Photos: A pair of owls

Monday, September 16, 2019

A long-term monogamous pair bond
sit on the Leonhardi's deck railing
Photo by Susan Leonhardi

By Diane Hettrick

People are seeing the beautiful barred owl all over Shoreline and Lake Forest Park. They are landing on deck railings, car hoods, and of course, trees.

And we have published a lot of wonderful photos.

I just republished the article on barred owls that Christine Southwick wrote in 2012.

Hard to see but the pair are still very close to each other
Photo by Susan Leonhardi

Susan Leonhardi lives near the Strandberg Preserve and reports that she has not one, but a pair of owls living in their ravine this year.

In the article, Christine says that,

"Barred Owls form long-term monogamous pair bonds, and both defend their territories throughout the year, but especially in early spring when they begin raising their two-to-four young."

Look carefully at the second photo.

One owl is sitting on the fence and the other is in the tree, by the trunk.

Christine said:

"Usually it is hard to see any owl. Barred Owls mostly hunt at night, but will call, and hunt during the day, if the prey comes where they are sitting, waiting.  
"Look for owls high up in tall trees, near the trunks."

So far this pair is following the instruction book.

I am just a little concerned about the part about their sitting quietly and waiting for the prey to come to them since in all the photos the owls are staring at the camera - and the person holding it.

But I am excited about the possibility of owlets in the spring.


Tracy Chevalier at Third Place Books on Thursday - tickets for priority signing line with book purchase

Tracy Chevalier will be at Third Place Books on Thursday. The event is free but Priority Signing Line Ticket available with pre-order of A Single Thread from Third Place Books, 206-366-3311.

Third Place Books is on the upper level of Town Center, intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.

Monday, September 16 at 7pm
David B. Williams
Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology

Most people do not think to observe geology from the sidewalks of a major city, but all David B. Williams has to do is look at building stone in any urban center to find a range of rocks equal to any assembled by plate tectonics. Stories in Stone is a love letter to building stone, bringing to life the geology you can see in the structures of every city.

Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm
Candace Robb

A Conspiracy of Wolves

1374. When a member of one of York's most prominent families is found dead, his throat torn out, rumours spread like wildfire that wolves are running loose. Persuaded to investigate by the victim's father, Owen Archer is convinced that a human killer is responsible. But before he can prove his case, a second body is discovered, stabbed to death. Is there a connection? Teaming up with Geoffrey Chaucer, who is in York on a secret mission on behalf of Prince Edward, Owen's enquiries will draw him headlong into a deadly conspiracy.

Thursday, September 19 at 7pm
Tracy Chevalier

A Single Thread

After the Great War took both her brother and her fiancĂ©, Violet Speedwell has become a "surplus woman," one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. She saves enough to move to Winchester, home to one of England's grandest cathedrals, where she is drawn into a society of broderers—women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries-long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers. But when forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren't expected to grow. An immersive, moving story of a woman coming into her own at the dawn of the Second World War, from internationally bestselling author Tracy Chevalier. Event is free to attend; Priority Signing Line Ticket available with pre-order of A Single Thread from Third Place Books.

Friday, September 20 at 6pm
Sara Donati

Where the Light Enters

From the international bestselling author of The Gilded Hour comes an enthralling epic about two trailblazing female doctors in 19th-century New York. Dr. Sophie Savard, daughter of free people of color, returns home to the achingly familiar rhythms of Manhattan in the early spring of 1884 to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But in New York, it seems that the advancement of women has brought out the worst in some men. Unable to ignore the plight of New York's less fortunate, these intrepid cousins draw on all resources to protect their patients.

Sunday, September 22 at 6pm
Craig Orback and Ellie Peterson

Born to Draw Comics and It’s a Round, Round World!

Join us for an evening with two local children’s authors, as they celebrate their brand-new books! Born to Draw Comics, illustrated by Craig Orback, is a picture-book biography of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz, and It’s a Round, Round World! By Ellie Peterson takes young readers on a journey to lean how we discovered that the earth was round.

Heads-up: JA Jance will be here on Monday, September 23 with her new J.P. Beaumont mystery.


For the Birds: Barred owls

Barred Owl. Note barring at neck and chest.
Photo by John Riegsecker

By Christine Southwick

Barred Owls want to know, “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you all?”

But don’t answer near the nest tree — they will strafe invaders with their strong talons — the only defense they have. 

Unlike other raptors, owls rarely tear their food, preferring to swallow it whole, and then cough up the un-digestible parts in tidy packets, called pellets, which can often be found underneath their roost trees.

Barred Owl away from trunk
Photo by Doug Parrott

Barred Owls are closely related to Spotted Owls, and will hybridize with them where their territories overlap. Barred Owls are larger and fiercer than Spotted Owls, with the females weighing up to two pounds, but looking bigger because of all the feathers.

Barred Owls are generalist hunters, meaning that they have a wider range of prey choices than the Spotted Owls, which allows the Barred to live in mature second growth, and the edges of logged old growth, where they out-compete the pickier Spotted Owls. Barred Owls have learned to use abandoned hawk, crow, or squirrels nests, in addition to their traditional nests in large tree cavities. They will often use the same nest for a number of years.

Barred owl
Photo by John Riegsecker

Barred Owls are recent arrivals in Washington State, having been long established on the East Coast. They did not arrive in eastern Washington until 1965, and western Washington in 1973. This has put extra pressure on the already threatened Spotted Owls.

Barred Owls form long-term monogamous pair bonds, and both defend their territories throughout the year, but especially in early spring when they begin raising their two-to-four young. Reports of owl attacks usually occur during late fall, when people are still jogging and using trails late in the day, within the actively-defended Barred Owl territory. In the early spring, fewer people are running during the times the owls are active.

My, what a big foot you have
Photo by Doug Parrott

Usually it is hard to see any owl. Barred Owls mostly hunt at night, but will call, and hunt during the day, if the prey comes where they are sitting, waiting. Crows, jays and other birds will mob an owl, and will often be your best Barred Owl locator during the day. Look for owls high up in tall trees, near the trunks. Whitewash on the trunk or nearby branches, and pellets at the base of trees, are also good clues.

So, next time you hear, “Who cooks for you?," look for your successful local Barred Owl.

Article originally published in 2012


Reminder: How to Be a Powerful Advocate for your Gifted Student - Sept 30

“How to Be a Powerful Advocate for your Gifted Student"
Presented by Marcia Holland, Northwest Gifted Child Association 
Monday, September 30, 2019 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Meridian Park Elementary School
17077 Meridian Ave N, Shoreline 98133

Gifted students have complex needs and being labeled "gifted" doesn't mean school is easy for them. In this meeting, sharpen your set of "tools" to better advocate for your child with the teacher, principal, school and district. Such as:

The steps of effective advocacy
  • Barriers that need to be overcome to be persuasive
  • What it is about Highly Capable kids that leads to the need for accommodation
  • The legal basis that supports advocacy for Highly Capable students
  • Specific tactics that advocates can request
  • What to say to your own children about giftedness so they can also be advocates
We welcome all interested families to attend this free speaker event! Register at Eventbrite

Marcia Holland
Marcia Holland has been involved in supporting excellence in education for children since her sons were students in the Renton School District in the 1970s and 1980s. Marcia has served on the board of the Northwest Gifted Child Association on and off over the last 30 years. 

Her focus has always been educating others – parents, educators, administrators and legislators – about the unique learning needs of children who learn at markedly faster and more complex rates than their chronological peers. Having been an unserved gifted child herself, she remembers the sense of frustration, isolation and “marching in place” of her K-12 experience.

Contact the Shoreline Hi Cap Parent Association with questions.


Stewardship opportunity at North Twin Ponds park on Saturday

Restoration at Twin Ponds North
Saturday, September 21, from 10-noon

On Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10am - noon, the Washington Native Plant Urban Forest Stewards will be hosting a community work party at Twin Ponds North. Everyone is Welcome!

We meet on the far NW side of the park, along 155th street, west of the parking lot. Map

Please bring gloves, hand pruners, and water.  We will also have gloves, tools, water, and cookies on sight.

Contact us with any questions at

~If you know of anyone else who would love to join us, please feel free to pass on the invitation.  We hope you are able to join us. ~


Northshore Preparedness and Safety Fair 2019 this Saturday in LFP

The cities of Lake Forest Park and Kenmore are teaming up again for the Northshore Preparedness and Safety Fair!

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 10:00am until 2:00pm, at Lake Forest Park Town Center - Third Place Commons and Upper Parking Lot.

Local agencies are coming together to present emergency preparedness and safety information as well as giveaways.

Come get prepared before the winter storm season. Give blood at the mobile Bloodworks NW mobile van or take advantage of Evergreen Health’s Mobile Mammography van on the upper parking lot.

Learn how to properly fit a bicycle helmet with information from the Cascade Bicycle Club.

Children can participate in collecting stamps on a “Passport” as they find participating agencies to earn a prize.

The Northshore Preparedness and Safety Fair is an informational and fun event for the whole family!


As If theatre in Kenmore mounts second production - Kimberly Akimbo

As If Theatre Company Announces its Second Production of 2019

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Haunting and Hilarious Play, 

After their wildly successful inaugural production of The Clean House in February, Kenmore’s As If Theatre Company is pleased to announce its second 2019 production; Kimberly Akimbo, by David Lindsay-Abaire, Oct. 4-20, 2019.

Directed by AITC Artistic Director, Cindy Giese French, this funny and heartwarming play is about a teenager with a rare condition that causes her body to age faster than it should. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely-sober father, a scheming aunt, her own mortality and, most frighteningly, the possibility of her first love.

“I was completely drawn in by the ride this story takes us on,” says French. “It’s sweet and relatable one minute, then something unexpected and side-splittingly hysterical comes flying out of left field. I think our patrons will find this play really funny, heartfelt, a little bit weird, and perfectly entertaining.”

What have critics said:
“Kimberly Akimbo is at once a shrewd satire, a black comedy and a heartbreaking study of how time wounds everyone." —NY Times.

"A wacky, touching and totally charming dark comedy that gives a whole new meaning to 'coming of age story.'" —NY Daily News.

"A breezy, foulmouthed, fleet-footed, warmhearted comedy. There have been many dark comedies about dysfunctional families, but this is one of the funniest." —LA Times.

The cast will feature Christie Lynn Devoe (Pattie), Molly Hall (Debra), Josh Kibbey (Buddy), Rebecca O’Neil (Kimberly) and Seamus Smith (Jeff). Set design by Megan Twamley. Lighting design by Gwyn Skone. Sound design by William French. Costume design by Amy Gentry.

Tickets are on sale now. More information here.

Performances: October 4-20, 2019
  • Opening Night – Friday, October 4.
  • Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm. Sundays at 5:00pm
  • Industry performance - Monday, October 14 at 7:30pm.
  • ASL performance – Friday, October 18 at 7:30pm.
Performances at Kenmore Community Club, 7304 NE 175th St, Kenmore, WA 98028

Director Cindy Giese French has acted, written, directed and produced theatre and film in the Seattle area for decades. Cindy has performed throughout theatres in Seattle and the Northend such as Edmonds Driftwood Players, The Phoenix Theater, Woodinville Repertory, Annex Theater and most recently she played Lane in As If Theatre’s The Clean House.

Cindy has also written, directed and/or produced many plays, songs and musicals. Just Go!, the first musical she wrote and produced, was listed in the “Best of ’97” section by The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

About As If Theatre Company: Passionate and dedicated, As If Theatre Company’s ultimate goal is to bring engaging, challenging, and entertaining theater to the community just north of Seattle.

Performing at the historic Kenmore Community Club, the company was started by local theater artists, Cindy Giese French, Amy Gentry, and Molly Hall, who wanted to create an artistic home in the Northend. As If is grateful for the fiscal sponsorship of Arts of Kenmore.


Friends of the Shoreline Library Book and Media Sale Friday to Sunday

Sunday, September 15, 2019

You are invited to the annual Friends of the Shoreline Library Book and Media Sale, held at the Shoreline Library at 345 NE 175th St in Shoreline. 

Friday, September 20, 2019 is the member sale from 5pm-7pm. Membership is $10 for individuals, $25 for a family, and membership as a sponsor. You can join at the event!

Saturday, September 21, 2019 is the free entry day from 10am until 4pm. Various prices for books and media, etc..

Sunday, Sept 22, 2019 is the $4 bag sale from 11am to 3pm. We supply the bag. Fill the bag to the brim with books galore!

This is an event you will not want to miss!! Proceeds benefit the adult and children's programs through the Shoreline King County Library.

More information here


Aging gracefully and having fun at the Shoreline - Lake Forest Park Senior Center

Fall prevention class
“The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.” 
--Frank Lloyd Wright 

By Donna Hawkey

We all age as unique individuals and the process starts right after we’re born. 

With some support during our life transitions, we can better realize the worthwhile goal of aging with grace and have lots of fun, too!

We are fortunate to have such support services within the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Activity Center.

The center operates under the 501(c)3 umbrella of Sound Generations and is geared for all adults age 50 and older. Remember how eager you were to become a senior in high school or college? A senior title was honorable then just as it is now!

The services and activities offered are vast and impressive, and they get accomplished through many types of partnerships.

The Center’s Director, Theresa LaCroix, says, “We are proud of our service providers who implement the classes and activities. We seek out organizations and individuals who want to work within an all-inclusive environment. And we strongly respect all individuals of any race, gender, and political or religious affiliations.”

It is an organization whose mission is to help us age with more joy and strength, and through all this, they are building community, too. Cultural diversity is celebrated, and this center’s membership includes a population of Korean, Hispanic, Cantonese, and Mandarin residents.

Front desk volunteers
And of course, this center would not exist without all the dedicated and smiling volunteers! 

Here’s a sampling of the diverse programs offered. Remember this is only a partial list. 

You can pick up a full activities guide at any local library, Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, or at the center itself. 

Or if you become a member, it is mailed to you via the postal service.

Lifelong Learning and More

A relationship with the French School located adjacent to the center is a special one. While adults are learning French at the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Center, next door, the children are also learning French through the immersion method. These same adults then volunteer to read French books to the children right in their school!

Games were taking place in various rooms while I was visiting. A game played in Korea called BADDUK was challenging engaged residents, and one of the players is a two-time national champion! And in another room, “Hartu!” was being enjoyed, which is a board game Shoreline entrepreneur and resident, Ken Marcable invented and packaged and is available to purchase locally.

And if you want to play something like Bridge or Pinochle, that is offered, too.

Sewing, knitting, and quilting at the Senior Center

The “Thimble Bells,” as they call themselves, are the sewing group, and they even go on a retreat. They like to teach each other skills like cross-stitch and needlework, too. 

And if you want to improve hand-eye coordination further, you can join the Knitting Club.

This group loves to teach new members, and when you see their work, you will realize the value and expertise here.

You can even buy some adorable knitted baby items and cozy slippers from their boutique area at the center, and they are all made with loving hands right here in our community!

Driftwood sculpting
Do you have any interest in driftwood sculpturing? 

These classes are hosted by the Northwest Driftwood Artists who describe their work as artists who “do not have a particular idea in mind when starting a piece found at a mountain lake, beach, riverside, or trail.

"Rather, we seek to find the design which natural processes have made inherent in the piece, and through painstaking cleaning and preparation, enhance that essence and make it more prominent.”

Another favorite is silver jewelry making, and some even repeat this class and make all their holiday gifts here. This is taught by a silversmith with 40 years of experience!

The Art Club allows you to work with almost any medium except oil. You bring your supplies and create projects, and if desired, you can get input and advice from others. 

Some are even sold at the annual Shoreline-Lake Forest Park “6x6NW” Arts Festival show!

Coloring books for adults is another favorite, and especially for those with such diseases as Parkinson and Multiple Sclerosis, it can help with motor control and is a relaxing pastime.

Fitness Galore

There are twelve different fitness classes from gentle yoga to aerobics to fall prevention, and four forms of dancing, including clogging and all levels of line dancing. 

There is something for everyone, and most all fitness levels are accommodated.

Social-Meal Engagement Opportunities and Parties

Hot lunches are available to purchase and provide a great way to connect daily Monday to Friday.

Birthday parties are celebrated once a month, with entertainment and a gourmet lunch.

Friday nights are family movie night.

Halloween is celebrated and some dress in elaborate costume style.

The clogging group performs
at events around Puget Sound
Travel Journeys

Today’s seniors lead more active lives overall, and many want to travel but haven’t done it before, or they need travel companionship. A partnership with a travel agency provides trips for various needs and interests, and I hear they really take excellent care of their guests.

One such trip this November is to the Festival of Light-Loy Krathong in Thailand that celebrates the end of the rainy season. 

I’ve attended that soulful celebration once, and it is jaw-dropping awesome, and you are among some of the friendliest people in the world. 

An adventurous trip is so perfect for group travel. Other fall trips include the wine and spas of Hungary, and the Seine River Cruise, Paris to Normandy.

There are local seasonal trips as well.

Seahawk fans!
And of course, there are usually some volunteers around who are real Seahawk fans, too.

“If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.”
--Margaret Mead

Listen to the wisdom of Margaret Mead and check out the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Senior Activity Center.

Halloween party
Become a member and participate and discover your inherent skills and beauty, or develop new hobbies and make new friends!

Or pick up a complete printed Activities Guide at your local library, Third Place Commons in Lake Forest Park, or at the center located at 18560 1st Ave NE #1, Shoreline.

Watch for my next post that will cover other aspects of the center such as health services, both traditional and alternative, Meals on Wheels, transportation, legal and tax services, room rentals, and more!


Power outage in LFP during Seahawks game

600 households in LFP lost power
for most of the day Sunday
By Diane Hettrick

The sound of transformers blowing was drowned out by the screams of football fans in Lake Forest Park when the power went out in the middle of a Seahawks game.

City Light reports that the power went out at 10:49am Sunday, affecting 4300 customers - all in the Shoreline - LFP area.

At 5pm there were still 600 households without power - all in Lake Forest Park.

Around 4pm there were two City Light trucks and half a dozen workers at 35th and Ballinger, across from the Local 104. There was a lot of tree debris on the roadway.

They finally got everything restored at 5:03pm.

Not sure what you can do about the game but I'll bet that diehard sports fans will be able to figure it out.


Photos: Marc's birds

Osprey in Madrone

Hawk on a bush

If my mother had seen these photos, she would have wanted to make oil paintings of them.

Marc Weinberg says "These birds were fishing during the morning low tides and stopped to rest. I was lucky enough to be out with my camera."

And we're lucky too.



Comedy at Woody's on Wednesdays

Starting September 18, Woody's will be hosting Comedy Night from 8-10pm
$5 cover and drink specials

Woody's is located at 19508 Aurora Ave N, Shoreline 98133
It's the historic, triangular building by Echo Lake
It serves food, cocktails, and beer - and now comedy!


Shorecrest Football: Wiped Out During White Out

Marcus Tidwell barrels into the end zone

Shorecrest Scots football vs Edmonds-Woodway 
Friday, September 13, 2019 
Edmonds-Woodway 38 - Shorecrest 14

Text and Photos by Rob Oxford

If the Shorecrest Scots had visions of cruising through the WesCo South on their way to a 3A Championship this season, Friday night's surprising 2nd half beat-down by the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors hopefully put things into perspective.

The Warriors, who scored 38 unanswered points after trailing at the half 14 - 0 were in no way the better team leading up to kickoff, yet they were the ones celebrating after the final buzzer and rightfully so.

Designated as this season’s “White Out” game, which encourages fans to dress in white as a show of solidarity, the Scots had been expected to be 2 and 0 at the end of the contest and coming into Shoreline Stadium the Warriors had to have felt inferior.

Scots Offensive Guard Jacob Halvorson in pass protection

I imagine they, too were privy to the preseason hype identifying Shorecrest as “the team to beat”. Regardless, Highlander fans, at least those who didn’t leave at halftime thinking they had seen all they needed to see, would make the short drive home scratching their heads and wondering “what just happened?”

A narrow victory against Marysville-Getchell the week prior should have been a wakeup call for the Scots. Unfortunately, a lot of the same mistakes were made on the offensive side of the ball. False starts, holding and procedure penalties, fumbles, dropped and under-thrown passes all led to stalled drives and turnovers.

If there was one shining moment, it would have to be the touchdown scored by Junior Running Back Marcus Tidwell, his first on the season. At 5’11 205 lbs. Tidwell appears to enjoy going through would-be tacklers instead of around them.

An additional highlight could be the play of Senior Gannon Dow. The 5’11 WR was called on to replace Eladio Fountain after the Quarterback left the game with a minor injury. Dow was able to scramble for positive yardage, however there seem to be some miscommunication with his receivers on a couple of passing plays.

The Scots Defense, on the other hand, couldn’t have played much better. Although a few instances of poor open-field tackling extended what should have been several 3 and outs, for most of the night the Warriors were unable to move the ball on the ground effectively. Three of the Warrior touchdowns were scored while the Defense was still on the sideline. 

A Punt return, a pick 6 and a fumble return for a touchdown would have been more than enough to secure a Warrior victory, but football is as much a mental game as it is physical and once a deficit seems unsurmountable, it’s difficult to convince young men that a chance to come back still exists.

During the 2nd half several Scots' players were sidelined with various injuries and those that weren’t had been playing both sides of the ball for most of the night. Conditioning is what makes a “4th Quarter Team” and the Scots are simply not there yet.

In trying to focus on something positive to be gained from the night's disappointing loss, one can take solace in the fact that due to the injuries indicated above, Head Coach Brandon Christensen was forced to play many of his second-stringers and from where this reporter was sitting, the Scots seem to have much more depth than one might initially assume.

In his first taste of varsity action, Junior Defensive Linemen Wyatt Patenaude came up with a couple big tackles as did Max Takhtarev, who for the second time this season made a significant impact on defense.

Win or Lose - A proud Shorecrest Grandfather

For those Scots who see limited playing time, but contribute each practice by filling in on “scout teams,” the call came Friday Night and it was exciting to finally hear some of those names called by stadium announcer Wyatt Tonkin.

One such player is Kingston Lam. At 5’9 157 lbs., he’s not your prototypical linebacker, but when it comes to heart, you’ll find none bigger in the Shorecrest Locker Room.

Several Sophomores also found themselves filling significant roles late in the 4th Quarter. #22 Daryl Scot filled in for injured RB Markus Selzler and moved the ball downfield rather easily. While #28 Ben Seather-Brady did a commendable job returning kickoffs, replacing Des Fox who had also been banged up earlier in the 2nd half.

Although the outcome of Friday Night’s Home Opener was not what most in the audience had anticipated, the season has just started and quite often a 38 – 14 loss such as this is exactly what a good doctor might prescribe.

Next week the Scots travel to Everett for an 8pm start against the Seagulls and you can rest assured the Highlander Coaching Staff will be doing everything within their power to prepare the Scots for victory.



You are invited: Shoreline After Hours - special edition on music Tuesday Sept 17

Shoreline After Hours: Special Edition on Music
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Networking 6-7 pm
Panel Discussion 7-8 pm
Q/A 8-9 pm 

The event was organized by Shoreline resident Ben London, featured in a recent Seattle Times article. It will be held at the London Bridge Studio, 20021 Ballinger Way NE #Suite A, Shoreline 98155 in the Ballinger business district.

Free - but tickets required

Join us as we engage with a panel of leading local music business, nightlife, and cultural experts in an exploration of how to promote and leverage our community’s vibrant music business infrastructure to increase economic activity in the city and increase tourism, investment, and other businesses activity throughout the city.

Complementary snacks and beverages will be served.

  • Kate Becker: Creative Economy Strategist at Office of King County Executive Dow Constantine 
  • James Keblas: Owner, City Inspired 
  • Ben London: Executive Director, Black Fret 
  • Other Speakers TBA
London Bridge Studio (established 1985) is a Shoreline, WA recording studio that has hosted and recorded many influential artists including Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Dave Matthews and Macklemore.


Amended Shoreline council agenda: responding to DSHS plans for Fircrest

Shoreline City Hall and Council Chamber
Photo by Steven H. Robinson
The following items has been added to the agenda for the Shoreline City Council meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019.

The staff report provides the following information regarding Study Item 9(a) Discussing Ordinance No 868

Based on the recent renewal of activity by the State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to submit a Fircrest Master Development Plan (MDP) that includes
  • the expansion of existing uses on the campus,
  • new uses that would support persons with developmental disabilities, and 
  • the siting of an Essential Public Facility (EPF), 

staff recommends that Council enact a citywide moratorium on the acceptance of permit applications for MDP permits and EPF Special Use Permits (SUPs).

A moratorium will allow staff time to study the current approval criteria for both permit types in relationship to the City’s goals and policies and determine and adopt adequate and relevant processes to best evaluate a plan that includes the siting of an EPF.

--Pam Cross


Photos: Progress on North City fire station

Photo by Mike Remarcke

What a difference a few days can make. Mike Remarcke took this photo of the construction of the North City Fire Station #63 this weekend.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Steve Robinson took the second photo last weekend. It appears they are through with the site prep and are getting the steel structure well started.

Architect's drawing of new station

The existing Fire Station has remained in operation throughout the demolition and site prep. The new Storage Building and Modular Unit are serving as temporary fire facilities while the new building is under construction.


Shoreline author, Jeffrey D. Briggs, at Third Place Books on Tuesday, Sept 24

Shoreline resident and new author, Jeffrey D. Briggs, will be at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park Town Center on Tuesday, September 24, at 7pm, to read from his debut novel, Out of the Cold Dark Sea, book one in the Seattle Waterfront Mystery series. 

Set among locations familiar to area readers such as Ballard, Lake Union and Puget Sound, Out of the Cold Dark Sea features Martha Whitaker, who waits alone on a pier in the pre-dawn rain for her friend and mentor, Hewitt Wilcox.
Fear had laced his last message. Now she must control her own fear as she navigates secrets new and old to clear her name and locate her missing friend ...before anyone else is killed.

The dark, cold waters of Puget Sound can hide secrets for a long time until mysteries and old grudges arise like ghosts from a history long-forgotten.

When his empty van is hoisted from the frigid waters, Martha begins the search to find Hewitt.

Resourceful, strong, and steeled by inner wounds, Martha is joined by a crusading journalist who believes Hewitt’s disappearance may reveal secrets about an ugly chapter of American history.

Together they’re drawn into a sinister world of forgery, murder, and betrayal, and she is forced to confront her own dark past, where violence provided primal justice. In a fight for her life, she finds she’s in a fight for her soul.

Out of the Cold Dark Sea is a gripping debut in the Seattle Waterfront Mystery series from a journalist who plumes the depths people will go to for revenge.

Shoreline author Jeffrey D. Briggs
will be at Third Place Books
on September 24 at 7pm
Jeffrey D. Briggs, a writer and journalist, has been writing about the Seattle waterfront since he moved onto his sailboat thirty years ago. 

He now lives on land with his wife and dog and can often be found on the shores of Puget Sound, wondering what secrets lie hidden beneath those cold waters.

He has published over 350 articles in regional and national magazines. A long-time resident of Seattle, Wash., he took a detour in life and moved to Rochester, Minn., where he became a biomedical science writer for Mayo Clinic, and got to preview all his future diseases.

He also got to shovel many varieties of snow and experience his first Polar Vortex.

Realizing his mistake when he could no longer see out his office window because of snow drifts, he returned home to the Pacific Northwest, dropping anchor in Shoreline’s Richmond Beach, a beachfront community on the shores of Puget Sound.

Third Place Books is on the upper level of Town Center at the intersection of Bothell and Ballinger Way in Lake Forest Park.


Obituary: Philip Douglas Smith (1962-2019)

Philip Douglas Smith 

Philip Smith died peacefully on Tuesday, September 10th, surrounded by his family and friends.

Lifelong Shoreline resident, Shoreline High School graduate, class of 1980, six years US Navy, and thirty years at Boeing.

During his yearlong battle with kidney cancer, Phil was courageous, determined, and strong.

He brought humor, kindness, and ingenuity with him wherever he went. He will be greatly missed by all, but especially by his wife, Linda, and children, Joel and Lauren.


Little Free Library saved from the wrecking ball

Little Free Library was headed
for the wrecking ball
Google maps
By Diane Hettrick

A well used and loved Little Free Library in Ridgecrest was saved after the property where it was located was going to be demolished.

Neighbors decided to work together to save it. Three of them got together and moved the library a block up the street, to a new home.

The Little Free Library was built and installed in its original location by the Scully family.

Still a Shoreline resident, Keith Scully said: 
"We built that as a family project with my mom and stepdad. They’ve both since passed, and I have amazing memories both of constructing it with them and of watching neighbors come to get and leave books. 
Happy in a new home
Photo courtesy RNA

"I’m delighted you managed to preserve it. And yes, we moved – with new twins we outgrew the house and now live in Richmond Beach. But we miss Ridgecrest! Such amazing people."

According to the Ridgecrest neighborhood association,

"It is now open for business. Be sure to stop by and check out a book or 2 and drop off a couple in trade."

--Information from the Ridgecrest Neighborhood Association (RNA)


Development: Shoreline Trad Apartments in North City Business District

Shoreline Trad Apartments under construction on 15th NE
Photo by Mike Remarcke

By Diane Hettrick

Demolition of the gas station is complete and site preparation is underway for the Shoreline Trad Apartments at NE 177th and 15th NE in the North City Business District.

The property and project are owned by Evergreen Point Redmond LLC, the architect is Caron Architecture in Seattle and the general contractor is Exxel Pacific from Bellingham.

Courtesy Caron Architecture

Caron Architecture also designed the Alexan Shoreline, which is under construction on Aurora by the Blue Bridges at N 155th.

Shoreline Trad will be a 5-story multi-family apartment building with 122 units over a 2-story parking garage with 107 spaces. It includes a fitness center and resident rooftop lounge area.

Sunshine Coffee is still in business next door.


Destinations: Do the Puyallup - rodeo parade

Saturday, September 14, 2019

The Puyallup parade

Photos by Steven H. Robinson

You may know about the Western Washington Fair in Puyallup - but did you know that it starts with a parade down the main street in the town of Puyallup?

Steve Robinson was there with his camera to capture some of the highlights. The parade led up to the gates of the fair and inside (after a bag check and purchase of a ticket!)

The Grand Marshal is wearing a plaid shirt and sitting on a bale of hay in the back of a pick up truck.

The fair continues until September 22, 2019. But for now, enjoy the parade!

Looks like a fire vehicle - just different horsepower

Donkey - horse mix? Beautiful animal.
The little buggy looks like it should be carrying the town doctor.

Fire department - wonder what vintage this beauty is.

Rapid transit - Puyallup Link

Once inside the fair...

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