At a special meeting of the Lake Forest Park City Council, applicants for two positions on the Planning Commission will be interviewed at 6:45pm.
The regular council meeting will begin at 7pm with two public hearings - one on the Critical Areas Ordinance and one on the Shoreline Schools District Bond Levy.
After a proclamation declaring February as Children's Dental Health month, two new police officers will be sworn in.
Following the Consent Calendar, the new Planning Commissioners will be sworn in and the council will vote on whether to support the school bond. The Critical Areas Update will be introduced.
Meetings are held in City Hall Council Chambers, 17425 Ballinger, northeast corner of Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.
To the Editor:
I am writing to express my support for the upcoming Shoreline Schools bond proposition. As a parent of a preschooler and a 4th grader who both attend schools in the Shoreline school district, I’m excited about the proposed early learning campus and the new middle schools.
Without a doubt, early learning gives us the biggest bang for our educational buck. Many studies indicate that kids who have access to quality preschool programs earn more and are more likely to graduate from high school. They are less likely to repeat grades, need special education services, or get into trouble with the law as they get older. The idea for an early learning campus is very forward thinking of the Instructional Programming Committee, and I am grateful to them for being cognizant of all of our learners.
In addition, designing and building new middle schools will benefit our kids’ futures. We need middle schools with great science labs, improved plumbing, roofing, and windows, adequate plugs for the technology that educators and students are using, and flexible spaces to accommodate programs we haven’t even imagined yet. Plus, the plan to move 6th grade into our middle schools will be most successful if new buildings can be designed with this grade reconfiguration in mind.
Lake Forest Park PTA wholeheartedly endorses this bond proposition. Will you join us in voting yes for our schools?
Lake Forest Park
|Physical Poetry cast|
This is becoming to be a show that you just can' miss! Keep posted on our 2018 show as we celebrate the Hip Hop Program's 25th year at Shorecrest!
The Assistant Region Traffic Engineer will play a huge role in ensuring that WSDOT Traffic Operation systems are designed, developed and maintained to ensure the safe and reliable movement of people, goods and resources throughout our region.
The Assistant Region Traffic Engineer, among other things will supervise our Traffic Design and Safety Management Teams, provide expert traffic and safety analysis, and guide delivery of low-cost traffic operations projects on time and within budget.
Full description and application here
The Washington state House environment committee will hold a hearing on HB 1171 Tuesday, January 24 at 1:30pm in the House Hearing Room B, John L. O'Brien, Olympia.
HB 1171 funds a cutting edge scientific assessment of the harms to human health and the environment resulting from SeaTac Airport operations.
The NexGen airplane guidance system funnels airplane arrivals to SeaTac into a narrow corridor which flies over Shoreline. Concerns are noise pollution and ultrafine particulate matter emissions from air traffic.
Local representatives from the Quiet Skies Puget Sound coalition will attend the hearing. Rep. Gerry Pollet, D-46 has signed on as a sponsor of the bill. Rep. Ruth Kagi, D-32 is a member of the committee.
Residents can attend the hearing in person or they can submit written testimony via the legislative website (click on "Comment On This Bill.") Written testimony must be submitted before the hearing, which starts at 1:30pm Tuesday.
Hearing are televised on TVW
Live video is available at the stated time. Archived video becomes available approximately two hours after the close of the hearing or floor session.
Jan 24, 2017 House Environment at 01:30pm
Monday, January 23, 2017
Ski and snowboard season is upon us and we are all excited to hit the slopes. Here are some tips to help your body stay strong and ski injury free throughout the season.
Most injuries are the result of poor conditioning or faulty equipment.
- Be sure you are in good physical condition when you set out on a ski outing. If you are out of shape, select ski runs carefully and gradually build your way up to more challenging trails. Skiers can increase their safety and performance this winter by starting with a conditioning program that includes four components: endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. Aerobic fitness is the key to preventing the end-of-the-day injuries (the last run). Strength and flexibility, focusing on the legs and core, are vital in injury prevention. Balance training is also an important component of a winter sport-conditioning program.
- Warm up. Research studies have shown that cold muscles are more prone to injury. Warm up with jumping jacks, running or walking in place for 3 to 5 minutes. Take a couple of slow ski runs to complete your warm up. The few minutes spent warming up will be well worthwhile in injury prevention.
- Hydrate. Even mild levels of dehydration can affect physical ability and endurance. Drink plenty of water before, during, and after skiing.
- Skiers and snowboarders should examine their equipment prior to the first run. Are the skis, poles and boots in good condition and properly sized for the individual’s weight, size and skill? Make sure the bindings are also properly adjusted.
- Many injuries happen at the end of the day, when people try to get in one last run before the day's end. A majority of these injuries can easily be prevented if you prepare by keeping in good physical condition and stopping when you are tired or in pain.
Tips for conditioning
- Improving flexibility in your ankles, knees and hips will allow for proper shock absorption during your trips down the slopes. Good thoracic rotation will help with providing good mobility for balance and keeping your trunk in the right positions.
- Incorporate sport specific dynamic exercises into your training program that link the core, hips, and legs. Skiing and snowboarding are complex sports. Training these muscular networks is vital.
- Stretching: Stretching post-snowboarding or skiing can decrease lactic acid build up and can keep your joints and tissue mobile. Even a quick 10-minute stretch can do wonders for you the next day.
- Perform active recovery: Easy gentle mobility exercises such as air squats or yoga movements can flush your system from unwanted toxins that can build up after a long day of skiing or boarding.
- Treat yourself: Sometimes foam rollers aren’t enough to relieve those sore muscles. Soft tissue mobilization from massages not only feels great but helps with circulation while promoting a relaxing recovery.
Enjoy this snow season and stay healthy on your mountain trips!
The City of Lake Forest Park has an opening for a Part-time Passport Agent – SATURDAY HOURS ONLY.
This is a part-time position with no set schedule. The employee will work Saturdays, 10:00am – 4:00pm when customer demand for passports is high and/or when regular Passport Agents cannot work their assigned shift on Saturdays. Position will begin as soon as the successful applicant can complete the training and certification process to become a certified Passport Agent.
This event is free, open to the public, and non-partisan.
It is the officially adopted, emergency preparedness / disaster planning program, in Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, and Shoreline.
There will be a training session for the public to attend and then go back to their local neighborhoods to execute the program.
The program is designed to fill the needs during a disaster-type emergency when and where your local police, fire, medical, or utility crews cannot respond in the usual time-frames we are used to.
This Program encourages neighbors to form smaller groups of neighbors that can check on each other and help each other in the event of help needed, and to help secure their property from fires, potential flooding (broken water pipes), and explosions from gas-related events, all within the Golden Hour.
Map your Neighborhood
Neighborhoods that are prepared for emergencies and disaster situations save lives, reduce the severity of injuries and trauma and reduce property damage. In addition, contributing as an individual and working together as a team helps develop stronger communities and improve the quality of life in the community.
The Map Your Neighborhood program guides you and your neighbors through simple steps to help enhance your preparedness for an emergency. These steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level and teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before fire, medical, police or utility responders arrive.
|Lynnwood Link timeline|
From Sound Transit
2016 was a busy year for the Lynnwood Link Extension LLE project. Our staff, in coordination with jurisdictional and transit agency partners, started the LLE project's final design phase and began further refining the project's guideway, stations and operating systems. The 30%, 60% and 90% (ready for construction) milestones during this phase are named for their association with a general level of design "completeness". 30% design was completed in the fall and we are working to finish 60% this spring. The LLE project anticipates starting early construction in late 2018 and opening for service in 2023.
|Project team and members of the public |
review documents at the 30 percent station
design open houses in November 2016.
Photo courtesy Sound Transit
In November of 2016, the LLE project outreach team hosted three open houses and an online open house featuring the 30% station designs an update on project progress and an opportunity for public comment. Over 4,000 people actively engaged with the project during this time both in person or online.
Project staff received over 175 comments and answered many questions during these open houses. Topics included ridership, pedestrian and bike access, bus coordination, parking and general excitement about the project.
Coming up next will be an additional opportunity for public involvement when the project reaches the 60% final design milestone, anticipated for this spring. If you were not able to make the November 2016 open houses or are interested in reviewing the materials displayed, please visit our document archive.
Participation by the numbers
- More than 400 people attended three public open houses
- More than 3,750 participants visited an online open house
- 177 narrative, written comments gathered in-person and from online comment forms
- More than 650 station name suggestions submitted online and in-person
|Sound Transit work crew|
uses geotechnical drilling equipment.
Photo courtesy Sound Transit
During 2017, Sound Transit will continue to collect information from the field to inform our final design engineers or project staff.
|La Conner bridge|
Photo by Lee Lageschulte
Just before Lee sent this photo, I was emailing with an old neighbor who moved to La Conner, and wondering why it had been so long since I had been there.
Then Lee sent the photo. It's a clear omen that I need to go back. It has probably changed a lot - hopefully for the better. It was a cute little tourist town - lovely setting on the river, with a pretty restaurant on the other side of the bridge. I don't remember the food but I remember the huge windows overlooking the river.
|Mayor Chris Roberts|
This past weekend, numerous Shoreline residents engaged in many different forms of civic action, from watching the inauguration of the 45th President, to participating in the student walkout on Friday, to marching in the Womxn’s March on Saturday.
It is encouraging for me to see so many people engaged in our political processes.
The actions our community members take to better our community do not go unnoticed.
At our first council meeting of the year, the Council unanimously named a trail near Fremont Pl and NE 160th "Gloria's Path" in recognition of Gloria Bryce.
As it was mentioned during public comment, Gloria's fingerprints are everywhere in the history of Shoreline. She served on both the initial committee that helped incorporate the City and the long range financial sustainability committee, as well as on the boards of the Shoreline Historical Museum and the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council. Her efforts in cleaning and maintaining the trail improved our community by creating a new pedestrian connection that is used daily by many residents.
Gloria is just one of thousands of Shoreline residents who take action to create a more welcoming, more inclusive, stronger community.
As a community we plant flowers and pull weeds. We organize community meetings and lead marches. We organize food drives and coach sports teams. We build houses and own businesses. We are teachers and we are healers. We care for our neighbors and perform acts of kindness to strangers.
These everyday actions build a stronger and more robust, more compassionate community. These are the actions and values that the City of Shoreline is built upon.
The Council will consider adoption of Resolution 401 at its next meeting. The resolution states, in part, “that the strength and vitality of our community comes from our rich diversity of cultures, experiences and faiths,” and the “City is committed to ensuring that Shoreline remains a welcoming, inclusive and safe community for all who live, work and visit here.”
The diversity in our community enriches us and makes us better, more understanding people. The conversations I have with Shoreline residents help me become a better representative and open my eyes to new ideas or new approaches.
Our communities are built locally and we shape how our futures will unfold. I am committed to that work and look forward to working with all Shoreline residents to build a more perfect union.
- Perimeter screening artwork project
- Operations and Maintenance Facility East, Bellevue, WA
- Sound Transit Art Program (STart)
- Design budget: $75,000 (all-inclusive of fees, costs, and taxes)
- Fabrication and installation budget: $750,000 (all-inclusive of all fees, costs, travel and taxes)
- Eligibility: open to professional artists or artist teams who reside in the United States
- Application: Submission of an online application is required for this opportunity
- Deadline: 5pm PST on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017
4Culture will manage the application and artist selection process for this Sound Transit art opportunity.
Full RFQ for this project
More information and full Request for Qualifications is available here
Artwork project description
Due to sight lines and the future trail activity, the most significant opportunity at the OMFE is its perimeter fence, particularly on the facility's western edge. The OMFE's design/build contractor will work with the selected artist to develop the supporting structure for this perimeter fence and will fabricate and install that structure and concrete base.
The Sound Transit Art Program (STart) is developing a major artwork to screen the perimeter of a planned train yard in Bellevue, Washington, otherwise known as the Sound Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility: East (OMFE). STart is seeking a professional artist who demonstrates an interest in, and has past experience developing, lineal artwork. The artwork response is anticipated to be fabricated largely in metal. Submission requirements for this art opportunity are detailed below.
OMFE project summary
Sound Transit, based in Seattle, Washington, is in the design and construction phase for Link light rail corridors north, south and east of Seattle. The agency is building a network of light rail, commuter rail and bus rapid transit to serve the greater Puget Sound metropolitan area, including cities in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
To care for the additional 90 light rail vehicles that will be added to the fleet when those light rail extensions open, Sound Transit is building a second train yard that will be in Bellevue, Washington. The OMFE will be a nearly 25-acre, rectangular switching yard, with maintenance and operations buildings clustered in its center. The south and east edges of the facility are being designed to accommodate future "transit-oriented development" projects, while the north and west sides of the facility will abut a bicycle/pedestrian trail and protected wetlands.
Shoreline City Council Monday - Ronald Wastewater Board - Parks planning - Immigration Status inquiries
Shoreline City Council Meetings Monday at City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N.
Monday, January 23, 2017 – Special Meeting 5:45pm with the Ronald Wastewater District Board
Monday, January 23, 2017 – Regular Meeting 7:00pm
- Adoption of Res. No. 400 – Permit Angle Parking on Certain Streets
- Motion to Authorize the City Manager to Execute Purchase Orders Totaling $180,333 to Purchase a 2017 Freightliner Truck and Accessory Equipment for the Street Operations Division
- Adoption of Res. No. 401 Declaring the City of Shoreline to be an Inviting, Equitable and Safe Community for All and Prohibiting Inquiries by City of Shoreline Officers and Employees Into Immigration Status and Activities Designed to Ascertain Such Status
- Discussion of Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan Goals, Policies and Strategic Actions
- Discussion of Res. No. 399 - Adoption Title VI Plan
Link to full Agenda - Download staff documents
Comment on Agenda items
|Kieran and Dijana|
|Open in Lake Forest Park|
Acupuncture and Massage
Dijana Novak practices Traditional Chinese Medicine including acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, tui na, dietary analysis, and herbal consultation.
Lake Forest Park Acupuncture and Massage does accept many major insurance plans, and they offer a discounted rate for seniors. For more insurance information visit their website or give them a call at 206-364-1481.
To the Editor:
While the proposed Shoreline School District construction bond will not directly affect my family, I’ve always voted for school initiatives because I think it’s impossible for them to ask for too much as they have so little to do their jobs with! The residents who write these tax initiatives are intelligent and thoughtful neighbors, at least the ones I personally know.
The buildings are old and are becoming unsafe for our children. And we have learned that a healthier school environment would be a merging of sixth grade into the seventh and eighth grades. The district has shown repeated financial accountability and good common sense in spending our tax money. Having an $800k savings by retiring a bond early is one impressive example. And there will be much needed transportation improvements around the school areas.
Our school district is on a steep growth path so we need to accommodate those new families to insure the health of our community for the future. Your grandchildren may even want to live here - especially if we preserve and enhance our education system.
Please join me in support of this bond. Vote yes by February 14th!
Lake Forest Park
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Third Place Books is on the national circuit for authors promoting their new books, so we get to stay up to date on the latest releases. And we get to hear presentations from the authors themselves. If you purchase the book, you can get it signed.
After the holiday break, it's back to a full schedule this week. Here are the offerings:
The You I've Never Known
Tuesday, January 24 at 7pm
How do you live your life if your past is based on a lie? A new novel in both verse and prose from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ellen Hopkins, a memorable portrait of two young women trying to make sense of their lives and coming face to face with themselves for both the last and the very first time.
Based on Louisa May Alcott's life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March. Jo is trying to sell her stories for publication, but the publishers are not interested - her friend Professor Bhaer tells her that she has to do better and write more from herself.
Begrudgingly taking this advice, Jo weaves the story of herself and her sisters and their experience growing up in Civil War America.
Produced nationally and internationally, Little Women has been praised by critics for its ambition in adapting such a well-known story for the stage. This timeless, captivating story is brought to life in this glorious musical filled with personal discovery, heartache, hope, and everlasting love.
The SMT production is directed and choreographed by Andrew R. Coopman, with musical direction by Alyssa Taubin.
Tickets are currently on sale for Little Women: The Musical, as well as for the final show of SMT’s 39th season, the Cole Porter classic, Kiss Me Kate.
|Shorecrest varsity hip hop team|
at Redmond high school
On Saturday, January 21, the Shorecrest Varsity Hip Hop Team competed at the Redmond HS Invitational and took 1st Place in the Hip Hop Category.
There were 12 teams competing in Hip Hop and the Scots took top honors. This was the team's 3rd competition of the year, previously taking 2nd at the Bellevue Invitational on December 10th and 1st at the Interlake Invitational on January 7th.
The team finishes off their regular season with two more events at Eastlake HS on February 4th and Kentwood HS on February 25th.
The team hopes to qualify for Districts and State where they are the defending state champions for the past two years.
City of Lake Forest Park City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, January 23, 2017 Lake Forest Park City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, 6pm - 7pm
Council Discussion Topics
1. Review of Proposed Critical Areas Ordinance; Critical Aquifer Recharge Area (CARA) Rules
2. Discussion of Tree Regulations Update
Complete description and application information here
|Photo by Chris Roberts|
Ballots for the February 14 special election will arrive soon.
King County elections officials will mail ballots to all registered voters Wednesday.
The deadline to register by mail or online to vote in the election or for current Washington voters to update their addresses was January 16, but new Washington voters may register in person through February 6 at either the King County elections office in Renton or the county elections annex in downtown Seattle.
Ballot drop boxes in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park will open Thursday.
The only item on local ballots will be a Shoreline School District bond measure to rebuild the district’s two middle schools and one of its elementary schools and to build an early learning center.
The bond measure requires a 60 percent “yes” vote to pass and needs a minimum turnout of 16,002 voters – 40 percent of the number of ballots cast in the district during the last general election.
Shoreline School District Proposition 1 is one of only two measures on February ballots around King County.
Cities and school districts around Washington often are reluctant to put bond measures on the ballot in the year after a presidential election because the required turnout is high due to the high turnout the previous November.
Voters must leave ballots in drop boxes by Election Day at 8pm or mail them so they get postmarked by February 8.
Here is the Shoreline School District ballot title:
Shoreline School District No. 412
Proposition No. 1
Bonds to Rebuild Schools and Build an Early Learning Center
The Board of Directors of Shoreline School District No. 412 adopted Resolution No. 2016-19, concerning a proposition to enhance the learning environment and relieve overcrowding. This proposition would authorize the District to: rebuild Kellogg Middle School, Einstein Middle School and Parkwood Elementary School; build an Early Learning Center at the Children's Center Site that will house the District's mandatory Early Childhood Education program, as well as Shoreline Children's Center and Head Start programs; issue no more than $250,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 20 years; and levy annual excess property taxes to repay the bonds, all as provided in Resolution No. 2016-19. Should this proposition be:
Selected items from the Shoreline Police Blotter, week ending January 17, 2017
Mental health issues: 2 different people in care facilities reported being struck by caregivers - one is being investigated, the other is known to be delusional. Agitated male calls and asks for help. Man found running through the parking lot at Ballinger Village. 3 suicide attempts. 2 males tried to strangle their girlfriends.
01-02 Person found passed out in vehicle at Petco parking lot with 2 year old child in car.
01-04 Boyfriend of one year struck girlfriend in face and stomach with a closed fist.
01-06 Driver with revoked license crashed her car on Aurora at 200th.
01-07 Homeowner came home to discover that shoes had been moved in a suspicious manner.
01-09 Dodge Durango parked at Goodwill had Ford Ranger license plates. Neither reported stolen. No contact with owners. Officer took plates.
01-09 Road rage incident at 152nd and Aurora. Drivers got out of cars and got in a shoving match.
01-09 Man charged with larceny for taking a $2.99 mug from Goodwill.
01-09 Vet with PTSD has breakdown in Wells Fargo bank. Known to police RADAR program.
01-10 Computers stolen from Horizon School. School was locked up for break.
01-10 Wells Fargo deposit bag stolen from office at Holyrood.
01-11 Took wallet and registration from unlocked vehicle.
01-11 Husband hit wife in side of head with fist while they were at Rich's Car Corner parking lot.
01-12 Highly intoxicated female transported to detox.
01-12 Suspect flees from parked, stolen vehicle at 188th and Aurora after arguing with passenger.
01-12 An hour after being Trespassed from Costco, drunken man loiters in Home Depot parking lot, then tells police he wants them to shoot him.
01-12 Woman arrested on felony warrant had heroin on her person.
01-12 Woman in traffic stop had meth and heroin - and no license.
01-12 Two individuals charged after being observed spray painting under 10th Ave NW bridge.
01-14 Unknown suspect blowing up mailboxes in the area of 1500 NE 171st and NE 178th and other locations around Shoreline.
|On Jackson, headed toward 4th Ave|
Photo by Janet Way
By Diane Hettrick
The Womxn's March on Seattle took place on Saturday, January 21, 2017. The 3.6 mile route ran from Judkins Park in the Central District to Seattle Center on Queen Anne Hill, going through downtown Seattle on 4th Avenue.
There were so many marchers that the front of the March reached Seattle Center before the back of the March began.
It started and ended with rallies and there were eight "soapbox speakers" along the way. Crowd estimates range from 120 - 200,000 marchers. Many joined along the way.
By every account, the march was peaceful and inspirational.
Shoreline resident Sis Polin said "It was a loving, peaceful, and hopeful experience"
Many local people were in the March as individuals and as groups.
|L-R Maryn Wynne, Pat Weber, Sharon Knight from Shoreline |
and Linda Marie from North Seattle.
This was an amazing event to participate in. The energy was strong and peaceful. The seeds have been planted.
We cannot let hate dominate our national conversation. Instead of reacting we need to be proactive. That is what we are trying to change.
|l-r Carol Glenn, Kendahl Adjorlolo, Sue Falk, Veronica Cook|
Photo courtesy Kendahl Adjorlolo
I marched because the newly inaugurated president does not realize he has trampled on the people he claims to want to unify: my Mexican neighbors; my immigrant family members; my disabled friends; our muslim partners in prayer who have sacrificed family in service to this country; and me, a woman.
Marching is a quiet, but strong way to make a point. We are numerous, we are paying attention, and we will not sit back and allow lies and vitriol lead us.
Today I marched in step with neighbors and friends as well as men women and children of all genders and ages and colors and ethnic backgrounds.
We marched for many causes, but we all supported each other, knowing each of us wants to work together peacefully for everyone's personal rights, so collectively we are a strong and unified America. Every one of us wants President Trump to change his tune.
|Janet Way with a poster of her grandmother's |
cousin Alice Paul, a women's rights activist
This event was a remarkable, awesome, and massive affirmation of people caring about Women's Rights and their country's future. Everyone was patient, friendly and helpful.
The event was quite well organized and the coordination nationally and internationally today was remarkable.
|Photo by Joe Cunningham|
We were with the Richmond Beach Congregational Church youth group and a number of church members.
|Chuck Cook, Mary Jo Heller, Mimma Cook, Theresa Jarvis, Dennis Heller|
All Shoreline residents except Theresa, who works in Shoreline
Mary Jo Heller
What an honor it was to be part of the largest woman-powered demonstration in the history of the world. Men too walked in support. This was a message to the president that he cannot ignore the hopes and desires of a majority in the country.
Did I tell you how peaceful the marchers were? I heard many of them thanking the police for their service keeping order and keeping them safe.
|Janet Way, Dan Jacoby, Carin Chase, Heather Fralick|
32nd District Democrats
It was a very uplifting event for the marchers as I was told by many that they were quite depressed on November 8th and particularly the day of the inauguration.
They felt the first twinge of hope when they participated in the march. There were many men in the march and many on the sidelines along the route who had signs and cheered us on.
|Faren Bachells on Richmond Beach Road|
Faren Bachells - A march of one
I'm getting over bronchitis and caring for a family member who just had surgery, but I was determined to get out there and stand (well, sit) with my brothers and sisters!
Ready to be someone's Valentine? Drop in at the Shoreline Historical Museum on Saturday, January 28th, 11:00am to 3:00pm, and in about 10 minutes or so, make an old-fashioned Valentine for someone special!
Aimed at 4-12 year-olds, but everyone is welcome! Free, take home what you make!
|Brother and sister Jarvis and Pat Erickson, children of the Butzke pioneers, |
learn to skate on Echo Lake circa 1955.
Vicki Michels, webmaster for the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association, reminded us that there have been times when Echo Lake froze hard enough for ice skating and the ELNA website has the photo to prove it!
Vicki has, with the assistance of Vicki Stiles at the Shoreline Historical Museum, created a large section on the history of the Echo Lake Neighborhood, which can be seen on their website.
Weatherwatcher Carl Dinse got curious about the actual date of the photo and started researching. The following is what Carl discovered.
By Carl Dinse
Another time when Echo Lake was frozen over completely was possibly November 1955. The above photo is estimated to have been taken that year. I had to do a bit of digging through records from Sea-Tac Intentional Airport, which is what the entire Seattle region uses for their official climate record.
The only significant freeze I could find was November, where two nights in a row the low temperature was in the single digits at Sea-Tac. Typically Shoreline reaches slightly colder than Sea-Tac, but this is the closest climate record station I could find to Shoreline for 1955.
Compared to our most recent bout of Arctic blasts this winter, the one in 1955 only lasted a week, and didn't start with much snow, but ended with a respectable snow event as warming started. November 10, 1955 temperatures at Sea-Tac started to drop with a low recording of 36°F and a rainfall of 0.16 inches (could have been a wet snow too that didn't accumulate). November 11th the temperature cracked a high of 38°F before plummeting into the teens. A total of 1.4 inches of snow was recorded that day at Sea-Tac.
For November 12th - 17th temperatures remained below freezing, setting all time records that have yet to be broken today for coldest temperatures in November.
November 11th: 15°F
November 12th: 13°F
November 13th: 14°F
November 14th: 9°F
November 15th: 6°F
November 16th: 21°F
November 17th: 23°F
Here's the temperature graphs and precipitation graphs reconstructed from Sea-Tac compared to historic average:
|Data from Sea-Tac International Airport station (Seattle's climate record station).|
|Data from Sea-Tac International Airport station|
Here's the precipitation graph for November 1955:
|Data from Sea-Tac International Airport station.|
|Data from Sea-Tac International Airport station.|
|Photo by Steven H. Robinson|
Jose Luis Gandara, Shorewood student organizer of the Friday Inauguration Student Protest, released this statement:
I think that the protest served its purpose. We attracted 150+ students and a good amount of media attention, which allowed us to make sure that the people of Seattle and Shoreline knew how the students of our schools felt.
However, we're a long way from accomplishing what we want.
No justice movement ever happened in a day - and so we understand that no single walkout or event will result in any widespread change. However, we seek to communicate to our cities and our schools that hate and injustice will not be normalized over the next 4 years.
The worst thing that can happen is that people go back to a mindset of complacency and "it is what it is."
Though we can't directly change what our president and legislators will do, we can work to ensure that even on the most local and personal of levels, we continue to preserve our ideas of what is right and just.
- 1 pound dry white beans
- 2 smoked ham hocks or shanks
- 1/2-3/4 pound ham, cubed (optional)
- 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 3 1/2 cups water (or fill empty tomato can)
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 cup diced carrot
- 1/2 cup diced celery
- 2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Hot sauce
Cover beans with water and soak overnight in the refrigerator. Alternately, cover beans with water, bring to a boil and drain well.
Place all ingredients except salt and hot sauce in a slow cooker, with the ham hocks on the bottom. Cover and cook on high for about 6 hours or on low for about 8 hours.
When the beans are tender, use a fork to mash some of the beans against the side of the pot, just until the broth starts to look creamy.
Remove the ham bones. Pull off any ham still clinging to the bones (it should be very tender) and return the ham to the pot.
Stir and continue cooking until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Season to taste with salt and hot sauce. Ham hocks can be quite salty, so be sure to taste before adding additional salt.
Serve with garlic bread or on buttered toast.
This recipe makes a large batch and keeps well in the freezer.
Recipe from Central Market Mill Creek - Culinary Resource Center
Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.
Obituaries from The Seattle Times
Einar H. Pedersen 1939-2016 A celebration of life was held at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach for Einar Pedersen, the co-founder of the Olympic Ski School. An avid skiier, he started a small ski shop in Ballard which grew into the Olympic Sports chain, known for its annual Ski Bonkers sale. After fishing for years in Alaska, he and partners started several fishing companies. A proud Norwegian, he was on the Board of the Nordic Heritage Museum and a benefactor for all things Norwegian.
Richard Michael Kuhner 1940-2016 Funeral mass was held at St. Luke in Shoreline. Kuhner had a 31-year career as an executive with Pacific Northwest Bell, AT/T, US West and Quest Communications.
Elmer Clell Norton 1928-2016 A member of the Shoreline Rotary Club for many years, he was heavily involved in Richmond Little League, and actively involved in Seafair, becoming the comptroller through five presidents. Korean War vet, avid skier. Donations suggested to Rotary.
Bob Chivers 1932-2016 Bob died a couple of weeks before his 85th birthday. He was a longtime resident of Shoreline, a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, a volunteer fire fighter, food bank coordinator, and jack-of-all-trades at The Driftwood Players Theater in Edmonds. See obituary
William (Bill) Manning Dilley 1923-2016 Services were held at St. Mark Catholic church in Shoreline. He served in the Navy in WW II and made his home in Shoreline in 1944. He started his own business, Custom Package and Design, in the early 80’s.
Diane Marie Lockhart 1941-2016 Diane loved working in her garden, visiting with her neighbors in her Dayton Ave neighborhood, and creating memorable celebrations for her extended family. Retired from Bank of California.
James A. Morehouse age 83 Celebration of Life held at the Shoreline Elks club. Donations to the Shriners Children's Hospital.
Ronald Holm 1930-2016 Retired Seattle firefighter and avid square dancer. He loved the water, and boating. Burial at Acacia in Lake Forest Park.
Janice Forsell 1930-2017 Married husband Ron in 1957 and they built a home in Shoreline. She raised three children and supported Ron in his television career.
Jessie Gooding Richeson Perry O'Mara 1916-2017 Passed away in Edmonds. Family in Lake Forest Park and Shoreline.
Betty L. Casey 1923-2017 She was a nurse at Swedish and Northwest hospitals for many years.
Richard William Freitas 1935-2017 Shoreline resident for 55 years. Coached many years in Richmond Little League. Loved gardening and shared his vegetables and flowers with the neighborhood. Burial at Holyrood.
Stig Arne Mansson 1926-2017 Services at First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach for Mansson, who was born in Sweden 90 years ago. Employed by RCA Service for 30 years. Member of the Swedish Club. "He enjoyed crosswords, eating lutefisk, and was an excellent cribbage player."
Clydene Staatz 1932-2016 Taught 3rd grade at King's Garden Elementary in Shoreline for 31 years.
William Albert Kelly, MD 1927-2016 Bill and his wife Joan settled in Lake Forest Park to raise their two sons. Bill accepted an Assistant Professorship of Neurosurgery at the University of Washington Medical School, eventually becoming Chairman of the department. He also served as President of the Western Neurosurgical Society. He is known professionally for developing a specialized procedure on the pituitary gland.
Beverlei (Nuzum) Hoerlein 1929-2016 She was a teacher in Hawaii, San Bernardino, and Seattle before retiring to raise her four children in Lake Forest Park. She found time for genealogy research and substitute teaching. She and her husband travelled widely.
Patrick M. Boyle 1932-2017 Funeral mass was celebrated at St. Luke Catholic church in Shoreline. Served in the Army during the Korean war. Attended the UW and worked 35 years for Pacific NW Bell.
Tommie Lynn Robertson 1939-2016 Born in Bremerton and lived in Shoreline. He retired from pharmaceutical sales in 1999 and moved to Shoreline to be close to family. Remembrances are suggested to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or the Democratic National Committee.
Christina May Lahmer Taran 1920-2017 A spunky lady with a fascinating life, she lived her last days in Shoreline.
John Michael Grosso 1945-2017 Attended Shoreline Community College before joining the Navy in 1965 to serve in Vietnam.
Randy Thompson 1952-2016 Graduated from Shoreline High School in 1971 where he played football. Member of the Iron Workers Local 86. Celebration of life held at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club.
Florence Shapiro 1919-2017 Born in Brooklyn and passed away in Shoreline at the age of 97.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
|Judkins Park rally|
Photo by Janet Way
11:30am at Judkins Park. A very large crowd gathered for the beginning of the Womxn's March on Seattle.
By Diane Hettrick
Photos by Stephen H. Robinson
Students from Shorecrest, Ingraham, and Shorewood rallied Friday in Shoreline in a political protest against the policies of the newly elected U.S. president.
|Ingraham students from north Seattle|
march up Aurora to join Shoreline students
Around two hundred students left their classes at lunch time and marched to a gathering place at the Blue Bridge across 155th at Aurora.
Signs expressed their concerns: "Keep money out of politics" "Climate change" "My body My choice", "Keep Fascists out of USA" "Love Trumps Hate" and perhaps what could be called the theme of the rally "We have a voice."
|A group from Shorewood waiting for the rally|
Marchers were orderly, staying on the sidewalk, waiting for crossing lights. The mood was energetic and impassioned but sober and serious as speakers addressed the crowd.
Motorists honked their support.
|Shorecrest students start to arrive|
Shorecrest student organizer Ray Mitchell said that organizing a political protest like this isn't easy, but it is achievable, even by high school kids.
Ray said, "We have to stand strong in solidarity with each other to make it through the next four years. A lot of people right now feel like politics is 'too depressing' and that none of it matters, and that is the last thing they should be thinking. Now is the time for action to be taken."
The crowd listens attentively to the speakers, who were standing on the bridge above them.
|Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts greets Roberto Saldana,|
current president of Shorecrest's Latino Club.
Shoreline Mayor Chris Roberts was one of the speakers.
We are a community that respects the Constitution and the bill of rights. We believe in the freedom of speech, the freedom to assemble, the freedom of conscience, and the freedom of the press. These are the hallmarks of a free and democratic society.
We will not compromise on these core values that we share. We will not tolerate erosions to our fundamental freedoms. We will not tolerate divisions based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability, or religion.
We will continue to use our voice and support the voiceless.
|Students protestors allow pedestrian to cross first|
as they wait at the light
Roberts was followed by speakers from groups who fear their rights are threatened by the new presidency.
Not all residents thought it was appropriate for students to rally, nor agreed with their viewpoints.