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Vashon style is tame compared to Seattle

  • May 12, 2015 at 8:43PM

My boyfriend and I were thinking about buying a house on Vashon until we read Emma Amiad’s recent column (paid advertisement) about the crazy and inappropriate way one person thought folks dress here. We decided to look for a house in West Seattle instead.

International singer-songwriter returns to Vashon

  • May 12, 2015 at 8:41PM

For over three decades, Northern Ireland musician Maurice Dickson has performed around the globe for audiences ranging from 50 to 500 people. Twice, the virtuoso guitar player has appeared on Vashon to sold-out houses. Dickson will return for a third concert Saturday at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

Islanders with ties to Nepal work to bolster relief efforts

  • May 6, 2015 at 6:00AM updated May 7, 2015 at 4:35PM

Anu and Birbal Rana were at their Vashon home late at night, preparing baked goods to sell at the farmers market, when the bad news came. A massive earthquake had struck Nepal, their native country, where many of their family members still live. In vain, they tried to reach their loved ones, but gave up at 3 a.m. Over the course of the next days, they learned their family members in Kathmandu were not hurt, though many have damaged homes.

Tragedy in Nepal is also a reminder of our vulnerability | Editorial

  • May 6, 2015 at 6:00AM updated May 7, 2015 at 4:26PM

The news coming out of Nepal is devastating: thousands killed and injured, towns destroyed and remote villages going days without help after a massive earthquake. The focus in the country and beyond is on relief, as it should be. The efforts by Vashon Islanders to give assistance are commendable. But as we watch and try to help from afar, let’s also consider our own preparedness for a major quake.

Local vet is recognized 40 years after Vietnam War ends

  • May 5, 2015 at 6:00PM updated May 6, 2015 at 3:46PM

Last week, as the nation took note of the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon on April 30, one island veteran made headlines in notable places.

Duo opens its doors to eclectic art

  • May 6, 2015 at 5:00AM updated at 12:49PM

The second stop on the Art Studio Tour map lists a spot where a mother-and-son duo — a retired art teacher and a provocative local artist — are showing their eclectic work together for the first time.

Sawbones stalwart calls it quits at 92 years old

  • May 6, 2015 at 5:00AM

Last Thursday, Sawbones held a retirement party for islander Emma Kukors. But a retirement party for a 92-year-old is no ordinary celebration, just like Sawbones employees say that Kukors is no ordinary woman.

It’s a shame no solution was found for the quilt shop

  • May 5, 2015 at 1:31PM

Island Quilter is now gone. Anya and Paul ended their fine run on Vashon with a fabulous party to celebrate their many accomplishments in the quilting world.

Don’t be hesitant to start the conversation about sex

  • May 5, 2015 at 8:00PM

Let’s be honest: “It” is not an easy subject to talk about. Most of us are uncomfortable talking about sex. But let’s take a moment and get past the blushing because this conversation is so important.

New program is a win for all

  • May 5, 2015 at 8:00PM

As a member of VIGA’s Food Access Partnership, I was delighted with the thoroughness of Susan Riemer’s article (“Effort will get local produce on more plates,” April 29).

County’s meeting should have been better attended

  • May 5, 2015 at 8:00PM

I went to the Community Service Area meeting on April 28. There were more county representatives there than were people from the community.

Conversation about park district should continue

  • May 5, 2015 at 8:00PM

Thank you, Vashon voters. Forty-three percent of registered voters cast their ballots on this off election, almost twice as many as the King County turnout.

Park district levy barely passes

  • May 5, 2015 at 12:58PM

Island voters have apparently renewed the Vashon Park District’s levy by a narrow margin. Election results updated Monday showed the levy — which needs 60 percent approval to be renewed — was passing by just 19 votes. Park District Director Elaine Ott said that with most ballots counted, district staff were optimistic the levy would pass.

Glory days live on for a Hollywood retiree

  • May 5, 2015 at 1:17PM

There are lots of retired people on Vashon. I am one of them. In fact, there are so many retired people on Vashon that I don’t have to feel embarrassed when I say, “I am one of them.” I don’t have to stammer and say, “Well, I used to be... .”

Select Vashon rowers out race stiff competition

  • May 5, 2015 at 6:00PM

The theme of the annual Opening Day boat parade at University of Washington’s Montlake Cut was Myths and Monsters with vessels wrapped in giant squids, chased by Loch Ness monsters and swarming with shimmering mermaids.

Pirate baseball team posts big wins

  • May 5, 2015 at 1:05PM

The Vashon Pirates baseball team faced a strenuous test last week, playing four critical league games in just five days. The team won three of the four, all in exciting nail-biting action, bringing their season record to 12 wins and just three losses.

Track athletes see success at Tacoma meet

  • May 5, 2015 at 3:00PM

For the third time this season, the Pirates made themselves at home on the campus of Charles Wright Academy for their track and field meet with the Tarriers and the four other schools who make up the Nisqually League on April 30.

Culture-wide shifts are needed for a more healthy community

  • May 5, 2015 at 4:00PM

Is our community up to the challenge of creating a “culture of health?” According to the Advisory Council on Nutrition, “It will take concerted, bold actions on the part of individuals, families, communities, industry, and government to achieve and maintain the healthy diet patterns and the levels of physical activity needed to promote the health of the U.S. population.

Lodges under construction, will open soon

  • May 5, 2015 at 12:43PM

In recent days, the north end of Vashon town has been buzzing with activity as construction for The Lodges on Vashon has begun.

A mystical anniversary: VIA celebrates five years with spirit

  • May 5, 2015 at 12:05PM

Vashon Intuitive Arts (VIA) will mark five years on the island with an all-day celebration including a psychic fair and concert this Saturday.

What's Happening

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 10:00AM updated May 5, 2015 at 11:36AM

A variety of musical events are on tap this weekend

Artists will open their doors for studio tour

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 12:41PM

The first two weekends in May kick off the Spring Art Studio Tour, when over 30 island artists will open their studio doors in 21 different locations.

Art blossoms at art spots on First Friday

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 12:37PM

Café Luna will exhibit the fine art photography of island photographer Lori Kay. Heron’s Nest will feature Mary Lynn Buss’ 50 mixed-glazed, hand-formed bowls. Clay water birds of Puget Sound made by Tara Brenno’s fourth-grade class at Chautauqua under the guidance of Vashon Artist in Schools artist Liz Lewis will be in the window.

Survey says teen drinking and drug use have declined

  • Apr 29, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Apr 30, 2015 at 11:08AM

Teen drinking and drug use on Vashon — once far above state averages — have declined, according to the latest Healthy Youth Survey.

Vultures rank second in league

  • Apr 30, 2015 at 10:04AM

The Vashon Vultures lacrosse team is sitting in second place behind Klahowya, sporting a 4-2 league record and having scored 88 goals to Klahowya’s 118, though Klahowya has played one more game than Vashon.

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