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As the Melissa Ann goes, so does the drama of commuting by boat

  • Apr 8, 2015 at 2:14PM

In a matter of days, the Sally Fox will replace the Melissa Ann, and no doubt most islanders who sail across the sound for jobs in Seattle are pleased. Not only will the Sally Fox be shiny and new, it’ll also be considerably bigger. And that is no small matter: Routinely, people get left behind on the dock in Seattle because the Melissa Ann – outfitted for 172 – is full.

Act has not worked well for all

  • Apr 8, 2015 at 2:08PM

It was with interest I read the piece in the March 25 issue titled “We all benefit from affordable health care.” It was authored by Dow Constantine and Susan Johnson, people who, upon finishing the article, I deduce do not live with affordable care.

‘Prolific’ home burglar charged

  • Apr 8, 2015 at 6:00AM

A man who has admitted to burglarizing more than two dozen homes on Vashon to support his drug habit now faces burglary charges.

Many find joy, camaraderie in the ukulele

  • Apr 8, 2015 at 6:00AM

A drenching, cold rain fell on Vashon last Thursday, but in the studio above Vashon Island Music, the spirit of Hawaii filled the air as members of the Vashon Island Ukulele Society started to play.

Vote yes for our vital parks and places

  • Apr 7, 2015 at 8:00PM

Someone asked me the other day, “Why parks?” The only answer I could think of was: How could you even ask that question?

Say no to a levy rate that doesn’t add up

  • Apr 7, 2015 at 8:00PM

Six years ago, when we last voted for the Vashon Park District levy, we had a vibrant park district. We had numerous summer camps, summer concerts in both Ober Park and the Village Green with weekly dancing at the Village Green. Parents were able to register their children for sport activities and their own adult classes at the Ober Park office.

Proposition 1: Tax for radio network should be supported | Editorial

  • Apr 8, 2015 at 6:00AM

Do you remember what kind of phones you owned in 1992? Or what computers you used in the office?

Olympic swimmer and world record holder visits Vashon swim team

  • Apr 7, 2015 at 12:27PM

The Vashon Seals Swim Team welcomed acclaimed swimmer Ariana Kukors as she crashed their practice on April 1. Kukors and her teammate and friend Rebecca Soni recently started what they call “practice crashes,” where they drop in on swim practices, surprise the swimmers and share a couple of stories with the team.

Vashon Vultures lead conference

  • Apr 7, 2015 at 12:17PM

After their March 18 overtime win against Bellermine, the Vashon Vultures lacrosse team dropped two games.

Rowers race through the cut at Husky Open

  • Apr 7, 2015 at 12:11PM

The Husky Open is the first full-scale regatta of the spring season in the Northwest and combines a curious mixture of thrilling races to come with a certain amount of intrigue.

Get set for Saturday's Spring Fling

  • Apr 3, 2015 at 4:27PM

The Vashon Spring Fling tradition will continue on Saturday morning at Ober Park.

Bus driver in fatal accident had passed out, will not be charged

  • Apr 3, 2015 at 1:56PM

The driver of the bus that hit and killed a young woman on Vashon Highway last September will not face criminal charges.

Park district funding hangs in the balance with upcoming election

  • Apr 1, 2015 at 7:00AM updated at 5:28PM

When election ballots are mailed next week, Vashon residents will determine if they will continue to fund the Vashon Park District for four more years.

Director will raise funds for library with film screening

  • Apr 1, 2015 at 1:00AM updated at 5:27PM

What would be a last-ditch effort for a struggling rock band trying to garner attention on the music scene? Hop a plane to Tokyo, of course, and make it big in Japan. That’s the premise of writer and director John Jeffcoat’s comical film “Big in Japan,” which chronicles the mad-capped musical odyssey of a Seattle band on tour in Japan. The feature will be shown on Vashon’s silver screen Friday as a fundraiser for Friends of the Vashon Library (FOL). Jeffcoat will be on hand after the show for a question and answer session.

Dance ensemble celebrates dance from hip hop to Kung Fu

  • Apr 1, 2015 at 5:20PM

TRIBE-olution will bring a colorful celebration of dance to The Open Space for Arts & Community at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Island author and illustrator discuss new book

  • Apr 1, 2015 at 5:17PM

In honor or Holy Week, local author Deborah Anderson and artist Will Forrester will present poems and painting from the book “Kneeling at the Cross: A Protestant Looks at Crucifixion” at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Vashon Bookshop.

Seattle musician joins veteran island rockers at the Bike

  • Apr 1, 2015 at 5:13PM

Johnny Lund and the Galaxies will play rock ’n’ roll in a free show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

Fundraiser brings renowned musicians to town

  • Apr 1, 2015 at 5:12PM

Let’s just say this is a big deal. Grammy-award winning guitarist Bill Frisell and acclaimed composer and violist Eyvind Kang are coming to Vashon to play a benefit concert for Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Vashon Theatre.

Let the First Friday gallery walk put a spring in your step

  • Apr 1, 2015 at 7:00AM updated at 10:54AM

Most galleries and art spots are open from 6 to 9 p.m.

Neither snow nor rain lack of stamps impedes Burton post office | Humor

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:59PM

The other day, I walked into the Burton branch of our estimable island post office system, rang the quaint little bell on the counter in order to summon a post-person and waited. The usual postmistress, if that is the right term, was on vacation, and my first thought was: “Wait! They get vacations? What about ‘Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night’... etc?”

Quilt shop owners should reconsider staying on Vashon | Letter

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:59PM

For years there have been articles in The Beachcomber about how we should shop locally and keep our money circulating on the island and about how we need businesses that will appeal to off-island folks so they will come here to spend their money. The Island Quilter is just such a business. Now because of the sale of the building in which it is housed, it may be forced to move off-island or perhaps even go out of business completely.

Grant funding targets some important local causes | Letter

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:58PM

Last week’s article on grants from Granny’s Attic to help fund some island health projects points out what wonderful work is being done by their board to address some major needs of island residents (“Health Projects launch with aid from Granny’s Attic grants,” March 25).

Science shows why we can’t kick sweets

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:54PM

“I don’t want to offend you,” my friend said apologetically, “but isn’t it just a matter of having self-control?” We were talking about the struggles some people, including me, have with food. My friend is one of those people who never had a weight problem. She “watches what she eats” and exercises every day. To her it is like brushing her teeth.

Say yes to levy as park district works through its troubles | Editorial

  • Apr 1, 2015 at 7:00AM

Despite unhappiness in recent years with the Vashon Park District, island voters should renew the park district’s levy this month. Taking tax dollars away from this agency, which keeps our parks open and so much more, would be a mistake.

Farmers market gears up for a new season

  • Mar 31, 2015 at 2:49PM

Along with warmer temperatures, baseball season and a few more weekend ferry runs, the arrival of spring brings the farmers market back for another season at the Village Green.

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