NEWS | Lawmakers work to save PO boat’s dock. Page 3 COMMENTARY | An Islander’s look at health care reform. 6 SPORTS | Vashon Aikido teams with Seattle for an event. Page 18
ART THAT GLITTERS World-renowned jeweler makes a stop on Vashon. Page 11
DINE ON MAURY The golf club opens its restaurant to the public. Page 5
BEACHCOMBER VASHON-MAURY ISLAND
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2012
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Vol. 57, No. 9
A NIGHT WITH THE STARS, VASHONSTYLE
If the King County Sheriff ’s Office’s proposal for a resident deputy program on Vashon is approved by the deputies’ union, Islanders will see a significant decrease in police presence on Vashon as soon as April 1. The Island will also, however, gain a full-time sergeant to oversee Vashon’s operations and follow crime trends. Several sheriff’s office officials laid out the proposal at a VashonMaury Island Community Council (VMICC) meeting last week, making an official announcement of the plan reported by The Beachcomber based on anonymous sources two weeks ago. Many who attended the meeting expressed concern that the new system — which would rely heavily on on-call officers — would result in longer response times. However, some also said they understood the sheriff ’s office is faced with making tough budget cuts.
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Sheriff’s office plans to reduce coverage By NATALIE JOHNSON
By LESLIE BROWN
The grey-blue house on a quiet street in Burton looks like a classic family home — with a twocar garage, a crimson-red front door and a peek-a-boo view of Quartermaster Harbor. But instead of housing a family, the 2,200-square-foot residence stands as a new effort on the part of Vashon Island Fire & Rescue (VIFR) to reduce emergency-response times to the outer reaches of the Island. These days, two young men — volunteer emergency medical technicians or EMTs — live in the four-bedroom home, situated a block away from the Burton fire station. When a call comes in, they don their gear and hustle to the station, where they climb into an aid car and rush to the scene. It’s a scenario that routinely shaves two or three minutes off the response time to the southern end of the Island and a minute or two to parts of Maury, VIFR officials said. And while that might not seem like much, fire officials say, those few minutes could mean life or death to someone who’s having a heart attack or is in need of oxygen. “Two minutes can make a huge difference,” said Candy McCullough, who chairs the fire commission. “I think it’s definitely worth it.” The residency program, as it’s called, is part of a larger effort on VIFR’s part to reduce response time by strengthening volunteer participation in the department, one of the few in King County that still draws heavily on the
More than 200 people turned out for the 15th annual Oscar Night at Vashon Theatre, a lavish affair replete with (faux) Hollywood celebrities. This year included appearances by Helen Mirren, the war horse Joey, Asa Butterfield (aka Hugo) and several others. Many awards, of course, were handed out. Visit The Beachcomber’s website for a list. Above, left, Oscar Night announcer Susan McCabe and hosts Aimee Demarest and Fiona Hope take a limo ride. Above, right, Emily McAthur, a sixth-grader, steps onto the red carpet. And right, costume contest judge Karen du Four des Champs enjoys hors d’oeuvres offered by Craig Sutherland (aka Jack Nicholson).
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From 12 to 93, Islanders learn the joys of photography A new intergenerational workshop brings seniors and students together By SUSAN RIEMER Staff Writer
On a recent rainy afternoon, several photographers gathered among the vibrant quilts and bright-colored bolts of fabric at Island Quilter. Some nestled their cameras right up to their subjects, taking the closest pictures imaginable, while others stood further apart to capture the long view.
While much about the afternoon could have passed as an ordinary photo shoot, other parts of the event were in fact remarkable: The youngest photographer in the bunch was in sixth grade, and the oldest, 93. Those gathered were part of an intergenerational photography workshop led by Island photographers Chris Beck and Ray Pfortner. The class, which began in January, includes sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at The Harbor School and residents of Vashon Community Care. Twelve meetings in all, the class gathers twice a week, one day dedicated to a workshop, where photos are displayed and the students and teachers comment on them at VCC, and
the other day dedicated to a field trip. So far, the 13-member group has traveled to Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie, the Bone Factory, the quilt shop and DIG; next week they’ll head to Point Robinson. Working sometimes in student-senior pairs and sometimes alone, class members are learning about photography in the digital age as well as about each other. “It’s always wonderful to get the generations interacting,” said Naomi Goldick-Davis, the VCC manager of social work and community outreach. “That’s my passion.” The first seeds for this class were planted last year when several Island photographers SEE PHOTOGRAPY, 10
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King County officials have sent notices of violation to 133 waterfront homeowners noting theyâ€™ve failed to meet a county deadline to get their septic systems inspected. The letters are the latest step in the countyâ€™s three-year effort to get 262 homeowners in Vashonâ€™s six marine recovery areas to comply with new state rules around septic systems in areas deemed critical to Puget Soundâ€™s health. The notices of violation follow a letter that was sent in December stating homeowners had until Feb. 3 to meet the countyâ€™s deadline. If homeowners fail to comply with the violation notices, they could face civil penalties, said Larry Fay, the community environmental health section manager for Public Health - Seattle & King County. â€œThey still have time to comply, although the window is closing,â€? he said. The county has struggled to get Islanders to comply with the rules, in part because of the high costs of replacing failing septic systems and the difficulty of finding systems that work on small parcels like those that line Vashonâ€™s waterfront. County officials have held several meetings, gone door to door and sent out several reminders and notices, Fay said. â€œI feel like weâ€™ve done three years of almost quarterly
mailings that are friendly in tone. I still want to be friendly, but Iâ€™ve got deadlines,â€? Fay said. At the same time, he added, heâ€™s encouraged by the response the county has gotten in the last couple of months. A year ago, only about 20 percent of those with properties within the recovery area had begun the process of complying with county rules. Now, nearly 50 percent have had their septics inspected and, if needed, repaired or replaced. Some Islanders, however, blame the county for the low compliance rate, noting that in other parts of the Puget Sound region, public officials have secured low-interest loans for residents to use to upgrade their systems. At last weekâ€™s Vashon-Maury Island Community Council meeting, Robert Keeler, who chairs the councilâ€™s land-use committee, presented a motion requesting the county to provide information about potential sources of financing. Fay agreed that the lack of funding has been a problem. It appears, he added, that the county will be able to secure about $350,000 from the state to start a revolving loan fund. â€œIâ€™m pretty certain weâ€™ll be able to get something set up,â€? he said. â€” Leslie Brown
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get, but Fitzgibbon said he hoped it would make it into the Legislatureâ€™s final version. â€œWeâ€™ll have to work with the Senate and make sure it stays in the final budget,â€? he said. Construction at the Colman Dock is set to begin in 2015. The public can comment on the 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.
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Good news for the Seattle area is the interest of East Coast investors, who foresee this region (and Seattle) as being the most important west coast region/ city for the next decade. The definite feeling is the potential for growth in jobs and the housing market (new construction) is much greater here than any other western state. Investors are positioning themselves to back this area. One of the reasons for their thinking are what Gardner refers to as, The Five Bâ€™s: Boeing---an Asian nation ordered two hundred 747â€™s on Valentinesâ€™ Day. Bytes---this is one of two major centers for technical development in the US. For example, there are 350 companies in the Seattle area, manufacturing video games! Bio-tech---a local company is within a year of announcing a cure for one major group of cancers. Bothell---There are two people in Bothell on the verge of patenting a car that goes fast, for much longer distances on electric power; and the price will be low. This is not Tesla! Benefactors---We have the highest concentration of billionaires of any place in the US except the lower East Side of Manhattan (an island that is the same size as VashonMaury). Philanthropists create an environment that fosters human creation, diversity, and intelligence. Local people are among the greatest givers in the world---setting out to rid the world of polio, malaria, and fixing countless other problems plaguing Earth. Good people are attracted by this positive energy. This is a good place to be!
renovation to the Colman Dock to maintain passenger-only ferry access to the terminal. Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Burien), who was instrumental in getting the clause included, said that the proviso would enforce a current state law, RCW 47.60.662, which requires the state ferry system to collaborate with passengeronly ferries for service at its terminals. Although the state no longer operates foot ferries, Fitzgibbon said, lawmakers still want to see them succeed. â€œItâ€™s important to my constituents, and itâ€™s important to have good transportation connections,â€? he said. The proviso isnâ€™t in the Senate bud-
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Islander Tag Gornall says you canâ€™t tell thereâ€™s an up until youâ€™ve experienced the down. He has experienced both during his decades-long career as a marine mammal veterinarian, and heâ€™ll share both this Sunday as the next speaker in Vashon Community Careâ€™s Telling Stories series. On Vashon Gornall is perhaps best known as a volunteer, a green energy proponent and, during the holidays, an Island Elf. But as a retired veterinarian, he is also one of the worldâ€™s foremost marine mammal experts. Gornallâ€™s 35-year career as a marine biologist and
marine mammal veterinarian has taken him around the world studying aquatic animals, designing aquariums, consulting with government agencies and even working with movie makers. He worked with the first orca in captivity, helped otters affected by the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, consulted on the set of â€œFree Willy 2â€? and was even called Seattleâ€™s Whale Doctor. Gornallâ€™s career is especially noteworthy in the Puget Sound region, where he has worked closely with the Seattle Aquarium and consulted at the Point Defiance Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo. A sign language interpreter will translate Gornallâ€™s talk on Sunday. Gornall said reaching out to the deaf community is important to him, as he grew up with two deaf parents. â€œI would like to welcome
Tag Gornall them in,â€? he said. â€œThis has been my whole life, in this community.â€? He believes being raised by deaf parents may have affected his work with animals, as he learned to not always rely on spoken cues. â€œI think it taught me to pick up on things that perhaps a hearing person would not,â€? he said. Gornall said that in preparation for his talk he has been poring over old photos
and notes, an act that has reminded him of some of the best and saddest times in his work with whales, otters, gorillas, polar bears and other animals. â€œItâ€™s brought a lot of the funny times back and a lot of the heartbreak back, and I want to share a little bit of both,â€? he said. Gornall said the stories of his vast experiences will also demonstrate his belief that the most interesting animal of all is the human. â€œI can often predict what an animal will do, but humans are always a moving target,â€? he said. Tag Gornall will speak as part of VCCâ€™s Telling Stories series at 4 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Church. Ticket sales are by donation at Vashon Bookshop and VCC. All proceeds benefit VCC.
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Vashon dog wins at Westminster Bubbie, a two-yearold Icelandic Sheepdog owned by Islanders Donna McDermott and Terry Warnock, is already stacking up some impressive awards. But perhaps his proudest accomplishment yet was when he won Best of Breed at the Westminster dog show in New York earlier this month. â€œI was elated,â€? said McDermott. The win was especially sweet considering Bubbieâ€™s mother took Best of Breed at Westminster last year â€” the first year the rare breed was recognized by the Westminster Kennel Club. Bubbie was also the top Icelandic Sheepdog at the American Kennel Club National Championships last December, where there was tough competition. McDermott said Bubbie enjoyed New York, though he was a little overwhelmed by all the people. He got to walk around the city with his brother who lives there and even met a Harlem Globetrotter. â€œHeâ€™s a little rock star,â€? she said, â€œbut at home heâ€™s just our sweet little guy.â€?
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Maury Island restaurant goes public By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer
For the first time in recent history, and possibly ever, residents of Maury Island and southern Vashon will have a dining option close to home. Itâ€™s not exactly a new restaurant, though. Tomorrow, the Vashon Golf & Swim Club will open its restaurant to the public with expanded hours, new chefs, a revamped menu and a new name â€” the Mileta Creek Restaurant. Chris Lueck, who was hired as the clubâ€™s new operations manager a few months ago, says the restaurantâ€™s opening is part of an ongoing effort to bring new revenue and new members to the 80-year-old club, which has struggled to maintain its membership in recent years. He believes Islanders will like Mileta Creek Restaurant not only because of its location, but for what he calls â€œspectacular viewsâ€? of the rolling green golf course, Quartermaster Harbor and the Olympic Mountains. The clubhouseâ€™s lounge and dining room seat nearly 100, and during warmer months, Lueck said, diners flock to the patio, which looks out at the water and can seat another
60. Even as a private club, he said, the restaurant has been â€œhopping in the summer.â€? Lueck said he has revamped the menu to appeal to a variety of diners â€” offering everything from hamburgers and macaroni to steak and fine wines, and providing an affordable selection for kids. With chefs Heather Sanders of Heatherâ€™s Homegrown and Kael Noah of Uptown Takeout, the restaurant will open with a hearty winter menu with plenty of meat. Come spring, Lueck said, theyâ€™ll offer lighter fare with fresh herbs and produce, and theyâ€™ll add barbecue in the summer. â€œWeâ€™ve kind of modernized the menu, especially at dinner,â€? he said. Lueck is in talks with local farmers to eventually stock the restaurant with Island produce and eggs, and he says Mileta Creek will sell the cheapest wine of any restaurant on Vashon. Lueck, who used to manage Vashon Thriftwayâ€™s wine section, said that while most restaurants triple the cost of wine, the golf clubâ€™s new restaurant will charge less than double a bottleâ€™s value. â€œWeâ€™re getting some good deals,â€? he said. â€œIâ€™ve always thought itâ€™s a
ripoff to triple or quadruple a bottle of wine.â€? The restaurant will also add what Lueck calls a two-for-$20 deal. Any night, $20 will get diners two appetizers, two plates of a specific entree and one selected bottle of wine. Lueck said the club hopes Mileta Creek Restaurant â€” named after the creek that bisects the property and runs into the harbor â€” will put the club on display in a way it hasnâ€™t been before. Ideally those who enjoy their experience at the restaurant will consider joining the club, which has witnessed a decline in membership since 2003. In 2010, in an effort to appeal to more Islanders, the club began to offer limited and more affordable membership options, and in 2011 it rebranded itself as the Vashon Golf & Swim Club. The club has considered opening its restaurant for some time, and Lueck said when he came on board he pushed for the change. â€œLooking over the financials, itâ€™s readily apparent that the old business plan isnâ€™t working,â€? he said. Lueck â€” who attended the Culinary Institute of America and was a professional chef for
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Chris Luek, the Vashon Golf & Swim Clubâ€™s new operations manager, will run the revamped restaurant. 30 years â€” has also brought new wine and beer tastings and wine dinners to the club, events open to members only. The restaurant opens as the organization begins a new membership campaign, waiving initiation fees for those who join in March. Lueck said that to remain vital on Vashon, the club needs to attract younger members with families, something he hopes the Mileta Creek Restaurant will do.
â€œThis is the direction the club wants to get back into, attracting families up here,â€? he said. â€œThatâ€™s what the club was founded on, families.â€? The Mileta Creek Restaurant will be open 11 a.m to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and for brunch Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Call 463-2005.
Islanders should press for a fix to our ailing ferry service In the wide realm of issues affecting the Island, residents should pay close attention to our ferry service. We should write letters, sign petitions, stay informed and find creative ways to press our case. The reason is that this is an area of great vulnerability for us, an issue with wide-ranging ramifications. If ferry service continues to climb in cost or is significantly reduced, the Island will increasingly become a place out of reach to young families and people of modest incomes. That, in turn, would profoundly affect our social fabric â€” from the health and well-being of 8FIBWFTPNVDIUP our public school system to the MPTFJGUIFDSJTJTGBDJOH very feel of daily life on Vashon. Whatâ€™s more, we have a legitiUIFGFSSZTZTUFNJTOPU mate logistical concern. The BEFRVBUFMZBEESFTTFE ferry system â€” much like a twoJO0MZNQJB lane highway in a rural outpost in Eastern Washington â€” is our lifeline. In the social compact at the heart of our democracy, we have a right to expect our elected officials to fully understand and support this lifeline â€” as well as a right to consistently and even forcefully remind them, should they forget. Islanders, it seems, have a tendency to complain about Vashonâ€™s lack of government service and support. We want a better library, adequate police coverage, roads in good repair. But we believe a careful analysis of the way King County dollars are distributed would show that Vashon measures up quite well in terms of per-capita resources. Weâ€™re an unincorporated area with a rural sensibility. Our complaints, when it comes to county service, sometimes seem unrealistic, even petulant. Ferries, however, are a different matter. Indeed, this is the issue that could make or break us. Simply put, we have so much to lose if the crisis facing the ferry system is not adequately addressed in Olympia. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s encouraging to see some new energy dedicated to the issue. For the last couple of years, two people â€” Kari Ulatoski and Greg Beardsley â€” have carried this issue virtually single-handedly. Recently, however, after Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond said several ferry routes could be axed altogether, Ulatoski and Beardsleyâ€™s Ferry Advisory Committee got an influx of energy. Several new people have begun attending their meetings, bringing new energy to this critical issue. That latest threat â€” the possibility of completely suspending service on five routes, including two of Vashonâ€™s three ferry runs â€” seems sidestepped for now. Once again, lawmakers found Band-Aids â€” not a cure â€” to address our ailing ferry system. But the issue will hardly go away anytime soon. Until Olympia finds the political will for a real fix, our ferry system will continue to limp along from crisis to crisis and our Islandâ€™s way of life will be at risk.
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The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act of 2010 will be fully implemented by By KATE HUNTER 2014. How will it affect Vashon Islanders? already covSeveral people have told me that ered or face anyone on Vashon who currently an annual needs health care can get it, implynon-compliing that the act wonâ€™t make much ance penalty. difference. Thatâ€™s not true. Those who Pharmacist Tom Langland canâ€™t afford explained to me that â€œmost of it â€” with the acute and emergent needs are incomes taken care of.â€? He agreed, howbelow 133 ever, that â€œacute and emergent percent of careâ€? is not an adequate definithe federal poverty level ($14,856 tion of health care. According to for an individual in 2012) â€” will Wikipedia, â€œHealth care is the be able to get their coverage from diagnosis, treatment, and prevenMedicaid. In addition, there tion of disease, illness, injury, and will be federal assistance to purother physical and mental impairchase insurance in the exchange ments in humans.â€? for those between 133 percent A 2011 Vashon survey that garand 400 percent of poverty line. nered 520 responses found that 21.8 Unfortunately, the act specifically percent had no health insurance; forbids any federal funds to pro25 percent had been turned away vide for abortions. by a provider because they are on Even with this act in place, Medicare; 27.9 percent had been however, many will still be uninturned away for lack of insurance; sured. The Congressional Budget 11.3 percent had children with no Office estimates that by 2019, the insurance, and 43 number of people lackpercent could not ing insurance will be &WFOXJUIUIJTBDU reduced from 32 milafford prescriptions. I spoke with a JOQMBDF NBOZXJMM lion to 23 million. Of number of employ7 to 11 million TUJMMMBDLBGGPSEBCMF those, ees at a small busiwill be undocumented IFBMUIDBSF ness on Vashon who immigrants, leaving have no insurance. another 12 to 16 milOne 36-year-old lion without insurhas been uninsured for 15 years; ance. After conducting several another, who is 52, currently has interviews and reading numerous none. A 33-year-pays $174 a month articles, I canâ€™t say for certain who for insurance but is being dropped those uninsured people will be because the company will no longer â€” but some, clearly, will be those cover individuals. A University of who decide theyâ€™d rather get fined Washington student is unable to for lacking insurance than buy it. afford the university-sponsored Whatâ€™s more, even with the insurance, which costs $456 per act in place, many will still lack quarter. Another spends $500 a affordable health care. According month following a recent hip surto the Physicians for a National gery. Her two daughters, 23 and 26, Health Plan, â€œMillions of middlewith no insurance go off-Island for income people will be pressured to their care to a doc-in-a-box. buy commercial health insurance At another business I visited, policies costing up to 9.5 percent the two owners â€” a husband and of their income but covering an wife team â€” said that half of their average of only 70 percent of their income in 2011 was spent on medmedical expenses, potentially leavical expenses, even with insurance. ing them vulnerable to financial How will the act benefit these ruin if they become seriously ill.â€? Islanders and the rest of the For insurance companies, is country? Each state will establish this a boom or a bust? According Health Insurance Exchanges, to provisions of the act, insurlists of approved insurance plans. ance companies will be required The act requires all Americans to to spend 80 to 85 percent of prepurchase insurance if they are not miums on actual provision of
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health care and no more that 15 to 20 percent on overhead and profits. A number of the larger companies are already leaving the field, including Aetna, Cignet and Principal Financial Group. Group Health, Blue Shield and Blue Cross are raising premiums at accelerated rates, building huge surpluses, according to a recent article in the Seattle Times. Many hope the actâ€™s profit limits will eventually lead to fewer insurance companies and to a national single payer system, heartily endorsed by U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott. Still others hope there will be an increased number of companies in each state competing for the huge influx of new enrollees â€” an influx that could bring about competitive offerings. A serious problem with the act is about access, according to Islander Rick Skillman, a retired hospital executive. â€œThis is a train going down the tracks toward collision.â€? There are not enough general practitioners to care for the millions of people who will be newly insured. Therefore, in the future as now, many folks will go to emergency rooms, further crowding an already stressed system and resulting in longer waits for those with true emergencies. One Islander told me he waited nine hours in the emergency room with a failed kidney. Unless a huge number of medical students are already in residence preparing to become general practitioners, the train wreck Skillman projected will surely happen. In two years, each state will have set up its own Health Insurance Exchange from which individuals and small businesses will choose coverage. The state Legislature is finalizing the rules for the exchange. The state Insurance Commissioner and the state Health Care Authority are establishing criteria for selecting plans and determining definitions of health care coverage. We on Vashon need to watch and engage them as they lay out the future of our care. â€” Kate Hunter is a longtime Islander and civic activist. For more information about the Act, see www.HealthCare.gov.
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Family Movie Night: An exercise in family life that began so innocently Theyâ€™re line up on the futon sorted by size, like jays on a hightension wire. They stare slackjawed at the screen while blues, reds and greens dance across their faces in the semi-dark. The laugh track punctuates the snappish dialogue, teenaged voices breaking in alternating cadences; Hannah Montana, Pair of Kings, Wizards of Waverly Place. These TV kids are older and cooler than our four kids. Flippant insults and clever retorts have muscled into our older childrenâ€™s vocabulary, loan words from pillaging barbarians, teenage sitcom Vikings. My wife Maria and I have the normal love/hate/then-hate-a-little-longer attitude concerning TV. We badge up when a conversation turns to TV, claiming to have not even owned a TV for several contiguous years; but especially when our babies were small and there were a lot of them, and a good nightâ€™s sleep was pleasant fiction, nothing made the nut as well as a late-night bag of Cheetos or a box of Ding-Dongs and back-toback episodes of â€œDog the Bounty Hunter.â€? We had been watching a TV we got at a bizarre electronics sale
FAMILY LIFE By KEVIN POTTINGER held in one of the old Seattleâ€™s Best Coffee buildings several years ago. We pawed over heaps of retailreturned electronics, piles of broken TVs, DVDs, speakers, cash-only, no returns, no questions. Our TV was classified as functionally fine â€” â€œworks!â€? scratched in Sharpie on a piece of blue tape â€” but its grey plastic cabinet was in a pile of pieces. When we got it home, I ducttaped it together, and years later tape and TV are still strong; weâ€™ve since gifted it to a couple new to the Island who didnâ€™t need much in the way of a TV, either. Mariaâ€™s family are solid Midwestern farmers, corn and beans and the Blessed Virgin, and they have a fabulous custom of bestowing large sums of money to one another at Christmas.
This year, we took her familyâ€™s concept was simple: We would generosity and sunk the entire all watch an ancient, heartamount in a gigantic TV, plus a warming family show while game console that our youngest eating buttered popcorn and boy begged us to buy, prostrate, thinking clean thoughts. The his arms wrapped tightly around first Family Movie Night was my ankles. The shopping decision a sappy, sentimental success, was this: If weâ€™re going to actuand so there were several more, ally buy a TV, weâ€™re going to buy a series: â€œChitty-Chitty-Bangthe biggest TV they have. Weâ€™ll Bang,â€? â€œSwiss Family Robinson,â€? be all in. â€œSinginâ€™ in the Rain.â€? And so we are all in. The But after a while, the Family gigantic TV paired with an Move Nights started to drift off unlimited Netflix account has course. The kids began programmade it possible to ming the movwatch, for example, ies, and they every Storage Wars changed the 5IFHJHBOUJD57 episode consecuformat slightly QBJSFEXJUIBO tively. Our kids hold to more closely VOMJNJUFE/FUGMJY hours-long, sugary align the playbill after-school Hannah with their tastes BDDPVOUIBTNBEF Montana festivals. in theater. JUQPTTJCMFUPXBUDI The spectacle of The newGPSFYBNQMF FWFSZ Billy Ray Cyrus dadbreed Family swaggering his way 4UPSBHF8BSTFQJTPEF Movie Nights through his one-note hold the entire DPOTFDVUJWFMZ. Achy-Breaky part is family, includcompletely lost on ing both adults, our four. captive for a series of derivative grade-school kidâ€™s movies, full of Just like having all these poopy-potty bathroom humor, kids, the idea of Family Movie pie-in-the-face reaction shots and Night began innocently enough. dizzying computer-generated Maria rented â€œThe Sound of graphics and choppy editing: Musicâ€? and talked of having â€œHome Alone II,â€? â€œMr. Popperâ€™s a Family Movie Night. Her
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Penguins,â€? â€œSpy Kidsâ€? 1 through 3, number 4 in 3-D. Family Movie Night is still satisfying, sitting together and admiring the fine digital sheen of our huge new TV. However, the unfortunate reality of the current format is that the movies are often so puerile that Maria and I find it hard to sit still for the whole thing, without fidgeting with our phones or actually packing in laptops to get work done. At times the movies are so bad they fail to hold the attention even of our youngest kids. Theyâ€™ll play provocateur, standing in front of the screen so no one else can see, waiting for a reaction, or draping themselves across their brothers and sisters, fomenting unrest on the futon. The last half-hour inevitably drags past bedtime and a couple kids usually drift into sleep. After the credits, I hog-carry the still-sleeping kids up the stairs. Itâ€™s getting harder to do that; weâ€™re all getting a little older. â€” Kevin Pottinger and his wife Maria are the parents of four children.
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As you suggested, my wife and I made the effort to get preapproved for a home loan before seriously looking at houses. Unfortunately, our credit scores were not as good as we expected them to be. The two loan people we talked with said we would have to bring up the scores before we could qualify. Do you think we would be better off buying a home where the seller will carry the contract?
The short answer is no. Itâ€™s far more important to get your credit score up. That allows you to qualify for any home in your price range that might suit you, rather than a very small selection of homes that offer seller financing. We all learned some lessons from the recession. One of those is not to go into debt for more than you can handle. If you have too much debt now, or have made payments late, or a number of other problems, it wouldnâ€™t be prudent to rush into buying a house. Another important thing to know is that very few sellers can, or will carry a contract. Most folks need the money from the sale of their current home to buy another one somewhere else. Itâ€™s a rare seller these days, that can afford to wait for the money. In addition, sellers will also check your credit and most will ask for a large down payment. In my experience they also want higher interest rates than standard lenders are offering. Most contracts held by sellers require a pay off in just a few years. Three to five years is the most common. I would advise that you work with a lender to find out how to improve your credit score. There are even non-profits that will give you helpful credit counseling. These days credit scores are the primary way lenders judge the risk of lending. I know itâ€™s hard to wait but you will be so much better off if you do. I would add that you should order your own credit report and be sure there are no mistakes.
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A facelift for the town? Letâ€™s start closer to home LETTER TO THE EDITOR Recently, this estimable newspaper reported a discussion underway among the Islandâ€™s Chamber of By WILL NORTH Commerce, local businesses and the about aging. University of Washingtonâ€™s School of You lose hair Architecture proposing a facelift for on your head shops downtown. This is something but gain it in like going to Nordstrom, â€œover town,â€? your nostrils. and having a makeover at one of the Can someone cosmetic counters, knowing full well tell me why youâ€™ll never buy the insanely expensive that is adequate stuff theyâ€™re selling. compensation? I donâ€™t know about you, but as I read Your memothe story I couldnâ€™t help but think: why ry shrinks even didnâ€™t the Chamber talk to the unias your toenails grow, fast and thick. versityâ€™s plastic surgery department? Much as I try, I find nothing profound Facelifts? Bring them on! I mean, talk about â€œcommunity beautification!â€? Iâ€™m in my toenails, though I persist in believing that my mind once was proguessing there are a lot of aging folks on this island, like me, who might find found, wherever it went and no matter how thick it became. this concept attracYour muscles ache but tive â€” and a lot of 0OFPGUIFGFX not from any body-buildyounger folks who would welcome the CFOFGJUTPGBUUBJOJOH ing program youâ€™ve been at the Vashon aesthetic improveUIFTUBUVTPGiTFOJPS pursuing Health Club: No, pain is ments. DJUJ[FOwJTUIBUZPV just the new status quo. I confess that my thinking on this HFUEJTDPVOUT8IPTF You give hearty hugs to vaguely familiar shoppers matter, such as it is, JEJPUJDJEFBXBTUIBU at the Thriftway but wonmay be influenced der who the heck they are by the fact that and why theyâ€™re so friendly. this year I become a genuine, cardAnd speaking of the Thriftway, carrying â€œsenior citizenâ€? complete you stand in the aisle, your eyes with Medicare coverage. And when I look in the mirror each morning while focused somewhere out near infinity and think: I wonder what was on shaving, I canâ€™t help but think: Isnâ€™t there a major engineering or construc- that shopping list I wrote down and then forgot to take with me. When I tion firm in Seattle, with cranes and wander into Island antique shops, like other heavy equipment, who could Treasure Island and Lost & Found, I improve upon this view? find things I grew up with. Someone Here are some things Iâ€™ve noticed
please tell me how it is that my life became â€œvintage!â€? One of the few benefits of attaining the status of â€œsenior citizenâ€? is that you get discounts. Whose idiotic idea was that? I can hardly think of a more wrong-headed notion. Letâ€™s face it, with every year we continue to age, we cost society more. We have higher medical bills. We have more car accidents (though at very low speeds). We earn less. We are more of a burden to our children, who have gone from being accepting of us at last to being annoyed weâ€™re still, expensively, hanging on. Itâ€™s rude, really, our longevity. We get discounted tickets to the Vashon cinema. Why is that? Because they know weâ€™ll never remember enough of the flick to ruin it for others, thatâ€™s why. Senior discounts, therefore, are nuts. Instead, there should be a senior penalty. We are costly. The penalty should rise with every year past 65 â€” letâ€™s say, a percent a year. That way, if you have the effrontery of reaching, say 90, you pay 25 percent more for everything. Iâ€™m just saying: Itâ€™s only fair. On the other hand, if an army of UW plastic surgeons swooped down upon the Island, we could postpone these existential concerns â€” at least until the facelifts themselves began to fail. No matter what you do, time always wins. But I canâ€™t think that far ahead anymore.
$IBOHJOHUIFOBNFNBLFTMJUUMFTFOTF Our Strawberry Festival has had that name for over 30 years. Changing it because a few folks canâ€™t find strawberries is at most a poor excuse for such an iconic Island event. Nor does changing the name to more reflect the music, art and food make sense, because those things are considered synonymous with the word â€œFestivalâ€? already. And if you still insist on changing the name to reflect more on art and music, we can just blend in among so many other art and music festivals throughout our area. Moreover, thereâ€™s a risk the public will misunderstand and think itâ€™s a whole new event, no matter how long you try to subtly change the name from one to another. Changing such a well-recognized name both on and off the Island defies the basic principles of effective promotion, marketing and the benefits recognized from logo/brand recognition. Unless there is an unquestionably good reason to do so, you will have squandered years of promotional equity, a value that doesnâ€™t come easily nor cheaply for any fundraising event. Furthermore, I view changing the name as undermining the historical value and familiarity of our Strawberry Festival over several generations of both Islanders and visitors alike. I trust that the Chamberâ€™s underlying reason for changing the name is to attract more visitors to Strawberry Festival. For the reasons given, itâ€™s beyond better judgment how changing our festivalâ€™s name accomplishes that. And oh yes, advise those handful of folks looking for strawberries to drop by the Rotary strawberry booth. Itâ€™s one of the festivalâ€™s largest booths and a great place to buy anything from strawberry shortcake to strawberry sundaes to buckets of strawberries! â€” Gary Sipple
â€” Will North is a Vashon novelist.
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support of volunteer firefighters and EMTs. The two men at the Burton house, Cody Plancich, 22, and Ross Copland, 21, are housed at VIFRâ€™s expense. In exchange, Plancich and Copland â€” both trained EMTs who also work part-time as ambulance drivers in the Seattle area â€” have to be on call 10 times a month for 12-hour shifts. The deal works for them, the two men said as they sat in the living room of the spacious home, called the Bennedsen House in honor of Lt. Robert Bennedsen, a volunteer firefighter who was killed in Afghanistan in July 2010. Both men are on their way toward becoming professional firefighters and paramedics and welcome the experience the residence program provides. â€œYou just get better and better,â€? Plancich, a 2007 graduate of Vashon High School, said of the experience. The fire department also benefits, VIFR officials said. Assistant Fire Chief George Brown said heâ€™d like to see even more EMTs and firefighters spread out across the Island. Parts of the Island are still outside of the five-mile range considered the gold standard in emergency response. A station with living quarters further southwest would be better, as well as another on Maury. But the Bennedsen House is a step in the right direction, he said â€” a good investment for the district and one that has enabled it to draw on the services of two promising young firefighters who cost the district very little. â€œTheir eagerness and their willingness to learn the job and learn to do it right is refreshing to me,â€? Brown said. â€œTheyâ€™re not afraid of work.â€? Brown, who came to the department from Pullman, Wash., has been working assiduously on the districtâ€™s volunteer program since his arrival two and a half years ago, trying to enhance and improve a part of the district considered critical to its success. His changes have been far-reaching, some say. Volunteers no longer simply sign up and then continue on with their lives, awaiting a page that they might â€” or, more significantly, might not â€” be able to answer. Instead, as a result of a program Brown instituted, volunteers now have to agree to three 12-hour shifts a month or nine per quarter, with their stipend slightly higher if they staff that shift from the fire station rather than their own home.
Cody Plancich, left, and Ross Copland live at the Bennedsen House in Burton. Behind them, above the fireplace, is a framed photo of Robert Bennedsen and other memorabilia that honor the fallen soldier. He also instituted a Vashon-based academy, or training program, that volunteer EMTs have to take â€” an additional requirement for Vashon volunteers, who also take a state-mandated EMT class. The need for the changes was apparent to Brown shortly after he arrived at the district. â€œWhen I first got here the volunteer system amounted to, â€˜Come if you can.â€™ It wasnâ€™t working,â€? he said. The district always had enough paid staff on duty to respond to the first emergency call that came in. But on nights with backto-back calls, which is not unusual for the small department, VIFR officials would often have to send out repeated pages to get enough volunteers to show, Brown said. â€œWithout volunteers,â€? he added, â€œone call wipes us out.â€? Whatâ€™s more, he said, some of the volunteers were not keeping up on their training. The agency, he noted, â€œused to take any volunteer who signed up.â€? Now, he said, the district focuses on â€œquality over quantityâ€? in its volunteer ranks. The district lost volunteers in the course of the makeover. About 20 dropped from the rolls, in part because they couldnâ€™t man-
age the shift requirements and extra training demands, Brown said. But the program, now a year old, is delivering the results Brown was looking for, he said. The district currently has 47 active EMT/ firefighter volunteers â€” 26 who live offIsland and 21 from on-Island. Another 10 Islanders volunteer as support personnel. As a result of the shift requirements each volunteer has to keep, the district is now much closer to what Brown and others consider full staffing levels â€” enough personnel to cover three back-to-back calls. Last year, Brown said, volunteer EMT/ firefighters helped to staff 82 percent of the agencyâ€™s weekday shifts and 84 percent of its weekend shifts. â€œThis is a big change,â€? Brown said. Some of the commissioners say they miss the old days, when the volunteer ranks were filled largely by Islanders motivated by a sense of civic duty. The new system, said Commissioner Ron Turner, has turned VIFR into â€œa recruiting spot for the IAFFâ€? (the International Association of Fire Fighters). McCullough, a volunteer herself until she became a commissioner a year ago, said she
also wishes the volunteer program still had that homegrown feeling. â€œI was happy to have our troops in the past that we could call on locally,â€? she said. The culture is different, she added, now that VIFRâ€™s volunteers are more likely to be young men and women who see it as a stepping stone in their career. â€œTheyâ€™re not like the typical Vashon volunteer,â€? McCullough said. â€œThey want jobs. Itâ€™s built into the culture.â€? At the same time, both Turner and McCullough said, they accept the fact that Vashon â€” one of the few districts in the region that uses volunteers anymore â€” had to beef up its program. â€œWe donâ€™t just need bodies anymore. We need people who are trained and qualified,â€? Turner said. â€œThe world has changed,â€? he added. â€œAnd itâ€™s hard for some people to accept.â€? Some of the longtime volunteers who have stayed with the program, meanwhile, say theyâ€™re pleased by the changes. Jill Bulow, a volunteer EMT who joined the department six years ago, said she doesnâ€™t mind the shift requirements and was happy to get the additional training. When she first started at the district, Bulow said, â€œIt was disorganized. We were learning good things, but different things from different people, and it was confusing.â€? Now, she said, â€œWeâ€™re getting very clear and thorough training, and thatâ€™s why I joined.â€? As for the two young men staffing the Bennedsen House, theyâ€™re also pleased by the new approach â€” especially the quid pro quo that enables them to live rent free in exchange for receiving considerable on-thejob training. The district, they believe, is getting a good deal. The two men said they work more shifts than VIFR requires. They also take care of the house â€” last weekend, they pruned the fruit trees in the fenced backyard â€” and help out their Burton neighbors when needed. Indeed, they said, their lives are pretty much consumed by work â€” between their volunteer shifts at VIFR and their paid jobs with Tri-Med, an ambulance company serving Kent, Burien and Highline. But theyâ€™ve got little choice, they said, if they want to break into the competitive and ultimately well-paying field of professional firefighting. â€œItâ€™s the life we want, to get that good career,â€? Copland said. â€œWe work and work and work. But thatâ€™s what youâ€™ve got to do.â€?
5IF#FOOFETFO)PVTFJO#VSUPO"OFYQFSJNFOUJOFNFSHFODZSFTQPOTF Vashon Island Fire & Rescue has been trying for years to find a way to serve the far-flung corners of the Island â€” to address the joke that the agency could always save a foundation in the case of a fire, but that was about it. Its new residency program, where two young men live at a house in Burton around the corner from one of its fire stations, is a step toward trying to find an economic solution to that problem, the fire department says. The agency paid $437,000 for the house in June 2010. Now, when it receives a call from the south end in the middle of the night, the two volunteers â€” Cody Plancich and Ross Copland, both trained EMTs â€” can get there a tad faster than their counterparts at Station 55. The four-bedroom house often has two other volunteers staying overnight there, rotating through on an as-needed basis. As a result, says fire Commissioner Ron Turner, â€œWeâ€™ve got improved response.â€? The agency could have an even faster response, however, if it could station an aid car at the house â€” something not allowed under current zoning because the house is considered a residence, not â€œa primary (emergency) response site,â€? said Assistant Fire Chief George Brown. As it is now,
when a call comes in, Plancich and Copland have to hop in their VIFR-issued SUV, zip around the corner to the station, park their SUV and jump into the aid car. The two men are proud of how quickly theyâ€™re able to get to the station. From the moment they receive a page to the moment they step into the aid car takes about two minutes, they said. But fire commissioners want the response to be even faster. Turner said he plans to ask the commission to seek a waiver from the zoning law so that the department can park an aid car at the house. Brown, too, wants to eventually seek a variance, though he wants to wait until the time is right. â€œI think itâ€™s very doable, but timingâ€™s everything,â€? Brown said. The district paid cash for the house, using funds from its reserves. Turner said it made considerable sense to purchase the house, in light of the low real estate prices on Vashon these days. Ultimately, Brown said, the district hopes to build a new fire station, replete with sleeping quarters, in the southwest quadrant of the Island â€” a location that would better
enable the district to serve the south end and west side of the Island. But such an undertaking would cost millions of dollars, he noted, and the district is far from ready to take on such a project. â€œTo me, itâ€™s an investment. Itâ€™s a no-lose proposition,â€? Brown said of the Bennedsen House. Turner, who championed the idea of the house in Burton, said he wants to expand the residency program so that the district can better serve Dockton. Just a few weeks ago, he looked at a house not far from the districtâ€™s small station in Dockton, which â€” like the structure in Burton â€” is not big enough to handle live-in firefighters. The house he found in Dockton, he said, was too big and expensive, but he plans to continue the search. â€œWeâ€™re always looking,â€? he said. Meanwhile, neighbors of VIFRâ€™s house in Burton say theyâ€™re happy to have two young EMTs in their neighborhood. â€œI totally love having them there,â€? said Nici Dawber, who lives across the street. â€œImagine if we did have a fire. ... Theyâ€™d be here right away.â€? â€” Leslie Brown
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photographed each VCC resident, culminating in a show called Perfectly Aged: Faces of Vashon. Goldick-Davis noted then how much the residents enjoyed working with the photographers, and she began to think how to get the residents behind the camera instead of in front of it. Eventually, she approached both Beck, a volunteer at VCC, and Pfortner to see if they might teach a class. She also shared her idea with James Cardo, the headmaster at The Harbor School to see if the school could offer such a course as an elective. All parties agreed, and now the class â€” which will end this month â€” will culminate in May with a juried show at VCC, showing the best work of each student. The course focuses mostly on composi-
Jack Rabourn relaxes at a recent workshop. Behind him, Ralph Eister, 92, takes a shot.
tion, Beck said, and while The Harbor School students have their own cameras, most of the residents are using cameras donated via VashonAll, a popular email bulletin board. At the quilt shop, VCC resident Ellen Mark, who will celebrate her 94th birthday in June, was taking photos with a slim red Fujifilm camera. â€œI thought it would be interesting and out of the ordinary,â€? she said. At her age, she said, she has so many photos that people have sent to her over the years that she doesnâ€™t know what to do with them all. So sheâ€™s taking the class, she said, â€œjust for the experience.â€? â€œIâ€™ve enjoyed it so much,â€? she said, adding that she has also enjoyed working with students. â€œTheyâ€™re fabulous,â€? she said. â€œTheyâ€™re patient. They know a lot more than I do.â€? While Mark had not taken photos for many years, she recalled her first camera: an Eastman Kodak box camera. The wellknown camera company sent cameras to every 16 year old in the country that year, and she was one of the lucky recipients. â€œI took a lot of photos with it,â€? she recalled. Photographing a quilt in the front window, 13-year-old Lhamu Konrad said that after taking a summer camp from Beck and Pfortner, she did not hesitate to sign up. â€œIt was immediate,â€? she said. â€œI thought â€” I have to do this.â€? Working with her that day was Barbara Gross, 76, who said she had never used a digital camera before and was the only one in her family without one. â€œI got sick and tired of waiting for Walgreenâ€™s to develop my pictures,â€? she said. â€œYou never know if they are good or bad.â€? Now, she knows, of course, if she has cut off someoneâ€™s head or lopped a person out of the picture, but she is learning much more than that.
Julian White-Davis takes a close-up of a quilt during a recent session. â€œThe teachers are fabulous; they let you take baby steps. Theyâ€™re patient and theyâ€™re inspiring.â€? Far back in the store, Harbor School student Julian White-Davis experimented with placing his camera up against bolts of fabric. â€œI like extreme close-ups, so the viewer is wondering: What is that?â€? he said. He appreciates the intergenerational aspect of the class, he noted, and has learned from the seniors. â€œI really like to hear about their childhood and their past experiences,â€? he added. Jack Rabourn, 74, worked largely by himself that day, one of the many seniors rolling in his wheelchair around the store, photographing with his own Nikon. In earlier years, he did a lot of photography, he said, but then health problems intervened. Now he has picked up his camera again after learning that a long stretch of chemotherapy and radiation was not effective against a brain tumor.
â€œI am trying to do some living things,â€? he said. â€œI am trying to get back to doing photography as an art form. I decided you just have to go forward.â€? Pfortner said he most hopes the students in the class â€œlearn how to show us their world, their vision.â€? Some photos, he noted, have been about ordinary life: a table set for dinner, the view out a window. He recalled the famed Vashon photographer Oliver S. Van Olinda. â€œHe shot the most ordinary things and because of the passage of time, they became extraordinary.â€? For Beck, the class has also had considerable rewards as she and Pfortner have navigated the ins and outs of teaching photography to such a diverse group of students, including â€œtechno kidsâ€? and seniors who are not familiar with the Internet. Members of both groups, she added, have taken some excellent photos. â€œItâ€™s absolutely fascinating to see how all of them see things,â€? she said. â€œOld or young, itâ€™s about how you see.â€?
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PASSPORT TO MUSIC: Hear world sounds when Vashon Allied Artsâ€™ New Works Series brings Avaaza to the Blue Heron stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10. The bandâ€™s music is an amalgam of sounds inspired by flamenco, Gypsy, Persian, North African, Indian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern styles. Call 463-5131 for tickets and more information.
An artist crafts a plan to make the most of Vashon By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD Arts Editor
amed metalsmith, jeweler and educator Robert Ebendorf will come to Vashon next week, with an itinerary that includes an exhibit at the Silverwood Gallery, time spent in a classroom with Vashon High School jewelry students and a lecture for Vashon Allied Artsâ€™ Arts & Humanities Series.
Ebendorf, born in 1938, has won decadesâ€™ worth of acclaim for his jewelry, which he meticulously crafts with found objects and nontraditional materials, including everything from seashells to bones to bits of Chinese newspapers. His career, launched in the 1960s with a Louis Comfort Tiffany grant and a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Norway, includes his own retrospective exhibition at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C., and induction into the National Metalsmithâ€™s Hall of Fame. He is currently the Carol Grotnes Belk Chair of the School of Arts and Design at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. So how did the famous North Carolina-based artist wind up scheduling a whirlwind tour of talks and a show on Vashon? According to Gerry Feinstein, who curates the Arts & Humanities Series, it was all Ebendorfâ€™s idea. Feinstein said that Ebendorf had recently visited a friend on Vashon, who told him that he should meet Eric Heffelfinger, a jeweler, teacher and co-owner of Silverwood Gallery in Burton. The friend also told Ebendorf about Vashon Allied Artsâ€™ Arts & Humanities lecture series. Ebendorf wasted no time in pursuing the connections. He first made an impromptu stop at Silverwood Gallery, The work of Robert Ebendorf, Eric Heffelfinger and jewelry students from Vashon High School will be shown in a one-week exhibit opening at 6 p.m. Friday at Silverwood Gallery. Ebendorfâ€™s lecture for the Arts & Humanities Series will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $18/$20, are almost sold out. Call 463-5131 to check availability.
where gallery co-owner Margaret Tylczak told him that Heffelfinger was teaching a jewelry class at Vashon High School, and that sheâ€™d be happy to take him there. â€œEric was absolutely floored when they walked in the door, because heâ€™s known about (Ebendorf) for a long time and greatly admired him,â€? Feinstein said. â€œHe was pretty dazzled by that.â€? Soon, Heffelfinger and the famous artist had concocted a plan for Ebendorf to come back to Vashon, where heâ€™d work with students in Heffelfingerâ€™s class and then show his own work alongside Heffelfingerâ€™s and his students at Silverwood Gallery. Feinstein also recounted that she had gotten a call out of the blue from Ebendorf, who offered his services as a lecturer in VAAâ€™s series. â€œWe began to learn about him, and discovered that he is known as a great teacher and lecturer,â€? said Feinstein. â€œHe sought us out,â€? said Janice Randall, VAAâ€™s communications director. â€œHe wanted to come.â€? Randall said that Ebendorf couldnâ€™t be more humble, and seems genuinely excited about everything he has signed up to do on Vashon. One of the things that makes Ebendorfâ€™s story especially interesting, Randall said, was that he has overcome a lifelong struggle with dyslexia on the road to his fame as an artist. The condition, Ebendorf explained in a recent interview, might help explain â€œwhy the helter-skelter in some of the things I make today sometimes have been talked about, that I create my own language.â€?
Robert Ebendorf, a world-renowned jeweler, will have a show at Silverwood Gallery and explain the tools of his trade at a lecture at the Blue Heron. At top left, a bracelet made by Ebendorf from found materials.
A wealth of concerts show off the talents of musicians from far and near Quest, The Crucialites, Adrian Xavier Band and Rau. Sheâ€™ll soon release her debut album, â€œFree From Fear.â€?
Check out the following concerts for an eclectic offering of everything from the heavenly sounds of Bach to the throbbing beats of a legendary reggae band.
On Thursday, renowned harpsichordist Jan Weinhold, from LĂźbeck, Germany, and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan will present â€œThe Bach Family,â€? a concert of music by Johann Sebastian Bach and sons Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. The program, set for 7:30 p.m. at the Vashon Methodist Church, will include sonatas for flute and harpsichord by Bach and sons and organ solos by both Johann Sebastian and Carl Philipp Bach. Weinhold was born in Hamburg, Germany, where he studied sacred music, organ and historical keyboard instruments with a long list of influential masters. He has taught and performed widely throughout Germany and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. Flutist Jeffrey Cohan has performed as soloist in 25 countries and received
Harpsichorist Jan Weinhold and singer/songwriter Sarah Christine both have upcoming appearances on Vashon. acclaim as a modern flutist and one of very few who specialized on all transverse flutes from the Renaissance through the present. A suggested donation of $15 to $20 for the concert is a free will offering toward expenses. Youth 18 and younger are free. For more information about the concert, visit www.concertspirituel.org.
Reggae giant Clinton Fearon will bring his Boogie Brown Band back to Vashon for
a night of exuberant dance music at 8:30 Saturday, at Red Bicycle Bistro. Fearon, who has packed the house many times at the Bike, came of musical age in Jamaica, where he formed the seminal reggae band The Gladiators. Since the 1980s, heâ€™s been a force in Seattleâ€™s music scene. Opening for Fearon will be local sweetheart Sarah Christine. For the past 12 years, Christine has honed her craft at festival appearances throughout the Northwest and beyond. She has also contributed vocals to acts such as Publish the
Island music legend Ron Hook will play a free, all-ages solo show at 7 p.m. Friday at The Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. Hook is the front man for the Island band Subconciously Population, and according to concert promoter Pete Welch, he has inspired a whole generation of Island musicians. â€œThis man is considered an elder by many on the Island, and a mentor to so many musicians who have come up throughout the years,â€? Welch said.
4BWFUIFEBUFGPSBOPQFONJD Talented youth will take over the Bike when Vashon High School students perform at an open mic at 8 p.m. Friday, March 9. The night, a benefit for VHSâ€™s 2012 Senior Party Fund, will include music, comedy, magic, poetry, dance, a jam session and more. Tickets are $5.
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From mad hats to mixed media
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pring is just around the corner, and during Fridayâ€™s Gallery Cruise, Islanders might get a few signs of a new season. Hats that speak of spring, art that reflects nature and sâ€™mores at a new gallery are just some of the fun offerings this week. So don your walking shoes and head for the town. Most venues are open from 6 to 9 p.m.
.JYFENFEJBBOEUFNQPSBSZ TDVMQUVSF The Blue Heron will host two artists in its March gallery show, Tacoma photographer William Mitchell and Island mixed media artist Tom Hughes. The opening on Friday will also boast live music from Riverbend. Mitchell, an avid climber and adventure traveler, worked full-time for the Department of Transportation, with a sideline doing photography for a photo stock agency. After retiring in 2003, Mitchell began shooting full-time. His current exhibition will show abstract works from a portfolio he calls â€œTangles,â€? a collection of color photographs that reveal nature through an abstract lens. He scans and prints works on archival paper.
A recent immigrant to Vashon from Buffalo, N.Y., Tom Hughes creates temporary sculpture with a message. His exhibition, organized around the theme of â€œWhere Weâ€™ve Been,â€? illuminates words within recycled cardboard and salvaged plywood sculpture. The installation, according to Hughes, will allude to mischief and collusion. â€œItâ€™s interactive art in a very concrete way, low-tech; itâ€™s been referred to as a punk-rock aesthetic. I reinvent the wheel every time,â€? he said.
4NPSFTBOEGJSFEBODJOHBU *HOJUJPO The Islandâ€™s newest art space, Ignition Studios and Gallery, will be open for its second First Friday fling, with food, fire pits, sâ€™mores and fire dancing by Kajsa Ingemansson and friends. Zamoranaâ€™s Taco Truck will be in parked in Ignitionâ€™s parking lot. Tenants of the space include Island Artistry Tile, Vashon Vintage and JK Designs. Upcoming Ignition exhibitions will include portraiture by Gage Academy instructor Ryan Finnerty and a summertime show of still-life work by Vashon painter Anelecia Hannah in partnership with North Carolina landscape artist Charles Philip Brooks.
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William Mitchellâ€™s work, which will be on display at The Blue Heron, includes an abstract take on nature.
Vashonâ€™s new textile gallery â€” Common Thread: A Fiber Arts and Textile Collective â€” is having a show sure to conjure up thoughts of March hares and mad hatters. For the exhibit, each artist in the collective has created a hat that reflects her medium. Works by Rebecca Wittman, Suzanna Leigh, Kira Bacon, Kasia Stahancyk, Marnie Nordling, Sharon Schoen, Linda Stemer, Anya Weil, Mary Shemeta, Kim MacDonald, Jenni Wilke and Laurel Boyajin will be on view at the shop, located in the former site of Books by the Way.
Two Wall Gallery will feature acrylic and watercolor paintings by Lynn Wilhoit. The artist, whose work has been exhibited at almost every Island art spot over the years, has been influenced by her many trips abroad as well as her admiration of the art of the Fauves, the Cubists and Pablo Picasso. â€œI have no preconceived ideas before I start a painting,â€? Wilhout said in an artistâ€™s statement. â€œI simply paint, see the direction the bold color and water are taking and I continue from there.â€?
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"DFMMJTUSFDPOTUSVDUT IFSJOTUSVNFOU During March, VALISE Gallery will present multimedia artist, musician and painter Karen Kennell. Last summer, after playing the cello for 21 years, Kennell experienced something of a tragedy: Her beloved instrument was crushed under a moving trailer. â€œI had played a concert the night before,â€? she said. â€œI put it under my friendâ€™s trailer to keep it out of the sun and heat. I didnâ€™t think anyone would be moving vehicles, but they moved that one and it ran over my cello. When my friends came to find me, my first thought was disbelief.â€? With this exhibit, Kennell aims to reconstructs her mangled cello â€” literally and metaphorically â€” using installation, photography, painting and video and exploring both grief and healing in the process. The cello itself will be displayed in the front room of the gallery, the pieces suspended between the floor and ceiling as if the cello were intact, with space between the pieces. Kennell is a native of Puget Sound but relatively new to Vashon. She is finishing her Master
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"MTPPOEJTQMBZBU7BTIPOHBMMFSJFTBOETIPQT Blooms & Things will present painter Jayne Nortonâ€™s show â€œGermination.â€? Duet will present â€œPrepositions,â€? painter Lenard Yenâ€™s show of new oil on canvas color abstractions. Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union will be celebrate its one year anniversary with a showing of the photography of John Anderson, music by Amrita, refreshments and prizes. Vashon Senior Center, on Bank Road, will exhibit original artworks by students of Carpe Diem Primary School, and Clare and Bob Hallowell will display their worldwide collection of bird and frog sculptures from 5 to 8 p.m. Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association will present â€œAbby Williams Hill: Wanderlust, Works on Paper, 1895-1927â€? (see story, next page). SnapDragon, Vashonâ€™s newest eatery, welcomes singer/performer Melodie Trottier, aka M is for Murder. Sheâ€™ll perform her classic songs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Hardware Store Restaurant will present photographer Biffle Frenchâ€™s show, â€œThe Osprey Hunter.â€? French is a nature and travel photographer. He is also an author and wood artist.
"4)08$"4&'03"35803,3&01&/4 The butcher paper will come down from the windows of The Heronâ€™s Nest, when the bustling retail arts store â€” owned and operated by Vashon Allied Arts â€” has a grand reopening Friday. Drop by and see how new store manager Ellen Parker has reorganized the store. There will also be new art on display, including work by this monthâ€™s featured artists â€” photographer Greg Bush and Lynanne Raven, an artist who makes painted mirrors, such as the one shown at left.
Karen Kennell holds pieces of her crushed cello, which sheâ€™ll reassemble as part of her show at VALISE. of Divinity at Seattle University. Kennell has been an amateur cellist for 21 years and has played in symphonies for years. More
recently she finds herself playing in folk, rock and worship contexts with guitars and voice. She also has been painting for nearly 10 years.
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â€˜Wanderlustâ€™ offers a glimpse into the life of a remarkable woman By VERNA EVERITT For The Beachcomber
Imagine an educated woman of the 1890s who favored camping, hiking and sitting on the precipice of mountains over domesticity, fashion and fitting in. Picture a woman who tossed aside corsets and bustles for menâ€™s clothing, who was commissioned by the Great Northern and Northern Pacific railroads to create plein air art. Islanders will be able to view some of the seldom seen drawings she produced during her years of wanderlust. In cooperation with the University of Puget Sound, Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Museumâ€™s newest exhibit, â€œAbby
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Williams Hill: Wanderlust, Works on Paper, 1895-1927,â€? opens Friday. Abby Williams Hill, her husband Dr. Frank Hill and their young son left Grinnell, Iowa, to move out West â€” all the way west to Tacoma â€” in 1889. Through her many day books and dairies, she painted a picture in which she shunned the life of a doctorâ€™s wife, finding it far more interesting to sail to Vashon, befriend the locals and fish for her supper. Hill also loved children and, unable to have more of her own, adopted three daughters. She spent her summer months camping on Vashon where she homeschooled (or tent-schooled)
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her four children. The summer ritual of camping on the Island lasted long enough for Hill to buy property and set up an art studio in Burton. There, she sketched several local sights along the beaches, including native canoes and homes. After receiving her first in a line of four commissions, she began in earnest to create landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Her works were used to entice tourists to hop on trains and explore the virgin territory, much as she had done. Hillâ€™s work includes more than 100 canvasses of landscapes and portraits, including one of Sioux chief White Bull. Many of those commissioned paintings were shown at the Chicago Worldâ€™s Fair in 1893, the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland and the AlaskaYukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle in 1909. And some recently made it to Vashon,
Abby Williams Hillâ€™s sketches will be on display at the heritage museum until May 20. where they were shown at the museum two years ago But her sketches â€” sometimes spare, other times fully realized â€” are not nearly as well known. Nor were they always mentioned in her day books. Hill, however, dated them and identified their locations, so it is possible to place them into the chronology of her work. Hill traveled extensively through the United States â€” from the North Cascades to the Great Plains. She painted the Grand Canyon,
Yellowstone and a very rustic Laguna Beach. She cycled for a year through the countrysides of Belgium, France, Switzerland and Germany. From her journals we know she was happier away from the constraints of societal expectations. One dairy entry noted, â€œIâ€™ve been rambling on in my diary without date or day.â€? And another, while on a train, said, â€œOur eyes ached with constant watching, yet we were unwilling to miss a
particle of grand panorama we were passing.â€? A tour through the heritage museumâ€™s Wanderlust exhibit may even inspire some of us to take off on an expedition of our own, â€œwithout date or day.â€? At the very least we can suspend our concerns and travel back in time to imagine the world once inhabited by Abby Williams Hill. â€” Verna Everitt is on the board of the Vashon heritage museum.
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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. Zen Center Series: The Puget Sound Zen Center will sponsor a Spring Dharma Study Series, â€œSelf and World: An in-depth exploration of our inherent capacity for love and wisdom.â€? A free introductory discussion will be held with John Candy. For information call 463-2841. 6:30 p.m. at the Vashon Library. Community Dinner: This monthâ€™s dinner is sponsored by the Vashon Island Ultra-Marathon and Trail Run. Information about the run as well as the new Vashon Running Club will be available. The menu includes Mexican pork or vegetarian posole, fresh tortillas, jicama salad and dark chocolate coconut bars. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Vashon High School cafeteria. Suggested donation: $10. Ayurveda Tea Time: Join Ronly Blau, a certiďŹ ed ayurveda practitioner, for samples of ayurvedic tea. Free. 4 to 5 p.m. at Full Circle Wellness.
'3*%":t 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, covering state rules regarding Medicaid, asset transfer and asset exemptions. He will also discuss long-term care insurance. His presentation will be part of the Parkinsonâ€™s Support Group meeting but relevant to people with a range of health and ďŹ nancial concerns. Call Steve SteďŹ€ens at
567-5976 for more information. 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Vashon Lutheran Church.
4"563%":t Republican Party Vashon Precinct Caucuses: Registration opens at 9:45 a.m. and caucus meetings begin at 10 a.m. 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. in the Voice of Vashon oďŹƒce on Sunrise Ridge. Wilderness Program Open House: Vashon Wilderness Program, which oďŹ€ers youth programs for ages 4 to 17, will hold an open house. 10 a.m. to noon at Camp Sealth. Embrace Change: J. Mathias Bennett, a spiritual advisor, will discuss how one can ďŹ nd greater clarity and purpose and determine next steps toward living life more fully. $30 per person. 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Vashon Intuitive Arts.
46/%":t Unitarian Fellowship: Rev. Elizabeth Stevens will lead the service, discussing how to assist those with dementia on their diďŹƒcult journey. 9:30 a.m. in Lewis Hall behind the Burton Community Church. Lutheran Church Concert: Carpenterâ€™s Tools International, a music ministry group, will lead the church service. The service will include a concert and short play. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Vashon Lutheran Church. 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 email@example.com or 724-2096 if attending or for more information. 2 to 4 p.m. 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
PUBLIC MEETINGS Vashon-Maury Island Community Council Board: 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, at McMurray Middle School. Vashon Island School District School Board: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at McMurray Middle School.
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Hugo: Ends March 1 The Lorax: Plays March 2 to 8 When Worlds Collide: March 3 See www.vashontheatre.com for show times or call
to stop by. Call Lee Ockinga at 370-0709 for more information or to arrange child care. 3 p.m. at the Vashon Library.
.0/%":t 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. at the Vashon Library.
56&4%":t Poetry: Vashon Watch meets every ďŹ rst Tuesday for people who want to write, discuss and/ or perform poetry. This month, the topic for discussion is â€œWhat makes a good poem?â€? Participants should bring a half dozen copies of a poem that they think is wellcrafted. Contact Devon Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. 6 to 7 p.m. at the Vashon Bookshop.
UPCOMING Legal Clinic: Vashon Legal Clinic, which oďŹ€ers free legal advice the ďŹ rst Thursday of each month at the Vashon Senior Center, will run from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 8. Call the King County Bar Association at 267-7070 to schedule an appointment. Drum Circle: Vashon Drum Circle will drum and sing with BuďŹ€alo Heart, Vashonâ€™s community drum. Free, but donations accepted. Sponsored by Womenâ€™s Way Red Lodge. 7 p.m. Friday, March 9, at Vashon Intuitive Arts. Friends of the Library: Share ideas for raising funds to support Vashon Libraryâ€™s programs, expand services and recruit new members. 10 a.m., Saturday, March 10, at the Vashon Library. Day of Wellness: Hestia Retreat is holding a â€œwomenâ€™s day of wellness,â€? which will include workshops, speakers, movement classes, a silent auction and more. The event is a fundraiser for Hestia Retreat. An all-day pass is $85; a pass with a gift basket is $110. Visit hestiaretreat.com/page smith/19 for more information. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Camp Burton.
Dr. Lorraine McConaghy, the public historian at the Museum of History & Industry in Seattle, drew on hundreds of maps, letters, legal notices, obituaries and other archival records to write â€œNew Land, North of the Columbia,â€? a book that sheds a fresh light on Washingtonâ€™s rich and colorful history. The book, a look at Washington from 1853 to the present, features nearly 400 documents, including a telegram to Washington Territoryâ€™s governor signed by Abraham Lincoln, the rough draft of Theodore Roethkeâ€™s â€œThe Roseâ€? and a NASA map of Washington, shot by Landsat satellites. Michael Upchurch of the Seattle Times called it a â€œbeguiling visual journey through Washington history.â€? McConaghy, part of the Humanities Washington Speakers series, will present a historical travelogue, based on her book, at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Vashon Library. The free event will also include a discussion on caring for personal archives. Community Cinema: â€œRevenge of the Electric Car,â€? a look at the global resurgence in electric cars, will be shown. A Q&A with the Vashon Electric Vehicle Association will follow. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Vashon Library meeting room. Food Safety for Organic Farmers: The Vashon Island Growers Association will host a free workshop on how to safely grow food for sale to the public. 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 17, at Vashon Cohousingâ€™s Common House. Call Mark Musick for more information at 463-4736.
CLASSES 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 snacks, stories, crafts and games. The group will meet twice a month. For more information, contact Julie Shannon at 5695414. Upcoming meeting dates are March 11 and 25, at Havurat Ee Shalom, 15401 Westside Hwy. Island Quilter: The store oďŹ€ers new beginning sewing and quilting classes each week. See the storeâ€™s website, www.IslandQuilter.com, or call 713-6000. Yoga: Ronly Blau will teach â€œYoga Sandwich,â€? with alternating â€œlayersâ€? of silent meditation and yoga. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1. The cost is $20. Register at ronlyr@ MeadowHeartAyurveda.com or 499-8488. Both classes meet at Island Yoga Center.
Vashon Allied Arts: Kids ages 8 to 12 can bake sweets from scratch in â€œSugar and Spicesâ€? from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 1. Complete class schedule, registration and scholarship information is available at www.VashonAlliedArts.org or by calling 463-5131. Afro-Brazilian Drumming: Learn to play the rhythms of Brazilian congas, djembes, surdos, 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 need to be accompanied by an adult. Discounts are available for families. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursdays, at the RhythmJoy Studio, 10354 S.W. Mukai Circle, then students carpool to the Havurat Ee Shalom to play for the Afro-Brazilian dance class from 8 to 9 p.m. The cost for the four-week session is $60; drop-in cost is $18. To register, call GeoďŹ€ Johns at 567-5822. The next session begins March 1.
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 email@example.com 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. Rabbi Alyjah Navy facilitates. The cost is $40. 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at Vashon Intuitive Arts. Animal Tracking: Teens can participate in a one-day workshop on the art and science of animal tracking, sponsored by the Vashon Wilderness Program. Learn strategies of CONTINUED, NEXT PAGE
70*$&0'7"4)0/57t)*()-*()54 VoV TV is found on Comcast Channel 21. Most shows are produced by Islanders. If youâ€™ve created a video program, contact Susan McCabe at 463-0301. RockFlicks, the short-ďŹ lm contest for all ages, is open now to all Islanders or those attending Vashon schools. For details see www.voiceofvashon.org. The submission deadline is May 4. There is a $100 prize for the top two winners. Friday and Monday, 6 p.m. Poet Sam Hamill visited Vashon last May. Island ďŹ lmmaker Peter Ray recorded his moving reading at Ober Park in the ďŹ lm â€œThe Poetâ€™s Way in Wartime.â€? 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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animal movement and behavior, as well as how to move through the landscape as a native tracker. Cost is $50, plus $20 materials fee; scholarships are available. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 10. For more information, visit vashonwildernessprogram.org/teen or call 651-5715. 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. 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. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6,
at Chautauqua Elementary School. Incredible Years Parenting Class: Vashon Youth & Family Services will oďŹ€er its parenting series, The Incredible Years, for parents of children ages 2 to 10. The 12-week series explores the joys and challenges of parenting, using a research-based curriculum. Cost is a sliding fee, $15 to $100. Dinner is provided at no cost. The course will be held in the evening, beginning Tuesday, March 13, at VYFSâ€™ Playspace. Contact Lori Means at 463-5502 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Story Times: Toddler Story Times, for ages 21 months to 3 years with an adult. Enjoy a 20-minute program of stories
and songs. 10:40 a.m. Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27. Preschool Story Time, for ages 3 to 5. Enjoy 30 minutes of stories and songs. 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27. Baby Story Time, for ages 3 months to 21 months with an adult. Enjoy stories, songs, bounces and tickles. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21 and 28. At the Vashon Library. Monoprint Class: Valerie Willson will teach a beginning monoprint class at Quartermaster Press Studios on March 10 to 11. The class, which costs $195, plus $15 for materials, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m both days. For more information, contact Willson at email@example.com.
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Phil Volker, legion commander at American Legion Post 159, awards Lisa Devereau with the postâ€™s annual â€œstar awardâ€? for her help with Memorial Day services and her ongoing work helping veterans adjust to civilian life. The plaques, made by Islander Roy Bumgarner, are awarded to a member in the community who has made a significant contribution without a lot of recognition.
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SEE ISLANDERS ROW: The Vashon Island Rowing Club will hold its annual scrimmage â€” the only time the rowers compete on Vashon â€” from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Races will start at Jensen Point and will be visible in inner Quartermaster Harbor. The masters and the juniors will go head-to-head for the coveted One Guinea Cup trophy at 10:45 p.m.
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Aikido class hopes to attract more By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer
Last week a half-dozen Islanders gathered in the wrestling room at Vashon High School to practice the ancient martial art of Aikido. One man, clad in a black belt and pants, had been practicing for decades. Another young boy had just picked up the art and didnâ€™t even have a white Aikido uniform yet. One of the great things about Aikido, said Vashon instructor John Koriath, is that there is no competition. â€œ(The goal) is for everyone to get better by practicing together,â€? he said. Koriath and fellow Islander Alex Tokar began the Aikido class in October after it hadnâ€™t been offered on Vashon for some time. So far, Koriath said, itâ€™s attracted about a dozen Islanders, some who come more regularly than others. Aikido is a non-violent martial art, meaning participants donâ€™t attack each other, but instead redirect their opponents energy in an attempt to take them down, Koriath said. â€œThe ultimate goal is to point them in another direction they cannot resist against,â€? he said. Those who practice the art, he said, do so to
develop strength and flexibility, to practice using their body and mind together and to work with others. â€œItâ€™s a lot of fun. ... Itâ€™s always a little more spirited with a larger group,â€? he said. Koriath, a leadership coach by day, said heâ€™s pleased with the class, which he teaches through the Vashon Park District, but would love to see it grow. Tomorrow the group will host a community event to give Islanders a taste of Aikido. Tomorrow evening several members of Seattleâ€™s Aikido dojo, or group, will visit Vashon to give demonstrations and practice with Islanders. The Seattle groupâ€™s sensei, or teacher, will instruct along with Koriath and Tokar. Koriath said Islanders who have never practiced Aikido can either try it out that night or observe. â€œYou can get a feeling for whether itâ€™s something you might enjoy doing,â€? he said. The Vashon Aikdo group will host a community event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the VHS wrestling room. Regular Aikido classes take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at VHS. For more information, see www.vashonparkdistrict.org or call 463-9602.
Liam Rockwell takes down Lisa Macleod during Aikido practice last week in the Vashon High School wrestling room.
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McMurray eighth-grader Palmer Burk watches as coach Corey McIntyre demonstrates a headlock on eighth-grader Franklin Easton.
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Highlights of the meet were when Chester Pruett started off a match with a come from behind pin with four seconds to go that fired up the team and when Franklin Easton gave away 35 pounds in an exhibition match and won by pin. Chase Wickman was also dominant throughout his match. Todd Gateman, Logan Nelson, Sean Delargy, Shane Williams and Preston Peterson won varsity matches. On Saturday six McMurray wrestlers competed in the Washington State Middle School Regional Tournament in Graham.
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The tournament was full of very experienced wrestlers from across Western Washington, all seeking seed points for next weekendâ€™s state middle school championship. Representing McMurray were sixth-graders Hunter Burger, Connor Hoisington and Ellis Peterson and eighth-graders Preston Peterson, Chester Pruett and Clyde Pruett. Both Chester and Clyde Pruett won matches at the high-competition tournament, and Clyde finished a strong fourth in a tough 12-man bracket. â€” Cheryl Pruett is the mother of two middle school wrestlers.
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â€œI think everyone realizes that money is short right now, and that some of these things are going to take place whether we like it or not,â€? said Joe Ulatoski, a VashonBePrepared leader who attended the meeting. Chief Deputy Steve Strachan, second in command at the sheriffâ€™s office, told about 30 Islanders who attended the meeting that the sheriffâ€™s office simply canâ€™t continue to staff Vashon with around 13 deputies. Due to budget cuts, he said, the agency has eliminated 170 positions in the last three years â€” cuts Vashon hasnâ€™t felt because the office has strived to keep two deputies on the Island at all times. Looking for what he called an innovative solution, Strachan said the office has proposed that five to six deputies staff the Island. During peak hours one deputy would be on duty and one would be on call, either at home or at the substation, to respond to high-priority crimes and emergencies. During non-peak hours, which would be determined by the department, there would be no deputies on duty and two deputies on call. Strachan, along with Capt. Patrick Butschli, who oversees the sheriff departmentâ€™s southwest precinct, and Chief Dave Jutilla who oversees patrol, fielded a number of written questions about the proposal.
Sgt. John Hall, Vashonâ€™s administrative sergeant, was also at the meeting. The officials spoke candidly about the proposal, noting they wouldnâ€™t know the final details until a plan was approved by the deputiesâ€™ union. Butschli said there would likely be longer response times under the program since deputies would sometimes respond from home and may even be awakened for a call. â€œIn some cases itâ€™s going to be longer than we would all like. In other cases it will be very quick,â€? he said. Butschli emphasized, however, that other parts of the county already see long response times due to cuts in staffing. â€œThatâ€™s business as usual on the other side of the water,â€? he said. The change would come as the sheriffâ€™s office reworks how it covers unincorporated King County. Beginning in April, the agencyâ€™s four precincts will be replaced with zones. Officers, instead of being assigned to cover one precinct, will move between zones as needed, a measure Strachan said would better use their deputy resources. Along with the change in Vashonâ€™s staffing model, Strachan said the county hopes to bring on a full-time sergeant to work on Vashon and oversee the Islandâ€™s operations. Strachan said the individual would be like a police chief for Vashon and would be in charge of scheduling deputies, communicating with the community and following crime trends â€” a leadership position Vashon doesnâ€™t currently have. Tim Johnson, president of the commu-
nity councilâ€™s board, said that bringing a full-time sergeant to the Island would be a positive change. Hall, who currently oversees Vashon, is based in Burien and can only give a portion of his time to responding to Islandersâ€™ concerns and attending community meetings. â€œI think having someone here 40 hours a week who is in a supervisory position and has the ability to manage deputies is certainly a welcome piece of any plan they have going forward,â€? Johnson said. Dave Hoffman, a fire commissioner who attended the meeting, said he thought Islanders should consider forming a volunteer system, an idea brought up during the meeting to make up for the reduction in deputies. Hoffman said he would sign up for a community volunteer reserve or neighborhood watch program, though it would likely first have to be approved by the deputiesâ€™ union. â€œIâ€™m grateful for the good work the sheriffâ€™s department does, and I know over town they have a lot of issues theyâ€™re dealing with,â€? Hoffman said. â€œI want to do what I can to help them out and keep it safe for the community.â€? George Brown, Vashonâ€™s assistant fire chief, also attended the meeting and said he was pleased to hear the officials promise there would always be two deputies at least on call on the Island. Sheriffâ€™s deputies often assist Vashon Island Fire & Rescue responders at car accidents, fires and domestic violence incidents. They also provide traffic assistance and security at the
scenes of emergencies. Brown said he was confident the oncall officers would continue to respond to VIFRâ€™s calls for assistance, and since there would still be two deputies available, the new plan shouldnâ€™t affect VIFRâ€™s operations. â€œThere is a known two people that will always be on the Island, and thatâ€™s what caught my ear,â€? he said. â€œI though it was a very doable system without having a negative impact on us.â€? Brown said he also liked the idea of periodic emphasis patrols for drunk drivers â€” something officials at the meeting said there may be funds for under a new system. â€œI think the element of surprise plays a big role with criminals,â€? he said. Officials at the meeting said they were open to feedback on the plan and that someone would return to the March community council meeting to give an update. â€œWeâ€™re not so settled on it that if a good idea came up or an option to make it better, weâ€™ll consider it,â€? Strachan said. Johnson said he didnâ€™t think there would be an effort to prevent the county from moving forward with the plan if approved by the union. But he did hope the agency would stay in close communication with the community council as it implements the new way of policing. â€œThereâ€™s some room to contribute ideas and maybe get a little more coverage, push around the edges of it,â€? Johnson said. â€œMy opinion is that a fairly significant reduction in service is coming one way or the other.â€?
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Jean Bosch $399,000 Stop by our office 206/919-5223 24179 Vashon Hwy SW X3 bdrmX X#309005 WaterfrontX for maps & info
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Susan Lofland $599,000 206/999-6470 23413-77th Ave SW X4 bdrmX X#306255 WaterfrontX
Leslie Leslie Ferriel Ferriel (206) (206) 235-3731 235-3731 Crist Crist Granum Granum (206) (206) 419-3661 419-3661
3 bdrmÂ‹2 bathÂ‹1.16 AC
Custom-built home amid forested seclusion in a lovely garden setting! Vaulted ceilings, upperfloor master suite, basement garage & bonus room, separate shed. MLS #285117 $300,000
Susan Susan Lofland Lofland (206) (206) 999-6470 999-6470 Phil Phil McClure McClure (206) (206) 696-1800 696-1800
This This office office independently independently owned owned and and operated operated JOHN JOHN L L SCOTT SCOTT VSH VSH
Val Val Seath Seath (206) (206) 790-8779 790-8779 Nancy Nancy Sipple Sipple (206) (206) 465-2361 465-2361 Diane Diane Stoffer Stoffer (206) (206) 650-6210 650-6210 Ken Ken Zaglin Zaglin (206) (206) 940-4244 940-4244
Published on Feb 29, 2012