The Vashon Loop
- We’re All Dealing in Our Own Ways
Some of us do not know anyone who has become ill, or died, in the coronavirus pandemic, yet. All the same I will begin by expressing my condolences to you who have lost people in this pandemic, or have loved ones who are currently ill, or loved ones who are fighting the virus as medical […]
- Playing Naked Indian
‘Where are you going with My stepladder?! ‘ John’s mother yelled out the kitchen window.. He and his friend Gene were passing by with an old stepladder they had ‘liberated’ from the root celler. ‘We need it for our new clubhouse’ , the boys responded. ‘What do you mean… new.. clubhouse? What’s wrong with Playhouse […]
- Potatoes for Your Salad Days
A recent issue of Seattle Times carried a color-photo story about 250 acres of potatoes being about to get plowed under. What could that farmer be thinking of? As Mike Pink, the potato farmer, told the Times reporter, there was no point in nurturing his potato plants to maturity and then spending time and energy […]
- Mukai Farm & Garden First Haiku Festival Contest Winners
The Mukai Farm & Garden offered its first annual Haiku Festival and Contest in early April to inspire people of Vashon Island with the beauty of haiku, an ancient form of Japanese poetry. Haiku poems are three lines of five, seven, and five syllables. In lieu of the usual meetings and celebrations at the Mukai […]
- Climate Change in Changing Times
I recently watched several videos captured on youtube illustrating the new emergence of wildlife in human developed areas around the world. Scenes of mothers of various species with their offspring in tow, busy exploring empty streets and parks. One video described the changes in Venice, the waters now clear without the disruption of countless boats, […]
- The Twilight Zone
As we move further into this true-to-life Twilight Zone, I can’t help feeling sad, scared, and anxious, but I have to admit that I also feel a bit excited—the way one may feel excited about a coming hurricane or some other powerful, larger-than-life event. I also have to admit that as I’ve adjusted to the […]
- Heritage Museum Announces History Contest Winners
“Vashon is worthy of a poem!” So explained budding poet Josie Reiling, one of the winners in the 2020 contest held by the Vashon Heritage Museum for 9- to 11-year-olds, or 4th and 5th graders, each year. Thanks also to our sponsors who make the contest possible, Thriftway, Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union, and 4Culture. […]
- The Man in the High Room With Stuff
A bit before everything stopped and the physical journey could no longer be the destination, I already had the feeling the walls were closing in. In many ways, the situation was somewhat akin to the mythical tale of the frog in the slowly warming pot of water- in other ways it bore a striking resemblance […]
- Vashon Farmers Market Closed for Summer
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the current virus statistics here on Vashon, and the staggering list of state and local, health and safety requirements that would have to be met in order to operate a safe, and welcoming, Market, VIGA has decided to keep the Farmers Market closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. […]
- New protocols set for Sea-Tac Airport
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – Your local homepage. Strategy to ensure the health, well-being of passengers, visitors and workers New protocols set for Sea-Tac Airport Wire Service
- Campgrounds to reopen in 22 Washington counties
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – Your local homepage. Campgrounds in counties actively in Phase 2 of the reopening plan will begin to welcome visitors June 1, state says. Campgrounds to reopen in 22 Washington countie …
- King County sheriff releases message about Minneapolis Police officer
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – Your local homepage. Mitzi Johanknecht calls video of officer kneeling on neck of George Floyd ‘heartbreaking and disturbing’ King County sheriff releases message about Minneapolis Pol …
- Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – Your local homepage. Mayors cite heavy economic damage from prolonged shutdown. Rural King County mayors want state to let them enter Phase 2 Aaron Kunkler
- New dashboard shows how far along King County is to meeting Phase II metrics
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – Your local homepage. The county has met more than half its goals, but the ones it hasn’t met are critical in determining how many people are still being infected, and how quickly peopl …
- As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – Your local homepage. County will need to make severe cuts to MIDD program this year. As sales tax plummets in King County, mental health and drug program funding dries up Aaron Kunkler …
- State Parks offers three free days in June
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – Your local homepage. No pass needed June 6, 7 and 13 State Parks offers three free days in June Wire Service
- Thanks from food bank board
Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber – Your local homepage. For anyone challenged in securing enough wholesome food, the food bank is here for you. Thanks from food bank board Wire Service
Find out when School Schedules change due to weather
Direct link to the Vashon School District Emergency Information – Snow/Weather Schedule changes page can be found here. http://flashalert.net/news.html?id=4288
Stay updated on most King County Schools here: Public Schools Emergency Communication System. www.schoolreport.org
South Sound and Kitsap School information can be found here: www.pugetinfo.net/
Vashon Weather, Forecast, Pass Report & Tide Table
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Vashon Be Prepared – Voice of Vashon – Update
Whenever something happens that you need to know about, we’ll get it out there for you. Stay tuned, Stay warm, stay safe, and stay tuned to VoV Standing By at 1650 am on your AM radio dial.
Do you know what to do? What would you do if your home were damaged so bad you could not stay there? How would you cope with the power being out for seven days or longer? How would you help your neighbor? Making sure that not only you are ready but so will your pets. www.VashonBePrepared.org
- George Floyd death: Clashes across US as protesters demand justice
Crowds rally at the White House among other places over the death in police custody of George Floyd.
- Coronavirus: How drive-in raves and cinemas will work in the UK
The events industry has new ways to keep us entertained while social distancing is still in place.
- Coronavirus: What are the rules on weddings?
There is a lot of uncertainty around when and how weddings are allowed to take place. What are your rights?
- Social distancing: A practical guide to how to socialise now
Meeting friends? Here's how to handle the awkward new rules – from sharing food to avoiding hugs.
- Coronavirus: Debenhams makes some restaurant employees redundant
Retailer Debenhams makes staff in some of its cafes redundant after going into administration.
- Coronavirus: School return plan 'like a jigsaw puzzle'
A head teacher explains how she is piecing school life back together before children return.
- Coronavirus: Renters struggle most with pandemic costs, report says
Private renters are struggling with housing costs more than mortgage-payers, new research suggests.
- Coronavirus: GPs not told when patients removed from 'shielding lists'
This has caused confusion and anxiety among extremely vulnerable people staying at home.