Music4Life gives Shoreline Public Schools three additional instruments

Friday, June 30, 2017

David Endicott of Music4Life presents a restored flute and a new 4/4 violin to Leann Rozema

At the Shoreline Arts Festival on Saturday, June 25, David Endicott of Music4Life presented a flute and a new 4/4 (full sized) violin to music teacher Leann Rozema, Superintendent Miner’s representative to Music4Life.

And on Wednesday, June 28, he presented a very unusual convertible (slide/valve) trombone to Shoreline Schools that was accepted for Leann by Shorecrest Office Manager Marlys Pickrell.

Marlys Pickrell holds the covertable trombone
This brings the total of ready-to-play musical instruments delivered to Shoreline Public Schools since Sept. 1, 2016 to 34.  Their estimated fair market value is $17,059.

More are on the way before we close our year out on August 31st.  Our goal is to deliver as many instruments as possible to Shoreline and our other participating school districts before school starts.

During the Festival Endicott took in a trombone, an acoustic guitar, a violin, a flute, and numerous financial donations.

The money will be used to refurbish the instruments, which will then be donated to one of the school districts affiliated with Music4Life.

"We want every child to have a chance to play an instrument, regardless of their family's financial situation."

Endicott was interviewed by KING TV on Saturday as part of the Shoreline Arts Festival. The segment aired Saturday evening and Sunday morning.


Cartoon: Buzz Horowitz

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


Jobs: LFP Assistant Planner

City of Lake Forest Park - Assistant Planner - full time but limited term (funded through 12/31/18)

Under the direction of the Planning Director and Principal Planner, the Assistant Planner processes and reviews environmental and land use applications for compliance with city regulations.  This includes reviewing development proposals for compliance with zoning, critical area, tree protection and other land use regulations. The Assistant Planner also performs research, provides support to the Planning Director and Principal Planner, maintains records, and prepares responds to customer inquiries.  Other duties include maintaining the Department’s Accela electronic permitting system, serving as support staff for the Planning Commission and Tree Board, preparing code enforcement reports and correspondence, and assisting the Building Official in code enforcement investigations.

Complete description and application


Third Place Books' Robert Sindelar takes reins of national bookseller organization

Robert Sindelar, Manager
Third Place Books
This June, Third Place Book’s Robert Sindelar became one of the youngest presidents in the last thirty years of the American Booksellers Association.

Founded in 1900, the American Booksellers Association, or ABA, is the nonprofit trade organization that works to help independently owned bookstores in the United States grow and succeed.

Headquartered in White Plains, New York, the group is governed by a board of eleven volunteer booksellers.

ABA provides education, information, business products, and services; creates relevant programs; and engages in public policy and industry advocacy.

The Association actively supports and defends free speech and the First Amendment rights of all Americans.

Sindelar, 46, was previously serving as the organization’s vice president. He is the managing partner of Third Place Books, a bookstore with three locations in the Seattle area, including Lake Forest Park.

Originally from Miami, he got his start in bookselling while in college, when he took a job at the iconic Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida. He later moved to Seattle to pursue an acting and theater career, and began working at Elliott Bay Book Company.

He moved to Third Place Books when its owner, Ron Sher, purchased Elliott Bay in 1998 and offered him the position of manager (Sher no longer owns Elliott Bay which is now on Capitol Hill).

Sindelar assumes the presidency at ABA at a time when another Seattle-based company —Amazon—is expanding its presence in the world of brick-and-mortar bookstores.

“Independent bookselling is changing at a faster rate than I’ve ever seen,” says Sindelar. 
“Changes in threats from online competitors, in customer buying behavior, in relationships with our publishing partners, in minimum wage increases and escalating real estate costs.” 
But the industry’s core values remain consistent.

 “Twenty-five years ago booksellers were creating unique welcoming spaces in our communities, connecting authors and readers, curating distinguished reading selections for our customers, offering outstanding customer service and building community. That hasn’t changed.”
“This is definitely a moment where it’s more important than ever to remind ourselves who we are and why we are here, while constantly looking forward and anticipating the changes we may need to make to secure and ensure the longevity of independent bookselling. 
"To be in a position to continue to steer the ABA in the right direction is both humbling and invigorating.”


LFP Public Works employee to the rescue of an injured resident

Jesse Roark
LFP Public Works
On Friday, June 30, 2017, Public Works Department team member Jesse Roark was traveling on NE 205th St in Lake Forest Park, when he noticed an elderly woman lying face down at the bottom of her driveway.

Jesse immediately went to her aid and found she was bleeding heavily from a head wound.

He called 9-1-1, then got a large compression pad from the first aid kit in his vehicle and applied it to the wound while he waited for medical assistance to arrive.


Try a Summer Class at Shoreline Community College

Interested in testing out a summer class at Shoreline Community College?

Our summer term just started this week and we still have a few spaces left for you! 

And did you also know seniors age 60+ can take up to two classes for just $5 through our senior citizen tuition waiver program?

Check it out!

Check out some of the classes that are still accepting students:


• AIDS and HIV Education for Health Care Workers (MLT 123) 
• History of Photography (ART 295) 
• Multiculturalism in the Workplace (BUS 103) 
• Music Appreciation (Music 105)
• Nutrition and Fitness (NUTR 188) ONSITE CLASSES:
• Basic Macintosh Systems Operations (VCT 124) 
• Beginning Photography (ART 144) 
• Intro to Image Construction, Editing and Output (VCT 125) - Starts 7/20/17 
• Introduction to Cinema History (CINEM 201) 
• Public Speaking (CMST& 101) 
• Weight Training and Cardio Fitness (PE 136) 
• Yoga 1 (PE 117) 


Local students graduate from Washington State University in Pullman

The following Washington State University students have earned undergraduate degrees for the Spring 2017 semester.

The data displayed in the graduation list may be affected by students who restrict the release of some or all information about themselves.

Honors earned by students are listed as follows:
  • Summa cum laude for a cumulative grade point average of 3.90 or better,
  • Magna cum laude for a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.70 but less than 3.90 and
  • Cum laude for a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 but less than 3.70.


Majid Mubarak Al-Hadrami
Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Laura Mae Vanlandingham
Bachelor of Science in Biology
Cum Laude

Lake Forest Park

Casey Rae Axelson
Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Business Management

Joshua David Dyck
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Elizabeth Marguerite Flume
Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences

Connor Daniel McGee
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

Brooklyn Jean Miller
Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Keegan Jillene Monson
Bachelor of Arts in Communication


Justin Ray Collins
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Keenan Lavelle Grayson
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Stewart Bering Kerns
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Amna Bilal Khan
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Magna Cum Laude

Elizabeth Rachelle Lindberg
Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

Kathryn Lee MacCamy
Doctor of Pharmacy

Alison Rose Mittelstaedt
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Cum Laude

Cristian Ordonez Nguyen
Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Alex Stonecipher Payton
Bachelor of Arts in Communication

Kelsey Lynn Phariss
Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Nicholaus Martin Smith
Bachelor of Science in Construction Management

Celine Chantal Ulrich
Bachelor of Science in Psychology


Demo Day: abandoned buildings at Fircrest come down

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The abandoned buildings at NE 150th and 15th Ave NE in the corner of the Fircrest site were demolished on Wednesday. These buildings had been vacant for a very long time, and were in extremely poor condition.

What will happen to the rest of Fircrest is unclear at this point. The community grant request through Rep. Ryu's office to open the pools and activities buildings was shelved. State Sen. Dino Rossi, one of the main budget negotiators, wanted to close Fircrest and sell the land for development. 

The state is supposed to release the budget agreement details soon, which may contain details about Fircrest's fate.


Blood donors needed Saturday

Holiday Staycation? Come down to Richmond Beach!

By Tom Petersen

The Bloodworks Northwest air-conditioned mobile unit will be in front of the Shoreline Fire Safety Center at the corner of Richmond Beach Road and 20th NW this Saturday, July 1st, from 10am to 4pm.

Summertime and holiday weekends deplete the nation's blood supply, with lower blood drive turnouts hitting at the same time as increased blood needs.

Robust drives in places like Richmond Beach will not only save lives locally, but will provide relief to parts of the country where supplies fall so low as to create "blood emergencies."

"Maxing out" the mobile unit --- 30 donors --- is the goal.

Signing up for an appointment is recommended. Going to BloodworksNW, searching Drives, and checking zip code 98177 starts the quick and easy process for new and returning donors.

If a particular time is shown as "full," though, it is still possible to walk up and get in, at that time or any other.

Returning donors are encouraged to bring a friend. New donors are welcome and needed. Young donors between ages 16 and 18 are eligible with parental consent, and Shorewood High students earn an hour of Volunteer Credit if they donate.

As always, Bloodworks's cooperating business, D'z Barbershop, is offering its famous "Clip and Drip Special:" Get a haircut at the regular price, go donate blood for free.


2017 Lake Forest Park Street Overlay Project starts Friday

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Miles Resources laying asphalt on Military Road
Photo courtesy Miles Resources

Over the next several weeks, the City of Lake Forest Park will conduct its annual street overlay project.

Neighborhoods selected this year include the Horizon View neighborhood and portions of the easterly part of the City.

The City’s overlay project is contracted through the King County Roads Division to achieve the best pricing on all portions of the work: engineering, inspection, notification, asphalt grinding, and the asphalt overlay itself.

Work was scheduled to begin on August 1, but the contractor, Miles Resources, is ahead of schedule and prep work will begin on June 30, 2017. Paving starts July 12, and will take approximately two weeks. It is anticipated all work will be complete by August 4.

The paving schedule and project notifications will be placed on A boards at the entrances to the affected neighborhoods.

Before work begins, restricted parking signs will be posted along the edge of the roadway. Residents are advised to take necessary steps to move all parked vehicles off the shoulder of the roadway, as this will help avoid project delays.

For more information, contact City Hall, 206-368-5440.


Jobs: Senior Graphic Designer at SCC

Shoreline Community College

The Senior Graphic Designer is responsible for directing, designing, developing, and coordinating the production of College graphic projects such as publications, logos, advertisements, illustrations, online graphics, displays, signage, slideshows and other marketing materials.

Complete description and application


Shorecrest grad plays for the Everett AquaSox

Ted Hammond
Photo by Shari Sommerfeld
By Frank Workman

A year ago, 2012 Shorecrest grad Ted Hammond watched the MLB draft and hoped.

He hoped his name would be called, that he’d be selected by a team. Hoped that his days of ball playing wouldn’t be over.

Hammond had just graduated from Seattle U., and like most college grads, he’d come to a fork in the road.
“I know I’d gotten the attention of some teams, especially during the first half of my senior year,” Hammond explained. “But the calls died down as the season went on.”

When he wasn’t drafted, he gave himself 14 days to be contacted by a team, any team, at which point he’d give up the ghost and put his degree in Business Finance to use.
“On the fourteenth day, on the dot, I got a call from the Mariners, my hometown team. I went down to Peoria and pitched for their Arizona Rookie League team last summer, as an undrafted free agent,” he said.

Usually the life of a minor leaguer means saying goodbye to home and living in temporary quarters.

But this season finds Hammond a member of the Everett Aquasox, in short-season A ball in the Northwest League.

As a result, he’s sleeping in his own bed at the family home in Lake Forest Park, where he relishes the role of big brother to sisters Erica, 10, and Natalie, 6, when he’s not on the road with the team.

When asked about his fondest memory from his North King County Little League days, where he played for his dad, Dave, the LFP Water Commission President, no one moment stood out.
“I just remember having fun, playing with all my friends, and how beautiful a place Hamlin Park was to play in. Even today, where baseball can often feel like a ten hour-a-day job, I try to go back to the joy I felt playing the game as a boy.”

Alan Bruns, his baseball coach at Shorecrest, has clear recollections of Hammond.
“My best memories of Ted’s career at SC was a dominant stretch of three consecutive complete-game shut-outs against Meadowdale, Lynnwood, and Glacier Peak. Over that span he had 31 K’s and only four walks. 
"This happened in 2012 during his senior season, and at that point in the season he helped earn us a top 10 state ranking. He was so tough, commanding 3 pitches, with an explosive fastball and a terrific hammer of a breaking ball.” 

Scots football coach Brandon Christensen remembers his two-time All-Wesco quarterback similarly. 
“He was always a tough competitor who would strive for perfection… a blessing and a hindrance for him. He was tough on himself. Hard work was never an issue and I’m sure that competitive nature is what drove him to his success in baseball. It’s great to see it paying off for him.”

Whatever Hammond’s future holds, the humble hometown boy appreciates those who got him to this point.
“I want to thank all my coaches, teammates, and the people who rooted for me, and helped me get here.”


Wes Brandon appointed to Ronald Wastewater Board

Wes Brandon sworn in as Ronald
Wastewater District Commissioner
by Clerk Sandra Robinson
At its regular meeting on June 27, 2017, the Ronald Wastewater District Board of Commissioners appointed Wesley Brandon to fill the vacancy on the five-member Board on an interim basis.

Mr. Brandon has lived in Shoreline for over three decades and brings a wealth of community and volunteer experience to this position.

This includes service to the Shoreline School District, PTA and Shoreline Schools Foundation.

Mr. Brandon was immediately sworn in and joined the Board for the remainder of the meeting.

Earlier in the meeting, the Board interviewed Mr. Brandon and two other residents who applied for the appointment. 

Several commissioners commented that all three candidates were qualified and well prepared.

In the end, the four elected commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Brandon to fill the vacancy created by the death of Commissioner Arnold Lind on April 4.

State election law requires that Position No. 5 will be permanently filled by an election on November 7, 2017. King County Elections will hold a special 3-day candidate filing period on August 2-4. Any candidates that file for this position during that period will appear on the general election ballot. 

During his interview, Mr. Brandon stated that if appointed commissioner, he intended to run for the position in the November election.

If you have any questions, contact District General Manager Mark Gregg at 206-546-2494 or by email.


Senior Center says good-bye to longtime Social Worker

Scott Theisen - on to the
next adventure
Scott Theisen, the Social Worker and Marriage / Family Therapist at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, is moving on to other adventures, after working at the Center since 1998.

He has been a very important member of the staff providing all of us with his caring support with various groups and as a friend to us all. We wish him the very best in whatever comes next.

He has encouraged all of the support groups he has led to continue to meet on their regular schedule:

  • The Diabetes Group meets the 3rd Thursday of each month, 10:00-11:00am; 
  • Life’s Transitions meets weekly on Tuesday 1:00-2:00pm; 
  • Parkinson’s Group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 12:30-2:00pm; 
  • Stroke Group meets on the 2nd Tuesdays, 11:00-noon. 
  • The popular Clutter Control class meets on the 1st Wednesdays, 11:00am to noon,
  • Caregiver’s Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 12:30-1:30pm. 

Center staff is hoping to have guest speakers for each of the groups until a replacement is found.

An announcement for filling his vacancy was made by the center’s Community Partner, Sound Generations.

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


Monday is deadline for voters to register online or by mail

By Evan Smith

Monday, July 3, is the deadline for voters to register on line or by mail for the Aug. 1 primary or for previously registered Washington voters to file a change of address.

New Washington voters can register through August 24, but after Monday, July 3, they must register in person at the King County Elections office in Renton or the County Voter Registration Annex at the County Administration Building in downtown Seattle.

Voters can register online or update existing registrations here 

Mail registration forms are available at the auditor’s office, at any local library or at some other government offices. Forms also are available online

Voters who register by mail need to send their forms in time to get a July 3 postmark. That means being aware of pick-up times at local post offices.

In-person registration is at the King County Elections office in the county elections office, 500 4th Ave. Seattle, Room 440, from 8:30am to 1pm and 2-4:30pm.


RBCA removes remaining orca from Saltwater Park after "tampering"


Statement from the Richmond Beach Community Association

The remaining Beach Orca at the Saltwater Park was tampered with after the first one was stolen.

In an effort to avoid further disappointment, the Richmond Beach Community Association Board has elected to temporarily remove it from Saltwater Park.

We will consider alternative locations either at this site or or a different site where it is a little less vulnerable in an effort to this precious work of art.


Photos: Hiking at Crystal

Lee Lageschulte hiking at Crystal

You'll notice that essential hiking gear for Lee Lageschulte is her camera. Having said that, I'm not sure who took the photo! Perhaps her husband Roger.

They went to Crystal Mountain ski resort, rode the gondola up, and hiked from there.

That's Mt. Rainier in the background.


Keith McGlashan to run for re-election to Shoreline City Council

Keith McGlashas
My name is Keith McGlashan, I am grateful to represent you on the Shoreline City Council, and I ask for your support as I run for re-election.

In my past 11 years of service on the council, I have helped our city to accomplish many of our goals. Some of them have made the headlines such as:
  • Making Aurora Avenue safe and attractive,
  • Building the interurban trail and expanding our wonderful parks (including 3 dog parks!),
  • Constructing our own green building certified city hall and public gathering space. 

While these projects have visibly improved our quality of life, I am equally proud of our not so visible accomplishments.
  • Reducing violent crime and burglaries by increasing our police force,
  • Enhancing our parks programs to be more inclusive, and revitalizing neighborhoods,
  • Advancing plans for light rail and our light rail stations.

Throughout all of these accomplishments, my inspiration has been the people of Shoreline.

So many of you put in a hard day’s work, raise your families, and still find time to volunteer, give to worthy causes, and contribute to our city through your input and presence at council meetings, on boards, and on commissions and panels.

It has been an honor to be a part of the leadership of our great city, and I am excited to continue my service as we meet new challenges together over the next 4 years.

Please visit for more information.


Quirky Gourmet: Recipe for Monday's Humble Feast

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Zucchini photo by Devra Gartenstein

Devra Gartenstein, the Quirky Gourmet, is staging a Humble Feast dinner this coming Monday at her Patty Pan restaurant, 15550 27th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, 5:30 - 7:30pm.

The full menu for Monday:

Stuffed Zucchini
Green Salad
White Beans with Garlic Scapes
Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad
Berry Crisp

"Patty Pan's Humble Feast is a series of community-based dinner events featuring local ingredients sourced primarily from area farmers who are our friends and neighbors at the markets. But these dinners are also a practical attempt to answer the question: how can we eat well without busting our budgets?"

Advance tickets are $10 - $12 at the door.

Stuffed Zucchini (makes 6 servings) 

3 medium-size zucchini
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ pound ground beef or ½ pound cooked lentils
½ teaspoon salt, or more, to taste
Half an onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon finely chopped basil
½ teaspoon dried oregano or 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
¼ cup chopped fresh tomato or canned crushed tomato
¼ cup grated cheese such as parmesan or feta (optional)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boil water in a medium-size stockpot. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, and then cut each half crosswise to make four pieces from each zucchini. Blanch the pieces in the boiling water for about a minute and then drain or remove them with tongs.

Heat the olive oil in a medium-size skillet. Add the ground beef and salt. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes, and then add the onion, garlic, basil, and oregano. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer, until the onion is soft and translucent, and then add the tomato and cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer, until the mixture starts to thicken.

For the vegetarian version, heat the oil and then add the onion, garlic, basil, oregano and salt. Cook until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes, and then add the lentils and turn off the heat.

When the zucchini is cool enough to handle, gently scoop out as much of the flesh as you can without breaking the skin. Finely chop the pulp, and then add it to the beef or lentil mixture. Spoon this mixture into the zucchini shells, and top with grated cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes, until heated through. 


Extra ferry service and special schedules planned for Independence Day travel

Photo courtesy WSDOT

The Fourth of July is one of the biggest travel holidays for the state ferry system. About 430,000 ferry passengers traveled across the Puget Sound during last year’s holiday weekend, and similar numbers are expected this year. 

To help holiday travelers get between the two destinations Washington State Ferries will add extra service as needed late night Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

Mukilteo - Clinton
Along with increased ridership, passengers sailing between Mukilteo and Clinton will also be using a smaller vessel.

The 144-car Tokitae will be replaced during this upcoming weekend with a smaller 124-car ferry due to a federally required inspection. Ferry travelers will need to plan ahead as the reduction in vehicle space could contribute to longer wait times.

Extra sailings
There will be additional sailings on the Mukilteo/Clinton route to accommodate for the heavy traffic and smaller ferry size. Extra sailings will also be used during the holiday weekend between Vashon Island and Fauntleroy, along with the Anacortes and San Juan Island routes. Several routes will also be on different schedules.

Tuesday, July 4
  • Edmonds/Kingston route will be on weekday holiday schedule.
  • Seattle/Bainbridge route will be on holiday Saturday sailing schedule.
  • Other changes are planned

Travel tips
Regardless of the route, all ferry passengers should prepare for longer than usual wait times and plan ahead.

Drivers can also plan ahead for increased congestion on highways as they make their way to the ferry terminals with real-time traffic information on the WSDOT traffic app for their mobile device.


Seattle SeaChordsmen will take you to the World's Fair Saturday

Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus

Photos by Jerry Pickard

On Saturday July 1st at 2:00pm and 7pm, The Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus will be in concert at the Shorewood Performing Arts Center, 17300 Fremont Ave N.

Their show "World In Harmony" is a tribute to the 1962 Seattle World's Fair.
Elvis orders Belgian Waffles

The Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus is a no audition, every man welcome group. Joining them in this production will be the "Monorails" quartet, the "Blue Sky" quartet, and the 4.0 group.

The Waffle Girl dreams of
dancing with Elvis
The Sweet Adelines are the companion performance group, composed of all women. The "Frenzy" group, part of the Sweet Adelines, will perform.

It is the Seattle World's Fair, so the chorus will sing "Come and see Seattle" and "Summer of '62" which were two of the promotional songs for the Fair.

The full program includes songs that are both familiar and unfamiliar. 

In a tribute to America's military the SeaChordsmen will sing a medley of songs as performed at the Flag Pavilion during the fair.

Then ELVIS comes to the fair and makes a stop to order waffles at the Belgian Waffle House, which served the most popular treat at the World's Fair. (The real Elvis was unable to make practice and was represented by a cardboard Elvis).

Elvis tells the waffle girl, "Thank you, thank you very much!"  The chorus sings "Over The Rainbow" while the waffle girl ogles Elvis and dreams of dancing with him.

Jim Smith was an original member
and sang with the group at the
1962 World's Fair
Waffle Girl is played by Meg Shephard 2017 Ballard High School graduate and Elvis is played by David "Elvis" Lomond.

There will be medleys of Elvis songs as a tribute to the Elvis film "It Happened at the World's Fair."

For those who have seen the movie or remember the Fair, the performance of "The Bubbleator Song" may be the highlight.

Attending rehearsal was Jim Smith, 88 years old. He was a member of the original SeaChordsmen and performed with the group at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair. DSC08046

Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets


IronsBC supports the local arts festival - with bird houses

IronsBC helped kids build 150 bird houses
during the Shoreline Arts Festival
Photo courtesy IronsBC

The past weekend, June 24-25th, Irons Brothers Construction of Shoreline sponsored the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council's annual Arts Festival.

As a sponsor, our team of carpenters, design professionals, administrative, and sales staff not only manned a booth, but worked in the sweltering heat with kids on a building project.

For eight hours each day, our team built over 150 bird houses with local area children. Not only was this project a lot of fun and helping us to develop a future carpentry work force, but we also helped house over 150 birds and their families!! 

Here is some of the information we provided to the families who built bird houses with us:

Placement and when to put up

Some birds begin courtship and nesting activities as early as February, but most birds select sites from late March through May. This is also the time when most migrating birds return to Washington. 

Nest boxes can be set out as soon as you notice new birds arriving. However, newly made bird houses need to be set out in winter to weather and air out.

Photos courtesy IronsBC


Boxes should be somewhat concealed, in partial shade and placed where predators can't get to it. Check to be sure birds have an adequate, clear flight path to the entrance hole. If possible, the entrance should face away from the prevailing wind. It usually helps to put the box on a habitat edge: between a group of trees and low-growing bushes, or between bushes and an open meadow, lawn or water.

Photo courtesy IronsBC
Tips on Attracting Birds

It may take some time for birds to discover your nest box, even a couple of breeding seasons, so be patient. LEAVE UNFINISHED, no paint or stain.
  • Plant native trees and shrubs for food and shelter
  • Avoid using insecticide sprays whenever possible
  • Leave grass and bush cuttings for nesting material
  • Provide clean water in a birdbath
  • Plant colorful wildflowers that will attract insects for birds to eat
  • Leave 1-inch to 4-inch lengths of string or yarn for nesting material
  • Set out a feeder or two to entice suet and seed-eating birds 

For more bird tips and info on houses, visit WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife

To learn more about our Community Involvement click here



Book Review by Aarene Storms: Paper Wishes

Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban

Ten year old Manami doesn't understand much about world politics. She only knows that she loves to walk on the beach on Bainbridge Island with her grandfather and her little dog, collecting shells and listening to the peaceful waves on the shore.

But it's 1942, and Manami and her family are forced by the United States government to leave their homes and most of their possessions and move to an internment camp for Japanese Americans, far away from the familiar sights and sounds of Puget Sound.

Her grandfather is resigned to the imprisonment; her older brother rebels against it. But Mirami, surrounded by events that are simultaneously normal and not-normal, stops speaking.

Instead, she expresses her thoughts and wishes in drawings that she either shares with her friends and family, or turns loose on the winds of Manzanar.

This is a relatively gentle introduction to the historic issues surrounding the internment of Pacific Coast Japanese Americans during WWII. There are some allusions to violent incidents at the camp, but Manami is always a few steps away from these, and so the reader is insulated as well.

Still, her loneliness for her dog, her confusion at the treatment of her neighbors and family by the American government, and her longing for her old life shine through the brief story, which ends before the war does.

Recommended for readers ages 10 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


Evening roadwork on June 29 & 30 requires lane closure in LFP

Intersection of SR 522 and SR 104

The Washington Department of Transportation is restriping portions of the intersection of SR 522 and SR 104 (Bothell Way NE and Ballinger Way NE) from 9:00pm on Thursday, June 29, through 5:00am on Friday, June 30, 2017.

During this time, the inside lanes of both eastbound and westbound SR 522 (Bothell Way NE) and the inside left turn lane of eastbound SR 104 (Ballinger Way NE) will be closed to traffic.

If possible, plan ahead and try to avoid the area.


Photo: Mock Orange and Climbing Rose

Photo by Victoria Gilleland

'Dortmund' Climbing Rose and 'Innocence' Mock Orange in bloom together.

They know they're pretty...


New totem pole honors long-time Ronald Wastewater accountant, Northwest Hospital, and cancer patients

The base figure represents Cindy James, complete with dimples
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A magnificent, new totem pole at Northwest Hospital was created to honor Cindy James, an accountant, who was a long-time staff member at Ronald Wastewater District in Shoreline.

Cindy battled cancer at UW Northwest and died in the fall of 2016 at the age of 52.

One day James, whose forceful personality was legend, took aside her favorite nurse and blurted: “You guys ought to get rid of that ugly totem pole.” (Referring to a 40 year old pole that stood at the entrance to the hospital).
“She said, ‘You should make a new one to honor all the cancer patients who have come through this hospital. And I know who could do the work: my brother-in-law.’

Her brother-in-law, David Boxley, is world-renowned for his dance group and his artwork. He is an elite carver whose totem poles sell for over $100,000. This pole was financed with donations and done as a labor of love for a beloved family member.

In her stylized depiction on the pole, Boxley has left James, a local accountant, standing in immortality securely but tenderly clutching the shoulders of her grandson, Dominic, 7, “the light of her life, from the day he was born.”
Boxley placed his relative — a longtime dear friend, fellow tribal dancer and enthusiastic warrior in the battle to preserve the threatened north coast tribal culture of the Tsimshian, Haida and Tlingit — at the pole’s base because she was a bedrock for her people.

Ron Judd did a wonderful feature article on Boxley and this work of art in The Seattle Times' Pacific Magazine. Read it here.

The artist did a brief interview which was posted online.


New show at Gallery at Town Center: April Aldridge and Cheryl Hufnagel

The Gallery at Town Center Presents: 

April Aldridge and Cheryl Hufnagel
June 27 – August 12 , 2017

The Gallery at Town Center is exhibiting a selection of works by Painter April Aldridge and Painter Cheryl Hufnagel in the Gallery at Town Center which opened June 27, 2017. See these works and the creations of over 90 other local artists during gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 5pm.

April Aldridge is best known for their haunting impressions of nature created in black watercolor. These paintings capture the root of the animal by distilling their movements into a bare but decadent black and white rendering. April grew up on the Florida Gulf Coast and currently lives and works in Redmond, WA.

Cheryl Hufnagel’s love of art began in early childhood. Enjoying her K–12th grade art classes, she continued her art education at Shoreline Community College, studying drawing, 2-dimensional design and art history.

In 1993, she discovered artist Doug Dawson’s book, Capturing Light and Color with Pastel. She began experimenting with pastels, grew to enjoy the medium and has worked almost exclusively in pastels ever since. Cheryl has studied with several notable pastelists including Dorisjean Colvin, Susan Ogilvie, Clark Elster, Ned Mueller, Teresa Saia, Janet Hamilton, Elizabeth Mowry, and Patty Forte Linna.

A signature member of the Northwest Pastel Society, a juried member of Seattle Co-Arts, and a member of Artists Connect of Edmonds, Cheryl is represented by the Schack Art Center in Everett, The Papery in Edmonds, Tsuga Art and Framing in Bothell, and Anabel’s Framing and Gallery in Everett. Her paintings are in many private collections in the United States. You can also find her gift cards and button jewelry in the Gallery at Town Center year-round.

The Gallery at Town Center is a program of the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Arts Council and is located inside the Lake Forest Park Town Center on the lower level. 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155.

The Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to cultivate creativity and inspire our community through the arts.


Three Shorewood baseball players on all-Wesco-South first team

Will Smith
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Three Shorewood baseball players have won places on the all-Wesco-3A-South first team.

Division coaches have elected Thunderbird senior pitcher Will Smith, T-Bird senior infielder Arthur Pate and Shorewood senior outfielder Jake Frederickson to the 15-member first team.

Three Shorewood players and two from Shorecrest won places on the 13-member second team. 

Shorewood second-team players are senior pitcher Tanner Oxnevad, senior outfielder Bryan Host and freshman designated hitter Trent Hynek.

Shorecrest players on the second team are senior infielder Kegan Corcoran-Sipe and junior outfielder Brent Berger.

Two Shorewood and two Shorecrest players and four other Wesco South players won honorable mention.

Arthur Pate
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
The players are Shorewood seniors Patrick Antush and Connor Adams, and Shorecrest seniors Kasey Shibayama and Jason Sarver.

Shorewood finished second in the division with a 13-4 Wesco 3A record (15-5 overall) during the regular season.

 The Thunderbirds then finished second in the Northwest District 3A tournament before losing in the first round of state play and finishing with a 17-7 season record.

Shorecrest finished at the bottom of the Wesco South with a 6-11 record (7-13 overall).

The Shorewood junior varsity had a 13-4 Wesco 3A record (14-6 overall). The Shorecrest JVs had a 5-11 Wesco 3A record (6-13)

Our news partner, the Seattle Times had a full report on the all-Wesco-3A-South baseball teams here.


Canopy Cat Rescue gets Shoreline cat out of tree - with no harm to the rescuer

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Chirpa's ear is laid back so flat that you can't see it
She's terrified of being stuck in the tree
and she's terrified of the stranger in the tree
Shaun Sears and Tom Otto have an unusual business model.

They work on-call, 24/7, all over central Puget Sound, and they let their customers' owners decide how much to pay them.

Shaun and Tom are cat-loving arborists. As Canopy Cat Rescue, their business is getting cats out of trees.

This week they made rescues in Shoreline and Kenmore.

"For the most part," said Shaun, "the cats we rescue are very happy to see us, but sometimes ... they want to Kill Us!!" 
"That was certainly the case with Chirpa from Shoreline. 
"She was described as being just a little "standoffish", but not crazy. When I approached her in the tree, she was in straight up ATTACK-mode. 
"This didn't change how much love and compassion I put into her rescue because I understood she was very stressed and scared ... so I didn't take it personally. 
"Thankfully, I was able to get her down with my face still attached."

Shaun takes photos or short videos of every rescue and posts them on the Canopy Cat Rescue Facebook page.

Shaun and a rather startled Zuzu
Now Zuzu, from Kenmore, was much calmer - until she was just really surprised to see herself in the phone before Shaun took the photo.


We created CANOPY CAT RESCUE in 2009 after discovering how very difficult it was for people to find help for their cats stuck high in trees.

As cat people ourselves, we know how horrible it feels when a cat is missing and then cries for help are heard high up in a tree.

Cold, hungry, scared, tired, and dehydrated; many cats unfortunately suffer each year after being stuck in trees.

That is why CANOPY CAT RESCUE rescues cats — anytime, day or night, in all kinds of weather.

All cats deserve to be rescued and reunited with their loved ones. We work on a donations-only basis, because it’s our mission and passion to rescue any cat stuck in any tree regardless of their families financial situation.

We rescue A LOT of cats — hundreds every year from all over the state.


The Re-Build It Town Puppet Show - children welcome with adult

100% recycled!
At the Lake Forest Park Library, a family program -

The Re-Build It Town Puppet Show
Thursday, June 29, 4pm,
presented by KC Puppetree.

All ages welcome with adult.

Enjoy this fun, interactive musical puppet show about a monster that has stormed through town, leaving a mess of garbage behind.

The citizens must join together and recycle the material to rebuild their town!

Lower level Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way, 98155.


Inventing the Impossible Magic Show - age 3 and older with adult

Louie Foxx
At the Shoreline Library Wednesday morning at 10:15am, Inventing the Impossible Magic Show, presented by Louie Foxx.

Ages 3 and older with adult.

Go behind the scenes to learn the secret art of inventing a magic trick! Join others in creating a new trick that explains how science and magic work together for amazing results.

Space is limited; first come, first seated.

Shoreline Library 345 NE 175th, 98155.


Crime in Shoreline week ending 6-12-17

Photo by Steven H. Robinson
Selected items from the Shoreline police blotter week ending June 12, 2017.

-Shoreline Motel - possible rape, person threatened to stab another and was Trespassed.
-Domestic violence - son pushed mother, brothers get in fight, baby hurt.
-Drunk and incapacitated in public at Metro bus stop, 155th and Aurora, Rapid Ride stop.
-Locker rooms at Y - two thefts, one arrest
-Deaths - 5 deaths (most expected), 2 threatened suicides

05-30  Subject arrested for stealing a purse from locker room at Y.
06-01  Commercial blasting caps found in residential garage at 180xx 15th NW. Bomb disposal unit responded and removed for disposal.
06-02  House on NW 195th egged, tires slashed, graffiti spray painted on house.
06-05  CPS referral for 1-month old with possible rib injury.
06-05  Disturbance between two juvenile boys at 180th and 15th NE.
06-06  Someone tried to break into a vehicle on NE 158th, failed, then tried to break side window with a rock, failed, then successfully broke the windshield. Didn't take anything from vehicle.
06-06  Unknown male and female stole donated clothes from Ronald Commons.
06-06  Subject assaulted mother, then jumped in front of a moving vehicle on 15th NE, said she wanted to kill herself.
06-09  Subject steals mail on 15xx Burke N and walked right into a deputy.
06-09  Subject tried to start a fight at NE 180th and 15th NE and was restrained by deputies.
06-09  Locking mailbox damaged but not opened on 160xx Interlake.
06-10  Woman assaulted at Ballinger Commons.
06-10  Vehicle ran into the Ridgecrest 7-11 building.
06-11  Club Hollywood - possible kidnapping, weapon, fight. One person was taken to hospital before officers arrived. Another fled but was contacted and arrested on unrelated warrant.
06-11  Person in Aurora Drive-Thru Starbucks bathroom was Trespassed and arrested on multiple outstanding warrants.
06-11  Subject camped on Interurban Trail at 145th arrested on multiple warrants, was in possession of meth and a pipe.


Photo: Enumclaw view

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Lee says that this was taken just outside of Enumclaw on Sunday, when it was 95 degrees in Seattle.

I had lunch with a friend at Scott's on 205th last week. Driving to the restaurant I looked ahead to a narrow view of snow covered mountains between trees. Driving back, I looked ahead to a different vista of snow covered mountains and trees.

This is a great place to live.



Leak Detectives - Ms Sezate's 6th grade class at Meridian Park

Ms. Sezate’s 6th grade class at Meridian Park Elementary School—100% participation!

The North City Water District says that thanks to the Shoreline area elementary school “Leak Detectives” (aka students) and their awesome teachers, they’ve had a record-breaking year of great results in the annual Fix-A-Leak Challenge…

Though Ms. Sezate’s classroom wasn’t selected during the prize drawing, her students still felt like winners. By working together as a team, they learned a lot about how small efforts can make a big difference. 27 students in her classroom tested 49 toilets and found 7 leaks… many of which have already been fixed:

“We had a leak in our toilet. My dad and I took the lid off and fixed the ring. Now it doesn’t leak!” – Louis from Ms. Sezate’s 6th grade class at Meridian Park Elementary

“I am super proud of this group of students for reaching 100% participation. I overheard them coaching and encouraging each other on how to do the test just so we could reach the 100% mark. – Ms. Sezate, Meridian Park Elementary’s 6th grade teacher”


Treatment of opioid addiction in King County expands with ICHS’ new Suboxone program

The launch of a Suboxone treatment program at International Community Health Center (ICHS) expands local capacity to treat opioid addiction to help address the rampant abuse of heroin and prescription pain medication in King County.

ICHS medical providers and pharmacies add to a limited number in the area that are currently qualified to prescribe Suboxone, an FDA-approved medication that treats opioid dependence.

Patients take Suboxone home, like any other prescription medication. Suboxone’s chemical composition helps avoid painful withdrawal.

“Opioid addiction needs to be treated and viewed the same as other medical conditions,” said Randon Aea, ICHS behavioral health manager. “For example, diabetes can be managed with support, behavior change and medication. Suboxone is proven to be safe and effective in helping people address the disease of addiction in a similarly successful fashion.”

Aea said a medical assessment, drug screening and education about the program are required for all participants, each of whom is also encouraged to seek substance abuse treatment and counseling. Patients initially see their ICHS medical provider once per week to ensure they are taking the appropriate amount of Suboxone. Once at the right dose, they may require less frequent visits.

“The prescription of Suboxone is just one step, albeit an important one,” said Aea. “Once the mind and body are stable, and free of pain and dependence to opiates, a person is better prepared to address the circumstances that may have led to their dependency.”

King County has made confronting opioid addiction a priority, announcing in January 2017 that it is moving forward on recommendations presented by a task force of experts that include prevention, increasing access to treatment on demand and reducing the number of fatal overdoses.

In 2016, 220 people in King County died from opioid overdose. According to the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, the percentage of King County drug seizures testing positive for heroin has increased six-fold from 2008 to 2015.

ICHS’ Suboxone Treatment Program is available at its Holly Park, Chinatown-International District and Shoreline clinic locations and pharmacies, and will soon be available at ICHS’ Bellevue Clinic. Most insurance companies, including Medicaid, cover Suboxone treatment. ICHS’ commitment to health care for all, regardless of ability to pay, includes a sliding scale fee for those without insurance.

More information can be found at the ICHS website or by calling ICHS at: 206-788-3500.

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