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Students voice tales of struggle and hope

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 12:48PM

As a storyteller, creative writer and teacher Merna Hecht knows firsthand the power of the written word. Among her many projects is a poetry program she established five years ago for the students at Foster High School in Tukwila, which is recognized as the most language diverse high school in the country. A poetry anthology created by students this year is called “The Colors of My Past: Immigrant and Refugee Voices of Struggle, Migration and Hope.” Next week, Hecht will showcase the project at the Vashon Bookshop, reading student poems and inviting audience members to experience several of the writing prompts she used for the project.

Rowers journey to Oregon with stiff competition for successful regatta

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 12:33PM

The Oregon Association of Rowers hosted its 20th Annual Covered Bridge Regatta, whose starting line is a few yards west of the stately, century-old Lowell covered bridge from which the regatta derives its name.

Baseball gets split results at recent games

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 12:29PM

The Pirates got a break from the rain as they took the long road trip to Chimacum to play the Cowboys on a sunny day last week and won the game, 19-5.

Soccer wins four, looks ahead

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 7:00AM

Vashon Island High School boy’s soccer team enjoyed double victories last week. The varsity wins were against Chimicum and Eatonville, both teams that sit at the bottom of the conference table. The matches were a solid display of Pirate soccer.

Fast-pitch team ends busy week

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 7:00AM

The Pirates fast-pitch softball team had a busy week last week, playing four games in six days. The Pirates finished the week with one win, two losses and one tie.

A legacy of pet rescue: VIPP celebrates 30 years

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 6:00PM

When island veterinarian Dana Ness was new to Fair Isle Animal Clinic a decade ago, she treated a cat that she suspected had a fatal disease and received her first introduction to Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) at the same time.

Donations come in quickly for group to purchase historic house

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 7:00AM

Vashon’s heritage association has quickly garnered $110,000 in pledges to purchase a historical home on Bank Road, more than half of what the group expects it needs for a down payment.

12 measles cases reported in Washington state

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 7:00AM

In the last month, a dozen cases of measles have been reported to Washington public health officials, who are closely monitoring the spread of the illness.

Actions during VHS construction pose a problem for the pool

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 6:00PM

With just weeks before summer arrives, park and school district officials are scrambling to solve a problem at the Vashon Pool caused by a mix-up during the construction of the new high school.

Schools foundation fundraises to fill budget gap and more

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 11:24AM

The Vashon Schools Foundation is again launching an ambitious fundraising campaign, hoping to raise $500,000 in pledges both to fill the school district’s budget shortfall and fund other badly needed items such as textbooks and the expansion of alternative programs.

Representatives are not honoring their oaths of office

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 11:21AM

I’m writing to strongly disagree with Sharon Nelson, who says that progress is blocked by a divided legislature. (“Progress blocked by a divided Legistature,” April 2.)

Fix the economy first

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 11:19AM

Everyone on Vashon has heard about the K2 problems. It’s the NIMBY big government culture. They tag teamed against business startups for 40 years. Not just at K2, but everywhere, and then when the zoning changed at K2, the bureaucrats got involved.

Repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 11:18AM

As a Quaker, my fundamental belief in non-violence leads me to call for the repeal of the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF).

Vote yes for buses and roads

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 11:17AM

Islanders should vote yes on Proposition 1. Prop. 1 on the ballot would preserve existing bus service on the island and raise funds for needed road maintenance on county roads. If the measure fails, routes 118 and 119 along with more than 100 routes will have their service reduced, while 74 routes will be eliminated entirely, gutting our regional mass-transit system.

Postmaster offers apology

  • Apr 15, 2014 at 11:16AM

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to a letter to the editor regarding the U.S. Postal Service and published on April 9 about an unfortunate incident in March involving missing mail on Vashon Island.

Schools foundation changing, but it’s still important to give | Editorial

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 6:00AM

It’s hardly a surprise anymore when the Vashon Schools Foundation begins its campaign in the spring. Most of us have learned the drill: The state underfunds public schools, so it’s unfortunate but necessary that islanders make up the difference if we want quality schools on Vashon.

Fatherly advice for first-time fathers

  • Apr 16, 2014 at 7:00AM

Over the last 13 years, helping my wife Maria as she essentially raises our four kids while I commute to work in town, I’ve learned plenty about being a father. I’d like to share a few of hard-won pearls of wisdom with readers who might find themselves in the first-time father situation.

VALISE holds open submission for all artists

  • Apr 10, 2014 at 9:03AM

For its annual All-Island (and Beyond) Invitational Art Show, VALISE Gallery invites every island artist working in any media to submit one original piece to be displayed in the show. The exhibit opens Friday, May 2, and runs through the month.

Bergamot Studio closes shop in Burton

  • Apr 10, 2014 at 9:00AM

After 17 months of curating fine art collections and home furnishings, Bergamot Studio owner Kassana Holden is moving on to a new project, closing her gallery and showroom in the historic Burton Masonic Lodge.

Affordable housing proves increasingly hard to find

  • Apr 9, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 1:24PM

Laura Daughenbaugh and her teenage daughter have been living in their rental home on Vashon for more than five years, but their house is now for sale, and they need to move this month. Now, Daughenbaugh — a single mother with her own business — has joined the ranks of islanders in the search for affordable housing, which many on Vashon say is becoming increasingly elusive.

Writer remembers father in new poetry book

  • Apr 9, 2014 at 9:00AM updated at 1:24PM

Islander Cal Kinnear likes to ponder life’s big questions. For this natural-born philosopher dressed in the guise of a writer, former English professor and bookstore owner, the answers to his musings often appear in the form of poetry. His latest and fourth book, “The House of My Father,” explores what he calls the magical border between memory and imagination in a series of prose poetry about his late father. Kinnear will read excerpts and talk about his book next week at the Vashon Bookshop.

Rocks star in a VAA science lecture

  • Apr 9, 2014 at 6:00AM updated at 1:23PM

Vashon Allied Arts will launch a new science series that will begin Sunday with a lecture by a local geologist.

Autism Speaks should stop speaking, start listening

  • Apr 9, 2014 at 1:18PM

Feeling a little blue lately? I am. April showers aside, this month is also Autism Awareness Month, which means everything is blue

Despite the debate, Bakkhos calls leaving a business choice

  • Apr 9, 2014 at 1:17PM

We’ve all heard of the time that the state proposed a bridge to Vashon and, as the story goes, islanders rallied against it, leaving officials running off with their tails between their legs. And most of us remember the proposed mining operation on Maury that islanders fought for years.

Chanteuse comes to the Blue Heron

  • Apr 9, 2014 at 6:00AM

Let French café music transport you back to Paris when Rouge, Seattle’s premiere nostalgic French music ensemble, performs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron.

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