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When it comes to the media, it's often what you don't see that is the most telling.
Community Events, July 2016
Nearly 60 vendors, including farmers, artisans and cooks, sell their wares at Vashon's weekly farmers market, according to the Vashon Island Grower's Association: far more than can fit under the small wooden shelter in the center of the Village Green.
One of the truly remarkable things about our island is how nice people can be. I had the good fortune of meeting a couple who winters in lands far, far away and generously offered to let me house sit. So, for several months last winter, I could brag that my house didn't have axles. However, you can imagine my outrage when I found out they had turned off the cable television. Yes, a whole beautiful house at my disposal without cable. That meant I would have to watch broadcast television like they did on the Mayflower.
Salmon are one of the most popular wild creatures on Vashon Island. The annual spawning event draws spectators to Vashon's creeks every year, but the fish's numbers are lower than they were decades ago.
Ninety-four percent white. It's a statistic about Vashon that is known well by many islanders and, when combined with the notion that Vashon is an extremely inclusive community, leads many to believe that racism does not and cannot exist here.