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Teaching kids about life doesn’t end when they become teens

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

I recall a woman telling me once at a party years ago that her 12-year-old was rebelling, starting to date boys too early and starting to be snappy and surly. I listened with trepidation, holding my new baby in my arms and wondering how I could avoid this fate. I remember the woman sighed deeply and said something to the effect of, “I don’t know what good it will do me to correct anything at this point. All of those parenting experts say that once your kid hits 13, you’ve done pretty much all you can do. From there on in, your kid is raised by their peers.”

We need a spirit of inclusion to help special needs kids thrive

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Seeing one’s verbal quote in print — as I did when I picked up Wednesday’s Beachcomber and read the story, “School board passes a $15m budget” — always seems a little stark and dramatic. Certainly the statement I made — that “Vashon does not have a reputation for supporting families with kids with disabilities” — can seem a little severe, given the number of caring teachers, support workers and community members who do support those families and children.

Islander shooting for Olympic medal in Beijing

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon resident, Canadian national and professional trapshooter Sue Nattrass, nominated early this July to Canada’s four-person Olympic shooting team, is aiming this August for the one target she has yet to hit in her illustrious 39-year career: an Olympic medal.

Salsa dance in the park

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

The second free concert of Vashon Park District’s summer World Music and Dance Series will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at Ober Park.

Luna hosts acoustic folk

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Cassandra Robertson, a Corvallis, Ore., singer and songwriter who plays “acoustic conscious folk,” will play a free concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9 in Café Luna.

Islewilde returns to Vashon Celebratory festival is homegrown and colorful

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Islewilde, Vashon’s homegrown, collaborative, build-it-yourself arts celebration, will unfold at Farmstad on the north end of the Island on Aug. 15 to 17, after nine days of workshops where participants will build puppets, make costumes and design events for the festival.

Trolls Cottage returns to the Rock

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Trolls Cottage, the band that loves the Island as much as the Island loves them, is coming back to perform at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9.

Send-off held for Backbone’s ‘Procession’

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

t Acclaimed, one-woman show ‘The Boycott’ will be part of the festivities.

Canadian country comes to Café Luna

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Canadian folk-blues-country rocker Herky Cutler will bring his genre of guitar playing to Café Luna at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Those who attend should prepare to play a percussion instrument Cutler will provide.

Festival brings world music to Burton

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Allied Arts’ annual outdoor music festival at Camp Burton’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater is this Saturday, Aug. 9.

Comedy comes to the Red Bike

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

t Islander Steffon Moody to host monthly event.

James and Stephanie Cook were married June 21, 2008, a

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

James and Stephanie Cook were married June 21, 2008, at Assumption Catholic Church in Bellingham.


  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Opportunity to join the Master Gardener Program

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Are you interested in learning more about the science of horticulture and sustainable gardening? Are you willing to share your knowledge with others to help them learn more about environmentally friendly gardening?

Want more dancing on our Island? Drop by and enjoy an

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Want more dancing on our Island? Drop by and enjoy an hour of fun with

From the community Pull tansy ragwort while it’s blooming on Vashon

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Now is the time for Islanders to be on the lookout for the noxious weed tansy ragwort. This is a persistent pasture and roadside weed that was introduced from Europe and Western Asia and is now unfortunately well-established on Vashon.


  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

A free workshop on Stress Relief Training will be offered at the Vashon Library. Participants will be introduced to three techniques for resolving stress and restoring balance.

Vashon College is gearing up for its fall 2008 course

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon College is gearing up for its fall 2008 course offerings. Early bird special tuitions are available until Aug. 17. Following is a list of the college’s highlights:

The market will be open at the Village Green from 2 to

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

The market will be open at the Village Green from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6. (Note the extended hours until 6 p.m.) Island farmers will be selling sweet and hot peppers, potatoes, basil, eggplant, carrots, broccoli, cut flowers, cottage bouquets, dahlias, gourmet salad mix, micro-greens for salads, cucumbers, kohlrabi, raspberries and more. Artist Anne Gordon will sell her scenes of Vashon Island as postcards and prints.

Crew makes waves on the lake

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

The Vashon Island Rowing Club (VIRC) masters felt the heat on multiple fronts during the Aug. 2 Summer Extravaganza Regatta on Seattle’s Green Lake.


  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Poll workers

Mediation efforts over District 19 lawsuit falter

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Commissioners for King County Water District 19 voted last week to suspend negotiations with developer Dan McClary after a day of mediation resulted in little progress, board chair Frank Jackson said Friday.

In the aftermath of a hateful act, Islanders express a mix of feelings Not on our watch

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Nearly 100 people gathered on Vashon’s main intersection Friday evening in a quiet show of support for Vashon’s Jewish community and to denounce what Father Tryphon called “a sin against God and a sin against humanity.”

North Passages: What is home? A place where honesty and flowers mix well

  • Jul 30, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Aug 1, 2008 at 12:19PM

Editor’s Note: Will North, an author, recently moved to Vashon. This is the first of several columns about life on the Island that he plans to write for The Beachcomber.

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