Shoreline Village: A plan for aging in your home, Part One

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood Village members
Photo courtesy Senior Services

This is the first of a four-part series about the Village that is being planned for Shoreline.

A Village for Shoreline: Part One

A few of your neighbors think Shoreline could benefit by forming a Village. And they hope to entice you to get involved by helping plan it, volunteer once it has launched, and/or become a member so you can enjoy all the benefits.

What is a Village? It is not so much a place as it is a plan for aging in your home. It is a membership-based organization with paid staff who act as a personal, central resource to coordinate access to services for you. The services will help you stay in your home as you age and could be provided by trained neighborhood volunteers, or you might be referred to screened vendors for more complex needs and services. Many Villages also offer social and activity groups. 

You can be part of a Village whether you need these services yourself, or can provide them for members. Services might include: yard work, rides to the doctor or a friend’s house, housecleaning, companionship, pet care, painters, plumbers, grocery shopping and educational and social events at nearby locations.

How did Villages get started? Originally started in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, MA in 2002, the Village concept arose out of community members’ desire to reside in their own homes while being able to access services that addressed their changing lifestyles as they aged. They wanted to take responsibility for their aging, which meant deciding how they would live and ultimately spend their last days. At its core, the Village Movement is customer and community-driven. Now there are more than 200 in the US.

Here is a short video featuring a member from the PNA Village in Seattle.

Is there a typical Village? Not really. “If you've seen one Village; you’ve seen one Village.” Each one is planned specifically to meet the needs of the local community. By design, all Villages focus on engagement to remain healthy, not on frailty and disability. Interdependence is the goal, not isolated independence. And for those of you who are already members of the SWEL Timebank, you can see that a Village is a great partner for Timebanking in a close-knit community like Shoreline.

What Are the Costs? Each Village determines its own annual fees, so they can range from $250 per year to $900 per year for an individual. Volunteer services are free to members; professionals and agencies charge fees but may give discounts to Village members.

Who is Involved in Shoreline So Far? It’s at the embryonic stage, so …. YOU could help plan it! Folks like Chris Eggen (Shoreline City Council), and Judy Parsons and Bob Lohmeyer of the Shoreline Senior Center are part of the planning group. 

There are already three Villages in Seattle: PNA Village (Phinney-Greenwood neighborhood), NEST (NE Seattle), and Wider Horizons (serving Central Seattle) 

In the next three articles, we'll go into more depth about who joins Villages, how they work, and how they get started and develop. 

Curious? To find out a bit more and about the next meeting on June 2, please contact Joanne Donohue at Senior Services, 206-727-6206


Shorewood plays in state 3A baseball semifinals and finals after two victories Saturday

Ian Oxnevad
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood's starting pitcher, Ian Oxnevad, throws a pitch in the Regional State Tournament at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue on Saturday. The Thunderbirds won their game with Lake Washington then went on to win over Auburn Mountainview in a later game that same day.

Photos by Wayne Pridemore, from Regional game with Lake Washington.

Shorewood will play in the state 3A baseball semifinals and finals Friday and Saturday, May 29-30, in Seattle after the Thunderbirds won their two regional games Saturday, May 23, in Bellevue.

Spencer Jacobs
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood's 3rd baseman, Spencer Jacobs, sets to field a line drive. Spencer threw out the runner to 1st base.

The T-birds will meet Central Kitsap at 7pm Friday at the Husky Ballpark in the second game of a semifinal double-header, with Bainbridge and Mercer Island playing in the first game at 4.

Arthur Pate
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Thunderbird shortstop, Arthur Pate, sets up to put the tag on the base runner at 2nd base.

Semifinal winners play for the championship Saturday at 7. Semifinal losers play for third place at 4.

 In the top of the 10th inning and with the score tied at 0 to 0
Shorewood puts on their rally caps.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore

In regional games, Shorewood defeated Lake Washington 1-0 in extra innings before the Thunderbirds topped Auburn Mountainview 7-4. Shorewood advances to State Tournament at the UW baseball stadium on May 29th at 1pm.

Max Wagner scores the only run
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood's Max Wagner scores the only run of the game in the top of the 12th inning. Grant Jones drove in the run with a single.

There are four teams left that are undefeated in the tournament. In game #13 Mercer Island plays Bainbridge on Friday May 29th at 4pm. In game #14 Shorewood will play Central Kitsap on Friday May 29th at 7pm. On Saturday the winner of game 13 will play the winner of game 14 at 4pm for the 3A state championship.

Players react to the run - the only score of the game
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood players react to the run that proved to be the winning score in the game. Shorewood went on to play Auburn Mountainview in a game that started at 5 pm.



SC boys soccer advance to State 2A semifinals

The Shorecrest boys soccer team has defeated Kingston 2-1 in Poulsbo to advance to the state 2A soccer semifinals next Friday in Sumner.

Nick Shively scored the winner with 3 minutes left.


Reception honoring Shoreline Teacher of the Year June 1

The members of the Shoreline School Board
and Rebecca Miner, Superintendent,
cordially invite you to a reception honoring

Faye Rasmussen of Parkwood Elementary School
2015 Shoreline Teacher of the Year
Monday, June 1, 2015,
6 p.m., in the Shoreline Center Lobby
18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
Refreshments provided by Shoreline Food Services

Community members
are invited to honor Faye and join in this celebration.


Have lunch with Shoreline Fire at their Open House May 30

Tour the equipment at the Spring Fling
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire


Shoreline Firefighters will hold their annual Open House at Fire Department Headquarters, Saturday May 30 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. 17525 Aurora Ave North, Shoreline WA 98133

Aaron Pompeo displays his skills
Photo courtesy Shoreline Fire

Come visit with firefighters, watch them work and learn how to keep your family safe and uninjured this summer.

Free hot dogs from the famous Hot Dog King! Lots of hands-on activities for children and families.


Shoreline School District 2014 Healthy Youth Survey Results

By Marianne Deal Stephens

Director of Assessment and Student Learning Michael Power, Ph.D. presented district results of the state’s biennial Healthy Youth Survey at the Shoreline School Board meeting on May 11, 2015.

About the Survey
The Healthy Youth Survey (HYS) is administered statewide to grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 in even calendar years. The anonymous survey asks students about: nutrition and fitness; mental health; school climate; safety and violence; community, family, and school issues; alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; related risk and protective factors. Students are randomly given different versions of the survey. (See the 2014 forms here.)

Parents may preview the survey before it is administered and can opt out. In 2014, 76% of 6th graders, 89% of 8th graders, 84% of 10th graders, and 68% of 12th graders took the survey in Shoreline. Dr. Powers made it clear that the survey is not an intervention tool; individual students do not experience any consequences for their replies on the survey.

The final question on every HYS form asks: “How honest were you in filling out this survey?” and offers five answer options, from “I was very honest” to “I was not honest at all.” High school students themselves question the reliability of the HYS data because they hear classmates talk about exaggerating their responses.

However, when asked about survey reliability, Dr. Power answered that he has “been working with this survey since it was first administered and [is] very confident in the accuracy of the results … The consistency of the results over time is an indicator that the data are accurate.” Dr. Power explained the state’s data cleaning procedures (surveys that are detected through these measures are not counted) and described the reliability range of for most items at the district level as +/- 2-3%. District results are more reliable than school results, and state results are more reliable than district results.

How the Data is Used
Building, district and state data is shared with school counselors, principals, and community support providers to identify how local trends compare with state patterns and to inform their educational programs. Statewide, agencies use the data to guide policy and programs that serve youth. The Department of Health releases aggregated grade results and an analytic report for each year of the survey. (See the 2012 Survey Reports)

Students are not asked for names or any identifying information, and the surveys are not tallied locally. Results from districts and individual schools are not readily available to the public to prevent any possibility of connecting responses to individuals. Dr. Power explained that in a district like ours, 3% would be about 18 students and 1% would be about 6 students, so the data is sensitive.

Dr. Power presented 47 graphs and charts of Shoreline results, a representative sample of the entire report which runs 54 pages with 6 tables/ graphs per page. In nearly all of the categories presented, Shoreline School District results closely parallel state results. Overall patterns: substance use increases with grade level while measures like “how much do you enjoy school” decrease with grade level.

A few matters were identified as particularly concerning: e-cigarette/ vaping use, marijuana use; screen time; sleep habits, and mental health issues. The increased presence of e-cigarettes and vaping in the larger community has spread to students.

Marijuana use is in a year's long upward trend (from 2004 when the survey began to 2014). While it is low in middle grades, marijuana use goes up significantly with grade level (in the 30 days prior to taking the survey, percentage of students reporting use: 0% in grade 6, 5% in grade 8, 17% in grade 10 and 31% in grade 12).

The survey also asks about perceived harm, and the number of students who think that there is not great harm in using marijuana has increased. Dr. Power speculates that the legalization of marijuana has affected both use and perception.

Alcohol and prescription drug use also go up with grade level. Use is almost not present in grade 6, and use of several substances increases noticeably from grade 8 to grade 12.

From 2004 to 2014, grade 12 use of marijuana has gone up while the use of alcohol has gone down slightly.

Like most teens, ours are spending too much time on screens and not enough sleeping.

There are also troubling numbers of students who report feeling depressed and having thoughts of suicide. Dr. Power explained that the state can conclude from the surveys that troubling behaviors often go together; there is overlap among students who engage in substance abuse, report sexual activity or sexual abuse, and report depression. 

Across the grades, about 90% of Shoreline students surveyed feel safe at school. About 95% say they have lots of chances to for involvement in school activities. A vast majority (from 69-88%) know how to report bullying at school. And, a high percentage have someone they could talk to about something important.

The Takeaway
Though the presentation involved sharing data and not proposing an action plan, Director David Wilson asked about the takeaway. Dr. Power explained that while we are where the state is on nearly all of the behaviors measured, “we want to do better” and hoped aloud that “perhaps we can leverage the community support to help with the troubling trends.” Student Representative to the Board Nicola Gerbino, noting the numbers of students reporting depression and/ or suicidal thoughts, articulated a hope that attention will be focused on teen mental health. 

More Information on the Healthy Youth Survey
Supplemental Data Briefs with 2014 HYS results, assessments, suggestions for parents and educators, and referrals to available resources. 


For the Birds: Have You Been Hearing Purple Finches?

Male Purple Finch
Photo by Christine Southwick

By Christine Southwick

I've been hearing Purple Finches in my neighborhood,  and hopefully you have been too. How would you know?

First, they have a rich warbling song, without the zirrree at the end of the song  that is indicative of the House Finch. Purple Finch males usually sing high up in a tree.

A Purple Finch can be distinguished from a House Finch most easily by sound, but also by sight if you know a couple of diagnostic points. Male Purple Finches, after their second year, are really a raspberry color — not a purple at all. Until their second year, males and female Purple Finches look the same. After molting the second year, male Purple Finches are raspberry all over (except for the belly area), including raspberry on the brown-tinged  wings.

Female Purple Finch
Photo by Christine Southwick

To me, the first thing to look for is an exaggerated eyebrow -- a whitish line that is really noticeable on the female — the male’s eyebrow is subtler and that raspberry color. The second most obvious distinguishing area is the lack of streaking at the base of their belly, the area called the undertail coverts. This makes both the male's and female's underbellies look white. With these two diagnostic points you can be pretty confident that you have Purple Finches,

House Finches are heavily streaked on their breast, belly, and undertail coverts; don’t have markings on their head; and the males have white, not raspberry, on their wings.

A pair of Purple Finches, male and female
Photo by Christine Southwick

The female Purple Finch builds her nest for two to seven eggs, far out on a limb of a coniferous tree, often under a sheltering branch. She will sometimes use a deciduous tree, or maybe even shrubs — from two and a half feet up to 60 feet above ground. The male of the monogamous pair feeds the female while she is on the eggs. Both parents feed the nestlings. The fledglings are weak fliers and stay close to their parents for about two weeks.

House Finches out-compete Purple Finches in urban and some suburban areas. Which means that Purple Finches are becoming less common as their habitats continue to dwindle.

Purple Finches are found in our moist mixed-forest and coniferous forests, especially along open edges, like those found in some people’s yards. If you have good habitat, with pesticide-free seed-bearing plants, Purple Finches may stay all summer and breed in your area.


Garbage and recycling services uninterrupted by Memorial Day

Garbage, recycling, and yard waste services will continue as normal on Memorial Day, May 25.

Both Republic Services, covering Lake Forest Park, and Recology CleanScapes, covering Shoreline, have announced business as usual.


Shoreline firm creates wheelchair ramp for North Seattle woman

Ramp built by Irons Brothers Construction for
North Seattle resident Florence Greff
Photo courtesy Irons Brothers Construction

Ramp captain Joseph Irons, President of Irons Brothers Construction and his team designed and constructed a free wheelchair access ramp for Florence Greff of Seattle.

Florence, who turns 85 this year, is a retired Psychology professor and the first woman charter member of Rotary International's North Seattle district. She has fallen three times in the past year and was in physical and financial need of a ramp for her North Seattle Home.

Florence, who still maintains her membership in the Shoreline Rotary and is past department head of Psychology at Bellevue College, is in a wheelchair almost 100 percent of the time. She was recently released from Shoreline's Rehabilitation Center after falling and is attending rehab therapy 2-3 times per week.

Before the ramp, Florence's two sons were  helping her to crawl in and out of the house over a set of stairs to attend these appointments.

Before the ramp, there was a set of stairs
Photo courtesy Irons Brothers Construction

Suffering from permanent back dysfunction and arthritis, Florence will benefit immensely from the new access ramp built at her home last Saturday as part of the Rampathon program.

With 5 kids, 28 grandkids, and 31 great grandchildren - all located in the state of Washington, she looks forward to being able to visit with them more often with a regained freedom and safer transport.

May 16, 2015, the Greff family, along with several other families throughout King and Snohomish Counties were the recipients of a free wheelchair ramp built as part of the Master Builders Association's Community Stewardship Rampathon Event.

Three teams of volunteers from Irons Brothers
worked on the Greff ramp
Photo courtesy Irons Brothers Construction

This year marks the 22nd year of Rampathon - providing over 350 wheel chair access ramps, totaling more than 1.7 million dollars of in-kind contributions since 1993. This year, Irons Brothers Construction, based in Shoreline, is participating in its 11th year of building its neighbors in need wheelchair access ramps.

Thanks to the Master Builders Association's Community Stewardship Department and the generous donors listed below, this ramp will be built at no cost to the recipient.

Special recognition to donors for the Florence Greff ramp:
  • Dunn Lumber for material donations
  • Irons Brothers Construction for volunteer labor and materials
More about Rampathon

Irons Brothers Construction is celebrating 16 years of business in 2015 and opened a Design + Build Center showroom located at 1510 NE 170th St., Shoreline, WA 98155 in 2014. Here they showcase universal design, aging in place remodeling and best construction practices. Company owners, Joseph and Melissa Irons, have their Certified Aging in Place Specialist designations (CAPS) thru the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and incorporate universal design principles into each project they undertake.


Save the date for the Seattle SeaChordsmen concert June 27

The Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus and their Guest Artists will be performing songs from the movie, "Sleepless in Seattle." Songs such as "Bye Bye Blackbird;" "When I Fall in Love;" "Like a Wink and a Smile:" "Over the Rainbow;" "Back in the Saddle Again" or as it is now rendered in the theme of the show: "Back to Seattle, Again."

You'll "smell" the coffee as a quartet sings "Jave Jive" and another quartet sings about "Seattle Roast." As you'll see the show theme resembles somewhat that of the movie: Love lost; love found; and Seattle. What could be better.

Shows at 2pm and 7pm, at the Shorecrest Performing Arts Center, 15343 - 25th Ave. NE
Shoreline 98155.

Tickets available online for the 2pm show and for the 7pm show, from a chorus member, or at the door.

So, mark your calendars: Saturday, June 27. 2pm or 7pm.


Lakeshore Garden Club meets Thursday at Third Place Commons

Lakeshore Garden Club is hosting a meeting at Third Place Commons, Lake Forest Park, Thursday May 28th at 10:00am - Noon for prospective new club members.

The meeting will be held in the Stadler Room adjacent to Kitto's Restaurant.  Club members will present an overview of past events and speakers.

RSVP to Donna Gilly by May 27th.   

Lakeshore Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of the month Sept. - May.

Updated 05-24-2015 10:25pm


Memorial Day at Evergreen Washelli

Memorial Day at Evergreen Washelli

89th Annual Memorial Day Service, Evergreen Washelli Memorial Park, Veterans Memorial Cemetery, North Seattle, Monday, May 25, 2015 at 1:30pm

Hundreds of veterans, their families and the public will gather for the 89th Annual Memorial Day service and concert in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery located at 11111 Aurora Ave. N. in Seattle. Scouts, churches, local organizations and families will place flags on all the graves in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery early Monday morning.

The 1:30pm concert will feature marches, patriotic selections and other music provided by the Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corp, Daniel Helseth, Conductor. The Service of Remembrance begins at 2:00pm.

Lt. Col. Stephen F. Keane
Lieutenant Colonel Stephen F. Keane, Marine Corps Security Force Batallion, Bangor, WA is the guest of honor.

Lieutenant Colonel Keane deployed to Iraq in October 2003 with the DoD Criminal Investigation Task Force, an interagency counter-terrorism task force. Upon returning from deployment in 2004, Lieutenant Colonel Keane assumed the duties of Chief Prosecutor and Military Justice Officer at the Legal Service Support Section, 2D Force Service Support Group, Camp Lejeune, NC. 
In May 2009, Lieutenant Colonel Keane assumed duties as a Military Judge for the Western Judicial Circuit, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. Prior to arriving at Marine Corps Security Force Battalion Bangor, he was the Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow to the U.S. Department of Justice, National Security Division, Counter-Terrorism Section. 
Lieutenant Colonel Keane’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal and other unit and service awards.

The program will begin with the Parade of Colors. The Color Guard is from the Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor. Following will be the National Anthem which will be sung this year by Maria Kesovija, and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Carol Ridenhour. Chaplain Edward Fackler, will lead us in the Invocation and Benediction with the Memorial Day Address by LtCol Stephen Keane, USMC. Wreath Placement Ceremony will be led by the Advisory Board. The program will conclude with a ringing of the Liberty Bell 21 times, followed by Taps and the Retiring of the Colors. The program should end about 3:00.

The public is invited to visit the graves of our Medal of Honor Recipients. Evergreen Washelli is proud to hold the remains of several Medal of Honor Recipients. Please join us today in remembering them. We invite you to visit their graves, read their stories and see an image of the medals received. Located on the east side of Aurora Avenue are five Medal of Honor recipients. Three are interred within the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, and two are located in Section O and W. You will find one additional Medal of Honor Recipient across the street on the west side of Aurora. From the northwest corner of the cemetery you will see his family plot just south of the Arbor Crest Mausoleums. To assist in finding their location the gravesites are roped off. Maps are available in the program.


Destinations: Family-Friendly Fun at Northwest Folklife Festival

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Discovery Zone for kids
at Northwest Folklife

Northwest Folklife Announces Programs for Family-Friendly Hot Spot, The Discovery Zone
Packed With Hands-On Activities, Performance, and Workshops for Young People, Ages 4-12

Northwest Folklife Festival is excited to announce the return of the Discovery Zone, the family-friendly hot spot packed with hands-on activities, workshops and multi-cultural performances for young people ages 4-12. While much of the Northwest Folklife Festival is appropriate for family audiences, the Discovery Zone is especially curated with young people in mind, and is located in its own special area in the Next 50 Plaza specifically for families.

The Discovery Zone will be programmed from 11:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday, May 24 - Monday, May 25.

There are several brand new additions in the Discovery Zone this year, including an all-ages Drawing Jam produced by the Gage Academy of Art. People of all ages and skill-levels will be invited to draw from observation with charcoal, pastels, pencils and markers - art supplies and still-life set ups provided. Northwest Folklife is also thrilled to host the debut of Seattle Center's brand new imaginative, artist-created outdoor play area called Artists at Play.

This area takes child-friendly amusement to new heights - kids can explore the 35-foot Climbing Tower, walk the colorful Labyrinth and take a spin on the ADA-accessible Integrated Carousel. Visitors will find child-inspired musical instruments, listening stations and "story waves." This is a permanent fixture on Seattle Center grounds that debuted on the first day of the Festival.

Family-friendly activities and excitement continues throughout the Festival grounds, most specifically on Monday, May 25 for the Kindiependent showcase on the Fountain Lawn Stage featuring top Seattle kindie bands like The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, Harmonica Pocket, and others. Families can find multi-cultural dance performance in the Exhibition Hall throughout the Festival, the Seattle Youth Poet Laureate finalist readings in the Cornish Playhouse, interactive dance workshops in the Armory Lofts, and of course a plethora of live music and parades.

For a full list of family-friendly programming in the Discovery Zone see the website 

Here are a few of the hands-on activities, workshops and performances to look forward to:

ACTIVITIES - All below activity booths will be available all four days of the Festival

Little Wing and Rookies presented by School of Rock
"Instrument Play and Presentations"

Come strum an electric guitar or play a snare drum! Little Wing is an innovative early childhood music-education program. At the Festival, kids will have chance to play different drums, pick up a guitar and strum it or sing into a microphone.

Seattle Children's Museum
"Exploring Rhythm"

Explore rhythm with Seattle Children's Museum. Test out instruments from around the world and make a dancing ring to dance to the music you hear at Folklife.

Center for Wooden Boats
"Toy Boat Building"

Use hand drills, hammers, and art supplies to build wooden toy boats! The aim is to provide a fun, hands-on activity and an opportunity for children to be creative and gain familiarity with traditional hand tools.

Active Arts and Sciences
"Make Your Own Mosaic Tile"

Work with recycled art glass to make mosaic tiles. With a little bit of guidance, kids will learn technique, a bit about color balance, get creative and have a lot of fun.

The Creative Advantage
Stop by and learn the importance of art in education.

WORKSHOPS - this is only a selection of workshops happening in the Discovery Zone

Hip-Hop Break Dance
Sunday, May 24, 5:00 p.m.

Learn how to breakdance with the Multi-Generational Hip-Hop dance crew, North City Rockers and

Kids Brazilian Dance Workshop with Dora Oliveira!
Monday, May 25, 1:00 p.m.

PERFORMANCES - this is only a selection of performances happening in the Discovery Zone

Hot Cider String Band
Sunday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

With roots in Northwest fiddling but branches into Scandinavian, Celtic, and French Canadian fiddle styles, as well as bluegrass, folk and most recently Brazilian choro, the mostly family but all friends Hot Cider brings a pleasing array of harmony-rich tunes to the Discovery Zone.

Mikey Gervais
Monday, May 25, 2:45 p.m.

Mikey's songs will have kids and parents alike dancing, jumping, wiggling and partying all while learning about the amazing science of our beautiful planet.  He has been a nature educator for over 12 years and loves volcanoes, trees, animals and plants.

Other family-friendly programming at the 44th annual Northwest Folklife Festival includes:

"Kindiependent Show!"
Monday, May 25, 11 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Fountain Lawn Stage

Featuring: Johnny Bregar, Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies, The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, and Harmonic Pocket

The Discovery Zone programming is sponsored by ParentMap.

About Northwest Folklife Festival

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival is the largest community-powered arts and culture festival in the United States. Drawing nearly 250,000 people over just four days, Northwest Folklife has programmed over 5,000 performers from more than 65 different genres of music, from Hawaiian to Hip-Hop and dance performances representing cultures from Ireland to India.


Memorial Day at Holyrood

Photo courtesy Holyrood

For many, Memorial Day means warm weather, barbecues, and camping. However, Memorial Day has the word “Memorial” in it for a reason.

For the third annual year thousands of Catholic Cemeteries across the United States, including Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline, will participate in the national celebration, "Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes."  This national program, developed by the Catholic Cemetery Conference, will honor those men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, as well as recognize both our active military and military veterans who have served our country.

“We were very encouraged by the overwhelming response to last year’s program and can only hope to build on last year’s success of more than 1,000 participating cemeteries,” said Andrew P. Schafer, President, Catholic Cemetery Conference.  “We encourage Catholic cemeteries, both large and small, to participate in the program, both to honor those members of the military who died in combat, and to recognize our veterans and current servicemen and women.”

For Holyrood Cemetery participation will include Tribute boards where veterans, active military members and their families can write messages. These boards will be available in the week leading up to Memorial Day.

Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am on Monday, May 25. Active military and veterans are invited to participate and recite uniform intercessions followed by a moment of silence. The cemetery will conduct a Wreath Laying Ceremony accompanied by a Military Honor Guard.

“It is important that we honor those men and women who died while serving our country,” said Richard Peterson, Director of Cemeteries of Associated Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Seattle. “We are honored to be participating in this program and are blessed to have the opportunity to celebrate the men and women who have sacrificed in order to defend the rights of all to freedom, justice and peace. We are inspired by these individuals and hope our participation can be just one way to give thanks for all they have done for us.”

The Catholic Cemetery Conference program, “Serving God and County: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” is an opportunity for Catholics throughout the United States to unite in a meaningful way to remember and pray for those loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice, and also to recognize and involve our veterans, and our active military who continue to serve our country.

“Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” encourages community involvement and participation. It is the hope of the program that this initiative will band together thousands of Catholic Cemeteries throughout the nation with past and present military members in this special celebration of remembrance.

For more information on the “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes” program, or to learn more about the participating Catholic cemeteries, please contact Irene K. Lazaroski at 315-696-5919, or Bill Burbatt at 708-202-1242.  For complete information visit the website.


Parents Night Out while football players babysit the kids

Shorewood High School football will hold babysitting event / fundraiser / community event on Saturday, May 30th from 5-10pm at Shorewood High School, 17300 Fremont Ave N, Shoreline 98133. Enter the campus between Aurora and Fremont Ave N and an event representative will direct you to the gymnasium (through the commons to the east side of building).

For $25, they will provide a pizza dinner and entertainment for K-6th graders so parents can have a night out.

High School football coaches, players, and parents of football players will be there to provide supervision and organize activities.

We look forward to bringing kids together in the Shoreline Community!

Registration is encouraged but not required. Contact coach Brandon Torry by email with any questions.

Fill out the release form and bring it with you.

Updated 05-23-2015 11:16pm


School Board Summary May 11, 2015

Shoreline School Board
From left Dick Nicholson, Richard Potter, David Wilson,
Debi Ehrlichman, Board President Michael Jacobs
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

School Board Summary May 11, 2015
by Marianne Deal Stephens

The Consent Agenda included:
• Resolution No. 2015-9, Delegating Authority to Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) for 2015-16.  [The district pays approximately $7000/ year for the middle and high schools to participate in WIAA, which oversees athletics and fine arts in Washington. See WIAA.com ]

• Resolution 2015-10 honoring Shoreline Teacher of the Year Faye Rasmussen and designating the week of May 11-15 as Shoreline Teacher Appreciation Week. President Mike Jacobs read the resolution. An excerpt:  “Whereas, Faye Rasmussen has provided distinguished service and leadership … as a special education teacher for more than 30 years, nearly all at Parkwood Elementary; and …Faye is an instructional leader and collaborator, helping set the standard of excellence for the District’s special education programs…” 

• Approval of Extended Field Trips, including:  Shorecrest Culinary Arts to Whidbey Island; Shorewood Track and Field State Championships in Tacoma; Shorecrest Boys Basketball to camp at Central Washington University. 

Shoreline Fire Benefit Charge and Capital Bond Information

Shoreline Fire Chief Matt Cowan spoke about the upcoming ballot measures. Schools are exempt from the charges, but Chief Cowan is making the rounds to all community groups to inform voters and answer questions. Information at

AVID, a secondary school program and the biennial Healthy Youth Survey will be covered in separate articles. 

Community Comment Period

Usually, the comment period is a time for students, parents, teachers, or residents of Shoreline / Lake Forest Park to speak on any topic for up to two minutes. With advance arrangement, a community member may have five minutes instead of two. 

Parent Lara Grauer spoke about the current situation facing Cascade K-8 Community School. In 2012, the school was asked to raise enrollment and test scores, and the school has met all targets. As Ms. Grauer explained, they are now “victims of their own success” and face overcrowding at Meridian Park Elementary. The school would like to grow, but cannot since enrollment is capped due to facility limitations. Ms. Grauer requested that the District “be proactive about possibilities” and presented a few options for relocation, including Cedarbrook, Aldercrest, and North City facilities. She assured the Board that the Cascade K-8 community is “flexible and nimble” and appreciates the Board’s commitment to the school. 

Others also spoke about Cascade K-8, and requested that the school be moved from its current location. As described, a move would be a “win-win” for both Cascade K-8 and the existing programs at Meridian Park. 

A student group from Cascade K-8 spoke one after another requesting permission to go to a Technology Student Association national competition. They had been denied the option because the event is out of state and the district does not sponsor out of state events for middle school. However, the students used the example of the Einstein orchestra attending the Northwest Orchestra Festival in Gresham, Oregon as a precedent. 

David Guthrie of the Shoreline Education Association spoke about that day’s showing at the teacher one-day walkout. Educators are asking the legislature to amply fund public education. 

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs

Director of Career and Technical Education Gene Wachtel offered an update on the District’s CTE programs. CTE currently serves 341 FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) in secondary school programs; many more individual students participate in CTE programs. (See definition of FTE ) Director Wachtel noted that CTE has multiple sets of learning standards, including academic (Common Core and Next Generation standards), industry, State, career, and more. 

Many CTE courses count for equivalency credit, meaning that they are not simply electives: the district accepts certain CTE courses to fulfill core academic requirements. CTE courses with equivalency credit include (but are not limited to): Video Production, Digital Photography, Interpersonal Relationships, Principles of Technology, Financial Algebra. More classes in the future, primarily related to engineering, will allow students to earn equivalency credits.   

The biggest recent CTE change has been the addition of Middle School classes, including: Chef School at Kellogg; Engineering and Robotics at Einstein and Kellogg; Digital Communication Tools at Einstein; DesignMaker at Cascade K-8. Two grants assisted the implementation of Engineering and Robotics courses: a $44,072 Federal Perkins Grant, and a $25,000 CTE Grant. 

Following the current effort in Technology and Industry 2015-16, Shoreline CTE will add courses in Health and Human Services 2016-17, and Business and Marketing 2017-18. 

Students can earn both high school and college credit for some courses. Last year, students earned over 1250 credits, worth a value of $130,575 in tuition.

Shoreline School District CTE Courses that earn dual high school and college credit, and where the credits apply. Director Wachtel explained that they are in the process of getting Shorewood Auto Tech courses to count at SCC.

Director Wachtel has developed detailed programs of study by Career Clusters such as “Arts, AV/Technology and Communications” or “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”. The plans include pertinent high school courses by grade, related occupations, certifications or advanced degrees, and more. View the programs on Shoreline CTE  

March 2015 Financial Update

Deputy Superintendent Marla Miller and Director of Finance and Business Services Mark Spangenberg presented the most recent summary of district finances. Revenues are tracking close to projections. Major expenditures are coming up, primarily related to curriculum. Current enrollment is 9,125, which is 244 more students than March 2014. 

Board Requested Discussion and Board Reports

Director Debi Ehrlichman attended the recent STEM Fair where she saw Ridgecrest’s recycling demonstration. She requested that the district look at overall recycling efforts. The Directors noted many recent school events attended, including Shorewood and Shorecrest drama productions and the Shorecrest Astronomy night, which was well-attended.

Director Ehrlichman drew attention to Einstein student Athena Pentcholov, who won a National PTA Reflections Award. (See District News Release) Board President Mike Jacobs noted that in recent days, several Seattle Times articles have mentioned Shoreline high school students for athletic and filmmaking achievements. 

Shorecrest student Rhys Kroehler in 3-Minute Masterpieces
Shorecrest’s Wurrie Njadoe breaks three school records in Top Performances 
Shorewood’s Devan Kirk in Shoreline Invitational track and field results 
Shorewood’s Ian Oxenad in Six errors, so what? Shorewood rolls into 3A district title 


Photo: Blooming for Memorial Day

Friday, May 22, 2015

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

And from the website

In 1915, inspired by the poem “In Flanders Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem: 
We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.
 She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. 
Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms. Michael. When she returned to France she made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help.
Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their “Buddy” Poppy program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948 the US Post Office honored Ms. Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.


Local Memorial Day activities

The grave of Medal of Honor winner
Robert Earl Bonney at Acacia
Photo by Jerry Pickard

Acacia Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 14951 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, 206-362-5525

Acacia will be holding its Annual Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 11:00am on the grounds at Acacia.

Starting Saturday through Memorial Day Monday from approximately 9:30am till 5:00pm, staff will be out on the grounds, available to assist those who are visiting loved ones.

In addition, girl scouts and boy scouts will be helping with flags and providing hot dogs for those who are visiting.

Edmonds Memorial Cemetery
Photo courtesy Edmonds Parks and Recreation

Edmonds Memorial Cemetery and Columbarium, 100th Avenue West and 15th Street, one block north of the Westgate QFC.

Members of the Edmonds Cemetery and Columbarium Board invite the public to attend the 33rd Annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 25, at 11am. The event will take place rain or shine and is approximately one hour long.

This year is the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, the end of WWII in the Pacific. Our theme is built around this era. Ceremonial flags will be those of two Pacific WWII veterans on loan by their families. Erwin Schmidt, a Pearl Harbor survivor, a survivor of two ships that were sunk while he was aboard, and a member of the submarine that fired the last torpedo before V-J Day. Carl Swenson, Captain USNR, a 33 year active and reserve Naval Officer, assigned to a landing craft at Iwo Jima, a planker aboard this ship that carried 24 Higgins landing craft. Our special guest this year will be Robert “Buck” Weaver, an Army Air Corps Pilot assigned to the 5th Air Force 41st Fighter Squadron. He flew 137 combat missions in the Pacific flying P39 and P40 aircraft.

Longtime Edmonds resident and Cemetery Board Member, Patrick Kelly is Master of Ceremonies. Over 40 youth will participate in this ceremony. Parking within the cemetery is limited to those with handicap-parking permits. Street parking is available along 100th Avenue West and 15th Avenue. Limited seating is available. Guests are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs. Refreshments, including cookies provided by the Lynnwood Emblem Club 366 and coffee provided by Walnut Street Coffee, will be served after the program. Visitors are also invited to stroll the cemetery grounds and take a self-guided tour using one of the cemetery’s walking maps.

The Edmonds Memorial Cemetery was placed on the Washington State Register of Historic Places in 1972 and has over 400 veterans interred. In honor of Memorial Day, graves of all veterans will be marked with a white cross and a miniature U.S. flag.

We are awaiting information from Holyrood and Evergreen-Washelli.


1,400 participants in 5K Free Them Run/Walk raise $170,000

The Free Them Run was an all-ages venue
Photo courtesy World Concern

More than 1,400 participants showed up on Saturday, May 9, to help fight human trafficking. (The weather was glorious!)

1,400 runners participated in the event
Photo courtesy World Concern

Together, they raised over $170,000 to support World Concern child protection programs in SE Asia. 

Photo courtesy World Concern

That’s enough to protect 4,250 children from ever becoming victims of trafficking, abuse, or exploitation. 

Headquartered in Shoreline, World Concern is a Christian global relief and development agency extending opportunity and hope to people facing extreme poverty.


Support for kids with physical disabilities to go to summer camp

Camp Casey is designed for kids with disabilities
Photo courtesy Kiwanis

The main mission of the North Central Seattle Kiwanis club is to annually provide a free, week-long summer camp at Camp Casey on Whidbey Island for 90 kids with physical disabilities.

To help support that mission, the public is invited to attend their next dinner meeting, to be held from 6:30 to 8:00pm on Thursday, May 28. The meeting will be in Suite B of Provail, located at 12550 Aurora Ave N in Seattle. There is ample parking in the Provail lot.

The dinner cost is $12 per person, but first time guests eat free if they RSVP to 206-295-4049 or send an email.

Nan Houston  of Artistry Incorporated, a division of Provail, will speak on a program that supports people with disabilities in fulfilling their artistic endeavors and talents.


Paving work to close lanes on Bothel Way and Ballinger Way next week

Paving work to close lanes on SR 522 and SR 104 roads next week

WSDOT (Washington State Department of Transportation) maintenance crews will be busy next week paving portions of two roadways in Kenmore and Lake Forest Park.

They'll be working on SR 522 (Bothell Way Northeast) near 60th Avenue Northeast on Tuesday, May 26.

The next day, they'll move to Lake Forest Park and close one lane of westbound 104 (Ballinger Way Northeast) at 35th Avenue Northeast / Northeast 180th Street.

Work will run from 9am to 3pm.

For more information, check out the King County Construction Updates page.


Recycling efforts earn Lake Forest Park Blue Planet Award

Republic Services has once again recognized Lake Forest Park residents for achieving an outstanding 65 percent residential and commercial recycling rate.

At its May 14 meeting, the City Council was presented Republic Services’ prestigious Blue Planet Award for earning Class A Recycling City status.

This award is reserved for cities that reach a 60 percent or higher residential recycling rate. The state average is near 50 percent.


PROJECT UPDATE: Lynnwood Link Extension

Project Update: Lynnwood Link Extension through Shoreline 

Neighborhood and Residential Field Work

Over the next several months Sound Transit representatives will contact property owners for approval to access private property in order to conduct geotechnical drilling, utility potholing and survey work. This information is needed to evaluate and refine the final design of the planned Link light rail expansion.

After receiving approval from property owners in the form of Right of Entry authorizations, work on private and public properties will take place over the next six months or more along the Interstate 5 corridor between Northgate and Lynnwood.

Utility Potholing

Potholing involves drilling small holes to locate existing underground utilities. In this round of potholing, crews will be drilling in areas to confirm that no utilities exist underground in areas that will be excavated for the future route or stations.

Geotechnical Drilling

In order to study soil and groundwater conditions, drilling or “borings” are necessary to collect soil samples for analysis and install groundwater monitoring devices. A drill rig and truck will perform borings that will remove soil and install a monitoring device at each site.

Crews will be monitoring water levels by visiting these sites to take measurements throughout final design of the project. Each hole will be covered with a metal plate until they are refilled and patched to match previous conditions as closely as possible. In accordance with all local regulations, borings will be done carefully to avoid soil erosion and dirt or mud from leaking into surface waters, wetlands and drainage systems. Each site may take about three days to complete.

Land Surveys

Civil surveyors will gather topographical information and may leave temporary paint markings, survey nails on the ground or ribbons in trees. Small holes may be dug, but will be refilled. Survey flags may also be placed to indicate boundaries and should remain in place until they are removed by staff.

Tree Surveys

Survey crews will evaluate existing trees in the Interstate 5 right of way and on private property potentially acquired by the project to assess future tree removal. Trees located where the route or stations exist will need to be removed to build the project as well as trees that pose a risk to future train operations. Your cooperation and assistance is appreciated as neighborhood and residential fieldwork is completed.

For more information

For more information about the Lynnwood Link Extension project, contact Roger Iwata at 206-689-4904 or 

You can also visit the Lynnwood Link Extension web page.

24-hour construction hotline: 888-298-2395


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