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Taking preparedness to the next level

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 7:00AM

If awards were given out for emergency preparedness, Georgia and John Galus would be serious contenders.

VHS students to prep for green jobs

  • Sep 30, 2009 at 7:00AM

Vashon students will be able to test the waters of Quartermaster for chemicals, plant native trees in Island forests and study the health of eelgrass beds off Maury Island, thanks to a new effort to prepare Island students for jobs in sustainability and green technologies.

Solar Tour features 11 Island properties

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:54PM

In the last year, solar power generated on Vashon has tripled: Eight or nine businesses and homes have installed solar arrays since last fall, according to an Island electrical contractor who installs arrays.

Pirates suffer a disappointing loss to Port Townsend

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:47PM

Just outside Memorial Stadium in Port Townsend last Friday, it was a beautiful night. The Puget Sound was calm and peaceful, the moon rising above the Cascades. Inside the stadium, if you were a Pirate fan, a storm was brewing. Vashon, in its first Nisqually League game of the year, suffered a 14-10 defeat at the hands of the Port Townsend Redskins.

Soccer team makes fourteen goals in two games and wins both

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:46PM

Fourteen goals in two games spelled victory for the Pirates girls soccer team.

Runners have strong placing at Fort Steilacoom

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:45PM

Sept. 24 saw the Pirate cross-country team return to Fort Steilacoom for the third consecutive 3.1-mile meet of the year. The boys took third overall, and the girls took second.

Editorial: Get ready for the ‘big one’ — or even a snowstorm

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:41PM

Those of us who struggle to get our laundry done or keep our refrigerator stocked may quake at the thought of yet another domestic task: Creating Go Kits that will enable us to be ready in the event of a significant disaster.

Holy Days a time for reflection and giving

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:40PM

Each year as we turn toward the beautiful autumn season, Jewish communities around the world get ready for our most important holidays.

PIE phonathon is an important opportunity

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:35PM

It’s been a busy year here on Vashon, where the women hold strong opinions, the men try to look good, the children want higher grade averages and the schools are underfunded. School budgets have been the talk of the town for some time now. Our upstanding citizens ask one another, “How can Vashon schools possibly provide an education above the minimums mandated by state standards?”

Parent launches college coaching service

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:28PM

An Island mom has dubbed herself a college coach and launched a business this fall to help Vashon students prepare for higher education.

Harbor School welcomes new teachers

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:25PM

The Harbor School has hired two new teachers who have unique approaches to instructing inside and out of the classroom.

Time&Again: Vashon’s Sherman House has a history a century long

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:23PM

Francis M. Sherman, who was the son of early Vashon settlers Salmon and Eliza Sherman, built the Sherman House in 1904 and in 1911 in two stages — the one-story back part of the house on S.W. 204th Street was built first, and the two-story front part was completed seven years later.

A feast of First Friday shows fill the Island’s art spaces

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:18PM

The fall art season enters full swing this Friday, with openings planned at most of the Island’s galleries and shops.

More stops on this month’s gallery cruise

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:14PM

Photographs of 250-year-old cemeteries by Cathleen Shattuck will be shown.

‘Ponyo’ — a must-see film for young and old

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 12:10PM

Could anyone be blamed if they’ve fallen out of love with animated children’s films?

Arts briefs: Sept. 30

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 11:55AM

Julia Hanowell, an acoustic guitar player and singer, will be the featured performer at the monthly Café Luna open mic, which is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. Islander David Ray will host the event, and organizers said all performers and audiences members are welcome.

Get set for a joyful noise

  • Sep 29, 2009 at 11:53AM

The Community Gospel Choir, including Vashon Island Youth Chorus and guest Paul Cowell, directed by Marita Ericksen, will perform with the world-famous Total Experience Gospel Choir.

Planned athletic field upgrades will add playing space on Vashon

  • Sep 24, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 25, 2009 at 11:23AM

Athletes on Vashon have long scrambled to share space on the Island's few sports fields, some of which are poorly maintained or too small for certain sports.

Town Hall-style meeting highlights need for greater sustainability on Vashon

  • Sep 24, 2009 at 4:00PM updated Sep 25, 2009 at 11:04AM

Environmental sustainability turned out to be the top concern among Islanders who attended Monday's town hall-style meeting sponsored by the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council.

Brava, ‘La Bohème’

  • Sep 22, 2009 at 11:00AM updated Sep 23, 2009 at 10:48AM

Sometimes, in the cultural life of this community, an event comes along that is so special that for years afterward, Islanders find themselves divided into two camps — those who saw it, and those who didn’t.

County faces tough go in efforts to clean up Quartermaster

  • Sep 23, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 9:05AM

After two years of effort, King County officials have made little headway in a far-reaching attempt to get homeowners along the western shore of outer Quartermaster Harbor to address failing septic systems that are fouling the wildlife-rich bay.

Islanders tour high school’s aging gym, ask tough questions

  • Sep 22, 2009 at 12:00PM updated at 2:35PM

A couple dozen Islanders toured Vashon High School’s gym last week, where they saw lockers that no longer open, sinks that have no hot water and a boiler that frequently floods.

Vashon's community council elects new board member

  • Sep 22, 2009 at 2:08PM

The Vashon-Maury Island Community Council selected Allison Shirk, a grant writer with experience in strategic planning and fund development, as the newest member to its executive board.

A new lecture series aims to expand Islanders’ horizons

  • Sep 22, 2009 at 12:30PM

Vashon Allied Arts is branching out with a new program that will bring acclaimed art world movers and shakers, authors, conductors and other cultural heavyweights to Vashon for a series of informative lectures.

Island author shares a new Halloween tale

  • Sep 22, 2009 at 12:29PM

Debut children’s book author Tom Brenner doesn’t think Halloween should be scary.

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