In The Garden Now…..Vanilla Leaf

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Deer’s Foot or Sweet After Death 

Text and photo by Victoria Gilleland

Vanilla Leaf is a strikingly elegant Northwest native plant that is at its best right now. Its white bottle brush flowers are held above large showy leaves. A stunning addition to the shade garden!

The Sweet After Death common name for the plant refers to the fact that when leaves are dried and crushed ‘dead’ they smell like vanilla. Some Northwest native tribes as well as European settlers hung vanilla leaf sachets to give their homes a sweet fresh scent. The folded leaf somewhat resembles a Deer’s Foot (or hoof) so that nickname is a little more predictable.

Vanilla Leaf is native to woodland areas from British Columbia to Northern California.

It produces dainty white bottle brush flowers that stand above fan shaped leaves in spring. Plants typically reach 12-18 inches high and spread as a tall groundcover over time. They are typically found growing in soils rich in organic material shed to the forest floor.

Some of my gardening friends have said that this plant is very difficult to grow successfully in a home garden bed. I have not tried that. My plant has been in a pot for about four years and was planted in a mix of potting soil with woodchips added to lighten the mix. It’s in full shade.

It has been under planted with groundcovers and ferns over the years so it has proven it can succeed with root competition. It sailed through our recent cold snowy winter and was one of the first plants to break ground when it started to warm. In fact it has flourished since the day I planted it!

When I first saw this plant I loved the foliage. I wanted to grow it in a pot so that the foliage would be closer to eye level. I didn’t know that it might be difficult to grow in a home garden. I didn’t know it would do well in a pot. I was just plain lucky that it liked growing in that container, with the soil I mixed, in that location, in my garden. It was a happy accident!

Gardening is made up of lots of happy accidents, trial and error, good and bad luck. It’s a difficult world for those who relish predictability and lean towards perfectionism.

So based on my experience and what my fellow gardeners have said… if you were going to add a Vanilla Leaf plant to your garden I would recommend growing it in a good sized pot for a few years. 

Enjoy those beautiful leaves close up. I think your chances of success would be greater than planting directly in a garden bed. The plant can always be moved to an in ground location when you’re ready to relocate it and perhaps take a chance on its well-being!

The bottom line may be that we’ve found another great plant for the container garden. That’s a good thing!

(Botanical Name: Achlys tryphylla)

Victoria Gilleland is the owner of Cottage Garden Designs, a Garden Design company specializing in Redesign of Residential Gardens, Garden Consultation and Coaching. She has been designing gardens in the northwest for over 25 years. (


Candidates file for City Councils and School Board

As of the end of the filing period on Friday, May 17, 2019, these candidates had filed for the city council in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park and for the Shoreline School Board.

Lake Forest Park Mayor
  • Jeff Johnson has filed for another term as mayor. He is unopposed.
City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 2
  • Catherine Stanford - incumbent
  • Lorri Bodi
City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 4
  • Phillippa Kassover - incumbent
  • Brett Newsham
City of Lake Forest Park, Council Position 6
  • Tom French - incumbent
  • Justin Johnson
  • Tracy Furutani

City of Shoreline, Council Position 2
  • Keith Patrick Scully - incumbent
  • Vivian Collica
City of Shoreline, Council Position 4
  • David Chen
  • Doris McConnell - incumbent
  • Ginny Scantlebury
City of Shoreline, Council Position 6
  • Betsy Robertson - appointed to position
  • Luis Berbesi
Shoreline School District 412, Director District 1
  • Michael Jacobs - incumbent
Shoreline School District 412, Director District 4
  • Rebeca Rivera
  • Richard Nicholson - incumbent
Shoreline School District 412, Director District 5 - open seat
  • Joe Cunningham
  • Sara Betnel
School board incumbent Dick Potter District #5 did not file for another term. Board president Michael Jacobs is unopposed.

The primary election on August 6, 2019 will include races with more than two candidates. Council position #6 in Lake Forest Park and Council position #4 in Shoreline will be on the primary ballot. The top two will be in the November election with all the other council and school board elections.


ELNA meeting Tuesday features Economic Development Program Manager Nathan Daum

The Echo Lake Neighborhood Association will hear from Economic Development Program Manager Nathan Daum at their meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7 to 9pm at City Hall room 303, 17500 Midvale Ave N, Shoreline 98133.

Daum will update the group on the projects he's working on in Shoreline, including Shoreline Place, business news including the new Borealis, the expanding emergency vet clinic moving into the former North City Walgreens and local film-related projects.

Coffee and cookies. Free parking in City garage.

ELNA Board email
Echo Lake Neighborhood Association (ELNA)
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Message phone: ‭(206) 486-5712‬


Shoreline resident benefits from the generosity of others

Sophia poses with Irons BC crew
More sections of the railing were installed after this photo

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Shoreline resident Sophia along with approximately 40 other families throughout King and Snohomish Counties were the recipients of a free wheelchair ramp built as part of the Master Builders Association’s Rampathon Event. 
Ramp Captain Joseph Irons, General Manager of Irons Brothers Construction and Past President of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties (MBA), along with his team of employees and skilled volunteers, designed and constructed a free wheelchair access ramp for the Richmond Highlands resident.

Sophia, who suffered a stroke in her late 20s, uses a power chair to get around her home. She lives at the home of her mother Erica, who is also her full-time caregiver.

Sophia originally had two makeshift ramps to get off the porch
and onto the brick walkway
Unfortunately, the entry to the residence had barriers which made it difficult to enter and exit safely using her power chair.

In April, the team from Irons Brothers Construction, including Production Manager, Cody Ross, met with Erica and Sophia and developed a design and construction plan to create a safe and accessible wheelchair ramp at their front entry.

Fortunately, Sophia has full use of the chair inside her home, and now, with a new ramp her Mother and other personnel can attend to her needs, especially in an emergency. 

Working and having fun, too.

To build her ramp, the IronsBC team began their staging and prep work for the construction on the afternoon of Friday, May 17th.

Sophia’s ramp consists of a two-step platform that transitions onto their existing brick walkway. On Saturday, the team completed the ramp by adding the platforms, a handrail, concrete landing, and other finish details. 

As the ramp is adjacent to their driveway, the team formed and poured a concrete landing pad for smooth transition. A portion of the ramp was built over their existing deck, which was used as a framing foundation and also salvage materials.

The ramp consists of cedar pressure-treated material and plywood. A handrail was added to one side and a curb on the opposite side for safety.

Joseph Irons takes a selfie!

Sophia and Erica maintain a joyful and positive spirit and are very appreciative of the work that Irons Brothers Construction is doing on their behalf. With this new access, Sophia is looking forward to enjoying the outdoors this summer.

This free wheelchair ramp is being built in cooperation with the Master Builders Association’s 26th anniversary philanthropic project, Rampathon.

The project was constructed out of easy to maintain and eye-pleasing materials donated by Dunn Lumber and Irons Brothers Construction.

Said Melissa Irons, "This project is just one small way that our craftsman and volunteers can help impact a local neighbor’s life for the better."

IronsBC maintains the highest commitment to philanthropy and giving back to the local community. At the end of the day, the reward is when Sophia can safely use her power chair outdoors. 

Joseph and Melissa Irons, along with the IBC family of staff and volunteers are passionate about helping others in their community and have been involved in Rampathon® over the past 13 years. 

Irons Brothers Construction is Committed to Enriching Lives in Our Community with Caring and Craftsmanship.

Special recognition to donors for the 2019 ramp include:
  • Irons Brothers Construction, Inc. for volunteer labor and materials
  • Dunn Lumber for lumber and concrete donation
  • American Insurance Associates for volunteer labor and food

Irons Brothers Construction is celebrating 20 years of business in 2019 with their Design + Build Center showroom located at 1510 NE 170th St, in Shoreline's North City Business District. 

Here they showcase universal design, aging in place remodeling, and best construction practices. Company owner, Joseph Irons and team, have their Certified Aging in Place Specialist designations (CAPS) thru the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Certified Living in Place Professional certifications (CLIPP) thru the Living in Place Institute. In each remodel they incorporate universal design principles and practices when possible.

Photos courtesy of Irons Brothers Construction.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Buzzie freaked out

Saturday, May 18, 2019

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


Friday Afternoon at the Movies June 7: Arsenic and Old Lace

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and Scarecrow Video’s Silver Cinema Project partner to show some of the most beloved classics for all to enjoy again and again.

This month, Arsenic and Old Lace will be shown on Friday, June 7, 1:30-3:30pm in the Bridge Room.

There is a suggested donation of $2. 

The film runs for about 1-1/2 hours.

It stars Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, with Josephine Hull and Jean Adair as the Brewster Sisters.

This daffy comedy was directed by Frank Capra and shot in eight weeks in 1941 but was not released until 1944, upon the finish of the original Broadway version.

Come hear more little known facts about this classic dark comedy.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center is located in the southernmost building of the Shoreline Center, 18560 1st Ave NE #1, 206-365-1536.

Such a nice way to spend a Friday afternoon with your sweetie or friends! Come, enjoy!


Sports Desk: Shorecrest shines at district track meet

Boys 4x100 relay team. From left: Zach Ridenhour ,
Satchell McKee, Sammy Seliga, and Gabe Nelson

The Northwest District One 3A Track and Field Finals wrapped up late Friday night at Shoreline Stadium, too late for more than the raw results to be posted.

With the light of a new day, there’s time to give pats on the back, tell stories of persistence paying off and obstacles being overcome, and see what’s next for those athletes who qualified for this weekend’s State Championships.

On the boys side, Shorewood finished second behind boys (and girls) champion Edmonds-Woodway, while Shorecrest was fourth.

The Shorecrest girls finished second, with Shorewood coming in fifth.

Two senior Scots, in particular, seemed to epitomize the perseverance and dedication that only the greatest athletes possess.

Sammy Seliga was the lone junior (to three seniors) on last year’s 4x100 relay team that missed going to State by an eyelash.

He said, “I knew it was going to be a challenge just getting close to last year's success. But with some persistence and great coaching by the mastermind Coach C, we were able to find great success and now we are going to state! 
"This means so much to me because I knew our team last year should’ve made it to state easy, but we had bad luck on the worst day last year. This team has worked so hard to get to state that no matter the outcome I know we accomplished something that’s been driving me for the past year.”

Scots football fans will remember Seliga giving the Shorecrest faithful something to celebrate late in their last game when he ran an interception back the length of the field for the Scots’ only score, in a lopsided season-ending playoff loss to mighty Bellevue.

800 Champ Lauren Block (R) and second-place
finisher Livia Glascock.JPG
Lauren Block won the girls 800 Friday night for the third consecutive year.

Ho-hum, you say?


The University of Portland-bound runner nursed a foot injury during the winter that curtailed her preseason training by a good measure, and if that wasn’t enough, she was diagnosed with mononucleosis on March 20.

On top of that, she then spent three days in the hospital with pancreatitis.

Friday night she broke to the lead in the first 100 meters and never looked back, beating second-place teammate Livia Glascock by nearly six seconds. 

Block came up two seconds short of setting the school record, but she’ll get at least one more crack at it next weekend at State.

Block reflected on her HS track career that is rapidly coming to a close.

“My sophomore year, I was really excited about winning the 800 for the first time. I knew after that year that I wanted to defend my title for the next two years, but it wasn’t something I was completely sure could happen until I did it last night. 
"In the hospital, I wrote down the two things I still wanted to do this season despite having mono: win districts in the 800 and get the school record. Hopefully, I get my second goal next week, but it feels good to have at least achieved one of them so far.”

Block and Glascock on the Victory Stand

Here’s a list of all the SC athletes (and their events) who will compete at State next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at Mount Tahoma HS.

Dahlia McAllister - Long Jump / 4x200 Relay / 4x400 Relay
Eloisa Schemmel - Triple Jump / 400m / 4x200 Relay / 4x400 Relay
Kiana Lino - Discus / Shot Put
Lily Visser - 1600m / 3200m
Lauren Block - 800m / 4x400 Relay
Amanda Kagarabi - 4x200 Relay
Christine Hoffman - 4x200 Relay (Alt.)
Livia Glascock - 800m / 4x400 Relay
Lorelei Starr - 4x200 Relay / 4x400 Relay
Morgan Leavitt - 100 Hurdles
Yemisi Bolonduro - 4x400 Relay (Alt.)

Spencer Thurman - 1600m / 3200m
Erik Luu - 1600m /3200m
Reed Adjibly - 400m / 4x400
Amdane Aboudou - 110 Hurdles / 300Hurdles / 4x400 Relay
Gabe Nelson - 4x100 Relay
Ian Mortensen - 4 x 400 Relay
Rafe Kruse- 4 x 400 Relay
Sammy Seliga- 4x100 Relay
Satchel McKee- 4x100 Relay / 4 x 400 Relay
Zachary Ridenhour- 4x100 Relay
Hunter Quick- 4x100 Relay (alt.)


Lorri Bodi running for Lake Forest Park City Council

Lorri Bodi, candidate for
Lake Forest Park City Council

Lorri Bodi, an experienced environmental lawyer and conservation program manager, filed this week as a candidate for Lake Forest Park City Council Position 2, running against a three-term incumbent. 

Bodi, a long-time resident, recently retired and is looking to give back by supporting the community where she has raised her family.

She was motivated to run for City Council by the major challenges facing LFP, including pressure for growth and density, increased traffic, Sound Transit development, and loss of green space.

She explains “I would like to be a new voice on the City Council to preserve our neighborhoods and small city character in the face of these challenges. 
"I want to bring a fresh perspective to the Council’s recent direction by supporting reasonable (not overbearing) growth, using our financial resources wisely, and conserving our streams and green spaces.”

Over the summer, Bodi will be attending neighborhood events and listening to neighbors concerns and suggestions for LFP.

For more information, contact


Kick off event Tuesday for David Chen, Shoreline Council candidate

Advocate for Families Facing Homelessness and Candidate for Shoreline City Council David Chen to Host Campaign Kickoff

Featuring Democratic State Senator Jesse Salomon, Democratic State Representative Cindy Ryu, former Shoreline Mayor Shari Winstead, and Executive Director of Vision House, Melissa Gehrig

Chen’s election campaign will kick off Tuesday in Shoreline. Chen, a 34 year-old father of three, community volunteer, and local attorney announced his campaign last month. 

His priorities for the city include building on his experience as a former board member of Vision House — a housing non-profit in Shoreline that successfully moved hundreds of single parents and their children from homelessness to permanent housing — to implement new strategies for combating homelessness; strategic development of community and commercial spaces; and safety and accessible neighborhoods. 

He is challenging Deputy Mayor Doris McConnell for Shoreline City Council Position 4. Former Mayor Shari Winstead will kick-off the Tuesday event which is expected to draw a crowd of volunteers and supporters from across the city.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 5:30-7:00pm

WHERE: Monka Brewing, 17211 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155

WHO:  Shoreline City Council Candidate David Chen
State Senator Jesse Salomon, 32nd LD (D)
State Representative Cindy Ryu, 32nd LD (D)
Former Shoreline Mayor Shari Winstead
Volunteers and supporters

INFO: The kickoff is free, and family friendly. It will feature remarks from special guests, delicious food, and local microbrews.


--From the David Chen campaign


15 year old Shorecrest student is missing

Missing: Isabela Scott
The family of 15 year old Isabela Scott has requested that we publish this information about her.

15-year-old Isabela, a Shorecrest student, went missing on Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2019. She was last seen at lunchtime at Shorecrest High School in Shoreline on 25th NE.

The family does not have any leads but has opened a missing persons case with the King County Sheriff's Office and officers have been questioning her close friends.

Below is her physical description:
  • 15 years old, 5’3’’ tall
  • Medium build
  • 115 pounds
  • Dark brown hair
  • Blue eyes
  • Pale complexion
Last Seen Wearing:
  • Black Adidas pants with white stripes down both sides
  • Light gray long sleeve crop-top
  • White Adidas shoes - colored with markers and ballpoint pen
If you have any information, call the KCSO Missing Persons / Runaway Unit at (206) 263-2090 or the non-emergency Shoreline police number (206) 296-3311.


Power of One Volunteer Program given Community Leadership Award by WASA

From left: Superintendent Rebecca Miner, Power of One Coordinator Terry Monette
and Power of One Volunteer Deborah Lamb.
Photo by Mike Remarcke

The Power of One Volunteer Program, a partnership of the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center and Shoreline Public Schools, was presented a Community Leadership Award by the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region 110 (King County) at the group’s annual awards luncheon on Friday, May 17 at the Puget Sound Educational District in Renton.

The award is given “In Recognition of Outstanding Community Leadership and Contributions to the Improvement of Public Education.”

The Power of One Volunteer Program was nominated by School Superintendent, Rebecca Miner for their work and collaboration in placing volunteers throughout Shoreline schools.

“We were honored to be able to recognize this incredible group for their contributions to our schools and the educational support they provide to our students and teachers,” said Superintendent Miner.

Power of One Volunteer Deborah Lamb and Power of One Coordinator Terry Monette.
Photo by Mike Remarcke

The program, sponsored by the Shoreline Senior Center, has over 60 volunteers who work in classrooms with teachers and, most often, with students on a one-to-one basis to enhance their learning experience.

The volunteer program develops and supports senior citizen volunteers to serve in Shoreline elementary schools. The program, which has been in existence since 1996, matches volunteers to rewarding volunteer opportunities throughout the schools.

They recruit, train, mentor and support each of the volunteers to ensure they are successful in supporting all students. Their consistent presence in the classroom also allows the volunteers and students to build strong intergenerational relationships that enrich the lives of both.

Terry Monette, the Volunteer Coordinator, stated that “this has been a very successful year for the program. We have placed more volunteers and have had a very positive response from both teachers and students. 
"More importantly, I think the volunteers have had great joy in participating in the schools and interacting with both teachers and students."
If you are interested in learning more about the Power of One program or volunteering, please contact Terry Monette at or 978-505-1709.


Shorecrest DECA teams competed at International Conference in Florida

Proud Shorecrest Chapter surrounding finalists Matthew Gardiner and Andrew Miner after they received their medals onstage!

Shorecrest DECA wrapped up the year at the 2018-19 International Career Development Conference in Orlando Florida April 27-30.

Emily Wray, Shorecrest DECA Advisor said that "Shorecrest DECA traveled with 11 students this year but had 16 qualify, a new high record since my time at Shorecrest!"

Matthew Gardiner and Andrew Miner
placed in the Top 20 in
Business Law and Ethics
Photo by Emily Wray
22,000 students from all over the world came to compete at ICDC.

Freshman team Matthew Gardiner and Andrew Miner placed in the Top 20 in Business Law and Ethics! Matthew Gardiner also received a special medal for his top test score.

Said Wray, "All students listed below competed and felt wonderful in their events! We really look forward to watching these students grow in college and for the freshmen team of Miner/Gardiner, we’re excited to see what next year holds for them!"

These students competed in Florida:
  • David Chen - Business Operations Research
  • Lauren Payne - Financial Literacy Promotion Plan
  • Abbi Currah and Reed Adjibly - Learn and Earn Plan
  • Amanda Kagarabi and Jenna Tikalsky - Public Relations Plan
  • Madison Bolstad and Shayne Strey - Student Based Enterprise Operations
  • Matthew Gardiner and Andrew Miner - Business Law and Ethic Team Decision Making Role Play
  • Alana Pek-Boring - Thrive Academy - Community Service Campaign
There was down time at the Magic Kingdom for both
Shorecrest and Shorewood competitors

More about Washington DECA here

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.

Next year's conference will be held April 29 – May 2, 2020 in Nashville, Tennessee.


Shoreline teams place in top 5 of District Track meet

File photo by Wayne Pridemore

Teams from Shorewood and Shorecrest all placed in the top 5 at the 3A/4A NW District 1 track meet held May 15-17, 2019 at Shoreline Stadium on NE 185th.

Out of 14 participating girls' teams, Shorecrest placed 2nd and Shorewood was 5th.

Of the 14 boys' teams, Shorewood was 2nd and Shorecrest 4th.

Team placements are here.

All the individual results are here.


Shoreline Police make fast work of capturing robber Friday

Road closed for investigation after Shoreline Police
capture suspect(s) in robbery
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

After reports of a robbery which took place near Aurora Village around 1pm on Friday May 17, 2019, Shoreline PD Patrol located and stopped a white Chevrolet Impala coming southbound on Meridian in the northbound lane. 

One police department vehicle rammed the Impala on the driver’s side to stop the vehicle. Other officers positioned their vehicles to prevent escape by the suspect(s).

Impala involved in robbery.
Police starting to clear the scene
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The street was blocked after the suspect(s) were taken into custody, possibly waiting for a warrant to search the vehicle.

Vehicle being towed from scene.
The road was reopened by 2:30pm
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The suspect vehicle was towed to the evidence garage located in the Shoreline Police Station on N 175th.


Suicide victim found after 30 days in vehicle by Richmond Beach Library

A tarp covers the back of a vehicle
containing a body parked next to
Richmond Beach Library Park for 30 days

A Volvo station wagon sat unnoticed for 30 days on 21st NW, right next to the entrance to the Richmond Beach library and the Library Park.

When it was finally reported on Friday, police discovered the body of a person who died by suicide. The vehicle was full of personal belonging. There was a suicide note.

Report abandoned vehicles to the Shoreline Customer Response Team 24/7 206-801-2700.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255


Sheriff presents Medal of Heroism to Metro bus driver Eric Stark

Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht presents Eric Stark
the very first Sheriff's Medal of Heroism

Friday, King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht presented the very first Sheriff’s Medal of Heroism to Metro Bus Operator Eric Stark.

Stark was shot through the windshield of his coach on March 27, 2019 by a gunman in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood.

Despite his wounds, Stark kept calm and backed the 40 foot coach, and it’s passengers, around the corner to safety. His bravery saved several lives, including his own.

Sheriff Johanknecht created the Medal of Heroism for civilian members of the community and non-sworn members of KCSO who, in the highest traditions of community service, perform an extraordinary act of bravery or heroism. It is our department’s highest civilian award.

A special medal is being commissioned which will be presented to Stark and future recipients.


Dahlias for Senior Center: 70 varieties of tubers available Monday for a donation

John Hibbs' dahlia beds last August
Photo by John Hibbs

Ridgecrest resident John Hibbs kicks off the 4th annual Dahlias for the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center fundraiser this coming Monday morning, May 20, 2019 from 9 - 11am with a tubers-by-donation event.

Bouquets last summer at the Ridgecrest Public House
Photo by John Hibbs
Hibbs, who supervises the Bastyr naturopathic clinic at the Senior Center, is an avid dahlia grower. Last year, bouquets of mixed dahlias were available in return for a donation at the Senior Center and at the Ridgecrest Pub. The Ridgecrest Pub generously matched donations, and all collections went to the Senior Center.

Neighbors and friends were also able to request custom bouquets for a donation, including larger numbers of blossoms for events, from Hibbs at home.

In all, the dahlias brought in over $2500 for the Senior Center’s general fund in 2018.

Hibbs planted his dahlias last weekend
Photo by John Hibbs

It's planting time now. Hibbs has planted his dahlia beds with 110 varieties, and has the tubers of about 70 varieties left over this year. 

Says Hibbs, I'm going to kick off the 2019 Dahlias For Seniors Project by having a tuber event at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center from 9-11am on Monday May 20. 
With the warm Spring we’ve had, dahlias should be blooming by mid-July.

Once the blooming season starts, fresh blooms will be delivered on Mondays and Thursdays to the Senior Center, and Tuesdays - Fridays - Sundays to the Ridgecrest Pub, 520 NE 165th St, Shoreline 98155.

The Senior Center is in the stand-alone building at the south end of the Shoreline Center, at 1st NE and NE 185th.


Book review by Aarene Storms: Jane

Friday, May 17, 2019

Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna, 
illustrated by Ramon K. Perez

Jane grew up as an unloved orphan in her aunt's house. As soon as she is able, she leave the aunt behind and heads to New York to study art. Once there, she needs a job and finds one: as nanny to the under-loved daughter of Edward Rochester, Extremely Rich Guy.

This graphic novel retelling of the classic Jane Eyre transports the story across the pond and into the present day. Some elements totally work: the affection between Jane and young Adele, for example.

However, the romantic fascination between Mr. Rochester and Jane which was intriguing in the original story feels creepy in the modern days of the "Me Too" movement.

The artwork is beautiful, and admirers of the original will be beguiled by this interpretation, but I doubt that new readers will be drawn to Bronte by way of this book.

Recommended for Bronte fans, ages 12 to adult.

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


New Safe-to-Eat Cookie Dough food truck co-founded by Shoreline native

Ivana Orlovic (left), 23, and William Hubbell (right), 23, pose in front of their safe-to-eat raw cookie company’s food truck, Sugar + Spoon, on Apr. 12, 2019. The truck is parked in front of Westlake Center in Downtown Seattle daily, except when attending special events listed on their calendar. (Photo by Alexandra Polk)

By Alexandra Polk

What started out as a simple school assignment transformed itself into a worthwhile and tasty business endeavor for Sugar + Spoon co-founders Ivana Orlovic and William Hubbell.

Before this safe-to-eat cookie dough truck made its official debut in October 2018, University of Washington alumni Orlovic and Shoreline native Hubbell, both 23, viewed Sugar + Spoon as a fun school project for their “Creating a Company” business course at UW. It was not until their pop-up shops started gaining major traction that they saw a profitable future for the edible cookie dough company.

“The success of [the pop up shops] kind of made us think like, we want to keep doing this,” said Hubbell. “We would spend time between classes during our last quarter of school, writing our business plan and figuring out how we wanted to get our cookie dough and turn it into a legit company in Seattle.”

Hubbell and Orlovic graduated in 2018 and spent a majority of their time that summer at Hubbell’s home in Shoreline fully committing themselves to building their ready-to-eat cookie dough brand. They attribute large amounts of their success to family members back in Shoreline and their endless support.

“It's really hard to hear ‘no’ over and over again,” said Orlovic. “When you want people to believe in you or make the path easier for you, but usually there are a bunch of people trying to make the path harder. So you have to have a lot of resilience.”

Customers wait in line to order cookie dough scoops, ice cream, milk shots and more at the Sugar + Spoon truck parked in Downtown Seattle on a Friday afternoon. Sugar + Spoon offer temporary seasonal cookie dough flavors to their menu that customers can buy while supplies last. (Photo by Alexandra Polk)

Raw cookie dough is somewhat of a forbidden fruit for those addicted to the blend of sugary ingredients. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration bluntly states it is unsafe to consume raw cookie dough, cake batter, or any other products that require baking.

Normal inedible cookie dough contains flour, a raw agricultural product that has not been cooked in order to kill germs like E. Coli. Eating the raw eggs in cookie dough also puts consumers at risk for Salmonella, a harmful bacteria that leads to infection.

A major E. Coli outbreak occurred in the United States in 2016, across 24 states. After the FDA, CDC and state officials investigated, they found that the source was most likely the raw flour produced at General Mills’ Kansas City facility. As normalized as eating raw cookie is, consuming the raw ingredients can lead to serious illnesses.

So instead of these ingredients, Orlovic and Hubbell use heat-treated flour, a flour that gets exposed to high temperatures, ranging from 210 degrees to 230 degrees, for at least 60 minutes. The FDA says that edible cookie dough should not be made at home regardless of the type of flour, and to instead buy it commercially.

Manufacturers like Sugar + Spoon are allowed to sell their cookie dough as long as the flour is treated and the eggs are pasteurized or substituted. Therefore, when Orlovic and Hubbell brought their eggless and heat treated flour filled cookie dough scoops to Seattle, the desserts were well received, and their hard work paid off.

The employees also enjoy coming along for the ride.

“It is super fun. I really love this job,” said 19-year-old Madison Johnstone, one of Sugar + Spoon’s food truck employees. Johnstone has enjoyed working with the new company since joining the team in late February.

Madison Johnstone, 19, poses at the Sugar + Spoon window where she takes and prepares customers orders. Johnstone began working for Sugar + Spoon in late February and enjoys the fun and upbeat atmosphere of the truck. (Photo by Alexandra Polk)

Multiple customers had praise for the truck’s creativity and now considers it their raw cookie dough replacement.

“The Oreo one is my favorite,” said Sugar + Spoon customer Asha Abdulle, 22. “It combines my two favorite things: Oreos and cookie dough.”

Sugar + Spoon puts its own spin on the average ice cream truck and brings the cookie dough to you. Although Sugar + Spoon does not regularly set up shop in Shoreline, they have done multiple private events and catering jobs in the area for places like King’s Senior High School and organizations like the global non-profit, Young Life.

At the Young Life event in Shoreline, Hubbell and Orlovic served their classic cookie dough flavors. The business duo makes it a point to bring their business back to Shoreline despite having yet to find a local spot to park the food truck.

Food trucks require ample amounts of licenses, permits and health code regulations in order to safely sell food to customers. With Sugar + Spoon being a new company, Hubbell and Orlovic made it a priority to find a location with heavy foot traffic, and food truck availability.

Still, the two entrepreneurs visualize a bountiful future for their cookie dough company.

“Sugar + Spoon will not just be a food truck,” said Hubbell. “We have huge plans for the future for bringing our cookie dough to Seattle and even across the nation or maybe even the world someday. This is just our first stepping stone.”


Visit the Echo Lake Elementary Native Plant Garden Saturday

Apple Tree and beyond

Come and see the Echo Lake School Native Plant Garden in bloom!

Open Garden

Saturday, May 18, 2019
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Echo Lake School
Shoreline 98133

Enter the garden from 195th Street

Photos by Steve Schneider May 28, 2019

The Echo Lake School Native Plant Garden is 10 years old this spring and has 120 native plant species!

The garden is planted on a hillside

The students in the Green Thumb Club have been working hard to get the garden ready. Master Gardener Donna Franklin coordinates the Green Thumb Club, consisting of 4th, 5th and 6th graders who give up a recess a week to help maintain the Garden. Donna also enlists community volunteers to assist her.

For ten years, students in the Green Thumb Club
have used a recess a week to work in the garden

Come walk along the garden paths and enjoy the many flowers in bloom.

These are among the 25 species blooming in the garden now.

Orange Honeysuckle

Cardwell’s Penstemon

Black Twinberry

These are conifers.

The garden has sections for every climate zone in the northwest. 


Spring music showcase at Shoreline CC Friday 12:30 - 1:30pm

Spring Music Showcase Friday, May 17, 2019 from 12:30 -1:30pm at Shoreline Community College Music Building (800), Room 818, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Free. Small fee for parking on campus

The Shoreline Community College Music Department is hosting a celebratory afternoon of music featuring their talented second and third year students. This Spring Showcase includes a great lineup of musicians, vocalists, as well as, a rock band. You’ll hear a broad range of performances on piano, guitar, clarinet, and vocals.

Some of the featured performers include:

David Bissell - Clarinet
Will Fantry - Marimba
David Feng-Krause - Piano
Joshua Grapes - Guitar
Judy Kuo - Piano
Ryan Norwine - Electric Guitar
Dane Pischke - Piano/Vocals
C.J. Roundy - Tuba/Vocals
Malissia Woodall – Vocals

Most of these students have been studying music at SCC for at least two years. Many have taken private lessons and/or participated in an instrumental or vocal ensemble as a requirement of their degree. Some of them have performed in multiple ensembles throughout their time at Shoreline. This showcase will be one of their final performances prior to graduation this Spring.


Peninsula Daily News: LFP Police Chief Sutton speaks to Port Angeles City Council about traffic cameras

LFP traffic camera

Chief Steve Sutton of the Lake Forest Park Police recently traveled to Port Townsend to explain the use of traffic safety cameras to the Port Angeles City Council.

The Port Angeles City Council has reviewed one city’s use of traffic safety cameras as a force multiplier for police, a deterrent for red-light runners and school-zone speeders and as a source of revenue.

Lake Forest Park has used cameras for eight years and recently added more at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way.

“We use this as a force multiplier,” said Sutton, a former State Patrol captain who once patrolled the North Olympic Peninsula.
“The photo enforcement systems have allowed us to take on other tasks rather than sitting at the red lights or looking at the school zones. We still do those, but not as much as we did.”

Sutton told them that LFP issues 15,000 traffic infractions per year but 85% of them are to commuters, not to residents.

See Peninsula Daily News article


46th LD Democrats endorsement meeting May 19

at 11:00am

Nathan Hale High School Performing Arts Center Theatre

The endorsement meeting will be held on Sunday, May 19th, at the beautiful Nathan Hale High School Theatre, located at 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (click on address for map).

The theatre is located at the far west end of the campus - follow the signs that will be out.

Bikes may be secured next to the theatre, Metro Transit route 65 serves the high school on 35th Avenue, and ADA Parking is located in the lot immediately adjacent to the theatre.

"We will move through the races as expeditiously as possible, and arrange tally order and speakers to minimize any delays, but please be prepared for a three hour to three and a half-hour meeting."

Beverages and snacks will be for sale in the lobby. To vote, you must have been a member of the 46th District Democrats for at least 21 days prior to the meeting, or April 28th. However, if you were a member last year, under bylaws, you may renew your membership up to the date of the meeting.

Click for the 2019 Endorsement Rules

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