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Vashon's Belle Baldwin House: Popular and pricey

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 1:00AM

The Belle Baldwin House, one of three historic vacation rentals owned and managed by the Vashon Park District, has been wildly successful since it opened its doors to renters in June. The 1912 three-bedroom home — built for one of the Pacific Northwest’s first female physicians — sits just a few yards away from the beach at Fern Cove, perhaps the Island’s ecologically richest estuary.

Finding a common ground

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Island youth play in ‘Chumash’ lacrosse tourney

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 1:00AM

Lacrosse, “the little brother of war,” is America’s game, predating baseball by hundreds of years. Invented by Native Americans and played with fierce passions, it is in no way an effete game of snobs. History tells that the French and English borrowed the game from the Americans, graced it with sensibility and propriety, and then brought it back to America.

In our opinion A tremendous response

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

It’s been an intense week on Vashon Island in the aftermath of the Havurat Ee Shalom’s desecration. Stars of David, many of them printed and distributed by Islander Alice Orr, have been posted on windows, cars, even front doors. A vigil — organized by Father Tryphon — drew perhaps 100 people. Television crews arrived on Vashon, visiting, among others, The Beachcomber office. (They wanted a copy of the photograph we ran in last week’s paper of the anti-Semitic graffiti at the synagogue.) And finally, the King County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office have begun investigating the incident as a hate crime, calling it “a textbook case,” as deputy prosecutor Mike Hogan put it.

In our opinion A tremendous response

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

It’s been an intense week on Vashon Island in the aftermath of the Havurat Ee Shalom’s desecration. Stars of David, many of them printed and distributed by Islander Alice Orr, have been posted on windows, cars, even front doors. A vigil — organized by Father Tryphon — drew perhaps 100 people. Television crews arrived on Vashon, visiting, among others, The Beachcomber office. (They wanted a copy of the photograph we ran in last week’s paper of the anti-Semitic graffiti at the synagogue.) And finally, the King County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office have begun investigating the incident as a hate crime, calling it “a textbook case,” as deputy prosecutor Mike Hogan put it.

The incident at the synagogue is a lesson in the power of words

  • Aug 6, 2008 at 12:00AM

I love you. You’re terrific. Great job. Congratulations. I’m so proud of you.

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.

SCENE & HEARD

  • 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.

CLASSES

  • 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:

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