West Seattle, Washington
We didn’t want to let the night end before making note of this anniversary: 10 years have passed since the as-yet-unsolved murder of Greggette Guy.
On March 12, 2012, the 51-year-old Kent resident’s body was found in the water off Beach Drive, south of Cormorant Cove Park and the Harbor West condos. Ms. Guy was a former West Seattleite who police believe had come back for a walk the night before; her car was found parked at Emma Schmitz Overlook, a few blocks south of where she was found dead of what investigators eventually described as “severe wounds to the neck.” One week after her death, 75 people gathered for a vigil and walk along the Beach Drive shoreline, not just to remember her, but to also declare they would not let safety concerns scare them away from the shore.
Ms. Guy, mother of a daughter, was remembered for her devotion to Girl Scouting, and a tribute plaque was placed at a Scout camp in east King County, dedicated one year after her murder. We last mentioned the case two years after that, in 2015; what police told us then was the same thing they told us when we inquired this week – that the Greggette Guy murder case remains an “active and ongoing investigation.” If you have any information, the SPD Homicide Division tip line is 206-233-5000.
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
For the first time since its move from a redevelopment site, the Stone Cottage welcomed a crowd of visitors this morning. Historic Seattle is hosting events that spotlight recipients of its Preservation Awards, and the volunteer group that rescued the stone-studded beach bungalow is among them. So this morning – seven months after the specialty moving firm Nickel Bros towed it off its original site – more than three dozen people gathered at the Port of Seattle lot where the century-old house, up on blocks and behind fencing, awaits its future.
Three West Seattleites from Save The Stone Cottage LLC told its story. Entrepreneur John Bennett recapped its history, from how its quirky owner Eva Falk decided to cover it in rocks, to how local advocates first tried to buy it 20 years ago to the recent rescue operation.
Greg Whittaker of Mountain to Sound Outfitters (and Alki Kayak Tours) wants you to know early that M2SO will again host the West Seattle Boat Swap this spring. It’s set for 11 am-4 pm Saturday, April 23rd. It’s all about people-powered watercraft and gear: “Kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and other gear sitting in rafters and garages that can be put back into use.” As usual, it’ll be at M2SO’s store in The Triangle, 3602 SW Alaska. You can register as soon as you’re ready by going here.
One month after the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce announced nominations were open for the 2022 Westside Awards, the deadline is almost here – 5 pm Monday (March 14th). It’s easy to nominate a business/person/organization – just go here. The four categories are:
*Business of the Year
*Not for Profit of the Year
*Emerging Business of the Year
*Westsider of the Year
The winners will be honored at a May 10th breakfast event.
Last month, we told you about West Seattleite-owned Cascadia Produce deciding to buy Girl Scout Cookies to include in the emergency food boxes they distribute with public funding. That was good news both for the Scouts and for people experiencing food insecurity. Today, we have an update on the effort, from one of the participating troops, 40171, via Holly Rikhof:
Way back in February – the beginning of Girl Scout cookie season – there was no doubt that we would be able to fulfill Cascadia Produce’s generous order of 2,000 boxes from all over Washington to be distributed via their Emergency Food Boxes.
Our troop (40171) was responsible for delivering 400 boxes of the 2,000 box order.
Of course, now we are feeling the crunch of the supply-chain shortages and shipping irregularities. Through perseverance and creative problem solving by the council product team and our local service unit, we were able to scrounge together the inventory necessary to fulfill the order. Despite the challenges, the final delivery happened Friday!
I’m attaching some pictures of our troop’s contribution, as well as the whole mountain of cookies Cascadia Produce purchased to support Girl Scouts while offering a sweet treat to clients.
Cookies are arriving in West Seattle (Samoas not until next week), and booths are open around West Seattle this weekend. Please support these kids that are working hard to reach their fundraising goals! Ask me what a cookie can do!
As we’ve been reminding you in our daily “what’s happening today” lists, you can find the locations and times of cookie booths by using this lookup. Sales are scheduled to continue through next weekend.
From Mark in the 3400 block of 33rd SW:
We had a garage burglary Thursday night. Garage door was closed , but entry was apparently through unlocked side door. Stolen: a small propane heater and a black Rad Power Bike City 4. Second Rad left behind.
That’s artist Mike Dupille, who is painting a mural on a garage door in the 7100 block of Beach Drive SW, near the north entrance to the Lincoln Park shoreline – visible to people walking, biking, running, or rolling to and from the park. The mural will spotlight some of the wildlife who live in and near the park. The mural was commissioned by the garage’s owner, Sharon Best, who tells WSB, “This project serves three goals. The first is to allow me to use my small voice to help develop an appreciation of art in the community. The second is to provide one artist a little money he might not otherwise have at a time when arts funding is desperately lacking. The third is to highlight the place of parks as homes for wildlife in the community.” Dupille, who has a West Seattle studio, says he hopes to finish the mural next week, depending on how much the forecast rainy weather gets in the way.
(Bald Eagles at Lincoln Park, photographed by Tom Trulin)
Last day of Standard Time until fall! At 2 am Sunday, we “spring forward” an hour. Before then – here’s what’s happening:
ROAD-WORK ALERTS: Three for today. The sewer-pipe repairs on Beach Drive just north of Lowman Beach are scheduled to continue. Flaggers are assisting … In Highland Park, SDOT is building a natural-drainage system on SW Webster between 12th and 15th, 7:30 am-4 pm … And this morning, the eastbound ramp from Spokane Street to SB Highway 99 will be closed while SDOT repairs the lane divider.
GIRL SCOUT COOKIES: Find local Scouts out selling cookies today – use the lookup.
CLEANUP: 10 am-noon, join Erik and friends for a pop-up cleanup in South Park; meet at Sea Mar (1040 S. Henderson):
This is a family-friendly, leisurely clean starting at Sea Mar Community Care Center in South Park. We’ll start cleaning on the upper campus and from there will send groups east to 14th towards other Sea Mar properties and the surrounding South Park neighborhoods depending on time and group size. Vests, gloves, buckets, and pickup sticks will be provided and we’ll transfer all the trash into Seattle Public Utilities bags for pickup. Come for as little or as much as you’d like, invite your family and friends as we make this a safer environment for our community. I’ll be walking & cleaning too so if I miss you at the start time I’ll leave the supplies at the starting point. I can be reached at 206-852-9552 (Erik).
LIVE MUSIC AT C & P COFFEE: 10:30 am-noon, Marco de Carvalho and Friends perform at C & P Coffee Company (5612 California SW; WSB sponsor). No cover.
FREE WEEKLY WRITERS’ GROUP: New participants welcome. 10:30 am – go here to register and to get the meeting address. More details are in our calendar listing.
VISIT THE STONE COTTAGE: 11 am-12:30 pm, presented by Historic Seattle. Advance registration required to get the meet-up location – check here to see if you can sign up at the last minute.
VACCINATION POP-UP: Noon-4 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (3622 SW Snoqualmie), with some room for walk-ins, as previewed here.
VIETNAMESE CULTURAL CENTER: Open to visitors noon-3 pm, as noted here. (2234 SW Orchard)
HUNT FOR SPRING; All-ages outdoor activities at The Heron’s Nest (4818 Puget Way), 1-4 pm.
WINE TIME: Viscon Cellars‘ (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room is open 1-6 pm, for tasting or by-the-glass/by-the-bottle wine.
WHISKEY TASTINGS: Try Irish whiskeys at West Seattle Liquor and Wine (4714 42nd SW; WSB sponsor) 2-4 pm today.
2 SHOWS AT KENYON HALL: 2 pm and 7:30 pm, Dennis James returns to historic Kenyon Hall‘s Mighty Wurlitzer to accompany silent movies – details in our calendar listing. (7904 35th SW)
NEW GALLERY’S GRAND OPENING: 4-7 pm, celebrate the grand opening of Lars Gesing‘s new gallery at 4413 42nd SW, as previewed here.
OPEN MIC: Go perform at The Spot West Seattle (2920 SW Avalon Way), 6 pm!
LIVE MUSIC AT THE SKYLARK: 7 pm, The Retromancers, Apart@theSeems, The New Relics. (3803 Delridge Way SW)
‘A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD’: Final weekend for Twelfth Night Productions‘ presentation of this whimsical musical, 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW). Our calendar listing includes the ticket link.
DRAG SHOW: Tonight’s the night for Dolly Madison‘s show at Admiral Pub (2306 California SW), 9 pm.
LIVE MUSIC AT THE POGGIE: The Lumberjax play tonight, 9 pm. (4717 California SW)
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5:33 AM: Seattle Fire has a “full response” fighting what they describe as a “working fire” in a house in the 9200 block of 25th SW, just south of Westwood Village [map]. Updates to come.
5:49 AM: Firefighters have told dispatch that one person was in the house, and they’re calling the Red Cross to provide assistance to that displaced person.
5:53 AM: Our crew just spoke with the incident commander at the scene. The fire’s out; the house was considered a “derelict building.” SW Barton is blocked nearby because of the big response; they’re expecting to remain on scene another hour or so. No injuries.
6:03 AM: City files show 14 complaints filed regarding this house in the past four years, most recently last fall, complaining about “junk” on the property.
ADDED SATURDAY EVENING: SFD spokesperson David Cuerpo tells WSB the fire’s cause remains under investigation.
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