West Seattle, Washington
By Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog
Spawning season on Fauntleroy Creek closed on Friday with a total of seven coho spotted by salmon watchers.
The season began several days earlier than in years past, near dusk on October 20. Five vigorous fish entered the spawning reach across Fauntleroy Way SW from the ferry terminal, but darkness fell before any redd-building or spawning could be observed.
No more arrived until a single male on November 5 and another single male the following day. The 50 area residents who took advantage of four hours of “open creek” that afternoon with salmon watchers got to see “Wally” lazing in the fish ladder.
Watchers gave him a name because he defied the spawn-and-die-within-24-hours pattern that has been the norm. A week after entering the creek, he still had the energy to make a run up the fish ladder and was visibly deteriorating when last seen last Monday (November 14).
“Seven spawners isn’t a lot but it’s seven more than last year,” noted veteran watcher Dennis Hinton, “and during our watch, nearly 70 people got to see these amazing fish close to home.”
The season’s robust return of coho to Puget Sound defied the state’s warning that not enough eggs would be available for this school year’s Salmon in the Schools program. Most of the 71 participating schools in Seattle rear coho – and will start doing so again in January. Thanks to the return, the Fauntleroy Watershed Council was able to freeze carcasses from the Soos Creek Hatchery so that many fourth- and fifth-graders in West Seattle can have a captivating lesson in biological systems during classroom dissections this winter.
Family and friends will gather next Saturday for a funeral Mass in memory of Patricia B. Werlech. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing:
Patricia B. Werlech, born December 20, 1932, youngest of 12 children, died November 5, 2016, in Seattle.
Raised in Chelan; parents Carl and Ethel Fels. Patricia is survived by her husband Donald; children Donita, Deena, Michael, and daughter-in-law Mary-Jo; grandchildren Daniel (22), Joseph (20), Michael (19) Werlech, and Anthony (21) and Alexander (18) Parker; and brother Wilbert Fels. Patricia lost a 2-year battle with cancer, passing away peacefully at home, surrounded by her family.
Patricia was a homemaker and worked in a family business. She had a passion for reading, gardening, hummingbird watching, cooking, entertaining, and celebrating life. Patricia’s greatest joy and happiest times were with her 5 grandsons, doing things for them – cooking something special, cheering at their sporting events, and attending school functions – so that they would always remember Grammy. And they did. She was so proud of her grandsons.
Patricia will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, special grandmother ‘Grammy,’ and friend. Her smile and love will forever live in our hearts.
Donations can be made in her memory to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Funeral Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, November 26, 2016, at 10 am, 7000 35th Ave. SW, West Seattle. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Seattle.
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5:09 PM: Seattle Fire has just dispatched a “full response” for a possible fire in a multifamily building at 2115 California SW in North Admiral. Updates to come.
5:13 PM: First unit on scene reports it’s a “smoking bathroom fan.” Most units have been dismissed.
Two West Seattle Crime Watch reader reports this evening – both requesting your help:
STOLEN ELECTRIC BICYCLE: The theft victim’s co-worker sent the notice on her behalf, saying the bike was stolen in the Admiral area last night:
My bike was stolen last night on California Ave. Please Please keep your eyes peeled for it. This bike is very important to me. It has black saddle bags that say Rad Power Bikes, a green Army bag on the handlebars, a silver handlebar behind the seat and it’s missing the front fender.
Please help me find it so I can again be as happy as I was in this picture! If anyone has info they can contact Freshy’s West Seattle, (206) 937-4316.
QUADRUPLE HIT AND RUN: From Fawn:
I’m writing you to report an incident that occurred this morning while our 11 year old son was playing soccer at the EC Hughes Playfield. Our vehicle along with three other family vehicles were side swept by a silver sedan. The car was driving erratically when it crashed into the side of the 1st car and continued to drag along the 3 other cars. A witness was able to snap a quick photo of the silver sedan as it sped away without stopping. The driver is possibly a male, but the witness did not get a good look of identifiable features. Luckily no children or adults were struck as this a busy playfield and playground for families. The incident occurred at 29th and Holden around 11:30. Attached is a photo of the getaway vehicle, but unfortunately it is too blurry to make out the license plate.
From the photo, you can see the car is a silver sedan with a rear spoiler. The car will have obvious body damage with blue/black markings from hitting the parked cars. Any help from the West Seattle community would be greatly appreciated in helping the police identify the hit and run suspect.
Please contact officer Garth Lindelf from the Southwest Precinct Patrol and reference incident #16-418443. Thank you and I appreciate any help in bringing this dangerous driver to justice.
West Seattle Nursery‘s holiday open house – on until 5 pm – is your first chance to get a look inside its just-completed greenhouse building, full of plants and gifts just in time for the holidays. The nursery’s outdoor grounds are especially festive, too:
The first trees – mostly Noble fir – arrived a few days ago.
But back to the new building: Shortly after walking in, we found its architect, Parie Hines of LD Arch Design (WSB sponsor), who demurred that it was an “easy” project.
Here’s an Instagram-video spin around inside:
Go see for yourself and enjoy treats and presentations – California/Brandon, until 5!
Thanks to Lisa @ CAPERS in The Junction for the photo and report:
West Seattleite Cynthia Nims is signing her newest release “Crab” today until 3. Recipes from the book will be served all afternoon. CAPERS is celebrating their annual Holiday Open House until 6 pm.
CAPERS is at 4525 California SW.
Junction True Value (WSB sponsor) is the Christmasiest place in West Seattle right now, and not only because of their extensive stock of lights and decorations. It’s their Holiday Open House until 2 pm – treats, gifts, drawings, good cheer…
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) November 19, 2016
You’ll also find Judi from West Seattle Food Bank by the front door accepting $ for turkey-buying:
Junction True Value is at 44th and Edmunds.
P.S. While you’re out – MANY places to stop (other open houses, bazaars, more) for one-of-a-kind local holiday gifts … see the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide.
9:58 AM: An annual pre-Thanksgiving tradition is happening right now outside Eastridge Church at 42nd SW and SW Oregon – free turkeys, bags of groceries, and clothing available to anyone in need, no questions asked, just comeby.
Eastridge has been doing this for more than a decade – at its Issaquah campus as well as the one here in West Seattle. Community volunteers help out, including these Girl Scouts from Troop 42553:
Above, Stephanie, Luarena, and Mallory helped hand out socks and gloves; below, Sierra and Maryn assisted with coats.
This continues until supplies run out; the line stretched down 39th to the Trader Joe’s parking entrance when this began at 9 am, but we’ve seen it move fast in the past. We’ll be checking back in an hour or so to see how it’s going.
11:35 AM: Went by – no line, still some turkeys left!
Huge day of happenings. First, from the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide:
TURKEY/GROCERIES GIVEAWAY: Starting at 9 am at Eastridge Church, turkey and groceries for anyone who shows up, while supplies last (hundreds will be available) – details on the church website. (39th SW/SW Oregon)
HOLIDAY BAZAAR IN THE JUNCTION: Alki Masonic Hall Holiday Bazaar, sponsored by Alki Court 21, Order of the Amaranth, 9 am-4 pm. (40th SW/SW Edmunds)
HOLIDAY BAZAAR AT TIBBETTS: Holiday Bazaar at Tibbetts United Methodist Church (WSB sponsor), 10 am-2 pm, promising a “beautiful and unique selection of hand-sewn items, stocking stuffers, crafts, team spirit wares, gift baskets, and baked goods.” (3940 41st SW)
JUNCTION TRUE VALUE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: Holiday Open House, Food Drive, & Ugly Sweater Contest at Junction True Value, 10 am-2 pm. “Sing along with the Christmas carolers. Enjoy homemade cookies; hot apple cider; free popcorn; free gifts; and spin-to-win prizes. Enter drawings for a Weber gas grill and a boys’ bike and girls’ bike.” Bring nonperishable food donations for the West Seattle Food Bank. (4747 44th SW)
POP-UP HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Seattle-Made Pop-Up Event at Sound & Fog Coffee/Wine Bar, 10 am-3 pm. (4735 40th SW)
HOLIDAY BAZAAR IN GATEWOOD: Holiday Bazaar at Peace Lutheran Church, 10 am-4 pm. Silent auction and bake sale, too, and lunch available 11 am-1 pm. Full details on the church website. (39th SW/SW Thistle)
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE AT NW ART & FRAME: Holiday Open House at Northwest Art & Frame in The Junction. “Live artist demos, open house specials, lots of free drawings throughout the day, product demonstrations, all the latest in holiday decorations, FREE samples and of course … FREE treats & goodies! Products that are being demonstrated will be 20% during their demos. The demos will change every 2.5 hours!” 10 am-5:30 pm. (4733 California SW)
That’s “Well Read,” a red wine that’s brand-new at NWWA. (6000 16th SW)
HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE & NEW GREENHOUSE’S DEBUT: West Seattle Nursery Holiday Open House, 2 pm-5 pm, with your first chance to get a look inside WSN’s new greenhouse building, plus wreath-making demonstrations, talks, and Santa photos. (5275 California SW)
CARMILIA’S TURNS 14: The Junction boutique Carmilia’s is celebrating the shop’s 14th anniversary, with one more day of specials. 11 am-6 pm, discounts from 14 percent to 56 percent, and proprietor Linda Sabee promises “Bubbly and snacks served all day.” (4528 California SW)
HOW TO CREATE A WRITING GROUP: 2-4 pm, free workshop as part of “Seattle Writes,” at Southwest Library – details here. (35th SW/SW Henderson)
HIGH SCHOOLS’ DINNER/AUCTION EVENTS: Both West Seattle High School (5 pm at Metropolist in SODO) and Chief Sealth International High School (5:30 pm at SSC’s Brockey Center) have their annual fundraising dinner/auctions tonight.
‘EXTRA-SENSORY SOUL’: 9 pm, This Blinding Light, Casey Chisholm, Heron Moon perform at Parliament Tavern. 21+. $5 cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)
MUMFORD & SONS FILM: See the concert film at 11 pm at the Admiral Theater – details in our calendar listing. (2343 California SW)
7:35 AM: If you’re headed this way via I-5 or Beacon Hill any time soon, you might not be able to get onto the westbound West Seattle Bridge for a bit – Seattle Police are shutting down access toward the east end so they can get that semi-truck safely off the bridge. Somehow, it wound up on the westbound bridge, facing east. This probably won’t take too long but we’re making note of it just in case.
8:01 AM: As expected, SPD made short work of this, and the bridge is fully open both ways.