Susan Riemer

First Japan Festival draws a crowd

An estimated 800 guests attended the Vashon Japan Festival at Mukai Farm and Garden last Saturday, such a good turnout that organizers have already started… Continue reading

Islanders consider possible health-care services for Vashon

Community members make wish list for health care services

Naturopathic clinic closes

After nine years working as a naturopathic physician on Vashon, Nicole Maxwell is leaving the island with her family for Boise, Idaho, where the cost… Continue reading

School district, support staff continue contract negotiations

Last week on Wednesday, members of one of the island’s unions stood on the corner of Vashon Highway and Cemetery Road with signs declaring what… Continue reading

Fire department buys new aid car

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has purchased a new ambulance, which will soon be put into service as the first-out aid car for many of… Continue reading

Land Trust to celebrate Bill Fisher, his gift to the island

The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust will host Bill Fisher Day at Fisher Pond from 2 to 4 p.m. this Sunday. Twenty years ago, Fisher donated… Continue reading

Community celebrates new track and field

A large crowd attended the ceremony for the new track and field at Vashon High School last Friday night, where district and project officials heralded… Continue reading

Ferry meeting draws crowd to comment on long-range plan, schedule

More than 100 people attended Washington State Ferries’ open house for its long-range plan last week at the Vashon High School, with many islanders commenting… Continue reading

Celebrate Vashon’s Japanese heritage this weekend

Islanders and guests are invited to spend Saturday on the grounds of the historic Mukai Farm and Garden for the Vashon Japan Festival. The event,… Continue reading

Overnight fire claims two homes on the west side

An early morning fire on Tuesday claimed two waterfront homes on the island’s west side. There were no injuries. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue was… Continue reading

MEETING TONIGHT: Working toward sustainable island health care

The Vashon-Maury Health Collaborative will host a meeting this evening regarding creating sustainable health care on Vashon. The meeting, set for 7 to 9 p.m.… Continue reading

Ferry meeting regarding draft long-range plan tonight

Washington State Ferries will host a meeting on Vashon this evening about its draft long-range plan. The meeting is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m.… Continue reading

Ferry advisory panel objects to potential schedule changes

After holding two meetings about the draft schedule changes Washington State Ferries recently presented, the Vashon Ferry Advisory Committee has sent a letter asking WSF… Continue reading

Island’s property values up 13 percent this year

The King County Assessor’s Office has begun the annual process of mailing valuation notices to over 700,000 property owners, including on Vashon, where property values… Continue reading

Neighborcare spells out financial challenges, listens

It was as a standing-room only crowd at the health care meeting last week, when Neighborcare Health officials shared information about the clinic and its… Continue reading

County targets stockpiles of asphalt millings

Weeks after the summer’s paving of the island’s main highway ended, King County has opened seven code enforcement cases regarding the stockpiling and use of… Continue reading

Volunteers needed for island senior assistance program

Neighbor to Neighbor, a program of the Vashon Senior Center intended to help island elders remain in their homes, needs additional volunteers. Currently, the program… Continue reading

Progress visible at Vashon High School field

Passersby at the Vashon High School fields will see obvious progress there. Workers started to install the turf last week Thursday, and by Sunday most… Continue reading

Ferries, health care meetings this week

Two meetings are happening this week regarding essential services to islanders: ferry service and health care. At 7:30 this evening, Aug. 29, the Vashon Ferry… Continue reading

Renovations underway at Mukai Farm

A variety of construction and restoration projects are underway at the Mukai Farm and Garden, where the Friends of Mukai are spearheading the effort and… Continue reading