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COMMUNITY | Workshop will focus on advance directives. [4] COMMENTARY | Pot legalization could have consequences. [6] ARTS | Civil rights stories come [12] to life in a play.

TEENS ON STAGE Young musicians open for a Seattle band. Page 14

EYE FOR DESIGN Islander moves her home design business to town. Page 5

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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2014

Vol. 59, No. 03

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New credit union to open in former bank location By SUSAN RIEMER Staff Writer

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Performers Martha Enson, Janet McAlpin and Leah Mann collaborated for “50 Sense Circus,” a new theatrical hybrid show at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

Island women share their ‘sense’ Three multi-talented 50 year olds tell their stories in a new show

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War in Sudan hits close to home for some islanders

By JULI GOETZ MORSER Staff Writer

When island aerialists Martha Enson, Janet McAlpin and Leah Mann all turned 50 last year, they saw an opportunity. While most performers who depend on their bodies to create their art retire in their 30s, these women had already beaten the odds and were ready to talk about it. Talk about it, that is, in their own language of physical storytelling, a tale they plan to tell in a new show called “50 Sense Circus.” One week before the scheduled performances, these three vibrant women greet each other with energetic hugs in the lightfilled, high-ceiling gym built by McAlpin and strewn with heaps of aerial harnesses and yoga mats, large colorful balls and a ladder that the women climb to clip into hanging bungee cords to rehearse their act. These are veteran performers equally at ease upside down and

Vashon’s second credit union is set to open in the former home of Bank of America later this month. The Shelton-based Our Community Credit Union (OCCU) has renovated the building and has hired four islanders to staff the new office, according to Daris Devaney, an OCCU spokeswoman. The branch will open Jan. 27 and is a full-service financial institution, Devaney said, offering loans, credit cards, checking accounts, businesses services and more. “I think we are going to meet a lot of the island’s financial needs,” she said. To serve as the branch manager, OCCU hired Margi Amstrup, who has worked at Bank of America, US Bank and Northwest Bank, Devaney said.

Carole Sussman, who will be the assistant branch manager, is the only employee from Bank of America who chose to apply for a position at the credit union, and Kirsten Bachant and Jacquie Perry will be member service representatives. OCCU first announced its plans to expand to Vashon last summer, after Bank of America gave notice it would leave the island after 35 years of service. Norm Mathews, the owner of Thriftway and the managing partner of Vashon East Shopping Center, where the bank was located, approached OCCU representatives because he felt that there was still a need for a financial institution in that building, Clay Gleb, one of Mathews’ associates, said at the time.

By SARAH LOW Staff Writer

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Janet McAlpin, Leah Mann and Martha Enson rehearse for the show. hanging off each other’s arms or legs as they are assuming a yoga pigeon pose or arching in a backstretch across an exercise ball. These are women with finely tuned skills and, unlike their ingenue counterparts, have a combined count of 90 years of experience behind them, which in the words of Martha Enson means they’ve paid the price of admission, the admission to tell their own stories. “It’s the accumulation of liv-

ing that gives you something to say,” she said. “With the price of admission you get to admit who you are and not pretend, to be at home with that and the freedom it brings.” Whether they paid the price or earned the right, there’s little doubt that these women have impressive dossiers to back them up. As the artistic director of Enjoy SEE PERFORMERS, 19

In what can only be described as a cruel twist of fate, islander and former Lost Boy Peter “Deng Deng” Dut must wait and worry from afar, as unexpected violence in South Sudan threatens his newly repatriated family. “This was my dream for years to make this happen, to help my family get back home. Nobody was expecting the coup,” Dut said. Last month Dut, a former Sudanese refugee who lives on Vashon with his cousin, hosted a screening of the documentary “The Lost Boys of Sudan” — in which he is featured — to raise money to help move his family back to their home village in South Sudan after being displaced for more than two decades. As Dut explains it, with the money that was raised at the

Peter “Deng Deng” Dut film fundraiser, a gift from fellow Lost Boy and cousin Jacob Acier’s South Sudan Village Development foundation and funds he had saved on his own, there was enough to move his family back to their home. There SEE SOUTH SUDAN, 20


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Seattle organization leads living will workshop for all ages By SUSAN RIEMER Staff Writer

A class covering advance directives — or living wills — will be provided next week to help islanders determine the care and treatment they would like, or would like to avoid, at the end of life. Compassion & Choices of Washington, whose mission is to help people die in the way they choose, will offer the Sunday afternoon course, which is co-sponsored by the Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship. “Compassion & Choices offers information on how to decide what you want, how to communicate what you want and how to talk to your doctor about what you want,� said Kay Longhi, who is a member of the Unitarian fellowship and the president of the board of Compassion & Choices of Washington. The Seattle nonprofit advocates for quality end-of-life care, and part of that is helping people prepare in advance for end-of-life issues, Longhi said. Rob Miller, the executive director of the organization, will lead the course. Under Miller’s guidance, Longhi said, the workshop will include a time for values reflection, assistance completing the directives and the opportunity to have a completed document notarized. The document includes a living will and a durable power of attorney, “People will leave done,� Longhi said. Indeed, being done with such a document will place people well ahead of the curve, according to a recent CNN story. While 84 percent of people say their loved ones know what

they want, only 29 percent have had a serious conversation about end-of-life issues, according to CNN. Even those conversations have their limits, however. “Talking is good; writing it down is better,� Longhi said. The Compassion & Choices directives that Miller will provide are considered to be state of the art, Longhi said, and were developed with the help of elder law attorneys and medical professionals. They have also been sanctioned and approved by King County Senior Services. The directives, five pages long, are also available on the organization’s website and cover a multitude of subjects, including scenarios when people may not want lifesustaining treatment, instances when they might choose such treatment and their wishes concerning pain control. The directives also include information for wishes after death, including indicating a preference for whether or not an autopsy is performed and information on funeral arrangements. Some advance directives cover topics only broadly, Longhi said, but Compassion & Choices directives are quite specific. “The document is thorough enough to let your power of attorney know what you were thinking when you filled it out,� she said. Miller will also provide instructions regarding what to do with the document once it is completed. That means passing it out to everyone: a personal physician and the person who has been designated to have the durable power of attorney, Longhi added. Rev. Carmen McDowell of the Unitarian Fellowship recently spoke about why the group invited Miller to offer this workshop to the community. “Our first principle is the inherent worth and dignity of

every person,� she said. “We believe strongly people should have a say in matters of importance, such as life and death.� Several other Unitarian congregations have offered such workshops, and they have been helpful, McDowell said. It makes sense to provide them, she said, in part because sometimes completing the directives is an emotional experience. “As a faith community, we want to give support with this,� she said. “We want to hold (people) in care should something come up for them.� Both Longhi and McDowell stress the workshop is for people of all ages, not just seniors. “You don’t have to be older or elderly or sick to do this,� Longhi said, adding that parents of young children are especially encouraged to attend. “It is never too soon to do this.� In Longhi’s own family, the lack of clear directives has been a painful issue. Her mother completed advance directives, but they were vague. Now in her 90s, Longhi’s mother suffers from dementia and is unable to communicate her desires. “My sister and I have a very respectful disagreement about what she would want now that she is suffering from dementia,� Longhi said. Leaving clear instructions, she said, provides the best chance to avoid situations such as this. “You’re giving your loved ones a huge gift and attempting to ensure that you get the kind of death you want,� Longhi said. The free workshop will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Lewis Hall behind the Burton Community Church. A soup lunch will be served; RSVP for the lunch to administrator@ vashonuu.org. A Unitarian service on grace and advanced planning will meet at 9:45 that morning. Both events are open to the community.

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Experienced designer brings her expertise to town By SUSAN RIEMER For The Beachcomber

Islanders looking for design help with kitchens and bathrooms can now turn to an island professional who has decades of experience in the field and recently opened an office in town. Judith Neary, owner of Roadside Attraction, a small storefront in the same building as Café Luna, said the idea to offer her services on the island began last year, when she started going to what she called “the social hub of Vashon,” the Vashon Athletic Club. After talking with people there, she said she felt there was a place for her services on Vashon. “There’s a community here that could use my particular expertise,” she said she recalled thinking. After years of work-related travel as a design instructor, burgeoning online education opportunities meant she was able to work more from home, and after 18 years of living on Vashon, she felt she had the time to work on the island. Now, nestled in her office which opened earlier this month, she said she is looking to help islanders with their kitchens and bathrooms and — as a sign on her window says — “other fun projects.” While her job requires creativity, she said, that is only one aspect of a much larger, more technical picture. “It is a math-driven and problemsolving process,” she said. Indeed, Neary said, technology in both kitchens and bathrooms has changed considerably in recent years,

Judith Neary but most markedly in the bathroom, where now homeowners can install luxuries such as remote-controlled toilets, multiple-shower systems and televisions in their mirrors. On a more practical level, she said, demographics have changed, and several generations may be living in a home, with both boomerang kids and parents. A common challenge now is how to adapt a home for present and future needs of multiple generations. At the same time, she said, people are creatures of comfort and often want what they grew up with. Part of her job, she said, is to illuminate options “so you don’t go through a shoulda, woulda, coulda when the project is complete.” In her storefront, Neary show-

cases and offers the work of islander Oli Christophersen, who builds custom cabinets in his company, Sound Woodworks. She is also a representative for the Bellmont Cabinet Company, which is family-owned, based in Sumner and features two lines of cabinets. Neary has extensive experience with cabinets, she said, but Christophersen’s work and the Bellmont products rank high for her. “These honestly are my favorites,” she said. Resting on an antique range in her studio is a cutting board by islander Mark Dellplain, who makes artisan furniture, and Neary said she hopes soon there will be work from additional island artists as well as high school students for a project she calls “Islands on the Island.” They would build a kitchen island, and she would feature the work of different artists each month in her office. As for the name of her company, Neary said it came in part from seeing such signs on family trips as a child and from the Tom Robbins book, “Another Roadside Attraction.” It also fits well with the renovating and building process. “Homeowners expect the path to be straight and narrow, but I know there will be a detour,” she said. “I’ll help them get though it.” Roadside Attraction is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday though Wednesday and Friday and Saturday as well as by appointment. Call Neary at 661-5902.

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Donations sought for annual Labor of Love auction for the care center The Labor of Love online auction to benefit Vashon Community Care will begin next month, and organizers are looking for donations of services and goods. The auction, in which islanders bid on items or services that are made or performed by fellow islanders, will run from Feb. 12 to 26. People who would like to donate can do so online at www.LaborofLoveVashon.org, or they can pick up a donation form at the care center. Services and items that have been donated in past years include homemade cookies, ethnic dinners, tractor work, garden tours and knitting and kayaking lessons. All proceeds from the Labor of Love Auction help fund resident activities and trips throughout the year. Bidding will begin at noon on Feb. 12.

Friends of Mukai to host presentation on Japanese gardens Two experts on Japanese gardens will give a presentation sponsored by the Friends of Mukai at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Land Trust Building. Ed Baldwin, a manager at the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, will tell the story of the Seike family and its garden. The Seike garden was built in SeaTac in 1961 and was successfully moved to the Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden in 2006 when the area was designated for the airport’s planned third runway. A second speaker, Diane Crawford, will elaborate on how GPS is used extensively to help in garden remediation today. Crawford is a senior environmental scientist at Golder Associates, Inc., and she has 30 years of experience at investigating and repairing environmental damage. She will describe ways in which GPS could be used to help plan the restoration of Vashon’s Mukai garden. Refreshments will be available, and the speakers will make time for audience questions.


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EDITORIAL

Experience shows pot can harm a community

Planning ahead now can ease life’s final stages

Coming of age in the late 1960s means I’ve seen the whole drug “revolution” come and go and leave behind in its wake some open thinking (based around pain control), but a lot more devastation. Dr. Timothy Leary once encouraged students to “turn on, tune in and drop out.” I’ve lived long enough to hear him say that he wished he had never said it. One of his contemporaries spent the rest of his life lecturing and saying, “Can you believe we actually thought you could use drugs recreationally without harming anyone?” During the 1990s, the FBI crime statistics noted that between 80 and 90 percent of all crime sprang from drugs. In 1987 I was hired as the secretary for the first multi-agency drug task force in the state of Washington. Funded by the DEA with matching funds from five local law enforcement agencies, the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Drug Task Force was aimed at stemming the alarming proliferation of drugs coming into an economically depressed region. Even then, the goal was never aimed at small, personal users of marijuana, but rather the large grow operations, often defended by guns, vicious dogs and criminals with lengthy histories. Often I received calls to our tip line from concerned citizens about drug trafficking in their neighborhoods and the resulting increase in burglaries, assaults and child neglect that came on the heels of those enterprises. I would advise them to keep logs of license plates, dates, times and descriptions of what they saw for police. Obviously, 30 to 35 cars a night with one- to two-minute stops was suspect. During this time, a large controversy surrounded the anti-drug curriculum, which had been donated to the Longview School

If a disease or accident left you incapacitated, would your loved ones know what to do? Do they know your wishes surrounding topics such as life support, resuscitation or hospice care? When you can’t make decisions for yourself, what will guide the decisions your family makes for you? The topic of advance health care directives, or living wills, has been in the national spotlight lately due to two high-profile incidents. In California, a 13-year-old girl who was pronounced brain dead after a tonsillectomy was taken from a hospital by her High-profile news family despite doctors’ conclusion that she would never recover. stories demonstrate In Texas, a brain-dead woman is the importance of also being kept on life support, planning ahead for despite what family members say end-of-life decisions. she would have wanted, because she was 19 weeks pregnant when she lost brain function and state law requires she therefore be kept alive. As we’ve discussed these rare but moving stories in our newsroom, it seemed almost coincidental that we were also covering what we believe to be Vashon’s first-ever workshop on advance directives. While it’s not likely any islanders will find themselves in the strange and tragic situations that are making headline news, one Vashon woman involved in the upcoming workshop shares a story that hits closer to home and demonstrates the importance of planning ahead. Kay Longhi, like many adults, has watched her elderly mother develop dementia. Now that her mother is in the advanced stages of the disease, Longhi and her sister disagree over how she would want to be cared for. Their mother left only vague instructions to guide their difficult decisions. A recent study in California found that 60 percent of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important;” however, 56 percent have not communicated their end-of-life wishes to their loved ones. Discussing end-of-life issues with others isn’t easy or pleasant, but having the conversation — and even better, putting your wishes in writing — could very well bring some amount of ease to a process that can be painful for everyone. Consider attending this weekend’s workshop by Compassion & Choices of Washington, even if you think you’re too young to create a living will. If you don’t attend, at least explore the information available at Compassion & Choices’ website (www.compassionwa. org). The internet is full of other resources, including state-specific worksheets to help you create your living will. If you simply need help starting the conversation, try www.theconversationproject.org. We make plans in all areas of our lives, but often neglect to plan for how we end our lives. Make addressing end-of-life decisions a priority, if not for yourself, then for your family and loved ones. As Longhi, who is also the board president of Compassion & Choices, has found, lack of direction can lead to disagreement between family members during a time they should be leaning on one another. Though unpleasant to consider now, clarity could one day be a gift to your loved ones.

DRUGS By SUSAN WOLF District by a service organization, because parents felt it taught children they had rights to choose, rather than set standards of family behavior abstaining from drugs. Parents then were concerned the indolence, impairment and criminal behavior of the drug scene would prevent their children from making progress in finishing their education, working hard (and smart) at a living and serving their families and communities. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, a group of concerned media personnel, made public service announcements in the late 1980s stating, “Marijuana can make ‘nothing’ happen to you, too.” They were all right. Marijuana is harmful in and of itself because it lowers inhibitions, which causes users to do things they ordinarily wouldn’t — including using other drugs. Further, cannabinoids act on specific neurotransmitters in the brain, affecting cognitive thinking and the memory regions of the brain. Like cigarette smoking, marijuana smoking can lead to lung cancer. Teens whose brains are still developing and who become dependent on pot show a noticeable drop in IQ by age 38, according to MedPage Today. Those five detectives and one lone secretary years ago were extremely busy. I referred complaints to Child Protective Services because of calls about small children left hungry, dirty and dangerously unsupervised because the

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parents were involved in drugs. One doctor complained because of the large increase, he was seeing of young teenage girls getting hooked on drugs by their boyfriends and then ending up abandoned, drug addicted and pregnant. Drug trafficking, use, grow operations, efforts to secure a lucrative stash and the resulting power struggles even ended in murders. In the old “Dragnet” TV series, Detective Joe Friday was challenged by a high school teacher who contended pot was no worse than alcohol. Det. Friday then quoted statistics on the cost of alcohol treatment, divorces citing alcoholism, assaults and drunk driving deaths and said, “With all the trouble we have with alcohol, do we really NEED pot?” Today in Washington state, we have 10,000 children in the foster care system and more than 1,400 legally free and waiting for families. The largest percentages of these children have been taken from their parents due to neglect from substance abuse and mental illness. I have sympathy for those parents and regularly participate in feeding some of these folks. But I feel we lost our moral compass when we legalized pot. That law should be repealed and quickly. I’ve had 62 years to watch people who abuse drugs neglect their children, lose their jobs, commit crimes, overdose, commit suicide and become a cost to society rather than an active, positive influence. It sends the wrong message to the youth. I’ve heard from too many who started on that path and didn’t find their way out until they had ruined most of their lives. We can’t afford one more substance that interferes with our ability to choose right from wrong.

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reasons, for economic reasons, for lack of a father in the picture, or simply because she knows she doesn’t have the maturity or skills required to raise a child. These seem to me fairly rational, reasonable and mature stances, certainly not the murderous motivation of a despot. Yet Mr. Lovekin would force every pregnant woman to carry on through childbirth, regardless. At the very least, this seems an uncharitable stance, especially since no god, not even Mr. Lovekin’s, can simply give a woman the maturity, education, financial means and partner she needs to raise a child to maturity. But maybe Mr. Lovekin would step in. Instead of marching in demonstrations and shouting slogans, might he be prepared to be charitable to a real person, and step up to raise a child a mother can’t — also providing free pre- and post-natal medical care for the mother — thereby putting his time, energy and money where his mouth is? If not, how dare he presume to intervene in a woman’s right to pursue life, liberty and happiness as she chooses? — Mark Nassutti

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Sometimes in life it’s better to not see the scary monster One of my favorite things to do is watch old 1950s monster movies. They always seem to use the time-honored storytelling technique of foreshadowing. You have to sit through a whole bunch of lousy dialogue and implausible plots to get to finally see the incredibly cheesy monster. In the last movie I watched, the beast finally emerged and turned out to have large, googly eyeballs, a greenish hue and what appeared to be a dozen hot dogs in its mouth. I gave it a seven out of 10 because it was basically how I look at any given barbeque. But it was remarkable to see how a monster with a top speed of 3 miles an hour could catch more than a few incredibly fit teenagers. I guess it’s because they always open the freakin’ door when there’s clearly a monster on the other side. Don’t they teach monster prevention classes in high school? I’m pretty sure it’s on the SAT. Well I had my own monster experience back in the 1990s. It was about the time I was returning from the county courthouse to my newly rented office space. I had just filed divorce papers and decided

HUMOR By CHRIS AUSTIN to incorporate my fledgling software company, or maybe it was the other way around (either way, it was one less trip to the courthouse). To save a few bucks, I was actually living in my office. It was old but cheap, having been a hotel in the 1920s, it was now converted into business suites. I had fallen into a routine of eating out of a minifridge and microwave and walking to the YMCA for a workout and shower. Late one night I was working on yet another Powerpoint presentation describing the wonders of my software. In between slides I was imagining how years from now I would joke with my chauffeur about the humble beginnings of my company. My revery was broken this night by the sound of the downstairs door that leads to the sidewalk. Normally it

was locked around 7 p.m., but now I was hearing it slowly creak open at 1 in the morning. My fingers froze to the keyboard as I heard something padding up the steps. My office was at the end of a long corridor and beads of sweat formed on my forehead as the footsteps came closer. As I stood up, the only thing between me and whatever was out there was a chintzy hollow door. But what was it? A drug-addled criminal, a brain eating zombie, my ex-wife? Mysteriously the steps receded until I heard the door to the street softly close. I got a fitful sleep on my office couch that night, but in the morning resolved to do something. I noticed there was a large gap between the door and the floor, and having just left the field of dentistry, it occurred to me that I could slide a dental mirror under the door and, unlike the naive teenager, I would be able to see what was approaching my door. Yet a

dental mirror proved to be too small, so I went to an auto parts store and purchased an engine inspection mirror, which is about 3 feet long and had a much larger mirror on the end. Early the next morning, I heard the door to the street open, and while I was fairly certain it wasn’t a monster, I thought it would be a good idea to practice looking down the long hallway as a fellow tenant came up the stairs. I slipped the mirror under the door and was surprised to find it was much harder to see down a hallway than down someone’s mouth. The mirror was showing the ceiling, the carpet, my own door, every which way except down the hall. When I finally got it positioned correctly, I didn’t see an unsuspecting person coming up the stairs, I saw a blue tennis shoe standing about 6 inches from my mirror. I snatched the mirror back from under the door completely mortified. What must this person

have thought seeing a mirror wiggle back and forth as they walked down the hall? I tried to think of something to say aloud in my room that would explain the situation such as, “Oh, I found my keys, they were in my pocket the whole time,” or “You kids stop playing with that engine inspection mirror!” I was struck dumb with embarrassment. I figured the only thing to do now was turn out the lights and hide in my office until the lease ran out. Yet driven out by hunger, I finally had to leave my office. While I never found out who that person was. I was always on the lookout for that blue tennis shoe. The moral of the story is that sometimes it is better to let your imagination run wild than to find out what’s on the other side of the door. — Chris Austin is the author of two books available at www.chrisaustin books.com. He also works at The Beachcomber.

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Good question. I wish I could predict the market! This is an unusual winter for real estate. Perhaps because of the mild weather we’ve had, there are still lots of buyers out there eagerly looking. Sellers often wait until spring (April) to put their homes on the market believing this is when buyers are active. Plus, some homes that have been for sale for awhile take them off the market through the winter months. But this year we really need the inventory and this is a good time to have that for sale sign up. Pent up demand is driving prices higher, too. Prices on Vashon grew 18% in 2013 and it looks like it will continue to inch up this year as well. It would behoove a seller to get their place on sooner than later. With less competition, they may actually come out way ahead selling earlier in the year. We currently have only 44 homes on the market and that includes some places that are not livable. Some categories have only a handful of homes. Price ranges vary, of course, but the low to middle of our market is very sparse. All I can tell you is to get ready. That means being fully pre-approved with a lender, prepared to write an earnest money check, have your down payment in the bank, and be clear on what you will give up in order to have the most important one or two things you’re hoping for. I know I’ve said it before, but you really can’t be too picky when we sell only 100 to 150 homes a year here in all price ranges. That means in any category and price range there are only five or six houses a year that would work for you. Good luck and keep looking!

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ONGOING Library Fundraiser: The Friends of the Vashon Library are selling new and used books daily from the book sale shelf at the library. Paperbacks cost 50 cents and hardcovers cost $1. The friends of the library group is the sole source of funding for various speakers and programs like Teen Night, which includes food, prizes and attractions.

WEDNESDAY • 15 Chamber of Commerce: The annual membership meeting will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Penny Farcy Building. Study Zone: For kids in grades K through 12, this is a free weekly drop-in session for homework help from trained volunteer tutors. 3 to 6 p.m. at the Vashon Library. Vashon High School Band: The VHS band will perform a concert to celebrate the new theater. 7 p.m. at Vashon High School.

THURSDAY • 16 Lecture Series: The Burton Community Church lecture and discussion series continues; all are welcome to attend and the lectures are free. This week’s topics will include physicalism refined and consciousness and physics. For more information, call Herb Reinelt at 408-7360. 4 to 6 p.m. in Lewis Hall, behind Burton Community Church. Vashon Vespers: Now in its second year, this 35-minute service is rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition and is open to all. Childcare will be provided. 7 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Spirit.

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Stepping Stones Teens Time: This confidential teen support group meets weekly and is open to all teens looking for help with harm reduction, recovery and any other life issues or concerns. Snacks will be provided, and attendees can bring their own beverages. The group is looking for adults (age 18 and older) to help support this new program. If interested in volunteering, contact Epi Wilson at 653-6327. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian church.

SATURDAY • 18 Knitting Group: This ongoing group led by Myra Willingham meets on Saturdays, and all are encouraged to bring current projects to share. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center. VIPP Adopt-a-Cat Day: Meet the cats available for adoption at the shelter or call 389-1085 for an appointment. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the VIPP shelter, 12200 SW 243rd Street, off of Old Mill Road. Weekly Cribbage Tournament: Come and play nine friendly games against nine different players. Win cash prizes, socialize and earn national ratings points. Visitors are welcome. Cost is $8 for visitors and $10 for members. See www. vashoncribbage.com for more information. 1 to 4 p.m. at the Vashon Eagles. Mobile Veterinarian: A mobile vet will come to Vashon and hold a temporary clinic inside Island Lumber, where it will provide inexpensive vaccinations to walkin customers. Other services, such as michrochipping, health exams, heartworm tests and more, will also be available at reduced costs. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Island Lumber.

SUNDAY • 19 Unitarian Service: Grace and the art of advanced planning will be the topic presented by guest speakers Robb Miller and Kay Longhi. 9:45 a.m. at Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship in Lewis Hall, behind the Burton Community Church. Burton Community Church Service: Guest minister for the service will be Rev. Bradley Crick. Formerly a pastor at Lakewood UCC, Crick now works on his small farm in Tacoma and offers spiritual guidance and counseling with a fo-

PUBLIC MEETINGS Vashon Sewer District: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Vashon Senior Center. King County Airport District: 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Courthouse Square. Vashon-Maury Island Community Council: 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at McMurray Middle School.

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Frozen: Ends Jan. 16. Philomena: Plays Jan. 17 to 23. See www.vashontheatre. com for show times or call 463-3232.

cus on inclusive and special-needs communities. 11 a.m. at Burton Community Church. Seed Swap and Share: The Vashon Seed Savers will host the second annual seed swap and share event. New and experienced seed savers are welcome to come share and connect. Homegrown seeds should be labeled with common name and variety, latin name and the year the seeds were collected. Attendees are also welcome to bring in seeds left in packets that will no longer be used. Set up begins at 3 p.m., three seed-savers will tell the stories of their seeds at 3:15 p.m. and the swap begins at 3:30 p.m., at the Land Trust Building.

TUESDAY • 21 Quilt Guild: The group will meet and mini-lessons on several sewing projects will be offered. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Susie Hill at 463-3339. 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian church. Sunrise Ridge Health Services Board: The health center’s monthly board meeting is open to the public and will take place at 10 a.m. in the conference room at Sunrise Ridge. Family Story Time: For newborns through age 6 with a caregiver, this weekly program includes 30 minutes of stories, finger plays, movement and music. PlaySpace membership is not required to attend. For more information, call the Vashon Library at 463-2069. 11:30 a.m. to noon Tuesdays at the VYFS PlaySpace. Friends of Island Center Forest: The group will hold its monthly meeting. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Land Trust Building.

UPCOMING GPS for Garden Rescue: The Friends of Mukai will host two speakers with expertise relevant to moving and restoring Japanese gardens. Ed Baldwin, manager at Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden, will tell the story of the Seike Garden, which was in the path of SeaTac Airport’s third runway. Diane Crawford, an Islander and a senior environmental scientist with Golder Associates, will explain the use of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) for mapping and restoring sites. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the Land Trust Building.

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Vashon’s annual commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 15, will feature a speaker from the ACLU who will discuss what progress has been made to bring about Dr. King’s dream. It will also feature statistics that demonstrate how far we still have to go to achieve racial equality. Cake and coffee will be served at the event, which will start at 7 p.m. at the Vashon Lutheran Church. For more information, call Emma Amiad at 463-4060.

Vashon be Prepared Presents “Open for Business”: This free workshop is offered to all island businesses to learn how to prepare for disaster or disruption. According to FEMA, 40 percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and an additional 25 percent fail within one year. Business continuity and disaster expert Shelby Edwards will bring her decades of experience in planning for, responding to and recovering from major events to lead the workshop. Space is limited to the first 30 organizations that register by Jan. 20. For more information and to register, go to www.vashonchamber.com. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the Land Trust Building.

CLASSES Vashon Allied Arts: Registration for VAA winter classes, including drawing, painting, clay, dance, musical theater and more, is now open. Scholarships are available.Go to www.VashonAlliedArts.org or call 463-5131 for more information or to register. Grief Support Group: Offered by Providence Hospice of Seattle, six weekly meetings will be held on Vashon for those who have experienced the death of a loved one in the last two years. This will be a closed group, and registration is required. For more information and to register, call Jane Fleming at 749-7704. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evenings, Jan. 15 through Feb. 19. Enhanced Fitness: Mo Brule leads these gentle workouts based on a YMCA program for adults 55 and older to develop balance, flexibility, strength and resilience. First class is free to try; 10-visit punch cards cost $37.50 — free for Group Health members with Medicare A and B. 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Ober Park. Beginning Bridge: Ellen Trout will teach bridge to beginners or those who want a refresher course. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Vashon Senior Center.

Parent Education Series — Positive Action: Sponsored by VYFS, the Vashon PTSA and VARSA, this four-week program is for parents and caregivers of children in K through 3rd grade. Learn critical areas of development and important tools to help children learn how to identify their feelings, allowing them to take control of their actions and foster more thoughtful decision making. Cost is $40 per individual or $50 per couple. For more information or to register, call Ann Palmer at 4635502 or email apalmer@vyfs.org. Sliding scale fees and scholarships are available. 6 to 8 p.m. starting Jan. 16 at the VYFS PlaySpace. Yoga and Vision for the New Year: Cody Strauss will lead this class for women and girls in guided exercises to help connect and clarify mind and body for the new year. Cost is $20. For more information, go to www. HestiaRetreat.org. To register and for location information, email valerie@hestiaretreat.org. 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18. Advanced Planning Seminar and Soup Lunch: The seminar will be led by Robb Miller, the executive director of Compassion & Choices of Washington, who has extensive experience in advance planning and will guide participants through the process of documenting their wishes about the kind of medical care they do or do not want at the end of life. Participants will leave with a completed Compassion & Choices of Washington Advance Directive, which combines a living will and a durable power of attorney for health care into one document. All are welcome to attend this free event. An RSVP is requested for the soup lunch and responses should be emailed to administrator@vashonuu.org. 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at Vashon Island Unitarian Fellowship in Lewis Hall behind the Burton Community Church. (See story on page 4.)

Chair Yoga: Kathy Larsdotter leads this weekly class that includes chair and standing yoga positions for men and women to improve breathing, posture, balance, flexibility and stress relief. Cost is by a suggested donation of $2. 1 to 2 p.m. Mondays at the Vashon Senior Center. Tonglen Workshop at the Zen Center: Genko Kathy Blackman will lead this meditation class sponsored by the Puget Sound Zen Center’s Women’s Group. Registration will be limited to 22 people, and both men and women are invited. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for non-members, lunch included. Go to www.PSZC.org to register. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Puget Sound Zen Center, 20406 Chautauqua Beach Road. Parenting With Backbone and Heart: Roger Taylor will again offer this workshop series for parents of children of any age who want to be more clear, calm and connected in parenting their children to be more confident, thoughtful, caring and resilient. There will be an open orientation session, then four weekly evening sessions, which will be limited to 12 participants. Cost is $50 for the orientation and $150 for the four evening sessions. Call 463-3763 or email Taylor at roger@ rtaconsulting.com to register by Jan. 29. 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, orientation; 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, begins the weekly sessions, at the Vashon Fire Department and the Penny Farcy training center on Bank Road. Weaving Workshops: Sue Willingham will offer two intensive five-day workshops, one for beginners and one for continuing weavers. Both classes are limited to eight participants each. For more information, costs and registration details, go to www.weaverspalette. com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 27 to 31, beginners’ class, and Feb. 3 to 7 for continuing weavers, at the Willingham Weavery.


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Several Vashon students were honored on Jan. 4 for essays they wrote for the annual Veterans of Foreign Wars essay contest. For the celebration, which included an ice cream social, they attended the Rainier VFW Post #2289 in Seattle. In all, more than 20 students from this region were honored — including a high percentage from Vashon. Those gathered, left to right, beginning in the back row, are Oakley Reid, ninth grade; Julia Macray, seventh grade; teacher Kay Burrell; Roy Bumgarner, the Commander of the Vashon post; Olde John Croan, chairman of Post 2826; Richard Moore, also a chairman of the post; and Barbara Moore, the District 2 president and chairman. Students in the front row, left to right, are Kiera Ann Aldrich, third grade; Sienna Stromberg, fifth grade; Stuart Kraabel, eighth grade; Nicholas Kraabel, sixth grade and Davis Kelly, fourth grade. Each of the students wrote an essay on a patriot theme and received the distinction of a first through third place finish.

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LEND A HAND AT THE MUSEUM: The Vashon-Maury Island Heritage Association is looking for volunteers to help out at the museum in 2014. Specifically, volunteers are needed in the areas of technology, publicity, graphics, special exhibits, painting, illustrating and storytelling. For more information, email Deb Phillimore Dammann at admin@vashonheritage.com.

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Vashon’s only bridge has spanned decades graph. The Judd Creek Bridge was designated a King County Landmark in 2004. When you compare the 1890s photograph with the 2013 one, you can see an encapsulated view of the ecological changes the island experienced in those By BRUCE HAULMAN and TERRY DONNELLY 100-plus years. In 1890 the trees are For The Beachcomber largely gone because logging for lumber, for fuel for steamers and for the myriad Judd Creek is the largest watershed other demands for wood products in the on Vashon-Maury Island. The creek rapidly developing Puget Sound region. drains water from much of the middle of Log skids and other remnants of logVashon, from near Center, north to Bank ging operations can be seen on the left Road, and west to the Westside Highway, in the photograph. Logs, debris, pilings emptying into the northwest corner of and other evidence of human impact are inner Quartermaster Harbor. It was once clearly evident in the estuary because a thriving salmon stream, and the valley the upper reaches of Judd Creek had not at the estuary is deep enough to require yet been channelized by farming and the island’s only public bridge. thus the estuary had The Judd Creek Bridge not been scoured out by has become a VashonAs recently as the 1970s, high-velocity water flows. Maury icon. Originally And the bridge is made of Judd Creek was home constructed in the early wood, most readily avail1890s to connect Burton to four salmon runs, able construction mateand the growing comwith fish so thick in the rial at that time. munities at Center and In the 2013 photostream you could catch Vashon, the first bridge graph, the estuary is was a simple log float them by hand. reflective of contemacross the creek, but this porary Vashon. The was quickly replaced with trees have returned in the form of a a trestle bridge whose construction was dense second-growth forest, still largely typical of the times. dominated by alder and fir. There is little Seen in this 1892 Oliver VanOlinda debris because of the high water flows photograph, the bridge spans the mouth during significant storms. There is also of the Judd Creek estuary at a high tide. little evidence of humans, except for the Note the lack of trees because the area bridge. There are several homes on the had been heavily logged beginning in high bank north shore that are hidden 1868 when William Patterson made by trees, and the house at the head of the original homestead claim. In 1888 Artemus W. Judd took title and the Creek the estuary, owned for years by Jim and Elaine Scott, is behind the photographer. was named after his family. As the original bridge deteriorated over This bridge is a concrete bridge reflecting the post-World War II steel shortages and its 40-year career, it was replaced in 1929 engineering advances that led to more with a new bridge that was celebrated with an all-island gathering at the Burton large-scale concrete construction. Jim and Elaine Scott have sold their High School just southeast of the bridge. 20 acres of the Judd Creek estuary to the In 1953 the present Judd Creek Bridge Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, which was constructed with a novel new conin cooperation with the Department of struction technique developed by Homer the Interior will eventually take out the M. Hadley, a notable Washington state Scott home and access road, allowing bridge designer and engineer. Hadley, who proposed a floating bridge over Lake the area to return to the natural state that was disrupted with Patterson’s 1868 Washington in 1921, was the innovator claim. of the concrete hollow cellular box conThis is an important piece in the land struction technique that can be clearly trust’s efforts to restore Judd Creek as a seen in the 2013 Terry Donnelly photo-

The first bridge across Judd Creek was simply made of floating logs

Oliver VanOlinda photograph courtesy of the Digital Collection of the University of Washington

This 1892 photo taken by Oliver VanOlinda shows the trestle bridge that once spanned Judd Creek. The image shows the area had been heavily logged.

Terry Donnelly Photo

This 2013 photo shows the modern bridge at Judd Creek and the second-growth forest that has returned there. The land trust is working to restore the creek and estuary. salmon stream. As recently as the 1970s, Judd Creek was home to four salmon runs, with fish so thick in the stream you could catch them by hand. Today, after extensive efforts to restore the salmon runs, there are a few that return each year. Once the land trust’s full restoration of the creek that began this year, with logs anchored along the stream bed

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Scholarship foundation, now its own nonprofit, begins campaign The Vashon Community Scholarship Foundation (VCSF) has begun its annual campaign and is seeking new donors to sponsor college scholarships of all sizes. The foundation recently separated from its longtime affiliate, Scholarship America, an organization that decided to computerize the scholarship application and matching process, something foundation members felt wouldn’t work well on Vashon, said Mary Langland, a longtime VCSF board member. The foundation is now a registered nonprofit and didn’t lose any significant funding in the move, Langland said, but it is anticipating a larger crop of seniors this year and is looking to add new donors. “The focus this year is trying to get some new donors,” Langland said. “We think there are people out there who don’t know who we are and would love to get involved.” The scholarship foundation began in 1986 and since then has handed out over $1 million in college scholarships, both by raising its own funds and matching donors with high school seniors who sub-

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SAVE THE DATE FOR CHAMBER MUSIC: The fourth annual Salish Sea Early Music Festival comes to Vashon on Sunday, Jan. 26, at Bethel Church. Enjoy baroque chamber music from the court of Louis XV, played on period instruments by international soloists.

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Cast members of “Becoming Bridges,” will bring to life the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other human rights pioneers.

Play illuminates civil rights stories Vashon Allied Arts’ Family Series 2014 opens with the multimedia theatrical performance of the Broadway Center for Performing Arts (BCPA) touring show “Becoming Bridges” at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Blue Heron. Through music, songs and video elements, “Becoming Bridges” illuminates stories of courage, persistence and individual stands for justice in the fight for human and civil rights. The show highlights the tale of Ruby Bridges, a brave first-grader who helped integrate Louisiana’s public schools in the early 1960s and brings to life the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes and other influential authors, poets, activists and human

rights pioneers. “Becoming Bridges,” which includes a post-show question and answer session, is part of BCPA’s tradition of creating original touring productions that honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and encourage civic responsibility in youth. The Family Series will continue next month with a performance by Caspar Babypants on Feb. 8. And on March 8, Book-It Repertory Theater will present “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Single performance tickets are $6 youth and $8 adult. Series tickets are $15 youth or adult. Tickets are available at VAA, the Heron’s Nest or www.VashonAlliedArts.org.

Singer-songwriter, composer and musician Chris Brokaw is no stranger to the world of rock fame, having recorded and toured to international acclaim since 1990. Brokaw will bring his music as a solo artist to the Blue Heron for a performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. As a guitarist, Brokaw and his first New York-based rock band Codeine lit up the music scene back in 1990. Brokaw went on to play drums with the Boston-based band Come, tour with Nirvana, accompany Johnny Depp on a tribute album to Jack Kerouac, release four albums and build a solo career performing 100 concerts annually in countries around the globe. Primarily self-taught, Brokaw began writing music and performing when he was 12, having been exposed to cutting-edge rock by his jazz-drummer father. According to a press release, Brokaw believes music can access powerful emotions, and he works to create a broad spectrum of inspiring, intimate and surprising music. Tickets are $14 for VAA members, students and seniors, $18 general admission. Tickets are available at VAA, the Heron’s Nest and www.VashonAlliedArts.org.

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Ben Bloom, Delvon Laamar and Olli Klomp are Rippin’ Chicken.

Funk band will ‘rip’ up the Bike Ruffle your feathers with the funky, bugaloo and soul jazz sound of the Rippin’ Chicken at 8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Red Bicycle Bistro & Sushi. The members of this rhythm-driven band performed and recorded together for the better part of a decade in groups like The Funk Revolution, the Lucky Mystery Now Orchestra and the Bucks, all under the direction of one Lucky Brown. Now they say they play the music they like in a style all their own. This event is for all ages until 11 p.m., then 21-plus only.

Vashon Chamber Music will lauch its popular Concert Series B for 2014 with special guests Laura de Luca (clarinet) and Mikhail Shmidt (violin) from the Seattle Symphony at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Vashon United Methodist Church. Featured in a clarinet quintet by Weber and Milhaud’s trio for violin, clarinet and piano, the duo will be joined by series founders Doug Davis (cello) and Rowena Hammill (cello) and regular guests Heather Bentley (viola) and Natasha Brazhanov (violin) to perform Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 9. On Feb. 23, series regulars Trio Pardalote, featuring Hammill and Bentley, will play a piece written for them by guest composer Wayne Horvitz. An all-string Beethoven and Brahms concert will conclude the series on May 4. Single tickets are $18 for VAA members, students, seniors and $22 for general admission. Series B tickets (Sundays) are $48 for VAA members, students and seniors and $60 general admission. Tickets are available at VAA, www. VashonAlliedArts.org or call 463-5131.

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YOUNG ACTS IN THE LIMELIGHT Several aspiring high school musicians had their moment in the spotlight last Friday, when they opened for the Seattle band Tangerine for the seventh Sharing the Stage concert. A concert series developed by Rob Bordner, Harris Levinson and Fred Strong, Sharing the Stage brings popular and rising Seattle bands to the island to play with teen musicians as openers. This time, the indie band Tangerine joined high school performers for a packed show at the Red Bike. Organizers called the show a success and said they were pleased with how members of Tangerine connected with the young islanders, offering them compliments, advice and tips on breaking into the Seattle music scene. “This has been an objective of ours all along,” Bordner said, “to inspire students to think in terms of what is possible for them and to take advantage of the incredibly vibrant music scene right across the water.” Opening for Tangerine were (clockwise from top right) Kate Atwell and Mallory Breen, Monday Night Jazz Band, Maya Krah and Maria Gilmour of Two Dime Icebox and Isaiah Graham Hazzard. The band 10 Cent Time Machine (not pictured) also played. Pete Welch Photos

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LACROSSE SIGN-UP: Vultures and Valkyries should register now for the upcoming season. Head to www. vashonlacrosse.net for more information and to learn about volunteer opportunities. The boys schedule has been posted there, but the girls’ schedule is yet to come. Practices will begin soon. WWW.VASHONBEACHCOMBER.COM

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Pirates shooting for State with 10-0 record Great scoring runs By EZRA LACINA For The Beachcomber

Last week the Vashon boys basketball team, still undefeated, improved their winning record to 10-0, beating Bellevue Christian, 65-37, and dominating Chimicum, 67-28. On Tuesday after press deadline, The Pirates traveled to Eeatonville to take on the Eatonville Cruisers. The game against Bellevue Christian started well for Vashon, with Ian Stewart knocking down a 3-pointer for the first score. Vashon’s defense came to play on Bellevue Christian’s first possession, forcing a shot clock violation. Despite the dominating start, the first quarter was pretty even, ending with the Pirates up, 11-10. In the second quarter, the Pirates woke up and started to pull away, but the Viking defense managed to keep both Sam Yates and Jessie Norton contained. Stewart’s defense was strong during the second quarter as the Pirate defense only allowed 5 points. At the half the Pirates found themselves winning, 26-15. The third quarter revealed more Pirate dominance as Yates took off scoring whenever the opportunity presented itself. In the fourth quarter, Norton started to heat up, beating the defense with great consistency. At this point there was no hope for

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Jessie Norton, 24, and Owen Brenno, 40, battle for the ball with Chimacum players. the Vikings. With three minutes left, coach Andy Sears sent in the backups, and sophomore Sam Schoenberg hit a corner 3 to put the Pirates up by 30. At the end of the game,

the Pirates were in the win column once again. Yates led the scoring in the game with 14 but was closely followed by Norton with 13. On Friday night, the lastplace Chimacum Cowboys

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came to The Rock to take on the undefeated Pirates on their home court. The game couldn’t have started any better for the Pirates, who went on a 10-0 run in the first four minutes. At the end of the first quarter, Vashon was in the drivers seat, up 17-2. Junior forward Darren May started it off in the second quarter with a putback basket to add to the Pirates’ commanding lead. Chimicum was more successful scoring in the second quarter, but was still no match for Vashon. Toward the end of the first half, Noah Chee threw up an impossible shot that somehow made it in the basket to capitalize a great personal half of basketball. At the half, the score read Pirates 30, Cowboys 10. The second half revealed little to no change in gameplay as the Pirates coasted to victory, winning 67-28. Chee led the Pirates’ scoring with 14. Sears said he was impressed with the improvement of sophomores Noah Chee and Josh Tillman and credited a great week of practice for the team’s success. “I thought our guys really respected the process of preparation and were ready to play,” he said. Vashon will play a home game against Charles Wright at 7 p.m. Friday.

don’t bring victory for hoopsters By GARY MEANS For The Beachcomber

Though Anya Quig scored a team high of 19 points and Siena Jannetty added 11, the Pirate girls basketball team still dropped its league game on Tuesday, Jan. 7, against the Bellevue Christian Vikings. Vashon overcame an early 7-point deficit to end the opening quarter with a 14-13 lead but did not hold it, trailing by 11 at the half. While the second half was played relatively evenly, the Pirates were unable to close the gap in a 49-36 loss. Vashon played the game without the services of starter Annika Hille, who was sidelined with a fractured thumb suffered in the first quarter of a game against Seattle Academy. Hille has been the team’s second leading scorer and a strong defensive presence. “Only scoring 6 points in the second quarter really hurt,” said coach Henry Porter after the game, “but I loved the effort and energy with which the girls played.” Kalie Heffernan scored 4 points, and Tianna Koenig scored 2 points for Vashon in the game against the Vikings. On Friday, Vashon hosted the Chimacum Cowboys for a game that ended in another disappointing loss. Vashon jumped out to a 10-3 first-quarter lead before an early second-quarter collision sidelined Quig for the remainder of the game. Vashon was further impacted by the need to sit Jannetty for much of the game due to early foul trouble. The Pirates’ decimated roster battled gamely, trailing by just 2 points at the half, but would get no closer in a 35-29 loss. “Having your three leading scorers on the sideline, whatever the reasons, impacts continuity, and we saw that tonight,” Porter said. The Pirates traveled to Eatonville on Tuesday after press deadline. They will host Charles Wright at home on Friday.

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— Gary Means is the assistant coach of the Vashon girls basketball team.

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Grapplers are consistently on top as wrestling season continues By CHERYL PRUETT For The Beachcomber

In another strong week, the Vashon wrestling team competed in its first Nisqually League dual meet against Eatonville on Thursday and finished the week with grueling action at the always-tough Justin Norton Memorial Tournament in Rainier on Saturday. The Thursday night partisan crowd saw some great action as the Pirates beat the Cruisers, 52-17. Several forfeits contributed to the win, with the team splitting the actual matches wrestled, winning four and losing four. Winning for the Pirates were Bryce Hoisington, Chester Pruett, Shane Armstrong and Louis Jovanovich. The Pirates also fared well in the exhibition round, with Peter Wolczko, Andrew Wittwer, Marquis Stendahl and Ian McWhirter each winning a match. On Saturday the squad split up, with 11 varsity wrestlers going to Rainier High School for a tournament that is a precursor to the state tournament in February and junior varsity wrestlers attending a different meet. Everything went smoothly at Rainier High until senior Shane Armstrong broke a finger in the first round of his first match.

The remaining 10 team members wrestled well, taking fifth place overall out of 16 teams. Of the 10, eight finished in the medals. Champions were Chase Wickman and Preston Morris; second went to sophomore Logan Nelson; thirds to heavyweights Joe Coller and Louis Jovanovich; fifth-place finishes went to Clyde Pruett, Chester Pruett and Franklin Easton. Matches of the day go Preston Morris, who went into the event as the number-one seed in the 195-pound weight class and proceeded to absolutely dominate the event. He won his three matches, all by fall, all in the first round. Two Pirates, Wickman and Armstrong, were invited to compete with the West Coast Elite Wrestling team in a match with the Japan National Team. Action was Monday, Jan. 13, at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, and results were after press time. This week the Pirates have a little down time to rest and recuperate. They will travel to Bellevue Christian for dual meet action on Thursday and then enjoy a rare weekend off before making the final push toward the end of the season.

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Rick Tuel Longtime island resident Rick Tuel died last month during a medical procedure. Friends of Rick and Mary Tuel have set up an account to help with immediate funeral and family expenses. People who wish to donate can do so at U.S. Bank, where a “Friends of Rick Tuel” account has been set up in his memory.

DEATH Rollin (Ron) Bruce Huber Ron Huber was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on April 5, 1930. He died Dec. 27, 2013. Ron was the youngest of five children born to Dorothy and Herman Huber. He graduated from South Side High School and attended Youngstown University. He was active in youth activities with Methodist churches in the Youngstown area. This is where he met Sally Mapstone. Ron and Sally were married in 1951, and they raised two children, Kathleen and Russell.

Ron joined the Army in 1951 and was eventually stationed at Fort Lewis. Upon his discharge, he made Washington his new home. He worked for the H.J. Heinz Co. as a sales associate while living in Tacoma and was promoted to branch manager in 1961 when living in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1971, they moved back to Washington to manage Camp Burton for many years. After divorcing, he married Joan Olney, and they worked together at Camp Burton until the mid-1980s. Ron then became the first director of the current Vashon Senior Center. After retiring, Ron and

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Joan moved to Ocean Park, Wash. for the summers and traveled for the winter months, settling in Desert Hot Springs, Calif. Ron had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Salt Lake City and the Burton Community Church. He also attended the United Methodist Church in Ocean Park and on Vashon. In addition, on Vashon, he was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Kiwanis and the Eagles. Survivors include his daughter Kathy of Seattle, his son Russ of Vashon and his first wife Sally Jacobs. His second wife Joan Huber and his step-daughter Janelle preceded him in death. He is survived by

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his step-daughters Jannine, Janette and Jennifer and their families. His companion Sally Kimmel also survives him. A celebration of his life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9, at Camp Burton. Remembrances may be made to Camp Burton for the New Horizons Camp or the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit the online guest book at www.islandfuneral. com.

SHERIFF’S REPORT Nov. 30: An inflatable boat was reported stolen on the 24000 block of Vashon Highway. Dec. 2: Possible stalking/ harassment was reported by someone being followed in their car. The person drove to the King County Sheriff Vashon sub-station to report the incident. Property was found on the 24000 block of Vashon Highway. The inflatable boat that had been reported as stolen was found, with a gas tank that did not belong to it. Dec. 5: Suspicious circumstances and possible indecent liberties were reported on the 23600 block of Wax Orchard Road as a female student was walking home from her school bus stop. Dec. 6: Suspicious circumstances were reported on the 12600 block of 264th Street when a man showed up at a woman’s home and offered to kill her ex-husband for her. Dec. 7: A single car injury accident was reported on the 22400 block of Vashon Highway, where a car rolled over. The vehicle was impounded. A civil problem was reported on the 9400 block of 156th Street. Dec. 8: A trespass was reported on the 16200 block

of Vashon Highway, where someone had prowled through a vacant building. Dec. 9: Mail theft was reported on the 26000 block of Pillsbury Road. Dec. 10: A burglary was reported on the 17600 block of 96th Place, when a woman returned home and discovered that her purse was missing. Dec. 11: Larceny was reported when a purse was stolen on the corner of SW 178th Street and 100th Avenue. Larceny was reported after a theft from a shipping container was discovered on the 10000 block of 122th Place. Dec. 12: A threat was reported on the 10900 block of 107th Avenue, when a man received an email from his ex-girlfriend in which she threatened to kill him. A convicted felon with a handgun was reported on the 21400 block of Vashon Highway. A burglary was reported on the 14400 block of Spring Beach Road, where a shotgun was stolen. Dec. 14: A package was reported stolen from the front porch of a residence on the 14700 block of 107th Way. Dec. 21: A theft of $200 worth of firewood occurred on the 19000 block of Vashon Highway, and a subject was charged with theft in the third degree. Dec. 23: A break-in was reported at the skate park on the 10500 block of 228th Street, where a door was kicked in and items were displaced, but nothing was stolen. Mail theft was reported on Caster Road, when a package was stolen from a mailbox. Dec. 25: Disorderly conduct was reported on the 17200 block of 97th Place, when two people became involved in a physical altercation.

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Productions, Enson creates, designs and implements Enjoy’s public and private events. She became the first female performer/director of Teatro ZinZanni, co-founded UMO Ensemble and was founding producer of the Fringe Theater Festival. An aerialist, actress, director, maskmaker, puppeteer, trainer and mother, Enson holds a master’s degree in fine arts from Connecticut’s National Theatre Institute and trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, a physical theater school in Paris. She grew up in New York City and moved to Vashon in 1989. McAlpin gave Vashon an enormous gift when she and David Godsey, in 1992, purchased the K2 warehouse, better known today as the Open Space for Arts & Community. As an aerialist and physical theater performer, McAlpin knew firsthand the island’s need for a large, flexible artist-centered space, and she made it happen. Also trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, McAlpin teaches and directs physical theater and has appeared as various charac-

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ters in Teatro ZinZani, Cirque du Flambe days, these three creative athletes invenand the Moisture Festival. As co-founder toried their stories, skipping the midlife of UMO Ensemble, McAlpin conceived crises, to produce a midlife circus of “50 and directed UMO’s first full-length pro- Sense.” “Everyone gives their two cents,” Enson duction and lovingly calls her son her clown mentor. She’s been an island resi- said. “Now that we’ve turned 50, this is our two cents times 50.” dent since 1989. Under the direction of Seattle performChoreographer and co-director of Lelavision, Mann began her career as ing artist Tina La Padula, who along a competitive gymnast, with Seattle dancer then as a dancer and Sumayya Diop performs “Everyone gives their two co-founder of Moving with the three women, in the Spirit, an awardthe show will open with cents,” Enson said. “Now winning dance and Oracles, characters that we’ve turned 50, this is the urban outreach prowho are based on the our two cents times 50.” women’s grandmothers. gram. In 1992, she began “We start with our collaborating with Ela Martha Enson roots,” McAlpin said. Lamblin using original “Then the show moves kinetic sculpture, live through us as we grow music and dance simultaneously in a performance, creating a and let go of the past, with permission to be who we are today.” new genre called physical music. “That letting go,” added Mann with a Mann’s passion for kinetic, spatial and multi-sensory expression led her to co- bemused twinkle in her brown eyes, “is a found Integrated Music, which brings real moment of letting go,” which fits for musicians to bedsides in a Seattle hospital a hybrid theatrical circus featuring daring and to instruct restorative movement to triple trapeze acts with intricate falls on Alzheimer patients at community care aerial silk, dervish Spanish web spinning centers. She facilitates personal develop- and “banshee-like bungeeing” plus eyement retreats and teaches youth move- catching sideshow acts of strip tease, feats on roller skates, an accordion extravament. Mann moved to Vashon in 2004. In response to their milestone birth- ganza, oracle conjuring and spoken word

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by poet Storme Webber. Told through what the women call sneaky deep comedy and visual poetry, the show ultimately weaves together the many threads of their lives affected by the vicissitudes of life — birth and death, abundance and scarcity, fear and courage — into the fabric of their final act “Admit It.” Each woman chimes in with a one-line slogan to describe the gist of that last act, “You get to admit who you are. You have permission to be who you are. You are good just as you are.” And somewhere within the show, some of these words will find their way onto the skin of these daring women on the bouncing bungees who will fly through the air with the greatest of ease.

“50 Sense Circus” will be performed at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Open Space for Arts & Community. Doors will open 30 minutes before the show for live interactive sculpture. Tickets are available at the Vashon Bookshop or www.brownpapertickets. com. Proceeds from the door will be donated to two nonprofit organizations, the DoVe Project and Eve Ensler’s 1 Billion Rising Project.

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Our dear sister and friend, Terrie Lynn Hitch passed away, peacefully on January 6th, 2014. Terrie was born in Bremerton, Washington on April 13th, 1954. Terrie was a long-time resident of Vashon Manor Apartments. Terrie was preceeded in death by her mother, Helen Hitch, father Robert Hitch and two brothers Robert and Lonnie, both of Vashon. She is survived by her sister Nancy of Seattle, brothers John and Gregory, both from Vashon, Gordon from Missouri and brother Steven from Spokane, Washington. Terrie was a very friendly member of the Vashon community and had many loving and supportive friends on Vashon Island. The folks at the Vashon Pharmacy, the Vashon Thriftway and the Lutheran church were all a part of her Vashon family of friends. Terrie’s memorial service will be held at the Vashon Lutheran church 18623 Vashon Hwy. S. W., Vashon on Saturday, January 18th at 11am. Terrie’s family wishes to thank all of the Vashon community for their kindness, compassion, and understanding through all of her life’s challenges.

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Willis “Will” Chandler Norwood died peacefully with family at his side January 4, 2014. He was 84 years old. Will is survived by Marcia, his wife of 57 years, their three children, David (Gail), Doug (Susan), Amy (Doug), sister Zoe Brown, seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, and extended family including a stuffed bear named Fred, a wooden pig, silly yellow ducks and a little blue mouse. Born in Grand Rapids, MI, on June 1, 1929, his teen years were spent dodging the truant officer in Kent, WA. He served his country during the Korean conflict as an army radio instructor. A graduate of Washington State College and Harvard Business School, this latter-day hippie founded THE WOOD SHOP in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, crafting musical instruments, folk toys and memories for all. This man of the sea who couldn’t swim dropped his anchor on the north shore of Vashon Island, where for 35 years he and Marcia weathered the storms, shared their summers and lost themselves in the sunsets. His shop was his sanctum, his books were his sails, yet Marcia was always his love. He was a fisherman, audiophile, boat builder, fine wood worker, jeweler, lapidary artist, and machinist. A reader, naturalist, dreamer, humorist and critic, he was an aficionado and collector of the slightly off center and quite frankly, the just weird. Will was a curmudgeon before they were popular ~ misunderstood by some, appreciated by many and loved by even more. Will’s generosity was always personal. Will’s family profoundly thanks all organ donors and their families. A donated heart gave them 20 years of joy brought to life through the optimism, compassion and skills of an army of medical professionals at the University of Washington. A celebration of life is planned for 1:30 P.M., February 1, 2014 at Timber Ridge, 100 Timber Ridge Way NW, Issaquah, WA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: UW Foundation, School of Medicine-Research, (877)894-4387.


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was not enough, however, for him to travel to South Sudan to help them himself, so he sent the money for the move last month, planning to go to them when he could. Three days after his family arrived back in South Sudan, the fragile new country fell back into violence after an attempted coup by ousted Vice President Riek Machar. The war is already touching both Dut and his cousin’s immediate families, as both families live close to the violence, and Acier’s uncle, a high-ranking military official loyal to the president, was killed when Machar’s rebel forces overran the city of Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s vital oil producing state. “Machar is taking all of the young boys,” Acier said. “Just like when we were the Lost Boys and soldiers were trying to take us, it is the same thing all over again. They are taking the young ones, and they are killing the high-ranking and older men who could oppose them. My uncle was one of those men.” The conflict has been widely reported as having an ethnic basis, pitting Machar’s Nuer tribe members against democratically elected president Kiir’s Dinka tribe, but Dut says he has his doubts. “This is not ethnic. They are trying to make it look that way, trying to turn us against each other when we were never fighting before,” he said. “This is really about greed, power and politics. The only way they could get support was to create this false division.” The situation in South Sudan is so dangerous that the United States has drawn down its embassy staff there and evacuated as many U.S. citizens as possible. Unfortunately, not all have been able to leave, including many former Lost

Dut also fears for his family’s safety and is struggling Boys, now U.S citizens, who had gone back to help rebuild. The country, whose violence forced them to flee as chil- with his inability to help them in person. His family memdren, drew many of them back in recent years with its hard- bers now live in the president’s home state, and government forces so far have been able to push back fought independence and promise of a the rebels, but he’s unsure whether that brighter future — but at least one former “This is not ethnic. They will change. Lost Boy has been killed as a result of this “They were really so happy to be back new conflict. are trying to make it look home in our village, and they have been Dut said that while watching news that way, trying to turn us safe so far, but I do not know if they will of South Sudan recently, pictures were against each other when stay safe. ... Every day we wait and see.” shown of former Lost Boys that were If he had the money, Dut says he would known to be trapped there, and he recwe were never fighting go to them now, despite the danger. ognized several of them. before. This is really about “I have been there before. I am not South Sudan’s oil reserves and shared greed, power and politics. afraid to go to my home, even if there is borders with so many other African nations have made its stability a priority The only way they could get war going on,” he said. The two men are no strangers to war. It for many world powers, including the support was to create this was, after all, a brutal civil war more than U.S. and China. Peace talks are being false division.” 20 years ago that originally forced Dut held in Ethiopia, but are currently stalled. Estimates vary widely as to the numPeter “Deng Deng” Dut and Acier, two of thousands of Lost Boys, to leave the country in order to survive. ber of people killed so far in the fighting, “Before, we were united fighting a ranging from 1,000 to upwards of 10,000. The United Nations cites accessibility issues as the reason common enemy,” Dut said. “The Lost Boys lost their famifor such disparate estimates, but states that it believes the lies to have a free nation; this is not the time to be creating division and making an ethnic fight where it doesn’t exist. numbers will “be strongly in excess of 1,000.” Meanwhile, Dut and Acier both worry about their fami- It’s time for leaders to build the nation, and they are not doing that.” lies. And despite the decades of turmoil and violence, Dut Acier, who was married just a few months ago and is still dealing with his uncle’s death, fears for his mother remains hopeful about South Sudan’s future. “These leaders are greedy, but they won’t be there forand sister. His wife is a Sudanese native attending school in Uganda, but his mother and sister live in a village in ever,” he said. “I know there can be peace.” South Sudan. “The war is causing them fear every day,” he said. “They call me every day to tell me they are scared and sometimes Those interested in helping Dut achieve his goal of traveling to be with his family during this time, may contact the fighting is not far away.” him via email at akucdeng@hotmail.com or by phone at If things get worse, Acier says he will send them to 489-8724. Uganda to stay with his wife.

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so far. She is an affectionate and playful kitty who purrs and talks. The first week, she was rather shy and hid in the living room. By the second week she was jumping on my lap for pets as I sat at the computer or on the couch. Now, she finds me, gets my attention, and then runs back towards the living room. She clearly likes being with people because she will follow me around the house. She is friendly with my visitors. She is very quiet at night. Sophie uses her litter box well and is ok left alone for long days or even overnight. She has no problem being an indoor cat. Sophie would be best in a quiet home with no other pets though she may be ok with dogs as she used to live with a Rottweiler. I understand that she is not fond of other cats but have not seen her interact with them. She has had some stresses in her life that caused her to pull out her hair and now it just seems to be a habit. She is a great companion and hopefully will find her permanent home soon.

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