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Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Another Great Letter
Another Great Letter stating FACTS!
This letter to Shoreline Area News, from Tracy Tallman, Museum Boardmember really expresses the angst that voters feel. One essential question for the School District is "Why are they making voters chose between Museum and Schools?" People with sincere concerns
Thanks Tracy for expressing our concerns as well.
Letter to the Editor:
On January 18th there was a “Save the Museum” rally at the Shoreline Historical Museum. I am a museum supporter (board member actually) with a camera, so I went across the street to take a picture. There were some stalwart folks there supporting the schools. I got into a conversation with them. I would like to make this an open letter to them and to others in the community who feel the way they feel, because I know that all of us who were on that corner sincerely care about the City of Shoreline and the Shoreline Schools.
If the School District had honestly wanted an open dialogue with the Museum when they began the planning process for the new Shorewood High School, why wasn’t there a Museum representative invited to those meetings as a stakeholder in the process?
The Museum is a community in the same way that each school and the school district as a whole is a community. As the Museum Community we are prepared to pay fair market value for the land on which the building sits and for any land required for parking. We are not expecting to get anything for free. We know that we do not own the land, but that we do own the Ronald School Building.
One of the women at the rally supporting the school district kept saying that “the Museum could never be what it was.” I think everyone in the Museum community is baffled as to what seems as a concerted effort to stop the Museum from being what it was. It seems that no explanation of Museum services or statistics supporting the impact the Museum has on the Shoreline community can sway the detractors. But please don’t forget that the Museum is a community too and we care passionately about our organization.
Why can’t the Museum co-exist with the high school? How can the lack of a small amount of land in the corner of a large property even impact the operation of a sparkling new high school? The Museum has offered to buy the land under the building and for parking and also to do the seismic upgrades that would allow the new school to be built close to Ronald School. If there are other external upgrades would make the building fit in with the new school so it isn’t an “eyesore” as some people believe, we will do our best to satisfy those concerns. What else can we offer?
As much as the School District may wish that the School Board members in 1989 had made a different decision and torn the Ronald School down rather than deeding it to the Museum, they DID deed the building to the Museum. They thought that a Museum was an important part of the community. They didn’t deed the land to the Museum in 1989 because they were worried that the Museum wouldn’t survive and that it would try to sell the land. Instead the Museum survived and thrived. Now it is 2010 and the Museum must fight for its existence. People who love museums love schools. Many of the people on the Museum Board are or were educators. Can you honestly say that if you were on the Museum Board you would do anything else but fight for the Museum’s survival?
• Douglass Squirrel sighted in Briarcrest by Chris Southwick Feb 2012
• Cottontail Rabbit sighted in Briarcrest Neighborhood Nov 1st. Did not look like a domestic "bunny!"
• Coyote spotted in Paramount Park Meadow, just sittin'. 3/11
• Varied Thrush sighted in Paramount Park Neighborhood 2 & 3/11
• Townsends Warbler photographed in Highland Terrace Neighborhood 1/11
• Blackheaded Grossbeak sighted near Paramount Park last Fall
• Great Blue Heron sighted at Hidden Lake in Boeing Creek basin
• Barred Owl sighted in Thornton Creek Park #1 near Jackson Park, 8/10
• White crowned sparrow identified in Highland Terrace/Aurora Square neighborhood
• Blackheaded Grossbeak sighting in Hillwood neighborhood
• Two Raptors sighted in Shoreline. Osprey and Merlin have been documented at Ronald Bog and Echo Lake respectively this summer (2010)
• Pacific Chorus Frog heard in Shoreline's Hillwood Neighborhood
• Three types of warblers identified in Briarcrest neighborhood in May and June
• Red Breasted Sapsucker Banded in Briarcrest Neighborhood of Shoreline
• 4/16 - Mating pair of Pileated Woodpecker seen yesterday in Paramount Park. They were utilizing some "snags" (dead trees) which were placed in the wetland restoration area with a KC Wildlife Habitat Grant in 2002. The Pileated Woodpecker is considered a "Priority Species" by WDFW. The pairs mate for life and make their nests in cavities they excavate in dead trees with their sharp beaks. They eat insects and grubs they find in the dead wood.
• Great Blue Heron seen today at Thornton Creek Par #6 eating two fish in five minutes. It's interesting to note that it took many years to get the City of Seattle to realize that there are fish living in Thornton Creek, only 2-3 blocks from Northgate. In the design of the Thornton Creek Water Quality Channel at Northgate, fish passage was a non-negotiable issue. The Great Blue Heron is considered a Priority Species by WA State.
• River Otter Spotted at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden! The Garden does not have a river running through it, so we were startled to see what appeared to be a river otter (Lutra canadensis) passing through recently. River otters live in rivers, streams, and coastlines. With water repellant fur and webbed feet, these playful members of the weasel family are designed for swimming and catching fish, their main food. However, they often wander far from water in search of a mate or new living area, surprising the unsuspecting staff of botanic gardens. The Kruckeberg Garden is near the headwaters of Storm Creek.
• Wood Ducks seem to be happily proliferating at Thornton Creek Park Six near Northgate. With the help of stewards, beavers and other species, habitat is improving at this little "wild" urban paradise. Despite a jungle of invasives there is a wetland habitat (improved by beavers) that suits the Wood Ducks. Today, 13 were sighted in the branches of a fallen cottonwood. 13 Wood Ducks Today!
• Beaver families have been moving in and building habitat around our urban watersheds, especially into Thornton Creek. Here is a photo a "creative engineer" naturally utilizing the creek corridor at Thornton Creek Park #6, which is a wetland waiting for better "engineering".
• At least 40 bird species have been sighted at Paramount Park over the last 20 years and more. The Barred Owl is one visitor who is watching over us.
• 12 birds at Greenlake today including Western Grebe, Bufflehead, Great Blue Heron and Hooded and Red-breasted Merganser
Janet proudly served on Shoreline City Council, from 2005-2009 and is an outspoken, current environmental and preservation activist residing in Shoreline, WA. Over the past 20 years, she and many other partners have succeeded in many remarkable accomplishments for the environment and community. On the City Council, she helped spearhead many environmental achievements for Shoreline, giving Shoreline a "green city" profile. She is a founding member of Paramount Park Neighborhood Group, Thornton Creek Legal Defense Fund (which advocated for and succeeded in "daylighting" Thornton Creek at Northgate), South Woods Preservation Group, Lake Ballinger Forum, Sno-King Economic Gardening group and other efforts. She serves on the Advisory Board of Friends of Fircrest, and is a member of Shoreline Chamber of Commerce and Shoreline Solar Project.
Janet holds an Art degree from Moore College of Art, Phila, and runs an arts business for 30 yrs. She also is sales rep for Appel Farms dairy at Seattle Farmers Markets.
Janet and her wonderful, patient husband, Alan Worthington of 32 yrs have two grown sons, Travis and Spencer.