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Vashon contractor blows whistle on Parks' Baldwin House work

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:26PM

The Vashon Park District failed to get a grading and clearing permit prior to some of its extensive work upgrading the historic Belle Baldwin House at Fern Cove, according to King County officials. Wendy Braicks, the park district’s executive director, said the lack of a permit was an oversight that the staff quickly addressed. Though called a grading and clearing permit, she noted, the park district’s work on the landscaping around the home has mostly focused on clearing invasive plants from the property.

Chautauqua music teacher prepares for retirement

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:19PM

The line of second-graders slithered its way out of Carolyn Candy’s classroom door one recent afternoon, dancing the snake dance conga-style. For the past several years, there’s been room to groove in room 115 — a classroom that boasts xylophones and drums rather than chairs and desks. That’s one of the reasons Candy — who’s retiring this year after six years as Chautauqua Elementary School’s music teacher and 27 years as a teacher there — is hailed by many as innovative, creative and gifted.

Is it time to build a new Vashon High?

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00PM updated Jun 26, 2008 at 12:17PM

When Keith Putnam designed what is now the main building at Vashon High School some 35 years ago, he included in one of his mock-ups covered walkways connecting the school’s scattered buildings. “And the school board said, ‘Why should we have covered walks? Let them walk in the rain; it’s good for them,’” he recalled. Now, that architectural feature — a hodge-podge of buildings that makes the campus both wide open and, in the winter months, a source of colds and discomfort — is seen as one of its greatest liabilities. Educators say that kids sit in classrooms wet and cold in the winter months, and attendance falls. They say the fact the campus is “porous,” as some have put it, makes it far less secure in this post-Columbine era, where student safety has become paramount. They also say an ill-fated educational concept of the ’70s, when Putnam designed Building A, has resulted in a building that today is cramped and unworkable. When Putnam came up with the design — three large octagons connected to a central area — open classrooms were vogue; no walls separated the classrooms, and the building, though not quite big enough even then, could accommodate all the students, he said. But the open classroom concept did not last long; walls were soon built to give teachers the noise barriers they needed to teach effectively. And today, Building A — the main classroom building at the sprawling campus — is crowded, dark and difficult, teachers and administrators say. Earlier this month, the school board agreed to offer up to Islanders a couple of different architectural scenarios for a potential bond levy next February. One of them — the option preferred by many teachers and administrators — includes a new 40,000-square-foot structure that would replace Building A as the main classroom facility: a square, two-story building that would have big windows, adequate classroom space and only a couple of entrances.

Fern Cove’s cobbles make for hard walking, but it’s well worth it

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 11:02AM

Mud then cobbles and more cobbles, the hike from Fern Cove south to Cove on Colvos Passage tours Vashon’s best beach forms. The first wonder is Fern Cove’s delta, then Peter Point’s salt marsh and finally the big rock before Cove.

Tall ships to return to Vashon’s quiet waters

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:57AM

More than a dozen tall ships, with masts up to 115 feet tall, will spend the night in outer Quartermaster Harbor before setting sail southward in a Parade of Sails at 8 a.m. on July 3.

Vashon High School achievement awards recognize high performers

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:57AM


  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:57AM

Three Vashon High School seniors recognized with athletic awards

  • Jun 25, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 10:54AM

Three Vashon High School students, less than a week from graduation, were honored with awards for their outstanding athletic achievement in the last four years.

Vashon summer concerts start June 19

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:33PM

Vashon folk dancing series kicks off June 23

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:32PM

The Village Green will be the scene of a lively concert and participatory folk dance at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 23. The concert, the first in a summer-long series sponsored by the Vashon Park District and Vashon Folkdancers, will feature the music of Pangéo, a four-member group drawn together by a passion for Greek and Balkan folk music.

Making jam in June: It is a metaphor for living life

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:31PM

June, with graduations and weddings and the garden’s demand for attention, is the calendar’s metaphor for a homemade jar of jam. You take the barely ripe fruits of your labors, give them a grand push of formality, endure the heat of an impossible schedule and an expensive, dizzying list of to-do’s and cross your fingers the finished product achieves a “successful set.”

Opportunities for Vashon teens could help prevent delinquency

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:30PM

Freshly graduated seniors have already heard their last high school bell and are steeling themselves for the next and often final phase of their education. Juniors, like myself, are anxiously awaiting their ascension to the apex of the high school pecking order next fall, all the while wondering how they managed to become the upperclassmen they looked up to just months ago. In light of this hallowed rite of passage, an examination of the oft-misunderstood role of youth seems relevant.

Vashon Pet Protectors give homes to lonely pets

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:27PM

I’ve always gravitated toward animals; as a kid I was the one who brought home skinny stray cats and flea-infested dogs. As an adult, I’ve rescued countless feral cats from the Central District of Seattle, where we used to live. When we moved our family to Vashon years ago, it was natural for me to volunteer for Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP).

Tour of Vashon High reveals sorry state of disrepair

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:24PM

It’s too early for The Beachcomber to weigh in on the merits of the three proposed renovations to the school district’s aging campus — different options that the district plans to take before voters over the next several months. It’s not too early, though, to take note of the sorry state of Vashon High School (VHS) and urge others to do so as well.

Dance!Vashon brings Pinocchio to island

  • Jun 20, 2008 at 3:22PM

Pinocchio promises to be a delightful showcase of talent A wide smile comes over my face this time of year as Dance!Vashon brings its Broadway-quality productions to my front door. As a kid growing up outside of New York City, spring always meant class trips to shows like “A Chorus Line,” “Pippin” and “The Wiz.”

Vashon Garden Tour happening June 21, 22

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:21PM

For the past 18 years, Island gardeners have opened their garden gates to allow the public to see the outdoor sanctuaries, private yards and garden beds that represent hours of hard work. Once again, this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, garden owners invite Islanders to visit and appreciate their labors of love.

Vashon residents should turn out for WSF's pricing meeting

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:20PM

On Wednesday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m., Washington State Ferries (WSF) will host a public meeting at McMurray Middle School to hear what Vashon residents have to say about proposed pricing and operational strategies. It is an opportunity for all of us to be heard on these subjects, and as many of us as possible should be there.

Vashon school retirees honored | Photo

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:08PM

Vashon fire academy graduates 15

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:07PM

A graduation ceremony was held at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue on Saturday, May 31, to celebrate the accomplishments of its newest members. Fifteen firefighters graduated from the recruit academy and were presented certificates by Captain Candy McCullough and Lieutenant Rick Brown.

New location for Vashon parks meeting June 24 | Meetings Schedule

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:07PM

The Vashon Park District board of commissioners will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. The meeting will be held in a special location, at Fern Cove, rather than the usual meeting location of Ober Park.

Anti-Iraq activist Cindy Sheehan visits Vashon | Photo

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:05PM

Vashon Growers to host Nutrition and Wellness Fair June 21

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:02PM

The Vashon Island Growers Association will present its first ever Nutrition and Wellness Fair at the Vashon Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Several Island health care practitioners and nutritionists will offer free information, food samples and services to the community.

Vashon-Maury Clubs & Organizations

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:59PM

A look at what various clubs and organizations on Vashon and Maury Island are up to.

Vashon's Two Wall Gallery seeks political art | Art Briefs

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:56PM

Quick shots of what's happening in the Vashon-Maury islands art communities.

Cheese-making class set for June 22 | Vashon-Maury Classes

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:55PM

Dance the Samba, and drum with RhythmJoy in the Strawberry Festival Parade.

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