Shoreline Sears store sold to Merlone Geier

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sears, upper level entrance
Photo courtesy Merlone Geier
The Sears chain, which has been struggling nationally as a result of online shopping, has sold its Shoreline store to Merlone Geier for the bargain price of $14.75 million.

Merlone Geier buys and manages major retail spaces. Locally, they own Town Center in Lake Forest Park, and Shoreline Marketplace (Mud Bay, Trader Joe's, Everett Clinic) on N 175th in Shoreline.

Sears will continue to operate, but Merlone Geier is already advertising space for lease in the building.


Photo: Oh deer

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Photo by Scott Yurczyk
A black tailed buck strolling along 12th NW at 3:00pm

This big guy and his girlfriend have been lunching on all the rose bush new growth in Innis Arden for several months.

He mowed down tops of 14 rose bushes in a yard just before this photo was taken.

He came through mid-June and "pruned" the leaves, blooms and buds from another yard.

He left us with many dancing footprints. ....;-)


Texas News for Adoptees

By Pam Queen

Recently, WARM (Washington Adoption Rights Movement) had the opportunity to be involved in the opening of a client’s sealed adoption record in Texas.

Fortunately for adoptees, Texas has a fairly efficient process in place for the direct release of the sealed record plus the original birth certificate (OBC) to the adoptee or the adoptee can use a Confidential Intermediary, like WARM.

Texas does require some counseling as search/reunion is a serious and important life journey to obtain updated medical information, genetics, family history, and hopefully enjoy a long term reunion.

WARM has 40 years of experience reuniting families so we are a good resource.

As an overview, the adoptee would first query the State for the correct County, Cause (file number), and Court to petition. The form is Application for Identity for Court of Adoption.

After receiving the Court/File number information, the adoptee then completes the Application for Access to Termination and Adoption Records plus the Order Regarding Access to Termination and Adoption Records. In Washington, we use Petition and Order forms.

WARM can, as always, provide seasoned Confidential Intermediaries (CI) for the search and initial contacts.

WARM’s first Texas search/reunion involved a Washington resident. 

Dennis is in his 50s and was born/adopted in Texas. Initially, we had thought the birth Mom’s name was false but we pursued the given name until we were certain the name was indeed false. In these cases if the name is incorrect, usually the sealed record narrative is true.

After many weeks of search work, the WARM CI found the birth Mother’s actual name. Sadly, the lady was deceased but we were able to reunite Dennis with a cousin. They have met and the cousin brought pictures of the birth Mom to give to the adoptee.

Now we are searching for the birth Father but we have no name but a couple of sentences about him within the narrative. We are challenged but the skills and patience are in force to overcome the lack of a name. DNA testing has been of some help but not definitive in this search.

Our current Texas case involves one of my DNA relatives. Always room for one more in the family, especially another adoptee.

Early on I determined my new relative was from my birth Father’s maternal line. Defining which part of the ‘tree’ was the easy part. Shannon has an extensive narrative from her sealed record but no specific names. Generations back, families had many children, so tracing each person forward to current times is proving more of a challenge.

Easier just to file with the specific Texas court for the sealed record and original birth certificate than to grind through multiple generations and possibly miss someone.

Due to adoption affecting 25% of the population, we could miss some important clues because a branch of the tree does not follow a genetic line.

At a future date, I’ll share the outcome.

Pennsylvania News: November 3, 2017 is THE DAY for adoptees to order their original birth certificate (OBC). Indiana adoption law will change in 2018. The times, they are a-changing!

Shoreline resident Pam Queen has been involved for decades with the Washington Adoption Rights Movement.

She has written other columns for us on adoptees. See "adoption" in the Features section on the front page


Sample yoga class at RB Library Aug 8

”A Taste of Yoga”
FREE Gentle Class
Tuesday, August 8th
Richmond Beach Library, Main Meeting Room
19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177

This class will sample much that yoga has to offer, calming the mind and gently moving the body.

Please join us! Yoga is for everyone, not just the stretchy, flexible people.

We’ll practice breathing, stretching, movement and stillness. The class will be a gentle stretch which is a very beneficial and healthy way to soothe and calm yourself. Please consider trying something new or revisiting an old friend, YOGA.

Taught by a Yoga Alliance RYT-200, certified, insured Yoga instructor. Pam teaches Gentle yoga and more at Richmond Beach Yoga (top of Richmond Beach Road, next to Rite Aid.) At Richmond Beach Yoga we teach gentle, slow flow, meditation, Kids classes and more.

If you have a yoga mat, bring it (we will have some to loan too) or a beach towel or you can use a chair too. We make adjustments for various injuries. Yoga is a place to heal as well.

Beginners welcome - experienced invited as well.


LFP Citizens' Commission Town Hall Tuesday

The next 4th Tuesday event for the Lake Forest Park Citizens' Commission will be a "Town Hall Tuesday", on July 25, 2017, from 7:00-9:00pm, at the Third Place Commons, near the Stage area, or somewhere nearby. (Look for the Logo Banner).

The topic will be Sound Transit 3 (ST3), the future parking garage, and Town Center.

This event is free, open to all, and the public is welcome to show up at any time, or exit at any time.

Third Place Commons is located at 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park 98155.

The Citizens' Commission is not affiliated with the City of Lake Forest Park.


Sharrows on NW 195th Street

Sharrow on NW 195th
Photo by Chris F.
The City of Shoreline is close to completion of the Bike Plan Implementation Project, painting lane markers to indicate bicycle pathways on city streets.

Some streets are getting major changes, such as 5th NE and 1st NE, as vehicle parking is eliminated to create dedicated bicycle lanes.

Others, like NW 195th, are not being "rechannelized" but are being painted with "sharrows."

A sharrow is a painted symbol with two chevrons and a bicycle. It is painted in the middle of a street used by vehicles to indicate that bicyclists will also being traveling this route.

They are placed in the center of the road as that is the location on the roadway that is outside of the vehicle wheel path and is visible to the driver.

Keeping the sharrow markings in the center of the road and outside of the wheel paths of vehicles lengthens their life as they are less likely to be worn off by vehicle tires.

NW 195th received sharrow markings and a refresh to the existing paint lines along with some wayfinding signage.

According to Capital Projects Manager John Ricardi, a sharrow:
  • Alerts motor vehicle drivers to the potential presence of bicyclists.
  • Advertises the presence of bikeway routes to all users.
  • Provides a wayfinding element along bike routes
  • Requires no additional street space
  • Reduces the incidence of wrong-way bicycling


Council sends Veterans, Seniors and Human Services levy to November ballot

The Metropolitan King County Council has unanimously approved legislation putting the Veteran, Seniors and Human Services property tax proposal on the November 7, 2017 General Election ballot.

Earlier in the day, the Council’s Regional Policy Committee recommended the ordinance for Council adoption. If approved by voters, it would set the levy rate at 10 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for six years. The proceeds would be divided into three shares and used for:

Veterans. To plan, provide, administer and evaluate a wide range of regional health and human services and capital facilities for veterans and military service members and their respective families.

Seniors and caregivers. To plan, provide, administer and evaluate a wide range of regional health and human services and capital facilities for seniors and their caregivers or to promote healthy aging in King County.

Vulnerable Populations. To plan, provide, administer and evaluate a wide range of regional health and human services and capital facilities for vulnerable populations.


Nick Licata book signing at Shoreline Library Wednesday

Nick Licata, former Seattle City Councilmember and one of the city's most effective leaders of political and social change, will speak about his new book, Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies and Advice for Changing Our World.

Are you unsatisfied with the status quo? Come to the library and learn how you can change it! Books available for signing and purchase.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Shoreline Library.

Shoreline Library, 345 NE 175th, 98155


Parks, Tree boards and Shoreline City Council to tour parks and facilities Monday

Tour routes for Parks, Tree Board
and Shoreline City Council

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services / Tree Board Special Meeting 
with the Shoreline City Council
Monday, July 24, 2017
5:15 - 7:15pm

The PRCS/Tree Board will join the Shoreline City Council on a tour of parks and facilities during the Council's regularly scheduled dinner meeting from 5:15 - 6:45pm on Monday, July 24.

The PRCS/Tree Board will convene a brief business meeting immediately following the tour in Room 104 of City Hall for the purpose of acting on a staff recommendation to purchase artwork. The agenda is available here

The Regular City Council meeting will convene at 7pm in the Council Chambers.

Full agenda with links to staff documents here

Council will be discussing implementation of the Light Rail subarea projects and policies.


LFP COW to discuss safe streets program

The Committee of the Whole of the Lake Forest Park City Council will meet on Monday, July 24, 2017 from 6 - 8pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE.

The primary topic will be the Safe Streets program.

Staff documents for Safe Streets


Crime in Shoreline week ending 7-3-17 - pedestrians sitting on Aurora

Selected items from the Shoreline Police blotter, week ending July 3, 2017

06-23  Contacted individual in Echo Lake Park at 1:45am for not wearing clothes. One subject quickly swallowed his/her drugs. One arrested on warrant, other transported to hospital. Found checks, credit cards, and more drugs.
06-24  Individual got into a shoving match with people over rental use of gazebo in Cromwell Park.
06-25  Someone kicked in door of apartment at Arabella while resident was there.
06-25  Resident at Fircrest sent for involuntary mental evaluation after making suicidal threats, striking a staff member, and breaking staff member's windshield.
06-26  Road bike stolen from Hamlin Park.
06-26  Individual at Walgreen's 175th/Aurora, shoplifted items, threatened to shoot manager, threw a beer at manager, and rode away on bicycle.
06-26  Four individuals on Interurban Trail with mail.
06-26  Three juveniles at NE 180th and 10th NE attempted to steal a bicycle and assaulted the rider.
06-27  Female wandering on Serpentine, trying to get into houses, barefoot with no coat in 54 degree weather.
06-27  Juvenile disturbance at Briarcrest Elementary involving 13 year olds.
06-27  Developmentally delayed person wandered from care home and was found at Fred Meyer.
06-28  Mentally ill person sitting in middle of Aurora at N 200 at 2:30am.
06-28  Person reported witnessing child abuse many years ago. Reported abuser died in 2010.
06-28  RADAR unit successfully deals with drunk, suicidal male waving a knife around.
06-29  Arrest of individual with stolen property at the Y.
06-30  Someone broke into the Herzel Cemetery at night and stole a heavy equipment trailer.
06-30  Burglary 147xx 8th NE.
06-30  X-Box stolen from teen center in Richmond Highlands.
06-30  Owner of recording studio threatened by aspiring rapper.
06-30  Intoxicated person lying in Aurora at 155th at 9:30pm.
07-01  11am vehicle stolen from Y.
07-01  Generator chained to fence at Shorewood playing fields was stolen.
07-01  Customer at Whistle Work Wear inquired about boots, then returned later to steal them. Left in truck with no license plates.
07-01  Person observed on security footage removing tools from a truck at Viking Sports Bar. Later observed walking by and contacted by police. Booked on warrants. Victim declined to assist.
07-02  Person Trespassed from Aurora Safeway for opening wine and drinking it in the store aisle.


Photo: Anna meets Lucifer

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

As the gardeners were recently saying, hummingbirds love crocosmia. In Wayne Pridemore's photo, an Anna's hummingbird collects nectar from a crocosmia lucifer.


Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Serpent King

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Dill has two friends and two problems.

Dill's friends are Travis and Lydia. Travis is big, shy, kind, and so obsessed with his favorite sword-and-sorcery book that he can mostly ignore his lousy home life. Lydia is cute, smart, rich, upwardly mobile, and aimed OUT of the dinky backwater Tennessee town (named for a founding member of the KKK, wahoo!) where they all live.

Dill's problems are his name and his future. His name is Dillard Early, Jr, and he was named for his father, Dillard Early, Sr., (known locally as the Pervert Preacher), and for his papaw, (known locally as the Serpent King). His future looks a lot like his present day, and that's not good.

Then something happens to make Dill's life unbearable. The reader knows that something is going to change. But ... what?

If you think you know what will happen to the preacher's kid from "one of those crazy snake churches," you are probably wrong. The journey is not predictable, and yet, it all makes sense. Extra stars for religious extremists who are deeper than the paper on which they are written, and for religious questioning without obvious answers.

You may see this book compared to the works of John Green, and while I understand the comparison, I also don't think this reads like a JG book. It has some excellent (and some dreadful) parent characters, it has super-tough situations, there is kissing on the page. But JG rarely touches religion, and I don't know if he could handle (pun intended) a snake church.

And if there's sex, I missed it. It might have happened off-page. In fact, I kind of hope it did.

Rivoting read, recommended for readers ages 12 to adult, and it definitely needs to be a movie!

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Terracotta

Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter can be found under Features 
in the first column of the front page of the Shoreline Area News


Tour de Terrace next weekend in Mountlake Terrace

Tour de Terrace
Photo by Geoff Vlcek

2017 Tour de Terrace, Friday to Sunday, July 28-30, is the Seafair-sanctioned, summer festival for Mountlake Terrace and neighboring communities. Families, businesses and visitors are invited to celebrate in this family oriented, fun-filled festival.

Three days of music
The Tour de Terrace festival is located at the Evergreen Playfield Complex at 22205 56th Avenue W.

The parade route runs along 56th Avenue W beginning at the staging area at 234th Street SW and concludes at the park.

A small, but dedicated volunteer organization has been staging the event since 1994 and it is now a three day extravaganza with carnival, street fair, events, and music.

Parade - Friday, July 28, 7:00pm
Celebrities, cool cars, amazing floats, drill teams, Mountlake Terrace High School Athletes, and so much more! And of course, the SeaFair pirates.

Pancake Breakfast - Saturday July 29 and Sunday July 30, 8:00am to 12:00noon Cost $6.00
Eat delicious pancakes smothered in butter, syrup, or whatever! Also included, bacon, juice, and coffee! South end of the main field

Car, Truck, and Motorcycle Show - Saturday, July 29, 9:00am to 3:00pm
Gates open at 8:00am

Clown car
2017 Cedar Way PTO 5K Fun Run and Walk - Saturday, July 29, 8:30am
Mountlake Terrace High School (packet pick up July 28)

Tour de Terrace Music stage - fantastic music from local artists
Friday Night 7/28/2017,  8:30pm to 11:00pm
Saturday 7/29/2017, noon to 11pm
Sunday 7/30/2017, noon to 6pm

Carnival - Davis Shows Northwest returns with a fantastic carnival, featuring awesome rides and a midway full of fun games
Friday 2:00pm to Midnight 
Saturday Noon to Midnight 
Sunday Noon to 6pm

Fireworks - 10pm on Saturday the 29th.

Arts and Crafts booths
Food booths
Beer garden


At the museum: 100th Anniversary of the Lowering of Lake Washington

1915 before Lake Washington was lowered
Photo courtesy Shoreline Historical Museum
Photo #1397: The Wurdemann and Rion homes present a stately picture on Bothell Way in 1915, before the lowering of the lake. The photographer is standing at the end of the ferry pier. At the time, the distance between the railroad tracks and the shore was too narrow for home construction.

When the Government Locks (aka Hiram Chittenden Locks or Ballard Locks) were cut through in 1916, and the ship canal between Lake Union and Lake Washington was completed, the water in Lake Washington cascaded into Lake Union, leaving its main drainage, the Black River, without a flow, and permanently baring shoreline that had never before seen the light of day.

The level of Lake Washington was lowered nine feet.

The Shoreline Historical Museum's exhibit “High and Dry: The 100th Anniversary of the Lowering of Lake Washington and its Effects” is on display now at the museum, 18501 Linden Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Come view amazing photos documenting this era in Lake Forest Park, one of the communities most affected by the lowering of the lake. Museum exhibits and programs are supported by 4Culture, the City of Shoreline and the members and partners of the Museum.

For some, it was a real estate dream come true; for others, it was the most tragic event to ever occur. 

The Lake Forest Park Waterfront Addition was platted by Ole Hanson's North Seattle Improvement Company in 1917. However, it took a number of years after the lowering of the lake before the soggy property was usable. 

Photo #764 courtesy Shoreline Historical Museum
In 1924, Hjalmer and Anna Johanson were the first to purchase property in that plat. The whole family posed for a picture, celebrating where their new home would be built, at 17368 Beach Drive NE. From left to right: Einar Johanson, Louisa Johanson, Hazel Johanson, Hjalmer, Bert Hilmo, and Anna and Helga Hilmo.

Visit the Museum website for more information and to support your local historical society. 


Destinations: WW II Mosquito flies at Paine Field Skyfair

Text and photos by Wayne Pridemore

The Flying Heritage Skyfair, on Saturday, July 22, featured the collection's newest warbird.

The Royal Air Force World War II twin-engine de Havilland Mosquito was on display and, along with other aircraft, flew for the crowd at Paine Field in south Everett.

More than 7,700 of the aircraft were built during the war but at most only three are still flying, including the Flying Heritage plane.

From a distance the Mosquito looks like a typical metal airplane, but a closer look reveals waves of wood grain in its fuselage.

When it was developed in 1940 it was the fastest military aircraft in the world.

The Mosquito was used as a fighter-light bomber, light bomber, night fighter, and as a unarmed photo-reconnaissance during the war years.


Public meeting about bike lanes on 5th NE

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Residents of Ridgecrest have expressed concerns to the City about the configuration of the new lane striping on 5th NE and how the project was implemented.

The new striping on 5th Ave NE from NE 155th St to NE 175th St has bike lanes on each side of the street and removes parking for vehicles on one side of the street.

The City will hold a public open house on the topic this coming Wednesday, July 26 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Spartan Rec Center, 18560 1st Ave NE, 98155, between the Shoreline Stadium and the Shoreline Conference Center.

Staff will be available to answer questions and talk to attendees about the project.


Photo: Hydrangeas

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

These are the most beautiful blue hydrangeas I have seen. I believe they are growing in Lee's garden.

From the page Hydrangeas! Hydrangeas! 

One can rarely change the intensity of a color (how strong or pale the color is). The intensity develops for a number of reasons: the heredity of a particular hydrangea variety, weather conditions (hot or cold, humid or dry), health of the plant, and possibly other natural factors. Fertilizing hydrangeas once or twice a year may result in a little more saturated color simply because the health of the plant may be improved.



Theater review: For Better - love in the age of technology

For Better
By Eric Coble
Directed by David Bailey
The Phoenix Theatre
July 21 - 30, 2017

Review by Doug Gochanour

We have come a long way in communication technology since Maxwell Smart made phone calls using his shoe. The latest is a wearable device, a “ring” worn on the index finger, which allows bone conduction phone communication when that finger is held into the ear. This gives new meaning to a phrase like ring tones.

When paired with apps like Seri, Google, GPS and more, the ring finger phone brings the current information age right into your head. Before you just “thumb your nose” at a finger to your ear, you might give some thought to how this may improve your life. How may it complicate your life and your relationships, as well?

Technology has made it easier to keep in touch, but that is no substitute for real touch, as in human contact. This seems especially true if you are married or if you are in a committed relationship.

Eric Coble has conjured up this clever farce, humorously examining our increasing dependence on digital gadgetry. You may find it a bit technologically dated. Unless re-written occasionally, the play may not keep up with humor in new tech devices.

For Better is a romantic comedy, which explores the nature of relationship complications accompanying the digital age.

Cristin Fenzel captures our attention as Karen, a young woman who is planning to get married very soon, though she is dealing with a long-distance relationship. Karen has only met Max a couple of times, but has a great deal of contact via phone, messenger, and email. 
Max buys an engagement ring online and sends it to Karen by FedEx. Their individual work situations will have them located in different places most of the time. Can they find enough romantic contact to satisfy each of them?

Karen’s sister Francine (Angela Snyder) met her husband Michael (Morgan Peeler) through an online dating site. Those sites offer a kind of digital version of natural selection, allowing clients to create an online representation of the personal image they wish to present. A computer sifts through the profiles of every client in the system and offers up a match.

Karen’s Father (Jeffrey Strom) delights us with hilarious one-liners. He expresses the fear and frustration many feel in dealing with new technology. He also sends special email with touching sentimental reminders of his love for his daughters. It is a very noteworthy performance.

Further amusement comes from observing Lizzie (Cassandra Carskadon), as she runs the gamut of hotness and coolness. Her exchanges with Michael – a former flame – fall into the category of phone sex. 

It also leads Michael to demonstrate the potential pitfall of switching between conversations with two people on different lines. Say the wrong thing and big trouble will ensue.

Poor Stuart (Tim Takechi) travels the globe as a “can you hear me now” character. He has difficulty communicating his feelings, with technology or not. In the end he might benefit from Lizzie setting him into a tizzy.

But in our constantly connected world, with email, texts, Skype and camera phones, do a modern bride and groom need to be in the same country to honeymoon together?

“Technological singularity” poses that the invention of artificial super-intelligence will trigger explosive technological growth, and bring incomprehensible accelerating changes to human civilization. Perhaps as we get smarter, we will see the humor of it all much more quickly.

Fortunately for us, The Phoenix Theatre emphasizes laughter over drama in all its play selections and presentations. Come enjoy For Better, and be prepared to laugh a lot and think a bit, as well.

The Phoenix Theatre is located in Firdale Village, 9673 Firdale Ave, Edmonds 98020.


New distracted driving law includes secondary ticket for eating or smoking while driving

Washington's new Distracted Driving law takes effect on Sunday, July 23.

The offense is called e-DUI "Driving Under the Influence of Electronics"
  • First E-DUI – $136
  • Second E-DUI (within 5 years) – $234

Basically, it says that you can be ticketed for touching an electronic device while you are driving, even if you are stopped in traffic or at a red light.

Dangerously Distracted: You can also get a $99 ticket for other types of distractions such as grooming, smoking, eating, or reading if the activity interferes with safe driving, and you are pulled over for another traffic offense.

Details here


Jobs: City of Shoreline

The following jobs are listed for the City of Shoreline

Job Title Job Type

Asset Management Functional Analyst Full-Time Regular
Administrative Services Department
Information Services

Assistant Pre School Instructor (Froggy Holler) - Extra Help Extra Help Ongoing
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services

Extra Help - Swim Instructor Extra Help Variable Hour
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services

Extra Help -- Public Works Seasonal Laborer Extra Help Seasonal
Public Works
Utility Operations

Lifeguard/Swim Instructor - Extra Help Extra Help Variable Hour
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services

Outdoor Hikes and Trip Instructor - Extra Help Extra Help Ongoing
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services

Senior Management Analyst Full-Time Regular
Public Works

Specialized Recreation Specialist - Extra Help, ON-CALL Extra Help Ongoing
Parks, Recreation Cultural Services


Lee's red flowers are Crocosmia "Lucifer" - thank you readers

Crocosmia Lucifer
By Diane Hettrick

Thank you to all the readers who identified Lee Lageschulte's lovely and dramatic red flowers.

Martin Kral said "It's a crocosmia, variety 'Lucifer'. The cultivar is taller than most crocosmias and also much brighter red than the usually yellow or dark rust standard varieties. It grows easily, is undemanding, and attracts hummingbirds."

Chris Gaston sent a link and said they are also called montbretia. Judith Muilenburg agreed and commented that she prefers the orange.

Thank you to Deirdre Miller, JM, Randi, Jerry Pickard, Cathy Floit, Melissa Banker, Scott Francis, Travis, Rose Thygesen, Brenda Kent, Donna Eggen, Krista Tenney, Judy Bauer, Nancy Utter, Cheryl Workman, Regina, a couple of anonymous comments, and anyone I might have missed.

One person sent the results of a Google search. Many people commented that they had the red and orange varieties in their yards and several said they wanted more.

Johanna Warness said that "I got a few bulbs from a woman who was going to throw them away about 20 years ago and now I have them all over my yard - the hummingbirds love them."

Some of the other comments:
  • A bright and colorful addition to the garden.
  • They do best in full sun.
  • Red and orange
  • Fred Meyer had some on sale - would love to have some more!
  • Hummingbirds love them!
  • My mom calls this Devils Tongue.
  • It "naturalizes" which means if you start with 5 in a couple of years you will have 15-20... 
  • The common variety is more orange. 
  • They are good looking and hummingbirds and bees like them but you got to watch the runs on these things. They will take over your garden. -- Anonymous

I was going to say how surprised I was that so many people had the plant because I was sure I had never seen one before Lee's photo. Then I noticed that my neighbor, two doors down, has one planted right at the street.


Fircrest fire - charred remains and brown water

A fire crew remained on the scene to put out the hot spots
Photo by Debbie Kellogg

You may not think of the water district responding to a fire, but it's important that fire fighters have access to enough water to fight the blaze.

In Thursday's massive fire at Fircrest, the North City Water District opened a normally closed valve to a long dead end water main inside the Fircrest property.

According to Denny Clouse of the North City Water District,

The fire departments were putting water on the fire at approximately 5000 GPM (Gallons Per Minute), which in the Fircrest steel pipes exceeded the normal velocity of 8 FPS (Feet Per Second) to around 15 FPS or more. This pushed sediment that resulted in Brown Water into residential water mains.

Residents were advised that their water was safe and they should just run the water until it cleared. Most reported that it did not take very long before the sediment was gone.


Lamont Thomas "The Running Man" featured in Seattle Magazine story

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Running Miracle is available at Third Place Books.
Shoreline's Running Man, Lj Thomas, was recently featured in the Seattle Magazine (How a Crippled Boy Became Shoreline's Inspirational 'Running Man')

It has been a summer of ups and down for Lj.

His autobiography was published in June. (see our previous story). 

A month ago, he tripped over a curb on his daily run, fell, and fractured his femur. It required surgery and a titanium plate. He has been unable to work and was in a wheelchair until just two weeks ago. 

He will not be able to go back to work for a couple of months. However, the bone is healing properly, something that Lj doesn't take for granted.

His book is for sale online and Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park has copies for sale. He is grateful that people are donating to his GoFundMe page to help keep him afloat financially until he is able to go back to work.

While not running, he is starting to get around. He is scheduled for an author event at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park at 7pm on September 6.


Emergency repairs allow Shoreline pool to reopen

After a break in the water line north of the Shoreline Conference Center on Friday, July 14, closed down the Shoreline Pool, emergency repairs were completed on Sunday July 16, allowing the pool to reopen on Monday.

Because of the emergency response, there was very little disruption to regularly scheduled classes and events at the pool.

The pool is scheduled from 5:30am to 8:45pm on weekdays and sometimes into the night for kayak classes, synchronized swim, private team practices and other private rentals.


Nominations open for King County Executive's Small Business Awards

Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy. In Washington, small businesses employ 1.3 million people and generate millions of dollars of economic activity that are invested right back into local communities.

For the seventh year, King County Executive Dow Constantine will recognize the importance and accomplishments of small businesses in our region with the Executive's Small Business Awards. Nominations are now being accepted here

Nomination categories are:
  • Overall Small Business of the Year
  • Minority-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year
  • Exporting Small Business of the Year
  • Green/Sustainable Small Business of the Year
  • Workforce Development Small Business of the Year
  • Rural Small Business of the Year

To be eligible for the awards, businesses must be located in King County, have 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, and have been in business for at least three years. Previous award winners and last year's finalists are ineligible for nomination. Small businesses can be nominated in more than one category, but a separate nomination form must be completed for each category.

Nominations close on August 5. Winners will be announced at an awards event in the fall.

Find more information about the Executive's Small Business Awards, and the nomination form here.

Read more online


Free summer meals for kids & teens - United Way Summer Food Invasion

Kids and teens can eat free this summer with United Way of King County's Summer Food Invasion.

Summer meals sites are hosted throughout the county at parks, libraries, churches, and more, and provide healthy meals and fun, educational activities every day.

Sites are open now through the end of August. 

Meals are free and open to all youth ages 18 and under, and no enrollment or pre-registration is needed. 

Meal sites in Shoreline include:

Paramount School Park (15300 8th Ave NE, Shoreline)
Monday - Friday
Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Snack: 1:30 -2:00 p.m.

Ronald United Methodist Church (17839 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline)
Monday - Thursday
Breakfast: 10:30 -11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Shoreline Library (345 NE 175th St, Shoreline)
Monday - Friday
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

To celebrate the Summer Food Invasion, United Way of King County is also hosting free Food Invasion Field Days at sites across the county, with exciting activities for all ages, including an obstacle course, bounce house, face painting, crafts, free food for all, and more!

Join us at a Field Day near Shoreline, at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave NE, Seattle 98125 on August 17 from 12:00 to 3:00pm.

Find other summer meal sites and Field Day locations here


Temporary Public Art #1: Light Energy

Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Elise Koncsek's "Light-Energy" (acrylic plastic, wire, rope, wood, monofilament) on view at Brugger's Bog until October 20.

This piece is under the willow before you cross the drainage; there are also two other smaller elements deeper in the park's trees as you walk over to the west side.

Brugger's Bog is in the Ballinger Neighborhood, at 19553 25th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.


Swingin' Summer Eve - great for books and families

Photos by Steven H. Robinson
Text by Diane Hettrick

Swingin' Summer Eve, held Wednesday evening July 19, 2017 at Cromwell Park, is one of those mellow summer evening events that have enough things to do to be entertaining, but not so action packed as to be frenetic.

You can see it all in a short time and then chill out.

Several hundred people did just that, lounging on the grassy hillside and listening to Beatles tribute band Creme Tangerine play. The little children ran in happy circles, chasing each other and no one was irritated by the noise.

Book lovers have learned to mark this event on their calendar for the Council of Neighborhoods used book sale. Always many children's books, and readable summer fare. The Council provides grocery bags and shoppers fill them up.

The weather was perfect (how often can you say that in the Northwest?)

The fire department was there with a truck to delight the children. There were information booths and a giant inflatable slide.

Food so you can have dinner there. Always treats for the kids.

A lovely party, co sponsored by the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and the City of Shoreline.


A dog's eye view of the Fircrest fire fight

Using the ladder truck to put out the hot spots
left over from the Fircrest fire

Text and photos by GM Wiegand

Early afternoon visitors at the Eastside Dogpark got to watch quite a spectacle!

Gabriel, S.D. was more interested in the treats
than the dramatic scene behind him

Admittedly the four legged visitors were more interested in chuck-its and treats rather than the spectacular performance by the Firefighter, managing a big hose from the top of his ladder!

Fire crews from Woodinville, Bothell, Northshore, Kirkland,
Snohomish, and Seattle responded to assist Shoreline

I was pretty impressed by the “Motor Pool”, sporting vehicles from Shoreline, Kirkland and Northshore.

Since the wind was blowing the smoke away from us, we gawked a little, while the Dogs had a good run.


Shoreline Fire calls July 10-16

Battalion Chief showing the kiddos our Engine
at Swingin Summers Eve!
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire
Shoreline Fire calls for the week of July 10-16

Aid - 66
Aid Non Emergency - 12
MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident) - 10
CMT (Community Medicine Team) - 5
Medic - 33
Cardiac Arrest - 2
AFA (Automatic Fire Alarm) - 8
Bark Fire - 4
Smoke/Burn Complaint - 3
Smoke/Haze in the Area - 1
Service Call - 3
Structure Fire Unconfirmed - 1 (electrical problem with hot panel, no fire)


Shoreline Public Art Expo Aug 2 at City Hall - meet the artists

Nightingale Dance Troupe
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

The culmination of a year of public art projects and exhibitions, Shoreline’s Public Art Expo event offers inside glimpses of current street-piano artworks, site specific sculpture projects in urban forests and public space, and three indoor exhibitions at City Hall.

Artists will be in attendance to share their stories of the application process, installation and fabrication, and ongoing challenges.

Wednesday Auguar 2, 6:30pm – 8:30pm City Hall at 17500 Midvale Ave N in Shoreline 98133.

Kelly Lyle - in progress, a riff on the Wizard of Oz with a red brick road
(interurban trail at Ronald Place)  instead of the usual yellow brick road --
Photo courtesy City of Shoreline

Pop-Up Pianos: Now in its 6th season, recently finished piano artwork on display by Megan Reisinger, Joseph Brooks, Kelly Lyles, and Cynthia Knox.

Interurban Artscape: Sculpture exhibition at Town Center Interurban Trail features site specific projects by Todd Lawson and Bill Franklin, with additional new work by Ken Barnes and Matt Babcock.

Ceramic by Jacob Fortran
The Fine Arts of Sustainability Guest Curated by Photographer Anna Mia Davidson, with large scale photographs by Eirik Johnson (Courtesy Gibson Gallery Seattle) and Annie Musselman. Second Floor, Through October 20, 2017.

Beyond the Picture Plane Guest Curated by Architect Ray C. Freeman III. An exhibition of augmented-reality artwork featuring viewing pads, wall-mounted sculpture with scanning targets, pedestals, and other new media art objects. First Floor Temporary Gallery. Through August 10.

The Performance of Place Guest Curated by Artist Christen Mattix. A group exhibition exploring intersections of place and performance. Francie Allen, Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour, Amber Barney-Nivon, Erica Elan Ciganek, Tiffany Danielle Elliot, Maggie Hubbard, Scott Kolbo, Jess Levine, Kelly Lyles, Christen Mattix, KateVrijmoet, Matthew Whitney. Fourth Floor, Through October 20, 2017.

PLUS in Lobby: Nightingale Dance Troupe Performance; Lauren Iida Jacob Foran, Beneath an Eyelid Lies a Moon (ceramic head series) 2015; P├ęppe, Swirling Cherry and Butterfly (wood sculptures); Washington State Button Society, display vitrine.


Walk for Old Dogs

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Oliver needed a nap after winning a ribbon
as Oldest Dog at the 2016 Walk

Sunday is the Walk for Old Dogs at Cromwell Park. It is a benefit for Old Dog Haven which takes in abandoned old dogs and finds them homes to live out their lives. ODH pays most of the vet bills for these dogs, making it financially feasible for people to take them in.

The Walk for Old Dogs is their main fundraiser

Anyone can join in -The registration fee is $25 and includes a Walk for Old Dogs canvas tote. Register here Walk website

If you can't attend, you are welcome to make a donation (Old Dog Haven is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization — donations are tax-deductible)

Sunday, July 23, 2017, 10:30am -3:00pm, Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133.


Reps. Kagi and Ryu respond to major fire at Fircrest facility

Smoke fills the sky from the fire
at Fircrest
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Reps. Kagi and Ryu respond to major fire at Fircrest facility 

Statement by Rep. Ruth Kagi (D-32nd District)

“This morning there was a substantial fire at Fircrest. Fircrest is a vital part of our community and performs critical work taking care of individuals with serious developmental disabilities from around the state.

“We have consulted with the Department of Social and Health Services about the safety of clients and staff at Fircrest, damage caused by this fire, and what happens next.

“The Department has assured us that there is a plan for continuing operations in the short term and will address the fire damage in the long term.

“We will continue to work, as lawmakers and representatives of the district, to make sure that the people at Fircrest won’t see a disruption in their care.

“I appreciate that the staff at Fircrest and firefighters responded quickly and safely evacuated very vulnerable clients.”

Statement by Rep. Cindy Ryu (D-32nd District)

“This was a serious fire—and the response by Fircrest staff and firefighters to safely evacuate everyone was seriously heroic.

“If this building is a total loss, it needs to be rebuilt or its function restored elsewhere. Additionally, we need to address ongoing infrastructure problems at Fircrest. That would require funding in the state capital budget and we will work together for one that funds construction projects for Residential Habilitation Centers like Fircrest, schools, colleges, parks, community services, and the environment around the state.

“I want to thank the staff and firefighters for their stellar efforts in the face of what could have been a terrible tragedy and ask for community support during these difficult times for Fircrest staff and clients.”


Major fire at Fircrest

Building fire at Fircrest
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A fire in a gas dryer at Fircrest has destroyed the entire building housing the laundry.

Fire crews from Woodinville, Bothell, Northshore, Kirkland, Snohomish, and Seattle are responding.

The fire spread rapidly in the old building and collapsed the roof.

Crews are attacking the fire from all sides to keep it from spreading.

Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

North City Water is having no trouble delivering sufficient water to fight the fire, but fire crews are hampered in getting sufficient water to the fire because of the old, small pipes in the Fircrest site.

Because there were laundry chemicals in the building, the fire is being treated as a haz-mat. There has been an effort to keep media and bystanders out of the path of the smoke, which is traveling north.

Uncertain if the residents are being moved, but Shoreline Fire reports that "all evacuated."

Fircrest is a residential facility for severely disabled people. It is located at NE 155th and 15th NE in Shoreline.

This story will be updated as information is available.

updated 11:38am


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