West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle people http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 29 May 2015 05:14:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Celebration of life Saturday for Peggy McCormack, 1930-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/celebration-of-life-saturday-for-peggy-mccormack-1930-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/celebration-of-life-saturday-for-peggy-mccormack-1930-2015/#comments Wed, 27 May 2015 16:00:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311525 A celebration-of-life memorial service is planned this Saturday (May 30th) for Peggy McCormack, who you might have known as a preschool teacher, or a church organist – just two of the many aspects of her life, detailed by her family in this remembrance:

Margaret Anne (“Peggy”) Kemp McCormack, 84, passed away peacefully at home on April 11, 2015. Peggy was the elder of two girls born to Charles William & Irene Carrick Kemp. Her early years were spent in both Spirit Lake, ID, and in Clarkston, and her adolescence on the west coast in Washington. After college graduation, she married Clarence (“Larry”) McCormack in 1952 and spent a happy life with him in West Seattle, where he taught science at Madison Junior High School and ultimately predeceased her in 2007.

Peggy was a gifted musician. She and her sister were singing on their grandfather’s radio show in Lewiston, Idaho, by the time they were not quite two and three years old. At that age, they had no idea that they were “performing”, but soon they had mastered a number of instruments, and continued to perform throughout their school years whenever and wherever they were asked. Peggy played piano, French horn and clarinet, but usually accompanied her sister, a flautist. Both girls entered and won contests regularly throughout the Pacific Northwest. They came from a very musical family, and Peggy always shrugged and said, ‘That’s just how it was. We didn’t think anything about it.’

However, by the time she went to college, Peggy was studying the organ. She had played her first church service at the age of 8 when her mother, the regular church pianist, was too ill to get to church, and apparently Peggy had a grand time that day. By the time she graduated from college, she was playing concerts or recitals almost every week. As soon as she and Larry settled in Seattle, she began playing for a number of different churches.

When her daughter was about 5 years old, Peggy agreed to be the organist at Tibbetts Methodist Church, where she played for the grand opening of the new sanctuary and then continued as the organist for around twenty years. Subsequently, she played both organ and piano for Highland Park United Methodist Church, and later for Highline UMC. Music and playing in praise of the Lord’s creation and His love were an integral part of who she was. Any time she was stressed, distressed, ill, or otherwise indisposed, her first need was to play music, and her family always knew she was on the road to recovery as soon as she sat down at the piano.

One of her other dear joys in music was directing a handbell choir that flourished for something between 25 and 30 years. Eventually they became known as the “Highlanders” and traveled quite a bit to perform and attend workshops, as well as frequent performances in their home church (Highland Park UMC) both for services and high holidays.

Peg also always sought both to learn new things and to teach others in ways that were creative, experiential, and personally meaningful to them. She always described herself as having been born with what she called an intense “need to know” (which included almost everything in very diverse areas of study and skill). This resulted in numerous certifications and awards, as well as degrees from Centralia College and Washington State (WSC) and a master’s degree from the University of Washington. (However, if she were to read this life summary, Peggy would hasten to add that she was ALWAYS a Washington State Cougar at heart!)

She had some interesting niches of study and skill ~ for example, she chose to learn parliamentary law, and became a National Registered Parliamentarian. The knowledge and skills required for this certification are meticulous, demanding, and unforgiving. Being Peggy, she passed on her first attempt, but she always maintained that the test she had to write to earn those credentials was harder than any test she took in her master’s program.

Another niche was her decades of research into the Methodist Episcopal Church, South in the Pacific Northwest. She ultimately acquired a reputation as the expert in this area of history. Her grandfather had been a Methodist minister and, as he was dear to her, his personal history was the impetus for years and years of ardent inquiry and study in Washington, Oregon, Montana, and beyond.

Professionally, Peggy spent most of her career as an instructor in Early Childhood Education and working with the Parent Cooperative Preschools in West Seattle and beyond. She started at Seattle Central Community College Campus, and moved to the South Seattle campus when it opened, along with only two other members of the Home & Family Life Department from the Central Campus. She taught several topics in Early Childhood Education, and also always worked with the preschools as a parent and adult educator, supporting each preschool from “behind the scenes”. Working with students, children, teachers, parents and families was a great joy to her throughout her career. One of her saddened friends recently told Peg’s daughter that, “Hundreds of kids in West Seattle were the beneficiaries of Peggy’s teaching.”

As a church historian, she became a member of the General United Methodist Church Historical Society and both the Pacific Northwest and the Conference General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church. She loved what she was doing: from research to sharing to learning and then teaching. She and her daughter faithfully attended national conventions year after year while she was able to travel.

She was a Camp Fire leader when her daughter was young; spent decades researching family genealogy; and always, she was a musician. She and a dear friend directed several musicals for children telling biblical stories during a number of different years, and on behalf of Camp Fire, they also found time to direct Christmas caroling at Southcenter Mall for many years.

Before retirement, Peg was presented with a Lifelong Learning Award by the Seattle Community College District. This award was bestowed with the idea that she could go “anywhere in the world she chose” to “study any topic she could imagine”, and Peggy was thrilled. She promptly arranged to go to Drew University in New Jersey where she was able to continue research into one of her “passions” already mentioned here: the history of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in the Pacific Northwest. When the “locals” in New Jersey heard that she could have gone anywhere in the world, they were rather loudly horrified, and several people assured her that she had come to “the armpit of the world.” However, Peggy had a great time, and came home with several more boxes of research to be added to the archive of material on this topic that she had already accumulated.

Peg continued to pursue multiple diverse areas of study and skill with humor and delight for as long as she was able, and always, whatever she did was in service to her Lord. After a series of mishaps, fractures, and surgeries, for the past two and a half years she was mostly at home with her daughter, where her health steadily declined as she gradually faded away due to the ravages of dementia co-occurring with a number of other health concerns.

Peg is survived by her daughter, Katharine E. McCormack of Seattle; son, Bruce A. McCormack (Julie) of Seattle; niece, Irene Arnold Kozumplik (Bob) of Frederic, Wisconsin; nephew, D. Scott Arnold of Frederic, Wisconsin; and numerous extended family members. She is preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, her sister Patricia Irene Kemp Sevey, and niece Julie Anne Arnold. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Highline United Methodist Church Music Department or to the PNW Conference of the United Methodist Church (Archives & History), PO Box 13650; Des Moines, WA 98198.

A MEMORIAL CELEBRATION OF LIFE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, MAY 30th, at 1:00 P.M. at Highline United Methodist Church at 13015 1st Ave S. in Burien; (206) 241-5520.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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West Seattle lacks an ‘inclusive’ playground, but Explorer West students’ ‘Change the World Project’ could help change that http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-lacks-an-inclusive-playground-but-explorer-west-students-change-the-world-project-could-help-change-that/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-lacks-an-inclusive-playground-but-explorer-west-students-change-the-world-project-could-help-change-that/#comments Tue, 26 May 2015 17:30:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311436

(WSB photo: From left, Cyrus, Tessa, Makenzie, Ellen)

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Not counting schools, West Seattle has more than a dozen public playgrounds.

None, however, is an “inclusive” playground.

Though years past playground age themselves, a group of 8th graders at Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) is hoping their work will change that.

And they hope someone reading this – maybe you? – can and will help make it happen.

We first heard about this via e-mail from one of the group members, Makenzie White, and days later, sat down with her and her classmates, Ellen Applewhite, Tessa Wassermann, and Cyrus Storlie, to find out about the project. You might already have heard about it – as part of their work, they have canvassed The Junction to gather signatures in support of their goal.

Makenzie explained that most playgrounds aren’t accessible to children with disabilities – both developmental and physical – because of the way they are built. “It’s really important that every child has a place to play.” And childhood play is what “develops imagination and creativity.” (The idea particularly resonates with her because, she explained, her mom is an occupational therapist who works with children with autism.)

Right now, Seattle has only one inclusive playground in a public park: The Children’s PlayGarden at Colman Playfield (1745 24th Avenue South). They say another is planned in North Seattle. But nothing in West Seattle, the city’s largest neighborhood with 100,000 residents.

Cyrus said that with up to 1 in 50 children in the city considered to be on the autism spectrum, eight of Seattle’s 400 parks should have accessible playgrounds, not just one.

Asked for examples of what this playground would offer, they explained the additions can be simple – a ladder that is marked with numbers showing that you are to climb it from 1, on the bottom, to 10, on the top. The playground would offer places to relax the senses as well as stimulate them; the PlayGarden has “dark places with trees where you can go if overwhelmed.”

The students, of course, know that because they took a field trip to investigate: “Every activity is all-accessible, with easy transitions between activities.”

They’ve also learned what it takes to make something like this happen, and they realize they’ve only just started to climb the ladder – but they’re all heading off to different high schools, and trying to find a way for their work not to be in vain.

They’ve written letters to city officials. The replies they received included one from City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw, who suggested they contact Deputy Parks Superintendent Christopher Williams. She also mentioned the Neighborhood Matching Fund as a way to raise money. On Williams’ behalf, the students said, a planning manager replied, also with information about how to raise money for a project like this. The chair of the council’s Parks Committee, Councilmember Jean Godden, they said, also replied, and told them she would research the idea.

Their main goal was to raise awareness, however, before getting to a point involving raising money, and also to start rallying support, which is why they tried a pilot signature-gathering campaign – 66 in just four hours in The Junction.

They also have been trying to find out if any West Seattle groups are focused on autism and might already have been working on this; at the time of our conversation last week, they hadn’t found one.

Sitting in on our interview, their teacher Tim Owens stressed that the project is entirely the students’ creation – they’ve done all the research and are hoping someone will pick up the proverbial ball and run with it. It started with an assignment he gives eighth-graders dubbed the “You Can Change The World” Project, challenging them to meet in groups to “think of a sustainability problem that needs action, then do research and plan action.”

This week at EWMS, this group and seven others will be presenting their projects to a “panel of experts,” including community members and board members. Each student also has prepared a written report.

But the school year ends in a few weeks. The students say they’ve talked a bit about continuing their work into the summer, but aren’t sure if that’s a realistic option. It’s clear they don’t want to see it hit a dead end – they bubble over with enthusiasm as they talk about how an inclusive playground in West Seattle “would give (more) kids a chance to integrate with other kids, become less isolated.”

Since these playgrounds are so few and far between, they discovered families have even moved to be closer to one. But that’s not feasible for most, they realize.

So here’s what they’re hoping for:

*To connect with any West Seattle autism advocates/groups
*Whether via those advocates/groups or someone else, to find someone who could help champion this
*For people who support the idea to write to their government representatives

If you can help with any of the above – or have a suggestion in general – e-mail the group via Makenzie, at makenzieawhite@gmail.com.

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Next Friday, last ‘Laps With Lou’ before Pathfinder PE teacher & Make-A-Wish hero Lou Cutler retires http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/next-friday-last-laps-with-lou-before-pathfinder-pe-teacher-make-a-wish-hero-lou-cutler-retires/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/next-friday-last-laps-with-lou-before-pathfinder-pe-teacher-make-a-wish-hero-lou-cutler-retires/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 22:39:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311232

It’s been one of our favorite stories to cover every year we’ve done this – but next Friday will be our last chance to report on another round of “Laps With Lou“: Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler is retiring. For 12 years now, on a day close to his birthday, he has been joined by students and other members of the Pathfinder community in running one lap for each year he’s been on the planet, with pledges for Make-A-Wish, the nonprofit for which he’s spent almost 20 years volunteering. This year, Lou and friends will run 64 laps around the field. You’re invited to cheer him on, one last time, starting at 8:45 am next Friday (May 29th) on the field at Pathfinder (1901 SW Genesee on Pigeon Point). You can pledge/donate in advance, too – just go here.

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Help fight hate crimes as a ‘Safe Place’: New program from SPD http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/help-fight-hate-crimes-as-a-safe-place-new-program-from-spd/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/help-fight-hate-crimes-as-a-safe-place-new-program-from-spd/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 19:47:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311141 Just out of the WSB inbox:

Today Mayor Murray and Chief of Police Kathleen O’Toole announced SPD Safe Place, a public education and visibility campaign aimed at preventing and responding to anti-LGBT bias crimes.

“Seattle welcomes all people,” said Mayor Ed Murray. “There is no place for bigotry or harassment in our city. We developed Safe Place so that businesses and community organizations can visibly stand up against intolerance and provide shelter to victims.”

SPD Safe Place is a voluntary program that provides businesses and organizations with decals and information on how to report malicious harassment, more commonly known as hate crimes. Training for these organizations includes when and how to call 911, sheltering victims of crime until police arrive and proactive outreach about working with the SPD’s LGBT liaison officer.

“Seattle Police officers work every day with the diverse communities of Seattle to ensure safety. SPD Safe Place is another way of connecting and educating those who live, work and visit Seattle about how the SPD can assist in times of crisis,” said Chief Kathleen O’Toole.

Businesses, organizations and educational institutions can request SPD Safe Place placards or posters and learn about how to work with police to prevent and address anti-LGBT crime concerns at www.seattle.gov/spd-safe-place.

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New movie ‘Tomorrowland’ co-created by West Seattle native Jeff Jensen http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/new-movie-tomorrowland-co-created-by-west-seattle-native-jeff-jensen/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/new-movie-tomorrowland-co-created-by-west-seattle-native-jeff-jensen/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 02:33:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=311058 Planning to see the about-to-open movie “Tomorrowland“? You’ll be watching the work of a West Seattle native.

It’s co-written and executive-produced by Jeff Jensen, who grew up in West Seattle and went to Hope Lutheran School and Seattle Lutheran High School.

(Photo of Jeff Jensen, courtesy Mike Jensen)
That news is courtesy of Jeff’s proud brother Mike Jensen, who got to join his brother at the recent world premiere of “Tomorrowland” at the home of the film’s namesake, Disneyland. (The movie, starring George Clooney, is NOT about that part or any part of Disneyland, however.)

You might know Jeff Jensen already for his writing – which most recently has included what he called a “distant prequel” to the movie, “Before Tomorrowland.” He’s particularly well-known for what he’s written about the TV series “Lost.”

You will be able to watch this movie co-written by a West Seattleite without leaving West Seattle – it’ll be at The Admiral Theater starting Friday. (Jeff Jensen pointed that out on his Twitter feed.)

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Congratulations! Mentoring award for Denny teacher Will Nelson http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-mentoring-award-for-denny-teacher-will-nelson/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-mentoring-award-for-denny-teacher-will-nelson/#comments Fri, 15 May 2015 08:46:34 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310392

Congratulations to Denny International Middle School teacher Will Nelson – his colleagues are so proud of his mentoring award, we heard about it as a tweet (above) from assistant principal Patricia Rangel and in the note below from principal Jeff Clark:

Please join me in congratulating Mr. Nelson on winning the Lee McNeil Mentoring Award presented by the Marine Technology Society for his years of mentorship with our underwater robotics program. Way to go, Mr. Nelson! Go Dolphins!

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Senior Center of West Seattle invites you to Karen Sisson’s retirement party on June 10 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/senior-center-of-west-seattle-invites-you-to-karen-sissons-retirement-party-on-june-10/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/senior-center-of-west-seattle-invites-you-to-karen-sissons-retirement-party-on-june-10/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 01:47:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309884 One month from today, you’re invited to join the Senior Center of West Seattle in celebrating its former longtime leader, Karen Sisson. Sent tonight by center board member Sandie Wilkinson:

We will be celebrating the retirement party for Karen Sisson after her 25 years as Executive Director of the Senior Center of West Seattle. It will be held at the Senior Center on June 10th from 5 to 8 PM and the community is welcome to come by and wish her the best. The theme of the party is Gone Boating, since she and her husband will be spending more time on their boat now that she is retired.

During the retirement party Dow Constantine will be helping us to dedicate the building housing, and owned by, the Senior Center as the Sisson Building at 7 PM.

We are also excited to announce that on June 8th the Seattle City Council will be meeting to vote on a Proclamation declaring June 10th as Karen Sisson Day; we encourage our community to join the meeting as well.

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Memorial service next Friday for Margaret A. Skube, 1954-2015 http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/memorial-service-next-friday-for-margaret-a-skube-1954-2015/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/memorial-service-next-friday-for-margaret-a-skube-1954-2015/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 23:00:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309870 Family and friends will gather Friday (May 15th) to remember Margaret Skube, who died in February at age 60. Here’s the remembrance they’re sharing with the community:

Margaret Ann Skube passed away on February 27th, 2015, surrounded by her family.

She was born in West Seattle on October 10, 1954 to Galina and Noel (Cam) Skube. She attended Alki Elementary and Madison Junior High, and graduated from West Seattle High School with the class of 1972.

After working as a cook on cargo ships to Alaska with Western Pioneer for many years, she moved to Stanwood, WA, where she raised her daughter Calley.

Calley and her husband, Lane, blessed Margaret by giving her three beautiful grandchildren, Adalynn, Fionnegan, and Gillian. They were the light of her life.

Margaret will be remembered for her love of life, willingness to try just about anything, and for living her life at 100% in all she did. Margaret loved to garden, cook, swim, and to play games. She loved to travel, meet people, and to learn new things. She lived her life just the way she wanted to and always hoped for a better day. She certainly had her own sense of style, and always brought a change of clothes, since “anything could happen.” She was a fun-loving, positive, and hopeful woman.

Besides her daughter’s family, she leaves behind her dad, Cam, her niece Elle, and nephew Seth. She was preceded in death by her mother Galina and her brother Peter. She will be deeply missed by her many friends and her beloved Beaver Damn Campout girlfriends.

Her celebration of life will be Friday afternoon, May 15, 2015 from 11:00 – 2:00 at the Lakewood Seward Park Community Club, 4916 S. Angeline St.

(WSB publishes West Seattle obituaries by request, free of charge. Please e-mail the text, and a photo if available, to editor@westseattleblog.com)

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West Seattle Amateur Radio Club: Hobby has ‘something for everyone’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-amateur-radio-club-hobby-has-something-for-everyone/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-amateur-radio-club-hobby-has-something-for-everyone/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 20:55:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309853 EDITOR’S NOTE: Last night, reporting on two West Seattle Emergency Communication Hubs participating in a citywide preparedness drill, we mentioned amateur-radio operators’ involvement. A new member of the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club board recently offered this story about who they are, what they do, and how you can get involved; this seems like the perfect time to publish it.

(West Seattle ARC photo – board members, from left: Secretary Lance Rasmussen, K7LER; board position 2, Tom Saunders, N7OEP; vice president Curt Black, WR5J; board position 1, Kayla Ware, KG7PJW; president Ken Iverson, AB7X; board position 3, Jim Edwards, WS7JIM; not pictured, treasurer Dave Hillier, AF7CW)

By Jim Edwards
WS7JIM
Special to West Seattle Blog

For those who remember Grandpa down in the basement with a set of headphones on, turning a big radio dial, and think that’s what Amateur Radio is, you’re not alone. But in fact, it is a wide-ranging hobby. If you want to hide in the basement, and do that … it’s still an option. But it’s so much more, that anyone can find an area of interest to explore.

When I got into Amateur radio, I did it for the purpose of expanding the communications available to the West Seattle Parade Committee. With small UHF radios, club members are able to communicate with each other through the club repeater located on a City of Seattle tower near the High Point water tanks. I quickly learned that the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club (WSARC) has one of the best-placed repeaters in the city.

The West Seattle Parade route – at one and a half miles, with a large hill in the middle and increasingly taller buildings lining the street – makes it a difficult situation for radio. Seafair Parade Marshals and the radio club that supports the Seafair Parade Marshals struggle with this growing problem each year. WSARC came to the parade committee a couple years ago with an offer to help. The radio net they set up spans the entire parade route, and helps to bring together all of this communication. I wanted to be a part of that, so I studied and got my license.

There are three levels of licensing in Amateur Radio. Each level opens up more of the radio spectrum reserved for Amateur Radio. Each level requires a greater understanding of radio operation, and the electrical know-how to not get yourself in trouble. The three levels are Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. When I took my General test, one of the youngest members of the WSARC club was also updating her license to General. At 9 years old, she managed to complete the test in half the time it took me. And her two older sisters did it even faster.

What can you do with a radio license? A huge part of the hobby is emergency preparedness. Honing those radio skills is why you go out and volunteer at events like the West Seattle Parade. But beyond that, the hobby has much more, such as:

HF radio: Talking to contacts around the world, for fun, or in contests. You can do this with voice, Morse code, or digital formats. You can bounce signals off the atmosphere, a passing satellite, communicate with the International Space Station, even bounce a signal off the moon.

UHF / VHF: Usually short-range communication, but can be extended with repeaters. With a computer connected to the radio, you can send messages and pictures digitally. With APRS you can set up a radio-based tracking system.

Echolink and IRLP: Through an application on a cell phone or computer, a licensed Amateur can broadcast on radio repeaters around the world via the internet.

Mesh networks: Licensed Amateurs can build their own WiFi computer networks that encompass entire neighborhoods.

You can participate with the Seattle Auxiliary Communication Service. You can help out with West Seattle Be Prepared in disaster preparedness. On any night of the week you can tune into radio nets across the city. You can help produce events like The West Seattle Parade, or any of the Seafair parades around the city. The list of events is endless. The level of expertise varies with the many events. The bottom line is, there is something for everyone.

To get into the hobby, you need to take a FCC test. From time to time, WSARC holds training classes to help you prepare for those tests. And they also have the certified personnel to give the tests too. The filing fee for the test is $15, and the license is good for 10 years. And no, you don’t need to learn Morse Code. The costs of the hobby vary, depending what you want to do. But you can get started with a handheld UHF/VHF radio, for under $50. Currently the FCC shows more than 330 Licensed Amateur operators in the West Seattle area alone.

Membership in the West Seattle ARC is $12 a year. We meet weekly on the air on Mondays at 6:30 PM using the club repeater, W7AW. Each month we gather for breakfast on the 3rd Sunday (this month, that’s May 17th) at 9:30 am, at Young’s Restaurant at 9413 16th Ave SW, just a half block north of Roxbury.

If you would like more information, you can send your inquiries to info@westseattlearc.org.

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West Seattle weekend scene: Seafair Pirates, ahoy! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-seafair-pirates-ahoy/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/west-seattle-weekend-scene-seafair-pirates-ahoy/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 03:55:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309790

As promised: Here’s why the Seafair Pirates turned up in the middle of our West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day coverage (9th photo). We were out photographing sales when a tip caused us to change course and set sail for Don Armeni Boat Ramp, where the Pirates were arriving for their annual photo shoot – Moby Duck and all.

It won’t be long until they’re back, this time arriving by sea – the annual Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki Beach is only seven weeks from today, on Saturday, June 27th.

You’ll also see them in the West Seattle Grand Parade on Saturday, July 18th. And you never know when and where else … keep a weather eye on the horizon (or, at least, your rear-view mirror)!

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FOLLOWUP: West Seattle kids raise money to help Nepal http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-west-seattle-kids-raise-money-to-help-nepal/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/followup-west-seattle-kids-raise-money-to-help-nepal/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 03:20:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309784

Lots of kindhearted people out and about on West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day, with benefit sales and post-sale donations. The generosity includes what these kids did, setting up shop along California SW in Gatewood to sell lemonade and treats to help earthquake survivors in Nepal!

They were only out for three hours this morning but they were able to raise $180 for Nepal SEEDS, according to Sandy, who shared the photos afterward, explaining that their friend Cris Miller, a West Seattleite, is on the group’s board, and that Nepal SEEDS is “in major fundraising mode to assist in earthquake relief and re-building in the villages they work in.”

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Congratulations! Six local high-school students honored by the American Association of University Women http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-six-local-high-school-students-honored-by-the-american-association-of-university-women/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/congratulations-six-local-high-school-students-honored-by-the-american-association-of-university-women/#comments Thu, 07 May 2015 04:15:55 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=309400

Thanks to Marilyn Mears for the photo and report:

Six senior girls, three each from West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School, were honored recently by AAUW (American Association of University Women), Seattle Branch, for their achievement in the areas of Math, Science, and Technology. The girls were chosen by their schools and received certificates and a small monetary award at an evening reception at the Best Western Executive Inn on April 22. The speaker at the event was Renee Agutsama, a former high school science teacher who is currently completing her PhD in Public Health Genetics, with a focus on Genetics and Arts Education.

West Seattle High School honorees included: Abigayle Riggins (Math), Annalisa Ursino (Science), and Kristine Le (Technology).

Chief Sealth International High School honorees included: Monica Harris (Math), Gabrielle Fillis (Science), and Thy Duong (Technology).

[L-R in photo above - Ursino, Riggins, Duong, Harris; Le & Fillis, not pictured]

AAUW is a national organization which advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.

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VIDEO: West Seattle’s Erden Eruç en route to new rowing adventure http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-west-seattles-erden-eruc-en-route-to-new-rowing-adventure/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/video-west-seattles-erden-eruc-en-route-to-new-rowing-adventure/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 18:11:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308955

Next stop, Atlantic Ocean from Avenue Collection on Vimeo.

Erden Eruç, the West Seattle-residing rower who holds a world record as first solo human-powered global circumnavigator, is off on another adventure. Mark Jaroslaw put together the video above with the story of his departure – crossing the country to start his NY to Gallipoli Memorial Row, explained on Eruç’s website as “… in memory of all those who lost their lives during the Gallipoli Campaign, Erden Eruç and his team will row eastbound across the Atlantic Ocean from New York, then east on the Mediterranean and the Aegean seas to ANZAC Cove.” We last featured Eruç here in March, when he spoke at Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) in The Junction. Eruç will be “using his satellite phone to post text and visual updates across the Atlantic,” Jaroslaw reports.

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VIDEO: West Seattle swimmer Wayne Kinslow’s milestone – 1,000 consecutive days of swimming off Alki http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-west-seattle-swimmer-wayne-kinslows-milestone-1000-consecutive-days-of-swimming-off-alki/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/video-west-seattle-swimmer-wayne-kinslows-milestone-1000-consecutive-days-of-swimming-off-alki/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:55:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308450

Maybe you’ve seen Wayne Kinslow swimming off Alki and wondered if it was just somebody on a dare. Nope. Wayne swims off Alki every day. And we do mean, EVERY day. Today happened to be his THOUSANDTH consecutive day of swimming off Alki – that’s almost three years without missing a day, rain or shine or snow. Among those capturing the historic occasion – Clay Eals, executive director of the Southwest Seattle Historical Society:

During a quick post-swim interview, Wayne, who’s an Alki resident as well as Alki swimmer, received a trophy of sorts:

Here’s a closer look:

He’s still swimming tonight too, as mentioned in our daily calendar highlights, and invites you to join him in celebrating the milestone – meet up at the Alki fire rings around 6:30, group swim set for about 7 pm, then a potluck and bonfire. By the way, according to a NOAA buoy, today’s water temperature in Elliott Bay is about 51 degrees.

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PHOTOS: Seattle Lutheran’s Ring of Honor tribute for Bob Dowding http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/photos-ring-of-honor-tribute-for-seattle-lutheran-hss-bob-dowding/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/photos-ring-of-honor-tribute-for-seattle-lutheran-hss-bob-dowding/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:40:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307617

Two months after cancer claimed the life of longtime Seattle Lutheran High School teacher and athletic director Bob Dowding, the school gave him its ultimate tribute last night – induction into the SLHS Ring of Honor. That came during a dinner event in which many memories were shared.

That’s head of school Dave Meyer, who talked about arriving in 1995 to be Hope Lutheran‘s PE teacher, and meeting Bob, joking that he wanted the SLHS AD job that Bob held. He came to realize that Bob’s real job was creating and building communities – including at athletic organizations including the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association. And, Meyer said, he still aspires to Bob’s “real job” – mentoring and encouraging kids, and building community. One of those Bob had mentored also spoke:

Holy Names Academy athletic director Lacey London, a 2000 SLHS graduate, talked about how Bob was such a big influence in her decision to go into teaching and athletics. Her first coaching job was when he asked her to help with Lutheran’s girls-basketball team while she was transitioning between colleges. Among the many others there to pay tribute to Bob – his family, receiving the plaque honoring him:

There was even a cake in his honor:

Bob Dowding was 67 years old.

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