HEALTH | Wellness project gets new life. Page 3 EDUCATION | How green can the new school be? Page 4 SPORTS | Girls b-ball wins first round of playoffs. Page 16
AN ICY JOURNEY VHS grad part of historic trip to Nome. Page 12
BIG SOUNDS Portage Fill works to protect its legacy. Page 11
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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2012
Vol. 57, No. 7
WSF project raises questions for PO boat If Pier 50 goes, where will the water taxi park? By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer
Bidding farewell to a country chapel The church has been shuttered for years. This week it comes down. By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD Staff Writer
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Joanna, Louis and Tim Jovanovich (top), a longtime parish family, take a look at St. Patrick’s shortly before it was demolished this week. Helen Brocard (above) ties a ribbon around a Cyprus tree that her godmother Helen Puz planted with seeds from Croatia.
For more than a decade, St. Patrick Church has been a darkened fixture on Maury Island — an increasingly dilapidated reminder of a bygone era of baptisms, bazaars, weddings, potlucks and other gatherings of the Catholic faithful that once took place in Dockton. Now, emptied of its statuary, stations of the cross and other sacred content, the rustic 1923 country chapel is about to be demolished, stirring memories and emotions for some longtime Islanders. According to Constance Walker, pastoral assistant at St. John Vianney Church, the building was beyond saving. “The foundation was rotten and infested with pests,” she said. “There
was asbestos, lead paint, the floor was completely rotten and the roof was leaking.” The historic house of worship was condemned in 2001, after a massive infestation of termite-like insects laid waste to its timbered foundation. At that time, only Saturday vigil masses were being held at the church — all other services were being held at St. John Vianney, which was built on nearly 60 acres purchased by the Archdiocese of Seattle in the 1950s in anticipation of a proposed bridge from the mainland to Vashon. The bridge was never built, of course, and the archdiocese eventually scrapped plans for a Catholic school and a convent next to St. John Vianney. But still, the more centrally located church became the parish seat when it opened in the mid-1960s. St. Patrick’s was relegated to the status of a mission until the building was condemned. And with the failure of a yearSEE CHURCH, 18
The King County Water Taxi may be forced to find a new place to dock in Seattle, should the state follow through with its plan to demolish Pier 50, where the boat currently pulls up. Joe McDermott, who represents Vashon on the Metropolitan King County Council, and others are fighting Washington State Ferries’ plan to destroy Pier 50 as part of a $210 million project to rebuild Colman Dock. Since 2009, the King County Ferry District has leased Pier 50, which sits
at the south end of Colman Dock, from the state. But according to current plans, when construction begins on the dock in mid-2015, the passenger-only water taxi — which has a dozen sailings a day from Vashon and West Seattle — as well as the Kingston SoundRunner passenger ferry, must find a new home. The public can comment on the plan through midMarch, and a public meeting for the project is planned for Thursday in Seattle. McDermott said he opposes the state’s plan because it makes the most sense for water taxi riders to get off at the Colman Dock. The streets around the dock are already designed for foot traffic since a large number of pedestrians SEE FERRY, 15
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Craig Harrold, left, and Erica Davidson, president of the Vashon PTSA, were among many who raised bid cards to purchase a spot at an Ian Moore concert during the organization’s annual auction last week. The Valentine-themed affair brought in roughly $60,000. See page 10 for more photos.
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The Vashon Community Wellness Project, which provides low-income Islanders access to health care services at discounted rates, is undergoing a revitalization by several people who believe the innovative program has been underused and can fill a vital need on the Island. Through the project, qualifying individuals can volunteer at one of several social service sites in the community and earn a volunteer stamp for every three hours of work. That stamp enables the individual or a family member to see a participating health care provider or obtain a service for 50 percent off the normal fee. Services covered span a wide spectrum and include doctor visits, acupuncture, chiropractic care, physical therapy and yoga as well as health-related products. The project was developed in 2005 by Diane Hillaire, a counselor, and Kim Curry, a licensed massage therapist, because of the variety of health care services they saw on the Island and their desire to make them available to the most people possible, regardless of their income level. But its use has been limited, Hillaire said, in large part, she believes, because not enough people have known about it. â€œThis project is something that could be a real benefit during these economic times,â€? Hillaire said. â€œI would like to see those services accessible to the entire community.â€?
Last fall, Vashonâ€™s Health Care Council, a group dedicated to meeting the health care needs of Islanders, invited Hillaire to speak about the project and was impressed. â€œThe program fits very nicely in the mission of the Health Care Council,â€? said Rick Skillman, who heads the group. â€œIt really fills a niche for us.â€? To that end, the group is helping with the revitalization efforts, Skillman said, working to get the word out and arranging meetings with some providers, including with Rita Cannell, the manager of the Vashon Health Center, which is now participating. Calling the addition of the clinic exciting news, Hilary Emmer, a member of the Health Care Council, said that Islanders with a Vashon Community Wellness Project stamp can now be seen at the clinic for $75, and the clinic will write off the rest of the cost of the visit. Each of the clinicâ€™s six providers has agreed to see one wellness project participant a month. Hillaire also said she is pleased to have the Vashon Health Center come aboard, as well as many other providers, including Dr. Chad Magnuson, Dr. Marcie Hamrick, naturopathic physicians Nicole Maxwell and Angela London, certified mediator Tim McTighe and Ayurvedic medicine practitioner Ronly Blau. â€œItâ€™s branching out in lots of ways,â€? Hillaire said. â€œNow we are at the place of how do we get the word out to people who can benefit.â€? The Health Care Council plans to
create fliers and posters advertising the project and hopes to install an informational bulletin board dedicated to the project at the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank. Communication is vital, Hillaire noted. Since the projectâ€™s beginning, she has seen two to three patients a month; other practitioners, she said, have seen far fewer. â€œThe reason is I tell them about it,â€? she said. â€œI donâ€™t think that everyone is promoting it at that level. â€Ś This really is a community project, and its success really depends on everyone involved promoting it.â€?
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School board weighs costs, options for energy efficiency at new school By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer
Last week the Vashon School Boardâ€™s five members showed sustainability was a priority for the new Vashon High School when they approved several green additions for the $47.7 million project. At the Thursday board meeting, Eric Gill, the school districtâ€™s capital projects manager, explained that the current high school design â€” completed under budget â€” is very energy efficient, exceeding the stateâ€™s strict energy codes by more than 20 percent. â€œJust meeting energy code is pretty good, so beating it by â€Ś 20 percent, weâ€™re doing pretty good. Iâ€™m really pleased that our baseline is there,â€? Gill said in an interview. With that in mind, the school board approved four time-sensitive additions to the high school design â€” two meant to improve energy efficiency and two for water conservation. In the coming months, the board will consider several other green improvements, deciding how to spend state funds, grant money and savings achieved in construction. Most significant last week was the boardâ€™s
4-1 approval of an air-to-water heat pump, a more efficient heating and cooling system that will replace a traditional gas boiler in the building plans. Board member Steve Ellison voted against the system, saying he thought the money could be better spent in other ways. Board members noted that the $250,000 system wonâ€™t save the district much in energy bills â€” about $4,500 a year â€” but will free the building from using fossil fuels and will have large implications for the high schoolâ€™s future. With a heat pump, unlike with a boiler, the building could eventually go â€œoff the grid,â€? or be powered entirely by solar energy. Though solar panels arenâ€™t currently included in the buildingâ€™s design, Gill said they could easily be installed at a later time. â€œItâ€™s energy efficiency that isnâ€™t going to save us a lot of dollars,â€? board member Laura Wishik said of the heat pump in an interview. â€œItâ€™s more of a philosophy that we really want to have that potential.â€? Wishik said she believes solar panels will become more affordable in the future, and a community group may even fund their installation at the high school.
the school board voted to build a school that didnâ€™t rely on fossil fuel and could eventually go off the grid. â€œIâ€™m glad they made the choice to take a stand that may cost a little more money in the short run, but is best for the environment and more most effective in the long run,â€? he said. Hennessey said the board would continue to weigh their options in the coming months, considering that some of the money for green options could go toward other improvements as well, or simply not be spent. â€œI donâ€™t want to be green just for the sake of being green; I want to save the district money where it is going to improve energy costs â€Ś or have other environmental imperatives,â€? he said. Hennessey said he thinks the community will be pleased at the energy efficiency of the new high school. Wishik agreed, but added that everyone has different opinions when it comes to spending money on conservation. â€œSome people will say we havenâ€™t gone far enough, and some people will think weâ€™re wasting money and have gone too far,â€? she said.
â€œI left that meeting thinking, â€˜Golly, weâ€™re all really hopeful people,â€™â€? she said. The board also approved $45,000 in additional insulation for the building, which is estimated to save the district about $900 a year in energy costs. Should the board eventually choose to add triple-pane windows and a daylight harvesting system as well, the design team estimates the district would save about $14,000 a year in energy costs and the building would exceed state energy code by more than 40 percent. At the meeting the board also approved two water-saving alternatives to be written into the buildingâ€™s plans. They unanimously went for an $18,000 rain garden and $125,000 rainwater harvesting cistern, meaning rainwater collected from the campus could be reused inside the building. Again, board members said the additions wouldnâ€™t save the district much but were environmentally important. â€œIf you consider weâ€™re reducing reliance on a scare water resources, it begins to look a lot more attractive,â€? said board member Bob Hennessey. â€œAnd we know the community values water conservation.â€? So far the board has chosen to fund the high school additions from about $2.6 million in state matching dollars not used in the baseline plans for the building. The district plans to also put some of that money in a contingency fund. Gill said additional alternatives laid out by the design team â€” which include several other energy- and water-saving options as well as aesthetic improvements to the campus â€” could be funded with grants or with savings achieved if contractorsâ€™ bids come in lower than expected. The district hopes to receive about $1 million in state energy grants and could sees as much as $211,000 in funding from Puget Sound Energy grants. Islander Steve Haworth, who teaches environmental politics at Cornish College of the Arts and has followed the new high schoolâ€™s design, said he was pleased to hear
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Consultants propose changes for ferry fare system NEWS BRIEFS By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer
A ferry fare study completed for the state last month recommended sweeping changes to Vashonâ€™s three ferry routes. Consultants with the Seattle-based Cedar River Group, asked by the Legislature to study the stateâ€™s current ferry fares and collection system, proposed that walk-ons and passengers ride free on Vashon routes. The draft study presented to lawmakers last month suggested that tickets instead be based on vehicle length, with drivers paying by Key lawmakers the foot and persay ferry routes haps using the will remain Good To Go! elecopen. See tronic tolling sysstory, page 20. tem. The proposed changes wouldnâ€™t take place any time soon â€” some are recommended for as far out as 2018. However, Vashon ferry advocates say that if the state does go with the consultantâ€™s ideas, the changes may be a hit to some Islanders. While carpoolers and walk-ons would likely celebrate the fare shift, other commuters could face significantly higher fares, they say, and a revamped fare collection system poses a lot of unknowns. â€œPeople on this Island are going to be shocked, and I would guess a lot of people will move,â€? said Greg Beardsley, head of Vashonâ€™s Ferry Advisory Committee. In the South Sound, where consultants
grouped Vashonâ€™s triangle route and the Point Defiance-Tahlequah route, all trips would have the same per-foot fare cost, a change consultants said would cut back on the number of separate fare categories. The study pointed out that about 25 percent more ferry riders use the triangle route east than west, a free ride that would be eliminated with the fare overhaul. With a simplified fare system, consultants also recommended the state eventually remove the tollbooths for Vashonâ€™s routes, replacing them with an electronic system that would measure vehicle lengths. Drivers would eventually pay using an account-based system or Good To Go! passes, which are currently used on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the SR 520 bridge. The consultants recommended similarly streamlined systems at routes across the ferry system. It would cost about $3 million to implement all of the changes. Kari Ulatoski, a Vashon ferry activist and a leader in the regionwide Ferry Community Partnership, said the draft study had some progressive ideas. However, she was skeptical whether the changes would pencil out for the cashstrapped ferry system. Ulatoski said itâ€™s not clear how much prices would change for Islanders, since on Vashon routes, free walk-on and passenger rides would be made up by higher fares for vehicles. Frequent rider passes would also be eliminated. â€œI think theyâ€™ve got to do a lot more research. I think for our routes and
Southworth, we need to see some numbers and see the economic viability,â€? she said. Beardsley also had mixed feelings on the report, and said he wished there had been more public input involved in the study. Beardsley said he had concerns about the idea of a computer selling tickets at the dock instead of a person and was worried that with a pay-by-the-foot system, the burden of high fares would fall on drivers of large vehicles. â€œWe have a lot of tradespeople who drive vans and trucks to work every day because they need to,â€? he said. Both Ulatoski and Beardsley said that although the Legislature requested the study with the hopes of improving its fare system, lawmakers are currently focused on finding a new source of funding for the ferries. They believe any fare changes will be addressed during a later session. â€œI think right now the revenue issue and boat construction issue are the priorities,â€? Beardsley said. A transportation package proposed by Gov. Chris Gregoire, which some lawmakers said would help save the stateâ€™s transportation budget, has failed to find tractions. Ulatoski, who has visited Olympia with a few other Vashon volunteers to lobby for ferry service, said lawmakers are now scrambling to find the funding needed to avoid deep cuts in WSF and assure new ferries can be built on schedule. â€œWeâ€™re really chewing our fingernails,â€? she said.
#BOL3PBEUPDMPTFGPSDVMWFSUSFQBJS A portion of Bank Road will close for three weeks beginning next week. The 9200 block of Bank Road, which is near where the road meets Beall Road, will close for construction from Tuesday, Feb. 21, to Monday, March 12. Jim Didricksen, a Vashon-based supervisor with the King County Roads Division, said the road is closing so that crews can replace an aging culvert. The culvert, an old-fashioned cement and rock arch, is beginning to fail, Didricksen said. â€œThe road has been sinking there because of that,â€? he said. The Roads Division will create a detour for drivers to follow during that time.
8IBMFTNBLFTFWFSBMBQQFBSBODFT Ann Stateler and Odin Lonning, who run a whale research project on Vashon, documented three visits by killer whales between Feb. 5 and 10, the pair reports. The sightings included 15 transient orcas in Colvos Passage on Feb. 5; â€œan intriguing combination of 13 southern resident orcasâ€? in East Passage on Feb. 9 and 10, and another collection of whales off of Point Robinson on Feb. 10, according to an email from Stateler. That second group may have included a newborn, she said, based on behavioral observations, the whalesâ€™ slow pace and reports from spotters for the Vashon Hydrophone Project (VHP), which Stateler and Lonning run. â€œA newborn would be noticeably smaller, with bright orange markings,â€? she said. Islanders who see whales are urged to call the VHP at 463-9041.
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Law enforcement cuts are a sorry sign of the times
By JANIE STARR
One of King Countyâ€™s highest-ranking law enforcement officers will visit Vashon on Tuesday to discuss the financial shortfalls his agency is facing. We donâ€™t know exactly what Chief Dep. Steve Strachan, second in command at the King County Sheriffâ€™s Office, will say when he attends the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting next week, but we know what the topic will likely be: Fewer deputies patrolling the Island. When it comes to law enforcement, Vashon has long been spared from the cuts the rest of unincorporated King County is experiencing by virtue of our ferry dependency. Itâ€™s not safe for a deputy to work alone; thus, while other parts of the county were forced to share, we continued to have two on at any given time. But in this time of shrinking government services, those days of two deputies â€” on duty on the Island, 24/7 â€” may be over. And if the scenario painted by a couple of deputies comes to pass, we may see very little coverage in the evening and nighttime hours on the Island in the foreseeable future. Islanders should turn out for this meeting and let Strachan know what a lack of nighttime patrols could mean on Vashon: Crimes of opportunity, such as break-ins at small retail shops; drunken driving, with no ramifications; more illegal drug use. The police presence already feels quite low on this Island. Were it to get even lower, we think the Islandâ€™s small yet constant criminal presence will likely grow worse. At the same time, it also seems important that we understand why this is happening. King County is not trying to stick it to Vashon. Rather, the sheriffâ€™s office, like every other branch of county and state government, is suffering from budget cuts â€” due to both the recession and votersâ€™ unwillingness to pay more in taxes. Consider the soda tax: Just two years ago, we refused to continue a tax on soda and candy because we didnâ€™t want to pay a few more cents for these items despite the fact that it would enable the county to continue needed services. These trends have taken a toll. And despite County Executive Dow Constantineâ€™s recent success at streamlining government, the county continues to face painful cuts. Itâ€™s important that Islanders advocate for themselves. We need to make sure that our unique situation â€” rural, isolated and ferry-dependent â€” is not forgotten in the halls of power over town. But we hope that weâ€™ll do so with decorum, a tone of civilChief Dep. Steve Strachan ity and an understanding of will give a presentation and answer written questions the bigger picture. In governrelated to the staffing of ment, as in so many things, deputies on the Island at the you get what you pay for, and VMICC meeting at 7 p.m. these days, voters donâ€™t want to Tuesday at McMurray Middle School. pay for much. Fewer deputies on the streets is just one of the See story on page 3. many casualties.
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it included some artists, individuals with disabilities and their families, people of different cultures and languages, teenagers, single parents and those living in isolation, whether or not they were struggling financially. During the interviews, we began to look beyond needs and to notice strengths â€” internal fortitude, perseverance, creativity, sense of humor â€” as well as skills. We dug deeper and began to appreciate the gifts they offer to our community if only we acknowledge them: volunteerism, family cohesion, commitment to living simply and compassion for those less fortunate. Being seen as an asset is a critical component of belonging. For those whoâ€™ve got a reserved seat at the table, it is sometimes difficult to relate to those who donâ€™t. It can be tempting to assume itâ€™s their fault rather than a circumstance of birth, socio-economics, language or age. It is easy to fall into the trap of assuming that weâ€™re an all-inclusive island when sometimes we are not. A few folks who initially agreed to be interviewed later demurred, expressing concerns about personal exposure and possible criticism, not sure the risk was worth their desire to help others understand some of the common threads that bind, as well as the dissonance that leads to discord and rejection. Still, if any place has the potential to be all-out welcoming, itâ€™s here on Vashon. Juli and I are grateful for each story told, regardless of whether it ended up on these pages. We have been inspired
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As Juli Morser and I bring â€œOn the Vergeâ€? to a close, I want to share some impressions about our experience. It all started one day at Kelly Chevalierâ€™s spin class, when a fellow cyclist told me about a book I had to read, a riches-to-rags memoir by a homeless man in Bremerton. She handed me her copy before I could fabricate a reason to refuse. Thanksgiving 2010 was approaching, and I wanted to immerse myself in gratitude not guilt, so I let it languish a while. When I finally got around to reading â€œBreakfast at Sallyâ€™s,â€? I knew Iâ€™d found the catalyst Iâ€™d been seeking to engage the community in a conversation about economic disparity and personal isolation, as well as to highlight the critical work of the Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness (IFCH). I was gratified by how many Islanders participated in reading and discussing the book and its implications for the ways we address homelessness and homeless prevention locally. Vashon Bookshop hosted the author, Richard LeMieux, to a standingroom-only crowd, and at one point the library had
more than 140 people on a wait list. Welcome Vashon and Sustainable Vashon became strong supporters of efforts to keep the conversation going beyond the scope of the book, along with input from some creative Islanders, including Jeanne Dougherty, Karen Biondo, Kirsten Gagnaire and Dan Kaufman. As a result of those exchanges, Juli and I committed to write this series for The Beachcomber, based on interviews with Islanders we described as â€œliving on the verge.â€? We initially focused on people in economic distress, unemployed or underemployed, food bank clients and Vashon HouseHold dwellers. We wrote about their needs and the social services that had helped them. Our goal was to highlight stories that might touch us and remind us that a sense of belonging can be as elusive as a consistent paycheck. We began to expand our thinking about what it means to live on the verge and realized that
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by individual courage and selflessness. We were startled by some negative comments we received about people profiled and have tried to learn from them. We have valued the many positive remarks from readers, friends, acquaintances and strangers stopping us on the street, at CafĂŠ Luna, in Thriftway, to thank us for bringing them closer to people they would not have known. More than anything we have been brought to tears by our storytellersâ€™ feedback, especially those who said the articles had changed the way Island neighbors respond to them, truly engaging and including them for the first time. Now, we are moving on to a new project. Weâ€™re putting together a chapbook based on these profiles as well as other writings from folks whoâ€™ve experienced life on the verge. If youâ€™ve got a story to tell, let us know and we will help you tell it, whether through poetry, essay, art or additional interviews. We will put the word out through Vashonâ€™s various grapevines when our booklet is ready for market. Proceeds from sales will go to IFCH, so please consider buying us out. The table is set, and everyone is welcome, because on Vashon, we all belong. â€” Janie Starr is a writer, activist and co-founder of Welcome Vashon. To join Janie Starr and Juli Morser in their next project, contact Starr at starrboogie@ earthink.net. To get involved with Welcome Vashon, go to www. welcomevashon.org. To donate or volunteer with IFCH, check out www.vashonifch.com.
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Messed up on Valentineâ€™s Day, guys? Itâ€™s not too late to make amends So Valentineâ€™s Day is over (by a few hours), and youâ€™ve flubbed up. Either you forgot it entirely, or you showed up with a handful of wilted flowers and a box of cheap candy. And she either moped around making little sighing noises, or she gave it to you head-on. Of course, you apologized and made some lame excuse. Either way, youâ€™re in the dog house â€” or so you think now. Itâ€™s time to get crafty and act like that was all part of the plan â€” and hereâ€™s how you do it. This is going to require some acting skills (beyond those needed for a lame excuse), accurate timing and a little brainpower. I know the brainpower thing might be tough, but think of it this way: Thinking is
HUMOR By GREG WESSEL exercise, and exercise makes you stronger. To quote Woody Allen, your brain is your second favorite organ, so use it or lose it. First, make a dinner reservation for tonight at a local restaurant. Tell her they were full on the 14th, hence the reason for the delay. Sheâ€™ll assume that your invitation is an apology, but sheâ€™ll be happy for the distraction so sheâ€™ll
accept. Arrange to meet her there at a specific time. Then get into high gear and do these things: 1. Ditch those clothes youâ€™ve been wearing for the last 10 years, especially that old plaid coat because it is sooooo 70s. Better yet, burn them. Your dog will appreciate having fewer fleas in the house. 2. Stop by Northwest Sports and pick out some new clothes. Note that â€œnewâ€? includes nothing from a secondhand shop. What she has always wanted, and never expected to get, is a complete makeover of YOU, and that is exactly what you are going to give her! Sheâ€™ll think sheâ€™s dating someone completely new, and youâ€™ll be surprised where that takes you (if you donâ€™t dwell on the
ramifications). When you you canâ€™t bring yourself to are looking for a style to shop for cologne, go get emulate, donâ€™t look at other some vanilla at the groVashon men and figure cery, because itâ€™s the most youâ€™re doing pretty darn attractive natural scent. good. We are not good role If they donâ€™t have vanilla, models. Remember that get some packaged cookie dark colors look formal dough and wear a wad and hide wine stains, as behind your ear. If your well as other dirt, so in partner is gabby, put the the future wad inside you can go your ear. As 5PRVPUF8PPEZ for months it warms, it "MMFO ZPVSCSBJO between will smell JTZPVSTFDPOE washings. of vanilla. 3. Donâ€™t GBWPSJUFPSHBO TP Vanilla ice cream doesnâ€™t forget new VTFJUPSMPTFJU work as well; shoes, socks I learned this and underthe hard way. wear. Use the opportunity to get rid of any socks and 5. Before you go, take a underwear that have holes good bath and clean your so big you canâ€™t tell which fingernails. Remember to are the proper ones. take the tags off your new 4. Get yourself some real garments and remove all inspection slips from the cologne. Avoid scents with pockets. names like â€œChainsaw.â€? If
6. Just before you leave the house, part your hair, brush off any errant wood chips, and make the dog move to the back of the truck. If there are any flowering plants in your neighborâ€™s yard, grab a bouquet. Make sure they are not wilted. Provided youâ€™ve chosen the correct restaurant, or one she can endure, youâ€™ll be on your way to a post-Valentine romantic evening neither of you will ever forget unless you have too much wine. If instead thatâ€™s the plan, give her the car keys as soon as you get there, because the sheriff already has enough problems. â€” Greg Wessel is a humor writer, geologist and King County employee.
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Can you recommend a more aggressive listing agent for me? Iâ€™ve had the house on the market for over a year with no offers and very few showings. My agent keeps telling me I have to drop the price and that just wonâ€™t work for me. I know what I need to get out of the place and I just need to fi nd someone who can get it for me.
Iâ€™ve addressed this in the past but this sort of question just keeps coming up. There is nothing wrong with your listing broker. Itâ€™s all about price. You have to keep in mind that virtually all buyers have to get a loan to buy a home and the lender will do an appraisal. If your house doesnâ€™t appraise for what youâ€™re trying to sell it for, the buyer wonâ€™t be able to buy it. You will have to lower the price to match the appraisal. You can ask for a second appraisal and pay for it, but that may not result in a better outcome. These days, more than ever before, the appraisers control the price. If they canâ€™t find comparable sales that support that price you and the buyer are stuck. Many brokers wonâ€™t waste their time showing seriously over priced homes. Particularly if they represent the buyer, they want to find that buyer a fair deal. Over paying doesnâ€™t serve that purpose. The price is never set by what the seller â€œneedsâ€? to get out of the sale. Itâ€™s set by what a â€œready, willing and ableâ€? buyer is willing to pay. Add to that: what an appraiser can support for the lender. This is never good news for sellers, but our market has continued to slip, particularly in the lowest price ranges, and you need to stay ahead of that, not a year behind it. Ask your broker to give you the comparables that an appraiser would probably be using for your home. It will be a real wake up call. Then re-list with this hard working broker at a lower price.
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FOR PETS Fix-a-Cat Month: Vashon Island Pet Protectors and Fair Isle Animal Clinic have teamed up to oďŹ€er 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 Labor of Love: Vashon Communty Careâ€™s annual online auction ends at noon today. Islanders are invited are to bid on items made or performed by other Islanders. See www.laboroďŹ‚ove.org for more information. Baby Story Time: Babies 3 to 21 months can enjoy stories and songs with a caregiver. 10 a.m. at the Vashon Library. Vashon Solar: Vashon Solar LLC is hosting several round table discussions this month about the community solar project at The Harbor School. The last two will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at Minglement and Friday, Feb. 24, at a private home. For that meeting call Gib Dammann at 919-3546 for time and location. Harbor School Open House: Learn about the private school, which serves kids in grades four to eight. RSVP to the school at 567-5955. For more information, see www.harborschool.org. 7 p.m. at the school, 15920 Vashon Hwy. S.W. The Great Washington State Birding Trail â€” Puget Loop: Mapmaker Christi Norman will talk aboaut the adventure of mapping and describing the stateâ€™s diverse areas, including birding sites, birds, birders, local beers and
byways. This event was postponed because of last monthâ€™s snow. Free. 7 p.m. at the Land Trust Building, 10014 S.W. Bank Rd.
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.
'3*%":t Chautauqua Preschool Early Interest Wait List: The last day to get names on the Chautauqua preschool list is today. 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 463-2882.
4"563%":t 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.
46/%":t Unitarian Fellowship: Rev. Elizabeth Stevens will lead a service that explores the controversy and issues surrounding marriage equality. 9:30 a.m. at Lewis Hall behind Burton Community Church. Senior Center Potluck: Bringing together old friends, new friends and food. 2 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center on Bank Road. Opera Preview: Norm Hollingshead will speak on â€œOrphee et Euridiceâ€? by Christoph Willibald Gluck, the operatic retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Euridice. The Seattle Opera is performing the show and has not done so in more than 20 years. 2 p.m. at the Vashon Library. Community Cinema: The next ďŹ lm is â€œMore Than A Monthâ€? by Shukree Hassan Tilghman, an African American ďŹ lmmaker, who goes on a cross-country campaign
PUBLIC MEETINGS King County Airport District #1: Commissioners: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at Courthouse Square. Vashon Sewer District Board of Commissioners: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Vashon Senior Center. Vashon-Maury Island Community Council: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at McMurray Middle School. Vashon Island School District School Board: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at McMurray Middle School.
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The Descendents: Ends Feb. 16 War Horse: Plays Feb. 17 to Feb. 23 Hugo: Opens Feb. 24 See www.vashontheatre. com for show times or call
to end Black History Month. A discussion question will be if black history should be taught separately from American history. Emma Amiad will moderate the post-ďŹ lm discussion. Free. 3 to 5 p.m. at the Ober Park performance room.
56&4%":t Vashon Quilt Guild: The program will include information about photo quilts and the block of the month project. For further information, call June Langland at 463-5850. 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church. Medicare Seminar: Advantage Insurance BeneďŹ ts will host this free seminar, which will include information for people who are turning 65 or are new to Medicare. There will be information on Medicare supplemental plans, Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug plans. Call Shirley or Jesse Van Nostrand at 550-7010 for more information. 10 a.m. at the Eagles Hall, 18134 S.W Vashon Hwy. The Monkey and the Crocodile: The Mary Shaver Marionettes will share this tale set in a tropical rainforest in Thailand. Drawing from her youth in Asian countries, the puppeteer will weave a charming and funny performance. 11 a.m. at the Vashon Library. Stories from Days Gone By: Arlene Schade will read advice for marrying or not, medical advice and seven ways to cook a potato in 1866. 12:30 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center on Bank Road. American Legion: All veterans are welcome for dinner and a meeting. Contact Adjutant LoAnne Forschmiedt at 463-2208 for information. 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. meeting at the Vashon Eagles. Vashon-Maury Island Communtiy Council: Chief Deputy Steve Strachan of the King County SheriďŹ€â€™s OďŹƒce will give a presentation and answer written questions related to the staďŹƒng of oďŹƒcers on the Island. In addition, a representative from Vashon Community Care will talk about their facility, plans and fund raising. Kyle Cruver, who has been approved by the board, will be introduced, and a vote will be taken to place him on the VMICC board. The budget for the council will also be discussed. 7 p.m. Tuesday at McMurray Middle School.
The Vashon Running Club will host an â€œugly sweaterâ€? community fun run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Island Center Forest. Participants in the 5K(-ish) run/walk should gather at the 188th Street parking entrance to the forest. Following the run, there will be hot beverages and a contest for the ugliest sweater with prizes to be awarded. Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to attend. There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to make a cash donation to support the Vashon Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness. For more information, visit the Vashon Running Clubâ€™s Facebook page. Above, the runners and walkers who participated in the clubâ€™s Jingle-Jangle-Jingle Bell Run in December pose for a photo. That run brought in donations of more than $250 and several toys for the Kiwanis Toy Drive.
UPCOMING Author Reading: Vashon poet Ann Spiers will read from her new collection, â€œWhat Rain Does.â€? Call 463-2616 for more information. 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Vashon Bookshop. Weekend Book Club: The February selection has changed from the previously mentioned â€œWolf Hallâ€? to â€œThe Book Thiefâ€? by Markus Zusak. New members are welcome. For more information, call Nancy Paul at 567-5606. 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at a home near town. All Island Forum: Explore Vashon in an interactive forum to explore, â€œVashon: What really matters to you?â€? Share ideas about the character and future of Vashon and the essential characteristics of a Vashon worth working for. Organizers are hoping for wide reaching community participation as people hone their skills at listening and expressing their opinions and begin to build a process through which more nuanced and consensual decisions can be made about matters that aďŹ€ect the lsland as a whole. 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, at the Open Space for Arts & Community.
CLASSES Ceramics for Senior Citizens: Steve Roache of Aruba Tileworks will teach how to make small free-form sculptures and tiles. Call the senior center for more information at 463-5173. 9:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Vashon Senior Center. 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 proďŹ cient swimmers.
The course is 30 hours long and provides a two-year certiďŹ cation. 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 at the Vashon Fiber Arts and Textile Collective. 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 ďŹ‚ower hair accessories with Mary Shemata. The cost is $15 per day, with a $5 materials fee on Tuesday. Contact the collective at 408-7170 to register. 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, Feb. 21 to 24, at the collective in the former home of Books by the Way. Starbreak for Winter Break: Starbreak will open its door to kids ages 4 to 9 for a winter break camp. The cost is $40 per day. Contact Dan Cullinan at starbreak@ centurytel.net or 463-6277 for more information. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m Tuesday through Thursday, Feb.
21 to 23, at the school, 20106 81st Ave. S.W. Lelavisionâ€™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 welcome, if participating fully in the class. The cost is $30. Reserve a space by sending a check to: Lelavision, 22608 111th Ave. S.W., or email firstname.lastname@example.org. 12:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Feb. 20, 22 and 24, at the Lelavision studio. Making Sausage: Students will learn to make three or four variations of sausage from Sea Breeze Farm pastured pork and will take home the fruit of their labor, 4 to 5 pounds of sausage. The cost is $190 and includes lunch. Email email@example.com, or call 463-6328 for details. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 18 or 25. Kathy Abascalâ€™s Anti InďŹ‚ammatory Diet: Abascal will teach her popular ďŹ ve-week course that helps reduce inďŹ‚ammation, a common problem in many diseases. It will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesdays beginning Feb. 22, at Vashon College. For new students, the fee is $155, which includes books. For repeat students, the fee CONTINUED, NEXT PAGE
70*$&0'7"4)0/57t)*()-*()54 VoV TV is found on Comcast Channel 21. Most VoV TV shows are produced by Islanders. If youâ€™ve created a video program of any kind, contact Susan McCabe at 463-0301 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Get the scoop on Green Santa and other twisted takes on the holidays with the Church of Great Rain. Wednesday and Monday, 10 p.m. As we wallow in presidential politics. take ďŹ ve minutes to catch up with Washington Stateâ€™s legislature on â€œ34th District Legislative Updates.â€? The complete VoV TV Schedule is available at voiceofvashon.org.
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is $105. Two online classes will also begin, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Feb. 21, and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Sundays, beginning Feb. 26. The fees are $180 for new students, and $125 for returning students. Register for all classes at www.toquietinďŹ‚ammation.com. Delta Dogs: Learn how to be a Pet Partner team. Email Kathy Farner for more information at email@example.com. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Chautauqua. Yoga Nidra: Jennifer Cabanero will teach the class, which uses relaxation, aďŹƒrmation, pranayama, visualization and other techniques that bring awareness of the body, breath and mind. To register, send a check payable to Island Yoga Center, P.O. Box 2062, or drop it oďŹ€ in the red mailbox by the front door. For more information, call 463-2058 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $30. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at Island Yoga Center. Elements of Video Production: Learn to make your own TV show in this class taught by video
professionals Richard Montague and James Culbertson. The cost is $125; register online at www. vashonparkdistrict.org. 7 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 27 to April 2, at the Voice of Vashon studio. Vashon Allied Arts: Space is still available in the Oil Painting Intensive with Pam Ingalls, which meets 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 2; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4. Intro to Encaustics will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, March 11 and 18. Kids Clay, where kids can create handbuilt vessels and sculptures and experiment with surface design, meets from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, March 14 through April 4. Complete class schedule, registration and scholarship information is available at www. VashonAlliedArts.org or by calling 463-5131. Kabbalah 101 â€” Understanding the Mystical Tree of Life: All are welcome to receive Kabbalah wisdom and techniques for spiritual healing, enhanced intimacy, abundance, inner joy and purpose in life. No prior Kabbalah
knowledge is needed. Rabbi Alyjah Navy facilitates. The cost is $40. 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Vashon Intuitive Arts. English as a Second Language: Learn how to speak, read and write in English. Free weekly lessons, beginning to intermediate level, are taught by an ESL instructor. During the class, homework tutoring is available in the library for elementary and middle school students of ESL families. 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Vashon Library. Zumba: Zumba Fitness classes, which combine Latin and international music, meet weekly. Dari HaďŹƒe teaches from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and Sara Van Fleet teaches from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, all at the Dance Academy. For details, prices and additional classes, see www. vashonzumba.com. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): The next eight-week training will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays, beginning March 16. Email certvashon@ yahoo.com for more information or to register.
Register now for Vashon 101 at Vashon College Vashon College will offer its signature course, Vashon 101: A Journey Just Begun, from March 13 to April 17. This six-session survey course examines the Vashon story from multiple viewpoints presented by a faculty of experts in their respective fields: Joe Meeker, Kevin Freeman, Tom DeVries, Bianca Perla, Bruce Haulman and Alice Larson. The course facilitator will be George Butler. The course will cover Vashonâ€™s culture, social science and demographics that give insight into the past, present and future of the Island and its population. Classes will meet from 7 to 9 p.m.
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Tuesdays at the JT Sheffield Building. Tuition is $150 and includes all course materials and the book, â€œImages of America: Vashon-Maury Islandâ€? by Bruce Haulman and Jean Cammon Findlay. Class size is limited to 30 students. Applications will be accepted on a firstcome, first-served basis. Registration is open now. Applications are available online at www.vashoncollege.org or at the Vashon Library, Vashon Pharmacy, CafĂŠ Luna, Minglement and other locations around town. For additional information, call Pamn Aspiri at 313-5895.
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These sixth-graders competed in a Math Is Cool competition earlier this month, where they finished fourth in a field of eight exceptionally good teams, according to coach Mark Ripley. McMurray competes in the small school division of the Seattle region. The three teams that placed ahead of McMurray will advance to the state contest where they, most likely, will again take the top three spots. The names of the competitors are, left to right, in the front row, Sasha Elenko, Max Gross Shader, Nicholas Parrot, Sam Briggs, Ryan Weller, Liesl Bogaard, Amelia Wilke, Grace Derrer, and in the back row, Ethan Danielsen, Cian Scheer, Noah Edmonds, Maijah Sanson-Frey, Adri Yarkin, Hayley Ridgeway and Iris Sackman. Not pictured are Javid Nguyen and Christian White.
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The PTSAâ€™s fundraising gala, â€œAn Auction Affair: For the Love of Education,â€? was a success, according to Jackie Merrill, who organized Saturdayâ€™s event at the Vashon Golf & Swim Club. The Valentine-themed event brought in roughly $60,000, including $16,000 during the Raise the Paddle portion of the night, which will go to help fund the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program at the public schools. The auction, earlier this year than in years past and at a smaller venue, was a standing-room-only event, with 175 tickets sold. Two notable bidding wars took place â€” the first one over the very first item in the live auction, when emcees Kevin Joyce and Martha Enson auctioned off a chocolate cake by chef Lisa Cyra. The cake was sold for $500 and then eaten on the spot. Later in the evening, a table made by Nancy Herringtonâ€™s second-grade class garnered $1,300 in a hard-fought contest that went to Julie Gibson and her family. Merrill noted that 25 percent of the auction patrons were from West Seattle and helped the PTSA reach its goal for the night. â€œThey were huge contributors,â€? Merrill said.
Martha Enson entertained as she emceed with her husband Kevin Joyce.
Marie Pottinger laughs as emcee Kevin Joyce teases her about the size of her family.
Tami Brockway Joyce holds up a table made by second-grade children that fetched $1,300.
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Jody Metzger, principal at Chautauqua Elementary School, celebrates after successfully bidding on an item.
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OCCUPY LUNA CONTINUES: An exhibit about the Occupy Movement, curated by Islander March Twisdale, will continue throughout February at CafĂŠ Luna. Twisdale said the exhibit is changing on a weekly basis, with new content added to help inspire Islanders to get involved in the movement.
Preserving the big sounds of a big band
Portage Fill embarks on a project to keep its music intact By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer
The Portage Fill Big Band has amassed quite a following over its 37 years of gigs on Vashon, in Ocean Shores, at the Quinault Lodge and elsewhere. Itâ€™s also amassed a lot of paper. Now, this home-grown band with a passion for the big sounds of jazz and swing is holding a fundraiser â€” one of its first â€” to come up with the money to digitally archive its reams of music. Each chart, as the individual song sheets are called, averages two pages. And each member of the 18-piece band gets his or her own chart. Multiply those 18 charts by the 350 songs in its repertoire and by the number of pages for each chart, and Lou Engels, one of the groupâ€™s founders, estimates the band is lugging around nearly
A girl dances while the Portage Fill Big Band performs at Strawberry Festival two years ago. 7,000 sheets of paper to its performances. If any of that music were to get lost or destroyed, he said, â€œIt would be expensive to replace, if you even could replace it.â€? So Saturday night, theyâ€™re asking fans to turn out for a performance at the Red Bike, with a cover charge of $5. Itâ€™ll be an opportunity not only to boogie to the bandâ€™s big sound, said Karen Eliason, the bandâ€™s baritone sax player, but also â€œcontrib-
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ute to keeping Vashonâ€™s Portage Fill playing that music in the future.â€? The Portage Fill is a beloved institution on the Island, drawing hundreds of Islanders to its outdoor concerts at Strawberry Festival and other events. And while its roots are modest â€” it started out as a quartet playing in Engelsâ€™ living room at his home at Portage â€” members know thereâ€™s something remarkable about the Portage Fill. â€œItâ€™s a rare community that has a band of this caliber,â€? Engels said. The ensemble includes a few professionals â€” band director Tony Willing, trumpet player Richard Person and singers Maggie Laird â€” as well as several Islanders who play in other bands. Every seat is currently filled, and the joke among them is that someone has to die for
a spot to open up. Indeed, one performer did just that: Dick Thorlaksen, a legendary trombonist who performed with the band, played a remarkable riff at a concert at Chautauqua Elementary School in the late 1980s, sat down and died, Engels recalled. â€œHe just blew his socks off,â€? Engels said. Engels, 72, is the only one of the founders still playing in the band. And last week, he took a break from his duties at Engelsâ€™ Repair & Towing to recall the bandâ€™s colorful history. The Portage Fill has gotten some great gigs over the years, playing, for instance, at the Olympic Hotel for Charles Lovekinâ€™s motherâ€™s 90th birthday, he said. For years, they played New Yearâ€™s Eve at the Quinault Lodge on the Olympic Peninsula, while a friend
The Heronâ€™s Nest, Vashon Allied Artsâ€™ retail outlet for fine art and handcrafted items made by local and regional artists, has a new manager and will soon have a new look. Itâ€™s a new start for the shop, which has existed for almost 25 years in various locations. For the past dozen or so years, The Heronâ€™s Nest has been housed in downtown Vashon, in the Wallflower Building. Recently, after an extensive search, VAA hired Ellen Parker as the consignment shopâ€™s new manager. Parker will replace George Wright, who has worked for
Vashon Allied Arts in many capacities over the years, as both a volunteer and staff member. She managed the Heronâ€™s Nest for the past five years. VAA officials said Parker was hired for her extensive background in local arts and craftsrelated retail, as well as the creative business world. She formerly worked at Giraffe. Before that, she spent 20 years in the corporate world as a print and project manager for a graphic design firm. She and her husband, composer and musician Jason Staczek, live on Vashon with their 6-yearold daughter Ivy.â€?
The third installment of Burlesco Notturno, a burlesque series at Open Space for Arts & Community, will take place at 8 p.m. Saturday. This time around, the show is dubbed â€œCircoâ€? and will feature the talents of aerialist Terry Crane and acrobat and juggler Romeo Valentino. Burlesque stars Randi Rascal and Bunny Monroe will add more heat to the spicy mix, and French jazz will come from Bric-a-brac, a group that plays weekly at The Pink Door in Seattle. As always, UMO and Open Space founders Janet McAlpin and David Godsey will have a hand in the proceedings, appearing as the infamous emcee Mme. X and her lawyer. Tickets to the show, which is for ages 21 and older, are $20 and can be purchased at the Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com.
1PFUSZBUUIF3PBTUFSJF of the band â€” Bob Haworth of Kingston Trio fame â€” played in the lounge next door. These days, they practice about once a month at Williams Heating, a business trumpet player Dennis Williams owns. Engels believes itâ€™s the quality of the musicians as well as their rich repertoire that has made this group such an Island treasure. He rattled off the names of the jazz greats he loves â€” Duke Ellington, Bennie Goodman, Count Basie. Eliason agrees. â€œThe repertoire is fantastic. Itâ€™s an amazing period of time, and the music is interesting,â€? she said. The Portage Fill will play an all-ages show from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Red Bike.
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Ellen Parker will manage The Heronâ€™s Nest.
â€œMy family is a family of artists, and I know we have found our niche here on Vashon,â€? Parker said. Parker added that she is excited to take the helm at the Heronâ€™s Nest and meet more local artists. â€œIf you are an artist and have yet to share your work by consigning at Heronâ€™s Nest, weâ€™d love to hear from you,â€? she said. According to VAA, the Heronâ€™s Nest will be closed from Feb. 5 until March 1 for a store facelift and reorganization. A grand re-opening is planned for the First Friday gallery cruise scheduled for March 2.
An evening of poetry and spoken word by six Vashon poets and four visiting writers will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Island CoďŹ€ee Roasterie. The theme of the evening is water. The roster of writers includes Chris Shorne, Gigi Frazier, Casey Tonnelly, Elaina M. Ellis, Johnnie R. Pratt, Julie Shannon, Jennifer Lynx, John Heaviside, Debra Thompson Harvey and Love Moore. Visiting writers will come from the Bent Writing Institute, which is described by event organizers as â€œthe ďŹ rst and only queer writing institute in the country.â€?
.FBEFFYQMPSFTHFOJVT Author and mythologist Michael Meade will once again bring his trademark mix of storytelling, poetry and discussion to Vashon at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Vashon Methodist Church. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered in advance at www. mosaicvoices.org. Meade will present an evening with the theme of â€œFinding Genius in Your Life,â€? leading audiences on an exploration of the original idea of genius â€” the natural spirit, inner qualities and unique gifts of a person.
(FUSFBEZGPS0TDBS/JHIU Vashon Film Society will host its 15th annual Oscar Night at Vashon Theatre starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26. The annual party is a chance to Islanders to come to the theater wearing their pajamas or outrageous Hollywood-themed costumes and join together in watching the Academy Awards ceremony unfold on the big screen. As usual, there will be limo rides, paparazzi photos, costume contests, a dinner catered by The Hardware Store Restaurant, desserts and beverages at the event. This yearâ€™s hosts are SteďŹ€on Moody, Craig Sutherland and Fiona Hope, who will not necessarily appear as themselves. Regular admission is $10 for all ages; a $30 package includes extras such as dinner, drinks and limo rides. Get tickets at the theater box oďŹƒce, Vashon Bookshop and www. brownpapertickets.com. Proceeds will go to Vashon Film Societyâ€™s scholarship program.
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Islander part of Coast Guard crew that made historic trip to Alaska By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer
Avery Weston joined the U.S. Coast Guard because he was hoping to embark on a life of adventure â€” where the thrill came not from military missions but humanitarian ones. A year after graduating from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., he got a taste of what he was looking for. Weston, a 2006 graduate of Vashon High School, was assigned to the cutter Healy upon completion of his four-year stint at the academy. As a result, the freshly minted lieutenant found himself on a historic mission, part of the crew that made a 254day trip that included an 300-mile journey across the frozen Bering Sea to get muchneeded oil to residents of ice-bound Nome, Alaska. The nineday mission â€” cutting a path through the ice so that a Russianflagged oil tanker could make its way to Avery Weston aboard the the small Healy.
coastal city â€” garnered headlines along the way. It was the first time fuel had been delivered to a western Alaska community by sea in the winter. The crew returned to Seattle, where the Healy is based, to a heroâ€™s welcome on Feb. 5. Last week, Weston sat in the living room of his family home on Ridge Road, grinning as he recalled the thrill of the journey. â€œI enjoyed the whole experience,â€? he said. â€œTowards the end,â€? he added, â€œI was up on the bridge, driving this 420-foot behemoth through ice that was six feet deep.â€? Like the rest of the crew, Weston, an engineer and one of 16 officers on the ship, assumed heâ€™d be home for Christmas when the Healy set sail on May 27. The mission he was on was a scientific one centered around marine and arctic research â€” mapping the Continental Shelf, analyzing currents and studying copepods, small, shrimp-like creatures, on a journey that would take the crew close to the North Pole. Meanwhile, however, another drama was unfolding in the northern Pacific, after the tanker slated to make the last oil delivery of the year to Nome couldnâ€™t get there because of a severe winter storm. The city was close to depleting its supply, and various options â€” flying the oil in, for instance â€” were discarded because of logistical difficulties. And so on Dec. 15 the crew got the call that the Healy, the only polar icebreaker in the U.S. fleet, had another job to do â€”
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The Healy escorted the Renda through ice that was 10-feet thick in places. breaking through ice six to 10 feet thick in places so that the Russian-flagged Renda could get oil to Nome. It took an act of Congress to allow the Healy to undertake the mission. The Jones Act says foreign-flagged vessels canâ€™t transport cargo between U.S. ports, which is exactly what the Healy was going to enable the Renda to do. Congress had to vote to allow an exception, Weston said. Ultimately, the Healy departed from Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands on Jan. 3 to cut a swath to Nome. Itâ€™s not easy to spend several days on an icebreaker, especially when itâ€™s actually breaking ice, Weston said. The ship vibrates constantly, and the noise never lets up. The precision of the assignment was also nerve-rattling. Several times, he said, the path the Healy cleared for the Renda would close up around the tanker, and the Healy would have to turn around and do it again, running perilously close to a tanker with a million gallons of oil on board.
â€œThey get stuck five times a day,â€? he recalled. â€œThere was one day when we made negative distance.â€? Westonâ€™s role was one of student engineer, he said. But he also had a second assignment â€” morale officer â€” a job that required him to come up with creative ways to keep spirits up among the 84-member crew during a trip that put morale to the test. Weston organized indoor soccer games, barbecues on the flight deck and what he called a â€œbig Monte Carlo event,â€? replete with a roulette table. Though long and arduous, the 254-day journey was also beautiful, he said. He saw the Northern Lights countless times; pods of whales often surfaced nearby; a snowy owl sat on the shipâ€™s bow for an entire day. To Weston, it was exactly what he had hoped he was signing up for when he headed off to the Coast Guard Academy. â€œIt was the experience of a lifetime,â€? he said.
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get off the car ferry there as well, he noted. Whatâ€™s more, he said, itâ€™s in the heart of downtown and home to several bus connections. â€œItâ€™s mandatory that we have a (passenger-only) dock somewhere in the downtown core,â€? McDermott said. â€œIt strikes me as making imminent sense.â€? McDermott, who chairs the board that oversees the ferry district, is concerned it will be difficult for the county to secure a new spot for the water taxi, and a new location could be far away from where commuters want to be. â€œReal estate (at the waterfront) is pretty tight,â€? he said. â€œWe would certainly work to find something, but it makes more sense to provide it there.â€? Nicole McIntosh, WSFâ€™s terminal design engineering manager, said in an email that the wood at Colman Dock is aging and due to be replaced by a new concrete structure. At the same time, WSF plans to reconfigure the dock layout for greater efficiency and safety at the terminal, where ferries from Bainbridge Island and Bremerton unload. McIntosh said car vehicle currently located at the north end of the dock will be relocated to the south end, meaning Pier 50 will have to go. Vashonâ€™s water taxi buzzed with the news of the plan last week, but commuters reached by The Beachcomber had mixed feelings about the plan. â€œIt doesnâ€™t cause me worry,â€? said Mike Sudduth, who works for the county at an office in Pioneer Square. â€œIâ€™m sure theyâ€™re not going to eliminate a place for us to depart and arrive; it will just be located
The King County Ferry District will have to find a new place to park its two water taxis, the Rachel Marie and the Melissa Ann, if the state follows through on its plan for Colman Dock. elsewhere.â€? Craig Beles, an arbitrator who also has an office at Pioneer square, said heâ€™s enjoyed the short walk from the water taxi for years and has seen the service threatened more than once. â€œIâ€™m not dead set against moving the (passenger-only) ferry dock, as long as thereâ€™s an alternative that doesnâ€™t move it very far,â€? he said. Joseph Bogaard, who often takes the water taxi and rides his bike to his office on lower Queen Anne, agreed, but added that a lot of people will be in trouble if the county cannot secure a new downtown location for the boat. â€œIn some ways it would call into question
a downtown destination for the water taxi altogether,â€? Bogaard said. â€œItâ€™s certainly cause for concern for a whole lot of people who use that to get to and from work and home. At this point it seems like there are more questions than answers.â€? David Moseley, head of WSF, said in an email that the county has been aware of a possible Colman Dock project since last year and that WSF has been in talks with county officials for the past few months. He said King County and other agencies interested in passenger-only ferry service to downtown should consider where the best location for their terminal would be, and WSF would be happy to listen to their ideas.
â€œThere are number of potential locations along the waterfront,â€? he said in the email. â€œIf passenger-only operators/agencies would like to talk with us about space in or around Colman Dock, we have committed to them that we will be happy to have those discussions.â€? McDermott said he has written letters to WSF on behalf of the ferry district, is in talks with state officials about his concerns and is working with the Port of Kingston as well as other communities that have expressed interest in their own passenger ferries. He hopes that if enough commuters and stakeholders ask for Pier 50 to stay, the state will reconsider its plans. Kari Ulatoski, a longtime ferry advocate for Vashon, is also worried and is working to rally people to fight the stateâ€™s plan. She has sent out several emails to alert commuters, has been answering questions about the plan and is encouraging water taxi riders to attend Thursdayâ€™s public meeting in Seattle or send feedback to WSF. â€œIt seem as though King County, the (state Department of Transportation) and WSF need to get on the same page,â€? she said. â€œSomehow people arenâ€™t talking to each other as stakeholders and are leaving it up to public outcry.â€? The public can comment on the Colman Dock project through March 15. To comment, visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/ ColmanDock, email FaulknE@wsdot.wa.gov or mail comments to Washington State Ferries, Attention: Marsha Tolon, 2901 3rd Avenue, Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98121. Washing State Ferries will hold a public meeting on the project Thursday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Puget Sound Regional Council board room, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, in Seattle.
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Pirate wrestlers get set for state
Vashon girls basketball wins first-round playoff game
By CHERYL PRUETT
By GARY MEANS
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Vashon High School wrestlers had a strong showing at last Saturdayâ€™s regional tournament at Bellevue Christian High School, where the team finished third overall and qualified seven wrestlers for the state tournament. Unfortunately three Vashon wrestlers who qualified for regionals were unable to compete. The remaining 10 athletes amassed enough points for the team to finish third out of nine at the tournament. The top three wrestlers in each weight class moved on to the state, which will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Once again, Vashon was dominant in the heavier weight classes, finishing the day with three champions, two second-place finishers, two third-place awards and one fourth. The Pirates will send seven to state and one as an alternate. Sophomore Trevor Figgins and senior Kevin Thomas both battled through exceptionally tough brackets and came up just short of making the trip to state. Wrestling in the 285-pound weight class and losing a heartbreaking final match was Joey DiFabio, who will be the teamâ€™s alternate to state. A third-place finish went to Shane Armstrong, who wrestled and lost to teammate Elliot Ellingsen early in the bracket, then came back with two crushing victories over opponents from Bellevue Christian and Nooksack Valley. Joe Coller had the best day of his short wrestling career, bouncing back from a loss in an early round to take two â€” beating his Cascade Christian nemesis in a nail-biter, 5-4.
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Pirate senior Elliot Ellingsen maintains control of Cascade Christianâ€™s Kevin Zettel on the way to a pin and the 170-pound regional championship and a berth to state. Wrestling in the finals of the 220pound weight class were teammates Robert â€œBeastonâ€? Easton and A.J. Sawyer. No matter who won, they would go both on to state. Beaston emerged victorious, winning by pin. Senior Elliot Ellingsen ended the day at the top of the podium for the 170pound weight class. Preston Morris, 185 pounds, wrestled the best he has all season and was dominant in all his matches. Louis Jovanovich rounded out the crew headed to state by taking second place in the 285-pound class. Head coaches Anders and Per-Lars Blomgren said they were pleased with the results and are looking forward to next weekâ€™s action. Anders pointed out that the wrestlers won 14 of the final 19 matches of the day, 11 of them by pin.
â€œSurely a result of hard work and conditioning,â€? he said. In girls wrestling action, Vashon sent two talented grapplers to the massive regional tournament at Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup. Sophomore Rachael Thomas pinned last yearâ€™s seventh-place finisher at state, but finished her season just short of qualifying for the state tournament. Senior Julie Wilson had another great showing, wrestling five grueling matches during the day. Her last match was for fifth place and advancement to the state tournament. Facing Ana Meza from Mount Tahoma for the second time that day, Wilson turned the tables and won the rematch, and will represent Vashon next weekend at the Tacoma Dome. â€” Cheryl Pruett is the mother of a middle school wrestler.
Tuesday, Feb. 7, marked the last regular season game and Senior Night as the Pirate girls basketball team brought down the Chimacum Cowboys. Two days later the team took another victory over University Prep in a nailbiting playoff game. The first and third quarters of Tuesdayâ€™s season finale featured the teamâ€™s five seniors: Charlotte Kehoe, Rachel Hoffman, Mariya Munsey, Kelsey Abella and Shannon Slater. And the seniors did not disappoint, posting a 24-9 lead as the first quarter ended. By halftime Vashon opened a 40-14 advantage as the Pirates sailed to a 70-32 win. Kehoe led the Pirates with 17 points, and Vashon seniors accounted for 43 points on the evening as Hoffman (10), Abella (8), Slater (6) and Munsey (2) all added to the tally. Vashonâ€™s win over Chimacum, coupled with two Life Christian losses the previous week, paved the way for the Pirates to post a third-place Nisqually League tie with Life Christian. The two teams split the head-to-head meetings during the regular season, so a coin flip (which the Pirates lost) was used to slot the Pirates as the No. 4 seed from District 3 in the
tri-district playoffs. For the first time in five seasons, Vashon did not host a firstround playoff game. Instead Vashon traveled to Seattle on Saturday to take on the District 2â€™s No. 3 seed, the University Prep Pumas, in a loser-out first round contest. This game was marked by a difference in styles, with the Pumas staying in a fullcourt press while the Pirates slowed the pace, sticking to half-court pressure on defense and methodical play on offense. The game, played in front of an enthusiastic University Prep crowd, remained close through the first half, with neither team opening a substantial lead. The half ended with the Pirates sporting a 2-point advantage, 18-16. In the third quarter the score again stayed close. With the Pirates up by 3 and time running out, Koenig scored her only points of the evening, hitting a key buzzer-beater from 14 feet to give the Pirates their largest lead of the evening, 28-23. Vashon extended the lead to 7 in the fourth quarter, but a resilient Puma squad struck for 7 unanswered points of their own to tie the game. The two teams were deadlocked at 32 to end regulation play. A tense overtime followed, as each team scored a single basket over the first
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three-and-a-half minutes. Regaining possession with 29 seconds left, the Pirates worked the clock to under six seconds. Quig fed the ball to Kehoe, who was double-teamed midway up the left side of the lane. The Pirate post managed to turn into the key and deliver, hitting what proved to be the game winner. The Pumas could only manage a desperation shot as time expired. Vashon advanced to the second round of playoffs with a final score of 36-34. Vashon scoring was again led by Kehoe (16), Quig (11) and Hoffman (7) with Koenig adding 2 points. The Pirates took on their Nisqually League foe, Cascade Christian, on Tuesday after press deadline. Win or lose, the Pirates are guaranteed a playoff game on Thursday. Check the high school website for location and tip-off information. â€” Gary Means is the assistant coach of the girls basketball team.
Boys basketball makes playoffs, falls to Meridian High By BRIAN BRENNO For The Beachcomber
The Vashon boys basketball team ended regular season play on Tuesday, Feb. 7, with a 60-55 Senior Night win against Chimacum. Seniors Dan Lofland, Dylan Basurto, Jesse Hazzard, Torin Perret and Alex Vanderpool, along with their parents and families, were honored before the home game. The Pirates started scoring early, with Lofland hitting a 3-point shot in the first quarter. He had three more 3-pointers and ended the night with 17 points. Hazzard and Owen Brenno each scored 2 points, and Ben Whitaker had 4. Jessie Norton hit a
Pirate coach Andy Sears and the Vashon bench celebrate in sharp contrast to coach Jim Eldridge and the Chimacum bench, background, when Vashon grabs a rebound with 1.4 seconds left on the clock to preserve a 4-point lead. 3-pointer at the buzzer, and the Pirates led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter,
Whitaker had a great steal then a put-back and scored 8 of his team-leading 19 points. Norton scored 8 of
his 13 on the night, two of them 3-pointers. At half the Pirates were ahead, 39-26. Chimacum snuck back in the third quarter with only Lofland and Whitaker scoring 8 points each, and Chimacum came within 6 points of Vashon. In the fourth quarter Hazzard scored on a sweet layup, Basurto scored 2 and Lofland and Whitaker each scored as well. While Chimacum out-scored the Pirates in the fourth quarter, the Pirates prevailed in the end, winning 60-55. The victory secured a fifthplace Nisqually League standing for Vashon and a playoff game. On Thursday the Pirates traveled to the Bellingham
area and played Meridian High School in a loserout game where the winner would qualify for the tri-district playoffs. The Pirates lost, 66-37. Hazzard had a good night, distributing the ball and leading scoring with 11 points. Lofland, Whitaker and Norton each scored 6 points, Brenno scored 4, and Basurto and Vanderpool each scored 2. Vashon was rattled by the Meridian defensive scheme. The Pirates never got into a scoring rhythm and lost the rebounding battle. â€” Brian Brenno is the father of a Vashon basketball player.
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a childhood in the 1930s and 40s that was in many ways funeral there, and two of my children were baptized in that church. My sister was married there.â€? centered around the small church. Puz came to Vashon from Croatia in 1919, when she was 10 â€œWe never worked on Sundays, no matter how desperate CONTINUED FROM 1 we were to pick the berries, so we always looked forward years old, and remembers when the church was built in what was then a thriving community of Croatian immigrants. to going to church. It was very full long effort in 2007 to raise funds for a restoration of St. for Mass â€” just about everybody in Many of the immigrants had arrived Patrickâ€™s, led by St. John Vianneyâ€™s late pastor, Rev. Richard Dockton was Catholic, except for a to work in the shipbuilding and repair i0OFPGNZGPOEFTUNFNPSJFT Roach, the tiny churchâ€™s fate was sealed. which boomed on Dockton couple of stray Norwegians,â€? she said XBTXIFOXFXFOUUPDBUFDIJTN industry, Last week, on a rainy morning, workers contracted by the with a laugh. around the turn of the century. Archdiocese of Seattle arrived with a bright orange excavaUIFSF BOEXFHPUNBSNBMBEF Puz recalled lively bazaars held by Brocard had come to the demotor to begin the process of tearing down the church â€” the lition site to mark a Cyprus tree the ladies at the church and raucous BOEQFBOVUCVUUFSTBOEXJDIFTPO first step of which was to remove asbestos and make sure behind the church that had been church-sponsored spaghetti dinners 8POEFS#SFBEw that attracted Catholics and non-Caththat underground oil tanks had not leaked into the sur- planted by her godmother Helen rounding soil. )FMFO#SPDBSE olics alike from all over the Island. Puz, an Islander who is one of the One of the big draws of the dinners, â€œThey are doing a good job to keep everyone safe,â€? last surviving charter members of St. she said, was a chance to drink wine. Walker said, adding that the archdiocese would be in Patrickâ€™s. The tree, which workers plan to spare during the â€œAll the Croatians made wine, so every family was asked charge of any environmental cleanup work deemed neces- demolition, had grown from seeds Puz gathered in 1970 on sary on the site. the grounds of a village church in Croatia, Brocard said. to donate a jug of wine and a chicken,â€? she said. Bags of As the workers tore away the front steps of the church, The tree was later blessed by a priest and dedicated to all groceries, donated by Dockton Store owner and pillar of the church Theodore Berry, were also raffled off at the events. neighbors and former parishioners arrived one by one to the Croatians who helped build St. Patrickâ€™s. Both Puz and Brocard also remember the arrival of a group bear witness to the proceedings. Puz, 99, reached by phone, said she was sad to hear the of nuns that visited the Island each summer from Tacoma. Helen Brocard, an Islander in her 70s who remembers church was being torn down. â€œThey stayed all summer long in a beach cottage and having her first communion at the church, was one of those â€œI have many wonderful memories of the church,â€? she seemed to enjoy the break from Tacoma,â€? Brocard said. standing in the rain outside the structure, lost in memo- said. â€œI had my first communion there, and I was married ries. Brocard, whose family ran a berry farm, remembers in the church in 1936. My dad died in 1933 and we had the â€œOne of my fondest memories was when we went to catechism there, and we got marmalade and peanut butter sandwiches on Wonder Bread. My mother always made bread, so getting Wonder Bread was special.â€? Other Islanders have more recent memories of the church, originally a wooden structure that was sided with bricks and augmented with a belltower in 1950. Chris Jovanovich, who moved to the Island 28 years ago with her Catholic Church husband Tim and has raised seven children here, recalled Vashon Island All-Merciful Saviour the 13 years the family lived near and attended the church St. John Vianney Unitarian Fellowship Orthodox Monastery Massâ€“Saturdays at 5:00 pm in Dockton. Community, Diversity, Freedom of Belief, 9933 SW 268th St. (south of Dockton) Enrichment of Spirit Sundays 8:00am and 10:30am â€œIt was a pretty cool thing â€” the church was a big draw SUNDAYS: DIVINE LITURGY 10:00 am Sunday Services at 9:45 am (Septâ€“June) Pastor: Rev. Marc Powell for us,â€? said Jovanovich, a parishioner. â€œOur kids used to Followed by Potluck Religious Exploration for toddlersâ€“8th Grade 16100 115th Avenue SW, Celebrating 2000 years of Orthodox Christianity ring the bell, and we have a lot of good memories. Itâ€™s the Lewis Hall Vashon WA 98070 Call for a schedule weekday and Holy Day services. (Behind Burton Community Church) end of an era, and thatâ€™s why weâ€™re really sad. The whole office 567-4149 rectory 567-5736 23905 Vashon Hwy SW 463-5918 chapter has closed.â€? www.stjohnvianneyvashon.com Info: www.vashonuu.orgr463-4775 www.vashonmonks.com Walker said St. John Vianney staff and volunteers have worked hard to make sure that the memories of the church Episcopal Church Burton Community Church Puget Sound Zen Center are preserved. of the Holy Spirit Above KVI Beach ALL ARE WELCOME â€œThe whole process has been really respectful of the hisin the Mann Studio. The Rev Canon Carla Valentine Pryne INSPIRATION not Indoctrination! torical significance and what the first Catholic church on Sundays â€“ 7:45 am & 10:15 am Sitting Meditation: Worship 11 am the Island has meant to Catholics here,â€? she said. Church School & Religious Exploration Mon. â€“ Fri. 6:30 â€“ 7:30am, Rev. Bruce Chittick, Pastor 9:00am Wed. 7:00 â€“ 8:30pm. Walker worked with a team of volunteers to track down Maggie Laird Child Care All Welcome! families who had donated statuary and other items to the Mid-week Eucharist, Wednesdayâ€“12:30pm Pianist/Choir Director church so that they could be returned. 463-4332 15420 Vashon Hwy SW 567-4488 www.pszen.org 463-9977 www.holyspiritvashon.org Brocard retrieved a statue of St. Joseph that her family had given to the church, and another Islander, Marcia Horswill, said she was glad to receive something her family Bethel Church Vashon Friends Vashon Lutheran Church had donated â€” the large crucifix that hung above the altar. 18623 Vashon Hwy. SW (1/2 mile south of Vashon) 14736 Bethel Lane SW Worship Group St. Patrickâ€™s baptismal font went to Arlene Parks, the only (Corner of SW 148th St. Childrenâ€™s Hour 10:30 am (Sept.- June) (Quakers) grandchild of church founder Theodore Berry. and 119th Ave. SW) Holy Communion Worship 10:30 am 10 am Meeting for Silent Worship 9am Sunday Bible School The churchâ€™s tabernacle, a box for holding the Eucharist Pastors: Rev. Bjoern E. Meinhardt 10am Worship in membersâ€™ homes. Rev. Jeff Larson, Ph.D., vm: 206-463-6359 that is placed on the churchâ€™s altar, will be on display in a Followed by coffee fellowship www.vashonluthernchurch.org/JeffLarson/JeffLarson.htm Call for Location AWANA Thurs 6:00pm Sept-May case at St. John Vianneyâ€™s vestibule. 463-2655 567-5279 463-9552 The churchâ€™s bell, which was originally used in Docktonâ€™s Office phone 567-4255 e-mail: email@example.com shipyard to call workers, has also found a place of honor in the community â€” it was recently hung in Dockton Park as Vashon Island Vashon United Methodist Church Havurat Ee Shalom part of the installation of the Dockton Historical Trail. 17928 Vashon Hwy SW Serving the spiritual, social and Community Church Now, the last step in the process â€” the sale by the arch(one block south of downtown) intellectual needs of Vashonâ€™s Worship Service 10:00 am Pastor: Rev. Dr. Kathryn Morse diocese of the six and a quarter acres of property where Jewish Community (Childrenâ€™s Church for Sunday Service & Sunday School the church sits â€” will be initiated as soon as demolition preschoolâ€“5th graders) 9:30 am Saturday Services 10:00 a.m. Office Phone 463-3940 and cleanup is completed. The property includes a rental 15401 Westside Hwy SW Youth Class 11:30 a.m. Pastors: PO Box 89, Vashon, WA 98070 Office open Mon.â€“Thurs. 9 a.m. â€“ 12 noon house once used as a rectory and three water shares. A sizFrank Davis and Mike Ivaska 463-9804 463-1399 able portion of the proceeds will go to St. John Vianney, 9318 SW Cemetery Road www.vashonmethodist.org www.vashonhavurah.org www.VICC4Life.com Walker said. firstname.lastname@example.org For her part, Chris Jovanovich said she hopes the Archdiocese will find a buyer who will use the property in a Centro Familiar Cristiano Vashon Presbyterian Calvary Full Gospel way that is respectful of the past, and suggested that the site Pastor: Edwin Alvarado Church Church at Lisabeula would be ideal for a hospice or Catholic cemetery. Ubicados En Bethel Church Worship 10am Worship 10:30 am & 7:00 pm â€œThis is holy ground,â€? she said. 14726 Bethel Lane SW
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,FFT7BOEFS1VUUFO Kees Vander Putten was born on Vashon on Oct. 17, 1980, and lived on the Island until he was 9. At the age of 20, he had an accident that left him quadriplegic. Despite his physical limitations, Mr. Vander Putten was patient, positive and enjoyed his life as a computer artist. Mr. Vander Putten suffered increasingly complicated heath issues which led to his death on Christmas Day, 2011. He was able to die surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his mother Suzanne Downs
(Bill Graham), father Ken (Kathy) Vander Putten, siblings Leanne (Charles) Morris, Al (Emily) Graham, Samantha Vander Putten and Michael Vander Putten, grandparents Mike and Johanna Vander Putten, nieces Asha and Opal and nephews Fin and Kai. At Mr. Vander Puttenâ€™s request, a celebration of life party is scheduled for March 10 in North Seattle. For more information, email email@example.com.
(FPSHF)VNQISFZT George Edward Humphreys, 87, died at his home on Vashon surrounded by family on Feb. 8. Mr. Humphreys was born Sept. 29, 1924, in Dayton, Wash., to Lester and Mary Louise (Anderson) Humphreys. He and his siblings, Bob, Glen and Judy, all attended West Seattle High School. Mr. Humphreys graduated in 1942. After graduation,
he joined the Navy during WWII and was in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Humphreys studied accounting and worked as a master shop electrician IBEW Local 46. On Jan. 1, 1949, he married the love of his life, Joy Murray, and they had five children: Zoe Anne, Merle Lynn, Abbie Gail, Ward Murray and Vance Moffit. He had five grandchildren: Graham, Raven, Caitlin, Kimberly and Victor. There will be no service at his request. Visit his online guest book at www.islandfuneral.com.
Jan. 24: An individual trespassed on the 2900 block of 129th Place, possibly to look at a teenage girl. Feb. 3: Gas was siphoned from a vehicle on the 13000 block of Bachelor Road. Feb. 4: A chainsaw and gas can were stolen from an unlocked shed on the 11200 block of 98th Avenue. Feb. 5: A driver pulled over near 178th Street had a revoked license and expired tabs and had meth and pipes in the vehicle. Both occupants had tools for prowling and stealing gas.
7BTIPOHBSOFSTHSBOUUPQVSTVFHMPCBMMJUFSBUVSF Vashon has received a $1,000 grant to help students and teachers use global literature to build a deeper understanding about the world and develop several literature-based projects for both the classroom and the community, according to Merna Hecht, an educator involved in the effort. The project has enabled teachers at the three public schools and The Harbor School to purchase books â€” from memoirs to fiction â€” that explore themes of forced migrations, war and
poverty around the globe, she said. Now, she and others involved in the project want to bring Islanders into the classroom who have worked in some sort of service capacity abroad to speak about their experiences. Those interested should contact Hecht via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The acquisition of the books and the projects theyâ€™re spawning, she added, could â€œmake the world a little more humane.â€?
Jan. 20: A mailbox on the 16300 block of 91st Avenue was packed with snow. Jan. 21: A driver pulled over at the intersection of Vashon Highway and 177th Street was driving under the influence.
Mary Viola Friedman Van Volsem June 12, 1932 â€“ February 2, 2012 Mary Viola Friedman Van Volsem, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, went home Thursday, February 2, 2012, at the age of 79. She died peacefully, with her family by her side, at her home in Lakebay, WA. She will be sorely missed. Mary was born June 12, 1932, to Lawrence Aloysius Friedman and Christie Mabel McEachern (Baun) Friedman in Mountain Home, ID. She grew up there with her two brothers, CliďŹ€ord Baun and Gene Friedman, and two sisters, Helen Friedman Ward and Donna Rose Friedman Michaels. On June 22, 1949, she married Roger Ernest Van Volsem in Mountain Home. They were married 56 years and were living in Gig Harbor, WA, when Roger passed away in 2005. Together they raised four daughters, and their life was very busy, involving many moves to new places and much closeness as a young family. Mary was so young when she became a mother that her older girls still recall her playfulness and innocence while they were children. Mary worked in the library in Mountain Home, and her girls have many fond memories of being permitted to sit in the childrenâ€™s section where she worked, with access to all those books! Mary herself was an avid reader, something that she passed along to all of her daughters. She also enjoyed crocheting and made beautiful blankets for her grandchildren. In her later years, she worked as a teller in a bank in Tacoma, WA, where she was a favorite with her customers. She loved her little dog, Gracie, who has gone to live with Christine. Mary is survived by her daughters, Christine Mary Van Volsem and her husband, Charles, of Vashon, WA; Barbara Romine of Santa Ana, CA; Cathrine Lynn Frombach and her husband, Don, of Vashon, WA; and Joanne Lisa Johnston and her husband, Dean, of Lakebay, WA. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Brandi Sloane, with whom she was especially close, along with a total of 12 grandchildren, who will miss her greatly. There are also 19 great-grandchildren who survive her. Maryâ€™s sister Donna is still living and resides with her husband, Charles (Mike) Michaels, in Idaho. She was preceded in death by her husband, father, mother, two brothers, one sister and a niece. No service is planned. The family would especially like to thank Vic, Nadia, and Deena at Bethany Adult Family Home in Tacoma, WA, along with the rest of the staďŹ€. The daughters also want to acknowledge Group Health Hospice, thanking them for all of their help, as well as many others who were so kind. They would also like to thank Father Bailey of St. Nicholas Church for his services.
June 8, 1958 - February 1, 2012
ill Nicoll, a former resident of Vashon Island and a fixture in the US Ski Industry for more than 30 years, died on February 1st at his home in Huntsville, Utah at the age of 53. Bill was born in New Rochelle, NY on June 8, 1958. He graduated from Pocono Mountain High School in 1976 and Dickinson College in 1980. His love of skiing began on the slopes of Camelback Mountain in Pennsylvania. He married his high school sweet heart, Deb on December 26th 1981. Bill worked in the ski industry for a variety of wintersports companies such as Rossignol, Head and Nordica, where each of these companies prospered during his tenure. He relocated to Vashon from Vermont with his wife Deborah and their young family in 1997 after K2 Skis recruited him to be their Director of Sales. They resided on Maury for a decade before Bill left K2 to become the Vice President of Salomon USA in Utah. During his residency on Vashon, Bill and his family were fixtures in the community and developed many lifelong friends on the Island. Bill was actively involved in the youth sports programs on the island, coaching his two sons in a variety of sports throughout their school careers. In addition to his love of skiing, Bill was an avid sailor, golfer, history buff and occasional professional pool lounger with friends and family at the Vashon Country Club. Bill will be remembered not only as a successful businessman and friend, but a committed husband and father who prioritized family over everything else. While his occupation required him to travel to some of the most beautiful places in the world promoting and selling his favorite outdoor sport, skiing, his dedication to his family was always paramount. Bill was a friend to many, and his warm and friendly disposition was only surpassed by his contagious smile and positive attitude towards everything in life. He was a man of the highest character and was the type of friend everyone hopes to have â€“ honest, trustworthy, loyal, dependable, easy going and most of all, fun to be around. Bill is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deborah, along with their two sons, Tyler and Christopher. Bill is also survived by his parents Kenneth and Joan Nicoll, and his siblings, Deborah Bendl, James Nicoll and Douglas (Amey) Nicoll and several nieces and nephews. A memorial service has been scheduled for Friday, March 23 at Snowbasin Resort in Utah. Donations in remembrance of Bill can be made to the Nicoll Family Educational Fund c/o Mark Taylor 809 N. Yacht Club Drive, Eden, Utah 84310.
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State ferry routes wonâ€™t be axed, according to two key lawmakers By SCOTT PANITZ WNPA Olympia News Bureau
The state Legislature will find the money needed to keep all state ferry routes open, Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen (D-Camano Island), chairwoman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said last week. Since early January, state officials have said that up to five ferry routes could be eliminated if no new revenue source for the ferry system is found. But Haugen, a veteran lawmaker representing a ferry-served district, said such a scenario wonâ€™t become reality any time soon. â€œPeople get uptight because the governor and the Department of Transportation said if we donâ€™t (find new revenue) then weâ€™re going to cut all these ferry routes,â€? said Haugen. â€œWeâ€™re not going to cut all these ferry routes.â€? Haugen and her counterpart in the House
Transportation Committee, Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Mercer Island), say they are working on a revenue package that would keep all the ferries running at an acceptable capacity until a larger, more sustainable package can be instituted. One revenue package that is not being counted on, however, is Gov. Chris Gregoireâ€™s oil barrel fee, which she announced during her State of the State address in early January. The governor proposed the $3.7 billion revenue package as a way to help solve the stateâ€™s massive projected transportation deficit, which includes a $1.3 billion shortfall for ferry operations over the next 10 years. Clibborn said that while the bill â€” HB 2660 â€” was passed out of her committee, it did so in a watered down form and isnâ€™t likely to advance. â€œRelying on that doesnâ€™t feel like the only
John Anthony Roncevich John Anthony Roncevich, 85. John was born February 25, 1926 to Antone and Mande (Krilich) Roncevich, in Dockton, Washington; he was the loving only son of five children. John and his sisters grew up on the family farm where they grew many types of berries. He passed away, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Bellevue, Washington after a long and painful illness. John was a 1944 graduate of Vashon High School. John went into the Army June 4, 1944, at the age of 18. He was in the 743rd Tank Battalion in France, Belgium Holland and Germany. He was wounded on the Rhine River during WWII and was decorated by General George Patton at The Battle of the Bulge in 1944. When General Patton pinned on his Silver Star he said â€œDamn Fine Soldier.â€? John was also wounded and taken prisoner in Korea and was wounded again in Viet Nam. John also received a Bronze star in Korea and two Bronze stars for valor in Viet Nam. John received three Purple Hearts for the injuries he sustained. John was a soldier he loved his country and showed respect to the American Flag. John was often stopped and saluted when he wore his Purple Heart hat out in the community. He retired from the Army August 31, 1966. Johnâ€™s sisters remember him commenting and wondering how and why he survived while so many others perished. He suffered from PTSD and was bothered by his war memories him at the end of his life. In his civilian life he worked and retired from the county roads department. He also taught at the University of Washington in the ROTC program. He married Dorothy Buroker in 1989 and she preceded him in death in 2011. John was preceded in death by his parents Antone and Mande, his sister and brother-in-law Goldie and Tom Egness, his nephew Steven John Reifers and his brother-in-law Jack Spaulding. He is survived by sisters, Olga Spaulding of Des Moines, Katie Reifers of Bellevue and Maryann (Jim) Long of Huntington Beach, California, and many nieces and nephews. John had many friends and had recently become reacquainted with and old friend Jackie Sneed, she and his sister Katie had been dedicated caregivers. Memorials in Johnâ€™s name can be made to the VFW 2826/American Legion 159, P.O. Box 2891, Vashon, WA 98070 or to the charity of your choice. A viewing and display of Johnâ€™s military memorabilia will be held at 9am on Wednesday February 15, 2012 in the Island Funeral Service Chapel. At 11:30 am all will gather and process to the Vashon Cemetery for a graveside service with full military honors. A reception will follow at Island Funeral Service. Please visit our online guest book at www.islandfuneral.com.
thing that we should be doing,â€? she said. â€œWhen you look at the needs of the budget, ferries are a very small piece, but they are critical.â€? Haugen agreed, indicating that the Senate considers its version of Gregoireâ€™s oil barrel fee, SB 6455, to be a tax that would require a supermajority of 66 percent to pass. She denounced it as â€œdead.â€? David Moseley, who heads the state ferry system, called the oil-barrel fee a â€œsolutionâ€? to the ferry systemâ€™s financial woes in January. He now appears to be taking a wait-and-see approach to the new package. â€œItâ€™s obviously substantially less, and how much of that would be for the ferries division we may not know until the budget is finally dealt with,â€? he said. Moseley said that the ferry system operating budget for the current biennium is around $475 million with $310 million of that covered through fare-collection and the rest covered by transfers from other transportation accounts. The money available from those accounts is set to drop significantly with the impending expiration of the 2003 Nickel Funding package, combined with a high need for road maintenance. The forms of the revenue packages differ, but they serve to accomplish the same thing: increasing certain licensing fees to raise money for state transportation accounts, including ferry operations and capital. Clibbornâ€™s version is bound up in just one bill, HB 2053, which was passed out of the House at the end of last yearâ€™s regular session but ran out of time in the Senate. It would contain about 14 different fees including driversâ€™ license fees, dealer fees and title registration fees. Currently sitting in the House Rules Committee, that iteration of the bill would
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raise around $55 million this year for the stateâ€™s transportation accounts and more than twice that for the next two biennia. Clibborn said she plans to bolster that version of the bill and increase the amount of revenue it will provide with some additional fees. Both lawmakers said that, unless they are amended substantially, the bills in the package should provide enough money to sustain ferry operations until the end of the next biennium in 2015. A second 144-car ferry, which would be partially bonded, according to Haugen, would also be in the works. Building that second ferry within the next biennium, Clibborn said, would save the state millions of dollars since the infrastructure for the first one remains intact and can be recycled. While Clibborn is optimistic, she is also realistic. â€œIn the end, we have to reconcile the two packages,â€? she said. â€œSay that, as they move along, somebody amends those bills, or somebody amends my bill, and something gets taken out because people donâ€™t like it, then I will have less revenue. I canâ€™t really say exactly where the revenue will be until we get all done with both bills in our place and her (Haugenâ€™s) place and then we sit down.â€? â€œWeâ€™re not closing any roads in this state,â€? said Haugen, who has represented Camano and Whidbey islands in the legislature since 1982. â€œIf weâ€™re going to close down a ferry route, weâ€™re going to close down a state route somewhere on the mainland, because ... ferries are (part of our highway system).â€? Clibborn said her proposal should hit the floor around Feb. 16, along with her House Transportation Budget.
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Quiet & park-like setting near shops & restaurants! New gas fireplace, carpet & paint, one-level ground floor unit. MLS #319346 X JUST LISTED! $189,000
Custom home on forest-stewardship land; hydronic heat, built-ins, fabulous master, media room, garage, big shop. MLS #246490 X OFFERED AT $575,000
Sunny Westside home has pine floors, wood stove, hot tub on the deck! Barn, garage, abundant garden space. MLS #306230 X NEW PRICE! $369,000
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4 bdrmÂ‹2 bathÂ‹9.89 AC
Big farmhouse, sunny pasture, woods & fruit trees near Dockton Park! New hardwood floors, new appliances. Just needs a bit of finishing-terrific buy! MLS #276872 $363,500
3 bdrmÂ‹1.75 bathÂ‹View
Take in a panorama of Sound and mountains from this sophisticated, sunny contemporary! Open design, chefâ€™s kitchen, & views from almost every room! MLS #293328 $525,000
Great views! Recreation beach lot, level parking area, the perfect place to have fun! MLS #274764 $65,000
3 bdrmÂ‹2.75 bathÂ‹View!
City/Sound/Mountain views! Light-filled Northend home near ferries, vaulted ceilings, big view deck, complete lower level living area! Fenced yard & pond. MLS #306234 $289,000
LOW price! Turn-of-the-century fixer zoned Neighborhood Business has two bonus rooms, bay windows. Kitchen overlooks sunny back yard & garden space. MLS #308905 $159,900
Deb Deb Cain Cain (206) (206) 930-5650 930-5650 Ishan Ishan Dillon Dillon (206) (206) 355-4100 355-4100 Leslie Leslie Ferriel Ferriel (206) (206) 235-3731 235-3731 Crist Crist Granum Granum (206) (206) 419-3661 419-3661
Pristine woods with a private well already in place. Mid-isle, not far from anything! MLS#291871 $99,000
2 bdrmÂ‹1.5 bathÂ‹50â€™ WF
Expansive Sound views & beach just outside your door! Centrally located waterfront, open living room w/pellet stove, wrap-around deck, walk-in basement. MLS #290501 $268,000
Susan Susan Lofland Lofland (206) (206) 999-6470 999-6470 Phil Phil McClure McClure (206) (206) 696-1800 696-1800
3 bdrmÂ‹2 bathÂ‹9.47 AC
Wildly beautiful! Pond, stream, big trees, ravine, near town AND ferries! Well is in, 5 bdrm septic installed in 2003. Live in the mfd home while you build! MLS #305522 $239,500
3 bdrmÂ‹1 bathÂ‹.21 AC
Ultra-convenient location! Spic-and-span rambler in a friendly neighborhood near town & schools has attached garage, private back yard. Move-in ready! MLS #286250 $214,000
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February 15, 2012 edition of the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber