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DUWAMISH ALIVE! How to be part of it next Saturday

(WSB photo from Duwamish Alive! in 2014)

Discussion of recent news stories has included a lot of concern for our area’s greenspaces. If you share that concern, here’s a simple way to take action: Be part of Duwamish Alive! next Saturday (April 16th). Choose one of the sites on this list – in and near West Seattle – and sign up. One special focus here is along Longfellow Creek – more details in the announcement you can read in full after the jump:
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COUNTDOWN: 5 weeks to West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day; registration continues

Five weeks from today – on Saturday, May 14th – sellers and shoppers will have wrapped up the 12th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day. We’re in the first week of registration (which we usually keep open for about three weeks so people have plenty of time to hear about it and think about it), with 70 sales all over the peninsula signed up already. If this is all new to you – WSB coordinates and presents WSCGSD, one day with many sales of all sizes, including, again this year, multiseller sites at Hotwire Online Coffeehouse and C & P Coffee Company (both WSB sponsors; contact them directly to get on their lists for spaces). We make the maps – clickable online version and printable/downloadable PDF version – including each sellers’ listing (up to 20 words this year) of sale highlights, and they’re available a week before sale day so you can make your plan. If you’re planning to sell, sign up as soon as you’re ready by using this form!

Wondering what to do if you see a whale?

The photo and info are from Robin Lindsey of Seal Sitters – who deal with more than seals:

With the recent media buzz about the gray whale who wandered into the Ballard Locks, Seal Sitters thought it was a good opportunity to discuss the timely manner in which all whale (and other cetacean) sightings should be reported to the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

Unless a whale is deemed in danger (such as entangled or stranded), all reports including species and as precise a location as possible, should be emailed promptly to Orca Network –

For whales that are indeed in trouble – or in an area where we would prefer they not be, such as in the Duwamish River or Ballard Locks, please immediately contact the NOAA West Coast MMSN hotline at 866-767-6114 with as precise a location as possible.

Seal Sitters requests that if a whale is sighted along the shoreline of West Seattle, please contact the Seal Sitters Hotline at 206-905-7325 (SEAL) and then email Orca Network. This will potentially enable our first responders to obtain an identification photograph of the whale. Databases are kept by researchers of all whales and identification helps monitor the health of the species.

I have provided a photograph to help for identification purposes showing the distinct profile of a surfacing gray whale, with its trademark mottled gray skin and “knuckles” along the ridge of the lower back. Humpbacks and other whales have a dorsal fin.

Read more on the Seal Sitters’ Blubberblog website.

P.S. And after making the official reports mentioned above, please consider letting us know, too, as whale sightings are news! 206-293-6302 text or voice, 24/7.

Remembering Dr. Catherine Ann Orsi, 1958-2016

A memorial service is planned April 30th for Dr. Catherine Ann Orsi, whose many achievements included serving West Seattle as a naturopathic doctor. Here’s the remembrance family and friends are sharing:

Catherine Ann Orsi passed away peacefully with family by her side on March 14, 2016, after fighting a brave five-year battle with brain cancer.

Conceived in her father’s native homeland of Italy, but born in Corvallis, Oregon on March 9, 1958, she was the first child of Vincenzo and Margaret (Atwood) Orsi. She is survived by her mother, Margaret, her siblings; Lewis, (Kathy), Barbara, and Stephen, her nephew, Nick, her niece, Kate, and her ex-husband, Chelo Winfred Schal. Her beloved father, Vincenzo, preceded her in death in 1972, and her American grandparents Hulda and Harlow Atwood, and her Italian grandparents Luigi and Olimpia Orsi.

Catherine grew up in Albany and Corvallis, Oregon. While attending Oregon State University, she pursued her late father’s profession, and in 1983 received a degree in civil engineering. After graduation she married fellow engineer Phillip Wurst, but were divorced after a few years. Her engineering career started with the U.S. Forest Service in Ashland, Oregon. Later she accepted an engineering position for City Light, in Seattle, working on landfill-closure projects. She was one of the few women in that field at the time.

Through mutual friends, Catherine met and married Chelo Winfred Schal in 1995. They made several trips to Europe visiting his family in Germany, her family in Italy, and explored her maternal roots in Finland. Catherine and Chelo divorced in 2005, but remained lasting friends.

With a lifelong interest in scuba diving, Catherine was a volunteer diver at the Seattle Aquarium for over 18 years. Her other aquatic pursuits included sailing, kayaking, and swimming. She dreamed of becoming a mermaid.

During a period of illness, she became disenfranchised with Western Medicine and sought help through naturopathy. This journey led to her midlife career change. She enrolled at Bastyr University, where she received her Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree in 2003. She opened her own practice in her beloved West Seattle, serving many local clients. Catherine maintained her medical practice until being stricken with cancer in the spring of 2011. Many of her clients, business associates, and friends in West Seattle remember her passionate and thorough attention to detail in her practice through her participation in a local chapter of BNI (Business Network International).

Proud of her Italian-American heritage, she obtained dual citizenship, volunteering for many years with the Festa Italiana celebration. She remained active in the Italian-American Association, and was a devoted member of her church, Plymouth United Church of Christ Congregational in Seattle.

After developing cancer and despite significant obstacles, Catherine filled her intervening years with love, many joyful activities, and personal connections with family, friends, clients, including many here in West Seattle. Although she was unable to continue her Naturopathy practice, she forged on with her connection to, and advocacy for a life of healing through support groups, online communities, and friends until her death.

One of her favorite activities was dancing in her many colorful outfits. It was while walking to a dance class on December 22, 2015, when she fell from brain cancer. It is her joyful and passionate pursuit in the beauty of colorful dance, and aquatic life that is how we will remember her. Dancing and grooving at the least provocation.

Her memorial service is planned at 1 pm Saturday, April 30th, at Plymouth United Church of Christ, and is open to the public. In lieu of flowers, her family requests offerings be directed to her remembrance project. People can donate on PayPal using, or mail checks to “Catherine Remembrance Project” care of Lew Orsi, 10617 NE 30th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98686

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

UPDATE: Toddler rescued from High Point Pond

12:06 PM: Thanks for the tips about a police/fire response in High Point, in the 3000 block of SW Juneau. According to scanner traffic, a 2-year-old girl who was missing for a few minutes was found underwater in nearby High Point Pond; she is reported to have been revived via CPR. SFD medics are taking her to Harborview Medical Center.


12:52 PM: By the time we got to the scene, responders had cleared out to rush the toddler to the hospital, so there was no one for us to follow up with but we did just talk with police by phone – they confirm she lives nearby and her family had just reported her missing; right after she was found in the pond, an officer arrived and started CPR immediately, and she started breathing again.

1:29 PM: The incident is now on SPD Blotter and says Officer Tyler Keating is who revived the little girl.

MONDAY UPDATE: Harborview tells us the child was in very critical condition on arrival at their facility and was transferred to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Car break-in; wheels stolen; more

Three West Seattle Crime Watch notes:

CAR BREAK-IN: The victim of a car prowl in the Admiral Safeway lot around 4 pm yesterday called from her home phone to report this – she couldn’t e-mail because she would usually do that on her phone, and it was among the items stolen, along with a burgundy-colored Coach purse, “the large satchel type,” with a large gold emblem. It was “partly covered” on the passenger seat, and the thief broke out the passenger-side window to get it.

WHEELS/TIRES TAKEN: Tahira says her sister was visiting overnight Thursday/Friday when they woke up to find her car on blocks, wheels and tires taken:

It happened in Gatewood, next to Trinity Church at 35th/Austin.

BURGLARY FOLLOWUP: If you didn’t see this in comments yesterday – the surveillance image of the burglar who broke into Meeples Games (WSB sponsor) early Thursday has led to an ID, according to Laura Schneider from Meeples. No word of an arrest or stolen-property recovery yet, but knowing who it is was the first step, and she thanks everyone for both tips and for the expression of support.

P.S. Next crime-prevention-focused community meeting is the West Seattle Crime Prevention Council on April 19th, 7 pm, at the Southwest Precinct (2300 SW Webster).

What’s up for your spring-break West Seattle Saturday

(Seacrest photo shared by alextutu1821 in the WSB Flickr group)

Good morning! Since it’s the start of spring break for Seattle Public Schools, with many families out of town, the calendar for this weekend is a little quieter than usual. Still some fun things to check out:

FIRST WEEKEND DAY FOR THE WATER TAXI: The West Seattle Water Taxi now runs Saturdays and Sundays too. See the schedule here and remember, free rides all day tomorrow. (1660 Harbor SW)

STREET SCRAMBLE: “Urban adventure,” with registration starting at 8:30 am in the Alki Bathhouse vicinity if you’re not already signed up. Details here. (60th SW/SW Alki)

MIOPOSTO LAUNCHES BRUNCH IN ADMIRAL: 10 am, it’s the first day of the new weekend brunch at Mioposto (WSB sponsor) in Admiral. (2139 California SW)

PLANT SALE: 11 am-3 pm, first of the season at the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) garden center on the north side of campus – info here. (6000 16th SW)

OPEN HOUSE: At West Seattle Nursery, 11 am-2 pm, it’s the Spring Open House, as gardening season gets going. (California SW/SW Brandon)

LOG HOUSE MUSEUM: This quiet spring-break Saturday might be the perfect time to visit the home of West Seattle’s history, open noon-4 pm today but closed tomorrow, you should note, just this weekend. (61st SW/SW Stevens)

BUY M’S TICKETS FROM WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL PLAYERS: 1-5 pm at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor). From Caryn Johnson:

West Seattle players will be at Morgan Junction Thriftway from 1-5 selling Mariners tickets to the June 28th game against the Pirates. This is a team fundraiser as well as gives them a chance to play at Safeco Field next spring in the High School Baseball Classic. Donations are welcome and all tickets purchased and donated back to the team will be given to the local community centers. Come out and help support the team.

They’ve been having a great season, as Caryn’s been reporting, though Friday’s game ended with a 10-3 loss to Garfield. (California/Morgan)

USED BIKE SALE, & BIKE RIDE: 1-6 pm, Alki’s Guy Olson has organized “Alki’s first used bicycle sale!! Bring at least a bicycle or bicycle parts to sell, and bring a bicycle to ride. I’ll be blocking off the parking area in front of El Chupacabra on Alki beach, for the biggest bicycle sale and swap Alki Beach has ever seen! If you don’t have a bike, this will be your chance to buy yourself something.” Then at 6 pm, Guy invites all riders to join the Alki Beach Creeps for their monthly ride. (2620 Alki SW)

CYGNE: Live music – original fingerstyle blues and folk – at C & P Coffee Company (WSB sponsor), 7-9 pm. No cover. (5612 California SW)

AFROCOP WITH BILL HORIST: Live music at Parliament Tavern, 9 pm. No cover. (4210 SW Admiral Way)

THERE’S MORE … to see, on our complete calendar.