Bicycle activities and outdoor movie in Kenmore Saturday evening

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Movie at Town Square Kenmore Saturday, May 21 at 6:30pm
Town Square 6728 NE 181st St, Kenmore, WA 98028

Free admission

Bring a low chair or blanket for seating in Town Square
Bring your bikes to participate in the bike decorating stations, bike rodeo and bike parade

  • 6:30pm: Event begins: bike decorating station, vendor booths- bike demos, bike rodeo, Target Zero booth, City booth
  • 7:00pm- 7:10pm: Parade on 181st
  • 7:10pm- 8:00pm: bike decorating station, vendor booths- bike demos, bike rodeo, Target Zero booth, City booth
  • 8:10pm: Speeches begin in Town Square
  • 8:30pm: Screening begins in Town Square
  • ~10:00pm: Movie ends
  • City Hall parking garage will be open for event parking and surrounding streets
  • NE 181st St between 67th Ave NE and 68th Ave NE will be blocked off for the event
  • There are 3 ADA parking spaces in the Town Square parking lot and 3 ADA parking spaces in the City Hall parking garage
  • There will be extra bike racks at Town Square for this event 
  • Remember to bring your bike locks


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Homework


Previous cartoons by Whitney Potter HERE


Northbound I-5 lanes closed overnight in Mountlake Terrace Friday through Sunday

Crews working on the Lynnwood Link Extension closed the northbound lanes of I-5 between SR 104 and 220th Ave SW in Mountlake Terrace (MLT) overnight Friday, May 20, 2022.

They will be closed again on Saturday 11pm to 6:30am.

On Sunday, the northbound lanes will close as early as 11pm and will reopen at 4am the following morning.

For all three nights, the SR 104 eastbound and westbound on-ramps will close at 9pm. Traffic will be detoured and will rejoin I-5 at 220th Street SW. The MLT Flyover south and north ramps will remain closed all weekend.

To minimize impacts to drivers, northbound I-5 traffic will need to follow designated detour routes. 

Southbound traffic lanes will remain open.

The closure is necessary for the removal of falsework for span supports. The falsework, which was erected in the fall of 2020, is a temporary steel column system between and outside of the girders used to support the construction of the concrete deck on top of which the light rail trains will travel.

Lynnwood Link will extend light rail into Snohomish County, serving four stations, Shoreline South/148th, Shoreline North/185th, Mountlake Terrace and Lynnwood City Center. 

Upon its opening, riders will enjoy fast, frequent and reliable service between south Snohomish County and the University of Washington, downtown Seattle, the Eastside, Sea-Tac Airport and more. For more information, please visit


Leave the car, hit the trail: Trailhead Direct returns May 28

King County’s Trailhead Direct transit service will return for the season beginning on Saturday, May 28, 2022. 

This summer, King County Metro and King County Parks are focusing the transit-to trails service on its most popular route with stops at trailheads near Mount Si, Mount Teneriffe, and Little Si. 

Riders can take the bus, Sound Transit Link light rail, or bike to easily get to the Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link station, where Trailhead Direct coaches will depart every 30 minutes. 

The 2022 season will include service on Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

“Summer hiking season is returning, and we look forward to helping people reach the trails,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine. 
“Trailhead Direct lets you venture to the mountains in a convenient and environmentally friendly way, ensuring the only footprint you leave behind is from your boots or shoes, and not your car.”
More information here


'Fun'draiser Trivia Night June 2 to benefit the Shoreline Historical Museum

The Shoreline Historical Museum invites you to Spring into History at their 2nd annual "fun"draiser Trivia Night!

Reconnect with your community and support your number one resource for local history during the week-long fundraising event.

On the evening of June 4, 2022, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks during a Silent Auction featuring trivia, prizes, and more! 

Assemble your team to test your own knowledge about our local history and learn something new along the way.


HomeTechHacker: 7 Wi-Fi Router features to look for

Marlon Buchanan
By Marlon Buchanan

Your Wi-Fi router is the most important network device in your home. 

It plays a large role in your home network’s security, speed, and stability. 

Here are 7 features to look for if you are in the market for a new Wi-Fi router:

1. Guest network capability
You want to have a separate network for guests for security purposes. It keeps your home network devices safe from potentially compromised devices that you don’t control. It also allows you to keep your primary home network password private.

2. Mesh capability
Strong Wi-Fi throughout your home is sometimes hard to achieve with just one device providing your Wi-Fi access. A mesh Wi-Fi router system provides multiple points of Wi-Fi access all integrated into one system. This is especially useful if you have a larger home, or have trouble spots where Wi-Fi coverage is spotty or slow.

If you aren’t sure if you need a mesh Wi-Fi router system you don’t have to start off buying one. You can buy a router that has the capability to integrate into a mesh system so you can expand in the future.

3. Automatic firmware updates
Keeping your router up to date is one of the most important ways to keep your home network secure. New exploits are found frequently and these updates contain fixes that protect against new security vulnerabilities. Your router should at least be able to notify you of available firmware updates.

4. Management App
Older routers have basic features that you can access and configure by logging into a website and navigating the web pages for the features you want to configure. Many newer routers come with apps that make navigating all of these features easily and conveniently done from the comfort of your mobile device.

5. WPA3
WPA3, or Wi-Fi Protected Access 3, is the latest standard for securing Wi-Fi connections. It uses more powerful encryption than WPA2, better protecting your network from snooping hackers. Most Wi-Fi devices don’t yet support WPA3, but newer devices do and soon it will become ubiquitous.


MU-MIMO, which stands for Multiple User, Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output, is a Wi-Fi technology that increases the capacity and efficiency of your router’s Wi-Fi connections, allowing it to handle more WiFi-intensive activities such as streaming and gaming. This technology is more important if you have a lot of Wi-Fi devices on your network.

7. Wi-Fi 6
Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, is the latest Wi-Fi standard. It is faster and more stable than its predecessors. Theoretical speeds for Wi-Fi 6 top out at 250% of the previous standard, Wi-Fi 5. As a bonus, Wi-Fi 6-certified devices come with WPA3 and MU-MIMO.

Look for these seven features when shopping for a Wi-Fi router. If you get one that has Wi-Fi 6, it is likely to have many if not all of the other features as well. Check out my HomeTechHacker Technology Advisor for personalized advice on which Wi-Fi 6 router to buy.

Marlon Buchanan is a best-selling author, IT Director, and founder of, a website with free resources to help you make the most of your home technology.


Birds in the Backyard: Cedar waxwing

Photo by Steve Schneider

A Cedar Waxwing stopped by for a visit a few days ago. It is the first time that I have seen one in our yard. 

Photo by Steve Schneider

I was photographing two pair of Grosbeaks when I saw the Waxwing. I'm glad I was sitting on my deck with my camera.

--Steve Schneider


Children ages 5-11 now eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster dose

OLYMPIA – Booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine are now available for children ages 5-11. 

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) expanded booster dose eligibility to include everyone 5 and older.

This follows guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, and the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup.

“The CDC’s announcement is welcome news as we continue to do everything we can to keep Washingtonians of all ages safe,” said Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH, Secretary of Health. 
“This pandemic is not over and we must continue to use the tools at our disposal. This includes masking, therapeutics, vaccinations and – of course – boosters. Keeping yourselves and those around you safe is of utmost importance, and this recommendation is another step in that direction.”

The expansion of booster eligibility comes as COVID-19 cases are continuing to steadily rise across the county. The myth that COVID-19 is always a mild disease in children needs to be dispelled. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 4.8 million children ages 5-11 have been diagnosed with COVID-19, with 15,000 hospitalized and, tragically, 180 deceased.

DOH’s updated booster dose recommendations are as follows:
  • Children ages 5-11 should receive a booster dose five months after completing their primary vaccine series of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 
  • Immunocompromised children should receive their booster at least three months after their primary series.
  • Everyone 12 and older should receive a booster dose five months after completing their primary vaccine series of Pfizer or Moderna, or two months after receiving the single-shot Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine.
  • Everyone 50 and older should receive a second booster dose four months after receiving their first booster dose.
  • Individuals 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should receive a second booster dose four months after receiving their first booster dose.
  • Those 18 and older who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of the J&J vaccine four months ago can receive a second booster dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

To make a vaccine or booster appointment, visit Vaccine Locator,, or call the COVID-19 Information Hotline at 833-VAX-HELP. Language assistance is available. Those with further questions are encouraged to visit DOH’s COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions webpage or talk to their trusted health care provider.

Check with your local pharmacy.


New website tracks efforts to protect Southern Resident orcas

Graphic courtesy of Governor’s Salmon Recovery Office
On Tuesday, the governor's Salmon Recovery Office launched a new website to help track efforts for protecting the endangered Southern Resident orcas.

“The website is beautiful and chock full of information,” said Tara Galuska, the governor’s orca recovery coordinator. 
“The website is an easy way for people to see what’s being done to save the orcas and learn about our unique orca population here in Washington.”

June is Orca Action Month, and one way to participate is to visit Orca Action Month's website to learn more about events and activities across the state.

“It’s important that we save Southern Resident orcas. They are an iconic and treasured species in Washington and throughout the Pacific Northwest. They hold significant cultural value to native tribes and all Washingtonians,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. 
“If they go extinct, we would suffer an unacceptable loss to our environment, economy and culture. These animals have been sacred to countless generations of people residing here. I don’t want to imagine a state without our beloved orcas.”

Read more from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office and visit


Scene on the Sound: Low tide and bright sun

Friday, May 20, 2022

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Rain? What rain? We don't even have water in the Sound today.


AG: chicken producer will pay AG's office $725,000 in price-fixing conspiracy

SEATTLE — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today a chicken producer named in an antitrust lawsuit will pay the Attorney General’s Office a total of $725,000 to resolve claims against it. 

Today’s announcement is the first resolution of Ferguson’s lawsuit against 19 chicken producers regarding a widespread illegal conspiracy to inflate and manipulate prices, rig contract bids and coordinate industry supply reductions to maximize profits. 

The lawsuit also names an industry data reporting service accused of assisting in the conspiracy.

Ferguson asserts Mar-Jac Poultry, 18 other chicken producers and a data reporting service drove up the price of chicken, causing consumers to overpay by millions of dollars, which has impacted nearly every Washingtonian. Ferguson filed that lawsuit in King County Superior Court in October 2021.

“If you’ve eaten chicken in the last decade, this conspiracy touched your wallet,” Ferguson said. “This is an important step toward accountability. We aren’t done yet.”


Music scene: King Youngblood, headed by Shorecrest grad, releases new album to rave reviews

Cameron Lavi Jones by Babi Photography

King Youngblood has proven themselves the definition of “thunderous alt rock for a new generation” (Under the Radar). King Youngblood’s new LP BIG THANK can be heard everywhere now.

Alternative Press calls King Youngblood “Seattle’s Alt Rock Princes” - they sure got that right. What started with University of Washington house shows and became a favorite at Seattle’s underage venue Vera Project has built undeniable momentum; major 2022 festivals are already on the books, from Treefort to Capitol Hill Block Party to Brodie Nation Festival to Punk Black Fest.

King Youngblood photo by Caean Couto

BIG THANK is the writing/producing collaboration of Shorecrest High alum Cameron Lavi-Jones, front man and founder of King Youngblood, and Producer/Artist Eric Lilavois (known for his work with Ayron Jones), one of the owners of the historic London Bridge Studios in Shoreline, WA. 

“Cameron is a young man with an old soul, it’s exhilarating to work with him, and the positive, focused light he brings to our sessions” says Lilavois.
Cover art by KYB2 

Says Lavi-Jones, 

“BIG THANK is the most authentic representation of who King Youngblood is right now. If I'm being honest, this is really the first time we've released a body of work that I have felt this level of pride about. 
"I know it comes from the focus on intentionality that we've been able to apply to this album. There is so much catharsis, so much vulnerability, and yet we are still finding a way to either poke fun at the negatives or downright reclaim our power from them.”

For this Band of Brothers, there is nothing but pure unwavering commitment, gratitude and a whole lot of Rock Music. The band is “Exhibit A” that rock and roll never dies – it just changes form. 

There is a Rock revolution happening in 2022, led by a new breed of young BIPOC artists. King Youngblood, with their cathartic live shows and exquisitely produced recorded music, are at the vanguard; unapologetically burning the house down.

--Ever Kipp


Scene on the Sound: Low tide beach walks start May 29 at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park

This guy enjoyed the low tide Thursday without the benefit
of a naturalist. Photo by Barbara Twaddell

The Low Tide Beach Walks are fairly informal events. A beach naturalist will be on hand at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park at the designation times. The naturalist will explain the various creatures and features to be found at the beach to anyone who wants to gather round and listen.

Here's the schedule for the whole summer:


Organ concert Sunday at St. Dunstan's features Susanna Valleau playing music featuring female and African-American composers

The Orloff organ at St. Dunstan's

The second Dedicatory Organ Recital is being offered by Susanna Valleau, Music Director of St. Dunstan's.

Join virtually or in person, Sunday May 22, 2022, 3pm at St. Dunstan's Episcopal Church, 722 N 145th St Shoreline, WA 98133

The varied program features music by Women and African American composers - composers whose voices have been traditionally overlooked in the classical music canon. Come immerse yourself in a serene and welcoming setting, where you can feel the organ's vibrations through your body as you look through the windows to old growth evergreens. This concert is appropriate for music lovers of all ages.

Masks will be required for everyone in attendance.

Suggested Donations: $5 for Students, $15 for Adults, $30 for Families

Susanna Valleau, organist
Susanna Valleau began studying piano at age seven and could hardly walk past the piano without sitting down to play. Ten years later, however, the organ stole her affections when she heard Widor’s Toccata for the first time, and she went on to earn degrees in organ performance from Lawrence University (Bachelor of Music) and the University of Washington (Master of Music). 

She has earned top prizes in multiple nationwide organ competitions. Susanna serves as music director of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Shoreline, WA and is on faculty with the Seattle Girls’ Choir as accompanist to two of their groups. 

She also gives solo recitals across the country, maintains an active piano studio, and collaborates regularly as an accompanist and in chamber music settings on piano, harpsichord, and organ.

Here's a sample of recitalist Susanna Valleau playing Bach - but you'll have to come to the concert for the full experience!


qWátəb “Clam Garden” on our shores

David Burge explaining history of clam garden
By Sally Yakasaki

Have you taken a walk on a beach and pondered the history that lay at your feet? 

Local History Field Trip #2 qWátəb : Duwamish Clam Garden, taught me to do just that.

On a beautiful low tide day over 40 people gathered at Carkeek Park to listen and learn from local historian and author David Buerge as he told us about qWátəb: Lushootseed for clam garden. 

On the field trip he also shared other historic information.

David is author of Chief Seattle book
Buerge is the author of the book, “Chief Seattle and the Town that Took His Name.”

According to Buerge, clam gardens at Carkeek Park were tended by the Sheel shol AHBSH (šilšola’bš) the people of Salmon Bay in Ballard.

The gardens were sections of beach where the people removed large and small boulders to provide more space for clams to live, feed and propagate. 

The gardens were developed at the mouths of streams that brought nutrients down to the beach, enriching the clam diet, explained Buerge.

With some clam gardens, in order to provide food and more nutrients, the people would make a line of smaller rocks placed on the seaward side to break up wave action and keep the nutrients in place.

Buerge and group at Carkeek Park
At Carkeek Park, Buerge, pointed along the beach highlighting a line of big boulders that were cleared to make an open space for clam beds. 

These clam gardens enabled people to domesticate mollusks.

In addition to domesticating mollusks, Buerge discussed the domestication of plants. 

Stinging nettles were one example of a plant that was raised.

“They had fields and fields of stinging nettles; a thousand acres of them up on Whidbey Island,” said Buerge. 
“They would raise them because the outer skin of the stems of stinging nettles were very fibrous and strong.” 

The stems of the stinging nettles would then be made into nets.

David Buerge, K Kelly from Knowing Place, and Kenneth Doutt, Director at the Shoreline Historical Museum

Buerge described the duck catching nets that were made and how they were used. 

“They had these big-long nets. There was one at Agate Pass that was 700 feet long. It probably wasn’t the length of the net, but the lines that elevated the net across Agate Pass.”
“They would raise these nets up at nighttime or on foggy days and then scare the birds so that birds would take flight and get caught in the nets and then drop down and the people would pick them up -- thousands of birds around 15 pounds each.” explained Buerge.
“Back then, there were as many birds in this area as there were salmon migrating up in the streams. And this was a source of protein equal to that in fish. Domesticating mollusks and plants back then was a really remarkable engagement with the environment,” Buerge said.

Field trip #2 at Carkeek Park

More field Trips are being planned. If you would like to be notified of the next upcoming fields trips, you can reference the Shoreline Historical Museum at:

If you would like to learn more about the Duwamish tribe, visit:


Shorewood girls tennis qualify four players for state

 District 1 champions l to r: Sophia Serwold, Lindsay Rand, Rylie Gettmann, Coach Arnie Moreno, Emma Nelson, Emma Okamura, Emily Lin. Photo by Arnie Moreno

The Shorewood Girls tennis team took six players to the District 1 tennis tournament with high hopes and won the team championship and qualified four players to the state tournament in Richland, Washington May 27th and 28th. 

The week before the team finished with a complete sweep in singles and doubles finals: Emily Lin and Rylie Gettmann in singles and Lindsay Rand / Sophia Serwold and Emma Okamura / Emma Nelson in doubles.

The District tournament is a region-wide tournament that includes schools from WesCo North and Northwest Conference (Skagit and Whatcom counties).

The competition was the best the Shorewood team had seen all year with many great players and matches. 

They knew they had to raise their level of game and be consistent in order to win. With strong support from their teammates, parents and friends they battled in every match. 

By the end of the first day they were in position to advance to state all six players and in the lead for the team championship.
The second day the team not only had tough opponents, they had to deal with gusty wind conditions with gusts up to 25 miles per hour. Shorewood players were determined to stay focused on their goals of qualifying for the state tournament and placing in the top four.

Rylie Gettman, District 1 singles champion
Photo by Arnie Moreno
Rylie Gettmann
, freshman, played aggressively and was unfazed by her opponents. She was able to secure a spot in the singles final versus a top-rated player from Edmonds-Woodway. Gettmann won a tense first set tie-breaker 7-6 ( 7- 3 ), then took control with precision shots that placed her opponent on defense throughout the match.

Emily Lin bounced back after her first loss in the semi-final round to take third with a great overall court game and defeat her Arlington opponent.

The doubles teams were on schedule to advance but Emma Nelson and Emma Okamura lost a very tough match versus a surprising Mountlake Terrace team that placed fourth the week before. Nelson and Okamura finished in 6th place. 

Coach Arnie Moreno told them that he expected they would be back to the District tournament next year and would not be surprised if they win it. The two sophomores will be one of the top returning doubles teams in league and district next season.
Shorewood's doubles team of Lindsay Rand and Sophia Serwold had played singles for 90 percent of the season. They won the WesCo South league doubles championship the week before and came to the tournament with lots of confidence. They came together to take their shot at making state in doubles. Their great shot-making and strong all court games, along with great on court chemistry and communication, carried them to third place and a spot in the state tournament.

Coach Arnie Moreno is extremely proud of the high level of tennis, sportsmanship, consistency, taking on all challengers and how they had fun playing a great game. 

They will now join the elite group of tennis players that will compete at the WIAA State tournament. Shorewood boys, also District 1 Champs, had also qualified in the Fall. Doubles teams, Ethan Farley / Blake Gettmann and Ben Borgida / David Lin, will join the Shorewood girls' team at the state tournament. 

This will be one of the largest groups of players to represent Shorewood and Shoreline at the state tournament.

At Snohomish H.S.

Singles championship
Rylie Gettmann (Shorewood) def. Paige Oliver (Edmonds-Woodway) 7-6 (7-3), 6-2. 

Singles 3rd/4th place
Emily Lin (Shorewood) def. Sidney Wright (Meadowdale) by default. 

Singles 5th/6th place
Brooke Asper (Marysville Pilchuck) def. Mackenzie Caple (Arlington) 6-1, 6-2. 

Doubles championship
Emerson Norris-Hannah Wells (Snohomish) def. Halle Burt-Lilly Thompson (Everett) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0. 

Doubles 3rd/4th place
Lindsay Rand-Sophia Serwold (Shorewood) def. Shalom Abi-Lindsey Ho (Mountlake Terrace) by default. 

Doubles 5th/6th place
Anna Kowalchyk-Katie Stern (Snohomish) def. Emma Nelson-Emma Okamura (Stanwood) 6-4, 4-6, 10-4.

*Top 4 finishers to state


Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park announces winners in What Peace Means to Me contest

Thursday, May 19, 2022

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 “What Peace Means To Me” Contest. 

A panel of Rotarians judged all of the entries in each of five categories of awards (Kindergarten to 2nd Grade, 3rd to 4th Grade, 5th to 8th Grade, 9th to 12th Grade, Adult, and for this year only, a Special award based on topicality). 

We were very pleased with the thoughtfulness and the wide range of genres that were represented: haiku, digital illustration, sculpture, essay, poetry, and artwork. This is the contest’s second year and we received three times the number of entries as last year. We look forward to next year’s entries!

We invite and encourage everyone interested in Rotary to investigate how we support the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” and our Peacebuilder Mission by attending one of our meetings. 

The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park meets every Wednesday via Zoom. Our virtual 7:15am and our meeting begins at 7:30am, ending promptly at 8:30am. To join the Zoom session, please use this link:

We sincerely thank everyone who entered the Contest!

The winners are as follows:

Kindergarten to Second Grade Category: India Free

Third to Fifth Grade Category: Carmen Skurski

Sixth to Eighth Grade Category: Alexa Graeff

Ninth to Twelfth Grade Category:  Cadence Rotarius

(Spoken version was also submitted)

My minds a scatter plot, 
lines crossing in un-uniform ways, 
laced with different insults everyday. 
The amount of times I’ve missed my shot 
at doing something for me, 
because I didn’t live up to the expectations of who I thought I should be. 
If life’s a game why can’t I have fun
doing what I want to,
cause I’m too busy thinking about what I should do? 
When will I learn what peace means?
It’s only come to me in my dreams. 
Where the voices cease, 
and the only words I hear won’t hurt me. 
A time my heart stays in its chest,
and I have no fear cause I already know that I’m at my best. 
A life of endless possibilities. 
No holding back, having confidence in my abilities. 
This is what peace means to me. 
Stepping away from all our insecurities. 
Trusting that we will succeed, 
letting ourselves fully breathe. 
Believing that no one goes against us, 
and if they do we won’t make a fuss. 
We’re stronger than we think we are. 
Life is hard, yet we’ve made it this far. 
What’s keeping us from calming down
is the same thing causing us to walk around 
with these faulty perceptions 
and inaccurate self reflections. 
A world without these is what we need. 
This is what peace means to me. 

Ninth to Twelfth Grade Category: Cadence Rotarius
(Spoken version was also submitted)

Adult Category:  Wendy Russell

Adult Category: Wendy Russell

Special Category:  Lily Fredericks


LFP Rotary "What Peace Means to Me" contest Special Category Award for "Knowing"

Lily's grandmother with Thomas the cat
The Rotary Club of Lake Forest Park is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 “What Peace Means To Me” Contest.

A panel of Rotarians judged all of the entries in each of five categories of awards (Kindergarten to 2nd Grade, 3rd to 4th Grade, 5th to 8th Grade, 9th to 12th Grade, Adult, and for this year only, a Special award based on topicality).

You can see the winners in this article:

The Special Category award went to Lily Fredricks for her story Knowing.


     I never met my mom’s relatives before.
     Growing up, we would frequent our local library to print copies of the photos they emailed us. My mom would press a cool quarter in my palm, and I’d pinch it between my fingertips to slide it in a coin slot alongside the color printer. When I did, the gray box came whirring and wheezing to life, wearily roused from its slumber.
     As the contraption set to work, my younger self imagined miniature hands painting the vivid scenes stroke by stroke and sliding them through the opening perched at the top when completed. I’d stand on the tips of my toes and peer curiously into this opening as the deftly copied masterpieces slid out one by one. When the last landed on top of the stack, my mom fished them up and gently placed the fresh sheets in my hands.
     Side by side, we looked through them together.
     Each photograph was a glimpse of another world: in them my relatives immersed themselves in exotic blooms from real life fairy tales, and swam beneath billowing blue skies in water rippling like satin. Even pixelated, I could see the sun kissed glow turn their cheeks petal pink and set their wispy fair hair ablaze.
     Warmth emanated from the pages in my grasp, and part of me yearned to believe that it was this very warmth from the sun that shone upon them. That this very warmth had traveled thousands of miles across terrain and sea just to reach me.
     My relatives were strangers: from a foreign land, with a foreign tongue.
     And yet, even residing across the globe, they always treated me as family. They remembered every birthday and filled them with well wishes; they saved every photo we mailed, even the ones we lost ourselves. They gave so much and asked for nothing.
     Even when their lives were stolen from them.
     My relatives live in Ukraine. Where the beautiful scenes my mother and I printed are burning down in real time. Where the warmth in each moment has long since dissipated, and given way to miserable cold.
     They send us new photos now. Of disheveled gray buildings vacant like carcasses. Of the orange lick of flames smoldering in brown heaps of rubble. Of the places they vacationed obliterated by detonated bombs. Of all the lively colors they used to know disintegrating into ash and coating their homeland in despair.
     But through it all their virtue rises above, a precious monument preceding all.
     It’s in the compassion they bestow those seeking refuge in their city of Berdyansk. Those whose cities have been ravaged irreconcilably, whose homes have been rendered debris. My relatives aid them, willingly sharing their food and supplies even as they struggle to obtain more.
     It’s in the bravery of my cousin's arduous journey to Poland, her life left behind for a future unknown. She lives amongst strangers in a crowded apartment she can hardly afford, bombarded by a language she doesn’t speak. Every day she is searching for a way to get her family to safety. Every day she endures immeasurable fear for the livelihood of loved ones beyond her reach.
     It’s in a photograph of my grandma, swathed in wool, standing dignified. In her arms she cradles a large gray cat with a lustrous coat. His name is Thomas, a former stray she welcomed into her humble home. Together they stand fierce and striking, a pinpoint of vibrance struck against the dire vignette of what has become of their world.
     Beneath this strength runs a current of fatigue. I feel this in her weary gaze, and knitted brow, her lips a firm line of resilient acceptance.
     I find myself returning to this single photo, wondering how much hardship it took to weave the intrinsic webs rooted in her skin, how much exertion is embedded in every crease.
     But I also wonder, how much love?
     With this hardship lies my mom and her sister, the feat of raising her daughters on her own; the tenderness and sweetness in every peach sown by her two hands; the oasis she has transformed her humble house into, selflessly aiding all those she comes across in need.
     An oasis she vows never to leave.
     Her wrinkles are a rainbow of feelings. Of every gleeful laugh exchanged in a moment’s passing, of the somber sorrow withheld for loved ones come to pass. She has the face of someone who has truly lost, truly felt. Truly lived.
     Every time I stare at this photo I realize just how precious it is to grow old, to have every emotion caress and sculpt one’s skin. I yearn for this for myself, for my family. For all the youth I’ve never met. Because not all of us get to age. Not all of us live long enough to know who we become, the futures we create. To regret, or rejoice. To find love…or even lose it.
     When I reminisce of the days I spent with my mother printing in the library, I realize how misguided my awe was. I thought the land brought out the beauty within the people, that my relatives were loving because they came from a loving place. I always saw the land in them―a part of them.
     I never saw the people in the land until they were gone, and with them, their sentience. Gone is the warmth that washed their world in hue and painted the sun golden with its supple touch; gone are plentiful futures and yearnful dreams, crushed beneath the tracks of tanks and incinerated in crackling, ravenous pyres. Their home became desolate and ruthless, plagued by vermin with ill intentions festering like weeds.
     But my relatives remain, and I see them in this land. The celebration for every triumph as their people fight back to defend it. The scars they bore brazenly, the wounds they bear now.
     The land bears wounds of its own, and they too tell this story: of purpose crossed with tragedy, of hope thwarting pain. Of the altruistic souls like my grandma who stand valiantly upon it, the sorrow and sagacity that gleams in their weary eyes, a testament to the lives they have chosen to live.
     When I hold their photos in my hands and close my eyes,
     some of their warmth still lingers with me.
     I never met my mother’s relatives, but I Know them.
     And I find peace in this Knowing.


Birds in the Backyard: Pileated woodpecker moves in

Photo by David Walton

What a treat to live in the community of Lake Forest Park where one can photo a Pileated Woodpecker from one's house in one's yard. 

Notice this is a male because of the red mustache (red stripe) behind the mouth on the side of the head. 

The females have a black (rather than red) stripe in a similar place.

--David Walton


Join LFP Mayor Johnson for Coffee with the Mayor on Saturday, May 21, 2022

Jeff Johnson, Mayor of Lake Forest Park
Join Mayor Johnson for Coffee with the Mayor on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 9:30 - 10:30am at Lake Forest Park City Hall, 17425 Ballinger Way NE, Upstairs in the Council Chambers

Bring your interests, comments, concerns, and praises to chat with Mayor Johnson over coffee. 

Whether you are a business owner, community member, or just a curious neighbor, he would love to see you there. 

All coffee hours are informal and open to the public.

Coffee and pastries will be served. Seating will be arranged to provide for social distancing.


AG: Opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt will pay Washington more than $18 million

Attorney General Bob Ferguson

OLYMPIA — Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that bankrupt opioid manufacturer Mallinckrodt will pay Washington more than $18 million for its role fueling the opioid epidemic.

Mallinckrodt is one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the U.S., and manufactured a generic version of oxycodone. 

Today’s announcement represents the latest recovery in Ferguson’s opioid litigation initiative, which has now delivered more than $730 million in resources to address Washington’s opioid epidemic.

Facing investigations and lawsuits from multiple state attorneys general, including Ferguson, Mallinckrodt filed for bankruptcy in October 2020.

Washington’s share of the recovery could exceed $27 million if Mallinckrodt chooses to spread out payments over a longer period of time instead of paying an initial lump sum. Mallinckrodt has 18 months to decide how it will make payments to the state for its role in the opioid epidemic.

Similar to Ferguson’s other recent opioid cases, these resources must be used on a set of approved strategies to address the opioid crisis that continues to devastate Washington families. Approved strategies include prevention efforts, expanded treatment options, support for neonatal babies and their families and services for individuals in treatment and recovery.

Additionally, Mallinckrodt will pay Washington $514,702 for underpayment of Medicaid rebates for a drug it produced called “Acthar” as part of the bankruptcy.

“These resources will increase prevention efforts and help Washingtonians in need,” Ferguson said. “The corporations responsible for the opioid epidemic must help us address the crisis they created. We will continue to fight to deliver as many resources into our communities as possible.”

Read more here


Jobs: WSDOT IT Customer Support Journey

IT Customer Support Journey
Shoreline, WA – Headquarters
$67,107 - $90,291 Annually

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Northwest Region Information Technology (NWR IT) is currently seeking an IT Customer Support Journey level on a project (limited duration) basis until June 30, 2023 or longer. 

This customer support professional supports the Northwest Region for the end-user computing environment, which requires professional and technical knowledge to independently identify and resolve highly complex problems within the region for matters involving desktop, laptop, and tablet hardware, software, operating systems, mobile devices, and related components. 

This position ensures the agency can accomplish its mission of providing “safe, reliable, and cost-effective transportation options to improve communities and economic vitality for people and businesses” by supporting the high-profile transportation infrastructure projects of the Northwest Region and Mega Projects.


DOH: Infant formula shortages: What to do if you're impacted

Photo courtesy
Resources for families and caregivers

OLYMPIA – The nationwide infant formula shortage has caused stress for many families. 

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has compiled resources to assist families trying to find nutritionally appropriate food for their babies. 

The information below comes from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Washington WIC program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

While the shortage has been persisting since the pandemic, it has worsened due to supply chain issues, the February recall of several baby formula products due to possible contamination, and the voluntary closure of a facility in Michigan by Abbott Laboratories - the country’s largest manufacturer of infant formula. 

Though Abbott reached an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the steps needed to restart production, it will still be weeks before any formula products from that facility become publicly available.

If you are struggling to find infant formula and have concerns about your child’s nutrition, your first step is to check out the links and resources provided to get accurate information. If you still have concerns about your child’s health, contact your child’s primary care provider’s office and ask to speak with a nurse, medical assistant, or health educator on your child’s care team.

Much more information here


Olympic Fly Fishers covers tuition for two students to attend Salish Scientists Summer Camp

Ed Kellison presents a check to Kaelie Spencer
Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds presents a check to Sound Salmon Solutions, to cover the tuition for two students to attend the Salish Scientists Summer Camp. 

Presenting the check to Kaelie Spencer, Hatchery Coordinator for Sound Salmon Solutions is Ed Kellison, President, Olympic Fly Fishers of Edmonds.


Biotech company executive and Woodway resident resigns amid domestic violence allegations

Dr. Clay Siegall, co founder of SeaGen
Reprinted from

The co-founder and CEO of the Seagen biotechnology company, a Woodway resident, has resigned his job as police continue a domestic violence investigation into what happened at his home.

An Edmonds police report stated that Dr. Clay Siegall’s wife phoned 911 before dawn on April 23, telling a dispatcher that her husband was hurting her and had pushed her to the floor. In that report, Siegall’s wife also told 911 that she was afraid for her life, but then said, “please leave and go away… he’ll go crazy, he’s a public figure.”

The Edmonds Police Department contracts with the nearby Town of Woodway to provide police services.

When Edmonds officers arrived at the front door of the couple’s home, the police report indicates they found Mrs. Siegall naked and saw marks and bruises on her forehead and knees. Another man and his wife were there too, and that man told police he had seen Siegall assault Mrs. Siegall. Officers reported that Siegall and his wife appeared intoxicated.

The report says Siegall told police he had not touched his wife. But they found probable cause to arrest him on a count of fourth-degree domestic violence, a misdemeanor. He was taken to Snohomish County Jail and booked.

A week and a half after the alleged assault, Seagen placed Siegall on a leave of absence. On May 15, Siegall resigned from the company. A Seagen news release quotes Seagen Board member Dr. Nancy Simonian as saying the company “is treating these allegations with the utmost seriousness.”

From the news release:

“The company is aware of an alleged incident of domestic violence that occurred recently at Dr. Siegall’s home. Dr. Siegall has denied these allegations and has informed the company that he is engaged in a divorce. The Board of Directors has formed a committee of independent directors and is conducting a thorough investigation with the assistance of an independent law firm.”

On May 2, Siegall was served with a temporary protection order, which prevents him from contacting his wife or coming near their 11,000-square-foot Woodway mansion. The document quotes Siegall’s wife as saying that it was not the first time he physically assaulted her. The couple had separated in early 2021 but had reconciled, according to the protection order.

In 1998, Clay Siegall was co-founder of what was then called Seattle Genetics. The federal government approved its first cancer drug in 2011. Three thousand employees work in the Seattle area, in Canada and Switzerland. Seagen is worth an estimated $22 billion.

On May 15, the company alerted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it had negotiated a severance package that would give Siegall one-and-a-half times his annual salary as well as a target annual bonus and would accelerate his options to buy stock. The document says Siegall earned nearly $19 million last year in total compensation, with his base salary just over $16million. The Associated Press reported that made Siegall “the highest paid CEO” in the state. He agreed to ‘hold off’ taking his severance until early 2023, and a company news release says Siegall is cooperating with their internal investigation.

— By Bob Throndsen

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