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Former food bank director recognized

  • Jun 23, 2015 at 10:00PM

King County Council-member Joe McDermott recently attended an island ceremony where he recognized former Vashon Maury Community Food Bank Executive Director Yvonne Pitrof for her service.

Unseasonably dry weather prompts burn ban

  • Jun 23, 2015 at 12:38PM

A burn ban was issued this week for unincorporated King County due to the recent unseasonably dry weather.

VPD continues to look for fields contractor

  • Jun 23, 2015 at 12:36PM

The Vashon Park District has reopened the bid process to complete the VES Fields and will hold a meeting early next month to discuss bids that come in.

Water district releases shares to possible housing developer

  • Jun 23, 2015 at 9:00PM

Vashon’s largest water purveyor recently released 20 water shares, the majority of them to an island man interested in building affordable housing near town.

Transforming a landscape on Maury

  • Jun 23, 2015 at 12:24PM

A quiet ceremony at the Maury Island Marine Park on Saturday was hardly a reflection of the busy scene the county-owned park has been for the last couple years.

Goat, addiction counselor vie for unofficial mayor

  • Jun 23, 2015 at 12:18PM

With about three weeks left until the Strawberry Festival, two contenders are taking part in a festival tradition and running for unofficial mayor of Vashon.

Quilt shop to reopen in former doctor’s office

  • Jun 17, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 2:45PM

Island Quilter, which closed its doors in April with plans to move off-island, will reopen on Vashon later this month

Well-known island musician returns to Blue Heron on Saturday

  • Jun 17, 2015 at 2:43PM

Singer-songwriter Carter Castle and fellow island musicians will perform original music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron.

Formerly censored painting now belongs to SAM

  • Jun 17, 2015 at 2:43PM

It’s taken over 40 years, but the art world has finally caught up to island artist Ann Leda Shapiro. Two of Shapiro’s paintings, once deemed offensive by New York City’s Whitney Museum of Modern Art, this year became part of the Seattle Art Museum’s permanent collection. The censored painting, “Two Sides of Self,” and another from the same era, “Woman Landing on Man on the Moon,” now take their seat in SAM’s small but growing holdings of 20th century art by women.

Dads and kids perform together at the Red Bike

  • Jun 17, 2015 at 2:41PM

Last year, the Red Bike held a special Father’s Day event that paired fathers and their children of all ages performing together. On Saturday at 8 p.m., the Red Bike will host the second annual event.

As CERT changes hands, volunteers continue to prepare for the worst

  • Jun 17, 2015 at 6:00AM updated at 11:09AM

Under Sunday’s bright afternoon sun, a group of people, flanked by horses and their riders, made their way across an island field, eyes cast down, searching the waist-high grass for a missing person, a role played by a 3-foot stuffed mouse.

Fulfillment grows in a life spent farming

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 6:00PM

When I first became interested in agriculture in the 1980s, I heard this joke: A farmer wins the lottery. When a reporter asks him what he will do with all the money, he replies, “Well, I’ll just keep farming till it’s gone.” The joke made it clear that farming was low-status work — the farmer was making a foolish choice because he didn’t have enough sense to do better.

Work, outreach around docks at risk is promising | Editorial

  • Jun 17, 2015 at 6:00AM

The news earlier this year that the Tramp Harbor dock is in such bad shape that it might be closed to the public was met with dismay on Vashon.

Moving up: A big moment for the class of 2015

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 1:00PM

Vashon High School’s class of 2015 graduated under sunny skies on Saturday at the high school stadium. The ceremony, in turns spirited, funny and solemn, featured several speeches. In an opening address, Principal Danny Rock said he has been impressed at how this year’s graduating class — 127 students in all — has handled both academic challenges as well as personal ones. “School is both preparation for life, and it is life itself,” he said.

Local wrestler an asset to Washington team at national competition

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 7:00PM

Standout Vashon wrestler Adrian St. Germain continues to rack up honors and was recently chosen to be on the Washington State Schoolboy National Dual Team for the second year in a row.

Nurse practitioner closes practice

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 4:00PM

After six years tending to island women’s health care needs, nurse practitioner Kimberly Valencia is closing her practice at Vashon Women’s Health Center

Two meetings will focus on dock issues

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 11:49AM

Public officials will hold meetings next Monday and Tuesday to discuss and take comment on issues surrounding two public docks on Vashon.

New restaurant will serve Mediterranean fare with a focus on local food

  • Jun 17, 2015 at 6:00AM

A restaurant opening in town next week will offer Mediterranean-influenced dinners with a rotating menu using largely locally grown food.

With differing opinions on animals, all can watch for deer

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 11:45AM

Thank you for whomever put the ad in the last Beachcomber reminding us to “Slow down spring newborn” with the drawing of the fawn.

Renowned transgender educator to speak on Vashon

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 6:00PM

Aidan Key, a nationally known gender specialist, author, educator and speaker, will lead a workshop at McMurray Middle School on Friday.

Food bank hires new executive director

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 6:00PM

The Vashon Maury Community Food Bank has selected a new executive director with more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership.

Free lunches and activities in the park to resume next week

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 11:37AM

The second season of Picnics in the Park, sponsored by the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank, will be offered five days a week this summer, beginning Monday, June 22.

Crew sends 15 rowers to tough national competition

  • Jun 16, 2015 at 11:36AM

Most rowing venues on the annual crew calendar are rivers, lakes, estuaries or bays that have been temporarily set up as a racing course. Nathan Benderson Park near Sarasota, Florida, is a noteworthy exception, having been designed and constructed solely as a world-class rowing venue.

Poet questions language that defines our world

  • Jun 11, 2015 at 9:00AM updated at 5:13PM

While the task for any poet is to choose the exact word or phrase that gives meaning — by naming or through metaphor — to an experience, feeling, image or thought, the self-assigned mission of island poet Cal Kinnear has been a deeply reflective process of un-naming

Singer performs her brand of Americana

  • Jun 11, 2015 at 9:00AM updated at 4:58PM

Allison Shirk and her band of five island musicians will bring a unique brand of Americana music to the Blue Heron at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

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