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Prices fell steeply in 2011, but buyers are stepping forward

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Housing prices on Vashon dropped nearly 10 percent in 2011, but with interest rates at record lows and signs of a recovery on the horizon, real estate agents say they’re feeling optimistic about their industry for the first time in years. More sales took place on Vashon in 2011 than 2010 — 102 compared to 97, according to several agents. More importantly, some note, January, typically a slow month in the industry, has been active. Some agents say they even saw multiple offers on houses last month, unheard of in recent years. “We have a lot of buyers in the marketplace right now. They’re in it to buy. And they want to buy now,” said Denise Katz, an agent who works for Vashon’s Windermere office. “There’s an edge of optimism out there,” said Ken Zaglin, owner of the John L. Scott office on Vashon. “I think we’re on track to do a little bit better this year than last year.” Home prices are still quite low, and it’s not clear, agents say, when they’ll start trending upwards again. According to several Vashon agents, foreclosures and short sales — when a seller owes more money to the bank than his or her house is worth on the market — continue to pull prices down. Those hardship sales, said Emma Amiad, a buyer’s broker, have become the comparables SEE REAL ESTATE, 14

U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Seattle) visited the Island Saturday, fielding questions from a standing-room-only crowd at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. The congressman faces a slightly different district now that a redistricting plan that carved out a new 10th Congressional District is about to go into effect. McDermott, who usually wins by 80 percent margins or more, lost a swath of South Seattle and gained territory further north, including Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Woodway and Edmonds. But he retained Vashon, one of his aides noted, and on Saturday he seemed clearly pleased to be here, where Islanders greeted him with smiles, applause and a long list of questions about the inner workings of Washington. See a story about his visit on page 5.

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Vashon’s main drag could soon see a sweeping makeover, should merchants and building owners choose to participate in a storefront revitalization program coming to the Island this spring. “I think there’s a lot that could be done,” Vashon Pharmacy coowner Tom Langland said of the town’s appearance. “Some small things and big things to make a better aesthetic downtown.” Langland was among dozens of business owners who attended a Vashon Chamber of Commerce meeting Monday where they learned about the project. Beginning in late March, about a dozen graduate students from the University of Washington’s Department of Architecture will focus their creative efforts on Vashon’s business core, an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants where a few storefronts have been spruced up in recently but many haven’t seen change in years. As a capstone project before graduation, the architecture students will work one-on-one with local businesses and building owners, developing a plan to make the town more visually appealing and economically vibrant.

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Community council finds its way without King County By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer

Later this month, Vashon’s community council will host a public meeting with the second in command at the King County Sheriff’s Office, giving Islanders an opportunity to explore a sensitive issue — police staffing levels on Vashon — with a high-ranking official. To Tim Johnson, chair of the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council (VMICC), that

visit underscores the council’s ongoing relevance. “Our mission is to worry less about quorums and more about content,” he said. His personal mantra, he added, is simple: “Let’s just worry about bringing good information to the Island.” It’s a real issue to the sometimes spirited and free-wheeling community council, which has gone through a few permutations over the years. The council hasn’t had a quorum — 25

people — since October. Kyle Cruver, nominated in December to become the sixth board member, has yet to be officially named to the board because it takes a quorum to make that happen. But the issue of relevance could become trickier, some say, now that the community council has lost a role it held for years — that of acting as an official liaison between Islanders SEE COMMUNITY COUNCIL, 19


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The Vashon Island School District hopes to accomplish two goals at once, as it thins the forest around the district’s campus and uses some of the wood collected in the new high school building. Eric Gill, the district’s capital projects manager, said the district is working out the details of a plan that would allow the Vashon Forest Stewards to complete a much-needed ecological thinning of the approximately 50 acres of woods surrounding the district’s three schools. The Forest Stewards would then mill the harvested alder, fir and possibly madrone, keeping some to use in the construction of the high school and selling some for profit. “I think it’s a great opportunity,� Gill said of the plan. The school district has planned to thin its forested property — an area with trails frequented by students, athletes and Islanders — for some time. A couple of years ago a forest stewardship project completed by the Vashon Forest Stewards with help from Vashon students showed that parts of the woods should be thinned and that some trees are at risk of falling.

Dave Warren, head of the Forest Stewards, said that the hazard trees — rotting or leaning trees that may eventually fall down — would be the first to be removed. “Hazard trees near the trails or the edge of the play field, all those trees we’re most concerned with,� Warren said. Other parts of the forest, he said, would benefit if some of the trees were removed to make room for others, and if invasive plants such as ivy and holly were replaced with native ones. “Ideally, we are trying to improve the forest, so we want to deal with all those problems,� Warren said. Gill said it’s an opportune time for the school district to complete the thinning, as the natural, high-quality wood from the forest can be harvested and milled for less than it would cost the district to buy it commercially. “We’ll be spending less money to obtain this wood,� he said. In December the school district hired a local contractor and vendor liaison for the construction of the high school, citing a commitment to use local contractors and materials in the project, which is set to break ground in June. Gill said using the district’s own timber supply would be a great way to fulfill the goal. The attractive and natural-looking lumber that would result from the thinning would not be buried inside the walls of the new

building, but finished and put on display in areas such as window frames, benches, railings or countertops, a visual reminder of the district’s local focus. “That’s a really powerful story, kind of a legacy for the high school and the Island,� Gill said. The district could even stand to profit from the project, depending on its scope, Gill said. Though the thinning could be costly — especially if invasive plants were dealt with at the same time — the timber not used in the high school could be sold for a high price. Warren said he believes the Forest Stewards could harvest five or six truckloads of lumber from the campus — a good amount, but less than they collected from similar thinnings at Island Center Forest and Agren Park. The school district is also looking into a grant from the King Conservation District that would offset the cost of the work. “Are we going to break even, make a little money, spend a little money? We don’t know exactly where we’ll fall,� Gill said. Superintendent Michael Soltman said he was glad the district was already making plans to include local work and materials in the project. “It’s a source of community pride, and I think its an opportunity to show local craftsmanship. It’s one of the ways we can fulfill our promise about using local talent,� he said.

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With a cup of coffee in hand, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott met with a packed gathering of Islanders at the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie on Saturday, answering questions about health care, the economy and a potential war with Iran. The lively but casual give-and-take was the seventh such gathering McDermott has held at coffee shops in his district, according to his spokesperson Kinsey Kiriakos. McDermott, 75, who is seeking his 13th term in Congress, has opted for coffee house meetings over the more traditional town hall-style gatherings, Kiriakos said, because they’re more conducive to conversations. And sure enough, after McDermott talked briefly about the bitter partisanship that has created what he sees as paralysis in Washington, he turned the meeting over to his constituents — and hands shot into the air. Some asked detailed questions about President Barack Obama’s attempt at sweeping health care reform. Others asked about the president’s decision to sign the National Defense Authorization Act in December, which includes a provision allowing indefinite military detention without a trial. And one constituent, Melvin Mackey, asked McDermott when Islanders “might get the pleasure of you living on Vashon,� a reference to the fact that the congressman owns a nine-acre parcel on Maury Island. McDermott, noting the sun-drenched day outside, said he caught sight of

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Voters on the Island have a little less than a week to weigh in on the Vashon Island School District’s request for a renewal of its technology and capital projects levy. The Beachcomber urges those who have yet to cast their ballots in this Feb. 14 all-mail election to support the measure. The $3.6 million levy, which requires a simple majority to pass, would fund nearly 100 percent of the school district’s annual technology needs and major facility repairs at our three public schools. This isn’t the glamorous stuff of education. Particularly on the “tech� side, which amounts to about two-thirds of the levy, we’re talking about a hidden infrastructure most of us take for granted — upgrades to the district’s networks, annual maintenance of the phone systems and software updates needed at all three schools. It would also pay for the salaries of those employees who undertake these upgrades and improvements. When it comes to the capital side of the levy, the needs become a little less abstract. With that portion of the levy, according to a working list by the school district, administrators hope to pay for a new wrestling mat at the high school, a new hot water heater at McMurray and a playground renovation at Chautauqua. Improved lighting, carpet care and window repairs are also on the list. Ideally, these kinds of needs would be covered by state funds to the district. But state funding, as the Washington Supreme Court so powerfully pointed out recently, has proven wholly inadequate, and levy funds — once considered the source of special items — now pay for basic needs. It’s also important to note that this is not a new levy but the renewal of one that’s been in place for nearly a decade, providing a stream of money that the district depends on. Like the current levy, it’s a three-year measure that would produce $900,000 in revenue annually for the district. It would cost property owners 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or $161 on a $414,000 home, considered the average home value on Vashon. Anti-tax crusaders have made much over the years about the money we pay to support our public institutions, suggesting taxes are a burden from which we deserve relief. But taxes are not a burden. They’re the price of admission to a democracy, our way of &MFDUJPOJOGPSNBUJPO collectively expressing our Ballots must be postmarked by values, hopes and dreams Feb. 14 to be included in the spefor our community. cial election. Those voters who have not received a ballot should Education, at The immediately call King County Beachcomber, tops that Elections at 296-VOTE (8683) or list. Please support this request one online by visiting levy and enable the www.kingcounty.gov/elections/ voting/replacementballot.aspx. school district to carry on its important work.

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5. Dress Code. You don’t really have to wear anything, and a lot of people don’t, apparently, especially at home. It’s like a vast estate of private nudist camps. Not that there’s anything wrong with that ‌ until the in-laws arrive, early. Which happens, I’ve heard. 4. Island Lumber has a new line of women’s clothes. ’Nuf said. 3. Class Struggle. There is one, but it’s not what you think. It’s more like a class in high school, with the struggle between the clean-cut popular kids and the scrappy weirdos — or in other words, the north-enders vs. everyone else, pretty much.See how I’m baiting you? Go ahead, write a letter to the editor. 2. A Culture of Denial. Some people (like my north-end friend) don’t actually think any of this is weird, and I’m sorry, that’s just weird. 1. Gay pets. There’s a ton of them on this island. Try telling me that’s not true. This is just one list among many. Now for the fun part: Mail yours to editor@beachcomber. com. A distinguished editorial board will decide the winner and will post it on www.keepvashon weird.com, a new website I created, dedicated to the cause. (Will the creator of the bumper stickers please come forward? This website is really yours.) This is serious business, people. We made it through Snowpocalypse. If we are to survive 2012, we’ll need to take care of our own. Weirdness.

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A couple of weeks ago, on my first outing after Snowmaggedon 2012, I was at Bishop’s or, for the sushi-eaters, the Red Bike, having a beverage with a north-end friend who shall remain nameless and a couple other mid-Islanders. These distinctions will prove important later — promise. The place was packed with folks who looked like they hadn’t left their homes or bathed in three days — because of the snow, of course. It was quite a mix of characters! Actually, it was extremely homogeneous, which we commented on, quietly. In a lull, my friend said, “You know those ‘keep Vashon weird’ signs? Is Vashon really weird? I don’t think so.�

almost like we were from the East Coast! Here it is, edited for family viewing: 10. Lack of Personal Space. You just can’t get away with the tough, one-armed man-hug on Vashon. People you don’t know very well hug and kiss you here. It’s obligatory. Seriously. 9. Gossip. There’s NONE! Nobody ever talks about other people out here! It’s sooooo weird! (If you get really quiet and listen, you can hear the drip, drip, drip of sarcasm.) 8. Extreme Population Fluctuation. Let’s face it, from 10,000 year-rounders to 435,000 in summer is whacked. And the summer people are weird, just because they’re so normal. 7. Low Police Presence. (Insert your comment here! And say whatever you like!) 6. Strange Bedfellows. This is the kicker, and why the apparent homogeneity inspired the discussion. You may feel among your tribe on Vashon, but the truth is, there are many (how many are you part of?). On one Saturday afternoon in the late ’90s, Vashon simultaneously hosted the bohemian Islewilde Festival, the State Republican Picnic and a gnarly Harley Davidson rally. There was little inbreeding.

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On behalf of Mark P. Waterman Lodge #177 of Free and Accepted Masons, I would like to thank our neighbors on Vashon for their generous support of our 2011 public school library fundraising campaign. Over five Saturdays this summer, we raised $3,000 to contribute to the Becky Braicks fund established to purchase critically needed books and resources for our children’s libraries. Becky Braicks was a neighbor in our community who volunteered in our school libraries for over 15 years. Upon her passing, the Braicks family established a fund to continue her legacy. The principal of the fund has been depleted over the years, and the Freemasons selected it as the focus of our community service in 2011. As a result of state budget cuts, Chautauqua Elementary School does not employ a certified librarian. State law requires that a certified librarian be present for a classroom-sized number of students to be in a library. The presence of a volunteer does not satisfy this requirement. Vashon’s school libraries do not have the resources to update their history and social science databases. Nor can they purchase adequate electronic readers to meet student demand. The electronic readers make core books available to a wide number of students. In fact, the library program is in dire need of professional computer research skills. The school libraries do not have the resources to purchase any new fiction for their collections. Art collections are stagnant. In this time of historic social and political change, our school libraries are frozen. By virtue of the generosity of our

community, we have taken a small step toward preserving this critical aspect of our children’s education. In 2011 Congress denied funding for the decade-old Improving Literacy Through School Libraries (ILTSL) program. Yet the Department of Education has linked student performance on state reading tests to the availability of the ILTSL program. It is unthinkable that our children’s libraries have been so severely underfunded, even in the context of our national economic crisis. Statistics demonstrate that children who are exposed to robust library programs by the third grade have a greater likelihood of attending college. Library use has been linked to improved standardized test scores. Beyond these compelling metrics, is there any persuasive argument that our children’s lives should be constrained for want of access to a rich literary resource? I would like to thank the management at Thriftway for allowing us to set up our booth at the entrance to their store. That location was key to reaching our fund raising goals. I would also like to acknowledge that many of the contributions came from our neighbors with limited means. Senior citizens on fixed income, students and other neighbors for whom every dollar counts recognized the need to support our libraries. In fact, the overwhelming majority of donations were given in small amounts. Finally, I would like to thank Superintendent Michael Soltman and librarians Julie Jaffe and Peggy Kallsen for their support of our program. These fine people are working overtime to fill in the gaps left by funding cuts.

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You may have noticed that, despite the fact that spring is almost upon us, the holiday candy cane decorations are still up on poles along Vashon Highway. You may also recall that I wrote disparagingly about them some weeks before Christmas. Ever since New Year’s, I’ve thought their continued presence was sort of like the punishment meted out to the boy who had the temerity to point out that the emperor had no clothes. There would be a certain poetic justice about that, insofar as the traditionalists on the Island were concerned, who considered my opinion (this is an opinion column, after all) sacrilege. And so the red and white plastic canes march still, up and down through town. As is so often the case in my life, however, it wasn’t about me at all. No, this is perhaps one of the finest examples we’ll have for many years to come of the old adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.� The canes were mounted by any number of volunteers filled with the Christmas spirit. This included employees of Puget Sound Energy here on the Island. Someone was kind (or crazy) enough to send a letter of thanks to our local PSE office. They, in turn, forwarded the letter to corporate HQ. Great community goodwill, right? Corporate went ballistic: “Liability! If we

Heartful Thank You to P.I.E. Lunch Club at Chautauqua received a grant to purchase fabric and thread to make science bags for each classroom at Chautauqua. These bags will also be used by the teachers for their nature classes. With the help of students and several volunteers, we have made over 150 bags. Our goal is to have each classroom have enough bags to use during the school year. This will be an ongoing project, and any donations of fabric and thread are greatly appreciated. P.I.E. has been very good to Lunch Club, and it is greatly appreciated. Please continue to support this wonderful group. Sincerely, Diane Brenno Chautauqua Lunch Club

PTSA thanks Ian Moore for great performance The PTSA is so grateful to Ian Moore for giving his time, talent, inspiring performance and wonderful stories. Ian played for an intimate crowd of generous PTSA friends and supporters who purchased tickets at the 2011 PTSA auction, raising money for many beneficial programs at the public schools. Also a heartfelt “thank you� to the Cunninghams for graciously donating Sound Food as the venue. Ian has generously offered another concert, performed fireside, to be auctioned February 11th at the PTSA auction, An Auction Affair: For the Love of Education. Our endless gratitude, Ian! The Vashon PTSA

do it on Vashon (where is that, exactly, by the way?) we’ll have to do it everywhere! Zounds!� A cease and desist order was promptly promulgated: PSE employees were not permitted to help put up these holiday decorations. And, of course, since they were already up, it followed, by the natural logic of corporations, that employees also were prohibited from taking them down! Your correspondent is informed that frantic negotiations are underway to have them removed soon and while I agree that soon would not be soon enough, there are other things to consider. For example, if you linked two of those ratty candy canes together, facing each other, as it were, you’d have a heart! And Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! What a concept! “Vashon is for Lovers!� Think of the retail possibilities. This Island, a mecca for love-struck partners throughout the Seattle region. But why stop there? If we leave the canes up just a little longer and add blue plastic to the red and white, we’re looking at a heck of a Fourth of July display. I mean, who needs flags when you have candy canes? — Will North is an island novelist who has, at last, finished his latest book and has nothing else to do while he waits for comments from his agent than to write this column.

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We’ve been looking for a home for some time now and haven’t found anything that will work for us. I think the problem is that my husband is stuck on having acreage for a garden and we both want a really nice, relatively new home. All the homes that are nicer and newer that also have three to five acres are over our budget. Do you think there will be something we can afford later in the spring that fits our requirements if we keep looking?

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We never know what houses or property will come on the market in the future. I wish I could! But all indication are, that we won’t be seeing lower prices than what we have currently. I think you should keep looking and I also think that what needs to change is your belief that you can’t have a large garden except on acreage. The Island is filled with fantastic gardens, many of them virtually feeding a family all year or even feeding several families. Many of these gardens are found on a half acre or even smaller property. If you read up on gardens a little more, you will find designs for gardens that can feed a family using raised beds, that cover a space no larger than a good sized garage. Many people buy acreage thinking they need more space for their hobbies and interests. Often this means that after a few years of trying to keep up five acres they start looking for another property to buy that is smaller and less work. It would be easier for you to start out on a smaller property and see how that goes. We are fortunate to have many active and helpful Master Gardeners on Vashon as well as a Garden Club. You can also ask advice from Vashon Island Growers Association. I think they’ll tell you that you can have all the garden you need and have time to take care of on a smaller property. Seek out these helpful folks. They all love to talk about gardens!

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IN THE SCHOOLS Chautauqua Preschool Early Interest Wait List: Until Feb. 17, Chautauqua will collect names of those who are interested in the preschool program. A lottery will determine waiting list order; the school will notify families of any openings the week of Feb. 27. For more information, call Chautauqua at 463-2800.

ALL WEEK Labor of Love: Vashon Communty Care’s annual online auction will end Feb. 15. Islanders are invited are to bid on items made or performed by other Islanders. See www.laboroflove.org for more information.

FOR YOUR PETS Fix-a-Cat Month: Vashon Island Pet Protectors and Fair Isle Animal Clinic have teamed up to offer lowcost cat spays and neuters during the month of February. The cost of a spay is $25, a neuter $15. Call Fair Isle Animal Clinic to make an appointment at 463-3607.

8&%/&4%":t Baby Story Time: Babies 3 to 21 months can enjoy stories and songs with a caregiver. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15. Vashon Solar: Vashon Solar LLC will host several round table discussions this month about the community solar project at The Harbor School. They will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today, Feb. 8, at Mingle-

ment, and at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, at the Quartermaster Inn; 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Minglement and Friday Feb. 24, at a private home. For that meeting call Gib Dammann at 919-3546 for time and location. Vashon Computer Club: This meeting will continue a discussion concerning electronic devices that work independently, such as readers and tablets. There will be a troubleshooting session also. Anyone may attend for free, but membership is inexpensive and has benefits. 7:30 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center on Bank Road.

5)634%":t Tax Help: Professional tax preparer Hilary Emmer will help people who make $25,000 or less with their taxes. The services is free, and appointments are not needed. 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays through March 29 at the Vashon Library. Current Events: Bob Hallowell will lead a discussion of local, county, state, national and international news. 1 to 3 p.m. at the Senior Center on Bank Road. Caregiver Support Group: This group is geared toward family or friend caregivers, rather than paid caregivers. If interested, leave a message for Julea Gardener at 567-4421. 7 p.m. at Vashon Community Care.

'3*%":t Sew for Soldiers: Join Islanders helping to make quilts for wounded soldiers through Vashon’s American Hero Quilts project. Beginners are welcome. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Island Quilter. Crimson Tide Red Hats: All women older than 50 are invited for friendship and frivolity. Bring a sandwich. Call Carol Slaughter at 463-2274 for more information. Noon at JG Commons. Veterans’ Services: Joel Estey, a consultant with the King County Veterans’ Program, will help veterans connect with county, state or federal benefits. Call Estey at

PUBLIC MEETINGS King County Cemetery District #1: 3 p.m. today, Feb. 8, at the Vashon Cemetery, 19631 S.W. Singer Rd. Vashon Island School District School Board: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at McMurray Middle School. VMICC Land Use and Natural Resources Committee: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Land Trust Building. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue Commissioners: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Station 55. Water District 19: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the district office. Vashon Park District Commissioners: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Ober Park.

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The Descendents: Ends Feb. 16 War Horse: Opens Feb. 17 Hugo: Opens Feb. 24 Charlotte’s Web: The Free Family Film Series showing of the original animated musical version has been rescheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15. See www.vashontheatre. com for show times or call 

296-7570 for more information. Noon to 3 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center on Bank Road. Timmermeister Reads: Islander Kurt Timmermeister will bring to life the trials and triumphs he experienced on his journey to becoming a full-time farmer in his book, “Growing A Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land.� 6 p.m. at Vashon Bookshop. Vashon Drum Circle: All ages are welcome to drum and sing with Buffalo Heart, a big community drum. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. 7 p.m. at Vashon Intuitive Arts.

4"563%":t Bake Sale: A group of third-grade girls and their moms wiil host the sale, with the proceeds going to Chautauqua’s Lunch Club. Some of the girls will play the violin, and there will be crafts along with the baked goods. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Vashon Thriftway. Storing Food: Vashon’s Food Security Working Group will host a “ShelfReliance� foods presentation with a consultant who will demonstrate and talk about the company’s line of freeze-dried long-term-storage foods, shelf storage systems and emergency supplies. Learn about, taste and purchase food and emergency equipment. The session is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cathy Fulton at 463-5652 or cathy@Mariposa Gardens.org. 10 a.m. to noon at the Land Trust Building. Adopt-a-Cat Day: Vashon Island Pet Protectors hosts an adoption day every Saturday. For more information about VIPP and its cats, see www.vipp.org, or call VIPP at 389-1085. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 12200 S.W. 243rd St. Families of Color Winter Potluck: Make new friends and build community. Bring a main dish and drink to share. Dessert will be provided. For more information, email Jill Dziko at jilldz@comcast. net. 4 to 6 p.m. with dinner at 5 p.m. at the Vashon Cohousing Common House.

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Unitarian Fellowship: The group will celebrate “Standing on the side of love; committing to community.� 9:30 a.m. in Lewis Hall behind the Burton Community Church. Pioneer Quilts of the Oregon Trail: The program will feature true stories of intrepid women quilters who braved the westward migration of the 1800s and kept their connections to home through their quilt-making. 2 p.m. at the Vashon Library.

.0/%":t Vashon-Maury Island Garden Club: Greg Rabourn, the Vashon Basin Steward for King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks, will be the guest speaker and will talk about sound friendly gardening. Rabourn works on habitat restoration and preservation projects on Vashon and joins the Greendays Gardening program almost every Tuesday on KUOW to help callers solve their landscape challenges in a sustainable way. 11 a.m. business meeting, 12:15 p.m. lunch and 1 p.m. presentation at Vashon Lutheran Church. Senior Center Valentine’s Day Party: Kat Eggleston and students from Carpe Diem will sing to a lunch audience. The suggested donation for lunch is $4.25. After lunch, there will be a movie and popcorn. Cary Grant monitors the radio in the South Pacific during World War II and finds a good woman. 11:45 a.m. lunch at the Vashon Senior Center on Bank Road; the movie will play at 12:30 p.m.

56&4%":t Library Story Times: Toddler Story Time, for ages 21 months to 3 years with an adult, will meet at 10:40 a.m., and Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to 5, will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 14, both at the Vashon Library. The Vashon-Maury Island Green Party: Topics will be Vashon governance, Transition Vashon, Occupy Everywhere and The Green Team. For more information, call Melvin Mackey at 463-3468. 7 to 9 p.m. at 10329 S.W. Bank Rd.

CLASSES Paper Piecing: Island Quilter is offering many classes in its new home. Paper Foundation Piecing with Barb Trenary will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15, at the store. The cost is $40. For more information, see www.IslandQuilter.com. Lighten Up: Make your meals healthier and enjoy them more. Join the discussion with Mona Hardy, Vashon Weight Watcher’s coach for 20 years. Shape Up

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The PTSA will host its annual auction to benefit the three public schools this weekend. An Auction Affair: For the Love of Education will be from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Vashon Golf & Swim Club. This year’s organizers hope to raise $50,000, funds that will go to curriculum and instructional improvements. The Raise the Paddle portion of the evening will go to strengthening the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program at the schools. The evening will include a silent and live auction, appetizers, dessert, a chocolate wine tasting and entertainment by Pat Reardon and the Washington State Fairies. Tickets are on sale — $35 each for ages 21 and over — at The Vashon Bookshop, The Little House and Movie Magic. For more information, see www.vashonptsa.org or contact Jackie Merrill at 734-7066. Above, Lauri Hennessey, a longtime school supporter, bids at last year’s auction. Vashon (SUV) is offering this class. People can register for SUV at both classes, which are free to members and $5 for others. 10 to 11 a.m. at the Vashon Senior Center and 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Vashon College today, Feb. 8. Go at 6:15 p.m. to have your blood pressure taken or weigh in. Kabbalah 101 and Jewish Meditation: Participants chant, meditate and receive mystical secrets of the Kabbalah for healing, renewal, abundance and fulfillment. Rabbi Alyjah Navy facilitates. The cost is $10 per class. For more information, see www.kabbalahcommunity.org. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, at Vashon Intuitive Arts. Unfurling: Amy Kessel, certified life coach, will guide women through the process of identifying what calls them forth and enables them to come alive. The cost is $100. Call Kessel to register at 459-4825; no drop-ins. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Feb. 10 and 17, March 2, 9 and 16, at Full Circle Wellness

Center. Planning an Orchard from the Ground Up: After looking over the Jensen Point site, the group will adjourn indoors and plot out placement, planting, irrigation and fencing. They will discuss and plan for future support systems and bird proofing. Contact Emily MacRae at 408-7072 for more information, including location. 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 11. Blacksmithing Workshop for Teens: Learn about blacksmithing history, tools of the trade, safety and basic techniques to make your own small tools, such as nails, skewers and dinner bells, as well as a full-size knife. The cost is $135, including materials. Scholarships are available. To register, see www.VashonWildernessProgram. org or call 651-5715. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 11 and 12. Call for location. CONTINUED, NEXT PAGE

70*$&0'7"4)0/57t)*()-*()54 VoV TV is found on Comcast Channel 21. Most VoV TV shows are produced by Islanders. If you’ve created a video program of any kind, contact Susan McCabe at 463-0301 or info@voiceofvashon.org. Thursday and Tuesday, 7 p.m. Interested in horsing around? You can pick up tips on buying and managing horses from Kate Shook, leading Island trainer of horses and riders on “Pets To Go, Horses.� Wednesday, 8 p.m. and Tuesday, 6 p.m. Chill out down to your socks with jazz singer Mercedes Nicole, recorded live at Jazz Alley. The complete VoV TV Schedule is available at voiceofvashon.org.


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Computer Classes: Learn how to open and send attachments in Email Level 2 at 10:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13. Learn basic skills for entering, correcting and revising text on a computer in Microsoft Word Level 1 at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. Both classes meet at the Vashon Library. Call 463-2069 to register. Delta Dogs: Learn how to be a Pet Partner team. Email Kathy Farner for more information at farnerkv@comcast.net. 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at Vashon High School. Vashon Allied Arts: Adults and teens can explore composition principles and improve their photography skills with Focus on Composition, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 27 to March 19. Kids in grades one to four can delve into the arts during winter break with a different teacher each day in Winter Break Arts Camp from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 21 to 24. Kids ages 8 to 12 can bake sweets from scratch in Sugar and Spices from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays from March 1 to 22. Complete class information, registration and scholarship information is at www.VashonAlliedArts.org or call 463-5131. American Red Cross Water Safety Instruction: Learn to teach children and adults to swim and give water safety

presentations to kids and their parents. Participants must be at least 16 and proficient swimmers. The course is 30 hours long and provides a two-year certification. Registration is open now at the Vashon Athletic Club; early registration is recommended. The fee is $210 and pays for Red Cross registration, class instruction and pool fees. A deposit of $65 is required for materials. The balance is due Feb. 21. Call the Vashon Athletic Club to register at 463-5601 or stop by. Class dates are Friday, Feb. 17 through Feb. 26. Fiber Arts Sewing Camp: Kids ages 8 to 12 can attend camp over winter break. Tuesday will be needle felting with Sharon Schoen; Wednesday will be sunprinted beanbags with Linda Stemer; Thursday will be embroidered upcycled hats with Jenni Wilke and Friday will be silk flower hair accessories with Mary Shemata. The cost is $15 per day, with a $5 materials fee on Tuesday. Contact Jenni Wilke at 697-2377 to register. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 21 to 24. Lelavision’s Creative Movement: Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited for Brain Gym, BrainDance and yoga. They will make and play instruments, tumble and swing from low-lying aerial apparatuses. Parents and older siblings are

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Vashon farm in the national spotlight Vashon’s Sea Breeze Farm and La Boucherie restaurant were featured on a Travel Channel show this week. The farm and its sister restaurant, owned by Islanders George and Kristin Page, were chosen to appear on the show Bizarre Foods in an episode about Seattle. Andrew Zimmern, a celebrity TV chef and host of the show, visited the farm and restaurant with his crew in August to film the segment. In addition to learning about the farm and restaurant operation, Zimmern witnessed the birth of a calf, sampled cow placenta and drank fresh chicken blood. The show aired on Monday, and the Vashon operation was highlighted along with coffee, geoducks and other staples of Seattle cuisine. Page, reached Friday, said he believes Zimmern looks for unique food experiences for his show and chose his Vashon business because it’s one of only a few farm-to-table operations in the country. “He’s done a lot of good for small enterprises around the world,� Page said. “People following their passion — he focuses in on

that.� Page said he had a great time with Zimmern when he filmed on Vashon last summer, and he was looking forward to seeing how the episode turned out. “Andrew is just a great guy. ... He has a great sense of humor. We had this amazing, sort of surreal day,� Page said. On Monday Page also appeared on the morning news show New Day Northwest to advance the Bizarre Foods episode. Page visited the KING5 studios along with La Boucherie’s head chef Dustin Calery, and the two made sausage live on the show. Sea Breeze Farm — an organic farm on the north end of Vashon where the Pages raise cows, pigs and chickens and make cheese and wine — recently celebrated its 10th anniversary. La Boucherie, a gourmet restaurant which doubles as a full-service butchery, opened about three years ago and offers French-inspired meals Wednesday through Saturday. It recently began offering butchery courses as well. — Natalie Johnson

WSF offers one last chance to board the Rhody This weekend Washington State Ferries will make the Rhododendron, which is currently docked in Eagle Harbor, available for visitors to tour one last time. The 60-year-old ferry that until recently served the Point Defiance-Tahlequah route will be open to visitors at Eagle Harbor off of Bainbridge Island from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Marta Coursey, a spokesperson for WSF, said the agency had hoped to bring the Rhody down to Vashon for a final farewell celebration sometime in February. However, after consulting with members of Vashon’s Ferry Advisory Committee, WSF officials decided the event wasn’t worth the cost. Coursey said the cash-strapped agency would have to pay to crew the Rhody for a day, to keep the ship’s plumbing going and for fuel.

“The cost was really minimal, but it still felt to most people like a cost they didn’t want to incur,� Coursey said. “We’re in a tough time financially, and it didn’t feel like a good time to do that.� Coursey said it was important that WSF open the Rhody for a couple of hours since Islanders didn’t have much advance notice of the exact day it would be replaced by the Chetzemoka. “Just a few of us staff are going to be on board so people can come say goodbye to her,� Coursey said. WSF’s Eagle Harbor facility is located at 497 Harborview Drive S.E. on Bainbridge. Flat shoes are required to board the Rhody, and rubber soles are strongly recommended. The boat will not be wheelchair accessible. — Natalie Johnson


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BLOG FOR PERFORMANCE CENTER: Vashon Allied Arts launched a blog last

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ALSO OF NOTE A poet at the Heron A few tickets are left to hear poet Heather McHugh speak at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Heron. The lecture is part of Vashon Allied Arts’ Arts and Humanities series. McHugh, currently on faculty at the University of Washington, received a MacArthur Foundation “genius� grant in 2009. She has published eight volumes of poetry and says her work is influenced by Dylan Thomas, Wallace Stevens, Yeats and Shakespeare. Tickets, $18 and $20, are available at the Blue Heron or by calling 463-5131.

A Scotsman performs an intimate house concert Jim Malcolm, a Scottish-born singer-songwriter, returns to Vashon for a house concert on Sunday at 3 p.m. The much-celebrated Scotsman plays the guitar and harmonica and sings both traditional songs of Scotland as well as his own numbers. He also laces his concerts with funny stories and a dry Scottish wit and puts on quite a show, according to Wally Bell, an Islander who booked Malcolm’s concert. Malcolm currently performs solo and has 10 solo CDs to his name. For eight years, he was the lead singer with the multi-award winning Old Blind Dogs, a band considered on the cutting edge of Scotland’s roots revival. “He’s one of the best folk musicians out there,� Bell said. The concert, in a fine Vashon home, will include a small selection of appetizers; wine from a local winery will be for sale. Tickets are $20, and seating is limited. Call Bell at 408-7414 for tickets or more details.

The ‘music of our time’ adds a touch of romance Tangletown Cabaret, an all-women trio from Seattle, will perform what they call the “music of our own time� — beloved and enduring art songs of the 20th and 21st centuries — at a special Valentine’s concert at the Blue Heron Saturday night. The trio includes classically trained mezzo-soprano Sarah Mattox, who recently performed with Vashon Opera, violinist/violist Jo Nardolillo and pianist Judith Cohen. And just what are those enduring songs of our time? Think “Moon River,� Irving Gordon’s “Unforgettable� (made unforgettable by Nat King Cole) and the works of George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter. Champagne and chocolate served during the intermission will add to the evening’s romance. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is part of Vashon Allied Arts’ Panache Jazz Series. Tickets, $15 and $25, are available at the Blue Heron, the Heron’s Nest, Vashon Bookshop, www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 463-5131.

From left, Dorsey Davis, Richard Lipke, Simon Martin and John Whalen.

Local talent at the Bike The Fieldhands — a band comprised of Island talent — will play a free show of mostly original music at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike. The Fieldhands’ Americana and power-pop style songs range from folk rock to blues to countrified ballads. John Whalen on guitar and Dorsey Davis on bass share the band’s singer/songwriter duties. Simon Martin, who also plays with Vince Martinez and the Great Blue Yonder in and around Seattle, holds down the rhythm sections, and they are accompanied by lead-guitarist Richard Lipke, of Subconscious Population fame. Barton Carroll will open for the Fieldhands. The show is all ages until 11 p.m. and 10 and older after that.

Attend ‘Church’ for an afternoon of love What sounds sweeter than “love in the afternoon�? That’s what the wild and wacky cast of the Church of Great Rain says they’ll offer up on Sunday when they put on their third show of the season — a special Valentine’s Day revue slated to begin at 4 p.m. at the Open Space for Arts & Community. The show will feature two special guests who will croon and speak of love — Ian Moore, an acclaimed guitarist and singer-songwriter from Austin who lives on Vashon, and renowned storyteller and mythologist Michael Meade, also an Islander. The skits — featuring the church’s 11 Holy Roller Radio Players — will also take a look at love and romance, from a decidedly comedic and maybe slightly twisted perspective. Head writer Jeff Hoyt, reached at home on Friday, said the topic has proven a rich one for the crew’s writers. “All comedy is about conflict, and all relationships have tension,� he said. “So it makes it really easy to write pieces for Valentine’s Day.� The church is also expected to release a new product on Sunday. For those who want to get a different kind of buzz, Church of Great Rain will sell not only Fupp’s Beer but also a special Church House Blend roasted by the Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. One, Hoyt said, is called Heavenly High, a French Roast; the other is called Transcendental Decaf. Shows — with audiences close to 600-people strong — have been selling out, Hoyt says. So advance tickets — $10 apiece — are suggested. Get them at the Vashon Bookshop or brownpapertickets.com.

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Sample wine and listen to acoustic guitar at Luna Ron Irvine will offer four romantic wines for $12 at February’s “Second Fridayâ€? wine tasting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at CafĂŠ Luna. Slated for serving is a sparkling wine, a crisp, dry white wine, a full red wine and what Irvine calls “a lush dessert wine.â€? The Valentine’s Day-themed tasting will be accompanied by the sounds of finger-style solo guitarist and composer Damon Buxton. Buxton works in the style of Windham Hill artists, and his 2007 recording “Forgiving Dreamsâ€? was produced by Will Ackerman, the Grammy-award-winning founder of Windham Hill Records.

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This weekend’s lineup includes Ian Moore, a featured artist at The Church of Great Rain; Tangletown Cabaret, part of VAA’s Panache Jazz Series, and Jim Malcolm, who will sing at a house concert.

Burlesco Notturno, a group of some of the Northwest’s best burlesque artists, will bring the heat back to Vashon with a circus-themed show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Open Space for Arts & Community. The greatest show on Earth has never been so spectacular or sexy, featuring aerialist Terry Crane and acrobat and juggler Romeo Valentino. Burlesque stars Randi Rascal and Bunny Monroe will take the stage, and French jazz will come from the acclaimed Seattle group Bric-a-brac, which is featured weekly at The Pink Door.


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— the prices appraisers use to determine a house’s fair market value. “More than ever before, the appraisers are calling the tune,� Amiad added. But the low prices have created a remarkable buyers’ market on Vashon, agents said — one that continues to amaze even those who have been in the industry for years. Katz, for instance, noted that one can now get a house on the Island for $200,000. “That used to get you a shed,� she said. Added Zaglin: “It’s a fabulous time to buy.� Prices on Vashon have fallen hugely since the market’s peak in 2007 and 2008. According to a newsletter by John L. Scott agents Jean Bosch and Leslie Ferriel, the median sale price on Vashon has fallen 42 percent over the past three years, after climbing by double digit numbers between 2004 and 2007. The median price on Vashon dropped 24 percent in 2009, 9 percent in 2010 and another 9 percent in 2011, they report. Regionwide, according to NWREporter, a Kirkland-based industry publication, sale prices in December 2011 were nearly 12 percent less than in December 2010. But the hesitation some potential buyers felt a year or so ago to make an offer seems

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to be ebbing, some agents said. Many, they might have walked away from the deal had noted, think prices have finally hit bottom Katz, their agent, not helped them through or are close to doing so. Add interest rates the complex process, Bryant said. at 4 percent or less, and buyers, Amiad said, Now, however, he and his wife are thrilled are becoming much more motivated. to be in the house, a comfortable home built “There’s actually a pent-up demand,� she by Vashon builder Ed Palmer. “For us, with said. “We actually have buyers chomping our daughter, it’s a magical place,� he said. at the bit.� The question of whether the price might The result is that some people are finding drop more didn’t matter to Bryant and his fantastic deals on Vashon, dream homes at wife, he added. prices that might have been out of reach “We didn’t buy this property for speculaa couple of years ago. tion,� he said. “We bought Dennis Bryant and his because this is where we i8FEJEOUCVZUIJTQSPQFSUZ itwant wife Mary O’Learyto live.� GPSTQFDVMBUJPO8FCPVHIU Bryant bought a spaBut those who have cious house on 10 JUCFDBVTFUIJTJTXIFSFXF been on the other side of acres for $400,000 in the bargaining table have XBOUUPMJWFw November. Salmonfound Vashon’s tumbling bearing Judd Creek runs Dennis Bryant, prices difficult, agents say, BOFXIPNFPXOFSPO7BTIPO especially those who were through their backyard, creating a remarkable forced into short sales or natural environment, had to walk away from Bryant said, for their 5-year-old daughter homes with mortgages they could no lonto experience. ger afford. Of the active listings on Vashon last The house had been on the market for six months and was owned by a bank month, 28 percent were bank-owned or because of a foreclosure when the couple short-sale properties, a little lower than the made their offer, Bryant said. The house, region as a whole but still a considerable neglected because of the foreclosure, was slice of the market, according to Bosch. Like other agents on Vashon, she’s worked in need of considerable cosmetic work, he with clients who were facing foreclosures or added. What’s more, he said, the process of “under water,� meaning they didn’t have purchasing the house was difficult. It took enough equity in their house to pay off their nearly three months to close, and they mortgage upon the house’s sale.

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Ultimately, the aspiring architects will leave merchants who choose to participate with detailed plans to redo their storefronts, whether it be a new paint job or a full renovation of their building’s facade. Jim Nicholls, a UW lecturer who has worked with graduate students to bring the program to 10 other towns in the state, told those at Monday’s chamber meeting that the so-called Storefront Studio project doesn’t intend to force a new look on a town or make it look more like other cities — something he said residents often worry about when the project comes to their locale. Nicholls said the students will spend extensive time researching Vashon and its history and hope to learn what aspects of the town are most important to Islanders. They’ll then develop a vision for what the town’s main street could look like after a remodeling effort. He showed the group several examples of buildings in towns such as Roslyn and Puyallup that had been given a new lease on life based on the budding architects’ suggestions. “They’ll say, ‘Here’s what it looks like today, and here’s a possible revisioning of it,’� Nicholls said. Students will be flexible and alter their ideas based on feedback from Islanders at individual meetings and at several open houses, he added. At

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he said at the meeting. “I’m sure a lot of business owners downtown would love to redo their facade but simply don’t have the money.� Koler, in an interview, said that simply getting free consulting work from the young architects will be a great deal for business owners. It would cost upwards of $30,000 for an architectural firm to do the same work on Vashon, she said. Koler, who has been involved in Storefronts Studio programs in other towns, said the students’ efforts could make over Vashon town, or make very little difference, depending on what business owners do with the plans. “Some communities really haven’t done much of anything, and others are moving forward on it,� Koler said. She named North Bend as a town that has embraced the project and where merchants have put the Storefront Studio’s vision to work. “It’s really brought vitality back to their downtown,� she said. Langland, who has co-owned the Vashon Pharmacy for 20 years, said he was looking forward to learning about the young architects ideas for the town, as well as for his particular building. He said he would consider investing in a remodel and hopes other merchants will keep an open mind as well. “We’re not going to ‘Leavenworth’ this (town) ever,� he said. “I hope everybody will listen and not just brush off an outside opinion, or something that costs money, without giving a chance to another point of view.�

7BTIPOOBNFEB AGBOUBTZUPXOCZ OBUJPOBMNBHB[JOF In its most recent issue, Sunset Magazine named Vashon Island as one of 20 “ultimate fantasy townsâ€? to live in in the Western United States. The article in Sunset, a lifestyle magazine with a circulation of more than 1 million, listed Vashon in the “woodsy dream townâ€? category along with four other towns. In a short description, it said Vashon’s “forested, farm-y land is studded with honor-bar fruit stands, and hosts professionals who are artist-hippies at heart.â€? Debi Richards, director of the Vashon Chamber of Commerce, said she heard about the article when a friend in California who had read it called her. “I think it’s an honor,â€? Richards said. “It is a great place to live. That’s why we all live here.â€? Richards added that some may be bothered by the magazine’s “hippieâ€? reference. “You hear people say all the time ‘I wish they wouldn’t keep calling us hippies.’ ‌ We are just a different culture here, and it’s a positive thing,â€? she said.

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For the first time in over a decade, Vashon will field a high school girls lacrosse team, the Vashon Valkyries. The team will compete in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association’s JV league as part of the Vashon Lacrosse Club. In addition, a team for fifth- and sixthgrade girls team is also being formed and needs players. Coach Larry Dubois has been coaching the core group of lacrosse players who now play with the Valkyries since they were in fifth grade. “For the last four years, the Vashon girls’ lacrosse program has been gaining momentum,� Dubois said. Now that the girls are freshmen, he said, they are bringing lacrosse to the high school. Dubois said the Vashon Lacrosse Club is known throughout the league for building skill, finesse and consistency across the entire team. The Lakeside School requested to come to Vashon to play the Valkyries outside of their regular schedule, a testimony to the reputation of the young team. The team’s new name comes from Norse mythology. Legend says Valkyries, which literally means “chooser of the slain,� were warrior women, and Dubois said the name was chosen to

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Olivia Brenno (left), then an eighth-grader, puts pressure on the opposition at a game last year. imply that the Vashon girls are fiercely competitive. Girls lacrosse differs from boys lacrosse in that there is limited body contact and stick checking. The sport centers on speed, agility and skill, and is considered by some to be the fastest sport on two feet. Girls do not wear helmets or pads, just eye protection. Genevieve Rauma, who was an eighth-grade captain last year and now plays with the Valkyries, said that those who don’t understand lacrosse should think of it as being similar to soccer. “For girls that want to play but aren’t sure, they should

know that lacrosse is really easy to pick up,� she said. The program is seeking new players fifth through 12th grades. A fifth- and sixth-grade team is trying to get off the ground, and the club is looking for players and parents to spearhead a seventh- and eighth-grade

— Mary Kay Rauma is the mother of a lacrosse player and an assistant coach and team manager for the high school program.

Players and parents interested in learning more about lacrosse should attend the Vashon Lacrosse Club’s season kickoff tonight at 7 p.m. at Vashon High School. Practices for the high school program begin Feb. 27 and the season ends in mid-May. Online registration can be completed at www.vashonlacrosse.com. Need-based scholarships are available. For more information, contact Mary Kay Rauma at rauma@comcast.net or 484-8784.

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Last weekend the Vashon High School wrestlers emerged as a force to be reckoned with in the post-season run to the state finals. At the sub-regional tournament in Orting on Saturday, the Pirates qualified 13 wrestlers and one alternate to the regional tournament, which will take place this Saturday at Bellevue Christian School. As a team, Vashon placed second out of five, had four champions and put five grapplers in the finals. The coaches were ecstatic, given that the team was coming off a poor showing last week. The grapplers all survived an exceptionally brutal week of practice — mild cursing was used to describe it by more than one. But their hard work ultimately paid off. Pirate champions, who all won their final matches by pin, were Elliott Ellingsen, who beat a wrestler from Cascade Christian ranked fourth in the state; Preston Morris, with three pins on the day; Louie Jovanovich, who pinned his arch rival from Orting, and Robert “Beaston� Easton, who continued his dominance on the mat with three pins. A.J. Sawyer, who had to wrestle “Beaston� in the finals, took second. Third place awards went to Shane Armstrong, Joe Coller, Joey DiFabio, Elan Peterson and Kevin Thomas. Trevor Figgins, Max Frederickson and Christian Seymore all finished fourth and will also continue on to the regional tournament. Codi Williams placed fifth and is an alternate for regionals. Also representing Vashon and performing well was Cole Devereau, who finished sixth in his bracket. The coaches expect at least seven or eight Vashon wrestlers to make it out of the regional tournament and represent Vashon at the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. The lady grapplers also fared well in their competition. Sophomore Rachael Thomas finished fourth and moves on to regionals, and senior Julie Wilson had another outstanding day, taking a second-place award and moving on to the regional competition.

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Girls basketball also splits the week, has a shot at playoffs

Pirates win one, lose one

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Boys basketball dominates home game against Orting By BRIAN BRENNO For The Beachcomber

Last week the Pirate boys basketball team trounced the Orting Cardinals, winning on the home court, 70-26. In the Tuesday, Jan. 31 game, the Pirates got off to a fast start, scoring 23 points in the first quarter. Ben Whitaker scored on a steal and got 9 of his 15 points on the night, and Jesse Hazzard got all of his 6 points in the first. In the second quarter, Jessie Norton hit Dan Lofland on a back-door play for 2 of his 21 points on the night, and Norton made two layups for 4 of his 8 points. The half ended with the Pirates ahead, 43-12. In the second half, Owen Brenno got 2 points from an offensive rebound and led the team with 8 rebounds. Ian Stewart scored 2 of his 4 points on the night, and Torin Perret, Peter Amick, CJ Williams and Garrett Starr all gave strong minutes, with Perret scoring 4 points, Williams 6 and Starr 1. The team had limited turnovers and scored well from the

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Pirate freshman Jessie Norton draws a foul as he goes to the basket early in Vashon’s 70-26 win over Orting. floor to ultimately rout the Cardinals, 70-26 On the following Friday, the Pirates traveled to Charles Wright Academy follwing their big win, but came home having lost to the Tarriers, 40-30. Both teams got off to a slow start in the first quarter. The Pirate scoring was highlighted with an assist from Lofland to Dylan Basurto for 2 points. Lofland scored 2 points and Jessie Norton hit a 3-point shot. In the second quarter, the Pirates shooting went cold with a Ben Whitaker hitting a 3-point shot and the rest of the Pirate scoring came from foul shots. The half ended with the Pirates ahead, 15-12. The Pirates continued to hold the lead in the third quarter, with

Whitaker scoring 7 of his teamleading 13 points on the night, and Norton hitting a 3-point shot. In the fourth quarter the Pirate shooting again went cold, and the Charles Wright defense pressed and rattled the Pirate team. With 6:02 left in the game, Charles Wright went ahead by 3 points and never gave up the lead, with the Pirates only scoring 3 points from foul shots in the quarter. The game ended in a disappointing 40-30 loss for the team. The Pirates played their final league game and celebrated Senior Night on Tuesday after press deadline. — Brian Brenno is the father of a Pirate basketball player.

The Vashon girls basketball team returned to the win column on Tuesday, Jan. 31, when the Pirates defeated the Orting Cardinals. The contest may have been the last meeting for a long time between the two schools, as Orting is slated move to class 2A next year. The Pirates opened the game with a scoring barrage behind an effective press and transition scoring. The opportunities resulted in a 19-5 first-quarter advantage. Leading 30-13 at the break, Vashon cruised to a 31-point advantage in the third quarter on the way to a 52-28 win. Charlotte Kehoe had an outstanding game, scoring 24 points with double digit rebounds. Anya Quig scored 14 points, while Rachel Hoffman (5) and Jasmine Acosta (3) added to the totals. Molly Johnson, Anna Osborne and Shannon Slater each added 2 points to complete the Pirate scoring. On Friday the team played the Charles Wright Tarriers. With a playoff spot on the line, and needing wins in all three of their final games, the Tarriers played inspired basketball, jumping out to a 10-point advantage, and the first quarter ended with the Pirates trailing, 17-7. Matters became more dire when Kehoe picked up a third

foul early in the second quarter. While the Pirates hung in gamely, they were unable to close the gap, still trailing by 10 at halftime, 26-16. The third quarter belonged to the Pirates as they closed the gap to just two points, ending the third quarter at 26-28. But in the final quarter, Vashon lost both starting post players to fouls (first Kehoe and then Tagen Lynch) and needing to stop the clock to get possession, had to put the Tarriers on the free-throw line. In the end the Pirates came out on the short end of this game, with a final score of 38-28. Vashon scoring was again led by Kehoe (12) and Quig (9). Acosta hit an early 3-pointer, while Kelsey Abella and Lynch added two points each. Coach Henry Porter was optimistic after the game. “We did not rebound very well, and this is something we normally do much better than we did this evening,� he said. “We’ll get this corrected and be ready for Chimacum and Senior Night,� he added. A home win over the visiting Chimacum Cowboys on Tuesday prior to press deadline would assure the Pirates a playoff game. Check the Vashon High School website for place and time information.

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what’s going to happen,� Mackey said. “Right now, I don’t see it doing much,� he added. “But it has the potential for doing things.� The community council’s uncertain future comes at a time when county officials are in the throes of establishing a new framework for public engagement with the 280,000 people who live in unincorporated King County. Under a policy outlined by County Executive Dow Constantine last year, those residents who don’t live within a city will be represented by community service areas, geographically discrete regions where one county official will act as a primary point of contact for residents. An interdepartmental team will “provide seamless and coordinated service delivery,� according to a new color brochure the county created about community service areas. A broadly advertised public meeting will be hosted at least once a year, and an annual community work program will be developed for the service area, outlining issues that the county expects to address over the course of the year, the brochure says. The county expects to finalize its plan for community service areas this spring, a few months behind schedule, and forward it to the Metropolitan King County Council for approval; the new framework should go into effect this summer. But even with a new official structure in place, some in the county believe community coun-

cils like the one on Vashon will still have a voice in the halls of county government. The contractual arrangement between the county and VMICC, said Lauren Smith, the county’s unincorporated area relations manager, created a “technical relationship.â€? “But the substance of the relationship doesn’t have to change,â€? she said. The community council won’t be the only organization the county looks to for direction and input, she said, noting that a new group — the All Island Forum — is also working to establish itself as a forum for community discussion and direction. “Under our new framework, we will be reaching out to the community council as we have in the past, just as we will with other groups,â€? Smith said. Julia Larson, a rural economic strategy coordinator for the county and the project manager for the new community service areas, agreed. “We’re hoping to work with the UACs (unincorporated area councils) as long as they exist,â€? she said. “This (effort) is simply to make us more inclusive.â€? Johnson, with the VMICC, said he’s concerned about the county’s new approach, noting that it’s already taking longer to get off the ground than officials said it would. “One of our complaints ‌ is that it would be a large and complicated endeavor, and I think that’s proving to be the case,â€? he said. Many on Vashon, he added,

are already concerned about the Island’s “somewhat diminished voice� in the county, a government that serves a region that’s largely urbanized. “It’s going to be difficult with the system they’ve put together,� he added. “They have very few staffers trying to cover a very large area.� But, he noted, the fight over the UAC structure is largely over, and now, he said, it’s up to the VMICC to prove to the county that its voice is one worth listening to. Mackey agrees, noting that he plans to continue to attend the meetings in the hope that it remains relevant. “I have an investment in the community council because I’ve been doing it for a long time,� Mackey said. “And if anything good happens, I want to be there to support it.�

The Vashon Maury Island Community Council’s next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, when Chief Dep. Steve Strachan, second in command at the King County Sheriff’s Office, is expected to make a presentation. The meeting will be held at McMurray Middle School. To see the county’s latest brochure on its framework for public engagement in unincorporated areas, go to http:// your.kingcounty.gov/dnrp/ library/dnrp-directors-office/ rural/ua-voice-to-residents. pdf.

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internment camp at Heart Mountain, Wyo., in 1944, he grew up in East Los Angeles, Calif. Mr. Motoyoshi’s father was a painter and a reverend; his mother was a homemaker. At age 12, Mr. Motoyoshi became Los Angeles’ youngest Eagle Scout. He was educated at the University of Southern California, Harvard and the University of Washington. Mr. Motoyoshi loved to meet people and to connect with Islanders at the Vashon Farmers Market, where he sold miso soup and a rotating menu of innovative cuisine. He led many workshops and classes, teaching Islanders how to cook Japanese food and perform the Japanese tea ceremony. He was an artist and a poet

who performed and showed his art at the Blue Heron gallery. He is remembered by his children as a devoted and loving father and a deeply funny man. Mr. Motoyoshi left Vashon in March of 2011 to travel South and Central America. While traveling, he died from complications related to a kidney condition. He is survived by his wife, Marya Smith, of La Playa, Mexico. He is also survived by his son and daughter: Jay, of Tacoma, and Umeko, of Seattle, and by his former wife, Rica, of Walnut Creek, Calif. In lieu of flowers, his family requests that donations be made to InterIM CDA, a nonprofit group dedicated

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4)&3*''43&1035 Dec. 21: An attempted burglary occurred at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. The suspect tried to pry open doors to the church but was unable to enter the building. A boat trailer was stolen from a home on the 14200 block of 240th Place. Dec. 22: An individual broke a pool cue and a window at the Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. Dec. 25: An assault occurred at a home on the 12500 block of 148th Street. The suspect forced his way into the home and struck a man in the head with a club. An assault occurred in the parking lot of the Vashon Library. Two suspects reportedly beat up a victim because they believed he was involved in a burglary three years ago. Dec. 27: An unlocked home on the 21700 block of 101st Lane was burglarized. A class ring, silver coins and silver bars were stolen. Dec. 28: Threats were reported at Dockton Park. The victim reported that the suspect said a storm may harm the victim or his boat. A resident of the 10600 block of 133rd Street reported fraudulent use of her checking account. Jan. 3: Outgoing mail was stolen from a mailbox on the 12600 block of Cunliffe Road. Jan. 4: A building on the 9800 block of 112th Street was burglarized. A radio was stolen. Jan. 5: A resident of the 8100 block of Dilworth

Road reported fraudulent use of his or her ferry pass. An assault occurred at a home on the 18300 block of Vashon Highway. The suspect was booked for assault. Jan. 7: A Vashon Park District rental home on the 11400 block of Cedarhurst Drive was burglarized. Jan. 9: Mail was stolen from a home on the 11800 block of Sylvan Beach Road. Jan. 10: A resident of Vashon Community Care reported fraud. An iPod was stolen from the Vashon United Methodist Church while the owner of the iPod was giving food to the homeless. A chain saw was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked on the 17500 block of 96th place An 11-year-old girl received a threatening email from her mother’s email address, but her mother had not sent the email. Jan. 11: A package was stolen from a mailbox on the 19800 block of Vashon Highway. Jan. 13: An individual driving under the influence on the 11000 block of Vashon Highway hit a parked vehicle. The suspect was charged with negligence. A substance that may have been crystal meth was found on the gas pumps at Williams Heating. It was marked for disposal by the sheriff’s office. An individual was arrested on the 1400 block of Quartermaster Drive for driving under the influence and for a hit-and-run accident. Jan. 18: A family disturbance occurred at a home that has had other domestic violence related calls. A man used a knife to threaten a woman he lived with.

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5IF#JLFDMPTFTGPSUIFOJHIUBGUFSGJHIUJOCBS A fight occurred at the Red Bicycle Tavern around midnight Saturday, Jan. 29, when one patron groped the groin area of another patron’s fiancĂŠ and the two began to fight, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. An employee at the Bike tried to break up the brawl but was placed in a choke hold by one of the patrons, the employee told deputies. The employee told deputies he nearly blacked out from the choke hold. But the deputies discovered, during their interview with the employee, that he was quite intoxicated. “His speech was heav-

ily slurred, repetitive, and his thoughts incomplete,� deputies wrote in their incident report. Deputies believe he was too drunk to know if he was over-serving patrons, according to their report. The bar was closed for the night, at the employee’s request. No charges were brought, but the case was forwarded to the state Liquor Control Board. Wilson Kim, manager at the Red Bike, declined to comment on the incident. “I do not want to incriminate anyone,� he said. “We sent everyone home after the incident. We closed for the night,� he said.


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Don’t give up on those lost pets One of the main goals of the Vashon Island Pet Protectors is to help reunite lost pets with their owners, but when a pet goes missing and is not found right away, it is easy for an owner to lose hope. Don’t lose hope. It is tough, but keep in mind this sweet tale from one of our VIPP volunteers. Her two cats, Casserole and Whimsy, escaped from their new house late last June. After posting signs, placing ads in The Beachcomber, posting their info on the VIPP website and making door-todoor visits, Casserole and Whimsy’s owner had just about given up all hope. However, on Jan. 24, seven months after the volunteers started their walk-about, VIPP got a call about a cat that matched Casserole’s description on its website. The folks who found Casserole called VIPP, and Casserole is now back at home and doing well. Her return was a joy to her owner and to all at VIPP who helped out. VIPP has many tools at its disposal to help reunite lost pets with their owners, including the website and our Facebook page. But ultimately, we rely on fellow Islanders to help us reunite lost pets with their owners. If you see a stray cat or dog hanging out, go to our website and see if

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Casserole has been found. But Whimsy, above, is still missing, VIPP reports. it matches any of the postings on our lost and found pages. Check with neighbors to see if the pet might belong to them. If you see signs in your neighborhood for a lost pet, check your outbuildings to make sure that the missing pet is not stuck inside. You could be a hero to a lost pet owner like Israel and Sue Shotridge who found Casserole and contacted VIPP. Casserole’s owner is still searching for Whimsy, and after finding Casserole, she is more hopeful than ever that he, too, is waiting to be found. Whimsy is a lynx point Siamese male. He has silver fur with stripes and crossed blue eyes. If you have seen this cat, please contact VIPP at cats@vipp.org or call 3891085. With our website, www.vipp.org, and the VIPP Facebook postings, we can get the word out about missing cats and dogs. — Terri Fletcher, VIPP volunteer

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As a girl, a wife, a mother and grandmother June was a tomboy and a tigress; she was her family’s biggest advocate and sternest critic. June Louise Wiard Call passed away January 30, 2012 on Vashon Island, WA. The daughter of Clyde Leroy Wiard and Kiturah Ann Jones Wiard, she was born in Roseburg, OR and raised with her only sibling Earl Leroy Wiard. Starting life on June 19, 1917 she grew up in the oak-crested, sun-seared hills of southern Oregon with a paucity of material goods and an abundance of rich experiences as did many people of her generation. She hunted, ďŹ shed, played tennis and helped run her parents’ restaurant, the Silver Nook Grill. She swam in the Umpqua River and delighted in the outdoors, especially the area called Idleyld Park up the North Umpqua River. She lived in the world so magniďŹ cently portrayed in the writings of Ken Kesey although she could never bring herself to read them (she could have been a character in Sometimes a Great Notion). At the age of 19 she met a curly haired drummer named Walter George Call who had a wicked talent for pitching softballs and baseballs. He came to Roseburg from Portland as part of a Civilian Conservation Corp program and would become June’s husband and the love of her life. Soon they endured the painful separation imposed on so many by World War II while he fought in the PaciďŹ c as a Marine. When their prayers were answered and he returned they bought a small house on the banks of the Clackamas River near Oregon City where they raised two sons, Patrick Joseph Call and Timothy Michael Call – and witnessed two of the greatest Northwest weather events of the twentieth century – the Columbus Day wind storm of 1962 and the Christmas Floods of 1964. She and Walt made sure that their boys’ lives were immersed in the outdoors and sports. One enduring memory of June is her swimming into the current in the river behind the house – for an hour and not moving more than a few feet upstream or down. June valued intellectual pursuits even more than sports and pushed her sons to excel academically. College was a luxury she and Walt never had but regardless of ďŹ nancial hardship Pat and Tim knew higher education was not optional. Side jobs, scholarships, and living at home were all combined to make a college education possible. After Pat graduated from Reed College in 1971, June joined the sta at the college and worked there for the next decade. Her love of math, science, language and art took her back to the classroom during this time. In 1973 Walt passed away leaving a hole in June’s world and heart. Her strength, optimism, curiosity, love and devotion to her family carried her onward for nearly four decades. After she retired she moved to the Oregon coast, ďŹ rst to Tolovana Park where she walked on the beach nearly every day, played tennis, took art classes, and experienced a few trips to foreign lands. Later she moved to Astoria where her apartment looked out on the Columbia River. No matter where June lived she gardened with intensity, skill and an artist’s eye. Even as she aged and grudgingly gave up other activities she insisted she couldn’t live if she couldn’t grow something. She spent the winter of her 93rd year planning the ower bed and pots she would plant around her apartment. The minute local nurseries brought in the spring owers she was buying and planting her geraniums, pansies and dahlias. Perhaps June’s strongest connection to her early years with Walt was her ongoing enjoyment of jazz and swing. Since moving to Vashon six years ago she never missed a Portage Phil street dance during Strawberry Festival. She had fond memories of the Grand Canyon having heard stories of her mother’s work as a “Harvey Girlâ€? and visiting the park several times. June chose to celebrate her 90th birthday with a family reunion at the lodge on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. A great tribute to June was that as she aged and her peers passed away, she developed new friends often decades younger who truly loved and valued her. In the end her will never agged but her heart could not go on. She will be missed so very dearly by all that knew her and none more strongly than her adoring family: Timothy and Janet Call, Fountain Hills, AZ; grandson Andrew Benjamin Call and his spouse AnaMaria and their newborn son Alexander Benjamin Call (who June was able to meet just prior to her death), Tempe, AZ; granddaughter Megan Emily Call, Tempe, AZ; and Patrick and Ellen Call, and grandsons Baxter Beatty Joseph Call and Fletcher George Quillan Call, Vashon, WA. Remembrances may be given in June’s name to the Vashon Fields Project c/o of the Vashon Parks District (17130 Vashon Highway Southwest, Vashon, WA 98070 or www.vashonparkdistrict.org).


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After losing two homes now, Mew is slowly adjusting to her new space at the shelter. Mew is looking for a new person who will help her regain the trust that she has lost in being abandoned. Once Mew lets down her guard, she enjoys being petted. She can steal your heart with her big green eyes. Mew would be best in a quiet home with adults. Mew came to VIPP on 12/20/11. Born 2009.

She has turned from a cat that acted totally feral into a friendly, social cat thanks to the dedication of our TLC volunteers. Dandy has beautiful golden locks which she keeps perfectly groomed. She gets along well with other cats. She is looking for an indoor home where she can feel safe and loved. — with Dandy.

Max is a Great Pyr/possible lab/Golden mix, 2 years old. Max was crated and neglected his whole young life and his muscles ar weak and atrophied from not being able to stand up in his tiny crate. He initially could not even stand up; now he stands and walks slowly. He is getting pool therapy and is expected to recover completely and be able to run and play like a normal two-year old dog. Max is a gentle, quiet and peaceful soul who gets along with everybody. He so needs and deserves a wonderful home. MAX is neutered, fully immunized and microchipped. If you would like to meet Max, contact Vashon Island Pet Protectors at 206-567-5222. There is a $125 adoption fee. Follow VIPP on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Vashon-Island-Pet-Protectors

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