Seattle Golf Club pro elected to PGA Board of Directors

Monday, November 11, 2019

Doug Doxsie, PGA
Board of Directors
Doug Doxsie, PGA Head Golf Professional at Seattle Golf Club, in Shoreline, has joined the PGA Board of Directors as District 14 Director for the PGA of America. 

He was elected Friday, November 8, 2019 at the 103rd PGA Annual Meeting, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Doxsie will serve a three-year term, representing the Pacific Northwest and Southwest PGA Sections.

An accomplished player and distinguished PGA Member since 1988, Doxsie has earned numerous awards and accolades in the Pacific Northwest PGA Section, highlighted by being named PGA Golf Professional of the Year three times (1999, 2003, 2005).

He was the recipient of the Section’s 2017 Bill Strausbaugh Award and was named the PGA Merchandiser of the Year—Private Category in 2000.

Committed to volunteerism, Doxsie’s passion to serve steered him to several leadership positions within the Pacific Northwest PGA Section. 

A member of its Board of Directors, Doxsie served as President from 2003-2004. Since 1995, he has also served as chairman of six committees on behalf of the Section.

A 1983 graduate of the University of Puget Sound, with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Doxsie was a NCAA Division II Golf All-American in 1982 and 1983. In 1996, he became the first and only golfer elected into the University of Puget Sound Athletic Hall of Fame.

Doxsie resides in Issaquah, Wash. with his wife of 32 years, Pam. They have two children, Caitlin and Drew, who both reside in Seattle.

The PGA Board of Directors is composed of the Association’s President, Vice President, Secretary, Honorary President, and 17 Directors. The Directors include representatives from each of the PGA’s 14 Districts, two Independent Directors and a member of the PGA Tour. New District Directors are elected by their local PGA Sections.

The PGA of America is one of the world’s largest sports organizations, with nearly 29,000 professionals who daily work to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.

For more information about the PGA of America, visit, follow @PGAofAmerica on Twitter and find us on Facebook.


2019 NUHSA Human Services Awards announced

The North Urban Human Services Alliance (NUHSA) is proud to announce its 2019 Human Services Award winners. 

Each award recipient has demonstrated a significant contribution to the health and welfare of our North King County community and has supported or advocated for a strong and accessible health and human services system, strengthening our community through their initiative and leadership.

Nominees and winners will be honored at NUHSA's 2019 Human Services Awards celebration on December 3, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00pm in the City of Shoreline Council Chamber. State Rep. Lauren Davis will be the featured speaker.

For more information or to RSVP for this community event, email

Outstanding Human Services Program: Lake City Partners

  • Bothell United Methodist Church
  • Embrace Shoreline
  • Housing Development Consortium
  • Little Free Pantries - Shoreline
  • Mary's Place Family Center in Northshore
  • Shoreline School District Family Advocates
  • Sound Health
  • WELD Seattle
Human Services Champion of the Year: Sue Freeman, Convener; Northshore Nourishing Networks

  • Carlene Urrutia, BSN, RN; Shorecrest High School
  • Carrie Campbell, The Shorewood Experience
  • Diane Hettrick, Shoreline Area News
  • Mike Dee, Community Advocate

NUHSA’s Annual Human Services Awards ceremony has been celebrating the accomplishments of local individuals and organizations since 2008.

NUHSA is an alliance of non-profit agencies, faith communities, city and county leadership, school districts and members of the community who advocate for a strong and accessible health and human services system in North King County, encompassing Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Kenmore, Bothell and Woodinville.

Through partnership and collaboration, NUHSA supports providers, funders and the community to enhance existing resources and build our capacity to effectively respond to community needs.

For more information, email or call 206-550-5626.


Swim Dive: Shorecrest girls take the 3A Championship

Shoreline Swim Dive take District 1 3A Championship

Shorecrest Girls Swim and Dive Team coached by Bill Murray are the NW District 1 3A Champs!

Helping the team to the win were Paige Moss (59.57) in the 100-yard butterfly, the Shorecrest’s 200 freestyle relay team (1:41.06) and the 400 freestyle relay team (3:44.2).


Workshops: Dealing with a Dementia Diagnosis

At Aegis of Callahan House, we understand how difficult navigating a loved one’s diagnosis of dementia can be.

Our Life Enrichment Director and art therapist Jael Weinberg, MA, LMHCA is hosting a free, 3-part seminar series to help provide you with important tools and support.

This series can assist you in figuring out what steps you need to take in order to cultivate the best quality of life for yourself and your loved one.

Come join us on Saturday, November 16th at 12:00 noon for Part One: Communication Skills and Self Care.

Aegis Living Callahan House 15100 1st Ave NE Shoreline 98155

Please RSVP 206-417-9747.


Local remodeler elected treasurer of Building Industry of Washington State

Joseph Irons, Certified Builder
Irons Brothers Construction

At the Building Industry of Washington State’s fall board meeting held in Spokane, WA last week, Joseph Irons was unanimously elected to the position of 2020 Treasurer. 

Joseph Irons, GMR CGR GMB CAPS CGP CLIPP Certified Builder
Irons Brothers Construction

Irons is the president and general manager of Irons Brothers Construction, based in Shoreline, Washington. 

His hands-on experience and commitment to the homebuilding industry have helped him build his business into a multi-award-winning design/build remodeling company. 

A four-time state and local Remodeler of the Year, he is most recently the recipient of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2018 Young Professional award for Region E.

During his years as a member, Joseph has not only been very active in his local association but also active and a recognizable leader at BIAW and NAHB. Joseph served as the Master Builder Association of King / Snohomish County (MBAKS) 2016 Executive Board President. He is a passionate past chair of the BIAW’s and MBAKS’s Remodeler’s Council and served on the 2016-2018 NAHB executive board, as the WA State Representative.

As a BIAW Certified Builder, he is committed to continuing education and has achieved the highest designations of remodeling and building, Graduate Master Remodeler (GMR) and Graduate Master Builder (GMB) from the National Association of Home Builders University of Housing. Joseph shares his experiences with others as a published author and accredited educator in Washington State.

He believes it important to play an active role in the community. He is well known for volunteering his personal and company’s time to many local charities and organizations, including the annual Rampathon and Painting a Better Tomorrow events.

When not working, Joseph enjoys recreational activities, traveling, and spending time with his two beautiful daughters Venetia and Samaria and lovely wife, Melissa Irons. You can also find him riding his Harley and unicycle around town. Joseph thinks the best part of every workday is making his client's remodeling and building dreams come true.


Veterans Day 2019

Veterans Day, November 11, 2019


Seattle-area dentist forms national charity for needy veterans

Reprinted with permission

It all began when Dr. Theresa Cheng, a Seattle-area periodontist, read a story in the news about a local veteran who had been seriously wounded by an improvised explosive device in Iraq and how his mother was caring for him round-the-clock.

Realizing that caring for a loved one in such a situation requires the caregiver to put aside their own needs while they care for another, she decided to offer free dental care to spouses or mothers who were caring for wounded warriors, since dental care is often one of those expensive things that can wait while other, more pressing issues take the spotlight and money.

Cheng, an immigrant from Malaysia, was soon surprised to learn that, while U.S. veterans can get medical treatment for their service-connected conditions, most don't qualify for dental care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

As a result, she expanded her dental care program and began offering free care to veterans in her office, shutting the doors to paying patients one day each year to treat only needy veterans. She also contacted dental associations around the country to ask them to do the same. Through her perseverance, there are now more than 400 dentists nationwide offering free dental care as part of the group she founded, Everyone for Veterans.

Program Expands

Most would be content to stop there, but Cheng wasn't. She talked to the veterans as they sat in her dental chair and realized that they were also in need of services and goods that were available from local groups in their home communities. But most were too proud to ask for charity.

She realized that many businesses and individuals want to help low-income veterans, but most veterans don't want to be seen as charity cases. So she created the "Wingman Program" to match those willing to help with those who don't want to go begging.

Sensing a need that could be easily filled, she began expanding the free dental care program to an all-encompassing veterans assistance program, and Everyone for Veterans took off. The group helps a needy veteran get assistance from their community or neighbors that can make a big difference in their lives. The program is open to all low-income or financially strapped combat veterans.

Wingman Program Helps Combat Veterans

Wingmen act as an intermediary; helping a veteran get needed assistance as well as assisting local individuals, organizations, charities and businesses provide help to needy veterans in their community. The program has provided such non-traditional assistance as marriage counseling, gym memberships, sporting goods for healthy habits, rental assistance, household goods and furniture, veterinary care, etc. to veterans who couldn't otherwise afford it.

A combat veteran with a need who signs up for the program is matched with a wingman in their local community or region to discuss their needs and personal situation. The wingman then contacts local groups and individuals to get support to the needy veterans or their families.

Wingmen don't have to be social workers or veterans; in fact, business owners, community leaders, church groups and students are among the current group of wingmen who are helping veterans nationwide every day. The Wingman Program is set up so anybody in the community can help solve problems for veterans. There are no special qualifications for being a wingman, just a desire to help.

A wingman can help by making phone calls to optometrists to provide free optometric care for a veteran, or to veterinarians to provide free care for a veterans’ service dog. They can also let their friends and family know and pool together resources to get food, clothing and furniture for a veteran family, if that is what’s necessary to accomplish the mission.

Providing Support

A military member has a built-in support organization while in the service, as well as a group of friends who can help if necessary. After leaving the service, they are often at a loss when it comes to seeking assistance. If a member leaves the military and moves to, say, Iowa for a job, they have no clue where to get help when the money runs out between paydays.

The organization's wingman can help serve as a point-of-contact to match veterans with services they need and help local organizations easily reach out to veterans in their community. Sometimes, just listening is all it takes to find ways to help make a big difference.

Cheng recounted the tale of a wingman who was talking with a veteran. During their discussion, the veteran said everything was OK, but his kids complained about sleeping on the floor since the family couldn't afford mattresses. The wingman rallied her friends and family and provided mattresses along with food and clothing for the family.

If you want to help your fellow vets in need, sign up to be a wingman with Everyone for Veterans because every day is Veterans Day for someone. If you know a needy combat veteran who could benefit from the group's services, urge them to contact Everyone for Veterans for help in their local area.


Scene on the Sound: escorts maneuvering around sub

Text and photos by Jan Hansen

This US Navy submarine quickly headed out in the late afternoon on Friday, November 8, 2019 at a speed of 15 knots.

At the  mid channel buoy, her two escorts changed positions between forward and aft. From in front of the bow, it was a speedy 180 turn to the west to take position off the stern; there is enough wake to view the course of the maneuver.

Escorts taking new positions.

Or you can just focus on the foliage!


Shorewood Drama production of One Man, Two Guvnors on Nov 14

Shorewood Drama begins their production of One Man, Two Guvnors on November 14

One Man, Two Guvnors is a fast-paced, hilarious farce that follows the mixed fortunes of Francis Henshall. Down on his luck and permanently hungry, Francis suddenly finds himself employed by two bosses. One, a gangster, and the other, a criminal in hiding. Both of whom are linked in a web of schemes, extortions and romantic associations. To prevent discovery, Francis must do everything he can to keep his two guvnors apart.

Performances will be held at 7pm on November 14-16 and November 21-23 at the Shorewood High School Theater, 17300 Fremont Ave NE

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online HERE or at the Shorewood business office.


Senior Center open on Tuesday - Karaoke Bingo rescheduled for Nov 15

Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center will re-open with regular hours on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to seeing everyone.

Karaoke Bingo has been rescheduled for Friday, November 15th. Call the center 206-365-1536 to reserve your seat!


Vietnam vet speaks at Post 227 meeting

Rob Caldwell - veteran and attorney
Text and photos by Jerry Pickard

On Tuesday evening November 5, 2019 the American Legion Post 227 held their monthly membership meeting.

The featured speaker was Rob Caldwell who related his military service in Vietnam and his post military career. (DSC05102). He addressed a large group of Veterans and visitors. (DSC05106)

Rob Caldwell was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967 and was trained as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina before serving as a light weapons Infantry paratrooper with the 2nd Battalion 503rd Airborne Infantry of the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Separate) in Vietnam during a crucial time in the war. 

After returning home he worked as a land surveyor for many years before attending college and gaining his doctorate in law as well as membership in the Washington Bar Association at the age of 49. He practiced environmental law for many years before retiring from full-time practice in 2012. 

A full house for the presentation

Upon his retirement he began assisting Veterans with disability claims seeking compensation and medical benefits for their service-connected disabilities on a pro bono basis (free). His experience as a war veteran himself combined with his legal expertise in administrative law gives him unique experience that he uses to assist veterans. 

His practice includes a large number of appeals to the courts including the U,S. Court of Appeals for Veteran’s Claims in Washington D.C. The largest majority of his clients are those who struggle with psychiatric disabilities such as PTSD, and he has achieved significant success on behalf of those clients. He is intensely involved with “The Joint Services Committee,” an all-volunteer group of Veterans working to enhance the lives of veterans struggling with the long-term medical consequences of serving in the military.

Commander Larry Fischer presented a
certificate of appreciation to Caldwell

Commander Larry Fischer presented a certificate of appreciation to Rob Caldwell after his Presentation. 

Caldwell's crew
Rob introduces his crew to the audience.

Pie and ice cream after the presentation

After the presentation was over the Post had an intermission and served pie and ice cream to all.


Mark your calendars for Solstice Stroll at Kruckeberg - two weekends in December

Solstice Stroll 2019
December 13th - 15th and 20th - 22nd
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM 
20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline 98177

Join us in bringing light and cheer to some of the darkest nights of the year. 

For two weekends in December, see the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden aglow with whimsical light displays.

This is an evening event, rain or shine. 

Our on-site parking lot will be closed, but we have reserved the parking lot at the Richmond Beach Congregational Church and will provide a free shuttle service to and from the garden. There is no street parking directly adjacent to the garden. Thank you for being mindful of our neighbors and their driveways.

Admission: FREE! (suggested donation of $10 encouraged)

Parking: Richmond Beach Congregational Church, 1512 NW 195th St, Shoreline, WA 98177 (free shuttle about every 15 mins)

Please note: The garden will be closed on these dates during our regular operating hours due to this evening event. Regarding pets, dogs on a leash are allowed, but be aware that this event draws a crowd and is not the best fit for all animals. Regarding accessibility, this event is not wheelchair-accessible at this time due to the steep grade of the path into the lower garden.


Third Place Books: Monday and Tuesday author signing lines require tickets

Third Place Books Lake Forest Park has two authors this week who are popular enough to need tickets for the signing line. Call the store to purchase your book ahead of time. 206-366-3333. The store is on the upper level of Town Center, intersection Bothell and Ballinger Way NE.

Monday, November 11 at 7pm
★Erin Morgenstern
The Starless Sea
In conversation with Rene Denfeld

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world – a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. Bewildered by this inexplicable book and desperate to make sense of how his own life came to be recorded, he uncovers a series of clues that lead him to a masquerade party in New York, to a secret club, and through a doorway to an ancient library hidden far below the surface of the earth.

Together with Mirabel, a fierce, pink-haired protector of the place, and Dorian, a handsome, barefoot man with shifting alliances, Zachary travels the twisting tunnels, darkened stairwells, crowded ballrooms, and sweetly soaked shores of this magical world, discovering his purpose – in both the mysterious book and in his own life. Tickets are required; ticket purchase includes admission for two, and one copy of The Starless Sea. Tickets are available at

Tuesday, November 12 at 7pm
★Lisa Jewell
The Family Upstairs

From the New York Times bestselling author of Then She Was Gone comes another page-turning look inside one family’s past as buried secrets threaten to come to light. Hailed as “rich, dark and intricately twisted,” by Ruth Ware, “this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.” Presentation is free; Priority Signing Line Tickets are available with purchase of The Family Upstairs.

Wednesday, November 13 at 7pm
Clyde W. Ford
Think Black: A Memoir

In this thought-provoking and heartbreaking memoir, an award-winning writer tells the story of his father, John Stanley Ford, the first black software engineer at IBM, revealing how racism insidiously affected his father's view of himself and their relationship.

Thursday, November 14 at 7pm
Michelle Roehm McCann
Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety

Enough is Enough is a call to action for teens even as it examines America’s gun violence issues—myths and facts, causes and perpetrators, solutions and change-makers—providing a road map for teens ready to take an active role to incite real change in their community and across the nation.

Friday, November 15 at 6pm
Kevin Henkes
Penny and Her Sled

Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes’s award-winning and bestselling mouse, Penny, stars in an irresistible story about anticipation, disappointment, and a brand-new sled.

Told in five short chapters, Penny and Her Sled is perfect for reading alone, reading aloud, and sharing together.

Saturday, November 16 at 6pm
Charlotte Stuart
Survival Can Be Deadly: A Discount Detective Mystery

Penny-wise Investigations, “Vigilance you can afford,” is located in a suburban shopping mall.

When Cameron Chandler, recently widowed single mom, lands a job with Penny-wise, her first assignment takes her to a survivalist camp on a remote island. Armed with only a Swiss Army Knife and training as a suburban sleuth, she soon discovers that Survival Can Be Deadly.


Washington employers honored for hiring veterans

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The state Employment Security Department recognized 12 Washington businesses and agencies for their efforts to employ military veterans in 2019.

Department Commissioner Suzi LeVine announced the Hire-A-Vet award recipients in support of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Hire-A-Veteran Month proclamation and the upcoming Veterans Day holiday.

“Veterans are among the best-trained candidates in the job market and make outstanding employees,” said LeVine. “These leading companies hire veterans because it’s good for business. I encourage other Washington employers to strongly consider veterans in their next hiring decisions.”

Employment Security created the Hire-A-Vet award to call attention to unemployed veterans in Washington and to recognize companies with a good track record of hiring, retaining and celebrating veterans in their workforce. One business winner is selected from each of the 12 workforce development areas in Washington.

All winners participate in the state’s YesVets program to promote the hiring of veterans.

The 2019 awardees are:

Aerotek — This federal staffing and recruiting company in Bremerton worked with WorkSource to recruit and place 137 veterans in federal jobs in 2019

Sierra Pacific Industries — This sustainable forest management company based out of California has hired 53 veterans since opening a mill in Shelton in 2016, of which 15 were hired in 2019.

Pacific Security — This industrial security and patrol services firm headquartered in Bellingham hired 15 veterans this year, the most of any business in the area.

Community Transit — This public transit in Snohomish County recruited and hired 11 veterans in 2019. The company employs more than 800 people, of which 102 are veterans. The transit also participates in WorkSource job fair preparation workshops to educate veterans about effective resumes and applications, and about properly using LinkedIn and other social media. The company proudly displays a Wall of Honor at its headquarters, recognizing veterans who have served.

Q Analysts — This national information technology firm founded the Vets for Test Program in 2019. It offers sustainable careers paths to veterans through training, mentoring and on-the-job experience in quality assurance and testing, and data analytics.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service — This major retailer located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord hired 17 veterans in 2017, 37 in 2018 and 20 in 2019.

Cascade Fiber Services, Inc. — This veteran-owned fiberoptic services company in Longview employs nine people, of which eight are veterans.

Columbia Basin Job Corps — This education and technical training organization in Moses Lake makes a concerted effort to recruit and hire veterans.

Yakima County Human Resources — This county agency has hired 45 veterans since 2016, 15 this year.

Hewes Marine Company, Inc. — This family-owned small business in Colville was founded by Bob and Ralph Hewes, World War II veterans. The company employs 170 workers, of which 18 are veterans.

Washington River Protection Solutions (WRPS) — This hazardous waste management company employs 2,100 employees in Washington, of which 303 are veterans.

Comcast — This TV, internet and phone service provider in Spokane worked with WorkSource to hire 40 veterans in 2019. Comcast has set a national goal to hire 21,000 veterans between 2015-2021. Comcast in Spokane uses to advertise its job openings and attends numerous veteran-focused hiring events each year. Military Times ranks the national company #3 for Best for Vets Employers in 2019.

LeVine encourages interested businesses to contact WorkSource for help hiring veterans. Employment Security has staff at centers who are specifically assigned to help veterans find jobs, including disabled veterans. The department has provided these services since 1933.

WorkSource places about 10,000 veterans into jobs each year. There are 514,000 military veterans living in Washington.

WorkSource in a partnership of state, local and non-profit agencies that work together to deliver employment and training services to Washington businesses and job seekers.


Shorewood assembly Friday morning honored veterans

Photos by Kristi Lin

Shorewood High School held a Veteran's Day assembly on Friday morning, November 8, 2019. 

It was organized by the school Leadership Team. 

Speakers included veterans and students, who highlighted the service of Shorewood graduates.

The jazz choir sang.

In a moving ceremony, the Leadership Team held lights to represent those from Shorewood who died in service to our country.

The student body was silent and respectful, honoring those who had served.

Many Veterans were in attendance.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: IHarmony

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


Sustainable investing can pay off – in several ways

By Desiree Hajek 
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Today, more and more people want their investment dollars to do some good in the world. Should you, too, consider sustainable investing? And if you do, must you accept weaker returns from your investments?

To answer these questions, you may want to have some background on sustainable investing. Sustainable investing is generally understood to include any investment process that uses environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria to evaluate investment merit or to assess the societal or environmental impact of investments. Below are four ways to differentiate sustainable investing funds.

ESG Aware – ESG criteria is one of many factors considered when selecting the individual stocks and bonds that make up a fund’s portfolio. In these strategies, investments that are poor performers on ESG criteria may still make it into the portfolio if other criteria, such as profitability or growth prospects, outweigh the risks associated with the poor ESG scores.

ESG Integration – These funds fully integrate ESG criteria into the investment selection process, favoring companies that are addressing the sustainability challenges facing their businesses and industries and/or avoiding companies that are not. There are many ways ESG integration can be implemented, from investing only in ESG best-in-class companies to companies that are making the greatest improvements in their ESG profiles.

Impact Investing – As the name suggests, impact funds are those that seek to deliver societal or environmental impact as a primary objective alongside financial return. So, for example, an impact fund may focus on investing in companies making measurable progress in key areas of impact, such as those outlined by the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which include clean water or reduced inequality.

Thematic Investing – Strategies in this category invest in companies involved in green industries, such as water, renewable energy and environmental services. These funds are more niche because of the thematic focus and typically have narrowly defined investment guidelines, which can reduce diversification and may not fit neatly into a traditional asset allocation framework.

Given the above categories, you can probably find many investment options that align with your own values and interests. But what about the performance? Should you be prepared to accept lower returns in exchange for exercising your preference?

Studies have shown that sustainable investments can perform just as well as their peers in the general investment arena. Of course, each investment is different, and when you invest, you can expect that prices will fluctuate, and you could lose some of the value of your investment. But this is true of all investments, regardless of whether they are considered sustainable.

Furthermore, you don’t have to operate in the dark about how well sustainable investments are doing, as several indexes track the performance of securities considered by the index provider to be sustainable. A financial professional can help you evaluate these types of investments to determine which ones might be suitable for your needs.

So, there you have it – you can do well by doing good. Whether you choose to follow a sustainable investment approach or not, it’s important to note that if you do, you won’t be putting a roadblock on the path toward your financial goals.


Sharing a branch with Clive had its pitfalls...

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

 ... he was quite the flibbertigibbet.

--Gloria Z Nagler


Book review by Aarene Storms: Hey Kiddo: how I lost my mother, found my father, and dealt with family addiction

Hey Kiddo: how I lost my mother, found my father, and dealt with family addiction
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Jarrett's mom loved him a lot, but for most of his life Jarrett's mom chose heroin over motherhood.

That's why, at the age of 3, Jarrett was adopted and raised by his grandparents: two Depression-era adults who had already raised 5 kids and had a bit of their own baggage.

They weren't the best parents in the world, maybe, but Grandpa Joe and Grandma Shirley recognized that Jarrett had a talent for art, and they encouraged and supported him so that he could grow up to be an acclaimed artist and author of books for children.

Hey Kiddo is Jarrett Krosoczka's "graphic memoir": the story of his early life told in drawings and text. It's funny, it's poignant, and it's more than a little bit inspiring.

Recommended for readers (especially readers who like to use their imaginations!) ages 10 to adult.

See also Jarrett's TED talk, archived on his website: StudioJJK -TED Talks, NPR and More

Jarrett's webpage: TED, NPR and More. Books. Picture Books; Lunch Lady; Platypus Police Squad; Star Wars: Jedi Academy

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


Get Up and Go 5K Pajama Fun Run and Walk Dec 7

and Walk
Saturday, December 7, 2019, 9am 
Lake Forest Park City Hall

Stay in your PJs for this fun run featuring Hot Chocolate and maybe a Santa sighting! 

Sponsored by the Sheridan Guild to benefit research and uncompensated care at Seattle Children's Hospital. Race begins at 9am. 

$30 per adult and $10 for children ages 5-18. Teams of 10 or more can designate their fees to any department, program or research project at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Get Up and Go 5K Pajama Fun Run


Motorcyclist who lost foot in collision identified

Vehicle was sitting in the diamond turn lane and
motorcyclist was headed toward Ballinger Way.
Vehicle turned and collided with motorcycle.
Google maps

The motorcyclist who lost his foot in a collision on Thursday, November 7, 2019 has been identified as Dustin Nordahl, 37, of Lincoln MT.

He was traveling eastbound on NE 205th (SR104) headed toward Ballinger Way when he collided with a vehicle which was turning left onto the HOV lane entrance to I-5 southbound. The vehicle was driven by a 36 year old man from Lake Forest Park.

The LFP man's vehicle had been stopped in the left turn lane before making the turn. After the collision, it came to rest at the beginning of the southbound I-5 ramp.

Nordahl and his motorcycle slid approximately 40 feet, coming to rest on the right shoulder of eastbound SR 104 under the I-5 overpass.

The driver was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. Nordahl was wearing a helmet.

As reported previously, a LFP Police Officer on her way to work happened on the scene and immediately applied first aid to Nordahl, who had lost his foot. He was transported to Harborview by Shoreline Fire.

The scene was blocked off for three hours for investigation and clearing. Both vehicles were towed.


Classifieds: Shoreline Fire Commissioners to meet Nov 14


As required by RCW 42.30, the Open Public Meetings Act, you are hereby notified that the Board of Commissioners of the Shoreline Fire Department will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 3:30pm, at Shoreline Fire Department, 17525 Aurora Avenue North, Shoreline, Washington. Meeting location: Upstairs Conference Room.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the Shoreline Fire Department’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2020, and a discussion on regionalization.

Notice posted by:                    Beatriz Goldsmith
                                                   Executive Assistant
                                                   November 8, 2019


Shoreline Historical Museum Trillium award winners revealed

“Trillium Award Winners 2019”
From left: Dave Barber and Jan Brucker, North Seattle Trillium Heritage Award winners;
Lauri Lambert, Lake Forest Park Trillium Heritage Award winner.

As part of its Preservation Recognition Program, on Saturday, November 9, 2019 the Shoreline Historical Museum gave its 14th Annual Trillium Heritage Awards to deserving nominees in North Seattle and Lake Forest Park. 

The award for North Seattle went to the Henry and Lucinda Denny home, built around 1900 at 8850 Wallingford Ave N in the Licton Springs neighborhood.

North Seattle Trillium Award winner
Denny/Brucker-Barber home, ca 1936,
Photo courtesy of the Washington State Archives

The award recipients are Jan Brucker and Dave Barber, who have restored the seven-bedroom house and landscape to its former glory. The home was also occupied for over 20 years by Logan and Dorothy Harter and their large family.

“Lovely” Logan Harter, as he was known, was a famous race car driver at the Aurora Speedway next to Playland, and all around the Pacific Northwest. Though the house was never moved, its address was, at some point, changed by a whole block!

Lake Forest Park Trillium Award winner
Tryon-Proctor/ Lambert home, ca 1951, courtesy of the Washington State Archives

Accepting the award for a historic building in Lake Forest Park was Lauri Lambert, owner of the Tryon-Proctor home at 3372 NE 180th.

The home was built in 1913, one of the famous “First Eight” homes to be built in Lake Forest Park.  Sisters Mary Tryon and Louise Proctor came to Seattle around 1910, and were convinced by Ole Hanson and his nephew Alexander Reid to build a beautiful home in exchange for a piece of property at a prominent corner. The craftsman bungalow may have been designed by W.C. Jackson, who was also the architect for Reid’s home. 

The Shoreline Historical Museum’s Trillium Heritage Awards raise awareness of the community’s roots, and encourages excellence in the maintenance and perpetuation of historic buildings in accordance with their original style. We are so pleased to honor these recipients, who have worked hard to keep the character of their homes intact.

The Shoreline Historical Museum is located at the corner of N 185th and Linden Ave N in Shoreline.


For the Birds: The Ubiquitous Song Sparrow

Song sparrow
Photo by Elaine Chuang

By Christine Southwick

If you have native plants, lots of shrubs, and/or a little Himalayan Blackberries in your yard, then you undoubtedly have Song Sparrows. 

Considered habitat generalists, about the only place you won’t find them is within forests.

Song Sparrows belong to the sparrow family. 

Because many sparrows look similar at first glance, they are often called “LBJs” (Little Brown Jobs). 

Song Sparrows are found throughout the US with 29 sub-species. In the Puget Sound area we have the dark form below 4,000 feet, with a smaller paler sub-species migrating here in the wintertime from interior British Columbia.

Photo by Elaine Chuang

Our Song Sparrows are large chunky dark sparrows, with a long tail that they pump while eating and while flying low from one shrub to the next cover. 

Their head is streaked with rich browns and light grays between, with a distinct eyeline running from the bill to the shoulders. 

The back and shoulders are streaked, and the breast usually has a dark center.

Song Sparrows are aptly named. They often sing all year long. 

Males sing to proclaim their territory and attract a mate. They learn their songs from listening to their neighbor birds, so birds in different regions have variations of the basic song sparrow song. Females may also occasionally sing.

Photo by Christine Southwick

Because they stay low to the ground eating insects and seeds, and while nesting, cats are their main predators, with hawks, owls, coyotes, and dogs also reducing their numbers.

Cowbirds will lay an egg in a Song Sparrow nest, resulting in most of the 3-5 Song Sparrow nestlings not surviving, since the Cowbird nestling is larger and more demanding than Song Sparrow nestlings.

Fortunately, Song Sparrows usually have two broods a year. 

Tailless juvenile
Photo by Christine Southwick

If you have a breeding pair that bring their young to your feeders and bird baths, you will be treated to the hilarious sight of juvenile Song Sparrows without tail feathers trying to fly, bottom heavy, from one shrub to the next. 

It gives the expression “low rider” a new relevancy.

Song Sparrows are often ignored much the same way as robins. 

Because they are so common here, people often say, “Oh, it’s a Song Sparrow”, and then they look for other birds.

Once you start watching and listening to our Song Sparrows you’ll realize that they are a real treasure, especially when a male is up on a branch singing with all his heart.


Aegis Living of Shoreline honors veterans with dinner

Text and photos by Jerry Pickard

On Friday evening, November 8, 2019 Aegis Living of Shoreline held a three course dinner honoring our veterans. There was recorded Patriotic music and a piper to entertain all the guests. 

Flag team and Piper standing by
General Ray Coffey opened the evening with announcements and introductions. 

Chaplain Reverend Steve Ulmer gave the Benediction.

General Bill McCully led the Flag Ceremony. 

Flag folding ceremony

Mrs. Kaylan Moore represented Aegis Living.

Commander Larry Fischer of American Legion Post 227 addressed the group.

Commander Fischer (left), Dwight Stevens, and Doug Cerretti.

Many veterans had a great evening and a wonderful dinner.

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