TIME & AGAIN: Jedediah Paige barn: a sentinel to change

Buildings are often the sentinels of place. They stand as points of continuity as everything around them changes. On the west side of Vashon, the… Continue reading

  • Aug 8, 2018

County awards $84,000 to Vashon Senior Center

Vashon’s Senior Center recently received some good news from King County: an $84,000 grant from the Veterans, Seniors and Human Services Levy. Last week, when… Continue reading

Following fatal injury on site, lighthouse is closed for investigations

The Point Robinson lighthouse is closed for insurance and Coast Guard investigations after a woman fell there during the Low Tide Celebration last month and… Continue reading

Traffic code unclear about parking near island mailboxes

After discovering that her vehicle had been towed from a street in Vashon’s congested north end late last month, islander Emily Herrick was left stranded… Continue reading

Back-to-school drive under way for Vashon public school students

The annual back-to-school drive is under way for youth at Vashon’s public schools. Sponsored by the Vashon PTSA, the drive provides needed supplies for students… Continue reading

RV, cars, boat burn in weekend fire at Spring Beach

Vashon’s fire department responded to a fire in the Spring Beach neighborhood last Saturday morning. The blaze started in an unoccupied RV and then spread… Continue reading

Rowing club seeks help after falling tree damages boats

Lisa Lorentzen, president of the Burton Beach Rowing Club (BBRC), is trying to stay positive in the wake of catastrophe — on July 7, a… Continue reading

FIELD NOTES: Himalayan blackberry requires combat, creativity to control

By Chris Woods The voluptuous and fecund Himalayan blackberry was introduced to America by the eccentric plant breeder Luther Burbank in 1885. Burbank had some… Continue reading

  • Aug 1, 2018

Panel with formerly incarcerated people meets Sunday

A community conversation with formerly incarcerated individuals will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in the Land Trust Building. The panel… Continue reading

Sufi death expert is featured speaker at island event

What better way to deal with the searing heat of summer than a workshop focused on death? The Vashon Conversation for the Living About Dying… Continue reading

Senate candidates turn out for forum ahead of primary

Six candidates vying for Sharon Nelson’s state senate seat attended a forum in Ober Park last Wednesday and addressed the crowd gathered to hear proposed… Continue reading

Park district seeks new commissioner, revists old business

The Vashon Park District will hold a special public meeting on Aug. 27 to conduct interviews with the candidates who have expressed interest in serving… Continue reading

Strawberry Festival, an island tradition, continues

Vashon’s 109th Strawberry Festival came to a close last Sunday, after a weekend full of parades, music, art, food, and fun. The Vashon-Maury Island Chamber… Continue reading

Public meetings on supporting local healthcare coming soon

The Vashon-Maury Health Collaborative, which was active in trying to secure health care for the island after CHI Franciscan left, has reconvened and will hold… Continue reading

VIFR to buy new fire engine

Vashon’s fire department has begun the process of buying a new fire engine, following the failure of another engine last spring. The age of the… Continue reading

Forum meets tonight with candidates for state senate

A moderated candidate forum of those seeking outgoing Sen. Sharon Nelson’s state senate seat will be hosted by the new Unifying for Democracy group tonight… Continue reading

Preschool, outdoor camp opens for young islanders

All through the dark days of winter, the beginning of a new outdoor playschool took shape on Vashon with pictures posted on Facebook to prove… Continue reading

Island Quilter to reopen in town

Three years after closing in downtown Vashon, Island Quilter will open again next month in the former Windermere building. Owner Anja Moritz shared the news… Continue reading

Construction underway at island’s public schools

More than a year ago, islanders passed a nearly $10 million bond for capital improvements at the school district, and this summer much of the… Continue reading

Going wild: some island natural areas in transition

Neill Point Natural Area, one of the southernmost locations on Vashon Island, looks hardly touched by human life. Much of the native vegetation has filled… Continue reading