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VIPP VOLUNTEERS: MAKING THE SEASON BRIGHT
Elves return to Vashon, but with a different mission By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer
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Nearly 40 volunteers joined forces last weekend to participate in Vashon Island Pet Protectors’ wreath and swag sale. The sale, an annual Island tradition since 1993, was well-attended, according to longtime VIPP volunteer Terri Fletcher. The group sold more than $6,000 worth of the holiday greenery and garnered another $600 in donations — enough to cover one month’s worth of vet bills, Fletcher said. Fletcher, who’s been volunteering with the sale for nine years, said it’s a festive fundraiser, with Islanders stopping by in the holiday spirit and creative volunteers hard at work. She gave another reason she likes volunteering at the sale. “It smells good,” she said, taking in the aroma of a room full of freshly cut evergreens. The money from the sale will support VIPP’s cat shelter, dog adoption program and other efforts. Above, several volunteers — front row, from left, Emily and Mara Burns, Molly Malone, Roger Ford, Fletcher and, back row, Emma Newby and Ann Walker — make wreaths on Friday.
This weekend Islanders who drive through Vashon’s main intersection will notice some familiar faces: volunteers in elf outfits, complete with striped socks and pointy ears, collecting money from drivers who pass by. Those who pay close attention, though, will notice that this winter the elves have changed their game a little. Buttons on their chests show they are no longer the Food Bank Elves but the Island Elves. And signs on the side of the road tell drivers they’re now collecting for Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS), not the food bank. “(The food bank’s) donations are doing fine, and we thought we could help another agency,” said head elf Bernie O’Malley. Indeed, Islander Rex Stratton gave some money to the elves the first weekend they were out this month, not even noticing, he said, that they’d switched charities. “I’m so used to seeing them raising money for the food bank,” he said. Though the elves have become linked with the food bank, O’Malley pointed out that none of them were food bank volunteers when they began the effort three years ago. “We just started out as elves and took up the food bank cause. … We’re
just freelance elves,” he said with a laugh. The fundraiser began in the winter of 2008, when the food bank saw a sudden surge in need due to the recession. O’Malley, owner of East West Produce, the fresh food market sometimes in front of The Hardware Store Restaurant, had donated produce to the food bank and knew several people who used it; he’d also read newspaper articles about its struggles to make ends meet and wanted to help out. He and a friend, Tag Gornall, devised a way to combine what they considered two successful fundraisers — firefighters collecting money from drivers and Salvation Army volunteers ringing bells outside stores. They gathered about a dozen of their friends, many of them well-known Islanders, who agreed to ring bells at the intersection and embraced the eye-catching elf costumes. Now, drive-by donations at the four-way stop average a few dollars, O’Malley said, but range from 25 cents to several hundred dollars. One year a man pulled up and handed an elf a $1,000 check. “It’s successful for a couple reasons,” O’Malley said. “It’s small entertainment, it builds community spirit, SEE ELVES, 19
Art Studio Tour: Shane Jewell and Emily Pruiksma
A couple learns to live simply, richly By JULI MORSER For The Beachcomber
To step into Shane Jewell and Emily Pruiksma’s home in Paradise Valley is to enter a world made by hand — their own hands. Consider first where they live: Tucked behind Plum Forest Farm, past wooden gates, a chicken coop and several Scottish Highland cows, sits a pair of yurts, the couple’s home and music studio. Inside, the hand-made feel begins with the warm patina of the hand-packed earthen cob floor on up to the hand-bent poles supporting the handsewn cover. Then look around: There’s the folding rocking chair Pruiksma made. Jewell’s handcrafted 17-foot umiak. The beloved hurdy-gurdy he built.
A sturdy worm bin Pruiksma crafted. They don’t own a car. A wood-fired cookstove heats the hot water tank. They power their washing machine by pedaling a stationary bicycle. Energy for their electric chainsaw and rototiller comes from the sun. Their 1920s-era treadle sewing machine — gifted to them by an Islander — is a steady workhorse. And these days, as they ready themselves for Vashon’s 29th annual Art Studio Tour this weekend, their handcrafted lives are on display more than ever. Hand-dipped beeswax candles — made in part from beeswax they collected on Vashon — line a table. Etched-glass candle holders and pendant necklaces line another. And Pruiksma’s SEE COUPLE, 26
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Shane Jewell and Emily Pruiksma’s life, as well as their art, will be on display at this weekend’s Art Studio Tour.
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A party that resulted in property damage prompts concerns By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer
Vashon Island School Districtâ€™s new substance abuse prevention specialist plans to hold a special meeting with parents next week, in part because of mounting parental concern about the teen party scene on the Island this fall. Two teen parties in the last month got so out of hand that the King County Sheriffâ€™s Office responded. According to a police incident report, one of those parties involved teens breaking into a Vashon home that nobody currently lives in because the owner has listed it for sale. Considerable property damage occurred, including a hole punched into a wall, a broken window screen and soiled carpets, Sgt. Cindi West, spokeswoman for the sheriffâ€™s office, said. One 16-year-old was arrested, West said. Owners of the home, however, opted not to press charges; the two families, she said, are working out some kind of restitution. Terrie Tilotta, a prevention and intervention specialist hired by the Puget Sound Educational Services District to serve Vashon, said Vashon High School doesnâ€™t have
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a role to play in a situation like the party at the vacant house. â€œWhen it happens and itâ€™s not at school, the schoolâ€™s role is pretty minimal,â€? she said. Nonetheless, she noted, parents are voicing concern about Vashonâ€™s party scene and are wondering how they can work with the school district and talk to other parents about their concerns or observations. Tilotta held a meeting in October after eight parents approached her to discuss their concerns; 20 attended, she said. As a result, sheâ€™s now holding a meeting open to all parents to discuss teen substance abuse. â€œThe schoolâ€™s a partner,â€? she said. Parents, however, canâ€™t turn to the school for discipline or expect the school to enforce family rules, she added. â€œWe want to make sure parents have the skills to address these situations. â€Ś We want to make sure weâ€™re shoring up our families.â€? One issue, she noted, is that parents arenâ€™t sure how to talk to other parents about what they see happening or what their teens tell them. She hopes to help parents begin to find ways to have what she called â€œadult conversationsâ€? with one another. Laura Wishik, chair of the school board and the mother of two, also said sheâ€™d like to help parents get together to discuss concerns and share information. â€œI hear from a lot of parents that theyâ€™re afraid about contacting other parents and afraid of talking to school officials,â€? she said. Indeed, she said, sheâ€™s experienced how delicate such conversations can be. â€œLast year, I heard rumors about kids using and con-
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tacted parents with mixed results,â€? she said. Parents, however, need to get past there reluctance to speak openly about what theyâ€™re hearing, se said. â€œWe need to work together in order to make the environment at school and on Vashon as safe as possible,â€? she said. Wishik has also asked her fellow board members to list the issue of addressing teen substance abuse as one of their goals for the upcoming year. If the board approves the goal, the five-member panel would likely review the districtâ€™s policies and procedures â€œin order to be sure theyâ€™re sufficient,â€? Wishik said. Robin Blair, who heads the Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse (VARSA), said she, too, has been hearing from concerned parents. â€œThere are a lot of anxieties right now based on the fact that there were two parties,â€? she said. But Blair said parents, school officials and community leaders need more information in order to ensure theyâ€™re responding intelligently, not simply emotionally. â€œI have a concern (about partying),â€? she said. â€œWhat I donâ€™t have is a really solid understanding of the depth of the problem.â€? To that end, she said, VARSA plans to survey parents, teachers, coaches and others in January to try to more fully understand teen substance abuse on Vashon. The organization also hopes to survey teens again. Tilotta, Blair added, is a great resource for parents. â€œBut the solutions to this long term donâ€™t lie with her,â€? Blair added. â€œThey lie with the community.â€?
Challenge Day, an effort to strengthen the high school community by spotlighting the harmful impact of cliques and bullying, will return to Vashon High School Dec. 12 and 13. Organizer Robin Blair, chair of the Vashon Alliance to Reduce Substance Abuse (VARSA), hopes to get 250 students and 50 community members to attend the event â€” with half attending one day and the other half attending the next. In March, Challenge Day â€” an award-winning, day-long experiential program â€” came to Vashon. About 85 students and adults attended. Total costs for the two day-long events is $7,400, she said, which covers the costs of bringing staff from the California-based nonprofit to Vashon. So far, she said, sheâ€™s raised $6,800 â€” with support coming from VARSA, the Vashon Healthy Community Network, Seeds4Success and individuals. Those who wish to support the project can contribute $50 â€” enough to cover the costs of one student, Blair said. The program uses a series of games and trust-building exercises to break down walls of separation and create new levels of empathy and respect, according to its website. Blair said she hopes it will be effective on Vashon, where bullying and violence are not pronounced but where many still fail to appreciate one anotherâ€™s differences. â€œMy hope is that Challenge Day will help this group of kids see how alike we are and that our differences are our gift and that weâ€™re a better community ... if we value each othersâ€™ differences,â€? she said. To support Challenge Day, write a check to VHS, with â€œChallenge Dayâ€? in the memo section, and drop it off at the VHS office or mail it to Blair at 17511 100th Ave. S.W., No. 1, Vashon, 98070.
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Chautauquaâ€™s long-running bird program grabs a national spotlight By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer
Every now and then, retired school teacher Carol Ferch will hear from one of her former students that he or she is still birding, a decade or two after learning about Vashonâ€™s native birds as a student in her fourth-grade classroom. And every time she gets such a comment, she said, she feels a wave of pride about a program she and several other Islanders helped to establish 20 years ago. Now, those involved with Vashonâ€™s much-celebrated fourth-grade bird program have another feather in their cap: Cornell Universityâ€™s Ornithology Lab, arguably the leading center for bird research in North America, has spotlighted the Chautauqua Elementary School program on its â€œCelebrate Urban Birdsâ€? website. â€œItâ€™s just so exciting,â€? Ferch said of the recognition. â€œAfter I retired, â€Ś people just stepped up to the plate and made it last this long. â€Ś. I hope it keeps going forever.â€? Cornell selected Vashonâ€™s long-running program after hearing about it from Rose Belknap, a Vashon artist who sent a packet of information about the Chautauqua program to the university earlier this year. Belknap, who has gotten grants from Vashon Allied Artsâ€™ Artists-in-the-Schools program to work with Chautauqua students for the last several years, sees the birding program as a way to explore not only biology and ecology but also art: She has each student sketch the birds theyâ€™re studying, culminating in detailed, full-color renditions that earlier this year formed the basis of an art show at Wings Birdseed Co.
It was that combination of art and science that wowed the woman who runs Cornellâ€™s Celebrate Urban Birds program. â€œI was very impressed with the collaboration,â€? said Karen Purcell, project leader for Celebrate Urban Birds. She was struck by the breadth and depth of the program as well as its use of art to deepen studentsâ€™ awareness of birds, she said. Integrating arts into a science study, she said, â€œis something Iâ€™ve seen over the years as an unbelievably strong way to reach all students, to reach as many students as possible.â€? â€œThere are other programs that utilize the arts,â€? she added. â€œThis is the only one Iâ€™ve seen that does it to this degree and makes such a commitment.â€? Ferch started the program when she was teaching at Vashon Elementary School, which no longer exists on the Island. She was encouraged by Susie Kalhorn, an Islander and environmental educator who secured a Partners in Education (PIE) grant to launch the program; Ferchâ€™s husband, well-known birder Dan Willsie, helped as well, selecting the books they should buy to support the studentsâ€™ education. Others also played a role in those early years, Ferch recalled, including UMO, which used drama and sculpture to enrich the fledgling program, and the Vashon Park District, which gave it a grant. Eventually, Vashonâ€™s small but thriving Audubon chapter stepped in and began facilitating the program, said Kathryn True, the chapterâ€™s former education chair who oversaw the fourth-grade bird program for several years. Over the years, the program has grown
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Cornell was particularly impressed by the birding programâ€™s use of art to help students learn about birds. Above, a belted kingfisher by Jacob White and a barn owl by Katelyn Snowden. increasingly robust. These days, itâ€™s a multiweek program that includes five separate sessions â€” starting with a PowerPoint presentation by Auduboner Richard Rogers and culminating in a field trip to KVI Beach, where kids use binoculars and scopes to identify the rafts of birds often found there. The program also includes a visit by Islander Gary Shugart, collections manager at the Slater Museum of Natural History in Tacoma, who brings in â€œskins,â€? birds unintentionally killed and given a kind of second life as stuffed teaching tools, which the students can gently handle. The students learn how to use binoculars and field guides during the course of the program. They learn about the habitat needs of various species. And eventually Belknap comes in, working with kids on how to sketch what it is theyâ€™re seeing. Fourth-grade teacher Jan Smith, who has
worked closely with Belknap over the years, said the integration of arts into the program has been most rewarding to her. â€œItâ€™s the part I look forward to the most,â€? she said. â€œThe kids love it.â€? Adding to the programâ€™s richness, Audubon has begun scanning the childrenâ€™s artwork, turning them into high-quality cards that are offered to the public for sale. The proceeds are turned back into the program. At a time when funding for arts in public schools is being cut, both Belknap and Smith find Cornellâ€™s recognition especially gratifying. â€œIf you bring art and science into the classroom, for some reason it creates a deeper, more profound experience for children,â€? Belknap said. â€œIâ€™ve seen it. I believe it. These kids know their birds.â€?
A low tide walk reveals the wonders of Puget Sound The view from the water at last weekendâ€™s late-night beach walk on Vashonâ€™s north end seemed other-worldly. Small clusters of people stood in tight clumps, some crouching close to the dark, wet sand, staring intently. Others wandered the beach alone, the strip of sand in front of them illuminated by the dim glow of their flashlight. A few children pranced; several adults took careful, measured steps through the darkness. But what was indeed other-worldly were not these hardy Islanders but the life below the tideline they were witnessing â€” a lovely, strange, colorful world most of us rarely see. Four-inch tall sea pens, neon orange, "ESJB.BHSBUI1IPUP waved like small, A striped sun star. bright flags in the shallows. A plumose anemone, looking like an alien blob from some b-grade horror flick, dangled from the side of one of the pilings. Leather sea stars, richly hued, sat in the sand, not far from finely fingered striped sun stars. Delicate decorator crabs, bejeweled by pieces of algae and animals attached to their exoskeleton, scampered under rocks as soon as they were caught in the beam of a flashlight. Equally fascinating were the trails left behind by the 24-armed sunflower star â€” a set of neat, parallel lines raked across the wet sand. This is the life of our nearshore environment, unveiled last Friday night due to the gift of the moonâ€™s tidal pull and interpreted by two Vashon beach naturalists â€” Erin Durrett and Daoud Miller â€” who patiently answered question after question. But they were more than patient. They, too, were enthralled by the sights, noting with delight each new discovery. The purpose of such late-night explorations is to deepen our understanding of this precious and imperiled ecosystem, to capture fully our imaginations â€” so that we too might become emissaries for its protection. By tiptoeing through this wild kingdom, we got beyond the abstractions of environmental policies and land-use regulations. We saw why it is that some people are working hard to protect and restore Puget Sound. Who couldnâ€™t marvel over a plumose anemone or love a leather sea star? A night under the stars on Vashon, when the tide is magically low and a world of otherness is revealed, is a gift of the season. And on this particular night, many people, it seemed, happily received it.
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There are some things that we have to learn by doing and others we try to teach that really canâ€™t be taught. My sixth-grade yearbook has pledges of â€œfriends foreverâ€? scrawled throughout. But friendships arenâ€™t forever. They take tending and care, or theyâ€™ll wind up like the perennial garden I carved out of the forest, smothered beneath thriving blackberry bramble. And Iâ€™m still a bit perplexed by the hours and hours I spent at a Lamaze class learning how to give birth. When the time came, my body was like a train leaving the station and I was a passenger along for the ride. Why donâ€™t we spend hours preparing for what happens when you leave the hospital? How about marriage? Although I was taken aback by the unromantic ruminations our pastor slipped into our wedding sermon, I am now grateful for his honesty when he told us to be prepared for just how ordinary marriage can seem at times. He could have taken that thought one step farther and dispelled another myth â€” that lifeâ€™s greatest moments are found in the extraordinary. Iâ€™ve realized that some of my most extraordinary experiences occur in â€œordinaryâ€? moments. After all, isnâ€™t the word â€œextraordinaryâ€? just extra of the ordinary? But the greatest misnomer of them all is â€œgrief managementâ€? â€” how to manage losing someone you love. Last February I lost my sister. I shared her nine-month exodus
COMMUNITY By MARY KAY RAUMA through writings sent to family and friends. I have not written a single word from my heart since the period at the end of her obituary. That is, until now, and these are the words that have been tumbling around inside me like rocks in a stone polisher: Grief canâ€™t be managed like a business or household. No one tells you that the ways you usually cope with sadness may be rusted up like a bike left out in the rain. No one told me that the hardest days of my grief would hit months after my sisterâ€™s departure. That making soup would somehow spur on my sadness; that every pot of soup Iâ€™ve made since my sisterâ€™s death would contain tears of grief. That motherâ€™s day was no longer about mothers but motherless children. And then there is the inexplicable alteration of my personality, a people person by nature suddenly craving time alone and avoiding celebrations and parties. If you have to go through grief, I hope you do so on an island. Specifically, Vashon Island. Much has been written about how this community comes together in a crisis to move mountains. But what about when the crisis has abated or, as it were, the memo-
1BSLEJTUSJDUTIPVMEEP UIFSJHIUUIJOH I donâ€™t know all the ins and outs of the Rosser/park department problem, but I know that something or someone doesnâ€™t bend, while Margaret Rosser knows all about bending. â€œOur house had rubber walls,â€? Margaret said when I interviewed her for book two of â€œIslanders Meet Your Neighbors.â€?
Margaretâ€™s father, a 1920s social worker, was well known to the court as a man they could count on to take in a homeless boy. Margaretâ€™s father always said, â€œIâ€™ll ask at home.â€? â€œAnd we always said yes,â€? Margaret says. â€œOur house had rubber walls. There was always room for one more. We had 14 boys at our house at one time. We kids stayed a the dinner table and did our homework while Mother and Dad washed the dishes. I can still see my dad with a dishcloth over one arm, his foot on a chair,
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rial service is over? As our family has put one foot in front of the other these past several months, weâ€™ve each been carried along by the current of a supportive community â€” by a knowing look, a hug, a heartfelt inquiry into how we are doing, by understanding and patience as we slowly return to ourselves.
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while he helped a boy with his homework. My father was good in math.â€? I donâ€™t know if the park department has a problem with math, but I do know that one woman is hurting, and I ask the park department to bend a little, like the Rosser family bent time and time again, and just to do the right thing. â€” Dorothy Hall Bauer -&55&34$0/5*/6& /&951"(&
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(.0GSFFQSPEVDUT TIPVMECFMBCFMFE I am delighted to see the red, white and blue signs appearing in front of some of the foods in our local Thriftway store. They say â€œNON GMO.â€? About 80 percent of our processed foods contain GMOs â€” genetically modified organisms. Their potential impact on human health is unknown. At least 30 countries have banned genetically engineered product because of the risks to human health and the environment. In the U.S., however, not only are they allowed in our food supply, but manufacturers are not even required to identify or label a GMO ingredient in their products. When President Obama was on the campaign trail in 2007, he pledged to uphold the labeling of GMO foods if elected president, saying â€œbecause Americans should know what theyâ€™re buying.â€? That promised labeling is not taking place. Thank you to the Thriftway management for their efforts to inform us which foods are GMO-free. â€” Judy Olson
Rain dumps more harmful chemicals into Puget Sound Now that weâ€™ve entered the rainiest part of the year, Iâ€™ve been thinking about how all this water washing over the land and swelling the streams is affecting Puget Sound and the life it supports. While our annual rains are important events ecologically, they also wash away certain byproducts of human land use, eventually delivering a disturbing array of substances into the Sound. Certainly a complex issue and by no means a new concern, stormwater runoff has gotten attention from regulatory and environmental agencies over the years, leading to numerous inter-organizational studies and closures of shellfish harvesting. To be certain, the sudden influx of nutrients and water is a required signal for salmon to start heading upstream, but sometimes contaminants in the water disorient the fishâ€™s senses, causing them to behave erratically, bump into things, roll belly-up and eventually die before they can successfully spawn. Iâ€™ve seen this firsthand while volunteering with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during fall salmon surveys in West Seattleâ€™s Longfellow Creek. We would don chest waders and walk right through the middle of the creek, using a big walking stick for balance and poking into dark corners, trying to find resting fish. The vast majority of the salmon in this urban creek, and in some years upwards of 95 percent, would suffer what we called â€œprespawn mortalityâ€? and would die
ENVIRONMENT By ADRIA MAGRATH still full of eggs and sperm. Hydrocarbon byproducts of petroleum combustion have been thought to contribute, and studies are still ongoing. However, it is known that small amounts of copper can affect salmonâ€™s sensory organs, preventing them from migrating properly and avoiding predators. The state Department of Ecology (DOE) estimates that 33 to 80 tons of copper from terrestrial pesticides, brake pads and roofing materials enter Puget Sound via stormwater each year. Besides confusing salmon, copper substances are also known to kill algae, fish and crustaceans. According to King County and DOE, storm runoff is the single largest contributor to toxic chemicals in Puget Sound and amounts to a third of the total water pollution. Just last month, DOE published its 297-page Toxics Loading Study, detailing the pathways, sources and impacts of some of the more ecologically dangerous chemicals. Not surprisingly, the state found that the â€œtoxic loadâ€? of chemicals being delivered by our streams into the Sound is highest during rainstorms.
Copper, petroleum products and mercury are rated as some of the highest priority chemicals washing into our collective waterways. DOEâ€™s data show that 8,500 to 11,000 tons of oil and grease get washed into Puget Sound annually, mainly from motor oil leaks and minor gas spills during vehicle fueling. Most of the mercury being flushed into the Sound is from improper disposal of consumer products. All of these substances are toxic for many animals even at small concentrations. Although they have a high impact, chemicals are only a small constituent of overall water runoff. Nutrients, bacteria and sediment are the most common toxins in stormwater. Nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus are toxic only because of their overabundance, stimulating algal blooms that lead to oxygen-deprived waters, dead fish and toxic shellfish. On Vashon, the nitrogen-loading study of Quartermaster Harbor has garnered much attention. The study has found that 17 percent of the total nitrogen originates from nearshore septic systems and a whopping 63 percent comes from stream runoff, the top sources of which are animal waste and agricultural fertilizers. Fecal coliform bacteria, also from animal wastes, are a serious problem and have led to the closure of many shellfish and swimming beaches. In 1993, an EPA study found that three days of 100 dogsâ€™ droppings is
enough to close a bay to swimming and shellfish harvesting. Sediment mostly comes from construction sites and natural erosion processes. Too much sediment smothers all life, killing beds of eelgrass and fish eggs and destroying habitat. We are so intimately connected to the water that it is easy to take it for granted. Keep in mind that anything and everything found on the ground can end up in stormwater runoff and can mean life or death for animals that live in the water. You can help by fixing leaks in your car, taking proper erosion control when clearing land, disposing of your trash and pet waste properly and not using or minimally using fertilizers and pesticides. Clearly every one of us contributes to the toxic substances loading the water surrounding our Island. DOE director Ted Sturdevant said it best when he stated: â€œThere is no single guilty culprit or industrial source. Most toxic chemicals are used in some way by all of us. They are in our homes and gardens. Theyâ€™re produced when we develop land without adequate runoff controls, when we burn wood, when we drive and park our cars. We all share responsibility for finding solutions. If we want to protect Puget Sound, we need to find and use less toxic alternatives as we do our business and live our lives.â€? â€” Adria Magrath is a biologist, teacher and nature photographer, as well as a Vashon Beach Naturalist.
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Poppies for Veterans a success The Veterans of Vashon sold poppies at the Vashon Market and Vashon Thriftway on Sunday, Nov. 13, to obtain funds to help homeless and addictive veterans in distress, for volunteer programs at the Veterans Administration hospitals, Veterans assisted living and skilled homes, USO facilities at major transportation centers such as airports and generally to show returning veterans that they are appreciated and respected for helping to keep the United States of American a nation that provides liberty and justice for all. We veterans, thank the Vashon Market and Vashon Thriftway for permitting us to offer poppies to the generous Vashon Island citizens. You wonderful citizens of Vashon provided us with $1,340 to help our deserving
veterans. The veterans thank the following veterans and community citizens for offering the poppies for possible donations, but also to remind us all of our responsibility to thank our military for providing the freedoms that we enjoy in this great nation: Roy Bumgarner, Phil Volker, Chris Gaynor, Joanne Goforth, Don Lester, George Nelson, Phil Bomber, Richard Moore, Olde John Croan and Burdell Hollis. Olde John Croan
Thanks, thanks, thanks We would like to thank Heather Brynn and her turkey basket brigade from Windermere for supplying the bountiful Thanksgiving baskets to help feed needy families this Thanksgiving. The baskets were overflowing as usual and greatly appreciated by the recipients. Thanks for your generosity. Diane Kajca St. Vincent de Paul Society St. John Vianney Conference
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8&%/&4%":t Tea for Hestia Retreat: Organizers of the proposed Hestia Retreat, a retreat for women, invite Island women to tea and to lend their creativity by sharing what theyâ€™d like Hestia to look like and what programs theyâ€™d like to see offered there. In addition to solitude for personal retreats, Hestia will offer workshops and other gatherings for community and education. At the planning meeting, childcare will be provided on-site. To learn more about Hestia, see hestia retreat.com or email info@ hestiaretreat.com. 2 to 3:30 p.m. or 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Cohousing Common House.
5)634%":t Free Legal Clinic: This confidential clinic offers free legal advice. People wishing to meet with a lawyer should call the King County Bar Association at 267-7070 to schedule an appointment. 6 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center on Bank Road. Community Dinner: Support the school lunch program by attending the dinner. On the menu will be winter soup, fresh bread, winter greens and apricot bars. The suggested donation is $10. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Vashon High School.
'3*%":t Parkinsonâ€™s Disease Support Group : Learn and contribute for the benefit of all. For more information, contact Steve Steffens at 567-5976. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Vashon Lutheran Church. Photos with Santa: Santa will be in his cottage, and photographer Michael Sage will be on hand to take photos. 4 to 8 p.m. at Santaâ€™s
cottage in the Village Green. Book Signing: Ecologist Bianca Perla will answer questions and sign copies of her new book, â€œFamily Walks on Vashon Island,â€? which was released this summer. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and there will be an interpretive table on display with samples of plant and animal species from Vashon as well as maps and photos of hikes. 5 to 7 p.m. at the Land Trust Building.
4"563%":t Vashon Cribbage Tournament: This 18-game round-robin tournament will be a fundraiser in support of the Vashon Senior Center. To learn more about the Vashon Cribbage Club or to sign up, visit www.VashonCribbage.com or email VashonCribbage@gmail. com. Registration starts at 8 a.m.; the tournament starts at 9 a.m. at the Vashon Senior Center. Aruba Pottery & Tileworks Open Studio: Make your own clay gifts for the holidays. There will also be a table of tile seconds and tumbled tile as well as a tilemaking demonstration. For more information, call 463-0048. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1930 S.W. Cemetery Rd. Mongolia as Experienced by a Peace Corps Volunteer: Returned Peace Corps volunteer Christina Szirmai will share her experience from her two year commitment in Mongolia with photos, stories and traditional Mongolian clothing. 3 p.m. at the Vashon Library. Support Camp Waskowitz and Exploratory Week: Parents and fifth-graders will wrap holiday presents for a donation. They will also put on a bake sale, with all proceeds going to the Waskowitz trip this year. Wrapping days will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the old Robinson Furniture, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 10 and 17, at the former Movie Magic. McMurray students will raise money for Exploratory Week scholarships by offering childcare at the PlaySpace from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10. Families are asked to pay by a donation of what they would have paid to have child care in their home. Eighth-graders who would
PUBLIC MEETINGS Vashon Island School District School Board: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at McMurray Middle School. Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board: 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at McMurray Middle School. FAC/VMICC Transportation Committee: The year-end meeting will include such serious issues as the need for a revenue source for ferries and cuts to ferry service. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Chamber of Commerce.
Being Elmo: Ends Dec. 1. Twilight: Ends Dec. 8. Anonymous: Opens Dec. 2 and ends Dec. 5. It Came From Outerspace: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Men Who Donâ€™t Work: VHS alums, Alexander Atkins and Andrew Franks, return with their short film adaptation of a short story by Raymond Carver. Free with a question and answer session following the film. 9:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. Jack Frost: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11. The senior class is holding this as a fundraiser for a safe graduation party. See www.vashontheatre. com for show times or call
like to volunteer to do childcare and families interested in signing up can contact Melana Taitch at email@example.com or 463-3775. Holiday Market: The Vashon Farmers Market holiday market will be chock full of Island gifts. More than 25 artisans and crafters will offer their work. Island farmers will still be there in force with late fall produce and eggs, plus the market offers fresh seafood. Kat Eggleston will sing as will holiday carolers. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Vashon High School commons. Holiday Art Studio Tour: The annual tour opens Saturday morning and will run for two weekends. (For more information, see page 15.) Photos with Santa: Stop by to tell Santa what you want for Christmas and have your picture taken. There will be more opportunities next weekend, too. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Santaâ€™s Cottage in the Village Green. Boy Scout Tree Sale: Boy Scout troop 294 will host its annual tree sale again this year. They will have many different varieties of trees, in a range of sizes and prices. All profits go toward troop programs. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 3 and 10 , and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 and 11, at the US Bank parking lot. Retirement Party: A large party is being planned in honor of Dr. Charles Weispfenningâ€™s retirement. People are welcome for fun, finger food and farewells. 2 p.m. at the Vashon Eagles. Vashon Social Dance: This group will host a free social partner dance. A night club two-step lesson with Ari Levitt and Whitney Evans will meet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the dance. There will be an eclectic selection of deejayed music, including swing, night club two-step, waltz, one step, wiggle, foxtrot, zydeco, salsa, and more, with dancers at
all levels. No partners are needed. Contact Candy McCullough at 920-7596 or visit www.vashonparkdistrict.org. The suggested donation is $10. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Ober Park. Holiday Concert: Vashon Island Chorale performs. 7:30 pm. at Bethel Church. (For more information, see page 14).
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WELCOMING THE HOLIDAYS
46/%":t Unitarian Fellowship: Rev. Elizabeth Stevens will lead a service about â€œBlue Christmas,â€? recognizing the hustle and bustle of the holidays and ensuring that our celebrations are joyful yet sensitive to the stressful aspects of the holiday season. 9:30 at Lewis Hall behind Burton Community Church. Holiday Art Studio Tour: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (See page 15 for more information.) Holiday Open House at Point Robinson: Enjoy the holidays at the Keepersâ€™ Quarters. The day will include Captain Joeâ€™s famous chili, visits with Santa and a photographic retrospective of Point Robinson. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Point Robinson park. Things to Come â€” Visions of the Future on Film: Film critic Robert Horton discusses how movies, from the silent era until today, have imagined what the future would look like, from utopian visions to dystopian nightmares. Film clips from classics will demonstrate how such visions have changed over time. 2 p.m. at the Vashon Library. Holiday Concert: Vashon Island Chorale performs. 3 p.m. at Bethel Church. (For more information, see page 14.) Christmas Devotional Broadcast and Dessert Potluck: There will be music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and talks from selected speakers befor a dessert potluck. For more information, call Gene Kuhns at 408-7188. 5 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 9330 S.W. 204th St.
.0/%":t Great Books Discussion Group: This monthâ€™s selection is â€œTo Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketchâ€? by Immanuel Kant. 6:30 p.m. at the Vashon Library.
56&4%":t Senior Center Party: Photos with Santa are the main event at the annual wine and cheese party. Tickets are $5. 6 to 8 p.m. at the Senior Center on Bank Road. Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association Annual Membership Meeting: Bruce Haulman and Jean Findlay will present their new book, â€œImages of America.â€? There will also be an election of new officers and trustees. Members and non-members are
Island merchants will host their annual open house this Saturday. Most businesses will be open for shopping and dropping off coupons (included in this issue of The Beachcomber) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., making it easier for Islanders to shop on Vashon while out celebrating the season. Santa will come to town on Saturday, too. The parade to welcome him will line up at 5:30 p.m. at the Vashon Market parking lot and will begin at 5:45 p.m. and end at the Village Green, where the tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will return to their sleigh in town so children can have their pictures taken with them. Festivities will last until 8 p.m. Islanders are also invited to vote on the best gingerbread houses businesses created in the first gingerbread house competition. For more information about the dayâ€™s festivities, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 463-6217 or see www. vashonchamber.com. encouraged to participate. 7 p.m. at the Land Trust Building.
Yoga with Linda Moore: The group will work through these cold months with a slow, deep and mindful asana practice to keep their inner fires stoked. All levels of experience are welcome. Students should bring their mats. The suggested donation is $7 to 12. The class time is lined up with Metro #119. For more information, visit: moorepeacefulwithyoga.blogspot. com/2011/11/yoga-class-onvashon. 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Hanna Barn, 7712 Point Robinson Road. Tree and Shrub Seminar: This free seminar presented by the Vashon Master Gardeners and native plant stewards Helen Meeker and Sherene Zolno will explore how to best use native plants and provide information on their desired habitat, benefits for wildlife, advantages and disadvantages, plus recommendations for companion plants. Order forms will also be available to purchase native plants through the land trust sale in February. 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, at the Vashon Land Trust Building.
Parent Meeting about Teen Substance Abuse: Terrie Tilotta, the Islandâ€™s prevention/entervention specialist, and Vashon High School administrators will host a parent meeting about teen alcohol and drug use. They will listen to ideas and concerns and provide an update of the prevention and intervention programs being implemented at the high school. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Vashon High School library. (For more information, see page 4.) Community Talk with Riki Ott: Author, activist, scientist and Alaska commercial fisher Riki Ott, PhD, will offer a free talk, titled â€œDemocracy Hijacked! Organizing for Change.â€? She experienced the Exxon Valdez oil spill and volunteered one year in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP disaster. Ott teaches value-based community organizing from fifth grade up. The talk is geared for ages 14 to adult. noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Vashon Library.
VOICE OF VASHON TV All VoV TV shows are produced by Islanders. If youâ€™ve created a video program of any kind, contact Susan McCabe at 463-0301 or info@ voiceofvashon.org. Comcast 21 is happy to broadcast your show. Thursday and Tuesday, 7 p.m. The world of horse care and horse ownership with Island expert Kate Shook. Wednesday and Friday, 6 p.m. Vashon Island Choraleâ€™s exquisite rendition of the Mozart Requiem will thrill and impress. The complete VoV TV schedule is available at www.voiceofvashon.org.
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www.vashonbeachcomber.com Vashonâ€™s annual pumpkin pie contest was held Nov. 19 at the farmers market. Wesley Rogers, left, was the winner of the traditional pie category, earning her an etched pie dish and the winnerâ€™s apron. Sheree Tomason, at right, was the winner of the non-pie pumpkin dessert and also took home an etched pie dish for her efforts. The recipes of both desserts are online at the Vashon Farmers Market Facebook page. 3BMQI.PPSF1IPUP
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Let us know how we can help you When Don Cunningham needed therapy after a hospital stay, he and his family wanted him back on Vashon. Thankfully, VCC now offers Rehabilitative/ Medicare stays for Islanders that need Physical, Occupational or Speech Therapy. â€œWhen I first got to VCC I couldnâ€™t take a step by myself. I couldnâ€™t even move my arm.â€? â€“ Don â€œPT and OT were such a great help. He will be more independent at home thanks to the staff, who were wonderful. He was treated like a king!â€? â€“ Diane, daughter
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DRINK LOCALLY: The Hardware Store Restaurant will host a release party for Cliff Goodmanâ€™s Vashon Brewing Company, tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Goodmanâ€™s one-man brewery â€” called a nanobrewery because of the small volume heâ€™ll produce â€” will offer selections at the restaurant and the Farmers Market next year. His is the first brewery on Vashon.
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Islander hopes to boost local economy by making connections By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer
Amy Wolff calls herself a natural-born networker. After retiring from a 30-year career as a travel agent, she found herself continuing to connect people with what they needed. This time she wasnâ€™t recommending restaurants or setting up hotel reservations, but helping friends find jobs and businesses fill open positions. Now, Wolff is putting her passion to work to try to give local businesses a boost. This Friday she will hold an open house for her new business, Vashon Central. She has high hopes for the venture, which she has been planning for about three years, saying Vashon Central will one day be a hub for local businesses and service providers to match with clients. Wolff, a mother of two and the â€œdaughter of a Madison Avenue man,â€? says she fell in love with Vashonâ€™s community the moment she moved to the Island 27 years ago. â€œThereâ€™s a familiar, connected feeling here,â€? she said. That same connectedness, Wolff noted, means Islanders often turn to friends for references when looking for a plumber, hairdresser or yoga teacher. â€œEven though thatâ€™s the case,â€? Wolff said, â€œthereâ€™s a lot going on here that even the most connected person doesnâ€™t know about.â€? Wolff now offers what she calls a neutral place for Islanders to hear about services. â€œIâ€™m a more objective word-of-mouth center,â€? she said. Unlike the phone book or a
Amy Wolff is launching Vashon Central, which she says will be a hub for connecting Islanders with the businesses and services they need. website, which Wolff says provides limited and often out-ofdate information, Islanders can call Vashon Central or stop by the office to find what theyâ€™re looking for. Though only 30 business are currently listed with Vashon Central, Wolff says she plans to
eventually offer multiple options for every need, be it music lessons, yard work or life coaching. After talking with an Islander about exactly what he or she is looking for, Wolff will recommend the business or service provider who best fits that personâ€™s needs. â€œItâ€™s a passion of mine to see
local businesses survive,â€? Wolff said. â€œThis is a place where people can make themselves available to the public. Whether their business is big or small, full time or part time, itâ€™s a way for them to be represented and be found.â€? The service is free for customers and comes with a small fee for those who are listed. Businesses pay on a sliding scale from $75 to $200 for a four-month listing. â€œIf they charge less for their service, I try to have their rate be a little less,â€? Wolff said. She says she feels confident in her recommendations, as she thoroughly interviews the owner of each business she lists and talks with several references as well. Wolff thinks Vashon Central will serve as a more personalized marketing service for larger, established businesses as well as small ones where owners have little time to do more than make businesses cards and put up a few flyers. â€œWhat Iâ€™m offering is a human connection here,â€? she said. â€œIt helps people find folks that are available and suited to their needs.â€? Sue Day, who owns a landscaping service with her husband, said she has listed with Vashon Central for a little over a month and is pleased that it has brought her one big client so far. Though her business has existed for seven years, Day said, she is always looking for new customers, especially during the off-season. â€œI hope itâ€™s an affordable way to get the business name out there and get connected with various people,â€? she said. Day has also taken advantage of another facet of Vashon Central.
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In what Wolff calls the Islandâ€™s first temp service, she hopes to connect workers who may not have established businesses with small jobs or temporary positions. Day, for instance, called Wolff when she needed a few hours of help organizing her office and Wolff sent someone over. Wolff says she has temp workers for an array of jobs, and sheâ€™ll charge a daily fee for the service rather than taking a cut of the workerâ€™s profit. Day said she would definitely use the temp service again. â€œFor a small business, itâ€™s hard to find people to come out for three hours here and three hours there,â€? she said. Debi Richards, director of the Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce, said she was pleased to see Wolff take an interest in boosting the local economy. She noted that the chamber provides a similar service. It gives business recommendations daily, always recommending chamber member first. Richards said she didnâ€™t see Vashon Central as competition, though. â€œAny person who is willing to step up and promote a shop-localfirst philosophy is good for the Island,â€? Richards said. â€œI donâ€™t want to think of any of us as competitors because when businesses do well, everyone does well.â€? Amy Wolff will hold an open house for Islanders to learn more about Vashon Central from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday during the Gallery Cruise. Her office is located at 19505 Vashon Highway, Suite B, next to Minglement.
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Island Quilter to move, expand its offerings By SUSAN RIEMER Staff Writer
Island Quilter will move across the street at the end of the year to the former home of Robinson Furniture, more than doubling its size and adding classroom and exhibit space. Store owner Anja Shive and her partner Paul Robinson, who frequently works in the store, have been wanting more space for a long time, Shive noted, and when Chuck Robinson, who is Paulâ€™s brother, decided to downsize, the wheels for this move were set in motion. â€œWe started dreaming,â€? Shive said. Once settled at their new location in the beginning of January, Shive said, she and Robinson plan to hold classes and sewing parties for kids and adults and host a variety of events with on- and off-Island guests, including a fabric designer, quilters and an author of quilting books. They plan to participate in the monthly First Friday Gallery Cruise and the studio tours. They will also create a consignment space, where quilters and other fiber artists can sell what they have sewn, including quilts, bags, aprons, table runners, knitted items and more. â€œWe will have high-quality products,â€? Robinson noted. â€œEverything we sell will be subject to our approval.â€? The new store will also have sev-
Anja Shive will move her shop to the former home of Robinson Furniture. eral sewing machines for classes or for people who think they might be interested in quilting but who want to try it out before making the investment in a machine themselves. People might also want to simply stop by and sew, Shive said, since sewing with friends is more fun than sewing alone. They may also make the space available to a variety of crafters, ranging from beading fans to scrapbooking groups. The actual move will take place between Christmas and New Yearâ€™s, Shive noted, and she hopes not to be closed at all, though customers might need to be flexible for a short time and head across the street for what they are looking for.
Island Quilter was recently featured in the fall issue of Quilt Sampler magazine, an honor that typically increases quilt storesâ€™ business considerably. Being included was welcome news to Shive and Robinson when it came, as the couple had been considering locating the colorful store off-Island to become more profitable. Business has picked up some, though bus loads of people have not arrived, as some at the magazine had suggested. Still, Shive and Robinson are hopeful that the move and all that it will bring coupled with more business online will help the store thrive on the Island. â€œOnce it is all said and done, I think it will be great,â€? Shive said.
Kevin Allman, owner of the Vashon Athletic Club, has added nearly $100,000 of new cardiovascular and weight equipment to the small fitness center, his largest investment in the club since he purchased it eight years ago. Allman transformed the squash court on the ground floor to create a new exercise room â€” one with six new cardio machines and nine new strength-related machines. He also replaced all the equipment in the existing weight room. The move makes more space in the clubâ€™s sometimes crowded main weight room and adds capacity to its often oversubscribed demand for cardio machines, he said. It also creates a new work-out space, one oriented toward beginning-to-intermediate weightlifters, he said. The change made sense, he
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ITâ€™S TCHAIKOVSKY TIME AGAIN: More than 60 Blue Heron Dance students will soon perform â€œThe Nutcracker Balletâ€? at Vashon High School. Shows are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9 and 10, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11. A shortened show for preschoolers happens at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9. For tickets, call 463-5131.
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ARTS BRIEFS "SUSBĂľFXJMMGVOETDIPMBSTIJQ For the 29th year, Barnworks artists have collaborated to create a one-of-a-kind painting to be auctioned off during the Art Studio Tour. All proceeds from the raffle go to the Barnworksâ€™ scholarship, which is awarded each spring to a graduating senior. This yearâ€™s painting features a pond scene, and parts were painted by 12 different artists. Tickets will be sold throughout the tour; the drawing will be at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Gary D. Cannon conducts Vashon Island Chorale in a concert appearance at Bethel Church.
Chorale offers soaring songs of the season By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD Arts Editor
his weekend, the 80-voice-strong Vashon Island Chorale will present â€œDona Nobis Pacem â€” Grant Us Peace,â€? a concert featuring an uplifting holiday repertoire and the world premiere of two selections of composerâ€™s Abraham Kaplanâ€™s â€œEight Days of Chanukah.â€? Gary D. Cannon, the choraleâ€™s artistic director, said he is excited to conduct Kaplanâ€™s piece. â€œAbe was my primary conducting professor during graduate school at the University of Washington, and yet this is only the second time I have conducted his work in a performance,â€? Cannon said. â€œHis music is always a joy to hear, with rhythmic jauntiness, memo-
rable melodies, pleasing harmonies and an intangible sense of freshness and honesty.â€? Tenor Jim Gilmour will solo in the piece, and Kaplan will attend the choraleâ€™s Sunday performance. The concert will also feature notable works performed by talented soloists and musicians, led by concert mistress Karin Choo. Ralph Vaughan-Williamsâ€™ masterwork, â€œDona Nobis Pacem,â€? will boast solos by Vashon Opera stars Jennifer and Andrew Krikawa, and accompaniment by the acclaimed Signature Brass Quartet. Most of â€œDona Nobis Pacemâ€? was composed in the years before World War II and incorporates three poems by Walt Whitman. One large section of the cantata, the â€œDirge for Two Veterans,â€? dates from the time of the First World War. â€œThe central message is a plea for peace amid politically uncertain times,â€? Cannon
said. Other concert soloists include Shannon Flora, Kim Farrell and Joe Farmer, who will perform as a trio during â€œAve Maria,â€? by Franz Biebl. â€œâ€˜Ave Mariaâ€™ is a miniature masterwork, one of the few modern pieces of music â€” it was written in 1964 â€” to have gained a firm hold in the standard choral repertoire,â€? Cannon said. The angelic voices of Vashon Island Youth Chorus, directed by Marita Ericksen, will also be heard singing â€œPeace, Peace, Peace,â€? during the Sunday evening concert. Vashon Island Chorale will perform its holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, at Bethel Church. Tickets cost $12.50 and $10 and are on sale at the Vashon Bookshop, the Blue Heron and at www.brownpapertickets.com.
A new show offers slippery, grown-up fun and games Burleso Notturno, a burlesque series that debuted last May, will return to the Island with a new slate of saucy performers this Saturday. The series is the brainchild of Open Space founder Janet McAlpin, who is known on Vashon and beyond for a breathtaking array of circus skills that include stilt-walking, aerial work, clowning and trapeze performances. McAlpin, set to perform in the show as Burleso Notturnoâ€™s hostess Madame X, has invited â€œWetâ€? will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday, at Open Space for Art & Community. The door will open at 7 p.m. Tickets, $20, are on sale at Vashon Bookshop and www. brownpapertickets.com. The show is for ages 21 and older. For more information, visit www.openspacevashon.com.
a group of provocative performers to join her on Open Spaceâ€™s stage for the adult evening of entertainment. The show â€” simply titled â€œWetâ€? â€” will feature plenty of slippery fun. Guest Lily Verlaine, an acclaimed burlesque artist and classical dancer, will perform a sudsy act that provocatively takes place in a bathtub. Verlaineâ€™s influence as a burlesque star extends from her performance at the 2011 Burlesque Hall of Fame to her role in the nationally distributed documentary â€œA Wink and a Smile,â€? a film by Deirdre Timmons. There will also be a performance by The Shanghai Pearl, a Seattle solo act who bills herself as â€œThe Tantalizing Tease from Taipei, Tempestuous Temple of Temptation and Princess of
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Rose, is an aerialist with a background that includes modern dance, Filipino martial arts, Commedia dellâ€™Arte, yoga, gymnastics and stunt training. â€œWetâ€? will also showcase the talents of the The Bellini Twins, a duo that has performed on Jay Lenoâ€™s Tonight Show and at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The pairâ€™s act includes a gravitydefying plate-spinning routine, a glow-in-the-dark optical illusion called â€œNeonman,â€? a comical ballet parody and other outlandish amusements. Rouge, a French band, will provide caberet music suiting the sexy theme of the evening, and David Godsey, a versatile performer best known these days for his starring role in Vashonâ€™s variety show, The Church of Great Rain, will also have a hand in the proceedings. â€” Ellzabeth Shepherd
Stories by Maurice Sendak, paired with the music of Carole King, will come alive in â€œReally Rosie,â€? a youth theater production presented by Vashon Allied Arts. The show, directed by Marita Ericksen and Sue Wiley, boasts the talents of 20 kids in grades two through eight. The star of the show is 10-year-old Sarah Hotchkiss, a pint-sized player who will tackle the role of Rosie. The show will end with a holiday sing-along. Performances take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $7 and $10, are on sale at the Blue Heron and Vashon Bookshop.
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"OJOUJNBUFDPODFSUCFDLPOT Singer-songwriter Joe Panzetta, a new Island resident, will perform a concert at Vashon Cohousingâ€™s Common House at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Accompanying himself on guitar, banjo and harmonium, Panzetta will sing original songs, some covers and even a few mantras. Heâ€™ll be joined on stage by Island players Kim Thal and Rick Vanselow for part of the evening. Panzetta has released many CDs and has a long performance history, most recently leading the Seattle mantra band Mandali. Tickets to the show are $5; kids are free.
-FMBWJTJPOBDUTVQGPSBDBVTF Lelavision will present its annual benefit for the students of Camino Seguro Escuela, a school that serves students in one of Guatemalaâ€™s most impoverished cities, at 7 p.m. Sunday, at Lelavisionâ€™s Studio. Tickets are $25 or â€œpay what you can.â€? Lelavision artists Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann have supported the school for many years, gathering community donations to help teens at the school as well as elementary classes. This yearâ€™s benefit show will feature friends of Lelavision, including Martha Enson, Christian Swenson, Steffon Moody, Mik Kuhlman, Sheli Potmesil, Ingrid Hurlen and Eric Chappelle. Auction items have been donated by The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie, Giraffe, Palouse Winery and Mandala Designworks. To reserve a seat and get directions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Holiday studio tour and a gallery walk promise a visual feast for art lovers
hat a weekend for art on Vashon. Not only will the First Friday Gallery Cruise be in full swing, but Saturday and Sunday will mark the start of the 29th annual holiday edition of the Art Studio Tour. Running this weekend and next, the tour will provide a chance to visit 41 studios on Vashon, where visitors can shop for holiday gifts and get glimpses of the tucked-away places where the incredible creative output on Vashon takes place. A few studios will also open up for the First Friday gallery walk. For complete information on the studio tour and a map, visit www.vashonislandartstudiotour.com. Get an early start with Friday nightâ€™s art walk, and donâ€™t miss a moment of the artful fun all weekend long. The artists of Barnworks will kick off their participation in the Holiday Studio Tour with a reception at 6 p.m. Saturday at their exhibition space tucked away in the trees at 12122 S.W. Cove Rd. The Blue Heron Gallery will host its fifth annual miniature show, showcasing more than 100 pieces by 41 Island artists. Every medium imaginable is included, with one catch â€” all pieces are smaller than 50 square inches for 2-D work and no bigger than 6 in. x 6 in. x 6 in. for 3-D work. Artists will each show one to five pieces. Co-curators Janice Mallman and Carol Schwennesen
A photograph from John Andersonâ€™s show, â€œRiparian Rhythms.â€? showing at Maxwell Family Medicine. have invited both new and returning artist to the annual show. At CafĂŠ Luna, the oil paintings of Island artist Sereno (Gregg Curry) will be on display. This is the artistâ€™s first solo exhibition on Vashon since 2006. The show, â€œMyths in our Midst,â€? will feature 15 paintings in a variety of styles that touch on the timelessness of myths.
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Duet will show watercolor paintings by local art legend Michael Spakowsky. The Hardware Store Restaurant will feature the art studio tour work of painter Pam Ingalls, whose show is called â€œMostly Italy.â€? Most of the new paintings are of clotheslines and table clothes. A few paintings from Ingallsâ€™ recent trip to India will also be in the show. Island singer/songwriter Daryl Redeker will perform during the Friday night reception. The Hardware Store will also have gift cards, house-made jam and mugs with Vashon Island Roasterie gift bags for sale. The Little House will showcase jewelry by Islander designer Diane Fox, owner of DM Fox Design. Fox crafts wearable art made of semi-precious stones and beads she finds at international gem shows and on frequent travels to Europe and Asia. Maxwell Family Medicine will celebrate its opening in suite 202 of the Cunningham Building on Friday with an exhibit of photographs by John Anderson. Andersonâ€™s show, â€œRiparian Rhythms,â€? features works that show water moving, sliding, jumping, and crashing down mountainsides and over rocks and trees. Another chance to see the show will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. At this open house, refreshments will be served and there will be a chance to win valuable prizes. The office will also be open Saturday evening after the tree lighting ceremony. Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union will feature new works by artist Anne Gordon and live music by the world music duo Hejira. 4503:$0/5*/6&4 /&951"(&
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writer, will perform light jazz. His new CD, based on Ravenâ€™s Nest will feature a collection of Southwest songs of the birds of the Northwest, will and Northwest vintage jewelry, including be available. Also featured will be Navajo, Hopi and Zuni turquoise and local artist Jacqui Lown, who silver jewelry. To consign a piece will present prints and origiof vintage Native American nals of her oils and waterjewelry to the show, call 567colors. 5826. Vashon Textile and Silverwood Gallery will Fiber Arts Collective, celebrate its anniversary located in the former with the 16th edition of home of Books by the â€œShake the Tree,â€? a Way, will have its grand show that will include opening. Participating new earrings from Eric artists include Heffelfinger, new tiles Laurel Boyajin, Kim from Joanne Bohannon MacDonald, Anya Weil, and new paintings from Carla deCrona, Sharon Margaret Tlyczak and Ted Schoen, Jan Staehli, Suzanna Kutscher. Leigh, Linda Stemer, Marnie The Senior Center on Bank Nordling, Heather Flanagan and Road will show â€œVisions of Intent,â€? a show of watercolors Vintage jewelry will be shown at Jenni Wilke. More members are being sought. Work includes quilts, handby students of Geri Peterson. the Ravenâ€™s Nest. spun and dyed yarn, silk accessories, Crafterâ€™s tables will also be set up housewares made from repurposed for the show. fabrics, womenâ€™s clothing, woven goods and upcycled VALISE will end 2011 with a group show, clothing for kids and teens. â€œg-squared.â€? Each member artist has invited artists The collective also plans to offer a wide range of from the community to show with them. Guest artists include Shahreyar Ataie, Robert Campbell, Britt services, including studio space, sewing and crafting classes, sewing machine rental and wardrobe evaluaFreda, Lisa Hurst, Renee Marceau, Hans Nelsen, tion. Members split the cost of the space and get 100 Jayne Norton, John Overton, Kristen Reitz-Green, percent of the proceeds from their sales. Kathryn Schipper and Kate Thompson. Member Waterworks Studio, at 7012 S.W. 240th Street on artists include Elizabeth Conner, John Martin, Jiji Maury Island, will have a preview party for the studio Saunders, Carol Schwennesen, Gay Schy, Heather tour on Friday night. This year, the studio will feaTimken and Brian Van Buren. ture 16 artists, showing fine art paintings, prints and Vashon Intuitive Arts will exhibit collages by pastels, Christmas ornaments, photography, exquisite Evelyn Kiggins, an artist who creates her work with clothing, kidâ€™s wear and toys, unique jewelry, ceramfound objects, word messages and other visual imagics, handmade soaps and all things lavender. es. Gary Kiggins, a percussionist, vocalist and song-
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DECEMBER EVENTS â€œWhen is it Normal Memory Loss?â€? Thursday, December 8th, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for a presentation by the Alzheimerâ€™s Association to get answers to questions you may have on memory loss. Holiday Open House Sunday, December 18th, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Come feel the warmth of Daystar at this good old fashioned Holiday gathering! Bring the kids and grandkids to visit with Santa, listen to carolers and enjoy delicious holiday treats! ZOOLIGHTS Wednesday, December 21st, 3:00 p.m. Join us for a trip to Point Defiance Zoo and see it come aglow with more than a half-million lights! Sip hot cocoa while you explore dazzling lights and breathtaking displays! Cost is $20 for admission and includes a light dinner. New Yearâ€™s Eve â€œEveâ€? Friday, December 30th, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Celebrate the New Year early! Put on your special outfit and your dancing shoes, and step out for a traditional New Yearâ€™s Eve celebration! Enjoy gourmet desserts and dancing music by local favorite, the Hanky Panky Band. Please RSVP Three Days in Advance Seating is limited, and reservations are required for all events.
â€˜Sharing the Stageâ€™ gets jazzy A new installment of â€œSharing the Stage,â€? a series that pairs performances by acclaimed music stars with those of Island youth, will take place at 8 p.m. Friday at the Red Bike. This time, the series brings trumpeter Thomas Marriott and his band, The Human Spirit, to town. Marriott, who lives in Seattle, is widely regarded as one of the most exciting jazz musicians to emerge on the national scene in more than a decade. His initial success, resulting from his work with Maynard Ferguson in New York City, has led to his collaboration with a long list of artists and over 100 recordings with musicians Thomas Marriott of all genres. Teen performers will include two student bands, Dr. No and the Hip Replacements and the 204th Street Jazz Ensemble. Dr. No and the Hip Replacements features Noah Baseleon-Abbott on sax, Ari Edgecombe on bass and Tanner Montague on drums. The 204th Street Jazz Ensemble consists of Peyton Levin, Cieran Murphy and Corry Fox. These bands will also sit in with Marriott for a performance of Wayne Shorterâ€™s Footprints, originally composed for Miles Davis. Tickets are $5 for students and youth with ID and $12 for adults. The first two shows in the â€œSharing the Stageâ€? series featured the band Visqueen and rappers Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
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and itâ€™s fun.â€? Yvonne Pitrof, director of the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank, said the elves brought in nearly $20,000 each year for the food bank, funds she and her staff greatly appreciated. â€œThe elves have always been incredibly helpful,â€? she said. However, Oâ€™Malley added that itâ€™s not all about the money for the elves, itâ€™s also about bringing to light a charityâ€™s mission on the Island. He explained that when they began the fundraiser they set three goals: to raise funds for the food bank, raise awareness of the nonprofit and educate Islanders about what it does with informative signs. He believes that Islander now know more about the food bank than they did three years ago, in part because of the elves. â€œWe think after three years we did well with our three goals,â€? he said. â€œWe thought we should try to see if we could do that for another organization.â€? Gornall agreed. â€œThere are a lot of good service groups on the Island,â€? he said. â€œThey all need some attention and some help. This year weâ€™re sort of sponsoring this one; next year we may sponsor someone else.â€? Last spring some food bank volunteers raised concerns about what they saw as an inadequate amount of protein-
rich food being offered to clients as well as the growing size of the food bankâ€™s cash reserves. The food bank hired a consultant to examine the volunteersâ€™ complaints. While the reserve has grown larger, according to recent tax returns, the food bank has beefed up its food offerings. Gornall, however, said volunteer frustrations from earlier in the year didnâ€™t play into the elvesâ€™ decision and that he personally has no qualms with the food bank. â€œTheyâ€™re still a good organization and the work they do still needs to get done. ... The food bank still holds a nice place in my heart,â€? he said. Pitrof said that she understands the elvesâ€™ decision. However, sheâ€™s unsure how the loss of the elvesâ€™ donation will affect the food bankâ€™s budget, as they are just entering their fundraising season. Over half of the $200,000 in cash donations they need each year, she explained, comes in during November and December. â€œItâ€™s hard to say how much of an impact it will have or not,â€? she said. Pitrof said that although need at the food bank has dropped slightly since the surge in 2008, it is still very high. Lines are so long on Wednesdays, she noted, that they are considering opening another day each week. â€œWe can use all the help we can get,â€? she said. She added sheâ€™s also paying close attention to Olympia as the state legislature enters a special session to make budget cuts that could affect the food bankâ€™s small amount of state funding or put more people in the food bankâ€™s lines. â€œAt this point, weâ€™re really grateful for all (the elves) have
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done,â€? she said. â€œWeâ€™ll wait and see how we end up this year.â€? Gornall said the elves decided to support VYFS because, like the food bank, it provides essential social services and reaches about 10 percent of the Island. Ken Maaz, director of VYFS, was surprised but thrilled that the elves have decided to take on the organization as a cause this year, saying itâ€™s in a tough financial spot right now. VYFS has served more clients this year than ever and hasnâ€™t been able to meet the increased need with fundraising. Maaz, who will be an elf himself this year, said the extra donations may save them from eating into their reserves. â€œWe have not been able to raise as much money as weâ€™ve had to spend,â€? Maaz said. â€œThis is a really good thing to have their help, because we really need it.â€? Oâ€™Malley said Islanders seem to be just as willing to support VYFS as the food bank, as the first weekend of donations was on track with that of past years. As for the possible confusion over the change, Oâ€™Malley said a sign on the side of the road makes it clear the fundraiser is for VYFS, and the elves placed an ad in The Beachcomber to publicize the fundraiser. So far theyâ€™ve received one check written to the food bank, and they plan to pass it along. Stratton, who gave to the elves without realizing the change, said he didnâ€™t mind. â€œIf they were raising money for VYFS, I still would have given them money,â€? he said. â€œWith those guys it doesnâ€™t matter because you know itâ€™s going to a good purpose.â€?
The Island Elves will collect money for VYFS at the main intersection in town two more weekends this year. They will be out from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 2,3, 16 and 17.
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Cross country award winners show off some of their hardware at Wednesdayâ€™s banquet. Pictured from left are Ella Maierhofer, Peri Roberts, Anna Ripley, Philip VanDevanter, Ryan Krug, Maddi Groen and Codi Williams. DJ Barnes was unable to attend.
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Vashon High Schoolâ€™s wrestling team, which has a long history of success, has set its sights on placing in the top 10 at state this season. About 27 high schoolers turned out for the team this year, a number that coach Per-Lars Blomgren said is slightly higher than last year. 3JL'PSTDINJFEU1IPUP3JLTJNBHFTDPN Blomgren is especially pleased that for the second year in a row seven girls are wrestling, enough to have an official girlsâ€™ team. The wrestlers will open the season at a tournament in Auburn this weekend, and their first home contest is on Dec. 13. Pictured, Preston Morris, on top, and Shane Armstrong work on a drill in the Vashon wrestling room.
Walgren, Kenese Parker, Codi Williams, Aaron Kitchener, Groen, Roberts, Ripley, Maierhofer and Erica Walker. The team as a whole won a scholastic award from the Nisqually League. The award is given to teams with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. On Saturday, Nov. 12, Groen, VanDevanter and middle schooler Jeffrey Parrish competed in the Junior Olympics cross country meet at Woodland Park. Several of the members of the team ran in the Seattle Half Marathon and are planning to participate in a winter cross country series in the off-season.
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The Vashon High School cross county team ended its season on Nov. 19 with an awards banquet at Bethel Church. Individual athletes were recognized, and the team as a whole won some additional honors. Plaques were given to athletes for awards voted on by their teammates. Ryan Krug and Peri Roberts were honored for being the boys and girls team captains this year. DJ Barnes was the most inspirational boys runner, and Maddi Groen was the most inspirational girls runner. Codi Williams was the
most improved boy, and Ella Maierhofer was the most improved girl. Philip VanDevanter won the coachesâ€™ award, or the Swashbuckler Award, for the boys, and Anna Ripley won the girls Swashbuckler award. Vashon coach Kevin Ross was voted the Nisqually League coach of the year for cross country, an award voted on by league coaches, and Vashon tied with Seattle Christian for the league sportsmanship award. Several runners received varsity letters this season, including Ryan Krug, Nathan Williams, VanDevanter, Magnus
Jesse Hazzard Boys Basketball 6â€™1â€? Guard Senior Co-Captain What the coach says: â€œJesse has worked extremely hard and is primed to have a breakout senior season. He optimizes the ideals of the VHS Basketball program: Leadership, Commitment, Passion and Improvement. Iâ€™m excited to watch him reap the rewards of his hard work.â€? From Jesse: â€œWhen a team outgrows individual performance and learns to work together as a group, excellence is in reach.â€?
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This winter 22 girls showed up to play basketball for VHS. Coach Henry Porter called it a â€œgreat turnoutâ€? and said there is a large group of enthusiastic freshmen and several up-and-coming underclassmen. The varsity team will be led by seniors Charlotte Kehoe, Marya Munsey, Rachel Hoffman, Kelsey Abella and Shannon Slater. 3JL'PSTDINJFEU1IPUP3JLTJNBHFTDPN The girls will open the season with a home match against Washington High School. The varsity team will play at 7 p.m. and JV at 5:15 p.m. Pictured from left, Shannon Slater, Charlotte Kehoe, Marya Munsey and Rachel Hoffman are surrounded by underclassmen during a break in basketball practice last week.
The Pirate boys basketball team is fairly young this season, having lost eight graduating seniors last year, including star player Alex Wegner. The 12-member team does include four returning lettermen: seniors Jesse Hazzard Dylan Basurto and Dan Lofland and junior Ben Whitaker. Coach Andy Sears said that the first two weeks of practice have gone well. â€œIt will be fun to watch the team grow this season,â€? he said. The boys participated in the Chief Sealth Shootout last weekend. Their first game is a home match against Rainier Christian today at 7 p.m. Next Tuesday they will 3JL'PSTDINJFEU1IPUP3JLTJNBHFTDPN play Evergreen Lutheran at a 7p.m. away game. Pictured, Jesse Hazzard, 32, Dylan Basurto, 33, and Ben Whitaker, 22, run through a â€œVashon 4â€? drill during a Pirate basketball practice.
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speciality â€” delicately decorated Ukrainian eggs that have begun to draw repeat visitors to their small yurt â€” are being readied for the tour. Saturday and Sunday, when visitors follow the narrow path to Jewell and Pruiksmaâ€™s yurt, theyâ€™ll likely find Pruiksma bent over a blown egg, a candle to warm her kitska â€” or hot wax pen â€” glowing softly next to her, as she plies her craft. The two enjoy the studio tour, as itâ€™s a chance, they note, to connect with friends and neighbors. But more often than not, itâ€™s also an opportunity for them to talk about the lifestyle theyâ€™ve chosen and the philosophy that imbues it. â€œWe get people who come and see the large picture of it, and it kind of fires them up. And others look a little confused by it,â€? Pruiksma noted. â€œWe end up talking a lot about our space as well as our art, because so much of what we do is part of a larger picture, â€Ś part of our effort to live in a way thatâ€™s a lot lower impact.â€? If anyone on Vashon could be said to piece a life together, Shane Jewell and Emily Pruiksma, both 33, could. He teach-
es at the Homestead School; she works two days a week at Vashon Library. He offers music lessons to a dozen or two students in 10 different instruments. She builds and sells worm bins. Together, they grow much of their own food. Fourteen years ago, Jewell and Pruiksma never imagined theyâ€™d be living life off the grid in a hand-crafted yurt on a small organic farm. But that was before they staffed the 600-member food co-op kitchen of Oberlin College in Ohio. The couple attended Oberlin between 1997 and 2001, where they met in the co-op kitchen. Both natives of Puget Sound, Jewell and Pruiksma bonded over nostalgia for the misty rain of the Northwest and their mutual passion for music. Pruiksma, an environmental studies major, coordinated the co-opâ€™s local food program, buying produce from the regionâ€™s Amish farmers. Jewell, a math and music major, was the pizza chef. Before long, Jewell joined Pruiksma on her buying trips to the country, where they visited farms and marveled at the self-sufficient lifestyle of the Amish farmers. â€œThey were really inspiring,â€? said Pruiksma. â€œThey lived close to the land in a tight cohesive community. â€Ś There was something very attractive about their hands-on life.â€? Though Pruiksma and Jewell grew up as urban dwellers, in Seattle and Bellingham respectively, they began to
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ponder how they, too, could be in community while living rooted to the land. â€œWe were studying things in school that were so theoretical â€” we really wanted to learn these skills connected to place,â€? Jewell said. â€œAt the same time we were studying all the problems in the world, the big name issues of climate change, breakdown of communities, destruction of farmland. â€Ś We decided weâ€™d rather be part of the solution.â€? Like so many times to come for this adventurous couple, one experience led to the next. Junior year, Jewell and Pruiksma traveled the world visiting five countries as part of a global ecology program. At a collective called Timbaktu, a volunteer organization working for sustainable development in a drought-prone area of India, Jewell and Pruiksma were again inspired by what they saw. The collective had re-instituted traditional methods to retain water, transforming what had become a desert into the forest it once was. But it wasnâ€™t just the ecological restoration that the young couple found inspirational; it was also the way the people in the collective went about their work, using music and dance to build a community. When Jewell and Pruiksma arrived, they recalled, some of the local musicians put on a traditional dance for them. â€œMusic seemed like such an essential part of what they were doing,â€? Jewell said. â€œAnd they werenâ€™t only trying to rebuild a place, they were trying to rebuild a community that could take care of the place.â€? Returning to the Northwest after college, the duo dreamed of living life like the communities they visited, but they didnâ€™t know where or how. Thatâ€™s when serendipity intervened. A call from Amy Bogaard of Hogsback Farm brought the couple to Vashon. Bogaard is a friend of Jewellâ€™s aunt and uncle, Joanne Jewell and Rob Pederson, owners Plum Forest Farm; she contacted them in search of interns, learned of Jewell and Pruiksma and thought theyâ€™d be ideal. Jewell and Pruiksma accepted, and the job turned out to be an opportunity for them to learn an essential foundation for their vision: how to grow food. When the internship ended, the couple took what looked like a detour on their path to sustainable living, choosing to walk the Pacific Crest Trail from southern Oregon to Canada. Influenced by the self-sufficient farmers back in 4503:$0/5*/6&4 /&951"(&
William â€œBillâ€? Clark William â€œBillâ€? Clark died on Nov.17, 2011 after a heart attack on Nov. 4th at his vacation home where he loved to be in his favorite place, Ocean Shores, WA. He was born in Sharon, PA, in 1948 and raised in Masury, Ohio, until the age of 16 when his family moved to Portland, OR. At age 18 he began working at ISSPRO (Instrument Sales & Service) in Portland and moved to Vashon Island in 1979 when he opened a branch office for ISSPRO in Seattle and retired in 1991. He took a year off to go racing as crew chief for a Alcohol Dragster which won the 1992 Winter Nationals. He worked 14 years at Misty Isle Farms on Vashon Island using his knack for being able to fix and drive anything from tractors and dump trucks to classic cars and Harleys, and clearing pastures, bailing hay, etc. When Tom Stewart left Vashon, Bill began working for Island Lumber and Hardware in Parts, Repair & Sales again using his knack for being able to fix anything and was a favorite for everyone. He leaves behind his grieving wife of 43+ years Kathleen, and his son Geoff who love and miss him. Also his grieving family in Oregon, mother Dorothy, sisters Donna and Nancy, brother Russell and many nieces and nephews. Known for his smile and friendly personality, his love of motorcycles and fast cars, and a knack for being able to fix anything. He is irreplaceable and will be missed by his loving family and all that knew him. Plans for a memorial will be announced in an upcoming Beachcomber.
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Ohio, they sewed much of their own gear, fashioning mosquito-proof clothing, a lightweight tent and backpack. In the middle of the preparation, Pruiksma remembered watching Jewell walk across the meadow at Plum Forest Farm, where they were living, with a bundle of sticks. An enthusiastic Jewell told Pruiksma that heâ€™d learned how to construct a yurt and thought they should build one. With a gentle nod towards her partner, Pruiksma noted that Jewell knows how to dream and see whatâ€™s possible while she has the slow staying power, and that makes for a very good partnership. So before leaving for the Pacific Crest Trail, together they built a small yurt â€” once again, with no notion of where the project would lead. Determined to do the Pacific Crest Trail mostly by their own human power, Jewell and Pruiksma set off from Vashon on their old middle school bicycles, riding down the coast for a month and ending up in Ashland, where they shipped the bikes home and began the 1,000-mile hike. â€œIt was this whole process of slowing down,â€? Pruiksma said. â€œWalking is a perfect time for dreaming. We didnâ€™t know it then, but it was really a pivotal time.â€? Upon their return, in 2005, they began construction of a larger yurt. The smaller one now serves as Jewellâ€™s music and tutoring studio. And in 2008, again in an effort to re-create the beauty and wisdom of that collective in India, Jewell and Pruiksma decided to form the Free Range Folk Choir, an a cappella group that performs world music in four- and five-part harmony. The economic downturn was beginning to hit Vashon, the couple recalled, and they saw the choir as a way to lift spirits and foster community, just as music had in India. The choir now numbers 80 singers. Earlier this month, its pre-Thanksgiving
concert drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Methodist Church. The couple admits they sometimes feel isolated on the Island because of the course theyâ€™ve charted. Many talk of sustainable living; few, they note, are living it to the degree they are. But then they remind themselves that the majority of the planet lives as simply as they do. And, to keep his priorities straight, every morning Jewell recites Wendell Barryâ€™s â€œMad Farmer Liberation Front Manifesto,â€? which calls for redemption by living close to the earth and cautions against the lure of materialism, as then â€œnot even your future will be a mystery any more.â€? â€œAnd that is the great tragedy we are trying to avoid,â€? said Jewell. â€œDreams are a mystery, you have to take them one at a time. â€Ś We didnâ€™t have any plan to end up doing what we do or being the way we are, and yet looking back, there is no more direct path we could have taken to end up where we are. Each part of our journey was absolutely essential â€Ś to figure out what our dreams are.â€? Earlier this fall, Jewell and Pruiksma set out in their hand-made umiak to explore the waters surrounding their Island home in south Puget Sound. If, as the couple believes, a slow journey allows time to reflect, then one canâ€™t help but wonder what dream theyâ€™ll be living next. â€” Leslie Brown contributed to this article. The Art Studio Tour will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and next weekend, Dec. 3 and 4. Pick up self-guided maps for the tour from Island merchants or download one from vashonislandartstudiotour.com. Some venues will also be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday as part of the Gallery Cruise. See pages 15 and 16 for more information.
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Debra â€œDeeâ€? Kidd Dustin passed away on Sunday, November 27th in Pocatello, Idaho after a brief illness. This beautiful and beloved woman, mother, wife, sister and friend was a 66â€™ graduate of Vashon High. She lived many years in Pocatello where she was an avid gardener and fisherman. The family will hold a memorial in the summer at her favorite mountain retreat by her â€œpersonalâ€? lake. She is survived by her father James Kidd of Sierra Vista, AZ, and step-father Paul Davis of Farmington N.M., husband Olie Dustin, her sons; Ty Holderby of Anchorage AK, and Chris Speed of Brooklyn, N.Y. sisters; Tracie Kidd Shannon of Houston, TX and Leigh Ann Kidd of Alexandria, VA, brothers; Greg Geiser of Seattle, WA, Mike Kidd of Mill Creek, WA, Frank Kidd of Crofton, MD and Todd Davis of Farmington N.M. Aunt Dee was loved and adored by her many nieces and nephews with whom she regularly communicated by Facebook. We were truly blessed to have had her with us and equally blessed to have her now watching over us. She was preceded by her mother Marian Syse Davis in 1991.
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â€˘ Clare Chesledon â€˘ Clare Chesledon, a kind, caring mother and grandmother with an appreciation for both the beautiful and the practical, passed away peacefully at her Vashon home on Nov. 20, 2011. She was 94. The matriarch of a large family, Clare said her goodbyes over the last weeks of her life. Sharp and lucid until the very end, she was not afraid to die, just a bit uncertain about what was coming, she said. She was confident in God and prayer and looking forward to reunion with her husband, Wayne, who died 25 years ago. Clare lived a life of uncommon grace, deep faith and kindness toward others. Undemanding and self-possessed, she had no patience for nonsense or unnecessary drama. She valued her privacy, reading in her easy chair, clipping the bonsai on the deck or feeding the koi in the pond. Yet when unexpected visitors arrived, they received all her attention. It was the simple things in life that brought Clare joy: raspberry jam on crunchy toast, a red cloud sunset over the Olympics, the varied activities of her grandchildren. Frugal, yet generous, Clare was a master recycler, an avid gardener and an accomplished cook. She liked a good story and a well-prepared meal. And she delighted in a sunbreak on an otherwise dreary day. Vashon suited her artistic temperament. Clare was a mere slip of a woman, barely five feet tall and only 95 pounds. Yet she exerted a powerful force, binding family and friends to her through her kindness and love for them. She was born Anita Clare Cunningham, the daughter of Irish immigrants, on March 7, 1917 in New York City. Her father ran a saloon in the Bronx. Her mother died young and Clare grew up in boarding schools. She graduated from the Academy of Mount St. Ursula and completed a nursing school program in Connecticut. Working in a New York hospital, she met Dr. Wayne A. Chesledon, an intern, and they were married on Dec. 20, 1942 in Birmingham, Alabama. They lived in three states before settling in Seattle in 1953 where Wayne became a radiologist and the two of them raised seven children. After her husbandâ€™s death, Clare moved to Vashon in 1995. On Vashon, she was a member of St. John Vianney Church and a regular at the 5 pm Saturday Mass. She is survived by six of her children: Bryan (Mary Lou), of Seattle; Sharleen, of Seattle; Karen McCoy (John), of Vashon; David (Erin) of Clinton; Joe, of Chimacum; and Peter, of Vashon. Her oldest daughter, Leone, also of Vashon, died last year. Clare had 11 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. A memorial Mass celebrating Clareâ€™s life will be held at 10 am Friday, Dec. 16, at St. John Vianney Church, 16100 115th Ave. SW, Vashon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Vashon-Maury Island Food Bank. Please visit the online guest book at www.islandfuneral.com.
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If you like big sweet boy cats, this guy is the one for you. He likes nothing better than to cuddle up and be petted. Herb wears a permanent milk mustache which adds to his charm. Herb came to VIPP with two of his kitty housemates when his owner died. Herb is used to adults and other cats. Born about 2001. Life was tough for Zeus from the moment he was born. He was born with a â€˜mangledâ€™ paw â€“ one of the bones in his lower (front) leg never connected to the paw. Technically he is â€˜handicappedâ€™, but he doesnâ€™t know itâ€Ś and it does not affect anything he does â€“ he runs and jumps and plays and loves perfectly normally. Shy until he knows you or your visitors â€“ then heâ€™s right there to say â€˜hiâ€™.He is a strictly indoor cat and must be as he cannot protect himself because he is declawed. He is 2 years old.
This little 8 month old lab/pitbull mix is a sweet, sweet girl. She loves to play tug of war and will bring her toy and hand it to you to play. She is quiet, friendly and a joy to have around. If you need to sit down and rest, she will be right there to curl up next to you. Great with kids. If you would like to meet Lucy, contact Cindy, Vashon Island Pet Protectors, at 206-463-0941. There is a $125 adoption fee.
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Affordable Roseballen Commty Land Trust
Craftsman style 3 bdrm, 1.5 bath home with large porch overlooking the village green of this permanently affordable neighborhood near town and bus! Buyer to be pre-qualified by Vashon HouseHold. MLS #297027 $195,000
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Experience Island living on Burton beach!
ELEGANT & PRIVATE
Gracious home set in beautiful forest
Watch the boats in the harbor and enjoy days of sun and sand in this sweet, south-facing home set just above the beach on 100â€™ of waterfront! New windows, siding, appliances & shed. MLS #281110 $269,000
Spacious one-level home has an open, light-filled design! Radiant floors, high-end appliances, lovely master w/ spa bath & gas fireplace, total of 3 bdrms & 2.5 baths, on five pristine acres. MLS #297497 $638,000
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CRS, GRI 206/696-1800
A TERRIFIC BUY!
Roomy farmhouse on a shy ten acres
Sunny pasture, woods & fruit trees near Dockton Park! More than 3500 square feet with 4 bdrms, 2 baths, new hardwood floors, new appliances. Just needs a bit of finishing. A rare find! MLS # 276872 $374,500
At the heart of all that Vashon has to offer! Relax in this one-level home on a quiet cul-de-sac in a great mid-isle location. Never cut your grass again, itâ€™s cut by a community association! New windows, sunny 3 bdrms. Ultra-affordable! MLS #239864 $179,500
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Shops & bus line are close at hand!
Great investment for the future! Three bdrm, 1.5 bath rambler on over 3/4 acre. Bonus room, natural gas heat & appliances, 3-car garage with shop space, sunny yard, public sewer & water. Offered at $199,900
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3 bdrmÂ‹2 bathÂ‹Roseballen
Charming home in a lovely, permanently affordable neighborhood. Home is squeaky clean & move-in ready! Buyer to be pre-qualified by Vashon HouseHold. MLS #295027 $201,500
An excellent investment! 1488 square feet of retail space w/great presence in the heart of Vashonâ€™s town. Launch your dream business in this perfect location. MLS #286597 $385,000
Nancy Sipple (206) 465-2361 Diane Stoffer (206) 650-6210 Ken Zaglin (206) 940-4244 Len Wolff (206) 300-7594
3 bdrmÂ‹2.75 bathÂ‹View
Big trees & pretty trails - adjoins a vintage home also for sale, for the ultimate getaway. #274531 $190,000
3 bdrmÂ‹2 bathÂ‹View
Coveted Dilworth area, close to town AND ferries! Huge views, community beach, and a sophisticated multi-level home with lots of light & space, 3-car garage/shop. MLS #265801 $434,000
Jean Bosch (206) 919-5223 Deb Cain (206) 930-5650 J.R. Crawford (206) 954-9959
Vashon TownÂ‹2.31 acres
Great investment! Zoned Multiple R-8, sewer & gas in, seven paid water shares. MLS #285046 $375,000
3 bdrmÂ‹2 bathÂ‹50â€™ WF
Views to forever! Standout renovations with high-end finishes and a huge view deck grace this captivating retreat set in a fairyland of sun-dappled woods & lawn. Sandy beach! MLS #240577 $399,000
Krista Dehnert (206) 406-4840 Leslie Ferriel (206) 235-3731 Crist Granum (206) 419-3661
City/Sound/Mountain views! Light-filled Northend home, vaulted ceilings, big view deck, close to Seattle ferries. Has complete lower level living area! Fenced yard & pond. MLS #280886 $299,000
3 bdrmÂ‹2 bathÂ‹.36 AC
Low-maintenance 3 bdrm, 2 bath mfd home not far from Burton Beach! Bright & open interior with vaulted ceilings, large deck. Big garage, large yard & pond! MLS #287332 $189,000
Susan Lofland (206) 999-6470 Phil McClure (206) 696-1800 Val Seath (206) 790-8779
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