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Cruise the Island

Tickets are now available for an Aug. 17 cruise around Vashon and Maury Island aboard the historic steamer “Virginia V.”

The cruise is sponsored by the Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association. The vessel will depart at 1 p.m. from Vashon’s north end passenger ferry dock and return around 5:30 p.m.

Tickets for the cruise are $60 for heritage members and $75 for non-members. To purchase tickets, call Barbara Steen at 463-9355, e-mail Vashonsteen@aol.com, or stop by the Island Heritage Museum or Books by the Way.

Community council to meet

Public safety and law enforcement issues will be the focus of the next Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting. King County Sheriff Rahr will talk about the county budget and its impact on Vashon, and Fire Chief Scott LaVielle will give a presentation on fireworks safety. The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 16, at Courthouse Square.

Funds are raised for James’ dog

The McCrackyn family, which was seeking $13,500 for a service dog for their autistic son James, has raised more than $16,000 thanks to a remarkable showing of Island support, the family reports.

The story also garnered local television attention, which in turn has led to national attention: “Good Morning, America” plans to visit James’ home once his dog arrives in February.

The additional money the family has raised will go towards a scholarship to help other families seeking funds for a service dog. Those interested in following the family’s progress can visit their Web site, www.dogforjames.com, which will be updated periodically.

‘Perfect Sport’ wins SIFF spot

The feature film “Perfect Sport,” directed and produced by three young men raised on Vashon, won the viewers’ choice award on MyFestival.com and will be shown at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). It will be screened at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at The Harvard Exit in Seattle.

PSE to host grand opening

Puget Sound Energy’s Vashon Island Customer Service Office, located at 18125 Vashon Hwy. S.W., reopened May 6, and PSE is inviting Island residents to an open house from 2 to 3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, June 12.

Attendees may tour the office, which features a multi-purpose conference room and a customer computer where customers can pay bills online. Refreshments will be provided.

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