Coast Guard pulls man from Maury waters

A Seattle-based Coast Guard crew rescued a man from the waters north of Maury Island, Thursday, Sept. 11.

Coast Guard Station Seattle received a distress call at 1:30 p.m. from the sailing vessel Nardia Bound, reporting a man had fallen overboard.

The boater, in his 50s, was wearing a life jacket and was tethered to the starboard side of the anchored vessel. However, the other passengers on the Nardia Bound were unable to pull him up, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Stephen Spaulding, a member of the search-and- rescue crew that assisted the man.

A response boat crew was dispatched to the scene from the Coast Guard Station at Pier 36 on Elliot Bay.

The boat crew took the man to the Des Moines Marina, where the South

King County Fire Depart-ment determined that he suffered only minor injuries, including hypothermia.

Thriftway to pilot on-site wine tastings

Vashon Thriftway has been selected to participate in a yearlong pilot program that allows on-site wine and beer tastings in Washington grocery stores.

Thriftway, one of 30 stores in the state selected randomly for the program, will be permitted to have one tasting a month for 12 months, beginning Oct. 1. At each tasting, beer and wine samples two ounces or less may be served to customers 21 years and up. Each customer can have up to a total of four ounces.

The Legislature created the program during the 2008 session. The Washington State Liquor Control Board will provide oversight for the pilot and submit a report including findings, complaints and comments about the pilot to the Legislature on Dec. 1, 2009.

The public can direct comments, questions or concerns about the pilot to the liquor control board via e-mail at

English to step down from council

Jim English, who has been president of the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council for five years and on the executive board for nine, has decided not to seek an additional term.

English and his wife Cheryl have decided to move to Anacortes, where they own a home. They made the decision in part because of relatives Cheryl English has in the Marysville/Lake Stevens area, Jim English said.

English said it is with mixed feelings that he leaves his position on the council, where he has worked to ensure discussions are civil and to strengthen Vashon’s relationship with King County.

“I’m really hoping the board continues to nurture those relationships because they’re invaluable,” he said.

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