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- May 19, 2009 at 4:07PM
Despite the rain, thousands of spectators showed up to cheer from the banks of the Montlake Cut, the Montlake Bridge and from nearly 300 yachts for their favorite rowers at the Opening Day Regatta on Saturday, May 2.
- May 19, 2009 at 4:06PM
With a thrilling overtime victory over Northshore in its final regular season game, the Vashon High School Lacrosse Club earned a playoff spot for the Division I Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Championship.
- May 19, 2009 at 3:55PM
- May 20, 2009 at 7:00AM
Conservationists often struggle with a dilemma.
- May 20, 2009 at 7:00AM
When lawmakers came to Olympia on Jan. 12, we all knew that the national recession, which is now a global recession, was hurting the state of Washington. By March, the revenue forecasts for the state had further deteriorated, and we faced a $9 billion revenue shortfall. Washington was not alone: 40 other states faced enormous budget gaps with a cumulative hole of $281 billion.
- May 19, 2009 at 3:45PM
One of the things I like most about Vashon is its diversity. Make the same assertion to 10 people about almost anything and you’re likely to get 10 distinct responses. So, I’m going to go out on a limb here and ask for unanimous consent just one time: Reading is important.
- May 19, 2009 at 3:43PM
A wonderful thing happened in our house this year. My 12-year-old son began coming home from school and diving into his homework without prodding. He now works on projects for hours, humming to himself, lit up by the joy of learning that his humanities teacher has inspired.
- May 19, 2009 at 3:40PM
About eight years ago, we were preparing to move to Vashon Island from West Seattle. At the time, I didn’t know anyone over here and was nervous about making connections and leaving my full-time job in the city, let alone trying to make a living from home with kids who were 5, 3 and 9 months old.
- May 19, 2009 at 1:05PM
Vashon Island Fire & Rescue’s liability for its alleged discrimination against a female firefighter could be nearly 20 percent more than previously announced, after a bill for legal fees came in higher than anticipated, officials said.
- May 15, 2009 at 4:00PM updated May 16, 2009 at 12:59PM
Aquatic club officials, inspired by a new study that prices renovating and covering the Island's only public pool at $1.8 million, plan to see community support in their endeavor to turn the popular pool into a year-round facility.
- May 15, 2009 at 9:12AM
Sound Publishing took home a trio of top prizes in Suburban Newspapers of America's 2009 Local Community Web Site Contest.
- May 13, 2009 at 7:00AM updated May 14, 2009 at 12:39PM
Andy James counted himself lucky when he landed his first teaching job at Chautauqua Elementary School three years ago.
- May 12, 2009 at 2:00PM updated May 14, 2009 at 12:30PM
The tomato, 2,000 miles north and 15 degrees south of its native home, often balks at growing well around Puget Sound.
- May 6, 2009 at 7:00AM updated May 14, 2009 at 12:13PM
The Vashon Island Fire & Rescue board, weighing an appeal on a court decision that could leave the taxpayer on the hook for $750,000, got more than an hour of advice last week when it turned to the community for input.
Virginia V, a grand old lady with a heart that beats strong, has something to tell us about what it means to live well on Vashon
- Aug 27, 2008 at 4:00PM updated May 13, 2009 at 4:34PM
I wrote a book about 20 years ago on the art of varnishing boats, and in an effort to lend my unproven words a little gravitas I introduced each chapter with a quote by some “bona fide thinker.”
- May 12, 2009 at 3:45PM
When Craig Kopet ventured to Vashon with his wife for an “out-of-Burien experience” last summer, he was a man in pain.
- May 12, 2009 at 3:44PM
Chris Szala, an Islander who has worked in the affordable housing arena for 20 years, has been named the new executive director at Vashon HouseHold.
- May 8, 2009 at 1:00PM updated May 12, 2009 at 3:13PM
A liquor store is slated to move into the heart of Vashon’s downtown core, displacing both the John L. Scott office and Eyeland Optical, two businesses that now occupy the 1920 brick building next to The Hardware Store Restaurant.
- May 12, 2009 at 3:11PM
Backbone Campaign’s “Procession for the Future” tour concluded last week, when a biodiesel truck stuffed with 25 parade floats rolled back onto Vashon after traveling more than 11,000 miles around the country.
- May 12, 2009 at 3:05PM
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- May 12, 2009 at 3:03PM
Every year about this time crocuses and daffodils pop their heads up through the soil. Robins start showing up in huge flocks to snatch worms drawn to the earth’s warming surface. And, people — children and adults — start playing on Vashon Park District fields. Or, as some would express it — sliding into home base with one eye on the dirt.
- May 12, 2009 at 3:01PM
First, let me make it clear that the Vashon school board didn’t ask me to write this. The Beachcomber did. I’m not speaking for any board member but myself.
- May 12, 2009 at 2:58PM
When I first came to live on Vashon, my attention was absorbed by the woods, filled with lush plants and abundant wildlife. Glancing at the beach, usually from a car window, I saw rocks, sand, water, sea stars, clam shells. Sort of a damp desert, I assumed, under constant assault by cold water, wind, periodic drying out, summer heat and winter temperatures below freezing.
- May 12, 2009 at 2:51PM
Seven graduating high school seniors will take center stage this weekend when Vashon Junior Civic Ballet presents one of the best known ballets of all time, Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake.”
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