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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 2012

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Schools foundation embarks on fundraising drive The organization is starting earlier and hopes more families will contribute to the Island-wide effort

By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer

The Vashon Island Public Schools Foundation will kick off its campaign early this year in hopes that it can raise half a million dollars in pledges in time for the school district to avoid issuing layoff notices to teachers. It’s the third year volunteers have undertaken a large fundraising

campaign to help fill the school district’s budget deficit, and the second year they’ve done so under the auspices of the foundation. In past years the school district, faced with a funding shortage, has been forced to issue RIF — or reduction-in-force — notices to half a dozen or more teachers and create a “worst case scenario” set of programatic cuts, only to restore the teachers and programs after pledges

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came in from the community. “We’re really trying to shift it to a sustaining campaign,” said Superintendent Michael Soltman, “rather than a fire drill where we lay off teachers and reduce programs.” This year, foundation members say, if they raise $500,000 in pledges by May 1, the school district can set its budget with the added funding in mind. Soltman said the district would

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slander Richard Mintz’s new home is from East Springfield, Mass. Four huge semi-trucks drove 3,000 miles over 10 days to cross Puget Sound and deliver the home to Vashon. And Mintz says he couldn’t be happier with the delivery.

The 2,000-square-foot home he now shares with his wife Diane McGaha in Dilworth is a high-end, super-green manufactured home. Everything in the so-called Glidehouse, from the large clerestory windows to the ventilated crawlspace and airtight insulation, was designed to conserve energy and cut carbon emissions. The structure itself, from the recycled steel frame to the bamboo floors and nontoxic paint, is built from healthy and sustainable building materials. “Some people call it the bleeding edge,” Mintz said, sitting in his new home last month. “I call it the leading edge of what everyone will be worried about in 10 years.” The couple fell in love with the Glidehouse almost a decade ago when the design premiered on the pages of Sunset magazine. They lived in a small home on outer Quartermaster Harbor at the time, but also owned two acres of property perched above the water on Dilworth Point that

likely face a $600,000 to $800,000 budget shortfall this year, assuming no added cuts are made during the Legislature’s current session. Some of the gap, he said, will be bridged by increasing off-Island enrollment and continuing to reduce operational costs. “It’s pretty clear that at a sustaining level we’re going to need SEE FOUNDATION, 31

Park board proposes new fees for fields, theater By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer

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Richard Mintz (above) and his wife Diane McGaha recently moved into their 2,000-square-foot Glidehouse. they planned to one day move to. The stylish and cutting-edge green house with an entire wall of windows seemed like a dream home for the spot, Mintz said. The dream didn’t become a reality, however, until last year. Mintz, a former U.S. Air Force pilot and retired Boeing engineer, and McGaha, a lawyer, had given up on the Glidehouse after the housing market crashed and the home’s original designer

stopped selling it. They were looking into other options in green home building when they learned the Glidehouse design had been purchased by Blu Homes, a Massachusetts-based builder of eco-friendly prefabricated homes. “People already think I’m a loon. That would probably confirm it if I bought a house from Massachusetts,” Mintz, recalling his thinking, said with a laugh.

When the couple, who was considering purchasing a similar manufactured home from a Seattle-based designer, found it would cost about the same to ship a Glidehouse from the East Coast, there was no question, Mintz said. They still loved the Glidehouse. “It has worked out, knock on wood,” Mintz said. SEE GLIDEHOUSE, 25

The Vashon Park District has proposed new fees for the use of sports fields, the Vashon High School theater and other public facilities in an effort to make such costs more equitable among user groups. The new fees would also simplify the way the program is administered and how fees are collected, said David Hackett, a commissioner on the park board who has spearheaded the effort. Under a proposal issued last week, theater or dance groups that want to rent the high school theater would pay $150 per performance, rather than a complex set of fees based on hourly use. Sports teams — from soccer to lacrosse to baseball — would pay around $20 per season per player rather than an hourly and per-game fee that Hackett said was complex and hard to collect. And drop-in gym use at the public schools — nighttime basketball, for example — would require each player to have a $17 season pass, rather than the $3 fee kids are expected to pay at the door right now. SEE FEES, 12


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Leaders in a new campaign to address Vashon’s ivy problem will kick off the effort this weekend with a workshop to give Islanders the tools they need — both figuratively and literally — to remove the noxious plant from their own property. Ivy-Free Vashon, a campaign headed by Islanders Sarah Driggs and Cindy Young, will host the Saturday workshop at Vashon Park District’s Wingehaven Park, a swath of land on the north end that is overrun by English ivy, a harmful and highly invasive plant. “The trees are just dripping with ivy, so it’s a great laboratory for us,� said Driggs, who does communications work for the county’s Department of Transportation. After short talks by King County noxious weed experts Sasha Shaw and Maria Winkler, as well as Vashon basin steward Greg Rabourn, a crew hired by the county will demonstrate various methods to remove ivy from the ground and trees. Those who wish can try ivy removal themselves at the park, and there will be tools available to borrow and use at home. Native plants will also be given away, and those who decide the task is too much can get information about hiring a crew for their own property and can enter

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Gamesmanship brings gridlock to Olympia

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POLITICS By SHARON NELSON

The Republican gamesmanship in the “other Washington� that has caused gridlock and a toxic environment in Congress has now infected The Evergreen State. This is sad and shocking to many of us. During the 2012 regular session, the Ways and Means Committee in the Washington State Senate spent long hours hearing testimony from citizens all over the state regarding their needs — testimony regarding the importance of funding for community colleges, early learning, K-12, or family planning. As citizens came to Olympia to tell their stories and to ask for their legislators to listen and support their needs, the Republicans were consistently missing from the committee hearings. When the Democrats rolled out their budget, funding for K-12 education and higher education was increased, reflecting our support for the paramount duty of the state and the voices of students, parents, teachers and administrators. Additionally, the Democrats’ budget minimized cuts to the safety net, ensuring food assistance and childcare support for struggling families during this recession. To a large degree we were able to develop this budget because the forecasts for the state’s revenue and the number of folks needing services have improved, as we appear to move toward recovery from the great recession. Rather than work together on this spending plan, however, the Republicans rolled out a separate budget that included $115 million in cuts to education compared to our budget. They drastically cut family planning and the safety net.

It was clear when they rolled out this draconian budget a week before the end of the regular session that we, in all likelihood, were headed for a special session. The cuts they proposed were too deep and their desire to delay a pension payment and use that funding as revenue was too costly to taxpayers in this state. The delayed pension payment will have to be repaid, and it will cost our citizens two times more than paying it today. The Republicans have now presented a second budget, which no longer has cuts to education, but still cuts family planning and the safety net. The debate being put forth regarding this budget is centered around sustainability. Progressives in the Senate, including me, have asked throughout the session that we address sustainability by improving revenue by closing certain corporate loopholes. That includes closing the big bank loophole, which would provide $20 million in funding on an ongoing basis. As Initiative 1053 (the most recent Eyman-inspired measure) requires a two-thirds vote to close such a loophole, the Democrats cannot take such action alone and Republican leaders have indicated they will not provide votes to close this bank subsidy. Instead, delaying a pension payment is the alternative they are willing to support.

It may not seem like it, with the hail, snow and layers of ice on our cars in the morning, but spring is really here. And in spite of the frigid mornings of late, there are signs of it everywhere. The Indian plum and red-flowering current are blooming. Chorus frogs are making their nightly music. Birds we don’t hear every day — varied thrushes, winter wrens, red-winged blackbirds — have clearly entered a new season; their songs are in the air. Those of us who are fair-weather gardeners — who discover what’s in our beds anew each year, when our deciduous shrubs and perennials start to leaf out — have begun our annual treasure hunt, trying to discern which new growth is that beloved perennial we bought at the garden club plant sale five years ago, and which is a weed. And some of us have gone so far as to begin dreaming about summer, the sweetest time of all on Vashon. This is also when the pace of life at The Beachcomber — as if it weren’t fast enough — really picks up. We experience one special supplement after another during the spring and early summer months, making us busier than a robin with a clutch to feed. This week’s issue is a case in point, with -FTMJF#SPXO4UBGG1IPUP the publication of Pansies during last week’s snow storm. our Home & Garden section — a tribute, in large part, to the earthly beauty of Vashon. You’ll find it on pages 13 to 24. Next up, the spring issue of Island Child, when we let parents know what summer camps and day care programs are available for children on the Island. And after that, the mother of all special sections, Destination Vashon, only to be followed a few weeks later by a perennial favorite (and a particularly tough one — you try chasing down 130 graduating Vashon Island seniors), the high school graduation supplement. Spring is a time of renewal. And at The Beachcomber, it’s a time of frenetic activity. We’re pushing harder than usual, trying to offer up a weekly publication worthy of this fine Island while taking on the added work of publishing inserts that we hope will inspire, edify and delight our Island neighbors. So if we sound a little short or harried, we ask for your understanding. It may be that we’re trying to track down the last 20 members of this year’s graduating class, pushing to meet a deadline for Destination Vashon or scrambling to make sense of some preschool’s new offering. It’s spring, and the world is very, very busy.

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The curse of ivy: We all need to play a part to end its spread Late winter and early spring are good times to observe the spread and growth of ivy in Island forests, groves and yards. Now, before the deciduous trees and shrubs put out new leaves, the ivy-shrouded tree trunks are plain to see. In some areas, ivy has taken over completely, wrapping every tree and carpeting the ground. In other areas, you will notice ivy climbing up a few trees and spreading along the ground in an area where, only a few years ago, there was none. In my neighborhood, apart from an infestation at the intersection of Thorsen Road and Westside Highway, there is very little ivy. Yet during the last couple of years, while walking along Thorsen, I have noticed and pulled a couple dozen ivy starts — a single strand of ivy winding up a tree trunk and a single vine/root creeping along the ground. These are easy to eradicate, if you are careful in pulling up the root,

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like reeling in a fish, in order to get every root and leaf. If ignored, each of these individual starts will become an infestation; these spreading infestations will eventually join, snuffing out native ground cover and shrubs and, eventually, even the trees. How do these little starts get there? In bird droppings. It seems that whenever ivy goes “vertical,� that is, when it climbs up a tree or even up and along a fence, it begins to produce berries. The birds eat these berries, fly off and perch in a distant tree, leave a dropping at the base of that tree,

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and thus plant a new ivy start. In this way does ivy spread across a landscape far faster and further than its roots can creep. Ivy is green death. The sooner we begin to fight it, the better our chances of successfully eradicating it. Do you think I exaggerate? Then go look at the hillside above Interstate 5 below Beacon Hill or the east side of West Seattle/ Burien, where it slopes down to 509, or, worse yet, look at the west side of Queen Anne Hill above Elliott Avenue. That is what much of Vashon Island will look like in a few years if we do nothing to prevent it. Already, many areas of the Island are overrun: the north end, Burton Peninsula, Magnolia Beach, Lisabuela, Wingehaven. And serious infestations are too many to list. The shady, towering forests of the Pacific Northwest have no defense against ivy, because ivy is shade tolerant. That is, it flourishes in full sun or in full shade. So, unlike blackberries or Scotch broom, ivy will not die when shaded by the growing trees. We humans introduced this damned invasive to the Island, and we humans will

have to eradicate it. And by “we� I do not mean some state or county agency, nor the land trust nor the Forest Stewards — though I am grateful for whatever such agencies and organizations can do to help with this problem. By “we� I mean you and me. I mean every ablebodied person in each neighborhood or area of the Island. And I mean individuals — like myself — whose property, at present, has no ivy. We must help each other; we must help our neighbors. If ivy is on your neighbor’s property, you will not be able to prevent its spread to yours. We must begin to see the eradication of ivy as one of the responsibilities of property ownership. Good work is being done to attack some of the worst infestations. A couple years ago, the land trust organized a series of work parties to cut ivy in Lisabuela Park. Next week, a workshop on how to attack ivy will take place at Wingehaven. On your own property, start by cutting the vines that climb up the trees. This will help to reduce the production of ivy berries. Then work at

the roots. But don’t work too hard, or you won’t stay at it. This will be a long fight, and we must not give up or give in. Take on just one small piece of work at a time. And consider taking your favorite beverage, along with your gloves and loppers. While cutting roots or vines, take frequent pauses to sip your drink and look around. Observe and listen. Notice how good it feels to take this small action against a local problem. You may begin to be more hopeful, even about the many great and distant problems about which you often feel so helpless. You may even return to the house in a better frame of mind toward those who share that shelter with you. In any case, when out walking, make it your practice, as I have made it mine, to never pass an ivy without damaging it.

— Jack Stewart is a longtime Islander and conservationist.

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Medicare Seminar: Shirley and Jesse Van Nostrand of Advantage Insurance Benefits will answer questions about Medicare Part A, B and D. They will talk about Medicare Supplement Plans, Medicare Advantage Plans and prescription drug plans. Free. Call Jesse Van Nostrand at 550-7010 for more information. 10 a.m. at the Eagles Hall, 18134 Vashon Hwy. S.W. Baby Story Time: Babies ages 3 months to 21 months with an adult can enjoy stories and more. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, March 21 and 28, at the Vashon Library. Audubon: Wildlife biologist Scott Gremel from Olympic National Park will present his research on the endangered Northern spotted owl, and more recently the invasive barred owl at the park. He will also address if the newcomer barred owl is replacing the great horned owl on Vashon. According to organizers, Gremel’s knowledge, research and policy efforts will help give people a grounded understanding of the shift in Vashon’s owl populations. Free. 7 p.m. at the Land Trust Building. McMurray Open Mic: Students will perform and kick off two days of student-led conferences and a book fair of gently used books. Proceeds benefit Exploratory Week and the McMurray library. 7 p.m. at McMurray Middle School.

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Sew for Soldiers: Help make quilts for Vashon’s American Heroes Quilt project, which provides quilts to service men and women wounded in Afghanistan. No experience is necessary. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Island Quilter. Spanish Story Time: The program is intended for speakers of all languages. There will be stories and songs about colors, shapes, animals, opposites and more. 10:30 a.m. at the Vashon Library on Fridays through June 1. Senior Center Birthday Table: All people with March birthdays will be honored. The suggested donation for lunch is $4.25. 11:45 a.m. at the center on Bank Road. Senior Center Movies and Popcorn: A documentary will be shown. It was directed by Werner Herzog and is about hundreds of pristine paintings made 30,000 years ago in Chauvet Cave. 12:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.

4"563%": t  Remove Ivy: Ivy-Free Vashon will host an ivy removal workshop. 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Winghaven Park. (For more information, see page 4.) Full Circle Wellness Center Open House: This complementary health care center has served Vashon for 15 years and will celebrate with an open house. There will be presentations, practitioner visits, raffle prizes and special offers available to open house guests. For more information, contact Michael Curtin, DC, at 300-1931. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Full Circle. Adopt-a-Cat Day: Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP) hosts an Adopt-a-Cat day every Saturday. Go to www.vipp.org for directions or call VIPP at 389-1085. 11:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. at the adoption center at 12200 S.W. 243rd St. For those who would like a furry friend of another sort, VIPP also has dogs that would like a new home. Solar Energy for Homes in the Pacific Northwest: A member of the Master Builders Association will present information on achieving energy balance at home through conservation, efficiency and the use of solar energy. Technologies, costs, benefits and available incentives will be discussed. 2 p.m. at the Vashon Library.

16#-*$.&&5*/(4 Vashon Island School District: 7 p.m. at Thursday, March 22, at McMurray Middle School. Vashon Island Fire & Rescue: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday , March 27, at Station 55. Vashon Park District: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Ober Park.

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The Harbor School Auction: This year’s theme is Come to the Cabaret; the evening will include dinner, specialty desserts, music, a wall of wine and a silent and live auction with a special “Raise the Paddle� appeal dedicated to enhancing the school’s science program. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased online at www. harborschool.org. 6 p.m. at the Open Space for Arts & Community.

46/%":t Sewing Machine Repair and Testing: Have your sewing machine assessed, turn it in for service, see what is new or used on the market, and test drive some sewing machines. 1 to 4 p.m. at Island Quilter. The Life and Career of Placido Domingo: Opera expert Norm Hollingshead will review the Mexican tenor’s life. The lecture series has three parts, the remaining two covering his middle and later years. 2 p.m. Sundays, March 25 and April 1, at the Vashon Library. Parent Meeting: Parents of children with 504 and Individualized Education Program (IEP) plans who are interested in increased parent involvement in classes, strength-based assessments and exchanges with 504 - IEP students from other districts are invited. For more information, contact Marie Loeb at loebm@uw.edu or Deborah Anderson at dha@lgcmin.com. 3 to 5 p.m at Movie Magic. Continuing Conversations: Patte Wagner, the manager of Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, will talk on why businesses fail. Call Dorothy Hall-Bauer for more information, including location. 4 p.m. at Hall-Bauer’s Burton home.

56&4%":t Story Times: Toddler Story Time, for ages 21 months to 3 years with an adult, will meet all month at 10:40 a.m. Tuesdays. Preschool Story Time, for kids ages 3 to 5, will meet at 11:30 a.m. also on Tuesdays, both at the Vashon Library.

61$0.*/( Land Trust Annual Meeting: The Land Trust will host an open house with with board members, board candidates and land trust staff on hand to answer questions. Featured speaker Bianca Perla, PhD, land trust past president and founder of Vashon Nature Center, will speak on “Living with Island Wildlife: a Long-Term Perspective.â€? There will also be the election of board members, and a brief financial report and update of current projects will be given. 6:30 p.m. open house, 7 p.m. speaker. Wednesday, March 28, at the Land Trust Building. Poetry Reading: JanĂŠe J. Baugher, author of CoĂśrdinates of Yes, will read. Baugher’s poetry has been adapted for dance and set to music at the University of Cincinnati, Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and elsewhere. An associate editor for StringTown magazine, Baugher teaches creative writing and literature at the Richard Hugo House and the University of Phoenix. Call 463-2616 for more information. 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Vashon Bookshop. Run for Schools: The Vashon Schools Foundation will host an all-ages 1K and 5K fun run, jog and walk. The event kicks off the the campaign to raise $500,000 for the schools. The run is free, but pledges to the foundation will be accepted. There will be prizes, and foundation board members will be on hand to answer questions. 10 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at Vashon High School. (For more information, see page 1.) Free Range Folk Concert: The concert will feature an arrangement of Ladysmith Black Mambazo’s “Rain, Rain, Beautiful Rainâ€? as well as other folk music from around the world. Admission is free; donations in support of the event are welcome. For more information, visit freerangefolkchoir. blogspot.com. 7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Methodist Church. Church of Great Rain: The show promises comic relief for taxing times at a special April Foolishness Show. The show’s musical guests will be Seattle duo Star Anna and Justin Davis. Show co-founder Frank Hein will make a special guest appearance. The Church House Band and the Holy Roller Radio Players will also perform. Advance tickets are encouraged and are $10 at Vashon Bookshop and brownpapertickets.com. 4 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at the Open Space for Arts & Community. Great Books Discussion Group: This month’s selection is “A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinkingâ€? by William James. 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, at the Vashon Library.

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1".*/("--413&4&/548"/%&3-645 Noted local artist Pam Ingalls will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Land Trust Building, 10014 S.W. Bank Road. In her talk, “Wanderlust: How Travel Influences Art,� Ingalls will use slides and paintings to illustrate how her travels around the world and here on Vashon have inspired her work. Ingalls will also introduce the art on display at the VashonMaury Island Heritage Association. The work is by Abby Williams Hill, an artist who lived on Vashon and traveled widely and to whom Ingalls has been compared. Ingalls’ paintings adorn the walls of The Hardware Store Restaurant, and in May she will open a new show there, called “Facing India,� exhibiting portraits from her recent trip to Shillong, India. include direct printing, reductive or subtractive methods of printing, printing with selected shapes or stencils and printing with texture. The cost is $150. An additional $75 covers an optional third day. To register, contact Fisher at 463-9311 or email Brian@BrianFisherArt.com. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, at Ilse Reimnitz’s studio, 23505 80th Ave. S.W. Shoot to Show: Island photographer Ray Pfortner will lead this class, where students will learn to shoot, frame, price, hang and promote their work. The class will culminate in a show this summer at The Hardware Store Restaurant. Dates of the class have recently changed. For more information and to register, see www.VashonAlliedArts.org. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays, March 30 and April 27, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with breaks) Saturdays, March 31 and April 28. Sewing: Learn machine basics while sewing a reusable tote. The cost is $40 for individuals or $60 for a buddy pair. Contact Jenni Wilke at

697-2377 to register or coordinate a different time. 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1, at Common Thread. Learn to Knit: This free class meets weekly. 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays at Island Quilter. Poetry: The Words poetry group, led by Devon Atkins, will meet, and newcomers are welcome. 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at Vashon Bookshop. Forest stewardship: King County and WSU Forestry Extension will teach a 10-session forest stewardship course designed to help forest landowners develop their forest stewardship plans with guidance from natural resource professionals. The course runs from April 25 to June 6. The cost is $160 by March 31, $185 after that. Space is limited. Classes meet at the Land Trust Building. For more information, see http://snohomish.wsu. edu/forestry/CP12Vashon.htm. English as a Second Language: Learn how to speak, read and write in English. Free. 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Vashon Library.

70*$&0'7"4)0/57t)*()-*()54 VoV TV is found on Comcast Channel 21. Most VoV TV shows are produced by Islanders. If you’ve created a video program of any kind, contact Susan McCabe at 463-0301 or info@voiceofvashon.org. Get in on RockFlicks, the short-film contest for all ages, open now to all Islanders or those attending a Vashon school. For details, check www. voiceofvashon.org. Submission deadline is May 4. The top two winners will get $100. This week on VoV TV, all at 8 p.m. 4VOEBZ The last hour of Church of Great Rain. .POEBZ Retired Army Gen. Grethe Cammermeyer tells her fascinating story. 5VFTEBZ and 5IVSTEBZ, Get “Inside the Cover� with a series of famous author interviews out of Colorado. Wednesday, Mellow out with Mercedes Nicole’s smooth vocal stylings at Jazz Alley. 4BUVSEBZ It’s healthy hip-hop revisited as VHS students share the stage with Macklemore. And, watch for another episode of Sharing the Stage in April. The complete VoV TV Schedule is available at voiceofvashon.org.


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Chautauqua to offer Spanish immersion kindergarten BUSINESS BRIEFS The Vashon School District plans to offer a Spanish immersion kindergarten program beginning this fall. Jody Metzger, principal of Chautauqua Elementary School, said that at a recent meeting for parents of incoming kindergartners, she heard positive feedback on her proposal to offer a full-day Spanish kindergarten program in place of a regular full-day class. This school year was the first in several years that the district was not able to offer full-day kindergarten because not enough families signed up for the class. Now, Metzger said, Chautauqua will offer the Spanish immersion kindergarten program next fall as long as at least 14 tuition-paying families sign their children up for the class. Four or five families have already signed their children up, Metzger said. If 14 tuition-

paying families sign up by April 20, the district can hire a Spanish-speaking kindergarten teacher and offer partial scholarships for half a dozen more to be in the class. Metzger said that since the meeting she has gotten calls from parents of children as young as 2 who say they are thrilled about the program and hope it takes off at Chautauqua. “People are excited about it,� Metzger said. “I’m hopeful, very hopeful.� Kindergartners in the immersion program would attend regular kindergarten taught in English in the morning then go to a Spanish immersion class taught by a Spanish-speaking teacher in the afternoon. Regular morning and afternoon kindergarten classes would still be offered. In the Spanish class stu-

dents would learn the language through games, cooking and cultural activities. “It will be cultural in focus,� Metzger said. If the class goes well, she added, the school district would like to explore the idea of continuing Spanish classes through other grade levels, possibly in immersion classes before or after school. “I think it’s going to be a great experience for our children, and it will enrich our school,� Metzger said. — Natalie Johnson

The deadline to sign up for the Spanish immersion kindergarten program or to request a scholarship for the class is April 20. Contact Chautauqua Elementary School at 463-2882.

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Vashon Solar LLC has garnered $100,000 from investors to build a community solar project at The Harbor School, the first of its kind on Vashon. Gib Dammann, an Island architect who spearheaded the project, said about a dozen investors purchased 20 shares, or units, each valued at $5,000. The capital, he said, will enable the group to install a 9 kilowatt solar array — enough to power one house, and then some — on property its leasing from The Harbor School. “It’s a milestone,� he said. Investors will receive tax credits as well as refund checks from Puget Sound Energy for the solar energy that they add to the grid. Dammann expects the array to begin generating power in a month or so. The group is now looking for another pool of investors for its second phase, a build-out of the array, enabling it to generate as much as 30 kilowatts of

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CALLING ALL ACTORS: Auditions for Vashon’s Shakespeare in the Park production of “The Merchant of Venice� will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, at the Ober Park performance space. The show, directed by Paul Shapiro, will run July 5 to 7 at Ober Park. For information and script excerpts that will be used in the audition, contact paul@paulshapiro.com.

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Theater review: ‘Legally Blonde’

A fun show gives girls a spotlight By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD Arts Editor

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MUSIC NOTES .VTJDJBOTTIPXUIFJSTQJOF The Backbone Campaign, Vashon’s homegrown activist organization, will hold a musical fundraiser at 8 p.m. Friday at Red Bicycle Bistro. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that. The theme of the night, “Red Hot Police Who Clash For Kinky Petty Cash,� means that dozens of Island musicians will take the stage to perform tributes to The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Police, The Who, The Clash, the Kinks, Tom Petty and Johnny Cash. Such wellknown Island players as Jacob Bain (Troll’s Cottage), Ron Hook, Kat Eggleston, Maggie Laird and many more have all staked a claim in the lineup. Tickets to the event are $20, and Backbone’s executive director, Bill Moyer, said the group hopes to raise $7,000 during the course of the evening. Proceeds will go toward paying for Backbone’s upcoming actions in Washington D.C. that will call attention to the issues of housing and student debt.

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Anna Hicks (left, with dog actor, Runcible), in “Legally Blonde,� is cheered on by an all-female “Greek chorus� of sororiety sisters. suss out the real killer in a murder case. Think “The Bachelorette� meets “Boston Legal,� set to the soundtrack of “Hannah Montana.� Is it shallow? Borrowing from the vernacular of the show, the only answer is “like, totally.� But it’s also highly entertaining. And the most wonderful thing about the show at VHS is the way the young Island actors so fully embrace their roles and turn their cardboard characters into fully dimensional human beings. Anna Hicks is radiant as Elle, not only singing and dancing with real skill, but also fully following the arc of Elle’s emotional and intellectual growth. Hailey Quackenbush, as a hard-bitten beauty parlor operator, is another marvel. On a stage full of ingenues, Quackenbush reveals herself as something special: a real character actress, someone who can take on comic, older, touching roles that require real acting chops. And she sings beautifully as well. Lizzie Schoen gives her considerable all to the role of Vivienne, a preppy princess who goes from being Elle’s arch-enemy to one of her biggest admirers. Also worth mentioning is a too-brief turn in the spotlight by Zoe Ferguson-Steele, and a performance by Kaydi Rosser, who rather remarkably proves she can act, sing and do a complicated jump rope routine, all at the same time. A lot of other young women — sadly, too many to mention by name — also shine in the show as Elle’s sorority sisters, who move the action of the show along as a singing

and dancing “Greek� chorus. But let’s hear it for the boys, too. Alec Spencer, as Elle’s mentor and love interest Emmett Forrest, gives a charming, confident performance, and Sage Everett is suitably smarmy as the social-climbing Warner Huntington III. Duncan Ende is hilarious as a hunky UPS man, and Devan Barnes and Casey Gripp, with their zesty embrace of comedic bit parts, come close to stealing the show on more than one occasion. Someone else worth mentioning is VHS drama teacher Stephen Floyd — who not only co-directed the show but also took over the role of a loathsome law professor after the high-school actor playing the part transferred to another school. Floyd gives a powerhouse performance with a show-stopping song of his own. Kudos also go to those who worked behind the scenes. The set is beautiful, the lights burn brightly, the band sounds great and the wildly complicated choreography is impressive. Now you should do your part, too. You’ve got the easiest job of all. Go see the show, and give the kids a hand. The show, considered PG, will be performed on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 1. Friday and Saturday evening shows are at 7:30 p.m., Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets for most evening shows cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Matinee tickets are $12. The performance this Saturday is a fundraiser for Vashon Rotary; tickets are $15.

Spring on fiddle. Al Hutteball on upright bass, Jamie Blair on banjo and vocals and Jeff Westerinen on mandolin will also join in the fun. Tabscott promises an evening of “full-blown, hard driving bluegrass music with vocal harmonies and some red-hot picking.� In addition to his dobro, Tabscott will play other instruments, including musical saw, jawharp, electric and acoustic mandolin and pedal steel guitar. Tabscott’s ventriloquist dummy Alex will also be part of the family-friendly show. Tickets, $12 and $15, are on sale at the Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest, Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.com.

The Backbone Campaign, under Moyer’s leadership since 2003, has played a role in the national Occupy Movement, providing imagery and activist training that has wound up making national news. Locally, the group acted up in the fight to stop Glacier Northwest from mining Maury Island and was also involved in the push to bring Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union to the Island. Current projects include advocating for bringing a community solar power installation to Vashon and training activists nationwide around the issues of eviction protection, mortgage principal reduction and student debt. For more information, visit www.backbonecampaign.org.

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Amrita, a kirtan music ensemble, will chant sacred songs from around the globe at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Puget Sound Zen Center, 20406 Chautauqua Beach Road (overlooking KVI Beach). “Kirtan� refers to Hindu devotional style of singing that has a call-andresponse format. Amrita’s players include lead singer Carol Lutra-Johns and response singer Carla DeCrona, flutist Larry Lawson, bassist Stephen Meyer and percussionist and vocalist Geoff Johns. A $10 donation is suggested, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For information, visit www.rhythmjoy.com.


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Two family-friendly programs light up the screen at Vashon Theatre broadcast on Voice of Vashon’s Comcast 21 channel. Tickets to the show are $7 for all ages.

By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD Arts Editor

A weekend of celluloid family fun is coming up at Vashon Theatre, with a survey of international children’s short films and the presentation of a new harp score for the silent film “A Little Princess.� A disclaimer: I’m boosting the film presentations not only because I’m a film buff, but also because I had a big hand in creating them. In my off hours from The Beachcomber, I work at the Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, where the programs first sprang to life on the silver screen.

Set sail ‘Around the World’ The first program, “Around the World,� slated for 1:30 p.m. Saturday boasts a menu of short animated and live action films that won prizes and captured audience members’ hearts at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle, held at the Northwest Film Forum in January. The festival, directed by yours truly, is the largest competitive event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Filled with shorts from Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, France and the United States, “Around the World� is an international potpourri featuring snowmen, sleepwalking marmots and a boy and a cat flying in a knitted red plane. Three films have subtitles, but all are

Washington, D.C., where both silent films will receive screenings with her original harp composition played live. For tickets, $10 for all ages or $35 for a family of four, call the Vashon Theatre at 463-6845 or drop by the box office.

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Mary Pickford in “A Little Princess.� easily understandable by both readers and non-readers. The program is for all ages. The screening will also include a bonus premiere of a new 18-minute video made by Vashon’s “Just Kidding� comedy troupe, an ensemble of pre-teens and middle school students who have gotten together for the past year to dream up and film comedy routines at Ober Park. The group, led by Islander Pam Hotchkiss, plans to produce several more videos and upload them to their own YouTube channel. The first video can be seen in its entirety on the group’s YouTube channel, justkiddingus. It is also being

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Sunday’s show at the theater will transport audiences back in time to the glory days of the silent film era, with a 4 p.m. screening of “A Little Princess,� featuring live harp accompaniment on Celtic, electric and concert harp by Islander Leslie McMichael. This 1917 movie was the very first film treatment of the beloved children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with Mary Pickford cast in the role of the poor little rich girl Sara Crewe. Harpist-composer McMichael debuted her original harp score for “A Little Princess� at the 2011 Children’s Film Festival in Seattle, and as with her first silent film score for “Peter Pan,� also commissioned by Northwest Film Forum, she has toured and played live accompaniment for the Pickford film since its premiere. In May, she will travel to the American Film Institute’s Silver Theatre near

.PSFGVOGPSLJETBUUIF#MVF)FSPO In celebration of all things Dr. Seuss, Vashon Allied Arts’ Family Series will present “The Lorax & The Sneetches and Other Stories,� performed by Book-It Theatre at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Heron. The show features Book-It’s actors leading audiences on a whimsical journey that explores themes of responsibility to the environment, kindness and respect. In “The Lorax,� Dr. Seuss implores us to take care of our planet. During “The Sneetches and Other Stories,� audiences can laugh while learning about the pointlessness of prejudice. The show is for children in kindergarten through sixth grades. Tickets, $5 (12 and under), $7 (VAA members/seniors) and $10 general, are on sale at the Blue Heron, Heron’s Nest, Vashon Bookshop and www.brownpapertickets.

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Some in the sports community are conâ&#x20AC;&#x153;It will definitely cost a little bit more, cerned, however. Greg Martin, who heads but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a problem with that,â&#x20AC;? Ripley the Vashon Island Soccer Club, which has said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These are small fee hikes.â&#x20AC;? over 500 members, received a copy of the Sharon Schoen, chair of the board for proposal on Friday. Based on his cursory Dance! Vashon, which promotes the Vashon look at the new fee structure, he fears his Dance Academy, one of four ballet compaclub â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the biggest field user on the Island nies on the Island, agreed. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; could end up paying more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think (the proposed fee structure) in â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the fees were pretty solid general is pretty fair,â&#x20AC;? she said â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only before â&#x20AC;&#x201D; especially for fields that were paid issue for our group is that the access to the for by taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money,â&#x20AC;? he said. facility has gotten more and more difficult At the same time, he said, he realizes the over the years.â&#x20AC;? fields are in serious need of care. Soccer The park district and its user groups teams routinely see practices and games have been struggling with the issue of how cancelled because of the to assess fees fairly for condition of the fields on several years. Indeed, i*UIPVHIUUIFGFFTXFSF Vashon. Hackett said the inequiQSFUUZTPMJECFGPSFÂ&#x2030; â&#x20AC;&#x153;These fields are so badly ties in the fee structure FTQFDJBMMZGPSGJFMETUIBU needed by the community. were an issue that comThe usage of the fields is XFSFQBJEGPSCZUBYQBZFST pelled him to run for a very high. The moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got seat on the park board. NPOFZw to come from the commuâ&#x20AC;&#x153;It was just a mess. It (SFH.BSUJO QSFTJEFOU  created a lot of bad feelnity one way or another,â&#x20AC;? 7BTIPO*TMBOE4PDDFS$MVC ing,â&#x20AC;? he said. he said. So six years ago, the Members of the theater park board, at Hackettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and dance community, meanwhile, said they were pleased by the urging, got rid of fees altogether â&#x20AC;&#x201D; making new approach, even though it will likely use free and asking users to contribute inkind services or equipment as each group cost the groups more money. A group with representatives from those deemed appropriate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was kind of an organizations that use the VHS theater has experiment in government,â&#x20AC;? Hackett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I been meeting for a couple of years to try to wanted to see what it was like to put people figure out the best way to assess fees for the- in charge of their own facilities.â&#x20AC;? But that, too, proved difficult. Schoen ater use. The group met last week for a final look at the park districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal and unan- said that in recent years, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become hard to imously endorsed it, said Elizabeth Ripley, figure out what to donate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the years, we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of anything to give anysecretary of the theater user committee.

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The money would go into a special â&#x20AC;&#x153;facility improvement fund,â&#x20AC;? Hackett said, to be used for capital improvements to the various facilities or for what Hackett called â&#x20AC;&#x153;extraordinary maintenance,â&#x20AC;? such as refinishing a gym floor. A meeting to discuss the proposal will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Ober Park. The park district sets fees for the use of both park and school facilities under an interlocal agreement that places the park district in charge of maintaining fields and collecting fees for extracurricular use of school facilities. Hackett said he thinks the proposal will usher in a new era, where everyone will pay close to the same fees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a far cry from the old days, he added, where â&#x20AC;&#x153;some were paying huge fees while others werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t paying anything because they had what seemed like sweetheart deals.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Administratively, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easier to compute. It get rids of the freeloader effect. And it ensures thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a good source of funds â&#x20AC;Ś going forward,â&#x20AC;? he added. Joe Wald, another park commissioner and a baseball coach, said he believes the new fee structure will be a wash for most sports teams. According to his computations, the amount of money the district was owed for field use last year amounted to around $20 per player, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it just evens out,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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more,â&#x20AC;? she said. Sports teams that used the fields also found the in-kind system difficult to manage and last year began paying fees based on hourly and per-game use. Hackettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposal changes that to a per-player fee because the bookkeeping required to track hourly and per-game use of the fields was timeconsuming, he said. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another important distinction in the proposal the park district board is putting forward, Hackett said. The facility improvement fund will establish accounts for each public facility â&#x20AC;&#x201D; including the theater, the athletic fields, the skate park, the kayak center and the pool. User groups that pay fees and raise money for their facilities will see their funds go into the respective accounts, rather than into the general fund. Those accounts, in turn, will be used to improve and maintain their respective facilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Equityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a non-issue because the moneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not going into the general fund,â&#x20AC;? Hackett said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobody complains about money going to a facility that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re using to make sure the facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in great shape.â&#x20AC;?

The Vashon Park District board will take comments on the proposed fee structure at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ober Park. Community members can also submit their comments and suggestions prior to the meeting by emailing Susan McCabe, program director, at smmcabe@vashon parkdistrict.org or calling her at 463-9602.

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Brad Davis was a young man when he hauled a couple thousand board feet of black walnut from his home in Connecticut to his new home on the West Coast â&#x20AC;&#x201D; though he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what for. He simply loved the hardwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s richness and color and couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bear to part with it. Now 30 years later, the wood â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some of it beginning to rot â&#x20AC;&#x201D; has been at the heart of a new line of work for the longtime cabinetmaker and remodeler. Over the past three years, Davis has used that black walnut â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as well as cherry and maple â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to build coffee tables, end tables and sideboards rich in character. Indeed, he said, he likes the fact that some of his wood is â&#x20AC;&#x153;punky,â&#x20AC;? as he puts it â&#x20AC;&#x201D; wood that has divits left behind by wood-boring insects or even holes caused by decay. Most fine craftsmen would throw away such wood, of course. To Davis, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a beauty to be found there â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a kind of abstract landscape one can discern in the patterns, textures and colors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most people want uniformity,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like just the opposite.â&#x20AC;? Davis, 60, has been working with wood since he was

Twelve years ago, Karen Bean decided it was time to do something about her hand-me-down furniture â&#x20AC;&#x201D; lovely, old pieces, she said, that were completely mismatched. Her grandmother had taught her to sew when she was a kid. So she pulled out her old Singer, bought several yards of a simple cotton fabric and made her first slipcover. A friend was struck by the quality and asked if Bean would make one for her. She did. And within a few months, her business â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exactly planned â&#x20AC;&#x201D; began to take off. Her friend was a hairdresser who visited a lot of homes, Bean said. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d walk into a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s house, Bean recalled, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I know the perfect person who could make you a slipcover.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? It was serendipity â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or perhaps a bit of divine intervention. Bean was raising three children and wanted to be home but also needed to bring some extra money into the household. She was also riding a wave: Pottery Barn and its ilk were becoming increasingly popular, and slip

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Traveling with friends who owned a Vashon summer home, the Carharts decided to check out Vashon where they discovered a wooded parcel on Quartermaster Harbor. They promptly fell in love with the site and its sweeping Dockton view. Until Whit retired as a radiologist, the Carharts made the trek over the mountains weekends and summers for several years before selling everything, including their apple orchards, to make the full-time commitment to Island life. The Carharts remodeled the house extensively and began their gardening adventures in 2000. Meanwhile, Whit read everything he could about gardening, took

horticulture classes and attended workshops. He attributes his primary plant education to Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elizabeth Miller Botanical Garden, where he volunteered. Of their 20 hillside acres, 16 are now held in a state-approved forest stewardship plan and about three acres are dedicated to landscaped gardens. While June and July are in high bloom, the Carhart garden offers color and features to enjoy year-round. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted our gardens in a Northwest style, which has now evolved to be a mixture of evergreens, Japanese maples, unusual woodland plants and ferns, species Rhododendrons and different types of ground covers, such as cyclamens, hepaticas, trilliums,â&#x20AC;? Whit said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We like color, eye stimulation.â&#x20AC;? Where blackberries once proliferated, exotic ground covers such as Pachyphragma (a flowering semi-evergreen perennial) now flourish. Sun-dappled shade gardens showcase early spring ephemerals, such as snowdrops and crocuses alongside ferns and witch hazel. Three species of Stewartia, brilliant Oxydendron, Jacquemontii birches, climbing hydrangeas and other ornamentals complement conifers where alders once stood.

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One sunny area is devoted primarily to flowering perennials, while another slope supports drought-tolerant plants, including Manzanita, lavenders, ornamental grasses and sedums. Sculptures by Julie Speidel and Dominic Benhura accent the garden In 2008, they installed a pond and waterfall designed by Terry Welch, a Seattle landscaper. The pond provides a summertime place for the grandchildren to frolic and a year-round attraction for bird life. Further garden development, decidedly Asian-influenced, evolved around the Japanese heart-shaped pond complete with strolling paths (steps and buttresses made from fallen madrones) and ample seating areas. An island in the pond features ornamental grasses and graceful cypress. Rugosa roses reside on one side, Calla lilies and Edwardian ferns rise from bog areas, and hundreds of irises

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24. The event will include tours of five Island gardens, gardening seminars, live music, garden art and a â&#x20AC;&#x153;garden market,â&#x20AC;? featuring many Island-made goods, located on the K2 buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front law. The tour is sponsored by PSE, Thriftway, JR Crawford, John L. Scott and Island Home Center & Lumber.

Calycanthus, a shrub that blooms from June to August, adorns the Carhartsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; garden. mimic reeds around the pond. A Weeping Alaskan Blue Cedar draws the eye, and many unusual plants from specialty nurseries have been incorporated into the garden design. An antique Indonesian garden shed offers an Asian touch. Many talented artists have contributed to the structure, color and design of the gardens, Whit said, including Michelle Berlin, Al Bradley, Jim Chabot, Clare Dohna, John Moore, Gunter Reimnitz, Gary Sipple, David Smith, Lorrie Snyder, Donna and Jeff Tousley and Steve Zartman. Mary, for her part, has overseen the hardscaping, which Whit says is her specialty. She also enjoys photographing the garden in all its seasons. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While summer blooms are beautiful, we have amazing fall color,â&#x20AC;? she says. Whit admits that while the gardens may look perfect to visitors, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important for aspiring gardeners to be willing to take risks to learn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All gardeners make mistakes,â&#x20AC;? he said. Added Mary, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just love it. This is what keeps us young.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Janice Randall is the communications director at Vashon Allied Arts.

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The buzz about beekeeping Beekeepers worry about the fate of this useful little insect By KAREN DALE For The Beachcomber

As the air warms to 50 degrees and spring blooms, honeybees will pour from Island hives to feed â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and in feeding, pollinate â&#x20AC;&#x201D; our native plants and hobby fruits. Or will they? During these last too-cool years, the 30 or so beekeepers on the Island have lost hives. They blame damp hives, starvation, pesticides, diseases, mites. Or is it Colony Collapse Disorder, which has killed half the commercial hives in the United States?

One lands on my sleeve, her legs loaded with saddlebags of yellow pollen that will feed nurse bees, which in turn feed the pupae and the queen. Sullivan looks into a hive of Carniolans, a darker honeybee that originated in Slovenia. It looks reduced to several hundred bees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; typical of a late winter hive. By July, this hive will grow to more than 60,000 bees, who will make nearly 100 pounds of honey from more than 25 million flower visits each day.

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We rely on the honeybee more than we realize. One out of every three bites of food we eat comes from food pollinated by insects. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Honeybees are the most delightful, hardest-working, most useful pet that you can have,â&#x20AC;? said Cheryl Grunbock, an Island beekeeper who has sold honey at the Vashon Farmers Market. 5IBUVTFGVMJOTFDU â&#x20AC;&#x153;Without bees, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d do without honey â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and more On a mild March day, I don a bee-veil and join Islander importantly, without fruit set,â&#x20AC;? she told me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All our hobby Elizabeth Sullivan to inspect her hives in her garden in fruits â&#x20AC;&#x201D; apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, apricots Paradise Valley. She pops a top, smokes the hive and lifts a and all the berries â&#x20AC;&#x201D; have to be pollinated by bees.â&#x20AC;? frame full of what she calls â&#x20AC;&#x153;Italian beesâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or Apis mellifIn recent years, though, beekeepers have grown alarmed era â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that useful European honeybee thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been domesti- over the fate of the honeybee. Most U.S. commercial hives cated since ancient times. are trucked to Florida or California to work crops, but in â&#x20AC;&#x153;I left them most of their honey last fall so theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d go October 2006, they were returning sick, turning up dead into winter happy, healthy and with enough food to last or simply missing in action. Overwork, travel, stress and through spring,â&#x20AC;? she says. pesticides are all blamed. Several countries have banned neoA few bees head-butt my veil. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not worried: Unlike nicotinoids, a widely used class of insecticides that has been wasps, honeybees sting only as a last resort. These bees get implicated in mass bee deaths. their bearings, then zip away toward pollen-rich catkins Beekeepers have noticed that pesticides and weedkillof hazel, maple and alder. Once loaded up, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll bee-line ers fly off local store shelves. Spraying when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s over 50 back and dance out directions to the motherlode for other degrees and flowers are blooming may be comfortable for forager bees. humans but death to bees. According to Grunbock, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bees are the most susceptible. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll kill them before anything else.â&#x20AC;? But longtime Vashon beekeeper Steve Rubicz believes the initial hit to American beekeeping was the varroa mite, which feeds of the bodily fluids of honey bees and may carry viruses that damage insects. According to his research, 25 percent of the commercial hives and all the feral populations in the U.S. were lost to varroa between 1990 to 2004. He lost 24 hives to varroa in the early 90s. Varroa destructor, as itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s called, sucks like a vampire on bees and preys on 1IPUPDPVSUFTZPG"NZ(SFFOCFSH larvae in their cells. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mites are Island beekeeper Amy Greenberg inspects her honeybees last spring. in all the hives on the Island,â&#x20AC;?

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Carniolan honey-bee on flowering thyme. Rubicz said. Elizabeth Vogt, who helped start the local bee club, says nosema, a gut disease, also hits bees hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Island bees take the biggest hit during the winter,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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To combat all these problems, Island beekeepers are adopting strains of honeybees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Russians, Carnies, English Buckfast, Minnesota Hygienics â&#x20AC;&#x201D; that have shown mite-resistant behaviors, such as grooming or cellpurging. They fare better in cool climates, too. Sullivan smokes the last hive and pries off a frame of her Minnesota Hygienics, telling me that â&#x20AC;&#x153;these bees search and destroy mites and mite-infested pupae. They unplug the cells, pull out the mite and drop it; the mite falls through the hiveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bottom screen and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get back in.â&#x20AC;? She pulls from the hive a brown paper strip, a natural miticide â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or mite-killer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; made from hops. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Smells fermented, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it?â&#x20AC;? she asks. These Minnesota bees seem, well, irritable, so we call it a day. But Sullivan seems pleased at what appears to be a healthy start to the season for these Island honeybees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far, so good this year,â&#x20AC;? she says. For more on local beekeeping, see Karen Daleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blog on The Beachcomberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Garden On, Vashon.â&#x20AC;?

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A celebration of beauty: Four fantastic gardens By JR CRAWFORD and CAROL OLSON For The Beachcomber

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very November the Vashon-Maury Island Garden Club holds its banquet honoring the four winners of its Community Garden Awards. The selection process doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t involve â&#x20AC;&#x153;criteriaâ&#x20AC;? as such, but there are a few rules. Winners may not be members of the garden club and must be do-it-yourself gardeners. After that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wide open.

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*OUFSFTUFEJOUIF(BSEFO$MVC This group of almost 100 members meets the second Monday of every month from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lutheran Church on Vashon Highway. Most meetings include a speaker. Members and guests bring a sack lunch.

Each club member may nominate one garden from the community. When nominations have closed, the owners of the nominated gardens are contacted to see if they want to participate and, if so, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re visited by the awards selection committee. The awards selection committee decides who the actual four winners are; most of the club membership finds out the results on the night of the banquet. How does the awards selection committee determine the final winners? It is clear a winner neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a million-dollar, sophisticated or even fancy garden to win. What seems most important to the club is the gardenerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep love of gardening â&#x20AC;&#x201D; somehow expressed in the garden he or she created.

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James and Kathy Webster James and Kathy Websterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden won the hearts of the garden club. All gardeners should take inspiration, for theirs is the quintessential example of a garden created from scratch, beginning as it did as an open plot of land next to Vashon Highway. Those heading to the north-end ferry a year or so ago may have noticed the innocuous beginnings of their endeavor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; some windows lying about on their grassy swath of property, perched above the water on the east side of the road. Over time, the project grew. Soon, there were some boards, a frame and a roof, and a little potting shed began to take shape. The shed soon sprouted curtains. Stacks of lumber and piles of loamy soil and compost became raised beds. A fruit tree appeared near the raised beds, and yes, within days, one could see that deer had browsed its tender branches. Suddenly a tall fence sprang up. By the end of the season, the Webstersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; garden was filled with a bounty of vegetables and flowers. Keen observers might have noticed other lovely details: Every raised bed, for instance, had a flower in one corner, specifically positioned so that people could see it from the road. The paths between the beds were covered in cedar chips, and eventually a proper gate appeared on the fence. In effect, the Websters treated the entire Island to a serialized â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adventures in Gardening.â&#x20AC;?

The Websters have had other gardens on Vashon. But they were especially excited to have such a sunny exposure. No wonder they named their garden â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunny View.â&#x20AC;?

Miriam and Chris Cressman Miriam and Chris Cressman live in a remote part of the Island off Wax Orchard Road, far from the city life they once led. This is where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve carved out a remarkable garden, full of both whimsy and beauty. Close to the house, near their impeccably manicured garden, they keep honey bees. Two helpful little dogs and a friendly horse that pulls a cart â&#x20AC;&#x201D; he actually helps them in their gardening with his cartpulling â&#x20AC;&#x201D; share this large plot of land. Bird houses abound, topping many fence posts. Just beyond a metal archway, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an old stove awash with flowers, an old water pump and a collection of gardening tools arranged for display. Around the old pump a few bees circle and land. Beyond the pump, an inspired feature catches oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a beautiful succulent garden made of raised beds and patterned as a quilt. No element is left out of this diverse garden, with trees trained along the fence, fruit trees, berries and good-looking vegetables. Miriam and Chris started the garden prior to their move to the Island â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in fact, the garden came before the house. Now, what started as their oasis has become their passion and their home.

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Heidi and Kim Richards Kim Richards, a retired teacher, and Heidi Richards, a semi-retired teacher with a passion for pottery and a history on Vashon that stretches back to her time with grandmother Betty McDonald, have designed a beautiful home in Gold Beach and surrounded it with a lush, romantic garden, perfect for their site and lifestyle. The subtle palette of their plants plays a gentle counterpoint to the winding hardscapes leading to the house and beyond. Dahlias, crocosmia and fragrant lilies grow in abundance, taking advantage of Maury Islandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mediterranean-type climate and soils. Perennials of all kinds, colored grasses and perfect bronzed flax dot the landscape next to an artful dry stream bed

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Dockton. Al is a retired dentist who practiced in West Seattle for many years, coming to his land in Dockton on weekends and gradually increasing the amount of land he owned as well as the specialization and diversity of his plants. Al, a licensed commercial grower, is an expert in growing the many varieties of rhododendrons, maples and geraniums that surround his well-maintained old home in the heart of Dockton. Fruits and vegetables flourish as well. Neighbors eagerly await his corn crop each year (as do the raccoons) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Al grows some of the tallest corn in the county, occasionally winning first place for his towering stocks at the Puyallup Fair. He also produces outrageously huge pumpkins. He says one of the secrets to his bounty is the

many species of chickens that he raises â&#x20AC;&#x201D; or, more to the point, their byproducts. Al shows his award-winning poultry locally and at expositions around the United States, chauffeuring them in his pickup to events as far away as Michigan and Indiana. In the winter, you can find him in his greenhouse, propagating new plants and giving vegetable seeds an early start. Murielâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interests, meanwhile, lean toward fiber arts, but her support and involvement in the farm are evident, too. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; JR Crawford is the president of the garden club, and Carol Olson is the program director. The garden clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual plant sale is Saturday, May 5, at the old Napa Store near Vashon Market. Doors open at 9 a.m.

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salad of just lettuce is, letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face it, BOR-ING! A good salad needs bling. Leaves that lend color. Toothsome textures. Tastes that snap the taste buds to attention. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re talking greens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; European, Asian, even weeds, that are best experienced from your own garden.

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or even that garden pest Shot-weed. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need much space: I grow mine in deep flats or pots, well-watered. Arugula has bolted on many gardeners, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a half-height wild form, Arugula Sylvetta, that brings the same walnut flavor in a smaller, slower-growing leaf. And Popeye, take note: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got more Vitamin A and C than spinach. Corn salad (aka mache) makes a tiny dogâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ear of a leaf thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mild and quick to grow. Another little leaf, purslane, has a wild grassy flavor, but it can become weedy. The sharp, tonic flavor of radicchio reminds me of sourdough. As they mature, radicchios bring on the red, either in redflecked leaves of the variety Castelfranco or as ruby-red heads of Treviso or Chioggia. Radicchio likes the cooler seasons and is perhaps best over-wintered, but protected from rain.

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by their names â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Red Giant, Ruby Frills, Osaka Purpleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get that color or shape in your salad. But harvest them as 21-day baby leaves, or theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get big as boat paddles, better cut up for stir-fries with big-flavored meats or seasoned tofus. Choy takes longer, about 50-plus days, to develop the crunchy rib itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s known for. Tatsoi stays small and spoon-shaped. Tokyo bekana looks like a narrow napa with white ribs and bright green leaves; after they are harvested, the mild microleaves will become slightly bitter braising greens for stir-fries or risotto. Garlic chives, also known as Chinese chives, have flat rather than round leaves and white chive blossoms. They come easily from seed and provide that mild garlic taste that so enhances other flavors.

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Minerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lettuce, or claytonia, hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t much taste, but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a juicy, delicate crunch in its heart-shaped leaves. To dress these salads, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t overwhelm them with heavy sauce. Instead, use a light coating of oil and vinegar in ratios of 3:1 or 4:1 with wine- or rice-vinegar. For a taste bump, add a few drops of balsamic vinegar, sesame oil or herbs â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and salt and pepper, of course. If you want to try growing greens, Reneeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden Seeds offers several â&#x20AC;&#x153;mesclun mixâ&#x20AC;? variety packs. And the Vashon Garden Club will offer transplant packs of mixed greens during their Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day sale.

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Has Tupperware taken over your kitchen? Has the surface of your dining room table disappeared beneath a permanent pile of debris? Are clothes exploding out of your closets? Has your garage become a maze of boxes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s someone on Vashon who wants to help. For the past three years, Bonnie McCallister has answered to the name of Clutter Queen â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a moniker that is actually the name of her business (and which she recently changed to dClutter Queen). Consulting one-on-one with clients, she offers a fusion of good advice and heavy lifting, with a generous dose of empathy on the side, to help people reclaim their houses â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and their lives â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from clutter. McCallister, a 56-year-old woman with a soft voice and a big smile, said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happy to help people tackle tasks that might seem too daunting and depressing to accomplish alone. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We let things go and we think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take as long to change as it did to get to that point, and yet people are amazed at how much we can get done in a short day,â&#x20AC;? McCallister said. McCallister, who has lived on Vashon for 26 years, said she was drawn to her current line of work after years of managing her own collections and helping her friends and relatives decorate their houses. With her husband, she also runs Villa Vashon, a waterfront event space adjacent to her home, and she also helps homeowners and real estate agents style houses to look more appealing in a tough market. But she said she also knows first-hand how possessions can pile up and become unmanageable. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I inherited two grandmothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and one motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth of kitchen stuff in 10 years and it was all precious,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But I had three sets of dishes myself at that point, so it was not appropriate.â&#x20AC;? Many of McCallisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clients, she said, are older women

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a boy. A sturdy pine table sits in his office; he built it when he was in high school. As a young man, he said, he had little interest in college. A child of the 60s, he wanted to live as self-sufficiently as possible. So some 36 years ago, he launched his career as a builder and, for the most part, it seems, hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t looked back. Today, Davis lives in a handcrafted home on the west side of the Island with his wife, Meg White, their children and a dog. His studio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a cavernous space with walls the color of pumpkin â&#x20AC;&#x201D; is a stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw from the house. For the most part, Davis is a custom builder and remodeler, his specialty unique cabinetry. His home is a kind of showcase for his work. A floor-to-ceiling cabinet in one corner of the house is finely crafted, with doors made from maple riddled with trails carved by insects. But Davis has also branched out along the way. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made more than 1,000 congas and other kinds of drums â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a natural outgrowth of his years traveling with Robert Bly and Michael Meade, who led drumming circles as part of their work in the menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s movement. Davis also restores classic â&#x20AC;&#x153;woodies,â&#x20AC;? cars and trucks with wood doors and panels. Furniture-making, meanwhile, has become his latest passion. And while these are sturdy, functional tables, Davis also considers them a kind of art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What drives me is to make things that draw people in,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I try to make abstract landscapes in the wood grain.â&#x20AC;? Some of his tables have what are called breadboard ends, a rim around the table attached by tongue and groove joinery. Others are built out of wood that still has its cambium layer â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the outer layer of a tree that most builders strip off. The results are pieces of furniture that are, at once, both rustic and sophisticated. His work is expensive. One table can take 15 hours to build and cost more than $1,000. Davis knows theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not for everybody; at the same time, he said, he loves building them and â&#x20AC;&#x153;getting lost in the wood.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never really had the free time to be creative,â&#x20AC;? he said. Making tables, he added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is a real treat and a luxury.â&#x20AC;?

covers were de rigueur among the fashionable set. She converted the outbuilding behind the gracious turn-of-the-century home on Soper Road that she shares with her husband Tom into a workshop and began to sew. A dozen years later â&#x20AC;&#x201D; her children now grown and gone â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Bean continues to ply her trade, spending several hours a day in her studio transforming cat-scratched couches, stained over-stuffed chairs and out-of-fashion ottomans into things of beauty. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like what I do,â&#x20AC;? she said, sitting in her low-ceilinged workshop, scraps of fabric scattered across the floor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I see amazing homes. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just been really, really fun.â&#x20AC;? But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also hard work, and Bean, 55, a warm and easygoing woman, has sometimes fancied another career for herself. Indeed, when the economy turned a few years ago and fewer people had the funds to make-over their living room, Bean went back to school to become an accountant. It seemed the right time to make a transition, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought I had slip-covered the entire Island,â&#x20AC;? Bean said, laughing. She finished her business degree with an emphasis in accounting in December, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The minute I did so,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;my phone started ringing again.â&#x20AC;? Bean now has a backlog of orders, and she guesses that â&#x20AC;&#x153;there are still kitties that are still scratching.â&#x20AC;? So sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to sew, using her business degree to see if she can ramp up her cottage industry a bit, market on the mainland and enhance her own inventory of fabrics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be nice to reach a broader audience,â&#x20AC;? she said. And every now and then, she gets a note from a client that reminds her of the deeper value of her work â&#x20AC;&#x201D; like a recent one from a man whose window-seat cushion she recovered. He told her that this is where he strums his guitar and sips his coffee each morning â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a spot in his house thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s become a bit of a sanctuary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That made my day,â&#x20AC;? she said, smiling.

the Island. The 12-foot giraffe in front of Giraffe â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a retail store in town â&#x20AC;&#x201D; was made by Erue. Erue lives on Cove Road with his partner Bobbi Arnold in a blue cottage with yellow painted doors. The home is surrounded by lush, beautifully tended gardens â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Arnoldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s handiwork â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and everywhere is Erueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work. A life-sized metal horse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with wire for a mane and a clear-coated steel saddle â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stands at the edge of the driveway. A gate with water faucet handles that look like longstemmed flowers leads into the vegetable garden. A sheep â&#x20AC;&#x201D; its body made of bedsprings, its head made of flattened steel and eyelashes made of a fan from a small motor â&#x20AC;&#x201D; stands in one of the garden rows. A heron crafted from bent metal and old pruning shears (the shears suggest the two long feathers that protrude from the back of a heronâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head) stands in a small pond. Flowers made of old tractor parts sprout everywhere. Erue came upon his craft when he was 53 and recovering from hip surgery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do much,â&#x20AC;? he recalled. So he asked his brother, a welder, to teach him to weld. He found he had a knack for it and continued to weld off and on over the years while maintaining a variety of day jobs. Now 70 and officially retired from the work-aday world, Erue welds about five hours a day in his studio â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the garage next to the house. Completely self taught, Erue spends a fair amount of time collecting the materials that make up his creations. He has a passion for old farm tools, engine parts and rusted rebar. When he gets a piece of farm equipment, with its lovely shapes and curves, he said, he sometimes doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know what it will become. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just wait for it to talk to me.â&#x20AC;? Some of Erueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s art is expensive; the horse in his driveway carries a price tag of $4,500. But he makes plenty of small garden creatures that are affordable and will custom-build a garden gate for $300 and up. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly looking for work, though, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to be too busy,â&#x20AC;? he said, smiling from under his Harley Davidson ball cap. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want it to be fun.â&#x20AC;?

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Sylvia Matlock, owner of Dig Floral & Garden, recently gave a talk at the VashonMaury Island Garden Club, where she listed her 10 must-have plants. It turns out, not surprisingly, that these are plants that grow well on her shady parcel in the Reddings Beach area. Most, she added, are deer-proof, have something going on nearly year-round and are both drought- and shade-tolerant. Corokia Cotoneaster. A wiry shrub, also called the skeleton plant, with silvery leaves and stems that look like a linear charcoal drawing. Its bright yellow daisy flowers and variegated leaves light up a garden. Very hardy plant, 5 feet by 5 feet.

Azara Microphylla. Small tree 15 feet high, 6 feet wide. Vanilla scented flowers. Needs little watering.

Lilium cernum. This 2-foot high lily has â&#x20AC;&#x153;turkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s capâ&#x20AC;? type petals that curve away from deep orange stamens. Likes filtered light, dry soil. Too wet and it rots. Multiplies.

Tolmiea menziesii â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gold.â&#x20AC;? Also known as piggyback plant, this Northwest native groundcover gives a â&#x20AC;&#x153;chartreuse punchâ&#x20AC;? to the garden, Matlock says. Can plant it right next to fir trees. Looks beautiful with mondo grass; trails beautifully out of a container. Ocimum â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;African Blueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (African basil). Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a drought-tolerant basil that actually tolerates cool summers. And as a cut flower, Matlock Dig is located at 19028 Vashon Highway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tues.-Sun. Visit its website at dignursery.com or call 463-5096.

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It took Blu Homes workers two days to unfold the Glidehouse on Vashon last October, and after about two months of preparations such as wiring and painting, it was ready to live in. The 1,600-square-foot home and adjoining 300-square-foot â&#x20AC;&#x153;podâ&#x20AC;? the couple chose as an add-on guest house, are bright and open, with tall, vaulted ceilings and a clean and modern interior design. The 48-foot wall facing Puget Sound is entirely windows with sliding glass doors built in, providing panoramic views of the water and Mount Rainier. Opposite the windows, a wall of sleek cabinetry leads into a kitchen full of stainless steel Energy Star appliances. Warm bamboo flooring is complemented by sleek black countertops in the kitchen and living room. Mintz said the counters are made from an extremely durable recycled material similar to what it used in bulletproof vests. On the other side of the home are two equally airy bedrooms, an office and two bathrooms built to conserve water and provide wheelchair access, if needed. Mintz said he likes the Glidehouseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clean, modern look. Perhaps more importantly, though, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glad his new home is good for the environment. According to Blu Homes, Glidehouses are about 50 percent more energy efficient

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The dining room is flanked by a 48-foot wall of windows, providing dramatic views and light. than the average existing home. One of the biggest cost savings comes from heating the home. Propane powers radiant in-floor heating, and thick insulation and airtight construction keeps heat from escaping. Considering the cost of the Glidehouse â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about $380,000 for the main house and an additional $100,000 for the pod â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mintz said there arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t huge savings in the

end. But, he said, building green is simply the right thing to do. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a social obligation. â&#x20AC;Ś Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost a moral and ethical need to be conscious of our use of energy and resources,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mintz also thinks the investment might pay off down the road. He compared buying a Glidehouse to purchasing an electric vehicle, saying the cars are pricier now but may save drivers significantly if gas prices

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TRI-ISLAND REGATTA: This weekend Islanders will have the rare opportunity to see Vashon rowers compete at home on Quartermaster Harbor. On Sunday the Vashon Island Junior Crew will take on junior crews from Bainbridge Island and Orcas Island in the friendly and informal Tri-Island Regatta. Races will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and will begin at Jensen Point.

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Vashon High School boys soccer is underway, with 38 athletes turning out to and play this season, and play is off to a wet but decent start, with two wins and one loss. The Pirates won their season opener against Life Christian, 4-2, at an away game on Monday, March 12. A three-goal hattrick by senior Ezra Koenig secured the lead, finished by an additional goal scored by Brazilian exchange student Victor Morira. The next match, a non-league home game against Archbishop Murphy, was played under unrelenting rain and ended in 5-0 loss for the Pirates. Vashon traveled to play rival Charles Wright on Monday, and trounced the Tarriers, 5-0. Additional games last week were postponed as fields across Western Washington remained largely underwater after the weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wet weather. The Pirates will travel to take on Chimacum on Friday, and the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first home game is scheduled for next Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Orting.

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After having its opener rained out the previous day, the Pirate baseball team kicked off the 2012 season on Tuesday, March 13, with a road game against Chief Sealth in West Seattle. Despite weather conditions alternating between rain, snow and clear skies, the game went a full seven innings. Vashon entered the bottom of the fourth with a narrow 5-4 lead; however,

Chief Sealth put up seven runs in the inning and took control of the game from there. This non-league affair ended with the home team on top, 14-7. Erik Powelson started on the mound for the Pirates, followed by Josh Myer and Joe Wald Jr. Leading the Vashon hitting attack were Powelson (2 for 3) with a single and a double and Ezra Lacina (2 for 4) with two singles. Zack Drape, Kelly Sullivan, Ben Reoux, Wald

and Myer all chipped in with singles. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone had some good at bats,â&#x20AC;? coach Joe Wald Sr. said after the game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some base running blunders and four defensive errors cost us the game, in addition to a couple hanging curves.â&#x20AC;? The final line score: Chief Sealth 14 runs, 11 hits, 2 errors, Vashon 7 runs, 9 hits, 4 errors.

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The Vashon High School track and field team competed in its first meet of the season on Thursday at Orting High School. At times it seemed as if flippers and snorkel gear should have been issued to each athlete, as heavy rainfall and gusty winds played a part in many of the running, jumping and throwing events at the meet. The lone victory for the Pirates was turned in by Landon Summers, who won the boys 800 meters with a time of 2:16. In the race, Summers and Ortingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jasper Heckman went out ahead of the pack and opened up a gap between themselves and the other runners. Summers was able to stay up with Heckman, then overtook him in the final turn and broke open a 20-yard lead as he crossed the finish line. Summers summed up his victory, saying that it helped to have an outside lane and a faster start to get out near the front before cutting into lane one and wanting to keep pace with Heckman. Elan Peterson had a pair of second-place finishes. He completed the boys 200 meters in 26.37, and also took second in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 11 inches. Madi Groen placed third in the girls 3200 meters, nearing her record in the event with a time of 13:30. Samantha Clements placed third in the girls triple jump with 27 feet, 4 inches, as well as the long jump at 14 feet. The Pirates were hard pressed to score a lot of team points, as they were missing several athletes. A few had not attended enough practices to compete, and a few were preparing for the spring theater production. For the boys, Orting took the day with 91 points, followed by Cascade Christian with 53, Chimacum with 41 and Vashon with 18. Orting won the girls meet with 134 points, followed by Cascade Christian with 66, Chimacum with 16 and Vashon with 13. The next track meet will be tomorrow at Charles Wright. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kevin Ross is a VHS track and field coach.


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Maia Cunningham dard of 31.69. At the championships

later this month, Maia will join the top 14-and-under swimmers from seven states â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Alaska and Hawaii â&#x20AC;&#x201D; to compete at the King County Aquatic Center. Maia is the 46th 12-yearold girl to qualify in her event, and is currently seeded number 27. She has improved more than 2.5 seconds in the 50-yard backstroke since October to reach her goal. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Randy Turner

Inaugural game a success for girls lacrosse The Vashon Lacrosse Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school girls team, the Vashon Valkyries, took to the field last Wednesday against Roosevelt High School. It was the first time in 15 years that a girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; high school lacrosse team has represented Vashon. The team worked to find its groove as Roosevelt pressured the Valkyriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; defense. The girls settled into their game, and the defense shut down the Roughrider offense with a powerful zone defense. Sophomore goalie Anna Berti showed an impressive effort in her first game ever with 10 saves. Freshman Genna Rauma started off the season strong with four straight goals, setting off an advantage that Roosevelt couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shake and leading to a Valkyrie victory of 12-8.

On Friday the Valkyries faced off against Highline in another away game. It was apparent from the first draw that the teams were well matched with goal for goal being met by each team. Halfway through the second half, Vashon pushed ahead with a powerful offense. The Valkyries were up, 9-7, with just three minutes left in the game but struggled to maintain possession and control of the ball and ran down the clock. Highlineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense drove aggressively and scored two goals in the final 2:20 of the game, tying it at 9-9. The Valkyries play their first home game at 7 p.m. Monday, April 2, against Bellevue at Vashon High School. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mary Kay Rauma

McMurray wrestlers finish the season strong The McMurray Middle School wrestling team wrapped up its season on Saturday at the West Sound League Championships hosted by Kingston Middle School. Five sixth-graders participated, and all of them placed in the medal round. Luke Larson, Ellis Peterson and Connor Hoisington all finished first. Hunter Burger took second and Stuart Kraabel, third. The Mustangs brought 12 varsity combatants and an astounding nine of them made the finals. Champions were Chase Wickman, Todd Gateman, Sean Delargy, Shane Williams and Logan Nelson. Placing second were Preston Peterson, Jacob Aaron, Clyde Pruett and Franklin Easton. Michael

Clark placed third, and Antonio Sanzalone and Corey Williams had strong showings. Sadly, two varsity grapplers, Chester Pruett and Pallmer Burk, were out due to injury or illness. Both were vital team members throughout the season. The Mustangs completed the regular season with a team record of 5 wins and 3 losses. In head-to-head competition they outscored their opponents in all matches â&#x20AC;&#x201D; losing on team points due to shortages in some weight classes. The team compiled a stunning overall record for matches of 96 wins and 29 losses. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Cheryl Pruett

On Tuesday, March 13, Vashon Lacrosse Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s boys high school team opened the season against Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blanchet High School. This game was a close match from the opening face-off until the final whistle. Blanchet scored first, but Vashon responded on a wonderful goal by senior co-captain John Smith, assisted by freshman Winter Kimmert. Vashon took a 3-2 lead into halftime on goals by senior co-captain Luke Hembree and junior Caz Mozeleski. In the third quarter, Vashon extended its lead to 5-3. As would become a theme throughout the week though, Vashon could not win the face-off and its offense went silent in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Blanchet scored three unanswered goals to come back for a 6-5 win. Two days later, Vashon played at Seattleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roosevelt High School. In this game, Vashon started flat and Roosevelt responded by jumping to a commanding 9-1 lead at halftime. To its credit, Vashon did not fold, but played with fire and focus in the second half. Led by senior co-captain Will West, Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense limited the Roosevelt offense to one goal in the second half. Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense went to work early in the third quarter to chip away at the Roosevelt lead. Mozeleski scored first, followed by a flury of goals, including

those by junior Anthony Baker and sophomores Griff Jennings and Peter Wolczko. However, it was too little too late for Vashon, as the team again came up on the short end, 10-8. On Saturday Vashon played at Seattle Prep. This appeared to be Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s toughest game of the week, as Seattle opened the season with two wins and no losses. But Vashon players went into the game with resolve to play good lacrosse as they know they can. With stout defense led by goalie Aaron Bomber, who made heroic saves all week, Vashon led at the end of the first quarter, 4-3. In the second quarter, Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offense showed its scoring potential with four consecutive goals. In the third quarter, Vashon extended its lead to 8-3. But again, Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inability to control face-offs and a resurgence of Seattle Prepâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potent offense proved to be Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s demise. Prep scored eight consecutive goals to pull away from Vashon for an 11-10 win. Senior Luke Hembree led Vashon scorers with four goals. Senior Dan Lofland added two goals and one assist. Vashon hopes to get on the winning track this next week with games against Kennedy Catholic and Highline.

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Rhodes-Weaver currently serves on the board of the QLaw: the LGBT Bar Association of Washington. Her term on that board ends next month. After graduating from law school in 2003, RhoadsWeaver clerked for a year at the state Supreme Court then spent several years at a Seattle law firm. While working in Seattle she was voted a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rising Starâ&#x20AC;? by the Super Lawyers rating organization, an honor only given to about 2 percent of attorneys in the state. Two years ago, RhoadsWeaver began her own practice on Vashon, Sustainable Law, PLLC. She lives on Vashon with her partner and two children.

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Bethel Church

Vashon Friends Worship Group

14736 Bethel Lane SW (Corner of SW 148th St. and 119th Ave. SW) 9am Sunday Bible School 10am Worship Followed by coffee fellowship

AWANA Thurs 6:00pm Sept-May Office phone

567-4255

Vashon Island Community Church Worship Service 10:00 am (Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church for preschoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5th graders)

Office Phone 463-3940 Pastors: Frank Davis and Mike Ivaska 9318 SW Cemetery Road

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Centro Familiar Cristiano Pastor: Edwin Alvarado Ubicados En Bethel Church 14726 Bethel Lane SW 206-371-0213 Hora De Services: Sabados 7:30pm Todos Son Bienvidos, El Lugar Ideal Para Toda La Familia Dios Les Bendiga

463-4332

23905 Vashon Hwy SW

The Rev Canon Carla Valentine Pryne Sundays â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 7:45 am & 10:15 am Church School & Religious Exploration 9:00am Child Care Mid-week Eucharist, Wednesdayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:30pm 15420 Vashon Hwy SW

567-4488

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Vashon Lutheran Church

10 am Meeting for Silent Worship in membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; homes.

18623 Vashon Hwy. SW (1/2 mile south of Vashon) Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hour 10:30 am (Sept.- June) Holy Communion Worship 10:30 am Pastors: Rev. Bjoern E. Meinhardt Rev. Jeff Larson, Ph.D., vm: 206-463-6359

Call for Location

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(Quakers)

567-5279

463-9552

Havurat Ee Shalom Serving the spiritual, social and intellectual needs of Vashonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish Community 9:30 am Saturday Services 15401 Westside Hwy SW PO Box 89, Vashon, WA 98070

463-2655 e-mail: vlc98070@centurytel.net

Vashon United Methodist Church 17928 Vashon Hwy SW (one block south of downtown)

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Kathryn Morse Sunday Service & Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Youth Class 11:30 a.m.

Office open Mon.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Thurs. 9 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12 noon

463-1399

463-9804

www.vashonhavurah.org

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Calvary Full Gospel Church at Lisabeula

Vashon Presbyterian Church

Worship 10:30 am & 7:00 pm Thursday Bible Study 7:00 pm Call for location Saturday Prayer 7:30 pm

17708 Vashon Hwy (center of town)

Worship 10am

Pastor Dan Houston

Pastor Stephen R. Sears

Church Office Hours Mondayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday 10 am - 2 pm

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4)&3*''43&1035 March 7: Mail was stolen from a mailbox on the 25700 block of Bates Walk. March 9: An assault was reported at a home on the 18000 block of Vashon Highway. A man reportedly hit his mother after being told to leave her home. March 17: Debit card fraud was reported at a home on the 12900 block of 135th Avenue.

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Norma Marie Davis Norma Marie Davis (Marie), age 76, residing with family on Vashon Island, passed away at home on Thursday, March 8, of natural causes. Marie is survived by her four children; Cindy Alumbaugh with spouse Matt of Vashon, Jim Francis of Brinnon, WA, Kris Gregg and spouse Steve of Delray Beach, FL, and Ken Davis of Brier, WA; her seven grandchildren, and ďŹ ve great grandchildren; and her two sisters Kay Sherman and Jeannie Foster both residing on Vashon with their families. Marie was born on January 21, 1936, in North Bend, Oregon, to parents Everett and Opal Hamilton. She and her two younger sisters grew up in Oregon until the family moved to Alaska on the family owned ďŹ shing troller, where they lived and worked into their young adult lives. Marie was married to Dick Francis while in Alaska, where they operated their own ďŹ shing boat and had two children together, Cindy Alumbaugh and Jim Francis. Marie later married Darrell Davis and her second two children Kris Gregg and Ken Davis were born. The family then moved to Vashon in 1965. Many years later, in 1983, Marie met and fell in love with Mr. August Takatsuka of Vashon and shared her life with him for the remainder of his years. Though he preceded her in death, her love for him never ceased. In addition to working on a ďŹ shing boat, Marie worked for the U.S. Post OďŹ&#x192;ce in Seattle, and K2 Corporation on Vashon. She retired from K2 in 1988. Marie would do anything to help her family. Her mom and dad, her sisters, her children and grandchildren, all came before her throughout the course of her life. Even if providing that support would put her out, she was there. Nor was her help limited to family alone. Many people found themselves living under her roof over the years. Her willingness to take people in and provide help was only limited by how much she had to oďŹ&#x20AC;er. Marie will be sorely missed by her family and friends. At Marieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s request, no service is planned. A special thank you goes out to Providence Hospice Care and Island Funeral Service for their help to the family. Please visit the online guest book at www.islandfuneral.com.


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$500,000 a year,â&#x20AC;? he said. Last year the foundation fell short of its $550,000 goal, bringing in just over $450,000 in pledges. The campaign saved the equivalent of seven full-time positions and a number of elective classes and programs. In 2010 a large group of volunteers, many who went on to form the foundation, also brought in a little more than $450,000. Zabette Macomber, who now chairs the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 12-member board, called this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of $500,000 ambitious but doable. She said that when the district first faced a budget crisis two years ago she heard some grumblings from parents about the idea of donating to public schools. Now, she said, families seem to be accepting the new reality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re hearing that less and less,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people are really getting it, the foundation, that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re here to stay and this is a campaign of sustainability.â&#x20AC;? In addition to putting up the now-familiar thermometer signs around town to track the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress, this year campaign organizers will also install signs on the school district campus to track how many families have contributed to the effort. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part of a push by the foundation for all school district families to donate what they can. Volunteers are hoping to build on last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s increase in family involvement â&#x20AC;&#x201D; 20 percent of families pledged to donate in 2010 and about 50 percent pledged in 2011. They are campaigning the idea that if parents give $1 per student per year, the foundation could easily raise half a million dollars. Macomber said founda-

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tion members know that some Vashon families cannot afford a dollar-per-day donation, but that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a simpler way for Islanders to understand that if everyone chips in what they can, the funds will add up quickly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an easy number for people to wrap their heads around, but really we want people involved. â&#x20AC;Ś If you can swing that, great. If you have two kids and you can swing it, even better,â&#x20AC;? she said. Brochures explaining the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goals will soon go home with all Vashon students, and the campaign will officially kick off on March 31 with a fun run at Vashon High School. A phone-a-thon aimed at parents is also in the works. Donna Nespor, the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part-time administrator and a founding board member, said she hopes more families will consider giving what they can in monthly installments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like they would pay a sports fee, and maybe one less night our for pizza or something like that,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We would like to have more broad-based support.â&#x20AC;? Islander Jenna Riggs, whose two daughters attend Chautauqua and McMurray, said she and her husband give to the foundation at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;dollar per dayâ&#x20AC;? level. They do so, however, with some sadness that the school district must resort to asking the community for money, she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the state of funding in education by the state is terribly sad,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we should have to be raising money through a foundation for basic education. Even though I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think we should, I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at right now.â&#x20AC;? Riggs said she and her husband moved to Vashon eight years ago in part because they were so

impressed with the schools, which she says offer more than private schools they toured in Seattle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we weigh it against private school (tuition), our donation to the school district seems pretty small,â&#x20AC;? she said. Islanders Laura and Phil Wheeler also give to the foundation, but with three children in the schools, they say giving more than $1,000 a year would be difficult. Laura Wheeler said she knows one Islander who hates to even discuss the foundation with other parents because she feels bad she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t give anything at all. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want anyone to feel guilty or pressure,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think anyone should have to give, but I think we as a community should want to give.â&#x20AC;? She, too, said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frustrated at the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s failure to fully fund the schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sad that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s come to this,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the fallacy of public schools being free is just gone.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, Macomber said, community support of public schools through established foundations is becoming the norm across the state and across the country, following increasing cuts to education. The Mercer Island School District began its foundation 20 years ago, she noted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are actually kind of slow to the game,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of course, now theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re popping up more and more.â&#x20AC;? Soltman said that even if some families can only give a small donation to the foundation, it will still show the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solidarity behind the cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s only a few dollars, if thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all they can give, everybody can say, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Hey, I share in this commitment to have amazing, excellent schools,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. Meanwhile, foundation

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members are already contacting major donors and planning to reach out to Vashon businesspeople. Tom Langland, who coowns the Vashon Pharmacy, is helping put on a breakfast where local business owners will be encouraged to continue donating to the foundation or to give for the first time. A similar breakfast meeting is in the works for health care professionals as well as attorneys and accountants who live on the Island. Last year, Vashon businesses contributed about $140,000. Langland, who graduated from Vashon High School, said he feels he should help the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cause because businesses and schools are so interconnected. Thriving schools will keep families on the Island, he said, and those families will in turn support the local economy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Strong schools and strong communities donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen without each other. Whatever befalls one befalls the other,â&#x20AC;? he said. Foundation members, in the meantime, are hopeful their thermometer signs will reach the top by the beginning of May this year. And they hope for an extra boost on the 31st, when community members show for the foundationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun run with checkbooks in hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of time,â&#x20AC;? Macomber said. The schools foundation will hold a fun run at VHS at 10 a.m. March 31. The run is free. There will be prizes and donations will be accepted.

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FERN COVE WORK PARTY:

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 6, when the Vashon Maury Island Land Trust will hold a work party at Fern Cove. Volunteers will work on ivy mitigation and grass planing at the park. For more information watch The Beachcomber or call the land trust at 463-2644.

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Islandersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; own efforts make for a healthier harbor when oxygen is available, so air is pumped through the sewage. After small particles settle out the liquid portion is exposed to ultraviolet light to kill bacteria before it is pumped to the drain field. Roselle says the whole project cost her about $12,500. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of money, but actually cheaper than I expected. My conventional system cost about $10,000 when we built our house 18 years ago.

By SUSIE KALHORN For The Beachcomber

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why not thank people who are out there doing things on the ground?â&#x20AC;? That sentiment was expressed by a somewhat exasperated Jim Dam after spending a couple hours sitting in a Vashon-Maury Island Groundwater Protection Committee meeting. In honor of World Water Day, March 22, I thought I would take Jim Damâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advice.

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A pasture at Singer Farm owned by George and Marilyn Singer is being restored back to forest and is now dotted with young trees and shrubs.

Abel Eckhardt, left, works on restoration projects for the Vahson Maury Island Land Trust. Gay Roselle, right, recently installed a new septic system on her property that kills bacteria in waste before pumping it into the drain field. help recreate a forest on land protected into perpetuity. Now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a legacy.

(BZ3PTFMMF Gay Roselleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property, a rental, is not waterfront; rather it is upland on the outer edges of the Judd Creek watershed. I was curious to find out why her septic system failed, how she fixed it and how much it cost. Renters notified her that the backyard was getting smelly. Several factors lead to the demise of her system. First, a huge cottonwood tree was smack-dab in

the middle of her drainfield. Its roots had grown inside the infiltration pipes blocking over a half of the drainfield. Secondly, she thought only four people were living in the house, but there were actually eight, so the system was compromised by overuse. Finally, the sand filter may have been installed improperly. Roselle, a science teacher at McMurray Middle School, now has a brand new â&#x20AC;&#x153;whitewater systemâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a relatively new type of aerobic treatment unit. Bacteria are more efficient at consuming sewage

Don Canfield and Linda Mather have a new farm plan for their 13.5 acres straddling the uplands of both Green Valley and Fisher Creek watersheds. Fisher Creek flows into Quartermaster Harbor southwest of Burton, while Green Valley Creek heads west to Colvos Passage. They have installed French drains around the barn and loafing sheds and between paddocks to minimize mud and redirect rainwater so it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t flow through areas where it can pick up animal waste. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put in new cross-fencing and plan to build a new concrete-floored manure bin they can cover in winter. A small wetland, the headwaters of Fisher Creek, will be enhanced with new buffer plantings. Canfield, a veterinarian, gives a lot of credit to King Conservation District (KCD) staff who provided invaluable technical assistance as well as financial incentives. The KCD will pay up to 50 percent of the cross-fencing cost, and King County will provide up to $5,000 for manure management and water diversion elements. Canfield said he knows both water and manure head downhill and he wanted to take care of it, but without the KCDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help, change would have taken a lot longer. All three projects affect watersheds that flow to Quartermaster Harbor. Without these types of upland efforts, we cannot hope to improve the low-oxygen conditions in the harbor. An analysis of the bay, called the Quartermaster Harbor Nutrient Loading Study, estimates that 63 percent of the external nitrogen input to the harbor comes from streams, while only 17 percent comes from nearshore septic systems. Both the land trust project and the Canfield/ Mather project have benefitted from public funding. Some would object to our tax dollars being spent this way, in particular on private property, but I see how much time, effort and backbreaking work our dollars have leveraged from private citizens. It is work that is helping restore the land and, in my opinion, money well spent. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Susie Kalhorn is an environmental educator and writer on Vashon.

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