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Local bluegrass band plays dancing music at the Bike

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

Local bluegrass band The High and Lonesome has been playing together for nearly 30 years and will come together for a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike. The free show is open to all ages until 11 p.m., then only 21 and older.

Tlingit glass artist Preston Singletary will discuss his artwork in a lecture on Sunday.

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

Vashon Allied Arts (VAA) will present a lecture with internationally recognized glass artist Preston Singletary as part of its Arts & Humanities series at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon High School theater.

Girls' basketball: Team has rough batch of games

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

The Pirate girls’ basketball team had a rough break, losing to both Marysville Pilchuk and Oak Harbor.

Boys' basketball: Pirates come up short in championship game

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

Coach Andy Sears and the Pirates varsity basketball team had a great run at the Les Schwab Holiday Hoopfest tournament in snowy Bend, Oregon, over the holiday break. The tournament included solid athletic effort from the Pirates, including a thrilling overtime victory over Bend High School. But the week ended with a tough loss to the Summit High School Storm on their home court in a game that was competitive to the very end.

Vashon grapplers stay busy over holiday break

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

The black cloud of misfortune continues to follow the Vashon Pirate wrestling team. One more member went down to unexpected injury, bringing to seven the number of key varsity wrestlers off the mats.

EDITORIAL: Islanders should participate in Methanol plant scrutiny

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

With the Port of Tacoma signing a lease with a Chinese-backed company to build a methanol plant on Commencement Bay, the time for the public to make its voice heard is now.

COMMENTARY: Easy acts can make the world a better place

  • Jan 6, 2016 at 5:00AM

Pope Francis is grabbing headlines as predictions about what 2016 holds for him begin to roll in. The pope had a busy year, complete with a visit to America, where he talked about care for our common home, concern for the poor, human dignity and the value of life.

LETTERS: Island gun seller should be able to advertise without harassment

  • Jan 5, 2016 at 10:18AM

I’m a longtime islander and have lived here since 1952: born and raised on Vashon with family here since the 1890s. Vashon was peaceful back then. People minded their own business, and there was no vandalism or theft. That is not the case now. Your way of thinking might not be mine. My right.

LETTERS: Job well done for Wizard of Oz performers

  • Jan 5, 2016 at 10:16AM

It is never too late to say job well done. On Dec. 19, we attended the production of “The Wizard of Oz” performed by the very talented young people of the Vashon Youth Theater and guided by Elizabeth Ripley. It was a fine performance and wonderful to see the island youth in such a positive manner. Could there be another Judy Garland in the making? This is what small town America is about.

LETTERS: Stratton was mentor for many islanders

  • Jan 5, 2016 at 10:20AM

In the lead story in the Dec. 30 issue of The Beachcomber, (“Moving away, island volunteer leaves behind long list of community accomplishments”), you captured much of what islanders consider the essence of one of its very important leaders.

LETTERS: Postal service executives bear responsibility

  • Jan 5, 2016 at 10:17AM

Postal Service executives, with their ivory tower executive management perspective, seem quite willing to throw our hard-working, dedicated local postal employees under the mail truck for delays in adding staff.

Woman dies in motor vehicle accident on Vashon's north end | Updated

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Dec 31, 2015 at 10:09PM

The King County Medical Examiner's Office has released the name of the Vashon woman killed in a car accident earlier this week on the north end of the island.

Vashon nonprofits address wide range of local needs

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 10:00AM updated Dec 31, 2015 at 12:33PM

Roughly one dozen nonprofits have been profiled in the first three stories of this series, and another six are contained in this writing, but these 17 nonprofit organizations are only a snapshot of the many that serve the Vashon community.

Islanders step up to welcome, assist refugees and immigrants

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 10:41AM

As the attitude of intolerance toward refugees, immigrants and the Muslim community grows in many areas, islanders are taking steps to assist where they can and ensure that immigrants on Vashon feel welcome.

New downtown shop features organic skin care and wild-crafted jewelry

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 10:33AM

Lapis and Luxe is the most recent business to open its doors this year on the west side of Vashon's town core. Housed in the northern half of the former liquor store, Lapis and Luxe is owned by Kimberly Smoot, a licensed aesthetician, and Kathryn Tonnessen, an artist and herbalist.

Go green with holiday waste

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 10:30AM

Christmas trees can be taken to the Vashon transfer station along with other food and yard waste to be turned into compost.

VoV teaches broadcasting, filmmaking to students

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 10:26AM

Three Vashon High School (VHS) students and a McMurray eighth grader are training under Voice of Vashon (VoV) experts to learn the technology behind radio commentary, video broadcasting and documentary filming.

Moving away, island volunteer leaves behind long list of community accomplishments

  • Dec 29, 2015 at 5:26PM

Islanders who passed the Vashon Theatre a few weeks ago may have noticed a message of gratitude on its marquee. "Thank you, Rex Stratton," the sign read for several days running.

Boys’ basketball: Pirates defeat Darrington, Crosspoint

  • Dec 29, 2015 at 5:22PM

The Vashon Island boys' basketball team picked up two more wins last week, bringing its season to 8-1 overall.

Girls’ basketball: Team picks up third win on the road, has another loss at home

  • Dec 29, 2015 at 5:21PM

Vashon Island High School's girls' basketball team traveled north on Saturday, Dec 19, and defeated the Darrington Loggers.

VHS wrestling: Final results from Idaho

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 5:00AM

The Vashon Pirate wrestling squad completed day two of the Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaholast Saturday, December 19 with two of the 15 entrants making it deep in the medal round.

TIME & AGAIN: Quartermaster Drive spearheads road construction in 20th century

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 5:00AM

Quartermaster Drive was completed between what is now Monument Road and Portage in 1914. Before then, the road to Portage followed present-day SW 216th Street and dropped down to Portage at Tramp Harbor, where Highland Avenue SW is today.

EDITORIAL: A newspaper’s hopes and dreams for a new year

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 5:00AM

We're down to the last couple of days of 2015, and come Friday, 2016 will be upon us, bringing with it hope, motivation and a general new outlook on life.

COMMENTARY: As had been anticipated, my 2016 predictions are ready to be revealed

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 5:00AM

Well, it's that time of year again, that time when emails and phone calls start arriving with folks requesting that I use my powers of divination to forecast next year's major events. And just like last year, it caught me by complete surprise.

COMMENTARY: Make a New Year’s resolution to find a tribe, help your health

  • Dec 30, 2015 at 5:00AM

People who need people are the luckiest people in the world," sings Barbara Streisand. In truth, we all need people, but some of us, myself for one, don't like to admit it.

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