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In search of the holy grail: Vashon winery owner reaches a viticultural milestone

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 11:19AM

It was one of those damp days in mid-May when the temperature had stalled in the low 50s, apple blossoms shivered on trees, and Vashon, it seemed, could never be the kind of place a sun-hungry grape might ripen.

Sports briefs

  • May 27, 2008 at 2:37PM

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Vashon mayoral candidate locks up pizza-lover vote

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 11:17AM

Paul Wallrof, coach of Vashon Pirates Youth Football, is running for mayor of Vashon this year, and he’s got some creative campaign strategies. He has rallied the support of Vashon Pizza and The Rock Island Pub & Pizza, which are selling a “Big Wally Pizza,” and with each sale will donate $1 to Wallrof’s campaign. Zoomies has added a “Big Wally Burger” to its menu, and whenever anyone orders it, Zoomies too will donate $1 to Wallrof’s run for mayor.

FYI

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 11:16AM

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Vashon-Maury Community Calendar

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 11:15AM

Community events happening on Vashon and Maury islands.

Vashon-Maury classes

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 11:15AM

Classes offered to residents on Vashon and Maury islands.

Jamaican teens to change island climates to Vashon next February

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 11:15AM

Four Jamaican students, who hosted Vashon High School (VHS) students in Jamaica this February will have the chance to explore Vashon Island next February. This winter, four VHS students traveled to Jamaica with counselor Shirley Ferris, winner of the 2006 Doors of Opportunity Award. The four Island students were paired with four Jamaican high schoolers who served as hosts during their visit. Now, the Jamaican host students are preparing for a visit of their own to Vashon next winter.

Nationally-known artists' work to be featured at Blue Heron on Vashon

  • May 28, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:59AM

The Blue Heron Art Gallery will be the scene of a unique art sale this weekend, made possible by the generosity, sharp eyes and talents of Island art collectors and artists.

VAA to feature world fusion group

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:58AM

Island music aficionados are in for a double treat at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 7, when Vashon Allied Arts New Works Series continues with two acts in one evening — all-original world music by Resonance, a new Island-based band, and a performance by popular Island duo Pat Reardon and Kim Cronin.

Vashon-Maury Arts Briefs

  • May 28, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:58AM

Arts and entertainment happenings around Vashon and Maury islands.

Dancer dads add a dimension to Vashon ballet production

  • May 28, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:58AM

For the last 14 years, Martin Koenig has been one of the Vashon Dance Academy dads, getting his daughter Ravenna to dance rehearsals, supporting her on stage, cheering her on from the audience.

'O' so simple: new Vashon arts center keeps name short and sweet

  • May 28, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:58AM

Vashon’s newest arts and community center has just been named. The former Stewart Brothers coffee roasting warehouses have been given the simple name: O.

Dance academy performs 'Pinocchio' at Vashon High theater

  • May 28, 2008 at 10:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:58AM

More than 100 dancers of Vashon Dance Academy will showcase their talents in an elaborate production of “Pinocchio” on May 30 and 31 and June 1 at the Vashon High School theater. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Vashon Cemetery Road business stumped by King County code

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:48AM

For the past decade, Frank Zellerhoff Jr. has been grinding stumps, roots and other land-clearing debris on his five-acre parcel on Cemetery Road, transforming the waste into chips, mulch and compost that he sells to landscapers and other Islanders. His operation, however, is in violation of King County code.

Vashong merchants plan to stay up late on Thursdays

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:47AM

In an effort to encourage people to shop locally, several Vashon shops and stores will stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, starting this week.

Vashon Happenings

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:46AM

Deadline for Strawberry Festival grand marshal nominations due May 30...Bear visits Maury.

Run-in with King county over codes highlights affordable housing crisis

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:43AM

Last week, King County officials gave Island landlord Gene Amondson a final verdict on the four unpermitted low-cost housing units on his property: His renters have to move out by July 31. To those who worry about affordable housing, the imminent loss of Amondson’s units is a blow to the Island. According to Emma Amiad, president of the Interfaith Council on Homelessness, Amondson’s plight underscores a deeper problem on the Island — the scarcity of affordable and low-income housing at a time when more and more Islanders are forced off-Island by the high rents here.

Vashon schools face '08-'09 budget gap of more than $800K

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:41AM

The Vashon Island School District, buffeted by declining enrollment, a state funding formula that is wholly inadequate and a history of overspending, is facing another $246,000 in cuts, according to Superintendent Terry Lindquist. The latest budget news, announced to the five-member school board last week, comes on top of other shortfalls the superintendent has already begun to address. All told, the district’s projected expenses have outstripped projected revenues by more than $800,000 for the 2008-09 budget, a $14 million spending plan.

Vashon boy's best friend could be life-changer

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2008 at 10:40AM

There’s little question but that James McCrackyn, a 7-year-old Island boy, loves dogs. During a recent visit to the tiny home he shares with his parents, he sank into the couch next to Cleatus, an American bulldog, and Rosa, a black Lab, two animals bigger than he is, and laughed as they covered him with sloppy kisses. Now, his parents hope a dog might change his life. James, a boy with autism, has been preliminarily approved to receive a highly trained dog from Autistic Service Dogs of America.

Plenty of hardware to go around at Vashon horse show

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated at 4:22PM

The results for this year’s Shaggy Horse show are now available.

Jewell earns two state track medals

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM

The W.I.A.A. State Track and Field meet was held May 23 and 24, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma.

Vashon Rotary works to address health issues in Guatemala and Nepal

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM

A dozen of Rotary’s most prestigious grants were given out around the world this year, and Vashon Island Rotary Club is a partner in two of the 12 projects that were approved.

The power of youth

  • May 21, 2008 at 10:00AM updated May 22, 2008 at 10:32AM

It’s easy, it seems, for adults — especially those of a progressive stripe who are in despair about the state of the world — to rob youth of what they need most: A sense of hope and optimism about what lies ahead. It’s refreshing to see we haven’t completely succeeded.

A resilient community means a stronger future

  • May 21, 2008 at 10:00AM updated May 22, 2008 at 10:32AM

April brought amazing events to Seattle: a conference called Healing Our Planet Earth, the Seeds of Compassion events with the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu and a talk on Vashon by Joanna Macy. I participated in each of these, looking for inspiration about restoring Creation.

Heros behind the scene made auction a success

  • May 21, 2008 at 10:00AM updated May 22, 2008 at 10:31AM

The Vashon PTSA hosted its seventh annual auction, “Memories of Tomorrow,” on May 3 at K2 Commons.

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