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Agencies should cooperate to move foward at the pool | Editorial

  • May 21, 2014 at 6:00AM updated May 22, 2014 at 12:34PM

Just as we thought the Vashon Park District was beginning to come out from under the fields debacle, the agency finds itself in another tough situation. The Vashon Pool, operated by the park district but located at the high school, is now in need of a fix that could cost tens of thousands of dollars. It’s not clear who is responsible for the problem, and now neither the school district nor the park district, which is hurting for money, wants to take the bulk of the responsibility for paying for it.

School, park districts disagree on who should fund pool fix

  • May 21, 2014 at 6:00AM updated May 22, 2014 at 9:21AM

The Vashon Pool is slated to open next month, but the island’s school and park districts are disagreeing about who is financially responsible to remedy the drainage problem there, a situation that could lead to litigation and the pool not opening this season.

Strong soccer season ends at playoffs

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:44PM

The most challenging games the VHS boys soccer team has faced were in the last week of the regular season. The varsity squad started with a subdued performance and ended with a great upset over the Nisqually League leaders.

Crew sends record number to Nationals

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:46PM

Coach Richard Parr has been tuning the Vashon junior crew for a peak performance at the Northwest Regional Championships for the entire spring season, and last weekend the team did not disappoint. Junior crew sent a record 10 boats and 18 rowers on to the National Championships to be held at Lake Natoma in Sacramento next month.

New county plan won’t prevent Metro bus cuts on Vashon

  • May 21, 2014 at 4:37PM

A new King County plan to allow cities to buy back Metro bus service will likely not prevent bus cuts on Vashon, according to Chad Lewis, a spokesman for the county executive’s office.

UW helps rethink local agriculture

  • May 21, 2014 at 6:00AM

A group of University of Washington students is putting the finishing touches on several proposals — from revamping the Farmers Market to forming an island farmers co-op — in an effort to strengthen Vashon agriculture.

Donations are still needed to fund top priorities for schools

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:13PM

We would like to thank all the donors who supported public education on the island with a donation to the Vashon Schools Foundation during the recent GiveBig event.

Subject would be out of luck without the Red Bike’s grease

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:12PM

Thanks to The Beachcomber for the nice biodiesel article (“Some run cars off of restaurants’ leftover grease,” May 14).

Those in power aren’t leading society in the right direction

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:10PM

I am convinced that there is no system of government, no economic system, no constitution, no set of laws that will produce a free and just society if those who acquire power over others do not themselves believe in freedom and justice at the core of their being.

Corporations are not people

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:09PM

We are now gathering signatures for I-1329, an initiative to allow Washington voters to decide whether our state will support a resolution to pass the 28th amendment to the US Constitution that would state that corporations are not people and that money is not equivalent to free speech.

Flying high at Point Robinson

  • May 20, 2014 at 12:00PM

Sunshine and steady winds made for perfect kite flying weather on Saturday, which was Kite Day at Point Robinson. “This year’s conditions were as ideal as I think they could be,” said Captain Joe Wubbold, president of the Keepers of Point Robinson, which puts on the annual event. And it showed, as around 500 people made their way to the point throughout the day to fly kites, relax on the beach, enjoy live music and tour the lighthouse

Gluten-free duo earns national acclaim

  • May 13, 2014 at 1:00PM updated May 14, 2014 at 2:07PM

When Shauna James Ahern and Daniel Ahern first learned they had won the prestigious James Beard Award, they were on a ferry heading to Seattle. The announcement arrived via Twitter, and the couple squealed like little girls, Daniel said.

Fast-pitch looks to 3 final games

  • May 13, 2014 at 2:13PM

Last week was a mellow week for the Pirate fast-pitch softball, which played only one game and lost.

Choir sings freedom songs and folk music

  • May 13, 2014 at 2:10PM

The Free Range Folk Choir will celebrate the life and work of Nelson Mandela and Pete Seeger at a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Burton Community Church

Night of improv inspires the unexpected

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:00AM

Get ready for the return of the unpredictable when “Improv Night” comes to the Blue Heron at 7 p.m. Saturday.

What's Happening: Entertainment Briefs

  • May 13, 2014 at 1:43PM

Get out and about for music and dance on the island

Historians had help in creating the latest element of website

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:00AM

We thank you for the great Beachcomber article (“Vashon’s demographic history is revealed through new project,” May 7) about our newly created Census Project, which offers access to all census data concerning Vashon-Maury Island through www.vashonhistory.com.

Policy should evolve with our knowledge of the shore | Editorial

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:00AM

It has become a common saying that the Puget Sound is dying a death of a thousand cuts, with damage to this beloved body of water coming from every angle. One of the deepest cuts, it seems, is development along the shoreline

Kiwanis member recalls decades of service

  • May 13, 2014 at 1:29PM

Attending the last meeting of Vashon Kiwanis last week stirred up lots of memories, and I’ll pass on a few. I was a member of the Vashon club from 1958 through 1963. I rejoined in 2008, so I missed several meetings, but they let me back in anyway. Often Kiwanis met in the Alibi Café and sometimes at the golf club.

A day’s chores provide a chance to learn the awesome lessons of life

  • May 13, 2014 at 1:18PM

The grass in our front yard is 2 feet high, an undulating sea of leprechaun-green straw swaying in a taciturn breeze. My two young sons and I are seated around the breakfast table on a Saturday morning in early May, wiping up streaks of maple syrup on our plates with the last shards of salty bacon

Local family goes on first vacation with help from Make-A-Wish

  • May 13, 2014 at 1:11PM

A Vashon family with a child with a terminal condition will take their first vacation ever this month thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Heritage association secures former parsonage on Bank Road

  • May 13, 2014 at 4:00PM

The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association has secured the historic house on Bank Road that it has been fundraising to purchase for use as an interpretive center.

Some run cars off of restaurants’ leftover grease

  • May 13, 2014 at 6:00PM

When Jim Farrell drives his pickup truck past the Red Bicycle, he says he has one thought: “All right, eat more French fries.”

Loss of natural shoreline confirms concerns about Puget Sound health

  • May 14, 2014 at 6:00AM

Despite shoreline restoration efforts, Vashon has seen an overall loss of natural shoreline in the last decade, a recent study found, leading some to call for better education for homeowners, stricter permitting enforcement and even the banning of bulkheads.

Giving can mean more than opening your wallet | Editorial

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:00PM updated May 8, 2014 at 8:44AM

Tuesday, as many people learned when they opened their email and saw several funding appeals, was GiveBig.

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