Photo: Who thinks up tulip names

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

Wayne Pridemore says,

"Have you wondered who thinks up names for tulips? Scarlet Pimpernel, Salmon Parrot, Finola, Buster, Pink Impression, and Zurel, to name just a few.

"My personal favorites are Ice Cream and Cash."


22 orcas at City Hall Thursday for Artists' Reception

Orca Artists Reception

Thursday, April 27, 5:30 to 7:30pm

Shoreline City Hall Lobby
17500 Midvale Avenue N

Richmond Beach Community Association and the City of Shoreline invite the public to attend an opening reception of the finished artwork for RBCA’s Beach Orcas public art project.

Artists will be in attendance along with all 22 orcas for viewing. Light refreshments and musical accompaniment provided; welcoming remarks by Mayor Chris Roberts, Parks Director Eric Friedli and others at 6:00pm.

All are welcome!


Alpha Delta Kappa awards scholarships to local students

Ella Chandler and Kayla Arnesan
Alpha Delta Kappa is pleased to announce the awarding of two scholarships to future teachers.

Kayla Arnesan of Shorecrest High School and Ella Chandler of Shorewood High School each received $1,000 for post-high school education.

Kayla plans to attend Western Washington University and eventually teach high school.

Ella will go to Washington State University to become an elementary school teacher.

Alpha Delta Chapter of Washington State

ADK is an international fraternal fellowship of women educators established to promote excellence in education and support worthy community programs relating to education, families, and world understanding. Alpha Delta Chapter was organized in Shoreline in 1963 and regularly contributes to local schools and charities.


Shorewood softball ends losing streak with victory over Oak Harbor

The Shorewood softball team ended its season-long losing streak with a 15-14 home victory over Oak Harbor.

Brianne McCaslin hit a double and a triple for Shorewood; teammate Sophie Feise hit three for four with a double; and Haley Osborn hit three for five. Bonnie Paulson was the winning pitcher in the game at Shorewood's home Meridian Park fields.

The Thunderbirds now take a 1-10 Wesco 3A record (1-12 overall) into a Friday 6pm home game with Lynnwood at Meridian Park.

Shorewood vs. Oak Harbor
Meridian Park Field, 4-25-17







--Coach Paul Jensen


Book Review by Aarene Storms: Bubonic Panic

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bubonic Panic : when plague invaded America
by Gail Jarrow

Most people know the basic history of the Black Plague: that it probably started in Constantinople in the year 542, and quickly spread through Europe and the Middle East and killed somewhere between a third and half of the population.

What most people may not know is that cases of bubonic plague still occur in modern times -- and that there have been several outbreaks on the west coast of the United States.

Centered first on the Chinese district of San Francisco (1900-1904), plague bacteria -- mostly carried by fleas on rats, but also on ground squirrels, domestic cats, and even humans -- have gradually spread out on the North American continent.

Plague outbreaks were documented in New Orleans (1914), Los Angeles (1924), and even in Seattle (1907). There were fifteen confirmed cases reported in the United States last year!

Is there cause for concern? Are there steps you can take to avoid becoming part of a Monty Python sketch?


Read this book, and you'll know what to do.

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


Orphan Trains are topic of Sno-Isle Genealogical Society meeting May 3

Sno-Isle Genealogical Society will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, May 3 at 6:30pm at the LDS Building, 22015 48th Ave W in Mountlake Terrace, with a program at 7pm by Kent Morgan.

Morgan will cover “Orphan Trains from New York.”

Orphan Trains were the solution the big eastern cities came up with to solve the problem of large numbers of orphans, including children whose parents were sent to the workhouses. They simply packed all the children on a train going west.

The train stopped at towns along the way and people came and picked out children to take. Some children went to loving homes. Some were separated from siblings and sent to a live of slavery.

Guests are welcome.

A free Beginning Genealogy class will be held the first Saturday of the month, May 6, from 10-11am at Sno-Isle Genealogical Research library, 19827 Poplar Way, Heritage Park, Lynnwood.

For more information on either program, call 425-775-6267 on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday between the hours of 11am and 3pm.


Cover replacement for 60 million gallon reservoir

Aerial view of Horizon View Park and reservoir
Google Earth

Seattle Public Utilities is beginning the process to replace the floating cover on the 60-million gallon Lake Forest Park Reservoir in Horizon View Park.

Installed in 2001, the cover is near the end of its life.

SPU and City of Lake Forest Park staff met to discuss the project, including cover options and drainage needs, Lake Forest Park’s interests at the site, and coordination.

SPU is focusing its evaluation on replacing the existing floating cover with another floating cover or an aluminum cover.

Lake Forest Park staff expressed interest in partnering in some way to help meet other City objectives, including the possibility for more public use of the areas to the north and east of the reservoir itself, more area and greenspace for the perimeter path currently in right-of-way and possible use of solar panels.

Staff also inquired whether a buried reservoir with possible top use was under consideration. SPU is putting together a planning level cost estimate for a buried reservoir as part of the evaluation, but does not see it as a viable option due to a $70-90 million premium over the existing cover replacement options being considered.

Additional meetings will be held as the project unfolds. Construction is planned for 2020.

--City Administrator's report to Council, Lake Forest Park


Obituary: Mike Koski

Michael Anton Koski
April 11, 1987 - April 2, 2017

Michael Anton Koski, a witty and adventurous Washingtonian, passed away on April 2, 2017. He was the youngest son of William and Nancy Koski, brother to Allan Koski, and awesome uncle to Kalan and Kaiya Koski.

Michael was strong, unpretentious, and incredibly artistic. He worked as a union electrician, with an affinity for his boots, Carhartts, and beanies. Michael was a talented artist, and he had an enduring love for music, tattoos, the Seahawks, and art.

He enjoyed the company of close friends and family, and was loved by many. Michael had the gift of giving people a reason to laugh in almost any situation, and giving a shoulder to cry on when people needed it the most.

Michael grew up in the Shoreline neighborhood and was a graduate of Shorewood High School. He was active in helping peers battle drug addiction during the recovery process.

Michael is survived by a very large extended family: the Schmidt family, the Neigum family, and the Koski family.

There will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate Michael’s life on Saturday, April 29 from 1pm to 4pm at the Shoreline Center, Shoreline Room (north end) 18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bullseye Dog Rescue or American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals


Letter to the Editor: it's time that Washington state lives by its values

To the Editor

I have lived in the greater Seattle area for 22 years (and in Shoreline for the past 9 years), and I love our state. Washington to me represents beauty, innovation through education, and hope for a better world because of our values.

I have also seen rents increase by over 100%, many good people being priced out of their neighborhoods, homelessness increase as a select few have gotten extraordinarily wealthy, and our tax code has become the most regressive in the US. I don’t fault those who have been successful, but I do believe that they should be willing to invest some of their fabulous wealth back into the things that make this state so successful and special.

That’s why I believe in the Democratic led House Bill 2186, which creates common sense revenue for investments like education, infrastructure, and social services for the most vulnerable brothers and sisters. Closing the capital gains loophole is especially smart policy that 42 other states have already enacted, and is projected to raise $715 million for our state while affecting only 2% of Washingtonians. It is time that Washington lives by its values and passes a budget that stops placing so much of the financial burden on the backs of those least able to pay.

Mary Hobbs


Celtic Celebration with Northwest Junior Pipe Band - with or without whiskey

Shoreline based Northwest Junior Pipe Band

A Celtic Celebration! 
 Featuring the Northwest Junior Pipe Band and Friends

“Supporting young pipers and drummers in the Pacific Northwest”

One night only!

Saturday, May 6th concert at 7:00pm
Whisky Tasting Pre-Event at 5:30pm (special ticket required)

For Tickets visit the ECA Box Office

Treat yourself to the dramatic music of the highland bagpipes and drums and the traditional rhythms and melodies of Scottish fiddlers. The evening will showcase the very best young Celtic musicians in the Pacific Northwest.

Join the champion Northwest Junior Pipe Band along with the award-winning Shelton Highland dancers, Irish dancers and Scottish fiddlers as they take you on a highland journey of Scottish and Irish music and dance.

Kick off your evening with our premier whisky tasting pre-event, including Glenfiddich and The Balvenie, led by The Whisky Guy. VIP tickets include the best seats in the house (preferred seating balcony AA / BB) and specially paired hors d’oeuvres. All proceeds benefit NWJPB. Reserve early, seating is limited. What a great way to start your evening!

Visit the ECA Box Office for your tickets, now! Or call 425-275-9595 for assistance.

Check out the band at the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow in 2015.

Who is the Northwest Junior Pipe Band?

The Northwest Junior Pipe Band (NWJPB), based in Shoreline, is the only youth pipe band in Washington State and is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest. The band is comprised of pipers and drummers aged 8-18.

NWJPB is proud to be the 2015 and 2016 BCPA Grand Aggregate winner, Washington State Champions and the US West Coast Drum Corps Champions.

The band has travelled to Scotland three times to compete in the World Pipe Band Championships, most recently in 2015, where they placed 6th in their division, making them the highest ranked juvenile band outside of Scotland.

NWJPB is dedicated to preserving Scottish musical heritage and developing young musicians. The band operates its own Pipe Band School offering beginning instruction for pipes and drums for youth ages six and up. Along with competing and performing, band members learn the true meaning of dedication, teamwork, responsibility, and serving their community.

Northwest Junior Pipe Band is one of those rare groups that provides enriching, and fun experiences for youth, as well as something highly prized by our kids – a strong social network supporting one another through life-long friendships!

Shoreline and Edmonds based NWJPB plays a variety of venues (private and public), including parades, Veteran’s and Memorial Day events, Northwest Folklife, competitions all across the Northwest, British Columbia and abroad, weddings and funerals, and coming up, their own concert held at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

If you are interested in learning more about the band, or want to support the NWJPB program, join the band at their annual fundraising concert, or stop by the Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline on any Thursday evening, where the band practices from 6:30-8:30. Just listen for them - you’re sure to find them! NWJPB, Growing Pipers and Drummers in the Northwest since 1995!

NWJPB is a registered 503(c) Non-Profit, all proceeds go to outfitting the band, travel expenses, and teaching.

We pride ourselves on welcoming all newcomers! Beginners are welcome!

Northwest Junior Pipe Band NWJPB


Conflict in the South China Seas - Thursday at Shoreline Community College

The Global Affairs Center has two events Thursday. A speaker in the morning and Great Discussions continues in the evening.

In the morning...

Finding Your “True North” - My Education Journey
Loretta Fisher (Shoreline, ’07)
Graduate Student, UW, Environmental Science and Resource Management
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 11:30-12:20
Room 1503

Loretta’s educational journey took her from economics to Asian languages, from criminal justice reform to ecological restoration. She shares her personal experience from growing up in rural Colorado trailer parks to doing serious scientific research as a graduate student, and along the way discovering an avocation that, in her own words ”has enabled me to adapt my educational track over time to find my own unique path.”

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Room 1503 (campus map)
There is a small fee for parking on campus during the daytime.

That same evening the conversation continues . . .

“Conflict in the South China Sea”
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 6:30- 8:30pm
Guest Moderator:  Bill Center, Vice Admiral (retired) U.S. Navy

The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

16101 Greenwood Ave N, Room 1010 (campus map)
Parking is FREE on campus in the evening.
Attendance is limited and there is an entrance fee of $5 payable at the door.

For more information go to the GAC website, or contact Larry Fuell or Jonathan Peebles

For details on more upcoming events -- including a conversation with students from Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, and another conversation with a group of veterans who served in the U.S. military in Vietnam – go to the GAC events calendar.


Shorewood avenges tennis loss to Shorecrest

Varsity Girls Tennis Wesco South
4-25-17 at Shorewood
Shorewood 5 - Shorecrest 2

Shorewood T-Birds led by Senior captains Meredith Rand and Marin Counter defeated Shorecrest Scots 5-2 to avenge a 3-4 loss at Shorecrest the day before on Monday April 24th.

T-Bird Sasha Gaeth won her 11th eleventh straight set match to remain undefeated.

In a very long and hard-fought match Bretta Petersen defeated her Scot opponent in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

Also winning for the Thunderbirds were Nicole Nelson in singles and doubles teams Marin Counter / Emily McDowell and Anna Soper / Summer Cornell.

Meadowdale will host Shorewood on Wednesday the 26th with matches starting at 3:30pm.


1. Sasha Gaeth SW def. Anna Burke SC  6-0, 6-0
2. Bretta Petersen SW def. Sophie Ivens SC  3-6, 7-5, 6-4
3. Elizabeth Parsek SC def. Michelle Yang SW  6-2, 6-2
4. Nicole Nelson SW def. Kim Tran SC  6-1, 6-2


1.Bella Saunders / Tessa Farnham SC def. Maddie Bong / Meredith Rand SW 7-6 (7-3), 7-5

2. Emily McDowell / Marin Counetr SW def. Julie Moss / Kate Wiper SC 6-2, 6-4

3. Anna Soper / Summer Cornell SW def. Sydney Leek / Coco Hart SC 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

--Coach Arnie Moreno


Shorecrest v Shorewood varsity tennis results 4-24-17

Varsity tennis
4/24/17 Kellogg MS Courts
Shorecrest 4 -  Shorewood 3
Shorecrest overall record 7-2

Shorecrest players and scores are listed first


1.  Anna Burke Gr 10 v Sasha Gaeth Gr 10  0-6, 0-6  L
2.  Elizabeth Parsek Gr 12 v Bretta Petersen Gr 10  3-6, 4-6  L
3.  Bella Saunders Gr 10 v Violet Murphy Gr 10  6-1, 6-0  W
4.  Tessa Farnam Gr 12 v Brenna Day Gr 11  6-0, 6-0 W


1.  Julie Moss Gr 12 v Meredith Rand Gr 12
     Kate Wiper Gr 12 v Emily McDowell Gr 10   5-7, 6-3, 3-6  L

2.  Sydney Leek Gr 11 v Michelle Yang Gr 11
     Coco Hart Gr 11 v Nicole Nelson Gr 11   6-4, 6-3  W

3.  Kim Tran Gr 10 v Summer Cornell Gr 11
     Nastay Kot Gr 11 v Samantha Rand Gr 9   6-2, 5-7, 6-2  W

Coach Robert Mann


Death notices as of April 21

Obituaries are condensed biographies of people's lives, written by the people who loved them. Like a memorial service, they tell us things we may not have known about the person, and may leave us wishing we had known them better.

Obituaries from The Seattle Times

Royages Easton  1947-2017  His family moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1965, where he attended Franklin High School, Shoreline Community College and the University of Washington.

Thomas M. Fisher  1926-2017  Tom lived in the same house in Shoreline for 68 years. He loved all things about boats and boating and built a 30-foot Monk designed diesel cabin cruiser in his backyard. In 1943 he joined the Navy and saw considerable war action in the Pacific aboard the USS Mississippi.

Gloria Bryce  age 63  Friends and family filled the sanctuary of the Richmond Beach Congregational Church to celebrate the life of Shoreline resident and volunteer Gloria Bryce. See previous notice.

Annette Cecile (Baillargeon) Fischer  1956-2017  Annette taught preschool at St. Mark's for 18 years and was an integral part of the St. Mark's community. "This was her life's calling and she loved every minute of it."  Celebration of life, Rosary, and Funeral Liturgy were held at St. Marks Catholic Church in Shoreline.

Walter Bronowitz  age 64  Services at the Lake Forest Park Civic Club for Walter Bronowitz, who died unexpectedly of a cardiac event on February 9, 2017.

James Leo Kenealy  1924-2017  Lake Forest Park resident loved Model-T Fords. He restored a 1914 Model-T Ford and was an avid collector of accessories. He later collected antique phonographs and music machines. He was in the Navy during WW II, then joined the Merchant Marine and saw the world. He was a member of the Puget Sound chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America, Masonic University Lodge No. 141, the Nile Shrine, and Teamsters Local #174.

Erik Forrest Wyss  Services will be held at St. Mark's for Erik Wyss who died after a 14 month battle with brain cancer. He loved pets and driving fast cars, boats, and motorcycles.

Phil C. Woolwine  Services at Shoreline Unitarian Universalist Church. Donations can be made to the Seattle Audubon Society.

Richard Patrick "Pat" Sinclair 1949-2017 Pat passed away at his home in Kona, Hawaii. He was a graduate of Shoreline High School. As a young musician, he was "Lance" in the country rock group Lance Romance. In 1980 he moved to Kona, where he played music and grew avocados.

Roland G. (Ron) Hoefer  1922-2017  The Lake Forest Park resident found his work passion in real estate, building his own brokerage firm and building. He was a master appraiser, working first for the FHA, then creating his own company, Western Appraisal. He was elected president of the Seattle Chapter of the Society of Real Estate Appraisers. He was a Master Mason for 50 years, a member of the Mayflower Descendants, St. Mark Church in Shoreline, and a Fellow of Seattle Pacific University.

Robert (Bob) James Harkleroad  1944-2017  Taught for 31 years in the Shoreline School District. He played baseball in high school and college and coached kid's teams. In his retirement he worked for the Bear Creek Golf Course and the Mariners.

Evelyn V. Schellenberg  1920-2017  Passed away in Shoreline.

Jerald "Jerry" Kellie Bell  1925-2017  For 34 years, Shoreline resident Jerry Bell was a member of the Puget Sounders Chapter of the Antique Outboard Motor Club, a national organization, and for 32 years, published the chapter's newsletter. He was in the US Army Air Corps, then US Air Force, for 10 years. He worked as an Architect and Landscape Architect in Seattle for over 60 years, continuing work into his 90s.

Timothy Jay Waterman age 55 died in a work related accident in Lake Forest Park April 13, one day before his 4th child was born. (See KOMO story). Service were held at Lake Forest Park Presbyterian Church. To make a donation to help the family with funeral costs, visit the GoFundMe site.


Photo: Poem Spring

Spider webs and moss

Bushtits flying in and out

Tiny nests of spring.

Photo and Haiku by Marcia McLaughlin


Shoreline Parks board Thursday

Kayu Kayu Ac Park
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services / Tree Board Regular Meeting, Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00 - 9:00pm, City Hall Room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N. 98133

 Agenda Highlights

  •     Election of Chair and Vice-Chair (Action)
  •     Annual Reports by Community Partners
  •         Shoreline Historical Museum
  •         Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council
  •         Kruckeberg Botanic Garden
  •     Ronald Bog Park Wetlands Proposal (Action)
  •     Synthetic Turf Infill Material (Action)
  •     Draft PROS Plan Distribution

Link to the Community Calendar for the full agenda and packet materials

Comment on Agenda Items


Baseball, softball, and BBQ Friday

Take me out to the ballgame - and buy hot dog, soda, and chips for only $3

Watch the kids play softball and baseball

Hope for sun but dress for the weather and bring your umbrella - a little rain doesn't stop us!


King County Library to add two board members for better representation

Richmond Beach Library in Shoreline
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

State legislation expanding the King County Library System (KCLS) board of trustees from five to seven members is awaiting Governor Inslee’s signature.

When the King County Library System (KCLS) Board of Trustees was established in 1943, state law required that five members serve on the Board. The adopted bill adds two members increasing the membership to seven, the first increase in board membership in seven decades.

KCLS has 49 libraries that serve 1.4 million residents in nearly every part of King County outside of Seattle including the city of Bellevue, suburban residents in Shoreline, and rural residents in the Snoqualmie Valley. The legislation would adjust the board to better represent the growing population.

According to state law board members shall be residents of either those cities or towns that, through annexation, have become part of the rural county library district or unincorporated areas of the county, and that represent the geographic diversity of the library district. Members are appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the county legislative authority.


LFP City Council Thursday to continue discussion on court services

Photo courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

Picture on the left is a fallen tree across the upper trail in the Grace Cole Park. A Public Works team opened the path and left the debris on site to decompose in this nature park.
Picture on the right is a new pathway that Public Works team members designed and built for access to a McAleer Creek overlook area in Pfingst Animal Acres Park. --from City Administrator's report

City of Lake Forest Park City Council regular meeting, Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:00pm, City Hall Council Chambers, 17425 Ballinger Way NE. 

Highlights of agenda

Resolution 1615/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Amendment No. 1, Amending the Scope for the Agreement for Consultant Services with Urban Forestry Services, Inc., for Arborist Services 

Confirmation of Tree Board Members

Ordinances and Resolutions

1. Resolution 1616/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Contract for Consultant Services with Fehr & Peers for the Safe Highways Study

2. Resolution 1617/Authorizing Mayor to Sign Interlocal Agreement with King County for Regional Animal Control Services for 2018 – 2022

Council Action or Discussion

1. Review Information Regarding Tree Board’s Baseline Responsibilities and Key Activities for Next Two Years / Tree Board Work Plan

2. Authorization to Seek Consultants for Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Trails (PROS-T) Plan Development

3. Municipal Court Review – Response to Council Questions Discussion

4. One Center City

Future Schedule 

Thursday, May 4, 2017 Council Retreat, Leavenworth 6 pm
Friday, May 5, 2017 Council Retreat, Leavenworth 9 am
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Council Work Session Meeting 6 pm
Thursday, May 11, 2017 Council Regular Business Meeting 7 pm
Thursday, May 18, 2017 Council Budget & Finance Committee Meeting 6 pm
Monday, May 22, 2017 Council Communications Committee Meeting 4:30 pm
Monday, May 22, 2017 Council Committee of the Whole Meeting 6:00 pm
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Council Regular Business Meeting 7 pm


LFP Garden Club Plant Sale Saturday

Lake Forest Park Garden Club annual Plant Sale, Saturday April 29th from 9am to 2pm.
Upper level Lake Forest Park Elementary school, 37th Ave NE and Ballinger Way NE.

The plants are all grown from LFP Garden Club members and are proven to do well in the area.

The prices are very low and there will be lots of variety.

This year we have very cute clogs and boots planted with succulent plants...

     Birdbaths made with Mount St. Helen's ash...

        Beautiful concrete leaves...

It is just in time to buy something for a Mother's Day gift!

Be there at 9am to get the best selection.


Shorewood families - donate caps and gowns

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
If your last child has graduated from Shorewood, that cap and gown hanging in the closet are not really going to get much use.

But there are kids about to graduate whose families can't really afford the cost.

Shorewood High School would love to regift your caps and gowns.

They are especially in need of these sizes:

    5”1”- 5’3”

    but will happily accept all sizes.

Drop them off at either the main office or the counseling office at Shorewood High School during school hours 7am to 3:30pm.


Author of A Man Called Ove in ticketed event at Third Place Books June 12

Third Place Books is pleased to welcome Fredrik Backman, author of the New York Times bestselling A Man Called Ove, in conversation with Nicole Brodeur of The Seattle Times, to discuss his new novel Beartown.

Monday, June 12, 7pm on the main stage, Third Place Commons at Lake Forest Park Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way.


Tickets and books are available Tuesday, April 25th. Each copy of Beartown purchased includes two tickets. Tickets are required for entry and seating is first come first served. You can buy the book in person, call the main store line at 206-366-3333, or purchase online - just put your title in the search box or use the 'advanced search'. 

About the book

A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, Beartown is slowly losing ground to the ever-encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today.

Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.

“Lest readers think hockey is the star here, it’s Backman’s rich characters that steal the show, and his deft handling of tragedy and its effects on an insular town. While the story is dark at times, love, sacrifice, and the bonds of friendship and family shine through ultimately offering hope and even redemption.” —Publishers Weekly

About the author

Fredrik Backman is the author of the novels A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, as well as a novella, And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer. His books are being published around the world in more than thirty-five languages. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.


Trash Walk with Parkwood

Monday, April 24, 2017

Parkwood Neighborhood Association Spring Cleanup

Saturday, April 29, 2017 10am-Noon
Meet at the north parking lot of Twin Ponds Park
14991 1st Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

The Parkwood Neighborhood Association is having a spring cleanup and neighborhood trash walk on Saturday April 29 from 10am to noon.

Come meet some neighbors and get some exercise while picking up litter around the neighborhood! 

We will be meeting at the north parking lot of Twin Ponds Park. Donuts, coffee, juice, and cleanup supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own gloves or trash grabbers if you have them.


Photo: Tulips at RoozenGaard

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

RoozenGaarde: 15867 Beaver Marsh Rd. Mount Vernon, WA 98273

RoozenGaarde ( is a division of Washington Bulb Company Inc., the largest flower bulb grower in North America with more than 1000 acres of tulip, daffodil, and iris fields located in the Skagit Valley. In addition to the vast fields of flowers, we also grow tulips and lilies year round in our 15 acres of greenhouses.

The company is owned by the Roozen family – tulip and bulb growers in Holland and the United States since the early 1700’s. RoozenGaarde has a beautiful 5 acre display garden (and gift shop) that is planted with over ¼ million bulbs and features an authentic Dutch Windmill!

Each year we completely redesign and replant the display garden to provide for brand new floral sights and splendidly colorful scenes spring after spring.

This year’s design will feature plenty of unique patterns, brilliant color combinations, and the always popular flowering rivers of deep blue muscari! Great photo opportunities abound. A 25 acre tulip field and 22 acre daffodil field sits next to the display garden.


Food, fear, and hot button issues at Third Place Books

Third Place Books Managing Partner Robert Sindelar makes an appearance at the author event on Tuesday, 7pm at Third Place Books on the upper level, Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.

Sindelar will be in conversation with author Laird Hunt about Hunt's book The Evening Road.

The next evening, author Rebekah Denn will be talking to MOHAI Executive Director, Leonard Garfield. On Thursday, Jean Korelitz presents her new novel, set on a college campus.

Laird Hunt 
in conversation with Managing Partner Robert Sindelar
The Evening Road (Little Brown)
Tuesday, April 25th at 7pm
The Evening Road is the story of two remarkable women on the move through an America riven by fear and hatred, and eager to flee the secrets they have left behind.
“Hunt brings to mind Flannery O’Connor’s grotesques and Barry Hannah’s bracingly inventive prose and cranks. He is strange, challenging, and a joy to read.” - Kirkus

Rebekah Denn
Edible City : A Delicious Journey
in partnership with MOHAI
Wednesday, April 26 at 7pm
Edible City: A Delicious Journey serves up the story of how people eat in Seattle, and how urban palates have developed over the years. Join two time James Beard Award winner and exhibit curator, Rebekah Denn in conversation with MOHAI Executive Director, Leonard Garfield.

Jean Korelitz
The Devil and Webster (Grand Central)
Friday, April 28th at 6:30pm
From the New York Times bestselling author of You Should Have Known and Admission, a twisty new novel about a college president, a baffling student protest, and some of the most hot-button issues on today's college campuses.


Shorecrest High School discount tickets to White Sox vs Mariners May 19

Get discounted tickets to the May 19 White Sox - Mariners game through Shorecrest High School. You do not need a connection to the school to take advantage of this offer.

There are two ways to purchase tickets:

1.  In person at the Shorecrest Business Office during school hours 9-3pm
2. Online - sign in or create a Shoreline Schools account. Go to Shop: items at all schools: High Schools: Shorecrest: Mariners Game Tickets. Pay for the tickets, download the order form. Email the completed order form and copy of receipt to Veronica Cook.


Shorewood baseball beats Mountlake Terrace for second time in game replay

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Shorewood pitcher Will Smith
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
From MLT

With an April 12 loss to the Shorewood Thunderbirds officially erased from the records books, the Mountlake Terrace Hawks were given a second chance to pick up a win over the T-Birds at Meridian Park Field in Shoreline, but Saturday’s result ended up no different for the two teams than the game played earlier in the month.

Shorewood’s Will Smith held the Hawks to just one run on three hits, striking out seven and walking just two to lead the T-Birds to a 6-1 victory on Saturday.

The game was a replay of the April 12 game that was protested by Terrace Coach Andrew Watters after umpires mistakenly called a balk on Hawk pitcher Jesse Martineau. The protest was upheld by Wesco League officials, who ordered the game be replayed starting from the point of the erroneous balk call with one out in the bottom of the first inning.

The April 12 game had ended with Shorewood a 4-0 victor.

Prep Baseball: Mountlake Terrace at Shorewood, April 22

Terrace           0   0   0     0   1   0     0     —     1      3    2
Shorewood      2   0   0     1   0   3     x     —     6    10    0

Winning pitcher: Will Smith (Shorewood)
Losing pitcher: Jesse Martineau (Mountlake Terrace)

Records: Mountlake Terrace 8-6 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 9-8 overall; Shorewood 9-2 in 2A/3A Wesco League, 11-4 overall

–By Doug Petrowski


April 28 last day to order bricks to be engraved for the Shoreline Veterans' Memorial next shipment

Shoreline Veterans' Memorial
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Honor the veteran in your life with an engraved brick in the Shoreline Veterans' Memorial next to Shoreline City Hall, 17500 Midvale Ave N.

The red section is all bricks. Those not purchased are blank. If purchased by this Friday, April 28, your brick will be engraved with words of your choice and be installed on the plaza in the next shipment.

You can honor any veteran from any time period. Or do as the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association did and honor all veterans.

Echo Lake Neighborhood Honors Veterans

For questions or to order your brick, contact Dwight Stevens, 206-546-2894


Chiropractor brings LGBT-centered practice to downtown Edmonds

Pirak Chiropractic is on the second floor
at 406 Main Street in Edmonds

On Monday, April 10 Dr. Michael Pirak, D.C. opened the doors of PIRAK CHIROPRACTIC, his new one-man-show chiropractic practice in downtown Edmonds.

There he provides quality chiropractic care to his patients, with a focus on the needs of the LGBT community.

Patient care room

Dr. Pirak has created an environment that is truly conducive to his patient’s needs.

“By taking a step back, and realizing that I don’t need all the trappings of a ‘successful’ practice, (receptionist, X-ray machine, etc.) I can do something different,” states Dr. Pirak.

He goes on to explain that he has kept the cost of doing business as low as possible, so that he can focus on spending more time with his patients.

Waiting room

He continued, “I want to get to the root of the problem, because pain isn’t always just about the physical. And by keeping my practice small, I can afford to see fewer patients, and therefore spend more time with them.”

He is also focusing his efforts on the LGBT communities of Edmonds and Greater Seattle. You don’t have to be an LGBT person to be seen at Pirak Chiropractic, but your compassion is expected, as his office is a designated safe space.

“You have to share a lot of sensitive information with your doctor, and not everyone is good at keeping their opinions to themselves. No one needs to face that kind of judgement, when all they want to do is feel better.”

Dr. Pirak treats everything from headaches to plantar fasciitis, and welcomes all to his inclusive office.

He doesn’t take insurance, but says that by keeping his costs low he can offer prices that could even be less expensive than the average copay.

Learn more, and schedule your appointment online on the website

Pirak Chiropractic, 406 Main Street, Suite 115A, Edmonds, WA 98020

(425) 278-9963 phone
(425) 278-9973 fax


LFP Committee of the Whole meeting Monday

City of Lake Forest Park Council Committee of the Whole meeting Monday, April 24, 2017, at City Hall, Lake Forest Room, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, 98155. 6pm - 8pm

Agenda Highlights

Review of March Council Retreat Topics
: Key Projects: ST3-Transit Center and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on SR522; Town center area overlay zoning; Culverts; Parks Open Space Trails (PROST)

Review Initial Feedback on Council Retreat Topics:
  1. Funding Sources for Project Planning Phase
  2. Master Project Plan and Schedule
  3. Needs Assessment for Community Development and Planning
  4. Sub Area Plan Scoping Outline
  5. PROST Scoping
Discuss Retreat in May

8:00 p.m. Adjourn

Future Schedule 
  • Thursday, April 27, 2017 Council Regular Business Meeting 7 pm
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 Council Work Session Meeting 6 pm
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 Council Regular Business Meeting 7 pm
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017 Council Budget & Finance Committee Meeting 6 pm
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 Council Communications Committee Meeting 4:30 pm
  • Monday, May 22, 2017 Council Committee of the Whole Meeting 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 25, 2017 Council Regular Business Meeting 7 pm


Great Harvest cookies for LFP blood donors on Tuesday

Give Blood!
It’s Fast, It’s Easy!
It Saves Lives!

Get a freshly baked Great Harvest Cookie!

The Bloodworks mobile bus will be parked in front of the lower level entrance to the LFP Town Center on Tuesday, April 25th from 11am – 5pm (Closed for lunch between 1 – 2pm)

Blood donors can come enjoy a large freshly baked cookie from the popular Great Harvest Bread Company for donating blood.

Please consider giving this gift to those in need. Every day, every minute someone needs blood. Take a little time and make a great impact on someone’s life!

Register online for a specific appointment time, but Drop-Ins are welcome also!


Sound Generations Inspire Positive Aging Award nominees honored

Volunteer crew from Bargain Corner Thrift Shop
Outstanding Team

Text and photos by Jon Ann Cruver

Sound Generations (formerly Senior Services) is changing the conversation about aging by celebrating older adults who enrich their communities, challenge stereotypes about aging and serve as valuable sources of wisdom and experience.

The Inspire Positive Aging Awards (IPAA) Luncheon, held on April 20, recognized the 56 nominated inspiring elders at the Bellevue Hilton, seven of whom were given individual recognition. Among the nominees were a number of inspiring elders from Shoreline.

The nominees represent what is best about the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, as well as our community.

Gloria Kawabori, left with daughter Mariko Langdon
Advocacy and Activism

Gloria Kawabori was nominated for Advocacy and Activism. She inspires other through her upbeat attitude, sense of humor, and capacity to encourage and appreciate others. On many occasions throughout her life she has shared her story of her family’s experience in a Japanese incarceration camp. She is very active in the Senior Center’s Kupuna Hula Group.

Jeanne Hayden
Lifelong Learning Award
Jeanne Hayden was nominated for the Lifelong Learning Award. Her kind and generous heart and her skills as a quilter have benefitted many in her 94 years. She is a member of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center ThimbleBelles Quilt Group where she shares her quilting expertise with all members, new and experienced. Over the years she has made roughly 1,000 little quilts to be donated to Childrens’ Hospital for babies and toddlers.

The Bargain Corner Thrift Shop Volunteers were nominated for the Outstanding Team Award.
This group of volunteers takes immense pride in their contributions to the Senior Center. Due to their hard work and dedication, the shop is one of the center’s bigger fundraisers. Each volunteer contributes at least 4 hours a week and many help during special events. There is always a cheerful and positive attitude among the group. They have a zest for life, a passion for staying active and a willingness to share their wisdom.

Dwight Stevens
Defining Inspiration

Dwight Stevens was nominated for the Defining Inspiration Award.
Dwight’s influences can be found all over the Shoreline Community. His strong sense of commitment to giving has resulted in many accomplishments in his 92 years which has made him known as “the personification of the Energizer Bunny”. He is involved in many organizations including the American Legion. He co-founded the Echo Lake Neighborhood Association and the Shoreline Veteran’s Association. Through his vision, he helped create and see built, the Shoreline Veterans Plaza. His enthusiasm and energy in the development of this project was contagious and the site was successfully dedicated in 2016. His nominator said, “Dwight totally explodes the image of an old person. His positive attitude and energy are admired by all.”


Crime in Shoreline - Behavioral Health Unit was busy this week

Selected items from the Shoreline police blotter, week ending April 10, 2017

Trending this week: Shoplifting, Trespasses, Drunks - sometimes all three at once.

04-01  Multiple vehicle prowls at Shoreline Park - credit cards taken.
04-01  Fist fight in Safeway parking lot - participants declined to press charges.
04-02  Tenant at Whitman Plaza tore up the crawl space and roof access looking for the people who were whispering in his ear. Behavioral unit talked to him and suggested resources. He was worse the next day and taken to Northwest Hospital for evaluation.
04-02  Drunk causing a scene at business in 147xx block of Aurora.
04-02  Damage at Prince of Peace church to tree, window, and wood trim.
04-03  Residential burglary from estranged spouse violating protection order.
04-03  Resident with Alzheimer's and dementia on 3rd NW threatened to shoot his neighbor.
04-04  Two different suicide attempts.
04-04  Graffiti at Richmond Highlands park restroom.
04-04  Burglary 197xx Forest Park Dr.
04-05  Burglar 200xx NE 195th Pl.
04-05  Rocks thrown through back bedroom window at 182xx 10th NE.
04-06  2:30am vehicle driving southbound in northbound lanes of Aurora without lights. DUI.
04-06  Aurora Safeway burglarized during night shift.
04-06  185th Midvale storage lockers had padlocks cut and units burglarized.
04-06  Someone signed for the missing packages delivered by UPS, but resident was at work.
04-06  Skimming devices found at Ridgecrest 7-11.
04-06  Car window smashed and backpack stolen from vehicle parked at Marshall's.
04-06  Residential burglary 177xx 22nd Ave NE.
04-07  Graffiti at Richmond Beach Community Park
04-07  Residential burglary 158xx 14th Ave NE.
04-07  Shoes stolen from front porch on 27th NE.
04-07  Residential burglaries at house under construction 5xx NW 205th, and 15xx NE 147th.
04-07  Large juvenile party with alcohol at 8xx NE 195th.
04-08  Tags on east side of pedestrian bridge at 195th. More tags on sound wall by North City Park.
04-08  Multiple cars prowled 202xx 8th NE.
04-08  Occupied stolen vehicle recovered on Aurora. Driver in possession of drugs. Booked KC jail.
04-09  Thief jumped counter at Walgreen's 175th Pharmacy and stole codeine.
04-09  Vehicle stolen overnight from apartment parking lot 22xx NE 197th Pl.


Photo: Roozen Gaarde

Photo by Wayne Pridemore

It was Wayne Pridemore's turn to visit the Skagit Valley.

He says, "Roozen Gaarde was the place to be Friday morning. 900 acres of tulips and daffodils in the beautiful Skagit Valley.

"The sun was out and so were the photographers."

The purple tulips are now in full bloom.


Public Art City of Shoreline #8: Limelight

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

City of Shoreline Public Art Collection
Shoreline City Hall 17500 Midvale Ave N
OPUS Northwest LLC design-build 1% construction funds 2009

Limelight  Linda Beaumont, artist. Paint on aluminum

Beaumont's artwork on the prominent north-facing façade, serves as a backdrop for the outdoor, multi-purpose amphitheater and green space. Her work, entitled Limelight, draws on her memories growing up near Shoreline when the native dogwoods (Cornus Nuttallii) were so prolific.

Limelight is a four-story mural painted directly onto the aluminum metal panels of the building façade using special paint that adheres well to this specific surface and has an extremely hard finish, keeping maintenance to a minimum.

The title of the mural was inspired by the light that glows when the pale yellow blossoms open during the spring bloom. While the dogwood mural will create a spring-like atmosphere year-round, the courtyard will become an especially inviting space when the dogwood trees adjacent to the mural are in bloom.

--Text courtesy City of Shoreline


Shoreline City Council adopts Deep Green Building Incentive program

Bullitt Center, the greenest office building
in the world
On April 17, Shoreline City Council unanimously adopted a Deep Green Incentive Program (DGIP) to encourage the construction of more sustainable buildings in the city.

DGIP provides flexibility in the application of development standards, expedited permitting, and fee reductions to promote construction of green buildings that meet the most stringent levels of available certification programs.

These include the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum level; the International Living Future Institute’s Living Building Challenge Petal Recognition and Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) certifications; and the Master Builders Association’s Built Green 5-Star and Emerald Star certification levels.

Shoreline’s Deep Green Incentive Program is similar to Seattle’s Living Building Challenge Pilot Program, which allowed for construction of the Bullitt Center, the greenest office building in the world.

Deep green and Living Buildings require a fundamentally different approach to design, permitting, construction, and operations that necessitate flexibility in current codes and regulatory processes to support their development.

The City of Shoreline has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2007 levels by 2030, and 80% by 2050. According to Shoreline’s most recent greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory, about half of the community’s GHGs emissions come from the transportation sector, and the other half from the building sector. Adoption of DGIP will help implement Shoreline’s climate action goals and reach emission reduction targets.

The Deep Green Incentive Program will apply to all zones and building types; however, the City Council reduced some of the available incentives in single-family zoning, including removing the potential to request additional height or density or reduce required parking in R-4 and R-6 zones.

Built Green is an environmentally-friendly, residential building certification program of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, developed in partnership with both counties and other agencies in Washington state.

The certification provides builders and consumers with easy-to-understand rating systems, which quantify environmentally-friendly building practices for both remodeling and new home construction, communities, and multifamily development projects.

These systems and the certification framework demystify green building, showcase a variety of sustainable strategies, and provide a flexible path for builders to certify their projects.

Resource-efficient Built Green homes are crafted to exceed building codes and provide homeowners and renters with years of healthy, quality living while promoting sustainable communities and protecting the environment.


Police helicopter over Hillwood Wednesday

By Diane Hettrick

Residents always fear the worst when they hear a helicopter buzzing in circles over their homes.

But in the case of the helicopter over the Hillwood neighborhood on Wednesday night, it was simply chance that Guardian-1 was in the vicinity when Shoreline Police were in the middle of an action.

A Shoreline police unit had executed a narcotics search warrant earlier in the day on Wednesday, in the 100 block of NW 200th Street. At about 7:25pm one of the suspects came home and the police were called.

The suspect fled on foot. Guardian-1 was already in the air and just happened to be in the area, so they assisted with the search, which was unsuccessful.

It’s likely the suspect left in a vehicle. The suspects are known to police, it's a non-violent crime, and police expect to make contact.


Seahawks send retired Shoreline teacher to Pro Bowl in Orlando

Geralyn Shreve, her son Gary and daughter-in-law LaVeta
at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida

By Mary Jo Heller

Geralyn Shreve, longtime Seahawks fan, has had season tickets since 1975.

A retired Shoreline Schools teacher, she was surprised at halftime of the Seahawks’ matchup against Los Angeles this year.

This year the Seahawks began inviting a ticket holder who has supported the team since Day 1 to come onto the field during half time.

Geralyn and her son Gary at the Pro Bowl

Geralyn had entered a drawing for the promotion, which sent all Seahawks ticket holders an email and required them to vote for Pro Bowl players and complete a short form to be eligible.

Geralyn received a call that she would be called down to the field during the Los Angeles game. The announcer on the mic asked her who she thought should be going to the Pro-Bowl.

Geralyn said, “ I think Doug Baldwin because I think he is underrated.”

The announcer then surprised her by saying, “ That’s a good choice. And you’re a good choice to go too.” 

Geralyn, LaVeta, and Gary pose with her 12 flag
and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

Geralyn was startled to find that she had won tickets to the Pro Bowl in Orlando. She was allowed to bring her son, Gary, and his wife, LaVeta. The Seahawks paid for the flight, the room, the game, and a televised conference with the players.

Incidentally, that was the first time that Doug Baldwin went to the ProBowl.

Geralyn and Seahawk's mascot Blitz
in the airport

She even received a “fan” shirt to walk through the airport with the Seahawks mascot, Blitz. 

You can read more about her experience on the Seahawks page.

Photos provided by LaVeta Shreve, Geralyn's daughter-in-law.


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