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Island artist releases book

  • Jun 8, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 9:33AM

Island artist Donald Cole's latest work is a vibrant synthesis of a lifetime of cultural immersion, exploring the motion and emotion of travel, the body and the passage of time.

Exercise your right to vote, stop wars

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

It was Memorial Day Friday and I was listening to news of President Obama's visit to Hiroshima, not to apologize but to acknowledge the loss of innocents in every war. Then I hear the story of a Vietnam veteran returning home after seven years in a brutal POW camp. The stories go on of families, soldiers and entire communities destroyed by war — wars that continue as I write. The stories always illustrate the fact that there are no winners in war and the incredible losses last long after governments surrender. Though I've never experienced those losses personally, the stories hurt deeply. I can only imagine the exponential impact of long-term and widespread grief on our communities today, communities in Asia, Africa, Europe and even here in the U.S.

Annual sheepdog trials raise nearly $9,000 for Partners in Education

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

More than 100 dogs and handlers competed in the four-day Vashon Sheepdog Classic last weekend, but the event also served as a fundraiser for local nonprofits and resulted in almost $9,000 being raised for the island's Partners in Education (PIE) organization.

Stop fireworks to keep island, sound clean

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

The US Geological Survey reported on May 2 that past fireworks displays are the probable cause of elevated levels of perchlorate in groundwater within Mount Rushmore National Park. The USGS and the National Park Service studied perchlorate and metals associated with fireworks in samples taken at Mount Rushmore from 2011 to 2015 and the contaminant levels were highest in soil and water where fireworks were launched.

COMMENTARY: Crazy ferries, no health care, Trump: Even the world on Vashon has gone mad

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

The world has gone mad. Systems already barely holding it together have taken a turn for the weirder or the worse. Is it too much to ask for the ferry system to know how to load cars, for presidential candidates to be coherently ideological, for credit cards to save us time and for local health care to … exist?

Loss of health center is crisis for all

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

The imminent loss of the Franciscan Medical Clinic is a crisis for our island. Not only do we lose the clinic, but also the doctors and nurses who staff it. When our beloved family physician for 30 years (Dr. Kappelman) retired several months ago, we began our transition to other primary care providers at the clinic, but we are now faced with their loss also. Not only do we islanders no longer have urgent care on the island, but also no general practitioners to fill the gap from the loss of five Franciscan providers — the few other island doctors are not taking new patients.

Cuts could threaten the welcoming community senior center

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

I moved to Vashon Island last June from California. The folks at the Vashon Senior Center welcomed me with open arms. Being partially blind and deaf didn't matter. There are programs and volunteers there which help with disabilities of all kinds. Since June I have learned a lot about the seniors who make the Center their social home.

Vashon Dance Academy performs “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.”

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon Dance Academy students prepare for the Gumdrop dance in Dance Vashon! "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory." The production is the 20th show directed by Vashon Dance Academy teachers Cheryl Krown and Julie Gibson. "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory," featuring more than 100 dancers, will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 24, 25 and 26 at the Vashon High School theater. Tickets are available at Vashon Bookshop.

Volunteers currently show their strength on Vashon

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

Over the years, we have written about the community in action over and over again, striving to make the island — or the world — a better place. It is always a pleasure to cover the stories of islanders rolling up their sleeves and tending to important work. Still, last week's Cascadia Rising stands out as a marvel of volunteer effort.

Film shows life on the trail

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

Islander and intrepid hiker Lizzy Corliss has organized a showing of the film "Walkumentary" at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the Vashon Theatre.

The work of a poet today: three poets discuss the topic followed by an open mic

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

What is the work of a poet in the world today? Islander Merna Hecht and Seattle poets Samar Albulhassan and Ann Teplick, will share the work they do — and the poems they write — at a reading to address the youth populations whose voices too often remain silent at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Vashon Bookshop. A community open mic will follow the reading for island poets to read their own work related to the theme of "The Poet in the World."

Beethoven marathon: quartet played every hour

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Girsky Quartet is on a mission to play all of the Beethoven quartets. Last season, the group's Vashon Beethoven Quartet Project did just that. They performed six of the 15 quartets, and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, the group will play the six quartets in a progressive concert held at three of the island's churches.

Seattle band plays at the Red Bike

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

The Joy Mills Band, which The Stranger described as "Seattle's liveliest country-flavored act since Neko Case," will play a show at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike.

Ferry ticket resale site test launched on Vashon

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

Island commuters who will not be able to use all of the rides on their multi-ride tickets before the expiration date can now sell them online thanks to a new website created by a Bainbridge Island couple.

Rowing: Two Vashon boats finish in country’s top ten

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

One might be tempted to assume that the 2016 USRowing Junior National Championships were plagued by leprechauns. First was the unrelenting greenness of the Lake Mercer course with trees hovering out from the banks. Then, the cancellation of all racing on Thursday's practice day eliminated the chance to fine-tune the rigging of the boats that the club borrowed for this distant regatta. Finally, in a very unusual circumstance late on Friday after a day of heat races, officials decided to cancel Sunday's finals in anticipation of high winds.

Islander now selling handmade kombucha

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

For the first time, kombucha drinkers on Vashon will have an island vendor to purchase the fermented tea beverage from.

Aladdin Jr.: Musical will bring magic to new stage

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

Vashon Center for the Arts Musical Theatre program will present Disney's "Aladdin JR" Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the center's new stage in the Kay (Katherine L. White Hall).

Summer Art Studio Tour kicks off this weekend

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

This weekend kicks off the first summer Vashon Island Art Studio Tour, a beloved tradition typically held in May and December.

Historic JesusBarn property for sale

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

The JesusBarn Farm, one of Vashon's most iconic and quirky buildings, is up for sale along with the Victorian farmhouse and nearly 20 acres of land that make up the property.

Ferry loading at Fauntleroy returns to old procedures, no bypass lane, destination papers

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

Nearly three weeks after Washington State Ferries officials implemented new loading procedures at the Fauntleroy dock in an attempt to help boats leave on time and filled, the procedures have been abandoned.

Lessons learned from Cascadia Rising: Be prepared, more volunteers needed

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 1:30AM

After participating in last week's regional earthquake exercise, leaders in the island's emergency preparedness community say it is clear just how cut off from help Vashon would be in such an emergency, that personal preparedness is essential and that more volunteers are needed to improve the island's ability to respond.

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue chief resigns

  • Jun 15, 2016 at 12:00AM updated at 8:48AM

Three months after Vashon's fire chief announced he planned to leave the department in the coming months, Chief Hank Lipe has resigned and will leave June 30.

District should not remain silent

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

In response to Benjamin Wright's letter last week:

Upcoming parks district survey crucial for future park plans

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

The members of the board and staff of the Vashon Park District have made the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for our park system a major goal this year. In creating this comprehensive plan, we will establish a vision for our parks and an operational plan for realizing that vision. We will need help from the citizens of Vashon as we work to determine what this vision should be. Islanders can help in a big way by participating in a professionally designed and conducted survey, the purpose of which will be to determine how islanders are currently using our parks, programs and other services, what preferences they have for the management of current park facilities, programs and services, and what improvements in our facilities, programs and services that they hope to see in the future.

Increased gratitude for VISD officials after reading investigation results

  • Jun 22, 2016 at 1:30AM

I read the contents of the independent reports regarding the alleged harassment at our schools and came away with nothing but gratitude for our school administrators, counselors and teachers who work every day to address parent concerns and support individual students. The report includes multiple instances of school officials reaching out to students to connect, provide support or appropriate discipline. After one parent voiced concerns to the McMurray principal, he followed through with at least 18 interventions such as talking to teachers and students and proposing new anti-harassment curricula.

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