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Letters to the Editor: March 11

  • Mar 10, 2009 at 1:08PM

Hackett lawsuit shines a bright light on employment practices

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 8:00AM updated Mar 6, 2009 at 1:56PM

I was in the middle of updating a client’s harassment in the workplace policy and customizing my over 100th training on the topic when I heard the news of Lanora Hackett’s win in her lawsuit against Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR).

Pirates claim second victory at State tournament

  • Mar 6, 2009 at 11:39AM

The Vashon High School Pirate boys’ basketball team continued to display their dominance in day two of the 1-A State Basketball Championships at the SunDome in Yakima. Taking to fresh water for a change, they set sail on Lake Roosevelt to defeat the Raiders, 73-50, their second win in the state championship games.

Boys basketball team starts out strong

  • Mar 5, 2009 at 5:36PM

The Vashon High School Pirate boys’ basketball team opened their state tournament bid with a convincing win at the Yakima SunDome on Wednesday.

Vashon fire department to implement anti-harassment training

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 8:00AM updated Mar 5, 2009 at 1:13PM

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue will implement a nine-month anti-harassment and anti-bullying program that fire chief Hank Lipe said will enable the department "to make wholesale changes in the way we do business with our employees."

Island Lumber now sells auto parts

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 1:02PM

Island Lumber and Hardware has stepped into the void left by Vashon Auto Parts’ closing and is stocking automotive essentials, including batteries, fluids, filters, light bulbs, wiper blades and an assortment of other accessories, according to a news release.

Bob's Bakery starts serving dinner

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 1:00PM

Bob’s Bakery is now open until 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for take-out dinner and dessert.

Café Luna to offer wine

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:58PM

Café Luna should be able to sell wine by the bottle — as soon as its liquor license application to do so goes through, said café owner Natalie Sheard.


  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:49PM

Events for the week of March 5 to 9

Girls basketball team advances to State

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:38PM

The Vashon Pirates beat the Nooksack Valley Pioneers 45 to 42 in a thrilling come-from-behind overtime victory on Feb. 28

Boys basketball team captures TriDistrict Tournament title

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:40PM

The Pirate boys’ basketball team cut down the nets at the Mountlake Terrace High School gym on Saturday after winning the 1-A TriDistrict Tournament title. They begin play today at the 1-A State Tournament in the Yakima SunDome, as the number one seed out of the Northwest region.

Flea markets come to Vashon

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:16PM

Bargain-hunting Islanders may hit the jackpot in March, when Vashon will be home to a flea market each weekend, rain or shine, indoors and out.

From Uganda to Vashon, a priest finds his way

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 12:18PM

On a recent Saturday evening at Vashon's St. John Vianney Church, the Rev. Sylvester Ssemanda stood in the church’s narthex, quietly greeting parishioners who were leaving the 5 p.m. Mass.

Mural brings century of Vashon history to life

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 8:00AM updated at 12:18PM

A huge mural — still weeks from completion — hangs on a wall in a Vashon warehouse, where illustrator William Forrester is bringing a veritable century of Island history to life.

'Fame, the Musical' comes to Vashon High School

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 9:00AM updated at 12:12PM

Island teens will sing, dance and act up a storm in “Fame, the Musical,” opening March 13 and running through March 29 at Vashon High School theater.

Two Wall shows works of Peter Serko

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:09PM

Two Wall Gallery is gearing up to present “My Short Life in Photography,” a collection of photographs by renowned Northwest photographer and former Islander Peter Serko, with an artist's reception slated for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 6.

Art Hansen shows his iconic work at the Blue Heron

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 12:03PM

Art Hansen, a celebrated Northwest artist who will have a show in March at Blue Heron Gallery, has deep Island roots.

Letters to the editor — March 4

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 9:01AM

Without training, babysitting can be a nightmare — for all involved

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 8:38AM

You want proof that our species is resilient? Look at the babysitting that kids survive.

Middle school boys are working hard to figure out who they are

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 8:35AM

It’s a hard thing to watch a 14-year-old boy cry.

Shop locally

  • Mar 4, 2009 at 8:33AM

Islanders talk a lot about growing and buying local food — an act that helps to sustain our environment, strengthen our community fabric and support a fantastic lot of people. Equally important — and for all the same reasons — is shopping locally.

Soltman, former Islander, is a finalist for school superintendent

  • Mar 3, 2009 at 2:52PM

The Vashon Island school board on Sunday chose two candidates — Michael Soltman, superintendent of the San Juan School District, and Arthur Himmler, superintendent of the Steilacoom Historical School District — as finalists for the school district’s superintendent position.

Oscar night comes to Vashon

  • Feb 26, 2009 at 3:50PM

The annual Oscars bash at the Vashon Theatre drew quite a crowd on Sunday, with many people winning much-coveted awards.

Vashon Water District 19, Vashon Village developer McClary sign final settlement

  • Feb 25, 2009 at 3:00PM updated Feb 26, 2009 at 1:28PM

Water District 19 and developer Dan McClary have signed a settlement that puts a final end to a long-standing dispute over water availability for a proposed inn at Vashon Village, the water utility announced on Wednesday.

Vashon school bond measure: A primer

  • Feb 25, 2009 at 7:00AM updated at 3:55PM

After years of discussion, debate and decision-making by district officials, the issue is now before the voters: Will the Island endorse Vashon Island School District’s request for $75.5 million to restore and rebuild a high school many say is in desperate need of a makeover? Or will Vashon voters, known for their historically strong support of public education, send the district a different message, asking officials to repackage their proposal and come back with something that costs less?

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