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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.

Pirates on fire as they stretch winning streak to 6

  • May 7, 2014 at 4:38PM

Fans were treated to a high-scoring affair last Monday as the Pirate baseball team outscored Chimacum 13-8.

Strong lacrosse team ends season

  • May 7, 2014 at 4:35PM

The high school boys lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four games after defeating Gig Harbor last Thursday evening, 10-4, in a dominant performance.

Crew competes in prestigious regatta

  • May 7, 2014 at 4:32PM

Vashon’s rowing club was invited to three races at the Windermere Cup regatta at the University of Washington last weekend.

Soccer heads to season’s end

  • May 7, 2014 at 4:29PM

The Vashon High School boys soccer team played three games off-island last week, and the intensity was agonizing as each game was a come-from-behind battle that either resulted in a win or a tie

Islanders win big at wrestling state championships

  • May 7, 2014 at 4:27PM

The Vashon Pin City Wrestling Club took the Tacoma Dome by storm this weekend at the Freestyle and Greco Roman State Championships

The ‘Mother of all Shows’ returns for Mother’s Day

  • May 7, 2014 at 4:15PM

A wide range of talented artists, musicians and entertainers are slated to perform during the annual “Mother of all Shows” at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike

Author tells honest fish tale

  • May 7, 2014 at 4:09PM

Island author John van Amerongen caught a big fish when he landed the story for his new book, “Catching a Deckload of Dreams,” which van Amerongen will discuss and read from at 6 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Bookshop.

Dancers ignite the stage with 'Firebird'

  • May 7, 2014 at 4:05PM

Every fall for the past 18 years, Christine Juarez, director of the VAA Center for Dance, has thought about spring. That’s because she has the challenging task of choosing and adapting a classical ballet to showcase her graduating dancers in the annual spring ballet.

‘Werther’ concludes Vashon Opera’s fifth season

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:58PM

The Vashon Opera turned five last fall, and according to its founder and artistic director Jennifer Krikawa, it’s full steam ahead for the thriving nonprofit.

What's Happening: Entertainment Briefs

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:48PM

Music and dance are on deck on Vashon throughout the month

Our pickups may not pass emissions tests

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:36PM

Will has it right about all the interesting old pickups on the island.

Long hair and a pony tail can wait, but a pickup is essential

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:35PM

I enjoyed Will North’s column about trucks (“Old pickup trucks: at home on Vashon,” April 30).

More needs to be done for improved harbor health

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:33PM

I read the article by Natalie Martin titled “Quartermaster Harbor gets a boat pumpout” (April 7). I applaud the installation of a pump for watercraft sewage. This is long overdue. I also strongly support repair of failed septic systems that may contact the Harbor.

We all play a part in making forests healthy

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:32PM

This time of year, the sun-yellow blossoms of the Scotch broom burst forth like accidental fireworks. You are suddenly reminded of that nagging weed problem down in the lower 40 that has been all too easy to ignore during the snuggle-by-the-fire months. So you rush to the land trust office to borrow a weed wrench and march away with resolve.

Vashon’s demographic history is revealed through new project

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:26PM

After two years and countless hours of painstaking research and data transcription, a pair of islanders has created a one-of-a-kind online archive where anyone can find detailed Vashon census data for the last 144 years.

Food bank’s largest food drive to take place at the curb

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:19PM

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual food drive this weekend, with all the food collected at mailboxes and the post office going to the local food bank.

Senior center to install new kitchen, close for three weeks

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:14PM

The Vashon Senior Center will close for three weeks this month for the installation of a new commercial kitchen.

Vashon Island Bicycles closes its doors

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:12PM

After 18 years in business, Vashon Island Bicycles shuttered its doors last week.

Art Everywhere: Doors open at local studios

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:05PM

The two-weekend spring Art Studio Tour began last Saturday, when a slate of Vashon artists opened their doors to meet visitors, show works in progress, discuss their craft and sell art.

Orchard takes on a new purpose

  • May 7, 2014 at 3:00PM

When Cheryl Lubbert and Jim Gerlach first looked at their Asian-style home on Wax Orchard Road, they passed on buying it. The 27 acres of land and large pear orchard, they decided, would require too much upkeep.

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