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Vashon High's outgoing counselor to stick around part-time

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:10PM

Shirley Ferris’ office at Vashon High School was a hub of activity last week. And on this particular day, as she contemplated the end of her 41 years in public education ­— 30 of them at Vashon High School — she said she realizes coming to work each day rejuvenates her, rather than exhausts her. Little wonder then that this beloved high school counselor, last year’s winner of the Doors of Opportunity grant, plans to volunteer one day a week at the high school next year, working with the class of 2010, a group of kids she knows well.

Vashon school board agrees to float 3 building options

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:41PM

The Vashon Island School Board, determined to assess how much voters will pay for new or improved school buildings, have put price tags on three different scenarios that could begin to address the district’s long-standing need to restore its aging facilities.

Hardware Restaurant to sponsor 4th fireworks | Vashon News Briefs

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:12PM

A quick look at happenings around Vashon and Maury islands.

Vashon High Class of '08 graduates | Photo

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:16PM

Puget Sound Energy office reopens on Vashon

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 12:00AM

Puget Sound Energy officials, saying they want Islanders to use less of their product, have opened up an office on Vashon that will provide information on how to reduce residential energy costs.

Vashon-Maury food bank to expand services in new office space

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:37PM

The Vashon Maury Community Food Bank has recently finished remodeling office space in the hopes of providing more services to Islanders as well as creating much needed-work space for staff.

Vashon Natural Medicine is now part of the Washington

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 12:00AM

Vashon Natural Medicine is now part of the Washington State Breast and Cervical Health Program, which allows Washington women better access to health care.

Vashon's Winebledon to feature new events

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:41PM

The Vashon Tennis Club is adding open singles and women’s singles to their annual “Winebledon Tennis Tournament” this year. It was dubbed Winebledon because the tournament begins with a celebration at Vashon Winery and is held at the same time as Wimbledon each year, according to tournament director Bart Queary.

Off-islanders turn out for Vashon-Maury equestrian competiton

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:43PM

Vashon-Maury Island Horse Association hosted the 18th annual fund-raising competition, Two Days in Paradise, at Paradise Ridge Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8. Twenty-seven off-Island competitors signed up to bring their horses to Vashon to compete against the local equestrians, in spite of warnings about ferry difficulties such as extreme low tides and substitution of the Hiyu for the Rhododendron.

Master Gardener club meeting June 20, 21 | Vashon Community Calendar

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:53PM

Vashon Bookshop’s book club meets at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, June 19, to discuss Moshin Hamid’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a novel about how the life of one Pakistani immigrant is irrevocably changed after the events of Sept. 11.

Cheese-making class set for June 22 | Vashon-Maury Classes

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:55PM

Dance the Samba, and drum with RhythmJoy in the Strawberry Festival Parade.

Vashon merchants host flea market

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 12:00AM

Several Island merchants will participate in a charity flea market from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 21.

Vashon's Two Wall Gallery seeks political art | Art Briefs

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:56PM

Quick shots of what's happening in the Vashon-Maury islands art communities.

Vashon-Maury Clubs & Organizations

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 2:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 2:59PM

A look at what various clubs and organizations on Vashon and Maury Island are up to.

Vashon Growers to host Nutrition and Wellness Fair June 21

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:02PM

The Vashon Island Growers Association will present its first ever Nutrition and Wellness Fair at the Vashon Farmers Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21. Several Island health care practitioners and nutritionists will offer free information, food samples and services to the community.

Anti-Iraq activist Cindy Sheehan visits Vashon | Photo

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:05PM

New location for Vashon parks meeting June 24 | Meetings Schedule

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:07PM

The Vashon Park District board of commissioners will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24. The meeting will be held in a special location, at Fern Cove, rather than the usual meeting location of Ober Park.

Vashon fire academy graduates 15

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:07PM

A graduation ceremony was held at Vashon Island Fire & Rescue on Saturday, May 31, to celebrate the accomplishments of its newest members. Fifteen firefighters graduated from the recruit academy and were presented certificates by Captain Candy McCullough and Lieutenant Rick Brown.

Vashon school retirees honored | Photo

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:08PM

From glass blowing to dance, Vashon Arts has it for teens

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 6:26PM

Teens can find creative outlets — from Glass Camp to Summer Stage, to photography and dance — at Vashon Allied Arts’ summer programs.

Vashon folk dancing series kicks off June 23

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:32PM

The Village Green will be the scene of a lively concert and participatory folk dance at 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 23. The concert, the first in a summer-long series sponsored by the Vashon Park District and Vashon Folkdancers, will feature the music of Pangéo, a four-member group drawn together by a passion for Greek and Balkan folk music.

Vashon summer concerts start June 19

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:33PM

Vashon Garden Tour happening June 21, 22

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:21PM

For the past 18 years, Island gardeners have opened their garden gates to allow the public to see the outdoor sanctuaries, private yards and garden beds that represent hours of hard work. Once again, this weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, garden owners invite Islanders to visit and appreciate their labors of love.

Buy local, Vashon — and do it for the flavor

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 6:26PM

If you believe that buying locally is the same thing as shopping at Thriftway, then please read on.

Tour of Vashon High reveals sorry state of disrepair

  • Jun 18, 2008 at 3:00PM updated Jun 20, 2008 at 3:24PM

It’s too early for The Beachcomber to weigh in on the merits of the three proposed renovations to the school district’s aging campus — different options that the district plans to take before voters over the next several months. It’s not too early, though, to take note of the sorry state of Vashon High School (VHS) and urge others to do so as well.

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