West Seattle Blog... » Fauntleroy http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 09:31:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 @ Fauntleroy Community Association: Dogs, dock, ex-substation http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/fauntleroy-community-association-dogs-dock-ex-substation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/fauntleroy-community-association-dogs-dock-ex-substation/#comments Thu, 12 Nov 2015 05:41:47 +0000 Patrick http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328865 Three ongoing concerns are in our toplines from Tuesday night’s Fauntleroy Community Association board meeting:

OFF-LEASH DOGS: The issues at Lincoln Park have been a longterm concern for FCA. Some dog owners counter that West Seattle needs more off-leash space for dogs, with only one area currently, in Highland Park’s Westcrest Park. FCA’s Kim Petram went to a city focus group/presentation last month that’s part of a process under way to work on a long-term plan for them, what the city’s calling the People, Dogs, and Parks Strategic Plan. She said discussion focused on maintenance and upgrades of the city’s 14 current off-leash areas, and there was no discussion of expanding them into parks that currently don’t have them. A plan will be drafted and, Petram said, public comment is expected to be open January 4-22 (also mentioned toward the bottom of the city webpage). A Seattle Parks rep is expected to be at January’s FCA meeting to talk more about all this, and FCA plans to ask about the plans for dealing with off-leash dogs in parks without off-leash areas, since that otherwise does not seem to be part of the under-development plan.

FERRY TERMINAL: Gary Dawson, FCA’s point person on ferry issues, says Washington State Ferries has work ahead on rotten pilings at the dock, but needs to find a work window to avoid interfering with salmon. No date announced yet; the north Vashon terminal work continues and is a priority. Meantime, now that traffic-control officers are back at the terminal, traffic flow is becoming something of an issue, in terms of working out when to stop the vehicles coming off ferries and when to let them go; that’ll be addressed with the off-duty officers who are doing the directing.

FORMER SUBSTATION: As reported here in September, the Fauntleroy Community Association has been given a year to figure out how and whether to purchase the former Fauntleroy Substation, one of the ex-substations the city’s disposing of.

There’s no decision yet on how to pursue the possibility; FCA is still looking at how to talk with the neighborhood about the possible purchase so that a plan can be drafted and shared with the city.

The Fauntleroy Community Association board meets second Tuesdays at historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, 7 pm. Between meetings, watch fauntleroy.net for information.

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FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy Creek salmon watch ends with declaration of coho no-show http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-fauntleroy-creek-salmon-watch-ends-with-declaration-of-coho-no-show/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/11/followup-fauntleroy-creek-salmon-watch-ends-with-declaration-of-coho-no-show/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2015 16:59:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=328625 Just in from Fauntleroy Creek steward Judy Pickens:

(Photo courtesy Nathan Franck)
On Oct. 21, science students from Our Lady of Guadalupe School sampled Fauntleroy Creek for aquatic insects to understand how much food is available to salmon fry and how clean the water is. The insects in the lower creek will have another year to grow because the salmon watch closed today with no fish. That means the lower creek will have no “home hatch” of hungry fry this winter. Very few coho made it back to Puget Sound this fall from the Pacific.

Volunteers have been keeping watch for three weeks, since just after this year’s drumming/singing/welcoming gathering. The spawner turnout has varied wildly in the 20-plus years since restoration work made Fauntleroy a salmon creek again. Last year, 19 were counted; the year before, none; the year before that – 2012 – set a record with 274. West Seattle’s other salmon creek, Longfellow, has no formal count, but we’ve had several reports of sightings.

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How many coho will come home? After the welcoming, time for watching and waiting http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/how-many-coho-will-come-home-after-the-welcoming-time-for-watching-and-waiting/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/how-many-coho-will-come-home-after-the-welcoming-time-for-watching-and-waiting/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 03:23:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326421

Right about now, about a month into fall, for more than 20 years, this happens at Fauntleroy Creek: A ceremony to welcome the coho salmon spawners home – and then the watching and waiting. This afternoon, about 25 people gathered at the creek’s fish-ladder overlook to drum, dance, sing, and chant. Watershed steward Judy Pickens emceed:

Jamie Schilling led the music:

And the children led the way in joyfully participating, as you can see in our video:

Some had been there before, we saw when Judy asked for a show of hands. But no two autumns are alike, even if it is the “circle of life,” as noted on the sign Phil Sweetland hoisted for a call-and-response:

A bit of video:

Three years ago, 274 coho spawners showed up – the most ever. The following year, none. Then last year – 19, a few of which had shown up even before the welcoming ceremony. It’s impossible to predict, so the volunteer watch starts tomorrow; Judy said the tides are looking most promising starting next weekend. The mouth of the creek is near the ferry dock, across Fauntleroy Way from the overlook where the salmon-welcomers gathered late today.

When there are fish to see, by the way, the creek overlook will have a better view than years past, because of some recent trimming.

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SUNDAY: Drum, sing, dance to call Fauntleroy Creek coho home http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/tomorrow-drum-sing-dance-to-call-fauntleroy-creek-coho-home/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/tomorrow-drum-sing-dance-to-call-fauntleroy-creek-coho-home/#comments Sun, 18 Oct 2015 02:12:58 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=326352

Sunday evening, wrap up your weekend with a West Seattle tradition: Gathering at the Fauntleroy Creek fish-ladder overlook for drumming, singing, and dancing to call the coho home. Just show up at 5 pm, atop the embankment that’s across Fauntleroy Way from the ferry terminal. All ages welcome, and if someone in the family made a “salmon hat” at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival last Sunday – that’s what the little person in our 2014 photo is wearing – bring it along! New? Not sure what to expect? Check out our past coverage – 2013, with video, for example.

P.S. Whether or not you’ll be there Sunday evening, you are also welcome to volunteer for the Salmon Watch that starts Monday.

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YOU CAN HELP! Sign up for Salmon Watch on Fauntleroy Creek http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/you-can-help-sign-up-for-salmon-watch-on-fauntleroy-creek/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/you-can-help-sign-up-for-salmon-watch-on-fauntleroy-creek/#comments Mon, 12 Oct 2015 21:37:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325787

(2012 WSB photo)

How does this sound for a volunteer gig: Sit and watch the water! That’s exactly what you’re invited to do:

If you’d like to experience coho spawners up close, consider joining Salmon Watch 2015 on Fauntleroy Creek. We’ll begin Monday, Oct. 19, with veteran watchers, then fold in newcomers if/when we start seeing fish. To learn why West Seattleites eagerly get wet and cold to document fish, contact Judy Pickens at judy_pickens@msn.com.

Hard to tell how exciting (or not) this’ll be this year – last year saw 19 spawners, two years earlier, a record 274. Salmon watch starts right after a community event this Sunday – the annual gathering to drum, sing, and dance to call the coho home. To be part of that (all ages welcome!), be at the creek overlook (across the street and up the embankment from the ferry dock) at 5 pm Sunday (October 18th).

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: From critters to crafts to cakes, it’s the 2015 Fauntleroy Fall Festival http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-from-critters-to-crafts-to-cakes-its-the-2015-fauntleroy-fall-festival/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/happening-now-from-critters-to-crafts-to-cakes-its-the-2015-fauntleroy-fall-festival/#comments Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:17:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=325649 (SEE THE SCHEDULE HERE)

3:17 PM: At the 2015 Fauntleroy Fall Festival, the sound of birdhouse building (video above) is mingling with the sound of music (video below):

Lots to do AND lots to see – kids can also make salmon hats (don’t forget to wear them to help drum the salmon home next Sunday – more on that later):

As is the petting area, behind the schoolhouse:

The festival is in full swing, until 5 pm, with a huge array of fun for all ages, in the 9100 block of California SW.

4:26 PM: The afternoon has gone by in a blink. Still half an hour for you to get here – and, among other things, hear and see the West Seattle Big Band:

And you can grab a snack – maybe call it early dinner! WSB sponsor Endolyne Joe’s is here, with pork sliders, in the church/Y parking lot:

We couldn’t resist buying a bowl of the curried butternut-squash soup that Tuxedoes and Tennis Shoes is dishing out outside The Hall at Fauntleroy (its event venue) – awesome. The full festival menu is here. More photos later!

ADDED 8:41 PM: As promised, more photos! The Seattle Fire Department brought Engine 37 from Sunrise Heights:

The Fauntleroy Community Association booth had bubbles:

Pumpkin-decorating is a festival tradition:

So is salmon-hat-making, as mentioned above – here’s Judy Pickens, wearing her “Fauntleroy Creek watershed steward” and “volunteer” hats, helping a young festivalgoer put on her salmon hat:

If you brought home one of those – wear it to the next big Fauntleroy event, at which you’re certain to see Judy – the annual drumming to call the salmon home, at the Fauntleroy Creek overlook (across from the ferry dock), 5 pm next Sunday, October 18th. Judy, by the way, also was a winner in the cake-decorating contest:

Along with her autumn-leaves cakes, other winners included Charlie Perry, with this spider:

(Spiders were a popular theme, but none quite like that one.) Ann Dawson‘s scarecrow cupcakes were winners too:

As was Abigail Dwyer‘s basket of Reese’s Pieces:

And the beginners’ award went to Claudi Levy, for banana bread – sorry we didn’t get a photo! By the way, if you want to vote on the cakes, be sure to get to the festival early next year:

A whole ‘nother batch of cakes was available for the subsequent Cake Walk – kind of like musical chairs, but with cakes:

The festival is volunteer- and donation-powered. This was the festival’s 13th year; see even more of the fun at the official FFF FB page.

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NEXT SUNDAY: Fauntleroy Fall Festival 2015! See the schedule now http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/next-sunday-fauntleroy-fall-festival-2015-see-the-schedule-now/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/next-sunday-fauntleroy-fall-festival-2015-see-the-schedule-now/#comments Sun, 04 Oct 2015 20:30:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324898

(WSB photo from 2014 Fauntleroy Fall Festival)

One week from today, you’re invited to spend Sunday afternoon, October 11th, at the Fauntleroy Fall Festival, three hours full of fun for all ages. As usual, the venues are in and around the historic Fauntleroy Schoolhouse, Hall at Fauntleroy, and Fauntleroy Church/YMCA, 9131 and 9140 California SW. Here’s the official schedule, forwarded by Judy Pickens:

See it here as a PDF.

P.S. If you’re interested in contributing a cake to the Cake Walk – go here to see how that works. And if you haven’t been to the FFF before – check out WSB coverage from last year.

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FOLLOWUP: Fauntleroy’s fall Recycle Roundup nets nine tons http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-fauntleroys-fall-recycle-roundup-nets-nine-tons/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/10/followup-fauntleroys-fall-recycle-roundup-nets-nine-tons/#comments Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:30:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324750

Were you part of last Sunday’s Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy Church? Another big turnout – someone new every minute! – and big haul, reports Judy Pickens:

The Sept. 27 Recycle Roundup relieved 360 West Seattle households of 9 tons of appliances, electronics, and all manner of other stuff for responsible recycling. The 12 roundups sponsored by Fauntleroy Church since 2010 have returned at least 142 tons to the resource stream. We’ll do it again in April.

The date will be in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar as soon as it’s announced. If you absolutely have to get something recycled before then, check here to see what you can do with it.

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HAPPENING NOW: ‘Recycle Roundup’ kicks off fall cleaning season, until 3 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-recycle-roundup-kicks-off-fall-cleaning-season-until-3/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/happening-now-recycle-roundup-kicks-off-fall-cleaning-season-until-3/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 19:58:23 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324218

Two more hours to get your recycle on – the stuff you can’t just put out in the bin – at the Fauntleroy Church Green Committee‘s fall “Recycle Roundup.” Check this “what they will and won’t take” list and then head to the parking lot at 9140 California SW for easy dropoff, with help from the 1 Green Planet crew, who were filling up two trucks when we stopped by at midmorning.

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West Seattle whale watching: Sighting near Fauntleroy ferry dock; northbound at sunset http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-whale-watching-sighting-near-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-whale-watching-sighting-near-fauntleroy-ferry-dock/#comments Sun, 27 Sep 2015 00:08:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324167 5:08 PM: Via Orca Network on Twitter and Facebook, “Washington State Ferries reports a large whale, probably a humpback, off the Fauntleroy dock in West Seattle.” Please let us know if you see it (and which way it seems to be heading)!

6:50 PM: Sheri reports, via Twitter, that she just saw it dive off Lincoln Park, and that it’s heading north.

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RECYCLING TOMORROW? Here’s the best time to take your stuff to Fauntleroy ‘Roundup’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/recycling-tomorrow-best-time-to-take-your-stuff-to-fauntleroy-roundup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/recycling-tomorrow-best-time-to-take-your-stuff-to-fauntleroy-roundup/#comments Sat, 26 Sep 2015 18:25:12 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=324143 9 am-3 pm tomorrow, it’s the twice-a-year event that gives you the chance to recycle, for free, what you can’t just put out at the curb – the annual Fauntleroy Church Green Committee-presented “Recycle Roundup.” If you haven’t already checked the list and sorted your stuff, take a look:

Every Recycle Roundup brings in tons of recyclables. That means hundreds of people. Organizers have one BIG word of advice to get your dropoff done in the least amount of time – GO EARLY. There tends to be a rush toward the end, so if you can get there in the first few hours instead, you’ll save time and be able to get going with the rest of your Sunday. The church is at 9140 California SW; here’s a map.

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West Seattle churches: Fauntleroy UCC announces Rev. Leah Atkinson Bilinski as new senior minister http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-churches-fauntleroy-ucc-announces-rev-leah-atkinson-bilinski-as-new-senior-minister/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-churches-fauntleroy-ucc-announces-rev-leah-atkinson-bilinski-as-new-senior-minister/#comments Mon, 21 Sep 2015 20:34:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=323662 Another West Seattle church has just announced new leadership. Here’s the announcement from Fauntleroy Church:

A quorum of members voted unanimously Sept. 20 to select Rev. Leah Atkinson Bilinski as senior minister of Fauntleroy Church UCC. The 335-member congregation has been engaged in a nationwide search for new pastoral leadership since Rev. Dr. David Kratz retired in January 2013.

“Rev. Bilinski comes to us with a wealth of experience in preaching, youth programs, service and outreach, pastoral care, and administration,” said Sarah Finney, moderator of the congregation. “We know Leah will be a wonderful addition to our church and to the wider community.”

When asked why she had applied, Rev. Bilinski said she has longed to serve what she found at Fauntleroy Church – “a well-engaged, thoughtful, and very aware congregation.”

An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, Rev. Bilinski received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology alongside an elementary teaching certificate from Grinnell College in 1999, then a masters of divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in 2007. Her experience includes six years as copastor at St. Peter’s UCC in Washington, MO, and four months as acting pastor of Ebenezer “Stone Church” UCC in Gerald, MO. She has also had leadership and administrative roles in UCC youth programs and chaplaincy experience in hospital and elder settings.

She currently lives with her husband and two-year-old daughter in Washington, MO, southwest of St. Louis, and will move to West Seattle to start her new pastorate on Nov. 29, the first Sunday of Advent.

SIDE NOTE: One of the church’s most popular community events, the twice-yearly Recycle Roundup, is coming up this Sunday (September 27th), 9 am-3 pm, in the lot outside the church at 9140 California SW; our recent preview includes information on what can and can’t be dropped off for recycling, for free.

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DEADLINE: Want to show/sell at the Fauntleroy Fine Art & Holiday Gift Show? Apply by tomorrow! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/deadline-want-to-showsell-at-the-fauntleroy-fine-art-holiday-gift-show-apply-by-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/deadline-want-to-showsell-at-the-fauntleroy-fine-art-holiday-gift-show-apply-by-tomorrow/#comments Mon, 14 Sep 2015 19:14:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322866

(Silkscreener Shino Mikami, right, was one of 15 West Seattle artists at last year’s Fauntleroy show)

The photo and final reminder are from Judy Pickens – please note, if you’re interested, that the deadline is TOMORROW:

September 15 is the deadline for West Seattle artists and creative crafters to apply for the eighth annual Fauntleroy Fine Art & Holiday Gift Show Nov. 6-8. Details and application form are at www.fauntleroyucc.org.

Any other shows/bazaars/etc. accepting vendor applications, please let us know so we can share your announcements too. We’re also already adding holiday-season events to the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – follow that link to see not only listings but also guidelines for sending information about announcements year-round … bottom line is always, the sooner the better!

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Possible church burglary/theft; Roxhill Park robbery report; Fauntleroy assault http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-possible-church-burglarytheft/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/west-seattle-crime-watch-possible-church-burglarytheft/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 06:13:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=322617 Incidents we’ve been tracking tonight:

11:13 PM: Police are responding to the Westside Unitarian Universalists Congregation church in Gatewood (7141 California SW) right now after a report of a possible burglary/theft. The Guardian One helicopter is in the area and offered to help search for a possible suspect, so you might hear it shortly. No description at this point beyond “unknown race male” in a hoodie.

11:20 PM: The helicopter’s in the area now.

11:29 PM: And it’s moved on, while police continue investigating on the ground.


11:50 PM: **Separate incident** but while we have this Crime Watch report open, we’re adding it. Police are investigating a report of someone being robbed at Roxhill Park. No aerial search in this case – the trail was quite cold, as the victim did not report it until getting home about half an hour later. (We have no further info on this one but more often than not, street robberies have a reporting lag because the robber[s] take the victim’s phone.)


12:44 AM: **Separate incident** Police rushed to Fauntleroy after multiple calls about someone screaming for help. After trying to figure out where exactly it happened, they found a victim in the 8600 block of 46th SW, a 21-year-old woman who is reported to have been assaulted. SFD is en route to evaluate her injuries. Police are trying to sort out what happened.

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Fall cleaning this weekend? What to save for Fauntleroy UCC’s upcoming ‘Recycle Roundup’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/fall-cleaning-this-weekend-what-to-save-for-fauntleroy-uccs-upcoming-recycle-roundup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/09/fall-cleaning-this-weekend-what-to-save-for-fauntleroy-uccs-upcoming-recycle-roundup/#comments Sat, 05 Sep 2015 18:18:56 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=321919

(WSB photo from 2014)

Staying home this holiday weekend and doing a little (pre-)fall cleaning? Reminder: Next edition of the popular twice-yearly Recycle Roundup at Fauntleroy UCC Church is only three weeks away: Sunday, September 27th, 9 am-3 pm (9140 California SW). Each spring and fall, 1 Green Planet takes away tons of recyclables via this free-to-all dropoff event. You can plan ahead because, thanks to Judy Pickens, we have the list of what will be accepted (free dropoffs!) this time around – see it here.

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