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Liberian’s story puts our holiday needs in perspective | Editorial

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 6:00AM

Today’s issue of The Beachcomber comes out on Christmas Eve, a time when many of us are surrounded by loved ones, enjoying holiday celebrations and, of course, wrapping gifts. For the holiday issue, The Beachcomber chose to profile what one church on Vashon is doing at Christmastime.

Support our museum by visiting

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 6:00AM

I’m writing to remind readers to visit the Vashon heritage museum during the holidays. It’s open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday, except Christmas. It’s a not-to-be missed and intriguing experience.

Schools should stop teaching evolution

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 6:00AM

“Suicide Prevention” curriculum in the schools sounds like a good idea, but it faces a huge hurdle.

All students are at risk

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 6:00AM

I’d like to commend the school district’s recent recognition of the state of our young people (“Schools begin wide suicide prevention effort,” Dec. 17). One thing still worries me, however: the use of the term “at-risk students.”

Long-distance calls reveal who is naughty and nice

  • Dec 24, 2014 at 6:00AM

The isolation of island life seems more pronounced at the holidays, mostly in really good ways. As Southcenter Mall beckons, I hug trees. It’s not like me to hug trees, but it helps.

At Christmastime, unexpected moments bring the most joy

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 11:48AM

It’s funny how looking back on Christmases past, it’s not the moments you think you would remember that make the most impact.

Events are plentiful for ringing in the New Year

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 11:40AM

A variety of events will help islanders ring in the new year.

Review: Drama Dock tickles the holiday funny bone

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 11:27AM

If laughter is good for digestion, then Drama Dock’s current production of “Inspecting Carol” is the perfect dessert after a big holiday meal. Directed by Drama Dock veteran Chaim Rosemarin, this repeat performance of Daniel Sullivan’s 1991 farce is becoming a seasonal classic for Vashon’s community theater company.

Pirates continue undefeated run on the court

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 11:19AM

The Pirate boys varsity basketball team is off to a hot start and is currently undefeated through five games.

Wrestlers compete in Idaho tourney

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 11:09AM

The Vashon wrestling team made the long cross-state trip to the prestigious Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Dec. 19 and 20. This year, a record 10 grapplers competed for the Pirates in the massive tournament.

Girls’ basketball team notches first win

  • Dec 23, 2014 at 11:12AM

The Vashon High School girls’ basketball team earned its first win of the season last week at home against the Klahowya Secondary School Eagles from Silverdale, 45-43.

One person killed in single-car accident on Wednesday night

  • Dec 18, 2014 at 8:00AM updated Dec 19, 2014 at 11:26AM

A woman was killed in a single-car accident near the north end on Wednesday night.

Girls’ basketball team kicks off season, looks ahead for a win

  • Dec 9, 2014 at 5:00PM updated Dec 19, 2014 at 10:51AM

The Vashon girls’ basketball team began its season on Monday, Dec. 1, under the direction of new head coach Rob Kearns and assistant coach Brian Van Buren.

Five games in, basketball team looks to win

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 1:00PM updated Dec 19, 2014 at 10:50AM

The Vashon High School girls’ basketball team played its first home game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 9, against the Port Angeles Roughriders.

A Star sighting for Seahawks fans

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 3:21PM

Hundreds of people descended on the Vashon Thriftway last week for a chance to meet Seattle Seahawks linebacker and Superbowl MVP Malcolm Smith.

Preschool provides more than learning

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 3:15PM

The sounds of English and Spanish filled the air last week at the island’s newest preschool as children gathered for a snack before heading out for a romp on the playground.

Schools begin wide effort to prevent suicide

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:57PM

Vashon, the school district is beginning a three-year project to increase suicide prevention efforts in island schools.

Two programs help heat Vashon homes

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:42PM

As colder weather settles in, low-income households that need help paying for heat and electricity can apply for assistance through programs that are supported by several island fuel vendors as well as Puget Sound Energy.

Fire department passes a ‘lean’ budget for 2015

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:38PM

The board of Vashon’s fire department has approved what officials there call a lean budget for next year.

Program covers cost of emergency contraception for teens

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:35PM

In a continued expansion of the Granny’s Attic-funded medical voucher program, teens can now use the vouchers to purchase emergency oral contraception (EOC) at the Vashon Pharmacy.

Park district may lengthen pool season, votes down fee proposal

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:27PM

A proposal to adjust user fees at island athletic facilities and public schools was defeated last week in a sometimes contentious park board meeting, which included allegations that a park board member had acted inappropriately.

Schools effort is a welcome response to recent tragedies | Editorial

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:25PM

Our community has been shaken by some tragic and untimely deaths in the past couple of years, many of them suicides. While there’s nothing to indicate that this is a trend or the deaths are somehow linked, it doesn’t make them any easier to bear. In a small town like Vashon, many of us now know multiple people who have died recently. Even those who haven’t lost anyone are impacted by being around others who are shocked and grieving.

Funding schools presents a challenge in 2015

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:23PM

The new year is upon us. That means holiday celebrations, new beginnings and “the greatest gift of all” — the start of another legislative session in Olympia.

Pool should be open year-round

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:19PM

As Friends of Vashon Pool, we thank the Vashon Park District for agreeing last Tuesday to consider budgeting for a four-week extension of the summer swimming season. We believe the most important impact is that the extra weeks overlap the school year. School district officials tell us they are eager to develop academic, physical education and after-school sports programs around the pool.

Weathering catastrophes teaches valuable life lessons

  • Dec 17, 2014 at 2:14PM

When I heard The Beachcomber would be publishing a special section on disaster preparedness, I felt obligated to offer my expertise.

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