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IN THE SPOTLIGHT Island Lumber garners national recognition. Page 4

TRAPPED IN UMO’S WEB A new work will be featured at the troupe’s fundraiser. Page 10

SPORTS | Hoopsters vanquish

two of their rivals. Page 16 SCHOOLS | Tech levy comes before voters. Page 3 COMMUNITY | Outdoor program garners sizable grant. Page 5

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The latest from the census: Vashon’s a wealthier place Some who are poor, meanwhile, appear to be moving away By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer

Vashon has become a wealthier place in the last decade, according to data recently released by the U.S. Census Bureau. King County’s median household income has nearly kept pace with the 25 percent inflation rate, rising from $53,000 in 1999 to an estimated $65,000 in 2006 through 2010. Vashon’s median household income, however, rose 37 percent in the same time period, from about $58,000 in 1999 to an estimated $80,000 in 2006 through 2010. Vashon’s population grew about 5 percent during that time. “You can say Vashon is trending toward somewhat higher incomes,” said Chandler Felt, King County’s demographer. “Real income has not gone up much in the last 10 years in King County or nationwide for that matter. … Vashon incomes are rising faster than inflation.”

According to 2000 U.S. Census results, in 1999 about 12 percent of Vashon households made $100,000 to $150,000 a year. According to results of the American Community Survey, a lengthy questionnaire administered by the Census Bureau to a smaller number of households, nearly twice that many homes, 22 percent, brought in that amount between 2006 and 2010. In fact, all income brackets below $75,000 saw a decrease in number of households, while all those above $75,000 saw an increase. Felt said he wasn’t surprised at the numbers. “I would have expected that to a degree,” he said. “Vashon Island is not growing very fast, but the growth, as far as I can tell, tends to be relatively high-income commuters to jobs on the mainland.” Felt added that it was important to note that while 1999 income data is based on census responses, more recent income estimates are made by combining surveys of Islanders from 2006 though 2010, with averages converted to 2010 inflated values. More SEE CENSUS, 20

Fire board’s per diems prompt a few questions, comparisons By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer

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Only last week, the sunrises and sunsets were dramatic, revealing chiseled mountains to the west and a Mount Rainier robed in pinks and oranges to the southeast. John Anderson, a renown photographer who once studied with Ansel Adams, paid a visit to Tramp Harbor on Friday, where he shot several scenes that captured the colorful but subtle interplay of sky and water on one of the highest tides of the season. Everything changed in a matter of days, and by Monday, snow-starved young people were making the best of the scant snowfall, while school officials, Metro officials and others prepared for what University of Washington meteorologist Cliff Mass dubbed a potential “snowmageddon.” Metro put the region on alert that only core bus service may be operating on Wednesday — which would mean no Vashon service — should a heavy snowfall blanket the region. Turn to page 21 to read more about this week’s weather. Above, left, siblings Thalia (front), Mia and Cash Cochrane get ready to go down the berm at Ober Park Monday. Above right, Wang Wei, an exchange student from China, and Anna Riggs, her host sister, delight in the first snowfall of the season on Sunday.

Vashon’s five fire commissioners made a total of $20,146 for performing their official duties in 2011, with Rex Stratton, last year’s board chair, earning the most at $6,704. David Hoffmann, meanwhile, received $4,840 last year, the second highest figure — a fee he garnered for attending board meetings as well as reviewing the district’s payment vouchers for goods and services. The bi-weekly review generally takes him 30 minutes and occasionally an hour, according to the compensation forms he signs and submits; he receives $90 from the department each time he does so.

Both men, as well as the other commissioners, defended the practice, noting that the pay is allowed under state law and that their compensation doesn’t begin to cover the many hours they spend as elected officials overseeing Vashon Island Fire & Rescue. What’s more, Hoffmann said, he donates much of the money he receives to Islanders who are in a bind or to Vashon charities. “I don’t keep it for myself,” he said. Stratton, a lawyer, noted that he often spends many hours off-Island at meetings for the fire department and that his compensation — now $104 per day — doesn’t begin to cover SEE COMMISSIONERS, 19


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Ballots will be mailed out next week for Islanders to vote on the renewal of Vashon Island School District’s Technology and Capital Projects Levy, which would collect $3.6 million from property owners over the next four years. The measure requires a simple majority, or 50 percent approval, to pass. Superintendent Michael Soltman said that the continuation of the levy — which has been collected on Vashon for nine years — is critical to Vashon schools, especially as they brace for additional cuts in state funding. The state requires that schools use and provide students with certain technology, Soltman said, yet it has never provided the necessary funds. Most school districts opt to cover technology costs with money from local levies, he said. About two-thirds of the $900,000 collected annually by the levy goes toward technology — computers, software and networks — and about one-third of the funds covers repairs and maintenance projects

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Soltman said were considered essential. For example, he said, last year levy funds were used to purchase new desks and lunch tables for McMurray Middle School. Next year the district would like to replace windows at McMurray and perform upgrades at school gyms. The levy also funds nearly four full-time employees in the school district’s maintenance and technology departments. “If this levy failed, we essentially wouldn’t have the funding to pay for any of the technology and any of the preventative maintenance,� Soltman said. The levy has been in place since at least 2002, with the exception of 2008 and 2009; neither Soltman nor board members knew why the levy wasn’t collected for those two years. The district upped the amount collected in 2006 from $750,00 to $1.24 million. It then collected $900,000 in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Soltman said the school board, which approved the measure at its Dec. 15 meeting, felt $900,000 was still sufficient for the district’s needs. He noted that the

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$47.7 million bond voters approved in 2010 included funds to upgrade the district-wide computer network. “We’re able to use some of the bond funds for that, so it didn’t requires us to increase the levy,� he said. The deadline for submitting ballots in the mail-in election is Feb. 14. The new levy, which would replace the current levy in 2013, would continue to collect 39 cents per $1,000 of a property owner’s assessed value. The school district estimates that the owner of a home assessed at $414,000 would pay about $160 annually. Soltman said he believes the levy will pass, as it is simply a renewal — homeowners won’t see a change in their taxes — and the community understands how important the funds are. A statement in support of the levy for the voter’s pamphlet was written by community activists Hilary Emmer and May Gerstle. No one stepped forward to write a statement against the measure. “I’m optimistic that it will continue to have that support,� Soltman said.

District hires local liaison for high school project By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer

Citing a goal to involve Vashon contractors in the construction of the new Vashon High School, the Vashon Island School District has hired someone to assist locals in the process of bidding and working on the project. Islander Oly Jensen was hired last month as the district’s local contractor and vendor liaison. According to his contract, Jensen will work with the project’s architects and general contractor to identify what aspects of construction are best suited to local participation. He will then create a plan to reach out to local subcontractors as well as vendors and other businesses and help them through the process of bidding their services. Superintendent Michael Soltman said the new position is important in fostering Island participation in the project because many Islanders haven’t performed work on public works projects and will be unfamiliar with the rules and regulations surrounding the high school project. “To expect them to respond without getting sup-

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tract, Jensen will receive $35 an hour for his work, for a maximum of $10,000 in compensation. Soltman said it was too soon to know how involving local subcontractors would ultimately affect the cost of the project. Jensen, who owned an offIsland construction manufacturing business for 25 years, said he was looking forward to helping locals get involved in the high school project. He said he has much experience with public work projects and emphasized that his goal is to create commerce on the Island. “I want to do more than just provide education,� he said. “I want to end up with work on the Island.�

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As it looks to the future, Island Lumber wins national recognition Trade journal names it best in the country for its size By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer

For the last seven years, Island Lumber has held a Ladies’ Night on a Monday in November, drawing hundreds of women to the sprawling building supply store for special discounts, catered food, glasses of wine, drawings and camaraderie. The event doesn’t earn the store any money. But it has earned it some loyal followers, Earl Van Buskirk, its owner, says. And now, the event has helped the store garner some national attention. LBM Journal, a nationwide industry publication, named Island Lumber one of its three “entrepreneurs of the year� — giving the Vashon store its top spot for the “sales under $10 million� category. A store in Michigan won the honor among stores with $10 to $50 million in sales, while a building supply store in Alabama grabbed the spotlight for sales of more than $50 million. Van Buskirk said LBM Journal’s editors were particularly impressed by Island Lumber’s Ladies’ Night, which last year drew 1,000 women to the store. They were also impressed that the store’s sales figures have remained steady, despite a recession that has hit the building industry hard. In 2010, according to the magazine, Island Lumber had $7.95 million in sales; last year, it brought in an estimated $8 million, the magazine says.

“Our sales have not grown over the last two years, but we’re holding where we are,â€? Van Buskirk said. Ladies Night has been a highlight for the store. “It’s a big, fun event,â€? said Brian Cobb, sales manager at Island Lumber. “Every year, it’s grown.â€? But the event is also part of a business strategy Van Buskirk and Cobb have embraced as they look for ways to ensure Island Lumber’s survival and future growth in a shifting home construction landscape on Vashon. “We’re trying constantly to make our store more shopper friendly. We want to be more than a lumber store ‌ and appeal to the women shoppers,â€? Van Buskirk said. To that end, the store is in the midst of a significant expansion, adding 11,000 square feet to the 20,000-square-foot shop. Crews recently punched out the store’s back wall, extending the store 64 feet further back and much closer to its warehouse. The expansion — expected to be completed in a month or two — will enable the store to widen its aisles and increase some of its product lines, Van Buskirk said. More importantly, he added, Island Lumber will be able to continue its shift towards becoming a center for home remodeling, not just building and construction. New construction is down significantly on the Island, Cobb said. A few years ago, 50 permits were issued for new home construction, and 20 permits for remodeling were handed out, Cobb said. The situation in 2011 “flip-flopped,â€? he said, with 50 permits issued for remodeling and three for

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Brian Cobb, sales manager, says Island Lumber is expanding in part so it can accommodate a growing interest in home remodeling on Vashon. new home construction. “Building is way off on the Island — way way off,� Van Buskirk said. “We think the future will be in remodeling and what people are doing on an almost daily basis to take care of their houses.� Industry analysts expect the trend to continue, Cobb and Van Buskirk said. As a result, the two men said, they want the store to be roomy enough for people to easily examine the items they might want for their new kitchen or bathroom — windows or doors they might want to install or appliances they might want to buy. And that approach takes room, Cobb said. “People are hands-on,� Cobb said. “They want to see it.�

Cobb and Van Buskirk have also expanded the store’s product lines in recent years. They now sell pet food, horse supplies and chicken feed — an expansion that has rankled some of their much smaller competitors on Vashon. But Van Buskirk, who purchased the store in 1984, said he considers his competitors not other Island businesses but big box enterprises such as Lowe’s and Home Depot in Seattle. He also said he’s working hard to keep his business viable. The store has employed as many as 42 people; it’s now down to 35. “We don’t want to create any rivalries. We just want to have a nice place to shop on Vashon with the products ‌ that people want to purchase,â€? he said.

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Wilderness program gets $32,000 grant, plans to expand offerings By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer

Riding on a significant grant, the Vashon Wilderness Program plans to expand its offerings this year and hopes to serve more than twice as many children than 2010. This month the organization, an outdoor education and mentoring program that teaches skills such as plant identification and wilderness survival, received a $32,000 grant from the Silver Family Foundation. “Everyone felt ecstatic. It was very exciting,� said Stacey Hinden, the program’s executive director. It’s the first large grant the Vashon Wilderness Program has received since it began in 2007, following in the footsteps of the Duvall-based Wilderness Awareness School, which offered programs on the Island from 2000 to 2007.

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ralists,� Hinden said. Hinden said the organization also plans to expand its summer camp program. All told, Hinden said, she hopes to serve about 185 children in 2012, compared to just 85 in 2011. But, she added, the wilderness program will rely more than ever on referrals of children who would benefit from the program as well as continued fundraising. Each year the organization holds a scholarship fundraising drive, and next month it will hold its fifth annual storytelling festival, which also brings in significant funds. “Anyone who really believes that nature is important for children should come, because that’s how we get more scholarship money into the hands of families that really need it, so they can get their kids connected to nature,� Hinden said.


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The power and joy of snow in a region not used to it When you live in a maritime climate, the vagaries of weather don’t exactly dominate your life. Spring spills into summer, rainy but mostly pleasant and mild. Fall can be glorious and sweet, but rarely extreme. Winter is grey and wet and rainy, but again — certainly by northern standards — mild. Perhaps that’s why a palpable spirit of excitement seems to settle on a place like Vashon when real weather blows in. It’s as if the most boring of families finally got a little drama going and the restless among us can hardly wait to wade in. There are some logical reasons for our hype about weather. With only one snowplow going at any given time on Vashon, we’re quickly and easily paralyzed. Two inches of snow can make the side roads +JN&WBOT1IPUP (read 95 percent of Vashon) treacherous. Inexperienced, A backyard scene on Vashon transmany of us drive tentatively, formed by Sunday’s snow. while others — in their big rigs, vehicles that have little purpose nearly every other day of the year — barrel down, impatient and full of bravado. But it’s not just the trials of travel that give snowfall its drama. Snow transforms the world, especially at first, when it’s pure and undefiled. Bare branches turn into lacework. The hard edges of our built environment soften. Well-traveled roads seem new and adventurous. And in ways many of us love, it turns our world upside down. Those of us who live in the work-a-day world of computers, cars and climate-controlled offices suddenly have to pay attention to another part of life — to the natural world. The abstractions of office work are cast aside, traded in for what feels like a more authentic set of chores. As the newspaper goes to press, we don’t know if we’ll wake up Wednesday to what meteorologist Cliff Mass has dubbed “slushmaggedon� or “snowmaggedon.� Predictions of snowfall range wildly, with some suggesting a mere four inches, others a whopping 16. But some of us, like children on Christmas morning, will wake up full of eager anticipation, wondering what gifts Mother Nature may have offered up. A friend recently put together a CD filled with winter songs, one of which — “Snowfall,� by bluegrass wonder Banjo Dan — comes to mind as we look outside to a slushy world full of promise and listen to news reports cast in ominous tones. “Snowfall. It’ll cover up your cares. It’s coming down heavy tonight.�

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Editor’s Note: In 2011, Janie Starr and Juli Goetz Morser started a series called On the Verge, putting a face on the growing number of Islanders barely getting by. They began with a focus on community members about to lose their home or job, on the verge of becoming homeless or going hungry. The series has since evolved into a deeper and more expansive understanding of what sets someone apart, what makes one an outsider. For some it might be ethnicity or language, for others a child with special needs. Regardless of the barrier, what matters is to support those in need and to recognize their gifts. Community organizations such as the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness, Vashon Youth & Family Services, Vashon HouseHold, the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank and Welcome Vashon have played a role in shifting people toward finding a place at the community table. By JULI GOETZ MORSER For The Beachcomber

Raven Pyle-McCrackyn joined me for coffee at Minglement one gray afternoon in December. She walked over from the office building next door where she works as an accountant for Williams + Callan. Before setting her cup down at my table, Raven stopped to greet several people. My first impression was of a woman who makes a strong connection with others. As the interview progressed, that first impression began to make sense. The words connection and community peppered many of Raven’s answers. By the end, it became clear they were at the heart of her story. Fourteen years ago Raven, who was living in Seattle with her partner Mark Frey-McCrackyn, thoughtfully and deliberately investigated 40 to 50 towns in the Puget Sound area, searching for a community to join. Having grown up in a small town in Iowa, Raven knew what she wanted. After a visit to Vashon, Raven chose the Island as the place to plant her adult roots. She liked the books in the library, the children’s artwork in the schools and the childcare swapping that is de rigueur here. Vashon seemed to be a vibrant community and a fine place to

raise a child, so she and Mark relocated to the Island. Soon Raven was teaching drama at the Blue Heron and directing the Unitarian Church Sunday School program. “I felt that in order to be involved in a community,� Raven said, “you needed to work or live there, and I wanted to get a head start.� Everything fell into place to support Raven’s vision of community until 2003, two years after the birth of their child, James. The couple joined parent/baby groups and signed James up for the Vashon Maury Cooperative Preschool. James, however, wasn’t interested in parallel play. He never made friends. Then came the diagnosis that forced Raven and Mark onto a whole new path, different and separate from the other families. James was severely autistic. While most parents imagine their child growing up to lead an independent life, Raven and Mark wondered if their son would ever be able to leave the house. “When you have a special needs child,� explained Raven, “it is a pretty isolating experience.� Raven’s dream of play dates evaporated. She made close friends with James’ caregivers, but they were also the people she paid. Though she and Mark made a great team, they had to watch their son, no matter his age, as if he were a toddler, and that prevented them from attending social events. Rather than living in community, Raven found herself and her family skirting the edges. Raven worked hard to “mainstream� her son, eventually enrolling James in the multi-age program at Chautauqua Elementary School. Because James also needed speech and occupational therapy in Seattle five days a week, logistics became a nightmare for Raven and Mark, and they soon realized that their support network was mostly off-Island. That’s when a group of Island therapists and educators stepped in. Dan Kaufman, Paula Herrington, Erin Kenny, Sheri

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Hamlow, Mimi Walker and Lee Ockinga met once a month on a volunteer basis to brainstorm ways to integrate the family into Island life. Raven recollected how the group encouraged them to reach out to others, to recognize that she and Mark were not the only ones who loved James, and understand that being with James offered more than hardship. Raven credits Kaufman for opening her eyes to how families with disabilities often disengage with others. “James doesn’t have the problem,� she admitted, “he feels pretty connected. I’m the one with the problem.� Because of his lifelong commitment to include families with disabilities in the community, Kaufman sought other Islanders who might engage in a broader conversation about connecting and welcoming. Bruce Anderson, Janie Starr and others explored these concepts, eventually creating the initiative called Welcome Vashon. Raven became involved with

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been a powerful challenge.� Several months ago, Raven experienced what it takes to expose one’s challenge to the community. At a Unitarian Fellowship meeting in October, when the harpist stopped playing in preparation for the minister’s lecture, James threw a loud and inconsolable fit. Before that day, Raven would have quickly ushered James out the door. This time she stayed. The congregation remained supportive, and the minister, sizing up the situation, asked the harpist to accompany her sermon. James relaxed and Raven observed how her fear of burdening others contributed to her social isolation. “When you open up and share a piece of your life, it invites an intimacy that is really valuable,� she said. “In that sense, James has helped me battle my inner autistic, a battle without which we’d all still be at home. We were an island within an island, and that’s no way to live. Without connecting to others, there really isn’t a whole lot of meaning.� — Julie Goets Morser is a freelance writer on Vashon.

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%JTUSJDUTIPVME MJTUFOUPUFBDIFST Returning to a week-long substitute teaching job at the high school, I was full of enthusiasm and excitement for the new year. That was soon quenched after talking to staff and students. In their voices was apprehension and perhaps a touch of distrust for the planning process for the new high school. After months of giving input to the planning team, many feel that their suggestions for an effective teaching and learning environment might be altered or watered down. Many feel that the board, administration and architects all have their own vision for what this new school should be. A couple staff members have since had new meetings with the planning committee, but many still feel left out of the loop. The first thought out of my head was, “Please Lord, let’s not make the same

mistakes that we have made so many times before.� I have taught and worked on this campus for 39 years. While subbing, I worked on special maintenance projects when they built the last (sewer plant) high school. It was poorly planed and barely functional when we moved in. It had to be reworked several times before students and staff could attempt to work in the small, odd-shaped classrooms. Nobody will cry when the wrecking ball comes for this one. That being said, I understand many of the concerns and problems faced by the board and superintendent. I have served on the cemetery board and fire board. My father served 20 years on the school board. I have had untold conversations about facilities in this district. It still seems that when remodeling or planning a new facility you need to start and finish with high regards for the opinions and suggestions of those learning and teaching in the trenches. Making

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school facilities work well well for everyone is hard work. The planning committees and architects need to get back with every staff member and fine tune the process for the best possible learning environment. We all know that when the construction dust settles, those at the top will have moved on and the rest of us will have to work with what’s left for decades. — Skip Green

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we have access to, that they are requesting a rate increase. If this increase goes through, here is what it will cost us all: $159.7 million for our electric charges (an 8.08 percent increase) and $33.3 million for the natural gas they supply (an increase of 3.16 percent). One has to wonder why, in these tough economic times, our energy provider would consider such an increase, especially since they already are the most expensive energy provider in this area. Below are the rates charged by other local providers, as well as our own PSE. A family that uses 892 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will pay $64.75 per month with Tacoma Power; $69.41 per month with Seattle City Light; $78.25 per month with Snohomish PUD and $92.58 per month with

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New people bought the house next door to us. Now they have a slime bag lawyer who is telling us that these folks have an easement on our property that they want to make into a new driveway. We don’t think there is such an easement. I hate lawyers.

PSE. One has to wonder why we who have no choice but to use PSE for our electric power are paying almost a third more than our neighbors to the south. I could not find out how our natural gas charges compared, but the electric charges were by far the greater concern, increasing by a whopping 8.08 percent. Two hearings for the rate increases will be held. The first is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at Bellevue City Hall Council Chambers, 450 110th Ave. N.E. in Bellevue. The second is 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Washington Utilities Transportation Commission Hearing Room 206, located at 1300 So. Evergreen Park Drive in Olympia. I think PSE has some explaining to do.

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Goodbye to the Rhododendron May the everlasting voyage that you are now embarked upon be blessed with calm seas and gentle breezes. Dave Fischlin, Northhilla Beach Patricia Mecca/McCormick, Vashon

Thanks to all the supporters Thank you to all of the supporters of Vashon Island Community Ballet’s Holiday Ornaments production. In particular, Essentials4, True Value Service Center, John De GroenWindermere Vashon, Vashon Park District, George and Linda Kirkish-Palouse Winery for their support. And a special thanks to our volunteers who went the extra mile for this production: Jane Valencia, Michael Bowden, Kathy Snyder, Susan Parsons, Isaac Freshwater and Sarah Furth, thank you for sharing your amazing talents with us. VICB board and performers

Preschool says thanks Creative Preschool would like to say “thank you� to our friends at Giuseppe’s Restaurant who have been generously donating a percentage of their proceeds on every 2nd Friday of the month. We hope to see many people out supporting the businesses that support the children of our community. Thanks again Giuseppe’s!!! Andrea Gonter, Creative Preschool

A Heart Warmed Thank You! As Valentine’s Day approaches Vashon Youth & Family Services would like to thank and acknowledge all the families and individuals that gave and strengthened the past holidays with such a caring spirit! Thank you all for your generosity and for making so many families feel a sense of community. Thank you Lutheran Community Church; Thank you United Methodist Church Community; the Kiwanis and thank you Vashon Elves. Thank you Peace into the New Year Vashon Youth & Family Services


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8&%/&4%":t Chamber of Commerce General Membership Meeting: Guest presenters include Dr. Kathleen Davis, talking about Shape Up Vashon; Dawn Sheppard of Vashon Leads, which generates leads and business for its members; Julie Koler from King County, and a representative from the University of Washington’s Department of Built Environment, who will give details on the new Storefront Studio project coming to Vashon in 2012 to revitalize Vashon’s downtown business area. 8 to 10 a.m. at the Penny Farcy Training Center on Bank Road. Grandmother’s Stories: Real-life recipes and medical and marriage advice for pioneer families will be read aloud by Arlene Schade. 12:30 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center on Bank Road.

'3*%":t Sew for American Hero Quilts: Islanders of all quilting abilities, including those with no sewing skills, are invited to make quilt tops for the Island nonprofit, which provides quilts for wounded service men and women. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Island Quilter.

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Adopt an Old Dog: Meet some grey-muzzled dogs and take home some love. A veterinarian from Kistap Humane Society will be there to help these old dogs find their forever retirement home. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pandora’s Box. Adopt-a-Cat Day: Vashon Island Pet Protectors hosts a cat adoption day each week. Go to www.vipp. org for directions or call VIPP at 389-1085. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 12200 S.W. 243rd St.

46/%":t Unitarian Fellowship: Rev. Elizabeth Stevens will reflect on the art of the impossible — beliefs, judgments and choices about rejecting or embracing difficult goals. 9:30 a.m. at Lewis Hall behind Burton Community Church. Continuing Conversations: This month will focus on Japan, again at the crossroads, with economist Doug Ostrom, a Vashon Island resident who recently returned after years in Japan. These groups meet the fourth Sunday of each month. Call host Dorothy HallBauer for more information at 463-5664. 7 p.m. at Hall-Bauer’s home in Burton.

56&4%":t Scion Wood Collection and Care: Following the membersonly quarterly meeting, Jean Williams of the Kitsap and Vashon fruit Clubs will give a presentation on scion wood collection. Inventories will be taken of scion wood supply and demand. 7:30 p.m. at the Land Trust Building.

PUBLIC MEETINGS Water District 19: A special meeting will be held to continue discussion on the master resolution and other business as necessary. 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the district office, 17630 100th Ave. S.W. Vashon Sewer District Board of Commissioners: 6:30 p.m. Thursday,

Jan. 19, at the Vashon Senior Center. King County Airport District #1: Commissioners: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.

19, at Courthouse Square. Vashon Island School District School Board: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26,

at McMurray Middle School.

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The Muppets: Ends Jan. 19. The Adventures of Tintin: Opens Jan. 20. Old Goats: The film benefits VCC. See page 10 for details. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22. See www.vashontheatre. com for show times or call 

UPCOMING Free Tax Preparation: Hilary Emmer will prepare taxes for people who make $25,000 or less. Help with property tax exemptions will also be available for people at least 61 years old with an income under $35,000. No appointments are needed. For more information, call Emmer at 463-7277. 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, Jan. 26 to March 29, at the Vashon Library. Author Event: Local author Robin Priebe Branstator will read from her new book, “At Home on the Range: George R. McIntosh, Western Everyman.� 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, at the Vashon Bookshop. Paul Gauguin and the Search for Paradise: Susan Olds will present a slide lecture covering Paul Gauguin’s years in Paris and the Pacific Islands, coinciding with the Seattle Art Museum’s exhibit, Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise. 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Vashon Library. Spell It: The annual bee to benefit the Vashon Community Scholarship Fund is coming up. Teams of one to three people are encouraged to sign up now. The cost is $50 person; students are free. Contact Barbara Gustafson at rggbddg@yahoo.com or 463-1638. 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, at the Vashon High School theater. Land Trust Tree Sale: Purchase bareroot native trees and shrubs for pick up on the Island at the Land Trust’s annual sale. Place an order by Jan. 28 for pick up on Feb. 4. Day-of sale plants will be available for purchase on a first-come first-served basis. For information and ordering, see www.vashonlandtrust.org or call 463-2644. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Land Trust Building.

Strategies for Parents: Devon Atkins will teach parents methods to support children in school by creating a home culture that supports what is learned in school, strategies for knowing what’s going on in a child’s classes and establishing realistic expectations based on a child’s work ethic. See www.devonatkins. com for more information. The cost is $20 for a parent or parent couple, payable in advance at McMurray or at the workshop. Call Devon Atkins at 353-9227 to register. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at McMurray Middle School. Planning an Orchard from the Ground Up: Dr. Bob Norton will facilitate this informative session. Contact Emily MacRae at 408-7072. The Vashon Fruit Club is sponsoring the class. 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Reddings Beach area. Strategies for Success in Middle School: This class teaches strategies for completing homework, paying attention, reading more productively, preparing for and taking tests and managing long-term assignments. The tuition is $100 and includes the parent workshop, student workshop, materials and a follow-up meeting. Contact Devon Atkins at 353-9227 or see www. devonatkins.com. Scholarships are available. Sixth graders meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 23, 24, 26 and 27 and seventh- and eighth-graders meet from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan 30, Feb. 1, 2, and 3, at McMurray. Sewing and Knitting: Sewing 1 Buddy Class will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5. The class will introduce the basics of machine sewing: threading the bobbin and the machine, using different stitches and common troubleshooting tips. Participants will complete a drawstring bag, hat and article of clothing. The cost is $120 for two people. Knitting 1 will introduce the basics of knitting; the cost is $30. It will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 18, 25 and Feb. 1. Yarn will be provided to complete a washcloth, wallet and scarf. Register by calling Jenni Wilke at 697-2377 or stop by the Vashon Fiber Arts and Textile Collective. Sew, Knit and Crochet: Now in its new space, Island Quilter is offering a multitude of classes. For more information, see the “Events� section at www.IslandQuilter.com or stop by the store. Exercise: Fitness trainers Kelly Straight and Kelly Chevalier offer K Squared PE, an hour of strength

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Islander Rhoda Karusaitis served in the Peace Corps for two years, teaching high school science while living in a village in Ghana. She will share photos and stories from her time there at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Senior Center. The schoolhouse she taught in was a simple concrete building with no indoor plumbing and walls for chalkboards. She kept the students — boys and girls who ranged in age from 14 to 25 — engaged by teaching them about the science of their own village. “I really grew to love it. It was really hard to leave,� she said. “It felt like home in a lot of ways.� and cardio drills. Email kellyhc@ centurytel.net for more information. 8 a.m. Saturdays through February and 10:30 a.m. ongoing Wednesdays at the Open Space for Arts & Community. Vashon Allied Arts: Several classes begin this month. Clay Basics and Beyond will focus on wheel, coiling and sculpting for ages 16 to adult from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 26. Teens in grades six through 12 can learn the art of writing, improv and production in Deborah King’s Performance Lab from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 24. Marita Ericksen’s Musical Theatre will meet for grades one to five from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and grades six to 12 from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 23. The show is “Fiddler on the Roof. Class schedule, registration and scholarship forms are available at www.VashonAlliedArts.org, or call 463-5131. Delta Dogs: Learn how to be a Pet Partner Team. Email Kathy Farner for more information at farnerkv@ comcast.net. 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Vashon High School. Keeping the Magic Alive When Kids Arrive: This research-based workshop, designed by Drs. John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman, is for couples experiencing

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the transition to parenthood, designed to help couples navigate the changes that occur when they have children. The workshop is available to every Vashon Island parent of a pre-school child and is especially helpful to new parents. Contact Daniel Macca at 463-5502 or DMacca@vyfs.org for more information. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24. Stock Your Pantry: Vashon’s Food Security Working Group will host workshops to help families learn to stock their pantries for emergencies. The first class, facilitated by Cathy Fulton, will be on making an emergency 72-hour food kit. Each participant will receive a CD that includes the 100page manual “Food Storage Made Easy.� The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 21. Future classes will be Three-Month Food Supply Basics on Feb. 4 and Keep the Process Going on Feb. 18. The cost for the series is $20 per family or individual. Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Contact Fulton at 463-5652 or cathy@MariposaGardens.org. Elements of Video Production: Video professionals Richard Montague and James Culbertson will teach students how to make their own TV show. The cost is $125; enrollment is limited. 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 27 to April 2. Register online at www.parkdistrict.org.

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ACT UP: Drama Dock will hold auditions for “Sherlock’s Veiled Secret� at 6 p.m. Saturday, at Ober Park’s performance space. Actors should prepare two memorized one-minute monologues, one serious and one comic. Scripts are available to peruse at the Vashon Library. Performances will take place in April. For more information, visit www.dramadock.org.

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"Indra’s Web� begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the door, are on sale at www.brownpapertickets. com, Vashon Bookshop and The Hardware Store Restaurant. For more information, visit www.umo.org.

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Mik Kuhlman and Kevin Joyce will clown around as nursery rhyme characters. show is still raw and fluid. “It’s the work we do for large, outdoor audiences,� she said. “It’s a fun piece.� Audiences can expect to see Island favorite Mik Kuhlman in the role of Miss Muppet, with Enson dangling from the rafters as her spider foe. Other ensemble members, playing the roles of Indian gods and goddesses, will cavort onstage, and Latin duo Correo Areo will provide the soundtrack to the piece. The cast features Janet McAlpin, David Godsey, Lynelle Sjoberg, Elizabeth Klob, Kevin Joyce, and young performers from UMO’s School of Physical Arts. But according to Enson, the gala will also feature special surprise performances. “There will be guest performers,� she said. “My guess is that as this goes on, people are

going to start coming out of the woodwork.â€? The night will also provide a chance to look back at all the group has accomplished over the past two decades. There will be something the group is calling “a living timeline,â€? and a video retrospective showing the group at different stages of its development. UMO, founded in 1987 and Vashon-based since 1989, has performed dozens of original works at venues throughout the United States and in Europe. According to Enson, the years have brought change to the ensemble, with some founding members leaving the group and other performers stepping in. “It’s morphed enormously ‌ but it’s still thriving and we’re doing new work,â€? she said. “That was always our mission.â€?

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“Old Goats� tells the story of a band of cantankerous men who refuse to go quietly into retirement.

A0ME(PBUTXJMMNBLFBOBQQFBSBODFPO7BTIPO “Old Goats,� a film striking gold on the festival circuit, will be screened as a benefit for Vashon Community Care on Sunday at Vashon Theatre. The film has plenty of Northwest and even local connections. “Old Goats� is directed by Taylor Guterson, son of Bainbridge Island author David Guterson, who wrote “Snow Falling on Cedars.� And Benita Staadecker, a former resident of Vashon, has a role in the film. This comedy follows three cantankerous older men (local Pacific Northwest actors, each playing themselves) who refuse to go quietly into the night of retirement and old age. Shot in and around Seattle, “Old Goats� finds humor in the everyday foibles

"MJWFMZOJHIUBUUIF#JLF Reptet, a genre-bending Seattle band, will play a free show at Red Bicycle Bistro at 9 p.m. Friday. It’s an all-ages show until 11 p.m. and for ages 21 and older after that. The six-member band plays drums, bass and four horns. Their original music incorporates reggae, rock, ska, punk, modern classical, avant-garde, eastern European folk influences and more. Their live performances have been described as “arresting, compelling and just plain cranked-up,� with shows augmented with costumes, storytelling, dance routines and absurdist humor.

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Vashon’s inveterate performing arts troupe, UMO Ensemble, is preparing to celebrate more than 20 years of innovation with a fundraising event that weaves together the work of its founders, new ensemble members and students. As is the case with most fundraising galas, the evening will include tasty food, an open bar, a silent auction, live music and lots of raucous fun. But at the centerpiece of UMO’s gala is its ultimate treat — a chance for Islanders to get a glimpse of a new theatrical creation by the ensemble. The show, “Indra’s Web,� was conceived by the entire troupe and is directed by founding member Kevin Joyce. Like all UMO shows, this one has an intriguing premise. Using an Indian creation tale about a god who forms the world in the shape of spider’s web as a jumping off point, “Indra’s Web� includes everything from comedic takes of nursery rhymes to UMO’s sophisticated signature aerial work. The show has only been performed once before, as part of last summer’s Oregon Country Fair, a well-known arts festival that has long been a showcase for UMO’s work. Ensemble member and aerialist Martha Enson described the creation of “Indra’s Web� as “fast and furious,� adding that the

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of retirement life. “Old Goats� was the only American film to be selected as one of the top 10 movies in an audience poll at the 2011 Seattle Film Festival. The film has screened at the Atlanta International Film Festival and is currently playing at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, where, according to festival director Helen du Toit, “people are going crazy� for it. Indeed, the film won “audience favorite� among the almost 300 movies shown. “Old Goats� will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at Vashon Theatre, with an introduction by Taylor Guterson and Staadecker. Tickets cost $10 and are on sale in advance at Vashon Bookshop, Vashon Community Care and Vashon Theatre.

The Salish Sea Early Music Festival will present “Louis XIV: The Sun King’s Music,� a concert of early chamber music on period instruments, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Vashon Methodist Church. The concert will feature Joanna Blendulf on viola da gamba and pardessus de viole, Jeffrey Cohan on baroque flute and John Lenti on baroque guitar. Blendulf is a specialist on the rarely heard pardessus de viole, which emerged in the late 17th century as a member of the viola da gamba family and is played upright in the lap. Cohan will play a three-piece copy of a flute made in about 1700 by Jacques Hotteterre, a famous flutist from Louis XIV’s last decades. The instruments will be played according to the custom of Louis XIV’s time, two half-steps below modern pitch, Cohan said. The result, he promised, would be “a sumptuousness to the instruments and music .... for which the acoustics at Vashon United Methodist Church are ideal.� It’s the first in a series of concerts by Salish Sea Early Music that will take place on Vashon this year. Other concert dates are Feb. 9, March 1, April 19, and May 17. Donations of $15 to $20 for Thursday’s concert are suggested. Those 18 and under will be admitted free. For more information, visit www. concertspirituel.org.

The Field Hands, a band that plays Americana, folk and upbeat rock tunes, will play a free show at CafĂŠ Luna from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. The show will showcase fresh tunes along with stories and smooth melodies to augment a nice cup of coffee, tea or a microbrew.

-BVHIJUVQBUUIF)FSPO Guinness World Record holder Matt Baker, who has appeared in television’s “Last Comic Standing� and “America’s Got Talent,� will bring his “Curious Comedy Show� to Vashon Allied Arts’ Family Series at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron. Baker’s act includes wacky physical comedy and plenty of off-the-cuff humor about being raised in a quirky family. Tickets, $5, $10 and $12, are on sale at the Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest, Vashon Bookshop and www. brownpapertickets.com.

,JETXJMMTUSVUUIFJSTUVò Almost 20 young Island thespians, ages 11 to 18, are getting ready to entertain audiences with “All Night Strut: A Jumpin’ Jivin’ Jam,â€? a song-and-dance revue of music from the 1930s and 40s. The show, directed by Marita Ericksen, is the latest offering from Drama Dock’s Youth Theatre Initiative, a program that provides young Islanders with a chance to sing, dance and act and also take care of all the behind-the-scenes business of putting on a show. A press release, written by two young participants, Alivia Jones and Sarah Hotchkiss, described the show as a “mixture of wartime, chaotic musical-within-a-musical, catchy tunes, wildly fun swing dances and more.â€? The pre-teen publicists also promised that audience members would find their “feet tapping and fingers drumming to the beat.â€? Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at Vashon High School. Tickets, $7.50 and $10, are on sale at Vashon Bookshop and at the door.

4BWFUIFEBUFGPS3FEFLFST Daryl and Renee Redeker will play a concert together at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Blue Heron. Daryl, a longtime Island musician, and Seattleite Renee toured the Northwest together in the 1970s and 80s, producing nine albums together. Now they’re a duo again, offering an eclectic menu of standards and original songs. Call 463-5131 for tickets.


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elcome to The Beachcomber’s annual Who’s Who on Vashon! We all know that Vashon attracts some amazing people and talented entrepreneurs. In the pages that follow, you can read about some of your Island friends, neighbors and peers, people who are finding innovative ways to serve the Island they call home. Each profile is written the submitter’s own words. They’re advertorials, meaning those Islanders featured have paid for these submissions. And each one tells a story — about people, businesses and Island life. We invite you to tell your story in a Who’s Who feature, which can run not just in this annual section but any time of the year. Call The Beachcomber at 463.9195 today and let the Island know who you are.

ALLISON SHIRK & PETE WELCH Allison Shirk is Vashon Island’s resource for grantwriting, fundraising, and consultation for non-profit organizations. In 2011, her grantwriting secured $300K in revenue for her clients. She also developed some of the most engaging (and fun) fundraiser’s of the year‌film screenings, musician showcases, and community awareness campaigns. In 2012, Allison will continue to provide grantwriting and consultation for our Island’s nonprofit organizations. Pete Welch is Vashon Island’s resource for music production and band development. In 2011, he booked shows for the Red Bicycle, the Strawberry Festival, the Roasterie, and the Church of Great Rain. Musicians on the Island know they can turn to him to help develop the tools to get their music heard and perform. Allison and Pete’s new business, Vashon Events, will be launching a new website in 2012, complete with events calendar, fundraising ideas, and band toolboxes, so stay tuned!

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GARDEN ART 201 Weekend Art Workshops Hi neighbors, I am Dean Hanmer. Living on Vashon has been like a dream for me, the perfect place to garden and create art. Perhaps you have seen my sculptures in island gardens or visited my studio during the Art Tour. If so, you know that I am mad about mosaic, stone, and adding art to the garden. I’ll decorate anything!

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Join me for a weekend mosaic and sculpture extravaganza. Create your own garden art masterpiece and learn everything you need to know to continue creating at home. These are small groups, fun and empowering. Learn to love breaking dishes! GARDEN ART 201 is held the ďŹ rst weekend of each month. Join me for the next class, Feb. 4–5.

The Alliance for Tompotika Conservation The Alliance for Tompotika Conservation (“AlTo�) is dedicated to conserving the unparalleled natural and cultural heritage of the lands and waters surrounding Mt. Tompotika, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Effective, innovative, and efficient, AlTo protects endangered species, tropical rainforests, and coral reefs while promoting the dignity and self-sufficiency of local communities in a changing world. In Tompotika and everywhere, AlTo believes that the quality of our human lives is bound up to the health of our natural environment and our relationships to it. AlTo is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based on Vashon and a registered Yayasan in Indonesia. Here’s what folks say about AlTo: “Land stewardship, education, community and environmentalism. AlTo is the highest reflection of this.� t “They bring their highly scientific environmental knowledge in a spirit of ‘let’s do this together’, not ‘this is how it should be done’.� t “I continue to bwe impressed by this small but amazing organization.� t “With AlTo I know I’m supporting the movement and not just the organization.� t “I believe this is how the world really changes.�

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“Students travel from all over the globe to complete their training with us. We cannot wait to share all that Vashon Island has to offer with them!â€? • Lola Michelin and David Cota-Robles Owners of Northwest School of Animal Massage

Pandora’s Box Quality Pet Products We at Pandora’s Box and Wet Whiskers thank you for your almost 30 years of patronage and look forward to another 30! Marge started it all in her basement all those years ago. Husband, son and daughter were soon drafted into the operation - and now the grandchildren are sucked in. Jenny stopped by to visit on the wrong day and we kept her, Corinne was a customer who we co-opted and Chad’s mother sent an email asking if anyone could use her son – that was 3 years ago! Our most sincere thanks for all you have done for us.

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Lola Michelin and David Cota-Robles Owners, Northwest School of Animal Massage Lola Michelin and David Cota-Robles, owners of the Northwest School of Animal Massage are excited to be new members of the Vashon Island Community. We recently moved onto Paxhia Farm with our dogs, horses and a miniature donkey. Combining our home and businesses here on the island is the realization of a long-held dream. In 2001, NWSAM was founded to provide training in animal massage. In the last ten years, that business has grown to offer seminars, workshops, online training and career training in animal massage and other related therapies. Students travel from all over the globe to complete their training with us. We cannot wait to share all that Vashon Island has to offer with them! Lola began massaging horses while studying Animal Science at Michigan State University and worked as a veterinary technician and zookeeper while building her practice. Her clientele have included athletes (human and equine), shelter animals, and a reticulated giraffe to name just a few. Having ridden horses most of her life; she is looking forward to joining the island’s equestrian community. Her magnificent horse “Osso� is a Vashon Island native, bred and trained by island residents Jill Taylor and Kate Shook. Wonder if your animal might be in need of a massage? Give me a call! David is a native son of Tucson, Arizona and studied Anthropology at the University of Arizona. After a career in Information Technology with Intuit, he joined the Northwest School of Animal Massage as our IT guru, social media manager and marketing assistant. David is an avid runner and is looking forward to exploring the miles of trails on the island with his faithful dog Darci. He is a sports fan and a foodie, so you are likely to see him out and about on game day or exploring the island’s restaurants. He is also learning all about farm life and enjoying his new tractor (consider yourself warned). Our animals serve as a constant inspiration. Two of them are rescues who remind us daily how precious life and kindness are. Our oldest dog “Gorilla�, pictured here at 6 and 14, is our school mascot and cherished friend. The goats make us giggle, we are in awe of the horses and the donkey keeps us all in line! At the moment, we are busy kicking off 2012 by unpacking boxes and learning our way around the island. Come springtime we plan to host a farm/ campus Open House; we hope to meet you there! If you are interested in learning more about the Northwest School of Animal Massage, please visit us at www.nwsam.com or like us on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NWSAM).

Thomas W. Smith II Wet Whiskers Grooming Hello! I am Thomas W. Smith II, your Vashon Island dog and cat groomer. I have lived on Vashon most of my life. In my youth I was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and earned my Eagle Scout rank with Vashon Troop 294. I attended Vashon High School and Central Washington University and graduated with a BS in business administration. Most recently I attended Maser’s Academy of Fine Grooming in Bothell which gave me the training to open my own grooming business. I have been grooming dogs and cats on Vashon for six years now and am located inside Pandora’s Box Pet Supply. I am a member of the International Professional Groomers and am certified in Sporting and Non-sporting breed grooming. Services I provide as a groomer include walk-in nail trims for dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, dog tooth brushing, wash and go, and full service trims. On a personal note, I attended the Harry Wendelstedt Umpire School in Florida in 1999 and enjoy spending my Saturdays in April, May and June on the baseball field umpiring games for Vashon Youth Baseball and Softball.

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“Thank you for all of your fabulous support! We love u !!!â€? • Bettie and The Little House

Cara Briskman, Charles N. Pete Designs Custom\Commercial Embroidery Your Hometown Embroidery Provider Bet you were wondering about that Honda with the bumble bee, yes? For Almost 12 years we have been happily providing custom/commercial embroidery for your business, club, school and events. Don’t forget all of your baby, wedding, graduation, mothers and fathers day gifts too. You name it, we can embroider it. Some of our on Island clients include: Vashon Island Golf and Swim Club, Sportsmen’s Club, B.Kate Stables, VAA Garden Tour, LS Cedar, The Hardware Store Restaurant, Fish Bowl Farm, La Biondo Farm and Kitchen, Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie, Vashon Youth Baseball, Vashon Seals Swim Club, Vashon Winery, Palouse Winery, The Little House... (are you next on the list?) From hats to shirts we are here for all of your custom embroidery desires, if we can hoop it, we can embroider it, and we have lots of hoops!

Give us a Buzz! Cara @ 206-567-4789 or cara@cnpdesigns.com Check out our website: cnpdesigns.com If you see me around town in my Stichit mobile, for Pete’s sake, stop me and let’s talk embroidery!

RO Remodeling and Construction Services Jim Schmidt I met an Island resident at college in 1970 who became a life-long friend, and have been coming to Vashon Island ever since. In 2008, my wife and I decided that it was time to fulfill our long-standing dream, and we moved to Vashon. Coincident with the move, I brought our business, RO Enterprises Inc., named for our daughter, Rosie, to Vashon. I’m a third-generation contractor and, over a 35 year career, I’ve managed the construction of over 1000 homes in the Pacific Northwest. RO Enterprises focuses on residential remodeling and new home construction. Our focused service area is Vashon Island and nearby Seattle neighborhoods. We do all aspects of residential and small building construction: everything from home additions, to new construction, to structural repair and retrofit, new window and door installations, and house weatherization. We will discuss any project with you, no matter how small or unique. If we can’t help, we’ll lead you to someone who can. I’m also currently working on my certification as an Aging in Place specialist. This certification assures that I have the skills to identify and handle the house projects for you or your older loved-ones to continue to live safely and independently in their home. We understand building. We provide service. We return phone calls. Isn’t that what you expect from a contractor?

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“When I was a little girl, I dreamed of living on an Island in the sun, but found an Island in a Rainforest. Because of moving, I had no sense of community, so this community is precious. I am very pleased to walk most anywhere on Vashon and greet a friend.â€? • Karen Pruett, Owner of Karen for Hair

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Sassy, darling dairy goats, golden yolk laying hens, roasting chickens, bacon, sausage, pigs, Oh my! Goat Husbandry classes, cooking classes, Wood Fired Pizza Oven, Pizza Garden, Squash trellis, Pallet buildings. Coming Soon: In The Kitchen with Biondo video series!

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I am joyful and irreverent to the disdain of some and the amusement of many. I am loud laughter in the aisle of Thriftway. Some think that I don’t take life seriously, but finding laughter everyday will test your spirit. So don’t give up. Like many Islanders, there are a number of hats on my head and someday I shall wear a red one. I am the proud daughter of a Navy Chief and I married a Pirate. I am the proud mother of Pirates who joined the Navy. When I was a little girl, I dreamed of living on an Island in the sun, but found an Island in a Rainforest. Because of moving, I had no sense of community, so this community is precious. I am very pleased to walk most anywhere on Vashon and greet a friend. I have felt the power of prayer and love God’s sense of humor. And I subscribe to the immortal words of Oscar Wilde, “Be yourself, because everyone else is taken!� 567-Hair (4247) t at the Historic Colvos Store

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JR Crawford Realtor Ž, Broker, ALHS, CNE, GRI, SRES My husband, whose family has roots here on Vashon, brought me here for our honeymoon 25 years ago and we’ve been honeymooning here ever since. Thematically, my life on Vashon centers around three passions: real estate, community, and gardening. Firstly, I have been a top-producing real estate agent/broker for many years with John L. Scott, though recently I made the move to Windermere Vashon. My professional focus has been meeting the needs and facilitating the dreams of my clients while helping them through the dangerous waters of recent years. I received the Five Star Professional award in December of 2011, a distinction that only two agents/brokers on the Island received for that year. This award goes to service professionals who scored highest in overall satisfaction based on feedback from clients, peers and regulatory sources, and it arrives as an unsolicited surprise. It is one of the very few forms of objective recognition of excellence available to agents/brokers. I also received this award in 2010. My heart-felt thanks go out to my clients and industry peers for thinking enough of me to recommend me for this honor; it emotionally inspires me to try even harder this year. I’m not the number one agent/broker on the Island, but my clients make me feel that way. While I have participated in many community organizations on Vashon (VAA, Drama Dock, Strawberry Festival, Grand Parade, past president of Kiwanis, Community Scholarships, etc.), my primary community organization involvement has been through VIPP, for whom I have been a consistent sponsor for many years. I have a profound yearning over the welfare of dogs, and VIPP gives me an opportunity to satisfy that need. It’s just my opinion that everything is better with a dog in it. Unaccountably and wonderfully, Vashon has always been unreasonably tolerant of this personal foible. Lastly, I am the current president of the Vashon-Maury Island Garden Club in which the membership not only pursues a love of gardening, but provides community service by maintaining community gardens (e.g. VCC), awards scholarships, promotes horticulture education and other community projects. I have now spent half my life on Vashon, and, fate willing, I will spend what remains here. It has been the only place I have ever lived where the word “community� was more than a vague abstraction.

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Hello! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m Amy Kessel and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a certified life coach. I am often asked, â&#x20AC;&#x153;What is life coaching?â&#x20AC;? Life coaching involves active and intuitive listening, identifying values and strengths, calling out limiting beliefs, and strategizing action. As a life coach I empower my clients to create meaningful change in their lives. I help them unfurl. My clients come to me for help in changing careers, following through on stale promises to themselves, navigating transitions and creating balance in their lives. Who are these clients? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re folks like you. They are in mid-career or just starting out. Some are recent retirees, empty nesters, at-home moms, artists and entrepreneurs. While they have different agendas, they all want greater fulfillment in their lives. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m currently accepting new clients; please call 206-459-4825 to set up your free consultation at Full Circle Wellness Center, or via telephone. I offer a 30 minute sample session to see if coaching is for you.

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Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re Nater Youngchild and Jeffrey Kellogg, the two young founders of Vashon Delivery. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both originally from Gig Harbor (on the other side of the water), and spent lots of time on Vashon Island growing up. Right now we are both in college and trying to find ways to support ourselves. We came up with the idea that we could provide a valuable service to people on the Island that could save them money on ferry tolls and save them time on waiting in ferry lines, and most importantly give people more time to enjoy life by removing the need to spend several hours shopping for groceries. (As well as helping the environment by doing several peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shopping at once.) We feel that doing off-island shopping for the people of Vashon would be an honest, workable business that we could succeed at. We shop at Costco, Trader Joeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Target, Fred Meyer, and Home Depot and it only costs $40 to get $200 in groceries delivered to your doorstep! We already have almost 100 people registered on our website www.vashondelivery.com, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re so excited to become a part of the Vashon community. If you try our service, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be hooked. Imagine having to only go to www.vashondelivery.com to get your groceries, instead of running all over the place and waiting in ferry lines. We havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done much advertising yet but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in the Beachcomber starting in January, so look for us there. We hope youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll give us a try and realize how much time you can save!

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VASHON LEADS: a network of trusted businesses serving the community. Vashon Leads is a dynamic sub group of the Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce that generates business for its members. We act as a sales force for each other, developing leads and referrals for prospective customers. We see referrals as an opportunity to introduce someone we care about to someone we trust. We have created a network of trusted island businesses for referral to friends, family and clients. Vashon Leads is a great place to develop networking and public speaking skills, as well as receive support and feedback on your business and sales efforts. It also offers an opportunity to increase exposure for your business. Vashon Leads is designed to support island businesses and serve the community by connecting community members with trusted businesses. Vashon Leads now has two groups that meet weekly. The Monday Lunch group meets at the Chamber Office every Monday from 11:30 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;1:00 pm for a brown-bag lunch and networking. The Tuesday Morning group meets at the Chamber Office every Tuesday from 7:30 am-8:30 am. In 2011, our first year, our group generated over 45 leads that led to over $27,000 in closed business for our members! We always welcome guests and hope to increase our membership in 2012. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a new year and a time for new goals and new results. If one of your resolutions is to increase sales, develop public speaking skills, or to connect with the Vashon community, Vashon Leads may be for you! Make contacts. Develop leads. Find Resources. Grow your business. Join one of our groups today! Attend as a guest and try out Vashon Leads for free. For more information, contact Mike Curtin at 206-300-1931 for the Monday Lunch group, or Jeromy Sander at 206-940-7535 for the Tuesday morning group.


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The Vashon boys basketball team took down two of its Nisqually League foes last week to bring its record to 3-3. The Charles Wright Tarriers came to Vashon on Tuesday, Jan. 10, to play the Pirates and went home losing, 49-40. The Pirates started out strong with good ball movement, and five different players scored in the first quarter. Jessie Norton got it rolling, hitting two of three three-point shots on the night in the first; he ended the night with 10 points. Dan Lofland led scoring on the night with 14, scoring four in the first quarter. Defense bottled up the middle and held Charles Wright to just four points in the first. The Tarriers came out in the second quarter and went on a seven-point run with no Pirate scores in the first two minutes of the quarter. Alex Vanderpool scored for two and hit two foul shots in the second, ending the night with six points. Norton hit another three-point shot, and the quarter ended with Vashon ahead, 25-19 In the third quarter Ben Whitaker got hot, hitting a three-point shot and scoring eight of his 10 points on the night, two of them coming off a great assist from Jessie Hazzard. Owen Brenno got a put-back for two of his five points on the night and led the team with five rebounds. The Pirates held their lead, ending the quarter 39-31. In the fourth quarter, Brenno and Lofland combined for eight points from foul shots. With only one shot hitting from the floor, defense stepped up and held Charles Wright from scoring in the last 1:08 of the game. The buzzer sounded with Vashon ahead by nine, 49-40. The team then traveled to Chimacum

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Alec Vanderpool, 43, goes for a layup early in the Piratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win over Charles Wright. on Friday and came away winners in a see-saw game with neither team leading by more than six points, and ending close at 55-52. In the first quarter Dylan Basurto scored four of his 10 points on the night, and Ben Whitaker scored four of his 13 on the night. Defense showed its strength early, forcing the first of 16 Chimacum turnovers. The Pirates had turnover trouble with two turnovers in the last two seconds of the quarter, leading to four Chimacum points, but ended the night with only eight turnovers. The second quarter saw the Pirates outscore Chimacum with Lofland and Norton hitting three-point shots. Hazzard scored two.

Chimacum began to look a bit rattled as the Pirates held their star scorer in check, keeping him from taking over the game, which was a key to the their win. The second quarter ended with the Pirates just ahead, 23-22. The third quarter saw each team trade baskets and turnovers. Lofland led scoring in the quarter with six and ended the night with 11, and Owen Brenno scored two of his four points on the night. The fast-paced quarter ended with Chimacum ahead, 36-33. Norton took over and got the Pirate momentum going in the fourth, scoring 12 of his team-leading 15 points, three of them coming from three-pointers.

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The Pirate grapplers rolled through another week of aggressive competition and fared well from top to bottom of the lineup. On Thursday the team celebrated senior night and managed a dual-meet win against scrappy league nemesis Cascade Christian. Elan Peterson was a bright spot for the JV wrestling squad, winning by pin in the third round. Varsity action went back and forth, with the heavyweights carrying the day for the Pirates. Seniors Kevin Thomas and Elliot Ellingsen both decisively won their last home matches as Pirate wrestlers. The Vashon Grappler Society also recognized senior girl wrestlers Julie Wilson and Emily Ellsworth, team manager Courtney Gateman and senior cheerleader and past manager Corrine Pruett. On Saturday the team headed north to compete in the Everett Classic Tournament. Coaches Anders and Per-Lars Blomgren were ecstatic with the JV squad â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which secured eight individual titles. Eugene Bergman, Joe Coller, Cole Devereau, Joey DiFabio, Trevor Figgins, Max Frederickson, Peterson and Codi Williams all finished in first place. Jason Kruly and Zach Young both took second place on the JV side of the tournament as well. Christian Seymour had the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fastest pin at nine seconds. The Pirate varsity squad made another strong showing. Ellingsen, Shane Armstrong and Preston Morris all took third, and Robert Easton pounded his way up the bracket to second. As the season hits high gear and the long uphill climb to the state competition, the Pirates face their most grueling week yet. Today they are scheduled to travel to a double dual at Orting against Centralia and Eatonville, followed by a trip to Bellevue Christian tomorrow and the huge Emerald Ridge tournament on Saturday.

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Whitaker hit a three-pointer and two key foul shots to put the Pirates ahead for good with 16 seconds left. With a chance to tie it up on three fouls shots, Chimacumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s star player missed the first two then tried to miss the last to get a chance at a rebound and

points, but instead made the shot, and the Pirates got the ball to end the game, winning 55-52. After the game, coach Andy Sears praised the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard work and effort, saying he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;happy the boys were able to beat a good team on their home court.â&#x20AC;? Sears said he was pleased for the boys and that they had been practicing well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They know what they are doing and do it great in prac-

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Lacrosse club prepares for the spring season Vashon Lacrosse Club has kicked off the preseason with indoor, all ages boysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dropin scrimmages from 2:45 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The club, which includes players in grades 3 to 12, is getting ready for a competitive season. This year the boys high school team will compete in Division II instead of Division I, as it has in the past. According to coach Charley Rosenberry, Division II is a great fit for Vashon, pitting the high school boys against teams from similarly sized schools. Rosenberry said that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Varsity

Vultures will welcome new players, and he is encouraged that the 2012 spring schedule should allow new players to take the field along with the boys who have been playing for years. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school season kicks off March 13 with a game at Blanchet High School. Mark your calendars for the first home game, 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Vashon High School. To find out more about lacrosse on Vashon, call club president Cathy West at 463-6835 or visit www.vashonlacrosse.com.

Pirate girls finish a winning week By GARY MEANS For The Beachcomber

The Vashon girls basketball team finished the first half of league play with two wins last week. The Piratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; win over the Charles Wright Tarriers on Tuesday, Jan. 10, followed by a win over the Chimacum Cowboys on Friday left them in sole possession of third place in Nisqually League play. Tuesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pirate win was a low-scoring affair featuring a match-up between Charlotte Kehoe, Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6-foot, 5-inch post player, and the Tarriersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Sidney Hughs, who stands the same height. After being tied at the half, the third quarter ended with Vashon down, 18-19. Vashon retook the lead early in the fourth quarter, but it was not until a three-point shot by Jasmine Acosta inside the final two minutes that the Pirates took the lead for good. Acosta, who finished the game with nine points, added two late free-throws to seal a 30-25 win. Scoring was rounded out by Kehoe (8), Rachel Hoffman (7) and Anya Quig (5). At Friday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game at Chimacum, the Pirates played a scrappy Cowboy squad that

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was looking for an upset. Vashon was initially frustrated by the Cowboyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s half-court trap press, going to the locker room at halftime down by one point, 17-18. The second half started with the Cowboys scoring the first nine points, extending their lead to 27-18. But Vashon exploded on a 16-2 run, taking a 33-29 lead into the start of the fourth. The Pirate scoring did not slow as the girls, who outscored the Cowboys 33-10 over the last 12 minutes of the game, took a 50-37 win. Pirate scoring was led by Kehoeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 16 points. Quig added 11 and Acosta scored 10 as three Vashon players scored in double-digits. Hoffman (8), Kelsey Abella (2), Mariya Munsey (2) and Tagen Lynch (1) rounded out the scoring. After the game coach Henry Porter noted the strong team effort and defensive play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tagenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excellent effort, stepping out and playing effective defense on their guards, was one of our keys tonight,â&#x20AC;? he said. Vashon was scheduled to play its only game this week on Tuesday, after press deadline, against Seattle Christian.

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hours he logs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begin to cover the time heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s away from his office. Asked if commissioners should get paid, he answered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Absolutely. The statute allows for this.â&#x20AC;? The issue came up at a commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debate last fall, when Islander Jake Jacobovitch asked the four candidates who were running for two positions on the board if theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d waive their pay if elected. All four â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the two who won, incumbents Candy McCullough and Ron Turner â&#x20AC;&#x201D; said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d consider it. Since then, none of the commissioners have decided to forego the stipend. Four of them, however, do receive slightly less than the state allows. Two years ago, the state raised the per diems for fire commissioners and many other elected board members from $90 to $104; at the request of thenfire commissioner Gayle Sommers, VIFR board members opted at the time not to take the raise. Stratton, however, rescinded that decision in October and asked to receive the full amount of $104 just days after The Beachcomber wrote an editorial calling the fire commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pay into question. In a letter to the fire department, he said he made the decision â&#x20AC;&#x153;in light of the editorialâ&#x20AC;? in the newspaper. Asked about his decision to seek the full amount, he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought you were bullying me, to tell you the truth. The decision is really mine.â&#x20AC;? McCullough, elected earlier this month to chair the board, said she, too, thinks the pay is appropriate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not unreasonable to give a stipend to people who are making decisions â&#x20AC;Ś about policies that affect the life and safety of our community,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a wage. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a stipend,â&#x20AC;? she added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reasonable for what the commissioners are doing.â&#x20AC;? But some Islanders who are members of other governmental boards question the pay. The five Islanders elected to oversee the Vashon Island School District, for instance, could receive $50 per meeting but have never opted to take the payment. Commissioners for the Vashon Park District also do not get paid, though they, too, could receive as much as $104 a day. Bob Hennessey, now in his second four-year term on the school board, said he thinks the fire commission-

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ers are making a mistake by taking $90 to $104 per day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Symbolism is very important in government, and paying oneself close to $100 for an hourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work sends a message that the department is flush with money and that the commissioners know how to take care of their own,â&#x20AC;? he said. Islanders opt to run for office â&#x20AC;&#x153;for a lot of reasons, but being made financially whole shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be one of them,â&#x20AC;? he added. Steve Haworth, who serves on the board overseeing Water District 19, said he and the other two commissioners get paid for their official meetings. He does not put in a request for pay, however, when he attends other meetings in his capacity as a water district commissioner. Both Stratton and Haworth, for instance, represent their respective boards at the annual Vashon Island Emergency Management Authority meeting. Last year, Stratton requested his per diem for the 30-minute meeting; Haworth did not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess each elected official has to look into his own conscience and decide what is right,â&#x20AC;? Haworth said. Noting that the water district commissioners get paid for their official board meetings and nothing more,

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worth of work or less. On his January 2011 form, for instance, Hoffmann listed work on five different days that totaled just over three hours â&#x20AC;&#x201D; three meetings that ranged from 30 minutes to an hour and two 30-minute reviews of vouchers. Because they were all on separate days, he got the $104 per diem for each listing, or $520 for that month. (Hoffmann later agreed to the lower per diem of $90.) Strattonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meetings are often longer and sometimes off-Island. That same month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; January 2011 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he put in for 8.75 hours on six different days, garnering $624. On one of his busiest months, he logged 22 hours over eight days, for which he received $720. The other three commissioners â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Turner, McCullough and Neal Philip â&#x20AC;&#x201D; generally sought per diems only for the twice-monthly official board meetings, although Turner occasionally reviewed payment vouchers with Hoffmann last year. Turner, too, got paid $90 for 30 to 60 minutes of voucher review. Hoffmann, a Vashon Island native who is in his second term on the fire board, acknowledged that he could review the vouchers the same day as the commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; meeting â&#x20AC;&#x201D;

a move that would lower his payment, since heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s paid per day not according to the number of meetings or activities he conducts on behalf of VIFR on a given day. In 2011, according to his vouchers, he logged 49 hours over 53 days, earning on average $98.75 per hour. But Hoffmann, who works on the road crew for the King County Roads Division, said it would be difficult for him to review vouchers before the meetings because of his work schedule â&#x20AC;&#x201D; four 10-hour days. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, he said, he wants to review the audits while the staff is still there, so he can ask questions as needed. The fire department got into trouble several years ago for questionable accounting practices, he noted, and the state auditor, in an audit critical of the department at the time, said commissioners should review vouchers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; which list payments the department makes for a variety of goods and services. Mindy Chambers, a spokeswoman for the state auditorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office, confirmed that the state auditor wants commissioners to review vouchers. As for Hoffmannâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rate of pay of $98.75 per hour, Hoffmann suggested that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a true reflection of

his work for the fire district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of other stuff we do off hours that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get paid for. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that rate is accurate for the amount of time actually spent,â&#x20AC;? he said. But Hennessey, with the school district, said he and other board members also review vouchers â&#x20AC;&#x201D; doing so for a district that has a budget nearly four times the size as the fire departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget and without any compensation for that review. He questioned the fire boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree of involvement in voucher review, noting the fire boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s role is to set policy and oversee the big picture, not focus on the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s day-to-day financial operations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we have accountants. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we have business managers. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why we have CEOs,â&#x20AC;? Hennessey said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Otherwise, what are we paying them to do?â&#x20AC;? The commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; per diem requests are signed by Susan Wolf, VIFRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secretary. Hank Lipe, chief of the department, said he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get involved in the issue of commissioner pay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t my fight,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are five individuals elected by the people who are my bosses. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get into their business.â&#x20AC;?

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recent results also have a higher margin of error than 1999 numbers because of the smaller sample size. He said he believes the numbers are reliable as long as one considers itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an average of a five-year time period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t cover a single point in time,â&#x20AC;? Felt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of things were happening in those fives years. There was a boom in the first part of it, a recession in the middle of it, and 2010 was a year of beginning to recover.â&#x20AC;? Alice Larson, a social services researcher who follows Vashon demographics, agreed, saying she was unsure how accurate the most recent data is. However, Larson, who has lived on Vashon for nearly 30 years, said the numbers seemed to make sense. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most definitely Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve seen a change in observable income level,â&#x20AC;? she said. Many longtime Islanders say they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need census data to show that the Island has become more affluent. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve watched it happen for decades. Brett Bacchus, who is 53 and works at LS Cedar, said that when he was growing up on Vashon there was a much less

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Above KVI Beach in the Mann Studio.

Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit

Worship 11 am Rev. Bruce Chittick, Pastor Maggie Laird Pianist/Choir Director

Sitting Meditation: Mon. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Fri. 6:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:30am, Wed. 7:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30pm. All Welcome!

463-9977

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Bethel Church

Vashon Friends Worship Group

14736 Bethel Lane SW (Corner of SW 148th St. and 119th Ave. SW) 9am Sunday Bible School 10am Worship Followed by coffee fellowship

AWANA Thurs 6:00pm Sept-May Office phone

567-4255

Vashon Island Community Church Worship Service 10:00 am (Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church for preschoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5th graders)

Office Phone 463-3940 Pastors: Frank Davis and Mike Ivaska 9318 SW Cemetery Road

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Centro Familiar Cristiano Pastor: Edwin Alvarado Ubicados En Bethel Church 14726 Bethel Lane SW 206-371-0213 Hora De Services: Sabados 7:30pm Todos Son Bienvidos, El Lugar Ideal Para Toda La Familia Dios Les Bendiga

463-4332

23905 Vashon Hwy SW

The Rev Canon Carla Valentine Pryne Sundays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:45 am & 10:15 am Church School & Religious Exploration 9:00am Child Care Mid-week Eucharist, Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:30pm 15420 Vashon Hwy SW

567-4488

www.holyspiritvashon.org

Vashon Lutheran Church

10 am Meeting for Silent Worship in membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes.

18623 Vashon Hwy. SW (1/2 mile south of Vashon) Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hour 10:30 am (Sept.- June) Holy Communion Worship 10:30 am Pastors: Rev. Bjoern E. Meinhardt Rev. Jeff Larson, Ph.D., vm: 206-463-6359

Call for Location

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(Quakers)

567-5279

463-9552

Havurat Ee Shalom Serving the spiritual, social and intellectual needs of Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish Community 9:30 am Saturday Services 15401 Westside Hwy SW PO Box 89, Vashon, WA 98070

463-2655 e-mail: vlc98070@centurytel.net

Vashon United Methodist Church 17928 Vashon Hwy SW (one block south of downtown)

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Kathryn Morse Sunday Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Youth Class 11:30 a.m.

Office open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 noon

463-1399

463-9804

www.vashonhavurah.org

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Calvary Full Gospel Church at Lisabeula

Vashon Presbyterian Church

Worship 10:30 am & 7:00 pm Thursday Bible Study 7:00 pm Call for location Saturday Prayer 7:30 pm

17708 Vashon Hwy (center of town)

Worship 10am

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on Vashon, Carlson said, and the Island is an increasingly desirable place for those who want to live in a rural community and commute to jobs in Seattle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The housing prices shot up higher than the rate of inflation, so only people who had more income could seriously think of moving to Vashon,â&#x20AC;? he said. Beth de Groen, a real estate agent who has lived on Vashon since the 1970s and now owns the Windermere office on the Island, said she watched home prices take off as Vashon became more appealing to those with well-paid jobs in Seattle. De Groen, however, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think a large number of high-income families have migrated to the Island in the last decade. Rather, she said, perhaps those who settled here have simply stayed and are now making more money. The median age on Vashon, according to census results, rose from about 44 in 2000 to 50.2 in 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While the people who are coming here now are not necessarily wealthier, many of the people who moved here 10 to 15 years ago have become wealthier. â&#x20AC;Ś People who are in their early 50s are at the height of their earning power,â&#x20AC;? de Groen said. Meanwhile, Census Bureau data shows there are also fewer Island households that fall in the lowest income brackets. In 1999, 9.6 percent of Vashon households reported that they made less than $15,000. The Census Bureau estimates that in 2006 to 2010, nearly half that number, 5.5 percent of households, brought in the same yearly amount. The $15,000 through $35,000 income bracket saw a similar sharp decline. Ken Maaz, director of Vashon Youth & Family Services said he was troubled by the possible trend behind the numbers. It may appear that Islanders who were once considered poor are making more money now, he said, but from what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s witnessed itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more likely that low-income families are simply moving off the Island. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to be here anymore. â&#x20AC;Ś I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve replaced some low-income folks with highincome folks in our community,â&#x20AC;? he said. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a trend he believes is unhealthy for the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any time youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re forcing someone away from a place because of their economic standing â&#x20AC;Ś you are taking away opportunities for difference and diversity and the things that make a community really interesting to live in. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want us to become a gated community, and we may be becoming a gated community by virtue of what it costs to live here,â&#x20AC;? he said. The low-income individuals and families who still live on Vashon are struggling more than before to make ends meet, Maaz added. In 2011, VYFS saw greater demand for social services and more requests for financial assistance and scholarships than ever before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just think that those people left behind have greater need than ever,â&#x20AC;? Maaz said. Larson, who will teach the demographics portion of Vashon Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vashon 101 this spring, was intrigued by the idea that Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s average income is increasing and at the same time requests for financial assistance are higher than ever. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are we losing the middle class? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know. Nationally thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re muttering about, and maybe (Vashon is) a prime example.â&#x20AC;? Jean Bosch, another real estate agent who was the director of Vashon HouseHold, has a different take on the Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trend toward higher incomes. She believes that on Vashon an income gap doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t translate into a social gap. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a lot of people realize that money creates distance and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not why they moved to Vashon, to have distance. They moved here to have community,â&#x20AC;? she said. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, Bosch said, many wealthy people are generous with what they have, a benevolence that continues to shape the Island. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of people contribute a lot to Vashon HouseHold, Vashon Allied Arts, the land trust â&#x20AC;&#x201D; things that keep the community strong,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Pastor Dan Houston

Pastor Stephen R. Sears

Church Office Hours Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday 10 am - 2 pm

463-2567

463-2010

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Islanders brace for weather as forecasters predict a lot of snow A few cars ended up in ditches and some were abandoned as Islanders struggled with a thin but icy layer of snow Sunday and Monday. With meteorologists predicting the possibility of heavy snow early Wednesday morning, many others stocked up on essentials, made arrangements to work from home and kept an eye on the weather websites. Cliff Mass, the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most well-known meteorologist, said it was possible the region would wake up to the biggest snowstorm in years, should a predicted 8 to 15 inches fall early Wednesday morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Snowmageddon,â&#x20AC;? he suggested it be called. But another weather pattern in the forecast could turn the snow quickly into wet mush, leading to what he dubbed â&#x20AC;&#x153;slushmageddon.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;In almost any conceivable case, Wednesday morning is going to be very problematic for travel,â&#x20AC;? he wrote on his weather blog. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I suspect there will be a lot of school cancellations and the like.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, Islanders at the end of some of Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steep roads or atop its many hills used Sunday and Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snowfall â&#x20AC;&#x201D; scant though it was â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as an excuse to hunker down at home. At Sandy Shores, Islander Devon Atkins has to navigate a couple of hills as well as a serpentine road to get into town. Close to the water, her neighborhood had received only a thick dusting of snow, but she was staying at home Monday because the downhill road to Dockton can be tricky to navigate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going anywhere, honey,â&#x20AC;? she said. Kim Thal and her family, who live at Quartermaster Heights on top of one of Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s steepest hills, were also staying put. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re stuck,â&#x20AC;? Thal said. Sunday afternoon, Thal and her two kids ventured to the grocery store but encountered difficulty on the way home. Thal, a former resident of Alaska,

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could not make it up S.W. 250th Way, a steep hill, to get to her home. She finally maneuvered the car to the side and they walked the rest of the way home. Later, their neighbor Larry DuBois towed them uphill. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just trapped,â&#x20AC;? Thal said. Thal was hardly alone. Several cars were left on the side of the road or abandoned in ditches, according to Island officials. Assistant Fire Chief George Brown said he towed two cars out of ditches on the

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Gordon Allen Steen Gordon Allen Steen, born in Seattle on March 4, 1952 had a fatal heart attack on January 5, 2012 in Kailua, Hawaii where he lived and worked for the past 32 years. Gordy grew up on Vashon Island in the family home his grandfather had built. In high school he excelled in sports and music. He was active in football, basketball and track. He qualified for state competition in track and his 880 track record still holds. Graduating from VHS in 1970 he had also participated in the award winning Chaunteurs Jazz Choir. He loved the outdoors and began hunting and fishing at a young age with his dad Max as well as family and friends. Fishing continued to be a favorite pastime through his life, wherever his path took him. He had a strong work ethic which made him a valuable employee at the Beall Greenhouses for eight years as a young man; as a commercial fisherman in Alaska, and ultimately as foreman of a construction crew on Oahu. His last day was on the job in Hawaii after having spent a wonderful holiday season on Vashon with his family and friends. He is survived by his son Christopher (Michelle) and granddaughter Lillian, of Goosecreek SC, his sister Marsha (Alan) Berry of Palm Springs, CA, his mother Barbara of Vashon (father Max deceased) and other extended family members. A memorial service for Gordy has been held in Hawaii. A casual â&#x20AC;&#x153;gatheringâ&#x20AC;? for Gordyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s friends to share stories of his life will be held at the Vashon Methodist Church. For more information or to leave comments go to www.islandfuneral.com.

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A car went into the ditch on Sunday, where it was still sitting Tuesday morning. Drivers were braced for more extreme conditions forecast for Wednesday.

Milton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miltâ&#x20AC;? Albert Walls Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Greatest Generationâ&#x20AC;? lost another member with the death of Milton â&#x20AC;&#x153;Miltâ&#x20AC;? Albert Walls in Fruita, Colorado, December 20, 2011. He was a man who lived life with honor, accomplishment, and enthusiasm for 91 years and served his country and fellow citizens in times of both war and peace. Milt was born on April 11, 1920, to George and Ruby (Barney) Walls on Vashon Island, in Washington State. After graduating from Vashon Island High School, he worked in construction on the Oakland, California, waterfront. Then, in the spring of 1941, Milt enlisted in the US Army Air Corps and became an expert B-17 aerial gunner. With World War II raging, he and Lucille Hinemanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a farm girl from Haverhill, Iowaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; were married in Denver, Colorado in 1942. When Milt received orders to go to England, he brought Lucille and their firstborn, son Harry, to Vashon to live with his folks. While overseas, Milt flew more than 125 terrifying combat missions as a nose gunner and â&#x20AC;&#x153;togglerâ&#x20AC;? (dropping bombs by releasing them with a toggle switch). He survived two crashes of B17s when they were shot down and came home to Vashon a decorated hero. There he settled into family life and with his father, a skilled shipwright, formed Walls and Walls Boat Works at Colvos, on the West side of the island. But in 1950, they lost the business to an accidental fire. Both son Dale and daughter Sylvia were born on Vashon during this era. He worked for Kirschner Manufacturing, did commercial salmon fishing in Alaska during the summers, and maintained the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s west side public water system. Milt had been involved with fraternal organizations since age 18, when he became a member of the local Odd Fellows lodge. After the war, he joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars and soon became commander of the islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s post. He also served as a troop leader and regional director of the Boy Scouts. He loved fishing, ballroom dancing and dirt biking. He was smarter than the fish, was a gentleman around the ladies and push the envelope dirt biking. The memories of how well he could tell stories around an evening campfire, or recite poetry, live on. Milt had acquired considerable building skills and a contractorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license by the time Bruce Dixon approached him to build a structure to house his ship compass manufacturing business on Vashon. They became lifelong friends. In 1963, Dixon moved his operation to Grand Junction, Colorado, and invited Milt to follow him there to work as plant maintenance supervisor for Dixon Manufacturing Inc. Milt served as Water District Commissioner for Redlands, Colorado, for many years. He joined the Lions Club and promoted their causes to the utmost for over four decades. Later, he also joined the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He enjoyed the fellowship immensely. After 59 years of a good marriage, Milt unexpectedly lost his wife Lucille. Toward the end of his life, he lived for two years with his daughter Sylvia, who lovingly cared for him at her home in Loma, Colorado, until he moved into a nursing home in Fruita, where he spent his last year. Miltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passing is mourned by his three children, Harry F. Walls of Nipomo, CA, Dale L. Walls of Bloomfield, NM, and Sylvia Y. McElhiney of Loma, brothers John Walls of Hilo, HI and Frank Walls of Henderson, NV, seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and close friend Linda Cruz.


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Big farmhouse, sunny pasture, woods & fruit trees near Dockton Park! New hardwood floors, new appliances. Just needs a bit of finishing - a terrific buy! MLS #276872 $363,500

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Susan Susan Lofland Lofland (206) (206) 999-6470 999-6470 Phil Phil McClure McClure (206) (206) 696-1800 696-1800 Val (206) 790-8779 790-8779 Val Seath Seath (206) Nancy Nancy Sipple Sipple (206) (206) 465-2361 465-2361

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