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SAYING GOODBYE Longtime high school principal announces her retirement. Page 3

A HOLIDAY TRADITION Vashon dancers bring back ‘The Nutcracker.’ Page 10

NEWS | Park district faces deficit, could close for four months. [4] BUSINESS | New coffee shop emphasizes variety. [12] SPORTS | High school teams see success early in the season. [15]

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Activity at house near airport has long vexed neighbors Now, brothers of the resident say they plan to do what they can to end the situation By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer

WHALES MAKE A SPLASH, DELIGHTING HUNDREDS OF ISLANDERS The Puget Sound’s famed southern resident orcas have been no strangers to Vashon lately, making three dramatic passes by the Island in a week and a half. Each time — on Nov. 24 and 27 and Dec. 3 — news of the whales drew crowds of Islanders to Point Robinson, where groups of 20 to 45 orcas, mostly from the J and K pods, delighted onlookers with their trademark moves — tail slaps, spy hops and awe-inspiring breaches. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, nice weather made for especially pleasant whale watching and what amounted to a truly Northwest scene as several of the whales stopped and lingered under a clear, looming Mt. Rainier. As Islanders reveled in the whales’ winter visits, the federal government announced on Nov. 26 that it would consider removing the southern residents from the endangered species list. According to news reports, the whales’ endangered status review by NOAA Fisheries is in response to a petition by California farmers who have suffered from irrigation cutbacks put in place to protect fish the whales feed on. The petition, filed by a Sacramento-based nonprofit, argues that the local whales are part of a 50,000 worldwide population that is thriving as a whole. Ann “Orca Annie” Stateler of the Vashon Hydrophone project called the proposal a “horrible idea,” saying the southern residents, like other groups of orcas around the world, are a genetically distinct species with their own body type, language and feeding habits, and they need individual protection. What’s more, she said, their population still hasn’t reached the size necessary for a healthy level of genetic diversity. She noted that six whales have died this year. “They’re moving in the wrong direction. ... They are far from the recovery goal,” she said. Photos by Kelly Keenan / Story by Natalie Johnson

Seattle fundraiser selected to helm Vashon agency By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer

Kathleen Barry Johnson, a fundraising professional and former criminal defense attorney, will become the new head of Vashon Youth & Family Services, a $1.5 million agency that provides a wide range of social services on the Island. The board announced its selection of Johnson, a Seattle resident, last week. Diane Kjellberg, the interim executive director who will join the board once

Johnson steps in, said the agency chose her because she “seemed to connect with us as an agency.” Johnson replaces Ken Maaz, who left VYFS in August. She begins her new job in January. “She had a lot of experience in a lot of different areas that parallel what we do at the agency. So we thought she’d be a good fit,” Kjellberg said. Johnson, 48, said she’s thrilled to have been tapped for the position. She said she’s struck by the breadth of services VYFS offers, the professionalism of its

staff and the position it holds in the community. She also has a connection to Vashon, a place she’s visited many times over the years. “I’m really impressed by VYFS,” she said. Johnson currently works as the development director for the Economic Opportunity Institute, a nonpartisan center that works to shape policy on a number of family-related economic SEE VYFS,14

Neighbors have complained for years about the grey-blue house on 109th Avenue S.W., a modest split-level on 12 acres of marshy land abutting the eastern edge of the Vashon Airport. It was there that $30,000 worth of stolen film and computer equipment was found two years ago, and there that India Castle’s body was discovered three weeks ago in a shallow pond behind the home. Neighbors say frequent activity at the house — cars coming Richard Grant and going at all hours, faces criminal charges for people approaching the meth posseshouse with flashlights at sion. See story, night — suggests it’s a page 18. site of drug trafficking, and a few Islanders are in the process of forming a neighborhood watch group in an effort to shut it down. The house is owned by Nelly Grant, an 81-year-old woman who now lives in Seattle. The top level of the house is completely shuttered. The bottom half is occupied by her son, Richard Grant, his girlfriend, Muggie Sparks, and a variety of visitors. Grant, 47, a slight man with dark hair, has a long record of arrests, including at least nine felonies, and is slated to go to court on Dec. 13 to face the latest charges — possession of 10 grams of methamphetamine with an intent to sell. During an interview at the home Saturday night, he acknowledged his checkered past. “I admit I’m not an angel. But I’m not a bad guy. I’ve got morals,” he said. Sparks added, “People should not judge him just because he has a record. Otherwise, how can anybody change?” His brothers, Arnold and Bryan Grant, Jr., however, paint a different picture, saying their brother has long struggled with drug addiction and petty crime, an arrest record that dates SEE HOUSE, 19


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Susan Hanson, principal of Vashon High School for 13 years, announced her retirement last week. Hanson, who made the announcement in a letter to VHS staff on Nov. 26, will retire as principal in June but will stay on as a transition principal until February of 2014 to provide support to the new principal. The district will conduct a search for Hanson’s replacement this spring. In an interview, Hanson, 65, didn’t give a specific reason for her retirement, but said she made the decision after a lot of thought and simply felt it was time. “One knows when it’s time,� she said. “I think it’s a wise decision for me and my family, and I hope it turns out to be a good decision for the school district as well.� Hanson has worked in public education for 43 years, 30 of them on Vashon. She taught middle and high school on the Island before becoming dean of students at Vashon High School. After four years as dean of students, a position equivalent to assistant principal, she earned a master’s degree and became the school’s principal. This year Hanson was chosen as Nisqually League principal of the year for the second time. The award is selected by other principals in the league based on school performance. Superintendent Michael Soltman said that in 13 years Hanson has successfully seen the high school through some challenging times in the school district and become known as a leader with a special ability to connect with students and reach out to kids who struggle.

Eric Heffelfinger, who has taught at the high school for three years, agreed. He said students who have transferred from other school districts have told him Hanson worked with them in ways that other teachers and principals had not. “Susan is a wonderful advocate for the students here at the high school, and I think it will be a big loss to the district in my opinion,� he said. Soltman said he was grateful that Hanson was willing to stay on as the school transitioned to a new principal and that she would be vital in helping with the move into its new building next year. “It’s very important to me that the new principal can focus on being an instructional leader, and I think it would be terribly distracting to a new principal to deal with the logistics of the move,� he said. The school board will discuss the search for Hanson’s replacement at its next meeting on Dec. 13. As for Hanson, she said her retirement would be bittersweet and emphasized her gratefulness to everyone she has worked with at the high school. In her letter to staff, she noted that under her leadership, VHS was named a federal No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School, a Washington State School of Distinction and a Bronze Medal winner in the U.S. News and World Report’s edition of “America’s Best High Schools.� “I am very proud of the accomplishments of Vashon Island High School and StudentLink and FamilyLink,� she said in an interview. “The staff serve our students well and are passionate about what they do. It’s been an honor to work with them.�

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Park district faces a deficit; could shut its doors for four months By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer

The Vashon Park District board held an emergency meeting Monday to decide if it should seek a $300,000 loan from King County after the park district’s latest figures showed the agency is poised to end the year $57,000 in the hole. But during the often tense meeting, which included some strongly worded exchanges between Board Chair Bill Ameling and Board Member David Hackett, the four-member commission deadlocked on the proposal, a tie vote that meant the measure failed to pass. Without a cash infusion, Ameling warned, the park district faces an uncertain future, including a possible closure for the first four months of 2013. Before the vote was taken, Ameling looked at his three colleagues and said, “You could be voting to shut us down for four months.� But Hackett said he’d support the measure only if it were amended to include a two-week, end-of-the-year furlough for the park district’s staff, an effort, he said, to bring some discipline to the district’s spending. When that failed to get a majority, he and Commissioner Joe Wald voted against the loan request; Ameling and Lu-Ann Branch voted to approve it. The emergency meeting was called Sunday after interim Executive Director Susan McCabe, at Ameling’s instruction, contacted the other three board members and asked them to stop into the office on Sunday and sign a resolution seeking the county loan. The loan application was due Monday morning. McCabe and Ameling decided to seek the loan Friday after the latest cash projections showed the

district would not end the year in the black, as previously stated, but in the hole. But Hackett, when he got the call Sunday, told McCabe that board resolutions have to be passed during public meetings. With the clock ticking for the loan, McCabe called the meeting for Monday night, the soonest possible under state open meeting laws, submitted the district’s application for the loan and got permission from the county to amend the application with a signed resolution Tuesday morning. At Monday night’s meeting, however, Hackett and Wald balked, saying they were dismayed by the latest cash projections. In October, the park district’s spreadsheet showed the agency stood to end the year $14,000 in the black. Sounding frustrated, Hackett said shifting numbers “keep happening and happening.� “The numbers we get aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on,� he said. “Frankly, I can’t believe any numbers I see anymore.� At another point, Hackett said he was “flabbergasted� by the latest financial reports. “As a board member, I don’t feel like I’m getting straight information.� But Ameling said it was wrong to suggest staff had failed to provide accurate figures. The problem, he said, rested with the board, which opted to continue spending on its fields project next to The Harbor School even when it became clear that the agency was facing a potential shortfall. “The reason we’re here is because we did not do our proper homework ... when we started the fields project,� he said. “This board approved moving ahead on the fields project on a lick and a prayer. ... The reason we’re in a hole right now is because of the board.� Ameling, meanwhile, said he was also seeking a line of credit from U.S. Bank that would enable the district to meet its payroll and other financial obligations and keep its doors open. But if that doesn’t come through — or if the commis-

sion rejects that idea as well — the district will have no choice but to shut its doors from January to April, closing the parks, shutting down the office and ceasing all operations, he said. What’s more, without a cash infusion, the park district won’t be able to pay its current debt with Cashmere Bank, a $410,000 note due Dec. 31, placing the agency “in a technical default� and jeopardizing its ability to borrow money in the future, he said. “We can be upset. We can be galled. But we got ourselves into this mess, and now we have to get ourselves out,� Ameling said. According to McCabe and Marie Browne, the district’s part-time accountant, the district found its cash position was weaker than they had realized because of a failure to account for one of the payrolls in the cash projections. The district has also faced some unexpected costs, such as a $10,000 bill for a state audit, and less revenue in property tax receipts. But Hackett said the district’s financial problems stem in part from the agency’s inability to follow resolutions passed by the board. In October, for instance, the board agreed to furlough employees one day a week if needed to balance the books, a move that never happened. What’s more, Hackett said, Ameling recently told McCabe she could hire an employee to fill in for someone who’s injured, even though a hiring freeze is in place. “In my opinion, these kinds of boards have zero discipline,� he said after the meeting. “We have to be adults. We have to live within our means.� Ameling, for his part, said after the meeting that he thinks a line of credit from U.S. Bank will give the district the room it needs to set itself on a fiscally solid course. But some commissioners aren’t comfortable with that approach, he added, noting that everyone has a different style. “There’s no right or wrong here,� he said. “You just do what you have to do.�

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Fire agency’s board passes $5.4 million spending plan Budget includes funds to upgrade agency buildings By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer

Vashon Island Fire & Rescue will see slightly less tax revenue next year but will still meet its operational needs and complete some needed projects, while pushing less important budget items into 2014. “We’re doing fine, but we’re not doing great,� said Chief Hank Lipe in an interview last week. “We’re still meeting our highest priorities.� The agency’s $5.4 million spending plan, passed by the board at its Nov. 27 meeting, includes $54,000 to upgrade communications technology in emergency response vehicles, something Lipe said has been on the to-do list for several years. It also contains $30,000 for work on VIFR buildings, including the replacement of the roof on the Bennedsen House, repairs to the main station’s roof and work on the satellite station in Tahlequah, a property that was recently gifted to VIFR.

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The department will hold off next year on two significant needs — repairs to the driveway at the main station and the replacement of the chief’s vehicle. Both items were originally scheduled for this year, Lipe said. However, partway through the year three paid responders went on leave for injuries and illness. Overtime pay to other employees skyrocketed, Lipe said, so he chose to freeze all discretionary spending. Lipe said he’s now pushing the items back another year because funds are tight and work on the district’s buildings is more urgent. “The facility improvements we have to get done, those are the priorities,� he said. The budget also allows for a $750,000 renovation of VIFR’s association building across the street from the main station on Bank Road, a project that will be funded entirely by King County. Earlier this year the county decided to move Vashon’s small courthouse and sheriff’s office substation to the little-used building, paying for its renovation and a small monthly lease. In return, VIFR and other community groups will have access to the building. The fire

station will pay to outfit the building with furniture and some technology. Finally, under the 2013 budget, neither Lipe nor Assistant Chief George Brown will receive performance raises. Both will receive cost-of-living salary increases guaranteed to all administrative staff at the department — eight people including the chief and assistant chief — per district policy. The exact increase will be determined by Consumer Price Index numbers released early next year, but will probably be around 2.5 percent, Lipe said. After such an increase, Lipe could make up to $131,500 and Brown could make up to $121,000. Lipe was last given a performance raise in 2009, when his salary was increased by 11 percent, something board members said reflected his work to turn the department around during his first year on the job. Last year the board voted to give Brown a performance raise after an extensive thirdparty review and salary comparison. This year there wasn’t much leeway in the budget to give raises, said board chair Candy McCullough, adding that the board was happy with Lipe’s compensation package.

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Not long ago, Vashon citizens won a 10-year struggle to stop a gravel mine and dock that would have wounded our home place and damaged the health of Puget Sound. Today we face a greater threat to the health of our region, the Sound and the Earth. Mining interests propose to mine coal east of the Rockies, transport it west by rail and ship it to Asia from five proposed docks, two in Washington and three in Oregon. The Gateway Pacific Terminal at Cherry Point near Bellingham would be the largest coal export terminal in the United States, handling up to 48 million tons of coal per year. Transport and use of coal on this scale would have a huge impact on our daily lives in Puget Sound and push us closer toward catastrophic climate change. The scoping hearing on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed terminal, scheduled for next Thursday in downtown Seattle, is a chance for citizens to speak out, demand accountability from public agencies and demonstrate opposition to this scheme. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an early step in what promises to be a long process. Concerns about the overall proposal and the Cherry Point dock have been raised by everyone from Bellingham fishermen to the governor of Oregon. Mining and transport of coal spreads toxic coal dust near mines, tracks and docks, threatening the health of neighbors. Coal dust seeps into streams and harms the land. Up to 20 long coal trains each day would grind up the shore of Puget Sound, through downtown Seattle, disrupting traffic and creating headaches for commuters, truckers and businesses. Noise impacts would be significant. Constructing this dock would

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty of blame to go around at the Vashon Park District, an agency that seems to be imploding financially. Did former Executive Director Jan Milligan over-promise? Did the pro-fields commissioners push too hard for a financially ambitious fields project? Did Chair Bill Ameling, a CPA by training, minimize the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s financial problems? Did the staff, in the wake of Milliganâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sudden departure, make some mistakes? Easily, one could answer â&#x20AC;&#x153;yesâ&#x20AC;? to all of those questions. And while itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to look at what went wrong and learn from these mistakes, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another fundamental issue before the four-member board: Where does the agency go from here? At Monday nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s emergency meeting, we saw a classic split before the four commissioners: Ameling and Lu-Ann Branch want to finesse the situation, seeking the cash infusion necessary to keep the financially strapped agency afloat. David Hackett and Joe Wald, meanwhile, are angry and frustrated and are calling for some immediate measures to try to instill a sense of fiscal responsibility on an agency that appears to have lost its bearings. Both sides have legitimate concerns. Indeed, the only way the agency will regain its financial footing is for the commissioners to listen fully to one another and work collaboratively to address this difficult situation. Ameling is right in seeking an immediate cash infusion. Were the district to default on its loan from Cashmere Bank, apparently a strong likelihood if it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get some cash, the agency stands to lose a lot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the ability to borrow funds in the future. Amelingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insistence that a measured approach is needed to move the agency gradually toward fiscal health makes a lot of sense. But as Hackett rightfully pointed out at the commissionersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; emergency meeting Monday night, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a matter of trust after months of receiving reports that the park district was on a path toward a brighter future. He understandably felt blindsided by the latest news that those rosy predictions turned out to be wrong and by Amelingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constant refrain that the agency is doing fine. So where should the district go from here? After months of watching a group of well-intentioned people struggle, The Beachcomber suggests the following: The park district board needs to restructure the agencyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t default, hire a new director with a good head for numbers and experience in management, trust and support the person it hires and understand its limited but vital role as a board â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to establish and oversee a fiscally sound budget and give its director the tools he or she needs to succeed. Of course, these changes canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen overnight. But the district can move forward, one step at a time, if its commissioners work collaboratively, understand their role and hire someone strong and experienced to lead the agency. The park district â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and the constellation of parks and programs it runs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; adds considerably to our quality of life. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to see it close for four months, default on its loans or continue to limp along for years to come.

TODAYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ENERGY By MARGOT BOYER fill nearly 150 acres of wetlands and affect thousands of acres adjacent to Puget Sound. Like the Glacier dock that we stopped on Maury Island, construction would harm herring and other species essential to the food web that supports salmon and southern resident orcas. Shipping coal would directly pollute Puget Sound through dust and spillage, in addition to the impacts of the dock and loading facilities. Extra ship traffic through the straits would increase risks of accidents and spills of fuel oil. Ultimately, coal shipped west would be burned for power in China. The toxic products of coal combustion, like ozone and mercury, travel across the Pacific Ocean and affect us here. Adding U.S. coal to the international market would lower its cost, reducing incentives to transition to sustainable energy sources. Burning the coal would disperse millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, increasing global warming and tipping the planet into a runaway climate change. Washington citizens have worked hard to end coal power in our state. Now we are asked to absorb profound impacts to our health, economy and natural resources while the profits leave our state and the coal powers growth in China. The jobs that might be created by this proposal

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doing these vile and atrocious acts against humanity are not the apostles or emissaries of the faith system they claim. They enter in on the reputation of this or that faith and commit crimes later when in power. When you enter in singing praise songs and turn them into a battle cries on humanity, the name of that faith is hate. Hate is evil, and we ought to stay away from a religion whose leader asks me to

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are few compared to other types of industry. We would better create value-added and high-skill jobs that will improve our region without diminishing our quality of life. Just as Vashon citizens organized to defeat the Glacier mine and dock, people in Washington and Oregon are organizing to stop coal export plans. Nearly 2,000 turned out in Bellingham to show opposition. The Lummi Nation has stated their commitment to protecting their cultural heritage at Cherry Point against development. Many elected officials in Washington have expressed concern about the entire coal-shipping scheme, and Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has called for a comprehensive review of the plan. Vashon residents know something about standing up to big economic interests that would wreck our home place for their profit. As citizens of the Northwest â&#x20AC;&#x201D; officials, non-profits, agencies, tribes, businesses and individuals â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we can stand together to stop these disastrous plans. The time to convert to a post-coal, post-carbon economy is now. I hope to see many of us at the scoping hearing on Dec. 13. Wear red to show your opposition to coal shipping.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;worshipâ&#x20AC;? in an evil way. For instance, 9/11 was not an act of love. Neither was shooting employees of an abortion clinic one morning. Or the imprisonment and deaths of homosexuals living in Uganda and so on. Killing in the name of â&#x20AC;&#x153;the lordâ&#x20AC;? is hate not love. Hate crimes are committed in the name of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Godâ&#x20AC;? (fill in the name of god) all the time. Hate is wrong no matter how or where it manifests. The people who do these things are the radicals and freaks outside those faith systems who hate humanity and arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that faith systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mouthpiece. So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my hope this series doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t focus on how messed up humanity is; pointing fingers is rather judgmental. It seems that we all hate in some way or another. When people stumble and fall, shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we extend our hands and help them get back up to where we are? I can get behind a religion that teaches that! Trying to help is love and we know what judgment is. Not my job! If this isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t love, what is it? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Larry Flynn

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Freedom of speech is a protection for the speaker, not the idea. Placing an idea into the marketplace invites others to express their own ideas about it, including disagreeing with it, even condemning it. The civil rights movement was not predicated on respecting the ideas of segregation or inequality. All opinions are biased by definition. All bias, however, is not equal. Being biased against enforcement by law of oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal beliefs upon those who do not share them is qualitatively different than being biased against the right to have those beliefs personally. Tolerance and civility are wonderful concepts, to be striven for and applied wherever possible, but tolerance of intolerance is not really tolerance at all. I doubt very much that were a religious organization pouring millions of dollars into imposing legislation denying interracial couples the right to marry (something many of the religious organizations now fighting same sex marriage rights once did â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and some of them do to this day â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with eerily similar rationale), weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be hearing quite so many calls for tolerance on their behalf. I support the right of all people to have, live and speak their own beliefs, agree or disagree. But when people seek to impose those beliefs on those who do not share them by force of law, true tolerance requires defending those who are in danger of having their rights trampled, not protecting demonstrably bigoted ideas merely because we respect the rights

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Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m so intrigued with the little cabins and cottages on the water that are listed on Vashon. Some of them seem really cheap! I know itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just sort of a dream in my price range to think I could afford waterfront but I wonder why some seem priced so low?

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Many people have that cute, small, waterfront cottage dream. In general, you need to be well over $400,000 to get something that has relatively few problems. In the lowest price ranges there are usually septic issues, landslide hazards, water problems, poor construction, poor condition, etc. It is often impossible to get a loan on these places. If you can qualify for a rehab loan and can afford the cost of fixing it up as well as the purchase price, it might work for you. You also need to know that many of these less expensive places are walk ins. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the term we use when you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drive to the house. You park somewhere, often far from the house, and use a trail or path to get to the place. That can be fine for summer when there is sunlight until late in the evening, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very hard during the rest of the year. A long, slippery, unlighted dirt trail that can wash out in bad weather isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ideal for year round living. I know I sound negative. I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to these little cabins and cottages. Historically, many were thrown together as a place to spend a month in the summer. They werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t maintained or improved. No one considered that folks in the future might want to live there all year. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had a few actually fall into Puget Sound. Several have been destroyed by landslides or flooding. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d recommend finding a structurally sound home not on waterfront and then save up for the day when you can afford to spend more on a waterfront home. Once you get into a higher price point you are generally looking at a more substantial house with fewer problems.

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46#.*44*0/4 4FOEJUFNTUPTVTBO! WBTIPOCFBDIDPNCFSDPN Deadline is noon Thursday for Wednesday publication. The calendar is intended for community activities, cultural events and nonprofit groups; notices are free and printed as space permits. The Beachcomber also has a user-generated online calendar. To post an event there, see www. VashonBeachcomber.com, scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the prompts.

8&%/&4%":t Baby Story Times: Babies and toddlers ages 3 to 21 months with a caregiver can enjoy stories, songs and more. 10 a.m. at the Vashon Library.

5)634%":t Skeptics and Believers: Religious debate in the Western intellectual tradition is the focus of this series of lectures and discussions. This weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topics are Protestant theology after Barth and 20th century Catholicism. 4 to 6 p.m. at Lewis Hall behind the Burton Community Church. Quartermaster Harbor Meeting: The Washington State Department of Natural Resources will host a public meeting on its Quartermaster Harbor Mooring Buoy Management Plan. 6 to 8 p.m. at McMurray Middle School. Vashon Legal Clinic: This clinic offers free legal advice the first Thursday of each month. People who wish to schedule an appointment to meet with a lawyer should call the King County Bar Association at 267-7070. 6 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center. Talking to Children About Grief and Loss: Heather Neal from Bridges â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A Center for Grieving Children, will guide parents and caregivers on how to talk to children about loss, what children need when a death occurs and ways to help them cope. Free. Child care will be available in the

Chautauqua library for $5 per child; registration is required. To register for child care or the presentation, contact Marshall Murray at 463-5511 or mmurray@vyfs.org. A sliding scale and scholarships are available. 7 p.m. at the third-floor conference room at Chautauqua.

'3*%":t Fall Prevention Open House: Staff of Vashon Community Care and Vashon Island Fire & Rescue will provide information and resources on reducing falls among the senior population. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at VCC. (For more information, see the next page.) Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease Support Group: Information will be given about an alternative approach to treating and preventing Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Disease. Those who attended the recent HOPE Conference will provide an update from there. For more information, call Steve Steffens at 567-5976. 1 p.m. at the Vashon Lutheran Church.

4"563%":t Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale: Proceeds from the trees will support scouting on Vashon. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at US Bank. Vashon Island Pet Protectors Holiday Bake Sale: Stop by to purchase an array of goodies baked by some of the Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best bakers. Tightly wrapped and labeled goodies will be accepted after 8:30 a.m. For more information, call Victoria Rohlfs at 4635381. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. between Thriftway and True Value. Holiday Market: Stop by for produce from the winter harvest, artisansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; crafts, live music and baked goods. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at McMurray Middle School. Visit with Santa: Santa will be in his cottage for young visitors and photos with Michael Sage. 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 8 and 15. Adopt-a-Cat Day: Adopt a feline friend. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at VIPPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cat house, 12200 S.W. 243rd St. Cribbage: Play nine games of

16#-*$.&&5*/(4 VMICC Land Use and Natural Resources Committee: 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at Courthouse Square. Contact Robert Keeler at 679-7279 for more information. Water District 19: 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 17630 100th Ave. S.W. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Station 55 on Bank Road. Vashon Park District: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Ober Park. The King County Cemetery District #1: 3 p.m Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Vashon Cemetery, 19631 S.W. Singer Rd. Vashon Island School District: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at McMurray Middle School.

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cribbage against nine different players. The cost is $8 for visitors and $10 for members. For more information, email Vashon Cribbbage@gmail.com. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Vashon Eagles. Weekend Book Club: This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book is â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Virgin Suicidesâ&#x20AC;? by Geoffry Eugenides. New members are welcome. The January reading selection will be â&#x20AC;&#x153;You Deserve Nothingâ&#x20AC;? by Alexander Maksik. Contact Nancy Paul at 7555334 or NBP812@gmail.com for more information. 4 p.m. at Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home near town. Adoptive Families Potluck Dinner: Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adoptive families will share a meal, connect with friends and welcome new children and new families into the community. Families who are waiting to adopt are encouraged to attend. Call Mary Margaret Briggs for details and to RSVP at 567-5568. Play and conversation begin at 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5 p.m. at the Vashon Cohousing Common House, 10421 S.W. Bank Road.

46/%":t Boy Scout Christmas Tree Sale: Proceeds from the trees will support scouting on Vashon. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at US Bank. Unitarian Fellowship: Rev. Carmen McDowell will challenge what the culture tells us to do, feel and be during the holiday season. 9:30 a.m. at Lewis Hall behind Burton Community Church. Kiwanis Christmas Dinner for Seniors: Guests will enjoy a full dinner, valet parking and a singalong. RSVP to Sigrid Thomas at 234-3946. The suggested donation is $5. 1 p.m. at Camp Burton.

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The Vashon-Maury Island Green Party: This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s topics include Vashon governance, Transition Vashon/resilience circles, coal trains to Cherry Point, Wash. and health care for all. For more information, call Melvin Mackey, at 463-3468. 7 to 9 p.m. at Joy Goldsteinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home, 10329 S.W. Bank Road.

61$0.*/( Vashon Computer Club: The club will hold its annual Christmas meeting and celebration with refreshments and reviews of the digital year. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Vashon Senior Center. Vashon Vespers: This new 35minute service is meditative and musical, a chance for stillness and grounding. Rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition, Vespers is open to all. Childcare will be provided. 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Church of the Holy Spirit. Drum Circle: All ages are welcome to drum and sing with Buffalo Heart, a large community drum. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Vashon Intuitive Arts. Kiwanis Toy Drive â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Freeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Store: Island parents in need of a helping hand this holiday season are welcome to â&#x20AC;&#x153;shopâ&#x20AC;? for free and pick out three gift items for their children from infants to 18 (and still in school). The store will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16, at the former Island Variety store at Vashon Plaza. The store is for adults only; child care will be available at the Vashon Eagles from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. For more information, call Jan Lyell at 229-8085. Community Sing-Along: Lift up your voice in song at the annual holiday event. 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the Vashon Theatre. Grinchmas: Islander Steffon Moody will present his version of the Christmas classic. A $5 donation is suggested. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. Teen Movie Night: Teens 13 to 18 are invited to a see a free movie, munch on popcorn and maybe win a door prize. 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Vashon Library.

CLASSES Tai Chi: John Hanna and Deena Eber teach the gentle Chinese exercise technique. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Vashon Senior Center. Gentle Therapeutic Yoga Series: Lynelle Sjoberg will teach classes that emphasize core strength for lower back care. All levels are welcome. To register, send a check for $42 payable to Island Yoga Center, P.O. Box 2062,

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For two weekends each December and May, Island artists open their studios for people to stop by, see how they work and purchase art as part of the Art Studio Tour. This year 38 studios are participating, including Cory Winn, above, of CW Pottery in Burton. Winn specializes in handmade tiles and vases glazed with intricate designs and rich colors. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour opened last weekend and will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days this weekend. For more information and a map to participating studios, see vashonislandartstudiotour.com or drop it off in the mailbox by the front door. For more information, contact 463-2058 or info@islandyogacenter.com. 7 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Dec. 5 to 19, at Island Yoga Center. Mindful Eating â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A RetreatStyle Workshop: Sevilla Rhoads will lead this workshop in which participants will explore their relationship to eating. The day will include instruction, experiential learning and dialogue around approaching eating and food with mindfulness. The cost is on a sliding scale of $50 to $150. Contact Rhoads at 795-6876 to register or see www.presenthealthandwellness.com for more information. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Mann Studio, 20406 Chautauqua Beach Rd. Introduction to Computers: Practice the skills necessary for using a computer, including using the mouse, selecting items and text, arranging windows and browsing the Internet and the library catalog. 10:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, at the Vashon Library

Vashon Allied Arts: Make a variety of different items from felt and recycled sweaters in Felting Extravaganza, which meets from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Blue Heron. In Ornaments, Wine & Cheese, start the holiday season with a glass ornament-making session with wine and cheese from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. Brian Brenno will teach the class at his studio, 9850 S.W. 148th. St. In Lighten Up, create decoupage candle holders and rice paper lanterns to light up the holidays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at the Blue Heron. For more information, see www. VashonAlliedArts. org. Cooking Classes: Culinary Institute of America graduate Kelsey Kozak offers cooking classes to small groups. She will design the curriculum and menu, pair the wines and instruct participants in the creation of a meal, in their home or hers. Call Kozak at 4631317 for more information. She also teaches cooking to children.

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Learn tips for fall prevention at VCC Vashon Community Care (VCC) and Vashon Fire & Rescue (VIFR) will team up to present an open house on Friday focused on fall prevention for seniors. Falls are a leading cause of injuries in older people, and many times the accidents could have been prevented, according to Donna Zaglin, VCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s director of clinical services. Community members of all ages are welcome at the open house, Zaglin said, where occupational therapists, physical therapists and VIFR staff will be on hand to address fall risks and prevention. They will offer free balance screening tests, blood pressure checks and medication reviews and will provide a questionnaire participants can use to assess their fall risks. At 1 p.m. Marc Brownell, VIFRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s battalion chief of emergency medical services, will offer a presentation on falls, the toll they take and steps people can take in their homes to prevent them. Prevention is important, he said, noting that the Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first responders often see fall risks in seniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s homes, even when the call is not fall related. â&#x20AC;&#x153;About half the time, we visit elderly people, there are easily identified trip hazards or falls involved,â&#x20AC;? he said. Those hazards might be loose throw rugs, slippery stairs, even beds that are too high or too low and difficult to move from. In addition to home-related hazards,

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deteriorating strength and balance also contribute to falls, and often these problems can be improved, according to Jan Kittleson, VCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outgoing rehabilitation manager. Following Brownellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presentation, occupational therapist Bob Spivey will provide further information, including how physical and occupational therapy can help prevent falls. Spivey is replacing Kittelson as VCCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rehabilitation manager. One of the most worrisome fall-related injuries is a broken hip, Zaglin, said, because such injuries often lead to a downward health spiral. Other injuries, too, may be severe. At VCC, Zaglin noted, 66 percent of people who have been served by the centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rehabilitation services have been recovering from fall-related injuries. Many people have the misconception that growing weaker and losing oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sense of balance is an inevitable part of aging, Kittleson said, stressing that does not have to be the case. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Decreased physical strength â&#x20AC;&#x201D; thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the number one reason people go to a nursing center,â&#x20AC;? she said. Often declining strength can be turned around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can be 105 years old and strengthen a muscle.â&#x20AC;? The open house will meet from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday at the rehabilitation room at VCC.

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AUDITIONS: Drama Dockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Youth Theatre Initiative is holding auditions for Thornton Wilderâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Long Christmas Dinnerâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pullman Car Hiawathaâ&#x20AC;? at 4 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday at Ober Park. Youth ages 11 to 19 should prepare a one-minute monologue. Performances will be Jan. 25 to 27. For more information, email ripley13000@gmail.com.

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Island dancers light up a new â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

MUSIC NOTES 4POHTUPTJOHBMPOHUP TV Dinner, a local band that plays the iconic music of television and movie soundtracks, will serve up a set list of songs from classic TV Christmas specials at 7 p.m. Friday at Vashon Island Coffee Roasterie. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a free, all-ages show. The band includes Dianne Krouse on horns, a rhythm section with Steve Meyer and Fletcher Andrews, Pat Reardon on guitar and Andre Sapp on mandolin.

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or many on Vashon, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a holiday ritual, on par with trimming a tree or heading out on a frosty evening to carol â&#x20AC;&#x201D; if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s December, it means itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time for Vashon Allied Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Center for Danceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcracker.â&#x20AC;?

The companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual production of the famous ballet is once again slated to fill Vashon High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theatre this weekend, and audience members eager to see sugar plum fairies, Arabian princesses, fighting mice and life-size dancing dolls are sure to come out in droves. More than 70 dancers, ages 6 to almost 60, will appear in the ballet, directed by Dance Center artistic director Christine Juarez with her usual panache. Each year, Juarez approaches the task of staging â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? with a mixture of enthusiasm and steely resolve, managing hundreds of exits, entries, pirouettes and pas de deux with the precision of an air-traffic controller. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have my list going through my head all the time of what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m supposed to be getting done,â&#x20AC;? Juarez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what I dream about at night.â&#x20AC;? For some in the cast, the ballet is a family affair â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ballet 4 student Marisa McTighe will play the role of Clara, whose Christmas Eve dreams weave the plot of the ballet. Her high â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? will be performed at Vashon High School at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. An abbreviated version of the ballet will be performed for Island students at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Tickets to that show are $5. Admission to regular performances is $10 to $13. Visit www.vashonalliedarts.org to buy tickets and find out more about the ballet.

schooled-aged brother Quinn McTighe will play the role of the Nutcracker Prince. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll also dance a freshly-choreographed role as the Arabian Prince, with Maeve Haselton in the role of Princess. Katherine Misel, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only high school senior, is this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Snow Queen, and her father, Rob Misel, will reprise his role as Drosselmeyer, Claraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s godfather, who arrives at the beginning of the ballet bearing gifts that include a magical nutcracker. Other family connections in the show include the team of Sugar Plum Fairy Meg Sayre and her mother Carol Sayre, who this year worked with Ballet 5/6 students to create beaded and other hand-crafted gift items that will be sold at intermission. Carol Sayre is only one of a small army of parent volunteers who make the ballet happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love them. Oh my gosh, I could not do it without them,â&#x20AC;? said Juarez. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All these people are really thoughtful and organized, and they bring their professionalism to everything they do.â&#x20AC;? And despite the fact that Juarez has now directed â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? more than a dozen times for Vashon Allied Arts, she said the experience is never the same. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always a different show; it never stays the same,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a cookie-cutter experience, ever.â&#x20AC;?

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Fans of cinema-as-art shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss an upcoming 3D film â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cave of Forgotten Dreamsâ&#x20AC;? to be shown at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Vashon Theatre. The award-winning film, made in 2010 by acclaimed German film director Werner Herzog, takes viewers inside Chauvet Cave, an almost inaccessible site in France that is home to the largest collection of pristine ancient artwork ever discovered. The cave is not only full of paintings, but other evidence of ice-age life, including fossilized remains of cave bears and other birds and mammals. The oldest human footprints ever found â&#x20AC;&#x201D; left by a child who walked in the cave almost 30,000 years ago â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have also been found there. Since archeological teams found the site in 1994, only a few people have been allowed access into the cave, and the breathtaking scope of its contents had never been seen by the general public until Herzog managed to gain access. His film won ecstatic reviews, including one from Kenneth Turin at The Los Angeles Times, who wrote that film showed audiences â&#x20AC;&#x153;a sacred space where the human and the mystical effortlessly intertwine, and we are in Werner Herzogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debt for that great gift.â&#x20AC;? Herzog, born in Germany in 1942, is the director of more than 60 feature and documentary films, including such masterpieces as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Aguirre, The Wrath of God,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Fitzcarraldo,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nosferatu the Vampyre.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cave of Forgotten Dreamsâ&#x20AC;? is being presented by the Vashon Film Society as part of its monthly series of art films at the local theater. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the first 3D film presented by the group. Tickets to the show are $7.

Avaaza, an Island world music ensemble, will take the stage with its signature sounds and danceable beats at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Red Bicycle Bistro. Opening for the group is Subaqueous, the solo music project of Isaac Cotec, with special guest Sartori Laurel. Avaaza is fronted by lead singer Azula, who began her vocal training in opera before going on to sing jazz and blues. During two years spent abroad as a student, she began to explore singing in different languages, including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Persian and Arabic. The ensemble also includes bassist and co-founder Jason Everett, accomplished guitarist and mandolinist Chaz Reed, Egyptian percussion master George Sadak, and Terri Garrett, who sings and plays clarinet and saxophone with Avaaza when she is not performing with orchestral and performance groups such as the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra and MarchFourth. The performance is free and for allages until 11 p.m.

+B[[BOEBSUBU-VOB An exhibition of work by Alexis St. John, an artist and childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book author, will grace the walls of CafĂŠ Luna starting at 6 p.m. Friday. A reception is planned for that evening. Her show, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Arca and Friendsâ&#x20AC;? will feature creatures created by St. John for current and future books â&#x20AC;&#x201D; giant rabbits, boxy dogs, amorphous sea creatures and Arca, a soft, feathery, quiet being. The evening will also feature live, improvisational music by jazz and rock guitarist Andrew Sherbrooke, who has more than 30 years of performance experience. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studied with several well-known teachers, including jazz greats Gary Burton, Ken Navarro and Jimmy Bruno, as well as King Crimsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Trey Gunn. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s currently finishing a two-year program with Berklee Music on film and TV scoring and has composed music for a variety of public and private projects. Visit www.andrewsherbrooke. com to find out more.


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HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Save the date for a bevy of holiday-themed events Island Dance Theatre, a Vashon Park District-affiliated program, will perform â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Nutcrackerâ&#x20AC;? at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22, and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 16 and 23, at Vashon High School. Stop by the park district office to buy advance tickets. A youth theater production of â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Best Christmas Pageant Everâ&#x20AC;? will be unwrapped at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14 and 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Blue Heron. Tickets, $6 and $9, will be sold at the Blue Heron, Heronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest and the Vashon Bookshop. An all-female lineup of stand-up comics will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s What She Said,â&#x20AC;? a show to support Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s DoVE Project, an agency that assists survivors of domestic violence. Leah Mansfield and Shannon Whaley will headline; Janet McAlpin will emcee. Tickets are $10. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Jazzy Lilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Christmas,â&#x20AC;? a concert featuring Seattle vocalists Victoria Wimer Contreras, Alessandra Rose and Kim Virant, will happen at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the Open Space for Arts & Community. Tickets, $12, are on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com and the Vashon Bookshop. Local author Bob Ward will read from his book, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Le Reve (The Dream),â&#x20AC;? from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at The Hardware Store Restaurant. The book is a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adventure fantasy about a young girlâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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journey of hope and discovery. Wardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s illustrations will also be on display. Donations for the Vashon Kiwanis Club toy drive will be accepted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Grinch Takes a Wholidayâ&#x20AC;? will be performed by Steffon Moody and family at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at Vashon Theatre. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Moodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third annual appearance on Vashon as the Grinch. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be backed up on stage by Grinchettes Arlettte and Louisa Moody; Giacomo Moody will join the show as Grinch, Jr. Tickets are $5. A event to mark the Winter Solstice is planned for 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Open Space for Arts & Community. Called â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Beginningâ&#x20AC;? and dubbed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;party/performance/community ritual,â&#x20AC;? itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the brainchild of Islanders Martha Enson and Kevin Joyce. The all-ages, alcohol-free event will include a dessert buffet and roving performances by a wide range of on- and off-Island talent. Tickets, $10, are on sale at www.brownpapertickets.com Drama Dock will present a live, staged version of the timeless holiday classic, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Wonderful Life,â&#x20AC;? beginning Friday, Dec. 21, at the Blue Heron. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, and 2 p.m. on Dec. 23 and 30. Tickets, ranging in price from $7.50 to $20, are on sale at www.vashonalliedarts.org, the Vashon Bookshop, the Blue Heron, and the Heronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winterdance: Mollyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Revengeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7th Annual Celtic Christmas Celebration,â&#x20AC;? will take place at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, at Bethel Church. The concert will feature the well-known bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mix of bagpipes, fiddles, whistles and other traditional instruments, playing Christmas music with a Celtic twist. The Murray Irish Dancers and vocalist Christa Burch will be special guests. Tickets, $18/advance and $20/door, are on sale at the church and www.mollys revenge.com.

And the winners are... very lucky indeed! Below is the list of Open House participating merchants lucky winners, and their prizes. Barber & Beauty Shoppe

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The Beachcomber Malia Lysen 1 year Subscription to The Beachcomber

Casa Bonita Patti Snyder 2 free combo dinners (drinks not included)

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Studio 101 Marilynn Ahlin $50 Gift Certificate

Trigg Insurance Agency Laura Stocker Roadside Vehicle Emergency Kit

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Cara K. Aguilera $30.00 towards a tattoo Eden Rose Free Hair Cut

Mary Rosenbaum $50 Gift Certificate

Giraffe Mara Burns Lime green earrings from India

Green Ginger Thea Jones $20 Gift Certificate

The Hardware Store Restaurant Mary Steyh $25 Gift Certificate

Ignition Studios Barbara Garabedian Original encaustic painting or 2 hours of encaustic lessons

Steve Gilmour $25 Gift Certificate

Vashon Intuitive Arts Ky Burton 1 hour massage Marie Johns Intuitive Session with Lorna Cunningham

Vashon Liquor Store Kelli Wald Gift Basket

Vashon Market Fresh IGA Sigrid Thomas Spiral Cut Honey Ham

Heritage Museum Holly Berry $25 Gift Certificate to the Heritage Museum Giftshop

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Joel, Caleb & Amelia Wiegner Brio Train Set ($100 Value) Ms. Meredith Bric Shelly Kyle fragrance basket ($200 value)

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Monarch Gallery Kristy Clark $50 Gift Certificate

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Thea Jones $50 Gift Certificate

Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Box Jill Heryford A HUGE bag of dog food

Ms. Barbara Steen Custom Calendar Betty Rogers $50 Gift Card Carl Coldeen $50 Gift Card

Vashon True Value David Waterworth Microwave

Windermere Janet Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neil 6 movie tickets to Vashon Theatre

Wings Birdseed Company Jeffrey & Cindy Hoyt $50 giftbasket of bird oriented goodies, a bell windchime and a travel coffee mug with two Free espresso drink coupons

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Coffee shop opens with an eye on variety Coffee is being poured again at the former home of Movie Magic, and the drive-through business is open, under new ownership and with a new name, The Ravellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d Sleeve Espresso Bar. The business, which opened last week, will offer coffee from the three coffee-growing regions of the world: Latin America, Indonesia and Africa, each with its own district flavor, according to Ken Drew, who owns the new business with his wife Sarah.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to try to highlight the best of the best,â&#x20AC;? he said. At many coffee shops, Ken said, when people order their coffee, they expect it to taste just like the cup they ordered there the day before. But at this business, customers can do that, or they can try different types of coffees, just as they might with beer at a pub or brew house. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d love to introduce people to a new way of looking at coffee,â&#x20AC;? he said. Now, only the drive-through is open, though inside the building during Fridayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art walk, the Drews offered a cupping, an event they said they would like to continue. Eventually, they hope to create a sit-down business inside.

BUSINESS BRIEFS Common Thread moves, holiday shop opens Common Thread, a collective of more than a dozen textile artists, has moved its scarves, hats, clothing and other artful wares to Center. The collective, once housed in town by CafĂŠ Luna, is now located inside Minglement, between the coffee shop and the grocery market. Jenni Wilke, a member of the collective, said the new space comes with cheaper rent and the women involved think its a great location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really nice, warm environment,â&#x20AC;?

They also offer high-quality teas, and their vision, Ken said, includes scattered tables with glass teapots being warmed by tea lights under them, which was a feature of other coffee shops he has overseen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very romantic,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very beautiful.â&#x20AC;? For their new endeavor, the Drews have invested in what they say is a premium Italian espresso machine, made by Nuova Simonelli; only three such machines currently operate in North America. Now a consultant and working from home in addition to starting this business, Ken previously worked in a variety of positions in the coffee industry. It was an industry they both missed, Sarah

she aid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve experienced the same, if not more traffic already.â&#x20AC;? She added that they also have access to a meeting room at Minglement and hope to eventually hold classes and lessons there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of potential,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meanwhile, the space where Common Thread was located, which Jenni and her husband Dave Wilke still lease, will be the site of a temporary market-type store. Multiple vendors offering crafts, collectibles, jewelry and some holiday-specific items, have signed on to offer their wares each weekend in December, with the bulk of them starting the weekend of Dec. 15. Dave said some vendors have expressed interest in staying in the spot beyond the holidays. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we get a little momentum, we can

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Ken and Sarah Drew hope to educate Islanders about coffeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finer points. said, and when this opportunity became available, they took it. They have a six-month lease, and when that time is up, they say they hope to renew their lease or buy the building.

keep it rolling into January and keep it going,â&#x20AC;? he said.

Schleigh launches second Giraffe store in Tacoma Giraffe, Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popular shop for fairtrade housewares and gifts, has expanded off-Island. Last month, shop owner Priscilla Schleigh opened another Giraffe store in Tacoma. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to go ahead and take the jump,â&#x20AC;? Schleigh said. Schleigh said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been thinking about opening another shop for some time, as customers from off-Island frequently tell her they wish there was a shop like Giraffe closer to them. Giraffe Tacoma, owned by Schleigh and

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were really excited to jump back into the coffee business,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This has been a lifelong dream of ours.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Susan Riemer

managed by her sister Peggy Schleigh, is located in Tacomaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theater District. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big space, she said, and carries more or less the same merchandise plus a large selection of furniture. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a larger, more open warehouse feel,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that the new store could benefit Vashon shoppers, as items not in stock on the Island could be brought over from the Tacoma shop. So far Giraffe Tacoma has had a good reception, Schleigh said, and a few Islanders have even stopped by to check it out. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great location; we loved the neighborhood, and people who had the shops on either side were very encouraging,â&#x20AC;? she said. For hours and location, see its website, www.giraffetacoma.com

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issues, including family leave, minimum wage and health care. She joined the institute earlier this year. Prior to that, she worked as the development director for several other Seattlebased agencies, including the Boyer Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clinic, Friends of Youth and the Sand Point Community Housing Association. Johnson, recently remarried, is the mother of a 17-year-old with special needs whom she raised on her own. Her own life experiences, she said, have added to her desire to work for an agency like VYFS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think much of my motivation for going into human services in the first place is because I know what it is like to need help, and I know what it is like to find an agency with great people who can give you what you need to get back on your feet,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know anyone who goes through life without needing help sometime and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s why I wanted to be the executive director of VYFS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; so I could make sure that help is

there for Vashon.â&#x20AC;? Johnson, who obtained her law degree from Southern Illinois Law School and spent another year as a Ford Foundation fellow at the University of Washington Law School, worked as a lawyer for seven years, handling criminal defense appeals for low-income clients. But her job meant she was working with people â&#x20AC;&#x153;who had had horrible upbringingsâ&#x20AC;? and that she was trying to help them â&#x20AC;&#x153;at the end of the line.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I restructured my career, working to try to make sure life is positive at the very beginning,â&#x20AC;? she said. All of her work has been in fundraising, not in overseeing or managing an agency, she acknowledged. Even so, she said, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked at a leadership level and as a supervisor in several organizations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I actually find that managing people is one of my strong suits,â&#x20AC;? she said. Kjellberg said both board and staff members formed the search committee, choosing her as one of two finalists to interview in part because they were impressed by her back-

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Kathleen Johnson, VYFSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new director, said she hopes to move to Vashon within two years. ground in fundraising. Funding is tight at the agency, Kjellberg said. Indeed, Maaz left VYFS, he said at the time, in part because the agency couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to offer its employees health care benefits, something he needed. The agency is also tight on space and may need to embark on a capital campaign in the near future, Kjellberg said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her understanding of fund development â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that was really key,â&#x20AC;? Kjellberg said. Johnson said she hoped to apply her fundraising skills to address VYFSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s myriad needs, including health care benefits for its employees, something the agency will be required to provide

now that the Affordable Care Act is in place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a moral issue as well as a legal one,â&#x20AC;? she said. She said she plans to turn to the community to seek additional funds for VYFS. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Vashon community is a very generous community and parts of the community have some capacity to help, and I think we need to do better at asking for help and expressing what the need is,â&#x20AC;? she said. Meanwhile, she added, she and her new husband, Mark, are looking forward to moving to Vashon once Johnsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son graduates from high school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful place to live,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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Dec. 13, when representatives from the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank will serve up beer and wine to patrons. Ten percent of the specialty drink sales from the evening will go to the charity, and donation jars will be in place for those who want to give more. The restaurant will also make a contribution, and diners will be given an opportunity to write in an amount for the organization, according to Allison Shirk, co-founder of Vashon Events, which is producing the special nights. For more information or to book a charity, call Shirk at 463-0501 or email vashon events@gmail.com.

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Vashon sophomore Ian Stewart puts up a shot over an Auburn Adventist defender early in Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s opening game for the Pirate boys basketball team last Thursday. The Pirates started the game with a 14-0 lead on the way to defeating the visiting Falcons, 68-36. The team won again on Saturday, defeating Crosspoint Academy, 80-32. They will play Seattle Christian at home this Friday. Tip off is at 5:15 p.m.

The first day of December saw the first action of the season for the Vashon High School wrestlers. Vashon grapplers, 27 in all, competed against nine much larger schools (both 3A and 4A) in the Auburn Invitational Tournament at Auburn High School. The varsity squad finished a respectable fifth place out of 10 teams, and the JV wrestlers wound up in an impressive fourth place. The Piratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lone varsity champion of the day was junior Shane Armstrong in the 182-pound weight class. Preston Morris (junior, 195 pounds), Joe Coller (sophomore, 220 pounds) and A.J. Sawyer (senior, 285 pounds) all took second. Freshman Chase Wickman was a strong third at 106 pounds; Shane Williams (freshman, 120 pounds), Louis Jovanovich (junior, 285 pounds) and Max Frederickson (senior, 170 pounds) all came in fourth. The first round of the day was brutal, with the squad losing nine of its 11 opening matches. The second round saw a reversal of fortune as there were eight wins against only four losses. Vashon wrestlers faced very tough competition from perennial powerhouse teams from Bethel, Auburn, Auburn-

Riverside, South Kitsap, Kelso, Kennedy Catholic, Tahoma, Kentlake and Mount Rainier. The 12 JV wrestlers representing Vashon were outstanding, with seven of them placing in the top four. Elan Peterson (senior, 138 pounds) won his bracket. Codi Williams (junior, 138 pounds) and Baxter Call (junior, 160 pounds) both took second; Aaron Bomber (senior, 138 pounds) and Logan Nelson (freshman, 170 pounds) took third; Fletcher Call (freshman, 152 pounds) and Hunter Stanley (freshman, 132 pounds) came in fourth. Coaches Anders and Per-Lars Blomgren were both pleased with the young teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strong first outing. Currently, the Pirates are ranked fifth in the state 1A classification, based on their performance last season, by Washington Wrestling Report. Individual Pirates that are ranked include Shane Armstrong, Preston Morris and Louis Jovanovich. The grapplersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first home match will be Thursday, Dec. 6, in the VHS gym. Junior Varsity action against the always tough Elma team will begin at 6 p.m., followed by varsity matches at 7 p.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cheryl Pruett is the mother of two Pirate wrestlers.

Girls basketball team opens the season on top with two wins, one loss By GARY MEANS For The Beachcomber

The Vashon High School girls basketball team opened its season with three games in less than a week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all non-conference games against Emerald City League squads. The Pirates followed a 3-point loss to University Prep on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with wins over The Northwest School and Seattle Academy on the following Friday and Sunday. The Pirates return four key players from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Anya Quig, Taegen Lynch, Tianna Koenig and Kalie Heffernan

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and each contributed significantly in the contests played last week. In the season opening loss (26-29) to University Prep, the Pirates tallied 32 turnovers, more than in the next two games combined. Despite issues with ball control, the Pirates stayed in the contest. Sienna Jannetty made two 3-point shots in the final minute to pull the team to within 3, and the Pirates got a final possession with 14 ticks left on the clock. A chance for a 3-point shot to tie was just missed by Heffernan. Scoring was led by Quig and Lynch, who

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4)&3*''43&1035 Nov. 5: An unlocked vehicle parked on the 17600 block of Vashon Highway was broken into. Nov. 6: A transient man was banned from Sportyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s after disruptive behavior. Debit card fraud was reported on the 24800 block of Dockton Road. Nov. 8: An attempted burglary occurred at a home on the 23000 block of Landers Road. The suspect removed a window screen.

An iPhone was stolen, likely from a backpack, at McMurray Middle School. Nov. 10: An individual drove under the influence on the 15800 block of Bank Road. Nov. 11: A minor drove recklessly on the 12500 block of Bank Road after consuming alcohol. The minorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blood alcohol level was below .08. Suspicious circumstances were reported at a home on the 9000 block of 157th Place. The residents believe someone is entering their home while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re away. Nov. 13: A locked cash box at Pacific Crest Farm on Dockton Road was broken into. Nov. 14: Drug paraphernalia was found outside

Zombiez restaurant on Vashon Highway. Nov. 16: A tree being cut down on Cedarhurst Road fell across the road and brought down power lines. Nov. 17: A transient man was removed from Subway for intimidating customers and the owner. Nov. 18: A woman walking in Island Center Forest encountered a suspicious man on the trail. An individual drove under the influence on the 18000 block of Vashon Highway. An individual drove under the influence on the 10300 block of Cove Road. Nov. 19: Vandalism was reported at Vashon Liquor. Glass in a door was broken.

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cigarettes.â&#x20AC;? At one point Hancock told Grant he would be booked into jail that night, but the deputy later decided to release him due to â&#x20AC;&#x153;staffing issues and the call volume on the mainland,â&#x20AC;? the charging papers say. Sgt. Katie Larson, a spokeswoman for the King County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office, said that when Vashon deputies send suspects to jail, they are required to take them on the ferry to Fauntleroy, where they transfer them to another deputy. Larson said it was likely there wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a deputy available to pick up Grant at the ferry that evening. He was charged three days later. Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s criminal record in the state, obtained by The Beachcomber, spans back to 1988 and includes 31 arrests, nine felony convictions and 24 other criminal convictions. His convictions so far this year include possession of a controlled substance with no prescription, criminal trespass and two separate convictions of third-degree theft. The extensive record is reflected in Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent charging papers, where Hancock says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have dealt with Grant on many occasions over the past two years. I have arrested him and questioned him extensively in regard to crimes on the island.â&#x20AC;? The sentence for a VUCSA conviction ranges from 20 months to five years, depending on the defendantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record. Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record, however, shows that he rarely serves his entire sentence. Grantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most recent arrest was Nov. 16, when he was taken into custody at the Vashon courthouse on warrants for criminal trespass, thirddegree theft and a probation violation. Records show that he was sentenced to seven days in jail for the theft conviction and served five of them, being released the day before Thanksgiving. Bryan Grant, Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother, said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frustrated by how little jail time Richard seems to do and is skeptical that his latest charges will keep him in jail for long. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beyond ridiculous. He gets pulled over. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s driving with a license suspended and is caught with 10 grams of meth that he admits heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s planning on selling, and they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even take him downtown,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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back to his teen years, and has shown little inclination to change his ways. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also horrified by the condition of the home, a place they believe has become a flop house for drug users on Vashon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was my dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream retirement home,â&#x20AC;? said Bryan Grant, Jr., who lives in Seattle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a beautiful place when he bought it.â&#x20AC;? Arnold Grant concurred. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was beautiful at one point. But it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stay beautiful if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t maintain it. Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got all his buddies there with their trailers and motor homes. It looks like a KOA for meth heads.â&#x20AC;? When Richard has gone to jail, Arnold has sometimes attempted to clean up the house, he said, kicking everyone out and hauling their stuff to the dump. But Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time behind bars is often brief, he said, and he feels as though his efforts have proven fruitless. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve cleaned that place out so many times, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve gotten fed up,â&#x20AC;? he said. The last time Arnold intervened was after the film equipment was found at the house, a theft Richard had nothing to do with â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he was in jail for another crime at the time. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went over and cleaned house, only for Richard to get out the following week. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been happening the last few years. You think Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going in for some time, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s out three weeks later,â&#x20AC;? Arnold said. Nelly and Bryan Grant, Sr., bought the 2,400-square-foot home in 1983, in large part because of the senior Bryanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of planes, according to their sons. Bryan, who died in 2002, worked for years as a mechan-

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ic for various airlines and possessed both a private pilotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license and a commercial license. He built two hangars at the airport, hangars still owned by the family and housing a wrecked Cessna that Bryan had hoped to repair and a Mooney, another popular name in single-engine planes, jointly owned by the family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was perfect for him,â&#x20AC;? Bryan Grant, Jr., said of his fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you like airplanes, you can walk right through the woods to the airport.â&#x20AC;? Nelly ended up with the home after she and husband divorced in 1996. Nelly lived there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; sharing the house with Richard much of the time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; until two years ago, when she moved to Seattle and turned the house completely over to Richard. Richard says she still comes out sometimes, staying in the upstairs. The downstairs is a separate dwelling area, with its own kitchen. During the interview Saturday night, Richard expressed frustration about his brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; allegations, saying they have long treated him as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the scapegoat in the family.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;My life is improving,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As long as they want to keep me the scapegoat, I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t associate with them.â&#x20AC;? Asked how he makes a living, he says he works on cars in the carport adjacent to the house. He has a degree from a technical school in diesel mechanics, he said. He spoke while sitting in an easy chair in what was likely the houseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former rec room, adjacent to a small, tidy kitchen and dining area. Muggie Sparks perched on another chair, adding her thoughts from time to time. On the refrigerator, letter magnets formed the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rich + Muggie.â&#x20AC;? A friendly black mastiff named Duke occasionally nosed Richard and his visitors. A wood-burning stove belched smoke into

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the room, a problem Richard said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been trying to fix that day. Every window was covered by a curtain, even during the day when a reporter first stopped by the house to talk to the residents. Asked about India Castle, Richard said he was sad about what happened to the 27-year-old woman, a Vashon High School graduate with deep roots on the Island. He and Sparks last saw her on Tuesday, Nov. 13, the last day family members also reported seeing her. Castle had been coming to the house to visit for the last six months or so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She liked us. She thought we were fun,â&#x20AC;? Richard said, when asked about her visits. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, he said, the two had experienced similar tragedies in their lives. Richard lost his brother Robert to a car accident in 1984; Castleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Dan died when he was 17, also in a car accident. On that Tuesday when they were last together, Richard said, he, Sparks and Castle had gone for a late-afternoon walk through the woods that surround the property and along a path that skirts the airportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s runway. It was dark when they got back to the house, and all three of them were chilled, but Castle refused to come in to warm up, Richard said. She said she needed to get home to her family or they would be worried about her. He also said she â&#x20AC;&#x153;seemed delusionalâ&#x20AC;? during the walk, talking about her brother and being scared by shadows she saw in a few of the airportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hangars, where people were at work. Richard said he went into the house and asked Sparks to try to talk her into coming inside. Sparks said she sat down on a bench with Castle, who was wearing only a thin sweatshirt for a coat, but Castle again refused to come in and ultimately headed off into the woods to walk home. She left the car she was driving behind.

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He said both he and Sparks searched the property for her the next day but never called the authorities, even after they learned she had been reported missing. They were going to call her family Friday night when Sparks received a call from a family member, Richard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry about the whole situation,â&#x20AC;? he added. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry for her death. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t force a young woman to come into the house. ... I just wish Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d been more on top of the situation.â&#x20AC;? No one from the King County Sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office has interviewed him about her disappearance and death, Richard said, though Dep. Charlie Akers, a spokesman for the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office questioned that, noting that Richard was listed on the investigatorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; witness sheet. As for his court date next week on charges that he possessed methamphetamine, he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not thinking much about it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just suppress it. What am I supposed to do?â&#x20AC;? Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brothers, meanwhile, say they feel sick about Castleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death, a tragedy that has only added to their despair over the state of their motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home. Should Richard end up incarcerated for his August arrest, charges that carry a possible sentence of five years in prison, they hope to reclaim the house yet again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If he does time, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll evict everyone out of there for the last time and clean the house one last time,â&#x20AC;? Arnold said. Bryan said he, too, is determined to see the situation change at the house, which was once assessed at more than $500,000 but is now in a state of disrepair. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to clean it up. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to put on a new roof. ... And itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be nice and quiet, and the neighbors will be happy,â&#x20AC;? Bryan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bottom line for the Island. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be one less attractive nuisance.


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Angie and her sister Annie were turned over to VIPP when their owner died. Angie is an outgoing girl who plops over to have her tummy rubbed. Angie is an easy going self assured personality who is looking forward to settling into a new home with a good set of laps.

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Annie and her sister Angie were turned over to VIPP when their owner died. Annie has settled in at the shelter but as you can see she likes to take refuge in her cat cubbie when she needs a little get away from the other shelter cats. She is used to being indoors and watching the Animal Channel on TV.

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Rabbit is a 65 pound 9 year old pit bull who was abandoned a year ago and rescued by his current owner. The current owner’s housing situation does not allow for another dog so Rabbit needs a new home. He is a boy who loves people and most dogs, but is not consistent with other animals such as cats and chickens. However, he has been seen cuddling with a cat! He lived with another dog most of his life and enjoys their company. He loves attention and tends to follow his people around. A warm indoor home is a requirement for this dog who loves to lounge in front of the fireplace! Follow VIPP on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/ Vashon-Island-Pet-Protectors

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Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber, December 05, 2012  

December 05, 2012 edition of the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber