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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 Vol. 54, No. 37

Domestic violence services lacking, report says

Rev. Pryne is the new rector at the Episcopalian church. By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer

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Priest brings a passion for the natural world to her ministry


A community response is urgently needed to address Vashon’s near-complete lack of services for victims of domestic violence, a report commissioned by the Vashon Healthy Community Network says. The Island, according to the report, “has experienced a nearly total loss of domestic violence services over the past five years.” What’s more, its author Debra Boyer wrote, the few services that are offered by off-Island agencies are poorly, if at all, advertised. “Victims really do not know whom to call,” she wrote. “There are no island resources, dissemination of information or New projoutreach ect manager hired specifically to head dedicated Vashon’s to domestic drug-free violence.” communiThe volties effort. unteer-run See Page 3. Healthy Community Network asked Boyer to undertake her analysis as part of its effort to begin addressing domestic violence on Vashon, one of three issues the network was tasked to work on when it was re-activated three years ago. It released the report on Friday. Claudia Gross Shader, who chairs the network, said Boyer’s report has led

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Rev. Carla Pryne began her service on Vashon in July.

When a fuel barge crashed and spilled over 200,000 gallons of oil off the Washington coast in 1988, Rev. Carla Pryne, who recently took over as priest at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit, felt called to action. Though she had no experience in environmental activism, and her position as priest associate at Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle certainly didn’t require it, the images of oil-covered birds Pryne saw on the news motivated her to take a small group of parishioners to Ocean Shores to help with the cleanup effort. “It moved me. It broke my heart,” she said. The experience of scrubbing oil off the surviving birds and seeing those that didn’t make it opened Pryne’s eyes to a new reality about the world around her and set into motion a new track of ministry for the young priest. “It was a very powerful experience of recognizing the preciousness of all life God has made and that we have reached the end of treating the Earth as if it were infinitely renewable,” she said. Four years later, Pryne co-founded Earth Ministry, a Christian non-profit

environmental advocacy organization. Now, Pryne brings her wealth of experience, both as an environmental activist and in ministry, to Church of the Holy Spirit. Julia Lakey, who has attended Church of the Holy Spirit for over two decades, said her jaw dropped when she heard that Pryne would lead the small Island parish beginning in July. “She has a national reputation. She could go all kinds of places,” Lakey said. “To have her come to Vashon was incredible.” Jack Stewart, who has also been part of the congregation for a number of years, expressed similar delight that Pryne, who now has over 25 years of experience at half a dozen Seattle-area parishes, chose to come to Vashon. “We’re excited and hopeful about what she’ll contribute, not only to Church of the Holy Spirit but to the whole Island,” he said. Stewart said the church is also relieved to find a permanent priest, as it has felt a bit leaderless since Rev. John Thompson, who served as priest at the Church of the Holy Spirit for over 15 years, retired from the position two years ago. SEE PRIEST, 22

Vashon’s home health program will turn to volunteers By SUSAN RIEMER Staff Writer

For the past 25 years, a program has quietly served a small number of Vashon’s elderly residents, helping them remain in their homes as long as possible by providing free in-home care. As of Oct. 1, that program, because of budget cuts, will no longer accept new clients. The agency that funds that program, however, says it takes its mission of providing services to seniors seriously and intends to meet the needs of older residents on Vashon by strengthening existing resources, improving connections among them and working to create a robust

volunteer program to serve even more seniors than it had before. “The challenge is we need more programs on the Island through volunteers,” said Selina Chow, an operations manager for Seattle’s Aging & Disability Services. The affected program, Vashon Health Center’s Home Care Program, is open to all Island residents age 60 and older and receives the majority of its funds from the federal and state government via Seattle’s Aging and Disability Services, which is responsible for a variety of senior services in Seattle and King County. Participants in the home care program receive visits from home

health aides, who provide a variety of services aimed at helping seniors be as independent as possible. Services range from blood pressure checks to assistance with dressing, eating, exercises and housekeeping, all at no cost to the recipients. “The goal is to have seniors stay home as long as possible,” said Susan Pitiger, a registered nurse, who has managed the program for 18 years. Without the program, seniors or their families will be forced to pay for caregivers, Pitiger said, an expense of at least $15 an hour, a hardship for many. “They’re going to end up in a nursing home,” she said.

Chow, however, said she and her colleagues intend to be compassionate and humane and will provide funding for clients in the program as of Oct. 1 to continue receiving services in their homes for as long as they need them. Pitiger, though, believes the realities of running a program that cannot accept new clients will force the program to close sooner than Chow indicates; her staff, Pitiger says, will need more work than the program can supply and will thus move on, bringing an end to the program’s in-home work with seniors. Virginia Friend is one such SEE HEALTH, 23

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Island musician, planner to head drug-free community effort By LESLIE BROWN Staff Writer

Luke McQuillin, an accomplished musician with an extensive background in public planning, has been chosen as the project coordinator for Vashon’s drugfree communities grant. Earlier this year, McQuillin, 61, began volunteering for the project, a multi-year effort funded by the federal government to try to reverse the Island’s high rate of teen alcohol and drug use. He spearheaded this summer’s Garage Project, a series of jam sessions for young musicians held at the Open Space for Art & Community, and has gone to one of the weeklong trainings put on by the granting agency. Claudia Gross Shader, who chairs the Vashon Healthy Community Network, which oversees the project, said she’s thrilled that the organization found someone as committed to the project as McQuillin. His involvement, she said, “already shows an amazing amount of skill and determination.� Ken Maaz, executive director of Vashon Youth & Family Services, the fiscal agent for the drug-free community grant, also praised McQuillin’s “demonstrated interest in the project.� “He has a good feel for what needs to be done,� Maaz added. “I think we’re making a lot of good headway.� McQuillin is well-known on the Island because of his musicianship; he’s currently in four Vashon bands — Loose Change, Turner Down, 5:01 and Cargo Jam. He plays the guitar and sings a little, with what he calls a “crunchy blue grass� voice. Less well known is his professional life — for the last 11 years, until he was laid off due to financial cutbacks, he worked as a strategic advisor for Seattle’s Department of Planning

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and Development. His job, he said, required that he bring players from different parts of the city together to facilitate the permitting process — a skill that he said may work well in his new role as the coordinator of a large federal grant. On Vashon, as in most communities, people work “in their silos,� he noted. “I hope I can knit the community together better,� he said. McQuillin replaces Ginger Nocera, who became the project coordinator in November 2009 and left in June after her partner decided to open up his physical therapy practice in Bellingham. McQuillin was selected after an intensive process, Maaz said. He was one 40 applicants for the job, four of whom were interviewed by a panel of nine, including two teenagers, a high school teacher and members of the coalition overseeing the federal grant. McQuillin was selected on Aug. 17 and began working two days later, Maaz said. As a planner, McQuillin is certified in a land-use practice that uses environmental changes — lighting, for instance — to counter illicit behavior. He said he plans to bring that expertise to bear as he works with the community to counter drug- and alcohol-use. He also noted that he has a personal stake in the issue. McQuillin, who moved to Vashon 11 years ago, has two adult children on the Island and two grandchildren. He began to volunteer for the project, he said, “because I want to give something back.�

Islanders plan second community dialogue to discuss governance Vashon residents will hold a second community dialogue to discuss the future of governance on the Island. The gathering, to be held at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Open Space for Arts & Community, follows on the heels of a discussion that was held last weekend and that 65 to 70 people attended. The two discussions come in advance of a VashonMaury Island Community Council (VMICC) meeting — to be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 20 — to try to determine the future of the council in the wake of

last month’s mass resignation of the board. Several Islanders have come together in the last few weeks to explore ways to re-invent the council or create a different kind of governance structure. Last week, the group explored a range of options, from incorporating Vashon as a city to creating what some call an “enhanced�

community council. Sunday’s dialogue will continue the discussion, vetting issues so as to prepare Islanders for the Sept. 20 VMICC meeting. The dialogue is being convened by Islanders Gay Rosser, Bill Moyer, Norine Grace, Dan Schueler, Carl Sells and Kyle Britz and will be facilitated by John Runyon.

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Dental van provides critical services to Islanders month after month By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writer

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Dr. Cliff Eckman and Denise Folk give a patient fillings last week.

When Heather Robinson worked as a dental assistant on Vashon, she was shocked by the number of patients she saw with rotting and broken teeth. Saddened by the knowledge that these patients, as well as others on the Island, go years without visiting a dentist, Robinson set out to bring affordable dental care to Vashon. Thanks to her efforts, over the past year many Islanders have been able to receive the dental care they so desperately need — all for free. Last week, a dental van from Medical Teams International (MTI), a Christian global health organization, pulled up outside Vashon Presbyterian Church for its 12th monthly visit to the Island. More of a bus than a van, the 38-foot motor home is essentially a dental clinic on wheels. To step inside the van feels like walking into an actual dentist’s office, complete with two dental chairs, X-ray machines, a waiting area and a small lab. At this traveling clinic, one MTI employee and a handful of Vashon volunteers work once a month to provide low-income

Islanders with everything from exams and cleanings to fillings and extractions. Demand for the dental van’s services was immediately high. Robinson, who now coordinates appointments and volunteers at the clinic, said 75 Islanders showed interest in the free dental work when the MTI van first stopped on Vashon a year ago. Now, the volunteers usually serve 10 to 12 patients per visit. Still, they only have time to see half of the people who normally request appointments, Robinson said. “I keep a wait list in case anyone cancels or doesn’t show. … It’s pretty long,” she said. According to the clinic’s records, 45 percent of the clinic’s patients, who must be below the federal poverty line and not have dental insurance, haven’t seen a dentist in four or more years. “Right now it’s been really bad,” Robinson said. “I can feel Vashon not doing so well.” Denise Folk, who manages the clinic and takes the van all over South King County, says there is a high need for free dental care Story Continues, next page

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everywhere and believes the economy is to blame. “The unemployment rate is outrageous, and many employees offer health insurance but not dental,” she said. Dr. Cliff Eckman, a retired Vashon dentist who volunteers his time at the clinic each month, is pleased that word seems to getting out on Vashon about the free clinic. He sees more and more interest in it each month. “Today we had more people come to the van asking, that weren’t on the schedule, than ever,” he said as he drilled a patient’s tooth last week. Eckman, who practiced for 14 years on Vashon, said he was looking for a way to volunteer his time after recently retiring when Robinson approached him about the MTI dental van. “I was going to do some volunteer work off-Island, but I realized there was just as much need here, particularly right now with people losing jobs and insurance,” he said. Islander Andy Jovanovich, who visited the clinic for the second time last week, said he is extremely grateful for the service it provides. Jovanovich, who is currently employed but doesn’t have dental insurance, has had much-needed dental work completed by the clinic’s volunteers. Even when Jovanovich had dental insurance two years ago, it didn’t cover all the work he needed done, and he couldn’t afford to make up the difference.

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Without the clinic, he said, his problems would have continued to go untreated. “There’s no dental insurance in the country that will give you enough to cover (what I needed),” he said. Folk said many patients

“A lot of patients need a lot of extensive work.” Denise Folk, clinic manager, Medical Teams International

who come to the clinic suffer from conditions that should have been addressed long ago. The most common problems the clinic sees are extensive tooth rot and broken teeth as a result of rot. “A lot of patients need a lot of extensive work,” she said. It is estimated that the clinic provides about $5,000 worth of free dental work at each stop. However, with demand for its services growing, funding for the clinic seems to be slipping away. It costs $900 to bring the van to the Island one time. Granny’s Attic sponsored four visits, and the Vashon Interfaith Council on Homelessness has made contributions as well. However, the Island has got to find more donors, Folk said. “We’ll still come even if they don’t cover it, but it’s better if the site can come up with it. … Donations are needed,” she said. Eckman has even volunteered his time at other Seattle-area dental clinics

in exchange for MTI van visits to the Island. “I enjoy dentistry,” he said. “It’s a way for me to give back to the community and do something I enjoy.” While Eckman and Robinson are grateful that MTI has been willing to work with them when they couldn’t come up with the funds, they, too, understand the need for the Island to cover its visits. The two are currently soliciting Vashon businesses, nonprofits and individuals to donate to the cause. Folk has begun asking Vashon patients to provide $5 when they visit, simply to cover the cost of bringing the van over from Tacoma. “It costs $76 to bring this thing on the ferry,” she said, a tone of shock in her voice. As Jovanovich left the van with a smile on his face last week, he passed a wad of bills to Dr. Eckman, giving the clinic well over $5. “(I appreciate) the generosity of people like this that are willing to donate their time for people who wouldn’t get the help otherwise,” he said.

Donations to help bring the dental van to Vashon can be sent to Medical Teams International, c/o Nancy Utt, 9680 153rd Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA, 98052. Indicate on the check that the donation is for the Vashon dental van. For more information, contact Heather Robinson at 310-5238.

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Domestic violence report is a critical first step We encourage Island social service agencies, women’s advocates and the Island’s Healthy Community Network to take seriously Debra Boyer’s report about the remarkable scarcity of services for domestic violence victims on Vashon. Those who have been paying attention will know that it states the obvious: Since Domestic Abuse Women’s Network (DAWN) left Vashon more than a year ago, Islanders who are victims of such abuse have had a tough time finding the help they need. But Boyer’s report goes beyond a clear statement of the problem. She also puts forward some recommendations and urges Vashon residents who are concerned about this issue to take some immediate steps. Start a crisis line. Create an advocacy program. Team up with other regional service providers. These are hard things to do in the current fiscal climate. DAWN left because it lost its funding to serve Vashon. There are few untapped buckets of money out there, especially for a community such as Vashon, perceived by funders to be affluent. But plenty of studies have shown that domestic violence is not the province of the poor or the working class. And when such violence does occur in more affluent areas, it is often a more deeply hidden social ill. Add Vashon’s semi-rural character into the mix, and we likely have an issue that’s particularly invisible. The Healthy Community Network was re-activated to address three issues on Vashon — underage drug and alcohol use, domestic violence and child abuse and neglect. Thanks to a federal grant it obtained, the network is thoroughly immersed in efforts to address teen drug and alcohol use. This is its first foray into one of its other mandates; we commend it for taking this important first step — an effort to clearly define the problem and put forward some recommendations. And we commend Vashon Youth & Family Services for putting some precious staff time towards creating a working group to begin addressing the issue. Boyer’s report could gather dust on a shelf. Such reports often do. We hope that won’t be the case here on Vashon.

Attend the VMICC meeting

The Vashon-Maury Island Community Council is hardly a thing of the past. In fact, so current is it that it’s holding its regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. this Monday, Sept. 20. It’s a meeting not to be missed. This is a chance for Islanders to discuss not only what it is they want their community council to become, but also their vision for the Island’s self-governance. It’s possible a new slate of candidates for the board will come forward — an effort to continue the current structure. Others might propose that the council continue but no longer as a King County Unincorporated Area Council, a structure that requires compliance with the public disclosure act. Still others might put forward even more far-reaching suggestions, efforts to completely rethink who we are and how we want to govern ourselves. The council has been through a couple iterations before. As former VMICC board member Hilary Emmer noted, Monday’s meeting is another remarkable opportunity for us to reinvent the future.

“We’re about to morph into something different, and the more voices that are involved, the stronger that organization will be,” she said. She said it well. This is one time when who shows up could make a world of difference.


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In the past several years residents on our ferry-dependent Island have faced considerable transportation uncertainty. We’ve been threatened with the loss of the passenger-only ferry, have faced the reality of no increase in bus service on or off Island and have been confronted with the prospect of a crippling two-vessel ferry schedule on the north end due to a lack of backup vessels of adequate size. An upcoming meeting with the King County Ferry District and Metro will give us an opportunity to discuss these issues and might give us a better idea of what transportation services will be like in the next several years. In April, the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council’s Transportation Committee began a dialogue with King County regarding Vashon’s transportation needs. We were surprised to find out that Vashon has the most expensive bus route in the county! Consider that those buses have to pay the oversize vehicle charge every time they use the ferry. We also discussed the situation around the passenger-only boat, now operated by the King County Ferry District. It concerned us that some of the taxes earmarked for the ferry district — money that was to go towards an expansion The special King County Transportation Forum will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at McMurray Middle School. Guests include County Councilwoman Jan Drago, King County Ferry District Executive Director Hank Myers, Doug Johnson, Metro’s director of planning, and Kevin Scott, with the county’s marine division.

TRANSPORTATION By KARI ULATOSKI to different routes in King County — were diverted to Metro due to the bitter campaign for King County Executive and Metro’s

financial crisis. In early summer, the committee met with other representatives from King County Executive Dow Constantine’s office, including the county’s lobbyist, to discuss our concerns regarding Washington State Ferry service, Metro and the passenger-only boat. As those who follow WSF know, we’re facing a challenging ferry future. No funding is currently in the budget to build vessels of adequate capacity to serve our triangle run; in fact, 97 percent of all ferry routes are, like Vashon, vulnerable because of a lack of backup vessels of adequate size. Indeed, even if the state were to suddenly decide to fund additional vesselconstruction, the earliest possible relief would be around 2014 to 2016. Vashon is vulnerable under this current scenario: At any time, we could be relegated to a longterm two-ferry schedule on the north end, leaving at least 250 cars on the docks each morning. If the Issaquah were pulled from dedicated Vashon morning service, we would lose between 25 to 56 percent of our capacity. Southworth’s situation would be even worse. Vashon residents have an oppor-

Sandwich boards

What about The Beachcomber’s inserts? I read Elizabeth Shepherd’s commentary about the invasion of sandwich boards with great interest (“The abundance of sand-

wich boards is hardly a feast for sore eyes,” Sept. 8). I too have an opinion about the use of sandwich boards and the issue of visual pollution on the Island. I, however, look at signboards as a welcome boost to our local economy. You know the story: ingenious Islanders advertise local goods and services, with hopes that off-




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tunity to talk with the county about what steps can be taken to mitigate the hardships of a twovessel schedule. We also have the opportunity to find out more about: Why is Vashon the most expensive Metro route in King County and what happened to the tax increase for the King County Ferry District? Would it be possible to have a small Metro maintenance bay on the Island and expand service to include limited Sunday runs? Will Vashon’s Water Taxi service continue? What is the plan to address overloads? Will there be expansion of service to mitigate the effects of viaduct construction? We have an opportunity to talk with our King County Council Representative Jan Drago, plus representatives from Metro and the King County Marine Division and Ferry District on September 23rd. Let’s make the most of it. — Kari Ulatoski chairs the Island’s Transportation Committee.

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members of the sandwich board cult. My copy of your weekly newspaper averages 60 percent by weight of useless pulp in the form of advertising inserts. They are a gaudy and wasteful example of visual pollution that the local economy doesn’t need. These junk-mail exhortations to shop at off-Island-corporatemega-stores are a waste of resources and an insult to local business owners and unemployed Islanders. To add insult to injury, your customers labor to rid the Island of what you pay to import; of the tons of colored inserts that you lob at us annually, a great deal are subsequently recycled and hauled of the Island. I have a sterling idea on how to reduce sandwich board clutter on our local highways and byways. How about The Beachcomber eliminates those pesky, offIsland ad inserts and institutes a new advertising ethic instead? Starting tomorrow, give every one of those horrible sandwich board people a free weekly ad in The Beachcomber! Elizabeth will be remembered as the Lady Bird Johnson of back road beautification, and The Beachcomber slashes our collective carbon footprint. It is a win-win for

everyone. Just so it doesn’t upset anyone’s preferred aesthetic, you can even print the ads in black and white, with a slightly weathered look to them. What do you think: Is that thought worth a sandwich? — Joe Downs

Mukai farmhouse

4Culture’s action is underhanded, unfair I am opposed to the action recently taken by Jim Kelly at 4Culture to dissolve Island Landmarks and seize the Mukai Garden. His action, done without notice to the nonprofit, is underhanded and unfair. Should an organization not receive ample notification for this type of grave outcome? Should a board not have the opportunity to correct problems? When public officials are allowed to behave in this manner, it goes against our rights not only as individuals, but as organizations. And to the people who are fueling this vicious attack, I am embarrassed for all of you. None of you, with the exception of a couple of former disgruntled board members, has had any

involvement in this project. What is it that you are taking back? Certainly not time spent on the success of Mukai. Certainly not any monetary contributions. Certainly not a purchase and sale agreement. Finally, I believe an organization — and/or individuals that are attempting to create a lasting legacy for our Island — should be supported and not condemned. These projects are difficult. It is easy to judge. While many of the judgments being made might seem justified, there is a deeper story. — Priscilla Beard

Matthews is a strong advocate for Mukai My wife and I are 31-year residents of Vashon Island, currently living in our home of 26 years that was originally built and owned by Masa Mukai. Our home is next to the Mukai Farm and Garden and is actually part of the original farm. Masa was a longtime friend of mine, so I know his personality and history about as well as anyone. As the caretaker of the historical Mukai House and Japanese gardens, I cannot stay silent any longer.

VHS says thanks The Horticulture Program at Vashon High School owes an enormous “thank you” to three extremely dedicated individuals, Bob Dixon, Ka Luomala, and John Van Buren. These men spent countless hours volunteering their time to build a beautiful, sturdy shade house for the high school’s native plant garden. The shade house will be used to harden off annual plants and as a native plant propagation area. This is the second structure these gentlemen have generously built without charge at the high school – not to mention the multitude of other building projects they have engineered for our community. Appreciation and recognition for this project are also due to many others: The VashonMaury Island Garden Club - for its financial support making the construction of this project possible; Bob Krimmel - for milling the beams and timbers to construct the roof; CalPortland - for the foundation cement; the school grounds crew - for lending their equipment and time in the building process. and finally, Zach Drape, a student hired to work in the garden who is interested in carpentry. The structure will be used and enjoyed by the Horticulture Program for years to come! Thank you all very, very much!

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Thank you VIPP A great big thank you to Vashon Island Pet Protectors (VIPP). You were the best phone call (and the hardest) I had to make that day. Tatty will always be missed but she has a wonderful new owner. Thank you Emily! Laura Jean Walls

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Thank you first responders.

VCC’s Sale of the summer a huge success!

I would like to pay tribute to our “first responders” who go quietly about their work with little notice.

Vashon Community Care’s annual garage sale raised thousands of dollars to help support the special programs that enrich the lives of the residents at VCC. Hundreds of people came to shop at over 20 booths and bought many of the treasures that had

There are many of us Islanders who owe our lives and the lives of our loved ones to these folks. No one knows who they all are, but when the chips are down, there they are! To each and every one of you, thank you! Drex and Diane Adkison

I have worked side-by-side with Mary Matthews at the Mukai Garden for many years. Though at times we have had our disagreements, I have watched her host an annual cherry blossom festival and have seen the delight on faces after they watched the slide show of its history. My wife and I have pulled weeds, solved flooding problems and done overall upkeep and caretaking and security for the past six years. We have supported Mary as she worked to purchase the fruit barreling plant, finally bringing the two properties back to their original state. The attacks on her are unfair. She is a passionate advocate for this property. She has personally funded this project when others would not step forward. I know. I have been on the board. In fact, she has put over $250,000 of her own money into paying people to keep the lawns mowed and the blackberries from overtaking the house and garden. She has paid all expenses including utility bills and all insurances on it, etc., including my wages. And then she bought the fruit barreling plant with her own money when no other organization would step forward. — Ken DeFrang

Tom Bangasser

He works hard and is a generous man Thank you for your article on Tom Bangasser. Tom may be hard to understand at times but I know he cares about our community. I don’t always agree with him, and sometimes I wish he would use a different approach in his dealings with community organizations. But it seems that there is room for improvement in communication from all sides. I would like to point out that he has contributed greatly to our community, especially through Vashon College. It was my privilege to be in the first Vashon 101 class and act as a coordinator in a subsequent class. In everything I observed while in that capacity, Tom was hard-working, generous and gracious. Vashon needs all its volunteers. Personal and public attacks are destructive to the open democratic process we value. It is my hope that we can find a way to work together for the good of our community. — Bonnie de Steiguer See letters, next page

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Letters accepted must be no more than 150 words and include a daytime phone number. Deadline for this section is noon on Friday. Letters in this section will run as submitted except in the cases of libel or profanity. been donated to VCC. Special thanks go to the following for all their hard work in making this event such a wonderful experience for all: Rotary members Cliff and Kathy Penwell, Gary Sipple, Linda Bianchi, John Hopkins and Gib Damman for organizing the truck delivery service for donations to the VCC booth; VCC board members Truman O’Brien and Vicky Boyd; volunteers Vicki Clabaugh, George Landholt, Barbara Steen, Carol Slaughter, Bob Spangler, Carol Ireland McLean, Amy Woodbury, Andrew, Josh and Ethan Davis, Will Marvin, Julian Smith, Dawit Tuller-Ross and Elsie Foley. Thanks also go to Constantinople for use of their display rack, Mike Masi for signage, John L. Scott for use of their truck for donation pick up and to all the donors, vendors and shoppers for sharing this Island tradition with us.

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We can’t believe the hassle we’ve had with our bank during the course of our home purchase. In the end the bank was simply dysfunctional and incompetent! It’s a wonder we closed at all. We did everything they asked and gave them the same paperwork over and over again. What is the matter with these people?


It does seem that the larger, national banks have become somewhat dysfunctional in their mortgage department. In order to save money, many of them have laid off workers so now you have fewer people doing the work of many. They also have the most inexperienced people doing the work since those folks cost the banks less to employ. Over the course of the last two years I’ve been shocked at the difficulty we’ve been having with the largest banks. There are constant delays, often the loan is reassigned several times to different offices in other cities, and files are sometimes lost. I’ve had the best luck with private mortgage brokers, however I only recommend mortgage brokers I’ve worked with for many years and can really trust. I have also been pleasantly surprised at the speed and efficiency of credit unions. They close the sale smoothly and on time. There are also smaller, primarily regional banks in our area that are doing a good job. They don’t seem to outsource their work, but keep it local and are still using experienced staff who know what they’re doing. I’ve had two recent transactions that almost drove me over the edge. In the first case, the bank fired the loan officer we were working with without telling my clients or me, then lost the file, and then failed to do a proper credit check or appraisal. They stopped returning calls or emails so finally we took the loan to someone else. In the second case, the bank couldn’t get closing papers to escrow on time even with many weeks to work on it with extraordinarily qualified borrowers who did everything right. My clients found the money elsewhere. These were large national banks.

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VMICC board actions can have an impact As a recent convert to the wonderful life that is Vashon Island, I’d like to forward an outsider’s take on “Tom Bangasser vs. The Community Council.” The Vashon-Maury Island Community Council’s board, while unpaid, not elected in the same manner as some other volunteer positions and lacking legislative or executive authority, nonetheless officially serves the interests of the citizens and has some measure of influence through its advisory duties. It follows that if members of the council advised a developer or county officials regarding the K2 re-zoning, that advice could indeed have an effect on the process and ultimate outcome. It appears that the council was at least peripherally involved in the process and that the process was neither terribly transparent nor particularly typical of this type of transaction. Thus, it is fair and in the public interest to question if, what, by whom and why actions were taken within the council in this matter. The council performs a real and meaningful function for and within the community, something I doubt the now former board members would deny. It is also capable

of both proper and improper activities, and those activities can have real impact. It is responsible to the community for transparency about what it does, and how, specifically to avoid an environment conducive to secretive corruption. Divining or impugning Bangasser’s agenda, while certainly fascinating coffee talk, does nothing to address the questions he is asking — questions for which there is both a valid reason and legal right to ask. I don’t assume any or all of the council’s board members are guilty of anything, and I sympathize with them for the sometimes awful messiness that is democracy. But better to shine a light on the innocent than leave everyone guessing what goes on in the dark. — Tim Johnson

Bangasser is working for Vashon’s benefit As Tom Bangasser’s oldest sister, I know that many have tried to define him, and a few question his integrity and persistence. Perhaps Tom can best be understood by explaining our upbringing. Most of us don’t stand up and question authority, or spend much time envisioning a better world and brainstorming how to get there, but Paul and Margaret Bangasser made this their life’s work. They drilled the message into their nine

children with the belief that as good Christian citizens, it was our moral obligation “to show up and be counted.” We were made to realize that we were very blessed. This translated into gratefulness, sharing and stewardship. They believed, modeled and taught this message constantly and consistently. Part of the plan was education and lifelong learning. Raising a big family is expensive and exhausting, yet they always participated in a variety of school, civic and religious activities. They stood up at meetings, spoke about the greater good, believed in government that encourages citizen participation and, with family, showed up to help whenever needed. Tom’s life is a result of these lessons. Some see him as frustrating and obstinate, and some as generous, creative and tenacious. As Seattle University student body president, a U.S. Army officer (Army Commendation Medal), the guy who took on a large bank in a lawsuit over extraordinarily high bank fees and won and an owner of property in a tough area of Seattle where the tenants think he’s great, he has led a commendable life. Tom loves Vashon Island and camped here as a 10-year-old. He wants it to be the best place in the world!

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Island Landmarks is working hard to make Mukai farmhouse viable By MARY J. MATTHEWS For The Beachcomber

Who in the world is Glenda Pearson? And Holly Taylor? And a Mr. Meeks? And why are they commenting in the newspaper about the Mukai Farm and Garden? I do not know these individuals; I have never met them; they have never been involved in the effort to preserve the Mukai Farm and Garden; they have not donated a minute of their time, and they have not given one red cent towards the property’s upkeep. Frankly, I am amazed that they feel qualified to comment on the subject. For the past nine years, a small group of determined individuals has kept this project going in the hope that someday, somehow, either a corporate sponsor, a large, wellestablished historic preservation organization or a government entity such as the National Park Service would step up to the plate and help accomplish the mission. The mission of Island Landmarks, regarding the Mukai Farm and Garden, has always been the same: to operate the site for the public as an educational and historic facility. The past events of Island Landmarks, while educational, are not what is important to the task at hand: This property should be saved as a public institution. Washington State Parks, the Wing Luke Museum — Margaret Bangasser Delaney or the National Park Service should Oceanside, California take over the house, the garden and

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the fruit barrelling plant. 4Culture’s plan to “seize” control of the property, which cost $300,000 when it was purchased in 1999-2000, with public funds — and “sell” it to the Puget Sound Zen Center for $87,000 with no public process — is a prime example of our government’s bungling, bullying and arrogant interference with grass-roots efforts. The Zen Center’s plan includes having a family live in the house and building “cottages” inside Kuni’s garden boundaries, in the back — which is a wetland. The house cannot sustain a modern family without extensive and destructive remodelling, which would destroy its architectural significance as a Japanese/American design synthesis. But it’s a wonderful museum. If the new organization being formed can demonstrate that they have the professional experience necessary to restore and operate a world-class historic site; if they can prove that they have at least $45,000 a year to pay for the property’s basic upkeep then add on another $75,000 for staff, publicity and programs — then the present board of Island Landmarks would be happy to talk with them about transferring the property over. Until this happens, Island Landmarks is going to just keep on paying the bills and looking for corporate sponsors or the perfect organizational fit. — Mary J. Matthews is president of Island Landmarks

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Sparkle While checking out at Costco with multiple bags of dogfood, I’m greeted with “My daughter is praying for a puppy!” Huh-h-h?? Who better to answer that prayer than someone who rescues puppies? With a detailed description of this desired pooch, off I go to the shelter. And there she is! She’s fairly small, cuddly, friendly, good with kids (there are 5) and will fit nicely in bed with a 5year-old girl. Her eye was drippy, so I took her to the eye expert, Dr. Sullivan, who said part of her eyelid was missing, but he felt he could surgically repair it. I took her to meet the family and they just loved her, and though it would be hard, they could live without her for whatever time it took for surgery and recovery. Thirty days later Sparkle’s eye was perfectly healed and a special little girl was smiling ear to ear. A remarkable note about this family … all 5 children have been adopted from DSHS. We love you guys! You’re amazing!

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With some skill, the Glenn Beck’s ‘God talk’ fails to recognize public disclosure law the need to embrace social justice can be easy to follow RELIGION GOVERNANCE

First, let me say that I am writing this as a private individual and not as the By GREG WESSEL King County employee that I am. Second, let me say reason that as someone who has that been working under the ideas public records act for nearabout ly 13 years, I’d like to welendcome the Vashon-Maury ing our Island Community Council council’s (VMICC) board members status to my world. And I’d like as one to assure them that it’s not of the hostile territory. county’s The public records act Unincorporated Area requires you to keep your Councils (UAC) and estabfiles organized, but it also lishing it as an “indepenrequires you to be careful dent” council are flawed. with what you write and Another reason to mainwith whom you communitain our status as a UAC is cate. This is good, because to retain our credibility as it discourages personal a community. Distancing agendas and it improves ourselves from the county your organization skills, will not engender respect which is precisely what is within those agencies we needed on a community are attempting to engage, council board. nor will it serve the people What we appear to be of Vashon. I see no reason missing, and what is really to shoot ourselves in the the focal point for this foot yet again. dispute, is a clear and easySo I’d like to propose the to-follow following: First, records encourIt is hard to imagine we retention age the board anyone worrying plan. It is members who hard for me have resigned about a public to imagine reinstate records request if the to anyone themselves, files are organized, en masse. The worrying about accessible and free horse isn’t a public dead; let’s ride of embarrassing records it some more. comments. request if Second, we the files rally around are organized, accessible them and thank them for and free of embarrassing their dedication. We all comments. I have a huge know they are gems, and amount of respect for all of it’s time we said so. Third, our current and past comwe petition King County munity council members, for some aid in redesigning but the infrastructure to the VMICC website, with support them is not as archives of meeting mindeveloped as we need. Tom utes and collected e-mail Bangasser’s action, as illrecords regularly updated, advised as it might have and formulate a records been, has served to point retention plan that is easy out this problem. for all volunteers to follow. This latest controversy We should also ask has also served to point County Executive Dow out that volunteers are not Constantine’s office for exempt from the standards guidance in how the to which paid government VMICC and other UACs agents are held. It’s not might handle such issues about the money; it’s about and request its aid in dealing the function of what they with such challenges in the do. Regardless of the source future. We’re not the only of funding, our community ones in this fix. After all, it council has been tasked is in the county’s interest to with representing us as an have functioning UACs that Island, and for this reason both represent the people they should rightfully be and are answerable to them. held to these same stanIt’s a win-win situation. dards of accountability and — Greg Wessel works transparency. Any similar for the Department agency performing the of Development and same function would be in Environmental Services. the same boat. It is for this

Forty-seven years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream” speech at the March on Washington. On the anniversary of Dr. King’s speech, entertainer and TV host Glenn Beck gave his — what I want to call — “We have a choice” speech. The “Restoring Honor” rally, as he labeled it, was announced as an apolitical event. Indeed, Beck avoided the polarizing rhetoric for which he is known. He mentioned the “scars” of the past that have marred the honor of America, though he gave few solid examples. He came close by saying that “our children are slaves to debt” or pointing out that “even the poorest among us [are] still among the richest in the world.” (This echoes King’s utterance in 1963: “The Negro [still] lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”) In his speech, Beck managed to appeal to the nationalistic sentiment of many people (“America is great because America is good”). He used shining examples from this country’s history, referring to the Founding Fathers, several important documents (the Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address) and the various monuments at the National Mall. At the same time, there was a lot of God talk. Beck repeatedly invoked the name of God. His whole focus was on “our need to turn to God.” He often alluded to and quoted from the Bible: “This country has wandered in darkness” (Isaiah 9:2); “The truth shall set you free” (John 8:32); or the values of “faith, hope, and charity” (1 Corinthians 13). It is this use of religious and pious language that has caught my attention. That’s why I would like to take a look at some of the aspects of Beck’s God talk and offer an alternate view. Beck assumed the role of an evangelistic preacher. Even though his speech comes across as a sermon, it is,

also to “look inward” (charity begins at home). It is a pity that there was no admonition to “look outside” (to By BJOERN MEINHARDT our needy neighbors) — a trait most in fact, more of religions have in common. Looking a motivational inward only makes us poorer, not speech. Many richer, makes us only self-absorbed, of the phrases not other-concerned. America will directly menhave to restore her honor not apart tion God. But from the rest of the world but from there were within the global community. other parts The omission of looking outof his speech side should not come as a surprise, where referthough. After all, Beck has claimed ences to God on other occasions that social justice would have been suitable but were is “a perversion of the Gospel.” If completely missing — such as when Beck “looked at Jesus more carefully” he said “you can change the world,” — as James Martin S.J. suggests — “man can rule himself” and “find out “he would see someone who already what you truly believe.” A person of made a choice: for the poor.” And faith would render the ultimate credit considering Beck’s views on social to God and not to his or her own justice, it is a bit of an irony that Beck strength, achievements or abilities. has so much praise for Dr. King, who Of course, as a pastor, it is my addressed the ills of racial injustice desire as well that people turn to God. in his days with boldness and clarity. Beck’s call to people to turn to God He was, in the words of Jim Wallis, a might apply to some but not to all. Christian writer and political activOne cannot make people believe in ist, “the archetypical social justice or turn to God. I can Christian and the share my faith with othprimary teacher for Considering Beck’s ers, but I cannot impose many of us on the views on social justice, social implications of it on them. I cannot force others to believe. Biblical faith.” it is a bit of an irony There is such a thing “Something beyond that Beck has so much imagination as religious freedom. is happraise for Dr. King, This means I have to pening,” Beck said. respect that there are who addressed the ills “America today people who do not wish begins to turn back of racial injustice in to turn to God. Quite to God.” I respect his days with boldness Beck’s right to call often, non-believing people are singled out upon God. However, and clarity. or blamed when things there are many other go awry in this nation people in this country or society. However, the (and throughout the world) who have problem cannot be resolved that easalready done this, on a daily basis, ily — by simply turning to God. It is and they continue to do so. Not just a peculiar mystery that there are non- since the rally. There are also those believers who are good and moral who do not believe but are equally people and vice versa, Christians and concerned about honor and justice. other believers who are not. Beck did not only tell the audi— Bjoern Meinhardt is the minister at the Vashon Lutheran Church. ence to “look upward” (to God) but

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CALENDAR Vashon-Maury

SUBMISSIONS Send items to editor@ Deadline is noon Thursday for Wednesday publication. The calendar is intended for community activities, cultural events and nonprofit groups; notices are free and printed as space permits.

WEDNESDAY • 15 Chamber Board of Trustees Meeting: Members are invited to attend. 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Puget Sound Energy conference room. WIC: The program provides vouchers for nutritious food as well as nutrition education for lowincome pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age 5. Access to a registered dietician, social worker and public health nurse is available through this program. There is also an outreach worker available to assist with DSHS cash, food and medical applications. For appointments, call 296-4822 or the day of clinic cell phone at 291-7336. 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at the The Vashon Methodist Church, 17928 Vashon Hwy S.W. Audubon Program: Wildlife biologist Martha Jordan will speak about swans. She has worked on swan conservation issues since the 1970s. Her program will include information on native trumpeter and tundra swans and will also shed light on the problems and controversies these birds face on their wintering grounds, as well as how people can ensure their future. Free. 7 p.m. at the Land Trust Building, 10014 S.W. Bank Rd. Vashon-Maury Overflight Committee: The group will address concerns about commercial jet traffic flying over Vashon and Maury Islands. 10 a.m. at Café Luna and 7 p.m. at the Chamber of Commerce offices.


Graphic Novel Club: The third year of this club kicks off with an online author event featuring Raina Telgemeier, creator of the critically acclaimed autobiography “Smile.” Old and new participants are welcome to join for the talk and to discuss what’s new in graphic novels. 5 to 6 p.m. at Books by the Way. League of Women Voters: Come for a community conversation about innovative Island ventures: a credit union and a community solar project and how they would help the Island. Bill Moyer of the Backbone Campaign will lead the conversation. 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sheffield Building conference room. Vashon Maury Island Chamber of Commerce: The general membership mixer will be held. 6 to 7 at Langley Fine Gardens, 10012 S.W 268th St in Dockton.

FRIDAY • 17 Vashon Guild of Children’s Hospital: This quarterly meeting will focus on the Holly Daze craft fair followed by a no-host luncheon. New members are welcome. For more information, call Barbara Garrison at 463-6725. 11 a.m. at the Quartermaster Inn. Vashon Senior Center Paella Dinner: Chef Jim Yragui and the dance group Flamenco Luz will be featured. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers, available at the senior center. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. prep and sizzle, 6 p.m. meal served at the Vashon Senior Center.

SATURDAY • 18 Vashon Island Pet Protectors’ Dog and People Walk: Prizes will be awarded to the top three contributors; there is no need to find sponsors. Joanna Gardiner will donate animal visits and housesitting services to the top three con-

Cancer Support Group Forming Several Islanders who are or have been cancer patients are attempting to start an informal cancer support group. Organizers envision this group as a place where cancer patients of all types can talk openly and be understood by their peers, where practical solutions to problems can be discussed and where a forum can be found for sharing the unexpected insights that result from a confrontation with mortality. This group will have no leader or fixed agenda and so will be exactly what members put into it. If you are interested in forming such a group, e-mail Bruce Watson at or Lars Mobrand at to establish a convenient on-Island meeting place and time. — Bruce Watson

VASHON THEATER The Girl who Played with Fire: Closes Thursday, Sept. 16. Salt: Opens Sept. 17. See www.vashontheatre. com for show times or call 463-3232

tributors. 9 a.m. to noon at Burton Acres Park. Farmers Market: Look for melons, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, beans, leaks, squash, cucumbers, eggplant, plums, figs and chard. Acoustic-folk performer Kiki Means will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Village Green. Master Gardeners: Volunteers will be on hand to answer gardening questions and talk about the benefits of joining the group of Islanders in the upcoming master gardener program. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of True Value. Vashon Drum Circle: Drummers around the world will drum at the same time beginning at 11 a.m. for eight minutes. The Vashon group will also share songs and prayers. Free. 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. at the Peace Pole in Ober Park. Tea and a Story: Storyteller Debbie Dimetre will introduce pilot and poet Anne Morrow Lindbergh, her writing and her flight adventures with her famous husband, Charles Lindbergh. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door or from any PEO Chapter GW member. PEO is an organization that supports educational opportunities for women. 1 to 3 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church. Swap and Sew: Bring unwanted clothing and clothing projects to swap with others or upcycle into something new. Sewing machines, supplies and instruction will all be provided. The cost is $5. Registration is required. This event is open to all ages, but participants under 10 should have an accompanying adult. Call 463-2696 to register. 6 to 10 p.m. at Books by the Way.

SUNDAY • 19 Senior Center Potluck: Combine good friends, family and good food. 2 p.m. at the center on Bank Road. Peace Picnic and Potluck — Family Day Celebration: There will be a blessing of the Peace Wall and peace messages that have arrived from around the world. The day will also include music, a giant peace dove, pinwheels for peace, a drum circle and more.

The event is sponsored by Bright Spirit Learning Adventures, Roots and Shoots. For more information, call Vicki Dantche at 408-7246 or e-mail invest4tomorrow@msn. com. See also Vashon Peace Wall on Facebook. 2 to 8 p.m. at 10405 S.W. 140th St. Adoptive Families Harvest Picnic: Vashon’s adoptive families will join together to share a meal, connect with old friends and welcome the new children and new families into the community. All adoptive families are welcome; bring a dish to share. To RSVP or for more information, call Mary Margaret Briggs at 567-5568. Play and conversation begin at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 5 p.m. at Vashon Cohousing Common House, 10421 S.W. Bank Rd.

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MONDAY • 20 Vashon-Maury Island Community Council: While the council no longer has a board of directors, it is still a functioning organization. The meeting will start with a request for a chair from those present to run the meeting. The first order of business will be to solicit agenda items for discussion. Those who attend will help be part of the solution of “Where do we go from here?” 7 p.m. at McMurray Middle School.

TUESDAY • 21 Vashon Quilt Guild: The group will play fabric Bingo; visitors are welcome. Call Mary Jacobs for more information at 463-5024. 10 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church. Community Dinner for the Schools: The PTSA will host a dinner so families can enjoy the food from the Experience Food Project together. 6:30 p.m. at Chautauqua. International Day of Peace: Share messages of peace, poems and songs. Call Vicki Dantche at 408-7246 for more information or see Vashon Peace Wall on Facebook. 7 to 9 p.m. 10405 S.W. 140th St.

UPCOMING Credit Union: Representatives from Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, which plans to open a branch on Vashon, will offer two informational sessions Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the court room at Courthouse Square. From 3 to 5 p.m. the session will focus on financing and refinancing. At 7 p.m. the focus will be energy conservation, weatherization and the financing available from PSCCU for weatherizing Island homes. For more information, call Rex Stratton at 682-1496. Vashon Healthy Community Network (VHCN): The group will hold its regular monthly executive

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As part of Vashon Community Cares’ Telling Stories Speaker Series, Mary Matsuda Gruenewald will talk about what life was like for her as a young girl growing up on Vashon Island from 1927 to 1942. She and her family lived on Shawnee Beach and then in Center, running a strawberry farm. Her family home still exists and is behind the K2 building. In 1942 everything changed when she and her family were evacuated to an internment camp for Japanese-Americans. Gruenewald was 17 years old. She will tell her story of imprisonment and share the emotional and psychological effects of growing up in the midst of this dislocation and injustice. She is the author of “Looking Like the Enemy: My Story of Imprisonment in Japanese-American Internment Camps.” The talk will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Vashon High School theater. She will show photographs on a large screen, bring artifacts from internment camps and answer questions from the audience. Tickets are available by donation at Books by the Way, Vashon Bookshop and Vashon Community Care. All proceeds will support Vashon Community Care. committee meeting. The mission of VHCN is to reduce youth substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and neglect and the school drop-out rate on Vashon. For more information, contact Luke McQuillin at 463-5511 ext. 230. 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in VYFS conference room. Transportation Meeting: The meeting will be devoted to the King County Ferry District and Metro topics. Presenters will be Jan Drago of the King County Council, Rep. Hank Myers of the King County Ferry District, Doug Johnson of Metro Planning and others. Topics will include Metro connectivity to the passenger-only boat and car ferry, the future of the PO boat and issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act. 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at McMurray Middle School. (For details see, page 6.) Book Group: This month’s book is “The Big Bachi” by Naomi Hirahara. For more information, call 463-2616. 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at Vashon Bookshop.

Total Experience Gospel Choir: This marks the 16th Vashon concert for the Bailey-Boushay House, an AIDS hospice in Seattle. Proceeds will go to fund the arts department there. Admittance is by donation. 7 p.m Saturday, Sept. 25, at Vashon Island Community Church. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for refreshments. Growing through Grief: Providence Hospice of Seattle Grief Support Services will offer a support group for adults who have lost a loved one in the past year. Call Jane Fleming at 749-7704 for more information and to register. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 11, at JG Commons. Vashon Library Expansion: A public meeting and open house will offer Islanders a change to see current designs for the expanded Vashon Library as presented by KCLS’ architects. KCLS representatives will be available to hear comments and answer questions. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at McMurray Middle School.

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Scene & Heard: enchanted evening

Classes Fitness Beyond 50: Sam Van Fleet will teach the class, with a focus on strength, balance and stability training. People at all levels of fitness are welcome. It is free to members of the Vashon Athletic Club (VAC) and $10 for non-members. 6 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning tonight, at VAC. Aikido: A new class for children and their families is beginning, taught by Pam Cooper, owner of Aikido of West Seattle. The cost is $100 for the session, which will run from Sept. 16 to Dec. 18. Call Cooper at 938-5222 for more information. 4:15 p.m. Thursdays at the Open Space for Arts & Community. Fertility Yoga: Nicole Grey teaches this five-week class, which creates a space for inner reflection and self study, body connection and breath integration. To register, drop off a check for $63 in the red mailbox by the front door. For more information, contact the studio at 4632058 or info@islandyogacenter. com. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m Thursdays, Sept 16, to Oct 14, at Island Yoga Center. Dig Class: Living Walls and Green Roofs, Part II, will include a variety of information on creating living walls. The cost is $25. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at Dig Floral & Garden. UMO Classes: Continuing aerial for ages 9 to 12 will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. and beginning aerial for ages 8 to 12 will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays, beginning Sept. 20, with Lisa Elliott. Mik Kuhlman will teach a young performers workshop. Kids 6 to 9 will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. and kids ages 9 to 12 will meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesays beginning Sept. 22. Classes run for eight weeks. The


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The Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust held its second annual Salmon Chanted Evening last Saturday at its Fisher Pond Preserve off of Bank Road. Roughly 400 people attended, bringing the organization an estimated $10,000 for its conservation work. Islanders Jeff and Claire Bronson were the lucky winners of the raffle, a week’s stay in the Methow Valley, compliments of Susan and Patrick Sullivan,who donated it. At left, Oliver Churchill makes friends with a giant inflatable salmon, and below, Jaculin Dougher, Kelly Straight and Patrick Christie enjoy the event and a beautiful Indian summer evening at Fisher Pond.

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Internationally known textile artist Kaffe Fassett, right, will be on Vashon next month and will offer several classes through Island Quilter, which brought them to the Island last year, as well. Brandon Mably, left, of Fassett’s studio, will also offer classes. A floral snowball quilt workshop will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8. A Persian poppy knitting workshop will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9. A concentrating on color knitting workshop will meet at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 10. A painting workshop will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11, and a diamond quilt workshop will meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12. The cost of the classes varies from $85 to $135. For more information and to register, see www. or stop by the store. The location of the classes will be given to registered participants. Space is limited, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. Fassett will also offer a lecture at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Vashon High School theater. Tickets will be $15. cost is $120. For registration and more information, contact Maria Glanz at 408-8059 or maria@ All classes will meet at the Open Space for Arts & Community, 18870 103rd Ave. S.W. Indonesian Cooking: The Sukarwanto family will offer an Indonesian cooking class. The menu will include sweet garlic corn fritters, an egg, carrot and cabbage stir fry and mung bean porridge with coconut milk. The cost is $75. Payment must be received before the day of the class to reserve a spot. Call 408-7382

or e-mail 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at a beachfront home in Portage. Paper Making: Natalie ChomykDaniels will offer paper-making classes during the weekends of September through November. Students will learn how to make paper from pulp and how to create surface designs. The cost is $50 per session. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays at a studio in Dockton. Call her for information at (907) 250-3658.

Learn to become a master gardener in upcoming program Vashon has an active group of master gardeners who offer advice on gardening and plant questions throughout the summer at their Saturday clinics outside of True Value and the Farmers Market. They have begun planting a native garden and also support the horticulture program at Vashon High School. A new class of master gardeners is trained each year through Washington State University Extension. Classes are held at the Center for Urban Horticulture near the University Village in Seattle Training will take place on 12 consecutive Tuesdays beginning Jan. 11, and end on March 29. Trainees study botany, geology and soil composition, water quality,





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A JOYFUL NOISE: The Total Experience Gospel Choir will return to Vashon for its 16th

annual Island concert to benefit Bailey-Boushay House, an AIDS hospice in Seattle. The choir will sing at 7 p.m Saturday, Sept. 25, at Vashon Island Community Church. Doors open at 6 p.m. for refreshments. Admission is by donation.


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Six artists create sumptuous new works for an auction VAA’s biggest event of the year shines a spotlight on local artists. By ELIZABETH SHEPHERD Arts Editor


hen the curtain goes up on Vashon Allied Arts’ annual auction, Islanders will have a chance to call out bids on more than a dozen extravagant experiences and raise their paddles for a chance to take home work by 100 local artists.

There will also be entertainment, food and drink, and a chance to hobnob with leading members of the Island art scene, but amidst all the hoopla and gala festivities, a special spotlight will shine brightly on six local artists. These artists — Donna Botten, John Lucas, Charlotte Masi, Kristen Reitz-Green, Rick Wallace and Cory Winn — have been handpicked for a special honor and place of prominence at the event. The group was commissioned earlier this year to create works especially for the auction, and since receiving the honor, they have been hard at work crafting brand new paintings, sculptures, gourd art, tile work and photographs. It’s a tradition that dates back to 1991, when Vashon Allied Arts decided to honor a select group of artists at its auction each year. A committee, led by Blue Heron gallery director Janice Mallman, chose this year’s commissioned artists. “We’ve been doing it for so many years that we have lists, and we have to go back and make sure we’re not asking someone who has already done it,” said Mallman. “That actually takes out quite a few.” Mallman explained that the focus is on finding a crosssection of artists, working in different media, who have donated to the auction in past years. Commissioned pieces are bought outright by Vashon Allied Arts, and then offered up for auction. This year’s group of artists, and the work they have produced for the auction, have Mallman especially excited. Oil painter Kristen Reitz-Green has created a large and luscious oil painting of a banana split, complete with whipped cream and a cherry on top. “It’s like you could just dive in and lick up that ice cream,” said Mallman. VAA’s “Cruise into the Arts” auction will take place Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, in a giant tent in the Blue Heron parking lot. Tickets are $45 on Friday and $120 on Saturday and can be purchased by calling 463-5131 or online at

OPPORTUNITIES ABOUND Audition for a radio play: Vashon Park District and Voice of Vashon are holding auditions for men, women and teens interested in being in a spooky radio theater production. Auditions take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19. Performances will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 29 and 30. Try out for ‘Nuncrackers’: Drama Dock will hold auditions from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Vashon High School’s band room, for its holiday production of “Nuncrackers,” to be staged in collaboration with Vashon Allied

Commissioned works by (top row) John Lucas, Donna Botten and Cory Winn will be auctioned by Vashon Allied Arts on Friday, Sept. 24. Works by Rick Wallace, Charlotte Masi and Kristin Reitz-Green (bottom row) will be up for bid on Saturday, Sept. 25. The piece is in keeping with others Reitz-Green has done since she fell in love with oil painting after taking a class at Vashon Allied Arts with Island artist Pam Ingalls. Since then, she has filled canvasses with what she calls “naughty foods” — gummy bears, Swedish fish, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and Fruit Loops. Another commissioned artist, Rick Wallace, has used his global business travels as a springboard for his passion for photography. Wallace’s commissioned work for VAA is a triptych that contains three striking photos as well as a message about the need for clean, safe water in the African nations of Chad and Cameroon, where the shots were taken. “The photographs are just heartwarming; they just get you,” said Mallman. Mallman is also enthused about a vase created by tile artist Cory Winn. The vase, inspired by an early Celtic one, incorporates 31 different glazes. “I keep telling her this vase belongs in a museum,” said

Arts. Parts are available for five women ages 18 and older, one man, two boys and two girls ages 8 to 17. There are other small adult ensemble roles in the show. The script is available for review at Vashon Library. The show will run Dec. 17 to 26. For more information, contact Elizabeth Ripley at 463-6388 or Join a community orchestra: Vashon Maury Chamber Orchestra is looking for more players, especially violinists. This is a non-audition group of all ages that meets on Thursday evenings and gives two or three concerts a year. For more information, contact Karin Choo at

Mallman. “It’s stunning.” Another commissioned piece, “Dowser,” by sculptor John Lucas, is part of a series created by the artist that depicts curious clay figures — men, women and children — involved in simple situations or holding a meditative stance. “It makes you ask questions and wonder,” said Mallman. Two other commissioned artists found inspiration in nature to create their work. Lifelong Islander Donna Botten, a well-known member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and Barnworks, painted a new floral watercolor, “Into the Sun,” for the VAA auction, and Charlotte Masi, who creates art from gourds, has created an unusual and striking vase for the event. All of the work created by the six commissioned artists is currently on view at Blue Heron Gallery, and Mallman urged Islanders to stop by and take a look at the pieces. “They really stepped up to the plate,” she said.

Turn a poem into a video: Videographers, poets and filmmakers are invited to compete in a contest sponsored by The Big Joy Project, a multimedia venture produced by Islander Stephen Silha that focuses on the life and work of poet and filmmaker James Broughton. Contestants should turn a James Broughton poem into a short video (less than four minutes) using animation, montage, film, photographs, music, spoken word, special effects or other techniques. Prizes will include Adobe Creative Suite 5 and signed books. Selected videos may also appear in an upcoming Big Joy feature film. Works should be produced in HD,

1080p, 24 fps. Submit entries by Oct. 31 by posting videos to YouTube or another online video hosting site. Let contest judges know where they can watch it by sending an e-mail to For information, call or e-mail Silha at 567-4363 or Submit your ‘New Works’: Vashon Allied Arts is accepting applications for its New Works Series, a program that provides the Blue Heron venue for artists from any performance discipline to premiere new works and/or new collaborations. Application forms are available at Blue Heron Art Center or online at The deadline is 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2.

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Play challenges McMurray students to think about a new type of bullying By NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Reporter

Lies were told, rumors spread and insults flew on the second week of class at McMurray Middle School. It wasn't the students who were misbehaving, but a troupe of actors and actresses who visited McMurray on Friday, Sept. 10, to present a play meant to raise awareness about bullying in middle school and high school. As part of the school's annual Challenge Day, which kicks off the new school year with teambuilding and thought-provoking activities, Vashon's Partners in Education sponsored a performance of Taproot Theatre Company's play “Don't Tell Jessica.� The company, which has several acting troupes that tour throughout the Pacific Northwest, premiered the brandnew play at McMurray. In the show a group of high schoolers discovers the danger of letting

rumors spread and jokes go too far. “I thought it resonated with the students, and it was a very relevant scenario,â€? said Greg Allison, principal of McMurray. Allison especially appreciated the play's message about cyberbullying, which he says is more subtle than traditional bullying but can be just as harmful. “I think it is good education to consider those venues and help kids navigate social networking. ‌ The goal of today is to bring light to that and challenge students to treat each other with respect,â€? he said. In the play, the main character Jessica becomes the target of vicious rumors spread by a jealous friend through texting, e-mail and social networking. She is especially hurt when classmates contribute to a Facebook page set up as a forum for them to post mean things about her. Nathan Jeffrey, the play's director and the director of education

SHOW TIME Tim Fast plays a show at Luna Singer/songwriter Tim Fast will bring folk and Americana music to CafĂŠ Luna at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Fast, a Minnesota native, has performed and recorded music for 20 years. His show is free.

Rock on with Murgatroyd Murgatroyd, an Island band made up of Brett Bacchus, “Rez� Arnot, Morgan Snyder and Doug Spencer, will bring hard rock music to Red Bicycle Bistro at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17. The show is free and for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that.

for Taproot Theatre Company, said that while schools often request the company do shows on bullying, it's becoming increasingly important that they address the issue of cyber-bullying as well. “Cyber-bullying is becoming a national issue. It's everywhere,� he said. When the play was over, the five actors and actresses led the middle school audience in a discussion about their own experiences with bullying and how they could work to prevent it in the future. Adrienne Littleton, who played the girl who started rumors in the play, told the students that while many are never directly involved in bullying, most contribute to it by standing by and letting it happen. “Most of us see it happen,� she said. “We spread the rumor or laugh at the joke.� While Allison was pleased that Taproot Theatre Company,

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Veteran performer John Sparrow will give a free show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at CafĂŠ Luna. According to Alice Winship, of Victory Music and the Northwest Seaport, Sparrow is known for his “sly wit, eloquent storytelling voice, and versatile musicianship.â€? His songs have been recorded by many Northwest musicians, including Kat Eggleston and Hank Kramer.

Azure Knot, a new Island band featuring Jon Whalen on lead vocals and guitar, will have a free debut performance at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Red Bicycle Bistro. The band plays folk, rock, blues and countrified ballads. The show is for all ages until 11 p.m. and 21 and older after that. Quartermaster Inn in Burton has announced its musical offerings for the coming months. Island favorite Steve Amsden and Friends are booked to play Friday evenings this fall at the inn, and Pat Reardon will entertain listeners on Sunday nights. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Sundays.

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The Island performance ensemble Lelavision will present “Fearless Overtones,� a genre-bending performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Lelavision studio. Lelavision founders Leah Mann and Ela Lamblin will meld kinetic sculpture, music and dance, while an ensemble of musicians, Ama Trio, will play Latin, jazz and eastern European circus chamber music. Ama Trio is made up of Madeleine Sosin, Abel Rocha and Amy Denio. Suggested admission for the show is $15, and half the proceeds will go to the students at Camino Seguro School in Guatemala. Reservations are required, and directions to the studio will be given upon calling 463-9648 or e-mailing

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Vashon organizations honor Robert Bennedsen By LESLIE BROWN and NATALIE JOHNSON Staff Writers

Vashon Island Fire and Rescue will dedicate its new residence quarters in Burton to Islander Robert Bennedsen, who was killed July 18 by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, three weeks into his first tour of duty. And the Bounty Club, a booster club for the Vashon High School’s football team, has already raised enough money in Bennedsen’s name to install visitor bleachers at the stadium field. The bleachers, which are expected to carry a plaque in Bennedsen’s memory, will be dedicated at a special ceremony at this Friday’s home football game. More money continues to come into the fund, according to VHS football coach Rick Sassara, and other projects in Bennedsen’s name will likely be undertaken. “It’s been amazing to watch the amount of donations coming in,� Sassara said. At an Aug. 26 meeting of the board of fire commissioners, the board unanimously approved a motion to name the Burton house after Bennedsen, who served as a volunteer firefighter on Vashon. Commissioner Ron Turner, who introduced the motion, said it seemed like an appropriate way to honor the young man, who showed the same bravery in helping others in Afghanistan as he did on Vashon as a volunteer firefighter.

“He was introduced to the idea of helping the community by the fire department. ‌ It came natural to him as the result of the training and upbringing that he got here on this Island,â€? Turner said. The residence, which sleeps four, will begin use in October and will help to decrease the department’s response time to Maury Island and southern Vashon Island. Though a name for the house has not been chosen, Bennendsen’s name will be inlcuded in the title, said assistant chief George Brown. Islanders will be able to tour the residence at an open house on Oct. 9. A date for the house’s dedication has yet to be chosen.

Brown said he was glad the department could honor Bennedsen in such a way. “We think Robert would like it because (Burton) was his home station, where he did most of his training and responding out of.� Scott Bennedsen, Robert’s father, said he and Robert’s mother Tracy were pleased that the fire department was naming its new house after their son. “He loved the fire department,� he said. Tracy Bennedsen said she’s been deeply moved by the community “outpouring of love and support.� Among the contributions made to her son’s memorial account was a $4,000 check from his platoon in Afghanistan. “It just amazes me. I’m

shocked. I shouldn’t be, but I am,� she said. Bennedsen, a 2004 graduate of VHS, was a football star and wrestling champion during his years at the high school. Sassara said the bleachers seem like a good way to honor him. “It’s something the community can use,� he said. “And it’s something that’s lasting.� A ceremony dedicating the bleachers and retiring Robert Bennedsen’s jersey number will be held before the football game at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Wristbands with Bennedsen’s name on them will be for sale as part of the fundraiser for his memorial fund.

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THE HEART OF THE SOUNDERS: Four Seattle Sounders players who recently visited Vashon refused payment for the time they spent with Island soccer enthisiasts, instead donating the $500 to the Vashon Island fields fund. The park district still needs $300,000 in community donations to complete the fields by The Harbor School. To donate, drop of a check at the park district offices or send it to PO Box 1608, Vashon, WA, 98070.

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Lady Pirates defeat the Warriors in opening game By NATALIE KERNS for The Beachcomber

Last season, Vashon High School’s girls soccer team said goodbye to 14 seniors from the varsity team of 21. The remaining six players were left with a half-empty pitch and skepticism of what the next season would bring. On Thursday, Sept. 9, the girls took the field without a single memory of a victory over their first opponent of the season, the Seattle Christian Warriors. With an outstanding turnout of freshman and an uprising of talent among returners, the Pirates won the battle against the Warriors with a score of 4-3. With a stalemate at halftime of 1-0 in favor of the Warriors, coach Paul Beytebiere worked out the kinks, and the girls turned up the heat in the second half. Eight minutes into the second period, junior Cat Amick

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Vashon football drowns Lakeside By DON OLSON for The Beachomber

Coaches know the old adage — that “a learning team will become a winning team.” Coming off its recent loss to Chelan High School, the Pirate football team had a week of practice, with emphasis on correcting mistakes — enough time to prove that it is, indeed, a “learning team.” Turnovers dominated the boys’ Sept. 3 loss to Chelan. It was a different picture in Friday’s home game against the Lakeside Upper School Lions, when the Pirates had no turnovers, no fumbles, no interceptions and very few penalties or foolish errors at crucial times

in the game. Before a cheering crowd, they won, 43 to 0. The pace of the game was set early. The Pirates took the opening kickoff and began their disciplined display of error-free football. On the opening drive, Adrian Arceo ran through, around and over the Lakeside Lions. With three minutes expired in the first quarter, Alex Sohl ran into the end zone for the first touchdown. The point after was good, giving Vashon a 7-0 lead. On the ensuing kickoff, Pirate fans witnessed a display of kicking characteristic of Division One football, when Arceo and Nick Fox-Edele put on a kicking show. For the remainder of the

game, their kicks were into the end zone for touchbacks and no run back. Extra point kicks were outside the fenced field. The Lakeside offense never got started in the first half. Each possession following a Pirate touchdown was characterized by first and 10, second and 12, third and 15, fourth and punt. The Pirate defense had everything covered. The Lion punt formation displayed obvious vulnerability that was quickly exploited when the Pirates blocked two punts (Zach Stackhouse and Arceo) that turned into Pirate touchdowns. With each Pirate possession it was a pleasure to watch the

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dribbled the ball to about 10 feet out of the penalty box and blasted it over the goalie’s head to put the Pirates on the scoreboard. Amick then went on to score an additional two points, and junior Olivia Andrus scored one to bring the Pirates to a one point advantage over the Warriors. With a defense of three talented returners and herself, freshman Teagan Lynch had a great start to her high school career. Keeping her composure, she helped hold off the Warriors until the end. “Tonight was a great first game for all of us,” said senior captain Carlyle Scott. “It has definitely set the tone for the rest of the year. The victory just may prove to be the dawning of a season of excellence for the Lady Pirates.”


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execution of all 11 players, with quarterback Jeff Rauma orchestrating, carry out their assignments. Blocking assignments were maintained, pass patterns run correctly and passes delivered on the mark. Hamzah Griffin — a commanding presence on the field at 6’4� and 233 pounds — displayed his sure hands with multiple catches and nice runs. By halftime, more touchdowns had been completed by Arceo and Dan Sullivan. The RaumaSullivan connection was a perfectly thrown, 14-yard pass deep into the Lion end zone. It was not until late in the second quarter that Lakeside made a first-down conversion, but their drive ended quickly. The Lions’ defense made some adjustments and Pirate domination was briefly stymied until Arceo broke out for a 33-yard dash with brilliant open field running to set up and avoid tacklers. With seconds remaining in the first half, the Pirates turned on their kicking talent when Fox-Edele completed a 39-yard field goal. The first half ended with Pirates 36, Lakeside 0. The Pirates had completed the first half with a touchdown on each possession, no fumbles, no interceptions and two inconsequential penalties. The second half began with each team exchanging possessions and the Pirates securing field advantage with one of their two blocked punts. With six minutes remaining in the third quarter the Pirates scored the final touchdown

behind Sohl’s running. The point-after was good — putting the score at Pirates 43, Lakeside 0. With the game outcome secured, the starting team was relieved by their understudy talent. With Nick Amundsen at quarterback and Nick Betz at tailback, it was to become the “Nick Show.� Amundsen ran the team with error-free handoffs. Betz took over where his older brother Nathan, who graduated last year, left off — driving, twisting and carrying tacklers for first-down conversions. New fresh linemen were providing the running holes. You could see the confidence building in these younger Pirates. Lakeside was able to mount their first repeated first-down series, but the momentum stopped with an incomplete pass on a fourth and sixteen play. Behind a bust-out running display by Betz, the Pirates put themselves into field goal range with four minutes remaining. It was not to be this time. The game-ending play came when Nick Amundsen completed his Pirate debut with an interception. The first team returned to the field, with Rauma taking a knee on each possession to run out the clock. Every eligible player played in the game. Once again, it was a “Pirate Fight Song� night, with the cheerleaders and team joining forces to serenade their fans. — Don Olson is the grandfather of Jeff Rauma.

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School board expected to seek voter approval for $3.5 million bond to repair track, field The Vashon Island School Board will likely ask voters to consider a $3.5 million addendum to next February’s bond measure to repair the high school’s degraded track and heavily used stadium field. Under board member Bob Hennessey’s proposal, the measure would be a Part B on the ballot, contingent on Part A — the $47.7 million measure to rebuild and repair classroom facili-


to the creation of a small working group headed up by Vashon Youth & Family Services (VYFS) to begin addressing some of her many recommendations. “I think it gave us enough information to build some community will to create this working group and to dedicate some staff time to support the working group,� Gross Shader said. Ken Maaz, VYFS’s executive director, said the report underscored what several Islanders involved in social services already know. Many, he said, have been aware of the limited resources on Vashon and the ongoing need. At the same time, he said, the network’s efforts are providing an important wake-up call. “I think it’s really great that there was a catalyst to make this report happen, so that we did stop and take a look at this issue,� he said. “It’s brought (domestic violence) to everyone’s attention, and now we want to figure out what to do about it.� Boyer, a cultural anthropologist and a consultant to the Island’s Healthy Community Network, said

ties — passing. All five members expressed initial support for Hennessey’s proposal last week. It’s expected to come before the board for final approval at its next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23. If passed, the funds would bring the track up to district-wide standards, enabling Vashon High School to host track meets. (Because of the condition of the track, it currently cannot host

that the extent of domestic violence on Vashon is hard to determine — in part because no organization provides services or tracks incidences on the Island and countywide agencies such as the King County court system don’t separate out numbers by geographic regions within the county. What’s more, because of Vashon’s small population and the infrequency of domestic violence incidents, “rates are inherently unstable,� she wrote. At the same time, both data from several years ago and anecdotal information from Vashon therapists suggest incidents of domestic violence — from violations of protection orders to assaults — occur on the Island. When Island Domestic Violence Outreach Services (IDVOS) was an active organization on Vashon, for instance, it served 55 to 62 families a year, her report says. And last year, Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, a Tukwila-based organization that serves South King County, received 26 calls to its crisis line from Vashon residents. Interviews with staff at VYFS, she added, suggested that domestic violence incidents were “regular and constant.� Boyer, in an interview,

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meets.) It would also include funds for an artificial-turf field at the high school; such a field can take much more use, Hennessey said. Hennessey said it makes sense to put such a measure before voters. “I think we have to make the case,� he said. Superintendent Michael Soltman agreed: “It’s definitely a need we have.�

noted that domestic violence is always under-reported, a trend that could be pronounced on Vashon. “The needs on Vashon run the gamut,� she added. “All of it’s there. And all of it needs to be addressed.� Among her recommendations are an on-Island dedicated crisis line and domestic violence advocate; an ongoing support group; and a coordinated plan that identified one agency as the point-agency that communicates and coordinates with county service agencies. Vashon advocates have struggled for years to provide adequate support for victims of domestic violence. Several years ago, IDVOS was a going concern, with two advocates and a strong presence on the Island. But it stumbled financially and ultimately fell apart in the wake of an embezzlement scandal; its director pled guilty to firstdegree theft in November 2005. In 2006, after Islanders lobbied the county for funds to support domestic violence services on Vashon, DAWN got enough funding to hire a full-time Island-based advocate. She was transferred off the Island early in 2009 after DAWN lost some of its county funding. Reached Friday, Cheryl Bozarth, DAWN’s director,

said an advocate visits the Island once a month to do outreach and other work. But without funding from the county, she said, the agency is unable to provide any kind of consistent presence. Some Islanders who are concerned about issues facing women on Vashon say they’re frustrated that the Island continues to have so few services to address what they are sure is a problem. Joy Goldstein, an Islander active on such issues, went to a briefing about Boyer’s report. It underscored what she said she already believes: “I’m convinced there’s a real need,� she said. In part, she noted, the report states what she and others already know. Even so, she said, she’s glad that the Healthy Community Network took this important first step. “Now we have data we can rub in people’s faces,� she said. “That seems to be the only way to get things done.� The new working group will hold its first meeting today. Deborah Rieschl, who will represent VYFS in the group, said the panel will start by asking itself what can be done now to address the issue. “I think it’s great to get the working group started,� she said.





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Hypnotist returns to practice her craft on the Island By SUSAN RIEMER Staff Writer

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Vashon’s rich variety of health care providers now includes licensed hypnotherapist Diana Labrum, who works out of an office in Courthouse Square. While hypnosis is frequently joked about and misunderstood, it is a useful tool for people facing a host of challenges, from test anxiety to weight loss, according to Labrum. “It is one of the best ways to deal with stress or to overcome a mental block,” she said. Since 2005, she has practiced in Port Orchard, where she lives, and sees people of all ages for a variety of problems. Her most frequent clients are people who want to stop smoking. “I see two to three people a day for smoking,” she said. “That is not something I ever would have expected.” Over the years, she said she has worked with at least 500 people who have wanted to quit smoking and has an 85 percent success rate, which is

extremely high compared to other smoking cessation treatments. Critical to people’s success with freeing themselves from cigarettes is that they must want to stop, Labrum said. If they do not truly want to, hypnosis will not be successful, and she tells them to save their money and come back if they ever want to stop. She has also developed a hypnosis weight-loss course, but weight loss is different than smoking cessation, Labrum said. It takes longer, and more sessions are necessary. Beyond helping with bad habits and addictions, hypnosis is also useful for fears and phobias. Many fears have their roots in childhood, Labrum said, and through hypnosis, it is possible to go back and heal the cause, freeing people from sometimes extreme phobias. Hypnosis is not just for adults, Labrum noted, and can be useful for children and teens, for issues ranging from anxiety to problems with performance in sports. She used


eyes, think to hypnotize of a peaceher daughter ful place and before tests, relax each Labrum said. part of their Her daughter body. This is very bright brings people but was not to the alpha a good test state, which is taker, and the state right hypnosis before sleep, helped her. and people are Her daughter Diana Labrum open to sugeven called gestion at this her before time, Labrum said. she took the Law School People are only open to sugAdmissions Test, asking her gestions that are compatible mother to hypnotize her over with what they believe. the phone. She did so, while “If I put someone under her daughter sat quietly in her hypnosis, they will never do car. Labrum told her postive anything they would not do messages, such as that everything she knew was right there when they are awake,” she said. and accessible to her. Labrum did not start out This is the kind of message her professional life on this that Labrum tells her clients career path. In college, she when they are hypnotized. majored in sociology and then “What you believe is really worked for many years as an helpful,” she said. accountant for architects, not When Labrum first meets because it was a passion, but with a client, she interviews because she was good at it, she them to find out why they are said. there. For the actual hypnosis, When she was in her 20s, she leads what is called an she had been interested in “induction.” People close their

hypnosis and learned how to hypnotize people through books she checked out from the library. In 2004, she returned to those roots and took a several-month class on hypnosis through Tacoma Community College and then completed a 13-month class, “Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapy” through the National Guild of Hypnotists. She also particpates in a continuing education conference every year. Labrum lived on Vashon for 22 years, where many people knew her as The Pie Lady, when she made pies for the now-closed Malt Shop, the farmers market and her stand on the Westside Highway. She still has family on the Island and has thought about practicing here for a long time and believes the time is right to make this change, she said. She is on the Island on Thursdays and will add Tuesdays as her business grows. For more information, call her at (360) 876-5880 or see www.

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Donald MacCuaig Montgomery Donald MacCuaig Montgomery passed away at the age of 77. He was at home on Vashon Island where he lived for much of his life. After a career as a Boeing engineer, he devoted himself to serving God and his community with a generous heart. Donald is survived by his wife Marcia, three children, nine grand children and two greatgrand children. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. A memorial will be held at 2:00 on October 9th at Bethell Church 14736 Bethel Lane SW.Vashon, WA 98070. Please visit our online guest book at

The Dirt Yard, which is closing its operations at its site on Cemetery Road, is donating all of its proceeds from its sales of mulch, woodchips and topsoil to the Vashon High School football team. Brad Middling, owner of the Dirt Yard, said the fundraiser will continue until the operation moves from the site — possibly until the end of this month. Jennifer Huerta, treasurer for the Bounty Club, a parents’ group that supports VHS football, said she was impressed by Middling’s generosity. The materials, she added, are being sold at below the usual costs. “It’s a win-win for everybody — the customers, too, because the can get something at a very good price,” she said.

Long-time resident of Vashon Island, Muriel Milligan, 89, died September 9, 2010 in Federal Way, Washington. Her service will be held 1:00 P.M. Friday September 17, 2010 at the Vashon Methodist Church and she will be inurned in the Vashon Island Cemetery. Muriel was born July 10, 1921 in Strathmore, Alberta, Canada to Charles & Anna Elizabeth Robinson. Muriel married Joseph B. Milligan on December 21, 1942 in Alberta, Canada where Joe was serving as an officer in the US Army Air Corp during WWII. Joe and Muriel lived on Vashon, in Ellisport, from 1965 to 2006, when they moved to Seattle to be closer to their family. Muriel enjoyed gardening and Bridge, and is best known as “grandma” to their 11 grandchildren and 9 greatgrandchildren. Her family wrote: “Muriel was the heart of the family and will be fondly remembered for her welcoming home and most especially for the best pancakes, raspberry Melba sauce, Christmas cookies and apple pie. She will be dearly remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.” Muriel is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, Tom & Fiona Milligan of Beaverton, Oregon, daughter & son-inlaw, Sharon & David Lanning of Haiku, Hawaii, daughter & son-in-law, Ann & Joe Ardizzone of Des Moines; grandchildren, Rob & Jane Perry, Scott Milligan, Joe & Sue Perry, Sean Milligan, Jim & April Simonson, Arielle Howie, Jack Milligan, Alex Ardizzone, Tommy, Cameron & Robby Milligan; great grandchildren, Oliver Perry, Joey Ratkoviak, Sofia, Ava & Isabelle Milligan, Joseph Perry, Pia & Ronin Murphy and Kyle Simonson. Muriel was preceded in death by her husband Joseph B. Milligan in January 2008. Memorial contributions may be made to: Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation PO Box 5371 / S-200 Seattle, WA 98145-5005. Funeral arrangements were handled by Yahn & Son of Auburn, Washington. Please visit to leave a tribute and see the online photo album.

County to hold hearing on pool property transfer

The King County Council will hold a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Monday to determine whether to transfer ownership of the Island’s public pool to the Vashon Island School Disrict. The county, which owned and operated the pool, has leased the property to the district for the past 40 years. Now that the county has turned over pool management to the Vashon Park District, it wants to transfer the property to the school district, which will in turn transfer the property to the park district. “Everything’s in place. This is just the final little piece,” said Wendy Braicks, director of the park district.

Ferry dock work continues

Construction work at the north-end ferry dock will continue until midOctober, closing lanes and slowing the

loading and offloading process. State ferry officials say they expect no sailing cancellations because of the work — repaving the trestle that extends to the slips. But because there will be only single-lane loading and offloading, lines will be longer, they say. For more information, contact Susan Harris-Huether, a ferry system senior programs manager, at 515-3460.

Vashon Theatre named best rural movie house

The Seattle Weekly proclaimed Vashon’s one and only theater the best of the lot among those in rural areas. In a recent blurb in the Weekly, writer Mike Seely said it’s a theater that offers up “something for everyone,” from box-office hits to indie films to events like the Oscar night. “It’s not just a great place to take in a flick; it’s a community anchor,” he added.

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The past couple years have been challenging for the congregation, Stewart said, as they went through two interim priests and experienced some bumps in the road while searching for a permanent replacement. “Those two years have been difficult in some ways, and yet energizing for the community, and it drew the community together,” he said. Now, Stewart said, everyone is pleased at the outcome of the long search. “People are both relived and very, very excited to get somebody with Carla’s experience, qualifications and character,” Stewart said. “She is better than your average bear; everybody knows that.” Pryne, a petite and energetic woman with curly reddish hair and a warm smile, grew up in Manhattan but spent summers on her uncle’s farm in Michigan and at an Episcopalian summer camp in rural Connecticut. While she loved growing up in the city, Pryne said, those rural summers gave her a deep appreciation for nature that

would later fuel her nonprofit work. “I learned that you cannot separate human life from the rest of life on the planet,” she said. Pryne described her decision to attend Yale Divinity School in the late 1970s as somewhat of an experiment “I knew I was drawn to the study of scripture and the practice of prayer and how it could change people’s lives, because it had changed mine. … I went there as a seeker, not sure where the road would lead me professionally,” she said, adding that many who knew her well had encouraged her to go into ministry. Though she had gone to Yale considering teaching, Pryne said she quickly realized she would rather share the message of scripture with others than teach students about its Greek grammar. “I recognized I was more of a preacher than a teacher,” she said. Pryne took a short break from full-time priesthood when she founded Earth Ministry, which she is still involved with on a limited basis. The organization sprang from her desire to motivate people of faith to play a part in protecting the

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Pryne says she enjoys Vashon’s warmth and neighborliness. Earth. “For me it was a real eyeopener to recognize that church had a role that no one else had,” she said. “We simply were not part of the

Richard C. Bain, Jr. Richard C. Bain Jr passed away Sunday, January 10, 2010 at his home in Campobello, South Carolina. Dick was born in Manhattan, New York on October 7, 1935. He attended Asheville School in North Carolina. He received a scholarship to Duke University and went on to complete his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Yale University. He spent the majority of adult life on the west coast, a pioneer in the fledgling field of Environmental Engineering. Dick was involved in problem-solving the clean-up strategy for the offshore oil platform spill near Santa Barbara in 1969, an event that gained national attention, and he was a lifelong proponent of conservation and ecology – long before it was fashionable. It was during this time the EPA and Earth Day were founded. Later, Dick was invited by the Carter administration to comment on environmental policy development. After a stint working for the U.S. Public Health Service in San Francisco, he joined the environmental and consulting engineering firm of Brown and Caldwell. He was promoted to Vice President and relocated to Vashon Island in 1973 with his family, including infant daughter Margery (now deceased) in order to open and manage Brown and Caldwell’s Seattle office. Dick continued this work in Seattle until the mid 1980’s when he relocated to Ellensburg, Washington where he hung out his shingle as an independent engineering consultant specializing in water-related issues including addressing farmers’ irrigation, pollution and salmon hatchery issues throughout eastern Washington until his retirement in 2001. He was recognized at state and federal levels for his professional contributions to the area of water pollution and waste management. Dick served on several local committees while on Vashon Island, mainly related to land use planning and water issues. He was appointed to the newly created Park and Recreation District Board by the County supervisors and was instrumental in developing plans for the park now on the site of the old U.S. Army Nike Missile Base. He was involved in acquiring shoreline areas to protect these resources. Dick referred to himself as a “Luddite” and often commented that he was born in the wrong century. He designed and built four homes incorporating features of English Tudor design. One of these homes is the former Swan Inn on Vashon Island. The Swan Inn operated as a bed and breakfast in the 1980’s and again in the early 1990’s. The site of many weddings, it won several awards and was featured in periodicals and on television. A keen marksman, he joined the Sportsmen’s Club where he, along with 6 or 8 other muzzleloading flintlock rifle enthusiasts, formed the Judd Creek Rifles. While on Vashon, Dick renewed his early interest in music and joined the Vashon Celtic Players, increasing his proficiency as a fiddler. He went on to compete and place in numerous competitions around the country, most recently in October 2009, winning the Georgia State Senior Fiddler Champion title. Post retirement, he maintained a home in New Zealand and, in 2003, realized his dream of owning a log cabin in the Smokey Mountains. He restored a civil war era federal style house in Campobello, SC where he lived until his passing from cancer. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Clark Bain of Campobello, SC, his daughter, Miranda Bain Jarman and her husband Jeff, of Queensland, Australia, his mother Margery Bain Franklin of Tryon, NC, his sister Gale Ironside of Landrum, SC, and his brother Peter D. Bain of Hendersonville, NC. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 19th at 2:30pm at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit on Vashon Island.

conversation.” Since then, Earth Ministry has blossomed into a successful and wellknown nonprofit that provides educational resources

to the religious community, facilitates both interdenominational and interfaith conversation about what it means to steward the Earth and advocates for legislation that aligns with its mission. “Whatever your faith background or denomination background, we all share the same Earth,” Pryne said. Pryne, who clearly feels a deep connection with the natural world, said she has always wanted to serve and live in a rural community — a place where she can see horses or hear roosters crow. “I want to eat vegetables that were grown by my friends,” she said. Though Pryne currently lives in Seattle with her husband, Eric Pryne, a reporter at the Seattle Times, they hope to one day move to Vashon. Pryne, who is also the mother of two college-aged sons, describes both the congregation at Church of the Holy Spirit and the Vashon community as welcoming, intelligent, caring and having a quality of neighborliness that she believes is rare in today’s society. “As a newcomer, it feels like a place we can set down roots,” she said.

R. B. Gordon Sr. Robert Bruce Gordon Sr. born October 18, 1914, passed away September 7, 2010 in Tacoma. He had spent his whole life either in Tacoma or at Magnolia Beach on Vashon Island. His wife of 63 years had passed away in 2003. He was survived by his Son, Richard, his Granddaughter, Randi Iggulden (Rob), his Grandson, David, his two Great Grandchildren, Bradley and Sydney and his Sister, Mary Louise Beil. Another son, Robert B. Gordon Jr. predeceased him. Mr. Gordon graduated from Washington Grade School, Mason Intermediate, Stadium High School and the University of Washington. In 1936 he started his banking career at the National Bank of Tacoma as a messenger. In 1939 he left that bank, which had become the National Bank of Washington, to join the bank next door, the Puget Sound National Bank. He retired in 1970 as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. He then was elected to the Board of Directors. In 1983 the Bank purchased the San Juan County Bank in Friday Harbor, and Mr. Gordon was placed on that Bank’s Board as the liaison director to serve both banks. He also went on the Board of the Auto Club of Washington (AAA), and served as Chairman between 1979 and 1983. The Gordon’s loved to travel, and in his retirement days they managed to visit 49 Of the 50 States and over 50 foreign Countries. In addition they enjoyed many cruises and many winter stays on the ocean at La Jolla, California. In closing it would be remiss not to mention Mr. Gordon’s over 85-year membership in the First Presbyterian Church in Tacoma. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Vashon Heritage Museum, Box 723, Vashon, WA 98070. Please visit our online guest book at

In return, the congregation at Church of the Holy Spirit has nothing but praise for its new rector. Stewart was impressed that Pryne immediately took steps to get to know the church members on a personal level. “That said a lot about her depth as a person and as a priest,” he said. Rex Stratton, who heard Pryne preach years ago at St. Mark’s and returned to the Church of the Holy Spirit when she accepted the position there, described Pryne as extremely intelligent and said he has long appreciated her thoughtful sermons. “A lot of people just preach about the Bible,” he said. “She is able to take the lessons that are coming out of the Bible and personalize them with her own experiences and give them in a much more meaningful way. … You really have a sense of the work of the ministry in your life.” Lakey said Pryne is a great fit for the Vashon parish in part because of her ability to relate with and appeal to a diverse group of people, from longtime Episcopalians to new believers. “She has this ability to unite people from many different backgrounds. That’s one of her strengths.” Mark Yelken, who chaired the search committee that unanimously recommended Pryne to the church’s board, said that ability to unite the congregation was something the committee looked for in a new priest. “She’s understanding and a great listener,” Yelken said. “She seems to be able to identify with and embrace diversity on Vashon.” Already, Yelken said, Pryne’s presence has been attracting newcomers to the congregation, which hopes to see its numbers grow in this time of transition. For now, Pryne said she is enjoying the process of delving into her new community and discovering how she can serve it best. “I’m there to get to know the people and appreciate the way they worship God together and figure out how I fit in there. … I couldn’t be more happy any other place than on this Island,” she said.

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senior; she has been part of the program for a year. “I’ve really appreciated it. I’m 91 years old, and I’m kind of slow,” she said. Twice each week, Pat Campbell — who has been a home health aid for 40 years, 24 of them on Vashon — goes to Friend’s house to help her shower and shampoo, change the bed linens and tend to some of the dishes and laundry. Still independent, Friend has a hard time standing but takes care of most chores herself. Some tasks, though, are too difficult for her alone. Her daughter, Louise Friend, who is a nurse, is grateful for the program and wonders if volunteers can really do the work that would be asked of them. “Some things you can fix with volunteers. But some things require more skill and supervision,” she said. Pitiger agrees. The two aids with the program are certified nursing assistants, and much of the work they do requires some medical training, including taking a person’s vitals. They also provide foot care, which requires skill, especially if the client is diabetic. The two aids with the program work a combined total of 45 hours a week, Pitiger said. If a volunteer would give five hours a week, that would be nine volunteers doing what two people do now. With volunteers, there would have to be back-up people in place, so at least twice that many people would need to be trained. And that number poses another hurdle, Pitiger said, aside from the logistics of training people to do what isoften intimate work. “Old people do not want multiple people coming in,” she said. “Seniors do not do well with change.” Rotating people would also likely mean that some health problems would be missed, lessening the qualilty of care, according to Pitiger. “A robust volunteer system sounds delightful, but it will not serve the needs we fill,” she said. Pitiger also noted that the program used to use a sliding scale, and she recommended that it be restored to help with the finances. That is not going to happen, and Pitiger said she understands with people paying $5 or $12 an hour, their contributions might not help enough. Chow concedes maintain

ing the in-home program would be ideal, but economic pressures are forcing this change. In an effort to meet the challenge, she and her colleagues plan to collaborate with a variety of entities on the Island — Vashon Park District, Vashon Youth & Family Services, Vashon Community Care, the Vashon Senior Center, the Vashon Health Center and others — to see how the variety of current senior services could be strengthened. They may also consider providing a one-time grant to an agency to develop a volunteer chore or transportation program — a grant that could go to an Island agency that uses volunteers or an off-Island agency that specializes in volunteer coordination. But volunteers are the key. If resources were plush, Chow said, “no one would bat an eye” at continuing to fund the program here, which, in 2010, received $57,000 to provide care to participating seniors. But resources are not plush, and in early 2010, large cuts were expected from the state in funding for senior citizens. In prepa-

ration for those, members of the Citizens Advisory Council on Aging and Disability Services beganlooking for areas to prune. Vashon’s in-home programis the only one like it in all of King County, and members of the committee wondered about fairness, Chow said. They undertook a deliberate process of study on the Island, she noted, and then determined to halt enrollment in the in-home care program and set in place steps to meet the needs of the Island in a different way. The situation on Vashon will be monitored, Chow said. If the new plans and programs do not meet seniors’ needs, her office will reconsider their funding decision and potentially restore the home care program. In the meantime, Chow and her colleagues will begin networking on Vashon with the hope of creating a pool of support for Vashon’s seniors. “It’s not going to be easy,” Chow said. “Right now everything is shrinking. But we do believe there are people who will help out.”

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Becky Braicks Loving wife and first mate, mother extraordinaire died at home in the arms of her family on August 20, 2010. She is survived by her husband Rick, daughter Lizzie, son Steven; parents Dave & Bobbie Gooch; sisters Julie Gooch-Abney and Cathy Allred, many relatives, and an amazing number of friends. Her battle with cancer was a wonderful example about how to face a terminal illness with grace and a positive attitude that will be remembered by us all. Becky was born on January 31, 1956 in Seattle. She attended Roosevelt High School, Class of 1974 and WSU Class of 1978. Her #1 priority in life was the care of her family. She loved to decorate for all holidays and has a world class collection of decorations to prove it. Her other joys were reading, gardening (Swanson’s Nursery will probably notice a major drop in revenue), boating with family, our annual trips to Maui, and her pets. The family would like to acknowledge Dr. Phil Gold, the staff at Swedish Medical Center, and the staff at Providence Hospice of Seattle. A more dedicated and caring group of health care professionals would be hard to imagine. Their care for Becky was very much appreciated. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:00PM, Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the family home on Vashon Island. Her wish was for a party and she wanted festive casual attire, no black. In lieu of flowers Becky wished that donations be made to the Vashon Schools and her family chose to help the school libraries to reflect her love of reading. Donations can be made to Vashon Island School District/Becky Braicks Fund @ VISD – Attn. Donna Donnelly, P.O. Box 547, Vashon, WA 98070.

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Jim Moore of Port Townsend Washington died in his chair at home on August 24th. He was 74. Jim is survived by his wife Sharon Moore who he loved for 50 years. Jim was born on February 9th 1936 in Cleveland Ohio to Olive Garland and James Groves Moore II. He grew up in Cleveland and later attended Carnegie Mellon University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He went on to attend the University of Virginia and earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration. He moved to Seattle where he met and married Sharon Butts, and had two sons. Jim retired from Boeing after 40 years, and he and Sharon moved to Vashon Island ,WA. Gardening was a passion that Jim and Sharon shared and they spent 20 years creating a beautiful garden, which Jim filled with many of his whimsical creations. He also enjoyed the years he volunteered at the Wright Park conservatory in Tacoma. When he was not gardening or enjoying a Scottie dog, he was reading. He died with no regrets having loved his life and the people he held dear. Jim is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharon Moore, sister Jane Vaughn of Houston Texas, brother Don Moore of Omaha Nebraska, sons James Groves Moore IV of Port Townsend and Scott David Moore of Bremerton and three grandchildren, James Groves Moore V, and Anna Etosha Moore of Port Townsend, WA. Jim is preceded by 500,000 years of human evolution. There are no services planned, Those who feel compelled may make a memorial contribution to The Wright Park Conservatory, 316 G St. Tacoma, WA 98405. A noble life A noble death Man can ask God gives no more Francis Cushman 1862-1908

John Arum John Arum- husband, son, friend, environmentalist, outdoorsman, lawyer- died August 28, 2010 in the North Cascades during a challenging climb on Storm King Peak. Born in New York, John headed west and graduated from Reed College. He then moved to Washington State and attended the University of Washington Law School. Once on the West Coast, John’s many passions melded together as he explored the wilderness in Oregon, Washington and beyond, became an honorary member of the Makah Tribe, worked tirelessly on tribal and environmental matters, was a bird watcher extraordinare, and skied, kayaked, and climbed with his wife, Susan. John joined the Seattle firm of Ziontz, Chestnut, Varnell, Berley & Slonim where he was a partner. In his practice, John focused on tribal and environmental law where he was known as one of state’s premier advocates in his field. Vashon Island benefitted from his efforts with Preserve Our Islands. Personally John was a private man who was nourished by the time he spent in the wilderness with his wife as well as trips he made alone or with friends. John’s friend and climber, Milda Tautvydas, said of him: “Climbing the “100 highest” was just another way to explore the North Cascades. It wasn’t the here-all end-all of his mountain explorations. The reward has been a deeply satisfied soul filled with lessons from the natural world and more beauty than one can keep to one’s self…We are explorers, after all, and we love dearly the wilderness of Washington”. John leaves behind his close family in Vashon, Las Vegas and New York State, his extended family, and those friends who loved him. Two memorials will be held to honor John. In Seattle on Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 11:00 am a memorial will be held at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, located at 3801 W. Government Way in Discovery Park. On Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 pm, an on-Island memorial and potluck is planned at Camp Burton. Remembrances may be made to the Washington Environmental Council.

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Delectable contemporary is finished with panache! Custom paint, unique tile work, clay plaster fireplace, eucalyptus floors; 3 bdrms, 1.75 baths. Private, beautiful back yard, beach & pool rights. MLS #98468 $269,500

The classic style of this newer 3 bdrm farmhouse will win your heart! Roomy covered porches, sun room, two 3/4 baths & 1/2 bath. On 9.71 mid-isle acres with fenced pasture & riding arena. MLS #92327 $499,000

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9945 SW 116th Street

2 bdrm $285,000

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11303 SW Cedarhurst Rd


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