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Vashon counselor needs support to save job

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2013 at 11:27AM

Shirley Ferris made a plea for her job at the school board meeting at Courthouse Square last week. Not for herself. But for a position she’s held for years. The popular counselor is about to step down after four decades in education. Due to a budget crisis Superintendent Terry Lindquist is working hard to resolve, her position — as it stands right now — will disappear when she retires in June.

Disposal plan for glacier arsenic would have considerable impact on Maury

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2013 at 11:27AM

Preserve Our Islands, as The Beachcomber pointed out in a news story last week, is concerned about what Glacier Northwest plans to do with its arsenic-laced soil, assuming it eventually begins excavating millions of tons of sand and gravel from its 235-acre site on Maury Island. We’re also concerned about King County’s response to this pressing public health issue. Here’s why: The soil at the Glacier site contains arsenic, a carcinogen, at levels 20 times more than allowed under state law.

Everything your body needs is waiting right outside

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2013 at 11:27AM

Everyone’s talking about eating local in-season produce as the healthiest food to nourish their bodies. More and more people are supporting local farms in their quest to achieve the most wholesome diet. An excellent adjunct is to add a daily dose of the whole assortment of wild edibles available for foraging in copious amounts this time of year. Foliage, flowers, roots and berries of a variety of wild plants are in season on Vashon. Supplementing your diet with these foods is a potent source of raw natural vitamins, minerals, amino acids, bioflavinoids, and a host of other beneficial nutrients. It is the ultimate in food empowerment.

Pit bulls and Rottweilers don’t deserve reputation

  • May 28, 2008 at 12:00AM updated Jun 2, 2013 at 11:28AM

I am writing in response to a letter in last week’s paper rebuking Vashon Isalnd Pet Protector’s (VIPP) request for Vashon residents to adopt dogs. To ask that responsible animal-loving citizens of Vashon Island not adopt homeless dogs simply because Thorne is afraid of them and doesn’t like their poop seems ignorant to me.

Vashon-Maury letters to the editor

  • May 28, 2008 at 11:00AM updated Jun 2, 2013 at 11:35AM

Wallrof and Slaughter deserve votes...Posting on poles should be allowed...Vashon should take stand on Iraq war...more.

Vashon High students fight to keep campus open

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 2:00PM

When he’s a senior next year, Chris Carter noted, many of his classmates will be old enough to help determine the next president of the country or tote a gun in Iraq. But if a proposal put forward by Vashon High School’s administration is approved by the school board, neither he nor his friends will be able to leave campus for a sandwich at Subway.

Vashon man honors friend's memory with tireless AIDS awareness work

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jun 9, 2013 at 4:49PM

Larry Flynn lives on a back road, but he’s a strong presence on Vashon. His small green house, surrounded by native woods and cultivated gardens, overlooks Puget Sound. There’s a walking trail down the steep bank to a beach below, where an osprey lands as we talk. Flynn explains that he inherited the house from his friend John Thompson, who died almost 20 years ago of AIDS.

Get a glimpse into another world

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

A world exists beneath the waves of Puget Sound, a world of colorful invertebrates, elusive fish and an intricate ecosystem that few Islanders have the pleasure to experience.

HAPPENING

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Rhodie pulled from route

Lowest tides in years

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Some of Puget Sound’s lowest tides in years will occur today and tomorrow, meteorologists say.

Island children can take water safety class for free

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Any Islander who will complete third or fourth grade this school year is eligible for two weeks of swim lessons for free at the Vashon public pool this summer, thanks to a program called Make A Splash that King County and Vashon Park District have agreed to fully fund this year.

Humpback whale has lingered off Vashon for two weeks

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

A humpback whale, a rare visitor to central Puget Sound, has been spotted several times off the shores of Vashon since its arrival on May 12, according to Anne Stateler with the Vashon Hydrophone Project.

Vashon Islanders' replica of award-winning hydroplane is one stylish ride

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 4:00PM updated Jun 9, 2013 at 4:53PM

This weekend, a replica of the 1950s hydroplane Miss Thriftway will take to the water in Lake Sammamish, skating on top of the water at 130 miles an hour. The boat — a replica of the one made famous by Bill Muncey, one of the best hydroplane racers of the sport’s heyday — was created by 10 people, many Islanders, a labor of love by a group of men who relish the sport.

League track finals wrap for Vashon athletes on Bainbridge

  • Jun 3, 2008 at 2:11PM

Under cloudy skies, Vashon took 29 McMurray Middle School athletes to Bainbridge Island for the league finals in track and field. The races were exciting, and many athletes set personal records in field events.

Vashon-Maury Sports Briefs — Vashon Aquatic Club opens swim registration

  • Jun 3, 2008 at 2:11PM

Sports updates and announcements from around Vashon and Maury islands.

Vashon-Maury Community Calendar

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 1:02PM

A listing of community events on Vashon and Maury islands.

Vashon-Maury Club and Organization Briefs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 1:03PM

A look at what's happening with various clubs and organizations on Vashon and Maury islands.

Vashon women walk more than 10,000 miles collectively

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 1:19PM

A group of 25 Vashon Island women, members of the Island-based Road Crew Walkers, recently completed their 13-week winter walking challenge.

Vashon-Maury couple discusses Rwanda work

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 1:05PM

Ann and George Lewis, Islanders who have spent considerable time in Rwanda, will speak at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 8, to the Unitarians. The fuse was long, but Rwanda exploded in a flash in April 1994.  Genocide ensued.  In 1996 Ann and George Lewis took a three-year assignment to Rwanda with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), George to re-launch and direct the USAID program there. 

SCENE & HEARD

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon's Back Bay to host Japanese chef | Vashon-Maury Community Briefs

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 1:08PM

The Back Bay Inn will hold the first dinner in its “Taste the World Guest Chef Series,” featuring Japanese cuisine from chef Paul Motoyoshi at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 9. The five-course excursion into Japanese fare includes such dishes as chicken tempura with lotus roots and a soba noodle fan, pan-grilled orange miso salmon with deep-fried walnuts and a side of dragon sushi and plum ice cream.

Vashon-Maury FYI

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 1:00PM updated Jun 10, 2013 at 1:11PM

Jasmine Charlotte Azpiri of Vashon, daughter of Tressa Azpiri and David Hakala, and granddaughter of Ray and Edith Aspiri, graduated from Willamette University on May 11, 2008, with a bachelors degree in cultural anthropology.

Vashon's Blue Heron to feature woodwork, works of woods June 6

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 4:00PM

Rebecca Dvorin Strong, known for her abiding interest in dark and light interiors and landscapes, began a new series of tree paintings in fall 2006. These oils and gouaches will be featured, along with fine woodworking by Island artist Steven Caldwell, at Blue Heron Gallery in June. The exhibition will open 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, with a reception with the artists, refreshments, and live music by Richard Person, Jim Hobson and George Heidorn.

Dancers reach for the stars in new work

  • Jun 4, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Junior Civic Ballet is a free program sponsored by the Vashon Park District. It is open to all members of the community who would like to dance or work backstage in two productions a year. The company currently includes 24 dancers, ages 4 to 24, who rehearse on Saturday afternoons at Ober Park. A summer dance camp for two age groups will be offered in August, and rehearsals for the company’s annual “Nutcracker Ballet” will begin in September. For more information, contact Vashon Park District at 463-9602.

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