PM

“For him, it’s like his best ever bowl of ice cream; he never gets tired of it. For me, the best part is the relationship with my dog.”

A decade old, Engels show will feature more than cars

  • Aug 12, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Aug 14, 2014 at 10:33AM

This weekend’s car show at Engels Repair & Towing will include a lot more than cars, with antique tractors, hydroplanes and a vintage semi-truck on display at the annual event.

Vashon rower earns third medal at junior world competition

  • Aug 12, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Aug 13, 2014 at 12:35PM

Island rower Mia Croonquist has won her third world medal, taking silver in a women’s four at the World Junior Rowing Championships last week in Hamburg, Germany.

Program to rent tools gets off the ground

  • Aug 12, 2014 at 6:10PM

In an effort to bolster Vashon’s community self-sufficiency, a group of volunteers has created a tool-lending library where islanders can go to borrow tools for any project.

Frequent ferry delays are expected to continue

  • Aug 12, 2014 at 6:00PM updated Aug 13, 2014 at 11:00AM

Vashon’s north-end ferry route, which has been plagued by delays, had nearly 500 late sailings last month, more than twice the delays it had in July two years ago.

New documentary explores issues of war

  • Aug 13, 2014 at 10:38AM

The veteran experience and issues of war will be explored in a documentary shown at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Vashon Theatre.

After receiving community help, musician hopes album will give back

  • Aug 14, 2014 at 4:31PM

A new CD by islander Arnon Burns is a product of his passion for music, as well as a testament to the community support he’s received in his endeavor.

VIFR will hold public hearing on paramedic proposal

  • Aug 15, 2014 at 4:59PM

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday to answer questions and take feedback on proposed changes to its paramedic program.

Paramedic proposal met with optimism, some concern

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 2:50PM

A proposal to absorb Vashon’s paramedics into the south King County paramedic system is garnering mixed responses at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR).

A late summer night at the movies brings comfort and tears

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 3:07PM

My face is reflected in the deckhand’s mirrored sunglasses as he motions for me to start my car, a stony expression chiseled in his weathered face. I slip the minivan into gear, my dress shirt sticky with sweat. On the dock, in the full glare of early-evening sun, I pass a pair of chortling dusty-diesel busses crowded with a disorderly crush of sweltering commuters.

Open Air: Artists take flight at weekend festival

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 3:34PM

The Open Space for Arts & Community invites islanders and guests to come fly with them at its fourth annual outdoor aerial festival, Open Air, this weekend.

Island musician will perform a night of world music at Seattle’s Neptune Theater

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 3:44PM

Islander Jason Everett will be featured with the band SAMA this weekend as part of the Nights at the Neptune Summer Concert Series in Seattle.

No record, but a fun attempt

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 3:24PM

Quartermaster Harbor was a colorful scene on Sunday, as hundreds of people in canoes, kayaks and even stand-up paddle boards joined together just off Jensen Point.

Turn to Freecycle for treasures and news

  • Aug 19, 2014 at 3:03PM

Of course you read The Beachcomber. So you consider yourself generally well informed, locally speaking. If there’s something else on Vashon Island that needs knowing or news breaking, you’ll find it out at your favorite coffee purveyor, where other regulars offer appreciation, group therapy and relevant facts. That’s why it may come as a mild shock that you could be missing what’s really going on around here.

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