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After a successful year, Vashon Bookshop begins expansion

  • Jan 20, 2010 at 12:21PM

Vashon Bookshop, which has been in business for nine years, is expanding — adding enough space to increase its inventory by 10 to 15 percent, owner Karen Barringer said.

Vashon responds wholeheartedly to crisis in Haiti

  • Jan 20, 2010 at 7:00AM updated at 9:59AM

Days after a massive earthquake shook Haiti, Vashon Islanders have rallied behind the small Caribbean island, planning fundraisers and raising thousands of dollars for the people of the ravaged nation. From concerts to an enormous bake sale at Bob’s Bakery, Vashon residents have thrown their support behind the country where as many as 200,000 people may have been killed by the 7.0 quake that hit on Jan. 12.

Ballots mailed for Vashon school levy; Election Day is Feb. 9

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 4:36PM

Ballots for King County’s Feb. 9 election, which were mailed to Vashon voters this week, include a request for a four-year levy to help fund the Island’s three public schools.

Lavender Festival to take one-year hiatus in 2010

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 4:36PM

Vashon Park District offers grants to Islanders and groups

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 4:36PM

Vashon Park District reinstated its popular community grant program this month, after the five-member park board voted to set aside $10,000 for the program in 2010. The program offers small grants to Islanders and nonprofit organizations with visions for events or programs that benefit the community. Last year’s park district budget did not have funding for the grant program, and officials said they’re happy it could be reinstated this year.

Hilary Emmer offers tax help Feb. 1

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 12:00PM updated at 3:55PM

The Washington State Combined Excise Tax Return is due Feb. 1 for small businesses.

Guitarist Ian Moore to play two Blue Heron shows

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:24PM

Ian Moore, an acclaimed guitarist, singer and songwriter, will rock the Blue Heron this weekend, when he takes the stage with an accomplished band of musicians for a full weekend’s worth of concerts.

Michael Johnson kick-starts a musical weekend on Vashon

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:22PM

There won’t be a shortage of music on the Island this weekend, with note-worthy shows on tap at two Island venues. The fun will start with a show by Michael Johnson, a renowned singer, songwriter and showman, who will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi.

'In Search of Amelia Earhart' is Vashon Arts' newest show for kids

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 3:21PM

Portland’s Nomadic Theatre Company will bring acrobatics, clowning, masks, dance and puppetry to “How to Fly: In Search of Amelia Earhart,” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24. The performance is part of Vashon Allied Arts’ new family series. The show incorporates humor in a quest to discover Earhart, who disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean. During the performance, a chicken also learns to take wing, albatrosses dance on stilts and migrating geese turn upside down.

Vashon arts events: Save the date

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 9:00AM updated at 3:18PM

“Comedy is Good for the Soul,” an evening of comedy and dining, will be presented at Sound Food on Saturday, Jan. 23. A soul food dinner will begin at 5 p.m., and the comedy show will start at 7:30 p.m. There is a cover charge of $8 for the comedy, which is for adults only. Comedians on the bill include Laura Park, Sean Ottey, Tom Sullivan, Jay Hollingsworth and others.

Vashon wrestlers win big at dual meet

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 2:46PM

The Vashon wrestling team blasted the talented 2A Washington Patriots 51-28 in a lopsided dual meet on Thursday.

Girls Basketball: Vashon dominates Life Christian

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 2:46PM

The Pirates handled Life Christian 63-16 in Tacoma, improving their record to 9-3.

Basketball: Vashon boys subdue Life Christian Eagles, 76-62

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 10:00AM updated at 2:45PM

A school’s character is revealed in how it ushers in its basketball games. On Tuesday, Life Christian’s announcer directed everyone to stand while a lone electric guitar twanged the national anthem. Before fans could sit, their star player, Drew Curry, gave a short prayer. Chants bellowed by Eagle fans sporting red, white and blue clashed with cheers from Pirates wearing green and gold. Meanwhile, 16 Life Christian cheerleaders repeatedly executed a complicated throw-the-shortest-girl-into-the-air routine perfectly as fans streamed into the cramped Tacoma gym. Finally, the anticipated moment arrived: tip-off.

Percussionist awarded fellowship

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 12:10PM

Brazilian, African and Indian drums line the shelves of Geoff John’s one-car garage, which he’s converted into a casual drumming studio.

Lawsuits filed over Roseballen paving

  • Jan 20, 2010 at 7:00AM

Some 25 trees — cherries, maples and birches — were to be planted next to the craftsman-style homes that line the Roseballen housing development in Vashon town.

Tax increases are not what we need

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 11:58AM

In the last issue of The Beachcomber, our state representative, Sharon Nelson, wrote an article addressing the seriousness of the state’s current economic situation. Rep. Nelson did a nice job capturing and synopsizing the state’s predicament and the impact it’s having on all of us. Those of us who are not independently wealthy and need to work for a living can certainly feel the impact on our daily lives. I’m sure the unfortunate folks who don’t have a job right now feel it even more.

Intimations of canine mortality: a beloved companion nears the finish line

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 11:57AM

I have contemporaries who describe themselves as “middle-aged.” This fascinates me. Either they have a stupendous ability to deny reality or an utterly unfounded faith in future medical advances. I, for one, do not expect to reach 100 or more years of age.

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 20

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 11:56AM

Know what concerns me most about this whole “grinding” thing? Not the “grinding” itself, whatever it is. Do a little research on Elvis Presley, and see what adults were saying about teenagers and their mores in the 1950s.

Submit music to be played on VoV

  • Jan 19, 2010 at 9:53AM

Voice of Vashon, which recently transitioned to a “mostly music” format, has a new way for Islanders to submit their music to the local media station (

A ‘Winter Feast for the Soul’ returns to Vashon

  • Jan 12, 2010 at 1:00PM updated Jan 15, 2010 at 4:21PM

County to work with District 19 in effort to determine water availability

  • Jan 14, 2010 at 3:53PM

The King County Council approved Water District 19's comprehensive plan last month, but with a caveat: Because of its 14-year moratorium on new water shares, the agency needs to work with the county to explore ways to end the water shortage.

Top-ranked Pirates stretch their winning streak to seven

  • Jan 14, 2010 at 2:30PM

The Vashon High School Pirate boys’ basketball team notched two wins last week in Nisqually 1A/2B League play. On Tuesday, they swallowed the Orting Cardinals whole, 75-43, and on Friday they chewed chunks off the Seattle Christian Warriors, to win 65-41.

‘After the Storm’ tells a story that inspires others to act

  • Jan 12, 2010 at 1:54PM

New Orleans was ravaged by hurricane-driven floods in the late summer of 2005. While much of the city has recovered a semblance of its former vitality, thousands upon thousands of residents are still struggling to rebuild their lives.

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