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VIDEO: Looking ahead and back @ Southwest Seattle Historical Society 4th of July picnic

July 4, 2017 9:57 pm
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This holiday celebrating our nation’s history is always a day of celebration for the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. Today, the SWSHS’s annual Independence Day picnic looked ahead and looked back. The former was courtesy of newly hired executive director Jeff McCord, announced last weekend as successor to Clay Eals. He talked about the transition as well as his intent to continue building on Eals’s work:

SWSHS also looked back by paying tribute to Merrilee Hagen (right), who inspired the acquisition of what became its headquarters, the Log House Museum, 20 years ago. She died last spring at 73. McCord read a speech that Hagen had given a few years before the acquisition, in which she had talked about witnessing the “bulldozing” of so many heritage structures she recalled from growing up in the area, and suggesting something needed to be saved before they all were gone.

Also at today’s picnic, music courtesy of the West Seattle Community Orchestras‘ Brass Sextet:

SWSHS continues to present a busy slate of events year-round – next up, 5-7 pm Friday (July 7th) at Barnes and Noble/Westwood Village, see and hear this month’s Words, Writers, West Seattle authors Jeff and Sonja Anderson, with “Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges.”

VIDEO: 2017 West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade, report #2

What a parade! It took almost 15 minutes – as you can see in our clips above and below – for all the participants in this morning’s 23rd annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade just to walk, roll, and ride from the starting line in North Admiral:

This was the second year that Emily Williams of FIT4MOM West Seattle coordinated the parade. With family and friends at her side, she provided an exuberant welcome:

She then introduced City Councilmember Lisa Herbold, whose two-minute Independence Day speech included a tribute to those celebrating new U.S. citizenship today:

And then – just before the parade began – Kaylen Stancik sang a stirring version of the National Anthem:

Then, after the countdown, West Seattle’s only 4th of July parade hit the road. We featured a few photos earlier, and have more after the jump:

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July 4, 2017 3:20 pm
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Reader report:

Our car, 2014 Blue Volvo xc90, plates APC 9327, was stolen sometime last night 7-3 from the 4000 block of 59th Ave SW. We have filed a police report.

If you see it, police ask that you call 911.

UPDATE: Rescue response for crash at 42nd/Bradford

2:05 PM A Seattle Fire automobile-rescue response is on the way to what is reported to be an on-its-side vehicle at 42nd/Bradford.

2:24 PM: Photo added. Police say the pickup went sideways after colliding with another vehicle. No serious injuries.

TOMORROW: Southwest District Council IS meeting

July 4, 2017 12:54 pm
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Many community groups skip midsummer meetings. Not the Southwest District Council, which invites you to its July meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) night, 6:30 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building:

6:30 P.M. Welcome and Introductions ​​
• Review and approval of previous meetings minutes and summary
• Brief Announcements
• Amendments and overview of the Meeting Agenda

6:40 P.M. Port of Seattle – current activities
• Mick Shultz

7:10 P.M. West Seattle Noise Survey Results
• Jesse Robbins

7:30 P.M. SW Avalon Paving Project
• Dan Andersen, SDOT

7:45 P.M. Southwest District Council Business
• CNC Update
• Announcements
• Other business ​

8:00 P.M. Adjourn Meeting

The Sisson Building is at 4217 SW Oregon.

West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade 2017, report #1

Seems as if every kid in West Seattle is in today’s 23rd annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade!

The hundreds and hundreds of paraders have finished leaving the start line at 44th and Sunset, headed to Hamilton Viewpoint Park (crossing California at Atlantic – so avoid that area for a while longer) for old-fashioned field games, starting soon. SFD and SPD are here too:

We’ll have a second report later with video and more photos.

West Seattle 4th of July 2017: What you need to know for today/tonight

(Added: Sawyer, 10, and Ella, 7, decorated their house on 41st SW! Photo by Ben Wolters)

As usual, your “what’s happening in West Seattle on Independence Day” information is ALL in one place – our one-page guide, here.

The key events:

(Bald eagle, photographed by Mark Wangerin)

*Help put up/take down flags in The Junction (9 am and 5 pm, NE corner of California/Alaska)

*Participate in or watch the 23rd annual West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade (10 am, 44th/Sunset)

*Meet the Southwest Seattle Historical Society‘s new executive director Jeff McCord at the SWSHS picnic (noon-3 pm, 61st/Stevens)

*Personal fireworks are illegal but you can see organized shows to the north (Lake Union) and south (3 Tree Point), both after 10 pm

Again, these are just part of what’s in our guide, which includes today’s transit changes, aquatics info, fireworks-viewing suggestions, businesses’ open/closed/changes info, and more. We’ll be out covering holiday happenings as the day/night unfold, so check back here for updates, and have a great 4th!

P.S. We hope you don’t need to use it, but if you lose or find a pet (4th fireworks tend to make this a busier day/night for that), remember that WSB has the only all-West Seattle lost/found pets page. If you need to make a report, send info (including a contact #, and photo if available – detailed description if not) to – thank you.