OPERA RETURNS Northwest stars take to the Vashon Opera stage. Page 10
NEWS | Bike shop closes its  doors after 18 years. SPORTS | Junior wrestlers continue to win big.  COMMUNITY | Decades of census data is now online. 
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014
Vol. 59, No. 19
Kiwanis looks back as club comes to an end
Vashon pot shop chosen in state lottery
By SUSAN RIEMER Staff Writer
After nearly 70 years of serving the island, Vashon’s Kiwanis club will disband this month because of a lack of members. For decades, the club — which formed in 1946 — was a thriving social and service organization that provided an array of good deeds for the community. For many years, Kiwanis members have been behind some staple events of island life, offering a free holiday dinner to seniors each December, running the Christmas toy drive and serving the popular pancake breakfasts during the Strawberry Festival. They have provided lesser-known services as well, buying books for Vashon’s school libraries, awarding annual scholarships to graduating seniors and helping fund a variety of service projects others carried out. Once there were more than 40 members at every meeting, but the group’s numbers have been declining for years, those involved say, and membership has shrunk to just 10 people, making it difficult to fulfill the club’s mission and falling short of the 15 members Kiwanis International requires. Though sad to see the club come to an end, Jan Lyell, the club’s president, said it is not a surprise. “The writing has been on the wall for many years,” she said. In recent weeks, as remaining SEE KIWANIS, 21
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alcoholic drink made from pears. “It’s totally unexpected,” Lubbert said. “But it’s fun.” Sitting on their patio overlooking an orchard of about 200 Asian pear trees, the couple described how they purchased the property in 2005, about a year after they first saw it. They were eager to move to Vashon after coming up from southern California, and the place was one of the only properties that Lubbert, who coowns a healthcare communications company, and Gerlach, a commercial landscape architect, liked on the island.
Vashon is one step closer to having a recreational marijuana shop in town. One of two companies that applied to open retail marijuana stores on Vashon was selected in a state lottery for retail marijuana licenses, according to a state Liquor Control Board (LCB) announcement last Friday. Emerald Botanicals LLC, which is registered to a Seattle woman, applied to open a marijuana store at the former Vashon Family Practice building at the south end of town. The building has been for sale for about two years. Being selected in the lottery doesn’t guarantee a shop will go in at that location, said Mikhail Carpenter, an LCB spokesman. Emerald Botanicals must still complete the application process, which includes criminal and financial background checks of everyone involved with the new business. The company must secure the building, provide business plans that meet LCB requirements, install security systems and pass a final inspection before doors can open.
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Cheryl Lubbert and Jim Gerlach in their Asian pear orchard. The couple now uses the fruit to make perry.
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Orchard takes on a new purpose By NATALIE MARTIN Staff Writer
When Cheryl Lubbert and Jim Gerlach first looked at their Asian-style home on Wax Orchard Road, they passed on buying it. The 27 acres of land and large pear orchard, they decided, would require too much upkeep. “It was just too much,” Gerlach said, noting they both had full-time jobs. “It was a lot to bite off.” Now the two have bitten off more than they ever imagined they would. A decade later, the 27 acres is not only the married couple’s home, but the home of Nashi Orchards, one of only a handful of Northwest perry makers. Perry is an
ART EVERYWHERE: DOORS OPEN AT LOCAL STUDIOS The two-weekend spring Art Studio Tour began last Saturday, when a slate of Vashon artists opened their doors to meet visitors, show works in progress, discuss their craft and sell art. Kristen Reitz-Green, a popular painter known for her colorful paintings of animals and food, transformed her Dilworth home studio into a small gallery for the tour, pictured at right. “I really love talking to people and getting to meet people that at normal shows I might not,” she said. Reitz-Green said last weekend wasn’t as busy as some years, but many artists are hoping for high traffic next weekend during Mother’s Day and the annual Chicken Coop Tour. New on the tour this year is that many participants have invited guest artists to join them in their studios, and a group of artists is displaying work together at the north-end Grange Hall. Reitz-Green noted that art is often offered at discounted rates during the tour and more goes directly to the artists, rather than a gallery, so it’s a good time to pick up a gift. “Mother’s Day is always really sweet,” she said. “People bring their moms and say pick something.” Juli Goetz Morser Photo
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NEWS BRIEFS Fire at north-end home caused by dryer lint Last week, Vashon Island Fire & Rescue responded to a dryer fire near the north end that was caused by built-up dryer lint, according to Assistant Chief George Brown. When responders arrived at the home on Vashon Highway, Brown said, the fire hadn’t spread into the
also meant to bring in donations. However, Ammon said his decreased business was a trend, and he decided to close at the end of last month. The shop held a clearance sale, with his final day of business on Saturday. Ammon said he would miss working with people, spending time with the teens that often hung out at his shop after school and meeting tourists from all over who came in to rent bikes. “I’m going to miss people. That’s the thing I’m going to miss the most,” he said. Ammon isn’t currently looking for another storefront to rent, he said, but is considering doing bike repairs out of his home or perhaps starting a traveling repair business. He plans to donate many of his leftover bike parts to a Seattle nonprofit that teaches youth bike repair skills.
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The Vashon Senior Center will close for three weeks this month for the installation of a new commercial kitchen. The center on Bank Road will be closed Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 30. The senior center has been raising funds in recent months to install the new kitchen, which has aging equipment and doesn’t meet current fire codes. According to Executive Director Ava Apple, the senior center, which serves regular meals, hasn’t been able to cook in the kitchen since 2007. “It’s important that we be able to be able to cook on-site again and provide nutritious meals to island seniors,” she said. Further detailing just how old the current kitchen and its appliances are, Apple added that the senior center was built 30 years ago, and the equipment that is currently the kitchen was used even then. “I’m pretty sure it’s a Smithsonian stove,” she said with a laugh. Apple explained that it has been her goal to change that since she became director two years ago. The effort to raise money for the kitchen began last year with the knitter’s group fundraiser Stitchin’ for a Kitchen, which raised an impressive $9,000. Since then the center has received a substantial grant from Granny’s Attic, a donation from the South End Community Club, a grant from King County as well as miscellaneous private donations to total $27,000. With a project budget of $37,500, the center is hoping to raise the rest of the funds during GiveBig, a special fundraising day put on by the Seattle Foundation Tuesday after press deadline, and the senior center’s Chicken Plunge fundraiser on Saturday, May 17. — Sarah Low
Food bank’s largest food drive to take place at the curb The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its annual food drive this weekend, with all the food collected at mailboxes and the post office going to the local food bank. The drive, called Stamp Out Hunger, will take place this Saturday around the country. Last year on Vashon, it brought in enough food for more than 4,000 meals, according to Vashon Maury Community Food Bank Executive Director Yvonne Pitrof, who said the drive is the food bank’s largest of the year. “It makes an incredible impact,” she said. “It’s a rare event that I actually see our truck completely full from … and this one just about does that. No food drive comes close to this.” The drive is timed to refill the food bank’s shelves for the summer months, Pitrof noted, as stockpiles collected during the winter holiday season run low this time of year. Additionally, she said, for some families, the need for additional food in the summer months is even greater since students don’t have access to free or reduced meal programs while not in school. Pitrof said food donations from several sources are down, and Saturday’s gleanings will be welcomed. “We could really use it, for sure,” she said. Islanders are welcome to drop food off at the Vashon Post Office on Saturday if they are in town, or they can simply leave non-perishable food next to their mailboxes that day for letter carriers to pick up. The carriers deserve credit for the event, Pitrof noted. They choose to participate in the drive, even though Vashon is not automatically included because of its rural nature. “Our postal carriers make sure it happens here. They put in they hard work, and they make this happen every year.” In recent years, the food bank has served about 15 percent of the island’s population annually, which translates into one of seven islanders who need help with grocery expenses, Pitrof said. The food bank asks that islanders give non-perishable foods such as peanut butter, tuna, canned beans, canned soups, canned fruits and vegetables and condiments. It is also collecting pet food and toiletries. — Susan Riemer
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Vashonâ€™s demographic history is revealed through new project A century-and-a-half of Vashonâ€™s census information is now online By SARAH LOW Staff Writer
After two years and countless hours of painstaking research and data transcription, a pair of islanders has created a one-of-a-kind online archive where anyone can find detailed Vashon census data for the last 144 years. â€œWe had no idea how extensive this was going to be, but itâ€™s very exciting,â€? said Alice Larson, a co-developer of the site. â€œI donâ€™t know of any other place in the country where you can find similar information all gathered in one place.â€? Larson, who has a PhD in social welfare research, is a data development and analysis expert. She and Bruce Haulman, a retired history professor and Vashon historian, came up with the idea for The Census Project, now at vashonhistory.com, four years ago while having coffee. Larson and Haulmanâ€™s idea materialized as they discussed the fact that unlike most towns or cities whose boundaries evolve over time, as an island, Vashonâ€™s borders havenâ€™t changed, and being a part of King County and Washington state since 1870 adds to Vashonâ€™s unique geographic stability. Haulman and Larson explained that this means all of the U.S. Census data that has ever been collected for the island can show true demographic trends. After receiving a King County 4Culture grant through the Heritage Association, the pair were able to get to work on the project. All of the information for the new archive came from federal, state and territorial census data, which meant that all of the information from 1870 through 1940 was handwritten. â€œWe were working with images of hand-written
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Matthew Bridges, above, came to Vashon in 1865. â€œWhat kept me going was how incredible I knew this was going to be once it was up and running,â€? she said. With the information now live, Larson and Haulman have their sights set on writing research papers on the information that is now available and are looking for input from the community. â€œLike any good ongoing research effort, the Census Project and the Vashon History project are works in progress,â€? Haulman explained. â€œThey are continually revised and expanded. Community users are invited to submit their own analyses and observations of information from the site for possible publication online.â€?
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We all play a part in making forests healthy
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Once healthy, a mature forest can take care of itself
Yesterday, as many people learned when they opened their email and saw several funding appeals, was GiveBig. On that day, any donation made to a charity through the Seattle Foundation’s website was matched in part by the foundation, with greater matches going to charities that raised the most. Many Vashon nonprofits used GiveBig as a fundraising incentive, encouraging donors to give at a time when their dollars would stretch a little farther. The Vashon Senior Center hoped to help round out its kitchen project that day. The local heritage association put forward a push in its In honor of Kiwanis, do effort to purchase a historic something to give this building. Vashon Youth & month that’s more than Family Services put out an making a financial donation. appeal, as did the Vashon Schools Foundation, which last year was one of the top earners in GiveBig. There’s no doubt these causes are good ones. We frequently cover island fundraisers in our paper, and we’ve encouraged readers to give to organizations that do good in our community. With the government funding less and less, families still struggling from the down economy and needs in many areas rising, it seems our local nonprofits are more stretched than ever. However, covering the recent folding of the Vashon Kiwanis chapter, we’re reminded that there’s more than one way to give. For decades, Kiwanis built their club on financial donations as well as donations of their time. Every Christmas members put on a toy drive that made hundreds of children’s holidays better and also served a big meal to seniors. For many years of the club’s history here, it was perhaps best known for holding the well-loved pancake breakfasts during the Strawberry Festival. Monetary donations sustain many of the organizations and services our island has grown to depend on. But many of these groups also rely on bodies and on acts of service. Volunteerism can also be meaningful for everyone involved, and it puts donating in reach of many on the island, not just those with expendable funds. We’ve heard from some nonprofits that between Vashon’s aging population and the growing number of islanders working full-time, they struggle to find volunteers. In honor of Kiwanis, do something to give this month that’s more than making a financial donation. Give time instead of money to your favorite charity, volunteer in your children’s classroom or club, or simply take time to help an elderly person or someone you know. Don’t have much time? This issue has two ideas for ways to start volunteering right at home. Pulling invasive plants benefits your backyard, but also helps make the island a healthier place ecologically. And this Saturday, make sure the food bank’s largest food drive of the year stays that way by putting a bag of food by your mailbox.
This time of year, the sun-yellow blossoms of the Scotch broom burst forth like accidental fireworks. You are suddenly reminded of that nagging weed problem down in the lower 40 that has been all too easy to ignore during the snuggle-by-the-fire months. So you rush to the land trust office to borrow a weed wrench and march away with resolve. While I applaud your grit, I am sorry to say I have bad news: Your ivy problem is more dangerous than your Scotch broom problem. As ivy climbs the stem of that fir tree, it spreads into the canopy to steal sunlight from the tree’s needles. Your tree is now weakened by this freeloading parasite, which presents a broad evergreen sail to the November winds. It’s not a matter of if your tree will topple; it’s a matter of when. And then there’s your alder problem. As you well know, the island was cleared bald as a billiard ball during the first half of the last century. After World War II, berry farms and clear-cuts were let go by the hundreds. Back then, an abandoned field would quickly grow back in alder — our native pioneer species. Seventy years later those alder stands are reaching old age, having done their job fixing nitrogen in the soil, and are dying a natural death to give way to the conifers that naturally succeed them. And what is happening? Those forests are being overtaken by blackberry and Scotch broom. Humans introduced weeds, so humans must now take control of that succession and thin alders (to open up patches of light) and re-
ENVIRONMENT By TOM DEAN plant conifers. And then, after the conifers take hold, it’s back to patrolling for ivy and holly. I know, it seems endless. But, I have seen — right here on Vashon — forests that are so healthy that even the ivy and the holly are held at bay by salal and evergreen huckleberry. Yes, pulling ivy is awful, backbreaking work. And to be fully rid of it, you have to pull every bit out of the ground. But think of how much money you spent on that new patio furniture or week in Mexico. For a little bit more, you could have cleared the ivy too. I’m sure there are landscaping crews on this island who would take the work. Or how about the college kids home on break, looking for a buck? Think about paying it forward; call your neighbor and ask if you can have their ivy cleared. Imagine the wave you could start around the island. The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, King County and the Vashon Park District have collectively been working to rid all of Vashon’s parks and preserves of ivy. Yes, we know that you know that we have not achieved that lofty goal. And what’s more, we are adding to our parks and preserves, so our job grows as we go. But we have made very significant progress. Most of our largest parks and preserves are in pretty good shape, and we have begun to tackle some of the worst shoreline areas. But we can’t save the island
from ivy by focusing exclusively on parks and preserves. We can’t keep all the meadows cleared of Scotch broom and all the forests free of holly, either. We have protected less than 10 percent of Vashon and Maury. That’s but a small fraction of the weeds out there. The other 90 percent — that’s up to you. Taking care of your land is no different than taking care of your house or your car or your dog. Except for this: A really healthy, mature forest can in large part take care of itself. Perhaps in your house at this particular moment the baby is crying and the dog is pacing underfoot hoping you’ll drop your piece of toast. The rest of the family can see after their own needs for now, and if a few more dandelions go to seed in the lawn, it’s not the end of the world. The house trim could use a touch of paint, but that can wait. Way down in the forest you can’t hear them, so you’ve been ignoring them for years, but down in the forest, the trees are screaming. — Tom Dean is the executive director of the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust.
Stewardship Whirlwind The land trust will host Vashon Habitat Stewardship Whirlwind this evening. Islanders will learn about habitat restoration, newly protected preserves, forestry, septics, creosote piling removal, a new shoreline study and more. There will be eight whirlwind presentations of 10 minutes each plus an open house beginning at 6:30 p.m. at McMurray Middle School.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Quartermaster Harbor
More needs to be done for improved harbor health I read the article by Natalie Martin titled
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purposes that fecal contamination has a relatively small contribution to the issues of water health in the harbor. Shellfish bed closures have usually been related to paralytic shellfish toxin, which is not related to human activity. While we must absolutely keep human waste out of Quartermaster Harbor, this will not likely solve the problem of low oxygen content and poor circulation of water. Attention should be focused on restoring communication between the back bay and Tramp Harbor, which will likely have far more salutary effects on the water health.
speed 53 mph but could rip a stump out of the ground in second gear. And I too covet an island truck, most recently having a look at a 1975 Ford F250 that you may have seen on display in front of LS Cedar. That truck not only had character, it had a name: Loretta. It was being sold by a young man who had recently acquired a newer truck that he christened Charles. I passed on Loretta. I think I’ll pass on the beard and ponytail too. But I’m still looking for a good used truck.
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Long hair and a pony tail can wait, but a pickup is essential I enjoyed Will North’s column about trucks (“Old pickup trucks: at home on Vashon,” April 30). I can relate to guys like Richard (and I’ve actually had the privilege of riding in his truck). My first vehicle was a 1958 Dodge pickup with a flathead engine. Top
Our pickups may not pass emissions tests Will has it right about all the interesting old pickups on the island. He did miss one important aspect, however. Should smog testing come to Vashon, many of these vehicles could no longer legally travel our roads. Just one of the things that keeps Vashon unique.
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I’m frustrated with house hunting. My wife keeps saying no to places because she doesn’t like the counter top in the kitchen or thinks the flooring is too cheap or she hates the colors in the house. I just want to buy something and get settled in while we can still afford to buy. Do you have any suggestions?
Judging a house by its finish work or the colors on the wall is very limiting, in my opinion. These things are easily changed. The important things are location, structural integrity, the condition of major elements like the roof and septic system, not the color of the bedroom.
It’s very unlikely that you’ll find something that exactly satisfies your wife. Try to convince her that it’s easy to change the cosmetic things she is judging the house by. Most people paint to match their own taste and do minor remodeling of the home to fit their own preferences. I’ve had many clients over the years that have judged a home by insignificant things. I always try to point out to them that they need to see beyond the obvious. It seems difficult for some people to visualize. The good news is that if the house is off putting for most buyers, you might get a better deal. I recall a home some years ago that had a big, black, rock wall in the entryway. Everyone I showed it to just couldn’t get past that. The price kept dropping and I finally sold it for less than I felt it was worth to a man with vision. He knocked down the ugly wall which opened the living room up to a lovely view. He also painted the home light colors and put in a beautiful bamboo floor. It changed everything. You might make some suggestions to your wife the next time you look at a home. You could try saying things like “this flooring would really look good if it was sanded down and refinished”. Or, “think how this room would look in that peach color you like so much.”
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WEDNESDAY • 7 Vashon Habitat Stewardship Presentation: Offered by King County, the program will include eight presentations of 10 minutes each and will cover subjects such as habitat restoration, newly protected reserves, forestry, septics and more. All presentations will be specific to Vashon and Maury. The program will be followed by a 30-minute open Q&A. For more information, contact Greg Rabourn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4805. 6:30 to 8 p.m. at McMurray Middle School. Harbor School Open House: Harbor School will host a free open house for families interested in applying for the 2015-16 school year. For more information, go to www. harborschool.org. Call 567-5955 to RSVP. 7 p.m. at Harbor School.
THURSDAY • 8 Current Events: The group will talk about Vashon, national and international news, facilitated by Bob Hallowell. Attendees are encouraged to bring newspaper or magazine articles that have interested them. 2 to 4 p.m. at the Vashon Senior Center. 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 are Hegel — the slaughter block of history and Marx — materialism and evil. For more information, call Herb Reinelt at 408-7360. 4 to 6 p.m. in Lewis Hall, behind the Burton Community Church.
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Master Gardener Clinic: Bring samples of plants or weeds from your garden that you’re unfamiliar with to gardening experts for help with ID and control suggestions. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside True Value. Rotary /Eagles NFL Draft Bingo Fundraiser: Help raise money for scholarships to go to VHS grads. There will be a special NFL draft game as well as regular bingo. Win cash, gift certificates, sports memorabilia and tickets to Seattle sporting events. There will be traditional tailgating food as well as the Eagles’ Friday night prime rib special. For more information or to make a donation, call Mike England at 271-3219. 5 to 10 p.m. at the Vashon Eagles.
SATURDAY • 10 Farmers Market: Find something special for Mom at the market — make sure to ask vendors about their Mother’s Day specials. Cathleen’s Hands will make her market debut, selling handmade, up-cycled journals, knit garments and accessories and hand spun yarns from alpaca fibers. This week’s featured nonprofit is Voice of Vashon. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Green. Master Gardener Clinic: Warmer weather is a good time to plant edible crops, and gardening experts can answer questions and offer suggestions to help. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside True Value. VoV Open Studio: Voice of Vashon will offer free, open studio training for anyone interested in learning how to create radio programs. The VoV studios are staffed by experts who are ready to teach the art of radio production to participants who need the skills to get their ideas on the air. The sessions begin with an introductory overview of audio production, equipment and recording and editing software; then individual assistance is available via mentors. For more information, contact Susan McCabe at susanm@ voiceofvashon.org. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Voice of Vashon studios at Sunrise Ridge. Wolftown Open House: All are invited to take a tour and see what the project is all about. Wolftown is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that does wildlife rehab and education and teaches sustainable agriculture. An RSVP to 463-9113
PUBLIC MEETINGS Vashon School District: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Chautauqua Elementary School. Water District 19: 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, in the District 19 boardroom. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Station 55. Vashon Park District: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at Ober Park. King County Cemetery District: 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the cemetery district office at Vashon Cemetery.
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HALF THE SKY
The Amazing Spiderman 2: Ends May 15. Le Weekend: Opens May 9. See www.vashontheatre. com for show times or call 463-3232. Courtesy Image
is required for anyone planning to attend, and a donation of $10 per person is suggested. Noon at the sanctuary on Wax Orchard Rd. Vaccine Documentary Film: March Twisdale will host a local screening of “The Greater Good,” a documentary about vaccine safety. The event will begin with a potluck at 5:30 p.m. followed by the film screening at 6:15 p.m. A presentation and discussion moderated by March Twisdale and Karen Crisalli Winter will conclude the evening. The film follows three families who say they were impacted negatively by vaccination. The film will be shown at the Land Trust Building.
SUNDAY • 11 Unitarian Service: Indigo Lewis will explore the legacy of Unitarian Julia Ward Howe, who founded Mother’s Day 140 years ago as a call to peace. 9:45 a.m. in Lewis Hall behind Burton Community Church. Chicken Coop Tour: The Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness (IFCH) will sponsor this annual Mother’s Day event, a fundraiser for IFCH. (For more information, see page 13.) Burton Community Church: Longtime islander and BCC member Rebecca Graves will present a Mother’s Day message exploring the woman figure from ancient times to the present. 11 a.m. at Burton Community Church. Open Drum Jam: All are welcome to attend this free, informal music jam with an emphasis on hand drumming and percussion. The event will begin with some instruction on making basic sounds and rhythm patterns. Carol Canterbury will also lead a drumming to honor the four cardinal directions. Attendees may bring their own drums, shakers, rattles, gongs, bells or whistles, and there will be a variety of percussion instruments provided to share. Donations will be accepted. 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Vashon Intuitive Arts.
TUESDAY • 13 Vashon-Maury Island Green Party: The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month, and other interested progressives are always welcome. For more information, call Melvin Mackey at 463-3468. 7 to 9 p.m. at 10329 SW
Woman’s Way Red Lodge, with support from Island Green Tech, will show the two-part documentary “Half the Sky” at 6 p.m. May 13 and 20 at the Vashon Theatre. The screenings will support a fundraiser for organizations advocating for and supporting women and girls in Kenya and Nepal. Part 1 (May 13) of the documentary focuses on the issues of gender-based violence, sex trafficking and girls’ education; Part 2 (May 20) examines maternal mortality, forced prostitution and economic empowerment. The film was shot in 10 countries around the world and introduces viewers to women and girls living under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, but who are still fighting to change them. The screenings can stand alone, and admission is by a suggested donation of $5 to $20 per person. Bank Road. Town Hall Meeting: The King County Community Service Area will sponsor this meeting for residents to meet with county officials, learn about small grant opportunities and be informed about current county work in the community. Councilmember Joe McDermott, Sheriff John Urquhart and deputy executive Fred Jarrett will be in attendance. 7 to 9 p.m. at McMurray Middle School.
UPCOMING DSHS Mobile Office: The state DSHS mobile community service office will be on Vashon to do application interviews for food and cash programs as well as yearly reviews and to answer any questions on active cases or about any other services. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Vashon-Maury Community Food Bank and 2 to 4 :30 p.m. at the Vashon Market, Wednesday, May 14. Vashon Vespers: All are welcome to attend this meditative and musical service rooted in the Christian contemplative tradition — this will be the last Vashon Vespers until September. Child care will be provided. 7 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Church of the Holy Spirit. Kite Day at Point Robinson: Bring the kids to this family event at Point Robinson Park. Don’t have a kite? No problem; they’ll be for sale at the Ship’s Store. Captain Joe will be on hand to give tours of the lighthouse; food will be available for purchase, and music will be provided by Geordie’s Byre. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at Point Robinson Park. Chicken Plunge: Dive in and support the second annual Vashon Senior Center fundraiser. Join the center’s team or form one of your own; sponsorship forms are available at www.vashonseniorcenter. com or by calling 463-5173. 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, at Jensen Point. Drama Dock Comedy Night Fundraiser: Hone your comedic skills at Drama Dock’s improv comedy night and silent auction fundraiser. To register a comedy team of three to five people, call Sue Wiley at 463-2892, and to donate items for the auction, call Trudy Rosemarin at 300-5359. 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Blue Heron. Father/Daughter Dance: Tickets are now on sale for Vashon Allied Arts’ annual fundraiser for VAA’s Center for Dance. The theme for this year’s dance is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Tickets cost $25 with an optional buffet dinner available for $20 more and can be purchased at The Blue Heron, the Heron’s Nest or at vashonalliedarts.org. 5:45 p.m. dinner, 7 to 9 p.m. dance and dessert, Saturday, May 31, at the Vashon Golf & Swim Club.
CLASSES Hunter Education Course: The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s hunter education course will be held at the Vashon Sportsmen’s Club from May 7 through 17. The cost is $5, and spaces are limited. For more information, contact Kim Forhart at kforhart@ yahoo.com and to register, go to www.register-ed.com/events/ view/41991. Computer Class — Internet Level 2: Review and extend knowledge and skills covered in Internet Level 1. Explore helpful websites, discuss printing from the Internet, explore blogs and discuss Internet security. Register at www.kcls.org or call 463-2069. 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 12, at the Vashon Library. Compassionate Communication: Led by Diane Emerson, these free classes were inspired by the work of Marshall Rosenberg in the field of non-violent communication. The goal is to provide attendees the skills to become peacemakers.
Hearing loop technology will be available for the hearing impaired. For more information and to register, email dianeemerson@ yahoo.com or call 234-4813. Two sessions will be available: 7 to 8:45 p.m. Mondays, May 12 to June 30, or 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesdays, May 13 to July 1, at the Vashon United Methodist Church. Open For Business!: VashonBePrepared will present this workshop series designed to help island businesses navigate business disruptions and disasters. Facilitated by business continuity and disaster expert Shelby Edwards, this session will focus on planning for short-and long-term power loss. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a discussion with PSE, which will help the utility understand island needs and priorities. For more information, email email@example.com. Space is limited to 30 organizations. To register, go to http://goo. gl/DhLupx. 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, at the Puget Sound Energy office. Garden Metal Art: David Erue will lead this workshop, where students will learn to use a plasma cutter and basic welding techniques to create a small garden sculpture of their own design. Cost is $80 for VAA members, $95 for non-members with a $50 materials fee for all. For more information and to register, go to vashonalliedarts.org. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17 and 24, at 11706 Cove Rd. Raw Beauty Kitchen Cosmetix: Learn to create simple skin care product using raw, anti-oxidant foods from your own kitchen. The class will be hosted by Pure Organic Vegan Cafe and taught by Carol Lutra-Johns of Bliss Organix. Cost is $35 with a sliding scale to $25, and includes a fresh raw juice and savory snack. To register, email Lutra-Johns at carol@ blissorganix.com or call 567-5822. 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Pure.
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SCENE & HEARD: REMEMBERING KARLA HILL In memory of her mother Karla Hill, Vashon High School class of ‘07 graduate Katie Horner led a team in the annual Sarcoma Dragonslayer Walk at Green Lake Park last month. Sponsored by the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the Dragonslayer Walk is a community fundraising event to support, honor and celebrate those fighting or who have survived the disease, as well as those who’ve died from it. Money raised goes to the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation. Hill, a longtime islander, died from sarcoma in 2007 at the age of 42. “She touched many lives,” Horner said, noting that her mother had worked at Sound Food, Thriftway, Dairy Queen and US Bank before opening Island Security Self Storage with her husband, George Hill.
Friends and family walk at Green Lake in memory of Karla Hill. Hill’s VHS class of ’83 classmates, many of whom are still living on Vashon, came together to help Horner with the walk. “They grew our team and helped us raise more money than we ever have in the years since my mother passed,” Horner said. “Her
memory lives on thanks to each of these people taking time out of their busy lives to support a good cause.” Anyone interested in joining Horner’s Sarcoma Dragonslayer team next year may contact Horner at (208) 994-2413 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING FREE RANGE FOLK CHOIR
Choir sings of freedom Celebrate the life and work of Nelson Mandela and Pete Seeger at a Free Range Folk Choir concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Burton Community Church. Music from South Africa sung during Mandela’s anti-apartheid era and singalongs in the vein of Seeger’s folk music will be the focus of the program. Admission is free, but donations in support of the event will be accepted. The Free Range Folk Choir will also sing at the Northwest Folklife Festival at 1 p.m. Monday, May 26, at the Cornish Courtyard stage at Seattle Center.
J-BOB AND THE B-SIDZ
Swing or tango at Havurat J-Bob and the B-Sidz, featuring Massachusetts musician and vocalist Jason Eisenberg, will bring its eclectic guitar style to the Havurat for a night of blues, swing and the occasional Tango at 7 p.m Friday. Island musicians Daryl Redeker on guitar and Bob Kueker on bass will join Eisenberg. In his Boston Blues Blog, A. J. Wachtel described J-Bob’s vocals as “reminiscent of Tom Waits meets Leon Redbone” and and his performance as “first rate material done in a very different way.” Tickets for this all-ages show are $7 at the door.
BENEFIT AT CLUB O
Dance so another can ride Club O invites all islanders to a special night of dancing to benefit local Metro bus driver Larry Flynn and his annual AIDS/LifeCycle at 8 p.m. Friday at the Open Space for Arts & Community. Every year Flynn joins thousands of cyclists to bike 545 miles in seven days, from San Francisco to Los Angeles. to raise money and awareness in the fight against HIV and AIDS. There will be a $5 cover at the door. Donations collected at the dance will support Flynn’s ride and the organization.
JAZZ AT BLUE HERON
Musician taps out jazz beat Alex Dugdale knows how to make music — with his body as a percussive tap dancer or with his saxophone as a jazz and bebop player. He’ll bring his own brand of tap and sax music backed by his jazz group, Fade, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Blue Heron. Dugdale grew up in Seattle studying tap, with his passion for jazz showing up later. He studied classical and jazz saxophone at the Eastman School of Music in New York, which shaped Dugdale’s sound that echos the melodic approach of Lester Young , Dexter Gordon and bee bop improvisation. Seattle’s Repertory Jazz Orchestra features Dugdale’s tap dancing at its annual Duke Ellington Sacred Music Concert. Tickets are $14 for VAA members, students and seniors or $18 for general admission and are available at VAA and www.vashonalliedarts.org.
A NIGHT OF IMPROV:
Drama Dock will host “A Night of Improv” at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at the Blue Heron. All ages are invited to participate by forming a three-person team or offering improv ideas to the performers. Seattle’s Jet City Improv will be master of ceremonies.
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‘Werther’ concludes Vashon Opera’s fifth season By JULI GOETZ MORSER Staff Writer
The Vashon Opera turned five last fall, and according to its founder and artistic director Jennifer Krikawa, it’s full steam ahead for the thriving nonprofit. With four upcoming operas and an upcoming gala piled high on her plate, Krikawa and her baritone husband Andy plus a legion of dedicated volunteers are putting the final touches on their 12th production, the opera “Werther.” Goethe first published “The Sorrows of Young Werther” in 1774 at the height of the emotionally expressive Strum and Drang movement in German literature and music. Just over 100 years later, the French composer Jules Massenet turned the story into a deeply romantic opera. The score tells the story of Werther, a sensitive young artist in love with Charlotte ,who is duty-bound to fulfill her dying mother’s wish to marry another man. In hopeless desperation, Werther ends this impossible love with his death. If love, in all its permutations, is a predominent theme in operas, then “Werther” could well be its poster child. Singing this poignant tale to life — in French with English supertitles — is a stellar cast of professionals hailing from cities across the country, including Northwest tenor Wesley Rogers, who stars as Werther. The San Francisco Classical Voice called out Rogers as possessing the “kind of tenor that pours forth powerfully, effortlessy, seemingly for any length of time.” At the start of each opera season, Krikawa and music director Jim Brown audition singers at Pacific Lutheran University, where Brown teaches. During one long day, they audition a new performer every 10 minutes. And the result? “Well, the (principals) just blew us away,” said Krikawa, who also finds perfect voices for various parts right here on Vashon. Gary Koch, a frequent tenor soloist with Vashon Island Chorale, will sing the role of Brühlmann, along with a chorus of six island youth. Susan Hedrick, another island singer and Krikawa’s right-hand person as volunteer coordinator and production manager, believes many of Vashon’s amateur singers find performing in the chorus both exciting and meaningful. “Sometimes there are 65 of us on stage, and we get to sing next to these incredibly gifted professionals,” she said. “It is very fulfilling.” Whether fulfilling or entertaining, volunteering for the Vashon Opera is clearly a labor of love. Dressed in a black T-shirt with Vashon Opera emblazoned across the front, Krikawa, age 43, seemed both pleased and amused to reveal that while the nonprofit pays the artists, orchestra and an occasional costume designer, there is no paid staff. “We may have 90 volunteers for one opera, but nobody is paid,” Krikawa said. With its mission to enrich the community through the creation of
Wesley Rogers stars as Werther in Vashon Opera’s upcoming show. opera in intimate settings, Vashon Opera overcomes a lot of challenges in mounting its productions, including two less than adequate venues. Regardless, the performances make quite an impact on their audiences. “One well-known community member cried so hard during ‘Madama Butterfly’ that he lost his contact lens and had to return to Bethel church to find it,” laughed Hedrick. “Another couple said the opera saved their marriage. People talk to me for weeks after a show about various messages of love or faith, the triumph of good over evil.” Krikawa attributes the power of the opera to the extraordinary expressions and intricacies of the human voice. “The singers are expressing themselves with body and soul,” Krikawa said. “They have thought out their delivery and made themselves vulnerable. If you are open to that, to the subtleties, they can really affect you.”
“Werther” opens at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, with a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at Bethel Church. Tickets are $32 and sold at Vashon Bookshop or www.vashonopera.org. Reduced-rate tickets for students and families are $15 for the dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.
Dancers ignite the stage with ‘Firebird’ Every fall for the past 18 years, Christine Juarez, director of the VAA Center for Dance, has thought about spring. That’s because she has the challenging task of choosing and adapting a classical ballet to showcase her graduating dancers in the annual spring ballet. This year Juarez picked Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” ballet for Vashon High School senior Meg Sayre and guest dancer Sam Opsal, who will graduate from Cornish College of the Arts. “The Firebird Ballet & Short Works” will be performed Friday through Sunday, May 16 to 18, at the Open Space for Arts & Community. Stravinsky created “The Firebird” ballet in 1910 for the Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Based on Russian folk tales about a magical bird that is both a blessing and a curse to its owner, the ballet tells the story of a mythical creature — the firebird — who convinces a smitten Prince Ivan to free her from captivity. Juarez said Sayre embodies the Firebird as she is full of life, quick to think and act and
is ready to embrace her own freedom and change the world. Juarez called Opsal the passionate dance partner, saying he has been very supportive of the Vashon dancers. Juarez’s intermediate and advanced students will dance the story to life in costumes by Kate Guinee. The evening program includes young VAA dancers ages 2 to 4, who will march and tip-toe to “The Fairies and the Dragon,” a narrated dance choreographed by Juarez. Pre-ballet dancers will chassé and skip in the one-act ballet “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.” The Center for Dance’s tap dancers will also perform. — Julie Goetz Morser
“The Firebird Ballet & Short Works” will be performed at the Open Space at 1 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17. Tickets are $12 for VAA members, students and seniors or $16 for general admission and are available at the Blue Heron and at www. vashonalliedarts.org.
Meg Sayre will dance the lead in “Firebird.”
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In Honor of Our Mothers
1OO MAN campaign It will take everyone’s help to end domestic violence on our island. These 100+ men are taking the first step in making our island safer for all by contributing $100 for awareness, education, and teen prevention programs in our community. Steve Abel Kevin Allman John Anderson Bruce Anderson Jesse Archambault Harmon Arroyo Colby Atwood Brian Austin Thomas Baker Tom Bangasser Michael Barker Trace Baron Duane Bedard Kirk Beeler Craig Beles Matthew Bergman Abe Bergman Dick Bianchi David Blad Martin Brigham Bill Brown Brian Brown Cliff Bruya Gordon Burridge George Butler Donald Canfield Jeff Carson Bruce Cekosh Jim Chun
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In 2013 DoVE answered 275 hotline calls, provided 1 to 1 advocacy to 43 Islanders, and assisted in filing 16 protection order. Survivors of domestic violence are somebody’s mother, daughter, sister or friend. They are most likely someone you know.
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Author tells honest fish tale Islander will read from new biography set in the Alaska frontier By JULI GOETZ MORSER Staff Writer
Island author John van Amerongen caught a big fish when he landed the story for his new book, “Catching a Deckload of Dreams,” which van Amerongen will discuss and read from at 6 p.m. Friday at the Vashon Bookshop. Van Amerongen served as editor-in-chief of the Alaska Fisherman’s Journal for over two decades, changing jobs in the last several years to work in media and marketing for Trident Seafoods one of the largest seafood harvesting and processing companies in North America. Trident is also where van Amerongen met Chuck Bundrant, chairman and founder of Trident Seafood and the subject of his new biography. Bundrant’s story is a classic rags-to-riches tale — only with a salty twist. Bundrant grew up on the rolling green fields of Tennessee knowing nothing about the wild frontier waters of Alaska. But from the moment he landed in the 49th state, during the winter of 1961, Bundrant caught a dream and didn’t let go. The book jacket reads “The story of Chuck Bundrant and the Trident Seafoods is more than a business biography. It’s a tale of true grit, salt air and danger, with breaking waves, shallow sandbars and shaky business deals to
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John van Amerongen navigate against a backdrop of global politics, huge financial risk and enormous economic expansion in a remote place called Alaska.” Van Amerongen writes in the introduction that “Cathching a Deckload of Dreams” offers readers the vicarious opportunity to sit at the table with Bundrant as he swaps stories with his partners. This Friday night offers readers the real opportunity to sit with van Amerongen as he describes Bundrant’s backstory and what it took to write his biography.
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Chicken coop tour supports nonprofit Vashonâ€™s Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness will host its sixth annual Chicken Coop Tour this weekend. The tour, set on Motherâ€™s Day, is a fundraiser for the council, which has assisted islanders who are homeless or are at the risk of becoming homeless for 12 years. The tour will include five coops, ranging from one on a small plot of land that boasts a small â€œchicken tractorâ€? â€” which can be moved to fresh grass â€” to a much larger property that has a variety of animals. At another farm, the coops and garden are particularly well designed and will likely provide inspiration to guests. At another farm, the largest coop on the tour holds more than 50 chickens. The event is familyfriendly and is a â€œdown homeâ€? activity after taking moms out to brunch, all
A variety of chickens will be seen on the tour. while learning about raising chickens, according to Emma Amiad, the president of the council â€œPeople get a day in the country,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™s just a real kick.â€? In previous years, the event has brought in between $4,000 and $5,000, Amiad noted. â€œWe would be thrilled
with that amount this year,â€? she said. Proceeds will go to rent and utility assistance for islanders in need. Tickets are $15 and are free for children up to age 14. They can be purchased at the Vashon Bookshop or at the Amiad and Associates real estate office. â€” Susan Riemer
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Mikhail said the LCB expects to begin issuing licenses in late June or early July. â€œItâ€™s a complex process before they can get a license,â€? he said. Neither the Vashon Family Practice buildingâ€™s owner, Sjardo Steneker, nor the main applicant, Lindsay Buchan, returned calls seeking comment. In a previous email to The Beachcomber, Steneker said he had been trying to sell his building for two years. â€œI would love to sell to someone who will enjoy it as much as I did,â€? he said. According to LCB documents, Buchan, 34, is a member of the LLC and works as a hairdresser in Seattle. She is currently the only LLC member listed in Secretary of State records. Emerald Botanicals also applied for retail stores in two other places â€” Seattle and Rockport â€” but neither of them was chosen in the lottery. According to LCB documents, before Emerald Botanicals entered the lottery, Buchan submitted documents to be pre-screened by the state and Steneker signed a letter of intent from Emerald Botanicals to purchase the building. The letter was not a sale agreement but outlined the terms under which the company would be
companies selected in the stateâ€™s lottery drop out of the licensing process or are unable to meet LCB requirements, the next applicants in line will be considered. In Ayurveda Worksâ€™ case, 16 applicants would have to drop out before it could be considered for a license on Vashon. Emerald Botanicals didnâ€™t have as much luck with its other two applications. Its application for a store in Seattle, where 21 licenses will be given, likely wonâ€™t move forward, as it got number 107. And its application for a store in Rockport was assigned number nine in the lottery for unincorporated Skagit County, where just four licenses will be given. The LCB will begin issuing licenses in the most populated parts of the state first. Carpenter said the state wants to get stores open in populous places first, and some of the less populated cities and counties have banned marijuana business, creating a conflict each jurisdiction will have to address. Carpenter said the state expects legal marijuana sales will begin in July, but it could be almost a year before final retail licenses are given. â€œItâ€™s hard to tell because everyone goes through the licensing process at their own pace,â€? he said. â€œFor every person ready to go the minute they get their license, we have other people who have vacant lots they intend to build on.â€?
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FAST-PITCH: The Vashon High School fast-pitch team ended April with two non-league games in one week. The Pirates defeated University Prep 6-2 and lost to Mount Rainier High School 14-10. Their next home game is set for 4 p.m. Monday, May 12, against Seattle Christian. WWW.VASHONBEACHCOMBER.COM
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Pirates on fire as they stretch winning streak to 6 By ROBIN HRUSKA MYER For The Beachcomber
Fans were treated to a high-scoring affair last Monday as the Pirate baseball team outscored Chimacum 13-8. Ryan Bernheisel racked up two RBIs on three hits, one double and two singles. Josh Hruska Myer had a double, Teddy Atwell, Ezra Lacina and Sam Schoenberg had two singles each, and Harper Whitney, Jeremy Pilgrim-Stoppel and Simon Perrin had one single each. Logan Hawkins and Chester Pruett were on the mound, and the Pirates scored 13 runs on 13 hits and had five errors. The Cowboys ended the game with eight runs on five hits with six errors. The Pirate offense carried forward into Wednesday, shutting the door early in the non-league game with Bush High School, capturing an 11-1 victory. The Pirate offense was led by Lacina’s two-RBI home run; Schoenberg had two doubles; Hruska Myer with one RBI and Clyde Pruett with three RBIs had a double and a single each; Pilgrim-Stoppel had a double; Ashton Dulfer had one RBI with two singles, and Bernheisel with one RBI and Bryce Beaty with two RBIs had a single each. The Pirates played a league game on Friday against the Life Christian/ Charles Wright team. Once again the Pirate bats were hot, sparking them to a 9-5 victory. Hruska Myer got the win for the Pirates after pitching a complete game and giving up two earned runs. Lacina led the offense with three hits, two singles and a double. Whitney had two singles, and Clyde Pruett, Atwell, Hruska Myer, Bernheisel, Schoenberg, Perrin and Pilgrim-Stoppel had a single each. The Pirates scored 9 runs on 12 hits and had five errors. Life Christian
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Sam Schoenberg is on the mound against Port Townsend. scored five runs on nine hits and had five errors. Saturday morning the Pirates were back on the field for a double header against two different teams. The Pirates beat Cascade 12-0 in five innings after a seven-run explosion in the fourth inning. Pitching the shutout game was Logan Hawkins, giving up two hits, while striking out six and giving up three walks. Batting for the Pirates was led by Pilgrim-Stoppel’s two doubles with one RBI. Clyde Pruett had one double with one RBI. Atwell and Lacina had two RBIs and two singles each and Hruska Myer had two singles. Schoenberg and Perrin had one RBI and one single each. The game ended with Cascade at 0 runs on 2 hits and 4 errors. The Pirates scored 12 runs on 12 hits with 0 errors. Continuing with the winning streak, the Pirates beat Port Townsend 3-2. The offensive attack was led by
Lacina with two singles and two RBI. Pilgrim-Stoppel had one RBI and a single, and Chester Pruett had 1 single. Pitching for the Pirates were Pilgrim-Stoppel, Schoenberg and Chester Pruett. Vashon ended the day with 3 runs on 4 hits and 2 errors. Port Townsend had 2 runs on 3 hits with 2 errors. Coach Steve Hall said he is proud of how the team overcame its early season struggles and is playing good ball now. “We’re in the thick of it with four teams for the three remaining playoff spots,” he said. “This last week of the regular season is going to be fun. Having the opportunity to win big games down the stretch and getting into the postseason is what it’s all about.” — Robin Hruska Myer is the mother of a Pirate baseball player.
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Islanders win big at wrestling state championships The Vashon Pin City Wrestling Club took the Tacoma Dome by storm this weekend at the Freestyle and Greco Roman State Championships. Twelve Vashon wrestlers competed, and when both the Freestyle and Greco Roman tournaments concluded, 13 wrestlers had finished in the top eight, three were crowned champions, and one wrestler was runner up in both styles. Many of the wrestlers, in turn, qualified for national and regional competitions this summer. Adrian St. Germain (middle school age group) won both styles, pinning or tech falling all his opponents to win the Triple Crown for the second year in a row. He qualified for the national duals in Indiana. In the 15-16 year age group, Chase Wickman won the Freestyle State title, tech falling all his opponents, and Logan Nelson placed second in both Freestyle and Greco. Both wrestlers qualified for the national tournament this summer in Fargo, North Dakota. Bryce Hoisington placed fourth and fifth, and is an alternate for our state team. Connor Hoisington placed fourth and Hunter Burger placed eighth in the middle school division. Ryan Nelson and Chase Bradrick also placed in the kids’ division. They all qualified for Western regionals in Idaho. Also participating and gaining valuable experience were Ethan and Colin McIntyre, Moses Kilpatrick and Josh Parrish. It was the best Freestyle and Greco state tournament for Vashon wrestling in its history, according to coach Anders Blomgren.
Soccer heads to season’s end The Vashon High School boys soccer team played three games off-island last week, and the intensity was agonizing as each game was a come-from-behind battle that either resulted in a win or a tie. First up was last-place Life Christian. Life Christian had nothing to lose and brought the quick attack that resulted in a fast 2-0 lead for the Eagles. Vashon varsity players struggled to find their teammates, but eventually found the back of the net with Gabe Reoux opening up scoring. Life Christian dug in, got tough and started hacking at everything in range, including ankles, shins and knees. SEE SOCCER, NEXT PAGE
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Crew races in prestigious regatta Strong lacrosse team ends season By PAT CALL For The Beachcomber
Vashon’s rowing club was invited to three races at the Windermere Cup regatta at the University of Washington last weekend. The first 1,300 meters of the 2,000-meter course proceed down a canyon whose walls are comprised of moored yachts. After a brief section, rowers enter the fabled Montlake Cut and are greeted by the cheers of more than 10,000 spectators crammed into both sides of the narrow waterway for the last 500-meter sprint to the finish line. The exclusivity of the invitation-only event was obvious in the early morning, when boat trailers that are usually sagging under the weight of 15 to 20 shells instead sported only two or three shells each. Vashon competed in the mixed masters’ quad and the junior men’s and women’s coxed quads. It was a silver medal day for Vashon with all three boats taking second place. The junior teams had their first calibration against the elite Seattle Rowing Center
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This style of play resulted in penalty kicks (PK) for both teams. Vashon goalkeeper Ben Stemmer saved his second PK of the season, and team captain Peter Amick buried his kick in the back of the net. Vashon eventually won 5-2. Two days later Vashon played a rematch with Charles Wright Academy. The previous encounter saw Vashon come from behind and tie up the game only to lose in overtime. This game had the same feel, and
(SRC) with the women (Mia Croonquist, Riley Lynch, Kalie Heffernan, Kirsten Girard and cox Callie Andrews) coming in a close second, and the men (Patrick Hanson, Jacob Plihal, Fletcher Call, Baxter Call and cox Olivia Mackie) more significantly back from an SRC boat that could be a contender for the national title in June. The mixed masters’ boat (Mark Ripley, Chad Magnuson, Mary Rothermel, Kim Goforth and cox Ally Clevenger) was edged out by perennial powerhouse Sammamish Rowing Association. “It is an achievement to just get into the Windermere Cup races, and I am proud of all three boats for their silver medal performances,” coach Richard Parr said. “Our juniors will now turn their full attention to preparing for the Northwest Junior Regional Championships two weekends from now. Our team is making good progress but still needs to find a few more seconds in each race.” — Pat Call is the father of two junior rowers.
Vashon was behind 2-0 by halftime. The Tarriers are the second-place team in the conference, and speed and skill are their strengths. The Pirates’ strength is unrelenting stamina through the passing game and wearing the opposing team down. This is exactly what happened. Charles Wright could not finish the game. Vashon tied up the game 2-2, and losing in overtime was not an option this night. The varsity players scuffed up the shine of Charles Wright’s near perfect season. On Saturday, Vashon traveled to Cedar Park
Christian and went down 4-2 by the half. The Pirates rallied hard the second half and wore the Eagles down. With help from a couple of own goals from Cedar Park and a last-minute corner kick served up by Austyn Heit, Vashon won 5-4. Peter Amick headed the corner kick into the back of the net as the last whistle was blown. Pirate soccer has three games left and will try to better position itself for next week’s Tri-District tournament playoffs. They are currently in a three-way tie for third place.
The high school boys lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four games after defeating Gig Harbor last Thursday evening, 10-4, in a dominant performance. Scoring was led by Winter Krimmert, who had two goals, two assists and seven ground-balls. Once again Krimmert dominated the face-off position, allowing Vashon to control possession for much of the game. Junior midfielder Ezra Ende posted a hat trick, which was his fourth in as many games. Senior attack Griff Jennings also posted his third hat trick in a row against Gig Harbor and leads the team in assists. The Vashon Vultures also recently defeated North Kitsap 16-3, Nathan hale 9-6 and Port Angeles 14-2, and the team’s overall record is 6-3. Sophomore attack Elliot Carleton played a crucial role in the win over Nathan Hale and has tallied eight goals and three assists in the past four games. Senior midfielder Evan Anderson continues to find open scorers and has seven assists on the season as well as four goals. Vashon’s underclassmen have been productive, and everyone on the team has been contributing to the successful season. While the Vultures’ offense has
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Elliot Carleton scores against North Kitsap. found its rhythm, Vashon’s defense has proved to be a commanding force with senior goalie Marquis Stendahl in the top five goalies in the league. Head coach Daniel Macca spoke to the strength of the team’s defense. “Without a doubt, we have some of the most talented close-in defensive players in the league. The offensive players show up in the statistics, but it’s our close-in defense that frightens other teams,” he said. Macca added that he’s pleased with how the entire team has been playing. “There is a real belief in our ability to play quality lacrosse. No one in the
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“There weren’t a lot of options because the market was so hot here,” Lubbert said. For years after they moved in, the two explored ways to use their new Asian pear orchard, which also happens to be the last orchard on Wax Orchard Road. The swath was planted in the 1980s, Gerlach said, when the most promising trees from a trial orchard on Maury Island were transplanted there. As food lovers who had both taken cooking classes, the couple got creative with the pears. Over the years there was pear sauce, pastries, pear chutney, even pickled pears. The couple sold their pears some years and other times gave them to the food bank. Eventually Gerlach, who Lubbert jokingly calls a mad scientist, started to experiment with perry. Around the same time, his landscaping business began to slow due to the economy. “We had a serious conversation. We have all these trees, and we are both really into food,” Lubbert recalled. “We
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have an opportunity with the pears, so why not?” Now the couple has made more than 800 gallons of perry under the label of Nashi Orchards, which so far has gotten good reviews and second orders from Vashon retailers and specialty shops in Seattle. Nashi — the Japanese word for pear — will soon release new varieties of perry, sold in 6.3 ounce bottles, and the couple plans to open a tasting room this month. “We want to really make it something,” Lubbert said. Since opening the new business, a licensed winery, Gerlach and Lubbert say they often find themselves explaining what exactly perry is. While many liken perry to a cider made from pears, Gerlach, who makes the perry, said he prefers to compare his product to a sparkling white wine. And the fermenting and aging process, he noted, is almost identical to winemaking. “It’s exactly like making white wine,” he said. Nashi’s first batches were made using mostly their own Chojuro Asian pears as well as pears from both on and off the island. The fruit is picked ripe, Gerlach said, but sits to mature for some time in order to develop more complex flavors. “What we’ve learned about making good perry is that
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maturation process is a key process,” he said. Unlike many large, commercial cider and perry makers, Nashi perry doesn’t have any added sugar, resulting in a drink that’s dry and crisp. “Ours is nothing like that,” Gerlach said of the commercial ciders that some some complain are too sweet. “It’s dry. It has a nice floral aroma. … It really tastes and smells like a wine.” Gerlach completes the perry-making process using topof-the-line equipment in a barn known by some as the daffodil barn — a daffodil mural was painted on the front years ago, when there was a working daffodil farm there. The couple’s driveway is still lined with daffodils, but their barn now bears a fresh Nashi Orchards mural, complete with branches in bloom and a large, round pear, painted by former islander and illustrator Annie Brulé Gerlach and Lubbert hope that by Mother’s Day the barn will double as a tasting room where visitors can sample several varieties of perry before taking a tour of the orchard. The endeavor has been demanding, especially since Lubbert still commutes to her job off-island. But now, she said, is the perfect time to dive into the new business. Cider’s popularity has taken off in recent years, and it’s currently the fastest growing segment of the beverage market. And on Vashon, Nashi Orchards adds to a growing list of small wineries and other crafters that are gaining traction with high-quality, locally made drinks and hoping to draw tourists for tasting and buying. “People in the industry have been incredibly supportive,” Lubbert said, explaining that the owners of Palouse Winery and Vashon Winery have offered advice and encouragement. They’ve taken tips from the Vashon fruit club, debuted their perry at Cider Fest last year and held an early tasting at a dinner put on by Meat and Noodle, a growing pop-up restaurant. “Everyone just wants everyone to do well,” Lubbert said, “so as an island we can do something really cool.”
Phillip Leslie Gleb Phillip Leslie Gleb died peacefully at home on April 28, 2014, of age related conditions including Parkinson’s. He was born in Tacoma, Washington on July 19, 1933. He spent his youth growing up in Tahlequah (Vashon Island) where he acquired his love of the water and was graduated from Vashon High School class of 1951. After serving in the U.S. Army at Cold Bay, Alaska, he completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and spent most of his formal working years teaching in elementary classrooms with the age he so loved. He was active in the Quartermaster Yacht Club. He was an avid gardener - both on Vashon and again in his retirement community in Lacey, WA. He volunteered through the years, most recently at Panorama for their Benevolent Fund. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine King Gleb, and his parents, Edwin Hiram Gleb and LaVerne Mildred Yansen Gleb. Phil is survived by his wife; Mary Louise Gleb, his children; Heidi M. Gleb, Lesa (Richard) Kromm, Todd Edwin (Deanna) Gleb and Kirsten Gleb; five grandchildren and his sister; Penni (Larry) Rucker. Please sign the guestbook and leave condolences at www.FuneralAlternatives.org Arrangements are with Funeral Alternatives of Washington, Lacey. 360-491-2222.
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members have looked to disband the club, they have reached out to other groups to take on some of Kiwanis’ long-running projects. The Sportsmen’s Club will now run the pancake breakfast, Lyell said. John L. Scott will sponsor the annual toy drive, and Lyell and Joyce Smith, the Kiwanis treasurer, will continue in their longtime roles as the drive’s organizers. So far, no organization has stepped forward to take on the senior dinner, which has provided a free holiday dinner with all the trimmings for many island seniors over the last 35 to 40 years or more. Club members are grateful to those organizations that are taking on the breakfast and toy drive, but Lyell said she would like to find a home for the senior dinner, as well. “Those are two things the island can’t afford to lose,” she said, referring to the breakfast and toy drive. “I would love to see the dinner continue too.” Jean Bosch, a member for six years, coordinates Kiwanis’ Readers are Leaders program, which buys books for the public and private school libraries on Vashon. Now, Bosch said, schools get 10 books a year, and some libraries have received 40 or 50 books from Kiwanis this way. “It’s a really nice program. I would hate to see it die,” she added. If someone would sponsor it, she said she would be happy to continue doing the needed legwork for it. The club’s longest serving member is Jim Scott, who is 94 and joined nearly 40 years ago, when the club met each week at the long-closed Spinnaker restaurant. “It’s been quite an organization,” he said, looking back over the decades. Scott, like Lyell and some other members, said he saw no option but closing. Still, it is a sad ending after so many years. “Just getting together and the camaraderie of the group, we’re sure going to miss that,” he said. Jay Becker recalls that the group’s heyday was during the 1960s and ’70s. He joined about 1976, he said, and has been a member ever since.
“It was the most active service club on the island,” he said. At one time, some of the members felt that a morning meeting would be beneficial on the island, Becker recalled, so some members, including Becker, established the Vashon Rotary. When other members thought a service group that met at noon would be good, they tried to establish a local Lion’s Club, Becker said, but that effort did not take hold. Dave Parker, 86, a member for the past 25 years, noted that for a long time, the Kiwanis sponsored the Key Club and Builder’s Club, service clubs at Vashon High School and McMurray Middle School. Those group’s disbanded in recent years. Several of the students took educational trips abroad with Kiwanis’ financial support, Parker said, and members of the high school volleyball team also received assistance from Kiwanis several years ago, when the team traveled to China. Long a men’s club, Kiwanis International changed its bylaws in 1987 to allow women, a move that Parker recalls. “It’s worked out pretty well,” he said. “There are some men that dropped out when women joined. They felt it should be a men’s organization.” Now, he noted, women outnumber the men in the group. Ray Konrad, a member for more than 10 years who left the club in recent months, also recalls the good work the Kiwanis members did. “They have a long history on the island,” he said. “They’ve been consistent contributors in many ways.” In fact, he said, fundraising auctions are common on the island now, but it was Kiwanis that started the trend many years ago, providing thousands of dollars that went back into the community. Konrad said he had hoped to avoid bringing the club to a close, perhaps by changing how the group is structured to help draw in new members, but that is not the path the group took. Like many others, he noted that across the country, service groups are struggling. “I think the idea of these clubs is an outdated notion,” he said. “They have outlived their usefulness. I believe in a matter of time they will disappear.” Times have changed since businessmen first formed these groups, he noted, and for
many, the format of a weekly dinner meeting, a few large service events a year and dues to a large headquarters do not appeal or fit with family life. Indeed, statistics from both Kiwanis International and Rotary International indicate that Vashon’s Kiwanis story is unfolding in many other places. In 2000, Kiwanis clubs in North America had nearly 229,000 members. Since then, however, the numbers have steadily decreased and stand now at about 151,000. Rotary in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean Islands has also seen a significant decline, dropping about 12 percent between 2003 and 2012, from about 432,000 members to 379,000 members. A wide variety of factors are contributing to the decline in membership, said Jo Lynn Garing, the public relations manager for Kiwanis International. Many groups have an aging membership, she said; there have been dramatic changes in how people communicate and network, multiple volunteer opportunities exist for people to serve their communities, and corporations rarely purchase such memberships for their employees anymore — something that used to be a common practice.
“All service clubs have seen a decline in membership over the decades,” she said. “Every service organization will tell you the same thing.” On Vashon, though, the picture is mixed. The Masons say they are still going strong with 32 members, according to Ken Ellingson, the group’s secretary. However, that number is down considerably from the 1970s, when membership was at its peak of approximately 135. At Vashon Rotary, treasurer Joyce Olson said that group’s membership has been steady at about 50 in recent years, down from 70 nearly a decade ago. At the Vashon Eagles, however, business is booming according to Karina Deutsch, the club’s general manager. A service organization and community club with its own clubhouse, the group has 520 members, many of them between 21 and 40. For Kiwanis, though, the final meeting was expected to be this week. Konrad, who had hoped the group would continue in some form, said he will go to see how he might help with the final work that needs to be done. “‘It was a good run,” he said.
Virginia Marie Ammon
Virginia (Ginny) Ammon was born November 8th, 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio. She grew up in Ludlow, Kentucky, and married Paul Ammon in 1944. “Ginny” and Paul lived in Kentucky after World War II, and had their first two children, Ken and Sue. They moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 1953 where Paul ran a dry cleaning business and Gin bore four more children: Barbara, Joyce, Jeff and Sally. In 1969, Paul, Gin, and family moved to Vashon Island, Washington, where they quickly became involved in their church and community. Ginny, with her love of books, became the church librarian as well as a volunteer at the local thrift store. She kept a large garden and loved to cook and bake. She was a skilled seamstress and sewed clothes, quilts, and toys for the kids when they were young. She loved to laugh and her kids delighted her. She loved music, singing in the church choir and with the family around the piano. She had a servant’s heart and a willing spirit, and never failed to hear God’s voice. Once the kids were grown and Paul was retired, she and Paul spent several years as volunteer missionaries, traveling to Belgium, Austria, and the Philippines. Paul passed away in 1995, and soon after, Ginny moved from Vashon back to Coeur d’Alene to live out her days in quiet service to the Lord. Ginny went home to rest in the arms of her Heavenly Father on May 3, 2014. She was 89. Virginia Ammon is survived by her six children, Ken (Kristi) Ammon, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Susan (Don) Smith, Vashon, Washington; Barbara (Frank) Peretti, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Joyce (Mark) Brandmire, Forks, Washington; Jeff Ammon and Sally Ammon, Vashon, Washington; 9 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, a brother, Jerry Farris, Modesto, California, and a sister, Jackie Farris, Ludlow, Kentucky. The family requests that, in place of flowers or gifts, donations of any amount be sent to the folks who loved and cared for Gin at her final home on this earth, Wellspring Meadows, 9873 Buttercup Lane, Hayden, Idaho, 83835. A memorial service will be held in honor of Virginia on Vashon Island, Washington at the Island Funeral Service on May 17th, at 1:00pm with a reception following.
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MeMe is a cat with a full fluff of a coat which she keeps impeccably groomed. Her tail is a most amazing plume which finishes off her fabulous outfit. MeMe didnâ€™t look so great when she first came to VIPP but with good food, lots of love and well deserved attention, she became the ravishing beauty that she is today. MeMe gets along with her VIPP bunk mates and she loves the attention from the shelter volunteers. Ginger Snap came to VIPP when her person moved off the island into an apartment complex. Ginger is used to going in and out and her owner feared that she would be hit by a car in her new surroundings. For that reason, she ended up at VIPP. Ginger Snap has had a tough time adjusting to her new life as a shelter cat and she dreams of the day when she can be in a home again.
Our old lab, Lily has mobility issues. She disappeared one day when we were at a friendâ€™s house, and after 20 hours of her being missing I was beside myself. VIPPâ€™s Amy Carey came and started asking questions. When she heard a comment in passing that my friendâ€™s dog, Saylor was acting weird she wondered aloud if Saylor knew where Lily was. She said â€œSaylor! Go find Lily!â€? and Saylor ran into the woods with all of us running after her. What suddenly felt like a Disney movie got even better when a few minutes later, deep in the woods, Saylor froze and pointed to a thicket. I spread it open and looked down to see Lily wagging her tail, looking up at me. Lily never barks, so we had to find her visually, and if Amy hadnâ€™t thought to ask Saylor, I donâ€™t think we ever would have found her.
Send Your Own Vipp Story to Stories@VIPP.org Saturday Adoptions at the Cat Shelter 11:30-2:30$12200 243rd Street (off Old Mill Rd) Dog Adoptions by appointment only at Dogs@vipp.org
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