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Take time to learn Vashon’s Native history, good and bad | Editorial

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM

It’s not often that an exhibit at the heritage museum is featured on the front page of The Beachcomber. The museum has undoubtedly put on some robust shows, but we believe its next offering, which will be on display for nine months, is especially noteworthy.

Web retail shop expands with storefront in Burton

  • Jun 5, 2014 at 6:00AM

An island couple has moved their successful online retail business into the Burton Masonic Lodge, where they will open a small shop on Friday.

Island preschool to close after almost four decades

  • Jun 3, 2014 at 3:37PM

Zoe Cheroke, a longtime fixture in Vashon’s early childhood education scene, will close the doors of The Barbie School for good at the end of her school day on Thursday, June 12, when she retires after a 39-year career of teaching island preschoolers.

Islander is in demand on the Seattle film scene

  • Jun 3, 2014 at 3:21PM

In the past couple of years, Eric Frith’s work as a film editor has taken him to the tropical highlands of Rwanda, the snowy peaks of the Himalayas and the salmon-studded waters of Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Suspected drug dealer sentenced to almost two years in prison

  • Jun 3, 2014 at 3:12PM

A man who’s been called Vashon’s top methamphetamine dealer has been sentenced to 22 months in prison.

Pool to open next week with temporary fix

  • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:00AM

The Vashon Pool will open for the season next week as part of a short-term plan the park district approved last week.

What's Happening: Arts Briefs

  • May 30, 2014 at 1:37PM

Vashon Allied Arts will hold a unique art sale this weekend, offering works from the private collections of passionate art collectors who live both on and off the island.

VHS delivers 80s nostalgia with 'Xanadu'

  • May 30, 2014 at 12:44PM

“Xanadu,” a musical continuing this weekend at the new high school theater, is a step back in time two decades to roller skates, leg warmers and headbands (does anyone hear Richard Simmons in the background?). With this final production of Vashon High School’s first season in the new theater, teacher and director Stephen Floyd has introduced a new crop of student performers we’ll all be watching for the next few years.

Three male rowers nab college scholarships

  • May 29, 2014 at 2:28PM

The Vashon Island Rowing Club will send three graduating male rowers to row for Division I schools this fall.

New restaurant opens, bakery gets makeover

  • May 29, 2014 at 1:24PM

With the opening of Rachael’s at Sound Food, islanders will soon have a new option for breakfast and lunch.

Remembering the fallen

  • May 29, 2014 at 1:18PM

At Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony at the Vashon Cemetery, a large group of islanders gathered to honor and remember military men and women who lost their lives serving the countr

Swing with Portage Fill

  • May 29, 2014 at 1:07PM

The sound of swing will fill the Grand Hall of Open Space for Arts & Community at 4 p.m. Sunday when Vashon’s much-loved 18-piece Portage Fill Big Band plays the jazz music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bennie Goodman and more.

Hip-hop band shares the stage with students

  • May 29, 2014 at 1:02PM

Sharing the Stage will kick off the eighth show in the series on Friday, when four student groups will open a concert by Brothers From Another (BFA), a Seattle hip-hop group.

Backyard pilgrim plans trip of a lifetime

  • May 27, 2014 at 12:00PM updated May 28, 2014 at 11:07AM

Last week, islander Phil Volker chatted and laughed with a visitor as he walked a well-worn trail at his home on Wax Orchard Road. With a hiking pole in each hand, the 66-year-old navigated pastures, the forest and hills with a pace that one wouldn’t expect from a man undergoing chemotherapy.

Pool's future still unclear as agencies disagree

  • May 27, 2014 at 11:49AM

At the Vashon Pool, everything is set for the summer season — the water’s pH is perfect; the boiler is running well, and the staff is ready to start work. Just weeks away from opening day, however, it is still not clear when and if the pool will open this summer, as officials at the school and park districts are continuing to work toward an agreement that will address the pool’s drainage needs.

Growing old: Local writer says it’s the best part of life

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:40PM

In a culture that places a high value on youth, islander and author Wendy Lustbader says that contrary to that notion, by almost every measure, life improves as people age.

Project now has an uncertain future

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:49PM

It’s been almost three years since Eden Reframed, an ecological and community art project, opened at the Burton Adventure Recreation Center (“Eco-art will tell stories of farmers and gardeners,” Oct. 5, 2010

Event reveals the complexities of chicken farming

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:47PM

I have been trying to figure out how to write something funny about the Mother’s Day Chicken Coop Tour. Given the inherent silliness of the very fact of it, this is not easy. I mean, how do you top something like a chicken coop tour?

Embracing tourism helps our island thrive

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:46PM

When you bring up the word “tourist” to an islander, you learn a lot about them by how they react to that word. Some people get angry — they fear tourists and the effect they have on the island, going as so far as to sport bumper stickers that call for the outlaw of tourism on Vashon.

Readers can contribute to out pages each week | Editorial

  • May 28, 2014 at 6:00PM

What do you do when you want your thoughts made known? If you’re like many people today, you grab your computer or smartphone. Posting on social media means your friends and connections see your thoughts soon and can respond. This year marked the 10th anniversary of Facebook, an internet phenomenon that has vastly altered how we communicate and who we communicate with.

Natural health clinic moves to new office

  • May 27, 2014 at 6:37PM

After a decade located in an old farmhouse south of town, Vashon Natural Medicine is moving to the former veterinary clinic of Larry Glickstein, who retired last year.

Tennis stands up to league opponents

  • May 22, 2014 at 5:00PM

The VHS girls tennis team wrapped up its season on a beautiful tennis day with the Nisqually League tournament at Charles Wright on Friday.

Track athletes qualify for District meet

  • May 22, 2014 at 4:48PM

With regular season complete, each Pirate track athlete entered the two-day League Championship at Eatonville High School with a spot at the Tri-District meet on the line.

Boys lacrosse team wins division title, has high hopes for playoffs

  • May 22, 2014 at 4:41PM

The boys high school lacrosse team finished its regular season last week with a dominant victory over South Kitsap, 19-1.

Fast-pitch, in fourth, aims for playoffs

  • May 22, 2014 at 1:12PM

Last week the Pirates fast-pitch softball team played two games, one league and one non-league. The league game against Eatonville was a crucial game for the Pirates’ playoff hopes. Vashon rose to the occasion, beating the Cruisers 12-3.

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