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Monday, May 30, 2011

On Memorial Day It Is Of Paramount Importance to Remember the Sacrifice and the Service

Little Girl at Ceremony on her Daddy's lap
ph credit - Janet Way

The 85th Annual Memorial Day Celebration at Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Evergreen- Washelli, a day to remember what has been sacrificed to keep America free.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery on Memorial Day 2011
ph credit - Janet Way
Every year, for 85 years a dedicated group of service members, volunteers and staff create a beautiful celebration to commemorate the service and sacrifice. Hundreds of veterans and families gather and visit the graves of loved ones and those they never knew to show respect.

Memorial Day 2011 was a beautiful cool, but sunny spring day. The service began with selections by the Seattle Pacific University Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Drum Corps led by Gerry Marsh. They play some familiar pieces, including the challenging "1812 Overture" by Tchaikovsky!
French Horn Players in the SPU Wind Ensemble
Members of the  Shoreline Phillipino
Community, veterans and families
ph credit - Janet Way
Navy Seamen and other service members chatting
before the parade of colors.

And inspiring speech was given by Col Jeff Gustafson, Commander of Air Firce ROTC Det 910 at the UW. In his speech he told two stories from history, one about the Flag and the Star Spangled Banner, and the other, about how the song Taps came to be known.

The Parade of Colors in which each branch of the service and local chapters of the American Legion and VFW are represented.
Parade of Colors
ph credit - Janet Way

Shoreline City Councilmember Chris Eggen
represented the Shoreline American Legion
ph credit - Janet Way

State Medal of Honor Recipients were also commemorated.

• Vesa Juhani Alakulppi, Silver Star Recipient
• Lewis Albanese, Medal of Honor Recipient
• William Horton, Medal of Honor Recipient
• Harry Delmar Fadden, Medal of Honor Recipient
• William Kenzo Nakamura, Medal of Honor Recipient
• Robert Ronald Leisy, Medal of Honor Recipient
• Orville Emil Bloch, Medal of Honor Recipient
 From the Memorial Day Program:
The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself or herself "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of one's life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in combat action against an enemy of the United States."
More images from today's 85th Annual Celebration. Thanks to all veterans for their service and to their families as well.
Shoreline's  Army Corporal Gerry Shogren and myself.
Gerry is a member of the Veterans Day Committee in Shoreline
Zane and Mariah at todays celebration
with their family
ph credit- Janet Way
Attending todays ceremony were veteran, Corp Gerry Shogren, US Army,
Senator Maralyn Chase, an her mother Norma Mayfield
ph credit - Janet Way
Remember those who serve........
A Trumpeter Who Made the Ultimate
Remember the fallen on Memorial Day
ph credit - Janet Way

Thornton Creek Park One Project Report - Gordon Dass Adams

Thornton Creek North Branch flows
through Park One
A long hidden gem in the Thornton Creek Watershed gets some attention. 

Thornton Creek Park # One is one of the most beautiful places in the Thornton Creek Watershed. It is a Seattle City Park that is out of the way, hidden just South of Jackson Park and is a lush creek corridor with incredible wetland and wildlife resources.

Barred Owl at Park One
ph credit - Kelly Dole
Kelly Dole has been a Park Steward for many years with his family. They have done trail improvements and plantings with the help of SPU and Seattle Parks in the past. He and others have reported large fish using this stretch of the creek. A 19" cutthroat trout was reported in this reach a number of years ago.

Kelly Dole - long time Park Steward
ph credit - Janet Way

Gordon Dass Adams is a citizen steward who lives near by. He and other neighbors, spearheaded an effort to improve access to the park, sensitively and carefully remove invasives and enhance the wildlife habitat.  They hired Peggy Gaynor to help design the new improvements. Peg Gaynor has worked on many creek and wetland projects in the watershed including, Meadowbrook Ponds and Wetland, Northgate Daylighting and most recently Cromwell Park wetland restoration in Shoreline.

Gordon Dass Adams sends this report on the current process first posted on the Lake City Blog.

Results of First Public Planning Meeting

April 13th’s Public Planning Meeting attracted about 50 neighbors (45 signed the register).   Design consultant Peggy Gaynor, GAYNOR, Inc., used large format posters to illustrate the history of the land, analysis of the site and background for the planning process. 
Aerial Photos from 1936 to 1974 show the increase in development surrounding the Park.   The current habitat and features map is the result of the March 2011 site survey and mapping effort by GAYNOR, Inc.  This poster of Park photos shows ground-level views in the Park.  The Site Analysis Map marks areas of greatest wildlife use, most disturbance, shade and sun, and forest types.   The forest is threatened by invasive plants. This Urban Forest poster  shows why the City of Seattle is promoting urban forest restoration in this and all parks.
Meeting attendees discussed the Three Goals and Objectives in small table groups.  Summaries of the table discussions are the first part of this Public Comments document.  The main part of the Public Comments document has specific opinions from 30 attendees on the Three Goals and Objectives, and a summary of opinion.
The second Public Meeting will be Tuesday May 31, 2011, same time and place, 6:30PM in the St Matthew Parish Conference Rooms, 1270 NE 127th Street, Seattle 98125

Saturday, May 28, 2011

CSA Deliveries at Prince Of Peace Lutheran - More Sign-ups Available

Oxbow Farms CSA

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church will be the pick-up point for families who wish to sign up for a weekly CSA Delivery from Oxbow Farms.

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  CSA's have been hugely successful in helping small local farms stay viable. Having members of the community guarantee certain income is a huge help to farmers trying to provide varieties of produce throughout the season. It's also a greaqt way to ensure your family a great steady supply of locally grown, healthy produce.

Londa Jacques, from Prince of Peace sends this notice today to invite the community to participate:
Prince of Peace has just become a drop-off destination for CSA deliveries from Oxbow Farms.  A number of our members have signed up to participate.  I wondered if you know of anyone in the neighborhood who might also be interested?  Drops begin in mid-June on Fridays between 4 and 7pm.  Participants receive deliveries for 20 weeks.

Cost is $600 for a Family Share and $400 for a Small Share.  They have an installment plan available for folks who can’t come up with the entire amount in advance.  Family shares receive a box of 10-14 different vegetables per week.  Small Shares are a box of 8-12 different veggies.
You can sign up through Prince of Peace or Oxbow Farms directly at this website.


  • Receive 20 weeks of the freshest, tastiest local produce.
  • Purchase special bulk 'canning' boxes as offered.
  • Hold deliveries - use the system calendar to place your share on hold if you're going on vacation. But, please note, you will not "get your box back". Due to the nature of our CSA we cannot reimburse you for held share. So we suggest you have a friend pickup your share and share the love of fresh vegetables.

Oxbow Veggie + Okanogan Fruit Share
In addition Oxbow's veggies you can add on 15 weeks of Organic Fruit from Eastern Wa. Starting in July with cherries, followed by apricots, pluots, peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, apples & pears.
Oxbow Veggie Share
We offer 2 sizes: Our Family Share for $600 generously feeds a family of 4. Our Small Share for $400 is perfect for 1-2 people. If interested, please add your Tzedakah donation via the Specialty Dept.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Thornton Creek Park Six Wildlife Report - Ruth Williams

Park Six Beaver and Wooducks in same shot!
ph credit - Don MacCall
Wildlife is thriving at Thornton creek Park Six, just downstream from Northgate.
Painted Turtle at Park Six
ph credit - Don MacCall

Ruth Williams, Thornton Creek Alliance vice president and park steward, reports on the latest wildlife activities there. 

Ruth Williams - Park Six Steward and TCA VP
ph credit - Janet Way

Park Six is an amazing wildlife refuge which is being redesigned by beavers. Since the beavers arrived and built dams, ponds and lodges, the wildlife variety and numbers have grown exponentially.

This evening at the beaver pond there was a lot of activity.  I saw at least
four beavers, including a juvenile.  Sometimes they were up on the bank
eating greens.  I am pleased to report that they like knotweed.  It was
great to see so many of the neighbors coming out to enjoy the show.  Also in
evidence were a hummingbird and a mallard with five very small babies.

One neighbor reported he is certain the beavers have built a bank lodge.  He
showed me a site where he says he has seen them coming and going several
times.  This means the lodge is under, or nearly under, the apartment
parking lot.  Is it possible this could cause a serious sag?  The site is a
little difficult to describe.  I could get a picture one day soon or meet
someone there and point it out.

The beavers have also begun a dam at that same site as last year:  right at
the NW corner of the intersection of 8th Ave. NE and NE 105th St.

Song Sparrow at Thornton Creek Park Six
ph Credit - Don MacCall

Thursday, May 26, 2011

4Culture Survives the 2011 Legislative Session

Here's a message from MAin2 Blog on the outcome of the 4Culture funding process. PHEW! 
That Was Close!

State Capitol

Call it 11th hour. Call it a “Hail Mary” pass. With only a couple hours left in the legislative special session last night, SSB 5834 passed in the House. This bill permits counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and housing. This means 4Culture’s funding will continue and we’ll all benefit from their fine work supporting arts, heritage and preservation in King County. Thank you all who contacted legislators. Thank you to the legislators who have voted for the various senate and house bills that support 4Culture. It has been a roller coaster ride but it’s finally over. The bill has been delivered to the Governor for her signature.
SSB 5834 Description from Senate Page. 
Permitting counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts and heritage.Revised for 1st Substitute: Permitting counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts and heritage. (REVISED FOR ENGROSSED: Permitting counties to direct an existing portion of local lodging taxes to programs for arts, culture, heritage, tourism, and housing. )

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Progress on 4Culture Bill - Passed the Senate

Hooray 4Culture! A big hurdle has been passed. The latest version of the 4Culture Bill has just passed the Senate!
WA State Capitol Dome Ceiling and Chandelier
ph-credit- Janet Way

Now on to the House. Please send a message to your legislators now asking them to  VOTE YES! Wednesday is scheduled to be the end of the special session. 

This is it! A Rallying Cry from Advocate 4Culture organization to supporters this evening.

The Senate just passed a bill that would save 4Culture. Now it's time to put the heat on our Representatives in the House to pass a bill to save 4Culture.

This is it folks: the legislative session is scheduled to end Wednesday. If you've EVER written and advocated or if you NEVER have, we need you to send one email right away that tells our Representatives to save 4Culture.

Subject: Save 4Culture! 
Please personalize the following message with a few words about who you are and why 4Culture matters to you, or write your own!

"Dear Representative,


I am part of the Advocate4Culture Coalition. We are a group, nearly 900 organizations and individuals strong, come together expressly to save the funding for 4Culture, which benefits our communities immeasurably. There is one day left in the session. We are begging you for a resolution to this issue. The Senate just passed ESSB 5834 and I urge you to work with them to save art and heritage in our state.

Watching and waiting."

Send To: Here's the whole House list. Please put this list in the BCC field and click send. (Please note... some email services bounce if you send too many emails at once. You may consider splitting the list into three and sending separately.),,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


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