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Franciscan clinic adds lactation consultant

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:59AM

The Franciscan Medical Clinic will add the services of a lactation consultant beginning Dec. 3.

Senior center to face budget shortfall next year

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 8:00AM

The Vashon Senior Center is contending with cuts to its services and programs next year after losing a major source of funding.

County to award more than $1 million to four island organizations

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 6:00AM updated Nov 25, 2015 at 7:58AM

Culture agency and county team up to give Kingdome funds to arts, preservation nonprofits

VARSA kicks off series of talks to help, educate parents

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:58AM

Two nationally-recognized suicide prevention experts will be on Vashon Wednesday, Dec. 2, to talk to parents and the community at large about teens and how to distinguish normal behavior from something more serious, such as depression.

COMMENTARY|Help needed to save historic Grange Hall

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:25AM

When I unlock the door to the Grange hall and show it to potential renters, I always describe it as either the island’s second living room or like the mess hall at summer camp where you drank bug juice. Either way, for the last 10 years, it has been an honor to be a Grange member, rental agent and one of the stewards of this cherished island institution.

VHS seniors heading into final wrestling season

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:31AM

The Vashon High School Pirate wrestlers took to the practice mat Monday, Nov. 16, in preparation for an exceptionally tough schedule.

VAC holds first racquetball tourney, more planned for coming months

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:32AM

Vashon Athletic Club (VAC) held its first Thanksgiving racquetball tournament earlier this month. Islander Greg Allison took first place, and Abel Eckhardt came in second.

Pirates football team, coach, players honored with league awards

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:33AM

The annual Nisqually League football awards were announced Nov. 19, and the Vashon Pirates made a strong showing.

COMMENTARY|VIGA, farmers can combat food insecurity by encouraging expansion

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:27AM

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, food security means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active and healthy lifestyle. Conversely, food insecurity is “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.”

Editorial|Do not let pressure, stress of holidays take over

  • Nov 25, 2015 at 7:29AM

Human nature these days seems to come with a predisposition to focus on the negative aspects of life. Every day, people talk about how negative the news is and how much they hate to hear about wars, saddness and crime, yet not much is done in our personal lives to counteract that negativity.

Youth musical is set in a frozen land

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:00PM updated Nov 20, 2015 at 12:49PM

The Vashon Youth Musical Theatre will present “The Snow Queen” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Methodist church.

Storm packed a punch, but island fared well

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 5:00PM updated Nov 19, 2015 at 5:11PM

The first storm of the season blew in to Vashon with heavy rain and high winds yesterday, taking out power to the whole island for several hours in the process. Most customers had power restored by morning, but scattered local outages have lingered.

We need to understand ISIS motives

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 11:00AM updated Nov 19, 2015 at 4:53PM

After the Paris ISIS attacks, I can’t help but try to understand what the heck is going on over in Syria.

Lacrosse opens registration for all ages this week, expands programs

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:10PM

Boys and girls in grades three and higher should sign up by Dec. 15

North Pole’s longtime ambassador to Vashon retires

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 5:00AM

After nearly two decades helping create Christmas magic for countless Vashon children, the island’s emissary from the pole has retired from his sleigh-driving days.

Community feast, festivities planned for Thanksgiving

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:07PM

Islanders looking to spend the Thanksgiving holiday in a community setting are welcome at the Presbyterian church throughout the afternoon and evening.

Islander Maryam Steffen remembered as champion of youth

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:06PM

Maryam Steffen, an islander recognized for her work on behalf of island teens, died Nov. 4 at age 74.

AROUND TOWN

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 11:59AM

Music of the 1940s will fill the Red Bike; Lecture will look at Arts and Crafts artist; Folk choir will give Thanksgiving concert

Filmmaker discusses documentary

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 12:03PM

The nonprofit group Friends of Mukai will bring Vancouver, B.C. filmmaker Pia Massie to the island to show and discuss her documentary “Just Beyond Hope” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Spoke. The film is free and the first of a series sponsored by Friends of Mukai.

There’s little debate about the power of speech in VHS play

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 4:00AM

Watching “Speech & Debate,” this year’s opening play for the Vashon High School drama season, people may think they’re seeing a show about what The New York Times described as “a dark comedy (that seems to be) about a frumpy girl, a nerdy guy and an openly gay guy who band together to disclose the truth about a teacher who preys on his male students.”

First month of yard, food waste pilot program concludes

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 11:54AM

Recycling at Vashon’s transfer station is up 20 percent since June, and Zero Waste Vashon’s (ZWV) Jim McRae says the uptick is because of the compactors that were installed over the summer.

School board finalizes bond for 2016 election

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 4:00AM

Board agrees on $26.9 million bond for February ballot

American Hero Quilts marks 10 years, will host fundraising tea

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 4:00PM

A decade after American Hero Quilts delivered its first quilts to service men and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, those involved still provide more than 100 quilts each month.

Annual Fur Ball raises at least $100,000 for pet protectors

  • Nov 17, 2015 at 4:00PM

Hundreds of islanders clad in animal prints, tails and furry hats overran the Open Space Saturday night for Vashon Island Pet Protectors’ annual Fur Ball fundraiser.

King County Metro launches transit survey, seeks community input

  • Nov 18, 2015 at 6:00AM

King County Metro Transit is working to improve Vashon’s public transit options and is asking islanders to complete a survey to help officials better understand transportation use on the island and its limitations.

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