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Walk down Vashon’s main street, and one sees signs of a struggling retail landscape. Four storefronts — Heather’s Homegrown, the former site of Island Quilter, Movie Magic and Zoomie’s — are currently vacant. Just outside of the retail core, Dr. Sjardo Steneker’s former clinic has a for sale sign on it. Further south, in Burton, Island restarauteurs Troy Kindred and Marie Browne are about to end their stint as owners of the Quartermaster Inn. And last week, Beng-Imm Low, owner of the Vashon Tea Shop, said she plans to shutter her shop at the end of March, though Chamber of she continues to commerce hope she’ll find considers a a buyer by then. new name Her tiny outfor Vashon’s let — a sweetbiggest ly appointed festival. cafe adjacent See story, to the Vashon page 5. Bookshop — has been on the market since last August. Vashon’s retail center is hardly a sea of boarded-up storefronts. But to those who have lived and worked on Vashon for several years, the number of empty storefronts seems high right now.
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One of the vacant storefronts is on a corner in the heart of town. It’s been for rent since the beginning of the year. And while the story behind each vacancy differs in the details, they’re a stark reminder, some say, of a lingering recession that has hit Vashon hard. “We’d love to have a thriving downtown business district. But people just aren’t spending money like they used to,” said Patti
McClements, who chairs Vashon’s Chamber of Commerce. “It’s a real concern to the members of our board — to see another business with butcher paper in the window. It’s very disconcerting,” she added. Linda Bianchi, a real estate agent with deep roots on the Island,
concurred, adding that she would be particularly sad to see the Tea Shop join the list of vacancies. “It’s just such a cheerful storefront,” she said. “I think it’s a sign of the economy, a sign of tough times,” Bianchi SEE STOREFRONTS, 5
Students learn the ins and outs of sustainability By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer
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Second graders Jaime Pereyda, Sam Walker and Kaitlyn Bonaventura clean food waste off their trays at Chautauqua last week.
As Vashon School District officials make decisions about the energy efficiency and sustainability of the new high school building, the youngest students in the district are being faced with some “green” choices of their own. Last week during lunchtime at Chautauqua Elementary School, a first-grade boy emptied a bag of cracker crumbs into a bin marked “food.” Then, holding the plastic baggie over another bin marked
“trash,” he thought for a moment then asked a lunchroom helper, “Can I put this in here?” The elementary schoolers who until recently dumped their lunch waste — compostable trays and all — into trash cans began to use a new recycling center in the cafeteria this month. District facilities director Dave Wilke, who is heading up the effort, said that by separating reusable trays, food waste, liquid SEE RECYCLING, 19
Six students on Vashon have confirmed cases of whooping cough, prompting King County health officials to issue a letter urging parents and teachers to be on alert for the highly contagious disease. The public health agency, in a letter to all parents and staff at Vashon’s three public schools, says adults should pay attention to cold symptoms among children, noting they could be the first signs of pertussis, or whooping cough. Those adults who have contact with babies or young children — considered the most vulnerable to severe infection from the disease — should take extra precautions to ensure they don’t get the illness, the letter adds. Babies, according to the letter, signed by Eileen Benoliel, a public health nurse in the Communicable Disease Epidemiology & Immunization Program at Public Health - Seattle & King County, can die from pertussis. The letter was issued late Friday after officials learned there are four confirmed cases of pertussis at the Vashon School District and two confirmed cases of the disease in school-age children who attend a private school on Vashon. School officials believe there’s a linkage to those cases — or “evidence of contagion,” as Sarah Day, Vashon’s school nurse, put it — which led to the county’s letter. Vashon School Superintendent Michael Soltman said the letter from the county underscores the seriousness of the situation on the Island, where the number of children who have not been vaccinated against whooping cough is considered high by many health care professionals. According to recently tabulated SEE PERTUSSIS, 14
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sheâ€™s pleased she can both supplement her income and help out IFCH by sewing the bags. â€œI like the idea of being able to help them because theyâ€™ve been very helpful to me over the years,â€? she said. Wigley said she hated to throw away the woven plastic feed sacks from her horse and chicken feed, knowing they were adding to a landfill. She said the bags could be turned in for recycling in Seattle, but were then sent to China to be recycled. â€œThat doesnâ€™t seem like recycling to me; the fuel to get them across the ocean seemed really silly,â€? she said. Finally Wigley took the sacks â€” made from what she compared to highly durable tarp â€” to her sewing machine and experimented. The tote bags that resulted were a big hit with Wigleyâ€™s friends, so she began to offer them as a small side business and even sold a few online. Though the idea was new to her, Wigley said she found that people all over the world are reusing the feed sacks as totes. Bags can be made in many colors â€”
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added. â€œItâ€™s difficult on Vashon, especially in the winter.â€? Those who work in retail on Vashon agreed that the economy is largely the culprit. But some also said that the online world has taken a toll and suggested the current spate of closures is a reminder that those who want a vibrant commercial district should strive to shop locally. Tom Langland, co-owner of the Vashon Pharmacy, says his business is flat because of the rise in mail-order pharmacies â€” a movement thatâ€™s being pushed by large insurance companies that enjoy an economy of scale that enables them to offer medications at discounts. He believes many other retailers are suffering from different versions of the same phenomenon â€” online shopping that ultimately undermines Vashonâ€™s local economy and that many people undertake without considering the consequences, he said. â€œI think thereâ€™s less recognition by people making purchasing decisions that every dollar they spend at Amazon â€Ś is a vote against the rural way of life,â€? he said. â€œOur dollars are votes,â€? he added. â€œYou can vote for your Island or against it.â€? The importance of shopping locally is a tune the chamber has been singing for years, and McClements said the organization â€” flush with the energy of several new board members â€” has some new ideas about how to advocate for local businesses. The organization, for instance, plans to create what she called a â€œshop-local-first directory,â€? a listing of local businesses organized by categories. The directory, which the chamber hopes to distribute to every Island mailbox later this year, will be similar to a
phone book except that it wonâ€™t simply list phone numbers; websites, email addresses and other pertinent information will be included, McClements said. The chamber is also continuing to push tourism, noting that small specialty shops and restaurants have a much better chance of surviving when thereâ€™s a good dose of off-Island visitors. The chamber recently joined the Washington Tourism Alliance, an industry-sponsored organization that has replaced the state tourism office, which fell victim to budget cuts last year. â€œAs a community, we need to have tourism. We need to have visitors,â€? said Debi Richards, the chamberâ€™s executive director. Low, owner of the Tea Shop, said the influx of tourists in the summer has helped her to keep her doors open; her business peaks from June to September and then takes a big dip in the fall. â€œItâ€™s difficult to sustain enough clientele to make your business really profitable,â€? she said. â€œOne has to be really innovative and have a lot of events.â€? But like Langland, she said Islanders need to vote with their feet â€” supporting small businesses because they care about Vashonâ€™s financial health and vibrancy. Sounding disappointed, she noted that she has given donations to several fundraisers, assuming those seeking donations would, in turn, support her business. â€œBut that doesnâ€™t happen. I donâ€™t see the people I give to come in here and spend money,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s a dilemma. How much are we really supporting our own businesses?â€? Jackie Merrill, owner of Movie Magic, said she had a loyal customer base when she decided to close her video rental shop last year after 22 years in business. But it wasnâ€™t enough to sustain her small store. â€œWe didnâ€™t have frequency. I believe thatâ€™s why businesses struggle on the Island,â€? she
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said. Merrill continues to operate a drivethrough espresso shop out of a corner of the building that once housed Movie Magic, while the owners of the building continue to attempt to sell the property. Since last May, however, when Movie Magic closed, the owners have had only two serious inquiries, Merrill said. The building is a bit tricky as real estate. Because the property is a former gas station, a buyer would face several hurdles if he or she wanted to expand the structure or alter its parking lot, Merrill said. But itâ€™s perfect as a turn-key operation, she noted, and sheâ€™s discouraged by the lack of interest. Still, Merrill, like several others, also sees plenty of signs of resilience on Vashon. Her espresso shop is thriving, she said, as are several other small Vashon shops. Whatâ€™s more, Vashonâ€™s town core continues to see new developments â€” a domino effect that seems to provide a new opportunity with each closing. Island Quilter, for instance, recently took over the building occupied by Robinsonâ€™s Furniture, transforming the much bigger space into something of a quilt-oriented art gallery and workshop. Robinsonâ€™s Furniture, meanwhile, has narrowed its niche, focusing on floor coverings, and now occupies the space held by Essentials 4 â€” a shop that also found a new home when a communications business moved. Others point to the rebirth of the space occupied by Books by the Way, now home to a small but thriving textile collective, a different kind of model for making retail space affordable. Eugenie Mirfin, co-owner of Kronos, stood behind the counter of her colorful shop last week and said sheâ€™s impressed by the various new efforts sheâ€™s seeing. â€œCompared to other towns, our town is doing very well,â€? she said, as she sold a glass
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5BLJOHATUSBXCFSSZ PVUPGUIFGFTUJWBM Vashonâ€™s Chamber of Commerce has chosen a new logo for this yearâ€™s annual summertime bash. Those who look closely will notice it contains the image of a strawberry, but the words written across the top are â€œVashon Festival.â€? Debi Richards, the chamberâ€™s executive director, said she and the board decided the name Strawberry Festival for Vashonâ€™s summer celebration is a bit misleading. â€œWe have so many people who visit the Island and say, â€˜Where are the strawberries?â€™â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s been Strawberry Festival for a very long time,â€? added Patti McClements, who chairs the chamberâ€™s board. â€œAnd people are very attached to that. But we donâ€™t want to be promoting strawberries when there arenâ€™t any.â€? A more apt logo and name, the two women said, would underscore the Islandâ€™s culture of art and music. â€œWeâ€™d really love to put the focus of the festival back on the things that are here â€” the artists and musicians,â€? McClements said. â€œWe really want this to be about Vashon.â€? But the chamber is taking the process slowly. This year, for instance, all the collateral materials â€” the applications to become a vendor, for instance â€” will still say â€œStrawberry Festival.â€? â€œThis year, itâ€™s still Strawberry Festival,â€? McClements said. â€œWeâ€™ve just taken the word â€˜strawberryâ€™ out of the text.â€? â€œIt will be a slow transition,â€? Richards said.
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What is All Island Forum and what purpose does it serve that would be valuable to you? Is it a duplication of other efforts (the Vashon-Maury Island Community College, Welcome Vashon, Chamber of Commerce, to name a few)? Who is behind this effort and why? Iâ€™ve asked myself these questions, and Iâ€™d like to share what Iâ€™ve found out. All Island Forum (AIF) was conceived as a result of the mass resignation of the VMICCâ€™s board in 2010 in response to a threatened lawsuit. John Runyan, one of the original proponents of AIF, said he was frustrated by his and othersâ€™ inability to get the community to redress this wrong and to get the council back on a healthy track. He believed that the use of Robertâ€™s Rules of Order and the councilâ€™s arcane bylaws thwarted any positive efforts toward change and was extremely damaging to the councilâ€™s viability and the larger health of our body politic. Rather than fight for incremental change within the troubled council, John, along with former VMICC Board member Mary Shackelford, Doug Dolstad and others, decided to pursue an alternative forum to focus on issues that matter. Adopting rules that support what matters and more engaging processes, this group is working to create a forum that will better serve the Islandâ€™s needs. The efforts of this group are timely as King County recently revamped the way it is addressing the needs of its rural areas. The revision means that no longer will one group speak for the Island. Rather, there will be one point of contact within the county for any group to approach. So what purpose does the AIF serve in the overall context of Island life? Although we are blessed with dozens of volunteer groups with
In a week or so, some 75 parents will get letters from the Vashon Island School District informing them that their children either lack documentation that theyâ€™ve been fully immunized or lack waivers exempting them from the requirement. Those families will have 30 days to comply. If they fail to do so, their children can no longer attend Vashonâ€™s public school system. This may seem like a bold move on the districtâ€™s part. In fact, school officials will simply be following the law â€” and asking that Vashon families follow the law as well. State law requires that children be immunized to attend school or have in place an exemption spelling out what vaccinations they lack. Last year, the law was tightened in an effort to ensure that exemptions were based on conviction, not convenience. Now, those who want to exempt their children from immunization requirements have to submit a â€œcertificate of exemption,â€? signed by a licensed health care provider, indicating that theyâ€™ve been informed about the benefits and risks of vaccinations. Itâ€™s no small matter on Vashon, where vaccination rates are far below what health officials believe is necessary to protect those most vulnerable to highly contagious diseases. An analysis by the school district in December showed that 33 percent of the districtâ€™s students have not been fully vaccinated against pertussis, or whooping cough, and 22 percent lacked full vaccinations against measles. To public health advocates, this isnâ€™t simply an issue of personal choice. Those who opt not to vaccinate against diseases like pertussis or measles are putting others at risk. A student can have what he or she thinks is simply a bad cough â€” and unwittingly infect a baby who could die from pertussis or a pregnant mother who could pass it on to her newborn. The school district is right to examine this issue and to require families to follow the law. If an outbreak of pertussis were to occur, as some fear could happen on Vashon, those students who are not fully vaccinated would be sent home â€” not simply for their own protection but to try to contain a disease that could have profound implications on an Island as under-vaccinated as ours.
Find our health care guide inside We urge readers to take a look at our fourth health and wellness guide, tucked inside this issue. Itâ€™s a remarkable compendium and a wealth of information, listing a diverse array of practitioners who can help Islanders with a variety of health care needs. Vashon doesnâ€™t have everything, of course. Medical specialists are in short supply. Hospitals might be a helicoptor-ride away. Still, for a community of 11,000 people, weâ€™ve got a lot of choices, thanks to the commitment and creativity of a wide range of professionals. We hope Islanders will save this guide; it has a lot of shelf life. But in the event you lose it, you will find its pages posted as PDFs on our website â€” vashonbeachcomber.com. Our thanks, meanwhile, go to the advertisers who supported the guide, particularly its sponsor, Dr. Leif Rasmussen of Vashon Dental. We also want to pay tribute to Susan Riemer, a staff writer here who, on top of her many other duties, poured countless hours into the project.
hundreds of volunteers working to better so many aspects of life here, we also sometimes follow parallel, redundant paths or work at crosspurposes. With the exception of specific, uncontested challenges like the Glacier gravel mine or the occasional bridge proposition, we tend to behave more like the proverbial â€œherd of cats.â€? Although we likely share a general desire to maintain the ambience of Vashon, there is quite a variety of specific values and activities that are of primary importance to each of us, i.e., gardening, schools/sports, wildlife, hunting, music, keeping horses, social activities, solitude, etc. In a sense, we are a â€œcommunity of communities,â€? and we only try to address the Island as a whole when our own toes are stepped on. We need a forum that fosters better communication and cooperation among our many parts. AIF offers a vehicle that serves this need. Why do we need to improve our ability to communicate, decide and act? As the state threatens to terminate our Tacoma and Southworth ferry service and the county backs away from road maintenance and police surveillance, the need for an interactive and respectful forum that is able to respond to the needs of the moment and to generate imaginative solutions is an idea whose time has come. We need to grow and deepen our resources as a resilient community and enhance our ability to meet and
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what that might have meant for our schools, medical services, property values and ability to get to our jobs every day, but it seems likely that life on Vashon as we currently know it would immediately cease. Fortunately, many Vashon people took to their laptops and iPhones to send emails and letters of protest to legislators. It seems to have worked. The word, as this letter is being written, is that our current level of
navigate change, crisis and challenge. AIF seeks to do so in a way that strengthens our connections rather than divides us. Thatâ€™s why I decided to join AIF in this work. To this end, All Island Forum is sponsoring its second community gathering on Monday, entitled, â€œVashon: What really matters to you?â€? We seldom have the opportunity to discuss our values, visions or differing perspectives in depth and in a fair and open manner. If you feel that your ideas donâ€™t get a hearing, this is an opportunity for you. Working toward really understanding each other and building agreement takes time and commitment in an interactive setting. This forum is a continuation of the trajectory that was initiated with the first AIF community forum last October. As AIF continues to evolve by stepping up to bring the broadest possible range of perspectives and experience to the table, we all learn the skills to move in directions that truly reflect the concerns of the greatest number of members of our community. At the community forum next week, you will have the opportunity to articulate your own personal vision for Vashon, compare it with others, discuss those ideas in a small group setting, help discover commonalities and consider possible next steps. And, hopefully, we will all get to know our neighbors better and have a good time. I hope to see you there.
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service will continue for the short term. No one can say for sure that the objections raised by people here forestalled the removal of those ferry routes, but I saw many of those letters and can assure you they were persuasive and heartfelt. The kind of personal testimony they rendered really does have an impact on lawmakers, according to Greg Beardsley and Kari Ulatoski, our dedicated ferry activists. We owe a big thank you to Greg and Kari, and to all those who took the time to tell our elected officials the impact such drastic cuts would have on their lives. It may be that this recent, cataclysmic threat was merely a political ploy, but we need to recognize that until Washington State Ferries is fully funded more threats will regularly come our way. Vashonâ€™s population is small, which makes us an easy target for cuts to our ferry system. But we are also loud. I hope we can proactively help our legislators find reasons to fund WSF into the future â€” rather than responding to crises as they come up â€” by collectively telling them how essential our ferries are to life on Vashon. â€” Todd Pearson
History suggests a broader view For those of us still struggling with where we feel comfortable within the â€œillegal/taboo/ unusual/less unusual/acceptanceâ€? spectrum of our own personal stand on the subject of same-gender marriage, let me offer this his-
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torical and most personal perspective. As recently as 1987 in the United States, only 48 percent of us agreed that it was acceptable for a white person to date (much less marry and reproduce with) a nonwhite person. This included not only blacks and whites but any mixing of races. Which meant to this very white woman some 10 years earlier that my own legal marriage to a dark-skinned Hispanic man was way down that acceptance spectrum, hovering somewhere between â€œunusualâ€? and â€œtabooâ€? in most places, except for Alabama, where it still would have been illegal. Our two beautiful children were representative to the majority of those polled as going against what was held by the mainstream to be â€œright.â€? With the changing of behaviors have come the changing of attitudes. The Census Bureau estimates that multiracial individuals along with minorities will represent a majority of the U.S. population by mid-century. For my kidsâ€™ generation and for those who come after, racial and ethnic diversity are just a part of their lives â€” not an issue. They work and play with, love and marry who they choose. Itâ€™s not a factor. For those of us still struggling with where we feel comfortable within the spectrum of our stand on same-gender marriage, please hear me: We should not place the burdens of our own fears, insecurities and lack of knowledge on the backs of yet another generation in the civil rights battle of this generation. In 30 years it will not be a factor. We should be the ones who stand tall today. â€” Margaret Dibb
Our community calendar is now online The Beachcomberâ€™s website now features a state-ofthe-art, user-generated calendar of events â€” one so easy to use that even those of us who donâ€™t know how to work an iPhone will be able to figure it out. Weâ€™re pleased to introduce it, as we believe it will be a great service to the community â€” one that will help Islanders promote events and, in the process, add to our already vibrant community. Sound Publishing, which owns The Beachcomber, had a different calendar in place that was not so easy to use and that few Islanders bothered with. The new one, powered by Trumba, a well-known company in online calendar software, is about as easy and elegant as it gets. Just go to our website â€” www.vashonbeachcomber. com â€” find the calendar at the bottom of the home page and hit the blue bar that says, â€œadd an event.â€?
That will take you to a page where youâ€™ll find a form and all the steps for easily listing your event. Listings are free. You donâ€™t need to establish an account to add an event. You can post photos. If you list a street address for your event, a map will appear in the listing. And the website for the event, if there is one, will also appear in your listing, linked to your event. We at the Beachcomber will approve all entries, so as to ensure nothing inappropriate is listed. Whatâ€™s more, weâ€™ll largely keep the calendar local, deleting offIsland events except those that have a big regional draw or have some obvious connection to Vashon. So that means readers wonâ€™t have to plow through a lot of information that isnâ€™t relevant to the Island. Readers, meanwhile, can subscribe to the calendar and get weekly alerts about new listings or automatic updates to their own online
calendars. This new feature doesnâ€™t mean our print calendar is going away. We still want people to email or hand-deliver items to us. As always, items to be included in our print version need to get to us by noon Thursday, emailed to Susan Riemer at susan@ vashonbeachcomber.com. Weâ€™ll do our best to pick up items from the e-calendar and include them in our print version. But those Islanders who want to ensure that theyâ€™re in the print version as well should email us the information, as they have in the past. We hope Islanders will find this new calendar fun to use. Itâ€™s an easy and direct way for you to let the Island know about your gathering â€” from an art opening to a poetry reading to a new class â€” and to use the virtual world to help create meaningful community. â€” Leslie Brown, Editor
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Can you spell fundraiser? You could if youâ€™d attended Vashon Community Scholarship Foundationâ€™s (VCSF) annual fundraiser, â€˜THE BEEâ€™ â€“ a light hearted spelling bee for word lovers, ages 13 â€“ 113. Beth deGroen and Vashon Thriftway were our fabulous sponsors for the day. Camp Burton stepped up in support, while sophomore, Trevor Tuma, manned the hive. Susan Haworth rallied teams; Paul Wilkins contributed the bright BEE signage.
Enabled by the generosity of donors, VCSF will present over $80,000 toward further education of seniors who compile a notebook containing a personal essay and display of accomplishments. Thanks to those who bought a ticket, turned out, purchased an ad in our program, or who formed a spelling bee team. Join us for the awards ceremony on May 30 at VHS. Prepare to be amazed by the outpouring of our sponsors, and by the achievements of the Class of 2012. Visit our website: www.vashonscholarshipfoundation.org
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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.
5)634%":t Tax Help: Professional tax preparer Hilary Emmer will help people who make $25,000 or less with their taxes. The service is free, and appointments are not needed. 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays through March 29 at the Vashon Library.
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4"563%":t Humanities Washington Speakers â€” The Civil War in Washington Territory: Lorraine McConaghy, public historian, will discuss territorial attitudes toward race and slavery, agitation for Northwest secession and federal suppression of freedom of the press, as well as directives to â€œgo south,â€? from Washington Territoryâ€™s governor to many of the military oďŹƒcers stationed here, following their states out of the union. 3 p.m. at the Vashon Library.
Weekend Book Club: This monthâ€™s selection is â€œThe Book Thiefâ€? by Markus Zusak. New members are welcome. The March selection is â€œWinter Wheatâ€? by Mildred Walker. For more information, call Nancy Paul at 567-5606. 4 p.m. at a home near town. Late Night @ The Library: Youth in grades six to 12 will play Kinect, Wii, Guitar Hero and online games. 6 to 9 p.m. at the Vashon Library. Soaking in the Bering Sea: Sharon Morris will show slides of her adventures in the Aleutian Islands last summer. Michael Wald will talk about other trips in the Arctic. For more information, call Morris at 313-1712. Free. 7 p.m. at the Land Trust Building.
46/%":t Unitarian Fellowship: The service considers â€?Whatâ€™s Next? â€“ After Life.â€? 9:30 a.m. in Lewis Hall behind the Burton Community Church. Continuing Conversations: Carol Frankel, the former dean of education at the University of Puget Sound, will facilitate this monthâ€™s conversation. Frankel frequently takes masterâ€™s of education students to the University of Naruta in Japan to further their education. Call Dorothy Hall-Bauer at 463-5664 for more information, including location. 4 p.m. in Burton.
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UPCOMING Finances and Health: Thomas Kraabel, an investment advisor with KMS Financial Services, will lead a discussion on ďŹ nancial planning with a health-related focus. He will cover state rules regarding Medicaid, what state rules are regarding asset transfer and what assets are exempt. He will also talk
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a bit about long term care insurance. His presentation will be part of the Parkinsonâ€™s Support Group meeting, but relevant to people with a wide range of health and ďŹ nancial concerns. Call Steve Steffens at 567-5976 for more informtion. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Vashon Lutheran Church. Republican Party Vashon Precinct Caucuses: Registration opens at 9:45 a.m. and caucus meetings begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Vashon High School Commons. Fibernet: Priscilla Schleigh Kimmel will discuss the use of color. Updates and other items will be shared after her presentation. The cost is $2. 10 a.m. Saturday, March 3, in the Voice of Vashon oďŹƒce on Sunrise Ridge. Vashon Island Womenâ€™s Club: This meeting will be used to educate potential members about the General Federation of Womenâ€™s Clubs (GFWC) and begin shaping a new Vashon Island clubâ€™s agenda, the focus of which will be service. All women 18 and older are invited. Contact Pam Robbins at pam@ jprobbins.com or 724-2096 if attending or for more information. 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Ober Park performance room. Housing for People with Disabilities: Seeds4SuccessVashon is looking at the need for housing on the Island for people with disabilities. Organizers ask families to join in a discussion of options. Both families that need signiďŹ cant care for their members or less signiďŹ cant care are asked to stop by. With questions or to arrange childcare, call Lee Ockinga at 370-0709. 3 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Vashon Library. Great Books Discussion Group: The selection for March is â€œCulture and Anarchyâ€œ by Matthew Arnold. Visitors are welcome. The only requirement to participate is to have read the material under discussion. 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, at the Vashon Library.
Vashon Island School District School Board: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, McMurray Middle School. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue Commissioners: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Station 55. Vashon Park District Commissioners: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Ober Park.
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 today, Feb.
The next Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) series wil begin next month. Over the course of eight weeks, students will learn about personal preparedness, appropriate disaster medical response, fire supression, search and rescue skills and disaster psychology. The free course will culminate with an all-day emergency exercise. The class meets from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, beginning March 16, at the Penny Farcy Training Center. The final exercise will be Sunday, April 29. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Above, CERT students perform rescue skills during CERT training. 22, at Vashon College. For new students, the fee is $155, which includes books. For repeat students, the fee is $105. An online class will also begin, from 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. 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. Saturday, Feb. 25. 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 to Island Yoga Center, P.O. Box 2062, or drop it oďŹ€ in the 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. Sunday School at Havurat Ee Shalom: Kids ages 6 and up will begin with discussion from 10 to 11 a.m. and be joined by kids 3 and up from 11 a.m. to noon for snack, story, crafts and games. Fostering Jewish identity, values, culture and tradition, teacher Julie Shannon will draw upon themes to carry the classes throughout the school year. The group will meet twice a month. For more information, contact Shannon
at 569-5414. Upcoming meeting dates are Feb. 26 and March 11 and 25, at Havurat Ee Shalom, 15401 Westside Hwy. Island Quilter: The store is offering several upcoming classes, including Log Cabin, One Block Wonder, Woven Fabric Pillow, Bag Making and Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving. New beginning sewing and quilting classes begin each week. See the storeâ€™s website for details at www.IslandQuilter. com or call 713-6000. 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. Delta Dogs: Learn how to be a Pet Partner team and oďŹ€er the therapeutic comfort of animals to others. Email Kathy Farner for more information at farnerkv@ comcast.net. 5 p.m. Monday, Feb.
27, at Vashon High School. Yoga: Ronly Blau will teach two yoga classes. Yoga for Teen Girls will meet from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 28 to March 27. The cost is $50. Yoga Sandwich, with alternating â€œlayersâ€? of silent meditation, yoga and silent meditation, will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The cost is $20. Register for either class at ronlyr@ MeadowHeartAyurveda.com or 499-8488. Both classes meet at Island Yoga Center. Vashon Allied Arts: Discover encaustic techniques and achieve detail with this versatile medium in Intro to Encaustics from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays, March 11 and 18. Kids ages 8 to 12 can bake sweets from scratch in Sugar and Spices from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 1. Complete class schedule, registration and scholarship information is available at www.Vashon AlliedArts.org or by calling 463-5131. CONTINUED, NEXT PAGE
70*$&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 email@example.com. Thursday and Tuesday, 5 p.m. Island ďŹ lmmaker Peter Ray oďŹ€ers three tastes of what makes Vashon weird: â€œCaptain Vashonâ€™s Maritime Geoduck Elixir,â€? a painting party with Annie Brule & Co., â€œThriftway Drill Teamâ€? in rehearsal for their big show in the Strawberry Festival Parade, and â€œDeck the Jails,â€? a Backbone campaign ďŹ‚ash mob conducted in the Bank of America lobby. Share the laughs. Saturday, 6 p.m. and Monday, 8 p.m. Get the story of a soldier who spent years serving her country while ďŹ ghting for justice within the military. Peter Ray recorded Col. Grethe Cammermeyer as she presented her story to a packed audience at the Land Trust Building this month.
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Afro-Brazilian Drumming: Learn to play the rhythms of Brazilian congas, agogos, snare drums and other percussion instruments in a fun, supportive environment. No experience is necessary, and instruments are provided. All ages are welcome. Students under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Discounts are available for families. The cost for the four-week session is $60; the cost to drop in is $18. For more information or to register, call GeoďŹ€ Johns at 5675822. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays, beginning March 1, at the RhythmJoy Studio, 10354 S.W. Mukai Circle, then students carpool to Havurat Ee Shalom to play for the Afro-Brazilian dance class from 8 to 9 p.m. Afro-Brazilian Dance: Warm up and cool down in a fun, friendly environment with live music. No dance experience is necessary. The cost for the ďŹ ve-week session is $79 or $18 to drop in, and the ďŹ rst time is free. To register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 567-5822. For more information, see www.rhythmjoy.com. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 1, at Havurat Ee Shalom.
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 10, at Vashon Intuitive Arts. Vashon 101: Vashon College will oďŹ€er its signature course, Vashon 101: A Journey Just Begun, next month. This survey course examines the Vashon story from multiple viewpoints presented by a faculty of experts in their respective ďŹ elds. Tuition is $150 and includes all course materials. Applications are available now at www.vashoncollege.org. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, March 13 to April 17, at the JT SheďŹƒeld Building. English as a Second Language: Learn how to speak, read and write in English. Free weekly lessons are taught by an ESL instructor. Homework tutoring is available in the library for elementary and middle school students of ESL families. 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Vashon Library.
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Jasmine Acosta, a junior at Vashon High School and a budding artist, recently completed a new mural for the school. She painted it in the art room under the supervision of art teacher Amy Dubin. It is now hanging on the outside of the A Building near the flag pole.
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7PMVOUFFSTEFTDFOEPO$BNQ4FBMUI GPSBNPOUIPGPVUEPPSXPSL A team of eight young adults from around the country has made a temporary home at Vashonâ€™s Camp Sealth. Theyâ€™re not campers, but volunteers with the AmeriCorps National Community Civilian Corps who will spend two months beautifying and performing much-needed maintenance at the 360-acre camp. One sunny day last week, the 18- to 24-year-olds were found waistdeep in the water, deconstructing and cleaning the campâ€™s floating docks. Several of the volunteers said they were grateful the sun had come out for the wet work and that they enjoyed watching seals and river otters swim by throughout the day. During their month-long stay at the Camp Fire USA compound on Vashonâ€™s west side, the young people will also rebuild its horse corral, clear debris from the recent storm and do maintenance on hiking trails. Vashon is just one stop on the
groupâ€™s 10-month trip, a journey that includes an eclectic mix of service projects around the western United States. In March they will head to Sacramento, Calif., to work in a public school. The AmeriCorp members receive a living allowance and education credits for their service. Another team will spend time working at the camp this spring. Rick Taylor, director of Camp Sealth, said that at least one AmeriCorps team helps out at the camp each winter. â€œWe couldnâ€™t get ready for summer programs every year if it wasnâ€™t for our partnership with NCCC,â€? he said. Michelle Laurita, who leads the team that is there now, said that the group was enjoying its time on Vashon. â€œIt has been wet and smelly and dirty, but it has also been beautiful and awesome and fun,â€? she said. â€” Natalie Johnson
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BACH FANS: Mark your calendars for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, for â€œThe Bach Family,â€? a concert at Vashon Methodist Church featuring harpsichordist Jan Weinhold from LĂźbeck, Germany, and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan. The program will offer selections by Johann Sebastian and his sons Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emanuel and Johann Christian.
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new piece by the talented Island duo Lelavision will be presented at the Blue Heron on Saturday. The piece, dubbed â€œHarvesting Light,â€? aims to cast both artistic and actual illumination on its audience with the debut of a glowing musical creation called the photosynthesizer, a spherical, organ-like instrument made of colorful blown glass resonators. â€œItâ€™s going to be a multimedia extravaganza,â€? said Janice Randall, director of performing arts for Vashon Allied Arts. Lelavision is made up of the married couple Ela Lamblin and Leah Mann. The two Islanders, who began collaborating 20 years ago, have traveled the world performing what they call â€œphysical music,â€? pairing Lamblinâ€™s often elaborate musical sculptures with Leahâ€™s exuberant and unorthodox choreography. In past performances, the pair has strapped themselves to bungee cords, flying up and down so as to bang on percussion instruments hanging from the ceiling. Theyâ€™ve rolled across the stage in fabricated steel balls that pounded out a music score and whirled through space on a tubular-belloutfitted instrument reminiscent of sit-and-spin playground equipment. Their goal, they say, is to explore myth, nature and spirit â€” something that seems to be
clearly at the heart of â€œHarvesting Light,â€? the latest show in VAAâ€™s New Works Series. The elegant instrument at the center of the piece was created by Lamblin during a recent residency at Tacomaâ€™s Museum of Glass. The installation is so large, Randall said, that it will have to be reconfigured to fit it into the Blue Heronâ€™s tiny performance space. And while many Lelavision performances feature only Lamblin and Mann, this one is an ensemble piece that will include contributions from composer Jason Staczek and movement artists Lynelle Sjoberg and Abby Enson. According to Randall, â€œHarvesting Lightâ€? is â€œinspired by ideas about light â€” the sun as an energy source, the hidden potential of photosynthesis and light within or illumination of the soul.â€? The whole point of the performance, she said, is to â€œbring light and sound to the dead of winter.â€? And if this performance is like other Lelavision shows, it will also be a testament to Lelavisionâ€™s trademark off-the charts energy and outside-the-box thinking â€” artistic qualities that keep audiences coming back to the duoâ€™s always quirky and inspiring performances. â€œI know itâ€™s going to be amazing, because it always is,â€? Randall said of the upcoming show. â€” Elizabeth Shepherd
.FBEFTIBSFTIJTi(FOJVTw Author and mythologist Michael Meade will bring his trademark mix of storytelling, poetry and discussion to Vashon at 7 p.m. Thursday, at the Vashon Methodist Church. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered in advance at www.mosaicvoices. org. The show is called â€œFinding Genius in Your Lifeâ€? â€” a look, Meade says, at the way â€œour genius calls to us at critical junctures and whenever change is required. Whether younger or older our job is to answer the call.â€?
.VTJDBMGVOBUUIF#JLF Katrina Kope will bring cool jazz and an improvisatory style to Vashon on Saturday, with an 8:30 p.m. show at Red Bicycle Bistro. Kope, the front woman of the band Soul Kata, will join forces on stage with Men for Common Sense, a Seattle jam band. Concert organizer Pete Welch said the show will be a night of sharing original songs and making some up on the spot. He encouraged local musicians and singers to attend and join in on the fun. The free show is for all ages until 11 p.m., and 21 and older after that.
Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin perform on the photosynthesizer, a sculptural musical instrument created by Lamblin. â€œHarvesting Lightâ€? will take place twice on Saturday at the Blue Heron. Tickets to an abbreviated, interactive childrenâ€™s show at 6 p.m. are $7 and $10. Tickets to an all-ages, full-length show at 8 p.m. are $12 and $15. Buy tickets in advance at the Blue Heron, Heronâ€™s Nest, Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com.
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Don your finest digs and be a star Itâ€™s time to roll out the slightly ragged red carpet for a time-honored Island tradition. On Sunday, the Vashon Film Society will host its 15th annual Oscar Night at Vashon Theatre. The annual viewing party, which starts at 4 p.m., is a chance for Islanders to come to the theater wearing outrageous Hollywoodthemed costumes, or if they prefer, their pajamas, and join together in an orgy of star-gazing as the Academy Awards ceremony is broadcast on the big screen. As usual, there will be limo rides and paparazzi photos outside the theater and costume contests and musical entertainment during the commercial breaks inside. Dinner this year will be catered by The Hardware
Vashon Theatre gets gussied up for the annual Oscar Night. Store Restaurant. Desserts, beverages and, of course, plenty of popcorn and concession stand candy will also be available. This yearâ€™s hosts are Steffon Moody, Craig Sutherland and Fiona Hope â€” but organizers promise they will not necessarily appear as themselves. Vashonâ€™s honorary mayors, the Washington State Fairies, have also signed on to ser-
enade the audience. Regular admission is $10 for all ages. A $30 package includes extras such as dinner, drinks and limo rides. Get tickets at the theater box office, Vashon Bookshop or www.brownpapertickets. com. Proceeds will go to Vashon Film Societyâ€™s scholarship program. â€” Elizabeth Shepherd
The Vashon Poet Laureate Reading Series will be launched at Vashon Bookshop at 6 p.m. Friday, with a reading from â€œWhat Rain Does,â€? a new book of poetry by Islander Ann Spiers. The chapbook, Spierâ€™s sixth volume of poetry, was published in December at Egree Studio outAnn Spiers side of Bellingham. Spiers was named Vashon Poet Laureate 2011-2013 by the organizing committee of Vashon Poetry Fest, which was held last Memorial Day weekend. For the fest, she curated a gallery show, â€œBroadsides: Poems on Paper,â€? featuring Northwest poetry broadsides. She is also the keeper of Vashonâ€™s Poetry Post in the Village Green. Spiers said the series will be an occasional one, and feature mostly off-Island poets. â€œI am always looking for suggestions,â€? she said.
Nirvana Indian Restaurant will be the scene of a free concert on Saturday, when Seattleâ€™s Adrian Xavier brings a blend of reggae, soul and world music to the Island. Xavierâ€™s music has been heard on the hipster radio station KEXP, and he has appeared at many Seattle venues and festivals, including Bumbershoot. Heâ€™s been billed with such greats as Jimmy CliďŹ€, the Wailers, Eek-A-Mouse, the Black Eyed Peas, Public Enemy, John Legend and Kanye West. The show runs from 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday.
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$PODFSUBUUIF3PBTUFSJF Allison Shirk will sing and play the guitar at a special, one-night-only concert at the Vashon Island CoďŹ€ee Roasterie at 7 p.m. Friday. Shirk, who hails from Texas and now lives on Vashon, will perform songs she has written herself â€” pieces that tell stories about people, places and the life experiences that tie them together. Her distinctive voice has a slightly southern accent, and her performances are considered both provocative and sincere. Thereâ€™s no cover; all ages are welcome
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An Indian nun visits Vashon, trying her hand at restaurant work By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD Staff Writer
Islanders may have noticed a tiny Indian nun on Vashon last week, working, as strange as it may seem, at The Hardware Store Restaurant. The habit-clad woman, Helen Puwein, was a visitor on Vashon, a guest of Island artist Pam Ingalls, who was repaying Puweinâ€™s hospitality. Last year, Ingalls journeyed to northeastern India on a painting trip and stayed at Puweinâ€™s convent in the northeastern state of Meghalaya, a place named for the Sanskrit phrase for â€œAbode of the Clouds.â€? For Ingalls, it was one more stop on a world painting tour; she has also traveled to paint communities in Jamaica, Guatemala, New York City and Alaska. But she said she fell in love with Meghalaya, a place of waterfalls, caves and forests. â€œI felt as if I had stepped into another millennium,â€? she said. So when she heard Puwein was planning to visit the Northwest on a speaking tour, Ingalls jumped at the chance to host her and show her the charms of Vashon. The introduction
Helen Puwein takes a break from her work at The Hardware Store. began in a big way, when Puwein attended the Feb. 12 performance of The Church of Great Rain and was welcomed to the Island from the stage by the cast of the show. Puwein is in the United States to offer her perspective as an educator and one of the forces behind a new community college in the city of Shillong, India. As part of her tour, she was invited to speak at the Green River Community College, Pacific Lutheran
University and the Rotary Club of Parkland-Spanaway. But while she was in the United States, she also wanted some practical experience working in a bustling restaurant â€” something she thought would be helpful to her as she develops her collegeâ€™s courses in the hospitality industry. So she asked Ingalls to help her find a job, and Ingalls reached out to Melinda Sontgerath, owner of The Hardware Store â€” a place
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Ingalls regularly exhibits her paintings. Last week, after Puwein finished a shift chopping vegetables in the restaurantâ€™s kitchen, she sat down to tell her story â€” describing a life that suggested she might be a bit overqualified as a kitchen aide. At age 40, she has been a Catholic nun for almost 20 years, belonging to the teaching order of Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco. A member of the stateâ€™s predominant ethnic group, the Khasi tribe, she has a masterâ€™s degree in social work from Chennai University and has worked in a community development program in rural areas since 2005. Currently, she coordinates a micro-credit program that loans money to rural women to start their own businesses and is in charge of Bellefonte Community College â€” a one-room school in Shillong. And if all that isnâ€™t enough, she is also currently a doctoral candidate in social work from Visa Bharati University Kolkata. Sheâ€™s also a fierce advocate for the women and children of Meghalaya â€” a mountainous state sandwiched between
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(pertussis) being a risk to peopleâ€™s health and also extremely disruptive to the schools,â€? he said. For most people, whooping cough begins like a cold â€” with a runny nose or scratchy throat â€” and a dry cough that often lasts one to two weeks. But for babies too young to be immunized or small children who have yet to receive the vaccine, the cough can prove fatal. According to the state Department of Health, there were 728 cases of pertussis in Washington from Jan. 1 to Dec. 17 last year. This compares with 529 cases in the same time period in 2010. Eighty-six infants under 1 had the illness and 29 were hospitalized, including 23 who were under 3 months. Two infants died. In King County, there were 81 confirmed cases last year, according to James Apa, the communications manager for county health department. By law, students are
required to either be immunized to attend school or have a waiver on file signed by a health care professional that verifies the childâ€™s parent or guardian was informed about the benefits and risks of immunization. Vashon School District currently has 75 students who donâ€™t have either a record of their immunizations or a signed waiver on file, Soltman said. Next week, he said, the district will issue letters to the parents or guardians of those students, telling them that they have 30 days to submit documentation of immunization or a waiver to the district. Those students whose families donâ€™t comply, he said, wonâ€™t be allowed to attend public school. â€œIn light of the concerns from the county health department,â€? Soltman said, â€œwe need to get Vashonâ€™s schools in compliance with the stateâ€™s immunization laws.â€?
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SYMPTOMS Symptoms appear 6 to 21 (average 7-10) days after exposure to an infected person. Pertussis may start with cold symptoms or simply a dry cough followed by episodes of severe coughing. Fever is absent or mild. Gagging or vomiting may occur after severe coughing spells. Cough may be worse at night. The person may look and feel healthy between coughing episodes. Immunized school children, adolescents, and adults often have milder illness than young children. Infants with pertussis may not develop a severe cough. They may only have a mild cough and decreased feeding and may have difficulty breathing or turn bluish.
Pertussis is spread through droplets from the mouth and nose when a person with pertussis coughs, sneezes, or talks. Untreated, people with pertussis can spread the infection for several weeks. Adults and older children with unrecognized pertussis often spread the infection to others, including young children.
Anyone who is exposed to the bacteria can get pertussis. Pertussis vaccine prevents severe disease in young infants, but even a vaccinated person can get a pertussis infection. Pertussis occurs in older children and adults because protection from the vaccine (DTP or DTaP) lasts only 5-10 years after the last dose.
monia, convulsions and rarely, brain damage or death. Unimmunized or partly immunized children are also at higher risk for pertussis infection and severe disease. Pregnant women with pertussis near the time of delivery may spread it to their newborns. People who have close contact with pregnant women, infants or health care workers can spread pertussis to these high-risk individuals. Health care workers with pertussis who have face-to-face patient contact can spread pertussis to their patients and other health care staff.
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Pertussis vaccine is included in DTaP and the new Tdap vaccine for adolescents and adults (available since 2006). Before age 7, children should get 5 doses of the DTaP vaccine. Doses are usually given at 2, 4, 6 and 15 to 18 months of age and 4 to 6 years of age. The fourth dose may be given as early as 12 months of age. Tdap should be given as a single booster dose to 11- to 64-year-old individuals. People with cough illnesses should avoid contact with infants and expectant mothers, including visiting or working in labor, delivery and nursery areas of hospitals and in child care settings. If you live or have close contact with someone who has pertussis, you should take antibiotics to prevent pertussis; contact your health care provider.
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Island grapplers measure up at state Pirates exit playoffs By GARY MEANS
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After earning a spot in the tri-district round of state playoffs, the Vashon girls basketball team exited playoffs one win short of the regional round following losses to Cascade Christian and Cedar Park Christian. Tuesday, Feb. 14, marked the third meeting of the season between the Pirates and the Cascade Christian Cougars. Vashon dropped the most recent game against the Cougars by 37 points. The outcome of this game would remain in question until late in the fourth quarter, thanks to an effective press break that prevented the Cougars from scoring transition baskets as well as the offensive efforts of Pirate post Charlotte Kehoe. The game was a defensive contest as the biggest quarter-by-quarter point differential of the evening was the 4-point lead the Cougars held at the end of the first quarter, 8-4. Vashonâ€™s press break and high-energy defense limited the Cougar possessions throughout the first half, which ended 17-10, in favor of the District 3 champion Cougars. The second half was contested even more tightly. The Pirates scored 17 points to the Cougarsâ€™ 18 but were unable to bring the margin any closer than 6 points and ultimately lost, 35-27. Kehoe led the Pirates with 19 points. Rachel Hoffman
The Vashon High School wrestling team put the cap on another successful season last weekend when eight pirate grapplers represented the Island at the state championships at the Tacoma Dome. Every match was hard fought, with many Pirates having more trouble battling the clock than their opponents. Sophomore Preston Morris, wrestling at 182 pounds, placed fourth and junior Robert Easton, at 220 pounds, finished sixth, one place better than he fared last year. Both Morris and Easton won both their matches Friday to advance to the winnersâ€™ bracket and Saturdayâ€™s medal round. Morris dominated his matches, winning 9-2 and 4-2. His match for third place against Anthony Heller from Elma was an exercise in brute force. It came down to the final buzzer, when Morris lost 3-4 with just seconds to go. Easton manhandled Fridayâ€™s opponents, winning both matches by pin. His Saturday losses all occurred in the final seconds, and he lost against John White of Ridgefield, 3-4, in the last 10 seconds. His match for fifth place also went down to the wire. He came up just short, 8-10, in the final eight seconds. Senior Julie Wilson, the
Vashon junior Preston Morris gives Colvilleâ€™s Hunter Lecaire some air in their 182-pound consolation semi-final. Morris pinned Lecaire at 4:42 and went on to take fourth place at state while Lecaire finished sixth. lone female wrestler representing Vashon, faced stiff opposition in her first match and fell by pin in the first round. Like her male teammates, Wilsonâ€™s second match also came down to the final seconds. She led 5-2 deep into the third round, but lost a heartbreaker at the buzzer. Elliot Ellingsen and Shane Armstrong both competed in the 170-pound bracket. Ellingson lost his first match against a wrestler from Chattaroy as the buzzer sounded 0-2. His second match ended with a pin with a half-second left on the clock. Armstrong lost a
first-match squeaker, 4-6, against his opponent from Cashmere. He bounced back with a strong victory, pinning a wrestler from Cle Elum, before losing his last match to one from Kennewick. Junior A.J. Sawyer, freshman Joe Coller and sophomore Louis Jovanovich all made their first state appearances. Jovanovich lost by pin in his first match, then turned it around to dominate an opponent from Castlerock, 10-0, before losing his third match by pin with two seconds left in the first round. Sawyer, wrestling in the same bracket as Easton, was pinned in his first match,
then pinned his next opponent from Omak. Joe Coller, wrestling at 195 pounds, held his own. He lost a good match, 1-8, against a grappler from LaCenter. His second match loss saw him out of the tournament. This yearâ€™s young team made great strides and has much potential for next year, according to coaches. The Pirate coaches say they are looking forward to intense off-season workouts and are already planning next yearâ€™s assault on the Tacoma Dome. â€” Cheryl Pruett is the mother of a middle school wrestler.
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pitched in 4, while Mariya Munsey and Tagen Lynch added 2 apiece. â€œCharlotte really showed her basketball IQ tonight,â€? said coach Henry Porter. â€œShe played exceptional defense, was scoring from all over key and was central to our ability to break the Cougar press.â€? Vashonâ€™s final game of the season was Thursday, Feb. 16, at Cedar Park Christian, where the Pirates took on the District 2, No. 2 seeded Eagles in a loser-out, thirdround tri-district game. The Pirates again put their defense on display as the first quarter ended 4-2, in favor of the Eagles. Mishandled passing by the Pirates and transition play from the Eagles in the second quarter led to 7 points and opened a 9-point Eagle advantage in less than one minute of play. The Pirates rallied thereafter but struggled offensively, and the half ended with the Pirates down by 14 points, 20-6. In the third quarter, Vashon limited the Eagles to just 4 points. The Pirates managed to cut the lead to 24-12 to end the quarter, but they were not able to draw any closer, and the season ended in a loss, 35-18. After the loss, Porter credited Hoffman with being a â€œdefensive stalwartâ€? during the teamâ€™s final games. â€œShe effectively stymied our opponentâ€™s best scorers, the majority of whose points came mostly on transition basket steals,â€? he said. In her career finale, Kehoe led the Pirates with 10 points. Anya Quig, Hoffman, Lynch and Munsey each tallied 2 points for the Pirates. The Pirates ended the season with a record of 11-11. A combined seven of the 11 losses were against teams that are still alive in the state playoff tournament. The Pirates appropriately finished the fourth quarter of the Cedar Park game with their five outgoing seniors on the floor. â€œI will miss this group of seniors,â€? Porter said. â€œEach of them brought great energy and a sense of urgency to practices. I thought we really gelled as a team over these last two to three weeks, and these seniors were the principal reason for our late season success.â€?
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Vashon Seals swim though a successful season, dive into winter training By RANDY TURNER For The Beachcomber
The Vashon Seals Swim Team recently wrapped up a strong fall season. Despite the teamâ€™s small size and limited practice facilities, the Seals have formed a solid backbone of older swimmers in recent years and have become a more formidable opponent at meets. Over four meets last season, the 45 swimmers competed in 382 swims. More than 50 percent of those swims resulted in personal best times for the athletes, and 73 percent of the swims resulted in a Silver, Gold or Champs time standard. In addition, new Seals team records were set 36 times throughout the season. The Seals began the season with a fourth-place finish in the October Challenge at Mount
Tahoma High School. High point scorers at the meet were Jeremiah Bogaard, 9, and Maia Cunningham, 12. Cunningham also won the Brucey, a team award given to the swimmer with the most overall time improvement each meet. The high point scorer for the 13-andolder age group was Hannah Cunningham. New Pacific Northwest Swimming (PNS) Champs time standards were met by Bogaard in the 200-yard freestyle and 100yard breaststroke and Maia Cunningham in the 100and 200-yard breaststroke and the 50-yard backstroke. In November the Seals competed in the Q Meet at the world-class King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way. Maia Cunningham was again a high point scorer, as was Sage Everett, 17. The Brucey award went to Elijah Dougher, 9. New PNS
David Nguyen, 13, swims in a race at a recent meet. Champs time standards were met by Bogaard in the 50-yard breaststroke, Maia Cunningham in the 50-yard breaststroke and Dougher in the 100-yard backstroke. The fall season concluded for most swimmers at the Divisional Champs at Olympic High School in Silverdale. High point scorers were Bogaard and Emily Milbrath, 12. The Brucey
award went to Lola Lewis. At the divisional competition, the 12-and-under swimmers competed in the Pentathlon, which consisted of 50 meters of each stroke plus the 100-yard individual medley. Bogaard and Connor van Egmond, 11, both took first in their age divisions, and both were repeat winners from last year. Max Gross Shader,
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Jacob Gold and Diego GrayWishik finished second, third and fourth in the 12year-old boys division. Bogaard and Maia Cunningham wrapped up the season in December back at the King County Aquatic Center, where they represented Vashon at the 14-and-under PNS Champs meet. Bogaard competed in four events, and Cunningham in five. Both swimmers dropped tremendous amounts of time in events they swam just weeks before. They now hope to qualify for the Northwest Age Group Region Championships in March, where swimmers from seven states will compete. Head coach Lisa MacLeod said that during the fall she was consistently impressed with the Vashon swimmers. â€œGiven our limited resources here on the Island,
we continue to produce swimmers who can compete with the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer,â€? she said. â€œOur focus on working to your personal best allows for success at every level, whether it is a competitive swimmer working towards a championship time or a developmental swimmer working on their stroke technique.â€? The Seals have resumed training, and swimmers are aiming for qualification in the August PNS Championships. Four Seals will compete at the Age Group Invitational this Sunday in Seattle; then the following weekend the whole team will travel to a meet in Silverdale. For more information on the Seals, see www.swimvashon.org. â€” Randy Turner is a Vashon Seals coach.
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waste and recyclables, the elementary school has already reduced its lunchtime trash output from about 10 bags a day to just one. But perhaps more importantly, Wilke said, the new recycling station provides an opportunity for the students to learn about the importance of recycling and decreasing waste. Itâ€™s the first step in a new district-wide project to bring sustainability into the classroom and encourage students to change their habits. â€œThat little piece at Chautauqua is indicative of what could be implementable over numerous systems and facets of daily life,â€? Wilke said. â€œThereâ€™s dozens, if not hundreds, of teachable moments every single day.â€? The district will implement a similar lunchtime recycling program at McMurray Middle School next month and at the high school by the end of the year. And though there are no firm plans after the recycling stations are up and running, Wilke said he will continue to develop strategies to educate students about conservation in the classroom. Superintendent Michael Soltman called the new effort the best way to ensure the district continues to cut back on energy use, water use and waste. â€œWe know we can reduce energy costs, and we can reduce solid waste costs by making some changes in the buildings,â€?
Soltman said. â€œWe also know the greatest difference weâ€™re ever going to make is in changing user habits and changing how people use energy and resources. The education component is the strongest sustainable measure we can implement.â€? Chautauqua principal Jody Metzger said the elementary schoolers were excited about the new recycling station, especially after they learned their leftovers would go to pigs on Vashon farms. â€œIt gives them a purpose. They understand â€Ś some animal is getting food from it, and we have way less waste, which is good for the environment, which is good for us,â€? she said. The district, too, will save significantly on disposal costs, Wilke said, as trash has been exponentially reduced and recycling is about one-tenth of the cost of disposing trash. The lunchtime food waste is now dinner for pigs at Sun Island Farm, owned by Joe and Celina Yarkin. Wilke said eventually other farmers with chickens and pigs will get involved as well, and McMurray lunch waste will go into an industrial-size composter that will provide fertilizer for the campus. The Yarkins, who pick up the food when they drop off their kindergarten daughter for afternoon class, say their pigs go crazy for the flavorful scraps. â€œIâ€™ve just about posted a menu out by the pig pen for them to read whatâ€™s coming each day,â€? Yarkin said with a laugh. The Yarkins are grateful for the scraps, he said, and also grateful that their three school-age daughters will learn about con-
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servation during their school day. â€œWe certainly recycle everything (at home),â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s just more consistent to do it at school as well, and not see things get wasted every day.â€? Wilke said similar lessons could be applied to a number of conservation efforts at the school. For example, the installation of new low-flow faucets in sinks could be a chance to teach students about water conservation. And new heating systems set to be installed at McMurray and Chautauqua will give teachers greater control over classroom temperatures. So itâ€™s likely classroom temperatures will be set lower in the winter months to conserve energy and students will learn to bundle up for class, he said. Wilke hopes eventually children will even study statistics about their buildingsâ€™ energy use, relating the numbers to factors such as classroom temperature. â€œWe could change it and just have people be chilly, or we can come around and engage people and say this is why,â€? he said. â€œRather than just make the change, weâ€™re turning it into a teachable opportunity.â€? Itâ€™s those teachable opportunities that the district hopes will stick with young students as they move through the school system and eventually enter the new, more efficient Vashon High School. â€œWithin a several-year time period we are creating a significant culture shift with users of the Vashon Island School District,â€? Wilke said. â€œWe are populating our district with students that are highly aware and engaged and desirous of doing the right thing.â€?
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4DIPPMEJTUSJDUTUFDIOPMPHZ MFWZPWFSXIFMNJOHMZQBTTFT Vashon Island School Districtâ€™s Technology and Capital Projects Levy passed last week, with 70 percent of those who cast ballots approving the measure. Superintendent Michael Soltman, reached after results were announced last Tuesday, said he was pleased that Islanders supported the levyâ€™s renewal. Whatâ€™s more, Soltman said he was happy to learn that of about two dozen school districts in the state that put technology and capital project levies before voters, Vashonâ€™s passed with the greatest majority. â€œI was elated by the amount of support that our community gives,â€? he said. The renewed levy will collect $3.6 million from property owners over the next four years. About two-thirds of the funds will go toward technology investments and training. About a third will be used for district maintenance projects. A little more than 3,500 Islanders cast votes in the Feb. 14 special election, a 45 percent return for Vashon voters. The county forecasted a 38 percent turnout countywide for the special election, though Vashon is known to have higher than average return rates. About 2,480 Islanders voted yes on the measure, and about 1,060 voted no. It needed a simple 50 percent majority to pass. The election will be certified on Tuesday. â€” Natalie Johnson
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Sy Bean Sy Bean, a Vashon High School graduate and former Beachcomber photography intern, won first place in Seattle Universityâ€™s 2011 â€œImagining the Worldâ€? photography competition. A panel of award-winning professional photographers â€” including Seattle Timesâ€™ photographer Greg Gilbert and Jane Perovich, a senior editor at Getty Images â€”
selected first-, second- and third-place winners as well as 17 honorable mentions out of hundreds of submissions. Bean, who graduated from VHS in 2010 and now attends Seattle U, won first place for a photograph he took in Zambia. An awards ceremony and artistsâ€™ reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Seattle Uâ€™s Kinsey Gallery.
SHERIFFâ€™S REPORT Feb. 6: A fraudulent phone call was reported at a home on the 21600 block of 135th Avenue. The caller claimed to be with a company called Global International and
said he needed the personâ€™s address for them to claim a prize. A motorcycle was stolen from a locked fenced area at Vashon Trucking. The motorcycle belonged to an employee of Vashon Trucking, and the suspect or suspect forced open a gate to steal the bike. Feb. 7: A vehicle parked outside Sound Food was vandalized. The vehicleâ€™s windshield and tailgate were smashed. Feb. 8: Copper wiring was stolen from a vacant commercial building on the 12100 block of Cemetery Road. The theft was discovered by a Puget Sound Energy employee who checked on the building. Feb. 9: Suspicious cir-
cumstances were reported on Ridge Road. A pedestrian was reportedly behaving in a suspicious manner and concealed his face from a driver before running into the woods. Feb. 14: Fraud was reported by an man on the 10000 block of 122nd Place. The man tried to file his tax return and was told by the IRS that someone was using his name and social security number. Feb. 16: A juvenile male driver pulled over on the 18500 block of Vashon Highway for an equipment violation was found to posses marijuana. Feb. 17: An assault was reported at a home on the 10400 block of Cemetery Road. The victim claimed he
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For the second year in a row, Vashon property owners are seeing a slight drop in their property values as well as a small increase in property taxes, according to the King County Assessorâ€™s Office. Tax bills as well as assessed values for 2012 were mailed to King County residents last week â€” assessments that show a slight decrease in property values countywide. â€œBank foreclosures and other distressed sales continue to be a drag on property values overall in King County,â€? County Assessor Lloyd Hara said. Overall, property taxes climbed 1.7 percent, while values dropped in every
taxing district except two â€” Wallingford and Phinney Ridge in Seattle. On Vashon, the median assessed value fell from $389,600 in 2011 to $377,000 in 2012, according to John Wilson, a spokesman for the assessorâ€™s office. The levy rate, meanwhile, went up from $11.63 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2011 to $12.30 in 2012, he said. The average homeowner will see a property tax increase of $106 â€” due, Wilson said, to Vashonâ€™s various public agencies that have taxing authority. â€œYou have some unique expenses that drive property tax rates on Vashon,â€? he said.
On February 17 at 4:42 pm, with James Taylor singing â€œFire and Rainâ€? on the bedside radio and his family around him, John CliďŹ€ord Hjorten passed from this life. He was always generous with his laughter, heart and song, with a voice that could be envied by the angels. Now freed, we imagine him, cigarette and scotch in hand, playing the Hammond organ with a steak on the grill. His greatest achievement was his family: his 42-year marriage to Katie Walsh Hjorten and their children, John Jr., Michael and Rebecca, their spouses Erica and Melissa, and his precious grandchildren, Andrea, Julia, Rian, Christina and Hillary. John was born in 1952, raised on Vashon Island and graduated from Vashon High School in 1970. He traveled extensively as a professional musician. He later founded Pro-Sweep LLC, a 15-year-old business, which in 2009 passed into the capable hands of his son John Jr. and continues to thrive today. John is also survived by his mother Clarice HjortenWalgren, her husband Ted, and his siblings: Bev, Harley, Barb, Dennis, Joyce, Doris and Jerry. His brothers Rick and Gary preceded him in death. As a favorite uncle, John considered all his nieces, nephews and their children to be his special treasures. A graveside service will be on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm. A â€œJoyous Send OďŹ€ â€? will be held from 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm and is open to all friends and family at Sustainable Books, formerly the VFW hall, at 22100 Vashon Highway, Vashon Island, WA 98070. John was a great lover of pies! We invite you to bring your favorite pie or dessert to share at this celebration. Please go to our online guest book at www.islandfuneral.com for more information.
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Little Cat is has a shy little personality. She enjoys being petted while she nestles inside her own little tent. She can purr up a storm once she gets started. Little was relinquished to VIPP with two other kitties when they all lost their home. Little would do best in a quiet home with a person who can help her adjust to her new surroundings.
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Professor Plum who sometimes uses his alias name Pepeâ€™ did not commit the crime in the library with the candle stick. He is only guilty of having the loudest purr in the shelter. Professor Plum was adopted from VIPP as a kitten and he lived a very happy life until his owner died. The Professor is now looking for a new library or any other room where he can hang out and snuggle with a new person. Being a professor, this boy is very intelligent. Follow VIPP on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Vashon-Island-Pet-Protectors
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